BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #214: ” AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUNSHINE IN”- THE 5TH DIMENSION – APRIL 12, 1969

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Billboard #1 Hits: #214: “Aquarius/ Let The Sunshine In”- The 5th Dimension. April 12, 1969. #1 for 6 weeks.

  • Single: ” Aquarius/ Let The Sunshine In”- The 5th Dimension
  • Record Company- Soul City Records
  • Genre: Pop, Soul
  • Written by-James Rado, Gerome Ragni and Gait MacDormot
  • Time: 4:49
  • B-side: “Don’tcha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya'”
  • Album- The Age Of Aquarius
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 6 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #11 on UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.

“Aquarius/ Let The Sunshine In” spent the most weeks at #1 of any single in 1969 with 6 weeks on top in the spring. They would have one more #1 hit in 1969- “Wedding Bell Blues” in the fall. “Aquarius/ Let The Sunshine In” is a medley from the musical Hair. The song was actually recorded in two cities-Los Angeles and Las Vegas- and mixed together. The Wrecking Crew provided the backing on the song- and of course that included drummer Hal Blaine on yet another #1 hit.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #214: ” AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUNSHINE IN”- THE 5TH DIMENSION – APRIL 12, 1969

  1. I found this column a month or two ago while looking for blogs to read during quarantine and even though I’m a generation younger than you I’ve enjoyed reading it when I have the time. I’m in awe of your dedication to writing about so many songs, famous and obscure.

    Do you by any chance follow the #1’s column on Stereogum, which is similar to what you’re doing here? Right now they’re in 1982 which is (as I saw in your “Genius of Love” post yesterday) past the time you listened to the top 40 but Tom Breihan does such a fantastic job of writing about the songs that you’ll probably still be interested.
    https://www.stereogum.com/category/franchises/columns/the-number-ones/

    • I discovered that maybe a month after I began. I think they are totally crazy on some of their rankings of songs- I think they gave “Hey Jude” a 6 or 7 out of 10. Overall pretty good though. I have been checking it out. I wasn’t sure how far they were. … another week or so and I will sadly be leaving the 1960’s… Thanks for the comments!

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