Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 34. The month of March 1969 begins with the entries onto the Hot 100 March 1, 1969. All three of these singles were big hits- reaching  the Top 5. “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”- Blood, Sweat and Tears, “Only The Strong Survive”- Jerry Butler and “Galveston”- Glen Campbell.

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101. “”You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”- Blood, Sweat and Tears. Columbia. Jazz-Rock.Written by Berry Gordy Jr, Frank Wilson, Brenda Holloway and Patrice Holloway. B-side- Blues Part II. Blood, Sweat and Tears were formed in 1967 by legendary session man Al Kooper. It wasn’t until Kooper was replaced by singer David Clayton-Thomas for their second album released in 1968 that the band took off. The self-titled second album would go on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year and gave the band it’s three biggest hits all released in 1969- all of them reached #2 in the charts. Their first hit was this song “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” #2  13 weeks on the chart. This was originally a Motown song- Brenda Holloway one of the writers had a minor hit with it #39 in 19688. Many have covered it then and in later years but it’s the Blood, Sweat and Tears version that was the monster hit. Blood, Sweat and Tears -was a pop -jazz fusion type group- like Chicago- Chicago’s producer James William Guercio produced this album. This album was the peak of Blood, Sweat and Tears popularity. They would have 10 Hot 100 singles with 6 reaching the Top 40- those were the first six singles after David Clayton-Thomas left that was the end of the big hits. Forgot to mention the other two #2 hits from 1969 “Spinning Wheel” and “And When I Die”- the group is still out there as a touring group their last album of new material was 1980. They have have the record for the number of band members over the years. Grade: A-.



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102. “Only The Strong Survive”- Jerry Butler. Mercury, Soul. Written by Jerry Butler, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. B-side “Just Because I Really Love You.” Jerry Butler aka The Ice Man- left Jerry Butler and The Impressions after they had their first hit in 1958 for a solo career. In all he would have 39 Hot 100 singles but only 15 managed to crack the Top 40. His biggest hit was this one “Only The Strong Survive” #4  spending 12 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: A-


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103. “Galveston’ -Glen Campbell. Capitol.Country-Pop. Written by Jimmy Webb. B-side: “How Comes Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratchin’ You.”  Glen Campbell covering a Jimmy Webb written song was money in the bank in the late 60’s “By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman and Galveston were three of the best singles of the era.
Galveston” went to #4 on the pop chart and spent 12 weeks in the Hot 100. Glen Campbell from 1961-81 had 38 Hot 100 singles with 22 reaching the Top 30 and 2 #1’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” 1975 and “Southern Nights” 1977. He was even a bigger success on the country charts. During his long career he won ten Grammy Awards. Grade: A+.


  1. I was never a fan of BLOOD,SWEAT AND TEARS – I read an old JOHN LENNON interview once where he was asked what he thought of BLOOD ,SWEAT AND TEARS who were one of the biggest bands at the time. Lennon said he thought their music was SHIT. I thought that was funny!

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