Saturday Single No. 253

As have the other posts this week, this will be brief; we’re on vacation. Thus far, this week of vacation has seen a lot of time spent in the kitchen, dealing with the surplus of tomatoes from the garden. The Texas Gal, admittedly, has put in more effort there than have I, but I’ve taken care of most of the literal heavy lifting, moving the filled and very hot canner off the burner when the time comes. We added more canned tomatoes and spaghetti sauce to our larder yesterday.

With our shelves stocked, the garden is down to green tomatoes – possibly en route to green tomato relish, but we’ll see – and tomorrow, we’ll pick those and pull up the plants and then the fences. We’d planned on doing that today, but WeatherBug says that the odds are 50-50 that we’ll have a thunderstorm, so we decided to stay dry and take a day off from the garden and canning.

Still, vacation or no, I wanted to post something today. Two days ago, as it was 9/1, I dug into the Billboard pop charts for a record ranked No. 91 on September 1, and I thought I’d play the same numbers game today: Find a record ranked No. 93 on some September 3 – or at least in the same week – in years past. With no real roadmap, I thought I’d start with 1970 and then shift away a year at a time until I found a record that fits three criteria: First, I like it. Second, it’s a little obscure. And third, it’s available for embedding here.

And it only took two tries to find what seems to be a gem. In 1969, country stalwart Waylon Jennings teamed up with the Kimberlys, an Oklahoma foursome made up of two brothers wed to two sisters. One of the results was a cover of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park,” which RCA Victor released as a single. The record was at No. 93 on the pop chart during the week of September 3, 1969, and it would stay in that spot one more week before falling off the chart.

Things went a little better on the country chart: “MacArthur Park,” credited to “Waylon Jennings & The Kimberlys,” went to No. 23 and eventually earned a Grammy for “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.” And it’s today’s Saturday Single.

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2 Responses to “Saturday Single No. 253”

  1. Steve E. says:

    Jennings’ cover of “MacArthur Park” charted on KHJ in Southern California for a few weeks. I liked how different the arrangement was from Richard Harris’. Almost like a new song (and I am a fan of Harris’ original).

  2. David Lenander says:

    I just can’t take that chorus seriously. It just makes me giggle. Harris’s version was possibly worse. I like a lot of Jimmy’s songs, but this one is just over the top. On the other hand, I particularly liked the woman singing in this recording. And Waylon does about as well as he could with this…. Thanks for digging this up.
    And happy birthday.

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