Sunday, July 23, 2017

US Top 40 Singles: w/e July 30, 1966




Napoleon XIV storms into the top 40, jumping from #50 to #11, but the record is not without controversy as doctors and nurses in the mental health field voice their complaints about the song's content, causing some radio stations to stop playing the record. There's a healthy number of what would later be classified as garage-psych classics in this chart; Standells' "Dirty Water", Syndicate Of Sound's "Little Girl", Yardbirds' "Over Under Sideways Down" and of course the two songs at the top of the chart, the Troggs "Wild Thing" and Tommy James & The Shondells' "Hanky Panky" which was originally released under just the Shondells moniker as far back as 1963.

The Troggs 45 is the only single to simultaneously top the US pop chart on two different labels, Atco & Fontana. This was due to a dispute, which ended up in court, over which label had the US release rights. Both labels had a strong defense and the case took a long time to settle. Long after the single had dropped off the charts, Fontana was crowned the legal winner, although Atco had probably sold more copies of the single since it also contained the Troggs' follow up American hit "With A Girl Like You" on its b-side with savvy buyers sensing the better deal for their wallet.


  • 1 Blowin' In The Wind by Stevie Wonder
  • 2 (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water by Johnny Rivers
  • 3 Cool Jerk by The Capitols
  • 4 You Better Run by The Young Rascals
  • 5 Friday's Child by Nancy Sinatra
  • 6 The Impossible Dream by Jack Jones
  • 7 Billy And Sue by B.J. Thomas
  • 8 Searching For My Love by Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces
  • 9 Pretty Flamingo by Manfred Mann
  • 10 Dirty Water by The Standells
  • 11 See You In September by The Happenings
  • 12 Along Comes Mary by The Association
  • 13 Where Were You When I Needed You by The Grass Roots
  • 14 Happy Summer Days by Ronnie Dove
  • 15 I Couldn't Live Without Your Love by Petula Clark
  • 16 Trains And Boats And Planes by Dionne Warwick
  • 17 Ain't Too Proud To Beg by The Temptations
  • 18 Sweet Dreams by Tommy McLain
  • 19 Strangers In The Night by Frank Sinatra
  • 20 Little Girl by Syndicate Of Sound
  • 21 I Want You by Bob Dylan
  • 22 Love Letters by Elvis Presley
  • 23 The Work Song by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  • 24 Over Under Sideways Down by The Yardbirds
  • 25 This Door Swings Both Ways by Herman's Hermits
  • 26 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield
  • 27 Sunny by Bobby Hebb
  • 28 Red Rubber Ball by The Cyrkle
  • 29 Paperback Writer by The Beatles
  • 30 They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! by Napoleon XIV
  • 31 Somewhere My Love by Ray Conniff & The Singers
  • 32 Mother's Little Helper by The Rolling Stones
  • 33 Sweet Pea by Tommy Roe
  • 34 Summer In The City by The Lovin' Spoonful
  • 35 Hungry by Paul Revere & The Raiders
  • 36 I Saw Her Again by The Mamas & The Papas
  • 37 The Pied Piper by Crispian St. Peters
  • 38 Lil' Red Riding Hood by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
  • 39 Hanky Panky by Tommy James & The Shondells
  • 40 Wild Thing by The Troggs


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