My Retro September 1969 Charts

changi village 1970

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

 

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6th August 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6th Sep Retro-Then

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

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

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

 

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swimming lessons RAF Changi

13th September 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RETRO THEN

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

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

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

 

 

 

20th Sept 1969

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wot I liked that week then

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

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

 

27th September 1969

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My Retro August 1969 Charts

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2nd August 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9th August 1969

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RETRO THEN 6th official chart

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

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

 

16th August 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

23rd August 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


30th August 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro August 1967 Charts

 

5th August 1967

2 weeks of comments, and in at 1 it’s Diana Ross getting billing with The Supremes as the solo career beckons with their most ambitious psychedelic soul track yet, sheer brilliance knocking off the spooky Billie Joe country classic after only one week, both topped the US charts, quite rightly. In at 3, a childhood obsession, that kiddie chorus hook from the Pop Opera that never was, the story of Grocer Jack was pure delight and one of my all-time faves during the 60’s and 70’s. The late great Glen Campbell is pushed down by all the genius singles around, but the whole top 6 should be number one.

Canadian Tom Northcott’s folk obscurity is at 8, and Brian Hyland’s best record since Sealed With A Kiss is at 9, as The Monkees go up to only 7 with a Goffin & King classic, such is the invasion of quality. In at 11, Harpers Bizzare’s best record, a playful harmony pop rendering of the Cole Porter 1934 title musical song, and my fave version, possibly excepting Gene Wilder’s Young Frankenstein (“FRONKenSTEEN”) show-stopper. Jackie Wilson’s minor American 1967 hit, and future UK hit classic for 1969, 1975 and biggest of all 1987, Higher & Higher debuts at 12. Top 10 on all occasions, number one in 1987 for me.

The Beach Boys stall with their epic Heroes & Villains at 19, as Gary Lewis & The Playboys last great single, the lovely Jill, goes top 20. Frank Sinatra’s forgotten gem is up to 27, one of his more interesting recordings, and keeping his daughter company in the chart. The Tremeloes jolly pop goodie climbs, and the minor US track The Lewis & Clarke Expedition plays with old world explorers, (actual names though) and drafts in a Monkee on backing vocals for a popfun goodie that deserved better.

Donovan enters with his mountain sounding a bit like a Lulu backing track (that’ll be Mickie Most then), as The Letter drops by a bit low for a pop classic, ditto Itchycoo Park (a 1976 top 10 for me), and Eric Burdon & The Animals get a big climb to 46 with sultry SF nights. At 69, George Clinton debuts over a decade ahead of his Funkadelic UK groove, as The Parliaments funk goodie signals a name change due to record company collapsings. Bobby Vee pops in with a decent ballad, The Symbols template for The Bay City Rollers Four Seasons cover hangs about, and phew that’s about it.

1 ( NEW ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 1 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
3 ( NEW ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
4 ( 2 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 3 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
7 ( 8 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
8 ( 9 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
9 ( 10 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
10 ( 5 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra

11 ( NEW ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
12 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
13 ( 13 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
15 ( 16 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
16 ( 7 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
17 ( 6 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
18 ( 18 ) WORDS The Monkees
19 ( 19 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
20 ( 27 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys

21 ( 12 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
22 ( 17 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
23 ( 15 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 14 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
25 ( 23 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
26 ( 40 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
27 ( 21 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
28 ( 39 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
29 ( 38 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
30 ( NEW ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith

31 ( 31 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
32 ( 26 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
33 ( 33 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
34 ( 22 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
35 ( NEW ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
36 ( 24 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
37 ( 25 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
38 ( 30 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
39 ( 29 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
40 ( 20 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

41 ( 41 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
42 ( 42 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
43 ( 43 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
44 ( 28 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
45 ( 46 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
46 ( 71 ) SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS Eric Burdon & The Animals
47 ( 37 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
48 ( 36 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
49 ( 44 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
50 ( 32 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

51 ( 53 ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT The Alan Price Set
52 ( 55 ) THE TIME HAS COME P.P. Arnold
53 ( NEW ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
54 ( NEW ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
55 ( 34 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
56 ( 35 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
57 ( 45 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
58 ( 58 ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
59 ( 47 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
60 ( 48 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

61 ( 56 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
62 ( 49 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
63 ( 52 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
64 ( 50 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
65 ( 51 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
66 ( 63 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
67 ( 61 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
68 ( 74 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
69 ( NEW ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
70 ( 65 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP Bobby Vee
72 ( 72 ) BYE BYE BABY The Symbols
73 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
74 ( 57 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
75 ( NEW ) REFLECTIONS OF CHARLES BROWN Rupert’s People

12th Aug 1967

2 weeks on top for the brilliant Reflections, now highlighted in red along with previous chart-toppers, and new entries in blue, headed by Hank Marvin’s The Day I Met Marie, as sung by mate Cliff, one of his best records of the mid 60’s. Keith West is up to 2, and The Monkees’ Pleasant Valley Sunday (which I saw in an episode of Family Guy last night) to 5. As old 30’s standard Anything Goes goes to 7, another standard is in at 69. Heart & Soul, as written by Hoagy Carmichael, has recently charted for Train – sort of, as in the tune was nicked and the lyrics were now all about Play That Song. Done soul-style here by The Incredibles.

Frank goes up, Nancy goes down and they meet in the middle, as Mike Nesmith replaces The Monkees in the 20 (helping Lewis & Clarke’s great fun track), while other hit songwriters of the day Murray & Callander help The Trems into the 20 with a catchy ditty. In at 29, a future Dave Clark 5 hit, done beautifully by The Youngbloods, minus the “Everybody”, as the quirky Agnes Engloish makes the 40.

Simon & Garfunkel’s Fakin’ It has fairly obviously inspired the backing track to Peter Paul & Mary’s clever tribute to pop acts of the time, I Dig Rock N Roll Music was a regular oldies track on my various 90’s Florida holidays, and a fair bit cooler than most of their hits. Al Kent’s good instrumental makes the 50, and new tracks from American Breed, Tony Clarke, Spencer Davis Group, and early 60’s hit act The Tokens – albeit no Wimoweh or Lions Sleeping Tonight this time.

