5th August 1967
2 weeks of comments, and in at 1 it’s Diana Ross getting billing with The Supremes as the solo career beckons with their most ambitious psychedelic soul track yet, sheer brilliance knocking off the spooky Billie Joe country classic after only one week, both topped the US charts, quite rightly. In at 3, a childhood obsession, that kiddie chorus hook from the Pop Opera that never was, the story of Grocer Jack was pure delight and one of my all-time faves during the 60’s and 70’s. The late great Glen Campbell is pushed down by all the genius singles around, but the whole top 6 should be number one.
Canadian Tom Northcott’s folk obscurity is at 8, and Brian Hyland’s best record since Sealed With A Kiss is at 9, as The Monkees go up to only 7 with a Goffin & King classic, such is the invasion of quality. In at 11, Harpers Bizzare’s best record, a playful harmony pop rendering of the Cole Porter 1934 title musical song, and my fave version, possibly excepting Gene Wilder’s Young Frankenstein (“FRONKenSTEEN”) show-stopper. Jackie Wilson’s minor American 1967 hit, and future UK hit classic for 1969, 1975 and biggest of all 1987, Higher & Higher debuts at 12. Top 10 on all occasions, number one in 1987 for me.
The Beach Boys stall with their epic Heroes & Villains at 19, as Gary Lewis & The Playboys last great single, the lovely Jill, goes top 20. Frank Sinatra’s forgotten gem is up to 27, one of his more interesting recordings, and keeping his daughter company in the chart. The Tremeloes jolly pop goodie climbs, and the minor US track The Lewis & Clarke Expedition plays with old world explorers, (actual names though) and drafts in a Monkee on backing vocals for a popfun goodie that deserved better.
Donovan enters with his mountain sounding a bit like a Lulu backing track (that’ll be Mickie Most then), as The Letter drops by a bit low for a pop classic, ditto Itchycoo Park (a 1976 top 10 for me), and Eric Burdon & The Animals get a big climb to 46 with sultry SF nights. At 69, George Clinton debuts over a decade ahead of his Funkadelic UK groove, as The Parliaments funk goodie signals a name change due to record company collapsings. Bobby Vee pops in with a decent ballad, The Symbols template for The Bay City Rollers Four Seasons cover hangs about, and phew that’s about it.
1 ( NEW ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
11 ( NEW ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
21 ( 12 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
31 ( 31 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
41 ( 41 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
51 ( 53 ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT The Alan Price Set
61 ( 56 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
71 ( NEW ) COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP Bobby Vee
19th August 1967
A First week at one for Keith West’s unfinished wanna-be musical masterpiece, one I adored at the time and since, knocking off the masterpiece Motown psychedelic heartbreak classic Reflections. Highest new entry at 4 is the fake West Coast hippie pop anthem from the very British Flowerpot Men (flobalot!), and it is First Class. Almost literally (see 1974’s brilliant Beach Baby). Cliff’s fab Marie sneaks into a very crowded-with-fabness top 10, so fab that Lulu’s movie theme US chart-topper can only manage a 14 debut, a good film and she was good in the movie too. Another movie theme to a great film is in at 74 – In The Heat Of The Night, for Ray Charles.
The Box Tops hit the top 20 with The Letter, and the letters are DC, as the Dave Clark 5’s future hit from the Youngbloods hits 20. John Fred’s fun wanna-be-Bond song hits the 30, and the Stones join in the Summer Of Love chorus pop as We Love You is in at 29. Engelbert Waltzes into the 60, and The Mamas & The Papas get a new light new entry as the hits started to dry up for them in the real world. Tim Buckley has a Morning Glory, and who wouldn’t want that, as Frankie Valli enters with a track uncannily not dissimilar to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Nilsson debuts in my charts with a Beatles B Side cover, which references other songs – rather appropriately as he became part of the Fabs creative crowd. Patti Drew enters with a soul track I don’t know, but yet sounds like I sort of half-recall it from somewhere, and Elvis pops in with another typical “Not exactly cutting edge” track for 1967, but pleasant enough.
1 ( 2 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
11 ( 6 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
21 ( 14 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
31 ( 23 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
41 ( 35 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
51 ( 51 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
61 ( 43 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
71 ( 71 ) COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP Bobby Vee