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Though I sometimes listened to Murray the K on WINS and WMCA's "Good Guys"... and even won a Good Guy sweatshirt :-) my favorite radio station in the mid 60s was WABC, or "W A Beatle C" as it became known as soon as the DJs heard that the Fab Four were coming to America in February, 1964. "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was the first Beatle single to make it to number one in New York (and the rest of the US) and after that, there was no stopping our boys. Those hit records just kept on coming.

WABC's All American Survey for Week of 7 April 1964

                                                                                                                            
                                                           
  1. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles (Capitol)     *2 weeks #1*  1
  2. Twist and Shout - The Beatles (Vee Jay)                     4
  3. Do You Want to Know a Secret - The Beatles (Vee Jay)        2
  4. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong (Kapp)                      3
  5. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett     6
  6. She Loves You - The Beatles (Swan)                          5
  7. Suspicion - Terry Stafford (Crusader)                      13
  8. Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five (Epic)                  8
  9. Please Please Me - The Beatles (Vee Jay)                   14
 10. Dawn (Go Away) - The 4 Seasons (Philips)                    9
 11. Stay - The 4 Seasons (Vee Jay)                             10
 12. Ronnie - The 4 Seasons (Philips)                           24
 13. Bits and Pieces - The Dave Clark Five (Epic)               15
 14. The Way You Do the Things You Do - The Temptations (Gordy) 11
 15. Needles and Pins - The Searchers (Kapp)                    16
 16. All My Loving - The Beatles (Capitol)                      17
 17. I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles (Capitol)            7
 18. Rip Van Winkle - The Devotions (Roulette)                  12
 19. Love Me Do - The Beatles (Tollie/Capitol)                  PH
 20. Shangri-La - Robert Maxwell (Decca)                       
     
 
That's 8 songs in the top 20! I doubt if anyone's matched that record before or since :-)

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Top 20 list Courtesy of the WABC Musicradio 77 Internet Web Site
Survey collected and contributed by Ken Williamson