Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 23rd

We continue to shuffle up the most popular tunes in Chicago as Three Dog Night takes over the top spot this week with "One," knocking Henry Mancini's "Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'" down a notch to #2, while the week's previous #1 Record, "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, falls to #7.  The Beatles, #1 for four weeks before that with "Get Back," finally fall out of The Top Ten this week and land at #15.

Big movers on the chart this week include "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat and Tears (up to #9 from #18), "Color Him Father" by The Winstons (#13 from #20), "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James and the Shondells, up ten places from #26 to #16, "Baby I Love You" by Andy Kim (#22 from #30) and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town"  by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (#25 from #34).

"In The Year 2525" by Zager and Evans premiers at #29 while "Quentin's Theme" by The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde (from the popular television series "Dark Shadows") debuts at #33. 

This Week in 1969:

June 17th - Roger Miller takes his last "upper," kicking drugs forever.  Sadly, he will die of cancer at the age of 56 in 1992.

June 18th - The Byrds record "The Ballad Of Easy Rider"

June 20th – The three-day Newport ’69 Festival begins in Northridge, California.  Over 150,000 music fans will attend to see Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Steppenwolf, Ike and Tina Turner, The Rascals, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jethro Tull perform. (Hendrix is paid $125,000 for this performance, at the time, the largest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single performance.)

Also on this date, David Bowie enters Trident Studios in London to record “Space Oddity,” a song he was inspired to write after seeing the hit Stanley Kubrick film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”  Considered a rock classic today, this one took a little while to catch on.  In 1969, it only managed a #124 showing in Billboard Magazine … but when it was re-released nearly five years later, it became Bowie’s breakthrough hit here in America, climbing all the way to #10 in Record World.

June 21st - Linda Ronstadt appears on The Johnny Cash Show.  (And June Carter is none too happy about it.  The clip released as part of the Johnny Cash DVD Series talks about the fact that Linda wasn't wearing any underwear that evening!) 

June 22nd – Judy Garland dies of a drug overdose in her London home

Also tonight the 1000th episode of The Ed Sullivan Show airs on CBS Television.  An hour later, Roy Clark performs "Yesterday When I Was Young" for the first time on Hee Haw.

June 23rd – Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States