Showing posts with label 1969. Show all posts
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Jul 16, 2019

Pinball Wizard by The Who (1969)

Pinball Wizard by The Who (1969)
"Pinball Wizard" is a song written by Pete Townshend and performed by the English rock band the Who, and featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy. The original recording was released as a single in 1969 and reached No. 4 in the UK charts and No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The B-side of the "Pinball Wizard" single is an instrumental credited to Keith Moon, titled "Dogs (Part Two)". Despite the title, it has no musical connection to the Who's 1968 UK single "Dogs".

Jul 9, 2019

Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
"Green River" is a song by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was written by John Fogerty and was released as a single in July 1969, one month before the album of the same name was released (see 1969 in music).

Jun 19, 2019

Nuestra Novela by Salvatore Adamo (1969)

Nuestra Novela by Salvatore Adamo (1969)
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May 31, 2019

Something by The Beatles (1969)

"Something" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1969 album Abbey Road. It was written by George Harrison, the band's lead guitarist. Soon after the album's release, the song was issued as a single, coupled with "Come Together", making it the first Harrison composition to become a Beatles A-side. Its pairing with "Come Together" was also the first time in the United Kingdom that the Beatles issued a single containing tracks that were already available on an album. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States as well as charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and West Germany, and peaked at number 4 in the UK.

Jan 22, 2019

Greatest Songs of All Time: #70 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension (1969)

Greatest Songs of All Time: #70 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
"Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)" (commonly called "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In") is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by American R&B group The 5th Dimension. The song peaked at number one for six weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969. The single topped the American pop charts and was eventually certified platinum in the US by the RIAA. Instrumental backing was written by Bill Holman and provided by session musicians commonly known as the Wrecking Crew. The actual recording is something of a "rarity"; the song was recorded in two cities, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, then mixed together in the studio.

The song listed at number 70 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time".

Dec 23, 2018

The Beatles - Carry That Weight (1969)

The Beatles - Carry That Weight (1969)
"Carry That Weight" is a song by the Beatles. The song was written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. Released on Abbey Road as the seventh and penultimate part of the long, climactic medley that closes the album, it features unison vocals from all four Beatles (a rarity in their songs). It is preceded by "Golden Slumbers", and segues into "The End".

The middle bridge, featuring brass instruments, electric guitar and vocals, reprises the beginning of "You Never Give Me Your Money", but with different lyrics. The ending also reprises the arpeggiated guitar motif from the end of that track, which is itself similar to that in "Badge" (co-written by Harrison and Eric Clapton) and reminiscent of the figure featured prominently in the George Harrison–written track "Here Comes the Sun".

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Jan 22, 2017

Frank Sinatra - My Way on My Way (1969)

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"My Way" is a song popularized in 1969 by Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by Paul Anka and set to the music of the French song "Comme d'habitude" co-composed, co-written and performed in 1967 by Claude François. Anka's English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song. The song was a success for a variety of performers including Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Sex Pistols. Sinatra's version of "My Way" spent 75 weeks in the UK Top 40, a record which still stands.

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May 24, 2016

Crazy Elephant - Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' on Sugar Sugar The Birth Of Bubblegum Pop album (1969)

Crazy Elephant - Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' on Sugar Sugar The Birth Of Bubblegum Pop album (1969)

Crazy Elephant was a short-lived American bubblegum pop band noted for their 1969 hit single, "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'". Crazy Elephant was a studio concoction, created by Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz of Super K Productions, promoted in Cash Box magazine as allegedly being a group of Welsh coal miners. Former Cadillacs member Robert Spencer was widely utilized on lead vocals, though future 10cc member Kevin Godley took lead vocals on "There Ain't No Umbopo", recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England, and released on the Bell label in May 1970. A touring group was formed later for promotional purposes. The bassist on "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" was Gary Gaynor, a local studio musician who also worked with Laura Nyro. The song was covered by Detroit band Adrenalin featuring vocalist David Larson in 1979 and later by Helix.