1 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 3 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
3 ( 2 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 4 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
6 ( 6 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
7 ( 11 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 8 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
9 ( 9 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
10 ( 12 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

11 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
12 ( 20 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
13 ( NEW ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
14 ( 10 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
15 ( 26 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
16 ( 30 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
17 ( 29 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
18 ( 19 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
19 ( 14 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
20 ( 13 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder

21 ( 15 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
22 ( 18 ) WORDS The Monkees
23 ( 16 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
24 ( 17 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
25 ( 22 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
26 ( 31 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
27 ( 28 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
28 ( 21 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
29 ( NEW ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
30 ( 50 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops

31 ( 25 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
32 ( 27 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
33 ( 35 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
34 ( 45 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
35 ( 33 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
36 ( 43 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
37 ( 38 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
38 ( 46 ) SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS Eric Burdon & The Animals
39 ( 23 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
40 ( 32 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles

41 ( 24 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
42 ( 53 ) THE TIME HAS COME P.P. Arnold
43 ( 34 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
44 ( 36 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
45 ( 54 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
46 ( 52 ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT The Alan Price Set
47 ( 39 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
48 ( 37 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
49 ( 42 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
50 ( 73 ) YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent

51 ( 47 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
52 ( 68 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
53 ( 41 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
54 ( NEW ) I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
55 ( 58 ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
56 ( 44 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
57 ( 40 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
58 ( 69 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
59 ( 48 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
60 ( 75 ) REFLECTIONS OF CHARLES BROWN Rupert’s People

61 ( 49 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
62 ( 51 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
63 ( 63 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
64 ( 55 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
65 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
66 ( 60 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
67 ( 59 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
68 ( 72 ) BYE BYE BABY The Symbols
69 ( NEW ) HEART & SOUL The Incredibles
70 ( 66 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas

71 ( 71 ) COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP Bobby Vee
72 ( 67 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
73 ( NEW ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
74 ( NEW ) TIME SELLER The Spencer Davis Group
75 ( NEW ) IT’S A HAPPENING WORLD The Tokens

19th August 1967

A First week at one for Keith West’s unfinished wanna-be musical masterpiece, one I adored at the time and since, knocking off the masterpiece Motown psychedelic heartbreak classic Reflections. Highest new entry at 4 is the fake West Coast hippie pop anthem from the very British Flowerpot Men (flobalot!), and it is First Class. Almost literally (see 1974’s brilliant Beach Baby). Cliff’s fab Marie sneaks into a very crowded-with-fabness top 10, so fab that Lulu’s movie theme US chart-topper can only manage a 14 debut, a good film and she was good in the movie too. Another movie theme to a great film is in at 74 – In The Heat Of The Night, for Ray Charles.

The Box Tops hit the top 20 with The Letter, and the letters are DC, as the Dave Clark 5’s future hit from the Youngbloods hits 20. John Fred’s fun wanna-be-Bond song hits the 30, and the Stones join in the Summer Of Love chorus pop as We Love You is in at 29. Engelbert Waltzes into the 60, and The Mamas & The Papas get a new light new entry as the hits started to dry up for them in the real world. Tim Buckley has a Morning Glory, and who wouldn’t want that, as Frankie Valli enters with a track uncannily not dissimilar to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Nilsson debuts in my charts with a Beatles B Side cover, which references other songs – rather appropriately as he became part of the Fabs creative crowd. Patti Drew enters with a soul track I don’t know, but yet sounds like I sort of half-recall it from somewhere, and Elvis pops in with another typical “Not exactly cutting edge” track for 1967, but pleasant enough.

1 ( 2 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
2 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 3 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
4 ( NEW ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
5 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
6 ( 4 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
8 ( 9 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
9 ( 10 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
10 ( 13 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard

11 ( 6 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
12 ( 12 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
13 ( 5 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
14 ( NEW ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
15 ( 15 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
16 ( 16 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
17 ( 17 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
18 ( 11 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
19 ( 30 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
20 ( 29 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods

21 ( 14 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
22 ( 18 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
23 ( 19 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
24 ( 20 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
25 ( 36 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
26 ( 26 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
27 ( 25 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
28 ( 21 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
29 ( NEW ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
30 ( 34 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 23 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
32 ( 33 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
33 ( 28 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
34 ( 22 ) WORDS The Monkees
35 ( 24 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
36 ( 27 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
37 ( 38 ) SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS Eric Burdon & The Animals
38 ( 32 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
39 ( 42 ) THE TIME HAS COME P.P. Arnold
40 ( 45 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces

41 ( 35 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
42 ( 31 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
43 ( 40 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
44 ( 37 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
45 ( 52 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
46 ( 58 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
47 ( 54 ) I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
48 ( 50 ) YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
49 ( 44 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
50 ( 47 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black

51 ( 51 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
52 ( 46 ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT The Alan Price Set
53 ( 53 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
54 ( 49 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
55 ( 65 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
56 ( NEW ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
57 ( 41 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
58 ( 60 ) REFLECTIONS OF CHARLES BROWN Rupert’s People
59 ( 39 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
60 ( NEW ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas

61 ( 43 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
62 ( NEW ) MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
63 ( 56 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
64 ( NEW ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
65 ( 48 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
66 ( NEW ) YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson
67 ( NEW ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
68 ( 73 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
69 ( 69 ) HEART & SOUL The Incredibles
70 ( 63 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps

71 ( 71 ) COME BACK WHEN YOU GROW UP Bobby Vee
72 ( 55 ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
73 ( NEW ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
74 ( NEW ) IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Ray Charles
75 ( NEW ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONG Martha & The Vandellas

26th August 1967

2 weeks on top for Keith West, when I hear it I’m transported back with goosebumps to being a 9-year-old in the sunny summer holidays of RAF Valley on Anglesey, but it sounds good in it’s own right still. Cliff’s Marie goes top 5, his best record since The Next Time and Summer Holiday, kiddie faves all. One that I came across in my 20’s was Jill, Gary Lewis’s sweet song still sounds lovely, up to 10.

A big climb for The Turtles, one new to me and starting to sound as good as all their other tracks the more I play it. Great records grow with plays, lesser ones get dull after a couple of weeks. Fakin’ It also improves, a great production, up to 20. A big climb for the Small Faces, one I know inside out from buying it in 1976 2nd hit time around, and new at 28, it’s a future fab Jonathan King cover UK hit, from The Hombres. Let It All Hang Out is identical in every way in both versions, but this one came first.

Big climb for the familiar-sounding Patti Drew song, into the 40, The Mamas & The Papas B Side outdoes the A side here, new at 48, while Aretha keeps the chart entries banging out at a fast rate, and The Impressions get a 2nd entry of 1967, can’t go wrong with Curtis Mayfield. Leon Haywood debuts here (a minor US chart entry) 12 years ahead of his UK hit Don’t Push It Don’t Force It, but this one sounds better on first listen. The Association’s well-known song of the time, Never My Love, enters, and sounding quite MOR these days.

