I am going to do a change up on my 1969 Song of the Day feature that I started on January 1st- there is a site that recently popped up -which has listed every single from every year 1955-2013 that made it on to the Billboard Hot 100- listed in order of entry into the Hot 100- also lists info like peak position, record label etc. I see there were a total of 679 singles that entered the Hot 100 during the year 1969. Counting today there are 231 days left in 2019- at a clip of 3 singles a day according to my limited math skills- I would have more than enough days to cover every single. Back in 2015 I listened to every single to hit the Hot 100 in 1965- I didn’t blog on that experiment but it was an enjoyable experience and I had thought of picking an other year and doing it. So I invite you to follow along- and by the end of 2019 we will have listened to every Hot 100 single that entered the charts in 1969. I will begin on January 4th 1969’s new entries and go in chronological order until the last weeks countdown on December 27, 1969. The good, the bad and the ugly. A lot of diversity on the singles chart in 1969.
Below is a link to the website that has the massive lists.
1- ‘Build Me Up Buttercup- The Foundations. Uni. Pop/ Soul . Written by Mike D’Abo and Tony Macaulay. Lead vocals- Colin Young. The Foundations were a British soul band which fooled me I figured they were Americans- they have that Motown sound down. They had 5 Hot 100 singles from 1967-69 the only other one to hit the Top 40 was Baby Now That I Found You #11 in 1967. The group disbanded in 1970. “Build Me Up Buttercup” peaked at #3. The b-side of the single “New Direction.”- “Build Me Up Buttercup”- Grade- A+ a fantastic single.
2. “You Showed Me”- The Turtles.White Whale. Psychedelic pop. Written by two members of The Byrds- Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark in 1964. The song was on The Turtles 4th album- The Turtles Present The Battle of The Bands. The Turtles would send 15 singles into the Hot 100 from 1965-69- with 9 reaching the Top 40. Their biggest hit a #1 from 1967 ‘Happy Together.” “You Showed Me” would be their final Top 40 hit- peaking at #6. The b-side of the single was ‘Buzzsaw.’ “You Showed Me’ Grade A.
3. “Baby, Baby Don’t Cry”- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Tamla.Pop/Soul. Written by Smokey Robinson and two Motown staff writers- Al Cleveland and Terry Johnson. Lead vocals- Smokey of course. The Miracles were an incredibly successful Motown group with Smokey Robinson from the early 1960’s until he left the group in 1972- even after he left they had a #1 with Love Machine in 1975- their last hit . All told they had 16 Top 20 hits- and they placed 46 singles in the Hot 100. The b-side was “Your Mother’s Only Daughter.’ “Baby, Baby Don’t Cry” peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100- Smokey and The Miracle had 5 Top 40 hits in 1969- this was the most successful and the best. “Baby, Baby Don’t Cry” Grade A