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Music the Week of the First Man on the Moon
by Alex Cosper (12/18/12)




Neil Armstrong became the first astronaut to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 spacecraft landed on the moon July 20, 1969. His message back to Earth was "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." His most famous quote during this adventure was "one small step for man, one giant step for mankind." Here were the songs on the national charts the "week ending July 26, 1969."

It's interesting that the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 was about the future of Earth called "In The Year 2525" by Zager & Evans. The two songs on the chart that week that mentioned the moon were "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival and "Moonflight" by Vik Venus, a novelty record that used soundbites of other songs as responses to interview questions.

TOP HITS

Zager & Evans - In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)
Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
Oliver - Good Morning Starshine
Tommy James & The Shondells - Crystal Blue Persuasion
Jr. Walker & The All Stars - What Does It Take To Win Your Love

RECENT HITS

Three Dog Night - One
Henry Mancini & Orchestra - Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Marvin Gaye - Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
The Beatles - Get Back
Elvis Presley - In The Ghetto
Desmond Dekker & The Aces - The Israelites
Friends of Distinction - Grazin' In The Grass

RISING HITS

Winstons - Color Him Father
The Beatles - The Ballad of John and Yoko
Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour
James Brown - Mother Popcorn Part 1
Tom Jones - Love Me Tonight
Andy Kim - Baby, I Love You
Kenny Rogers and the First Edition - Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
James Brown - The Popcorn
Roy Clark - Yesterday When I Was Young
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Abraham, Martin and John

NEW MUSIC

Ray Stevens - Along Came Jones
Tony Joe White - Polk Salad Annie
J.J. Jackson - But It's Alright
Johnny Adams - Reconsider Me
Jackie DeShannon - Put a Little Love In Your Heart
Grassroots - I'd Wait a Million Years
Elvis Presley - Keep Up Your Own Back Yard
Frankie Vallie - The Girl I'll Never Know
The Doors - Tell All The People
Archie Bell & The Drells - Girl You're Too Young
The Guess Who - Laughing
Youngbloods - Get Together
Clarence Carter - The Feeling Is Right
Beach Boys - Break Away
Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright
Fifth Dimension - Workin' On a Groovy Thing
Wilson Pickett - Hey Joe
David Ruffin - I've Lost Everything I've Ever Loved
Box Tops - Soul Deep
The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Marrakesh Express
The Who - I'm Free
Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay

OTHER RECORDS

Sonny Charles and the Checkmates - Black Pearl
The Charles Randolph Grean Sounde - Quentin's Theme
Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay - Let Me
Dells - Love Is Blue (I Can Sing a Rainbow)
Isley Brothers - I Turned You On
Jerry Butler - Moody Woman
The Joe Jeffrey Group - My Pledge of Love
Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys (produced by Jimi Hendrix) - Good Old Rock'N'Roll
Dyke & The Blazers - We Got More Soul
Impressions - Choice of Colors
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Doggone Right
Vikki Carr - With Pen In Hand
Emotions - So I Can Love You
Vik Venus - Moonflight
Dick Hyman & His Electric Eclectics - The Minotaur
Turtles - You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain
Mama Cass - It's Getting Better
Johnny Rivers - Muddy River
Vogues - Moments To Remember
Dickie Goodman - On Campus
Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground
Candi Staton - I'd Rather Be an Old Man's Sweetheart
Booker T & The M.G.'s - Mrs. Robinson
The Peppermint Rainbow - Don't Wake Me Up In The Morning, Michael
B.B. King - Why I Sing The Blues
The Monkees - Listen To The Band
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Lettermen - Hurt So Bad
Joe Simon - Baby Don't Be Looking In My Mind
Honey Cone - While You're Out Looking For Sugar
Illusion - Did You See Her Eyes
Happenings - Where Do I Go/Be-In (Hare Krishna)
Dusty Springfield - Willie & Laura Mae Jones
Mercy - Forever
Edwin Starr - I'm Still a Strugglin' Man
Bryan Hyland - Stay and Love Me All Summer
The Ventures - Theme From a Summer Place
Brook Benton - Nothing Can Take the Place of You
Eddie Floyd - Don't Tell Your Mama Where You've Been
Lou Rawls - Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Nitty Gritty
The Moody Blues - Never Comes The Day
Joe Tex - That's The Way
Iron Butterfly - In The Time of Our Lives


LATER SONGS ABOUT THE MOON

Police - Walking On The Moon
R.E.M. - Man On The Moon






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