My Retro March 1969 Charts

1st March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Bee Gees in a static top 8, more or less, due to the sheer classicness, though The Beach Boys shoot up to 9, and Colin Blunstone gets a second top 10 of the year. Highest new entry, as usual when they have a new single out, is Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and their final release in a 3-year-run (and more) of under-appreciated varied pop dramas, in at 16. Booker T & The MG’s also enter high with their Johnny Walker lunchtime Top 30 rundown instrumental backing, & The Tempts have an old Motown reissue beating out their new stuff.

Mama Cass does a slightly-more uptempo cover of Harmony Grass’ Move In A Little Closer – and I have to say the version I know best is Mama’s as it was on the budget albums I bought in 1974 and played to death. Jazzrock classic You’ve Made Me So Very Happy also goes top 40, while lower down newies from The Hollies keep the run of hits going for another year, Sorry Suzanne was a fave of the time, Gene Pitney still good with Maria Elena, The Chambers Brothers Slytastic flop Are You Ready (much better than their big hit, I think), Gary Puckett being Gary Puckett, Paul Anka covering 3-time Five Satins 1956 hit, and future BoyzIIMen acapella cover hit in the States, In The Still Of The Night, & Monkees songwriters Boyce & Hart release the theme song to the successful campaign to reduce the voting age to 18.

Meanwhile, wot I liked in 1969 at 11 years old is quite a bit different from how I feel about them 50 years later in quite a few cases…..

1 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
2 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers ( peak 1 )
3 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell ( peak 3 )
4 ( 5 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension ( peak 4 )
5 ( 4 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner ( peak 4 )
6 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt ( peak 1 )
7 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner ( peak 1 )
8 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe ( peak 1 )
9 ( 32 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys ( peak 9 )
10 ( 12 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone ( peak 10 )

11 ( 16 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison ( peak 11 )
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin ( peak 9 )
13 ( 11 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone ( peak 8 )
14 ( 10 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips ( peak 10 )
15 ( 13 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
16 ( NEW ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich ( peak 16 )
17 ( 24 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield ( peak 17 )
18 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan ( peak 18 )
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye ( peak 1 )
20 ( 15 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas ( peak 7 )

21 ( 14 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ( peak 5 )
22 ( 19 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac ( peak 2 )
23 ( 20 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies ( peak 4 )
24 ( 22 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan ( peak 1 )
25 ( 21 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren ( peak 9 )
26 ( 29 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black ( peak 26 )
27 ( 18 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass ( peak 18 )
28 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s ( peak 28 )
29 ( 25 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell ( peak 1 )
30 ( 37 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair ( peak 30 )

31 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations ( peak 31 )
32 ( 26 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies ( peak 4 )
33 ( 35 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw ( peak 33 )
34 ( 31 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick ( peak 18 )
35 ( 39 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles ( peak 35 )
36 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees ( peak 36 )
37 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass ( peak 37 )
38 ( 30 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move ( peak 2 )
39 ( 34 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett ( peak 16 )
40 ( 54 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears ( peak 40 )

41 ( 27 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps ( peak 27 )
42 ( 52 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard ( peak 42 )
43 ( 40 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 1 )
44 ( 56 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles ( peak 44 )
45 ( 28 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson ( peak 28 )
46 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies ( peak 46 )
47 ( 55 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant ( peak 47 )
48 ( 38 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits ( peak 6 )
49 ( 60 ) HAIR The Cowsills ( peak 49 )
50 ( 46 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South ( peak 7 )

51 ( 45 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture ( peak 2 )
52 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers ( peak 3 )
53 ( 64 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers ( peak 53 )
54 ( 43 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann ( peak 5 )
55 ( 33 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 29 )
56 ( 57 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs ( peak 56 )
57 ( 41 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits ( peak 26 )
58 ( 68 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone ( peak 58 )
59 ( NEW ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney ( peak 59 )
60 ( 71 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge ( peak 60 )
61 ( 51 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics ( peak 5 )

62 ( 69 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros ( peak 62 )
63 ( NEW ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson ( peak 63 )
64 ( 73 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas ( peak 64 )
65 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers ( peak 65 )
66 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles ( peak 1 )
67 ( 72 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield ( peak 67 )
68 ( 74 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ( peak 68 )
69 ( 44 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites ( peak 44 )
70 ( 50 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder ( peak 50 )

71 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium ( peak 42 )
72 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap ( peak 72 )
73 ( NEW ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka ( peak 73 )
74 ( NEW ) MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY The Spiral Staircase ( peak 74 )
75 ( NEW ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ( peak 75 )

1st Mar Retro-Then

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 2 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
5 ( 6 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 11 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
10 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 10 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
16 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 ( 16 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
18 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

 

8th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for Glen Campbell’s classic Jimmy Webb song, the third in the trilogy of sweeping Americana, and all 3 chart-toppers. In 2 and a half years of retro charting, Glen has had 13 chart entries – with loads still to come virtually till the day he died. The 5th Dimension beat their previous chart peak of 4 (Stoned Soul Picnic), Dave Dee & co get a 5th top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, and Bob & Earl enter at 10 with the classic Harlem Shuffle. Younger folk expect to hear Jump Around from that intro, a good record but not AS good as Bob & Earl – for an example of how good it is you only need refer to the Rolling Stones pedestrian cover version by way of comparison.

Mama Cass equals Harmony Grass in getting Move In A Little Closer top 20, her 5th of 13 “hits” including Mamas & Papas, while Ray Stevens is back – his 4th entry, but his first reversion back to his earlier (pre-charting) comedy record era – Gitarzan is just great good-natured fun, maybe not endlessly playable, but then novelty records pall quickly on repetition. I’ve never got bored with this one, though, since I bought his Greatest Hits in 1975. At 57, the classy Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine bring their early 60’s ballad back into the charts (so many oldies!), while Gary Lewis returns from his time away in Vietnam after being drafted, with a very good cover of Rhythm Of The Rain – probably with a vocal assist, given the rubbish result when he insisted doing lead vocal without overdubbing. Obviously being the son of Jerry Lewis meant nothing to the Draft Board unless you could pay for a doctor to sign you unfit with Bone-spurs….

In at 52, it’s Eurovision time, Lulu gets the chalice, and I recall watching the 6 songs that were voted for. I think I liked Boom Bang-A-Bang best, though it’s all a little hazy – Poor young Elton John/Bernie Taupin failed to win the vote with I Can’t Go On Living Without You (a better song, probably). Still they did better than Lloyd-Webber/Rice’s King Herod’s Song (with different lyrics) which didn’t make the final 6. Back in those days quality songwriters lined-up to write our entries. These days a dustman can throw one together cos hit production-line songwriters haven’t got time to take away from lucrative collabs with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Adele & the rest.

My Way enters for ol’ Blue Eyes. As my preference has always been for Nancy, you don’t have to worry about this rattling around my charts for the next 3 years, like the UK charts. Phew! It might be his signature tune, and I liked it a lot at the time, but it’s nowhere near his best record. It is great for fab singers to show off their pipes in karaoke bars though. Grazing In The Grass, a vocal version this time, outdoes Hugh Masekela’s peak of 70, from The Friends Of Distinction, It’s Only Love (yet another future Elvis hit cover) debuts for B.J. Thomas – his 3rd – and King Curtis impressively involves an Allman Brother for his instrumental cover of the still-charting Joe South song.

It’s a 9th entry for Tommy James & co, Sweet Cherry Wine not one I’m that familiar with actually, Jackie Wilson gets another Eugene Record Chi-Lites gift, and Vikki Carr covers Billy Vera’s With Pen In Hand which peaked at 45 in 1968 here. The Foundations get another entry, good but no Buttercup or Baby Now That…and that concludes the spiel!

1 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
2 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
3 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 3
4 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
5 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
6 ( 16 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 6
7 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 11 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
10 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 10

11 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
12 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
13 ( 18 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 10 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
15 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
16 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
17 ( 13 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
18 ( 31 ) GET READY The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
20 ( 37 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 28 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 21
22 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
23 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 19 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
25 ( 35 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 25
26 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
27 ( 24 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
28 ( 22 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
29 ( 23 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
30 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30

31 ( 21 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
32 ( 26 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
33 ( 25 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
34 ( 29 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
36 ( 42 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 36
37 ( 44 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
39 ( 46 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 39
40 ( 32 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

41 ( 34 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
42 ( 33 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
43 ( NEW ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 43
44 ( 53 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 44
45 ( 38 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
46 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 46
47 ( 49 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 47
48 ( 43 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
49 ( 59 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 49
50 ( 47 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant # 47

51 ( 39 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett # 16
52 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 52
53 ( 65 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 53
54 ( 58 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 60 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 55
56 ( 52 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
57 ( NEW ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 57
58 ( 41 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps # 27
59 ( 64 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
60 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 60

61 ( 63 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 61
62 ( 50 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South # 7
63 ( 51 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture # 2
64 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 64
65 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 65
66 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 66
67 ( 68 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 67
68 ( 72 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 68
69 ( 73 ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka # 69
70 ( 75 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 70

71 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 71
72 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 73
74 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) WITH PEN IN HAND Vikki Carr # 75

(# = peak position)

RETRO THEN

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
5 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
9 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
10 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

11 ( 5 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
13 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 9 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
15 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
16 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
17 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 15 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
20 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

 

16th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for The 5th Dimension, their first chart-topper, with the Hair Medley, as the title song becomes the 3rd song from the musical to go top 30 for The Cowsills. Highest new entry is in at 10 for Desmond Dekker, outdoing 007 in fell swoop as his famous ska classic out-performs new entries from Stevie Wonder (My Cherie Amour, a fave of mine at the time, as was Desmond’s) and The Who’s Tommy single Pinball Wizard, at 25 and 34 respectively. It’s The Who’s 3rd top 40, and Stevie’s 4th. Pinball Wizard would be back in 1973 for the New Seekers, and top my charts in 1976 for Elton John’s single from the film of Tommy, platform shoes galore.

Both Ray Stevens gets a 3rd top 40 with Gitarzan and The Isley Brothers a 4th with It’s Your Thing. The Trems return with Hello World, their 9th chart entry, as The Flying Burrito Brothers debut with a future Elvis Costello cover. Lulu enters with her Elton John song that failed to get voted in to be the UK entry for Eurovision, and Les Troubadours (etc) sneak in with a song that couldnt in a million years ever chart in these 2-dimensional chart days, yet sold enough after appearing in the film If…., the counter-culture X-Rated Palm D’Ors winner at Cannes. Set in a public school, I remember seeing it for the first time late one evening in the mid-70’s when this track came on. I knew the tune, but didn’t know I knew the tune – if you know what I mean. I got hold of it on a budget “Hits of 1968” vinyl album soon after and it clicked. So what is it? It’s a 1958 Katanga province vocal version and African-styled musical version of a Latin mass originating from the Missa Luba, a Democratic Republic Of Congo religious piece written by Father Guido Haazen, a Belgian Franciscan friar. So now you know….!

 

1 ( 3 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
2 ( 1 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
5 ( 4 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
6 ( 8 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
7 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 7
8 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
9 ( 7 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
10 ( NEW ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 10

11 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
12 ( 11 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
13 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 12 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
15 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
17 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
18 ( 14 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
19 ( 25 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
20 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 20

21 ( 19 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
22 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
23 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
25 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 25
26 ( 22 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
27 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
28 ( 47 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 28
29 ( 37 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1

31 ( 43 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
32 ( 39 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 32
33 ( 36 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
34 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 34
35 ( 34 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 29 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
37 ( 57 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 37
38 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
39 ( 44 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 28 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2

41 ( 46 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 41
42 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
43 ( 49 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 52 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 44
45 ( 30 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
46 ( 31 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
47 ( 55 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 47
48 ( 32 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
49 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 49
50 ( 40 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

51 ( 33 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
52 ( 53 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 52
53 ( 48 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
54 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 41 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
56 ( 45 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
57 ( 67 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 57
58 ( 60 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 58
59 ( 61 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 64 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
62 ( 66 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 62
63 ( 65 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 63
64 ( 56 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
65 ( 59 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
66 ( NEW ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 66
67 ( 68 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( 70 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 68
69 ( 73 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 71 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 70

71 ( 72 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 71
72 ( NEW ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( 42 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
74 ( 74 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GO ON LIVING WITHOUT YOU Lulu # 75

wot I liked that week then


1 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
4 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 12 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
7 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 10 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
9 ( 4 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 15 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies

11 ( 8 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( 9 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
16 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

 

22nd March 1969

It’s a brand new entry in at 1 for Simon & Garfunkel getting their first, but not last, chart-topper with the epic, moody story-song brilliance that is The Boxer. I learnt the words by heart, and it sets up one of the greatest albums of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water) quite nicely bearing in mind the B side is also new in at 27, the jolly Baby Driver. Our neighbours in Singapore a year or so later, The Overtons, loaned us the album so I could record my fave tracks onto reel-to-reel, and I eventually bought it in 1976 and played it to death.

The Who get a might Tommy climb into the top 10, Stevie Wonder & The Cowsills add to their top 20 list, and The Trems get a high climb to 30, leaving the highest new entry that isn’t a Paul Simon song to Clodagh Rodgers debut hit Come Back & Shake Me at 40, one of two female vocal pop songs I was mad on in April of that year: t’other one is yet to enter. Kenny Young wrote the song, he of Captain Of Your Ship, Under The Boardwalk, and future hits for Fox and Yellow Dog, among many. The Ronettes enter with a future 1972 chart hit for The Pearls – You Came You Saw You Conquered, was one Fluff Freeman plugged on his chart show quite a bit (I recorded the shows in those days, at least in part), and I never knew it was a Ronettes Phil Spector song. Well, he’s on the credits at any rate, more likely it was written by the others: Toni Wine & Irwin Levine. Toni had co-written Groovy Kind Of Love, was about to join The Archies (that’s her singing on Sugar Sugar). She & Irwin went on to write Black Pearl, Candida & What Are You Doing Sunday for Dawn. Toni sang on Knock Three Times too, before they grabbed some backing singers for the rest of their chart career.

