Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 55. The three singles today entered the charts on April 5, 1969 and all would end up making it into the Top 20. The singles are “Gitarzan”- Ray Stevens,”More Today Than Yesterday”- Spiral Starecase and “Morning Girl”-The Neon Philharmonic.
164. “Gitarzan”- Ray Stevens. Monument. Pop- Novelty. Written by Ray Stevens and Bill Everette. B-side: Bagpipes- That’s My Bag.” Ray Stevens has had a long career from the mid 1950’s until today- this year he will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is best remembered for his novelty songs but he has also done straight pop and country songs and his recent work has been in christian music. In his career he has had 27 Hot 100 singles with 10 making the Top 40- two hit #1- “Everything Is Beautiful” in 1970 and the novelty smash “The Streak” in 1974. On the country music singles chart he’s had 49 Hot 100 singles. I’ve never found him particularly funny but different strokes for different folks. Novelty songs at their best usually run their course after a few listens. “Gitarzan” is about a character in the jungle who forms a band with his partner Jane and a pet monkey. It peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 and spent 13 weeks on the charts. Grade: D
165. “More Today Than Yesterday”- Spiral Starecase. Pop. Columbia. Written by Pat Upton. B-side”Broken-Hearted Man.” Spiral Starecase was a pop group out of Sacramento, California. They had 3 Hot 100 singles but this one- “More Today Than Yesterday” was their only Top 40 hit- reaching #12 and spending 15 weeks on the chart. Grade: A –
166. “Morning Girl”- The Neon Philharmonic. Warner Brothers. Rock. Written by Tupper Saussy. B-side ” Brilliant Colors.” The Neon Philharmonic was a chamber sized orchestra of Nashville Symphony Orchestra members. They had 2 Hot 100 singles with “Morning Girl” being their only Top 40 hit- it went to #17 and spent a dozen weeks on the chart. B-