1968

Number Ones:
Love Is Blue - Paul Mauriat Orchestra [Philips 40495] (Popp) was first recorded by Vicki Leandros as ‘L’amour est bleu’ [‘67, French Polydor 66 548]. It charted in a medley by the Dells: ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love Is Blue’ [‘69, Cadet 5641].
Honey - Bobby Goldsboro [United Artists 50283] (Russell) was first recorded by Bobby Shane [‘68, Decca 32275].
Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel [Columbia 44511] (Simon) was from the film The Graduate.
Number Twos:
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder [Tamla 54174] (Miller, Murden) was first recorded by Jean DuShon [‘66, Cadet 5545], given the song by Ron Miller. It was also recorded by Barbara McNair [rel. 11/66, Here I Am Motown 644], which may be the earliest released version, and the Four Tops [4/67, 4 Tops On Broadway Motown 657]. It was released as a single in 1967 by Carmen McRae [Atlantic 2421], and Tony Bennett charted with it [‘67, Columbia 44258].
Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkin [Apple 1801] (Raskin) is based on the Russian folk song ‘Dorogoi Dli Moyou’ recorded by Alexander Vertinksy (or Wertinksy) [‘26, label MK or Mezhdmarodmaya Kunya, Russian State Music Trust; wr. Fomin, Podnevsky], also as ’Dorogo’ Dlinnoyu ‘ by Rada & Nikolai Volshaninovs [unkown date, but sound is more familiar than the Vertinsky according to a website devoted to the song‘s history - Ploca LP Gypsy Songs]. It has been sung by many Russian singers, such as Nani Bregvadze and Edita Pieha, and is on Famous Songs of Russian Gypsy by Nikolai Erdenko. It was sung by Maria Shell in the 1958 film The Brothers Karamazov. The Limeliters recorded the first English version [‘62, Folk Matinee RCA Victor 2547]. Paul McCartney heard the song performed in a club by Gene & Francesca Raskin in London, mid-60s; it is on the LP Gene and Francesca [‘69, Tetragrammaton 124].
(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls - Dionne Warwick [Scepter 12203] (Previn, Previn) is a movie theme.
Little Green Apples - O.C. Smith [Columbia 44616] (Bobby Russell) charted country for Roger Miller [3/68, Smash 2148].
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2464] (Covay) is influenced by the gospel song ‘Pains of Life’ by Reverend Elijah Fair & the Sensational Gladys Davis Trio [‘67, Feron 108] (according to Rypens).
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Hugo Montenegro Orchestra [RCA 9423] (Morricone) is a movie title theme.
Top Fives:
Spooky - Classics IV [Imperial 66259] (Middlebrooks, Shapiro, Buie, Cobb) was originally an instrumental by Mike Sharpe [‘66, Liberty 55922].
Light My Fire - José Feliciano [RCA Victor 9550] (Densmore, Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek) is the 1967 hit by the Doors [Elektra 45615].
Stoned Soul Picnic - 5th Dimension [Soul City 766] (Nyro) was on Laura Nyro’s album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession [‘68, Columbia 9626].
Valleri - The Monkees [Colgems 1019] (Boyce, Hart) wa a 1967 single by the Pineapple Heard [Diamond 231].
Woman, Woman - Gary Puckett & the Union Gap [Columbia 44297] (Glaser, Payne) was recorded by Jimmy Payne [‘67, Epic 10173].
The Look of Love - Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 [A&M 924] (David, Bacharach) is the song from Casino Royale (see 1967).
Hush - Deep Purple [Tetragrammaton 1503] (Joe South) was a single for Billy Joe Royal [‘67, Columbia 44277]. Joe South’s version is on Games People Play [‘69, Capitol ST-235].
Bend Me, Shape Me - American Breed [Atco 811] (English, Weiss) was on the Outsiders LP In [‘67, Capitol 2636]. It was an early 1967 single for the Models [MGM 13775]. The Amen Corner subsequently had a U.K. hit [‘68, Deram DM 172].
