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Saturday Single No. 290

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

As I’ve been hanging around 1957 for the first two posts of the week, it seems almost churlish to leave that year today, when I can play our occasional Saturday morning game of “Jump!” with the Billboard Top 40 of May 15 of that year.

Thirteen of those forty records moved more than six places from the previous week’s chart, with most of that movement coming from records ranked between No. 21 and No. 40, a circumstance that is not at all surprising.

Two records moved seven places: Jim Lowe’s “Four Walls” went from No. 44 to No. 37, and Ken Copeland’s “Pledge of Love” (featured here Tuesday) climbed from No. 24 to No. 17. And three records shifted nine places: “Mangos” by Rosemary Clooney dropped from No. 25 to No. 34; “Wonderful Memories” by Johnny Mathis moved up from a tie for No. 34 to No. 25; and Andy Williams’ “Butterfly” fell from No. 11 to No. 20.

(How many of these records do I know? Until I listened to Copeland’s record the other day, I had heard only three of the twelve I’ll mention here this morning. Even now, after years of tracking back into the history of rock, pop and R&B, looking at charts from the years before 1960 is something like archeology: I have very little knowledge about what’s out there, so I dig and sift, hoping to find something that clarifies the history of the music. If it turns out to be something I like, that’s great; if it’s something I already know, then the digging and sifting helps me put it in the context of its time, and I learn something.)

There was one record that moved ten places between the charts of May 8 and May 15, 1957: Charlie Grace’s original version of “Butterfly” – Williams’ version noted above was a cover – fell from No. 16 to No. 26. One record – Pat Boone’s “Love Letters In The Sand” – moved twelve spots, climbing from No. 21 to No. 9.

Then two artists already mentioned this morning pop back up: Jim Lowe shows up for the second time, this time with “Talkin’ To The Blues,” which jumped fourteen places, from No. 43 to a tie for No. 29; and Charlie Grace makes his second entrance, as his “Fabulous” climbed fifteen places from No. 51 to No. 36.

Two records moved up twenty places, which is a pretty good leap: “I Just Don’t Know” by the Four Lads went from No. 53 to No. 33, and Jim Reeves’ “Four Walls” went from No. 36 to No. 16. (I think Reeves’ version of the song was the original and Lowe’s version – mentioned above – was the cover, based on the data I found at Second Hand Songs.)

As large as those leaps were, however, they were not the largest of the week. The biggest movement of the week came from a familiar song, one that moved thirty-eight places, flying from No. 76 to No. 38 as it headed to No. 3. And that makes “Searchin’” by the Coasters Today’s Saturday Single.

(I was going to do my own video of the tune this morning, as each of the several videos I found at YouTube seemed to be in a different key with a different level of clarity. But the mp3 on my digital shelves has a muddy quality to it, and to my baffled amazement, I have no Coasters LPs or CDs. That gap will be closed soon, but in the meantime, the video I have posted above is in the same key as my muddy mp3, and I sincerely hope it’s the original recording. Sadly, that’s not the case, as Yah Shure notes below in his assessment of the Coasters’ catalog on CD.)

Saturday Single No. 272

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

It’s been a while since we played a game of Jump! here at Echoes In The Wind, taking a long-ago Billboard Top 40 and seeing which records moved the most since the previous week. For no particular reason, I’ve dug out the chart from the second week of January 1968, and it turns out to have a fair number of records with large leaps from the week before.

We’ll look at shifts of eight or more places. Two records met that bare minimum: “Who Will Answer,” an odd message record from Ed Ames, rose eight spots to No. 19, and the Rolling Stones’ “She’s A Rainbow” moved up eight places to No. 36.

There’s a bit of a logjam of records moving nine places: “Monterey” by Eric Burdon and the Animals rose to No. 15; the medley “Goin’ Out Of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” climbed to No. 28; Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Am I That Easy To Forget” moved up to No. 30; and “Itchykoo Park” by the Small Faces jumped to No. 32.

One record shifted ten places: “Two Little Kids” by Peaches & Herb rose to No. 31.

Three records moved fourteen spots: “My Baby Must Be A Magician” by the Marvelettes moved up to No. 26; the Foundations’ “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” jumped to No. 38; and “Darlin’” by the Beach Boys rose to No. 39.

Moving up seventeen spots to No. 18 was “Nobody But Me” by the Human Beinz, while the Esquires’ “And Get Away” dropped eighteen places to No. 40. Two records moved more than twenty places: “Incense & Peppermints” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock dropped twenty-two spots to No. 37, and “Spooky” by the Classics IV jumped twenty-four places to No. 23.

Normally, I’d go with the Classics IV and “Spooky” for today’s selection, but I’ve always been ambivalent about the record, so I’m going to let it go by. Today’s runner-up, “Incense & Peppermints,” remains one of my all-time favorite singles, but I’ve shared it here at least twice, most recently in the 2010 Ultimate Jukebox.

