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Vintage Vinyl #1s: "Do You Love Me" Hits Number 1 in Britain, But Not By the Contours

by VVN Music

"Do You Love Me" was one of Motown's biggest hits during their early years when it was released by the Contours who took it to number 3 on the Hot 100 and 1 on the R&B Singles.

Like many other U.S. hits, the song also was big in the U.K. but not by the original artist. In Britain, it was Brian Poole and the Tremeloes that went to the top of the charts on this day (November 10) in 1963.

The group got their big break on January 1, 1962 when British Decca chose them over another group, the Beatles, to sign to the label. That decision was questionable at first when the first four Tremeloes singles failed to chart while Beatlemania was taking hold. Then, in mid-1963, the went to number 4 with a cover of "Twist and Shout" followed by their first chart topper.

The Tremeloes stayed a force in British music into the beginning of the 70's with records like "Someone, Someone" (1964 / #2 U.K.), "Here Comes My Baby" (1967 / #4 U.K.), "Silence is Golden" (1967 / #1 U.K.), "Even the Bad Times Are Good" (1967 / #4 U.K.) and "(Call Me) Number One" (1969 / #2 U.K.).  "Silence is Golden" also went to number 5 in the U.S.

Here, they perform at that year's New Musical Express Awards Show:

The top five singles in the U.K. on October 10, 1963:
  1. Do You Love Me? - Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
  2. Then He Kissed Me - Crystals
  3. She Loves You - Beatles
  4. If I Had a Hammer - Trini Lopez
  5. Blue Bayou/Mean Woman Blues - Roy Orbison