A lot of turnover this week. And overall not an impressive class. Of the 22 debut songs, only 4 reached the top 20 and just 1 the top 10.
Big Brother and the Holding Company's self-titled first album, which contain the cut "Down on Me", was released by Mainstream Records in 1967. It made its first appearance on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart in early September. During its 30-week run, it peaked at #60. Cheap Thrills, released by Columbia and on which "Piece of My Heart" appears, also had a late August 1968 chart debut. During its 66-week run, it spent 8 weeks at #1.
Not to be morbid, but.....
Janis Joplin dies; Rock Star Was 27. (The New York Times, 10/5/1970)
Big Brother and the Holding Company Guitarist James Gurley Dead at 69. (Rolling Stone, 12/28/2009)
Big Brother and the Holding Company’s Sam Andrew Dead at 73. (Rolling Stone, 2/14/2015)
Aretha Franklin's two-sided hit single among the newcomers on Billboard Hot 100 for the week
ending August 17, 1968.
Iron Butterfly makes its first appearance on Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 24, 1968.