Category Archives: 1968

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Marvin Gaye – I Heard it Through the Grapevine

First Hit #1: December 14, 1968 The year of 1968 might have been a pretty odd one overall, but it ended with three extremely strong songs, ending with Marvin Gaye’s version of I Heard it Through the Grapevine. Like the … Continue reading

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Diana Ross and the Supremes – Love Child

First Hit #1: November 30, 1968 This song is notable for a couple reasons. One, it’s the first #1 by Diana Ross and the Supremes, as opposed to the Supremes, regular flavor, indicating that the front woman and her label … Continue reading

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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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