Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 79. All four singles today entered the chart on May 10, 1969- None of them came close to making the Top 40 although three of the four were big name artists. “Born To Be Wild”- Wilson Pickett, “Truck Stop”-Jerry Smith And His Pianos, “Gentle On My Mind”- Aretha Franklin, “Someday Man”- The Monkees.
241. “Born To Be Wild”- Wilson Pickett. Atlantic. Soul. Written by Mars Bonfire- aka Dennis McCrohan. B-side: “Toe Hold.” The 2nd of 4 Hot 100 singles Wilson Pickett had in 1969- none of them though made the Top 40 on the Pop chart. It is a cover of the Steppenwolf monster smash from Easy Rider.Wilson Pickett’s version peaked at #64 and spent 4 weeks on the chart. Grade: B
242. ‘Truck Stop”- Jerry Smith And His Pianos. ABC. Jazz Soul. Written by Jerry Smith. B-side: “My Happiness”- the only Hot 100 entry for Jerry Smith in his career. He was a session pianist and songwriter. “Truck Stop” an instrumental- it peaked at #71 and spent 7 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: C
243. “Gentle On My Mind”- Aretha Franklin. Atlantic. Soul. Written by John Hartford. B-side to “I Can’t See Myself Leaving You” which was a #28 hit earlier in the spring. “Gently On My Mind”- was most famous as a hit for Glen Campbell. Written by John Hartford it won 4 Grammy Awards in 1968. This was the 4th of 6 Hot 100 hits in 1969 for Miss Aretha. “Gentle On My Mind” peaked at #76 and spent 3 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: B
244. “Someday Man”- The Monkees. Colgems. Pop. Written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols. B-side “Listen To The Band.” The television show was over and so were the hits at this point- they hung in their a little longer though. They had 4 Hot 100 in 1969- none of them making the Top 40. “Someday Man”- peaked at #81 and spent 2 weeks on the chart. Grade: B