DEAR JERRY: Who on the Billboard pop charts holds the record for longest time span between No. 1 hit singles records only, not compact discs, etc.?
Someone told me it might be the Beach Boys, but can you confirm that?
Nora DeFore, Amarillo, Texas
DEAR NORA: The Beach Boys are definitely in the conversation, since the time between "Good Vibrations" (December 10, 1966) and "Kokomo" (November 5, 1988) is nearly 22 years 21 years, and 11 months to be exact.
Moreover, if the question limited the time frame to the vinyl era, for example, the Beach Boys would receive the not-yet-created "longest time span between No. 1 hit singles" award.
Having no such restrictions, the winner in this category is Louis Armstrong. On March 5th, 1932, Armstrong's "All of Me," became his first No. 1 tune.
His next chart-topping single was "Hello, Dolly!," that came along on May 9th, 1964, making for a 32-year and two-month span of No. 1s.
Between those memorable hits, Satchmo charted with 39 other titles, but the closest he came to No. 1 was in 1935 when "I'm in the Mood for Love" peaked at No. 3.