Herman's Hermits [00:30]
"I Can Take or Leave Your Loving"
MGM Records K 13885
Reached number 22 on the US charts.
Bobby Darin [03:02]
"Mack the Knife"
ATCO Records 45-6147 1959
Bobby Darin's number one smash hit interpretation of the Berthold Brecht/Kurt Weill classic.
The Fabulous Echoes [06:07]
"Please Leave Her to Me"
Liberty Records 55755 1964
Hong Kong garage rockers who would eventually become part of Don Ho's circle of musicians.
Victor Lundberg [08:24]
"Open Letter to My Teenage Son"
Liberty Records 55996 1967
Phew... that may be the longest 4 minutes and 23 seconds of my life. Oh those rascally teenagers. This spent exactly 6 weeks on Billboard's Hot 100, peaking out at number 10.
Vic Dana [14:05]
Dolton Records No. 317 1966
Definitely a new one by me. Evidently inspired by a character from the C-grade James Bond cash-in The Silencers featuring Dean Martin as Matt Helm. The character in question is portrayed by Beverly Adams, who also appeared in two other Matt Helm vehicles, as well as How to Stuff a Wild Bikini as the object of Eric Von Zipper's affections and the Bewitched episode "George the Warlock" as Dora "D. D." Danger O'Riley
The Buckinghams [16:32]
"Kind of a Drag"
U.S.A. Records TM 1783 1966
A number one hit on the Hot 100 for this Chicago band.
Wayne Fontana [18:37]
MGM Records K 13661 1966
So this is what Wayne gets up to without the Mindbenders. Who kissed whom in the woods? Dude, you're totally crossing pop culture references.
Irma Thomas [20:48]
"Some Things You Never Get Used To"
Imperial Records 66095 1965
A mighty fine single from the Soul Queen of New Orleans. Somehow this Van McCoy single never gained any traction on the charts. However it did become a big hit on the Northern Soul scene.
Ed Ames [25:01]
"My Cup Runneth Over"
RCA Victor 47-9002 1967
A number one hit on... the Adult Contemporary charts in 1967 from one of the Ames Brothers and frequent portrayer of Native Americans on television.
Three Dog Night [27:45]
"Joy to the World"
Dunhill/ABC Records 45-4272
Three Dog Night bringin us their 1971 smash hit. Penned by Hoyt Axton, this easily made it to the number spot on the Hot 100.
Jimmy Holiday [31:08]
"Baby I Love You"
Minit MIN 32002 1966
Some quality soul from who helped compose "Put a Little Love in Your Heart". This single reached number 98 on the Hot 100 and number 21 on the R&B charts.
Brewer and Shipley [33:43]
"One Toke Over the Line"
Kama Sutra KA-516 1970
Yeah, somehow this one made it to number 10 on the Hot 100 despite Spiro Agnew's protestations. And produced by Occidental, California resident Nick Gravenites.
The Osmonds [38:13]
"One Bad Apple"
MGM Records K 14193 1970
If this number one gold record sounds like The Jackson 5, well that's because it was written by papa George Jackson.
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels [41:02]
"Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly"
New Voice Records 817 1967
This uptempo version of Shorty Long's "Devil..." reached number 4 on the hot 100, the most successful outing.
King Harvest [44:19]
"Dancing in the Moonlight"
Percecption Records P 515 1972
Zut alors, a little number from a Paris-based band King Harvest. This made it up to number 13 on the Hot 100.
The 5th Dimension [47:18]
"Save the Country"
Bell Records B 895 1970
The most succesful recording of this Laura Nyro tune, reaching as far as number 27 on the Hot 100.
Music behind the DJ: "Mack the Knife" by Dick Hyman