#1 hits of 1964

Capitol Records - 1964

The Beach Boys ‘I Get Around’ Shredded Beyond Recognition

‘I Get Around’ was The Beach Boys first #1 hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 right in the middle initial wave of the British Invasion of 1964.  The fact that it did so well among […]

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Parlophone Records - 1963

Beatles Manager Brian Epstein And John Lennon: The Controversy Over Love Me Do

What could possibly be controversial about the Beatles first commercial single release ‘Love Me Do’, it’s a harmless pop record that started the success of the most popular group of all time.  In 1964, it […]


Capitol Records - 1964

Where The Beatles Got The Title For A Hard Day’s Night

The Beatles first movie was a surprise hit for them.  It wasn’t a surprise that the film was successful, it was a surprise to everyone that it was so good.  Fans loved it, critics loved […]


Was The Beatles Guitar Feedback On ‘I Feel Fine’ Intentional Or Accidental?

To my knowledge, it was the first example of feedback being used on a pop record – or any record for that matter.  If you can find an earlier one, I’d like to know about […]


Petula Clark First Heard ‘Downtown’ While Having Tea

It all seems so civilized, doesn’t it?  When Downtown hit the charts in 1964, we’d never heard anything that sounded like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Petula Clark[/lastfm]. She became one of the the biggest selling female singers throughout […]


Roy Orbison: Why Artists Aren’t Appreciated Until After They’ve Died

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Roy Orbison[/lastfm] was appreciated before his sudden death in 1988 at age 52.  When I met him the year before backstage at the Celebrity Theatre, I found him to be the most down to […]


Iconic Beatles Hit Wasn’t Included On Original Albums

Here in the states it appeared on [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] Second Album , but not on any of the original British albums.  It was the first [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles[/lastfm] record I ever got (my dad bought […]


Brian Epstein And John Lennon on Beatles Love Me Do Controversy

How could [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] Love Me Do cause controversy upon its release in 1962?  Well it did and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brian Epstein[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] spoke of it a year later.