The big hits of 1968 in the
JOHN FRED & HIS PLAYBOY BAND – Judy In Disguise
LEMON PIPERS – Green Tambourine
PAUL MAURIAT – Love Is Blue
SIMON & GARFUNKEL – Mrs. Robinson
HERB ALPERT – This Guy’s In Love With You
HUGH MASEKELA – Grazin’ In The Grass
DOORS, THE – Hello, I Love You
RASCALS, THE – People Got To Be Free
JEANNIE C. RILEY – Harper Valley PTA
BEATLES, THE – Hey Jude / Revolution
DIANA ROSS / SUPREMES – Love Child
MARVIN GAYE – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
I am OK with most all of these hits – in 1968, you couldn’t miss ‘em. Even at 10 years of age, I was already more interested in albums than singles. I was also exposed to slightly “underground” bands, like Frank Zappa, Country Joe & The Fish, The Fugs etc – groups that did not trouble the charts. Paul Mauriat and Hugh Masekela were both instrumentals, OK in my book. Otis Redding, Archie Bell & The Drells, Diana Ross & The Supremes and Marvin Gaye are soul music, so not my #1 focus (I like Otis the best of the four).
Of the above listed artists, I have all the LP’s by Simon & Garfunkel, The Doors and The Beatles. I will call John Fred & His Playboy Band and The Lemon Pipers “singles artists”.
So, one French guy, one South African and one British act. Certainly a different line-up than it was in 1964! Sorry, I don’t know if there are any hidden Canadians present.