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

My May Retro 1970 Charts

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More anime popcorn transfers from 1970 Singapore

 

2nd May 1970

It’s a first week on top for Your Song as Elton John knocks his own Border Song off the top months before it becomes a UK hit single – I can’t help thinking they released the singles in the wrong order, Your Song first to catch attention and get the hit, then Border Song to become a much bigger follow-up hit. Hey ho, Elt still makes a Paul McCartney sandwich at 2 with Maybe I’m Amazed. The 5th Domension climb into the top 5, and the top 20, with Save The Country and Puppet Man, Crabby Appleton get their only top 10 with the fab Go Back, and Marvin Gaye gets a top 10 with Tammi Terrell on California Soul as his cover of Dion’s Abraham Martin & John enters at 30.

Led Zep ramble quickly up to 13 for their biggest track to date, and The Four Tops replace themselves in the 20. The Hollies also add to their long list of top 20’s with a song title that would have alternate meanings in more recent decades, and The Moody Blues pose a Question as they climb 25 places to 25. Mr Bloe enters at 35, not only nicking the actual name of the Tony Orlando & Wind instrumental B side which charted in 1969 for me, but also the name as an artist name, even though it was a re-recorded soundalike, the first try of which featured Elton John on piano – who also featured on the instrumental B side.

In at 49, The beach Boys cover Leadbelly’s 1940 blues song and get their last UK top 10 for 9 years with Cotton Fields, Nick Drake gets a 2nd haunting entry with Day Is Done, Dusty’s back again in her Philly Soul groove with a track written by Gamble Huff & assorted other soul greats that does’t quite match it’s pedigree, Richard Barnes debuts with some Mountains that don’t belong to Prince or refer to Shakira’s breasts, and Tommy James gets a solo entry, and not his last, either.

1 ( 3 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
2 ( 4 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
3 ( 1 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
4 ( 6 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 4
5 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
6 ( 9 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 6
7 ( 5 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
8 ( 12 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 8
9 ( 7 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
10 ( 13 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10

11 ( 8 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 10 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
13 ( 45 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 13
14 ( 24 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14
15 ( 11 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11
16 ( 19 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 16
17 ( 15 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
18 ( 14 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
19 ( 39 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 19
20 ( 33 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 20

21 ( 16 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
22 ( 17 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
23 ( 36 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 23
24 ( 20 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 20
25 ( 50 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 25
26 ( 18 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
27 ( 23 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
28 ( 38 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 28
29 ( 25 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
30 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 30

31 ( 22 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
32 ( 29 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
33 ( 28 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
34 ( 35 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 34
35 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 35
36 ( 40 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 36
37 ( 37 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 37
38 ( 48 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 38
39 ( 32 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
40 ( 34 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9

41 ( 52 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 41
42 ( 21 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 14
43 ( 30 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 30
44 ( 27 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 20
45 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 17
46 ( 53 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 46
47 ( 31 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 19
48 ( 44 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
49 ( NEW ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 49
50 ( 43 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4

51 ( 62 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 51
52 ( 64 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 52
53 ( 46 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
54 ( 76 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 54
55 ( 63 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 55
56 ( 60 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 56
57 ( 58 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 57
58 ( 54 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
59 ( 71 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 59
60 ( 41 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 31

61 ( 70 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 61
62 ( 42 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 18
63 ( 66 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 63
64 ( 79 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 64
65 ( 68 ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 65
66 ( 69 ) LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers # 66
67 ( 67 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 67
68 ( 57 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
69 ( 75 ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 69
70 ( 59 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 59

71 ( 73 ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Randy Newman # 71
72 ( 47 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 33
73 ( NEW ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 73
74 ( 77 ) IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY Bobbie Gentry # 74
75 ( 78 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Little Milton # 75
76 ( 49 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 35
77 ( 80 ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo # 77
78 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 78
79 ( NEW ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 79
80 ( NEW ) COME TO ME Tommy James # 80

2nd May
Wot I Liked Then

1 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
3 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 2 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
7 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 19 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
9 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones

11 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
12 ( 10 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
13 ( 14 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
14 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
15 ( 18 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
16 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
17 ( 16 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
19 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

 

9th May 1970

It’s a second chart-topper for The 5th Dimension with the song that got me into Laura Nyro in later years – once I’d realised she’d written Save The Country in the wake of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination, as well as many other great songs of the period that I didn’t realise were hers. I still love The 5th Dimension’s quality multi-harmony vocals and punchier layered production though. That keeps off The Fabs new US single from the top as it enters at 2, to give Paul McCartney 3 top 10 songs and 5 in total on the chart as Two Of Us also enters lower down – the best tracks off the patchy album along with Across The Universe and the singles. Both the top 2 remind me of glorious tropical sunny Singapore happy days, and I care not a jot that Macca, John & the majority of Beatles fans dislike strongly the OTT orchestral choir Phil Spector work on the single and album. The album overall is a leftover from an excruciating movie patched together. If only they’d dropped the annoying filler and gone for the proper songs they gave away it might at least have improved it a bit overall. Hey ho.

Led Zep get a first top 10, which is quite remarkable given my mate played me the album and I loathed it in 1970. Time is kind, etc. Marvin Gaye gets 2 simultaneous top 20’s, The Moody Blues get a 3rd top 20, El Chicano re-enter at 28 as I realise it still sounds fab and didn’t peak high enough, all laid-back Santana instrumental vibes, Macca, Beach Boys, The Raiders, Chairmen Of The Board & CCR all got top 40, and 2 new entries from Carole King’s Writer album set her up for her forthcoming monster Tapestry. James Taylor is present and correct on the album, and even if the tracks aren’t quite as sophisticated in production yet, the songs are more than strong enough, namely reclaiming her own Up On The Roof and Child Of Mine. Carole is the greatest female pop melody writer of the era, bar none. Not even close. Listen to Up On The Roof, and marvel that not even Robson & Jerome can kill it.

The Temptations are back with the latest of their run of funk-soul social statements, the fab Ball Of Confusion, Three Dog Night replace Randy Newman’s own version of Mama Told Me Not To Come, as I grudgingly concede their version is a bit more robust, & Ike & Tina also enter with a more full-bodied version of Sly & The family Stone’s I Wanna Take You Higher. Down at 76 and 77 we have the Thom Bell-arranged double of Barbara Mason and The Delfonics latest singles, Smokey Robinson’s latest smooth soul offering, Delaney & Bonnie’s second entry, and a debut from Pacific Gas & Electric, funkrock I guess you could call it.

1 ( 4 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
2 ( NEW ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 2
3 ( 1 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
4 ( 2 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
5 ( 6 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 5
6 ( 8 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 6
7 ( 3 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
8 ( 5 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
9 ( 7 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
10 ( 13 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 10

11 ( 11 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 9 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
13 ( 12 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
14 ( 14 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14
15 ( 10 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
16 ( 25 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 16
17 ( 19 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 17
18 ( 20 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
19 ( 30 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 19
20 ( 35 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 20

21 ( 16 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 16
22 ( 17 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
23 ( 15 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11
24 ( 28 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 24
25 ( 36 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 25
26 ( 22 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
27 ( 41 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 27
28 ( RE ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
29 ( 27 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
30 ( 21 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10

31 ( 18 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
32 ( 49 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 31
33 ( 32 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
34 ( 38 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 33
35 ( 29 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
36 ( 33 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
37 ( 54 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 36
38 ( 46 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 37
39 ( 23 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 23
40 ( 51 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39

41 ( 26 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
42 ( 24 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 20
43 ( 31 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
44 ( 52 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 43
45 ( 34 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 34
46 ( 39 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
47 ( NEW ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 46
48 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 47
49 ( 55 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 48
50 ( 40 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9

51 ( 37 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 37
52 ( 56 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 52
53 ( 57 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 53
54 ( 48 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
55 ( 59 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 55
56 ( 61 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 56
57 ( NEW ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 57
58 ( 64 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 58
59 ( 63 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 59
60 ( 50 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4

61 ( 65 ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 61
62 ( 58 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
63 ( 53 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
64 ( 69 ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 64
65 ( 67 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 65
66 ( 43 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 30
67 ( 78 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 67
68 ( 73 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 68
69 ( NEW ) CHILD OF MINE Carole King # 69
70 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 70

71 ( NEW ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes # 71
72 ( 74 ) IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY Bobbie Gentry # 72
73 ( 77 ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo # 73
74 ( 79 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 74
75 ( 75 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Little Milton # 75
76 ( NEW ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 76
77 ( NEW ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 77
78 ( NEW ) WHO’S GONNA TAKE THE BLAME Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 78
79 ( NEW ) FREE THE PEOPLE Delaney & Bonnie # 79
80 ( NEW ) RE YOU READY? Pacific Gas & Electric # 80

RETRO THEN

1 ( 2 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
2 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 8 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
8 ( 4 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
9 ( 10 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
12 ( 15 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 18 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
15 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
16 ( 13 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
17 ( 14 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
18 ( NEW ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
19 ( 16 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
20 ( 19 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

 

16th May 1970

It’s The Beatles topping the chart with the first track released after they were no more (as a single in the USA at least), and their second of the year, leaving them head and shoulders over all other acts in these retro charts – enough of a lead to stay ahead for quite a few years, I expect, and then if we get as far as 1976 there will be some more that predate 1967 when I started this run. The Moody Blues manage to squeeze into the top 10 with Question, but that top 10 is pretty solid quality-wise, so it won’t be easy to make inroads. Best bet is the highest new entry from Alive ‘N’ Kickin’, essentially a Tommy James track (he co-wrote it, and I discovered it a few years back, and fab it is too), Tighter, Tighter in at 13.

More action lower down as Carole King jumps into the 40 with Up On The Roof, Elvis gets his first top 40 since Suspicious Minds, The Temps keep on funkin’ it up, and Aphrodite’s Child get a second top 40. It won’t be the last time either, there’s a total gem coming up in 1972. New in at 46 is Gerry Monroe, specialising in being the archetypal pub singer as popularised by Vic Reeves – but he does it with such gusto it’s hard not to love his version of Gracie Fields’ Sally, a total romp cover of an ancient song. The Jackson 5 get a 4th chart entry with The Love You Save, at 69, Fleetwood Mac still provide the Peter Green goods with The Green Manalishi, complete with spooky, frightening sounds that reminded me of a 60’s horror TV show that gave me nightmares as a kid, and there’s 3 tracks new to me just below: The Main Ingredient debut 4 years ahead of their only UK hit with a smooth soul confection, Herman’s Hermits do a spot of pop reggae on a track I swear I’ve never heard in my life – it’s not on compilations, and I’ve never ever heard it on the radio! Bizarre! Ditto the follow-up to Friends from Arrival. Not Gloria Gaynor.

1 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
2 ( 1 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
3 ( 3 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
4 ( 6 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 4
5 ( 5 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 5
6 ( 4 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
7 ( 7 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
8 ( 8 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
9 ( 10 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 9
10 ( 16 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 10

11 ( 9 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
12 ( 11 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
13 ( NEW ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 13
14 ( 17 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 14
15 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
16 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
17 ( 19 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 17
18 ( 13 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
19 ( 20 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 19
20 ( 25 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20

21 ( 14 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14
22 ( 24 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 22
23 ( 18 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
24 ( 47 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 24
25 ( 27 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 25
26 ( 37 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 26
27 ( 32 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 27
28 ( 28 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
29 ( 22 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
30 ( 44 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 30

31 ( 48 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 31
32 ( 38 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 32
33 ( 29 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
34 ( 34 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 34
35 ( 40 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 35
36 ( 21 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 16
37 ( 33 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
38 ( 26 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
39 ( 49 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 39
40 ( 23 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11

41 ( 35 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
42 ( 36 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
43 ( 30 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
44 ( 57 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 44
45 ( 31 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
46 ( NEW ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 46
47 ( 52 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 47
48 ( 53 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 48
49 ( 56 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 49
50 ( 55 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 50

51 ( 46 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
52 ( 58 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 52
53 ( 67 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 39 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 23
55 ( 59 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 55
56 ( 43 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
57 ( 64 ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 57
58 ( 61 ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 58
59 ( 54 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
60 ( 50 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9

61 ( 68 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 61
62 ( 70 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 62
63 ( 65 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 63
64 ( 42 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 20
65 ( 69 ) CHILD OF MINE Carole King # 65
66 ( 62 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
67 ( 71 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes # 67
68 ( 41 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
69 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 69
70 ( 72 ) IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY Bobbie Gentry # 70

71 ( 73 ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo # 71
72 ( 77 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 72
73 ( 74 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 74
75 ( 76 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 75
76 ( 63 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
77 ( NEW ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 77
78 ( NEW ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 78
79 ( 45 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 34
80 ( NEW ) I WILL SURVIVE Arrival # 80

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
4 ( 1 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 4 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
6 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
9 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

11 ( 8 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
12 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 14 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
15 ( NEW ) ABC The Jackson 5
16 ( 18 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
18 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
19 ( 16 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

 

 

23rd May 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Beatles, as Alive ‘N’ Kickin break into the 10 thanks to Tommy James, and Cat Stevens is the highest entry at 17 with his very very dark n yet lovely Lady D’Arbanville, 3 years on from topping my chart with the Childhood obsession Matthew And Son. Carole King gets her first top 20 of these retro charts, The Raiders also get a first, and neither will be the last. Barry Ryan gets a 3rd solo top 20 – and also has more to come!

In a quiet week for chart entries, I’ve flicked through the Billboard Magazine to cast my net a bit further on what was around and available to buy (or at least featuring in movies) and came up with Johnny Mandel’s chart-topping Theme from M*A*S*H – hitting the UK top spot 10 years later, that is, under the name The Mash – in at 66, ex The Mamas & The Papas mastermind John Phillips in at 59 with Mississippi, a quirky, upbeat oddity that isn’t related to Pussycat’s UK chart-topping song, while elsewhere we have Tony Burrows finally getting a namecheck credit on a single – Melanie making him smile at 72, as The Lettermen are talking about She Cried, a 1964 cover of a 1962 Jay & The Americans US hit which was charting this week – it’s not bad actually, quite dark for a basic MOR vocal group.

Crosby Stills & Nash return, minus Neil Young who’s not bovvered as he had his own solo entry the other week, with the sweet and tuneful Teach Your Children, harmonies all present and correct – as they are on the soundalike Brinsley Schwarz, who I kept hearing about in the 70’s, but never got to hear properly, and latterly became better-known as The Band That Nick Lowe Used To Be IN. Shining Brightly is quite nice at 74, just ahead of a significant chart debut for The Three Degrees, 4 years earlier than their debut in my charts of the time with The Year Of Decision. This time it’s Maybe, the 50’s girl group ground-breaker from The Chantels, which I first knew of as a Dave Edmunds single cover. Dave & the aforementioned Nick Lowe worked together in Rockpile, and in production, and each other’s hits. I love a good link. The Three Degrees cover is unsual as Sheila Ferguson (I think it is she) talks over the first half of the single, and the second-half is like slow funk Janis-Joplin-esque version (and she did also cover it). The best version is the Chantels version, easy, and that has charted in my retro 1969 charts when it was a US hit again.

1 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
2 ( 2 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
3 ( 4 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
4 ( 5 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
5 ( 3 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
6 ( 13 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 6
7 ( 6 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
8 ( 9 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
9 ( 10 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
10 ( 8 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1

11 ( 7 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
12 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
13 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
14 ( 12 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
15 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 15
16 ( 19 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
17 ( NEW ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 17
18 ( 24 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 18
19 ( 26 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 19
20 ( 22 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 20

21 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
22 ( 16 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
23 ( 25 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 23
24 ( 18 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
25 ( 31 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 25
26 ( 27 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 26
27 ( 20 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20
28 ( 28 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
29 ( 30 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 29
30 ( 32 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 30

31 ( 21 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14
32 ( 34 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 32
33 ( 46 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 33
34 ( 44 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 34
35 ( 35 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 35
36 ( 23 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
37 ( 33 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
38 ( 29 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
39 ( 39 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 39
40 ( 47 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 40

41 ( 37 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
42 ( 48 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 42
43 ( 52 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 43
44 ( 49 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 44
45 ( 41 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
46 ( 42 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
47 ( 53 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 47
48 ( 61 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 48
49 ( NEW ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 49
50 ( 55 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 50

51 ( 38 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
52 ( 36 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 16
53 ( 65 ) CHILD OF MINE Carole King # 53
54 ( 62 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 54
55 ( 51 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
56 ( 43 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
57 ( 69 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 57
58 ( 74 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 58
59 ( NEW ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 59
60 ( 72 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 60

61 ( 45 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
62 ( 59 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
63 ( 73 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 63
64 ( 50 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 50
65 ( 60 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
66 ( NEW ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H (SUICIDE IS PAINLESS) Johnny Mandel aka The MASH # 66
67 ( 77 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 67
68 ( 75 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 68
69 ( NEW ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 69
70 ( 66 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1

71 ( 78 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 71
72 ( NEW ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 73
74 ( NEW ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 74
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE The Three Degrees # 75

Wot I liked then

1 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 3 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 8 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
6 ( 5 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
7 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 15 ) ABC The Jackson 5
9 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
10 ( 18 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe

11 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 10 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
13 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 11 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
15 ( NEW ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
17 ( 20 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
18 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
19 ( 16 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
20 ( 17 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

 

30th May 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for Bread, and David Gates’ first of many great ballads, Make It With You, a lovely song that even sounded very good in the 90’s when Let Loose covered it. Cat Stevens’ fab Lady D’Arbanville is up to 3, his biggest since Matthew And Son, and Marvin Gaye gets his 2nd top 10 of the year. A huge fave of mine during 1970 pops in at 37, Mungo Jerry’s perennial In The Summertime – my love for it lasted a decade or so before cheesy TV adverts, cheesy covers, remixes, and an endless list of media spots took away a lot of it’s charm. Ray Dorset is still great though, and they had much better records to come.

Another fave of 1970 is in at 47, like Mungo, Cliff topped my charts of the time with Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha with a bit of pop fluff that was not remotely controversial at the time, but these days the title might confound some contemporary expectations. In at 56 another giant of pop, the immortal All Right Now, as Free debut with a record I didn’t know until it’s first reissue in 1973 (not played on Singapore/Malaya radio), so for me it’s always been the less-good 3rd single, after the much better A Little Bit Of Love, and the brilliant Wishing Well. Also one I’ve overdosed on hearing over the years, whereas the rarely-played other 2 Free hits are still fresh. Mark Lindsay is back with a second single, Silver Bird, an improvement on Arizona.

1 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
2 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
3 ( 17 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
4 ( 6 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
5 ( 2 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
6 ( 3 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
7 ( 5 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
8 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
9 ( 7 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
10 ( 15 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 10

11 ( 9 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
12 ( 8 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
13 ( 10 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
14 ( 11 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
15 ( 13 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
16 ( 14 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
17 ( 18 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 17
18 ( 12 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
19 ( 19 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 19
20 ( 23 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 20

21 ( 16 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
22 ( 25 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 22
23 ( 34 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 23
24 ( 21 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
25 ( 33 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 25
26 ( 26 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 26
27 ( 22 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
28 ( 29 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 28
29 ( 24 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
30 ( 32 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 30

31 ( 43 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 31
32 ( 42 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 32
33 ( 44 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 33
34 ( 20 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 20
35 ( 49 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 35
36 ( 48 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 36
37 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 37
38 ( 50 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 38
39 ( 28 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
40 ( 47 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 40

41 ( 27 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20
42 ( 37 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
43 ( 59 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 43
44 ( 41 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
45 ( 30 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 30
46 ( 58 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 46
47 ( NEW ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 47
48 ( 57 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 48
49 ( 35 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 35
50 ( 31 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14

51 ( 45 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
52 ( 46 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
53 ( 54 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 53
54 ( 38 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
55 ( 69 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 55
56 ( NEW ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 56
57 ( 68 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 57
58 ( 36 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
59 ( 60 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 59
60 ( 40 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 40

61 ( 53 ) CHILD OF MINE Carole King # 53
62 ( 55 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
63 ( 63 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 63
64 ( 67 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 64
65 ( 39 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 39
66 ( 66 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H (SUICIDE IS PAINLESS) Johnny Mandel aka The MASH # 66
67 ( 62 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
68 ( 71 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 68
69 ( 72 ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 69
70 ( 73 ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 70

71 ( 74 ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 71
72 ( 56 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
73 ( 75 ) MAYBE The Three Degrees # 73
74 ( NEW ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 74
75 ( 70 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
4 ( 5 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
5 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
6 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) ABC The Jackson 5
8 ( 15 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
9 ( 10 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
10 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

11 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( NEW ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
13 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 12 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
15 ( 14 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
16 ( 16 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
17 ( NEW ) THE GREEN MANALISHI Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 18 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
19 ( 19 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
20 ( NEW ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo

My February 1967 Retro Charts

5th Feb 1967

Cat Stevens songs at 2 and 6, a childhood fave song and band in at 11 (Herman’s Hermits) and a so classic happy pop song from The Turtles, the cool side of 60’s pop.

1 ( 2 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( 3 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
4 ( 7 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
5 ( 8 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
6 ( 19 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
7 ( 5 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
8 ( 6 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
9 ( 13 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
10 ( 10 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones

11 ( NEW ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 27 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
13 ( 4 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
14 ( 9 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
15 ( 22 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
16 ( 11 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
17 ( 28 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
18 ( 21 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
19 ( NEW ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
20 ( 23 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers

21 ( 33 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
22 ( 12 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
23 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
24 ( 14 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
25 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 26 ) SHE The Monkees
27 ( 29 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
28 ( 15 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
29 ( 18 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
30 ( 39 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band

31 ( 17 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
32 ( 16 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
33 ( 24 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
34 ( 30 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
35 ( 20 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
36 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
37 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
38 ( NEW ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
39 ( 42 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
40 ( 45 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics

41 ( 43 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
42 ( 34 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
43 ( 35 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
44 ( 32 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
45 ( 56 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
46 ( 37 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
47 ( 48 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
48 ( 54 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
49 ( 51 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
50 ( 52 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle

51 ( 31 ) 98.6 Keith
52 ( 44 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
53 ( 59 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
54 ( 57 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
55 ( 47 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
56 ( 38 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
57 ( 41 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Experience
58 ( 40 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor
59 ( 46 ) HAPPY JACK The Who
60 ( 65 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers

61 ( 49 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
62 ( 55 ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
63 ( 53 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
64 ( 62 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
65 ( NEW ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
66 ( 58 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
67 ( NEW ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
68 ( 63 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
69 ( NEW ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
70 ( 67 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd

71 ( 50 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
72 ( NEW ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
73 ( 68 ) LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER The Rolling Stones
74 ( 69 ) BABY WHAT I MEAN The Drifters
75 ( NEW ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars

 

12th Feb 1967

The Monkees utterly dominated my music taste, TV watching, and also again in 1974 when I bought albums. It’s only fair they dominate my chart, not to mention the cover-version of She by Del Shannon)

Cat Stevens has 2 in the top 5 with the Trems moving up, and the Mamas & Papas is a genuinely great lost single-that-should-have-been that I loved back in ’74 too. The Turtles were fabulous, and are still, I adored Hermans Hermits as a kid, Buffalo Springfield is one I discovered in the 80’s, and fantastic it is too. Spencer Davis’ version of I’m A Man is better than the version I knew better (Chicago).

Loved The Fifth Dimension in the 60’s and early 70’s, used to watch them on the Ed Sullivan Show in Singapore in 69-71 (my TV viewing was heavily American), and Dusty is pure perfection, greatest singer of all-time for me. That means the Stones have to fall! Johnny Rivers is one I discovered on oldies Florida radio in the 90’s, Tommy Roe’s is brand new to me! Bear in mind, the first single I ever bought was Dizzy, the first CD album I ever bought was Tommy Roe’s Greatest Hits and I’ve seen him in concert so it’s fab to discover an unknown sweet gem.

The Nightcrawlers has a riff to die for, The Mar-Kays brings back memories of Bottom, a fab comedy, and 2 60’s faves from the Hollies and Harpers Bizarre enter lower down, held down by the sheer volume of stuff I’m loving as I rediscover and discover stuff from 50 years ago!

1 ( 1 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( 4 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
4 ( 3 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
5 ( 6 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
6 ( 17 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 19 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
8 ( 11 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
9 ( 9 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
10 ( 21 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group

11 ( 15 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
12 ( 12 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
13 ( 23 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
14 ( 5 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
15 ( 8 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
16 ( 20 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
17 ( 10 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
18 ( 30 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
19 ( 26 ) SHE The Monkees
20 ( 7 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame

21 ( 14 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
22 ( 16 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
23 ( 27 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
24 ( 22 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
25 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 18 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
27 ( 13 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
28 ( 37 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
29 ( 44 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
30 ( 45 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe

31 ( 24 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
32 ( 29 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
33 ( 41 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
34 ( 38 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
35 ( 39 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
36 ( 40 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
37 ( 48 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
38 ( 50 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
39 ( 46 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
40 ( 60 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers

41 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
42 ( 28 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
43 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
44 ( 54 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
45 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
46 ( 47 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
47 ( 49 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
48 ( 34 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
49 ( 43 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
50 ( 42 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats

51 ( 32 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
52 ( NEW ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
53 ( 53 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
54 ( NEW ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
55 ( 31 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
56 ( 63 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
57 ( 35 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
58 ( 52 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
59 ( 51 ) 98.6 Keith
60 ( 65 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes

61 ( 55 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
62 ( 58 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor
63 ( 67 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
64 ( 57 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Experience
65 ( 56 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
66 ( 69 ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
67 ( 64 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
68 ( 70 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd
69 ( NEW ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
70 ( 72 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

71 ( RE ) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Otis Redding
72 ( 61 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
73 ( 74 ) BABY WHAT I MEAN The Drifters
74 ( NEW ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YA NOW Trini Lopez
75 ( NEW ) SHE Del Shannon

 

19th Feb 1967

The only group that could top The Monkees at the time enter at 1, with the song that got all the airplay at the time. Penny Lane was very famous and Strawberry Fields wasn’t – to be honest I didnt get to hear it at all until the early 70’s, and didnt get to love it properly until I bought the Blue Album in 1975. So it’s proper that Penny Lane should grab the top spot first off, as it did in America.

1 ( NEW ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
3 ( 1 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
5 ( 7 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
6 ( 6 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 4 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
9 ( 11 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
10 ( 12 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 5 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
12 ( 13 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
13 ( 9 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
14 ( NEW ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
16 ( 19 ) SHE The Monkees
17 ( 18 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
18 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
19 ( 33 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
20 ( 23 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw

21 ( 17 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
22 ( 15 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
23 ( 30 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
24 ( 39 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
25 ( 32 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
26 ( 21 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
27 ( 22 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
28 ( 20 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
29 ( 14 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
30 ( 16 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers

31 ( 24 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
32 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
33 ( 37 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
34 ( 36 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
35 ( 54 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
36 ( 31 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 27 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
38 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
39 ( 34 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
40 ( 26 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

41 ( 45 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
42 ( 52 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
43 ( 29 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
44 ( 44 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
45 ( 47 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
46 ( 40 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
47 ( 41 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
48 ( 32 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
49 ( 60 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
50 ( 63 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson

51 ( 38 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
52 ( 42 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
53 ( 49 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
54 ( NEW ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
55 ( 56 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
56 ( 50 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
57 ( 48 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
58 ( 46 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
59 ( 55 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
60 ( 70 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

61 ( 51 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
62 ( 53 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
63 ( 58 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
64 ( 66 ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
65 ( 68 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd
66 ( NEW ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
67 ( RE ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
68 ( 61 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
69 ( 69 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
70 ( NEW ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

71 ( 59 ) 98.6 Keith
72 ( 67 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
73 ( NEW ) HOLD ON I’M COMING Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown
74 ( NEW ) AL CAPONE Prince Buster
75 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY SONG Harry Secombe

 

26th Feb 1967

A second week on top for The Beatles’ Penny Lane, which is pretty much what I loved at the time, just ahead of the track I loved most of all in 1967 and the years afterwards, in at 2 for The Mamas & The Papas’ Dedicated…, a cover version appropriately as they get covered at 10, and replace themselves in my top 10 with a single that should have been.

So many new entries, most of the high entries from tracks I loved at the time, bar Brenda & The Tabulations which is new to me and is fab. I came across my mid-70’s rates (I compiled my top 100’s of each year from 1964 onwards based on the NME book of top 20 singles) and some tracks like Petula, Herman’s Hermits, and the dropping-out Edelweiss were way higher in my love in those days. The Vince Hill song is not a patch on The Sound Of Music original though, which I still love.

Elsewhere a pre-Monkees Micky Dolenz pops in, along with a bunch of US minor hits and some flops. One of the songs is very famous now though!

1 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
3 ( 3 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
5 ( 14 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
7 ( 9 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
8 ( 5 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
9 ( 10 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 12 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield

11 ( 8 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
13 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
14 ( 6 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
15 ( 11 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
16 ( 19 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
17 ( NEW ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
18 ( NEW ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
19 ( 16 ) SHE The Monkees
20 ( NEW ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

21 ( 13 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
22 ( NEW ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
23 ( 17 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
24 ( NEW ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
25 ( 23 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
26 ( 21 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
27 ( 15 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
28 ( 22 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
29 ( 35 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
30 ( 26 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey

31 ( 24 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
32 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
33 ( 28 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
34 ( 27 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
35 ( 66 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
36 ( 42 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
37 ( 31 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
38 ( 25 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
39 ( 20 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
40 ( 36 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

41 ( 30 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
42 ( 33 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
43 ( 34 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
44 ( 45 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
45 ( 37 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
46 ( 29 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
47 ( 49 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
48 ( 32 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
49 ( 50 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
50 ( 46 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes

51 ( 40 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
52 ( 54 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
53 ( 38 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 69 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
55 ( 60 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
56 ( 47 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
57 ( 53 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
58 ( 43 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
59 ( 39 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
60 ( 70 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

61 ( 44 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
62 ( 48 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
63 ( NEW ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
64 ( NEW ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
65 ( 67 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
66 ( NEW ) DON’T DO IT Micky Dolenz
67 ( 56 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
68 ( NEW ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
69 ( NEW ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
70 ( 52 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore

71 ( NEW ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
72 ( NEW ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
73 ( 63 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
74 ( NEW ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
75 ( NEW ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin

My 1967 Charts – retro not actual

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1968 photo, but similar-ish period of me in boy-pop-chart-freak days. We lived at RAF Valley in 1967, Isle Of Anglesey.

I started my charts in late 1968, but the mid 60’s were just as great for music, and strong in my memory and affections as a boy, so after a lifetime of wanting to properly research oldies (especially American chart oldies that were never hits in the UK) I intend to visit them all, starting with 1967, and create a combined chart which is part what-I-loved-then and part what-i-love-now. I quickly found that there are OODLES of tracks new to me that fit very nicely into a Top 75, and as I play them along with familiar ones on a weekly basis the chart positions seem about right to me.

So off we go, the top 75 building up after a smaller start.

First chart-topper, Cat Stevens a song I was MAD on at the time, and still love to bits.
1 MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
2 I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
3 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
4 I’M NOT YOUR STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
5 SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
6 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
7 FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
8 GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
9 SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
10 SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra

11 I FEEL FREE Cream
12 WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
13 GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
14 98.6 Keith
15 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
16 SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
17 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
18 HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Expereince
19 WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
20 REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops

21 DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
22 NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
23 STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
24 HAPPY JACK The Who
25 PAMELA PAMELA Wayne Fontana
26 (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
27 MORNINGTOWN RIDE The Seekers
28 WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL New Vaudeville Band
29 JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
30 WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas

31 SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen
32 MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Bob Crewe Generation
33 SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN MR JAMES Manfred Mann
34 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ The Spencer Davis Group
35 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
36 TELL IT TO THE RAIN The Four Seasons
37 THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
38 TELL IT LIKE IT IS Aaron Neville
39 HIGH TIME Paul Jones
40 I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin

41 ANY WAY THAT YOU WANT ME The Troggs
42 COLOR MY WORLD Petula Clark
43 DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
44 SAVE ME Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
45 A PLACE IN THE SUN Stevie Wonder
46 HOLY COW Lee Dorsey
47 I’M READY FOR LOVE Martha & The Vandellas
48 IN THE COUNTRY Cliff Richard
49 NASHVILLE CATS The Lovin’ Spoonful
50 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra

15th January 1967
A new one to me is Felice Taylor’s version of the 1975 Love Unlimited hit – not surprisingly originally done by Felice (Barry White’s protege, while Love Unlimited featured his missus). Barry graduated onto The Banana Splits within months…

The Buckinghams I discovered back in the 90’s on a Florida oldies station, Paul Jones I loved as a kid, and have seen ol’ Paul a few times over the years (in Othello, as part of the Blues Band, and with the Manfreds). The Casinos song was a US hit in a version by Glen Campbell I know better, and the Love track, while not exactly Alone Again Or standard, is very much Beautiful Stranger in style if not actual substance.

The Monkees and Cat Stevens would have been my joint faves at the time, so I see no reason not to reflect that accurately as I still love both to bits, and then some.

1 ( 2 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( 5 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
4 ( 4 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
5 ( 6 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
6 ( 16 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
7 ( 9 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
8 ( 3 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
9 ( 10 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
10 ( 11 ) I FEEL FREE Cream

11 ( 7 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
12 ( 14 ) 98.6 Keith
13 ( 13 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
14 ( 15 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
15 ( 8 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Expereince
17 ( 22 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
18 ( NEW ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
19 ( 25 ) PAMELA PAMELA Wayne Fontana
20 ( 24 ) HAPPY JACK The Who

21 ( 23 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
22 ( 12 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
23 ( 26 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
24 ( 19 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
25 ( 17 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
26 ( 30 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
27 ( 29 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
28 ( 35 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
29 ( 32 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Bob Crewe Generation
30 ( 34 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ The Spencer Davis Group

31 ( 21 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
32 ( 20 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
33 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
34 ( 37 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
35 ( 27 ) MORNINGTOWN RIDE The Seekers
36 ( 40 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
37 ( NEW ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor
38 ( 28 ) WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL New Vaudeville Band
39 ( NEW ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
40 ( 42 ) COLOR MY WORLD Petula Clark

41 ( 31 ) SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen
42 ( NEW ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
43 ( 43 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
44 ( 36 ) TELL IT TO THE RAIN The Four Seasons
45 ( NEW ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
46 ( 38 ) TELL IT LIKE IT IS Aaron Neville
47 ( 41 ) ANY WAY THAT YOU WANT ME The Troggs
48 ( NEW ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
49 ( 33 ) SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN MR JAMES Manfred Mann
50 ( NEW ) SHE COMES IN COLORS Love

22nd January 1967

The Fifth Dimension were fab, loved them, and a great version of The Mamas & The Papas original terrific track.

1 ( 1 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
4 ( 7 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
5 ( 3 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
6 ( 6 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
7 ( 5 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
8 ( 9 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
9 ( 4 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
10 ( 13 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers

11 ( 18 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
12 ( 10 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
13 ( 14 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
14 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
15 ( 21 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
16 ( 12 ) 98.6 Keith
17 ( 17 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
18 ( NEW ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
19 ( 33 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
20 ( 23 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations

21 ( 11 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
22 ( 36 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
23 ( NEW ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
24 ( 15 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
25 ( 43 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
26 ( 26 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
27 ( 27 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
28 ( 28 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
29 ( 16 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Expereince
30 ( 37 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor

31 ( 20 ) HAPPY JACK The Who
32 ( 19 ) PAMELA PAMELA Wayne Fontana
33 ( 22 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
34 ( 34 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
35 ( 48 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
36 ( 25 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
37 ( 24 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
38 ( NEW ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
39 ( 39 ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
40 ( 45 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos

41 ( 31 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
42 ( 30 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ The Spencer Davis Group
43 ( 32 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
44 ( 29 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Bob Crewe Generation
45 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
46 ( 42 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
47 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
48 ( 40 ) COLOR MY WORLD Petula Clark
49 ( NEW ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
50 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics

51 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
52 ( 35 ) MORNINGTOWN RIDE The Seekers
53 ( NEW ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
54 ( NEW ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
55 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
56 ( NEW ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
57 ( 50 ) SHE COMES IN COLORS Love
58 ( NEW ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
59 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Otis Redding
60 ( NEW ) PRETTY BALLERINA The Left Banke

29th Jan

A Four Tops cover from Johnny Rivers, big on oldies radio in the States on my regular Florida hols in the 90’s, as The Four Tops go top 10 with a classic of their own. Cat Stevens back on top as The Tremeloes version of his song enters at 19. Charlie Chaplin wrote Petula Clark’s standard (honest!), and several More Of The Monkees tracks that were played on their TV show enter the chart. The Mamas & The Papas cover from the 5th Dimension stays ahead of an album track from them, which was on their 1973/4 budget hits albums that I got into big in 1974, along with The Monkees tracks on their budget albums in this chart from 1973/4. Two of the tracks were written by Neil Diamond, along with his own entry. 


1 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
2 ( 3 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
3 ( 1 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
4 ( 6 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
5 ( 4 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
6 ( 10 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
7 ( 18 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
8 ( 15 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
9 ( 5 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
10 ( 11 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones

11 ( 8 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
12 ( 9 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
13 ( 13 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
14 ( 7 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
15 ( 12 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
16 ( 17 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
17 ( 19 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
18 ( 22 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
20 ( 20 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations

21 ( 23 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
22 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
23 ( 25 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
24 ( 14 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
25 ( 28 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( NEW ) SHE The Monkees
27 ( 38 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
28 ( NEW ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 35 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
30 ( 40 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos

31 ( 16 ) 98.6 Keith
32 ( NEW ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
33 ( 54 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
34 ( 21 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
35 ( 24 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
36 ( 45 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
37 ( 46 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
38 ( 26 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
39 ( 49 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
40 ( 30 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor

41 ( 29 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Expereince
42 ( 47 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
43 ( NEW ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
44 ( 33 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
45 ( 50 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
46 ( 31 ) HAPPY JACK The Who
47 ( 36 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
48 ( 51 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
49 ( 34 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
50 ( 27 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney

51 ( NEW ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
52 ( 53 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
53 ( 55 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
54 ( NEW ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
55 ( 39 ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
56 ( 56 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
57 ( 58 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
58 ( 37 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
59 ( NEW ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
60 ( 60 ) PRETTY BALLERINA The Left Banke

61 ( 32 ) PAMELA PAMELA Wayne Fontana
62 ( 43 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
63 ( 41 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
64 ( 42 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ The Spencer Davis Group
65 ( NEW ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
66 ( 44 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Bob Crewe Generation
67 ( NEW ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd
68 ( NEW ) LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER The Rolling Stones
69 ( NEW ) BABY WHAT I MEAN The Drifters
70 ( 52 ) MORNINGTOWN RIDE The Seekers

71 ( 59 ) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Otis Redding
72 ( NEW ) SIT DOWN I THINK I LOVE YOU The Mojo Men
73 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE Wilson Pickett
74 ( NEW ) DON’T GO HOME (MY LITTLE DARLIN’) The Shirelles
75 ( 57 ) SHE COMES IN COLORS Love

 

My 1970 Charts – July

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7th July 1970

5 weeks and Everything Is still Beautiful for Ray Stevens. Simon & Garfunkel go up to 4 with Cecilia up in my bedroom, Lady D’Arbanville gives Cat Stevens a royal climb to 6, and Lola gives The Kinks a manly leg-up into the top 10. New at 10, and The King is back, fresh from a run of classic 1969 singles, including chart-topper In The Ghetto, but this time it’s not cool soulful gospel Elvis, it’s the start of Las Vegas live cabaret Elvis who covers other people’s records for a living. This one is 1959 Ray Peterson hit The Wonder Of You, and is still his best cabaret period track, well OTT but a bit of fun, and Elvis had yet to become a caricature of himself.

In at 14, and back in the chart groove, Jimmy Ruffin keeps those Motown soul-sounds going with I’ll Say Forever My Love, a terrific record in a run of great singles from Jimmy. In at 19, Joni Mitchell finally charts in her own right, having been covered by others prior to Big Yellow Taxi. It’s a great song, still popular, but not by any means my favourite Joni song, not even close. 5 years on she took a re-recorded version into my charts, and it would be 4 years before she actually got a follow-up chart track enter my charts.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 4 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
8 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
10 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley

http://youtube.com/v/NQH_Wj5lj5g

11 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
12 ( 9 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
13 ( 12 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
14 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 14 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
17 ( 15 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
18 ( 19 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
19 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
20 ( 16 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies

http://youtube.com/v/ZgMEPk6fvpg


So, as they like to start sentences with these days, Singapore lazy hazy days of summer. My school popcorn transfer collection was becoming pretty comprehensive – I’d covered my cardboard hardboard suitcase-style school bag (everyone had them) in them, inside and out, and I’d decided to save them for posterity in a DIY mini-album made from A4 sheets cut in half and folded over, and stapled together. I still have it of course, and I am right now gazing at my gorgeous Neal Adams figures of Superman, Batman, Batgirl and Robin, still the best DC Comics artist of all time. I also had my el cheapo Far east rip-off versions of Batman/ Superman which had the hair the wrong colour, the costumes the wrong colour, and other hilarity I guess was intentionally done to avoid copyright prosecution. Either that or the artist was colour-blind. Then there’s my 2001: A Space Odyssey transfers, still sexy and still futuristic even though it’s 14-years beyond 2001 now. Not to mention my “Monkey” animation transfers (I’m sure I have already mentioned these, but y’know, whatever!) as Far East culture was just as much fair game as American to kids like me. Think of it as an early version of Kung Fu Panda! Then there’s the Cowboy transfers (think Toy Story’s Woody), the Daktari TV show transfers (Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion was a hit long before The Lion King), and loads of Anime superheroes in the style of hit Japanese TV show Marine Boy. Anime was big news in Singapore for kids, and I have vague memories of an obscure series called Phantoma so I googled and I youtubed and he looks nothing like I recall (see link) so I’m thinking it may have been a local TV station rename for Space Ghost who does look like I recall (a Hanna Barbera cartoon) so here’s the Japanese language version. Anyways, all in all, a big yah-boo-sucks to later trends and cults for kids, beat ya all to it, so there hah (raspberry!).

http://youtube.com/v/DEFxejz3g18


14th July 1970

Mungo Jerry finally get on top in the summertime, or in Singapore where it’s perpetually summer, summer sounds seemed doubly appropriate. Once upon a time it was fresh and new and unusual, before a plethora of adverts, TV spots, film slots and a cover by Shaggy rendered it all a bit old hat, but I retain affection for it as long as I don’t hear it too often! Highest new entry at 12 is Hotlegs with the insistent plodding beat of Neanderthal Man. It seemed like a novelty record, which is not quite right as the band went on to become 75% of 10CC, who also started off with what seemed to be a novelty record, before it became quite clear that they specialised in musical pastiches, witty lyrics and versatility of sound. Prior to Hotlegs, Eric Stewart was in and sang lead vocal on the Mindbenders gorgeous Groovy Kind Of Love, another of many childhood faves of mine. After leaving the chart, Graham Gouldman joined Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Eric (joint owner of Strawberry Studios, where they recorded, along with Graham) and that was essentially 10CC formed.

1 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
6 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
9 ( 7 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 9 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

 

http://youtube.com/v/wiWu7Csn2HY

11 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( NEW ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
14 ( 12 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 13 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
17 ( 15 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
19 ( 16 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
20 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe


Around about this time dad started buying colour slide films for the new half-frame camera – this was quite a revelation, as once he’d got a screen and slide projector we had the multicolour 60’s experience recorded for posterity at 72 shots a roll of film, and shown in glorious multicolour afterwards as big as you wanted. This was amazing, as it just captured everything about a largely-disappearing period-piece, our youth, and in the years (and decades) afterwards it kept the whole tropical Singapore world fresh and vivid. I still have boxes and boxes of slides (now sometimes looking worse for wear as time starts to let fungus and the like creep in) and no way of transferring to digital which does them justice – the focus is not quite right, the colours too pastel, the bits of dust and stuff on them stands out too much. What I need is time and expensive kit to have them back to life and saved. Here’s one of mum, dad, brother and life then ins Singapore city: mum’s crocheted handbag (arts and crafts were big with the housewives), the bottle of fanta (you needed lotsa bottles of fizzy drinks on a day out), the umbrella (when it rained it poured), the cool fashions: I’m sorry, for me fashion peaked in 1970 and it has been at it’s best since when it’s returning to similar styles of the late 60’s and very early 70’s. Call me old-fashioned…!


21st July 1970

Cliff gets his first chart-topper after a couple of number 2’s. I say first, actually Cliff’s career was the same age as me (still is, obviously!) and he’d moved over into family pop fairly early into his career and pretty much stayed there, but with an increasingly bubblegum tendency that didn’t go down well with music critics. Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha was melodic pop that appealed well enough to 12 year-old’s, about a boy dumping his mates for girls, not about tomboys blossoming into women, or boys going the Lola route (sadly, as that would have been quite a media sensation). In a hypothetical world where I started my pop charts at age 5, not 10, Cliff would have had Summer Holiday, Bacholer Boy, All My Love, The Day I Met Marie and maybe Congratulations hit the top spot, cos I loved them all. The Day I Met Marie eventually did top my chart, and there’s still time for The Next Time (double A with Bacholer Boy) to do the same, though the others have all passed that point now.

Simon & Garfunkel get yet another single fall just short of the top spot, the fab Cecilia at 2, as Elvis and Cat go top 5, Hotlegs go top 10, and the highest new entry at 13 is one I was mad on, recorded direct off the TV with a hand microphone from The Archies Fun House show. Love Vibrations inexpicably remains unreleased 45 years later, and of course is therefore the record I most want to be available on download, or CD, or vinyl. It’s just a great tune, and much better than a number of their rather odd singles choices following the monster that was Sugar Sugar. Pretty sure it never appeared in any chart, therefore, on the whole Planet Earth, so I’m singing it’s praises a lone voice in the wilderness, albeit through childhood rose-tinted specs. At 18, and much better-known, it’s Stevie Wonder again, Signed, Sealed, Delivered he’s yours. Even covered by Stevie himself in 2003 with Blue (it wasn’t an improvement on the original) it gave him a 21st century UK chart hit that wasn’t Superstition (it usually is). The youtube clip is a gem, cool Stevie and spot missus Syreeta on backing vocals. At 20, Pickettywich sneak in briefly again with a sad old movie, kinda. S’OK.

http://youtube.com/v/Po1ffbk5JA0

1 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
4 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
5 ( 8 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
6 ( 5 ) LOLA The Kinks
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
9 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

http://youtube.com/v/zxexKLsLpw0

11 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 18 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
13 ( NEW ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 13 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
17 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
20 ( NEW ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywich

http://youtube.com/v/cbKVfq49tII

What was reading at this time, apart from comics? Just William books (very British), The Bobbsey Twins books (very American), Enid Blyton books (still) though I’d moved more into the “Secret” and “Adventure” books and away from The Famous Five and The Secret Seven (very Dorset). I’d already dipped into Arthur C. Clarke (Dolphin Island, a long-forgotten pro-dolphin sci-fi yarn aimed at kids) which whetted my appetite for science-fiction, without actually being aware that was what it was, or that more was available in that genre. My fave books of all-time, though were The Secret Island (Blyton) and Dolphin Island (Clarke) and the 1858 R. M. Ballantyne novel The Coral Island. Hmmm, I seem to have a thing for being marooned on/or living on isolated islands, particularly tropical ones, and ones with animals I can love (as opposed to eat). It all seemed so glamorous being able to do exactly what you want, in co-operation, on a marvellous adventure. Or maybe I just liked living in my own world cos the real one is quite cruel. No change there then….

28th July 1970

2 weeks for Cliff and Samantha, Cat hits 3 with his lady, and Jimmy Ruffin gets a 2nd top 10 in a row. In at 12 it’s another country-flavoured melodic ballad from the under-rated Scottish band Marmalade, Rainbow is another sweet-sad pop song in the style of The Hollies or Crosby Stills & Nash, and follows-up my chart-topper Reflections Of My Life. Like The Monkees they generally (against their wishes) were forced to record songs by professional songwriters, (good records all the same) but in 1969 switched to Decca and produced their own songs. Their line-up had Junior Campbell, later of solo gospel-tinged singles success, and they rather sensibly changed the band name from The Gaylords. Pity they didn’t choose The Jam rather than The Marmalade though! Hendrix was an early supporter, little-known fact.

At 14, it’s an oldie, and a classic. Yes, shockingly, Tears Of A Clown was an obscure 1967 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles album track which Motown bizarrely failed to recognise as a smash hit classic. The UK was a big supporter of 60’s Motown tracks well into the 70’s, and this one actually topped the UK singles chart before happening in the USA – it also stopped Smokey leaving the band for another 2 years! The record? It’s perfect. The circus-themed riffs, the clever lyrics, the great vocal, and the tune, all perfect. No cover version, including the hit ska cover by The Beat, comes close to matching the sheer beauty of the original. Smokey is a much-admired songwriter by other professional songwriters, and he even had a song all about him: ABC’s When Smokey Sings. Nuff said. In at 19, Chicago are back with 25 Or 6 To 4 – no I still have no idea what it means either. It’s a great jazz-tinged rock groove though, with some mighty riffs. The future held decades of tedious ballads (mostly) but in 1970 they were still cool.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

6 ( 8 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 6 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/MeMS8SuHPs0

11 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade
13 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops

http://youtube.com/v/HsI-DB-25e8

16 ( 12 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
17 ( 18 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
18 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/WLiuMkGCOC4


The youtube clip of Tears Of A Clown is taken from The Andy Williams Show, Andy was coolest of the crooners and a family fave, his variety show had his extended family on it (actual wife Claudine Longet, and unrelated regulars The Osmond Brothers) and big big Hollywood and TV superstars, and big singers and up and coming upstarts like Elton John and The Jackson 5. The Cookie Bear was a running gag beloved of kids like me, and in this clip you have Ray Stevens doing his novelty hit Along Came Jones with Andy doing the female role, comic Danny Thomas joining in, and 7-year-old Jimmy Osmond as cowboy hero Jones. Cute!

http://youtube.com/v/0d4ahG7kh-Y