[EDITOR’S NOTE: This article takes a look at some “uncommon oldies” by UK recording artists that only managed to reach the Billboard Magazine’s pop music charts at No. 97 despite the British Invasion.]
During the early months of 1964 and for several years thereafter, the so-called British Invasion resulted in a glut of recordings by UK singers and groups landing prominent positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music listings in the U.S.
This article takes a different kind of look at the British Invasion, as it contains all 10 songs that fit a unique category: songs by English artists that only made it to No. 97 from 1964 through 1969. It’s an interesting list, indeed, and to hear any of the selections, simply click on the title:
- “SIE LIEBT DICH” (Beatles, uncharted UK, 1964): The English version of the song topped the charts for The Fab Four at the outset of The British Invasion, but the Swan label released this German rendition several months later.
- “LONG LIVE LOVE” (Sandie Shaw, No. 1 UK, 1965): Though she never charted on Billboard higher than No. 42, she was one of the top British female singers of the ’60s. She was born Sandra Ann Goodrich in Dagenham.
- “FROM A WINDOW” (Chad & Jeremy, uncharted UK, 1966): The duo of Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde charted seven Billboard Top 40s — headed by “A Summer Song” (No. 7, 1964) — but this Lennon-McCartney composition was a much-bigger hit for Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas (No. 23, 1964).
- “YOU’RE NO GOOD” (Swinging Blue Jeans, No. 3 UK, 1964): More-familiar renditions of this song were by Betty Everett (No. 51, 1963) and Linda Ronstadt (No. 1, 1975), but this version was by a Liverpool quartet consisting of guitarists Ralph Ellis and Ray Ennis, drummer Norm Kuhlke and bassist Les Braid. They were most-noted for “Hippy Hippy Shake” (No. 24, 1964).
- “IN THE MEANTIME” (Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, No. 22 UK, 1965): The lead singer was born Clive Powell in Lancashire, and he began his career as a pianist with Billy Fury’s backup group, The Blue Flames. His biggest U.S. single was “The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde” (No. 7, 1968).
- “FOX ON THE RUN” (Manfred Mann, No. 5 UK, 1969): This group formed in 1964 was named after keyboardist Manfred Mann, and their biggest U.S. hits were “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (No. 1, 1964) and “The Mighty Quinn” (No. 10, 1968).
- “SOMEONE, SOMEONE” (Brian Poole, No. 2 UK, 1964): The lead singer of The Tremeloes, this was his only U.S. charter as a solo artist. The Tremeloes’ top U.S. single was “Silence Is Golden” (No. 11, 1967).
- “THE JOKERS” (Peter & Gordon, uncharted UK, 1967): This was the last of 14 Billboard Hot 100 items for the London duo of Peter Asher and Gordon Waller, who topped the charts in 1964 with their “A World Without Love.”
- “TALK ABOUT LOVE” (Adam Faith, uncharted UK, 1965): Born Terence Nelhams in London, he was a TV and movie actor, and his singing career was managed by Leo Sayer. His most-significant U.S. single was “It’s Alright” (No. 31, 1965).
- “WHERE THE SUN HAS NEVER SHONE” (Jonathan King, uncharted UK, 1966): The singer was born Kenneth King in London, and his most-notable hit was “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” (No. 17, 1965).
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