Top Songs of 1966 – #3

Back 50 years ago The Beach Boys had big hit with “Barbara Ann.” That was an old song at that time. It had been released in 1961 by The Regents who had it climb to #13 on the record charts. The Beach Boys version was recorded on Sept.23, 1965 in a studio but then had sounds …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #2

Simon and Garfunkel first got together while in High School. They had a minor hit in 1957 with “Hey Schoolgirl” but they were billed as Tom and Jerry. After an audition for Columbia records in 1964 they were given a contract to record the album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M which included “The Sounds of Silence.” …

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Top Songs of 1966 – #1

Nineteen-sixty-six will be an interesting year for pop music. The British invasion is in full swing. Also there are folk-rock groups that will show up in the countdown. An American group that imitates Beatles movies will show up on the top of the charts. Two Sinatras will have number one songs. There is even a …

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Top Songs of 1965 – #30

The next song to be a hit in 1965 was “A Taste of Honey” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. The song was originally an instrumental written for the 1960 Broadway version of the 1958 British play A Taste of Honey. A vocal version of the song, first recorded by the actor Billy Dee …

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Top Songs of 1965 – #29

The Four Seasons had another hit record with “Let’s Hang On” in 1965. The song was written by Bob Crewe, Sandy Linzer, and Denny Randell. Bob Crewe was the producer for the Four Seasons and other groups. Frankie Valli sings the lead on the song. The Four Seasons came together in 1960 and had many …

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Top Songs of 1965 – #28

The Byrds were back with their second number one song of 1965. “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title which is repeated throughout the song, and the final verse of the song, are adapted word-for-word from …

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