Sunday, June 2, 2019

June 2nd

The Beatles remain on top for the fourth consecutive week with "Get Back" ... while Creedence Clearwater Revival makes a serious bid to overtake it on next week's chart by leaping from #13 all the way to #3.

Also new in The Top Ten this week is Henry Mancini's "Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'," which climbs from #20 to #9.

Elvis is back in The Top Five for the first time on WLS since 1964 when "Ask Me" reached that peak at the end of the year ... and "Good Morning Starshine" looks like another bonafide hit from the musical "Hair" as Oliver's first chart single leaps from #32 to #18.

Jr. Walker and the All-Stars have this week's highest chart debut with "What Does It Take," which premiers at #33.  Also back on the chart this week are Blood, Sweat and Tears with their latest ... "Spinning Wheel" premiers at #37.

This Week in 1969:  
May 28th – Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested at their London home for possession of cannabis.

Also on this date, The Beatles strike an identical pose to their debut LP, "Please Please Me" for an album cover photo session.  The original plan was for this to grace the cover of their new LP, then called "Get Back" (which makes perfect sense when one considers the concept.)  The release of this album, however, would be delayed for nearly a year, during which time the LP title would be changed to "Let It Be."  These awesome photos would not see the light of day until 1973 when Capitol Records and Apple Records released the very first Beatles' Greatest Hits packages, 1962 - 1966 (the red album) and 1967 - 1970 (the blue album.) Still it was a brilliant idea.  (Remember when, in 1967 after "Sgt. Pepper" the Fabs all donned their collarless suits for a clip that would be included in the "Hello Goodbye" video?)  I think they never really lost sight of where they came from and just how fortunate they were.  (Another example would be Paul singing "She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" during the fade out of "All You Need Is Love.")  By the early '70's, even John Lennon, when living in New York and endorsing Beatlefest, said "I'm a Beatles Fan, too!"

May 30th - The Rolling Stones record "Honky Tonk Women" in an all-night recording session, the first to feature their new guitarist, Mick Taylor. 

June 1st - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles sing "Doggone Right" and "Abraham, Martin & John,"  Lesley Gore performs "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "A Natural Woman" medley and Mason Williams performs "Major Thang" and  "Greensleeves" on The Ed Sullivan Show.