Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 119. The three singles today were the highest debuting singles for the week of July 26, 1969- “Sugar, Sugar”- The Archies, “A Boy Named Sue”- Johnny Cash and “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”- Tom Jones.
379. “Sugar, Sugar”- The Archies. Calendar. Bubblegum Pop. Written by Andy Kim and Jeff Barry. B-side:”Melody Hill.” One of the biggest chart hits of 1969- “Sugar, Sugar” went to #1 where it stayed for 4 weeks. It also spent an incredible 22 weeks in the Hot 100. The Archies were a studio group created by Don Kirshner of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert fame. They had 6 Hot 100 singles with 2 making the Top 40. Chances are the only song by The Archies you know is this one. Catchy, bubblegum music. Grade: B.
380. “A Boy Named Sue”- Johnny Cash. Columbia. Country. Written by Shel Silverstein. B-side:”San Quentin.” Johnny Cash’s biggest ever chart hit- went to #2 and spent 12 weeks on the chart. Like Chuck Berry with “Ding-A-Ling”- the biggest hit of Cash’s career on the Pop Chart- a novelty tune. The song was recorded live at San Quintin. As far as the Pop 100 chart goes J.R. Cash had 48 hits in his career -from 1956-76. Grade: A.
381. “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”-Tom Jones. Parrot. Pop. Written by Jimmy Currie and Lonnie Donegan. B-side: “Things I Wanna Do.” This single was released first in 1967 and peaked at #49- it did much better when re-released in 1969- The 2nd of 3 Hot 100 singles- all made the top 15 for Tom Jones in 1969. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” peaked at #6 and spent 16 weeks on the chart. Grade: B+