My August 1990 Charts

5th August 1990

Oops over a year since I last posted any charts from 1990 – as I’m off work sick, that’s an opportunity to try and catch up then! 16 new entries, 6 of them cover versions (not usually a healthy sign in any given music scene) and one oldie, and it’s Roxette all the way with 3 songs dominating the top 3, as they replace themselves on top with the Pretty Woman soundtrack song. I have never seen the film so can’t say that swayed me one way or the other!

Inga’s brilliant Riding Into Blue goes top 5 a few years after her band Swimming With Sharks introduced her to my charts, and in at 9 it’s a record that made my top 20 in 1974, and topped the US charts, but criminally never charted in the UK. Thanks to an advert, that all changed 16 years late for The Steve Miller Band, who had to wait until 1976 to chart in the UK, and 1982 to get a huge hit. The Joker was and is quirky and cool.

In at 17, no more teen videos, all serious and grown-up, it’s the late great George Michael and his move into social comment with the brilliant Praying For Time. He sings it with passion (as he always did on ballads) and the words remain even more true than they did in 1990. Meanwhile Cliff delves deep into the archives for a rocknroll era song that was more familiar to me with Hermans Hermits version, a childhood fave. It’s decent, but not as good as older versions, and ditto Hothouse Flowers’ Johnny Nash cover, Big Fun’s Eddie Holman cover, Deacon Blue’s Bobbie Gentry cover and Lindy Layton’s Janet Kay cover. Timmy Mallet, meanwhile, gets a huge UK chart-topper with a charming kiddie fave from Brian Hyland, disguised (badly) as Bombalurina. It’s awful.

Happily, a great new pop single from Betty Boo, and a debut from Mariah Carey that gives no indication of future atrocities committed to tape, the sweet Vision Of Love, compensate somewhat. Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range (as she likes showing off inappropriately at times) and can write good pop songs (see her xmas classic) or really get into a groove – but too often is distracted by bland overblown ballads.

Please excuse the Hanky Panky movement into the top 40 – in my defence I was fresh off seeing Madonna in concert the week before, and it seemed fun for about a week. I realise now I was wrong, and it isn’t. Madonna’s worst single no contest! No video links anymore, as they just get out of date (and who has time to find new ones!) and my old computer struggles with more than one Youtube link before going into never-ending staring-at-a-circle-spinning mode…

1 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 11 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
5 ( 7 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 2 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
7 ( 10 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
8 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
9 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
10 ( 5 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 4 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
12 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
13 ( 18 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
14 ( 19 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
15 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
16 ( 9 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
18 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
19 ( 39 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
20 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

21 ( 17 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 35 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
23 ( 13 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
24 ( NEW ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
25 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
26 ( 14 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
27 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
28 ( 25 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
29 ( 22 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
30 ( 32 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

31 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
32 ( 75 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
33 ( 28 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 69 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
35 ( 21 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
36 ( 31 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
37 ( 49 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
38 ( 52 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
39 ( 23 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
40 ( 53 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 36 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
45 ( 40 ) I DIDN’T WANT TO NEED YOU Heart
46 ( 54 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
47 ( 63 ) WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 27 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
50 ( 29 ) LOVELY THING Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

51 ( 34 ) THE CRYING SCENE Aztec Camera
52 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
53 ( NEW ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
54 ( 24 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ Thunder
55 ( NEW ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
56 ( NEW ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
57 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
58 ( 60 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
59 ( 68 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
60 ( NEW ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)

61 ( 58 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
62 ( 56 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
63 ( 46 ) EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O’Connor
64 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) LA PASSIONARA The Blow Monkeys
66 ( 64 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
69 ( 30 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
70 ( NEW ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran

71 ( 61 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
72 ( NEW ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
75 ( NEW ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s

12th August 1990

Roxette return to the top, replacing themselves on top for the second time. In my main singles chart there have been a few occasions where acts replace themselves with oldies, but few with new or recent material. Prior to 1990 I don’t think there were any, not even Abba! Go West overtake one Pretty Woman soundtrack single with the best one (and also their best record) the fab King Of Wishful Thinking up to 2. Saw them not long ago (2015-ish) and still in fine fettle. Ditto Human League in 2016, up to 4 with a comeback lesser hit that hasn’t worn as well as Go West’s.

George into the 10, Jon Bon Jovi getting an increasingly rare top 20 hit (by this time), also a movie soundtrack (Western) song, with Sting’s classy remix at last getting the attention it deserves for the cool jazz ode to Quentin Crisp. Sting should revisit his 80’s heyday for some tips on how to make great records. Highest new entry is Aswad, or as I know them, Partial Double-deckers. I’m old. Google it. By this time they were hitting a great lovers-rock string of pleasant singles, and Next To You is no exception.

Big climbs into the 40 for Tina Turner, hot off her recent anthems, Betty Boo, New Kids On The Block (a reasonable pop record, honest), Mariah Carey, Lindy Layton (now ex-Beats International) and Bananarama on a fab Stones rifftastic dancegroove that was under-appreciated. Only Your Love was to become a Paris city-getaway holiday memory for me in the autumn, hooray! In at 32, Wilson Philips follow up a still-selling future-movie-song monster with a pleasant US chart-topper, Release Me. Thankfully not the Engelbert song.

That leaves new entries from Tears For Fears, with some last words that peaked at a low 83 in the UK charts. Still, higher in mine, eh? Sonia, coming off the back of a number one for me, also did good covering the brilliant End Of The World and introducing it to a younger audience – granted it’s not a patch on Skeeter Davis’ original hit version, but it’s not ruined. Primal Scream get a second hit, Come Together (not The Beatles song) anda second KLF chart-entry for me the future hit classic What Time Is Love, in at 69. I loved every single from Kylie Said To Jason, through to America: What Time Is Love, and including The Timelords’ Doctorin’ The Tardis, which no doubt boosted this version of What Time Is Love into my charts.

1 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
2 ( 13 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 19 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
5 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 1 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
7 ( 9 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
8 ( 17 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
9 ( 6 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
12 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
13 ( 4 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
14 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
15 ( 11 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
16 ( 7 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
17 ( 32 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
18 ( 38 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
19 ( 22 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
20 ( NEW ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

21 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
22 ( 27 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
23 ( 24 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 21 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
25 ( 14 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
26 ( 37 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
28 ( 53 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
29 ( 18 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
30 ( 34 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe

31 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
32 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
33 ( 74 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
34 ( 28 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
35 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
36 ( 72 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
37 ( 55 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
38 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
39 ( 46 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
40 ( 68 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton

41 ( 26 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 36 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 64 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
46 ( 44 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
47 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
48 ( 42 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
49 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

51 ( 56 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
52 ( 60 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 35 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
54 ( 52 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
55 ( 59 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
56 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
57 ( 70 ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran
58 ( 57 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 49 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

61 ( NEW ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
62 ( NEW ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
63 ( 61 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
64 ( RE ) DOUBLEBACK ZZ Top
65 ( 75 ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s
66 ( 62 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( 66 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
70 ( 40 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

71 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
72 ( 39 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2

19th August 1990

Go West grab their only chart-topper, 5 years after debuting, with the still-brilliant King Of Wishful Thinking, a song which under-performed in the UK charts of the time but has weathered quite well in popularity terms since. Elton gathers another of his regular top 10 spots with a double A side that also was a minor hit only in sales charts, though the parent album was pretty big. 19 years of top 10’s at this stage for Reg.

Highest new entry is a 20-year-old remixed cover-version that hit for Jonathan King, albeit minor, that sounded a bit fab n groovy in the Daisy Age/post-Second-Summer-Of-Love/Madchester period. It’s still fun. Also firmly with a major “Pure 1990” sticker on it’s forehead, the 60’s-styled cool-hippie-funk, Groove Is In The Heart enters at 43 for fab Deee-Lite. It sounded fresh, fun and exciting at the time, and 27 years on hasn’t lost any of that charm.

