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!
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