My November 1987 Charts

1st November 1987

It’s a 3rd week on top for Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies, and The Christians manage to break up the top 5 a bit, no finger-pointing but it’s their second top 5. Sly & The Family Stone reach a new peak for Family Affair 15 years on, but Runnin’ Away originally peaked at 2. The Nana’s make it 2 top 10’s in a SAW row, and George Michael gets his first solo top 10 since A Different Corner and his 3rd in total. Cliff makes it 3 top 20’s in a row as Remember Me shoots up to 14. Ironically, I remember it much less well than the first 2 singles, though the album they came from was probably his best one since I’m Nearly Famous.

There’s a rock top 20 invasion from Aerosmith, Whitesnake, a 60’s vet as George Harrison gets his first in a few years, Donna Summer ditto, and Bryan Ferry still manages to keep the 20’s going with the right stuff 15 years on from Virginia Plain – the last time he made my chart was with an actual ’20’s styled cover of Love Is The Drug. T’Pau replace themselves in my 40, and highest new entry is from The Party Boys. It’s Alan Lancaster ex-Quo and some Aussie mates, and their stomping cover of the brilliant tribal John Kongos 1971 hit. Either version is better than the spaced-out Happy Mondays most-famous version Step On, which is limp in comparison.

Future Olympic themed-reissued hit Barcelona pops in for Freddie Mercury doing a double diva operatic effort, Cher rocks it up and is most-welcome-returnee after a bit of a drought music-wise (not that she was bovvered what with the acting career and all), as she finds someone, and Bryan Adams, Dream Academy, Rick Astley, and Wax all follow-up in minor ways. Nina Simone brings a jazz oldie into the charts, her first appearance since 1969 in my charts, missed out the 70’s entirely! Cybill “Moonlighting” Shepherd covers 1934 classic ballad Blue Moon, following co-star Bruce Willis into my chart, and much-covered over the decades – but this was the first version to chart.

Rush are back after a lengthy gap, Earth, Wind & Fire go all late 80’s in sound and it doesn’t quite work as well as the 70’s disco funk-outs, and I am clearly playing my USA holiday albums again as my playlist lists The Way You Make Me Feel for the first time, possibly aware it’s the next single, and brings back One More Chance for the Pet Shop Boys, and Another Part Of Me for MJ for the 5th time – yet it wouldn’t be a single for knocking-on 2 years!

1 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 5 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 7 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
6 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
7 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
8 ( 15 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
9 ( 9 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
10 ( 12 ) FAITH George Michael

11 ( 8 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
12 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
13 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
14 ( 48 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
15 ( 23 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
16 ( 27 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
17 ( 53 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
18 ( 26 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( 22 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
20 ( 39 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison

21 ( 20 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
22 ( 17 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
23 ( 19 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
24 ( 33 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
25 ( 10 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
26 ( 34 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
27 ( 30 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
28 ( 16 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
29 ( 21 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
30 ( 18 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J

31 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
33 ( 14 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
34 ( 43 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
35 ( NEW ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
36 ( 29 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
37 ( 25 ) JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
38 ( 46 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
39 ( 28 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
40 ( 50 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic

41 ( 35 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
42 ( 38 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
43 ( 63 ) WANTED The Style Council
44 ( 41 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 52 ) DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby
46 ( 32 ) MONY MONY Amazulu
47 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
48 ( 36 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
49 ( 45 ) SKELETONS Stevie Wonder
50 ( 72 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre

51 ( 47 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
52 ( 61 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
53 ( 68 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
54 ( 67 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
55 ( NEW ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
56 ( 44 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
57 ( 40 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
58 ( NEW ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
59 ( 54 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
60 ( 51 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter

61 ( 59 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 70 ) SO THE STORY GOES Living In A Box
63 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Bryan Adams
64 ( 64 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
65 ( 62 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( NEW ) INDIAN SUMMER Dream Academy
68 ( NEW ) BLUE MOON Cybill Shepherd
69 ( 75 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
70 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley

71 ( NEW ) TIME STAND STILL Rush
72 ( 65 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
73 ( NEW ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
74 ( NEW ) AMERICAN ENGLISH Wax
75 ( NEW ) SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL Earth, Wind & Fire
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
78 ( NEW ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

 

 

8th November 1987

It’s back on top for The Bee Gees, winning again for the 3rd week in total spread out over 6 weeks as George Harrison gets his first top 5 in 6 years, since All Those Years Ago topped my chart – that was in effect a Beatles record, it had Paul & Ringo on it and it was about John. Bananarama make it 2 top 5’s in a row, Whitesnake get a first (and last) top 10, and Donna Summer adds to her total of top 10’s which started in 1977.

Tiffany leaps up and overtakes the other Tommy James cover, as loads of US hits that had charted for me in September start to hit in the UK or get airplay and re-enter, Cutting Crew at 27, Expose at 30, Jellybean at 20 reaching a new peak, leaving the highest actual new track from Heartbeat entitled Tears From Heaven – I had to youtube this one as it’s been utterly lost from my memory banks, and it was even a hit!

At 37, the brilliant Jam & Lewis track for Alexander O’Neal, worthy of no Criticism whatsoever, and Aztec Camera get another sweet ballad in at 49. Eric B & Rakim debut with the unusual and fab Paid In Full, heavy on sampling and a sign of hip-hop things to come, Voice Of The Beehive start a great little run of singles, of which I shall Say Nothing yet. Double get that follow-up entry and it’s pretty good, The Smiths sneak in with something they couldn’t finish, and isn’t that just so Morrissey?! Maxi Priest also starts a good run with the 3rd cover (reggae this time) of Some Guys Have All The Luck, all very different, and all in a 5-year period.

