Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 29. Three entries today all from February 15, 1969. “No Not Much”- The Smoky Ring, “Anything You Choose”-Spanky and Our Gang, and “Switch It On”- Cliff Nobles & Co. I had never heard of any of these singles before today. None of these singles I would ever care to hear again.
85. “No Not Much”- The Smokey Ring. Buddah. Pop. Written by Al Stillman and Robert Allen. B-side: ‘How’d You Get To Be So Wonderful.” A 7 member group from Norfolk, Nebraska. This would be their only entry into the Hot 100- peaking at #85 and spending 4 weeks in the Hot 100. “No Not Much” was a #2 hit back in the mid- 50’s for The Four Lads. Der Bingle also recorded it in 1969 and The Vogues in 1969. This version here is putrid. Grade: D.
86. “Anything You Choose”- Spanky and Our Gang. Mercury. Folk-Pop. Written by Stuart Scharf. B-side: “Mecca Flat Blues.” Spanky and Our Gang as a folk-pop band out of Chicago headed by singer Elaine ‘Spanky” McFarland. They would have 9 Hot 100 singles. Their first five singles made the Top 40-with their first “Sunday Will Never Be The Same” from 1967 #7 being their biggest hit. “Anything You Choose ” would peak at #86 and spend 3 weeks in the Hot 100. In the early 80’s Spanky McFarland would become the new lead singer of The Mamas and The Papas. Grade: C.
87. “Switch It On”- Cliff Nobles & Co. Phil-LA. Soul. Written by Jesse James. B-side: “Burning Desire.” The last of 3 Hot 100 singles -one of which was a big hit “The Horse” #2 in 1968. “Switch It On” peaked at #93 and spent 3 weeks on the charts. This is an instrumental and the best of the three singles today. Grade: C+