1 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
2 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 4 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
4 ( 3 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
5 ( 10 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
6 ( 8 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
7 ( 5 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 6 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
9 ( 9 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
10 ( 12 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys

11 ( 14 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
12 ( 7 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
13 ( 11 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
14 ( 15 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
15 ( 16 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
16 ( 13 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
17 ( 20 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
18 ( 19 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
19 ( 45 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
20 ( 30 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel

21 ( 40 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
22 ( 26 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
23 ( 18 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
24 ( 29 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
25 ( 25 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
26 ( 21 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
27 ( 17 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
28 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
29 ( 22 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
30 ( 23 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees

31 ( 24 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
32 ( 32 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
33 ( 27 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
34 ( 31 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
35 ( 28 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
36 ( 56 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 44 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
38 ( 67 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
39 ( 48 ) YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
40 ( 46 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)

41 ( 35 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
42 ( 33 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
43 ( 38 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
44 ( 47 ) I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
45 ( 41 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
46 ( 34 ) WORDS The Monkees
47 ( 43 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
48 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
49 ( 55 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
50 ( 39 ) THE TIME HAS COME P.P. Arnold

51 ( 36 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
52 ( 60 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
53 ( 42 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
54 ( 64 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
55 ( 68 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
56 ( 73 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
57 ( 51 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
58 ( 50 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
59 ( 49 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
60 ( 37 ) SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS Eric Burdon & The Animals

61 ( 53 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
62 ( 62 ) MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
63 ( 66 ) YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson
64 ( NEW ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
65 ( 54 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
66 ( 69 ) HEART & SOUL The Incredibles
67 ( 74 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Ray Charles
68 ( 57 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
69 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
70 ( 75 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONG Martha & The Vandellas

71 ( NEW ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
72 ( NEW ) MY MAMMY The Happenings
73 ( NEW ) NEVER MY LOVE The Association
74 ( NEW ) EXPRESSWAY (TO YOUR HEART) The Soul Survivors
75 ( NEW ) DANDELION The Rolling Stones

My Retro July 1967 Chart

1st July 1967

2 weeks on top for Nancy Sinatra, as Jackson foe Nancy & Lee goes up to 28, as an alternate version (probably more famous) by Johnny Cash & wife June Carter enters at 75, and also as My Elusive Dreams enters for Tammy Wynette & David Houston, another country standard – the Nancy & Lee version from 1968 is the definitive version, though it’s close-run with the Tammy Wynette & George Jones 1973 version (husband & wife, slowed down a la Nancy & Lee, and with real emotion).

The Fabs enter the 10 with When I’m 64 (my theme tune in 5 years), and hit 2 with Lucy In The Sky, bigger then the Elton & Lennon version in 1974, while Glen goes top 5, as Dean Martin did in 1969. Smokey Robinson gets his first top 10, Frankie Valli his 3rd top 20 of the year, The Bee Gees shoot up to 30 with a song of theirs I wasn’t that familiar with, and US chart-topper The Association sneaks into the 40.

New: Morning Dew, a version I knew by Lulu eclipsed by this Deep-Purple-ish Episode Six a year ahead of Hush, while The Intruders debut at 45 7 years ahead of I’ll Always Love My Mama and Win Place Or Show. At 51, The Forum is an oddity but a goodie obscurity, and The Four Tops grab a 4th chart entry of the year with I’ll Turn To Stone – wonder where Jeff Lynne got the idea for ELO’s Turn To Stone? Look no further! Girl group harmonies for The Babies at 65, and at 74, The Easybeats return (had I been charting in 1966 for biggie Friday On My Mind) and 11 years ahead of their part-debut as Flash & The Pan.

1 ( 1 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
2 ( 3 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
4 ( 4 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 11 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
9 ( 8 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
10 ( 14 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 9 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
12 ( 10 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
13 ( 16 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
14 ( 12 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
15 ( 19 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
16 ( 20 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
17 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
18 ( 26 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 13 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
20 ( 35 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli

21 ( 21 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
22 ( 17 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
23 ( 18 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
24 ( 25 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
25 ( 24 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
26 ( 27 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
27 ( 23 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
28 ( 32 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
29 ( 40 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
30 ( 58 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees

31 ( 39 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
32 ( 34 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
33 ( 36 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
34 ( 37 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
35 ( 28 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
36 ( 29 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers37 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
38 ( 32 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
39 ( 43 ) WINDY The Association
40 ( 22 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr

41 ( 34 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
42 ( 46 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
43 ( NEW ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
44 ( 41 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
45 ( NEW ) TOGETHER The Intruders
46 ( 30 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
47 ( 47 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
48 ( 48 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques
49 ( 45 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
50 ( 42 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles

51 ( NEW ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
52 ( 44 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
53 ( 64 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
54 ( 66 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
55 ( 51 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
56 ( 50 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
57 ( NEW ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
58 ( 60 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
59 ( 75 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
60 ( 65 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks

61 ( 69 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
62 ( 58 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
63 ( 49 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
64 ( 55 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
65 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
66 ( 56 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
67 ( 68 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
68 ( 54 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
69 ( 73 ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
70 ( 74 ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner

71 ( 67 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
72 ( NEW ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
73 ( 52 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN AND HELL The Easybeats
75 ( NEW ) JACKSON Johnny Cash & June Carter

9th July 1967

So much great music around in the Summer Of Love everything is underperforming chartwise, and I need to expand to a top 100 really! Too much work though, so suffice to say The Beatles are untouchable as anthem All You Need Is Love gives the Fabs a 3rd chart-topper, 2 to Paul, 1 to John, and a total of 10 tracks in the 75. Ed Sheeran eat your heart out!

Big surprise are the huge climbs for 2 tracks new to me, Episode “Deep Purple” 6’s cover of Morning Dew at 11, and an even bigger one for obscurity The River Is Wide, from The Forum, evolving from a folk band Les Baxter’s Balladeers who counted one David Crosby amongst their number before moving on to The Byrds, and later Crosby Stills & Nash. A terrific OTT track that peaked at a paltry 48 in the USA, but 8 here (so far). The Grass Roots had a bigger hit in 1969 with the song.

The Bee Gees leapfrog themselves to enter at 14 with To Love Somebody, their very first classic song that has proven to be coverable (earlier releases are good records but not standards), starting with Nina Simone’s big cover in 1969. Other newies: The Elgins debut 4 years ahead of UK chart success, Neil Diamond grabs yet another hit song, must be his 6th in 6 months, the fab Desmond Dekker enters with 007, and less than 2 years on he would top charts with the first ska record to get world famous. A couple of gospel soul goodies, a muzak Doctor Zhivago song, an early 60’s girl group return with a more 1967 sound, and Sandie Shaw sneaks in with another minor UK hit.

1 ( NEW ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
3 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
5 ( 2 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 8 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 50 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
9 ( 10 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees

11 ( 42 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
12 ( 4 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
13 ( 9 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
14 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
15 ( 15 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
16 ( 13 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
17 ( 20 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
18 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
20 ( 11 ) PAPER SUN Traffic

21 ( 12 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
22 ( 14 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
23 ( 30 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
24 ( 19 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
25 ( 28 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
26 ( 26 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
27 ( 29 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
28 ( 16 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
29 ( 31 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
30 ( 21 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

31 ( 32 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
32 ( 34 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
33 ( 27 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
34 ( 23 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
35 ( 22 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
36 ( 24 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
37 ( 39 ) WINDY The Association
38 ( 33 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
39 ( 25 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
40 ( 46 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

41 ( 41 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
42 ( 35 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
43 ( 36 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
44 ( 44 ) TOGETHER The Intruders45 ( 37 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
46 ( 48 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques
47 ( 41 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
48 ( 38 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
49 ( 54 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
50 ( 44 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas

51 ( 40 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
52 ( 46 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
53 ( 53 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
54 ( 57 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
55 ( 49 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
56 ( NEW ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
57 ( 61 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
58 ( 59 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
59 ( 50 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
60 ( 73 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

