Top Songs of 1964; #5

UK single cover

UK single cover

The next song to hit the top of the US record charts in 1964 depends on which of the major charts you look at. On the Cash Box chart for the week of  March 29 to April 4 the number one song was the Beatles “Twist and Shout.” That song only made it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart but remained there for 4 weeks (March 29 – April 25).

Twist and Shout was written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns in 1961. It was first recorded by a group called the Top Notes but it wasn’t a hit for them. Then the song was recorded bu the Isley Brothers and became their first big hit. In the US, “Twist and Shout” was the only million-selling Beatles single that was a cover song. After being such a big hit by the Beatles, the song has been recorded by many groups.

The Beatles have an Official website that also includes a link to download songs from iTunes. (Beatles songs can not be downloaded from Amazon.)