My Retro April 1967 Charts

7th april 1967

Holiday fill in top 20 only, rest to follow at the weekend for completeness.

1. ( 3) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank and Nancy Sinatra
2. (1) BERNADETTE Four Tops
3. (2) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
4. (4) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Mamas and Papas
5. (9) HI HO SILVER LINING Jeff Beck Group
6. (7) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
7. (5) PENNY LANE The Beatles
8. (11) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
9. (12) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
10. (13) ALFIE Dionne Warwick

11. (8) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
12. (6) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
13. (17) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
14. (NEW) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
15. (10) JIMMY MACK Martha and The Vandellas
16. (23) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
17. (20) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
18. (34) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
19. (35) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
20. (25) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw

21 ( 15 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
22 ( 14 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
23 ( 24 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
24 ( 16 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
25 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
26 ( 32 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
27 ( 22 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
28 ( 28 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
29 ( 18 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
30 ( 19 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations

31 ( 27 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
32 ( 26 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
33 ( 21 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
34 ( 44 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
35 ( 39 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
36 ( 45 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
37 ( 70 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
38 ( 53 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
39 ( 48 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
40 ( 52 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes

41 ( 51 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
42 ( 41 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
43 ( 37 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
44 ( 38 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
45 ( 29 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
46 ( 55 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
47 ( 30 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
48 ( 33 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
49 ( 42 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
50 ( 58 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra

51 ( 64 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
52 ( 36 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
53 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
54 ( 46 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 47 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
56 ( NEW ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
57 ( NEW ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
58 ( 63 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
59 ( 50 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
60 ( 65 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move

61 ( 49 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
62 ( 56 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
63 ( 67 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
64 ( 69 ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours
65 ( 54 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
66 ( 43 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
67 ( 40 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
68 ( 72 ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
69 ( NEW ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Carla Thomas
70 ( 73 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes

71 ( 61 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
72 ( 62 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
73 ( NEW ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
74 ( 75 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
75 ( NEW ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

 

14th April 1967

The Monkees back on top for a second week with a Neil Diamond song, as Lulu enters the top 10 with a Neil Diamond song, and Neil Diamond keeps one for himself inside the top 20. There’s a couple of Burt Bacharach’s in the chart too, led by Dionne Warwick at 5. Highest new entry the fab (Young) Rascals track Groovin’ at 11, just ahead of the fab Gladys Knight track at 15 – saw her do it concert last year, terrific show.

Tim Hardin’s original of If I Were A Carpenter shoots up to 22, leapfrogging Bobby Darin (who would have a hit with it) and heading towards The Four Tops (who would have a hit with it), but the original is just lovely. A fair amount of Northern Soul and plain ol Soul in the top 40, plus Little Anthony doing a great Four Seasons impression right next to…The Four Seasons.

The Marvelettes are back again with their greatest record, When You’re Young And In Love, later to be attacked by The Flying Pickets without actually destroying it, while a nice bit of movie theme reggae and 60’s garage punk pop in at the lower end.

1 ( 3 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
3 ( 1 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 10 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
6 ( 16 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
7 ( 7 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
9 ( 5 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
10 ( 6 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees

11 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
12 ( 13 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
13 ( 11 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
16 ( 17 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
17 ( 18 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
18 ( 19 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
19 ( 20 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
20 ( 8 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann

21 ( 15 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
22 ( 57 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
23 ( 12 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
24 ( 28 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
25 ( 21 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
26 ( 26 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
27 ( 22 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
28 ( 37 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
29 ( 29 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
30 ( 35 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls

31 ( 31 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
32 ( 38 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
33 ( 23 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
34 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
35 ( 27 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
36 ( 24 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
37 ( 51 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
38 ( 58 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
39 ( 41 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
40 ( 46 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd

41 ( 34 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
42 ( 32 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
43 ( 30 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
44 ( 36 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
45 ( 42 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
46 ( 33 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
47 ( 56 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
48 ( 50 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
49 ( 73 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
50 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane

51 ( 40 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
52 ( 39 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
53 ( 68 ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
54 ( 44 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
55 ( 43 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
56 ( 60 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
57 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
58 ( 49 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
59 ( 45 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
60 ( 64 ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours

61 ( 47 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
62 ( 63 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
63 ( 54 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
64 ( 55 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
65 ( 70 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
66 ( 62 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
67 ( 59 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
68 ( 69 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Carla Thomas
69 ( 74 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
70 ( 48 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan

71 ( 75 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
72 ( NEW ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
73 ( 61 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
74 ( 52 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
75 ( NEW ) GUNS OF NAVARONE The Skatalites

 

21st April 1967

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Monkees, for a total of 7 weeks on top in 1967 (3 singles), the only significant moves at the top end from The Rascals and Gladys Knight, one a big hit in the real world, the other one mysteriously not – it was pretty well known by me in my teens! The Five Stairsteps – talk about obscure – are up to 15 with a goodie sounding very Northern Soul-ish, and Cat Stevens does an about face and hits the 20. I bet he couldn’t get away with singing that track these days under his current name without people madly rushing screaming into the streets in hysterical panic. It’s fine if you’re white Christian, though.

The goddess Laura Nyro makes it 3 in the 40, such a fab songwriter, as The Trems cover The Four Seasons and replace themselves in the chart and leapfrog Frankie Valli and co. The Bee Gees haunting second chart entry enters inside the 30, and The Mamas & The Papas grab a second inside the 40 with that hit single that told the band’s actual autobiographical journey in lyric. Outside the 40 there’s an invasion of familiar pop names of the 60’s, not least a chart debut for David Bowie. The Laughing Gnome charted for me in 1973 – OK it wasn’t Life On Mars, but it was very Junior Choice and I still loved that show in 1973 when Bowie ruled all. Eurovision runner-upper Vicky Leandros enters with Love Is Blue (The Paul Mauriat version was the one for me, I learnt to play it on the melodica at the time), but she had a win 5 years in the future to look forward to. The 1967 contest was the first I was allowed to stay up for, and I loved Sandie.

Lastly, Ellie Greenwich pops in with a future minor hit for Billie Davis (the better copycat version) – Ellie of course was a major hit songwriter of the 60’s alongside male partners like Jeff Barry, and competing alongside Carole King her friend as part of the Brill Building team not to mention Neil “wrote everything in the 1967 chart” Diamond, and Boyce & Hart who along with Diamond & King wrote for the Monkees, and also featured as songwriter….Laura Nyro, frequent songwriter for The Fifth Dimension who enter lower down. Small pop world!

1 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 5 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
5 ( 6 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
6 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 11 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
8 ( 15 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
9 ( 7 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
10 ( 8 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu

11 ( 18 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
12 ( 22 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
13 ( 9 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
14 ( 10 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
15 ( 28 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
16 ( 13 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
17 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
18 ( 12 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
19 ( 14 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
20 ( 26 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro

21 ( 17 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
22 ( 37 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
23 ( 16 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
24 ( NEW ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
25 ( 38 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
26 ( NEW ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
27 ( 30 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
28 ( 25 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
29 ( 21 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
30 ( 19 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw

31 ( 20 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
32 ( 32 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
33 ( 27 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
34 ( NEW ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 39 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
36 ( 31 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
37 ( 40 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
38 ( 23 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
39 ( 49 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
40 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes

41 ( 24 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
42 ( 35 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
43 ( 47 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
44 ( 29 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
45 ( 36 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
46 ( 50 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
47 ( 48 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 45 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
49 ( 42 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
50 ( 56 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move

51 ( 43 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
52 ( 33 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
53 ( 72 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
54 ( NEW ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
55 ( 46 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
56 ( 71 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
57 ( NEW ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
58 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
59 ( 69 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
60 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED The Temptations

61 ( NEW ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
62 ( 44 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
63 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
64 ( NEW ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
65 ( NEW ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
67 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
68 ( 41 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
69 ( NEW ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
70 ( 51 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes

71 ( NEW ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
72 ( 66 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
73 ( NEW ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
74 ( NEW ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
75 ( NEW ) GOT TO HAVE YOU BACK The Isley Brothers

28th April 1967

Moving back up on top in a quiet week for classic new entries, it’s a 4th week on top for The Mamas & The Papas, undisputably my fave record at the time for 1967, give or take a Matthew And Son or Daydream Believer. The Rascals are up to 3, PP Arnold enters at 11, cos if there’s a lack of Cat Stevens songs in the chart – actually there isn’t! Nor is there a lack of Neil Diamond songs – but The Boat That I Row goes up to 8 for Lulu while Neil’s own version pops in lower down.

