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Chart Digging: February 13, 1965

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

So, one year after Beatlemania broke on the United States’ shores, where were the Beatles? In the Billboard Hot 100 released on February 13, 1965, forty-nine years ago today, the Beatles were at No. 40 with “I Feel Fine” and nowhere else.

It wasn’t time to feel sorry for the Beatles, however: They’d started the year with “I Feel Fine” at No. 1 and “She’s A Woman” at No. 4, and they would place a total of eleven more singles and one EP into or just under the Hot 100 during 1965, with five of those eleven singles (“Eight Days A Week,” “Ticket To Ride,” “Yesterday,” “We Can Work It Out” and “Help!”) going to No. 1. To repeat a cliché I’ve heard several times in recent weeks, a year like that would have been a career for many groups.

But it would be a bit of a come-down for the Beatles, whose 1964 was, as we all know, ridiculous: Thirty singles and one EP in the Hot 100, with six of the singles (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Love Me Do,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and “I Feel Fine”) reaching No. 1. A quick bit of arithmetic shows that a Beatles’ single was at No. 1 for eighteen of the year’s fifty-two weeks.

As it turned out, the Beatles would be absent from top spot for just three more weeks, as “Eight Days A Week” would enter the chart at No. 53 on February 20 and then make weekly jumps to No. 19, to No. 5 and to No. 1. In the meantime, though, what was in the Top Ten forty-nine years ago today?

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” by the Righteous Brothers
“Downtown” by Petula Clark
“This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys
“The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis
“My Girl” by the Temptations
“Hold What You’ve Got” by Joe Tex
“All Day And All Of The Night” by the Kinks
“Shake” by Sam Cooke
“The Jolly Green Giant” by the Kingsmen
“I Go To Pieces” by Peter & Gordon

Well, eight of those would make a very nice swath of radio. I’ve never liked “The Name Game” (and no, that’s not because my name was subjected to the game’s torsions in junior high; I just don’t care for the record), nor do I have much time for the Kingsmen’s record. Other than that, that’s a pretty good mix.

As always, though, I wondered what might lurk a little lower, so I’m taking today’s date – 2/13/14 – and adding that up to 29, and we’ll look at No. 29 and No. 129.

Sitting at No. 29 was a nice piece of pop that would not have been out of place in the repertoire of the Lettermen: “No Arms Can Ever Hold You” by the Bachelors, a group that I don’t think I’d ever heard until this morning. The trio from Dublin had reached No. 10 in June 1964 with “Diane,” and “No Arms . . .” was the third follow-up to hit the Hot 100 and second to reach the Top 40. The Bachelors would have five more charting records, taking them into early 1967, with the best-performing of those being “Marie,” which went to No. 15 in mid-1965.

“No Arms Can Ever Hold You” would peak a week later at No. 27. It’s not a bad single, and it’s got what a music-teaching colleague of mine once called “that MGM ending,” but there really wasn’t much to differentiate it from a thousand other orchestra-backed pop group singles, I suppose. Still, it’s a nice stop this morning as we head down the chart.

At No. 129, we find “I Love You Baby,” the only single placed in or near the chart by the R&B duo of Dottie & Ray, released as Le Sage 701. The record was in its third week Bubbling Under, having moved from No. 135 to No. 131 to No. 129. A week later, it would hit No. 126 and then be gone. On the R&B chart, the record peaked at No. 35 during a three-week stay.

And that’s all we know about Dottie & Ray. Neither Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles nor his Book of Top 40 R&B and Hip-Hop Hits have any more information. At Discogs.com, “I Love You Baby” is the only record credited to the duo. The song’s writer, Cecil Bowen – also one of three producers listed on the label – is credited at the Music VF.com database as having written one hit record: “I Love You Baby.” (Searching for the other producers – “A. Cleveland” and “A. Crier” – tells me only that Le Sage Records was based in Brooklyn and released a 1958 single by the Exciters, “I Talk To My Echo.”)

We could dig more, but for today, we’ll leave it there. “I Love You Baby” is a nice bit of vocal R&B with some interesting guitar and bass behind it. (Of course, if anyone out there has any more information about Dottie & Ray, it would be welcomed.)