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Saturday Single No. 151

June 1, 2022

Originally posted October 3, 2009

While wandering around Facebook the other evening, I ran across one of those quizzes that pop up now and then on the site. My cousin Mark had tried his hand at a music trivia quiz that asked who sang what song in the year 1970. I forget how many of the ten songs in the quiz he’d paired with the right performer, but he’d done pretty well, he said in the attached note, for someone who was born in the mid-1960s.

I clicked the link and headed into the quiz to see how I could do. The year 1970 holds a prime place in my days of listening to Top 40. I began that exploration – as I’ve noted before – in the late summer and autumn of 1969. I started shifting away from Top 40 and into album rock during my college years, which began in the fall of 1971. That leaves 1970 as the one year during which I was really listening to Top 40 radio all year long. Given that, I would have been disappointed in myself if I’d missed a question in the quiz. I didn’t. And as I headed out of the quiz page back to Facebook, I thought that some kind of look at 1970 would be a good idea for a Saturday post.

So this morning, I pulled out the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 3, 1970, the chart from thirty-nine years ago today, and I thought I’d sort through the Top 40 to see which record showed the most movement from the chart of a week earlier.

Before starting, it might be good to look at the Top Ten from that date:

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross“
Lookin’ Out My Back Door/Long As I Can See The Light” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Candida” by Dawn
“Cracklin’ Rosie” by Neil Diamond
“Julie, Do Ya Love Me” by Bobby Sherman
“I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5
“(I Know I’m) Losing You” by Rare Earth
“Snowbird” by Anne Murray
“War” by Edwin Starr
“All Right Now” by Free

That’s a pretty decent Top Ten, though over the years – for me at least – neither the Diana Ross nor the Anne Murray single has aged well. We’ll get back to a few of those as we look at how the Top 40 shifted.

Four records shifted up four places from the week before. Candi Staton’s cover of “Stand By Your Man” made it into the chart, moving from No. 44 to No. 40. “El Condor Pasa” by Simon & Garfunkel went from No. 38 to No. 34. Grand Funk Railroad’s first hit, “Closer to Home,” went from No. 31 to No. 27. And the afore-mentioned “Candida” moved from No. 7 to No. 3.

Two records shifted five spots. Glenn Campbell’s “It’s Only Make Believe” rose from No. 37 to No. 32, and Tom Jones’ “I (Who Have Nothing)” dropped from No. 14 to No. 19. And two records moved up six spaces: “Somebody’s Been Sleeping” by 100 Proof Aged In Soul went from No. 43 to No. 36 while “Out In The Country” by Three Dog Night moved from No. 30 to No. 24.

Three records fell seven spots: Edwin Starr’s “War” dropped from No. 2 to No. 9, Clarence Carter’s “Patches” went from No. 4 to No. 11, and “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago fell from No. 10 to No. 17.

When I do one of these chart-movement posts (and I’ve only done a few, admittedly), this is about the spot where things start to narrow down. It seems – without doing any research at all – that not that many songs move more than seven spots during the same week. Well, the week ending October 3, 1970, was the week that would wreck that theory. A total of thirteen records – almost one-third of the Top 40 – shifted more than seven spots thirty-nine years ago this week.

One record moved eight spots. That was “Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma” by the New Seekers, which rose from No. 33 to No. 25. Shifting nine places was “It’s A Shame” by the Spinners, rising from No. 24 to No. 15. And moving up ten places was James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” which rose from No. 40 to No. 30.

Two records rose eleven places: “Express Yourself” by Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band went from No. 25 to No. 14, and “Do What You Wanna Do” by Five Flights Up (the only record in this Top 40 I’ve never heard, as far as I know) entered the Top 40 with a leap, jumping from No. 50 to No. 39.

The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” moved up thirteen places, from No. 19 to No. 6; also moving thirteen spots was “Rubber Duckie” by Ernie, which dropped from No. 16 to No. 29. The Carpenter’s “(They Long To Be) Close To You” dropped fourteen places, from No. 17 to No. 31, “Spill the Wine” by Eric Burdon and War fell fifteen spots from No. 21 to No. 36, and Bread’s “Make It With You” dropped eighteen places from No. 20 to No. 38.

