Pop Music From A Kiddie POV – 1962 Part 2

SPEEDY GONZALES – Pat Boone (1 week)

Another novelty track from the painful balladeer: ol’ Pat used to take rock’n’roll songs and bland them out, but he was a bit of a clean-cut teen idol to boot – he even starred in a good film Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, though it didn’t lead to a new career. I enjoyed the movie in my early teen years, and enjoyed this song in my early years. It had Speedy Gonzales, the superfast Loony Tunes Mexican mouse who has disappeared entirely from history, cos it “reinforced stereotypes”. No more than, say, The Magnificent Seven did, but that wasn’t a kids cartoon with a Thuffering Thuckertash speech-impediment prowling cat – who was clearly the baddie anyway. Anyway, I loved Speedy and if anything it made me root for the Mexicans as much as The Magnificent Seven did. Andale! Arriba! It says little for Pat Boone’s recording career that this catchy little ditty is far and away his best record, though I might be biased.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4s2AMKPHnE

 

 

TELSTAR – The Tornadoes (2 weeks)

Only two weeks for this ground-breaking instrumental record, the Joe Meek futuristic soundscape production years ahead of its time – and what a tune! In 1966 dad was posted to Aden, so mum and brother and me lived in a basic one-bed flat in a rundown area of Liverpool. Dad came back with a new portable record player and some 45’s – including this one, and I played both sides to death (B side Jungle Fever is also good). Prior to that, I knew the tune, but as with most 60’s instrumentals I didn’t know the title or artist – they just got used a lot as backdrops to TV items and the like, so they eased into the subconscious as knowing I liked them but no idea on how to find out who they were or what it was called. Has it dated? Well, in one sense it sounds of its time, but in another sense it inhabits an aural universe all of its own. There was no record like it before, and the nearest I’ve seen to it since is the fab affectionate pastiche by Saint Etienne, “You’re In A Bad Way”. Sheer brilliance, both.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryrEPzsx1gQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4szHXagmryo

 

 

IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER – Carole King (3 weeks)

Another tune I adored as long as I can remember, what a melody from the greatest female pop songwriter of the 60’s. Very teen late 50‘s, love the drip-drop effects, and a good vocal, but it’s all about the tune. Normally she gave away the songs to hit groups and acts, and hubby Gerry Goffin did the lyrics against all expectations – but no it was Carole who did the Brill Building melodies, always, always top notch and a huge list of classy classic songs to point to as proof. For this one though, she stepped out on her own and had a huge UK hit out of it – and then nothing for 9 years till she entered her singer-songwriting blockbuster phase after splitting from Gerry. It was a hit all over agin in the UK in 1972, after Tapestry put her at the centre of contemporary music, with an all-time classic album and nothing less. This song? In the US peaked at only 22: outrageous!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbKE0gJETA0

 

 

VENUS IN BLUE JEANS – Mark Wynter (2 weeks)

Talking about late 50’s teen pop, here’s another one of that genre, albeit a UK teen cover of a US top 10 1962 hit for Jimmy Clanton which outdid the original’s popularity in the US in comparison. Smooth and polished, and not at all rock’n’roll, this one was on the British airwaves quite a lot, and was another one dad purchased for his record player. My brother Mark loved it too, he had the same Christian name – these things matter to kids! Mark Wynter was another kiddie fave, though in his case, he was pretty much only remembered (by me) for only this one – even the follow-up Go Away Little Girl meant nothing to me till I heard Donny Osmond do it. So how does it compare with the Jimmy Clanton version which I’m playing now for the first time ever? Basically identical arrangements and vocals, but the UK version is more polished, sung better, but lacks a bit of the charm of the original, but that also lacks a bit of the oomph of the UK cover. Take your choice. Howard Greenfield co-wrote it, he of Neil Sedaka co-writing fame: he wrote Oh Carol with Neil for Carole King (they all worked in the Brill Building songwriting factory in New York). Amongst his loads of hit songs? Amarillo. Love Will Keep us Together. And, err Crying In The Rain with Carole King. I love a circular link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKrT2TTllo

 

 

BOBBY’S GIRL – Susan Maughan (8 weeks)

Talking about UK covers of US hits, here’s the very first record I went gaga over as I was about to turn 5 years old. I was obsessed with it. From the pounding intro, the soaring hook, and the non-feminist teen-lyrics which kind of washed over me, I couldn’t stop singing “I wanna be Bobby’s Girl” without even thinking about gender stereotype roles. I was a kid and it was just a fab record with a fab tune you could sing easily. What more do you want at 4 or 5?! Susan got a bit of a TV career out of it for a while, and was my fave pop star into early 1963, but in the States it was Marcy Blaine who had the equally big hit version. So how does that compare? Teen girlie vocals, instead of the mature foghorn of Susan’s, so the song makes more sense – I really don’t believe Susan wants to be Bobby’s Girl, I think she’d tell him what’s for, whereas Marcy would pine, simper and know her place – at least till she grew up. Production-wise? Again the UK hit version has more oomph, but again it suits the song less. I’ll stick with my first love though….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0OdE14X3fg

 

 

SUN ARISE – Rolf Harris (1 week)

