My September 1970 Charts

1st September 1970

1 year to the day since leaving for Singapore and Desmond Dekker tops my chart for a second week – when I left it was It Mek that I was just getting in to before cruelly not being able to hear it for another few years! This one though got some radio airplay. 2 new entries, Canadians The Poppy Family became better known as Terry Jacks – well, one of them did anyway. Bobby Bloom pops in with another Caribbean-flavoured song for 1970, following Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 9 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
9 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 11 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board

11 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 17 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
16 ( 14 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
17 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
18 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
19 ( 16 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
20 ( 19 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

8th September 1970

3 weeks on top for Desmond, 3 weeks at 2 for Hot Chocolate, 4 weeks at 3 for Bread… not much happening!

The Poppy Family leap into the top 5, and Bobby Bloom to 7, but the big news is THREE new entries, whooo! At 12, Jimmy Cliff’s lovely Cat Stevens cover is in, It’s A, It’s A, It’s A Wild World as Jonathan King covered it post-Pet Shop Boys not-guilty but not entirely dissimilar It’s A Sin. Holland-Dozier-Holland, ex-Motown Masterminds of brilliance (or Tamla Motown as we called the label in the UK in those days, let’s be accurate about it) set up their new label/production company Invictus – Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne were on it – cue the sheer brilliant Band Of Gold, a heart-rending tale of a newly-wed who’s husband isn’t up to the job on the wedding night, or thereafter. Gotta feel for her, what a rat! That leaves Three Dog Night, back with a Randy Newman cover. Like all their covers it’s not as good as the original. Or any other cover, though it’s a close call in this case with the Tom Jones and Stereophonics 90’s hit cover.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 15 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 8 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
7 ( 17 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
8 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
10 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies

11 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 14 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
15 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
16 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
17 ( 16 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
18 ( 20 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 18 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night

15th September 1970

There’s some actual chart movement as the Tremeloes enter at 1 with the fab stomping guitar-riffed Me And My Life, their only chart-topper, though I’d known the band for years – ironically this was pretty much their last fling as far as big hits were concerned, though they had further chart hits with me for another 4 years. Jimmy Cliff climbs to 6, his biggest hit here, and Diana Ross not only covers Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell’s song, she turns it into a monster dramatic ballad and gets her second solo hit. It’s an epic version that sets the template for the next 2 years of fab singles, and another 4 years of lesser singles before an abrupt change was called for.

2 metal classics enter at 15 and 20, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, both of them to chart again in 1980. Paranoid is the best of the two, and Deep Purple aren’t technically debuting as in my “retro” charts of 1967 and 1968 (ie ones I’m doing now to comprehensively survey the weekly music scenes of that era) they more or less charted as Episode Six (with Morning Dew) and also with a cover of Joe South’s Hush, a bigger hit for Kula Shaker into the future.

1 ( NEW ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
7 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
8 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
9 ( 10 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
13 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
14 ( 9 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
15 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
16 ( 7 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( 14 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 16 ) LOLA The Kinks
19 ( 13 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple

Life then…
A week or so into yet again playing the “new boy” at yet another school, this time RAF Changi Grammar, with my new brown leather school bag for all the extra books and work I had to do (much more homework at this school, so I had to up my game to do well, rather than just comfortably coast). I was in the second year, and fellow RAF Seletar transferee Stephen Mears joined at the same time, the two new boys in Mr Chapman’s form. My best friend at Seletar (Stephen Game) was sporty, so that the was the gang I hung in, new friend Stephen was more into chess – so that was the gang I hung in here. Suited me, as apart from running, rounders, volleyball, swimming, team games really didn’t agree with me, rugby and cricket in particular. Another new mate called Stephen (bit of a trend here!) who I knew from 2 terms at Seletar was also here, he was taller and a bit clumsy, not at all sporty, and also into chess and Snagglepuss impressions – so that was it really, I was in with what they called “the swots” in those days, rather than “one of the boys”. To be fair, though, there was very little bullying going on in either RAF school, which completely left me blissfully unaware of the reality of the average British non-forces Secondary Schools. Frankly one of the teachers was more scary…but that’s another tale.

22nd September 1970

2 weeks on top for The Trems, as The Carpenters debut at with the Bacharach/David gem Close To You. Just. Gorgeous. Karen’s angelic voice just fit into Singapore culture and radio beautifully, being as it was regarded as “Easy Listening” as they called it in those days. Class, I call it. Ditto Simon & Garfunkel having the fourth top 10 off possibly the greatest album of all-time, which my neighbours had, and had loaned to dad to record the top tracks, including this definitive version – note not the UK hit version by Julie Felix. Freda Payne goes top 10, as I hadn’t actually rated it as highly as I do now.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
4 ( 8 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
9 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne

11 ( 15 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
12 ( 7 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
13 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
15 ( 13 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 20 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
17 ( 17 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 14 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( 16 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
20 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams

Back at RAF Changi, it was getting to know the teachers and schoolmates, like outgoing and assertive Lee Kleinhans, a kid from South Africa, my best friend next-door was also there, in the first year, along with his older sister a couple of years up from me. Short Gary was likeable – the same couldn’t be said for the fearsome Mr Mynett, the Physics teacher, who put the fear of God into kids with his OTT Sgt-Major-styled methods – short and sharp in appearance and nature. Mr. Magnet we called him. Put me off Physics pretty much. I preferred the nice Biology teacher lady, though I am still waiting for an answer to a question I asked (I never asked questions in class) when she said all fruits had seeds and I asked about bananas. “I’ll tell you later” she said, and never did.

Kids remember these things!

29th September 1970

3 weeks on top for The Trems, rather amazingly their only chart-topper in my charts, even in my retrospective charts (I’ve started from January 1967 charting songs new to me and old to me, comprehensively top 50’s – and they don’t come close even though I loved them as a kid). The Carpenters are up to 2, and Simon & Garfunkel at 3 with the track covered by Julie Felix, and highest new entry is at 6 – The Archies are back with a minor US hit, and a track I adored at the time (taping it off their TV show) the joyous bubblegum of Sunshine, which deserves to be better known – or rather known at all. Written by Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom, that’ll be Sugar Sugar and the chap at number 16 with the also-tropical-sounding Montego Bay.

Black Sabbath are a bit Paranoid at being leap-frogged by a cartoon band, but then they DID have their own cartoon character in Ozzy…. In at 17, the soul-funk powerful social commentary of The Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion, Chicago pop back in at 19, and in at 20 one of my recent raves Our World. Blue Mink were fab, but tend to be under-appreciated, quite unfairly as they had a variety of singles, all great quality – this track was written by Herbie Flowers, later of “Grandad” success and Walk On The Wild Side bassline fame, and Kenny Pickett. Madeline Bell did the original version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, pre-Diana Ross & Co, which has made my retro 1968 charts – see my wordpress popchartfreak account for those shortly.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
3 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies
7 ( 11 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
8 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
9 ( 6 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
10 ( 7 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
12 ( 13 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
13 ( 12 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
14 ( 16 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
15 ( 15 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( RE ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) OUR WORLD Blue Mink

My August 1970 Charts

4th August 1970

3 weeks for Cliff on top, and Elvis is on his heels at 2, how appropriate since Cliff modeled himself on early Elvis! Marmalade go for a 4th top 5, a melancholy Rainbow, and The Archies get a 5th Top 10 with a record that still has never been officially released in either the UK or the USA. Smokey Robinson gets a top ten song about tears, no not The Tracks Of My, this time it’s the equally classic Of A Clown.

Motown labelmates The Jackson 5, the hottest pop group around, enter at 13 with a third hit The Love You Save, a big improvement on ABC for me. They were the darlings of US variety shows of the time, not least the Ed Sullivan Show, which we had on TV in Singapore, albeit a while later. Look at the clip and marvel at Michael’s precociousness as performer. Fab. The other new record is at 20, Fairweather’s Natural Sinner. I’ve added it in retroactively as I didn’t hear it until 1975 while Andy Fairweather-Low was undergoing a solo career revival, having already had the hit pop group success with Amen Corner, including topping my charts in 1969 with Half As Nice. Not his finest hour, in all honesty.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 12 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
6 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
8 ( 14 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
10 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 6 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
14 ( 17 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
16 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
17 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 20 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
20 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather


Talking of Ed Sullivan. As I’ve said before, in many ways my TV world of the 60’s and early 70’s was much more American than British, and that held true especially in Singapore – there were UK shows but they tended to be the sci-fi shows like Doctor Who and UFO, which was the latest, most exciting. mind-blowing show for me to get hooked on. Gerry Anderson had gone into live action TV, keeping the model-making for the space-age vehicles and flying saucers, as we called them in those days. I loved it. I also loved American variety shows like Ed Sullivan, though he was very, very dull. He also regularly had an awful cute mime mouse on far too often (once was more than enough, never mind 50 times in 8 years) Topo Gigio. If I’ve repeated myself here, apologies, just take it as a warning as it’s still on youtube! Avoid!

11th August 1970

A second number one from The Archies, Love Vibrations was featured on Archie’s Funhouse, an hour-long mix of songs and sketches and short stories, with a supposed live audience of kids. See lower down for more info! On an otherwise still-dull chart, Smokey Robinson goes top 5, Jackson 5 top 10, both Motown, and there are 2 new entries, both songs Tom Jones has recorded. Just as well as his version of I (Who Have Nothing) is in at 16, a terrific dramatic ballad, with The Voice on fine form. Shirley Bassey had the UK 1963 hit version (produced by George Martin) but this was a cover of Ben E. King’s US original English-language version of an Italian hit 1961 song by Joe Sentieri.

At 20, is another cover by Three Dog Night, this time Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, typically lyrically quirky and interesting and 2 or 3 decades before he became a big-deal movie composer for Pixar and others. I’d prefer to hear Randy, but this passed the time till Tom Jones covered it for his Reloaded album with Stereophonics.
1 ( 7 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
2 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
5 ( 8 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
8 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
10 ( 13 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5

11 ( 9 ) LOLA The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
13 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 16 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 17 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night


Archie’s Funhouse and Love Vibrations: I’ve bought the series DVD in haze of rose-tinted bliss, and it’s excruciating to sit through – except for the songs. I enjoyed the Archie comics, but I loved the cartoon band pop to bits and recorded this direct off the TV at the time, tinny and all from a hand microphone onto my mid-60’s reel-to-reel (well, technically dad’s recorder but my need was greater and I acquired it pretty much so I could record every song I loved from that moment on. That was a LOT of songs and a lot of blank reel-to-reel tapes for me to save up to buy for the next 20 years. I’m obviously biased but I still love this song, written by one Neil Brian Goldberg, a songwriter who never made it but who impacted me and I hope other young kids of the time.

What happened was that music maestro and Archies producer/songwriter Jeff Barry was moving on (he of hit songwriting married couple Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, many a legendary song like Be My Baby, Da Do Ron Ron, Leader Of The Pack, River Deep Mountain High, and of course Sugar Sugar also for the Archies without Ellie). He took on Neil who ignored instructions to dumb down the hit machine and aim for 7-year-olds – instead his subject matter for songs was the world, the environment, civil rights, fairly serious topics for kiddie-pop. I noticed. I also noticed the promo cartoon videos to accompany and the fab tunes still sung by Ron Dante. Only 4 of the dozens of songs ever made it to limited release and none are available to buy to this day, including this one. So this will be the only chart it has ever appeared in. Boo! Hiss! It’s sweet (or twee), ever-so-slightly hippie psychedelic and melodic bubblegum.

18th August 1970

It’s Elvis on top, with his second number one in just over a year, following on from In The Ghetto. The Wonder Of You was originally a 1959 hit for Ray Peterson, but Elvis notched up the drama, now entering his Las Vegas phase and it was essentially Showbiz City from here on. I was still mad on Elvis and it would be another 2 years before the increasingly naff singles caused me to lose my love – in retrospect it all started here, really, give or take, as Parody Elvis killed off Gospel Elvis. These days, The Wonder Of You is nowhere near the top of my list of classic Presley.

Cat Stevens gets to 2, just ahead of a new entry for a new act, Bread. Bread was essentially David Gates, a great songwriter with an angelic sweet vocal, which I loved, but which provoked the same reaction amongst musos as The Carpenters – sweet equals sickly in their eyes, totally unable to appreciate the song quality. Make It With You is gorgeous, and was covered in the 90’s by Let Loose, to reasonable effect.

In at 5, one of my all-time fave bands of the 70’s debut – Hot Chocolate, fresh off The Beatles Apple label, and now with Micky Most’s RAK Records, loved that yacht logo on the vinyl. Errol Brown led the mixed race combo, in itself a statement at that time, and Errol and bandmate Tony Wilson showed they were nifty songwriters pretty much immediately (writing for other acts like Mary Hopkin). The organ and strings riffs of Love Is Life and that shuffling percussive rhythm were irresistible to me, and that soaring melody just fabulous. Still love it to bits.

Also in, at 19, Andy Williams is back with It’s So Easy, my top-rated crooner of the time. Andy was never bad, and I loved that he covered current hits on his show and albums. Just look at him singing this bouncy joyous pop ditty live – effortless and stylish.

1 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 7 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

6 ( 1 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 6 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 5 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

11 ( 10 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
12 ( 9 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 13 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones

16 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
17 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
18 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

Back in Singapore, time for some end-of-holiday musings and summary: the long summer holiday from school was pretty literal there, hot days, comics, music, TV, swimming pool, beach, catching fish for my tank, and yet more comics. I was getting a pretty good set of new Action Comics by this time, as well as back issues of Adventure Comics, all featuring my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes (and Superboy and Superman). I can’t understate how shaky and sweaty I would get when I came across a new issue – the surge of excitement overcame everything else. I had to have them, no matter what. By this time I was off on longer bus journeys, to Katong and Siglap bookstores and roadside kiosks, to Changi Village second-hand bookstores, and to Singapore City plush department stores newsagent sections (with grown-ups, that one, it was just that bit too daunting to go into the city on my own). Just as well I didn’t always tell where I’d been (I used to say Bedok, near where we first lived, and bring back fish from the tropical fish store for the tank as proof). Ah happy days, and I even got friend Dale to accompany me too, eventually – his parents also didn’t know. Given the red-flag bombs left locally aimed at us kids, as I’ve already said, I had to get my priorities right. I knew the risks, took no chances straying from the main bus route and the shops, and I wouldn’t have trusted strangers, but those comics were meant for me, I had to have them! I still have them….

I noticed by now that the comics I brought over from the UK were getting a bit brown and stained round the edges, so hot and humid was it, constantly. I had moth balls in the draw I kept them in, but that didn’t stop it. The expensive new ones needed to be kept as mint as possible in my obsessive eyes. I came up with a solution. Bread rolls. Or rather the bags the rolls came in, labelled with Bakers logos and so on, but otherwise transparent – I washed them out, dried them off for a day or two, and stored my comics in them one in each bag. Then inside a larger bag. It worked – they are still inside the same bags 46 years later, fairly airtight and stacked in my childhood wooden box. Some might call that anal retentive and they’d be right. But my comics are still near mint and worth a bob or two now.

25th August 1970

School hols nearly over, and it’s a reggae new entry at 1 for Desmond Dekker, finally getting the top spot after peaking at with Israelites the previous year. Written by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, You Can Get It If You Really Want was a fab melodic pop groove released on the super-cool reggae label Trojan. Back in 1970, though, Desmond was the big reggae star. Hot Chocolate go up to 2 with the fantastic Love Is Life, and Marmalade hold at 3 with the lovely Rainbow. New at 11, a future Kylie cover, the soulful funk of Chairmen Of The Board, starting their string of hits with one of their great singles, Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lead singer General Johnson had a terrific voice, and the creative team was ex-Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland on their new Invictus record label. Funkier, but still fab.

1 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 5 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 1 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 2 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
10 ( 9 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 11 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
16 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
17 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
18 ( 16 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
19 ( 18 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free


Back in the tropics, what kind of games were popular in our house? I got a fab game called Battling Tops for christmas which dad and his RAF mates also pissed themselves over – it was like an old amphitheatre but curved. Basically you wrapped up to 4 spinning tops in nylon rope, placed them in the 4 starter blocks at 90 degrees around the arena, and pulled hard. They then went mad, spinning towards each other and colliding, and the winner was the one who didn’t get chucked out the arena and who spun the longest.

The grown-ups were big on Canasta, very much a social thing among young married couples, or a ladies-only bit of fun – I still adore card games but they seem to be a thing of the past generally these days. Anyway, I watched avidly behind each grown-up watching how they played till I picked it up, and eventually I got to play too. Yay!

The other big social do, again for couples, but also men’s beer-drinking gatherings at our house (cos we had a dartboard) was darts. Mum and dad went onto the main RAF camp for nights out (we stayed on our own, brother & I, locked indoors with neighbours opposite keeping an eye on the house), I was quite sensible from an early age, these days you’d be done for child abandonment but at 12 or 13 years old I certainly didn’t feel I needed a baby sitter to control my younger brother and a bit of squabbling now and then. Anyway, they won loads of team darts awards, albeit some as runners-up (still have the little wooden plaques and cups) and I got to play darts as much as I wanted. Never did get great at it, though, preferred DC Comics and pop music and American TV.

Other board games: Monopoly (of course), Careers, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, and minor ones like draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo and so on. My big new board game, though, was Chess. I joined the chess club at Seletar Secondary Modern in my first year, and liked it, and ended up getting my own super-funky magnetic chess board (still have it) which I took to my new upcoming school, where I basically spent breaks with the other nerds playing chess. Yes my days of hanging about with the cool kids running round school playgrounds and playing fields were over, the new RAF Changi Grammar School was a whole different ball game, so to speak, and I pretty quickly got labelled a “swot” which was the social kiss of death for any shy boy. To be continued in September, and day one at school…

 

My Retro June 1967 Charts

3rd June 1967

It was 50 years ago today…and also today as Sgt Pepper tops the UK charts in 2017. 

That gives me good reason to do what would have happened, had streaming been a thing back in the day, and have a Beatles invasion, led by the genius Macca ballad with roots in traditional melodic folk madrigals (apparently), the heart-rending She’s Leaving Home in at 1 for a 2nd chart-topper of the year. Gorgeous tune, just gorgeous. John’s psychedelic Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is in at 5, and his epic (with Paul) A Day In The Life at 14 Paul’s When I’m Sixty-Four in at 27 – frighteningly I have 4 and half years to go, having been a mere 9 at the time – George’s Indian-flavoured delight Within You Without You at 38, and John’s Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite at 45 and the Paul song Ringo-sung With A Little Help at 61. I make that 9 tracks in the 75, written by 3 group-members, and there are still a couple of other decent album tracks too.

Any other week would see kudos going to The Monkees new album Headquarters invading an already Monkees-busy chart, the only other band to have a Fab year to rival the Fabs in 1967, and by virtue of the TV show, many album tracks and B sides as familiar as the singles, and worthy too. The naughty-titled Mickey Dolenz song Randy Scouse Git (a catch-phrase of the time) had an Alternate Title in the UK, quirky and fun and in at 4, ahead of the Mike Nesmith song (the original TV version not the album version though, the latter has less oomph) at 7 You Just may Be The One. I think it’s telling that they didn’t need professional songwriters after all (by now they had won the battle with Don Kirshner who buggered off to create a REAL manufactured group who wouldn’t answer back – The Archies, who I also loved to bits). In at 42, it’s the closing credits song, Peter Tork’s co-written song, For Pete’s Sake. Just Davy Jones being the Ringo then!

In at 3, Stevie Wonder is still a teen, but no longer “Little” and his first classic Motown song, I Was Made To Love Her, just brilliant, making 4 out of the top 5 new and pushing down still-fresh greats. Traffic have a big climb into the 20, Cilla enters at 36 with a great drama ballad just ahead of her Bacharach Alfie song, as covered by Dionne, which makes a change from the other way around, as per more usual. Frankie Valli drops, but then again he also enters at 50 (featuring the “sound” of Frankie Valli, is the credit) with C’Mon Marianne, a song later covered by Donny Osmond, as per The Trems starting that British national pastime in the 70’s – hit covers of Four Seasons songs that is. That leaves another Smokey Robinson cover at 75, a 3rd entry of 1967 for Brenda & The Tabulations and a song made more famous by The Jackson 5 – Who’s Loving You.

1 ( NEW ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
3 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
4 ( NEW ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
5 ( NEW ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
7 ( NEW ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
9 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
10 ( 5 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

11 ( 9 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
12 ( 6 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
13 ( 16 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
14 ( NEW ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
15 ( 36 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
16 ( 21 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
17 ( 18 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
18 ( 10 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
19 ( 4 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
20 ( 13 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees

21 ( 30 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
22 ( 12 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
23 ( 7 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
24 ( 15 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
25 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
26 ( 11 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
27 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
28 ( 23 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
29 ( 14 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
30 ( 19 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

31 ( 24 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
32 ( 25 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
33 ( 26 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
34 ( 35 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
35 ( 29 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
36 ( NEW ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
37 ( 27 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
38 ( NEW ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
39 ( 33 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
40 ( 46 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

41 ( 40 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
42 ( NEW ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
43 ( 32 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
44 ( 38 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
45 ( NEW ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
46 ( 64 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
47 ( 22 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
48 ( 20 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
49 ( 58 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
50 ( 59 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine

51 ( NEW ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
52 ( 41 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
53 ( 31 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
54 ( 51 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
55 ( 43 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
56 ( 42 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
57 ( 48 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
58 ( 60 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
59 ( 47 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
60 ( 28 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich

61 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
62 ( 37 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
63 ( 65 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
64 ( 56 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
65 ( 69 ) WINDY The Association
66 ( 61 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
67 ( 75 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
68 ( 54 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
69 ( 70 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
70 ( 72 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy

71 ( 71 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
72 ( 45 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
73 ( 74 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
74 ( NEW ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations

10th June 1967

Stevie Wonder gets his first chart-topper, knocking off the Beatles from the summit in what for me is one of the great periods of music of all-time, quite frankly the entire top 7 should be topping my chart and the next 6 around 2 or 3. As if George Martin’s tasteful orchestration of She’s Leaving Home isn’t amazing enough, there’s an even better one at 6, new in for Nancy Sinatra’s James Bond theme You Only Live Twice, still the greatest Bond theme and her 3rd top 10 of the year. I have opted for the lushly orchestrated John Barry soundtrack version – the single version adapted by Lee Hazelwood is perfectly fine but the movie version is the definitive classic, as borrowed by Robbie for his equally fab Millennium. I saw Rob last week and he didn’t do it! Pah! Awesome though. Lee Hazelwood, meanwhile, pops in with that Johnny Cash/ June Carter rival version (both covers of a 1963 song) awaiting entry.

