My Retro April 1970 Charts

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One of the recycled school books we had at Seletar Secondary Modern, someone must have left and I got hold of it, then I moved schools in September and decided to use it as an autograph book on my last day at school (for autographs of classmates and teachers, which I still have). Our class forms were named after RAF heroes (Hannah in this case) and it looks like the Queen was our sponsor – though as E*R was on everything in the RAF I never really gave it much thought!

 

4th April 1970

It’s 4 week son top for Ray Stevens as he continues to hold off a host of challengers at 2, this week it’s Elton John’s Border Song biding his time to knock off Everything Is Beautiful. Choirs can be wondrous things done properly, and each has one. The Ides Of March get a top 10 for their one and only time, a single-use Vehicle, while Dana tiptoes in for her first (but not last) top 10 – Fairytale would also do the trick in 1976, co-incidentally the same title as a future Eurovision winner that also topped my charts, and though Dana may have ruled the roost in my 50-years-ago affections she doesn’t quite register as highly these days.

Top 40 climbs for BJ Thomas’ wistful ballad, Eddie Holman’s second top 40 with another hovering just outside, Charlie Rich’s first 4 years ahead of the wonderful Most Beautiful Girl In The World, and the late Julie Felix giving If I Could two appearances. A quiet week for new entries lets me knock the chart back down to 75, and Dionne Warwick gets the highest entry with another Bacharach/David song joining BJ Thomas’. The Hollies can’t tell the bottom from the top – not a problem I’ve ever had, I must say – while Roger Whittaker doesn’t believe in If anymore. Both very nice ballads with a melancholy touch.

The England World Squad have high ambitions, but both Back Home and the World Cup passed me by in tropical Singapore. I’m guessing they were televised but as Mexico is 13 hours behind I’d imagine I was in bed and much more interested in who was on the Andy Williams Show or what songs would feature in this week’s episode of The Archies later in the evening, rather than a bunch of blokes running about a field kicking a ball on the grass for a bit. If it was repeated on telly I would be certain to have been reading my DC comics, or Just William or something similar.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 5 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 2
3 ( 2 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
4 ( 3 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
5 ( 4 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
6 ( 6 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
7 ( 7 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
8 ( 12 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
9 ( 18 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 9
10 ( 10 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10

11 ( 13 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 9 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
13 ( 8 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
14 ( 11 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
15 ( 20 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 15
16 ( 35 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 16
17 ( 14 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
18 ( 16 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
19 ( 15 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
20 ( 27 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 20

21 ( 17 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
22 ( 19 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
23 ( 21 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
24 ( 22 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
25 ( 28 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 25
26 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 26
27 ( 30 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 27
28 ( 25 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
29 ( 52 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 29
30 ( 24 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20

31 ( 47 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 31
32 ( 23 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 23
33 ( 26 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
34 ( 36 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 34
35 ( 46 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 35
36 ( 31 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
37 ( 33 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
38 ( 42 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 38
39 ( 29 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
40 ( 32 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9

41 ( 38 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
42 ( 37 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
43 ( 50 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 43
44 ( 34 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 34
45 ( 49 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 45
46 ( 39 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
47 ( 60 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 47
48 ( NEW ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 48
49 ( 41 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
50 ( 54 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 50

51 ( 45 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
52 ( 40 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 40
53 ( 56 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 53
54 ( 71 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 54
55 ( 63 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 55
56 ( 59 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 56
57 ( 67 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 57
58 ( 64 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 58
59 ( 68 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 59
60 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 60

61 ( 43 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
62 ( NEW ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 62
63 ( 61 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
64 ( 72 ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees # 64
65 ( 66 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 65
66 ( 73 ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 66
67 ( 48 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
68 ( 62 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
69 ( 76 ) BAD SIDE OF THE MOON Elton John # 69
70 ( 51 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14

71 ( NEW ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 71
72 ( 77 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Slade # 72
73 ( 78 ) EVERYBODY GO HOME (THE PARTY’S OVER) Clodagh Rodgers # 73
74 ( NEW ) DON’T LET THE MUSIC SLIP AWAY Archie Bell & The Drells # 74
75 ( NEW ) BRONTOSAURUS The Move # 75

4th Apr Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 2 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
6 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
7 ( 5 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
9 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 17 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
14 ( 20 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
16 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
17 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
18 ( NEW ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
19 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
20 ( NEW ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival

 

11th April 1970

It’s a first week on top for Elton John’s Border Song, still one of his great records 50 years later as his signature breakthrough song gets released this week then, the one and only Your Song entering at 9. OK it wasn’t a single for months, it wouldnt be a UK hit until 1971, but my charts aren’t about singles, they are about what was available to buy or “stream” (ie record off the radio) that week back then. Elton had arrived.

In a busy week for new entries, it’s another expansion to 80, and back comes The Voice with Daughter Of Darkness, Tom Jones still an institution, The Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs is also The Voice for me, and they get a Motown classic 60’s oldie into the 10 as they get a 60’s ballad cover new in at 62. Diana Ross & The Supremes vacate the chart this week, but no matter, The Supremes are still strong at 11, and Diana gets her solo debut with Reach Out And Touch, a low-key start for a huge star, in at 57, while Marvin & Tammi return with a cover of California Soul.

