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The 101 number one song of the day was the result of two of the writer’s favorite words. He put them together and had a title but that was all. But what eventually developed was their own distinctive sound.
This would be the second chart topper for a guy who’d been writing songs since he was eight years old. His first number one song had been recorded years before it charted and when a Pittsburgh DJ found on a shelf and put it on the turntable, it became an instant regional hit, and then went national before going all the way to the top. Its writer was as surprised as anyone when it did become a hit and said afterward, “I don’t think there’s anything scarier than having a number one record and not knowing why. It was a complete fluke.” But he was able to follow it up with several hits with the help of producers Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell. But in 1968, they parted company and today’s featured artist was searching for a distinctive sound that would define his music. He believed he’d found it with the song that developed from those two words and that song was number one for Tommy James on January 30th, 1969 the two words were “Crimson & Clover.”