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1969 Song of the year

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by the Iron Butterfly

Billboard Top 40 of 1969

1. Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
2. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
3. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
4. More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
5. Mah-Na-Mah-Na (Mahna Mahna) - Piero Umiliani
6. Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
7. My Way - Frank Sinatra
8. Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
9. Something - the Beatles
10. Sugar Sugar - Archies
11. Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
12. Touch Me - Doors
13. Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
14. Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
15. Hooked On A Feeling - B.J. Thomas
16. I Can't Get Next To You - Temptations
17. Come Together - the Beatles
18. Grazing In The Grass - Friends of Distinction
19. Traces - Classics IV & Dennis Yost
20. Hawaii 5-0 - Ventures
21. It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers
22. My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
23. Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly and the Family Stone
24. Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross and the Supremes
25. Everybody's Talkin' - Nilsson
26. Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
27. Everyday People - Sly & Family Stone
28. Crimson and Clover - Tommy James and the Shondells
29. Time of the Season - Zombies
30. Down On The Corner - CCR
31. Twenty Five Miles - Edwin Starr
32. Worst That Could Happen - Brooklyn Bridge
33. Love's Been Good To Me - Frank Sinatra
34. Ruben James - Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
35. A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
36. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin - Crazy Elephant
37. You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat and Tears
38. Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon
39. Get Back - Beatles
40. Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension



Top Albums of 1969


1. IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA Iron Butterfly Atco

2. HAIR Original Cast RCA

3. BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS Blood, Sweat & Tears Columbia

4. BAYOU COUNTRY Creedence Clearwater Revival Fantasy

5. LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin Atlantic



The Grammy's 1969


Age of Aquarius 1969

Record of the Year: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - 5th Dimension

Album of the Year: Blood, Sweat and Tears, Blood, Sweat and Tears

Song of the Year: Games People Play - Joe South

Best New Artist of the year: Crosby, Stills and Nash

Best Vocal Performance, Male: Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson

Best Vocal Performance, Female: Is That All There Is - Peggy Lee

Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By a Group:
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - 5th Dimension


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male:
The Chokin' Kind - Joe Simon

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female:
Share Your Love With Me - Aretha Franklin

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo: It's Your Thing - Isley Brothers

Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Small Group or Soloist With Small Group: Willow Weep for Me - Wes Montgomery

Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Large Group or Soloist With Large Group: Walking in Space - Quincy Jones


Best Country and Western Song: A Boy Named Sue - Shel Silverstein
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female: Stand by Your Man, Tammy Wynette

Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts: America the Beautiful - Evelyn J. Kelbish, painting; David Stahlberg, graphics

album cover of 1969


The Tony's (Musicals) 1969


1776 musical of 1969

Musical: 1776
Actor Musical: Jerry Orbach, Promises, Promises
Actress Musical: Angela Lansbury, Dear World
Supporting or Featured Actor Musical: Ronald Holgate, 1776
Supporting or Featured Actress Musical: Marian Mercer, Promises, Promises
Director Musical: Peter Hunt, 1776


[new one time category]

Cajun Country Folk Blues Rock of 1969

Clearance Clearwater Revival
has a string of hits.
John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford strike some universal mix of music genres that everyone seems to like no matter who they are or where they are from.


Top 10 songs of 1969


1969 car radio




Music News 1969

On August 15, 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in New York State at Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm.

Country Joe McDonald and the Fish do I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag at Woodstock


Another big year for the Beatles, they give their last live performance on the roof of their studio and soon release the album Abbey Road.


The rooftop Get Back by The Beatles


George Harrison and his wife Patti Boyd are found with 120 joints and subsequently fined 250 pounds each. On the same day Paul McCartney married Linda Louise Eastman in London. A week later John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar. John and Yoko had their first Bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton where Lennon wrote the words to Give Peace a Chance. The song was preformed by the new Plastic Ono Band made up of John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Eric Clapton with their first hit song Cold Turkey. John Lennon's 2 Virgins album was declared pornographic in New Jersey and Paul McCartney steps forward to declare he is not dead as reported.


war is just a shot away

love is just a kiss away

Gimmie Shelter by the Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones also have a big year with the release of what is said to be their best album, Let it Bleed. Honky Tonk Woman becomes a big hit. Guitarist Mick Taylor replaced Brian Jones who is forced out of the group for drug use and subsequently dies of a overdose in his pool. On December 6, 1969 300,000 people attend a free Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Race Track in California where everything goes wrong and a man is stabbed to death at the front of the stage by the Hell's Angels.


The Who release their rock opera "Tommy"


The Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on "Ed Sullivan Show"


Jim Morrison is arrested for exposing himself during a performance at Dinner Key Auditorium in Florida and Janis Joplin is accused of vulgar and indicent language in Tampa, Florida. The Turtles lead singer Mark Volman falls off the stage 5 times playing at the White House.


On November 26th Cream plays its final concert at Royal Albert Hall


Aretha Franklin is arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit


David Bowie releases "Space Oddity"

King Crismson with Greg Lake and Ian McDonald debuts



Rock & Roll 1969



Led Zepplin Whole Lotta Love Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham



Rhythm & Blues 1969



BB King does The Thrill is Gone, one of the most covered songs of all time



Country Western 1969



tammy wynette 1969





Tammy Wynette big hit Stand By Your Man








Folk and Folk Rock 1969



David Crosby, Steven Stills and Graham Nash are a hit at Woodstock and soon join Neil Young to play the Fillmore East in New York.


arlo guthrie 1969





Arlo Guthrie releases Alice's Restaurant






The Band, formerly The Hawks who had been backing up Bob Dylan for a few years perform their 1st concert on their own. Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and Levon Helm

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