My Retro April 1970 Charts

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One of the recycled school books we had at Seletar Secondary Modern, someone must have left and I got hold of it, then I moved schools in September and decided to use it as an autograph book on my last day at school (for autographs of classmates and teachers, which I still have). Our class forms were named after RAF heroes (Hannah in this case) and it looks like the Queen was our sponsor – though as E*R was on everything in the RAF I never really gave it much thought!

 

4th April 1970

It’s 4 week son top for Ray Stevens as he continues to hold off a host of challengers at 2, this week it’s Elton John’s Border Song biding his time to knock off Everything Is Beautiful. Choirs can be wondrous things done properly, and each has one. The Ides Of March get a top 10 for their one and only time, a single-use Vehicle, while Dana tiptoes in for her first (but not last) top 10 – Fairytale would also do the trick in 1976, co-incidentally the same title as a future Eurovision winner that also topped my charts, and though Dana may have ruled the roost in my 50-years-ago affections she doesn’t quite register as highly these days.

Top 40 climbs for BJ Thomas’ wistful ballad, Eddie Holman’s second top 40 with another hovering just outside, Charlie Rich’s first 4 years ahead of the wonderful Most Beautiful Girl In The World, and the late Julie Felix giving If I Could two appearances. A quiet week for new entries lets me knock the chart back down to 75, and Dionne Warwick gets the highest entry with another Bacharach/David song joining BJ Thomas’. The Hollies can’t tell the bottom from the top – not a problem I’ve ever had, I must say – while Roger Whittaker doesn’t believe in If anymore. Both very nice ballads with a melancholy touch.

The England World Squad have high ambitions, but both Back Home and the World Cup passed me by in tropical Singapore. I’m guessing they were televised but as Mexico is 13 hours behind I’d imagine I was in bed and much more interested in who was on the Andy Williams Show or what songs would feature in this week’s episode of The Archies later in the evening, rather than a bunch of blokes running about a field kicking a ball on the grass for a bit. If it was repeated on telly I would be certain to have been reading my DC comics, or Just William or something similar.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 5 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 2
3 ( 2 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
4 ( 3 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
5 ( 4 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
6 ( 6 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
7 ( 7 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
8 ( 12 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
9 ( 18 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 9
10 ( 10 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10

11 ( 13 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 9 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
13 ( 8 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
14 ( 11 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
15 ( 20 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 15
16 ( 35 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 16
17 ( 14 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
18 ( 16 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
19 ( 15 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
20 ( 27 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 20

21 ( 17 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
22 ( 19 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
23 ( 21 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
24 ( 22 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
25 ( 28 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 25
26 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 26
27 ( 30 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 27
28 ( 25 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
29 ( 52 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 29
30 ( 24 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20

31 ( 47 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 31
32 ( 23 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 23
33 ( 26 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
34 ( 36 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 34
35 ( 46 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 35
36 ( 31 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
37 ( 33 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
38 ( 42 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 38
39 ( 29 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
40 ( 32 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9

41 ( 38 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
42 ( 37 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
43 ( 50 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 43
44 ( 34 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 34
45 ( 49 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 45
46 ( 39 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
47 ( 60 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 47
48 ( NEW ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 48
49 ( 41 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
50 ( 54 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 50

51 ( 45 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
52 ( 40 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 40
53 ( 56 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 53
54 ( 71 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 54
55 ( 63 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 55
56 ( 59 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 56
57 ( 67 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 57
58 ( 64 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 58
59 ( 68 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 59
60 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 60

61 ( 43 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
62 ( NEW ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 62
63 ( 61 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
64 ( 72 ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees # 64
65 ( 66 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 65
66 ( 73 ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 66
67 ( 48 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
68 ( 62 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
69 ( 76 ) BAD SIDE OF THE MOON Elton John # 69
70 ( 51 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14

71 ( NEW ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 71
72 ( 77 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Slade # 72
73 ( 78 ) EVERYBODY GO HOME (THE PARTY’S OVER) Clodagh Rodgers # 73
74 ( NEW ) DON’T LET THE MUSIC SLIP AWAY Archie Bell & The Drells # 74
75 ( NEW ) BRONTOSAURUS The Move # 75

4th Apr Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 2 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
6 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
7 ( 5 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
9 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 17 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
14 ( 20 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
16 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
17 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
18 ( NEW ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
19 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
20 ( NEW ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival

 

11th April 1970

It’s a first week on top for Elton John’s Border Song, still one of his great records 50 years later as his signature breakthrough song gets released this week then, the one and only Your Song entering at 9. OK it wasn’t a single for months, it wouldnt be a UK hit until 1971, but my charts aren’t about singles, they are about what was available to buy or “stream” (ie record off the radio) that week back then. Elton had arrived.

In a busy week for new entries, it’s another expansion to 80, and back comes The Voice with Daughter Of Darkness, Tom Jones still an institution, The Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs is also The Voice for me, and they get a Motown classic 60’s oldie into the 10 as they get a 60’s ballad cover new in at 62. Diana Ross & The Supremes vacate the chart this week, but no matter, The Supremes are still strong at 11, and Diana gets her solo debut with Reach Out And Touch, a low-key start for a huge star, in at 57, while Marvin & Tammi return with a cover of California Soul.

Led Zep get a 2nd chart entry, ramblin’ on, as White Plains make it 2 in a row (or 6 in a row for Tony Burrows who is also on the number one in the background), Creedence return with another 2 new tracks, very much the norm for them by this time to have twofers. Two fer the price of one. The Melodians return with a rather famous reggae song – or it will be in 8 years when Boney M adapt it – Holland-Dozier-Holland return with Flaming Ember, now ex-Motown, Melanie & The Edwin Hawkins Singers join together in unison for a 2nd chart entry each, Aphrodite’s Child pop up again 2 years on from Rain And Tears and 2 years before the next entry, and then 2 years from Demis Roussos entering, though Vangelis has to wait till the 80’s. Neil Diamond keeps up his furious pace of releases with Soolaimon, and Blues Image pop in with a big US hit.

1 ( 2 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
2 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
3 ( 3 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
4 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
5 ( 6 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
6 ( 5 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
7 ( 9 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
8 ( 11 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
9 ( NEW ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 9
10 ( 8 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8

11 ( 7 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
12 ( 10 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
13 ( 15 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 13
14 ( 16 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 14
15 ( 12 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
16 ( 25 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 16
17 ( 13 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
18 ( 20 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 18
19 ( 14 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
20 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 20

21 ( 17 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
22 ( 18 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
23 ( 27 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 23
24 ( 29 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 24
25 ( 19 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
26 ( 31 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 26
27 ( 21 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
28 ( 24 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
29 ( 23 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
30 ( 28 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3

31 ( 22 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
32 ( 48 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 32
33 ( 35 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 33
34 ( 38 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 34
35 ( 43 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 35
36 ( 47 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 36
37 ( 30 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20
38 ( 45 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 38
39 ( 54 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 39
40 ( 33 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8

41 ( 34 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 34
42 ( 37 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
43 ( 32 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 23
44 ( 41 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
45 ( 36 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
46 ( 60 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 46
47 ( 40 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
48 ( 57 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 48
49 ( 50 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 49
50 ( 53 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 50

51 ( 46 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
52 ( 58 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 52
53 ( 39 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
54 ( 62 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 54
55 ( 59 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 55
56 ( 51 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
57 ( NEW ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 57
58 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 58
59 ( 64 ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees # 59
60 ( 66 ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 60

61 ( 49 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
62 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 62
63 ( 42 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
64 ( NEW ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 64
65 ( 63 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
66 ( NEW ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 66
67 ( 71 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 67
68 ( NEW ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 68
69 ( 44 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 34
70 ( 72 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Slade # 70

71 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 71
72 ( 55 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 55
73 ( NEW ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 73
74 ( 52 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 40
75 ( NEW ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 75
76 ( NEW ) WESTBOUND #9 The Flaming Ember # 76
77 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers # 77
78 ( NEW ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 78
79 ( NEW ) SOOLAIMON (AFRICAN TRILOGY II) Neil Diamond # 79
80 ( NEW ) RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE Blues Image # 80

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
6 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
8 ( 6 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( NEW ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
10 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
12 ( 13 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
14 ( 11 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
16 ( 18 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
17 ( 14 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
18 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
19 ( 20 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
20 ( NEW ) RAG MAMA RAG The Band

 

18th April 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Border Song as Elton makes it two top 5’s the same week, not bad for a career start, he might go far! As might young Paul McCartney, still at 4 with his ex-Band and entering at 7 with his first solo classic, Maybe I’m Amazed, off his debut solo album, as is Every Night lower down the chart. Neither were singles (what!?) but Wings had a hit with the live version of Maybe I’m Amazed in 1977 and Phoebe Snow a hit cover of Every Night in 1978.

