My Retro December 1969 Charts

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RAF Changi swimming pool with the Marshalls

 

6th December 1969

It’s straight in on top for Marmalade’s first chart-topper, the fab emotional ballad Reflections Of My Life, written by Junior Campbell & Dean Forde, now firmly in control of their own musical direction, and that direction was harmonies a la Hollies backing up a powerful vocal. Bobbie Gentry replaces herself in the top 10, along with Glen Campbell, and Roger Whittaker gets his one and only top 10 hit, it’s fairly safe to say, as he continues leaving Durham Town.

Jimmy Ruffin shoots into the 20, just ahead of new entry at 16 Hey There Lonely Girl, from Eddie Holman, a huge late late-1974 hit – just as Jimmy Ruffin hit again around that time. Spooky! There’s nice top 40 climbs for Cilla, Lou Christie and Guess Who, leaving newies lower down from The Impressions, as consistent as ever inside my charts – something I never expected at all, being as I didn’t know any of them 2 years ago! Tom Jones booms out another ballad, Without Love, and not one I know well, though I did also first hear it in 1974, while B. B. King enters with The Thrill Is Gone, a blues standard, Thelma Houston drops in 8 years earlier than her disco cover of Don’t Leave Me This Way, with a cover of the Stones Jumping Jack Flash. Georgie Fame returns, Archie Bell’s A Side (hugely inferior to Here I Go Again) sneaks in, and The Intrigues return in a low-key manner.


1 ( NEW ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
2 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
3 ( 4 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
4 ( 5 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
5 ( 17 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 2 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
7 ( 3 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
8 ( 11 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
9 ( 6 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
10 ( 7 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1

11 ( 8 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
12 ( 10 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
13 ( 38 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 13
14 ( 14 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 14
15 ( 9 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
16 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 16
17 ( 12 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
18 ( 13 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
19 ( 22 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 19
20 ( 20 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20

21 ( 16 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
22 ( 24 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 22
23 ( 18 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
24 ( 15 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
25 ( 19 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 19
26 ( 39 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 26
27 ( 25 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
28 ( 28 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 28
29 ( 42 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 29
30 ( 32 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 30

31 ( 21 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
32 ( 23 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
33 ( 46 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 33
34 ( 37 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 34
35 ( 35 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 35
36 ( 31 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
37 ( 40 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 37
38 ( 26 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
39 ( 29 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
40 ( 27 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 27

41 ( 36 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
42 ( 30 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 30
43 ( 60 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 43
44 ( 47 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 44
45 ( 33 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
46 ( 48 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 46
47 ( 34 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 34
48 ( 43 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 43
49 ( 50 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 49
50 ( 54 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 50

51 ( 44 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
52 ( 56 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 52
53 ( 57 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 53
54 ( 55 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 54
55 ( 41 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 30
56 ( 52 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
57 ( 53 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
58 ( 51 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
59 ( 62 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 59
60 ( 68 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 60

61 ( 58 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 58
62 ( 69 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 62
63 ( 66 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 63
64 ( 59 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
65 ( NEW ) WHEREVER SHE LEADETH ME The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 65
66 ( NEW ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 66
67 ( 71 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink # 67
68 ( NEW ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 68
69 ( 74 ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 69
70 ( 72 ) VICTORIA The Kinks # 70

71 ( 75 ) DON’T LET HIM TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME The Four Tops # 71
72 ( NEW ) JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH Thelma Houston # 72
73 ( NEW ) SEVENTH SON Georgie Fame # 73
74 ( NEW ) A WORLD WITHOUT MUSIC Archie Bell & The Drells # 74
75 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA LOVE YOU The Intrigues # 75

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

 

13th December 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Marmalade as the highest new entry is in at 3 for actor-singer Murray Head, 2 years ahead of his UK debut with Superstar, the first track dropped in November in the UK and December in the USA. It would be another 15 years before Murray got a big hit, with Tim Rice & The Abba boys One Night In Bangkok from the musical Chess – and of course this was the epic finale to Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s greatest musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Murray’s brother Anthony would one day star in one of the greatest TV shows of all-time. Yes, really, Buffy The Vampire Slayer is brilliant.

Eddie Holman goes top 5, and Jimmy Ruffin top 10, making it 3 UK 70’s hits in the top rung – and I’m not including those hitting in the early new year of 1970. The Guess Who get a top 20 with No Time, Cilla & Led Zep join them, it’s Plant & co’s first (but not last) jump into the top rungs. The Turtles make it 2 top 40’s of 1969 for the former chart-toppers, as The Archies & The Stones go top 40 too, both having had quite a few to date. I do like variety!

Vanity Fare get a second hit with Hitchin’ A Ride – I’ll be honest I don’t know their version very well, and it sounds less convincing than the version mum taped off Singapore radio in late 1970/early 1971 – Frank Ifield! And also less convincing than the latest Murray/Callander hit project Paper Lace’s ’75 version. But better than Sinitta’s 1990 hit version. In at 71, The Lovelites harmonise about how to tell your folk you’re preggers, Dionne Warwick gets the US hit version of the classic Bobbie Gentry UK chart-topper (and it’s not as good as Bobbie’s heartfelt version), Delaney & Bonnie drag a friend in on guitar, and Leapy Lee stops being a one-hit wonder a year late.

1 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
2 ( 2 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
3 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head # 3
4 ( 3 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
5 ( 16 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 5
6 ( 5 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 5
7 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
8 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 8
9 ( 7 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
10 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2

11 ( 8 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
12 ( 14 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 12
13 ( 9 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
14 ( 10 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
15 ( 12 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
16 ( 11 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
17 ( 19 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 17
18 ( 33 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 18
19 ( 26 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 19
20 ( 22 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 20

21 ( 15 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
22 ( 17 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
23 ( 18 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
24 ( 20 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20
25 ( 21 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
26 ( 43 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 26
27 ( 23 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
28 ( 29 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 28
29 ( 30 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 29
30 ( 37 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 30

31 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
32 ( 27 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
33 ( 34 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 33
34 ( 35 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 34
35 ( 25 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 19
36 ( 28 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 28
37 ( 44 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 37
38 ( 46 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 38
39 ( 31 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
40 ( 36 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1

41 ( 32 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
42 ( 50 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 42
43 ( 41 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
44 ( 38 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
45 ( 39 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
46 ( 53 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 46
47 ( 62 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 47
48 ( 60 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 48
49 ( 54 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 49
50 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 50

51 ( 40 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 27
52 ( 45 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
53 ( 51 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
54 ( 42 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 30
55 ( 55 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 30
56 ( 66 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 56
57 ( 63 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 57
58 ( 65 ) WHEREVER SHE LEADETH ME The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 58
59 ( 56 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
60 ( 57 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1

61 ( 49 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 49
62 ( 68 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 62
63 ( 67 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink # 63
64 ( 58 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
65 ( 52 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 52
66 ( 69 ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 66
67 ( 72 ) JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH Thelma Houston # 67
68 ( 70 ) VICTORIA The Kinks # 68
69 ( 71 ) DON’T LET HIM TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME The Four Tops # 69
70 ( 64 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1

71 ( NEW ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 71
72 ( 73 ) SEVENTH SON Georgie Fame # 72
73 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 73
74 ( NEW ) COMIN’ HOME Delaney & Bonnie & Friends # 74
75 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING Leapy Lee # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 4 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
4 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
6 ( 5 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 9 ) TRACY The Cuff Links
8 ( RE ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y D.O.O) The Archies
9 ( 10 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
10 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson

 

 

20th December 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Marmalade, as they hold off a Xmas Superstar challenge from Murray Head. The Guess Who get their first top 10, no time to mention they’d be back – sort of – in 1974, stuttering a bit. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Bananarama also get a first top 10 – I mean Shocking Blue! Highest new entry at 11 is the first of an invasion of new singles or album tracks just sneaking into the 1969 release schedules, and it’s The Beatles’ charity Across The Universe at 11, the first John song to challenge the top 10 since Ballad Of John & Yoko.

