My Retro July 1967 Chart

1st July 1967

2 weeks on top for Nancy Sinatra, as Jackson foe Nancy & Lee goes up to 28, as an alternate version (probably more famous) by Johnny Cash & wife June Carter enters at 75, and also as My Elusive Dreams enters for Tammy Wynette & David Houston, another country standard – the Nancy & Lee version from 1968 is the definitive version, though it’s close-run with the Tammy Wynette & George Jones 1973 version (husband & wife, slowed down a la Nancy & Lee, and with real emotion).

The Fabs enter the 10 with When I’m 64 (my theme tune in 5 years), and hit 2 with Lucy In The Sky, bigger then the Elton & Lennon version in 1974, while Glen goes top 5, as Dean Martin did in 1969. Smokey Robinson gets his first top 10, Frankie Valli his 3rd top 20 of the year, The Bee Gees shoot up to 30 with a song of theirs I wasn’t that familiar with, and US chart-topper The Association sneaks into the 40.

New: Morning Dew, a version I knew by Lulu eclipsed by this Deep-Purple-ish Episode Six a year ahead of Hush, while The Intruders debut at 44 7 years ahead of I’ll Always Love My Mama and Win Place Or Show. At 50, The Forum is an oddity but a goodie obscurity, and The Four Tops grab a 4th chart entry of the year with I’ll Turn To Stone – wonder where Jeff Lynne got the idea for ELO’s Turn To Stone? Look no further! Girl group harmonies for The Babies at 64, and at 74, The Easybeats return (had I been charting in 1966 for biggie Friday On My Mind) and 11 years ahead of their part-debut as Flash & The Pan.

1 ( 1 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
2 ( 3 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
4 ( 4 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 11 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
9 ( 8 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
10 ( 14 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 9 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
12 ( 10 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
13 ( 16 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
14 ( 12 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
15 ( 19 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
16 ( 20 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
17 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
18 ( 26 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 13 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
20 ( 35 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli

21 ( 21 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
22 ( 17 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
23 ( 18 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
24 ( 25 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
25 ( 24 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
26 ( 27 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
27 ( 23 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
28 ( 32 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
29 ( 40 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
30 ( 58 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees

31 ( 39 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
32 ( 34 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
33 ( 36 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
34 ( 37 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
35 ( 28 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
36 ( 29 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
37 ( 22 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
38 ( 31 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
39 ( 42 ) WINDY The Association
40 ( 33 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees

41 ( 45 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
42 ( NEW ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
43 ( 38 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
44 ( NEW ) TOGETHER The Intruders
45 ( 30 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
46 ( 46 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
47 ( 47 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques
48 ( 44 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
49 ( 41 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
50 ( NEW ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum

51 ( 43 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
52 ( 63 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
53 ( 65 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
54 ( 50 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
55 ( 49 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
56 ( NEW ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
57 ( 60 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
58 ( 75 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
59 ( 64 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
60 ( 69 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph

61 ( 57 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
62 ( 48 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
63 ( 54 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
64 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
65 ( 55 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
66 ( 53 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
67 ( 68 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
68 ( 74 ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
69 ( 73 ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
70 ( 66 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin

71 ( NEW ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
72 ( 51 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
73 ( 71 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN AND HELL The Easybeats
75 ( NEW ) JACKSON Johnny Cash & June Carter

 

9th July 1967

So much great music around in the Summer Of Love everything is underperforming chartwise, and I need to expand to a top 100 really! Too much work though, so suffice to say The Beatles are untouchable as anthem All You Need Is Love gives the Fabs a 3rd chart-topper, 2 to Paul, 1 to John, and a total of 10 tracks in the 75. Ed Sheeran eat your heart out!

Big surprise are the huge climbs for 2 tracks new to me, Episode “Deep Purple” 6’s cover of Morning Dew at 11, and an even bigger one for obscurity The River Is Wide, from The Forum, evolving from a folk band Les Baxter’s Balladeers who counted one David Crosby amongst their number before moving on to The Byrds, and later Crosby Stills & Nash. A terrific OTT track that peaked at a paltry 48 in the USA, but 8 here (so far). The Grass Roots had a bigger hit in 1969 with the song.

The Bee Gees leapfrog themselves to enter at 14 with To Love Somebody, their very first classic song that has proven to be coverable (earlier releases are good records but not standards), starting with Nina Simone’s big cover in 1969. Other newies: The Elgins debut 4 years ahead of UK chart success, Neil Diamond grabs yet another hit song, must be his 6th in 6 months, the fab Desmond Dekker enters with 007, and less than 2 years on he would top charts with the first ska record to get world famous. A couple of gospel soul goodies, a muzak Doctor Zhivago song, an early 60’s girl group return with a more 1967 sound, and Sandie Shaw sneaks in with another minor UK hit.

1 ( NEW ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
3 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
5 ( 2 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 8 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 50 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
9 ( 10 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees

11 ( 42 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
12 ( 4 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
13 ( 9 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
14 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
15 ( 15 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
16 ( 13 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
17 ( 20 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
18 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
20 ( 11 ) PAPER SUN Traffic

21 ( 12 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
22 ( 14 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
23 ( 30 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
24 ( 19 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
25 ( 28 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
26 ( 26 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
27 ( 29 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
28 ( 16 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
29 ( 31 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
30 ( 21 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

31 ( 32 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
32 ( 34 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
33 ( 27 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
34 ( 23 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
35 ( 22 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
36 ( 24 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
37 ( 39 ) WINDY The Association
38 ( 33 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
39 ( 25 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
40 ( 46 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

41 ( 41 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
42 ( 35 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
43 ( 36 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
44 ( 44 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
45 ( 47 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques
46 ( 40 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
47 ( 38 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
48 ( 53 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
49 ( 43 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
50 ( 37 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr

51 ( 45 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
52 ( 52 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
53 ( 56 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
54 ( 48 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
55 ( NEW ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
56 ( 60 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
57 ( 49 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
58 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
59 ( 72 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
60 ( 51 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals

61 ( 54 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
62 ( NEW ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
63 ( 64 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
64 ( 57 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
65 ( 71 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
66 ( 55 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
67 ( NEW ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
68 ( 68 ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
69 ( 61 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) NEARER TO YOU Betty Harris

71 ( NEW ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
72 ( 63 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
73 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE MY LOVE The Mike Sammes Singers
74 ( NEW ) LAST MINUTE MIRACLE The Shirelles
75 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw

 

15th July 1967

2 weeks on top for The Fabs, as they also rise to 4 with When I’m Sixty Four (accept no inferior covers when the original is available), go top 40 With A Little Help (ditto) and enter with the B side of All You Need Is Love, Baby You’re A Rich Man. The Monkees try to steal the Beatles thunder with yet 2 more new entries, both Brill Building written this time, A side Pleasant Valley Sunday (Goffin & King’s social commentary) at 17 and B side Words (Mann & Weil, and featured in the TV show a few times) at 60. Trying to keep up, The Bee Gees (2 in the top 30), Nancy Sinatra (ditto), while big climbs for the Elgins all doo-wop delight to 28, and The Babies terrific song up to 30. Grace Slick & co got top 40. The Kinks enter at 47, or at least brother Dave singing for a credited change, Dandy Livingstone debuts 12 years ahead of the Specials cover and 5 years ahead of his chart hits Suzanne Beware Of The Devil and Big City, Glen Campbell’s B side joins the Number 2 A side, and 2 of the all-great voices pop in with lesser tracks: Roy Orbison and Marvin Gaye.

1 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 6 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
6 ( 8 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
7 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 14 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
9 ( 9 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles

11 ( 11 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
12 ( 15 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
13 ( 13 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
14 ( 10 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
15 ( 12 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
16 ( 17 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
17 ( NEW ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
18 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 16 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
20 ( 27 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

21 ( 23 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
22 ( 25 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
23 ( 19 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
24 ( 24 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
25 ( 22 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
26 ( 20 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
27 ( 31 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
28 ( 55 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
29 ( 21 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
30 ( 63 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies

31 ( 32 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
32 ( 48 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
33 ( 30 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
35 ( 35 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
36 ( 33 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
37 ( 29 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
38 ( 44 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
39 ( 41 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
40 ( 45 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques

41 ( 52 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
42 ( 36 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
43 ( 28 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
44 ( 26 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
45 ( 38 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
46 ( 37 ) WINDY The Association
47 ( NEW ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
48 ( 39 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
49 ( 42 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
50 ( 53 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops

51 ( 40 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
52 ( 43 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
53 ( 46 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
54 ( 47 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
55 ( NEW ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
56 ( 49 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
57 ( 62 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
58 ( 54 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
59 ( 65 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
60 ( NEW ) WORDS The Monkees

61 ( 67 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
62 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
63 ( 56 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
64 ( 57 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
65 ( 70 ) NEARER TO YOU Betty Harris
66 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE A RICH MAN The Beatles
67 ( 75 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
68 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
69 ( 59 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
70 ( 61 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra

71 ( 71 ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
72 ( 73 ) SOMEWHERE MY LOVE The Mike Sammes Singers
73 ( NEW ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison
74 ( 60 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
75 ( NEW ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye

DROP OUTS:

IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
BERNADETTE The Four Tops
I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
ALFIE Dionne Warwick
LAST MINUTE MIRACLE The Shirelles

 

22nd July 1967

3 weeks on top for the Beatles keeping The Bee Gees away from having their first Number 1, with Bobbie Gentry’s classic country debut at 3. Haunting strings and a sad story-song still affect 50 years later. The great thing about 60’s country music – it was all about the lyrics, and likewise Gentle On My Mind, the words are working man poetry, beautiful images and phrases.

Tom Jones gets his 4th top 20 entry (had I been charting earlier) at 16 with his great Lonnie Donegan cover – it took another 2 years to break in the States, I know cos it was featured in my books of big songs of sheet music from late 1969, which I saved up to buy in Singapore. It was very American-based, printed locally, and I’m guessing royalties wasn’t a thing…

In at 30, a song I didn’t know I knew, a great soul track from Ruby Andrews that became better-known in the UK in a disco hit cover by Coffee in the late 70’s. I didn’t even know it was a cover! A Canadian hit Donovan cover pops in at 32, another new discovery for me, rather good, as is a late-career Brian Hyland track, Get The Message. Brian went top 5 in 1975 with his resissue of Sealed With A Kiss, but way back in my toddler-hood I was obsessed by Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and it would be 100% certain to have topped my hypothetical charts for weeks. Of course that awful Bombalurina/Timmy Mallet cover has taken the charm off it somewhat since…

A few months before the fab Judy In Disguise, John Fred has the quirky and fab Agnes English at 54, Simon & Garfunkel slip in again with another minor pleasantry, as do 5 other 1967 charting acts, Dionne, Aretha, The Temps, & The Rascals. 

1 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 8 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
3 ( NEW ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
5 ( 2 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
7 ( 5 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
8 ( 9 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
10 ( 11 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six

11 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
12 ( 12 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
13 ( 10 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
14 ( 17 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
15 ( 13 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
16 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
17 ( 14 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
18 ( 22 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
19 ( 21 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
20 ( 20 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

21 ( 15 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
22 ( 28 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
23 ( 16 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
24 ( 19 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
25 ( 30 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
26 ( 23 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
27 ( 31 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
28 ( 38 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
29 ( 25 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
30 ( NEW ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews

31 ( 29 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
32 ( NEW ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
33 ( 24 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
34 ( 60 ) WORDS The Monkees
35 ( NEW ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
36 ( 55 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
37 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
38 ( 41 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
39 ( 47 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
40 ( 50 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops

41 ( 26 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
42 ( 36 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
43 ( 33 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
44 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
45 ( 32 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
46 ( 35 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
47 ( 39 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
48 ( 48 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
49 ( 27 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
50 ( 40 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques

51 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
52 ( 59 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
53 ( 57 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
54 ( NEW ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
55 ( 43 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
56 ( 49 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
57 ( 61 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
58 ( 53 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
59 ( 45 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
60 ( 68 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell

61 ( 56 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
62 ( 58 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
63 ( 66 ) BABY YOU’RE A RICH MAN The Beatles
64 ( 73 ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison
65 ( 54 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
66 ( 67 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
67 ( NEW ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
68 ( 71 ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
69 ( 75 ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye
70 ( 52 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers

71 ( NEW ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
72 ( NEW ) YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING The Temptations
73 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU The Young Rascals
74 ( 44 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Aretha Franklin

29th July 1967

It’s a first week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s classic country song – more of a spine-tingling story than anything, and not the last time she would top my charts. The Monkees keep up the top 10’s with the Goffin & King song and the 20’s with Words, Tom Northcott goes top 10 here with a bang and nowhere else in the world, while Brian Hyland gets his first top 10 since Itsy Bitsy (theoretically, as it would have 100% topped my chart had I been charting in the early 60’s, being as it was one of my first loves pre-school).

