My September 1987 Charts

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1st September 1987

It’s 5 weeks on top for the unstoppable Pet Shop Boys & Dusty, as Rick Astley climbs to 3, Prince to 7, Elvis brings If I Can Dream back into the top 10 18 years on, and Dionne Warwick gets her 2nd top 10 – she would have had loads more if I’d charted earlier though. Highest new entry is the gorgeous Little Lies, Christine McVie’s best song from Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night, in at 35. In a couple of weeks I’d watch the rural video in a Californian coastal motel as I drifted into a daze after accidentally taking one of my mum’s sleeping pills instead of aspirin. That ruined the next day as I largely felt icky and didn’t appreciate the stunning coastal scenery between San Fransisco and Malibu. Moral: read the packaging.

Chris Rea returns, The Housemartins make it 3 in a row, Carly Simon follows-up her comeback hit, Mick Jagger gets another solo entry 2 years after the last ones, Bon Jovi roll on, Five Star start to lose the spark, and Natalie Cole jumps back into the rundown 12 years on since she debuted – with her late dad due to debut himself by Christmas!

1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
3 ( 5 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
4 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
6 ( 3 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
7 ( 10 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
8 ( 8 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
9 ( 18 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
10 ( 13 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne

11 ( 7 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
12 ( 17 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
13 ( 19 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
14 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
15 ( 9 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 12 ) ALONE Heart
18 ( 27 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
19 ( 14 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
20 ( 23 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher

21 ( 11 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
22 ( 28 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
23 ( 33 ) CRAZY Icehouse
24 ( 21 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
25 ( 30 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
26 ( 20 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
27 ( 35 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
28 ( 40 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
29 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
30 ( 15 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & Waterman

31 ( 39 ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond
32 ( 38 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
33 ( 25 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
34 ( 29 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
36 ( 32 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
37 ( 44 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
38 ( 34 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
39 ( 75 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
40 ( 43 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson

41 ( 46 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
42 ( 37 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
43 ( 36 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
44 ( 72 ) TOY BOY Sinitta
45 ( 49 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
46 ( 31 ) CHANGE David Grant
47 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
48 ( RE ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
49 ( 70 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
50 ( 52 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd

51 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
52 ( 51 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
53 ( 41 ) SOLD Boy George
54 ( 53 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
55 ( 48 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
56 ( 45 ) THE RHYTHM DIVINE Yello featuring Shirley Bassey
57 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
58 ( 68 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( 63 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
60 ( 54 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black

61 ( 26 ) DEAR GOD XTC
62 ( 66 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
63 ( 69 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
64 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( NEW ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins
66 ( 62 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
68 ( NEW ) LIES Jonathan Butler
69 ( NEW ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
70 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( 55 ) YOY BOYZ MAKE BIG NOIZE Slade
72 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
73 ( NEW ) NEVER SAY GOODBYE Bon Jovi
74 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU’RE READY Five Star
75 ( NEW ) JUMP START Natalie Cole

1st Sept
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS The Human League
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVED YOU Miki Anthony
3 THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND The Pearls

8th September 1987

It’s a first week on top for the 1987 12″ remix of the 1969 and 1970 chart-topper from The Archies, Sugar Sugar thus grabbing the record for oldest number one to return to the top – for now. Black make it two top 10’s in a row with the sublime Wonderful Life up 6, and Cliff rockets into the top 10 19 years into his chart career, Some People being one of his rather good cool pop tracks as opposed to one of his “oh dear, not weathered-well, that one” tracks. Bowie makes it 2 top 10’s in a row from his latest LP, and The Beach Boys extend their run of top 10’s to 19 years to the week.

Highest new entry is The Bee Gees going Depeche techno, and an abrupt change in sound with the fab You Win Again in at 12 19 years to the week since they also appeared in my first-ever chart. Second highest new entry is also a future UK chart-topper, the fab innovative M/A/R/R/S and Pump Up The Volume at 35, sampling gone mad and the sound of dance future. Little Lies leaps up 20 for Fleetwood Mac, the third top 20 off Tango In The Night, as John Cougar gets his 3rd top 20 in total.

Shaky is in at 40 with a good Supremes cover, Johnny Hates Jazz heroically follow-up at 43, and Madonna’s quality-control dips a bit with Causing A Commotion at 49. Levert at 53, debuting 15 years after The O’Jays were Backstabbing on top of my charts: Lead singer Eddie Levert was dad to two of the band. Thus joining the likes of John & Julian Lennon in trailblazing dads and sons independently in my charts. Cheryl Baker is the 2nd Bucks-Fizz solo charter, with the 1969 Amen Corner chart-topper, and 8 years on from her debut as part of UK Eurovision entrants Coco in those Bad Old Days.

The Communards return, Wendy & Lisa ditto, and sneaking in is the lead track on the brand new album from Michael Jackson – a little ditty called Bad: It would actually have been much higher, but I didn’t allow album tracks in or else this week most of the album (which I bought on vinyl) would have charted, followed next week by another new album clogging up the charts and kicking out at least 15 other records. So I’ve retrospectively given it a number 76, as these days I DO allow album tracks as I should have then. On the grounds that by the time album tracks became singles I’d often long-peaked over them.