Fleetwood Mac come back with a long, tribal instrumental-heavy track at 40, but In The Back Of My Mind was post-Buckingham, I think, and suffered from that touch of magic being missing. It was OK, but not exactly Tango In The Night quality, never mind Rumours. Covers of The Eagles from Jam On The Mutha, and The Beatles from Wet Wet Wet, a return from Prefab Sprout, looking for Atlantis (try underwater is my advice), and also World Party, and Frazier Chorus, about whom I have forgotten all. Nothing was their biggest UK hit at 51, and Wikipedia tells me they hail from Brighton and band-member Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman. Who knew!?

1 ( 2 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 4 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
4 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
5 ( 7 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
6 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 8 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
8 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
9 ( 15 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
10 ( 12 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

11 ( 17 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
12 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( 18 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 9 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
15 ( 20 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
17 ( 32 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 13 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
20 ( 28 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner

21 ( 33 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
22 ( 11 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
23 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 16 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
25 ( 24 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
26 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 19 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
28 ( 25 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
29 ( 21 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
30 ( 36 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 22 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
32 ( 29 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
33 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
34 ( 37 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
35 ( 61 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
36 ( 27 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
38 ( 34 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
39 ( 35 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( NEW ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
43 ( NEW ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
46 ( NEW ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
48 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 46 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones

51 ( 31 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
52 ( 52 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 30 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
54 ( 48 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
55 ( 69 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
56 ( 54 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( 62 ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 59 ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 51 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina

61 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
62 ( 47 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
63 ( 39 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
64 ( 63 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
65 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 53 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
67 ( 66 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 60 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) NOTHING Frazier Chorus
72 ( 75 ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2
73 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE Wet Wet Wet

26th August 1990

It’s a sudden reversal and leap back into the top 10 and on top of the chart for Inga, thanks to 12 inches. Yes, I bought the 12″ vinyl version of the worldwide flop and got to fully appreciate the cowboy-synth Trevor-Horn-production charm of the record. The video is equally charming. Bad news for Human League who don’t get to add another number one to their list, though 2 is quite generous enough in retrospect. JK goes top 10 with his 1970 oldie nd Joe Jackson returns to the top 10 7 years on with the great Steppin’ Out.

Aswad clock up another top 10, and it won’t be the last either, Deee-Lite leap into the 40, Primal Scream ditto, and Sonia re-enters her cover of End Of The World at 35, heading a run of covers to make the 40. Black Cat, Janet J goes all rock-chick, and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was up to the standard of the early singles off Rhythm Nation. Had the album, too. There were much better tracks. Happily at 57 it’s a classic from Bass-O-Matic, a William Orbit project that heavily sampled Tommy Roe’s Dizzy rhythms. Dizzy was the first ever single I bought with my own money, so it could have gone horribly wrong in my affections, but didn’t. It’s still a fantastic single, sample-heavy, soulful, groovy.

Joining the Janet rock-vibe, Whitesnake and Aerosmith add to a long list of older chart entries, Heatwave remix a soul ballad goodie of theirs from 1978, Bob Geldof does a solo entry 5 years after his first one, and Junior extends his run of hits to 8 years with Step Off. DNA slip in while also hogging a top 10 slot with dut-dut-duh-da.

1 ( 18 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
2 ( 3 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
3 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 1 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
5 ( 7 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
6 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
8 ( NEW ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
9 ( 4 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

11 ( 5 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
12 ( 21 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
13 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 20 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
15 ( 8 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
16 ( 11 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
17 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 14 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
19 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
20 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard

21 ( 43 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
22 ( 10 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
23 ( 19 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
24 ( 9 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
25 ( 34 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
26 ( 48 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
27 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
29 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
30 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 35 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
32 ( 22 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
33 ( 24 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
34 ( 32 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
35 ( RE ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
36 ( 37 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
37 ( 46 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
38 ( 55 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
39 ( 29 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
40 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
44 ( 42 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
45 ( 27 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
46 ( 38 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
47 ( 45 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
48 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 69 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

51 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
52 ( 28 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
53 ( 31 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
54 ( 50 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
55 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
56 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 54 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
60 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
62 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE Aerosmith
64 ( 61 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
65 ( 64 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
66 ( NEW ) MIND BLOWING DECISIONS (REMIX) Heatwave
67 ( 53 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 67 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
70 ( 70 ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) LOVE OR SOMETHING Bob Geldof
72 ( 73 ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
75 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Junior Giscombe

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My Retro July 1969 Charts

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5th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Beach Boys, their first retro-chart Number 1 being as most of their classics predate 1967, though I love the melody and harmonies on Breakaway just as much as Good Vibrations, though nothing compares to God Only Knows. Highest new entry is breakaway solo star, Robin Gibb in a drug-induced parting of the ways with his older brother Barry and twin Maurice (then-busy with new wife Lulu) leaving The Bee Gees as a duo for the next couple of years till they all realised they were better together. Saved By The Bell was a beautifully OTT ballad, one of only 2 singles my mum ever bought (in Singapore this one) with a bit of encouragement from me to part with her cash cos I also loved it. The B side is also an obscure period-piece of a minor gem, Mother And Jack in at 38.

Neil Diamond gets his first top 10 as an act, Sweet Caroline still sounding two years too early, while Crosby Stills & Nash get a first top 20 as an act, Joe Dolan gets his first, and Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions get a first together, but not their last albeit without each other in future years. The Stones final monster UK chart-topper enters at 22, Honky Tonk Women higher than B side You Can’t Always Get What You Want at 54. At 24, Give Peace A Chance, and John Lennon starts his solo career, more or less, aided and abetted by a choir of stars, and a future anthem to boot. It fits in well as a sort of companion piece to John’s Ballad Of John & Yoko as a snapshot of 1969 pop culture.

At 28 Vanity Fare enter with second chart entry Early In The Morning, another tuneful pop ditty with a melody that hooked me as a boy, and am still rather fond of – co-written by Mike Leander, the man behind the career and songs of Gary Glitter who scored The Beatles She’s Leaving Home, executive-produced the Jesus Christ Superstar concept-album, and in later years wrote Matador, the musical which gave Tom Jones a big hit with A Boy From Nowhere in 1987. A shame Paul Gadd sullied his reputation by association, which is why these days I prefer to give credit to Leander for the music.

Lou Christie debuts at 39 – actually it’s not really, but Lightnin’ Strikes predates 1967 and that would so be challenging the top of my charts a year earlier both retro-then and retro-now – I’m Gonna Make You Mine being again a track I knew of from my 1969 songbooks but didn’t get to hear until 1974. True Grit, on the other hand, was the theme-tune from the film of the same-name, starring Oscar-winning John Wayne in his best role, the brilliant teen actor Kim Darby – and Glen Campbell! OK his acting skills didn’t rise to the occasion, but I loved Glen in it, and his records dominated my affection in 1970 more than any other act of the time. Frustratingly, I loved this record, heard it once, and maybe one more time on the radio, and that was that till the film got shown on TV in the mid-70’s. The great Don Black did the lyrics, and Elmer Bernstein the music – yes, him, the man who composed the scores to The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and many other films.

Georgie Fame is in at 55 with Peaceful – I saw him last year supporting the farewell original-lineup Manfreds tour and he was in fab voice, still totally doing new albums. At 71, Country Joe & The Fish, fresh from festival appearances and Here I Go Again, a record I’d never heard – though the song was strangely familiar: it should be. Twiggy had a UK hit with it in 1976 when she launched her country-based singles debut and music career. Lower down, new entries and returns for Donovan, nearing the end of the hit road, Jeff Beck Group ditto, Tommy Roe, ditto, David Ruffin, not ditto, and Gladys Knight, very much not ditto. Gladys has a new album at I type in 2019, and just did a single with Boy George & Culture Club, still got that awesome voice.

