My 1969 Charts – June

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3 Sheepwalk, RAF Swinderby 1969-ish, mum dad in the middle, grandma next to them

JUNE 1969

3rd June 1969 CHART

5th week on top for my beloved Dizzy, with my equally beloved Glen at 2 – my first ever single and album respectively (later in Singapore when we had cash flow overseas bonus RAF wages, not in the UK when we didn’t). New entries thin on the ground, but Cliff (still a childhood fave) floats his Big Ship in at 13, and the Fabs get a quick second hit as The Ballad Of John & Yoko enters at 17. Cliff’s was pure kiddie appeal, the Beatles took a bit longer to grow. I say Beatles – it’s actually a John Lennon record with an assist from Paul, rushed out to list the media storm John & Yoko were living through. No exaggeration, they only had to lie in bed (for peace) and it was world news. A bit more to say than pop stars having a smoke or splitting up, on the whole.

School was starting to wind down with a series of replacement primary teachers, including one young male teacher (who’s name I forget but he had a beard. Cool!) who I really liked, we ended up watching TV educational black & white video shows on Caribbean Islands for a few weeks which sparked my imagination for the tropics. Pity he didn’t record some of the Doctor Who’s and Top Of The Pops’ instead (and kept them)! I remember the video used for the Beatles record with psychedelic “Christ!” words popping up at just the right moment. I learnt all the words.

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

11 ( 19 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
12 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
13 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
16 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
18 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
19 ( 12 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
20 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

10th June 1969

6 weeks for Tommy Roe, Cliff & Beatles go top 5, Chicken Shack and Edwin Hawkins Singers go top 10, and one measly new entry: Peter Sarstedt’s forgotten follow-up hit, the melodic Frozen Orange Juice. Fleetwood Mac not rushing up the charts but in for the long run.

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

17th June 1969

This is my 2nd official singles chart. Just to remind, the others so far in 1969 have been retrospective charts I compiled a few years after the event (but which would be largely accurate, my memories of music then were very strong!) My love of pop was now reaching fever proportions as I embarked on a series of actual charts (taken from the Daily Mirror list of the UK Top 30). Guess what? Tommy Roe on top for 7 weeks. Told you I loved it! Note: I was 11 years old, and I liked kiddie records like Cliff (2) and Des O’Connor (3). The proof is all there! I also loved Glen Campbell’s sweeping country and Chicken Shack’s plaintive blues, Edwin Hawkins gospel choir, and Frank Sinatra’s insistence on doing it his way. Bear in mind we hadn’t had it in the chart for 2 years and had 45 years of godawful covers to ruin the laid-back charm it had when it was new.

Two new entries, The Family Dogg, the wondrous Way Of Life, another harmony pop track with killer harmonies. One of the singers who passed through the band was Irene Sheers of 1974 Eurovision “fame” (I think). They had access to the hit songwriters of the time though, and were well regarded. I was mad on this song. The other was Scott Walker in mellow ballad mood, he had such a classic voice, but he more or less went “cult” after this track – and still is!

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

24th June 1969

My second actual chart in a row, 8th week for Tommy Roe on top, and the chart matches the music scene as it becomes electrifyingly exciting for me. Family Dogg shoot to 2, Oh Happy day to 3, The Boxer goes back up hit a new peak of 4 (it’s epic and gorgeous), Peter Sarstedt goes top 10, and a host of tracks drop out altogether to make way for an actual chart invasion.

Elvis is back! Big time! The King really was The King in those days, but In The Ghetto was social commentary gospel, and utterly brilliant. In at 5, this was the second single I ever bought (in Changi Village, Singapore, Sept 1969) as it was marginally behind Dizzy in my affections and I bought them both at the same time, but Dizzy was the cert, and Elvis I bought for my mum cos she loved him (but really I bought it for me)! In at 10, another social commentary song, this time the utterly brilliant Thunderclap Newman (Speedy Keen singing his song with a Pete Townsend sweeping production). Another epic, pop really was finding new frontiers at this time, and this was the 3rd single I ever bought (Changi Village a couple of weeks after Dizzy and In The Ghetto). Both Elvis and Thunderclap were actual picture sleeve covers (cos they were Australian and Singapore pressings).

As if that wasn’t enough, The Beach Boys were back with their most melodic single in 3 years, the fabulous Breakaway, not written by Brian shocker! Seems they didn’t always need him after all… Pete & Jill, Singapore friends of mum & dad gave me the single when we visited them in 1972 near Lincoln. Told you I had a great memory for music! That’s not all though, throw in: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s chart debut (yay!) the fab Proud mary, DJ Johnnie Walker’s instrumental chart rundown music (the fab Booker T, recently back in my charts after decades absent), bubblegum Crazy Elephant, the timeless soul classic Tracks Of My Tears (Smokey Robinson) and the brilliant Living In The Past (Jethro Tull’s folkrocking debut). Varied, sensational, wonderful. Not bad for 11 years old, really….

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

 

 

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