Top Songs of 1966 – #20

I said it back in January that the record charts in 1966 had some pretty odd hit songs. The strangest song of the year was the novelty song “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” by Napoleon XIV. That, of course, was a stage name for the artist who was found out to be Jerry …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #18

The next song to go to the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Hanky Panky” by Tommy James and the Shondells. The song was written in 1963 by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich for their group, The Raindrops but their version went nowhere. The Shondells version was number one on the Cash Box …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #17

The pop music charts in 1966 had all kinds of music; rock, folk, patriotic and easy listening. Frank Sinatra was on the top of the charts with “Strangers in the Night” for one week. The melody was credited to German, Bert Kaempfert with the English lyrics being claimed by a few writers. Most people  credit …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #16

It’s The Beatles that are again back on the top of the record charts in 1966. “Paperback Writer” is a song about a writer that is desperate need of a job. He has even written a paperback based on a book by a “man named Lear.” This is another Lennon-McCartney song but John later said …

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