Global Charts
National Charts

Global Single Chart
50 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to March 8, 1969
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week 7
Crimson And Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells
Vogue / Roulette - 6 weeks at No.1
2 / 2
week 7
Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
Pye / Uni
6 / 10
week 3
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Liberty / Fantasy
3 / 3
week 6
Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
5 / 4
week 15
Eloise - Barry Ryan
9 / -
week 2
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - Beatles
Parlophone / Apple
4 / 5
week 6
Touch Me - The Doors
new.JPG (991 bytes) Dizzy - Tommy Roe
7 / 7
week 7
I Started A Joke - Bee Gees
Atco / Polydor
new.JPG (991 bytes) This Magic Moment - Jay & The Americans
United Artists

The unusual title was decided before a song had been written for it. The combination of unknown meaning came to James as he was waking up, comprising his favorite color - crimson - and his favorite flower - clover. "Crimson And Clover" was recorded in late 1968 in about five hours and is one of the earliest songs recorded on 16-track equipment. Tommy James played most of the instruments. The song contains a tremolo effect on the guitar, set so that it vibrated in time with the song's rhythm. Near the end of the recording, the band had an idea of utilizing the tremolo effect with vocals. To achive this, the voice microphone was plugged into an Ampeg guitar amplifier with tremolo turned on, and the output from the amplifier was recorded while James sang '...crimson and clover, over and over...'. The genius psychedelic rock song went to the top position in the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand.

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