Saturday Single No. 245

It’s been a while since I pulled a Top 40 from the file drawers for a game of Jump! And it turns out to be a good week to do so, as I’d guess that the Top 40 that was released on this date in 1966 was one of the most volatile ever. Nineteen of that week’s Top Forty records — including every record from No. 32 through No. 40 – moved nine or more places from their spots the previous week.

The Top Five was relatively stable:
“Paperback Writer” by the Beatles, up from No. 2
“Red Rubber Ball” by the Cyrkle, up from No. 3
“Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra, down from No. 1
“Hanky Panky” by Tommy James & The Shondells, up from No. 6
“You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” by Dusty Springfield, remaining at No. 5

After that, the fun begins:

Three records moved nine spots from the previous week: “The More I See You” by Chris Montez fell from No. 25 to No. 34; “I Am A Rock” by Simon & Garfunkel fell from No. 8 to No. 17; and “Along Comes Mary” by the Association jumped from No. 19 to No. 10.

Moving ten slots was Robert Parker’s “Barefootin’,” which fell from No. 20 to No. 10. And the Young Rascals – still more than a year away from dropping the “Young” from their name – saw “You Better Run” jump eleven spots from No. 41 to No. 30.

Three records moved up thirteen slots: “Happy Summer Days” by Ronnie Dove jumped from No. 51 to No. 38; “Somewhere, My Love” by Ray Conniff & The Singers moved from No.48 to No. 35; and Tommy Roe’s “Sweet Pea” jumped from No. 37 to No. 24.

Moving up seventeen spots, from No. 57 to No. 40, was Elvis Presley’s “Love Letters In The Sand,” while the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind” fell eighteen spots from No. 9 to No. 27.

Three records moved nineteen places during that week forty-five years ago: The 4 Seasons’ “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me)” fell from No. 18 to No. 37; falling in parallel was the Swingin’ Medallions’ “Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love),” which tumbled from No. 17 to No. 36. Higher up on the chart, “Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs climbed from No. 31 to No. 12.

Normally, this would be about where a game of Jump! would end. But we still have six records to look at. Three of them moved twenty places: “The Work Song” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass went from No. 59 to No. 39; the Chiffons’ “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” fell from No. 12 to No. 33; and “The Pied Piper” by Crispian St. Peter’s climbed from No. 42 to No. 22.

The Mamas & The Papas had the third most-active record of that long ago Top 40: “I Saw Her Again” jumped thirty-four places from No. 53 to No. 19. Doing just a hair better than that was “Hungry” by Paul Revere and the Raiders (billed as featuring Mark Lindsay), which moved up thirty-five places, from No. 50 to No. 15.

But the week’s champion did even better than that, leaping forty-one places from No. 47 to No. 6, on its way to a two-week stay at No. 1. And that’s why the classic “Wild Thing” by the Troggs is today’s Saturday Single.

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2 Responses to “Saturday Single No. 245”

  1. Paco Malo says:

    A sidebar regarding Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”, in that No. 5 slot. A few years later, Muscle Shoals songwriters Eddie Hinton and Donnie Fritts used that song line in the chorus of a new song for Dusty’s 1969 album “Dusty in Memphis”. My lead post this week at Gold Coast Bluenote, by coincidence, is about that song, “Breakfast in Bed”. FYI.

    Regarding your pick for this week’s Saturday Single, Bravo! I think more calories have been burned dancing to this song than any other that comes to mind in the rock ‘n’ roll canon. And you can still walk into a bar with good music and hear this classic today. Great pick, whiteray!

  2. Yah Shure says:

    I loved “Wild Thing” the first time I heard it, and promptly ran over to Musicland to snatch a copy of the 45, which was on the Fontana label. I liked the follow-up, “With A Girl Like You”, even more, and picked it up at Target for eleven cents less than the Musicland price.

    But what was this? “Wild Thing” was its B-side?? On Atco??? No problem: the dual-hit pairing gave “Wild Thing” an extended lease on the ol’ record player. Besides, Fontana had opted for the bottom-of-the-barrel grade of hissy, reground vinyl when they had their singles pressed at RCA. It seemed pretty odd that the dual Fontana/Atco releases continued beyond the corresponding ‘Wild Thing’ LPs to the next single, “I Can’t Control Myself”, before Fontana emerged as the Troggs’ sole American label.

    And in a strange way, that was too bad. The sound on that now long-gone Atco “Wild Thing” 45 was much more compressed than its Fontana counterpart. That extra compression ratcheted up the record’s already high in-your-face snottiness factor to the point where it made the Fontana single sound downright polite, by comparison. The Atco 45 truly rocked, and I’ve never grown tired of it.

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