So we move to “And Get Away” by the Esquires, an R&B quintet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When I first saw the record listed in the Billboard Top 40 under consideration, I knew nothing about the Esquires except that they’d had a hit during the summer of 1967 with “Get On Up” (No. 11 pop and No. 3 R&B). Then I listened to “And Get Away,” and this morning’s decision to skip the two aforementioned records got easier.

“And Get Away,” a witty and funky follow-up to “Get On Up,” had peaked at No. 22 during the first week of January 1968; it went to No. 9 on the R&B chart; and it’s today’s Saturday Single.

Saturday Single No. 172

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Well, it’s time for another game of “Jump!”

No, not Van Halen. We’re going to find today’s single by looking at the Billboard Top 40 for one week – in this case, this approximate week in 1970 – and see which single moved the most from the previous week, up or down. I’ve done this several times before, so the only thing different is that this time, I have a name so I can create an index whenever I do this.

Jump!

First, here’s a look at the Top Ten for the week ending February 7, 1970. (And I should note that, while all of 1970 was a great time on the radio, for some reason, the late winter and early spring of that year is one of three or so seasons at the top of my chart for superlative listening. This was mostly very good stuff.)

“Venus” by the Shocking Blue
“I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5
“Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” by B. J. Thomas
“Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody Is A Star” by Sly & the Family Stone
“Without Love (There Is Nothing)” by Tom Jones
“I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” by Dionne Warwick
“Hey There Lonely Girl” by Eddie Holman
“Whole Lotta Love/Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)” by Led Zeppelin
“No Time” by the Guess Who
“Jingle Jangle” by the Archies

A couple of these are records that I know now, but I question whether I heard them frequently enough for them to make an impression forty years ago: The B-side of the Led Zeppelin record and the Tom Jones tune. Otherwise, everything is familiar and a couple of these ride pretty high on my all-time list.

And it turned out that the first full week of February 1970 was fairly volatile in the Top 40. Seventeen of the forty records listed had moved more than six spots since the previous week’s survey, with eight of those seventeen moving into the Top 40 for the first time, ascending from the Hot 100 of the previous week. And some of the jumps were, honestly, pretty remarkable.

A jump of six places is the minimum I require to mention a record here. Three records moved six places: Englebert Humperdinck’s “Winter World Of Love” dropped from No. 22 to No. 16. “Someday We’ll Be Together” by Diana Ross and the Supremes fell from No. 9 to No. 15. And Eddie Holman’s sweet “Hey There Lonely Girl” climbed from No. 13 to No. 7.

Moving eight places were five songs: Bobbie Gentry’s “Fancy” went up from No. 39 to No. 31. Brook Benton’s “Rainy Night In Georgia” rose from No. 34 to No. 26. “Early In The Morning” by Vanity Fare – posted here earlier this week – fell from No. 12 to No. 20. Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Cry Daddy/Rubberneckin’” fell from No. 6 to No. 14. And “No Time” by the Guess Who moved up from No. 17 to No. 9.

The Temptations’ “Psychedelic Shack” went from No. 21 to No. 11, a leap of ten places.  “One Tin Soldier” by the Original Caste (not Coven, as I originally wrote) did two places better than that, jumping from No. 48 to No. 36. The Delfonic’s “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” leapt seventeen places, from No. 45 to No. 28. Better than that by one was one of my utter favorites, Lulu’s “Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby),” which jumped eighteen places from No. 52 to No. 34.

Some of those are pretty good leaps. But, to quote Randy Bachman, you ain’t seen n-n-n-nothin’ yet.

Santana’s “Evil Ways” moved into the Top 40, jumping twenty-one places from No. 61 to No. 40. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by the Hollies jumped twenty-two places, climbing from No. 57 to No. 35. The Chairmen of the Board and “Give Me Just A Little More Time” bounced from No. 60 to No. 37, a leap of twenty-three places.

That leaves two records remaining of those that moved six or more places, and boy, did they jump. I thought I’d found this week’s winner when I was scanning the top twenty and saw that Creedence Clearwater Revival’s double-sided “Travelin’ Band/Who’ll Stop The Rain” had climbed from No. 50 to No. 18, an improvement of thirty-two places. But during that particular week forty years ago, that huge leap was only good enough for second place.

 The winner, with a mind-boggling ascent of thirty-eight places, is a record I mentioned not all that long ago in connection with a yearbook signing in the spring of 1970. (That means that it had reached hit status much faster in the $ilver Dollar $urvey from San Diego’s KCBQ – which I examined for that post on January 15 – than it did in the Billboard charts.) And happily, it’s a record I like pretty well.

 So here’s the Dutch group the Tee See with “Ma Belle Amie,” today’s Saturday Single.