Brian Wilson’s ambitious Heroes & Villains is straight in the 20 for The Beach Boys, but it’s no Good Vibrations, The Fabs make the 20 with Mr Kite, and Gary Lewis enters at 27 with the last good record they made – I hadn’t actually realised Gary was mostly double-tracked with some proper singers, as his voice wasn’t that great. The records were though. Brenton Wood still sounds good at 31 and new, as do the Trems well into their pop chart run of hits, and even Frankie joins the party with a minor gem of a ballad that I didn’t know. Or rather one I didn’t know that I knew – it’s sorta familiar so I guess I heard him do it on one of the many variety show imports of the time.
1 ( 3 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
4 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
5 ( 4 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
6 ( 12 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
7 ( 8 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
8 ( 14 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
9 ( 32 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
10 ( 35 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland

11 ( 7 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
12 ( 9 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
13 ( 11 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
14 ( 6 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
15 ( 18 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 16 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
18 ( 34 ) WORDS The Monkees
19 ( NEW ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
20 ( 27 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

21 ( 13 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
22 ( 22 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
23 ( 10 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
24 ( 17 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
25 ( 25 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
26 ( 21 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
27 ( NEW ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
28 ( 23 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
29 ( 29 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
30 ( 30 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews

31 ( NEW ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
32 ( 20 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
33 ( 26 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
34 ( 28 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
35 ( 38 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
36 ( 36 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
37 ( 31 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
39 ( 39 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
40 ( NEW ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra

41 ( 37 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
42 ( 24 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
43 ( 54 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
44 ( 19 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
45 ( 33 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
46 ( 67 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
47 ( 42 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
48 ( 43 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
49 ( 44 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
50 ( 53 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond

51 ( 41 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
52 ( 48 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
53 ( NEW ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT The Alan Price Set
54 ( 57 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME HAS COME P.P. Arnold
56 ( 60 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
57 ( 46 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
58 ( 71 ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
59 ( 66 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
60 ( 64 ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison

61 ( 58 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
62 ( 40 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
63 ( 61 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
64 ( 51 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
65 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
66 ( 56 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
67 ( 47 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
68 ( 72 ) YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING The Temptations
69 ( 45 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
70 ( 59 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham

71 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS Eric Burdon & The Animals
72 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Symbols
73 ( 73 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU The Young Rascals
74 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
75 ( NEW ) SIXTEEN TONS Tom Jones

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018

An irreverent review of the final…

I wanted Finland to win because it was far and away the best song, but obviously voters and judges have cloth ears!
I wanted Israel to come clucking last but expected them to win, or Cyprus, as the hype machine was in full force and 12-year-olds love chickens.
Ratings out of 100 because I don’t do silly 3.45 type marks out of 10.
The acts and songs followed by running comments during the comp…
1.    Ukraine | MELOVIN | Under the ladder:
2.    Spain | Amaia Romero Arbizu and Alfred García Castillo | Tu canción:
3.    Slovenia | Lea Sirk | Hvala, ne!:
4.    Lithuania | Ieva Zasimauskaitė | When we’re old:
5.    Austria | Cesár Sampson | Nobody but you:
6.    Estonia | Elina Nechayeva | La forza:
7.    Norway | Alexander Rybak | That’s how you write a song:
8.    Portugal (defending champions) | Cláudia Pascoal | O jardim:
9.    United Kingdom | SuRie | Storm:
10.    Serbia | Sanja Ilić and Balkanika | Nova deca:
11.    Germany | Michael Schulte | You let me walk alone:
12.    Albania | Eugent Bushpepa | Mall (Hass’ favourite entry):
13.    France | Madame Monsieur | Mercy:
14.    Czech Republic | Mikolas Josef | Lie to me:
15.    Denmark | Rasmussen | Higher ground:
16.    Australia | Jessica Mauboy | We got love:
17.    Finland | Saara Aalto | Monsters:
18.    Bulgaria | Equinox | Bones:
19.    Moldova | DoReDos | My lucky day:
20.    Sweden | Benjamin Ingrosso | Dance you off:
21.    Hungary | AWS | Viszlát nyár:
22.    Israel | Netta Barzilai | Toy:
23.    Netherlands | Waylon | Outlaw in ’em:
24.    Ireland | Ryan O’Shaughnessy | Together:
25.    Cyprus | Eleni Foureira | Fuego:
26.    Italy | Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro | Non mi avete fatto niente
UKRAINE:
The Undead Rises! Wasn’t he in Twilight? Quite a dramatic beaty dance bop to open the show, and it sounds much better on second hearing. Great Balls Of Fire! 78/100
SPAIN:
A nervous lovey-dovey sweet couple, and oh so gorgeous, but lacks the class and originality of Portugal’s winner last year. Nice though. Very nice. Nicey Mcniceface. 55/100
SLOVENIA:
Percussive drum n base overload, but that suits me as the short hook sounds all the better for it. The backing dancers all modeling themselves on Ariana Grande, clearly.  70/100
LITHUANIA:
Minimal gentle vocal and piano, a bit of echo and a hint of strings. They couldve provided a chair so her frock didnt get dirty sitting on the floor! Awwww sweet, I like her husband. 60/100
AUSTRIA:
Nice oil platform. He’s a great soulful singer, better than his Aunt Pepsi, very fit, good-looking and awful paddling pool trousers. Very Rag’n’Bone Man and now-sounding, one of the best in the competition. 91/100
ESTONIA:
Opera and a frock that never glittery ends. More Rentacircustent than dress. She’s got a great set of pipes on her. Now she can fill the whole arena without a microphone, flawless vocal! Not sure of the song, but awesome performance! 65/100
NORWAY:
Alexander’s back with another Fairytale, not so much violin pop so much as violin jazz this time. He won’t do the double, awwwww! He had me till the shoobedoo dab dab’s. The instrumental bits are way better. Good though. Still looks about 16. 80/100
PORTUGAL:
Bit of bad luck drawing after Norway, as it sounds instantly depressing. probably the lyrics are important, but I dont speak Portuguese and can only judge the tune and vocal. Meh. 35/100
UK:
This sounded fab when she did it just her and piano, so the song is quite strong, Storm might blow itself out in the votes but it’s pretty catchy. Coming over all Annie Lennox, which can only be a great thing….and then a twat spoils it, SuRie recovers with attitude if vocally shaky, what a trooper! 84/100
SERBIA:
Jerry Garcia on recorder! One for Deadheads there… Calling everyone to morning prayer with a mellow techno-beat I think. The twat who invaded the stage could have done it during this one and no-one would have noticed… 45/100
GERMANY:
Imagine if Ed Sheeran was better-looking and less whiny. Just as sentimental though, sadly. The ending will sell it to the masses but it leaves me feeling a bit queezy. 40/100
ALBANIA:
He’s got the vocal range, a bit Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’” in a shrill clappy way. Eastern Europe seem to like this sort of retro rock, Western Europe moved on long ago. I’m middling. 62/100
FRANCE:
Worthy subject-matter, another married couple, and as classy as French entries always are, and as unpredictable as ever. It’s good, and a good finish. 81/100
CZECH REPUBLIC:
Harry Potter goes Olly Murs via Jamie Cullem jazz stylings. Cute. Nice he brought his lunch box with him in his back pack. I won’t lie to you, scatman John is with the groove. 68/100
DENMARK:
Game Of Thrones! Didn’t they have their hair in pony-tails in the show? Fingers-crossed for a dragon at the finale! Very much in the rousing drumming folk ballad style, something I’ve never been able to resist. Nice tune, good performance. 74/100
AUSTRALIA:
One of 3 acts I already knew before the contest. Great she’s not a skinny white blonde. As all Aussie entries are, classy, and decently-performed. How can a country that’s largely empty do so well year after year, say, compared to our crowded nation’s token efforts. Answer: they are enthusiastic about Eurovision and the BBC isn’t!  86/100
FINLAND:
Saara Aalto rules for me this year, bought this months ago, as a recorded record, the best in a few years for me. Hope it does really well. Love Ya Saara! Lyrically fab, great performance, great singer, fab tune, fab sentiment. 100/100
BULGARIA:
Men in buns. Just NO! So wrong. The black bloke with short hair can sing, should have done it solo. I mean it still would have been a dirge, but at least a well-sung dirge. 50/100
MOLDOVA:
AKA the Comedy Nation. Jazzswingbeat whimsy. I mean it’s rubbish retro Eurovision, but kids will enjoy it. Maybe 5-year-olds, 6 tops? Hard to believe this is not the most banal bit of rubbish in the contest. It’s not though. 30/100
SWEDEN:
No, Benjamin, Dance YOU off. His cousin’s a big star in dance music, his aunt has Eurovision credentials, and he’s trying to be Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake simultaneously. It’s really nice, good pop, he’s got pop appeal, the girls will love him, but it’s too subtle to do well. It’s fab though. 88/100
HUNGARY:
Headbanging thrash screamers. I mean I like the basic sound, and the performing energy. It’s a shame they didn’t have a song. Could have been fab if they’d had an actual song in there somewhere. He’ll have a sore throat afterwards mark my words. 42/100
ISRAEL:
Enormously popular this one. Like a clone Bjork who has lost her talent and jumped headfirst into novelty chickentechnodance. Laid an egg for me. 7-year-olds will adore it. Tragically doomed to win or runner-up. It’s. Just. awful. In every way. Cluck off! 25/100
THE NETHERLANDS:
Common Linnet goes solo, and all country rock, and it’s rather fab. Shania Twain has loaned her coat circa That Don’t Impress Me Much. Yee haw! More than a touch of Guns ‘N’ Roses in the vocals. 82/100
IRELAND:
Well done getting China banned from viewing. It will be remembered for that. Not for anything else much though. Pleasant and well-meaning, he’s a lovely lad, but a bit offtune Westlife for me. 46/100
CYPRUS:
Fuego. Or Phwoarago if I know some of the comments. Pulsing, rhythmic dance anthem with added Turkish sounds for interest, it is really very good pop that could easily make it on European radio. Prob a winner. 94/100
ITALY;
Another worthy song. Italian lyrics always do it for me, but again same problem with social commentary songs – need to understand the lyrics so it’s left to the vocal and tune to carry it. Passionate and earnest but not a winner, though being on last will help. 64/100

 

My results:
1. Finland 100
2. Cyprus 94
3. Austria 91
4. Sweden 88
5. Australia 86
6. UK 84
7. France 82
8. The Netherlands 81
9. Norway 80
10. Ukraine 78

Denmark 74
Slovenia 70
Czech Republic 68
Estonia 65
Italy 64
Albania 62
Lithuania 60
Spain 55
Bulgaria 50
Ireland 46
Serbia 45
Hungary 42
Germany 40
Portugal 35
Moldova 30
Israel 25

 

For the actual results:

https://eurovisionworld.com/eurovision/2018

 

I will note that Finland and Israel results have been reversed, clearly illegal voting from internet bots have fixed the result!

 

In terms of UK music fans (as opposed to voters) the following day itunes chart sales were:

 

6. UK
21. Israel
27. Cyprus
30. Germany
32. Ireland

34. Denmark
40. Australia
44. Sweden
48. Austria
53. Netherlands

61. Lithuania
72. Czech Republic
74. Norway
(90. Portugal 2017)
92. Finland
97. Czech Republic (ESC version)
and a few duplicate versions between 101 and 200 plus others

By my reckoning total sales the next day on itunes UK record purchasers liked
(1. UK)
2. Cyprus
3. Israel
4. Germany
5. Denmark
6. Ireland
7. Czech republic
8. Australia
9. Sweden
10. Austria
11. Netherlands

So people who vote as usual for more novelty or sentimental entries usually dont bother buying the tracks afterwards:

televote:

1. Lithuania
2. Ireland
3. Cyprus
4. Israel
5. Bulgaria
6. Czech republic
7. Moldova
8. Germany
9. Denmark
10. Australia

 

I don’t have Spotify plays data but I expect Israel, Cyprus, and possibly Finland would do much better with the younger audiences there…

My May-Aug 2018 Charts

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Glorious panorama Gran Canaria 2018

17th June 2018

It’s 3 weeks on top for Panic! At The Disco still holding off Pet Shop Boys, who retaliate with 3 more entries from the Actually album, as Deaf Havana seem to have caused a bit of fan-base moaning by making a great pop single. How very dare they! Gorillaz get a 4th top 10, George Benson a 3rd (probably) and London Grammar a third.

