Sunday, August 31, 2008

WTIT Time Machine Goes to 1969

The WTIT 1969 Staff Picture

The WTIT Tape Radio Blog got tagged by Sanni of Coffee 2 Go to do a Musical MEME Wayback-Machine.

The rules:

2. Pick the year you turned 18.

3. Get yourself nostalgic over the song´s of the year

4. Write something about how the song affected you.

5. Pass it on to 5 more friends

1969 was the year I turned 18. Uncle Sam thought it would be good to have a draft lottery. The prize? An all expenses paid trip to Vietnam. I did draw a number I believe in the 270’s, beyond the draft exposure. I went to college and would have been deferred to at least 1973 anyway. In 1969 I graduated from high school on June 3rd. I entered Emerson College in the fall. My high school girlfriend told me “God told her to break up with me.” What could I do? You don’t argue with God. While I struggled academicly in high school, I did very well (Dean's List) at Emerson.

These were the # 1 hit singles in 1969 according to Billboard.

December 14, 1968 - January 31, 1969: - I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye. One of the best all time Motown songs, Gladys Knight would cover it, as well.

February 1 - February 14: Crimson And Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells. At WTIT we loved this song so much, that if we driving as a group in two or more cars, we’d pull over to tell one another which rock station was playing it.

February 15 - March 14: Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone. Sly Stone would wind up a rather tragic figure. He and his family were at their peak in 1969.

March 15 - April 11: Dizzy - Tommy Roe. A “bubblegum” song I loved, BC. Before college. Then I learned about REAL music.

April 12 - May 23: Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) - The 5th Dimension. From the broadway musical “Hair”. A combo of two of its songs that had really nothing to do with each other.

May 24 - June 27: Get Back - The Beatles (with Billy Preston). Recorded on the roof of Apple records. “I want to thank you on behalf of the group and meself, I hope we passed the audition.” John Lennon

June 28 - July 11: Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini. From the sappy movie. WTIT spoofed the movie and called it “Another Love Story”.

July 12 - August 22: In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) - Zager & Evans. A silly Sci-fi pop song.

August 23 - September 19: Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones. When WTIT counted down the best selling songs in Hartford for 1969, this was number one.

September 20 - October 17: Sugar, Sugar - The Archies. A comic book band? Yuk. Huge hit, however.

October 18 - October 31: I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations. The Temps at their best.

November 1 - November 7: Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley. Elvis was so…50’s.

November 8 - November 28: Wedding Bell Blues The 5th Dimension. Why wouldn’t Bill marry her?

November 29 - December 5: Come Together - The Beatles. I can’t add anything here.

December 6 - December 19: Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) - Steam. Destined to become a sports song. At the end of games, you still hear it on occasion.

December 20 - December 26: Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary. Did she ever return?

December 27, 1969 - January 2, 1970: Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes. This song ended the run of the most popular Motown women’s group. What a run they had.

Best Picture Oscar of 1969.
Top News Stories of 1969
January 1969 Richard Nixon sworn in as president.
The worst until George W.
July 21, 1969 Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.

One giant step.

August 1969 Sharon Tate murdered by Manson cult.


Anti war demonstrations.

I marched for peace in Washington. I marched for peace in Boston. I am a patriot and I love my country. We did not learn our lesson in 'Nam about civil wars. We have got to get out of Iraq. Put up your Peace Globe!

November 26, 1969 - Lottery for Selective Service draftees bill signed by President Nixon

Burning a draft card.

A list of the top 5 popular albums from the 1969 Billboard charts includes title and artist.


1. IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA Iron Butterfly

2. HAIR Original Cast

3. BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS Blood, Sweat & Tears

4. BAYOU COUNTRY Creedence Clearwater Revival

5. LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin

That was 1969. Thanks Sanni for asking
me take the walk down memory lane. The WTIT Tape Radio Blog returns tomorrow. See you tomorrow.
Same time. Same blog.