Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Mike McKay
Posted in 101 #1 Song of The Day
Listen for the replay – caller # 10 wins choice of a pair of tickets to see either Herman’s Hermits or the Little River Band at he Inn of the Mountain Gods.
The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group whose manager was told repeatedly by record company executives that they just wouldn’t make it in this country. He persisted and proved them wrong – very wrong.
They’d been selling lots of records in their own country for EMI. But their American subsidiary, Capitol Records just weren’t interested saying, “we don’t think they will do anything in this market, i.e., the U.S.” When the record that you’re about to hear was released in the U.K. it went to number one in a single week. Copies of it found their way here and news clips started circulating about their popularity back home. The record would go on to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide making it the biggest selling British single of all time. And it proved the experts here completely wrong when it arrived at the top of Billboards Hot 100 on February 1, 1964 – their first of many number one American hits for the Beatles – “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”