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

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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