Midnight Confessions - Grass Roots [Dunhill 4144] (Josie) was a single for the Ever-Green Blues [‘67, Mercury 72756].
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - First Edition [Reprise 0655] (Mickey Newbury) was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis on the LP Soul My Way [‘67, Smash 67097]. It was also recorded by Betty LaVette as ‘What Condition My Condition Was In’ [‘68, Karen 1544].
Top Tens:
The House That Jack Built - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2546] (Lance, Robbins) is a cover of a single by Thelma Jones [‘68, Barry 1023].
The Fool On the Hill - Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 [A&M 961] (Lennon, McCartney) was from the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tout [‘68, Capitol 2835].
You Keep Me Hangin’ On - Vanilla Fudge [Atco 6590] (Holland, Dozier, Holland) is a re-working of the Supremes hit [‘66, Motown 1101] - first released as a single in mid 1967. It was later a hit for Wilson Pickett [’59, Atlantic 2682] and Kim Wilde [‘87, MCA 53024].
Angel of the Morning - Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts [Bell 705] (Chip Taylor) was a single for Evie Sands [‘67, Cameo 475]. It was a hit for Juice Newton [‘81, Capitol 4976] and was sampled for ‘Angel’ by Shaggy featuring Rayvon [2000, MCA 155811].
Turn Around, Look At Me - Vogues [Reprise 0686] (Capehart) was originally by Glen Campbell [‘61, Crest 1087].
Going Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - Lettermen [Capitol 2054] (Randazzo, Weinstein / Crewe, Gaudio) is a medley of hits by Little Anthony & the Imperials [‘64, DCP 1119] and Frankie Valli [‘67, Philips 40446].
The Unicorn - Irish Rovers [Decca 32254] (Silverstein) was on Shel Silverstein’s 1962 LP Inside Folk Songs [Atlantic 8072].
My Special Angel - Vogues [Reprise 0766] (Duncan) is a remake of Bobby Helms’ hit (see 1957).
Nobody But Me - Human Beinz [Capitol 5990] (Isley, Isley, Isley) was first done by the Isley Brothers [‘63, Wand 131].
Here Comes the Judge - Shorty Long [Soul 35044] (Brown, dePasse, Long) also charted Top 20 for Pigmeat Markham [Chess 2049]. It was inspired by a comedy routine of Markham’s on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Although both records were inspired by the Laugh-In sketch, they are different songs.
Both Sides Now - Judy Collins [Elektra 45639] (Mitchell) was the first of many recordings. Joni Mitchell’s version appeared on Clouds [‘69, Reprise 6341].
I Love How You Love Me - Bobby Vinton [Epic 10397] (Mann, Kolber) is a remake of the Paris Sisters’ hit (see 1961).
Bottle of Wine - Fireballs [Atco 6491] (Paxton) was from the Tom Paxton LP Ain’t That News [‘64, Elektra 7298], but maybe appeared first on The Judy Collins Concert [’64, Elektra EKS-7280].
Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) - Manfred Mann [Mercury 72770] (Dylan), as ‘Quinn the Eskimo’ circulated on the 1967 bootleg tapes from Woodstock that were eventually released as The Basement Tapes, by Bob Dylan & the Band [‘75, Columbia 33682].
Stay In My Corner - Dells [Cadet 5612] (Flemons, Miller, Strong) is a remake of their 1965 song [Vee Jay 674].
I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2546] (David, Bacharach) is a remake of Dionne Warwick’s hit (see 1967).
Top Twenties:
Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers [Columbia 44414] (Chambers, Chambers) was recorded in a different version in 1966 [Columbia 43816].
Susie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival [Fantasy 616] (Hawkins) was originally by Dale Hawkins [‘57, Checker 863].
Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon & Garfunkel [Columbia 44465] (Simon, Garfunkel) is a 17th century English folk song, called ‘The Elfin Knight‘ by Child, first recorded for the 1955 LP Encores from the Abbaye by Gordon Heath & Lee Payant [Elektra 29]. It was published in the Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger songbook The Singing Island, recorded as ‘The Elfin Knight’ on the LP Classic Scots Ballads [Tradition TLP 1015], and was learned from there by Martin Carthy [’65 self-titled debut LP, Topic 340]. Paul Simon heard Carthy perform and learned the song from him. Carthy’s version also inspired Bob Dylan’s ‘Girl from the North Country’ [‘63, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Columbia 1986]. A recording by Thomas Moran [‘54, as ‘Strawberry Lane’] appears on the Alan Lomax collection Classic Ballads of Britain and Ireland, Vol. 1 [Rounder]. This Simon & Garfunkel version is from their 1966 Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme [Columbia 9363]. It also was a Top 20 in ‘68 for Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 [A&M 986]. The countermelody in the S&G version is ‘The Side of a Hill’ which appeared on the U.K. release The Paul Simon Songbook [‘65, CBS 62579].
Piece of My Heart - Big Brother & the Holding Company [Columbia 44626] (Berns, Ragovoy) was originally by Erma Franklin [‘67, Shout 221].
Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo [Cadet Concept 7001] (Rossi) has an introductory guitar riff very similar to ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’, Vanilla Fudge version (see above in 1968).
Dream a Little Dream Of Me - Mama Cass [Dunhill 4145] (Schwendt, Andre, Kahn), sung in 1931 on stage and radio by Kate Smith, was recorded by Wayne King [Victor 22643] and Ozzie Nelson [Brunswick 6060]. It was revived in 1950: Jack Owens [Decca 27096], Frankie Laine [Mercury 5488] and Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong [Decca 27209].
Different Drum - Stone Poneys feat. Linda Ronstadt [Capitol 2004] (Michael Nesmith) was first recorded by the Greenbriar Boys [‘66, Better Late Than Never! Vanguard 79233].
Sweet Blindness - 5th Dimension [Soul City 768] (Nyro) was on Laura Nyro’s album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession [‘68, Columbia 9626].
Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer [Philips 40516] (Cochran, Capehart) is the rock ‘n’ roll classic by Eddie Cochran [‘58, Liberty 55144]. It charted again for the Who, in a live version [‘70, Decca 32708] and was a country hit for Alan Jackson [‘94, Arista 12697].
I Love You - People [Capitol 2178] (Chris White) was a single for the Zombies [‘65, Parrot 9786].
Walk Away Renee - Four Tops [Motown 1119] (Brown, Calilli, Sansome) was a hit for the Left Banke [‘66, Smash 2041].
She’s Lookin’ Good - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2504] (Collins) brushed the R&B chart for Rodger Collins [‘67, Galaxy 750].
On the Road Again - Canned Heat [Liberty 56038] (Jones, Wilson) was a blues piece by Floyd Jones [‘53, JOB 1013]. Both are based on Tommy Johnson’s ‘Big Road Blues’ [‘28, Victor 21279].
Bring It On Home To Me - Eddie Floyd [Stax 0012] (Cooke) was a hit for Sam Cooke [‘62, RCA Victor 8036], and charted again for the Animals [‘65, MGM 13339].
See Saw - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2574] (Cropper, Covay) charted R&B for Don Covay & the Goodtimers [‘65, Atlantic 2301].
Tip-Toe Thru’ the Tulips With Me - Tiny Tim [Reprise 0679] (Burke, Dubin) is from 1929, featured in the film Gold Diggers of Broadway, with popular versions by Nick Lucas [Brunswick 4418], Jean Goldkette [Victor 22027], Johnny Marvin [Victor 22113], Roy Fox [Brunswick 4419], and Smith Ballew [Okeh 41299].
Am I That Easy To Forget - Engelbert Humperdinck [Parrot 40023] (Belew, Stevenson) is a country song that charted for Debbie Reynolds (see 1960).
Sealed With a Kiss - Gary Lewis & the Playboys [Liberty 56037] (Geld, Udell) was a hit for Brian Hyland (see 1962).
Promises, Promises - Dionne Warwick [Scepter 12231] (Bacharach, David) is the title song from a Broadway musical.
Darlin’ - Beach Boys [Capitol 2068] (Wilson, Love), according to Rosemont, is a rewrite of ‘Thinkin’ ‘Bout You Baby’ by Sharon Marie.
D. W. Washburn - Monkees [Colgems 1023] (Leiber, Stoller) was originally by the Coasters [‘67, Date 1617].
Who Will Answer? - Ed Ames [RCA 9400] (Davis, Aute) is ‘Aleluya Número 1’ from the 1968 LP Diálogos de Rodrigo y Ximena by Spanish singer and artist Luis Eduardo Aute.
A Man Without Love (Quando M’Innamoro) - Engelbert Humperdinck [Parrot 40027] (Pace, Livraghi, Mason, Panzeri) is a San Remo Festival song for 1968, sung by Anna Identici and by the Sandpipers.
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix Experience [Reprise 0767] (Dylan) is from the Bob Dylan album John Wesley Harding [‘68, Columbia 2804].
If I Were a Carpenter - Four Tops [Motown 1124] (Hardin) was a hit for Bobby Darin (see 1966).
(The Lament of the Cherokee Indian) Indian Reservation - Don Fardon [GNP Crescendo 405] (Loudermilk) was recorded as ‘Pale Faced Indian’ by Marvin Rainwater (who is one quarter Cherokee) [‘60, MGM 12865]. It became a big hit for the Raiders in 1971 [Columbia 45332].
Top Thirties :
Shape of Things to Come - Max Frost & the Troopers [Tower 419] (Mann, Weil) is from the movie Wild in the Streets; ‘Max Frost’ is a character in the movie.
I Can Take or Leave Your Loving - Herman’s Hermits [MGM 13885] (Jones) was originally by the Foundations [‘67, Uni 55058].
Soul Serenade - Willie Mitchell [Hi 2140] (Ousley, Dixon) is a King Curtis instrumental from 1964 [Capitol 5109].
Cab Driver - Mills Brothers [Dot 17041] (Parks) is from the Carson & Gaile LP San Antonio Rose [‘67, Kapp 3516].
Tell Mama - Etta James [Cadet 5578] (Carter, Daniel, Terrell) was originally ‘Tell Daddy’ by Clarence Carter [‘67, Fame 1010].
Halfway to Paradise - Bobby Vinton [Epic 10350] (Goffin, King) charted for Tony Orlando in 1961 [Epic 9441].
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Four Seasons [Philips 40523] (Goffin, King) was a big hit for the Shirelles [‘60-’61, Scepter 1211].
Come See About Me - Jr. Walker & the All Stars [Soul 35041] (Holland, Dozier, Holland) was a hit for the Supremes (see 1965).
Just As Much As Ever - Bobby Vinton [Epic 10266] (Singleton, Coleman) charted in 1959 for Bob Beckham [Decca 30861].
I’m a Midnight Mover - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2528] (Pickett, Womack) also appeared on Bobby Womack’s 1968 LP Fly Me to the Moon [Minit 24014].
Hi-Heel Sneakers - José Feliciano [RCA Victor 9641] (Higgenbotham) was a hit for Tommy Tucker [‘64, Checker 1067], and also charted for Stevie Wonder [‘65, Tamla 54119].
Magic Bus - Who [Decca 32363] (Townshend) was recorded a year before the Who by the Pudding [‘67, Press 5010].
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me - Madeline Bell [Philips 40517] (Ross, Gamble, Williams) was recorded first by Dee Dee Warwick [‘66, Mercury 72638], and was later a hit for the Supremes and the Temptations [‘69, Motown 1137].
The Snake - Al Wilson [Soul City 767] (Brown) originated with Oscar Brown, Jr., on the 1962 LP Oscar Brown Tells It Like It Is! [Columbia 8825].
Till - Vogues [Reprise 0788] (Sigman, Danvers) was a hit for the Angels (see 1962).
U.S. Male - Elvis Presley [RCA 9465] (Jerry Reed) was from Jerry Reed‘s‘67 RCA Victor LP The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed [LSP 3756].
Carpet Man - 5th Dimension [Soul City 762] (Webb) was from Johnny Rivers’ LP Rewind [‘67, Imperial 12341].