Led Zep get a 2nd chart entry, ramblin’ on, as White Plains make it 2 in a row (or 6 in a row for Tony Burrows who is also on the number one in the background), Creedence return with another 2 new tracks, very much the norm for them by this time to have twofers. Two fer the price of one. The Melodians return with a rather famous reggae song – or it will be in 8 years when Boney M adapt it – Holland-Dozier-Holland return with Flaming Ember, now ex-Motown, Melanie & The Edwin Hawkins Singers join together in unison for a 2nd chart entry each, Aphrodite’s Child pop up again 2 years on from Rain And Tears and 2 years before the next entry, and then 2 years from Demis Roussos entering, though Vangelis has to wait till the 80’s. Neil Diamond keeps up his furious pace of releases with Soolaimon, and Blues Image pop in with a big US hit.

1 ( 2 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
2 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
3 ( 3 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
4 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
5 ( 6 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
6 ( 5 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
7 ( 9 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
8 ( 11 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
9 ( NEW ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 9
10 ( 8 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8

11 ( 7 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
12 ( 10 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
13 ( 15 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 13
14 ( 16 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 14
15 ( 12 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
16 ( 25 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 16
17 ( 13 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
18 ( 20 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 18
19 ( 14 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
20 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 20

21 ( 17 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
22 ( 18 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
23 ( 27 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 23
24 ( 29 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 24
25 ( 19 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
26 ( 31 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 26
27 ( 21 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
28 ( 24 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
29 ( 23 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
30 ( 28 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3

31 ( 22 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
32 ( 48 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 32
33 ( 35 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 33
34 ( 38 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 34
35 ( 43 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 35
36 ( 47 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 36
37 ( 30 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20
38 ( 45 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 38
39 ( 54 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 39
40 ( 33 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8

41 ( 34 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 34
42 ( 37 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
43 ( 32 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 23
44 ( 41 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
45 ( 36 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
46 ( 60 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 46
47 ( 40 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
48 ( 57 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 48
49 ( 50 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 49
50 ( 53 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 50

51 ( 46 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
52 ( 58 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 52
53 ( 39 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
54 ( 62 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 54
55 ( 59 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 55
56 ( 51 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
57 ( NEW ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 57
58 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 58
59 ( 64 ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees # 59
60 ( 66 ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 60

61 ( 49 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
62 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 62
63 ( 42 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
64 ( NEW ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 64
65 ( 63 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
66 ( NEW ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 66
67 ( 71 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 67
68 ( NEW ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 68
69 ( 44 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 34
70 ( 72 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Slade # 70

71 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 71
72 ( 55 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 55
73 ( NEW ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 73
74 ( 52 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 40
75 ( NEW ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 75
76 ( NEW ) WESTBOUND #9 The Flaming Ember # 76
77 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers # 77
78 ( NEW ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 78
79 ( NEW ) SOOLAIMON (AFRICAN TRILOGY II) Neil Diamond # 79
80 ( NEW ) RIDE CAPTAIN RIDE Blues Image # 80

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
6 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
8 ( 6 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( NEW ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
10 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
12 ( 13 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
14 ( 11 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
16 ( 18 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
17 ( 14 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
18 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
19 ( 20 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
20 ( NEW ) RAG MAMA RAG The Band

 

18th April 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Border Song as Elton makes it two top 5’s the same week, not bad for a career start, he might go far! As might young Paul McCartney, still at 4 with his ex-Band and entering at 7 with his first solo classic, Maybe I’m Amazed, off his debut solo album, as is Every Night lower down the chart. Neither were singles (what!?) but Wings had a hit with the live version of Maybe I’m Amazed in 1977 and Phoebe Snow a hit cover of Every Night in 1978.

Joni Mitchell and Charlie Rich both get top 20’s (they will both be back later in the 70’s), Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell leap up with some California Soul into the top 30, as The Hollies get another top 40, and Diana Ross grabs her first solo top 40. Chairmen Of The Board get a second chart hit, dangling on a string, and Jackie Wilson is back with a soul goodie, sending a letter to his baby, while Toots & The Maytals (as it is now labelled) debut with Monkey Man. The Grass Roots add to their run of hits, Roy Orbison keeps having chart entries longer than I expected with a film theme tune (Zabriskie’s Point), Randy Newman is back with a future Three Dog Night hit, and Al Stewart debuts 50 years before his Year Of The Cat is sampled for a dance hit.

