Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 59. All three singles today entered the chart on April 5, 1969. “Back In The U.S.S.R.”- Chubby Checker, “A Million To One”-Brian Hyland and “California Girl [And The Tennessee Square}- Tompall and The Glaser Brothers.
176. “Back In The U.S.S.R.”- Chubby Checker. Buddah. Pop. Written by John Lennon- Paul McCartney. B-side” Windy Cream.” I didn’t realize the man born Ernest Evans who was given the name Chubby by one of his bosses at a produce market where he worked in Philadelphia- and Checker by Dick Clark’s wife- and since he had just finished doing a Fats Domino impersonation- Domino- Checker. Chubby Checker- had so many hits. Everyone knows “The Twist” which went to #1 in 1959 and in 1961 but overall he had 35 Hot 100 singles with 23 making the Top 40 from 1959-68. His cover of The Beatles “Back In The U.S.S.R. peaked at #82 and spent 5 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: C+
177. “A Million To One”- Brian Hyland. Dot. Pop. Written by Phil Medley. B-side ” It Could All Begin Again [In You.} Brian Hyland is remembered for his #1 hit from 1960- the annoying “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” In all the singer from Queens, New York had 22 Hot 100 singles with 8 making the Top 40 from 1969 to 1971. ” A Million To One” peaked at #90 and spent 5 weeks on the chart. Grade: D
178. “California Girl [And The Tennessee Square} -Tompall and The Glaser Brothers. MGM.Country. Written by Jack Clement. B-side: “All That Keeps Ya Goin’.” Tompall and The Glaser Brothers were a country group that had only one Hot 100 single- this one- It peaked at #92 and spent 4 weeks in the Hot 100. The writer of the song Jack Clement is more famous for being a producer and engineer for Sam Phllips at Sun Records in the 1950’s- now he had one of my dream jobs if I could go back in time. Grade: C