Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 1969- Part 172- Since I missed posting yesterday and need to keep pace to end this by years end- 5 today- all entering the chart on November 1, 1969 -some memorable tunes- “Cupid”- Johnny Nash, “Okie From Muskogee”- Merle Haggard and The Strangers, “Holly Holy”- Neil Diamond, ‘Fortunate Son”- Creedence Clearwater Revival and “I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City”- Harry Nilsson.
562. “Cupid”- Johnny Nash. Jad. Soul. Written by Sam Cooke. B-side:”People In Love.” Peaked at #39 14 weeks in the Hot 100. The version of this song that is the best and most famous of course if the original by the great Sam Cooke- which peaked at #17 in 1961, other hit versions- Johnny Rivers- #76- in 1965, Tony Orlando and Dawn #22 in 1976 and it was part of a medley by The Spinners which peaked at #4 in 1980. Johnny Nash would have 12 Hot 100 singles 5 making the Top 40 with his biggest hit being “I Can See Clearly Now” #1 1972. Grade: B
563. “Okie From Muskogee”- Merle Haggard and The Strangers. Capital. Country. Written by Merle Haggard and Roy Burris. B-side:”If I Had Left It Up To You.” Peaked at #41 and 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. While I feel it is far from Merle’s greatest song- it is his most famous. Merle’s first entry into the Hot 100 on the Pop side- he would have 38 #1 country singles . Grade: A.
564. “Holly Holy”-Neil Diamond. Uni. Pop. Written by Neil Diamond. B-side:”Hurtin’ You Don’t Come Easy.” Peaked at #6 and spent 14 weeks in the Hot 100. The 3rd of 3 Hot 199 singles in 1969 for Neil Diamond- all 3 reached the Top 40. Grade: A
565. “Fortunate Son”- Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fantasy. Rock. Written by John Fogerty. B-side to “Down On The Corner”- Peaked at #14- 14 weeks in the Hot 100. Picking an all time favorite CCR song – if you asked a dozen fans you might get a dozen different answers- no one was better in the late 60′ and early 70’s. My favorite is this one- supposedly written with Milhous Nixon’s son-in-law David Eisenhower in mind. While LBJ’s two son-in -laws went to Vietnam- Nixon’s two stayed would stay at home- sons of privilege. The poor man fighting a rich man’s war. One of the best songs of the year. Grade: A+
566. ” I Guess The Lord Must Live In New York City”- Nilsson. RCA-Victor. Pop. B-side:”Maybe”- Peaked at #34 7 weeks in the Hot 100. Written for but not used in the movie “Midnight Cowboy”- it was the second 1969 hit for Harry Nilsson- the other being “Everybody’s Talkin”- which was used in Midnight Cowboy. Grade: A+