Top Ten Tuesday: 1967, The Next Ten

#11-20 on the 1967 Year-End Hot 100…

#20 – The Association, "Never My Love": A siong by the Addrisi brothers, Don and Dick. The Association had the first and arguably the biggest success with the song, reaching #2 in the US and #1 in Canada.

#19 – Sam & Dave, "Soul Man": Isaac Hayes and David Porter wrote it, and Sam & Dave took it to #1 on the Soul chart and #2 on the Pop charts in the US and Canada. Wikipedia tells us that was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry as "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress.

#18 – The Soul Survivors, "Expressway To Your Heart": Philadelphia soul legends Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff wrote this, and the Soul Survivors took it to #3 on the Soul chart and #4 on the Hot 100.

#17 – Arthur Conley, "Sweet Soul Music": Written by Conley and Otis Redding, it reached #2 on the Soul chart and the Hot 100, behind The Supremes’ "The Happening," which finished the year at #29. He who laughs last…

#16 – The Buckinghams, "Kind Of A Drag": Title track of their first album, written by Jim Holvay (of another Chicago band, The Mob), who also wrote "Don’t You Care," "Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Son)," and "Susan." It reached #1 in the US and Canada, the first song to reach #1 within the calendar year.

#15 – Bobby Vee & The Strangers, "Come Back When You Grow Up, Girl": Written by Martha Sharp, the song reached #3 and represented a comeback for Bobby, who hadn’t had a gold single since 1962.

#14 – Stevie Wonder, "I Was Made To Love Her": Title track from his 1967 album, written by Stevie, his mom Lula, Sylvia Moy, and producer Henry Cosby. Reached #2 on the Hot 100 (stuck behind The Doors’ "Light My Fire") and four nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the Soul chart.

#13 – Aretha Franklin, "Respect": Written by Otis Redding, who had a minor hit with it in 1965. Aretha’s became the definitive version and also became her signature song. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the Soul chart.

#12 – Tommy James & The Shondells, "I Think We’re Alone Now": Written by Ritchie Cordell, a staff songwriter at Roulette Records, the band’s record company. It reached #1 at WLS in Chicago (the band is from Niles, Michigan, very close to Chicago) and spent several weeks there, and eventually reached #4 on the Hot 100.

#11 – The Music Explosion, "A Little Bit Of Soul": Written by British songwriters John Carter and Ken Lewis, and originally recorded by the British band The Little Darlings in 1965. The Music Explosion’s cover reached #2 on the Hot 100 and was certified Gold. It was their only hit.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for June 22, 2021.

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