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.
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
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
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-.