EVERY ENTRY INTO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART- 1969- PART 191

Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 191- Today’s two singles were the final two to enter the chart on November 29, 1969- “Wichita Lineman”- Segrio Mendes and Brasil ’66 and “Feeling  Alright”- Mondo Santamaria.

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623. “Wichita Lineman”- Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66- A&M. Jazz. Written by Jimmy Webb. B-side:” Ye-Me-Le” Peaked at #95 2 weeks on the chart.  Sergio Mendes and Brasil’66 had 3 singles enter the Hot 100 in 1969- none of which made the Top 40. “Wichita Lineman” a big hit for Glen Campbell- has been covered dozens of times over the years- no one has matched the Campbell version. One of my favorite singles ever- written by the great Jimmy Webb. Grade: C+.

 

624. “Feeling Alright”- Mondo Santamaria. Atlantic. Jazz. Written by Dave Mason. B-side: I Can’t Get Next To You.” Peaked at #96 2 weeks on the chart. The most famous version of this song of course is the classic by Joe Cocker. Mondo Santamaria a bandleader from Havana, Cuba had 5 Hot 100 singles from 1963-69 2 of which made the Top 40. Biggest hit- “Watermelon Man” #10 in 1963. Grade: C

5 responses to “EVERY ENTRY INTO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART- 1969- PART 191

  1. Wichita Lineman. Glen Campbell’s signature song. It is perfect. Campbell’s low tuned guitar solo. Just gorgeous.
    That said, I’d give Sergio Mendes a solid B. I have a jones for this sound–close to the Burt Bacharach/Carol Bayer Sager sound. Not the coolest jones in the world, but it is what it is.

  2. In the first song, one of the women sang, “I can hear it through the wine…” Why did they have to mess this song up? Glen Campbell’s is the definitive version of it. In the second, that aggravating knocking sound. Why!? The definitive version is Joe Cocker.

  3. Glen Campbell’s version of “Wichita Lineman” is unsurpassed but Sergio Mendes’ cover isn’t bad. Maybe I’m bias because his wife at the time, Lani Hall, was one of my faves. Her album “Sun Down Lady” was a big part of the soundtrack of my early college years.

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