Saturday Single No. 349

It’s time for more Games With Numbers! It’s July 13, or 7/13, which adds up to 20. So, what was at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 13 over the years? We’ll start with 1960 and move up three years at a time, hoping to find something good to listen to this morning. We’ll also note the No. 1 records as we go by.

As July neared its midpoint in 1960, the No. 20 record was Brian Hyland’s classic summer-time novelty, “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” on its way up to No. 1. The record, the first of twenty-seven for Hyland in or near the Hot 100, also made the R&B chart, peaking at No. 10. As Hyland’s record broke into the Top 20, the No. 1 record was another classic novelty, the Hollywood Argyles’ “Alley-Oop.”

Sitting at No. 20 exactly fifty years ago today, on the chart released on July 13, 1963, was Doris Troy’s “Just One Look,” heading toward its peak at No.10 on the pop chart and No. 3 on the R&B chart. Troy had three other singles bubble under the Hot 100 in the next year, but she never actually broke into the chart again, making her take on “Just One Look” a decent contender for a high ranking among One-Hit Wonders. As Troy’s only hit reached the Top 20, the No. 1 record was “Easier Said Than Done” by the Essex.

The Young Rascals’ thumping “You Better Run” was in the No. 20 spot as July 13, 1966, dawned. The record, which was the group’s follow-up to the No. 1 hit “Good Lovin’,” would go no higher; the group – as the Young Rascals and, after early 1968, the Rascals – would end up with nineteen records in or near the Hot 100. Sitting at No. 1 as the Young Rascals’ record peaked was Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Hanky Panky.”

The mid-point of July 1969 found vampire music on the pop chart. The No. 20 record was “Quentin’s Theme” from the television soap opera Dark Shadows as performed by the Charles Randolph Grean Sounde. (I dug into the charting music from Dark Shadows about a year ago; that post is here.) The record was moving up the chart and would peak at No. 13 on the pop chart and at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The ensemble, named for conductor Charles Randolph Grean, would come close to the pop chart only once more, when its version of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter & The Wolf” bubbled under the Hot 100 in early 1970. The No. 1 record as Grean’s “Quentin’s Theme” sat at No. 20 was Zager & Evans’ “In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus).”

America held down the No. 20 spot on the Hot 100 as July 1972 was about halfway gone. “I Need You” was on its way down the chart after peaking at No. 9 on the pop chart and No. 7 on the AC chart. It was the second of an eventual nineteen records that America would place in or near the Hot 100 through 1984. The No. 1 record at the mid-point of July 1972 was Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me,” in the second week of a three-week stay on top of the chart.

The No. 20 single as the middle of July 1975 approached was James Taylor’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1964 hit, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” The record was on its way to No. 5 on the pop chart and a one-week stay at No. 1 on the AC chart. It was just one of twenty-three records Taylor placed in or near the Hot 100 between 1969 and 1997. The No. 1 record as Taylor’s high reached the Top 20 was “Listen To What The Man Said” by Paul McCartney & Wings.

So where do we go for a Saturday record? If we were looking at the No. 1 records from those mid-July charts, I’d almost be tempted to go with “Alley-Oop,” just for fun. But we’re tied to the No. 20 records we found during our excursion, and some digging through the EITW files here shows me that in more than six years of blogging, I’ve only ever mentioned Doris Troy in passing and have never featured her one great record. That’s an oversight that needs correction, so Troy’s No. 10 hit from 1963, “Just One Look,” is today’s Saturday Single.

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One Response to “Saturday Single No. 349”

  1. Rod Hartwig says:

    Whiteray,

    Enjoyed your posting about July 13, as it is my birthday. Reading about the chart hits for the various years brought back some great memories. The most forgettable of all the songs mentioned would be In The Year 2525, but it serves as contrast at least. I will have to research the charts for 1953 but I wouldn’t remember those hits first-hand anyway!

    cheers!

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