Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 1969- Part 95- The three entries today are from the week of June 7, 1969- “It’s Getting Better”- Mama Cass, “Mrs. Robinson” – Booker T. & The MG’S. and “You Don’t Have To Walk In The Rain”- The Turtles.
298. “It’s Getting Better”- Mama Cass. Dunhill. Pop. Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. B-Side:” Who’s To Blame.” Mama Cass most famous as a member of The Mamas and The Papas- and for the urban legend that she died by choking on a sandwich. Her solo career wasn’t as successful- this was her 2nd of 3 Hot 100 singles in 1969-“It’s Getting Better” peaked at #30 and spent 19 weeks on the chart which is pretty impressive. In her career she had 3 Top 40 hits as a solo artist. Grade: B
299. “Mrs. Robinson”- Booker T. & The MG’S. Stax. Soul. Written by Paul Simon. B-Side: “Soul Clap ’69.” Booker T. & The MG’S- my favorite instrumental band ever- and they were also great as sessions artists at Stax. This instrumental of Paul Simon’s iconic song from The Graduate- peaked at #37 and spent 8 weeks in the Hot 100. It was the 2nd of 3 1969 Hot 100 entries for Booker T. & The MGS. Grade: B+
300. “You Don’t Have To Walk In The Rain”- The Turtles. White Whale. Pop. Written by The Turtles. B-Side: “Come Over.” By 1969 The Turtles were nearing the end of line. They had 4 Hot 100 hits in 1969 only one made the Top 40-“You Showed Me” #6 earlier in the year- their final Top 40 hit of their career. “You Don’t Have To Walk In The Rain” peaked at #57 and spent 7 weeks on the chart. Grade: B+