Joni Mitchell and Charlie Rich both get top 20’s (they will both be back later in the 70’s), Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell leap up with some California Soul into the top 30, as The Hollies get another top 40, and Diana Ross grabs her first solo top 40. Chairmen Of The Board get a second chart hit, dangling on a string, and Jackie Wilson is back with a soul goodie, sending a letter to his baby, while Toots & The Maytals (as it is now labelled) debut with Monkey Man. The Grass Roots add to their run of hits, Roy Orbison keeps having chart entries longer than I expected with a film theme tune (Zabriskie’s Point), Randy Newman is back with a future Three Dog Night hit, and Al Stewart debuts 50 years before his Year Of The Cat is sampled for a dance hit.

1 ( 1 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
2 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
3 ( 3 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
4 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
5 ( 9 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 5
6 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
7 ( NEW ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 7
8 ( 6 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
9 ( 7 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
10 ( 14 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10

11 ( 13 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11
12 ( 10 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
13 ( 8 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
14 ( 16 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 14
15 ( 12 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
16 ( 11 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
17 ( 20 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 17
18 ( 15 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
19 ( 23 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 19
20 ( 26 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 20

21 ( 17 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
22 ( 18 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 18
23 ( 19 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
24 ( 24 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 24
25 ( 22 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
26 ( 21 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
27 ( 58 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 27
28 ( 25 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
29 ( 27 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
30 ( 32 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 30

31 ( 34 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 31
32 ( 36 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 32
33 ( 33 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 33
34 ( 28 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
35 ( 35 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 35
36 ( 30 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
37 ( 38 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 37
38 ( 39 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 38
39 ( 46 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 39
40 ( 57 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 40

41 ( 48 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 41
42 ( 54 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 42
43 ( 29 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
44 ( 50 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 44
45 ( 31 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
46 ( 37 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20
47 ( 52 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 47
48 ( 44 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
49 ( 42 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
50 ( 62 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 50

51 ( 64 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 51
52 ( 40 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
53 ( 66 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 53
54 ( 41 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 34
55 ( 51 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
56 ( 60 ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 56
57 ( 45 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
58 ( 71 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 58
59 ( 56 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
60 ( 68 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 60

61 ( 47 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
62 ( 67 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 62
63 ( NEW ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 63
64 ( NEW ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 64
65 ( 73 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 65
66 ( NEW ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 66
67 ( 78 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 67
68 ( 65 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
69 ( 75 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 69
70 ( NEW ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 70

71 ( 77 ) LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers # 71
72 ( NEW ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 72
73 ( NEW ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 73
74 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Randy Newman # 74
75 ( NEW ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 9 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
6 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
9 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
12 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
14 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
15 ( 14 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 19 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
17 ( NEW ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
18 ( 17 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
19 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink

 

25th April 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Elton John’s Border Song as Your Song is also up to 3 to create a Ray Stevens sandwich, while Paul McCartney is the dessert with 2 songs at 4 and 5, Maybe I’m Amazed at the key track off his solo album, and his last official UK single at 5 with his old band – though in Singapore airplay was heavy for the next US single (which has popped in 2 weeks early in my Then-charts before the 8th May Let It Be album release date) – not to mention Every Night climbing lower down.

Highest new entry is Save The Country, the Bobbie Kennedy State-of-the-world song that had already charted for writer Laura Nyro, Thelma Houston and Peggy Lipton, but The 5th Dimension version is the definitive version, in at 6. To boot, they leapfrog current single Puppet Man, up to 24. In at 9 it’s not-Creedence Clearwater Revival, Christie and their smash Yellow River, a sort of poppier vision of a CCR style, a huge fave of the time, like The 5th Dimension. In at 12, it’s one I first heard about 10 years back, obscure US band Crabby Appleton and the fab Go Back.

Marvin & Tammi, Dionne, and Eddie Holman all add to their list of top 20 successes, while Barry Ryan is a bit Kitsch, with his latest dramatic pop creation in at 38, The Moody Blues Question why so low at 50 (answer: so much good chart stuff) and Butterscotch debut at 48 with Don’t You Know – a bit of MOR UK pop that I swear I was dreaming about one sunny morning when I suddenly woke up, went into the front room, put the radio on, and it was on the radio. Not so odd, except I’d never heard the song before that I recalled, but the hook was instant and it took me ages to hear it again, and years before I properly got a copy. I can only guess a neighbour had the radio on and played it loud and it sunk into my half-asleep unconscious…! Butterscotch were a group of professional songwriter/producers, including Geoff Morrow & Chris Arnold, who’d written Billy Fury’s In Thoughts Of You, and along with fellow-band member David Martin, The Carpenters and Barry Manilow’s Can’t Smile Without You.

The huge Elvis hit The Wonder Of You enters at 64, giving him a new template for the next couple of years – live versions of oldies setting up his Las Vegas period. The Raiders drop Paul Revere and revamp their old garage-rock track in a more pop style, Gone Movin’ On, Bobbie Gentry covers the old Freddie & The Dreamers hit, Curtis Mayfield is back again with The Impressions, and Quo return after a bit of a gap with a new style, the bluesier-jeans template for the rest of their long career, Down The Dustpipe.

1 ( 1 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
2 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
3 ( 5 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 3
4 ( 7 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 4
5 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
6 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 6
7 ( 3 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
8 ( 6 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
9 ( NEW ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 9
10 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2

11 ( 11 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11
12 ( NEW ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 12
13 ( 27 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 13
14 ( 9 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
15 ( 12 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
16 ( 10 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
17 ( 13 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
18 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
19 ( 24 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 19
20 ( 30 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 20

21 ( 14 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 14
22 ( 16 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
23 ( 18 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
24 ( 38 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 24
25 ( 21 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
26 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 17
27 ( 20 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 20
28 ( 23 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
29 ( 25 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
30 ( 32 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 30

31 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 19
32 ( 26 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
33 ( 39 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 33
34 ( 29 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
35 ( 40 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 35
36 ( 42 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 36
37 ( 37 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 37
38 ( NEW ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 38
39 ( 50 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 39
40 ( 51 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 40

41 ( 31 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 31
42 ( 22 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 18
43 ( 28 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
44 ( 36 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
45 ( 53 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 45
46 ( 34 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
47 ( 33 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 33
48 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 48
49 ( 35 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 35
50 ( NEW ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 50

51 ( 41 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 41
52 ( 64 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 52
53 ( 63 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 53
54 ( 48 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
55 ( 47 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 47
56 ( 43 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
57 ( 49 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
58 ( 58 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 58
59 ( 62 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 59
60 ( 60 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 60

61 ( 44 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 44
62 ( 65 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 62
63 ( 67 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 63
64 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 64
65 ( 55 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
66 ( 66 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 66
67 ( 69 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 67
68 ( 70 ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 68
69 ( 71 ) LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers # 69
70 ( 72 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 70

71 ( 73 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 71
72 ( 59 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
73 ( 74 ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Randy Newman # 73
74 ( 56 ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 56
75 ( 75 ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 75
76 ( NEW ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders 76
77 ( NEW ) IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY Bobbie Gentry 77
78 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Little Milton 78
79 ( NEW ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield 79
80 ( NEW ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo 80

Wot I liked then
1 ( NEW ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
3 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 8 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 17 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 11 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
14 ( 18 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
15 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
16 ( 14 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
17 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( NEW ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
19 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
20 ( NEW ) BRONTOSAURUS The Move

My March 1988 Charts

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Local BMX heathland area – went for a walk there yesterday for the first time in a decade – the car is gone and ponds now cover the bottom areas – much better for wildlife, newts especially.

