My February 1988 Charts

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The local Jurassic Coastline, Dorset UK in 1988 (it hasn’t changed much since then!)

7th February 1988

It’s a second week on top for Taylor Dayne and a second week at 2 for Jacko as Bros go top 3 – to my surprise, as I didn’t recall them getting that high, but it was a good single. Back in at 4, Was (Not Was) bring Spy In The House Of Love back as it starts to sell in the UK at last, and it instantly peaks higher, and quite right too, helped by me buying it in the bargain bins in between releases. Icehouse are also back in again for the same reissued reasons, and a new peak of 10 and a 3rd top 10 to boot. Another House track in the top 10 and 3 in the 20, I was more into the new sound of music than I remembered.

Highest actual newly-debuted track is from Abba’s Agnetha, 14 years a total fave of mine, and the lead single off her Peter Cetera-produced (he of Chicago) album, more MOR than previous solo stuff, giving her 5 years of solo chart entries outside Abba. About as prolific as Kate Bush on the album front, she’d stretch that out another 25 years or so with an assist from Gary Barlow on the most-recent. Billy Ocean pops back with yet another in his 12-years-long run of hit singles (with a gap in the middle), the catchy Get Outta My Dreams. Pity about the creepy Get Into My Car stalker-ish sentence-end!

Stevie Wonder is back with You Will Know, one of his more memorable post-1986 singles (not that that says much), for 20 years of hits! Squeeze take a telephone number into the charts for 10 years of hits, and immediately ruin their chances of a hit as the number is not remotely memorable, even if the tune is OK. OMD are Dreaming, but the reality is the singles are getting less-memorable 8 years on, Faith No More pop back with We Care A Lot, Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal double-up again, not Saturday Love this time, as they never knew love like this one before. Bryan Ferry enjoys a bit of Kiss & Tell 16 years on, Aztec Camera, though, know How Men Are and look down on that sort of thing 5 years on from feeling Oblivious to it.

1 ( 1 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 ( 2 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
3 ( 6 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
4 ( NEW ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
5 ( 5 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
6 ( 14 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
7 ( 9 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
8 ( 3 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
9 ( 4 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) CRAZY Icehouse

11 ( 10 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
12 ( 12 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
13 ( 7 ) SHAME Eurythmics
14 ( 13 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
15 ( 8 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 32 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
17 ( 22 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
18 ( 20 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
19 ( 19 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
20 ( 15 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

21 ( 17 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
22 ( 28 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
23 ( 16 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
24 ( 18 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
25 ( 29 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
26 ( 21 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
27 ( 27 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
28 ( 25 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
29 ( NEW ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
30 ( 34 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs

31 ( 46 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
32 ( 11 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
33 ( 23 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
34 ( 33 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
35 ( 37 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
36 ( 35 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
37 ( 24 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
38 ( NEW ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
39 ( 48 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
40 ( 38 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 26 ) JINGO Jellybean
42 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 36 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
44 ( 41 ) BAD Michael Jackson
45 ( 45 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
46 ( 43 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
47 ( 30 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
48 ( 31 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
49 ( 57 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( NEW ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder

51 ( 44 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
52 ( NEW ) 853-5937 Squeeze
53 ( 54 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
54 ( 47 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
55 ( 39 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
56 ( 64 ) MORE LOVE Feargal Sharkey
57 ( 60 ) ASIMBONANGA Johnny Clegg & Savuka
58 ( 55 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
59 ( 66 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross
60 ( 58 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 40 ) PARADISE Black
62 ( 51 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
63 ( 49 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
64 ( NEW ) DREAMING OMD
65 ( 50 ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer
66 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
68 ( 67 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
69 ( 56 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
70 ( NEW ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal

71 ( 74 ) NO MORE LIES Sharpe & Numan
72 ( 71 ) HUMAN Human League
73 ( NEW ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
74 ( NEW ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
75 ( NEW ) I SEE RED The Silencers

7th Feb
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Elaine Page
2 HOT LOVE T.Rex
3 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex

 

 

 

14th February 1988

It’s a new number one as Man In The Mirror gives Jacko his 3rd chart-topper off Bad and his 8th solo chart-topper, plus another with Rockwell and 3 more with his brothers. Agnetha Faltskog gets her first solo top 10, Kylie her first top 20, and as a Barry White oldie makes my current charts this week – so he did in 1988 too, his 1974 Top 20 Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up. An even older classic, previously a Sex Pistols hit, debuts for Eddie Cochran, C’Mon Everybody being around 28 years old at the time. In at 26.

