My Retro October 1968 Charts

6th October 1968

It’s a brand new entry at 1, a second chart-topper for Diana Ross & The Supremes, last time it was the psychedelic drama of Reflections, this time it’s the social drama of Love Child, co-written by R. Dean Taylor, so his 3rd chart-topper as a songwriter. I adored this record over Xmas/New Year of 68/69 but it never topped my charts, peaking at 2. As the song that dethroned Hey Jude from the top of the USA charts I think keeping everything from the top in my chart is only appropriate, cos it’s still sheer brilliance.

The top end of my chart is so chocka-filled with classic faves most records are struggling to get a look-in to the upper echelons, but Billie Davis has given it a go with her Ellie Greenwich cover (it charted in 1967 in my last-year retro charts), it’s a terrific fresh-sounding song-with-a-rap from Billie herself – the video of her performing it is well-worth checking out (the one with DLT introducing), and it’s in at 17 the day after a Chinese Language cover of it featured in the film I saw yesterday: Crazy Rich Asians, largely set in wealthy Singapore. In the less-wealthy rented houses in Singapore where I lived a year later a radio fave was Glen Campbell’s version of Bobby Goldsboro’s The Straight Life, a great jaunty song, and the original enters at 45 while Glen’s album track cover of Mary In The Morning pops in lower.

New at 20, one of the all-time greatest TV themes, The Ventures’ hugely-exciting instrumental Hawaii Five-0, helped no end by the title sequence mix of exotic tropical locales, sharp, short edits, and clips of the cast – it was years ahead of it’s time, and the show ran for 12 years. By 1975 I’d been watching it for years and the single was back out in the UK where it duly made my charts then, not least because some of the title sequences reminded me of Singapore, which was undergoing full-blown nostalgia for me, then at the ripe old age of 17 harking back to the good old days.

Dion’s original version of the lament to the murders of some important political figures enters at 22, later covered by Marvin Gaye to UK success, and giving him a very different career resurgence years after the teen pop of The Wanderer and Runaraound Sue. Garage Rock from The Shadows Of Knight bounds into the 30, it’s new to me and great rocking, while The Royal Guardsmen drop Snoopy and take up covering The Rascals rather well, in at 41. The Easybeats enter at 74, years later a great hit cover for INXS and Jimmy Barnes, and at 75, it’s a 3rd Albert Hammond song in the chart (Leapy Lee, Quo and this one from British Band The Magic Lanterns who had American chart success).

1 ( NEW ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 2 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5 ( 4 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
7 ( 5 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
8 ( 10 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
9 ( 6 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 7 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 9 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 16 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
14 ( 11 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
15 ( 13 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
16 ( 20 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
18 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
19 ( 24 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
20 ( NEW ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

21 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
23 ( 19 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
24 ( 18 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
25 ( 21 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
26 ( 22 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
27 ( 27 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
28 ( 17 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
29 ( 56 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
30 ( 34 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus

31 ( 25 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
32 ( 26 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
33 ( 23 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
34 ( 36 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
35 ( 31 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
36 ( 28 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
37 ( 32 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
38 ( 38 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
39 ( 49 ) LALENA Donovan
40 ( 41 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five

41 ( NEW ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Rpyal Guardsmen
42 ( 29 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
43 ( 37 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
44 ( 33 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
45 ( NEW ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
46 ( 55 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
47 ( 30 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
48 ( 57 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
49 ( 35 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
50 ( 46 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana

51 ( 45 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
52 ( 39 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
53 ( 40 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
54 ( NEW ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
55 ( 58 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
57 ( 53 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( 43 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
59 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
60 ( 70 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

61 ( 51 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
62 ( 63 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
63 ( 42 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
64 ( 61 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
65 ( 66 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
66 ( 52 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
67 ( 60 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
68 ( 47 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
69 ( 71 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
70 ( 72 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers

71 ( 44 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
72 ( 73 ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express
73 ( 64 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
74 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES The Easybeats
75 ( NEW ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns

6th Oct Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 14 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 5 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
5 ( 3 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
6 ( 6 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
7 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
8 ( 4 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
9 ( 12 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 19 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles

11 ( 7 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
12 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
13 ( 10 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 11 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
15 ( 8 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
16 ( 15 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
17 ( 13 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
18 ( 16 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
19 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
20 ( 20 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

 

13th October 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for Love Child, just an epic soul melodrama. If there’s one consistent thing I love about 1968 pop, it’s the high drama, and there’s another on the way next week. Cupid’s Inspiration make it 2 consecutive top 5’s, as the Moody Blues get a 3rd of the year, and Dave Dee & Co make it 3 top 10’s. Graham Bonnet gets his first ever top 10, and The Bee Gees add to their top 10 songs, via The Marbles’ Only One Woman. Oddly enough playing marbles was a huge fave activity at that time, with other RAF kids. My faves were those with 3 colours, smaller than the usual ones. Nothing better than going home with multi-coloured new marbles you’d won. Horrible going home having lost your faves.

Highest new entry is the Nina Simone classic “Hair” cover, Ain’t Got No…I Got Life, which topped my original charts in late ’68, then lay forgotten for decades by the whole world till a 21st century remix of a different recording by Nina with different lyrics took off. That version was upbeat and annoying after a while. Give me the emotive original any day. Dion goes top 20 – he’d be back in 1976 with The Wanderer reissue, though. Ennio Morricone’s original score for The Good The Bad & The Ugly enters at 24, Hugo Montenegro’s catchier pop version already having gone top 10 earlier in the year, as The Four Tops keep up the top 30’s, and Johnny Johnson brings his Bandwagon to a Northern Soul debut at 31.

Talking of Northern Soul, Gene Chandler covers James Brown well, lower down the chart, The Locomotive’s fab reggae gem pops in at 47, Mama Cass’ dramatic California Earthquake shakes in at 52, Dionne Warwick and Elvis both replace themselves in the top 75, one with a Bacharach tune one with a standard gospel cover – no prizes for guessing which is which. That leaves funky Johnny Taylor and spaced-out Monkees and porpoises to round things off.