1 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 3 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
6 ( 14 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
7 ( 7 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
8 ( 49 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
9 ( 12 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
10 ( 13 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys

11 ( 6 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
12 ( NEW ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
13 ( 20 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
14 ( 18 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
15 ( 35 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 8 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
18 ( 10 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
19 ( 22 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
20 ( 27 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp

21 ( 17 ) ALONE Heart
22 ( 28 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
23 ( 15 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
24 ( 9 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
25 ( 11 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
26 ( 24 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
27 ( 21 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
28 ( 39 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
29 ( 19 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
30 ( 37 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

31 ( 32 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
32 ( 26 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
33 ( 47 ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
34 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
36 ( 72 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 40 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 50 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
39 ( 33 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
40 ( NEW ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens

41 ( 41 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
42 ( 38 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
43 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
44 ( 44 ) TOY BOY Sinitta
45 ( 30 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
46 ( 25 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
47 ( 42 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
48 ( 58 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
49 ( NEW ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
50 ( 65 ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins

51 ( 48 ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
52 ( 23 ) CRAZY Icehouse
53 ( NEW ) CASANOVA Levert
54 ( 52 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
55 ( 69 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
56 ( 43 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
57 ( 29 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
58 ( 36 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
59 ( 57 ) HUMAN Human League
60 ( 31 ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond

61 ( 55 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
62 ( 54 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
63 ( 62 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 59 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
65 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
66 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Dee Lewis
67 ( 68 ) LIES Jonathan Butler
68 ( 51 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
69 ( 53 ) SOLD Boy George
70 ( NEW ) HALF AS NICE Cheryl Baker

71 ( 45 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
72 ( 75 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
73 ( 70 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) TOMORROW The Communards
75 ( NEW ) WATERFALL Wendy and Lisa
76 ( NEW ) BAD Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 BAD Michael Jackson
2 I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) Hot Chocolate
3 LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees

15th September 1987

It’s a second week on top for the Archies, presiding over my second flight to California – this time with my parents who had never been, but always wanted to go. I just managed to catch the new chart rundown before leaving, so there are some UK new entries – but there’s an invasion of stuff I heard on radio stations on the car stereo, as well as the new Michael Jackson album which I copied onto cassette to play in the car – I didn’t allow album tracks in my charts back then…but the bottom three all would have featured much higher had I not been limited to just listing them for my “playlist” list. So I’ve retospectively given them a slot.

Little Lies climbs fast into the top 3, a big radio hit in the States, and Climie Fisher just sneaks into the top 10, as do The Bee Gees. US radio was amazing back then: stations galore, all with differing records on rotation, DJ’s who seemed professional. I just couldnt understand why the UK had so few radio stations, and still can’t (outside London). It’s almost as if the authorities have a problem with commercial radio…

M/A/R/R/S shoot into the 20, and the highest new entry is Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam at 18, big on LA radio with Lost In Emotion. I found the exact same beach-apartment block I stayed in in 1979 with other Uni friends, which was fab – overlooking the Queen Mary. I was in US TV and radio heaven, what with all the classic 60’s shows on re-run that I hadn’t seen since a kid, stuff like Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island and many more. Huey Lewis also benefits from the radio plays, shooting up to 20, Madonna to 22, and Billy Idol enters at 27 with his fab version of Tommy James & The Shondells brilliant 1968 chart-topper Mony Mony: note this is NOT the weaker live version that was pushed in the UK, this was an all-80’s-production.

The US is some way behind on UK-sourced hits, usually, which means for me a chance to rechart them as they get a new lease of life cruising the highways and byways and sound bigger and fresh again: ABC return with When Smokey Sings at 29, Living In A Box get some 12″ action, as do Pepsi & Shirlie’s Heartache, both debuting in that format, while Swing Out Sister’s Breakout 1986 hit also returns. A hot new track that stiffed in the UK is in at 31 for The Other Ones – Holiday. So appropriate I bought the single, along with Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies, in the USA on vinyl.

U2 finally go top 40 where the streets have exotic names, Gary Numan revamps his old car, given a jump start by rising natalie Cole, as the sweet Level 42 It’s Over sneaks in as I leave the UK. Starship follow-up the monster hit, and I go to Disneyland, have a ball on rollercoaster Space Mountain and see the 3D state-of-the-art Sci-fi mini-extravaganza Captain Eo aka Michael Jackson’s wannabe space hero. Great to look at and featuring a half-familiar-sounding song from his album, and one which hasn’t turned up anywhere yet. When he was acting Jacko was embarrassing, when he was singing, fab. I doubt it will be showing anytime this century again, sorry if you missed it!

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 15 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
5 ( 4 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
6 ( 10 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
7 ( 8 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
8 ( 13 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
9 ( 9 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
10 ( 12 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

11 ( 7 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
12 ( 5 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
13 ( 6 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
14 ( 14 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
15 ( 35 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
16 ( 11 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
17 ( 22 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
18 ( NEW ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
20 ( 48 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

21 ( 20 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 49 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
23 ( 28 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
24 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
25 ( 18 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
26 ( 21 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( NEW ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 19 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
29 ( RE ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
30 ( 30 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

31 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
32 ( 32 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
33 ( 41 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
34 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan
36 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 26 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
39 ( 23 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
40 ( 29 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

41 ( 27 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
42 ( 43 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
43 ( 25 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
44 ( 40 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( NEW ) LIVING IN A BOX (12” REMIX) Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
47 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
48 ( 42 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
49 ( 72 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
50 ( 24 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley

51 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
52 ( 53 ) CASANOVA Levert
53 ( 47 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
54 ( 50 ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins
55 ( 55 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
56 ( 75 ) WATERFALLS Wendy and Lisa
57 ( 54 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
58 ( 61 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
59 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
60 ( 59 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 52 ) CRAZY Icehouse
62 ( 67 ) LIES Jonathan Butler
63 ( 45 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
64 ( 66 ) STUCK ON YOU Dee Lewis
65 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 65 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
67 ( 64 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
68 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Level 42
69 ( 56 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
70 ( NEW ) FREE Curiosity Killed The Cat

71 ( 51 ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
72 ( 62 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
73 ( NEW ) STOP TO LOVE Luther Vandross
74 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT OVER (TILL IT’S OVER) Starship
76 ( NEW ) WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD/ANOTHER PART OF ME (CAPTAIN EO) Michael Jackson
77 ( NEW ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson

22nd September 1987 California/Nevada Chart

It’s a third week on top for the 1969 chart-topper that featured on oldies stations as we drove the majestic scenery highways of deserts and Canyons – keeping it hot! This was the week that featured the Ghost Town of Calico, Las Vegas gambling, passing the Flintstones Bedrock en route to the Grand Canyon, still jawdropping if you take time to absorb the scale of it, and Death Valley, superhot and complete with Road Runners in Furnace Creek (beep! beep!). Didn’t see any Coyotes though, Wile E or otherwise.

