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This week in music: 1968

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Let's go back to the summer of '68.  

It was a troubled summer as the country was trying to recover from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy.

1968 is often referred to as the summer that changed America and the music was rebellious.

For this week in '68, Billboard Magazine had these songs at the top of the Hot 100.

At number five was Jose Feliciano with an acoustic remake of The Doors song Light My Fire. More about The Doors shortly.

We mentioned rebellion earlier, the song at number four was about as rebellious as you could get.  Steppenwolf 's Born to be Wild became a counter-culture anthem.

In the number three spot was Mason Williams with Classical Gas. Williams introduced the country to the instrumental by performing it on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS.

We mentioned The Doors earlier.   Their song Hello, I Love You was parked in the number two position. It had topped the charts a week earlier and was the group's second and final number one single.

And in the top spot was a song about plea for tolerance and freedom. People Got to be Free by The Rascals would spend five weeks in the number one spot.  Billboard ranks it as the number five song of the year.

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