Top Songs of 1966 – #23

Bobby Hebb had a hit with “Sunny” in 1966. It was a song that he both wrote and performed. Bobby said that his “intentions were just to think of happier times – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low tide.” Because “Sunny” was such a big hit in 1966, …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #22

The next song on the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Summer in the City” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. In 1965 the group released “Do You believe in Magic” which made it to the number 9 spot on the charts and also “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” which made it up …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #21

The next song that ended up on the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Sam, whose real name is Domingo Samudio, got his start singing in a school radio broadcast when in second grade. He formed the Pharaohs in 1961. The group …

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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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