Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Animals – The House of the Rising Sun

First Hit #1: September 5, 1964 For Halloween, it’s only appropriate that we get a tale of woe, and the House of the Rising Sun is the tale of a young man corrupted in the titular house. I’m not entirely … Continue reading

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The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go?

First Hit #1: August 15, 1964 One of the things I’ve noticed from this project is that influences seem to stem from places slightly different from what you expect. For instance, since it’s 1964 and all music is tying back … Continue reading

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Dean Martin – Everybody Loves Somebody

First Hit #1: August 15, 1964 There’s something of a throwback happening here. It sounds as though it’s more suited to the late ’50s than ’64, but then again Dean Martin can do whatever the hell he wants and knows … Continue reading

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The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night

First Hit #1: August 1, 1964 With a chord seemingly created by simultaneously slamming on every instrument in the recording studio, The Beatles again command the attention of the American public. This song gives a bit of an idea of … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons – Rag Doll

First Hit #1: July 18, 1964 So far, 1964 has been a banner year for music. I’ve been clicking the good song box more than ever before, and even the weaker tracks are pretty solid pieces of music. Only in … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys – I Get Around

First Hit #1: July 4, 1964 Just in time for Independence Day, America’s big influential band of the ’60s has their first hit, I Get Around. You can just hear the apple pie, baseball and gaudy flags coming from your … Continue reading

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Peter and Gordon – A World Without Love

First Hit #1: June 27, 1964 The British invasion continues with Peter and Gordon, an English duo playing what, to these ears, sounded like a weak attempt to replicate the signature Beatles sound. I try to listen to these things … Continue reading

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