Highest new entry is the very passionate Adore Delano at 15, holding off The Beach Boys jiggled up (but inferior) version of Don’t Worry Baby, a former chart-topper in the noughties at 20. Blossoms get a first top 20, Peaches enters at 33, her 4th chart appearance since her debut in 2002, Rex Orange County gets a 2nd chart entry by pairing with Randy Newman for his Toy Story charming classic, sweet song, Martin Garrix is back, RuPaul is also back some 25 years on from debuting, and Chainsmokers missed my chart with Paris (it sorta passed me by) but I heard it in a shop on saturday and decided I should have bought at least one version of it – VINAI remix as it happens, who topped my chart with Into The Fire.

1 1 1 4 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 575000
2 2 2 2 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 230000
3 3 1 5 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 570000
4 11 4 2 SINNER Deaf Havana 102000
5 6 5 4 GIVIN UP One EskimO 210000
6 15 6 3 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 107000
7 7 7 3 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 117100
8 10 8 3 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 113000
9 4 2 9 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 639250
10 13 10 4 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 112750

11 5 4 6 FUEGO Elena Foureira 295000
12 12 12 9 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 204200
13 26 13 2 I JUST WANNA DANCE (2002 REMIX) Wayne G featuring Alison Jiear 40500
14 14 14 3 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 79000
15 NEW 15 1 I ADORE U Adore Delano 27000
16 17 16 3 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 56750
17 8 5 6 DELICATE Taylor Swift 249000
18 23 18 4 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 77500
19 24 19 5 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 95800
20 NEW 20 1 DON’T WORRY BABY The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 20000

21 9 9 9 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 205950
22 22 22 5 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 87200
23 21 1 9 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 750000
24 27 24 4 MONTANA Owl City 73600
25 16 9 8 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 215750
26 30 26 4 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 70900
27 18 1 11 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 781400
28 29 28 3 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 53900
29 20 3 14 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 689200
30 31 30 4 COLORS Beck 71300

31 19 1 5 CHIQUITITA Abba 383900
32 NEW 32 1 KING’S CROSS Pet Shop Boys 17800
33 NEW 33 1 LIGHT IN PLACES Peaches featuring Empress Stah 17700
34 28 10 8 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 182800
35 40 35 3 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 46500
36 38 36 3 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 46100
37 RE 37 2 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 23100
38 NEW 38 1 THE FATHER PROJECT Tooji 17200
39 48 39 4 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 49800
40 41 40 8 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 99900

41 25 6 5 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 143150
42 44 42 4 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 58400
43 32 1 16 BEND Ria Mae 890600
44 35 35 5 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 67550
45 47 45 2 ONE MORE CHANCE (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 25500
46 34 14 5 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 102100
47 51 47 3 ASHES Celine Dion 29850
48 33 33 5 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 71900
49 42 1 20 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1112300
50 57 50 3 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 27400

51 36 36 3 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 41900
52 37 28 6 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 94150
53 46 1 13 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 676500
54 49 1 11 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 488500
55 NEW 55 1 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Rex Orange County & Randy Newman 10800
56 50 29 7 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 91900
57 65 57 3 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 23600
58 60 58 3 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 27200
59 63 59 4 BEHAVE You In Mind 28900
60 72 38 7 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 83700

61 45 15 9 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 149150
62 62 62 2 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 14800
63 67 63 3 SHOW ME Gabrielle 19000
64 64 64 3 HELPLESS The Regrettes 21300
65 NEW 65 1 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 7000
66 73 66 2 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 12200
67 71 67 3 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 18200
68 74 68 2 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 11600
69 75 69 2 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 11200
70 NEW 70 1 FLY TONIGHT RuPaul featuring Frankmusik 6000

71 NEW 71 1 IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 NEW 72 1 THROW THAT BOY PUSSY DANCE MIX Fit Young Red 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RENT (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 5400
74 NEW 74 1 FOUR ETHERS SERPENTWITHFEET 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 5000

DROP OUTS
39 13 5 DR MABUSE Propaganda 111100
43 5 10 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 350000
52 7 6 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 156450
53 48 3 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 35850
54 47 5 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 53100
55 8 10 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 273350
56 38 7 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 58850
58 58 4 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 29200
59 6 8 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) (355000) The Undertones 275600
61 9 10 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 231550
66 3 20 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 717500
68 68 3 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 17800
69 28 8 HIGHER Human 117700
70 60 4 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 33600

 

10th June 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for Panic! At The Disco so exciting it’s kept off a new entry from Pet Shop Boys’ album version of their 1988 5-week chart-topper Heart. Pet Shop Boys Actually album deluxe version charted 3 months and I finally got around to re-acquainting myself with the first album of theirs I bought (and soundtracked a West Coast USA holiday in 1987), plus the bonus tracks I didn’t have or know. As I didn’t allow album tracks in those days (doh!) I’m now charting those tracks that missed out on 1987 chart action over the next couple of weeks. That means One More Chance, and a remix of What Have I Done this week.

All Saints rocket into the top 10, their 9th (including 2 chart-toppers in Rock Steady and Pure Shores), as Calvin Harris (6th top 10 including 2 chart-toppers in Under Control and Pray To God) and Dua Lipa (5th top 10 & 1 chart-topper in Hotter Than Hell) finally get a One Kiss top 10. Highest new entry is Deaf Havana at 11, a Norfolk Alternative band, while London Grammar and Florida Georgia Line add to their top 20’s. In at 26, gay scene dance remix anthem (still unreleased) from Alison Jiear (who I’ve seen twice) I Just Wanna f***in’ Dance, from the Jerry Springer Musical, finally enters belatedly. Finally The Beach Boys get the orchestral treatment – if one band didn’t need their back catalogue not messing around it with it’s them, Brian Wilson’s productions are already perfect. The early stuff less so, so I’ve allowed Fun Fun Fun to chart as it’s never charted before.

1 1 1 3 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 405000
2 NEW 2 1 HEART (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 2 1 4 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 485000
4 3 2 8 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 594250
5 4 4 5 FUEGO Elena Foureira 258000
6 7 6 3 GIVIN UP One EskimO 150000
7 39 7 2 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 67100
8 8 5 5 DELICATE Taylor Swift 226000
9 12 9 8 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 186200
10 17 10 2 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 65000

11 NEW 11 1 SINNER Deaf Havana 37000
12 15 12 8 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 169200
13 22 13 3 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 70750
14 19 14 2 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 50000
15 16 15 2 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 52000
16 14 9 7 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 197000
17 25 17 2 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 31750
18 10 1 10 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 763000
19 5 1 4 CHIQUITITA Abba 366000
20 11 3 13 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 671000

21 9 1 8 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 730750
22 29 22 4 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 67700
23 23 23 3 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 55500
24 24 24 4 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 74800
25 6 6 4 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 129150
26 NEW 26 1 I JUST WANNA f***IN’ DANCE (2002 REMIX) Alison Jiear 18500
27 27 27 3 MONTANA Owl City 54600
28 18 10 7 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 165200
29 36 29 2 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 35600
30 37 30 3 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 52400

31 32 31 3 COLORS Beck 53300
32 20 1 15 BEND Ria Mae 877100
33 34 33 4 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 59600
34 21 14 4 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 89350
35 43 35 4 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 54300
36 46 36 2 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 30150
37 28 28 5 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 82650
38 52 38 2 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 28700
39 13 13 5 DR MABUSE Propaganda 111100
40 50 40 2 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 29000

41 41 41 7 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 82900
42 33 1 19 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1100200
43 26 5 10 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 350000
44 54 44 3 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 44650
45 31 15 8 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 141650
46 30 1 12 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 665250
47 NEW 47 1 ONE MORE CHANCE (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 12500
48 58 48 3 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 32700
49 40 1 10 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 477500
50 49 29 6 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 81300

51 72 51 2 ASHES Celine Dion 17350
52 38 7 6 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 156450
53 48 48 3 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 35850
54 47 47 5 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 53100
55 42 8 10 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 273350
56 44 38 7 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 58850
57 75 57 2 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 15400
58 67 58 4 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 29200
59 35 6 8 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 275600
60 65 60 2 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 17000

61 55 9 10 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 231550
62 NEW 62 1 ISLAND OF SIN Donovski featuring Caytlin Scarlett 7400
63 70 63 3 BEHAVE You In Mind 18800
64 64 64 2 HELPLESS The Regrettes 14200
65 69 65 2 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 13200
66 57 3 20 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 717500
67 74 67 2 SHOW ME Gabrielle 11800
68 68 68 3 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 17800
69 45 28 8 HIGHER Human 117700
70 60 60 4 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 33600

71 71 71 2 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 11600
72 RE 38 6 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 73700
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield 5400
74 NEW 74 1 HUNGER Florence + The Machine 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FUN FUN FUN The Beach Boys & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 5000

DROP OUTS
51 30 7 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 118850
53 37 6 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 76850
56 1 17 BEST DAYS Lissie 917550
59 19 9 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 145500
61 49 6 LET ME Zayn 52300
62 62 3 1999 Arrhult 19600
63 63 3 2002 Anne-Marie 21400
66 44 4 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 45800
73 1 17 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 974650

 

 

3rd June 2018

It’s a first week on top for Panic! At The Disco’s first chart-topper, I had High Hopes it would do well! Fab. If only tracks like this made the singles chart. No chance, Spotify would explode… Meanwhile highest new entry is Gorillaz with a bit of George Benson help in at 16. I always love the variety of acts they use/collaborate with, and George Benson first charted here in 1975, kick-starting a long run of mostly-jazz-disco entries for a decade or so. This is his first mention for well over 25 years…

Talking of 1975, Judy Collins A Little Night Music musical cover version of Send In The Clowns did well that year, and it’s finally back again as a song for Faultline and Lisa Hannigan, currently backdropping a horrible car advert, but showcasing this fab version. Kylie’s got another single – none of the ones I’d wanted as next choice, but it’s a goodie anyway, fits in with her 50th, and Kylie usually doesn’t pick my preferred album tracks.

Florida Georgia Line return solo, as their big collaboration drops out, in at 25, Sparks enter at 36 with the track they started their set with last Bank Holiday Monday when I finally saw them in concert. I’m not exaggerating when I say I instantly went mad on them in 1974, have admired them throughout their ongoing career, and loved the concert (I was near the front singing along to their recent stuff – not many others were!). Still got it, and I’ve waited a whopping 44 years to see them, and now a 44-year career span of new material. Not bad for a couple of one-time American art-glam-rockers.

All saints are back! 21 years chart-span on and off, and 2 years after their last top 10 – UK chart flop so I wasnt optimistic there’d be another release, but hooray there is. Rick Astley has a cover of the All Seeing I and Tony Christie 90’s cult-goodie for a new Brit movie. It’s soundalike but good. It’s 5 years since Celine Dion popped up in my charts, but a bit of Deadpool2 action is enough to convince me, giving her 28 years of chart action, while Gabrielle is also back after a 5-year gap, and a chart span of 25 years!

1 3 1 2 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 235000
2 1 1 3 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 400000
3 4 2 7 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 529250
4 6 4 4 FUEGO Elena Foureira 198000
5 2 1 3 CHIQUITITA Abba 345000
6 11 6 3 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 110400
7 9 7 2 GIVIN UP One EskimO 95000
8 5 5 4 DELICATE Taylor Swift 178000
9 7 1 7 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 711000
10 10 1 9 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 741000

11 8 3 12 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 651000
12 17 12 7 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 141200
13 16 13 4 DR MABUSE Propaganda 94400
14 12 9 6 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 172000
15 19 15 7 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 134200
16 NEW 16 1 HUMILITY Gorillaz featuring George Benson 25000
17 NEW 17 1 SEND IN THE CLOWNS Faultline featuring Lisa Hannigan 23000
18 15 10 6 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 146900
19 NEW 19 1 GOLDEN Kylie Minogue 21000
20 13 1 14 BEND Ria Mae 859300

21 14 14 3 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 71750
22 23 22 2 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 38750
23 40 23 2 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 36250
24 24 24 3 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 55800
25 NEW 25 1 SIMPLE Florida Georgia Line 18750
26 18 5 9 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 336500
27 32 27 2 MONTANA Owl City 36200
28 29 28 4 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 65350
29 30 29 3 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 48200
30 22 1 11 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 652500

31 25 15 7 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 128650
32 34 32 2 COLORS Beck 35400
33 27 1 18 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1086450
34 35 34 3 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 41900
35 20 6 7 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 265500
36 NEW 36 1 WHAT THE HELL IS IT THIS TIME? Sparks 17400
37 39 37 2 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 34400
38 21 7 5 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 144950
39 NEW 39 1 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 17100
40 31 1 9 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 465400

41 41 41 6 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 68900
42 26 8 9 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 262550
43 47 43 3 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 36800
44 38 38 6 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 48250
45 28 28 7 HIGHER Human 111500
46 NEW 46 1 WE CAN DO BETTER Matt Simons 12750
47 52 47 4 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 42100
48 48 48 2 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 24600
49 42 29 5 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 69300
50 NEW 50 1 WALK LIKE A PANTHER Rick Astley 12000

