Billboard 1st Week of May 1969

Last week I saw a tweet that showed the top 20 songs from the first week of May 1969. “Hmm,” I thought, “I do a look back at music for certain years, what’s on this list?” I was happily surprised to see that I had most of these songs, so I decided that this would be a great podcast. Here are the results.

The musical Hair was Broadway’s big show, but the soundtrack was not spawning a lot of AM hits. So bands like the Fifth Dimension and the Cowsills stepped in and recorded songs form the musical which became big hits (as well as Three Dog Night’s version of “Easy to Be Hard” and Oliver’s “Good Morning Starshine.”). It’s great to see so many songs from different genres being played on the radio.

So step into the time machine and set it back 50 years to listen to the top 16 hits for the first week of May 1969, which had The Fifth Dimension, the Isley Brothers, the Cowsills, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jerry Butler, Booker T. and the MG’s, Timmy James, the Ventures, Simon & Garfunkel, Glen Campbell, Tommy Roe, Crazy Elephant, Edwin Starr, the Guess Who, Mercy, and Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Band.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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