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Knocking The Beatles off the Top (UK)

September 19, 2012

The Beatles had 17 number 1 hits singles in the UK. Only 1 act manged the feat of knocking them off the top spot twice, and that was Georgie Fame. On 14 January 1965 ‘Yeh Yeh’ dislodged ‘I Feel Fine’ and 3 years later on 24 January 1968 ‘The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde’ replaced ‘Hello Goodbye’ at number 1.


Other interesting facts about songs that knocked The Beatles off the top spot are that Peter and Gordon’s ‘A World Without Love’ was the only Lennon and MacCartney song to achieve this and Mary Hopkin’s ‘Those Were The Days’ was the 2nd release on Apple Records (The Beatles own label).

Here is a list of all the songs that replaced The Beatles at the top of the charts:

20 June 1963: ‘I Like It’ by Gerry & The Pacemakers replaced ‘From Me To You’

10 October 1963: ‘Do You Love Me’ by Brian Poole & The Tremeloes replaced ‘She Loves You’

16 January 1964: ‘Glad All Over’ by Dave Clark Five replaced I Want To Hold Your Hand

23 April 1964: ‘A World Without Love’ by Peter & Gordon replaced ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’

13 August 1964: ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’ by Manfred Mann replaced ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

14 January 1965: ‘Yeah Yeah’ by Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames replaced ‘I Feel Fine’

13 May 1965: ‘King Of The Road’ by Roger Miller replaced ‘Ticket To Ride’

26 August 1965: ‘I Got You Babe’ by Sonny & Cher replaced ‘Help!’

20 January 1966: ‘Keep On Running’ by Spencer Davis Group replaced ‘Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out’

7 July 1966: ‘Sunny Afternoon’ by Kinks replaced ‘Paperback Writer’

15 September 1966: ‘All Or Nothing’ by Small Faces replaced ‘Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby’

9 August 1967: ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)’ by Scott McKenzie replaced ‘All You Need Is Love’

24 January 1968: ‘The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde’ by Georgie Fame replaced ‘Hello Goodbye’

10 April 1968: ‘Congratulations’ by Cliff Richard replaced ‘Lady Madonna’

25 September 1968: ‘Those Were The Days’ by Mary Hopkin replaced ‘Hey Jude’

4 June 1969: ‘Dizzy’ by Tommy Roe replaced ‘Get Back’

2 July 1969: ‘Something In The Air’ by Thunderclap Newman replaced ‘The Ballad Of John & Yoko’

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