Saturday Single No. 759

Let’s look at what the kids around me were listening to fifty-five years ago this week, as chronicled in the Big 6+30 survey released by the Twin Cities’ KDWB on October 29, 1966. Here’s the top ten:

“96 Tears” by ? & The Mysterians
“Cherish” by the Association
“Last Train To Clarksville” by the Monkees
“Hooray For Hazel” by Tommy Roe
“Dandy” by Herman’s Hermits
“Walk Away Renee” by the Left Banke
“Cherry, Cherry” by Neil Diamond
“Reach Out I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops
“Psychotic Reaction” by Count Five
“If I Were A Carpenter” by Bobby Darin

Even though I wasn’t yet a dedicated listener, I knew almost all of these as my peers listened to radio all around me. They were in the air, and I liked most of the ones I knew. I’m not sure I knew “Psychotic Reaction” back then, and I wonder about the Bobby Darin single. But the rest of them were familiar even though I didn’t have any of those tracks in my collection until probably 1974, when Rick from across the street gave me a hits collection by the Association.

I’ve written about “Cherish” before, noting that when it was getting airplay around me, I recognized it as something special. I’ve also noted here that I certainly didn’t understand the depth of the anguish hidden in the pretty song when I was thirteen; that took years.

The others in that list of ten are fine listening, except for the Tommy Roe single, which I’ve always thought was kind of slight.

And since it’s the 30th of the month today, I’m just going to play Games With Numbers, dropping down to No. 30 on the KDWB survey to see what we’ll listen to this morning. And we find a cover of “Go Away Little Girl,” a song that went twice to No. 1 in the Billboard  Hot 100, once for Steve Lawrence in 1963 and once for Donny Osmond in 1971.

In between those versions, the Happenings took the song to No. 12 in a version that was produced by the Tokens (who in 1969 paired the song with “Young Girl” in a medley that Bubbled Under at No. 118). The production owes a lot to the 4 Seasons. It’s a decent record, and it’s today’s Saturday Single.


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