1 ( 1 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
2 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
3 ( 3 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
4 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
5 ( 9 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 5
6 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
7 ( NEW ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 7
8 ( 6 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
9 ( 7 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
10 ( 14 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10

11 ( 13 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11
12 ( 10 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
13 ( 8 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
14 ( 16 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 14
15 ( 12 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
16 ( 11 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
17 ( 20 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 17
18 ( 15 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
19 ( 23 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 19
20 ( 26 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 20

21 ( 17 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
22 ( 18 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 18
23 ( 19 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
24 ( 24 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 24
25 ( 22 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
26 ( 21 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
27 ( 58 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 27
28 ( 25 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
29 ( 27 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
30 ( 32 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 30

31 ( 34 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 31
32 ( 36 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 32
33 ( 33 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 33
34 ( 28 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
35 ( 35 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 35
36 ( 30 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
37 ( 38 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 37
38 ( 39 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 38
39 ( 46 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 39
40 ( 57 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 40

41 ( 48 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 41
42 ( 54 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 42
43 ( 29 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
44 ( 50 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 44
45 ( 31 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
46 ( 37 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20
47 ( 52 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 47
48 ( 44 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
49 ( 42 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
50 ( 62 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 50

51 ( 64 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 51
52 ( 40 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
53 ( 66 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 53
54 ( 41 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 34
55 ( 51 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
56 ( 60 ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 56
57 ( 45 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
58 ( 71 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 58
59 ( 56 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
60 ( 68 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 60

61 ( 47 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
62 ( 67 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 62
63 ( NEW ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 63
64 ( NEW ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 64
65 ( 73 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 65
66 ( NEW ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 66
67 ( 78 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 67
68 ( 65 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
69 ( 75 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 69
70 ( NEW ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 70

71 ( 77 ) LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers # 71
72 ( NEW ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 72
73 ( NEW ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 73
74 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Randy Newman # 74
75 ( NEW ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 9 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
6 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
9 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
12 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
14 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
15 ( 14 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 19 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
17 ( NEW ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
18 ( 17 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
19 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink

 

25th April 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Elton John’s Border Song as Your Song is also up to 3 to create a Ray Stevens sandwich, while Paul McCartney is the dessert with 2 songs at 4 and 5, Maybe I’m Amazed at the key track off his solo album, and his last official UK single at 5 with his old band – though in Singapore airplay was heavy for the next US single (which has popped in 2 weeks early in my Then-charts before the 8th May Let It Be album release date) – not to mention Every Night climbing lower down.

Highest new entry is Save The Country, the Bobbie Kennedy State-of-the-world song that had already charted for writer Laura Nyro, Thelma Houston and Peggy Lipton, but The 5th Dimension version is the definitive version, in at 6. To boot, they leapfrog current single Puppet Man, up to 24. In at 9 it’s not-Creedence Clearwater Revival, Christie and their smash Yellow River, a sort of poppier vision of a CCR style, a huge fave of the time, like The 5th Dimension. In at 12, it’s one I first heard about 10 years back, obscure US band Crabby Appleton and the fab Go Back.

Marvin & Tammi, Dionne, and Eddie Holman all add to their list of top 20 successes, while Barry Ryan is a bit Kitsch, with his latest dramatic pop creation in at 38, The Moody Blues Question why so low at 50 (answer: so much good chart stuff) and Butterscotch debut at 48 with Don’t You Know – a bit of MOR UK pop that I swear I was dreaming about one sunny morning when I suddenly woke up, went into the front room, put the radio on, and it was on the radio. Not so odd, except I’d never heard the song before that I recalled, but the hook was instant and it took me ages to hear it again, and years before I properly got a copy. I can only guess a neighbour had the radio on and played it loud and it sunk into my half-asleep unconscious…! Butterscotch were a group of professional songwriter/producers, including Geoff Morrow & Chris Arnold, who’d written Billy Fury’s In Thoughts Of You, and along with fellow-band member David Martin, The Carpenters and Barry Manilow’s Can’t Smile Without You.

The huge Elvis hit The Wonder Of You enters at 64, giving him a new template for the next couple of years – live versions of oldies setting up his Las Vegas period. The Raiders drop Paul Revere and revamp their old garage-rock track in a more pop style, Gone Movin’ On, Bobbie Gentry covers the old Freddie & The Dreamers hit, Curtis Mayfield is back again with The Impressions, and Quo return after a bit of a gap with a new style, the bluesier-jeans template for the rest of their long career, Down The Dustpipe.

1 ( 1 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
2 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
3 ( 5 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 3
4 ( 7 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 4
5 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
6 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 6
7 ( 3 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
8 ( 6 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
9 ( NEW ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 9
10 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2

11 ( 11 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11
12 ( NEW ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 12
13 ( 27 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 13
14 ( 9 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
15 ( 12 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
16 ( 10 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
17 ( 13 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
18 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
19 ( 24 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 19
20 ( 30 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 20

21 ( 14 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 14
22 ( 16 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
23 ( 18 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
24 ( 38 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 24
25 ( 21 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
26 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 17
27 ( 20 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 20
28 ( 23 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
29 ( 25 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
30 ( 32 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 30

31 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 19
32 ( 26 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
33 ( 39 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 33
34 ( 29 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
35 ( 40 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 35
36 ( 42 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 36
37 ( 37 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 37
38 ( NEW ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 38
39 ( 50 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 39
40 ( 51 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 40

41 ( 31 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 31
42 ( 22 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 18
43 ( 28 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
44 ( 36 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
45 ( 53 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 45
46 ( 34 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
47 ( 33 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 33
48 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 48
49 ( 35 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 35
50 ( NEW ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 50

