Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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This Day In History -- Top Album In America 47 Years Ago

It was June 1964, barely six months since President John F. Kennedy had been killed.

One of the hottest cars in the country was the 1964 Pontiac GTO.

And an old man, figuratively speaking, was sitting at the top of the hit album charts. 47 years ago today, the top album in the country was not by the boy super groups from across the ocean. The top album on the Billboard charts, for the period from June 13 until the end of July, was by an old timer. The artist had made his recording debut, as a sideman, 41 years before hitting #1.

Even before going to #1, this guy was a living legend. If you saw Ed Sullivan regularly, then you know this artist. This man's single, the featured cut on the #1 album, had knocked the Beatles out of the top position on the singles chart a month before, in May 1964.

People were buying and playing this record. Tell you the truth, I have a copy in my personal collection. My copy is on CD, not vinyl, but the original was vinyl and this original was the kind of "hot wax" that was played on a turntable of course.

Not only did this artist knock the Beatles out of #1 on the singles chart, but when this album shot to #1 on the album chart, it swept an original Broadway cast album, of the same name as the single and this album, off the top of the chart. It was a one-two punch: The hit single knocked-out the Beatles and the album knocked out the Broadway cast album.

This #1 song, and the hit album featuring the song, ended up being the all time career achievement for this now deceased artist. He has been gone for 40 years, but his music lives on. I saw a blog post here at Active Rain, only a couple weeks back, that featured this legend performing another of his standards.

Do you think you have it? Do you know who was looking swell?

Find out for sure. Simply turn on the vintage TV by clicking on it. If you do so, that will turn off the annoying old 1960's test pattern (remember that one) and it will take you to a live performance by the original artist performing his hit song off the album that topped the U.S. charts 47 years ago today.

 

Steven L. Smith

If you enjoy nostalgia and music of yesteryear, click on Elvis' gold record to visit This Day In History. To explore The Stories Behind The Music blog posts click on the electric guitar. 

 

        

 

 

 

 

Comment balloon 16 commentsSteven L. Smith • June 26 2011 06:05PM

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Oh my Gosh! I really still like his music! And I love to sing that very same song with the same gusto he sand it in.... Oh yeah babe!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 8 years ago

Susie,

There is lots of good stuff out there. I love that youtube has so many performances.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Steve, I came over today after reading Michael post about passing you on the AR Leader Board. It's great to have two home inspectors among our top bloggers. I look forward to your posts that will be taking be down memory lane soon. Your YouTube video of Louie Armstrong certainly brought back some pleasant memories of the artist and his times. Thanks for sharing.

 

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) over 8 years ago

Terry,

I look forward to seeing you drop by.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Steve...if my memory is correct Elvis had a #1 record every year, even when the Beattles, Stones etc where charging up the ladder weekly.

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Fred,

Actually the king, between the army and the Brits, had kind of a dry spell as far as #1's. He had Good Luck Charm hit #1 in April 62, before the invasion hit. His next, and final #1, was Suspicious Minds in November 1969 after his big comeback on TV, when we saw the leisure suits.

However, as of the year 2003, not sure if it still holds, he had the record as the artist with the most weeks at #1, followed by Maria Carey and then the Beatles.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Steven--wow Hello Dolly-who would have known-love the old TV to click on thanks

Posted by Tim Peterson, Realtor Safety Training Classes (Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes) over 8 years ago

I remembering hear that fact some where, but I could not guess the artist this time.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 8 years ago

My mother once heard Elvis sing a slow, soft song and was surprised that he could, "actually sing..."

Armstrong wanted to make her clear her throat, but she loved him.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hi Steven,

I was 2 at the time, so I didn't guess it right!

Have a good day!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) over 8 years ago

Steve, Was it Luie Armstrong?

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Another shot was it Dean Martin?

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Don,

Click on the TV you silly goose and you will not have to keep asking?

Michelle,

That is no excuse.

Jimmy Q,

I just think you spend so much time focused on bashing Nutsy that you forget some of the bigger stuff.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Returning to the future, the corny assistant should emulate La La Loopsie vs Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Posted by Kate Kate over 8 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Steve

Steve, JFK sure was one our Country's Best Presidents!!! The Pontiac GTO sure was a mighty fast running car. Louis Armstrong sure was mighty fine to listen to. 


Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 8 years ago

Dale, It was a great time to be alive but many bad things happened.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

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