My August 1971 Charts of the time

Wot I Liked Then: 3rd August 1971

It’s 9 weeks on top for Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep as The Jackson 5 get denied a 2nd chart-topper, but Diana Ross goes top 5 with her UK chart-topper, the sweet I’m Still Waiting. Buffy Sainte-Marie enters at 10 with her theme to the movie Soldier Blue, a Dustin Hoffman western pro-Native-American-Rights movie, something Buffy has spent her entire life promoting, and still works for Canadian First Nation projects. Dawn make it three out of three with the record my 15-year-old Aunty Ann had bought, which I played when we stopped with them in September – What Are You Doing Sunday I wasn’t quite as keen on as the previous 2 though at the time.

The Delfonics lovely La La Means I Love You belatedly charts in the UK and enters at 15, The Partridge Family keep on going as David Cassidy sings I’ll meet You Halfway, a UK flop along with everything else they released bar I Think I Love You until 1972 when Cassidy-mania really got going. And oldie Elvis sneaks in as 50’s nostalgia is very much going to be a 70’s thing. In my life, packing everything into crates had pretty much been done, we spent more time with our family good friends Bud & Doreen and the boys Dale, Gary & baby Jamie as we made the most of the weeks left on beaches. Our next-door neighbours left for the UK as families across the island left prior to UK troops withdrawal from all the bases in Singapore. It was heartbreaking watching their dog and one of their cats get taken away to be destroyed – pets were not allowed to be taken back to the UK, and they really shouldn’t have taken them on. One cat escaped from the catchers, and probably ended up dying slowly of starvation. I hated that everything was shutting down, it was so sad.

1 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 7 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5
3 ( 2 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
4 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex
5 ( 13 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
6 ( 4 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
7 ( 6 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
8 ( 5 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
9 ( 8 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – The Travellers
10 ( NEW ) SOLDIER BLUE – Buffy Sainte-Marie

11 ( 10 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith
12 ( 9 ) CO-CO – The Sweet
13 ( 12 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
14 ( NEW ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY? – Dawn
15 ( NEW ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU – The Delfonics

16 ( 11 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot
17 ( NEW ) I’LL MEET YOU HALFWAY – The Partridge Family
18 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH – The Supremes & The Four Tops
19 ( 14 ) FLYING MACHINE – Cliff Richard
20 ( NEW ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley

10th Aug 1971 Wot I Liked Then

It’s a first number one for The New Seekers on their version of Delaney & Bonnie’s Never Ending Song Of Love. It was so catchy it was the first of 2 singles I bought soon as I got a chance to get to a record shop in Mansfield in September, but back in Singapore one of the last new tracks I heard on the radio was Dawn’s new single Summer Sand – the UK was already onto a different track, What Are You Doing Sunday, giving them 2 on the list. The Tams enter with huge smash Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me, a 7-year-old flop that had found a Northern Soul audience in the UK. In the USA, the fab Fortunes comeback hit, Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again was charting, bizarrely it flopped in their home UK. Finally reggae still rules as The Pioneers debut with Let Your Yeah Be Yeah, which would pop up on a K-Tel hits compilation I bought a year later. It’s great.

1 ( 3 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
2 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5
3 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
4 ( 5 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
5 ( 10 ) SOLDIER BLUE – Buffy Sainte-Marie
6 ( 4 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex
7 ( 6 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
8 ( 7 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
9 ( 17 ) I’LL MEET YOU HALFWAY – The Partridge Family
10 ( 14 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY? – Dawn

11 ( 8 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
12 ( NEW ) SUMMER SAND – Dawn
13 ( 9 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – The Travellers
14 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams
15 ( 11 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith
16 ( NEW ) MOVE ON UP – Curtis Mayfield
17 ( 12 ) CO-CO – The Sweet
18 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes
19 ( NEW ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers

20 ( 15 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU – The Delfonics

17th August 1971 charts of the time

It’s 2 weeks on top for The New Seekers as Canadian First nation star Buffy Sainte-Marie has runners-up spot. Dawn make it 3 top 5’s and The Tams get a top 10 7 years late. Carole King’s singer-songwriter classic It’s Too Late debuts at 13, and all 4 of those singles mentioned I bought or had for Xmas in 1971. Lower down, fresh from the USA charts, Carpenters and The Bee Gees debut with UK flop ballads, but fabulous anyway, I can only guess Radio 1 chose not to playlist them.

In Singapore we were down to our last 2 weeks before flying home, and I was still buying the latest DC comics which featured Legion Of Super-Heroes to take back on the plane, and on TV Doctor Who repeats had reached The War Games and Patrick Troughton’s final episodes with the wonderful Wendy Padbury and Frazier Hines. Frazier liked one of my tweets the other year, I was saying I’d had a long chat with the still-lovely Wendy at a Comicon. In a bizarre repeat of historu 2 years earlier, we’d left the UK before I could see the very last episode, and we would leave Singapore before I could see the very last episode. Doh! In those days, if you missed something it was forever, as video-recorders were not a thing outside schools and rich houses. Witness the number of 60’s Doctor Who and Top Of The Pops episodes lost forever. Happily I have seen it since as that episode survived, hooray!

1 ( 1 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
2 ( 5 ) SOLDIER BLUE – Buffy Sainte-Marie
3 ( 3 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
4 ( 4 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
5 ( 10 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY? – Dawn
6 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5
7 ( 14 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams
8 ( 7 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
9 ( 8 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
10 ( 6 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex

11 ( 19 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers
12 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes
13 ( NEW ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King
14 ( 9 ) I’LL MEET YOU HALFWAY – The Partridge Family
15 ( 11 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
16 ( NEW ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees
17 ( NEW ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters

18 ( 13 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – The Travellers
19 ( 12 ) SUMMER SAND – Dawn
20 ( 17 ) CO-CO – The Sweet

24th August 1971 My charts Then

It’s 3 New Seekers weeks on top as Diana Ross rises to 2, ready to be number one on the BBC UK charts on Top Of The Pops in just over a week or two when I see my first show in 2 years. The Fortunes get a first top 10 since You’ve Got Your Troubles would have topped my kiddie charts in 1965, if I’d been charting then, and Carole King ditto, except it would have been It Might As Well Rain Until September and 2 or 3 years earlier. I’m very loyal to pop stars I love! Carpenters make it a 3rd top 10 in 12 months, and Curved Air bring Prog Rock into my charts with Back Street Luv, and Family and George Harrison take advantage of a very quiet chart week to sneak in with tracks I was never that fond of actually – Family have failed to make my Retro revamp charts, and George peaked at 76, which is much more like it.

In Singapore, our last week as a family in our bungalow with the high roof and chit-chats, so we made the most of RAF Changi Swimming Pool and beach, and said a very sad goodbye to our Amah, who’s family came to pick up my fish tank (I hated saying goodbye to the tropical fish) and anything else we weren’t taking home with us. I was sad to be leaving, and we said cheerio too this week to our great friends The Wainwrights, who we wouldn’t see again for just over 2 years. I still hate goodbyes, I don’t like things to end unless they are unpleasant things. In this case, it was worse, because the UK Forces were pulling out, and it was a literal end of an era, as well as a personal one.

1 ( 1 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
2 ( 4 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
3 ( 5 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY? – Dawn
4 ( 3 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
5 ( 2 ) SOLDIER BLUE – Buffy Sainte-Marie
6 ( 7 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams
7 ( 12 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes
8 ( 13 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King
9 ( 6 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5
10 ( 17 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters

11 ( 8 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
12 ( 9 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
13 ( 16 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees
14 ( 10 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex
15 ( 11 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers
16 ( NEW ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air
17 ( 15 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
18 ( 14 ) I’LL MEET YOU HALFWAY – The Partridge Family
19 ( NEW ) IN MY OWN TIME – Family
20 ( NEW ) BANGLA-DESH – George Harrison

Wot I liked then 31st August 1971

It’s straight in at number one for a record I would become instantly mad on in a couple of weeks, Hot Chocolate getting a 3rd chart entry and a first chart-topper. This day was our last day as a family in Singapore, and we moved out the house all our belongings given away, at least those that hadn’t been packed and shipped, packed for dad to use as he moved onto RAF Changi’s single quarters, and us to carry on the plane as hand luggage. All that was left was to be bussed to RAF Changi Airport for the flight home on the 1st September. I wasn’t excited to be going home, I was sad to be leaving a place I thought I’d never see again, and I still wished we’d stayed until dad’s posting ended in December. We had to get back for school, but really I would have missed nothing much….except seeing our families a bit later than we did, and me dropping into a fantastic music scene that I would mostly have missed out on.

Hot Chocolate was the record I wrote to dad to buy me, Shirley Bassey, in at 20 with For All We Know, was the consolation record he bought me after he couldn’t find a copy of I Believe (In Love). The Carpenters cover was very nice – but it wasn’t Hot Chocolate – I got it for Xmas though, so all’s well. I still love it to bits and it deserves to be known. I’d say “better known” but the only people who know are those who lied it at the time or who bought the Greatest Hits albums. Paul & Linda’s wrong-choice single pops in briefly – the monster track was Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, the US chart-topper. Mum’s faves Nancy & Lee pop in with a naughty country cover, Did You Ever is great fun. The Supremes Nathan Jones is the record I asked for, but the record shop didn’t have it in stock for my Xmas stocking, it’s still fabulous. Gilbert gets a 2nd chart entry – just – We Will was quite nice but better was to come.

1 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
3 ( 6 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams
4 ( 2 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
5 ( 4 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
6 ( 7 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes
7 ( 3 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY? – Dawn
8 ( 8 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King
9 ( 13 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees
10 ( 5 ) SOLDIER BLUE – Buffy Sainte-Marie


11 ( 9 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5

12 ( 11 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
13 ( 16 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air
14 ( NEW ) BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney
15 ( NEW ) DID YOU EVER – Nancy & Lee

16 ( 14 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex
17 ( NEW ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes
18 ( 10 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters
19 ( NEW ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan
20 ( NEW ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey

My Retro August 1971 charts

7th August 1971

It’s straight in at 1 as new-release classics keep on coming rapidly, this time it’s Cher getting her first big solo hit in 5 years with the wonderful story-song Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, still a highlight of her very long career. Isaac Hayes gets knocked off the top spot after debuting there last week, and Diana Ross is still with 2 top 5’s as The Pioneers get a first top 10, as do Titanic. To give an idea how much I rate the music at this time I’ll just note that 24 of the top 40 have topped my charts, either originally, on these retro charts, or as oldies over the years since.

New entries include the return of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for a 3rd year, with a cover of Mike Nesmith’s Monkees track, the fab Some Of Shelly’s Blues, in at 65. Dusty Springfield also returns for a 5th retro year, with a Jeff Barry co-write (he of Sugar Sugar fame) the soulful Haunted at 75, and at 80 the retro charts now start on a no-doubt returning theme as a track I’d completely forgotten about, but liked at the time, enters for Lobo – California Kid & Reemo was one I caught on radio but never charted or managed to record, so I’d just forgotten the Me & You & A Dog Named Boo follow-up ever existed. I still like it!

Finally, The Shadows return (well some of them, at any rate) with the single hitting in Malaysia, Lady Of The Morning. Nice guitar, unsurprisingly. The Whatnauts debut with some smooth soul, joining fellow soulsters The Moments 4 years ahead of them teaming up for hit smash Girls, and in bottom rung the original reggae version of UB40’s Cherry Oh Cherry gives Eric Donaldson a chart mention.

1 ( NEW ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 1
2 ( 1 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
3 ( 2 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
4 ( 3 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
5 ( 5 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
6 ( 4 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
7 ( 6 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
8 ( 7 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
9 ( 13 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 9
10 ( 20 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 10

11 ( 8 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
12 ( 9 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
13 ( 11 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
14 ( 12 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
15 ( 25 ) DAY BY DAY (GODSPELL MEDLEY) – Holly Sherwood # 15
16 ( 10 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 10
17 ( 15 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
18 ( 18 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
19 ( 16 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
20 ( 14 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 14

21 ( 17 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 10
22 ( 19 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
23 ( 21 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
24 ( 26 ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 24
25 ( 22 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
26 ( 23 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
27 ( 24 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
28 ( 33 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 28
29 ( 35 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 29
30 ( 29 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1

31 ( 28 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
32 ( 27 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
33 ( 40 ) GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL – Donny Osmond # 33
34 ( 43 ) SMILING FACES SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 34
35 ( 32 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
36 ( 31 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
37 ( 30 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17
38 ( 46 ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan # 38
39 ( 36 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
40 ( 47 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 40

41 ( 38 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
42 ( 39 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
43 ( 37 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 20
44 ( 42 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
45 ( 62 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 45
46 ( 55 ) HOUND DOG – Elvis Presley # 46
47 ( 58 ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 47
48 ( 34 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 24
49 ( 65 ) A-I-E-A-O-A – The Yamasukis # 49
50 ( 66 ) LET MY NAME BE SORROW – Mary Hopkin # 50

51 ( 49 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
52 ( 50 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
53 ( 48 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
54 ( 68 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS – The Formations # 54
55 ( 57 ) LUCKY ME – The Moments # 55
56 ( 69 ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE – Betty Wright # 56
57 ( 41 ) GIVE IT TIME – Middle Of The Road # 37
58 ( 44 ) PURE IMAGINATION – Gene Wilder (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original Soundtrack) # 36
59 ( 45 ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 32
60 ( 61 ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley # 60

61 ( 52 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
62 ( 73 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE – The Persuaders # 62
63 ( 78 ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 63
64 ( 71 ) THE STORY IN YOUR EYES – The Moody Blues # 64
65 ( NEW ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 65
66 ( 72 ) WHERE DID THEY GO – Peggy Lee # 66
67 ( 85 ) ALL MY TRIALS – Ray Stevens # 67
68 ( 63 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
69 ( 82 ) ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE – Engelbert Humperdinck # 69
70 ( 74 ) LADY DAY – Frank Sinatra # 70

71 ( 79 ) ALL DAY MUSIC – War # 71
72 ( 64 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
73 ( 83 ) TALK IT OVER IN THE MORNING – Anne Murray # 73
74 ( 80 ) I WOKE UP IN LOVE THIS MORNING – The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 74
75 ( NEW ) HAUNTED – Dusty Springfield # 75
76 ( 51 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 27
77 ( 77 ) CAVATINA – John Williams # 77
78 ( 59 ) MAYBE TOMORROW – The Jackson 5 # 59
79 ( 84 ) BANGLADESH – George Harrison # 79
80 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA KID AND REEMO – Lobo # 80

81 ( 75 ) POUR UN FLIRT – Michel Delpech # 75
82 ( 60 ) ORLEANS – David Crosby # 60
83 ( NEW ) LADY OF THE MORNING – Marvin, Welch & Farrar # 83
84 ( NEW ) FRIENDS BY DAY (LOVERS BY NIGHT) – The Whatnauts # 84
85 ( NEW ) CHERRY OH BABY – Eric Donaldson # 85

14th August 1971

It’s straight in on top for Hot Chocolate, their second number one, with the fabulous I Believe (In Love). I caught this record in late September ’71 and fell madly in love with it, and with Hot Chocolate for the next 13 years. Sadly I’d already spent my pocket money for the rest of the year on singles for New Seekers and Middle Of The Road (that would be £1 exactly for 2 singles) or DC Comics, so I had to write to my dad to ask if he could bring me it back from Singapore when he came home to the UK. He tried hard, but it wasn’t released, so I ended up with Shirley Bassey instead. I was a bit disappointed, but got it for Xmas, so all’s well.

In a very quiet week for new entries I chop the chart time to 80, and the only other new record is from Marmalade, Cousin Norman being a sweet country-style pop ditty, continuing their run of chart entries for a 4th year, and signalling a change of sound away from ballads. I have a sitcom based on using this song as a theme tune all planned. Haven’t written it yet, but it’s been planned for 25 years. It’ll be a classic if I ever get round to it 

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1 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate # 1
2 ( 1 ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 1
3 ( 2 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
4 ( 4 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
5 ( 3 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
6 ( 9 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 6
7 ( 10 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 7
8 ( 6 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
9 ( 5 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
10 ( 8 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2

11 ( 7 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
12 ( 15 ) DAY BY DAY (GODSPELL MEDLEY) – Holly Sherwood # 12
13 ( 11 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
14 ( 13 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
15 ( 14 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
16 ( 12 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
17 ( 17 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
18 ( 18 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
19 ( 16 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 10
20 ( 19 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8

21 ( 21 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 10
22 ( 22 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
23 ( 33 ) GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL – Donny Osmond # 23
24 ( 45 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 24
25 ( 25 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
26 ( 29 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 26
27 ( 20 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 14
28 ( 23 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
29 ( 24 ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 24
30 ( 30 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1

31 ( 27 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
32 ( 26 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
33 ( 28 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 28
34 ( 31 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
35 ( 32 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
36 ( 46 ) HOUND DOG – Elvis Presley # 36
37 ( 47 ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 37
38 ( 50 ) LET MY NAME BE SORROW – Mary Hopkin # 38
39 ( 40 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 39
40 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1

41 ( 36 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
42 ( 49 ) A-I-E-A-O-A – The Yamasukis # 42
43 ( 39 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
44 ( 37 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17
45 ( 34 ) SMILING FACES SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 34
46 ( 44 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
47 ( 41 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
48 ( 42 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
49 ( NEW ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade # 49
50 ( 54 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS – The Formations # 50

51 ( 38 ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan # 38
52 ( 55 ) LUCKY ME – The Moments # 52
53 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
54 ( 52 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
55 ( 65 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 55
56 ( 56 ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE – Betty Wright # 56
57 ( 43 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 20
58 ( 60 ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley # 58
59 ( 63 ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 59
60 ( 64 ) THE STORY IN YOUR EYES – The Moody Blues # 60

61 ( 62 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE – The Persuaders # 61
62 ( 53 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
63 ( 66 ) WHERE DID THEY GO – Peggy Lee # 63
64 ( 67 ) ALL MY TRIALS – Ray Stevens # 64
65 ( 69 ) ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE – Engelbert Humperdinck # 65
66 ( 74 ) I WOKE UP IN LOVE THIS MORNING – The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 66
67 ( 75 ) HAUNTED – Dusty Springfield # 67
68 ( 61 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
69 ( 80 ) CALIFORNIA KID AND REEMO – Lobo # 69
70 ( 70 ) LADY DAY – Frank Sinatra # 70

71 ( 71 ) ALL DAY MUSIC – War # 71
72 ( 73 ) TALK IT OVER IN THE MORNING – Anne Murray # 72
73 ( 83 ) LADY OF THE MORNING – Marvin, Welch & Farrar # 73
74 ( 68 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
75 ( 77 ) CAVATINA – John Williams # 75
76 ( 79 ) BANGLADESH – George Harrison # 76
77 ( 48 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 24
78 ( 84 ) FRIENDS BY DAY (LOVERS BY NIGHT) – The Whatnauts # 78
79 ( 59 ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 32
80 ( 85 ) CHERRY OH BABY – Eric Donaldson # 80

21st August 1971

It’s 2 weeks on top for Hot Chocolate and the fab I Believe (In Love), I love the melody and the percussion-heavy shuffling soul sounds that were unique to Errol & the lads in their early days. Holly Sherwood takes Godspell into the top 10, and highest new entry is from Alexis Korner’s band on their 3rd and best single, Tap Turns On The Water, which was delightfully naughty with a storming Horn section riffing throughout, and was one of the batch of singles I got for Xmas. In at 18. New at 36, Danyel Gerard’s former French-Language European hit, dating back to 1969 in various ongoing versions for each territory/nation/language finally found it’s best version, with new English-language lyrics following an Australian cover version hit, and re-recorded in the same style for the UK singles market after hitting in Aus. Avoid all the other versions, this one is the bees-knees – when an earlier version was bunged on on Arcade hits album I was mightily disappointed! Still am.

Other new entries: The Beach Boys Surf’s Up album is out and the song of the same name enters, it’s lovely, classy and brim-filled with the harmonies you’d expect. I bought it a few years back, still sounds good. Dave Edmunds enters with a cover I’ve never heard, Blue Monday is I Hear You Knocking Part 2, stylistically, and rather good. England Dan & John Ford Coley will be charting over the next few years, so it’s a bit of a bonus to hear an early rockier sound on New Jersey, which is also pretty good. I’ve never heard of The Searchers Desdemona, either, and it’s pretty decent for the 60’s faves, who’s top tune for me was always Don’t Throw Your Love Away when I was a kiddie 7 years earlier. Music loves stay with me! Always have. Finally, The Main Ingredient chuck out a social commentary track I’d never heard, quite powerful, and still relevant lyrics.

1 ( 1 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate # 1
2 ( 2 ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 1
3 ( 3 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
4 ( 6 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 4
5 ( 7 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 5
6 ( 5 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
7 ( 4 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
8 ( 12 ) DAY BY DAY (GODSPELL MEDLEY) – Holly Sherwood # 8
9 ( 8 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
10 ( 10 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2

11 ( 9 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
12 ( 24 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 12
13 ( 23 ) GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL – Donny Osmond # 13
14 ( 11 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
15 ( 13 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
16 ( 14 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
17 ( 15 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
18 ( NEW ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S # 18
19 ( 17 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
20 ( 26 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 20

21 ( 16 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
22 ( 18 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
23 ( 19 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 10
24 ( 20 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
25 ( 21 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 10
26 ( 22 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
27 ( 38 ) LET MY NAME BE SORROW – Mary Hopkin # 27
28 ( 29 ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 24
29 ( 25 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
30 ( 28 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9

31 ( 27 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 14
32 ( 36 ) HOUND DOG – Elvis Presley # 32
33 ( 37 ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 33
34 ( 31 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
35 ( 30 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
36 ( NEW ) BUTTERFLY (UK/AUSTRALIAN 7” VERSION) – Danyel Gerard # 36
37 ( 34 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
38 ( 32 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
39 ( 35 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
40 ( 39 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 39

41 ( 33 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 28
42 ( 42 ) A-I-E-A-O-A – The Yamasukis # 42
43 ( 49 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade # 43
44 ( 40 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
45 ( 41 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
46 ( 50 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS – The Formations # 46
47 ( 43 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
48 ( 46 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
49 ( 55 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 49
50 ( 47 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6

51 ( 48 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
52 ( 44 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17
53 ( 58 ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley # 53
54 ( 69 ) CALIFORNIA KID AND REEMO – Lobo # 54
55 ( 53 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
56 ( 54 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
57 ( 59 ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 57
58 ( 60 ) THE STORY IN YOUR EYES – The Moody Blues # 58
59 ( 61 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE – The Persuaders # 59
60 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER IN THE MORNING – Anne Murray # 60

61 ( 65 ) ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE – Engelbert Humperdinck # 61
62 ( 66 ) I WOKE UP IN LOVE THIS MORNING – The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 62
63 ( 64 ) ALL MY TRIALS – Ray Stevens # 63
64 ( 67 ) HAUNTED – Dusty Springfield # 64
65 ( 57 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 20
66 ( 62 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
67 ( NEW ) SURF’S UP – The Beach Boys # 67
68 ( 52 ) LUCKY ME – The Moments # 52
69 ( 73 ) LADY OF THE MORNING – Marvin, Welch & Farrar # 69
70 ( 80 ) CHERRY OH BABY – Eric Donaldson # 70

71 ( NEW ) BLUE MONDAY – Dave Edmunds # 71
72 ( NEW ) NEW JERSEY – England Dan & John Ford Coley # 72

73 ( 78 ) FRIENDS BY DAY (LOVERS BY NIGHT) – The Whatnauts # 73
74 ( NEW ) DESDEMONA – The Searchers # 74
75 ( NEW ) BLACK SEEDS KEEP ON GROWING – The Main Ingredient # 75

28th August 1971

It’s a 3rd week at 1 for Hot Chocolate and a static top 10, bar Focus getting a first top 10, with Hocus Pocus, mad but great fun and rifftastic. That leaves just 4 new entries, The Fortunes getting a 2nd of the year, the jolly Freedom Come, Freedom Go – I still prefer the US hit to the UK hit, the melody is way better, but the UK opted for this one, hey ho, in at 43. At 47, The Osmonds are back for a 4th chart hit, while lil brother Donny is up to 12. Yo-Yo is the riff from Day Tripper, adapted to a bunch of teens who were clearly inspired by The Temptations in the dance routine they did on the Flip Wilson Show (worth checking them out, it’s great) and heading for a rockier sound away from the Jackson 5-lite One Bad Apple. New at 47.

