Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Beatles – Hey Jude

First Hit #1: September 28, 1968 Everyone always talks about how Yoko Ono ruined the Beatles, but I can’t say that I agree with that. Whatever your opinion of her, the band was having some obvious troubles already, and they … Continue reading

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Jeannie C. Riley – Harper Valley PTA

First Hit #1: September 21, 1968 I’m not sure when it was that entertainment began to distrust suburbia, but it was clearly sometime before 1968, since Harper Valley PTA is all about how under a freshly polished exterior – in … Continue reading

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The Rascals – People Got To Be Free

First Hit #1: August 17, 1968 Plenty of protest songs have been released and haven’t been anywhere near the number one position on the charts. People Got To Be Free, however, is just as much a protest as anything else, … Continue reading

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The Doors – Hello, I Love You

First Hit #1: August 3, 1968 The Doors have this image of being a bit sexy and a bit dangerous, fostered by Jim Morrison’s ability to be quite a charismatic and attractive man combined with his annoying tendency to get … Continue reading

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Hugh Masekela – Grazing in the Grass

First Hit #1: July 20, 1968 Continuing the very strange year of 1968, here’s our second instrumental. I like instrumentals, so this isn’t a bad thing, but how often do you get two in a year? Almost never, especially since … Continue reading

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Herb Alpert – This Guy’s In Love With You

First Hit #1: June 22, 1968 Continuing with 1968’s kind of odd sound, Herb Alpert comes along with a very pleasant love song that doesn’t really stick out in any meaningful way. It’s nice, sounding like what it is, a … Continue reading

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Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson

First Hit #1: June 1, 1968 I loathe The Graduate. I hate how Dustin Hoffman’s character is an ineffectual little jerk who nonetheless has attractive women throwing themselves at him. I hate how the ending is trying to be so … Continue reading

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