My Retro May 1969 Charts

3rd May 1969

It’s a key week on top of both my retro review charts and my original charts – as Elvis’ In The Ghetto tops the anniversary reviews, and Tommy Roe tops the original. They were the first 2 records I bought with my own money in Singapore later in the year. Tommy had already topped the retro countdown in the first chart of 1969, Elvis is also a bit early, but not 5 months early! Up 24 places to 3 is The Hit Parade’s unknown gem Ah, Ha, Ha, Do Your Thing – I can’t find out anything about the band, or the record – except the writer/producer/arranger Sonny Casella started in 1964 and carried on releasing stuff right through the disco 70’s, 80’s and into the early 90’s under various names. He does a grand job on this new obsession of mine!

Val Doonican goes top 5, and Junior Walker & The All Stars enter at 6 with one of their best records, the glorious What Does It Take – so good it was totally “borrowed” by Stock Aitken Waterman in spirit if not the courts, for their terrific 1990 charity track You’ve Got A Friend. In at 10, The Monkees last great single for ooh 17 years or so, though not Mike Nesmith’s last great song for anything near that length of time – about a year or so in fact. Listen To The Band was on the budget Monkees compilation I bought in 1974, and became an obsession of mine for a while along with the other track new to me, She.

Smokey Robinson’s classic weepie Tracks Of My Tears is in at 41, Christine McVie is in at 51 with the blues classic, later covered by the likes of Ruby Turner, and earlier by the great Etta James. Chrissie of course is currently (back) in Mac, though she wasn’t for this week in 1969, but was not too far into the future with future hubbie John McVie. Dave Dee & co are back at 60 with their final catchy single, Snake In The Grass was another fave of the time, and I was pleased to get hold of a batch of oldies including this one from a Mansfield second-hand shop in 1975. I think they were actually shop closure stock rather than second-hand, so hooray for my good fortune!

In at 63 Andy Kim is back, not long before his own monster song appears to dominate world charts, but content to do a cover of Baby I Love You a song by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich (& Phil Spector) as hit for The Ronettes. The Ronettes & Spector are in my charts, though on the original track the backing vocalists were Darlene Love & Cher! Cher also recorded a version, as did Dave Edmunds, who’d been in my charts with Love Sculpture, in multi-Wall-Of-Sound Phil Spector style in early 1973 when he topped my charts. That version was very much indebted to Andy Kim’s version. Andy Kim was on Jeff Barry’s record label and together they wrote Sugar Sugar and many other Archies tracks, which will have a mini invasion of my charts over the next 2 years, being as I was 11-years-old and I adored the cartoon group and TV show. The Ramones also had a 1980 hit with Baby I Love You – also produced by Phil Spector. I love it when facts are circular. The best version is Dave Edmunds’.

In the lower reaches, The Sir Douglas Quintet are not she’s about a mover, they are on a good flop single instead (shame!), while The Rascals have a style change before ending their career together (shame!), The Moody Blues flop (shame!), Dionne Warwick has a less obviously Bacharach melody, but still classy, and J.J. Jackson is funky groovesome.

1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 27 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 3
4 ( 1 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
5 ( 9 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
6 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 6
7 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
8 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
10 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 10

11 ( 23 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 11
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 11 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
14 ( 20 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
15 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
17 ( 7 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
18 ( 10 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 13 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
22 ( 18 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
23 ( 17 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
24 ( 21 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
25 ( 22 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
26 ( 28 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 26
27 ( 19 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
28 ( 29 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 28
29 ( 38 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 29
30 ( 35 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30

31 ( 24 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
32 ( 25 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
33 ( 31 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
34 ( 30 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
35 ( 46 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 35
36 ( 26 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
37 ( 39 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 37
38 ( 59 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 38
39 ( 52 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 39
40 ( 34 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1

41 ( NEW ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 41
42 ( 37 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
43 ( 32 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
44 ( 40 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
45 ( 41 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
46 ( 70 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 46
47 ( 60 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 47
48 ( 50 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
49 ( 55 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
50 ( 56 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 50

51 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 33 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
53 ( 36 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
54 ( 63 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 54
55 ( 66 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 55
56 ( 42 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
57 ( 71 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( 53 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
59 ( 54 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
60 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 60

61 ( 43 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
62 ( 44 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
63 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 63
64 ( 65 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( 49 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
66 ( 61 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
67 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67
68 ( 51 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
69 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 69
70 ( 72 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 70

71 ( NEW ) SEE The Rascals # 71
72 ( NEW ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 73
74 ( NEW ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 74
75 ( 48 ) BADGE Cream # 48

3rd May Retro-Then
1 ( 3 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
4 ( 9 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
7 ( 5 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
8 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( 7 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
10 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
12 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
13 ( 11 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
15 ( 20 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
16 ( 19 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
17 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
19 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
20 ( 13 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

 

 

10th May 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Elvis at the top of his game, run closely by obscure new-to-me The Hit Parade and a Junior Walker classic. Highest new entry at 5 is yet another Hair musical cover – this from Oliver, melodic tuneful style version of Good Morning Starshine. As I headed abroad in just over 3 months time, this track, and one yet to come, were my obsessions. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to be mad on a song – and then not be able to hear it again! Having to wait years to hear music is an alien concept these days, but way back then if radio didn’t play it and it wasn’t available to buy, then that was that! I eventually bought it in California in 1979, hooray, though I had by then taped it from the 5 Years Ago chart rundowns on Radio 1 in 1974.

The Manfreds & The Hermits both get another top 10, not too far behind their chart positions of that time for me, Creedence get that Bad Moon rising into the 20, & another future reissued chart-topper in the 90’s for me enters at 32 for Jethro Tull – Living In The Past is apt, and also their finest moment by far. Tom Jones is back with another jolly romp, Love Me Tonight entering much lower than it did 50 years ago for me, Herb Alpert covers Nilsson, making it the 3rd version of Without Her to chart, after Jack Jones also had a good ol go. Herb’s version isn;t quite as good but it’s not bad, the song is indestructible – even James Arthur would struggle to kill it dead.

Microbe enters with Groovy Baby, a longtime Juniors Choice fave for kids of my age and younger, and it’s still charming and it’s still groovy, baby. The Dells drop by with a song I associate with Cilla, I Can Sing A Rainbow, and one I associate with melodicas and Paul Mauriat, Love Is Blue. This soulfunk version isn’t bad, but not as good as the aforementioned. Sly & co enter as the previous single drops out, they certainly were prolific in 1969, I Wanna Take You Higher clearly influencing the 90’s Was (Not Was) big hit Walk The Dinosaur. The Bee Gees were about to combust internally as Robin buggered off and it showed in the odd choice of single Tomorrow Tomorrow, very much sub par compared to those that went before and after. That leaves a cover of Let’s Dance, the old Chris Montez track, from a band I’ve never heard of. Ola!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 6 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 3
4 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
5 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 5
6 ( 4 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
7 ( 5 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 10 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 8
9 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
10 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 26 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 12
13 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
14 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
15 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 14 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
18 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
22 ( 17 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
23 ( 21 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
24 ( 22 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
25 ( 28 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
26 ( 24 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
27 ( 23 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
28 ( 29 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 37 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 29
30 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 25 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
32 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 32
33 ( 38 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 33
34 ( 41 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 34
35 ( 47 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 35
36 ( 39 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
37 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
38 ( 46 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 38
39 ( 31 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
40 ( 54 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 40

41 ( 32 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
42 ( 30 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
43 ( 34 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
44 ( 40 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
45 ( 33 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
46 ( 50 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( 43 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
48 ( 42 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
49 ( 45 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 44 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

51 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 48 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
53 ( 55 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 60 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 54
55 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 55
56 ( 49 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
57 ( 57 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( 36 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
60 ( 63 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 60

61 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 69 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 62
63 ( 58 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
65 ( 73 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 65
66 ( 70 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 66
67 ( 71 ) SEE The Rascals # 67
68 ( 64 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
69 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 69
70 ( 67 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67

71 ( 72 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 71
72 ( 74 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 72
73 ( NEW ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 73
74 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 12 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
7 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 6 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
10 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces

11 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
12 ( 15 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
14 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
15 ( 19 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
16 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
17 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 14 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

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My Retro April 1969 Charts

5th April 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Boxer as my then-number-one track is up to 2 for Mary Hopkin in a quiet top 10. Good climbs for The Ronettes’ future Pearls hit to 12, and Ruby & The Romantics’ future Carpenters hit to 14, & Johnny Nash gets a 3rd top 20 with Sam Cooke’s Cupid. Another reggae cover (Tchaikovsky) for The Cats enters at 75, and a future hit in 1972 for Mardi Gras, and a much better uptempo version, is in for Marvin Gaye’s slow soulful Too Busy Thinking About My Baby at 54.

Highest newie is Fleetwood Mac’s Man Of The World – OK it’s not charting yet, but I watched that episode of Top Of The Pops for this week at the time, and pretty much for the rest of the spring & summer I watched every episode until the end of August – at which point there was a 2-year-gap before I saw another episode. Cream are back with a Badge – they “don’t need no steenkeen badgers”! Thanks Mel Brooks & Richard Prior. Bill Deal is back for his second chart entry of ’69, with a future Northern Soul hit for Guy Darrell in 1973, I’ve Been Hurt, Betty Everett & Aretha keep the big soul ballads coming, & the Philly sound is back with Archie Bell & co, Curtis Mayfield is back again with his Impressions, “just like that”, & Diane & Mary & Cindy scrape in with a bit of a drop in quality, The Composer pushing out the epic Love Child.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 9 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 2
3 ( 2 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
4 ( 5 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
5 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
6 ( 4 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
7 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 10 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 8
9 ( 6 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
10 ( 8 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4

11 ( 12 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
12 ( 24 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 12
13 ( 11 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
14 ( 43 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 14
15 ( 20 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 15
16 ( 15 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
17 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
18 ( 22 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
19 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
20 ( 39 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 20

21 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
22 ( 17 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
23 ( 18 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
24 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
25 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
26 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
27 ( 29 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 27
28 ( 26 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
29 ( 25 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
30 ( 33 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 30

31 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
32 ( 38 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 32
33 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20
34 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
35 ( 50 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 35
36 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 37
38 ( 52 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 38
39 ( 34 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
40 ( 53 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 40

41 ( 36 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
42 ( 46 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 42
43 ( 35 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
44 ( 32 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
45 ( 47 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 45
46 ( 31 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
47 ( 45 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
48 ( 56 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 48
49 ( 54 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 49
50 ( 58 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 50

51 ( 37 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
52 ( 68 ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 52
53 ( 60 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 53
54 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( 67 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 55
56 ( 72 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 56
57 ( 62 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 57
58 ( 59 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 58
59 ( 71 ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 60

61 ( 42 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
62 ( 44 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
63 ( NEW ) BADGE Cream # 63
64 ( 70 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 64
65 ( NEW ) THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE Jefferson # 65
66 ( 75 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 66
67 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 68
69 ( 73 ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 69
70 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 70

71 ( 74 ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 71
72 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE BIT CLOSER Archie Bell & The Drells # 72
73 ( NEW ) SEVEN YEARS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE COMPOSER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 74
75 ( NEW ) SWAN LAKE The Cats # 75

5th April Retro-Then

1 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
5 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
7 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
8 ( 6 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 8 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
10 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

11 ( 16 ) GET READY The Temptations
12 ( 15 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
13 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 18 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 14 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 19 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
18 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
19 ( 20 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

 

12th April 1969

It’s a first week on top for Mary Hopkin’s Goodbye, her second chart-topper, and mirroring my actual chart-topper of the time for a change, while it’s another high new entry for another Paul McCartney song at 20 – yes The Beatles are in at a lowly debut for Get Back, though Billy Preston gets his top 20 debut out of it, and the B side slides in at 60, John Lennon’s as-ever passionate plea of Don’t Let Me Down, both of them on the roof in London for their final public performance, and as shown on TOTP at the time. The highest new entry? The Isley Brothers massive Motown classic Behind A Painted Smile is in at 3, frantic, passionate and brilliant.

