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


This Day In History -- #1 With A Bullet 45 Years Ago

Forty-five years ago today, the song that was perched at #1 on the singles chart was by a British super group. In fact, this song just happened to knock that "other" British super group off the top of the charts. The British Invasion had been underway for several years at this point and the redcoats were dominating the U.S. music charts in 1966.

This hit song had a distinction --  in a single week, in a single leap, it rose from #15 to #1. The only other song that had done better, jumped higher, was a prior song from this same band. That earlier hit had jumped, tremendously so, in part because it was from a hit teen-oriented movie soundtrack.

The record, the feature of this post, had been influenced by Americian music. Some critics claim that they hear Beach Boy harmonies in the track and the composers, themselves, said that the prominent bass guitar was influenced by a Wilson Pickett soul song. Regardless of the musical origins and influences, the song was a smash and it was one side of a double-sided hit. I remember the radio playing both sides of it when I was just barely a teenager and, later, I played both sides of it when I worked in radio.

To see the original artists performing the song that topped the charts, for two non-consecutive weeks in late June and early July 1966, you need to go over to the vintage TV and switch channels -- as much as you might hate missing this episode of the Beverly Hillbillies. Simply click on the television and you wll be taken back to June and July 1966.



"This Day In History" features songs and television appearances from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. I will write these, over the next few weeks, months or years as time permits. In the meantime, keep it groovy!


To see other features in this series, click on Elvis' gold record below


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 11 commentsSteven L. Smith • June 27 2011 10:04AM


I do love me some Elvis!

Posted by Michael Ford, Matching Families with Homes (Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes) almost 9 years ago

That song, and the band, carries a nice beat.  What is the band called again?

Thanks for the post.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago


You really can tell that one is live. Fun

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 9 years ago


You silly old fool, you were watching the Beverly Hillbillies.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

I didn't ever catch them live, as I wasn't born yet, but I've loved their stuff.  :)

Found them in high school and had to have all their albums.  Love it!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) almost 9 years ago


My Mom went crazy over them as a teen!

Great band!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) almost 9 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Steve

Steve, the Beatles sure were a mighty fine group. I sure did like Paperback Writer.

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) almost 9 years ago

Boss, I was just dropping in very quick-like to see if your nutty assistant followed my advice to update to the Lalaloopsy look vs his pathetic attempt at Holly Hobbie.

Posted by Kate Kate almost 9 years ago

Wonderful time, of course, you had to love The Beatles.  Thanks for the memories.


Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 9 years ago

I am glad that you liked the post. As I get time, I will try to put more together. They take quite a bit of time to locate the dates, the songs, the graphics.


Those were great times, but maybe because we lived with our folks.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Here I thought I was going to see Grannie cookin' up some her rheumatiz medicine.

When you said prominent baseline, I was thinking of another Beatles tune, Taxman.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 9 years ago