My 1969 Charts – May

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i’m the geeky one…

MAY 1969

6th May 1969 CHART

In which Dizzy tops my chart, love it love it. The B Side The You I Need is also fluffy fun. Herman’s Hermits get a 3rd Top 5 in a row, and The Beatles go up to 5, but not the number one slot you might think was guaranteed. Simon & Garfunkel’s classic Boxer fights it’s way to 10, just ahead of the new Manfred Mann single, following up number one Fox On The Run. I pretty much liked every Manfred single, and this was no exception, great melody.

In at 19, slipping in quietly the second single from the stage musical Hair, and what a stonkingly epic record. Hair is chock full of great songs dripping with hippie ideology, all of these luv n peace records had a big impact on me in my general life philosophy, and the vivid technicolour world of the acts were something to aspire to. The Fifth Dimension were the family-friendly face of soul, popping up on many a variety TV show singing Laura Nyro songs, among others. I loved their tassles and fab white gear, and most of all those harmonies. Harmony singers are very much out of fashion, but they made it an artform in all it’s MOR fabulousness. I eventually bought this single on my first trip to California in 1979, still loving every second of it.

1 ( 3 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
4 ( 9 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
7 ( 5 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
8 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( 7 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
10 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
12 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
13 ( 11 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
15 ( 20 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
16 ( 19 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
17 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
19 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
20 ( 13 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

 

13th May 1969

2nd week for Tommy, still Dizzy, and new entries from Sir Tom Jones, Love Me Tonight not one of his remembered hits but it’s OK, Fleetwood Mac popping back again with the under-rated (by me) Man Of The World, and the gem that is Galveston. Glen Campbell following up his eternal Jimmy Webb American classic with another one, dare I say it, as close to being just as good as one can get. There I said it. More uptempo, and mournfully joyful rather than wistfully beautiful (as Wichita Lineman was), Galveston was on the same album (This Is Glen Campbell) and is one of those tracks that to me is as fresh as the day I first heard it.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 12 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
7 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 6 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
10 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces

11 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
12 ( 15 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
14 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
15 ( 19 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
16 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
17 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 14 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

20th May 1969

3 weeks for Tommy on top, 3 for Mary at 2 and Manfred get that 2nd consecutive Top 3. The main point to make though, is that I was 11-years old, and still liked novelty records. The two new entries both fall into that category – Microbe was a DJ (I think) who cut a toddler speaking Groovy Baby into the tune – early case of sampling if you like! Groovy Baby was one of the catchphrases of the time (and these days famous more for being Austin Powers catchphrase) and although not a big hit it was a staple of Ed Stewart’s Juniors Choice for years afterwards. Yes, in those days, little kiddies had their own radio show! Shocking! They weren’t talked down to either. OMG! The kiddies chose the records not the radio station panels! What the Ffffu..! Anyway, cute record.

Des, Des, Des. Ridiculed lo these 50 years by Morecambe & Wise and sundry others, he took it all in good nature…but deserved it for this record! This is an example of a kiddie-type tune that hasn’t weathered that well. I forgive him though for the sketch he did with M&W, the single funniest guest appearance of all, where they are taking the piss out of his albums and on he walks behind them. Classic.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 6 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 4 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 8 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
10 ( 14 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones

11 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 10 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
13 ( 17 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
14 ( 9 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
15 ( 11 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 12 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
19 ( NEW ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
20 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

27th May 1969

4 weeks 1 & 2 unchanged, I really WAS a big fan of both records! Simon & Garfunkel go top 5 for the first time, but not the last, with the epic Boxer. Glen makes it 2 out of 2 Top 5, and Dave Dee & co pop back in with their last hit (I didn’t get to hear subsequent releases) the quirky Snake In The Grass. One of the great gospel songs pops in at 18, you don’t have to be religious to love the sheer joy of Oh Happy Day as sung by the gospel choir. Fab!

Chicken Shack get a blues hit, vocals by Christine Perfect. She eventually married John McVie and joined Fleetwood Mac (up to 16 this week) for decades of fabulousness. I’m still waiting for ticket announcements for the reunited classic Rumours line-up – I’ve seen them all in various combinations but not all on-stage at once. They are truly stunning in concert. Lastly, a debut for Jackie Wilson with the 3-year-old Higher and Higher, so good it popped back again in 1975 and 1987 for further chart runs. One of his best records, of many dating back to the 50’s. These days he’s a long-dead soul legend, then he was a current dancefloor soul fave of long-standing.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 6 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 11 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 19 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
12 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
13 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 18 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 9 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
16 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 12 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
19 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
20 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

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