Dionne & Jeffrey rocket back up to a new peak of 5 for the fab Love Power, and Michael Jackson’s Bad is now officially a single and returns at 4 while his 2 future singles climb just outside the 75 (but would have been way higher). M/A/R/R/S make the top 10, as I had it on cassette tape, and big US hit Holiday climbs to 11. Natalie Cole makes it 12 years of top 40 entries (albeit with little in between) & Curiosity’s Misfit is back in the 40 with substantial US radio play, outdoing the weak follow-up at 70.

Oldies returning due to airplay chart plugging include Cutting Crew, Go West and Whitney sneaks in where she hadn’t been thanks to the sunny blue skies. Even turgid ballads sound better in California. US-only hits include Smokey Robinson, now on 18 years of entries, Expose and the fab Let Me Be The One, the sound of Miami dance-future shortly to inspire the Pet Shop Boys, who make do in the meantime with the track 1 off Actually. I’m still annoyed it wasn’t a single: One More Chance was hookily fab.

60’s veterans The Grateful Dead debut with Twist Of Grey, having been talked up on Boys Of Summer’s Dead-Head Stickers lyric, Jellybean goes top 50 ahead the UK catching on to Who Found Who with Lisa Fiorillo, Crowded House follow-up a chart-topper, Laura Branigan returns a bit shattered 4 years on from Gloria, future UK hit Who Will You Run To brings Heart in a bit early, Bob Seger makes it 9 years of minor hits, and Gloria Estefan makes it 3 years of Doctor Beat-ing, just ahead of her exploding big in the UK as a solo act (but really still exactly the same Miami Sound Machine act).


1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( RE ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 25 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
6 ( 5 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
7 ( 7 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
8 ( 15 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
9 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
10 ( 10 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

11 ( 31 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
12 ( 14 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
13 ( 19 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
14 ( 17 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
15 ( 6 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
17 ( 21 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
18 ( 11 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
19 ( 8 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
20 ( 9 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie

21 ( 24 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
22 ( 22 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
23 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
24 ( 29 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
25 ( 12 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
26 ( 16 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 23 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
29 ( 30 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
30 ( 20 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

31 ( 26 ) ALONE Heart
32 ( 28 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
33 ( 49 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
34 ( RE ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
35 ( 35 ) CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan
36 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 42 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
38 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
39 ( 52 ) CASANOVA Levert
40 ( 32 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

41 ( RE ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
42 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
43 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
44 ( 51 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
45 ( 33 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
46 ( 55 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
47 ( 38 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
48 ( 56 ) WATERFALLS Wendy and Lisa
49 ( NEW ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
50 ( 40 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

51 ( 46 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
52 ( 43 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
53 ( 48 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
54 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
55 ( 39 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
56 ( 53 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
57 ( NEW ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
58 ( 44 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
59 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 57 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
62 ( NEW ) TWIST OF GREY The Grateful Dead
63 ( 41 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
64 ( 68 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
65 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 66 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
67 ( NEW ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
68 ( 45 ) LIVING IN A BOX (12” REMIX) Living In A Box
69 ( NEW ) SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan
70 ( 70 ) FREE Curiosity Killed The Cat

71 ( NEW ) SOMETHING SO STRONG Crowded House
72 ( NEW ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
73 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
74 ( NEW ) SHAKEDOWN Bob Seger
75 ( NEW ) DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL Whitney Houston
76 ( 77 ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 78 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

29th September 1987

It’s a first week on top for the fab Little Lies, and Fleetwood Mac’s second chart-topper seven years since the mighty rhythms of Tusk topped my chart, and 19 years since Albatross first charted. Lindsey Buckingham also grabbed an extra one in 1982 with Trouble. Back in the UK after doing San Fransisco Golden Gate & Fisherman’s Wharf, Carmel, the coastal drive down to Santa Barbara and Malibu, and then home to an inrush of hot new UK music, so yet more new entries.

Gary Numan’s 1979 chart-topper as Tubeway Army is back in the top 10 alongside a remixed Cars, ABC’s follow-up hits a new peak of 12, as the previous single is back in the 20, and Shaky leaps up to 16 with his Supremes cover, one of his best singles (granted the competition is about a handful at this point). Highest new entry is from Jan Hammer, hot off the TV show ratings hit episode where Don Johnson marries Sheena Easton. I think.

The Christians return with yet another great single, at 37, Steve Winwood pops in with Valerie – it wasn’t in the same league as Higher Love, but was infinitely better than the annoying cover that topped the 21st century charts as Call On Me. A bit like Kygo isn’t anywhere near as good as the original, Whitney or not. Westworld are back with a ballad goodie that sadly under-performed, a novelty movie spin-off from Full Metal Jacket (that made a mini-legend of the late Ronald Lee Ermey) parades in, Bruce Willis gets a third 60’s cover, and Was (Not Was) get a second chart entry with the big UK hit Walk The Dinosaur – this owed quite a bit to Sly & The Family Stone’s I Wanna Take You Higher.

Bananarama also get a second goodie SAW-produced hit, Dusty gets a second shared credit as she helps Richard Carpenter to a first chart entry with new material since sister Karen died in 1983. Finally UB40 cover an old Jackson 5 track at 75.

