My January 1970 Retro Charts

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Me taking a dip in the Straits between RAF Changi and the offshore island Pulau Ubin, and near a wrecked kelong (traditional wooden fishing structures). The Queen Elizabeth liner passed by near here in 1971 (I saw it from school windows, around the bay and south a bit) on her way to a fiery, watery grave in Hong Kong the following year.

 

3rd January 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for a track I loved in Singapore days, Edison Lighthouse was pretty much a Tony Macauley song and project fronted by singer Tony Burrows who will be performing a mini-invasion under various group names in early 1970, and the song was originally done by Jefferson. This fab lush pop confection, though, still stands up as a great pop record, albeit instantly sabotaged by Tony Burrows leaving to front his other hitmaking tags, White Plains, Brotherhood Of Man (all 3 famously on the same episode of Top Of The Pops) and later The Pipkins adding to his earlier incarnations as The Ivy League, The Flowerpot Men, and his later fab hit as First Class in 1974. Not that Macauley had much to worry about, he’d already co-written big hits for The Foundations, Marmalade, Long John Baldry, Scott Walker and would go on to co-write endless hits right through to David Soul.

The Delfonics get a 3rd top 10, Tommy James a penultimate top 20, The 5th Dimension add to their total too, and Louis Armstrong gets a 2nd and last. It’s 2 new entries from Glen Campbell’s new album, Honey Come Back was the Jimmy Webb song that I was mad on that summer – friends of my mum and dad, Irvin & Mary, had the album which I was keen to play when we visited their house on RAF Changi camp, and which was the first album I asked for a present – happily mum and dad couldn’t find it and I got the much-better This Is Glen Campbell instead. His version of Both Sides Now was also on the album, and is the first version I knew (my “original” version) so I tend to opt for this one, here in at 21, the 3rd version to chart to date.

The Archies enter at 37 with their fab little rifftastic new TV theme tune, Get On The Line is better than the official single Jingle Jangle, and is the best track on the new album. Jonathan King covers Let It All Hang Out, kickstarting his new career as record label mogul specialising in quirky covers of US or European hits that stiffed in the UK, Chairmen Of The Board debut with the soul classic Give Me Just A Little More Time, which Kylie would one day have a crack at to lesser effect, The Temptations return with another fab funk track that I grew to love following a prominent feature on 80’s fab TV show Moonlighting for Psychedelic Shack – star Bruce Willis clearly a big fan as he had a hit cover with the actual Temptations themselves. Finally, the old Frankie Laine huge hit returns in a souped-up version of Answer Me giving The Happenings a second entry, and Barbara Dickson an idea for a future career-starter.

1 ( NEW ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
3 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
4 ( 8 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 4
5 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
6 ( 7 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
7 ( 12 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 7
8 ( 5 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
9 ( 9 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
10 ( 4 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4

11 ( 6 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
12 ( 47 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 12
13 ( 25 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 13
14 ( 11 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
15 ( 15 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 15
16 ( 14 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
17 ( 13 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
18 ( 27 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 18
19 ( 10 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
20 ( 28 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 20

21 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 21
22 ( 17 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
23 ( 16 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
24 ( 22 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
25 ( 21 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
26 ( 18 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
27 ( 23 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
28 ( 45 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 28
29 ( 24 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
30 ( NEW ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 20 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 20
32 ( 19 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
33 ( 37 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 33
34 ( 41 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 34
35 ( 26 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 26
36 ( 42 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 36
37 ( NEW ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 37
38 ( 40 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
39 ( 48 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
40 ( 34 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3

41 ( 31 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
42 ( 32 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
43 ( 29 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 29
44 ( 30 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 30
45 ( 33 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 33
46 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 46
47 ( 35 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
48 ( 49 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 48
49 ( 46 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
50 ( 50 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 50

51 ( 44 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
52 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 52
53 ( 36 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20
54 ( 43 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
55 ( 62 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 55
56 ( NEW ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 56
57 ( 58 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 57
58 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 58
59 ( 60 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 38 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 38

61 ( 52 ) WHEREVER SHE LEADETH ME The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 52
62 ( 39 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 20
63 ( 57 ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 57
64 ( 75 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 64
65 ( 65 ) SEVENTH SON Georgie Fame # 65
66 ( 66 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 66
67 ( 51 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
68 ( 70 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 68
69 ( 55 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
70 ( 71 ) THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) Sly & The Family Stone # 70

71 ( 73 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 71
72 ( 74 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 73
74 ( 56 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
75 ( NEW ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 75

3rd Jan Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 3 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
5 ( 6 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
8 ( 5 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
9 ( 9 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
10 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross And The Supremes

 

 

10th January 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Edison Lighthouse and 4 weeks at 2 for Murray Head, now challenged by Jimmy Cliff at 3 and Glen Campbell’s version of Both Sides Now becoming the second cover to go top 5, after Judy Collins. The Carpenters get a first top 10, Ticket To Ride at 9 one place lower than the band who did the original, and Tommy James grabs yet another top 10 with a track I hadn’t noticed until recently – though it was tucked away at the end of my Greatest Hits CD, She.

Glen also gets a 3rd simultaneous top 20 with Honey Come Back up to 15, and Lou Christie gets a 3rd top 20 (assuming I would have charted Lightnin’ Strikes, which would certainly have topped my charts). Chairmen Of The Board get a first top 30 with a good climb, and Jonathan King a first solo top 40 since 1965 (had I been charting Everyone’s Gone To The Moon was another cert chart-topper, either at the time, or on any retro chart of any period in my life, I’ve never not loved it since it came out – even if he WAS taking the p*ss with the lyrics).

Highest new entry at 44 is Boris Gardiner some 16 years ahead of his UK lovers-rock chart-topper, with his instrumental version of Mantovani’s Elizabethan Serenade, written around the time of Queen Elizabeth II ascending to the throne by Ronald Binge and originally called Andante Cantabile. Subsequently covered by the Gunther Kallman Choir in a hit German vocal version, and used on BBC radio as a theme show tune, it charted in 1964 and became a tune I loved and recognised but had no idea what it was called or who sung it, even when I recorded it off radio in Singapore. I didn’t get to hear the reggae version from Boris until half a decade later, and twig it was the same melody. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but…I still prefer the Mantovani or Choir versions!

