Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart-1969- Day 16. A dozen singles entered the Billboard Hot 100 on February 1, 1969. The three today all became big hits.
46. “Dizzy” Tommy Roe. ABC/ Pop, Bubblegum. Written by Tommy Roe and Freddy Weller. B-side-“The You I Need” “Dizzy” was a #1 hit and it stayed at #1 for 4 weeks- and in the Hot 100 for 15 weeks. From 1962- when his first single “Shelia” went to #1 Tommy Roe had 22 Hot 100 singles with half of them- 11 making the Top 40- and 6 reaching the Top 10. There is a Tommy Roe- connection to The Beatles- on the poorly recorded bootleg album The Beatles – Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962- they do a version of “Shelia.” That gives Tommy Roe some street cred with me. “Dizzy” was his second and final #1. Backing Roe on “Dizzy” was the Wrecking Crew. “Dizzy” is one of those songs I can take or leave. If It is on the radio I wouldn’t turn that station but I am indifferent to it. I would never seek it out. I can certainly see why it was a big hit. Grade: B.
47. “This Girl’s In Love With You”-Dionne Warwick. Scepter. Pop- Soul. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. B-side-Dream Sweet Dreamer. The original #1 hit was “This Guy’s In Love With You” sung by Herb Alpert [here is a bar bet that could win you some money what performer had #1 hits as an instrumentalist and as a singer- Herb Alpert.} Dionne Warwick was the first to record the female response with “This Girl’s In Love With You” and it peaked at #7 on the Hot 100 spending a dozen weeks on the chart. Many others would recorded it notable Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald and Eydie Gorme. I am sure there are other examples but the two that immediately come to mind- singers who cover the works of a songwriter the best- Dionne Warwick doing Bacharach -Davis songs- those two wrote dozens of hits but when I think of them I think Dionne Warwick. The other is Glen Campbell singing the songs of the great Jimmy Webb. From 1962-98 Dionne Warwick put 56 singles onto the Hot 100 with 31 reaching the Top 40. Her only #1’s were with other artists- 1974″Then Came You” with The Spinners and “That’s What Frineds Are For” Dionne & Friends [ Elton, Gladys and Stevie} Dionne is second only to Aretha Franklin as far as most charted singles by a female artist. I think she has been kind of under-rated over the years. She is 78 now and has some concert dates over the summer. Grade: A
48. “Do Your Thing”- Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Warner Brothers. Soul, Funk. Written by Charles Wright. B-side-“A Dance, A Kiss and A Song.” This is a more obscure hit to my ears- I do recall having heard it before but not all that often. “Do Your Thing” peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 and spent 17 weeks in the Hot 100. Charles Wright was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi in Mississippi Delta. A real blues area- here is a list of just a few of the noteworthy blues and music folks from Clarksdale- John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Son House, Sam Cooke, and Junior Parker. Bessie Smith died in a Clarksdale hospital. Also associated with the area Robert Johnson- he supposedly sold his soul just outside of Clarksdale, Muddy Waters moved to Clarksdale as a child. Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band were an eight man R&B band from the Watts section of Los Angeles. Their big break came with the assistance of a comedian named Bill Cosby. In total Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band placed 7 singles into the Hot 100 from 1967-71. “Do Your Thing” “Express Yourself” #12 and “Love Land ” #16 both in 1970 were their Top 40 hits. Grade: B.