Crazy Elephant's "Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" (b/w "The Dark Part of My Mind") was a transatlantic one-hit wonder, making number 12 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart. Several follow-up singles, including "Gimme Some More" (b/w "My Baby (Honey Pie)") and "Sunshine Red Wine" (b/w "Pam"), failed to chart.

Mar 14, 2016

Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life on The Very Best Of The Marmalade Album (1969)

Marmalade - Reflections Of My Life on The Very Best Of The Marmalade Album (1969)
"Reflections of My Life" was a 1969/1970 hit single for the Scottish band, The Marmalade. It was written by their lead guitarist Junior Campbell, and singer Dean Ford (born Thomas McAleese). Released in late 1969, it was the band's first release on Decca following an earlier spell at CBS.

The song went on to chart worldwide, reaching number three in the UK in 1969, number 10 in the US in 1970 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number seven on the Cash Box Top 100. Initial sales were significant in both countries, and the one million mark was reported in November 1971, when the group was presented with a gold disc for global sales. The track featured a lead vocal by Ford backed by vocal harmonies, and included a reverse tape guitar solo by Campbell.

"Reflections of My Life" has produced sales of over two million units. In 1998 the writers were awarded a Special Citation of Achievement by the BMI for attaining radio broadcast performances in excess of one million in the US alone.

Oct 28, 2015

The Guess Who - These Eyes - On Greatest Hits Album (1969)

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"These Eyes" is a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. The song was co-written by the group's lead guitarist Randy Bachman and lead singer Burton Cummings and originally included on the band's 1969 album Wheatfield Soul. It was first released as a single (backed by "Lightfoot"), in their native Canada, where its chart success (#7) helped land them a U.S. distribution deal with RCA Records. It was then released in the U.S. in April 1969, and became a breakthrough success for the group, as it would be their first single to reach the top ten on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, peaking at number six, and would eventually be certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies. While it was actually the 18th single released by the band, it was the first from the quartet of Cummings, Bachman, Jim Kale, and Garry Peterson as produced by Jack Richardson.

Oct 25, 2015

The Beatles - Come Together - On Abbey Road Album (1969)

The Beatles - Come Together - On Abbey Road Album (1969)
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"Come Together" is a song by the Beatles written by John Lennon but credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song is the opening track on the album Abbey Road and was released as a double A-sided single with "Something", their 21st single in the United Kingdom and 26th in the United States. The song reached the top of the charts in the US and peaked at number four in the UK.

Oct 7, 2015

Jay & The Americans - This Magic Moment (1969)

Jay & The Americans - This Magic Moment (1969)
"This Magic Moment" is a song composed by lyricist Doc Pomus and pianist Mort Shuman. It is one of their best-known songs. It was recorded first by Ben E. King and the Drifters and made No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 during 1960. The version by Jay and the Americans in 1969 went to No. 6, earning gold record status. The song is used in David M. Evans' film The Sandlot and was also featured in David Chase's television show The Sopranos in the episode "Soprano Home Movies". The session musicians Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller hired to play on this record include Phil Bodner on sax, Ernie Hayes on piano, Bucky Pizzarelli and George Barnes on guitar, George Duvivier on bass, and Shep Sheppard on drums.

Lou Reed's version, from a Doc Pomus tribute album, Till the Night is Gone, featured in David Lynch's film Lost Highway. It was also covered by horror punk music band the Misfits for the album Project 1950 and by indie rock band the Mountain Goats for their first cassette release Taboo VI: The Homecoming.

Sep 13, 2015

B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (1969)

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"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" is B. J. Thomas's #1 song, written by Hal David (credited to Mack David) and Burt Bacharach (later as Luther Dixon) for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. David and Bacharach also won Best Original Score. It was recorded in seven takes, after Bacharach expressed dissatisfaction with the first six. In the film version of the song, B. J. Thomas had been recovering from laryngitis, which made his voice sound hoarser than in the 7-inch release. The film version featured a separate instrumental break when Paul Newman undertook stunts on a bicycle.

