On this day in music history: January 4, 1964 …

On this day in music history: January 4, 1964 – “There! I’ve Said It Again” by Bobby Vinton hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Redd Evans and David Mann, it is the third chart topping single for the pop vocalist from Canonsburg, PA. The song is originally recorded by singer/big band leader Vaughn Monroe in 1945. Vinton records the pre-rock era pop standard on the suggestion of a radio DJ he encounters backstage at a show. Entering the Hot 100 at #50 on November 30, 1963, it streaks to the top of the chart five weeks later, unseating “Dominique” by The Singing Nun after four weeks at the top. “There! I’ve Said It Again” marks a significant turning point in music history since it is the last number one single before the start of the British Invasion, with The Beatles leading the way and the beginning of their domination of the US charts. The end result sees the onslaught of British acts pushing numerous American artists off of the charts. Though Bobby Vinton scores one more number one single with “Mr. Lonely” in December of 1964, the dramatic shift in musical tastes sees his own prolific run of hits becoming fewer and fewer, scoring only three more top ten singles between 1967 and 1974.