Hits of '69 and The Rubber Band

Dave Rasdal
Published: October 16 2009 | 6:00 am - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 11:41 am in
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When The Rubber Band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Nob Hill Ballroom north of Decorah, Iowa, it symbolizes a return to the '60s. (See today's Ramblin' column in The Gazette.)

Formed in 1966, The Bubber Band had gone by other names before it settled on that one. It played a lot of the popular music of the day around Northeast Iowa, mostly at Matter's Ballroom south of Decorah, which burned in 2003, where it was the house band for four or five years. It also played some of its own material, including the song "My Baby Left Me" which earlier this year surprisingly appeared on a compilation CD, "Psychedelic States: Wisconsin in the '60s." (Click here to see the CD and listen to a clip of the song.)

Doug Koempel, a member of the band, was surprised to hear about the song's reappearance since it was the B side of their recording of "Five Foot Two." The producer of the CD didn't seek permission to use the song from anybody in  the band.

Still, the fact the recording surfaced was enough to call for a reunion. It brought back a lot of memories for the band that broke up in 1970, reunited in 1980, broke up again in 1997.

It brings back a lot of memories for me, too. In high school in the late 1960s in Spencer, Iowa, I became a frequent visitor to The Roof Garden in Arnolds Park along Lake Okoboji, just a 20 minute drive away.

 That was the old Roof Garden, the one that had its roof blown off in 1968 and was rebuilt, the one where I saw the likes of The Grassroots, The Buckinghams, Tommy James and the Shondells, The New Colony Six, The Monkees, The Fabulous Flippers ...

What a time that was, the opportunity so close to home to see live and in person the bands you listened to on 45-rpm records and vinyl albums.

So, I wondered, what were the tops songs back then, 40 years ago. Well, here it is, Billboard Magazines Top 100 hits from 1969:

1. Aquarius, Fifth Dimension

2. Sugar, Sugar, Archies

3. I Can't Get Next to You, Temptations

4. Honky Tonk Women, Rolling Stones

5. Build Me Up Buttercup, Foundations

6. Dizzy, Tommy Roe

7. Hot Fun In the Summertime, Sly and The Family Stone

8. (It Looks Like) I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom Jones

9. Everyday People, Sly and The Family Stone

10. Get Together, Youngbloods

11. One, Three Dog Night

12. Crystal Blue Persuasion, Tommy James and The Shondells

13. Hair, Cowsills

14. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby, Marvin Gaye

15. Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet", Henry Mancini and His Orch.

16. Crimson and Clover, Tommy James and The Shondells

17. Grazing In the Grass, Friends Of Distinction

18. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley

19. Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival

20. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love), Jr. Walker and The All Stars

21. (At Your Best) You Are Love, Isley Brothers

22. Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond

23. Jean, Oliver

24. Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival

25. Get Back, The Beatles

26. In the Year 2525, Zager and Evans

27. Spinning Wheel, Blood, Sweat and Tears

28. I Hear You Say (I Love You Baby), Andy Kim

29. Going In Circles, Friends Of Distinction

30. Hurt so Bad, Lettermen

31. Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival

32. My Cherie Amour, Stevie Wonder

33. Easy to Be Hard, Three Dog Night

34. Baby It's You, Smith

35. In the Ghetto, Elvis Presley

36. A Boy Named Sue, Johnny Cash

37. Baby, Baby Don't Cry, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

38. Only the Strong Survive, Jerry Butler

39. Time of the Season, Zombies

40. Wedding Bell Blues, Fifth Dimension

41. Little Woman, Bobby Sherman

42. Love (Can Make You Happy), Mercy

43. Good Morning Starshine, Oliver

44. These Eyes, The Guess Who

45. You've Made Me So Very Happy, Blood, Sweat and Tears

46. Put a Little Love In Your Heart, Jackie DeShannon

47. Do Your Thing, Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

48. I'd Wait a Million Years, The Grass Roots

49. Touch Me, The Doors

50. More Today Than Yesterday, Spiral Starecase

51. I've Gotta Be Me, Sammy Davis Jr.

52. Lay, Lady, Lay, Bob Dylan

53. Atlantis, Donovan

54. Traces, Dennis Yost and The Classics IV

55. It's Getting Better, Mama Cass Elliot

56. This Magic Moment, Jay and The Americans

57. Run Away Child, Running Wild, Temptations

58. Hawaii Five-O, Ventures

59. Galveston, Glen Campbell

60. I'm Gonna Make You Mine, Lou Christie

61. Gitarzan, Ray Stevens

62. Can I Change My Mind, Tyrone Davis

63. Time Is Tight, Booker T and The MG's

64. This Girl's In Love With You, Dionne Warwick

65. Color Him Father, The Winstons

66. Black Pearl, Sonny Charles and The Checkmates, Ltd.

67. Indian Giver, 1910 Fruitgum Company

68. Mother Popcorn, Pt. 1, James Brown

69. Twenty Five Miles, Edwin Starr

70. Things I'd Like To Say, New Colony Six

71. When I Die, Motherlode

72. That's the Way Love Is, Marvin Gaye

73. Everybody's Talkin', Nilsson

74. The Worst That Could Happen, Brooklyn Bridge

75. The Chokin' Kind, Joe Simon

76. Smile a Little Smile for Me, Flying Machine

77. Polk Salad Annie, Tony Joe White

78. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

79. Games People Play, Joe South

80. You Showed Me, Turtles

81. Come Together, The Beatles

82. Oh What a Night, Dells

83. Something, The Beatles

84. This Girl Is a Woman Now, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap

85. Tracy, Cuff Links

86. Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon, Paul Revere and The Raiders

87. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Diana Ross and The Supremes

88. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye

89. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin', Crazy Elephant

90. Hang 'Em High, Booker T and The MG's

91. Your Good Thing (Is About to End), Lou Rawls

92. Baby, I'm for Real, Originals

93. You Showed Me, Turtles

94. Love Me Tonight, Tom Jones

95. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, Bob Seger System

96. Laughing, The Guess Who

97. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me), David Ruffin

98. Soul Deep, Box Tops

99. Hooked On a Feeling, B.J. Thomas

100. Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March, Box Tops

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