1997 My charts during the year

  1. ImageCALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
  2. EVERYBODY Backstreet Boys
  3. YOU’RE THE ONE I LOVE Shola Ama
  4. WHERE’S THE LOVE Hanson
  5. ALL I WANNA DO Danii
  6. YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED George Michael
  7. LIVE THE DREAM Cast
  8. YOUR LUCKY DAY IN HELL Eels
  9. TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba
  10. WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin
  11. EVERYTHING Mary J Blige
  12. THE SUN RISING The Beloved
  13. YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME Jewel
  14. NIGHT NURSE Sly & Robbie/ Mick Hucknall
  15. CU WHEN U GET THERE Coolio
  16. BLACK EYED BOY Texas
  17. SWEETEST THING Lauryn Hill
  18. BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve
  19. SUMMERTIME Sundays
  20. KISS YOU ALL OVER No Mercy
  21. MEN IN BLACK Will Smith
  22. LAZY DAYS Robbie Williams
  23. DO YOU KNOW (WHAT IT TAKES) Robyn
  24. JACKASS Beck
  25. SEMI-CHARMED LIFE Third Eye Blind
  26. SOME KIND OF BLISS Kylie Minogue
  27. BENTLEY’S GONNA SORT YOU OUT Bentley Rhythm Ace
  28. TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Bocelli
  29. OUTLAW Olive
  30. JUST FOR YOU M People
  31. TELL ME IS IT TRUE UB40
  32. BITCH Meredith Brooks
  33. WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE? Paula Cole
  34. ECUADOR Sash!/Rodriguez
  35. AIN’T GONNA CRY AGAIN Peter Cox
  36. EVEN AFTER ALL Finlay Quaye
  37. HONEY Mariah Carey
  38. FREE Ultra Nate
  39. LAST NIGHT ON EARTH U2
  40. KARMA POLICE Radiohead
  41. These are the songs I was loving 15 years ago, shortly after the death of Diana, Princess Of Wales. Everybody knows the details, all very tragic and the funeral became a record breaker for Elton John…

     

OCT 18th 1997…

(last week figures in the second column)

1 1 CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
2 NEW PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME Texas
3 6 SPICE UP YOUR LIFE Spice Girls
4 NEW SUNARISE Rolf Harris
5 2 PERFECT DAY Lou Reed & friends
6 3 RAINCLOUD Lighthouse Family
7 4 THE DRUGS DON’T WORK Verve
8 9 JUST FOR YOU M People
9 13 TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba
10 8 BINGO Catch
11 15 HOME Sheryl Crow
12 5 THE BITTEREST PILL Jam
13 7 WHERE’S THE LOVE Hanson
14 14 PLEASE (LIVE EP: WHERE THE/WITH OR/STARING) U2
15 NEW CLOSED FOR BUSINESS Mansun
16 12 NIGHT NURSE Sly & Robbie/Simply Red
17 39 LATE IN THE DAY Supergrass
18 10 SUMMERTIME Sundays
19 28 SPIDERWEBS No Doubt
20 20 LOVE ME AND LEAVE ME Seahorses
21 11 (UN DOS TRES) MARIA Ricky Martin
22 NEW STILL WATERS RUN DEEP Bee Gees
23 NEW EVERYTHING I WANTED Danii
24 27 SAMBA DE JANEIRO Bellini
25 52 STAY Sash!/ La Trec
26 42 TELLIN STORIES Charlatans
27 18 GOT TILL IT’S GONE Janet Jackson
28 16 STAND BY ME Oasis
29 29 AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Backstreet Boys
30 19 YOU’RE THE ONE I LOVE Shola Ama
31 25 SUNCHYME Dario
32 17 SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY/CANDLE IN THE WIND Elton John
33 34 THE WAY I FEEL Roachford
34 NEW BARBIE GIRL Aqua
35 NEW HAPPY Travis
36 21 LIVE THE DREAM Cast
37 26 ALL I WANNA DO Dannii
38 NEW ARE YOU JIMMY RAY Jimmy Ray
39 22 EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK) Backstreet Boys
40 NEW GOLDEN BROWN Omar
41 23 LITTLE ARITHMETICS Deus
42 31 YOUR LUCKY DAY IN HELL Eels
43 30 EVEN AFTER ALL Finlay Quaye
44 32 MEN IN BLACK Will Smith
45 24 FIX Blackstreet
46 NEW HELP THE AGED Pulp
47 NEW DEADWEIGHT Beck
48 36 C U WHEN U GET THERE Coolio
49 45 BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve
50 NEW BULLITT Lalo Schifrin
51 62 OH LA LA LA 2 Eivissa
52 35 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Brand New Heavies
53 38 SEMI-CHARMED LIFE Third Eye Blind
54 40 YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED/STRANGEST THING George Michael
55 51 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli
56 56 DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
57 48 LAZY DAYS Robbie Williams
58 49 BLACK EYED BOY Texas
59 43 EVERYTHING Mary J Blige
60 46 WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin
61 58 6 UNDERGROUND Sneaker Pimps
62 NEW DON’T LEAVE Faithless
63 63 YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
64 NEW ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE Propellerheads/David Arnold
65 64 WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME Monaco
66 57 SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin
67 33 CONGO Genesis
68 68 WRONG Everything But The Girl
69 59 THE SUN RISING The Beloved
70 54 MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS Manic Street Preachers
71 NEW CELEBRATE Levellers
72 72 YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks
73 41 ANYBODY SEEN MY BABY Rolling Stones
74 NEW U SEXY THING Clock
75 NEW ANGEL OF MINE Eternal

