My Retro November 1968 Charts

3rd November 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for the epic Eloise, holding off the equally epic Wichita Lineman and highest new entry I Heard It Through The Grapevine, the timeless original version from Marvin Gaye, finally put out by Motown as a single, for a 60% Motown top 5. Eloise makes it a double as Barry Ryan also tops my “wot I liked at the time” chart which was totally based on the UK top 30 on Fluff Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops show. Judy Collins gets a first top 10 with Joni Mitchell’s great song: the song would be back in my top 10 2 years later for Glen Campbell but Judy never had another chart that high.

Bonzo Dog enter at 16 with one I was mad on at the time, it was fun, catchy, and mentioned Spacemen in the lyrics, so that was all I needed from the witty Neil Innes, later of The Rutles and more. Barbra Streisand has a new album out as I type, her first proper album in 15 years, so it’s only fair one of her great moments should shoot up to 20, more recently as showcased nicely on Glee. Edwin Starr and Gene Chandler bring some funk into the 40, and Demis Roussos and Vangelis both debut at 46 with Rain And Tears. My fave track of the band is still 4 years away (Break, not actually a song by either of them, rather their bandmate the forgotten Loukas Sideras, produced by Vangelis) but this will do nicely till then.

Two total faves in my 10-year-old days enter lower down, Lily The Pink and I’m A Tiger appealed very much to my age demographic, The Scaffold were beloved by kids, as was Lulu – who frankly wasn’t that much older than us anyway! These days, they have a certain nostalgic charm, but I wouldn’t put them on repeat listen more often than a couple of times a year. Unlike the dramatic funk of Cloud Nine, signalling the new era of The Temptations, edgier funk moving towards social commentary, which bears repeat plays, in at 57, the touching cover of Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released by The Band, and two new-to-me old soul/blues tracks from Bobby Bland and Barbara Acklin.

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
6 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
9 ( 5 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
10 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration

11 ( 9 ) ELENORE The Turtles
12 ( 10 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
13 ( 15 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
14 ( 13 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
15 ( 14 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
16 ( NEW ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 16 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
18 ( 17 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 12 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
20 ( 49 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand

21 ( 20 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
22 ( 22 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
23 ( 19 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
24 ( 18 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
25 ( 25 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
26 ( 24 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
27 ( 21 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
28 ( 23 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
29 ( 30 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
30 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

31 ( 32 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
32 ( 27 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
33 ( 33 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
34 ( 28 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
35 ( 29 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
36 ( 38 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
37 ( 53 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
38 ( 40 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
39 ( 52 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
40 ( 31 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

41 ( 36 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
42 ( 37 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
43 ( 35 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
44 ( 34 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
45 ( 55 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
46 ( NEW ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
47 ( 44 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
48 ( 41 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
49 ( NEW ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
50 ( 48 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

51 ( 47 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
52 ( 43 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
53 ( 39 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
54 ( 69 ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
55 ( 46 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
56 ( NEW ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
57 ( NEW ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
58 ( 59 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
59 ( 45 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
60 ( 63 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees

61 ( 58 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
62 ( 57 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
63 ( 42 ) LALENA Donovan
64 ( 61 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
65 ( 71 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
66 ( 62 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
67 ( 68 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
68 ( 65 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
69 ( 54 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
70 ( 51 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro

71 ( NEW ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
72 ( 72 ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
73 ( NEW ) JUST AIN’T NO LOVE Barbara Acklin
74 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
75 ( 50 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker


3rd Nov Retro-Then

1 ( 9 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
4 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
5 ( 3 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
6 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
7 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
10 ( 11 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
11 ( 5 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
13 ( NEW ) ELENORE The Turtles
14 ( 10 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
15 ( 8 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
16 ( NEW ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
17 ( 16 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( NEW ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
19 ( 14 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

 

