Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Arbors' cover of "The Letter" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending February 22, 1969

Not a stellar class this week.   None of the singles listed below reached the top 10.

The Arbors have always been something of a guilty pleasure for me.  If nothing else, they certainly know how to rework a song.  "The Letter" is the best performer of their 4 singles that charted on the Hot 100.

In other chart action, Aretha Franklin eventually falters with "The Weight".  Despite its impressive debut, the single disappears after 7 weeks, barely cracking the top 20.  Less than a year after the success of "Valleri", the Monkees are yesterday's news.  And after 5 clinkers in a row, Neil Diamond is back on track.

Related article:
The Life and Music of the Arbors.  (Mental Itch)
The Arbors were a mid-60’s music era singing quartet made up of two sets of brothers, Tom and Scott Herrick and Ed and Fred Farran. They met while in college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, taking the latter part of the city’s name as the name for their quartet.

Related posts:
August 1968
"I Say a Little Prayer" by Aretha Franklin
"In-a-gadda-da-vida: by Iron Butterfly
"Piece of My Heart" by Brother and the Holding Company 

September 1968
"Fire!" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
"Hey Jude" by the Beatles
"All Along the Watchtower" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
"Bang-shang-a-lang" by the Archies

October 1968
"White Room" by Cream 
"Ride My See-Saw" by the Moody Blues
"Love Child" by Diana Ross and the Supremes
"Abraham, Martin & John" by Dion

November 1968
"For Once in my Life" by Stevie Wonder 
"Hang 'em High" by Booker T. & the MG's
"Hooked on a Feeling" by B. J. Thomas 
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
"Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone

December 1968
"Going Up The Country" by Canned Heat
"Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and the Shondells
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" by Bob Seger
"Touch Me" by the Doors

January 1969
"Build Me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations
"Games People Play" by Joe South
"I Got a Line on You" by Spirit
"Proud Mary" by  Credence Clearwater Revival

February 1969
"Do Your Thing" by the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
"Time of the Season" by the Zombies
"Hot Smoke and Sasafrass" by Bubble Puppy

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