Sneaking in at year’s end, it’s the once-beloved children’s and family Aussie entertainer who was HOOOGE in the UK in the 60’s and beyond, bearded Rolf exported Aboriginal music culture on this sort-of novelty song, with his didgeridoo often on TV and highly featured on this low-key but catchy bit of World Music. Like nothing heard before in the UK, and little since chart-wise, pretty much every kid knew it at the time – and nowadays it’s forgotten, not least because of the court case and prison-time for Rolf which has tended to not make him a fave of radio stations (at least the few that bother to play any 60’s at all, which is precious few these days in the first place). Rolf of course went on to further chart success, topping my actual charts in 1969 with Two Little Boys, another (anti-war) Aussie-themed ballad. And of course there was his 1990’s sheet-music-read version of Led Zep’s Stairway To Heaven which became a hit on the back of a popular Glastonbury set as a generation of kids-now-grown-up let their residual affection for Rolf loose. Not been a lot of that these days….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XOO0I8ZsIk

 

My July 1987 Charts

7th July 1987

2 weeks on top for It’s A Sin, still epic 32 years later, Herb Alpert gets 2 top 3’s in a row, Madonna shoots up into the 10 with Who’s That Girl, and Cliff gets another top 10 to add to his 19-year-long-run (or, more accurately, 25 years as Bachelor Boy would have topped my hypothetical charts had I been doing them as a 4/5 year-old). Highest new entry is Black, in at 13 with Sweetest Smile, hot on the heels of Wonderful Life.

Bananarama get a big top 40 climb with one of their very best singles, a-ha keep up the run of top 40 hits with the Bond theme climbing 33 places, and Simple Minds keep the live version trend going with a big climb for Promised You A Miracle, 5 years on from the original. Elton is also doing the same, Your Song entering at 46 16 years after the original, behind David Grant in at 38 with Change, a good single that flopped a bit at the time as his 7-year run of success ran out of steam.

Mel & Kim enter with FLM, their penultimate hit as their career was about to abruptly end due to the impending tragic illness and death of young Mel, very sad. Red Box keep the native sounds coming on Chenko, and Boy George is back with a bit of oomph in his great single Sold. Art Of Noise do another 50’s TV/movie theme, this time for the new Dragnet movie. I was old enough to remember the TV show which was still running in the late 60’s, starring future Colonel Potter Harry Morgan of M*A*S*H fame.

In at 72, Wax are back, having flopped with the fab Right Between The Eyes, they hit with Bridge To Your Heart, giving Andrew Gold a decade of hits, and Graham Gouldman 15 years since 10CC started – or 21 years as a songwriter of Hollies hits and Herman’s Hermits chart success which would have charted for me as a boy. 10CC/Graham did this track in tribute to Andrew last year when I saw them and they were fab. Finally Kenny G enters with his Songbird, notorious for introducing a new style of coffee-table instrumental jazz music used in elevators and holding-patterns on phones and the like. So “nice” it became a marmite thing….

1 ( 1 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 4 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
4 ( 5 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
5 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
6 ( 3 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 35 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
8 ( 10 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
9 ( 11 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
10 ( 12 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard

11 ( 16 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
12 ( 9 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
13 ( NEW ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
14 ( 20 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
15 ( 8 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
16 ( 7 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
17 ( 22 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
18 ( 25 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
19 ( 26 ) ALONE Heart
20 ( 23 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush

21 ( 13 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
22 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
23 ( 15 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
24 ( 44 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
25 ( 37 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
26 ( 33 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
27 ( 24 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
28 ( 61 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
29 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
30 ( 50 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

31 ( 32 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
32 ( 40 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
33 ( 41 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 18 ) DEAR GOD XTC
35 ( 28 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
36 ( 36 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 60 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
38 ( NEW ) CHANGE David Grant
39 ( 17 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
40 ( 47 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians

41 ( 19 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
42 ( 21 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
43 ( 48 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
44 ( 27 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
45 ( 29 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
46 ( NEW ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
47 ( 30 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
48 ( 71 ) CATCH The Cure
49 ( 56 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
50 ( NEW ) FLM Mel & Kim

51 ( 38 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
52 ( 45 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
53 ( 73 ) IS THIS LOVE Whiresnake
54 ( 64 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
55 ( NEW ) CHENKO Red Box
56 ( 31 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
57 ( 52 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( NEW ) SOLD Boy George
59 ( 58 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
60 ( 42 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction

61 ( 55 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
62 ( 69 ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
65 ( 39 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
66 ( 43 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
67 ( 67 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 49 ) COVER ME Percy Sledge
70 ( 59 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day

71 ( 46 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
72 ( NEW ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
73 ( 57 ) SHAME OMD
74 ( 54 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
75 ( NEW ) SONGBIRD Kenny G

7th July
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
2 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve & Eydie
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

14th July 1987

It’s a first week on top for Jackie Wilson’s 2nd oldies chart-topper of 1987, originally hitting my top 10 in 1969, and top 30 in 1975, now going Higher And Higher, knocking Pet Shop Boys classic It’s A Sin off the top after only 2 weeks. Not to worry they’d do their own bit of oldies re-issue charting with It’s A Sin down the line. In at 3, talking of oldies, The Beatles Summer Of LOve ’67 classic is also back on it’s 20th anniversary re-issue, at 3, having topped my charts in 1976 already. Heart get a big leap up to 5 with Alone, their 2nd top 5, Black get a second top ten, and Bananarama grab a 6th top ten 5 years into their career – and with a to-date further 32 years and counting to come – with the great I Heard A Rumour, proving Stock Aitken & Waterman could make great singles when they tried.

