Monday, March 18, 2019

"It's Your Thing" by the Isley Brothers debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending March 15, 1969

The Isley Brothers' 9th single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 is their first to reach the top 10.  It'll be another 4 years before they reach this level again.

In other chart action, lightning did not strike twice for the Supremes and Temptations, as their follow-up to "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" stumbled.  

The Association spent 4 weeks on the Hot 100 with "Goodbye Columbus", only to have the single reappear for 3 weeks in the late summer when the movie of the same name was released.

After four top 10 singles in a row, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap had to settle for the top 15 with "Don't Give In to Him".

The MC5, touring extensively at this time (including a stop at Norton Union, at center of aerial view, on the UB campus), didn't make much of a dent with their only appearance on the Hot 100.

Related article:
Ten of the best:  The Isley Brothers.  (The Guardian, 1/7/2014)
We kick off our new series rounding up the best songs by key artists or in crucial genres by highlighting the pick of the soul/funk siblings.

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
"The Letter" by the Arbors

March 1969
"Only the Strong Survive" by Jerry Butler
"Nothing  But a Heartache" by the Flirtations

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