By Jay Bookman
As Monty Python used to promise, and also of course deliver, "now for something completely different:"
In this morning's opening post, I noted that in many ways you could date the beginning of the modern era from the tragic events that occurred 50 years ago today in Dallas. That thought made me curious: What was the No. 1 song on the charts back on Nov. 22, 1963? Could we use music to document just how dramatically and quickly the world was about to change?
As it turns out, yes, we can. This was the No. 1 song on the Billboard charts the week before Thanksgiving, 1963. Astoundingly, it also won the Grammy as that year's best rock and roll single:
I think it's safe to say that our parents and grandparents had no real idea of what was about to be unleashed upon them in the next three years -- the Beatles, Hendrix, the Stones, etc.. It all happened very quickly, with music participating in and often leading the revolution.
But it did not quite happen immediately.
In December of 1963, with the world reeling and seeking sanctuary, this was the top selling record in the country. At least it didn't win a Grammy for rock and roll.