That leaves three records still to mention, records that shifted more than eighteen places in one week, and looking ahead, I see trouble. The week’s champion, with an amazing leap of twenty-four spots from No. 42 to No. 18, is the Carpenter’s “We’ve Only Just Begun.” But that song’s story – it began as a bank commercial – was told superbly just more than a week ago by the Half-Hearted Dude, and I see no reason to post the record, as lovely as it is, here. The second-largest shift of the week ending October 3, 1970, was a tumble of twenty places, from No. 15 to No. 35, for Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime,” a tune that’s long ago worn out its welcome in my ears.

So there must be compromise, which leads us to the week’s third-place mover, a record by the Four Tops that moved nineteen spots, from No. 39 to No. 20. It’s not one of the records that come immediately to mind when one thinks of the Four Tops, but it did all right, spending ten weeks in the Top 40 and peaking at No. 11. Nor does it sound like the Four Tops of the mid-1960s, the years of “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” and “Bernadette.” Instead, it’s got a lilting, almost Latin sound, one that reminded me at least a little bit of Malo (“Suavecito”) and El Chicano (“Viva Tirado, Part I” and “Tell Her She’s Lovely”).

So with all that in mind, here’s “Still Water (Love)” by the Four Tops, today’s Saturday Single.

Saturday Single No. 290

May 12, 2012

As I’ve been hanging around 1957 for the first two posts of the week, it seems almost churlish to leave that year today, when I can play our occasional Saturday morning game of “Jump!” with the Billboard Top 40 of May 15 of that year.

Thirteen of those forty records moved more than six places from the previous week’s chart, with most of that movement coming from records ranked between No. 21 and No. 40, a circumstance that is not at all surprising.

Two records moved seven places: Jim Lowe’s “Four Walls” went from No. 44 to No. 37, and Ken Copeland’s “Pledge of Love” (featured here Tuesday) climbed from No. 24 to No. 17. And three records shifted nine places: “Mangos” by Rosemary Clooney dropped from No. 25 to No. 34; “Wonderful Memories” by Johnny Mathis moved up from a tie for No. 34 to No. 25; and Andy Williams’ “Butterfly” fell from No. 11 to No. 20.

(How many of these records do I know? Until I listened to Copeland’s record the other day, I had heard only three of the twelve I’ll mention here this morning. Even now, after years of tracking back into the history of rock, pop and R&B, looking at charts from the years before 1960 is something like archeology: I have very little knowledge about what’s out there, so I dig and sift, hoping to find something that clarifies the history of the music. If it turns out to be something I like, that’s great; if it’s something I already know, then the digging and sifting helps me put it in the context of its time, and I learn something.)

There was one record that moved ten places between the charts of May 8 and May 15, 1957: Charlie Grace’s original version of “Butterfly” – Williams’ version noted above was a cover – fell from No. 16 to No. 26. One record – Pat Boone’s “Love Letters In The Sand” – moved twelve spots, climbing from No. 21 to No. 9.

Then two artists already mentioned this morning pop back up: Jim Lowe shows up for the second time, this time with “Talkin’ To The Blues,” which jumped fourteen places, from No. 43 to a tie for No. 29; and Charlie Grace makes his second entrance, as his “Fabulous” climbed fifteen places from No. 51 to No. 36.

Two records moved up twenty places, which is a pretty good leap: “I Just Don’t Know” by the Four Lads went from No. 53 to No. 33, and Jim Reeves’ “Four Walls” went from No. 36 to No. 16. (I think Reeves’ version of the song was the original and Lowe’s version – mentioned above – was the cover, based on the data I found at Second Hand Songs.)

As large as those leaps were, however, they were not the largest of the week. The biggest movement of the week came from a familiar song, one that moved thirty-eight places, flying from No. 76 to No. 38 as it headed to No. 3. And that makes “Searchin’” by the Coasters Today’s Saturday Single.

(I was going to do my own video of the tune this morning, as each of the several videos I found at YouTube seemed to be in a different key with a different level of clarity. But the mp3 on my digital shelves has a muddy quality to it, and to my baffled amazement, I have no Coasters LPs or CDs. That gap will be closed soon, but in the meantime, the video I have posted above is in the same key as my muddy mp3, and I sincerely hope it’s the original recording. Sadly, that’s not the case, as Yah Shure notes below in his assessment of the Coasters’ catalog on CD.)

