While browsing around Pinterest, I found this survey from KHJ in Los Angeles, and thought it was interesting enough to do this week’s Friday 5×2. Here’s their Top 10 from September 24, 1969.
- Bill Deal & The Rhondels, “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am” Bill and The Rhondells were a blue-eyed soul/beach music band from Virginia who had three Top 40 singles in 1969. This was the most successful, reaching #23.
- Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds” Followup to his “In The Ghetto,” this was Elvis’s last #1 single in the US.
- Marvin Gaye, “That’s The Way Love Is” On the heels of “Too Busy Thinkin’ ‘Bout My Baby,” this reached #7 nationally and #2 on the R&B chart.
- The Rascals, “Carry Me Back” After “People Got To Be Free” was a #1 hit for them in ’68, The Rascals didn’t have another Top 10 hit. This came the closest, reaching #26 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart, as well as reaching #6 in Canada. It did better in some markets, such as LA and Chicago.
- The Lettermen, “Hurt So Bad” A cover of the Little Anthony & The Imperials hit, this reached #12 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the AC chart, where The Lettermen thrived.
- Jerry Butler, “What’s The Use Of Breaking Up” The Iceman took this to #20 nationally and #4 on the R&B chart, though I don’t recall it being played on the two Top 40 stations in Chicago, Butler’s hometown.
- Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “This Girl Is A Woman Now” Gary and the boys from Union Gap, Washington had a brief but impressive career on the Top 40. This was their last Top 10 hit, checking in at #9.
- The Electric Indian, “Keem-O-Sabe” A studio group formed to take advantage of the popularity of Native Americans in the media at the time, this was their only single. It did well as a regional hit around Philadelphia, and United Artists took it national, where it ended up at #20.
- Bobby Sherman, “Little Woman” This was the Tiger Beat coverboy’s first Top 10 single, reaching #3. He went on to careers as a paramedic and police officer.
- The Dells, “Oh What A Night” This is kind of a surprise. The Dells had been around since 1953 (and are still going), but really didn’t find chart success until a re-recorded version of “Stay In My Corner” from 1965 reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart in 1968. This had originally been released in 1960 as “Oh, What a Nite,” and it likewise reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for October 18, 2019.