51 33 30 7 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 118850
52 NEW 52 1 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 11500
53 37 37 6 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 76850
54 57 54 2 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 21400
55 45 9 9 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 224050
56 43 1 17 BEST DAYS Lissie 917550
57 46 3 19 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 710700
58 58 58 2 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 20400
59 50 19 9 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 145500
60 60 60 3 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 27400

61 49 49 6 LET ME Zayn 52300
62 63 62 3 1999 Arrhult 19600
63 64 63 3 2002 Anne-Marie 21400
64 NEW 64 1 HELPLESS The Regrettes 7100
65 NEW 65 1 RISE Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack 7000
66 44 44 4 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 45800
67 69 67 3 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 19000
68 75 68 2 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 11400
69 NEW 69 1 IF YOU’RE OVER ME Years & Years 6200
70 72 70 2 BEHAVE You In Mind 11600

71 NEW 71 1 GIRLFRIEND Christine & The Queens featuring Dam-Funk 5800
72 NEW 72 1 ASHES Celine Dion 5600
73 55 1 17 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 974650
74 NEW 74 1 SHOW ME Gabrielle 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MEET ME IN THE MYSTERY Lissie 5000

DROP OUTS
36 18 6 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 118050
51 9 6 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 175500
53 10 8 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 183100
54 54 2 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 22000
56 38 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 27800
59 59 3 MERCY Madame Monsieur 25200
61 1 25 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1080250
62 62 2 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 12800
65 1 18 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 776800
66 66 2 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 12600
67 60 3 ALREADY THERE Ary 23600
68 7 11 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 280450
70 10 8 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 204900
71 71 1 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 5800
73 73 2 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 10600
74 4 16 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 473750

27th May 2018

It’s a second week on top for Woodkid 6 years on from the last time, what a cracking track it still is, witness it’s use as backdrop to all manner of things without ever making the UK top 40. Panic! At The Disco get a second 2018 top 20, a second top 10 4 years on from Girl/Girl/Boy (or was it Boy/Boy/Girl? Gender fluid title…. laugh.gif ) and 6 years of entries. High Hopes is exciting.

My latest car CD of new itunes tracks has a theme: strings dominate, headed by One Eskimo in at 9. I’m a sucker for strings, they give music gravitas when done right. Joan Baez’ classic folk oldie from 1971 is back in the top 20, along with Propaganda’s 1984 number 2, and Holland-Dozier’s 1972 top 20 – it’s chart run was cut chort back then as my charts were based solely on the UK top 30 singles chart and it only had a week or two in the UK chart (and mine). I was young….

London grammar return with a strings-laden haunting goodie, Rui Da Silva gets his second top 40 almost 2 decades late, Owl City is back with the best song ever to feature the state Montana in it’s title. Possibly the only one… I’m seeing Beck tonight, supported by Sparks, so Colors is a refreshing return to form, Johnny Marr is also back sounding quite Smiths-ey, his guitar still rings beautifully, and gives him nearly 35 years of chart entries.

1 2 1 2 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 285000
2 1 1 2 CHIQUITITA Abba 285000
3 NEW 3 1 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 85000
4 4 2 6 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 444250
5 7 5 3 DELICATE Taylor Swift 130000
6 6 6 3 FUEGO Elena Foureira 133000
7 3 1 6 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 666000
8 5 3 11 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 614000
9 NEW 9 1 GIVIN UP One EskimO 45000
10 10 1 8 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 699000

11 27 11 2 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 55400
12 9 9 5 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 143000
13 8 1 13 BEND Ria Mae 839300
14 17 14 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 52000
15 13 10 5 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 124900
16 24 16 3 DR MABUSE Propaganda 62400
17 19 17 6 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 106200
18 14 5 8 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 318000
19 25 19 6 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 107200
20 12 6 6 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 248000

21 11 7 4 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 127750
22 16 1 10 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 634500
23 NEW 23 1 HELL TO THE LIARS London Grammar 19250
24 32 24 2 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 36800
25 15 15 6 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 110750
26 20 8 8 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 248800
27 22 1 17 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1068750
28 28 28 6 HIGHER Human 98500
29 34 29 3 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 47050
30 50 30 2 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 30000

31 26 1 8 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 448400
32 NEW 32 1 MONTANA Owl City 17800
33 30 30 6 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 107100
34 NEW 34 1 COLORS Beck 17600
35 66 35 2 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 24300
36 18 18 6 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 118050
37 37 37 5 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 65600
38 43 38 5 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 55000
39 NEW 39 1 HI HELLO Johnny Marr 17100
40 NEW 40 1 I CAN’T STAND IT Blossoms 17000

41 48 41 5 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 54900
42 29 29 4 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 57200
43 36 1 16 BEST DAYS Lissie 906950
44 44 44 3 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 39000
45 23 9 8 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 213250
46 40 3 18 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 700300
47 55 47 2 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 23300
48 NEW 48 1 DEVIL The Wandering Hearts 12300
49 49 49 5 LET ME Zayn 44800
50 35 19 8 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 135400

51 21 9 6 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 175500
52 52 52 3 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 29600
53 33 10 8 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 183100
54 54 54 2 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 22000
55 45 1 16 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 969250
56 38 38 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 27800
57 NEW 57 1 MIRACLE CHVRCHES 10400
58 NEW 58 1 HIGH FIVE Sigrid 10200
59 59 59 3 MERCY Madame Monsieur 25200
60 62 60 2 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 17400

61 57 1 25 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1080250
62 73 62 2 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 12800
63 75 63 2 1999 Arrhult 12200
64 64 64 2 2002 Anne-Marie 14200
65 58 1 18 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 776800
66 71 66 2 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 12600
67 60 60 3 ALREADY THERE Ary 23600
68 42 7 11 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 280450
69 69 69 2 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 12400
70 31 10 8 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 204900

71 NEW 71 1 TAKE BACK TIME Faux 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BEHAVE You In Mind 5600
73 74 73 2 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 10600
74 53 4 16 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 473750
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD ME LIKE A HEAVEN Manic Street Preachers 5000

DROP OUTS
39 22 7 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 118950
41 10 16 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 331100
46 9 8 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 184000
47 13 8 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 172900
51 24 7 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 105900
56 56 5 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 38600
61 45 2 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 20400
63 63 2 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 13200
65 30 9 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 131600
67 20 7 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 112500
68 10 11 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 242850
70 70 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 16800
72 50 6 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 50300

20th May 2018

It’s Abba’s 1979 glorious Chiquitita back on top for a 3rd week after seeing it in the Three Billboards movie (along with Joan Baez’s cover of The Band’s Dixie at 27, back after 47 years MIA, a former top 5). Hordes of oldies this week thanks to Deadpool and adverts. Like Woodkid’s 2012 chart-topper here, and former Buzzjack Song Contest winner, back in at 2 as it heads into the itunes chart thanks to an ad. Still sounds exciting, and that drum pattern has been borrowed a bit by ARCHIS at 9.

Cyprus’ Eurovision runner-up is up to 6, and Taylor Swift gets her first top 10 since Shake it Off 3 years ago. Highest new entry is the Backstreet Boys, shockingly in at 17 from nowhere, their first new track in 13 years, and the first top 20 since 2001’s The Call. They had 3 number ones in my charts, so I certainly did like them when they were on fire, less so on the dirge-y ballads.

Petula Clark’s 1966 fab track debuts, thanks to featuring on the itunes chart – I’m guessing it’s an advert, but don’t actually know why it was selling! Ben E. King is easier, the Royal wedding is the reason it’s selling. Back yet again for Stand By Me. Rui Da Silva hasn’t had a follow-up hit to his sole 2001 chart entry Touch Me – better 17 years late than never! Cher is in Deadpool 2 (the song that is) and bounces back in almost 30 years on, Air Supply 38 years on from topping my chart (also Deadpool), and also Pat Benatar 1986-era top 10.

Gilbert O’Sullivan is back after a decade away from my charts (with new stuff), and extends his chart run to 48 years (phew!), while Pharrell has a piffling 12 years of charting – or 16 counting NERD. Jess Glynne is just a baby with the 4 years….

1 NEW 1 1 CHIQUITITA Abba 170000
2 NEW 2 1 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 115000
3 1 1 5 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 616000
4 2 2 5 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 379250
5 3 3 10 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 566000
6 17 6 2 FUEGO Elena Foureira 78000
7 20 7 2 DELICATE Taylor Swift 70000
8 8 1 12 BEND Ria Mae 807300
9 14 9 4 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 108000
10 4 1 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 657000

11 7 7 3 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 108000
12 6 6 5 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 228000
13 10 10 4 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 97900
14 5 5 7 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 296000
15 15 15 5 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 92000
16 11 1 9 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 615000
17 NEW 17 1 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Backstreet Boys 23000
18 18 18 5 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 101650
19 23 19 5 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 83200
20 13 8 7 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 230300

21 9 9 5 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 163750
22 22 1 16 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1050350
23 12 9 7 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 200250
24 27 24 2 DR MABUSE Propaganda 37400
25 25 25 5 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 86200
26 16 1 7 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 430500
27 NEW 27 1 THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN Joan Baez 18400
28 28 28 5 HIGHER Human 80200
29 29 29 3 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 43500
30 30 30 5 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 89400

31 19 10 7 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 198900
32 NEW 32 1 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark 17800
33 21 10 7 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 171850
34 53 34 2 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 28850
35 31 19 7 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 123400
36 32 1 15 BEST DAYS Lissie 893450
37 43 37 4 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 48300
38 NEW 38 1 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 17200
39 33 22 7 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 118950
40 34 3 17 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 687550

41 26 10 16 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 331100
42 35 7 10 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 274050
43 52 43 4 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 37800
44 47 44 2 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 25750
45 44 1 15 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 958450
46 39 9 8 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 184000
47 40 13 8 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 172900
48 50 48 4 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 40900
49 57 49 4 LET ME Zayn 32700
50 NEW 50 1 YOU DON’T WANNA BE LOVED (RADIO EDIT) Rui Da Silva & Sugar Jesus featuring Leda 12000

51 38 24 7 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 105900
52 67 52 2 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 18100
53 46 4 15 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 468550
54 NEW 54 1 IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher 11000
55 NEW 55 1 WORLD OF OUR LOVE Client Liaison 10800
56 60 56 5 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 38600
57 55 1 24 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1072750
58 56 1 17 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 769800
59 75 59 2 MERCY Madame Monsieur 15100
60 65 60 2 ALREADY THERE Ary 17000

61 45 45 2 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 20400
62 NEW 62 1 I’LL BE THERE Jess Glynne 7400
63 70 63 2 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 13200
64 NEW 64 1 2002 Anne-Marie 7100
65 48 30 9 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 131600
66 NEW 66 1 FAMILIAR Liam Payne & J Balvin 6800
67 51 20 7 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 112500
68 58 10 11 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 242850
69 NEW 69 1 SANGRIA WINE Pharrell Williams x Camila Cabello 6200
70 73 70 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 16800

71 NEW 71 1 ALL OUT OF LOVE Air Supply 5800
72 59 50 6 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 50300
73 NEW 73 1 WE BELONG Pat Benatar 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WHERE DID YOU GO TO? Gilbert O’Sullivan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 1999 Arrhult 5000

DROP OUTS
24 24 10 VINCENT Don McLean 173200
36 36 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 48050
37 3 4 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 170050
41 35 4 THE NIGHTS Avicii 60900
42 24 6 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 98150
49 34 4 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 64400
54 36 6 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 87100
61 42 6 CASTLES Lissie 84250
62 62 4 SEXY BOY Air 28000
63 40 7 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 85550
64 20 6 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 93500
66 66 3 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 18200
68 6 13 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 339500
69 5 17 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 438050
71 15 9 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 130600
72 11 10 SANCTIFY Years & Years 203550
74 3 21 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 763050

 

13th May 2018

It’s 3 weeks on top for Built By Titan as Kylie reaches a new peak with Gente after 9 weeks on the chart, quite rare to be a grower that long. The Detroit Spinners get a first top 10 since 1980, and reach a new chart peak 42 years late, thanks to me seeing the new Avengers epic film again. William De Vaughan enters the top 10 again 44 years on since peaking at 8, and Post Precious rocket up to 10 from 39.

Highest new entry is the best Eurovision song (apart from poor unloved Finland), a Cyprus bop at 17, while Taylor Swift patches up with Katy Perry and is rewarded with her first top 20 track off the new album, in at 20 for Delicate. A classic 1984 track comes back, having originally peaked at 2 for Propaganda, thanks to being entered in the Buzzjack Song Contest, and Naughty Boy shoots up into the 30 for the 6th time as lead act, including his chart-topper La La La, and extends his chart run to 8 years.

Kodaline enter and extend their run to 5 years, some more Eurovision tracks dot around between 41 and 75 – but very much not including the awful clucking winner.