Saturday Single No. 272

January 14, 2012

It’s been a while since we played a game of Jump! here at Echoes In The Wind, taking a long-ago Billboard Top 40 and seeing which records moved the most since the previous week. For no particular reason, I’ve dug out the chart from the second week of January 1968, and it turns out to have a fair number of records with large leaps from the week before.

We’ll look at shifts of eight or more places. Two records met that bare minimum: “Who Will Answer,” an odd message record from Ed Ames, rose eight spots to No. 19, and the Rolling Stones’ “She’s A Rainbow” moved up eight places to No. 36.

There’s a bit of a logjam of records moving nine places: “Monterey” by Eric Burdon and the Animals rose to No. 15; the medley “Goin’ Out Of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” climbed to No. 28; Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Am I That Easy To Forget” moved up to No. 30; and “Itchykoo Park” by the Small Faces jumped to No. 32.

One record shifted ten places: “Two Little Kids” by Peaches & Herb rose to No. 31.

Three records moved fourteen spots: “My Baby Must Be A Magician” by the Marvelettes moved up to No. 26; the Foundations’ “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” jumped to No. 38; and “Darlin’” by the Beach Boys rose to No. 39.

Moving up seventeen spots to No. 18 was “Nobody But Me” by the Human Beinz, while the Esquires’ “And Get Away” dropped eighteen places to No. 40. Two records moved more than twenty places: “Incense & Peppermints” by the Strawberry Alarm Clock dropped twenty-two spots to No. 37, and “Spooky” by the Classics IV jumped twenty-four places to No. 23.

Normally, I’d go with the Classics IV and “Spooky” for today’s selection, but I’ve always been ambivalent about the record, so I’m going to let it go by. Today’s runner-up, “Incense & Peppermints,” remains one of my all-time favorite singles, but I’ve shared it here at least twice, most recently in the 2010 Ultimate Jukebox.

So we move to “And Get Away” by the Esquires, an R&B quintet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When I first saw the record listed in the Billboard Top 40 under consideration, I knew nothing about the Esquires except that they’d had a hit during the summer of 1967 with “Get On Up” (No. 11 pop and No. 3 R&B). Then I listened to “And Get Away,” and this morning’s decision to skip the two aforementioned records got easier.

“And Get Away,” a witty and funky follow-up to “Get On Up,” had peaked at No. 22 during the first week of January 1968; it went to No. 9 on the R&B chart; and it’s today’s Saturday Single.

Saturday Single No. 81

July 20, 2011

Originally posted July 19, 2008

While I told the tale of my friend Mike and his copy of the Pipkins’ “Gimme Dat Ding” last Saturday, I dipped into the Billboard Hot 100 for July 18, 1970. That chart showed the Pipkins’ record at its peak spot of No. 9, having moved up from No. 11 a week earlier. Having verified that, I glanced quickly at the rest of the chart and closed the file, telling myself I’d have to get back and take a closer look sometime soon.

I did so last evening, and decided to use the chart – released thirty-eight years ago yesterday – and the movement of singles from the previous week’s chart – as I have done here at least once before – as a basis for song selection. After making some notes, I decided that I should limit my examination to the Top 40, as records ranked lower than that can make astounding leaps from week to week. And, as vast as my collection of mp3s is, there is a good chance that one of those leaping singles might be something I don’t have, like “The Sly, the Slick and the Wicked,” by the Lost Generation, which moved from No. 56 to No. 45, or “Stealing in the Name of the Lord” by Paul Kelly, which moved from No. 89 to No. 76.

As it was, I would have had one of the two singles that made the greatest leaps upward in the Hot 100, Edwin Starr’s “War,” which moved up twenty-eight spots from No. 72 to No. 44, a move equaled only by James Brown’s “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (Parts 1 and 2),” which entered the chart that week at No. 72. The largest tumble among songs below the Top 40 came from “She Cried” by the Lettermen, which fell fifteen spots from No. 74 to No. 88.

