My Retro December 1969 Charts

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RAF Changi swimming pool with the Marshalls

 

6th December 1969

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

13th December 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

20th December 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

27th December 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro November 1969 Charts

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

 

1st November 1969

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

8th November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

15th November 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wot I liked that week then

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

 

22nd November 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

29th November 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro October 1969 Charts

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Bruv, school uniform and our new Bedokville house – taken on his new budget camera

4th October 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for John Barry, and the Hollies go top 10 along with the 5th Dimension grabbing a 3rd or 4th top 10. Highest new entry is Stevie Wonder’s fab Yester-Me, shockingly just a minor us hit, but a uk smash and one of his great pre Talking Book Motown tracks. In at 22 Peter Paul and Mary are back with their best record – John Denver’s prophetic Leaving On A Jet Plane. This marked his emergence and their goodbye as music forces.

More Beatles invasions as Abbey Road takes over with Because and Ringo’s jolly Octopus get a look in and Come Together climbs to 46. Marsha Shaw follows where the 5th Dimension charted first with Californian Soul, Esther Ofarim gets a 3rd hit and her first solo effort with a Mason Williams song, the Five Stairsteps family return with another decent single, Mel and Tim debut, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also return with a Mike Nesmith song, Mike slso indide the 40 with one of his other songs, and the Nitty Gritty’s ahead of a starring role in movie Paint Your Wagon, out in a couple of weeks. Barry Ryan sneaks in at the lower end.

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 4 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
5 ( 3 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
6 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
7 ( 12 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 7
8 ( 8 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
9 ( 7 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
10 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension #10

11 ( 16 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 11
12 ( 10 ) MAYBE Betty Everett #10
13 ( 20 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 13
14 ( 9 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley #6
15 ( 11 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
16 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
17 ( 15 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
18 (NEW) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
19 ( 17 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
20 ( 19 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4

21 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
22 (NEW) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul and Mary
23 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 24
25 ( 29 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 25
26 ( 33 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 26
27 ( 28 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
28 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
29 ( 37 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 29
30 ( 25 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1

31 ( 22 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
32 ( 26 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
33 ( 27 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
34 ( 24 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
35 ( 47 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 35
36 ( 31 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
37 ( 38 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 37
38 ( 32 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
39 ( 44 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 39
40 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6

41 ( 49 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 41
42 ( 48 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 42
43 ( 39 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
44 ( 30 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
45 ( 42 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
46 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 46
47 ( 36 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
48 ( 56 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 48
49 ( 52 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 49
50 ( 61 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 50

51 ( 35 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
52 ( 41 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
53 ( 45 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
54 ( 63 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 54
55 ( 40 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27
56 ( 66 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 56
57 ( 57 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 57
58 ( 53 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
59 ( 69 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 59
60 ( 65 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 60

61 ( 64 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 61
62 ( 58 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
63 (NEW) BECAUSE The Beatles
64 ( 68 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 64
65 (NEW) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marsha Shaw
66 (NEW) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim
67 ( 71 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 67
68 ( NEW ) WE MUST BE IN LOVE The Five Stairsteps and Cubie
69 (NEW) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles
70 ( 74 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 70

71 ( 75 ) SHE BELONGS TO ME Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band # 71
72 (NEW) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel and Tim
73 (NEW) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
74 (NEW) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria
75 (NEW) THE HUNT Barry Ryan

And in the week, more or less, we settled into our new house at Bedokville…

Wot I liked Back Then:

1 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
4 ( 5 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
5 ( 6 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
6 ( 4 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

11th October 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for the gorgeous classy John Barry theme to Midnight Cowboy. You can compare how great it is by listening to the horrendously amateur cover version that hit the US top 10 in the coming weeks. Just awful. The Hollies reach anew post 1966 peak of 2 with He Ain’t Heavy – it did actually top my charts in 1988, but there’s some big new entries from another fave movie soundtrack on the way, so will it make the top first-time round? The Beatles leapfrog themselves a couple of times, as Something goes top 10, and Peter, Paul & Mary grab a top 20 along with a debut 20 for George Benson, and yet more for The Four Tops and The Archies.

Highest new entry is the one that Nilsson wrote for Midnight Cowboy, which was rejected along with Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay in favour of the admittedly brilliant Everybody’s Talking – still in the top 10 in it’s 2nd run – the fab I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City. Mike Nesmith gets a second simultaneous song in the 40 as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band shoot into the 40 ahead of their debut film appearance with a much lesser song about beans. In at 38, Junior Walker outdoes The Guess Who as These Eyes enters, showing what a great vocalist can do with a song – Junior was thought of mainly as a great sax player, so much so that the brilliant What Does It Take was passed over by Motown, but he was just as good a singer.

Creedence enter at 45 with the then-less-well-known side of the usual double-hit in the USA – the other side will join it shortly for about the 8th of the year – but Fortunate Son’s use in movies about Viet-Nam has given it a much higher profile these days, quite rightly. Carlos Santana makes an appearance as the 60’s start to become history, with Jingo – a 50’s song I didn’t know at the time, but became an 80’s hit for Jellybean – 5 years before I really noticed Santana with the fab Samba Pa Ti, and 30 years before they finally topped my chart with Smooth, the first of 2 chart-toppers.

Frank Sinatra is back, so’s Gladys Knight, and also Jose Feliciano, while a couple of ska staples pop in and Holland-Dozier-Holland get cracking on Hot Wax, their new label, with Honey Cone debuting at 75 with Girls It Ain’t Easy. So who have I got to see in concert in my chart this week? Glen Campbell, The Monkees, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys all multiple times, and one each for Macca & Ringo of The Fabs, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Bee Gees, The Chi-Lites, Santana, The Rolling Stones. Missed loads I wanted to catch though…

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 7 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 2
3 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
5 ( 5 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
6 ( 4 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
7 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
8 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
9 ( 13 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 9
10 ( 8 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8

11 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 11
12 ( 9 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
13 ( 18 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 13
14 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
15 ( 12 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
16 ( 22 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 16
17 ( 24 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 17
18 ( 15 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
19 ( 25 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
20 ( 26 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 20

21 ( 16 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
22 ( 17 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
23 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 29 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 24
25 ( 19 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
26 ( 35 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 26
27 ( 27 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
28 ( 20 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
29 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
30 ( NEW ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 30

31 ( 39 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 31
32 ( 37 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 32
33 ( 30 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
34 ( 32 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
35 ( 73 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 35
36 ( 28 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
37 ( 33 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
38 ( NEW ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 38
39 ( 46 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 39
40 ( 56 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 40

41 ( 31 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
42 ( 34 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
43 ( 36 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
44 ( 50 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 44
45 ( NEW ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 45
46 ( 38 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
47 ( 43 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
48 ( 63 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 48
49 ( 40 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
50 ( 54 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 50

51 ( 45 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
52 ( 41 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 41
53 ( 42 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 42
54 ( 44 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
55 ( 59 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 55
56 ( 60 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 56
57 ( 67 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 57
58 ( 52 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
59 ( 70 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 59
60 ( 69 ) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles # 60

61 ( 58 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
62 ( NEW ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 62
63 ( 66 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 63
64 ( 72 ) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel & Tim # 64
65 ( 53 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
66 ( 68 ) WE MUST BE IN LOVE The Five Stairsteps & Cubie # 66
67 ( 74 ) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria # 67
68 ( NEW ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( 75 ) THE HUNT Barry Ryan # 69
70 ( NEW ) FRIENDSHIP TRAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips # 70

71 ( NEW ) RETURN OF DJANGO The Upsetters # 71
72 ( NEW ) LONG SHOT KICK DE BUCKET The Pioneers # 72
73 ( NEW ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( NEW ) TAKE A LETTER MARIA R.B. Greaves # 74
75 ( NEW ) GIRLS IT AIN’T EASY Honey Cone # 75

RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 5 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
5 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 4 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
7 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

18th October 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Hollies classic He Ain’t Heavy… it may not be their absolute best track (that would be Bus Stop or Air That I Breathe) but it’s up there at a time when the Beatles aren’t even top 5! Just to rub Fabs salt into the wound pop rivals The Tremeloes shoot in at 4 with their best record (Call Me) Number One. The Beatles at least get 2 top 10’s from Abbey Road though they are being chased by Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and second-highest new entry They Call The Wind Maria (pronounced Mariah, as in the pop star who was named after the song) from the soundtrack to Paint Your Wagon, out this week. The film was a huge family fave back in 1970, dad bought the album, and recorded himself singing along to it – he easily keeps up with the amazing vocals of Harve Presnell, Broadway star and actor in TV such as Lois & Clark and movies like Saving Private Ryan. Dad coulda been a professional singer quite easily.

Maria is the showstopper of the film, but others enter lower down, the famous Wand’rin’ Star for Lee Marvin in at 32 a few months before it became a UK chart-topper, and a song that I could sing better – and that’s not easy, my singing voice is only marginally better than Marvin! At 55 The Gospel Of No Name City is the catchy singalong track of the movie, amusing and upbeat, while more chorus-oriented tracks pop in lower-down, including another Harve Presnell feature, and the intro to the film. Talking of songs from films – at 21 Bacharach/David give us the huge US B.J.Thomas smash Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid – I’ll be honest I was more familiar with (and loved) the Sacha Distel 1970 cover at the time, but thankfully I’ve seen the light and stick with the film version these days.

Reggae pops in courtesy of the great Jimmy Cliff at 48, and Harry J’s All Stars at 61, another Dusty track in a busy Dusty year – this time on an early Philly Soul track off a Gamble & Huff (& Thom Bell on this track) album out in the new year. Dusty should have credit for being ahead of the game, they dominated the early 70’s non-Northern Soul oldies disco scene until KC, Hues Corporation & Gloria Gaynor gave us Disco. Lastly, the Creedence A side appears after the B side, Marv Johnson returns with Motown, along with the Marv-Johnson-alettes (HHOK!) Motown, and Three Dog Night pop in withe second Laura Nyro cover in the charts, t’other The 5th Dimension.

