Issue #19 - “Hang On Sloopy” made the Boss 30 twice this week. I believe this is the only time that a song appeared on the KHJ survey by two different artists in the same week.
So "I'm a Man"/"Still I'm Sad" reached its peak at #3 on KHJ this week, at about the same time "Still I'm Sad"/"I'm a Man" hit #1 on KRLA. Great track, "Still I'm Sad," never hit Billboard but it was a big one L.A.! Later it showed up on the "Top 300" list. Along with Boss City hits like "Whittier Blvd." by Thee Midniters and "The Pied Piper" by the Changin' Times, anyone who didn't grow up in L.A. must be baffled looking at these lists! Kinda like me when I look at those bizarre Chicago charts!
Two versions of the same song is a rare occurrence, but it happened again (well, sort of) on February 17, 1971. That week there were two versions of the Theme From Love Story – the instrumental from the movie by Francis Lai was at #4, and a vocal version by Andy Williams debuted at #29. Yes, the Andy Williams version had the title “Where Do I Begin” but it was the exact same melody. I guess it’s a judgment call as to whether that counts as “two versions of the same song.”
Nice one, KG Dave! I'd venture that the Francis Lai and Andy Williams recordings qualify as being the same song.
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