My November 1986 Charts

4th November 1986

It’s a 3rd week on top for Pet Shop Boys, with Berlin’s classic movie theme breathing down their neck at 2, and Lloyd-Webber’s gorgeous Phantom song at 3. Anita Baker finally makes the top 10 with Sweet Love, and Shaky gets a rare top 10. His 4th, but his hit-rate is quite low. Madness chug into the 20, Boo! That’s “Boo!” as in ghostly fright, not an exclamation of displeasure. Kim Wilde also goes top 20 with her Supremes cover, climbing slowly, while Duran notoriously climb faster. Highest new entry is Debbie Harry’s best post-Blondie solo single, French Kissing In The USA, at 22, for 8 years of non-stop success in my charts, and China Crisis are back with the nice Arizona Sky at 26. That under-performed Uk chart-wise sadly.

Mel & Kim get a big climb into the 30, and Erasure, Swing Out Sister and Bon Jovi into the 40 ditto, as the fab emotive, hugging Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush are new at 39. Don’t Give Up is timeless advice. Future cheesy anthem Europe enters at 61. I was heading a Highways team, surveying Dorset roads back in this day, and a few weeks later I had a heated discussion with my young post-grad music student assistant which annoyed me so much it still burns cos I was so sure I was right in my opinion and he was wrong in his assessment that the chart were rubbish and the music disposable destined to be forgotten. “I bet you” I said, “that Berlin and Europe, at the very least, are remembered decades from now”. They had the ring of lasting popularity to me. Nice to be right.

The Cars main man is solo at 62, Madonna gifts a song for the first and last time, to male model Nick Kamen, he of the Levi 501 laundrette strip off advert. In at 70, just ahead of Janet Jackson and a more pedestrian follow-up to a fab single, in Control, another movie song from Kenny Loggins, and a lovely song from Bucks Fizz keeping each other warm, not to mention the cockles of my heart.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 6 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
3 ( 5 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 8 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
5 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
6 ( 9 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
7 ( 17 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
9 ( 10 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
10 ( 13 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens

11 ( 4 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
12 ( 18 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
13 ( 7 ) HUMAN Human League
14 ( 40 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 14 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
17 ( 22 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 30 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
19 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 11 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

21 ( 12 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
22 ( NEW ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
23 ( 16 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
24 ( 20 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
25 ( 27 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
26 ( NEW ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
27 ( 49 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
28 ( 32 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
29 ( 25 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
30 ( 36 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 21 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
32 ( 35 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
33 ( 23 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
34 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 51 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
36 ( 53 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
37 ( 39 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
38 ( 59 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
39 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
40 ( 42 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
42 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
43 ( 46 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
44 ( 47 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
45 ( 37 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
46 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
47 ( 74 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
48 ( 31 ) WORD UP Cameo
49 ( 71 ) ASK The Smiths
50 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince

51 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 38 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
54 ( 29 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
55 ( 73 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
56 ( 48 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
58 ( 33 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
59 ( 54 ) CRY Godley & Creme
60 ( 28 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

61 ( NEW ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
62 ( NEW ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
63 ( 55 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
64 ( 70 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
65 ( 69 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
66 ( 65 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 64 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 56 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
69 ( 75 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
70 ( NEW ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen

71 ( NEW ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
73 ( 72 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) BOAT TO BOLIVIA Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
75 ( NEW ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins

4th Nov
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SAD SWEET DREAMER (REMIX) Sweet Sensation
2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones

 

11th November 1986

It’s a first week on top for Berlin’s movie classic, with Anita Baker looking Sweet at 2. Debbie Harry leaps into the top 5, the first time she has troubled that end of the chart for almost 6 years with Rapture, as Kissing The Pink get a second top 10 3 years on from The Last Film. Bon Jovi’s future classic anthem shoots up to 12 and Swing Out Sister Breakout into the 20. OMD get the highest new entry with the laid back We Love You, as future chart biggie Europe is up 29 places to 32, but is leapfrogged by Nick “Madonna” Kamen at 31. The Smiths, Tina Turner and Cutting Crew all return to the 40.

Eurythmics also go low-key with a sort-of Xmas ballad that everyone has forgotten these days, new at 49, just ahead of Spandau’s comeback after other projects, the Northern Ireland-referencing Through The Barricades. The under-rated Lone Justice enter at 56 with Shelter, though singer Maria McKee would eventually top the UK chart, Greg Abbott’s Shake You Down gets a decent new entry, Human League return with another Jam & Lewis track, this one uptempo, and under-performing considering the track record of all parties concerned in my charts. That also goes for Kate Bush’s Experimental single, and Frankie’s Wasteland, while Boston get a brief one-week return to my charts after, ooh, 9 years away. Ultravox scrape in as their best chart days are well and truly behind them at this point.

1 ( 2 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 22 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 4 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
8 ( 10 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 12 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
10 ( 6 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

11 ( 5 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
12 ( 38 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
13 ( 11 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
14 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 8 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
16 ( 18 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
19 ( 36 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
20 ( 13 ) HUMAN Human League

21 ( 39 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 26 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 16 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
24 ( 35 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
25 ( 27 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
26 ( 37 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
28 ( 30 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
30 ( NEW ) WE LOVE YOU OMD

31 ( 70 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
32 ( 61 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
33 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
34 ( 49 ) ASK The Smiths
35 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
36 ( 29 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
37 ( 23 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
38 ( 55 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
39 ( 47 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
40 ( 31 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

41 ( 25 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
42 ( 21 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
43 ( 50 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
44 ( 33 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
45 ( 42 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
46 ( 24 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
47 ( 28 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
48 ( 64 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
50 ( NEW ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet

51 ( 32 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
52 ( 71 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
53 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 62 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
55 ( 45 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
56 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
57 ( 75 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
58 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
59 ( 43 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
60 ( 56 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

61 ( 59 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 51 ) PANIC The Smiths
63 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
64 ( 57 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
65 ( 72 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 63 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
68 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
69 ( NEW ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 67 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) AMANDA Boston
73 ( NEW ) JODY Jermaine Stewart
74 ( 73 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
2 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
3 ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter

 

 

18th November 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Berlin as Shaky gets a career-high of 3 in my charts – with one of his most obscure hits! Bon Jovi make it 2 consecutive top 5’s with their signature tune, and Mel & Kim get a first top 10 and get the ball rolling proper on the SAW years of pop dominance. Kim Wilde makes it 5 years of top 10’s and Madness 7 years. Nick Kamen climbs into the 20, and Bucks Fizz shoot up into the 40 – keeping their record of top 40’s 100% in 5 years.

Highest new entry is Womack & Womack keeping up the run of post-Love Wars tracks to chart, at 42 with Soul Love/Soul Man, as Cyndi Lauper leapfrogs herself as True Colors drops like a brick and the good Change Of Heart enters at 51. Cameo are back with Candy, sweet! Phil Fearon is back with another cover, this time the 1968 Showstoppers song Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty, and some substantial goodies enter at the lower end, from Robbie Nevil’s C’Est La Vie, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones terrific The Rain, The Communards best-single to-date So Cold The Night, and also a bunch of lesser entries from Glass Tiger (over-rated), Simple Minds, a Springsteen cover of Edwin Starr’s classic War, Grace Jones, and a superstar duet from Elton and Cliff, who collectively had made the UK charts every year since 1958, and for quite some time after 1986, Elton having non-stop runs from 1971 through 1999, while Cliff had 1958 through 1974. In my charts Elton had a non-stop run from 1971 through to 2002 with new material, or 2004 including oldies.

