Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 1969- Part 138. The three singles today all entered the chart on August 23, 1969- and all three ended up making it into the Top 40- “I’m Gonna Make You Mine “- Lou Christie, “You,I”- The Rugbys and “Walk On By”- Isaac Hayes.
440. “I’m Gonna Make You Mine “- Lou Christie. Buddah. Pop. Written by Tony Romeo. B-side:”I’m Gonna Get Married.” Peaked at #10 and spent 12 weeks on the chart. Lou Christie was born Lugeo Sacco in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Between 1963-74 he had a dozen Hot 100 hits with 5 making the Top 40. His biggest hit was “Lightening Strikes”- #1 in 1965. Grade: A-
441. “You, I”- The Rugbys” Amazon. Rock. Written by Steve McNicol. B-side: “I Don’t Need You No More.” Peaked at #24 and spent 11 weeks on the chart. A rock group from Nashville- this was the only Hot 100 hit The Rugbys had. Love the distortion at the beginning of the song: Grade: A
442. “Walk On By”- Isaac Hayes. Enterprise. Soul. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. B-side: “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” Peaked at #30 and spent 12 weeks on the chart. A week later the b-side- an edited version of “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” would enter the charts. “Walk On By” was the first entry into the Hot 100 for Isaac Hayes who was a veteran of the Memphis music scene- a producer, songwriter and keyboardist at Stax- he had played hits for a number of artists including the immortal Otis Redding. “Walk On By” had been a hit in 1964 #6 by Dionne Warwick. [ worth noting- Warwick’s Walk On By- had been recorded on November 22, 1963} Hayes would go on to have 15 Hot 100 hits with 9 making the Top 40- his most successful being a #1 -Theme From Shaft in 1971. I will attach both the single version and the unedited album version of “Walk On By.” Grade: A