1 1 1 4 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 531000
2 2 2 4 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 314250
3 6 3 9 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 506000
4 4 1 6 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 615000
5 7 5 6 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 267000
6 8 6 4 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 193000
7 19 7 2 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 71000
8 3 1 11 BEND Ria Mae 759300
9 11 9 4 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 144000
10 39 10 3 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 65900

11 5 1 8 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 590000
12 9 9 6 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 181000
13 13 8 6 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 210300
14 15 14 3 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 63000
15 18 15 4 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 65000
16 12 1 6 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 412000
17 NEW 17 1 FUEGO Elena Foureira 23000
18 20 18 4 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 79650
19 14 10 6 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 181000
20 NEW 20 1 DELICATE Taylor Swift 20000

21 17 10 6 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 154150
22 16 1 15 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1030850
23 25 23 4 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 62200
24 26 24 10 VINCENT Don McLean 173200
25 30 25 4 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 67450
26 10 10 15 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 317100
27 NEW 27 1 DR MABUSE Propaganda 18400
28 28 28 4 HIGHER Human 61900
29 64 29 2 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 25300
30 32 30 4 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 71400

31 27 19 6 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 105900
32 23 1 14 BEST DAYS Lissie 876050
33 29 22 6 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 101850
34 33 3 16 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 670550
35 22 7 9 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 260300
36 36 36 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 48050
37 21 3 4 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 170050
38 24 24 6 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 94150
39 42 9 7 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 171250
40 31 13 7 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 160400

41 37 35 4 THE NIGHTS Avicii 60900
42 35 24 6 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 98150
43 49 43 3 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 31000
44 43 1 14 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 945450
45 NEW 45 1 NOBODY BUT YOU Cesar Sampson 13000
46 44 4 14 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 457300
47 NEW 47 1 DANCE YOU OFF Benjamin Ingrosso 12500
48 38 30 8 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 124600
49 34 34 4 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 64400
50 57 50 3 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 28600

51 40 20 6 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 105900
52 66 52 3 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 24300
53 NEW 53 1 FOLLOW YOUR FIRE Kodaline 11250
54 41 36 6 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 87100
55 53 1 23 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1062350
56 54 1 16 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 759600
57 74 57 3 LET ME Zayn 20600
58 47 10 10 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 236450
59 50 50 5 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 44700
60 68 60 4 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 28000

61 45 42 6 CASTLES Lissie 84250
62 62 62 4 SEXY BOY Air 28000
63 46 40 7 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 85550
64 48 20 6 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 93500
65 NEW 65 1 ALREADY THERE Ary 7000
66 69 66 3 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 18200
67 NEW 67 1 OUTLAW IN ‘EM Waylon 6600
68 52 6 13 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 339500
69 55 5 17 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 438050
70 NEW 70 1 WE GOT LOVE Jessica Mauboy 6000

71 51 15 9 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 130600
72 60 11 10 SANCTIFY Years & Years 203550
73 73 73 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 10800
74 65 3 21 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 763050
75 NEW 75 1 MERCY Madame Monsieur 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 47200
58 10 12 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 253050
59 27 8 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 112350
61 18 9 LUCID DREAM Owl City 132000
63 37 9 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 113700
67 67 2 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 12200
70 5 15 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 386650
71 12 13 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 219800
72 72 1 ROXANNE The Police 5600
75 75 1 SUBSTITUTE Gloria Gaynor 5000

 

6th May 2018

It’s a second week on top for Built By Titan, and fresh back from a bit of standing around in outdoor clubs in Gran Canaria (my big toe has been damaged, so not much more than weight-jiggling-leg-to-leg possible), and some newies and oldies played, my chart is still in World Record Store day mode. Foster The People almost get a second chart-topper, Kylie gets a 5th top 10 of the year, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon finally makes my top 10 40 years late from going top 20.

A huge 50-place climb for ARCHIS – I was hoping they would be The Archies, but no such luck – and a massive climb into the 20 for the fourth time for Ariana Grande, including her 2014 chart-topper with The Weeknd Love Me Harder. Highest new entry is an oldie – Rubberband Man featured prominently in the brilliant new Avengers movie, in the Guardians Of The Galaxy segment, a 1976 Detroit Spinners hit, which went top 10 for me that year, as the Spinners usually did, being as their brilliant producer/co-writer Thom Bell had a good decade of Philly/soul hits for a number of acts (Stylistics, Delfonics and more), many of them much-covered since.

Highest actual new track is Naughty Boy gone reggae with RAY BLK and Wyclef – ex of The Fugees, who had a chart-topper with afore-mentioned Thom Bell’s Ready Or Not, the old Delfonics hit. Wyclef has now had 22 years of chart entries, or 20 years solo. I do enjoy a good chart link. Gloria Gaynor’s old disco cover of the Clout-hit-cover of the ex-Argent songwriter Russ Ballard’s Substitute also sneaks in some 40 years late as well.

1 1 1 3 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 361000
2 4 2 3 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 199250
3 2 1 10 BEND Ria Mae 711300
4 3 1 5 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 550000
5 5 1 7 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 553000
6 6 4 8 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 421000
7 7 7 5 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 207000
8 9 8 3 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 138000
9 11 9 5 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 146000
10 15 10 14 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 298600

11 12 11 3 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 99000
12 10 1 5 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 387000
13 13 8 5 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 178300
14 14 10 5 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 160000
15 65 15 2 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 34000
16 16 1 14 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 1011350
17 20 10 5 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 134400
18 57 18 3 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 38000
19 NEW 19 1 THE RUBBERBAND MAN The Detroit Spinners 21000
20 23 20 3 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 57650

21 8 3 3 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 152750
22 18 7 8 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 242800
23 17 1 13 BEST DAYS Lissie 858250
24 25 24 5 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 76950
25 38 25 3 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 42950
26 28 26 9 VINCENT Don McLean 154200
27 19 19 5 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 88000
28 29 28 3 HIGHER Human 43600
29 22 22 5 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 84150
30 33 30 3 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 48700

31 21 13 6 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 143400
32 32 32 3 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 53400
33 26 3 15 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 652950
34 34 34 3 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 52300
35 24 24 5 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 84400
36 44 36 2 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 30650
37 35 35 3 THE NIGHTS Avicii 46900
38 30 30 7 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 112300
39 66 39 2 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 23900
40 27 20 5 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 94150

41 36 36 5 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 76100
42 31 9 6 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 154150
43 41 1 13 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 932200
44 43 4 13 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 444550
45 42 42 5 CASTLES Lissie 66750
46 40 40 6 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 78350
47 39 10 9 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 226250
48 37 20 5 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 86400
49 73 49 2 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Prince 17500
50 54 50 4 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 34600

51 45 15 8 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 124800
52 47 6 12 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 333100
53 52 1 22 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1051550
54 53 1 15 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 749000
55 50 5 16 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 431850
56 58 56 5 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 47200
57 69 57 2 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 16600
58 48 10 12 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 253050
59 51 27 8 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 112350
60 49 11 9 SANCTIFY Years & Years 197950

61 55 18 9 LUCID DREAM Owl City 132000
62 67 62 3 SEXY BOY Air 20600
63 46 37 9 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 113700
64 NEW 64 1 ALL OR NOTHING Naughty Boy featuring RAY BLK and Wyclef-Jean 7100
65 61 3 20 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 757850
66 70 66 2 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 12800
67 72 67 2 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 12200
68 71 68 3 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 18000
69 74 69 2 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 11400
70 60 5 15 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 386650

71 62 12 13 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 219800
72 NEW 72 1 ROXANNE The Police 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Fat Boy Slim 5400
74 75 74 2 LET ME Zayn 10200
75 NEW 75 1 SUBSTITUTE Gloria Gaynor 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 43400
59 59 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 20200
63 6 10 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 280600
64 2 13 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 520800
68 68 3 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 17400

 

My September 1970 Charts

1st September 1970

1 year to the day since leaving for Singapore and Desmond Dekker tops my chart for a second week – when I left it was It Mek that I was just getting in to before cruelly not being able to hear it for another few years! This one though got some radio airplay. 2 new entries, Canadians The Poppy Family became better known as Terry Jacks – well, one of them did anyway. Bobby Bloom pops in with another Caribbean-flavoured song for 1970, following Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 9 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
9 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 11 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board

11 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 17 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
16 ( 14 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
17 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
18 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
19 ( 16 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
20 ( 19 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

8th September 1970

3 weeks on top for Desmond, 3 weeks at 2 for Hot Chocolate, 4 weeks at 3 for Bread… not much happening!

The Poppy Family leap into the top 5, and Bobby Bloom to 7, but the big news is THREE new entries, whooo! At 12, Jimmy Cliff’s lovely Cat Stevens cover is in, It’s A, It’s A, It’s A Wild World as Jonathan King covered it post-Pet Shop Boys not-guilty but not entirely dissimilar It’s A Sin. Holland-Dozier-Holland, ex-Motown Masterminds of brilliance (or Tamla Motown as we called the label in the UK in those days, let’s be accurate about it) set up their new label/production company Invictus – Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne were on it – cue the sheer brilliant Band Of Gold, a heart-rending tale of a newly-wed who’s husband isn’t up to the job on the wedding night, or thereafter. Gotta feel for her, what a rat! That leaves Three Dog Night, back with a Randy Newman cover. Like all their covers it’s not as good as the original. Or any other cover, though it’s a close call in this case with the Tom Jones and Stereophonics 90’s hit cover.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 15 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 8 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
7 ( 17 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
8 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
10 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies

11 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 14 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
15 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
16 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
17 ( 16 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
18 ( 20 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 18 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night

15th September 1970

There’s some actual chart movement as the Tremeloes enter at 1 with the fab stomping guitar-riffed Me And My Life, their only chart-topper, though I’d known the band for years – ironically this was pretty much their last fling as far as big hits were concerned, though they had further chart hits with me for another 4 years. Jimmy Cliff climbs to 6, his biggest hit here, and Diana Ross not only covers Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell’s song, she turns it into a monster dramatic ballad and gets her second solo hit. It’s an epic version that sets the template for the next 2 years of fab singles, and another 4 years of lesser singles before an abrupt change was called for.

2 metal classics enter at 15 and 20, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, both of them to chart again in 1980. Paranoid is the best of the two, and Deep Purple aren’t technically debuting as in my “retro” charts of 1967 and 1968 (ie ones I’m doing now to comprehensively survey the weekly music scenes of that era) they more or less charted as Episode Six (with Morning Dew) and also with a cover of Joe South’s Hush, a bigger hit for Kula Shaker into the future.

1 ( NEW ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
7 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
8 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
9 ( 10 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
13 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
14 ( 9 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
15 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
16 ( 7 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( 14 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 16 ) LOLA The Kinks
19 ( 13 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple

Life then…
A week or so into yet again playing the “new boy” at yet another school, this time RAF Changi Grammar, with my new brown leather school bag for all the extra books and work I had to do (much more homework at this school, so I had to up my game to do well, rather than just comfortably coast). I was in the second year, and fellow RAF Seletar transferee Stephen Mears joined at the same time, the two new boys in Mr Chapman’s form. My best friend at Seletar (Stephen Game) was sporty, so that the was the gang I hung in, new friend Stephen was more into chess – so that was the gang I hung in here. Suited me, as apart from running, rounders, volleyball, swimming, team games really didn’t agree with me, rugby and cricket in particular. Another new mate called Stephen (bit of a trend here!) who I knew from 2 terms at Seletar was also here, he was taller and a bit clumsy, not at all sporty, and also into chess and Snagglepuss impressions – so that was it really, I was in with what they called “the swots” in those days, rather than “one of the boys”. To be fair, though, there was very little bullying going on in either RAF school, which completely left me blissfully unaware of the reality of the average British non-forces Secondary Schools. Frankly one of the teachers was more scary…but that’s another tale.

22nd September 1970

2 weeks on top for The Trems, as The Carpenters debut at with the Bacharach/David gem Close To You. Just. Gorgeous. Karen’s angelic voice just fit into Singapore culture and radio beautifully, being as it was regarded as “Easy Listening” as they called it in those days. Class, I call it. Ditto Simon & Garfunkel having the fourth top 10 off possibly the greatest album of all-time, which my neighbours had, and had loaned to dad to record the top tracks, including this definitive version – note not the UK hit version by Julie Felix. Freda Payne goes top 10, as I hadn’t actually rated it as highly as I do now.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
4 ( 8 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
9 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne

11 ( 15 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
12 ( 7 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
13 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
15 ( 13 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 20 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
17 ( 17 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 14 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( 16 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
20 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams

Back at RAF Changi, it was getting to know the teachers and schoolmates, like outgoing and assertive Lee Kleinhans, a kid from South Africa, my best friend next-door was also there, in the first year, along with his older sister a couple of years up from me. Short Gary was likeable – the same couldn’t be said for the fearsome Mr Mynett, the Physics teacher, who put the fear of God into kids with his OTT Sgt-Major-styled methods – short and sharp in appearance and nature. Mr. Magnet we called him. Put me off Physics pretty much. I preferred the nice Biology teacher lady, though I am still waiting for an answer to a question I asked (I never asked questions in class) when she said all fruits had seeds and I asked about bananas. “I’ll tell you later” she said, and never did.

