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When the Goldfinger Soundtrack Dominated the Album Charts

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Goldfinger dominates the U.S. album charts So much has been made of the Frozen soundtrack staying at number one for 13 non-consecutive weeks. But consider than soundtrack to Goldfinger, the third James Bond film, held that summit for 16 consecutive weeks! And this was at a time when there was a working Beatles and people actually bought records. It was the first Bond score which composer John Barry had total creative control over and the first truly great vocal theme in the long running movie series, the one by which all future Bond themes would be measured against. Whose lives would ever be the same after hearing singer Shirley Bassey give ear shattering voice to Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's menacing lyrics which, all about a heartless man who loves only gold. Only gold!!! Only gold!! He loves gooooooooolllld! Okay, I'll stop now.

In a bit of irony that might even get Miss Moneypenny to crack a smile, the Goldfinger soundtrack, which spent 70 weeks in the Billboard Top 200 album charts, was never given a gold record certification by the RIAA. Maybe because it's the kiss of death for Mister Goldfinger!

After you enjoy the title track say your leisure, you oughta check out such glum soundtrack showstoppers as "Gassing the Gangsters," the nuclear winner "The Arrival of the Bomb and Count Down" and the controversial "Teasing the Korean."

Herman's Hermits top the U.S. Charts with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" While "Ticket to Ride" quickly rose to number one on the British singles charge, this maudlin skiffle ballad posed no challenge because it was never released as a single in the UK! Brits apparently had already had enough of the song, especially since it had been sung by actor Tom Courtney on a 1963 British TV play as well as being a selection frequently sung at little girls' birthday parties, with a quick switch of the mum's married name.

Barely a month into whatever mania rival Manchester band Freddie and the Dreamers were inspiring stateside, Herm quickly eclipsed Fred as "The British Pop Star Parents Like More Than Kids Do."

Some credit the ensuing "Hermania" in the US with Noone's resemblance to a young JFK and his exaggerated Manchester accent, which he wasn't ashamed to sing in. If scoring over a dozen US top 10s and two number ones wasn't enough couldn't to secure Herman's Hermits an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, surely influencing fellow Mancunian candidates to sing it like they talk it (Morrissey, the Stone Roses' Ian Brown, Oasis' Liam Gallagher and Davy Jones of the Monkees) should have qualified. But then you realize none of those blokes are in the hall either.

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