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David and Jonathan

If you had to name the British Invasion Era participants who were recognized for their composing talents by being inducted into the Song Writer’s Hall of Fame who would you name?

Lennon & McCartney of course are at the top of all lists.  Then we have Mick Jagger and Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison from Them (but recognized for his solo work) as is Eric Clapton.  Then there are the three Bee Gees – each inducted separately – for careers that spanned several decades.  Oddly, Beatle George Harrison is not on the list.

And finally we have the dark horse composers – David and Jonathan – who are in reality Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.  They didn’t compose monster blockbusters but compose they did – landing often on the U.S. Charts including Hot 100, Country , Rhythm & Blues and Adult Contemporary.  They had a very strong showing of course in the U.K. sometimes with the same artists and sometimes with British acts.  Nearly always working together they penned more than 70 charting singles.  Their own biggest claim to fame on vinyl was “Michelle” produced by none other than George Martin.  Visit the PopBopRocktilUDrop Cook and Greenaway tribute page to view a listing of their chart records from 1965 through 2008.

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Invasion in the Billboard Top 30 – October 15th, 1966

October 15th marked the first week since the British Invasion got under way in 1964 that not a single act resided in the Top 10.  For all practical purposes – the Invasion was no longer.  Instead the artists were amalgamated into the Pop mainstream regardless of country of origin.

(from Billboard Magazine)

(Number 1 – The Association – Cherish – 3rd week at #1)

Number 13 – Black Is Black – Los Bravos – (down from #4)

Number 14 – See See Rider – The Animals – (up from #19)

Number 15 – Dandy – Herman’s Hermits – (up from #48)

Number 18 – Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadows – (up from #40)

Number 23 – Bus Stop – The Hollies – (down from #15)

Number 29 – Sunshine Superman – Donovan – (down from #9)

Number 30 – Girl On a Swing – Gerry & the Pacemakers – (up from #37)

Number 11 – Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles – (2nd week at #11)

Hot 100 Debuts October 15th, 1966

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Number 75 – Lady Godiva – Peter and Gordon

Number 85 – I Can’t Control Myself – The Troggs

Bubbling Under the Hot 100

Number 110 – Nineteen Days – The Dave Clark Five

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