In at 19, a debut for Star-Trek Priestess T’Pau – or Carol Decker & friend – and the fab Heart & Soul, their best record by far, still love it, and the start of a trickling of tracks into my charts (see Los Lobos) which will accompany me & my parents on US car radio stations in a couple of months on our trip round California/Nevada/Arizona. In at 20 another oldie, but this time a remake – Mungo Jerry had topped my charts in 1970 while I lived in Singapore, and again in 1975 when In The Summertime was reissued, reminding me of happy boyhood tropical eternal sunny summer days – before inferior cover versions, over-use in TV adverts and other constant media profiles sucked all the joy out of it for me.

Boy George sells a big jump into the 40, Freddie MacGregor’s decent reggae cover of 70’s Philly track does the same, and the classically-trained Billy Joel enters at 46 with A Matter Of Trust. Billy was a wanna-be Boxer with a sensitive side who never seemed to get the recognition for his talent, but then he didn’t always release commercial singles, like this one. Los Lobos debut at 58 with the theme to the Ritchie Valens biopic, his hit song from his very short career – dying in the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly & The Big Bopper. Jennifer Warnes covers Leonard Cohen, giving her 11 years of hits in my charts, and Cohen his first charting song – Jennifer’s voice is easier on the ear than ol’ Len’s, I have to say, and she was a fan and friend of his.

Iggy Pop is back, Pseudo Echo cover 1980 Lipps Inc (it seemed far too soon to me!), and the great Was (Not Was) – pronounced Waz (not Woz), the stage name of Don & David Was – are back after their 1984 debut with the terrific (Return To The Valley Of) Out Come The Freaks, with the equally terrific romping Spy In The House Of Love, which had to wait a year to chart properly in the UK. Peter Gabriel also goes political on Red Rain, as per normal then.

1 ( 2 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
2 ( 1 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( NEW ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
5 ( 19 ) ALONE Heart
6 ( 3 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
7 ( 13 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
8 ( 4 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
9 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
10 ( 24 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama

11 ( 14 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
12 ( 5 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
13 ( 17 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 8 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
15 ( 10 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
16 ( 21 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
17 ( 18 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
18 ( 12 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
19 ( NEW ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
20 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers

21 ( 9 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
22 ( 25 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
23 ( 28 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
24 ( 11 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
25 ( 58 ) SOLD Boy George
26 ( 37 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 16 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
28 ( 15 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
29 ( 48 ) CATCH The Cure
30 ( 40 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians

31 ( 46 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
32 ( 23 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
33 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 22 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( 32 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
36 ( 26 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
37 ( 54 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
38 ( 38 ) CHANGE David Grant
39 ( 27 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
40 ( 50 ) FLM Mel & Kim

41 ( 20 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
42 ( 43 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
43 ( 35 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
44 ( 36 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
45 ( 29 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
46 ( NEW ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
47 ( 49 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
48 ( 53 ) IS THIS LOVE Whiresnake
49 ( 62 ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
50 ( 72 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax

51 ( 75 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
52 ( 30 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
53 ( 52 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
54 ( 42 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
55 ( 55 ) CHENKO Red Box
56 ( 34 ) DEAR GOD XTC
57 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( NEW ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
59 ( 64 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
60 ( 59 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 39 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
62 ( 44 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( 70 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
65 ( 65 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
66 ( NEW ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
67 ( 45 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) ISOLATION Iggy Pop
70 ( 31 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club

71 ( RE ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 60 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
73 ( NEW ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
74 ( NEW ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
75 ( NEW ) RED RAIN Peter Gabriel

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
3 PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna

21st July 1987

It’s a first week on top for the 20th anniversary Beatles reissue, as the Summer Of Love classic tops my chart for the first time since 1976’s Beatles reissues – or rather, new sleeves and formats – the catalogue numbers remained the same as they were never deleted. Madonna is denied a 4th consecutive chart-topper, at 2, and Boy George gets his second solo top 10, Billy Idol his 5th solo top 10, and George Michael guesting on a top 10 for the second time – David Cassidy’s The Last Time being the first.

a-ha and Fleetwood Mac keep those top 20’s going, there are big climbs for Red Box, a 3rd top 40, Jennifer Warnes, a second solo a decade on from Right Time Of The Night, and Smokey Robinson is back with his classic Motown ballad, Tracks Of My Tears, having first charted for me in 1969 – when it was already a few years old! The Gap Band revamp their 1980 hit at 51 – Oops! – and SAW debut as artists in their own right with the Northern Soul-flavoured dance-stomper Roadblock, and rather good it was too, at 53. At 59 Def Leppard return 4 years on from Photograph, with the even better Animal, a fab rocking record, even with the drummer Rick Allen having lost an arm in an accident. Technology helped him continue, with the band’s help.