AT 46, Kenny Rogers returns with another dramatic stormer of a pop single, and Something’s Burnin’ (I think it’s love, myself), and Steam get a follow-up hit here even if not in the UK, another track new to me, I’ve Gotta make You Love Me. Robin Gibb also gets a second solo follow-up that stiffed in the UK, but was charting in various European top 10’s this week 50 years ago. Another one I’d never heard before, and it’s sort of an early trial of August October arrangements, but more dramatic, as befits someone willing to wait One Million Years.

At 68, The Exiles debut with a Tommy James song, gifted by him as he was about to embark on a solo career and shortly before he released his own version of Church Street Soul Revival, another of many good songs he wrote in the late 60’s. The band changed their name to Exile after a few years of not breaking through much, hooked up with Mike Chapman after he’d split with Nicky Chinn, and got a worldwide massive hit in 1978 with Kiss You All Over. So, 8 years early here! Pat Shannon debuts at 71. No idea who, either, but the song was written by Kenny Nolan, future 70’s US hit artist, but more vitally co-writer, writer, house producer/arranger at the Chelsea record label. You might have heard of some of his songs, Lady Marmalade, My Eyes Adored You, and heard his falsetto on Disco Tex & The Sex-o-lettes hits.

Thelma Houston becomes the second act to chart with Laura Nyro’s Save The Country, written after Bobby Kennedy was murdered, and Santana and Canned Heat return with lower-chart entries, the second and third respectively. Canned Heat’s is a cover of Wilbert Harrison’s 1969 minor hit, more or less identical to the original. It would take Bryan Ferry to turn it into a masterpiece in 1976….

1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
3 ( 4 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 3
4 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
5 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 7 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
7 ( 5 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
8 ( 6 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
9 ( 13 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
10 ( 12 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10

11 ( 8 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 10 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
13 ( 11 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
14 ( 15 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
15 ( 30 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 15
16 ( 18 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 16
17 ( 9 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
18 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
19 ( 35 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
20 ( 20 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 20

21 ( 28 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 21
22 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
23 ( 16 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
24 ( 37 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 24
25 ( 19 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
26 ( 22 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
27 ( 24 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
28 ( 33 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
29 ( 25 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
30 ( 52 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 30

31 ( 27 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
32 ( 34 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 32
33 ( 36 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 33
34 ( 26 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
35 ( 23 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
36 ( 29 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
37 ( 46 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 37
38 ( 38 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
39 ( 39 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
40 ( 55 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 40

41 ( 56 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 41
42 ( 48 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
43 ( 50 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43
44 ( NEW ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 44
45 ( 40 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
46 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 46
47 ( 32 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
48 ( 31 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 20
49 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 49
50 ( 58 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 50

51 ( 41 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
52 ( 42 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
53 ( 49 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
54 ( NEW ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 54
55 ( 51 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
56 ( 57 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 56
57 ( 47 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
58 ( 64 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 58
59 ( 59 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 45 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 33

61 ( 53 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20
62 ( 54 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
63 ( 66 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 63
64 ( 73 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 64
65 ( 72 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 65
66 ( 68 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 66
67 ( 75 ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 67
68 ( NEW ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 68
69 ( 70 ) THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) Sly & The Family Stone # 69
70 ( 71 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 70

71 ( NEW ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 71
72 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 72
73 ( NEW ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 73
74 ( NEW ) EVIL WAYS Santana # 74
75 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 2 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
5 ( NEW ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
6 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
8 ( NEW ) THE LIQUIDATOR The Harry J All Stars
9 ( 7 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
10 ( 5 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies

 

17th January 1970

It’s a 3rd week on top for Edison Lighthouse as Jimmy Cliff gospels it up to 2, challenged closely by Glen Campbell’s great version of Both Sides Now, and as his Honey Come Back also goes top 10. The Archies hip theme tune Get On The Line leaps to 10, their 3rd top 10, and Chairmen Of The Board, currently featuring in an advert, jump up 18 to 12. The highest new entry, Who’ll Stop The Rain?, is a track I first heard on Married: With Children, when Al Bundy sings along to it – and one I instantly preferred to Creedence’s other track on the double A-side, Travelin’ Band which I got to hear in 1975 for the first time. Basically a rock revival-style tune not entirely unlike The Move’s later California Man.

Some nice top climbers for Boris Gardiner, Kenny Rogers, Robin Gibb, Steam and The Temptations, and more newies lower down from Stevie Wonder – the fab Never Had A Dream Come True – at a time when his singles were big UK hits and minor US hits. Go figure! The Originals are back, this time with The Bells ringing them in at 64, Mama Cass keeps the hits coming too with New World Coming at 70, I have a bit of Time for another Edwin Starr entry at 71, The Contours 1966 track debuts, Frijid Pink have a go at going OTT Progrock on House Of The Rising Sun, and Jethro Tull return with some Witch’s Promise. Cue the flutes…..

1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 3 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
3 ( 5 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
4 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
5 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
6 ( 8 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
7 ( 15 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 7
8 ( 6 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
9 ( 7 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
10 ( 24 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 10

11 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 30 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 12
13 ( 9 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
14 ( 12 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
15 ( 16 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
16 ( 14 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
17 ( 10 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
18 ( 20 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 18
19 ( 21 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 19
20 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

21 ( 18 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
22 ( 17 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
23 ( 33 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
24 ( 22 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
25 ( 19 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
26 ( NEW ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 26
27 ( 37 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 27
28 ( 32 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 28
29 ( 44 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 29
30 ( 46 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 30

31 ( 27 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
32 ( 26 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
33 ( 40 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 33
34 ( 41 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 34
35 ( 29 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
36 ( 23 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
37 ( 31 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
38 ( 54 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 38
39 ( 25 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
40 ( 49 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 40

41 ( 28 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
42 ( 34 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
43 ( 43 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43
44 ( 36 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
45 ( NEW ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 45
46 ( 35 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
47 ( 38 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
48 ( 42 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
49 ( 58 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 49
50 ( 56 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 50

51 ( 39 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
52 ( 45 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
53 ( 68 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 53
54 ( 64 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 54
55 ( 63 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 55
56 ( 47 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
57 ( 53 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
58 ( 65 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 58
59 ( 51 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
60 ( 55 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4

61 ( 50 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 50
62 ( 66 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 62
63 ( 67 ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 63
64 ( NEW ) THE BELLS The Originals # 64
65 ( 52 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
66 ( 70 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 66
67 ( 71 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 67
68 ( 73 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 68
69 ( 72 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 69
70 ( NEW ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 70

71 ( NEW ) TIME Edwin Starr # 71
72 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 72
73 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 73
74 ( NEW ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE WITCH’S PROMISE Jethro Tull # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
2 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 5 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
5 ( NEW ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 4 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
7 ( NEW ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
8 ( 7 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
9 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations
10 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Arrival

My Jan-Apr 2020 Charts

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Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde 2019 December, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

 

26th January 2020

It’s a first solo number one for The Weeknd after 3 previous 2’s, and a topper with Ariana Grande, holding off a challenge from a return from 1978 classic ahead-of-it’s-time dance track Supernature, Cerrone’s only big hit in the UK which went top 3 for me around the same time as Blue Oyster Cult went top 10 with (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. “More Cowbell!”. 4th time round for that one, all of them top 20, and joining fellow 1978 chart-topper Ca Plane Pour Moi for a mini-invasion of a good Uni year for me.

Friendly fires get a 3rd top 10, including a chart-topper in 2011 with Hurting, Muse make it 6 top 10’s as The Void expands upwards, and Green Day make it a 3rd top 10, having had two peaks of 4 for ballads early in their career – and then nothing big since. The Fizz make it a 5th top 10 in their current incarnation, including a number one with Amen in 2017, but add in some Bucks and increase the top 10’s by 13 to 18, and the chart-toppers by 5 to 6. Cheryl also has another top 10 with Coco.

Highest new track is Will Young, Forever! His 16th top 20, and in at 18, including hotting the top in 2004 with Friday’s Child. Pet Shop Boys drop the new album, and get instant new entries for the 2 most-commercial tracks, Wil o’the wisp at 25, and I Don’t Wanna at 58. I’ve just bought the CD to play it through properly, but Hotspot is sounding pretty good on one quick runthrough as a whole, but minus the clear individual track highlights that the last few albums have had.

Jeff Lynne’s back, making it 50 years of chart activity in various guises, mostly ELO, and with numerous chart-toppers, at least 15 to date, Duke Dumont is also returning, for a 7th year of chart entries, The Real Thing 1976 classic is back for a 3rd time, You To Me Are Everything peaked at 3 in 1986, Dion is back with another oldie, he first charted with a reissue of The Wanderer in 1976, Runaround Sue dates from 1961 making it 59 years-old and one of the oldest-recordings to chart in terms of release date to chart-date.


1 2 1 8 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 587600
2 1 1 5 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 592000
3 NEW 3 1 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 85000
4 3 1 6 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 627000
5 5 5 4 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 192000
6 19 6 4 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 99800
7 10 7 4 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 114700
8 13 8 2 THE VOID Muse 80000
9 18 9 2 OH YEAH! Green Day 67000
10 17 10 3 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 72200

11 8 1 12 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 844100
12 6 5 5 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 199100
13 11 3 13 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 603400
14 9 7 8 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 257600
15 4 4 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 92000
16 7 1 7 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 625000
17 12 8 5 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 137000
18 NEW 18 1 FOREVER Will Young 22000
19 20 19 3 THE KEEPER Blossoms 60750
20 NEW 20 1 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 20000

21 15 3 10 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 404950
22 28 22 3 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 47800
23 14 9 11 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 230950
24 16 16 8 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 119200
25 NEW 25 1 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 18750
26 32 26 3 ORIGINAL Sia 47800
27 22 1 15 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1381800
28 25 1 13 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 995300
29 29 1 22 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1115050
30 21 10 7 HOPE Kim Wilde 157050

31 26 8 13 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 365500
32 27 4 16 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 585600
33 54 33 2 RARE Selena Gomez 28700
34 34 34 8 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 92500
35 30 9 10 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 265500
36 40 36 3 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 40800
37 46 37 3 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 40150
38 48 38 2 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 29500
39 44 39 2 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 30350
40 41 40 3 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 43300

41 31 20 8 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 110550
42 23 18 5 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 80000
43 24 5 8 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 245000
44 50 44 2 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 25250
45 NEW 45 1 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 13000
46 57 46 2 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 23150
47 33 9 10 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 186300
48 NEW 48 1 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 12300
49 36 36 10 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 94700
50 35 14 12 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 192700

51 42 1 20 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 973250
52 NEW 52 1 THERAPY Duke Dumont 11500
53 38 38 4 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 48350
54 NEW 54 1 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 11000
55 55 55 3 HURT Louise 28700
56 NEW 56 1 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 10600
57 47 15 17 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 285200
58 NEW 58 1 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 10200
59 60 59 3 REMEDY Roachford 25700
60 NEW 60 1 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 10000

61 58 1 26 I TRANCE Agnes 1681900
62 67 62 2 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14000
63 70 63 3 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 18200
64 65 64 3 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 20100
65 66 65 3 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 19000
66 NEW 66 1 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 6800
67 NEW 67 1 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 6600
68 NEW 68 1 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 6400
69 NEW 69 1 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LONELY Joel Corry 6000

71 74 71 2 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 11000
72 NEW 72 1 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 5600
73 39 27 9 CLEAN Hey Violet 110650
74 NEW 74 1 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SIMMER Hayley Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
37 28 10 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 143500
43 40 7 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 64500
45 23 11 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 163850
49 30 4 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 49100
51 14 9 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 173150
52 52 4 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 34800
53 4 12 TOMIE GHOST DATA 402900
56 7 9 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 260250
59 36 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 69450
61 26 12 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 170600
62 62 6 THE LOOK Roxette 35400
63 38 7 HAMMER Louise 79550
64 8 13 ORPHANS Coldplay 312300
68 16 9 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 154550
69 24 15 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 191100
71 62 6 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 37200
72 10 11 MONSTERS James Blunt 232350
73 9 16 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 323850
75 28 12 THE TRUTH James Blunt 148150

 

 

19th January 2020

It’s Avicii on top for a second week as the charts start to wake up and get moving, with The Weeknd getting his 4th number 2 and highest new entry is a former 1978 chart-topper from Plastic Bertrand, the Belgian New Wave act who hit across Europe with his deliciously fab and fun Ca Plane Pour Moi while I was a student at Uni. For some reason it’s in the itunes charts and seeling again (Number 100 on sales last week) so that’s good enough reason for me to re-chart it, in at 4! Ca plane pour moi, as it were!

