Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 87. All three singles today entered the chart on May 24, 1969- “But It’s Alright” J.J. Jackson, “I Want To Take You Higher”- Sly and The Family Stone, and “Love Man”- Otis Redding.
271. “But It’s Alright”- J.J. Jackson. Warner Brothers. Soul. Written by J.J. Jackson and Pierre Tubbs. B-side:”Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.”- No this isn’t the J.J Jackson who was the VJ on MTV back in the days when MTV actually played music videos. This is the soul singer from Brooklyn, New York. In this career Jackson had 3 Hot 100 singles- and the first and third were this song- in 1966 as a single it peaked at #22-his only Top 40 hit. It was re-released as a single in 1969- and peaked at #45 spending 10 weeks on the chart. The song was later covered by Huey Lewis and The News and released as a single where it reached #54 in 1994. Grade: A
272. “I Want To Take You Higher”- Sly and The Family Stone. Epic. Funk Soul. Written by Sylvester Stewart. It was the B-side to “Stand” which peaked at #22. “I Want To Take You Higher” peaked at #60 and spent 7 weeks in the Hot 100. A great song- should have been a big hit. It was the 3rd of 4 Sly and The Family Stone Hot 100 hits in 1969. Grade: A+
273. “Love Man’- Otis Redding. Atco. Soul. Written by Otis Redding. B-side “Can’t Turn You Loose.” A year and a half after his tragic death they were still releasing singles from Otis. This would be his final chart appearance peaking at #72 and spending 5 weeks on the chart. It was his second Hot 100 appearance in 1969. Grade: A