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.
Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of top 1969 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.
News Event: July 11th David Bowie releases the single “Space Oddity” 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon
Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour
The song peaked at #4 on both the Billboard Pop and R&B singles charts as well as in the UK. It was originally entitled “Oh, My Marsha,” as it was composed about Wonder’s girlfriend while he was at the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing. Wonder also released Spanish and Italian-language versions entitled “Mi Querido Amor” and “My Cherie Amor.”
News Event: August 15th Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in New York State on Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm
The Edward Hawkins Singers – Oh Happy Day
Based on Acts 8:35 from the New Testament, this was originally a hymn from the mid-18th century (“O happy day, that fixed my choice”) by English clergyman Philip Doddridge. This rearranged gospel version became a worldwide hit, reaching #4 on the US Singles chart, and #2 in Canada and the UK. It has been included in the RIAA Songs of the Century list and won a Grammy Award for Best Soul, Gospel Performance in 1970.
News Event: October 10th “Jesus Christ Superstar” soundtrack album by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is recorded
Now time for my first top chart picks from 1969 and it seems like only yesterday that I was dancing at my local club to the music including one of my all time favourites.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – John Fogerty – Bad Moon Rising
“Bad Moon Rising” is a song written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was the lead single from their album Green River and was released in April 1969, four months before the album. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 on 28 June 1969 and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September 1969 (see 1969 in music). It was CCR’s second gold single.
News Event: December 14th “Leaving on a Jet Plane” single sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, written by John Denver is No. 1 on US Billboard’s Hot Top 100
Peter Sarstedt ~ Where Do You Go To My Lovely
“Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?” is a song by the British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt. Its recording was produced by Ray Singer, engineered by John Mackswith at Lansdowne Recording Studios and released in 1969. The music has been described as “a faux European waltz tune,” and the arrangement is a very simple one of strummed acoustic guitar and bass guitar, with brief bursts of French-style accordion at the start and the end. The arranger and conductor was Ian Green
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.
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.
Next week 1970 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.
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