Aug 29, 2015

Zager & Evans - In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) (1969)

Zager & Evans - In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) (1969)

"In the Year 2525 (Exordium et Terminus)" is a 1969 hit song by the American pop-rock duo of Zager and Evans. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks commencing July 12, 1969. It peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in August and September that year. The song was written and composed by Rick Evans in 1964 and originally released on a small regional record label (Truth Records) in 1968. Zager and Evans disbanded in 1971.

"In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" opens with the words "In the year 2525, If man is still alive, If woman can survive, They may find...". Subsequent verses pick up the story at 1010-year intervals from 2525 to 6565.[2] Disturbing predictions are given for each selected year. In the year 3535, for example, all of a person's actions, words and thoughts will be preprogrammed into a daily pill. Then the pattern as well as the music changes, going up a half step in the key of the song, after two stanzas, first from A-flat minor, to A minor, and, then, finally, to B flat minor, and verses for the years 7510, 8510 and 9595 follow.

The song has no chorus. Amid ominous-sounding orchestral music, the final dated chronological verse is,

In the year 9595, I'm kinda wonderin' if Man is gonna be alive.
He's taken everything this old Earth can give, and he ain't put back nothin', whoa-whoa...,

The summary verse concludes:

Now it's been 10,000 years, Man has cried a billion tears,
For what, he never knew. Now man's reign is through.
But through eternal night, The twinkling of starlight.
So very far away, Maybe it's only yesterday.

The song goes back to the beginning, starting all over again, with 2525 before the song's fade.

The overriding theme, of a world doomed by its passive acquiescence to and overdependence on its own overdone technologies, struck a resonant chord in millions of people around the world in the late 1960s.

The song describes a nightmarish vision of the future as man's technological inventions gradually dehumanize him. It includes a colloquial reference to the Second Coming (In the year 7510, if God's a-coming, He ought to make it by then.), which echoed the zeitgeist of the Jesus movement.

Jul 11, 2015

Special of the day: The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (1969)

Special of the day: The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (1969)

"Sugar, Sugar" is a pop song written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim. It was originally recorded by the Archies, a bubble gum pop band formed by a group of fictional teenagers in the television cartoon series The Archie Show. It reached number one in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969 and stayed there for four weeks. It was also number one on the UK Singles chart in that same year for eight weeks. The song became a hit again in 1970 when R&B and soul singer Wilson Pickett took it back onto the charts.

The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" was the 1969 number-one single of the year. A week after topping the RPM 100 national singles chart in Canada on September 13, 1969 (where it spent three weeks), it went on to spend four weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 from September 20 and eight weeks at the top of the UK singles chart. In total, it spent 22 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. The song lists at number 73 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time. It also peaked at one in the South African Singles Chart. On February 5, 2006, "Sugar, Sugar" was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as co-writer Andy Kim is originally from Montreal, Quebec.

In the United States, "Sugar, Sugar" was classified by the RIAA as a gold record in August 1969, meaning it sold 1 million units (the gold threshold was later lowered to 500,000). The single also topped the 1969 Billboard Year-End chart. "Sugar, Sugar" is listed as the 73rd top hit of all-time in Billboards 55th year anniversary edition

May 15, 2015

Shocking Blue - Venus (1969)

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Venus is a 1969 song by the Dutch band Shocking Blue which the group took to number one in nine countries in 1970. In 1986, the British girl group Bananarama returned the song to number one in seven countries.

The composition has been featured in numerous films, television shows and commercials, and covered dozens of times by artists around the world.

Released in late 1969 as a single from the album At Home, Shocking Blue's single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 7 February 1970. RIAA certification came on 28 January 1970 for selling over one million copies in the U.S., garnering a gold record. Worldwide, the single sold over 7.5 million copies.

