The #1 Summer Hits of the Late 1960s!
Everybody loves #1 hits! Or is at least curious about who came out on top. After covering the years 1964-65-66 in a previous blog, I bring you now the songs that were at #1 for the years 1967 through 1970.
First thing you'll notice is there are only 20 on this list and they cover four years, indicating that the hits that made it to the very top stuck around longer than the previous era. By comparison, look sometime at how the #1 hits of the mid 1990s-2000s often stay there for most of the season and you've got a much more stable -- and therefore, boring -- atmosphere. Does anyone want a song to be #1 for 13 weeks?
One of the joys of Top 40 Radio back then was that anything could happen and no one style of music dominated the charts. Some folks still found those charts to be crass and preferred the chances being taken on FM radio, but you can't say it was a completely horrible experience when you were stuck in a car with just AM radio.
I admit a great bias here. So far, the hits on the radio have been primarily good. Future blogs will move into the 1970s where we will see things change dramatically. Or not. One person's treasure is another person's junk. And we're all gonna die someday! But we have plenty of junk food until then!
Otis Redding wrote it and Aretha took it away from him. But Otis didn't mind. The personnel involved on both records are a Hall of Fame until themselves. It's the kind of legendary performance that only a complete churl would deny its greatness. Or someone who watched too much Murphy Brown.
19) Groovin' -- The Young Rascals (1967):
This tune is influenced by Felix Cavaliere's interest in Afro-Cuban music, which went deep enough to add a conga and a harmonica part that got redone for the LP version. The label thought it wasn't a single, since there were no drums but DJ Murray the K persuaded label head Jerry Wexler to put the damn thing out.
People think of 1967 as the Summer of Love and the heavy hippy trip, but this joyful little piece of whimsy, which knows how to repeat itself quite well, was right there at #1 in July of 1967. "Father? Yes, son. I want to kill you…Windy? I want to……" Right ON!