1 ( 2 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
2 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
3 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
5 ( 4 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 5 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
7 ( 6 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
8 ( 9 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 8
9 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 13 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
13 ( 16 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
14 ( NEW ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 14
15 ( 8 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
16 ( 12 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
17 ( 10 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
18 ( 20 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 18
19 ( 24 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
20 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6

21 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 21
22 ( 15 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
23 ( 19 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
24 ( 26 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 24
25 ( 18 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
26 ( 30 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 26
27 ( 21 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
28 ( 22 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
29 ( 31 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
30 ( 35 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 30

31 ( 25 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
32 ( NEW ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 32
33 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
34 ( 38 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 34
35 ( 28 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
36 ( 40 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 36
37 ( 39 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
39 ( 48 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 39
40 ( 29 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14

41 ( 33 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
42 ( 34 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
43 ( 37 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
44 ( 44 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 44
45 ( 45 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 45
46 ( 32 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 32
47 ( 36 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
48 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 48
49 ( 59 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 49
50 ( 55 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 50

51 ( 47 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
52 ( 43 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
53 ( 46 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
54 ( 41 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
55 ( NEW ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 55
56 ( NEW ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 56
57 ( 57 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 57
58 ( 51 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
59 ( 60 ) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles # 59
60 ( 62 ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 60

61 ( NEW ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 61
62 ( 63 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 62
63 ( NEW ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 63
64 ( 64 ) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel & Tim # 64
65 ( 61 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
66 ( 42 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
67 ( 67 ) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria # 67
68 ( 68 ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( 56 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 56
70 ( NEW ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 70

71 ( NEW ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 71
72 ( NEW ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 72
73 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE CORNER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 73
74 ( NEW ) I MISS YOU BABY (HOW I MISS YOU) Marv Johnson # 74
75 ( NEW ) ELI’S COMING Three Dog Night # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
5 ( 6 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( 9 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( RE ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

25th October 1969

It’s a first week on top for yet another movie song – this time from Paint Your Wagon, but not the one you might think, this one is the Mariah-Carey-naming fab They Call The Wind Maria. The soundtrack, and this song especially, and the film, loomed large in our Singapore family lives back then. Wandrin’ Star meanwhile takes Lee Marvin into the 20 many months early, as he enters with yet another track also featuring Clint Eastwood, who should have taught Pierce Brosnan a lesson by going nowhere near a microphone to sing ever again, and also the great Ray Walston, childhood fave star of My Favourite Martian sitcom (and also South Pacific the movie).

Nilsson replaces himself in the 20, NItty Gritty Dirt Band replace The Monkees with another Mike Nesmith song, and Laura Nyro replaces Three Dog Night’s cover of Eli’s Coming in the 75 by entering with her own new-album-track Time And Love. Highest new entry is the debut classic hit for The Jackson 5 – starring young Michael, he of the jaw-dropping pre-pubescent vocals delivered with a maturity and style he had to work to achieve once his voice broke. As a kid he could soar effortlessy. I Want You Back, though, does feature Jermaine and the brothers, and obviously launched a major world star. At the time they were groovy black kids from the ghetto, pushed by Motown via Diana Ross’ TV special show, and they were on many a variety show aired in Singapore, not least Ed Sullivan. Diana Ross, meanwhile joins the Supremes for their goodbye single just before she went solo, and before Mary Wilson became the only remaining original member for their last 3 fab years of singles. I’ve seen Mary Wilson in concert, but not Diana Ross. Diana is finally headlining Glasto and coming out of semi-retirement to tour. Of course, she was totally lying, they have never gotten back together: Someday We’ll Be Together, as if!

Jimmy Cliff gets his first top 40, Shocking Blue enter with Venus, a European smash for the Dutch band that was not far from conquering the US, and the UK a little later, in 1970. Cards on the table, I love the Bananarama version more, but the original is still very good, and this week it was riding high in the Swiss top 10. Riding high in the Canadian top 10 was another future UK 1970 hit, getting them in early because my Chart Rule is, if it was available to buy somewhere – anywhere – it’s eligible for my “Streaming” version of 1969 charting: Terry Jacks as the creative force and member of The Poppy Family, and Which Way You Going Billy? In at 67 a full 4 and a bit years before Seasons In The Sun became a massive hit for him.

Clodagh’s back with a song I didn’t know at the time, but heard of in later years, and finally got to hear on CD compilation in the early 90’s, Biljo. The O’Jays are back with a track from the US Soul top 40 that has yet to pop up in the Hot 100 breakers, Branded Bad. Branded Good, I say, I was grooving along to the epic Love Train at my brothers 60th bash last weekend. By 1969 they’d already almost a decade of US singles success, albeit minor success. In at 72, Marty Wilde is back using his US pseudonym Shannon, and singing his own UK hit-song Jesamine (a hit for The Casuals that is), Nina Simone enters with future reggae classic Young, Gifted & Black, and errr in the Austrian top 10 this week, a little bubblegum ditty from a man who changed the course of popular music. Name of Giorgio. A little Papa Ooh Mow Mow-chorus-nicking bit of bubblegum named Looky Looky. It’s very catchy, and some might recognise the mini-background-hook in it. Most won’t, but it’s the same as the one Chicory Tip used on Good Grief Christina in 1973. Produced by a certain G. Moroder esq, following up their chart-topping synth-pioneering Son Of My Father. Yes there are synths on this song, albeit almost incidental background scenery towards the end. Took him another 8 years to get his own UK hit-single….

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

11 ( 11 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
13 ( 13 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
14 ( 21 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 14
15 ( 26 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 15
16 ( 18 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 16
17 ( 32 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 17
18 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
19 ( 15 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
20 ( 30 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 20

21 ( 16 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
22 ( 24 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 22
23 ( 17 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
24 ( 20 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
25 ( 34 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 25
26 ( 19 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
27 ( 36 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 27
28 ( 23 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
29 ( 37 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1

31 ( 28 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
32 ( 25 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
33 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 33
34 ( 31 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
35 ( 39 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 35
36 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
37 ( 22 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
38 ( 48 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 38
39 ( 45 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39
40 ( 49 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 40

41 ( 44 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 41
42 ( 35 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
43 ( 55 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 43
44 ( 41 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
45 ( 42 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
46 ( 43 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
47 ( 61 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 47
48 ( 70 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 48
49 ( 33 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
50 ( 63 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 50

51 ( 40 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
52 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 52
53 ( 56 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 53
54 ( 71 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 54
55 ( 38 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
56 ( 51 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
57 ( 47 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
58 ( 60 ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 58
59 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 59
60 ( 62 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 60

61 ( 50 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 50
62 ( 72 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 62
63 ( NEW ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 63
64 ( 58 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
65 ( 52 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
66 ( 53 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
67 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 67
68 ( 68 ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( NEW ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 69
70 ( NEW ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 70

71 ( NEW ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 71
72 ( NEW ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 73
74 ( NEW ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 74
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Gloria Taylor # 75

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

My Retro September 1969 Charts

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Changi Village, Singapore, and the side of the road with the music shop on that I brought this from:

 

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6th August 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bobbie Gentry in the week my family left the UK, and my actual top fave track was In The Year 2525 (see shortening chart as I lose touch with new music). Dusty goes top 3 for the 2nd time, and The Temps get a second top 10. Nilsson takes Everybody’s Talking back into the 20 again after a mighty leap to 11, and The O’Jays get a first top 20. Elvis leaps into the 30 with Suspicious Minds and The Monkees unexpectedly extend their massive run of top 40 chart entries over a 3-year period as Good Clean Fun climbs fast and the B side enters at 67 – the highest new one. The A side is Mike Nesmith in country-swing, the B is Micky Dolenz in skat mode a la Randy Scouse Git.

James Brown gets his 2nd top 40, The Isley Brothers a 7th, as the Radha Krishna Temple enter, a Beatles-related off-the-wall UK hit, and one which I did get to hear at the time – a bit of a rarity. From this point on it’s safer to assume I didn’t get to hear them, and caught the big hits 5 years later on the Jimmy S*v*lle 5 Years Ago Sunday charts show rundown, and the minor ones probably just now! Andy Kim has Sugar, Sugar higher up, and some more Archies on the way, as he returns with another chart entry of his own: So Good Together at 71. Dionne Warwick covers the Righteous Brothers classic for some reason – it’s not in the same league, but pleasant enough – Sandie Shaw returns with the inspiration for a future Morrissey Smiths’ song, and rock-band Crow debut with a track that will be big in the USA in 1970. Never heard it before in my life.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 9 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 3
4 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
5 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
6 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
7 ( 11 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 7
8 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
9 ( 5 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
10 ( 10 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 10

11 ( 50 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 11
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
13 ( 12 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
14 ( 14 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
15 ( 13 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
16 ( 20 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
17 ( 16 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
18 ( 15 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
19 ( 19 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
20 ( 26 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20

21 ( 17 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
22 ( 23 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 22
23 ( 18 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
24 ( 46 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 24
25 ( 25 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
26 ( 27 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 26
27 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 27
28 ( 22 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
29 ( 21 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
30 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 30

31 ( 24 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
32 ( 28 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
33 ( 38 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 33
34 ( 35 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
35 ( 31 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
36 ( 43 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 36
37 ( 29 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
38 ( 64 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 38
39 ( 36 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
40 ( 56 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 40

41 ( 42 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 41
42 ( 30 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30
43 ( 37 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
44 ( 41 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
45 ( 59 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 45
46 ( 72 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 46
47 ( 52 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 47
48 ( 48 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
49 ( 32 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
50 ( 66 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 50

51 ( 65 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 40
53 ( 39 ) CURLY The Move # 39
54 ( 62 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 54
55 ( 71 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 55
56 ( 53 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
57 ( 67 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 57
58 ( 54 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
59 ( 68 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 59
60 ( 57 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1

61 ( 55 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
62 ( 69 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 62
63 ( 51 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
64 ( 61 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
65 ( 73 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 65
66 ( 70 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 66
67 ( NEW ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 67
68 ( 47 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
69 ( NEW ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 69
70 ( 49 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16

71 ( NEW ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 71
72 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 72
73 ( NEW ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 73
74 ( 74 ) I’LL BET YOU Funkadelic # 74
75 ( NEW ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 75

6th Sep Retro-Then

Snippets from my life that week: bought Adventure Comics 373 (Legion Of Super-Heroes) which was the second-most exciting thing of the week, after seeing the island of Gan in the Indian Ocean from the air, a tropical coral paradise of green in a sunny blue vast ocean, and then landing on the RAF stop-off in the VC-10. Hot, sunny, sherbet-orange drinks, giant fruit bats. Singapore was hot, humid. Very humid. The Cameron Hotel was a regular first stop-off for RAF families till they rented a house, I thought the Chinese ladies zipping about the place were girls cos they were as short as me. There were chit-chats everywhere (wall geckos catching insects). I found I am utterly lifelong irresistible – to mosquitos. Put me in a crowd of 100,000 and they can zero in on me and feast and I balloon and swell within seconds. Air-conditioning is a blessed relief on the equator. I felt shy and embarrassed at not being able to speak the local languages (though everyone spoke at least some English). Shark is tough to eat, and I was very uneasy about it being on the menu and never did it again (I was unaware what it was). I am vegetarian now and sharks are being decimated worldwide.

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 2 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
3 ( 3 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 14 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
5 ( 5 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 4 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 13 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 ( 9 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers

11 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
12 ( 11 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
14 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
15 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry

 

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swimming lessons RAF Changi

13th September 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for Bobbie Gentry as Dusty challenges at 2, Nilsson is back into the top 5 a year on from topping with Everybody’s Talking, and there is an Archies invasion of tracks from the first album I ever bought with my own money. That album was Everything’s Archie, it made the US charts, and my album was an Australian pressing in glorious stereo. It sounds really good on a record deck, was beautifully-produced with no frills – and all of the CD/download/streaming versions since have been pretty rubbish on the whole – guess nobody thinks it’s worthy of remastering. Hey ho it’s only my childhood. I bought it about a year later, actually, after getting obsessed with the Bicycles Rollerskates & You melody which got plugged on the TV show a lot (in at 40). I subsequently also went big on the tunefulness of Circle Of Blue, but the track that still bops and sounds freshest is You Little Angel, You.

