The Music Of January-June 1969

January 1969

Songs listed in this article will be from the Billboard Top 40 (unmarked) and the Billboard Top 100-denoted by (*). Songs that made neither the Top 40 or Top 100, but made the local KYA survey would be denoted by (KYA)

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Baby Let’s Wait” by The Royal Guardsmen, “I Started A Joke” by The Bee Gees, “There’s Gonna Be A Showdown” by Archie Bell & The Drells, “Ready Or Not, Here I Come” by The Delfonics, “The Worst That Could Happen” by The Brooklyn Bridge, “Can I Change My Mind” by Tyrone Davis, “Bella Linda” by The Grass Roots, “Baby Baby Don’t Cry” by The Miracles, “You Showed Me” by The Turtles, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” by Bob Seger, “California Soul” by The Fifth Dimension, “The Beginning Of My End” by The Unifics, “Obladi Oblada” by Arthur Conley (*), “Purple Haze” by Dion (KYA), “The Greatest Love” by Billy Joe Royal (KYA), “No Not Much” by The Smoke Ring (KYA, a remake of a 1956 hit by The Four Lads), “Sweet Sweet Lovin’ You” by Jerry & Jeff (KYA), “This Magic Moment” by Jay & The Americans, “Are You Happy” by Jerry Butler, “This Old Heart Of Mine” by Tami Terrell (*), “November Snow” by Rejoice (KYA) and “River Deep, Mountain High” by Deep Purple (*).

February 1969

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Proud Mary” by The Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe, “I’m Living In Shame” by The Supremes, “But You Know I Love You” by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, “Indian Giver” by The 1910 Fruitgum Company, “Time Of The Season” by The Zombies, “Someday Soon” by Judy Collins (*), “Johnny One Time” by Brenda Lee (*), “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)” by David Ruffin, “Lovin’ Things” by The Grass Roots (*), “This Girl’s In Love With You” by Dionne Warwick, “Traces” by The Classics IV, “Sweet Cream Ladies Forward March” by The Box Tops, “Saturday Night At The World” by Mason Williams (*), “Games People Play” by Joe South, “Goodnight My Love” by Paul Anka,”Things I’d Like To Say” by The New Colony Six, “Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy To Come By” by Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell, “Crossroads” by Cream, “Anything You Choose” by Spanky & Our Gang (*), “All Together Now” by The Beatles (KYA), “Great Day” by The Whispers (KYA), “Soul Sister, Brown Sugar” by Sam & Dave (KYA), “Maybe Tomorrow” by The Iveys (*), “Honey” by O.C. Smith (*), “Don’t Forget About Me” by Dusty Springfield (KYA), “Do Your Thing” by The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, “Run Away Child, Running Wild” by The Temptations, “Soul Shake” by Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson, “There’ll Come A Time” by Betty Everett and “Soul Experience” by Iron Butterfly (*).

March 1969

Songs that would debut this month would include “Blessed Is The Rain” by The Brooklyn Bridge, “You Make Me So Very Happy” by Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Twenty Five Miles” by Edwin Starr, “Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In” by The Fifth Dimension, “Galveston” by Glen Campbell, “The Chokin’ Kind” by Joe Simon, “Playgirl” by Thee Prophets (*), “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” by Neil Diamond, “Try A Little Tenderness” by Three Dog Night, ” Got A Line On You” by Spirit, “Witchi Tai To” by Everything Is Everything (*), “Mendocino” by The Sir Douglas Quintet, “Rock Me” by Steppenwolf, “Heaven” by The Rascals,”Sophisticated Cissy” by The Meters, “To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” by Donovan, “Day After Day” by Shango (*), “Hot Smoke And Sasafrass” by Bubble Puppy, “Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon” by Paul Revere & The Raiders, “Move In A Little Closer” by Mama Cass (*), “I Don’t Know Why” by Stevie Wonder, “Don’t Give In To Him” by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Darkness, Darkness” by The Youngbloods (KYA), “It’s Your Thing” by The Isley Brothers, “Only The Strong Survive” by Jerry Butler, “The Way It Used To be” by Engelbert Humperdinck and “Hair” by The Cowsills.