Kids remember these things!

29th September 1970

3 weeks on top for The Trems, rather amazingly their only chart-topper in my charts, even in my retrospective charts (I’ve started from January 1967 charting songs new to me and old to me, comprehensively top 50’s – and they don’t come close even though I loved them as a kid). The Carpenters are up to 2, and Simon & Garfunkel at 3 with the track covered by Julie Felix, and highest new entry is at 6 – The Archies are back with a minor US hit, and a track I adored at the time (taping it off their TV show) the joyous bubblegum of Sunshine, which deserves to be better known – or rather known at all. Written by Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom, that’ll be Sugar Sugar and the chap at number 16 with the also-tropical-sounding Montego Bay.

Black Sabbath are a bit Paranoid at being leap-frogged by a cartoon band, but then they DID have their own cartoon character in Ozzy…. In at 17, the soul-funk powerful social commentary of The Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion, Chicago pop back in at 19, and in at 20 one of my recent raves Our World. Blue Mink were fab, but tend to be under-appreciated, quite unfairly as they had a variety of singles, all great quality – this track was written by Herbie Flowers, later of “Grandad” success and Walk On The Wild Side bassline fame, and Kenny Pickett. Madeline Bell did the original version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, pre-Diana Ross & Co, which has made my retro 1968 charts – see my wordpress popchartfreak account for those shortly.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
3 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies
7 ( 11 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
8 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
9 ( 6 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
10 ( 7 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
12 ( 13 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
13 ( 12 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
14 ( 16 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
15 ( 15 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( RE ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) OUR WORLD Blue Mink

My August 1970 Charts

4th August 1970

3 weeks for Cliff on top, and Elvis is on his heels at 2, how appropriate since Cliff modeled himself on early Elvis! Marmalade go for a 4th top 5, a melancholy Rainbow, and The Archies get a 5th Top 10 with a record that still has never been officially released in either the UK or the USA. Smokey Robinson gets a top ten song about tears, no not The Tracks Of My, this time it’s the equally classic Of A Clown.

Motown labelmates The Jackson 5, the hottest pop group around, enter at 13 with a third hit The Love You Save, a big improvement on ABC for me. They were the darlings of US variety shows of the time, not least the Ed Sullivan Show, which we had on TV in Singapore, albeit a while later. Look at the clip and marvel at Michael’s precociousness as performer. Fab. The other new record is at 20, Fairweather’s Natural Sinner. I’ve added it in retroactively as I didn’t hear it until 1975 while Andy Fairweather-Low was undergoing a solo career revival, having already had the hit pop group success with Amen Corner, including topping my charts in 1969 with Half As Nice. Not his finest hour, in all honesty.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 12 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
6 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
8 ( 14 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
10 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 6 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
14 ( 17 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
16 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
17 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 20 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
20 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather


Talking of Ed Sullivan. As I’ve said before, in many ways my TV world of the 60’s and early 70’s was much more American than British, and that held true especially in Singapore – there were UK shows but they tended to be the sci-fi shows like Doctor Who and UFO, which was the latest, most exciting. mind-blowing show for me to get hooked on. Gerry Anderson had gone into live action TV, keeping the model-making for the space-age vehicles and flying saucers, as we called them in those days. I loved it. I also loved American variety shows like Ed Sullivan, though he was very, very dull. He also regularly had an awful cute mime mouse on far too often (once was more than enough, never mind 50 times in 8 years) Topo Gigio. If I’ve repeated myself here, apologies, just take it as a warning as it’s still on youtube! Avoid!

11th August 1970

A second number one from The Archies, Love Vibrations was featured on Archie’s Funhouse, an hour-long mix of songs and sketches and short stories, with a supposed live audience of kids. See lower down for more info! On an otherwise still-dull chart, Smokey Robinson goes top 5, Jackson 5 top 10, both Motown, and there are 2 new entries, both songs Tom Jones has recorded. Just as well as his version of I (Who Have Nothing) is in at 16, a terrific dramatic ballad, with The Voice on fine form. Shirley Bassey had the UK 1963 hit version (produced by George Martin) but this was a cover of Ben E. King’s US original English-language version of an Italian hit 1961 song by Joe Sentieri.

At 20, is another cover by Three Dog Night, this time Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, typically lyrically quirky and interesting and 2 or 3 decades before he became a big-deal movie composer for Pixar and others. I’d prefer to hear Randy, but this passed the time till Tom Jones covered it for his Reloaded album with Stereophonics.
1 ( 7 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
2 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
5 ( 8 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
8 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
10 ( 13 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5

11 ( 9 ) LOLA The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
13 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 16 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 17 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night


Archie’s Funhouse and Love Vibrations: I’ve bought the series DVD in haze of rose-tinted bliss, and it’s excruciating to sit through – except for the songs. I enjoyed the Archie comics, but I loved the cartoon band pop to bits and recorded this direct off the TV at the time, tinny and all from a hand microphone onto my mid-60’s reel-to-reel (well, technically dad’s recorder but my need was greater and I acquired it pretty much so I could record every song I loved from that moment on. That was a LOT of songs and a lot of blank reel-to-reel tapes for me to save up to buy for the next 20 years. I’m obviously biased but I still love this song, written by one Neil Brian Goldberg, a songwriter who never made it but who impacted me and I hope other young kids of the time.

What happened was that music maestro and Archies producer/songwriter Jeff Barry was moving on (he of hit songwriting married couple Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, many a legendary song like Be My Baby, Da Do Ron Ron, Leader Of The Pack, River Deep Mountain High, and of course Sugar Sugar also for the Archies without Ellie). He took on Neil who ignored instructions to dumb down the hit machine and aim for 7-year-olds – instead his subject matter for songs was the world, the environment, civil rights, fairly serious topics for kiddie-pop. I noticed. I also noticed the promo cartoon videos to accompany and the fab tunes still sung by Ron Dante. Only 4 of the dozens of songs ever made it to limited release and none are available to buy to this day, including this one. So this will be the only chart it has ever appeared in. Boo! Hiss! It’s sweet (or twee), ever-so-slightly hippie psychedelic and melodic bubblegum.

18th August 1970

It’s Elvis on top, with his second number one in just over a year, following on from In The Ghetto. The Wonder Of You was originally a 1959 hit for Ray Peterson, but Elvis notched up the drama, now entering his Las Vegas phase and it was essentially Showbiz City from here on. I was still mad on Elvis and it would be another 2 years before the increasingly naff singles caused me to lose my love – in retrospect it all started here, really, give or take, as Parody Elvis killed off Gospel Elvis. These days, The Wonder Of You is nowhere near the top of my list of classic Presley.

Cat Stevens gets to 2, just ahead of a new entry for a new act, Bread. Bread was essentially David Gates, a great songwriter with an angelic sweet vocal, which I loved, but which provoked the same reaction amongst musos as The Carpenters – sweet equals sickly in their eyes, totally unable to appreciate the song quality. Make It With You is gorgeous, and was covered in the 90’s by Let Loose, to reasonable effect.

In at 5, one of my all-time fave bands of the 70’s debut – Hot Chocolate, fresh off The Beatles Apple label, and now with Micky Most’s RAK Records, loved that yacht logo on the vinyl. Errol Brown led the mixed race combo, in itself a statement at that time, and Errol and bandmate Tony Wilson showed they were nifty songwriters pretty much immediately (writing for other acts like Mary Hopkin). The organ and strings riffs of Love Is Life and that shuffling percussive rhythm were irresistible to me, and that soaring melody just fabulous. Still love it to bits.

Also in, at 19, Andy Williams is back with It’s So Easy, my top-rated crooner of the time. Andy was never bad, and I loved that he covered current hits on his show and albums. Just look at him singing this bouncy joyous pop ditty live – effortless and stylish.

1 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 7 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

6 ( 1 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 6 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 5 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

11 ( 10 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
12 ( 9 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 13 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones

16 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
17 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
18 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

Back in Singapore, time for some end-of-holiday musings and summary: the long summer holiday from school was pretty literal there, hot days, comics, music, TV, swimming pool, beach, catching fish for my tank, and yet more comics. I was getting a pretty good set of new Action Comics by this time, as well as back issues of Adventure Comics, all featuring my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes (and Superboy and Superman). I can’t understate how shaky and sweaty I would get when I came across a new issue – the surge of excitement overcame everything else. I had to have them, no matter what. By this time I was off on longer bus journeys, to Katong and Siglap bookstores and roadside kiosks, to Changi Village second-hand bookstores, and to Singapore City plush department stores newsagent sections (with grown-ups, that one, it was just that bit too daunting to go into the city on my own). Just as well I didn’t always tell where I’d been (I used to say Bedok, near where we first lived, and bring back fish from the tropical fish store for the tank as proof). Ah happy days, and I even got friend Dale to accompany me too, eventually – his parents also didn’t know. Given the red-flag bombs left locally aimed at us kids, as I’ve already said, I had to get my priorities right. I knew the risks, took no chances straying from the main bus route and the shops, and I wouldn’t have trusted strangers, but those comics were meant for me, I had to have them! I still have them….

I noticed by now that the comics I brought over from the UK were getting a bit brown and stained round the edges, so hot and humid was it, constantly. I had moth balls in the draw I kept them in, but that didn’t stop it. The expensive new ones needed to be kept as mint as possible in my obsessive eyes. I came up with a solution. Bread rolls. Or rather the bags the rolls came in, labelled with Bakers logos and so on, but otherwise transparent – I washed them out, dried them off for a day or two, and stored my comics in them one in each bag. Then inside a larger bag. It worked – they are still inside the same bags 46 years later, fairly airtight and stacked in my childhood wooden box. Some might call that anal retentive and they’d be right. But my comics are still near mint and worth a bob or two now.

25th August 1970

School hols nearly over, and it’s a reggae new entry at 1 for Desmond Dekker, finally getting the top spot after peaking at with Israelites the previous year. Written by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, You Can Get It If You Really Want was a fab melodic pop groove released on the super-cool reggae label Trojan. Back in 1970, though, Desmond was the big reggae star. Hot Chocolate go up to 2 with the fantastic Love Is Life, and Marmalade hold at 3 with the lovely Rainbow. New at 11, a future Kylie cover, the soulful funk of Chairmen Of The Board, starting their string of hits with one of their great singles, Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lead singer General Johnson had a terrific voice, and the creative team was ex-Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland on their new Invictus record label. Funkier, but still fab.

1 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 5 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 1 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 2 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
10 ( 9 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 11 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
16 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
17 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
18 ( 16 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
19 ( 18 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free


Back in the tropics, what kind of games were popular in our house? I got a fab game called Battling Tops for christmas which dad and his RAF mates also pissed themselves over – it was like an old amphitheatre but curved. Basically you wrapped up to 4 spinning tops in nylon rope, placed them in the 4 starter blocks at 90 degrees around the arena, and pulled hard. They then went mad, spinning towards each other and colliding, and the winner was the one who didn’t get chucked out the arena and who spun the longest.

The grown-ups were big on Canasta, very much a social thing among young married couples, or a ladies-only bit of fun – I still adore card games but they seem to be a thing of the past generally these days. Anyway, I watched avidly behind each grown-up watching how they played till I picked it up, and eventually I got to play too. Yay!

The other big social do, again for couples, but also men’s beer-drinking gatherings at our house (cos we had a dartboard) was darts. Mum and dad went onto the main RAF camp for nights out (we stayed on our own, brother & I, locked indoors with neighbours opposite keeping an eye on the house), I was quite sensible from an early age, these days you’d be done for child abandonment but at 12 or 13 years old I certainly didn’t feel I needed a baby sitter to control my younger brother and a bit of squabbling now and then. Anyway, they won loads of team darts awards, albeit some as runners-up (still have the little wooden plaques and cups) and I got to play darts as much as I wanted. Never did get great at it, though, preferred DC Comics and pop music and American TV.

Other board games: Monopoly (of course), Careers, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, and minor ones like draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo and so on. My big new board game, though, was Chess. I joined the chess club at Seletar Secondary Modern in my first year, and liked it, and ended up getting my own super-funky magnetic chess board (still have it) which I took to my new upcoming school, where I basically spent breaks with the other nerds playing chess. Yes my days of hanging about with the cool kids running round school playgrounds and playing fields were over, the new RAF Changi Grammar School was a whole different ball game, so to speak, and I pretty quickly got labelled a “swot” which was the social kiss of death for any shy boy. To be continued in September, and day one at school…

 

My Retro June 1967 Charts

3rd June 1967

It was 50 years ago today…and also today as Sgt Pepper tops the UK charts in 2017. 