Sly & Robbie follow up Boops with Fire, and The B52’s are back assisted by the Rock Lobster reissued hit, Wig giving them 8 years of entries. Skulking quietly in at 73, New Order are back with a bang, and a career highlight, as True Faith debuts – it wouldn’t top my chart till the 90’s remix, but it’s still a major classic. Wet Wet Wet follow-up a brilliant debut with Sweet Little Mystery. Which is not in the same class at all. Start as you mean to go on…

1 ( 3 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
3 ( 2 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 5 ) ALONE Heart
5 ( 1 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
6 ( 10 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
7 ( 7 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
8 ( 25 ) SOLD Boy George
9 ( 11 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
10 ( 16 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High

11 ( 8 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
12 ( 19 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
13 ( 13 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 9 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
15 ( 6 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
16 ( 12 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
17 ( 22 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
18 ( 26 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 23 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
20 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers

21 ( 18 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
22 ( 40 ) FLM Mel & Kim
23 ( 38 ) CHANGE David Grant
24 ( 14 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
25 ( 30 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
26 ( 29 ) CATCH The Cure
27 ( NEW ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
28 ( 21 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
29 ( 31 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
30 ( 55 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box

31 ( 27 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 15 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
33 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 50 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
35 ( 66 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
36 ( 37 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
37 ( 17 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
38 ( 51 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
39 ( 46 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
40 ( 58 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos

41 ( 47 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
42 ( 24 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
43 ( 28 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
44 ( 32 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
45 ( 48 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
46 ( 39 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
47 ( 43 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
48 ( 42 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
49 ( 74 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
50 ( 45 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations

51 ( NEW ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band
52 ( 44 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
53 ( NEW ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
54 ( 36 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
55 ( 53 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
56 ( 59 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
57 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
58 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
59 ( NEW ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 35 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
62 ( 54 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
65 ( 41 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
66 ( NEW ) WIG The B52’s
67 ( 64 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 69 ) ISOLATION Iggy Pop
70 ( 62 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

71 ( 67 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
72 ( 73 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
73 ( NEW ) TRUE FAITH New Order
74 ( 65 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
75 ( NEW ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

Playlist oldies of the week
1 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys
2 WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick
3 LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10c.c.

28th July 1987

It’s a first week on top for Madonna’s Who’s That Girl, giving her 5 chart-toppers in a row, and in total, as T’Pau race into the top 3 with Heart And Soul, joined by a remix of The Temptations classic Papa Was A Rolling Stone remixed to peak higher than the original did in 1973, at 8. Closely behind at 9, it’s a new entry for the original ska song My Boy Lollipop by Millie, a fave of kiddie John in his early schooldays, charting for the first time, and after the lesser Bad Manners version. David Grant gets a first top 10 in 4 years, while huge leaps for Wax and Def Leppard in to the 20, and New Order into the 40 make up the big climbers.

In at 20, it’s the first track off the forthcoming Bad album, the charming I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, with Siedah Garrett, returning the favour for donating Man In The Mirror to Michael Jackson. It’s Siedah’s second chart hit, Michael’s umpteenth, 17 years on. Bill Withers brings his Lovely Day back into the chart 9 years on, and a year ahead of the remix hit version, The Beastie’s get a 3rd, and Danny Wilson a first, chart entry. She’s On It, and the sweet Mary’s Prayer – which had to wait till 1988 to chart big. Aussie band Icehouse also had to wait a while for Crazy to catch on, but straight in here, 4 years on from the fab Hey Little Girl.

1 ( 2 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
2 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
3 ( 12 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 4 ) ALONE Heart
5 ( 6 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
6 ( 3 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 8 ) SOLD Boy George
8 ( NEW ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
9 ( NEW ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
10 ( 23 ) CHANGE David Grant

11 ( 5 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
12 ( 10 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
13 ( 7 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
14 ( 17 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
15 ( 34 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
16 ( 59 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
17 ( 14 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
18 ( 30 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
19 ( 11 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
20 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

21 ( 9 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
22 ( 13 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 27 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
24 ( 25 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
25 ( 15 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
26 ( 38 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
27 ( 16 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
28 ( NEW ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
29 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
30 ( 18 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 21 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
32 ( 22 ) FLM Mel & Kim
33 ( 35 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
34 ( 40 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
35 ( 73 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
36 ( 19 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
37 ( 41 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
38 ( 39 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
39 ( 53 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
40 ( 56 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise

41 ( 28 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
42 ( 24 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
44 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
45 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers
46 ( 49 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
47 ( 45 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
48 ( 54 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
49 ( 26 ) CATCH The Cure
50 ( 51 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band

51 ( 47 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
52 ( 64 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
53 ( 32 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
54 ( 37 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
55 ( 44 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
56 ( 29 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
57 ( 46 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 50 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
59 ( 42 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( NEW ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
62 ( 58 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
63 ( 72 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
64 ( 55 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
65 ( NEW ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
66 ( 43 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
67 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
70 ( 52 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

71 ( NEW ) CRAZY Icehouse
72 ( 70 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
73 ( 75 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
74 ( NEW ) I SURRENDER Samantha Fox
75 ( 67 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day

Oldies Playlist
1 CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
2 SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 CARELESS WHISPER (12” VERSION) George Michael

My Retro August 1969 Charts

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2nd August 1969

It’s a first week on top, after an 11-week run, for Crystal Blue Persuasion. Tommy James & co had peaked at 2 behind some all-time faves, but is still fresh and grabs the band a second chart-topper, after Mony Mony in 1968. Bowie gets his first top 5, The Love Affair get a 3rd top 10 and Vanity fare a first.