Andy Williams beats out the slower Petula Clark version of Happy Heart. Always a bit of a catchy tune that one. James Last wrote it. I’m not kidding! At 63 Johnny Thunder enters with a song I have never heard before, I’m Alive is fuzzy aggressive funkrock, and rather good, Shirley MacLaine & Sammy Davis Jr both enter with tracks from the Sweet Charity film soundtrack, I regularly have seen the movie clips in a Gran Canaria bar called Centre Stage over the last 15 years. Debbie Taylor debuts with another newie to me, a decent soul ballad, The Marbles get a soundalike follow-up, another Brothers Gibb song, and again Graham Bonnet on vocal. Finally lowest newie is Canadian band The Guess Who. Who? Better known as half of Bachman-Turner Overdrive these days (Randy Bachman).


1 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 1 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
5 ( 7 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
7 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
8 ( 10 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 8
9 ( 34 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 9
10 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6

11 ( 8 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
12 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
13 ( 11 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
14 ( 15 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
16 ( 25 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 16
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
18 ( 20 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
19 ( 28 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

21 ( 14 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
22 ( 16 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
23 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
24 ( 21 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
25 ( 18 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
26 ( 19 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
27 ( NEW ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 27
28 ( 32 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 22 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
30 ( 49 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 30

31 ( 27 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
32 ( 24 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
33 ( 26 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
34 ( 30 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
35 ( 29 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
36 ( 37 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 36
37 ( 39 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
38 ( 44 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 38
39 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
40 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 40

41 ( 35 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
42 ( 31 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
43 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 33 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
45 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 45
46 ( 62 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 46
47 ( 57 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 47
48 ( NEW ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 48
49 ( 36 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
50 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 50

51 ( 52 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
53 ( 38 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
54 ( 42 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
55 ( 63 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 55
56 ( 66 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 56
57 ( 58 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 57
58 ( NEW ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 58
59 ( 59 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 60 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 53 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
62 ( 45 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
63 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 63
64 ( NEW ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 64
65 ( 48 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
66 ( 69 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 66
67 ( 67 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 68
69 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 69
70 ( 50 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

71 ( 46 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
72 ( 72 ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 73
74 ( NEW ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 74
75 ( 56 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2

Then charts wot I liked
1 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
3 ( 10 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
6 ( 8 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
9 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
16 ( 15 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations
19 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
20 ( 17 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys

 

29th March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Boxer as the B side drives up 12 for Simon & Garfunkel, and Harlem Shuffle moves into runners-up. Highest new entry is the track I was mad on for at least the whole of April 1969, more than any other record about, Mary Hopkin’s 2nd hit, and a gift of a song from Paul McCartney – Goodbye is a record I managed to buy 8 years later, on Apple Records – and in at 9. Desmond Dekker is top 5, and Stevie Wonder top 10, Clodagh Rodgers being a sizeable leap up to 20.

Johnny Nash’s reggae cover of Sam Cooke brings Cupid straight into the 40, while The Ronettes, The Foundations, Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations, Don Partridge & Gene Pitney all find a gap at last to enter the 40. Only The Ronettes are debuts as acts (though they would have topped with Be My Baby, had my charts started earlier). In at 43, it’s another great pop soul song better-known in a later cover – by The Carpenters – the fab Hurting Each Other for Ruby & The Romantics, one-time Our Day Will Come hitsters.

The late great Scott Walker is back with his great version of If You Go Away, 5 years ahead of Terry Jack’s very breathless cover hit, while Percy Sledge returns with Ronnie Milsapp’s Any Day Now, a great song which was tucked away on the B Side of the 2nd single I ever bought (In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley) and one I played to death from September 1969 onwards in Singapore. Elvis’ version is way better, though this one is nice.

Sly & The family Stone & Martha & The Vandellas both knock their current hits out my chart in favour of new ones, The Equals return with Eddy Grant’s slipper-tree. I’ve no idea what that is. Junior Walker is also running back, while there are debuts for some 70’s stalwarts – James Taylor, he of the low-key singer-songwriter folkie with the eyes girls went for, enters with Carolina In My Mind; Tony Orlando, one-time Bless You 60’s popster, and future Dawn headliner, is in with I Was A Boy under a fake name (shades of Colin Blunstone!) and lastly John Stewart, songwriter of Daydream Believer, enters with July You’re A Woman, the original of the less-good Pat Boone version charting in April in the USA. A decade later John’d strike chart Gold.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 5 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
3 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
4 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
5 ( 8 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 5
6 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
9 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 9
10 ( 16 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 7 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
12 ( 27 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 12
13 ( 10 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
14 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
16 ( 11 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
17 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
18 ( 15 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
19 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 40 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 20

21 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
22 ( 30 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 22
23 ( 17 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
24 ( 48 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 24
25 ( 21 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
26 ( 24 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 22 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
28 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 38 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 29
30 ( 20 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

31 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
32 ( 25 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
33 ( 36 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 33
34 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
35 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
36 ( 34 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
37 ( 45 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
38 ( 47 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 38
39 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 39
40 ( 46 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 40

