Sunday, April 21, 2019

April 21st

"It's Your Thing" and "Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In" hold their #1 and #2 positions respectively ... but "Gitarzan" swings up to #3 (from #18 the week before) ... looks like Ray Stevens has got a MAJOR hit on his hands!

Tommy James and the Shondells make an impressive move (from #11 to #4) with "Sweet Cherry Wine" as does "Mercy" by The Ohio Express, which climbs from #22 to #13 this week.

We've got some brand new TV Music on the chart this week as The Ventures premier at #27 with "Hawaii Five-O" and Perry Como (Perry Como?!?!) debuts at #39 with "Seattle" from the hit television series "Here Comes The Brides," starring Bobby Sherman ... who would be charting with some of his OWN hits later this year.

This Week in 1969:

April 15th - Elvis Presley signs his contract to perform at the soon-to-be-completed International Hotel, beginning in August.  (The contract includes a clause orchestrated by The Colonel to allow them to film these performances to be released as a feature film in the future.) Ironically, Elvis and The Colonel posed for publicity pix back on February 26th, showing them signing a "mock" contract for this same engagement.

April 16th – Elektra Records drops MC5 from their label after the band takes out an ad in a local Detroit newspaper that includes the Elektra company logo and reads “Fuck Hudsons.”  The band was protesting the fact that the popular Michigan Department Store refused to carry their albums.  (Yep, that'll do it to ya!)

Also on this date, Johnny Cash films a live concert episode at The Ryman Auditorium for what will be his new television series.  Appearing with Johnny this evening are Glen Campbell, Jeannie C. Riley and Joe Tex.  Although this was the first episode taped, it will air as the FIFTH episode of the series once it hits the air.  Still ... this concert ... and every subsequent one thereafter ... kicks off with Johnny's famous "Hello ... I'm Johnny Cash" intro.

You can also catch Johnny on The Kraft Music Hall this evening, where he performs "Folsom Prison Blues."  Other guests include his buddies The Statler Brothers ("Flowers On The Wall") and Carl Perkins ("Restless"), both of whom toured The Far East with Johnny a few months ago.  (And what a GREAT way to tell people about your brand new TV show!!!)

Over at CBS, Nancy Sinatra and Al Martino do guest spots on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.

April 17th – The Band make their first “solo” appearance at The Fillmore West in San Francisco.  They had previously been performing as Bob Dylan’s back-up band

April 18th - The Beatles complete the George Harrison track "Old Brown Shoe."  It will be issued as the B-Side of the rush-released "Ballad Of John And Yoko" single, coming out while "Get Back" was still topping the charts in many parts of the world. 

April 21st – Janis Joplin makes her first UK appearance at The Royal Albert Hall in London.  Several critics have cited this as the single greatest performance of her career.