The La’s debut 2 years before their classic is released, and The Proclaimers debut with their best track (excepting the gorgeous Sunshine On Leith) the storming Letter From America, Glen Goldsmith pops in tears-free, and Pet Shop Boys enter with the top album track of the week Heart – future remixed single in 1988, but I’d somehow not spotted it’s potential up to this point. It would, had I allowed album tracks higher than 76, in all likelihood have been topping the chart this week – which Rent singularly had failed to do for the first time since Love Comes Quickly also didn’t get on top.


1 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 8 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
5 ( 20 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
6 ( 4 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 10 ) FAITH George Michael
8 ( 17 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
9 ( 7 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
10 ( 15 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer

11 ( 5 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
12 ( 14 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
13 ( 6 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
14 ( 13 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
15 ( 39 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
16 ( 11 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
17 ( 27 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
18 ( 9 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
19 ( 12 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
20 ( RE ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo

21 ( 38 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
22 ( 50 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
23 ( 22 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
24 ( 34 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
25 ( NEW ) TEARS FROM HEAVEN Heartbeat
26 ( 23 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
27 ( RE ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
28 ( 16 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
29 ( 35 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
30 ( RE ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose

31 ( 25 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 47 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
33 ( 33 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
34 ( 43 ) WANTED The Style Council
35 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
36 ( 36 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
37 ( NEW ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
38 ( 29 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
39 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
40 ( 71 ) TIME STAND STILL Rush

41 ( 24 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
42 ( 28 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
43 ( 19 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
44 ( 40 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
45 ( 52 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
46 ( 30 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
47 ( 54 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
48 ( 26 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
49 ( NEW ) DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
50 ( 69 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

51 ( 53 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
52 ( 21 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
53 ( 44 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
54 ( 42 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
55 ( 51 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
56 ( 41 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
57 ( 70 ) WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley
58 ( 67 ) INDIAN SUMMER Dream Academy
59 ( 32 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
60 ( NEW ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim

61 ( 55 ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
62 ( 58 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
63 ( NEW ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
64 ( 73 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
65 ( 64 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( 61 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
69 ( NEW ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
70 ( 59 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( NEW ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
72 ( 65 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
73 ( NEW ) WAY OUT The La’s
74 ( NEW ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
75 ( NEW ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
76 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN John Kongos
3 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road

 

 

15th November 1987

It’s 4 weeks on top for The Bee Gees as the top 3 stranglehold continues with Mac & Jacko for the 7th week in a row, it’s rare that the same 3 dominate for that long in my charts. Donna Summer gets her first top 5 since McArthur Park in 1978, discounting the remix of I Feel Love, and Alexander O’Neal rockets into the top 10 league with Criticize up 31 to 6, and Eric B & Rakim outdo that with a 50-place climb to 10. That keeps out a remix of The Pretenders’ fab 1979 top 10 track Kid, in at 11, as Labi Siffre gets his 5th top 20 in 16 years.

T’Pau get a 2nd top 20, and that Dirty Dancing blockbuster hits 20 for a Righteous Brother getting his first for 18 years, and Jennifer Warnes getting a first in 10 years of trying. Mirage Jack in at 37, The Housemartins career continues to Build (though not for that much longer) at 40, and ABC get a 3rd great track off Alphabeat City at 48 – King Without A Crown. Donny Osmond is Grooving in at 57, and a chart return for the first time as an adult – that’ll be 11 years away, and a chart career stretching back to 1972. It would be fair to say that Donny, who I stood next to in Bournemouth when he opened the branch of HMV that I still shop in, had been on the same road as David Cassidy – as in a teen idol comeback inspired by George Michael’s music.

There’s another ex-Beatle in the chart, as Paul joins George, Once Upon A Long Ago. George’s is the better one. Prince gets another Sign O’ The Times track in, the good I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Martha’s Harbour genteel goth enters with In The Clouds, and Alison Moyet does another classic cover, in Love Letters, a hit for Ketty Lester and Elvis among others pre-dating my charts. Sneaking briefly in at the bottom end it’s the fab Chris Isaak and fab Blue Hotel. It would take just over 3 years to chart in the UK and get a top 10 slot here, after Wicked Game paves the way. Boy George has a low-key start for a fabulous touching sweeping ballad that never got the success it deserved, and Soho drop in at 75. No idea either, but they were on the RAK record label, I still adore that blue yacht logo.