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Radio Luxembourg. Breaking The Rules.

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Not long after this I was listening to the Radio Station Radio Luxembourg. What’s that?

Back in the early 70’s, the British Government believed that the only suitable outlet for that newfangled outrageous racket that young people wasted their time listening to was it’s own government-appointed Radio One. So they closed down all the pirate radio stations out at sea on ships, and commercial radio stations were few and far between, and largely rubbish. If you didn’t live in London, you had no choice. Radio One or nothing. Or….

Weaving in and out of medium wave transistor radios in bed, quite literally broadcasting from Luxembourg and away from government rules, UK teenagers like me spent their evenings listening to Radio Luxembourg, British DJ’s (and some American) spinning the best pop hits of the day, including many that Radio One didn’t play. There was no pop in the evenings on British Radio, just music for grown-ups. Prog Rock, that sort of thing. Radio Luxembourg, Tony Prince, the vital evening Tuesdays, chart rundown day of the hottest 30 records. Actually they were largely the British singles chart, some advance sales rumours, and a bit of guessing, and a lot of omitting of the stuff in the charts your parents were buying. FUN!

I loved sales charts. Still do. Did my own charts of favourites and lists. I wrote stuff down in notepads. Radio Luxembourg went the way of all things and passed on eventually, and it turns out no-one kept a record of their charts. Some fans did though, and posted them online, but with some years missing, including 1971 1972 and parts of 1973. I have quite a few, though I didnt write them all down, so here they are, internet exclusive Radio Luxembourg charts wot I copied out back then as they announced them. Hope it’s fun!:)

For complete charts of years 1973 to 1979 Andreas on the website Popscene

Some of my charts are featured here:

 

http://z6.invisionfree.com/popscene/index.php?act=ST&f=101&t=13368&view=getnewpost

21st Dec 1971

1. (27) I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing – New Seekers
2. (1) Shaft – Isaac Hayes
3. (4) Something Tells Me – Cilla Black
4. (2) Ernie – Benny Hill
5. (5) Softly Whispering I Love You – Congregation
6. (3) No Matter How I Try – Gilbert O’Sullivan
7. (14) Soley Soley – Middle Of The Road
8. (8) It Must Be Love – Labi Siffre
9. (6) Tokoloshe Man – John Kongos
10. (9) Jeepster – T.Rex

11. (19) Morning – Val Doonican
12. (17) I Just Can’t Help Believin’ – Elvis Presley
13. (10) Gypsies Tramps & Thieves – Cher
14. (11) Is This The Way To Amarillo – Tony Christie
15. (7) Sing A Song Of Freedom – Cliff Richard
16. (21) Kara Kara – New World
17. (13) Fireball – Deep Purple
18. (12) Banks Of The Ohio – Olivia Newton John
19. (15) Coz I Luv You – Slade
20. (18) Hooked On A Feeling – Jonathan King

21. (16) Till – Tom Jones
22. (22) You Gotta Have Love In Your Heart – Supremes & Four Tops
23. (–) Brand New Key – Melanie
24. (25) When You Get Right Down To It – Ronnie Dyson
25. (28) Stay With Me – Faces
26. (20) Johnny Reggae – Piglets
27. (26) Back On The Road – Marmalade
28. (23) I Will Return – Springwater
29. (–) Save The Children – marvin gaye
30. (–) Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone

dropping out: Run Baby Run – Newbeats (24), Surrender – Diana Ross (29), Let’s See Action – Who (30)

It was my 14th birthday the following week, so I’m biased, I like every single one of these records, it was a vividly important time for music charts for me and my reel to reel tape recorder. I LOVE so many of these records to this day, all-time classics like Isaac Hayes, Cher, Sly & The Family Stone, and personal classics like Middle Of The Road, Jonathan King, Congregation, T.Rex, Springwater, Slade.

A few pop trivia thoughts:
I loved the New Seekers at the time, less so these days, but pleasant enough. Shaft is as vibrant as the day it was created. I Will Return is a rock instrumental utterly forgotten these days, yet it’s brilliant, while Ernie & Amarillo are famous…no justice! Jonathan King’s cover of BJ Thomas song was SO catchy, (and was stolen in 74 for a huge American Number One, rather appropriately as he was always borrowing others songs and arrangements) as was his Piglets record. JK has of course, been retroactively wiped from existence…

Run Baby Run is a 60’s poptastic classic, and Surrender a forgotten Ross gem. Slade made a lot of great records but COz I Luv You is their best. Deep Purple’s best track? Not the obvious ones, it’s Fireball, trust me! Tom gave Till his all, Faces and Melanie were great, and the obscure South African John Kongos had two utterly brilliant hits, one better know in it’s cheesy cheerful Happy Mondays version. His version Of He’s Gonna Step On You Again has menace! Way better. Talking of cover versions, much as love Madness to bits, and their version, all laddy happy singalong, it doesnt beat the gooooorgeous-sweet, touching original. Labi Siffre is still under-rated.

phew! never short on opinions me:)

Next Up 1972:
I don’t know the exact date, but this was probably 10th June 1972

1. (1) Metal Guru – T.Rex
2. (3) Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith
3. (5) Vincent – Don McLean
4. (–) Take Me Bak ‘Ome – Slade
5. (2) Come What May – Vicky Leandros
6. (6) Rocket Man – Elton John
7. (7) Lady Eleanore – Lindisfarne
8. (4) Could It Be Forever – David Cassidy
9. (10) At The Club – Drifters
10. (21) California Man – Move

11. (11) A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
12. (13) Sister Jane – New World
13. (9) Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones
14. (14) Open Up – Mungo Jerry
15. (19?) Isn’t Life Strange – Moody Blues
16. (16) Doobe Doodn Doobe etc – Diana Ross
17. (8) A Thing Called Love – Johnny Cash
18. (20) Take A Look Around – Temptations
19. (26) Rockin Robin – Michael Jackson
20. (29) First Time Ever I saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

21. (19) Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone
22. (–) Jungle Fever – Chakachas
23. (24) What’s Your Name – Chicory Tip
24. (25) Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond
25. (–) Little Bit Of Love – Free
26. (28) Mary Had A Little Lamb – Wings
27. (22) Little Piece Of Leather – Donnie Elbert
28. ((30) Supersonic Rocketship – Kinks
29. (27) Don’t Let Him Touch You – Angelettes
30. (–) Oh Girl – Chi-Lites

I think quite afew of these werent in the BBC chart (and I LOVED the Angelettes record aka Jonathan King production). To be perfectly honest every single one of these records made my Top 20 except the Angelettes (as it failed to go Top 30 it was disallowed by my ridiculous chart rules of the time. It would otherwise have taken a couple of Metal Guru’s weeks at No. 1 in my chart.)