The Four Tops grab a 4th top 10 of 1967, which means the class Procol Harum song is just being outdone by tracks I love more, up to 10. The Fabs & Cilla both enter the top 21, keeping it scouse, as I was was at the time (at least in accent), with Vikki Carr and The Hollies (both tracks I loved at the time) making good moves into the 30. New at 33, a song I didn’t know then, but grew to love in the US hit version by Kim Carnes in 1980, it’s More Love by the amazing Smokey Robinson, with his miracles – 4 songs on the chart to boot, that’s rivalling Lennon & McCartney.

I saw Judith Durham perform The Olive Tree on the 50th anniversary tour of The Seekers, and was impressed so by the song and their concert I bought the CD hits collection in the foyer – which doesn’t have it on! Pah! Another track I knew from 90’s Florida hols pops in lower down for Jay & The Americans, a Kinks song I don’t know, ditto, and a Tommy Roe ditty that I would have loved had I heard it then (Dizzy was an actual obsession in 1969, the first record I ever bought).

1 ( 3 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
2 ( 1 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( NEW ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 7 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
8 ( 16 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
9 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
10 ( 13 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum

11 ( 14 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
12 ( 15 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
13 ( 17 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
14 ( 9 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
15 ( 8 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
16 ( 10 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
17 ( 11 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
18 ( 12 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
19 ( 27 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
20 ( 21 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison

21 ( 36 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
22 ( 18 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
23 ( 19 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
24 ( 20 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
25 ( 34 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
26 ( 22 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
27 ( 49 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
28 ( 40 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
29 ( 25 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
30 ( 46 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies

31 ( 23 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
32 ( 24 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
33 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
34 ( 38 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
35 ( 32 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
36 ( 33 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
37 ( 26 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
38 ( 31 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( 42 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
40 ( 45 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

41 ( 35 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
42 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
43 ( 37 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
44 ( 30 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
45 ( 28 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
46 ( 51 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
47 ( NEW ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
48 ( 44 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
49 ( 43 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
50 ( 39 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond

51 ( 41 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
52 ( 61 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
53 ( 65 ) WINDY The Association
54 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
55 ( 63 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
56 ( 54 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
57 ( 47 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
58 ( NEW ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
59 ( 67 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
60 ( 52 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro

61 ( 74 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
62 ( 48 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
63 ( 69 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
64 ( 55 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
65 ( 50 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
66 ( 70 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
67 ( 64 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
68 ( 66 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
69 ( 71 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
70 ( 56 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros

71 ( 73 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
72 ( NEW ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
73 ( NEW ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
74 ( 75 ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations
75 ( NEW ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe

17th June 1967

The Monkees are on top with a 4th chart-topper of the year, holding off Nancy Sinatra’s 3rd top 5. Highest new entry is the track that featured on the first album bought as a present for me (I requested Honey Come Back and got This Is Glen Campbell, an Australian compilation of the best tracks off his first 2 or albums) – Gentle On My Mind. Alison Krauss has just done a fab cover of it, which reinforces what a work of poetry it is, lyrically and melodically, deserving of all the awards.

In at 23, a track a fellow 60’s enthusiast recommended to me recently, and it’s pure 1967 and pure delight, Sagittarius is the act, well worth checking out. Big climb for Gene Chandler, 12 years before he debuted in my charts with Get Down. That was a very good disco track, this a wonderful soul ballad. Pink Floyd are back again, ditto Jefferson Airplane, snap for Sonny & Cher, and a 3rd Peaches & Herb of 1967. That leaves Boots Randolph’s version of the standard Temptation, very nice – he may be better known for his sax contributions to Elvis records – and Yakkety Sax, AKA the Benny Hill theme!

1 ( 3 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
2 ( 6 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
3 ( 2 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
4 ( 1 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
5 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 4 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
8 ( 8 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
9 ( 10 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
10 ( 12 ) PAPER SUN Traffic

11 ( 11 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
12 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
13 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
14 ( 21 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
15 ( 19 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
17 ( 14 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
18 ( 33 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
19 ( 16 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
20 ( 25 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension

21 ( 13 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
22 ( 27 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
23 ( 17 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
24 ( NEW ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
25 ( 18 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
26 ( 15 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
27 ( 22 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
28 ( 30 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
29 ( 24 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
30 ( 34 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles

31 ( 61 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
32 ( 23 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
33 ( 26 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
34 ( 28 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
35 ( 29 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
36 ( 47 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 39 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
38 ( 40 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
39 ( 58 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
40 ( 46 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli

41 ( 31 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
42 ( 35 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
43 ( 32 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
44 ( 36 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
45 ( 41 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 53 ) WINDY The Association
47 ( 52 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
48 ( 38 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
49 ( 37 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
50 ( 59 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

51 ( 43 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
52 ( 54 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
53 ( 42 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
54 ( 55 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
55 ( 48 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
56 ( 63 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
57 ( 49 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
58 ( 44 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 66 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
60 ( NEW ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

61 ( 56 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
62 ( 71 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
63 ( 72 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
64 ( 64 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
65 ( 51 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
66 ( NEW ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
67 ( 60 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
68 ( 73 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
69 ( 67 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
70 ( 74 ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations

71 ( 68 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
72 ( 75 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
73 ( NEW ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
74 ( NEW ) FOR YOUR LOVE Peaches and Herb
75 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph

 

24th June 1967

Nancy Sinatra gets her first solo chart-topper (hypothetically, as I haven’t done my 1966 charts yet) since Boots, and her 3rd in all, as the Fabs get 3 in the top 10 and Glen Campbell gets his first. Highest new entry is the ever-so MOR, yet lovely, Just Loving You. another kiddie fave of mine, both the song and Anita Harris, regular of kids TV and variety shows – not to mention Carry On Up The Khyber. A very familiar tune I didn’t know I knew is in at 26 for the Bar-Kays, Soulfinger popping up in The Blues Brothers but also used as a soundbed to many a radio link back in the day.

Another Bee Gees (obscure) goodie drops by, every one a winner in the 60’s for the Gibbs, as Lulu is literally beside herself with Let’s Pretend. Vanilla Fudge go heavy Supremes, while Ike & Tina & Gladys Knight scrape in. Gladys is back in Bournemouth tomorrow night, I may try and go again she was fab a year or 2 back.

1 ( 2 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
2 ( 1 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
3 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
6 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
8 ( 7 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
9 ( 10 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
10 ( 11 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles

11 ( 15 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
13 ( 8 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
14 ( 18 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 13 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
16 ( 24 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
17 ( 9 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
18 ( 16 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
19 ( NEW ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
20 ( 28 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies

21 ( 19 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
22 ( 22 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
23 ( 17 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
24 ( 21 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
25 ( 31 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
26 ( NEW ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
27 ( 30 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
28 ( 26 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
29 ( 27 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
30 ( 20 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension

31 ( 23 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 36 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
33 ( 25 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
34 ( 37 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
35 ( 40 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
36 ( 29 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
37 ( 39 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
38 ( 38 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
39 ( 33 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 56 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian

41 ( 60 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
42 ( 32 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
43 ( 46 ) WINDY The Association
44 ( 35 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
45 ( 42 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
46 ( 47 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
47 ( 50 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
48 ( 63 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
49 ( 41 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
50 ( 44 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops

51 ( 45 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
52 ( 34 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
53 ( 54 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
54 ( 43 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
55 ( 51 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
56 ( 49 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
57 ( 48 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
58 ( 55 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
60 ( 62 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers

61 ( 52 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
62 ( 53 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
63 ( 57 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
64 ( NEW ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
65 ( 68 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
66 ( 66 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
67 ( 64 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
68 ( 72 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
69 ( 75 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
70 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Vanilla Fudge

71 ( 71 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
72 ( 69 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
73 ( 73 ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
74 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
75 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips

My Retro May 1967 Charts

5th May 1967

2 weeks on top for R. Dean Taylor just holding of a new entry from The Kinks – that classic Waterloo Sunset. PP Arnold keeps the Cat Stevens top 10 hitlist going, The Trems keep the Gaudio/Crewe hitlist going – and look, there’s another of theirs in at 19 as the classic singalongaFrankie Valli – later done bigger in the UK by Andy Williams, Boystown Gang and the greatest version Pet Shop Boys – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You pops in.

Elsewhere, Tommy James B side is doing much better than the A side, James Bond takes Herb Alpert into the top 20 as his cover of the Ramsey Lewis gem potters around lower. The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack Motown original of Ain’t No Mountain is in at 46, almost as good as the OTT cover by Diana Ross on it’s way in 3 years, Spanky & Our Gang’s well-known US hit drops by, a good Motown obscurity from Barbara McNair is new in, a 60’s US oldies radio fave from The Grass Roots is also new, and ditto The Music Explosion’s A Little Bit Of Soul, later picked up in 1972 by Jonathan King for UK Records resissued UK airplay – but no sales.

Hendrix does better than Purple Haze’s feeble peak of 75, in at 72 for his most radio-friendly track, while New Vaudeville Band have a soundalike follow-up (again), and Jackie Wilson does what he does well.

