THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - The Glass Bottle - Sorry Suzanne - Peaked At 130 In Cashbox Magazine On 7/25/70.
Recently I had an hour to kill, so I decided to watch an original broadcast of "The 5th Dimension Special" from May 1970 on CBS. It featured cuts from their newly released "Portrait" album as well as some earlier hits; there were also appearances from Glen Campbell, Flip Wilson, Tiny Tim, Arte Johnson, and the absolutely stunning Joey Heatherton('72 hit "Gone," a Retro Attic staple).
The commercials focused solely on The Glass Container Manufacturers Institute, Inc., and that's where today's featured group comes into the picture. Two of the commercials featured this group performing while the audience consumed soft drinks out of glass bottles. I guess the idea was to stress that soda belonged in glass bottles since glass could be grinded down afterwards and returned to the earth's surface.
The Glass Bottle were a 4 man, 2 woman group who looked like a pop version of Sly And The Family Stone. Their drummer rocked the 'fro as well as Grand Funk's Don Brewer did! This 45 was one of their first releases and yes, it is the same tune that The Hollies had a mid-charter with in '69(as a result, The Hollies' version will be retired from the rotation for a while). Some of you may remember their top 40 hit from the summer of '71, a woeful pop tune called "I Ain't Got Time Anymore." It has been a Retro Attic standard since Day 1, and I could always picture David Cassidy singing it.
Come to our website at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com and hear The Glass Bottle anytime! I highly recommend checking out that 5th Dimension special; I'll leave it up to you to decide if you want to enjoy it with Miller Beer and a pack of Viceroy cigarettes.