10th November 1968

It’s Glen Campbell getting a second chart-topper with another Jimmy Webb song, the eternal Wichita Lineman holding off a Beatles invasion in the week that The Beatles double album was released, and 50 years later a mega-version of alternate takes comes out for the first time, including tracks that turned up on later albums but were recorded then. Restricting myself to the original sprawling, patchy album, there is nevertheless 7 new entries from it, none of them singles at the time, though covers (Ob-La-Di, Dear Prudence), later singles (Back In The USSR), lush stage alternate orchestral versions (While My Guitar Gently Weeps) and ongoing popularity in the 20th century (Blackbird) have made them feel like hits anyway in retrospect. The remainder, the full-on hippie murderer anthem Helter Skelter had its reputation tarnished but y’know, give or take The Kinks You Really Got Me, this is where Heavy Metal and Thrash started as far as I’m concerned. All of the above are musically varied, nothing in common, which is why of course the Fabs are the greatest pop act of all-time still, inventing new genres and working on what had gone before, regardless of where it had come from. The highest new entry, though, is the obscure Ringo-sung Good Night: This a beautiful, gentle, melodic throwback to the early 20th century ballads, and is just gorgeous.

The Bonzos break into the 10, and Dusty enters into the 20, knocking herself out of it, with her Memphis-recorded soul classic, Son Of A Preacher Man. Aphrodite’s Child and Rain & Tears get big climbs into the 40, which is pretty good going as most shouldabeen-climbers get stalled or drop due to the Beatles invasion. Elvis’ showstopping anthem If I Can Dream enters at 50, while The Mamas & The Papas do a very different version of Bobby Freeman’s 1958 song Do You Wanna Dance, better known in versions by Cliff or The Beach Boys, but I prefer this one, or the entirely different song with that title by Barry Blue. Sly & The family Stone enter with the future Arrested Development hit, Everyday People, with its still-relevant ode to tolerance, and Nancy Sinatra gets her monthly new entry with Good Time Girl. Meanwhile, back in the day, 15 of the songs I liked then are also in my new top 20, or already have been there, but chart peaks for 5 of the rest continue to be way lower.

1 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
4 ( 5 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
10 ( 16 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

11 ( 9 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
12 ( 11 ) ELENORE The Turtles
13 ( 10 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
14 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
15 ( 12 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
16 ( 14 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
17 ( 20 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
18 ( NEW ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 15 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
20 ( 22 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

21 ( 17 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
22 ( 18 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
24 ( NEW ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
25 ( 46 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
26 ( 13 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
27 ( 29 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
28 ( 23 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
29 ( NEW ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
30 ( 26 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin

31 ( 36 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
32 ( 19 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
33 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
34 ( 30 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
35 ( 31 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
36 ( 37 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
37 ( 27 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
38 ( 28 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
39 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
40 ( 57 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations

41 ( 25 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
42 ( 32 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
43 ( 35 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
44 ( 34 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
45 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
46 ( 41 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
47 ( 42 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
48 ( 49 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
49 ( 33 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

51 ( 38 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
52 ( 47 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
53 ( 54 ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
54 ( NEW ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
55 ( 50 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
56 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
57 ( 51 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
58 ( NEW ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
60 ( 40 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

61 ( 71 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
62 ( 65 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
64 ( 43 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
65 ( 61 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
66 ( 62 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
67 ( 67 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
68 ( 64 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
69 ( 74 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( 48 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight

71 ( 44 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
72 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 73 ) JUST AIN’T NO LOVE Barbara Acklin
74 ( 66 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
75 ( NEW ) GOOD TIME GIRL Nancy Sinatra


RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 3 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
3 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 13 ) ELENORE The Turtles
5 ( 4 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
6 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
7 ( NEW ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
8 ( 12 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( 5 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
10 ( NEW ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
13 ( 16 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
14 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
15 ( 11 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 18 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
17 ( 10 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
18 ( 20 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
19 ( 14 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
20 ( NEW ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts

 

17th November 1968

It’s a 4th week (back) at 1 for Eloise, eliminating even the classic Wichita Lineman after just one week on top. It’s also a week of more anecdotes (sorry! Music just relates to my life, always!) as The Beatles 1976 chart-topper Back In The USSR Beach Boys pastiche heads top 10, as all the Fabs tracks climb. My Xmas 1975 prezzie was the very expensive and brilliant Beatles 1967-70 blue double album, so I already had some of the tracks in my chart, and for Xmas 1976? Beatles 1962-66 red double album. Filling in gaps took considerable time and money back in those days.

Highest new entry is The Gun and their still-exciting Race With The Devil, manic and mad in a good way, love the riffs, in at 16. In at 28, shockingly low for a chart-topper in my actual real-as-compiled-at-the-time charts, it’s The Foundations party classic Build Me Up Buttercup. I saw Mike D’Abo do it with Manfreds 2 weeks ago (his song, of course, so he’s entitled) for the 3rd time, and to be honest the track is hugely popular and well-known these days thanks to a key 90’s There’s Something About Mary film moment. I felt gratified as it had become increasingly obscure and forgotten prior to that – I played the 12″ EP to my college room-mate in 1977, I asked him how fab was it, and he replied “sounds a bit dated” coming right after his Oxygene album – which it was. Yet here I was 2 months ago singing along with a karaoke version in Gran Canaria in Shenanigans pub. Timeless…but I’ve overdosed on it the last couple of decades.

Soulful Strut, new at 47, is the tune to Dusty’s forthcoming brilliant version of Am I The Same Girl, and as covered just as well by Swing Out Sister. Written by The Chi-Lites’ Eugene Record, and it can’t be long before they start charting with their own classics in the retro charts. Glen Campbell gets a second entry with album track cover of The Straight Life at 54 – another Singapore radio fave, sung better than Bobby Goldsboro’s version, Glen never misses a prolonged note, unlike Bobby. Two Archies album tracks also enter, both meant a big deal to me in 1970: Archie’s Theme was the jolly theme tune to the TV show and on my first ever EP, while Catching Up On Fun was part of a great bit of product placement for kids with no money to buy singles: Alpha Bits USA cereal boxes had a plastic vinyl record printed onto the back of the cardboard box, and it actually played! Not brilliant quality, but better than not having the song, which I adored. Written by Mark Barkan. Who? The writer/producer behind the Banana Splits song and TV show (surprisingly funky and cool for men in funny costumes, helped by Barry White! among others), many an Archies track, and ooh the odd song like Pretty Flamingo – refer back to The Manfred’s and Paul Jones singing it 2 weeks ago – and Warm This Winter xmas song. He also wrote the songs for Olivia Newton-John’s debut movie. Not Grease. Toomorrow, 1970, sci-fi cheese. It had a pop group in London and aliens, bombed (it was awful) but I saw it in our local RAF cinema chain, where flop movies went to get a small audience they otherwise never would have had, to fill in the nights before the 6-month-old blockbusters arrived.

Talking of kiddie stuff, Des is back with his tuneful old-fashioned pop nursery-rhyme, beloved by me at the time, 1-2-3 O’Leary. Saw him having fun the other week on a repeat panel show. Still good-natured and funny. Starred in the greatest Morecambe & Wise sketch ever back in the day – when they take the proverbial out of his latest album and he walks on stage. Still hilarious. Meanwhile greedily grabbing second entries on my chart: Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. Which reminds me of another anecdote (groan!): Picture this: Boston, Mass. Logan Airport 1989, me and 2 mates stranded after getting bumped by a US airline on our way back to Gatwick. The next flight developed mechanical trouble while we were on the runway, and they had to fly in parts. That meant we had to disembark at 4am, 18 hours in the airport, and get ferried by taxi with our luggage in the early hours of the morning to a posh hotel across Boston to get a couple of hours sleep, breakfast and a shower. The taxi driver was in a hurry to get back to the hordes of passengers and was hyper, driving at high speed on deserted streets like a maniac and blaring out at full volume a track from “dead Jimi” as he affectionately called his hero. Crosstown Traffic was never more appropriate, and never will be anything else for me.

That leaves a handful of 60’s soul legends doing covers, and The Flirtations debuting – the girls were all over the place in the early 70’s on UK TV, often kiddie pop shows like Lift Off, or I would hazard a guess, Dave Cash’s Music Box.

1 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 3 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
10 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

12 ( 18 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( 11 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
14 ( 12 ) ELENORE The Turtles
15 ( 13 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
16 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
17 ( 24 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
18 ( 15 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
19 ( 25 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
20 ( 29 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles

21 ( 16 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
22 ( 17 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
23 ( 19 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
24 ( 27 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
26 ( 22 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
27 ( 23 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
28 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
29 ( 20 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
30 ( 31 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive

31 ( 40 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
32 ( 26 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
33 ( 30 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
34 ( 28 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
35 ( 54 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
36 ( 58 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
37 ( 63 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
38 ( 32 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
39 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
40 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

41 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
42 ( 38 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
43 ( 37 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
44 ( 36 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
45 ( 48 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
46 ( 35 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
47 ( NEW ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
48 ( 59 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
49 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
50 ( 42 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones

51 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
52 ( 46 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
53 ( 47 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
54 ( NEW ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
55 ( 44 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
56 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
57 ( 72 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
58 ( NEW ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
59 ( 43 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
60 ( 52 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

61 ( 55 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
62 ( 62 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( 57 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
64 ( NEW ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
65 ( 51 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
66 ( NEW ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
67 ( 61 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
68 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
69 ( 69 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( NEW ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

71 ( NEW ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
72 ( NEW ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations
73 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
74 ( NEW ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
75 ( NEW ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat


retro 70’s

1 ( 4 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 7 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
5 ( 2 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
6 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 6 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
9 ( 5 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
10 ( 13 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone

11 ( NEW ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
12 ( 9 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
13 ( 16 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 20 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
15 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
18 ( NEW ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
19 ( 17 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
20 ( 18 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

24th November 1968

It’s a first chart-topper for Marvin Gaye, with his career-defining classic I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Hard to believe Berry Gordy failed to realise the genius of it when it was originally recorded before the Gladys Knight cover. Dusty’s Preacher man goes top 10, as does The Gun ahead of the highest equally-frantic-rocking-ness of Love Sculpture’s fab Sabre Dance. Dave Edmunds was one of my teen heroes 4 or 5 years in the future. Saw him a couple of years back still rocking it.

Second-highest new entry is the great cover of the fab Madeline Bell minor UK hit, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, with the 21st-century trend-setting multi-artist billing of Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations, albeit no “featuring” or “with”. Both the acts “feature” elsewhere on the chart though, “with” Love Child and Cloud 9. The Delfonics keep the Philly hits coming, in at 26 with the future 1971 UK hit, while Jerry Butler also enters lower down with a Gamble & Huff effort.

Gene Pitney’s back with a decent ballad, Classics IV return with a bit of Stormy-ness, aka Spooky Part 3, The Impressions keep the Curtis Mayfield vocal hits at a furious pace, this one with that future Move On Up riffness about it. Obscure The Crystal mansion pop in with a record that sounds just like Jamie Cullum. It really does! Meanwhile Dave Clark 5 bounce back with a chanty Live In The Sky, and The Equals bring Eddie Grant some more early chart action.

1 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
4 ( 7 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
6 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( 8 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
8 ( 12 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
9 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
10 ( 16 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun

11 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 9 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
13 ( NEW ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
15 ( 17 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
17 ( 13 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
18 ( 14 ) ELENORE The Turtles
19 ( 15 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
20 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

21 ( 28 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
22 ( 19 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
23 ( 18 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
24 ( 24 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
26 ( NEW ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 31 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
28 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
29 ( 35 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
30 ( 37 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas

31 ( 25 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
32 ( 26 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
33 ( 27 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
34 ( 36 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
35 ( 22 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
36 ( 47 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
37 ( 40 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
38 ( 48 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
39 ( 29 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
40 ( 54 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

41 ( 33 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
42 ( 34 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
43 ( 45 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
44 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
45 ( 32 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
46 ( 49 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
47 ( 30 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
48 ( 58 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
49 ( 57 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
50 ( 66 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin

51 ( 38 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
52 ( 43 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
53 ( 41 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
54 ( 68 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 64 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
57 ( 53 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
58 ( 42 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( NEW ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
60 ( 70 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

61 ( 71 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
62 ( 60 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
63 ( 61 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
64 ( 75 ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat
65 ( 73 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
66 ( NEW ) STORMY Classics IV
67 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
68 ( NEW ) ARE YOU HAPPY Jerry Butler
69 ( 74 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
70 ( 72 ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations

71 ( 44 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( NEW ) THE THOUGHT OF LOVING YOU The Crystal Mansion
74 ( NEW ) LIVE IN THE SKY Dave Clark Five
75 ( NEW ) SOFTLY SOFTLY The Equals

What I actually liked this week in 1968:

1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
3 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
4 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
5 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 10 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
9 ( 4 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
10 ( 5 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro

11 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
12 ( 9 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
13 ( 14 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
14 ( 18 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
15 ( 15 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 12 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
17 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
18 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
20 ( 17 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry

My Retro October 1968 Charts

6th October 1968

It’s a brand new entry at 1, a second chart-topper for Diana Ross & The Supremes, last time it was the psychedelic drama of Reflections, this time it’s the social drama of Love Child, co-written by R. Dean Taylor, so his 3rd chart-topper as a songwriter. I adored this record over Xmas/New Year of 68/69 but it never topped my charts, peaking at 2. As the song that dethroned Hey Jude from the top of the USA charts I think keeping everything from the top in my chart is only appropriate, cos it’s still sheer brilliance.

The top end of my chart is so chocka-filled with classic faves most records are struggling to get a look-in to the upper echelons, but Billie Davis has given it a go with her Ellie Greenwich cover (it charted in 1967 in my last-year retro charts), it’s a terrific fresh-sounding song-with-a-rap from Billie herself – the video of her performing it is well-worth checking out (the one with DLT introducing), and it’s in at 17 the day after a Chinese Language cover of it featured in the film I saw yesterday: Crazy Rich Asians, largely set in wealthy Singapore. In the less-wealthy rented houses in Singapore where I lived a year later a radio fave was Glen Campbell’s version of Bobby Goldsboro’s The Straight Life, a great jaunty song, and the original enters at 45 while Glen’s album track cover of Mary In The Morning pops in lower.

New at 20, one of the all-time greatest TV themes, The Ventures’ hugely-exciting instrumental Hawaii Five-0, helped no end by the title sequence mix of exotic tropical locales, sharp, short edits, and clips of the cast – it was years ahead of it’s time, and the show ran for 12 years. By 1975 I’d been watching it for years and the single was back out in the UK where it duly made my charts then, not least because some of the title sequences reminded me of Singapore, which was undergoing full-blown nostalgia for me, then at the ripe old age of 17 harking back to the good old days.

Dion’s original version of the lament to the murders of some important political figures enters at 22, later covered by Marvin Gaye to UK success, and giving him a very different career resurgence years after the teen pop of The Wanderer and Runaraound Sue. Garage Rock from The Shadows Of Knight bounds into the 30, it’s new to me and great rocking, while The Royal Guardsmen drop Snoopy and take up covering The Rascals rather well, in at 41. The Easybeats enter at 74, years later a great hit cover for INXS and Jimmy Barnes, and at 75, it’s a 3rd Albert Hammond song in the chart (Leapy Lee, Quo and this one from British Band The Magic Lanterns who had American chart success).

1 ( NEW ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 2 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5 ( 4 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
7 ( 5 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
8 ( 10 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
9 ( 6 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 7 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 9 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 16 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
14 ( 11 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
15 ( 13 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
16 ( 20 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
18 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
19 ( 24 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
20 ( NEW ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

21 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
23 ( 19 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
24 ( 18 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
25 ( 21 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
26 ( 22 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
27 ( 27 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
28 ( 17 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
29 ( 56 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
30 ( 34 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus

31 ( 25 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
32 ( 26 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
33 ( 23 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
34 ( 36 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
35 ( 31 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
36 ( 28 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
37 ( 32 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
38 ( 38 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
39 ( 49 ) LALENA Donovan
40 ( 41 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five

41 ( NEW ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Rpyal Guardsmen
42 ( 29 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
43 ( 37 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
44 ( 33 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
45 ( NEW ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
46 ( 55 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
47 ( 30 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
48 ( 57 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
49 ( 35 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
50 ( 46 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana

51 ( 45 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
52 ( 39 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
53 ( 40 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
54 ( NEW ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
55 ( 58 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
57 ( 53 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( 43 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
59 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
60 ( 70 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

61 ( 51 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
62 ( 63 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
63 ( 42 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
64 ( 61 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
65 ( 66 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
66 ( 52 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
67 ( 60 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
68 ( 47 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
69 ( 71 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
70 ( 72 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers

71 ( 44 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
72 ( 73 ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express
73 ( 64 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
74 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES The Easybeats
75 ( NEW ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns

6th Oct Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 14 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 5 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
5 ( 3 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
6 ( 6 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
7 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
8 ( 4 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
9 ( 12 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 19 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles

11 ( 7 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
12 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
13 ( 10 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 11 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
15 ( 8 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
16 ( 15 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
17 ( 13 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
18 ( 16 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
19 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
20 ( 20 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

 

13th October 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for Love Child, just an epic soul melodrama. If there’s one consistent thing I love about 1968 pop, it’s the high drama, and there’s another on the way next week. Cupid’s Inspiration make it 2 consecutive top 5’s, as the Moody Blues get a 3rd of the year, and Dave Dee & Co make it 3 top 10’s. Graham Bonnet gets his first ever top 10, and The Bee Gees add to their top 10 songs, via The Marbles’ Only One Woman. Oddly enough playing marbles was a huge fave activity at that time, with other RAF kids. My faves were those with 3 colours, smaller than the usual ones. Nothing better than going home with multi-coloured new marbles you’d won. Horrible going home having lost your faves.

Highest new entry is the Nina Simone classic “Hair” cover, Ain’t Got No…I Got Life, which topped my original charts in late ’68, then lay forgotten for decades by the whole world till a 21st century remix of a different recording by Nina with different lyrics took off. That version was upbeat and annoying after a while. Give me the emotive original any day. Dion goes top 20 – he’d be back in 1976 with The Wanderer reissue, though. Ennio Morricone’s original score for The Good The Bad & The Ugly enters at 24, Hugo Montenegro’s catchier pop version already having gone top 10 earlier in the year, as The Four Tops keep up the top 30’s, and Johnny Johnson brings his Bandwagon to a Northern Soul debut at 31.

Talking of Northern Soul, Gene Chandler covers James Brown well, lower down the chart, The Locomotive’s fab reggae gem pops in at 47, Mama Cass’ dramatic California Earthquake shakes in at 52, Dionne Warwick and Elvis both replace themselves in the top 75, one with a Bacharach tune one with a standard gospel cover – no prizes for guessing which is which. That leaves funky Johnny Taylor and spaced-out Monkees and porpoises to round things off.

1 ( 1 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 6 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
5 ( 8 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
6 ( 4 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
7 ( 5 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
8 ( 7 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 16 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 19 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet

11 ( 9 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 ( 10 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
13 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
14 ( 11 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
15 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
16 ( NEW ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
17 ( 22 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
18 ( 13 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
19 ( 15 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
20 ( 20 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

21 ( 14 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
22 ( 29 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
23 ( 18 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
24 ( NEW ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
25 ( 27 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
26 ( 26 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
27 ( 23 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
28 ( 25 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
29 ( 21 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
30 ( 46 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops

31 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
32 ( 39 ) LALENA Donovan
33 ( 24 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
34 ( 45 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
35 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
36 ( 32 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
37 ( 41 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Rpyal Guardsmen
38 ( 33 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
39 ( 54 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
40 ( 35 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

41 ( 28 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
42 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
43 ( 34 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
44 ( 37 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
45 ( 60 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
46 ( 30 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
47 ( NEW ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
48 ( 43 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
49 ( 59 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
50 ( 38 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck

51 ( 36 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
52 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
53 ( 42 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
54 ( 70 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
55 ( 50 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
56 ( 51 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
57 ( 69 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
58 ( 44 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
59 ( 40 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
60 ( 56 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

61 ( 49 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
62 ( 62 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
63 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 75 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
65 ( 65 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
66 ( 47 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
67 ( NEW ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
68 ( 64 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
69 ( 61 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
70 ( 72 ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express

71 ( NEW ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
72 ( 74 ) GOOD TIMES The Easybeats
73 ( NEW ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
74 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Elvis Presley
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor

 

20th October 1968

It’s straight in on top for Barry Ryan and his brother Paul’s epic Eloise. It was a great arrangement in more ways than one: Paul gave up the pop life, Barry got centre stage, and Paul wrote some great songs. Eloise is Epic with a capital E, histrionic, lush, dramatic and full-bodied. Much as I loved The Damned version, this one is the bees-knees and should be regarded as a classic. Talking of classics, Glen Campbell’s timeless Jim Webb song Wichita Lineman enters at 3, an atmospheric evocative laid-back and emotional lush brilliance, a perfect record. Such is the quality of records that another epic, albeit a two-year-old Motown minor hit come back to the dancefloors, has to settle for 5: The Isley Brothers brilliant This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) is still one of the most exciting 60’s tracks to dance to, frantic, urgent, beats-galore with a passionate vocal from Ronald Isley and a Holland-Dozier-Holland song on the top of their game. Covered by many, not least 2 dull efforts from Rod Stewart (one of them drafting in Ronald Isley himself), nothing can touch the genius of the original.

Eloise topped my chart originally in November 1968, Nina Simone did it a few weeks later but has to settle now for 9, as Ennio’s original Spaghetti Western theme version hits the top 10, a la Hugo Montenegro, cos I love both versions. A classic I associate with Singapore 1970 (it was a UK hit that year and got radio play over there) enters early for Judy Collins at 22, and her fab version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Pretty, and touching, still. Glen did a great cover in 1970 too. Stevie drops his pseudonym for For Once In My Life, a jazzed-up version with a bit of life to it (in contrast to Jackie Wilson’s version also in the US charts), at 34.

Others new to the chart: Marmalade back with another tuneful ballad; Tammy Wynette’s monster 1975 country ballad turns up 7 years early in the US charts for her 2nd 1975 hit of the year, and she’s still standing by her anthem. It’s a good’un but I’ll take her standing by the JAMM’s anyday. That Olympic-themed ballad enters, one I loved at the time, but not quite so much these days, Long John Baldry and Mexico. That was the first Olympics I remember watching (I was aware of the theme tune to the Tokyo Olympics, and loved it, but the games themselves didn’t stick in my memory like the Mexico games). A good Clarence Carter track enters, new to me, ditto yet another Gamble & Huff Peaches & Herb collaboration, and for old times sake as I loved Val Doonican back in the day, one of his more lacklustre country ballads taking up the weight of those above in the top 75.

1 ( NEW ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
6 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
7 ( 4 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
8 ( 5 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
9 ( 16 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
10 ( 24 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone

11 ( 7 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
12 ( 6 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
14 ( 11 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
15 ( 12 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
16 ( 9 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
18 ( 10 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
19 ( 15 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
20 ( 14 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon

21 ( 13 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
22 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
23 ( 19 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
24 ( 21 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
25 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
26 ( 18 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
27 ( 20 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
28 ( 30 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
29 ( 31 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
30 ( 32 ) LALENA Donovan

31 ( 22 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
32 ( 28 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
33 ( 27 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
34 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
35 ( 45 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
36 ( 29 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
37 ( 37 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
38 ( 25 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
39 ( 39 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
40 ( 49 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas

41 ( 35 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
43 ( 36 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
44 ( 47 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
45 ( 34 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
46 ( 40 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
47 ( 52 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
48 ( 33 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
49 ( 38 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
50 ( 26 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye

51 ( 44 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
52 ( 54 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
53 ( 48 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
54 ( NEW ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
55 ( 41 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
56 ( NEW ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
57 ( 57 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
58 ( 55 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
59 ( 56 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
60 ( 67 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler

61 ( 51 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
62 ( 43 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
63 ( 60 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
64 ( 64 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
65 ( NEW ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
66 ( 53 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
67 ( 46 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
68 ( 71 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
69 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
70 ( 50 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck

71 ( 73 ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
72 ( 75 ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor
73 ( NEW ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
74 ( NEW ) LET’S MAKE A PROMISE Peaches And Herb
75 ( NEW ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican

retro 70’s
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 3 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 10 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
5 ( 6 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
7 ( 9 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
8 ( 4 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
9 ( 12 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
10 ( 5 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5

11 ( 8 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
12 ( 14 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 11 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
15 ( 15 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
16 ( 19 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
17 ( 16 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
18 ( 17 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
19 ( NEW ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
20 ( NEW ) ELOISE Barry Ryan

 

27th October 1968

It’s a second week on top for the epic Barry Ryan, holding off a 5-way challenge from 5 other very deserving shoulda-been chart-toppers. Ennio meanwhile does as well as Hugo’s cover did a few months back, with Judy Collins and The Ventures being held out of the top 10 by virtue of sheer brilliance above them. Mama Cass gets a second solo top 40, and Tammy Wynette grabs a first 7 years earlier than she did in my actual 1975 charts.

In a quiet week for new releases worth charting, it became time to scour the album charts, hence a sudden mini-invasion of musicals extracts that deserve attention, notably Barbra Streisand’s showtune stormer Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl. saw it at the pictures in 1969/70 at one or other RAF cinema, and dad bought the 4-track EP containing this track in Singapore in 1970. I wasn’t so fussed about the ballads, like People, but this one was a fabbie, and so in at 49.

Close behind at 53, Edwin Starr is back with his stonking 25 Miles – a future big part of the Cookie Crew’s 1989 smash Got To Keep On. Betty Everett’s oldie charts in the UK for some reason, a good 23 years or so before Cher blasted it into pieces, and 7 years before Linda Lewis did the definitive disco version of It’s In His Kiss (note no Shoop Shoop’s in that fab version). Ronnie Dyson debuts as one of the teenage leads in Hair, off Broadway, 3 years ahead of his own UK chart hit, and 1 year ahead of the US chart-topping superior version of Aquarius by The Fifth Dimension. Booker T & The MG’s fancy up Hang ‘Em High, much as Hugo Montenegro already did earlier in the year, giving Ennio Morricone a second chart song this week. Finally, it’s Malcolm Roberts at 75, fort some reason I was a big fan of May I Have The Next Dream’s 1930’s stylee crooning at the time – as will be shown by the actual 1930’s Donald Peers in 1969 which I also loved. Neither of them are tracks I would choose to play these days, but for old time’s sake….in at 75.

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 3 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 5 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( 10 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
6 ( 9 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 4 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
9 ( 6 ) ELENORE The Turtles
10 ( 8 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

11 ( 22 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 27 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
13 ( 11 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
14 ( 13 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
15 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
16 ( 14 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( 15 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
18 ( 21 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
19 ( 12 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
20 ( 19 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark

21 ( 18 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
22 ( 29 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
23 ( 16 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
24 ( 23 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
25 ( 28 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
26 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
27 ( 24 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
28 ( 20 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
29 ( 26 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
30 ( 34 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder

31 ( 35 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
32 ( 54 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
33 ( 47 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
34 ( 37 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
35 ( 40 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
36 ( 32 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
37 ( 33 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
38 ( 44 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
39 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
40 ( 56 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

41 ( 31 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
42 ( 30 ) LALENA Donovan
43 ( 36 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
44 ( 41 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
45 ( 39 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
46 ( 52 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
47 ( 43 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
48 ( 46 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
49 ( NEW ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
50 ( 38 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker

51 ( 45 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
52 ( 60 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
53 ( NEW ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
54 ( 49 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
55 ( 65 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
56 ( 57 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
57 ( 53 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
58 ( 51 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
59 ( 64 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
60 ( 48 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones

61 ( 58 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
62 ( 59 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
63 ( 68 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
64 ( 50 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
65 ( 63 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
66 ( 71 ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
67 ( 55 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
68 ( NEW ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
69 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
70 ( 72 ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor

71 ( NEW ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
72 ( 73 ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
73 ( 61 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
74 ( 74 ) LET’S MAKE A PROMISE Peaches And Herb
75 ( NEW ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts

what I liked then via a retro chart compiled mid-70’s
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 4 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
4 ( 9 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
5 ( 3 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
7 ( 5 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
9 ( 20 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 8 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes

11 ( 16 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
12 ( 19 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
13 ( 12 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
14 ( 10 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
15 ( NEW ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( 14 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
17 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
19 ( 11 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
20 ( 15 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams