My Retro July 1969 Charts

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5th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Beach Boys, their first retro-chart Number 1 being as most of their classics predate 1967, though I love the melody and harmonies on Breakaway just as much as Good Vibrations, though nothing compares to God Only Knows. Highest new entry is breakaway solo star, Robin Gibb in a drug-induced parting of the ways with his older brother Barry and twin Maurice (then-busy with new wife Lulu) leaving The Bee Gees as a duo for the next couple of years till they all realised they were better together. Saved By The Bell was a beautifully OTT ballad, one of only 2 singles my mum ever bought (in Singapore this one) with a bit of encouragement from me to part with her cash cos I also loved it. The B side is also an obscure period-piece of a minor gem, Mother And Jack in at 38.

Neil Diamond gets his first top 10 as an act, Sweet Caroline still sounding two years too early, while Crosby Stills & Nash get a first top 20 as an act, Joe Dolan gets his first, and Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions get a first together, but not their last albeit without each other in future years. The Stones final monster UK chart-topper enters at 22, Honky Tonk Women higher than B side You Can’t Always Get What You Want at 54. At 24, Give Peace A Chance, and John Lennon starts his solo career, more or less, aided and abetted by a choir of stars, and a future anthem to boot. It fits in well as a sort of companion piece to John’s Ballad Of John & Yoko as a snapshot of 1969 pop culture.

At 28 Vanity Fare enter with second chart entry Early In The Morning, another tuneful pop ditty with a melody that hooked me as a boy, and am still rather fond of – co-written by Mike Leander, the man behind the career and songs of Gary Glitter who scored The Beatles She’s Leaving Home, executive-produced the Jesus Christ Superstar concept-album, and in later years wrote Matador, the musical which gave Tom Jones a big hit with A Boy From Nowhere in 1987. A shame Paul Gadd sullied his reputation by association, which is why these days I prefer to give credit to Leander for the music.

Lou Christie debuts at 39 – actually it’s not really, but Lightnin’ Strikes predates 1967 and that would so be challenging the top of my charts a year earlier both retro-then and retro-now – I’m Gonna Make You Mine being again a track I knew of from my 1969 songbooks but didn’t get to hear until 1974. True Grit, on the other hand, was the theme-tune from the film of the same-name, starring Oscar-winning John Wayne in his best role, the brilliant teen actor Kim Darby – and Glen Campbell! OK his acting skills didn’t rise to the occasion, but I loved Glen in it, and his records dominated my affection in 1970 more than any other act of the time. Frustratingly, I loved this record, heard it once, and maybe one more time on the radio, and that was that till the film got shown on TV in the mid-70’s. The great Don Black did the lyrics, and Elmer Bernstein the music – yes, him, the man who composed the scores to The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and many other films.

Georgie Fame is in at 55 with Peaceful – I saw him last year supporting the farewell original-lineup Manfreds tour and he was in fab voice, still totally doing new albums. At 71, Country Joe & The Fish, fresh from festival appearances and Here I Go Again, a record I’d never heard – though the song was strangely familiar: it should be. Twiggy had a UK hit with it in 1976 when she launched her country-based singles debut and music career. Lower down, new entries and returns for Donovan, nearing the end of the hit road, Jeff Beck Group ditto, Tommy Roe, ditto, David Ruffin, not ditto, and Gladys Knight, very much not ditto. Gladys has a new album at I type in 2019, and just did a single with Boy George & Culture Club, still got that awesome voice.

1 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
2 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 2 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
7 ( 6 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 8
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
10 ( 11 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 10

11 ( 9 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
12 ( 10 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
13 ( 21 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 13
14 ( 12 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
15 ( 13 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
16 ( 16 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
17 ( 14 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
18 ( 23 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 18
19 ( 17 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
20 ( 22 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20

21 ( 15 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
22 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 22
23 ( 18 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
24 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 24
25 ( 26 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 25
26 ( 27 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26
27 ( 24 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
28 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 28
29 ( 32 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 29
30 ( 25 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

31 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
32 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 32
33 ( 20 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20
34 ( 31 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
35 ( 35 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 35
36 ( 30 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
37 ( 42 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
38 ( NEW ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 38
39 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 39
40 ( 50 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 40

41 ( 29 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
42 ( NEW ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 42
43 ( 46 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 43
44 ( 59 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 44
45 ( 40 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) I’M FREE The Who # 46
47 ( 48 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 47
48 ( 33 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
49 ( 53 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 49
50 ( 52 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 50