61 ( 52 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
62 ( 55 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
63 ( NEW ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
64 ( 65 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
65 ( 58 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
66 ( 72 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
67 ( 56 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
68 ( NEW ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
69 ( 70 ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
70 ( 62 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) NEARER TO YOU Betty Harris
72 ( NEW ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
73 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE MY LOVE The Mike Sammes Singers
74 ( NEW ) LAST MINUTE MIRACLE The Shirelles
75 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw

15th July 1967

2 weeks on top for The Fabs, as they also rise to 4 with When I’m Sixty Four (accept no inferior covers when the original is available), go top 40 With A Little Help (ditto) and enter with the B side of All You Need Is Love, Baby You’re A Rich Man. The Monkees try to steal the Beatles thunder with yet 2 more new entries, both Brill Building written this time, A side Pleasant Valley Sunday (Goffin & King’s social commentary) at 17 and B side Words (Mann & Weil, and featured in the TV show a few times) at 60. Trying to keep up, The Bee Gees (2 in the top 30), Nancy Sinatra (ditto), while big climbs for the Elgins all doo-wop delight to 28, and The Babies terrific song up to 30. Grace Slick & co got top 40. The Kinks enter at 47, or at least brother Dave singing for a credited change, Dandy Livingstone debuts 12 years ahead of the Specials cover and 5 years ahead of his chart hits Suzanne Beware Of The Devil and Big City, Glen Campbell’s B side joins the Number 2 A side, and 2 of the all-great voices pop in with lesser tracks: Roy Orbison and Marvin Gaye.

1 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 6 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
6 ( 8 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
7 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 14 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
9 ( 9 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles

11 ( 11 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
12 ( 15 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
13 ( 13 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
14 ( 10 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
15 ( 12 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
16 ( 17 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
17 ( NEW ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
18 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 16 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
20 ( 27 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

21 ( 23 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
22 ( 25 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
23 ( 19 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
24 ( 24 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
25 ( 22 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
26 ( 20 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
27 ( 31 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
28 ( 55 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
29 ( 21 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
30 ( 63 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies

31 ( 32 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
32 ( 48 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
33 ( 30 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
35 ( 35 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
36 ( 33 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
37 ( 29 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
38 ( 44 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
39 ( 41 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
40 ( 45 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques

41 ( 52 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
42 ( 36 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
43 ( 28 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
44 ( 26 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
45 ( 38 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
46 ( 37 ) WINDY The Association
47 ( NEW ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
48 ( 39 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
49 ( 42 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
50 ( 53 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops

51 ( 40 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
52 ( 45 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
53 ( 43 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
54 ( 47 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
55 ( 48 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
56 ( NEW ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
57 ( 50 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
58 ( 63 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
59 ( 66 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
60 ( NEW ) WORDS The Monkees

61 ( 55 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
62 ( 68 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
63 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
64 ( 57 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
65 ( 71 ) NEARER TO YOU Betty Harris
66 ( 59 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
67 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE A RICH MAN The Beatles
68 ( 75 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
69 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
70 ( 60 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

71 ( 72 ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
72 ( 73 ) SOMEWHERE MY LOVE The Mike Sammes Singers
73 ( 62 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
74 ( NEW ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison
75 ( NEW ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye

DROP OUTS:

IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
BERNADETTE The Four Tops
I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
ALFIE Dionne Warwick
LAST MINUTE MIRACLE The Shirelles

 

22nd July 1967

3 weeks on top for the Beatles keeping The Bee Gees away from having their first Number 1, with Bobbie Gentry’s classic country debut at 3. Haunting strings and a sad story-song still affect 50 years later. The great thing about 60’s country music – it was all about the lyrics, and likewise Gentle On My Mind, the words are working man poetry, beautiful images and phrases.

Tom Jones gets his 4th top 20 entry (had I been charting earlier) at 16 with his great Lonnie Donegan cover – it took another 2 years to break in the States, I know cos it was featured in my books of big songs of sheet music from late 1969, which I saved up to buy in Singapore. It was very American-based, printed locally, and I’m guessing royalties wasn’t a thing…

In at 30, a song I didn’t know I knew, a great soul track from Ruby Andrews that became better-known in the UK in a disco hit cover by Coffee in the late 70’s. I didn’t even know it was a cover! A Canadian hit Donovan cover pops in at 32, another new discovery for me, rather good, as is a late-career Brian Hyland track, Get The Message. Brian went top 5 in 1975 with his resissue of Sealed With A Kiss, but way back in my toddler-hood I was obsessed by Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and it would be 100% certain to have topped my hypothetical charts for weeks. Of course that awful Bombalurina/Timmy Mallet cover has taken the charm off it somewhat since…

A few months before the fab Judy In Disguise, John Fred has the quirky and fab Agnes English at 54, Simon & Garfunkel slip in again with another minor pleasantry, as do 5 other 1967 charting acts, Dionne, Aretha, The Temps, & The Rascals. 

1 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 8 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
3 ( NEW ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
5 ( 2 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
7 ( 5 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
8 ( 9 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
10 ( 11 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six

11 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
12 ( 12 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
13 ( 10 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
14 ( 17 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
15 ( 13 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
16 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
17 ( 14 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
18 ( 22 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
19 ( 21 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
20 ( 20 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

21 ( 15 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
22 ( 28 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
23 ( 16 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
24 ( 19 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
25 ( 30 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
26 ( 23 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
27 ( 31 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
28 ( 38 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
29 ( 25 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
30 ( NEW ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews

31 ( 29 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
32 ( NEW ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
33 ( 24 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
34 ( 60 ) WORDS The Monkees
35 ( NEW ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
36 ( 55 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
37 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
38 ( 41 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
39 ( 47 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
40 ( 50 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops

41 ( 26 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
42 ( 36 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
43 ( 33 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
44 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
45 ( 32 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
46 ( 35 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
47 ( 39 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
48 ( 48 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
49 ( 27 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
50 ( 40 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques

51 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
52 ( 59 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
53 ( 57 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
54 ( NEW ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
55 ( 43 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
56 ( 49 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
57 ( 61 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
58 ( 53 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
59 ( 45 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
60 ( 68 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell

61 ( 52 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
62 ( 57 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
63 ( 61 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
64 ( 67 ) BABY YOU’RE A RICH MAN The Beatles
65 ( 74 ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison
66 ( 55 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
67 ( 68 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
68 ( NEW ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
69 ( 71 ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
70 ( 75 ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye

71 ( 53 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
72 ( NEW ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
73 ( NEW ) YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING The Temptations
74 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU The Young Rascals
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Aretha Franklin

 

29th July 1967

It’s a first week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s classic country song – more of a spine-tingling story than anything, and not the last time she would top my charts. The Monkees keep up the top 10’s with the Goffin & King song and the 20’s with Words, Tom Northcott goes top 10 here with a bang and nowhere else in the world, while Brian Hyland gets his first top 10 since Itsy Bitsy (theoretically, as it would have 100% topped my chart had I been charting in the early 60’s, being as it was one of my first loves pre-school).

