My Retro December 1969 Charts

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RAF Changi swimming pool with the Marshalls

 

6th December 1969

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

13th December 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

20th December 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

27th December 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro September 1969 Charts

changi village 1970

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

 

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6th August 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6th Sep Retro-Then

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

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

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

 

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swimming lessons RAF Changi

13th September 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RETRO THEN

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

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

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

 

 

 

20th Sept 1969

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wot I liked that week then

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

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

 

27th September 1969

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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