1 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
4 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 10 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
6 ( 8 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
7 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
8 ( 6 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
9 ( 7 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
10 ( 35 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

11 ( 12 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
12 ( 28 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
13 ( 14 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
14 ( 5 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
15 ( 9 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
16 ( 58 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
17 ( 16 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
18 ( 22 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
19 ( 13 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
20 ( 24 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 17 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 18 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
23 ( NEW ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
24 ( 19 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
25 ( 15 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
26 ( 20 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
29 ( 33 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
30 ( 26 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

31 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
32 ( 25 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
33 ( 21 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
34 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
35 ( 29 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
36 ( 39 ) CASANOVA Levert
37 ( NEW ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
38 ( 31 ) ALONE Heart
39 ( 46 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
40 ( 38 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys

41 ( NEW ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
42 ( 30 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
43 ( 32 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
44 ( 40 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
45 ( 49 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
46 ( 57 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
47 ( 47 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
48 ( NEW ) SILVERMAC Westworld
49 ( NEW ) FULL METAL JACKET (I WANNA BE A DRILL INSTRUCTOR) Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding
50 ( 62 ) TOUCH OF GREY The Grateful Dead

51 ( 51 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) SECRET AGENT MAN Bruce Willis
53 ( 53 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
54 ( 59 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
55 ( 34 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
56 ( 52 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
57 ( 67 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
58 ( 56 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
59 ( 64 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 50 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
62 ( 61 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
63 ( NEW ) THAT GIRL Freddie McGregor
64 ( 42 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
65 ( 72 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
66 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( 66 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
68 ( NEW ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
69 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
70 ( NEW ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama

71 ( NEW ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
72 ( 43 ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
73 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter
74 ( 45 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 EAGLE Abba
2 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas
3 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba

My Retro May 1968 Charts

4th May 1968

It’s The Hump on top for the only time and the only week in his career, I can’t help myself with this slice of singalong MOR – though it certainly won’t be his last top 10 (Hi Eurovision!). Highest new entry is another Laura classic song, as later done by The Fifth Dimension as impeccably as always – they regularly gave Laura the hits she never achieved solo – Stoned Soul Picnic, a track which wasn’t a single until September, but she has a brand new non-album forgotten gem out in August in response to world events and this one is already charting so here she is leapfrogging the great Sweet Blindness at 22.

Angel Of The Morning goes top 10 for Merrilee Rush some 47 years ahead of the Juice Newton version topping my charts, courtesy Deadpool, and Dionne Warwick grabs another top 10 – she would have more if most of her greats didn’t pre-date 1967 when I started this retro-review. The Equals go top 20 a year ahead of their first official top 5 hit Viva Bobby Joe which I was mad on when I was actually charting for real in the summer of ’69. Hi Bryan Adams!

Second highest new entry, and the third for Robert Knight as an act, and in the chart this week as songwriter, it’s 1973 Northern Soul classic Love On A Mountain Top, which I loved as I turned 16. Big in Wigan, and then everywhere else in the UK. It was actually released 5 years earlier though, this week in 1968. Another oldie, post-T.Rex blockbuster Glam monsters, that hit the UK top 10 and my top 5 in 1972, is in at 51 for Tyrannosaurus Rex aka Marc Bolan pop idol hero aka T.Rex. Debora sounded old when it was a hit, but had Donovan acoustic charm to it.

My dad did a singalong version of the new entry at 57, a track on our 16 Big Hits album, and recorded on reel-to-reel tape. It’s better (dad could hold a tune) than Des’ pleasant version of I Pretend, but sadly yet to be released. Trust me, it’s way better than Dick A Dum Dum…! In at 58, and new to me in this original album version of yet another Jacques Brel song, but one I knew well from Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s version on The Old Grey Whistle Test. I actually never knew Next was a Scott Walker cover of a Brel song (along with Rock n Roll veteran songwriter Mort Shuman). The Trems are back with another jaunty pop ditty – they would continue to chart in my charts through to 1974, long after they had their final UK chart hit, so I guess you could say I was a fan. The Everly’s enter with a song I don’t know, but sounds like Neil Diamond, but actually is John D Loudermilk, Sergio Mendes & co coffee-table the Dusty classic version of the Bacharach/David gem, and Hermans Hermits enter with one of their lesser songs, and one I don’t actually recall much from the time: the singles before it I loved, the singles after it I loved, but this one just passed me by, by and large. I was probably playing marbles a lot.

1 ( 2 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
2 ( 1 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
3 ( NEW ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
4 ( 3 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
5 ( 5 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
6 ( 4 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
7 ( 7 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
8 ( 6 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
9 ( 26 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
10 ( 13 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick

11 ( 9 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
12 ( 18 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
13 ( 10 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 11 ) VALLERI The Monkees
15 ( 12 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 8 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
17 ( 20 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
18 ( 29 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
19 ( 14 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
20 ( 15 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops

21 ( 16 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
22 ( 24 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
23 ( 17 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
24 ( NEW ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
25 ( 19 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
26 ( 22 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
27 ( 21 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
28 ( 33 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
29 ( 38 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
30 ( 23 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics

31 ( 25 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
32 ( 27 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
33 ( 40 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
34 ( 31 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
35 ( 28 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
36 ( 36 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
37 ( 32 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
38 ( 45 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
39 ( 34 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
40 ( 35 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

41 ( 37 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
42 ( 30 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
43 ( 57 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 41 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
45 ( 42 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
46 ( 43 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
47 ( 52 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
48 ( 44 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
49 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
50 ( 51 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler

51 ( NEW ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
52 ( 39 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
53 ( 53 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
54 ( 49 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
55 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
56 ( 47 ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
57 ( NEW ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
58 ( NEW ) NEXT Scott Walker
59 ( 48 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
60 ( 69 ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers

61 ( 61 ) WONDER BOY The Kinks
62 ( 54 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
63 ( 59 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
64 ( 60 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) HELULE HELULE The Tremeloes
66 ( 62 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
67 ( 68 ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
68 ( 71 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
69 ( 73 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
70 ( NEW ) IT’S MY TIME The Everly Brothers