Ruby & The Romantics get a first top 10 – though strictly-speaking Our Day Will Come was a childhood fave and would have done th same – and The Ronettes also get a first, though Be My Baby would have topped for weeks in 1966 when dad bought it. Clodagh Rodgers gets a first top 10, and in my memories of that time Mary & Clodagh are like a double female vocal whammy as she enters at 8 in my old charts too. A big climb for the Mac, a second top 20, and a gospel anthem is in at 22 for the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Oh Happy day was another summer fave of mine, especially the rousing climax.

Martha and her Vandellas replace themselves new for old in my chart, and the latest Dusty In Memphis single, both A & B side are in at 66 and 72 respectively, giving Windmills Of Your Mind 2 listings, while the first track on the album enters at 62 – so that’s over half the album having charted! Rolf Harris was still a kiddie fave, painting and singing, and Bluer Than Blue was not a future mission statement, it was a nice tune at 69, oops! Tommy Roe’s follow-up to Dizzy slips in at 71 Heather Honey was just hitting the UK charts as I left the UK for 2 years, annoyingly, as I only got to hear it once or twice before having to wait quite a few years to hear it again in 1974. The great Henry Mancini is in – but not one of his own fab melodies, it’s a cover of the movie theme – and a Trems cover is in at 75.

1 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
2 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
3 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 3
4 ( 4 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
5 ( 8 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
6 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
7 ( 6 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
8 ( 14 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 8
9 ( 12 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
10 ( 15 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 10

11 ( 3 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
12 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
13 ( 10 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
14 ( 13 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
15 ( 11 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
16 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
17 ( 36 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 17
18 ( 20 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
19 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
20 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 20

21 ( 17 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
22 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 22
23 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
24 ( 21 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
25 ( 22 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
26 ( 23 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
27 ( 35 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 27
28 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
29 ( 32 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 29
30 ( 38 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30

31 ( 28 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
32 ( 40 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 32
33 ( 29 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
34 ( 24 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
35 ( 25 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
36 ( 26 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
37 ( 50 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 37
38 ( 42 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 38
39 ( 48 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 39
40 ( 54 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 40

41 ( 27 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 27
42 ( 39 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
43 ( 53 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 43
44 ( 41 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
45 ( 31 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
46 ( 52 ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 46
47 ( 33 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20
48 ( 55 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 48
49 ( 30 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 30
50 ( 56 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 50

51 ( 47 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
52 ( 34 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
53 ( 57 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 53
54 ( 60 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 54
55 ( 63 ) BADGE Cream # 55
56 ( 58 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 56
57 ( 37 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 37
58 ( NEW ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 58
59 ( 68 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 59
60 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 60

61 ( 45 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 45
62 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 62
63 ( 66 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 63
64 ( 64 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 64
65 ( 65 ) THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE Jefferson # 65
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 70 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 68
69 ( NEW ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 69
70 ( 44 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10

71 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 72
73 ( 73 ) SEVEN YEARS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 73
74 ( NEW ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 74
75 ( NEW ) I WILL SEE YOU THERE Linda Kendrick # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 12 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 4 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
6 ( 7 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
7 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
9 ( 15 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
10 ( 6 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
12 ( 10 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
15 ( 17 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
16 ( 19 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
17 ( 14 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
19 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
20 ( 11 ) GET READY The Temptations

 

19th April 1969

It’s a first week on top for the second oldie chart-topper to do it for The Isley Brothers, following This Old Heart Of Mine in 1968’s retro charts. The solid gospel of The Edwin hawkins Singers shoot up to 3 some months ahead of their UK chart entry as jy charts continue to look like the summer/autumn UK charts with so many early US debuts taking over. Compare with the stuff I liked this week at the time and only 6 tracks are in both top 20’s. The Beatles go up to 9 with Get Back and Elvis is back with his biggest bang in the retro charts to date – straight in for his social-gospel ballad In The Ghetto. The evening I bought my first ever record with my own money – Dizzy at an evening outdoor market Singapore record stall in Changi Village – I also bought In The Ghetto with a picture sleeve, “for my mum” who is a huge Elvis fan, for 2 dollars (but really it was for me cos I loved it too). The B side was also fabulous, power soul ballad Any Day Now which enters at 33 and pushes out the lesser Percy Sledge version.

In at 17, Val Doonican gets his 2nd-biggest retro hit with Ring Of Bright Water, a gorgeous childhood fave movie theme tune, with Bill Travers & Virginia McKenna and some Otters in Scotland, a film I enjoyed in 1969, as I loved any film with animals in, and anything conservation-related. Saving animals and the Planet was a big theme in my childhood. Pity it’s taken 50 years and major damage to become a theme for young kids today as well. Another fave of the time from Herman’s Hermits, and one that stands up better than their jolly ditties, is in at 22 for My Sentimental Friend.

Dusty goes up 3 times, the biggest up to 29 with her non-single album track later title track on an album of Dusty covers from the wondrous Shelby Lynn, her I Am Shelby Lynn album is one of my all-time faves. CCR are in with both sides of the new single Bad Moon Rising and Lodi, the former reminding me of my first year at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern School where I took out a library book (Just William or some such) to find the lyrics written inside on a piece of paper, which was quite handy as I liked the song. Speed-on to the 90’s and it came on the radio as I was driving along the Florida Keys highway, one hot moonlit night, looking for a motel to stay. The lyrics REALLY made sense in that setting!

The Monkees keep on coming even if the hits were drying up, Someday Man, Joe South is back again with another great song of his that was never a single but charted this week in the USA in an inferior cover version of his album track 2 years ahead of the definitive Lynn Anderson cover. Glen Campbell gets a 3rd track on the list with Susie, The Four Tops drop in with a single that I was gifted by 2 friends of mum and dad’s in 1972, Pete & Gill Butler who’s been great friends of the family in Singapore. Buddy Holly gets another posthumous 50’s track, a cover of Love Is Strange, Sonny Charles gets a soul version of Black Pearl in ahead of the reggae cover by Horace Faith, while an obscure reggae track enters at 75 for Eddie Lovette. The Moments get a second chart entry, to bring it up to date! Phew!

1 ( 3 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 22 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 3
4 ( 2 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
6 ( 10 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 6
7 ( 4 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
8 ( 20 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 8
9 ( 6 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
10 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 10

11 ( 5 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
12 ( 7 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 13
14 ( 9 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
15 ( 12 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
16 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
17 ( NEW ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 17
18 ( 18 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
20 ( 13 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4

21 ( 15 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
22 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 22
23 ( 16 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
24 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 24
25 ( 29 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 25
26 ( 19 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
27 ( 21 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
28 ( 32 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 28
29 ( 62 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 29
30 ( 37 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 30

31 ( 26 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
32 ( 25 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
33 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 33
34 ( 34 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
35 ( 24 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
36 ( 31 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
37 ( 39 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 37
38 ( 23 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
39 ( 28 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
40 ( 40 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 40

41 ( 33 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
42 ( 30 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
43 ( 60 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 43
44 ( 48 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 44
45 ( 58 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 45
46 ( 50 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 46
47 ( 42 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
48 ( 44 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
49 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 49
50 ( 55 ) BADGE Cream # 50

51 ( 43 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 43
52 ( 35 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
53 ( 66 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 51 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
55 ( 38 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 38
56 ( 68 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 56
57 ( 63 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 57
58 ( NEW ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 58
59 ( 59 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 59
60 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 60

61 ( 71 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 61
62 ( NEW ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 62
63 ( 69 ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 63
64 ( NEW ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 64
65 ( NEW ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 65
66 ( 74 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 72 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 68
69 ( NEW ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 69
70 ( NEW ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 70

71 ( 36 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
72 ( 75 ) I WILL SEE YOU THERE Linda Kendrick # 72
73 ( 45 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
74 ( NEW ) SUNDAY The Moments # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOO EXPERIENCED Eddie Lovette # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 8 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
4 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
5 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
6 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
7 ( 5 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
8 ( 6 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
9 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles
10 ( 7 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

11 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
12 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 11 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
14 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
15 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
16 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
17 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
18 ( RE ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
19 ( 20 ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac

 

26th April 1969

It’s another new number one, the pure passionate gospel of Oh Happy Day, a track I had to wait 8 years to buy a copy of. Worth the wait! Elvis, with his social conscience gospel ballad isn’t far behind at 3, and The Beatles were number 6 in my charts of the time and number 6 in these retro creations. Val Doonican goes top 10 with his lovely movie theme, and Fleetwood Mac make it 2 top 10’s in a row.

The highest new entry at 23 is the only song that actually had memories attached – Ragamuffin Man was the Manfred’s final hit (though who knew it!) and a good one to go out on, a fave of mine as they usually were. All the other knew ones are tracks I’d never heard of yesterday, but today I find I like them, especially the obscure The Hit Parade at 27 with a gem of a pop single Ah, Ha, Ha Do Your Thing – if only they’d entered with Manfred Mann when they did Ha Ha Said The Clown, or waited for A-ha to chart. I can’t believe something that good failed to even make the US top 120 when some of the more rubbishy tracks of the time make the top 40! Not to be confused with the UK 80’s band of the same name.

All the other newies are pending in the lower reaches, with 3 stacked up outside (Neil Young, Wilson Pickett, Moody Blues), and include a decent Soul Survivors single, a hippie trippie Youngbloods, a punkish Paul Revere & The Raiders just ahead of Mark Lindsay going solo, another Scott Walker emotive ballad, and a good ol country track from Ronnie Milsap.