41 ( 26 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
42 ( 29 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
43 ( NEW ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 43
44 ( 33 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
45 ( 41 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 46
47 ( 55 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 47
48 ( 39 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
49 ( 37 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
50 ( 58 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 32 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
52 ( 63 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 52
53 ( 74 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 53
54 ( 57 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 54
55 ( 35 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
56 ( 64 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 56
57 ( 49 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
58 ( 68 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 58
59 ( 69 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 59
60 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 60

61 ( 52 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
62 ( 66 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 62
63 ( 44 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
64 ( 61 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
65 ( 51 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
66 ( 73 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 66
67 ( NEW ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 68
69 ( 42 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
70 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 70

71 ( NEW ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 71
72 ( NEW ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 72
73 ( NEW ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 74
75 ( NEW ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 17 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 2 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 15 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 5 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 8 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
10 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 6 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
15 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash
16 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations
17 ( 16 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
18 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
19 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
20 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

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My Retro February 1969 Charts

23rd February 1969

It’s the 4th chart-topper for The Bee Gees, and the 4th chart-topper in 4 weeks as the number of classic records keep on coming at a frantic pace. First Of May follows Massachussets, World and I Started A Joke to pole position. Highest new entry is The Fifth Dimension, in at 5 with another song for the musical Hair, or rather a medley of songs, as the band take a break from Laura Nyro and Jimmy Webb songs to even greater effect. Esther Phillips gets a first top 10.

Noel Harrison enters with his virtually-spoken-word rendition of Windmills Of Your Mind, the Oscar-winning Michel Legrand song used in a film I saw at the time (Mum was a huge Steve McQueen fan) The Thomas Crown Affair, and a record that a was a huge fave at the time for me. Legrand was a prolific movies score composer, notably Summer Of ’42, Harrison was the son of Rex Harrison, of My Fair Lady & Doctor Doolittle fame, and the song was later beautifully covered by Dusty Springfield, who enters with the A side of the already charting B side at 72, both from her forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis.

The Beach Boys cover I Can Hear Music enters at 32, a cover of The Ronettes 1963 Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich song. Spector has 2 in the top 4, production-wise, and Barry & Greenwich also wrote River-Deep Mountain High among loads of classic. By this time Jeff was working solo, or with others, and churning out most of The Archies notable singles, including Sugar Sugar – due later in the year. The Beach Boys actually recorded it in 1966 but by 1969 Brian had fallen into mental illness, and the rest of the band weren’t quite in the same league creatively – most of, but not all, of the time.

At 39, the first of two tracks from the Yellow Submarine soundtrack, the Beatles movie that left me feeling a bit weird when I saw it, I wasn’t keen on the animation style and the plot, though I loved the music and some of the accompanying visuals. I’ve yet to buy the album, as most of the tracks I have elsewhere – except the two entering this week. One of Cliff’s Eurovision-style singles calls in for some Good Times at 52, Roger’s Cook & Greenaway well into their hit-making phase – see Engelbert’s track adjacent for another – and not long before Blue Mink became a thing for Cook, but after David & Jonathan (both Roger’s) had ceased to be a thing.

The Isley Brothers get a 3rd track on the chart, but with an actual current track this time, the funky contemporary-sounding It’s Your Thing, which sounded very like a later Banana Splits track featured on their show. Not Tra La La! Jamo Thomas enters with a future minor hit for The Untouchables 16 years on as the US belatedly gets into ska/mod music, Diana, Supremes, Tempts all replace themselves in the 75 as the big hit drops out, and Gladys with her Pips take anchor slot.

1 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 4 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
4 ( 6 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
5 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension
6 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
7 ( 5 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 7 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
9 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 13 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips

11 ( 8 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
12 ( 19 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
13 ( 11 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
14 ( 10 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
16 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
19 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 17 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies

21 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
22 ( 18 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
23 ( 50 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan
24 ( 36 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
25 ( 22 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
26 ( 21 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
27 ( 33 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
28 ( 30 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
29 ( 37 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
30 ( 23 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move

31 ( 25 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
32 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
33 ( 29 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
34 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
35 ( 43 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
36 ( 39 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
37 ( 40 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair
38 ( 24 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
39 ( NEW ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles
40 ( 35 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 26 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
42 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 28 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
44 ( 46 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
45 ( 38 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
46 ( 34 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
47 ( 31 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
48 ( 44 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
49 ( 54 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
50 ( 57 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

51 ( 41 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
52 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
53 ( 45 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
54 ( 69 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
55 ( 59 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
56 ( NEW ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles
57 ( 68 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
58 ( 65 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
59 ( 66 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
60 ( 71 ) HAIR The Cowsills

61 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
63 ( 55 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
64 ( NEW ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers
65 ( 58 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 70 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
67 ( 47 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
68 ( 72 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
69 ( 73 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
70 ( 74 ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx

71 ( 75 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge
72 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas
74 ( NEW ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) DIDN’T YOU KNOW (YOU’D HAVE TO CRY SOMETIME) Gladys Knight & The Pips

