Category Archives: 1966

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 Monkees – I’m a Believer

First Hit #1: December 31, 1966 Last hit of 1966, second last song of 2011 for this little project (which makes me sort of wish I had started one day later), I’m a Believer makes me wonder why selling out … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations

First Hit #1: December 10, 1966 I’ve mentioned the Beach Boys’ tendency towards extremely complicated pop music, and Good Vibrations is pretty much the culmination of everything they’ve done until now. Legend has it the song cost $50,000 to record … Continue reading

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The New Vaudeville Band – Winchester Cathedral

First Hit #1: December 3, 1966 I hate novelty songs. It’s something that becomes apparent if you read this thing since the beginning, but we haven’t had to suffer through one in a long time. We have been living in … Continue reading

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The Supremes – You Keep Me Hanging On

First Hit #1: November 19, 1966 You Keep Me Hanging On has one of the great openings in music, with the morse-code inspired instrumental leading into a great kiss-off anthem. It not only sounds good, but it’s a clever tie … Continue reading

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Johnny Rivers – Poor Side of Town

First Hit #1: November 12, 1966 I wish Johnny Rivers was a bit more folk. I say this not to discredit his music as it is, it’s very well produced with a pleasing melody and a nice easy listening vibe. … Continue reading

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The Monkees – Last Train to Clarksville

First Hit #1: November 5, 1966 Today, people complain about Justin Bieber. Before that, they complained about the Backstreet Boys and NSync. Before that, New Kids on the Block, and so on. Highly processed pop music has always raised the … Continue reading

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