Monday, July 31, 2017

US Top 40 Singles: w/e August 3, 1968





Four instrumentals in this week's chart, but notably the Herb Alpert single is not one of them. Ten songs, a solid quarter of the chart, are cover versions and revivals of earlier hits. The Cream and Vanilla Fudge recordings are roughly a year old by the time of this chart and taken from the previous album than their current LP's that were in the stores. The Dells' 45 (itself a remake of their own 1965 recording) clocks in at over six minutes, putting it in the rare company of unusually lengthy 1968 top 40 singles, being released after Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park" and before The Beatles' "Hey Jude". The late great Marvin Junior of The Dells may also hold the record with this single for the longest note held on a top 40 hit, clocking in at 17 seconds, it is truly a stunning performance!


  • 1 The Eyes Of A New York Woman by B.J. Thomas
  • 2 I Can't Stop Dancing by Archie Bell & The Drells
  • 3 She's A Heartbreaker by Gene Pitney
  • 4 Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
  • 5 Never Give You Up by Jerry Butler
  • 6 Eleanor Rigby by Ray Charles
  • 7 Alice Long (You're My Favorite Girlfriend) by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
  • 8 Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife by Glen Campbell
  • 9 Light My Fire by Jose Feliciano
  • 10 Lover's Holiday by Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson
  • 11 Sealed With A Kiss by Gary Lewis & The Playboys
  • 12 Face It Girl, It's Over by Nancy Wilson
  • 13 Halfway To Paradise by Bobby Vinton
  • 14 Don't Take It So Hard by Paul Revere & The Raiders
  • 15 Reach Out Of The Darkness by Friend & Lover
  • 16 Here Comes The Judge by Shorty Long
  • 17 Angel Of The Morning by Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
  • 18 The Look Of Love by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
  • 19 Soul Limbo by Booker T. & The MG's
  • 20 Indian Lake by The Cowsills
  • 21 Dream A Little Dream Of Me by Mama Cass with The Mamas & The Papas
  • 22 Autumn Of My Life by Bobby Goldsboro
  • 23 Stay In My Corner by The Dells
  • 24 Journey To The Center Of The Mind by The Amboy Dukes
  • 25 (You Keep Me) Hangin' On by Vanilla Fudge
  • 26 This Guy's In Love With You by Herb Alpert
  • 27 Sky Pilot (Part 1) by Eric Burdon & The Animals
  • 28 People Got To Be Free by The Rascals
  • 29 Pictures Of Matchstick Men by Status Quo
  • 30 Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  • 31 Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream
  • 32 Turn Around, Look At Me by The Vogues
  • 33 The Horse by Cliff Nobles & Co.
  • 34 Lady Willpower by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
  • 35 Jumpin' Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
  • 36 Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan
  • 37 Grazing In The Grass by Hugh Masekela
  • 38 Stoned Soul Picnic by The 5th Dimension
  • 39 Classical Gas by Mason Williams
  • 40 Hello, I Love You by The Doors


Friday, July 28, 2017

US Top 40 Singles: w/e July 29, 1967





The US hits from the original "summer of love" included a remarkable single from Janis Ian that she wrote when she was 13 years old, recorded when she was 14 and released in September 1966 when she was 15. It was nearly a year later, after it caught the ear of Leonard Bernstein who then raved about it on national TV, that "Society's Child" was reserviced to radio stations and given a heavier promotional push, sending it into the top 40. The song's topic of interracial romance prevented airplay in some markets due to controversy.


  • 1 Let's Live For Today by Grass Roots
  • 2 Step Out Of Your Mind by The American Breed
  • 3 Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • 4 Your Unchanging Love by Marvin Gaye
  • 5 You Were On My Mind by Crispian St. Peters
  • 6 Let The Good Times Roll & Feel So Good by Bunny Sigler
  • 7 Don't Go Out Into The Rain (You're Going To Melt) by Herman's Hermits
  • 8 The Happening by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  • 9 To Love Somebody by Bee Gees
  • 10 In The Chapel In The Moonlight by Dean Martin
  • 11 Hypnotized by Linda Jones
  • 12 All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
  • 13 My Mammy by The Happenings
  • 14 Don't Sleep In The Subway by Petula Clark
  • 15 Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking) by Janis Ian
  • 16 I Like The Way by Tommy James & The Shondells
  • 17 Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees
  • 18 More Love by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • 19 For Your Love by Peaches & Herb
  • 20 Make Me Yours by Bettye Swann
  • 21 There Goes My Everything by Engelbert Humperdinck
  • 22 A Girl Like You by The Young Rascals
  • 23 Soul Finger by The Bar-Kays
  • 24 Silence Is Golden by The Tremeloes
  • 25 Carrie Ann by The Hollies
  • 26 Here We Go Again by Ray Charles
  • 27 Jackson by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
  • 28 Come On Down To My Boat by Every Mother's Son
  • 29 I Take It Back by Sandy Posey
  • 30 San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie
  • 31 C'mon Marianne by The Four Seasons
  • 32 Up, Up And Away by The 5th Dimension
  • 33 White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
  • 34 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by The Buckinghams
  • 35 A Little Bit O' Soul by The Music Explosion
  • 36 A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum
  • 37 Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli
  • 38 Windy by The Association
  • 39 I Was Made To Love Her by Stevie Wonder
  • 40 Light My Fire by The Doors