This Sunday’s WJPA Vinyl Countdown rewinds the music to May 20, 1968 when that band from Houston, Texas – Archie Bell and the Drells – topped the charts with “Tighten Up.“
It was also the week:
- The Boxtops were back in the top 40 with an almost completely new lineup for their song, “Choo Choo Train.”
- The Association, who had turned down recording “MacArthur Park” because it was too long, instead released “Time For Livin‘” as it’s new single.
- The Supremes unveiled their first single with Cindy Birdsong.
- Ray Stevens and Joe South joined the chorus of Friend and Lover for the couple’s number one song, “Reach Out In The Darkness.“
- Merilee Rush, who had been discovered by Paul Revere and the Raiders, scored a top 10 hit with “Angel Of The Morning.“
- And the number one song on WJPA was by Tommy James and the Shondells – and the song’s title came from a billboard Tommy saw from his hotel room.
You’ll hear that hit, and all of the big hits of May 20, 1968 this Sunday at noon on WJPA. The Vinyl Countdown is presented by Canonsburg’s Guitar Gallery and Slovenian Savings and Loan.