The Recording Industry Association of America awarded gold record certification for the Association's single "Windy", only seven weeks after it premiered on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although the Association interpreted the song's subject as a girl, composer Ruthann Friedman had a free-spirited guy in mind when she wrote the song. Bones Howe produced the Warner Bros. release, which included a recorder flute solo musical bridge.
"Windy" became The Association's second No. 1 hit on July 1, five weeks after its premier on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and remained at the top of the chart for four consecutive weeks. ("Cherish" topped the charts for the band the year before.) The record, released on the Warner Bros. label, ousted the Young Rascals' "Groovin'" and held the top spot until making way for "Light My Fire," the scorching hit by the Doors. After dropping from the #1 position, "Windy" remained on the chart for five more weeks.
The WMCA Good Guys emcee The Monkees concert tonight at The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York City. It will be their first of three consecutive night appearances at this venue. Jimi Hendrix is still onboard as their opening act.
Here's how the charts shaped up here in Chicago on this date ...
Also in Chicago, The Lovin' Spoonful performed concerts at The Civic Opera House on both the 14th and the 15th of July.
Eddie Matthews of The Houston Astros becomes the seventh member of The 500 Home Run Club when he homers off of San Francisco Giants Pitcher Juan Marichal. This is the first time in Major League Baseball History that a future Hall Of Fame Pitcher gave up somebody's 500th Home Run.