Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart – 1969- Part 27. All three singles entered the Hot 100 on February 15, 1969. “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon” -Paul Revere and The Raiders Featuring Mark Lindsay, “Don’t Know Why I Love You”- Stevie Wonder and “Lovin’ Things”- The Grass Roots.
79. ” Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon”- Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey.Columbia. Pop, Rock. Written by Mark Lindsey. B-side “Without You.” From 1961-73 Paul Revere & The Raiders who formed in the mecca of rock and roll- Caldwell, Idaho- had 24 singles that made the Hot 100- 15 made the Top 40 including a #1 in 1971- “Indian Reservation.” My favorite song of theirs is “Kicks” #4 in 1966. They were a lot more successful than I realized. “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon”- peaked at #18 and spent 12 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: B
80. “Don’t Know Why I Love You”- Stevie Wonder. Tamla. Soul. Written by Stevie Wonder, Paul Riser, Don Hunter and Lula Hardaway [Stevie’s mother} B side “My Cherie Amour.” This happened a number of times- the b-side caught on and was the bigger hit. “I Don’t Know Why I Love You” was the a-side of this single- it entered the chart first and then in May-the flip side “My Cherie Amour” entered the charts after “I Don’t Know Why I Love You” had fallen off the charts and became the bigger hit. “I Don’t Know Why I Love You’- also called “I Don’t Know Why”- did make th Top 40- #39 and spent 7 weeks in the Hot 100. Backing Stevie on the song- the always present Funk Brothers. Note- on some pressings the song is listed as I Don’t Know Why”- on others “I Don’t Know Why I Love You” I am going with the one . The Rolling Stones covered this song- it was recorded on July 3, 1969 the evening that Brian Jones death broke. To go over the accomplishments of Stevland Hardaway Morris would take a while but if you are reading this I am sure you know something about this fella. Stevie over the years was Mr. Grammy -winning 25 of them. During a stretch in the mid 1970’s Paul Simon on winning Album of the year- thanked Stevie for not making an album that year- since Stevie had won the previous two years. 66 Hot 100 singles with 47 Top 40 and 10 #1’s including his first #1 “Fingertips” in 1962 at the age of 12. Grade: A-.
81. “Lovin’ Things”- The Grass Roots. Dunhill. Rock. Written by Artie Schroeck and Jet Loring. B-side- “You & Love Are The Same.” The hit single that everyone remembers from The Grass Roots is “Midnight Confessions” # 5 in 1968- but the group formed in San Francisco had 21 singles reach the Hot 100 in their career with 14 reaching the Top 40. “Lovin’ Things” fell a little short of the Top 40 peaking at #49 spending 7 weeks in the Hot 100. Today when I hear The Grass Roots the first thing that comes to my mind is- Creed Bratton from the American version of the television hit “The Office” was a member of the group- he is the one in the above picture in the back left. Grade: B-