1 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 5 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
5 ( 10 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
6 ( 37 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
7 ( 8 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
8 ( 4 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
9 ( 6 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 60 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim

11 ( NEW ) KID The Pretenders
12 ( 15 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
13 ( 7 ) FAITH George Michael
14 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
15 ( 9 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
16 ( 20 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
17 ( 24 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
18 ( 14 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
19 ( 30 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
20 ( 45 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

21 ( 11 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
22 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
23 ( 23 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
24 ( 12 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
25 ( 16 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
26 ( 27 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 29 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
28 ( 19 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
29 ( 17 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
30 ( 50 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

31 ( 21 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
32 ( 26 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
33 ( 18 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
34 ( 68 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
35 ( 63 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
36 ( 69 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
37 ( NEW ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
38 ( 71 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
39 ( 49 ) DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
40 ( NEW ) BUILD The Housemartins

41 ( 25 ) TEARS FROM HEAVEN Heartbeat
42 ( 33 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
43 ( 36 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
44 ( 31 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 35 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
46 ( 32 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
47 ( 38 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
48 ( NEW ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
49 ( 74 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
50 ( 64 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone

51 ( 39 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
52 ( 40 ) TIME STAND STILL Rush
53 ( 28 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
54 ( 51 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
55 ( 34 ) WANTED The Style Council
56 ( 44 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
57 ( NEW ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
58 ( 54 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
59 ( 53 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
60 ( 55 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

61 ( 61 ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
62 ( 42 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
63 ( 73 ) WAY OUT The La’s
64 ( NEW ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
65 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
67 ( NEW ) IN THE CLOUDS Martha’s Harbour
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 75 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
70 ( NEW ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

71 ( 66 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) BLUE HOTEL Chris Isaak
73 ( NEW ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
74 ( 56 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
75 ( NEW ) MONA LISA SMILE Soho

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART The Bee Gees
2 YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Pearls
3 CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells

 

 

 

22nd November 1987

So, for the 9th week in a row the top 3 is the same acts – it’s Little Lies returning to the top slot for a 4th week, meaning essentially that Bad, Little Lies and You Win Again would ordinarily all have had a 9-week run on top of my charts if they hadn’t collided release schedules – except that Bad would anyway have been overtaken after 8 weeks by another album track, The Way You Make Me Feel re-entering at 3.

The Pretenders hit the top 10 for the second time with Kid, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes get their only name-check on a top 10, and The Proclaimers rocket up with a letter from America. First Class post presumably, up to 18 from outside the 40. Fab. Barry White gets his first top 20 since Just The Way You Are in 1979, Sho You Right just happy to have him back, albeit not in the same league as his string-drenched classics.

Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys cover of Elvis’ cover of Always On My Mind, originally just a contribution to a TV show of artists covering Elvis hits to celebrate his 10th deathiversary. The great reaction convinced them to record it and release it as a single, and it enters at 24. The song was originally recorded by B.J. Thomas who Elvis had a habit of grabbing UK hit single covers from – B.J. only ever had one UK hit, but over a decade of singles successes in the USA.

ABC make it 3 top 40 hits in ’87, Paul McCartney gets to be the second Beatle in the 40, and Donny Osmond gets his biggest solo single since errr Why in 1972. Yes, I didn’t rate most of his solo singles beyond 1972 even the big ones. Johnny Hates Jazz a 3rd time, The Hooters flash their satellite, and soulpop acts Janet, Whitney and Luther all get minor entries. 2 of them would eventually duet together to bigger and better effect. Not Whitney. Finally, veterans bunch together: Sting, Errol Brown, Peter Gabriel with his old song done live, and and Joe Cocker covering Ray Charles.

1 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( RE ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
4 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
6 ( 5 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
7 ( 4 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
8 ( 10 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
9 ( 11 ) KID The Pretenders
10 ( 20 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

11 ( 14 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
12 ( 17 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
13 ( 7 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
14 ( 9 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 16 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
16 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
17 ( 8 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
18 ( 49 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
19 ( 18 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
20 ( 30 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

21 ( 13 ) FAITH George Michael
22 ( 15 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
23 ( 12 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
24 ( NEW ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
25 ( 23 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
26 ( 21 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
27 ( 48 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
28 ( 38 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
29 ( 57 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
30 ( 36 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths

31 ( 22 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
32 ( 34 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
33 ( 64 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
34 ( 35 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
35 ( 37 ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
36 ( 40 ) BUILD The Housemartins
37 ( 32 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
38 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
39 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
40 ( 28 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

41 ( 29 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
42 ( 25 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
43 ( 66 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
44 ( 27 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
45 ( 50 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
46 ( 24 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
47 ( 69 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
48 ( 73 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
49 ( 33 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
50 ( 43 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher

51 ( 42 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
52 ( NEW ) ON FIRE Blue Zone
53 ( NEW ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
54 ( NEW ) CITY LIGHTS William Pitt
55 ( 31 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
56 ( 44 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
57 ( RE ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
58 ( 47 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
59 ( NEW ) SATELLITE The Hooters
60 ( 54 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

61 ( 67 ) IN THE CLOUDS All About Eve
62 ( 58 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
63 ( 60 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
65 ( 70 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
66 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) SO AMAZING Luther Vandross
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston

71 ( NEW ) BIKO (LIVE) Peter Gabriel
72 ( NEW ) WE’LL BE TOGETHER Sting
73 ( NEW ) UNCHAIN MY HEART Joe Cocker
74 ( 74 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
75 ( NEW ) BODY ROCKIN’ Errol Brown

playlist oldies
1 PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
3 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
4 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road

 

 

29th November 1987

It’s Michael Jackson’s 2nd topper from Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel is a great single, all rhythm and yelps, and his 7th solo number one, or his 10th including The Jackson 5/Jacksons, or his 11th if you also count his uncredited everything on Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching You. Billy Idol meanwhile leaps back up to a new peak of 5 with Mony Mony due to my buying the Hung Like A Pony 12″. So to speak. Pet Shop Boys get out-performed because it still wasn’t available to buy, at 6 keeping their top 10 run intact at 100%, T’Pau get a 2nd top 10, and The Proclaimers a first.

