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A Sign of the Times — Petula Clark (1966)

On Feb. 27, 1966, British singing-sensation Petula Clark introduced “A Sign of the Times” on the CBS Television Network’s  The Ed Sullivan Show. The song would enter the Billboard Hot 100 in March and go to #11. The song also … Continue reading

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On Jan. 29, two songs enter the singles charts at #75 (Beck and the Bobby Fuller Four)

On January 29, two singles entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #75—but they were 28 years apart. So which one do I write about? The 1994 song “Loser” by Beck, or the 1966 song “I Fought the Law” by the … Continue reading

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Sounds? Sound? Surprise! (Simon & Garfunkel’s first #1, 1966)

In October of 1964, Simon and Garfunkel released their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. The album was subtitled “Exciting new sounds in the folk tradition” – and it went nowhere on the charts, with the critics, or in the … Continue reading

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I’m picking up good vibrations (Brian Wilson, 1966)

On Dec. 10, 1966, The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was released in late October and had taken about ten months to create. Brian Wilson wrote the music and collaborated with band … Continue reading

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Dual (duel?) guitarists: The Yardbirds with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page

When Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds in the spring of 1965, the band asked Jimmy Page to take his place. At the time, Page was enjoying his work as a studio session musician, so he recommended a friend, Jeff Beck, … Continue reading

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Girl power: The Supremes A-Go-Go

On Oct. 22, 1966, The Supremes became the first female group to have a #1 album on the US charts with The Supremes A-Go-Go. The album was a cover collection of Motown’s most popular dance hits (i.e., “Get Ready,” “I … Continue reading

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Everybody’s hustlin’ just to have a little scene (Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman”)

The only #1 hit for Donovan on the US singles chart happened on Sept, 3, 1966, with “Sunshine Superman.” Oddly enough, the single would not be released in the UK until December. “Sunshine Superman” is considered to be one of … Continue reading

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