71 ( 72 ) BROOKLYN ROADS Neil Diamond
72 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66
73 ( 74 ) I COULD NEVER LOVE ANOTHER The Temptations
74 ( 63 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
75 ( NEW ) SLEEPY JOE Herman’s Hermits

 

11th May 1968

It’s a brand new entry in at 1 for Herb Alpert, and it’s not an instrumental – it’s his understated vocal version of the gorgeous Bacharach/David song, This Guy’s In Love. I absolutely adored this song when I was 10, bought it when I was 19 on single import from the US, and have continued to love it ever since. Reduces me to tears every time, it’s just such a tune and version. It doesn’t matter he’s not the greatest singer, what matters is he convinces you of every word of the fabulous melody. That’s a shame for Laura Nyro who ends up at 2, but it’s also not the only classic entering the chart: There’s another hero-songwriter in at 7. Jimmy Webb rather rudely didn’t give his new epic ballad to Glen Campbell this time – it was actor Richard Harris who didn’t so much sing MacArthur Park, more like an Oscar-winning epic performance upping the drama a few notches more than even Glen could probably squeeze out of it.

In at 12 it’s Nirvana – can I be the first to mention Kurt Cobain? Thanks. He was 2 years old. This dollop of fab psychedelia is both fuzzy futuristic and jaunty 60’s pop all in one, and what a great under-appreciated record Rainbow Chaser is. At 25, cult fave Reach Out Of The Darkness is one I charted 2 years ago when I came across it following it’s use in an episode of Mad Men. Here it is in the proper chronology though. Scott walker melodramatic, naughty Next leapfrogs Joanna into the 40, and Marvin & tammi have quite the long list of top 40’s in 18 months.

Aretha’s Blues Brothers showstopper is in a bit lower for now – Think! 11 years ahead of them being Reunited Peaches & Herb are United with a Gamble & Huff goodie, while a couple of obscure minor garage rock (ish) gems pop in lower down, one of them by The Gentrys, who had the original goodie version of the Bay City Rollers’ Keep On Dancing a few years earlier. That leaves Paul mauriat scraping in with a follow-up I don’t recall ever hearing.

1 ( NEW ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
2 ( 3 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
3 ( 2 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
4 ( 1 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
5 ( 4 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
6 ( 6 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
7 ( NEW ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
8 ( 8 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
9 ( 9 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
10 ( 5 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

11 ( 7 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
13 ( 11 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 10 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
15 ( 12 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
16 ( 18 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
17 ( 17 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
18 ( 14 ) VALLERI The Monkees
19 ( 15 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
20 ( 24 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight

21 ( 13 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
22 ( 22 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
23 ( 16 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
24 ( 19 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
25 ( NEW ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
26 ( 21 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
27 ( 20 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
28 ( 23 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
29 ( 29 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
30 ( 26 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett

31 ( 25 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
32 ( 33 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
33 ( 27 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
34 ( 34 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
35 ( 30 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
36 ( 32 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
37 ( 58 ) NEXT Scott Walker
38 ( 38 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
39 ( 55 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
40 ( 31 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams

41 ( 28 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
42 ( 37 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
43 ( 43 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 39 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
45 ( 41 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
46 ( 40 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
47 ( 51 ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
48 ( 44 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
49 ( 45 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
50 ( 50 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler

51 ( 57 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
52 ( 46 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
53 ( 53 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
54 ( 35 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
55 ( 36 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
56 ( 54 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
57 ( 49 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
58 ( 60 ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers
59 ( 47 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
60 ( NEW ) THINK Aretha Franklin

61 ( 48 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
62 ( 65 ) HELULE HELULE The Tremeloes
63 ( 68 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
64 ( NEW ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
65 ( 42 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
66 ( 69 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
67 ( 67 ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
68 ( 70 ) IT’S MY TIME The Everly Brothers
69 ( 62 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
70 ( 71 ) BROOKLYN ROADS Neil Diamond

71 ( 75 ) SLEEPY JOE Herman’s Hermits
72 ( NEW ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
73 ( 52 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
74 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GO BACK TO DENVER The Gentrys
75 ( NEW ) LOVE IN EVERY ROOM (MEME SI TU REVENAIS) Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

 

18th May 1968

It’s a second week on top for the gorgeous low-key tasteful Herb Alpert Bacaharch/David track, holding off the epic histrionics of Richard Harris at 2 – the same position Donna Summer took her disco version to in 1978 in my charts. Close behind is Nirvana and the fab psychedelia of Rainbow Chaser, joined in the 10 ten by the equally psychedelic pop (and not unlike 1968 Robin Gibb vocal Bee Gees) of Friend & Lover. Highest new entry is Stoned Soul Picnic, one slot behind Stoned Soul Picnic, as The 5th Dimension take the fab songs of Laura Nyro and show how great they sound with a powerful harmony male-female soul group who just couldnt keep off The Ed Sullivan Show in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Quite right too, still one of the great harmony groups, an utter lost art in the 21st century. Young people’s loss! They seem to prefer the “drop”….

A huge climb for Peaches & Herb’s lush United into the top 20, Marmalade debut with Lovin’ Things, good ol’ UK popballad at 27, and the start of a great run of pop singles for 8 years on and off. The Gentry’s obscure little garage rock track also leaps up, The Delfonics replace themselves in the 40, still having two inside it, and a good entry for Jo Armstead who tends to the histrionic herself at times with another Stoned soul song – not a picnic though. Johnny Cash’s murder ballad predating his live prison performances also enters, having previously had some first-hand experience himself, The Marvelettes enter with a minor goodie no-one remembers, and The Cowsills make it 3 in my chart, with the odd little Indian Lake. Finally, Here Comes The Judge! No it’s not the Rowan & Martin’s TV novelty spin-off from Pigmeat Markham, it’s a funky little number taking advantage of the catch-phrase that was everywhere that summer, courtesy of Shorty Long.