1 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 12 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 25 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
8 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
10 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 7 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
12 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 24 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
15 ( 19 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
17 ( 11 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
18 ( 31 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
19 ( 13 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
20 ( 10 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

21 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 9 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
24 ( 15 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
25 ( 32 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) HUMAN Human League
28 ( 30 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
29 ( 65 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
30 ( 34 ) ASK The Smiths

31 ( 23 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
32 ( 54 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
33 ( 75 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
34 ( 39 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( 50 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 38 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
37 ( 70 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
38 ( 27 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
39 ( 49 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
40 ( 48 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

41 ( 33 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
42 ( NEW ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
43 ( 29 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
44 ( 56 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
45 ( 36 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
46 ( 45 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
47 ( 37 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
48 ( 69 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
49 ( 57 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
50 ( 40 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

51 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
52 ( 35 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
53 ( 52 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( NEW ) CANDY Cameo
56 ( 44 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
57 ( 28 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
58 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
59 ( 43 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
60 ( 68 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League

61 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 60 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
64 ( NEW ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
65 ( 55 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
66 ( NEW ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
67 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
68 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
69 ( 74 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 67 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna

71 ( NEW ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
72 ( 62 ) PANIC The Smiths
73 ( NEW ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
74 ( NEW ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

Playlist oldies
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 KILLER QUEEN Queen
3 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

 

 

25th November 1986

It’s a sudden leap to the top spot for Erasure, Sometimes has pottered around climbing slowly for a few weeks, before stopping Debbie Harry getting a solo topper – though Blondie would be back for some more in the 21st century anyway. Vince Clark had already topped with Yazoo’s Only You 4 years earlier, and it wouldn’t be his last chart-topper either. Cyndi Lauper rockets into the top 20 with Change Of Heart, easily outdoing True Colors which was pleasantly dull in comparison, and giving her a 4th top 20.

Highest newie is The Damned, 7 years of chart entries and counting, followed by a 3rd for Fuzzbox, both inside the 40, just behind a leaping Jam & Lewis Human League, and ahead of a cool Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, both climbing fast. Genesis also return with one of their very best singles, Land Of Confusion and it’s Spitting Image video, and the smooth Shake You Down gives Gregory Abbott a debut. Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, long a fave from the sitcom Soap, and en route to movie stardom, slips out a whimsical US hit single, You Look Marvellous, done in the style of latin Hollywood movie star Fernando Llamas, and tickles my fancy as I also liked Fernando. The Housemartins cover the Isleys, and instantly outdo them with their accapella version.

Talking of Yazoo, Alison Moyet is also back with a goodie, Is This Love, and Howard Jones & Five Star add to their list, while new in at 75, briefly, it’s Wendy Richard reprising her 1962 smash Come Outside, which I adored as a 4 or 5-year-old and thereafter, though she swaps lead singer from Mike Sarne to Mike Berry who had been hitless for 6 years, but gets 11 years of chart entries since his 1975 cover of Don’t Be Cruel, some 10 years since his 60’s popstar career stalled.

1 ( 14 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
6 ( 7 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 9 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
9 ( 18 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
10 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 50 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
14 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
15 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
16 ( 11 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
17 ( 28 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
19 ( 29 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
20 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis

21 ( 13 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
22 ( 17 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
23 ( 16 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
24 ( 32 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
25 ( 20 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
26 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 24 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
28 ( 19 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
29 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
30 ( 37 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
32 ( 27 ) HUMAN Human League
33 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
34 ( 39 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
35 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 60 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
37 ( 42 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
38 ( NEW ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 63 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

41 ( 66 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
42 ( 23 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
43 ( 40 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
44 ( 36 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
45 ( 31 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
46 ( 48 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
47 ( 71 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
48 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
49 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
50 ( 38 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

51 ( 54 ) CANDY Cameo
52 ( 47 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
53 ( NEW ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 30 ) ASK The Smiths
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
57 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
58 ( 44 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
59 ( NEW ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
60 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

61 ( 64 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
62 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
63 ( 49 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
64 ( NEW ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
67 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 75 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
70 ( 68 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

71 ( NEW ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
72 ( 73 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
73 ( 74 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
74 ( 65 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) COME OUTSIDE Mike Berry & Wendy Richard

Playlist Oldies
1 WHY Donny Osmond
2 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
3 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

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My October 1986 Charts

7th October 1986

7th and final week on top for Human (phew!) leaving Madonna at 2, Quo shooting up to 3, or Pet Shop Boys up to 7 to take over next week. Madonna had just had her first chart-topper, Pet Shop Boys 2 of 3, and Quo never ever topped my chart to date. The Monkees get a new track into the 10 for the first time ever, Paul Simon his first since Love Me Like A Rock in 1973, and The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 20’s.

Highest new entry is a stonking Hi-NRG version of the Supremes You Keep Me hanging On to give Kim Wilde her first biggie in a few years, in at 32, while Paul hardcastle takes the new TOTP theme tune in at 40. Red Box are all For America (not really, it’s a slagging off), and Wax are systematic at 59 – but presumably not their car is not hydromatic, nor greased lightning. Shakatak & Gary Numan are back at 71 together again, and two veterans return – James Brown, and Jackson Browne, the man who had Doctor My Eyes back in 1972 before The Jackson 5 covered it.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 18 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
5 ( 3 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
6 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
7 ( 17 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 16 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
9 ( 5 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
10 ( 12 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon

11 ( 10 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
12 ( 13 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
13 ( 15 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
14 ( 30 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
15 ( 7 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
16 ( 6 ) WORD UP Cameo
17 ( 9 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
18 ( 23 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
19 ( 25 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
20 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John

21 ( 14 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
22 ( 11 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
23 ( 29 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
24 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
25 ( 21 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
26 ( 27 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
27 ( 40 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
28 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
29 ( 35 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 19 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi

31 ( 22 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
32 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
33 ( 26 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
34 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
35 ( 34 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
36 ( 38 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
37 ( 52 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
38 ( 51 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
39 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
40 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle

41 ( 36 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 46 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
43 ( 47 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
44 ( RE ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
45 ( 57 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
46 ( 45 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
47 ( 61 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme
49 ( 42 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
50 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( 63 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
52 ( 31 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
53 ( NEW ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
54 ( 59 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
55 ( 33 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
56 ( 32 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
57 ( 41 ) HEARTLAND The The
58 ( 56 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( NEW ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 69 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
62 ( 54 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
64 ( 44 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
65 ( 72 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
66 ( 71 ) TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
67 ( 66 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 73 ) DREAMER B B & Q
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER HEARTACHE Rod Stewart
70 ( 75 ) STATE OF THE NATION New Order

71 ( NEW ) NEW THING FROM LONDON TOWN Sharpe & Numan
72 ( NEW ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
73 ( NEW ) GRAVITY James Brown
74 ( 74 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
75 ( 53 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke

7th Oct
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

 

14th October 1986

It’s Madonna grabbing a second chart-topper and not the Pet Shop Boys who have to make do with 4 for now, their 3rd top 5 (2 of them number 1’s). I love the video for True Blue, Madonna was all 50’s-stylee in love with Sean Penn. Possibly why she excludes the track at every opportunity from compilations and concerts. It’s not as if it’s as awful as Hanky Panky…

The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 10 hits, since Kid became the first, and OMD 6 years after a slow climb with Forever (Live And Die). Red Box rocket up For America and a second top 20, The Bangles get a 3rd, and Chairmen Of The Board do it for the 7th time after a gap of 13 years. Highest new entry is a bit of a classic from Berlin, Take My Breath Away from a film I’ve never seen, Top something or other starring Tom somebody. Probably obscure. New at 34 it’s DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, both debuting for the start of a lengthy chart runs as kids. Not sure what happened to Will someone, I think he went into acting and had some modest success.

The Stranglers are back with Always The Sun, very tuneful and not at all like Peaches some 9 years earlier, in at 47. Kissing The Pink get a 3rd entry, presumably It should have been Kissing The Green as pink is worth 6. Aretha covers the Stones and keeps her 80’s run going, 18 years on, as Boris & Gwen get some follow-up action. Little Richard is also back over 30 years into his career with a good single in Operator, and just above them, sneaking in quietly it’s Erasure with Sometimes. Much lower than it may have been expected to debut given it’s rather fab. Vince thus makes it 5 years of hit songs.