 

6th March 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Climie Fisher, presiding over a still-volatile chart as Heart’s double-A oldie rises 53 places to give them a second number 2 in 6 months, with Joe Le taxi going top 10 for Vanessa Paradis’ debut, and Belinda Carlisle makes it 2 in a row with I get Weak, and Taja Seville shoots up 20 to 10 for her only big record, the fab Love Is Contagious.

Mel & Kim and Sisters Of Mercy add to their top 20 tally, Eighth Wonder takes Pet Shop Boys to 21 (more or less, bar Patsy Kensit’s vocals), with the generously-donated I’m Not Scared, Afrika Bambaata is back in the 40 after a bit of a gap, and UB40 just keep on a-coming, 8 years of non-stop singles success. Voice Of The Beehive return with an instant top 40 walking the earth at 38, while Aswad’s cover of Don’t Turn Around gives them a long-overdue big smash and a run of success, in at 51. The song is an Albert Hammond and Diane Warren song, originally recorded by Tina Turner a couple of years earlier – Albert has hits spanning the 60’s to 80’s Diane the 80’s to the 10’s.

David Lee Roth keeps his ex-Van Halen career ticking over a while, The Proclaimers fly in just below, Saxon ride like the wind where Christopher Cross first blew top 20 in 1980, and extend their career longer than Christopher Cross managed, to 8 years, and finally INXS sneak in with another Kick track, Devil Inside.

1 ( 1 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
2 ( 55 ) NEVER/ THESE DREAMS Heart
3 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
4 ( 2 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
5 ( 3 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 13 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
7 ( 8 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
8 ( 17 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
9 ( 9 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
10 ( 30 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

11 ( 7 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
12 ( 18 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 6 ) CRAZY Icehouse
14 ( 15 ) MY GENERATION The Who
15 ( 20 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
16 ( 25 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
17 ( 27 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
18 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
19 ( 10 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
20 ( 11 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

21 ( 58 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
22 ( 29 ) CRASH The Primitives
23 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 40 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
25 ( 37 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
26 ( 14 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
27 ( 12 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
28 ( 19 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
29 ( 16 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
30 ( 32 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles

31 ( 21 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
32 ( 22 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
33 ( 48 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
34 ( 31 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
35 ( 24 ) ROCK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
36 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
37 ( 35 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
38 ( NEW ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
39 ( 34 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 45 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George

41 ( 26 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
42 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 51 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
44 ( 43 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 41 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL MIchael Jackson
46 ( 61 ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
47 ( 52 ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
48 ( 39 ) SHAME Eurythmics
49 ( 49 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
50 ( 68 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley

51 ( 60 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
52 ( 33 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
53 ( 50 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
54 ( 28 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
55 ( 65 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
56 ( 69 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
57 ( 44 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
58 ( 56 ) BAD Michael Jackson
59 ( 46 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
60 ( 63 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure

61 ( NEW ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
62 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 38 ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
64 ( 53 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
65 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
66 ( NEW ) MAKE MY HEART FLY The Proclaimers
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
69 ( 74 ) CHECK IT OUT John Cougar Mellencamp
70 ( 75 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen

71 ( 64 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 72 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( 73 ) HUMAN The Human League
74 ( NEW ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
75 ( 71 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

6th March
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SO FAR AWAY Carole King
2 REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE The Wombles
3 WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS Nana Mouskouri

 

 

 

13th March 1988

It’s French teen chanteuse Vanessa Paradis getting a cool Joe Le Taxi to the top slot this week – she’s not the youngest act (at 15 years old) to top my chart – that honour goes to Michael Jackson, either 12 years old with the Jackson 5, or 14 years old solo – but she is still the youngest solo female to have done it. Johnny Hates Jazz get a second top 10 and Mel & Kim a 3rd.

A big climb for Aswad to 21 from 61, and INXS to 28 from 74, and the highest new entry is a second hit for Eric B & Rakim at 30. Madness return and extend their run to 9 years, at 38 with a “The” in front of the name (so wrong), and I Pronounce You may be their last top 40 for a decade. Fischer Z debut with The Perfect Day, Keith Sweat wants her, Brenda Russell plays piano in the dark (anti-social but a great record), The Clash oldie I Fought The Law returns 9 years on, a cover of the 60’s garage-rock Bobby Fuller Four hit, and Richard Marx pops back in 3 weeks after sneaking in at 75 for a week. He’ll be back with bigger tracks quite soon…

1 ( 6 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
2 ( 7 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
3 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
4 ( 4 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
5 ( 10 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
6 ( 2 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
7 ( 1 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
8 ( 12 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
9 ( 16 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
10 ( 8 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle

11 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
12 ( 5 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 13 ) CRAZY Icehouse
14 ( 22 ) CRASH The Primitives
15 ( 9 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
16 ( 17 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
17 ( 15 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
18 ( 24 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
19 ( 11 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 19 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

21 ( 61 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
22 ( 33 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 14 ) MY GENERATION The Who
25 ( 20 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
26 ( 38 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
27 ( 18 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 74 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
29 ( 29 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
30 ( NEW ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim

31 ( 34 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
32 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
34 ( 51 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
35 ( 37 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
36 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
37 ( 26 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
38 ( NEW ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
39 ( 27 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
40 ( 50 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley

41 ( 31 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
42 ( 39 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 32 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
44 ( 35 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
45 ( 44 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
46 ( 46 ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
47 ( 45 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
48 ( 28 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
49 ( 30 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( 65 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth

51 ( 43 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
52 ( 49 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
53 ( 56 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
54 ( 40 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
55 ( 48 ) SHAME Eurythmics
56 ( 53 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
57 ( 70 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen
58 ( NEW ) THE PERFECT DAY Fischer Z
59 ( 58 ) BAD Michael Jackson
60 ( 59 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby

61 ( 68 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
62 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 66 ) MAKE MY HEART FLY The Proclaimers
64 ( 71 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 41 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
66 ( NEW ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 57 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
69 ( NEW ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
70 ( 73 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 64 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
72 ( 72 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( NEW ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
74 ( RE ) SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER Richard Marx
75 ( 75 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
2 BLUE Wham!
3 SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba

 

 

20th March 1988

It’s a new entry as Heart finally gets a single issue, slightly remixed and with a fab Ian McKellan vampire video, giving the Pet Shop Boys a 7th chart-topper, and the 3rd off Actually. Another track that’s been around a while too, from a great album too, has a sudden leap to 2 from 52 as Father Figure gets maximum appreciation belatedly for George Michael. Another Pet Shop boys song off the soon-to-come album goes top 10 for Eighth Wonder, I’m Not Scared.

Debbie Gibson gets an instant top 20 at 17 with Only In My Dreams returning on reissue, making it a twice top 20 track in two consecutive years, as Brenda Russell leaps into the 30 with Piano In The Dark, and The Clash take I Fought The Law back into the 30 9 years on. Sinitta shock releases a decent pop single, Cross My Broken Heart, and gets her biggest hit at 36 as she goes full SAW-pop, as opposed to cheesy novelty pop.

a-ha return with another melodramatic goodie, Stay On These Roads, Bros Drop The Boy and drop the quality, Jellybean’s back with newie Just A Mirage, Pebbles is back with Girlfriend, Taylor Dayne has a low-key follow-up to a number one, Zodiac Mindwarp continues with some sci-fi glamrock entering, and Tiffany and Wet Wet Wet under-achieve down the bottom-end of the chart. Debuting, though, is future-massive rap track Push It from Salt ‘N’ Pepa, not a duo despite appearances as DJ Spinderella doesn’t get mentioned in the group name. Unless she’s “N”.

1 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 52 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
3 ( 1 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
4 ( 2 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
5 ( 5 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
6 ( 11 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
7 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
8 ( 4 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
9 ( 12 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 6 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

11 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
12 ( 8 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 21 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
14 ( 14 ) CRASH The Primitives
15 ( 7 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
16 ( 10 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
17 ( NEW ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
18 ( 30 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
19 ( 15 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
20 ( 22 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40

21 ( 13 ) CRAZY Icehouse
22 ( 18 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
23 ( 20 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
24 ( 28 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
25 ( 26 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
26 ( 16 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
27 ( 19 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
28 ( 73 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
29 ( 69 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
30 ( 34 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure

31 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 31 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
34 ( 38 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
35 ( 17 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
36 ( NEW ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
37 ( 40 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
38 ( 35 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
39 ( 36 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
40 ( 25 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

41 ( 50 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
42 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 42 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
45 ( 29 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
46 ( 45 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 47 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
48 ( 66 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
49 ( 37 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
50 ( 53 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout

51 ( 24 ) MY GENERATION The Who
52 ( NEW ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
53 ( 39 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
54 ( 54 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
55 ( 41 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
56 ( 61 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
57 ( 56 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 44 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
59 ( NEW ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
60 ( 59 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 43 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
62 ( 55 ) SHAME Eurythmics
63 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 33 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
65 ( NEW ) DROP THE BOY Bros
66 ( 60 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
69 ( NEW ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
72 ( NEW ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
73 ( NEW ) PLANET GIRL Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
74 ( NEW ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
75 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
76 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies of the week
1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
3 EMOTIONS Samantha Sang

 

 

27th March 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Heart as Pet Shop Boys stop George getting another chart-topper with Father Figure. Highest new entry, as per usual for the Beatles 20th anniversary reissues, is the Fabs Lady Madonna at 6 – never one of my fave Beatles singles, you’d have to go back to Paperback Writer to find one I loved less, but then again a lesser-Beatles track is still top quality. Aswad finally get that deserved top 10, with Don’t Turn Around, a-ha rocket into the 20 with the fab Stay On These Roads, and The Clash peak higher 2nd time around with I Fought The Law – I still prefer the Bobby Fuller Four original though.

After a lesser hit, the Nanas are back on form with I Want You Back at 35, Simon Harris has a big ol Bass climb into the 40, how high can he go? Quo ain’t complainin’ that 20 years on from Pictures Of Matchstick Men they still make my top 40, The Adventures bring their epic ballad Broken Land in at 62 – their best record – and errr Engelbert Humperdinck returns to my chart for the first time in oooh 16 years with a cover of the Glenn Medeiros cover of the George Benson original. I must have been getting nostalgic for the old crooners.

Natalie Cole is back with her soon-to-be biggest hit 13 years after debuting with This Will Be – Pink cadillac was a Bruce Springsteen song, which is always a good sign for a new track. Nina Simone is also back 20 years on with a 20-year-pld song, Mr Bojangles being a Jerry Jeff Walker 1968 future standard which became a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the US, and the signature song of Sammy Davis Jr, and a future Robbie Williams crooning goodie. Finally, Iron Maiden ask, Can I Play With Madness? Well, Madness are at 29 so it wasn’t out of the question – sadly it never happened, though, I would have enjoyed seeing them do Baggy Trousers….

1 ( 1 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
3 ( 3 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
4 ( 9 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 6 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
6 ( NEW ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
8 ( 13 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
9 ( 4 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
10 ( 10 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

11 ( 5 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
12 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
13 ( 17 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
14 ( 52 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
15 ( 8 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
16 ( 15 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
17 ( 29 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
18 ( 12 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 16 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
20 ( 28 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash

21 ( 18 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
22 ( 20 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 44 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
24 ( 24 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
25 ( 30 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
26 ( 19 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
27 ( 36 ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
28 ( 23 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
29 ( 34 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
30 ( 14 ) CRASH The Primitives

31 ( 21 ) CRAZY Icehouse
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 22 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
34 ( 33 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
35 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
36 ( 37 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
37 ( 27 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
38 ( 59 ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
39 ( NEW ) AIN’T COMPLAININ’ Status Quo
40 ( 48 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat

41 ( 38 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
42 ( 39 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 43 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 50 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
45 ( 31 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
46 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 25 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
48 ( 47 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
49 ( 75 ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
50 ( 40 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

51 ( 65 ) DROP THE BOY Bros
52 ( 71 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
53 ( 72 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
54 ( 42 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
55 ( 68 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
56 ( 26 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
57 ( 57 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 35 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
59 ( 74 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
60 ( 60 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 49 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
62 ( NEW ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
63 ( 63 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 62 ) SHAME Eurythmics
65 ( NEW ) GENE AND JIM ARE INTO SHAKES Gene and Jim
66 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Engelbert Humperdinck
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 41 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
69 ( 69 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( 55 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill

71 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
72 ( NEW ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
73 ( 58 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
74 ( NEW ) MR BOJANGLES Nina Simone
75 ( NEW ) CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS Iron Maiden

Playlist faves of that week
1 ISLAND GIRL Elton John
2 DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain
3 MORE THAN A FEELING Boston

My February 1988 Charts

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The local Jurassic Coastline, Dorset UK in 1988 (it hasn’t changed much since then!)

7th February 1988

It’s a second week on top for Taylor Dayne and a second week at 2 for Jacko as Bros go top 3 – to my surprise, as I didn’t recall them getting that high, but it was a good single. Back in at 4, Was (Not Was) bring Spy In The House Of Love back as it starts to sell in the UK at last, and it instantly peaks higher, and quite right too, helped by me buying it in the bargain bins in between releases. Icehouse are also back in again for the same reissued reasons, and a new peak of 10 and a 3rd top 10 to boot. Another House track in the top 10 and 3 in the 20, I was more into the new sound of music than I remembered.

Highest actual newly-debuted track is from Abba’s Agnetha, 14 years a total fave of mine, and the lead single off her Peter Cetera-produced (he of Chicago) album, more MOR than previous solo stuff, giving her 5 years of solo chart entries outside Abba. About as prolific as Kate Bush on the album front, she’d stretch that out another 25 years or so with an assist from Gary Barlow on the most-recent. Billy Ocean pops back with yet another in his 12-years-long run of hit singles (with a gap in the middle), the catchy Get Outta My Dreams. Pity about the creepy Get Into My Car stalker-ish sentence-end!

Stevie Wonder is back with You Will Know, one of his more memorable post-1986 singles (not that that says much), for 20 years of hits! Squeeze take a telephone number into the charts for 10 years of hits, and immediately ruin their chances of a hit as the number is not remotely memorable, even if the tune is OK. OMD are Dreaming, but the reality is the singles are getting less-memorable 8 years on, Faith No More pop back with We Care A Lot, Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal double-up again, not Saturday Love this time, as they never knew love like this one before. Bryan Ferry enjoys a bit of Kiss & Tell 16 years on, Aztec Camera, though, know How Men Are and look down on that sort of thing 5 years on from feeling Oblivious to it.

1 ( 1 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 ( 2 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
3 ( 6 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
4 ( NEW ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
5 ( 5 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
6 ( 14 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
7 ( 9 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
8 ( 3 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
9 ( 4 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) CRAZY Icehouse

11 ( 10 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
12 ( 12 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
13 ( 7 ) SHAME Eurythmics
14 ( 13 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
15 ( 8 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 32 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
17 ( 22 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
18 ( 20 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
19 ( 19 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
20 ( 15 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

21 ( 17 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
22 ( 28 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
23 ( 16 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
24 ( 18 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
25 ( 29 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
26 ( 21 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
27 ( 27 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
28 ( 25 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
29 ( NEW ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
30 ( 34 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs

31 ( 46 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
32 ( 11 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
33 ( 23 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
34 ( 33 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
35 ( 37 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
36 ( 35 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
37 ( 24 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
38 ( NEW ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
39 ( 48 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
40 ( 38 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 26 ) JINGO Jellybean
42 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 36 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
44 ( 41 ) BAD Michael Jackson
45 ( 45 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
46 ( 43 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
47 ( 30 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
48 ( 31 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
49 ( 57 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( NEW ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder

51 ( 44 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
52 ( NEW ) 853-5937 Squeeze
53 ( 54 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
54 ( 47 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
55 ( 39 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
56 ( 64 ) MORE LOVE Feargal Sharkey
57 ( 60 ) ASIMBONANGA Johnny Clegg & Savuka
58 ( 55 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
59 ( 66 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross
60 ( 58 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 40 ) PARADISE Black
62 ( 51 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
63 ( 49 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
64 ( NEW ) DREAMING OMD
65 ( 50 ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer
66 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
68 ( 67 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
69 ( 56 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
70 ( NEW ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal

71 ( 74 ) NO MORE LIES Sharpe & Numan
72 ( 71 ) HUMAN Human League
73 ( NEW ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
74 ( NEW ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
75 ( NEW ) I SEE RED The Silencers

7th Feb
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Elaine Page
2 HOT LOVE T.Rex
3 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex

 

 

 

14th February 1988

It’s a new number one as Man In The Mirror gives Jacko his 3rd chart-topper off Bad and his 8th solo chart-topper, plus another with Rockwell and 3 more with his brothers. Agnetha Faltskog gets her first solo top 10, Kylie her first top 20, and as a Barry White oldie makes my current charts this week – so he did in 1988 too, his 1974 Top 20 Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up. An even older classic, previously a Sex Pistols hit, debuts for Eddie Cochran, C’Mon Everybody being around 28 years old at the time. In at 26.

The Led Zep man is back again with a solo track, Heaven Knows, Vanessa Paradis, the French 14-year-old (if even that) debuts with the brilliant Joe Le Taxi. Future Mrs Kravitz I think. The Mission & Deacon Blue both add a little dignity to their list of chart entries, Paul Carrack grabs another solo hit to add to his 14-year-long run with other acts since he was asking How Long in 1974 with Ace. The Cure also return and my album tracks of the week get honorary pre-single chart spots of 76 and 77, they would both be much higher, and Heart would be out very soon for Pet Shop Boys.


1 ( 2 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
3 ( 4 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
4 ( 3 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
5 ( 10 ) CRAZY Icehouse
6 ( 6 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
7 ( 5 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
8 ( 12 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
9 ( 29 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
10 ( 16 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag

11 ( 7 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
12 ( 8 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
13 ( 9 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
14 ( 31 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
15 ( 19 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
16 ( 22 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
17 ( 17 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
18 ( 14 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
19 ( 13 ) SHAME Eurythmics
20 ( 25 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison

21 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
22 ( 11 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
23 ( 20 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
24 ( NEW ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP (REMIX) Barry White
25 ( 27 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
26 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
27 ( 15 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
28 ( 18 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
29 ( 38 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
30 ( 26 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

31 ( 21 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
32 ( NEW ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant
33 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
34 ( 34 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
35 ( 35 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
36 ( 47 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
37 ( 24 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
38 ( 64 ) DREAMING OMD
39 ( 43 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
40 ( 59 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross

41 ( 36 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
42 ( 40 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
43 ( NEW ) LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe
44 ( 23 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
45 ( 28 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
46 ( 53 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
47 ( 33 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
48 ( 44 ) BAD Michael Jackson
49 ( 49 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( 52 ) 853-5937 Squeeze

51 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
52 ( 32 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
53 ( NEW ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
54 ( 37 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
55 ( 50 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
56 ( 41 ) JINGO Jellybean
57 ( NEW ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
58 ( 58 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
59 ( 67 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
60 ( 60 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 46 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
62 ( 48 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
63 ( 70 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
64 ( 51 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
65 ( 74 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
66 ( NEW ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
67 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 73 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
69 ( 68 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
70 ( 39 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve

71 ( NEW ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
72 ( NEW ) HOW CAN I FORGET YOU Elisa Fiorello
73 ( 72 ) HUMAN Human League
74 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
75 ( 62 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
76 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
77 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians

 

 

21st February 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Man In The Mirror and highest new entry at 6 is Yazz & The Plastic Population with yet another House track in the upper echelons – courtesy of Coldcut – and the fab Doctorin’ The House, outdoing Kylie Minogue who climbs to 8 with I Should Be So Lucky and Sinead O’Connor at 10 with Mandinka. They’ll both get the last laugh though in the long run…

Another dance great enters at 13 for Bomb The Bass, Beat Dis, as 2 oldies return – Berlin back after a short break with chart-topper Take My Breath Away at 15, and 60’s anthem My Generation from The Who at 17 debuting 20-odd years late and 19 years since Pinball Wizard introduced them to my charts. In at 18, a soul winner from Roger sounding all futuristic on I Want To Be Your Man back in at 18 after a 1987 chart-run.

Big climbs for Vanessa Paradis, Nitro Deluxe, Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal, Eric Carmen, Faith No More, The Bangles & Stevie Wonder all going top 40. Cliff has Two Hearts in at 46 – not the Phil Collins song – Heart are Never stopping have new entries with older tracks, Sting has An Englishman In New York a few years before the remixed version does much better, Belinda Carlisle follows up her biggie as she gets weak at the effort, and Richard Marx pops in quietly ahead of some much bigger chart action in 1989 and 1992.


1 ( 1 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
2 ( 2 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
3 ( 3 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
4 ( 5 ) CRAZY Icehouse
5 ( 8 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
6 ( NEW ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
7 ( 4 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
8 ( 14 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
9 ( 10 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
10 ( 15 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor

11 ( 16 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
12 ( 7 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
13 ( NEW ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
14 ( 6 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
15 ( NEW ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
16 ( 20 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
17 ( NEW ) MY GENERATION The Who
18 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
19 ( 13 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
20 ( 9 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog

21 ( 11 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
22 ( 53 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
23 ( 12 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
24 ( 26 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
25 ( 43 ) LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe
26 ( 19 ) SHAME Eurythmics
27 ( 18 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
28 ( 29 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
29 ( 63 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 23 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

31 ( 17 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
32 ( 32 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant
33 ( 35 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
34 ( 33 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
35 ( 46 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
36 ( 34 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
37 ( 30 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
38 ( 59 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
39 ( 49 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
40 ( 55 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder

41 ( 41 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 66 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
44 ( 27 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 36 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
46 ( NEW ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
47 ( 39 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
48 ( 21 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
49 ( 51 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
50 ( 37 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

51 ( 22 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
52 ( 65 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
53 ( 48 ) BAD Michael Jackson
54 ( 28 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
55 ( 47 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
56 ( 57 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
57 ( NEW ) NEVER Heart
58 ( 31 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
59 ( 58 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
60 ( 40 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross

61 ( 38 ) DREAMING OMD
62 ( 60 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 71 ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
64 ( 25 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
65 ( 45 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
66 ( 74 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
67 ( 68 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
68 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
69 ( 24 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP (REMIX) Barry White
70 ( 69 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne

71 ( NEW ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
72 ( 50 ) 853-5937 Squeeze
73 ( NEW ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
74 ( 73 ) HUMAN Human League
75 ( NEW ) SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER Richard Marx

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ISN’T IT TIME The Baby’s
2 CAN’T LET YOU GO Barry Ryan
3 MAGIC FLY Space

 

 

28th February 1988

It’s a brand new entry on top – sort of – as the Top 10 has one of the biggest turn-outs of the 80’s, with new entries climbers and big droppers, as Climie Fisher return with the 1987 top 10 track Love Changes (Everything) finally getting to be a UK hit second-time around. They hold off Coldcut & Yazz who climb to 2 with Doctorin’ The House, and Fleetwood Mac who finally get a single release and can stop pottering around the 76 and 77 spots as a playlist fave and enter at 3, the chart position it would have been hovering around for a couple of months had I allowed album tracks.

Berlin’s 1986 chart-topper is back in the top 5, and Roger’s 1987 top 20 hits a new peak of 4 as last week’s entire top 5 drops out of this week’s top 5. Bomb The Bass Beat Dis to 8, Belinda Carlisle rockets from 73 to 17 for her second solo top 20, as she gets a bit weak, and Johnny Hates Jazz get an instant top 20 with Heart Of Gold at 18. 50’s rocker Eddie Cochran gets a posthumous top 20 just ahead of newly-solo’d Smiths singer Morrissey, who debuts at 20 with Suedehead. The song that is, not with the Buzzjacker guesting on the track.

Mel & Kim return with their final single before Mel’s untimely death, the good That’s The Way It Is at 25, The Sisters Of Mercy are grabbing another hit with Dominion at 27, The Primitives crash in at 29, and Taja Seville’s sultry and wonderful Love Is Contagious is close behind at 30. Boy George is back at 45 living his life, and the unlikely collab between Afrika bambaata and UB40 results in a reckless new entry at 48. Eighth Wonder do the gifted Pet Shop Boys song (and soon to be album track) I’m Not Scared, bringing Patsy Kensit to fame and a cracking pop single to boot, in at 58, Prefab Sprout return with one of their best singles, the lovely Cars And Girls at 69, Erasure’s Ship Of Fools enters at 60, Rick Astley is back again with Together Forever at 68, and John Cougar and Echo & The Bunnymen extend their run of entries too. Heart’s 1986 top 40 track These Dreams returns just ahead of it’s reissue as a double A side with Never, in at 76 by way of featuring in my Playlist that week.

1 ( NEW ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
2 ( 6 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
3 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 18 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
5 ( 15 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
6 ( 4 ) CRAZY Icehouse
7 ( 5 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 13 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
9 ( 2 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
10 ( 1 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

11 ( 3 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
12 ( 16 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
13 ( 22 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
14 ( 7 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
15 ( 17 ) MY GENERATION The Who
16 ( 11 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
17 ( 73 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
18 ( NEW ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 24 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
20 ( NEW ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey

21 ( 14 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
22 ( 9 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
23 ( 8 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 12 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
25 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
26 ( 29 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
27 ( NEW ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
28 ( 10 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
29 ( NEW ) CRASH The Primitives
30 ( NEW ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

31 ( 19 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
32 ( 39 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
33 ( 43 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
34 ( 30 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
35 ( 34 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
36 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
37 ( 48 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
38 ( 45 ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
39 ( 26 ) SHAME Eurythmics
40 ( 52 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera

41 ( 37 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
42 ( 41 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 42 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
44 ( 27 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
45 ( NEW ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
46 ( 23 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
47 ( 21 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
48 ( NEW ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
49 ( 44 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
50 ( 55 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

51 ( 56 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
52 ( 71 ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
53 ( 46 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
54 ( 20 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
55 ( 57 ) NEVER Heart
56 ( 53 ) BAD Michael Jackson
57 ( 28 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
58 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
59 ( 38 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
60 ( NEW ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure

61 ( NEW ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
62 ( 59 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 66 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
64 ( 44 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 67 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
66 ( 31 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
67 ( 62 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
69 ( NEW ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
70 ( 32 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant

71 ( 68 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
72 ( 50 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( 74 ) HUMAN Human League
74 ( NEW ) CHECK IT OUT John Cougar Mellencamp
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen
76 ( NEW ) THESE DREAMS Heart

Playlist faves of that week
1 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex
3 BE MY BABY The Ronettes

 

 

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 1988 Charts

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“Are ya dancin’? Are ya askin’?” Liver Birds revisited before The Beatles Museums & revamps 1987

 

 

3rd January 1988

It’s a 3rd week on top for Pet Shop Boys on my 30th birthday, a quiet chart, and the annual Gary Glitter rousing Xmas/New Years concert with support from Westworld popping up in my weekly playlist mentions. The Bee Gees make it 2 top 10’s in a row, and make it another year they can tick off a top 10 hit: so that’ll be 1968-1972, 1975-1981, 1987-1988, though if you include top 20’s, solo records, and acts they wrote and produced for they only missed out on 1973 and 1985, I think.

Bananarama make it 3 top 40 in a row off the new album, highest new entry is a charity track at 50, Lloyd Cole follows up My Bag, and INXS get a second Kick track in the chart….and that’s it. Not much happening!

1 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 3 ) SHAME Eurythmics
3 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 6 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
5 ( 4 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 5 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
7 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 10 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
9 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees

11 ( 8 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
12 ( 18 ) JINGO Jellybean
13 ( 11 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
14 ( 23 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
15 ( 13 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
16 ( 20 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
17 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
18 ( 14 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 21 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
20 ( 22 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz

21 ( 19 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
22 ( 17 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
23 ( 28 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
24 ( 34 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
25 ( 16 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
26 ( 30 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
27 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 26 ) BAD Michael Jackson
29 ( 29 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 39 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher

31 ( 25 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 58 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
33 ( 35 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
34 ( 24 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
35 ( 38 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
36 ( 42 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
37 ( 31 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
38 ( 32 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
39 ( 37 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
40 ( 45 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters

41 ( 36 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
42 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
43 ( 41 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 40 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
45 ( 52 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
46 ( 33 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
47 ( 66 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
48 ( 50 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
49 ( 44 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
50 ( NEW ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 47 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
53 ( 53 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
54 ( 54 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
55 ( 49 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
56 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
57 ( 43 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
58 ( 55 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
59 ( 61 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 48 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol

61 ( 46 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
62 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
63 ( 73 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
64 ( 57 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
65 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
66 ( NEW ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
67 ( 67 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
68 ( 63 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
69 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( 70 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

71 ( 60 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
72 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 62 ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
74 ( NEW ) NEW SENSATION INXS
75 ( 64 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 METAL GURU T.Rex
2 I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVED YOU (TILL I SAW YOU ROCK’N’ROLL) Gary Glitter Live at BIC Bournemouth
3 SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld Live at BIC Bournemouth

10th January 1988

It’s a first week on top for the gorgeous under-rated Eurythmics single, Shame, their 3rd chart-topper after Sex Crime (1984) and There Must Be An Angel, though Sweet Dreams almost did it, and most of their earlier singles went top 5. In at 5 2 years early for the UK charts, it’s the Righteous Brothers classic from 1965, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, a record I liked as a kid (and charted in in 1969 when it was a hit again), liked some more when it charted again in 1975, and by 1988 it had turned to love and a new chart peak. By the time it became the follow-up to Ghost-reissued Unchained Melody I was on full-on adoration and have remained so ever since. The greatest recorded vocal pop performance by a male duet, bar none. Not even close.

Jellybean finally gets a top 10, by Jingo, Krush are arresting some House, and Belinda Carlisle gets her first solo top 10. In at 14, Terence Trent D’Arby gets his third top 20, with his best record, Sign Your Name, and George Michael finally releases one of the classic tracks off Faith, the brilliant Father Figure – and is rewarded by a UK under-performance chartwise, presumably everyone sick of the OTT ballad-filled Xmas charts and just wanting to dance in the New Year. This curse also did for Jacko’s Man In The Mirror, inexplicably, and both huge US hits to boot.

At 48 Sinead O’Connor debuts baldly where no woman has debuted before – with Mandinka, a quirky ethnic-tinged pop ditty which wasn’t a sign of things to come. Joyce Sims smoothly beckons you to come into her life, veteran Gladys Knight is back chucking love overboard 20 years into her career, and still going 32 years on from 1988. Debbie Gibson prefers to shake her love, which is quite catchy, Elton John does a live version of Candle In The Wind, which I never liked much in 1974 (the B side Bennie & The Jets was a chart-topper for me) and doesn’t entirely bring on loathing from me. It took 1997 to do that. Depeche Mode drive into the top 75, just about passing their test.

1 ( 2 ) SHAME Eurythmics
2 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
5 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
6 ( 6 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
7 ( 12 ) JINGO Jellybean
8 ( 14 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
9 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 16 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle

11 ( 8 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
12 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
13 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
14 ( NEW ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
15 ( 19 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
16 ( 13 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
17 ( 24 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
18 ( 15 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
19 ( 20 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
20 ( 11 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole

21 ( 10 ) ESP The Bee Gees
22 ( 18 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
23 ( 54 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
24 ( 32 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
25 ( 30 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
26 ( 21 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
27 ( 41 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
28 ( 33 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
29 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
30 ( 17 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose

31 ( 31 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 36 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
33 ( 28 ) BAD Michael Jackson
34 ( 45 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
35 ( 35 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
36 ( 26 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
37 ( 29 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
38 ( 25 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
39 ( NEW ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
40 ( 39 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

41 ( 34 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
42 ( 22 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
43 ( 50 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
44 ( 40 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters
45 ( 47 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
46 ( 68 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
47 ( 48 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
48 ( NEW ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
49 ( 23 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
50 ( 43 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 38 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
52 ( 37 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
53 ( NEW ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
54 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
55 ( 44 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
56 ( 42 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 66 ) JENNIFER SGE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
58 ( 53 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
59 ( 63 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
60 ( 56 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

61 ( 52 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
62 ( 62 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
63 ( 74 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
64 ( 59 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
65 ( 49 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
66 ( 58 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
67 ( 65 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
69 ( 67 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
70 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson

71 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
72 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 55 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
74 ( NEW ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
75 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
2 SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
3 MOVE ON Abba

17th January 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Eurythmics lovely Shame, and some sudden reversals for both Family Man (Fleetwood Mac up to a new peak of 2, as still-album-track Everywhere enters at 76) and Tell It To My Heart (Taylor Dayne hitting a new peak of 5). One of them will top my chart next next week. Ooh, the suspense! Terence Trent D’Arby hits 7 as he gets his girlfriend to signs her name across his heart, I’m not sure that’s a recognised medical procedure mind you, and Tiffany joins the yo-yo club too, heading back yet again into the 20 with I Think We’re Alone Now.

Billy Idol’s early 80’s Hot In The City also is in the 20, and highest new entry is a reactivated Barry White lush oldie, Never Never Gonna Give You Up, which had charted for me in 1974 before Bazza really had caught on much, but now is deservedly back at a respectable 15. Father Figure leaps into the 20, making it 3 in a row from Faith for George Michael, Climie Fisher make it 2 top 20’s in a row, and the ‘Nana’s 3 in a row.

Dollar rocket Erasure’s O L’Amour into the 30, at 22 from 59, and Lloyd Cole makes it 2 top 30’s in a row as Jennifer She Said joins My Bag in doing so. INXS create a New Sensation with a Kick into the 40 for the 2nd track, Elton is blowing his own Candle, the live version on the verge of outdoing the original at 38, and U2 make it another Joshua Tree top 40. Newies this week: Elvis is back with oldie Stuck On You, one of his big hits that had never charted for me, at 44, Eddy Grant returns with his last big hit, the jolly anti-apartheid Gimme Hope Jo’Anna, and a career of 20 years since The Equals were Baby Come Back-ing.

The Beatmasters drag in The Cookie Crew for some more House dancing, there was a lot of it about, Bros debut a bit late with When Will I Be Famous – answers on a postcard not needed, as the correct response was “any day now” – and Sinitta, rides her GTO. I assume she had to sell it as she ended up Hitchin’ A Ride some time later. The Screaming Blue Messiah’s pop in with I Wanna Be A Flintstone – rather sadly never used in the big 90’s movie version of the great 60’s animated sitcom – and I have to say at one time as a boy (around the time I had a Flintstones Annual for Christmas) I probably did wanna be a Flintstone, but not Fred, he was too loud. Probably Pebbles or Dino.

Stevie Wonder was well into his “minor chart entry” phase by 1988, resolutely flagging his intentions for the next 30 years, Basia had abandoned Matt Bianco for a solo career that never took off, despite her Promises, Black get a 3rd chart entry, and it’s Paradise, Wendy & Lisa return with a Sideshow, and The Beat return at 75. I mean, Fine Young Cannibals return. Doh! I mean Dave and Andy from both bands return with a quirky dance instrumental, mostly.

1 ( 1 ) SHAME Eurythmics
2 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
4 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
5 ( 11 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
6 ( 2 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 14 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
8 ( 8 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
9 ( 10 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 4 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

11 ( 7 ) JINGO Jellybean
12 ( 6 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
13 ( 27 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
14 ( 15 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
15 ( 23 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
16 ( 25 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
17 ( NEW ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
18 ( 39 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
19 ( 24 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
20 ( 12 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield

21 ( 13 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
22 ( 59 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
23 ( 16 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
24 ( 34 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
25 ( 18 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
26 ( 22 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 20 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
28 ( 57 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
29 ( 17 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
30 ( 26 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

31 ( 29 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
32 ( 53 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
33 ( 19 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
34 ( 48 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
35 ( 43 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
36 ( 33 ) BAD Michael Jackson
37 ( 62 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
38 ( 74 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
39 ( 45 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
40 ( 40 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

41 ( 21 ) ESP The Bee Gees
42 ( 30 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
43 ( 47 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
44 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
45 ( 28 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
47 ( 37 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
48 ( 75 ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode
49 ( NEW ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
50 ( 44 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters

51 ( 36 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
52 ( 38 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
53 ( 50 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 54 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
55 ( 41 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
56 ( 32 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
57 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
58 ( 31 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
59 ( 55 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
60 ( 58 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

61 ( NEW ) GTO Sinitta
62 ( 60 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
64 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
65 ( 68 ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( NEW ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
67 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( NEW ) PROMISES Basia
69 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
70 ( 70 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson

71 ( 62 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
72 ( NEW ) PARADISE Black
73 ( NEW ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
74 ( 69 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
75 ( NEW ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
76 ( NEW ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist oldies of the week
1 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
2 CHIQUITITA Abba
3 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Billy Joel

24th Jan 1988

It’s back on top for a 3rd week for The Beatles fab 1967 Hello Goodbye – I’m not sure why, maybe Magical Mystery Tour had a 20th anniversary showing on TV or summat – leaving The Mac stranded at 2 and Terence Trent D’Arby reaching a new peak of 3. Tiffany finally reaches the top 10 after 2 or 3 months of trying, at 6, and Climie Fisher make it 2 top 10’s in a row as they rise to the occasion. New act Bros make a giant leap asking when will they be famous, up to 19, just ahead of a Presley oldie I’d never noticed much but out on reissue instead of hidden amongst a grouping of better singles.

