One Chart Dig: March 11, 1967

I’m still catching up on stuff that got away during the first part of the week, so this will unfortunately be brief. By tomorrow, things should be back to what passes for normal around here.

Looking in the lower levels of the Bilboard Hot 100 that came out forty-four years ago today, I found a gem: “That Acapulco Gold” by the Rainy Daze, released on the Uni label. The Rainy Daze was a pop-rock quintet from Denver, Colorado. According to Wikipedia, “The group started as a covers act, nevertheless parlaying a string of frat party gigs into a local television appearance that reportedly caught the attention of famed producer Phil Spector, who extended a management contract.”

All-Music Guide picks up the tale: “A massive publicity campaign was in the planning stages when the spectacular failure of his [1966] magnum opus, Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High,” left Spector’s career in shambles; the Rainy Daze were among the collateral damage.”

In the Hot 100 released on March 11, 1967, “That Acapulco Gold” was at No. 93. The Uni release marked the third time the track had been issued as a single, according to Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles. The first release had been on the IP label during 1966, and the second release came in early 1967 on the Denver-based Chicory label.

The Uni release got as high as No. 70 before being pulled by radio programmers for its obvious drug reference.

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