Wot I liked then charts

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
3 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
4 ( 7 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
7 ( 5 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
8 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 6 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 9 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

11 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
12 ( 10 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
13 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
14 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
15 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 12 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
17 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( 15 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
19 ( 16 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( 14 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson

16th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the 1965 classic that keeps coming back again and again in the UK charts, because it’s epic Phil Spector and epic vocals from Bill & Bobby. Highest new entry are The Bee Gees replacing themselves in the top 10 with the gorgeous First Of May, possibly their least-covered early great, which bewilders me somewhat, subtle and brilliant as it is. It keeps up the top 2 chart runs of most of their singles to date in my charts, as Glen Campbell keeps up a classic run of top 5 tracks with Jimmy Webb’s brilliant Galveston in at 4 appearing 6 months earlier than I associate it with, as it enters the US charts.

The top 10 has had a big make-over, as Ike & Tina get a first top 10, and Dean Martin gets his first too covering Glen Campbell. Dusty Springfield’s follow-up single in the US hasn’t charted here, off the forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis album, but the B side has: Breakfast In Bed, a future biggie in the 80’s for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde. The Beatles latest album also not yet featured, but next week should fix that! Cilla & The Monkees climb into the 40, and The Love Affair get a 4th chart entry at 40.

Other newies, Barry Ryan follows up with another histrionic track, albeit not quite the complete song that was Eloise, at 50, as more bubblegum joins the newies for Crazy Elephant, reggae Stevie Wonder for David Isaacs, jazzrock Blood, Sweat & Tears, and the Cowsills return with another Hair cover, this one the unlikely choice of Hair itself for the youngsters. Sly & his family also return to keep the family band connections in the chart many and varied, as Inez & Charlie Foxx do the same as the brother-sister duo bring their 1963 track into the UK charts belatedly but 5 years ahead of husband-wife Carly Simon & James Taylor’s hit cover. Lastly one-man band, with no familial links, does it all himself again for the 3rd time as he breakfasts on Pluto. I assume he means the frozen downgraded dwarf planet (it’s round, let’s just call them “worlds” regardless of where they orbit or size) as opposed to the dog, which would be unhygienic and might annoy Disney.

 

1 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
2 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
6 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
7 ( 4 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
8 ( 10 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
9 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 5 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 7 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
12 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
14 ( 9 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 8 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 6 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
18 ( 13 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
19 ( 21 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
20 ( 26 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass

21 ( 15 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
22 ( 18 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
23 ( 19 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
24 ( 20 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
25 ( 22 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
26 ( 28 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
27 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 23 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
29 ( 40 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 38 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson

31 ( 37 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
32 ( 24 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
33 ( 34 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
34 ( 25 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
35 ( 30 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
36 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
37 ( 43 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
38 ( 31 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
39 ( 56 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
40 ( NEW ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair

41 ( 32 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
42 ( 44 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 54 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
44 ( 41 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
45 ( 50 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
46 ( 48 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
47 ( 39 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
48 ( 35 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
49 ( 29 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
50 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan

51 ( 33 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
52 ( 42 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
53 ( 36 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
54 ( 59 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
55 ( 45 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
56 ( 52 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
58 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
59 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
60 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin

61 ( 46 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
62 ( 47 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
63 ( 57 ) ELENORE The Turtles
64 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
65 ( 68 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
66 ( 71 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
67 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
68 ( NEW ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
69 ( NEW ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
70 ( 75 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

71 ( NEW ) HAIR The Cowsills
72 ( NEW ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 74 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
74 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx
75 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 2 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
3 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
6 ( 3 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
7 ( 10 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

11 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 15 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
15 ( 11 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
16 ( 12 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
17 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 18 ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
20 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone

 

 

9th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the classic Where Do You Go To, Peter Sartedt’s only chart-topper, just holding off the highest new entry from The Righteous Brothers, their 1965 classic Phil Spector UK chart-topper, while the 2nd highest is also a Phil Spector epic production for Ike & Tina Turner at 16, which peaked at 2 in 1966 in the UK – and stiffed in the US, shockingly. My mum absolutely loved You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (and still does) at the time, and I liked it too. As the years went by, like turned to love, then adore, then worship. It’s one of the greatest records of all-time no question, no male duo vocal performance can get even close to Bobby Hatfield & Bill Medley’s battling, and the production is perfect. Contrast with Cilla’s pleasant hit version, and just see the difference. Cilla gets the highest new entry by way of compensation with Surround Yourself With Sorrow, a record I liked even more than The Righteous Brothers at the time.

Nazz go top 10 5 years ahead of Todd Rundgren’s version going top 5, Nina Simone goes top 10 31 years ahead of Sonique’s big hit version, River Deep goes top 20 2 years ahead of the Supremes and Four Tops cover, & The Banana Splits go top 30, as the first TV group enter with Teardrop City, The Monkees being down to 3 at this time, as Peter Tork had left the building for the first in a still-continuing rotating membership – The last Monkees album came out at Christmas 2018 with contributions from the surviving 3 members, but they usually feature an old Davy track revamped. Still love ’em. Seen them 2 or 3 times, always brings tears of joyful nostalgia to my eye.

Sandie Shaw was a huge childhood fave, still is, but she never liked Monsieur Dupont and it was generally excluded from hits collections, which annoyed me cos I loved it way back when. 50 years later, I can see why she isn’t over-fond, it’s a bit twee with those backing girlie la-la’s, but still I have affection for it’s dated charm. Jerry Butler gets a 3rd entry with a song covered by Billy Paul 4 or 5 years on, while Curtis Mayfield’s band keeps them coming at a frantic pace, always classy.

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
5 ( 8 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
7 ( 5 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
8 ( 6 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
10 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone

11 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 10 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
14 ( 19 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
15 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
16 ( NEW ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
17 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
19 ( 12 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
20 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits

21 ( 23 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
22 ( 18 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
23 ( 15 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
24 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
25 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
26 ( 31 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
27 ( 22 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 47 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
29 ( 32 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
30 ( 29 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

31 ( 28 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
32 ( 26 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
33 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
34 ( 54 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
35 ( 24 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
36 ( 25 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
37 ( 42 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
38 ( 44 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
39 ( 36 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
40 ( 43 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
42 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
43 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
44 ( NEW ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
45 ( 38 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
46 ( 40 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
47 ( 41 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
48 ( 50 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
49 ( 33 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
50 ( 57 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick

51 ( 34 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
52 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
53 ( 46 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
54 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
55 ( 39 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
56 ( NEW ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
57 ( 53 ) ELENORE The Turtles
58 ( 45 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
59 ( 61 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
60 ( 62 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

61 ( 58 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
62 ( 59 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
63 ( 60 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
64 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 56 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
67 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 71 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
69 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( 49 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
72 ( 51 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
73 ( NEW ) BACK DOOR MAN Derek aka Johnny Cymbal
74 ( NEW ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
75 ( NEW ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 6 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
3 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
5 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
13 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
15 ( 19 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
16 ( 18 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 17 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
19 ( 20 ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
20 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

 

 

2nd February 1969

It’s a first week on top for Amen Corner with their fab UK chart-topper knocking off a future UK chart-topper, with both holding off the highest new entry from another future UK chart-topper: Peter Sarstedt and his Frenchified folk classic Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? I knew every word to the song, being as I loved it, and had the words cut out of Weekend magazine along with most big hits of 1969 to read, singalong to and learn. Just because I can, I’m going to say of this chart I’ve seen the following in concert: Andy Fairweather-Low, Tommy Roe, Peter Sarstedt, The Zombies & Colin Blunstone, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Wood, Peter Noone, The Manfreds & Paul Jones, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones, Dave Edmunds, Mary Wilson, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Marv Johnson, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Chi-Lites, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich…so I’m pretty loyal all in all and no wonder my hearing in one ear is damaged a bit.

The Zombies are up to 4 as Colin Blunstone disguises himself badly in the UK for a cover of his own classic with Rod Argent, She’s Not There, a future Santana hit as well (who I’ve also seen in concert), in at 23. Second highest entry is the 1944 song covered by Esther Phillips, I love her voice, have never heard this track before (a previous hit for Glen Campbell & future Ronnie Milsap US smash) but it’s so classy she enters at 19 a full 6 years ahead of her UK hit update of a similarly fab classic song What A Diffrence A Day Makes. Deano is in too at 20 with his laidback vocal cover of a previous Glen Campbell hit, Gentle On My Mind, as featured no doubt on his entertaining variety show of the time – that’ll be both Dean and Glen.

The Five Stairsteps get yet another entry, not bad for a band I’d never heard of until a year ago – think a black soulful Cowsills, as in 5 kids from the same family – while The Hump keeps the ballads coming too. Stevie Wonder turns 18 and returns with another goodie, and The Tempts also return with a marathon social soulfunk effort just as solo Temptation David Ruffin debuts 7 years ahead of his UK debut with the fab Walk Away With Love. The Grass Roots cover Marmalade, Paul Jones covers Hair classic Aquarius, Carla Thomas returns, The Delfonics return, Johnny Nash gets his You Got Soul B-side sneaking in, Johnny Johnson gets top billing with the Bandwagon, and Badfinger debut. Well, called The Iveys, on Apple, I have the album, but this was the flop single.

In my charts of the time Donald Peers is at 3, and doesn’t chart at all in 2019, The Move top my charts, and a lot of tracks are about the same position, and some aren’t!

1 ( 10 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 13 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
5 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
6 ( 2 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 14 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
8 ( 12 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 8 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
13 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 17 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 5 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
16 ( 11 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 20 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
18 ( 26 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
19 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
20 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

21 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
22 ( 16 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
23 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
24 ( 15 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
25 ( 19 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
26 ( 18 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
28 ( 23 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
32 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
33 ( 22 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
34 ( 39 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
35 ( 29 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
36 ( 28 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
37 ( 34 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
38 ( 31 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
39 ( 44 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
40 ( 33 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

41 ( 35 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
42 ( 53 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
43 ( 48 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
44 ( 50 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
45 ( 25 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
46 ( 32 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
47 ( 64 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
48 ( 42 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 36 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
50 ( 68 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites

51 ( 37 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
52 ( 40 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
53 ( 49 ) ELENORE The Turtles
54 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
55 ( 41 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
56 ( 58 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
57 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
58 ( 55 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( 56 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
60 ( 57 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark

61 ( 66 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
62 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
63 ( 54 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
64 ( NEW ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 47 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
67 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 62 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
69 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( NEW ) I LIKE WHAT YOU’RE DOING (TO ME) Carla Thomas

71 ( NEW ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
72 ( NEW ) YOU Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon
73 ( 51 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS Paul Jones
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Iveys

2nd Feb Retro-Then
1 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
4 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 9 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
10 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade

11 ( 7 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 11 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
15 ( 10 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
16 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
20 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett

The Zombies Live at Wimborne Tivoli Theatre 31st May 2013

The latest in my occasional concert reviews…maybe I’ll go back to some old classics if I kept the notes,, sometime. Meantime, hot off the press….

There are few bands from the 60’s with critical acclaim still touring in 2013, but happily The Zombies remain one of the few. Both 67, the leading lights are keyboardist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone, and you’d think they were a decade or two younger. I was too young for the The Zombies in the 60’s, though I was aware of them, and knew She’s Not There, but by 1972 they made an impact on my musical life: I got into the group Argent in late ’71, when legendary Alan Freeman played Hold Your Head Up and I recorded it on my reel to reel tape, and then in early ’72 I actually used my pocket money to buy Colin’s “Say You Don’t Mind” which I was mad on for a while. In those days, singles were almost 50pence, compared to about 79pence downloads now. The equivalent would be about £5 now I guess, cost of living adjusted, so you really had to want a single enough to save up for it!

Mores great singles followed for another year, then that was about it until I started going to Florida on holiday in the 90’s when oldies radio heavily played a song called Time Of The Season which I loved. Turns out album Odessey and Oracle is a bit of a referenced classic by hip acts young and old (Weller to Foo Fighters to Vaccines), and listed in Greatest album charts, despite stiffing on first release. Back together again, the Zombies have produced decent stuff over the last few years and are an actual active 60’s band making good music. Hooray!

So, Wimborne Tivoli’s theatre, I’m ashamed to say I’d never been before, despite living down the road, it’s a charming sort of 1930’s art deco venue, and just the right place to see a 1960’s charming arty act. Colin Blunstone’s honeysweet vocals were the big question, as some of the solo stuff in particular has challenging ranges, and I wasn’t sure if he’d get that final note in Denny laine’s Say You Don’t Mind. He did! Coming over as a likeable slightly-gangly Bambi figure, not much of a stage mover, that was more-or-less how I remembered him on now-tragically-lost (as far as I know) Top Of The Pops performances, and didn’t mind at all as his voice was the Main Thing.

Argent’s TOTP performances are also (as far as I know) also now-tragically-lost, but Rod Argent gave a couple of Argent’s keyboard-driven rock classics of theirs that brought a nostalgic tear to my eye, it was great to hear those largely-period-sounding organ sounds again, and Rod came over as an outward-going likeable crowd-pleaser. Great co-musicians, long-time and recent, it was a good evening, and quite varied, from the jazz-flavoured early Zombies and recent stuff, a bit of rock, gentle ballads, Gershwin & Little Anthony covers, and of course the psychedelic classics along with a great Alan Parsons Project song. It was always going to be a tough ask to do a strings version of Say You Don’t Mind, so we got a more uptempo version, and we got a fairly accurate version of Dave Stewart’s What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted (Colin sang lead on it) which I was never that excited by, the single version being a bit 80’s synthalong. Colin’s much better than that, so I would have preferred a stripped-down version of voice and organ, if I can nitpick a bit. Other than that, I say, if you get the chance, go along! I’d also add, at £18 a ticket, that’s the biggest concert bargain you’ll find anywhere, never mind for 60’s pop legends. There’s a little combo from then called the Strolling Stones, I think, who charge about £18 too. Per track.

These were my faves on the night, but there were plenty of others I enjoyed without knowing:

  1. Time Of The Season
  2. Hold Your Head Up
  3. She’s Not There
  4. God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You
  5. I Don’t Believe In Miracles (+ = 5. Goin’ Out Of My Head)
  6. Summertime
  7. Old And Wise
  8. Say You Don’t Mind
  9. A Rose For Emily
  10. Tell Her No
  11. This Will Be Our Year
  12. Care Of Cell 44
  13. I Love You
  14. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
  15. You Really Got A Hold Of Me.