1 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 7 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
6 ( 8 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
9 ( 14 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
10 ( 12 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

11 ( 9 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
12 ( 53 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
13 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
14 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
15 ( 11 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
17 ( 16 ) WORD UP Cameo
18 ( 13 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
19 ( 23 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
20 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 18 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
22 ( 15 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
23 ( 32 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 17 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
25 ( NEW ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
26 ( 25 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
27 ( 22 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
28 ( 40 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
29 ( 37 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
30 ( 45 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha

31 ( 63 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
32 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
33 ( 27 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
34 ( NEW ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
35 ( 21 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
36 ( 31 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
37 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 35 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
39 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
40 ( 33 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 44 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
43 ( 30 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
44 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
45 ( 26 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
46 ( 54 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
47 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
48 ( 46 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
49 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
50 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme

51 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
52 ( 38 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
53 ( 47 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
55 ( 49 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
56 ( 34 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
57 ( 72 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( 59 ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 36 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
62 ( 43 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
63 ( 73 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( 65 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
65 ( NEW ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
66 ( 62 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
69 ( 51 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
70 ( 57 ) HEARTLAND The The

71 ( NEW ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
72 ( 52 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
73 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERY BEATBOX Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES Erasure
75 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Little Richard

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

21st October 1986

It’s a first week on top for their 3rd chart-topper inside 12 months, as Suburbia seals the Pet Shop Boys as my new fave pop act, closely followed by Madonna as I buy True Blue and get into La Isla Bonita and Jimmy Jimmy in my playlist/oldies chart. I didn’t allow album tracks else both would have charted, La Isla Bonita quite highly some months ahead of its single release. The highest new entry is a Phantom Of The Opera gorgeous ballad, giving Cliff the latest of numerous top 10’s throughout the 18 years he had been charting (and 23 years if I’d charted earlier aged 5). It’s one of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s best songs, and also means Sarah Brightman grabs a first top 10 from her hubby since she was a Hot Gossip-fronting Starship Trooper chart-topper 8 years earlier.

In at 13, Bob Geldof’s first solo single, post-Live Aid, was not that wildly received at the time, I rather liked it myself, and it keeps his run of top 20’s going for 9 years including the Rats singles. The Stranglers also keep the Punk ’77 flag flying shooting up Always The Sun into the 20, while Will Smith gets his first top 20. Hands up who thought he’d be a major movie star? No, me neither. About as likely as Sarah Brightman getting into opera and musicals off the back of Starship Trooper.

Talking of actors, Don Johnson has a crack at a singing career while his Miami Vice star is shining. It didn’t work but Heartbeat was quite decent and in at 42. World Party return, as do the post-Lionel Commodores, for a sweet 12 years since Machine Gun debuted. Duran Duran return with a bang after a short break, Notorious at 64, and Prince needs another lover like a hole in the head, apparently, at 66. The Icicle Works string out a 3rd year of chart entries, and Swing Out Sister debut with the fab jazzy 80’s pop of Breakout at 70, as Nik Kershaw and The Mission sneak back in ahead of Alice Cooper returning after a break – he’s Back! 14 years since School’s Out for summer.

This week I saw The Blow Monkeys and Level 42 in concert, fab musicians all. Digging Your Scene was the 1986 track that brought a nostalgic tear to my eye the most. Love it.

1 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 2 ) HUMAN Human League
5 ( 6 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
6 ( 9 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
7 ( 5 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
8 ( NEW ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 25 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
10 ( 7 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

11 ( 12 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
12 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
13 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
14 ( 30 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
15 ( 47 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 11 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
17 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
18 ( 10 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
20 ( 34 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

21 ( 14 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
22 ( 17 ) WORD UP Cameo
23 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 28 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 29 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
26 ( 15 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
27 ( 13 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
28 ( 18 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
29 ( 49 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
30 ( 31 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites

31 ( 26 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
32 ( 24 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
33 ( 22 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
34 ( 21 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
35 ( 46 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
36 ( 68 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
37 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 19 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
39 ( 69 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
40 ( 27 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
43 ( 32 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
44 ( NEW ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
45 ( 44 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 40 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
47 ( 54 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
48 ( RE ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
49 ( 38 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
50 ( 65 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner

51 ( 48 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
52 ( 51 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 50 ) CRY Godley & Creme
54 ( 36 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
55 ( 71 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
56 ( 42 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
57 ( 57 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 33 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( NEW ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
60 ( 64 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young

61 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
62 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 63 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( NEW ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
65 ( 35 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
66 ( NEW ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
68 ( 55 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
69 ( 74 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
70 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister

71 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
72 ( 53 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
73 ( NEW ) NOBODY KNOWS Nik Kershaw
74 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
75 ( NEW ) HE’S BACK Alice Cooper

non-chart playlist
1 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 JIMMY JIMMY Madonna
3 GALAXY T.Rex

 

28th October 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Suburbia as Quo get a 4-week run at 3 stuck behind my top two acts of 1986, The Bangles get a 3rd top 10, Red Box a second and last, and Bob Geldof a first and final solo top 10 – though the Rats had loads over the previous 8 years. Highest new entry (gasp!) is Shaky with a sweet ballad, in one fell swoop beating almost all of his previous singles, bar 2 or 3, in at 13. It’s a 3rd top 20 for entering Doctor & the Medics covering Abba’s 1974 chart-topper with an assist from Roy Wood, his first top 20 (barring Xmas re-entries of you-know-what) for a decade.

Anita Baker’s minor hit of a couple of months earlier finally starts to sell in the UK and shoots back in at 17, Sweet Love, The Mission have a huge climb into the 30, as do Duran Duran, While Cyndi Lauper finally makes the 40 with True Colors after faffing about a few weeks. Jaki Graham gets a 3rd solo top 40, in at 39, and Madness return with their final good record for 12 years, after a non-stop-run of 7 years, in at 40 with the Ghost Train. Good for Halloween of course.

Mel & Kim start-up the SAW pop factory proper, as they debut with Showin’ Out at 49, Bobby G remixes and comes back with a TV theme, Paul McCartney pulls a second single off Press To Play, and Bon Jovi return with a classic bang! Livin’ On A Prayer remains a widely-known anthem, selling well into the 2010’s. Also back: The Housemartins, a windy Bowie (promoting cult Xmas movie, The Snowman), The Smiths Ask for a return while they are still Panic-ing, Tina Turner is Two people, Cutting Crew get a quick follow-up, and The Real Thing sneak in briefly with a song that isn’t a 70’s biggie.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 6 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
5 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
6 ( 9 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
7 ( 4 ) HUMAN Human League
8 ( 12 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
9 ( 11 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
10 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof

11 ( 5 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
12 ( 14 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
13 ( NEW ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( 7 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 20 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
17 ( RE ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
18 ( 29 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
19 ( NEW ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 25 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope

21 ( 10 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
22 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
23 ( 16 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
24 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 19 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
26 ( 74 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
27 ( 30 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
28 ( 18 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
29 ( 17 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
30 ( 64 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran

31 ( 22 ) WORD UP Cameo
32 ( 36 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
33 ( 42 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
34 ( 55 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
36 ( 72 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 31 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
38 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
39 ( NEW ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
40 ( NEW ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 47 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
43 ( 21 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
44 ( 32 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
45 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 50 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
47 ( 59 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
48 ( 40 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
50 ( 33 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme

51 ( 69 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 70 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
54 ( 53 ) CRY Godley & Creme
55 ( 51 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
56 ( 46 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
57 ( 67 ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
58 ( NEW ) THEME FROM BIG DEAL (REMIX) Bobby G
59 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
60 ( NEW ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney

61 ( 44 ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
62 ( 27 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
63 ( 39 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
64 ( 62 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 61 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( 28 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
68 ( 48 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
69 ( NEW ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
70 ( NEW ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

71 ( NEW ) ASK The Smiths
72 ( 71 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( NEW ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
74 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
75 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing

Playlist Oldies
1 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
2 TELSTAR The Tornadoes
3 DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

MY March 1986 Charts

4th March 1986

It’s a classic Hounds Of Love barking on top for Kate Bush, her 2nd chart-topper, and presiding over a frantic chart choc-a-bloc with goodies. Sigue Sigue Sputnik shoot it up to 2 from 26, all glammed up with synth riffs, and ELO call America at 4, 24 a 24-place climb for what is 14 years on from topping my chart with 10538 Overture, for around the 20th time making the top 5 – and the final time for 30 years, bar oldies. Billy Joel finally goes top 10 8 years late, Blow Monkeys climb to 13, and some great tracks are treading water due to the leapfrogging going on: Bangles, Mike + The Mechanics (it would top my chart in the 90’s) and many more.