The song's lead vocals are performed by Mariska Veres. The song's music and lyrics are written by Robbie van Leeuwen, the band's guitarist, sitarist and background vocalist, who also produced, along with record producer Jerry Ross. Van Leeuwen originally miswrote the line "...the goddess on the mountain top..." as "...the godness on the mountain top...". This was corrected in later versions. Whoever played the Hohner electric piano on the release was not credited.

Van Leeuwen was inspired by "The Banjo Song", a composition by Tim Rose that set Stephen Collins Foster's lyrics to "Oh! Susanna" to a completely new melody.

"Venus" was remixed and re-released by dance producers The BHF (Bisiach Hornbostel Ferrucci) Team in May 1990, scoring the group a Top 10 hit in the UK and Australia 21 years after the release of the original. The remix featured a hip house rhythm and samples. An instrumental version was also released independently under the producer's alias "Don Pablo's Animals". The instrumental version (credited only to Don Pablos Animals – without referencing Shocking Blue) became the highest charting version of the song. The single began with a sample from James Brown's 1988 hit "The Payback Mix (Part One)". This release of "Venus" peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart and #8 in Australia in 1990.

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Apr 18, 2015

Delaney & Bonnie - Do Right Woman - Do Right Man (1969)

Delaney & Bonnie - Do Right Woman - Do Right Man

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Singer Bonnie Bramlett might be the blackest-sounding white soul singer to ever draw breath, and that’s saying something. Here, along with her husband—the gifted multi-instrumentalist Delaney Bramlett—the duo’s second album (released in July 1969) oozes the American South. It doesn’t hurt that the musicians backing them all have heightened senses of musical empathy (Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Rita Coolidge, Bobby Keys, Jim Keltner, and others). It’s a hip-grinding masterpiece that’s part back-porch gospel (“Get Ourselves Together,” “The Gift of Love”), city slang (“Someday,” “The Ghetto”), and oily R&B (“When the Battle Is Over”). The slinky “I Can’t Take It Much Longer” is all Memphis in the nighttime, while the strangely profound “Dirty Old Man” (cowritten by Mac Davis) hits hard with its swampy swing, punchy horn section, and key changes—it sounds like a great Tony Joe White song. A slow-burning take of Penn/Morman’s canonical “Do Right Woman—Do Right Man” makes it the definitive version, and that’s saying something too. It’s no wonder that George Harrison signed Delaney & Bonnie to The Beatles' Apple Records after hearing this.

Apr 12, 2015

Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin' (From Midnight Cowboy) (1969)

Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin' (From Midnight Cowboy) (1969)

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Everybody's Talkin' is a folk rock song written and originally released by Fred Neil in 1966. A version of the song performed by Harry Nilsson became a global success in 1969, reaching #2 and #6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and Pop Singles chart respectively, and winning a Grammy after it was featured on the soundtrack of the film Midnight Cowboy. The song, which describes the singer's desire to retreat from other people to the ocean, is among the most famous works of both artists, and has been covered by many other notable performers. The song later appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump and is also on the film's soundtrack album. It also appeared in the comedy film Borat and on The Hangover Part III soundtrack.

Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky (1969)

Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky (1969)

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Spirit in the Sky is a song written and originally recorded by Norman Greenbaum and released in late 1969. The single sold two million copies in from 1969 to 1970 and reached number three in the U.S. Billboard chart (April 18, 1970) where it listed for 15 weeks in the Top 100. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 22 song of 1970. It also climbed to number one on the UK, Australian and Canadian charts in 1970. Rolling Stone ranked "Spirit in the Sky" #333 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was featured on the 1969 album of the same name. Cover versions by Doctor and the Medics and Gareth Gates have also made the number 1 spot in the UK.

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Mar 29, 2015

Creedence Clearwater Revival - It Came Out Of The Sky

Willy and the Poor Boys is the fourth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records in November 1969, and was the last of three studio albums that the band released in that year. The album was remastered and reissued on 180 Gram Vinyl by Analogue Productions in 2006.

The album features the songs "Down on the Corner", from which the album got its name, and "Fortunate Son", which is a well known protest song.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 392 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.