Top Songs of 1964; #14

The Beatles are back on the top of the record charts in 1964. This time with “A Hard Day’s Night,” the title song to the movie of the same name. The song was written by John Lennon with only minor suggestions from Paul McCartney. The title comes from a malapropism attributed to Ringo Starr after …

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Top Songs of 1964; #13

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Rag Doll” by The Four Seasons. It was just another song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change. When …

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Top Songs of 1964; #11

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was another British import; “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon. The song was written by Paul McCartney but under an an arrangement with their record contract it was listed as Lennon-McCartney as the writer. John Lennon had mentioned once that …

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Top Songs of 1964; #10

The next song on the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich with Phil Spector. It was previously recorded by The Ronettes and The Blossoms, neither of which  group released as a single. The version by The …

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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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