Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Mexia Daily News -: "No doubt about it. Charlie Allen of Charlie Allen's Burgers & Grill, believes strongly in Operation Graduation 2007. Charlie Allen purchased five tickets - $500 worth - for the Operation Graduation '$10,000 Dinner,' set for this Saturday night in Mexia Civic Center. The $100 dinner ticket affords an opportunity for the purchaser to win $10,000 in cash. Belinda Beldin, longtime employee with Charlie's Burgers, holds the dinner tickets. Allen's purchase of five tickets should provide a challenge for others to follow suit, although there is not much time remaining."
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DEAR JERRY: A book about the music of the British Invasion makes reference to a time in the mid-'60s when the Beatles occupied all of the Top 5 chart positions. They state this feat had never before been done, but fail to list the exact songs and don't provide a specific date.
Can you fill in the details?
It would also be interesting to know if, in their first full year of success in the U.S. (1964), they tallied more or fewer weeks at No. 1 than Elvis did in 1956, his breakthrough year.
—Brenda Verline, Tampa, Fla.
DEAR BRENDA: The Beatles' ownership of the nation's Top 5 took place the week ending April 4, 1964.
Billboard reports the Top 5 that week as: 1. Can't Buy Me Love. 2. Twist and Shout. 3. She Loves You. 4. I Want to Hold Your Hand. 5. Please Please Me.
Besides those five, seven other Beatles songs are in that week's Top 100 hits: “I Saw Her Standing There” (31); “From Me to You” (41); “Do You Want to Know a Secret” (46); “All My Loving” (58); “You Can't Do That” (65); “Roll Over Beethoven” (68); and “Thank You Girl” (79).
That 12% of the April 4, 1964 Top 100 belong to the Beatles is truly remarkable!
Also noteworthy that week are two Beatles novelty hits that are not by them, but about them: “We Love You Beatles” (Carefrees) (42) and “A Letter to the Beatles” Four Preps) (85).
As for your second question:
From April 21 through the end of 1956, Elvis Presley spent 25 weeks at No. 1. The five songs in that impressive run are: “Heartbreak Hotel;” “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You;” “Don't Be Cruel;” “Hound Dog;” and “Love Me Tender.”
Since Presley's streak didn't begin until the end of April, he accomplished the 25-week total in roughly eight months, making his impact in 1956 even more astounding.
From February 1 through the end of 1964, the Beatles held the top spot for 18 weeks — doing so with these tunes: “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.”