Digging around in the lower depths of the Hot 100 can be fascinating. There’s “Humphrey the Camel” by Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan at No. 85, “The Lights of Tucson” by Jim Campbell at No. 97, “Canned Ham” by Norman Greenbaum at No. 60, “That Same Old Feeling” by the wonderfully named Pickettywitch at No. 67, and so much more. But it’s best we get to the Top 40.

Riding at the top of the Top 40 during this week in July 1970 were the same two songs as had been there the week before: “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” by Three Dog Night at No. 1 and “The Love You Save/I Found That Girl” by the Jackson 5 at No. 2, but there was a fair amount of movement below those two.

Two records moved five spots from the previous week: “Johnnie Taylor’s “Steal Away” moved into the Top 40, going from No. 43 to No. 38, and “Tighter, Tighter” by Alive and Kicking moved up from No. 17 to No. 12. One song moved six spots: “I Just Can’t Help Believing” by B.J. Thomas rose from No. 36 to No. 30.

“Question” by the Moody Blues fell seven spots, from No. 27 to No. 34, as did “United We Stand” by the Brotherhood of Man, which went from No. 14 to No. 21. Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” moved up eight spots from No. 26 to No. 18.

Three songs moved ten places that week: Mark Lindsay’s “Silver Bird” rose from No. 39 to No. 29, Bread’s “Make It With You” jumped from No. 20 to No. 10, and “Which Way You Going Billy?” by the Poppy Family dropped from No. 23 to No. 33.

(As I wandered through the list, I realized that there were two records that tumbled remarkably from the previous week’s Top 40. “Spirit in the Dark” by Aretha Franklin had been at No. 35 on July 11, and Ray Stevens’ “Everything Is Beautiful” had been at No. 29. Unless I’m utterly blind, neither record was in the Hot 100 a week later.)

There were just a few shifts of more than ten places between July 11 and July 18, 1970. “Lay A Little Lovin’ On Me” by Robin McNamara moved up eleven places, from No. 48 to No. 37. Moving down twelve places, from No. 8 to No. 20, was the Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road/For You Blue.” And two records move fourteen places: “Sugar Sugar” by Wilson Pickett fell from No. 25 to No. 39, and “Spill the Wine” by Eric Burdon and War move up from No. 38 to No. 24.

And as upward movement trumps downward motion, that makes “Spill the Wine” – a little bit funky, a little bit hippie-ish – this week’s Saturday Single.

Eric Burdon & War – “Spill The Wine” [MGM 11418, 1970]

Saturday Single No. 42

May 22, 2011

Originally posted November 17, 2007

Sometimes, figuring out what to post as a Saturday Single is easy, as it was last week with the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Other times – and this happens more often than I like – there’s nothing that seems substantial enough to link a song to. And being a rational person, that’s when I sit here at my desk, waiting for omens to find me.

As I was casting about last evening for a song to post this morning, the RealPlayer was chugging along quite nicely but not hitting on anything truly memorable for about twenty minutes. Then there came a wash of understated organ followed by a subtle guitar riff played twice. And then came Brook Benton’s vocal: “Hovering by my suitcase, tryin’ to find a warm place to spend the night . . .”

Oh, yes. “A Rainy Night In Georgia,” by Brook Benton, one of the great records from early 1970, right during the first six months that I spent much time listening to the Top 40. Benton’s song went to No. 4 on the Billboard chart during the first three months of the year. But how did it do in the Upper Midwest?

I Googled “WDGY 1970,” looking for the call letters of one of the Top 40 stations in the Twin Cities at the time. (I listened more often to KDWB, and I’m not sure why I looked at ’DGY first.) With that search, I found The Oldies Loon, a website I use frequently, one that catalogs Top 40 charts over the years from around the U.S. At the page for the Twin Cities, I clicked on WDGY and scanned the 1970 charts available. Since we’re in November, I clicked on Nov. 18 first, and then Nov. 11, seeing what the local charts looked like in the weeks that bracketed today’s date.

