FIFTY-TWO YEARS AGO, something unusual happened on the American popular music charts—which is an unusual statement because in the ’60s unusual things were happening in the world of rock and pop music on an almost daily basis! Back to the unusual something: on January 29, 1966, a record by an unknown artist debuted on the Cash Box Top 100 at #99.
Three weeks later, it received an RIAA Gold Record Award for sales of 1,000,000 copies in the US.
Two weeks after that, it was the #1 record in the country for four weeks.
By the end of the year, it had sold 5,000,000 copies, making it the best-selling single of the year.
The album of the same name as the single also went gold, quickly selling 2,000,000 copies in the US—an astonishing number at the time for anyone but the Beatles and Herb Alpert.
The artist never had another major hit, but for one year he outsold the Herb Alpert, the Beach Boys, Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and every other artist in the world.
The artist became an actor and appeared in a movie.
The artist became a failed movie producer and a failed saloon owner.
The artist became a writer and published twenty successful novels.
Along the way, the artist was involved in two fatal shootings: the first over another man’s former woman, the second cost him his life.
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FEATURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page is Nancy Sinatra. Needless to say, she is not the artist mentioned above. I chose her because the record mentioned above knocked These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ from #1 to #2 on the Cash Box Top 100. It remained at #2 for three weeks, meaning if it wasn’t for the record above, Boots would have been #1 for four consecutive weeks.