Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 26. Today’s entries entered the Hot 100 on February 15, 1969. All three ended up in the Top 15- “Twenty-Five Years”- Edwin Starr , “My Whole World Ended [The Moment You Left}- David Ruffin and “Hot Smoke & Sasafrass”- The Bubble Puppy. I had previously heard the Starr and Ruffin singles.

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76. “Twenty- Five Miles”- Edwin Starr. Gordy. Soul. Written by Johnny Bristol,Harvey Fuqua, Edwin Starr, Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy. B-Side “Love Is My Destination.” Born Charles Hatcher in Nashville,raised in Cleveland-Edwin Starr from 1965-79 put 14 singles into the Hot 100 with 4 of them reaching the Top 40- he is remembered today for a #1 in 1970- ‘War.’ “Twenty-Five Miles” was his second most successful single peaking at #6 and spending 14 weeks in the Hot 100 in early 1969.There was a little controversy over the songwriting- the song was considered to be very similar to a song written by Berns and Ragovoy called “32 Miles Out of Waycross” which had been recorded by Hoagy Lands and Berns and Ragovoy were eventually given their share of the songwriting credit. Starr moved to the United Kingdom in the 1970’s and continued to produce music until his death at the age of 61 in 2003. Grade: A


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77. “My Whole World Ended[ The Moment You Left}- David Ruffin.Motown.  Soul. Written by Jimmy Roach and Pam Sawyer. B-side- “I’ve Got To Find Myself A Brand New Baby.”  The same week that his former group The Temptations entered the charts with “Run Away Child Running Wild.”- Ruffin also entered the charts with his new single- “My Whole World Ended {The Moment You Left Me} would be the first solo hit single by Ruffin- it peaked at #9 and spent 10 weeks in the Hot 100.  Ruffin who was the finest singer in The Temptations had been kicked out of the band the previous year due to erratic behavior. During his solo career Ruffin would have 11 Hot 100 singles with 3 reaching the Hot 100. David Ruffin battled addiction and would died of a drug overdose in Philadelphia at the age of 50 in 1991. Sad.  Grade:  A



78. “Hot Smoke & Sasafrass”- The Bubble Puppy. International Artists. Psychedelic Rock. Written by Rod Prince and Roy Cox. B-side-“Lonely.” First off what a terrible name for a group- The Bubble Puppy. This is the one and only Hot 100 single by the psychedelic rock band from San Antonio , Texas band. They would record a couple albums one in 1969 and the other in 1971 before their demise.  Hot Smoke & Sasafrass peaked at #14  and spent 12 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: B+


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  2. Edwin Starr’s song excellent, Ruffin’s a dud, and the last one was a pleasant surprise, even if the name of their band was essentially success seppeku.

  3. The David Ruffin video didn’t work on my tablet, but I probably wouldn’t have liked it anyway. When he fought for “David Fuffin and the Temptations” I lost respect for him, The Tempts were my favourite Motown group, and he was just another lead singer. It was the group that shone, all were equal to me.
    I didn’t recognize the Edwin Starr song by name, but I certainly did once I started the video. Great track, but I would never have put it and “War” to the same singer.
    I don’t remember the Bubble Puppy, yuck what a name, but “Hot Smoke and Sassafras” I do remember. My problem with it was the title’s similarity to “Incense and Pepperments.” Seemed to me they were copying the rhythm. Still, a good song.

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