Which Way You Goin' Billy? (song)

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"Which Way You Goin' Billy?"
Single by The Poppy Family
from the album Which Way You Goin' Billy?
B-side "Endless Sleep"
Released
  • 1969 (Canada)
  • March, 1970 (U.S.)
Format Single
Genre Pop, Soft Rock
Length 3:27
Label London
Songwriter(s) Terry Jacks
Producer(s) Terry Jacks
The Poppy Family singles chronology
"Which Way You Goin' Billy?"
(1969)
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"Which Way You Goin' Billy?" was a global, multi-million-selling hit single from the Canadian band The Poppy Family. The single, first released in 1969, was from the album of the same name and was a chart-topping hit in Canada and America. It was also a significant hit in other parts of the world.

The single hit #1 on the CANCON singles chart dated 25 October 1969.[1] It ranked as one of the ten biggest singles of the year (at #9) on the Canadian 'List of Biggest Singles of 1969' chart.[2] In Billboard's ranking of the Top Hits of 1970, it was listed at #26 for the year. It also ranked at #5 on the 'List of RPM Biggest Adult Contemporary Hits of 1969'.[3]

Subsequently issued in the United States in March 1970, it was a million-selling Gold record-certified #2 smash on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that June. It also made the Top Five of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.

Amazingly, in June 1970, it peaked at #2 on the South African singles chart.[4]

The song was ranked #38 on the List of RPM Cancon number-one singles chart as published in the RPM magazine, dated June 24, 1996.[5]

Allmusic critic Mark Deming states: "If the '70s were supposed to be about having a nice day, "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" shows the Poppy Family were one band waiting for a cloud to blot out all that annoying sunshine..."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RPM (magazine) (25 October 1969). "Canadian Content (Cancon) - Volume 12, No. 10, October 25, 1969" (PDF). Collectionscanada.gc.ca. (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada). ISSN 0033-7064. OCLC 2126390. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  2. ^ RPM (magazine) (1 November 1969). "Top Singles - Volume 12, No. 11, November 01 1969" (PDF). Collectionscanada.gc.ca. (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada). ISSN 0033-7064. OCLC 2126390. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  3. ^ RPM (magazine) (1 November 1969). "Adult Contemporary - Volume 12, No. 11, November 01 1969" (PDF). Collectionscanada.gc.ca. (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada). ISSN 0033-7064. OCLC 2126390. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Brian Currin (2003-05-25). "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (P)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  5. ^ RPM (magazine) (24 June 1996). "Canadian Content (Cancon) - Volume 63, No. 19, June 24, 1996" (PDF). Collectionscanada.gc.ca. (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada). ISSN 0033-7064. OCLC 2126390. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Deming, Mark. "Which Way You Goin' Billy? The Poppy Family » Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 February 2012.