Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 1969- Part 24. All three entries today appeared first on the Hot 100 on February 8, 1969. “Great Balls of Fire”-Tiny Tim, “My World Is Empty Without You”- Jose Feliciano and “Me About You”-The Lovin’ Spoonful. I have heard The Lovin” Spoonful single before but not that others.
70. “Great Balls of Fire”- Tiny Tim. Reprise. Jazz-Pop. Written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer. B-side “As Time Goes By.”- Yes this is Tiny Tim covering the great Jerry Lee Lewis’s smash hit from a decade earlier. Tiny Tim was a novelty act who was probably just right for the late 60’s. For a man who just had one hit- “Tiptoe Thru’ The Tulips With Me” #17 in 1968 he sure got a lot of publicity. First on the Rowan And Martin Laugh-In Show- and then later in December 1969 when he married Miss Vicki on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Ultimately he was another one of the acts who once the 60’s ended- faded from view. The image in my head of Tiny Tim is this man playing a ukulele up on stage singing with a high falsetto voice. Tiny Tim had 3 Hot 100 singles and only the above mentioned novelty hit “Tiptoe Thru” The Tulips With Me” being a Top 40 hit. “Great Balls of Fire” would be his last Hot 100 entry and it only went to #85- spending 3 weeks in the Hot 100. Herbert Khaury-aka Tiny Tim was an entertainer from an early age and in 1996 he was playing in Minneapolis for a benefit- he had told his wife before hand that he wasn’t feeling well but he didn’t want to disappoint his audience so he played. As he was playing his final song- he was half way into “Tiptoe Thru’ The Tullips With Me” when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Tiny Tim was sixty-six. Too young to die but I would imagine if he had to go- that would have been the way he would have wanted to. Tiny Tim’s “Great Balls Of Fire” will not make anyone forget The Killer’s original but it follows The Killer’s blueprint and I kind of like it. Grade: B.
71. “My World Is Empty Without You”- Jose Feliciano. RCA-Victor. Pop. Written by the Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. “My World Is Empty Without You” was the B-side to Hey! Baby! which as the A-side had entered the Hot 100 in January 1969 and peaked at #71. “My World Is Empty Without You”- a cover of the Supremes hit- would spend just one week in the Hot 100 at #87 before falling off the charts. As he seems to do with every song Jose puts his own mark on the song-and while it doesn’t have the hit formula hit style of the original- I prefer his version- he puts a lot more feeling into it. Grade: A-.
72. “Me About You”- The Lovin’ Spoonful. Kama Sutra. Pop. Written by Alex Gordon and Garry Bonner. B-side “Amazing Air.” The Lovin’ Spoonful had already broken up when this single was released. The Lovin’ Spoonful put 14 singles into the Hot 100 from 1965-69- “Me About You” would be the last single to make the charts- it would peak at #91 and spend 2 weeks in the Hot 100. The Lovin’ Spoonful was at its peak early on in 1965-66 when their first seven singles reached the Top 10- #1 Summer In The City” 1966 also in 1966 2 #2 hits- “Daydream”, and “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” After those two big years the New York City band fronted by John Sebastian saw their popularity decline- and in 1968 Sebastian left the band for a solo career. Sebastian was gone by the time the last album was recorded -Joe Butler had taken his place as lead singer. They were a singles band and are destined to be another one of those bands identified as a 1960’s band. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Grade: C.