Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart -1969- Part 9. The thing I like about this little project of listening to all of these singles- most of which were not Top 40 hits is hearing ones I have never heard before by artists I have never heard. Today the three singles on the list- I have never heard and the only artist of the three I had heard of is Al Wilson and that is only because of his #1 hit “Show And Tell from 1973. I have made a practice to listen to each song twice in a row since at the end I assign it a grade. All of today’s entries came into the Hot 100 on January 18, 1969.

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25. “Bubble Gum Music”- The Rock And Roll Dubble Bubble Trading Card Co. Of Philadelphia 19141. Buddah. Bubblegum. Written by Bob Feldman and Jerry Goldstein. B-side -On A Summer Night. The group was another one of those bubble gum music studio creations like The Archies- headed by producers Bob Feldman and Jerry Goldstein. It was their only creation under this name. As a single it only went to #74 spending four weeks on the chart.. Bubble Gum was dying a quick death fading as quickly as it had arrived.  Grade: D


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26. “Getting The Corners”- T.S.U. Toronadoes. Atlantic. Funk-Soul. Written by Leroy Lewis. B-side ” What Good Am I?” The band was an R&B band from Texas Southern University. This would be their only entry into the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #75 and spending 6 weeks in the Hot 100. The group was best known for being the backing band for Archie Bell and The Drells. Archie Bell and The Drells would take a rift that the Toronadoes were playing and set lyrics to it- and it would become a #1 hit- “Tighten Up” for Archie Bell and The Drells in 1968- the Toronadoes didn’t receive any of the writing credit. Grade B


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27. “Poor Side Of Town”- Al Wilson. Soul City. R&B, Soul. Written by Johnny River and Lou Adler. B-side “The Dolphins. Al Wilson would have 8 Hot 100 hits from 1968-76 and had 4 reach the Top 40 but the one everyone remembers is a #1 from 1973 “Show And Tell.” “The Poor Side Of Town” is an R&B cover of the #1 Johnny Rivers hit from 1966. Wilson’s next single would be a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lodi.” “Poor Side Of Town” peaked at #75 and spent four weeks in the Hot 100. Grade B-.



  1. I love Al Wilson’s “Show and Tell” so much. Quick story–Saw him at the Tennessee State Fair years ago. It was one of those sad tours–I don’t know–there were probably about 60 people in the stands. Anyway, he sang Show and Tell and he sang it so beautifully. It’s one of the best live performances I ever saw. Gorgeous voice. That said, “Poor Side of Town” is very mediocre. I prefer the Johnny Rivers version. This one is too slow.

    • I agree Rivers original is superior. I always find it curious why anyone would cover a song- and especially release it as a single- if they are doing something that was a big hit. I know there are exceptions- like I Heard It Through The Grapevine being a hit for Gladys Knight and then Marvin the next year but those are exceptions to the rule…. Nice story- thanks for sharing.

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