51 ( 28 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
52 ( 41 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
53 ( 47 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
54 ( NEW ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 54
55 ( NEW ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 55
56 ( 64 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 56
57 ( 66 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 57
58 ( 68 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 58
59 ( 49 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
60 ( 63 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 60

61 ( 51 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
62 ( 39 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 39
63 ( 70 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 63
64 ( 72 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 64
65 ( 37 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30
66 ( 69 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 66
67 ( 71 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 67
68 ( 43 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 43
69 ( 38 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
70 ( 73 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 70

71 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 71
72 ( NEW ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 72
73 ( NEW ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 75

5th July Retro-Then

1 ( 2 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( 20 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
5 ( 13 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
6 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
7 ( 4 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 12 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 5 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
10 ( RE ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull

11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( RE ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 6 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
16 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
17 ( RE ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( 19 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

 

 

12th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Archies with the Andy Kim/Jeff Barry song that still sells 50 years later, Sugar, Sugar: it may be Bubblegum and hated by many then and now, but it’s a sweet little confection from both the first EP and first LP I used my own money to buy. Crosby, Stills & Nash break into the 10 tracks that just won’t shift cos they are absolute faves all. The Stones, Plastic Ono Band, and Scott Walker go top 20 hoping to break through, while fave acts Cilla, 5th Dimension & Glen join The Who popping into the 40.

Not too many newies this week, The Love Affair getting the highest at 43 Bringing On Back The Good Times for me, over a year on from Everlasting Love started the short but good run of four hit singles. Tom Jones pops back in with I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, like Get Together another 1967 already-retro-chart-hit top 10, and back again for the same reason – US chart action. Tony Tribe pops in with the 3rd version of Red Red Wine, this time the reggae prototype for UB40. Finally, Johnny Cash sneaks in with A Boy Named Sue, which tickled my amusement buds as a kid. These days, not so much. Never heard of nicknames or changing your name by deed poll?

1 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 1 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 8 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 6
7 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( 6 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
9 ( 10 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
10 ( 13 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 10

11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
12 ( 22 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 12
13 ( 12 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
14 ( 20 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
15 ( 18 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
16 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
17 ( 24 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 17
18 ( 11 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
19 ( 15 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
20 ( 25 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20

21 ( 16 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
22 ( 28 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 22
23 ( 17 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
24 ( 19 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
25 ( 29 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 25
26 ( 32 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 26
27 ( 23 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
28 ( 21 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
29 ( 38 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 29
30 ( 35 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30

31 ( 27 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
32 ( 26 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26
33 ( 39 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 33
34 ( 42 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 34
35 ( 43 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
36 ( 40 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 36
37 ( 37 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
38 ( 46 ) I’M FREE The Who # 38
39 ( 44 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 39
40 ( 34 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1

41 ( 30 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
42 ( 36 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
43 ( NEW ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 43
44 ( 49 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 44
45 ( 31 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
46 ( 47 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 46
47 ( 54 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 47
48 ( 50 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 48
49 ( 55 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 49
50 ( 58 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 50

51 ( 45 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
52 ( 56 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 52
53 ( 57 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 53
54 ( 33 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20
55 ( 41 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
56 ( 74 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 56
57 ( 64 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 57
58 ( 73 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 58
59 ( 63 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 59
60 ( 66 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 60

61 ( 52 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
62 ( 53 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
63 ( 71 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 63
64 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
65 ( 67 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 65
66 ( 59 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
67 ( 51 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
68 ( 72 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 68
69 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 69
70 ( 70 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 70

71 ( 61 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
72 ( 60 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 60
73 ( 75 ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 73
74 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 74
75 ( NEW ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash # 75

RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
5 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
6 ( 4 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
8 ( 6 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
9 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
10 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

11 ( 19 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
12 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( 20 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( 10 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
15 ( 9 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
16 ( 18 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
17 ( 14 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( 17 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
19 ( NEW ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( NEW ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan

 

19th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for Bee Gee solo Saved By The Bell, Robin doing OTT power-ballad as well as the specialists of the time. Mum bought this single in Singapore, and I played it in the car this week while taking mum and dad to see my niece. Mum has alzheimers and can’t speak hardly at all, but it still got her going on flights of musical fantasy the second it came on. The power of music. This was also the week Man stepped onto the moon, I watched the broadcasts the next morning, Neil Armstrong having annoyingly moonwalked early in the middle of UK night, which meant I had to watch the repeats on specially-allowed morning BBC TV. It was inspiring, though also disappointing to miss it live, and the TV footage not being state-of-the-art. David Bowie had released his appropriate ground-breaking single the week before, and it duly enters at 16 in tribute to Apollo, though by the time it became a UK hit I’d left the UK and didn’t get to hear it until it was a reissued US hit in 1973. It eventually topped my charts in 1975.

