Tune Tuesday: October 16, 1968

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Fifty years ago, today, the #1 Billboard Hot 100 song was Hey Jude. Written by Paul McCartney but, credited to Lennon-McCartney, Paul was on the way to see John’s soon-to-be ex-wife Cynthia and their son Julian. Starting out with “Hey Jules”, it evolved to “Hey Jude” as Paul attempted to try and help Julian through his parents’ separation.


 

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The #1 Billboard Adult Contemporary song was My Special Angel by The Vogues (Five O’Clock World), a song written by Jimmy Duncan. Originally recorded in 1957 by country music singer Bobby Helms (Jingle Bell Rock), The Vogues revived the song. Other performers such as Connie Francis, Bill Haley & His Comets, Bobby Vinton, Frankie Avalon and Floyd Cramer have their own cover versions.


 

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The #1 Billboard R&B song was Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud (Part I), co-written by James and his bandleader Alfred Ellis. It was a two-part single with Part II on the B-side.


 

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The #1 Billboard Hot Country song was Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye by Eddy Arnold. Written by John Loudermilk, it has been covered by The Casinos, Johnny Rivers, Glen Campbell, The Manhattans and Mickey Gilley.

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