Macca joins ol mucker George in the 20, Alison Moyet takes some Love Letters by airmail to 27, close to catching a Satellite, and Cher gets her first top 40 action in 5 years – since her annoyingly uncredited duet with Meatloaf went top 10 in 1982. Highest new entry is another Tango In The Night track, Family Man entering at 37 as Little Lies drops from the top for the final time for Fleetwood Mac. Close behind are REM, The One I Love giving them an instant top 40, and Johnny hates jazz makes it 3 top 40 from 3.

The Tams enter with an obscure 60’s soul track, a hit mostly because it was banned by the BBC for mentioning the word “Shag” even though The Shag was a 60’s dance, the record was innocent, and it’s no different from saying “making love”, albeit less romantic, even if it did mean having a shag. Which it didn’t. The Tams had almost topped my charts in 1971 with the brilliant 60’s oldie Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me topping the UK charts as Northern Soul was big. They pretty much averaged one hit a decade to date. I bought this one because I used to get annoyed being told what was offensive by the BBC (when it wasn’t).

Belinda Carlisle is back, 5 years on from her Gogo’s days, with her breakthrough smash Heaven Is A Place On Earth, giving her a great solo career for the next 5 years or so, and Shaky covers an obvious early 60’s cover, so obvious it was hard to believe he had left it 6 years before getting round to it. The Christians have an Ideal World for Christmas enter while their fingers were still pointing down from above, Madonna drops her Look Of Love single that I always forget about when chucking off lists of her songs, Wet Wet Wet go all ballady on the reasonably nice Angel Eyes, a harbinger of horrors to come. And though still at 2, The Bee Gees sneak in with the latest album title track at 75.

1 ( 3 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
2 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 5 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
5 ( 49 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
6 ( 24 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 9 ) KID The Pretenders
8 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
9 ( 12 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
10 ( 18 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers

11 ( 8 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
12 ( 15 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
13 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
14 ( 10 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
15 ( 6 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
16 ( 16 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
17 ( 7 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
18 ( 20 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
19 ( 27 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
20 ( 33 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney

21 ( 13 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
22 ( 19 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
23 ( 14 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 43 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
25 ( 25 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
26 ( 59 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
27 ( 65 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
28 ( 57 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
29 ( 29 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
30 ( 39 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes

31 ( 28 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
32 ( 34 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
33 ( 22 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
34 ( 17 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
35 ( 36 ) BUILD The Housemartins
36 ( 47 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
37 ( NEW ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
38 ( NEW ) THE ONE I LOVE REM
39 ( 53 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
40 ( 31 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone

41 ( 26 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
42 ( 32 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
43 ( 21 ) FAITH George Michael
44 ( 48 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
45 ( 37 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
46 ( 23 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
47 ( 30 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
48 ( 54 ) CITY LIGHTS William Pitt
49 ( NEW ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
50 ( 40 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

51 ( 51 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
52 ( 52 ) ON FIRE Blue Zone
53 ( NEW ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
54 ( NEW ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
55 ( 38 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
56 ( 50 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
57 ( 35 ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
58 ( 62 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
59 ( 41 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 70 ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston

61 ( 42 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
62 ( 67 ) SO AMAZING Luther Vandross
63 ( 45 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
64 ( 60 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
65 ( 63 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
66 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 64 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
70 ( 73 ) UNCHAIN MY HEART Joe Cocker

71 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
72 ( 56 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
73 ( NEW ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
74 ( 58 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
75 ( NEW ) ESP The Bee Gees
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
2 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
3 I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5

Pop Music From A Kiddie POV – 1963 Part 1

Bingley's prob & swindell's 027Street-urchins! Me bottom middle, brother to right, Glen Bingley far left and his mum Joyce above, and mum in the middle holding baby Bingley in Mansfield, circa 1962 – by 1963 we were living in Norfolk and there aren’t any photos from then.

 

1963

BACHELOR BOY – Cliff Richard & The Shadows (3 weeks)

Cliff was at his peak teen popularity, and ditto the Shadows, around this time, with 2 tracks featuring in an upcoming movie. The Next Time is the better side, one of Cliff’s early gems that has stood the test of time. This jocular bit of fluff, though, was the one that kids could sing along to, and it contained advice that Cliff has stuck to (at least the first half of the song anyway), what with being a confirmed bachelor and all. I loved it, it seemed to be everywhere, and it was one of the first batch of singles that dad bought when we got our first 45 rpm record player – so I played it a lot throughout the mid to late 60’s, and then not so much beyond that, just an occasional reminisce. Unlike The Next Time which I would still be happy to play!

THE WAYWARD WIND – Frank Ifield (2 weeks)

Dad’s singles coming thick and fast now, this was another one that was very familiar to me, Aussie yodeller Frank Ifield covering a country classic. It’s old-fashioned for 1963, but then again mum and dad loved country, and Frank Ifield – dad could sing along to this one no problem and match Frank note for note. Is it one I play much? Not these days. It has a certain period charm still, and I’m fond of it for old times sake, but if I had to play an Ifield track it would I Remember You, a better song despite the veering off into yodel-territory. Yodelling is not a good idea as a general rule, unless you’re going for comedy…

 

THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES – Bobby Vee (2 weeks)

Cute young Bobby Vee probably owed to his career to the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly – a hastily-formed local schoolboy band (calling themselves The Shadows) filled in for the next date of the tour that had lost it’s 3 headliners, and included young Bobby Vee, future teen idol. Unlike most of the other clean-cut teen idols of the time, Bobby had a great string of much-covered hit singles lasting several years from the likes of top songwriters like Goffin & King – and had enough material for me to take mum to see him on an 80’s “60’s” tour of several acts, at which point I was surprised by how many hits of his I really liked, topped by this one. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes is one I knew in the 60’s, but didn’t know it was Bobby Vee, it was just a tune I really liked. Still do, it’s a fab little unpretentious pop ditty that rattles along at high speed, and still seems like it should have featured in a cool 60’s spy movie.

