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!