1 ( 1 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 6 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
5 ( 8 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
6 ( 4 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
7 ( 5 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
8 ( 7 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 16 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 19 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet

11 ( 9 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 ( 10 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
13 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
14 ( 11 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
15 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
16 ( NEW ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
17 ( 22 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
18 ( 13 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
19 ( 15 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
20 ( 20 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

21 ( 14 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
22 ( 29 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
23 ( 18 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
24 ( NEW ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
25 ( 27 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
26 ( 26 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
27 ( 23 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
28 ( 25 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
29 ( 21 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
30 ( 46 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops

31 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
32 ( 39 ) LALENA Donovan
33 ( 24 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
34 ( 45 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
35 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
36 ( 32 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
37 ( 41 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Rpyal Guardsmen
38 ( 33 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
39 ( 54 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
40 ( 35 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

41 ( 28 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
42 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
43 ( 34 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
44 ( 37 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
45 ( 60 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
46 ( 30 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
47 ( NEW ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
48 ( 43 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
49 ( 59 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
50 ( 38 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck

51 ( 36 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
52 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
53 ( 42 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
54 ( 70 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
55 ( 50 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
56 ( 51 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
57 ( 69 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
58 ( 44 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
59 ( 40 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
60 ( 56 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

61 ( 49 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
62 ( 62 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
63 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 75 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
65 ( 65 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
66 ( 47 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
67 ( NEW ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
68 ( 64 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
69 ( 61 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
70 ( 72 ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express

71 ( NEW ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
72 ( 74 ) GOOD TIMES The Easybeats
73 ( NEW ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
74 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Elvis Presley
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor

 

20th October 1968

It’s straight in on top for Barry Ryan and his brother Paul’s epic Eloise. It was a great arrangement in more ways than one: Paul gave up the pop life, Barry got centre stage, and Paul wrote some great songs. Eloise is Epic with a capital E, histrionic, lush, dramatic and full-bodied. Much as I loved The Damned version, this one is the bees-knees and should be regarded as a classic. Talking of classics, Glen Campbell’s timeless Jim Webb song Wichita Lineman enters at 3, an atmospheric evocative laid-back and emotional lush brilliance, a perfect record. Such is the quality of records that another epic, albeit a two-year-old Motown minor hit come back to the dancefloors, has to settle for 5: The Isley Brothers brilliant This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) is still one of the most exciting 60’s tracks to dance to, frantic, urgent, beats-galore with a passionate vocal from Ronald Isley and a Holland-Dozier-Holland song on the top of their game. Covered by many, not least 2 dull efforts from Rod Stewart (one of them drafting in Ronald Isley himself), nothing can touch the genius of the original.

Eloise topped my chart originally in November 1968, Nina Simone did it a few weeks later but has to settle now for 9, as Ennio’s original Spaghetti Western theme version hits the top 10, a la Hugo Montenegro, cos I love both versions. A classic I associate with Singapore 1970 (it was a UK hit that year and got radio play over there) enters early for Judy Collins at 22, and her fab version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Pretty, and touching, still. Glen did a great cover in 1970 too. Stevie drops his pseudonym for For Once In My Life, a jazzed-up version with a bit of life to it (in contrast to Jackie Wilson’s version also in the US charts), at 34.

Others new to the chart: Marmalade back with another tuneful ballad; Tammy Wynette’s monster 1975 country ballad turns up 7 years early in the US charts for her 2nd 1975 hit of the year, and she’s still standing by her anthem. It’s a good’un but I’ll take her standing by the JAMM’s anyday. That Olympic-themed ballad enters, one I loved at the time, but not quite so much these days, Long John Baldry and Mexico. That was the first Olympics I remember watching (I was aware of the theme tune to the Tokyo Olympics, and loved it, but the games themselves didn’t stick in my memory like the Mexico games). A good Clarence Carter track enters, new to me, ditto yet another Gamble & Huff Peaches & Herb collaboration, and for old times sake as I loved Val Doonican back in the day, one of his more lacklustre country ballads taking up the weight of those above in the top 75.

1 ( NEW ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
6 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
7 ( 4 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
8 ( 5 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
9 ( 16 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
10 ( 24 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone

11 ( 7 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
12 ( 6 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
14 ( 11 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
15 ( 12 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
16 ( 9 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
18 ( 10 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
19 ( 15 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
20 ( 14 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon

21 ( 13 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
22 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
23 ( 19 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
24 ( 21 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
25 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
26 ( 18 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
27 ( 20 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
28 ( 30 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
29 ( 31 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
30 ( 32 ) LALENA Donovan

31 ( 22 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
32 ( 28 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
33 ( 27 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
34 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
35 ( 45 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
36 ( 29 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
37 ( 37 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
38 ( 25 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
39 ( 39 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
40 ( 49 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas

41 ( 35 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
43 ( 36 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
44 ( 47 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
45 ( 34 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
46 ( 40 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
47 ( 52 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
48 ( 33 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
49 ( 38 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
50 ( 26 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye

51 ( 44 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
52 ( 54 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
53 ( 48 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
54 ( NEW ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
55 ( 41 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
56 ( NEW ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
57 ( 57 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
58 ( 55 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
59 ( 56 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
60 ( 67 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler

61 ( 51 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
62 ( 43 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
63 ( 60 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
64 ( 64 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
65 ( NEW ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
66 ( 53 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
67 ( 46 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
68 ( 71 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
69 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
70 ( 50 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck

71 ( 73 ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
72 ( 75 ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor
73 ( NEW ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
74 ( NEW ) LET’S MAKE A PROMISE Peaches And Herb
75 ( NEW ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican

retro 70’s
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 3 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 10 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
5 ( 6 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
7 ( 9 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
8 ( 4 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
9 ( 12 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
10 ( 5 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5

11 ( 8 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
12 ( 14 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 11 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
15 ( 15 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
16 ( 19 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
17 ( 16 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
18 ( 17 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
19 ( NEW ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
20 ( NEW ) ELOISE Barry Ryan

 

27th October 1968

It’s a second week on top for the epic Barry Ryan, holding off a 5-way challenge from 5 other very deserving shoulda-been chart-toppers. Ennio meanwhile does as well as Hugo’s cover did a few months back, with Judy Collins and The Ventures being held out of the top 10 by virtue of sheer brilliance above them. Mama Cass gets a second solo top 40, and Tammy Wynette grabs a first 7 years earlier than she did in my actual 1975 charts.

In a quiet week for new releases worth charting, it became time to scour the album charts, hence a sudden mini-invasion of musicals extracts that deserve attention, notably Barbra Streisand’s showtune stormer Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl. saw it at the pictures in 1969/70 at one or other RAF cinema, and dad bought the 4-track EP containing this track in Singapore in 1970. I wasn’t so fussed about the ballads, like People, but this one was a fabbie, and so in at 49.

Close behind at 53, Edwin Starr is back with his stonking 25 Miles – a future big part of the Cookie Crew’s 1989 smash Got To Keep On. Betty Everett’s oldie charts in the UK for some reason, a good 23 years or so before Cher blasted it into pieces, and 7 years before Linda Lewis did the definitive disco version of It’s In His Kiss (note no Shoop Shoop’s in that fab version). Ronnie Dyson debuts as one of the teenage leads in Hair, off Broadway, 3 years ahead of his own UK chart hit, and 1 year ahead of the US chart-topping superior version of Aquarius by The Fifth Dimension. Booker T & The MG’s fancy up Hang ‘Em High, much as Hugo Montenegro already did earlier in the year, giving Ennio Morricone a second chart song this week. Finally, it’s Malcolm Roberts at 75, fort some reason I was a big fan of May I Have The Next Dream’s 1930’s stylee crooning at the time – as will be shown by the actual 1930’s Donald Peers in 1969 which I also loved. Neither of them are tracks I would choose to play these days, but for old time’s sake….in at 75.

