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The 101 number one song of the day was recorded by a group lead by a singer known as one of the leading clowns of rock and roll and get this – he once played for the Red Sox.

Not the baseball team, it was the name of the skiffle group he played with in the 50’s while growing up in Manchester, England.  The song you’re about to hear was a hit in Great Britain two years before it arrived here in the States and by that time, the group was already signed to a different record label.  But with the British invasion in full swing, anything from there (or for that matter sounded like it was from there) was hot here.  So when the group arrived on our shores for a tour scheduled by the new label, Capitol, the old label Tower released whatever they still had the rights to and today’s 101 number one song became their biggest hit – anywhere when it arrived on top of Billboard’s Top 100 during this week in 1965 for the band headed by a guy who was as much known for his leaping, clownish stage antics as he was for his music: Freddie and the Dreamers (I’m Telling You Now)

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