1 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( NEW ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 2 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
4 ( 6 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 12 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
6 ( 3 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
7 ( 4 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
8 ( 8 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
9 ( 15 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
10 ( 14 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles

11 ( 5 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
12 ( 7 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
14 ( 16 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
15 ( 11 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
16 ( 27 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
17 ( 13 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
18 ( 20 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
19 ( NEW ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
20 ( 26 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

21 ( 22 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
22 ( 30 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
23 ( 18 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
24 ( 19 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
25 ( 17 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
26 ( 10 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
27 ( 33 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
28 ( 29 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
29 ( 25 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
30 ( 21 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group

31 ( 34 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
32 ( 41 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
33 ( 23 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
34 ( 40 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
35 ( 36 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
36 ( 45 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
37 ( 25 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
38 ( 32 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
39 ( 55 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
40 ( 52 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension

41 ( 47 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
42 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
43 ( 28 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
44 ( 39 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
45 ( 38 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
46 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
47 ( 37 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
48 ( 50 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
49 ( 60 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
50 ( 53 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

51 ( 59 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
52 ( 35 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
53 ( 49 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
54 ( 48 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
55 ( 57 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
56 ( 66 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
57 ( 64 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
58 ( 54 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
59 ( 74 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
60 ( 65 ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie

61 ( NEW ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
62 ( 42 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
63 ( 67 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
64 ( 44 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
65 ( NEW ) HERE I AM BABY Barbara McNair
66 ( NEW ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
67 ( 43 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
68 ( NEW ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
69 ( 51 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
70 ( 73 ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys

71 ( 72 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
72 ( NEW ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
73 ( 56 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
74 ( NEW ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
75 ( NEW ) I’VE LOST YOU Jackie Wilson

 

12th May 1967

The Kinks grab a new Number One – now had I been doing some charts on here back in 64 then You Really Got Me would have topped, and possibly Sunny Afternoon. The Trems Four Seasons cover is up to 6, as the actual Four Seasons are at 10 (whatever the label says) and The Beach Boys oldie cover shoots up to 11. Highest new entry The Walker Brothers also cover and early 60’s classic, at 34, just ahead of big climbs for Spanky & Our gang and Sonny & Cher. The original songs to later chart-toppers for me (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Say You Don’t Mind) and later hits (24 Sycamore and Here We Go Again) climb or enter, while The Staple Singers have a chart debut, and yet another old Monkees fave pops in too. Just waiting for Sgt Pepper eh? This chart could get VERY crowded….!

1 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
2 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
3 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
4 ( 3 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
5 ( 5 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
6 ( 9 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
7 ( 6 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
8 ( 10 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
9 ( 7 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
10 ( 19 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli

11 ( 32 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
13 ( 11 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
14 ( 16 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
15 ( 21 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
16 ( 12 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
17 ( 13 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
18 ( 20 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
19 ( 31 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
20 ( 17 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles

21 ( 22 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
22 ( 15 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
23 ( 14 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
24 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
25 ( 27 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
26 ( 23 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
27 ( 39 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
28 ( 24 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
29 ( 28 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
30 ( 36 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells

31 ( 18 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
32 ( 29 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
33 ( 34 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
34 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
35 ( 61 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
36 ( 30 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
37 ( 59 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
38 ( 40 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
39 ( 48 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
40 ( 56 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond

41 ( 41 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
42 ( 38 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
43 ( 25 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
44 ( 26 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
45 ( 49 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
46 ( 35 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
47 ( 44 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
48 ( 33 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
49 ( 51 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
50 ( 37 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico

51 ( 66 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
52 ( 45 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
53 ( 43 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
54 ( 74 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
55 ( 55 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
56 ( 47 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
57 ( 57 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
58 ( 54 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
59 ( 68 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
60 ( 63 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who

61 ( 72 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62 ( 58 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
63 ( 42 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
64 ( 71 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
65 ( 65 ) HERE I AM BABY Barbara McNair
66 ( NEW ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
67 ( NEW ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
68 ( 70 ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys
69 ( NEW ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
70 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees

71 ( NEW ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
72 ( NEW ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
73 ( NEW ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
74 ( NEW ) WHY (AM I TREATED SO BAD) The Staple Singers
75 ( NEW ) AM I GROOVING YOU Freddie Scott

 

19th May 1967

New in on top and it’s the start of the Summer Of Love with the hippie anthem from The Mamas & The Papas..err I mean John Phillips very generous gift to Scott McKenzie (imagine if he’d kept it, ah if only). I loved this song at the time, in the sunny days living on the Isle Of Anglesey (rural RAF Valley), as did my mum. I still love it. One I didn’t know at the time is up to 4 (Frankie Valli’s classic original), as Pet Clark is straight in at 11 with another childhood fave from the days when Tony Hatch knocked out the melodic pop gems on a weekly basis – Don’t Sleep In The Subway.

Another biggie in at 14, the original Light My Fire, The Doors classic, another I knew in later years (Jose Feliciano was MY original), and up nearly 50 places another song I knew but a version I didn’t – Wayne Fontana’s earlier version of Gene Pitney’s 24 Sycamore. The Walker Brothers return to the top 20 with another cover – this time Walking In The Rain – and Tommy James hits my top 20 with a track that should have been a big A side single. Much better than the otherwise-decent Mirage.

A band I’d never heard of 6 months ago, The Five Stairsteps, replace themselves in my top 40 with a great cover of Smokey Robinson’s Ooh Baby Baby, and the timeless trippie-classical groove from Procol Harum is in at 34, 5 years ahead of it making my real charts in 1972. A great Grass Roots track goes top 40, one I got to know on Florida 60’s oldies radio in the 90’s – they tended to pick a theme (in this case records from 1963 to 1973) and then play oldies from that era on rotation as if they were new tracks. As I used to holiday in Orlando most years, that was a voyage of 60’s oldies discovery for me, taping onto cassette from the radio.

Up Up And Away, 2 versions, The Johnny Mann version was the UK hit version I knew at the time and liked, but The 5th Dimension I got to know in 1969 to 1971 and became a huge fan of (they were on Ed Sullivan shows broadcast on Singapore TV, and on Singapore radio) – so that gets the higher chart placing. Others: a Dusty goodie, Showstoppers later UK hit, The Association’s Windy (not a UK hit but a well-known song), Engelbert’s monster follow-up, Manfred’s Tommy Roe cover, and a bunch of super-heroes at 75. Ah if only….

1 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
2 ( 1 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 6 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
4 ( 10 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
5 ( 8 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
6 ( 2 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 3 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
8 ( 11 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
9 ( 5 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
10 ( 4 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees

11 ( NEW ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
12 ( 7 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
13 ( 14 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
14 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
15 ( 19 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
16 ( 66 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
17 ( 9 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
18 ( 21 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
19 ( 34 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
20 ( 24 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 30 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
22 ( 13 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
23 ( 12 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
24 ( 16 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
25 ( 20 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
26 ( 17 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
27 ( 15 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
28 ( 37 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
29 ( NEW ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
30 ( 35 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang

31 ( 18 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
32 ( 22 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
33 ( 28 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
34 ( NEW ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
35 ( 39 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
36 ( 23 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
37 ( 51 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
38 ( 40 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
39 ( 26 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
40 ( 41 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey

41 ( 27 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
42 ( 29 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
43 ( 32 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
44 ( 49 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
45 ( 45 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
46 ( 73 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
47 ( 67 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
48 ( 25 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
49 ( NEW ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
50 ( 31 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows

51 ( 55 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
52 ( 42 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
53 ( 36 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
54 ( 54 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
55 ( 61 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 33 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
57 ( 47 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
58 ( 59 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
59 ( 69 ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
60 ( 71 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine

61 ( NEW ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
62 ( 72 ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
63 ( 52 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
64 ( 64 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
65 ( 38 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
66 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
67 ( 58 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
68 ( NEW ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
69 ( 70 ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
70 ( 74 ) WHY (AM I TREATED SO BAD) The Staple Singers

71 ( NEW ) WINDY The Association
72 ( NEW ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
74 ( NEW ) SWEET PEA Manfred Mann
75 ( NEW ) YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING (AND EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) The Fantastic Four

26th May 1967

2 weeks on top for Scott McKenzie’s hippie anthem, holding off a challenge from The Doors at 3. That’s the position the long version peaked at on re-issue in the 90’s in my charts. Wayne Fontana and The Walker Brothers go top 10, which is about as well as The Partridge Family did with it in 1973 – hey I liked David Cassidy and the TV show!

A big leap for Procol Harum into the 20, which A Whiter Shade Of Pale did in 1972 for me, and a lesser-known Northern Soul Motown gem from The Four Tops turns the top 20 gloomy as well as pale. The Five Stairsteps take Smokey Robinson into the 20, while Johnny Rivers enters with another Smokey song.

Highest new entry at 30 is that American hit and UK flop, incredibly, for Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl. I swear it was on constant rotation on Florida radio each year I holidayed in the 90’s. Far and away his best solo record, too. 2 versions of The Boat That I Row side by side, 2 versions of Up Up And Away, one of them not floating as high as the better version, and a new entry for Traffic, newly-hot with Paper Sun at 36.

Jeff Beck & Dave Dee & co go top 40, Vikki Carr’s MOR classic is in at 58, and childhood fave Carrie Ann pops in a bit lower. One of my parents younger RAF friend couples had this one (Jimmy & Vera had some singles I liked so I enjoyed popping round for biscuits and playing their records, Jimmy was in his early 20’s, mum was very nearly ancient at 28, dad was 30).

1 ( 1 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
2 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
4 ( 5 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
5 ( 11 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
6 ( 4 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
7 ( 8 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
8 ( 16 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
9 ( 6 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
10 ( 19 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers

11 ( 3 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
12 ( 7 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
13 ( 10 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
14 ( 15 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
15 ( 9 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
16 ( 34 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
17 ( 12 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
18 ( 29 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
19 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
20 ( 21 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells

21 ( 46 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
22 ( 13 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
23 ( 37 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
25 ( 25 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
26 ( 22 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
27 ( 23 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
28 ( 35 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
29 ( 24 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
30 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison

31 ( 18 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
32 ( 26 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
33 ( 38 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
34 ( 28 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
35 ( 49 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
36 ( NEW ) PAPER SUN Traffic
37 ( 40 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
38 ( 33 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
39 ( 45 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
40 ( 47 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

41 ( 32 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
42 ( 41 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
43 ( 36 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
44 ( 27 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
45 ( 39 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
46 ( 61 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
47 ( 54 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
48 ( 58 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
49 ( 55 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
50 ( 51 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 42 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
52 ( 31 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
53 ( 59 ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
54 ( 64 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
55 ( 30 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
56 ( 52 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
57 ( 43 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
58 ( 60 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
59 ( NEW ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
60 ( 57 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens

61 ( 66 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
62 ( 62 ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
63 ( 53 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
64 ( NEW ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
65 ( 68 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
66 ( 50 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
67 ( 69 ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
68 ( 44 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
69 ( 71 ) WINDY The Association
70 ( 72 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian

71 ( 73 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
72 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
73 ( 75 ) YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING (AND EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) The Fantastic Four
74 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
75 ( NEW ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

My Dec 1985 Charts

3rd December 1985

2 weeks on top for Wham! just holding off another top British duo, and Pet Shop Boys hit 2 with the classic West End Girls. Yoko Ono gets her first top solo hit in 5 years, since Walking On Thin Ice topped my chart, the final record she & John were working on the night of his murder, and John goes up one to 8. Sun City protest song hits 6, Madonna ends the year with a 6th top 10, and Whitney Houston gets a debut top 10.

Grant n Graham just miss out on a 2nd top 10 together, 5 years since David first had his Lynx, and Dionne Warwick is back in the top 20 3 years on from the last time, Dee C. Lee finally scrapes into the 20 with a great ballad that took me time to warm to, and Slade make their run of top 20’s 14 years. Julian Lennon follows his dad into the 40, The Cult make it a hat-trick, and highest new entry is a christmas classic, as done by Broooooce, at 32, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. Brucie’s sax player gets his own debut at 60, Clarence Clemons bringing along Jackson Browne who first made my charts 13 years earlier with Doctor My Eyes.

