Another freebie week… hmmm… well, back to Oldiesloon for another dive into the past, to give you the top five songs on WCFL’s chart on this day in 1968.
#5: Little Green Apples – O. C. Smith O. C.’s biggest hit, it reached #2 on the Hot 100 and netted him a Grammy for Song of the Year. Something I just learned: he was Count Basie’s vocalist from 1961 to 1965.
#4: Midnight Confessions – The Grass Roots These guys were on the charts almost continuously from 1966 to 1975. This one reached #5 nationally, on both the Billboard and Cash Box surveys.
#3: Shapes of Things to Come – Max Frost and The Troopers This Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill song was written for the movie Wild In The Streets, where it was sung by Christopher Jones, who played the fictitious Max Frost. The song proved to be a hit, meaning Jones and a bunch of session musicians hit the studio and recorded an album.
#2: Hey Jude/Revolution – The Beatles This was a two-sided hit for The Fabs, though “Hey Jude” was considered the A side, because people love it so, for whatever reason. It’s a three-minute song stuffed into seven minutes. Roughly half of it is “na na na nanana na, nanana na, hey Jude.” So I’m giving you the other side.
#1: Fire – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown The proper way to play this is to turn it up until the walls shake and put it on infinite repeat. This is one of those sngs you either love or hate. Enough people loved it to make it #2 on the Hot 100, and as you can see, it was especially popular in Chicago, at least on this date in 1968.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 3, 2016.