The Delfonics are back with another future 70’s UK hit, Didn’t I Blow Your Mind in at 22, just ahead of Jimmy Cliff’s earlier 1969 single getting another shot in the wake of Wonderful World Beautiful People, the great Many Rivers To Cross, a future UK hit – for UB40. The 5th Dimension are back with another Laura Nyro cover, Blowin’ her Away and out of the top 40 – how rude! Meanwhile ailing Louis Armstrong is back for what is pretty much his swansong, the ironically-titled We Have All The Time In The World, the non-hit new Bond song from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – both the title tune and Louis’ original songs becoming 90’s hits eventually. The new Bond actor didn’t favour, but at least it had Diana Rigg in it, which is compensation for almost anything.

The Carpenters debut at 40 with the template for their greatest 70’s tracks – gorgeous vocals, lush arrangements, and great songs, this time a cover of The Beatles Ticket To Ride. Karen was happier behind the drums and out of the spotlight – but she had the voice of an angel in the studio, making it seem effortless. Rock critics busy sharpening up their vitriolic pencils, of course, as they always do for anything not deemed “cool”, and usually end up being proved wrong in the long run. Happily I’ve a long memory and enjoy a good bout of “I told you so’s” when they get it wrong.

Elsewhere Marvin Gaye covers Jimmy Ruffin as Motown bung out an album of covers against the wishes of Gaye, for the most part, which may be why they were a bit cool with his own stuff in a year or two initially. It’s a decent effort here though. Sly & The Family Stone have a double A side, the track I prefer is Everybody Is A Star, The Pioneers are back, Brook Benton enters with future Randy Crawford 80’s hit Rainy Night In Georgia, Lenny Welch covers Neil Sedaka’s early 60’s pop hit Breaking Up Is Hard To Do in slow piano-led soul stylee, 2 years ahead of The Partridge Family topping my chart with a version more in line with the original, and 5 years ahead of Neil Sedaka covering it himself in the same style as Lenny Welch.

Luther Ingram debuts, Melanie debuts setting herself up for a chart-topper in 2 years-time, and Elvis sneaks in with a movie song B side that got remixed and a hit in the noughties – Rubberneckin’. Phew! 1969 has been a manic and varies year. One more week to go and then it’s into 1970 – which I regard as the low-point from 1966 through 1974. It’s going to be interesting to see if my greatly-expanded new charts bear that out! Possibly not!

1 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
2 ( 3 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head # 2
3 ( 2 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
4 ( 5 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 4
5 ( 6 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 8 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
7 ( 4 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
8 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
9 ( 18 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
10 ( 12 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10

11 ( NEW ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 11
12 ( 17 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 12
13 ( 11 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
14 ( 9 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
15 ( 10 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
16 ( 19 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 16
17 ( 14 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
18 ( 13 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
19 ( 15 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
20 ( 26 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 20

21 ( 16 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
22 ( NEW ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 22
23 ( 20 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 20
24 ( NEW ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 24
25 ( 30 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 25
26 ( 28 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 26
27 ( 23 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
28 ( 22 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
29 ( 21 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
30 ( 24 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20

31 ( 25 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
32 ( 38 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 32
33 ( 27 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
34 ( 37 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 34
35 ( NEW ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 35
36 ( 46 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 36
37 ( NEW ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 37
38 ( 47 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 38
39 ( 32 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
40 ( NEW ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 40

41 ( 29 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 29
42 ( 31 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
43 ( 40 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
44 ( 33 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 33
45 ( 50 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 45
46 ( 56 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 46
47 ( 42 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 42
48 ( 48 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 48
49 ( 34 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 34
50 ( 39 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9

51 ( 35 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 19
52 ( NEW ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 52
53 ( 36 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 28
54 ( 71 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 54
55 ( 43 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
56 ( 62 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 56
57 ( 57 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 57
58 ( 58 ) WHEREVER SHE LEADETH ME The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 58
59 ( 41 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
60 ( 53 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1

61 ( 49 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 49
62 ( 45 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
63 ( 66 ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 63
64 ( 59 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
65 ( 60 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
66 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR Sly & The Family Stone # 66
67 ( NEW ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 67
68 ( NEW ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 68
69 ( 73 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 69
70 ( 72 ) SEVENTH SON Georgie Fame # 70