The Turtles 2nd hit enters with a bang at 13, and a very obscure fab instrumental (new to me, and very early 60’s in mood) makes 20 for Davie Allan (who? No idea!). Eric Burdon and Aretha Franklin get nice climbs into the 40, and a Beach Boys cover of a Phil Spector hit oldie is in at 39. That leaves childhood acts I liked to enter: Gary Lewis, now nearing the end of a long run of good pop hits, and Roger Miller, who still had a few more to come.

1 ( 6 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 7 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
4 ( 8 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
5 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
6 ( 3 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 4 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
8 ( 10 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
9 ( 5 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
10 ( 11 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

11 ( NEW ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
12 ( 9 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
13 ( NEW ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
14 ( 24 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
15 ( 12 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
16 ( 14 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
17 ( 20 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
18 ( 16 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
19 ( 13 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( 22 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows

21 ( 26 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
22 ( 15 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
23 ( 25 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
24 ( 18 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
25 ( 34 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 32 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
27 ( 19 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
28 ( 21 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
29 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
30 ( 39 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro

31 ( 28 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
32 ( 54 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
33 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
34 ( 43 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
35 ( 23 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
36 ( 29 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
37 ( 33 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
38 ( 36 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
39 ( NEW ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
40 ( 71 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin

41 ( 27 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
42 ( 35 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
43 ( 31 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
44 ( 61 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
45 ( 30 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
46 ( 53 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
47 ( 42 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
48 ( 44 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
49 ( 38 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
50 ( 58 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich

51 ( 63 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
52 ( 56 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
53 ( 48 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
54 ( 66 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
55 ( 37 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
56 ( 45 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
57 ( 57 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
58 ( 60 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
59 ( 69 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
60 ( 49 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles

61 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
62 ( 50 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
63 ( 64 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
64 ( NEW ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
65 ( 65 ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie
66 ( 47 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
67 ( 67 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
68 ( 59 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
69 ( 51 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
70 ( 55 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith

71 ( 73 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
72 ( NEW ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys
73 ( 62 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
74 ( 74 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
75 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ IN THE SUNSHINE Roger Miller

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My March 1967 Retro charts

 

3rd March 1967

The Mamas & The Papas get what would have been their 3rd chart-topper (if I’d done 1965/66 charts) with the fab oldie, done harmony-oldie style, and holding off the Fabs at 2 and 3. Highest new entry is the track that got reissued in the Uk in 1972, at which point I bought the record with my pocket money and it topped my chart: Bernadette is epic. The other high new entry is one my dad bought in a batch of singles he got from somewhere in 1967/8: they all had “Not For Sale” printed on the label, so it must have been from an RAF mate who knew a DJ or something: My Friend Jack by The Smoke. I liked it but didn’t love it at the time, but it’s grown into love with the years. I have to comment at how low records are peaking in these charts compared to how I always envisaged they would peak in my personal charts of the time. Just shows what happens when there are so many great records about. At least most of those I loved at the time have recharted over the years in higher positions! Frinstance 2,3,4,10,15,18 & 19 have all made the UK charts in later years (just out of the top 20) while 7,9,16 have also made my personal charts along with all the aforementioned.

1 ( 2 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
3 ( 5 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
5 ( 4 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
6 ( 11 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 7 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
8 ( 8 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
9 ( 6 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
10 ( 17 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas

11 ( 9 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 12 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
13 ( 18 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
14 ( 10 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
15 ( NEW ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
16 ( 16 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
17 ( 20 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
18 ( 13 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
19 ( 22 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
20 ( 14 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas

21 ( 15 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
22 ( 24 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
23 ( NEW ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
24 ( 19 ) SHE The Monkees
25 ( 21 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
26 ( 29 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
27 ( 25 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
28 ( 32 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
29 ( 27 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
30 ( 26 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones

31 ( 23 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
32 ( 28 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
33 ( 30 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
34 ( 35 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
35 ( 36 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
36 ( 49 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
37 ( 33 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
38 ( 34 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
39 ( 31 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
40 ( 47 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes

41 ( 40 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( 44 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
43 ( 37 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
44 ( 52 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
45 ( 64 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
46 ( 42 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
47 ( 63 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
48 ( 39 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
49 ( 41 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
50 ( 55 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

51 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
52 ( 50 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
53 ( 38 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
54 ( 69 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
55 ( 72 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
56 ( 60 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
57 ( 43 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
58 ( 51 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
59 ( 65 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
60 ( 68 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons

61 ( 57 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
62 ( 56 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
63 ( 74 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
64 ( 46 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
65 ( 54 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
66 ( 66 ) DON’T DO IT Micky Dolenz
67 ( 71 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
68 ( 48 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
69 ( 53 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
70 ( 75 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin

71 ( NEW ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
72 ( NEW ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
73 ( 58 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
74 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME TOUCH ME Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
75 ( NEW ) DARLING BE HOME SOON The Lovin’ Spoonful

 

10th March 1967

The Mamas & The Papas still hold off that Beatles 1-2, and joined by another kiddie fave of mine from Pet Clark at 4. Charlie Chaplin. Still find that hard to believe! The Four Tops get a 3rd Top 10 in a row, and The Walker Brothers go where the classic histrionic original from Lorraine Ellison also would have gone (had I started my Retro charts 2 years earlier). Highest new entry is a 3rd track from Nancy Sinatra at 14 – this time with Dad Frank – joining her duet with Lee Hazelwood and her solo Sugartown. Adore Nancy.

Harpers Bizarre’s Simon & Garfunkel cover is joined by the duo themselves At The Zoo, Sandie Shaw’s famous Eurovision winner is in as her ballad drops. It was great fun, was Puppet On A String, and I was allowed to stay up and watch it on TV. Hooray! Love Sandie, though I tend to agree with her these days about the track, but loved it age 9. A big jump for Peaches & Herb, annoyingly they had to wait for a substitute Peaches to get a UK hit over a decade later.

Paul & Barry Ryan got top 40, just under a year before Barry Ryan topped my chart with a classic. That leaves Jimmy Ruffin returning with another goodie I didn’t know, quite the string of great singles he had for 4 or 5 years! Keith pops in with an Eastern arrangement nicked from Gene Pitney’s fab Mecca, The Artistics get a 2nd entry, Aarron Neville and Lou Reed ditto. I went to see Albert Hammond in concert last year, a good night out with an amazing song catalogue, and I can see the style very evident in the Simon Dupree new entry with his song.

1 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 2 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
5 ( 4 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
6 ( 5 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
7 ( 15 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
8 ( 12 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
9 ( 10 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
10 ( 6 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits

11 ( 13 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
12 ( 9 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
13 ( 8 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
14 ( NEW ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
15 ( 17 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
16 ( 11 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
17 ( 19 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
18 ( 14 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
19 ( 22 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
20 ( 26 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre

21 ( 18 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
22 ( 16 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
23 ( 23 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
24 ( 21 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
25 ( 20 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 55 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
27 ( 34 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
28 ( 28 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
29 ( 24 ) SHE The Monkees
30 ( 35 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies

31 ( 25 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
32 ( 36 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
33 ( 29 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
34 ( 30 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
35 ( 42 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
36 ( 54 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
37 ( 33 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
38 ( 32 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
39 ( 63 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
40 ( 31 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band

41 ( 37 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
42 ( 38 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
43 ( 45 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
44 ( 44 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
45 ( 47 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
46 ( 41 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
47 ( NEW ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
48 ( 43 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
49 ( NEW ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
50 ( 56 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

51 ( 27 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
52 ( 39 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
53 ( 60 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
54 ( 59 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
55 ( 52 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
56 ( 51 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
57 ( 50 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
58 ( 49 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
59 ( 46 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
60 ( NEW ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith

61 ( 71 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
62 ( 40 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
63 ( 70 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
64 ( 61 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
65 ( 67 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
66 ( 72 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
67 ( NEW ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
68 ( 62 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
69 ( 74 ) TOUCH ME TOUCH ME Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
70 ( NEW ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville

71 ( 48 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
72 ( NEW ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
73 ( NEW ) I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN The Velvet Underground
74 ( NEW ) RESERVATIONS Simon Dupree And The Big Sound
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES The Dave Clark 5

 

17th March 1967

A 3rd week on top for my fave record of 1967 at the time – that’s bad news for ones I loved (and topped my chart in the 70’s) from numbers 2 through 6! There are so many classics under-performing, and so many decent tracks that are being excluded from the chart there are just so many great oldies. The highest-placed newie to me is Brenda & The Tabulations, gorgeous record.

