“In the Ghetto” (originally titled “The Vicious Circle“) is a 1969 song recorded by Elvis Presley. It peaked in Billboard’ Top-10 the week of June 14th, 1969 FIFTY years ago! It was Presley’s first Top-10 single on Billboard’s Hot-100 in FOUR years.
So let’s look at the entire Top-10 for that week:
Though CCR had many singles that came with picture sleeves in the U.S.A. that practice would not start for anther year. Up until this point, their singles came in standard, plan white sleeves.
7 Oh Happy Day – The Edwin Hawkins’ Singers Featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison
Here’s some interesting facts about the single “In The Ghetto”:
“Charro” the ‘Flip’ side of “Memories” was also co-written by Billy Strange and Mac Davis. It was the theme song to Presley’s current movie. “Charro” was played over the opening credits. It was Presley’s ONLY film that he never sang a song in.
”Ghetto” made its debut on Billboard May 3rd, 1969.“Ghetto” checked in at No. 79 while “Lodi”, by CCR made it’s debut at No. 78 and it’s ‘Flip’ side “Bad Moon Rising” debuted at No. 80.
“In The Ghetto” would go on to peak at No. 3 in Billboard’s Top-10. “Crying In The Chapel” was not only his last single before this to be a Million Seller, Not only his last Top-10 single before this, but it would also peaked at No. 3 in Billboard’s Top-10!
The first time was June 12th, 1965 “Crying In The Chapel” was at No. 3 while the Beatle’s “Ticket To Ride” was at No. 9.The second time was FIFTY years ago when “In The Ghetto” was No. 3 and “Get Back” was No. 1.
Now how did “In The Ghetto” do on the local charts here in San Francisco? These are from my scrap book that I kept when I was 13 years old. KYA 1260 AM radio published their Top-30 chart just about every Saturday in the San Francisco Examiner. Here we go: