Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 89- The three singles entering the chart today were the highest debuting singles for the week of May 31, 1969. “Spinning Wheel”- Blood, Sweat and Tears, “My Cherie Amour”- Stevie Wonder and “Hurt So Bad”- The Letterman.
278. “Spinning Wheel”- Blood, Sweat and Tears. Columbia. Pop. Written by David-Clayton Thomas. B-Side: ” More And More.” 1969 was a huge year for Blood, Sweat and Tears- “Spinning Wheel” is the second of three singles they had that went to #2 on the chart- the other two were earlier in the year “You Made Me So Very Happy” and later “And When I Die.”- Spinning Wheel was in the Hot 100 for 13 weeks. Grade: A
279. “My Cherie Amour”- Stevie Wonder. Tamla. Soul. Written by Hank Crosby, Stevie Wonder and Sylvia Moy. B-side: “I Don’t Know Why” which earlier in the year peaked at #39. “My Cherie Amour” went to #4 and spent 14 weeks on the chart. Grade: A
280. “Hurt So Bad”- The Letterman. Capitol. Pop. Written by Bobby Hart, Bobby Wilding, and Teddy Randazzo. B-side: “Catch The Wind.” “Hurt So Bad” had been a #10 hit for Little Anthony and The Imperials in 1965 and would later be a #8 hit in 1980 for Linda Ronstadt. The Letterman a harmonic group from Los Angeles took it to #12- and spent 21 weeks in the Hot 100. The Letterman had 20 Hot 100 hits from 1961-70 with 6 making the Top 40. Their biggest hit was 1967’s “Going Out Of My Head/Can’t Keep My Eyes Off Of You.” #7. The b-side of this single “Catch The Wind” is a cover of a Donovan hit. Grade: C.