As if there weren’t enough Monkees tracks, 2 more enter the TV show fave The Girl I Knew Somewhere, written by Mike Nesmith (as many of their great records were) in at 23, and in at 2 and written by Neil Diamond, the brilliant A Little Bit Me… while Goffin & King, writers of some of their hits and tracks enter at 64 with an obscure goodie from Lenny Welch. A huge 1972 hit for me is in at 28, Hi Ho Silver Lining – Jeff Beck features in my current chart with Imelda May, so 50 years and still good! Lou Reed pops in with his classic Venus In Furs at 30, Andy Williams with his Bob Crewe cover (and a later 90’s hit), Lou Rawls has a social conscience soul track and Little Anthony & The Imperials are in with a track that sounds nothing like their doo wop years, this is pyschedelic soul if it’s anything! Finally two hippie classics are shoved down to 74 and 75, just because of the competition…

1 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 2 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
6 ( 14 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 11 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
8 ( 9 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
9 ( 6 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
10 ( 15 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

11 ( 17 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
12 ( 5 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
13 ( 4 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
14 ( 19 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
15 ( 10 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
16 ( 27 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
17 ( 12 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
18 ( 8 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
19 ( 13 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
20 ( 23 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke

21 ( 26 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
22 ( 16 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
23 ( NEW ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
24 ( 18 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
25 ( 21 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
26 ( 60 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
27 ( 28 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
28 ( NEW ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
29 ( 36 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
30 ( NEW ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico

31 ( 25 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 24 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
33 ( 20 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
34 ( 49 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
35 ( 47 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
36 ( 31 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
37 ( 67 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
38 ( 22 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
39 ( 39 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
40 ( 65 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes

41 ( 33 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
42 ( 37 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
43 ( 29 ) SHE The Monkees
44 ( 53 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
45 ( 34 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
46 ( 41 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
47 ( NEW ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
48 ( 32 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
49 ( 38 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
50 ( 30 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies

51 ( 42 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
52 ( 46 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 48 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
54 ( 63 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
55 ( 43 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
56 ( 40 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
57 ( 44 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
58 ( 45 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
59 ( 61 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
60 ( 66 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick

61 ( 55 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
62 ( 35 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
63 ( 50 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
64 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT TO CRY Lenny Welch
65 ( 70 ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville
66 ( NEW ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
67 ( 52 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
68 ( 64 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
69 ( NEW ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
70 ( NEW ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb

71 ( NEW ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
72 ( 72 ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
73 ( 56 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
74 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
75 ( NEW ) PURPLE HAZE The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

24th March 1967

In which The Monkees do an Ed Sheeran and continue to dominate my charts – as they would have in 1967 in a hypothetical teen-streaming world. Neil Diamond’s Davy Jones-vocal delight is on top, as Mike Nesmith’s song with Micky Dolenz vocals shoots up to 7. Jeff beck hit my top 3 in 1972 with Hi Ho, so no surprise it shoots up into the 20, and ditto the Four Tops which topped my chart in 1972 at 3. A new one to me is up to 20 for The artistics, and also the Paul & Barry Ryan goodie at 19.

A 3rd Neil Diamond song is the highest new entry at 24, for the man himself – the song had to wait till the 90’s to chart in the UK, which was ridiculous. A huge leap for Little Anthony & The Imperials, not entirely unlike a great late-60’s Four Seasons song, while Cat Stevens also gets a 3rd song on the listing with I’m Gonna Get Me A Gun – it’s a great record, if an awkward title these days. An old Manfred fave is in at 42, a Supremes biggie that I never took to quite as much as their other hits (it clearly wasn’t Holland-Dozier-Holland quality, more MOR than soul) Happening at 53, and The Raelettes (Ray Charles backing group) sneak in lower – the number of singers that passed through the band is amazing, and includes Merry “Rolling Stones” Clayton, Minnie “Loving You” Ripperton and Marilyn “Fifth Dimension” McCoo.

Talking of female soul greats, Patti LaBelle is in 8 years ahead of Lady Marmalade, while William Bell drops in 2 years ahead of a Private Number, legendary Pink Floyd chart Arnold Layne and start the road to immortality in a modest psychedelic pop fashion, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band pop in 2 years ahead of their memorable Can O’ Beans in “Paint Your Wagon” and topping my chart in 1975 with All I Have To Do Is Dream. The country legends are still at it, as far as I know, and did a concert 8 years ago with Alison Krauss, who is currently back in my singles 2017 charts. I enjoy a good link/advert.

