Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: My favorite year for pop music is 1964, also known as the year of the British Invasion.

Also that year, I had a part time job at a Top 40 radio station, and I used to review all three of the Top 100 charts they would get: Billboard, Cash Box, and Record World.

Now, over 50 years later, I would like to know who besides the Beatles reached the No. 1 position on all three national surveys for 1964.
—Delbert Duncan, Toledo, Ohio

DEAR DELBERT: For 1964 there are 18 No. 1 hits that were trifecta winners. Listed alphabetically by artist, each of these topped all three national charts with the song indicated:

Animals - "The House of the Rising Sun"
Beach Boys - "I Get Around"
Beatles - "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
Beatles - "She Loves You"
Beatles - "Can't Buy Me Love"
Beatles - "Love Me Do"
Beatles - "A Hard Day's Night"
Beatles - "I Feel Fine"
Bobby Vinton - "There I've Said It Again"
Dixie Cups - "Chapel of Love"
Four Seasons - "Rag Doll"
Louis Armstrong - "Hello Dolly!"
Manfred Mann - "Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
Roy Orbison - "Oh, Pretty Woman" a.k.a. "Pretty Woman"
Shangri-las - "Leader of the Pack"
Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go"
Supremes - "Baby Love"
Supremes - "Come See About Me"

And now, as Meatloaf once opined, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad." Here then are the six tunes of 1964 that ascended to the No. 1 spot on just two of the three charts:

Beatles - "Twist and Shout"
Bobby Vinton - "Mr. Lonely"
Dean Martin - "Everybody Loves Somebody"
Lorne Greene - "Ringo"
Mary Wells - "My Guy"
Peter & Gordon - "A World Without Love"

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