And then I retreated and clicked on KDWB’s list, and saw that the station released its charts two days earlier each week than did WDGY, which meant that KDWB’s chart came out on November 16. Hey! My Saturday Single for today, November 17, could come from a chart that had just been released thirty-seven years ago. I stopped the RealPlayer so I could focus, copied the chart into MS Word and cleaned up some formatting and then printed it.

As I started to look at the chart, I realized that if I used the 1969 chart, it would have been released on November 17, and I’d be writing on that chart’s thirty-ninth anniversary. So I went back to The Oldies Loon and checked out 1969. Before I did, however, I started the RealPlayer again, moving the cursor to a new spot and letting it roll randomly. I was copying and printing the 1969 chart when, once more, Brook Benton started singing about that rainy night in Georgia. Twice in one night, one song out of nearly 20,000 plays twice! I’d been in search of omens, so I threw away the copy of the 1969 chart I’d printed and went back to 1970.

So what did the KDWB’s chart from November 16, 1970, tell me? First of all, it’s got thirty-six songs on it. KDWB’s frequency was 630, so the station’s weekly handout was its “Six Plus Thirty.”

Top song that week was “I Think I Love You” by the Partridge Family, also No. 1 a week earlier. New songs on the list included “One Less Bell To Answer” by the Fifth Dimension, “We Gotta Get You A Woman” by Runt and “Be My Baby” by Andy Kim.

There were three songs on the list that I could not remember ever hearing. Lowest of those was “King of Rock and Roll” by the Twin Cities band Crow.* At No. 12 was “Heed the Call” by Kenny Rogers & the First Edition. And at No. 6 was “As The Years Go By” from a group called Mashmakhan. At least I’d heard of Crow (“Evil Woman”) and KR & the First Edition (“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” et al.). Mashmakhan? I spent a few minutes casting my nets out into the ’Net and came up with an mp3 of the song. It was mildly interesting, I guess, but I certainly don’t remember hearing it back in 1970. (The group, I learned, was from Canada, and the song is in the collection now, so it may show up sometime in a Baker’s Dozen.)

I looked for a trend in the list, something to hang a single on. And I thought I’d see which songs moved the most – for good or for ill – in the week preceding the chart.

Two songs moved seven places: “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” by Elvis Presley, a record that never grabbed me much, fell seven spots to No. 23, and “Gypsy Woman” by Bryan Hyland, a pleasant if slightly hollow remake of the Impressions’ 1961 hit, moved up to No. 7.

Moving eight places on the chart in the week before November 16, 1970, were three songs: “Lola,” the Kinks’ salute to kink, dropped eight spots to No. 29, Teegarden & Van Winkle’s “God, Love and Rock & Roll,” – one of the great one-hit wonders of all time – fell eight places to No. 17, and Bobby Bloom’s sprightly “Montego Bay” jumped from No. 10 to No. 2.

Two songs shifted nine places: “Candida” by Dawn, the group’s first Top 40 hit, dropped from No. 18 to No. 27, and Neil Diamond’s “Cracklin’ Rosie,” a good song but, to me, one of his lesser efforts, fell from No. 7 to No. 16.

And there were three songs that shifted ten places that week:

“Green Eyed Lady,” Sugarloaf’s jazzy and memorable single (I’m still not sure if I prefer the 3:40 concision of the single to the 6:50 running time of the album track or not) was in descent, falling from No. 15 to No. 25.

“Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles moved ten spots as well, jumping from No. 28 to No. 18. Not only was Smokey a great singer and producer, the man could write a lyric! Just the chorus alone – “Now, there’re some sad things known to man, but ain’t too much sadder than the tears of a clown when there’s no one around.” – is one of the most eloquent choruses in pop-rock history. And it sings well, too.

But the largest jump on the KDWB chart, based on landing higher during that week, came from a single by another Canadian band. The Guess Who’s “Share the Land,” with Burton Cummings and the boys calling for economic redistribution and communal living, moved from No. 19 on KDWB’s chart up to the No. 9 spot. And that jump on the chart dated November 16, 1970, makes “Share the Land” this week’s Saturday Single.

Guess Who – “Share the Land” [RCA 0388, 1970]

*As I learned some time later. the full title of Crow’s record was “(Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The) King Of Rock & Roll,” which I knew, but only via the 1971 version by Long John Baldry. Note added May 22, 2011.