Down t’bottom end of the chart, Rock Candy (who?!) debut with song with a tune that’s familiar, but a record that isn’t – the label suggests Chip Hawke (Tremeloes) and Howard Blaikely (songwriter for Tremeloes/Dave Dee Dozy etc) had some input, I’d guess English lyrics over a European hit tune. This was going on a lot in 1971! Also new, Jimmy Ruffin with his usual Motown styled soul cuts of the time. That’s a good thing.

1 ( 1 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate # 1
2 ( 2 ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 1
3 ( 4 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 3
4 ( 3 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
5 ( 5 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 5
6 ( 6 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
7 ( 7 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
8 ( 9 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
9 ( 12 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 9
10 ( 10 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2

11 ( 11 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
12 ( 13 ) GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL – Donny Osmond # 12
13 ( 8 ) DAY BY DAY (GODSPELL MEDLEY) – Holly Sherwood # 8
14 ( 18 ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S # 14
15 ( 15 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
16 ( 14 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
17 ( 16 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
18 ( 17 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
19 ( 20 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 19
20 ( 27 ) LET MY NAME BE SORROW – Mary Hopkin # 20

21 ( 19 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
22 ( 22 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
23 ( 21 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
24 ( 24 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
25 ( 23 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 10
26 ( 26 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
27 ( 36 ) BUTTERFLY (UK/AUSTRALIAN 7” VERSION) – Danyel Gerard # 27
28 ( 33 ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 28
29 ( 32 ) HOUND DOG – Elvis Presley # 29
30 ( 25 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 10

31 ( 30 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
32 ( 29 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
33 ( 28 ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 24
34 ( 43 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade # 34
35 ( 42 ) A-I-E-A-O-A – The Yamasukis # 35
36 ( 35 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
37 ( 34 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
38 ( 49 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 38
39 ( 46 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS – The Formations # 39
40 ( 31 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 14

41 ( 37 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
42 ( 38 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
43 ( NEW ) FREEDOM COME, FREEDOM GO – The Fortunes # 43
44 ( 39 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
45 ( 40 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 39
46 ( 54 ) CALIFORNIA KID AND REEMO – Lobo # 46
47 ( NEW ) YO-YO – The Osmonds # 47
48 ( 44 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
49 ( 45 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
50 ( 57 ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 50

51 ( 48 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
52 ( 47 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
53 ( 59 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE – The Persuaders # 53
54 ( 58 ) THE STORY IN YOUR EYES – The Moody Blues # 54
55 ( 60 ) TALK IT OVER IN THE MORNING – Anne Murray # 55
56 ( 61 ) ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE – Engelbert Humperdinck # 56
57 ( 55 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
58 ( 56 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
59 ( 51 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
60 ( 64 ) HAUNTED – Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 50 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
62 ( 62 ) I WOKE UP IN LOVE THIS MORNING – The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 62
63 ( 52 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17
64 ( 67 ) SURF’S UP – The Beach Boys # 64
65 ( 53 ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley # 53
66 ( 41 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 28
67 ( 70 ) CHERRY OH BABY – Eric Donaldson # 67
68 ( 71 ) BLUE MONDAY – Dave Edmunds # 68
69 ( 69 ) LADY OF THE MORNING – Marvin, Welch & Farrar # 69
70 ( 75 ) BLACK SEEDS KEEP ON GROWING – The Main Ingredient # 70

71 ( 72 ) NEW JERSEY – England Dan & John Ford Coley # 71
72 ( 74 ) DESDEMONA – The Searchers # 72
73 ( 73 ) FRIENDS BY DAY (LOVERS BY NIGHT) – The Whatnauts # 73
74 ( NEW ) REMEMBER – Rock Candy # 74
75 ( NEW ) ON THE WAY OUT (ON THE WAY IN) – Jimmy Ruffin # 75

My July 1991 Charts

7th July 1991

It’s a first week on top for Pandora’s Box – best not open it! OMD have dared though and get their 4th chart-topper in 11 years with the highlight of a very good album. That leaves Unforgettable at 2 for 3 weeks in a row as Alice Cooper gets a first top 5 since 1972, back when Alice Cooper was the name of the band, not Vince Furnier. Boy George also goes top 5, and Salt ‘n’ Pepa get a top 10 (as does Spinderella, who never gets a namecheck). Highest new entry at 25 is 1975 UK chart-topping country classic Stand By Your Man, back 16 years later and a few months before she hooks up with The KLF. It’s almost as if the record label knew!

Seal gets yet another new entry for 1991, racking them up, with The Beginning at 31, Heavy D covers Third World who hit twice with their O’Jays cover, Now That We’ve Found Love going top 10 in 1978, and hit 2 in 1985. At 39, Cola Boy fizz with 7 Ways To Love. I’m not an expert, but I can count a lot more than that. Cathy Dennis brings her previous fab flop Just Another Dream back into my charts in the wake of her breakthrough biggie, in at 46, while Pale Saints have a spot of Kinky Love at 48 – presumably making it 8 Ways To Love, Cola Boy take note.

Londonbeat are back with A Better Love, The Bee Gees get a 3rd of 1991, The Milltown Brothers a second, Driza Bone a first, and soul legend Aretha Franklin makes it 23 years on from I Say A Little Prayer and still hitting, this time with a Sly & The Family Stone cover, Everyday People.

1 ( 3 ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 2 ) UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole & Nat ‘King’ Cole
3 ( 1 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
4 ( 8 ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You
5 ( 9 ) HEY STOOPID Alice Cooper
6 ( 6 ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
7 ( 4 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 5 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
9 ( 7 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
10 ( 14 ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa

11 ( 11 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
12 ( 12 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
13 ( 16 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
14 ( 13 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
15 ( 17 ) IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY Jimmy Soul
16 ( 10 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
17 ( 23 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas
18 ( 24 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
19 ( 15 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
20 ( 20 ) SEXUALITY Billy Bragg

21 ( 26 ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
22 ( 30 ) LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Cher
23 ( 29 ) THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THIS Omar
24 ( 18 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
25 ( NEW ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
26 ( 45 ) MONSTERS AND ANGELS Voice Of The Beehive
27 ( 36 ) MAMA Kim Appleby
28 ( 19 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
29 ( 32 ) SHERIFF FATMAN Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
30 ( 27 ) RESCUE ME Madonna

31 ( NEW ) THE BEGINNING Seal
32 ( 65 ) CHORUS Erasure
33 ( 25 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
34 ( 22 ) LEARNING TO FLY Tom Petty
35 ( NEW ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Heavy D & The Boyz
36 ( 37 ) GIRLS Powercut
37 ( 34 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
38 ( 31 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
39 ( NEW ) 7 WAYS TO LOVE Cola Boy
40 ( 75 ) SHADOWTIME Siouxsie & The Banshees

41 ( 40 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
42 ( 21 ) A WATCHER’S POINT OF VIEW PM Dawn
43 ( 33 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
44 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
45 ( 57 ) BITTER TEARS INXS
46 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER DREAM Cathy Dennis
47 ( 44 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
48 ( NEW ) KINKY LOVE Pale Saints
49 ( 48 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
50 ( 35 ) COME ON EILEEN Dexy’s Midnight Runners

51 ( 67 ) ALWAYS THERE Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown
52 ( 52 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
53 ( 49 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
54 ( 53 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 54 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
56 ( NEW ) A BETTER LOVE Londonbeat
57 ( 56 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
58 ( 38 ) REMEMBER ME WITH LOVE Gloria Estefan
59 ( 61 ) HOOKED ON YOU Sydney Youngblood
60 ( 39 ) I’M A MAN NOT A BOY Chesney Hawkes

61 ( 64 ) LOOKING FOR THE SUMMER Chris Rea
62 ( 28 ) DEADRINGER FOR LOVE Meatloaf & Cher
63 ( 63 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
64 ( 62 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
65 ( NEW ) THE ONLY LOVE The Bee Gees
66 ( 55 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
67 ( 71 ) RUSH RUSH Paula Abdul
68 ( 41 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
69 ( NEW ) APPLE GREEN The Milltown Brothers
70 ( 42 ) SHE SELLS Banderas

71 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Aretha Franklin
72 ( 72 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
73 ( NEW ) REAL LOVE Driza Bone
74 ( 47 ) FROM A DISTANCE Bette Midler
75 ( 74 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees

Playlist Oldies
1 I LIKE IT THAT WAY The Tremeloes
2 IF THERE WAS LOVE Liza Minelli
3 UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson

14th July 1991

It’s 2 weeks on top for OMD, who I also saw this week on tour (see the rating of the songs on the night below). Massive Attack do an about-turn and go up to 2, making it two top 3’s in a row. Kenny Thomas gets a top 10, Cathy Dennis shoots into the 40 at 15 with the fab Just Another Dream, the sound of things to come for her when she gave up the pop star life and moved into songwriting for a living. Also doing an about-turn is Bryan Adams, and his monster looks to have peaked at 18. For those about to go “phew!”, errr, early days yet! I mentioned it grew on me slowly….

Highest new entry is Jesus Jones, Right Here Right Now, at 40. Oddly a minor UK top 40 hit, but a huge US number 2. Maybe the US success accounts for them getting slagged off by the usual trendy music critics chasing the latest thing at the time. Bros are nearing the end of their hits/career, with Are You Mine in at 43, Whitney Houston insists her name is not Susan at 61 – it’s not Dolly either, but that didn’t stop her ruining a great record in the near future. B.E.F. are back after almost a decade away, having resurrected Tina Turner’s career in the early 80’s – Heaven 17 alter-ego, more or less – and this time Lalah Hathaway didn’t quite get the big success with the 2nd Sly & The Family Stone in the chart. C+C Music Factory go Mmmmm 3 years before Crash Test Dummies do it 4 times better, and Guns ‘n’ Roses get a modest new entry for a song from a classic movie, You Could Be Mine soundtracking the 2nd, big budget, James Cameron Terminator film. Still a classic.

1 ( 1 ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 9 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
3 ( 4 ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You
4 ( 3 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
5 ( 2 ) UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole & Nat ‘King’ Cole
6 ( 11 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
7 ( 7 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 6 ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
9 ( 5 ) HEY STOOPID Alice Cooper
10 ( 17 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas

11 ( 26 ) MONSTERS AND ANGELS Voice Of The Beehive
12 ( 8 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
13 ( 31 ) THE BEGINNING Seal
14 ( 10 ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa
15 ( 46 ) JUST ANOTHER DREAM Cathy Dennis
16 ( 12 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
17 ( 13 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
18 ( 14 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
19 ( 25 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
20 ( 27 ) MAMA Kim Appleby

21 ( 22 ) LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Cher
22 ( 40 ) SHADOWTIME Siouxsie & The Banshees
23 ( 23 ) THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THIS Omar
24 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
25 ( 16 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
26 ( 19 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
27 ( 35 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Heavy D & The Boyz
28 ( 24 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
29 ( 15 ) IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY Jimmy Soul
30 ( 20 ) SEXUALITY Billy Bragg

31 ( 28 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
32 ( 32 ) CHORUS Erasure
33 ( 56 ) A BETTER LOVE Londonbeat
34 ( 37 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
35 ( 30 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
36 ( 21 ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
37 ( 45 ) BITTER TEARS INXS
38 ( 38 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
39 ( 33 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
40 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Jesus Jones

41 ( 41 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
42 ( 59 ) HOOKED ON YOU Sydney Youngblood
43 ( NEW ) ARE YOU MINE Bros
44 ( 48 ) KINKY LOVE Pale Saints
45 ( 44 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
46 ( 73 ) REAL LOVE Driza Bone
47 ( 47 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
48 ( 51 ) ALWAYS THERE Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown
49 ( 49 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
50 ( 43 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic

51 ( 34 ) LEARNING TO FLY Tom Petty
52 ( 36 ) GIRLS Powercut
53 ( 52 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
54 ( 61 ) LOOKING FOR THE SUMMER Chris Rea
55 ( 54 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 69 ) APPLE GREEN The Milltown Brothers
57 ( 55 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
58 ( 57 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
59 ( 53 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
60 ( 65 ) THE ONLY LOVE The Bee Gees

61 ( NEW ) MY NAME IS NOT SUSAN Whitney Houston
62 ( 29 ) SHERIFF FATMAN Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
63 ( 63 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
64 ( 39 ) 7 WAYS TO LOVE Cola Boy
65 ( 50 ) COME ON EILEEN Dexy’s Midnight Runners
66 ( 64 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
67 ( NEW ) I LIKE IT DJH featuring Stefy
68 ( NEW ) FAMILY AFFAIR B.E.F. featuring Lalah Hathaway

69 ( 42 ) A WATCHER’S POINT OF VIEW PM Dawn
70 ( NEW ) THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO MMMM C+C Music factory

71 ( 71 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Aretha Franklin
72 ( NEW ) YOU COULD BE MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
73 ( 72 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
74 ( 67 ) RUSH RUSH Paula Abdul
75 ( 75 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees

OMD LIVE AT POOLE ARTS CENTRE

Just Andy by this stage, so no Souvenir and a few others from their back catalogue, but Andy was as manic as he always is in a live arena, and giving it large (as they used to say in the 90’s). I sneaked a cassette recorder into the gig in my coat pocket and recorded a bit of it. The downside to doing that is you end up thinking about and checking on the recording, so it spoils the gig a bit, the end result is pretty crappy and tinny, and speeded up as the batteries give out and it records slower, and you run the risk of getting searched (as I did at Wembley Stadium, which ended up with me having to check it in at coat-services and queue to get it back after the concert which means you end up delayed, and hitting all the traffic, which also spoils the concert). Given how everyone sticks their effing phones up getting pics and recordings these days, and how terrible cassette recordings were, I do wonder why artists like Prince made such a song and dance about it instead of seeing it like the bonus crappy souvenir for fans who’d paid a fortune to support them that it actually was. Anyway, I still have a unique badly-recorded memento of the evening, unless OMD recorded it and would like to flog me a better copy….

1 Maid Of Orleans (Joan Of Arc Waltz)
2 Pandora’s Box
3 So In Love
4 Messages
5 Sailing On The 7 Seas
6 Electricty
7 Joan Of Arc
8 Enola Gay
9 Talking Loud And Clear
10 If You Leave

21st July 1991

It’s Just Another Dream for Cathy Dennis as she climbs 14 places to the top spot – and she’ll be back as a songwriter, though not as an artist, but this dancepop track is fab. Alice Cooper gets a first top 5 since 1972’s Elected and Voice Of The Beehive take Monsters & Angels into the top 10 as Bryan Adams finally gets a sudden boost after climbing slowly for weeks, his Robin Hood theme giving him a first top 10 since 1985. Seal makes it 4 top 10’s, and The Bee Gees follow-up a number one with a top 20, The Only Love up 40 places.

Two classics of 1991 both enter straight into the top 40, The Shamen’s wonderful Move Any Mountain, and Bomb The Bass’ gorgeous Winter In July giving them a change of pace from previous House tracks. Scritti Politti also returns with Take Me In Your Arms, a cover of the classic 60’s Gladys Knight Motown hit, in at 43. At 51 Yo Yo Honey debut with Get It On, while down the lower end of the chart ABC and Huey Lewis keep the 80’s flag flying – as they will still be doing in the 2010’s with much better records.

1 ( 15 ) JUST ANOTHER DREAM Cathy Dennis
2 ( 1 ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
3 ( 3 ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You
4 ( 2 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
5 ( 9 ) HEY STOOPID Alice Cooper
6 ( 11 ) MONSTERS AND ANGELS Voice Of The Beehive
7 ( 24 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
8 ( 4 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
9 ( 8 ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
10 ( 13 ) THE BEGINNING Seal

11 ( 14 ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa
12 ( 5 ) UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole & Nat ‘King’ Cole
13 ( 6 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
14 ( 7 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 21 ) LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Cher
16 ( 22 ) SHADOWTIME Siouxsie & The Banshees
17 ( 23 ) THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THIS Omar
18 ( 18 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
19 ( 27 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Heavy D & The Boyz
20 ( 60 ) THE ONLY LOVE The Bee Gees

21 ( 10 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas
22 ( 12 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
23 ( 17 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
24 ( 20 ) MAMA Kim Appleby
25 ( 16 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
26 ( 32 ) CHORUS Erasure
27 ( 25 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
28 ( 74 ) RUSH RUSH Paula Abdul
29 ( 33 ) A BETTER LOVE Londonbeat
30 ( 26 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis

31 ( 31 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
32 ( 19 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
33 ( 40 ) RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Jesus Jones
34 ( 34 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
35 ( NEW ) MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN The Shamen
36 ( 36 ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
37 ( 28 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
38 ( 43 ) ARE YOU MINE Bros
39 ( NEW ) WINTER IN JULY Bomb The Bass
40 ( 46 ) REAL LOVE Driza Bone

41 ( 41 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
42 ( 35 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
43 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS Scritti Politti featuring Sweetie Irie
44 ( 30 ) SEXUALITY Billy Bragg
45 ( 48 ) ALWAYS THERE Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown
46 ( 39 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
47 ( 45 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
48 ( 38 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
49 ( 56 ) APPLE GREEN The Milltown Brothers
50 ( 47 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John

51 ( NEW ) GET IT ON Yo Yo Honey
52 ( 61 ) MY NAME IS NOT SUSAN Whitney Houston
53 ( 49 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
54 ( 53 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
55 ( 37 ) BITTER TEARS INXS
56 ( NEW ) LOVE’S BURN Karl Keaton
57 ( 55 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
58 ( 67 ) I LIKE IT DJH featuring Stefy
59 ( 57 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
60 ( 29 ) IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY Jimmy Soul

61 ( 50 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
62 ( 72 ) YOU COULD BE MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
63 ( 58 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
64 ( 63 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
65 ( 42 ) HOOKED ON YOU Sydney Youngblood
66 ( 70 ) THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO MMMM C+C Music factory
67 ( 66 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
68 ( 68 ) FAMILY AFFAIR B.E.F. featuring Lalah Hathaway
69 ( 59 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
70 ( NEW ) LOVE CONQUERS ALL ABC

71 ( 51 ) LEARNING TO FLY Tom Petty
72 ( 73 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
73 ( NEW ) IT HIT ME LIKE A HAMMER Huey Lewis & The News
74 ( 75 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
75 ( 64 ) 7 WAYS TO LOVE Cola Boy

PLAYLIST
1 THE WITCH The Rattles
2 WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
3 A LITTLE RESPECT Erasure

28th July 1991

It’s 2 weeks on top for Cathy Dennis as Bryan Adams becomes the new challenger for the top spot with his biggest chart hit to date at 2, but Yo Yo Honey rocket 44 places up to 7 with Get It On – a soul dance Paul Oakenfold remix shuffle that I’d completely forgotten about and forgotten about liking! Cher gets a 2nd top 10 of 1991 with the way better of the 2 singles, and Bomb The Bass almost make the top 10 with Winter In July. The Shamen and Karl Keaton meanwhile leap into the top 20.

Highest new entry, errr, I’m Too Sexy at 39, Right Said Fred paying tribute to Bernard Cribbin’s 60’s kiddie fave and showing their tongues are firmly in their cheeks. And anyone else’s cheeks who enjoys it. It’s quite amusing even on repeat plays, which is pretty good going for a novelty track of the 90’s. At 45, Dannii’s back with a cover – of Stacy Lattisaw’s Jump To The Beat – that isn’t as good as the original, Extreme ballad-out with monster hit More Than Words at 47, and at 62 Kirsty MacColl begins her Cuban-influenced phase with My Affair.

1 ( 1 ) JUST ANOTHER DREAM Cathy Dennis
2 ( 7 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
3 ( 2 ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
4 ( 6 ) MONSTERS AND ANGELS Voice Of The Beehive
5 ( 3 ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You
6 ( 4 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
7 ( 51 ) GET IT ON Yo Yo Honey
8 ( 15 ) LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Cher
9 ( 5 ) HEY STOOPID Alice Cooper
10 ( 10 ) THE BEGINNING Seal

11 ( 39 ) WINTER IN JULY Bomb The Bass
12 ( 19 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Heavy D & The Boyz
13 ( 9 ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
14 ( 11 ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa
15 ( 12 ) UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole & Nat ‘King’ Cole
16 ( 14 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
17 ( 20 ) THE ONLY LOVE The Bee Gees
18 ( 8 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
19 ( 35 ) MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN The Shamen
20 ( 56 ) LOVE’S BURN Karl Keaton

21 ( 13 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
22 ( 18 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
23 ( 29 ) A BETTER LOVE Londonbeat
24 ( 21 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas
25 ( 16 ) SHADOWTIME Siouxsie & The Banshees
26 ( 22 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
27 ( 28 ) RUSH RUSH Paula Abdul
28 ( 43 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS Scritti Politti featuring Sweetie Irie
29 ( 23 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
30 ( 25 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees

31 ( 24 ) MAMA Kim Appleby
32 ( 27 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
33 ( 17 ) THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THIS Omar
34 ( 38 ) ARE YOU MINE Bros
35 ( 58 ) I LIKE IT DJH featuring Stefy
36 ( 30 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
37 ( 34 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
38 ( 31 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
39 ( NEW ) I’M TOO SEXY Right Said Fred
40 ( 26 ) CHORUS Erasure

41 ( 41 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
42 ( 37 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
43 ( 52 ) MY NAME IS NOT SUSAN Whitney Houston
44 ( 42 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
45 ( NEW ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Dannii Minogue
46 ( 33 ) RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Jesus Jones
47 ( NEW ) MORE THAN WORDS Extreme
48 ( 47 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 36 ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
50 ( 66 ) THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO MMMM C+C Music factory

51 ( 46 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
52 ( 50 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
53 ( 32 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
54 ( 54 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
55 ( 53 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
56 ( 62 ) YOU COULD BE MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
57 ( 48 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
58 ( 57 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 44 ) SEXUALITY Billy Bragg
60 ( 59 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer

61 ( 45 ) ALWAYS THERE Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown
62 ( NEW ) MY AFFAIR Kirsty MacColl
63 ( NEW ) RUN FROM LOVE Jimmy Somerville

64 ( 73 ) IT HIT ME LIKE A HAMMER Huey Lewis & The News
65 ( 64 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
66 ( 63 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
67 ( 67 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
68 ( 68 ) FAMILY AFFAIR B.E.F. featuring Lalah Hathaway
69 ( 61 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
70 ( NEW ) THE SOUND OF EDEN Shades Of Rhythm

71 ( RE ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Aretha Franklin
72 ( NEW ) TIME LOVE AND TENDERNESS Michael Bolton
73 ( 72 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
74 ( 40 ) REAL LOVE Driza Bone
75 ( NEW ) LET THE BEAT HIT ‘EM Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam

playlist records
1 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
2 THE ADDAMS FAMILY THEME Vic Mizzy
3 BY MY SIDE INXS

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My July 1971 charts aka wot i loved when i woz 13

6th July 1971 Wot I Liked Then

50 years ago this week, Middle Of The Road were my faves for a 5th week, as one the final records I heard in Singapore to make my top 10 shoves up for The Supremes & The Four Tops, as River Deep goes where Ike & Tina Turner had gone before. New World get Tom Tom Turnaround into the 10 too. The highest new entry is the 3rd monster track from T.Rex – though I wouldn’t get to hear it for another 2 months or so it entered the UK charts this week, and so I retro-added it. Oddly it was my least-fave T.Rex single for a few years, mostly because I didn’t get to hear it much till I bought it. Sneaking in, my other big pop hero after Marc Bolan was on the wane: Roy Wood. he hadn’t quite glammed up yet, though.

1 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 5 ) CO-CO – The Sweet
3 ( 3 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
4 ( 2 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith
5 ( 6 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
6 ( 4 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
7 ( 18 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
8 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH – The Supremes & The Four Tops
9 ( 7 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
10 ( 20 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo

11 ( 8 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
12 ( 10 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
13 ( 17 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
14 ( 11 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
15 ( 12 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley
16 ( 13 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
17 ( NEW ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex
18 ( 9 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia
19 ( 14 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos
20 ( NEW ) TONIGHT – The Move

13th July 1971 My Charts of the time

It’s 6 weeks chirping on top 50 years ago, as Dave, the original Dave not the recent pretender, and Ansel Collins are at 2 with a spot of cheerful Monkey Spanner in the reggae works. New World get their biggest hit as Tom Tom Turnaround hits 3, and Greyhound get a first top 10 (but not a last) as Black & White goes up. The Move also grab a 2nd top 10, following on from Blackberry Way topping my chart 3 years earlier.

New in at 16, The New Seekers have a pending monster as I get to hear it on my grandma & grandad’s stereogram, cos my Auntie Ann (15 years old) had bought it and I went mad on it immediately. It reminded me in the boop boop bits of some of the singing Sesame Street gang that had started on Singapore TV. I know I was MUCH too old to watch it (at 13) but hey it was still mildly entertaining anyway. Talking of Singapore, dad bought a Singapore act’s cover (in Mandarin), The Travellers doing Knock Three Times, which tickled him after hearing it on a Changi Village market stall. Finally, Canadian folkie Gordon Lightfoot enters with the wonderful If You Could Read My Mind, one I grew to love more with the years passing.

1 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 5 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
3 ( 7 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
4 ( 2 ) CO-CO – The Sweet
5 ( 3 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
6 ( 4 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith
7 ( 13 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
8 ( 6 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
9 ( 9 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
10 ( 20 ) TONIGHT – The Move

11 ( 17 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex
12 ( 8 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH – The Supremes & The Four Tops
13 ( 12 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
14 ( 11 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
15 ( NEW ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
16 ( 10 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo
17 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
18 ( NEW ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot
19 ( NEW ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – The Travellers

20 ( 19 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos

20th July 1971 charts of the time

It’s 7 weeks on top for Middle Of The Road, and this week’s challengers are New World, as Tom Tom Turnaround gives it a go at 2, with Greyhound up to 3, seeing things in black & white, and The New Seekers get another top 10 hit with their cover of Never Ending Song Of Love up to 5. T.Rex grab a 3rd top 10, as Get It On moves into the top tier, and Gordon Lightfoot’s lovely folk ballad is at 9. The final Singapore-vintage track to enter my charts arrives at 12 for The Jackson 5, Never Can Say Goodbye would eventually top my charts in 1974 for Gloria Gaynor’s belting disco romp version, but I loved the original ballad version almost as much from recording it off a US top 10 rundown I caught on the radio at random, having been unaware of it’s existence until just before we were packing to return to the UK. That leaves Atomic Rooster and Cliff Richard as 2 tracks I heard over the next few weeks in September.

So, as I say, the final glorious days in Singapore, no school, memories of my brother falling off a drainage pipe leading into the sea, and getting photographed with me sitting in our tree – the tree was a twig stuck in the ground 18 months earlier. Growfast! So, lazy days, and me hiding away as many of my DC superhero comics as I could manage in the crates, along with the text books I grabbed from the school library as they had an End-Of-School big giveaway of everything. Sadly someone had nicked the Hugo Walters boys adventure sci-fi books I wanted, and which go for hundreds of pounds these days. They got me into sci-fi books in a massive fashion: within the space of weeks I was buying from second-hand bookstalls Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Alan E. Nourse and any others that took my fancy. And I also got those into the crates. Still got ’em.

1 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 3 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
3 ( 7 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
4 ( 2 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
5 ( 15 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
6 ( 11 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex
7 ( 4 ) CO-CO – The Sweet
8 ( 6 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith
9 ( 18 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot
10 ( 8 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink

11 ( 13 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
12 ( NEW ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5
13 ( 10 ) TONIGHT – The Move
14 ( 14 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
15 ( 12 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH – The Supremes & The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster
17 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
18 ( NEW ) FLYING MACHINE – Cliff Richard
19 ( 16 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo
20 ( 20 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos

Wot I liked then 27th July 1971

1 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 5 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
3 ( 6 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex
4 ( 2 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World
5 ( 3 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
6 ( 4 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
7 ( 12 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5
8 ( 11 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – The Travellers
9 ( 7 ) CO-CO – The Sweet
10 ( 8 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith

11 ( 9 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot
12 ( 10 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
13 ( NEW ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
14 ( 18 ) FLYING MACHINE – Cliff Richard
15 ( 16 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster
16 ( 15 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH – The Supremes & The Four Tops
17 ( 13 ) TONIGHT – The Move
18 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
19 ( 19 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo
20 ( NEW ) STREET FIGHTING MAN – The Rolling Stones

My Retro July 1971 Charts

3rd July 1971

It’s a brand new entry on top for the third T.Rex chart-topper in a row, Get It On being so good it became a big hit in the Glam-free USA, influenced by Rolling Stones riffs here and there, the imagery was pure Bolan though. This week marks a bit of massive invasion of classics for me. From here-on it’s pretty much majorly stuff I played to death in the UK, most of them I bought on singles (eventually) mixed with stuff I missed out on, or were album tracks and B sides. The combination means I can no longer fit them into a chart of 75 and I’ve had to expand to 90. I expect it’ll stay that way for the next 3 years or so before things start to get less good in 1975, overall. The sheer competition means every track is doing much less well than it deserves in terms of chart positions, bar the very top. Middle Of The Road are at 9, for example, and topped my original charts for 7 weeks back in the day.

Joan Baez is up to 2 with her fab Dixie cover, and new on their brand new album it’s future classic single Have You Seen Her from The Chi-Lites, shamelessly sad, lush and sentimental, and still brilliant, despite MC Hammer’s attempt to murder it. In at 7, and Eugene Record hits his stride from here onwards, main singer and songwriter of the band. Another soul classic, for me, is in at 19, 1973 UK hit Take Me Girl I’m Ready from the fab Junior Walker, out in the USA 2 years earlier. Motown was always looking for oldies to push in the UK when the hits started drying up, working that back catalogue. In at 28, I got it for Christmas 1971, the wonderful 1964 Northern Soul UK chart-topper from The Tams – Hey Girl Don’t Bother was on top of the charts when I got to see my first Top Of The Pops shows after 2 years deprived. My memory is they weren’t appearing until it had dropped off the top spot, or it’s last week on top, as they struggled to find them, and get them over the Atlantic to the UK. They looked a bit “mature” and out of vocal practice, but it was lovely to see them.

In at 57, 5 months early, the best track off Deep Purple’s new album Fireball. The future single was one I rated, I liked the thrash/punk tempo some years before punk was even a germ of an idea. David Crosby follows Neil Young & Stephen Stills with a solo entry, and Graham Nash wouldn’t be that far behind – I def charted stuff from him 1974 in my original charts of the time. Orleans is utterly not what I was expecting, it’s rather lovely. The Trems keep the chart entries coming 5 years on, Cliff ditto, and so The Who with their rock classic Won’t Get Fooled Again. I still don’t love it. I like it, which is better than my view in the 70’s, I actively disliked it, possibly due to buying a second-hand copy (without hearing the record before) which was shot to hell. Much prefer the follow-up. I know I’m in a minority there!

The Moments get another entry 4 years before their UK breakthrough, slick soul with ear-shattering vocals, Valerie Simpson drops her partner for a solo hit attempt (Ashford and her give away their best songs though – so no hits!). The Doobies debut a year earlier than I expected, with Nobody – not one I know – while Twiggy goes all 1920’s as she promotes her debut movie The Boy Friend, which was set in that period. A flop, obviously, but she’d get the hit in 5 years time, with a country folk cover.

Phew!

1 ( NEW ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
2 ( 10 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
3 ( 1 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 2 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
5 ( 3 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
6 ( 6 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
7 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 7
8 ( 12 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
9 ( 9 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
10 ( 14 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10

11 ( 5 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
12 ( 4 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
13 ( 7 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
14 ( 8 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
15 ( 11 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
16 ( 18 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 16
17 ( 19 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17
18 ( 13 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
19 ( NEW ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 19
20 ( 15 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1

21 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
22 ( 17 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
23 ( 25 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 23
24 ( 33 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 24
25 ( 20 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
26 ( 21 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
27 ( 29 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 27
28 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 28
29 ( 22 ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 22
30 ( 35 ) LOVE SONG – Lesley Duncan # 30

31 ( 23 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 16
32 ( 31 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
33 ( 34 ) RAININ’ N’ PAININ’ – Middle Of The Road # 33
34 ( 27 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
35 ( 24 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 19
36 ( 30 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
37 ( 41 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 37
38 ( 46 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 38
39 ( 43 ) SING CHILDREN SING – Lesley Duncan # 39
40 ( 26 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12

41 ( 37 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
42 ( 38 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
43 ( 48 ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 43
44 ( 28 ) MELODY FAIR – The Bee Gees # 28
45 ( 39 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
46 ( 32 ) LOVE SONG – Olivia Newton-John # 22
47 ( 53 ) HERE IT COMES – Peter Gordeno # 47
48 ( 54 ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 48
49 ( 45 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
50 ( 55 ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 50

51 ( 42 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 17
52 ( 62 ) PURE IMAGINATION – Gene Wilder (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original Soundtrack) # 52
53 ( 36 ) TONIGHT – The Move # 30
54 ( 59 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 54
55 ( 44 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 16
56 ( 51 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansel Collins # 7
57 ( NEW ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 57
58 ( 65 ) GIVE IT TIME – Middle Of The Road # 58
59 ( 56 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
60 ( 63 ) SMILING FACE SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 60

61 ( 57 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
62 ( 66 ) THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT – Joni Mitchell # 62
63 ( 76 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 63
64 ( 47 ) CAREY – Joni Mitchell # 47
65 ( 40 ) YOU GOTTA HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART – The Supremes & The Four Tops # 40
66 ( 67 ) IN THESE CHANGING TIMES – The Four Tops # 66
67 ( 68 ) GET DOWN AND GET WITH IT – Slade # 67
68 ( 64 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
69 ( 74 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 69
70 ( 77 ) LAST MORNIN’ – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show # 70

71 ( 60 ) COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED – Faith, Hope & Charity # 60
72 ( 80 ) MAYBE TOMORROW – The Jackson 5 # 72
73 ( 79 ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan # 73
74 ( 52 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 13
75 ( 70 ) I JUST WANT TO FALL IN LOVE – Archie Bell & The Drells # 70
76 ( NEW ) ORLEANS – David Crosby # 76
77 ( 78 ) MOTHER FREEDOM – Bread # 77
78 ( 71 ) TUNE TO THE MUSIC – Status Quo # 71
79 ( 72 ) LIAR – Three Dog Night # 72
80 ( NEW ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 80

81 ( NEW ) WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN – The Who # 81
82 ( NEW ) LUCKY ME – The Moments # 82
83 ( NEW ) I JUST WANT TO BE THERE – Valerie Simpson # 83

84 ( 50 ) THINK ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES – Harry Nilsson # 30
85 ( NEW ) FLYING MACHINE – Cliff Richard # 85
86 ( NEW ) NOBODY – The Doobie Brothers # 86
87 ( NEW ) ZOO DE ZOO ZONG – Twiggy & Friends # 87
88 ( NEW ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU – The Fascinations # 88
89 ( NEW ) RAW RAMP – T.Rex # 89
90 ( NEW ) TAKE AWAY – The Tams # 90

10th July 1971

It’s 2 weeks on top for the imperial T.Rex, banging that gong, and holding off The Chi-Lites brilliant Have You Seen Her at 2 – I love The Chi-Lites, and admire main singer/writer Eugene Record, but in all their years of hits they never appeared on UK TV, I’ve no idea why not but it means I had no idea what they looked like in their heyday – until I just caught them on Soul Train on Youtube singing this one. Fab! I saw the last remaining member on the final tour last decade, which wasn’t quite the same, but it was great to hear the songs, even if Eugene passed away years before.

This week 50 years ago Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin each had a new album out, so cherry-picking the next 2 Diana Ross singles means future UK number one, and US relative flop, I’m Still Waiting enters at 14 – one of my “I got it for Christmas” singles because I never got to tape it off the radio and it was fab, but I did catch it on Top Of The Pops at my grandma & grandad’s house in September. The single follow-up which I did tape in the autumn (and so didn’t buy) actually topped my charts of the time – Surrender has a glorious hook, and enters at 9. Aretha meanwhile, has an uptempo funk cover of Ben E. King’s Spanish Harlem, a song I knew, but had no idea where from at the time. Aretha at her near-best, in at 31.

There’s no let-up in new entries vs departing tracks, so it’s still a top 90, and a 4th entry for Dawn & Tony Orlando, as my 15-year-old Auntie had bought What Are You Doing Sunday? which I got to hear in September on afore-mentioned stereogram. I liked it, but not nearly as much as I loved Knock Three Times and Candida at the time. These days it’s probably lasted the best of all their singles, maybe apart from Candida & Tie A Yellow Ribbon. Though everything is relative! Elvis gets 2 oldies joining his latest hit, 2 of his best 50’s tracks as 50’s nostalgia gets firmly underway to become a theme of 70’s media.

Betty Wright is back again with one I don’t know, ditto The Moody Blues, both are pretty decent, and Peggy Lee is also returning with a song I do know – I just didn’t know she’d done it! Where Did They Go popped up on Top Of The Pops in 1972-ish with Sandie Shaw singing it looking for an elusive hit post-Monsieur Dupont. She only had to wait for Morrissey to grow up and 12 years to get one. Lastly another Jim Reeves oldie pops in. He was still making the UK charts almost a decade after he’d died, following the Buddy Holly pattern, and future Elvis pattern.


1 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
2 ( 7 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 2
3 ( 2 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
4 ( 3 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
5 ( 5 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
6 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
7 ( 6 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
8 ( 8 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
9 ( NEW ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 9
10 ( 19 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 10

11 ( 11 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
12 ( 16 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 12
13 ( 9 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
14 ( NEW ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 14
15 ( 10 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
16 ( 14 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
17 ( 17 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17
18 ( 12 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
19 ( 15 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
20 ( 13 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5

21 ( 18 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
22 ( 20 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
23 ( 23 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 23
24 ( 28 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 24
25 ( 21 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
26 ( 22 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
27 ( 25 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
28 ( 26 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
29 ( 38 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 29
30 ( 37 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 30

31 ( NEW ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 31
32 ( 27 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 27
33 ( 39 ) SING CHILDREN SING – Lesley Duncan # 33
34 ( 30 ) LOVE SONG – Lesley Duncan # 30
35 ( 32 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
36 ( 31 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 16
37 ( 34 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
38 ( 36 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
39 ( 43 ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 39
40 ( 48 ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 40

41 ( 24 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 24
42 ( 29 ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 22
43 ( 41 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
44 ( 42 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
45 ( 35 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 19
46 ( 50 ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 46
47 ( 52 ) PURE IMAGINATION – Gene Wilder (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original Soundtrack) # 47
48 ( 54 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 48
49 ( 40 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12
50 ( 45 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8

51 ( 57 ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 51
52 ( 49 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
53 ( 33 ) RAININ’ N’ PAININ’ – Middle Of The Road # 33
54 ( 58 ) GIVE IT TIME – Middle Of The Road # 54
55 ( 60 ) SMILING FACE SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 55
56 ( 44 ) MELODY FAIR – The Bee Gees # 28
57 ( 62 ) THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT – Joni Mitchell # 57
58 ( 63 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 58
59 ( NEW ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 56 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansel Collins # 7

61 ( 46 ) LOVE SONG – Olivia Newton-John # 22
62 ( 59 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
63 ( 67 ) GET DOWN AND GET WITH IT – Slade # 63
64 ( 70 ) LAST MORNIN’ – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show # 64
65 ( 61 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
66 ( 66 ) IN THESE CHANGING TIMES – The Four Tops # 66
67 ( 69 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 67
68 ( 72 ) MAYBE TOMORROW – The Jackson 5 # 68
69 ( 73 ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan # 69
70 ( NEW ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley # 70

71 ( 51 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 17
72 ( 76 ) ORLEANS – David Crosby # 72
73 ( NEW ) HOUND DOG – Elvis Presley # 73
74 ( 80 ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 74
75 ( 68 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
76 ( 47 ) HERE IT COMES – Peter Gordeno # 47
77 ( 77 ) MOTHER FREEDOM – Bread # 77
78 ( 82 ) LUCKY ME – The Moments # 78
79 ( 85 ) FLYING MACHINE – Cliff Richard # 79
80 ( 53 ) TONIGHT – The Move # 30

81 ( 81 ) WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN – The Who # 81
82 ( 83 ) I JUST WANT TO BE THERE – Valerie Simpson # 82
83 ( 86 ) NOBODY – The Doobie Brothers # 83
84 ( 87 ) ZOO DE ZOO ZONG – Twiggy & Friends # 84
85 ( NEW ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE – Betty Wright # 85
86 ( NEW ) WHERE DID THEY GO – Peggy Lee # 86

87 ( 89 ) RAW RAMP – T.Rex # 87
88 ( NEW ) THE STORY IN YOUR EYES – The Moody Blues # 88
89 ( 90 ) TAKE AWAY – The Tams # 89
90 ( NEW ) HE’LL HAVE TO GO – Jim Reeves # 90

17th July 1971

It’s a new chart-topper as The Chi-Lites bang a gong on T.Rex, grabbing a first number one with the wonderfully slushy Have You Seen Her, and Diana Ross gets a double top-tenner as Surrender climbs to 3 and I’m Still Waiting is at 9. Junior Walker gets a second top 5 with Take Me Girl I’m Ready, and Dave & Ansel Collins get 2 top 10’s in a row as they throw a Monkey Spanner in the works. The Tams knock on the doors of the top 10, as the 7-year-old Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me is up to 12, and Aretha is singing a Spanish Harlem at 19.

Deep Purple go top 40 with the pumping Fireball, and highest new entry is technically the last record I got in Singapore – Shirley Bassey’s gentle-semi-reggae-beat version of the Carpenters For All We Know – which I knew before I heard the original. Dad liked Shirl, bought her albums, and I wrote to him (he had to stay in Singapore for another 3 months while families left earlier) saying I quite liked the record, but please could I have Hot Chocolate’s I Believe (In Love) as I’d just gone mad on it. Sadly he couldn’t find a copy in Singapore so bought me La Bassey instead. Oh yes I was disappointed, but I got Hot Choc for Xmas instead. So I’m fond of this Shirley single. In at 55.

Keeping up with the Classic Crooner theme, Frank Sinatra covers a song by the Four Seasons main songwriter, Lady Day, about Billie Holiday, so what with Peggy Lee, a bunch of classy balladeers are collecting. Throw in John Williams and his version of the classical piece Cavatina, too – a hit in 1979 after it was used as the theme to The Deer Hunter, I had no idea it was 8 years when it charted, though The Shadows got the bigger hit, and Iris Williams had a vocal version hit too with her cover of the original Cleo Laine “with-added-lyrics” out in 1972. That leaves French singer Michel Delpech popping with with the French-language version of a later English-lyrics cover hit called Flirt by Jonathan King which I was a fan of at the time (early 1972).

