Monday, July 31, 2017
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!
Friday, July 28, 2017
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.