An Abbreviated Chart Dig: Late June 1971

Take a sinus infection and then add a strained muscle along the right rib cage. Add six ribs broken long ago that tend to ache in damp weather. Add three days of rain. Ache.

Add one muscle relaxant, diminishing both pain and mental acuity. Grope fuzzily through the early portion of the next morning. Trim the planned blog post from a full examination of the Billboard Hot 100 of the fourth week of June 1971 to highlighting three records selected pretty much blindly. Serve:

At No. 40, we find Paul Humphrey and His Cool Aid Chemists. Their funky instrumental “Cool Aid” peaked at No. 29 and is now making its way back down the chart. Paul Humphrey, says Joel Whitburn in his Top Pop Singles, was a jazz sessions drummer and was also a member of Afrique, the group whose “Soul Makossa” would go to No. 47 in the summer of 1973. Humphrey and his Chemists would have one more record come near the Hot 100. In August 1971, “Funky L.A.” would bubble under at No. 109.

A little further down the chart we find a jaunty bit of pop by Davey Jones that owes a sonic debt, as I hear it, to “Daydream Believer.” As it happens, Jones’ “Rainy Jane” will be the best-performing single by a member of the Monkees who wasn’t named Mike Nesmith. The single sits at No. 69 during the fourth week of June 1971, heading toward its eventual peak at No. 52. (In 1970, Nesmith had two singles that went higher: “Joanne” went to No. 21 and “Silver Moon” went to No. 42. His 1971 release, “Nevada Fighter,” went to No. 71. The third member of the Monkees to have a Hot 100 hit was Mickey Dolenz, whose “Don’t Do It” went to No. 75 in early 1967. Peter Tork never had a Hot 100 single.) “Rainy Jane” turns out to be the last Hot 100 hit for any of the group’s members; later in 1971, Jones’ “I Really Love You” bubbles under at No. 107, and that’s the last chart action for any of the four.

Closer to the bottom of the chart, we find what I think is a treat: The single edit of “Beginnings,” the nearly eight-minute track from Chicago’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority. It’s a treat because the single version was for years unavailable on LP or CD, finally being released (if I read the history correctly) on a 2007 anthology. Forty years ago this week, back when the single was on the chart and in the stores, the record – actually the A side of a double-sided single with “Colour My World” on the B side – was at No. 83 in its first week on the chart. It would eventually peak at No. 7.

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3 Responses to “An Abbreviated Chart Dig: Late June 1971”

  1. Paco Malo says:

    Hope you’re feelin’ better. (yea, I know, song lyrics)

    Funky little tune from Paul Humphrey and His Cool Aid Chemists — thanks. Bye the bye, I love the band name.

    “Colour My World” — Ugh. Haunting memories of the endless play that got so that couples could “slow dance” at parties back then. Thanks for not playing that. I’ve heard that one about a hundred times too often. First radio hit I ever heard from the CTA was “Make Me Smile” — I still love that one.

    Tampa weather: “I wish it would rain.” 😉

  2. porky says:

    Mickey’s “Don’t Do It” got airplay in Chicago. That tune and it’s flip-side “Huff Puff” are sorta cool frat-type rockers ala Sam the Sham (without the soul of course) that were released once the Monkees started storming the charts.

  3. jb says:

    Normally I am a fan of single edits, but to cut the magisterial “Beginnings” by two thirds is a crime. It’s reasonably well-done though, which takes a bit of the curse off.

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