This week 48 years ago, NBC boasted the first entire TV lineup in color, actor Ronald Regan was elected governor of California, John Lennon met Yoko Ono at an art gallery in London and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "I'm Your Puppet," James and Bobby Purify
The million-selling "I'm Your Puppet" was the soul duo's biggest hit. By the way, their real names: James Purify and Robert Dickey. They were cousins, and Robert just took "Purify" as his stage name. I don't blame him. Why can't my name be "Jordan Purify"?
9. "Devil With a Blue Dress On" / "Good Golly Miss Molly," Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
These two songs were originally written and recorded by two different groups of people, which only shows that Ryder had really good taste when it came to medleys.
8. "If I Were a Carpenter," Bobby Darin
Darin's version was the first big cover of this Tim Hardin song. The others: The Four Tops in 1968 and Johnny Cash/June Carter in 1970. Hardin performed "If I Were a Carpenter" at Woodstock.
7. "You Keep Me Hangin' On," the Supremes
The group's eighth (!) No. 1 hit was their follow-up to "You Can't Hurry Love."
6. "Winchester Cathedral," the New Vaudeville Band
I feel as though this song (and this video) could have only happened in the 1960s. Oddly, this song won a Grammy for best contemporary recording (aka rock), even though it's clearly not rockin'.
5. "Dandy," Herman's Hermits
This one was written by a "commander." The songwriter, Kinks' Ray Davies, was given a CBE (commander of the British empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004.
4. "Good Vibrations," the Beach Boys
This multi-layered classic was also the Beach Boy's first million-selling hit. Below, you'll find an interesting video documenting the recording sessions.
3. "96 Tears," ? and the Mysterians
Ah, good old Question Mark (yes, that's how "?" was pronounced and Rudy Martinez is his real name).
2. "Last Train to Clarksville," the Monkees
A few months after this song hit No. 1, "The Monkees" TV show won an Emmy for Best Comedy (it was canceled in 1968).
1. "Poor Side of Town," Johnny Rivers
Rivers was rewarded handsomely for his transition to pop-soul.