1 ( 2 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
3 ( 5 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
4 ( 4 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 23 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
9 ( 11 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
10 ( 10 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

11 ( 9 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
12 ( 12 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
13 ( 7 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
14 ( 14 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
15 ( 28 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
16 ( 20 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
17 ( 21 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
18 ( 15 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
19 ( 29 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
20 ( 37 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics

21 ( 17 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
22 ( 19 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
23 ( 16 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
24 ( NEW ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
25 ( 30 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
26 ( 26 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
27 ( 13 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
28 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
29 ( 35 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
30 ( 34 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin

31 ( 22 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
32 ( 25 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
33 ( 69 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
34 ( 47 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
35 ( 24 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
36 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
37 ( 33 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
38 ( 40 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
39 ( 31 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 32 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes

41 ( 27 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
42 ( NEW ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
43 ( 66 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
44 ( 36 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
45 ( 39 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
46 ( 70 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
47 ( 42 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
48 ( 60 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
49 ( 43 ) SHE The Monkees
50 ( 38 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan

51 ( 41 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
52 ( 46 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
53 ( NEW ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
54 ( 59 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
55 ( 45 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
56 ( 52 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
57 ( 49 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
58 ( 54 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
59 ( 51 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
60 ( 53 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees

61 ( 71 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 44 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
63 ( 65 ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville
64 ( 61 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
65 ( NEW ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
66 ( 56 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
67 ( 72 ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
68 ( 74 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
69 ( NEW ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
70 ( NEW ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps

71 ( NEW ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
72 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY LOVES A WINNER William Bell
73 ( NEW ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
74 ( 68 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
75 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles

 

31st March 1967

The Four Tops knock The Monkees off the top after one week, and five years ahead of grabbing the top spot in my actual official chart in 1972, with the stunning Bernadette. Talk about angst! Manfred get a high climber, I did love them so at the time, and Andy is one I discovered properly in the 90’s when it topped my chart, here up to 12 and outdoing the Bob Crewe original. Bob Crewe was producer/co-writer of The Four Seasons, who are up to 6 with the classic Madcon, I mean Beggin’! Oops.

In at 13 it’s Dionne Warwick leapfrogging herself at 40, and also her sister Dee Dee in at 72. It’s a Cilla Bacharach-David classic movie theme that was a turnaround. Dionne got pipped to the post by Cilla on her Bacharach-David cover of her original Anyone Who had A Heart, so it was her turn – and a great version too, almost as good as Cilla’s. In at 23 it’s Laura Nyro’s 3rd single from the utter classic album The First Songs released in January (the previous singles A and B sides would have made my charts in 1966 if I’d been doing them, and early 1967, if I’d spotted them missing!). Flim Flam Man is as good as any on the album, bar Stoney End and Wedding Bell Blues (later both covered) as was And When I Die (in at 32 as the B side), only Blood Sweat And Tears version isn’t as good as Laura’s, where The Fifth Dimension and Barbara Streisand were just as good if not better. Anbother album track next week to chart…

Some fab Northern Soul from Brenda Holloway and Chris Clarke, a huge climb for the folky fab Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a cover of a Tim Hardin song fro Bobby Darin brings him a cool new entry. Another movie theme, James Bond, for Herb Alpert pops in with his brass as ever present, and The Doors grab the bottom spot contuing a trend where I under-appreciate classic rock tracks (Purple haze popped in and out at 75 t’other week) – I mean I like ’em, I just like others more. Oops!

1 ( 3 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
2 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 6 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 2 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 4 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
6 ( 9 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
7 ( 7 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
8 ( 5 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
9 ( 15 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
10 ( 8 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas

11 ( 42 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
12 ( 34 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
13 ( NEW ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
14 ( 11 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
15 ( 12 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
16 ( 10 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
17 ( 25 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
18 ( 20 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
19 ( 13 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
20 ( 24 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond

21 ( 14 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
22 ( 18 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
23 ( NEW ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
24 ( 26 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
25 ( 29 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
26 ( 22 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
27 ( 21 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
28 ( 33 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
29 ( 16 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
30 ( 17 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb

31 ( 36 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
32 ( NEW ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
33 ( 19 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
34 ( NEW ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
35 ( 71 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
36 ( 23 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
37 ( 27 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
38 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
39 ( 43 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
40 ( 48 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick

41 ( 32 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
42 ( 31 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
43 ( 30 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
44 ( NEW ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
45 ( 46 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
46 ( 35 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
47 ( 37 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
48 ( 54 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
49 ( 39 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
50 ( 40 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes

51 ( 53 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
52 ( 65 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
53 ( NEW ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
54 ( 44 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
55 ( 69 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
56 ( 47 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
57 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
58 ( 61 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
59 ( 68 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
60 ( 38 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes

61 ( 52 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
62 ( 56 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
63 ( NEW ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
64 ( NEW ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
65 ( NEW ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
66 ( 60 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
67 ( 75 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
68 ( 51 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
69 ( NEW ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours
70 ( 70 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps

71 ( 50 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
72 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
73 ( 73 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
74 ( 59 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 – my quips!

