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In our several-years-running theme of 50 years ago, here's 1969, the final year of a decade with oh-so-much change and evolution. My source for all the information I post on this topic is here

New this week, then - The Foundations, Build Me Up, Buttercup

 

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Although this song wasn't on the releases until August, so the post is officially out of sequence, this was in my head and seemed better here than elsewhere, as this gives it better context. The band was from not far from where I went to boarding school. I heard this song at a dance one night and spent months trying to track it down (as radios, etc. were not allowed for my year). Later recorded by Hootie and the Blowfish for Me, Myself and Irene so some of you might recognize it from that.

Can't Find the Time to Tell You - Orpheus

 

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I'm a little behind - this went in the one-hit wonders before. It was released the week ending 18 Jan 1969.

Will You Be Staying After Sunday - The Peppermint Rainbow

 

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Dionne Warwick, This Girl's In Love With You (see also Aretha, Eydie Gormé, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Ella Fitzgerald, Liza :)) By Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

 

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this was on the radio the other day, Tommy Roe, Dizzy - new for the week ending 2/1/69

 

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week of 2/8 = The Zombies, Time of the Season

 

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week ending 2/22 - Neil Diamond, Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show

 

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week ending March 1 - Glen Campbell, Galveston (yet another Jimmy Webb masterpiece)

 

 

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week ending March 8 - 5th Dimension, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (from Hair)

 

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26 minutes ago, dr winston oboogie said:

And this : -

 

 

Have you heard the accapella, isolated vocal version - quite amazing.

 

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a week after the 5th Dimension drop Aquarius, the Cowsills drop the title track, Hair! It was the 60s ... :D 

 

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also released that week, The Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton, first performed on his TV show in January

 

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I've been remiss for a while, so I'll try to catch up with notables.

The Cowsills joined the 5th Dimension and others with covers from the musical HAIR!

 

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Francis Albert Sinatra released this, written by Paul Anka

 

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The Who released Pinball Wizard the week ending April 5, the first single from the album that would be released 6 weeks later. Anyone else here play a whole bunch of "metal ball" with flippers that summer with this blasting on the jukebox?

 

 

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Simon and Garfunkel released The Boxer - just so beautiful

 

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An RIAA "Song of the Century," Oh, Happy Day. Dorothy Morrison-Combs featured in an Edwin Hawkins arrangement, recorded in a church. Gospel with a black chorus breaks through, globally.

 

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Elvis continued his comeback, with this single written by Mac Davis - In the Ghetto.

 

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Joan Baez gave us another Dylan tune, one he has never released himself - Love is Just a Four-Letter Word

 

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The Beatles with Billy Preston released a single of Get Back / Don't Let Me Down

 

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Now we're up to the release of Tommy. I can't say how many hours I spent with this album thru the years. And it's impossible to explain how the sweeping arc of that "rock opera", the first of its kind, affected how I would hear, see, understand, and absorb rock music after that.

Around late 84 I was really excited to get a bootleg of The Who performing this in its entirety at the Royal Opera House in Amsterdam (thank God for radio broadcasts!). :) 

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Remember dropping the needle on this for the first time? How many "hooks" in this one piece?

 

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Yet another song from HAIR! - Good Morning Starshine by Oliver

 

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Sly and the Family Stone unleashing their power - I Want to Take You Higher

 

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