51 ( 41 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 41
52 ( 64 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 52
53 ( 63 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 53
54 ( 48 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
55 ( 47 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 47
56 ( 43 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
57 ( 49 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
58 ( 58 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 58
59 ( 62 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 59
60 ( 60 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 60

61 ( 44 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 44
62 ( 65 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 62
63 ( 67 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 63
64 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 64
65 ( 55 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
66 ( 66 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 66
67 ( 69 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 67
68 ( 70 ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 68
69 ( 71 ) LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers # 69
70 ( 72 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 70

71 ( 73 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 71
72 ( 59 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
73 ( 74 ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Randy Newman # 73
74 ( 56 ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 56
75 ( 75 ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 75
76 ( NEW ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders 76
77 ( NEW ) IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY Bobbie Gentry 77
78 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Little Milton 78
79 ( NEW ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield 79
80 ( NEW ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo 80

Wot I liked then
1 ( NEW ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
3 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 8 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 17 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 11 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
14 ( 18 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
15 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
16 ( 14 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
17 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( NEW ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
19 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
20 ( NEW ) BRONTOSAURUS The Move

My 1970 Charts – April

record plastic bag from Singapore

record plastic bag from Singapore

1970 videos


7th April 1970

It’s a first Eurovision song chart-topper for Dana, All Kinds Of Everything won the first of many victories for Ireland and the pretty teenager with the pretty voice and pretty song. Everybody say aaaahh! I did love it at the time, less so these days though. The UK’s entry has to make do with 4, as Knock Knock Who’s There shockingly fails to go on top after 3 singles in a row to hit my number one. Not so shocking, actually, as it got very little airplay in Singapore, and Dana was always on 2-way Family Favourites. The classic Bridge Over Troubled Water is at 3, and the also classic Spirit In The Sky is up to 8.

New at 17, Blue Mink are back with another good single, Good Morning Freedom, I loved Madeleine Bell and happily caught her on TV the other day talking about her days as Dusty Springfield’s backing vocalist during Dusty’s classic period. The single is SO catchy! At 18, and Stevie is really on a roll, Never Had A Dream Come True is a great single towards the tail-end of his early Motown soul-crooner days, and before he became a serious album’s artist on top of hitmaker of singles. Creedence were also on a roll, Travelling Band being one of their big UK hits, but one I like less than some of their minor UK hits which hit it big in the USA around 1970 and 1971. Always good though.

1 ( 2 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
6 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
7 ( 5 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
9 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 17 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
14 ( 20 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb

16 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
17 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
18 ( NEW ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
19 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
20 ( NEW ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival


In Singapore, I had a new friend from an adjacent bungalow to the rear of the house, Robert Gough, who went to the Grammar School at Changi, had a warrant officer dad (all my dad’s mates were low-ranking so this was virtual hob-nobbing with the elite!) and he got sent home to private school in the UK for a while. When it was his birthday I got a real treat in a Katong upstairs restaurant, my first-ever banana split, and some money to spend in the big Robinson’s store in the city – where I got a brand new copy of Action Comics 386, which featured an ageing immortal Superman in a continuing story set in the far future, and a legion Of Super-Heroes back Zap Goes The Legion! which had a fave minor villainess Uli Algor, who plotted to turn their super-powers against the featured legionnaires – she got beaten by a punch. Always poor planners, villains! It was a great evening out though, and of course I still have that comic, still precious to me and in good condition, with the 55 cents Singapore price-tag stamped on it. These things matter when you’re 12 (or 57)!

action-comics-386

At the Oscars, it was Midnight Cowboy, John Wayne (in True Grit, which I loved), and Maggie Smith – sadly, not for Sister Act, that was still nearly 20 years away! On TV I was watching reruns of The Ice Warriors Doctor Who (well re-runs to me, having watched them 2 years earlier in the UK), while the UK was stuck with Jon Pertwee episodes – he just wasn’t the Doctor! I was also watching The Banana Splits which aired just before it, I loved the cool Drooper, the animated cartoons, the crap gags, and especially the theme tune and funky songs. Oldies on TV? Gilligan’s Island, My Favorite Martian, The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, Car 54 Where Are You? and other US 60’s sitcoms. My pop culture is pretty much American pop culture, British sitcoms were dull in comparison. All of ‘em. The first sitcom that appealed to me was just out in the UK – Up Pompeii – and that was very much in the Carry On tradition. Carry On films still came out regularly and played at the RAF Changi cinema – I remember going to see Carry On Loving in 1971 and not getting the “cooking fat” gag for a cat’s name. Cos he spits, I thought, naively!

