My Retro March 1970 Charts

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

 

7th March 1970

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

wot I liked then:

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

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

 

14th March 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

21st March 1970

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

28th March 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro February 1970 Charts

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Transfers I used to buy in packets of popcorn from the school tuck shop at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern in Singapore around this time. My school bag was covered in them. The right-hand side was from the TV animated version of Monkey which has been remade endlessly ever since in all sorts of versions.

 

7th February 1970

It’s a second week on top for Bridge Over Troubled Water as all other album tracks climb, notably Cecilia into the top 10, giving Simon & Garfunkel 3 at once. Brotherhood Of man get a first top 10, John Lennon a 2nd solo top 5. In a quiet week for newies, Junior Walker gets the highest, with other Motown acts popping in with B sides lower down. In my charts of what I liked and knew back in the day, there’s an expansion to 20 as I start to hear a lot more stuff in Singapore than I did previously – probably due to the new stereo record player mum and dad bought, which had a radio. Our first ever stereo system. Music never sounded so good!


1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 3
4 ( 3 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
5 ( 9 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 5
6 ( 4 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
8 ( 22 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 8
9 ( 16 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 7 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
12 ( 17 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 12
13 ( 8 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 23 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 15
16 ( 11 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
17 ( 13 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
18 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 15 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
20 ( 25 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 20

21 ( 19 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
22 ( 12 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
23 ( 40 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 23
24 ( 33 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 24
25 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
26 ( 32 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 26
27 ( 38 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 27
28 ( 20 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
29 ( 36 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 29
30 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 30

31 ( 24 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
32 ( 28 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
33 ( 27 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
34 ( 26 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
35 ( 30 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
36 ( 29 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
37 ( 53 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 37
38 ( 39 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
39 ( 50 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 39
40 ( 56 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 40

41 ( 34 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
42 ( 35 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
43 ( 41 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
44 ( 55 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 44
45 ( 37 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
46 ( 54 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 46
47 ( 48 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 47
48 ( 57 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 48
49 ( 42 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
50 ( 43 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9

51 ( 45 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
52 ( 47 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
53 ( 49 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
54 ( 44 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
55 ( 62 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 55
56 ( NEW ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 56
57 ( 52 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
58 ( 67 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 58
59 ( 61 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 59
60 ( 64 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 60

61 ( 70 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 61
62 ( 60 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
63 ( 59 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
64 ( 74 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 64
65 ( 72 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 65
66 ( 69 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 66
67 ( 73 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 67
68 ( 63 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
69 ( 65 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
70 ( 75 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 70

71 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 71
72 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 74
75 ( NEW ) VIETNAM Jimmy Cliff # 75

7th Feb Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 4 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 2 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
4 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
5 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
9 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
10 ( RE ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger

11 ( 8 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
12 ( RE ) FRIENDS Arrival
13 ( NEW ) WANDERIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
14 ( RE ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
15 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
16 ( NEW ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
17 ( RE ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
18 ( NEW ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( RE ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King

 

 

 

 

14th February 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bridge Over Troubled Water as the total of tracks off the album in the top increases to 4, and Robin Gibb gets his 2nd solo top 10. The Gentrys go top 20, sort-of anticipating that sha-la-la chorus off Amarillo a year ahead of Neil Sedaka, Junior Walker gets another top 40, ditto Mama Cass & Edwin Starr, while Peggy Lipton gets a first with the Laura Nyro song.

New entries are thin on the ground, just Cliff & Hank going for a second duet at 69, Tommy Roe continues his post-Dizzy comeback, early 60’s band The Tokens cover The Beach Boys, Dusty pops in with a track I’ve never heard before, and another 60’s veteran Bobby Vee at 75 with a song he wrote himself. I took my mum to see a 60’s package tour featuring Tommy Roe and Bobby Vee back in the day. They were great.

1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
3 ( 2 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
4 ( 5 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
5 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 5
6 ( 4 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
7 ( 23 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 7
8 ( 9 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
9 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
12 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
13 ( 15 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 13
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 11 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
16 ( 13 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
17 ( 17 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
18 ( 40 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 18
19 ( 20 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 19
20 ( 27 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 20

21 ( 24 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 21
22 ( 16 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
23 ( 19 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
24 ( 26 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 24
25 ( 25 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
26 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
27 ( 37 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 27
28 ( 29 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 28
29 ( 30 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
30 ( 22 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9

31 ( 21 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
32 ( 56 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 32
33 ( 28 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
34 ( 44 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 34
35 ( 31 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
36 ( 48 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 36
37 ( 32 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
38 ( 46 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 38
39 ( 36 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
40 ( 33 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17

41 ( 35 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
42 ( 38 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
43 ( 71 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 43
44 ( 43 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
45 ( 41 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
46 ( 34 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
47 ( 58 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 47
48 ( 55 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 48
49 ( 64 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 49
50 ( 61 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
52 ( 47 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 47
53 ( 39 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 39
54 ( 42 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
55 ( 45 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
56 ( 52 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
57 ( 53 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
58 ( 60 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 58
59 ( 65 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 59
60 ( 67 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 60

61 ( 54 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
62 ( 50 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
63 ( 57 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
64 ( 70 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 64
65 ( 74 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 65
66 ( 73 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 66
67 ( 62 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
68 ( 72 ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 68
69 ( NEW ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 69
70 ( 63 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2

71 ( NEW ) STIR IT UP AND SERVE IT Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 72
73 ( NEW ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 73
74 ( 75 ) VIETNAM Jimmy Cliff # 74
75 ( NEW ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
4 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 3 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
6 ( 4 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
7 ( 5 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
8 ( 13 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 16 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 15 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
12 ( 11 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
13 ( 9 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
14 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
15 ( 14 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
16 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
17 ( 20 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
18 ( NEW ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
19 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( NEW ) BE YOUNG BE FOOLISH BE HAPPY The Tams

 

21st February 1970

It’s 4 weeks on top for Bridge, still holding off Spirit In The Sky and as the only other challengers are 3 tracks from the Simon & Garfunkel album at 3, 5 & 8. Cecilia and El Condor Pasa were tracks I loved in Singapore and onward since, I didn’t hear any covers at the time and I’ve yet to hear any that come anywhere near being as good as the originals. The Only Living Boy In New York I didn’t really notice until 1976 but it has grown in stature ever since, not least helped by a great version from Everything But The Girl.

Robin Gibb has 2 top 20 tracks, and the highest new entry is from a revamped Supremes, now minus Diana Ross, and plus new lead vocalist Jean Terrell who did a cracking job from Up The Ladder To The Roof onwards, in at 29 here. Mary Wilson, now the only original member fought Berry Gordy who wanted Syreeta (future Mrs Stevie Wonder) – Syreeta was great but the tones of Jean suited later fab tracks more.

Other newies: The Jackson 5 side, and 21st century-charting in the UK, Who’s Loving You is in at 53, Dave Dee gets a first solo entry minus the gang, The Dave Clark 5 do a fairly pedestrian cover of The Youngbloods’ Everybody Get Together, Joe Dolan has an old-fashioned uptempo return, Polly Brown debuts with Pickettywitch 4 years ahead of Sweet Dreams’ Abba cover and her own solo hit, Elvis pops in with a semi-decent Kentucky Rain as his career starts to descend into Las Vegas schmaltz or pomp or both generally, a Jimmy Cliff track I don’t know replaces Viet-Nam in the list, a Beach Boys single I’ve never heard in my life drops in, The Chi-Lites keep their run of entries going, ditto Gladys Knight & The Pips, and also The Archies who’s latest single was one of their most uninspired tracks and a bizarre choice given the TV theme at 35 was way better even if it didn’t sound like Sugar Sugar.

