The Beatles: I Want to Hold Your Hand

Written by Charles McKay

In category: Song of the Day

Published August 9, 2019

My journey through the 1960s continues.

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!

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Leading NYFOS’s administrative team, Charles McKay has a longstanding devotion to vocal music. Prior to his time with NYFOS, he enjoyed a long career at Carnegie Hall, including programming the Great Singers concert series and developing professional training residencies, including the legendary Robert Shaw Choral Workshop.


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