From the Vault – Top Hits of 1969


Matt (the current WAA historian and half a webmaster) here. I’m starting a new series of posts featuring documents found in the WCPR archives. Each document has been lovingly scanned for your viewing pleasure.

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Starting things off with a blast from the past, this document from the WCPR vault shows the top 100 hits for 1969. And what a year it was (besides the important political and historical stuff)!

  • The Doors, The Stones, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Blood Sweat and Tears dominated the charts. Also up there were The Zombies, Johnny Cash, Three Dog Night, Creedence Clearwater Revivial, The Supremes…the list goes on and on (but luckily only for 100 songs.)
  • The Bee Gees were just showing up on the charts (and hadn’t made the move to Disco yet!)
  • Henry Mancini and His Orchestra was in the top 10 with “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet”, though you may know him from his themes to “The Pink Panther” and “Peter Gunn,” as well as over 100 movie themes for Universal Pictures.
  • The Edwin Hawkins Singers had a hit with “Oh Happy Day”…yeah, remember that one?

Take a look and lets us know in the comments if you’ve got any memories from that era of WCPR. Or, if you weren’t born in 1969, let us know if you’re still listening to any of this music, or if it all makes your ears bleed.

Note: All disparaging comments about The Doors will be judged and found wanting.



Stacks of wax and drastic plastic, for all you daddy-os on the radios…

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