EVERY ENTRY INTO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART- 1969- PART 77

Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 77. All four singles today entered the chart on May 10, 1969- “Black Pearl”-Sonny Charles and The Checkmates Ltd., “Don’t Let Me Down”- The Beatles, “Testify {I Wonna} Johnnie Taylor and “Special Delivery”- 1910 Fruitgum Co.

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233. “Black Pearl”- Sonny Charles and The Checkmates Ltd. A&M. Soul. Written by Phil Spector, Toni Wine and Irwin Levine. B-Side” Lazy Susan.” The second Hot 100 single for Sonny Charles and The Checkmates Ltd. in 1969. ‘Black Pearl” was produced by the great and crazy as a loon- Phil Spector. “Black Pearl” peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 13 weeks on the chart. Grade: A

 

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234. “Don’t Let Me Down”- The Beatles. Apple. Rock. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. B-side to the #1 hit “Get Back.”- Paul wrote the A-Side #1 hit “Get Back”- John wrote “Don’t Let Me Down”- which is my favorite of the two songs. It peaked at #35 and spent 4 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: A+

 

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235. Testify {I Wonna}- Johnnie Taylor. Stax. Soul. Written by George Clinton and Johnnie Taylor. B-Side:”I Had A Fight With Love.”  Johnnie Taylor the “Soul Philosopher”- had 21 Hot 100 singles with 10 making the Top 40- his biggest hit would be the #1 “Disco Lady”- in 1976. “Testify” which he co-wrote with George Clinton- went to #36 and spent 9 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: B

 

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236. “Special Delivery”- 1910 Fruitgum Co. Buddah. Bubblegum. Written by Bo Gentry and Bobby Bloom. B-side: “No Good Annie.”  1910 Fruitgum Co. had 7 Hot 100 singles and 4 made the Top 40 -this was their last Top 40 hit- going to #38 and spending 9 weeks on the chart.  Their biggest hit was “Simon Says” #4 in 1968. Grade: B-

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One response to “EVERY ENTRY INTO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART- 1969- PART 77

  1. First time hearing, “Black Pearl”, what a beautiful heartfelt song. I had a 45 record player and a very small # of 45s. Get Back and Don’t Let Me Down was a 45 I remember having. The other 2 songs ok but nothing to write home about…

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