1 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
2 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 2 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
7 ( 6 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 8
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
10 ( 11 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 10

11 ( 9 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
12 ( 10 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
13 ( 21 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 13
14 ( 12 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
15 ( 13 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
16 ( 16 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
17 ( 14 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
18 ( 23 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 18
19 ( 17 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
20 ( 22 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20

21 ( 15 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
22 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 22
23 ( 18 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
24 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 24
25 ( 26 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 25
26 ( 27 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26
27 ( 24 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
28 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 28
29 ( 32 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 29
30 ( 25 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

31 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
32 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 32
33 ( 20 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20
34 ( 31 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
35 ( 35 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 35
36 ( 30 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
37 ( 42 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
38 ( NEW ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 38
39 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 39
40 ( 50 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 40

41 ( 29 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
42 ( NEW ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 42
43 ( 46 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 43
44 ( 59 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 44
45 ( 40 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) I’M FREE The Who # 46
47 ( 48 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 47
48 ( 33 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
49 ( 53 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 49
50 ( 52 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 50

51 ( 28 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
52 ( 41 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
53 ( 47 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
54 ( NEW ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 54
55 ( NEW ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 55
56 ( 64 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 56
57 ( 66 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 57
58 ( 68 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 58
59 ( 49 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
60 ( 63 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 60

61 ( 51 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
62 ( 39 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 39
63 ( 70 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 63
64 ( 72 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 64
65 ( 37 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30
66 ( 69 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 66
67 ( 71 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 67
68 ( 43 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 43
69 ( 38 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
70 ( 73 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 70

71 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 71
72 ( NEW ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 72
73 ( NEW ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 75

5th July Retro-Then

1 ( 2 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( 20 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
5 ( 13 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
6 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
7 ( 4 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 12 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 5 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
10 ( RE ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull

11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( RE ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 6 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
16 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
17 ( RE ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( 19 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

 

My June 1987 Charts

2nd June 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for T.Rex as another golden oldie is straight in at 2 – Tom Jones is reactivated chart-wise and a hit all over again is his signature tune, It’s Not Unusual – a track I loved as a kid and would def have topped my charts had I been compiling them in 1965. Better late than never! After 4 weeks at 4 Wet Wet Wet finally drop, but it’s better than some chart-toppers in 1987, and just to prove the point the over-rated Whitney monster gives her a second top 10, ahead of it suffering 32 years of over-playing. U2 OTOH is a classic, and up to 6, and still fresh.

Herb Alpert & Tina Turner both bound into the 20, 24 Carat Diamonds, and Breaking Every Rule still being chart successful 2 decades on. In at 30, errr, Star Trekkin’. It was amusing the first couple of times, and anything Star Trek would meet with my approval. Until I got quickly sick of it and grew to dislike it. Ah, well, proof I liked it for a while. A bunch of old covers enter the 40, The Beastie Boys get a second top 40, and Suzanne Vega gets a second too. Pepsi & Shirlie get a second chart entry minus the Wham! boys, Erasure keep on with the run, Boy George is back, Living In A Box get a quick foillow-up, LL Cool J returns, Alison Moyet has a subdued entry, Billy Idol’s fab gentle Sweet Sixteen is a change in direction for him, The Kane Gang are back 3 years on, and The BLow Monkeys team up with soul legend Curtis Mayfield 2 years after his stage fall left him paralysed for the rest of his life. He first charted in 1971 with Move On Up.


1 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
3 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
4 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
5 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
6 ( 20 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 3 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
9 ( 6 ) SHAME OMD
10 ( 22 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston

11 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
12 ( 17 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
13 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
14 ( 30 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 19 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
16 ( 18 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
17 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 66 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
19 ( 50 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

21 ( 37 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
22 ( 11 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
23 ( 34 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
24 ( 12 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
25 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
26 ( 14 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
27 ( 24 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
28 ( 16 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
29 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm

31 ( 39 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 15 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
33 ( 21 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
34 ( 68 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
35 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
36 ( 25 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
37 ( 41 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
38 ( NEW ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
39 ( 57 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
40 ( NEW ) JACK MIX II Mirage

41 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
42 ( 33 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
43 ( 40 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
44 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 36 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
47 ( 35 ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
48 ( 63 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
49 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( NEW ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley

51 ( 73 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
52 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
53 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
54 ( 49 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 70 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
56 ( 55 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
57 ( NEW ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
58 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 72 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
60 ( NEW ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box

61 ( 28 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
62 ( 26 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
63 ( 54 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
64 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
66 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
69 ( 60 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
70 ( 65 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

71 ( NEW ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
72 ( NEW ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
73 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
74 ( NEW ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
75 ( NEW ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield

2nd June
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 WHAT AM I DOING HANGING ROUND? The Monkees
3 LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

 

9th June 1987

It’s a first week at one for U2, their first chart-topper with the brilliant I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, IMHO the jewel in the crown that is The Joshua Tree. The video was shot in Las Vegas, where I was heading in 3 months time back then, doubling up the nostalgia-quotient for my 1979 trip there. Vegas is unrecognisable these days from those days! In at 4 it’s a re-recorded version of In Dreams from Roy Orbison, one of his key tracks, and the start of his comeback period – it’s not as awesome as the original, but decent-enough.

Highest new song is It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys back with a bang, a hint of Cat Stevens Wild World about the melody, but high on the epic scale, in at 18, and cementing their status as my fave new 80’s act, well on their way to being my Must-Buy act of the last 34 years – a run no other act comes close to. A big climb for The Kane Gang to 21, and 2 great new entries for Heart and that mega-ballad Alone at 28, and XTC’s most-provocative single Dear God in at 29, some 8 cynical years on since Making Plans For Nigel.

Talking of provocative, gender-bending Prince is in at 38 with If I Was Your Girlfriend, starting to mine Sign O The Times for singles, and Run-DMC get a second top 40. Janet Jackson pops in with her Pleasure Principle, joining herself on Herb Alpert’s Diamonds for a 2nd chart track, Elton John has another of his periodic duets, this one with Jennifer Rush. Flames Of Paradise doesn’t feature in his Rocketman movie biog, just as well given the greats that also don’t feature. Just another 3 or 4 years of his self-abuse years to go, before he cleans up and enters his largely-musically-dull sober-but-happy years.

Diana Ross is giving me Dirty Looks – possibly because her brilliant Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 1970 reissue has just dropped out the chart, to be replaced by one that is errr…not. Curiosity & co are back for a third try – and their best track to date, Misfit, Wang Chung scrape a brief comeback with Let’s Go – and they did pretty much that evermore, Terence Trent D’Arby is back with his Wishing Well, a bit less classic than the Free song of the same name, and Genesis keep churning out the forgettable pedestrian hits. I mean none of those in this paragraph are bad, just a bit bland in comparison to previous highs (bar Misfit).

1 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
3 ( 2 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
4 ( NEW ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
5 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
6 ( 10 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
7 ( 5 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
8 ( 4 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
9 ( 8 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
10 ( 3 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box

11 ( 21 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
12 ( 15 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
13 ( 9 ) SHAME OMD
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
16 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
17 ( 25 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
18 ( NEW ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 74 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
22 ( 12 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
23 ( 13 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
24 ( 38 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 30 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
26 ( 37 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
27 ( 16 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
28 ( NEW ) ALONE Heart
29 ( NEW ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 34 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

31 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
32 ( 20 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
33 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 33 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
35 ( 40 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
36 ( 39 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
37 ( 27 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
38 ( NEW ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
39 ( 26 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
40 ( 48 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC

41 ( 57 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
42 ( 50 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
43 ( 68 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
44 ( 51 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 43 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
47 ( NEW ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
48 ( 53 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
49 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( 71 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

51 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
52 ( 28 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
53 ( 22 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
54 ( 36 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
55 ( 59 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
56 ( 24 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
57 ( 75 ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield
58 ( 60 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
59 ( 54 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
60 ( NEW ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush

61 ( 23 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
62 ( NEW ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
63 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
64 ( NEW ) DIRTY LOOKS Diana Ross
65 ( 56 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
66 ( 64 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
68 ( 55 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
69 ( NEW ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
70 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 66 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
72 ( NEW ) LET’S GO Wang Chung
73 ( 46 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
74 ( NEW ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
75 ( NEW ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
2 LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
3 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Mama Cass

 

16th June 1987

It’s all about the 60’s as Tom Jones childhood fave goes to the very top (as it would have done back in the day if I’d been charting), his first chart-topper either way 19 years since debuting. Quite the wait. Just to keep the 60’s vogue going, all my fave oldies of that week are from the 60’s – Andy and Walker Brothers have both gone on to top my charts in later decades, when I changed the rules to allow album tracks that had never charted (eg on Greatest Hits that were in the UK album charts) and re-issues of singles once again.