1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
3 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
4 ( 7 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 3 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
6 ( 4 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
7 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
8 ( 18 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 8
9 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 8 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
12 ( 13 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 12
13 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
14 ( 12 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
15 ( 20 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 15
16 ( 19 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
17 ( 15 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
18 ( 21 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
19 ( 17 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
20 ( 24 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20

21 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
22 ( 16 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
23 ( 32 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 23
24 ( 27 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 24
25 ( 28 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 25
26 ( 23 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
27 ( 22 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
28 ( 34 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 28
29 ( NEW ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 29
30 ( 36 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 30

31 ( 25 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
32 ( 26 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
33 ( 43 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 33
34 ( 47 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 34
35 ( 30 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
36 ( 31 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
37 ( 38 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 37
38 ( 33 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
39 ( 49 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 39
40 ( 50 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 40

41 ( 29 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
42 ( 35 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
43 ( 37 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
44 ( 39 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
45 ( 44 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
46 ( 66 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 46
47 ( 42 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
48 ( 72 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 48
49 ( 40 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
50 ( 60 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 50

51 ( 45 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
52 ( 41 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
53 ( NEW ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 53
54 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
55 ( 73 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 55
56 ( 69 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 56
57 ( 64 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 57
58 ( 56 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
59 ( 57 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
60 ( 65 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 60

61 ( NEW ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 61
62 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 62
63 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 63
64 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 64
65 ( NEW ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 65
66 ( 48 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 48
67 ( 68 ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 67
68 ( NEW ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 68
69 ( NEW ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 69
70 ( 75 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 70

71 ( 71 ) STIR IT UP AND SERVE IT Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 72
73 ( NEW ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 73
74 ( NEW ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S YOUR BABY The Archies # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
4 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 8 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
8 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
10 ( 14 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
12 ( 11 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
13 ( 16 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
14 ( 12 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
15 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
16 ( 17 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
17 ( 18 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
18 ( 19 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
19 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
20 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue

 

28th February 1970

It’s a new entry at 1 for The Beatles – not for the first time, probably not for the last time – as their farewell UK single Let It Be arrives ahead of the album recorded during the difficult break-up before Abbey Road. It’s one of Paul’s best songs, even he was generally unhappy with the Phil Spector strings on some tracks, and gives the fabs a 42nd chart entry in their 4th year of charting, and their 8th number 1. Singer-songwriter with the smooth voice, James Taylor is busy pushing his new album at the moment, but 50 years ago his then-newish album was out with the classic track Fire And Rain about ready for release as a single, good enough reason for me to enter it at 24 – certainly a song I was aware of in 1970.

The Jackson 5 get a second top 40 track as they also enter with their 2nd single and third chart entry ABC at 63 – basically I Want You Back part 2 and my least fave of their first 6 singles, though Sigala did a good revamp a few years back. In retrospect it still sounds fresh-ish and energetic. As a staple of US variety TV shows at the time, I did get to see the boys perform on Singapore showings of The Ed Sullivan Show and others like the cool Flip Wilson Show and the fab Andy Williams Show. “Can I have a cookie?” Cue man in a bear suit. You had to be there….

In at 65, Joni Mitchell gets the first of 2 from her brand new album this week 50 years ago – it’s Big Yellow Taxi, much covered and very very much an early description of Planet Earth in the 21st Century, as her album track Woodstock (and soon to be covered) the ode to the famous hippy festival pops in at 74. Tyrone Davis gets another chart entry, and The Five Stairsteps return with their 6th chart entry O-o-h Child, originally B side to the poor cover of Dear Prudence, the future hit for Dino in the 80’s, and covers by The Detroit Spinners, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Mary Wilson, Hall & Oates, among many others, and a sample by Janet Jackson give a clue to the regard it’s held in. Not bad for a B side.

1 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
2 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
3 ( 4 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 3
4 ( 2 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
5 ( 3 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
6 ( 5 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
7 ( 8 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 7
8 ( 6 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
9 ( 7 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
10 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9

11 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
12 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 12
13 ( 11 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
14 ( 15 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
15 ( 13 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
16 ( 16 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
17 ( 14 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
18 ( 23 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
19 ( 25 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
20 ( 29 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 20

21 ( 17 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
22 ( 19 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
23 ( 18 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
24 ( NEW ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 24
25 ( 28 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 25
26 ( 22 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
27 ( 21 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
28 ( 20 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20
29 ( 39 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 29
30 ( 26 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1

31 ( 33 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
32 ( 27 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
33 ( 34 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 33
34 ( 46 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 34
35 ( 37 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 35
36 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
37 ( 48 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 37
38 ( 24 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 24
39 ( 40 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 39
40 ( 53 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 40

41 ( 30 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 30
42 ( 32 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
43 ( 38 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
44 ( 35 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
45 ( 50 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 45
46 ( 36 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
47 ( 55 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 47
48 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
49 ( 43 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
50 ( 56 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 50

51 ( 47 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
52 ( 60 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 52
53 ( 42 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
54 ( 51 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
55 ( 57 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 55
56 ( 61 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 56
57 ( 44 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
58 ( 62 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 58
59 ( 63 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 59
60 ( 65 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 60

61 ( 41 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
62 ( 54 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
63 ( NEW ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 63
64 ( 64 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 64
65 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 65
66 ( 58 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
67 ( 59 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
68 ( 68 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 68
69 ( 69 ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 69
70 ( 70 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 70

71 ( 72 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 71
72 ( 73 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 72
73 ( NEW ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 73
74 ( NEW ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 74
75 ( NEW ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 3 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
5 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
9 ( 15 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary

11 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 12 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
14 ( 17 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
15 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
16 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
17 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
18 ( 20 ) VENUS Shocking Blue
19 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywich

My January 1970 Retro Charts

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

 

3rd January 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

10th January 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

17th January 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

24th January 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for a song I adored in hot, tropical Singapore and which I still associate with the imagery of the tropical-sounding lyrics, giving Mary Hopkin a 3rd chart-topper in a row, both then and now. I may be wrong, but I think it remains the last big calypso hit in the UK charts. Close behind, and new at 4, Simon & Garfunkel’s epic Bridge Over Troubled Water, just ahead of the release of potentially the greatest album of all-time – certainly one of the top 10 for me. Art Garfunkel’s vocal, Paul Simon’s gospel healing-song and one of the greatest builds of all-time in a ballad, it was a big radio track in Singapore, on 2-way Family Favourites especially, the show broadcast to British troops abroad with messages from family at home. My love for it has grown deeper with time, and just to rub it in, the blistering B side (and album track) Keep The Customer Satisfied is in at 23 too.