Big climbs into the 40 for The Chi-Lites, and The O’Jays, while the highest new entry keeps the soul/funk sounds hot with The Temptations mighty I Can’t Get Next To You entering at 38. More soul new entries include the The Whispers debuting with a doowop goodie I’ve never heard before, but which was doing well in the Soul charts at the time – they wouldn’t get a UK hit until the disco era in 1980 with And The Beat Goes On. The Moments return with another entry, I Do, and The Delfonics with You Got Yours.

Nick Drake’s Riverman enters at 47 – he had to posthumously wait until 2004 to get an entry in my own charts, being as I’d never actually heard anything by him until the 90’s as his reputation grew. Bill Deal is back with his 3rd goodie, and the only one to become a big-ish US hit, Engelbert keeps pumping out the MOR ballads, and Evie Sands (who?!) does a decent cover of The Troggs Anyway That You Want Me 8 years ahead of the UK hit mash-up cover.

1 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 10 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 4
5 ( 1 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
6 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 6
7 ( 9 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 7
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
9 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 9
10 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 10
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
12 ( 11 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 13
14 ( 8 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 16 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( 19 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
17 ( 12 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
18 ( 24 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
19 ( 22 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 19
20 ( 25 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20

21 ( 14 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
22 ( 18 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
23 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 23
24 ( 44 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 24
25 ( 20 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
26 ( 21 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
27 ( 40 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 27
28 ( 32 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 28
29 ( 27 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
30 ( 28 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3

31 ( 26 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
32 ( 42 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 32
33 ( 45 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 33
34 ( 29 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
35 ( 31 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
36 ( 33 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
37 ( 57 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 37
38 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 38
39 ( 34 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
40 ( 43 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40

41 ( 37 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
42 ( 38 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
43 ( 35 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
44 ( 56 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 44
45 ( 36 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
46 ( 52 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( NEW ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 47
48 ( 51 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
49 ( 46 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 30 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 30

51 ( 58 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 51
52 ( 48 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
53 ( 59 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 53
54 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 55
56 ( 50 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
57 ( 64 ) HAPPY William Bell # 57
58 ( 66 ) CURLY The Move # 58
59 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 59
60 ( 41 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20

61 ( 39 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 39
62 ( 74 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 62
63 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 63
64 ( 67 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 64
65 ( 60 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
66 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 66
67 ( 68 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 67
68 ( 70 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 68
69 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( 71 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 70

71 ( 73 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 71
72 ( NEW ) I DO The Moments # 72
73 ( NEW ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck # 74
75 ( NEW ) ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME Evie Sands # 75

2nd aug Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 4 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 16 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
6 ( 2 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
7 ( 10 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 6 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 17 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affiar
10 ( 5 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
14 ( 11 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
15 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
16 ( 20 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees
17 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
18 ( 14 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
20 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention

 

9th August 1969

It’s a first week on top for David Bowie and his groundbreaking Space Oddity – the sounds of the 7early 0’s were now well in flow, what with the onslaught of Soul tracks lower down the chart, and smatterings of country, reggae, pop, social commentary and bluesrock. Back in the actual world of Me I recently rediscovered a top 10 I did for this week in one of my doodlepads of the time, and so I’ve adjusted the chart I’d compiled to fill in the gap at a later date to reflect my actual top 10, the other tracks shuffling 11-20. So, yes, Joe Dolan topped my chart that week, and not Elvis as I’d mis-remembered. Elvis tops my 7th official chart next week though, my first-ever top 30 (as a one-off until January 1974).

A static top 10 tracks just shuffling about a bit, and the highest new entry is The Bee Gees Don’t Forget To Remember at 16 – essentially Barry and Maurice going country and nestling alongside bruv Robin’s B side at 15. Dylan and Georgie Fame both go top 20 after weeks of slowly edging closer. Nick Drake and two doo-wop tracks go top 40, none of them known at the time, and CCR keep the run of entries going with Green River, as the UK is still one single behind the US. Marvin Gaye enters with Grapevine part 2 (at least in terms of production), Isaac Hayes debuts with his sound of the early 70’s – a Buttered Soul cover of Walk On By, all sexy and slowed funkysoul, Barry White was busy taking notes no doubt. His career classic was only 3 years away…

At 71, a Northern Soul track by a band I’ve never heard of enters at 71 – Pain and The Mystics – as Marva Whitney, then-James-Brown lady-love funks it up good at 73, and finally Smokey is back with another sweet soul song that is also new to me. New entries have slowed down, which is a blessed relief, the chart is over-packed with classics. From here-on there are no more records to enter my chart that I first heard in England in 1969. The Bee Gees’ is the last one to turn up. Tracks will either be new to me, one’s I heard years later, or songs I first heard in Singapore usually a short while after they had first charted in either the UK or USA.

 

1 ( 4 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 1 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
5 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
6 ( 7 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
7 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 8
9 ( 10 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 9
10 ( 8 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1

11 ( 13 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 11
12 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 11 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
14 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 16
17 ( 19 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 17
18 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
19 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
20 ( 28 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20

21 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
22 ( 16 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
23 ( 24 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 23
24 ( 27 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 24
25 ( 22 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
26 ( 18 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
27 ( 32 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 27
28 ( 25 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
29 ( 38 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 29
30 ( 26 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6

31 ( 33 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 31
32 ( 37 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 32
33 ( 20 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20
34 ( 47 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 34
35 ( 29 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
36 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
37 ( 55 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 37
38 ( 46 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 38
39 ( 44 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 39
40 ( 51 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 40

41 ( 34 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
42 ( 35 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
43 ( 62 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 43
44 ( 41 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
45 ( 36 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
46 ( 31 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
47 ( 42 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
48 ( 53 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 48
49 ( 39 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
50 ( 58 ) CURLY The Move # 50

51 ( 57 ) HAPPY William Bell # 51
52 ( 43 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
53 ( 49 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
54 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 40 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40
56 ( 64 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 56
57 ( 52 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
58 ( 66 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 58
59 ( 45 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
60 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 60

61 ( 48 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
62 ( 69 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 56 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
64 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 64
65 ( 68 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 65
66 ( 67 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 66
67 ( 71 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 67
68 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 68
69 ( 72 ) I DO The Moments # 69
70 ( 73 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( NEW ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 65 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
73 ( NEW ) THINGS GOT TO GET BETTER (GET TOGETHER) Marva Whitney # 73
74 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
75 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 75

RETRO THEN 6th official chart

1 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
2 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 17 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 4 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
7 ( 20 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
8 ( 19 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
9 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( 5 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
12 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
14 ( 15 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
15 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
16 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
17 ( 14 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
18 ( 13 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
19 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( RE ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

16th August 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Space Oddity as the next 3 stay top 5 for a whopping 3 months and counting, as the deluge of classics over the summer is now more of a trickle as we head into a period when few songs became known to me at the time. Lou Christie gets his first official top 10, though Lightnin’ Strikes would have topped my chart pre-1967, and The Bee Gees grab a 3rd of the year – matching brother Robin who’s not on the new track.

Nick Drake gets a big climb into the top 20, The Temps get a second of the year, and The Chi-lites get their very first top 20, the first of many. Motherlode sprint into the 30 with a song I didn’t know 3 weeks ago: When I Die sounds totally mid 70’s West Coast soulrock and ahead of it’s time. Isaac Hayes is also looking into the sounds of the 70’s as Walk On By runs on up into the 40, and Ralph McTell debuts at 40 with his classic Streets Of London – this is the original version that flopped, rather than his better-sung re-recorded late-1974 version that hit 2 in the UK charts, but it’s still relevant today, and still wistfully touching.

At 65, the soul hits keep-on a-coming at pace as Archie Bell & The Drells start to refine their sound on My Balloon’s Going Up, just ahead of the next single which perfects it. The Peddlers give Birth at 66, and at 69 it’s a debut for a song everyone over a certain age will associate with their childhood: Mah Na Mah na was cut for an Italian movie by Piero Umiliano, and then got picked up by Sesame Street (which I watched on TV in Singapore) before Benny Hill made it familiar in his comedy shows. It took 8 years to chart in the UK though, and the first episode of The Muppet Show, with Jim Henson revisiting the song for his new ITV series. The song became hugely popular in that version, and was probably the main reason the Halfway Up The Stairs was a big hit (it was on the B side) for The Muppets. People not realising, meanwhile, went for the original, and that also went top 10 belatedly. I bought both singles.

Marvin Gaye gets some B-side action, talking of that, as his 7-year-old Wherever I Lay My Hat charts. If ever a song proved that a mildly pleasant version can be transformed into something wonderful, it’s this song when comparing the original to the hit Paul Young 1983 version. Joe South is back for the 5th time in 1969, and there’s also a scraping-in for Marc Bolan at one end of the chart while Bowie is at the other end: shades of the Glam future! I bought King Of The Rumbling Spire on the budget MFP compilation of early tracks for future T.Rex, but it wasn’t quite in the same minor league as Debora and One Inch Rock, and other early tracks, I thought, when I played it a lot in 1974. Haven’t changed my mind.

Back in the actual day it’s my final actual chart before flying off to a strange new world – where the UK chart wasn’t broadcast, I only got to hear stuff on 2-Way family favourites (the Forces Radio 2 cross-over) or local radio and I only got to read about hit songs in the weekly press listings: I think the Daily Mirror used to print the top 30, but we only got these weeks after the event as a bound weekly batch so they weren’t so much news as recent history. It would be just over 2 years before I heard my next UK chart rundown, as after the next chart we had left our house and were visiting relatives and friends before saying goodbye for 2 years.

