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October 17th, 1964

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Chart Notes: As new material is released, the Beatles score another trifeca with all three of the top slots at WPGC. 'I'll Be Back' originally was found as the last track on the second side of the UK version of the 'A Hard Day's Night' album. The song however was left off the US version of 'A Hard Day's Night' and didn't appear on any US album until 'Beatles '65', released 12/15/64. It debuts in the Top Ten this week at WPGC at #1!

The Beatles fourth UK album, 'Beatles For Sale' came out in time for Christmas on 12/04/64. Roughly half of the cuts on it (almost exclusively from the first side) made their way onto its US counterpart, the aforementioned, 'Beatles '65' eleven days later. Among these was, 'I'm A Loser', which debuts in the Top Ten at WPGC this week at #2.

The bulk of the remaining cuts from 'Beatles For Sale' would be used on the next US release by Capitol, 'Beatles VI', released six months later on 06/14/65. Included in these was, 'Kansas City' (more accurately, 'Medley: Kansas City / Hey Hey Hey Hey'), which rounded out the triple play, debuting at #3 this week at WPGC.

It is unknown how WPGC had access to these songs so early. Notice below that no other DC area stations were playing any of them at the time. Whatsmore, none of these songs would appear in the Top Ten on any other DC area station for at least another month. After the mind blowing onslaught of Beatlemania earlier in 1964, it is incomprehensible they wouldn't be playing them if they had access to them.

'I'll Be Back' and 'I'm A Loser' would not come out officially for another two months. Likewise, 'Kansas City' would not be available to the American record buying public for another 10 months. None of these songs appeared as B-sides on other Beatles singles. A possible explanation might be record label personnel arranging to bring in new Beatles product from overseas before the official release in the US.

Meanwhile, previously released Fab Four tuneage continues to enjoy air play at other stations around the DC dial this week with 'Matchbox' from the 'Something New' album on Capitol moving up from #10 - #8 at WINX, while Lennon & McCartney's song writing credit with 'From A Window', the third consecutive hit written by them for Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas, rises a notch from #3 - #2 this week at WHMC.

Harv Moore writes:

(WPGC Program Director) Dean Griffith (Dean Anthony) was very highly regarded by record company representatives. He was first to play new releases, and he broke a lot of records out of D.C. He had an amazing ear. Consequently he received a lot of "special attention" from the record companies, and was able to procure a lot of "unavailable" material. I'm sure the Program Directors and Music Directors from the other D.C. stations were scratching their heads when they saw the Evening Star Top Ten, wondering "how in the heck did he get those (Beatles songs ahead of everyone else)?"

Re: the Beatles, I have read in several books the account of their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum as to who was on the bill with them. They listed
The Chiffons and Tommy Roe. A fellow DJ friend (and Beatlemaniac) had given me an "original" poster from the show, with The Chiffons and Tommy Roe listed as the opening acts. I knew this was wrong because the opening acts were Jay & The Americans and The Righteous Brothers and The Caravelles. I know, because I talked to them in the stands on the afternoon of the show.

What happened was, as we all know, there was a blizzard on the East coast, and the Beatles had to take the train from NYC to DC, instead of flying. The Chiffons and Tommy Roe couldn't make it in, so they had to get some last-minute opening acts. Several years ago on the anniversary of the Beatles show, I had Kenny Vance of Jay & The Americans on the air with me by phone, and he verified this.

WPGC Music Survey Weekly Playlist - 10/17/64

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LW TW Song Title Artist Name
I'll Be Back
I'm A Loser
Medley: Kansas City / Hey Hey Hey Hey
Oh, Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison
Have I The Right
I Don't Want To See You Again
Peter & Gordon
Leader Of The Pack
Tobacco Road
Nashville Teens
Unless You Care
Terry Black
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Manfred Mann
We're Through

WPGC Music Survey Weekly Playlist - 10/10/64
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Special thanks to Jack Maier for the above.


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