Highest new entry is Culture Club, at 18, with the pleasant Move Away. Looked like they were here for the long haul…errr sadly not, relationships are complex, and substance abuse worse. Pet Shop Boys get the highest climber 59 to 20, and have two tracks in the 40 for the first time. Not for the last time though. Pretty much a regular thing actually for the next 35 years, and then some. At least I banned album tracks, largely, in those days, or else the lads, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and a few select others would dominate the charts Ed Sheeran style.

In at 24, the title song from the movie Absolute Beginners, David Bowie back on critical form, and the best thing about the movie. sadly Bowie also decided he’d had enough of being great, and it was at best just good until the mid-90’s an the Pet Shop Boys helped make him sound great again for a bit (hit singles-wise) after the Tin Machine career-killer. Whistle kept on buggin’ me – in at 39 with a very familiar riff, oh yes it’s the theme tune to 60’s surreal sitcom Green Acres. Not only one of the greatest TV themes of all time, but the greatest sitcom of the 60’s. Ask Matt Groening…

Grace Jones covers Roxy Music, Bryan Adams keeps the hits swiftly coming, The Stones are back covering Bob & Earl (not very well), and Shaky sneaks in with a song I have utterly forgotten. No idea.

1 ( 6 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
2 ( 26 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 28 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
5 ( 5 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
6 ( 9 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
7 ( 3 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
8 ( 8 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
9 ( 11 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
10 ( 2 ) ELOISE The Damned

11 ( 4 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
12 ( 12 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
13 ( 23 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
14 ( 7 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
15 ( 20 ) PAIN Betty Wright
16 ( 13 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
17 ( 10 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
18 ( NEW ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
19 ( 19 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
20 ( 59 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys

21 ( 14 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
22 ( 15 ) RISE PIL
23 ( 16 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
24 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
25 ( 30 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
26 ( 62 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
27 ( 38 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
28 ( 17 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
29 ( 35 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
30 ( 36 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston

31 ( 53 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
32 ( 22 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
33 ( 33 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
34 ( 18 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
35 ( NEW ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
36 ( 24 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
37 ( 32 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 25 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
39 ( NEW ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
40 ( 27 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics

41 ( 21 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
42 ( 29 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
43 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
44 ( 57 ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
45 ( 45 ) STRIPPED Depeche Mode
46 ( 51 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
47 ( 43 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
48 ( 44 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
49 ( 63 ) MOON OVER BOURBON STREET Sting
50 ( 66 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John

51 ( 47 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
52 ( 34 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
53 ( 40 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
54 ( 39 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 37 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
57 ( 73 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson
58 ( 50 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
59 ( 42 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
60 ( NEW ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams

61 ( 75 ) MY CLEOPATRA The Flaming Mussolinis
62 ( 31 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
63 ( 68 ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
64 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
65 ( 65 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
66 ( 58 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
67 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
68 ( 70 ) STARTING TOGETHER Su Pollard
69 ( 46 ) FEMALE INTUITION Mai Tai
70 ( NEW ) I’M NOT GOING TO LET YOU Colonel Abrams

71 ( 48 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
72 ( RE ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
73 ( 41 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
74 ( 71 ) DRIVE The Cars
75 ( NEW ) TURNING AWAY Shakin’ Stevens

4TH MARCH PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 SOS Abba

11th March 1986

2 weeks on top for Kate Bush as Blow Monkeys go top 5, digging her scene, and Prince gets The Bangles a top 10 entry and a new entry for himself the same week – he deserves a classic Kiss! Whistle take the Green Acres TV theme into my top 10 (hey I’m a fan!), and the highest new entry is the Rock-in Me Amadeus from Austrian popstar Falco, mostly sung in German, which was something of an achievement in the UK charts. Still is. 1976, The Real Thing finally got a deserved belated UK chart-topper, and a decade on their run of hit singles had tapered off – until the 80’s disco remix mania brought them back, and onto the Radio One Roadshow in Bournemouth starring with….me! Yes I was on Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, gaping like a fish, mouth open unable to answer the question “what’s the title of Genesis’ current album?” My mind went blank. “You can’t see me” said Mike helpfully as he touched my arm. “Invisible Touch” screamed the audience. Ah well, at least I won the quiz eventually, got a mug and sweatshirt and got to see The Real Thing backstage.

In at 32, and a gorgeous version of Neil Young’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart from The Mint Juleps. Saint Etienne eventually had a minor hit with same, but this may be the definitive. Stevie Wonder is overjoyed to have his last great single for 32 years enter my chart, while Love Is War is Brilliant, back again, and a year ahead of a UK hit Aussies Mental As Anything pop in at 59 living it up. Siouxsie follows up a chart-topper rather modestly, and The Housemartins debut with sheep. Luckily the Mint Juleps didn’t call themselves The Mint Sauce or it would frightened the little lambs away. A Fox bursts in at the bottom. Boom boom! No, not Basil Brush, the Page 3 pin-up using her attributes up front in a pop career.

1 ( 1 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
2 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 4 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 5 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
5 ( 13 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
6 ( 8 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
7 ( 12 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
8 ( 11 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
9 ( 7 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
10 ( 39 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle

11 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
12 ( 6 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
13 ( 20 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 14 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
15 ( 18 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
16 ( 10 ) ELOISE The Damned
17 ( 26 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
18 ( 25 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
19 ( 24 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
20 ( 31 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall

21 ( 29 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
22 ( 9 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
23 ( 33 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
24 ( 27 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
25 ( 19 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
26 ( NEW ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
27 ( 30 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
28 ( 17 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
29 ( NEW ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
30 ( NEW ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing

31 ( 16 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
32 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
33 ( 35 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
34 ( 22 ) RISE PIL
35 ( 21 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
36 ( 58 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
37 ( 15 ) PAIN Betty Wright
38 ( 43 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
39 ( 23 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
40 ( 57 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

41 ( 37 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 65 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
43 ( 28 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
44 ( 46 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
45 ( 45 ) STRIPPED Depeche Mode
46 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
47 ( 40 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
48 ( 38 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
49 ( 60 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
50 ( 50 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John

51 ( 34 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
52 ( NEW ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
53 ( 47 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
54 ( 48 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 51 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
57 ( 64 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
58 ( NEW ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
59 ( NEW ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
60 ( 42 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

61 ( 41 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
62 ( 44 ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
63 ( 63 ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
64 ( 70 ) I’M NOT GOING TO LET YOU Colonel Abrams
65 ( 52 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
66 ( 54 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
67 ( NEW ) CANDY MAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
68 ( 75 ) TURNING AWAY Shakin’ Stevens
69 ( NEW ) SHEEP The Housemartins
70 ( 59 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren

71 ( 36 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
72 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
73 ( 66 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
74 ( NEW ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
75 ( 67 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 ROCK ON T.Rex
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

18th March 1986

It’s a first week on top for ELO’s 13th and final chart-topper (barring recharting oldies), as it all turns a bit summer of 76 disco with The Real Thing and Tavares side by side, and the Pet Shop Boys get a second top 10 – the days when they would have topped my chart not yet arrived (I certainly love it enough to have a chart-topper out of Love Comes Quickly).

A big leap for The Mint Juleps, and the highest new entry is a Comic Relief single of Cliff covering his 50’s topper for a bit of a laugh. Yes, back in those days he wasn’t regarded as a joke, he joined in with the fun, helped by The Young Ones, which gives ‘hippie” neil (aka actor Nigel Planer) a second top 20. Cliff extends his run to 18 years. Another actor, Aussie US soap star Rick Springfield, pops back to Celebrate Youth a few years after he’d wished he had Jessie’s Girl.

Stevie Nicks gets a second top 30 in a row, Belouis Some a follow-up, and Supertramp arrive like a Cannonball bringing their 11-year-run of entries to a close, give or take. Another 50’s song returns for Duane Eddy, assisting the Art Of Noise’s cover of his superior original, the TV show theme Peter Gunn. That leaves Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne to follow in her dad’s footsteps, and Suzanne Vega, in debuting, while Talk Talk, The Pogues and Dee C. Lee add to their runs and Tom Waits grumbles in at the rear end.

In the oldies scene, I’m still into my Bubblegum TV heroes, bringing a bit of 1970 Sunshine, and the same years’ Laura Nyro sweet gospel harmony cover from The Fifth Dimension – if ever a song needed covering and becoming a huge hit in the States it’s that one in 2018 – and also a bit of Rock with a message, Free’s best record Wishing Well, and boy oh boy do we need that message in 2018 as well.

1 ( 3 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 5 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
4 ( 1 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
6 ( 4 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
7 ( 30 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
8 ( 8 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
9 ( 13 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 15 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club

11 ( 7 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
12 ( 26 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
13 ( 32 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
14 ( 9 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
15 ( 17 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
16 ( 19 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
17 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
18 ( 29 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
19 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
20 ( 42 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway

21 ( 10 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
22 ( 14 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
23 ( 12 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
24 ( 24 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
25 ( 36 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
26 ( NEW ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
27 ( 33 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
28 ( 16 ) ELOISE The Damned
29 ( NEW ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
30 ( 18 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

31 ( 20 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
32 ( 59 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 25 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
34 ( 23 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
35 ( 44 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
36 ( 38 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
37 ( 58 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
38 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
39 ( 22 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
40 ( 40 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

41 ( 21 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
42 ( NEW ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
43 ( 28 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
44 ( 35 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
45 ( 52 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
46 ( 41 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
47 ( NEW ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
48 ( 57 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
49 ( 49 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
50 ( 67 ) CANDY MAN Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 27 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
52 ( 34 ) RISE PIL
53 ( 31 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
54 ( 74 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 53 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
57 ( 54 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
58 ( 47 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
59 ( 39 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
60 ( 37 ) PAIN Betty Wright

61 ( 56 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
62 ( 46 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
63 ( 69 ) SHEEP The Housemartins
64 ( 43 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
65 ( 48 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU DON’T WANT ME Roseanne Cash
67 ( 51 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
68 ( 50 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John
69 ( NEW ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
70 ( 60 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

71 ( NEW ) LONDON GIRL The Pogues
72 ( NEW ) LIVING IN ANOTHER WORLD Talk Talk
73 ( 73 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
74 ( NEW ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
75 ( NEW ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
3 WISHING WELL Free

25th March 1986

2 weeks on top for ELO as The Real Thing hit the top 3 for the first time, outdoing their original 1976 peak. Cliff & The Comics go top 5 outrageously leapfrogging the brilliant underrated Pet Shop Boys stuck at 9, and Falco enters the top 10, but the biggest news is the fabulous instant top 10 for highest new entry E=MC2, a haunting rhythmic raprock track from Big Audio Dynamite aka Mick Jones from The Clash & friends. I love the rhythm, the lyrics, the snippets from cult movies and the hook. It still sounds like nothing before or since.

Duane Eddy gets his first top 30 entry in 11 years, and Sam Cooke gets his chart debut with Wonderful World, the early 60’s minor UK chart hit much-covered at the time, and now used in a Jeans advert which sent it into overdrive chartwise 24 years late. As poor Sam had been very late for 20 years already, it was long overdue, though I would have preferred his greatest single (see my Playlist Oldies of the week).

Stevie Wonder is top 30, and in a case of “I couldve sworn I never ever liked that track” Sam Fox is at 29 proving my memory has been conveniently rewritten as I don’t rate it much at all these days. Howard Jones gets another top 40, and Queen debut with one of their great tracks from the very dark Highlander movie – quite a contrast to the joy of A Kind Of Magic, one of my mums favourite records. Viola Wills enters at 40 with one I don’t remember, some 7 years after one I do – her cover of Trini Lopez’ Gonna Get Along Without You Now.

Heart finally get a substantial chart entry years late, with the fab These Dreams, and George Michael has a second solo single with the still-heartbreakingly brilliant A Different Corner, understated, sincere and immensely moving, still his greatest creation for me. If anyone had doubts that he was a major talent up to this point, think again. Bryan Ferry keeps the tracks coming 13 years since his first solo, Atlantic Starr smooth in, Roger Daltrey also has 13 years of solo success, and The Style Council have another goodie in at 75. Which leaves Lick The Tins quirky clanky cover of the much-hit-covered Elvis chart-topper, as done last by The Stylistics in 1976.

1 ( 1 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
3 ( 7 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
4 ( 4 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
5 ( 17 ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
6 ( 12 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
8 ( NEW ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
9 ( 9 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 8 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

11 ( 10 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
12 ( 24 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
13 ( 13 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
14 ( 5 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
15 ( 6 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
16 ( 16 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
17 ( 26 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
18 ( 18 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
19 ( 20 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
20 ( 14 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha

21 ( 29 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
22 ( 47 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
23 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
24 ( 11 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
25 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
26 ( 45 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
27 ( 15 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
28 ( 50 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
29 ( RE ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
30 ( 35 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra

31 ( 22 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
32 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 23 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
34 ( 37 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
35 ( 38 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( 54 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
37 ( 40 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson
38 ( NEW ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
39 ( 28 ) ELOISE The Damned
40 ( NEW ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills

41 ( 21 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
42 ( 49 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
43 ( 48 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
44 ( 62 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
45 ( NEW ) THESE DREAMS Heart
46 ( 31 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
47 ( 41 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
48 ( 39 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
49 ( 46 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 75 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

51 ( 25 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
52 ( 33 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
53 ( 27 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
54 ( 42 ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 36 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
57 ( 30 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
58 ( 57 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
59 ( 56 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
60 ( 44 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

61 ( 43 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
62 ( NEW ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
63 ( 58 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
64 ( NEW ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
65 ( 63 ) SHEEP The Housemartins
66 ( NEW ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
67 ( 34 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
68 ( 69 ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
69 ( 61 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
70 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins

71 ( NEW ) UNDER A RAGING MOON Roger Daltrey
72 ( 72 ) LIVING IN ANOTHER WORLD Talk Talk
73 ( 52 ) RISE PIL
74 ( 64 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
75 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council

Oldies
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 BANG A BOOMERANG Abba
3 YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke

 

 

My Retro September 1967 Charts

2nd September 1967

3 weeks for Keith west on top, Lulu goes top 5 and Mike Nesmith piggybacks back into the top 10. Highest new entry is the Radio One signature tune from The Move, future hero Roy Wood making himself known to me. There’s a host of familiar songs entering – just not by the artists who had the bigger hit covers: Robert Knight’s original Everlasting Love at 26 (a hit in 1974 eventually), Traffic’s Hole In My Shoe, Brenda Holloway’s second entry of the year with You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Tony Bennett’s chart debut (here) with For Once In My Life, My White Bicycle from Tomorrow, and Sam And Dave’s Soul Man. Points for naming the UK hit covers…

1 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
2 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 3 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
4 ( 5 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
5 ( 11 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
6 ( 4 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
7 ( 10 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
8 ( 9 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
9 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
10 ( 15 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith

11 ( 8 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
13 ( 19 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
14 ( 17 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
15 ( 18 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
16 ( 22 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
17 ( 12 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
18 ( 21 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
19 ( 13 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
20 ( NEW ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move

21 ( 24 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
22 ( 16 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
23 ( 28 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
24 ( 23 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
25 ( 14 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
26 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
27 ( 27 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
28 ( NEW ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
29 ( 36 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
30 ( 20 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 26 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
32 ( NEW ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
33 ( 25 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
34 ( 38 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
35 ( 30 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
36 ( 31 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
37 ( 33 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
38 ( 40 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
39 ( 34 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
40 ( 52 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas

41 ( 29 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
42 ( 54 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
43 ( 32 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
44 ( 48 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
45 ( 35 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
46 ( 56 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
47 ( 55 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
48 ( 49 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
49 ( 43 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
50 ( 42 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles

51 ( 41 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
52 ( 45 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
53 ( 47 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
54 ( 37 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
55 ( 64 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
56 ( 39 ) YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
57 ( NEW ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
58 ( 62 ) MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
59 ( NEW ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
60 ( 63 ) YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson

61 ( 46 ) WORDS The Monkees
62 ( 69 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
63 ( 44 ) I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
64 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
65 ( NEW ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
66 ( 70 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONG Martha & The Vandellas
67 ( 67 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Ray Charles
68 ( 53 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
69 ( 57 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow

71 ( 71 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
72 ( 58 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
73 ( 61 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
74 ( NEW ) SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
75 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett

 

9th September 1967

4 weeks on top for A Teenage Opera, chased only by Lulu’s movie theme up to 2, inexplicably a UK B side. The Youngbloods grab a top 10 with a cover of The Kingston Trio’s 1964 original folk version, while the highest new entry at 16 is young Peter Frampton, 8 years ahead of his topping my chart solo, and 20 years ahead of me seeing him play with David Bowie at Wembley. From The Underworld is written by Alan Blaikley, co-mastermind behind the very under-rated Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, and is fab.

Big climbs for Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, into the top 30 like previous 1967 tracks, and future hits. The Mamas & The Papas B side overtakes the A side in the 40, and Elvis gets his first top 40 since Crying In The Chapel (had I been compiling charts then). At 66, Hush! It’s Billy Joe Royal, later more-well-known hit versions from Deep Purple and Kula Shaker lay ahead, Georgie Fame enters a bit lower, just ahead of Albert King, a Doors classic (covered by Echo & The Bunnymen one fine day), and Cher covers Hendrix at 74.

1 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
2 ( 5 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 3 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
5 ( 4 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
6 ( 8 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
7 ( 7 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
8 ( 6 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
9 ( 12 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
10 ( 14 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods

11 ( 9 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
12 ( 10 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
13 ( 15 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
14 ( 11 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
15 ( 16 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
16 ( NEW ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
17 ( 28 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
18 ( 18 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
19 ( 20 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
20 ( 26 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight

21 ( 21 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
22 ( 13 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
23 ( 23 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
24 ( 17 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
25 ( 19 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
26 ( 29 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
27 ( 32 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
28 ( 55 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
29 ( 59 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
30 ( 34 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew

31 ( 24 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
32 ( 22 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
33 ( 27 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
34 ( 44 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 48 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
36 ( 42 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
37 ( 46 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
38 ( 40 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
39 ( 31 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
40 ( 47 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke

41 ( 30 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
42 ( 33 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
43 ( 35 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
44 ( 36 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
45 ( 37 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
46 ( 25 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
47 ( 57 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
48 ( 39 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
49 ( 43 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
50 ( 41 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys

51 ( 38 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
52 ( 64 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
53 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
54 ( 65 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
55 ( 53 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
56 ( 50 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
57 ( 49 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
58 ( 52 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
59 ( 54 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
60 ( 66 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas

61 ( 62 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
62 ( 51 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
63 ( 71 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
64 ( 58 ) MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
65 ( 60 ) YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson
66 ( NEW ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
67 ( 70 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
68 ( 75 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett
69 ( NEW ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
70 ( 74 ) SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band

71 ( NEW ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
72 ( 61 ) WORDS The Monkees
73 ( NEW ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
74 ( NEW ) HEY JOE Cher
75 ( NEW ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians

DROP OUTS:
YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Ray Charles
MORNING DEW Episode Six
A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays

 

16th September 1967

It’s a first week on top for Lulu’s best ballad, To Sir With Love, still a teenager and 3 years or so since Shout would have topped my chart (probably), what 60’s kid didn’t love that one!? In at 2, and matching previous single To Love Somebody in one go, it’s the track that featured on 12 Big Hits, a 1968 stereo Australian hits compilation, an album I absolutely nagged my dad to buy while he was thinking about whether it was worth the money (albums weren’t cheap) at Changi market, Singapore, Oct 1969: Massachussets. There were too many gems I obsessively loved on it to pass up, and mum loved The Bee Gees.

The Herd stampede into the top 5, The Young Rascals outdo the 1972 David Cassidy cover in my charts (peaked at 12) but not my affections (a live version by now-ailing darlin’ David topped my chart in 1987), and the also fab Dusty version is yet to chart (one I missed in 1970, being as I lived in Singapore then). In at 18, the highest of 3 tracks off Scott, Scott Walker’s first solo album, and one he wrote himself – the other 2 being Jacques Brel covers. Moody and magnificent.

Nancy’s back, before she’s even left my chart, a bit more uptempo, The Seekers return, Booker T covers the Young Rascals, and a big American hit, very much of it’s time, is in at 73 – obscure in the UK though.

1 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
2 ( NEW ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
4 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 16 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
6 ( 4 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
7 ( 17 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
8 ( 5 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
9 ( 6 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
10 ( 8 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

11 ( 7 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
12 ( 13 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
13 ( 10 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
14 ( 9 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
15 ( 11 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
16 ( 20 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
17 ( 19 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
18 ( NEW ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
19 ( 28 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
20 ( 29 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 14 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
22 ( 18 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
23 ( 12 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
24 ( 27 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
25 ( 15 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
26 ( 35 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
27 ( 23 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
28 ( 38 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 21 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
30 ( 36 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli

31 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 30 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
33 ( 26 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
34 ( 37 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
35 ( 25 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
36 ( 22 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
37 ( 24 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
38 ( 40 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
39 ( 52 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
40 ( 47 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway

41 ( 31 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
42 ( 60 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas
43 ( 32 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
44 ( 69 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
45 ( 39 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 33 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
47 ( 43 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
48 ( 44 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
49 ( 45 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
50 ( 54 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave

51 ( 41 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
52 ( 42 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
53 ( 66 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
54 ( 71 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
55 ( NEW ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
56 ( 63 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
57 ( 48 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
58 ( 67 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
59 ( 46 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
60 ( 68 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett

61 ( 55 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
62 ( 49 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
63 ( 50 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
64 ( NEW ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
65 ( 56 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
66 ( 57 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
67 ( 58 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
68 ( NEW ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
69 ( 73 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
70 ( 53 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones

71 ( 75 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians
72 ( 74 ) HEY JOE Cher
73 ( NEW ) INCENSE AND PEPPERMINT The Strawberry Alarm Clock
74 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
75 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ Booker T & The MG’s

DROP OUTS
(I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson
SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
WORDS The Monkees

 

23rd September 1967

It’s a first week on top for the fab Bee Gees’ Massachussets, as the almost-as-fab Gibb brothers’ (and friends) Holiday pops in at 24, both showcasing Robin Gibb’s fragile but effective lead vocals. Peter Frampton is up to 3, and the highest new entry is at 7, a future tender top 10 cover (in my charts) by Alison Krauss, Baby Now That I’ve Found You, The Foundations debut with the late Clem Curtis’ triff vocals. A great UK pop song, and just behind it a great US pop song fromThe Cowsills, daft title or not it sparked a TV show inspired by the family group (The Partridge Family). 5 brothers, 1 sister, 1 mother, and another fab track 2 years in the future.

Aretha replaces herself in the top 20, the gorgeous Caroie King song You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman keeping up her run of 1967 chart entries at a frantic pace. This is her pearl in the ’67 shell, though, a version even better than Carole King’s Tapestry brilliance. Scott Walker bounds into the 20 with Mathilde, giving him 2 consecutive dramatic ballads, and few do that better than Scott. Georgie Fame goes top 30 with a sweet track, the best version of Hush goes top 40 (the lyrics actually make sense as sung by Billy, rather than one-level in the covers), and the good South African Pata Pata brings Miriam Makeba to international note.

