Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 44. Today all three entries into the Hot 100 entered on March 15, 1969. “Time Is Tight”- Booker T. & The M.G.’s, “Don’t Give In To Him”- Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, and “I’ll Try Something New”- The Supremes and The Temptations.
131. ‘ Time Is Tight”- Booker T. & The M.G.’s. Stax, R&B.. Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and Al Jackson. B-side: “Johnny, I Love You.” Booker T. & The M.G.’s are one of the greatest instrumental groups in rock and soul history. They not only made their own albums but backed the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and many others at Stax records. They were also pioneers- in the 1960’s- they were one of the first racially integrated rock groups- in Memphis of all places. Booker T & The M.G.s were- Booker T. Jones -keyboards, Steve Cropper- guitar, Donald “Duck’ Dunn- bass and Al Jackson- drums. M.G’s- stand for Memphis Group. They would have 18 Hot 100 singles from 1962-71 with 8 Top 40 hits- their first hit “Green Onions” #3 in 1962 would be their biggest hit. “Time Is Tight”-reached #6 -with 13 weeks in the Hot 100. “Time Is Tight” was from the movie “Up Tight. I was lucky enough to see Booker T and The M.G.s back up Neil Young a couple times on tour in the 1990’s. Great band. Grade: A +
132. “Don’t Give In To Him”- Gary Puckett &The Union Gap. Columbia. Pop. Written by Gary Usher. B-side: “Could I.” Gary Puckett was from Hibbing, Minnesota- does that town ring a bell? A fella named Robert Zimmerman is from Hibbing. The band was formed in San Diego in 1967- Union Gap was taken from a town in Washington. Their first six singles all made the Top 40- with the biggest being “Young Girl” #2 1968. All together they had 9 Hot 100 singles- the first six made the Top 40 from late 1967 to late 1969 and that was it as far as hits go. “Don’t Give In To Him’ peaked at #15 and spent 9 weeks in the Hot 100. Gary Usher who wrote this song- most famous for writing songs with Brian Wilson in the early days of The Beach Boys. This song is dreadful. Grade: D
133. ” I’ll Try Something New”- The Supremes and The Temptations. Motown. Soul. Written by William Robinson Jr- better known as Smokey Robinson. B-side: “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” “I’ll Try Something New” was a hit for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles #39 in 1962, “The Way You Do The Things You Do’- the b-side was a hit for The Temptations #11 in 1964 and later for Rita Coolidge #20 1978, Hall & Oates #20 in 1985 with an assist from Temptations Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin and the biggest hit anyone had with the song was U240 1990 a #6 hit. Back To I’ll Try Something New”- Diana Ross and Temptations Eddie Kendricks and Melvin Franklin were the lead singers on this single which went to #25 and spent 7 weeks on the chart. Two great groups but not a great single does that make. I’ll take Smokey and The Miracles original. Grade: C.