One Chart Dig, Early October 1969

It’s a grungy and gray day outside, and that matches my mood perfectly this morning. I’ve got things I can do, but today, I just don’t want to do them. There’s nothing particularly wrong, but it seems as if there’s nothing particularly right, either. It’s just one of those days. But we can still find some music.

I took a quick look at the Billboard Hot 100 from the first week in October 1969 – we’ve been in 1969 a lot recently, but that’s okay – and found a record I’m nearly certain I’ve never heard before. Bubbling under the chart at No. 102 – selected for today’s date, 10/2 – was “Taking My Love (And Leaving Me),” a pretty good single from Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. That’s as high as it got, and it probably deserved better.


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