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The Beatles: I Want to Hold Your Hand

My journey through the 1960s continues.


1964
Billboard’s Top Seller – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles. They also had the No. 2, “She Loves You,” No. 13, “A Hard Day’s Night,” No. 14, “Love Me Do,” and No. 16, “Please, Please Me” spots!

Grammy for Record of the Year (1965) – “The Girl From Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz

Grammy for Song of the Year (1965) – “Hello Dolly” by Jerry Herman performed by Louis Armstrong

Best New Artist (1965) – The Beatles


The British are coming, the British are coming!  Yep, 1964 brought the British invasion, and boy did they ever invade. My teenaged sister was one of the many fans so I saw its effect first hand. And just look at the Billboard rankings for the Beatles alone. I would be remiss if I did not offer a Beatle’s tune so here you go…

I saw this broadcast on the Ed Sullivan Show and heard it countless times thanks to my sister and the radio.

For a contrast, and since I have not honored any of the girl groups as yet on my journey, here is “Dancing in the Street” by Marvin Gaye, William “Mickey” Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter performed by Martha and the Vandellas. It’s considered one of Motown’s signature tunes and reached No. 2 on Billboards’ Top 100.

I hope this gets you dancing, even if you are sitting at your desk. And check out how many views it’s had!

Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On

With all due respect to the song I was planning to post, Alison Krauss’ beautiful rendition of the Beatles “I Will,” I felt compelled to instead share Marvin Gaye’s 1971 chart-topper, due to the events of this past week (and month, and year…).

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