want to know one of the strangest records to top the charts?

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.

To read more, click HERE (and yes, this is a teaser to lure you over to my new blog, which frankly needs readers).

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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