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, Louis Armstrong did his recording to the theme song to help promote the play.

Louis Armstrong had a long career as both a trumpet player and vocalist. His first recording was in 1923 with the Creole Jazz Band. “Hello, Dolly!” was the biggest hit of his career. Armstrong won a Grammy Award for the song and it was also the Grammy song of the year. Louis would take his final bow in 1971 at aged 69.

Hello, Dolly!” would only be on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for the week of May 3 – 9. Then it would be on the top of the Cash Box record chart for just the week May 10 – 16, 1964.

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