EVERY ENTRY INTO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART- 1969- PART 196

Every Entry Into The Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart- 1969- Part 196. The three singles today all entered the chart on December 13, 1969- “When Julie Comes Around”- The Cuff Links, “She Lets Her Hair Down Early In The Morning”- The Tokens and “Is It Because I’m Black”- Sly Johnson. I hadn’t heard any of these songs before today.

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638. “When Julie Comes Around”- The Cuff Links. Decca. Pop. Written by Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance. B-side:”Sally Ann {You’re Such a Pretty Baby’} Peaked at #41 9 weeks on the chart. The Cuff Links had 3 Hot 100 hits 1969-70 with “Tracy” #9  the only Top 40 hit. The group was the overdubbed voice of Ron Dante. Grade: C.

 

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639. “She Lets Her Hair Down [Early In The Morning}- The Tokens. Buddah. Pop. Written by Leon Carr and Paul Vance. B-side:”Oh To Get Away.” Peaked at #61 7 weeks on the chart. The Tokens had 15 Hot 100 hits from 1961-94- their big hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonite” #1 1961. This one sounds very Beach Boy influenced. Grade: B-

 

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640. “Is It Because I’m Black”- Sly Johnson. Twinight. Soul. Written by Sly Johnson, Jimmy Jones and Glenn Watts. B:side””Let Them Hang High” Peaked at #68 6 weeks on the chart. Sly Johnson an R&B singer- songwriter and guitarist from Holly Springs, Mississippi had 6 Hot 100 singles from 1967-75- none of them made the Top 40. Grade: B

9 responses to “EVERY ENTRY INTO THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLES CHART- 1969- PART 196

  1. Even if they are not great…I love hearing about these artists I’ve never heard before. The Cuff Links…I listened to Tracy and have heard that before…never knew the band.

    • It was maybe 20 -25 minutes long- the hosts on TCM talked about Oscar beforehand and said they thought this interview was done during one of his ‘down’ period. It was interesting- he was funny- but also seemed troubled……. they said before the interview that he smoked 4 packs of cigarettes a day and up to 40 cups of coffee a day.

    • The cups of coffee is crazy well the cigarettes also but that fits with what Harpo said. I’m going to search for it on their site. I’m hoping I can catch it online. I don’t know what I did.
      He seemed like a very intelligent guy and also argumentative for the fun of it from what I read.

    • I don’t know if you have seen the movie- The Man Who Came To Dinner- a 1942 movie- the main character named Sheldon Whiteside- is based on Alexander Woollcott– the Jimmy Durante character- Banjo is based on Harpo.

    • Yes I have that one…It is really good. I read that Woollcott wanted to play Whiteside in the play version. I haven’t seen it in a few years. I got it because of that Harpo book.

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