Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 11. Today’s three singles are all by familiar names- but non of the singles came close to being pop hits. Counting the entries today the last 12 singles to enter the Hot 100 failed to reach the Hot 100- that will change tomorrow. These three all entered the Hot 100 on January 18, 1969. Not surprised that none of these became hits.
31. “Almost Persuaded”- Etta James. Cadet.Soul. Written by Glenn Sutton and Billy Sherrill. B-side “Steal Away.” “Almost Persuaded” is a country music classic which was first released in 1966 by David Houston who took it to #1 on the Country Singles chart where it stayed for 9 weeks. Many other famous artists-mainly country have covered it-George Jones, Merle Haggard, Charlie Rich, Hank Jr, Statler Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, Tammy Wynette and even Pops- Louie Armstrong. Etta James an R&B pioneer had a long career- first recording in 1954 and it lasted until her final album was released in 2011- she died in 2012 at 73. She had 28 Hot 100 hits from 1969-70 but only 9 made the Top 40 and her highest charting single was a song written by Clarence Carter that she recorded “Tell Mama” #23. “Almost Persuaded” peaked at #79 and spent 5 weeks in the Hot 100. Etta James was elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Grade: B-
32. “That’s Your Baby” – Joe Tex. Dial. Funk- Soul. Written by Joe Tex. B-side-“Sweet Sweet Woman. “That’s Your Baby” peaked at #88 and spent 3 weeks in the Hot 100. Joe Tex from 1964-77 had similar results in the Hot 100 as Etta James did- with the exception being Joe Tex did have a few big hits. Joe Tex had 28 singles in the Hot 1000 with 10 reaching the Top 40. Hit biggest hit was rather late in his career #2 “I Gotcha” 1972. Joe Tex died at the age of 49 of a heart attack in 1982. Grade: C
33.”Fox On The Run”- Manfred Mann.Mercury. Pop-Rock. Written by Tony Hazzard. B-side “Too Many People.” This song isn’t the same as Sweet’s single of the same title which was a Top 5 smash in 1975. Manfred Mann’s “Fox On The Run” peaked at #97 and spent only 2 weeks in the Hot 100. Manfred Mann placed a dozen singles into the Hot 100 and 7 of those made the Top 40 but they are remembered most for hitting #1 twice- a dozen years apart. In 1964 they went to the top with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” and then in 1976 with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light.” Grade: B-