KHJ Boss 30 - April 23, 1969

Issue #199 - The Real Don Steele guides your way from 3PM - 6PM on Boss Radio.

KHJ Boss 30 No. 199 - The Real Don Steele
KHJ Boss 30 No. 199 - April 23, 1969


Anonymous said...

Several new songs of note here.

First, we have the "real" new Creedence single, "Bad Moon Rising," make its debut, even as the old B side, "Born on the Bayou," hits the Top 10. And how many of us used to think John Fogerty was singing, "There's a bathroom on the right"?

"Where's the Playground Suzie" is the latest in the string of wonderful Glen Campbell singles written by Jim Webb. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and now "Suzie." All haunting melodies, all with cryptic lyrics that force us to fill in the blanks. Webb was riding high at this time, having earlier charted with "Worst That Could Happen" by Brooklyn Bridge and "MacArthur Park" a year earlier.

I remember being surprised at the popularity on the pop chart of "Oh, Happy Day." I mean, it's a straightforward gospel song, and yet it shows just how diverse the charts were in those days. None of the segregation we've had for many years now. Pop, rock, country, gospel, soul, novelty -- all could be found on one Boss 30.

"Morning Girl" remains one of my favorites. For decades I wondered just what the origin of the lyrics were. Then maybe 10 years ago I got the album it came from, "The Moth Confesses," and finally heard the song in its context. It's a concept album. Great production on "Morning Girl," too.