1 ( 2 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
2 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
3 ( 9 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 3
4 ( 3 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
5 ( 10 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
6 ( 4 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
7 ( 5 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
8 ( 8 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
9 ( 14 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 9
10 ( 12 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 10

11 ( 6 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
12 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 12
13 ( 7 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
14 ( 11 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
15 ( 13 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
16 ( 15 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
17 ( 16 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
18 ( 31 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 18
19 ( 19 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
20 ( 23 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 20

21 ( 17 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17
22 ( 18 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
23 ( 29 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 23
24 ( 21 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
25 ( 22 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
26 ( 20 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
27 ( 30 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 27
28 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
29 ( 26 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
30 ( 27 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4

31 ( 28 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
32 ( 32 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 27
33 ( 51 ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 33
34 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 34
35 ( 34 ) LOVE SONG – Lesley Duncan # 30
36 ( 33 ) SING CHILDREN SING – Lesley Duncan # 33
37 ( 35 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
38 ( 39 ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 38
39 ( 47 ) PURE IMAGINATION – Gene Wilder (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original Soundtrack) # 39
40 ( 38 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4

41 ( 36 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 16
42 ( 37 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
43 ( 48 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 43
44 ( 54 ) GIVE IT TIME – Middle Of The Road # 44
45 ( 43 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
46 ( 44 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
47 ( 55 ) SMILING FACE SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 47
48 ( 58 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 48
49 ( 41 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 24
50 ( 42 ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 22

51 ( 45 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 19
52 ( 59 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 52
53 ( 50 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
54 ( 52 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
55 ( NEW ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 55
56 ( 69 ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan # 56
57 ( 57 ) THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT – Joni Mitchell # 57
58 ( 63 ) GET DOWN AND GET WITH IT – Slade # 58
59 ( 67 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 59
60 ( 64 ) LAST MORNIN’ – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show # 60

61 ( 49 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12
62 ( 68 ) MAYBE TOMORROW – The Jackson 5 # 62
63 ( 46 ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 46
64 ( 72 ) ORLEANS – David Crosby # 64
65 ( 62 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
66 ( 73 ) HOUND DOG – Elvis Presley # 66
67 ( 70 ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley # 67
68 ( 60 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansel Collins # 7
69 ( 74 ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 69
70 ( 65 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4

71 ( 78 ) LUCKY ME – The Moments # 71
72 ( 77 ) MOTHER FREEDOM – Bread # 72
73 ( 82 ) I JUST WANNA BE THERE – Valerie Simpson # 73
74 ( 88 ) THE STORY IN YOUR EYES – The Moody Blues # 74
75 ( 83 ) NOBODY – The Doobie Brothers # 75
76 ( 86 ) WHERE DID THEY GO – Peggy Lee # 76
77 ( 85 ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE – Betty Wright # 77
78 ( 81 ) WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN – The Who # 78
79 ( 75 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
80 ( NEW ) LADY DAY – Frank Sinatra # 80

81 ( 84 ) ZOO DE ZOO ZONG – Twiggy & Friends # 81
82 ( 87 ) RAW RAMP – T.Rex # 82
83 ( NEW ) POUR UN FLIRT – Michel Delpech # 83
84 ( 90 ) HE’LL HAVE TO GO – Jim Reeves # 84
85 ( NEW ) CAVATINA – John Williams # 85

24th July 1971

It’s Diana Ross and her 2nd solo chart-topper, 4th in retro total including the Supremes, with some fab reggae from The Pioneers debuting at 21, and Shirley Bassey leaping into the 20. My dad bought me that single when he got back from Singapore 3 months later than mum, me and my brother, so it’s special to me. Dad liked Shirley Bassey and he knew I liked that one when he couldnt get hold of the Hot Chocolate single I asked for.

1 ( 3 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
2 ( 1 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
3 ( 2 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
4 ( 4 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
5 ( 9 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
6 ( 12 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
7 ( 5 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
8 ( 6 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
9 ( 7 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
10 ( 10 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 10

11 ( 8 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
12 ( 11 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
13 ( 13 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
14 ( 14 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
15 ( 15 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
16 ( 55 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 16
17 ( 18 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 17
18 ( 23 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 18
19 ( 16 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
20 ( 17 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1

21 ( NEW ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 21
22 ( 19 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
23 ( 22 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
24 ( 27 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 24
25 ( 24 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
26 ( 25 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
27 ( 21 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17
28 ( 33 ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 28
29 ( 26 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
30 ( 28 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1

31 ( 20 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 20
32 ( 34 ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 32
33 ( 31 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
34 ( 29 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
35 ( 30 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
36 ( 39 ) PURE IMAGINATION – Gene Wilder (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original Soundtrack) # 36
37 ( 44 ) GIVE IT TIME – Middle Of The Road # 37
38 ( 48 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 38
39 ( 37 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
40 ( 32 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 27

41 ( 35 ) LOVE SONG – Lesley Duncan # 30
42 ( 52 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 42
43 ( 36 ) SING CHILDREN SING – Lesley Duncan # 33
44 ( 40 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
45 ( 47 ) SMILING FACE SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 45
46 ( 42 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
47 ( 45 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
48 ( 46 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
49 ( 41 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 16
50 ( 56 ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan # 50

51 ( 59 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 51
52 ( 38 ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 38
53 ( NEW ) GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL – Donny Osmond # 53
54 ( 43 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 43
55 ( 60 ) LAST MORNIN’ – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show # 55
56 ( 53 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
57 ( 54 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
58 ( 66 ) HOUND DOG – Elvis Presley # 58
59 ( 51 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 19
60 ( 62 ) MAYBE TOMORROW – The Jackson 5 # 60

61 ( 50 ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 22
62 ( 64 ) ORLEANS – David Crosby # 62
63 ( 69 ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 63
64 ( 67 ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley # 64
65 ( 71 ) LUCKY ME – The Moments # 65
66 ( 49 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 24
67 ( 65 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
68 ( 72 ) MOTHER FREEDOM – Bread # 68
69 ( 75 ) NOBODY – The Doobie Brothers # 69
70 ( 73 ) I JUST WANNA BE THERE – Valerie Simpson # 70

71 ( 74 ) THE STORY IN YOUR EYES – The Moody Blues # 71
72 ( 76 ) WHERE DID THEY GO – Peggy Lee # 72
73 ( 77 ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE – Betty Wright # 73
74 ( 80 ) LADY DAY – Frank Sinatra # 74
75 ( 83 ) POUR UN FLIRT – Michel Delpech # 75
76 ( NEW ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS – The Formations # 76
77 ( 85 ) CAVATINA – John Williams # 77
78 ( NEW ) LET MY NAME BE SORROW – Mary Hopkin # 78
79 ( NEW ) ALL DAY MUSIC – War # 79
80 ( NEW ) THESE THINGS WILL KEEP ME LOVING YOU – The Velvelettes # 80

31st July 1971

It’s straight in at 1 for the lead track off the newly-charting Isaac Hayes soundtrack album to the blockbuster hit movie Shaft, the lead single theme song being a stroke of genius ahead of its time, as was the concept that a film with a largely black cast could be box office. Shirley Bassey goes where the Carpenters have already been, top ten with For All You Know, and Aretha gets another top 10 with her wonderful version of Spanish Harlem. New in at 20 is the very Santana-sounding instrumental Sultana by Titanic, it’s fab and out in the UK.

Out in the USA it’s Holly Sherwood’s medley version of Day By Day from Godspell, new at 25 6 months ahead of it’s UK chart debut, while charting in Holland it’s Focus with their mostly instrumental Hocus Pocus 18 months ahead of it’s UK chart debut, in at 62. Also new, at 65, The Yamasukis return with a track off the new concept album as Yamasuki is charting in Belgium and France – this song is labelled Aieaoa, but the Daft Punk dad song is better known as A.I.E (A Mwana) which was a European hit for Black Blood in 1975, and was also Bananarama’s debut single in 1981, and was the 2010 Fifa song in a version by Safri Duo. I’ve charted all the versions with the original popping in here.

At 73, The Persuaders soul classic, and future Pretenders cover minor hit, the lovely Thin Line Between Love And Hate debuts, Ray Stevens has a self-written gospel-flavoured ballad with All My Trials, The Partridge Family keep the chart entries coming, Engelbert drops by with his new lush effort, Anne Murray jauntily pops in, and George Harrison seriously calls in with Bangladesh.

1 ( NEW ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
2 ( 2 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
3 ( 1 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
4 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
5 ( 5 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
6 ( 6 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
7 ( 4 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
8 ( 7 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
9 ( 16 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
10 ( 17 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 10

11 ( 8 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
12 ( 9 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
13 ( 21 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 13
14 ( 18 ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 14
15 ( 12 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
16 ( 11 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
17 ( 10 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 10
18 ( 14 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
19 ( 13 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
20 ( NEW ) SULTANA – Titanic # 20

21 ( 15 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
22 ( 20 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
23 ( 19 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
24 ( 22 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
25 ( NEW ) DAY BY DAY (GODSPELL MEDLEY) – Holly Sherwood # 25
26 ( 28 ) FIREBALL – Deep Purple # 26
27 ( 23 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
28 ( 26 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
29 ( 25 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
30 ( 27 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 17

31 ( 29 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
32 ( 30 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
33 ( 38 ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 33
34 ( 24 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 24
35 ( 42 ) WHAT ARE YOU DOING SUNDAY – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 35
36 ( 33 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
37 ( 31 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 20
38 ( 34 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
39 ( 35 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
40 ( 53 ) GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL – Donny Osmond # 40

41 ( 37 ) GIVE IT TIME – Middle Of The Road # 37
42 ( 39 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
43 ( 45 ) SMILING FACE SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 43
44 ( 36 ) PURE IMAGINATION – Gene Wilder (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original Soundtrack) # 36
45 ( 32 ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 32
46 ( 50 ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan # 46
47 ( 51 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 47
48 ( 44 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
49 ( 47 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
50 ( 48 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1

51 ( 40 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 27
52 ( 46 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
53 ( 41 ) LOVE SONG – Lesley Duncan # 30
54 ( 43 ) SING CHILDREN SING – Lesley Duncan # 33
55 ( 58 ) HOUND DOG – Elvis Presley # 55
56 ( 49 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 16
57 ( 65 ) LUCKY ME – The Moments # 57
58 ( 63 ) HELLO BUDDY – The Tremeloes # 58
59 ( 60 ) MAYBE TOMORROW – The Jackson 5 # 59
60 ( 62 ) ORLEANS – David Crosby # 60

61 ( 64 ) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley # 61
62 ( NEW ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 62
63 ( 57 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
64 ( 56 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
65 ( NEW ) A-I-E-A-O-A – The Yamasukis # 65
66 ( 78 ) LET MY NAME BE SORROW – Mary Hopkin # 66
67 ( 69 ) NOBODY – The Doobie Brothers # 67
68 ( 76 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS – The Formations # 68
69 ( 73 ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE – Betty Wright # 69
70 ( 70 ) I JUST WANNA BE THERE – Valerie Simpson # 70

71 ( 71 ) THE STORY IN YOUR EYES – The Moody Blues # 71
72 ( 72 ) WHERE DID THEY GO – Peggy Lee # 72
73 ( NEW ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE – The Persuaders # 73
74 ( 74 ) LADY DAY – Frank Sinatra # 74
75 ( 75 ) POUR UN FLIRT – Michel Delpech # 75
76 ( 68 ) MOTHER FREEDOM – Bread # 68
77 ( 77 ) CAVATINA – John Williams # 77
78 ( NEW ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 78
79 ( 79 ) ALL DAY MUSIC – War # 79
80 ( NEW ) I WOKE UP IN LOVE THIS MORNING – The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 80

81 ( 54 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 43
82 ( NEW ) ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE – Engelbert Humperdinck # 82
83 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER IN THE MORNING – Anne Murray # 83
84 ( NEW ) BANGLADESH – George Harrison # 84
85 ( NEW ) ALL MY TRIALS – Ray Stevens # 85

My August 2021 charts

dad getting a darts trophy from one of the Singapore RAF League team organisers in 1970. Thats how I want to remember him again if I can remember happier times.

My dad died on the 27th July, suddenly at home from a heart attack brought on by COPD bad chest infection while we were preparing to get him ready to be picked up and taken to the hospital for urgent examination and tests. I went to pieces and couldnt save him, but had to then deal with my mum in the adjacent room while ambulance staff did their best to help. Mum has advanced alzheimers and is unable to do anything for herself. The trauma of the next 2 weeks and all the paperwork and funeral sorting meant i had no time for music of any sort. So there is a repeat chart to start with.

1st August 2021

Repeat of previous week chart

1 1 1 4 IT MUST BE LOVE – Labi Siffre 595000
2 2 2 11 LEAVE BEFORE YOU LOVE ME – Marshmello x Jonas Brothers 621150
3 3 2 6 MORE THAN A WOMAN (SG’S PARADISE EDIT) – Bee Gees x SG Lewis 434250
4 4 4 9 TOO MUCH HISTORY – Jack Savoretti 428600
5 5 2 10 YOU – Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae 531000
6 6 1 4 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU – Kishi Bashi 395000
7 7 1 12 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton 711300
8 8 8 3 STARLIGHT – Yola 106600
9 9 9 7 GOODBYE – The Veronicas 215350
10 10 12 12 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 278300


11 11 11 10 LOST – Jake Bugg 201650
12 12 1 6 THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Banderas 580000
13 13 8 10 MONSTER – Paloma Faith 294800
14 14 14 6 TOLD YOU SO – Nathan Evans 158200
15 15 10 10 SHELLFISH MADEMOISELLE – Roisin Murphy 234200
16 16 16 7 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – George Michael 156250
17 17 17 5 NOTHING ELSE MATTERS – Miley Cyrus featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith 75300
18 18 18 6 THANK YOU – Diana Ross 109250
19 19 19 7 MIRROR – Sigrid 120100
20 20 9 9 I LIKE IT – Eagle-Eye Cherry 230200


21 21 1 11 FALLEN ANGEL – TIX 799500
22 22 7 11 10 YEARS – Dadi Freyr 365500
23 23 23 5 IF YOU LOVE ME (REALLY LOVE ME) – Brenda Lee 86500
24 24 1 10 GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES – Cher 593750
25 25 25 4 CALL ON ME – RAYE 55850
26 26 3 11 OUT THE CAGE – Keith Urban featuring Breland & Nile Rodgers 372100
27 27 17 11 INVISIBLE – Duran Duran 187400
28 28 28 3 WAIT AROUND – Kyle Falconer 42600
29 29 29 6 IN MY EYES – Chris Malinchak & Kiesza 81600
30 30 30 7 NEON LIGHTS – Annie featuring Jake Shears 95600


31 31 18 12 LOVE AGAIN – Dua Lipa featuring White Town 191550
32 32 32 4 TALK ABOUT IT – Jungle 53300
33 33 33 4 BUILD IT BETTER – Natalie Imbruglia 52000
34 34 34 13 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 154150
35 35 35 3 CHASING KITES – Georgie 42200
36 36 36 3 CRYING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR – Will Young 46800
37 37 37 5 LET THEM KNOW – Mabel 58700
38 38 10 12 YOUNG SUMMER – Tungevaag 261150
39 39 1 13 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 713650
40 40 40 2 WAVES OF BLUE – Majid Jordan 34000


41 41 20 10 DUMB – Jubel 132050
42 42 27 8 LORD IT’S A FEELING – London Grammar 98100
43 43 35 8 ANGELIC THUG – Pet Shop Boys 109400
44 44 1 12 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 546450
45 45 14 13 RUN – OneRepublic 259300
46 46 18 9 SUITCASE OF SINS – Tiggs Da Author 144650
47 47 5 11 GROWING UP IS GETTING OLD – VICTORIA 333250
48 48 1 24 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 1155850
49 49 4 11 SET ME FREE – Eden Alene 422400
50 50 20 10 MESSAGE OF LOVE – UB40 featuring House Of Shem 138800


51 51 38 9 HOW NOT TO DROWN – CHVRCHES & Robert Smith 93350
52 52 52 6 THE WALLS ARE WAY TOO THIN – Holly Humberstone 61900
53 53 39 10 ANOTHER YOU – Alok & Bloodline featuring The Vamps 94500
54 54 54 6 DARK MOON – Bonnie Guitar 58300
55 55 55 10 DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING – Gerry & The Pacemakers 67000
56 56 5 15 LAZYBABY – Dove Cameron 443050
57 57 57 2 RATHER BE – Rat City & Isak Heim 20800
58 58 58 5 EXCUSES – Mentis featuring Kate Smith 40100
59 59 59 7 YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND – Queen 53900
60 60 15 11 BEAUTIFUL BEACHES – James 177200


61 61 40 6 SHINE ON – Kim Wilde & Boy George 52500
62 62 17 13 WHO’S HURTING WHO – Jack Savoretti featuring Nile Rodgers 215700
63 63 63 5 HOLIDAY – KSI 29600
64 64 64 3 I AM WHAT I AM (COPENHAGEN 2021 WORLDPRIDE ANTHEM) – Aqua 20000
65 65 65 2 BELIEVE – Anna Of The North 14000
66 66 66 7 HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK – Ian Dury & The Blockheads 35200
67 67 3 12 WOMAN – Riva Taylor 384900
68 68 68 2 RED BUTTON – AJA 12800
69 69 69 2 MISS MY (UH-OH) – Anne-Marie & Little Mix 12400
70 70 70 2 WHY – Carly Simon 12000


71 71 71 2 MENERGY (PURPLE DISCO MACHINE REMIX) – Patrick Cowley & Purple Disco Machine featuring Sylvester 11600
72 72 72 2 MOVE WITH ME – Mad Circuit 11200
73 73 73 3 MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU – Stardust 15800
74 74 74 2 FALLING – McAlmont & Butler 10200
75 75 75 2 THE LAKES (ORIGINAL VERSION) – Taylor Swift 10000

8th August 2021

1 2 1 12 LEAVE BEFORE YOU LOVE ME – Marshmello x Jonas Brothers 791150
2 3 2 7 MORE THAN A WOMAN (SG’S PARADISE EDIT) – Bee Gees x SG Lewis 549250
3 4 3 10 TOO MUCH HISTORY – Jack Savoretti 513600
4 1 1 5 IT MUST BE LOVE – Labi Siffre 660000
5 8 5 4 STARLIGHT – Yola 166600
6 5 2 11 YOU – Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae 586000
7 7 1 13 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton 761300
8 23 8 6 IF YOU LOVE ME (REALLY LOVE ME) – Brenda Lee 134500
9 9 9 8 GOODBYE – The Veronicas 260350
10 17 10 6 NOTHING ELSE MATTERS – Miley Cyrus featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith 117300

11 6 1 5 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU – Kishi Bashi 432000
12 12 1 7 THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Banderas 615000
13 10 12 13 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 310300
14 11 11 11 LOST – Jake Bugg 230650
15 13 8 11 MONSTER – Paloma Faith 321800
16 25 16 5 CALL ON ME – RAYE 80850
17 28 17 4 WAIT AROUND – Kyle Falconer 65600
18 32 18 5 TALK ABOUT IT – Jungle 75300
19 36 19 4 CRYING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR – Will Young 67800
20 33 20 5 BUILD IT BETTER – Natalie Imbruglia 72000

21 15 10 11 SHELLFISH MADEMOISELLE – Roisin Murphy 253950
22 14 14 7 TOLD YOU SO – Nathan Evans 177700
23 35 23 4 CHASING KITES – Georgie 61450
24 24 1 11 GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES – Cher 612750
25 16 16 8 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – George Michael 175000
26 26 3 12 OUT THE CAGE – Keith Urban featuring Breland & Nile Rodgers 390600
27 34 27 14 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 172550
28 37 28 6 LET THEM KNOW – Mabel 77000
29 29 29 7 IN MY EYES – Chris Malinchak & Kiesza 99800
30 NEW 30 1 TAKE MY BREATH – The Weeknd 18000

31 18 18 7 THANK YOU – Diana Ross 127150
32 20 9 10 I LIKE IT – Eagle-Eye Cherry 248000
33 21 1 12 FALLEN ANGEL – TIX 817200
34 22 7 12 10 YEARS – Dadi Freyr 383100
35 19 19 8 MIRROR – Sigrid 137600
36 40 36 3 WAVES OF BLUE – Majid Jordan 51700
37 27 17 12 INVISIBLE – Duran Duran 204700
38 30 30 8 NEON LIGHTS – Annie featuring Jake Shears 112800
39 NEW 39 1 SKATE – Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic 17100
40 52 40 7 THE WALLS ARE WAY TOO THIN – Holly Humberstone 78900

41 39 1 14 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 727650
42 38 10 13 YOUNG SUMMER – Tungevaag 274900
43 55 43 11 DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING – Gerry & The Pacemakers 80500
44 44 1 13 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 559700
45 31 18 13 LOVE AGAIN – Dua Lipa featuring White Town 204550
46 57 46 3 RATHER BE – Rat City & Isak Heim 33550
47 47 5 12 GROWING UP IS GETTING OLD – VICTORIA 345750
48 54 48 7 DARK MOON – Bonnie Guitar 70600
49 59 49 8 YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND – Queen 66000
50 58 50 6 EXCUSES – Mentis featuring Kate Smith 52100

51 48 1 25 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 1167600
52 45 14 14 RUN – OneRepublic 270800
53 RE 53 5 BAD HABITS – Ed Sheeran 36450
54 64 54 4 I AM WHAT I AM (COPENHAGEN 2021 WORLDPRIDE ANTHEM) – Aqua 31000
55 43 35 9 ANGELIC THUG – Pet Shop Boys 120200
56 41 20 11 DUMB – Jubel 142650
57 42 27 9 LORD IT’S A FEELING – London Grammar 108500
58 66 58 8 HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK – Ian Dury & The Blockheads 45400
59 65 59 3 BELIEVE – Anna Of The North 24100
60 60 15 12 BEAUTIFUL BEACHES – James 187200

61 56 5 16 LAZYBABY – Dove Cameron 450550
62 68 62 3 RED BUTTON – AJA 20200
63 69 63 3 KISS MY (UH-OH) – Anne-Marie & Little Mix 19600
64 46 18 10 SUITCASE OF SINS – Tiggs Da Author 151750
65 70 65 3 WHY – Carly Simon 19000
66 NEW 66 1 GOOD 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo 6800
67 71 67 3 MENERGY (PURPLE DISCO MACHINE REMIX) – Patrick Cowley & Purple Disco Machine featuring Sylvester 18200
68 74 68 3 FALLING – McAlmont & Butler 16600
69 50 20 11 MESSAGE OF LOVE – UB40 featuring House Of Shem 145000
70 72 70 3 MOVE WITH ME – Mad Circuit 17200

71 NEW 71 1 DON’T GO YET – Camila Cabello 5800
72 53 39 11 ANOTHER YOU – Alok & Bloodline featuring The Vamps 100100
73 75 73 3 THE LAKES (ORIGINAL VERSION) – Taylor Swift 15400
74 NEW 74 1 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IKO IKO (MY BESTIE) – Justin Wellington featuring Small Jam 5000

DROP OUTS
49 4 11 SET ME FREE – Eden Alene 422400
51 38 9 HOW NOT TO DROWN – CHVRCHES & Robert Smith 93350
61 40 6 SHINE ON – Kim Wilde & Boy George 52500
62 17 13 WHO’S HURTING WHO – Jack Savoretti featuring Nile Rodgers 215700
63 63 5 HOLIDAY – KSI 29600
67 3 12 WOMAN – Riva Taylor 384900
73 73 3 MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU – Stardust 15800

15th August 2021

It’s 2 weeks on top for Marshmello and Jonas Brothers with the best version of Can’t Smile Without You that I’ve heard, love Leave Before You Love Me as The Bee Gees remix of 1977’s More Than A Woman, never a single for the Gibb brothers, outdoes the Tavares brilliant version from 1978. RAYE gets a first solo top 10, and highest new entry is a Pnau mashup remix of Elton John’s Sacrifice (which topped my charts twice, in 1989 and 1990) and a cover by Dua Lipa of his Rocket Man, which hit 2 in my charts of 1972 and topped 2 more times as an oldie. Elton also has Nothing Else Matters at 7 with Miley Cyrus, so he’s certainly partnering up with my fave female pop stars of the moment! Not bad for 50 years of continuous hart hits.