The Cars return for a 3rd hit of the year, at 40, while at 66 it’s another pop duet, as Bonnie Tyler extends her run of chart entries to 9 years, in hand with the fab Todd Rundgren who first made my charts with the fab I Saw The Light in 1972. The song and production is a Jim Steinman epic, as they all are in his style, but only hit big in Portugal, though Meatloaf finally got around to doing his version with Jim in 2016.

Bronski Beat have a new lead singer, Junior keeps popping in, Evelyn King hasn’t dropped the Champagne, 7 years on from her first Shame, and Mr. Mister debut with a great song Broken Wings.

1 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2 ( 6 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
4 ( 3 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 7 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
6 ( 15 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
7 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
9 ( 18 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
10 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

11 ( 26 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 8 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
13 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
14 ( 5 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
15 ( 11 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
16 ( 30 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
17 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
18 ( 12 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
19 ( 25 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
20 ( 33 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee

21 ( 13 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
22 ( 24 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
23 ( 58 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
25 ( 37 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
26 ( 36 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 29 ) RUSSIANS Sting
28 ( 44 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
29 ( 32 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
30 ( 39 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship

31 ( 16 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
32 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 19 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
34 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
35 ( 43 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
36 ( 22 ) NIKITA Elton John
37 ( 54 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
38 ( 48 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
39 ( 28 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

41 ( 20 ) ONE VISION Queen
42 ( 45 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
43 ( 34 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
44 ( 60 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( 69 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
46 ( 38 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
47 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
48 ( 71 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
49 ( 35 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
50 ( 66 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

51 ( 47 ) DRIVE The Cars
52 ( 31 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
53 ( 27 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 42 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
56 ( 68 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
57 ( 52 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
58 ( 53 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
59 ( 51 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
60 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

61 ( 41 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
62 ( 46 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
63 ( 40 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
64 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
65 ( 59 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
66 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA
DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
68 ( 74 ) THE HIGHEST HIGH China Crisis
69 ( 75 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
70 ( 70 ) LET THE BELLS RING OUT FOREVER The New Seekers

71 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE Junior
72 ( 61 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
73 ( NEW ) YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
74 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GONE WRONG The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 MOON RIVER Greyhound
2 EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
3 IF NOT YOU Dr. Hook

10th December 1985

On top for the first time, and the first of dozens, it’s Chris & Neil – dum dum dum dum-de-dum-dum. Holding off a reissued 1984 Band Aid chart-topper, still fresh and undimmed by 30-odd years of never-ending Christmas overkill. Sting shoots up Russians to 4, a sort of dark christmassy mood and his biggest solo hit to date. Julian Lennon gets a second top 10 and knocks out his dad.

Cameo enter at 19 with strange, but fab, song, ahead of the codpiece – it would eventually chart in the UK. A Mick Jagger album track joins the Yoko album track – veterans were now starting to opt out of singles off new albums, something which became huge business in the States in the 90’s as physical singles died out to push album sales to new heights. Money money money! Mick’s missus, of course, used to go out with Bryan Ferry – and he is also in looking Windswept. Fortunately Rupert Murdoch doesn’t feature in the chart, though I did tweet him this week when he commented unbelievingly on global warming while flying over ice-swept northern hemispheres – IN MID-WINTER. What a dick. At least I can only assume that’s why Jerry married the ageing multibillionaire.

No memory whatsoever of the Spacelings – one to youtube! However another overplayed christmas classic debuts at 60 – it’s Shaky, with one of his occasional chart entries (in my charts, that is, 5 years non-stop in the UK charts). You all know it. Sheena Easton also has 5 years of occasional chart entries continued but her best Prince-days were still ahead. Another Christmas UK number one enters at 71 – well the song at any rate, for the Isley Brothers (sort of) 16 years into a chart career, and one year pre-Housemartins. That leaves comebacks for Mike Oldfield (topped my chart two times in 1974 with two albums – allowed because they were one track, essentially), and Joni Mitchell (1974 was also her best chart year for me) 15 years on from Big Yellow Taxi.

1 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
3 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
4 ( 27 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
6 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
7 ( 9 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 5 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
9 ( 23 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
10 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40

11 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 8 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
14 ( 16 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
15 ( 3 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 12 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
17 ( 19 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
18 ( 20 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
19 ( NEW ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
20 ( 15 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

21 ( 17 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
22 ( 13 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
23 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
24 ( 40 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 30 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
26 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 35 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
28 ( 14 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
29 ( 38 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
30 ( 18 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

31 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
32 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 21 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
34 ( 24 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
35 ( 45 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
36 ( NEW ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
37 ( 47 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 42 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
39 ( 67 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
40 ( 48 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John

41 ( 33 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
43 ( 36 ) NIKITA Elton John
44 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( NEW ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
46 ( 50 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 71 ) OH LOUISE Junior
48 ( 34 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
49 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
50 ( 22 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals

51 ( 60 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
52 ( 56 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
53 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
54 ( 43 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
55 ( 66 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 51 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 31 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
59 ( 41 ) ONE VISION Queen
60 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

61 ( 29 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
62 ( 75 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
63 ( 46 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
64 ( NEW ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
65 ( 69 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
66 ( NEW ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
67 ( 57 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) FOREVER BE Sal Solo

71 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE Isley Jasper isley
72 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield
73 ( 55 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
74 ( 62 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
75 ( NEW ) GOOD FRIENDS Joni Mitchell

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

17th December 1985

It’s only one week on top for West End Girls, as a recent Christmas Classic enters back on top, Wham! very nearly replacing themselves at 1 but for Pet Shop Boys. Cameo go top 10, She’s Strange that one, and Shaky’s xmas now-perennial leaps into the 40 for the first time. Lots of climbers due to a lack of new entries, which back in the day was the norm. Or now, in fact, bar the oldies xmas invasions that I used to do in my own charts and now happens in the actual official charts everywhere.

Amii Stewart has a new duetting partner for her old Johnny Bristol hit mash-up of 2 Smokey Robinson songs, My Guy My Girl and Sophie George is too Girlie Girlie, too. A forgotten xmas song from Bryan Adams, I doubt I’ve heard Christmas Time in 32 years….! On the other hand, Walking In The Air and Aled Jones were regular xmas airplay and TVplay oldies – and here they are – but not quite as you might guess. I never liked Aled’s version of Walking In The Air, so it’s the original TV “Snowman” soundtrack that enters, while Aled gives Mike Oldfield a festive hand. Mike, of course, has had several xmas hits, none of them actually mentioning xmas at all, preferring a more traditional solstice theme.

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
5 ( 3 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
6 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
7 ( 6 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
9 ( 19 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
10 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham

11 ( 5 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
12 ( 10 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
13 ( 12 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
14 ( 17 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
15 ( 25 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
16 ( 18 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
17 ( 27 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
18 ( 29 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
19 ( 8 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
20 ( 13 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

21 ( 16 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
22 ( 15 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
23 ( 20 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
24 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 14 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
27 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
28 ( 39 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
29 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
30 ( 35 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu

31 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
32 ( 22 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
33 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
34 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
35 ( 40 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 28 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
37 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 47 ) OH LOUISE Junior
39 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
40 ( 45 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

41 ( 33 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
42 ( 34 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
43 ( 36 ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
44 ( 42 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
45 ( 51 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
46 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
47 ( 52 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
48 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
49 ( 30 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
50 ( 55 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren

51 ( 62 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
52 ( 43 ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( NEW ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
54 ( 64 ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
55 ( 65 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 66 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
58 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
59 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
60 ( 41 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits

61 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
62 ( NEW ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophie George
63 ( 53 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
64 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
65 ( 59 ) ONE VISION Queen
66 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Peter Auty & The Sinfonia Of London

71 ( 72 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
72 ( 73 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( 58 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
74 ( NEW ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
75 ( 74 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council

Pre-Xmas Oldies playlist:

1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatle

24th December 1985

It’s a new entry at 1 for a Xmas classic that charted in 1974 but never made my top 10. That was something of a shock for me as Mud had made my top 3 (and had 4 number ones) with all their previous singles, yet this Elvis pastiche ballad sorta disappointed me as a 16-year-old. Roll on 11 years and nostalgia and regular annual radio plays, and hey presto I love it. In fact so many Xmas classics come back my chart looks like the Xmas 2017 singles charts! Not saying I was ahead of the game….OK I am. That also explains why I don’t usually rechart them, cos frankly after getting on for 30 to 45 years one gets over-familiar with most of them. Glad to see new generations love them though!

Bizarrely the Shaky Xmas classic is only 20, and it was brand new (well a year-old and held-back to avoid Band Aid and Wham!, rather wisely). Macca’s back with his frogs, Bing’s 40’s standard is back having first charted in 1977, Slade are back again, by this time making it an annual event. Wizzard aren’t but they did it the previous year. Nowadays they beat Slade every xmas in the UK charts. This year both were beaten by fellow ’73 minor hit Step Into Xmas, as Elton gets a higher spot on the Spotify playlists.

Feargal Sharkey’s follow-up single is actually the answer-song to A Good Heart, as the break-up song from the female half of a songwriting romantic duo is followed by the male reply. Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) wrote it, Eurythmics Dave Stewart produced it, and Maria McKee is the subject matter, writer of A Good Heart which had a pop at Tench.

1 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
6 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
7 ( 9 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 5 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
10 ( 8 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

11 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
12 ( 16 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
13 ( 18 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
14 ( 12 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 17 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
16 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
17 ( 10 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
18 ( NEW ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
19 ( 13 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
20 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

21 ( 15 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
22 ( 11 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
23 ( 28 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 25 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 31 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
26 ( 14 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
27 ( 21 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
28 ( 22 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
29 ( 20 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
30 ( 40 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

31 ( 45 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
32 ( 23 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
33 ( 39 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
34 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
35 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 19 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
37 ( 57 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
38 ( 53 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
39 ( 51 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
40 ( 55 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
42 ( 30 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
43 ( 36 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
44 ( 42 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
45 ( 41 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
46 ( 32 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
47 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
48 ( 62 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
49 ( 38 ) OH LOUISE Junior
50 ( 34 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout

51 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
52 ( 44 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
53 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 61 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
55 ( 74 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
56 ( 64 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
58 ( 49 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( NEW ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
60 ( 58 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 46 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
62 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John
63 ( 59 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( 47 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
65 ( 50 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
66 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
70 ( NEW ) WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Zinno

71 ( NEW ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
72 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
74 ( 63 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers

Oldies Playlist
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatles
3 DAY TRIPPER The Beatles

31st December 1985

A second week on top for Mud, and a fourth week at 2 for Pet Shop Boys in total – if not for oldies it would have had 5 weeks on top. Had my chart rules been different though, it’s likely Gene Pitney’s I’m Gonna Be Strong would have topped for some of that as I was seriously mad on it. Wizzard would also have recharted and the Win single on my playlist I thought should be treated as an oldie, but it would chart in 1986.

A-ha are the highest new entry at 22 with a classic epic track that’s even better than Take On Me, followed closely by a forgotten Eurythmics gem, It’s Alright. Jon Anderson pops in, both missing Vangelis and bandmates Yes to get his debut solo entry some 8 years since Wondrous Stories made my top 10 for Yes.

1 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
5 ( 9 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
6 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
7 ( 5 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 13 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 6 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

11 ( 10 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
12 ( 16 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
13 ( 18 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
14 ( 11 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
15 ( 17 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
16 ( 25 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
17 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 14 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
19 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
20 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen

21 ( 12 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
22 ( NEW ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
23 ( 21 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
24 ( 19 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
25 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
26 ( 15 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
27 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
28 ( 59 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 38 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
30 ( 31 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

31 ( 26 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
32 ( 47 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
33 ( 22 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
34 ( 37 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
35 ( 49 ) OH LOUISE Junior
36 ( 27 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 28 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
38 ( 39 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
39 ( 40 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
40 ( 48 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George

41 ( 29 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
42 ( 34 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
43 ( 32 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
45 ( 54 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
46 ( 33 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 55 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
48 ( 44 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
49 ( 43 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
50 ( 45 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 42 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
52 ( 41 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 46 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( 66 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
56 ( 56 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( NEW ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( 52 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
59 ( 75 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 58 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
62 ( 50 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
63 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( NEW ) MR DJ The Concept
65 ( 51 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
66 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
67 ( 73 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
70 ( 61 ) REVOLUTION The Cult

71 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
72 ( 62 ) NIKITA Elton John
73 ( 74 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
3 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

My Nov 1985 Charts

3rd November 1985

It’s a first week on top for Cities In Dust, Siouxsie’s 2nd chart-topper, and a relatively unknown corker. UB40 climb to 4 – their 2nd highest charting single to date, after debut Food For Thought peaked at 2. Talking Heads get a 2nd top 10, Feargal Sharkey leaps to 9, and his first solo top 10 and goes where 3 Undertones singles have been. Kate Bush completes a fabulous top 10 – as usual in her case, it’s more remarkable if she doesn’t go top 10.

Lloyd Cole has a mighty quantum leap into the 40, as he searches for a Lost Weekend and his best track that isn’t called Perfect Skin. Marc Almond keeps the long run of top 40’s going and ZZ Top make it 4 in a row. After the previous week invasion of new entries, it’s a bit calmer this time, but still room for some classics: The Waterboys enter at 66 with future 1991 Number 1 in my chart (on reissue) The Whole Of The Moon, a track I heard in a record store in 1989 in a College town in Vermont, and it still sounded fab. Music is memories….

Prefab Sprout have a good return single as the highest new entry, Paul Hardcastle disappoints following up a unique huge single, Tina Turner & Bryan Adams cap of a good year for them both with a rocky duet, Patsy Kensit debuts with Eighth Wonder, better times lie ahead chartwise (cough, Pet Shop Boys, cough), Dee C. Lee ex-of Wham! backing singers, and Paul Weller’s better-half of the time brings a lush fab ballad into the lower reaches and on it’s way up – though one I grew to love more in later years. There’s also Shaky.

1 ( 2 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
2 ( 1 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
3 ( 3 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
4 ( 14 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 5 ) NIKITA Elton John
6 ( 6 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
7 ( 4 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
8 ( 12 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
9 ( 21 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
10 ( 20 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

11 ( 18 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
12 ( 16 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
13 ( 7 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
14 ( 9 ) RAIN The Cult
15 ( 8 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
16 ( 22 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
17 ( 29 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
18 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
19 ( 10 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
20 ( 11 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council

21 ( 24 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
22 ( 17 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
23 ( 26 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
24 ( 40 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
25 ( 13 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
26 ( 19 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
27 ( 46 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
28 ( 31 ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
29 ( 23 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
30 ( 36 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards

31 ( 25 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
32 ( 67 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
33 ( 37 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
34 ( 38 ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
35 ( 35 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
36 ( 28 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
37 ( 32 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
38 ( 59 ) LOVE LETTER Marc Almond
39 ( 62 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
40 ( 49 ) SLEEPING BAG ZZ Top

41 ( 27 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
42 ( 33 ) ANGEL Madonna
43 ( 41 ) DRIVE The Cars
44 ( 58 ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
45 ( 52 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey
46 ( 30 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade
47 ( 34 ) POP LIFE Prince
48 ( 39 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
49 ( 42 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
50 ( 45 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz

51 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
52 ( 43 ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
53 ( NEW ) JUST FOR THE MONEY Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 44 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 48 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
57 ( 56 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
58 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Tina Turner & Bryan Adams
59 ( 61 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( 50 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive

61 ( 60 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
62 ( 57 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
63 ( 73 ) THE WIND OF CHANGE Robert Wyatt & The Swapo Singers
64 ( 74 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
65 ( 64 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
66 ( NEW ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
67 ( 47 ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
68 ( 65 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
69 ( NEW ) HIT AND RUN Total Contrast
70 ( 70 ) ROCK ME BABY Johnny Nash

71 ( 51 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
72 ( 63 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
73 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME Eighth Wonder
74 ( NEW ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
75 ( NEW ) LIPSTICK POWDER AND PAINT Shakin’ Stevens

OLDIES PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK:
1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black
2 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black
3 ELENORE The Turtles

 

10th NOVEMBER 1985

Feargal Sharkey does what the Undertones never managed – he tops my chart, with the fab A Good Heart. Meanwhile Huey Lewis is back with a bang with his 1982 non-hit in the UK, the terrific Heart & Soul, outdoing his most-famous song Power Of Love in my charts. Lloyd Cole rockets up to 11, and The Waterboys go into orbit seeing the Whole Of The Moon up 48 places to 18. Classic! The Communards hit the 20 for the first time, and in at 27 it’s a significant chart debut for them and for me: West End Girls is still their most famous song, and kick-started a glorious career for the Pet Shop Boys which continues to this day. Far and away easily my top fave act of the last 32 years, on record and in concert, and one of my Big Three along with The Beatles and Abba.

Wham! crack back with the great I’m Your Man, while a bunch of pop stars do an anti-Apartheid track (Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Bob Geldof, Jackson Browne, Bono, some Temptations, Afrika Bambaata, Hall & Oates, Bobby Womack and many many more) and it’s pretty good. In at 36 and 37 respectively as at 38 Dire Straits make it 6 years of top 40 hits with the atmospheric Brothers In Arms title track, as the new-format CD took off big-time spearheaded by this album.

Fine Young Cannibals are a bit blue, Queen notably didn’t play on Sun City as they had recently actually played Sun City and sparked the protest, having just the one vision, and Starship drop the Jefferson and the Airplane and the quality, coming back 5 years on from Jane to build a city. An annoying one by the time it dropped out of the charts. A bunch of follow-up’s enter lower, the most notable being David & Jaki’s 70’s-soul-styled Mated, a bit Philly and a bit fab.

1 ( 9 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
2 ( 1 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
3 ( 3 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
4 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 8 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
6 ( 5 ) NIKITA Elton John
7 ( 2 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
8 ( 11 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
9 ( 16 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
10 ( NEW ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News

11 ( 32 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
12 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
13 ( 18 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
14 ( 17 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
15 ( 10 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
16 ( 6 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
17 ( 13 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
18 ( 66 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
19 ( 30 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
20 ( 24 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin

21 ( 21 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
22 ( 12 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
23 ( 27 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
24 ( 22 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
25 ( 14 ) RAIN The Cult
26 ( 15 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
27 ( NEW ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
28 ( 20 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
29 ( 33 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
30 ( 19 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr

31 ( 31 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
32 ( 23 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
33 ( 53 ) JUST FOR THE MONEY Paul Hardcastle
34 ( 51 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
35 ( 28 ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
36 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
37 ( NEW ) SUN CITY Artists United Against Apartheid
38 ( NEW ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
39 ( 26 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
40 ( 45 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey

41 ( 25 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
42 ( 58 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Tina Turner & Bryan Adams
43 ( 37 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
44 ( 36 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
45 ( 43 ) DRIVE The Cars
46 ( NEW ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
47 ( 29 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
48 ( 34 ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
49 ( NEW ) ONE VISION Queen
50 ( 35 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco

51 ( 39 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
52 ( 38 ) LOVE LETTERS Marc Almond
53 ( 50 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
54 ( 41 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 64 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
57 ( 42 ) ANGEL Madonna
58 ( NEW ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
59 ( 40 ) SLEEPING BAG ZZ Top
60 ( 57 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

61 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
62 ( 61 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
63 ( NEW ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
64 ( 48 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
65 ( 56 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
66 ( 65 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
67 ( NEW ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
68 ( 44 ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
69 ( 74 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
70 ( 62 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry

71 ( NEW ) GET OUTTA TOWN Dan Hartman
72 ( 68 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
73 ( NEW ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
74 ( 60 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
75 ( NEW ) EMERGENCY Kool & The Gang

CLASSIC OLDIES FAVES OF THE WEEK

1 HIGH FLY John Miles
2 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers
3 NO. 9 DREAM John Lennon

 

17th November 1985

2 weeks on top for Feargal Sharkey, as Stairway To Heaven climbs to 2, and Wham! shoot up 30 to 6 with I’m Your Man. The Waterboys & Eurythmics both go top 10, giving Aretha Franklin a 2nd top 10 of the year after a 14 year gap since her previous – Spanish Harlem. My boys climb into the 20 for the first time, and never long absnet from it ever since, Neil & Chris and West End Girls. Sun City climbs fast, as do ones they protest, Queen , hot off Live Aid’s show-stopping set.

Highest new entry is a debut, a promising (largely unfulfilled, if hugely successful) classy start from Whitney Houston, cousin of Dionne Warwick, who brings her pop friends along (such as Elton, Stevie & Gladys) a charity record for the rapidly-spreading new deadly disease AIDS. Written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, it was the first time Burt & Dionne had hit together since the 60’s, and That’s What Friends Are For enters lower at 64.

Tina Turner is beside herself with Mad Max joy, literally, along with Bryan Adams. David Grant & Jaki Graham are mated (not really, cos I saw David Grant on TV this morning on a serious news item with his actual wife on behalf of children with learning difficulties) at 29, while Fine Young Cannibals, Midge Ure and Dee C. Lee (no longer backing Wham! she’s backing her own man, Paul Weller, who’s one place above her at 37).

Princess joins King and Queen, though not Prince sadly, with her 2nd hit, Glenn Frey flies solo from The Eagles with his best single, You belong To The City, The Cult make it a quick trio of hits, though not the Beatles’ Revolution, B side to my first chart Number One Hey Jude – despite Paul McCartney also entering with a comedy movie theme: Spies Like Us was as good as the film. Spirited effort but not that great.

Lionel Richie somehow breaks into the bottom end with another dull ballad, Say Who? Say Me! New Order find themselves a bit subcultured, and Go West return with another goodie.

1 ( 1 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
2 ( 3 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
3 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
4 ( 5 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
5 ( 2 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
6 ( 36 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
7 ( 10 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
8 ( 18 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
9 ( 20 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
10 ( 11 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

11 ( 8 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
12 ( 7 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
13 ( 6 ) NIKITA Elton John
14 ( 27 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 13 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
16 ( 19 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
17 ( 12 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
18 ( 37 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
19 ( 9 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
20 ( 49 ) ONE VISION Queen

21 ( 38 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
22 ( 17 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
23 ( 15 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
24 ( 14 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
25 ( NEW ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
26 ( 16 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
27 ( 33 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
28 ( 24 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
29 ( 73 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
30 ( 46 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 34 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
32 ( 23 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
33 ( 22 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
34 ( 21 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
35 ( 51 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
36 ( 42 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Tina Turner & Bryan Adams
37 ( 28 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
38 ( 69 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
39 ( 58 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
40 ( 63 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure

41 ( 26 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
42 ( 56 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
43 ( 30 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
44 ( 25 ) RAIN The Cult
45 ( 45 ) DRIVE The Cars
46 ( 39 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
47 ( 43 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
48 ( NEW ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
49 ( 31 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
50 ( NEW ) YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey

51 ( NEW ) REVOLUTION The Cult
52 ( 32 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
53 ( 29 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
54 ( 44 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 53 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
57 ( 67 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
58 ( 41 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
59 ( 35 ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
60 ( NEW ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney

61 ( 40 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey
62 ( 61 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
63 ( 60 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
64 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
65 ( 62 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
66 ( NEW ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
67 ( NEW ) SUBCULTURE New Order
68 ( 66 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
69 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
70 ( 57 ) ANGEL Madonna

71 ( 68 ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
72 ( 47 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
73 ( 54 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
74 ( 52 ) LOVE LETTERS Marc Almond
75 ( 65 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange

26th November 1985

It’s Wham! grabbing a first week on top for the second time (three for George Michael) on a change of chart-day-of-the-week compilation for me, and with the then-traditional 3rd-week-in-November deluge of record releases – 20 new entries! Huey Lewis hits his chart-peak of 4, Pet Shop Boys break into the 10 for the first time, and John & Yoko get the highest new entries. Not actually their Christmas classic, though, it’s a track off Yoko’s fab new album with a fab new video, Hell In Paradise, outdoing her late husband’s single release of his original 14-year-old album track as taken to 1 by Roxy Music 4 years earlier. In fact it’s a real family affair, as John’s son Julian enters with Because – not the Beatles classic album track, though, it’s another offcut from Dave Clark’s Time musical. Talking of The Beatles, The Thompson Twins enter at 45 with a cover of Revolution, B side to Hey Jude. Talking of the Beatles, Paul McC, John’s co-writer in the Fabs (as if anyone didn’t know) enters the 40 with his movie theme.

Talking of movie themes, Phil Collins duets with Marilyn Mansun. I mean McCoo. No, I mean Martin. Talking of Revolution, The Cult are one place higher than the different song of the same name. It’s 1985, so Madonna must be due another monthly hit – and here it is, dressing us up at 14 with her best effort since Into The Groove. Slade are back! 14 years of singles chart entries, and in at 25. A mere 6 years since Roxanne, Sting has another solo single, but for once this one is worthy of having a The Police moniker. The sentiments of Russians were quite worthy of the time, and the moody sweeping classical Russian backdrop was also worthy of entering at 29.

Another Propaganda goodie into the 40, and a host of lesser entries, from Doug E. Fresh, Nik Kershaw, Five Star, Amazulu and China Crisis. Dream Academy cover The Smiths, Aretha Franklin keeps the revival zoomin’ hot, Elton John is also on the 14-year-bandwagon, dragging along an uncredited modest George Michael I think, though these days it would guarantee a “featuring” credit on Wrap Her Up, hot on the heels of his uncredited vocal backing to the late David Cassidy. Simon May returns 9 years on from his excruciating Top Of The Pops live vocal experience, wisely sticking with his Orchestral TV Theme, and The New Seekers are back – guess what, 14-years-on. Spirit of ’71! Sadly, there was no Lyn Paul, Eve Graham or Peter Doyle in the line-up, leaving only Paul Layton & Marty Kristian from the original hit-making band.

1 ( 6 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2 ( 1 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
3 ( 3 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
4 ( 7 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
5 ( 2 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
6 ( 14 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
7 ( NEW ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
8 ( 9 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
9 ( NEW ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
10 ( 4 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

11 ( 8 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
12 ( 10 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
13 ( 5 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
14 ( NEW ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
15 ( 18 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
16 ( 11 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
17 ( 12 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
18 ( 25 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
19 ( 21 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
20 ( 20 ) ONE VISION Queen

21 ( 31 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
22 ( 13 ) NIKITA Elton John
23 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
24 ( 30 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
25 ( NEW ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
26 ( 29 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
27 ( 27 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
28 ( 17 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
29 ( NEW ) RUSSIANS Sting
30 ( 64 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends

31 ( 16 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
32 ( 40 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
33 ( 38 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
34 ( 22 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
35 ( 19 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
36 ( 60 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
37 ( NEW ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
38 ( 28 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
39 ( 39 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
40 ( 57 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange

41 ( 26 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
42 ( 23 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
43 ( NEW ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
44 ( 51 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
45 ( NEW ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
46 ( 37 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
47 ( 45 ) DRIVE The Cars
48 ( 48 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
49 ( 24 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
50 ( 50 ) YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey

51 ( 42 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
52 ( 47 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
53 ( 46 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
54 ( 69 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 34 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
57 ( 66 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
58 ( NEW ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
59 ( 56 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
60 ( NEW ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw

61 ( 41 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
62 ( NEW ) R.S.V.P. Five Star
63 ( 36 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Tina Turner & Bryan Adams
64 ( 62 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
65 ( 67 ) SUBCULTURE New Order
66 ( NEW ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
67 ( NEW ) HOWARD’S WAY THEME The Simon May Orchestra
68 ( NEW ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
69 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
70 ( NEW ) LET THE BELLS RING OUT FOREVER The New Seekers

71 ( NEW ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
72 ( 32 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
73 ( NEW ) TIME AIN’T ENOUGH Green On Red
74 ( NEW ) THE HIGHEST HIGH China Crisis
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin

My Oct 1985 Charts

1st October 1985

3 weeks on top for Red Box, as The Style Council rocket up to 2 with the great melody of the otherwise a bit political The Lodgers, their 4th top 3, and Paul Weller’s 4th. Amii Stewart makes the top 10 as airplay starts favouring Light My Fire a bit more (the better track), and Dead Or Alive make it 4 top 10’s in a row, and Billy Idol 3 out of 4.

A-ha shoot up into the top 20 as the classic video starts to get TV plays, Colonel Abrams is trapped just outside the 20, and Jolene takes Strawberry Switchblade and Dolly Parton’s song back into the 40. Marc Bolan is the highest new entry at 36 with a rare early song given a release as his loyal fans kept the T.Rex legend living on. It’s a Brilliant song at 45, a cover of the James Brown 60’s classic done female vocal stylee by the cool future KLF member Jimmy Cauty and ex-Killing Joke and future record producer Youth, drafting in the terrific vocalist JUne Montana. Their A&R Manager was Bill Drummond (the other half of KLF), and they were produced by err Stock Aitken Waterman who also had a hand in the songwriting. It can be NO coincidence that the KLF had a fab song called Kylie Said To Jason, just before the Timelords alter-ego took them to the top of the charts.

14 years of chart entries and Elton is in with his pretty ballad Nikita – yes it is a boys name, wonder if he was trying to tell us something at the time…. Meanwhile Depeche are back, ditto The Cars, Level 42 and Matt Bianco.

1 ( 1 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
2 ( 38 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
3 ( 4 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
4 ( 2 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
5 ( 10 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
6 ( 21 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
7 ( 8 ) ANGEL Madonna
8 ( 3 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
9 ( 40 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
10 ( 22 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol

11 ( 6 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
12 ( 14 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
13 ( 12 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
14 ( 11 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
15 ( 7 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
16 ( 5 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
17 ( 20 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
18 ( 37 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
19 ( 13 ) DRIVE The Cars
20 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

21 ( 9 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
22 ( 42 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
23 ( 49 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 17 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
25 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
26 ( 19 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
27 ( 15 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
28 ( 29 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
29 ( 16 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
30 ( 44 ) THE BORDER America

31 ( 18 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
32 ( 24 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
33 ( 25 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
34 ( 39 ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned
35 ( 27 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
36 ( NEW ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
37 ( 48 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
38 ( 62 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
39 ( 36 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
40 ( 61 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo

41 ( 41 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
42 ( 23 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
43 ( 34 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
44 ( 33 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
45 ( NEW ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
46 ( 32 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
47 ( 47 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
48 ( 57 ) OH SHERRIE Steve Perry
49 ( 64 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
50 ( 70 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star

51 ( 28 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
52 ( NEW ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 58 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
55 ( 53 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
56 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 46 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
58 ( 30 ) LAVENDER Marillion
59 ( 43 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
60 ( 67 ) YOU DID CUT ME China Crisis

61 ( 51 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
62 ( 35 ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
63 ( RE ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
64 ( 69 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
65 ( NEW ) IT’S CALLED A HEART Depeche Mode
66 ( 63 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
67 ( 50 ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes
68 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
69 ( 60 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
70 ( NEW ) RUGGED AND MEAN Pee Bee Squad

71 ( 68 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
72 ( 65 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
73 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars
74 ( NEW ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
75 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42

8th October 1985

It’s a first week on top for Midge Ure, rather appropriately cos I saw him perform this wonderful song last night as I write (14th Oct 2017) heading a triple bill of fab Clare Crogan’s Altered Images, still in fine voice, and ditto The Christians smooth rocksoul. Great to hear them all with more hits than you think you know!

Jennifer Rush powers into the 10, The Smiths make a thorny dash into the 20, and Level 42 have something about going top 40. Highest new entry is the brilliant Trevor Horn-produced Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm, at 44, The Cult follow-up with Rain, Sade keeps the jazzsoul coming, Prince has another psychedelic-soul single off Around The World In A Day, and a classic Simple Minds movie song pops in. One to have a Breakfast Club to.

Woodpeckers From Space? No, I don’t remember it either, but I had fond movies of being in the Micky Mouse club in Singapore (Woody Woodpecker shorts on film shown to RAF kids in Siglap, presumably unable to finance Disney shorts). Certainly no other excuse for charting it. One place higher than Erasure’s debut of a flop single first time round, the former Depeche Mode Vince is also lower than his ex-bandmates. Bobby Womack follows his brother and sister-in-law into my charts, Kaja have dropped the googooo – they needent have bothered – The Alarm are strong at 75, and The Jesus And Mary Chain are just like honey at 74. Sweet.

1 ( 3 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 ( 1 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
3 ( 2 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 5 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
5 ( 6 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
6 ( 4 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
7 ( 10 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
8 ( 9 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
9 ( 38 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
10 ( 22 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams

11 ( 18 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
12 ( 7 ) ANGEL Madonna
13 ( 8 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
14 ( 20 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
15 ( 23 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
16 ( 11 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
17 ( 12 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
18 ( 25 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
19 ( 49 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
20 ( 41 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr

21 ( 13 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
22 ( 28 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
23 ( 14 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
24 ( 19 ) DRIVE The Cars
25 ( 24 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
26 ( 17 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
27 ( 15 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
28 ( 30 ) THE BORDER America
29 ( 40 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
30 ( 36 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan

31 ( 16 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
32 ( 50 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
33 ( 26 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
34 ( 64 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
35 ( 54 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
36 ( 37 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
37 ( 21 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
38 ( 75 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
39 ( 32 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
40 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John

41 ( 27 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
42 ( 39 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
43 ( 29 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
44 ( NEW ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
45 ( 45 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
46 ( 35 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
47 ( NEW ) RAIN The Cult
48 ( 43 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
49 ( 31 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
50 ( 33 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess

51 ( NEW ) SWEETEST TABOO Sade
52 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
54 ( 44 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
55 ( 65 ) IT’S CALLED A HEART Depeche Mode
56 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 55 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
58 ( 70 ) RUGGED AND MEAN Pee Bee Squad
59 ( 34 ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned
60 ( 57 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News

61 ( NEW ) POP LIFE Prince
62 ( 68 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
63 ( 47 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
64 ( 61 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
65 ( 74 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
66 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
67 ( NEW ) WOODPECKERS FROM SPACE Video Kids
68 ( NEW ) WHO NEEDS LOVE LIKE THAT Erasure
69 ( 69 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
70 ( 66 ) SO IN LOVE OMD

71 ( NEW ) I WISH HE DIDN’T TRUST ME SO MUCH Bobby Womack
72 ( 59 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
73 ( NEW ) SHOULDN’T DO THAT Kaja
74 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE HONEY The Jesus And Mary Chain
75 ( NEW ) STRENGTH The Alarm

15th October 1985

2 weeks on top for Midge as a-ha challenge at 2. Brilliant vault up to 12 with their utterly different James Brown cover (sung from the point of view of a woman), Jennifer Holliday grabs a second top 20 hit, Grace Jones gets her second top 20 too – 5 years after the first – and ditto The Cult 5 weeks after the first (or so). Simple Minds are the highest of a pile of new tracks as the autumn pre-xmas deluge gets biting, with the great Alive And Kicking. In 1985 Madonna could fart into a microphone and get a hit, and sure enough The Gambler enters at 30, The Three Degrees return after a 5-year gap, Talking Heads after a 4-year gap (with the fab Road To Nowhere), The Clash after a 2-year rest, and The Thompson Twins keep the run of singles coming.

Kate Bush chucks out another winner, the one with the Donald Sutherland video, the great Cloudbusting, following a chart-topper as do The Cars and Godley & Creme. A Miami Vice theme track charts for Jan Hammer, better than the TV show at any rate (though it did have Sheena Easton in it), and some of Duran Duran decide it’s time for an Election Day. Duran without the rhythm oomph, effectively. Modern Talking and Pat Benatar follow-up great singles with much less great tracks….

1 ( 1 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 ( 11 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
3 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 2 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
5 ( 4 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
6 ( 9 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
7 ( 10 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
8 ( 7 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
9 ( 5 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
10 ( 6 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder

11 ( 8 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
12 ( 45 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
13 ( 12 ) ANGEL Madonna
14 ( 19 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
15 ( 20 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
16 ( 18 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
17 ( 34 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
18 ( 13 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
19 ( 44 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
20 ( 47 ) RAIN The Cult

21 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
22 ( NEW ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
23 ( 15 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 16 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
25 ( 40 ) NIKITA Elton John
26 ( 14 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
27 ( 32 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
28 ( 22 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
29 ( 29 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
30 ( NEW ) THE GAMBLER Madonna

31 ( 17 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
32 ( 24 ) DRIVE The Cars
33 ( NEW ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
34 ( 25 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
35 ( 26 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
36 ( 61 ) POP LIFE Prince
37 ( 23 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
38 ( 21 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
39 ( 27 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
40 ( 51 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade

41 ( 30 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
42 ( 33 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
43 ( NEW ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
44 ( NEW ) HOT FUN Seventh Heaven
45 ( NEW ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
46 ( 39 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
47 ( NEW ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
48 ( 31 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
49 ( NEW ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
50 ( 36 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard

51 ( 35 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
52 ( 62 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 48 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
55 ( 42 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
56 ( 28 ) THE BORDER America
57 ( 65 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
58 ( 46 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
59 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( 57 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle

61 ( 37 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars
63 ( 41 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
64 ( 53 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
65 ( 50 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
66 ( NEW ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
67 ( 54 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
68 ( 49 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
69 ( 64 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
70 ( NEW ) GOLDEN BOYS Godley & Creme

71 ( 60 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
72 ( NEW ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
73 ( 70 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
74 ( NEW ) YOU CAN WIN IF YOU WANT Modern Talking
75 ( NEW ) INVINCIBLE Pat Benatar

22nd October 1985

It’s a first week on top for a-ha’s timeless Take On Me, as one fab creative video knocks off another one – from Midge’s pin-cushion effect to a-ha’s animation-strip style. Grace JOnes gets her biggest-ever hit as Slave To The Rhythm jumps to 5, and The Clash rocket almost 30 places to 6 for their first top 10 since Bankrobber in 1980. Elton John’s Nikita saunters into the 10 to give Reg 15 consecutive years of top 10 hits, while the highest new entry is Mrs Cretu, German singer Sandra who’s hubbie was to become mega as Enigma (and he often brought in the missus to help): in at 16 Maria Magdalena was a huge European smash (and UK flop) owing more than a bit to Laura Branigan’s Self Control. I recently entered it into the Buzzjack Song Contest as an obscure oldie amongst a host of new tracks and it did spectacularly well with a new younger generation of music fans. It sounds very relevant in 2017, obviously….!

Talking Heads rocket into the 20, ditto Kate Bush (later to be sampled by Utah Saints to great effect), as Bucks Fizz singer Bobby G leads an inrush of ex-group singers to the chart: Roger Daltrey gets 12 years of solo hits, or 16 years including The Who; Sting enters Police-less with a lesser track; Feargal Sharkey gets another solo hit, his best ever record (written by Maria McKee), and I include the classic Teenage Kicks Undertones debut from 1978 in that; Jimmy Somerville pops in with The Communards, a Bronski Beat nevermore, as You Are My World turns out to be the best thing he’s done since Smalltown Boy. It got to be a hit eventually in 1987. 

UB40 enter right into the 40 with one of their great singles 5 years into their non-stop run of hits, and Siouxsie enters with her greatest single 7 years into her career, Cities In Dust still sounds fabulous. Twiggy’s back 9 years on, and Tina Turner keeps the Mad Max coming.

1 ( 2 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
2 ( 1 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
3 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
5 ( 19 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
6 ( 45 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
7 ( 12 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
8 ( 15 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
9 ( 4 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
10 ( 25 ) NIKITA Elton John

11 ( 8 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
12 ( 7 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
13 ( 20 ) RAIN The Cult
14 ( 5 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
15 ( 22 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
16 ( NEW ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
17 ( 30 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
18 ( 43 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
19 ( 10 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
20 ( 21 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42

21 ( 13 ) ANGEL Madonna
22 ( 9 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
23 ( 49 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
24 ( 14 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
25 ( 18 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
26 ( 33 ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
27 ( 27 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
28 ( 11 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
29 ( NEW ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
30 ( 16 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela

31 ( 17 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
32 ( 40 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade
33 ( 29 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
34 ( 47 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
35 ( 66 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
36 ( 36 ) POP LIFE Prince
37 ( NEW ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
38 ( NEW ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
39 ( 24 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
40 ( 34 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz

41 ( 32 ) DRIVE The Cars
42 ( NEW ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
43 ( 57 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
44 ( NEW ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
45 ( 28 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
46 ( 38 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
47 ( 23 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
48 ( 39 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
49 ( 52 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
50 ( 46 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

51 ( 37 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
52 ( 31 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
53 ( 42 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
54 ( 35 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
55 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( NEW ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
58 ( 55 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
59 ( 54 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
60 ( NEW ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King

61 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
62 ( NEW ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
63 ( 60 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
64 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
65 ( NEW ) THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN Hazell Dean
66 ( NEW ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
67 ( 41 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
68 ( 44 ) HOT FUN Seventh Heaven
69 ( 48 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
70 ( 62 ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars

71 ( 58 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
72 ( 72 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
73 ( 51 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
74 ( 75 ) INVINCIBLE Pat Benatar
75 ( NEW ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey

29th October 2017
A-ha on top in a busy week, for a second week. I don’t have time to run down on returning legends Aretha & Johnny Nash Class of 68, the manic leaps and drops of numerous tracks as Oct 1985 turns out to be magnificently fab.

Stairway To Heaven is the highest new entry, Siouxsie rockets to 2, and OMD are in at 30 (I’m off to see them next week in Southampton).

11 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
12 ( 18 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 17 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
14 ( 37 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 4 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
16 ( 66 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
17 ( 7 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
18 ( 20 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
19 ( 9 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
20 ( 23 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

21 ( 38 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
22 ( 15 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
23 ( 11 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
24 ( 29 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
25 ( 12 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
26 ( 35 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
27 ( 14 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
28 ( 19 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
29 ( 34 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
30 ( 32 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade

31 ( NEW ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
32 ( 25 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
33 ( 21 ) ANGEL Madonna
34 ( 36 ) POP LIFE Prince
35 ( 43 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
36 ( 64 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
37 ( 60 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
38 ( 42 ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
39 ( 22 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
40 ( NEW ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin

41 ( 41 ) DRIVE The Cars
42 ( 33 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
43 ( 57 ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
44 ( 24 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
45 ( 40 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
46 ( 72 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
47 ( 26 ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
48 ( 39 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
49 ( NEW ) SLEEPING BAG ZZ Top
50 ( 28 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive

51 ( 30 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
52 ( 75 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey
53 ( 31 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
54 ( 27 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 50 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
57 ( 46 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
58 ( NEW ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
59 ( NEW ) LOVE LETTER Marc Almond
60 ( 59 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

61 ( 61 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
62 ( 62 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
63 ( 48 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
64 ( 63 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 58 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
66 ( 51 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
67 ( NEW ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( 53 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
69 ( 65 ) THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN Hazell Dean
70 ( NEW ) ROCK ME BABY Johnny Nash

71 ( 52 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
72 ( 54 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
73 ( NEW ) THE WIND OF CHANGE Robert Wyatt & The Swapo Singers
74 ( NEW ) UNCLE SAM Madness
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S THAT GIRL A Flock Of Seagulls

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black
3 GET DOWN TONIGHT KC & The Sunshine Band