Don’s Top 10 From January 27, 1969
Back…back….wayyyyyyy back into time, as “The Time Machine” lands on Monday, January 27, 1969! Here are the local top 10 singles:
"Cloud Nine" by The Temptations
(#11 last week) The chart is stuffed with Motown this week, including this smash, which toughened up the record label's image, from escapist fluff to grittier soul.
"Soulful Strut" by Young-Holt Unlimited
(#10 last week) Young & Holt were two-thirds of The Ramsey Lewis Trio, who hit big in the mid 60s with instrumentals like "The In Crowd".
"I Started A Joke" by The Bee Gees
(#19 last week) The last of the brothers Gibb's late 60s "twee-pop" hits.
"Everyday People" by Sly & The Family Stone
(#9 last week) The hit that gave us the ubiquitous catch phrase "different strokes for different folks".
"Worst That Could Happen" by The Brooklyn Bridge Featuring Johnny Maestro
(#6 last week) The very first wave of "oldies nostalgia" was beginning in '69, with the first group of young people who grew up with late 50s/early 60s music hitting their 20s & starting to look back, which helped, no doubt, a star of that era like Maestro (The Crests) make a surprise comeback.
"Touch Me" by The Doors
(#4 last week) One could take this huge hit two ways, as either a move by the Doors to be more "mainstream" (the use of the orchestra), or a sexually explicit song about, well...you know. Hey, it's both!
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" by Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations
(#2 last week) This was a moderate local hit early in '68 by Madeline Bell, but the Sups & Tempts took this song to another level. The groups also starred together in the highly-rated NBC special "TCB".
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
(#1 last week) Gladys Knight & The Pips had a big hit with this song one year earlier, but actually, Marvin had recorded it first. Co-written by Barrett Strong, who had one big hit as an artist, 1960's "Money (That's What I Want)", but many more as a songwriter. This hit alone paid the bills very nicely!
"Hooked On A Feeling" by B.J. Thomas
(#3 last week) Strange how there is no vintage performance clip on youtube of this song. A hit 5 years later by Blue Swede.
"Crimson & Clover" by Tommy James & The Shondells
(#3 last week; 1st week at #1) A MONSTER hit, even bigger locally than nationally. This spent SIX weeks at the top around here.