Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 179. The three singles today were the highest debuting  singles the week of November 15, 1969- “I Want You Back” -Jackson 5 , “Jam Up Jelly Tight”- Tommy Roe and “Cold Turkey”- Plastic Ono Band.


586. “I Want You Back”- Jackson 5. Motown, Soul. Written by The Corporation. B-side:”Who’s Lovin’ You.” Peaked at #1 19 weeks on the chart. The first entry on the charts for The Jackson 5- from Gary, Indiana- went all the way to #1. They would have as The Jackson 5 or later as The Jackson’s- 33 Hot 100 singles and 26 Top 40 hits from 1969-89. They would have three other #1 hits- “ABC”, “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There” in 1970. “I Want You Back” released in November 1969 – would hit the top of the charts in January 1970. Grade: A+


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587. “Jam Up Jelly Tight”- Tommy Roe. ABC. Pop. Written by Freddy Weller and Tommy Roe. B-side:” Moontalk.” Peaked at #8 14 weeks on the chart. Roe’s 4th of 4 Hot 100 singles in 1969- the Atlanta pop singer’s biggest hit came earlier in the year with “Dizzy” a #1. Grade: B-



588. “Cold Turkey”- Plastic Ono Band. Apple. Rock. Written by John Lennon. B-side: “Dont Worry Kyoko [Mummy’s Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow} While credited to Plastic Ono Band- this is a John Lennon single- released before The Beatles had broken up. What does the song mean? Beatles author Peter Brown said that it was based on Lennon and Yoko Ono’s going cold turkey from their brief addiction to heroin- where as Beatles assistant in the 70’s- Fred Seaman said it was about food poisoning. A great single but I can see why it wasn’t a huge hit- peaking at #30 and 12 weeks on the chart.  Eric Clapton plays guitar. Grade: A+


  1. For some reason I thought ABC was their first big hit, but I definitely remember I Want You Back. I still remember where the radio sat, on the shelf by the back door. That thing was on from morning til night. About what Peter Brown said about John & Yoko’s “brief” addiction to heroin, have you ever known anyone to have a brief addiction to heroin? I would hope it would be about food poisoning. Wouldn’t their assistant know? Amazing that Clapton was on this song — and sounding kickazz by the way — he got around didn’t he…

    • I remember the first time I heard “Cold Turkey”- it was so jarring….I knew all my Beatles music and was moving on to the solo careers and it was so un-Beatles -like… I didn’t like it at first.

  2. “I Want You Back” was a great first chart entry for the Jackson 5 but truth be told, “Who’s Lovin’ You” was better. I listened to AM radio all day, every day in ’69 and I just barely remember “Jam Up…”. “Cold Turkey”, not at all.

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