Saturday Single No. 172

February 6, 2010

Well, it’s time for another game of “Jump!”

No, not Van Halen. We’re going to find today’s single by looking at the Billboard Top 40 for one week – in this case, this approximate week in 1970 – and see which single moved the most from the previous week, up or down. I’ve done this several times before, so the only thing different is that this time, I have a name so I can create an index whenever I do this.

Jump!

First, here’s a look at the Top Ten for the week ending February 7, 1970. (And I should note that, while all of 1970 was a great time on the radio, for some reason, the late winter and early spring of that year is one of three or so seasons at the top of my chart for superlative listening. This was mostly very good stuff.)

“Venus” by the Shocking Blue
“I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5
“Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” by B. J. Thomas
“Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody Is A Star” by Sly & the Family Stone
“Without Love (There Is Nothing)” by Tom Jones
“I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” by Dionne Warwick
“Hey There Lonely Girl” by Eddie Holman
“Whole Lotta Love/Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)” by Led Zeppelin
“No Time” by the Guess Who
“Jingle Jangle” by the Archies

A couple of these are records that I know now, but I question whether I heard them frequently enough for them to make an impression forty years ago: The B-side of the Led Zeppelin record and the Tom Jones tune. Otherwise, everything is familiar and a couple of these ride pretty high on my all-time list.

And it turned out that the first full week of February 1970 was fairly volatile in the Top 40. Seventeen of the forty records listed had moved more than six spots since the previous week’s survey, with eight of those seventeen moving into the Top 40 for the first time, ascending from the Hot 100 of the previous week. And some of the jumps were, honestly, pretty remarkable.

A jump of six places is the minimum I require to mention a record here. Three records moved six places: Englebert Humperdinck’s “Winter World Of Love” dropped from No. 22 to No. 16. “Someday We’ll Be Together” by Diana Ross and the Supremes fell from No. 9 to No. 15. And Eddie Holman’s sweet “Hey There Lonely Girl” climbed from No. 13 to No. 7.

Moving eight places were five songs: Bobbie Gentry’s “Fancy” went up from No. 39 to No. 31. Brook Benton’s “Rainy Night In Georgia” rose from No. 34 to No. 26. “Early In The Morning” by Vanity Fare – posted here earlier this week – fell from No. 12 to No. 20. Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Cry Daddy/Rubberneckin’” fell from No. 6 to No. 14. And “No Time” by the Guess Who moved up from No. 17 to No. 9.

The Temptations’ “Psychedelic Shack” went from No. 21 to No. 11, a leap of ten places.  “One Tin Soldier” by the Original Caste (not Coven, as I originally wrote) did two places better than that, jumping from No. 48 to No. 36. The Delfonic’s “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” leapt seventeen places, from No. 45 to No. 28. Better than that by one was one of my utter favorites, Lulu’s “Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby),” which jumped eighteen places from No. 52 to No. 34.

Some of those are pretty good leaps. But, to quote Randy Bachman, you ain’t seen n-n-n-nothin’ yet.

Santana’s “Evil Ways” moved into the Top 40, jumping twenty-one places from No. 61 to No. 40. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by the Hollies jumped twenty-two places, climbing from No. 57 to No. 35. The Chairmen of the Board and “Give Me Just A Little More Time” bounced from No. 60 to No. 37, a leap of twenty-three places.

That leaves two records remaining of those that moved six or more places, and boy, did they jump. I thought I’d found this week’s winner when I was scanning the top twenty and saw that Creedence Clearwater Revival’s double-sided “Travelin’ Band/Who’ll Stop The Rain” had climbed from No. 50 to No. 18, an improvement of thirty-two places. But during that particular week forty years ago, that huge leap was only good enough for second place.

 The winner, with a mind-boggling ascent of thirty-eight places, is a record I mentioned not all that long ago in connection with a yearbook signing in the spring of 1970. (That means that it had reached hit status much faster in the $ilver Dollar $urvey from San Diego’s KCBQ – which I examined for that post on January 15 – than it did in the Billboard charts.) And happily, it’s a record I like pretty well.

 So here’s the Dutch group the Tee See with “Ma Belle Amie,” today’s Saturday Single.