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 3 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 5 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( 10 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
6 ( 9 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 4 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
9 ( 6 ) ELENORE The Turtles
10 ( 8 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

11 ( 22 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 27 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
13 ( 11 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
14 ( 13 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
15 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
16 ( 14 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( 15 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
18 ( 21 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
19 ( 12 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
20 ( 19 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark

21 ( 18 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
22 ( 29 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
23 ( 16 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
24 ( 23 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
25 ( 28 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
26 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
27 ( 24 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
28 ( 20 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
29 ( 26 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
30 ( 34 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder

31 ( 35 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
32 ( 54 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
33 ( 47 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
34 ( 37 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
35 ( 40 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
36 ( 32 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
37 ( 33 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
38 ( 44 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
39 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
40 ( 56 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

41 ( 31 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
42 ( 30 ) LALENA Donovan
43 ( 36 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
44 ( 41 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
45 ( 39 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
46 ( 52 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
47 ( 43 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
48 ( 46 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
49 ( NEW ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
50 ( 38 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker

51 ( 45 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
52 ( 60 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
53 ( NEW ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
54 ( 49 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
55 ( 65 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
56 ( 57 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
57 ( 53 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
58 ( 51 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
59 ( 64 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
60 ( 48 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones

61 ( 58 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
62 ( 59 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
63 ( 68 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
64 ( 50 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
65 ( 63 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
66 ( 71 ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
67 ( 55 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
68 ( NEW ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
69 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
70 ( 72 ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor

71 ( NEW ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
72 ( 73 ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
73 ( 61 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
74 ( 74 ) LET’S MAKE A PROMISE Peaches And Herb
75 ( NEW ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts

what I liked then via a retro chart compiled mid-70’s
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 4 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
4 ( 9 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
5 ( 3 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
7 ( 5 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
9 ( 20 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 8 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes

11 ( 16 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
12 ( 19 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
13 ( 12 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
14 ( 10 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
15 ( NEW ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( 14 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
17 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
19 ( 11 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
20 ( 15 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams

My Retro September 1968 Charts

1st September 1968

This is where it all started for me: Hey Jude at Number One and Those Were The Days becoming my first chart obsession, so The Beatles enter at 1 and Mary Hopkin at 2, for an Apple double. Hey Judee was an is an anthem, and their finest and moment popular moment, Mary’s version of an old Russian folk song was stunning, fresh off Opportunity Knocks, and better than the X Factor fodder spun off these days as a debut single. Revolution should have been a double A side really, one of the Beatles great John Lennon moments, and enters at 10 giving the new Apple label 30% of the top 10. That edges out Hendrix’ classic version of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower at 12. That intro is pure genius. Billie Davis goes top 20, as a load of high new entries pushes down lots of tracks.

Jack Jones version of Nilsson’s gorgeous Without Her is better than the original, he’s dropped the annoying doo doo’s and upped the orhcestral drama a bit. I first heard it in Singapore, on radio where MOR ruled, and recorded it on dad’s reel-to-reel. Still love it. In at a lowly 49, it’s my future obsession The Archies. In Singapore there was precious little television pop music, so the kids TV show was a big fave for the songs (the cartoon itself is excruciating to sit through these days) most of them not singles but written by Jeff Barry, Andy Kim (who has his own lower down) and some other professionals like Mark Barkan & Ritchie Adams. Jeff Barry did Bang-Shang-A-Lang, It’s pure bubblegum, and was one of the tracks on The Archies EP I got for Xmas 1970 (I wanted Sugar Sugar badly), good quality expensive vinyl with a picture cover and inner sleeve, hazzah! This track was a US hit and was released this week.

Gary Puckett gets his 4th chart entry, Over You, Marc Bolan his 2nd, still in his elf period, and a catchy ditty I knew but didn’t know I knew, being as I havent heard it in decades and had forgotten all about it, is Girl Watcher for The O’Kaysions at 67

1 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 3 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 1 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
6 ( 6 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
7 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
8 ( 5 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
9 ( 8 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
10 ( NEW ) REVOLUTION The Beatles

11 ( 7 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
12 ( NEW ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13 ( 9 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 10 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
15 ( 11 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
16 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
17 ( 13 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
18 ( 22 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
19 ( 12 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
20 ( 15 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

21 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
22 ( 25 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
23 ( 17 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 19 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
25 ( 14 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
26 ( 27 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
27 ( 18 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
28 ( 21 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
29 ( 35 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
30 ( 33 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde

31 ( 20 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
32 ( 26 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
33 ( 29 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
34 ( 24 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
35 ( 37 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
36 ( 23 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
38 ( 44 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( 42 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 34 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

41 ( 28 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
42 ( 31 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
43 ( 38 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
44 ( 39 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
45 ( 36 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
46 ( 49 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick
47 ( 30 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
48 ( 41 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
49 ( NEW ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
50 ( 50 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues

51 ( 32 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
52 ( 47 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
53 ( 56 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
54 ( 43 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
55 ( 51 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
56 ( 58 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
57 ( NEW ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
58 ( 46 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
59 ( 52 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
60 ( 65 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

61 ( 61 ) THE WEIGHT The Band
62 ( 66 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
63 ( 57 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
64 ( 71 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
65 ( 48 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
66 ( NEW ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
67 ( NEW ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
68 ( 53 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
69 ( 69 ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
70 ( 45 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

71 ( 54 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
72 ( 73 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions
73 ( 62 ) MAGIC BUS The Who
74 ( 74 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
75 ( 64 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone

1st Sept MY FIRST 1968 RETRO CHART aka Wot I Liked Then

So what’s all this then, a bonus chart? No this is my UK-top-30 based charts starting this week as compiled in the early 70’s with memories of what I liked in 1968 – nostalgia sets in early in your teens, and I wanted to fill in the gaps in between some actual charts of the time. Hey Jude was Ground Zero for me, it was the week I discovered Alan Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops on the radio, and that was that from then on – sat in the dining room at RAF Swinderby, flitting between Land Of The Giants on TV and back again to the radio. The chart countdown became a huge event for me.

Differences? well Hey Jude on top, and most songs peaking higher than in my 2018 retro charts owing to less competition, and a wider awareness of tracks I didnt know at the time. Novelty jolly pop does much better in my kiddie days, most notably Sunshine Girl at 8, instead of scraping into the top 30 in my charts, and Little Arrows at 10, instead of 22. The top 75 is the definitive cos it’s what I like now, the other is what I liked then, 50 years ago.

1 HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
3 KEEP ON Bruce Channel
4 HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
5 THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
7 THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
8 SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee

11 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
12 HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
13 DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
14 DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
15 MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
16 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
17 LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 I PRETEND Des O’Connor
19 JESAMINE The Casuals
20 FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

 

8th September 1968

The Beatles are knocked off after one week by the only track I loved more at the time: Mary Hopkin. Both have added to weeks on top in the years since, though Hey Jude takes preference these days. In at 4, the pop cliche mickey-take that is still brilliant in it’s own right, and topped my charts towards the end of 1968 originally, but early here thanks to US charting. The Love Affair get a 3rd, The 5th Dimension are back with yet again another Laura Nyro song, Red Red Wine version 2 enters for Jimmy James, England Dan & John Ford Coley sneak in, as does Todd Rundgren, and all of those acts will be charting heavily into the 70’s – bar The Love Affair. Bobby Parris meanwhile has his version of Wigan’s Ovation minor 1975 UK cover, Northern Soul natch.

1 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
3 ( 6 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
4 ( NEW ) ELENORE The Turtles
5 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 4 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
7 ( 5 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
8 ( 10 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 12 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
10 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

11 ( 9 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
12 ( 8 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
13 ( 11 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 21 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
15 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
16 ( 14 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
17 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( 18 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
19 ( 26 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
20 ( 17 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass

21 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
22 ( 22 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
23 ( 20 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
24 ( 19 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
25 ( 29 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
26 ( 30 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
27 ( 35 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
28 ( 28 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
29 ( 57 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
30 ( 23 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
32 ( 25 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
33 ( 38 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
34 ( 27 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
35 ( 49 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
36 ( 39 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
37 ( 33 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
38 ( NEW ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
39 ( 32 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
40 ( 56 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye

41 ( 31 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
42 ( 34 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
43 ( 53 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
44 ( 40 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
45 ( 36 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
46 ( 50 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
47 ( 62 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
48 ( 60 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
49 ( 43 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
50 ( 41 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration

51 ( 44 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
52 ( 37 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
53 ( 42 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
54 ( 52 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
55 ( 48 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
56 ( 45 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
57 ( 64 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
58 ( 61 ) THE WEIGHT The Band
59 ( 55 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
60 ( 46 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick

61 ( 66 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
62 ( NEW ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
63 ( 72 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions
64 ( 54 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
65 ( 69 ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
66 ( 67 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
67 ( 63 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
68 ( NEW ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
69 ( 47 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
70 ( NEW ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

71 ( 51 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
72 ( 74 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
73 ( 58 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
74 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
75 ( NEW ) SMELL OF INCENSE Southwest FOB featuring England Dan & John Ford Coley

RETRO FAVES THEN
1 ( 5 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 4 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
3 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 10 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
5 ( 2 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
7 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
8 ( 19 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
9 ( 16 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
10 ( 6 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones

11 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 13 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
13 ( 7 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
14 ( 12 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
15 ( NEW ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
16 ( 18 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
17 ( 14 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
18 ( NEW ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
19 ( 15 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
20 ( 20 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

 

15th September 1968

It’s back up to 1 for Hey Jude, as back in the day Mary Hopkin was 2 weeks into a 7 week run on top. Jack Jones enters the top 10 with a Nilsson song, and knocks Nilsson out of it. Seems appropriate. Highest new entry is a jolly Tremeloes number which I was very fond of at the time, while another one I was very fond of at the time (in at 11 in the retro-then chart) is much lower now, as not quite so fond 50 years on – much like Dave Clark who always avoided adding it to hits compilations, The Red Balloon. A good soul track Ive never heard in my life pops in for The Maqueraders, Donovan goes all elfish whimsy with one Ive heard a couple of times before, and Elvis’ original of his monster noughties remix sneaks in – it’s not as good, obviously, but rocks well enough in it’s own right.

1 ( 2 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) ELENORE The Turtles
4 ( 3 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
5 ( 5 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 6 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
7 ( 9 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
8 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 7 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
10 ( 14 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones

11 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
12 ( 11 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 12 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
14 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
15 ( 17 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
16 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 16 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
18 ( 19 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
19 ( 29 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
20 ( 25 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones

21 ( 18 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
22 ( 27 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
23 ( 20 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
24 ( 26 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
25 ( 23 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
26 ( 38 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
27 ( 24 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
28 ( 22 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
29 ( 40 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
30 ( 35 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies

31 ( 21 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
32 ( 33 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
33 ( NEW ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
34 ( 36 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 68 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
36 ( 28 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
37 ( 47 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
38 ( 43 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
39 ( 62 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
40 ( 34 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

41 ( 57 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
42 ( 37 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
43 ( 39 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
44 ( 30 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 32 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
46 ( 42 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
47 ( 31 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
48 ( 44 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
49 ( 41 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
50 ( 45 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck

51 ( NEW ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
52 ( 49 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
53 ( 51 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
54 ( 50 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
55 ( 48 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
56 ( 61 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
57 ( 54 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
58 ( 53 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
59 ( 66 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
60 ( 63 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions

61 ( 55 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
62 ( 59 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
63 ( NEW ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
64 ( 72 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
65 ( 52 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
66 ( 46 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
67 ( NEW ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
68 ( 56 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
69 ( NEW ) LALENA Donovan
70 ( 70 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

71 ( 67 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
72 ( 64 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
73 ( 74 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
74 ( NEW ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
75 ( 75 ) SMELL OF INCENSE Southwest FOB featuring England Dan & John Ford Coley

retro 70’s original 1968 version
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 4 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
3 ( 8 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
4 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
5 ( 2 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
6 ( 7 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
7 ( 5 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
9 ( 6 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 ( 13 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert

11 ( NEW ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 15 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
13 ( 10 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
14 ( 18 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
15 ( 12 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
17 ( 11 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
18 ( NEW ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
19 ( 16 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
20 ( NEW ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors

 

22nd September 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for Hey Jude as Revolution hits 5, and The Turtles climb to 2 while absent from my original charts (it was a UK hit later in the year). Hendrix has a best-ever 4 with Watchtower and Gary Puckett features in both my top 10’s – albeit with different hits, Lady Willpower having already been and gone in my new retro charts. New at 23, a 3rd biggie of the year for The Moody Blues, the fab Ride My See-Saw, they were great the other year in concert, while The Bee Gees enter at 29 – sort of. Mates of theirs, their song, and Graham “Rainbow” Bonnet on lead, it was one of my very faves at the time. Still like it a lot, but it’s been forgotten pretty much these days.

