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The Music and Events of 1969

Our favorite songs of 1969 included these:

Title Artist
 
A Boy Named Sue Cash, Johnny
A Man and a Woman Lai, Francis
Abraham, Martin & John Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
All Together Now Beatles
Along Came Jones Stevens, Ray
And When I Die Blood Sweat & Tears
April Fools Warwick, Dionne
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in Fifth Dimension
Are You Happy Butler, Jerry
Atlantis Donovan
Baby I Love You Kim, Andy
Baby Itís You Smith
Baby Iím for Real Originals
Baby Take Me in Your Arms Jefferson
Baby, Baby Donít Cry Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Baby, I Love You Kim, Andy
Backfield in Motion Mel & Tim
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ball and Chain Joplin, Janis
Ball of Fire Tommy James & the Shondells
Ballad of John and Yoko Beatles
Because Beatles
Bella Linda Grassroots
Birthday Underground Sunshine
Black Pearl Sonny Charles & the Checkmates
Blackbird Beatles
Bootleg Creedence Clearwater Revival
Born On the Bayou Creedence Clearwater Revival
Boxer Simon & Garfunkel
Boxer, the Simon & Garfunkel
Boy Named Sue Cash, Johnny
Brand New Me Springfield, Dusty
Break On Through Doors
Brother Loveís Traveling Salvation Show Diamond, Neil
Build Me Up Buttercup Foundations
But You Know I Love You Kenny Rogers & the First Editi
By the Time I Get to Phoenix Hayes, Isaac
California Soul Fifth Dimension
Can I Change My Mind Davis, Tyrone
Carry Me Back Rascals
Carry That Weight Beatles
Change of Heart Classics IV
Cherry Hill Park Royal, Billy Joe
Choice of Colors Impressions
Chokiní Kind, the Simon, Joe
Cinnamon Derek
Cinnamon Derek (Johnny Cymbal)
Cissy Strut Meters
Clean Up Your Own Backyard Presley, Elvis
Cloud Nine Temptations
Cloud Nine Santamaria, Mongo
Cold Turkey John Lennon & the Plastic Ono
Color Him Father Winstons
Come Together Beatles
Commotion Creedence Clearwater Revival
Composer Diana Ross & the Supremes
Crimson and Clover Tommy James & the Shondells
Crossroads Cream
Crystal Blue Persuasion Tommy James & the Shondells
Daddy Sang Bass Cash, Johnny
Daddyís Little Man Smith, O.C.
Day Is Done Peter Paul & Mary
Days of Sand and Shovels Vinton, Bobby
Dear Prudence Beatles
Did You See Her Eyes Illusion
Dizzy Roe, Tommy
Do Your Thing Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
Does Anybody Know Iím Here Dells
Doggone Right Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Donít Give in to Him Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
Donít Give in to Him Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
Donít It Make You Want to Go Home South, Joe
Donít Let Me Down Beatles
Donít Let the Joneses Get You Down Temptations
Donít Let the Jonses Get You Down Temptations
Donít Touch Me Swann, Bettye
Down On the Corner Creedence Clearwater Revival
Easy to Be Hard Three Dog Night
Echo Park Barbour, Keith
Eleanor Rigby Franklin, Aretha
Eliís Coming Three Dog Night
Everybodyís Talkiní Nilsson
Everyday People Sly & the Family Stone
Everyday With You Girl Classics IV
Everyday with You Girl Classics Four featuring Dennis
Feeliní So Good (Skoo-by-doo) Archies
First of May Bee Gees
For You Blue Beatles
Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival
Friendship Train Gladys Knight & the Pips
Galveston Campbell, Glen
Games People Play South, Joe
Get Back Beatles
Get Together Youngbloods
Gimme Gimme Good Loviní Crazy Elephant
Gimmie Gimmie Good Loviní Crazy Elephant
Gitarzan Stevens, Ray
Give it Up Or Turn it Loose Brown, James
Give Peace a Chance John Lennon & the Plastic Ono
God Bless the Child Blood Sweat & Tears
Going in Circles Friends of Distinction
Going Up the Country Canned Heat
Golden Slumbers Beatles
Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot) Donovan with the Jeff Beck Gro
Good Loviní Ainít Easy to Come By Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Good Morning Starshine Oliver
Good Old Rock íN Roll Cat Mother & the All Night
Goodbye Hopkin, Mary
Goodnight My Love Anka, Paul
Grazing in the Grass Friends of Distinction
Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival
Grizzly Bear Youngbloods
Groovy Grubworm Harlow Wilcox and the Oakies
Hair Cowsills
Hang íEm High Booker T & the MGs
Happy Heart Williams, Andy
Hawaii Five-O Ventures
Heather Honey Roe, Tommy
Heaven Rascals
Heaven Knows Grassroots
Her Majesty Beatles
Here Comes the Sun Beatles
Here I Go Again Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Holly Holy Diamond, Neil
Honeypie Beatles
Honky Tonk Women Rolling Stones
Hooked on a Feeling Thomas, B.J.
Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly & the Family Stone
Hot Smoke and Sassafrass Bubble Puppy
Hurt so Bad Lettermen
I Can Hear Music Beach Boys
I Can Sing a Rainbow / Love Is Blue Dells
I Canít Get Next to You Temptations
I Canít See Myself Leaving You Franklin, Aretha
I Donít Know Why Wonder, Stevie
I Donít Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing Brown, James
I Got a Line On You Spirit
I Got a Line on You Spirit
I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York Cit Nilsson
I Started a Joke Bee Gees
I Turned You On Isley Brothers
I Want to Take You Higher Sly & the Family Stone
I Want You Beatles
I Want You Back Jackson Five
In a Moment Intrigues
In the Ghetto Presley, Elvis
In the Year 2525 Zager & Evans
Indian Giver 1910 Fruitgum Company
Is it Something Youíve Got Davis, Tyrone
Is That All There Is? Lee, Peggy
Israelites Desmond Dekker & the Aces
Itís Getting Better Elliot, Mama Cass
Itís Your Thing Isley Brothers
Iíd Wait a Million Years Grassroots
Iíll Never Fall in Love Again Jones, Tom
Iíll Try Something New Supremes & Temptations
Iím a Better Man Engelbert Humperdinck
Iím a Drifter Goldsboro, Bobby
Iím Free Who
Iím Gonna Make You Love Me Supremes & Temptations
Iím Gonna Make You Mine Christie, Lou
Iím Liviní in Shame Supremes
Iím Liviní in Shame Diana Ross & the Supremes
Iíve Been Hurt Bill Deal & the Rhondells
Iíve Got My Eyes on You Vincent, Gene
Iíve Gotta be Me Davis, Jr., Sammy
Iíve Gottaí Be Me Davis, Sammy Jr.
Jealous Kind of Fella Garland Green
Jean Oliver
Jesus is a Soul Man Reynolds, Lawrence
Johnny One Time Lee, Brenda
Keep on Choogliní Creedence Clearwater Revival
La La La (If I Had You) Bobby Sherman
Laughing Guess Who
Lay Lady Lay Dylan, Bob
Leaving On a Jet Plane Peter Paul & Mary
Let a Man Come in and Do the Popcorn Brown, James
Let It Be Me Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
Let Me Paul Revere & the Raiders
Little Woman Sherman, Bobby
Lodi Creedence Clearwater Revival
Love (Can Make You Happy) Mercy
Love Can Make You Happy Mercy
Love Me Tonight Jones, Tom
Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet Mancini, Henry
Love Will Find a Way DeShannon, Jackie
Loviní Things Grassroots
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Beatles
Maggie Mae Beatles
Make Believe Wind
Make Your Own Kind of Music Elliot, Mama Cass
Marrakesh Express Crosby, Stills & Nash
Maxwellís Silver Hammer Beatles
May I Bill Deal & the Rhondells
May I Bill Deal & the Rhondels
Medicine Man (Part 1) Buchanan Brothers
Memories Presley, Elvis
Mendocino Sir Douglas Quintet
Mercy Ohio Express
Midnight Cowboy Mancini, Henry
Mind, Body and Soul Flaming Ember
Minotaur Dick Hyman & His Electric Ecle
Moments to Remember Vogues
Monster Steppenwolf
Moody Woman Butler, Jerry
Moonflight Venus, Vik
More Today Than Yesterday Spiral Staircase
More Today Than Yesterday Spiral Starecase
Morning Girl Neon Philharmonic
Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother Brown, James
Move Over Steppenwolf
Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon Paul Revere & the Raiders
Mrs. Robinson Booker T. & the MGís
My Cherie Amour Wonder, Stevie
My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder
My Pledge of Love Joe Jeffrey Group
My Song Aretha Franklin
My Way Sinatra, Frank
My Whole World Ended Ruffin, David
My Whole World Ended (the Moment You Lef David Ruffin
Nitty Gritty Gladys Knight & the Pips
No Matter what Sign You Are Diana Ross & the Supremes
No Not Much Vogues
No, Not Much Vogues
Nobody Three Dog Night
Nobody But You Babe Clarence Reid
Nothing But a Heartache Flirtations
Octopusís Garden Beatles
Oh Darling Beatles
Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins Singers
Oh Me, Oh My (Iím a Fool for You Baby) Lulu
Oh What a Night Dells
Oh! Darling Beatles
One (is the Loneliest Number) Three Dog Night
One Tin Soldier Original Caste
Only the Strong Survive Butler, Jerry
Patton Goldsmith, Jerry
Pinball Wizard Who
Point It Out Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Polk Salad Annie White, Tony Joe
Popcorn Brown, James
Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival
Put a Little Love in Your Heart DeShannon, Jackie
Quentinís Theme Charles Randolph Grean Sounde
Rambliní Gambliní Man Segar, Bob
Ready or Not Here I Come (Canít Hide fro Delfonics
Reconsider Me Adams, Johnny
River Is Wide Grass Roots
Rock Me Steppenwolf
Rocky Raccoon Beatles
Ruben James Rogers, Kenny
Ruby, Donít Take Your Love to Town Kenny Rogers & the First Editi
Run Away Child, Running Wild Temptations
Runaway Child Running Wild Temptations
Seattle Como, Perry
See Rascals
Share Your Love With Me Franklin, Aretha
She Tommy James & the Shondells
She Belongs to Me Rick Nelson & the Stone Canyon
She Came in Through Bathroom Window Beatles
Smile a Little Smile for Me Flying Machine
Snatching it Back Carter, Clarence
So Good Together Kim, Andy
So I Can Love You Emotions
Someday Weíll Be Together Supremes
Something Beatles
Something in the Air Thunderclap Newman
Son of a Preacher Man Springfield, Dusty
Sophisticated Cissy Meters
Sorry Suzanne Hollies
Soul Deep Box Tops
Soulful Strut Young-Holt Unlimited
Soulshake Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson
Special Delivery 1910 Fruitgum Company
Spinning Wheel Blood Sweat & Tears
Stand Sly & the Family Stone
Stand by Your Man Wynette, Tammy
Stand! Sly & the Family Stone
Sugar on Sunday Clique
Sugar Sugar Archies
Sugar, Sugar Archies
Suite Judy Blue Eyes Crosby Stills Nash & Young
Sunday Morniní Oliver
Suspicious Minds Presley, Elvis
Sweet Caroline Diamond, Neil
Sweet Cherry Wine Tommy James & the Shondells
Sweet Cream Ladies Box Tops
Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March Box Tops
Take a Letter Maria Greaves, R.B.
Take Care of Your Homework Taylor, Johnnie
Taxman Beatles
Testify (I Wanna) Taylor, Johnnie
Thatís the Way Love Is Gaye, Marvin
The Fish Cheer/I Feel Like Iím Country Joe And the Fish
The Fool On the Hill Beatles
The Letter Arbors
The Weight Franklin, Aretha
Thereíll Come a Time Everett, Betty
Thereís Gonna Be a Showdown Archie Bell & the Drells
These Eyes Guess Who
Things Iíd Like to Say New Colony Six
This Girl is a Woman Now Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
This Girl is a Woman Now Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
This Girlís in Love with You Warwick, Dionne
This is My Country Impressions
This Magic Moment Jay & the Americans
Time Is Tight Booker T & the MGs
Time Is Tight Booker T. & the MGís
Time of the Season Zombies
To Know You Is to Love You Vinton, Bobby
To Susan on the West Coast Waiting Donovan
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby Gaye, Marvin
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby Marvin Gaye
Too Weak to Fight Carter, Clarence
Too Weak to Fight Clarence Carter
Touch Me Doors
Traces Classics IV
Tracy Cuff Links
True Grit Campbell, Glen
Try (Just a Little Bit Harder) Joplin, Janis
Try a Little Kindness Campbell, Glen
Try a Little Tenderness Three Dog Night
Two of Us Beatles
Undun Guess Who
Walk On By Hayes, Isaac
Walkiní in the Rain Jay & the Americans
We Got More Soul Dyke and the Blazers
Wedding Bell Blues Fifth Dimension
What Does It Take Junior Walker & the All Stars
What Does It Take (to Win Your Love) Junior Walker & the All-Stars
What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am Bill Deal & the Rhondellss
What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am Bill Deal & the Rhondels
Whatís the Use of Breaking Up Butler, Jerry
When I Die Motherlode
When Iím Sixty-four Beatles
When Youíre Hot, Youíre Hot Wagoner, Porter
Whereís the Playground Susie Campbell, Glen
Wichita Lineman Campbell, Glen
Will You Be Staying After Sunday Peppermint Rainbow
Windmills of Your Mind Springfield, Dusty
Witchita Lineman Campbell, Glen
With Pen in Hand Carr, Vikki
Without Love (There Is Nothing) Jones, Tom
Workiní On a Groovy Thing Fifth Dimension
Workiní on a Groovy Thing Fifth Dimension
World (Part 1) Brown, James
Worst That Could Happen Brooklyn Bridge
Yester Me Yester You Yesterday Wonder, Stevie
Yesterday, When I Was Young Clark, Roy
You Gave Me a Mountain Laine, Frankie
You Got Yours and Iíll Get Mine Delfonics
You Never Give Me Your Money Beatles
You Showed Me Turtles
You, I Rugbys
Your Good Thing (Is About to End) Rawls, Lou
Youíre All I Need to Get By Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Youíve Lost that Loviní Feeliní Warwick, Dionne
Youíve Made Me So Very Happy Blood Sweat & Tears


