Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 1969- Part 54. The three entries today were the highest debuting singles in the Hot 100 for the week of April 5, 1969- “Grazing In The Grass” by The Friends Of Distinction, “These Eyes”- The Guess Who and “Atlantis”- Donovan. All three singles ended up in the Top 15.
161. “Grazing In The Grass”- The Friends Of Distinction. RCA-Victor. Written by Harry Elston and Philemon Hou. B-Side “I Really Hope You Do.” The Friends Of Distinction were an R&B group from Los Angeles. They had 6 Hot 100 hits from 1969-71- with 3 making the Top 40. “Grazing In The Grass” was their biggest hit-peaking at #3 and spending 16 weeks on the chart. In 1968 Hugh Masekela had a #1 instrumental with this song- Harry Elston added words and The Friends Of Distinction came close to the top with their version. Grade: A-
162. “These Eyes”- The Guess Who. RCA. Rock. Written by Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings. B-side “Lightfoot.” A rock group formed in Winnipeg in 1963- their first hit in the US was a rendition of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates “Shakin’ All Over” #22 [under the group name Chad Allan and The Expressions. Then nothing- until “These Eyes” in 1969-went to #6 and spent 14 weeks on the chart. Their greatest success would come from 1969 to 1971- they had their only #1 hit in 1970 with “American Woman”- overall they had 21 Top 100 hit singles and 13 went Top 40 in the US. The group disbanded in 1975. Randy Bachman songwriter and guitarist left the band in the early 70’s and formed Bachman- Turner Overdrive, Burton Cummings the singer went on to a solo career. Grade: A
163. ” Atlantis” -Donovan. Epic. Folk Rock. Written by-Donovan Leitch. B-side “To Susan On The West Coast Waiting.” Donovan was big on the charts in the second half of the 60’s- he was right for the times- he had 17 Top 100 singles with 12 making the Top 40 and had 1 #1 with “Sunshine Superman” in 1966. All this was done by the age of 23. He never had another hit after 23 although his career 50 years later is still going on. The b-side “To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” was also a hit- peaking at #35. Grade: A-.