Prince has a massive climb to 3 as a posthumous album of original versions of gifted songs are forced out of his locked vault, most of them not as good as the covers, oddly. Sometimes other acts can find the magic and focus on it more than the writer can! ABC get their first top 10 in 3 years, Pet Shop Boys make it 100% top 10 to date (these days it’s about 198% as they rarely fail with official singles, but tend to get loads of album tracks that also go top 10), and Jody watley gets her first top 10 since Shalamar’s last goodie in 1983, but she makes it 8 years in top 10 span.

In at 16 it’s George Michael, and I had to buy the single to bloody get to hear it thanks to the BBC banning it – ridiculous of course, it’s mild compared to the stuff in the charts these days when blatant sexual references and swearwords are obligatory, albeit usually bleeped on the radio (wouldn’t want to lose cash income for “artistic integrity” would we…). I’m not a prude, I swear all the time, and when it’s got an artistic purpose (like I Want Your Sex did, at least in the video), fine. Mostly it’s just superfluous and pointless though.

A huge climb For Curiosity into the 20, with Janet not far behind, in fact lots of top 40 climbers as there is a sudden massive drop to some tracks as I realise they are pretty naff (Star Trekkin, Live Springsteen) so fingers-crossed the penny drops on Whitney next week! In at 36 another decent single from a slagged-off album, and a rather disappointing Glass Spider tour that I saw, Time Will Crawl – and it did! At 44, Shaky does Glitter: somehow think that’s never going to happen ever again, anyone covering Gary Glitter. Gary Numan is back with Radio Heart again, just look at the Gary’s around in those days before one of them killed the name stone dead. Alexander O’Neal keep sup the classic run of Jam & Lewis singles with Fake, The Christians return with another social commentary song, always good, and it’s Chris Montez with Let’s Dance. Rea! I mean Rea. Not the same song. Unfortunately.

1 ( 3 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
2 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
3 ( 38 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 6 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
5 ( 4 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
6 ( 11 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
7 ( 2 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
8 ( 20 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 18 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 17 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley

11 ( 15 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
12 ( 9 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
13 ( 5 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 7 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
16 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
17 ( 21 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 8 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
19 ( 10 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
20 ( 67 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat

21 ( 47 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
22 ( 16 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
23 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
24 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 12 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 13 ) SHAME OMD
27 ( 31 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 36 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

31 ( 40 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
32 ( 50 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
33 ( 42 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
34 ( 23 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
35 ( 34 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
36 ( NEW ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
37 ( 41 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
38 ( 43 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
39 ( 60 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
40 ( 48 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure

41 ( 22 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
42 ( 32 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
43 ( 37 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
44 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 58 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
47 ( RE ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
48 ( 74 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
49 ( 46 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
50 ( NEW ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan

51 ( 35 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
52 ( 33 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
53 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 27 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
55 ( 62 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
56 ( 26 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
57 ( 30 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
58 ( NEW ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
59 ( 25 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
60 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 69 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox
63 ( 59 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( NEW ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
65 ( 63 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
66 ( NEW ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
67 ( RE ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
68 ( 66 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
69 ( 65 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 75 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 71 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
73 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
74 ( NEW ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) RED HOT Princess

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ALMOST THERE Andy Williams
2 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers
3 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark

23rd June 1987

It’s U2 back up on top for a second week at 1, as Pet Shop Boys go up to 2 with It’s A Sin, Curiosity get a first top 10 with Misfit at 6, Herb Alpert gets his 4th top 10 19 years after his first, Janet Jackson gets a 3rd with a 4th a whisker away, and XTC get a second 8 years on from their debut hit Making Plans For Nigel, the flop Dear God.

Bowie has a big climb into the 20 with Time Will Crawl by virtue of this being the week I saw his Glass Spider Tour at Wembley where he heavily plugged the new album, along with loads of dancers, climbing up ropes, swinging from bars, hoisting left right and centre in front of a massive actual glass spider all lit up. Sadly I was sat right at the back of the stadium, there was a delay in the sound, and I felt totally removed from the experience. I came to the conclusion, reinforced the next time I saw him, that Bowie was most definitely not a Stadium act – Stadium acts need to get throbbing excitement going on, U2 being a prime example, they command totally, as does Madonna. Being cerebral doesn’t work at that scale. My top rated track of the night? Not anywhere near my fave Bowie track, but Modern Love worked best. Thumping Chic rhythms, says it all. Day In Day Out? Not so much.

Cliff is back with a decent new album, and a catchy first single in My Pretty One at 31, Errol Brown debuts with his solo single now that Hot Chocolate’s record of 14 consecutive years of hit singles is history, yet still not as big as their oldie remixes, sadly, as I loved Errol in his heyday. King Sun D Moet gets a second entry, lower down, Echo & The Bunnymen keep the run going, Atlantic Starr return as Always, a-ha do the Bond theme well and sneak in, shaken not stirred, and The Whispers are back 7 years after And The Beat Goes On debuted, and 6 years since they last charted.

1 ( 2 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 9 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 1 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
5 ( 6 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
6 ( 20 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 11 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
8 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 4 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
10 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC

11 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
12 ( 21 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
13 ( 12 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
14 ( 16 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
15 ( 36 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
16 ( 15 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
17 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 13 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 10 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
20 ( 7 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex

21 ( 30 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
22 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
23 ( 5 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
24 ( 33 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
25 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
26 ( 32 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
27 ( 18 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 39 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
30 ( 37 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George

31 ( NEW ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
33 ( 48 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
34 ( NEW ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
35 ( 58 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
36 ( 40 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
37 ( 23 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
38 ( 66 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
39 ( 73 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
40 ( 34 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna

41 ( 26 ) SHAME OMD
42 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
43 ( 50 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
44 ( 44 ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
47 ( 55 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
48 ( 64 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
49 ( 43 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
50 ( 62 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox

51 ( 49 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
52 ( 75 ) RED HOT Princess
53 ( 31 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
54 ( 27 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
55 ( 42 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
56 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
58 ( 46 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
59 ( NEW ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
60 ( 60 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 61 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( 47 ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
63 ( 38 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
64 ( 67 ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
65 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
66 ( 74 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
67 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
69 ( NEW ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
70 ( 65 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

71 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 69 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
73 ( 68 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ROCKSTEADY The Whispers
75 ( 72 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

Oldies Playlist
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 MODERN LOVE (Live At Wembley) David Bowie
3 I JUST WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

30th June 1987

It’s a first week on top for the epic sounds of It’s A Sin, Pet Shop Boys’ 4th chart-topper, and the 3rd in a row. In at 2 it’s the 3rd reissued oldie smash for the late Jackie Wilson, as Higher And Higher is back at a new peak of 2: the US hit record was already two years old when it made the UK charts in the Summer of ’69, and it featured in my first batch of actual charts aged 11 years old. Then it was a double-A reissued hit again in the Summer of ’75, when I was 17 – and here I was in my late 20’s and it was a hit yet again – so essentially the first record to chart for me in 3 decades.

Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 5, Bowie’s list of top 5’s runs to 15 years, and Janet J gets two consecutive top 10’s. Cliff has a big top 20 climb, and Jive Talking is back – another Summer Of ’75 track: only it’s not The Bee Gees, it’s George Michael, his second cousin, Andros Georgiou ,Nick Heyward & Mick Talbot (of Style Council), and it’s in at 13. George’s ex-Wham! backing singers are up to 17, Pepsi & Shirley, his previous Wham! singer Dee C. Lee having run off with Paul Weller, also of Style Council. I enjoy a good link.

Roger Daltrey’s back for a chart run of 14 years solo, 18 years including the Who. Who’s That Girl? Madonna’s back with her latest film theme. No, nobody went to see it, but the record was good. Lone Justice return with the fab Shelter, Robbie Nevil grabs a 3rd, the Nana’s come back with a blisteringly good SAW track, I Heard A Rumour, soul vets recently in the charts both return: Percy Sledge & Ben E. King, Hue & Cry debut, The Mac are looking at Seven Wonders an 19 years of hits, and if you wanted to Catch The Cure you should have been watching the Glasto coverage last night when they closed the festival a mere 32 years later….

1 ( 2 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
4 ( 7 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
5 ( 15 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
6 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
8 ( 5 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
9 ( 4 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
10 ( 12 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson

11 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
12 ( 31 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
13 ( NEW ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High featuring George Michael
14 ( 11 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 13 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
16 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
17 ( 24 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
18 ( 10 ) DEAR GOD XTC
19 ( 22 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
20 ( 26 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
22 ( 33 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 29 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
24 ( 16 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
25 ( 39 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
26 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( 18 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
28 ( 20 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
29 ( 19 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
30 ( 35 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal

31 ( 21 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
32 ( 38 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
33 ( 34 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
34 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( NEW ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
36 ( 25 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 65 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
38 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
39 ( 14 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
40 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett

41 ( NEW ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
42 ( 27 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
43 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
44 ( NEW ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 40 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
46 ( 23 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
47 ( 48 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
48 ( 57 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
49 ( NEW ) COVER ME Percy Sledge
50 ( 66 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

51 ( 52 ) RED HOT Princess
52 ( 51 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
53 ( 59 ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
54 ( 32 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
55 ( 37 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
56 ( NEW ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
57 ( 41 ) SHAME OMD
58 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
59 ( 49 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
60 ( NEW ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 69 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
62 ( 46 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
63 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
65 ( 30 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
66 ( 36 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
67 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
70 ( 58 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned

71 ( NEW ) CATCH The Cure
72 ( 55 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
73 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
74 ( 43 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
75 ( NEW ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME Ben E. King

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
2 PILLOW TALK Sylvia
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

Pop Music From A Kiddie POV: 1962 Part 1

LET’S TWIST AGAIN – Chubby Checker (4 weeks)

In the USA The Twist was the track that started the dance craze that travelled the world and back again, but in the UK it was the follow-up Let’s Twist Again that was everywhere. By 1975, when both tracks were hits again in the UK charts as a double A Side, it was Twist Again that was a John Asher (TV presenter) hit cover version sparking the chart revisit of Chubby Chucker – not The Twist, which I’d never heard before. Culturally this track was famous, everyone was Twisting at do’s, it sparked a run of dance hits for Chubby and his Fats Domino-inspired name. A bit chubby maybe, but still pretty young.

For me, I just remember it as a bit of fun, a song everyone knew, the whole family, kids in the playground, the Queen, anyone who hadn’t been living in a derelict air-raid shelter really. The Twist eventually had it’s day in the sun with the Fat Boys giving Chubby an 80’s boost with their dance-rap 80’s version, which was pretty big – but not culturally massive like first-time round. Chubby amazingly is still in his 70’s and has outlived one of his Fat Boys colleagues…

 

 

THE HOLE IN THE GROUND – Bernard Cribbins (6 weeks)

 

TV and film comic actor Bernard Cribbins was another well-known face in the 60’s, star of many a British Carry On movie, TV sitcom, and even Doctor Who movie versions of the TV series with Daleks, another national craze of the time, including me. I was mad on Doctor Who and pop music. I loved other stuff, too, but those were the things I obsessively wrote about in my early schoolbooks of the time in 1964 – still have ‘em as proof! This novelty comedy track was on telly quite a bit, and a staple of kiddie-based radio shows. Bernard appealed to kids with his well-meaning-but-gormless roles, the bloke next door who was a bit slapstick, a bit funny.

Hole In The Ground is still mildly amusing, a sort of working-bloke wry mickey-take of the role of manual labouring working class blokes and the management toffs ordering them about. Ooh political! It ends with the news that the toff got buried in the hole with his bowler hat sticking up, the very hole causing the disagreement between the two-sides. Not sure that’s entirely get-away-able in these days where comedy has to conform to political correctness, but it’s all about the image and the annoying social classes, not the intimation he’d been murdered. It IS a kids record though, and nursery rhymes and fairy stories are just as blunt in imagery!

 

 

WONDERFUL LAND – The Shadows (5 weeks)

The Shads were very famous, they supported Cliff on his records, on TV spots, in his movies, and had their own massive twanging Hank Marvin-based instrumental career to boot. It was impossible not to know who they were, they were always on TV with their years-long run of hits. The things was, though, because they had no lyrics there was no hook, for specific songs, to latch onto for me, apart from a couple of exceptions, Wonderful Land being the obvious exception.

Laden with sweeping strings, an uplifting melody, and some great riffing, it’s their biggest-selling and best track, still sounding great 50-odd years later, albeit in a period-charm fashion. I can’t link it to any time and place, I wouldn’t have known the title of the tune, but I was aware that I liked it when I heard it, and continued to like it whenever it popped up on oldies plays on the radio – until I eventually bought it on various 60’s compilation albums, by which time I appreciated just how good it was as I revisited my childhood faves, sounding dated and very-old-fashioned they might have been with the super-speed passing sophistication of recording methods and music evolving into the 70’s, but by the 80’s 60’s nostalgia was all the rage with music, pop culture generally, and with me.

 

 

COME OUTSIDE – Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard (8 weeks)

 

I was insanely mad on this track pre-school, and post-school. What’s not to love? It’s catchy, light-hearted, semi-novelty, but tuneful and one that kids could easily sing along to. It is absolutely relevant to and mirroring of society at that time, and what going out meant for the ordinary-teens, which is not too bad for a throwaway ditty not meant to be taken seriously. I was too young to know who Mike Sarne was, or who Wendy Richard was. I wasn’t aware of either of them until I got older and Wendy popped-up on TV’s innuendo-based Are You Being Served? sitcom, and the odd later Carry On movie. Of course she went on to huge success in soap Eastenders from the 80’s onwards. Sadly, of Mike Sarne, I don’t recall ever seeing him in anything, or on TV being interviewed about his big UK chart-topper. Not ever. Which is weird as he’s been a working actor, Producer, writer & Director ever since, including TV shows like The Avengers and The Bill, and films like Les Miserables (2012). Not to mention directing Raquel Welch’s infamous Myra Breckinridge. Who knew?!

 

 

RIGHT SAID FRED – Bernard Cribbins (8 weeks)

Bernard’s back with his most-famous hit, the song that is right now being used in a TV advert (2019) and inspired a chart-topping I’m Too Sexy 90’s hitmaking group to nick the name, Right Said Fred. Very much in the same vein as Hole In The Ground, but funnier, more-upbeat, and an amusing on-going rapid story with a catchy chorus-free tune. It’s still working-bloke based, this time about one of them who hasn’t a clue what he’s doing. Never stopped being charming this one, and is Bernard at his most likable, helped in a minor iconic fashion by a mini-video that was regularly shown on TV (I assume in between US programs when the they had a spare 2 minutes to fill during kids TV slots at lunchtime or late afternoon – there was NO daytime TV in those days!! Shock, horror!) which featured claymation animation.

Bernard kept going narrating The Wombles and appearing in sitcom Fawlty Towers in the 70‘s, and had many TV guest spots into the 90‘s, but had sort-of merged in the background until 2007, when he re-emerged with his Doctor Who 60’s credits intact and starred as Wilfred Mott, a recurring character for the Tenth Doctor, and was very good. Still charming, nostalgic affection booming, and a very effective performance going on for the key episode where he inadvertently causes a regeneration of The Doctor. That means 50 years of Doctor Who, 50 years of Daleks, and a boost for him in the public eye again right up to 2019, still doing audio Doctor Who recordings aged 90. Yay!

My June 1969 Retro Charts

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One of the few remaining song lyric cuttings from Weekend magazine that I used to cut out and keep, and in a moment of madness in my teens dumped cos I was “too old for that sort of thing” as you get told by parents keen to see you get rid of stuff. It’s had the opposite effect on me. I regret dumping stuff in my teens and now can’t dump anything much I quite like, oops!

14th June 1969

OK, this week 50 years ago, I “published” my 2nd official chart of my fave 20 songs within the UK top 30 singles, 11 years old, and seriously starting to get into noting songs down in notepads, including this chart. That’s it at the bottom of this 75, I can only excuse myself for loving Cliff & Des at 2 and 3 by virtue of being not even a teenager! That said, Glen Campbell, Chicken Shack, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel & Sinatra show a bit of sophistication for Primary School young John.

This week in 2019, it’s yet another classic on top as The Ballad Of John & Yoko gives The Beatles a 6th chart-topper in this retro run. In my actual charts of the time it had to wait until 1976 and 1989 to top my charts. That, for the moment, keeps off my 3rd-single-bought-ever at 2, and first album and first EP ever bought at 6. Mama Cass gets a 2nd top 10 solo, and Marmalade a 2nd top 20. The Youngbloods get a leap into the 30, and highest new entry is Neil Diamond’s signature song, the one that regularly recharts in the 21st century in the UK as a steady download/streaming classic that everyone knows. Back in ’69 I had never heard of it: I had to wait until 1971 when it’s UK chart success crossed-over onto radio in Singapore, at which point I taped it and went mad on it. So to me, it’s 2 years early and is indelibly linked with nostalgia for ’71! Sweet Caroline, take an early bow!

The Impressions get a big climb into the 40, and new songs are thankfully low in number to give my packed charts a bit of a breather. The Grass Roots goodie is one I bought on a greatest hits CD of theirs in Florida around 20 years ago after hearing it on oldies radio, I didn’t wait a million years to hear it, it was a mere 30 years or so. Ray Stevens at 66 is another of his novelty songs which is actually amusing still, some 44 years since I bought his Greatest Hits on vinyl: Along Came Jones is a sort of homage to the early movie westerns, gently taking the Michael at the cliches. Key moment: Ray as tied up heroine on the train tracks snapping at her hero to shut up cos she’s trying to sing. It’s funnier in his voice, trust me. Joni Mitchell gets a 2nd Clouds track, Steppenwolf re-chart 6 months on, Procol Harum get a 3rd entry, and Flying Burrito Brothers a second.

1 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
2 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 2
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 4
5 ( 2 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
6 ( 8 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 6
7 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 13 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
9 ( 6 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
10 ( 9 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1

11 ( 22 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 11
12 ( 16 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 12
13 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
14 ( 15 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
15 ( 19 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
16 ( 10 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
17 ( 14 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
18 ( 12 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
19 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
20 ( 24 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 20

21 ( 17 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
22 ( 51 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 22
23 ( 20 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
24 ( 21 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
25 ( NEW ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 25
26 ( 23 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 36 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 27
28 ( 29 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
29 ( 30 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 29
30 ( 34 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 30

31 ( 25 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
32 ( 27 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
33 ( 38 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 33
34 ( 54 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 34
35 ( 26 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
36 ( 37 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 36
37 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 37
38 ( 31 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
39 ( 42 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 39
40 ( 33 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5

41 ( 32 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
42 ( 28 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
43 ( 35 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
44 ( 39 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
45 ( 40 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
46 ( 55 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 46
47 ( 53 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 47
48 ( 64 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 48
49 ( 44 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
50 ( 43 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

51 ( 46 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
52 ( 56 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 52
53 ( 60 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 53
54 ( 47 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
55 ( 59 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 55
56 ( 52 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
57 ( 41 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
58 ( 62 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 58
59 ( NEW ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 59
60 ( 71 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 60

61 ( 65 ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 61
62 ( 58 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
63 ( 49 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
64 ( 57 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
65 ( 67 ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 65
66 ( NEW ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 66
67 ( 63 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 63
68 ( 69 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 68
69 ( 70 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 69
70 ( 72 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 70

71 ( 66 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
72 ( NEW ) CHELSEA MORNING Joni Mitchell # 72
73 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf # 73
74 ( NEW ) A SALTY DOG Procol Harum # 74
75 ( NEW ) SIN CITY The Flying Burrito Brothers # 75

MY 2ND ACTUAL OFFICIAL CHART of that week

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 3 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
3 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
4 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 5 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 9 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
7 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
8 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 13 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
10 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 15 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 18 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
16 ( 14 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
17 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 16 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
19 ( NEW ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
20 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker

 

7th June 1969

It’s yet again another classic key track taking a turn at number one – Zager & Evans woulda been the first record I ever bought had it been available in Singapore. Compare this “charting anything as soon as it was available anywhere in the world” chart (as in the same as current music biz) vs what my chart was that week 50 years ago and there are only 3 tracks in both charts. That isn’t all: most of the key singles for the rest of 1969 that I charted back in the day are already in the chart, all at once, meaning everything is underperforming on what they deserve.

In at 3, it’s the 3rd record I ever bought, again in Singapore Changi evening market record stall one balmy evening a couple of weeks after buying Elvis & Tommy Roe, and with a picture sleeve, far and away the best designed of any they had, and it was Singapore-only by the look of it. This link isn’t to mine but it’s exactly the same:

www.rootsvinylguide.com/ebay_items/rare-thunderclap-newman-7-something-in-the-air-polydor-singapore

Thunderclap Newman’s was a revolutionary record in more ways than one, Something In The Air being produced by Pete Townsend epic-stylee, social commentary still applies, only without the optimism these days, it’s a revolution of forces working to help destroy us all against all sanity. I was a kiddie enthusiast of all-things green, yet here we are 50 years later, pollution, environment, climate all being devastated, and human beings doubled in numbers having learned nothing from In The Year 2525, or even the bloody Archies’ kiddie-pop tracks like Mr. Factory. Talking of which…

The Archies Sugar Sugar enters at a lowly 8 cos it’s months early – The Archies EP (cardboard picture sleeve, 4 tracks) was the first EP I bought for the lead track (Sugar Sugar) and Everything’s Archie was the first album I bought myself after Xmas/birthday cash allowed me to, lead track Sugar, Sugar. I have about 10 or 15 copies on various formats. So I was a fan of the TV show music, and rhe single, co-written by Andy Kim, dropping this week. The B side is on the album when it’s released later in the year and enters lowly.

In at 7, The Beach Boys Breakaway, co-written by The Wilson brothers dad, and not just Brian, one of their most tuneful, harmonising and largely forgotten hits. One of my faves of theirs, and another one I had gifted to me a few years later by friends of mum and dad. Others: The Youngbloods future Dave Clark 5 hit, The Impressions, a track new to me, but very in tune with my opinions then and now about equality, and a fab track, Scott Walker with his last solo hit, Amen Corner doing a Roy Wood song (and one which I loved at the time, being as my pregnant cat was called Suzie), with minor Smokey & Valli singles sneaking in at the bottom. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
2 ( 1 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
3 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 4
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 5
6 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
7 ( NEW ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( NEW ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
10 ( 13 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10

11 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
12 ( 8 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
13 ( 15 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 13
14 ( 12 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
15 ( 9 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
16 ( 16 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 16
17 ( 10 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
18 ( 14 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
19 ( 22 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 19
20 ( 11 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9

21 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
22 ( 24 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 22
23 ( 20 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
24 ( 26 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 24
25 ( 17 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
26 ( 19 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
27 ( 23 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
28 ( 21 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
29 ( 33 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 29
30 ( 36 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 30

31 ( 27 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
32 ( 30 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
33 ( 29 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
34 ( 38 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 34
35 ( 31 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
36 ( 28 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
37 ( 42 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 37
38 ( 43 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 38
39 ( 34 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
40 ( 32 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32

41 ( 25 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
42 ( 53 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 42
43 ( 35 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
44 ( 37 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
45 ( 46 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 45
46 ( 41 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
47 ( 40 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
48 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 39 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
50 ( 44 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 44

51 ( NEW ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 51
52 ( 45 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
53 ( 55 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 53
54 ( NEW ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 54
55 ( 59 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 55
56 ( 60 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 56
57 ( 52 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
58 ( 56 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
59 ( 61 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 59
60 ( 65 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 60

61 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
62 ( 63 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 62
63 ( 64 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 63
64 ( NEW ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 64
65 ( 67 ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 65
66 ( 47 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
67 ( 69 ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 67
68 ( 62 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
69 ( 71 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 69
70 ( 70 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 70

71 ( NEW ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 71
72 ( NEW ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 72
73 ( 57 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
74 ( NEW ) DOGGONE RIGHT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE GIRL I’LL NEVER KNOW (ANGELS NEVER FLY THIS LOW) Frankie Valli # 75

7th June Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 13 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
4 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 5 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 12 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 11 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
10 ( 4 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin

11 ( 7 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
14 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
15 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
17 ( 15 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
19 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
20 ( 18 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers

 

21st June 1969

It’s up to number for my 3rd-ever single bought, the classic, epic Something In The Air, and it’s also the 3rd-ever chart I compiled down below, the week after the second-ever. My “original” charts in between my actual charts of the time were compiled a few years later to fill-in gaps, and they tended not to be volatile – cos how can they be if you don’t do them at the time? You can recall how much you liked a track, but now WHEN you liked it or went mad on it, or got a bit fed up with it. So this is the first indication of how volatile my tastes were: the two highest new entries would go on to become the 2nd and 3rd singles I bought, Family Dogg I went mad on overnight, Dizzy still wouldn’t budge, and Des O’Connor drops from 3 and out of the chart. Plenty of classic singles entering to replace the kiddiepop.

Back in “If 1969 was 2019 streaming and downloading” territory, and what I like now, it’s Crystal Blue Persuasion up to 2, with Kenny Rodgers getting his first top 10, and Marmalade their 1st as well. Neil Diamond gets his biggest track to date, though not his biggest song, as Sweet Caroline goes top 20, and Dave Dee & co get their final top 20 with Snake In The Grass making it their 6th.

Highest new entry is the supergroup debut of David Crosby (ex-Byrds), Stephen Stills (ex-Buffalo Springfield) and Graham Nash (ex-Hollies) with their harmony-specialising Marrakesh Express, hippie melodic delight, at 27, Neil Young not yet having joined them. I didn’t know the record at the time (when it was charting I was in not in the UK), liked it 5 years later when I heard it, and eventually bought it in 1981 by which time I was loving it and it would have topped my charts had I allowed oldies in.

At 37, Irish crooner Joe Dolan enters with the Albert Hammond song, one of many hits for him before and after, Make Me An Island. This was another record I was big on, not least cos my Aunty Eileen was also a big fan of it – my dad’s younger sister had been dating his RAF mate (often at our house on weekends during the chart show), and who became Uncle Tony around about this time when they got married. Aunty Eileen bought the record, and I still associate it with her in happier times – she died in April aged 74 of an aggressive cancer that spread rapidly.

Cilla’s back with another hit single, another I was a fan of, but Conversations is likely to be her last-but-one to chart reasonably well, I think. Desmond Dekker gets his follow-up It Mek, Billy Preston is still on Apple Records but minus the Beatles (at least in terms of a credit) on his gospel solo debut hit, Waylon Jennings takes House Of The Rising Sun and turns it effectively into a Murder Ballad with new lyrics – never heard it before in my life but I will be playing it a lot, it’s a goodie for his chart debut Delia’s Gone. Joe South is back again with yet another song that is better known in other versions – The Raiders had a US hit with it in 1971, and I bought it in January 1972 with birthday cash as it was the only way I was going to ever hear it again after I’d become obsessed with it on one listen on either Dave Cash’ Music Box, or Lift Off With Ayshea, the ITV late afternoon pop shows aimed at kids. Johnny Nash also later covered it reggae stylee. Paul Revere is still with The Raiders at this time, but not for much longer!

Finally, Dusty’s back with Dusty In Memphis out-take, Jim Reeves is still releasing smooth country ballads years after his death, Wilson Pickett covers Hendrix, and Tony Joe White returns with another future Elvis hit, the swamp country-blues-rock Polk Salad Annie, that Elvis massacred in 1973. This original version of his own song is muuuuch better.

1 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
2 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 6 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 1 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
6 ( 5 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
7 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 9 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
9 ( 12 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 9
10 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10

11 ( 8 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
12 ( 10 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
13 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
14 ( 14 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
15 ( 18 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
16 ( 25 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 16
17 ( 17 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
18 ( 22 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 18
19 ( 19 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
20 ( 30 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20

21 ( 21 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
22 ( 29 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
23 ( 20 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 20
24 ( 16 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
25 ( 34 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 25
26 ( 15 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
27 ( NEW ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 27
28 ( 24 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
29 ( 26 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
30 ( 33 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30

31 ( 23 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
32 ( 36 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 32
33 ( 39 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 33
34 ( 48 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 34
35 ( 32 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 37 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 36
37 ( NEW ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 37
38 ( 31 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
39 ( 35 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
40 ( 47 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 40

41 ( 27 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 27
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
43 ( 38 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
44 ( 40 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
45 ( 41 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
46 ( 44 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
47 ( 43 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
48 ( 52 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 48
49 ( 53 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 49
50 ( 59 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 50

51 ( 55 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 51
52 ( 49 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
53 ( 42 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
54 ( 60 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 54
55 ( 58 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 55
56 ( 51 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
57 ( 50 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
58 ( 46 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 46
59 ( 66 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 59
60 ( NEW ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 60

61 ( NEW ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 61
62 ( 45 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
63 ( 54 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
64 ( 56 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
65 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 65
66 ( NEW ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 66
67 ( 68 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 67
68 ( NEW ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 68
69 ( 69 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 69
70 ( 70 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 70

71 ( 57 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
72 ( NEW ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 73
74 ( NEW ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 74
75 ( NEW ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 75

wot I liked that week then, my actual 3rd-ever compiled chart 

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 19 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
3 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
4 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
6 ( 9 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
7 ( 13 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 2 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman

11 ( 14 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
13 ( NEW ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
14 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
15 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
16 ( 6 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
17 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
20 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull

 

28th June 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Thunderclap Newman, the first chart-topper in ages to manage more than one week as the same records continue to dominate. 50 years ago and the top of my chart was quite volatile, with records going up and down and back up again, and plenty of newies except the unshiftable Dizzy which dominated my life that summer as my Primary School days frittered away to the news soon that I had failed my 11-Plus. Not to worry, everyone else in the small village school also failed, bar one child of a teacher funnily enough – too many supply teachers, no consistency. I was genuinely surprised I had failed, to be honest, I was quite bright. No matter, RAF Seletar Secondary Modern in Singapore streamed kids and I passed the following year for Grammar School. My other new love was a teenage superhero group called The Legion Of Super-Heroes, published by DC Comics in Adventure Comics, set 1000 years in the future. Around 30 superheroes, they had been going strong since 1958, and on into the future, and were so exciting and groundbreaking Marvel Comics ripped most of them off. Wolverine? Nah, Timber Wolf had been going a decade by the time he turned up. Among many….

Highest new entries come from Clodagh, her second chart hit Goodnight Midnight was another fave, while Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay seeped it’s way into my awareness in Singapore later in the year without me really noticing – it was my fave Dylan track for many years once I did notice, though. These days Like A Rolling Stone anyday. Lower down and a second Tommy track pops in for The Who – I’m Free was a US hit, but didn’t hit in the UK until 1973, for Roger Daltrey: he completely reinvented it, a masterpiece of orchestral powerhousing, and vastly under-rated. I blame John Inman. At 58, it had been a UK flop in 1968 (despite being a huge radio hit) but Marty Wilde gets a US chart hit with Abergavenny – who’d a thunk it! He had to alter his name to Shannon though. 15 years later he had a change of sex and ethnic grouping and became a massive influential dance diva. Who knew!? :)

The 5th Dimension are back with a song Patti Drew popped into my charts in my retro 1968 rundown, and as usual they improve on a cover, this time the Neil Sedaka song Working On A Groovy Thing. There is one melody line that he re-used in Laughter In The Rain for himself 5 years later, after his career took off all over again. Toots And The Maytals debut, Roger Miller is back with the folk song Me & Bobby McGee which the soon-to-be-late Janis Joplin would cover and posthumously hit with. I prefer Roger’s version of the Kris Kristofferson song. He was great. At 74, another debut for 70’s and 80’s West Coast Rockers The Steve Miller Band. My Dark Hour is pretty much Steve and Paul McCartney rocking it up, after Macca had a fall-out at a Beatles recording session and threw himself into doing the drums and bass on this to get rid of the stress-aggression left-over. Finally, at 75, it’s another Hair song. There can’t be many left to chart….!


1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
2 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
3 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 3
4 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 2 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 6 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
7 ( 5 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
8 ( 9 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 8
9 ( 15 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
10 ( 8 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1

11 ( 16 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 11
12 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
13 ( 12 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
14 ( 11 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
15 ( 18 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
16 ( 10 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
17 ( 14 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
18 ( 17 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
19 ( 23 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
20 ( 20 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20

21 ( 27 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 21
22 ( 25 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 22
23 ( 37 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 23
24 ( 19 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
25 ( 21 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
26 ( 34 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 26
27 ( 32 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 27
28 ( 33 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
29 ( 24 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
30 ( 28 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1

31 ( 29 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
32 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 32
33 ( 36 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
34 ( NEW ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 34
35 ( 54 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 35
36 ( 26 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
37 ( 30 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30
38 ( 22 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
39 ( 40 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 35 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1

41 ( 31 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
42 ( 50 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 42
43 ( 51 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 43
44 ( 38 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
45 ( 39 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
46 ( 60 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 46
47 ( 44 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
48 ( 59 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 48
49 ( 43 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
50 ( 66 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 50

51 ( 46 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
52 ( 65 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 52
53 ( 61 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 53
54 ( 47 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
55 ( 55 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 55
56 ( NEW ) I’M FREE The Who # 56
57 ( 45 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
58 ( NEW ) ABERGAVENNY Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 58
59 ( NEW ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 59
60 ( 52 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2

61 ( 42 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
62 ( 56 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
63 ( 69 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 63
64 ( 70 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 64
65 ( 49 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 49
66 ( 68 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 66
67 ( 57 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
68 ( 72 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 68
69 ( 73 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 69
70 ( 74 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 70

71 ( 75 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 71
72 ( NEW ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 72
73 ( NEW ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 73
74 ( NEW ) MY DARK HOUR The Steve Miller Band featuring Paul McCartney # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHERE DO I GO/ BE-IN (HARE KRISHNA) The Happenings # 75

My 4th Actual Chart this week 1969

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
3 ( 2 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
4 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 3 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
6 ( 8 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
7 ( 6 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
8 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell

11 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
12 ( NEW ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
13 ( 10 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
14 ( NEW ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( RE ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
16 ( 11 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles
18 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
20 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys

Pop Music From a Kiddie POV – 1961 Part 2

HOLE IN THE BUCKET – Harry Belafonte & Odetta (5 weeks)

 

 

Now this is a real oddity to modern ears, a live recording of a pioneering social activist, singer & acting Calypso singer from the 50’s and early 60’s. Dad had a Harry Belafonte album of his biggest 50’s tunes, but not including the chart-topping Mary’s Boy Child Xmas classic which topped the chart when I was born, nor this one which I was obsessed with by as a very young boy and remained so through to, ooh, about my early teens when the novelty value started to wear off. It’s essentially a chanted/sung husband/wife argument over pending chores, with the husband using circular logic to avoid doing any work, and the wife more exasperated. There’s no instrumentation, it’s mildly amusing, and The Muppets later covered it. It’s not classic Belafonte though, that’s Mary’s Boy Child, or hits such as Island In The Sun or the other kiddie fave of mine The Banana Boat Song (Day-o) from 1957. As I wasn’t born then, though, that’s ineligible, or else we’d be getting into stuff like Happy Talk and He’s A Tramp as well!

 

BIG BAD JOHN – Jimmy Dean (7 weeks)

 

 

Mum & Dad loved this one as I was growing up, anything vaguely country,  a gruff male American singer of a story-song and it would go down very well in our house. The tale of modest hero Big John heroically sacrificing himself to save coal-mining disaster buddies struck a chord – dad, granddad and one day my younger brother would all work down a coal-mine, the major occupation in our coal-mining town – and of course he was called John, so how could I not also love it?! Jimmy Dean? The country star had loads of US singles and albums and TV shows, but I know only this track by him to this day. Sometimes one big hit is better than a string of stuff no-one recalls…..

 

DON’T BRING LULU – Dorothy Provine (1 week)

 

 

 

Dorothy Provine was an actress with a memorably quirky voice who was around quite a bit in the 60’s on US TV, notably at this time The Roaring Twenties, a period-set show from 35 years earlier – think something set in the 80’s now, plenty of those about – though the 20’s seemed positively historic in the 60’s to me. I don’t recall this show – my big memory was of 77 Sunset Strip and it’s theme tune which dated from the same time and also had a pop culture influence at the time with a spin-off hit record (Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb). This very catchy song from 1925 was pure Roaring 20’s, and pretty well-played during the 60’s, and was one I recall hearing and loving sining along to. Dorothy Provine? I continued to be a fan, notably in the timeless It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the slapstick masterpiece movie with an all-star cast of larger-than-life comics and character-actors – Dorothy was the lone voice of sanity who spots the “Big Double-ya (W)” where hidden stolen loot was supposedly buried as others go manic about her. The Great Race was another good period (comedy) movie she was in, with a fab cast, and kiddie fave Disney film That Darn Cat! (I was very big on that one at the time).

 

WALKIN’ BACK TO HAPPINESS – Helen Shapiro (5 weeks)

 

 

Schoolgirl with the mature voice, Helen Shapiro was another early pop star fave of mine, I loved her – and this was her catchy tune that stayed me with throughout the 60’s until I managed to record it off the radio in 1970 in Singapore and boosted it all over again. Very 1961 with those backing girlie vocals, but such a joyous song it retains period charm. Moving into blues in her later career, I still wish she’d record something contemporary, maybe referencing her early teenage career when she was on TV loads and barely 16 years old.

Pop Music From A Kiddie POV – 1961 Part 1

WOODEN HEART – Elvis Presley (11 weeks)

 

 

I can’t say I have any specific memories of this Elvis singalong from G.I. Blues – I was too young for the film, though I might have caught it on TV a few years later – but it was one that was pretty well known during the 60’s (unlike some of Elvis’ other chart-toppers) – and a regular of Two-Way Family Favourites the weekly show for forces families living abroad which aired on Radio Two in the UK, I think. Other than that – obviously one to appeal to kids, what with the puppet theme, a German-styled song to fit in with Elvis in Germany, and a catchy-singalong for all the family.

 

HALFWAY TO PARADISE – Billy Fury (9 weeks)

 

 

Billy Fury was my fave male popstar when I was pre-school – mum and dad have always fondly-recalled me pronouncing his name Billy Floory – but I oddly recall few of his songs from the time, though some of them are very good indeed (Wondrous Place, for example). This song is by far his most-famous, and best, a cover of the Tony Orlando US-hit version of the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song which is better than the original, all sweeping strings supporting his unusual vocal-style. Again, no specific place-memories to it, just know it was the song of his that everyone seemed to love most. Dad bought one of his singles in 1966, amongst a batch of oldies, but sadly it wasn’t this one, it was the more-50’s-rocker-styled Collette. When Billy died far too young in 1983, I was saddened that he was having a revival of sorts, obviously aware how ill he was and making the best of things to stay occupied.

 

JOHNNY REMEMBER ME – John Leyton (8 weeks)

 

 

This Joe Meek brainchild chart-topper was an example of a record elevating itself from brilliant production, a death disc that was literally haunting, in lyric, and not so literally in sound. John Leyton was a TV star lucked-into a short pop career. I had no idea who the singer was or what his name was, but I knew and loved the song, not least because it was called Johnny – and my name is John. Kids love songs with their name in, it gives a sense of ownership and importance! Joe Meek records were ground-breaking for the UK pop scene of the time, and still impress nearly 60 years later in this case. One of those songs I still love, cos it’s still fab, but have never overdosed on from over-familiarity – always have heard it semi-regularly but never over and over and over again, which can take decades to get over sometimes when a song you love burns out. (Shhh don’t mention Bo Rap!)