Meanwhile, in 1969...

In time for perhaps the very last of the boomers, Sesame Street debuts on television.

But also, Penthouse begins publication... in plenty of time for the boomers.

June: President Nixon announces his "Vietnamization" designed to help the Vietnamese deal with their own problems, and extricate the U.S. from southeast Asia.

July 18: Senator Ted Kennedy drives his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island off Martha's Vineyard, killing his young passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. This major story was partially drowned out (sorry) by the moon landing that took place just days later. A week after the accident, Kennedy received a suspended sentence, and that was the end of it. But many Americans would never look at Kennedy the same way (and few would ever ride in a car with him at the wheel.)

July 21: The U.S. wins the space race convincingly by landing a man on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins fly on board Apollo 11. "Houston... Tranquility Base, here; the Eagle has landed." Event of the century? Possibly; we all thought so at the time. We met the late president's challenge and conquered outer space. This gave Americans confidence that we could beat the Russians in anything... if put to the test.

Thousands of party-goers sludge through the mud to experience four days of rock n' roll at a place called Woodstock. Heavy press coverage makes the event seem larger than it was and shows the passing of baby boomers from young children to adult children.

August 10: Charles Manson and other members of his cult murder actress Sharon Tate and six others in a horrible event that was referred to as "Helter Skelter."

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) claims that marijuana is harmless to both the user and society in general.

The U.S. spends no more money than it takes in. That won't happen again till the boomers hit 50.

Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi gulf coast killing 248; damage is set at $1.5 billion.

An oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara spreads over 30 miles of the shoreline. This is the first major of dozens to follow in the next 25 years.

Dr. Laurence Peter introduces the world to his "Peter Principle," which states that workers rise to their level of incompetence.

President Nixon bans the production of chemical weapons.

As the first of the boomers reach their 20's, the cost of medical care begins to rise sharply.

October: "I will say confidently that looking ahead just three years the war will be over." - President Nixon.

The "Chicago 7" (even though there were actually 8) have their day on court. Attorney William Kunstler, defends David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Black Panther leader Bobby Seale, Jerry Rubin, Lee Weiner, and chemistry professor John R. Froins. Bobby Seale is gagged and chained to his chair because of his courtroom outbursts and sentences him in November to 4 years in prison for contempt of court. The others get off with relatively light sentences.

Defying all conventional wisdom, the New York Mets win their first World Series. Meanwhile, the New York Jets win the Super Bowl, defying all logic... except that of Joe Namath.

November: President Nixon appeals to the "great silent majority" to support his Vietnam policy.

"Marcus Welby" and "Monthy Python's Flying Circus" debut on television.

The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "Midnight Cowboy." John Wayne wins for Best Actor in "True Grit." Paul Newman and Robert Redford star in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

November 15: 250,000 protestors (mostly students) march against the war in Washington, D.C. It is only fitting that the decade ends with just as much excitement and turmoil as it began.


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