By Trey Barrineau May 9, 2014 3:02 am
It’s the 50th anniversary of a landmark day in music history.
On May 9, 1964, The Beatles’ unprecedented 14-week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 came to an end.
And it was another extraordinary artist who knocked the Liverpool lads off their perch — Louis Armstrong, with Hello Dolly.
It was quite a moment for Satchmo, who hadn’t hit the Top 40 since 1956. Since February of 1964, The Beatles had controlled the No. 1 position for 14 weeks with three consecutive records (I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love). On April 4, they pulled off the never-equalled feat of occupying the top five slots on the chart.
Armstrong only held No. 1 for a week, but that was long enough to make history.
Source: USA Today