Seeb get a second top 10 inside 6 months, after getting the top track during 2019 for me on chart “sales”, this time assisting Julie Bergan who gets a first. Highest contemporary track is Muse’s The Void, the 4th track to chart off their last album to go top 20, shooting in at 13 by virtue of me watching Dr Brian Cox’s brilliant The Planets series again and loving the theme snippet from the song they use. Evocative! That’s 13 top 20’s in 20 years. Meanwhile The Fizz recycle an old SAW hook to great effect and leap into the 20 as they keep the new material clicking at a good pace 39 years on.

Green Day enter at 18, shockingly their first new entry for 11 years, and some 22 years since Time Of Your Life hit 4 on their chart debut (and a future chart-topper for Glen Campbell). What got them back on chart-course? Err sampling a hook from an old Joan Jett track, that was a cover of a huge UK Glamrock hit from 1973. Oh Yeah! is the bracketed bit in the title Do You Wanna Touch Me, which would be uncoverable these days given who wrote the words, but at least the lads have donated proceeds to charity having realised who Mr Paul Gadd is on the songwriting credits. I’m happy to give main credit to Mike Leander who most likely wrote the tune, produced the song, worked with The Beatles, and Executive-produced Jesus Christ Superstar, the album.

Harry Styles makes it 4 tracks in the top 30, SO greedy, Billy Ocean shoots into the top 40 with his first new top 40 track since errr the 80’s, I think! Noah Cyrus returns with at least her 4th chart entry in 3 years, including 2 top 10’s, and July. Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t troubled my rundown since 2003’s Changes with daughter Kelly, but now extends his chart career to 37 years as solo act, and 50 years as lead-singer of Black Sabbath, aided by Elton John making it 49 years of hits, and Slash getting a credit from me for the fab guitar solo 33 years since Guns ‘n’ Roses debuted.

Chart returns from Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, Tame Impala, Eminem (now on 21 years of chart success), Ed Sheeran, and a former chart-topper from Gorillaz popping back in, round off the busy week.

1 1 1 4 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 477000
2 3 2 7 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 417600
3 2 1 5 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 562000
4 NEW 4 1 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 65000
5 9 5 3 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 132000
6 5 5 4 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 164100
7 4 1 6 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 600000
8 6 1 11 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 807100
9 7 7 7 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 228600
10 35 10 3 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 64700

11 11 3 12 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 571400
12 8 8 4 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 114000
13 NEW 13 1 THE VOID Muse 32000
14 12 9 10 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 211700
15 13 3 9 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 385200
16 16 16 7 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 100200
17 38 17 2 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 30200
18 NEW 18 1 OH YEAH! Green Day 22000
19 29 19 3 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 44800
20 21 20 2 THE KEEPER Blossoms 39750

21 10 10 6 HOPE Kim Wilde 139050
22 15 1 14 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1363400
23 18 18 4 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 66250
24 14 5 7 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 231500
25 22 1 12 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 977000
26 17 8 12 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 347600
27 19 4 15 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 567800
28 60 28 2 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 28300
29 24 1 21 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1096850
30 26 9 9 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 248000

31 20 20 7 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 96550
32 52 32 2 ORIGINAL Sia 29300
33 23 9 9 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 173800
34 34 34 7 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 74900
35 25 14 11 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 180700
36 39 36 9 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 82600
37 28 28 10 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 143500
38 43 38 3 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 37100
39 27 27 8 CLEAN Hey Violet 105250
40 68 40 2 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 23400

41 48 41 2 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 26300
42 37 1 19 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 961500
43 40 40 7 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 64500
44 NEW 44 1 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 13250
45 32 23 11 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 163850
46 59 46 2 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 22850
47 46 15 16 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 274800
48 NEW 48 1 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 12300
49 30 30 4 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 49100
50 NEW 50 1 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 12000

51 33 14 9 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 173150
52 56 52 4 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 34800
53 41 4 12 TOMIE GHOST DATA 402900
54 NEW 54 1 RARE Selena Gomez 11000
55 64 55 2 HURT Louise 17900
56 47 7 9 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 260250
57 NEW 57 1 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 10400
58 58 1 25 I TRANCE Agnes 1674400
59 36 36 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 69450
60 72 60 2 REMEDY Roachford 15600

61 31 26 12 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 170600
62 66 62 6 THE LOOK Roxette 35400
63 42 38 7 HAMMER Louise 79550
64 49 8 13 ORPHANS Coldplay 312300
65 70 65 2 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 13000
66 74 66 2 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 12000
67 NEW 67 1 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6600
68 44 16 9 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 154550
69 51 24 15 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 191100
70 75 70 2 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 11000

71 62 62 6 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 37200
72 45 10 11 MONSTERS James Blunt 232350
73 54 9 16 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 323850
74 NEW 74 1 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 5200
75 53 28 12 THE TRUTH James Blunt 148150

drop outs
50 17 8 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 120800
55 2 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 178800
57 4 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM (370900) Kim Wilde 59400
61 13 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 127250
63 18 12 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 176200
65 8 15 ECHOES Lola Marsh 343900
67 10 17 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 312350
69 34 10 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 126050
71 36 9 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 108750
73 33 11 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 125900

 

 

 

12th January 2020

It’s a first week at one for Avicii – ever! That gives him a unique chart record, the first posthumous chart-topper with current material by an act who has never topped my chart previously. He’s been as high as 2, but never managed that extra spot up. Far too many acts have hit my top spot posthumously before with current material, but none for the first time – although Mama Cass in 1974 was already topping my chart when she died, and she would in any case have had chart-toppers with The Mamas & The Papas had I been charting when they were active. Fades Away, like most of his last album, is so sad and full of cries for help,

The Weeknd gets his 6th top 3 as main artist, but he’s yet to top in that respect, but has as guest on Ariana Grande’s Love Me Harder, and Pet Shop Boys add another 2 top 10’s with latest single Monkey Business, and last B side Decide. Kim Wilde also gets an 8-year-late top 10 with Hope. There’s a lot of songs with important messages in my charts right now, which, given the state of the world, is at it should be. Sting gets his highest chart credit in 20 years, up to 16, Blossoms are the highest entry, and top all previous singles bar one in one fell swoop, in at 21.

Big climbs for Friendly Fires, Kim Wilde and Julie Bergan, all into the top 40, and The Fizz get a quick follow-up to their revamped xmas song, in at 38, given Cheryl, Jay and Mike a span of 39 years since Eurovision debut Making Your Mind Up, with added Bucks. Stormzy gets a second top 40, Ella Henderson gets a second simultaneous climber inside the 40 (joining Pet Shop Boys and Kim Wilde), while Celeste gets a 2nd chart entry – that’s not Strange at all! – Sia does another movie theme (Dr. Doolittle), Kodaline are back again, Harry Styles charts a 4th track off his album, and Louise gets her 2nd simultaneous a bit Hurt.

So, time for some oldies. New songs, that is, by veterans: at 68, Billy Ocean gets his first new entry for 2 years, and an increased span of 44 years of hits solo, or 46 years including Scorched Earth who debuted the same month as Sparks (now number 2). Bob Geldof hasn’t charted in 26 years – and still hasn’t. Except that he has returned, as lead singer and mainman of The Boomtown Rats, who quietly sneak in with Trash Glam Baby at 75: the band hasn’t troubled my charts with new material since 1985 (or even existed, I think) when they went top 20 with A Hold Of You after I’d seen them in concert at Poole Arts Centre as it was known in those days. So they leap from an 8-year chart-span to err, 43 years since they punked onto the scene. Roachford is also back after a 22 year chart lay-off, and Alicia Keys after a few months but almost 2 decades of entries.

1 2 1 3 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 307000
2 1 1 4 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 477000
3 4 3 6 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 302600
4 3 1 5 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 550000
5 13 5 3 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 109100
6 6 1 10 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 759100
7 7 7 6 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 183600
8 19 8 3 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 79000
9 15 9 2 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 72000
10 14 10 5 HOPE Kim Wilde 119300

11 11 3 11 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 534400
12 9 9 9 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 182700
13 8 3 8 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 358200
14 5 5 6 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 212500
15 10 1 13 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1344100
16 35 16 6 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 75200
17 12 8 11 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 329100
18 20 18 3 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 47000
19 17 4 14 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 549400
20 25 20 6 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 78650

21 NEW 21 1 THE KEEPER Blossoms 19750
22 21 1 11 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 958250
23 18 9 8 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 156100
24 24 1 20 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1078650
25 23 14 10 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 163200
26 16 9 8 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 230000
27 27 27 7 CLEAN Hey Violet 88150
28 28 28 9 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 126200
29 72 29 2 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 23800
30 50 30 3 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 37000

31 26 26 11 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 163100
32 32 23 10 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 150850
33 22 14 8 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 161400
34 47 34 6 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 57300
35 74 35 2 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 22700
36 45 36 5 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 59350
37 37 1 18 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 947750
38 NEW 38 1 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 17200
39 57 39 8 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 65200
40 60 40 6 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 51000

41 29 4 11 TOMIE GHOST DATA 391650
42 38 38 6 HAMMER Louise 72350
43 68 43 2 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 19900
44 31 16 8 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 148150
45 33 10 10 MONSTERS James Blunt 226750
46 46 15 15 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 262300
47 36 7 8 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 249650
48 NEW 48 1 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 12300
49 39 8 12 ORPHANS Coldplay 305200
50 34 17 8 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 120800

51 44 24 14 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 184900
52 NEW 52 1 ORIGINAL Sia 11500
53 43 28 11 THE TRUTH James Blunt 143150
54 49 9 15 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 318450
55 30 2 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 178800
56 64 56 3 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 23300
57 40 4 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 59400
58 56 1 24 I TRANCE Agnes 1664200
59 NEW 59 1 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 10100
60 NEW 60 1 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 10000

61 42 13 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 127250
62 65 62 5 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 31400
63 48 18 12 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 176200
64 NEW 64 1 HURT Louise 7100
65 61 8 15 ECHOES Lola Marsh 343900
66 69 66 5 THE LOOK Roxette 28000
67 67 10 17 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 312350
68 NEW 68 1 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 6400
69 51 34 10 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 126050
70 NEW 70 1 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 6000

71 52 36 9 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 108750
72 NEW 72 1 REMEDY Roachford 5600
73 53 33 11 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 125900
74 NEW 74 1 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 5000

DROP OUTS
41 29 5 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 73100
54 29 8 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 83250
55 48 6 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 56850
58 50 6 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 59000
59 59 6 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 46500
62 62 8 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 51500
63 49 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 66100
66 3 13 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 465650
70 40 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 34750
71 71 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 25000
73 2 15 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 591250
75 19 14 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 200650

 

5th January 2020

It’s a quiet week for a new decade starting in terms of new entries and Sparks on top for a second week, holding off the new Avicii track to give him a second runner-up inside 6 months, with a climb of 16 places for Fades Away. Billie Eilish gets another top 10, Rod takes Georgie back into the 20 for the second time and reaches a new peak of 13 34 years late. Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys new single Monkey Business, at 15, pure disco Radio 2-friendly, as previous single drops, and it’s B side is a high climber to 19 from 60. Anyone would think they have a new album pending…

Travis are the highest climbers, and into the 20 for the first time in 7 years, and Sigala and Ella Henderson both a nice leap into the 30, having been there on other tracks before. Sting and his mates are into the 40, Mel C is seeking the pink pound lower down, 4 years since her last chart action, Friendly Fires continue to mine the recent album, and Julie Bergan debuts with former chart-topper Seeb on tow.

1 1 1 3 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 362000
2 18 2 2 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 137000
3 2 1 4 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 485000
4 5 4 5 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 217600
5 6 5 5 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 183500
6 3 1 9 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 704100
7 8 7 5 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 133600
8 7 3 7 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 326200
9 13 9 8 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 147700
10 4 1 12 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1317100

11 10 3 10 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 497400
12 11 8 10 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 306100
13 39 13 2 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 49100
14 19 14 4 HOPE Kim Wilde 77300
15 NEW 15 1 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 27000
16 16 9 7 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 211500
17 17 4 13 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 528400
18 9 9 7 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 136850
19 60 19 2 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 31000
20 75 20 2 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 25000

21 15 1 10 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 938750
22 14 14 7 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 143700
23 21 14 9 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 144450
24 24 1 19 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1059650
25 47 25 5 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 58650
26 28 26 10 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 145200
27 33 27 6 CLEAN Hey Violet 69750
28 36 28 8 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 107900
29 23 4 10 TOMIE GHOST DATA 377650
30 12 2 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 168000

31 22 16 7 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 134900
32 32 23 9 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 133050
33 26 10 9 MONSTERS James Blunt 213750
34 27 17 7 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 108800
35 54 35 5 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 50200
36 25 7 7 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 237150
37 35 1 17 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 930450
38 43 38 5 HAMMER Louise 58600
39 31 8 11 ORPHANS Coldplay 293100
40 20 4 4 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 49000

41 29 29 5 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 73100
42 30 13 5 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 119750
43 34 28 10 THE TRUTH James Blunt 131900
44 40 24 13 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 173150
45 55 45 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 41950
46 46 15 14 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 249550
47 57 47 5 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 39700
48 38 18 11 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 169000
49 45 9 14 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 307450
50 65 50 2 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 19000

51 41 34 9 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 119850
52 42 36 8 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 102950
53 44 33 10 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 120500
54 37 29 8 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 83250
55 48 48 6 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 56850
56 53 1 23 I TRANCE Agnes 1654000
57 63 57 7 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 48100
58 50 50 6 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 59000
59 59 59 6 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 46500
60 66 60 5 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 34000

61 52 8 14 ECHOES Lola Marsh 336900
62 62 62 8 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 51500
63 49 49 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 66100
64 72 64 2 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 12700
65 68 65 4 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 24000
66 58 3 13 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 465650
67 56 10 16 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 305750
68 NEW 68 1 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 6400
69 71 69 4 THE LOOK Roxette 21200
70 51 40 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 34750

71 73 71 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 25000
72 NEW 72 1 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 5600
73 64 2 15 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 591250
74 NEW 74 1 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 5200
75 70 19 14 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 200650

DROP OUTS
61 25 6 HEYO The Makemakes 72200
67 45 9 PUMP IT UP Endor 87800
69 6 14 YOU. Lucy Daydream 371750
74 18 10 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 157700

My December 1987 Charts

Ian, me Swanage area 1986 134

80’s fashions not all they could have been…

 

 

5th December 1987

It’s straight in on top for yet another 20th anniversary Beatles oldie reissue, my childhood fave Hello Goodbye. Loved it aged 9, loved it aged 29, love it aged 61. It’s pure uplifting joy, and featured as a fab video in their generally not-great Magical Mystery Tour TV musical. It had previously topped my chart in a special Beatles-Chart I had to compile in 1976 to stop 20-odd Beatles singles taking over my top 50 charts when they were all reissued in matching sleeves and sold very well. The theme of the week is loads of new entries setting up Christmas, and loads of sudden drastic drops…

Jellybean gets a first top 10, and Expose ditto following my purchase of a remixed version on 12″ for the track that had been in my charts since my September USA hols, now peaking at 9. Alison Moyet makes it a 6th solo top 10, or 13th including Yazoo, with the standard, Love Letters. Talking of old standards, the smooth family fave Nat ‘King’ Cole enters my chart over 20 years since he died with his fab When I Fall In Love at 17, spurred on by Rick Astley’s inferior cover (in at 66). Nat’s is the definitive version, it just is, no-one has that warm, smooth, cool vocal tone.

The highest new track is Eurythmics 60’s-referencing and pure gorgeousness that is Shame. The title sums up its getting lost in the Christmas-ballad overload that was 1987 and failing to make the UK top 40 despite being one of their finest singles. Shame! (ring bell) Shame! (ring bell) Shame! (ring bell)… Anyway in at 11 in a chart that appreciates fabness. The Bee Gees have ESP, presumably they knew it would shoot up into my top 30 having read my mind, while The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl enter at 33 with a perennial christmas classic, one of those you never actually get fed up with hearing each year. Fairytale Of New York would top my my chart – eventually – once it’s arguing drunks just oozed nostalgia.

Talking of christmas, Mel & Kim are back. Comedian Mel Smith & the fab Kim Wilde (off to see her again next week doing an acoustic Wilde Winter Songbook tour) that is. I was tempted to go and see her dad Marty in concert tonight, but I’m typing this instead, oops! Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree was already a seasonal regular courtesy of young Brenda Lee, and they’d done a comedy version for charity that didn’t get on your nerves when you heard it a few times. Result!

GG is back with part 3 of his debut hit – mostly to promote his annual Christmas/New Year tours which pulled in the punters (including me each year) cos they were such a huge party experience. Contrary to rewritten history, he was actually popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Dollar return with an Erasure cover, after a couple of years away from my charts, and extending their run to 9 years as a duo, or 12 years if including as a third of a sextet: take your pick. Climie Fisher get a quick follow-up to a great record that flopped, and mysteriously get a hit out of it – cos it wasn’t as good! Not bad, but not in the same league. Sneaking in at 76, by virtue of the record not being listed as coming out as a single and therefore not permitted in my chart, instead topping my Playlist 3, but retroactively allowed to feature just because it’s brilliant – Taylor Dayne’s terrific bop Tell It To My Heart, fitting in with the Expose dance sounds that would influence Pet Shop Boys before long.

1 ( NEW ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
5 ( 6 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 4 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
7 ( 10 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
8 ( 12 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
9 ( 55 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
10 ( 27 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

11 ( NEW ) SHAME Eurythmics
12 ( 8 ) BAD Michael Jackson
13 ( 16 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
14 ( 7 ) KID The Pretenders
15 ( 20 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
16 ( 42 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
17 ( NEW ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
18 ( 24 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
19 ( 26 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
20 ( 5 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
22 ( 11 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
23 ( 38 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
24 ( 13 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
25 ( 15 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
26 ( 22 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
27 ( 25 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 75 ) ESP The Bee Gees
29 ( 44 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
30 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes

31 ( 14 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
32 ( 17 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
33 ( NEW ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
34 ( 36 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
35 ( 23 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
36 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
37 ( 37 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 28 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
39 ( 39 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
40 ( 71 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna

41 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
42 ( 53 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
43 ( 19 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
44 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
45 ( 32 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
46 ( 33 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
47 ( 54 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
48 ( 40 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
49 ( 18 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
50 ( NEW ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

51 ( 45 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
52 ( NEW ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
53 ( 29 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
54 ( 67 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
55 ( 51 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
56 ( 34 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
57 ( 31 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
58 ( 73 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 50 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

61 ( 58 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
62 ( 35 ) BUILD The Housemartins
63 ( 46 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
64 ( 60 ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston
65 ( 41 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
66 ( NEW ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
67 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 43 ) FAITH George Michael
70 ( NEW ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42

71 ( 64 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
72 ( 56 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( NEW ) HYSTERIA Def Leppard
74 ( NEW ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
75 ( NEW ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
76 ( NEW ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

5th Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex
3 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark

 

12th December 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for the mighty Fabs, still holding off Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind, still not available to buy but almost on top (bearing in mind I bought the charity single at 20 this week, I think that’s a given!). Dusty’s duet with Neil & Chris is still in the charts and on the back of that she gets reactivated chart action with classic early 60’s hit I Only Want To Be With You in at 5. Long a childhood fave, it had already charted for Bay City Rollers in 1976 and The Tourists in 1979, the latter version making my top 10 and starring…Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox, who just happen to be up to 4 with Shame. I love a Musical Connections anecdote.

Up 30 to 7 Fleetwood Mac make it 3 top 10’s out of 4 from Tango In The Night, the flop Family Man doing better here than in the real world, and ditto ESP up to 12 for The Bee Gees, both following-up chart-toppers. The Pogues & Kirsty go top 20 for the first time – and not for the last time! Mel & Kim go top 20 for the first time – and the last time as a duet. I’ll be seeing Kim day after tomorrow and I’m hoping she does Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree as Ive never seen her do that one. Cher meanwhile leaps into the 20 for her first solo top 20 in, gasp, 13 years! The gaps won’t be that long again until the 21st century.

Jellybean gets a quick 3rd top 40 hit with a spruced-up cover of a 1969 Santana latin track, Springsteen gets another hit at 41 with Tunnel Of Love, SAW do it alone again and are Packjammed With The Party Posse this time, presumably avoiding any roadblocks on the way. Sneaking in with a slightly amusing mickey-take of the Pet Shop Boys It’s A Sin, Jonathan King returns for possibly the last chart entry in his 22-year-career (I was mad on Everyone’s Gone To The Moon as a kid, and would have charted it high hypothetically) with Cat Stevens Wild World. It’s supposed to underline the melodic similarity between the 2 songs, though actually it serves to show they aren’t much alike apart from one short melody line. I mean it has ALL the same notes, but not necessarily in the right order….

Finally the Nanas get a 3rd SAW-track in a row in 1987, the lesser I Can’t Help It following on two smashes, and taylor Dayne is stuck at 76 as she’s still not officially announced as a UK single but is topping my fave non-single playlist (she would otherwise be very high in the chart).

1 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 5 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
4 ( 11 ) SHAME Eurythmics
5 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 37 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 4 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
9 ( 7 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
10 ( 10 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

11 ( 9 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
12 ( 28 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 6 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
14 ( 17 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
15 ( 8 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
16 ( 33 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
17 ( 18 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
18 ( 12 ) BAD Michael Jackson
19 ( 38 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
20 ( 36 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)

21 ( 15 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
22 ( 40 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
23 ( 23 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
24 ( 13 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
25 ( 16 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
26 ( 14 ) KID The Pretenders
27 ( 29 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
28 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
29 ( 26 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
30 ( 19 ) SATELLITE The Hooters

31 ( 22 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
32 ( 39 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
33 ( 20 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
34 ( NEW ) JINGO Jellybean
35 ( 42 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
36 ( 31 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
37 ( 35 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 32 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
39 ( 54 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
40 ( 44 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams

41 ( NEW ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 21 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
43 ( 24 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
44 ( 52 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
45 ( 47 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 25 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
47 ( 58 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
49 ( 70 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
50 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

51 ( 48 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 46 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
53 ( 41 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
54 ( 51 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
55 ( NEW ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
56 ( 55 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 45 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
58 ( 34 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 43 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC

61 ( 66 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
62 ( NEW ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
63 ( 61 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
64 ( 57 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
65 ( 60 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
66 ( 63 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
67 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 49 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
70 ( 53 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond

71 ( 62 ) BUILD The Housemartins
72 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jonathan King
73 ( 65 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
74 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
76 ( 76 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield
3 WEDDING BELLS Godley & Creme

 

 

20th December 1987

It’s a first week on top for my Xmas chart-topper of the year, and Pet Shop Boys’ Always On My Mind outdoes the Elvis version while giving them a 6th number one inside 24 months. Only the likes of Abba, Beatles, Roy Wood & Wizzard had managed that to date. Meanwhile it’s a big ol’ ballad xmas, with little new and modest chart moves, though Fairytale Of New York also makes the Xmas top 10, the first of many occasions, and the Nat ‘King’ Cole standard also becomes one of the oldest recordings to make my top 10 at 35 years old. The only older is Laurel & Hardy’s Trail Of The Lonesome Pine which did it Xmas 1975 with a 1937 recording. Both records would be smashed eventually, though the only charted recording older than Laurel & Hardy is Winifred Shaw’s The Lullaby Of Broadway from 1935 which charted in 1976.

Taylor Dayne finally gets released and is rewarded with a massive climb to 17 (or a new entry ignoring the bonus weeks at 76) for the fab Tell It To My Heart. Jellybean takes Jingo to 2 consecutive top 20 singles, Springsteen makes it 12 years of top 40’s, and Simply Red join the classic blues cover trend and nick Ella Fitzgerald’s Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, in at 36. New Order are touched by the hand of God, which can get you 6 months inside these days, Wally Jump Junior covers Archie Bell & The Drells House-style, and The Smiths get another quick entry as the clock ticks on their career.


1 ( 2 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) SHAME Eurythmics
4 ( 3 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
5 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 7 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 16 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 14 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
9 ( 10 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
10 ( 6 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
12 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 8 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
14 ( 9 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
15 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
16 ( 19 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
17 ( 76 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
18 ( 15 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
19 ( 22 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
20 ( 34 ) JINGO Jellybean

21 ( 18 ) BAD Michael Jackson
22 ( 13 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 35 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 23 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
25 ( 17 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
26 ( 32 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
27 ( 41 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
28 ( 24 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
29 ( 39 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
30 ( 28 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

31 ( 29 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
32 ( 25 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
33 ( 21 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
34 ( 44 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
35 ( 26 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
36 ( NEW ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
37 ( 47 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
38 ( 49 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
39 ( 33 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
40 ( 37 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

41 ( 31 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
42 ( 40 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
43 ( 30 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
44 ( 38 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
45 ( 55 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
46 ( 36 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
47 ( 27 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
48 ( 66 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
49 ( 42 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
50 ( 62 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 54 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
53 ( 45 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
54 ( NEW ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
55 ( 52 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
56 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 57 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
58 ( NEW ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 61 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley

61 ( 48 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
62 ( 53 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
63 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
64 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter
65 ( 46 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
66 ( 75 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
67 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 65 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( RE ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher

71 ( 43 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
72 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
73 ( RE ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
74 ( 74 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
75 ( 73 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians

 

27th December 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys in a very quiet post-Xmas chart, just a top 10 move for Cher – her first solo top 10 since Dark Lady in 1974 – and Taylor Dayne debuts inside the 10 too. New Order get the biggest climber to the top 30, Climie Fisher get the biggest climber in the chart, to 39, for a second top 40, and the highest new entry is Heart, There’s The Girl.

Other newies: Roger Waters gets a solo non-Floyd track, 8 years since topping with Another Brick, The Stranglers cover The Kinks, Billy Idol returns with Hot In The City, U2 get a 4th track off the Joshua Tree, and Los Lobos cover Ritchie Valens again, this time Donna some months after the original was reissued. In my playlist I was into Roy Orbison and Abba, beating the future chart-topping hits albums.

1 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) SHAME Eurythmics
4 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
5 ( 4 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
6 ( 16 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
7 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 8 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
9 ( 6 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 17 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

11 ( 14 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
12 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 9 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
14 ( 10 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
16 ( 19 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
17 ( 11 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
18 ( 20 ) JINGO Jellybean
19 ( 13 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle

21 ( 29 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
22 ( 26 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
23 ( 34 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
24 ( 18 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
25 ( 27 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 21 ) BAD Michael Jackson
27 ( 30 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 36 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
29 ( 22 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 54 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order

31 ( 38 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
32 ( 28 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
33 ( 24 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
34 ( NEW ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
35 ( 37 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 48 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
37 ( 31 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
38 ( 58 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
39 ( 70 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
40 ( 35 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders

41 ( 40 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 45 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
43 ( 25 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
44 ( 32 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
45 ( NEW ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters
46 ( 33 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
47 ( 41 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
48 ( 39 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
49 ( 44 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
50 ( 50 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( NEW ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
53 ( 52 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
54 ( NEW ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
55 ( 55 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
56 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 49 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
58 ( 66 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 60 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley

61 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
62 ( 72 ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
63 ( 57 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
64 ( 64 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter
65 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
67 ( 62 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( 46 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

71 ( 53 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 74 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 73 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
74 ( NEW ) DONNA Los Lobos
75 ( 42 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams

playlist oldies
1 OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
2 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba

Kim Wilde’s Winter Acoustic Concert at The Exchange Sturminster Newton, Dorset 14th December 2019 – A Family Affair!

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Neil Jones, Scarlett Wilde, Kim Wilde & Ricky Wilde

 

Kim Wilde is fab. Turning 60 next year and still fab. Having the confidence to do an acoustic tour, just guitars, jingle bells and tambourine shows a willingness to put your abilities to sing and entertain up front. Kim’s voice is still flawless and it shows the strength in her back catalogue that if you strip away the production they still stand up. The Exchange in the Dorset rural town is a great intimate recently-built venue, there’s a real connection between the audience and the stage, and the sound-quality is top notch – everyone can make eye-contact, performer with audience and vice-versa, and Kim made the most of it, interacting from the audience as well as the stage.

So why acoustic? Kim loves Christmas! Her 2013 album Wilde Winter Songbook is a heart-warming family affair from Kim, musical mastermind brother Ricky, niece Scarlet and assorted guests including dad Marty. The 2015 deluxe version included more of the same but with added covers of christmas classics, but the original album were original winter or christmas-themed songs plus a sprinkling of covers, minus big production, and is probably my fave xmas album by a single act. As the material doesn’t fit in with her big pop tours it wasn’t, for example, featured on her Here Comes The Alien big tour on which the same 4 here were doing the big pop catalogue and the good new stuff, which is a shame, so I was very pleased to get the opportunity to hear it live, and amazed to find the band is just as good low-key as in-ya-face.

Frankly, I wish the show had been recorded for TV broadcasting as a Special, Kim’s presentation and communication skills and engaging, sincere personality is ideal and it would have shown the wider public she’s still got it musically. The harmonies were great, Kim’s singing was great, the audience sang along, and Ricky & Neil were great. The Jingle Bells were brought out here and there, largely for a couple of the Xmas covers which included Last Christmas, Let It Snow, her 80’s charity hit cover, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, and more winter-related fab covers of Freiheit’s Keeping The Dream Alive and Fleet Foxes White Winter Hymnal, heavy on beautiful harmonies both, with great support from Scarlett & dad Ricky.

The original songs from the album were also fab, Hope and New Life especially, while Kim’s own Hey Mister Snowman was charming and fun – my fave track was missed out (Isobel’s Dream requires child vocal input) but no grumbles apart from that! Sprinkled throughout the gig-in-two-halves were the hits, all of which worked, and worked very well when you’re forced to focus on the song itself, some of the song structures were more varied than I’d considered before. Chequered Love done folk-stylee, Never Trust A Stranger, Four Letter Word, You Keep Me Hangin’ On all worked acoustic-ally, and Cambodia always brings a tear to my eye. You Came broke down mid-song when Scarlett pointed to Kim that audience-member Holly, a young girl, was dancing – Kim was both laughing and touched, Ricky was engaged, and she was drawn into the evening too, before they picked up where they had left-off. Finale? Kids In America of course, still her signature song!

Kim’s touring a 60th birthday Greatest Hits tour next year, grab a ticket is my advice! I’m a fan of the Wilde dynasty – I was mad on dad Marty’s songs Abergavenny and Jesamine back in the late 60’s as a kid, I was a fan of pre-teen wannaba-star Ricky in 1972/74 (I bought I Am An Astronaut and Teen Wave, and about time Ricky did Teen Wave just for me while Kim gets a break in her concert to change costume or whatever!), and I bought a lot of Kim’s singles and the vinyl album Close in the 80’s. I’m still buying the downloads and albums and seeing her live. 4 times and counting since I first failed to get tickets, supporting Michael Jackson at Wembley in the late 80’s – though I did sit outside the stadium listening to her, and lo who walked by me? Only blooming pop star Paul Young! No, I’m not a stalker, I’d been into London with friends and we drove to Wembley to park and get the tube in, allowing me the indulgence of a looking like a sad loser sat on a wall outside for a bit. Worth it though. Still is worth it, driving into the rural countryside included 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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

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…