Sunday, January 20, 2019

January 20th

Tommy James holds on to the #1 spot this week with "Crimson And Clover" ... but it looks like The Doors are nipping at his heels with their latest, "Touch Me," which climbs from #8 to #2.  

Meanwhile, The Brooklyn Bridge make a big leap into The Top Ten this week with "The Worst That Could Happen," which climbs from #12 to #4.  Sly and the Family Stone have a hot one on their hands, too, as "Everyday People" jumps eight spots from #21 to #13.  And Detroit Rocker Bob Seger debuts with his first Chicagoland chart hit, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," a record that will ultimately go to #2 here in Chi-Town.

This week in 1969:  

January 14th – Actor Jason Bateman and Foo Fighters Drummer Dave Grohl are born 

Also on January 14th, the film “Monterey Pop” opens in Los Angeles 

January 15th – After missing several recording sessions, George Harrison agrees to meet with the other Beatles at Ringo Starr’s house to discuss his return to the band.  George agrees to return provided Paul gives up his idea of staging a live show and they move the filming for the rest of the “Let It Be” film to The Beatles’ own studio at 3 Saville Road. 

January 18th – A defamation lawsuit filed by Pete Best against The Beatles is settled out of court

January 19th - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap perform "Don't Make Promises" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" on The Ed Sullivan Show.  

January 20th – Richard Nixon is sworn in as the 37th President of the United States

Also on this date, Elvis Presley records “In The Ghetto” in Memphis.  Written by Mac Davis, there was quite a bit of discussion as to whether or not Elvis should record a song regarding social consciousness.  (Believe it or not, the original plan was to have football great Roosevelt Grier record the tune!)  All fears were dispelled, however, when "In The Ghetto" topped the pop charts in both Cash Box and Record World.  (It peaked at #3 in Billboard.)