The Led Zep man is back again with a solo track, Heaven Knows, Vanessa Paradis, the French 14-year-old (if even that) debuts with the brilliant Joe Le Taxi. Future Mrs Kravitz I think. The Mission & Deacon Blue both add a little dignity to their list of chart entries, Paul Carrack grabs another solo hit to add to his 14-year-long run with other acts since he was asking How Long in 1974 with Ace. The Cure also return and my album tracks of the week get honorary pre-single chart spots of 76 and 77, they would both be much higher, and Heart would be out very soon for Pet Shop Boys.


1 ( 2 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
3 ( 4 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
4 ( 3 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
5 ( 10 ) CRAZY Icehouse
6 ( 6 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
7 ( 5 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
8 ( 12 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
9 ( 29 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
10 ( 16 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag

11 ( 7 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
12 ( 8 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
13 ( 9 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
14 ( 31 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
15 ( 19 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
16 ( 22 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
17 ( 17 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
18 ( 14 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
19 ( 13 ) SHAME Eurythmics
20 ( 25 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison

21 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
22 ( 11 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
23 ( 20 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
24 ( NEW ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP (REMIX) Barry White
25 ( 27 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
26 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
27 ( 15 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
28 ( 18 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
29 ( 38 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
30 ( 26 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

31 ( 21 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
32 ( NEW ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant
33 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
34 ( 34 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
35 ( 35 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
36 ( 47 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
37 ( 24 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
38 ( 64 ) DREAMING OMD
39 ( 43 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
40 ( 59 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross

41 ( 36 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
42 ( 40 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
43 ( NEW ) LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe
44 ( 23 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
45 ( 28 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
46 ( 53 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
47 ( 33 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
48 ( 44 ) BAD Michael Jackson
49 ( 49 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( 52 ) 853-5937 Squeeze

51 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
52 ( 32 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
53 ( NEW ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
54 ( 37 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
55 ( 50 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
56 ( 41 ) JINGO Jellybean
57 ( NEW ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
58 ( 58 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
59 ( 67 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
60 ( 60 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 46 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
62 ( 48 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
63 ( 70 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
64 ( 51 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
65 ( 74 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
66 ( NEW ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
67 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 73 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
69 ( 68 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
70 ( 39 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve

71 ( NEW ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
72 ( NEW ) HOW CAN I FORGET YOU Elisa Fiorello
73 ( 72 ) HUMAN Human League
74 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
75 ( 62 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
76 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
77 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians

 

 

21st February 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Man In The Mirror and highest new entry at 6 is Yazz & The Plastic Population with yet another House track in the upper echelons – courtesy of Coldcut – and the fab Doctorin’ The House, outdoing Kylie Minogue who climbs to 8 with I Should Be So Lucky and Sinead O’Connor at 10 with Mandinka. They’ll both get the last laugh though in the long run…

Another dance great enters at 13 for Bomb The Bass, Beat Dis, as 2 oldies return – Berlin back after a short break with chart-topper Take My Breath Away at 15, and 60’s anthem My Generation from The Who at 17 debuting 20-odd years late and 19 years since Pinball Wizard introduced them to my charts. In at 18, a soul winner from Roger sounding all futuristic on I Want To Be Your Man back in at 18 after a 1987 chart-run.