 

SUMMER HOLIDAY – Cliff Richard & The Shadows (6 weeks)

Well here’s a thing – a family singalong anthem that still sounds charming while still very much of it’s time. Bristling with optimism amongst the grey reality of working class life, what kid of the time didn’t dream of running off to sunnier climes in a double-decker bus after seeing the film? Answer: only those with no imagination. Una Stubbs, Melvyn Hayes, The Shads, Cliff at his youth-appealing peak, the film was great fun and the record was perfect for the film, and vice versa. Glorious colour to boot, in an era when British movies were usually black and white kitchen-sink or war-time dramas – even A Hard Day’s Night for the actual Beatles was in b&w! I literally did, and still do, love the idea of driving round Europe in a souped-up double-decker bus. The idea was still iconic enough for a kids show in 1970 called Here Comes The Double Deckers, about a bunch of kids hanging about in a scrapyard bus – with Melvyn Hayes back on board ahead of his famous role in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, and a very young Brinsley Forde (later of chart-topping reggae band Aswad) among the cast.

HOW DO YOU DO IT? – Gerry And The Pacemakers (2 weeks)

Scousers Gerry and his mates came in on the Merseybeat boom and were as big and famous as The Beatles in the early days, a sort of more family-friendly combo with short catchy ditties like this one. Famously getting the first chart-starting hat-trick in UK chart history, they don’t get much airplay these days, bar those 2 records which I won’t mention yet. I loved this jolly easy-to-sing debut as a 5-year-old, and Gerry was on TV variety shows quite a lot so my awareness of the band (but mostly Gerry Marsden) was there from an early age. Granted I don’t rate it that much these days, nostalgic affection apart, but it does transport me back way back when…

 

 

My Retro November 1969 Charts

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DC superhero transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the popcorn copies wrongly coloured) – free with popcorn I bought from the school tuck shop RAF Seletar Secondary Modern 1969/1970

 

1st November 1969

It’s a brand new entry at 1 for Archie Bell & The Drells, as they exit with their current single they smash in with 1972 UK hit Here I Go Again, the B side of the next single in the USA and album track from their current album There’s Gonna Be A Showdown. Bizarrely it was never a hit in the USA, but the UK Northern Soul scene knew a great track when they heard it, and it topped my charts in ’72. The Four Tops meanwhile finally sneak into the 10 with the fab single Do What You Gotta Do. Levi Stubbs is one of the greatest singers of all-time, but I love the line I mis-hear as “I loved you better than your own kidney”. It should be “kin did”

Another Paint Your Wagon track makes the 40. along with Dusty’s second as her previous chart-topper exits the top 10, and Harry J also pops in. New entries from Led Zep, debuting with the future Top Of The Pops song Whole Lotta Love in at 45 – it’s a great record, but I knew the C.C.S. version first, and that has my full love. I was introduced to this album by my good friend Robert Gough, a year younger than me and returning to Singapore from Boarding School in 1971 after going mad on Led Zep. He was a year younger than me and it was a complete culture shock – I wanted to hear his Monkees singles and he was so disappointed I didn’t like it one bit. Well, I got there in the end…..(but I’d still rather hear The Monkees!).

Little Green Bag pops in 6 years ahead of the rather less-good Paloma Blanca for George Baker, I expect it would still be obscure in the UK if not for Quentin and his ongoing quest to use lesser-known 60’s and 70’s tracks in his movies. 1910 Fruitgum Company’s best record enters at 54, the non-bubblegum When We Get Married, Roger “Whistling” Whittaker debuts with Durham Town, his best record by far but he’ll pop up again in the 70’s always fresh off his many many TV variety show spots. Lulu ends her Mickie Most era with a soul groove, and the direction of her real love that blossomed in the 90’s after a very schizophrenic musical career, Oh Me Oh My and the only track to enter that I actually knew in Singapore – it got radio play, hooray!

In at 70, The Newbeats future B side to the brilliant re-issue of oldie Run Baby Run which hit in the UK in 1971 when I was back in the UK excited over the music scene – Groovin’ wasn’t a hit, but still only 2 years to wait for the comeback. More bubblegum from Tommy Roe at 75, this time he’s jammed up jelly tight, which sounds worryingly sticky. Mark Lindsay has his first solo entry with Arizona, having broken away from Paul Revere & The Raiders for a bit, and The Isley Brothers return with It’s Your Thing (again). It’s labelled Bless Your Heart and is doing well in the US soul charts this week, but trust me it’s the same track, more or less, albeit the notes not necessarily in the right order, and the words changed for artistic purposes.


1 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 1 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 2 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 4 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
7 ( 8 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 7
8 ( 7 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
9 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
10 ( 11 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10

11 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
12 ( 14 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 12
13 ( 15 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 13
14 ( 17 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 14
15 ( 16 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
16 ( 10 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
17 ( 12 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
18 ( 13 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
19 ( 20 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 19
20 ( 22 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 21
22 ( 18 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
23 ( 21 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
24 ( 19 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
25 ( 25 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 25
26 ( 27 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
27 ( 23 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
28 ( 35 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 28
29 ( 24 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
30 ( 38 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 30

31 ( 43 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 31
32 ( 48 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 32
33 ( 39 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
34 ( 30 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
35 ( 31 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
36 ( 26 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
37 ( 47 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 37
38 ( 34 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
39 ( 32 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
40 ( 28 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19

41 ( 29 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 29
42 ( 52 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 42
43 ( 50 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 43
44 ( 36 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
45 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 45
46 ( NEW ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 46
47 ( 42 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
48 ( 44 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
49 ( 45 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
50 ( 46 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1

51 ( 53 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 51
52 ( 40 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 40
53 ( 54 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 53
54 ( NEW ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 54
55 ( 37 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
56 ( 59 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 56
57 ( NEW ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 57
58 ( 63 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 58
59 ( 62 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 59
60 ( 41 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 41

61 ( NEW ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 61
62 ( 69 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 62
63 ( 56 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
64 ( 67 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 64
65 ( 70 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 65
66 ( 51 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
67 ( 71 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 67
68 ( 49 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
69 ( 72 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 69
70 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 70

71 ( 73 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 71
72 ( 74 ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 72
73 ( NEW ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 73
74 ( NEW ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 74
75 ( NEW ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 75

1st Nov Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 ( 4 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
5 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 9 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
9 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
10 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

 

8th November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Archie Bell & The Drells’ Northern Soul fab dance track, with only Lee Marvin entering the top 10, taking the number of Paint Your Wagon tracks in the top 10 to 2. Junior Walker and The Jackson 5 take Motown’s presence up to 4 in the 20, and the biggest climber is Roger Whittaker’s Durham Town to 31 with Lulu not far behind up to 38, and Neil Diamond joining them along with Led Zep’s first and Shocking Blue’s only top 40 tracks.

Highest new entry is the Rolling Stones new album track Gimme Shelter at 61, with Bobbie Gentry Fancy-ing her 3rd of 1969 this time back in Country mode, and she’s not even started on the Glen Campbell duets yet. The Manhattans debut with a classy flop some 7 years ahead of their classy hits in the UK, Engelbert keeps the entries coming – and he’s notched up quite the run so far given how much I’d poo-poo him in my teen 70’s years – and The Archies have a bonafide non-album new follow-up to the still chart-topping Sugar Sugar in Jingle Jangle, a pleasant choice but I’d still have gone with You Little Angel You.

Otis Leavill brings some cool Atlantic soul, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell take their last recorded track The Onion Song in ahead of Tammi’s death (Valerie Simpson claims she helped on the vocals but Tammi went through it line by line while terminally ill and they “tweaked” the vocals where needed – so both of them contributing). Not one of my faves of their duets, though, and her passing had a profound impact on Gaye and his career. Nancy Sinatra pops in with a minor pop ditty as her chart career starts to wind down without Lee Hazelwood (as does his without her) so just as well they get it together again in 2 years time. Finally Gene Pitney pops in with a popular US hair advert song of the time – a rival version by The Tokens was more orchestral and harmony-based.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 7 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
7 ( 6 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
8 ( 8 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
9 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 14 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 10

11 ( 13 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 11
12 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 12
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
14 ( 10 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
15 ( 21 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 15
16 ( 19 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
17 ( 17 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
18 ( 16 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
19 ( 15 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
20 ( 25 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20

21 ( 18 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
22 ( 31 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 22
23 ( 20 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
24 ( 22 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
25 ( 28 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
26 ( 23 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
27 ( 30 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 27
28 ( 24 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
29 ( 32 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 29
30 ( 37 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 30

31 ( 57 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 31
32 ( 42 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 32
33 ( 33 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
34 ( 29 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
35 ( 45 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 35
36 ( 51 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 36
37 ( 43 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 37
38 ( 61 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 38
39 ( 34 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
40 ( 35 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1

41 ( 26 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
42 ( 46 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 42
43 ( 27 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
44 ( 38 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
45 ( 53 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 45
46 ( 59 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 46
47 ( 58 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 47
48 ( 56 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 48
49 ( 54 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 49
50 ( 36 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19

51 ( 48 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
52 ( 49 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
53 ( 47 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
54 ( 50 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
55 ( 39 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
56 ( 64 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 56
57 ( 65 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 57
58 ( 70 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 58
59 ( 62 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 59
60 ( 67 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 60

61 ( NEW ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 61
62 ( 71 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 62
63 ( 69 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 63
64 ( 74 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 64
65 ( NEW ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 65
66 ( 75 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 66
67 ( NEW ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 67
68 ( 72 ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 68
69 ( NEW ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 69
70 ( 73 ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 70

71 ( NEW ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 71
72 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU Otis Leavill # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE ONION SONG Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE HIGHWAY SONG Nancy Sinatra # 74
75 ( NEW ) SHE LETS HER HAIR DOWN (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Gene Pitney # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( RE ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (SKOOBY DOO) The Archies
6 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young
8 ( RE ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
9 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
10 ( NEW ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

 

15th November 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Archie Bell & The Drells with not much change at the top and not much in the way of new entries. B.J.Thomas gets a top 10 with the featured Bacharach/David bicycle ride from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid joining 2 songs from another Western, Paint Your Wagon – with several other climbers lower down. You can’t beat a bunch of cowboys singing! Or Goldminers in this case. Nilsson gets his 4th top 10, meanwhile, with the song was supposed to be in a movie with cowboy in the title.