The bubblegum of Kasenentz-Katz still sounds pretty good for novelty kiddie pop, in at 37, just ahead of a 4th Engelbert top 40 this year with Les Bicyclettes De Belsize. It was all down hill after this for Gerry. Stevie’s instrumental version of Alfie gets a great climb to 40, The Four Tops bat them out at a fast pace with I’m In A Different World, The Cryan’ Shames enter with an obscure goodie I’ve never heard before, Cliff and Roy enter low with tuneful minor hits, and Steppenwolf get a follow-up Magic Carpet Ride to replace the dropping-out classic rocker. No Hugo Montenegro in the new charts as it charted months ago here, while still remaining totally Autumn 1968 in my nostalgic memories of walking for dinner from Bassingham Primary Juniors old school building to the new infant annexe in Lincolnshire. A small village, that old historic building is now a house….

1 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 7 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
6 ( 5 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 6 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
8 ( 4 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
9 ( 10 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
10 ( 19 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 9 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
14 ( 20 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
15 ( 13 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
16 ( 14 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
17 ( 15 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( 26 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
19 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
20 ( 24 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde

21 ( 17 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
22 ( 22 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
23 ( NEW ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
24 ( 29 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
25 ( 21 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
26 ( 33 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
27 ( 23 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
28 ( 25 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
29 ( NEW ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
30 ( 30 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies

31 ( 18 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
32 ( 27 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
33 ( 38 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
34 ( 34 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
35 ( 28 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
36 ( 36 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
37 ( NEW ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
38 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( NEW ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
40 ( 63 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow

41 ( 31 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
42 ( 35 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
43 ( 41 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
44 ( 40 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
45 ( 50 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
46 ( 42 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
47 ( 39 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
48 ( 37 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
49 ( 45 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
50 ( 56 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex

51 ( 47 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
52 ( 51 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
53 ( 59 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
54 ( 48 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
55 ( 69 ) LALENA Donovan
56 ( 52 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
57 ( 54 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
58 ( 53 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 57 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
60 ( 64 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills

61 ( 44 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
62 ( 43 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
63 ( 67 ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
64 ( 61 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
65 ( 62 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
66 ( 70 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
68 ( 74 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
69 ( 73 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
70 ( 60 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions

71 ( NEW ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
72 ( RE ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
73 ( NEW ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
75 ( NEW ) MAGIC CARPET RIDE Steppenwolf

retro then chart
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 2 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
4 ( 6 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
5 ( 4 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
6 ( 11 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
7 ( 8 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
8 ( 5 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 14 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
10 ( 7 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

11 ( 9 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
12 ( NEW ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
13 ( 10 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
14 ( 14 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
15 ( NEW ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 12 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
18 ( 16 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
19 ( NEW ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
20 ( 15 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

 

29th September 1968

It’s a first week on top for The Turtles and their glorious intentionally cliched p*ss-take pop gem, Elenore, while way back when Mary Hopkin had a 4th week on top. Back then Dave Clark 5 went top 3, now it struggles to go top 40. Highest new entry is Cupid’s Inspiration minor hit My World, last played by the late Dale Winton on his Radio 2 show as a 60’s DJ fave (as he was then), and fab it is. The Moody Blues get a 3rd top 10 of 1968, riding a see-saw, as new at 20 it’s a second top 20 for Dave Dee & co (and 4th of the year) with the dramatic Wreck Of The “Antoinette”, one I loved and sang to myself in my head during lunchtimes at school.

Into the 30 it’s another Beatles cover – this time though, it’s better than the original, the showstopping Joe Cocker version of With A Little Help From My Friends. Lower down it’s a new entry for The Shadows Of Knight and Shake – no I don’t know them either, nor the song, but it’s a fab bit of garage rock – and The Hollies Listen To Me, which I did know at the time, albeit not quite in the same fave league of many previous Hollies hits. Bringing up the rear, another psychedelic goodie new to me from Max Frost (a Mann & Weil song), Ohio Express back with some more catchy bubblegum, Marvin & Tammi replace themselves in the 75, and Tommy James sneaks in with yet another 1968 track.

RETRO CHART NOW

1 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
5 ( 5 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 7 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
8 ( NEW ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
9 ( 8 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
10 ( 23 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

11 ( 9 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 11 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
14 ( 10 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
15 ( 13 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
16 ( 26 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
17 ( 18 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
18 ( 14 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
19 ( 15 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
20 ( NEW ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

21 ( 16 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
22 ( 24 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
23 ( 17 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
24 ( 29 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
25 ( 21 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
26 ( 19 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
27 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
28 ( 20 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
29 ( 22 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
30 ( 33 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension

31 ( 28 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 27 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
33 ( 34 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
34 ( 37 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
35 ( 25 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
36 ( 40 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
37 ( 32 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
38 ( 39 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
39 ( 30 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
40 ( 50 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex

41 ( 45 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
42 ( 36 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
43 ( 35 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
44 ( 31 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
45 ( 42 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
46 ( 43 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
47 ( 53 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
48 ( 38 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
49 ( 55 ) LALENA Donovan
50 ( 41 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell

51 ( 46 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
52 ( 47 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
53 ( 49 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
54 ( 51 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
55 ( 67 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
57 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
58 ( 66 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
59 ( 63 ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
60 ( 56 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann

61 ( 59 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
62 ( 58 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
63 ( 72 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
64 ( 68 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
65 ( 44 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
66 ( 71 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
67 ( 65 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
68 ( 64 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
69 ( 69 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
70 ( 73 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

71 ( 74 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
72 ( NEW ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
73 ( NEW ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express
74 ( NEW ) KEEP ON LOVIN’ ME HONEY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
75 ( NEW ) DO SOMETHING TO ME Tommy James & The Shondells

RETRO CHART THEN

1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 6 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
4 ( 3 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
5 ( 11 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 11 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
7 ( 5 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 4 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
9 ( 9 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
10 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano

11 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
12 ( 10 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( 7 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
15 ( NEW ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 15 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
17 ( 19 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 14 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
19 ( NEW ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
20 ( 18 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

My Retro June 1968 Charts

1st June 1968

It’s a first week on top for Nirvana and Smells Like Teen Spi…oops, getting ahead of myself, I mean Rainbow Chaser, party jaunty pop part psychedelic orchestral wig-out, and way under-rated generally. Peaches & Herb go top 5 some 11 years before Shake Your Groove Thing hits my top 10, and ditto Gene Chandler entering at 75, 11 years before Get Down went top 10. Scott Walker gets his 2nd biggest solo hit with Next. NEXT! Neext. Melodramatic naughtiness, never going to be a single, ever. Pity.

Highest new entry is Gary Puckett grabbing his 3rd Union Gap top 20 at 11, Lady Willpower was another huge fave of mine at the time. In fact with Herb at 3, this one at 11, the songs in my very first ever (retro) chart for September 1968 are all falling into place. My first CHART memory as opposed to song memory was Hey Jude at number one, so that’s been my previous “jumping-on” point when I compiled my first UK Top 30 based charts in the early 70’s when I got hold of a book with the official ones printed in them. My first ACTUAL chart was at the end of the year, as compiled by a 10-year-old boy.