Big climbs for Vanessa Paradis, Nitro Deluxe, Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal, Eric Carmen, Faith No More, The Bangles & Stevie Wonder all going top 40. Cliff has Two Hearts in at 46 – not the Phil Collins song – Heart are Never stopping have new entries with older tracks, Sting has An Englishman In New York a few years before the remixed version does much better, Belinda Carlisle follows up her biggie as she gets weak at the effort, and Richard Marx pops in quietly ahead of some much bigger chart action in 1989 and 1992.


1 ( 1 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
2 ( 2 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
3 ( 3 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
4 ( 5 ) CRAZY Icehouse
5 ( 8 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
6 ( NEW ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
7 ( 4 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
8 ( 14 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
9 ( 10 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
10 ( 15 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor

11 ( 16 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
12 ( 7 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
13 ( NEW ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
14 ( 6 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
15 ( NEW ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
16 ( 20 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
17 ( NEW ) MY GENERATION The Who
18 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
19 ( 13 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
20 ( 9 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog

21 ( 11 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
22 ( 53 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
23 ( 12 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
24 ( 26 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
25 ( 43 ) LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe
26 ( 19 ) SHAME Eurythmics
27 ( 18 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
28 ( 29 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
29 ( 63 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 23 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

31 ( 17 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
32 ( 32 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant
33 ( 35 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
34 ( 33 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
35 ( 46 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
36 ( 34 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
37 ( 30 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
38 ( 59 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
39 ( 49 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
40 ( 55 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder

41 ( 41 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 66 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
44 ( 27 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 36 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
46 ( NEW ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
47 ( 39 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
48 ( 21 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
49 ( 51 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
50 ( 37 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

51 ( 22 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
52 ( 65 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
53 ( 48 ) BAD Michael Jackson
54 ( 28 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
55 ( 47 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
56 ( 57 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
57 ( NEW ) NEVER Heart
58 ( 31 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
59 ( 58 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
60 ( 40 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross

61 ( 38 ) DREAMING OMD
62 ( 60 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 71 ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
64 ( 25 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
65 ( 45 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
66 ( 74 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
67 ( 68 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
68 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
69 ( 24 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP (REMIX) Barry White
70 ( 69 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne

71 ( NEW ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
72 ( 50 ) 853-5937 Squeeze
73 ( NEW ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
74 ( 73 ) HUMAN Human League
75 ( NEW ) SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER Richard Marx

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ISN’T IT TIME The Baby’s
2 CAN’T LET YOU GO Barry Ryan
3 MAGIC FLY Space

 

 

28th February 1988

It’s a brand new entry on top – sort of – as the Top 10 has one of the biggest turn-outs of the 80’s, with new entries climbers and big droppers, as Climie Fisher return with the 1987 top 10 track Love Changes (Everything) finally getting to be a UK hit second-time around. They hold off Coldcut & Yazz who climb to 2 with Doctorin’ The House, and Fleetwood Mac who finally get a single release and can stop pottering around the 76 and 77 spots as a playlist fave and enter at 3, the chart position it would have been hovering around for a couple of months had I allowed album tracks.

Berlin’s 1986 chart-topper is back in the top 5, and Roger’s 1987 top 20 hits a new peak of 4 as last week’s entire top 5 drops out of this week’s top 5. Bomb The Bass Beat Dis to 8, Belinda Carlisle rockets from 73 to 17 for her second solo top 20, as she gets a bit weak, and Johnny Hates Jazz get an instant top 20 with Heart Of Gold at 18. 50’s rocker Eddie Cochran gets a posthumous top 20 just ahead of newly-solo’d Smiths singer Morrissey, who debuts at 20 with Suedehead. The song that is, not with the Buzzjacker guesting on the track.

Mel & Kim return with their final single before Mel’s untimely death, the good That’s The Way It Is at 25, The Sisters Of Mercy are grabbing another hit with Dominion at 27, The Primitives crash in at 29, and Taja Seville’s sultry and wonderful Love Is Contagious is close behind at 30. Boy George is back at 45 living his life, and the unlikely collab between Afrika bambaata and UB40 results in a reckless new entry at 48. Eighth Wonder do the gifted Pet Shop Boys song (and soon to be album track) I’m Not Scared, bringing Patsy Kensit to fame and a cracking pop single to boot, in at 58, Prefab Sprout return with one of their best singles, the lovely Cars And Girls at 69, Erasure’s Ship Of Fools enters at 60, Rick Astley is back again with Together Forever at 68, and John Cougar and Echo & The Bunnymen extend their run of entries too. Heart’s 1986 top 40 track These Dreams returns just ahead of it’s reissue as a double A side with Never, in at 76 by way of featuring in my Playlist that week.

1 ( NEW ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
2 ( 6 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
3 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 18 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
5 ( 15 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
6 ( 4 ) CRAZY Icehouse
7 ( 5 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 13 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
9 ( 2 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
10 ( 1 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

11 ( 3 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
12 ( 16 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
13 ( 22 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
14 ( 7 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
15 ( 17 ) MY GENERATION The Who
16 ( 11 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
17 ( 73 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
18 ( NEW ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 24 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
20 ( NEW ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey

21 ( 14 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
22 ( 9 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
23 ( 8 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 12 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
25 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
26 ( 29 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
27 ( NEW ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
28 ( 10 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
29 ( NEW ) CRASH The Primitives
30 ( NEW ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

31 ( 19 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
32 ( 39 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
33 ( 43 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
34 ( 30 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
35 ( 34 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
36 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
37 ( 48 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
38 ( 45 ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
39 ( 26 ) SHAME Eurythmics
40 ( 52 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera

41 ( 37 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
42 ( 41 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 42 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
44 ( 27 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
45 ( NEW ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
46 ( 23 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
47 ( 21 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
48 ( NEW ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
49 ( 44 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
50 ( 55 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

51 ( 56 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
52 ( 71 ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
53 ( 46 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
54 ( 20 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
55 ( 57 ) NEVER Heart
56 ( 53 ) BAD Michael Jackson
57 ( 28 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
58 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
59 ( 38 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
60 ( NEW ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure

61 ( NEW ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
62 ( 59 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 66 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
64 ( 44 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 67 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
66 ( 31 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
67 ( 62 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
69 ( NEW ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
70 ( 32 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant

71 ( 68 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
72 ( 50 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( 74 ) HUMAN Human League
74 ( NEW ) CHECK IT OUT John Cougar Mellencamp
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen
76 ( NEW ) THESE DREAMS Heart

Playlist faves of that week
1 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex
3 BE MY BABY The Ronettes

 

 

My Retro March 1970 Charts

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A record bag from Singapore, just the right size for singles, and an actual local Record label specialising in non-English records.

 

7th March 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Beatles letting it be as I have to expand my charts to 80 due to the new stuff I like exceeding the old stuff exiting my charts. Stevie Wonder gets another top 10, he’s had quite the run of them since 1967 chart-topper I Was Made To Love Her, and James Taylor gets his first with Fire And Rain (and possibly his last too!), easily his best track. Highest new entry is a reggae cover of the Nina Simone minor entry, Bob & Marcia’s version is the definitive though, still fab and in at 16. I didn’t know it at the time, but by 1974 it had been reissued and bubbled under the charts and made my top 5 that year.

Blue Mink start getting into their stride, Good Morning Freedom kick-starting a great run of singles – Melting Pot never did it for me, but this one I was aware of by the mid-70’s as I’d become big on them in 1971. In at 33. Van Morrison returns with Moondance, at 55, The Four Tops 60’s Motown classic is UK reissued and charts at 57 – the first version I knew was Donnie Elbert’s fabulous cover in 1972, which hit 2 in my charts, still the definitive version for me, but y’know, The Four Tops, always fab.

