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1969

Zager and Evans end a six-week run at #1 with their smash-hit “In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)"

Of the ponderously titled single hit that first entered the charts back in June of ’69, Time

Zager and Evans never returned to the pop charts after their triumphant debut in the summer of ’69. Nor did they ever explain what “Exordium and Terminus” meant. In their very brief career, however, they spent longer atop the pop charts (six weeks) than the aforementioned Hendrix et al. combined (0 weeks). Like so many stars whose hits have not stood the test of time, however, they have been nearly expunged from cultural memory.

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