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November 13th, 2015
 

THE

BIG

SINGLES

 

For the Chart-Week

ENDING

NOVEMBER 15, 1969

 

 

HOT 100

SINGLES

Top 10

 

 

THIS WEEK IN ‘69:

 

 

 

THIS WEEK—LAST WEEK—TITLE—WRITER(s)—ARTIST(s)—RECORD LABEL—CATALOG NO.

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No. 10 – (LW 18)

“TAKE A LETTER MARIA”

(Reginald Bertram Aloysius Greaves, III)

Produced by: AHMET ERTEGUN

Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Muscle Shoals, Alabama

R. B. GREAVES

ATCO Records  6714

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No. 9 – (LW 6)

“SUGAR SUGAR”

(Jeff Barry / Andy Kim)

Produced by: JEFF BARRY

Music Supervision: DON KIRSHNER

Engineered by: MIKE MORAN

THE ARCHIES

CALENDAR Records  63-1008

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No. 8 – (LW 10)

“SMILE A LITTLE SMILE FOR ME”

(Tony MacAuley / Geoff Stephens)

Produced and Arranged by: TONY MACAULEY

Recorded in England

THE FLYING MACHINE

CONGRESS Records  C-6000

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No. 7  (LW 2)

“SUSPICIOUS MINDS”

(Mark James)

Produced by: CHIPS MOMAN & FELTON JARVIS

Musicians: 827 Thomas St. Band with the Memphis Horns

 

ELVIS PRESLEY

RCA VICTOR Records  47-9764

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No. 6  (LW 4)

“I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU”

(Norman Whitfield / Barrett Strong)

Produced by: NORMAN WHITFIELD

THE TEMPTATIONS

GORDY Records  G-7093

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No. 5  (LW 5)

“BABY IT’S YOU”

(Burt Bacharach / Hal David / Barney Williams)

Produced by: Joel Sill & Steve Barri

Horns Arranged by: Jimmie Haskell

SMITH

DUNHILL / ABC Records  D 4206

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No. 4  (LW 8)

“AND WHEN I DIE”

(Laura Nyro / Jerry Sears)

Produced by: JAMES WILLIAM GUERCIO

Arranged by: DICK HALLIGAN

BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS

COLUMBIA Records  4-45008

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No. 3  (LW 9)

“SOMETHING”

(George Harrison)

Produced by: GEORGE MARTIN

Recorded in England

THE BEATLES

APPLE Records  2654

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No. 2  (LW 3)

“COME TOGETHER”

(John Lennon / Paul McCartney)

Produced by: GEORGE MARTIN

Recorded in England

THE BEATLES

APPLE Records 2654

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 No.1

 

Pop

45 RPM

 

(Last Week No. 1)

 

“WEDDING BELL BLUES”



(Laura Nyro)

 

Flip-Side:

“LOVIN’ STEW”

 

 

THE 5th DIMENSION

SOUL CITY Records779

 

Production & Sound by:

BONES HOWE

 

Arranged by: BOB ALCIVAR, BILL HOLLMAN & BONES HOWE

Musicians: “THE WRECKING CREW”

 

 

So who WAS Bill? It wasn’t Billy Davis, Jr., then fiancé of singer Marilyn McCoo; both in the vocal group the 5th Dimension. I’ll tell you who Bill really was in a moment. “Wedding Bell Blues” was indeed perfect for the 5th Dimension, as was sitting in the No. 1 slot of the Hot 100 Singles chart for the second of an ultimate three survey-phases this week in ’69. Marilyn had never sung a true solo as the lead singer of any 5th Dimension single up until the release of this 45 RPM. In fact, she was so nervous; it took producer Bones Howe several takes to get McCoo to nail her part. Then, Howe spliced together the best version of each line to put together the finished lead vocal track. It didn’t hurt the group for TV appearances that McCoo and Davis, Jr. were indeed lovers and about to be married.

The 5th Dimension got its start in 1965 as the Versatiles, but quickly realized they needed a more contemporary name. The Versatiles was the name of a group you’d hear in a Holiday Inn lounge on a Tuesday night. So, they picked the 5th Dimension and signed with Johnny Rivers’ label, Soul City Records. Their first release was “Go Where You Wanna Go” which was a remake of a recently released song by the Mamas & the Papas. It was their third single “Up—Up And Away” that catapulted the group into stardom; with that song reaching No. 7 on the Hot 100 and winning a Grammy® for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Their records that sold over two million copies included: “Stoned Soul Picnic” (No. 3 Pop) in ’68, their biggest hit ever, “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In/The Flesh Failures” (No. 1 Pop) in ’69, this week’s No. 1 record, “One Less Bell To Answer” (No. 2 Pop) in ’70 and “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All” (No. 8 Pop) in ’72. So who was BILL in “Wedding Bell Blues?” A B-movie actor named Bill Carter; a distant acquaintance of the song’s writer Laura Nyro. She had known of an affair between (Nyro’s friend) Alan Merrill’s mother Helen, and this guy named Bill. So it was based on a real live story. Now you know.

 


 

THE

BIG

SINGLES

 

For the Chart-Week

ENDING

NOVEMBER 20, 1976

 

 

HOT 100

SINGLES

Top 10

 

 

THIS WEEK IN ‘76:

 

 

THIS WEEK—LAST WEEK—TITLE—WRITER(s)—ARTIST(s)—RECORD LABEL—CATALOG NO.

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No. 10 – (LW 10)

“DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE DO”

(Peter Frampton)

Produced by: PETER FRAMPTON

PETER FRAMPTON

A&M Records  1867

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No. 9 – (LW 11)

“BETH”

(Peter Criss / Stan Penridge / Bob Ezrin)

Produced by: BOB EZRIN for MIGRATION RECORDS, Inc. A ROCK STEADY Production

Original A side—3 weeks on the Hot 100, was

“DETROIT ROCK CITY”

(Bob Ezrin / Paul Stanley)

Produced by: BOB EZRIN for MIGRATION RECORDS, Inc., A ROCK STEADY Production

 

KISS

CASABLANCA Records  NB 863

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No. 8 – (LW 8)

“JUST TO BE CLOSE TO YOU”

(Lionel Richie – Commodore)

Produced & Arranged by: JAMES CARMICHAEL & COMMODORES

COMMODORES

MOTOWN Records  M 1402F

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No. 7  (LW 6)

“ROCK ‘N ME”

(Steve Miller)

Produced by: STEVE MILLER – A HAYWORTH ENTERPRISES Production

STEVE MILLER

CAPITOL Records  4323

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No. 6  (LW 9)

“THE RUBBERBAND MAN”

(Linda Creed / Thom Bell)

Arranged, Conducted & Produced by:

THOM BELL

SPINNERS

ATLANTIC Records  3355

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No. 5  (LW 2)

“DISCO DUCK (Part 1)”

(Rick Dees)

Produced by: BOBBY MANUEL

Duck Vocal Arranged by: KEN PRUITT

Horns and Strings Arranged by: Lester Snell and Mark Blumberg

Horns: The Memphis Horns

Strings: The Memphis Symphony

RICK DEES And His Cast Of Idiots

RSO Records – RS 857

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No. 4  (LW 5)

“MUSKRAT LOVE”

(Willis Alan Ramsey)

Produced by: THE CAPTAIN (Daryl Dragon) and TONI TENNILLE (Cathryn Antoinette Tennille)

CAPTAIN & TENNILLE

A&M Records  1870

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No. 3  (LW 4)

“LOVE SO RIGHT”

(Barry Gibb / Robin Gibb /Maurice Gibb)

Produced by: THE BEE GEES

Co-Producers: ALBHY GALUTEN and KARL RICHARDSON for KARLBHY Productions by Arrangement with THE ROBERT STIGWOOD ORGANISATION

BEE GEES

RSO Records  RS 859

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No. 2  (LW 3)

“THE WRECK OF THE EDMUND FITZGERALD”

(Gordon Lightfoot)

Produced by: LARRY WARONKER and GORDON LIGHTFOOT

GORDON LIGHTFOOT

REPRISE Records  1369

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 No.1

 

Pop

45 RPM

 

(Last Week No. 1)

 
“TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT (Gonna Be Alright)”



(Rod Stewart)

 

 

ROD STEWART

 

WARNER BROS. Records8262

 

Produced by:

 

TOM DOWD

 

Musicians: THE GARAGE BAND

 

 

 

Roderick David Stewart a/k/a Rod “The Mod,” held the highest slot on the Hot 100 Singles chart during this survey-cycle in ’76 with “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)” on Warner Bros. Records. Although it was his longest-running 45 RPM in the top spot on this chart, it was not his biggest selling single as a solo artist. That distinction was given to a single Stewart released just over two years later called “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” also on Warner Bros. Records. That single was certified a two-million-seller by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1976 though, this was the second of the concluding eight weeks as the standard-barer on the Hot 100 for Stewart’s second No. 1 45 RPM release.

Stewart’s composition would end up being named the biggest chart hit for the year 1977, as it carried over into that year after its release in ’76. Rod had two other singles that sold over one million copies: “Maggie May” (No. 1 Pop) from ’71 and “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” No. 4 Pop) in ’77. Oh, and along with Bryan Adams and Sting, Rod Stewart sold over one-million copies of the cassette single “All For Love” from the film The Three Musketeers in ‘93/’94.