John Lennon goes top 10 as he also tops my actual charts of the time – so the Moon-Landing single of the time was a fairly apt message that will always be relevant, even if the events listed in it are historical. So his first, or his umpteenth, top 10, depending on how you look at it. The Stones also get another, their 3rd, and The Love Affair make it a 4th top 20. Country Joe almost goes top 40 with his Twiggy original version, and The Equals return with another fave of the time – Viva Bobby Joe, in at 5 – Eddy Grant still setting the groundwork for his future-career, as Sly & The Family Stone keep the frantic pace of US-charting singles going at 57 and the more-singalong Hot Fun In The Summertime. The Chi-Lites return as the chart starts to look more and more like an early version of the Philly/Soul early 70’s – albeit all of them tracks I didn’t know at the time but sound good to my ears. Just to underline that, Aretha Franklin, Young-Holt Unlimited, The Electric Indian, and The Intrigues all slot in as a bunch of Philly bands are pending to turn up over the next few weeks.

Elsewhere, Creedence also keep the pace of hot singles fast, as Green River replaces Bad Moon Rising, The Move turn up with Curly, while Hello Susie (another Roy Wood song) is still charting – the final single with Carl Wayne, as they shortly become a Jeff Lynne/Roy Wood/ELO/Wizzard embryo, and Curly sounds like it came straight off Roy Wood’s 1973 solo album Boulders. Finally Fairport Convention chart with a French-language translation version of Bob Dylan’s If You Gotta Go, Go Now (giving him 2 songs on the chart) that was a hit for Manfred Mann. 50 years ago I clearly liked Amen Corner, Billy Preston, Creedence’s Proud Mary, Donovan and Jim Reeves hits more than I do now, even allowing for the added competition from records I didn’t know then.

1 ( 6 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 1 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
6 ( 4 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
7 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( 17 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 8
9 ( 10 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 9
10 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 10

11 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
12 ( 9 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
13 ( 22 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 13
14 ( 14 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
15 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
16 ( NEW ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 16
17 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
18 ( 43 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 18
19 ( 16 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
20 ( 29 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 20

21 ( 15 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
22 ( 33 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 22
23 ( 25 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 23
24 ( 26 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 24
25 ( 19 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
26 ( 18 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
27 ( 20 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20
28 ( 24 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
29 ( 21 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
30 ( 34 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 23 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
32 ( 36 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 32
33 ( 27 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
34 ( 31 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
35 ( 39 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 35
36 ( 49 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 36
37 ( 30 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30
38 ( 38 ) I’M FREE The Who # 38
39 ( 44 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 39
40 ( 48 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 40

41 ( 63 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 41
42 ( 35 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
43 ( 47 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 43
44 ( 40 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
45 ( 41 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
46 ( 42 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
47 ( 28 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
48 ( 58 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 48
49 ( 50 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 49
50 ( 32 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26

51 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 51
52 ( 53 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 52
53 ( 37 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
54 ( 56 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 54
55 ( 51 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
56 ( 60 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 56
57 ( NEW ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 57
58 ( 59 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 58
59 ( 69 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 59
60 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 60

61 ( 45 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
62 ( NEW ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 62
63 ( 68 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 63
64 ( 46 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 46
65 ( 52 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 52
66 ( 57 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 57
67 ( NEW ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 67
68 ( 74 ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 68
69 ( 70 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 69
70 ( NEW ) CURLY The Move # 70

71 ( 73 ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 71
72 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 72
73 ( NEW ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 73
74 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 74
75 ( NEW ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 75

wot I liked that week then 5th official compiled chart

1 ( 4 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
2 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 10 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
4 ( 5 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
5 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
6 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
7 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 17 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( 8 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
10 ( 19 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

11 ( 20 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
12 ( 12 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( NEW ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves
14 ( 7 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
15 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
16 ( 14 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
17 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
18 ( 16 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
20 ( 15 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers

 

26th July 1969

It’s a second week on top for Robin Gibb, in a still-static upper-chart, with only David Bowie’s Space Oddity managing to make the Big League at 10, his first top 10 – and very very much not his last. Glen Campbell takes his True Grit top 20, as some more movie songs pop in lower down: 2001: A Space Odyssey was giving Strauss a push in Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking movie, the first big-budget special-effects movie, and stunning it was visually. Writer Arthur C. Clarke would go on to become my favourite writer within 18 months as I leaped from Enid Blyton to sci-fi as my reading material of choice, and I saw this film at the cinema. Hadn’t a clue what was going on plot-wise at the end. The slow-pace was also a problem for a kid, but it remains awesome to look at. That means Also Sprach Zarathustra (as I know it better) enters at 59.

At 45, the highest new entry is Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin and their very naughty song, banned on UK radio and TV – though the melody was familiar to me by the time I finally got to hear Je T’Aime in 1974, when I bought it on re-issue and it topped my charts – though already a big hit in Europe, along with another track which will chart in the next few weeks for me. Biggest climb into the 40 is from Sly & The Family Stone, Hot Fun peaking higher to date than most of their numerous chart tracks inside a prolific 12 months. The Dells return with a cover of their own 50’s track, Oh What A Night at 56 – I’m partial to doowop, whatever decade it is. The O’Jays also return, with One Night Affair at 57, a second chart entry with a decade more ahead of them including 2 number ones in 1972 and 1973.

William Bell is also back, this time with a Northern Soul solo track, Happy – no, not THAT Happy – and Tyrone Davis debuts with a Eugene Record co-write at 67, All The Waiting Is Not In Vain, as Eugene’s own band climbs to 44 for The Chi-Lites, and an act he wrote the previous hit for (Young-Holt Unlimited) is up to 69 with another instrumental. KIng Curtis gets another Saxy instrumental hit, Iggy Pop debuts with his punky Stooges, and he is ahead of his time in wanting to be a dog. That’s quite the cult these days in some circles. Jose Feliciano is back, this time with his own song Rain which Bruce Ruffin will have a UK hit with in 1971, and which I was sort of aware of without noticing – probably due to the numerous covers over the next few years, and in here at 73. Motherlode’s soul-based smoothness is at 74, and Henry Mancini is returns with another instrumental – this time Beethoven. Suddenly my chart is all classical, oooh get me.

1 ( 1 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 5 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
6 ( 8 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 6
7 ( 6 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
8 ( 9 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
9 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 9
10 ( 16 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 10

11 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
12 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
13 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 13
14 ( 12 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
15 ( 18 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 16
17 ( 22 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 17
18 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
19 ( 30 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 19
20 ( 19 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1

21 ( 15 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
22 ( 23 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 22
23 ( 24 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 23
24 ( 35 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 24
25 ( 38 ) I’M FREE The Who # 25
26 ( 39 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
27 ( 14 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
28 ( 28 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
29 ( 21 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
30 ( 32 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 30

31 ( 25 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
32 ( 36 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 32
33 ( 26 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
34 ( 31 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
35 ( 29 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
36 ( 41 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
37 ( 33 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
38 ( 34 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
39 ( 43 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 39
40 ( 57 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 40

41 ( 27 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20
42 ( 51 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 42
43 ( 48 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 43
44 ( 60 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 44
45 ( NEW ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 45
46 ( 44 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
47 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 47
48 ( 46 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
49 ( 52 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 49
50 ( 45 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

51 ( 54 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 51
52 ( 62 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 52
53 ( 37 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30
54 ( 63 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
55 ( 40 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 40
56 ( NEW ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 56
57 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 57
58 ( 75 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 58
59 ( NEW ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 59
60 ( 55 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1

61 ( 42 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
62 ( 49 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 49
63 ( 67 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 63
64 ( NEW ) HAPPY William Bell # 64
65 ( 68 ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 65
66 ( 70 ) CURLY The Move # 66
67 ( NEW ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 67
68 ( NEW ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 68
69 ( 72 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 69
70 ( 73 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 70

71 ( 74 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 71
72 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 72
73 ( NEW ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( NEW ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 74
75 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT SONATA Henry Mancini and his Orchestra # 75

My Actual Chart this week 1969


1 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 1 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
3 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 11 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
5 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
6 ( 4 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
7 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
8 ( RE ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
9 ( 5 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
10 ( 19 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb

11 ( RE ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
12 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( 3 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
15 ( 10 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
16 ( NEW ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
18 ( 8 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
19 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees

 

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3 thoughts on “My Retro July 1969 Charts

  1. badfinger20 says:

    Its funny…I know more of these songs than I do in the modern charts. A lot of great songs here.

    • Summer Of ’69 was a great time for music, so much variety and popular music was fresh and innovative – the current charts don’t have quite so many highlights, reduced genre variety, and they hang around forever and a day thanks to streaming and radio. 🙂

      • badfinger20 says:

        I love the sixties especially from 65-69…I grew up in the eighties but always listened to the 60s… a lot of ground breaking records that did stick around… for good reason

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