Bubblegum

In The Charts

*** proving that Bubblegum Music existed! ***


Billboard

Song Title - Group Name

Date of highest position or Date entered (*) and highest position
(Top 40 position only)


1967

Little Bit O' Soul - The Music Explosion

July (#2)

I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & The Shondells
March* (#4)

Mirage - Tommy James & The Shondells
May* (#10)

Beautiful People - Kenny O'Dell
December 16 (#38)

 


1968

Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred and his Playboy Band
January 20 (#1)

Green Tambourine - Lemon Pipers
February 3 (#1)

A Question Of Temperature - The Balloon Farm
February * (#37)

Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
March 16 (#4)

Mony Mony - Tommy James & The Shondells
May* (#3)

Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Express
June 22 (#4)

Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend) - Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
July* (#27)

Hello, I Love You -The Doors (Just seeing if you're paying attention!)
August 3 (#1)

Down At LuLu's - Ohio Express
August* (#33)

1, 2, 3 Red Light - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
September 21 (#5)

Chewy Chewy - Ohio Express
November* (#15)

Bang-Shang-A-Lang - The Archies
November* (#22)

Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run) - Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
November* (#25)

Goody Goody Gumdrops - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
December* (#37)

Crimson & Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells
(#1)


1969

Cinnamon - Derek
January* (#11)

Crimson And Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells
February 1 (#1)

Dizzy - Tommy Roe
March 15 (#1)

Indian Giver - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
March (#5)

Mercy - Ohio Express
April* (#30)

Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
April* (#12)

Special Delivery - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
June* (#38)

Moonflight - Vic Venus
August 9 (#38)

Sugar, Sugar - Archies
September 20 (#1)

Tracy - Cuff Links
October 25 (#9)

Make Believe - Wind
October 25 (#28)

Jam Up Jelly Tight - Tommy Roe
December (#8)

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
December 6 (#1)

Sugar On Sunday - The Clique
(#22)

Venus - Shocking Blue
(#1)


1970

I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
November 21 (#1)

The Rapper - The Jaggerz
February* (#2)

Jingle Jangle - The Archies
(#10)

Who's Your Baby? - The Archies
March* (#40)

Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection
April* (#21)

Hitchin' A Ride - Vanity Fare
(#5)

Loves Grows Where My Rosemary Goes - Edison Lighthouse
(#5)

My Baby Loves Lovin'- White Plains
(#13)


1971

Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted - The Partridge Family
February* (#6)

Draggin' The Line - Tommy James
August 7 (#4)

Sweet And Innocent - Donny Osmond
(#7)


1973

Little Willy - The Sweet
April 21 (#3)


1974

Life Is A Rock (And The Radio Rolled Me) - Reunion
(#8)

The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night
(#4)


1975

Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
January 3 (#1)

Magic - Pilot
(#5)


1976

Money Honey - Bay City Rollers
February* (#9)

Rock And Roll Love Letter - Bay City Rollers
May* (#28)

I Only Want To Be With You - Bay City Rollers
September* (#12)


1977

Undercover Angel - Alan O' Day
July 9 (#1)

Black Betty - Ram Jam
(#18)


AN AFTERWORD ABOUT THE "CHARTS"

Keeping track of how many units of records have been sold is pretty tricky business or, as I like to call it: a scam. With the theory that representing a hot new release as a big seller to attract more sales keeps everyone (record companies, artists, chart "record keepers") happy, the possibility for shenanigans is opened. Enter Billboard. Billboard does not release information easily or cheaply. I can microfiche myself to death to find highest chart positions or simply buy their service. I've done some research for this page, but I quickly realized that my internal scam alert for things such as sales charting was confirmed. For instance, if you simply want to know the total sales of a particular album or single you will find that this information is not readily available. Record companies don't like to reveal this sort of information and chart recorders, like Billboard, have no particular inclination to accurately track this information as long as the chart watching public buys their arbitrary accounting methods. Simply: it's #4 because we say so. Another major factor is that not all singles or album that qualify for an Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gold (500,000 units sold for singles) or platinum (1,000,000 sold) award will automatically receive one. In Billboard's book, 'Gold & Platinum Records' by Adam White (1990), he writes that "from the beginning of the awards, it's been up to the individual record company to decide which of the hits should be certified, then apply to the RIAA for that certification." So, the application fee of $275 per title for RIAA members ($425 for non-members) in 1990 is one hurtle all potential chart listees must jump. Not all artists pay this fee. At the time of the writing of his book, White tells that 'Tapestry', Carole King's five million-plus selling album and Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' -- on the charts longer than any album ever -- were never certified gold, platinum or any other medal because their record companies or management simply refused to shell out a few hundred dollars. Because of this principal, a little label called MOTOWN never received a single award until Barry Gordy left well after the labels major hit-producing years. Anyway, a word of caution when reading charts. I will add other listings such as Cashbox as I continue my research.

 

ANDY would like to thank CLIFF CANYON, SLOWFIST and his new buddy JOEY B for help in researching this page. They put in long hours at the library and -- fittingly -- left bubblegum under the table.