Beatlemania Grips America And The Band Makes History April 4, 1964
With help from their appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show which effectively brought Beatlemania to America, something monumental happened happened on this date in '64, indeed confirming that we had never seen anything like Beatlemania, and we haven't since. Take a look at the Top 5.
Beginning a 5 week reign at #1, Can't Buy Me Love had jumped 26 positions to reach the top. It stood as the record for greatest jump to #1 until Kelly Clarkson with A Moment Like This jumped from 52 to #1 in 2002 (she actually did even better in 2009 when My Life Would Suck Without You went from 97 to #1).
On top of that, The Beatles had 7 other songs on the Hot 100 that week: I saw Her Standing There (31), From Me To You (41), Do You Want To Know A Secret (46), All My Loving (58), You Can't Do That (65), Roll Over Beethoven (68) and Thank You Girl (79). Plus there were 2 Beatles tribute records charting: We Love You Beatles by the Carefrees (42) and A Letter To The Beatles by the Four Preps (85).
Incredibly, 2 more Beatles singles entered the chart the following week: There's A Place (74) and Love Me Do (81).
The Beatles still lead everyone with the most #1's in the history of the Hot 100.
Off Rock contributor Mike Lang was not yet born in 1964.