71 ( NEW ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 71
72 ( NEW ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 72
73 ( NEW ) THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) Sly & The Family Stone # 73
74 ( NEW ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 74
75 ( NEW ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 3 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
4 ( 5 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
5 ( 4 ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
6 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 9 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
8 ( NEW ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies
9 ( 7 ) TRACY The Cuff Links
10 ( NEW ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival

 

27th December 1969

it’s 4 weeks on top for Reflections Of My Life, holding off Superstar, and the last dated chart of the year for my listings, while back in the day the record that topped of 1969 and started 1970 was Two Little Boys. The Beatles sneak another top 10 in at the last minute, not many left now, just 1970 and then nothing till some reissues in 1976 unless I start charting uncharted stuff off the Blue & red albums in 1973. Jimmy Cliff gets his first top 10 with the brilliant Many Rivers To Cross, and Lulu gets a first top 10 since To Sir With Love topped 2 years ago.

It’s a very quiet post-Christmas chart, just 3 new entries, which gives a bunch of under-performing chart positions a boost after floods of new tracks recently. Tom Jones, Tommy Roe & Vanity fare all add to their top 40’s and the highest debut at 45 is from The Beatles. I mean, Badfinger. On Apple, A Paul McCartney song, and he made them copy his version of Come And Get It pretty much as it was handed over – as can be seen on the versions recently released and on Anthology 3 in the 90’s. No matter, they had their own classics to come and it gave the Band a useful showcase.

At 62, Friends drop by from Arrival – a band of many members, the key ones going on to success in Kokomo in the later 70’s and early 80’s – and Donny Hathaway enters at 75 with cult cut The Ghetto. Donny was more famous for his duets with Roberta Flack, but he was also a key soul act, albeit a very troubled one who died young following a few years of mental illness and depression.

1 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
2 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
3 ( 4 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
4 ( 5 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
5 ( 3 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
6 ( 6 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
7 ( 11 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 7
8 ( 24 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 8
9 ( 9 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
10 ( 12 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10

11 ( 7 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
12 ( 22 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 12
13 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
14 ( 16 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
15 ( 20 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 15
16 ( 13 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
17 ( 14 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
18 ( 15 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
19 ( 10 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
20 ( 25 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 20

21 ( 17 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
22 ( 19 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
23 ( 18 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
24 ( 21 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
25 ( 40 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 25
26 ( 26 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 26
27 ( 35 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 27
28 ( 37 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 28
29 ( 32 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 29
30 ( 34 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 30

31 ( 27 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
32 ( 28 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
33 ( 36 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 33
34 ( 31 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
35 ( 29 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
36 ( 30 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20
37 ( 46 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 37
38 ( 47 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 38
39 ( 23 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 20
40 ( 45 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 40

41 ( 54 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 41
42 ( 52 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 33 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
44 ( 39 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
45 ( NEW ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 45
46 ( 43 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
47 ( 38 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 38
48 ( 48 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 48
49 ( 56 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 49
50 ( 68 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 50

51 ( 42 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
52 ( 58 ) WHEREVER SHE LEADETH ME The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 52
53 ( 41 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 29
54 ( 44 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 33
55 ( 55 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
56 ( 50 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
57 ( 63 ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 57
58 ( 67 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 58
59 ( 69 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 59
60 ( 66 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR Sly & The Family Stone # 60

61 ( 51 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 19
62 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Arrival # 62
63 ( 49 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 34
64 ( 60 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
65 ( 70 ) SEVENTH SON Georgie Fame # 65
66 ( 71 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 66
67 ( 59 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
68 ( 64 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
69 ( 65 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
70 ( 72 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 70

71 ( 73 ) THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) Sly & The Family Stone # 71
72 ( 53 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 28
73 ( 75 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 73
74 ( 74 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 ( 3 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
4 ( NEW ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
5 ( 7 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
6 ( 8 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies
7 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
8 ( 4 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
9 ( 5 ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) TRACY The Cuff Links

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