Category Archives: 1964

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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The Beatles – I Feel Fine

First Hit #1: December 26, 1964 It’s only appropriate that ’64 should be capped off with a single from the biggest band of ’64. I Feel Fine is a rarity, since it’s basically a song about contentment. We don’t get … Continue reading

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The Supremes – Come See About Me

First Hit #1: December 19, 1964 The second important group rounding out the last month of ’64 is the Supremes, who had three consecutive number ones so far. Interestingly, it’s also about loneliness, about a woman who is eagerly awaiting … Continue reading

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Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely

First Hit #1: December 12, 1964 It could be argued that three artists made the biggest impact on 1964, and those three artists finish off the year. Bobby Vinton is the first, being the last pre-Beatles number one and in … Continue reading

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Lorne Greene – Ringo

First hit #1: December 5, 1964 There hasn’t been a song quite like this since Big Bad John in 1961. Also telling a complete story, Ringo is all about gunslingers and morality, a lawman who saves a life and is … Continue reading

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The Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack

First Hit #1: November 28, 1964 It’s always interesting when a song can be a throwback and yet completely of its time. The Shangri-Las Leader of the Pack takes the ’60s love of studio experimentation – turning a motorcycle into … Continue reading

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The Supremes – Baby Love

First Hit #1: October 31, 1964 After Manfred Mann, we get a lesson on how to arrange a song like this, albeit a bit of a sloppy one. The Supremes who aren’t Diana Ross are pushed into the background and … Continue reading

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