I often never managed to get to the end of the Luxembourg charts (went to sleep) so here are some bits & bobs – the interesting positions were the ones that werent in the BBC chart anyway….

dates unknown….! But shading on tracks NOT in the chart (26-30, 24) suggests this was the equivalent of the BBC’s Top 30 with Vincent at No. 1 for the second week

30 (?) Ooh Wacka Do wacka Dey – Gilbert O’Sullivan
29 (–) Circles – The New Seekers
28 (21) Jungle Fever – Chakachas
27 (30) I’ve Been Lonely For So Long – Frederic Knight
26 (25) Third Finger Left Hand – The Pearls
25 (27) Nut Rocker – B. Bumble & The Stingers
24 (24) I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
23 (–) American Trilogy – Elvis Presley
22 (–) Little Willy – The Sweet
21 (22) Oh Girl – The Chi-Lites
20 (?) Come What May – Vicky Leandros

love all of these except the dire Elvis record…

and also the week before the above verified by the last week chart positions above:

30 (–) I’ve Been Lonely For So Long – Frederic Knight
29 (13) Tumbling Dice – The Rolling Stones
28 (–) Coconut – Nilsson
27 (–) Nut Rocker – B. Bumble & The Stingers
26 (–) Rock & Roll Part 2 – Gary Glitter (tho having never heard of him, I misheard it as Rock & Roll Mark II by Gary Cliff!)
25 (–) Third Finger Left Hand – The Pearls
24 (–) I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
23 (25) Little Bit Of Love – Free
22 (30) Oh Girl – The Chi-Lites
21 (22) Jungle Fever – Chakachas

the last weeks positions show this to be the chart AFTER the full run-down I ran earlier (or Vincent’s first week at No.1 for this batch, and Metal Guru’s last week at 1 for the full top 30)

I presume the next 2 or 3 weeks or so later, and these few chart positions

28 I’ve Been Lonely For So Long – Frederic Knight
27 Join Together – The Who
26 Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith
25 Doobe Doodn’Doobe Doobe Doodn’Doobe Doobe Doodn’Do – Diana Ross

and if the fab Diana Ross song isnt the silliest song title on a serious pop record ever, I dont know what is…

Some more full charts next time from 1972, if anyone’s still interested….

 

Next up: the equivalent chart for the BBC’s Top 30 of 13th May 1972, Luxembourg won the Eurovision Song Contest – might explain the number one! I didnt lable this one as Luxembourg’s Top 30 at the time but shaded out nos. 24, 25, 27, 28, 29 which meant they weren’t in the BBC Top 30, and that week they were all hovering just outside it…

1. Come What May – Vicky Leandros (Eurovision winner)

2. Metal Guru – T.Rex

3. Amazing Grace – Pipes & Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoons Guard Band

4. Could It Be Forever – David Cassidy

5. Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones

6. A Thing Called Love – Johnny Cash

7. Radancer –  Marmalade

8. Rocket Man – Elton John

9. Run Run Run – Jo Jo Gunne

10. Back Off Boogaloo – Ringo Starr

11. Stir It Up – Johnny Nash (Bob marley song)

12. Open Up – Mungo Jerry

13. Beautiful Sunday – daniel Boone

14. Debora – Tyrannosaurus Rex (aka T.Rex)

15. Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith

16. Take A Look Around – Temptations

17. Sweet Talking Guy – The Chiffons

18. The Young New Mexican Puppeteer – Tom Jones

19. Until It’s Time For You To Go – Elvis Presley

20. At The Club – The Drifters

21. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon

22. Runnin’ Away – Sly & The Family Stone

23. A Whiter Shade Of pale – Procol Harum

24. Chantilly Lace – Jerry Lee Lewis

25. Sister Jane – new World

26. Little Piece Of Leather – Donnie Elbert

27. The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Dave Newman

28. Everything I Own – Bread

29. Vincent – Don McLean

30. Lady Eleanor – Lindisfarne

 

Cash, Presly, Lewis 50’s revival going on here along with some actual 60’s reissued hits that were fab. The actual current stuff had some great ones too, much maligned Ringo with a corker, T.Rex always brilliant, Sly, Tempts, Paul Simon, Elton too during this period. To be honest the few I don’t like are the MOR covers from Tom Jones, Elvis and very little else.

 

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another partial Luxy chart before another full one:

30. I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again – Buffy Sainte-Marie (she was and is fab, great songwriter, native “american” Canadian I think)
29. Bernadette – Four Tops (saw the classic line-up live, the Tops had an awesome run of Motown hits, Levi Stubbs one of the greatest vocalists)
28. Have You Seen Her – Chi- Lites (Eugene Record a fabulous songwriter, even their non-Uk-hits are as good as this. fab fab fab)
27. Jesus – Cliff Richard (the much-maligned cliff doing one of his religious releases. In support of Cliff, he’s a great, versatile singer, one of the key figures in British music, and from 1976 to 1982 he had an awesome run of great pop singles to add to his already substantial back catalogue. I can forgive him the Millenium Prayer – as long as I dont have to listen to it)
26. Telegram Sam – T.Rex (Bolan was an early idol. Egotistical, but his records sounded like no-one else, except perhaps a sort of rock Donovan, and those riffs were just sooooo sexy. For 3 years he was king)

and now without comments:

1. Come What May – Vicky Leandros
2. Amazing Grace – Royal Scots Dragoons etc
3. Could It Be Forever – David Cassidy
4. Run Run Run – Jo Jo Gunne
5. Back Off Boogaloo – Ringo Starr
6. Rocket Man – Elton John
7. A Thing Called Love – Johnny Cash
8. Radancer – Marmalade
9. Debora – Tyrannosaurus Rex
10. Sweet Talking Guy – Chiffons

11. Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones
12. Young New Mexican Puppeteer – Tom Jones
13. Runnin Away – Sly & The Family Stone
14. Until It’s Time For You To Go – Elvis Presley
15. Open Up – Mungo Jerry
16. Beautiful sunday – Daniel Boone
17. Take A Look Around – Temptations
18. Stir It Up – Johnny Nash
19. At The Club – Drifters
20. Without You – Nilsson

21. Crying laughing Loving Lying – Labi Siffre
22. Me & Julio Down By The School Yard – Paul Simon
23. Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith
24. Wade In The water – Ramsey Lewis
25. Isn’t Life Strange – <oody Blues
26. Everything I Own – Bread
27. Little Piece Of Leather – Donnie Elbert
28. I Am What I Am – Greyhound
29. Heart Of Gold – Neil Young
30. The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Dave Newman

no date, but the non-top-30-bbc-chart tracks were 30, 27, 26, 25, 24 so I make that the week of 6th May 1972

another Luxy chart:

13th May BBC chart equivalent, I reckon:

1. Metal Guru – T.Rex
2. Come What May – Vicky Leandros
3. Rocket Man – Elton John
4. Could It Be Forever – David Cassidy
5. Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones
6. Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith
7. A Thing Called Love – Johnny Cash
8. Amazing Grace – Royal Scots Dragoons Guards Band
9. At The Club – Drifters
10. Take A Look Around – Temptations

11. Open Up – Mungo Jerry
12. Radancer – Marmalade
13. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone
14. Run Run Run – Jo Jo Gunne
15. Lady Eleanore – Lindisfarne
16. Back Off Boogaloo – Ringo Starr
17. Debora – Tyrannosaurus Rex
18. Stir It Up – Johnny Nash
19. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
20. Runnin’ Away – Sly & The Family Stone

21. Little Piece Of Leather – Donnie Elbert
22. Chantilly Lace – Jerry Lee Lewis
23. Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon
24. Sister Jane – New World
25. Vincent – Don McLean
26. Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson
27. The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Dave Newman
28. Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond
29. Don’t Let Him Touch You – Angelettes
30. Doobe Doodn Doobe etc – Diana Ross

nos. 24-30 and 22 were indicated as not being in the BBC Top 30, so the date is pretty accurate (in other words they were both announced on the same Tuesday for the BBC chart dated week ending 13th May)

next chart from 1972 up, no date again but it’s the equivalent of BBC chart dated 3rd June 1972, so whatever the Tuesday was earlier that week.

30. Supersonic Rocket Ship – Kinks
29. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
28. Mary Had A Little Lamb – Wings
27. Don’t Let Him Touch You – Angelettes
26. Rockin’ Robin – Michael jackson
25. Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond
24. What’s Your Name – Chicory Tip
23. Run Run Run – Jo Jo Gunne
22. Little Piece Of Leather – Donnie Elbert
21. California Man – Move

20. Take A Look Around – Temptations
19. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone (at this point I got bored with artists and just list titles)
18. Isn’t Life Strange
17. Radancer
16. Doobe Doodn’doobe
15. Me & Julio
14. Open Up
13. Sister Jane
12. Amazing Grace
11. Whiter Shade Of Pale

10. At The Club
9. Tumblin’ Dice
8. A Thing Called Love
7. Lady Eleanore
6. Rocket Man
5. Vincent
4. Could It Be Forever
3. Oh Babe What Would You Say
2. Come What May
1. Metal Guru

some of these positions were worked out from the last week figures of an earlier posted chart….(by me at the time, not by me now)

…and so the final one: very little info, and it tails off into just artists as it got late (I’m guessing) but i’m thinking its the BBC chart with Ramsey Lewis, Hurricane Smith, Paul Simon just outside the top 30.

30 Oh Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith
29. It’s One Of Those Nights – Partridge Family
28. Hold Your Head Up – Argent
27. Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon
26. Wade In The Water – Ramsey Lewis
25. I Am What I Am – Greyhound
24. Alone Again – Gilbert O’Sullivan
23. at the club – Drifters
22. Heart of gold – Neal Young
21. Beg Steal or Borrow – New Seekers
20. Runnin’ Away – Sly & Family Stone
19. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone
18. Open Up – Mungo Jerry
17. Take A look Around – Temptations
16. Rocket Man – Elton John
15. Crying Laughing Loving Lying – Labi Siffre
14. Without You – Nilsson
13. Tumbling Dice – Rolling Stones
12. Johnny Nash
11. David Cassidy
10. Johnny Cash
9. Marmalade
8. Jo Jo Gunne
7. Chiffons
6. T.Rex
5. Fortunes
4. Elvis Presley
3. Ringo Starr
2. Vicky L
1. RSDGB

the last 2 were basically scribble, so I must have been half asleep…
songs to the last few can be deduced from previous postings.

Hope that was fun!

My 1977 Charts

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This is what I was listening to exactly 35 years ago this week, when I looked like this photo, preparing to go off to College in Lincoln, away from home student digs…great times!

UK TV is currently showing music TV from this period, hooray! “Top Of The Pops”. Appropriately at No.1 is the record that changed pop music forever, the sound of the future, this record came suddenly onto the radio and I went “Woah!” Sounding like nothing before it, and 35 years of dance music since, “I Feel Love” was an instant number One in my chart, a perfect pop moment that still sounds fresh. The Rock N Roll Hall Of fame should hang its head in shame, incapable of seeing innovative music for what it is, preferring bland rock acts much of the time…

AUG 16TH 1977 

1. (1) I FEEL LOVE – Donna Summer

2. (5) THE CRUNCH – The Rah Band

3. (6) DREAMS – Fleetwood Mac

4. (3) ROADRUNNER ONCE – Jonathon Richman

5. (2) SLOWDOWN – John Miles

6. (4) FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN – Emerson, Lake & Palmer

7. (7) IT’S YOUR LIFE – Smokie

8. (12)FLOAT ON – The Floaters

9. (11)TWIST AND SHOUT – The Beatles

10. (8) ANGELO – Brotherhood Of Man

11. (10) FEEL THE NEED – The Detroit Emeralds

12. (20) NOBODY DOES IT BETTER – Carly Simon

13. (26) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR – Deniece Williams

14. (19) NIGHTS ON BROADWAY – Candi Staton

15. (21) WILL YOU BE MY LOVER – Maxine Nightingale

16. (14) SO YOU WIN AGAIN – Hot Chocolate

17. (15) OH LORI – Alessi

18. (16) MA BAKER – Boney M

19. (9) WE’RE ALL ALONE – Rita Coolidge

20. (40) DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – Thin Lizzy

21. (24) EXODUS – Bob Marley & The Wailers

22. (22) LONG DISTANCE LOVE – Helen Reddy

23. (–) SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE – The Stranglers

24. (17) BABY DON’T CHANGE YOUR MIND – Gladys Knight & The Pips

25. (–) YOU TAKE MY HEART AWAY – Bill Conti

26. (49) SPANISH STROLL – Mink De Ville

27. (13) ONE STEP AWAY – Tavares

28. (23) EASY – The Commodores

29. (46) ALL AROUND THE WORTLD – The Jam

30. (45) TULANE – Steve Gibbons Band

31. (18) YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES – Showaddywaddy

