Sunday, August 6, 2017

US Top 40 Singles: w/e August 9, 1969

The NASA moon landing on July 20, 1969 sent waves of space fever throughout pop culture, the music charts were no exception. One of the first singles to make an explicit reference to the moon landing was Buddah's "break-in" record (a style originated and perfected by Dickie Goodman) "Moonflight" which featured snippets of pretty much every hit that had been on the Buddah label so far. The interest in space might have played a part in the current success of Oliver's "Good Morning Starshine" as well, although it comes from the musical "Hair" which was a phenomenon of pop culture all on its own in the late 1960's.

Another oddball hit is the instrumental "Quentin's Theme" by the Charles Randolph Grean Sounde. Its success can be attributed to the wildly popular gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" which was enjoying its peak popularity in 1969. The particular storyline in the summer of '69 was centered on a werewolf curse on the Quentin character and was partially inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray. The show was very popular with teens as it was often the first thing many of them watched when they got home from school and with school out for the summer and more kids watching the show, it was the perfect storm to create a top 20 hit. Eerily, the song peaked at #13... ;)

  • 1 Share Your Love With Me by Aretha Franklin
  • 2 The Nitty Gritty by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • 3 Moonflight by Vik Venus
  • 4 Marrakesh Express by Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • 5 It's Getting Better by Mama Cass
  • 6 Clean Up Your Own Back Yard by Elvis Presley
  • 7 Commotion by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • 8 Doggone Right by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • 9 Workin' On A Groovy Thing by The 5th Dimension
  • 10 I'll Never Fall In Love Again by Tom Jones
  • 11 I'd Wait A Million Years by Grass Roots
  • 12 The Ballad Of John And Yoko by The Beatles
  • 13 Reconsider Me by Johnny Adams
  • 14 Along Came Jones by Ray Stevens
  • 15 Good Old Rock 'N' Roll by Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys
  • 16 Yesterday When I Was Young by Roy Clark
  • 17 Choice Of Colors by The Impressions
  • 18 Give Peace A Chance by Plastic Ono Band
  • 19 Love Theme From "Romeo And Juliet" by Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
  • 20 Get Together by The Youngbloods
  • 21 Laughing by The Guess Who
  • 22 Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan
  • 23 One by Three Dog Night
  • 24 Good Morning Starshine by Oliver
  • 25 My Pledge Of Love by Joe Jeffrey Group
  • 26 Color Him Father by The Winstons
  • 27 Polk Salad Annie by Tony Joe White
  • 28 Quentin's Theme by Charles Randolph Grean Sounde
  • 29 Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me) (Part 1) by James Brown
  • 30 Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • 31 Baby I Love You by Andy Kim
  • 32 Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Jackie DeShannon
  • 33 My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder
  • 34 A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
  • 35 Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
  • 36 Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
  • 37 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) by Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • 38 Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones
  • 39 Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James & The Shondells
  • 40 In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) by Zager & Evans

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