Aqua leap into the top 40 with their Pride cover of I Am What I Am, their biggest chart hit for me since Cartoon Heroes went top 10 21 years ago, Anne-Marie & Little Mix also bound up into the 40, Kiss My (Uh Oh) indeed, and Keane bung out an unreleased decent track Dirt, reminding us that it’d be nice if they got back together again with new material, in at 47. Texas make it 3 in a row from the latest album as the very good You Can Call Me is in at 53, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant pair up again to take up where they left off in 2008 for a 5th duet together, Alison pushing 30 years of chart action and Robert 40 years of solo action, not including Led Zep stuff.

Iko Iko returns for the first time since The Belle Stars and Natasha took it into the 1982 charts, Sigma add to their growing list, and The Stranglers get a first chart entry in 30 years with new material – or at least Jean-Jacques Burnell does – extending their chart span from 13 years to 43 years in one fell-swoop. The Killers make it 17 years with a modest Springsteen-ish ballad, Tones & I gets that elusive follow-up, Raleigh Ritchie extends his run, while a bunch of recent chart stars are Out Out at 75.

1 1 1 13 LEAVE BEFORE YOU LOVE ME – Marshmello x Jonas Brothers 961150
2 2 2 8 MORE THAN A WOMAN (SG’S PARADISE EDIT) – Bee Gees x SG Lewis 664250
3 3 3 11 TOO MUCH HISTORY – Jack Savoretti 598600
4 6 2 12 YOU – Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae 651000
5 5 5 5 STARLIGHT – Yola 226600
6 9 6 9 GOODBYE – The Veronicas 315350
7 10 7 7 NOTHING ELSE MATTERS – Miley Cyrus featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith 167300
8 4 1 6 IT MUST BE LOVE – Labi Siffre 508000
9 7 1 14 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton 806300
10 16 10 6 CALL ON ME – RAYE 122850

11 36 11 4 WAVES OF BLUE – Majid Jordan 88700
12 NEW 12 1 COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX) – Elton John & Dua Lipa 35000
13 70 13 4 MOVE WITH ME – Mad Circuit 49200
14 8 8 7 IF YOU LOVE ME (REALLY LOVE ME) – Brenda Lee 163500
15 17 15 5 WAIT AROUND – Kyle Falconer 92600
16 11 1 6 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU – Kishi Bashi 457000
17 18 17 6 TALK ABOUT IT – Jungle 98300
18 12 1 8 THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Banderas 637000
19 19 19 5 CRYING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR – Will Young 88800
20 20 20 6 BUILD IT BETTER – Natalie Imbruglia 92000

21 15 8 12 MONSTER – Paloma Faith 341550
22 23 22 5 CHASING KITES – Georgie 80950
23 54 23 5 I AM WHAT I AM (COPENHAGEN 2021 WORLDPRIDE ANTHEM) – Aqua 50250
24 13 12 14 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 329300
25 27 25 15 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 191300
26 30 26 2 TAKE MY BREATH – The Weeknd 36500
27 24 1 12 GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES – Cher 631150
28 28 28 7 LET THEM KNOW – Mabel 95300
29 29 29 8 IN MY EYES – Chris Malinchak & Kiesza 118000
30 26 3 13 OUT THE CAGE – Keith Urban featuring Breland & Nile Rodgers 408600

31 21 10 12 SHELLFISH MADEMOISELLE – Roisin Murphy 271850
32 14 11 12 LOST – Jake Bugg 248450
33 63 33 4 KISS MY (UH-OH) – Anne-Marie & Little Mix 37300
34 22 14 8 TOLD YOU SO – Nathan Evans 195300
35 39 35 2 SKATE – Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic 34600
36 46 36 4 RATHER BE – Rat City & Isak Heim 50950
37 50 37 7 EXCUSES – Mentis featuring Kate Smith 69400
38 43 38 12 DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING – Gerry & The Pacemakers 97700
39 33 1 13 FALLEN ANGEL – TIX 834300
40 34 7 13 10 YEARS – Dadi Freyr 400100

41 49 41 9 YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND – Queen 80000
42 32 9 11 I LIKE IT – Eagle-Eye Cherry 261750
43 25 16 9 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – George Michael 188500
44 31 18 8 THANK YOU – Diana Ross 140400
45 44 1 14 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 572700
46 41 1 15 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 740400
47 NEW 47 1 DIRT – Keane 12500
48 62 48 4 RED BUTTON – AJA 32500
49 53 49 6 BAD HABITS – Ed Sheeran 48550
50 59 50 4 BELIEVE – Anna Of The North 36100

51 40 40 8 THE WALLS ARE WAY TOO THIN – Holly Humberstone 90650
52 67 52 4 MENERGY (PURPLE DISCO MACHINE REMIX) – Patrick Cowley & Purple Disco Machine featuring Sylvester 29700
53 NEW 53 1 YOU CAN CALL ME – Texas 11250
54 42 10 14 YOUNG SUMMER – Tungevaag 285900
55 51 1 26 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 1178400
56 71 56 2 DON’T GO YET – Camila Cabello 16400
57 35 19 9 MIRROR – Sigrid 148000
58 47 5 13 GROWING UP IS GETTING OLD – VICTORIA 355950
59 48 48 8 DARK MOON – Bonnie Guitar 80700
60 66 60 2 GOOD 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo 16800

61 38 30 9 NEON LIGHTS – Annie featuring Jake Shears 120300
62 37 17 13 INVISIBLE – Duran Duran 212100
63 68 63 4 FALLING – McAlmont & Butler 23800
64 NEW 64 1 CAN’T LET GO – Alison Krauss & Robert Plant 7100
65 65 65 4 WHY – Carly Simon 26000
66 73 66 4 THE LAKES (ORIGINAL VERSION) – Taylor Swift 22200
67 NEW 67 1 HOPE – Sigma & Carla Marie 6600
68 NEW 68 1 IF SOMETHING’S GONNA KILL ME (IT MIGHT AS WELL BE LOVE) – The Stranglers 6400

69 75 69 2 IKO IKO (MY BESTIE) – Justin Wellington featuring Small Jam 11200
70 74 70 2 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 11200

71 NEW 71 1 PRESSURE MACHINE – The Killers 5800
72 NEW 72 1 FLY AWAY – Tones And I 5600
73 NEW 73 1 PSYCHO – Maisie Peters 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN – Raleigh Ritchie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 OUT OUT – Joel Corry x Jax Jones featuring Charli XCX & Saweetie 5000

22nd August 2021

It’s taken 13 weeks but Regard, Troye Sivan and Tate McRae finally get to the top spot, with the fab You still sounding fresh and great. Majid Jordan and Mad Circuit get a debut top 10 each, and Texas make it 2 in a row for the first time in 15 years as You Can Call Me leaps 47 places to 6. Keane and AJA enter the top 40 leaping into the top 20, and 2nd biggest climber is Maisie Peters as her Psycho bounds into the 30.

Steps keep their run of recent singles going, as the highest new entry, and Manic Street Preachers get 2 off the latest album into the chart, while Jack Savoretti makes it 3 of his latest, and Lola Lennox has a 4th entry without an album out. Clean bandit keep them coming, and HARLEE is back, this time with Navos.

1 4 1 13 YOU – Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae 821000
2 1 1 14 LEAVE BEFORE YOU LOVE ME – Marshmello x Jonas Brothers 1076150
3 2 2 9 MORE THAN A WOMAN (SG’S PARADISE EDIT) – Bee Gees x SG Lewis 749250
4 11 4 5 WAVES OF BLUE – Majid Jordan 153700
5 13 5 5 MOVE WITH ME – Mad Circuit 109200
6 53 6 2 YOU CAN CALL ME – Texas 66250
7 3 3 12 TOO MUCH HISTORY – Jack Savoretti 648600
8 7 7 8 NOTHING ELSE MATTERS – Miley Cyrus featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith 215300
9 6 6 10 GOODBYE – The Veronicas 360350
10 5 5 6 STARLIGHT – Yola 268600

11 12 11 2 COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX) – Elton John & Dua Lipa 72000
12 8 1 7 IT MUST BE LOVE – Labi Siffre 543000
13 47 13 2 DIRT – Keane 44500
14 9 1 15 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton 835300
15 10 10 7 CALL ON ME – RAYE 149850
16 33 16 5 KISS MY (UH-OH) – Anne-Marie & Little Mix 62300
17 23 17 6 I AM WHAT I AM (COPENHAGEN 2021 WORLDPRIDE ANTHEM) – Aqua 73250
18 22 18 6 CHASING KITES – Georgie 102950
19 48 19 5 RED BUTTON – AJA 53500
20 26 20 3 TAKE MY BREATH – The Weeknd 56500

21 15 15 6 WAIT AROUND – Kyle Falconer 112350
22 18 1 9 THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Banderas 656500
23 17 17 7 TALK ABOUT IT – Jungle 117550
24 21 8 13 MONSTER – Paloma Faith 360550
25 29 25 9 IN MY EYES – Chris Malinchak & Kiesza 136750
26 14 8 8 IF YOU LOVE ME (REALLY LOVE ME) – Brenda Lee 182000
27 73 27 2 PSYCHO – Maisie Peters 23800
28 50 28 5 BELIEVE – Anna Of The North 54400
29 35 29 3 SKATE – Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic 52800
30 27 1 13 GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES – Cher 649150

31 16 1 7 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU – Kishi Bashi 474900
32 31 10 13 SHELLFISH MADEMOISELLE – Roisin Murphy 289650
33 38 33 13 DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING – Gerry & The Pacemakers 115400
34 67 34 2 HOPE – Sigma & Carla Marie 24200
35 68 35 2 IF SOMETHING’S GONNA KILL ME (IT MIGHT AS WELL BE LOVE) – The Stranglers 23900
36 36 36 5 RATHER BE – Rat City & Isak Heim 68350
37 41 37 10 YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND – Queen 97300
38 30 3 14 OUT THE CAGE – Keith Urban featuring Breland & Nile Rodgers 425800
39 19 19 6 CRYING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR – Will Young 105900
40 20 20 7 BUILD IT BETTER – Natalie Imbruglia 109000

41 34 14 9 TOLD YOU SO – Nathan Evans 209300
42 24 12 15 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 343050
43 63 43 5 FALLING – McAlmont & Butler 37300
44 28 28 8 LET THEM KNOW – Mabel 108550
45 25 25 16 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 204300
46 52 46 5 MENERGY (PURPLE DISCO MACHINE REMIX) – Patrick Cowley & Purple Disco Machine featuring Sylvester 42450
47 49 47 7 BAD HABITS – Ed Sheeran 61050
48 37 37 8 EXCUSES – Mentis featuring Kate Smith 81700
49 45 1 15 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 584800
50 56 50 3 DON’T GO YET – Camila Cabello 28400

51 60 51 3 GOOD 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo 28550
52 64 52 2 CAN’T LET GO – Alison Krauss & Robert Plant 18600
53 40 7 14 10 YEARS – Dadi Freyr 411350
54 39 1 14 FALLEN ANGEL – TIX 845300
55 72 55 2 FLY AWAY – Tones And I 16400
56 32 11 13 LOST – Jake Bugg 259250
57 46 1 16 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 750800
58 71 58 2 PRESSURE MACHINE – The Killers 16000
59 55 1 27 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 1188500
60 66 60 5 THE LAKES (ORIGINAL VERSION) – Taylor Swift 32200

61 69 61 3 IKO IKO (MY BESTIE) – Justin Wellington featuring Small Jam 18700
62 65 62 5 WHY – Carly Simon 33400
63 NEW 63 1 TAKE ME FOR A RIDE – Steps 7200
64 42 9 12 I LIKE IT – Eagle-Eye Cherry 268850
65 74 65 2 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN – Raleigh Ritchie 12200
66 70 66 3 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 18000
67 44 18 9 THANK YOU – Diana Ross 147000
68 NEW 68 1 THE SECRET HE HAD MISSED – Manic Street Preachers featuring Julia Cumming 6400
69 75 69 2 OUT OUT – Joel Corry x Jax Jones featuring Charli XCX & Saweetie 11200
70 NEW 70 1 SECRET LIFE – Jack Savoretti 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE LIKE THAT – Lola Lennox 5800

72 43 16 10 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – George Michael 194100
73 NEW 73 1 WILD HEARTS – Keith Urban 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DRIVE – Clean Bandit & Topic featuring Wes Nelson 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YOU & I – Navos & HARLEE 5000

DROP OUTS
51 40 8 THE WALLS ARE WAY TOO THIN – Holly Humberstone 90650
54 10 14 YOUNG SUMMER – Tungevaag 285900
57 19 9 MIRROR – Sigrid 148000
58 5 13 GROWING UP IS GETTING OLD – VICTORIA 355950
59 48 8 DARK MOON – Bonnie Guitar 80700
61 30 9 NEON LIGHTS – Annie featuring Jake Shears 120300
62 17 13 INVISIBLE – Duran Duran 212100

29th August 2021

It’s 2 weeks on top for You 14 weeks into its chart-run, with new top 10’s for Keane, their 9th in 17 years; Aqua, finally getting a 2nd top 10 21 years since Cartoon Heroes; Elton John, replacing himself in the top 10 50 years since Your Song started the ball rolling; Dua Lipa (her 13th). Sigma, Tones & I, and Steps have big climbs in the 40, and highest new entry comes from ex-Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, as two new tracks from his forthcoming album both have the classic tuneful harmony guitar pop sound, giving him 40 years of solo success, or 44 years including the Mac.

Liam Payne’s back with a movie theme that’s pretty good, at 38, and Billy Idol also returns hot on the heels of his Miley Cyrus feature, with the Chris Isaak-sounding Bitter Taste giving him at least 15 top 40’s (but it’ll be more) over 42 years including Generation X got banned from Top Of The Pops for ol Bill stripping down to leather undies. LP keeps the great run of singles going, Goodbye, and Tori Amos returns unexpectedly with a classic cover from the closing credits of Good Omens, a great series. She’s covered A Nightingale Sang In Berkely Square, first performed by the mother of Jane Birkin in 1940, Judy Campbell, who is therefore also the grandmother of Charlotte Gainsbourg. It’s a classy version, but tastefully faithful to the original style of covers like Vera Lynn and many others.

Also new, Noel Gallagher’s back, Becky Hill & Topic do a collab, Javiera Mena gets remixed for a 6th chart entry, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her The Feeling hubbie also collab from the stageshow Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Griff & Laura Mvula follow-up, Jake Shears ditto for a run of 17 years Scissor Sisters-including, and there’s some very golden oldies in tribute to the late Don Everley & Charlie Watts, 2 veterans from my childhood passing away.

1 1 1 14 YOU – Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae 991000
2 2 1 15 LEAVE BEFORE YOU LOVE ME – Marshmello x Jonas Brothers 1191150
3 4 3 6 WAVES OF BLUE – Majid Jordan 238700
4 5 4 6 MOVE WITH ME – Mad Circuit 174200
5 6 5 3 YOU CAN CALL ME – Texas 126250
6 3 2 10 MORE THAN A WOMAN (SG’S PARADISE EDIT) – Bee Gees x SG Lewis 804250
7 13 7 3 DIRT – Keane 94500
8 17 8 7 I AM WHAT I AM (COPENHAGEN 2021 WORLDPRIDE ANTHEM) – Aqua 121250
9 11 9 3 COLD HEART (PNAU REMIX) – Elton John & Dua Lipa 117000
10 19 10 6 RED BUTTON – AJA 95500

11 16 11 6 KISS MY (UH-OH) – Anne-Marie & Little Mix 99300
12 27 12 3 PSYCHO – Maisie Peters 58800
13 7 3 13 TOO MUCH HISTORY – Jack Savoretti 680600
14 8 7 9 NOTHING ELSE MATTERS – Miley Cyrus featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo & Chad Smith 244300
15 15 10 8 CALL ON ME – RAYE 176850
16 9 6 11 GOODBYE – The Veronicas 385350
17 34 17 3 HOPE – Sigma & Carla Marie 47200
18 12 1 8 IT MUST BE LOVE – Labi Siffre 565000
19 14 1 16 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton 856300
20 20 20 4 TAKE MY BREATH – The Weeknd 76500

21 10 5 7 STARLIGHT – Yola 288350
22 18 18 7 CHASING KITES – Georgie 122450
23 28 23 6 BELIEVE – Anna Of The North 73650
24 NEW 24 1 ON THE WRONG SIDE – Lindsey Buckingham 19000
25 25 25 10 IN MY EYES – Chris Malinchak & Kiesza 155500
26 35 26 3 IF SOMETHING’S GONNA KILL ME (IT MIGHT AS WELL BE LOVE) – The Stranglers 42400
27 22 1 10 THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Banderas 674900
28 29 28 4 SKATE – Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic 71100
29 33 29 14 DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING – Gerry & The Pacemakers 133600
30 21 15 7 WAIT AROUND – Kyle Falconer 130350

31 24 8 14 MONSTER – Paloma Faith 378450
32 23 17 8 TALK ABOUT IT – Jungle 135350
33 30 1 14 GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES – Cher 666850
34 36 34 6 RATHER BE – Rat City & Isak Heim 85950
35 31 1 8 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU – Kishi Bashi 492400
36 43 36 6 FALLING – McAlmont & Butler 54700
37 55 37 3 FLY AWAY – Tones And I 33700
38 NEW 38 1 SUNSHINE – Liam Payne 17200
39 63 39 2 TAKE ME FOR A RIDE – Steps 24300
40 NEW 40 1 BITTER TASTE – Billy Idol 17000

41 32 10 14 SHELLFISH MADEMOISELLE – Roisin Murphy 303650
42 50 42 4 DON’T GO YET – Camila Cabello 42150
43 46 43 6 MENERGY (PURPLE DISCO MACHINE REMIX) – Patrick Cowley & Purple Disco Machine featuring Sylvester 55950
44 38 3 15 OUT THE CAGE – Keith Urban featuring Breland & Nile Rodgers 439050
45 NEW 45 1 I DON’T MIND – Lindsey Buckingham 13000
46 26 8 9 IF YOU LOVE ME (REALLY LOVE ME) – Brenda Lee 194750
47 39 19 7 CRYING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR – Will Young 118400
48 40 20 8 BUILD IT BETTER – Natalie Imbruglia 121300
49 51 49 4 GOOD 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo 40650
50 52 50 3 CAN’T LET GO – Alison Krauss & Robert Plant 30600

51 41 14 10 TOLD YOU SO – Nathan Evans 221050
52 NEW 52 1 GOODBYE – LP 11500
53 71 53 2 LOVE LIKE THAT – Lola Lennox 17050
54 49 1 16 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 595800
55 NEW 55 1 A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELY SQUARE – Tori Amos 10800
56 60 56 6 THE LAKES (ORIGINAL VERSION) – Taylor Swift 42800
57 58 57 3 PRESSURE MACHINE – The Killers 26400
58 65 58 3 SAY WHAT YOU MEAN – Raleigh Ritchie 22400
59 48 37 9 EXCUSES – Mentis featuring Kate Smith 91800
60 61 60 4 IKO IKO (MY BESTIE) – Justin Wellington featuring Small Jam 28700

61 42 12 16 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 350550
62 44 28 9 LET THEM KNOW – Mabel 115950
63 70 63 2 SECRET LIFE – Jack Savoretti 13200
64 59 1 28 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 1195600
65 NEW 65 1 FLYING ON THE GROUND – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 7000
66 66 66 4 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 24800
67 68 67 2 THE SECRET HE HAD MISSED – Manic Street Preachers featuring Julia Cumming 13000
68 75 68 2 YOU & I – Navos & HARLEE 11400
69 69 69 3 OUT OUT – Joel Corry x Jax Jones featuring Charli XCX & Saweetie 17400
70 NEW 70 1 MY HEART GOES (LA DI DA) – Becky Hill & Topic 6000

71 74 71 2 DRIVE – Clean Bandit & Topic featuring Wes Nelson 11000
72 NEW 72 1 HONKY TONK WOMEN – The Rolling Stones 5600
73 73 73 2 WILD HEARTS – Keith Urban 10800
74 NEW 74 1 FLASHBACK (COLLRBONE REMIX) – Javiera Mena featuring Collrbone 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WHILE YOU’RE STILL YOUNG – Sophie Ellis-Bextor & The Feeling 5000
76 NEW 76 1 ONE NIGHT – Griff 4800
77 NEW 77 1 DO THE TELEVISION – Jake Shears 4600
78 NEW 78 1 (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION – The Rolling Stones 4400
79 NEW 79 1 CATHY’S CLOWN – The Everley Brothers 4200
80 NEW 80 1 MAGICAL – Laura Mvula 4000

DROP OUTS
37 37 10 YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND – Queen 97300
45 25 16 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 204300
47 47 7 BAD HABITS – Ed Sheeran 61050
53 7 14 10 YEARS – Dadi Freyr 411350
54 1 14 FALLEN ANGEL – TIX 845300
56 11 13 LOST – Jake Bugg 259250
57 1 16 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 750800
62 62 5 WHY – Carly Simon 33400
64 9 12 I LIKE IT – Eagle-Eye Cherry 268850
67 18 9 THANK YOU – Diana Ross 147000
72 16 10 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – George Michael 194100

The Radio One All-Time Listeners Chart of 1974 (Part 6 50-41)

50. DIANA – Paul Anka (1957)

One of the oldest songs in the top 50, Diana was written & sung by 15-year-old prodigy Paul Anka, and the million-selling single in the UK sounds very of it’s time. It has a certain charm, but yeah lyrically it sounds like it was written by a 15-year-old. Paul improved as he went along, though, writing the lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s signature song My Way and hitting the top of the US charts in 1974 again after a good 17-year run of hits with You’re Having My Baby. Not to mention slots in films and TV dramas as an actor along the way, and more recently Put Your Head On My Shoulders getting sampled by Doja Cat on the terrific, if naughty, Freak. I’d never heard of this record until 1973 when it was being advertised on TV for a K-Tel or Ronco oldies Various Artists hits album, and the clip of the hook got on my nerves. I’ve never rated it much, but I’m guessing the TV advertising clip (and album sales) boosted its place in this list as it was fresh in some voters minds.

49. ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT – Elvis Presley (1961)

He’s back again. One of his ballad anthems, this one topped the UK chart in early 1961, and I can vouch that it was very popular with my parents generation. I loved a lot of Elvis records, but this one was more of a “quite like” for me, what with it’s talking section, and morose pace. And then in 1982 came the posthumous “laughing version” of Elvis singing it live and cracking up at his female backing singers, which was a hit in the UK….and that was that, I’ve been done with the record ever since. I can enjoy a good Elvis tribute act doing it karaoke-style as an encore, but other than that I tend to avoid it these days. Listening to half of it for this exercise was enough, but people do love it, and that’s why it’s at 49…

48. WOODEN HEART – Elvis Presley (1961)

As featured in his G.I. Blues movie, and another monster seller for Elvis in 1961, this is one I loved as a kid. The clip above was on TV now and again, and the song was still a jukebox staple in the mid-60’s and beyond, and for everyone is was a sort of fantasy version of his stint in Germany after he got drafted. It sounds very oom-pah Germanic in genre, and if anyone has ever been to a German beer bar abroad you can expect lots of much more oom-pah-pah jolly singalongs with cardigans and jumpers nearby (OK German bars of a certain-aged clientele, then). Fine by me, my very earliest memories are of living in Germany – 2 mildly traumatic incidents but let’s not get negative, they would have been around 1960/61, so around the time of Wooden Heart, more or less. Plus, it has puppets. What kid doesn’t love puppets? Only 2 more Elvis tracks on the list! One’s not bad. One is not not bad.

47. THE YOUNG ONES – Cliff Richard with The Shadows (1961)

From the Prime US Heart-throb to the Prime UK version, also in one of his films, chart-topping, and out in 1961. It’s still sounding good to my ears, not least due to the twangy Shadows guitars and sweeping strings, 2 things that I approve of by and large. It was nice, it was very 1961, Cliff was barely into his 20’s, and he was at the top of his commercial game. It was impossible to not be aware of Cliff in 60’s British pop culture, he was a cornerstone of it, and an inspiration for others to follow where he led as a pseudo-rock’n’roll-based pop star. Credit where it’s due, and even 1980’s The Young Ones anarchic sit-com, destroying the song over the credits, and taking pot shots at the fab Rik Mayall’s wanna-be-anarchist character worshipping Cliff and destroying his own credibility in the process, haven’t harmed the underlying niceness of the song. It’s also the most-popular Cliff track on the countdown, but overall I’ll go with Miss You Nights, Devil Woman, We Don’t Talk Anymore, Wired For Sound or All I Ask Of You, all post-1974, as top-notch Cliff.

46. SUGAR SUGAR – The Archies (1969)

OK, hands up, I bloody love this record, it was definitely one of my all-time fave records by 1974. I loved The Archies, I used to tape songs off their TV show onto reel-to-reel tape using a tinny-sounding hand-held microphone. This was in Singapore 1970/1971, I was 12, I cut the cardboard/plastic vinyl records off the back of US cereal boxes which featured Archies songs, the first EP I ever bought was Sugar Sugar (a 4-track with US hit Bang Shang A Lang and the TV show theme on it), the first album I ever bought with my own money was The Archies, also Sugar Sugar and other faves from the TV show, and I have since bought a box set of one of the series. It’s bloody terrible! I didn’t notice how bad it was at the time, so much, as I really loved the songs. But Archie Comics were fun, and have led to dark cult show Riverdale as well as a music-TV cartoon show. They were created after Don Kirshner got his nose put out of joint by the members of The Monkees taking control over their own music, so he opted for a band that didn’t exist except as cartoons to avoid future conflict. Happily for him he also brought in top US hitmakers like Jeff Barry and 1974 Rock Me Gently hitmaker Andy Kim, who wrote Sugar Sugar, Toni Wine on backing or co-lead vocals (see A Groovy Kind Of Love) and Ron Dante on lead vocal, who also had hits as The Cufflinks. The bubblegum music was often much better than you might expect for music aimed at little kids, not least with this global smash, which has spent the last 50-odd-years infuriating serious music critics, DJ’s, and people generally by refusing to go away and stop selling, eventually passing the million mark in the 21st century (I’m talking actual paid-for sales, not fake repeat-listens on Spotify). It is what it is – and what it is is simple, catchy, nicely-produced-and-sung pop, which is why it outsold The Beatles, Elvis & assorted other music legends in 1969. So in the words of kids at the time, naah, nah, na-na naaahh!

45. RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (1969)

The late Kenny was never finer that on his big breakthrough smash, this post-Viet-Nam story-song of a wife looking for physical love as her war-injured disabled husband can no longer assist in that direction. It’s short, sad, and touching, but stays the right side of taste and avoids veering in the mawkish OTT territory of some of his later story-song smashes like the laughable Lucille (his heroes always seem to marry the wrong woman) or stereotyping Coward Of The County. The follow-up Something’s Burning was also pretty good though, his First Edition days are much more satisfyingly decent overall, even though he will now always be remembered for Islands In The Stream, a Bee Gees gift to him and Dolly. The Brothers Gibb have one on the rundown, too, which is only fair….

44. OLD SHEP – Elvis Presley (1956)

His penultimate entry on the countdown, and it’s a sad story of shooting dead a beloved pet dog, guaranteed to make grown, hardened men get all sentimental and tearful. I’ve seen it. Admittedly it was still beloved of people from the 50’s, and sometimes their kids. I liked it as a kid, but happily it wasn’t on the radio enough to get annoyed by it, and is these days utterly forgotten with the passing years. Quite bloody rightly. It’s mawkish, turgid, and unpleasant in these times. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals, always have, and can’t abide cruelty or suffering, but this is so @£$%& depressing!

43. KELLY – Del Shannon (1963)

OK, Match-fixing alert!!! Something well-dodgy here, and I think as a result of a fan-club campaign to get a fandom fave onto the list. I’d never heard of this minor non-hit from Del Shannon when this was played on the rundown, unlike his other gem mystifyingly lower down, and I’ve never heard it since until I played it for reviewing purposes. It’s mildly pleasant but one radio play every 40 years or so doesn’t ring out “classic”. I’m guessing Del was touring the UK around about the time of the voting and a collective effort was made by all who’d had a good night out…but even so, it’s less memorable than Woody Harrelson singing a different Kelly song on sitcom Cheers to his girlfriend. The lyrics went “kelly kelly kelly kelly kelly kelly kelly kelly….” etc.

42. HAVE I THE RIGHT? – The Honeycombs (1964)

This Joe Meek production was jolly and is on the rundown even though I’d never heard of it until it popped up on a K-Tel various artist album I bought in 1973 (I wanted In The Year 2525 most all, a track I worshipped, and which is not on the list). It’s striking a blow for women’s rights to do anything they want to do (in this case be the drummer in a band) and it has an appealing stomping beat a la Dave Clark 5 (not on the list, not even Glad All Over) but, y’know, Joe Meek, the man behind ground-breaking Telstar (which I knew intimately, and adored) the global instrumental smash for The Tornadoes (also not on the list), and John Leyton’s wonderful haunting chart-topper Johnny Remember Me (also not on the list), which I adored as a kid and into the 70’s – and this makes the rundown. Shomething fishy methinks – or else the TV advertising for the album I bought reminded people who actually liked it 10 years earlier to vote for it. I was listening to pop music in 1964 and it just sort of passed me by entirely. Any way, The Dead End kids covered it in 1977 and brought it back into the charts, so it must have been liked more than I rate it. I DO like it, but it”s not by any stretch of the imagination one of the top 100 tracks of the 60’s.

41. (And The Lights All Went Down In) MASSACHUSSETS – The Bee Gees (1967)

Love this record, love The Bee Gees, love 60’s-era Bee Gees most of all, and my mum loved this record. Dad bought 12 Big Hits in Singapore in 1969 and it had this one on it, so played it lots and lots growing up, with memories of The Summer Of Love (OK this in the autumn, but it applies) living on an RAF camp on the Isle Of Anglesey in North Wales, beaches, puffins, walks to school along country lanes and teachers who spoke Welsh to each other so you couldnt understand what they were saying out of lessons. Massachussets was an attempt by the brothers Gibb to ape the flower-power peace and love songs that were around, but flipping it to the East Coast, with Robin’s plaintive lead vocal setting the right mood for a great ballad. These days? Their 70’s disco-era songs would dominate any polls and the 60’s stuff might turn up as cover versions, but I think they are under-rated as recordings in their own right, I’ll nominate World, First Of May, I Started A Joke, Lonely Days or How Can You Mend A Broken Heart as being worthy of being on a rundown of the era, and most of their other hit singles (including Robin’s solo Saved By The Bell) being only slightly-less fabulous, despite some of them being bigger hits for other acts (Only One Woman, Words, To Love Somebody).

My June 1971 Charts – wot a 13-year-old liked then

1st June 1971 My charts of the time

It’s 3 weeks on top for Neil Diamond, with new tracks from Blue Mink and John Kongos which I loved a little later in the year, my charts from here on being a mix of stuff I loved in Singapore with increasing numbers of tracks that I associate with the UK. These charts were a compromise after the event listing of what I liked to fill in gaps until September/October when my weekly charts become actual recorded charts of what I liked (sometimes more than one in a week, so I’ve had to cherry-pick which one I consider “official”) pretty much through to the present with the odd chart missed and rolled over due to life events, or I ran out of notepads to write them down on while moving house.

So as far as My LIfe back then, we now had exactly 3 months of the glorious tropical lifestyle left and I was trying to enjoy what was left of it, cos apart from missing the family in the UK, especially my grandma, and missing British food, & the music scene, I really wasn’t that bothered about living on the equator (more or less). By now I was acclimated that on days when the temperature dropped into the 80’s (F) I put a jumper on in the house. As I was now 13, my body was going through changes that all came as a bit of a surprise to me, we had no sex education classes in those days to tell you about hormones kicking in, so I had to make a lot of assumptions. Mum tried to explain the basics to me, but for the most part I just refused to talk about anything to anyone cos I was too embarrassed. For years!

1 ( 1 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
2 ( 2 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
3 ( 3 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
4 ( 6 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
6 ( 4 ) DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family
7 ( 13 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone
8 ( 9 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
9 ( 7 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios
10 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn

11 ( 8 ) I’LL GIVE YOU YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell
12 ( NEW ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
13 ( 10 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor
14 ( NEW ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos
15 ( 16 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins
16 ( RE ) SUGAR SUGAR – Sakkarin
17 ( 19 ) YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY – Hot Chocolate
18 ( 20 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND (THIS TIME) – The Delfonics
19 ( RE ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr
20 ( NEW ) BROWN SUGAR – The Rolling Stones

8th June 1971 Wot I Liked Then

It’s straight in at 1 for my new obsession – Scottish band Middle Of The Road’s cover of Lally Stott’s Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. A kid in the 2nd year at RAF Changi Grammar brought a new-fangled cassette recorder into school, they were catching on as a great way of recording music you love off the radio or friend’s record collections. My reel-to-reel was far too heavy and cumbersome to cart anywhere, but these were light and portable. Anway, in the boys changing room after Games, he was showing off his music to everyone and on came this bubblegum track. Instantly catchy, in your head forever after one play, and sounding like nothing else, largely due to hot-pants-wearing boys’ fave Sally Carr’s unusual vocals. By the time I could get to a record shop to buy it, our record player and everything had been packed up to ship out by cargo ship back to the UK, school had ended – quite literally they were giving away Library books and everything as the Troops prepared to pull out of Singapore, and Teachers were headed home to the UK. So it had to travel in the hand luggage along with a few DC Comics I’d also bought on board the VC-10. I was worried it would break, but it got back OK and I finally got to play it on my grandad and grandma’s radiogram-record player. This was late Mid/late September – and my Auntie Ann (15 years old) had it as well!

1 ( NEW ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 1 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
3 ( 2 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
4 ( 10 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
5 ( 3 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
6 ( 8 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
7 ( 4 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley
8 ( 5 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
9 ( 12 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
10 ( 6 ) DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family

11 ( 9 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios
12 ( 14 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos
13 ( 7 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone
14 ( 11 ) I’LL GIVE YOU YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell
15 ( 13 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor
16 ( 15 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins
17 ( 17 ) YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY – Hot Chocolate
18 ( 16 ) SUGAR SUGAR – Sakkarin
19 ( NEW ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) – The Temptations
20 ( 19 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr

15th June 1971

It’s 2 weeks on top for Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, and I’ll prepare everyone for a long run on top for Middle Of The Road, as I was obsessed with this catchy little ditty 50 years ago. I was 13, and that’s my excuse – assuming I need an excuse for liking such a huge worldwide hit, albeit one not played much these days. Blue Mink get a top 5, John Kongos a top 10, and they’ll both be back in the top 10 at least one more time, but not many more times. New entries from the other-worldly vocals of Norman Smith, former Beatles/Pink Floyd sound engineer, and his very old-fashioned (but tuneful) ballad Don’t Let It Die and The Sweet’s 2nd entry with the Caribbean-flavoured Co-Co, as writer-producers Chinn-Chapman start to get into their pop-dominating stride for the next 6 or 7 years. Bob & Marcia return with reggae cover of a childhood fave tune of mine The Pied Piper, almost as good as Crispian St Peter’s version.

Possibly my fave TV show at the time, at least sit-com-wise, was Green Acres, being re-run on Singapore/Malaysia TV (I forget which, we had quite a few channels from both countries, certainly more than the UK had at that time – 3!). I watched the first episode of season 4 last night, having finally got the complete DVD series. That’s only taken me 50 years waiting, and definitely worth it. It has a wacky period charm, but it was never based remotely in reality, it was pure fantasy (a rich New York couple buy a ramshackle farm in rural America where everyone lives in their own reality, oblivious of the real world, with ambitions to farm away from the rat race and live off the land – despite having no knowledge, equipment or basic services), and the show was a huge inspiration for Matt “Simpsons” Groening, jam-packed with zany, bizarre characters. The rock of sanity is Eddie Arnold, and the lunacy eventually infects his wife, the wonderful Hungarian Eva Gabor as Lisa, who started off hating the Countryside but who fit into the madness better than her still-sane husband: Lisa, in last night’s episode noticed the sign saying “2 weeks later” which cut to a scene 2 weeks later as husband Oliver is on the settee, he of course thinking she was insane as she discussed it as words suddenly appeared in real life. Breaking the 4th wall was regular. My fave character at the time was Arnold, the TV-watching super-smart pig who everyone treated like a person, the runaway star of the show was a pig! My fave character now is Hank Kimball the County Agent who pops round and forgets immediately why he’s arrived, and everything else. His memory span is about 5 seconds and his rambling diversions beat Ronnie Corbett’s by 8 years or so. Still fab, still quirky, still ahead of it’s time.

1 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 2 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
3 ( 6 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
4 ( 9 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
5 ( 5 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
6 ( 12 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos
7 ( 3 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
8 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
9 ( 8 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
10 ( 7 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley

11 ( 10 ) DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family
12 ( 11 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios
13 ( NEW ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith
14 ( NEW ) CO-CO – The Sweet

15 ( 14 ) I’LL GIVE YOU YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell
16 ( 15 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor
17 ( 13 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone
18 ( NEW ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia
19 ( 19 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) – The Temptations
20 ( 20 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr

22nd June 1971

It’s 3 weeks on top for Chirpy Chirpy Middle Of The Road as I continued to be obsessed about it, while another Singapore track I recorded onto tape at the time pops in at 19 for The Supremes & The Four Tops – but River Deep ain’t no Ike & Tina Turner and while I liked it I’ve always felt it sounded a bit flat in comparison. Hurricane Smith, back in the UK charts from later in the year (for me) grabs a first top 10 with a lovely tune, and The Sweet get a 2nd top with Co-Co. Monkey Spanner I actually heard before I heard Double Barrel, as when we returned to RAF Swinderby in September my friend from 1969, Graham, still lived there and had 2 singles new to me that he’d bought, and I ended up loving – including Dave & Ansel Collins (note that’s Dave, the singer, and Ansel Collins (everything else). Current rap-star Dave wasn’t the first.

That week in the news, the USA had rioting in Jacksonville following the shooting of a 15-year-old black boy, Northern ireland politicians refused to attend the opening of Stormont, both stories sounding like they could have come from 2021. Out this week at the cinema, Jane Fonda’s cult movie Klute, Steve McQueen’s Le Mans, and the first Black-starring Hollywood smash Shaft, starring Richard Rowntree and Isaac Hayes theme classic theme. On US TV, Doris Day had her own TV show following her bankruptcy courtesy of her ex-husband business mis-management, and Lucille Ball was still sit-com-ing with Here’s Lucy. Mission:Impossible was still running, Andy Williams still had the Cookie Bear amidst the singing, and Mary Tyler Moore was being inspirational for women in sitcoms and work.

1 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 4 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
3 ( 2 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
4 ( 13 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith
5 ( 3 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
6 ( 5 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
7 ( 14 ) CO-CO – The Sweet
8 ( 7 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
9 ( 9 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
10 ( 6 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos

11 ( 8 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
12 ( 10 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley
13 ( 12 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios
14 ( 11 ) DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family
15 ( 18 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia
16 ( NEW ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
17 ( 15 ) I’LL GIVE YOU YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell
18 ( 16 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor
19 ( NEW ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH – The Supremes & The Four Tops
20 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU ARE A KING – White Plains

Wot I liked then 29th June 1971

It’s 4 weeks on top for the Chirpy Cheeping, but not tweeting in those days, as Hurricane Smith becomes the latest track to peak at 2 as Middle Of The Road refuse to shift. He won’t be the last one to peak at 2, either! Dave & Ansil Collins go top 10, and Tom Tom Turnaround, entering at 18 for New World, their second hit of the year, and a Chinn-Chapman production that signals later balladry from Smokie. Both singles were owned by my RAF Swinderby friend Graham, who had been there in 1969 when we left and was still there in 1971 when we got back, so I became hooked on them. I requested both singles as my big christmas present that year, including some other tracks not yet charted, and duly got Monkey Spanner, but the record shop didn’t have Tom Tom Turnaround, so had to wait some years to get a copy of that one!

Bob & Marcia go top 10, and Greyhound debut with the wonderful record and less-wonderful shambolic school assembly song (kids trying to sing reggae to a piano and teachers blissfully unaware of the hit version): Black & White had great well-meaning lyrics though, so reggae doing pretty well all in all. There’s a live version of the band singing the song on German TV on youtube, and the lead singer literally gives a tight-trouser zip-busting energetic performance while the audience, politely looking on, clap along while seated. Finally, Lobo debuts with his dog, Boo, a nice ballad.

1 ( 1 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 4 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith
3 ( 3 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
4 ( 2 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink
5 ( 7 ) CO-CO – The Sweet
6 ( 16 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins
7 ( 6 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
8 ( 5 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
9 ( 15 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia
10 ( 9 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn

11 ( 8 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
12 ( 12 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley
13 ( 11 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
14 ( 10 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos
15 ( 20 ) WHEN YOU ARE A KING – White Plains
16 ( 19 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH – The Supremes & The Four Tops
17 ( NEW ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound
18 ( NEW ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World

19 ( 18 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor
20 ( NEW ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo

My Retro June 1971 Charts

5th June 1971

It’s a second chart-topper of 1971 for Marvin Gaye, and his 3rd in total, as Mercy Mercy Me tops the chart 20 years ahead of Robert Palmer’s cover/mash-up doing the same. That keeps off fellow soul-classic Ain’t No Sunshine from the top spot, Bill Withers up to 2. There are only 6 new entries this week but 3 of them are major faves in line with the upper-end invasion of the last few weeks (the entire top 11 have topped my charts, either in this retro rundown or original personal charts), this time First Nation/Native American band Redbone return with their classic swamp rock Witch Queen Of New Orleans a huge UK hit, not so big in the USA for some bizarre reason. Redbone, though had a huge US no. 1 hit in 1974 with Come And Get Your Love – these better days as that fab track off Guardians Of The Galaxy that keeps selling and popping into the sales charts – which floped in the UK (but I charted). Both are fab.

In at 20, back with a cover of Joe South’s Birds Of A Feather soon to be taken off their new album, it’s The Raiders (no more Paul Revere!) and this chugging bubblegum-ish pop track I heard once in late December/early January 1972 on Lift With Ayshea, the kids TV weekly music show that often featured non-radio, non-chart stuff. I went mad on it instantly, charted it in my personal charts – and then had to wait until 1973 to hear it again after finding a copy of it in a department store in Lincoln when I had 50p on me to spare to buy it. That sounds cheap these days, but that was ten shillings in old money – which was a lot! I could buy 10 new DC comics for that. Or 16 bags of crisps. You had to LOVE records to buy them cos kids didn’t have that sort of cash every week if you wanted to go the cinema, or buy other stuff.

In at 37, Nancy & Lee are back with a naughty Country cover, tongue in cheek and suggestive, it’s great fun – Did You Ever? ALL the time! It’s also their first chart activity in 3 years, and an 8th entry including 2 chart-toppers, Nancy has another solo chart-topper in these retro charts, and another 10 solo, plus one with daddy Frank, or her 19th in total. Lee has 10 in total. At 49, Cat Stevens drops his new hit album, and the soon-single Moonshadow debuts for a 6th since Matthew And Son topped my retro charts in 1967. That leaves 2 sneaking in at the lower-end, Faith, Hope & Charity’s Come Back & Finish What You A Started, one I didn’t know at the time, but the girls would chart for me in 1976, and the song in 1978 for Gladys Knight’s more disco version of the soul track. Finally Archie Bell & The Drells add another to the growing tally. Another new to me, but I generally like their stuff when I hear it, not least 1969 chart-topper Here I Go Again.

