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

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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