Kyiv, or Kiev, amusing, well-presented show, and a good final after one semi looked a bit weak. Here were my thoughts on the final on the night..

 

1.  Israel | IMRI | I feel alive: 

No longer behind others, he now has his muscles upfront. Imri has a lot going for him – mostly above the waist it has to be said. Great production and commitment to this one, but the song’s not that special.

2.  Poland | Kasia Moś |Flashlight: 

Blondes in white gowns always a Eurovision speciality and she has a nice pair. Of lungs. She’s much better than the awful lyrics. Songs which rhyme “fire” with “higher” are ALWAYS “dire”. Modern cliche. Plodding and obv top marks from the UK.

3.  Belarus | Naviband | Story of my life: 

HAI! HAI! Jolly hippie folk, bonus marks for not singing in English. Dressed in white, happy, clappy, smiley, it’s just a bit annoying. Not awful, just annoying.

4.  Austria | Nathan Trent |Running on air: 

I can imagine Ed Sheeran destrying this song. Nathan’s quite cute, and has opted for the safe white-coloured outfit, and is likeable in an off-key sort of way.

5.  Armenia | Artsvik | Fly with me: 

Fond of rings I see. Precious! Sultry and moody, not a million miles away from Madonna’s Frozen, albeit more ethnic. Good singer, good song, and a drum n bass crescendo finale, the early song to beat in terms of quality. Excellent.

6.  Netherlands | O’G3NE | Lights and shadows: 

It’s the Beverley Sisters! (google them) OK, more buxom, and without the harmony abilities. The vaguely country-tinged feel won’t hurt it’s chances but it’s a bit MOR for me. Not bad as such, just a bit forced.

7.  Moldova | SunStroke Project |Hey mamma: 

genuinely fun, lively, catchy. Love the sax hooks and eurodance rhythms. Sounds like a chart hit circa 2015/16 which is pretty good for ESC. 3 Brides For 3 Brothers finale – 3 Bridegrooms for 3 Brothers would have been funnier. Fab!

8.  Hungary | Joci Pápai |Origo: 

Men with tight buns need attacking with scissors. At least those with tight hair buns do. I like the Adam Ant outfit, and ethnic sounds, but his voice is dull, the rap bits are better. Average.

9.  Italy | Francesco Gabbani |Occidentali’s karma: 

pre-contest fave, which I didn’t quite get. The gorilla-ist suit almost certainly lost votes, but Italians always have cool appeal, even when being upbeat like this. Good singer, good song, good performance and a real contender. One of the best entries.

10.  Denmark | Anja | Where I am: 

I’m off to Denmark in June and I hope to meet blonde Aussies myself. She’s like a taller, less Scouse, Sonia. She has a couple of good points that may appeal to some, though the song is OK the delivery is a tad off-key here and there.

11.  Portugal | Salvador Sobral |Amar pelos dois: 

Salvador, with medical problems, sings with gentle emotion and conviction, classy and understated, his sister’s song very La La Land or Randy Newman-ish and a sweet breath of fresh air to the contest. My immediate fave on one viewing, it was a total marmite song, the younger folks online loathing it. I loved it. Totally deserves to win, for him and for Portugal at long last.

12.  Azerbaijan | Dihaj |Skeletons: 

quite unexpectedly daring and adventurous for such an oil-rich dodgy-on-rights country. Bizarre! I like the darkness of the song and simplicity of the setting. The melody is low-key, and the horse head is distracting, but generally a good ‘un.

13.  Croatia | Jacques Houdek | My friend: 

Popopera schizophrenia, and a BIG vocal performance. Hideous outfit and novelty attempts ruin what is actually 2 very different, very decent versions of the same song. Either version would have been fine, and he has the vocal ability to carry it, but together it’s just a gimmicky mess.

14.  Australia | Isaiah | Don’t come easy: 

The only main singer who can claim to be “diverse” ethically isn’t actually from Europe. So much for the theme! Only 17, and a bit nervous in the semi, I was glad to see him through as he’s a good singer and the song is pretty good too. I think the obligatory “golden shower” in the background at a song climax is best-avoided for 17-year-olds though! Good effort!