Jermaine Stewart gets another decent-sized chart hit, say it again? In at 26 2 years since he didn’t take his clothes off. Debbie Gibson leaps into the 40, shaking my love, apparently, Eddy Grant gets his first top 40 in 4 or 5 years (with new stuff), and George Harrison follows-up his big ol’ cover with a big ol’ Beatles-sounding Fabs-tribute, Jeff Lynne setting the stage for his work on the Beatles 1995 Anthology-inspired “new” tracks. When We Were Fab in at 38. T’Pau get a 3rd, Donna Summer extends to 12 years with a track I don’t recall, and The Bangles cover Simon & Garfunkel 3 years after they started off with a cover of Katrina & The Waves Going Down To Liverpool.

All About Eve also follow-up, Godley & Creme return with a hit extension as an act to 10 years give or take, or 16 years as 10C.C., or 18 years as Hotlegs. Take Your Pick. Jethro Tull also return, 19 years since I was big on Living In The Past, their finest moment by quite some distance. It’s not even close. Said she was a dancer, presumably around a maypole with a minstrel fluting away.

1 ( 4 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 2 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 7 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
4 ( 1 ) SHAME Eurythmics
5 ( 5 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
6 ( 13 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
7 ( 9 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
8 ( 3 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
9 ( 16 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
10 ( 6 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

11 ( 8 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
12 ( 18 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
13 ( 19 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
14 ( 15 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
15 ( 10 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
16 ( 22 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
17 ( 12 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
18 ( 11 ) JINGO Jellybean
19 ( 57 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
20 ( 44 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley

21 ( 14 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
22 ( 34 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
23 ( 32 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
24 ( 24 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
25 ( 28 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
26 ( NEW ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
27 ( 20 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
28 ( 37 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
29 ( 49 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
30 ( 38 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John

31 ( 31 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
32 ( 30 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
33 ( 26 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 21 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
35 ( 23 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
36 ( 70 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
37 ( 46 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
38 ( NEW ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
39 ( 36 ) BAD Michael Jackson
40 ( 27 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole

41 ( 25 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
42 ( 40 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 75 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
44 ( 17 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
45 ( 72 ) PARADISE Black
46 ( 35 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
47 ( 48 ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode
48 ( 41 ) ESP The Bee Gees
49 ( NEW ) VALENTINE T’Pau
50 ( 42 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose

51 ( 29 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
52 ( 73 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
53 ( 47 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
54 ( 63 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
55 ( 54 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
56 ( 53 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
57 ( 65 ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
58 ( 33 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
59 ( 68 ) PROMISES Basia
60 ( NEW ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer

61 ( 59 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
62 ( 60 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
63 ( 62 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
64 ( 39 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
65 ( 64 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
66 ( 66 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
67 ( 55 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
68 ( NEW ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
69 ( 69 ) HUMAN Human League
70 ( 74 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake

71 ( NEW ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
72 ( 67 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
73 ( 71 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
74 ( NEW ) A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN Godley & Creme
75 ( NEW ) SAID SHE WAS A DANCER Jethro Tull
76 ( 76 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist faves of that week
1 THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes

 

 

31st January 1988

It’s a first week on top for the fab Tell It To My Heart, Taylor Dayne on full-dance-diva mode, just holding off Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror, written by Siedah Garrett and I’d always assumed she got to duet with him on t’other Bad ballad by virtue of gifting this one, which was huge in the USA but not the UK. Following his death, of course it was the big posthumous seller of all his back-catalogue, rightly so as one of the best tracks on the album. Beatmasters & The Cookie Crew bring some House into my top 5, and Bros bring some boyband pop into the top 10 – not their last top 10, but very much their best record. Billy Idol makes it a 7th top 10 or so with the belatedly big Hot In The City, and Dollar get their first top 10 since 1985, and their 8th, O L’Amour going where Erasure failed to go.

Jermaine Stewart gets his 2nd top 20, and another House track enters at 14 for Jack’Chill, I must have felt like dancing this week! Bourgeois Tagg enter at 32 with the nice I Don’t Mind At All, and oh hang on, future superstar alert as teenage Aussie soap star Kylie Minogue debuts at 45, and I think most of us wouldn’t have predicted over 30 years of chart success – SHE should be so lucky, starting with this catchy but disposable bit of SAW pop fluff. Eric Carmen is back after quite a long gap, 11 years or so, and some 13 years since he took The Raspberries into my charts, and solo with All By Myself. It’s due to Dirty Dancing of course, the movie not the hobby.

Johnny Clegg is back again, 5 years on from Scatterlings Of Africa, Feargal Sharkey is still singing rather than A&R’ing as he makes it a decade of chart entries, Luther Vandross is also back with Give Me The Reason, Mental As Anything get a 3rd song into my list, and Sharpe & Numan keep the partnership going 3 years on from the fab debut hit Change Your Mind. Michael Jackson is also back again, like Man In The Mirror having charted in the lower reaches as an album playlist track in 1987 for a few weeks (I’ve retroactively added those in as chart bonafide tracks because I banned album tracks in those days when they would clearly have been at least at number 75 and most-likely way higher, for much longer, had I allowed them.


1 ( 5 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 ( NEW ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
4 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
5 ( 29 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
6 ( 19 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
7 ( 4 ) SHAME Eurythmics
8 ( 2 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 14 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
10 ( 16 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar

11 ( 6 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
12 ( 26 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
13 ( 11 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
14 ( NEW ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
15 ( 10 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
16 ( 9 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
17 ( 7 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
18 ( 15 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
19 ( 22 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
20 ( 23 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims

21 ( 17 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
22 ( 43 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
23 ( 8 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
24 ( 13 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
25 ( 36 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
26 ( 18 ) JINGO Jellybean
27 ( 30 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
28 ( 37 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
29 ( 38 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
30 ( 12 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael

31 ( 21 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
32 ( NEW ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
33 ( 31 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
34 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
35 ( 32 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
36 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
37 ( 49 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
38 ( 33 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
39 ( 25 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
40 ( 45 ) PARADISE Black

41 ( 39 ) BAD Michael Jackson
42 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 20 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
44 ( 34 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
45 ( 52 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
46 ( NEW ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
47 ( 35 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
48 ( 71 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
49 ( 40 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
50 ( 60 ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer

51 ( 41 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
52 ( 59 ) PROMISES Basia
53 ( 24 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
54 ( NEW ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
55 ( 55 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
56 ( 50 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
57 ( 68 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
58 ( 56 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 48 ) ESP The Bee Gees
60 ( NEW ) ASIMBONANGA Johnny Clegg & Savuka

61 ( 28 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
62 ( 53 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
63 ( NEW ) ARE YOU SURE So
64 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Feargal Sharkey
65 ( 63 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross
67 ( 65 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
68 ( 74 ) A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN Godley & Creme
69 ( 62 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
70 ( NEW ) INSIDE OUT The Mighty Lemon Drops

71 ( 69 ) HUMAN Human League
72 ( NEW ) HE’S JUST NO GOOD FOR YOU Mental As Anything
73 ( 73 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
74 ( NEW ) NO MORE LIES Sharpe & Numan
75 ( 70 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
76 ( NEW ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 76 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

FAVE OLDIES/ALBUM TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

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