1 ( 3 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
2 ( 1 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 10 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 6 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
6 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
7 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 5 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
9 ( 17 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 9
10 ( 13 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10

11 ( 9 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 7 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
14 ( 11 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
15 ( 22 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
17 ( 14 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
18 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
19 ( 24 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
20 ( 29 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 20

21 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
22 ( 20 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
23 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 23
24 ( 18 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
25 ( 21 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
26 ( 28 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
27 ( NEW ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 27
28 ( 49 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 28
29 ( 33 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 29
30 ( 26 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7

31 ( 27 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
32 ( 23 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
33 ( 37 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
34 ( 31 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
35 ( 43 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 35
36 ( 42 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
37 ( 32 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
38 ( 45 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 38
39 ( 40 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 39
40 ( 35 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

41 ( 36 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
42 ( 34 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
43 ( 44 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
44 ( 46 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
45 ( 25 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 25
46 ( 53 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 46
47 ( 30 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 30
48 ( 50 ) BADGE Cream # 48
49 ( 56 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
50 ( 60 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 50

51 ( 41 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
52 ( 62 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 52
53 ( 48 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
54 ( 47 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
55 ( 61 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 55
56 ( 58 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 56
57 ( 59 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 57
58 ( 38 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
59 ( 64 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 59
60 ( 70 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 60

61 ( 54 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
62 ( 63 ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 62
63 ( 65 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 63
64 ( 39 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
65 ( 66 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 65
66 ( 68 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 57 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 57
69 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 69
70 ( NEW ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 70

71 ( NEW ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 71
72 ( NEW ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 72
73 ( 52 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
74 ( NEW ) BIG LOUISE Scott Walker # 74
75 ( NEW ) DENVER Ronnie Milsap # 75

Then charts
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 3 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 6 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
6 ( 9 ) GET BACK The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
8 ( 5 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

11 ( 8 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
12 ( 7 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
13 ( 10 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
14 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
15 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
19 ( 15 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
20 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra

My Retro March 1969 Charts

1st March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Bee Gees in a static top 8, more or less, due to the sheer classicness, though The Beach Boys shoot up to 9, and Colin Blunstone gets a second top 10 of the year. Highest new entry, as usual when they have a new single out, is Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and their final release in a 3-year-run (and more) of under-appreciated varied pop dramas, in at 16. Booker T & The MG’s also enter high with their Johnny Walker lunchtime Top 30 rundown instrumental backing, & The Tempts have an old Motown reissue beating out their new stuff.

Mama Cass does a slightly-more uptempo cover of Harmony Grass’ Move In A Little Closer – and I have to say the version I know best is Mama’s as it was on the budget albums I bought in 1974 and played to death. Jazzrock classic You’ve Made Me So Very Happy also goes top 40, while lower down newies from The Hollies keep the run of hits going for another year, Sorry Suzanne was a fave of the time, Gene Pitney still good with Maria Elena, The Chambers Brothers Slytastic flop Are You Ready (much better than their big hit, I think), Gary Puckett being Gary Puckett, Paul Anka covering 3-time Five Satins 1956 hit, and future BoyzIIMen acapella cover hit in the States, In The Still Of The Night, & Monkees songwriters Boyce & Hart release the theme song to the successful campaign to reduce the voting age to 18.

Meanwhile, wot I liked in 1969 at 11 years old is quite a bit different from how I feel about them 50 years later in quite a few cases…..

1 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
2 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers ( peak 1 )
3 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell ( peak 3 )
4 ( 5 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension ( peak 4 )
5 ( 4 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner ( peak 4 )
6 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt ( peak 1 )
7 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner ( peak 1 )
8 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe ( peak 1 )
9 ( 32 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys ( peak 9 )
10 ( 12 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone ( peak 10 )

11 ( 16 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison ( peak 11 )
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin ( peak 9 )
13 ( 11 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone ( peak 8 )
14 ( 10 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips ( peak 10 )
15 ( 13 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
16 ( NEW ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich ( peak 16 )
17 ( 24 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield ( peak 17 )
18 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan ( peak 18 )
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye ( peak 1 )
20 ( 15 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas ( peak 7 )

21 ( 14 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ( peak 5 )
22 ( 19 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac ( peak 2 )
23 ( 20 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies ( peak 4 )
24 ( 22 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan ( peak 1 )
25 ( 21 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren ( peak 9 )
26 ( 29 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black ( peak 26 )
27 ( 18 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass ( peak 18 )
28 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s ( peak 28 )
29 ( 25 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell ( peak 1 )
30 ( 37 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair ( peak 30 )

31 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations ( peak 31 )
32 ( 26 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies ( peak 4 )
33 ( 35 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw ( peak 33 )
34 ( 31 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick ( peak 18 )
35 ( 39 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles ( peak 35 )
36 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees ( peak 36 )
37 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass ( peak 37 )
38 ( 30 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move ( peak 2 )
39 ( 34 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett ( peak 16 )
40 ( 54 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears ( peak 40 )

41 ( 27 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps ( peak 27 )
42 ( 52 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard ( peak 42 )
43 ( 40 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 1 )
44 ( 56 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles ( peak 44 )
45 ( 28 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson ( peak 28 )
46 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies ( peak 46 )
47 ( 55 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant ( peak 47 )
48 ( 38 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits ( peak 6 )
49 ( 60 ) HAIR The Cowsills ( peak 49 )
50 ( 46 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South ( peak 7 )

51 ( 45 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture ( peak 2 )
52 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers ( peak 3 )
53 ( 64 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers ( peak 53 )
54 ( 43 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann ( peak 5 )
55 ( 33 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 29 )
56 ( 57 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs ( peak 56 )
57 ( 41 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits ( peak 26 )
58 ( 68 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone ( peak 58 )
59 ( NEW ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney ( peak 59 )
60 ( 71 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge ( peak 60 )
61 ( 51 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics ( peak 5 )

62 ( 69 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros ( peak 62 )
63 ( NEW ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson ( peak 63 )
64 ( 73 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas ( peak 64 )
65 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers ( peak 65 )
66 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles ( peak 1 )
67 ( 72 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield ( peak 67 )
68 ( 74 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ( peak 68 )
69 ( 44 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites ( peak 44 )
70 ( 50 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder ( peak 50 )

71 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium ( peak 42 )
72 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap ( peak 72 )
73 ( NEW ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka ( peak 73 )
74 ( NEW ) MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY The Spiral Staircase ( peak 74 )
75 ( NEW ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ( peak 75 )

1st Mar Retro-Then

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 2 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
5 ( 6 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 11 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
10 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 10 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
16 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 ( 16 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
18 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

 

8th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for Glen Campbell’s classic Jimmy Webb song, the third in the trilogy of sweeping Americana, and all 3 chart-toppers. In 2 and a half years of retro charting, Glen has had 13 chart entries – with loads still to come virtually till the day he died. The 5th Dimension beat their previous chart peak of 4 (Stoned Soul Picnic), Dave Dee & co get a 5th top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, and Bob & Earl enter at 10 with the classic Harlem Shuffle. Younger folk expect to hear Jump Around from that intro, a good record but not AS good as Bob & Earl – for an example of how good it is you only need refer to the Rolling Stones pedestrian cover version by way of comparison.

Mama Cass equals Harmony Grass in getting Move In A Little Closer top 20, her 5th of 13 “hits” including Mamas & Papas, while Ray Stevens is back – his 4th entry, but his first reversion back to his earlier (pre-charting) comedy record era – Gitarzan is just great good-natured fun, maybe not endlessly playable, but then novelty records pall quickly on repetition. I’ve never got bored with this one, though, since I bought his Greatest Hits in 1975. At 57, the classy Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine bring their early 60’s ballad back into the charts (so many oldies!), while Gary Lewis returns from his time away in Vietnam after being drafted, with a very good cover of Rhythm Of The Rain – probably with a vocal assist, given the rubbish result when he insisted doing lead vocal without overdubbing. Obviously being the son of Jerry Lewis meant nothing to the Draft Board unless you could pay for a doctor to sign you unfit with Bone-spurs….

In at 52, it’s Eurovision time, Lulu gets the chalice, and I recall watching the 6 songs that were voted for. I think I liked Boom Bang-A-Bang best, though it’s all a little hazy – Poor young Elton John/Bernie Taupin failed to win the vote with I Can’t Go On Living Without You (a better song, probably). Still they did better than Lloyd-Webber/Rice’s King Herod’s Song (with different lyrics) which didn’t make the final 6. Back in those days quality songwriters lined-up to write our entries. These days a dustman can throw one together cos hit production-line songwriters haven’t got time to take away from lucrative collabs with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Adele & the rest.

My Way enters for ol’ Blue Eyes. As my preference has always been for Nancy, you don’t have to worry about this rattling around my charts for the next 3 years, like the UK charts. Phew! It might be his signature tune, and I liked it a lot at the time, but it’s nowhere near his best record. It is great for fab singers to show off their pipes in karaoke bars though. Grazing In The Grass, a vocal version this time, outdoes Hugh Masekela’s peak of 70, from The Friends Of Distinction, It’s Only Love (yet another future Elvis hit cover) debuts for B.J. Thomas – his 3rd – and King Curtis impressively involves an Allman Brother for his instrumental cover of the still-charting Joe South song.

It’s a 9th entry for Tommy James & co, Sweet Cherry Wine not one I’m that familiar with actually, Jackie Wilson gets another Eugene Record Chi-Lites gift, and Vikki Carr covers Billy Vera’s With Pen In Hand which peaked at 45 in 1968 here. The Foundations get another entry, good but no Buttercup or Baby Now That…and that concludes the spiel!

1 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
2 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
3 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 3
4 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
5 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
6 ( 16 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 6
7 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 11 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
10 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 10

11 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
12 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
13 ( 18 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 10 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
15 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
16 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
17 ( 13 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
18 ( 31 ) GET READY The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
20 ( 37 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 28 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 21
22 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
23 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 19 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
25 ( 35 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 25
26 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
27 ( 24 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
28 ( 22 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
29 ( 23 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
30 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30

31 ( 21 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
32 ( 26 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
33 ( 25 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
34 ( 29 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
36 ( 42 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 36
37 ( 44 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
39 ( 46 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 39
40 ( 32 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

41 ( 34 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
42 ( 33 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
43 ( NEW ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 43
44 ( 53 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 44
45 ( 38 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
46 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 46
47 ( 49 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 47
48 ( 43 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
49 ( 59 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 49
50 ( 47 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant # 47

51 ( 39 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett # 16
52 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 52
53 ( 65 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 53
54 ( 58 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 60 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 55
56 ( 52 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
57 ( NEW ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 57
58 ( 41 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps # 27
59 ( 64 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
60 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 60

61 ( 63 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 61
62 ( 50 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South # 7
63 ( 51 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture # 2
64 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 64
65 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 65
66 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 66
67 ( 68 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 67
68 ( 72 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 68
69 ( 73 ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka # 69
70 ( 75 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 70

71 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 71
72 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 73
74 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) WITH PEN IN HAND Vikki Carr # 75

(# = peak position)

RETRO THEN

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
5 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
9 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
10 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

11 ( 5 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
13 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 9 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
15 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
16 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
17 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 15 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
20 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

 

16th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for The 5th Dimension, their first chart-topper, with the Hair Medley, as the title song becomes the 3rd song from the musical to go top 30 for The Cowsills. Highest new entry is in at 10 for Desmond Dekker, outdoing 007 in fell swoop as his famous ska classic out-performs new entries from Stevie Wonder (My Cherie Amour, a fave of mine at the time, as was Desmond’s) and The Who’s Tommy single Pinball Wizard, at 25 and 34 respectively. It’s The Who’s 3rd top 40, and Stevie’s 4th. Pinball Wizard would be back in 1973 for the New Seekers, and top my charts in 1976 for Elton John’s single from the film of Tommy, platform shoes galore.

Both Ray Stevens gets a 3rd top 40 with Gitarzan and The Isley Brothers a 4th with It’s Your Thing. The Trems return with Hello World, their 9th chart entry, as The Flying Burrito Brothers debut with a future Elvis Costello cover. Lulu enters with her Elton John song that failed to get voted in to be the UK entry for Eurovision, and Les Troubadours (etc) sneak in with a song that couldnt in a million years ever chart in these 2-dimensional chart days, yet sold enough after appearing in the film If…., the counter-culture X-Rated Palm D’Ors winner at Cannes. Set in a public school, I remember seeing it for the first time late one evening in the mid-70’s when this track came on. I knew the tune, but didn’t know I knew the tune – if you know what I mean. I got hold of it on a budget “Hits of 1968” vinyl album soon after and it clicked. So what is it? It’s a 1958 Katanga province vocal version and African-styled musical version of a Latin mass originating from the Missa Luba, a Democratic Republic Of Congo religious piece written by Father Guido Haazen, a Belgian Franciscan friar. So now you know….!

 

1 ( 3 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
2 ( 1 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
5 ( 4 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
6 ( 8 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
7 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 7
8 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
9 ( 7 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
10 ( NEW ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 10

11 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
12 ( 11 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
13 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 12 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
15 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
17 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
18 ( 14 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
19 ( 25 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
20 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 20

21 ( 19 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
22 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
23 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
25 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 25
26 ( 22 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
27 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
28 ( 47 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 28
29 ( 37 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1

31 ( 43 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
32 ( 39 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 32
33 ( 36 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
34 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 34
35 ( 34 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 29 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
37 ( 57 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 37
38 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
39 ( 44 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 28 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2

41 ( 46 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 41
42 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
43 ( 49 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 52 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 44
45 ( 30 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
46 ( 31 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
47 ( 55 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 47
48 ( 32 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
49 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 49
50 ( 40 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

51 ( 33 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
52 ( 53 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 52
53 ( 48 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
54 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 41 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
56 ( 45 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
57 ( 67 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 57
58 ( 60 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 58
59 ( 61 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 64 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
62 ( 66 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 62
63 ( 65 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 63
64 ( 56 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
65 ( 59 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
66 ( NEW ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 66
67 ( 68 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( 70 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 68
69 ( 73 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 71 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 70

71 ( 72 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 71
72 ( NEW ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( 42 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
74 ( 74 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GO ON LIVING WITHOUT YOU Lulu # 75

wot I liked that week then


1 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
4 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 12 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
7 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 10 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
9 ( 4 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 15 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies

11 ( 8 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( 9 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
16 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

 

22nd March 1969

It’s a brand new entry in at 1 for Simon & Garfunkel getting their first, but not last, chart-topper with the epic, moody story-song brilliance that is The Boxer. I learnt the words by heart, and it sets up one of the greatest albums of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water) quite nicely bearing in mind the B side is also new in at 27, the jolly Baby Driver. Our neighbours in Singapore a year or so later, The Overtons, loaned us the album so I could record my fave tracks onto reel-to-reel, and I eventually bought it in 1976 and played it to death.

The Who get a might Tommy climb into the top 10, Stevie Wonder & The Cowsills add to their top 20 list, and The Trems get a high climb to 30, leaving the highest new entry that isn’t a Paul Simon song to Clodagh Rodgers debut hit Come Back & Shake Me at 40, one of two female vocal pop songs I was mad on in April of that year: t’other one is yet to enter. Kenny Young wrote the song, he of Captain Of Your Ship, Under The Boardwalk, and future hits for Fox and Yellow Dog, among many. The Ronettes enter with a future 1972 chart hit for The Pearls – You Came You Saw You Conquered, was one Fluff Freeman plugged on his chart show quite a bit (I recorded the shows in those days, at least in part), and I never knew it was a Ronettes Phil Spector song. Well, he’s on the credits at any rate, more likely it was written by the others: Toni Wine & Irwin Levine. Toni had co-written Groovy Kind Of Love, was about to join The Archies (that’s her singing on Sugar Sugar). She & Irwin went on to write Black Pearl, Candida & What Are You Doing Sunday for Dawn. Toni sang on Knock Three Times too, before they grabbed some backing singers for the rest of their chart career.

Andy Williams beats out the slower Petula Clark version of Happy Heart. Always a bit of a catchy tune that one. James Last wrote it. I’m not kidding! At 63 Johnny Thunder enters with a song I have never heard before, I’m Alive is fuzzy aggressive funkrock, and rather good, Shirley MacLaine & Sammy Davis Jr both enter with tracks from the Sweet Charity film soundtrack, I regularly have seen the movie clips in a Gran Canaria bar called Centre Stage over the last 15 years. Debbie Taylor debuts with another newie to me, a decent soul ballad, The Marbles get a soundalike follow-up, another Brothers Gibb song, and again Graham Bonnet on vocal. Finally lowest newie is Canadian band The Guess Who. Who? Better known as half of Bachman-Turner Overdrive these days (Randy Bachman).


1 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 1 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
5 ( 7 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
7 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
8 ( 10 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 8
9 ( 34 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 9
10 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6

11 ( 8 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
12 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
13 ( 11 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
14 ( 15 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
16 ( 25 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 16
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
18 ( 20 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
19 ( 28 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

21 ( 14 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
22 ( 16 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
23 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
24 ( 21 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
25 ( 18 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
26 ( 19 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
27 ( NEW ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 27
28 ( 32 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 22 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
30 ( 49 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 30

31 ( 27 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
32 ( 24 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
33 ( 26 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
34 ( 30 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
35 ( 29 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
36 ( 37 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 36
37 ( 39 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
38 ( 44 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 38
39 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
40 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 40

41 ( 35 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
42 ( 31 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
43 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 33 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
45 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 45
46 ( 62 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 46
47 ( 57 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 47
48 ( NEW ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 48
49 ( 36 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
50 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 50

51 ( 52 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
53 ( 38 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
54 ( 42 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
55 ( 63 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 55
56 ( 66 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 56
57 ( 58 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 57
58 ( NEW ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 58
59 ( 59 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 60 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 53 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
62 ( 45 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
63 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 63
64 ( NEW ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 64
65 ( 48 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
66 ( 69 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 66
67 ( 67 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 68
69 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 69
70 ( 50 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

71 ( 46 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
72 ( 72 ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 73
74 ( NEW ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 74
75 ( 56 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2

Then charts wot I liked
1 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
3 ( 10 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
6 ( 8 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
9 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
16 ( 15 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations
19 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
20 ( 17 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys

 

29th March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Boxer as the B side drives up 12 for Simon & Garfunkel, and Harlem Shuffle moves into runners-up. Highest new entry is the track I was mad on for at least the whole of April 1969, more than any other record about, Mary Hopkin’s 2nd hit, and a gift of a song from Paul McCartney – Goodbye is a record I managed to buy 8 years later, on Apple Records – and in at 9. Desmond Dekker is top 5, and Stevie Wonder top 10, Clodagh Rodgers being a sizeable leap up to 20.

Johnny Nash’s reggae cover of Sam Cooke brings Cupid straight into the 40, while The Ronettes, The Foundations, Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations, Don Partridge & Gene Pitney all find a gap at last to enter the 40. Only The Ronettes are debuts as acts (though they would have topped with Be My Baby, had my charts started earlier). In at 43, it’s another great pop soul song better-known in a later cover – by The Carpenters – the fab Hurting Each Other for Ruby & The Romantics, one-time Our Day Will Come hitsters.

The late great Scott Walker is back with his great version of If You Go Away, 5 years ahead of Terry Jack’s very breathless cover hit, while Percy Sledge returns with Ronnie Milsapp’s Any Day Now, a great song which was tucked away on the B Side of the 2nd single I ever bought (In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley) and one I played to death from September 1969 onwards in Singapore. Elvis’ version is way better, though this one is nice.

Sly & The family Stone & Martha & The Vandellas both knock their current hits out my chart in favour of new ones, The Equals return with Eddy Grant’s slipper-tree. I’ve no idea what that is. Junior Walker is also running back, while there are debuts for some 70’s stalwarts – James Taylor, he of the low-key singer-songwriter folkie with the eyes girls went for, enters with Carolina In My Mind; Tony Orlando, one-time Bless You 60’s popster, and future Dawn headliner, is in with I Was A Boy under a fake name (shades of Colin Blunstone!) and lastly John Stewart, songwriter of Daydream Believer, enters with July You’re A Woman, the original of the less-good Pat Boone version charting in April in the USA. A decade later John’d strike chart Gold.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 5 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
3 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
4 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
5 ( 8 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 5
6 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
9 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 9
10 ( 16 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 7 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
12 ( 27 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 12
13 ( 10 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
14 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
16 ( 11 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
17 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
18 ( 15 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
19 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 40 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 20

21 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
22 ( 30 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 22
23 ( 17 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
24 ( 48 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 24
25 ( 21 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
26 ( 24 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 22 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
28 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 38 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 29
30 ( 20 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

31 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
32 ( 25 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
33 ( 36 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 33
34 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
35 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
36 ( 34 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
37 ( 45 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
38 ( 47 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 38
39 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 39
40 ( 46 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 40

41 ( 26 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
42 ( 29 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
43 ( NEW ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 43
44 ( 33 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
45 ( 41 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 46
47 ( 55 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 47
48 ( 39 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
49 ( 37 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
50 ( 58 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 32 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
52 ( 63 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 52
53 ( 74 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 53
54 ( 57 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 54
55 ( 35 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
56 ( 64 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 56
57 ( 49 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
58 ( 68 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 58
59 ( 69 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 59
60 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 60

61 ( 52 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
62 ( 66 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 62
63 ( 44 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
64 ( 61 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
65 ( 51 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
66 ( 73 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 66
67 ( NEW ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 68
69 ( 42 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
70 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 70

71 ( NEW ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 71
72 ( NEW ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 72
73 ( NEW ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 74
75 ( NEW ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 17 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 2 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 15 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 5 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 8 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
10 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 6 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
15 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash
16 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations
17 ( 16 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
18 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
19 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
20 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

My Retro February 1969 Charts

23rd February 1969

It’s the 4th chart-topper for The Bee Gees, and the 4th chart-topper in 4 weeks as the number of classic records keep on coming at a frantic pace. First Of May follows Massachussets, World and I Started A Joke to pole position. Highest new entry is The Fifth Dimension, in at 5 with another song for the musical Hair, or rather a medley of songs, as the band take a break from Laura Nyro and Jimmy Webb songs to even greater effect. Esther Phillips gets a first top 10.

Noel Harrison enters with his virtually-spoken-word rendition of Windmills Of Your Mind, the Oscar-winning Michel Legrand song used in a film I saw at the time (Mum was a huge Steve McQueen fan) The Thomas Crown Affair, and a record that a was a huge fave at the time for me. Legrand was a prolific movies score composer, notably Summer Of ’42, Harrison was the son of Rex Harrison, of My Fair Lady & Doctor Doolittle fame, and the song was later beautifully covered by Dusty Springfield, who enters with the A side of the already charting B side at 72, both from her forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis.

The Beach Boys cover I Can Hear Music enters at 32, a cover of The Ronettes 1963 Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich song. Spector has 2 in the top 4, production-wise, and Barry & Greenwich also wrote River-Deep Mountain High among loads of classic. By this time Jeff was working solo, or with others, and churning out most of The Archies notable singles, including Sugar Sugar – due later in the year. The Beach Boys actually recorded it in 1966 but by 1969 Brian had fallen into mental illness, and the rest of the band weren’t quite in the same league creatively – most of, but not all, of the time.

At 39, the first of two tracks from the Yellow Submarine soundtrack, the Beatles movie that left me feeling a bit weird when I saw it, I wasn’t keen on the animation style and the plot, though I loved the music and some of the accompanying visuals. I’ve yet to buy the album, as most of the tracks I have elsewhere – except the two entering this week. One of Cliff’s Eurovision-style singles calls in for some Good Times at 52, Roger’s Cook & Greenaway well into their hit-making phase – see Engelbert’s track adjacent for another – and not long before Blue Mink became a thing for Cook, but after David & Jonathan (both Roger’s) had ceased to be a thing.

The Isley Brothers get a 3rd track on the chart, but with an actual current track this time, the funky contemporary-sounding It’s Your Thing, which sounded very like a later Banana Splits track featured on their show. Not Tra La La! Jamo Thomas enters with a future minor hit for The Untouchables 16 years on as the US belatedly gets into ska/mod music, Diana, Supremes, Tempts all replace themselves in the 75 as the big hit drops out, and Gladys with her Pips take anchor slot.

1 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 4 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
4 ( 6 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
5 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension
6 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
7 ( 5 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 7 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
9 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 13 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips

11 ( 8 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
12 ( 19 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
13 ( 11 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
14 ( 10 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
16 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
19 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 17 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies

21 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
22 ( 18 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
23 ( 50 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan
24 ( 36 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
25 ( 22 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
26 ( 21 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
27 ( 33 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
28 ( 30 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
29 ( 37 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
30 ( 23 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move

31 ( 25 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
32 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
33 ( 29 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
34 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
35 ( 43 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
36 ( 39 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
37 ( 40 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair
38 ( 24 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
39 ( NEW ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles
40 ( 35 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 26 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
42 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 28 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
44 ( 46 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
45 ( 38 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
46 ( 34 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
47 ( 31 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
48 ( 44 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
49 ( 54 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
50 ( 57 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

51 ( 41 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
52 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
53 ( 45 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
54 ( 69 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
55 ( 59 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
56 ( NEW ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles
57 ( 68 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
58 ( 65 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
59 ( 66 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
60 ( 71 ) HAIR The Cowsills

61 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
63 ( 55 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
64 ( NEW ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers
65 ( 58 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 70 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
67 ( 47 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
68 ( 72 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
69 ( 73 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
70 ( 74 ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx

71 ( 75 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge
72 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas
74 ( NEW ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) DIDN’T YOU KNOW (YOU’D HAVE TO CRY SOMETIME) Gladys Knight & The Pips

Wot I liked then charts

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
3 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
4 ( 7 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
7 ( 5 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
8 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 6 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 9 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

11 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
12 ( 10 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
13 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
14 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
15 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 12 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
17 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( 15 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
19 ( 16 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( 14 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson

16th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the 1965 classic that keeps coming back again and again in the UK charts, because it’s epic Phil Spector and epic vocals from Bill & Bobby. Highest new entry are The Bee Gees replacing themselves in the top 10 with the gorgeous First Of May, possibly their least-covered early great, which bewilders me somewhat, subtle and brilliant as it is. It keeps up the top 2 chart runs of most of their singles to date in my charts, as Glen Campbell keeps up a classic run of top 5 tracks with Jimmy Webb’s brilliant Galveston in at 4 appearing 6 months earlier than I associate it with, as it enters the US charts.

The top 10 has had a big make-over, as Ike & Tina get a first top 10, and Dean Martin gets his first too covering Glen Campbell. Dusty Springfield’s follow-up single in the US hasn’t charted here, off the forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis album, but the B side has: Breakfast In Bed, a future biggie in the 80’s for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde. The Beatles latest album also not yet featured, but next week should fix that! Cilla & The Monkees climb into the 40, and The Love Affair get a 4th chart entry at 40.

Other newies, Barry Ryan follows up with another histrionic track, albeit not quite the complete song that was Eloise, at 50, as more bubblegum joins the newies for Crazy Elephant, reggae Stevie Wonder for David Isaacs, jazzrock Blood, Sweat & Tears, and the Cowsills return with another Hair cover, this one the unlikely choice of Hair itself for the youngsters. Sly & his family also return to keep the family band connections in the chart many and varied, as Inez & Charlie Foxx do the same as the brother-sister duo bring their 1963 track into the UK charts belatedly but 5 years ahead of husband-wife Carly Simon & James Taylor’s hit cover. Lastly one-man band, with no familial links, does it all himself again for the 3rd time as he breakfasts on Pluto. I assume he means the frozen downgraded dwarf planet (it’s round, let’s just call them “worlds” regardless of where they orbit or size) as opposed to the dog, which would be unhygienic and might annoy Disney.

 

1 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
2 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
6 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
7 ( 4 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
8 ( 10 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
9 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 5 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 7 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
12 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
14 ( 9 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 8 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 6 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
18 ( 13 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
19 ( 21 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
20 ( 26 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass

21 ( 15 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
22 ( 18 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
23 ( 19 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
24 ( 20 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
25 ( 22 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
26 ( 28 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
27 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 23 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
29 ( 40 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 38 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson

31 ( 37 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
32 ( 24 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
33 ( 34 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
34 ( 25 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
35 ( 30 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
36 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
37 ( 43 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
38 ( 31 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
39 ( 56 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
40 ( NEW ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair

41 ( 32 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
42 ( 44 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 54 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
44 ( 41 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
45 ( 50 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
46 ( 48 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
47 ( 39 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
48 ( 35 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
49 ( 29 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
50 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan

51 ( 33 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
52 ( 42 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
53 ( 36 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
54 ( 59 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
55 ( 45 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
56 ( 52 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
58 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
59 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
60 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin

61 ( 46 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
62 ( 47 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
63 ( 57 ) ELENORE The Turtles
64 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
65 ( 68 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
66 ( 71 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
67 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
68 ( NEW ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
69 ( NEW ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
70 ( 75 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

71 ( NEW ) HAIR The Cowsills
72 ( NEW ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 74 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
74 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx
75 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 2 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
3 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
6 ( 3 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
7 ( 10 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

11 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 15 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
15 ( 11 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
16 ( 12 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
17 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 18 ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
20 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone

 

 

9th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the classic Where Do You Go To, Peter Sartedt’s only chart-topper, just holding off the highest new entry from The Righteous Brothers, their 1965 classic Phil Spector UK chart-topper, while the 2nd highest is also a Phil Spector epic production for Ike & Tina Turner at 16, which peaked at 2 in 1966 in the UK – and stiffed in the US, shockingly. My mum absolutely loved You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (and still does) at the time, and I liked it too. As the years went by, like turned to love, then adore, then worship. It’s one of the greatest records of all-time no question, no male duo vocal performance can get even close to Bobby Hatfield & Bill Medley’s battling, and the production is perfect. Contrast with Cilla’s pleasant hit version, and just see the difference. Cilla gets the highest new entry by way of compensation with Surround Yourself With Sorrow, a record I liked even more than The Righteous Brothers at the time.

Nazz go top 10 5 years ahead of Todd Rundgren’s version going top 5, Nina Simone goes top 10 31 years ahead of Sonique’s big hit version, River Deep goes top 20 2 years ahead of the Supremes and Four Tops cover, & The Banana Splits go top 30, as the first TV group enter with Teardrop City, The Monkees being down to 3 at this time, as Peter Tork had left the building for the first in a still-continuing rotating membership – The last Monkees album came out at Christmas 2018 with contributions from the surviving 3 members, but they usually feature an old Davy track revamped. Still love ’em. Seen them 2 or 3 times, always brings tears of joyful nostalgia to my eye.

Sandie Shaw was a huge childhood fave, still is, but she never liked Monsieur Dupont and it was generally excluded from hits collections, which annoyed me cos I loved it way back when. 50 years later, I can see why she isn’t over-fond, it’s a bit twee with those backing girlie la-la’s, but still I have affection for it’s dated charm. Jerry Butler gets a 3rd entry with a song covered by Billy Paul 4 or 5 years on, while Curtis Mayfield’s band keeps them coming at a frantic pace, always classy.

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
5 ( 8 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
7 ( 5 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
8 ( 6 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
10 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone

11 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 10 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
14 ( 19 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
15 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
16 ( NEW ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
17 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
19 ( 12 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
20 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits

21 ( 23 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
22 ( 18 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
23 ( 15 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
24 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
25 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
26 ( 31 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
27 ( 22 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 47 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
29 ( 32 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
30 ( 29 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

31 ( 28 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
32 ( 26 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
33 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
34 ( 54 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
35 ( 24 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
36 ( 25 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
37 ( 42 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
38 ( 44 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
39 ( 36 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
40 ( 43 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
42 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
43 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
44 ( NEW ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
45 ( 38 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
46 ( 40 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
47 ( 41 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
48 ( 50 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
49 ( 33 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
50 ( 57 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick

51 ( 34 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
52 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
53 ( 46 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
54 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
55 ( 39 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
56 ( NEW ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
57 ( 53 ) ELENORE The Turtles
58 ( 45 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
59 ( 61 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
60 ( 62 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

61 ( 58 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
62 ( 59 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
63 ( 60 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
64 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 56 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
67 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 71 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
69 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( 49 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
72 ( 51 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
73 ( NEW ) BACK DOOR MAN Derek aka Johnny Cymbal
74 ( NEW ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
75 ( NEW ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 6 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
3 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
5 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
13 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
15 ( 19 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
16 ( 18 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 17 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
19 ( 20 ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
20 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

 

 

2nd February 1969

It’s a first week on top for Amen Corner with their fab UK chart-topper knocking off a future UK chart-topper, with both holding off the highest new entry from another future UK chart-topper: Peter Sarstedt and his Frenchified folk classic Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? I knew every word to the song, being as I loved it, and had the words cut out of Weekend magazine along with most big hits of 1969 to read, singalong to and learn. Just because I can, I’m going to say of this chart I’ve seen the following in concert: Andy Fairweather-Low, Tommy Roe, Peter Sarstedt, The Zombies & Colin Blunstone, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Wood, Peter Noone, The Manfreds & Paul Jones, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones, Dave Edmunds, Mary Wilson, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Marv Johnson, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Chi-Lites, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich…so I’m pretty loyal all in all and no wonder my hearing in one ear is damaged a bit.

The Zombies are up to 4 as Colin Blunstone disguises himself badly in the UK for a cover of his own classic with Rod Argent, She’s Not There, a future Santana hit as well (who I’ve also seen in concert), in at 23. Second highest entry is the 1944 song covered by Esther Phillips, I love her voice, have never heard this track before (a previous hit for Glen Campbell & future Ronnie Milsap US smash) but it’s so classy she enters at 19 a full 6 years ahead of her UK hit update of a similarly fab classic song What A Diffrence A Day Makes. Deano is in too at 20 with his laidback vocal cover of a previous Glen Campbell hit, Gentle On My Mind, as featured no doubt on his entertaining variety show of the time – that’ll be both Dean and Glen.

The Five Stairsteps get yet another entry, not bad for a band I’d never heard of until a year ago – think a black soulful Cowsills, as in 5 kids from the same family – while The Hump keeps the ballads coming too. Stevie Wonder turns 18 and returns with another goodie, and The Tempts also return with a marathon social soulfunk effort just as solo Temptation David Ruffin debuts 7 years ahead of his UK debut with the fab Walk Away With Love. The Grass Roots cover Marmalade, Paul Jones covers Hair classic Aquarius, Carla Thomas returns, The Delfonics return, Johnny Nash gets his You Got Soul B-side sneaking in, Johnny Johnson gets top billing with the Bandwagon, and Badfinger debut. Well, called The Iveys, on Apple, I have the album, but this was the flop single.

In my charts of the time Donald Peers is at 3, and doesn’t chart at all in 2019, The Move top my charts, and a lot of tracks are about the same position, and some aren’t!

1 ( 10 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 13 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
5 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
6 ( 2 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 14 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
8 ( 12 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 8 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
13 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 17 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 5 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
16 ( 11 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 20 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
18 ( 26 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
19 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
20 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

21 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
22 ( 16 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
23 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
24 ( 15 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
25 ( 19 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
26 ( 18 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
28 ( 23 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
32 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
33 ( 22 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
34 ( 39 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
35 ( 29 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
36 ( 28 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
37 ( 34 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
38 ( 31 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
39 ( 44 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
40 ( 33 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

41 ( 35 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
42 ( 53 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
43 ( 48 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
44 ( 50 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
45 ( 25 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
46 ( 32 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
47 ( 64 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
48 ( 42 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 36 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
50 ( 68 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites

51 ( 37 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
52 ( 40 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
53 ( 49 ) ELENORE The Turtles
54 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
55 ( 41 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
56 ( 58 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
57 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
58 ( 55 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( 56 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
60 ( 57 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark

61 ( 66 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
62 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
63 ( 54 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
64 ( NEW ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 47 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
67 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 62 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
69 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( NEW ) I LIKE WHAT YOU’RE DOING (TO ME) Carla Thomas

71 ( NEW ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
72 ( NEW ) YOU Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon
73 ( 51 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS Paul Jones
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Iveys

2nd Feb Retro-Then
1 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
4 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 9 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
10 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade

11 ( 7 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 11 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
15 ( 10 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
16 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
20 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett

My Retro January 1969 Charts

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Me & brother Mark around this time in our front-room, taken with dad’s new toy – a Polaroid Instamatic – at RAF Swinderby, 3 Sheepwalk. These charts are what I like now, based on what was available anywhere in the world at the time, as if there was streaming and global releases, and not what I liked then – those are the top 20’s at the end, and can be very different!

 

5th January 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the most important record in my record collection – a Singapore-bought single, the first record I ever bought with my own money in October 1969. OK, it’s a bit early, Dizzy hit in the USA before it topped the UK chart and I went ab fab on it for months – one of my friends had bought the single at RAF Swinderby, which made me envious as my pocket money certainly didn’t stretch far enough for new records. When we left for Singapore, though, my dad’s grandparents on his dad’s side gave me and my brother a ten-shilling note each, which was a huge sum of money, to spend for the trip to Singapore. Some of it I spent on Adventure Comics 373, starring my other obsession, DC Comics’ Legion Of Super-Heroes to read on the plane, some of it got changed into Singapore dollars and I bought 2 singles when we went to Changi Village evening market and I found a record stall. They didn’t have the single I REALLY wanted (In The Year 2525), so I settled for 2 I loved from earlier in the year: Dizzy, and Elvis’ In The Ghetto. So began my ongoing hobby of music collection!

Tommy Roe’s Greatest Hits was also the first CD album I ever bought, appropriately enough, and my affection for the track has remained lifelong, including love for the heavily-sampled rhythms from it on Bassomatic’s fab 1990 Fascinating Rhythm (that’ll be William Orbit, then). Back in the 80’s I also got to see ol’ Tommy in concert, yay! Oh yes, and the much-played B side also charts. This all means The Move’s Blackberry Way, which was a chart-topper for me at the time, is stuck at 2 for teen hero Roy Wood.

Betty Everett has a smart climb into the 30, the song sounds like one that be could be covered quite nicely on The Voice and be given a bit of belated appreciation, while The Zombies’ USA oldies radio staple, and non-UK-hit, Time Of The Season enters at 39. I saw the boys the other year, it was basically a Zombies/Argent/Colin Blunstone hits appreciation, still in good voice. Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson EP has 4 tracks, 2 of them have already charted, so the one that hasn’t charted (pre-dating 1967) enters at 44: The Sound Of Silence, thankfully no Bachelors involved.

Thanks to a reminder from Alex, Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret enter with two tracks from their single, taken from the Cowboy & The Lady album which is in my collection. I love Lee Hazelwood, best with Nancy Sinatra, but Ann-Margret is also fab, she was a fave from US TV variety shows, guesting on The Flintstones as Ann-Margrock, and films like Bye Bye Birdie: a long-forgotten musical with a great cast including Dick Van Dyke – who is on a few tracks elsewhere in the chart! Lee Hazelwood is pure poetry, evocative imagery and a soundscape to match.

Dorsey Burnette, brother of the late Johnny Burnette, enters with a Joe South song (his second on the chart), and an MOR pop ditty from female-vocal-led Peppermint Rainbow enter at 75 – from the same folk who went on to write movie songs like The Morning After for The Poseidon Adventure, and some musicals.

1 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 4 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 5 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 11 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
10 ( 19 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann

11 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
12 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 10 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 14 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
15 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 13 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
18 ( 18 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
19 ( 17 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
20 ( 15 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles

21 ( 20 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
22 ( 22 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 21 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
24 ( 25 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
25 ( 27 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
26 ( 29 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
27 ( 23 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
28 ( 35 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
29 ( 37 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
30 ( 44 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett

31 ( 28 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
32 ( 34 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
33 ( 33 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
34 ( 30 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
35 ( 26 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
36 ( 24 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
37 ( 40 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
38 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
39 ( NEW ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
40 ( 42 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”

41 ( 36 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
42 ( 38 ) ELENORE The Turtles
43 ( 32 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
44 ( NEW ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
45 ( 51 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
46 ( 41 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
47 ( 50 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
48 ( 59 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
49 ( 47 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
50 ( 46 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin

51 ( 48 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
52 ( 49 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
53 ( 45 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
54 ( 60 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
55 ( 55 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
56 ( 39 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
57 ( 66 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
58 ( 65 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
59 ( 63 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
60 ( 54 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles

61 ( 70 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull
62 ( 56 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
63 ( NEW ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
64 ( 57 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
65 ( 69 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
66 ( NEW ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
67 ( 67 ) POOR SIDE OF TOWN Al Wilson
68 ( 68 ) WHEN I STOP DREAMING Ray Charles
69 ( 64 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
70 ( 52 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child

71 ( 72 ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
72 ( NEW ) DOLL ON A MUSIC BOX “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes”
73 ( NEW ) CHICO Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
74 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST LOVE Dorsey Burnette
75 ( NEW ) WILL YOU BE STAYING AFTER SUNDAY Peppermint Rainbow

5th Jan Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 6 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
5 ( 4 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
6 ( 5 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 7 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
12 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 16 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
15 ( 14 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( 19 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 20 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( RE ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
20 ( RE ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

 

12th January 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Tommy Roe as no new classics enter high or climb high, giving the existing ones time to tread water waiting. The nearest to excitement are top 20 climbers for Herman’s Hermits (up to 14 in comparison to being top 5 way back when was I was a lad), Peggy Lipton, & The Turtles’ 4th top 20.

Highest new entry is Martha & The Reeves Motown oldie Dancing In The Street into the 40, but there are more oldies lower down, not to mention 2 Nina Simone covers, a Dionne Warwick original of a cover that was released after the cover, a Ruby Winters debut with a cover 8 years ahead of her UK hit cover of another song, The Tymes cover of a Barbra Streisand Funny Girl song, still lower than her own classic Don’t Rain from the same movie, Glen & Bobbie covering Let It Be Me, and some actual new material from Diana Ross & The Supremes (Love Child part 2 essentially, not a patch on the first one), Cream, and of all people the 1910 Fruitgum Co. with another bubblegum jolly big hit in the States that I didn’t know even though I had it on a bubblegum compilation for decades.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 9 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 10 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 7 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

11 ( 11 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
12 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 26 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
15 ( 15 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
16 ( 14 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
17 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
18 ( 28 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
19 ( 25 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
20 ( 17 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

21 ( 18 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
22 ( 29 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
23 ( 30 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
24 ( 19 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
25 ( 22 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
26 ( 21 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
27 ( 23 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
28 ( 39 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
29 ( 33 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
30 ( 32 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash

31 ( 24 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 20 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
33 ( 37 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
34 ( 31 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
35 ( 44 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
36 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
37 ( 47 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
38 ( 27 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
39 ( 48 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
40 ( 57 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension

41 ( 36 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
42 ( 34 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
43 ( 42 ) ELENORE The Turtles
44 ( 41 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
45 ( 38 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
46 ( 35 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
47 ( 43 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
48 ( 58 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
49 ( 54 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
50 ( 46 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone

51 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
52 ( 51 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
53 ( 52 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
54 ( 50 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
55 ( 63 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
56 ( NEW ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
57 ( 66 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
58 ( NEW ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
59 ( 53 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
60 ( 61 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull

61 ( 40 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
62 ( 55 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
63 ( 45 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
64 ( 64 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
65 ( NEW ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
67 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
68 ( NEW ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
69 ( 60 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
70 ( 73 ) CHICO Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret

71 ( NEW ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
72 ( 62 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
73 ( NEW ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.
74 ( NEW ) WHITE ROOM Cream
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE The Tymes

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
5 ( 3 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 7 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
8 ( 4 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 5 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 17 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
13 ( NEW ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
14 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
15 ( 11 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( 13 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
19 ( 20 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
20 ( 14 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

 

19th January 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Dizzy and a static top 10, bar Herman’s Hermits replacing other kiddie fave Manfred Mann. Big climbs for Martha Reeves, Dionne Warwick & Nina Simone, and yet more old Motown entries from Marv Johnson, who I saw sing his I’ll Pick A Rose (and You Got What It Takes) on a Motown package tour back in the 80’s, & 2 from Marvin & Tammi (not old), plus a Motown cover from Jose Feliciano as the highest new entry outdoing the Supremes latest to boot.

Todd Rundgren is back with his future 1973 West Coast solo smash song Hello It’s Me – it’s not quite as brilliant as the ’73 version, but it has it’s charm cos it’s a great song, in at 50. That leaves Classics IV getting a 3rd chart entry, Traces. Very quiet week again overall, though, few fresh major classics turning up. Back in the day, my chart-topper was Fox On The Run, with Donald Peers highest new entry – how times change with maturity! Dancing In The Street is 20 in both charts though, synchronicity at last!

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 7 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
7 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 14 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 10 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

11 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
12 ( 22 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
13 ( 11 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
14 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 18 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
16 ( 23 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
17 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
18 ( 28 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
19 ( 19 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
20 ( 36 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas

21 ( 17 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
22 ( 15 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
23 ( 16 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
24 ( 29 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
25 ( 20 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
26 ( 21 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
27 ( 33 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
28 ( 24 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
29 ( 25 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
30 ( 27 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers

31 ( 26 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
32 ( 35 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
33 ( 56 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
34 ( 40 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
35 ( 37 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
36 ( 58 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
37 ( 39 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
38 ( 34 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
39 ( 48 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
40 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells

41 ( 55 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
42 ( 32 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
43 ( NEW ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
44 ( 38 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
45 ( 30 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
46 ( 43 ) ELENORE The Turtles
47 ( 49 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
48 ( 44 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
49 ( 57 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
50 ( NEW ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

51 ( 42 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
52 ( 41 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
53 ( 51 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
54 ( 52 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
55 ( 53 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
56 ( 65 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
57 ( 47 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
58 ( 54 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
59 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
60 ( 68 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers

61 ( 66 ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
62 ( 67 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
63 ( 60 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull
64 ( 45 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
65 ( 50 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
66 ( 46 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
67 ( 70 ) CHICO Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
68 ( 64 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
69 ( 71 ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
70 ( 73 ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.

71 ( 59 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
72 ( 74 ) WHITE ROOM Cream
73 ( NEW ) TRACES Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost
74 ( NEW ) GOOD LOVIN’ AIN’T EASY TO COME BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
75 ( NEW ) YOU AIN’T LIVIN’ TILL YOUR LOVIN’ Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

retro what I liked then  
1 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 4 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
7 ( 13 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 7 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
9 ( 6 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 12 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
13 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
14 ( 18 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
15 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 16 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
18 ( 19 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
19 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
20 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

26th January 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for Dizzy as great newcomers remain thin on the ground, so much so that records that didn’t peak as high as they deserved a few weeks back are doing so now, so The Archies go back up to 4, Manfred Mann to 5 – it was after all my fave record at the time – while in at 10 the highest new entry is from Amen Corner, and the great Half As Nice.

Nazz & Todd Rundgren shoot up to 17, cos I love the song so, even in this slower earlier version, and Johnny Nash about-faces as I suddenly properly listen to the backing grooves of the track after a while of not noticing them, and into the top 20. Nina Simone gloriously orchestrated oldie outdoes her less good cover of The Bee Gees great song, and into the 40 goes Jose Feliciano for the second time with another cover. These days he charts every Christmas with a song none of us had ever heard of in the 60’s. Or 70’s. Or 80’s. Or 90’s. Or 00’s. Yes, Felice Navidad, that old Chestnut.

Harmony Grass enter at 38 with a great pop song later in the year covered even better by Mama Cass, and The Banana Splits signature tune enters lower down, a great show for us kids – not only did it have Arabian Nights (“Size of A Water-Buffalo”) and The Three Musketeers (Tooly was a laugh), but it had bad puns and dumb gags cool-stylee from the men-in-animal-suits, the hippie Drooper voiced by Alan Melville – him of Phil Silvers Bilko show Corporal Henshaw if you thought he sounded familiar – and some great groovy funky tracks. Betcha never knew folk like Barry White, Gene Pitney, Joey Levine, and music industry types like Al Kooper & Jimmy Radcliffe were behind them, which is why they sounded so good. The Dickies did that fab punk cover in 1979 to boot.

The Chi-Lites debut, one of the great vocal soul groups of the era, and their fab lead singer and songwriter Eugene Record, who now has 3 songs on the chart, with Give It Away new at 68, Am I The Same Girl debuting a bit higher for his co-writer Barbara Acklin (she co-wrote many of their great records), and of course the first hit instrumental version a bit higher up as Soulful Strut. Barbara wasn’t a great singer, it took Dusty to cover it later in the year to do it real justice, but Eugene was a terrific performer. He’d been doing stuff for Jackie Wilson up to this point, but as their career took off, The Chi-Lites got the best stuff, much of it covered or sampled, most notably by Beyonce when she borrowed one of them for Crazy In Love, still her best record.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 2 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 13 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
5 ( 11 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
6 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
8 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
9 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner

11 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
12 ( 12 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
13 ( 18 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
14 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
15 ( 6 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
16 ( 16 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
17 ( 50 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
18 ( 10 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
19 ( 45 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
20 ( 36 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone

21 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
22 ( 15 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
23 ( 17 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
24 ( 21 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
25 ( 19 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
26 ( 33 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
27 ( 43 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
28 ( 22 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
29 ( 26 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
30 ( 32 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 25 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
32 ( 23 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
33 ( 29 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
34 ( 30 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
35 ( 31 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
36 ( 28 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
37 ( 24 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
38 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
39 ( 39 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
40 ( 41 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret

41 ( 27 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
42 ( 38 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
43 ( 34 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
44 ( 49 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
45 ( 35 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
46 ( 40 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
47 ( 37 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
48 ( 56 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
49 ( 46 ) ELENORE The Turtles
50 ( 59 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson

51 ( 42 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
52 ( 44 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
53 ( 60 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
54 ( 48 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
55 ( 53 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
56 ( 54 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
57 ( 55 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
58 ( 62 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
59 ( 61 ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
60 ( 51 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins

61 ( 52 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
63 ( 57 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
64 ( NEW ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
65 ( 69 ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
66 ( NEW ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
67 ( 70 ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.
68 ( NEW ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
69 ( 72 ) WHITE ROOM Cream
70 ( 73 ) TRACES Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost

71 ( 74 ) GOOD LOVIN’ AIN’T EASY TO COME BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
72 ( 47 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
73 ( 75 ) YOU AIN’T LIVIN’ TILL YOUR LOVIN’ Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN The Rascals
75 ( NEW ) IT’S TOO LATE NOW Long John Baldry

what I liked then
1 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
7 ( 4 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 6 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
10 ( 9 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 8 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
12 ( 10 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( NEW ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
14 ( 11 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 12 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
16 ( 14 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 19 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
19 ( 17 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
20 ( 18 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

My 1969 Charts – December

school book

school book


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2nd December 1969

4th week on top for The Archies, holding off my Youtube dilemma for a while, as Rolf gets to 2. Bobbie Gentry joins herself in the top 5 with a cover duet of the Everley Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream, with the great Glen Campbell. I’ll be honest, despite a catalogue of great songs, and apart from Cathy’s Clown, I much prefer the cover versions of Everley Brothers hits, including this one. In at 10, it’s Elvis with his 3rd Top 10 of the year, with what is generally regarded as his best record post-50’s. Suspicious Minds is a classic, but I barely got to hear it at all in Singapore, which is why it under-performs first time round. Not to worry, it has a second, third, fourth and fifth run to make up for it… cos it IS a classic after all.

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 4 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry

6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
9 ( 7 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
10 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley

Talking of Singapore, at school in geography we were learning about kelongs which were dotted around the coast in those days – it’s a Malayan word and structure, wooden huts and poles sticking out into the sea and used for fishing. We even built a mini-model structure on a painted coastal scene, which I really enjoyed, it was bringing geography (and history) to life and certainly wouldn’t have featured in any UK syllabus in those days. The schools still followed the UK exam systems for 11plus, CSE’s, O Levels, A levels, but there seemed to be a bit more flexibility for teachers to pick topics they enjoyed and could be enthusiastic about. Mind you, Mrs Canavan, the English teacher, embarrassed me in front of the class when she found out I was still reading Enid Blyton books at 11 years old. There was always this horrible pressure to “grow up” in those days, as opposed to just tactfully suggesting there are other exciting books out there too. As it turned out I pretty much leaped straight into adult science fiction via forgotten children’s science-fiction adventure writer Hugo Walters within a year, but I didn’t need to be shamed into doing it, found those books in the library on my own. In the meantime I moved onto Just William books, and found the words to Bad Moon Rising written out in one of the pages. Hooray!

exotic letter-writing paper corners - ah letters, memories...!

exotic letter-writing paper corners – ah letters, memories…!


9th December 1969

5 weeks on top for Sugar Sugar – how sweet! Better get used to seeing the Archies, and in fact, vocalist Ron Dante in my charts. In at 9 it’s the Cuff Links with Tracy. Aka Ron Dante. Although in the UK the Archies are regarded as the ultimate one-hit wonders, that’s not quite accurate as The Cuff Links sounded like The Archies fairly obviously, both being studio projects with the same hired singer – Ron. They also had 2 hits in the UK and US, while The Archies had a 2 or 3-year run of chart entries in the States. Don’t be fooled by the hip and groovy video, the singer isn’t Ron Dante – he signed up with Don Kirshner Archies’ mastermind – and the group threatened to hold back royalties unless he agreed to tour. Rupert Holmes, of Pina Colada fame, was also hired for the album.

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 Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
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 & The First Edition
8 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
9 ( NEW ) TRACY The Cuff Links
10 ( 10 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley


I mentioned the school library for last week’s chart: I remember we had a visit from a small group of RAF Gurkhas in the small hall next to the library which impressed me. Short and stocky and affable, the Gurkhas had a fabulous awed reputation amongst British troops for loyalty and bravery, so it was great to have a lesson devoted to a question and answer session. The history of them: British Empire in Nepal, fighting against the Empire (one can see why they might be pissed off) they so impressed the elite they ended up becoming a historic part of the British forces throughout the centuries since. well, at least until the recent cutbacks decided they were no longer of requirement, nor were they entitled to live in the country they spent their lives serving from a country with links going back 200 years. Joanna Lumley, thanks for being more than Ab fab and Purdey, say I, as she rightfully put the politicians to shame.

I’ll just repeat the story that was bandied about at the time about Gurkhas in the RAF, even though it may or may not be apocryphal: The commander of the Gurkhas troop on a mission plane asked for volunteers to jump out of the plane. All of the soldiers stepped forward instantly. The commander was impressed with the loyalty shown, but was puzzled when the group ranking soldier looked a bit apologetic some minutes later when he came up to ask a question. “What is it?” asked the commander. “Will we be wearing parachutes?” he asked……

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school popcorn transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the pirate copies wrongly coloured)

school popcorn transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the pirate copies wrongly coloured)

16th December 1969

Christmas was coming, and The Archies were having a 6-week run on top. There were, of course, no such thing as christmas pop classics in those days, more a case of TV crooners covering standards or hymns. To be honest, though everyone knew the songs – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, O Little Town Of Bethlehem – there wasn’t that joyous sense of familiarity you get with modern pop songs, just some tunes you liked more than others when you had to sing them at school, or heard them on TV. On the plus side, some great records hit chart peaks: Glen and Bobbie at 3, Stevie at 4, Kenny Rogers at 5. It’s worth pointing out that Stevie Wonder had been having hits for years at Motown and he was still a teenager at this time, and co-writing some of his own songs, such as My Cherie Amour, currently about to hit the UK top 2 charts (January 2015) in a butchered helium-induced form). Good to know teenagers can write songs that last!

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 4 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & 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


I don’t recall putting up the christmas trimmings at home, but I’m sure we did have a good go for the novelty of a sunny, sweltering christmas on the equator (give or take 85 miles), and I know mum tried to explain snow to Tan, our amah, by showing her the frozen stuff in the freezer of the fridge. She also did the same later on with Ah Choo our second, young amah (married with kiddie), who was related to Tan, I think. I googled her today, you never know, might still be out there in her mid-60’s. That would be great to find out.

Ah Choo 1970

Ah Choo 1970


23rd December 1969

7 weeks at 1, for The Archies, as they get another song in at 8, giving Ron dante 3 out of 10. Jingle Jangle was available on the back of a cereal packet imported from America, but I didn’t actually get hold of that one sadly, as it was a bonafide American single and actual hit – which I guess is why it didn’t find it’s way over to Singapore. In terms of imported stuff, Singapore was quite awesome, being a shipping crossroads for the region, you could get stuff from the USA, Australia, India, Malaya, Hong Kong, the UK and more. It was quite a fabulous multi-cultural jumble of bits from each. The UK, in the 60’s, was pretty much not noticeably international except for imported TV and some foodstuffs from Europe and the West Indies, and hi-tech products that were worldwide.

The other new entry is a bit of an afterthought cheat as I was running out of tracks for the chart. Creedence were very much of the period, and Green River sounds like it belongs in my chart, but I didn’t get to hear it for years afterwards – that I recall, at any rate. It may well have gotten some plays as follow-up to a big hit, but it didn’t stick in my mind if that’s the case. Good swamprock though.

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 3 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 5 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & 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

buying actual stuff at christmas and beyond!

buying actual stuff at christmas and beyond!

30th December 1969

Rolf scrapes in at the end of the year with the huge hit beloved by everyone young at the time, Two Little Boys. It would have been his 3rd or 4th chart-topper had I been charting as a toddler and infant, being as I loved Sun Arise, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, and Jake The Peg. Two Little Boys, despite everything (Thatcher choosing it for Desert Island Discs, Rolf’s conviction for underage stuff) was a sweet, touching story of war and brotherly love, pretty unique for a hit record to this day, and as at that time Rolf was guilty of nothing illegal I’m not going to retroactively rewrite history, though I won’t be showing any photos or videos, just the record. It does leave a regretful bitter taste in the mouth now sadly though so I’m demoting it to the end. In at 4, it’s Marmalade, not bubblegum anymore, it’s the gorgeous ballad Reflections Of My Life, harmonytastic and largely forgotten these days, but once well-thought of. Still is by me. It’s a bloody brilliant tune.

1 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 ( 3 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
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 & The First Edition
9 ( 5 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) TRACY The Cuff Links

Christmas week, and for christmas brother and me got a brand new bike each with colourful plastic tassles sticking out of the handlebar ends. I still miss that bike, it was great riding up and down the local housing estate hills, not entirely unlike Elliot and ET and co. Only much much hotter. And no alien. School was out for a few weeks, I had loads more comics I was adoring, having scoured more and more of the second-hand book stalls in Changi Village, and having got hold of some more classic Adventure Comics Legion Of Super Heroes and many other new and old DC Comics. My collection was growing quite fast, pop music for the moment not eating into my pocket money, comics getting all of it! I can’t understate how exciting the Legion was to me, it was almost physically palpable, and the covers of DC superheroes at this time, and especially Batman, were designed and drawn by the fantastic acclaimed artist Neal Adams. His Batman and Superman remain the definitive versions, those were the ones I got in the popcorn transfers for my school bag and my own made-up transfer books, and those are the ones that command the top prices in archive comic shops for this period. His comic covers are works of Art, at least as good as many over-rated bullshit “serious” artists. Suddenly comics were getting more adult, and dealing with serious adult themes amongst the superhero stuff…

My 1969 Charts – November

My 1969 Song Book 1

My 1969 Song Book 1

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NOV 1969

4th November 1969

Bobbie’s 5th and final week on top, as Nilsson’s brilliant Midnight Cowboy song goes top 5, and The Beatles are the sole new entry courtesy of a George Harrison ballad at 6. Something quickly became a standard, but as a Beatles song in the UK it was a shock (relative) failure peaking at 4, the first Beatles record to fail to hit the top 2 bar their first single. It was an odd choice of double A side as Come Together got no airplay at all in Singapore, in fact it took me 5 years to get to hear it, and even then I wasn’t that bothered about it. Something, great as it was, seemed a bit too MOR for the Fabs, so pretty much my least fave Beatles single. Little did we know that it was actually the last Beatles single ever, chronologically-recording-wise, until the 2 Anthology John Lennon songs finished by the other three Beatles.

OK, so back at home in Bedokville, Singapore new suburbia, one evening mum and dad went out to some do on camp, and left me and brother Mark alone (but under the eye of the neighbours Irving & Mary, who popped their head over the fence occasionally). We had chit-chat’s tut-tutting up and about the walls while we watched TV, they just got into any handy crevice in houses and grabbed insects, which for me is a blessing, mozzies being my mortal enemy and all. This night something quite big started walking jerkily and slowly across the living room floor – I recognised it from TV shows as a Preying Mantis, though I’d never seen one in real life, and neither had Mark. We shouted for Irving and Mary, eventually, after chucking cushions at it from a distance, trying to persuade it to go out the door. Didn’t work, and nobody came round, so we really just waited feet up on the bamboo chair/sofa till mum and dad came home. By then, a chit-chat had apparently had a bit of a do with it – and won. I say apparently, as there wasn’t much left in the way of evidence. Not as scary as the huge spiders though, or the supersized hornets buzzing round flowers in the day, or the snakeskins one occasionally found shed in bedrooms, and on the plus side, not as revolting as mosquitos and cockroaches that were a daily nuisance. We lifted up a garden grate, and it was LITERALLY teaming with roaches of all sizes scuttling away like mad. I think the worst thing, though, was finding insects in your food – half a bug, especially, as you never got to be sure if you’d eaten the other half. Cereals imported from the USA were fun (I loved the cardboard Archies records on the back of the packet, with a coating of plastic for the grooves, you could cut out and play on a record player) but the boll weevils inside (or whatever they were) were offputting. So were local biscuits cooked with ants firmly inside them. Exotic fruits though, like oddly-prickly-looking red-coloured rambutan’s, a Malayan peninsula fruit on sale on market-stalls everywhere, were eye-openers – who woulda known there were so many fruits you had never seen, never mind tasted….!


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

music book 2

music book 2

11th November 1969

First week on top for Sugar Sugar, The Archies EP also containing Feelin So Good, which re-enters at 5. I still love Sugar Sugar, simple and perfect sugar confection bubblegum pop, which is why it’s sold a million and still trickle sells. It had a whopping 8 week run at 1 in the UK charts, I think, so let’s see if it can match that in mine! The chart gets some action, as Tremeloes re-enter, and 3 new tracks pop in: Nobody’s Child is a very MOR ballad, and I’ll be honest the Traveling Wilburys did a better version 20 years later. George Harrison of course involved in that one, and also at 4 with Something. Lou Christie had one of those “oh that’s who he is” moments whenever the fantastic Lightning Strikes grabbed an occasional radio play back in the day. The Lou falsetto is immense on Lightning, but not much in evidence on this bubblegum pop delight at 9, I’m Gonna Make You Mine. At 10, it’s Kenny Rogers debuting, the start of a long country career, and by far his best record, the amazing Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town, a song about a veteran back from the Vietnam war, paralysed and unable to please his wife in that way any more, and her forays into town to find someone who can. Oddly touching.

Singapore times? How about swimming lessons? Saturday mornings were a trip into Changi Village on the bus, and a walk to the swimming pool at the Padang on camp (or a quick SZ taxi-ride – taxis used to cram as many people in as possible, so often it was more like a bus ride with strangers people getting on and off en route). I pretty much did OK at swimming, picking up distance badges early on and moving onwards and upwards to badges of more merit. We had robes the badges were sewn onto – hey we all did it, it was the fashion! Pretty sure I also picked up bloody varrucas at the pool too, by the time I left Singapore I had warts in many bodily places. For those not in the know, they have a comforting way of popping up years later and developing nicely into Hollywood-style witch-warts which you can share with the rest of the world whenever you go the beach. How sweet! Not to mention the hard bits of skin on your feel soles left when you get them burnt off, just to remind you occasionally that they once shared your feet with you. If that sounds a bit ewwww I actually loved swimming (eventually) though it was sometimes a case of “do we have to?!”. Best thing though: the comics in the Changi Village book shops, as I started to fill-in some of my missing back issues of DC comics. I became obsessive in my search for the Legion Of Super-Heroes.

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

schoolbook RAF Seletar

schoolbook RAF Seletar

18th November 1969

2 weeks for The Archies on top, The Beatles get up to 3 with their 4th hit, The Hollies re-enter future (1988) number one He Ain’t Heavy at 9, and Stevie Wonder gets his 3rd Top 10 of the year, the less-remembered but fab Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday, an under-rated Motown gem.

How about a naughty John tale? I was actually a goodie-goodie child, rarely did anything wrong, but for some reason I’d managed to get a catapult as a new toy, and was quietly enjoying the sheer speed that little bits of gravel from the road flew off in it, it was pretty powerful. I was under the balcony of the house happily aiming at the road so nothing would get hit, when a taxi went by with a passenger in it. I waited till it was almost out of the way and the let one go. Unfortunately I didn’t wait quite long enough, it smacked right into the rear light of the black and yellow taxi and smashed it as the car drove away. Not for long, though, it reversed and a livid Chinese driver jumped out shouting at me as I dashed indoors and up to my room. He was having none of that, got my dad, ranted a bit, dad gave him 25 dollars for the damage and that was the end of my pocket money for a while. I tried to explain it was an accident (which it was) but I guess with hindsight, claiming something is an accident (even when it is) is no excuse. What was worse though was not being believed! Bad bad John!

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

popcorn transfers

popcorn transfers

25th November 1969

3 weeks for Sugar Sugar on top, but the only movement of note is the new entry from Rolf Harris at 4. I’m going to ignore all of the recent nastiness and pretend it never happened cos in the 60’s Rolf was loved by kids. He brought Australia into the living room, along with Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, and ethnic aboriginal-flavoured delights like the great Sun Arise alternated with his jokey hit records like Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Jake The Peg (diddle iddle dum). Biggest of all, though, was the touching Two Little Boys, a tale of brothers, both as youngsters, and serving in a war as adults. Like Sugar Sugar, much derided, and like Sugar Sugar missing the point: 11-year-olds like me loved them. I still do. Two Little Boys was a huge record, pretty much on 2-way Family Favourites every other week with messages of “missing you much” from family members back home, and then again on Juniors Choice over the years, till the BBC decided pre-teens no longer needed their own pop-music show. Yes they do!

This (Last) / Peak / wks
1 ( 1 ) 1 7 SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) 1 12 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 3 ) 3 4 SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) 4 1 TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
5 ( 4 ) 3 5 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( 7 ) 6 2 YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) 5 4 (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
8 ( 6 ) 6 3 RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
9 ( 9 ) 9 5 HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 8 ) 8 3 I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie