EVERY ENTRY INTO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART- 1969- PART 65

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.

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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+

 

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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-

 

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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

7 responses to “EVERY ENTRY INTO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART- 1969- PART 65

  1. I like Mary’s version but I always favored Paul’s demo of the song…I would have fit well on the White Album… didn’t know that about Tony Visconti.

  2. I love the Hopkin song and appreciate the background info on it. Also love the picture on the slideshow where George is sitting next to her. The Supremes song ain’t all that. I like the Aretha slideshow, the song is so-so.

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