On this page Ace shares stories about the writing of the novel, and, as the story opens in 1964, gives you a timeline of the news stories that drove one of the most significant years in American history. Also, through the links provided you can listen to all the #1 songs from this remarkable year.
Click on each date to be taken to a link on each story. Link will either be video or a feature story.
1964 Billboard #1 Songs
Click on the song title's to go to videos of these hits...
January 4-January 3: Bobby Vinton There! I’ve Said It
February 1-March 20: The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand
March 21-April: The Beatles She Loves You
April 4-May 8: The Beatles Can’t Buy Me Love
May 9-May 15: Louis Armstrong Hello, Dolly!
May 16-May 29: Mary Wells My Guy
May 30-June5: The Beatles Love Me Do
June 6-June 26: The Dixie Cups Chapel of Love
June 27-July 3: Peter and Gordon A World Without Love
July 4-July 17: Beach Boys I Get Around
July 18-August 1: The Four Seasons Rag Doll
August 1-August 14: The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night
August 15-August 21: Dean Martin Everybody Loves Somebody
August 22-September 5: Supremes Where Did Our Love Go
September 5-September 25: The Animals House Of The Rising Sun
September 26-October 16: Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman
October 17-October 30: Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy
October 31-November 27: Supremes Baby Love
November 28-December 4: The Shangri-Las Leader Of The Pack
December 5-December 11: Lorne Greene Ringo
December 12-December 18: Bobby Vinton Mr. Lonely
December 19-December 25: Supremes Come See About Me
December 26-January 22: The Beatles I Feel Fine