Saturday, October 22, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 10/22/2016 Update

Today, we return to our 1967's Super Spectacular Singles Superstars mix, and take a listen to a pair of harmony-driven hits from two of Englands biggest hitmakers of that era, each with a fun bit of trivia attached to it.

The Hollies Carrie Anne was their biggest hit of 1967 following a monster 1966. Written by Graham Nash, he much later admitted the incredibly appealing song was directly inspired by his unrequited romantic feelings for Mick Jagger's then girlfriend, singer Marianne Faithful, but he didn't have the courage at the time to use her exact name, hence the subtle shift in title.

And scoring the biggest hit of their entire career was the slightly older but equally consistent on the charts singles act The Tremeloes with their cover of the Four Seasons b-Side Silence Is Golden, which would be tops in the UK for three weeks.

As for the fun Tremoloes trivia - they can lay claim to being one of the only bands in history to best the The Beatles in anything music related - back in 1962, when Decca records decided they wanted to add one young beat act to their label, they audition two acts - The Tremeloes, and The Beatles - and yes, The Tremeloes won out, a decision many speculate was anchored mostly on geography, as The Tremeloes were based much closer to label headquarters.

Wonder if those Decca execs ever wished they could have that choice back?

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