Memories of a Broken Promise

1969 single by Motherlode
"Memories of a Broken Promise"
Single by Motherlode
B-side"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)"
Released1969
GenrePop soul
LabelRevolver REVS-004
Buddah Records BDA 144
Songwriter(s)Dianne Brooks
Producer(s)Mort Ross
Motherlode singles chronology
"When I Die"
(1969)
"Memories of a Broken Promise"
(1969)
"Dear Old Daddy Bill"
(1970)

"Memories of a Broken Promise" was a hit for Canadian group Motherlode in 1969. It was their second charting single.

Background

The follow up to their hit "When I Die", Motherlode released "Memories of a Broken Promise" which was written by Dianne Brooks.[1][2] It was released in Canada on Revolver REVS 004 and in the US on Buddah 144.[3] This being their second hit, it puts to rest the myth that Motherlode was a one hit wonder band.[4] It would eventually be one the BMI Canada Certificate of Honour winners of 1969.[5]

Chart performance

Canada

By November 5, 1969, the song had moved from #49 to #38 on the WMCA Radio 57 Survey chart.[6] By November 22, the song was at #4 on the RPM Canadian Content Chart and at #55 on the Canadian National chart.[7] It made it to the Canadian Top 40, [8][9] peaking at #25.[10]

United States

By the end of November the song was also charting in the US.[11] The song would spend a total of two weeks in the US charts, peaking at #99 on the CASH BOX Top 100 Singles chart.[12][13] On the Bubbling Under Hot 100 charts, " Memories Of A Broken Promise" got as far as #116 while the B side "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love?)" got to #111.[14]

References

  1. ^ RPM Weekly, Volume 12 No. 15, November 29, 1969 - Page 5 ROSS GAINS CONTROL OF REVOLUTION
  2. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series - Page 1876 MUSIC Jul-Dec
  3. ^ Plixid - Motherlode - When I Die: The Best Of (2008)
  4. ^ Canadian Music Blog, August 17, 2014 - Debunking One-Hit Wonder Myths
  5. ^ Billboard, May 23, 1970 - Page 60 Announcing the 1969 winners of the second annual BMI CANADA LIMITED CERTIFICATES OF HONOUR
  6. ^ Musicradio77.com - WMCA Radio 57 Survey for November 5, 1969
  7. ^ RPM Weekly, 12 No. 14, November 22nd. 1969 - Pages 6-7
  8. ^ Canadian Music Blog, August 17, 2014 - Debunking One-Hit Wonder Myths
  9. ^ Canadian Music Blog, March 13, 2011 - 1969’s Biggest Canadian Hits
  10. ^ Plixid - Motherlode - When I Die: The Best Of (2008)
  11. ^ RPM Weekly, Volume 12 No. 15, November 29, 1969 - Page 5 ROSS GAINS CONTROL OF REVOLUTION
  12. ^ Tropicalglen.com - CASH BOX Top 100 Singles Week ending NOVEMBER 22, 1969
  13. ^ Cash Box Pop Singles Charts, 1950-1993 - Page 240 Motherlode
  14. ^ Plixid - Motherlode - When I Die: The Best Of (2008)

Links

  • US Hot 100 Bubbling Under