1 ( 1 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
2 ( 7 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
3 ( 12 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
4 ( 3 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
5 ( 4 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
6 ( 2 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
7 ( NEW ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
8 ( 9 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
9 ( 5 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
10 ( 25 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
12 ( 8 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
13 ( 10 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
14 ( 17 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
15 ( 13 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 11 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
17 ( 20 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
18 ( 18 ) VALLERI The Monkees
19 ( 19 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
20 ( 64 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb

21 ( 14 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
22 ( 15 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
23 ( 16 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
24 ( 37 ) NEXT Scott Walker
25 ( 23 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
26 ( 21 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
27 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
28 ( 39 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
29 ( 29 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
30 ( 24 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney

31 ( 26 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
32 ( 32 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
33 ( 22 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
34 ( 28 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
35 ( 30 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
36 ( 27 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
37 ( 34 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
38 ( 38 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
39 ( 31 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
40 ( 43 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics

41 ( 33 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
42 ( 36 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
43 ( 35 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 47 ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
45 ( 40 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
46 ( 74 ) I CAN’T GO BACK TO DENVER The Gentrys
47 ( 51 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
48 ( 48 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
49 ( 49 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
50 ( 44 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding

51 ( 45 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
52 ( 42 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
53 ( 46 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
54 ( 60 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
55 ( 63 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
56 ( 52 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
57 ( 53 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
58 ( 62 ) HELULE HELULE The Tremeloes
59 ( 41 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
60 ( 66 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley

61 ( 56 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
62 ( 72 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
63 ( 68 ) IT’S MY TIME The Everly Brothers
64 ( 50 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler
65 ( 58 ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers
66 ( 67 ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
67 ( NEW ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead
68 ( 57 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
69 ( 55 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
70 ( 75 ) LOVE IN EVERY ROOM (MEME SI TU REVENAIS) Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

71 ( NEW ) FOLSOM PRISON BLUES Johnny Cash
72 ( NEW ) HERE I AM BABY The Marvelettes
73 ( 54 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
74 ( NEW ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
75 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Shorty Long

 

25th May 1968

It’s a first week on top for Richard Harris – and last, though he would chart again in 1971 for me with a song Elvis eventually covered – with the epic MacArthur Park, that’s Jimmy Webb’s second number one. Stoned Soul Picnic is back in the top 5 having just dropped out for songwriter Laura Nyro, and The 5th Dimension get their biggest hit to date. Highest new entry at 10 is Jumping Jack Flash, one I liked at the time but never loved, in line with almost all Stones singles prior to Honky Tonk Women. When I caught the fabulous promo video on my first bloody £20 expensive videotape pre-Betamax/VHS (Philips) in 1980 I had already realised the error of the ways regarding things Rolling Stones.

Scott Walker has 2 climbers. Next! So do The Delfonics. I’m Sorry! Don Partridge enters with the follow-up to Rosie, and the single I preferred, though both were faves in the summer of ’68, Blue Eyes at 34. T.Rex get a first top 40 with their 1972 top 5 single, The Gentry’s get their first and last top 40, though their Keep On Dancing would go top 10 in 1971 for fledgeling Rollers. Gladys Knight enters with the original soulfunk version of It Should Have Been Me, future soul-stopping definitively done by Yvonne Fair in 1976, a classic top 10 track. Donovan is all hippy trippy still, but not so whimsical – Marc Bolan has stolen that thunder – and The Mamas & The Papas start to wind down in the chart action stakes a bit, Safe In My Garden is one I knew from budget hits albums of theirs I was mad on in 1974, while another forgotten psychedelic track enters at 63 for Fever Tree. Not one I know, but I like it.

It’s another Bacharach-David track in the charts for Dionne, one I’m not familiar with, but still classy, a bit of new soul to me in the shape of Jive Five, another B.J. Thomas track enters, but this one I don’t know, but it has a hint of the hook of future smash Hooked On A Feeling in the melody, which is fair enough, he wrote it, had the US hit with it, long before the Ooga-Chugga’s. Another Smokey song I don’t know, and finally one I do know: The Tams were yet to smash the UK with 1964 future 1971 UK chart-topper Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me, but this single is the only one I heard on radio of theirs from around that time (I recorded it onto reel-to-reel), Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy. S’OK then, s’OK now.

1 ( 2 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
2 ( 1 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
3 ( 3 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
4 ( 7 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
5 ( 4 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
6 ( 5 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
7 ( 8 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
8 ( 6 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
9 ( 10 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
10 ( NEW ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones

11 ( 9 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
12 ( 14 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
13 ( 20 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
15 ( 17 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
16 ( 24 ) NEXT Scott Walker
17 ( 12 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
18 ( 13 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
19 ( 15 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
20 ( 28 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 16 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
22 ( 18 ) VALLERI The Monkees
23 ( 19 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
24 ( 27 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
25 ( 29 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
26 ( 21 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
27 ( 38 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
28 ( 40 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
29 ( 32 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
30 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd

31 ( 23 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
32 ( 25 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
33 ( 26 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
34 ( NEW ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
35 ( 44 ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
36 ( 46 ) I CAN’T GO BACK TO DENVER The Gentrys
37 ( 55 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
38 ( 54 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
39 ( 31 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
40 ( 30 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney

41 ( 34 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
42 ( 35 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
43 ( 37 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
44 ( 36 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
45 ( 62 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
46 ( 33 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
47 ( 39 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
48 ( 42 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
49 ( 41 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
50 ( 67 ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead

51 ( 43 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
52 ( 45 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
53 ( 48 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
54 ( 49 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( 60 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
56 ( NEW ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
57 ( 50 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
58 ( 51 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
59 ( NEW ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
60 ( 63 ) IT’S MY TIME The Everly Brothers

61 ( NEW ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
62 ( 56 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
63 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS (RETURN OF THE NATIVE) Fever Tree
64 ( 61 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
65 ( 72 ) HERE I AM BABY The Marvelettes
66 ( 74 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
67 ( 71 ) FOLSOM PRISON BLUES Johnny Cash
68 ( 47 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
69 ( NEW ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
70 ( 70 ) LOVE IN EVERY ROOM (MEME SI TU REVENAIS) Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

71 ( NEW ) SUGAR (DON’T TAKE AWAY MY CANDY) The Jive Five
72 ( NEW ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
73 ( 52 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
74 ( NEW ) YESTER LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
75 ( NEW ) BE YOUNG, BE FOOLISH, BE HAPPY The Tams

My Retro April 1967 Charts

7th april 1967

Holiday fill in top 20 only, rest to follow at the weekend for completeness.

1. ( 3) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank and Nancy Sinatra
2. (1) BERNADETTE Four Tops
3. (2) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
4. (4) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Mamas and Papas
5. (9) HI HO SILVER LINING Jeff Beck Group
6. (7) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
7. (5) PENNY LANE The Beatles
8. (11) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
9. (12) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
10. (13) ALFIE Dionne Warwick

11. (8) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
12. (6) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
13. (17) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
14. (NEW) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
15. (10) JIMMY MACK Martha and The Vandellas
16. (23) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
17. (20) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
18. (34) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
19. (35) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
20. (25) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw

21 ( 15 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
22 ( 14 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
23 ( 24 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
24 ( 16 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
25 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
26 ( 32 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
27 ( 22 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
28 ( 28 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
29 ( 18 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
30 ( 19 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations

31 ( 27 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
32 ( 26 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
33 ( 21 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
34 ( 44 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
35 ( 39 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
36 ( 45 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
37 ( 70 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
38 ( 53 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
39 ( 48 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
40 ( 52 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes

41 ( 51 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
42 ( 41 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
43 ( 37 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
44 ( 38 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
45 ( 29 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
46 ( 55 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
47 ( 30 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
48 ( 33 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
49 ( 42 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
50 ( 58 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra

51 ( 64 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
52 ( 36 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
53 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
54 ( 46 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 47 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
56 ( NEW ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
57 ( NEW ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
58 ( 63 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
59 ( 50 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
60 ( 65 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move

61 ( 49 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
62 ( 56 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
63 ( 67 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
64 ( 69 ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours
65 ( 54 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
66 ( 43 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
67 ( 40 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
68 ( 72 ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
69 ( NEW ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Carla Thomas
70 ( 73 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes

71 ( 61 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
72 ( 62 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
73 ( NEW ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
74 ( 75 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
75 ( NEW ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

 

14th April 1967

The Monkees back on top for a second week with a Neil Diamond song, as Lulu enters the top 10 with a Neil Diamond song, and Neil Diamond keeps one for himself inside the top 20. There’s a couple of Burt Bacharach’s in the chart too, led by Dionne Warwick at 5. Highest new entry the fab (Young) Rascals track Groovin’ at 11, just ahead of the fab Gladys Knight track at 15 – saw her do it concert last year, terrific show.

Tim Hardin’s original of If I Were A Carpenter shoots up to 22, leapfrogging Bobby Darin (who would have a hit with it) and heading towards The Four Tops (who would have a hit with it), but the original is just lovely. A fair amount of Northern Soul and plain ol Soul in the top 40, plus Little Anthony doing a great Four Seasons impression right next to…The Four Seasons.

The Marvelettes are back again with their greatest record, When You’re Young And In Love, later to be attacked by The Flying Pickets without actually destroying it, while a nice bit of movie theme reggae and 60’s garage punk pop in at the lower end.

1 ( 3 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
3 ( 1 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 10 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
6 ( 16 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
7 ( 7 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
9 ( 5 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
10 ( 6 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees

11 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
12 ( 13 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
13 ( 11 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
16 ( 17 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
17 ( 18 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
18 ( 19 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
19 ( 20 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
20 ( 8 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann

21 ( 15 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
22 ( 57 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
23 ( 12 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
24 ( 28 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
25 ( 21 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
26 ( 26 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
27 ( 22 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
28 ( 37 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
29 ( 29 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
30 ( 35 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls

31 ( 31 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
32 ( 38 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
33 ( 23 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
34 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
35 ( 27 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
36 ( 24 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
37 ( 51 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
38 ( 58 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
39 ( 41 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
40 ( 46 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd

41 ( 34 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
42 ( 32 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
43 ( 30 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
44 ( 36 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
45 ( 42 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
46 ( 33 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
47 ( 56 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
48 ( 50 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
49 ( 73 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
50 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane

51 ( 40 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
52 ( 39 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
53 ( 68 ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
54 ( 44 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
55 ( 43 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
56 ( 60 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
57 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
58 ( 49 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
59 ( 45 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
60 ( 64 ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours

61 ( 47 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
62 ( 63 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
63 ( 54 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
64 ( 55 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
65 ( 70 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
66 ( 62 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
67 ( 59 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
68 ( 69 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Carla Thomas
69 ( 74 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
70 ( 48 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan

71 ( 75 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
72 ( NEW ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
73 ( 61 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
74 ( 52 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
75 ( NEW ) GUNS OF NAVARONE The Skatalites

 

21st April 1967

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Monkees, for a total of 7 weeks on top in 1967 (3 singles), the only significant moves at the top end from The Rascals and Gladys Knight, one a big hit in the real world, the other one mysteriously not – it was pretty well known by me in my teens! The Five Stairsteps – talk about obscure – are up to 15 with a goodie sounding very Northern Soul-ish, and Cat Stevens does an about face and hits the 20. I bet he couldn’t get away with singing that track these days under his current name without people madly rushing screaming into the streets in hysterical panic. It’s fine if you’re white Christian, though.

The goddess Laura Nyro makes it 3 in the 40, such a fab songwriter, as The Trems cover The Four Seasons and replace themselves in the chart and leapfrog Frankie Valli and co. The Bee Gees haunting second chart entry enters inside the 30, and The Mamas & The Papas grab a second inside the 40 with that hit single that told the band’s actual autobiographical journey in lyric. Outside the 40 there’s an invasion of familiar pop names of the 60’s, not least a chart debut for David Bowie. The Laughing Gnome charted for me in 1973 – OK it wasn’t Life On Mars, but it was very Junior Choice and I still loved that show in 1973 when Bowie ruled all. Eurovision runner-upper Vicky Leandros enters with Love Is Blue (The Paul Mauriat version was the one for me, I learnt to play it on the melodica at the time), but she had a win 5 years in the future to look forward to. The 1967 contest was the first I was allowed to stay up for, and I loved Sandie.

Lastly, Ellie Greenwich pops in with a future minor hit for Billie Davis (the better copycat version) – Ellie of course was a major hit songwriter of the 60’s alongside male partners like Jeff Barry, and competing alongside Carole King her friend as part of the Brill Building team not to mention Neil “wrote everything in the 1967 chart” Diamond, and Boyce & Hart who along with Diamond & King wrote for the Monkees, and also featured as songwriter….Laura Nyro, frequent songwriter for The Fifth Dimension who enter lower down. Small pop world!

1 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 5 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
5 ( 6 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
6 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 11 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
8 ( 15 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
9 ( 7 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
10 ( 8 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu

11 ( 18 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
12 ( 22 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
13 ( 9 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
14 ( 10 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
15 ( 28 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
16 ( 13 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
17 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
18 ( 12 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
19 ( 14 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
20 ( 26 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro

21 ( 17 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
22 ( 37 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
23 ( 16 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
24 ( NEW ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
25 ( 38 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
26 ( NEW ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
27 ( 30 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
28 ( 25 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
29 ( 21 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
30 ( 19 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw

31 ( 20 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
32 ( 32 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
33 ( 27 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
34 ( NEW ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 39 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
36 ( 31 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
37 ( 40 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
38 ( 23 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
39 ( 49 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
40 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes

41 ( 24 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
42 ( 35 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
43 ( 47 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
44 ( 29 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
45 ( 36 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
46 ( 50 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
47 ( 48 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 45 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
49 ( 42 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
50 ( 56 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move

51 ( 43 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
52 ( 33 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
53 ( 72 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
54 ( NEW ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
55 ( 46 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
56 ( 71 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
57 ( NEW ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
58 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
59 ( 69 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
60 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED The Temptations

61 ( NEW ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
62 ( 44 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
63 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
64 ( NEW ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
65 ( NEW ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
67 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
68 ( 41 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
69 ( NEW ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
70 ( 51 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes

71 ( NEW ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
72 ( 66 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
73 ( NEW ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
74 ( NEW ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
75 ( NEW ) GOT TO HAVE YOU BACK The Isley Brothers

28th April 1967

It’s straight in at 1 for future 1974 chart-topper There’s A Ghost In My House from white Motown act R. Dean Taylor, and a brilliant Northern Soul Holland-Dozier production. Still sounds as exciting as the day it left the studio – a total flop in 1967. The Rascals are up to 3, PP Arnold enters at 12, cos if there’s a lack of Cat Stevens songs in the chart – actually there isn’t! Nor is there a lack of Neil Diamond songs – but The Boat That I Row goes up to 9 for Lulu while Neil’s own version pops in lower down.

The Turtles 2nd hit enters with a bang at 14, and a very obscure fab instrumental (new to me, and very early 60’s in mood) makes 20 for Davie Allan (who? No idea!). Eric Burdon and Aretha Franklin get nice climbs into the 40, and a Beach Boys cover of a Phil Spector hit oldie is in at 41. That leaves childhood acts I liked to enter: Gary Lewis, now nearing the end of a long run of good pop hits, and Roger Miller, who still had a few more to come.

1 ( NEW ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 7 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
4 ( 8 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
5 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
6 ( 6 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 3 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
8 ( 4 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
9 ( 10 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
10 ( 11 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

11 ( 5 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
12 ( NEW ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
13 ( 9 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
14 ( NEW ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
15 ( 24 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
16 ( 12 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
17 ( 20 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
18 ( 14 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
19 ( 16 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
20 ( 22 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows

21 ( 13 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
22 ( 26 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
23 ( 25 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
24 ( 15 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
25 ( 18 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
26 ( 32 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
27 ( 34 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
28 ( 19 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
29 ( 21 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
30 ( 39 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro

31 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
32 ( 28 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
33 ( 54 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
34 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
35 ( 43 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
36 ( 23 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
37 ( 29 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
38 ( 33 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
39 ( 36 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
40 ( 71 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin

41 ( NEW ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
42 ( 27 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
43 ( 35 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
44 ( 31 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
45 ( 61 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
46 ( 30 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
47 ( 53 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
48 ( 42 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
49 ( 44 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
50 ( 58 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich

51 ( 38 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
52 ( 63 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
53 ( 56 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
54 ( 48 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
55 ( 66 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
56 ( 45 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
57 ( 57 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
58 ( 37 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
59 ( 60 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
60 ( 69 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group

61 ( 49 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
62 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
63 ( 50 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
64 ( 64 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
65 ( 65 ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
67 ( 67 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
68 ( 47 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
69 ( 59 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors

70 ( 51 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
71 ( 55 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
72 ( 73 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
73 ( NEW ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys
74 ( 74 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
75 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ IN THE SUNSHINE Roger Miller