15.  Greece | Demy | This is love: 

Something for everyone here, as Graham comments, there’s the beautiful girl dressed in white (natch) and 2 semi-naked muscle-bound dancers gyrating in paddling pool water. And who hasn’t done that! No? Just me then. A jolly dance number which could have done well in the right year. Judging by the production, the right year being 2008.

16.  Spain | Manel Navarro | Do it for your lover: 

“Mon-El” says Graham (UK presenter) of the lead singer as I miss-hear him. Sorry, MY Mon-El (see Supergirl TV show) is in a different league, and this one has no super-powers. Actually he’s trying engagingly hard to be cool surfer ballad-dude Jack Johnson about 10 years on, only not as tuneful, or as good a singer. Pity, as I want to like it more than I do.

17.  Norway | JOWST | Grab the moment: 

Graham not fond. He’s clearly lost the plot! One of the top 2 in semi 2, and a very “current” sound to it, the melody structure is very current (under-stated good but not in-yer-face hooks) – I suspect it will underperform in the popular vote, sadly.

18.  United Kingdom | Lucie Jones| Never give up on you: 

For an Ex-X-Factor she’s a very good singer and performer. Writer Emmelie must have not made the finals in Denmark so I assume she went to the BBC who are desperate to get a “name” songwriter these days. I’ve heard it many times, and it’s still forgettable, a rent-a-ballad-eurosong. About as playing-it-safe as you get…

19.  Cyprus | Hovig |Gravity: 

Rag’n’bone Man clone, (you older folk refer to google, he’s huge) this is a great-sounding song that would fit into the 2017 music scene well. Hovig also sings it very well, gives a great performance, and looks pretty easy on the eye. Compare this to the blandness of the UK entries year after year and don’t wonder why the UK flops.

20.  România | Ilinca featuring Alex Florea | Yodel it!: 

Frank Ifield must be so happy, he can make a yodelling comeback! (youngsters refer to google, he was huge). It’s not a patch on The Lonely Goatherder. Where’s a singing nun when you want one! They look great, make a lovely pair, and he’s not bad either. She can belt it out, he can rap, but y’know, yodelling? No excuse! Not forgiven!

21.  Germany | Levina | Perfect life: 

Everyone’s lying on the floor these days! Loic Nottet did it best (Belgium goodie of last year or 2). Someone’s ripped her sleeves off! How rude! It’s OK. Decent. Not bad – not great. Chunders along nicely down the middle with an unremarkable vocal.

22.  Ukraine| O.Torvald | Time: 

Making very sure they don’t have to fork out for the contest next year. Unremarkable rock. Nice production actually, the band are good, but the song is nothing to write home about. Unless you’re writing to Vladimir so he can have a laugh….

23.  Belgium | Blanche | City lights: 

Very Lorde, very now, takes a couple of listens to register properly, especially with her 17-year-old nerves, but it’s really good as a pop record. Credible and typically-understated melody as kids so love in these disruptive times.

24.  Sweden | Robin Bengtsson | I can’t go on: 

Funktastic, the Swedish hitmaking pop scene continues to prosper worldwide, and they never fail to use ESC as an opportunity to show off their songwriting and production talents. Totally the opposite of the UK. Very Bruno Mars/Justin Timberlake styled, polished performance, this would fit nicely into music charts worldwide.

25.  Bulgaria | Kristian Kostov |Beautiful mess: 

He’s very self-assured for a teeny 17-year-old, a great vocal on a good pop ballad, he even manages to rise above his “fashion tips from will.i.am” sleeveless outfit. I’d have a word with the tailor..

26.  France | Alma |Requiem: 

ooh, French just sounds so classy in song, and the 60’s miniskirt dress is a welcome change from the evening gowns in white. Spinning Tardis’ on stage. What is the plural of Tardis? Tardises? Tardisii? Not as good as it could have been and everyone will be making a cuppa by now anyway.

Who do you want to win, and why? 

Portugal, it’s the best song, the best vocal performance, the most emotion, and Portugal have waited long enough for the win – we (the UK) moan about not winning (for 20 years now) year after year, and they go for 53 without a whinge!

Who do you think will win, and why?

Portugal. It’s one of those “Oh my word!” moments on first viewing, either OMG I love it, or OMG I hate it. Those that love it will REALLY love it.