Highest new entry is Two Little Boys, a record that was always on 2-Way Family Favourites and Juniors Choice, appropriate then, less so now. Can you tell what it is yet? Yes, it’s a sad-but-heartwarming war story song, life-affirming as sung by a then-beloved family entertainer. There’s always the Splodgenessabounds version as an alternative – more karaoke, though, than life-affirming. It’s sad how many childhood fond memories have become tainted, cos I adored this record, very happy-tears weepy, as much as I’d loved Sun Arise when I was a pre-schooler, and Tie Me Kangaroo Down and Jake The Peg as a Primary kid.

Junior Walker holds at 20 with his cover of Guess Who’s These Eyes – so it’s only fair his What Does It Take gets covered, by Motherlode on their second chart hit entering at 70, just ahead of Billy Joe Royal returning, and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s US single replacing their Onion Song in the list.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 7 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
7 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
8 ( 10 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 8
9 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 9
10 ( 11 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 10

11 ( 8 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
12 ( 15 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 12
13 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
14 ( NEW ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 14
15 ( 13 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
16 ( 16 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
17 ( 14 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
18 ( 31 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 18
19 ( 22 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
20 ( 20 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20

21 ( 17 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
22 ( 18 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
23 ( 29 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 23
24 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 24
25 ( 32 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 25
26 ( 21 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
27 ( 19 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
28 ( 30 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 28
29 ( 37 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 29
30 ( 38 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 30

31 ( 35 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 31
32 ( 36 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 32
33 ( 26 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
34 ( 24 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
35 ( 23 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
36 ( 28 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
37 ( 25 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
38 ( 42 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 38
39 ( 46 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 39
40 ( 45 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 40

41 ( 34 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
42 ( 47 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 42
43 ( 48 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 43
44 ( 39 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
45 ( 40 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
46 ( 49 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 46
47 ( 58 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 47
48 ( 44 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
49 ( 57 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 49
50 ( 56 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 50

51 ( 33 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
52 ( 43 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
53 ( 41 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
54 ( 59 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 54
55 ( 51 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
56 ( 63 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 56
57 ( 52 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
58 ( 60 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 58
59 ( 53 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
60 ( 54 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1

61 ( 61 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 61
62 ( 62 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 62
63 ( 64 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 63
64 ( 65 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 64
65 ( 71 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 65
66 ( 66 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 66
67 ( 67 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 67
68 ( 70 ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 68
69 ( 69 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 69
70 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 70

71 ( NEW ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 71
72 ( 72 ) I LOVE YOU Otis Leavill # 72
73 ( 75 ) SHE LETS HER HAIR DOWN (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Gene Pitney # 73
74 ( 74 ) THE HIGHWAY SONG Nancy Sinatra # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU GAVE ME Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 75

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 4 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
5 ( 8 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
6 ( 10 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
7 ( NEW ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
8 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
9 ( RE ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 5 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (SKOOBY DOO) The Archies

 

22nd November 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for future UK 1972 top 20 hit from Archie Bell & The Drells, and the top end of the chart just shuffles about a bit the only climbing into the top 10 movements for Rolf Harris and The Jackson 5. Jimmy Cliff, Shocking Blue, and Dusty have all been biding their time waiting for a gap into the 20, and the biggest move into the 40 is The Newbeats at 31. They will have one huge hit in 1971 pending reissue, while this week has been big on Northern Soul (apart from my chart-topper) as Strictly Come Dancing brought lots of download sales for a non-hit classic from Frank Wilson.

Clodagh gets a 3rd top 40, 1910 Fruitgum get a second, Laura Nyro a 3rd or 4th as artist, about her 6th as songwriter, and Ms Ross gets a final 40 with The Supremes. Both will continue apart though. The highest new entry is from 50’s act The Chantells, as Maybe (a US hit in the late 50’s) sneaks back into the bubbling under end of the US Hot 100 – and it’s the best new track this week by far. The Turtles grab another in their string of chart entries, the unknown-to-me Lady-O which is very sweet. Smokey Robinson churns out a double A now they get listed together on Billboard, the better side is Darling Dear. Tommy Cash, Johnny’s bruv, enters with a decent track, as does future Fall cover Victoria for The Kinks, a Ray Davies song I’ve never warmed to much, and another Tommy James & co track to end a massive year, the decade, and their career pretty much, bar one biggie.

Blue Mink debut a little late with Melting Pot. I first heard it in late 1974, by which time Blue Mink’s career was tailing off, I invariably liked or loved their singles, the fab Madeline Bell, the great songwriter Roger Cook, and even Herbie Flowers on bass (he of Grandad chart-topping songwriter, Walk On The Wild Side, and Marc Bolan band success). Roger wrote so many huge hits I still feel he deserved some pop success himself, and Madeline never had the singles success she deserved outside the band and her early UK solo hit – though she backed no end of big stars. So. I love the message in this song. I love the band. I just, errr, never liked this one much. Didn’t like some of the non-pc lyrics, not fond of the hook nor the tempo-changes. Hey ho, great things ahead though.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 8 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 5
6 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 6
7 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 7
8 ( 5 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
9 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
10 ( 7 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1

11 ( 10 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 10
12 ( 9 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 9
13 ( 18 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 13
14 ( 11 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
15 ( 13 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
16 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 16
17 ( 15 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
18 ( 25 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 18
19 ( 19 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
20 ( 23 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 20

21 ( 16 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
22 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
23 ( 28 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
24 ( 21 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
25 ( 30 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 25
26 ( 22 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
27 ( 31 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 27
28 ( 29 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 28
29 ( 26 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
30 ( 32 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 30

31 ( 47 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 31
32 ( 38 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 32
33 ( 39 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 33
34 ( 42 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 34
35 ( 43 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 35
36 ( 20 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20
37 ( 46 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 37
38 ( 40 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 38
39 ( 33 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
40 ( 49 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 40

41 ( 27 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
42 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
43 ( 36 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
44 ( 50 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 44
45 ( 41 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
46 ( 35 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
47 ( 54 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 47
48 ( 44 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
49 ( 45 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
50 ( 56 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 50

51 ( 58 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 51
52 ( 61 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 52
53 ( 48 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
54 ( 62 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 54
55 ( 63 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 55
56 ( 37 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
57 ( 65 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 57
58 ( 55 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
59 ( 64 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 59
60 ( 66 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 60

61 ( 57 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
62 ( 69 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 62
63 ( 67 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 63
64 ( NEW ) MAYBE The Chantels # 64
65 ( 60 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
66 ( 59 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
67 ( 70 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 67
68 ( NEW ) LADY-O The Turtles # 68
69 ( 71 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 69
70 ( NEW ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 70

71 ( NEW ) MELTING POT Blue Mink # 71
72 ( NEW ) VICTORIA The Kinks # 72
73 ( 75 ) WHAT YOU GAVE ME Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 73
74 ( NEW ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 74
75 ( NEW ) SIX WHITE HORSES Tommy Cash # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
5 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( 7 ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
8 ( 6 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
9 ( 9 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 8 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie

 

29th November 1969

It’s a 5th week on top for Archie Bell & The Drells as most of my 1969 classics have spent the year competing for the top spot while the end of the year is a bit open at present, so it’s a 1972 fave (at least from my point of view) that continues to rule the roost. Lee marvin is now the top Paint Your Wagon track, and all of them still sound fab, if cheesy. The film is dull, but the songs are fab. Highest new entry are 2 of my top acts of the year together on a duet – Bobbie & Glen cover the Everly Brothers classic and enter at 17, 6 years ahead of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band cover topping my charts. George Baker goes top 10 with his Little Green Backs (the Bag was a translation error), a lot higher than his Paloma Blanca charted, or will chart if we get to 1975 on the retro rundowns.

Also new, a future 1970 and 1974 UK hit single, popping up in the USA Bubbling list, it’s Jimmy Ruffin’s Farewell Is A Lonely Sound, and also Cilla Black’s early version of the chart-topping 21st Century cover by Agnetha Faltskog (in my charts that is, of course) If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind. JImmy & Cilla both go top 40, and just outside is Lou Christie’s follow-up to a biggie, and The Guess Who’s fab No Time, now higher in the chart than Junior Walker’s cover of These Eyes. Down at t’lower end, Scott Walker & The Four Tops sneak in just because they are both always classy, even if I’ve never heard either track before in my life.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 5 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
3 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
4 ( 6 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 4
5 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 5
6 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
7 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
8 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
9 ( 11 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
10 ( 10 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1

11 ( 13 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 11
12 ( 8 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
13 ( 9 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
14 ( 18 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 14
15 ( 16 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
16 ( 14 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
17 ( NEW ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 17
18 ( 17 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
19 ( 20 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 19
20 ( 32 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20

21 ( 15 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
22 ( 25 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 22
23 ( 23 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
24 ( 27 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 24
25 ( 24 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
26 ( 19 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
27 ( 28 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 27
28 ( 31 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 28
29 ( 21 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
30 ( 33 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 30

31 ( 26 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
32 ( 35 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 32
33 ( 22 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
34 ( 34 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 34
35 ( 37 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 35
36 ( 29 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
37 ( 40 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 37
38 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 38
39 ( NEW ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 39
40 ( 44 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 40

41 ( 30 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 30
42 ( NEW ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 42
43 ( 47 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 43
44 ( 39 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
45 ( 38 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 38
46 ( NEW ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 46
47 ( 52 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 47
48 ( 57 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 48
49 ( 36 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20
50 ( 51 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 50

51 ( 43 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
52 ( 48 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
53 ( 49 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
54 ( 60 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 54
55 ( 55 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 55
56 ( 63 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 56
57 ( 64 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 57
58 ( 62 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 58
59 ( 53 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
60 ( 68 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 60

61 ( 45 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
62 ( 67 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 62
63 ( 58 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
64 ( 42 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
65 ( 59 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 59
66 ( 69 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 66
67 ( 41 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
68 ( 70 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 68
69 ( 74 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 54 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 54

71 ( 71 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink # 71
72 ( 72 ) VICTORIA The Kinks # 72
73 ( 66 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
74 ( NEW ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 74
75 ( NEW ) DON’T LET HIM TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME The Four Tops # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 4 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
9 ( 7 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
10 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley