My Retro June 1970 Charts

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Exotic butterfly writing paper which we used to write home. I can’t resist saving pretty things, so cut these out of used pages from the pad. I also can’t throw anything away, cos when I’ve been forced to I’ve always regretted it afterwards! So still got these….

6th June 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Bread, heavily challenged by fellow Easy Listening act (as it was known in those days) Carpenters, who enter with a second cover version – this time a Bacharach/David B side that gives brother/sister Richard & Karen Carpenter the definitive version of Close To You and their signature song, kick-starting a hugely successful career in terms of quality and sales, but ultimately tragic for poor Karen who struggled with being in the spotlight, not helped by the sometimes thoughtless press, and critical mauling from the rock press too busy being Street Cred, oblivious to her timeless voice and interpretation, and the impeccable production. I loved this one in 1970, and have never stopped loving it. Like Pet Shop Boys and Eurythmics, there’s not really a capitalised “The” in front of the band name, but people just think there is cos it sounds wrong saying it without…

The Beatles make it 3 in the 20, The Jackson 5 get a 4th top 40, and Love Of The Common People returns, this time in the Nicky Thomas reggae version, which improves of the previous entry from The Winstons, and sets up the best version from Paul Young over a decade later. At 52, it’s a bit of hysterical Witchy madness from The Rattles – not sure if it’s been covered by a Witch House act, but it should be! B’J’ Thomas is back yet again with a song made more famous by someone else in cover version – this time it’s Elvis who did a live version for a huge UK hit, and probably the best recorded live release Elvis did in the 70’s, I Just Can’t Help Believing that’s true.

Mod Squad/ Twin Peaks actor Peggy Lipton gets a third chart entry with a rather nice version of Donovan’s Wear Your Love Like Heaven, I’m sure Quincy Jones (her hubby) approved, and finally Cissy Houston gets a solo entry with I’ll Be There, having previously appeared many times as a member of Sweet Inspirations and backing Elvis, Dusty, Otis, Van and many others famous enough to just use a first name and you know who they are. Singles she’s appeared on include Brown Eyed Girl, Music In Me (Kiki Dee), Mother & Child Reunion (Paul Simon), Young Americans (Bowie), I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan), oh and one track by her daughter Whitney Houston, who she sounds uncannily like on this one – at least if Whitney had been able to sound soulful before the drugs harmed her range and life.

1 ( 1 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
2 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 2
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
4 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
5 ( 4 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
6 ( 5 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 6 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
8 ( 7 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
9 ( 9 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
10 ( 10 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 10

11 ( 8 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
12 ( 19 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 12
13 ( 11 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
14 ( 17 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 14
15 ( 13 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
16 ( 14 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
17 ( 12 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
18 ( 23 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 18
19 ( 15 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
20 ( 16 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1

21 ( 22 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 21
22 ( 25 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 22
23 ( 20 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 20
24 ( 26 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 24
25 ( 18 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
26 ( 21 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
27 ( 31 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 27
28 ( 24 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
29 ( 33 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 29
30 ( 32 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 30

31 ( 35 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 31
32 ( 36 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 32
33 ( 37 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 33
34 ( 29 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
35 ( 43 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 35
36 ( 40 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 36
37 ( 27 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
38 ( 38 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 38
39 ( 48 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 39
40 ( 28 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 28

41 ( 47 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 41
42 ( 46 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 42
43 ( 56 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 43
44 ( 30 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 30
45 ( 55 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 45
46 ( 42 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
47 ( 44 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
48 ( 34 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 20
49 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 49
50 ( 53 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 50

51 ( 39 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
52 ( NEW ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 52
53 ( 41 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20
54 ( 57 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 54
55 ( 51 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
56 ( 52 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
57 ( 59 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 57
58 ( 63 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 58
59 ( 45 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 30
60 ( 50 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14

61 ( 64 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 61
62 ( 54 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
63 ( 68 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 63
64 ( 62 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
65 ( 71 ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 65
66 ( 69 ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 66
67 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 67
68 ( 70 ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 68
69 ( 74 ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 69
70 ( 49 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 35

71 ( 73 ) MAYBE The Three Degrees # 71
72 ( 67 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
73 ( 58 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
74 ( NEW ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 74
75 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 75

6th June
Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 4 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
3 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
5 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
6 ( 5 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
7 ( 8 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
8 ( NEW ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
9 ( 12 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
10 ( 7 ) ABC The Jackson 5

11 ( 10 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
12 ( 9 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
13 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
14 ( NEW ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
15 ( 15 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
16 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
17 ( 17 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 14 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
19 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
20 ( 16 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad

 

13th June 1970

It’s a first week on top for Carpenters, knocking off fellow easy Listening act Bread, giving them a first chart-topper (but not a last) and Bacharach/David a first number 1 since Bobbie Gentry too I’ll Never Fall In Love Again to the top. The Raiders get a first (and not the last) top 10, Gone Movin’ On, as The Archies debut at 29 with a minor hit single in the USA, Sunshine, but one which I loved from the show and recorded onto reel-to-reel tape direct from the TV, and the B side, which appeared on my first-ever EP purchase The Archies, Over And Over, also pops in.

Other than that it’s a quiet period for new music, Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered is in at 53, continuing his long run of hits, Shirley Bassey gets a rare mention with her version of George Harrison’s Something, Jose Feliciano returns with a nice version of CCR’s Susie-Q, and Crosby Stills & Nash get a second track, with Neil Young’s Ohio commenting on deaths of 4 student protestors against the Viet-Nam war at Kent State University, an event I remember, especially one photograph. The war wasn’t that far away from Singapore, relatively-speaking, and definitely made the news there on TV and English-language press The Straits Times, or via UK newspapers that were imported in batches for Forces families, usually the Daily Mirror.

1 ( 2 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
2 ( 1 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
5 ( 5 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
6 ( 6 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 7 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
8 ( 10 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
9 ( 12 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
10 ( 8 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1

11 ( 9 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
12 ( 14 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 12
13 ( 11 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
14 ( 18 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
15 ( 21 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 15
16 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
17 ( 16 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
18 ( 15 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
19 ( 29 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 19
20 ( 27 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20

21 ( 19 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
22 ( 20 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
23 ( 31 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 23
24 ( 24 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 24
25 ( 32 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 25
26 ( 17 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
27 ( 33 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 27
28 ( 36 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 28
29 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 29
30 ( 35 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 30

31 ( 22 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 22
32 ( 28 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
33 ( 39 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 33
34 ( 26 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
35 ( 45 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 35
36 ( 23 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 20
37 ( 41 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 37
38 ( 43 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 38
39 ( 25 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
40 ( 42 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 40

41 ( 34 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
42 ( 49 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 42
43 ( 52 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 43
44 ( 38 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 38
45 ( 37 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
46 ( 30 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 30
47 ( 54 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 47
48 ( 57 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 48
49 ( 50 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 49
50 ( 46 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1

51 ( 47 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
52 ( 74 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 52
53 ( NEW ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 53
54 ( 40 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 28
55 ( 61 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 55
56 ( 44 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 30
57 ( 63 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 57
58 ( 65 ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 58
59 ( 55 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
60 ( 56 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2

61 ( 67 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 61
62 ( 75 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 62
63 ( 58 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 58
64 ( 68 ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 64
65 ( 66 ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 65
66 ( 69 ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 66
67 ( NEW ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 67
68 ( 53 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20
69 ( 64 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
70 ( 48 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 20

71 ( NEW ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 71
72 ( 51 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
73 ( NEW ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( 59 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 30
75 ( NEW ) OHIO Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
3 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
4 ( 4 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
5 ( 2 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
6 ( 8 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
7 ( 6 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
8 ( 9 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
9 ( NEW ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

11 ( 14 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
12 ( 10 ) ABC The Jackson 5
13 ( 12 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
14 ( 19 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 11 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
16 ( 13 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
17 ( 17 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 15 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
19 ( 16 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
20 ( 18 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

 

 

20th June 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Close To You as the UK switches to Edward Heath’s Tory government, and Brazil win the World Cup, and The US was starting to get into Canadian Songstress Anne Murray and her honey-smooth vocals, entering at 2 with the wonderful Snowbird, a song I was mad on – we went to see RAF friends of mum & dad in Suicide Village, Singapore, on the bus and I couldn’t get the tune out of my head for weeks after hearing it. It received the ultimate seal of approval when Brian & Stewie fell in love with it and stalked the actual Anne Murray in Family Guy, Stan style. She was a total sport going along with it.

Carole King gets her classic Up On The Roof song into the top 10 – it would top my charts as an oldie in the original Drifters version in the 21st Century – and Edwin Starr returns with a wallop and a half, his signature tune the awesome War, ever-relevant. What is it good for? Still absolutely nothing. In another quiet new entry week, there’s a cluster at the bottom end, a good Glen Campbell minor US hit, Buddy Miles covering (and improving on) Neil Young’s Down By The River adjacent to Neil’s Ohio, Lulu very much in her Atco soul years (ie hitless in the UK bar one track), Kenny Rogers back again with another social commentary song, Dionne Warwick sneaking in with a lesser Bacaharch tune, and a jolly country original version of Help Me Make It Through The Night from Kris Kristofferson, which sort of makes sense for the John Holt reggae hit cover but sounds odd if you know the soulful Gladys Knight version best.

1 ( 1 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
2 ( NEW ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 2
3 ( 2 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
5 ( 4 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
6 ( 6 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 7 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
8 ( 5 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
9 ( 9 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
10 ( 12 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10

11 ( 8 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
12 ( 10 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
13 ( 11 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
14 ( 13 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
15 ( 15 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 15
16 ( NEW ) WAR Edwin Starr # 16
17 ( 19 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
18 ( 17 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
19 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
20 ( 23 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20

21 ( 14 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
22 ( 29 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 22
23 ( 16 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
24 ( 27 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 24
25 ( 21 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
26 ( 22 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
27 ( 33 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 27
28 ( 30 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 28
29 ( 38 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 29
30 ( 35 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 30

31 ( 43 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 31
32 ( 20 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20
33 ( 37 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 33
34 ( 25 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 25
35 ( 24 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 24
36 ( 32 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
37 ( 48 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 37
38 ( 47 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 38
39 ( 28 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 28
40 ( 52 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 40

41 ( 26 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
42 ( 42 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 42
43 ( 53 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 43
44 ( 34 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
45 ( 31 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 22
46 ( 41 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
47 ( 40 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 40
48 ( 39 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
49 ( 36 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 20
50 ( 62 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 50

51 ( 45 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
52 ( 44 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 38
53 ( 55 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 53
54 ( 50 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
55 ( 51 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
56 ( 67 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 56
57 ( 73 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 57
58 ( 61 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 58
59 ( 71 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 59
60 ( 64 ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 60

61 ( 49 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 49
62 ( 58 ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 58
63 ( 59 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
64 ( 57 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 57
65 ( 66 ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 65
66 ( 60 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
67 ( 46 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 30
68 ( 65 ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 65
69 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 69
70 ( NEW ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 70

71 ( 75 ) OHIO Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 71
72 ( NEW ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 72
73 ( NEW ) TELL IT ALL BROTHER Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 73
74 ( NEW ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 74
75 ( NEW ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT Kris Kristofferson # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 2 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 6 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( 4 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
6 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
7 ( 9 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
9 ( 5 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
10 ( 11 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