Brian Wilson’s ambitious Heroes & Villains is straight in the 20 for The Beach Boys, but it’s no Good Vibrations, The Fabs make the 20 with Mr Kite, and Gary Lewis enters at 27 with the last good record they made – I hadn’t actually realised Gary was mostly double-tracked with some proper singers, as his voice wasn’t that great. The records were though. Brenton Wood still sounds good at 31 and new, as do the Trems well into their pop chart run of hits, and even Frankie joins the party with a minor gem of a ballad that I didn’t know. Or rather one I didn’t know that I knew – it’s sorta familiar so I guess I heard him do it on one of the many variety show imports of the time.
1 ( 3 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
4 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
5 ( 4 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
6 ( 12 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
7 ( 8 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
8 ( 14 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
9 ( 32 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
10 ( 35 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland

11 ( 7 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
12 ( 9 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
13 ( 11 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
14 ( 6 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
15 ( 18 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 16 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
18 ( 34 ) WORDS The Monkees
19 ( NEW ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
20 ( 27 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

21 ( 13 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
22 ( 22 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
23 ( 10 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
24 ( 17 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
25 ( 25 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
26 ( 21 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
27 ( NEW ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
28 ( 23 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
29 ( 29 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
30 ( 30 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews

31 ( NEW ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
32 ( 20 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
33 ( 26 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
34 ( 28 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
35 ( 38 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
36 ( 36 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
37 ( 31 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
39 ( 39 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
40 ( NEW ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra

41 ( 37 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
42 ( 24 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
43 ( 54 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
44 ( 19 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
45 ( 33 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
46 ( 67 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
47 ( 42 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
48 ( 43 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
49 ( 44 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
50 ( 53 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond

51 ( 41 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
52 ( 48 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
53 ( NEW ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT The Alan Price Set
54 ( 57 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME HAS COME P.P. Arnold
56 ( 60 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
57 ( 46 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
58 ( 71 ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
59 ( 66 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
60 ( 64 ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison

61 ( 58 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
62 ( 40 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
63 ( 61 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
64 ( 51 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
65 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
66 ( 56 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
67 ( 61 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
68 ( 73 ) YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING The Temptations
69 ( 70 ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye
70 ( 47 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS Eric Burdon & The Animals
72 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Symbols
73 ( 74 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU The Young Rascals
74 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
75 ( NEW ) SIXTEEN TONS Tom Jones

My 1969 Charts – December

school book

school book


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2nd December 1969

4th week on top for The Archies, holding off my Youtube dilemma for a while, as Rolf gets to 2. Bobbie Gentry joins herself in the top 5 with a cover duet of the Everley Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream, with the great Glen Campbell. I’ll be honest, despite a catalogue of great songs, and apart from Cathy’s Clown, I much prefer the cover versions of Everley Brothers hits, including this one. In at 10, it’s Elvis with his 3rd Top 10 of the year, with what is generally regarded as his best record post-50’s. Suspicious Minds is a classic, but I barely got to hear it at all in Singapore, which is why it under-performs first time round. Not to worry, it has a second, third, fourth and fifth run to make up for it… cos it IS a classic after all.

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 4 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry

6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
9 ( 7 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
10 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley

Talking of Singapore, at school in geography we were learning about kelongs which were dotted around the coast in those days – it’s a Malayan word and structure, wooden huts and poles sticking out into the sea and used for fishing. We even built a mini-model structure on a painted coastal scene, which I really enjoyed, it was bringing geography (and history) to life and certainly wouldn’t have featured in any UK syllabus in those days. The schools still followed the UK exam systems for 11plus, CSE’s, O Levels, A levels, but there seemed to be a bit more flexibility for teachers to pick topics they enjoyed and could be enthusiastic about. Mind you, Mrs Canavan, the English teacher, embarrassed me in front of the class when she found out I was still reading Enid Blyton books at 11 years old. There was always this horrible pressure to “grow up” in those days, as opposed to just tactfully suggesting there are other exciting books out there too. As it turned out I pretty much leaped straight into adult science fiction via forgotten children’s science-fiction adventure writer Hugo Walters within a year, but I didn’t need to be shamed into doing it, found those books in the library on my own. In the meantime I moved onto Just William books, and found the words to Bad Moon Rising written out in one of the pages. Hooray!

exotic letter-writing paper corners - ah letters, memories...!

exotic letter-writing paper corners – ah letters, memories…!


9th December 1969

5 weeks on top for Sugar Sugar – how sweet! Better get used to seeing the Archies, and in fact, vocalist Ron Dante in my charts. In at 9 it’s the Cuff Links with Tracy. Aka Ron Dante. Although in the UK the Archies are regarded as the ultimate one-hit wonders, that’s not quite accurate as The Cuff Links sounded like The Archies fairly obviously, both being studio projects with the same hired singer – Ron. They also had 2 hits in the UK and US, while The Archies had a 2 or 3-year run of chart entries in the States. Don’t be fooled by the hip and groovy video, the singer isn’t Ron Dante – he signed up with Don Kirshner Archies’ mastermind – and the group threatened to hold back royalties unless he agreed to tour. Rupert Holmes, of Pina Colada fame, was also hired for the album.

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


I mentioned the school library for last week’s chart: I remember we had a visit from a small group of RAF Gurkhas in the small hall next to the library which impressed me. Short and stocky and affable, the Gurkhas had a fabulous awed reputation amongst British troops for loyalty and bravery, so it was great to have a lesson devoted to a question and answer session. The history of them: British Empire in Nepal, fighting against the Empire (one can see why they might be pissed off) they so impressed the elite they ended up becoming a historic part of the British forces throughout the centuries since. well, at least until the recent cutbacks decided they were no longer of requirement, nor were they entitled to live in the country they spent their lives serving from a country with links going back 200 years. Joanna Lumley, thanks for being more than Ab fab and Purdey, say I, as she rightfully put the politicians to shame.

I’ll just repeat the story that was bandied about at the time about Gurkhas in the RAF, even though it may or may not be apocryphal: The commander of the Gurkhas troop on a mission plane asked for volunteers to jump out of the plane. All of the soldiers stepped forward instantly. The commander was impressed with the loyalty shown, but was puzzled when the group ranking soldier looked a bit apologetic some minutes later when he came up to ask a question. “What is it?” asked the commander. “Will we be wearing parachutes?” he asked……

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school popcorn transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the pirate copies wrongly coloured)

school popcorn transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the pirate copies wrongly coloured)

16th December 1969

Christmas was coming, and The Archies were having a 6-week run on top. There were, of course, no such thing as christmas pop classics in those days, more a case of TV crooners covering standards or hymns. To be honest, though everyone knew the songs – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, O Little Town Of Bethlehem – there wasn’t that joyous sense of familiarity you get with modern pop songs, just some tunes you liked more than others when you had to sing them at school, or heard them on TV. On the plus side, some great records hit chart peaks: Glen and Bobbie at 3, Stevie at 4, Kenny Rogers at 5. It’s worth pointing out that Stevie Wonder had been having hits for years at Motown and he was still a teenager at this time, and co-writing some of his own songs, such as My Cherie Amour, currently about to hit the UK top 2 charts (January 2015) in a butchered helium-induced form). Good to know teenagers can write songs that last!

