Vinyl Countdown


This Sunday’s Vinyl Countdown spins back the music to August 5, 1968 when rock ruled the top of the charts with hits by The Doors, Cream and The Rascals.

It was also the week:

  • An 11th grade student from Detroit who had been recording since the age of 9 finally scored a top 40 single.

  • Mansfield, Ohio’s Ohio Express, who missed the boat by not releasing “Come On Down To My Boat” as a single, instead followed up “Yummy Yummy Yummy” with a tune called “Chewy Chewy. …

  • Gary Puckett and the Union Gap had its third consecutive top five hit.

  • An instrumental written to accompany a montage of famous paintings on “The Smothers Brothers Show” made its debut in the top 40.

  • Reboots of multiple songs – including “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Halfway To Paradise” and “Sealed With A Kiss” – were in the top 40, but none were bigger than the Vogues update of Glen Campbell’s “Turn Around Look At Me. …

  • And the fastest-moving song of the week was an instrumental salute to a Chubby Checker hit from five years earlier.

You’ll hear that hit and all of the big hits of August 5, 1968 this Sunday at noon on WJPA. The Vinyl Countdown is presented by Canonsburg’s Guitar Gallery and Slovenian Savings and Loan.