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

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