Number 1 with a Bullet

Nilsson - "Without You" (RCA, 1972)

Number 1 With A Bullet: Nilsson And “Without You”

In the fog of one too many beers, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Harry Nilsson[/lastfm] picked out his only #1 hit, “Without You.”

12/26/2011

Tommy James and the Shondells - "Crimson and Clover" (Roulette, 1968)

Number 1 With A Bullet: Tommy James And The Shondells’ “Crimson And Clover”

From their debut in June 1966 with “Hanky Panky” to their worst-charting single in November 1968 (“Do Something to Me”), [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tommy James and the Shondells[/lastfm] had always relied on their leader’s collaboration with songwriters […]

10/26/2011

Number 1 With A Bullet: Gary Lewis And The Playboys’ “This Diamond Ring”

Though [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gary Lewis[/lastfm] was, in the words of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Snuff Garrett[/lastfm], “not a very good singer,” the producer managed to blend Lewis’ vocals in such a way that he could turn out a string […]

08/31/2011

Number 1 With A Bullet: The Beach Boys’ “I Get Around”

On July 4, 1964, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beach Boys[/lastfm] scored their first Number 1 hit in the US. It wasn’t an easy birth.

08/12/2011

Number 1 With A Bullet: Gene Chandler’s “Duke Of Earl”

In the wake of considering the cover of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gene “The Duke of Earl” Chandler[/lastfm]‘s album, ’60′s Soul Brother (here), we look at the record that gave the singer his nickname.

06/16/2011

Number 1 With A Bullet: George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]George Harrison[/lastfm]‘s “My Sweet Lord” is a song packed with all kinds of stories and intrigue, not the least of which was its rapid ascent to Number 1 With a Bullet.

03/15/2011