Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 65. The three singles today were the highest debuting singles for the week of April 19, 1969- “Goodbye”- Mary Hopkin, “The Composer”- Diana Ross and The Supremes and ” I Can’t See Myself Leaving You”- Aretha Franklin- all three singles ended up Top 30 hits.
194. “Goodbye”- Mary Hopkin. Apple. Pop. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. B-side: “Sparrow.”- Mary Hopkin from Pontardawe. Wales- was only 18 years old when she had her debut single go to #2 on the Billboard charts- a hit around the world- “Those Were The Days” in 1968. Discovered by Twiggy- and signed to The Beatles Apple label- she was Paul McCartney’s project. While “Goodbye” is listed as Lennon-McCartney- it was written by Paul. Hopkin had another hit- “Goodbye” peaked at #13 and spent 9 weeks on the chart. In the end Mary Hopkin at 6 Hot 100 singles and her first three were the only ones to make the Top 40- before the age of 20 her hits had dried up. She was later married to David Bowie producer Tony Visconti from 1971-81. I don’t know what it is about Visconti’s Beatles connections- he was not only once married to Hopkin but also would later be married to May Pang- John Lennon’s ‘Lost Weekend’ girlfriend. Grade: B+
195. “The Composer”- Diana Ross and The Supremes. Motown. Pop. Written by Smokey Robinson. B-Side: ” The End of The Beginning.” The second of 7 Hot 100 hits in 1969 for Diana Ross and The Supremes. Diana’s time with The Supremes was winding down at this point. “The Composer” peaked at #27 and spent only 6 weeks on the chart. Grade: B-
196. “I Can’t See Myself Leaving You.” Aretha Franklin. Atlantic. Soul. Written by Ronnie Shannon. “I Can’t See Myself Leaving You” was the original b-side to Aretha’s “The Tracks Of My Tears” which had entered the Hot 100 a month earlier and peaked at #71. “I Can’t See Myself Leaving You” was much more successful going to #28 and spending 8 weeks on the chart. Both songs were on her Aretha Now album. Grade: A