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Blood, Sweat & Tears (BS&T) — a fusion first, an American classic

On April 12, 1969, after 11 weeks on the Billboard Top LP’s chart, Blood Sweat & Tears had the #1 album in the US. Their album knocked Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman to the #2 position. The band would hold on … Continue reading

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What a beautiful feeling … Crimson and Clover (over and over) Tommy James and the Shondells

On Feb. 1, 1969, Tommy James and the Shondells had the #1 song in the US with “Crimson and Clover.” It was the band’s second #1 single — “Hanky Panky” had topped the charts in 1966. The band had had … Continue reading

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Save the people, save the children, save the country — now (Laura Nyro, 1969)

I know this is similar to what I posted on Oct. 18th (Laura Nyro’s birthday), but can you ever hear Laura Nyro sing “Save the Country” too many times? In January of 1969, The Kraft Music Hall, a longtime musical-variety … Continue reading

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Celebrating the birthday of Alex Chilton

On Dec. 28, 1950, William Alexander Chilton was born. Alex Chilton grew up in Memphis. Music was always in his life. His father, Sidney, was a jazz musician. Chilton joined several local rock ‘n’ roll combos in his youth, mostly … Continue reading

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Echoes of the everland discover who you really am (“See” — The Rascals, 1969)

On Dec. 15, 1969, the Rascal’s released their sixth album, See. It would climb to #45 on the Billboard Top LP’s chart. The band formed in Garfield, N.J., with Eddie Brigati as lead vocalist, Felix Cavaliere on keyboards and vocals, … Continue reading

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The Allman Brothers — What a year! (1969)

The Allman Brothers Band released their (self-titled) debut album on Nov. 4, 1969. The LP garnered critical acclaim, but sold less than 50,000 initial copies, peaking at #188 on the Billboard Top LPs chart. The band formed in Jacksonville, Fla., … Continue reading

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Land of hope and gloria, land of my Victoria …

One might not think that a 45 rpm single about Queen Victoria would be released the United States before the United Kingdom, but on October 15, 1969, Reprise Records decided to do just that and release The Kinks’ “Victoria” in … Continue reading

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