Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1968 – Part Two

Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of  top 1968 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event: June 8th Rolling Stones release “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

Jose Feliciano – Light my Fire

“Light my fire” quickly became a Top10 hit around the world and is ranked #35 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Jose Feliciano won two Grammy Awards for his cover of this song, one for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist.

New Event:  September 28th Janis Joplin announces she’s leaving “Big Brother & Holding Co”

Dionne Warwick – Do you know the way to San Jose

“Do you know the way to San Jose” was Warwick’s biggest international hit to date, topping the charts and selling over 3,500,000 copies worldwide. She won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

News Event:  November 9th Joe Cocker’s version of The Beatles single “With a Little Help From My Friends” becomes No. 1 single in the UK

Now time for my first top chart picks from 1968 and they bring back memories of my teenage years as if it was yesterday.

Herb Albert – This Guys in Love With You.

Herb Albert recorded five No. 1 albums and 28 albums on the Billboard magazine album chart, fourteen platinum albums, fifteen gold albums, and nine Grammy Awards. He has sold 72 million records worldwide. Alpert is the only musician to hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist (“This Guy’s in Love with You”, 1968) and an instrumentalist (“Rise”, 1979). Herb Alpert

New Event:  November 20th 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell and Tammy Wynette win

The Equals – Baby, Come Back

“Baby, Come Back” was first released in 1966, a year after the band formed, but did not chart. However, after impressive sales in the rest of Europe (it reached the top 10 in Belgium and the Netherlands, the song was re-issued in the UK on 1 May 1968 and reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart on 3 July 1968 spending three weeks there. In all the song stayed in the UK Top 75 for 18 weeks. It also charted at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blogSmorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021


Next week 1969 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

76 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1968 – Part Two

    When I was thirteen, in eighth grade at Junior High School 104, by far the best guitar player in the school—the best musician, for that matter—in fact, the most talented person in the school—was a blind Puerto Rican kid named José Feliciano. José played the shit out of his nylon string guitar. He was trained in classical, flamenco, and various Latino folkloric styles. He also sang really well. He was a monster. José loved to perform, and was often called upon to play at school assemblies—and he never failed to blow my mind.

    After I got my electric guitar, José told me if I let him play it for the upcoming talent show, I could back him up on rhythm guitar. I immediately agreed, secretly hoping that Janie Schindelheim would be watching. The show was a success. José and I played—appropriately enough—“La Bamba.” He wailed on the electric guitar parts, teaching my guitar some tricks I hoped it would remember, and I played acoustic rhythm guitar and sang harmony. Being up there in front of all those people was a heady experience. Here was the worship and adoration I had always craved. I scanned the admiring faces in the crowd, hoping I would see Janie Schindelheim. Lots of people came up and congratulated me afterwards, but not Janie.

    (Note: This was my first performance in front of a large audience. It was in February or March of 1959. Ritchie Valens had just died in a plane crash on Feb. 3.)

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    • Wow! How amazing, to get such a young start with a virtuoso in a live performance. Bravo! Thanks for sharing that with us. All the best.

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    • Fantastic Ted thank you for sharing.. an amazing memory. I seem to remember buying Light My Fire in about 1969 in the UK if memory serves me right and I know we were still playing Feliz Navidad at our Christmas parties in Madrid up to when we left in 2013.. Early 1959 was a sad year for music with both Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens dying on the same day.. enjoy your week..

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      • In case anybody is wondering who Janie Schindelheim was, and why she’s in my memoir, I fell in love with her when we were in elementary school (we were 10) and I loved her from afar right up through high school. After college, she moved to San Francisco, met and married Jann Wenner, and they started Rolling Stone magazine together.

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  2. All great memories. The first two albums I remember my older brothers owning were the Moody Blues and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. I’ll bet Herb never had trouble meeting girls.🤣

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  3. Another great selection. I was a huge Dionne Warwick fan and my daughter´s middle name is Dionne because of that. I was fortunate to see Dionne Warwick perform in Vancouver, BC. Such a lovely person.

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  4. Well, William picked two fine songs that took me back to childhood. But Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass hits the spot for me. For some reason I always loved that song since childhood. I think I was so drawn to that music because my favorite section in any orchestra is the horns. ❤ xx

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  5. Oh, my! Herb Albert was one of the best make-out songs. Sigh! I love Light My Fire by Jose Feliciano, yet my greatest memory is the version by The Doors. I was in France with a student group. The song played on the train, and I left the group to explore… I was nearly sent back home (my first brave, bad adventure.) Dionne Warwick is wonderful. I did not know The Equals, but I can tell you I would have been a huge fan of Baby Come Back.

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      • You are welcome, Sally. Music speaks volumes, pun intended. I was on a six foot ladder with children today hanging wishes on our Wish Tree and singing “When You Wish Upon a Star (tree)”. It was the music that made the event meaningful for children. I’m not surprised that music is the last memory a dementia patient will forget. It is,wonderful from birth to death. Hugs to you! 💕

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    • Wow, I am always amazed, Jennie, when I see wonderful memories like yours linked to great songs. Good for you and thanks for sharing your stories with us. Hugs

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