The bottom 11 are all new: The Trems back with a decent song I don’t recall hearing, Gene Pitney still charting with another I don’t know well, The Guess Who double A side charting separately, The Cuff Links replacing The Archies new single in my list (Ron Dante both), Charlie Rich debuting with a Billy Sherrill song (previously Stand By Your Man and many others to come), Cornerstone taking my fancy with a Toni Wine song (she was on Sugar Sugar as singer of “I’m gonna make your life so sweet”, wrote Groovy Kind Of Love, Candida and others), while Joe South, Bill Deal & Jerry Butler all add to their run of chart entries with tracks I’ve never heard before in my life. Of the bottom 11 the only one I knew already was American Woman.


1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
2 ( 3 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
3 ( 2 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
4 ( 7 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
6 ( 6 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
7 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
8 ( 8 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
9 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
10 ( 24 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 10

11 ( 9 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
12 ( 10 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
13 ( 13 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
14 ( 20 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 14
15 ( 18 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
16 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 16
17 ( 11 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
18 ( 25 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
19 ( 29 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 19
20 ( 15 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3

21 ( 17 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
22 ( 14 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
23 ( 21 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
24 ( 22 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
25 ( 40 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 25
26 ( 19 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
27 ( 16 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
28 ( 34 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 30 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
30 ( 26 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8

31 ( 27 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
32 ( 37 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 32
33 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 33
34 ( 47 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 34
35 ( 32 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
36 ( 39 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 36
37 ( 31 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
38 ( 45 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 38
39 ( 59 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 39
40 ( 50 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 40

41 ( 36 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
42 ( 23 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
43 ( 52 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 43
44 ( 35 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 35
45 ( 28 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20
46 ( 33 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 33
47 ( 63 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 47
48 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 48
49 ( 60 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 49
50 ( 56 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 50

51 ( 48 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
52 ( 65 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 52
53 ( 43 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
54 ( 49 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
55 ( NEW ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 55
56 ( 64 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 56
57 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 57
58 ( 44 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
59 ( 72 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 59
60 ( 51 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

61 ( 75 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 61
62 ( 69 ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 62
63 ( 73 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 63
64 ( 53 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
65 ( 54 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
66 ( 70 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 66
67 ( 68 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 67
68 ( 74 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 68
69 ( 71 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 69
70 ( NEW ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 70

71 ( NEW ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 71
72 ( NEW ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 73
74 ( NEW ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 74
75 ( NEW ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 75
76 ( NEW ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 76
77 ( NEW ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 77
78 ( NEW ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 78
79 ( NEW ) CHILDREN Joe South # 79
80 ( NEW ) BUT YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU Evie Sands # 80

 

wot I liked then:

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
5 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
6 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
7 ( 9 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
9 ( 4 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 11 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel

11 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
13 ( 17 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
14 ( 10 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
16 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
17 ( 16 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
18 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
19 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

 

14th March 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for novelty-specialist Ray Stevens with the non-novelty gospel-MOR singalong anthem Everything Is Beautiful, which was my all-time fave record for much of the 70’s – it reminded me of Singapore (a neighbour blasted it out one lazy tropical, sunny morning and I fell in love with it), I loved the optimism and multi-cultural sentiment, the kids singing, the choir singing, it was very much of the time and the mood that things could change for the better. These cynical days it’s totally out-of-tune, in style, in mood, and after 50-years of destruction to the planet it would be hard to have this feature in a big movie except as an ironic background to misery and destruction. For me, though, it’s another What A Wonderful World, cos you have to keep trying or give up on humanity entirely.

Bob & Marcia rise to 5, saying it loud I’m black & proud, and doing it fab reggae style, and classic soul track Band Of Gold debuts Freda Payne at 10. I didn’t entirely get the lyrics until I was older (having heard it now and again in the mid-70’s), but oh my word, once they click you certainly feel for her! Blue Mink get a first top 20, multiculturalism in action, with Good Morning Freedom, while The Four Tops oldie goes top 40.

Newies include the jazz-funkrock of Ides Of March, and the fab Vehicle, at 53, Julie Felix (often on TV variety shows of the time) covering Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Nash returning with a reggae-lite ditty that I know, but didn’t know I knew (I have his Greatest Hits on vinyl, prob from that), Diana Ross, The Supremes & The Temps returning with one I don’t know, Marc Bolan returning with one I do know courtesy of an MFP Tyrannosaurus Rex album I bought around 1973/4, CSN (& with added Neil Young) back with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s still-charting Woodstock, and a Bacharach-David song I’ve never heard as BJ Thomas follows-up the big version of a Bacharach-David song. As the lyrics are somewhat pertinent to my webcam views of deserted Playa Del Ingles in the Canaries and coronavirus-hit countries in general, there’s a gloomy not-anticipated appropriateness to them..

1 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
3 ( 2 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 16 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 5
6 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
7 ( 6 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 4 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
9 ( 10 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
10 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 10

11 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
12 ( 14 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 12
13 ( 8 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
14 ( 11 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
16 ( 19 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
17 ( 13 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
18 ( 15 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
19 ( 9 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
20 ( 33 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 20

21 ( 20 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
22 ( 18 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
23 ( 25 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 23
24 ( 21 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
25 ( 28 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 25
26 ( 17 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
27 ( 32 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 27
28 ( 23 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
29 ( 24 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
30 ( 34 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 39 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 31
32 ( 22 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
33 ( 29 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
34 ( 40 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 34
35 ( 38 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 35
36 ( 57 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 36
37 ( 30 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
38 ( 47 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 38
39 ( 43 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 39
40 ( 49 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 40

41 ( 31 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
42 ( 35 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
43 ( 48 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 43
44 ( 50 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 44
45 ( 26 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
46 ( 52 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 46
47 ( 27 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
48 ( 55 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 48
49 ( 36 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 36
50 ( 61 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 50

51 ( 37 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
52 ( 63 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 52
53 ( NEW ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 53
54 ( 70 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 54
55 ( 51 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
56 ( 56 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 56
57 ( 41 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
58 ( 59 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 58
59 ( 71 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 59
60 ( 66 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 60

61 ( 67 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 61
62 ( 68 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 62
63 ( 69 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 63
64 ( 72 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 64
65 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 65
66 ( 73 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 66
67 ( 74 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 67
68 ( 53 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
69 ( 76 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( NEW ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 70

71 ( 54 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
72 ( NEW ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 72
73 ( 75 ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 73
74 ( RE ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 74
75 ( 77 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 75
76 ( 78 ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 76
77 ( NEW ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 77
78 ( 79 ) CHILDREN Joe South # 78
79 ( NEW ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 79
80 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 80

RETRO WHAT I LIKED THEN
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
3 ( 2 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
4 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
5 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 10 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
7 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 14 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
12 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( 18 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 15 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
15 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
16 ( 12 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
17 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( 17 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat

 

 

21st March 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Ray Stevens’ optimistic gospel, just keeping off the fab reggae of Bob & Marcia at 2. The Supermes go top 10, fellow-Motown acts The Jackson 5 go top 20 and top 30, and Marta Reeves also hits the 20 in a quiet top 20 holding the potential onslaught of dozens of climbers lower down. Big jumps for The Ides Of March, The Beach Boys and BJ Thomas, with new top 40 slots for Joni Mitchell, Dave Clark 5, Dave Dee and Van Morrison, none of them strangers.

New entries are headed by Bowie’s The Prettiest Star, a version I don’t recall ever hearing, though I knew and loved the song back in ’72/’73 from The Old Grey Whistle Test I think and bought the Aladdin Sane album a few years later. Mary Hopkin gets a 4th chart entry on the heels of her hat-trick of chart-toppers, but it’s much more modest for her Eurovision song at 54. The Pipkins pop in with the ragtime novelty Gimme Dat Ding. Who dey? Well, Albert Hammond/ Mike Hazlewood wrote it obviously inspired by their Little Arrows success (among others) and they drafted in Tony Burrows (who else at this time!?) and Roger Greenaway, he of David and Jonathan and a million fab songs with Blue Mink’s Roger Cook (who go up to 17 this week). His chart-topping songs for me? You’ve Got Your Troubles, Home Lovin’ Man, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, Lovers Of The World Unite, Softly Whispering I Love You, Way Of Life, The Banner Man. All involved creatively would go on to better things then!

Eddie Holman knocks his own track out the list with both sides of his new single, one a song I don;t know, t’other a 50’s classic doo-wop Since I Don’t Have You, which would go on to chart for Guns ‘n’ Roses, Art Garfunkel, and best of all Don McLean. The Gentrys cover Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl with a complete musical change of direction, it’s pretty rock-cool for a bubblegum-rock band with the previous still charting. The Bee Gees (minus Robin, who is elsewhere on the list) return with I.O.I.O. and a latin-jazz-rock instrumental sneaks in for El Chicano, and Tony Joe White has another Deep South swamp-blues story-song on the list.


1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 5 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
3 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 3 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
6 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 6
7 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
9 ( 12 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 9
10 ( 8 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4

11 ( 11 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
12 ( 9 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
13 ( 13 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
14 ( 14 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
16 ( 16 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
17 ( 20 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 17
18 ( 17 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
19 ( 23 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
20 ( 25 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20

21 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
22 ( 18 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
23 ( 19 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
24 ( 31 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 24
25 ( 36 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 25
26 ( 24 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
27 ( 30 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
28 ( 38 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 28
29 ( 26 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
30 ( 34 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 30

31 ( 53 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 31
32 ( 28 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
33 ( 29 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
34 ( 46 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 34
35 ( 44 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 35
36 ( 22 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
37 ( 48 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
38 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
39 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 39
40 ( 32 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14

41 ( 27 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 27
42 ( 52 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 42
43 ( 50 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
44 ( 37 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
45 ( NEW ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 45
46 ( 59 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 46
47 ( 35 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 35
48 ( 54 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 48
49 ( 63 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 49
50 ( 56 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 50

51 ( 42 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
52 ( 80 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 52
53 ( 40 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 40
54 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 54
55 ( 65 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 55
56 ( 67 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 56
57 ( 64 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 57
58 ( 61 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 58
59 ( 55 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
60 ( 62 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 60

61 ( 41 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
62 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 62
63 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 63
64 ( 58 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 58
65 ( 66 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 65
66 ( 70 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 66
67 ( 69 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 67
68 ( NEW ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 68
69 ( 72 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 69
70 ( 74 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 70

71 ( 73 ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 71
72 ( 75 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 72
73 ( 76 ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 73
74 ( 77 ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 74
75 ( NEW ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 75
76 ( NEW ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees 76
77 ( 78 ) CHILDREN Joe South 77
78 ( 79 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 78
79 ( NEW ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano 79
80 ( NEW ) HIGH SHERIFF OF CALHOUN PARRISH Tony Joe White 80

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 7 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
3 ( 2 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
6 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 6 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
8 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
14 ( 11 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 14 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
17 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
18 ( 16 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 20 ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat
20 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan

 

28th March 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Ray Stevens, holding off a challenge from the fab Band Of Gold, Freda Payne’s finest moment, as gospel-influenced tracks get to be quite the thing in the top 6 with the highest new entry and debut from Elton John, about to be able to give up singing cover versions of the latest hits on the budget Top Of The Pops albums of the time. Border Song remains one of his great tracks, and what a brilliant singer he was in his younger days, till his voice dropped circa 1990. In at 5, and the B side Bad Side Of The Moon enters lower down as the new album drop is weeks away.

Blue Mink go top 10, which gives them two simultaneously, more or less, as Madeleine Bell and Roger Cook join Lesley Duncan and the ever-present Tony Burrows in the back-up choir singing. The Ides Of March have a big climb into the 20, and Eurovision-winner Dana enters at 18, All Kinds Of Everything entering lower than she did in my charts of the time (2) but higher then the UK’s entry from Mary Hopkin – the Irish winner was a huge Two-Way Families Favourites radio playlister in 1970/71, as Forces overseas (us) listened to messages from home from family.

Bowie shoots his Prettiest Star into the 20, aided by Marc Bolan, who is lower down with his own T.Rex track, and what with Slade debuting too with a track I’ve never heard before (but it’s very Slade) we have the future of early 70’s pop music firmly established as the decade has barely begun: that future is Glam Rock. Gene Pitney grabs another top 40 to keep the 60’s flag flying, as do The Tremeloes, though neither will manage much beyond 1974 until the 80’s. The late Julie Felix, who sadly died this week, almost makes the 40, and the highest of the tracks new to me this week comes from The Moments. I was struck immediately with deja vu as the instrumental opener chimes in on Love On A Two-Way Street, and sure enough the soul ballad is the basis for a classic 2010’s opener that topped my charts: Empire State Of Mind, the finest moment for both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. The song is a Sylvia Robinson goodie, she of future fab solo Pillow Talk hitsdom, the owner of the All-Platinum label mid-70’s disco-era chart success (it took The Moments 5 years to chart in the UK), and the woman who got Rapper’s Delight released, a game-changing record.

In at 71, The 5th Dimension are back with yet another entry – Puppet Man this time from the songwriting talent of Neil Sedaka, preparing the ground for his own singer-songwriter reinvention in 1972 – and Bobbie Gentry gets a second solo follow-up, third including duets, to the monster 1969 chart-topper that still nestles in my list. He Made A Woman Out Of Me is firmly back in Delta Country-Blues territory. Clodagh Rodgers gets a 4th, King Curtis brings a good instrumental in with the help of a famous friend, and Dusty assists her bruv Tom to his first chart mention.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 6 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
3 ( 3 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
4 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
5 ( NEW ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 5
6 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
7 ( 9 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
8 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
9 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
10 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10

11 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
12 ( 31 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 12
13 ( 25 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 13
14 ( 11 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
15 ( 10 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
16 ( 14 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
17 ( 12 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
18 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 18
19 ( 19 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
20 ( 45 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 20

21 ( 13 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
22 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
23 ( 24 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 23
24 ( 20 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20
25 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
26 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
27 ( 46 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 27
28 ( 28 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 28
29 ( 16 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
30 ( 34 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 30

31 ( 22 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
32 ( 23 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
33 ( 26 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
34 ( 35 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 34
35 ( 54 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 35
36 ( 48 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 36
37 ( 37 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
38 ( 33 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
39 ( 32 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
40 ( 42 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 29 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
42 ( 55 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 42
43 ( 43 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
44 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 44
45 ( 38 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
46 ( 62 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 46
47 ( 56 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 47
48 ( 27 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
49 ( 57 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 49
50 ( 68 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 50

51 ( 40 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
52 ( 63 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 52
53 ( 30 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 30
54 ( 65 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 54
55 ( 36 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
56 ( 67 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 56
57 ( 44 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
58 ( 49 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 49
59 ( 69 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 59
60 ( NEW ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 60

61 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
62 ( 51 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
63 ( 70 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 63
64 ( 75 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 64
65 ( 58 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 58
66 ( 66 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 66
67 ( 79 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 67
68 ( 78 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 68
69 ( 72 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 69
70 ( 74 ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 70

71 ( NEW ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 71
72 ( 76 ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees # 72
73 ( NEW ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 73
74 ( 50 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 50
75 ( 77 ) CHILDREN Joe South # 75
76 ( NEW ) BAD SIDE OF THE MOON Elton John 76
77 ( NEW ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Slade 77
78 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GO HOME (THE PARTY’S OVER) Clodagh Rodgers 78
79 ( NEW ) TEASIN’ King Curtis with Delaney Bramlett, Eric Clapton & Friends 79
80 ( NEW ) MORNING PLEASE DON’T COME Dusty & Tom Springfield 80

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
3 ( 2 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
6 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( 13 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

11 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
14 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
16 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
17 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
18 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 16 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops