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The Top Ten Songs This Week in 1969

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Bruce-Chandler Bruce Chandler
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Let’s take  look back at the top ten songs for the week beginning June 14, 1969

This was the summer that man first set foot on the moon (July 21st)….unless you believe the landing was staged in the desert. The “Miracle Mets” were staging their improbable run to the World Series Championship, and there was no way of faking THAT! Early this month, the last episode of “Star Trek” aired on NBC (devastating news for Trekkies) and Brian Jones left the Rolling Stones. Original Stones bassist Bill Wyman stated about Brian: “…he formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs … Very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it – highly intelligent – and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away.”

This Week (Last Week’s Chart Position In Brackets)

1. GET BACK/The Beatles (1) — Billy Preston played keyboards on this. He was the first non-Beatle artist to be given credit on the record label. “Get Back” was spending its 4th of five weeks on top of the charts.

2. LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET”/Henry Mancini (8) — Henry was on the charts from 1960-1977 with various instrumental hits, but this was his ONLY Top Ten tune!! It would replace the Beatles at #1 the week after next!

3. IN THE GHETTO/Elvis Presley (6) — This was in its peak position. Elvis would score his last #1 song in the fall with “Suspicious Minds.”

4. BAD MOON RISING/Creedence Clearwater Revival (5) — This is one of FIVE CCR tunes that would peak at #2. They never reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Bad Moon Rising” is their 5th biggest hit of all time.

5. LOVE (Can Make You Happy)/Mercy (2) — Their only hit. Mercy was a six member vocal group from Florida.

6. GRAZING IN THE GRASS/The Friends Of Distinction (3) — This was an instrumental hit from Hugh Masekela in 1968 with lyrics added. It’s one of the few instances that an instrumental tune would get words and become a Top Ten hit all over again. Can you think of another one? Was there another one??

7. OH HAPPY DAY/The Edwin Hawkins Singers (4) — A 46 member group from northern California. They would back Melanie on “Lay Down Candles In The Rain” in 1970.

8. TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY/Marvin Gaye (10) — Marvin’s 10th Top Ten hit, including duets he sang with both Tammi Terrell and Kim Weston.

9. THESE EYES/The Guess Who? (9) — Spending its last of five weeks in the Top Ten, this peaked at #6 early this month.

10. ONE/Three Dog Night (14) — the only newcomer into the Top Ten this week, this song was written by Harry Nilsson. This was Three Dog Night’s first Top Ten hit. At this point in time, the group is new on the music scene, having scored their first charted song with “Try A Little Tenderness” a few months ago. They formed in L.A.

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