1 ( 2 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
2 ( 3 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 2
3 ( 1 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
4 ( 6 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 4
5 ( 4 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
6 ( 7 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 6
7 ( 5 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
8 ( 9 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
9 ( 8 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
10 ( NEW ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 10

11 ( 10 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
12 ( 11 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
13 ( 12 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
14 ( 14 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
15 ( 13 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
16 ( 27 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 16
17 ( 26 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 17
18 ( 15 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12
19 ( 16 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
20 ( NEW ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 20

21 ( 17 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
22 ( 18 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 16
23 ( 28 ) HARLEM – Bill Withers # 23
24 ( 20 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
25 ( 21 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 13
26 ( 19 ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins # 12
27 ( 30 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 27
28 ( 24 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
29 ( 22 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
30 ( 25 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1

31 ( 33 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 31
32 ( 23 ) I CRIED – James Brown # 23
33 ( 35 ) DRAGGIN’ THE LINE – Tommy James # 33
34 ( 29 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin # 17
35 ( 40 ) THINK ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES – Harry Nilsson # 35
36 ( 69 ) LOVE SONG – Olivia Newton-John # 36
37 ( NEW ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 37
38 ( 32 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins # 7
39 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU ARE A KING – White Plains # 39
40 ( 48 ) MR. BIG STUFF – Jean Knight # 40

41 ( 31 ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green # 6
42 ( 37 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
43 ( 34 ) FUNKY NASSAU – The Beginning Of The End # 28
44 ( 38 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7
45 ( 39 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
46 ( 41 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
47 ( 58 ) TONIGHT – The Move # 47
48 ( 42 ) MY LITTLE ONE – The Marmalade # 5
49 ( NEW ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 49
50 ( 57 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 50

51 ( 55 ) GET TO THE COUNTRY – Labi Siffre # 51
52 ( 36 ) IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME – Stevie Wonder featuring Syreeta Wright # 24
53 ( 56 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – Isaac Hayes # 53
54 ( 53 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
55 ( 51 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond # 8
56 ( 63 ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 56
57 ( 71 ) MELODY FAIR – The Bee Gees # 57
58 ( 72 ) RAININ’ N’ PAININ’ – Middle Of The Road # 58
59 ( 62 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND – James Taylor # 59
60 ( 64 ) YOU GOTTA HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART – The Supremes & The Four Tops # 60

61 ( 46 ) GOTTA SEE JANE – R. Dean Taylor # 1
62 ( 50 ) YOU’RE A LADY – Gene Chandler # 50
63 ( 65 ) (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head # 63
64 ( 60 ) STONED LOVE – The Supremes # 1
65 ( 44 ) UN BANC, UN ARBRE, UNE RUE – Severine # 25
66 ( 45 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr # 10
67 ( 68 ) SUMMER SAND – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 67
68 ( 67 ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 67
69 ( 70 ) 54-56 WAS MY NUMBER – Toots & The Maytals # 69
70 ( 74 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 70

71 ( 49 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo # 12
72 ( 61 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Carpenters # 2
73 ( 73 ) TRUE LOVE AND APPLE PIE – Susan Shirley # 73
74 ( 75 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 74
75 ( 59 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN – Carole King # 5
76 ( 76 ) OVER AND OVER – The Delfonics # 76
77 ( 77 ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 77
78 ( 78 ) MAN OF MANY FACES – Christie # 78
79 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED – Faith, Hope & Charity # 79
80 ( NEW ) I JUST WANT TO FALL IN LOVE – Archie Bell & The Drells # 80

12th June 1971

It’s a first week on top for Bill Withers’ brilliant Ain’t No Sunshine, as Harlem also goes top 20, and Rod Stewart gets a second top 10, following on from In A Broken Dream, the Python Lee Jackson debut from 6 months earlier, Maggie May about to start it’s world-domination any week now, as soon as US DJ’s flip over Reason To Believe to the B side. Highest new entry is the chart prog-rock of Dutch band Curved Air, Sonja Kristina being a bit of schoolboy pin-up, I found when I started school in the UK in September/October. Me, I instantly liked Back Street Luv, but didn’t get to tape it off the radio – it had dropped out the charts by the time my reel-to-reel recorder arrived from Singapore. I have the vinyl single now, though, took about ooh 10 or 15 years to get hold of a copy.

In at 56, one of the final 2 Singapore-era tracks to make these charts – after this week every new entry will post-Singapore, even if we didn’t leave the island until September 1st – and it’s actor-singer-dancer Peter Gordeno, who starred in the Gerry Anderson fab live-action sci-fi series U.F.O. as a pilot for the first few episodes. Here It Comes was played on the radio, we taped it, and I still have very fond memories of loving it, even if it’s utterly obscure in the UK. It’s a sort of pop showtune, not unlike Tony Christie, and is not available anywhere, has not been available to listen to anywhere for 50 years (except on my tape)…until recently some kind soul popped a copy on Youtube, for which I’m grateful! The other Singapore track is in at the bottom end, it’s a Mandarin cover version of Knock Three Times, which my dad heard on Changi market record stall, it tickled him, he bought it, and the band (The Travellers) were based in Singapore and had quite a list of 3 or 4-track EP’s released on the Sina label, based in Singapore. I like to think we were 40 years ahead of K-Pop…..but you will never find it anywhere to listen to unless I decide to post it on Youtube for a laugh, assuming I can work how to make some visuals to do it.

Other newies: The Four Tops get a second on the list; Michael Nesmith gets solo number 4, and both acts were charting first in these retro charts when I started up with Jan 1967. Mac & Katie Kissoon debut with their version of Chirpy Cheep Cheep Cheep, a US hit – one I remember not being too fussed about when I got to hear it in early 1972, either on Lift Off With Ayshea, or Dave Cash Music Box, both kids shows featuring pop music. I became more fond of them in 1975 though, and saw Katie in later years as a backing singer to the big stars after the hits dried up. Mac had a striking voice though, Katie’s was sweeter. Finally, Julie Felix returns with one I don;t know, but sounds nice, and The Chi-Lites re-use their own horn/rhythm section (pretty much) from the future Beyonce Crazy In Love monster hit 32 years before she & Jay-Z thought of doing the same.

1 ( 2 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
2 ( 1 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
3 ( 4 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 3
4 ( 3 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
5 ( 6 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
6 ( 5 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
7 ( 10 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 7
8 ( 8 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
9 ( 7 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
10 ( 16 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 10

11 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
12 ( 11 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
13 ( 12 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
14 ( 13 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
15 ( 20 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 15
16 ( 14 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
17 ( 15 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
18 ( 18 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12
19 ( 27 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 19
20 ( 23 ) HARLEM – Bill Withers # 20

21 ( 19 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
22 ( 17 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 17
23 ( 37 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 23
24 ( 31 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 24
25 ( 24 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
26 ( 21 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
27 ( 22 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 16
28 ( 36 ) LOVE SONG – Olivia Newton-John # 28
29 ( 33 ) DRAGGIN’ THE LINE – Tommy James # 29
30 ( 35 ) THINK ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES – Harry Nilsson # 30

31 ( 25 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 13
32 ( 28 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
33 ( 30 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
34 ( 56 ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 34
35 ( 29 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
36 ( NEW ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 36
37 ( 49 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 37
38 ( 47 ) TONIGHT – The Move # 38
39 ( 57 ) MELODY FAIR – The Bee Gees # 39
40 ( 40 ) MR. BIG STUFF – Jean Knight # 40

41 ( 26 ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins # 12
42 ( 38 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins # 7
43 ( 32 ) I CRIED – James Brown # 23
44 ( 34 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin # 17
45 ( 50 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 45
46 ( 39 ) WHEN YOU ARE A KING – White Plains # 39
47 ( 42 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
48 ( 58 ) RAININ’ N’ PAININ’ – Middle Of The Road # 48
49 ( 46 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
50 ( 44 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7

51 ( 41 ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green # 6
52 ( 45 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
53 ( 48 ) MY LITTLE ONE – The Marmalade # 5
54 ( 60 ) YOU GOTTA HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART – The Supremes & The Four Tops # 54
55 ( 59 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND – James Taylor # 55
56 ( NEW ) HERE IT COMES – Peter Gordeno # 56
57 ( 54 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
58 ( 63 ) (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head # 58
59 ( 55 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond # 8
60 ( 67 ) SUMMER SAND – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 60

61 ( 70 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 61
62 ( 68 ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 62
63 ( 77 ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 63
64 ( 43 ) FUNKY NASSAU – The Beginning Of The End # 28
65 ( 53 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – Isaac Hayes # 53
66 ( 64 ) STONED LOVE – The Supremes # 1
67 ( 76 ) OVER AND OVER – The Delfonics # 67
68 ( 79 ) COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED – Faith, Hope & Charity # 68
69 ( 69 ) 54-56 WAS MY NUMBER – Toots & The Maytals # 69
70 ( 51 ) GET TO THE COUNTRY – Labi Siffre # 51

71 ( 74 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 71
72 ( NEW ) IN THESE CHANGING TIMES – The Four Tops # 72
73 ( 78 ) MAN OF MANY FACES – Christie # 73
74 ( NEW ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Mac & Katie Kissoon # 74
75 ( 80 ) I JUST WANT TO FALL IN LOVE – Archie Bell & The Drells # 75
76 ( NEW ) SMILING FACE SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 76
77 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT – Julie Felix # 77
78 ( NEW ) WE ARE NEIGHBOURS – The Chi-Lites # 78
79 ( NEW ) TEXAS MORNING – Michael Nesmith # 79
80 ( NEW ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – The Travellers # 80

19th June 1971 Retro Charts

It’s a first week on top for the US chart-topper How Can I Mend A Broken Heart, as the entire top 4 this week flop in the UK, and the rest of the top 10, bar Rod, flop in the USA. Talk about diverging music scenes, though to be fair 2 of them flopped everywhere except with me. That gives The Bee Gees a 6th retro chart number one. The Raiders get a first (and last) top 10 with the Joe South song. Highest new entry, courtesy of the Italian charts who are a few months ahead of the UK with Middle Of The Road, is Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum, the first single I bought (along with The New Seekers track above it) in the UK in mid-September, another one I was mad on at the time. It’s still sweet, with it’s Scottish-themed story song, but isn’t exactly well-known these days. The B side Give It Time also debuts.

New at 24, Dave, and Ansel Collins, both get a 2nd chart entry as Monkey Spanner pops in – the first track of theirs I knew, as my friend at RAF Swinderby (Graham) had the single, so I got him to play it every time I went round and got it for Xmas. Fun reggae. Graham had been a friend back in 1969 when we lived there before, though we went to different schools. I ended up going to the same school this time-round, in his class, and as I immediately was taken for a geek because I had no idea cool kids didn’t button up their jackets (we didn’t have jackets in Singapore!) that was pretty much the end of the friendship in dribs and drabs as he didn’t want to be associated with a loser. Kids are dicks. Trouble is a lot of people never grow out of it….

Some albums out this week from Joni Mitchell (the classic Blue) brings in This Flight Tonight 2 years before Nazereth do a great hit version, the lovely Carey, and future Ellie Goulding UK chart-topper doing her best to ruin Christmas, River. Spotlight-avoiding Lesley Duncan gets her debut album out with her own version of Love Song following Elton John and Olivia Newton-John’s versions into the chart, and also bringing in the fab Sing Children Sing, also well-known at the time but never a hit. Lesley sort of retired to a Scottish island and left the Biz forever after the 70’s. She did a 1979 charity ensemble version of Sing Children Sing, featuring volunteers like Kate Bush, and even that wasn’t a hit. Outrageous!

The Willy Wonka (aka Charlie & The Chocolate Factory these days) movie was out, and the soundtrack album also dropped so a couple of Anthony Newly songs from the soundtrack debut, The candy man ahead of Sammy Davis Jr’s big 1972 US smash version. Gene Wilder had already been in Me Brooks’ The Producers, and would get cinema immortality in Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein in 1973 and 74, 2 of my all-time fave movies. Ronnie Dyson covers The Delfonics for future UK hit When You Get Right Down To It, still a goodie, Slade get a 2nd chart entry, the skinhead stomping Get Down & Get With It, but the image was on the way out and Glam on the way in.

Three Dog Night actually do a decent cover, shock news! Never heard Liar before, but it’s a Russ Ballard song (then of Argent) which tend to be fairly indestructible, and sure enough I’d say it’s their best record on one listen, with a good vocal. Never thought I’d say that! Quo enter with an obscure flop I’ve never heard in my life, certainly never on their Hits compilations, so a 5th to date, and Jim Reeves is selling again in the Uk charts with early 60’s golden oldie I Love You Because. Jim was big in our household growing up.

1 ( 3 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
2 ( 1 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
3 ( 2 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
4 ( 4 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
5 ( 7 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
6 ( 10 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 6
7 ( 5 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
8 ( 6 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
9 ( 8 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
10 ( 15 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10

11 ( 9 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
12 ( 11 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
13 ( 12 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
14 ( 13 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
15 ( 14 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
16 ( 19 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 16
17 ( 16 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
18 ( 18 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12
19 ( 24 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 19
20 ( 23 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 20

21 ( NEW ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 21
22 ( 28 ) LOVE SONG – Olivia Newton-John # 22
23 ( 34 ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 23
24 ( NEW ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 24
25 ( 21 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
26 ( 17 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
27 ( 36 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 27
28 ( 25 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
29 ( 39 ) MELODY FAIR – The Bee Gees # 29
30 ( 38 ) TONIGHT – The Move # 30

31 ( 22 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 17
32 ( 26 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
33 ( 37 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 33
34 ( 20 ) HARLEM – Bill Withers # 20
35 ( 32 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
36 ( 33 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
37 ( 27 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 16
38 ( 30 ) THINK ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES – Harry Nilsson # 30
39 ( 45 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 39
40 ( 48 ) RAININ’ N’ PAININ’ – Middle Of The Road # 40

41 ( 35 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
42 ( 31 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 13
43 ( 29 ) DRAGGIN’ THE LINE – Tommy James # 29
44 ( 42 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansel Collins # 7
45 ( NEW ) LOVE SONG – Lesley Duncan # 45
46 ( 55 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND – James Taylor # 46
47 ( 40 ) MR. BIG STUFF – Jean Knight # 40
48 ( 61 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 48
49 ( NEW ) CAREY – Joni Mitchell # 49
50 ( 63 ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 50

51 ( 47 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
52 ( 49 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
53 ( 56 ) HERE IT COMES – Peter Gordeno # 53
54 ( 54 ) YOU GOTTA HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART – The Supremes & The Four Tops # 54
55 ( NEW ) SING CHILDREN SING – Lesley Duncan # 55
56 ( 62 ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 56
57 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 57
58 ( 58 ) (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head # 58
59 ( 52 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
60 ( 50 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7

61 ( 57 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
62 ( 53 ) MY LITTLE ONE – The Marmalade # 5
63 ( 68 ) COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED – Faith, Hope & Charity # 63
64 ( 71 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 64
65 ( 67 ) OVER AND OVER – The Delfonics # 65
66 ( 51 ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green # 6
67 ( NEW ) THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT – Joni Mitchell # 67
68 ( 76 ) SMILING FACE SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 68
69 ( 72 ) IN THESE CHANGING TIMES – The Four Tops # 69
70 ( NEW ) GIVE IT TIME – Middle Of The Road # 70

71 ( NEW ) GET DOWN AND GET WITH IT – Slade # 71
72 ( NEW ) LIAR – Three Dog Night # 72

73 ( 75 ) I JUST WANT TO FALL IN LOVE – Archie Bell & The Drells # 73
74 ( 74 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Mac & Katie Kissoon # 74
75 ( NEW ) PURE IMAGINATION – Gene Wilder (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original Soundtrack) # 75
76 ( NEW ) TUNE TO THE MUSIC – Status Quo # 76
77 ( NEW ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 77
78 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU BECAUSE – Jim Reeves # 78
79 ( NEW ) RIVER – Joni Mitchell # 79
80 ( NEW ) THE CANDY MAN – Aubrey Woods (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original 
Soundtrack) # 80

26th June 1971

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Bee Gees and their broken hearts, with Rod trying to shift away the classic ballads from the top spots at 4. Middle Of The Road get a 2nd bubblegum top 10, with the tartan of the clan and claymores all intact, and Joan Baez debuts with her brilliant version of The Band’s The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, which would be troubling the UK charts over Christmas/New Year, but which features on her new album for now. I bought the single in a Californian superstore in 1979 while on holiday – this store had racks and racks of classic 60’s and early 70’s songs I didn’t have on vinyl, so I bought as many as I thought I could afford, including this one. US singles were dodgy sound-wise, compared to UK vinyl, and the label designs and sleeves were never as good, but hey beggars can’t be choosers.

In at 12 the second single owned by my RAF Swinderby friend Graham – I never did manage to get hold of a copy of this great Chinn-Chapman story-ballad song from New World, Aussies with UK-based success, at least not until the RAK record label (Best. single. label. design. ever – the boat and the colour blue is just so nostalgic for me) started putting out their back catalogue on budget compilation albums in the mid-70’s. The next big entry at 46 is from Elvis, I’m Leavin’ was on Top Of The Pops in September 1971 with a TOTP-made budget-video, and I took a shine to the record, but it was not a big hit, and as I didn’t have my tape recorder at that time, it was another of the list of singles I requested for Xmas 1971, and it was one I duly got, along with Monkey Spanner. Mum & Dad had to say sorry the record shop (Redifusion in Lincoln) didn’t have Tom Tom Turnaround or Nathan Jones though, doh!

Down the bottom end, there’s 5 newies with a batch all pending for a space next week – it was either delay a week or expand to 90! Atomic Rooster get a soundalike follow-up, The Devil’s Answer after Tomorrow Night, but I like them both, Dr. Hook debut with the Shel Silverstein song, Last Mornin’ – I really liked this era of Dr. Hook, they were quirky. That all changed a bit in 1976 as they became more MOR and more lead-singer Dennis Loccoriere-based. I saw him in concert about ten years ago, a good night out! Bread keep the alternating rock singles with new entry Mother Freedom, Gilbert opts for a ballad again, We Will, and future UB40 hit Maybe Tomorrow proves to be the first lesser Jackson 5 single, not including Christmas songs.

1 ( 1 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
2 ( 2 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
3 ( 3 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
4 ( 6 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 4
5 ( 4 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
6 ( 5 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
7 ( 7 ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 5
8 ( 8 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
9 ( 21 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
10 ( NEW ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 10

11 ( 9 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
12 ( NEW ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 12
13 ( 11 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
14 ( 10 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The Raiders # 10
15 ( 13 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
16 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
17 ( 14 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
18 ( 24 ) MONKEY SPANNER – Dave & Ansel Collins # 18
19 ( 20 ) DID YOU EVER? – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood # 19
20 ( 15 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4

21 ( 17 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
22 ( 23 ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 22
23 ( 16 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 16
24 ( 19 ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 19
25 ( 27 ) BACK STREET LUV – Curved Air # 25
26 ( 18 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12
27 ( 25 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
28 ( 29 ) MELODY FAIR – The Bee Gees # 28
29 ( 33 ) MOONSHADOW – Cat Stevens # 29
30 ( 26 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4

31 ( 28 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
32 ( 22 ) LOVE SONG – Olivia Newton-John # 22
33 ( 39 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 33
34 ( 40 ) RAININ’ N’ PAININ’ – Middle Of The Road # 34
35 ( 45 ) LOVE SONG – Lesley Duncan # 35
36 ( 30 ) TONIGHT – The Move # 30
37 ( 35 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
38 ( 36 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
39 ( 32 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
40 ( 54 ) YOU GOTTA HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART – The Supremes & The Four Tops # 40

41 ( 48 ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 41
42 ( 31 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 17
43 ( 55 ) SING CHILDREN SING – Lesley Duncan # 43
44 ( 37 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 16
45 ( 41 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
46 ( NEW ) I’M LEAVIN’ – Elvis Presley # 46
47 ( 49 ) CAREY – Joni Mitchell # 47
48 ( 50 ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 48
49 ( 34 ) HARLEM – Bill Withers # 20
50 ( 38 ) THINK ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES – Harry Nilsson # 30

51 ( 44 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansel Collins # 7
52 ( 42 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 13
53 ( 53 ) HERE IT COMES – Peter Gordeno # 53
54 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT – Ronnie Dyson # 54
55 ( 56 ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 55
56 ( 52 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
57 ( 51 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
58 ( 46 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND – James Taylor # 46
59 ( 64 ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 59
60 ( 63 ) COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED – Faith, Hope & Charity # 60

61 ( 65 ) OVER AND OVER – The Delfonics # 61
62 ( 75 ) PURE IMAGINATION – Gene Wilder (from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Original Soundtrack) # 62
63 ( 68 ) SMILING FACE SOMETIMES – The Undisputed Truth # 63
64 ( 61 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
65 ( 70 ) GIVE IT TIME – Middle Of The Road # 65
66 ( 67 ) THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT – Joni Mitchell # 66
67 ( 69 ) IN THESE CHANGING TIMES – The Four Tops # 67
68 ( 71 ) GET DOWN AND GET WITH IT – Slade # 68
69 ( 43 ) DRAGGIN’ THE LINE – Tommy James # 29
70 ( 73 ) I JUST WANT TO FALL IN LOVE – Archie Bell & The Drells # 70

71 ( 76 ) TUNE TO THE MUSIC – Status Quo # 71
72 ( 72 ) LIAR – Three Dog Night # 72
73 ( 59 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
74 ( 77 ) K-JEE – Nite-Liters # 74
75 ( 60 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7
76 ( NEW ) THE DEVIL’S ANSWER – Atomic Rooster # 76
77 ( NEW ) LAST MORNIN’ – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show # 77
78 ( NEW ) MOTHER FREEDOM – Bread # 78
79 ( NEW ) WE WILL – Gilbert O’Sullivan # 79
80 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW – The Jackson 5 # 80

My June 1991 Charts

2nd June 1991

It’s a second week on top for The Bee Gees as Madonna strides in at for a case of 3rd-time lucky for Holiday. I bought the “Train” picture sleeve 7″ in 1984 (quite collectible apparently) when it went top 5, then it peaked at 2 in 1985 as Madonna-mania took the world on, and now off the Complete Collection is it going to top the chart at last? Stay tuned. It;s a hectic chart week of loads of new entries and climbers, Sonia grabbing a rare top 10, her 2nd I think, and Pet Shop Boys taking the slow train to the top 10 with grower Jealousy. Pure class.

Kirsty MacColl is speeding down Madison up to 12 for her biggest track since Fairytale Of New York, and Massive Attack rush to get a 2nd top 20 in a row, Safe From Harm. The two Minogue sisters simultaneously do a top 20 double top, and REM also make it 2 in a row. In at 24, jan hammer returns with the better of his 2 TV instrumentals from Miami Vice, Crockett’s Theme I recall set up for his wedding to Sheena Easton on the show – who goes top 40 as well. Banderas get a second top 40, She Sells, from their decent album, they deserved more success.

Salt ‘n’ Pepa come back with smooth r’n’b soul, Do You Want Me at 35, Gloria Estefan is back on ballad-duty with Remember Me With Love at 37, while T’Pau and Queen grab another top 40. Sixties oldie If You Wanna Happy suggests making an ugly woman your wife, not exactly PC even in 1991, but the Jimmy Soul classic is still fun, and let’s be honest the good-looking women still dominate the media so sod ’em, a yay for the homely I say! In at 43. London Calling is back again, another Clash return 12 years on, and Lenny Kravitz’ best record debuts at 54 – the very retro sounding It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over is pure classic soul.

PM Dawn must be thinking about Buffy’s Giles 8 years early, as A Watcher’s Point Of View looks in, and Boy George is back as Jesus Loves You with the terrific Generations Of Love, all psychedelia-flavoured, which is always going to get me on side. Herb Alpert is back again with another dance funk track, making it 22 years of charting, Pop Will Eat Itself are running a temperature, or rather are a bit cold actually, Sinead O’Connor pops in again 30 years ahead of announcing her retirement from the music biz, and singer/actor Harry Connick Jr does a Michael Buble 15 years earlier as he popularises crooning and swing-jazz for a new generation. Other pop stars in the chart who’ve had a go at acting in movies, TV or theatre? Bee Gees, Pet Shop Boys, Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Dannii Minogue, Sheena Easton, Elton John, The Beatles, Cher, Boy George, Chris Isaak. Cher won an Oscar. The others didn’t win any acting gongs.

