50 Years Ago This Week Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week: Leaving the chart: "Blue Money," Van Morrison (12 weeks) "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)," The Staple Singers (12 weeks) "Oye Como Va," Santana (10 weeks) "Proud Mary," Ike & Tina Turner (13 weeks) "Soul Power (Pt. 1)," James Brown (9 weeks) "Temptation Eyes," The Grass Roots (18 weeks) "What Is Life," George Harrison (9 weeks) Re-entering the chart: "Take Me Home, Country Roads," John Denver New on the chart: "The Drum," Bobby Sherman (#29 US; #2 AC) "Reach Out (I'll Be There)," Diana Ross (#29 US; #16 AC; #17 R&B) "It Don't Come Easy," Ringo Starr (#4 US; #24 AC; #4 UK) "Brown Sugar," The Rolling Stones (#1 US the weeks of May 29 and June 5, 1971; #2 UK; #490 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time) _______ I'm not wildly enthusiastic, but it's pretty good. Mimms has a strong, distinctive voice. I did not know until I looked up this one that "I Fought the Law" was a cover of a post-Buddy Holly Crickets number; but this one I could tell right away was a Buddy number...which I read was originally recorded with Buddy as a demo for the Everly Brothers, but not released until after his death. Bobby Fuller's version seems to more closely follow the arrangement of the version that the Crickets recorded post-Buddy...which has a more distinctively Buddy sound than Buddy's version did. Good number in its own right, but this continues their streak-breaking period between strings of chart-toppers; and in immersive retro context, sounds quite a bit like "Shake Me, Wake Me" by the Four Tops. This is a pretty odd one, but it definitely doesn't sound like every other James Brown song. Not at all to me...it has a very mid-'60s vibe/energy. I always thought it was odd how the opening credits made it look like the Squad were running for their lives from Greer, like he was the bad guy or something. But now I'm thinking that maybe they really are running from Greer...because he has some pointed questions for them, and like Linc says, they don't want to lie to the man... As I recall, it was part of a larger gag of demonstrating what the strip would have been like if the Peanuts gang had aged in real time. There was an earlier one in the sequence of college-age Peanuts as hippies, except Charlie Brown, who remained the square of the bunch. ETA: Here you go. I remember seeing it around '79, which must have been a reprint.