32. (32) DANCIN’ EASY – Danny Williams

33. (44) A DIFFERENT DRUM – Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies

34. (36) LIFE IN THE FAST LANE – The Eagles

35. (25) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND – Gary Glitter

36. (29) SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO – The Jacksons

37. (38) YOUR SONG – Billy Paul

38. (43) CAN’T GET YOU OUTA MY MIND – Yvonne Elliman

39. (28) ALL I THINK ABOUT IS YOU – Harry Nilsson

40. (41) STRAIGHTEN OUT – The Stranglers

two 60’s tracks in amongst these, a bit of punk, west coast rock, disco, MOR, pop, 50’s rocknroll revival, reggae, progrock, garage rock, and soul. Not sure it’s as varied as that in genre terms these days….

Of course, Elvis died on the week listed above, but it took two weeks for the chart invasion of his records to be listed, and so 3 weeks later before it registered on my charts – I was actually gutted when Elvis died, he had always been there for all of my life, films records etc. Not nearly as upset, though, as when Marc Bolan died later in the month. Anyway, I only allowed oldies that charted in my chart, so that’s the chartweek of …

SEPT 6TH 1977

1. (3) MAGIC FLY – Space

2. (1) THE CRUNCH – The Rah Band

3. (2) WAY DOWN – Elvis Presley

4. (6) DOWN DEEP INSIDE – Donna Summer

5. (4) I FEEL LOVE – Donna Summer

6. (8) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN – Elkie Brooks

7. (12) OXYGENE PART IV – Jean-Michel jarre

8. (–) THE WONDER OF YOU – Elvis Presley

9. (5) DREAMS – Fleetwood Mac

10. (19) DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO – The Rods

11. (9) SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE – The Stranglers

12. (7) FLOAT ON – The Floaters

13. (–) IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Elvis Presley

14. (20) TELEPHONE MAN – Meri Wilson

15. (21) TULANE – Steve Gibbons Band

16. (24) ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder

17. (33) I CAN’T GET YOU OUTA MY MIND – Yvonne Elliman

18. (26) THINK I’M GONNA FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU – The Dooleys

19. (30) SILVER LADY – David Soul

20. (16) ANGELO – Brotherhood Of man

21. (11) ROADRUNNER – Jonathan Richman

22. (10) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR – Deniece Williams

23. (29) DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – Thin Lizzy

24. (15) NOBODY DOES IT BETTER – Carly Simon

25. (14) CELEBRATE SUMMER – T.Rex

26. (18) FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN – Emerson lake & Palmer

27. (23) SLOWDOWN – John Miles

28. (–) RETURN TO SENDER – Elvis Presley

29. (–) WOODEN HEART – Elvis Presley

30. (41) DREAMER – The Jacksons

31. (17) IT’S YOUR LIFE – Smokie

32. (13) NIGHTS ON BROADWAY – Candi Staton

33. (–) HEARTBREAK HOTEL – Elvis Presley

34. (34) SPANISH STROLL – Mink Deville

35. (28) FEEL THE NEED – Detroit Emeralds

36. (25)  DIFFERENT DRUM – Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies

37. (32) ALL I THINK ABOUT IS YOU – Harry Nilsson

38. (43) BLACK BETTY – Ram Jam

39. (48) DOWN THE HALL – The Four Seasons

40. (22) WILL YOU BE MY LOVER – Maxine Nightingale

41. (27) YOU TAKE MY HEART AWAY – Deetta Little/ Nelson Pigford

42. (–) JAILHOUSE ROCK – Elvis Presley

43. (–) CRYING IN THE CHAPEL – Elvis Presley

44. (35) MA BAKER – Boney M

45. (36) SO YOU WIN AGAIN – Hot Chocolate

46. (–) ARE YOU DANCING – Hudson-Ford

47. (47) HARD ROCK CAFE – Carole King

48. (–) ALL SHOOK UP – Elvis Presley

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

50. (38) IF I HAVE TO GO AWAY – Jigsaw

So, 4 instrumentals, all very different, punk, rock, bubblegum, soul, 2 disco classics from Donna Summer and ten Elvis hits, a record in my chart at that time.

That shoved a lot of records that would otherwise have gone up, out of the chart, such as Alice Cooper. Ahhh.

