Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 151. The final four entries from September 13, 1969- “Kool and The Gang”- Kool and The Gang, “Chains Of Love”- Bobby Bland, “Loves Been Good To Me”-Frank Sinatra and “My Balloons Going Up”- Archie Bell and The Drells.
484. “Kool and The Gang”- Kool and The Gang. De Lite. Soul. Written by Kool and The Gang. B-side:”Raw Hamburgers.”Peaked at #59 and spent 12 weeks on the chart. I was shocked to see that Kool and The Gang were on the charts in the 1969’s- their big hits wouldn’t start arriving for a few more years but they did made the Hot 100 in 1969-this being their first Hot 100 hit. They would eventually have 33 Hot 100 hits with 21 making the Top 40- they had one- #1- “Celebration”- 1980. Grade: C
485. “Chains Of Love”- Bobby Bland. Duke. Soul. Written by Henry Van Walls and Nugetre. B-side:” Ask Me ‘Bout Nothing [But The Blues} Peaked at #60 and spent 7 weeks on the chart. Was a #2 hit for Joe Turner in 1951. 2nd of 2 Hot 100 hits for Bland in 1969. Grade: A
486. “Loves Been Good To Me”-Frank Sinatra. Reprise. Pop. Written by Rod McKuen. Bside”A Man Alone.” Peaked at #75 and spent 4 weeks on the chart. The 3rd of 5 hits in 1969 for Sinatra- his signature song “My Way” was his biggest hit of the year reaching #27 earlier in the year. Grade: B+
487. “My Balloons Going Up.” Archie Bell and The Drells. Atlantic. Soul. Written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. B-side:”Giving Up Dancing” Peaked at #87 and spent 4 weeks on the chart. 3rd of 4 1969 hits by Archie Bell and The Drells- none of them make it to the Top 40. Grade: C