April 1969

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Atlantis” by Donovan, “Sweet Cherry Wine” by Tommy James & The Shondells, “Will You Be Staying After Sunday” by The Peppermint Rainbow, “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ ” by Crazy Elephant, “I Can Hear Music” by The Beach Boys, “Gitarzan” by Ray Stevens, “These Eyes by The Guess Who, “Hawaii Five-O” by The Ventures, “I’m A Drifter” by Bobby Goldsboro (*), “Singing My Song” by Tammy Wynette (*), “The Composer” by The Supremes, “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel, “Memories” by Elvis Presley, “Grazing In The Grass” by The Friends Of Distinction, “The Letter” by The Arbors, “First Of May” by The Bee Gees, “Love Is Just A Four Letter Word” by Joan Baez (*), “Time Is Tight” by Booker T & The MG’s, “Stand” by Sly & The Family Stone, “I Shall Be Released” by The Box Tops (*), Sorry Suzanne” by The Hollies (*), “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Ike & Tina Turner (KYA), Rose Garden” by Dobie Gray (KYA), “Get Ourselves Together” by Delaney & Bonnie (KYA), “Earth Angel” by The Vogues (*) and “Rhythm Of The Rain” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys (*).

May 1969

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Bad Moon Rising” and “Lodi” (*) by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Welcome Me Love” by The Brooklyn Bridge, “Seattle” by Perry Como, “Love (Can Make You Happy)” by Mercy, “Heather Honey” by Tommy Roe, “Where’s The Playground Susie” by Glen Campbell, “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby” by Marvin Gaye, “The Windmills Of Your Mind” by Dusty Springfield, “One” by Three Dog Night, “In The Ghetto” by Elvis Presley, “Black Pearl” by Sonny Charles & The Checkmates LTD, “Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet” by Henry Mancini, “The River Is Wide” by The Grass Roots, “Cissy Strut” by The Meters, “Pinball Wizard” by The Who, “Nothing But A Heartache” by The Flirtations, “More Today Than Yesterday” by the Spiral Staircase, “Morning Girl” by The Neon Philharmonic, “Day Is Done” by Peter, Paul & Mary, “Goodbye” by Mary Hopkin, “Proud Mary” by Solomon Burke, “I’ve Been Hurt” by Bill Deal & The Rhondells, “Happy Heart” by Andy Williams, “Tomorrow, Tomorrow” by The Bee Gees (KYA), “Didn’t We” by Richard Harris (KYA), “Gentle On My Mind” by Aretha Franklin (*),”Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Beatles, “I Need You Now” by Ronnie Dove (*), “It’s In Your Power” by Joe Odom (KYA) and “Memphis Underground” by Herbie Mann (*).

June 1969

Songs that would debut on the charts this month would include “Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James & The Shondells, “The Israelites” by Desmond Dekker & The Aces, “Color Him Father” by The Winstons, “Love Me Tonight” by Tom Jones,”What Does It Take” by Jr. Walker & The All Stars, “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat & Tears, “In The Year 2525” by Zager & Evans, “Good Morning Starshine” by Oliver, “Listen To The Band” by The Monkees (*), “See” by The Rascals, “Let Me” by Paul Revere & The Raiders, “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder, “Baby I Love You” by Andy Kim, “Moody Woman” by Jerry Butler, “Here I Go Again” by Country Joe & The Fish (KYA), “I Love You” by Eddie Holman (KYA), “The Ballad Of John & Yoko” by The Beatles, “Willie And Laura Mae Jones” by Dusty Springfield (KYA), “Moments To Remember” by The Vogues (*), “Never Comes Today” by The Moody Blues (*), “Happy Together” by Hugo Montenegro (KYA), “Don’t Wake Me Up In The Morning, Michael” by The Peppermint Rainbow (*),”With Pen In Hand” by Vikki Carr and “Muddy River” by Johnny Rivers. 🙂 🙂 🙂

References: “The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits, 9thEdition” by Joel Whitburn, the Billboard Top 100 and the music surveys of KYA in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in California, U.S.A.

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