Top Songs of 1964; #9

The Beatles were back on the top of the record charts again in 1964. This time it was their song “Love Me Do.” This song featured John Lennon on the harmonica.  The song was originally one that Paul had a few years before but was finally put together with John and recorded in September 1962. …

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Talk on American Songs

This Tuesday evening  (May 13) at 7 p.m. in the Greece Town Hall is a talk by Michael Lasser on “America’s Songs: The Great American Songbook” Michael is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, he is the former theater critic for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and CITY Newspaper, host …

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Top Songs of 1964; #8

The next song to hit the top of the record charts was “My Guy” by Mary Wells. The song was written by Smokey Robinson and it would become Mary’s biggest hit. The short intro borrows the theme from the old song”Canadian Sunset.” Mary Wells was one of the first big stars for Motown Records. After …

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Top Songs of 1964; #7

After months of The Beatles controlling the top of the record charts in 1964, someone was to break their streak. It wasn’t a rock song. It was “Hello, Dolly!” by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars. The play “Hello, Dolly” opened on January 16, 1964 in New york City. The month before the play opened, …

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Top Songs of 1964; #6

Yet another Beatles song is to hit the top of the US record charts in 1964. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was hit the top spot only a little more than a month after it was recorded. The backgrounds were recorded in Paris in January and then Paul’s vocal and George’s guitar were recorded later in …

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Beatles on Sullivan Show

It was 50 years today that the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The tickets for the audience were next to impossible to get. The Beatles followed Ed’s show opening introduction, performing “All My Loving” and “Till There Was You.” At the end of the show they performed “I Saw Her …

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Top Songs of 1964; #2

The second song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964  was “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen. The song was banned in some places because some people thought that the lyrics were indecent. In fact, the lead singer would later say that he had forgotten the words so he just mumbled. The song …

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