The Hollies are back again, as ever, Jackie DeShannon pops in with an oldie (her cover to be covered by The Four Tops) – which she frankly didn’t need to do: pause for breath…byt his stage she had dated Elvis, toured with and inspired The Beatles, wrote songs like When You Walk In The Room, Breakaway, Bette Davis Eyes, When You Walk In The Room, and co-wrote with Led Zep Jimmy Page, Randy Newman, and had hits herself with Put A Little Love In Your Heart and What The World Needs Now Is Love. Legend, and still going strong! Oh, yes, mustn’t forget that Hendrix fellow with a good track that was, cough, to be an “inspiration”, cough, for Cozy Powell’s Dance With The Devil (splutter, a better record, sacrilege!).

1 ( 2 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 5 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
4 ( 3 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
5 ( 7 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
6 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
9 ( 6 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
10 ( 12 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops

11 ( 8 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
12 ( 16 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
13 ( 9 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
14 ( 10 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
15 ( 18 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
16 ( 17 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
17 ( NEW ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
18 ( 64 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
19 ( 14 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
20 ( 20 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 11 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
22 ( 19 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
23 ( 13 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
24 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
25 ( 15 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
26 ( 26 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
27 ( 24 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
28 ( 28 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 21 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
30 ( 44 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame

31 ( 31 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 23 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
33 ( 39 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
34 ( 22 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
36 ( 25 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
37 ( 30 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
38 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
39 ( 53 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
40 ( 35 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees

41 ( 29 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
42 ( 34 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
43 ( 32 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
44 ( 50 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
45 ( 33 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
46 ( 36 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
47 ( 68 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
48 ( 41 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
49 ( 54 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
50 ( 55 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra

51 ( 45 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
52 ( NEW ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
53 ( 47 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
54 ( 48 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
55 ( 37 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
56 ( 49 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
57 ( 43 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
58 ( 58 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
59 ( 38 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
60 ( 42 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas

61 ( NEW ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
62 ( 56 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
63 ( 46 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
64 ( 69 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
65 ( 71 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians
66 ( 72 ) HEY JOE Cher
67 ( 74 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
68 ( NEW ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
69 ( 61 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME Jackie De Shannon

71 ( 73 ) INCENSE AND PEPPERMINT The Strawberry Alarm Clock
72 ( 57 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
73 ( 75 ) GROOVIN’ Booker T & The MG’s
74 ( NEW ) GET ON UP The Esquires
75 ( NEW ) THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Jimi Hendrix Experience

DROP OUTS

FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett
THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones

 

30th September 1967

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Bee Gees as The Who leap in seeing for miles and miles – presumably all the way to Massachussets – and it’s their biggest hit to date. That also goes for Aretha, up to 9, and Harry Nilsson’s instant entry at 16 with the gorgeous Without Her. Gene Pitney’s future UK chart-topper (with Marc Almond) is in at 20 with his original and definitive version of Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart. Procol Harum follow-up a classic with a whimper, and a few other 1967 chart regulars pop in with more lesser tracks.

1 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 3 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
4 ( 7 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
5 ( 5 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
6 ( 8 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
7 ( 4 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
8 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
9 ( 17 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
10 ( 6 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes

11 ( 12 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
12 ( 20 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
13 ( 16 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
14 ( 15 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
15 ( 9 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
16 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
17 ( 14 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
18 ( 18 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
19 ( 11 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney

21 ( 19 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
22 ( 22 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
23 ( 24 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
24 ( 13 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
25 ( 21 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
26 ( 30 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
27 ( 23 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
28 ( 10 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
29 ( 39 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
30 ( 25 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre

31 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
32 ( 29 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
33 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
34 ( 28 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 32 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
36 ( 27 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
37 ( 31 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
38 ( 50 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
39 ( 52 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
40 ( 44 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave

41 ( 40 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
42 ( 36 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
43 ( 38 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
44 ( 26 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
45 ( 34 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
46 ( 47 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
47 ( 49 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
48 ( 37 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
49 ( 46 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
50 ( 43 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
51 ( 48 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell

52 ( 51 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
53 ( 41 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
54 ( 61 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
55 ( 45 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
56 ( 64 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
57 ( 53 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
58 ( 54 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
59 ( 66 ) HEY JOE Cher
60 ( 65 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians

61 ( 55 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
62 ( 56 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
63 ( 67 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
64 ( 57 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
65 ( 68 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
66 ( 58 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
67 ( 42 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
68 ( 74 ) GET ON UP The Esquires
69 ( NEW ) LOVELY RITA The Beatles
70 ( 69 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles

71 ( 63 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
72 ( NEW ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
73 ( NEW ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
74 ( 75 ) THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Jimi Hendrix Experience
75 ( NEW ) (LONELINESS MADE ME REALIZE) IT’S YOU THAT I NEED The Temptations

My Retro August 1967 Charts

 

5th August 1967

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12th Aug 1967

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19th August 1967

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26th August 1967

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My August 1970 Charts

4th August 1970

3 weeks for Cliff on top, and Elvis is on his heels at 2, how appropriate since Cliff modeled himself on early Elvis! Marmalade go for a 4th top 5, a melancholy Rainbow, and The Archies get a 5th Top 10 with a record that still has never been officially released in either the UK or the USA. Smokey Robinson gets a top ten song about tears, no not The Tracks Of My, this time it’s the equally classic Of A Clown.

Motown labelmates The Jackson 5, the hottest pop group around, enter at 13 with a third hit The Love You Save, a big improvement on ABC for me. They were the darlings of US variety shows of the time, not least the Ed Sullivan Show, which we had on TV in Singapore, albeit a while later. Look at the clip and marvel at Michael’s precociousness as performer. Fab. The other new record is at 20, Fairweather’s Natural Sinner. I’ve added it in retroactively as I didn’t hear it until 1975 while Andy Fairweather-Low was undergoing a solo career revival, having already had the hit pop group success with Amen Corner, including topping my charts in 1969 with Half As Nice. Not his finest hour, in all honesty.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 12 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
6 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
8 ( 14 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
10 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 6 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
14 ( 17 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
16 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
17 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 20 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
20 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather


Talking of Ed Sullivan. As I’ve said before, in many ways my TV world of the 60’s and early 70’s was much more American than British, and that held true especially in Singapore – there were UK shows but they tended to be the sci-fi shows like Doctor Who and UFO, which was the latest, most exciting. mind-blowing show for me to get hooked on. Gerry Anderson had gone into live action TV, keeping the model-making for the space-age vehicles and flying saucers, as we called them in those days. I loved it. I also loved American variety shows like Ed Sullivan, though he was very, very dull. He also regularly had an awful cute mime mouse on far too often (once was more than enough, never mind 50 times in 8 years) Topo Gigio. If I’ve repeated myself here, apologies, just take it as a warning as it’s still on youtube! Avoid!

11th August 1970

A second number one from The Archies, Love Vibrations was featured on Archie’s Funhouse, an hour-long mix of songs and sketches and short stories, with a supposed live audience of kids. See lower down for more info! On an otherwise still-dull chart, Smokey Robinson goes top 5, Jackson 5 top 10, both Motown, and there are 2 new entries, both songs Tom Jones has recorded. Just as well as his version of I (Who Have Nothing) is in at 16, a terrific dramatic ballad, with The Voice on fine form. Shirley Bassey had the UK 1963 hit version (produced by George Martin) but this was a cover of Ben E. King’s US original English-language version of an Italian hit 1961 song by Joe Sentieri.

