Hit Songs of 1969 – #10

“You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” was a hit for the group Blood Sweat and Tears in 1969. A group by that name was formed in 1967 by musician/producer Al Kooper in 1967. That group released an album but soon after Kooper left  the group and the group reformed with David Clayton-Thomas as vocalist. He is the singer with a gravely voice that fit well with the jazz/rock group. The group appeared at the Woodstock festival in 1969 but the group’s manager wouldn’t let them be filmed. Clayton-Thomas left the group in January 1972 to pursue a single career. He came back to the group in 1974. The group continues to tour occasionally but Clayton-Thomas retired in 2004.  Members of the group changed often. Over the years there have been over 120 people that played with the group.

I saw the group play at a concert in the mid 1970s. At that time David Clayton-Thomas had a lot shorter hair than in the video. The video and the sound don’t match. The video part is from a live concert and the audio is from the album version of the song. Some radio stations in 1969 would have played a shorter version that was on a 45.

The song made it up to the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for the weeks April 6 – 26 (3 weeks). The Record World 100 Top Pops chart had the song at the #2 spot for the weeks of April 13 – 26, 1969.

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