our TV and fish tank

our TV and fish tank


14th April 1970

2 weeks for Dana on top, and Spirit In The Sky hits 5, but a quiet week overall, just The Band’s Rag Mama Rag at 20 (not even their best single) and The Archies EP at 9: this was an EP mum and dad bought with my own pocket money. I’d asked them to get me The Partridge Family EP – EP’s were quite pricey, but you got 4 good quality tracks as I was mad on the new TV show and songs, but they knew I was also mad on The Archies songs from TV shows, too – I even took to recording them direct from the TV with a hand-held microphone on our reel-to-reel recorder, tinny quality but they also happened to be generally pretty good, and many of them remain unreleased to this day, to my ongoing annoyance. Anyhoo, Sugar Sugar had already topped, but the other tracks were also good, I already knew the theme tune (which was fun) and Bang Shang A Lang was jolly bubblegum pop that had hit the US charts before Sugar Sugar. Of course, I also bought the comics if I had spare cash after grabbing every DC superhero comic I could find from second-hand bookstalls and shops. The cover of the EP (the first I ever bought) is also the one used by the youtube link

1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

6 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
8 ( 6 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( NEW ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
10 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
12 ( 13 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
14 ( 11 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

16 ( 18 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
17 ( 14 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
18 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
19 ( 20 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
20 ( NEW ) RAG MAMA RAG The Band

In the news world, there were 2 major stories around the world, and very much in Singapore too: The Beatles split up! Paul McCartney announced the unthinkable, the fab four were no more, they were an ex-world-conquering-megastar-act. These days we are used to seeing bands fold, even big ones, and even at the height of their success, but back then there had never been a band as big as The Beatles (and never would be again), and they really were rewriting all of the rule books, including ending at the top of their game. For me personally, it all seemed a bit distant (quite literally), and as I’d already loved Give Peace A Chance the prospect of solo Beatles singles seemed to still be a very good thing, and to be honest I’m not sure I (or the media, or anyone else) thought that it would be forever. I just seemed so unlikely that the biggest pop group in the world as far back as I could remember would not be back. Good thing I didn’t know the reality!

The other event was Apollo 13. It gripped the world media over the next 2 weeks, as it lifted-off on it’s doomed (but ultimately heroic) voyage to the moon. Apollo 11 had been Earth-shattering, Apollo 12 was a bit like watching a repeat, only without a camera – the lack of images was a major PR disaster and was the start of the grumbling backlash from critics and taxpayers. Apollo 13 was different. We honestly had no idea what would happen, and I recall one of mum’s friend’s soberly offering an opinion that she thought they would die, which kind of brought it all home how serious the situation was. I can’t do better than suggest watching the Tom Hanks movie Apollo13, that pretty much tells the whole story of Jim Lovell and co, and perfectly captures what 1970 looked like and sounded like, the fashions, the media. My mum was 30-ish and wore mini-skirts, so did her friends. I was mad on the space missions and was gutted when they cancelled them. I cut out colour splash photos of Apollo 14 on the moon, as it got a temporary boost and subsequent missions had the cool Lunar Rover to motor about as well as proper decent colour video pictures. Awesome then, awesome now, and as part of history now taken for granted. I suggest taking a look at the recent high-def images of the moon’s surface, taken from satellite, they are incredible, you can make out every rover trail, footprints and every bit of equipment left on the surface of the moon. They will stay there, barring return visits which look less likely with every passing decade, for centuries, long after all of the crackpot “Moon-landing hoax” money-making charlatans have been forgotten. For every event there is a conspiracy theorist jumping out of the woodwork to get rich on other people’s paranoia and naivety.

mobile brush and carpet man, mum and ahtchoo

mobile brush and carpet man, mum and ahtchoo


21st April 1970

3 weeks for Dana, summertime, wintertime, spring and autumn too, nothing is shifting her, not even The Archies at 3, or Stevie Wonder up to 8. Highest new entry, though, is a personal obscure fave of mine written by blue-eyed soul/gospel singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. She was a fantastic songwriter but never made it as an artist, but her songs were often covered successfully by acts of the time, and especially by The Fifth Dimension, the ultimate sweet soul harmony band. Like contemporaries The Carpenters, considered a bit too MOR and uncool, I think they are long overdue a critical re-appraisal. Save The Country was a social-conscience gospel song with lyrical sentiments that still apply. I’d like to see it covered, modern-stylee, and not just because it evokes strong feel-good nostalgic memories of 1970 Singapore (which it does, the group were often on US variety shows broadcast) or the general music-scene vibes of 1970 (which it should, not being a million miles away from Hair – and their hit version of Aquarius).

Tom Jones is back, 2 years of popchartfreak-hit-making (pah! 2 years! Currently on about 46 years…) and Daughter Of Darkness was one of his more sombre darker-story-songs, and it packed a punch enough. Arguably his last record to do that for, ooh, 18 years. The Hollies meanwhile can’t tell the bottom from the top, not a problem I generally have, and it’s a decent enough pop song (as always). Finally House Of The Rising Sun is back, very famous, one of those songs that always seemed to have existed in pop culture, but not The Animals! No, it’s a hippie prog rock version from Frijid Pink. Alecia Moore might have something to say about that, I’d hazard a guess!

