I’m Such a Hairy Guy

By | May 7, 2009

The musical Hair is without a doubt a musical of the 1960s. It is one of the first that could be considered a Rock Musical. The book and lyrics are by James Rado and Gerome Ragni with music by Galt MacDermot. Four of the songs from the musical were top 5 hits of 1969.

The title song was recorded by a most unlikely group, the Cowsills, a family band made up of brothers, their mother and little sister. It became their biggest single reaching Number 2 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1969. If they look familiar to fans of the 70’s, the idea of the family group The Partridge Family is said to have come from their success.

The song Good Morning Starshine is sung in the musical by a girl, but it was the little known male singer Oliver who had a hit with the song becoming a Number 3 song in the summer of 1969.

Easy to be Hard was the first single from Three Dog Night’s second album Suitable for Framing. It was their 4th single and their 3rd to reach the Top 40. Reaching Number 4, it was their biggest song at the time.

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In is a medley of two songs from the musical, Aquarius and The Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In). The song was one of the biggest hits of 1969 reaching Number 1 on the charts for six weeks.

It was the only single, other than Hair by the Cowsills released by a group that at the time could be considered established. The 5th Dimension had already had number of chart singles, although this one would become their biggest.


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