Getting a late start today. No particular reason…
First, Happy Memorial Day, although that doesn’t seem right to say on a day that commemorates our fallen service members. We owe a lot to the men and women who gave their lives in the struggle to maintain our freedom, and sadly, there’s no way to thank them for it. Someone posted on Instagram (I’m having trouble finding it) that today is a day to celebrate the freedom the fallen have bought for us and paid with their lives. I think that’s as good a way as any to think of it. And let’s not forget the other fallen veterans, the dogs, horses, goats, mules, carrier pigeons, camels and other animals who lost their lives in the cause.
Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 from 1868 until 1970, after which the celebration was moved to the last Monday in May. WLS in Chicago started publishing its weekly survey in October 1960, so here are the #1 songs from the survey immediately preceding May 30 for each year from 1961 through 1970. WCFL started playing Top 40 in late 1965, so I’ll give the song that was #1 for them starting in 1966.
- 1961: Ricky Nelson, “Hello Mary Lou” One of my favorites, largely due to the James Burton guitar solo that inspired so many guitar players, or so it seems. Jumped all the way from #9 the week before. (Survey from May 27.)
- 1962: Ray Charles, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” Having conquered the world of R&B, Ray tackled country music and was just as successful. Jumped from #8 the week before. (May 26.)
- 1963: Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party” Lesley was celebrating her last week at #1 with this song on Memorial Day. The next day, she was supplanted by Ryu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” (“Ue O Muite Arokou”), which jumped from #13 the previous week. (May 24)
- 1964: The Beatles, “Love Me Do” A two-sided hit with “P.S. I Love You”, it remained at #1 from the week before. I’m pretty certain this isn’t The Fab Four doing this, but I couldn’t find an actual version. (May 29)
- 1965: Herman’s Hermits, “Silhouettes” An upbeat cover of The Rays’ 1957 song, this stayed at #1 from the week before. (May 28)
- 1966: The Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black” Hopped to the top spot from #5 the week before, supplanting The Mamas & Papas’ “Monday, Monday.” Down Wacker Drive at WCFL, “Monday, Monday” still topped the chart. (May 27)
- 1967: Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody To Love” Knocked Tommy James & The Shondells’ “Mirage” out of the top spot. The same exact thing happened at Marina City on WCFL, one of the few times they were in sync. (May 26)
- 1968: The Ohio Express, “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” Bubblegum reigned supreme as “Yummy3” spent another week atop the Silver Dollar Survey. Meanwhile, the last take-home survey WCFL issued was from the week before (May 23), when Tommy James & The Shondells’ “Mony Mony” topped the survey. There was no survey the week of the 30th, and the June 6 survey (of which one copy was sent to the record stores) had “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” in the top spot. (May 27)
- 1969: The Beatles, “Get Back” The Beatles, who were on the verge of breaking up by now, topped the charts for a second consecutive week. A visit to your local record store on May 28 showed that “Get Back” as well as its flip side, “Don’t Let Me Down,” topped the Big 10. (May 26)
- 1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Up Around The Bend” CCR overtook Simon & Garfunkel’s oft-reviled “Cecilia” for the top spot at The Big 89. Vanity Fare’s “Hitchin’ A Ride” topped The Big 10 Countdown for a second week. (May 25)
I’ve enjoyed my month as your Guest Conductor, and hey, if you’re interested in joining us on Mondays, here’s what you do: check Xmas Dolly’s blog for the theme of the day, build your playlist (and it doesn’t have to be ten songs long, and it doesn’t even have to be a playlist) accordingly, and, when you’ve published your post, go to the Linky, which this week is
and enter your information. Then go visit the other bloggers doing this, who will be listed on the Linky page.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.