Not many changes in this week's Top Ten (other than Blood, Sweat and Tears' move from #13 to #7 with their latest, "And When I Die."
Steam is up 14 points (from #28 to #14) with what has gone on to become a '60's classic, "Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye" while Creedence Clearwater Revival has yet another two-sided hit on its hands as "Fortunate Son" / "Down On The Corner" climbs from #27 to #19.
Stevie Wonder's "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday" jumps eight spots from #30 to #22 while Mel and Tim's "Backfield In Motion" is the week's biggest mover, climbing fifteen places from #40 to #25.
New on the charts: "Someday We'll Be Together" by Diana Ross and the Supremes (it will prove to be their swan song and remains one of my favorites by them ... despite the fact that Diana Ross is the ONLY Supreme actually on this record!), Aretha Franklin's soulful take on The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," "Up On Cripple Creek," the first Top 40 Hit for The Band, "A Brand New Me," one of my favorites by Dusty Springfield and, sneaking it at #40, "Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me" by Crow, a great rocker that did very well on the WLS Chart. (It will ultimately peak at #6.)
THIS WEEK IN 1969:
November 4th – Actor Matthew McConaughey is born (all right all right all right!)
Also born on this date is Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs
November 5th- Jerry Reed records “Amos Moses,” which will be a Top Ten Hit on both the pop and the country charts.
November 9th – Simon and Garfunkel record their masterpiece “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Accomplished Pianist Larry Knetchel (who would later join the soft rock group Bread) plays the piano on this landmark recording.
The Association appear on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing “Seven Man Band” and “Dubuque Blues.” Other musical guests include Jack Jones and Nancy Wilson.
Also on this date, a group of American Indians (led by Richard Oakes) seizes Alcatraz Island ... which they will hold for 19 months
November 10th – “Sesame Street” premiers on the NET Network
Also on this date Elvis’ last scripted movie “Change Of Habit” is released nationwide. Mary Tyler Moore appears as Elvis’ on-screen (but unattainable) love interest. Ironically, future MTM Series Star Ed Asner (Lou Grant) also has a small role in this film.
Also on this date, Gene Autry FINALLY receives a gold record for his recording of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” from twenty years ago.
And tonight on ABC’s “Music Scene” you’ll find The Everly Brothers performing a medley of their hits ''Cathy's Clown,'' ''All I Have To Do Is Dream,' ''Wake Up Little Susie,' ''Bird Dog'' and ''Bye Bye Love.'' Also featured this evening are Dusty Springfield, James Brown and Joe Cocker.