1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 9 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

6 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
9 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
12 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
14 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
15 ( 14 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

16 ( 19 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
17 ( NEW ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
18 ( 17 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
19 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink

the garden plants, me and baby brother

the garden plants, me and baby brother


Back in home-life anecdote vogue, we had local gardeners come round to cut the lawn – not exactly grass in the European sense, the plants had broader leaves and were quite tough under-foot as they needed to be to avoid getting washed away in monsoon rains. The main gardener was usually a Malay man with a couple of kids tagged on, and they planted a few decorative shrubs with pink and white flowers around, one they called the poo-poo tree. Maybe they were having us on, it was quite nice! The garden was quite exposed to the sun at this time, little natural shade, so I was fascinated to see them stick a twig in the ground by the fence and monsoon drain behind it in the front garden facing our fold-out door – the front room had no windows at all, basically the whole frontage just folded into wooden doors that folded inward and opened up the room to the garden (and insects and chit-chat geckos). More fascinating was the twig actually growing rapidly, sprouting leaves, and within a year or 18 months it was shady tree big enough to climb into (at least for me and my brother). I also became interested in growing exotic fast-growing plant-pot plants and seeds outside. Still am. Still do.


28th April 1970

It’s a new entry, the only act that can stop The Archies from topping my chart – yes it’s The Beatles getting a 3rd Number One, all of them Paul McCartney songs, and the Fabs replace themselves in the chart as Let It Be prematurely vacates the UK singles chart but The Long And Winding Road heads to the top of the US chart, and gets plenty of Singapore exposure. Paul wasn’t that keen on the Phil Spector strings arrangement, but I was a huge 12-year-old fan of it, and the climactic emotional build. Sentimental? Absolutely. Mushy? A bit. Brilliant? Too right! It was the end of the Long And Winding Road for The Beatles, and a good one to go out on as much as Let It Be was. Not a UK single of course, like so many classic Beatles tracks, though it did eventually top the UK charts, err for Gareth Gates and Will Young. Better late than never.

The World Cup was apparently a thing in 1970. I say that as I had no inkling about anything to do with it, other than the song Back Home which was listed in the Daily Mirror Top 30 charts when we got a massive bundle of newspapers all glued and packaged together like a telephone book every month or so. At least I got to hear about some of the hits even if not actually hear them. So, in at 18 an actual decent World Cup song, and it’s from the England squad on their way in the summer to not actually winning for a second time in a row. Ne’er mind, sure there’ll be another victory soon, lads…. No? In at 19, a folk singer often on UK TV, Julie Felix does a quick cover of the Simon And Garfunkel album track. I liked Julie, but let’s be honest, not as good as the S&G version. Which leaves The Move returning after a number one in 1969 with Blackberry Way, but with a difference – Roy Wood had inducted his Brummie mate in the band, name of Jeff Lynne, and The Brontosaurus was a monster combo. A bit heavy, not one of my fave Move tracks, but it was essentially the seeds of The Electric Light Orchestra being sown before our eyes. Nobody remembers the Move anymore (sadly), but ELO and Roy Wood are still a bit famous!

1 ( NEW ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
3 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel

6 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 8 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 17 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 11 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
14 ( 19 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
15 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

16 ( 14 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
17 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( NEW ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
19 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
20 ( NEW ) BRONTOSAURUS The Move

My 1970 Charts – March

mum on the bus to Changi Village, Changi Beach Road

mum on the bus to Changi Village, Changi Beach Road

youtubers…


3rd March 1970

4 weeks for Mary Hopkin’s Harbour on top, still holding off another folk-stylee singer Judy Collins at 2. Lee Marvin wanders his way to 3, Painting his Wagon along with Clint’s tree-talking at 8, while Simon & Garfunkel keep that folk theme going with a gospel detour for the perfect Bridge Over Troubled Water.

B.J. Thomas is the third movie record in the chart entering just behind the Sacha Distel cover, and it’s WAY better, taken straight from the bicycling sequence in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, a great film for those sunshine-themed days, cool cowboy outlaws and a great Bacharach/David song, what’s not to like! B.J. is also an under-rated singer in the UK, he had some great US hits, many of them covered by others in the UK and US (see Elvis, JK, Blue Swede). Shame!

At 17, future Bananarama hit Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye enters for Steam, actually a 1969 US hit, regarded as bubblegum (and therefore not worthy) but it’s bloody fantastic, and still the definitive version, great tune, great vocal, great production. Kenny Rogers is back, and Something’s Burning at 19. Smoldering for the first half of the country track, mostly, but it packs a wallop later on, and is a cut above some of his more famous later country story songs. Finally, it’s Polly Brown at 20, 4 years ahead of 2 later versions of her pop toons, but this time it’s Pickettywich, who have a sweet enough ditty getting that same old feeling.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 3 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
5 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

6 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
9 ( 15 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary

11 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 12 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
14 ( 17 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
15 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man

16 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
17 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
18 ( 20 ) VENUS Shocking Blue
19 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywich

This week in the news, it was the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew (March 2015) and it’s impossible to mention 1970 Singapore without reference to the giant of Far east politics. Singapore was well under-way on the route to modernisation and prosperity, largely thanks to his way of doing business, politics and social planning. I have very mixed feelings about this (and him) – on the one hand he created a genuine melting pot of cultures, dominated by a sort of Chinese Britishness with generous dashes of Malay and Indian culture, all really dating back to the British Empire in the Far East and trading links between them. I loved the historic styles that old Singapore still had, but the bulldozers were busy levelling much and rebuilding new high rise megacity Singapore. That said, some of the more poverty-stricken areas had their own odours hitting you as soon as you got in range!

On the other hand, Lee kept Singapore relatively stable despite the chaos politically in the immediate region. I never agreed with the death penalty, the anti-gay laws, and the banning of much western youth culture, even as a kid, but it has to be said even Singapore had terrorism problems. That’s not something you got to hear about back in the UK, and it was mostly imported in from neighbouring countries, and directed against the British – even though they were leaving, winding down in 1970 through 1972. The worst moment was when 2 kids from my brothers infants school were blown up by booby-trapped flag-bombs at Suicide Village, one of them dying. This was deliberate targeting of children, the red flags left in scrubland adjacent the largely British housing estate where we had friends we visited. After that, all kids were told not to go away from Changi Village/RAF Changi on their own. Not that I took notice, but that’s another story…

mum sitting by a monsoon drain and our house over the road

mum sitting by a monsoon drain and our house over the road


10th March 1970

5 weeks for Mary Hopkin on top, now beating Goodbye’s 4 weeks, but still lagging behind Those Were The Days 7 weeks, but the total of 16 weeks is way ahead of any other act in the 18 months of charting so far. Glen Campbell meanwhile gets yet another record peaking at 2, something of a habit by now, his 4th Top 5. Try A Little Kindness is terrific, and like Galveston and Wichita Lineman should have hit number one too. Raindrops is in the top 10, too, twice! The best version at 5, t’other at 10.

New at 11, it’s…The Beatles and a gospel ballad classic you may have heard? Let It Be. 5th top 20 since Hey Jude debuted on top of my first chart, a Paul McCartney gem, and yes, I loved the Phil Spector-produced strings n all version. No apologies, it’s brilliant any way the Fabs want to do it, but this is the version I heard, and loved. Of course, on April 10th Paul announced that the boys had already in fact Let It Be, and he left what had already disbanded, and the greatest popular music act of the 20th century moved into history after a mere 7 years or so. They crammed more into 7 years than any act has managed in a lifetime, creatively, inspirationally, popularly, culturally and critically. True fact. Lots of people don’t like them (mad!) but no-one can offer up a credible alternative argument. When dad told me the news, in far off Singapore, it seemed just so unlikely! I literally (in the true meaning of the word) could not recall a time when there was no Beatles, and it didn’t seem as if it would stay that way, that one day they would realise the error of their ways and get back together. Eep!

At 15, Andy Williams returns with an Elvis cover, all sweeping strings. Andy was huge in our house in 1970/1, his TV show was the bees knees and I loved The Cookie Bear and frequent guests The Osmond Brothers, not to mention his missus Claudine Longet. Have I mentioned I’ve seen Andy, and Paul, and Glen in concert? Fab, Awesome and awesome, respectively. At 18 and 20, 2 records that came back bigger in my charts in 1974, as technically they didn’t get played much in Singapore (Bob and Marcia was a reggae classic, but not one that made even 2-way family favourites that I heard) – Young Gifted And Black, and Farewell Is A Lonely Sound. Love ‘em, love ‘em. Which leaves childhood faves The Dave Clark 5 returning after a year away with their final good record, the sweet Everybody Get Together, a love and peace pop song with a fab toon. Dave & co would have likely have grabbed at least 3 chart-toppers if I’d started earlier: Bits And Pieces, Glad All Over and Everybody Knows.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
5 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas

6 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
7 ( 9 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
9 ( 4 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 11 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel

11 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
13 ( 17 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
14 ( 10 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams

16 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
17 ( 16 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
18 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
19 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

So, life at Tanah Merah Besar, by Changi prison. It meant a longer bus ride to school at RAF Seletar, and at school I’d been moved up a grade into a higher Maths class, while still in English class 2. The other subjects were mixed ability with the rest of my classmates in 1H2 – I was doing pretty well, actually, I enjoyed being at school, I had friends, a best friend in Stephen Game, and was actually not that rubbish at athletics, a first for me being good at any sort of sports. The roasting sun and humidity obviously affected me less than everyone else, hooray! For some reason, oddly, when we all sat down for 12 Plus exams I tried to do well. 12 Plus? Actually 11 Plus exams, where kids were streamed according to passing (Grammar Schools) or failing (Secondary Modern Schools). Obviously I, along with all kids at my previous British Primary School bar 1, was a failure, as was the norm for oiks in those days. trouble was the Secondary School in Seletar was over-subscribed, and the Grammar School in Changi was under-subscribed, so each term a couple kids from each year were upgraded to Grammar, usually the swots that had slipped through the net unexpectedly. A bit like me then. Not sure, in retrospect, that I should have tried, cos I only went and bloody passed (it turned out a few weeks later) which really made my heart sink. I loved it at Seletar and didn’t want to leave. Damn!