At 20, is another cover by Three Dog Night, this time Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, typically lyrically quirky and interesting and 2 or 3 decades before he became a big-deal movie composer for Pixar and others. I’d prefer to hear Randy, but this passed the time till Tom Jones covered it for his Reloaded album with Stereophonics.
1 ( 7 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
2 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
5 ( 8 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
8 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
10 ( 13 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5

11 ( 9 ) LOLA The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
13 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 16 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 17 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night


Archie’s Funhouse and Love Vibrations: I’ve bought the series DVD in haze of rose-tinted bliss, and it’s excruciating to sit through – except for the songs. I enjoyed the Archie comics, but I loved the cartoon band pop to bits and recorded this direct off the TV at the time, tinny and all from a hand microphone onto my mid-60’s reel-to-reel (well, technically dad’s recorder but my need was greater and I acquired it pretty much so I could record every song I loved from that moment on. That was a LOT of songs and a lot of blank reel-to-reel tapes for me to save up to buy for the next 20 years. I’m obviously biased but I still love this song, written by one Neil Brian Goldberg, a songwriter who never made it but who impacted me and I hope other young kids of the time.

What happened was that music maestro and Archies producer/songwriter Jeff Barry was moving on (he of hit songwriting married couple Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, many a legendary song like Be My Baby, Da Do Ron Ron, Leader Of The Pack, River Deep Mountain High, and of course Sugar Sugar also for the Archies without Ellie). He took on Neil who ignored instructions to dumb down the hit machine and aim for 7-year-olds – instead his subject matter for songs was the world, the environment, civil rights, fairly serious topics for kiddie-pop. I noticed. I also noticed the promo cartoon videos to accompany and the fab tunes still sung by Ron Dante. Only 4 of the dozens of songs ever made it to limited release and none are available to buy to this day, including this one. So this will be the only chart it has ever appeared in. Boo! Hiss! It’s sweet (or twee), ever-so-slightly hippie psychedelic and melodic bubblegum.

18th August 1970

It’s Elvis on top, with his second number one in just over a year, following on from In The Ghetto. The Wonder Of You was originally a 1959 hit for Ray Peterson, but Elvis notched up the drama, now entering his Las Vegas phase and it was essentially Showbiz City from here on. I was still mad on Elvis and it would be another 2 years before the increasingly naff singles caused me to lose my love – in retrospect it all started here, really, give or take, as Parody Elvis killed off Gospel Elvis. These days, The Wonder Of You is nowhere near the top of my list of classic Presley.

Cat Stevens gets to 2, just ahead of a new entry for a new act, Bread. Bread was essentially David Gates, a great songwriter with an angelic sweet vocal, which I loved, but which provoked the same reaction amongst musos as The Carpenters – sweet equals sickly in their eyes, totally unable to appreciate the song quality. Make It With You is gorgeous, and was covered in the 90’s by Let Loose, to reasonable effect.

In at 5, one of my all-time fave bands of the 70’s debut – Hot Chocolate, fresh off The Beatles Apple label, and now with Micky Most’s RAK Records, loved that yacht logo on the vinyl. Errol Brown led the mixed race combo, in itself a statement at that time, and Errol and bandmate Tony Wilson showed they were nifty songwriters pretty much immediately (writing for other acts like Mary Hopkin). The organ and strings riffs of Love Is Life and that shuffling percussive rhythm were irresistible to me, and that soaring melody just fabulous. Still love it to bits.

Also in, at 19, Andy Williams is back with It’s So Easy, my top-rated crooner of the time. Andy was never bad, and I loved that he covered current hits on his show and albums. Just look at him singing this bouncy joyous pop ditty live – effortless and stylish.

1 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 7 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

6 ( 1 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 6 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 5 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

11 ( 10 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
12 ( 9 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 13 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones

16 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
17 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
18 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

Back in Singapore, time for some end-of-holiday musings and summary: the long summer holiday from school was pretty literal there, hot days, comics, music, TV, swimming pool, beach, catching fish for my tank, and yet more comics. I was getting a pretty good set of new Action Comics by this time, as well as back issues of Adventure Comics, all featuring my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes (and Superboy and Superman). I can’t understate how shaky and sweaty I would get when I came across a new issue – the surge of excitement overcame everything else. I had to have them, no matter what. By this time I was off on longer bus journeys, to Katong and Siglap bookstores and roadside kiosks, to Changi Village second-hand bookstores, and to Singapore City plush department stores newsagent sections (with grown-ups, that one, it was just that bit too daunting to go into the city on my own). Just as well I didn’t always tell where I’d been (I used to say Bedok, near where we first lived, and bring back fish from the tropical fish store for the tank as proof). Ah happy days, and I even got friend Dale to accompany me too, eventually – his parents also didn’t know. Given the red-flag bombs left locally aimed at us kids, as I’ve already said, I had to get my priorities right. I knew the risks, took no chances straying from the main bus route and the shops, and I wouldn’t have trusted strangers, but those comics were meant for me, I had to have them! I still have them….

I noticed by now that the comics I brought over from the UK were getting a bit brown and stained round the edges, so hot and humid was it, constantly. I had moth balls in the draw I kept them in, but that didn’t stop it. The expensive new ones needed to be kept as mint as possible in my obsessive eyes. I came up with a solution. Bread rolls. Or rather the bags the rolls came in, labelled with Bakers logos and so on, but otherwise transparent – I washed them out, dried them off for a day or two, and stored my comics in them one in each bag. Then inside a larger bag. It worked – they are still inside the same bags 46 years later, fairly airtight and stacked in my childhood wooden box. Some might call that anal retentive and they’d be right. But my comics are still near mint and worth a bob or two now.

25th August 1970

School hols nearly over, and it’s a reggae new entry at 1 for Desmond Dekker, finally getting the top spot after peaking at with Israelites the previous year. Written by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, You Can Get It If You Really Want was a fab melodic pop groove released on the super-cool reggae label Trojan. Back in 1970, though, Desmond was the big reggae star. Hot Chocolate go up to 2 with the fantastic Love Is Life, and Marmalade hold at 3 with the lovely Rainbow. New at 11, a future Kylie cover, the soulful funk of Chairmen Of The Board, starting their string of hits with one of their great singles, Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lead singer General Johnson had a terrific voice, and the creative team was ex-Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland on their new Invictus record label. Funkier, but still fab.

1 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 5 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 1 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 2 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
10 ( 9 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 11 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
16 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
17 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
18 ( 16 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
19 ( 18 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free


Back in the tropics, what kind of games were popular in our house? I got a fab game called Battling Tops for christmas which dad and his RAF mates also pissed themselves over – it was like an old amphitheatre but curved. Basically you wrapped up to 4 spinning tops in nylon rope, placed them in the 4 starter blocks at 90 degrees around the arena, and pulled hard. They then went mad, spinning towards each other and colliding, and the winner was the one who didn’t get chucked out the arena and who spun the longest.

The grown-ups were big on Canasta, very much a social thing among young married couples, or a ladies-only bit of fun – I still adore card games but they seem to be a thing of the past generally these days. Anyway, I watched avidly behind each grown-up watching how they played till I picked it up, and eventually I got to play too. Yay!

The other big social do, again for couples, but also men’s beer-drinking gatherings at our house (cos we had a dartboard) was darts. Mum and dad went onto the main RAF camp for nights out (we stayed on our own, brother & I, locked indoors with neighbours opposite keeping an eye on the house), I was quite sensible from an early age, these days you’d be done for child abandonment but at 12 or 13 years old I certainly didn’t feel I needed a baby sitter to control my younger brother and a bit of squabbling now and then. Anyway, they won loads of team darts awards, albeit some as runners-up (still have the little wooden plaques and cups) and I got to play darts as much as I wanted. Never did get great at it, though, preferred DC Comics and pop music and American TV.

Other board games: Monopoly (of course), Careers, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, and minor ones like draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo and so on. My big new board game, though, was Chess. I joined the chess club at Seletar Secondary Modern in my first year, and liked it, and ended up getting my own super-funky magnetic chess board (still have it) which I took to my new upcoming school, where I basically spent breaks with the other nerds playing chess. Yes my days of hanging about with the cool kids running round school playgrounds and playing fields were over, the new RAF Changi Grammar School was a whole different ball game, so to speak, and I pretty quickly got labelled a “swot” which was the social kiss of death for any shy boy. To be continued in September, and day one at school…

 

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