1 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 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 ( 8 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 1
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 1
7 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 8
9 ( 11 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 9
10 ( 16 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 10

11 ( 5 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 1
12 ( 10 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 9
13 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 13
14 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 14
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 6
16 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 16
17 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 1
18 ( 34 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 18
19 ( 23 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 1
20 ( 29 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 20

21 ( 18 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 15
22 ( 24 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 22
23 ( 21 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 24
25 ( 27 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 1
26 ( 19 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 2
27 ( 32 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
28 ( 22 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 3
29 ( 25 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 10
30 ( 31 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 20 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 8
32 ( 37 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 32
33 ( 28 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
34 ( 30 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 1
35 ( 68 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 35
36 ( 38 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 30
38 ( 39 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
39 ( 48 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 39
40 ( NEW ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 40

41 ( 26 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 41
42 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 35
43 ( 50 ) CURLY The Move # 43
44 ( 35 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 1
45 ( 44 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 5
46 ( 42 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
47 ( 56 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 15
48 ( 58 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 48
49 ( 51 ) HAPPY William Bell # 49
50 ( 47 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 26

51 ( 49 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 51
52 ( 60 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 52
53 ( 33 ) I’M FREE The Who # 37
54 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 53 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
56 ( 45 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 56
57 ( 41 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 57
58 ( 65 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 58
59 ( 64 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 59
60 ( 57 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 60

61 ( 75 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 19
62 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 67 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 63
64 ( 66 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 46
65 ( NEW ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
66 ( NEW ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 57
67 ( 52 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 67
68 ( 69 ) I DO The Moments # 68
69 ( NEW ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 69
70 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 46 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 73
74 ( NEW ) DON’T IT MAKE YOU WANT TO GO HOME Joe South # 74
75 ( NEW ) KING OF THE RUMBLING SPIRES Tyrannosaurus Rex # 75

wot I liked that week then 7th official compiled chart
1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 11 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
3 ( 7 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
4 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
6 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
7 ( 8 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
8 ( 1 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
10 ( 13 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
11 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
12 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
13 ( 5 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 16 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( 18 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
17 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
18 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
19 ( 19 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( 20 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

23rd August 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the 4th single I bought, again in Singapore on one of the evening record stalls – this one might have been near Siglap rather than Changi Village – same record stall different locations different nights, basically, the whole shebang moved around. Bobbie Gentry’s sublime Bacharach/David song was all gravel-voiced sophistication and a huge change in style from the “swamp” country music of her previous chart-topper Ode To Billy-Joe. To this day I still expect to hear the record get stuck in one particular place, repeating over and over till I forced it to skip into the next groove: I was obviously just a kid and sold a faulty record (the stall-holder tended to play them, so they weren’t exactly mint). I associate this track totally with Singapore, as by this week we were visiting relatives in Liverpool and Mansfield, which meant no more Chart Shows or Top Of The Pops. My great grandad and grandma gave me and my brother 10 shillings each as a goodbye gift, which was a huge sum of money to me. We had to save it for Singapore – it paid for my first singles. It’s odd to think back now and realise they were born in the 19th Century and here we are 2 decades into the 21st Century.

Clodagh gets a second top 10, Smokey Robinson gets another top 40 with a big climb for Here I Go Again, and the second-highest new entry is Bobby (Bob) Darin, with a change of style, more like Nilsson and Paul Williams in their whimsical moments, but ol Bobby wrote it himself. In at 55 for Jive. The Isley Brothers have yet to vacate the charts their previous Motown oldie, and enter with another goodie in Put Yourself In My Place – a song I first came across in late ’71 in a charting version by The Elgins. At 63, here’s a surprise – Groovin’ With Mr Bloe enters, and it’s not Mr Bloe! No, turns out ol Mr Bloe was a 1970 UK studio band cover of a B side by Wind, which featured Tony Orlando on vocal duties on the A side. Obviously Tone isn’t singing on this unusual bubblegum instrumental, but he was in the band so I’ve named him so my A to Z lists of chart stars will pick it up.

At 69, James Brown has a go at power funk ballad social commentary, parts 1 & 2 work together or apart, while the voice behind The Archies enters under another band name – The Cuff Links take Tracy in at 73. I first heard it in 1974 and recognised Ron Dante’s voice (as an Archies afficiando in my younger days) but never rated it that much. The regular Archies songwriters were better to my ears. Still are. Finally, two big names from 70’s jazz-soul-funk debut: George Benson and Kool & The Gang sneaking into the 60’s listings a good 6 years ahead of their breakthrough into my charts-of-the-time.

1 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
7 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 7
8 ( 10 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 8
9 ( 5 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
10 ( 16 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
11 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
12 ( 8 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
13 ( 12 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
14 ( 13 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
15 ( 18 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 15
16 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 16
17 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
18 ( 20 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
20 ( 22 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 20

21 ( 14 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
22 ( 24 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 22
23 ( 25 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
24 ( 17 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
25 ( 23 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
26 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
27 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 27
28 ( 35 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 28
29 ( 40 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 29
30 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 32 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 31
32 ( 29 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
33 ( 61 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 26 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
35 ( 37 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
36 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 33 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
38 ( 39 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 38
39 ( 28 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
40 ( 48 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 40

41 ( 34 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
42 ( 43 ) CURLY The Move # 42
43 ( 52 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 43
44 ( 47 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 44
45 ( 31 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20
46 ( 49 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
47 ( 38 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
48 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
49 ( 45 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
50 ( 46 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1

51 ( 58 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 51
52 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 52
53 ( 50 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
54 ( 59 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( NEW ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 55
56 ( 55 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
57 ( 51 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
58 ( 65 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 58
59 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 59
60 ( 63 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 61
62 ( 56 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
63 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 63
64 ( 60 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
65 ( 66 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 65
66 ( 68 ) I DO The Moments # 66
67 ( 69 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 67
68 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 68
69 ( NEW ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 69
70 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 70

71 ( 73 ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 71
72 ( NEW ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 72
73 ( 57 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
74 ( NEW ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 74
75 ( NEW ) KOOL AND THE GANG Kool And The Gang # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 7 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
4 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
5 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( RE ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 3 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
10 ( 12 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
11 ( 13 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
12 ( 17 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
18 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
19 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells
20 ( 18 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

 


30th August 1969

It’s a second week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s gorgeous Bacharach & David tune as Dusty gets her 4th Retro top 10 as her cover of Barbara Acklin’s Am I The Same Girl comfortably outdoes the original vocal version, and the instrumental Young-Holt version (who are up to 33 this week with their follow-up). Written by Eugene Record, it’s all about Eugene this week as his own band hit 10 with The Chi-Lites first top 10, Tyrone Davis enters the 40 with another of his songs, and Jackie Wilson enters at 75 with yet another Eugene Record song.

Ralph McTell goes top 20 5 years early, and Elvis enters with hi super-famous career-classic Suspicious Minds at 46 – it would be much higher if I hadn’t heard it to death continuously over the last 45 years. I’d say 50 years, but frankly I didn’t get to hear it till, ooh, 1974-ish. Nilsson’s career-classic is also in low, at 50, cos it topped my charts during the retro 1968 rundown, so this is an “oldie” for me, albeit boosted by Midnight Cowboy – which is when I instantly fell in love with it for life, following a TV showing.

The Monkees are back with a Nesmith song I don’t know. The TV show had gone, and this period never turned up on compilation albums until recent years, so Good Clean Fun is new to me! Who knew! As one future Paul Young massive hit drops out the chart, another one drops in, The Winstons version of the future Nicky Thomas reggae cover of Love Of The Common People, in at 65. Roy Orbison is back, probably for the last time in 18 years or so, with his Penny Arcade, Bobbie Gentry’s B side pops in – Ace Insurance Man wasn’t a huge fave of mine at the time, but it has a quirky charm that is more representative of her Delta-country-style that brought her critical acclaim. I still can’t believe she has resisted returning to music for over 45 years! Mercury Rev recently covered her entire classic debut album.

Talking of Roy Orbison, the old standard Nobody’s Child was a future Traveling Wilbury’s fab single – though Roy had passed by then I think – Bob Dylan is in the chart, George Harrison is technically in the chart, and Jeff Lynne will shortly be in a band that is in the chart. Tom Petty is absent, but Karen Young has the hit. Cliff and one Shadow get back together for Throw Down A Line, Betty Everett returns, The Originals and Funkadelic enter with soul and funk respectively, George Clinton still 9 years away from One Nation Under A Groove.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 5 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 7 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
7 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 7
8 ( 6 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
9 ( NEW ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 9
10 ( 16 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 10

11 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 11
12 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
13 ( 11 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
14 ( 15 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
15 ( 13 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
16 ( 14 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
17 ( 22 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
18 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
19 ( 20 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
20 ( 29 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 20

21 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
22 ( 17 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
23 ( 28 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 23
24 ( 19 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
25 ( 21 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
26 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 26
27 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 27
28 ( 25 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
29 ( 24 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
30 ( 31 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30

31 ( 26 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
32 ( 23 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
33 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 40 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 34
35 ( 38 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 35
36 ( 32 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
37 ( 43 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
38 ( 55 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 38
39 ( 42 ) CURLY The Move # 39
40 ( 44 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 37 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
42 ( 54 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 61 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 43
44 ( 35 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
45 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
46 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 46
47 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
48 ( 51 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
49 ( 39 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
50 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 50

51 ( 41 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
52 ( 58 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
53 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
54 ( 49 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
55 ( 50 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
56 ( 69 ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 56
57 ( 53 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
58 ( 46 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
59 ( 63 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) I DO The Moments # 60

61 ( 56 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
62 ( 67 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 62
63 ( 65 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 63
64 ( NEW ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 64
65 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 65
66 ( 74 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 66
67 ( 72 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 67
68 ( NEW ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 68
69 ( NEW ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 69
70 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 70

71 ( NEW ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 71
72 ( NEW ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 72
73 ( NEW ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’LL BET YOU Funkadelic # 74
75 ( NEW ) HELPLESS Jackie Wilson # 75

Back then this week, we were in the Swindon area waiting for the VC-10 at RAF Brize Norton to whisk us away to tropical adventures – we went to the Railway Museum, and more importantly we came across a corner shop with a rack of American Comics: and it had DC Comics Adventure Comics 373 starring Superboy & The Legion Of Super-Heroes, my new top love and obsession. I didn’t know it at the time, but this 30th century set teen super-group was written by teenager Jim Shooter and he knew exactly what excited pre-teens and how to present it. img044
Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
3 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
7 ( 4 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 11 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
12 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 14 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
14 ( 17 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
15 ( 9 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
16 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( 18 ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
18 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
19 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
20 ( 19 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells