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The Beach Boys and the Spirit Of Independence

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It’s one of those lovely poetic facts that the band who have come to represent the spirit of America had their first US No.1 on Independence Day, exactly 51 years ago. The Billboard Hot 100 dated July 4, 1964, showed the Beach Boys climbing to the top of the chart with ‘I Get Around.’

The song that it replaced at the summit was one of the early non-Beatles bestsellers from the British Invasion of that year, Peter & Gordon’s ‘A World Without Love.’ That crashed to No. 6 as ‘I Get Around’ climbed 2-1 in its seventh chart week, ahead of Millie’s ‘My Boy Lollipop,’ which jumped 4-2. Johnny Rivers’ version of Chuck Berry’s ‘Memphis’ rose 6-3, with the top five completed by Gerry & the Pacemakers’ ‘Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying’ and Barbra Streisand’s ‘People.’

It’s another landmark anniversary in the career of the Beach Boys, who half a century on have created a musical legacy that shines like the 4th of July itself. So we at uDiscover have created a special playlist with some favourite music by “America’s Band” in the spirit of Independence Day, followed by a whole host of other tracks with a July 4 theme.

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