With a Little Help, can you Work it Out?

The recent ABC Beatles Anthology and Alan Girton's excellent articles got me to thinking about music and the group of bugs themselves. I have a theory that most Beatle music aficionados are not "group cult worshippers", but just ordinary people who appreciate popular music as a whole--maybe not so much with all the current spins, but with the nostalgic music of the 60's when the Beatles were also placing high on the Billboard Charts.

While feeling creative and to prove this theory, I'm devising this letter with hints of pop song titles. The object is for the readers to guess the full song titles or singers.

Just before the Beatles sang about doing something with your hand and singing about who she loves, Bobby Vinton dominated January of 1964 with a song about "something he kept doing over and over" (hint!). The year 1963 had ended with us hearing the Singing Nun's song on the radio nearly every time we turned it on. Nearly every time (there, I've said it again)!

After the Fab Four's song about not being able to buy something, we heard Louis Armstrong singing, "Hello", to some girl. While we were all trying to figure out the next song title about "Love Me something (rhymes with "true")", the Dixie Cups were in a chapel, the 4 Seasons liked a doll, the Beatles had quite a day's night and the Animals were in some peculiar house. Roy Orbison couldn't keep his eyes off a woman, Manfred Mann sang a catchy little diddy, and the Beatles ended the year singing about how they each felt.

The next year started out with Petula Clark being somewhere other than a shopping mall, two brothers singing about losing a feelin', and Gary Lewis and his band flashing something around. The Beatles were doing something more than seven days a week; while the Supremes were giving us advise in the name of something and some British chaps were singing about somebody's lovely daughter.

By this time the Beatles had a ticket to do something, while the Beach Boys needed help from some girl (hint: it wasn't Barbara Ann), the Rolling Stones couldn't get something, and somebody declared that he was not the first Henry. By August, Sonny & Cher were calling each other babes; while the Beatles were crying for assistance, and then failed to sing about tomorrow.

The Stones wanted each of us to get off of something of theirs, while the Supremes must have been listening to Beethoven or Mozart, and the Byrds (not Hitchcock's) were quoting the Bible.

Simon and Garfunkel began 1966 with some very quiet sounds. Some group sang about being able to work it out, while Lou Christie stayed away from trees while he sang. Frank's daughter sang a song about footwear, and for 5 weeks, a song about some fighting men in the special forces became RCA's fastest-selling single of all time and the number one single of 1966.

The Mamas & Papas were doubly concerned about one particular day of the week, the Liverpool boys wanted to change their occupations to writers, Nancy's father was singing about strangers, and Tommy James & the something or others were describing something their baby does (shortly thereafter, nearly every "Yankee" could do it). Some Neanderthal guys started singing about a thing which wasn't tame. The Monkees arrived on the music scene by taking the last train, while we were treated to a song in December of 1966 about a cathedral (sounding like something out of the roaring 20's).

The year ended on some good vibrations, while the Monkees were no longer skeptics. The next year, started out with kind of a drag, but the Beatles picked it up by telling about "a barber's shop showing photographs of every head he's had the pleasure to know." Nancy and Frank got together for a duo, while the Beatles finished 1967 by telling us about all we need as well as what they answer when you say, "Goodbye."

The year 1968's only number one hit from the Beatles was number one for nine weeks. Many consider this long song their best hit. (It was Billboard's number two song of the 60's behind Chubby Checker's famous song).

I could go on and on, but I don't wish to bore those of you who find popular music so offensive. I believe I've proven my theory to those who are open to persuasion. And anyway, we've had these "Moments To Remember" (sung in 1955 by who?). Could you name most of the 52 songs in this letter?

--Kenneth J. Wolf #48 (11/29/95)

The solution--Look at 52 Song titles and the Musical Artists

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