This week 49 years ago, Janis Joplin performed her first major live concert, the Supreme Court issued its Miranda decision dictating that a suspect in police custody must be informed of his or her rights, Elvis Presley's "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" was No. 1 at the box office, and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "Red Rubber Ball," the Cyrkle
This pop earworm was co-written by Paul Simon and The Seekers' Bruce Woodley, whose group also recorded a version.
9. "Cool Jerk," The Capitols
This was originally to be titled "Pimp Jerk," and was changed because, you know, 1966. It was also infamously used in a Cool Whip commercial with the sad new lyrics, "Do the Cool Whip!"
8. "Green Grass," Gary Lewis and the Playboys
This song's co-writers, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, are responsible for such other hits as "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" and "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress."
7. "Barefootin'," Robert Parker
A New Orleans music legend (he's in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame), Parker started is career as a saxophonist. Presumably, he kept his shoes on for those gigs.
6. "A Groovy Kind of Love," The Mindbenders
Did you know this was heavily based on part of a movement in a classical composition by Muzio Clementi, my personal favorite Italian-born English composer? Or that it was co-written by Toni Wine, who was 17 at the time and later sang the female part of cartoon band The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar"? Or that it was co-written by Carole Bayer Sager, who later won an Oscar for "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"? This song has an oddly legendary backstory.
5. "Strangers in the Night," Frank Sinatra
One of Sinatra's signature songs, "Strangers in the Night" won him a Grammy for record of the year. Doo-bee-doo-bee-doo, indeed.
4. "When a Man Loves a Woman," Percy Sledge
Sledge, who died on April 14, is not credited with writing his classic tune, although he always said he should have been. He claimed to have improvised the lyrics to the credited songwriters while he poured out his feelings about a broken relationship.
3. "I Am a Rock," Simon & Garfunkel
"I Am a Rock" closes out Simon & Garfunkel's landmark "Sounds of Silence" album, though Simon originally released it in August 1965, but only in the U.K. for some reason. By the way: Why is everyone so somber in this video? It's 1966! I know the song is somewhat of a downer, but, like, clap along or something.
2. "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" The Lovin' Spoonful
This was the Lovin' Spoonful at its peak (hear those girls shrieking in the video?). Frontman John Sebastian wrote this pop nugget, as well as the band's super-successful follow-up single, "Summer in the City."
1. "Paint It Black," Rolling Stones
No. 1 for two weeks, "Paint It Black" was the first Hot 100 No. 1 in the United States to feature a sitar. Take that, Ravi Shankar!Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun