Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- Part 94: The three singles featured today were the three highest entering singles for the week of June 7, 1969. I am sure you have heard at least the first two . “Crystal Blue Persuasion”- Tommy James And The Shondells, “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town”- Kenny Rogers and The First Edition and “My Pledge Of Love” The Joe Jeffrey Group.
295. “Crystal Blue Persuasion”- Tommy James and The Shondells. Roulette. Pop Rock. Written by Eddie Gray, Tommy James and Mike Vale. B-Side: “I’m Alive.” The 2nd of 4 Top 40 hits for Tommy James and The Shondells in 1969- “Crystal Blue Persuasion” peaked at #2 and spent 15 weeks in the Hot 100. Tommy James and The Shondell’s had two #1’s in their career- 1966 “Hanky Panky” and 1968 “Crimson and Clover.” Grade: A.
296. “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”- Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. Reprise. County-Pop. Written by Mel Tillis. B-side :”Girl Get A Hold Of Yourself.” I keep forgetting that this hit was written by Mel Tillis. The version by Kenny Rogers and First Edition was the most successful version of the song- peaking at #6 and spending 13 weeks on the chart. It was the 2nd of 3 Top 40 hits in 1969 by the group. Their success would soon end- and Rogers would go without much pop success until he reinvented himself in the second half of the 70’s and became one of the most successful country cross overs ever onto the pop chart. Grade: A-
297. “My Pledge Of Love”- The Joe Jeffrey Group. Wand. Soul. Written by Joe Stafford. B-Side:” Margie.” The only entry into the Hot 100 by The Joe Jeffrey Group– Joe Jeffrey was an R&B singer- guitarist- “My Pledge Of Love” peaked at #14 and spent 12 weeks on the Hot 100. Grade: A-