That gives me good reason to do what would have happened, had streaming been a thing back in the day, and have a Beatles invasion, led by the genius Macca ballad with roots in traditional melodic folk madrigals (apparently), the heart-rending She’s Leaving Home in at 1 for a 2nd chart-topper of the year. Gorgeous tune, just gorgeous. John’s psychedelic Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is in at 5, and his epic (with Paul) A Day In The Life at 13, Paul’s When I’m Sixty-Four in at 26 – frighteningly I have 4 and half years to go, having been a mere 9 at the time – George’s Indian-flavoured delight Within You Without You at 37, and John’s Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite at 44 and the Paul song Ringo-sung With A Little Help at 60. I make that 9 tracks in the 75, written by 3 group-members, and there are still a couple of other decent album tracks too.

Any other week would see kudos going to The Monkees new album Headquarters invading an already Monkees-busy chart, the only other band to have a Fab year to rival the Fabs in 1967, and by virtue of the TV show, many album tracks and B sides as familiar as the singles, and worthy too. The naughty-titled Mickey Dolenz song Randy Scouse Git (a catch-phrase of the time) had an Alternate Title in the UK, quirky and fun and in at 4, ahead of the Mike Nesmith song (the original TV version not the album version though, the latter has less oomph) at 7 You Just may Be The One. I think it’s telling that they didn’t need professional songwriters after all (by now they had won the battle with Don Kirshner who buggered off to create a REAL manufactured group who wouldn’t answer back – The Archies, who I also loved to bits). In at 41, it’s the closing credits song, Peter Tork’s co-written song, For Pete’s Sake. Just Davy Jones being the Ringo then!

In at 3, Stevie Wonder is still a teen, but no longer “Little” and his first classic Motown song, I Was Made To Love Her, just brilliant, making 4 out of the top 5 new and pushing down still-fresh greats. Traffic have a big climb into the 20, Cilla enters at 35 with a great drama ballad just ahead of her Bacharach Alfie song, as covered by Dionne, which makes a change from the other way around, as per more usual. Frankie Valli drops, but then again he also enters at 49 (featuring the “sound” of Frankie Valli, is the credit) with C’Mon Marianne, a song later covered by Donny Osmond, as per The Trems starting that British national pastime in the 70’s – hit covers of Four Seasons songs that is. That leaves another Smokey Robinson cover at 75, a 3rd entry of 1967 for Brenda & The Tabulations and a song made more famous by The Jackson 5 – Who’s Loving You.

1 ( NEW ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
3 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
4 ( NEW ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
5 ( NEW ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
7 ( NEW ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
9 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
10 ( 5 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

11 ( 6 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
12 ( 15 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
13 ( NEW ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
14 ( 35 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
15 ( 18 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
16 ( 10 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
17 ( 17 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
18 ( 4 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
19 ( 12 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
20 ( 29 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison

21 ( 11 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
22 ( 7 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
23 ( 13 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
24 ( 16 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
25 ( 9 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
26 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
27 ( 22 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
28 ( 14 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
29 ( 19 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
30 ( 23 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips

31 ( 24 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
32 ( 25 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
33 ( 34 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
34 ( 27 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
35 ( NEW ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
36 ( 26 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
37 ( NEW ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
38 ( 32 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
39 ( 45 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
40 ( 40 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

41 ( NEW ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
42 ( 31 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
43 ( 37 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
44 ( NEW ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
45 ( 63 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
46 ( 21 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
47 ( 20 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
48 ( 57 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
49 ( NEW ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons
50 ( 58 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine

51 ( 38 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
52 ( 30 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
53 ( 46 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
54 ( 42 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
55 ( 41 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
56 ( 48 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
57 ( 60 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
58 ( 47 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
59 ( 28 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
60 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles

61 ( 36 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
62 ( 64 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
63 ( 55 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
64 ( 68 ) WINDY The Association
65 ( 59 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
66 ( 75 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
67 ( 53 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
68 ( 69 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
69 ( 71 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
70 ( 70 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck

71 ( 44 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
72 ( 49 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
73 ( 74 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
74 ( NEW ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations

 

10th June 1967

Stevie Wonder gets his first chart-topper, knocking off the Beatles from the summit in what for me is one of the great periods of music of all-time, quite frankly the entire top 7 should be topping my chart and the next 6 around 2 or 3. As if George Martin’s tasteful orchestration of She’s Leaving Home isn’t amazing enough, there’s an even better one at 6, new in for Nancy Sinatra’s James Bond theme You Only Live Twice, still the greatest Bond theme and her 3rd top 10 of the year. I have opted for the lushly orchestrated John Barry soundtrack version – the single version adapted by Lee Hazelwood is perfectly fine but the movie version is the definitive classic, as borrowed by Robbie for his equally fab Millennium. I saw Rob last week and he didn’t do it! Pah! Awesome though. Lee Hazelwood, meanwhile, pops in with that Johnny Cash/ June Carter rival version (both covers of a 1963 song) awaiting entry.

The Four Tops grab a 4th top 10 of 1967, which means the class Procol Harum song is just being outdone by tracks I love more, up to 10. The Fabs & Cilla both enter the top 20, keeping it scouse, as I was was at the time (at least in accent), with Vikki Carr and The Hollies (both tracks I loved at the time) making good moves into the 30. New at 32, a song I didn’t know then, but grew to love in the US hit version by Kim Carnes in 1980, it’s More Love by the amazing Smokey Robinson, with his miracles – 4 songs on the chart to boot, that’s rivalling Lennon & McCartney.

I saw Judith Durham perform The Olive Tree on the 50th anniversary tour of The Seekers, and was impressed so by the song and their concert I bought the CD hits collection in the foyer – which doesn’t have it on! Pah! Another track I knew from 90’s Florida hols pops in lower down for Jay & The Americans, a Kinks song I don’t know, ditto, and a Tommy Roe ditty that I would have loved had I heard it then (Dizzy was an actual obsession in 1969, the first record I ever bought).

1 ( 3 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
2 ( 1 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( NEW ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 7 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
8 ( 15 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
9 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
10 ( 12 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum

11 ( 13 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
13 ( 17 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
14 ( 9 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
15 ( 8 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
16 ( 10 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
17 ( 11 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
18 ( 26 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
19 ( 20 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
20 ( 35 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black

21 ( 16 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
22 ( 18 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
23 ( 19 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
24 ( 33 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
25 ( 21 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 48 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
27 ( 24 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
28 ( 39 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
29 ( 45 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
30 ( 22 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys

31 ( 23 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
32 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
33 ( 37 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
34 ( 31 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
35 ( 32 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
36 ( 25 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
37 ( 30 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
38 ( 41 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
39 ( 34 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
40 ( 44 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

41 ( 28 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
42 ( 36 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
43 ( 29 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
44 ( 27 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
45 ( 49 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
46 ( NEW ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
47 ( 43 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
48 ( 42 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
49 ( 38 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
50 ( 40 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

51 ( 60 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
52 ( 64 ) WINDY The Association
53 ( 57 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
54 ( 62 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
55 ( 53 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
56 ( 46 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
57 ( NEW ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
58 ( 66 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
59 ( 51 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
60 ( 74 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler

61 ( 47 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
62 ( 68 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
63 ( 54 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
64 ( 50 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
65 ( 69 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
66 ( 63 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
67 ( 65 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
68 ( 55 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
69 ( 70 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
70 ( 73 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers

71 ( 56 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
72 ( NEW ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
73 ( NEW ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
74 ( 75 ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations
75 ( NEW ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe

 

17th June 1967

The Monkees are on top with a 4th chart-topper of the year, holding off Nancy Sinatra’s 3rd top 5. Highest new entry is the track that featured on the first album bought as a present for me (I requested Honey Come Back and got This Is Glen Campbell, an Australian compilation of the best tracks off his first 2 or albums) – Gentle On My Mind. Alison Krauss has just done a fab cover of it, which reinforces what a work of poetry it is, lyrically and melodically, deserving of all the awards.

In at 23, a track a fellow 60’s enthusiast recommended to me recently, and it’s pure 1967 and pure delight, Sagittarius is the act, well worth checking out. Big climb for Gene Chandler, 12 years before he debuted in my charts with Get Down. That was a very good disco track, this a wonderful soul ballad. Pink Floyd are back again, ditto Jefferson Airplane, snap for Sonny & Cher, and a 3rd Peaches & Herb of 1967. That leaves Boots Randolph’s version of the standard Temptation, very nice – he may be better known for his sax contributions to Elvis records – and Yakkety Sax, AKA the Benny Hill theme!

1 ( 3 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
2 ( 6 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
3 ( 2 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
4 ( 1 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
5 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 4 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
8 ( 8 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
9 ( 10 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
10 ( 12 ) PAPER SUN Traffic

11 ( 11 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
12 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
13 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
14 ( 20 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
15 ( 18 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
16 ( 19 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
17 ( 14 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
18 ( 32 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
19 ( 16 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
20 ( 24 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension

21 ( 13 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
22 ( 26 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
23 ( NEW ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
24 ( 17 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
25 ( 15 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
26 ( 21 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
27 ( 29 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
28 ( 23 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
29 ( 60 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
30 ( 33 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles

31 ( 22 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
32 ( 25 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
33 ( 28 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
34 ( 27 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
35 ( 46 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
36 ( 38 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
37 ( 40 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
38 ( 57 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
39 ( 30 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
40 ( 45 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli

41 ( 34 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
42 ( 31 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
43 ( 35 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
44 ( 39 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
45 ( 52 ) WINDY The Association
46 ( 51 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
47 ( 37 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
48 ( 36 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
49 ( 42 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
50 ( 58 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

51 ( 53 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
52 ( 41 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
53 ( 54 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
54 ( 47 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
55 ( 62 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
56 ( 48 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
57 ( 43 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
58 ( NEW ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
59 ( 65 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
60 ( 55 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway

61 ( 70 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
62 ( 72 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
63 ( 63 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
64 ( 50 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
65 ( NEW ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
66 ( 59 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
67 ( 73 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
68 ( 66 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
69 ( 67 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
70 ( 74 ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations

71 ( 75 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
72 ( 44 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
73 ( NEW ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
74 ( NEW ) FOR YOUR LOVE Peaches and Herb
75 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph

 

24th June 1967

Nancy Sinatra gets her first solo chart-topper (hypothetically, as I haven’t done my 1966 charts yet) since Boots, and her 3rd in all, as the Fabs get 3 in the top 10 and Glen Campbell gets his first. Highest new entry is the ever-so MOR, yet lovely, Just Loving You. another kiddie fave of mine, both the song and Anita Harris, regular of kids TV and variety shows – not to mention Carry On Up The Khyber. A very familiar tune I didn’t know I knew is in at 26 for the Bar-Kays, Soulfinger popping up in The Blues Brothers but also used as a soundbed to many a radio link back in the day.

Another Bee Gees (obscure) goodie drops by, every one a winner in the 60’s for the Gibbs, as Lulu is literally beside herself with Let’s Pretend. Vanilla Fudge go heavy Supremes, while Ike & Tina & Gladys Knight scrape in. Gladys is back in Bournemouth tomorrow night, I may try and go again she was fab a year or 2 back.

1 ( 2 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
2 ( 1 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
3 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
6 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
8 ( 7 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
9 ( 10 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
10 ( 11 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles

11 ( 15 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
13 ( 8 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
14 ( 18 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 13 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
16 ( 23 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
17 ( 9 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
18 ( 16 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
19 ( NEW ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
20 ( 27 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies

21 ( 19 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
22 ( 22 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
23 ( 17 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
24 ( 21 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
25 ( 29 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
26 ( NEW ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
27 ( 30 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
28 ( 25 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
29 ( 26 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
30 ( 20 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension

31 ( 24 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
32 ( 35 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
33 ( 28 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
34 ( 36 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
35 ( 40 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
36 ( 38 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
37 ( 37 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
38 ( 32 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
39 ( 55 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
40 ( 58 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

41 ( 31 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
42 ( 45 ) WINDY The Association
43 ( 34 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
44 ( 41 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
45 ( 46 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
46 ( 50 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
47 ( 62 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
48 ( 39 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
49 ( 43 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
50 ( 44 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra

51 ( 33 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
52 ( 53 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
53 ( 42 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
54 ( 49 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
55 ( 48 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
56 ( 47 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
57 ( 54 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
58 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
59 ( 51 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
60 ( 61 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers

61 ( 52 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
62 ( 56 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
63 ( NEW ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
64 ( 67 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
65 ( 65 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
66 ( 63 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
67 ( 60 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
68 ( 71 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
69 ( 75 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
70 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Vanilla Fudge

71 ( 69 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
72 ( 68 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
73 ( 73 ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
74 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
75 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips

My Retro May 1967 Charts

5th May 1967

5 weeks on top for The Mamas & The Papas, just holding of a new entry from The Kinks – that classic Waterloo Sunset. PP Arnold keeps the Cat Stevens top 10 hitlist going, The Trems keep the Gaudio/Crewe hitlist going – and look, there’s another of theirs in at 18 as the classic singalongaFrankie Valli – later done bigger in the UK by Andy Williams, Boystown Gang and the greatest version Pet Shop Boys – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You pops in.

Elsewhere, Tommy James B side is doing much better than the A side, James Bond takes Herb Alpert into the top 20 as his cover of the Ramsey Lewis gem potters around lower. The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack Motown original of Ain’t No Mountain is in at 45, almost as good as the OTT cover by Diana Ross on it’s way in 3 years, Spanky & Our Gang’s well-known US hit drops by, a good Motown obscurity from Barbara McNair is new in, a 60’s US oldies radio fave from The Grass Roots is also new, and ditto The Music Explosion’s A Little Bit Of Soul, later picked up in 1972 by Jonathan King for UK Records resissued UK airplay – but no sales.

Hendrix does better than Purple Haze’s feeble peak of 75, in at 71 for his most radio-friendly track, while New Vaudeville Band have a soundalike follow-up (again), and Jackie Wilson does what he does well.

1 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( NEW ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 2 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
4 ( 3 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
5 ( 11 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
6 ( 4 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
7 ( 7 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
8 ( 14 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
9 ( 13 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
10 ( 5 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops

11 ( 6 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
12 ( 8 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
13 ( 15 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
14 ( 9 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
15 ( 25 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
16 ( 12 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
17 ( 20 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
18 ( NEW ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
19 ( 26 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
20 ( 21 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees

21 ( 30 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
22 ( 16 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
23 ( 18 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
24 ( 17 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
25 ( 10 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
26 ( 32 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
27 ( 22 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
28 ( 28 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
29 ( 19 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
30 ( 33 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes

31 ( 39 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
32 ( 23 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
33 ( 40 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
34 ( 44 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
35 ( 35 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
36 ( 24 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
37 ( 31 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
38 ( 54 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
39 ( 51 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
40 ( 46 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey

41 ( 29 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
42 ( 27 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
43 ( 38 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
44 ( 37 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
45 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
46 ( 36 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
47 ( 50 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
48 ( 59 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
49 ( 52 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
50 ( 58 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations

51 ( 34 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
52 ( 48 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
53 ( 47 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
54 ( 57 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
55 ( 64 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
56 ( 63 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
57 ( 53 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
58 ( 74 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
59 ( NEW ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
60 ( 65 ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie

61 ( 41 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
62 ( 67 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
63 ( 43 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
64 ( NEW ) HERE I AM BABY Barbara McNair
65 ( NEW ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
66 ( 42 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
67 ( NEW ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
68 ( 49 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
69 ( 71 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
70 ( 72 ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys

71 ( NEW ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
72 ( 56 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
73 ( 45 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
74 ( NEW ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
75 ( NEW ) I’VE LOST YOU Jackie Wilson

 

12th May 1967

The Kinks grab a new Number One – now had I been doing some charts on here back in 64 then You Really Got Me would have topped, and possibly Sunny Afternoon. The Trems Four Seasons cover is up to 3, as the actual Four Seasons are at 9 (whatever the label says) and The Beach Boys oldie cover shoots up to 10. Highest new entry The Walker Brothers also cover and early 60’s classic, at 33, just ahead of big climbs for Spanky & Our gang and Sonny & Cher. The original songs to later chart-toppers for me (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Say You Don’t Mind) and later hits (24 Sycamore and Here We Go Again) climb or enter, while The Staple Singers have a chart debut, and yet another old Monkees fave pops in too. Just waiting for Sgt Pepper eh? This chart could get VERY crowded….!

1 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
2 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
3 ( 8 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
4 ( 3 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
5 ( 5 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
6 ( 4 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
7 ( 9 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
8 ( 6 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
9 ( 18 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
10 ( 31 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys

11 ( 7 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
12 ( 10 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
13 ( 15 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
14 ( 11 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
15 ( 20 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
16 ( 12 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
17 ( 19 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
18 ( 30 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
19 ( 16 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
20 ( 21 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro

21 ( 14 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
22 ( 13 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
23 ( 45 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
24 ( 26 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
25 ( 22 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
26 ( 23 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
27 ( 38 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
28 ( 28 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
29 ( 34 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
30 ( 17 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows

31 ( 27 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
32 ( 33 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
33 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
34 ( 59 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
35 ( 29 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
36 ( 58 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
37 ( 47 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
38 ( 39 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
39 ( 55 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
40 ( 40 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey

41 ( 37 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
42 ( 24 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
43 ( 25 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
44 ( 48 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
45 ( 35 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
46 ( 43 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
47 ( 32 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
48 ( 50 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
49 ( 36 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
50 ( 65 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots

51 ( 44 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
52 ( 42 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
53 ( 74 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
54 ( 54 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
55 ( 46 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
56 ( 56 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
57 ( 53 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
58 ( 67 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
59 ( 62 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
60 ( 71 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience

61 ( 57 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
62 ( 41 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
63 ( 69 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
64 ( 64 ) HERE I AM BABY Barbara McNair
65 ( NEW ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
66 ( NEW ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
67 ( 70 ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys
68 ( NEW ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
69 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
70 ( NEW ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine

71 ( NEW ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
72 ( 49 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
73 ( NEW ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
74 ( NEW ) WHY (AM I TREATED SO BAD) The Staple Singers
75 ( NEW ) AM I GROOVING YOU Freddie Scott

 

19th May 1967

New in on top and it’s the start of the Summer Of Love with the hippie anthem from The Mamas & The Papas..err I mean John Phillips very generous gift to Scott McKenzie (imagine if he’d kept it, ah if only). I loved this song at the time, in the sunny days living on the Isle Of Anglesey (rural RAF Valley), as did my mum. I still love it. One I didn’t know at the time is up to 4 (Frankie Valli’s classic original), as Pet Clark is straight in at 10 with another childhood fave from the days when Tony Hatch knocked out the melodic pop gems on a weekly basis – Don’t Sleep In The Subway.

Another biggie in at 12, the original Light My Fire, The Doors classic, another I knew in later years (Jose Feliciano was MY original), and up 50 places another song I knew but a version I didn’t – Wayne Fontana’s earlier version of Gene Pitney’s 24 Sycamore. The Walker Brothers return to the top 20 with another cover – this time Walking In The Rain – and Tommy James hits my top 20 with a track that should have been a big A side single. Much better than the otherwise-decent Mirage.

A band I’d never heard of 6 months ago, The Five Stairsteps, replace themselves in my top 40 with a great cover of Smokey Robinson’s Ooh Baby Baby, and the timeless trippie-classical groove from Procol Harum is in at 33, 5 years ahead of it making my real charts in 1972. A great Grass Roots track goes top 40, one I got to know on Florida 60’s oldies radio in the 90’s – they tended to pick a theme (in this case records from 1963 to 1973) and then play oldies from that era on rotation as if they were new tracks. As I used to holiday in Orlando most years, that was a voyage of 60’s oldies discovery for me, taping onto cassette from the radio.

Up Up And Away, 2 versions, The Johnny Mann version was the UK hit version I knew at the time and liked, but The 5th Dimension I got to know in 1969 to 1971 and became a huge fan of (they were on Ed Sullivan shows broadcast on Singapore TV, and on Singapore radio) – so that gets the higher chart placing. Others: a Dusty goodie, Showstoppers later UK hit, The Association’s Windy (not a UK hit but a well-known song), Engelbert’s monster follow-up, Manfred’s Tommy Roe cover, and a bunch of super-heroes at 75. Ah if only….

1 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
2 ( 1 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 3 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
4 ( 9 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
5 ( 7 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
6 ( 2 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 10 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
8 ( 5 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
9 ( 4 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
10 ( NEW ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

11 ( 6 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
12 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
13 ( 13 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
14 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
15 ( 65 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
16 ( 8 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
17 ( 20 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
18 ( 33 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
19 ( 23 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
20 ( 29 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells

21 ( 12 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
22 ( 11 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
23 ( 14 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
24 ( 19 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
25 ( 16 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
26 ( 15 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
27 ( NEW ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
28 ( 36 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
29 ( 17 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
30 ( 34 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang

31 ( 21 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
32 ( 26 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
33 ( NEW ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
34 ( 37 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
35 ( 22 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
36 ( 50 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
37 ( 39 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
38 ( 25 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
39 ( 27 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
40 ( 40 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey

41 ( 28 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
42 ( 31 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
43 ( 48 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
44 ( 44 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
45 ( 73 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
46 ( 66 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
47 ( 24 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
48 ( NEW ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
49 ( 30 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
50 ( 54 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 41 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
52 ( 35 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
53 ( 53 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
54 ( 60 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 32 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
56 ( 46 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
57 ( 58 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
58 ( 68 ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
59 ( 70 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
60 ( NEW ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

61 ( 71 ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
62 ( 51 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
63 ( 63 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
64 ( 38 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
65 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
66 ( 56 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
67 ( 57 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
68 ( NEW ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
69 ( 69 ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
70 ( 74 ) WHY (AM I TREATED SO BAD) The Staple Singers

71 ( NEW ) WINDY The Association
72 ( NEW ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
74 ( NEW ) SWEET PEA Manfred Mann
75 ( NEW ) YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING (AND EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) The Fantastic Four

 

26th May 1967

2 weeks on top for Scott McKenzie’s hippie anthem, holding off a challenge from The Doors at 3. That’s the position the long version peaked at on re-issue in the 90’s in my charts. Wayne Fontana and The Walker Brothers go top 10, which is about as well as The Partridge Family did with it in 1973 – hey I liked David Cassidy and the TV show!

A big leap for Procol Harum into the 20, which A Whiter Shade Of Pale did in 1972 for me, and a lesser-known Northern Soul Motown gem from The Four Tops turns the top 20 gloomy as well as pale. The Five Stairsteps take Smokey Robinson into the 20, while Johnny Rivers enters with another Smokey song.

Highest new entry at 29 is that American hit and UK flop, incredibly, for Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl. I swear it was on constant rotation on Florida radio each year I holidayed in the 90’s. Far and away his best solo record, too. 2 versions of The Boat That I Row side by side, 2 versions of Up Up And Away, one of them not floating as high as the better version, and a new entry for Traffic, newly-hot with Paper Sun at 35.

Jeff Beck & Dave Dee & co go top 40, Vikki Carr’s MOR classic is in at 57, and childhood fave Carrie Ann pops in a bit lower. One of my parents younger RAF friend couples had this one (Jimmy & Vera had some singles I liked so I enjoyed popping round for biscuits and playing their records, Jimmy was in his early 20’s, mum was very nearly ancient at 28, dad was 30).

1 ( 1 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
2 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 12 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
4 ( 5 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
5 ( 10 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
6 ( 4 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
7 ( 7 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
8 ( 15 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
9 ( 3 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
10 ( 18 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers

11 ( 6 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
12 ( 9 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
13 ( 8 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
14 ( 14 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
15 ( 33 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
16 ( 11 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
17 ( 27 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
18 ( 45 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
19 ( 19 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
20 ( 20 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells

21 ( 13 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
22 ( 36 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
23 ( 16 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
24 ( 24 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
25 ( 21 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
26 ( 22 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
27 ( 23 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
28 ( 34 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
29 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
30 ( 17 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro

31 ( 25 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
32 ( 37 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
33 ( 28 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
34 ( 48 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
35 ( NEW ) PAPER SUN Traffic
36 ( 40 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
37 ( 32 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
38 ( 31 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
39 ( 44 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
40 ( 46 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

41 ( 39 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
42 ( 35 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
43 ( 26 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
44 ( 38 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
45 ( 60 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
46 ( 41 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
47 ( 53 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
48 ( 57 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
49 ( 54 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
50 ( 50 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 29 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
52 ( 58 ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
53 ( 63 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 30 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
55 ( 51 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
56 ( 42 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
57 ( NEW ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
58 ( 59 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
59 ( 56 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
60 ( 65 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers

61 ( 61 ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
62 ( 52 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
63 ( NEW ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
64 ( 68 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
65 ( 49 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
66 ( 69 ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
67 ( 43 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
68 ( 71 ) WINDY The Association
69 ( 72 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
70 ( 73 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck

71 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
72 ( 62 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
73 ( 75 ) YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING (AND EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) The Fantastic Four
74 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
75 ( NEW ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey