This week in music: 1966 The Lovin' Spoonful

(Source: Billboard)
(Source: Billboard)
Published: Aug. 10, 2018 at 10:46 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2018 at 8:39 PM CDT
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(KFVS) - Let's take a moment to revisit some songs of summer.

This morning we head back to 1966.  Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 had British singer Crispian St. Peters at number five with The Pied Piper. Hey follow me, I'm the Pied Piper.

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Another act from Britain was in the number four position. The Troggs had just spent two weeks at number one with Wild Thing. It was the band's only major hit in the U.S. Still, many credit The Troggs as an early influence on punk rock.

A novelty song was in the number three spot. They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Ha was credited to Napoleon XIV. But Napoleon was really Jerry Samuels who was an engineer at a recording studio in New York. The song is about slipping into insanity with those nice young men in their white coats who are coming to take the singer to the "funny farm". Samuels didn't really record a "B" side to They're Coming to Take Me Away. The "B" side was simply the "A" side played in reverse.

A rock 'n roll take on a classic fairy tale was in the number two spot. Lil' Red Riding Hood was the second top ten hit for Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs. The song features the classic lines "Who's that I see walkin' in these woods?/Why it's Little Red Riding Hood" and "you're everything that a big bad wolf could want".

And in the top spot for this week in '66 was The Lovin' Spoonful with Summer in the City. The song features sounds of car horns and jackhammers to give the impression of the sounds from a summer in the city. It was the group's only chart-topping single although lead singer John Sebastian hit number one ten years later with Welcome Back, the theme song from the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

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