mark, mark, front porch

mark, mark, front porch


17th March 1970

6th and final week on top for Mary Hopkin – she would have had longer, but sadly I gave records a chart run that matched the UK singles chart, and once they dropped out of that one they were ejected (and non-chart runs were limited to 10 weeks). Judy Collins also gets the boot this week for the same reason, giving Canned Heat a brief chance of a 3rd hit, Let’s Work Together, an old blues track that was to become definitive for Bryan Ferry in 1976, under it’s new title Let’s Stick Together.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
3 ( 2 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
4 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
5 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 10 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
7 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 14 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
12 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( 18 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 15 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
15 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
16 ( 12 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
17 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( 17 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat


The Beatles Steam into the 10, Lee Marvin peaks at 2, the rest shuffle about a bit. At RAF Changi we were having quite the social whirl, as neighbours the Wainwrights spent a lot of time with us, Dale and Gary being slightly younger than me and my brother, and baby Jamie being adored by mum, so we often did stuff together, such as ten pin bowling on camp. I still love 10-pin bowling, one of the games I’m actually good at, and no-nonsense attitudes to it, fits perfectly for anyone capable of holding a heavy ball and chucking it at some pins. Fab. We attended a lot of stamp auctions, too, as I now specialised in getting mint and first day cover 1960’s UK stamps, and recent and current Singapore stamps. Singapore had some gorgeous designs on theirs – the various traditional dresses of ethnic female Singaporeans featured heavily, and became the template for copper beatings, a big artistic pastime of the mums, framed for wall display and all. This truly was a lifestyle of leisure and creativity completely alien to 1960’s UK. Mum’s works still hang on the wall. We also bought paintings on silk cloth from a deaf Chinese lady, madame Teo, who came round the house one day, Chinese ships in traditional harbours, the sort of views very-much disappearing in the modern Singapore. Fab.

me on bed

me on bed


24th March 1970

Mary Hopkin gets evicted for her protege, the one that signed her to Apple Records, wrote her a follow-up hit, and produced her huge number one – that’ll be Paul McCartney then, as The Beatles get their second number one, and Paul McCartney becomes the first songwriter to write 3 number ones (credited also to John Lennon, but Paul wrote them – John and Paul credited each other on songs after their teenage agreement, even if the other had nothing to do with it). The Beatles become the first band to get 2 number ones. Mary Hopkin, in the meantime, is the UK’s Eurovision singer and here she is at 13 – Knock Knock Who’s There? Mary. Mary who? I just told you, use your ears! It’s not as good as her first three singles, but she was on a roll!

BJ hits 2, Raindrops tended to fall on our heads too – well monsoon raindrops in Singapore, deluges of warm exciting floods of rain, filling the monsoon drains, and running down into our new house patio, giving us temporary paddling pools to play in. Hooray! I digress. Bob and Marcia hit the 10, and Joe Dolan gets a second hit, following his 1969 biggie Make Me An Island which I adored. You’re Such A Good Looking Woman is a nice slice of upbeat Irish pop balladry, so yay!

1 ( 7 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
3 ( 2 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
6 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 6 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
8 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
14 ( 11 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 14 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
17 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
18 ( 16 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 20 ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat
20 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan

Talking of rain, the monsoon drains all ran to bigger drains, which ran downhill from Changi Prison onto the Lloyd Leas Estate huge drain, mostly a stream or river, dependent on volume – where I used to fish for guppies. On the way downhill, there was this overhanging tree on the footpath just by the junction to the main road, and it had giant ants living on it, Clingers we called them, cos they sowed up the elongated leaves of the tree into oval-ish hollow balls where they lived. The downside was you had to not hang around cos they had a tendency to drop on you from above, and had a hurty nip. Just behind the tree was a Kampong, Malay this time I think, with a shop fronting the road selling bits and bobs. The worst visit I had to make to the shop was when mum was poorly in bed and needed some lady products, and I had to ask for some hoping they spoke English well enough. Very embarrassing for a 12-year-old!


31st March 1970

2 weeks for Let It Be on top, as the Eurovision winner for Ireland, teenage sweet-faced sweet-voiced Dana enters at 2 with her sweet ditty All Kinds Of Everything. This is bad news for Mary Hopkin up to 9 with her UK entry! Not that I got to see the contest, the first I’d missed since I first watched Sandie Shaw win in 1967, being as Singapore and Malaya TV didn’t broadcast it. In at 16, it’s a future 3 times UK chart-topping song, the awesome Spirit In The Sky, but the best version by far is the original from Norman Greenbaum, the fab riffy guitars, the singalong gospel-tinged chorus, the tune…fantastic! I finally bought the single in 1974, which is when I fell in love with it, but I was sort of aware of it at the time, which is why it was allowed in these charts. Gimme Dat Ding at 17 – yes, it’s him again, Tony Burrows singing (unrecognisably) assisted by David & Jonathan man Roger Greenaway, and written by Albert Hammond & Mike Hazelwood. It’s falsetto fun, almost 20’s jazz in style. At 20, The Four Tops are back (even though their substantial classic period predated my charts, with the awesome Levi Stubbs vocals, they were still having reissued Holland Dozier Holland hits – this time with early single I Can’t Help Myself.

1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
3 ( 2 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin

6 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( 13 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

11 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
14 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb

16 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
17 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
18 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 16 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops