Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 157. The four singles today entered the chart on October 4, 1969- “Smile A Little Smile For Me-The Flying Machine, “Cherry Hill Park”- Billy Joe Royal, “Ball Of Fire”- Tommy James and The Shondells and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”-Crosby Stills and Nash.
510. “Smile A Little Smile For Me”- The Flying Machine. Congress. Pop. Written by Geoff Stephens and Tom Macauley. B-side:”Maybe We’ve Been Loving Too Long.” Peaked at #5 and spent 14 weeks on the chart. A studio project by British songwriters Geoff Stephens and Tom Macaulay- they had 2 Hot 100 hits with this being their only Top 40 hit. Grade: A
511.”Cherry Hill Park”-Billy Joe Royal. Columbia. Rock. Written by Bill Gilmore and Robert Nix. B-side:”Helping Hand.” Peaked at #15 and spent 15 weeks in the Hot 100. Billy Joe Royal had 9 Hot 100 hits with 4 making the Top 40- his biggest hit would be his cover of Joe South’s “Down In The Boondocks” #9 in 1965. Grade: B+
512. Ball Of Fire”- Tommy James and The Shandells. Roulette. Rock. Written by Bruce Sudano, Mike Vale, Tommy James and Woody Wilson. B-Side:Makin’ Good Time.” Peaked at #19 and spent 8 weeks on the chart. The 3rd of 4 hits in 1969 by Tommy James and The Shandells- all 4 made the Top 40. Grade: B+
513. “Suite: July Blues Eyes”- Crosby, Stills and Nash. Atlantic. Rock. Written by Stephen Stills. B-side:”Long Time Gone” Peaked at #21 and spent 12 weeks in the Hot 100. The 2nd of two Top 40 hits by Crosby, Stills and Nash off of their debut album. Stephen Stills wrote the song about his love at the time Judy Collins. One of the most famous songs in the CS&N catalog. Grade: A+