Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 129. The three singles today are the top debuting singles from the week of August 9, 1969- “Hot Fun In The Summertime”- Sly and The Family Stone, “Easy To Be Hard”- Three Dog Night and “When I Die”- Motherlode.
411. “Hot Fun In The Summertime”- Sly and The Family Stone. Epic. Rock Soul. Written by Sylvester Stewart. B-side:”Fun.” Sly and The Family Stone like Creedence Clearwater Revival were riding high in the late 60’s-early 70’s- in 1969 Sly and The Family Stone had four Hot 1000 singles- this one -“Hot Fun In The Summertime” being the biggest hit- reaching #2 and spending 16 weeks in the Hot 100. One of the best songs of the year. Grade: A+
412. “Easy To Be Hard”- Three Dog Night. Dunhill ABC. Pop. Written by Gait MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni. B-side:”Dreaming Isn’t Good For You.” This song was originally from the musical Hair. Three Dog Night- certainly wasn’t a match in greatness with Sly and The Family Stone or CCR_ but they had great success on the charts during the same era- in 1969 they had 4 singles all making the Top 40- “Easy To Be Hard”- #4 and spending 13 weeks in the Hot 100. Grade: A-.
413. “When I Die”- Motherlode. Buddah. Pop. Written by Steve Kennedy and William Smit. B side: “Hard Life.” This is the only Hot 100 entry for Motherlode- it peaked at #18 and spent 13 weeks on the chart. This song isn’t to be confused with Blood, Sweat and Tears “And When I Die.” Motherlode was a pop group from Canada. Grade: C