The Monkees shoot up into the 20 for their 2nd of the year, Elvis gets his 3rd top 20 of the year, Isaac Hayes his first, and Je T’Aime at last finds a gap to jump up. In a very low week for new entries the highest is The 5th Dimension at 24 with yet another fab cover of a Laura Nyro song, Wedding Bell Blues, as recently covered by Morrissey – obviously as much a fan as me. Not one I knew at the time mind you, but I managed to get hold of a vinyl copy in 1975 in a Mansfield second-hand shop and grew to love it over the years. Peggy Lee pops in at 59 with her unusual and semi-depressing dark understated Is That All There Is. I’ve never been able to work out if it’s darkly whimsical or just very very dark, full-stop, since I first heard it back in the 90’s. Peggy, of course, was beloved of kids for her He’s A Tramp Disney and The Siamese Cat Song songs, including me.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
2 ( 3 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 2
3 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
4 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 4
5 ( 7 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
8 ( 6 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
9 ( 10 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
10 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1

11 ( 24 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 11
12 ( 22 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
13 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
14 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
15 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
16 ( 27 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 16
17 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17
18 ( 38 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 18
19 ( 15 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
20 ( 17 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1

21 ( 18 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
22 ( 36 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 22
23 ( 16 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
24 ( NEW ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 24
25 ( 21 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
26 ( 14 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
27 ( 20 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
28 ( 46 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 28
29 ( 33 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 29
30 ( 25 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1

31 ( 23 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
32 ( 19 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
33 ( 40 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 33
34 ( 34 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
35 ( 32 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
36 ( 45 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 36
37 ( 47 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 37
38 ( 41 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 38
39 ( 35 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
40 ( NEW ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 40

41 ( 28 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
42 ( 29 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
43 ( 39 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
44 ( 31 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
45 ( 50 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 45
46 ( 30 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 30
47 ( 51 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 47
48 ( 37 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
49 ( 44 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
50 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 50

51 ( 55 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 51
52 ( 65 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 52
53 ( 57 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 53
54 ( 59 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 54
55 ( 43 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
56 ( 42 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30
57 ( NEW ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 57
58 ( NEW ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 58
59 ( 66 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 59
60 ( 62 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 60

61 ( 56 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
62 ( 67 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 62
63 ( 58 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
64 ( 60 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
65 ( 69 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 65
66 ( 71 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 66
67 ( 72 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 67
68 ( 48 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
69 ( 73 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 69
70 ( NEW ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 70

71 ( 64 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
72 ( NEW ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 72
73 ( NEW ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 73
74 ( 75 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 74
75 ( NEW ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 75

RETRO THEN

In this actual week, it was week 2 in the Cameron Hotel and a trip to RAF Changi swimming pool. The handy guide provided by the RAF warned about burning in the equatorial sun. Sadly, my very young parents can’t have read it, as after an hour or two frollicking in the pool in the hot sun, me teaching myself to swim using a rubber ring for support (age 11!), we all started to invisibly burn. By the time we got home on the local bus it was becoming more obvious and ultimately became agony to move. The next few days was mostly spent lying on my stomach covered in soothing cream, in the aircon, and trying not to move. Talk about miserable!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
4 ( 15 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
5 ( 4 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
6 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
9 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
10 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan

11 ( 5 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
12 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( NEW ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
14 ( NEW ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
15 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

 

 

 

20th Sept 1969

It’s a first week on top for Dusty Springfield’s version of Barbara Ackland & Eugene Record’s song, her second chart-topper, and it shows Dusty singing in a different register which works beautifully. Highest new entry at 4 is the original Na Na Hey Hey from Steam later covered to lesser effect by actual Nana’s – Bananarama in 1983 did a good attempt though. Elvis gets his 3rd top 10 of 1969 and The Isley Brothers get a second (and again with an older Motown track).

Betty Everett climbs healthily into the 20, Maybe, and it’s another quiet week for new entries with Tommy James adding to his lengthy list at 70 – great Ball Of Fire! Johnny Cash enters with Rhythm after his Sue ended up not even getting as high as 72, and The Archies try to get every track on their second album on the list: Hot Dog! Hot Dog was a big ol’ dog named Hot Dog in the comic book and TV show and got plugged quite a bit.


1 ( 2 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
2 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
4 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 4
5 ( 3 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
6 ( 11 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
7 ( 22 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
8 ( 5 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
10 ( 8 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1

11 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
12 ( 28 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 12
13 ( 10 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
14 ( 16 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
15 ( 24 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 15
16 ( 9 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
17 ( 18 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 17
18 ( 12 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
19 ( 13 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
20 ( 14 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5

21 ( 19 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
22 ( 20 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
23 ( 21 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
24 ( 15 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
25 ( 29 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
26 ( 17 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17
27 ( 36 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27
28 ( 33 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
29 ( 40 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 29
30 ( 23 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16

31 ( 25 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
32 ( 37 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 32
33 ( 38 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 33
34 ( 30 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
35 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
36 ( 26 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
37 ( 35 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
38 ( 31 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
39 ( 45 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 39
40 ( 50 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 40

41 ( 32 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
42 ( 58 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 42
43 ( 34 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
44 ( 39 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
45 ( 51 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 45
46 ( 47 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 46
47 ( 43 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
48 ( 41 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
49 ( 57 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 49
50 ( 53 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 50

51 ( 49 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
52 ( 52 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 52
53 ( 54 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 53
54 ( 42 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
55 ( 44 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
56 ( 59 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 56
57 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 57
58 ( 62 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 58
59 ( 65 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 59
60 ( 48 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8

61 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 61
62 ( 60 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 60
63 ( 69 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 63
64 ( 70 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 64
65 ( 72 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 65
66 ( 66 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 66
67 ( 74 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 67
68 ( 61 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
69 ( 73 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 69
70 ( NEW ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 70

71 ( 63 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
72 ( NEW ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 72
73 ( NEW ) HOT DOG The Archies # 73
74 ( 75 ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 74
75 ( NEW ) MIND, BODY AND SOUL The Flaming Ember # 75

Back in Singapore for the third week there and we were house-hunting to rent and move out of the Hotel. Our new friends the Marshalls found one in Bedokville and the new-builds there looked like pure middle-class Americana suburbs to me. The house next door to them was vacant and it had 4 bedrooms. It seemed like a mansion. Then there was school to think of. It had already started and I was about to start at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern, which involved a Ghari (white RAF bus) ride to the north side of the island, school uniform khaki shorts and white short-sleeved shirt. Everything was new and an adventure…

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 9 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 8 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
5 ( 2 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 13 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
8 ( 7 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
9 ( 10 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
10 ( 14 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass

11 ( 5 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
12 ( 11 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
13 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( NEW ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
15 ( NEW ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash

 

27th September 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the John Barry brilliant instrumental movie theme, which took 11 years to chart in the UK – better late then never. John Barry had a host of fab stuff earlier in the 60’s, not least his Bond stuff, and would be back before too long. That’s not all, Glen Campbell gets his 3rd top 5 of the year with the fab Try A Little Kindness, not Jimmy Webb, shock horror, while The Monkees get an unexpected last gasp top 10 for quite a while – as in decades. Betty Everett also gets a first top 10. And last!

In at 12 it’s the Hollies classic which topped my chart (& the UK chart) in 1988 belatedly, Abbey Road is 50 years old, and topping the UK album charts again, giving me an excuse to chart the best tracks off it, headed by Here Comes The Sun – now far and away the most-streamed Beatles track, the most-charted in the 21st century, and the one that most-appeals to the younger generation. George Harrison has the other big new entry with Something, while Paul and John have to make do with lower-down positions.

Mama Cass is in with future Paloma Faith popular advert seller, Make Your Own Kind Of Music, Fleetwood Mac with future Oh Well hit cover in the 90’s, Phil Specter is still pushing Sonny Charles & Co with a good cover of Creedence’s Proud Mary, and Rick Nelson is back with a cover of a Dylan song.


1 ( NEW ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 1 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
4 ( 4 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 4
5 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
7 ( 5 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
8 ( 17 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
9 ( 6 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
10 ( 12 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10

11 ( 7 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
12 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 12
13 ( 15 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 13
14 ( 9 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
15 ( 10 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
16 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 16
17 ( 13 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
18 ( 8 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
19 ( 11 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 20

21 ( 14 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
22 ( 16 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
23 ( NEW ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 29 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
25 ( 22 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
26 ( 23 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
27 ( 21 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
28 ( 32 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 28
29 ( 39 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 29
30 ( 18 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12

31 ( 19 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
32 ( 20 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
33 ( 40 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 33
34 ( 24 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
35 ( 25 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
36 ( 28 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
37 ( 42 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 37
38 ( 45 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 38
39 ( 34 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
40 ( 27 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27

41 ( 30 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
42 ( 37 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
43 ( 57 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 43
44 ( 49 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 44
45 ( 38 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
46 ( 33 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 33
47 ( NEW ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 47
48 ( 50 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 48
49 ( 52 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 49
50 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17

51 ( 44 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
52 ( 53 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 52
53 ( 47 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
54 ( 46 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 46
55 ( 56 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 55
56 ( 59 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 56
57 ( 58 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 57
58 ( 51 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
59 ( 35 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
60 ( 41 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19

61 ( 65 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 61
62 ( 63 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 62
63 ( 64 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 63
64 ( 66 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 64
65 ( 67 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 65
66 ( NEW ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 66
67 ( 31 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
68 ( 69 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 68
69 ( 70 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 48 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5

71 ( 72 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 71
72 ( 36 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 73
74 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 74
75 ( NEW ) SHE BELONGS TO ME Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band # 75

Back in Singapore…I was at school, and making new friends, notably bestie Stephen Game who was cool and got me in with the lads, literal hot fun running round the school grounds in equatorial sun playing tag. Sweaty days!

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 4 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
4 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 ( 7 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 10 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
7 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 8 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
9 ( 14 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
10 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

11 ( 11 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
12 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
13 ( 15 ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
14 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y.D.O.O) The Archies
15 ( NEW ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin

My Retro August 1969 Charts

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2nd August 1969

It’s a first week on top, after an 11-week run, for Crystal Blue Persuasion. Tommy James & co had peaked at 2 behind some all-time faves, but is still fresh and grabs the band a second chart-topper, after Mony Mony in 1968. Bowie gets his first top 5, The Love Affair get a 3rd top 10 and Vanity fare a first.

Big climbs into the 40 for The Chi-Lites, and The O’Jays, while the highest new entry keeps the soul/funk sounds hot with The Temptations mighty I Can’t Get Next To You entering at 38. More soul new entries include the The Whispers debuting with a doowop goodie I’ve never heard before, but which was doing well in the Soul charts at the time – they wouldn’t get a UK hit until the disco era in 1980 with And The Beat Goes On. The Moments return with another entry, I Do, and The Delfonics with You Got Yours.

Nick Drake’s Riverman enters at 47 – he had to posthumously wait until 2004 to get an entry in my own charts, being as I’d never actually heard anything by him until the 90’s as his reputation grew. Bill Deal is back with his 3rd goodie, and the only one to become a big-ish US hit, Engelbert keeps pumping out the MOR ballads, and Evie Sands (who?!) does a decent cover of The Troggs Anyway That You Want Me 8 years ahead of the UK hit mash-up cover.

1 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 10 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 4
5 ( 1 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
6 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 6
7 ( 9 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 7
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
9 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 9
10 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 10
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
12 ( 11 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 13
14 ( 8 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 16 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( 19 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
17 ( 12 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
18 ( 24 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
19 ( 22 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 19
20 ( 25 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20

21 ( 14 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
22 ( 18 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
23 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 23
24 ( 44 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 24
25 ( 20 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
26 ( 21 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
27 ( 40 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 27
28 ( 32 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 28
29 ( 27 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
30 ( 28 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3

31 ( 26 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
32 ( 42 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 32
33 ( 45 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 33
34 ( 29 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
35 ( 31 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
36 ( 33 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
37 ( 57 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 37
38 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 38
39 ( 34 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
40 ( 43 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40

41 ( 37 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
42 ( 38 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
43 ( 35 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
44 ( 56 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 44
45 ( 36 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
46 ( 52 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( NEW ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 47
48 ( 51 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
49 ( 46 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 30 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 30

51 ( 58 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 51
52 ( 48 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
53 ( 59 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 53
54 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 55
56 ( 50 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
57 ( 64 ) HAPPY William Bell # 57
58 ( 66 ) CURLY The Move # 58
59 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 59
60 ( 41 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20

61 ( 39 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 39
62 ( 74 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 62
63 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 63
64 ( 67 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 64
65 ( 60 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
66 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 66
67 ( 68 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 67
68 ( 70 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 68
69 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( 71 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 70

71 ( 73 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 71
72 ( NEW ) I DO The Moments # 72
73 ( NEW ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck # 74
75 ( NEW ) ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME Evie Sands # 75

2nd aug Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 4 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 16 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
6 ( 2 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
7 ( 10 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 6 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 17 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affiar
10 ( 5 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
14 ( 11 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
15 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
16 ( 20 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees
17 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
18 ( 14 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
20 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention

 

9th August 1969

It’s a first week on top for David Bowie and his groundbreaking Space Oddity – the sounds of the 7early 0’s were now well in flow, what with the onslaught of Soul tracks lower down the chart, and smatterings of country, reggae, pop, social commentary and bluesrock. Back in the actual world of Me I recently rediscovered a top 10 I did for this week in one of my doodlepads of the time, and so I’ve adjusted the chart I’d compiled to fill in the gap at a later date to reflect my actual top 10, the other tracks shuffling 11-20. So, yes, Joe Dolan topped my chart that week, and not Elvis as I’d mis-remembered. Elvis tops my 7th official chart next week though, my first-ever top 30 (as a one-off until January 1974).

A static top 10 tracks just shuffling about a bit, and the highest new entry is The Bee Gees Don’t Forget To Remember at 16 – essentially Barry and Maurice going country and nestling alongside bruv Robin’s B side at 15. Dylan and Georgie Fame both go top 20 after weeks of slowly edging closer. Nick Drake and two doo-wop tracks go top 40, none of them known at the time, and CCR keep the run of entries going with Green River, as the UK is still one single behind the US. Marvin Gaye enters with Grapevine part 2 (at least in terms of production), Isaac Hayes debuts with his sound of the early 70’s – a Buttered Soul cover of Walk On By, all sexy and slowed funkysoul, Barry White was busy taking notes no doubt. His career classic was only 3 years away…

At 71, a Northern Soul track by a band I’ve never heard of enters at 71 – Pain and The Mystics – as Marva Whitney, then-James-Brown lady-love funks it up good at 73, and finally Smokey is back with another sweet soul song that is also new to me. New entries have slowed down, which is a blessed relief, the chart is over-packed with classics. From here-on there are no more records to enter my chart that I first heard in England in 1969. The Bee Gees’ is the last one to turn up. Tracks will either be new to me, one’s I heard years later, or songs I first heard in Singapore usually a short while after they had first charted in either the UK or USA.

 

1 ( 4 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 1 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
5 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
6 ( 7 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
7 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 8
9 ( 10 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 9
10 ( 8 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1

11 ( 13 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 11
12 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 11 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
14 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 16
17 ( 19 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 17
18 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
19 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
20 ( 28 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20

21 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
22 ( 16 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
23 ( 24 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 23
24 ( 27 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 24
25 ( 22 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
26 ( 18 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
27 ( 32 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 27
28 ( 25 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
29 ( 38 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 29
30 ( 26 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6

31 ( 33 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 31
32 ( 37 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 32
33 ( 20 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20
34 ( 47 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 34
35 ( 29 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
36 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
37 ( 55 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 37
38 ( 46 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 38
39 ( 44 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 39
40 ( 51 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 40

41 ( 34 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
42 ( 35 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
43 ( 62 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 43
44 ( 41 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
45 ( 36 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
46 ( 31 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
47 ( 42 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
48 ( 53 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 48
49 ( 39 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
50 ( 58 ) CURLY The Move # 50

51 ( 57 ) HAPPY William Bell # 51
52 ( 43 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
53 ( 49 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
54 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 40 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40
56 ( 64 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 56
57 ( 52 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
58 ( 66 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 58
59 ( 45 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
60 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 60

61 ( 48 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
62 ( 69 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 56 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
64 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 64
65 ( 68 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 65
66 ( 67 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 66
67 ( 71 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 67
68 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 68
69 ( 72 ) I DO The Moments # 69
70 ( 73 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( NEW ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 65 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
73 ( NEW ) THINGS GOT TO GET BETTER (GET TOGETHER) Marva Whitney # 73
74 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
75 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 75

RETRO THEN 6th official chart

1 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
2 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 17 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 4 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
7 ( 20 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
8 ( 19 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
9 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( 5 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
12 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
14 ( 15 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
15 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
16 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
17 ( 14 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
18 ( 13 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
19 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( RE ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

16th August 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Space Oddity as the next 3 stay top 5 for a whopping 3 months and counting, as the deluge of classics over the summer is now more of a trickle as we head into a period when few songs became known to me at the time. Lou Christie gets his first official top 10, though Lightnin’ Strikes would have topped my chart pre-1967, and The Bee Gees grab a 3rd of the year – matching brother Robin who’s not on the new track.

Nick Drake gets a big climb into the top 20, The Temps get a second of the year, and The Chi-lites get their very first top 20, the first of many. Motherlode sprint into the 30 with a song I didn’t know 3 weeks ago: When I Die sounds totally mid 70’s West Coast soulrock and ahead of it’s time. Isaac Hayes is also looking into the sounds of the 70’s as Walk On By runs on up into the 40, and Ralph McTell debuts at 40 with his classic Streets Of London – this is the original version that flopped, rather than his better-sung re-recorded late-1974 version that hit 2 in the UK charts, but it’s still relevant today, and still wistfully touching.

At 65, the soul hits keep-on a-coming at pace as Archie Bell & The Drells start to refine their sound on My Balloon’s Going Up, just ahead of the next single which perfects it. The Peddlers give Birth at 66, and at 69 it’s a debut for a song everyone over a certain age will associate with their childhood: Mah Na Mah na was cut for an Italian movie by Piero Umiliano, and then got picked up by Sesame Street (which I watched on TV in Singapore) before Benny Hill made it familiar in his comedy shows. It took 8 years to chart in the UK though, and the first episode of The Muppet Show, with Jim Henson revisiting the song for his new ITV series. The song became hugely popular in that version, and was probably the main reason the Halfway Up The Stairs was a big hit (it was on the B side) for The Muppets. People not realising, meanwhile, went for the original, and that also went top 10 belatedly. I bought both singles.

Marvin Gaye gets some B-side action, talking of that, as his 7-year-old Wherever I Lay My Hat charts. If ever a song proved that a mildly pleasant version can be transformed into something wonderful, it’s this song when comparing the original to the hit Paul Young 1983 version. Joe South is back for the 5th time in 1969, and there’s also a scraping-in for Marc Bolan at one end of the chart while Bowie is at the other end: shades of the Glam future! I bought King Of The Rumbling Spire on the budget MFP compilation of early tracks for future T.Rex, but it wasn’t quite in the same minor league as Debora and One Inch Rock, and other early tracks, I thought, when I played it a lot in 1974. Haven’t changed my mind.

Back in the actual day it’s my final actual chart before flying off to a strange new world – where the UK chart wasn’t broadcast, I only got to hear stuff on 2-Way family favourites (the Forces Radio 2 cross-over) or local radio and I only got to read about hit songs in the weekly press listings: I think the Daily Mirror used to print the top 30, but we only got these weeks after the event as a bound weekly batch so they weren’t so much news as recent history. It would be just over 2 years before I heard my next UK chart rundown, as after the next chart we had left our house and were visiting relatives and friends before saying goodbye for 2 years.

1 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 8 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 1
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 1
7 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 8
9 ( 11 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 9
10 ( 16 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 10

11 ( 5 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 1
12 ( 10 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 9
13 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 13
14 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 14
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 6
16 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 16
17 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 1
18 ( 34 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 18
19 ( 23 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 1
20 ( 29 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 20

21 ( 18 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 15
22 ( 24 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 22
23 ( 21 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 24
25 ( 27 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 1
26 ( 19 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 2
27 ( 32 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
28 ( 22 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 3
29 ( 25 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 10
30 ( 31 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 20 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 8
32 ( 37 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 32
33 ( 28 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
34 ( 30 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 1
35 ( 68 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 35
36 ( 38 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 30
38 ( 39 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
39 ( 48 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 39
40 ( NEW ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 40

41 ( 26 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 41
42 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 35
43 ( 50 ) CURLY The Move # 43
44 ( 35 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 1
45 ( 44 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 5
46 ( 42 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
47 ( 56 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 15
48 ( 58 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 48
49 ( 51 ) HAPPY William Bell # 49
50 ( 47 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 26

51 ( 49 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 51
52 ( 60 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 52
53 ( 33 ) I’M FREE The Who # 37
54 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 53 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
56 ( 45 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 56
57 ( 41 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 57
58 ( 65 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 58
59 ( 64 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 59
60 ( 57 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 60

61 ( 75 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 19
62 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 67 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 63
64 ( 66 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 46
65 ( NEW ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
66 ( NEW ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 57
67 ( 52 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 67
68 ( 69 ) I DO The Moments # 68
69 ( NEW ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 69
70 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 46 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 73
74 ( NEW ) DON’T IT MAKE YOU WANT TO GO HOME Joe South # 74
75 ( NEW ) KING OF THE RUMBLING SPIRES Tyrannosaurus Rex # 75

wot I liked that week then 7th official compiled chart
1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 11 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
3 ( 7 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
4 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
6 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
7 ( 8 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
8 ( 1 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
10 ( 13 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
11 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
12 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
13 ( 5 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 16 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( 18 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
17 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
18 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
19 ( 19 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( 20 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

23rd August 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the 4th single I bought, again in Singapore on one of the evening record stalls – this one might have been near Siglap rather than Changi Village – same record stall different locations different nights, basically, the whole shebang moved around. Bobbie Gentry’s sublime Bacharach/David song was all gravel-voiced sophistication and a huge change in style from the “swamp” country music of her previous chart-topper Ode To Billy-Joe. To this day I still expect to hear the record get stuck in one particular place, repeating over and over till I forced it to skip into the next groove: I was obviously just a kid and sold a faulty record (the stall-holder tended to play them, so they weren’t exactly mint). I associate this track totally with Singapore, as by this week we were visiting relatives in Liverpool and Mansfield, which meant no more Chart Shows or Top Of The Pops. My great grandad and grandma gave me and my brother 10 shillings each as a goodbye gift, which was a huge sum of money to me. We had to save it for Singapore – it paid for my first singles. It’s odd to think back now and realise they were born in the 19th Century and here we are 2 decades into the 21st Century.

Clodagh gets a second top 10, Smokey Robinson gets another top 40 with a big climb for Here I Go Again, and the second-highest new entry is Bobby (Bob) Darin, with a change of style, more like Nilsson and Paul Williams in their whimsical moments, but ol Bobby wrote it himself. In at 55 for Jive. The Isley Brothers have yet to vacate the charts their previous Motown oldie, and enter with another goodie in Put Yourself In My Place – a song I first came across in late ’71 in a charting version by The Elgins. At 63, here’s a surprise – Groovin’ With Mr Bloe enters, and it’s not Mr Bloe! No, turns out ol Mr Bloe was a 1970 UK studio band cover of a B side by Wind, which featured Tony Orlando on vocal duties on the A side. Obviously Tone isn’t singing on this unusual bubblegum instrumental, but he was in the band so I’ve named him so my A to Z lists of chart stars will pick it up.

At 69, James Brown has a go at power funk ballad social commentary, parts 1 & 2 work together or apart, while the voice behind The Archies enters under another band name – The Cuff Links take Tracy in at 73. I first heard it in 1974 and recognised Ron Dante’s voice (as an Archies afficiando in my younger days) but never rated it that much. The regular Archies songwriters were better to my ears. Still are. Finally, two big names from 70’s jazz-soul-funk debut: George Benson and Kool & The Gang sneaking into the 60’s listings a good 6 years ahead of their breakthrough into my charts-of-the-time.

1 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
7 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 7
8 ( 10 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 8
9 ( 5 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
10 ( 16 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
11 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
12 ( 8 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
13 ( 12 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
14 ( 13 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
15 ( 18 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 15
16 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 16
17 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
18 ( 20 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
20 ( 22 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 20

21 ( 14 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
22 ( 24 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 22
23 ( 25 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
24 ( 17 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
25 ( 23 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
26 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
27 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 27
28 ( 35 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 28
29 ( 40 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 29
30 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 32 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 31
32 ( 29 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
33 ( 61 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 26 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
35 ( 37 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
36 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 33 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
38 ( 39 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 38
39 ( 28 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
40 ( 48 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 40

41 ( 34 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
42 ( 43 ) CURLY The Move # 42
43 ( 52 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 43
44 ( 47 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 44
45 ( 31 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20
46 ( 49 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
47 ( 38 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
48 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
49 ( 45 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
50 ( 46 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1

51 ( 58 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 51
52 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 52
53 ( 50 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
54 ( 59 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( NEW ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 55
56 ( 55 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
57 ( 51 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
58 ( 65 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 58
59 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 59
60 ( 63 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 61
62 ( 56 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
63 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 63
64 ( 60 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
65 ( 66 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 65
66 ( 68 ) I DO The Moments # 66
67 ( 69 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 67
68 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 68
69 ( NEW ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 69
70 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 70

71 ( 73 ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 71
72 ( NEW ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 72
73 ( 57 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
74 ( NEW ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 74
75 ( NEW ) KOOL AND THE GANG Kool And The Gang # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 7 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
4 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
5 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( RE ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 3 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
10 ( 12 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
11 ( 13 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
12 ( 17 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
18 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
19 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells
20 ( 18 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

 


30th August 1969

It’s a second week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s gorgeous Bacharach & David tune as Dusty gets her 4th Retro top 10 as her cover of Barbara Acklin’s Am I The Same Girl comfortably outdoes the original vocal version, and the instrumental Young-Holt version (who are up to 33 this week with their follow-up). Written by Eugene Record, it’s all about Eugene this week as his own band hit 10 with The Chi-Lites first top 10, Tyrone Davis enters the 40 with another of his songs, and Jackie Wilson enters at 75 with yet another Eugene Record song.

Ralph McTell goes top 20 5 years early, and Elvis enters with hi super-famous career-classic Suspicious Minds at 46 – it would be much higher if I hadn’t heard it to death continuously over the last 45 years. I’d say 50 years, but frankly I didn’t get to hear it till, ooh, 1974-ish. Nilsson’s career-classic is also in low, at 50, cos it topped my charts during the retro 1968 rundown, so this is an “oldie” for me, albeit boosted by Midnight Cowboy – which is when I instantly fell in love with it for life, following a TV showing.

The Monkees are back with a Nesmith song I don’t know. The TV show had gone, and this period never turned up on compilation albums until recent years, so Good Clean Fun is new to me! Who knew! As one future Paul Young massive hit drops out the chart, another one drops in, The Winstons version of the future Nicky Thomas reggae cover of Love Of The Common People, in at 65. Roy Orbison is back, probably for the last time in 18 years or so, with his Penny Arcade, Bobbie Gentry’s B side pops in – Ace Insurance Man wasn’t a huge fave of mine at the time, but it has a quirky charm that is more representative of her Delta-country-style that brought her critical acclaim. I still can’t believe she has resisted returning to music for over 45 years! Mercury Rev recently covered her entire classic debut album.

Talking of Roy Orbison, the old standard Nobody’s Child was a future Traveling Wilbury’s fab single – though Roy had passed by then I think – Bob Dylan is in the chart, George Harrison is technically in the chart, and Jeff Lynne will shortly be in a band that is in the chart. Tom Petty is absent, but Karen Young has the hit. Cliff and one Shadow get back together for Throw Down A Line, Betty Everett returns, The Originals and Funkadelic enter with soul and funk respectively, George Clinton still 9 years away from One Nation Under A Groove.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 5 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 7 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
7 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 7
8 ( 6 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
9 ( NEW ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 9
10 ( 16 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 10

11 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 11
12 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
13 ( 11 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
14 ( 15 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
15 ( 13 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
16 ( 14 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
17 ( 22 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
18 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
19 ( 20 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
20 ( 29 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 20

21 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
22 ( 17 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
23 ( 28 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 23
24 ( 19 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
25 ( 21 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
26 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 26
27 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 27
28 ( 25 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
29 ( 24 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
30 ( 31 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30

31 ( 26 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
32 ( 23 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
33 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 40 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 34
35 ( 38 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 35
36 ( 32 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
37 ( 43 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
38 ( 55 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 38
39 ( 42 ) CURLY The Move # 39
40 ( 44 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 37 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
42 ( 54 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 61 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 43
44 ( 35 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
45 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
46 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 46
47 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
48 ( 51 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
49 ( 39 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
50 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 50

51 ( 41 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
52 ( 58 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
53 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
54 ( 49 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
55 ( 50 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
56 ( 69 ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 56
57 ( 53 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
58 ( 46 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
59 ( 63 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) I DO The Moments # 60

61 ( 56 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
62 ( 67 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 62
63 ( 65 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 63
64 ( NEW ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 64
65 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 65
66 ( 74 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 66
67 ( 72 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 67
68 ( NEW ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 68
69 ( NEW ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 69
70 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 70

71 ( NEW ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 71
72 ( NEW ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 72
73 ( NEW ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’LL BET YOU Funkadelic # 74
75 ( NEW ) HELPLESS Jackie Wilson # 75

Back then this week, we were in the Swindon area waiting for the VC-10 at RAF Brize Norton to whisk us away to tropical adventures – we went to the Railway Museum, and more importantly we came across a corner shop with a rack of American Comics: and it had DC Comics Adventure Comics 373 starring Superboy & The Legion Of Super-Heroes, my new top love and obsession. I didn’t know it at the time, but this 30th century set teen super-group was written by teenager Jim Shooter and he knew exactly what excited pre-teens and how to present it. img044
Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
3 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
7 ( 4 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 11 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
12 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 14 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
14 ( 17 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
15 ( 9 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
16 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( 18 ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
18 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
19 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
20 ( 19 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells

My Retro July 1969 Charts

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5th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Beach Boys, their first retro-chart Number 1 being as most of their classics predate 1967, though I love the melody and harmonies on Breakaway just as much as Good Vibrations, though nothing compares to God Only Knows. Highest new entry is breakaway solo star, Robin Gibb in a drug-induced parting of the ways with his older brother Barry and twin Maurice (then-busy with new wife Lulu) leaving The Bee Gees as a duo for the next couple of years till they all realised they were better together. Saved By The Bell was a beautifully OTT ballad, one of only 2 singles my mum ever bought (in Singapore this one) with a bit of encouragement from me to part with her cash cos I also loved it. The B side is also an obscure period-piece of a minor gem, Mother And Jack in at 38.

Neil Diamond gets his first top 10 as an act, Sweet Caroline still sounding two years too early, while Crosby Stills & Nash get a first top 20 as an act, Joe Dolan gets his first, and Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions get a first together, but not their last albeit without each other in future years. The Stones final monster UK chart-topper enters at 22, Honky Tonk Women higher than B side You Can’t Always Get What You Want at 54. At 24, Give Peace A Chance, and John Lennon starts his solo career, more or less, aided and abetted by a choir of stars, and a future anthem to boot. It fits in well as a sort of companion piece to John’s Ballad Of John & Yoko as a snapshot of 1969 pop culture.

At 28 Vanity Fare enter with second chart entry Early In The Morning, another tuneful pop ditty with a melody that hooked me as a boy, and am still rather fond of – co-written by Mike Leander, the man behind the career and songs of Gary Glitter who scored The Beatles She’s Leaving Home, executive-produced the Jesus Christ Superstar concept-album, and in later years wrote Matador, the musical which gave Tom Jones a big hit with A Boy From Nowhere in 1987. A shame Paul Gadd sullied his reputation by association, which is why these days I prefer to give credit to Leander for the music.

Lou Christie debuts at 39 – actually it’s not really, but Lightnin’ Strikes predates 1967 and that would so be challenging the top of my charts a year earlier both retro-then and retro-now – I’m Gonna Make You Mine being again a track I knew of from my 1969 songbooks but didn’t get to hear until 1974. True Grit, on the other hand, was the theme-tune from the film of the same-name, starring Oscar-winning John Wayne in his best role, the brilliant teen actor Kim Darby – and Glen Campbell! OK his acting skills didn’t rise to the occasion, but I loved Glen in it, and his records dominated my affection in 1970 more than any other act of the time. Frustratingly, I loved this record, heard it once, and maybe one more time on the radio, and that was that till the film got shown on TV in the mid-70’s. The great Don Black did the lyrics, and Elmer Bernstein the music – yes, him, the man who composed the scores to The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and many other films.

Georgie Fame is in at 55 with Peaceful – I saw him last year supporting the farewell original-lineup Manfreds tour and he was in fab voice, still totally doing new albums. At 71, Country Joe & The Fish, fresh from festival appearances and Here I Go Again, a record I’d never heard – though the song was strangely familiar: it should be. Twiggy had a UK hit with it in 1976 when she launched her country-based singles debut and music career. Lower down, new entries and returns for Donovan, nearing the end of the hit road, Jeff Beck Group ditto, Tommy Roe, ditto, David Ruffin, not ditto, and Gladys Knight, very much not ditto. Gladys has a new album at I type in 2019, and just did a single with Boy George & Culture Club, still got that awesome voice.

1 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
2 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 2 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
7 ( 6 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 8
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
10 ( 11 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 10

11 ( 9 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
12 ( 10 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
13 ( 21 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 13
14 ( 12 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
15 ( 13 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
16 ( 16 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
17 ( 14 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
18 ( 23 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 18
19 ( 17 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
20 ( 22 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20

21 ( 15 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
22 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 22
23 ( 18 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
24 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 24
25 ( 26 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 25
26 ( 27 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26
27 ( 24 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
28 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 28
29 ( 32 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 29
30 ( 25 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

31 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
32 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 32
33 ( 20 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20
34 ( 31 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
35 ( 35 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 35
36 ( 30 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
37 ( 42 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
38 ( NEW ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 38
39 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 39
40 ( 50 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 40

41 ( 29 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
42 ( NEW ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 42
43 ( 46 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 43
44 ( 59 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 44
45 ( 40 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) I’M FREE The Who # 46
47 ( 48 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 47
48 ( 33 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
49 ( 53 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 49
50 ( 52 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 50

51 ( 28 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
52 ( 41 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
53 ( 47 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
54 ( NEW ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 54
55 ( NEW ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 55
56 ( 64 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 56
57 ( 66 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 57
58 ( 68 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 58
59 ( 49 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
60 ( 63 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 60

61 ( 51 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
62 ( 39 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 39
63 ( 70 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 63
64 ( 72 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 64
65 ( 37 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30
66 ( 69 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 66
67 ( 71 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 67
68 ( 43 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 43
69 ( 38 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
70 ( 73 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 70

71 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 71
72 ( NEW ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 72
73 ( NEW ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 75

5th July Retro-Then

1 ( 2 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( 20 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
5 ( 13 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
6 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
7 ( 4 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 12 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 5 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
10 ( RE ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull

11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( RE ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 6 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
16 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
17 ( RE ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( 19 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

 

 

12th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Archies with the Andy Kim/Jeff Barry song that still sells 50 years later, Sugar, Sugar: it may be Bubblegum and hated by many then and now, but it’s a sweet little confection from both the first EP and first LP I used my own money to buy. Crosby, Stills & Nash break into the 10 tracks that just won’t shift cos they are absolute faves all. The Stones, Plastic Ono Band, and Scott Walker go top 20 hoping to break through, while fave acts Cilla, 5th Dimension & Glen join The Who popping into the 40.

Not too many newies this week, The Love Affair getting the highest at 43 Bringing On Back The Good Times for me, over a year on from Everlasting Love started the short but good run of four hit singles. Tom Jones pops back in with I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, like Get Together another 1967 already-retro-chart-hit top 10, and back again for the same reason – US chart action. Tony Tribe pops in with the 3rd version of Red Red Wine, this time the reggae prototype for UB40. Finally, Johnny Cash sneaks in with A Boy Named Sue, which tickled my amusement buds as a kid. These days, not so much. Never heard of nicknames or changing your name by deed poll?

1 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 1 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 8 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 6
7 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( 6 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
9 ( 10 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
10 ( 13 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 10

11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
12 ( 22 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 12
13 ( 12 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
14 ( 20 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
15 ( 18 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
16 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
17 ( 24 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 17
18 ( 11 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
19 ( 15 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
20 ( 25 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20

21 ( 16 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
22 ( 28 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 22
23 ( 17 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
24 ( 19 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
25 ( 29 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 25
26 ( 32 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 26
27 ( 23 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
28 ( 21 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
29 ( 38 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 29
30 ( 35 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30

31 ( 27 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
32 ( 26 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26
33 ( 39 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 33
34 ( 42 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 34
35 ( 43 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
36 ( 40 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 36
37 ( 37 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
38 ( 46 ) I’M FREE The Who # 38
39 ( 44 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 39
40 ( 34 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1

41 ( 30 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
42 ( 36 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
43 ( NEW ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 43
44 ( 49 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 44
45 ( 31 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
46 ( 47 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 46
47 ( 54 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 47
48 ( 50 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 48
49 ( 55 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 49
50 ( 58 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 50

51 ( 45 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
52 ( 56 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 52
53 ( 57 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 53
54 ( 33 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20
55 ( 41 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
56 ( 74 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 56
57 ( 64 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 57
58 ( 73 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 58
59 ( 63 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 59
60 ( 66 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 60

61 ( 52 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
62 ( 53 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
63 ( 71 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 63
64 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
65 ( 67 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 65
66 ( 59 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
67 ( 51 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
68 ( 72 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 68
69 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 69
70 ( 70 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 70

71 ( 61 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
72 ( 60 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 60
73 ( 75 ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 73
74 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 74
75 ( NEW ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash # 75

RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
5 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
6 ( 4 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
8 ( 6 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
9 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
10 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

11 ( 19 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
12 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( 20 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( 10 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
15 ( 9 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
16 ( 18 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
17 ( 14 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( 17 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
19 ( NEW ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( NEW ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan

 

19th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for Bee Gee solo Saved By The Bell, Robin doing OTT power-ballad as well as the specialists of the time. Mum bought this single in Singapore, and I played it in the car this week while taking mum and dad to see my niece. Mum has alzheimers and can’t speak hardly at all, but it still got her going on flights of musical fantasy the second it came on. The power of music. This was also the week Man stepped onto the moon, I watched the broadcasts the next morning, Neil Armstrong having annoyingly moonwalked early in the middle of UK night, which meant I had to watch the repeats on specially-allowed morning BBC TV. It was inspiring, though also disappointing to miss it live, and the TV footage not being state-of-the-art. David Bowie had released his appropriate ground-breaking single the week before, and it duly enters at 16 in tribute to Apollo, though by the time it became a UK hit I’d left the UK and didn’t get to hear it until it was a reissued US hit in 1973. It eventually topped my charts in 1975.

John Lennon goes top 10 as he also tops my actual charts of the time – so the Moon-Landing single of the time was a fairly apt message that will always be relevant, even if the events listed in it are historical. So his first, or his umpteenth, top 10, depending on how you look at it. The Stones also get another, their 3rd, and The Love Affair make it a 4th top 20. Country Joe almost goes top 40 with his Twiggy original version, and The Equals return with another fave of the time – Viva Bobby Joe, in at 5 – Eddy Grant still setting the groundwork for his future-career, as Sly & The Family Stone keep the frantic pace of US-charting singles going at 57 and the more-singalong Hot Fun In The Summertime. The Chi-Lites return as the chart starts to look more and more like an early version of the Philly/Soul early 70’s – albeit all of them tracks I didn’t know at the time but sound good to my ears. Just to underline that, Aretha Franklin, Young-Holt Unlimited, The Electric Indian, and The Intrigues all slot in as a bunch of Philly bands are pending to turn up over the next few weeks.

Elsewhere, Creedence also keep the pace of hot singles fast, as Green River replaces Bad Moon Rising, The Move turn up with Curly, while Hello Susie (another Roy Wood song) is still charting – the final single with Carl Wayne, as they shortly become a Jeff Lynne/Roy Wood/ELO/Wizzard embryo, and Curly sounds like it came straight off Roy Wood’s 1973 solo album Boulders. Finally Fairport Convention chart with a French-language translation version of Bob Dylan’s If You Gotta Go, Go Now (giving him 2 songs on the chart) that was a hit for Manfred Mann. 50 years ago I clearly liked Amen Corner, Billy Preston, Creedence’s Proud Mary, Donovan and Jim Reeves hits more than I do now, even allowing for the added competition from records I didn’t know then.

1 ( 6 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 1 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
6 ( 4 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
7 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( 17 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 8
9 ( 10 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 9
10 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 10

11 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
12 ( 9 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
13 ( 22 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 13
14 ( 14 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
15 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
16 ( NEW ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 16
17 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
18 ( 43 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 18
19 ( 16 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
20 ( 29 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 20

21 ( 15 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
22 ( 33 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 22
23 ( 25 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 23
24 ( 26 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 24
25 ( 19 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
26 ( 18 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
27 ( 20 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20
28 ( 24 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
29 ( 21 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
30 ( 34 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 23 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
32 ( 36 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 32
33 ( 27 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
34 ( 31 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
35 ( 39 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 35
36 ( 49 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 36
37 ( 30 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30
38 ( 38 ) I’M FREE The Who # 38
39 ( 44 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 39
40 ( 48 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 40

41 ( 63 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 41
42 ( 35 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
43 ( 47 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 43
44 ( 40 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
45 ( 41 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
46 ( 42 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
47 ( 28 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
48 ( 58 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 48
49 ( 50 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 49
50 ( 32 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26

51 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 51
52 ( 53 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 52
53 ( 37 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
54 ( 56 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 54
55 ( 51 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
56 ( 60 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 56
57 ( NEW ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 57
58 ( 59 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 58
59 ( 69 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 59
60 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 60

61 ( 45 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
62 ( NEW ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 62
63 ( 68 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 63
64 ( 46 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 46
65 ( 52 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 52
66 ( 57 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 57
67 ( NEW ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 67
68 ( 74 ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 68
69 ( 70 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 69
70 ( NEW ) CURLY The Move # 70

71 ( 73 ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 71
72 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 72
73 ( NEW ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 73
74 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 74
75 ( NEW ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 75

wot I liked that week then 5th official compiled chart

1 ( 4 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
2 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 10 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
4 ( 5 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
5 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
6 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
7 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 17 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( 8 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
10 ( 19 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

11 ( 20 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
12 ( 12 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( NEW ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves
14 ( 7 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
15 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
16 ( 14 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
17 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
18 ( 16 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
20 ( 15 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers

 

26th July 1969

It’s a second week on top for Robin Gibb, in a still-static upper-chart, with only David Bowie’s Space Oddity managing to make the Big League at 10, his first top 10 – and very very much not his last. Glen Campbell takes his True Grit top 20, as some more movie songs pop in lower down: 2001: A Space Odyssey was giving Strauss a push in Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking movie, the first big-budget special-effects movie, and stunning it was visually. Writer Arthur C. Clarke would go on to become my favourite writer within 18 months as I leaped from Enid Blyton to sci-fi as my reading material of choice, and I saw this film at the cinema. Hadn’t a clue what was going on plot-wise at the end. The slow-pace was also a problem for a kid, but it remains awesome to look at. That means Also Sprach Zarathustra (as I know it better) enters at 59.

At 45, the highest new entry is Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin and their very naughty song, banned on UK radio and TV – though the melody was familiar to me by the time I finally got to hear Je T’Aime in 1974, when I bought it on re-issue and it topped my charts – though already a big hit in Europe, along with another track which will chart in the next few weeks for me. Biggest climb into the 40 is from Sly & The Family Stone, Hot Fun peaking higher to date than most of their numerous chart tracks inside a prolific 12 months. The Dells return with a cover of their own 50’s track, Oh What A Night at 56 – I’m partial to doowop, whatever decade it is. The O’Jays also return, with One Night Affair at 57, a second chart entry with a decade more ahead of them including 2 number ones in 1972 and 1973.