 

 

 

OK, it’s been a while since I posted a 35-years-ago chart. Me, I was at College, first year Lincoln and enjoying student life and Art in particular, and I remember sitting through hours of Saturday morning kids TV waiting for the promised airing of the Abba video (to the annoyance of housemates). Top Of The Pops 1977 seems to have caught up, so here’s my chart exactly as rated for:

 

November 22nd 1977:

 

  1. (2) THE NAME OF THE GAME – Abba
  2. (1) VIRGINIA PLAIN/PYJAMARAMA – Roxy Music
  3. (4) TURN TO STONE – E.L.O.
  4. (5) CALLING OCCUPANTS OF INTERPLANETARY CRAFT – Carpenters
  5. (3) STAR WARS – Meco
  6. (13) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE – Bee Gees
  7. (7) LOVE HURTS – Nazereth
  8. (10) WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS – Queen
  9. (14) DANCIN’ PARTY – Showaddywaddy
  10. (16) ROCKIN’ ALL OVER THE WORLD – Status Quo
  11. (8) YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE – Baccara
  12. (6) 2-4-6-8 MOTORWAY – Tom Robinson Band
  13. (11) FROM HERE TO ETERNITY – Giorgio
  14. (12) BLACK BETTY – Ram Jam
  15. (25) GOING PLACES – Jacksons
  16. (9) SHE’S NOT THERE – Santana
  17. (18) HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN – Sex Pistols
  18. (29) DADDY COOL – Darts
  19. (17) BLACK IS BLACK – la Belle Epoque
  20. (15) NEEDLES AND PINS – Smokie
  21. (46) IT’S A HEARTACHE – Bonnie Tyler
  22. (26) BELFAST – Boney M
  23. (19) HEROES – David Bowie
  24. (–) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING – Righteous Brothers
  25. (20) YOU’RE IN MY HEART – Rod Stewart
  26. (–) MULL OF KINTYRE – Wings
  27. (35) GEORGINA BAILEY – Noosha Fox
  28. (28) WONDROUS STORIES – Yes
  29. (24) WAY DOWN – Elvis Presley
  30. (23) MAGIC FLY – Space
  31. (30) CAPTAIN KREMMEN – Kenny Everett
  32. (32) I BELIEVE YOU – Dorothy Moore
  33. (45) I WILL – Ruby Winters
  34. (22) MY BABY LEFT ME/ THAT’S ALRIGHT MAMA – Slade
  35. (21) LOVE BUG – Tina Charles
  36. (27) ANGEL OF THE MORNING – Mary Mason
  37. (34) I CAN’T GET YOU OUTA MY MIND – Yvonne Elliman
  38. (33) YOU MAKE LOVIN’ FUN – Fleetwood Mac
  39. (43) BABY BABY MY LOVE’S ALL FOR YOU – Deniece Williams
  40. (31) NO MORE HEROES – Stranglers
  41. (–) LOVE OF MY LIFE – Dooleys
  42. (49) DON’T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE – Crystal Gayle
  43. (41) FROM NEW YORK TO LA – Patsy Gallant
  44. (39) DOWN DEEP INSIDE – Donna Summer
  45. (40) OXYGENE PART IV – Jean-Michel Jarre
  46. (–) HIGHWAYMAN – Brotherhood Of Man
  47. (–) WATCHING THE DETECTIVES – Elvis Costello
  48. (37) RIGHT ON TIME – Brothers Johnson
  49. (–) FLORAL DANCE – Brighouse & Rastrick Band
  50. (–) YOU’RE FABULOUS BABE – Kenny Williams

 

 

I’m struck by how many songs have become widely regarded as classics, as well as the acts. Abba were my top act of the time, with ELO runners-up, but I’d also had periods of being mad on Queen, Roxy, Wings, Donna, Bowie, and with a great body of work even by this time, the Bee Gees. Oldies from Roxy and Righteous Brothers charted in the UK, and recharted in my chart. Righteous Brothers would eventually go all the way – in 1990, on one of it’s many revivals. It is, of course, one of the greatest most perfect pop singles of all-time. Elvis Costello debuts, first in a long career. In at 26, one of the biggest-sellers in the UK of all-time, Wings Mull Of Kintyre, and a future number one.