1969

Number Ones:
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - 5th Dimension [Soul City 772] (MacDermot, Rado, Ragni) is a medley of songs from the Broadway rock musical Hair. ‘Sunshine’ was performed by James Rado, Lynn Kellogg & Melba Moore.
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye [Tamla 54176] (Strong, Whitfield) was a hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips (see 1967).
Leaving On a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary [Warner 7340] (Denver) was originally by the Mitchell Trio [‘67, Reprise 0588]; John Denver was a member of the group.
Wedding Bell Blues - 5th Dimension [Soul City 779] (Nyro) was a single for Laura Nyro [‘66, Verve Folkways 5024].
Something - Beatles [Apple 2654] (Harrison) was recorded first by Joe Cocker, but not released until after the Beatles release [‘69, Joe Cocker! A&M 4224].
Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini Orchestra [RCA 0131] (Rota) is from the film.
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley [RCA 9764] (James) was recorded by its writer, Mark James [‘68, Scepter 12221].
Number Twos:
A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash [Columbia 44944] (Silverstein) was originally recorded by its writer, Shel Silverstein [‘68, RCA 74-0158].
Hair - Cowsills [MGM 14016] (MacDermot, Rado, Ragni) is the title song for the Broadway rock musical, performed by Walker Daniels and Jerome Ragni [cast LP, RCA 1143].
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross and the Supremes & the Temptations [Motown 1137] (Ross, Gamble, Williams) had charted for Madeline Bell (see 1968).
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears [Columbia 44776] (Gordy, Holloway, Holloway, Wilson) was originally by Brenda Holloway [‘67, Tamla 54155].
Jean - Oliver [Crewe 334] (McKuen) was sung by Rod McKuen on the soundtrack for the movie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [‘68, 20th Century Fox 4207].
And When I Die - Blood, Sweat & Tears [Columbia 45008] (Nyro) first appeared on The Peter, Paul & Mary Album as ‘And When We Die‘ [‘66, Warner Brothers 1648], and was released as a single by Laura Nyro [‘67, Verve Folkways 5051].
Top Fives:
Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited [Brunswick 55391] (Record, Sanders) was the backing track to the song ‘Am I the Same Girl’ by Barbara Acklin [‘68, Brunswick 55399].
Good Morning Starshine - Oliver [Jubilee 5659] (MacDermot, Rado, Ragni) is from Hair, performed by Jill O’Hara.
Worst That Could Happen - Brooklyn Bridge [Buddah 75] (Webb) was from the 5th Dimension LP The Magic Garden [‘67, Soul City 92001].
In the Ghetto - Elvis Presley [RCA 9741] (Mac Davis) was first recorded by Sammy Davis, Jr. in 1968, but not released until 1970 [Something For Everyone Motown 710].
Grazing In the Grass - Friends of Distinction [RCA 0107] (Elston, Hou) is a vocal version of Hugh Masekela’s 1968 hit [Uni 55066].
Easy To Be Hard - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4203] (MacDermot, Rado, Ragni) is from Hair [cast LP RCA 1143], performed by Suzannah Evans, Linda Compton, and Paul Jabara.
What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - Jr. Walker & the All Stars [Soul 35062] (Bristol, Bullock, Fuqua) According to Rypens, this was recorded by Johnny & Jacky in 1961 for Harvey Fuqua’s Tri Phi label, but I can’t find evidence that it was released.
Galveston - Glen Campbell [Capitol 2428] (Webb) was first recorded by Don Ho [‘68, Reprise 0800].
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye [Tamla 54181] was on the Temptations’ 1966 LP Getting’ Ready [Gordy 918].
Hawaii Five-O - Ventures [Liberty 56068] (Stevens) was the theme to the TV show.
One - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4191] (Nilsson) was from Nilsson’s Aerial Ballet [‘67, RCA 3956].
Get Together - Youngbloods [RCA 9752] (Chester Powers) had charted in mid 1967. The song ‘Let’s Get Together’ was written and demoed by Dino Valenti (aka Chester Powers) and first released on the Kingston Trio LP Back In Town [‘64, Capitol 208]. Other versions were by Hamilton Camp [’65, Paths of Victory Elektra 7278], We Five [‘65, A&M 784] and the Jefferson Airplane [’66, The Jefferson Airplane Takes Off RCA Victor 3584].
Baby It’s You - Smith [Dunhill 4206] (Bacharach, David, Williams) was a hit for the Shirelles in 1962 [Scepter 1227].
Top Tens:
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again - Tom Jones [Parrot 40018] (Donegan) originally charted for Jones in 1967. The song was first recorded by Lonnie Donegan [‘62, Pye 7N 15446], with a melody based on Sammy Kaye’s 1949 ‘Wanderin’ [RCA Victor 3680].
This Magic Moment - Jay & the Americans [United Artists 50475] (Pomus, Shuman) was a hit for the Drifters [‘60, Atlantic 2050].
These Eyes - Guess Who? [RCA 0102] (Bachman, Cummings) was also a Top Twenty for Jr. Walker & the All Stars [Soul 35067].
Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town - Kenny Rogers & the First Edition [Reprise 0829] (Tillis) was first recorded by its writer, Mel Tillis [‘67, Life’s That Way Kapp 1514], and a country hit for Johnny Darrell [‘67, United Artists 50126].
Time Is Tight - Booker T. & the MG’s [Stax 0028] (Jones, Jackson, Cropper, Dunn) was from the film Up Tight.
You Showed Me - Turtles [White Whale 292] (Clark, McGuinn). The Byrds’ demo was released on their ‘69 LP Preflyte [Together 1001]. The song was sampled by De La Soul on Three Feet High and Rising [‘89, Tommy Boy 1019], and the ensuing successful lawsuit by the Turtles had a great influence on the course of hip hop.
Everybody’s Talkin’ - Nilsson [RCA 0161] [Neil], used in the movie Midnight Cowboy, was originally on Fred Neil [‘66, Capitol 2665].
This Girl’s In Love With You - Dionne Warwick [Scepter 12241] (David, Bacharach) was a version of ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’, a hit by Herb Alpert [‘68, A&M 929].
That’s the Way Love Is - Marvin Gaye [Tamla 54185] (Whitfield, Strong) was a single by the Isley Brothers [Tamla 54154], and on Gladys Knight & the Pips’ album Feelin’ Bluesy [‘68, Soul 707].
Baby, I Love You - Andy Kim [Steed 716] (Spector, Greenwich, Barry) first charted for the Ronettes [‘64, Philles 118].
Hang ‘Em High - Booker T. & the MG’s [Stax 0013] (Frontiere) is a movie title theme.
Eli’s Coming - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4215] (Nyro) was on Laura Nyro’s album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession [‘68, Columbia 9626].
Oh, What a Night - Dells [Cadet 5649] (Junior, Funches) is a remake of their 1956 R&B hit [Vee Jay 204].
Top Twenties:
Going Up the Country - Canned Heat [Liberty 56077] (Wilson) is the 1928 ‘Bull Doze Blues’ by Henry Thomas [Vocalion 1230].
I’ve Gotta Be Me - Sammy Davis, Jr. [Reprise 0779] (Marks) was sung in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow by Steve Lawrence [‘68 original cast LP, Calendar 1001].
Is That All There Is - Peggy Lee [Capitol 2602] (Leiber, Stoller) The song was introduced on BBC television in 1966 by Georgia Brown, but not recorded by her. The original recording by Dan Daniels [‘68, Epic 10297] was pulled from the market due to protest from the writers. They produced Leslie Uggams’ version [‘68, What’s an Uggams Atlantic SD 8196].
Hurt So Bad - Lettermen [Capitol 2482] (Randazzo, Hart, Weinstein) was a hit for Little Anthony & the Imperials [‘65, DCP 1128].
Love Me Tonight - Tom Jones [Parrot 40038] (Pace, Pilat, Panzeri, Mason) was a 1969 San Remo festival entry ‘Alla fine della strada’ by Junior Magli and by the Casuals.
The Chokin’ Kind - Joe Simon [Sound Stage 2628] (Harlan Howard) was a country hit for Waylon Jennings [‘67, RCA 2959].
Quentin’s Theme - Charles Randolph Grean Sounde [Ranwood 840] (Corbert) was from the TV series Dark Shadows.
Share Your Love With Me - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2650] (Braggs, Malone) was a 1964 R&B hit for Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland [Duke 377].
Don’t Give In To Him - Gary Puckett & the Union Gap [Columbia 44788] (Usher) was a single for Finders Keepers [‘67, Challenge 59364].
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling - Dionne Warwick [Scepter 12262] (Mann, Weil, Spector) was a big 1965 hit for the Righteous Brothers [Philles 124] and was a hit in 1980 for Hall & Oates [RCA 12103].
Eleanor Rigby - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2683] (Lennon, McCartney) was a hit for the Beatles [‘66, Capitol 5715]. Ray Charles charted with a version also [‘68, ABC/TRC 11090].
Your Good Thing (Is About to End) - Lou Rawls [Capitol 2550] (Hayes, Porter) was an R&B hit for Mable John [‘66, Stax 192].
The Weight - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2603] (Robertson) was on Music for Big Pink by the Band [‘68, Capitol 2955]. Their single charted [Capitol 2269] at the same time as Jackie DeShannon’s [Imperial 66313].
Yesterday, When I Was Young - Roy Clark [Dot 17246] (Aznavour, Kretzmer) was the French song ‘Hier encore’ by Charles Aznavour [‘57, Album #3 Barclay BB113].
The Nitty Gritty - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Soul 35063] (Chase) was a 1963-64 hit for Shirley Ellis [Congress 202].
Workin’ on a Groovy Thing - 5th Dimension [Soul City 776] (Sedaka, Atkins) charted for Patti Drew [‘68, Capitol 2197], and was the title song to Barbara Lewis’ 1968 LP [Atlantic SD 8173].
The Letter - Arbors [Date 1638] (Thompson) was a remake of the Box Tops hit from 1967 [Mala 565]. It also became a hit for Joe Cocker [‘70, A&M 1174].
Top Thirties :
Good Old Rock ‘n Roll - Cat Mother & the All Night News Boys [Polydor 14002] (Berry, Johnson, Penniman, Blackwell, Richardson, Williams, Alldred, Perkins, Bowen, Knox, Chin, Equine, Lanier, Michaels, Packer, Smith) is a medley of ‘50s hits: ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ [‘58, Chuck Berry], ‘Long Tall Sally’ [‘56, Little Richard], ‘Chantilly Lace’ [‘58, Big Bopper], ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ [‘57, Jerry Lee Lewis], ‘Blue Suede Shoes [‘56, Carl Perkins] and ‘Party Doll’ [‘57, Buddy Knox]. The Dave Clark Five charted in England at the end of the year with a cover version. [Columbia DB 8638].
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag - Otis Redding [Atco 6636] (Brown) is a live version of James Brown’s 1965 breakthrough hit [King 5999].
Happy Heart - Andy Williams [Columbia 44818] (Rae, Last) was first recorded by German conducter James Last [‘69, Polydor 15004] and also charted for Petula Clark [Warner 7275].
Sugar on Sunday - The Clique [White Whale 323] (James, Vale) is from Tommy James & the Shondells’ LP Crimson & Clover [‘69, Roulette 42023].
I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love Is Blue - Dells [Cadet 5641] (Hamilton / Popp, Cour, Blackburn) is a medley of two songs. ‘Sing a Rainbow’ was introduced and sung by Peggy Lee in the 1955 film Pete Kelly’s Blues, and released as a single [Decca 29605]. Cilla Black used it in her live shows, and it was on Cilla Sings a Rainbow [‘66, UK Parlophone PMC 7004]. ‘Love Is Blue’ is the Paul Mauriat hit (see 1968).
Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2591] (Lennon, McCartney) is a remake of the Beatles’ hit [‘69, Apple 2276].
What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am - Bill Deal & the Rhondels [Heritage 817] (Whitley) was a hit by the Tams [‘64, ABC Paramount 10502].
A Brand New Me - Dusty Springfield [Atlantic 2685] (Gamble, Bell, Butler) was a single for Jerry Butler [8/69, Mercury 72960] before Dusty’s version. It was a charting B-side for Aretha Franklin in 1971 [Atlantic 2796, b/w ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’].
You Gave Me a Mountain - Frankie Laine [ABC 11174] (Marty Robbins) was also a country hit by Johnny Bush [3/69, Stop 257]; Laine‘s charted a month earlier. Its writer, Marty Robbins, recorded it on his LP It’s a Sin [7/69, Columbia 9811].
I Can Hear Music - Beach Boys [Capitol 2432] (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) first charted for the Ronettes [‘66, Philles 133].
I’ll Try Something New - Diana Ross and the Supremes & the Temptations [Motown 1142] (Robinson) was originally by the Miracles [‘62, Tamla 54059].
California Soul - 5th Dimension [Soul City 770] (Ashford, Simpson) was originally by the Messengers [‘67, Soul 35037].
Birthday - Underground Sunshine [Intrepid 75002] (Lennon, McCartney) was from The Beatles [aka The White Album] [‘68, Apple 101].
Where’s the Playground Susie - Glen Campbell [Capitol 2494] (Webb) was first a single for Michael Whalen [‘67, Reprise 0602].
Goodnight My Love - Paul Anka [RCA Victor 9648] (Motola, Marascalco) was an R&B hit for Jesse Belvin [’56, Modern 1005], used by DJ Alan Freed as a closing theme. It has charted over the years for the McGuire Sisters [’57, Coral 51748], Ray Peterson [’59, RCA Victor 7635], and the Fleetwoods [’63, Dolton 75].
My Way - Frank Sinatra [Reprise 0817] (Anka, Revaux, François) was a hit for French idol Claude François in 1967 as ‘Comme d’habitude’. Paul Anka wrote the English lyric for Frank Sinatra; his own version appears on the 1972 LP Paul Anka [Buddah 5093]. A live recording was a posthumous hit for Elvis Presley [‘77, RCA PB-11165]. Many others have recorded the song, including the Sex Pistols in 1978.
Along Came Jones - Ray Stevens [Monument 1150] (Leiber, Stoller) was originally by the Coasters [Atco 6141].
Crossroads - Cream [Atco 6646] (Johnson) was ‘Cross Road Blues’ by legendary blues man Robert Johnson [‘36, ARC 7-05-81].
Bella Linda - Grass Roots [Dunhill/ABC 4162] (Mogol, Battisti, Barri, Gross) was the 1968 Italian song ‘Balla Linda’ by Lucio Battisti; the first English version was by the Rokes (according to Grass Roots liner notes).
Try a Little Tenderness - Three Dog Night [Dunhill/ABC 4177] is from 1933 (see 1966).
Walk On By - Isaac Hayes [Enterprise 9003] (David, Bacharach) was a hit for Dionne Warwick [‘64, Scepter 1274].
It’s Getting Better - Mama Cass [Dunhill/ABC 4195] (Mann, Weil) was a single for Ronnie Buskirk [‘68, Columbia 44745].