Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 74. Today’s singles entered the chart on May 3, 1969- “The Windmills Of Your Mind”- Dusty Springfield, “With Pen In Hand”-Vikki Carr,  and “Proud Mary”- Solomon Burke.

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223. ” The Windmills Of Your Mind”- Dusty Springfield. Atlantic. Pop. Written by French composer Michel Legrand- English lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. B-Side: “I Don’t Want To Hear It Anymore”- which was written by a young Randy Newman. “The Windmills of Your Mind” was the theme from the movie “The Thomas Crown Affair”- starring The King of Cool- Steve McQueen. The single went to #31 and spent 8 weeks on the chart. It was the 3rd Dusty Springfield single to hit the Hot 100 in 1969. Grade: B+



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224.”With Pen In Hand”- Vikki Carr. Liberty. Pop. Written by Bobby Goldsboro. B-Side “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Vikki Carr born Florencia Cardona in El Paso, Texas in 1941- had 7 Hot 100 hits in her career with 3 making the Top 40. Her biggest hit was “It Must Be Him” #3 in 1967. She also sang at The White House for five different presidents. “With Pen In Hand” written by Bobby Goldsboro- peaked at #35 and spent 13 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: C


225. “Proud Mary” Solomon Burke. Bell. Soul. Written by John Fogerty. B-side: “What Am I Living For.” “Proud Mary” was one popular song in 1969- the original by Creedence Clearwater Revival went to #2 on the charts, Solomon Burke’s went to #45 and spent 7 weeks on the chart, The Checkmates Ltd. #69 and then in 1971 Ike &Tina Turner took it back up the charts peaking at #4. Solomon Burke had 26 Hot 100 singles with 5 Top 40 hits. Burke who was born in Philadelphia is credited as one of the founders of soul music and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His biggest hit was #22 “Got To Get You Off My Mind” in 1965. Grade: A



  1. Props to home girl Vikki Carr. I hate It Must Be Him. It’s almost as bad as “Having My Baby.” But I love, love her version Cuando Calienta el Sol. I’d give With Pen in Hand a D. I’m very selective with my high drama, ultra emotional singing. I like it, but I must believe it. Ha!

  2. I remember “With Pen in Hand” but did not remember it being that grim subject! Proud Mary — Solomon did it up right and I like the intro to it that he gives. The Dusty Springfield is a little too spacey for my taste, sounds like a bad trip lol

    • Agree with you on Solomon’s version. I guess I’d have to go with the original as the best but Ike &Tina’s version is also great. 3 great versions in 3 years.

    • I wonder what song has the most covers that made the Top 40? Burke came up short but his version should have been a hit too.

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