KHJ Boss 30 - November 19, 1969

Issue #229 - “Something/Come Together” by The Beatles sits atop the Boss 30 for the fourth consecutive week.

KHJ Boss 30 No. 229 - Robert W. Morgan with Danny Thomas   KHJ Boss 30 No. 229 - November 19, 1969

9 comments:

steve elders said...

And isn't that the most weeks for a Beatles record atop the Boss 30 -- four weeks? "Hey Jude" was No. 1 for three weeks.

Ray Randolph said...

"We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper" ruled the roost for five weeks back in 1965/66. "Something/Come Together" would be the second-longest at four weeks.

Ray Randolph said...

"Wonderful World, Beautiful People" by Jimmy Cliff debuted this week. I loved that song and its catchy reggae rhythm. It hung around for nine weeks but only got as high as No. 11.

steve elders said...

I didn't buy "Wonderful World" when it was a 45 here. I got it years later on a Jimmy Cliff album. In any given week in these years, I had gotten probably two-thirds of any Boss 30 on 45.

Ray Randolph said...

Well no wonder "Wonderful World" didn't do better than it did. (Just kidding.)

That's awesome that you were able to obtain that amount of 45s. Do you still have the ones you purchased back then?

steve elders said...

No, I have few 45s left. I played them less as I eventually got the songs on LPs and then CDs, and the collection was getting too big. I pared my LPs almost a decade ago, and I will have to do it again. Too much space, and CDs are much easier to store.

But I caught a break when I was a kid in terms of getting 45s. One day in summer 1968 (when I started listening to KHJ), I stopped by our local Singer sewing-machine store; it turned out Singer had a record department. (Yes, that still seems odd to me 40 years later.) It had some albums and its own Top 50 singles. I soon started using my allowance money to buy singles and got to know Delores, the young woman who was in charge of the department (and who was almost certainly the first "older" woman (she was probably in her late teens to early 20s) I ever had a crush on. At some point (probably by early 1969), Delores moved on, and the store manager asked me if I'd like to be the one to rearrange their weekly Top 50 singles when the new chart would arrive. I was 11. Instead of money, they would give me three singles a week. I jumped at the chance, and that's how I was able to grow my record collection so quickly. I held on to that "job" for about three years. Probably around March 1972, Singer discontinued its record department, and that was that. I was back to buying 45s. But it was a great run for a KHJ- and rock-loving kid. Most of my old 45s are now with a friend from my previous employer who collects jukeboxes. He was glad to stock them with so many singles.

Bruce said...

Great Story Steve. I think we all remember our first "older woman" crushes. And you even got a bonus, to see her regularily and also score three 45's every time!

Ray Randolph said...

That is a great story, Steve. You may have had the dream job among the youngsters in Southern California.

steve elders said...

Much appreciated. I sometimes wonder what path Delores took in life. She'd be around 60 now, I guess. It's true -- we always remember those early crushes. She was attractive AND she knew current music. My dream girl.

I also remember the last singles I got from Singer before it phased out its record department: "Levon" by Elton John and "Glory Bound" by the Grass Roots.