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


I don’t recall putting up the christmas trimmings at home, but I’m sure we did have a good go for the novelty of a sunny, sweltering christmas on the equator (give or take 85 miles), and I know mum tried to explain snow to Tan, our amah, by showing her the frozen stuff in the freezer of the fridge. She also did the same later on with Ah Choo our second, young amah (married with kiddie), who was related to Tan, I think. I googled her today, you never know, might still be out there in her mid-60’s. That would be great to find out.

Ah Choo 1970

Ah Choo 1970


23rd December 1969

7 weeks at 1, for The Archies, as they get another song in at 8, giving Ron dante 3 out of 10. Jingle Jangle was available on the back of a cereal packet imported from America, but I didn’t actually get hold of that one sadly, as it was a bonafide American single and actual hit – which I guess is why it didn’t find it’s way over to Singapore. In terms of imported stuff, Singapore was quite awesome, being a shipping crossroads for the region, you could get stuff from the USA, Australia, India, Malaya, Hong Kong, the UK and more. It was quite a fabulous multi-cultural jumble of bits from each. The UK, in the 60’s, was pretty much not noticeably international except for imported TV and some foodstuffs from Europe and the West Indies, and hi-tech products that were worldwide.

The other new entry is a bit of an afterthought cheat as I was running out of tracks for the chart. Creedence were very much of the period, and Green River sounds like it belongs in my chart, but I didn’t get to hear it for years afterwards – that I recall, at any rate. It may well have gotten some plays as follow-up to a big hit, but it didn’t stick in my mind if that’s the case. Good swamprock though.

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 3 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 5 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
5 ( 4 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder

6 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 9 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
8 ( NEW ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies
9 ( 7 ) TRACY The Cuff Links
10 ( NEW ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival

buying actual stuff at christmas and beyond!

buying actual stuff at christmas and beyond!

30th December 1969

Rolf scrapes in at the end of the year with the huge hit beloved by everyone young at the time, Two Little Boys. It would have been his 3rd or 4th chart-topper had I been charting as a toddler and infant, being as I loved Sun Arise, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, and Jake The Peg. Two Little Boys, despite everything (Thatcher choosing it for Desert Island Discs, Rolf’s conviction for underage stuff) was a sweet, touching story of war and brotherly love, pretty unique for a hit record to this day, and as at that time Rolf was guilty of nothing illegal I’m not going to retroactively rewrite history, though I won’t be showing any photos or videos, just the record. It does leave a regretful bitter taste in the mouth now sadly though so I’m demoting it to the end. In at 4, it’s Marmalade, not bubblegum anymore, it’s the gorgeous ballad Reflections Of My Life, harmonytastic and largely forgotten these days, but once well-thought of. Still is by me. It’s a bloody brilliant tune.

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

Christmas week, and for christmas brother and me got a brand new bike each with colourful plastic tassles sticking out of the handlebar ends. I still miss that bike, it was great riding up and down the local housing estate hills, not entirely unlike Elliot and ET and co. Only much much hotter. And no alien. School was out for a few weeks, I had loads more comics I was adoring, having scoured more and more of the second-hand book stalls in Changi Village, and having got hold of some more classic Adventure Comics Legion Of Super Heroes and many other new and old DC Comics. My collection was growing quite fast, pop music for the moment not eating into my pocket money, comics getting all of it! I can’t understate how exciting the Legion was to me, it was almost physically palpable, and the covers of DC superheroes at this time, and especially Batman, were designed and drawn by the fantastic acclaimed artist Neal Adams. His Batman and Superman remain the definitive versions, those were the ones I got in the popcorn transfers for my school bag and my own made-up transfer books, and those are the ones that command the top prices in archive comic shops for this period. His comic covers are works of Art, at least as good as many over-rated bullshit “serious” artists. Suddenly comics were getting more adult, and dealing with serious adult themes amongst the superhero stuff…

My 1969 Charts – November

My 1969 Song Book 1

My 1969 Song Book 1

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NOV 1969

4th November 1969

Bobbie’s 5th and final week on top, as Nilsson’s brilliant Midnight Cowboy song goes top 5, and The Beatles are the sole new entry courtesy of a George Harrison ballad at 6. Something quickly became a standard, but as a Beatles song in the UK it was a shock (relative) failure peaking at 4, the first Beatles record to fail to hit the top 2 bar their first single. It was an odd choice of double A side as Come Together got no airplay at all in Singapore, in fact it took me 5 years to get to hear it, and even then I wasn’t that bothered about it. Something, great as it was, seemed a bit too MOR for the Fabs, so pretty much my least fave Beatles single. Little did we know that it was actually the last Beatles single ever, chronologically-recording-wise, until the 2 Anthology John Lennon songs finished by the other three Beatles.

OK, so back at home in Bedokville, Singapore new suburbia, one evening mum and dad went out to some do on camp, and left me and brother Mark alone (but under the eye of the neighbours Irving & Mary, who popped their head over the fence occasionally). We had chit-chat’s tut-tutting up and about the walls while we watched TV, they just got into any handy crevice in houses and grabbed insects, which for me is a blessing, mozzies being my mortal enemy and all. This night something quite big started walking jerkily and slowly across the living room floor – I recognised it from TV shows as a Preying Mantis, though I’d never seen one in real life, and neither had Mark. We shouted for Irving and Mary, eventually, after chucking cushions at it from a distance, trying to persuade it to go out the door. Didn’t work, and nobody came round, so we really just waited feet up on the bamboo chair/sofa till mum and dad came home. By then, a chit-chat had apparently had a bit of a do with it – and won. I say apparently, as there wasn’t much left in the way of evidence. Not as scary as the huge spiders though, or the supersized hornets buzzing round flowers in the day, or the snakeskins one occasionally found shed in bedrooms, and on the plus side, not as revolting as mosquitos and cockroaches that were a daily nuisance. We lifted up a garden grate, and it was LITERALLY teaming with roaches of all sizes scuttling away like mad. I think the worst thing, though, was finding insects in your food – half a bug, especially, as you never got to be sure if you’d eaten the other half. Cereals imported from the USA were fun (I loved the cardboard Archies records on the back of the packet, with a coating of plastic for the grooves, you could cut out and play on a record player) but the boll weevils inside (or whatever they were) were offputting. So were local biscuits cooked with ants firmly inside them. Exotic fruits though, like oddly-prickly-looking red-coloured rambutan’s, a Malayan peninsula fruit on sale on market-stalls everywhere, were eye-openers – who woulda known there were so many fruits you had never seen, never mind tasted….!


