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The Belfast Gypsies…

were what remained of the Irish group Them – without lead singer Van Morrison.  They formed in 1965 and continued on with little success (none beyond “Gloria’s Dream”) in the U.S.  The group included former Them members Jackie McAuley (keyboards) who later went on to join The Freaks of Nature, and brother Patrick McAuley (drums).  Neither brother were original members of Them – both arriving to replace others in 1964 but they were present on some of the U.S. Them charting records.  The other two members were Ken McLeod (guitar) and Mark Scott (bass).

The Gypsies - Holding On to Them

The Gypsies – Holding On to Them

Invasion in the Billboard Top 30 – September 17th, 1966

(from Billboard Magazine)

(Number 1 Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love – 2nd week #1)

Number 2 – Yellow Submarine – The Beatles (up from #3)

Number 3 – Sunshine Superman – Donovan (down from #2)

Number 4 – Bus Stop – The Hollies (up from #9)

Number 14 – Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles (up from #26)

Number 15 – Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks (up from #20)

Number 18 – Black Is Black – Los Bravos – (up from #27)

Hot 100 Debuts September 17th, 1966

Number 81 – All I See Is You – Dusty Springfield

Number 85 – See See Rider – The Animals

Number 95 – Changes – Crispian St. Peter

“Bubbling Under” the Hot 100

Number 101 – Just Like a Woman – Manfred Mann

Number 127 – The Belfast Gypsies – Gloria’s Dream

Global Beat

Wonderland - RUS Som Beat - BRZ Ronnie Bird & Blue Men - FR

Poochy (Russia) – Som (Brazil) – Ronnie Birds (France

Peter & the Blizzards - NED Mustangs - SPN Metro - HUN

The Blizzards (Netherlands) – The Mustangs (Spain) – Metro (Hungary

Lee, Dinah - OZ Layabouts - BEL Hound Dogs - SWE

Dinah Lee (Australia) – The Layabouts (Belgium) – The Hound Dogs (Sweden)

Gentlemen - FR Details - GER Buffoons

The Gentlemen (France) – The Details (Germany) – The Buffoons (unknown)

Advertisements

Invasion in the Billboard Top 30 – September 10th, 1966

Animals - MGM 13582 - See See Rider gerry-and-the-pacemakers-girl-on-a-swing-laurie[1] Springfield, Dusty - Philips 40396 - All I See Is You - PS

(from Billboard Magazine)

(Number 1 Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love)

Number 2 – Sunshine Superman – Donovan (down from #1)

Number 3 – Yellow Submarine – The Beatles (up from #5)

Number 9 – Bus Stop – The Hollies (up from #19)

Number 20 – Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks (up from #22)

Number 26 – Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles (up from #47)

Number 27 – Black Is Black – Los Bravos – (up from #41)

Number 29 – With A Girl Like You – (up from #32)

Hot 100 Debuts September 10th, 1966

Number 85 – Girl On A Swing – Gerry & the Pacemakers

“Bubbling Under” the Hot 100

Number 102 – Just Like a Woman – Manfred Mann

Number 112 – All I See Is You – Dusty Springfield

Number 114 – See See Rider – The Animals


Invasion activity for

the week was meager – so here are some early Billboard ads from the era:

Herman's Hermits - January 1968

Herman’s Hermits – January 1968

The Allisons - March 1961

The Allisons – March 1961

The Alan Bown - 1969

The Alan Bown – 1969

The Nashville Teens -  November 1964

The Nashville Teens – November 1964

The Beatles - December 1966

The Beatles – December 1966

The Mickie Finn - September 1967

The Mickie Finn – September 1967

The Bachelors - October 1964

The Bachelors – October 1964

Adam Faith - February 1960

Adam Faith – February 1960

Four Jacks & A Jill - 1968

Four Jacks & A Jill – 1968

Invasion in the Billboard Top 30 – September 3rd, 1966

(from Billboard Magazine)

Number 1 – Sunshine Superman – Donovan (up from #5)

Number 5 – Yellow Submarine – The Beatles (up from #8)

Number 19 – Bus Stop – The Hollies (up from #23)

Number 22 – Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks (up from #35)

Hot 100 Debuts September 3rd, 1966

No Debuts

“Bubbling Under” the Hot 100

Number 106 – Just Like a Woman – Manfred Mann


The Hollies

Donovan

Invasion in the Billboard’s Top 30 – August 27th, 1966

(from Billboard Magazine)

Number 1 Song – Summer in the City – The Lovin Spoonful – 2nd week

Number 5 – Sunshine Superman – Donovan (up from #10)

Number 6 – Wild Thing – The Troggs (down from #4)

Number 8 – Yellow Submarine – The Beatles (up from #52)

Number 13 – Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones (down from #8)

Number 23 – Bus Stop – The Hollies (up from #31)

Number 25 – Over, Under, Sideways, Down – The Yardbirds (down from #13)

Number 30 – The Pied Piper – Crispian St. Peters (down from #7)

Hot 100 Debuts August 27th, 1966

Number 65 – Eleanore Rigby – The Beatles

Number 98 – Alfie – Cilla Black

“Bubbling Under” the Hot 100

Number 106 – The Kid’s Alright – The Who

Number 107 – To Show I Love You – Peter and Gordon

Number 123 – Just Like a Woman – Manfred Mann

Number 101 – Elenore Rigby – The Beatles


Back Beat

Bachelors & Them August 1965

Bachelors & Them August 1965

Donovan September 1965

Donovan September 1965

Date Records February 1966

Date Records February 1966

The Blue Things October 1965

The Blue Things October 1965

Manfred Mann and Dylan

Invasion in the Billboard’s Top 30 – August 20th, 1966

Beatles - Capitol 5715 - Yellow Submarine - PS

(from Billboard Magazine)

Number 1 Song – Summer in the City – The Lovin Spoonful

Number 4 – Wild Thing – The Troggs (2nd week at #4)

Number 7 – The Pied Piper – Crispian St. Peters (down from #5)

Number 8 – Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #8)

Number 10 – Sunshine Superman – Donovan (up from #20)

Number 13 – Over, Under, Sideways, Down – The Yardbirds (2nd week at #13)

Number 18 – This Door Swings Both Ways – Herman’s Hermits (down from #12)

Number 30 – Distant Shores – Chad & Jeremy (up from #31)

Hot 100 Debuts August 20th, 1966

Number 52 – Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

Number 99 – Get Away – Freddie & the Dreamers

“Bubbling Under” the Hot 100

Number 101 – Elenore Rigby – The Beatles

Number 103 – To Show I Love You – Peter and Gordon

Number 107 – The Kid’s Alright – The Who

Number 110 – Alfie – Cilla Black

Number 113 – I Put a Spell On You – Alan Price

Number 134 – Just Like a Woman – Manfred Mann