William Bell is also back, this time with a Northern Soul solo track, Happy – no, not THAT Happy – and Tyrone Davis debuts with a Eugene Record co-write at 67, All The Waiting Is Not In Vain, as Eugene’s own band climbs to 44 for The Chi-Lites, and an act he wrote the previous hit for (Young-Holt Unlimited) is up to 69 with another instrumental. KIng Curtis gets another Saxy instrumental hit, Iggy Pop debuts with his punky Stooges, and he is ahead of his time in wanting to be a dog. That’s quite the cult these days in some circles. Jose Feliciano is back, this time with his own song Rain which Bruce Ruffin will have a UK hit with in 1971, and which I was sort of aware of without noticing – probably due to the numerous covers over the next few years, and in here at 73. Motherlode’s soul-based smoothness is at 74, and Henry Mancini is returns with another instrumental – this time Beethoven. Suddenly my chart is all classical, oooh get me.

1 ( 1 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 5 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
6 ( 8 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 6
7 ( 6 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
8 ( 9 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
9 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 9
10 ( 16 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 10

11 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
12 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
13 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 13
14 ( 12 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
15 ( 18 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 16
17 ( 22 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 17
18 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
19 ( 30 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 19
20 ( 19 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1

21 ( 15 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
22 ( 23 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 22
23 ( 24 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 23
24 ( 35 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 24
25 ( 38 ) I’M FREE The Who # 25
26 ( 39 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
27 ( 14 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
28 ( 28 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
29 ( 21 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
30 ( 32 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 30

31 ( 25 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
32 ( 36 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 32
33 ( 26 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
34 ( 31 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
35 ( 29 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
36 ( 41 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
37 ( 33 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
38 ( 34 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
39 ( 43 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 39
40 ( 57 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 40

41 ( 27 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20
42 ( 51 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 42
43 ( 48 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 43
44 ( 60 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 44
45 ( NEW ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 45
46 ( 44 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
47 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 47
48 ( 46 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
49 ( 52 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 49
50 ( 45 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

51 ( 54 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 51
52 ( 62 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 52
53 ( 37 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30
54 ( 63 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
55 ( 40 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 40
56 ( NEW ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 56
57 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 57
58 ( 75 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 58
59 ( NEW ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 59
60 ( 55 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1

61 ( 42 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
62 ( 49 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 49
63 ( 67 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 63
64 ( NEW ) HAPPY William Bell # 64
65 ( 68 ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 65
66 ( 70 ) CURLY The Move # 66
67 ( NEW ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 67
68 ( NEW ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 68
69 ( 72 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 69
70 ( 73 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 70

71 ( 74 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 71
72 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 72
73 ( NEW ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( NEW ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 74
75 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT SONATA Henry Mancini and his Orchestra # 75

My Actual Chart this week 1969


1 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 1 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
3 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 11 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
5 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
6 ( 4 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
7 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
8 ( RE ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
9 ( 5 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
10 ( 19 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb

11 ( RE ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
12 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( 3 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
15 ( 10 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
16 ( NEW ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
18 ( 8 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
19 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees

 

My June 1969 Retro Charts

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One of the few remaining song lyric cuttings from Weekend magazine that I used to cut out and keep, and in a moment of madness in my teens dumped cos I was “too old for that sort of thing” as you get told by parents keen to see you get rid of stuff. It’s had the opposite effect on me. I regret dumping stuff in my teens and now can’t dump anything much I quite like, oops!

14th June 1969

OK, this week 50 years ago, I “published” my 2nd official chart of my fave 20 songs within the UK top 30 singles, 11 years old, and seriously starting to get into noting songs down in notepads, including this chart. That’s it at the bottom of this 75, I can only excuse myself for loving Cliff & Des at 2 and 3 by virtue of being not even a teenager! That said, Glen Campbell, Chicken Shack, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel & Sinatra show a bit of sophistication for Primary School young John.

This week in 2019, it’s yet another classic on top as The Ballad Of John & Yoko gives The Beatles a 6th chart-topper in this retro run. In my actual charts of the time it had to wait until 1976 and 1989 to top my charts. That, for the moment, keeps off my 3rd-single-bought-ever at 2, and first album and first EP ever bought at 6. Mama Cass gets a 2nd top 10 solo, and Marmalade a 2nd top 20. The Youngbloods get a leap into the 30, and highest new entry is Neil Diamond’s signature song, the one that regularly recharts in the 21st century in the UK as a steady download/streaming classic that everyone knows. Back in ’69 I had never heard of it: I had to wait until 1971 when it’s UK chart success crossed-over onto radio in Singapore, at which point I taped it and went mad on it. So to me, it’s 2 years early and is indelibly linked with nostalgia for ’71! Sweet Caroline, take an early bow!

The Impressions get a big climb into the 40, and new songs are thankfully low in number to give my packed charts a bit of a breather. The Grass Roots goodie is one I bought on a greatest hits CD of theirs in Florida around 20 years ago after hearing it on oldies radio, I didn’t wait a million years to hear it, it was a mere 30 years or so. Ray Stevens at 66 is another of his novelty songs which is actually amusing still, some 44 years since I bought his Greatest Hits on vinyl: Along Came Jones is a sort of homage to the early movie westerns, gently taking the Michael at the cliches. Key moment: Ray as tied up heroine on the train tracks snapping at her hero to shut up cos she’s trying to sing. It’s funnier in his voice, trust me. Joni Mitchell gets a 2nd Clouds track, Steppenwolf re-chart 6 months on, Procol Harum get a 3rd entry, and Flying Burrito Brothers a second.

1 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
2 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 2
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 4
5 ( 2 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
6 ( 8 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 6
7 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 13 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
9 ( 6 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
10 ( 9 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1

11 ( 22 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 11
12 ( 16 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 12
13 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
14 ( 15 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
15 ( 19 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
16 ( 10 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
17 ( 14 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
18 ( 12 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
19 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
20 ( 24 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 20

21 ( 17 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
22 ( 51 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 22
23 ( 20 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
24 ( 21 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
25 ( NEW ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 25
26 ( 23 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 36 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 27
28 ( 29 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
29 ( 30 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 29
30 ( 34 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 30

31 ( 25 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
32 ( 27 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
33 ( 38 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 33
34 ( 54 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 34
35 ( 26 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
36 ( 37 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 36
37 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 37
38 ( 31 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
39 ( 42 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 39
40 ( 33 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5

41 ( 32 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
42 ( 28 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
43 ( 35 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
44 ( 39 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
45 ( 40 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
46 ( 55 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 46
47 ( 53 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 47
48 ( 64 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 48
49 ( 44 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
50 ( 43 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

51 ( 46 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
52 ( 56 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 52
53 ( 60 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 53
54 ( 47 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
55 ( 59 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 55
56 ( 52 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
57 ( 41 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
58 ( 62 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 58
59 ( NEW ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 59
60 ( 71 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 60

61 ( 65 ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 61
62 ( 58 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
63 ( 49 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
64 ( 57 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
65 ( 67 ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 65
66 ( NEW ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 66
67 ( 63 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 63
68 ( 69 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 68
69 ( 70 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 69
70 ( 72 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 70

71 ( 66 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
72 ( NEW ) CHELSEA MORNING Joni Mitchell # 72
73 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf # 73
74 ( NEW ) A SALTY DOG Procol Harum # 74
75 ( NEW ) SIN CITY The Flying Burrito Brothers # 75

MY 2ND ACTUAL OFFICIAL CHART of that week

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 3 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
3 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
4 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 5 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 9 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
7 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
8 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 13 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
10 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 15 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 18 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
16 ( 14 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
17 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 16 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
19 ( NEW ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
20 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker

 

7th June 1969

It’s yet again another classic key track taking a turn at number one – Zager & Evans woulda been the first record I ever bought had it been available in Singapore. Compare this “charting anything as soon as it was available anywhere in the world” chart (as in the same as current music biz) vs what my chart was that week 50 years ago and there are only 3 tracks in both charts. That isn’t all: most of the key singles for the rest of 1969 that I charted back in the day are already in the chart, all at once, meaning everything is underperforming on what they deserve.

In at 3, it’s the 3rd record I ever bought, again in Singapore Changi evening market record stall one balmy evening a couple of weeks after buying Elvis & Tommy Roe, and with a picture sleeve, far and away the best designed of any they had, and it was Singapore-only by the look of it. This link isn’t to mine but it’s exactly the same:

www.rootsvinylguide.com/ebay_items/rare-thunderclap-newman-7-something-in-the-air-polydor-singapore

Thunderclap Newman’s was a revolutionary record in more ways than one, Something In The Air being produced by Pete Townsend epic-stylee, social commentary still applies, only without the optimism these days, it’s a revolution of forces working to help destroy us all against all sanity. I was a kiddie enthusiast of all-things green, yet here we are 50 years later, pollution, environment, climate all being devastated, and human beings doubled in numbers having learned nothing from In The Year 2525, or even the bloody Archies’ kiddie-pop tracks like Mr. Factory. Talking of which…

The Archies Sugar Sugar enters at a lowly 8 cos it’s months early – The Archies EP (cardboard picture sleeve, 4 tracks) was the first EP I bought for the lead track (Sugar Sugar) and Everything’s Archie was the first album I bought myself after Xmas/birthday cash allowed me to, lead track Sugar, Sugar. I have about 10 or 15 copies on various formats. So I was a fan of the TV show music, and rhe single, co-written by Andy Kim, dropping this week. The B side is on the album when it’s released later in the year and enters lowly.

