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THIS WEEK 50 YEARS AGO: THE HOTTEST HIT IN THE USA!

March 14th, 2017


 NUMBER 1 IN AMERICA ’67 * The Beatles * WEEK OF 03/12/67 – 03/18/1967

BILLBOARD HOT 100 TOP FIVE: WEEK-ENDING MARCH 18, 1967

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NUMBER ONE FOR 1967!

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TEN WEEKS on the singles chart, “Penny Lane” by The Beatles peaked this week at No. 01 (1 week) on the Billboard Hot 100, week March 12 through March 18, 1967(source: Billboard)

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MCRFB Link: For the previous No. 1 record in the U.S.A. 1967 GO HERE.


THE 101 STRINGS: STRINGING ALONG A BEATLES’ NOTE!

March 14th, 2017

PENNY LANE * 101 STRINGS (1968)


PENNY LANE * 101 STRINGS (ALBUM EXT. VERSION; 1968)


THE ‘101 STRINGS’ ORCHESTRA

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In the 1960s and the 1970s, the 101 Strings Orchestra was essentially ‘instrumental’ having introduced many, many of the mainstream popular hits they would come to record at the time, such as The Beatles’ hit, “Penny Lane,” so on and so forth, as just one example.

During those two decades the 101 Strings Orchestra albums, consequently, one could say, won over many our parents’ and our grand-parents’ hearts. They would come to accept, in part, the same ‘strings’ hit titles the older generations otherwise came to primary dislike coming from top 40 radio stations at the time.

Now ask yourself. How many of these 101 Strings LP’s you can recall having been played in your households during your younger years? I’m almost sure you probably seen a few of these ‘101 Strings’ album covers laying somewhere around the house. Their orchestra ‘sound’ was not just melodic, pleasant and smooth.

Let’s just say the younger set more than likely did not care much listening to 101 Strings albums in general. But in hindsight, as we listen today, some may agree these classic Beatles “strings” still actually sounds just as “cool” today as when we first heard them a long time ago. Agreed.


Motor City Radio Flashbacks

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