The Beatles “Ticket To Ride” was replaced on the Billboard Top 100 Singles Chart by “Help Me Rhonda. ” This song was performed by the All- American band “The Beach Boys“ and composed by two of the members Brian Wilson and Mike Love. A third member of the band, Al Jardine, sang the lead vocal on this track.
“Rhonda” held the number one spot for not one — but the TWO weeks of 5/29/65 and 6/5/1965.
The Beach Boys were a family band made up of the Wilson Brothers (Brian, Carl and Dennis), friend Al Jardine and cousin Mike Love. The Wilson’s brothers’ father was the first manager of this group, that was a superstar group of the Sixties!
I vividly recall when I came home from school one day to find a brand new portable brown and beige “record/changer player” as a surprise from my Grandmother: two of the stand-out 45 rpms that came with the gift was one by The Beatles and one by The Beach Boys. These two bands were the cream of the crop then and I played and sang the BB cover of “Barbara Ann” over and over and over again. That was when my love affair with them began.
I often credit my Dad on OSML for the gift of my love of music, but Grandmother made her own contribution as well. I miss them both terribly and thank them both every day for what they gave me in addition to my life.