In at 7, The Beach Boys Breakaway, co-written by The Wilson brothers dad, and not just Brian, one of their most tuneful, harmonising and largely forgotten hits. One of my faves of theirs, and another one I had gifted to me a few years later by friends of mum and dad. Others: The Youngbloods future Dave Clark 5 hit, The Impressions, a track new to me, but very in tune with my opinions then and now about equality, and a fab track, Scott Walker with his last solo hit, Amen Corner doing a Roy Wood song (and one which I loved at the time, being as my pregnant cat was called Suzie), with minor Smokey & Valli singles sneaking in at the bottom. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
2 ( 1 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
3 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 4
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 5
6 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
7 ( NEW ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( NEW ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
10 ( 13 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10

11 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
12 ( 8 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
13 ( 15 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 13
14 ( 12 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
15 ( 9 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
16 ( 16 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 16
17 ( 10 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
18 ( 14 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
19 ( 22 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 19
20 ( 11 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9

21 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
22 ( 24 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 22
23 ( 20 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
24 ( 26 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 24
25 ( 17 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
26 ( 19 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
27 ( 23 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
28 ( 21 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
29 ( 33 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 29
30 ( 36 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 30

31 ( 27 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
32 ( 30 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
33 ( 29 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
34 ( 38 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 34
35 ( 31 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
36 ( 28 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
37 ( 42 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 37
38 ( 43 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 38
39 ( 34 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
40 ( 32 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32

41 ( 25 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
42 ( 53 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 42
43 ( 35 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
44 ( 37 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
45 ( 46 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 45
46 ( 41 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
47 ( 40 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
48 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 39 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
50 ( 44 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 44

51 ( NEW ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 51
52 ( 45 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
53 ( 55 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 53
54 ( NEW ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 54
55 ( 59 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 55
56 ( 60 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 56
57 ( 52 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
58 ( 56 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
59 ( 61 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 59
60 ( 65 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 60

61 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
62 ( 63 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 62
63 ( 64 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 63
64 ( NEW ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 64
65 ( 67 ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 65
66 ( 47 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
67 ( 69 ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 67
68 ( 62 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
69 ( 71 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 69
70 ( 70 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 70

71 ( NEW ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 71
72 ( NEW ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 72
73 ( 57 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
74 ( NEW ) DOGGONE RIGHT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE GIRL I’LL NEVER KNOW (ANGELS NEVER FLY THIS LOW) Frankie Valli # 75

7th June Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 13 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
4 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 5 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 12 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 11 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
10 ( 4 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin

11 ( 7 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
14 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
15 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
17 ( 15 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
19 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
20 ( 18 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers

 

21st June 1969

It’s up to number for my 3rd-ever single bought, the classic, epic Something In The Air, and it’s also the 3rd-ever chart I compiled down below, the week after the second-ever. My “original” charts in between my actual charts of the time were compiled a few years later to fill-in gaps, and they tended not to be volatile – cos how can they be if you don’t do them at the time? You can recall how much you liked a track, but now WHEN you liked it or went mad on it, or got a bit fed up with it. So this is the first indication of how volatile my tastes were: the two highest new entries would go on to become the 2nd and 3rd singles I bought, Family Dogg I went mad on overnight, Dizzy still wouldn’t budge, and Des O’Connor drops from 3 and out of the chart. Plenty of classic singles entering to replace the kiddiepop.

Back in “If 1969 was 2019 streaming and downloading” territory, and what I like now, it’s Crystal Blue Persuasion up to 2, with Kenny Rodgers getting his first top 10, and Marmalade their 1st as well. Neil Diamond gets his biggest track to date, though not his biggest song, as Sweet Caroline goes top 20, and Dave Dee & co get their final top 20 with Snake In The Grass making it their 6th.

Highest new entry is the supergroup debut of David Crosby (ex-Byrds), Stephen Stills (ex-Buffalo Springfield) and Graham Nash (ex-Hollies) with their harmony-specialising Marrakesh Express, hippie melodic delight, at 27, Neil Young not yet having joined them. I didn’t know the record at the time (when it was charting I was in not in the UK), liked it 5 years later when I heard it, and eventually bought it in 1981 by which time I was loving it and it would have topped my charts had I allowed oldies in.

At 37, Irish crooner Joe Dolan enters with the Albert Hammond song, one of many hits for him before and after, Make Me An Island. This was another record I was big on, not least cos my Aunty Eileen was also a big fan of it – my dad’s younger sister had been dating his RAF mate (often at our house on weekends during the chart show), and who became Uncle Tony around about this time when they got married. Aunty Eileen bought the record, and I still associate it with her in happier times – she died in April aged 74 of an aggressive cancer that spread rapidly.

Cilla’s back with another hit single, another I was a fan of, but Conversations is likely to be her last-but-one to chart reasonably well, I think. Desmond Dekker gets his follow-up It Mek, Billy Preston is still on Apple Records but minus the Beatles (at least in terms of a credit) on his gospel solo debut hit, Waylon Jennings takes House Of The Rising Sun and turns it effectively into a Murder Ballad with new lyrics – never heard it before in my life but I will be playing it a lot, it’s a goodie for his chart debut Delia’s Gone. Joe South is back again with yet another song that is better known in other versions – The Raiders had a US hit with it in 1971, and I bought it in January 1972 with birthday cash as it was the only way I was going to ever hear it again after I’d become obsessed with it on one listen on either Dave Cash’ Music Box, or Lift Off With Ayshea, the ITV late afternoon pop shows aimed at kids. Johnny Nash also later covered it reggae stylee. Paul Revere is still with The Raiders at this time, but not for much longer!

Finally, Dusty’s back with Dusty In Memphis out-take, Jim Reeves is still releasing smooth country ballads years after his death, Wilson Pickett covers Hendrix, and Tony Joe White returns with another future Elvis hit, the swamp country-blues-rock Polk Salad Annie, that Elvis massacred in 1973. This original version of his own song is muuuuch better.

1 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
2 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 6 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 1 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
6 ( 5 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
7 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 9 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
9 ( 12 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 9
10 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10

11 ( 8 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
12 ( 10 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
13 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
14 ( 14 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
15 ( 18 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
16 ( 25 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 16
17 ( 17 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
18 ( 22 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 18
19 ( 19 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
20 ( 30 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20

21 ( 21 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
22 ( 29 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
23 ( 20 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 20
24 ( 16 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
25 ( 34 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 25
26 ( 15 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
27 ( NEW ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 27
28 ( 24 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
29 ( 26 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
30 ( 33 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30

31 ( 23 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
32 ( 36 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 32
33 ( 39 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 33
34 ( 48 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 34
35 ( 32 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 37 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 36
37 ( NEW ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 37
38 ( 31 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
39 ( 35 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
40 ( 47 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 40

41 ( 27 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 27
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
43 ( 38 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
44 ( 40 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
45 ( 41 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
46 ( 44 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
47 ( 43 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
48 ( 52 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 48
49 ( 53 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 49
50 ( 59 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 50

51 ( 55 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 51
52 ( 49 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
53 ( 42 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
54 ( 60 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 54
55 ( 58 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 55
56 ( 51 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
57 ( 50 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
58 ( 46 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 46
59 ( 66 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 59
60 ( NEW ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 60

61 ( NEW ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 61
62 ( 45 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
63 ( 54 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
64 ( 56 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
65 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 65
66 ( NEW ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 66
67 ( 68 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 67
68 ( NEW ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 68
69 ( 69 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 69
70 ( 70 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 70

71 ( 57 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
72 ( NEW ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 73
74 ( NEW ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 74
75 ( NEW ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 75

wot I liked that week then, my actual 3rd-ever compiled chart 

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 19 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
3 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
4 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
6 ( 9 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
7 ( 13 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 2 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman

11 ( 14 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
13 ( NEW ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
14 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
15 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
16 ( 6 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
17 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
20 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull

 

28th June 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Thunderclap Newman, the first chart-topper in ages to manage more than one week as the same records continue to dominate. 50 years ago and the top of my chart was quite volatile, with records going up and down and back up again, and plenty of newies except the unshiftable Dizzy which dominated my life that summer as my Primary School days frittered away to the news soon that I had failed my 11-Plus. Not to worry, everyone else in the small village school also failed, bar one child of a teacher funnily enough – too many supply teachers, no consistency. I was genuinely surprised I had failed, to be honest, I was quite bright. No matter, RAF Seletar Secondary Modern in Singapore streamed kids and I passed the following year for Grammar School. My other new love was a teenage superhero group called The Legion Of Super-Heroes, published by DC Comics in Adventure Comics, set 1000 years in the future. Around 30 superheroes, they had been going strong since 1958, and on into the future, and were so exciting and groundbreaking Marvel Comics ripped most of them off. Wolverine? Nah, Timber Wolf had been going a decade by the time he turned up. Among many….

Highest new entries come from Clodagh, her second chart hit Goodnight Midnight was another fave, while Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay seeped it’s way into my awareness in Singapore later in the year without me really noticing – it was my fave Dylan track for many years once I did notice, though. These days Like A Rolling Stone anyday. Lower down and a second Tommy track pops in for The Who – I’m Free was a US hit, but didn’t hit in the UK until 1973, for Roger Daltrey: he completely reinvented it, a masterpiece of orchestral powerhousing, and vastly under-rated. I blame John Inman. At 58, it had been a UK flop in 1968 (despite being a huge radio hit) but Marty Wilde gets a US chart hit with Abergavenny – who’d a thunk it! He had to alter his name to Shannon though. 15 years later he had a change of sex and ethnic grouping and became a massive influential dance diva. Who knew!? :)

The 5th Dimension are back with a song Patti Drew popped into my charts in my retro 1968 rundown, and as usual they improve on a cover, this time the Neil Sedaka song Working On A Groovy Thing. There is one melody line that he re-used in Laughter In The Rain for himself 5 years later, after his career took off all over again. Toots And The Maytals debut, Roger Miller is back with the folk song Me & Bobby McGee which the soon-to-be-late Janis Joplin would cover and posthumously hit with. I prefer Roger’s version of the Kris Kristofferson song. He was great. At 74, another debut for 70’s and 80’s West Coast Rockers The Steve Miller Band. My Dark Hour is pretty much Steve and Paul McCartney rocking it up, after Macca had a fall-out at a Beatles recording session and threw himself into doing the drums and bass on this to get rid of the stress-aggression left-over. Finally, at 75, it’s another Hair song. There can’t be many left to chart….!


1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
2 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
3 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 3
4 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 2 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 6 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
7 ( 5 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
8 ( 9 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 8
9 ( 15 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
10 ( 8 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1

11 ( 16 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 11
12 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
13 ( 12 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
14 ( 11 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
15 ( 18 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
16 ( 10 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
17 ( 14 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
18 ( 17 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
19 ( 23 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
20 ( 20 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20

21 ( 27 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 21
22 ( 25 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 22
23 ( 37 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 23
24 ( 19 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
25 ( 21 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
26 ( 34 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 26
27 ( 32 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 27
28 ( 33 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
29 ( 24 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
30 ( 28 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1

31 ( 29 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
32 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 32
33 ( 36 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
34 ( NEW ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 34
35 ( 54 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 35
36 ( 26 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
37 ( 30 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30
38 ( 22 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
39 ( 40 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 35 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1

41 ( 31 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
42 ( 50 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 42
43 ( 51 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 43
44 ( 38 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
45 ( 39 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
46 ( 60 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 46
47 ( 44 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
48 ( 59 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 48
49 ( 43 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
50 ( 66 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 50

51 ( 46 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
52 ( 65 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 52
53 ( 61 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 53
54 ( 47 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
55 ( 55 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 55
56 ( NEW ) I’M FREE The Who # 56
57 ( 45 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
58 ( NEW ) ABERGAVENNY Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 58
59 ( NEW ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 59
60 ( 52 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2

61 ( 42 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
62 ( 56 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
63 ( 69 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 63
64 ( 70 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 64
65 ( 49 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 49
66 ( 68 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 66
67 ( 57 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
68 ( 72 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 68
69 ( 73 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 69
70 ( 74 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 70

71 ( 75 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 71
72 ( NEW ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 72
73 ( NEW ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 73
74 ( NEW ) MY DARK HOUR The Steve Miller Band featuring Paul McCartney # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHERE DO I GO/ BE-IN (HARE KRISHNA) The Happenings # 75

My 4th Actual Chart this week 1969

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
3 ( 2 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
4 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 3 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
6 ( 8 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
7 ( 6 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
8 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell

11 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
12 ( NEW ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
13 ( 10 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
14 ( NEW ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( RE ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
16 ( 11 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles
18 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
20 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys