So what knocked that song out of the #1 slot after a five week run? It was a song by an old guy. Sixty-three year old Louis Armstrong, who hadn't been in the top 10 for eight years, nudged the fab four out of their exalted top slot. Can't Buy Me Love fell to #5 and Satchmo became the oldest artist in history to have a number one song. If you are about my age, you have to remember this song.
My understanding is that the Beatles loved it, that Satchmo bumped them off the top, because they looked up to him and his music. Nearly six months later, the same thing happened yet again. The Beatles were riding high with a big hit. It had been #1 for two weeks and it was August 1963. Remember this theme song from the movie?
A Hard Day's Night -- a title based on an expression used by Ringo, after a hard day on the movie set -- was riding high. Then another older guy came along to knock them off the apple cart. Dean Martin had not had a hit in six years. But he had switched to a new label (Reprise owned by his friend Frankie), he had a new style and arrangement on a 15 year-old song that had been previously recorded by several artists, and he saw success coming. He told his son that he was gonna release a record that would blow the Beatles right off the charts. A few months later, Dino -- the King of Cool -- did just that.
Steven L. Smith
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