The Delfonics get a 2nd top 20, The Beach Boys an umpteenth, Lulu has another swift chart entry with the sun shining on her verandah song, Boys, another fave of the time, while Brazilian band Os Mutantes bring some latin psychedlia fabness in at 30 hot off their June album, and future The Bees 21st century cover, A Minha Menina. Gladys Knight has big climb with future Yvonne Fair classic, It Shouldve Been Me, as does Donovan’s trippie Hurdy Gurdy Man.

Hugo’s back with his 3rd Spaghetti Western cover, Hang ‘Em High, meaning there is only one track left off the EP collection that dad bought in Singapore yet to chart. That summer I went to the pictures to see Elvis’ latest film Speedway. It turned out to be one of my faves of his. It had Nancy Sinatra, it had his current single Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet Baby which I went mad on, it had My Favourite Martian actor Bill Bixby, fantasy sitcom magic to me in the 60’s, and it was kinda cute set around kiddies and fast cars. Plus some songs, including Nancy’s Lee Hazelwood unknown gem Your Groovy Self (Elvis gets credited off the soundtrack, though he’s not on it), in at 43, Your Time in at 59, and duet at 69 between the 2. Nancy’s not on it much, but then Elvis rarely did duets so I’ll take it where I can get it!

1 ( 3 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
2 ( 1 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
3 ( 2 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
4 ( 4 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
5 ( 13 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
6 ( 8 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
7 ( 16 ) NEXT Scott Walker
8 ( 10 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
9 ( 5 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
10 ( 6 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck

11 ( NEW ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
12 ( 12 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
13 ( 7 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
14 ( 9 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
15 ( 11 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
16 ( 14 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
17 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
18 ( 28 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
19 ( 25 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
20 ( 18 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

21 ( 15 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
22 ( 24 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
23 ( 19 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 21 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
25 ( 29 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
26 ( 22 ) VALLERI The Monkees
27 ( 23 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
28 ( NEW ) BOY Lulu
29 ( 56 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
30 ( NEW ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes

31 ( 20 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
32 ( 38 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
33 ( 26 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
34 ( 34 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
35 ( 27 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
36 ( 32 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
37 ( 31 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
38 ( 59 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
39 ( 45 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
40 ( NEW ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus

41 ( 33 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
43 ( NEW ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
44 ( 35 ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
45 ( 37 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
46 ( 39 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
47 ( 43 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
48 ( 41 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
49 ( 42 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
50 ( 50 ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead

51 ( 48 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
52 ( 61 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
53 ( 36 ) I CAN’T GO BACK TO DENVER The Gentrys
54 ( 40 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
55 ( 72 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
56 ( 47 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
57 ( 54 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
58 ( 53 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
59 ( NEW ) YOUR TIME HASN’T COME YET BABY Elvis Presley
60 ( 66 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills

61 ( 55 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
62 ( 49 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
63 ( 63 ) SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS (RETURN OF THE NATIVE) Fever Tree
64 ( 65 ) HERE I AM BABY The Marvelettes
65 ( 52 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
66 ( NEW ) SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( NEW ) ELEANOR RIGBY Ray Charles
68 ( 69 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
69 ( NEW ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
70 ( 71 ) SUGAR (DON’T TAKE AWAY MY CANDY) The Jive Five

71 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ SEASON Gene & Debbe
72 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Hugh Masekela
73 ( NEW ) D.W. WASHBURN The Monkees
74 ( NEW ) BABY YOU COME ROLLING ‘CROSS MY MIND The Peppermint Trolley Company
75 ( NEW ) NOTHING CAN STOP ME Gene Chandler

 

8th June 1968

It’s straight in at 1 for the first time for Manfred Mann and their charming kiddie song, which I loved then and still sounds great, My Name Is Jack. It fair brought a tear to my eye when I saw the Manfred’s with both Paul Jones and Mike D’Abo. In the week that bought the shocking assassination of Robert Kennedy, mum was upset, and even our supply teacher talked about it, so was Laura Nyro, so much so that she wrote a song which will appear in 3 weeks time, a song that resonates in 2018 to me. Save The Country.

In at 6, Mason Williams brilliant instrumental Classical Gas, Gary Puckett’s 3rd top 10, and Simon & Garfunkel’s 2nd of the year. Lulu makes it 3 for 1968 in the 20, Gladys Knight gets her 2nd top 20, and Os Mutantes their one and only. Youtube it if you don’t know it, worth it! Nancy Sinatra keeps her zillion top 40 entries from 1966 through 1969 coming on strong, and B.J. Thomas grabs a 3rd I think. Barbara Greene’s Young Boy skips over Young Girl, and sounds rather suspiciously like Hello Stranger, the old Barbara Lewis and future Yvonne Elliman fab record, and enters at 48 from nowhere never having heard it before.

Cilla’s back with a minor ballad at 60, Where Is Tomorrow, Pigmeat Markham raps his way into history with a track I found amusing at the time, being a fan of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and Vikki Carr is back with another nice ballad written by Van McCoy, Nancy Wilson sneaks in – dad brought some of her albums back from Aden with our first record player in 1966, but she’d always been a bit too jazzy and laid back for me, though these days I like her. Martha Reeves is back as well with another 70’s UK hit, the UK really was so behind on Motown hits. That leaves Bobby Vera covering Bobby Goldsboro and dropping Judy Clay for a solo entry at 75.

1 ( NEW ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
2 ( 1 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
3 ( 2 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
4 ( 3 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
5 ( 5 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
6 ( NEW ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
7 ( 8 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
8 ( 11 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
9 ( 4 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
10 ( 12 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
12 ( 7 ) NEXT Scott Walker
13 ( 9 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
14 ( 10 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 13 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
16 ( 14 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
17 ( 28 ) BOY Lulu
18 ( 15 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
19 ( 29 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
20 ( 30 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes

21 ( 22 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
22 ( 16 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
23 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
24 ( 20 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
25 ( 23 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
26 ( 18 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
27 ( 32 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
28 ( 34 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
29 ( 40 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
30 ( 26 ) VALLERI The Monkees

31 ( 27 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
32 ( 19 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
33 ( 38 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
34 ( 25 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
35 ( 24 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
36 ( 21 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
37 ( 39 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
38 ( 43 ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
39 ( 55 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
40 ( 36 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love

41 ( 33 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
42 ( 37 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
43 ( 31 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
44 ( 52 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
45 ( 35 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
46 ( 60 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
47 ( 50 ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead
48 ( NEW ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
49 ( 47 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
50 ( 46 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes

51 ( 41 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
52 ( 45 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
53 ( 48 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
54 ( 49 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
55 ( 59 ) YOUR TIME HASN’T COME YET BABY Elvis Presley
56 ( 68 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
57 ( 71 ) LOVIN’ SEASON Gene & Debbe
58 ( 64 ) HERE I AM BABY The Marvelettes
59 ( 63 ) SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS (RETURN OF THE NATIVE) Fever Tree
60 ( NEW ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black

61 ( 57 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
63 ( 67 ) ELEANOR RIGBY Ray Charles
64 ( 42 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
65 ( 51 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
66 ( 66 ) SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 69 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
68 ( 74 ) BABY YOU COME ROLLING ‘CROSS MY MIND The Peppermint Trolley Company
69 ( 73 ) D.W. WASHBURN The Monkees
70 ( 72 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Hugh Masekela

71 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
72 ( NEW ) DON’T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON Vikki Carr
73 ( NEW ) FACE IT GIRL IT’S OVER Nancy Wilson
74 ( NEW ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
75 ( NEW ) WITH PEN IN HAND Bobby Vera

 

15th June 1968

It’s straight in on top for R. Dean Taylor, one of the few white Motown acts of the time, and his British hit Gotta See Jane, a brilliant Northern Soul epic, complete with splishin splashin, skiddin’ motor car dash themed backdrop, and future 1974 and 21st century chart-topper for me. It came back as one of the several follow-ups to the classic 1974 There’s A Ghost In My House reissued UK smash. That came out in April 1967 and it never got spotted last year by anyone so it missed out on 1967 charting, which is outrageous – so I’m going to be revisiting my Retro charts of that period and shuffling them appropriately. Tut!

In at 10 it’s the fab Cupid’s Inspiration track Yesterday Has Gone, nicely OTT, and at 39 Esther & Abi are back with the very weird but whimsical One More Dance – much better than Cinderella Rockefella these days and never played. There is an insipid version on youtube so make sure you get the right one, the best version is all Addams Family-styled. Johnny Mathis does an identikit cover of the Frankie Avalon teen classic Venus, nice it is too, Tammy Wynette is also in with an early entry for her 1975 follow-up UK hit to Stand By Your Man, the very cheerful D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Much funnier than the Billy Connolly p*ss-take.

Gene Pitney’s back with a Northern Soul effort, The Turtles get a helping hand from a Nilsson song, The Vibrations get some Gamble & Huff action, and John Rowles sneaks into my lower end for a second time. Ooooerrr missus titter ye not.

1 ( NEW ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( 1 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
4 ( 2 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
5 ( 9 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
6 ( 4 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
7 ( 3 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
8 ( 8 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
9 ( 7 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
10 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration

11 ( 5 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
12 ( 11 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
13 ( 13 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
14 ( 14 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) NEXT Scott Walker
16 ( 17 ) BOY Lulu
17 ( 10 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
18 ( 19 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
19 ( 20 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
20 ( 21 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade

21 ( 15 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
22 ( 16 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
23 ( 18 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
24 ( 23 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
25 ( 27 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
26 ( 28 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
27 ( 24 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
28 ( 22 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
29 ( 29 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
30 ( 25 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

31 ( 37 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
32 ( 33 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
33 ( 39 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
34 ( 30 ) VALLERI The Monkees
35 ( 31 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
36 ( 48 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
37 ( 38 ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
38 ( 34 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
39 ( NEW ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
40 ( 35 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel

41 ( 36 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
42 ( 44 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 40 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
44 ( NEW ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
45 ( 60 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
46 ( 46 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
47 ( 41 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
48 ( 55 ) YOUR TIME HASN’T COME YET BABY Elvis Presley
49 ( 32 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
50 ( 42 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant

51 ( 26 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
52 ( 49 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 47 ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead
54 ( 56 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
55 ( 63 ) ELEANOR RIGBY Ray Charles
56 ( 53 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
57 ( 57 ) LOVIN’ SEASON Gene & Debbe
58 ( 54 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
59 ( 50 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
60 ( 66 ) SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO Diana Ross & The Supremes

61 ( 51 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
62 ( 67 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
63 ( 72 ) DON’T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON Vikki Carr
64 ( 69 ) D.W. WASHBURN The Monkees
65 ( NEW ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
66 ( 75 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
67 ( 71 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
68 ( 68 ) BABY YOU COME ROLLING ‘CROSS MY MIND The Peppermint Trolley Company
69 ( 74 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
70 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

71 ( NEW ) SHE’S A HEARTBREAKER Gene Pitney
72 ( NEW ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
73 ( NEW ) LOVE IN THEM THERE HILLS The Vibrations
74 ( 45 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
75 ( NEW ) HUSH NOT A WORD TO MARY John Rowles

 

22nd June 1968

It’s a 2nd week on top for R. Dean Taylor, equalling Ghost In My House in 1967, and keeping off the fab Classical Gas. Johnny Mathis has a very unexpected surge from 44 to 10 with his lovely cover of Venus – OK it didn’t fit in with 1968 music scenes, but it’s lush and classy and I could easily see it ironically on a cult dark movie soundtrack, say David Lynch or Tarantino. One of my ab fab faves of the time is in at 12 for Bruce Channel – his best record, if not his most famous (Hey Baby is that), is Keep On. Just behind the madness that is Fire. I know of someone who used it as the final song at his cremation as the coffin chugged along. Having a laugh, I think!

Glen Campbell’s gorgeous Housewife is in at 15 – not one to play on the radio these days though, the sentiment might be well-meaning but it’s a bit out-of-step with 2018. The Mamas & The Papas, and Cilla, both add to the top 40’s, as The O’Jays get a second 1968 entry, Randy Newman gets his first chart hit (he’s in my current chart this very week with Rex Orange County) as an artist, and a second as songwriter, and I Think It’s Going To Rain would eventually make the UK charts in 1980 for UB40. The Doors over-rated Hello I Love You pops in ahead of a later reissue in decades to come, The Dells grab a third entry, quite the dramatic piece this one, and Vince Hill gives Gilbert Becaud a song in my charts 7 years ahead of his own whimsical With Love & Understanding – there are, it must be said, better versions of The Importance Of Your Love than Vince’s.

1 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( 3 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
3 ( 10 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
4 ( 9 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
5 ( 2 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
6 ( 8 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
8 ( 6 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
9 ( 5 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
10 ( 44 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis

11 ( 7 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
12 ( NEW ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
13 ( NEW ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
14 ( 18 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
15 ( NEW ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
16 ( 13 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
17 ( 14 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
18 ( 11 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
19 ( 15 ) NEXT Scott Walker
20 ( 26 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge

21 ( 12 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
22 ( 16 ) BOY Lulu
23 ( 19 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
24 ( 21 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
25 ( 23 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
26 ( 29 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
27 ( 17 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
28 ( 33 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
29 ( 22 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
30 ( 24 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

31 ( 39 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
32 ( 32 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
33 ( 30 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
34 ( 36 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
35 ( 27 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
36 ( 28 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
37 ( 37 ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
38 ( 20 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
39 ( 42 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 45 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black

41 ( 34 ) VALLERI The Monkees
42 ( 35 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
43 ( 25 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
44 ( 46 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
45 ( 38 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
46 ( 48 ) YOUR TIME HASN’T COME YET BABY Elvis Presley
47 ( 40 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
48 ( 43 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
49 ( 31 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
50 ( 54 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick

51 ( 55 ) ELEANOR RIGBY Ray Charles
52 ( 62 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
53 ( 47 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
54 ( 52 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
55 ( 66 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
56 ( 41 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
57 ( 57 ) LOVIN’ SEASON Gene & Debbe
58 ( 63 ) DON’T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON Vikki Carr
59 ( 65 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
60 ( 60 ) SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO Diana Ross & The Supremes

61 ( 69 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
62 ( 64 ) D.W. WASHBURN The Monkees
63 ( 56 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
64 ( 58 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
65 ( NEW ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
66 ( 67 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
67 ( 50 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
68 ( 71 ) SHE’S A HEARTBREAKER Gene Pitney
69 ( 72 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
70 ( NEW ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

71 ( 61 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
72 ( 73 ) LOVE IN THEM THERE HILLS The Vibrations
73 ( NEW ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors
74 ( NEW ) STAY IN MY CORNER The Dells
75 ( NEW ) THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR LOVE Vince Hill

 

29th June 1968

It’s straight in at 1 for the 3rd chart-topper for Dave Dee & Co, presiding over a great influx of entries, many of them future chart-toppers in my charts as oldies, not least Last Night In Soho. I liked the record at the time, but had half-forgotten it by the time I bought a 1968 compilation album in 1976, and immediately I became obsessed by the epic sound of it, played it to death, but didn’t chart it as it wasn’t officially re-issued. By the time Dave Dee reformed for a final tour with the gang the hits album charted giving me an excuse to let it top my charts for ooh 9 weeks or so in the noughties. It’s their greatest record and a vastly unappreciated Howard/Blaikley moment of genius following on another moment.

That means Jose Feliciano covering The Doors brilliantly, and giving Light My Fire a UK chart presence and a template for a future Will Young UK chart-topper. The song is flawless, it can be covered in any number of styles and still sound great – unlike The Doors actual hit Hello I Love You hovering at 73, dreary in comparison to Light My Fire. Glen Campbell keeps up the top 10’s with a track off my first ever album This Is Glen Campbell, and Mama Cass, a huge fave of mine, is in with the sweet 50’s pseudo-ragtime stylee Dream A Little Dream Of Me and the sign was on the wall for a solo career.

In at 17, a song I loved in Singapore 1970 in (of course) a cover version by The 5th Dimension, Laura Nyro’s song written following the assassination of Robert Kennedy which was a huge jolt and a massively-changing experience for the USA: Save The Country is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago, moreso as it applies to the attacks on democracy across the world, and especially the USA. In at 18, the Easy Rider movie song as timelessly recorded by Steppenwolf, the ultimate motorcycle metal song Born To Be Wild. It eventually charted in the UK, and again in the 90’s shortly after I’d seen them perform it. I have the footage on video. Where’s the last place you would expect to see a Motorcycle rock song….? Disney? Yes, that’s right, at Epcot. Each summer in the 90’s they had 60’s acts doing hits-based concerts. The other one I caught was Peter Noone, doing Herman’s Hermits back catalogue.

In at 20, Roy Orbison’s last dramatic ballad till Jeff Lynne resurrected his recording career, Walk On is fab. At 32, The Moody Blues have an American severe edit of Tuesday Afternoon, which actually works in it’s own right for me, and at 39 the cricketing eternal soundtrack Soul Limbo for Booker T. 50 years and still well-known. At 58 it’s Al Wilson and a future 1975 Northern Soul UK chart hit, The Snake is still played by Steve Wright a lot, despite Donald Trump’s despicable attempts to pervert the song into a rallying call against Hillary Clinton & Angela Merkel in his detestable blatant misogyny.

At 59 The Toys are back for a final fling, a couple of years after the fab Lovers Concerto, this time it’s a cover of Sealed With a Kiss, Brian Hyland’s oldie and yet another 1975 UK charting oldie (and Jason Donovan chart-topper) – but with a difference in this instance. It’s the oldest record I’ve come across which is utterly and obviously disco. This is the sound of the mid to late 70’s screaming out to be noticed. It wasn’t. The Toys folded when it flopped, and disco had to wait a few years to break out. The Intruders are back playing baseball, Eddie Floyd has a good ballad, Neil Diamond pops in with one I’d never heard of, and ditto Sly & The Family Stone.

1 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 3 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
3 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
4 ( 2 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
5 ( 6 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
6 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
7 ( 5 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
9 ( 12 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
10 ( 15 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell

11 ( 9 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
12 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
13 ( 13 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
14 ( 4 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
15 ( 8 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
16 ( 10 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
17 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
18 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
19 ( 11 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
20 ( NEW ) WALK ON Roy Orbison

21 ( 16 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
22 ( 17 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
23 ( 19 ) NEXT Scott Walker
24 ( 18 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
25 ( 14 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
26 ( 20 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
27 ( 21 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
28 ( 25 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
29 ( 31 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
30 ( 22 ) BOY Lulu

31 ( 24 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
32 ( NEW ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
33 ( 23 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
34 ( 30 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
35 ( 33 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
36 ( 28 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
37 ( 26 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
38 ( 35 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
39 ( NEW ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
40 ( 36 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover

41 ( 29 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
42 ( 34 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
43 ( 40 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
44 ( 42 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
45 ( 41 ) VALLERI The Monkees
46 ( 38 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
47 ( 55 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
48 ( 44 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
49 ( 52 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
50 ( 27 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel

51 ( 37 ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
52 ( 48 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
53 ( 32 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
54 ( 61 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
55 ( 47 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
56 ( 59 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
57 ( 54 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
58 ( NEW ) THE SNAKE Al Wilson
59 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
60 ( 65 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays

61 ( 43 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
62 ( 39 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
63 ( NEW ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
64 ( 49 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
65 ( 53 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
66 ( 66 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
67 ( 69 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
68 ( 68 ) SHE’S A HEARTBREAKER Gene Pitney
69 ( NEW ) (LOVE IS LIKE A) BASEBALL GAME The Intruders
70 ( 70 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

71 ( NEW ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
72 ( 58 ) DON’T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON Vikki Carr
73 ( 73 ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors
74 ( 50 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
75 ( NEW ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone