behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: July 20, 1968 – “Grazing In The Grass” by Hugh Masekela hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the R&B singles chart for 4 weeks on July 13, 1968. Written by Philemon Hou, it is the biggest hit for the South African born trumpeter. Recorded at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, CA on March 12, 1968, it is a last minute addition to his second Uni Records album “The Promise Of A Future”, the track is completed in less than a half hour. Initially regarded by Masekela as just “a filler track”, Uni President Russ Regan hears the song, declaring it “a smash!” and insist that it be released as a single. Entering the Hot 100 at #83 on June 8, 1968, it leaps to the top of the chart six weeks later. “Grass” receives a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Pop Performance – Instrumental in 1969. “Grazing In The Grass” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.