 

 



THE

BIG

SINGLES

 

 

 

For the   Chart-Week

ENDING

NOVEMBER 17, 1984

 

HOT 100

SINGLES

Top 10

 

 

THIS WEEK IN ‘84:

 

THIS WEEK—LAST WEEK—TITLE—WRITER(s)—ARTIST(s)—RECORD LABEL—CATALOG NO.

************************************************************

No. 10 – (LW 13)

“PENNY LOVER”

(Lionel Richie / Brenda Harvey-Richie)

Produced and Arranged by: LIONEL RICHIE & JAMES ANTHONY CARMICHEAL

LIONEL RICHIE

MOTOWN Records 

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No. 9 – (LW 12)

“ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT”

(Jules Shear)

Produced by: RICK CHERTOFF

Executive Producer: LENNIE PETZE for RED SOX MUSIC Productions, Inc.

CYNDI LAUPER

PORTRAIT Records  37-04639

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No. 8 – (LW 11)

“STRUT”

(Charlie Dore / Julian Littman)

Produced and Arranged by: Greg Mathieson

 

EMI AMERICA Records  B-8227

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No. 7  (LW 7)

“BETTER BE GOOD TO ME”

(Holly Knight / Nicky Chinn / Mike Chapman)

Produced by: RUPERT HINE for GESTALT

Recorded in England

TINA TURNER

CAPITOL Records  B-5387

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No. 6  (LW 6)

“OUT OF TOUCH”

(Daryl Hall / John Oates)

Produced by: DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES and BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN

DARYL HALL &

JOHN OATES

RCA Records  PB-13916

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No. 5  (LW 2)

“I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU”

(Stevie Wonder)

Arranged & Produced by: STEVIE WONDER for the ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK, “THE WOMAN IN RED”

STEVIE WONDER

MOTOWN Records – 1745MF

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No. 4  (LW 5)

“I FEEL FOR YOU”

(Prince)

Produced by: ARIF MARDIN for DENIZ Productions

Music Arranged by: ARIF MARDIN & REGGIE GRIFFIN

Vocal Arrangement by: ARIF MARDIN & CHAKA KHAN

CHAKA KHAN

WARNER BROS. Records  7-2915

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No. 3  (LW 1)

“CARRIBEAN QUEEN (No More Love On The Run)”

(Keith Diamond / Billy Ocean)

Produced by: KEITH DIAMOND – An Original Sound Recording Made by Zomba Enterprises, LTD.

BILLY OCEAN

JIVE (ARISTA) Records  JS 1-9199

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No. 2  (LW 3)

“PURPLE RAIN”

(From the Warner Bros. Motion Picture & Album Purple Rain)

(Prince)

Produced, Arranged, Composed and Performed by: PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION

PRINCE

& THE REVOLUTION

WARNER BROS. Records 7-29174

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 No.1

 

Pop

45 RPM

 

(Last Week No. 4)

 

“WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO”



(George Michael)

 

Flip-Side:

“WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO (INSTRUMENTAL)”

 

 

WHAM!

 

COLUMBIA Records38-04552

 

Produced & Arranged by:

GEORGE MICHAEL

 

 

 

This was the first of three back-to-back survey-stages at the apex of the Hot 100 Singles chart for “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” from the North London duo Wham! This Columbia Records release seemed to come out of nowhere, as the act’s first single to reach the U.S. “Bad Boys” bombed at No. 60 and lasted just nine weeks on the chart; listed initially as by Wham U.K. That song did get noticed in some parts of the country, notably in Los Angeles. Note, that your King of Record Pigs© has a copy of that single under the heading of Wham U.K., thank you. The follow-up to “Bad Boys” in the U.S.A., had already been a No. 1 song in the British Isles during the summer of ’84. Here’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” featuring George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham!

The title of the song was reportedly derived from a sign that George Michael spotted above his friend Andrew Ridgeley’s bed saying, “Wake me up before you go-go.” This was put there so Andrew’s mum would get him up before she went about her business in the morning. Ridgeley’s tenure in the act was not to last very long, as George was clearly the star, as their next America release was listed as by Wham!— Featuring George Michael on the act’s next No. 1 song, “Careless Whisper.” By the autumn of ’85, Michael announced to his managers and performing partner that Wham! (as an act) was about to come to a conclusion. George Michael followed with an enormously successful solo career after a few more Wham! recordings; while Ridgeley faded from view after a goodbye concert in London in June of ’86.

 

**Special thanks to www.ShopRadioCast.com for supplying the photo of the 45 RPM adapter insert. 

(Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net -- '60s 45 record image by dan; '70s headphones/vinyl record image by dan; '80s cassette tape image by graur razvan ionut.)

**All chart information is used by permission of Record Research, Inc., from Publisher Joel Whitburn. The original information comes from Billboard Magazine’s various Hot 100 singles, Top 200 albums, and various R & B charts published by Billboard as compiled by Record Research. www.RecordResearch.com

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