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

music book 2

music book 2

11th November 1969

First week on top for Sugar Sugar, The Archies EP also containing Feelin So Good, which re-enters at 5. I still love Sugar Sugar, simple and perfect sugar confection bubblegum pop, which is why it’s sold a million and still trickle sells. It had a whopping 8 week run at 1 in the UK charts, I think, so let’s see if it can match that in mine! The chart gets some action, as Tremeloes re-enter, and 3 new tracks pop in: Nobody’s Child is a very MOR ballad, and I’ll be honest the Traveling Wilburys did a better version 20 years later. George Harrison of course involved in that one, and also at 4 with Something. Lou Christie had one of those “oh that’s who he is” moments whenever the fantastic Lightning Strikes grabbed an occasional radio play back in the day. The Lou falsetto is immense on Lightning, but not much in evidence on this bubblegum pop delight at 9, I’m Gonna Make You Mine. At 10, it’s Kenny Rogers debuting, the start of a long country career, and by far his best record, the amazing Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town, a song about a veteran back from the Vietnam war, paralysed and unable to please his wife in that way any more, and her forays into town to find someone who can. Oddly touching.

Singapore times? How about swimming lessons? Saturday mornings were a trip into Changi Village on the bus, and a walk to the swimming pool at the Padang on camp (or a quick SZ taxi-ride – taxis used to cram as many people in as possible, so often it was more like a bus ride with strangers people getting on and off en route). I pretty much did OK at swimming, picking up distance badges early on and moving onwards and upwards to badges of more merit. We had robes the badges were sewn onto – hey we all did it, it was the fashion! Pretty sure I also picked up bloody varrucas at the pool too, by the time I left Singapore I had warts in many bodily places. For those not in the know, they have a comforting way of popping up years later and developing nicely into Hollywood-style witch-warts which you can share with the rest of the world whenever you go the beach. How sweet! Not to mention the hard bits of skin on your feel soles left when you get them burnt off, just to remind you occasionally that they once shared your feet with you. If that sounds a bit ewwww I actually loved swimming (eventually) though it was sometimes a case of “do we have to?!”. Best thing though: the comics in the Changi Village book shops, as I started to fill-in some of my missing back issues of DC comics. I became obsessive in my search for the Legion Of Super-Heroes.

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

schoolbook RAF Seletar

schoolbook RAF Seletar

18th November 1969

2 weeks for The Archies on top, The Beatles get up to 3 with their 4th hit, The Hollies re-enter future (1988) number one He Ain’t Heavy at 9, and Stevie Wonder gets his 3rd Top 10 of the year, the less-remembered but fab Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday, an under-rated Motown gem.

How about a naughty John tale? I was actually a goodie-goodie child, rarely did anything wrong, but for some reason I’d managed to get a catapult as a new toy, and was quietly enjoying the sheer speed that little bits of gravel from the road flew off in it, it was pretty powerful. I was under the balcony of the house happily aiming at the road so nothing would get hit, when a taxi went by with a passenger in it. I waited till it was almost out of the way and the let one go. Unfortunately I didn’t wait quite long enough, it smacked right into the rear light of the black and yellow taxi and smashed it as the car drove away. Not for long, though, it reversed and a livid Chinese driver jumped out shouting at me as I dashed indoors and up to my room. He was having none of that, got my dad, ranted a bit, dad gave him 25 dollars for the damage and that was the end of my pocket money for a while. I tried to explain it was an accident (which it was) but I guess with hindsight, claiming something is an accident (even when it is) is no excuse. What was worse though was not being believed! Bad bad John!

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

popcorn transfers

popcorn transfers

25th November 1969

3 weeks for Sugar Sugar on top, but the only movement of note is the new entry from Rolf Harris at 4. I’m going to ignore all of the recent nastiness and pretend it never happened cos in the 60’s Rolf was loved by kids. He brought Australia into the living room, along with Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, and ethnic aboriginal-flavoured delights like the great Sun Arise alternated with his jokey hit records like Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Jake The Peg (diddle iddle dum). Biggest of all, though, was the touching Two Little Boys, a tale of brothers, both as youngsters, and serving in a war as adults. Like Sugar Sugar, much derided, and like Sugar Sugar missing the point: 11-year-olds like me loved them. I still do. Two Little Boys was a huge record, pretty much on 2-way Family Favourites every other week with messages of “missing you much” from family members back home, and then again on Juniors Choice over the years, till the BBC decided pre-teens no longer needed their own pop-music show. Yes they do!

This (Last) / Peak / wks
1 ( 1 ) 1 7 SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) 1 12 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 3 ) 3 4 SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) 4 1 TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
5 ( 4 ) 3 5 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( 7 ) 6 2 YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) 5 4 (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
8 ( 6 ) 6 3 RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
9 ( 9 ) 9 5 HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 8 ) 8 3 I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie

My 1969 Charts – October

mum n dad looking cool

mum n dad looking cool

OCT 1969

7th Oct 1969

It’s a new number one, Bobbie Gentry’s gorgeous version of the Bacharach/David song, and again a version that improves on the Dionne Warwick recording, Bobbie’s husky singing voice just being so emotive. This was the 4th single I ever bought, sadly I bought it off an evening market record stall again (I think this time though, it was one near Siglap in the middle of a housing estate, bizarrely), and it was clearly well-played (an 11-year-old-kid’s a a good opportunity to dump used product) cos it forever got stuck in the same spot on the record. For anyone not used to vinyl, sometimes the needle either refused to follow a groove due to a blockage and just went into an endless loop till you forced it onwards, or it jumped a couple of seconds as it slipped out of a groove. I still expect to hear the same line repeated…

My chart gets reduced to a top 10, as I’d run out of new records. A new entry at 10, though, for a record I was aware of, thanks to a couple of sheet music books I bought for the lyrics of some of my top-notch fave songs, and He Ain’t Heavy was in it. They were pretty good value actually, 15 or 20 sheet music current American hits per book. Fab! Still got them, of course. The Hollies of course would eventually get a proper chart run in 1988 when it hit the UK number one, but first-time round, I liked it. Now I love it, a terrific ballad, and Allan Clarke is an under-rated singer these days (along with the Hollies, who were huge at the time, and were a few hits into my charts already).

Singapore memories? I was at my first Secondary School, a 3-storey white building with air con. Hooray for Seletar Secondary Modern! OK, some of the classrooms were old-fashioned huts with fans on the ceilings and no glass in the windows, sweltering-muchness going on, but at least they were mixed in with some lessons inside the main building so you could cool down. On my first day there were two of us starting new, Stephen Game being the other wavy-black-haired kid, and he became my new best friend for the next year, which was great cos he was cool and likeable, he wore hipster shorts, and I got lots of friends and got to be in with the coolish kids who spent breaks and lunchtimes running extended versions of British Bulldog around the large school-site. We were constantly hot, sweaty, and good at long-distance running in equatorial heat, no sunscream, no hats, lots of sweat. Before that, though, we were introduced to our new class: Form 1H2, short for Hannah. The forms were all named after RAF heroes: Gibson, Cheshire and, I think, Malcolm – need to check on that one in the school yearbook, though! They were allocated colours, Hannah was red, Gibson green, Cheshire blue, the other was yellow. Very handy for sports day competitions. Mrs Gibson was our form tutor, slim and shoulder-length black hair. I’ll be honest, at the end of the school year we all signed each other’s books so I still have names of some of the school-mates, and as is often the way in RAF life I ran into some of them again in years in the future. It’s a small Forces world…

swimming pool (me on the board) RAF Changi

swimming pool (me on the board) RAF Changi

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

14th October 1969

2 weeks for Bobbie at 1, 2 weeks for Oliver at 2, and Mama Cass up to 3, but not much movement at all really, save the very famous million-selling, 8-weeks as the UK number one, Sugar Sugar, by cartoon band The Archies. Lots of people hate the record, but they are all SO wrong. It’s simplicity is it’s charm, it’s bubblegum, a hint of soul, nicely-produced, and with great vocalists for pure pop. Largely regarded as bubblegum novelty, that it continues to sell 45 years later should tellingly beg to differ. People buying it have never heard of, never mind seen, the TV show. For the record, and to repeat: Sugar Sugar was the first EP I bought, the first album I bought, and I used to record the songs from the show onto reel-to-reel tape. I recently bought the DVD’s of The Archie Funhouse, which is the series after the ones being made circa 1969/70, and errr…they are godawful. I never DID like the cartoon segments much, but they are just terrible. Nostalgia just can’t change that fact! The music, though, oh just sweeeet. With songwriters like Jeff Barry and Andy “Rock Me Gently” Kim, though, they should have something to contribute musically – largely rip-offs, granted, but catchy enough tunes, with a bit of social commentary thrown in. Not kidding there, either, pollution, racism and other topics happily resting there amongst the love songs, and odes to Hot Dog (the pet dog) and rock n roll music. You’ll never find them in the Critics Hall Of Fame, but as kiddie music goes, a cut above all those that followed in their kiddie music footsteps.

view from RAF Changi pool of Changi Hospital

view from RAF Changi pool of Changi Hospital


Meanwhile, back at school, my first week at school introduced me to breaktime popcorn and cherryade fizzy drinks from the tuck shop, streaming for English and Maths (Band 2 for both I think, based on whatever quick test they threw at me and Stephen on the first day): these were monitored term by term, and kids moved up or down each term based on how well you were doing. I’ll be honest, I liked the competitive element, I moved up in Maths, and it tended to be good for the smarter kids who moved ahead faster. All other subjects were mixed ability, which meant progress was more leisurely as you had to take into account the kids who struggled more. I was also introduced to two things that caused me stress:

Homework. Groaaan! Lost leisure time as far as I was concerned, though I was pretty good at doing it. The other one was sports. More specifically, Stephen & I had to sit in the changing room while the boys changed, then played cricket, or athletics, and then showered. That came as quite a shock to me, and very anxiety-creating, the thought of having to parade around naked in front of other boys stressed me out more than the team games did. My “kit hadn’t arrived” from the UK for a few weeks (Stephen took the plunge earlier than I did) till I couldn’t get away with it anymore, and had to join the throng. I was in and out of that shower faster than you could say “Streaker”.

Got used to it eventually, of course, and was pretty damn good at long-distance running (second to Lee Green, in the Hannah house. Lee turned up again in Gloucester in the 5th year, 5 years on, by which time I was absolutely rubbish at running the freezing UK weather to be avoided at all costs, give me scorching sweaty humidity any day). Cricket was loathsome though, punishingly-hard balls, lumps of wood to hit it with and numb your hands, running up and down a stupid bit of short grass, and the dumbest rules of any game ever invented. I took a dislike to it right away, and as the school-years went by, dislike turned to hatred at the pointlessness of it all. Volleyball or Rounders/Baseball, though, yay! Proper games, fast, points, running, balls don’t kill you or give you major bruises. Cricket is a British Empire anachronism that needs to be dumped in the nearest skip. Just my opinion of course (ptui!).

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

21st October 1969

3 weeks for Bobbie at 1, 3 weeks for Oliver at 2, yes so little new UK chart music about, though Dylan goes up to 6, a chart position he didn’t beat until the reissue of Like A Rolling Stone 35 years on.

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

28th October 1969

…and 4 weeks for Bobbie at 1, poor old Oliver should have grabbed at least one week on top instead of 4 at 2 (I certainly loved it enough to do so) but I loved Bobbie just a little bit more. Hooray, though, 3 new entries! Nilsson debuts at 7 with the utterly brilliant and gorgeous Everybody’s Talking, from the film Midnight Cowboy. Obviously far to young to see the film till years later, I was a bit miffed to find the version I knew wasn’t quite the same in the film – these things matter to me, I don’t rate “wrong versions”. Regardless Harry Nilsson was a supreme and under-rated vocalist, and this record is spine-tingling.

At 9, Lulu’s back, and my word what a change! Months ago it was all teenpop I’m A Tiger and Boom Bang A Bang, and now it’s slick soul, and a huge American hit to follow-on from the sublime US-only hit To Sir With Love, one of the criminally-ignored British single greats of the decade in the UK. I may not have loved Oh Me Oh My as much as I’m A Tiger at the time, but it’s dated much better! Lastly, The Trems are back with another song I was aware of from the Daily Mirror Top 30 charts, but frustratingly didn’t get to hear for some time: (Call Me) Number One. Catchy and singalong, like most Tremeloes singles, they have been banished into the mists of time, save the occasional Chesney Hawkes reference or Four Seasons footnote for Silence Is Golden, but they had a good ol’ run of pop singles, and this one is fun.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 4 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
5 ( 8 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival

6 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
9 ( NEW ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
10 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes

Changi beach and views of the islands

Changi beach and views of the islands


Back at home in Bedokville, I’d gotten into little plastic boxes of sweets, hexagon, square, circular, with transparent covers, from the shack shop at the back of the house on the other side of the monsoon drains that ran down every street. I liked the boxes. Monsoon drains were essential on the equator, as we found out fairly quickly. When it rained, it POURED. It was like the shower being on full everywhere, and torrents of temporary rivers ran downhill wherever they could. Quite thrilling, not remotely cold, you could (and we did) quite happily dance about getting soaking wet in the garden. I still love a good tropical thunderstorm.

A big discovery was the mobile chinese magazine seller, a motorbike and sidecar-box, which had newspapers, and COMICS! New DC Comics. OMG! Talk about trembling with excitement, I talked dad into buying me the coverless legion Action Comics 378 which was there with a cover, brand new for 55 cents, along with Adventure Comics 381, in which it suddenly became clear why the Legion featured only in the back-up story in Action: some twat had gone against all common commercial sense and moved the Legion of Super-Heroes from the main feature in Adventure so that Supergirl could get her own comic. This was disastrous! To state it clearly, the Legion were the most fan-based popular DC comic of the 60’s (the fans got it brought back by demanding it when it had all but fizzled out) and sales of the Legion comic were stunning my modern standards. A comic in 2014 sells a few tens of thousands if they’re lucky, worldwide. In 1969 Adventure Comics with the Legion was pushing a million. The first Supergirl comic was great (featured Batgirl as guest) but it was no substitute for epicness! She limped on through declining sales for 4 years and then it was all over. The Legion, revived, took over Superboy’s comic in 1973 and became one of the 2 big DC sellers of the 80s’, creatively brilliant. Editors: listen to the kids!