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1963: “Dominique” the #1 song in the US!

Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:25
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Back in 1963, a nun had the #1 song in the US:

“Domnique” was recorded in early 1963 in Brussels, Belgium, by Sister Luc-Gabrielle (nee Jeanne-Paule Marie Deckers) and four companions from the Dominican convent in nearby Fichermont. 
Originally a vanity pressing intended only for distribution as gifts among their fellow nuns, the album of light, religious-themed tunes recorded by the Fichermont nuns was impressive enough to Phillips Records executives that it was released commercially in Europe shortly thereafter. 
Already a huge hit on the continent, the album and its lead artist were re-christened as “The Singing Nun” prior to crossing the Atlantic in the fall of  1963. “Dominique”—a song honoring St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican order—proved popular enough not only to hit #1 on this day in 1963, but to stay there for four weeks and block “Louie, Louie” from ever reaching the top of the pop charts.”

The song hit #1 about 2 weeks after the assassination of President Kennedy.  A month later, The Beatles would hit the US charts with “I want to hold your hand”.

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