Vinyl Countdown

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This Sunday’s WJPA Vinyl Countdown spins back the music to October 21, 1968 when the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” was continuing its long run at the top of the charts. It was also the week:


  • The fictional Archies group made its first appearance in the top 40 with a song called “Bang Shang A Lang.”

  • A  singer who once replaced Sam Cooke as lead singer of a soul band finally scored a solo single with “Who’s Making Love.”

  • Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Iron Butterfly were in the top 40 simultaneously  as psychedelic rock came into its own.

  • The same week their TV series, “It’s Happening” was canceled, Paul Revere and the Raiders entered the top 40 once again with “Cinderella Sunshine.”

  • Vanilla Fudge reworked the Supremes “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” because its lead singer said the original’s happy sound didn’t fit the depressing lyrics.

  • And Canonsburg’s Bobby Vinton had the highest debut of the week with a remake of a Paris Sisters hit.


You’ll hear that hit and all of the hits of October 21, 1968 this Sunday at noon on WJPA. The Vinyl Countdown is presented by Canonsburg’s Guitar Gallery and Slovenian Savings and Loan.