September of 1968 was the quietest month of the year on the 33 1/3 rpm scene, but there were a handful of significant singles releases, some of which continue to maintain a cozy existence on oldies radio stations heard in dentist’s offices across the land. Let’s give ’em a spin and move on to October, what say ye?
9/7/68 Led Zeppelin perform for the first time as The New Yardbirds: Jimmy Page and his new recruits played their first gig – a show booked while the Yardbirds were still together for which there was still a contractual obligation to play. It was held at the Gladsaxe Teen Club of Gladsaxe, Denmark.
9/68 Three Dog Night – Single: One
One, so they say, is the loneliest number. It’s also a number that was written by Harry Nilsson. It was the second single from Three Dog Night’s first album, and it reached #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
9/68 The Turtles – Single: Elenore
This track was included on LP The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, and was a satire of their own hit record, Happy Together, which their label wanted them to record more songs like. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Oddly, Elenore, their satire of Happy Together, also sounds kind of like Three Dog Night’s version of Harry Nilsson’s One. Hmm…
9/68 Steppenwolf – Single: Magic Carpet Ride
This was the lead single from Steppenwolf’s second album, thoughtfully titled The Second. Good late-60’s guitar and keyboard driven rock music.
9/68 Gordon Lightfoot – Single: Bitter Green
While not a major hit – not even in Canada (peaking at #44) – this is one of the earlier tunes of Lightfoot’s that I like.
9/18/68 The Who – Single: Magic Bus
Magic Bus was written by Pete Townshend in 1965, but not recorded until May 1968. It wasn’t a particularly successful single, but went on to become one of the Who’s more famous tunes. I wwaaaaanit, I wwaaaaaanit…(You caaaaaaaan’t have it!)
9/30/68 Diana Ross & the Supremes – Single: Love Child
No longer known simply as the Supremes, this Motown track is from their LP of the same title, and it reached #1.