At 4 weeks at #1,it's the biggest hit by a local group ever.
Strangely, while the Buckinghams were national artists, Columbia was never able to do the same for the Shames.
Ronnie Rice of the New Colony 6 told me their songs were huge nationally but not in every city at the same time-- hence some mediocre chart performances.
And even in Chicago, program directors from out-of-town ignored the local groups for many years. Fortunately, that's changed.
Where has this record been? Is it the best kept secret in the Chicago music world?
I have never heard of the Cryan' Shames "It Could Be We're In Love".
It only reached #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #70 in Cashbox, which could be why I never heard of it, but where has it been since then? It could be because I was also in the Army in Washington D.C. the fall of '67 and didn't have much time for radio.
Of all the Oldies stations that I've worked at or even listened to and all of the record shows that I've been to in Indiana and Ohio over the years, I've never heard or seen this record.
It is a nice record though. Kind of has that Cowsills sound.