1 ( 1 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
2 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY Madonna
3 ( 2 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
4 ( 3 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
5 ( 7 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
6 ( 4 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
7 ( 8 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
8 ( 10 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
9 ( 16 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
10 ( 17 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys

11 ( 5 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
12 ( 36 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
13 ( 6 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
14 ( 20 ) C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON Amina
15 ( 38 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
16 ( 12 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
17 ( 24 ) SHOCKED Kylie Minogue
18 ( 26 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
19 ( 33 ) SUCCESS Dannii Minogue
20 ( 14 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers

21 ( 9 ) WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
22 ( 11 ) FEEL LIKE CHANGE Black
23 ( 15 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
24 ( NEW ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
25 ( 23 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
26 ( 13 ) R.S.V.P. Jason Donovan
27 ( 21 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 53 ) HIGHWAY 5 The Blessing
29 ( 18 ) THANK YOU WORLD World Party
30 ( 19 ) FUTURE LOVE PARADISE Seal

31 ( 34 ) GYPSY WOMAN Crystal Waters
32 ( 22 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
33 ( NEW ) SHE SELLS Banderas
34 ( 25 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
35 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa
36 ( 47 ) WHAT COMES NATURALLY Sheena Easton
37 ( NEW ) REMEMBER ME WITH LOVE Gloria Estefan
38 ( 31 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
39 ( 66 ) WHENEVER YOU NEED ME T’Pau
40 ( 57 ) HEADLONG Queen

41 ( 39 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
42 ( 28 ) HONEST MEN E.L.O. Part II
43 ( NEW ) IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY Jimmy Soul
44 ( 27 ) SIT DOWN James
45 ( 43 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
46 ( 40 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
47 ( 44 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
48 ( 72 ) SEE THE LIGHT Simple Minds
49 ( 45 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
50 ( 42 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 46 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
53 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
54 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz

55 ( 32 ) PROMISE ME Beverley Craven
56 ( 37 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher
57 ( 56 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
58 ( NEW ) A WATCHER’S POINT OF VIEW PM Dawn
59 ( 58 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
60 ( NEW ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You

61 ( 50 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
62 ( 62 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
63 ( 61 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 68 ) NOW IS TOMORROW Definition Of Sound
65 ( 64 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
66 ( NEW ) GIRLS Power Cut
67 ( 29 ) I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU… Soul Family Sensation
68 ( 67 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
69 ( NEW ) JUMP STREET Herb Alpert
70 ( 69 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

71 ( 35 ) THERE’S NO OTHER WAY Blur
72 ( NEW ) 92 FAHRENEHEIT Pop Will Eat Itself
73 ( 41 ) MEA CULPA PART II Enigma
74 ( NEW ) MY SPECIAL CHILD Sinead O’Connor
75 ( NEW ) RECIPE FOR LOVE Harry Connick Jr

2nd June Playlist Oldies
1 EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 THE WITCH The Rattles
3 FLY ROBIN FLY Silver Convention

9th June 1991

It’s finally up to the top spot for Madonna’s Holiday, 7 years late, her 9th chart-topper with a bit of sexing up surprisingly high at 2 and the fab Kirsty up to career peak of 4 for Walking Down Madison. Massive Attack get a second top 10 with Safe From Harm and Lenny Kravitz rockets up to 13 with the wonderful It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over. In a quiet week for new entries the highest is veteran Alice Cooper at 39, with the rockin’ Hey Stoopid giving ol’ Vince almost 20 years of chart action.

Living Colour return, Kenny Thomas charts his most-well-known hit Thinking About Your Love keeping 70’s soul alive at 67, just ahead of Deacon Blue swaying their arms slowly, and The Divinyls debuting with their naughty I Touch Myself, when they think about me apparently. Whatever works for you, I guess! Natalie Cole goes full classic croon as she does a duet with her late father Nat, courtesy of studio trickery, on Unforgettable. I saw her on the tour for the swing album, with a full orchestra and her dad on video. The original is still the best, but it was nice to see, and sad that Natalie has also now gone. Finally, sneaking in on bottom rung, the theme tune to a Kevin Costner Robin Hood movie from Bryan Adams, who was big in the mid 80’s in the USA, starting with the classic Run To You in 1985 in my charts. I wonder if he’ll get the success he had in the US……

1 ( 2 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
2 ( 7 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
3 ( 1 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
4 ( 12 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
5 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
6 ( 6 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
7 ( 8 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
8 ( 15 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
9 ( 10 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 4 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette

11 ( 9 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
12 ( 5 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
13 ( 54 ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
14 ( 18 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
15 ( 11 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
16 ( 19 ) SUCCESS Dannii Minogue
17 ( 17 ) SHOCKED Kylie Minogue
18 ( 14 ) C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON Amina
19 ( 24 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
20 ( 13 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell

21 ( 16 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
22 ( 26 ) R.S.V.P. Jason Donovan
23 ( 22 ) FEEL LIKE CHANGE Black
24 ( 35 ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa
25 ( 37 ) REMEMBER ME WITH LOVE Gloria Estefan
26 ( 33 ) SHE SELLS Banderas
27 ( 23 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
28 ( 28 ) HIGHWAY 5 The Blessing
29 ( 27 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
30 ( 20 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers

31 ( 25 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
32 ( 53 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
33 ( 40 ) HEADLONG Queen
34 ( 21 ) WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
35 ( 41 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
36 ( 34 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
37 ( 39 ) WHENEVER YOU NEED ME T’Pau
38 ( 30 ) FUTURE LOVE PARADISE Seal
39 ( NEW ) HEY STOOPID Alice Cooper
40 ( 60 ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You

41 ( 29 ) THANK YOU WORLD World Party
42 ( 31 ) GYPSY WOMAN Crystal Waters
43 ( 38 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
44 ( 48 ) SEE THE LIGHT Simple Minds
45 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
46 ( 45 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
47 ( 32 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
48 ( 72 ) 92 FAHRENEHEIT Pop Will Eat Itself
49 ( 52 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
50 ( 49 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma

51 ( 47 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
52 ( 50 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
53 ( 36 ) WHAT COMES NATURALLY Sheena Easton
54 ( 46 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
55 ( 58 ) A WATCHER’S POINT OF VIEW PM Dawn
56 ( 42 ) HONEST MEN E.L.O. Part II
57 ( 59 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
58 ( 57 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
59 ( NEW ) SOLACE OF YOU Living Colour
60 ( 44 ) SIT DOWN James

61 ( 74 ) MY SPECIAL CHILD Sinead O’Connor
62 ( 62 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
63 ( 61 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
64 ( 63 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 66 ) GIRLS Power Cut
66 ( 65 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
67 ( NEW ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas
68 ( NEW ) YOUR SWAYING ARMS Deacon Blue

69 ( 68 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
70 ( 70 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

71 ( 55 ) PROMISE ME Beverley Craven
72 ( NEW ) I TOUCH MYSELF The Divinyls
73 ( NEW ) UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole & Nat ‘King’ Cole

74 ( 75 ) IT HAD TO BE YOU/ RECIPE FOR LOVE Harry Connick Jr
75 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams

oldies playlist
1 SATELLITE OF LOVE Lou Reed
2 “Behaviour” Pet Shop Boys
3 SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD Elton John

16th June 1991

It’s up to the top spot for Kirsty MacColl and her fab Walking Down Madison, her first chart-topper in the ten years since she reported Elvis in a chip shop, but not the last time she’ll be on the summit thanks to a perennial Xmas classic. Massive Attack make it 2 top 5’s in a row, Sonia gets a second top 5, Lenny Kravitz a first top 10 and Jan Hammer returns to the top 10 4 years on from Crockett’s Theme first doing the trick.

Big climbs for Bryan Adams, Natalie Cole & Kenny Thomas into the top 40, and a plethora of new entries headed up by a 1991 version of The Land Of Make Believe for a 10th anniversary Bucks Fizz round-up 10 years on from everyone expecting them not to last till Christmas 1981. In at 21, one place ahead of Tom Petty’s Learning To Fly to give Tom 14 years of chart action. At 32, Dexy’s are back with their million-selling monster Come On Eileen hitting the UK charts again 9 years on, and Chesney Hawkes proves he’s not actually a one-hit wonder as I’m A Man Not A Boy debuts at 33.

Yello return with Rubberbandman (not The Detroit Spinners song), Bette Midler treads where Cliff has trodden before, taking From A Distance in at 60 14 years since she first troubled my charts with her version of You’re Moving Out Today. The Scorpions celebrate the falling of the Berlin Wall with the anthem Wind Of Change at 62, Jason Donovan comes over all Andrew LLoyd-Webber & Tim Rice as they draft him in for a revival of Joseph’s Technicolour signature song. I could probably have phrased that better. La Tour reckons people are still having sex at 70. Not old people, chart position, and I certainly was saying “speak for yourself dear!” at the time as the words “still” and “having” and “sex” were an alien concept to me.

Stevie Wonder pops in again with a forgotten release (that pretty much applies to everything he did from 1987 onwards) on Motown still, as Rod Stewart (not on Motown) does a Motown tribute pastiche with The Temptations. I’d seen The Tempts in concert by then, but without even checking my diary I know I had a day out in London this week – to see the Pet Shop Boys doing an extravagant gig at Wembley Arena. In those days each song had it’s own theme, and they hadn’t yet developed into a banging live act using a single set design without needing too many costume-changes, so oddly the tracks that came over best weren’t necessarily the big hit singles. Witness the touching Your Funny Uncle turning out as highlight number 3 of the night. And the absence of West End Girls, It’s A Sin, What Have I Done To Deserve This, Left To My Own Devices & Heart from the top-rated moments!

And as if that’s not enough The Beach Boys were playing Bournemouth, the second time I’d caught them 11 years after headlining Knebworth Festival in 1980 with the original line-up all present and correct. By 1991, Dennis Wilson was dead, and Brian Wilson was absent again (I think), and the scale of the show was much more modest…but it was still a hits-packed nostalgia-fest delight. Pet Shop Boys set wasn’t nostalgia-filled, being only 5 years or so of non-stop hits and album tracks, far too recent for that mood, but 30 years later the boys are in the same veteran league as t’other Boys were in 1991 – and have performed my fave-ever live gig (Barcelona July 2009) while Beach Boys were my first-ever Fave Gig Ever performance in 1980. I do enjoy a link…

1 ( 4 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
2 ( 2 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
3 ( 1 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
4 ( 8 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
5 ( 11 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
6 ( 3 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
7 ( 6 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
8 ( 13 ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
9 ( 7 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
10 ( 19 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer

11 ( 5 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
12 ( 9 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 39 ) HEY STOOPID Alice Cooper
14 ( 14 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
15 ( 10 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
16 ( 12 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
17 ( 25 ) REMEMBER ME WITH LOVE Gloria Estefan
18 ( 15 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
19 ( 40 ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You
20 ( 24 ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa

21 ( NEW ) THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE ’91 Bucks Fizz
22 ( NEW ) LEARNING TO FLY Tom Petty

23 ( 21 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
24 ( 17 ) SHOCKED Kylie Minogue
25 ( 26 ) SHE SELLS Banderas
26 ( 16 ) SUCCESS Dannii Minogue
27 ( 55 ) A WATCHER’S POINT OF VIEW PM Dawn
28 ( RE ) IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY Jimmy Soul
29 ( 27 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
30 ( 20 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell

31 ( 22 ) R.S.V.P. Jason Donovan
32 ( NEW ) COME ON EILEEN Dexy’s Midnight Runners
33 ( NEW ) I’M A MAN NOT A BOY Chesney Hawkes

34 ( 18 ) C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON Amina
35 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
36 ( 73 ) UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole & Nat ‘King’ Cole
37 ( 67 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas
38 ( 35 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
39 ( 29 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
40 ( RE ) JUST THE WAY IT IS BABY The Rembrandts

41 ( 23 ) FEEL LIKE CHANGE Black
42 ( 28 ) HIGHWAY 5 The Blessing
43 ( 30 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
44 ( NEW ) RUBBERBANDMAN Yello
45 ( 36 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
46 ( 45 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
47 ( 46 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
48 ( 31 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
49 ( 43 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
50 ( 49 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer

51 ( 50 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
52 ( 52 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
53 ( 51 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
54 ( 42 ) GYPSY WOMAN Crystal Waters
55 ( 32 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
56 ( RE ) NOW IS TOMORROW Definition Of Sound
57 ( 38 ) FUTURE LOVE PARADISE Seal
58 ( 57 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
59 ( 58 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
60 ( NEW ) FROM A DISTANCE Bette Midler

61 ( 34 ) WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
62 ( NEW ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
63 ( 62 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) ANY DREAM WILL DO Jason Donovan
65 ( NEW ) 25 YEARS Big Dish

66 ( 64 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
67 ( 54 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
68 ( 72 ) I TOUCH MYSELF The Divinyls
69 ( 74 ) IT HAD TO BE YOU/ RECIPE FOR LOVE Harry Connick Jr
70 ( NEW ) PEOPLE ALL STILL HAVING SEX La Tour

71 ( 70 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
72 ( 69 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
73 ( NEW ) GOTTA HAVE YOU Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) THE MOTOWN SONG Rod Stewart with The Temptations

75 ( 41 ) THANK YOU WORLD World Party

Pet Shop Boys Live At Wembley Arena

1 Where The Streets Have No Name – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
2 This Must Be The Place/Always On My Mind
3 Your Funny Uncle
4 Suburbia
5 We All Feel Better In The Dark

The Beach Boys Live at Bournemouth International Centre

1 Good Vibrations
2 Wipeout
3 Don’t Worry Baby
4 Do It Again
5 God Only Knows

23rd June 1991

It’s 2 weeks on top for Walking Down Madison as the Unforgettable Nat ‘King’ Cole gets his second posthumous top 10, duetting with his daughter Natalie, and the Miami Vice instrumental peaks at 3 second-time round, outdoing it’s 1987 peak – it is rather a lovely tune though! Boy George takes his Generations Of Love into the top 10 for a second in a row. Highest new entry at 28 is OMD’s fabulous Pandora’s Box, second track from the new album Sugar Tax, their best single since 1985’s So In Love.

Cher’s back with her 1981 Meatloaf guest spot Deadringer For Love at 31, as her first proper new material non-cover in over a year quietly debuts at 47, the still-relevant Love And Understanding. Omar debuts with the wonderful soulful There’s Nothing Like This, sultry still, at 36, while Quartz and Dina Carroll return to show It’s not Too Late with Naked Love. Kim Appleby’s Mama Said debuts, but it’s diminishing returns sadly for Kim, Billy Bragg does his bit for gay rights and a spot of Sexuality at 50, while INXS, Technotronic, Chris Rea & Inspiral Carpets all sneak in with lesser singles behind The jam’s 10-year-old album track That’s Entertainment which charted due to Import vinyl singles being made available. And again in 1982/3 when they announced the band were splitting up.

1 ( 1 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
2 ( 36 ) UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole & Nat ‘King’ Cole
3 ( 10 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
4 ( 8 ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
5 ( 2 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
6 ( 3 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
7 ( 4 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
8 ( 5 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
9 ( 12 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 19 ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You

11 ( 7 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
12 ( 6 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) HEY STOOPID Alice Cooper
14 ( 9 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
15 ( 22 ) LEARNING TO FLY Tom Petty
16 ( 20 ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa
17 ( 11 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
18 ( 27 ) A WATCHER’S POINT OF VIEW PM Dawn
19 ( 28 ) IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY Jimmy Soul
20 ( 32 ) COME ON EILEEN Dexy’s Midnight Runners

21 ( 14 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
22 ( 18 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
23 ( 16 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
24 ( 37 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas
25 ( 17 ) REMEMBER ME WITH LOVE Gloria Estefan
26 ( 15 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
27 ( 23 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
28 ( NEW ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
29 ( 33 ) I’M A MAN NOT A BOY Chesney Hawkes
30 ( 35 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams

31 ( NEW ) DEADRINGER FOR LOVE Meatloaf & Cher
32 ( 25 ) SHE SELLS Banderas
33 ( 29 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
34 ( 21 ) THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE ’91 Bucks Fizz
35 ( 44 ) RUBBERBANDMAN Yello
36 ( NEW ) THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THIS Omar
37 ( RE ) GIRLS Powercut

38 ( 24 ) SHOCKED Kylie Minogue
39 ( NEW ) NAKED LOVE Quartz featuring Dina Carroll
40 ( 38 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

41 ( NEW ) MAMA SAID Kim Appleby
42 ( NEW ) SHERIFF FATMAN Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

43 ( 39 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
44 ( 30 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
45 ( 40 ) JUST THE WAY IT IS BABY The Rembrandts
46 ( 46 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
47 ( NEW ) LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Cher
48 ( 47 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
49 ( 26 ) SUCCESS Dannii Minogue
50 ( NEW ) SEXUALITY Billy Bragg

51 ( 34 ) C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON Amina
52 ( 52 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
53 ( 51 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
54 ( 50 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
55 ( 53 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
56 ( 49 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
57 ( 60 ) FROM A DISTANCE Bette Midler
58 ( NEW ) THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT The Jam
59 ( 58 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
60 ( 59 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

61 ( 45 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
62 ( 63 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
63 ( 31 ) R.S.V.P. Jason Donovan
64 ( 64 ) ANY DREAM WILL DO Jason Donovan
65 ( 41 ) FEEL LIKE CHANGE Black
66 ( 74 ) THE MOTOWN SONG Rod Stewart with The Temptations
67 ( 48 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
68 ( 70 ) PEOPLE ALL STILL HAVING SEX La Tour
69 ( 43 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
70 ( NEW ) BITTER TEARS INXS

71 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR THE SUMMER Chris Rea

72 ( 72 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
73 ( 71 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
74 ( NEW ) MOVE THAT BODY Technotronic
75 ( NEW ) PLEASE BE CRUEL Inspiral Carpets

playlist records (1972)
1 I LIKE IT THAT WAY The Tremeloes
2 I SAW THE LIGHT Todd Rundgren
3 SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES Blue Haze

30th June 1991

It’s a brand new entry, yet another oldie, as the summer brings the usual Beach Boys oldie single re-issue to plug the hits albums, this year it’s 1968 UK chart-topper Do It Again, which just managed to scrape into my first retro personal chart for my starting point: the week Hey Jude entered the UK charts. It only got one week but had been a big fave before I started charting, so justice is done 23 years late as the Boys get a 3rd chart-topper. OMD rocket up to 3 and keep Pet Shop Boys outside the top 3 – it’ll be another 27 years or so before Jealousy tops my charts, belatedly appreciating it as one of their finest records. Alice Cooper gets a 5th top 10 19 years on from School’s Out doing the trick.

Billy Bragg bounds into the top 20 with some Sexuality, The Scorpions bound back into the chart with a proper chart position for the very good Wind Of Change at 26, and Voice Of The Beehive are back with the lovely Monsters And Angels at 45. Sydney Youngblood adds another track to his list of entries, Erasure extend their run to 5 years, Vince to 10 years, with Chorus being a pretty decent single, at 65, and Incognito bring Jocelyn Brown along for the great dance track Always There. In at 70, is quick-in quick-out track I had to youtube as I’ve forgotten Blueshouse from BB Queen – think BB King style done House female vocal style – which is better than one week at 70 suggests.

Paula Abdul is in a Rush Rush with a slow ballad, and Siouxsie & The Banshees follow up Kiss The For Me with Shadowtime. On my oldies playlist it’s 70’s art-glam-pop, 80’s power ballad, and 90’s baggy madchester. Wouldnt want to be predictable….

1 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
2 ( 2 ) UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole & Nat ‘King’ Cole
3 ( 28 ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
4 ( 9 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 1 ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
6 ( 4 ) IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Lenny Kravitz
7 ( 7 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
8 ( 10 ) GENERATIONS OF LOVE Jesus Loves You
9 ( 13 ) HEY STOOPID Alice Cooper
10 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

11 ( 3 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
12 ( 12 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
13 ( 5 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
14 ( 16 ) DO YOU WANT ME Salt ‘n’ Pepa
15 ( 11 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
16 ( 8 ) ONLY FOOLS (FALL IN LOVE) Sonia
17 ( 19 ) IF YOU WANNA BE HAPPY Jimmy Soul
18 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
19 ( 14 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
20 ( 50 ) SEXUALITY Billy Bragg

21 ( 18 ) A WATCHER’S POINT OF VIEW PM Dawn
22 ( 15 ) LEARNING TO FLY Tom Petty
23 ( 24 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Kenny Thomas
24 ( 30 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
25 ( 22 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
26 ( RE ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
27 ( 27 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
28 ( 31 ) DEADRINGER FOR LOVE Meatloaf & Cher
29 ( 36 ) THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THIS Omar
30 ( 47 ) LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Cher

31 ( 23 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
32 ( 42 ) SHERIFF FATMAN Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
33 ( 33 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
34 ( 26 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
35 ( 20 ) COME ON EILEEN Dexy’s Midnight Runners
36 ( 41 ) MAMA Kim Appleby
37 ( 37 ) GIRLS Powercut
38 ( 25 ) REMEMBER ME WITH LOVE Gloria Estefan
39 ( 29 ) I’M A MAN NOT A BOY Chesney Hawkes
40 ( 40 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

41 ( 21 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
42 ( 32 ) SHE SELLS Banderas
43 ( 46 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
44 ( 55 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
45 ( NEW ) MONSTERS AND ANGELS Voice Of The Beehive
46 ( 39 ) NAKED LOVE Quartz featuring Dina Carroll
47 ( 57 ) FROM A DISTANCE Bette Midler
48 ( 48 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
49 ( 43 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
50 ( 64 ) ANY DREAM WILL DO Jason Donovan

51 ( 38 ) SHOCKED Kylie Minogue
52 ( 59 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
53 ( 52 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 54 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
55 ( 44 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
56 ( 53 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
57 ( 70 ) BITTER TEARS INXS
58 ( 58 ) THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT The Jam
59 ( 34 ) THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE ’91 Bucks Fizz
60 ( 35 ) RUBBERBANDMAN Yello

61 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON YOU Sydney Youngblood
62 ( 60 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
63 ( 62 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
64 ( 71 ) LOOKING FOR THE SUMMER Chris Rea
65 ( NEW ) CHORUS Erasure
66 ( 56 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
67 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THERE Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown
68 ( 51 ) C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON Amina
69 ( 61 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
70 ( NEW ) BLUESHOUSE BB Queen

71 ( NEW ) RUSH RUSH Paula Abdul

72 ( 73 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
73 ( 66 ) THE MOTOWN SONG Rod Stewart with The Temptations
74 ( 72 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
75 ( NEW ) SHADOWTIME Siouxsie & The Banshees

playlist oldies
1 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
2 LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
3 RUBBER BULLETS 10C.C.