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The Beatles 50 years ago today: August 15, 1964 (Saturday)

DEAN MARTIN KNOCKS THE BEATLES
OUT OF #1 SPOT - AUGUST 15, 1964

DEAN MARTIN'S SON, RICCI MARTIN, WAS JUST LIKE MOST ANY OTHER TEENAGER IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF 1964 - CRAZY AND OBSESSED WITH THE BEATLES.  THEIR NEW FILM A HARD DAY'S NIGHT WAS jUST RELEASED AND A SMASH HIT.

DURING THIS WAVE OF BEATLEMANIA, RICCI WAS RAVING ON AND ON ABOUT THE BOYS FROM LIVERPOOL. HIS FATHER, DEAN MARTIN, STAR OF STAGE, SCREEN, TELEVISION, LAS VEGAS, AND THE RECORD WORLD, GOT FED UP ONE DAY AND TOOK RICCI TO THE SIDE AND TOLD HIM: i'M GONNA KNOCK YOUR PALLIES OFF THE CHARTS.

YES, RICCI'S DAD WAS THE GREAT DEAN MARTIN, BUT DINO HADN'T HAD A HIT RECORD IN SIX YEARS - AND WELL, THESE GUYS WERE THE BEATLES!

IT WAS A SONG CALLED EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME. THE SONG HAD BEEN WRITTEN AROUND 15 YEARS EARLIER. DEAN HAD TO BE COAXED INTO RECORDING THE NUMBER, BUT AFTER SOME PUSHING, HE FINALLY AGREED TO RECORD THE TUNE THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN RECORDED BY SEVERAL OTHER ARTISTS INCLUDING SINATRA, PEGGY LEE AND DINAH WASHINGTON, AND HAD NEVER GONE ANYWHERE.

WHEN DEAN'S ALBUM CAME OUT, THE SONG WAS GIVEN LITTLE NOTICE AND RAISED NO STIR, BUT IN, EARLY IN 1964, DEAN RECORDED THE SONG AGAIN AS A SINGLE. IT SOON SPREAD AND GAINED POPULARITY, AND ON AUGUST 15, 1964, JUST AS HE HAD BOASTED TO HIS SKEPTICAL SON, EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME ACTUALLY KNOCKED THE BEATLES OUT OF THE #1 SPOT ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 RECORD CHART.


SAID DEAN CASUALLY TO HIS AWESTRUCK SON. RICCI MARTIN SAID HE LOOKED ON AT HIS FATHER WITH PRIDE, WONDER AND AMAZEMENT. AND THUS, DEAN MARTIN, IN ALL PROBABILITY, BECAME THE ONE AND ONLY PERSON TO CORRECTLY PREDICT THAT HE WAS GOING TO KNOCK THE BEATLES OUT OF THE NUMBER ONE SPOT ON THE CHARTS AND ACTUALLY DO IT!

Here is a list of the BILLBOARD'S TOP FIVE SONGS - AUGUST 15, 1964

1. EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY SOMETIME
DEAN MARTIN

2. WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO?
THE SUPREMES

3. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
THE BEATLES

4. RAG DOLL
THE FOUR SEASONS

5. UNDER THE BOARDWALK
THE DRIFTERS

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