11 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
12 ( 10 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
13 ( 12 ) ABC The Jackson 5
14 ( 13 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
15 ( 16 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
16 ( 15 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
17 ( NEW ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( NEW ) WHO’S YOUR BABY? The Archies
19 ( 17 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 19 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues

 

 

27th June 1970

It’s a first week on top for Anne Murray and the splendrous Snowbird, giving a Canadian top spot for the first time. In a busy week for new entries, the highest is in at 4 for The Kinks, the wonderful gender-questioning Lola, giving them a first top 10 since 1967’s chart-topping Waterloo Sunset. Meanwhile The Spinners debut at 9 with the much-covered It’s A Shame – not the UK folk group, though, the Motown soul group who had to change their name to Motown Spinners in 1970 in the UK, before settling on The Detroit Spinners, which is still their best moniker by far. Edwin Starr gets a top 10, his first in 2 years of chart entries, with the powerful War.

10CC are in 32 with Neanderthal Man – OK Graham Gouldman was still busy writing hit songs and so on, but Kev, Lol & Eric were all experimenting with sounds and using the cash from the Hotlegs hit to create Strawberry Studios in Manchester which led to creative and commercial success not just for them, but also Neil Sedaka and others. It’s a novelty track with legs, great pounding rhythm, and 10CC were one of my top 5 bands of the 70’s, no question. Junior Walker’s back with another sax-y soul goodie at 34, the naughtily titled Do You See My Love (the bit in brackets doesn’t fool for me, I know what he was saying…) while fellow-Motown act Jimmy Ruffin brings his 1968 number 10 for me back as it finally becomes a UK hit. Motown is the Word for new entries: The Jackson 5 B side I Found That Girl, Marvin Gaye’s 3rd track on the list The End Of The Road, and more bubbling outside pending.

Neil Diamond’s 1966 single is back in the US charts, and Solitary Man is a goodie – at least the original version is, the live version bunged on Greatest Hits after he moved to CBS isn’t nearly as good – while Lord Creator enters with the lovely Kingston Town, which was to become UB40’s best record in a long and great career 20 years in the future. Ali Campbell’s vocal performance bizarrely packs emotion the original doesn’t quite have. Bizarrely cos he’s from Coventry, not Kingston Town. Bobbie Gentry is back again with Apartment 21, and everyone should enjoy what remains of her career over the next 12 months, cos it ain’t long to go before she effectively retires from music-making, and only 10-years away from disappearing entirely from public life. Nobody knows where she is these days, or what input at all she has on decisions regarding her back catalogue.

Lights Of Tucson was a local fave in Tucson and minor Hot 100 hit for Jim Campbell, no idea who he is, never heard of the record before, but it’s pretty good, a discovery, Freddy Robinson’s Black Fox instrumental is also a new goodie to me, and ditto Andy Kim’s edgier-sounding latest single It’s Your Life. Brotherhood Of Man and Pickettywitch pop in with pop follow-up’s I was aware existed, but had hardly heard more than once or twice in my life (being out of the country at the time), while James Brown’s signature song drops quietly before exploding into 50 years of famous rhythms, more a chant than a melody, and I’m sure we can all say we’ve felt like a sex machine at one stage or another. With Lockdown in 2020, probably more so of late, for those not in a relationship. Expect a worldwide baby boom in December and January.

1 ( 2 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 1 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( NEW ) LOLA The Kinks # 4
5 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
6 ( 5 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
7 ( 6 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
8 ( 16 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 8
9 ( NEW ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 9
10 ( 7 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3

11 ( 8 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
12 ( 9 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
13 ( 15 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 13
14 ( 12 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
15 ( 13 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
16 ( 14 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
17 ( 11 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
18 ( 22 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 18
19 ( 10 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
20 ( 24 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20

21 ( 18 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
22 ( 19 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
23 ( 27 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 23
24 ( 17 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
25 ( 29 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 25
26 ( 20 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20
27 ( 31 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 27
28 ( 26 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
29 ( 25 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
30 ( 37 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 30

31 ( 33 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 31
32 ( NEW ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 32
33 ( 38 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 33
34 ( NEW ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 34
35 ( 40 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 35
36 ( 23 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
37 ( 43 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 37
38 ( 42 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 38
39 ( 21 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
40 ( 53 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 40

41 ( 36 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
42 ( 30 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 30
43 ( 56 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 43
44 ( 50 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 44
45 ( 28 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 28
46 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 46
47 ( 34 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 25
48 ( NEW ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 48
49 ( 57 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 49
50 ( 46 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2

51 ( 35 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 24
52 ( NEW ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 52
53 ( 59 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 53
54 ( 39 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 28
55 ( 58 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 55
56 ( 32 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20
57 ( 41 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
58 ( 70 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 58
59 ( 55 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
60 ( 54 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
62 ( 65 ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 62
63 ( NEW ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 63
64 ( NEW ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 64
65 ( 69 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 65
66 ( NEW ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 66
67 ( NEW ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 67
68 ( 74 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 68
69 ( NEW ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 69
70 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO MY LOVE? Brotherhood Of Man # 70

71 ( NEW ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 71
72 ( 72 ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 72
73 ( 73 ) TELL IT ALL BROTHER Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 73
74 ( NEW ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 74
75 ( NEW ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 4 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
5 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 5 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
8 ( 6 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
9 ( 11 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
10 ( NEW ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens

11 ( 9 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
12 ( 10 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
13 ( NEW ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 12 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
15 ( 14 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
16 ( 18 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies
17 ( 17 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( NEW ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
19 ( NEW ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
20 ( 16 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

Pop Music From A Kiddie POV – 1962 Part 2

SPEEDY GONZALES – Pat Boone (1 week)

Another novelty track from the painful balladeer: ol’ Pat used to take rock’n’roll songs and bland them out, but he was a bit of a clean-cut teen idol to boot – he even starred in a good film Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, though it didn’t lead to a new career. I enjoyed the movie in my early teen years, and enjoyed this song in my early years. It had Speedy Gonzales, the superfast Loony Tunes Mexican mouse who has disappeared entirely from history, cos it “reinforced stereotypes”. No more than, say, The Magnificent Seven did, but that wasn’t a kids cartoon with a Thuffering Thuckertash speech-impediment prowling cat – who was clearly the baddie anyway. Anyway, I loved Speedy and if anything it made me root for the Mexicans as much as The Magnificent Seven did. Andale! Arriba! It says little for Pat Boone’s recording career that this catchy little ditty is far and away his best record, though I might be biased.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4s2AMKPHnE

 

 

TELSTAR – The Tornadoes (2 weeks)

Only two weeks for this ground-breaking instrumental record, the Joe Meek futuristic soundscape production years ahead of its time – and what a tune! In 1966 dad was posted to Aden, so mum and brother and me lived in a basic one-bed flat in a rundown area of Liverpool. Dad came back with a new portable record player and some 45’s – including this one, and I played both sides to death (B side Jungle Fever is also good). Prior to that, I knew the tune, but as with most 60’s instrumentals I didn’t know the title or artist – they just got used a lot as backdrops to TV items and the like, so they eased into the subconscious as knowing I liked them but no idea on how to find out who they were or what it was called. Has it dated? Well, in one sense it sounds of its time, but in another sense it inhabits an aural universe all of its own. There was no record like it before, and the nearest I’ve seen to it since is the fab affectionate pastiche by Saint Etienne, “You’re In A Bad Way”. Sheer brilliance, both.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryrEPzsx1gQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4szHXagmryo

 

 

IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER – Carole King (3 weeks)

Another tune I adored as long as I can remember, what a melody from the greatest female pop songwriter of the 60’s. Very teen late 50‘s, love the drip-drop effects, and a good vocal, but it’s all about the tune. Normally she gave away the songs to hit groups and acts, and hubby Gerry Goffin did the lyrics against all expectations – but no it was Carole who did the Brill Building melodies, always, always top notch and a huge list of classy classic songs to point to as proof. For this one though, she stepped out on her own and had a huge UK hit out of it – and then nothing for 9 years till she entered her singer-songwriting blockbuster phase after splitting from Gerry. It was a hit all over agin in the UK in 1972, after Tapestry put her at the centre of contemporary music, with an all-time classic album and nothing less. This song? In the US peaked at only 22: outrageous!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbKE0gJETA0

 

 

VENUS IN BLUE JEANS – Mark Wynter (2 weeks)

Talking about late 50’s teen pop, here’s another one of that genre, albeit a UK teen cover of a US top 10 1962 hit for Jimmy Clanton which outdid the original’s popularity in the US in comparison. Smooth and polished, and not at all rock’n’roll, this one was on the British airwaves quite a lot, and was another one dad purchased for his record player. My brother Mark loved it too, he had the same Christian name – these things matter to kids! Mark Wynter was another kiddie fave, though in his case, he was pretty much only remembered (by me) for only this one – even the follow-up Go Away Little Girl meant nothing to me till I heard Donny Osmond do it. So how does it compare with the Jimmy Clanton version which I’m playing now for the first time ever? Basically identical arrangements and vocals, but the UK version is more polished, sung better, but lacks a bit of the charm of the original, but that also lacks a bit of the oomph of the UK cover. Take your choice. Howard Greenfield co-wrote it, he of Neil Sedaka co-writing fame: he wrote Oh Carol with Neil for Carole King (they all worked in the Brill Building songwriting factory in New York). Amongst his loads of hit songs? Amarillo. Love Will Keep us Together. And, err Crying In The Rain with Carole King. I love a circular link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKrT2TTllo

 

 

BOBBY’S GIRL – Susan Maughan (8 weeks)

Talking about UK covers of US hits, here’s the very first record I went gaga over as I was about to turn 5 years old. I was obsessed with it. From the pounding intro, the soaring hook, and the non-feminist teen-lyrics which kind of washed over me, I couldn’t stop singing “I wanna be Bobby’s Girl” without even thinking about gender stereotype roles. I was a kid and it was just a fab record with a fab tune you could sing easily. What more do you want at 4 or 5?! Susan got a bit of a TV career out of it for a while, and was my fave pop star into early 1963, but in the States it was Marcy Blaine who had the equally big hit version. So how does that compare? Teen girlie vocals, instead of the mature foghorn of Susan’s, so the song makes more sense – I really don’t believe Susan wants to be Bobby’s Girl, I think she’d tell him what’s for, whereas Marcy would pine, simper and know her place – at least till she grew up. Production-wise? Again the UK hit version has more oomph, but again it suits the song less. I’ll stick with my first love though….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0OdE14X3fg

 

 

SUN ARISE – Rolf Harris (1 week)

Sneaking in at year’s end, it’s the once-beloved children’s and family Aussie entertainer who was HOOOGE in the UK in the 60’s and beyond, bearded Rolf exported Aboriginal music culture on this sort-of novelty song, with his didgeridoo often on TV and highly featured on this low-key but catchy bit of World Music. Like nothing heard before in the UK, and little since chart-wise, pretty much every kid knew it at the time – and nowadays it’s forgotten, not least because of the court case and prison-time for Rolf which has tended to not make him a fave of radio stations (at least the few that bother to play any 60’s at all, which is precious few these days in the first place). Rolf of course went on to further chart success, topping my actual charts in 1969 with Two Little Boys, another (anti-war) Aussie-themed ballad. And of course there was his 1990’s sheet-music-read version of Led Zep’s Stairway To Heaven which became a hit on the back of a popular Glastonbury set as a generation of kids-now-grown-up let their residual affection for Rolf loose. Not been a lot of that these days….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XOO0I8ZsIk