Glen Campbell gets 2 consecutive top 5 tracks, Chairmen Of The Board a 1st top 10, Creedence & Kenny Rogers a 2nd top 20, and Brotherhood Of Man debut at 33 with United We Stand, a great rousing ballad featuring, errr, quite a few well-known session singers like Tony Burrows on another appearance inside this chart as he drops from the top spot as Edison Lighthouse, sisters Sue & Sunny who featured on many a hit record prior to this (Joe Cocker’s With A Little Help f’rinstance had Sunny along with Madeleine Bell of Blue Mink) and later hit records in 1972 as themselves under the name The Pearls, and Sunny a 1974 solo hit with Doctor’s Orders. Talking of Blue Mink, the other vocalist and songwriter, Roger Cook’s main songwriting partner Roger Greenaway was also in this line-up. Not that he needed to, their song hits included You’ve Got Your Troubles, several as pop stars themselves David & Jonathan and the fab Lovers Of The World Unite, and monsters like I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, Softly Whispering I Love You, Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress and err Doctor’s Orders for Sunny. How incestuous!

Aretha’s back with her own song, the fab Call Me, The Gentry’s pop back several years after they had a US hit with Keep On Dancing (the Bay City Rollers would cover it with pop style the following year), and an obscure goodie that sounds not unlike Midnight Confessions, a Grass Roots hit. Actress Peggy Lipton puts a 3rd Laura Nyro song onto the list, the cool Lu, her 2nd Nyro cover to chart here, her previous being Save The Country, Thelma Houston also now-charting with the 3rd version to do so. Rare Bird debut with a bit of Sympathy, Neil Diamond keeps the hits rolling with Shilo, and Rufus Thomas treds where his daughter Carla has been many times before, debuting in my chart with a funky chicken. Not gibbon. That’s 5 years away.

1 ( NEW ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
2 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
3 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
4 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 2 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
7 ( 4 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
8 ( 12 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
9 ( 10 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
10 ( 5 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1

11 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 8 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
13 ( 9 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
14 ( 26 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 6 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
16 ( 18 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
17 ( 19 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
18 ( 30 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 13 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
20 ( 14 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4

21 ( 15 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
22 ( 29 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 22
23 ( NEW ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 23
24 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
25 ( 21 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
26 ( 34 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 26
27 ( 23 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
28 ( 17 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
29 ( 33 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
30 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

31 ( 16 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
32 ( 38 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 32
33 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 33
34 ( 40 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 34
35 ( 31 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
36 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
37 ( 45 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 37
38 ( 22 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
39 ( 53 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 39
40 ( 49 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40

41 ( 32 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
42 ( 35 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
43 ( 37 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
44 ( 25 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
45 ( 28 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 28
46 ( 50 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 46
47 ( 36 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
48 ( 42 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
49 ( 44 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
50 ( 43 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43

51 ( 64 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 51
52 ( 39 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
53 ( 54 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 53
54 ( 48 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
55 ( NEW ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 55
56 ( 52 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
57 ( 46 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
58 ( NEW ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 58
59 ( 70 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 59
60 ( 57 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1

61 ( 67 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 61
62 ( 68 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 62
63 ( 41 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
64 ( NEW ) LU Peggy Lipton # 64
65 ( 72 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 65
66 ( 69 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 66
67 ( 71 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 67
68 ( 60 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
69 ( 47 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
70 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 70

71 ( 74 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 71
72 ( 73 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 72
73 ( 51 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
74 ( NEW ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 74
75 ( NEW ) DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN Rufus Thomas # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
2 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
5 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
6 ( 4 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
7 ( NEW ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
8 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
9 ( 10 ) FRIENDS Arrival
10 ( 6 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry

 

 

31st January 1970

It’s a first week on top for Simon & Garfunkel’s epic Bridge Over Troubled Water, the 2nd track to top my charts after The Boxer in 1969, and to boot there is an invasion of more tracks off the classic album, the highest being Cecilia at 22, probably the track I liked best at the time, after The Boxer. Our next-door-neighbours in Singapore the Overtons loaned us the album and I cherry-picked tracks to record on my reel-to-reel, then finally bought the entire album 2nd-hand in 1976 in Mansfield and played it to death. So great. Keep The Customer Satisfied climbs to 10, El Condor Pasa enters at 40, The Only Living Boy In New York at 56, and Song For The Asking at 74. The only foot-wrong for me was the live cover version, so out of place.

Highest new entry at 6 is the eternal Spirit In The Sky, Norman Greenbaum’s UK chart-topper has topped another 2 times in lesser cover versions, the original is the best, still. Not one I knew at the time, but by 1975 I had bought the single from a market stall in Gloucester. Hero John Lennon might have been expected to be the highest new entry, but has to settle for 9 for Instant Karma, as his Beatles track drops, and he appears on Top Of The Pops for the first (and last) time with blindfolded Yoko. Again, a great track I didn’t get to hear until 1975.

Robin Gibb gets a second chart entry this week as August October enters at 17, one I did hear a couple of times and loved, but had to wait until 1975 to hear it some more when I bought the single in a feast of purchases from a Mansfield Second-hand shop that had had a delivery of what seemed to be bankrupt stock dating around 1969-1972, such as Wedding Bell Blues which I did buy, and many others I didn’t buy because I didn’t have the money, and also because I’d never heard of them – if only I’d had a credit card I’d have got myself into serious debt that day!

Andy Williams covers Elvis, that Man pops back again as lead singer of White Plains, and Hermans Hermits scrape in with a curiously music-hall oddity.

1 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
4 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
5 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 6
7 ( 6 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
8 ( 8 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
9 ( NEW ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 9
10 ( 23 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 7 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
12 ( 9 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
13 ( 10 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
16 ( 33 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 16
17 ( NEW ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 17
18 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 22 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
20 ( 12 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6

21 ( 13 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
22 ( NEW ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 22
23 ( 37 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 23
24 ( 15 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
25 ( 26 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 25
26 ( 16 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
27 ( 17 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
28 ( 20 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
29 ( 19 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
30 ( 24 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24

31 ( 34 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 31
32 ( 32 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 32
33 ( 39 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 33
34 ( 25 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
35 ( 21 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
36 ( 55 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 36
37 ( 29 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
38 ( 58 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 38
39 ( 30 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
40 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 40

41 ( 35 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
42 ( 28 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
43 ( 38 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
44 ( 40 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
45 ( 36 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
46 ( 27 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
47 ( 42 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
48 ( 51 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 48
49 ( 41 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
50 ( 53 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 50

51 ( 31 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
52 ( 43 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
53 ( 65 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 53
54 ( 67 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 54
55 ( 59 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 55
56 ( NEW ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 56
57 ( 64 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 57
58 ( 44 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
59 ( 48 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
60 ( 49 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8

61 ( 61 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 61
62 ( 70 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 62
63 ( 56 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
64 ( 66 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 64
65 ( 60 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
66 ( 47 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
67 ( 72 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 67
68 ( 62 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 62
69 ( 71 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 69
70 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 70

71 ( 46 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 46
72 ( 74 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 72
73 ( NEW ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 73
74 ( NEW ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 74
75 ( NEW ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
2 ( 4 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
3 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
4 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 8 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
7 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 5 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
9 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
10 ( NEW ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension

My September 1970 Charts

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122F Tanah Merah Besar – now under the new Changi Prison I think, tragically. Note no tree at the front of the house. By the time we left it was 2 or 3m tall. 

 

1st September 1970

1 year to the day since leaving for Singapore and Desmond Dekker tops my chart for a second week – when I left it was It Mek that I was just getting in to before cruelly not being able to hear it for another few years! This one though got some radio airplay. 2 new entries, Canadians The Poppy Family became better known as Terry Jacks – well, one of them did anyway. Bobby Bloom pops in with another Caribbean-flavoured song for 1970, following Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 9 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
9 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 11 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board

11 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 17 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
16 ( 14 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
17 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
18 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
19 ( 16 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
20 ( 19 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

 

8th September 1970

3 weeks on top for Desmond, 3 weeks at 2 for Hot Chocolate, 4 weeks at 3 for Bread… not much happening!

The Poppy Family leap into the top 5, and Bobby Bloom to 7, but the big news is THREE new entries, whooo! At 12, Jimmy Cliff’s lovely Cat Stevens cover is in, It’s A, It’s A, It’s A Wild World as Jonathan King covered it post-Pet Shop Boys not-guilty but not entirely dissimilar It’s A Sin. Holland-Dozier-Holland, ex-Motown Masterminds of brilliance (or Tamla Motown as we called the label in the UK in those days, let’s be accurate about it) set up their new label/production company Invictus – Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne were on it – cue the sheer brilliant Band Of Gold, a heart-rending tale of a newly-wed who’s husband isn’t up to the job on the wedding night, or thereafter. Gotta feel for her, what a rat! That leaves Three Dog Night, back with a Randy Newman cover. Like all their covers it’s not as good as the original. Or any other cover, though it’s a close call in this case with the Tom Jones and Stereophonics 90’s hit cover.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 15 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 8 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
7 ( 17 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
8 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
10 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies

11 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 14 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
15 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
16 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
17 ( 16 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
18 ( 20 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 18 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night

 

15th September 1970

There’s some actual chart movement as the Tremeloes enter at 1 with the fab stomping guitar-riffed Me And My Life, their only chart-topper, though I’d known the band for years – ironically this was pretty much their last fling as far as big hits were concerned, though they had further chart hits with me for another 4 years. Jimmy Cliff climbs to 6, his biggest hit here, and Diana Ross not only covers Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell’s song, she turns it into a monster dramatic ballad and gets her second solo hit. It’s an epic version that sets the template for the next 2 years of fab singles, and another 4 years of lesser singles before an abrupt change was called for.

2 metal classics enter at 15 and 20, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, both of them to chart again in 1980. Paranoid is the best of the two, and Deep Purple aren’t technically debuting as in my “retro” charts of 1967 and 1968 (ie ones I’m doing now to comprehensively survey the weekly music scenes of that era) they more or less charted as Episode Six (with Morning Dew) and also with a cover of Joe South’s Hush, a bigger hit for Kula Shaker into the future.

1 ( NEW ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
7 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
8 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
9 ( 10 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
13 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
14 ( 9 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
15 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
16 ( 7 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( 14 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 16 ) LOLA The Kinks
19 ( 13 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple

Life then…
A week or so into yet again playing the “new boy” at yet another school, this time RAF Changi Grammar, with my new brown leather school bag for all the extra books and work I had to do (much more homework at this school, so I had to up my game to do well, rather than just comfortably coast). I was in the second year, and fellow RAF Seletar transferee Stephen Mears joined at the same time, the two new boys in Mr Chapman’s form. My best friend at Seletar (Stephen Game) was sporty, so that the was the gang I hung in, new friend Stephen was more into chess – so that was the gang I hung in here. Suited me, as apart from running, rounders, volleyball, swimming, team games really didn’t agree with me, rugby and cricket in particular. Another new mate called Stephen (bit of a trend here!) who I knew from 2 terms at Seletar was also here, he was taller and a bit clumsy, not at all sporty, and also into chess and Snagglepuss impressions – so that was it really, I was in with what they called “the swots” in those days, rather than “one of the boys”. To be fair, though, there was very little bullying going on in either RAF school, which completely left me blissfully unaware of the reality of the average British non-forces Secondary Schools. Frankly one of the teachers was more scary…but that’s another tale.

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RAF Changi Grammar School, the building is still there. The art block is at the front near the road, the school hall just behind it. It had aircon! This was a step up from RAF Seletar Secondary Modern which still had outlying classrooms with no aircon and just room fans, some along the sports pitch, some on some land to the rear of the bus gathering area. My concentration wandered when I was sweating profusely. My form room was to the right of the entrance on the first floor I think, above the library which was adjacent the school hall. 

 

22nd September 1970

2 weeks on top for The Trems, as The Carpenters debut at with the Bacharach/David gem Close To You. Just. Gorgeous. Karen’s angelic voice just fit into Singapore culture and radio beautifully, being as it was regarded as “Easy Listening” as they called it in those days. Class, I call it. Ditto Simon & Garfunkel having the fourth top 10 off possibly the greatest album of all-time, which my neighbours had, and had loaned to dad to record the top tracks, including this definitive version – note not the UK hit version by Julie Felix. Freda Payne goes top 10, as I hadn’t actually rated it as highly as I do now.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
4 ( 8 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
9 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne

11 ( 15 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
12 ( 7 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
13 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
15 ( 13 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 20 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
17 ( 17 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 14 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( 16 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
20 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams

Back at RAF Changi, it was getting to know the teachers and schoolmates, like outgoing and assertive Lee Kleinhans, a kid from South Africa, my best friend next-door was also there, in the first year, along with his older sister a couple of years up from me. Short Gary was likeable – the same couldn’t be said for the fearsome Mr Mynett, the Physics teacher, who put the fear of God into kids with his OTT Sgt-Major-styled methods – short and sharp in appearance and nature. Mr. Magnet we called him. Put me off Physics pretty much. I preferred the nice Biology teacher lady, though I am still waiting for an answer to a question I asked (I never asked questions in class) when she said all fruits had seeds and I asked about bananas. “I’ll tell you later” she said, and never did.

Kids remember these things!

 

29th September 1970

3 weeks on top for The Trems, rather amazingly their only chart-topper in my charts, even in my retrospective charts (I’ve started from January 1967 charting songs new to me and old to me, comprehensively top 50’s – and they don’t come close even though I loved them as a kid). The Carpenters are up to 2, and Simon & Garfunkel at 3 with the track covered by Julie Felix, and highest new entry is at 6 – The Archies are back with a minor US hit, and a track I adored at the time (taping it off their TV show) the joyous bubblegum of Sunshine, which deserves to be better known – or rather known at all. Written by Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom, that’ll be Sugar Sugar and the chap at number 16 with the also-tropical-sounding Montego Bay.

Black Sabbath are a bit Paranoid at being leap-frogged by a cartoon band, but then they DID have their own cartoon character in Ozzy…. In at 17, the soul-funk powerful social commentary of The Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion, Chicago pop back in at 19, and in at 20 one of my recent raves Our World. Blue Mink were fab, but tend to be under-appreciated, quite unfairly as they had a variety of singles, all great quality – this track was written by Herbie Flowers, later of “Grandad” success and Walk On The Wild Side bassline fame, and Kenny Pickett. Madeline Bell did the original version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, pre-Diana Ross & Co, which has made my retro 1968 charts – see my wordpress popchartfreak account for those shortly.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
3 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies
7 ( 11 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
8 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
9 ( 6 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
10 ( 7 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
12 ( 13 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
13 ( 12 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
14 ( 16 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
15 ( 15 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( RE ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) OUR WORLD Blue Mink

My September 1970 Charts

1st September 1970

1 year to the day since leaving for Singapore and Desmond Dekker tops my chart for a second week – when I left it was It Mek that I was just getting in to before cruelly not being able to hear it for another few years! This one though got some radio airplay. 2 new entries, Canadians The Poppy Family became better known as Terry Jacks – well, one of them did anyway. Bobby Bloom pops in with another Caribbean-flavoured song for 1970, following Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 9 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
9 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 11 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board

11 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 17 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
16 ( 14 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
17 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
18 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
19 ( 16 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
20 ( 19 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

8th September 1970

3 weeks on top for Desmond, 3 weeks at 2 for Hot Chocolate, 4 weeks at 3 for Bread… not much happening!

The Poppy Family leap into the top 5, and Bobby Bloom to 7, but the big news is THREE new entries, whooo! At 12, Jimmy Cliff’s lovely Cat Stevens cover is in, It’s A, It’s A, It’s A Wild World as Jonathan King covered it post-Pet Shop Boys not-guilty but not entirely dissimilar It’s A Sin. Holland-Dozier-Holland, ex-Motown Masterminds of brilliance (or Tamla Motown as we called the label in the UK in those days, let’s be accurate about it) set up their new label/production company Invictus – Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne were on it – cue the sheer brilliant Band Of Gold, a heart-rending tale of a newly-wed who’s husband isn’t up to the job on the wedding night, or thereafter. Gotta feel for her, what a rat! That leaves Three Dog Night, back with a Randy Newman cover. Like all their covers it’s not as good as the original. Or any other cover, though it’s a close call in this case with the Tom Jones and Stereophonics 90’s hit cover.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 15 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 8 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
7 ( 17 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
8 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
10 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies

11 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 14 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
15 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
16 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
17 ( 16 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
18 ( 20 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 18 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night

15th September 1970

There’s some actual chart movement as the Tremeloes enter at 1 with the fab stomping guitar-riffed Me And My Life, their only chart-topper, though I’d known the band for years – ironically this was pretty much their last fling as far as big hits were concerned, though they had further chart hits with me for another 4 years. Jimmy Cliff climbs to 6, his biggest hit here, and Diana Ross not only covers Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell’s song, she turns it into a monster dramatic ballad and gets her second solo hit. It’s an epic version that sets the template for the next 2 years of fab singles, and another 4 years of lesser singles before an abrupt change was called for.

2 metal classics enter at 15 and 20, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, both of them to chart again in 1980. Paranoid is the best of the two, and Deep Purple aren’t technically debuting as in my “retro” charts of 1967 and 1968 (ie ones I’m doing now to comprehensively survey the weekly music scenes of that era) they more or less charted as Episode Six (with Morning Dew) and also with a cover of Joe South’s Hush, a bigger hit for Kula Shaker into the future.

1 ( NEW ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
7 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
8 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
9 ( 10 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
13 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
14 ( 9 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
15 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
16 ( 7 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( 14 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 16 ) LOLA The Kinks
19 ( 13 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple

Life then…
A week or so into yet again playing the “new boy” at yet another school, this time RAF Changi Grammar, with my new brown leather school bag for all the extra books and work I had to do (much more homework at this school, so I had to up my game to do well, rather than just comfortably coast). I was in the second year, and fellow RAF Seletar transferee Stephen Mears joined at the same time, the two new boys in Mr Chapman’s form. My best friend at Seletar (Stephen Game) was sporty, so that the was the gang I hung in, new friend Stephen was more into chess – so that was the gang I hung in here. Suited me, as apart from running, rounders, volleyball, swimming, team games really didn’t agree with me, rugby and cricket in particular. Another new mate called Stephen (bit of a trend here!) who I knew from 2 terms at Seletar was also here, he was taller and a bit clumsy, not at all sporty, and also into chess and Snagglepuss impressions – so that was it really, I was in with what they called “the swots” in those days, rather than “one of the boys”. To be fair, though, there was very little bullying going on in either RAF school, which completely left me blissfully unaware of the reality of the average British non-forces Secondary Schools. Frankly one of the teachers was more scary…but that’s another tale.

22nd September 1970

2 weeks on top for The Trems, as The Carpenters debut at with the Bacharach/David gem Close To You. Just. Gorgeous. Karen’s angelic voice just fit into Singapore culture and radio beautifully, being as it was regarded as “Easy Listening” as they called it in those days. Class, I call it. Ditto Simon & Garfunkel having the fourth top 10 off possibly the greatest album of all-time, which my neighbours had, and had loaned to dad to record the top tracks, including this definitive version – note not the UK hit version by Julie Felix. Freda Payne goes top 10, as I hadn’t actually rated it as highly as I do now.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
4 ( 8 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
9 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne

11 ( 15 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
12 ( 7 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
13 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
15 ( 13 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 20 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
17 ( 17 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 14 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( 16 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
20 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams

Back at RAF Changi, it was getting to know the teachers and schoolmates, like outgoing and assertive Lee Kleinhans, a kid from South Africa, my best friend next-door was also there, in the first year, along with his older sister a couple of years up from me. Short Gary was likeable – the same couldn’t be said for the fearsome Mr Mynett, the Physics teacher, who put the fear of God into kids with his OTT Sgt-Major-styled methods – short and sharp in appearance and nature. Mr. Magnet we called him. Put me off Physics pretty much. I preferred the nice Biology teacher lady, though I am still waiting for an answer to a question I asked (I never asked questions in class) when she said all fruits had seeds and I asked about bananas. “I’ll tell you later” she said, and never did.

Kids remember these things!

29th September 1970

3 weeks on top for The Trems, rather amazingly their only chart-topper in my charts, even in my retrospective charts (I’ve started from January 1967 charting songs new to me and old to me, comprehensively top 50’s – and they don’t come close even though I loved them as a kid). The Carpenters are up to 2, and Simon & Garfunkel at 3 with the track covered by Julie Felix, and highest new entry is at 6 – The Archies are back with a minor US hit, and a track I adored at the time (taping it off their TV show) the joyous bubblegum of Sunshine, which deserves to be better known – or rather known at all. Written by Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom, that’ll be Sugar Sugar and the chap at number 16 with the also-tropical-sounding Montego Bay.

Black Sabbath are a bit Paranoid at being leap-frogged by a cartoon band, but then they DID have their own cartoon character in Ozzy…. In at 17, the soul-funk powerful social commentary of The Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion, Chicago pop back in at 19, and in at 20 one of my recent raves Our World. Blue Mink were fab, but tend to be under-appreciated, quite unfairly as they had a variety of singles, all great quality – this track was written by Herbie Flowers, later of “Grandad” success and Walk On The Wild Side bassline fame, and Kenny Pickett. Madeline Bell did the original version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, pre-Diana Ross & Co, which has made my retro 1968 charts – see my wordpress popchartfreak account for those shortly.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
3 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies
7 ( 11 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
8 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
9 ( 6 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
10 ( 7 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
12 ( 13 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
13 ( 12 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
14 ( 16 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
15 ( 15 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( RE ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) OUR WORLD Blue Mink

My August 1970 Charts

4th August 1970

3 weeks for Cliff on top, and Elvis is on his heels at 2, how appropriate since Cliff modeled himself on early Elvis! Marmalade go for a 4th top 5, a melancholy Rainbow, and The Archies get a 5th Top 10 with a record that still has never been officially released in either the UK or the USA. Smokey Robinson gets a top ten song about tears, no not The Tracks Of My, this time it’s the equally classic Of A Clown.

Motown labelmates The Jackson 5, the hottest pop group around, enter at 13 with a third hit The Love You Save, a big improvement on ABC for me. They were the darlings of US variety shows of the time, not least the Ed Sullivan Show, which we had on TV in Singapore, albeit a while later. Look at the clip and marvel at Michael’s precociousness as performer. Fab. The other new record is at 20, Fairweather’s Natural Sinner. I’ve added it in retroactively as I didn’t hear it until 1975 while Andy Fairweather-Low was undergoing a solo career revival, having already had the hit pop group success with Amen Corner, including topping my charts in 1969 with Half As Nice. Not his finest hour, in all honesty.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 12 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
6 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
8 ( 14 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
10 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 6 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
14 ( 17 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
16 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
17 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 20 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
20 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather


Talking of Ed Sullivan. As I’ve said before, in many ways my TV world of the 60’s and early 70’s was much more American than British, and that held true especially in Singapore – there were UK shows but they tended to be the sci-fi shows like Doctor Who and UFO, which was the latest, most exciting. mind-blowing show for me to get hooked on. Gerry Anderson had gone into live action TV, keeping the model-making for the space-age vehicles and flying saucers, as we called them in those days. I loved it. I also loved American variety shows like Ed Sullivan, though he was very, very dull. He also regularly had an awful cute mime mouse on far too often (once was more than enough, never mind 50 times in 8 years) Topo Gigio. If I’ve repeated myself here, apologies, just take it as a warning as it’s still on youtube! Avoid!

11th August 1970

A second number one from The Archies, Love Vibrations was featured on Archie’s Funhouse, an hour-long mix of songs and sketches and short stories, with a supposed live audience of kids. See lower down for more info! On an otherwise still-dull chart, Smokey Robinson goes top 5, Jackson 5 top 10, both Motown, and there are 2 new entries, both songs Tom Jones has recorded. Just as well as his version of I (Who Have Nothing) is in at 16, a terrific dramatic ballad, with The Voice on fine form. Shirley Bassey had the UK 1963 hit version (produced by George Martin) but this was a cover of Ben E. King’s US original English-language version of an Italian hit 1961 song by Joe Sentieri.

At 20, is another cover by Three Dog Night, this time Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, typically lyrically quirky and interesting and 2 or 3 decades before he became a big-deal movie composer for Pixar and others. I’d prefer to hear Randy, but this passed the time till Tom Jones covered it for his Reloaded album with Stereophonics.
1 ( 7 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
2 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
5 ( 8 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
8 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
10 ( 13 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5

11 ( 9 ) LOLA The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
13 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 16 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 17 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night


Archie’s Funhouse and Love Vibrations: I’ve bought the series DVD in haze of rose-tinted bliss, and it’s excruciating to sit through – except for the songs. I enjoyed the Archie comics, but I loved the cartoon band pop to bits and recorded this direct off the TV at the time, tinny and all from a hand microphone onto my mid-60’s reel-to-reel (well, technically dad’s recorder but my need was greater and I acquired it pretty much so I could record every song I loved from that moment on. That was a LOT of songs and a lot of blank reel-to-reel tapes for me to save up to buy for the next 20 years. I’m obviously biased but I still love this song, written by one Neil Brian Goldberg, a songwriter who never made it but who impacted me and I hope other young kids of the time.

What happened was that music maestro and Archies producer/songwriter Jeff Barry was moving on (he of hit songwriting married couple Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, many a legendary song like Be My Baby, Da Do Ron Ron, Leader Of The Pack, River Deep Mountain High, and of course Sugar Sugar also for the Archies without Ellie). He took on Neil who ignored instructions to dumb down the hit machine and aim for 7-year-olds – instead his subject matter for songs was the world, the environment, civil rights, fairly serious topics for kiddie-pop. I noticed. I also noticed the promo cartoon videos to accompany and the fab tunes still sung by Ron Dante. Only 4 of the dozens of songs ever made it to limited release and none are available to buy to this day, including this one. So this will be the only chart it has ever appeared in. Boo! Hiss! It’s sweet (or twee), ever-so-slightly hippie psychedelic and melodic bubblegum.

18th August 1970

It’s Elvis on top, with his second number one in just over a year, following on from In The Ghetto. The Wonder Of You was originally a 1959 hit for Ray Peterson, but Elvis notched up the drama, now entering his Las Vegas phase and it was essentially Showbiz City from here on. I was still mad on Elvis and it would be another 2 years before the increasingly naff singles caused me to lose my love – in retrospect it all started here, really, give or take, as Parody Elvis killed off Gospel Elvis. These days, The Wonder Of You is nowhere near the top of my list of classic Presley.

Cat Stevens gets to 2, just ahead of a new entry for a new act, Bread. Bread was essentially David Gates, a great songwriter with an angelic sweet vocal, which I loved, but which provoked the same reaction amongst musos as The Carpenters – sweet equals sickly in their eyes, totally unable to appreciate the song quality. Make It With You is gorgeous, and was covered in the 90’s by Let Loose, to reasonable effect.

In at 5, one of my all-time fave bands of the 70’s debut – Hot Chocolate, fresh off The Beatles Apple label, and now with Micky Most’s RAK Records, loved that yacht logo on the vinyl. Errol Brown led the mixed race combo, in itself a statement at that time, and Errol and bandmate Tony Wilson showed they were nifty songwriters pretty much immediately (writing for other acts like Mary Hopkin). The organ and strings riffs of Love Is Life and that shuffling percussive rhythm were irresistible to me, and that soaring melody just fabulous. Still love it to bits.

Also in, at 19, Andy Williams is back with It’s So Easy, my top-rated crooner of the time. Andy was never bad, and I loved that he covered current hits on his show and albums. Just look at him singing this bouncy joyous pop ditty live – effortless and stylish.

1 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 7 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

6 ( 1 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 6 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 5 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

11 ( 10 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
12 ( 9 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 13 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones

16 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
17 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
18 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

Back in Singapore, time for some end-of-holiday musings and summary: the long summer holiday from school was pretty literal there, hot days, comics, music, TV, swimming pool, beach, catching fish for my tank, and yet more comics. I was getting a pretty good set of new Action Comics by this time, as well as back issues of Adventure Comics, all featuring my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes (and Superboy and Superman). I can’t understate how shaky and sweaty I would get when I came across a new issue – the surge of excitement overcame everything else. I had to have them, no matter what. By this time I was off on longer bus journeys, to Katong and Siglap bookstores and roadside kiosks, to Changi Village second-hand bookstores, and to Singapore City plush department stores newsagent sections (with grown-ups, that one, it was just that bit too daunting to go into the city on my own). Just as well I didn’t always tell where I’d been (I used to say Bedok, near where we first lived, and bring back fish from the tropical fish store for the tank as proof). Ah happy days, and I even got friend Dale to accompany me too, eventually – his parents also didn’t know. Given the red-flag bombs left locally aimed at us kids, as I’ve already said, I had to get my priorities right. I knew the risks, took no chances straying from the main bus route and the shops, and I wouldn’t have trusted strangers, but those comics were meant for me, I had to have them! I still have them….

I noticed by now that the comics I brought over from the UK were getting a bit brown and stained round the edges, so hot and humid was it, constantly. I had moth balls in the draw I kept them in, but that didn’t stop it. The expensive new ones needed to be kept as mint as possible in my obsessive eyes. I came up with a solution. Bread rolls. Or rather the bags the rolls came in, labelled with Bakers logos and so on, but otherwise transparent – I washed them out, dried them off for a day or two, and stored my comics in them one in each bag. Then inside a larger bag. It worked – they are still inside the same bags 46 years later, fairly airtight and stacked in my childhood wooden box. Some might call that anal retentive and they’d be right. But my comics are still near mint and worth a bob or two now.

25th August 1970

School hols nearly over, and it’s a reggae new entry at 1 for Desmond Dekker, finally getting the top spot after peaking at with Israelites the previous year. Written by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, You Can Get It If You Really Want was a fab melodic pop groove released on the super-cool reggae label Trojan. Back in 1970, though, Desmond was the big reggae star. Hot Chocolate go up to 2 with the fantastic Love Is Life, and Marmalade hold at 3 with the lovely Rainbow. New at 11, a future Kylie cover, the soulful funk of Chairmen Of The Board, starting their string of hits with one of their great singles, Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lead singer General Johnson had a terrific voice, and the creative team was ex-Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland on their new Invictus record label. Funkier, but still fab.

1 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 5 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 1 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 2 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
10 ( 9 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 11 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
16 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
17 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
18 ( 16 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
19 ( 18 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free


Back in the tropics, what kind of games were popular in our house? I got a fab game called Battling Tops for christmas which dad and his RAF mates also pissed themselves over – it was like an old amphitheatre but curved. Basically you wrapped up to 4 spinning tops in nylon rope, placed them in the 4 starter blocks at 90 degrees around the arena, and pulled hard. They then went mad, spinning towards each other and colliding, and the winner was the one who didn’t get chucked out the arena and who spun the longest.

The grown-ups were big on Canasta, very much a social thing among young married couples, or a ladies-only bit of fun – I still adore card games but they seem to be a thing of the past generally these days. Anyway, I watched avidly behind each grown-up watching how they played till I picked it up, and eventually I got to play too. Yay!

The other big social do, again for couples, but also men’s beer-drinking gatherings at our house (cos we had a dartboard) was darts. Mum and dad went onto the main RAF camp for nights out (we stayed on our own, brother & I, locked indoors with neighbours opposite keeping an eye on the house), I was quite sensible from an early age, these days you’d be done for child abandonment but at 12 or 13 years old I certainly didn’t feel I needed a baby sitter to control my younger brother and a bit of squabbling now and then. Anyway, they won loads of team darts awards, albeit some as runners-up (still have the little wooden plaques and cups) and I got to play darts as much as I wanted. Never did get great at it, though, preferred DC Comics and pop music and American TV.

Other board games: Monopoly (of course), Careers, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, and minor ones like draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo and so on. My big new board game, though, was Chess. I joined the chess club at Seletar Secondary Modern in my first year, and liked it, and ended up getting my own super-funky magnetic chess board (still have it) which I took to my new upcoming school, where I basically spent breaks with the other nerds playing chess. Yes my days of hanging about with the cool kids running round school playgrounds and playing fields were over, the new RAF Changi Grammar School was a whole different ball game, so to speak, and I pretty quickly got labelled a “swot” which was the social kiss of death for any shy boy. To be continued in September, and day one at school…

 

My 1970 Charts – July

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7th July 1970

5 weeks and Everything Is still Beautiful for Ray Stevens. Simon & Garfunkel go up to 4 with Cecilia up in my bedroom, Lady D’Arbanville gives Cat Stevens a royal climb to 6, and Lola gives The Kinks a manly leg-up into the top 10. New at 10, and The King is back, fresh from a run of classic 1969 singles, including chart-topper In The Ghetto, but this time it’s not cool soulful gospel Elvis, it’s the start of Las Vegas live cabaret Elvis who covers other people’s records for a living. This one is 1959 Ray Peterson hit The Wonder Of You, and is still his best cabaret period track, well OTT but a bit of fun, and Elvis had yet to become a caricature of himself.

In at 14, and back in the chart groove, Jimmy Ruffin keeps those Motown soul-sounds going with I’ll Say Forever My Love, a terrific record in a run of great singles from Jimmy. In at 19, Joni Mitchell finally charts in her own right, having been covered by others prior to Big Yellow Taxi. It’s a great song, still popular, but not by any means my favourite Joni song, not even close. 5 years on she took a re-recorded version into my charts, and it would be 4 years before she actually got a follow-up chart track enter my charts.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 4 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
8 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
10 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley

http://youtube.com/v/NQH_Wj5lj5g

11 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
12 ( 9 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
13 ( 12 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
14 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 14 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
17 ( 15 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
18 ( 19 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
19 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
20 ( 16 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies

http://youtube.com/v/ZgMEPk6fvpg


So, as they like to start sentences with these days, Singapore lazy hazy days of summer. My school popcorn transfer collection was becoming pretty comprehensive – I’d covered my cardboard hardboard suitcase-style school bag (everyone had them) in them, inside and out, and I’d decided to save them for posterity in a DIY mini-album made from A4 sheets cut in half and folded over, and stapled together. I still have it of course, and I am right now gazing at my gorgeous Neal Adams figures of Superman, Batman, Batgirl and Robin, still the best DC Comics artist of all time. I also had my el cheapo Far east rip-off versions of Batman/ Superman which had the hair the wrong colour, the costumes the wrong colour, and other hilarity I guess was intentionally done to avoid copyright prosecution. Either that or the artist was colour-blind. Then there’s my 2001: A Space Odyssey transfers, still sexy and still futuristic even though it’s 14-years beyond 2001 now. Not to mention my “Monkey” animation transfers (I’m sure I have already mentioned these, but y’know, whatever!) as Far East culture was just as much fair game as American to kids like me. Think of it as an early version of Kung Fu Panda! Then there’s the Cowboy transfers (think Toy Story’s Woody), the Daktari TV show transfers (Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion was a hit long before The Lion King), and loads of Anime superheroes in the style of hit Japanese TV show Marine Boy. Anime was big news in Singapore for kids, and I have vague memories of an obscure series called Phantoma so I googled and I youtubed and he looks nothing like I recall (see link) so I’m thinking it may have been a local TV station rename for Space Ghost who does look like I recall (a Hanna Barbera cartoon) so here’s the Japanese language version. Anyways, all in all, a big yah-boo-sucks to later trends and cults for kids, beat ya all to it, so there hah (raspberry!).

http://youtube.com/v/DEFxejz3g18


14th July 1970

Mungo Jerry finally get on top in the summertime, or in Singapore where it’s perpetually summer, summer sounds seemed doubly appropriate. Once upon a time it was fresh and new and unusual, before a plethora of adverts, TV spots, film slots and a cover by Shaggy rendered it all a bit old hat, but I retain affection for it as long as I don’t hear it too often! Highest new entry at 12 is Hotlegs with the insistent plodding beat of Neanderthal Man. It seemed like a novelty record, which is not quite right as the band went on to become 75% of 10CC, who also started off with what seemed to be a novelty record, before it became quite clear that they specialised in musical pastiches, witty lyrics and versatility of sound. Prior to Hotlegs, Eric Stewart was in and sang lead vocal on the Mindbenders gorgeous Groovy Kind Of Love, another of many childhood faves of mine. After leaving the chart, Graham Gouldman joined Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Eric (joint owner of Strawberry Studios, where they recorded, along with Graham) and that was essentially 10CC formed.

1 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
6 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
9 ( 7 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 9 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

 

http://youtube.com/v/wiWu7Csn2HY

11 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( NEW ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
14 ( 12 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 13 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
17 ( 15 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
19 ( 16 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
20 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe


Around about this time dad started buying colour slide films for the new half-frame camera – this was quite a revelation, as once he’d got a screen and slide projector we had the multicolour 60’s experience recorded for posterity at 72 shots a roll of film, and shown in glorious multicolour afterwards as big as you wanted. This was amazing, as it just captured everything about a largely-disappearing period-piece, our youth, and in the years (and decades) afterwards it kept the whole tropical Singapore world fresh and vivid. I still have boxes and boxes of slides (now sometimes looking worse for wear as time starts to let fungus and the like creep in) and no way of transferring to digital which does them justice – the focus is not quite right, the colours too pastel, the bits of dust and stuff on them stands out too much. What I need is time and expensive kit to have them back to life and saved. Here’s one of mum, dad, brother and life then ins Singapore city: mum’s crocheted handbag (arts and crafts were big with the housewives), the bottle of fanta (you needed lotsa bottles of fizzy drinks on a day out), the umbrella (when it rained it poured), the cool fashions: I’m sorry, for me fashion peaked in 1970 and it has been at it’s best since when it’s returning to similar styles of the late 60’s and very early 70’s. Call me old-fashioned…!


21st July 1970

Cliff gets his first chart-topper after a couple of number 2’s. I say first, actually Cliff’s career was the same age as me (still is, obviously!) and he’d moved over into family pop fairly early into his career and pretty much stayed there, but with an increasingly bubblegum tendency that didn’t go down well with music critics. Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha was melodic pop that appealed well enough to 12 year-old’s, about a boy dumping his mates for girls, not about tomboys blossoming into women, or boys going the Lola route (sadly, as that would have been quite a media sensation). In a hypothetical world where I started my pop charts at age 5, not 10, Cliff would have had Summer Holiday, Bacholer Boy, All My Love, The Day I Met Marie and maybe Congratulations hit the top spot, cos I loved them all. The Day I Met Marie eventually did top my chart, and there’s still time for The Next Time (double A with Bacholer Boy) to do the same, though the others have all passed that point now.

Simon & Garfunkel get yet another single fall just short of the top spot, the fab Cecilia at 2, as Elvis and Cat go top 5, Hotlegs go top 10, and the highest new entry at 13 is one I was mad on, recorded direct off the TV with a hand microphone from The Archies Fun House show. Love Vibrations inexpicably remains unreleased 45 years later, and of course is therefore the record I most want to be available on download, or CD, or vinyl. It’s just a great tune, and much better than a number of their rather odd singles choices following the monster that was Sugar Sugar. Pretty sure it never appeared in any chart, therefore, on the whole Planet Earth, so I’m singing it’s praises a lone voice in the wilderness, albeit through childhood rose-tinted specs. At 18, and much better-known, it’s Stevie Wonder again, Signed, Sealed, Delivered he’s yours. Even covered by Stevie himself in 2003 with Blue (it wasn’t an improvement on the original) it gave him a 21st century UK chart hit that wasn’t Superstition (it usually is). The youtube clip is a gem, cool Stevie and spot missus Syreeta on backing vocals. At 20, Pickettywich sneak in briefly again with a sad old movie, kinda. S’OK.

http://youtube.com/v/Po1ffbk5JA0

1 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
4 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
5 ( 8 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
6 ( 5 ) LOLA The Kinks
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
9 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

http://youtube.com/v/zxexKLsLpw0

11 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 18 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
13 ( NEW ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 13 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
17 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
20 ( NEW ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywich

http://youtube.com/v/cbKVfq49tII

What was reading at this time, apart from comics? Just William books (very British), The Bobbsey Twins books (very American), Enid Blyton books (still) though I’d moved more into the “Secret” and “Adventure” books and away from The Famous Five and The Secret Seven (very Dorset). I’d already dipped into Arthur C. Clarke (Dolphin Island, a long-forgotten pro-dolphin sci-fi yarn aimed at kids) which whetted my appetite for science-fiction, without actually being aware that was what it was, or that more was available in that genre. My fave books of all-time, though were The Secret Island (Blyton) and Dolphin Island (Clarke) and the 1858 R. M. Ballantyne novel The Coral Island. Hmmm, I seem to have a thing for being marooned on/or living on isolated islands, particularly tropical ones, and ones with animals I can love (as opposed to eat). It all seemed so glamorous being able to do exactly what you want, in co-operation, on a marvellous adventure. Or maybe I just liked living in my own world cos the real one is quite cruel. No change there then….

28th July 1970

2 weeks for Cliff and Samantha, Cat hits 3 with his lady, and Jimmy Ruffin gets a 2nd top 10 in a row. In at 12 it’s another country-flavoured melodic ballad from the under-rated Scottish band Marmalade, Rainbow is another sweet-sad pop song in the style of The Hollies or Crosby Stills & Nash, and follows-up my chart-topper Reflections Of My Life. Like The Monkees they generally (against their wishes) were forced to record songs by professional songwriters, (good records all the same) but in 1969 switched to Decca and produced their own songs. Their line-up had Junior Campbell, later of solo gospel-tinged singles success, and they rather sensibly changed the band name from The Gaylords. Pity they didn’t choose The Jam rather than The Marmalade though! Hendrix was an early supporter, little-known fact.

At 14, it’s an oldie, and a classic. Yes, shockingly, Tears Of A Clown was an obscure 1967 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles album track which Motown bizarrely failed to recognise as a smash hit classic. The UK was a big supporter of 60’s Motown tracks well into the 70’s, and this one actually topped the UK singles chart before happening in the USA – it also stopped Smokey leaving the band for another 2 years! The record? It’s perfect. The circus-themed riffs, the clever lyrics, the great vocal, and the tune, all perfect. No cover version, including the hit ska cover by The Beat, comes close to matching the sheer beauty of the original. Smokey is a much-admired songwriter by other professional songwriters, and he even had a song all about him: ABC’s When Smokey Sings. Nuff said. In at 19, Chicago are back with 25 Or 6 To 4 – no I still have no idea what it means either. It’s a great jazz-tinged rock groove though, with some mighty riffs. The future held decades of tedious ballads (mostly) but in 1970 they were still cool.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

6 ( 8 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 6 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/MeMS8SuHPs0

11 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade
13 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops

http://youtube.com/v/HsI-DB-25e8

16 ( 12 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
17 ( 18 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
18 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/WLiuMkGCOC4


The youtube clip of Tears Of A Clown is taken from The Andy Williams Show, Andy was coolest of the crooners and a family fave, his variety show had his extended family on it (actual wife Claudine Longet, and unrelated regulars The Osmond Brothers) and big big Hollywood and TV superstars, and big singers and up and coming upstarts like Elton John and The Jackson 5. The Cookie Bear was a running gag beloved of kids like me, and in this clip you have Ray Stevens doing his novelty hit Along Came Jones with Andy doing the female role, comic Danny Thomas joining in, and 7-year-old Jimmy Osmond as cowboy hero Jones. Cute!

http://youtube.com/v/0d4ahG7kh-Y