My December 1987 Charts

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80’s fashions not all they could have been…

 

 

5th December 1987

It’s straight in on top for yet another 20th anniversary Beatles oldie reissue, my childhood fave Hello Goodbye. Loved it aged 9, loved it aged 29, love it aged 61. It’s pure uplifting joy, and featured as a fab video in their generally not-great Magical Mystery Tour TV musical. It had previously topped my chart in a special Beatles-Chart I had to compile in 1976 to stop 20-odd Beatles singles taking over my top 50 charts when they were all reissued in matching sleeves and sold very well. The theme of the week is loads of new entries setting up Christmas, and loads of sudden drastic drops…

Jellybean gets a first top 10, and Expose ditto following my purchase of a remixed version on 12″ for the track that had been in my charts since my September USA hols, now peaking at 9. Alison Moyet makes it a 6th solo top 10, or 13th including Yazoo, with the standard, Love Letters. Talking of old standards, the smooth family fave Nat ‘King’ Cole enters my chart over 20 years since he died with his fab When I Fall In Love at 17, spurred on by Rick Astley’s inferior cover (in at 66). Nat’s is the definitive version, it just is, no-one has that warm, smooth, cool vocal tone.

The highest new track is Eurythmics 60’s-referencing and pure gorgeousness that is Shame. The title sums up its getting lost in the Christmas-ballad overload that was 1987 and failing to make the UK top 40 despite being one of their finest singles. Shame! (ring bell) Shame! (ring bell) Shame! (ring bell)… Anyway in at 11 in a chart that appreciates fabness. The Bee Gees have ESP, presumably they knew it would shoot up into my top 30 having read my mind, while The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl enter at 33 with a perennial christmas classic, one of those you never actually get fed up with hearing each year. Fairytale Of New York would top my my chart – eventually – once it’s arguing drunks just oozed nostalgia.

Talking of christmas, Mel & Kim are back. Comedian Mel Smith & the fab Kim Wilde (off to see her again next week doing an acoustic Wilde Winter Songbook tour) that is. I was tempted to go and see her dad Marty in concert tonight, but I’m typing this instead, oops! Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree was already a seasonal regular courtesy of young Brenda Lee, and they’d done a comedy version for charity that didn’t get on your nerves when you heard it a few times. Result!

GG is back with part 3 of his debut hit – mostly to promote his annual Christmas/New Year tours which pulled in the punters (including me each year) cos they were such a huge party experience. Contrary to rewritten history, he was actually popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Dollar return with an Erasure cover, after a couple of years away from my charts, and extending their run to 9 years as a duo, or 12 years if including as a third of a sextet: take your pick. Climie Fisher get a quick follow-up to a great record that flopped, and mysteriously get a hit out of it – cos it wasn’t as good! Not bad, but not in the same league. Sneaking in at 76, by virtue of the record not being listed as coming out as a single and therefore not permitted in my chart, instead topping my Playlist 3, but retroactively allowed to feature just because it’s brilliant – Taylor Dayne’s terrific bop Tell It To My Heart, fitting in with the Expose dance sounds that would influence Pet Shop Boys before long.

1 ( NEW ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
5 ( 6 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 4 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
7 ( 10 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
8 ( 12 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
9 ( 55 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
10 ( 27 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

11 ( NEW ) SHAME Eurythmics
12 ( 8 ) BAD Michael Jackson
13 ( 16 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
14 ( 7 ) KID The Pretenders
15 ( 20 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
16 ( 42 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
17 ( NEW ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
18 ( 24 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
19 ( 26 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
20 ( 5 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
22 ( 11 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
23 ( 38 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
24 ( 13 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
25 ( 15 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
26 ( 22 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
27 ( 25 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 75 ) ESP The Bee Gees
29 ( 44 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
30 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes

31 ( 14 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
32 ( 17 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
33 ( NEW ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
34 ( 36 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
35 ( 23 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
36 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
37 ( 37 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 28 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
39 ( 39 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
40 ( 71 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna

41 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
42 ( 53 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
43 ( 19 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
44 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
45 ( 32 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
46 ( 33 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
47 ( 54 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
48 ( 40 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
49 ( 18 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
50 ( NEW ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

51 ( 45 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
52 ( NEW ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
53 ( 29 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
54 ( 67 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
55 ( 51 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
56 ( 34 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
57 ( 31 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
58 ( 73 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 50 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

61 ( 58 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
62 ( 35 ) BUILD The Housemartins
63 ( 46 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
64 ( 60 ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston
65 ( 41 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
66 ( NEW ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
67 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 43 ) FAITH George Michael
70 ( NEW ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42

71 ( 64 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
72 ( 56 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( NEW ) HYSTERIA Def Leppard
74 ( NEW ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
75 ( NEW ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
76 ( NEW ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

5th Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex
3 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark

 

12th December 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for the mighty Fabs, still holding off Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind, still not available to buy but almost on top (bearing in mind I bought the charity single at 20 this week, I think that’s a given!). Dusty’s duet with Neil & Chris is still in the charts and on the back of that she gets reactivated chart action with classic early 60’s hit I Only Want To Be With You in at 5. Long a childhood fave, it had already charted for Bay City Rollers in 1976 and The Tourists in 1979, the latter version making my top 10 and starring…Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox, who just happen to be up to 4 with Shame. I love a Musical Connections anecdote.

Up 30 to 7 Fleetwood Mac make it 3 top 10’s out of 4 from Tango In The Night, the flop Family Man doing better here than in the real world, and ditto ESP up to 12 for The Bee Gees, both following-up chart-toppers. The Pogues & Kirsty go top 20 for the first time – and not for the last time! Mel & Kim go top 20 for the first time – and the last time as a duet. I’ll be seeing Kim day after tomorrow and I’m hoping she does Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree as Ive never seen her do that one. Cher meanwhile leaps into the 20 for her first solo top 20 in, gasp, 13 years! The gaps won’t be that long again until the 21st century.

Jellybean gets a quick 3rd top 40 hit with a spruced-up cover of a 1969 Santana latin track, Springsteen gets another hit at 41 with Tunnel Of Love, SAW do it alone again and are Packjammed With The Party Posse this time, presumably avoiding any roadblocks on the way. Sneaking in with a slightly amusing mickey-take of the Pet Shop Boys It’s A Sin, Jonathan King returns for possibly the last chart entry in his 22-year-career (I was mad on Everyone’s Gone To The Moon as a kid, and would have charted it high hypothetically) with Cat Stevens Wild World. It’s supposed to underline the melodic similarity between the 2 songs, though actually it serves to show they aren’t much alike apart from one short melody line. I mean it has ALL the same notes, but not necessarily in the right order….

Finally the Nanas get a 3rd SAW-track in a row in 1987, the lesser I Can’t Help It following on two smashes, and taylor Dayne is stuck at 76 as she’s still not officially announced as a UK single but is topping my fave non-single playlist (she would otherwise be very high in the chart).

1 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 5 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
4 ( 11 ) SHAME Eurythmics
5 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 37 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 4 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
9 ( 7 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
10 ( 10 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

11 ( 9 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
12 ( 28 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 6 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
14 ( 17 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
15 ( 8 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
16 ( 33 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
17 ( 18 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
18 ( 12 ) BAD Michael Jackson
19 ( 38 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
20 ( 36 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)

21 ( 15 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
22 ( 40 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
23 ( 23 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
24 ( 13 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
25 ( 16 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
26 ( 14 ) KID The Pretenders
27 ( 29 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
28 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
29 ( 26 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
30 ( 19 ) SATELLITE The Hooters

31 ( 22 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
32 ( 39 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
33 ( 20 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
34 ( NEW ) JINGO Jellybean
35 ( 42 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
36 ( 31 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
37 ( 35 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 32 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
39 ( 54 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
40 ( 44 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams

41 ( NEW ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 21 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
43 ( 24 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
44 ( 52 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
45 ( 47 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 25 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
47 ( 58 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
49 ( 70 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
50 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

51 ( 48 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 46 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
53 ( 41 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
54 ( 51 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
55 ( NEW ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
56 ( 55 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 45 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
58 ( 34 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 43 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC

61 ( 66 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
62 ( NEW ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
63 ( 61 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
64 ( 57 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
65 ( 60 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
66 ( 63 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
67 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 49 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
70 ( 53 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond

71 ( 62 ) BUILD The Housemartins
72 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jonathan King
73 ( 65 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
74 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
76 ( 76 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield
3 WEDDING BELLS Godley & Creme

 

 

20th December 1987

It’s a first week on top for my Xmas chart-topper of the year, and Pet Shop Boys’ Always On My Mind outdoes the Elvis version while giving them a 6th number one inside 24 months. Only the likes of Abba, Beatles, Roy Wood & Wizzard had managed that to date. Meanwhile it’s a big ol’ ballad xmas, with little new and modest chart moves, though Fairytale Of New York also makes the Xmas top 10, the first of many occasions, and the Nat ‘King’ Cole standard also becomes one of the oldest recordings to make my top 10 at 35 years old. The only older is Laurel & Hardy’s Trail Of The Lonesome Pine which did it Xmas 1975 with a 1937 recording. Both records would be smashed eventually, though the only charted recording older than Laurel & Hardy is Winifred Shaw’s The Lullaby Of Broadway from 1935 which charted in 1976.

Taylor Dayne finally gets released and is rewarded with a massive climb to 17 (or a new entry ignoring the bonus weeks at 76) for the fab Tell It To My Heart. Jellybean takes Jingo to 2 consecutive top 20 singles, Springsteen makes it 12 years of top 40’s, and Simply Red join the classic blues cover trend and nick Ella Fitzgerald’s Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, in at 36. New Order are touched by the hand of God, which can get you 6 months inside these days, Wally Jump Junior covers Archie Bell & The Drells House-style, and The Smiths get another quick entry as the clock ticks on their career.


1 ( 2 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) SHAME Eurythmics
4 ( 3 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
5 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 7 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 16 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 14 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
9 ( 10 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
10 ( 6 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
12 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 8 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
14 ( 9 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
15 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
16 ( 19 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
17 ( 76 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
18 ( 15 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
19 ( 22 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
20 ( 34 ) JINGO Jellybean

21 ( 18 ) BAD Michael Jackson
22 ( 13 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 35 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 23 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
25 ( 17 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
26 ( 32 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
27 ( 41 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
28 ( 24 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
29 ( 39 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
30 ( 28 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

31 ( 29 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
32 ( 25 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
33 ( 21 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
34 ( 44 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
35 ( 26 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
36 ( NEW ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
37 ( 47 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
38 ( 49 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
39 ( 33 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
40 ( 37 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

41 ( 31 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
42 ( 40 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
43 ( 30 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
44 ( 38 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
45 ( 55 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
46 ( 36 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
47 ( 27 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
48 ( 66 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
49 ( 42 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
50 ( 62 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 54 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
53 ( 45 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
54 ( NEW ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
55 ( 52 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
56 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 57 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
58 ( NEW ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 61 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley

61 ( 48 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
62 ( 53 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
63 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
64 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter
65 ( 46 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
66 ( 75 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
67 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 65 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( RE ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher

71 ( 43 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
72 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
73 ( RE ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
74 ( 74 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
75 ( 73 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians

 

27th December 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys in a very quiet post-Xmas chart, just a top 10 move for Cher – her first solo top 10 since Dark Lady in 1974 – and Taylor Dayne debuts inside the 10 too. New Order get the biggest climber to the top 30, Climie Fisher get the biggest climber in the chart, to 39, for a second top 40, and the highest new entry is Heart, There’s The Girl.

Other newies: Roger Waters gets a solo non-Floyd track, 8 years since topping with Another Brick, The Stranglers cover The Kinks, Billy Idol returns with Hot In The City, U2 get a 4th track off the Joshua Tree, and Los Lobos cover Ritchie Valens again, this time Donna some months after the original was reissued. In my playlist I was into Roy Orbison and Abba, beating the future chart-topping hits albums.

1 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) SHAME Eurythmics
4 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
5 ( 4 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
6 ( 16 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
7 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 8 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
9 ( 6 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 17 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

11 ( 14 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
12 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 9 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
14 ( 10 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
16 ( 19 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
17 ( 11 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
18 ( 20 ) JINGO Jellybean
19 ( 13 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle

21 ( 29 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
22 ( 26 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
23 ( 34 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
24 ( 18 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
25 ( 27 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 21 ) BAD Michael Jackson
27 ( 30 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 36 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
29 ( 22 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 54 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order

31 ( 38 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
32 ( 28 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
33 ( 24 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
34 ( NEW ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
35 ( 37 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 48 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
37 ( 31 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
38 ( 58 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
39 ( 70 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
40 ( 35 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders

41 ( 40 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 45 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
43 ( 25 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
44 ( 32 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
45 ( NEW ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters
46 ( 33 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
47 ( 41 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
48 ( 39 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
49 ( 44 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
50 ( 50 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( NEW ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
53 ( 52 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
54 ( NEW ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
55 ( 55 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
56 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 49 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
58 ( 66 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 60 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley

61 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
62 ( 72 ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
63 ( 57 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
64 ( 64 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter
65 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
67 ( 62 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( 46 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

71 ( 53 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 74 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 73 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
74 ( NEW ) DONNA Los Lobos
75 ( 42 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams

playlist oldies
1 OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
2 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba

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 August 1987 Charts

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On the Wembley steps waiting all day for the gates to open for Madonna

4th August 1987

It’s straight in at 1 for the second track off the pending Actually album, giving Chris & Neil a 5th chart-topper and the 4th in a row, and also gives Dusty Springfield her comeback track, a first top 10 in err 18 years! Dusty was a mainstay of my youth and would have topped my theoretical charts 2 or 3 times in the 60’s. So kudos both! The bad news is it stops Bananarama getting a first number one and SAW a second. Def Leppard get a first top 10, and Jacko keeps the top 10’s a-coming 18 years on.

New Order climb high into the 20, Was (Not Was) into the 30, and The Colourfield cover The Monkees great non-single She, which enters at 27 giving Terry Hall 8 years of chart action. One of the oldest tracks to make my charts pops in at 48, for the late Ritchie Valens, as La Bamba fever grips the nation 28 years late.

In my playlisted tracks of the week (ie non-chart-eligible) there’s some album tracks from recent albums that should have been singles, but record companies being a bit dense weren’t spotted, one from Bucks Fizz which should have been the follow-up to Mamba Seyra, one from Human league which should have followed-up Human (and which eventually came out far too late in 1988), Abba’s Agnetha and her decent track, and also the Abba boys’ Just Like That for Gemini (not THAT Gemini, a Swedish act) using up half a song they had recorded with Abba (and much better it is too, short and sweet it finally came out in 1994-ish), expanded for their new hopefuls.

1 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 5 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
3 ( 4 ) ALONE Heart
4 ( 2 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
5 ( 1 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
6 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 10 ) CHANGE David Grant
8 ( 8 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
9 ( 16 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
10 ( 20 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

11 ( 9 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
12 ( 6 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 7 ) SOLD Boy George
14 ( 15 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
15 ( 18 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
16 ( 28 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
17 ( 11 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
18 ( 35 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
19 ( 12 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
20 ( 17 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2

21 ( 39 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
22 ( 13 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
23 ( 29 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
24 ( 14 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
25 ( 33 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
26 ( 34 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
27 ( NEW ) SHE The Colourfield
28 ( 26 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
29 ( 19 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
30 ( 46 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

31 ( 27 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
32 ( 22 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
33 ( 40 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
34 ( NEW ) UNITED STATES The Lift
35 ( 25 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
36 ( 48 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
37 ( 37 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
38 ( 30 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
39 ( 21 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
40 ( NEW ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho

41 ( 31 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
42 ( 32 ) FLM Mel & Kim
43 ( 71 ) CRAZY Icehouse
44 ( 23 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
45 ( 36 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
46 ( 52 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
47 ( 24 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
48 ( NEW ) LA BAMBA Ritchie Valens
49 ( 50 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band
50 ( 65 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson

51 ( 41 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
52 ( 51 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
53 ( 69 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
54 ( 42 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
55 ( 58 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
56 ( 38 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
57 ( NEW ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
58 ( 61 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
59 ( 63 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 55 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
62 ( 73 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
63 ( 62 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 44 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
65 ( 43 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
66 ( NEW ) SUGAR MICE Marillion
67 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( 57 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
69 ( 67 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen

71 ( NEW ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
72 ( 64 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
73 ( NEW ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
74 ( NEW ) I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT Luther Vandross
75 ( NEW ) SONG FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD Siouxsie & The Banshees

4th Aug
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LOVE IN A WORLD GONE MAD Bucks Fizz
2 THE DIARY Bread
3 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS The Human League
4 I WON’T LET YOU GO Agnetha Faltskog
5 JUST LIKE THAT Gemini

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Madonna at Wembley Crowd scene

11th August 1987

It’s a second week on top for Dusty & the Boys, and two at 2 for the ‘Nanas, with MJ going top 3 with his first Bad single. Def Leppard grab a first top 5, and New Order get their biggest track since Blue Monday, rocketing up to 5. Wax get a second consecutive top 10, giving Andrew Gold 3 in total, and Graham Gouldman, ooh, at least a dozen. Was (Not Was) get a second top 20, and Then Jericho leg it up to 20 from 40.

Highest new entry is The Pretenders, and with an 007 Bond song from the latest movie, and already only 7 places below aha’s theme track, their first single to fall-short of my top 10. Chrissie has had 8 years of non-stop entries, pretty much. Spagna brings some Eurocheese into the 40 – Call Me she says. Not if I have choice of Go West or Blondie Call Me’s instead! Prince & Sheena climb big having the look of a top 30, and Linda Ronstadt also climbs into the 40 with James Ingram, 9 years since her 60’s classic Different Drum bothered my charts as B side to a lesser cover.

Kim Wilde is boosted up to 40, as The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys do a rap cover of 60’s surf classic Wipeout, a debut for the Fat Boys, and 19 years of hit-making for the Beach Boys, who featured in my first-ever chart, and regularly since. At 49, a modest entry for the latest SAW act to benefit from the Hit Factory, a young white lad with a soulful voice, Rick Astley and Never Gonna Give You Up. I doubt anyone has heard of the record, or him. I mean, the chances of production-line pop acts like Rick, soon-to-be Kylie, and Bananarama having music careers in 30 years-time must be very slim….

Jesus & Mary Chain bring another sweet-buzzsaw track into the charts, not the Garbage song, though Happy When It Rains is decent enough, and just behind a 60’s smooth soul class act returns with Jeffrey Osbourne in tow, on Love Power. Dionne Warwick’s entire classic 60’s career was over, pretty much, by the time I started charting, so her actual debut was 1974 and Then Came You. She was of course, the major muse for huge numbers of Burt Bacaharach & Hal David songs. Well, the fab melody gives a clue – Burt is back, with Carole Bayer Sager on lyric duty some 10 years since she had her own hit with You’re Moving Out Today, before becoming an in-demand hit songwriter.

The Smiths are also still charting, with one of their funniest songs, Girlfriend In A Coma. Who says Morrissey has no sense of humour?! At least I THINK it’s supposed to be amusing…. Squeeze are back after a few years away, the catchy Hourglass reuniting Jules Holland with Chris & Glenn for their 10th anniversary. Like Love Power, this one was a big track on US radio for my forthcoming California hols. Finally a couple of Lovers Rock reggae entries down in the boondocks end of the chart, all on follow-up duties.

1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
3 ( 10 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
4 ( 9 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
5 ( 18 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
6 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 3 ) ALONE Heart
8 ( 5 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
9 ( 4 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
10 ( 14 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax

11 ( 21 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
12 ( 7 ) CHANGE David Grant
13 ( 8 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
14 ( 12 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 11 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
16 ( 30 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
17 ( 23 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
18 ( 13 ) SOLD Boy George
19 ( 19 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
20 ( 40 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho

21 ( 34 ) UNITED STATES The Lift
22 ( 20 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
23 ( 17 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
24 ( 25 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
25 ( 26 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
26 ( NEW ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
27 ( 15 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
28 ( NEW ) CALL ME Spagna
29 ( 22 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
30 ( 57 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton

31 ( 16 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
32 ( 37 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
33 ( 27 ) SHE The Colourfield
34 ( 24 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
35 ( 53 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
36 ( 50 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
37 ( 29 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
38 ( 31 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
39 ( 43 ) CRAZY Icehouse
40 ( 71 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde

41 ( 35 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
42 ( 59 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( 41 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
44 ( 38 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 46 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
46 ( RE ) I SURRENDER Samantha Fox
47 ( NEW ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
48 ( 48 ) LA BAMBA Ritchie Valens
49 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
50 ( 62 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

51 ( 32 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
52 ( 36 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
53 ( 70 ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen
54 ( 66 ) SUGAR MICE Marillion
55 ( 28 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
56 ( 52 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
57 ( NEW ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
58 ( 33 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
59 ( NEW ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 74 ) I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT Luther Vandross

61 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
63 ( 51 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
64 ( 39 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
65 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 58 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
67 ( 61 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
68 ( 73 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
69 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
70 ( 69 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( 54 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
73 ( 55 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
74 ( NEW ) FRIENDS AND LOVERS Boris Gardiner & Gwen Guthrie
75 ( NEW ) YOU CAUGHT MY EYE Judy Boucher

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 LOVE IN A WORLD GONE MAD Bucks Fizz
2 I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
3 VENUS Bananarama

Madonna Wembley Stadium 1987 986

18th August 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Dusty, Chris & Neil, holding off the forthcoming Jacko blitz at 2, with Was (Not Was) getting a second top ten and Rick Astley’s debut up 40 places to 9 giving SAW 2 top 10’s. XTC hit the top 10 then dropped out (it got little airplay to speak of) and it’s back at 12, so I assume I heard it somewhere that week and realised it was still fab! Dionne & Jeffery’s Bacharach “power” ballad shoots up to 17, the 2nd-biggest climber, Ms. Warwick’s biggest in 2 years, and just ahead of faves from Prince & Sheena, and the Pretenders Bond theme inside the 20.

Biggest-climber is The Smiths’ Girlfriend In A Coma at 22, as Bowie’s 3rd track off the album enters at 23, the best track on the album actually, Never Let Me Down. In a hectic week for top 40 movement The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys are up 20, Black’s top 10 Wonderful Life returns in the wake of Sweetest Smile’s success, back in at 29, and another future 1988 smash (in slightly remixed form) enters at 33 for Climie Fisher, the fab original version of Love Changes Everything. Sam Fox goes top 40 against my expectations, The Kane Gang get another instant top 40 with What Time Is It – pretty sure I have the album Miracle on vinyl or cassette somewhere unplayed for 30 years, though I recall it was not bad at all.

Jesus & Mary Chain keep the top 40’s going, as do Wet Wet Wet with a second sweet little mystery – the mystery being why it got that high. I must have been excited about going to the States in a few weeks and feeling upbeat and benign! In at 44 the ab fab Hey Matthew, with Karel Fialka returning 7 years on from The Eyes Have It, and drafting in his son to great effect. Still charming. John Lydon is also back, 9 years of PIL hits, a decade including The Sex Pistols, U2 have a subdued 3rd cut off The Joshua Tree – it is actually fab but coming after I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For it paled a bit in comparison until the Pet Shop Boys piss-take made me realise I did actually rather like it a lot, and the album too. Herb Alpert grabs a third comeback single, John Cougar makes it 5 years since Jack And Diane debuted, Sham ’69 return for the last time after a gap of 7 years, 9 years on, and Huey Lewis is another 5-years-on returning act.


1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 3 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
3 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 4 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
5 ( 5 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
6 ( 10 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
7 ( 2 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
8 ( 16 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
9 ( 49 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
10 ( 7 ) ALONE Heart

11 ( 11 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
12 ( RE ) DEAR GOD XTC
13 ( 13 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
14 ( 8 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
15 ( 9 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 59 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
18 ( 12 ) CHANGE David Grant
19 ( 30 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
20 ( 26 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007

21 ( 14 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
22 ( 69 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
23 ( NEW ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
24 ( 47 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
25 ( 19 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
26 ( 18 ) SOLD Boy George
27 ( 17 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
28 ( 22 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
29 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
30 ( 35 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram

31 ( 23 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
32 ( 15 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
33 ( NEW ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
34 ( 40 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY Icehouse
36 ( 46 ) I SURRENDER (TO THE SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT) Samantha Fox
37 ( 21 ) UNITED STATES The Lift
38 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
39 ( 57 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
40 ( 50 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

41 ( 29 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
42 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( 36 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
44 ( NEW ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
45 ( 24 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
46 ( 38 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
47 ( 37 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
48 ( 43 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
49 ( 25 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
50 ( 72 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

51 ( 53 ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen
52 ( 41 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
53 ( 31 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
54 ( NEW ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
55 ( 27 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
56 ( 44 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
57 ( NEW ) JUST CALL Sherrick
58 ( 56 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
59 ( 28 ) CALL ME Spagna
60 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY This Way Up

61 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( NEW ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
63 ( 32 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
64 ( 62 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 66 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
67 ( 71 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
68 ( 68 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
69 ( 52 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
70 ( 34 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr

71 ( NEW ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert
72 ( NEW ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
73 ( 70 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) RIP AND TEAR Sham ’69
75 ( NEW ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

Playlist oldies of the week
1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
2 HARD TIMES Human League
3 IT MUST BE LOVE Labi Siffre
4 THE DIARY Bread

25th August 1987

It’s a 4th week on top for Chris, Neil & Dusty, holding off a mighty 12″ remix challenge of the lead track off the first EP I ever bought, and also the first album I ever bought, both in 1970 – The Archies’ Sugar Sugar thus getting a 3rd run at my chart 18 years on. As a kid I loved the songs in the cartoon TV show. I haven’t seen Riverdale but I just know it’s going to be an improvement on the non-song Archie gang cartoon bits of The Archies Show which these days are excruciating to sit through!

Pretenders get yet another top 10, 9 years since Kid it did first, and outdo the lead Bond theme from a-ha! Prince gets yet another top 10 4 years since 1999 first did it, and Sheena gets her first top 10 since Machinery did it 5 years earlier. Sheena also did a Bond theme that fell short of the top 10. Another 1969 UK top 10 hit returns, it’s Elvis and If I Can Dream, at his most OTT doubled with Elvis at his most subtle, the 50’s classic Love Me Tender, in at 18 18 years since If I Can Dream hit my top 5. Big climbs for Karel Fialka, John Cougar Mellencamp, and Donny Osmond is back! In at 39, he’s in it for love 11 years since C’Mon Marianne, his Frankie Valli cover, troubled my charts, and 15 years since Puppy Love debuted.

LL Cool J goes straight into the 40 as well, I Need Love he says – well a few years in NCIS must help. Debbie Gibson debuts, spearheading a teenybop girlie pop singer craze riding in on Madonna’s inspirational coat-tails, at 43 Only In My Dreams. Co-incidentally I saw Madonna in concert for the first time this week, standing at Wembley amongst the noisy and badly-behaved throng. My abiding memory is of tiny Madonna-a-likes on their dad’s shoulders getting bombarded with bottles of piss by pissed hooligans who had their view of the stage blocked. Madonna was fab, but they spoilt the concert for me. Future Madonna gigs I got seats. Top tracks listed below…

Talking of comebacks, Shirl is also back! Last seen in 1973 with Never Never Never, and now back cooled-up diva-style with Yello after years of being hopelessly irrelevant to pop music. La Bassey was a big fave of dad’s back in the 60’s, and while I loved Goldfinger and Big Spender, and ballads like For All We Know and As Long As He Needs Me, she’d really not featured much in my charts at all, largely being a bit OTT for my tastes. Talking of comebacks, Slade are also back for a final fling 16 years in to a non-stop chart-career, and Cliff drops the best track on his rather decent current album, Some People. Bar one Xmas single (very much not the awful Mistletoe & Millennium) it was all downhill after this. Still, 18 years of chart action ain’t bad.

Sinitta is back. Toy Boy. Why is it in my chart?! Eric Clapton under-performed first time-round with his bedroom tribute to his muse (that’ll be George Harrison’s ex, already immortalised in Layla) Wonderful Tonight, so that’s having another go too. The best new track is at 75, though, the fab follow-up to the fab When Smokey Sings off the fab Alphabet City album, The Night You Murdered Love from ABC 6 years on and still cool. Still are cool 32 years later and Martin Fry is in fine voice fettle.


1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
3 ( 2 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
4 ( 6 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
5 ( 9 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
6 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 5 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
8 ( 7 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
9 ( 20 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
10 ( 19 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton

11 ( 4 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
12 ( 10 ) ALONE Heart
13 ( 17 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
14 ( 8 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
15 ( 11 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 23 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
18 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
19 ( 24 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
20 ( 14 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

21 ( 13 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
22 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
23 ( 33 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
24 ( 29 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
25 ( 15 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
26 ( 12 ) DEAR GOD XTC
27 ( 44 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
28 ( 38 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
29 ( 21 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
30 ( 39 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain

31 ( 18 ) CHANGE David Grant
32 ( 34 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
33 ( 35 ) CRAZY Icehouse
34 ( 28 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
35 ( 72 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
36 ( 25 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
37 ( 31 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
38 ( 40 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
39 ( NEW ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond
40 ( NEW ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J

41 ( 26 ) SOLD Boy George
42 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( NEW ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
44 ( 50 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
45 ( NEW ) THE RHYTHM DIVINE Yello featuring Shirley Bassey
46 ( 62 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
47 ( 30 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
48 ( 43 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
49 ( 57 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
50 ( 27 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil

51 ( 48 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
52 ( 54 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
53 ( 32 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
54 ( 41 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
55 ( NEW ) YOY BOYZ MAKE BIG NOIZE Slade
56 ( 63 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
57 ( 36 ) I SURRENDER (TO THE SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT) Samantha Fox
58 ( 60 ) TELL ME WHY This Way Up
59 ( 59 ) CALL ME Spagna
60 ( 37 ) UNITED STATES The Lift

61 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( 58 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
63 ( 52 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
64 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( 46 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
66 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( 47 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
68 ( 75 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
69 ( 67 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard

71 ( 49 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
72 ( NEW ) TOY BOY Sinitta
73 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL TONIGHT Eric Clapton
75 ( NEW ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC

MADONNA’S WHO’S THAT GIRL TOUR LIVE AT WEMBLEY
1 LIKE A VIRGIN/I CAN’T HELP MYSELF
2 LIVE TO TELL
3 HOLIDAY

My Retro September 1969 Charts

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Changi Village, Singapore, and the side of the road with the music shop on that I brought this from:

 

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6th August 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bobbie Gentry in the week my family left the UK, and my actual top fave track was In The Year 2525 (see shortening chart as I lose touch with new music). Dusty goes top 3 for the 2nd time, and The Temps get a second top 10. Nilsson takes Everybody’s Talking back into the 20 again after a mighty leap to 11, and The O’Jays get a first top 20. Elvis leaps into the 30 with Suspicious Minds and The Monkees unexpectedly extend their massive run of top 40 chart entries over a 3-year period as Good Clean Fun climbs fast and the B side enters at 67 – the highest new one. The A side is Mike Nesmith in country-swing, the B is Micky Dolenz in skat mode a la Randy Scouse Git.

James Brown gets his 2nd top 40, The Isley Brothers a 7th, as the Radha Krishna Temple enter, a Beatles-related off-the-wall UK hit, and one which I did get to hear at the time – a bit of a rarity. From this point on it’s safer to assume I didn’t get to hear them, and caught the big hits 5 years later on the Jimmy S*v*lle 5 Years Ago Sunday charts show rundown, and the minor ones probably just now! Andy Kim has Sugar, Sugar higher up, and some more Archies on the way, as he returns with another chart entry of his own: So Good Together at 71. Dionne Warwick covers the Righteous Brothers classic for some reason – it’s not in the same league, but pleasant enough – Sandie Shaw returns with the inspiration for a future Morrissey Smiths’ song, and rock-band Crow debut with a track that will be big in the USA in 1970. Never heard it before in my life.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 9 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 3
4 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
5 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
6 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
7 ( 11 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 7
8 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
9 ( 5 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
10 ( 10 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 10

11 ( 50 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 11
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
13 ( 12 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
14 ( 14 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
15 ( 13 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
16 ( 20 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
17 ( 16 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
18 ( 15 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
19 ( 19 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
20 ( 26 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20

21 ( 17 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
22 ( 23 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 22
23 ( 18 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
24 ( 46 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 24
25 ( 25 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
26 ( 27 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 26
27 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 27
28 ( 22 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
29 ( 21 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
30 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 30

31 ( 24 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
32 ( 28 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
33 ( 38 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 33
34 ( 35 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
35 ( 31 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
36 ( 43 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 36
37 ( 29 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
38 ( 64 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 38
39 ( 36 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
40 ( 56 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 40

41 ( 42 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 41
42 ( 30 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30
43 ( 37 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
44 ( 41 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
45 ( 59 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 45
46 ( 72 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 46
47 ( 52 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 47
48 ( 48 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
49 ( 32 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
50 ( 66 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 50

51 ( 65 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 40
53 ( 39 ) CURLY The Move # 39
54 ( 62 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 54
55 ( 71 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 55
56 ( 53 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
57 ( 67 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 57
58 ( 54 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
59 ( 68 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 59
60 ( 57 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1

61 ( 55 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
62 ( 69 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 62
63 ( 51 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
64 ( 61 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
65 ( 73 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 65
66 ( 70 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 66
67 ( NEW ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 67
68 ( 47 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
69 ( NEW ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 69
70 ( 49 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16

71 ( NEW ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 71
72 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 72
73 ( NEW ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 73
74 ( 74 ) I’LL BET YOU Funkadelic # 74
75 ( NEW ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 75

6th Sep Retro-Then

Snippets from my life that week: bought Adventure Comics 373 (Legion Of Super-Heroes) which was the second-most exciting thing of the week, after seeing the island of Gan in the Indian Ocean from the air, a tropical coral paradise of green in a sunny blue vast ocean, and then landing on the RAF stop-off in the VC-10. Hot, sunny, sherbet-orange drinks, giant fruit bats. Singapore was hot, humid. Very humid. The Cameron Hotel was a regular first stop-off for RAF families till they rented a house, I thought the Chinese ladies zipping about the place were girls cos they were as short as me. There were chit-chats everywhere (wall geckos catching insects). I found I am utterly lifelong irresistible – to mosquitos. Put me in a crowd of 100,000 and they can zero in on me and feast and I balloon and swell within seconds. Air-conditioning is a blessed relief on the equator. I felt shy and embarrassed at not being able to speak the local languages (though everyone spoke at least some English). Shark is tough to eat, and I was very uneasy about it being on the menu and never did it again (I was unaware what it was). I am vegetarian now and sharks are being decimated worldwide.

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 2 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
3 ( 3 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 14 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
5 ( 5 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 4 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 13 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 ( 9 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers

11 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
12 ( 11 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
14 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
15 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry

 

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swimming lessons RAF Changi

13th September 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for Bobbie Gentry as Dusty challenges at 2, Nilsson is back into the top 5 a year on from topping with Everybody’s Talking, and there is an Archies invasion of tracks from the first album I ever bought with my own money. That album was Everything’s Archie, it made the US charts, and my album was an Australian pressing in glorious stereo. It sounds really good on a record deck, was beautifully-produced with no frills – and all of the CD/download/streaming versions since have been pretty rubbish on the whole – guess nobody thinks it’s worthy of remastering. Hey ho it’s only my childhood. I bought it about a year later, actually, after getting obsessed with the Bicycles Rollerskates & You melody which got plugged on the TV show a lot (in at 40). I subsequently also went big on the tunefulness of Circle Of Blue, but the track that still bops and sounds freshest is You Little Angel, You.

The Monkees shoot up into the 20 for their 2nd of the year, Elvis gets his 3rd top 20 of the year, Isaac Hayes his first, and Je T’Aime at last finds a gap to jump up. In a very low week for new entries the highest is The 5th Dimension at 24 with yet another fab cover of a Laura Nyro song, Wedding Bell Blues, as recently covered by Morrissey – obviously as much a fan as me. Not one I knew at the time mind you, but I managed to get hold of a vinyl copy in 1975 in a Mansfield second-hand shop and grew to love it over the years. Peggy Lee pops in at 59 with her unusual and semi-depressing dark understated Is That All There Is. I’ve never been able to work out if it’s darkly whimsical or just very very dark, full-stop, since I first heard it back in the 90’s. Peggy, of course, was beloved of kids for her He’s A Tramp Disney and The Siamese Cat Song songs, including me.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
2 ( 3 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 2
3 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
4 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 4
5 ( 7 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
8 ( 6 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
9 ( 10 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
10 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1

11 ( 24 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 11
12 ( 22 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
13 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
14 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
15 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
16 ( 27 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 16
17 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17
18 ( 38 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 18
19 ( 15 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
20 ( 17 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1

21 ( 18 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
22 ( 36 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 22
23 ( 16 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
24 ( NEW ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 24
25 ( 21 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
26 ( 14 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
27 ( 20 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
28 ( 46 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 28
29 ( 33 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 29
30 ( 25 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1

31 ( 23 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
32 ( 19 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
33 ( 40 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 33
34 ( 34 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
35 ( 32 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
36 ( 45 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 36
37 ( 47 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 37
38 ( 41 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 38
39 ( 35 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
40 ( NEW ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 40

41 ( 28 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
42 ( 29 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
43 ( 39 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
44 ( 31 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
45 ( 50 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 45
46 ( 30 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 30
47 ( 51 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 47
48 ( 37 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
49 ( 44 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
50 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 50

51 ( 55 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 51
52 ( 65 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 52
53 ( 57 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 53
54 ( 59 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 54
55 ( 43 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
56 ( 42 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30
57 ( NEW ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 57
58 ( NEW ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 58
59 ( 66 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 59
60 ( 62 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 60

61 ( 56 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
62 ( 67 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 62
63 ( 58 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
64 ( 60 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
65 ( 69 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 65
66 ( 71 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 66
67 ( 72 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 67
68 ( 48 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
69 ( 73 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 69
70 ( NEW ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 70

71 ( 64 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
72 ( NEW ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 72
73 ( NEW ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 73
74 ( 75 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 74
75 ( NEW ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 75

RETRO THEN

In this actual week, it was week 2 in the Cameron Hotel and a trip to RAF Changi swimming pool. The handy guide provided by the RAF warned about burning in the equatorial sun. Sadly, my very young parents can’t have read it, as after an hour or two frollicking in the pool in the hot sun, me teaching myself to swim using a rubber ring for support (age 11!), we all started to invisibly burn. By the time we got home on the local bus it was becoming more obvious and ultimately became agony to move. The next few days was mostly spent lying on my stomach covered in soothing cream, in the aircon, and trying not to move. Talk about miserable!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
4 ( 15 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
5 ( 4 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
6 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
9 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
10 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan

11 ( 5 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
12 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( NEW ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
14 ( NEW ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
15 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

 

 

 

20th Sept 1969

It’s a first week on top for Dusty Springfield’s version of Barbara Ackland & Eugene Record’s song, her second chart-topper, and it shows Dusty singing in a different register which works beautifully. Highest new entry at 4 is the original Na Na Hey Hey from Steam later covered to lesser effect by actual Nana’s – Bananarama in 1983 did a good attempt though. Elvis gets his 3rd top 10 of 1969 and The Isley Brothers get a second (and again with an older Motown track).

Betty Everett climbs healthily into the 20, Maybe, and it’s another quiet week for new entries with Tommy James adding to his lengthy list at 70 – great Ball Of Fire! Johnny Cash enters with Rhythm after his Sue ended up not even getting as high as 72, and The Archies try to get every track on their second album on the list: Hot Dog! Hot Dog was a big ol’ dog named Hot Dog in the comic book and TV show and got plugged quite a bit.


1 ( 2 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
2 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
4 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 4
5 ( 3 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
6 ( 11 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
7 ( 22 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
8 ( 5 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
10 ( 8 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1

11 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
12 ( 28 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 12
13 ( 10 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
14 ( 16 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
15 ( 24 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 15
16 ( 9 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
17 ( 18 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 17
18 ( 12 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
19 ( 13 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
20 ( 14 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5

21 ( 19 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
22 ( 20 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
23 ( 21 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
24 ( 15 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
25 ( 29 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
26 ( 17 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17
27 ( 36 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27
28 ( 33 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
29 ( 40 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 29
30 ( 23 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16

31 ( 25 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
32 ( 37 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 32
33 ( 38 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 33
34 ( 30 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
35 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
36 ( 26 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
37 ( 35 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
38 ( 31 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
39 ( 45 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 39
40 ( 50 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 40

41 ( 32 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
42 ( 58 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 42
43 ( 34 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
44 ( 39 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
45 ( 51 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 45
46 ( 47 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 46
47 ( 43 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
48 ( 41 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
49 ( 57 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 49
50 ( 53 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 50

51 ( 49 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
52 ( 52 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 52
53 ( 54 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 53
54 ( 42 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
55 ( 44 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
56 ( 59 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 56
57 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 57
58 ( 62 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 58
59 ( 65 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 59
60 ( 48 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8

61 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 61
62 ( 60 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 60
63 ( 69 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 63
64 ( 70 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 64
65 ( 72 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 65
66 ( 66 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 66
67 ( 74 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 67
68 ( 61 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
69 ( 73 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 69
70 ( NEW ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 70

71 ( 63 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
72 ( NEW ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 72
73 ( NEW ) HOT DOG The Archies # 73
74 ( 75 ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 74
75 ( NEW ) MIND, BODY AND SOUL The Flaming Ember # 75

Back in Singapore for the third week there and we were house-hunting to rent and move out of the Hotel. Our new friends the Marshalls found one in Bedokville and the new-builds there looked like pure middle-class Americana suburbs to me. The house next door to them was vacant and it had 4 bedrooms. It seemed like a mansion. Then there was school to think of. It had already started and I was about to start at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern, which involved a Ghari (white RAF bus) ride to the north side of the island, school uniform khaki shorts and white short-sleeved shirt. Everything was new and an adventure…

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 9 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 8 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
5 ( 2 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 13 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
8 ( 7 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
9 ( 10 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
10 ( 14 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass

11 ( 5 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
12 ( 11 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
13 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( NEW ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
15 ( NEW ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash

 

27th September 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the John Barry brilliant instrumental movie theme, which took 11 years to chart in the UK – better late then never. John Barry had a host of fab stuff earlier in the 60’s, not least his Bond stuff, and would be back before too long. That’s not all, Glen Campbell gets his 3rd top 5 of the year with the fab Try A Little Kindness, not Jimmy Webb, shock horror, while The Monkees get an unexpected last gasp top 10 for quite a while – as in decades. Betty Everett also gets a first top 10. And last!

In at 12 it’s the Hollies classic which topped my chart (& the UK chart) in 1988 belatedly, Abbey Road is 50 years old, and topping the UK album charts again, giving me an excuse to chart the best tracks off it, headed by Here Comes The Sun – now far and away the most-streamed Beatles track, the most-charted in the 21st century, and the one that most-appeals to the younger generation. George Harrison has the other big new entry with Something, while Paul and John have to make do with lower-down positions.

Mama Cass is in with future Paloma Faith popular advert seller, Make Your Own Kind Of Music, Fleetwood Mac with future Oh Well hit cover in the 90’s, Phil Specter is still pushing Sonny Charles & Co with a good cover of Creedence’s Proud Mary, and Rick Nelson is back with a cover of a Dylan song.


1 ( NEW ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 1 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
4 ( 4 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 4
5 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
7 ( 5 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
8 ( 17 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
9 ( 6 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
10 ( 12 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10

11 ( 7 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
12 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 12
13 ( 15 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 13
14 ( 9 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
15 ( 10 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
16 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 16
17 ( 13 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
18 ( 8 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
19 ( 11 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 20

21 ( 14 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
22 ( 16 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
23 ( NEW ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 29 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
25 ( 22 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
26 ( 23 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
27 ( 21 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
28 ( 32 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 28
29 ( 39 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 29
30 ( 18 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12

31 ( 19 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
32 ( 20 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
33 ( 40 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 33
34 ( 24 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
35 ( 25 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
36 ( 28 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
37 ( 42 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 37
38 ( 45 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 38
39 ( 34 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
40 ( 27 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27

41 ( 30 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
42 ( 37 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
43 ( 57 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 43
44 ( 49 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 44
45 ( 38 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
46 ( 33 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 33
47 ( NEW ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 47
48 ( 50 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 48
49 ( 52 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 49
50 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17

51 ( 44 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
52 ( 53 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 52
53 ( 47 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
54 ( 46 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 46
55 ( 56 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 55
56 ( 59 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 56
57 ( 58 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 57
58 ( 51 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
59 ( 35 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
60 ( 41 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19

61 ( 65 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 61
62 ( 63 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 62
63 ( 64 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 63
64 ( 66 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 64
65 ( 67 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 65
66 ( NEW ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 66
67 ( 31 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
68 ( 69 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 68
69 ( 70 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 48 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5

71 ( 72 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 71
72 ( 36 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 73
74 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 74
75 ( NEW ) SHE BELONGS TO ME Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band # 75

Back in Singapore…I was at school, and making new friends, notably bestie Stephen Game who was cool and got me in with the lads, literal hot fun running round the school grounds in equatorial sun playing tag. Sweaty days!

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 4 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
4 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 ( 7 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 10 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
7 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 8 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
9 ( 14 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
10 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

11 ( 11 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
12 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
13 ( 15 ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
14 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y.D.O.O) The Archies
15 ( NEW ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin

My Retro August 1969 Charts

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2nd August 1969

It’s a first week on top, after an 11-week run, for Crystal Blue Persuasion. Tommy James & co had peaked at 2 behind some all-time faves, but is still fresh and grabs the band a second chart-topper, after Mony Mony in 1968. Bowie gets his first top 5, The Love Affair get a 3rd top 10 and Vanity fare a first.

Big climbs into the 40 for The Chi-Lites, and The O’Jays, while the highest new entry keeps the soul/funk sounds hot with The Temptations mighty I Can’t Get Next To You entering at 38. More soul new entries include the The Whispers debuting with a doowop goodie I’ve never heard before, but which was doing well in the Soul charts at the time – they wouldn’t get a UK hit until the disco era in 1980 with And The Beat Goes On. The Moments return with another entry, I Do, and The Delfonics with You Got Yours.

Nick Drake’s Riverman enters at 47 – he had to posthumously wait until 2004 to get an entry in my own charts, being as I’d never actually heard anything by him until the 90’s as his reputation grew. Bill Deal is back with his 3rd goodie, and the only one to become a big-ish US hit, Engelbert keeps pumping out the MOR ballads, and Evie Sands (who?!) does a decent cover of The Troggs Anyway That You Want Me 8 years ahead of the UK hit mash-up cover.

1 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 10 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 4
5 ( 1 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
6 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 6
7 ( 9 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 7
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
9 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 9
10 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 10
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
12 ( 11 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 13
14 ( 8 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 16 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( 19 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
17 ( 12 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
18 ( 24 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
19 ( 22 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 19
20 ( 25 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20

21 ( 14 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
22 ( 18 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
23 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 23
24 ( 44 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 24
25 ( 20 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
26 ( 21 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
27 ( 40 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 27
28 ( 32 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 28
29 ( 27 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
30 ( 28 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3

31 ( 26 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
32 ( 42 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 32
33 ( 45 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 33
34 ( 29 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
35 ( 31 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
36 ( 33 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
37 ( 57 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 37
38 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 38
39 ( 34 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
40 ( 43 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40

41 ( 37 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
42 ( 38 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
43 ( 35 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
44 ( 56 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 44
45 ( 36 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
46 ( 52 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( NEW ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 47
48 ( 51 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
49 ( 46 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 30 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 30

51 ( 58 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 51
52 ( 48 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
53 ( 59 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 53
54 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 55
56 ( 50 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
57 ( 64 ) HAPPY William Bell # 57
58 ( 66 ) CURLY The Move # 58
59 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 59
60 ( 41 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20

61 ( 39 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 39
62 ( 74 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 62
63 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 63
64 ( 67 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 64
65 ( 60 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
66 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 66
67 ( 68 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 67
68 ( 70 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 68
69 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( 71 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 70

71 ( 73 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 71
72 ( NEW ) I DO The Moments # 72
73 ( NEW ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck # 74
75 ( NEW ) ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME Evie Sands # 75

2nd aug Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 4 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 16 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
6 ( 2 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
7 ( 10 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 6 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 17 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affiar
10 ( 5 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
14 ( 11 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
15 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
16 ( 20 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees
17 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
18 ( 14 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
20 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention

 

9th August 1969

It’s a first week on top for David Bowie and his groundbreaking Space Oddity – the sounds of the 7early 0’s were now well in flow, what with the onslaught of Soul tracks lower down the chart, and smatterings of country, reggae, pop, social commentary and bluesrock. Back in the actual world of Me I recently rediscovered a top 10 I did for this week in one of my doodlepads of the time, and so I’ve adjusted the chart I’d compiled to fill in the gap at a later date to reflect my actual top 10, the other tracks shuffling 11-20. So, yes, Joe Dolan topped my chart that week, and not Elvis as I’d mis-remembered. Elvis tops my 7th official chart next week though, my first-ever top 30 (as a one-off until January 1974).

A static top 10 tracks just shuffling about a bit, and the highest new entry is The Bee Gees Don’t Forget To Remember at 16 – essentially Barry and Maurice going country and nestling alongside bruv Robin’s B side at 15. Dylan and Georgie Fame both go top 20 after weeks of slowly edging closer. Nick Drake and two doo-wop tracks go top 40, none of them known at the time, and CCR keep the run of entries going with Green River, as the UK is still one single behind the US. Marvin Gaye enters with Grapevine part 2 (at least in terms of production), Isaac Hayes debuts with his sound of the early 70’s – a Buttered Soul cover of Walk On By, all sexy and slowed funkysoul, Barry White was busy taking notes no doubt. His career classic was only 3 years away…

At 71, a Northern Soul track by a band I’ve never heard of enters at 71 – Pain and The Mystics – as Marva Whitney, then-James-Brown lady-love funks it up good at 73, and finally Smokey is back with another sweet soul song that is also new to me. New entries have slowed down, which is a blessed relief, the chart is over-packed with classics. From here-on there are no more records to enter my chart that I first heard in England in 1969. The Bee Gees’ is the last one to turn up. Tracks will either be new to me, one’s I heard years later, or songs I first heard in Singapore usually a short while after they had first charted in either the UK or USA.

 

1 ( 4 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 1 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
5 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
6 ( 7 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
7 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 8
9 ( 10 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 9
10 ( 8 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1

11 ( 13 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 11
12 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 11 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
14 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 16
17 ( 19 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 17
18 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
19 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
20 ( 28 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20

21 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
22 ( 16 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
23 ( 24 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 23
24 ( 27 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 24
25 ( 22 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
26 ( 18 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
27 ( 32 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 27
28 ( 25 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
29 ( 38 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 29
30 ( 26 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6

31 ( 33 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 31
32 ( 37 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 32
33 ( 20 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20
34 ( 47 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 34
35 ( 29 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
36 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
37 ( 55 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 37
38 ( 46 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 38
39 ( 44 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 39
40 ( 51 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 40

41 ( 34 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
42 ( 35 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
43 ( 62 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 43
44 ( 41 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
45 ( 36 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
46 ( 31 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
47 ( 42 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
48 ( 53 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 48
49 ( 39 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
50 ( 58 ) CURLY The Move # 50

51 ( 57 ) HAPPY William Bell # 51
52 ( 43 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
53 ( 49 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
54 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 40 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40
56 ( 64 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 56
57 ( 52 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
58 ( 66 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 58
59 ( 45 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
60 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 60

61 ( 48 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
62 ( 69 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 56 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
64 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 64
65 ( 68 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 65
66 ( 67 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 66
67 ( 71 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 67
68 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 68
69 ( 72 ) I DO The Moments # 69
70 ( 73 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( NEW ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 65 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
73 ( NEW ) THINGS GOT TO GET BETTER (GET TOGETHER) Marva Whitney # 73
74 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
75 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 75

RETRO THEN 6th official chart

1 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
2 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 17 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 4 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
7 ( 20 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
8 ( 19 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
9 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( 5 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
12 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
14 ( 15 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
15 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
16 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
17 ( 14 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
18 ( 13 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
19 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( RE ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

16th August 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Space Oddity as the next 3 stay top 5 for a whopping 3 months and counting, as the deluge of classics over the summer is now more of a trickle as we head into a period when few songs became known to me at the time. Lou Christie gets his first official top 10, though Lightnin’ Strikes would have topped my chart pre-1967, and The Bee Gees grab a 3rd of the year – matching brother Robin who’s not on the new track.

Nick Drake gets a big climb into the top 20, The Temps get a second of the year, and The Chi-lites get their very first top 20, the first of many. Motherlode sprint into the 30 with a song I didn’t know 3 weeks ago: When I Die sounds totally mid 70’s West Coast soulrock and ahead of it’s time. Isaac Hayes is also looking into the sounds of the 70’s as Walk On By runs on up into the 40, and Ralph McTell debuts at 40 with his classic Streets Of London – this is the original version that flopped, rather than his better-sung re-recorded late-1974 version that hit 2 in the UK charts, but it’s still relevant today, and still wistfully touching.

At 65, the soul hits keep-on a-coming at pace as Archie Bell & The Drells start to refine their sound on My Balloon’s Going Up, just ahead of the next single which perfects it. The Peddlers give Birth at 66, and at 69 it’s a debut for a song everyone over a certain age will associate with their childhood: Mah Na Mah na was cut for an Italian movie by Piero Umiliano, and then got picked up by Sesame Street (which I watched on TV in Singapore) before Benny Hill made it familiar in his comedy shows. It took 8 years to chart in the UK though, and the first episode of The Muppet Show, with Jim Henson revisiting the song for his new ITV series. The song became hugely popular in that version, and was probably the main reason the Halfway Up The Stairs was a big hit (it was on the B side) for The Muppets. People not realising, meanwhile, went for the original, and that also went top 10 belatedly. I bought both singles.

Marvin Gaye gets some B-side action, talking of that, as his 7-year-old Wherever I Lay My Hat charts. If ever a song proved that a mildly pleasant version can be transformed into something wonderful, it’s this song when comparing the original to the hit Paul Young 1983 version. Joe South is back for the 5th time in 1969, and there’s also a scraping-in for Marc Bolan at one end of the chart while Bowie is at the other end: shades of the Glam future! I bought King Of The Rumbling Spire on the budget MFP compilation of early tracks for future T.Rex, but it wasn’t quite in the same minor league as Debora and One Inch Rock, and other early tracks, I thought, when I played it a lot in 1974. Haven’t changed my mind.

Back in the actual day it’s my final actual chart before flying off to a strange new world – where the UK chart wasn’t broadcast, I only got to hear stuff on 2-Way family favourites (the Forces Radio 2 cross-over) or local radio and I only got to read about hit songs in the weekly press listings: I think the Daily Mirror used to print the top 30, but we only got these weeks after the event as a bound weekly batch so they weren’t so much news as recent history. It would be just over 2 years before I heard my next UK chart rundown, as after the next chart we had left our house and were visiting relatives and friends before saying goodbye for 2 years.

1 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 8 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 1
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 1
7 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 8
9 ( 11 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 9
10 ( 16 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 10

11 ( 5 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 1
12 ( 10 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 9
13 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 13
14 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 14
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 6
16 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 16
17 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 1
18 ( 34 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 18
19 ( 23 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 1
20 ( 29 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 20

21 ( 18 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 15
22 ( 24 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 22
23 ( 21 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 24
25 ( 27 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 1
26 ( 19 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 2
27 ( 32 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
28 ( 22 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 3
29 ( 25 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 10
30 ( 31 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 20 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 8
32 ( 37 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 32
33 ( 28 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
34 ( 30 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 1
35 ( 68 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 35
36 ( 38 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 30
38 ( 39 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
39 ( 48 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 39
40 ( NEW ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 40

41 ( 26 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 41
42 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 35
43 ( 50 ) CURLY The Move # 43
44 ( 35 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 1
45 ( 44 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 5
46 ( 42 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
47 ( 56 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 15
48 ( 58 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 48
49 ( 51 ) HAPPY William Bell # 49
50 ( 47 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 26

51 ( 49 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 51
52 ( 60 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 52
53 ( 33 ) I’M FREE The Who # 37
54 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 53 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
56 ( 45 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 56
57 ( 41 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 57
58 ( 65 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 58
59 ( 64 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 59
60 ( 57 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 60

61 ( 75 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 19
62 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 67 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 63
64 ( 66 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 46
65 ( NEW ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
66 ( NEW ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 57
67 ( 52 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 67
68 ( 69 ) I DO The Moments # 68
69 ( NEW ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 69
70 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 46 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 73
74 ( NEW ) DON’T IT MAKE YOU WANT TO GO HOME Joe South # 74
75 ( NEW ) KING OF THE RUMBLING SPIRES Tyrannosaurus Rex # 75

wot I liked that week then 7th official compiled chart
1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 11 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
3 ( 7 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
4 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
6 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
7 ( 8 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
8 ( 1 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
10 ( 13 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
11 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
12 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
13 ( 5 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 16 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( 18 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
17 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
18 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
19 ( 19 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( 20 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

23rd August 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the 4th single I bought, again in Singapore on one of the evening record stalls – this one might have been near Siglap rather than Changi Village – same record stall different locations different nights, basically, the whole shebang moved around. Bobbie Gentry’s sublime Bacharach/David song was all gravel-voiced sophistication and a huge change in style from the “swamp” country music of her previous chart-topper Ode To Billy-Joe. To this day I still expect to hear the record get stuck in one particular place, repeating over and over till I forced it to skip into the next groove: I was obviously just a kid and sold a faulty record (the stall-holder tended to play them, so they weren’t exactly mint). I associate this track totally with Singapore, as by this week we were visiting relatives in Liverpool and Mansfield, which meant no more Chart Shows or Top Of The Pops. My great grandad and grandma gave me and my brother 10 shillings each as a goodbye gift, which was a huge sum of money to me. We had to save it for Singapore – it paid for my first singles. It’s odd to think back now and realise they were born in the 19th Century and here we are 2 decades into the 21st Century.

Clodagh gets a second top 10, Smokey Robinson gets another top 40 with a big climb for Here I Go Again, and the second-highest new entry is Bobby (Bob) Darin, with a change of style, more like Nilsson and Paul Williams in their whimsical moments, but ol Bobby wrote it himself. In at 55 for Jive. The Isley Brothers have yet to vacate the charts their previous Motown oldie, and enter with another goodie in Put Yourself In My Place – a song I first came across in late ’71 in a charting version by The Elgins. At 63, here’s a surprise – Groovin’ With Mr Bloe enters, and it’s not Mr Bloe! No, turns out ol Mr Bloe was a 1970 UK studio band cover of a B side by Wind, which featured Tony Orlando on vocal duties on the A side. Obviously Tone isn’t singing on this unusual bubblegum instrumental, but he was in the band so I’ve named him so my A to Z lists of chart stars will pick it up.

At 69, James Brown has a go at power funk ballad social commentary, parts 1 & 2 work together or apart, while the voice behind The Archies enters under another band name – The Cuff Links take Tracy in at 73. I first heard it in 1974 and recognised Ron Dante’s voice (as an Archies afficiando in my younger days) but never rated it that much. The regular Archies songwriters were better to my ears. Still are. Finally, two big names from 70’s jazz-soul-funk debut: George Benson and Kool & The Gang sneaking into the 60’s listings a good 6 years ahead of their breakthrough into my charts-of-the-time.

1 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
7 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 7
8 ( 10 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 8
9 ( 5 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
10 ( 16 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
11 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
12 ( 8 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
13 ( 12 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
14 ( 13 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
15 ( 18 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 15
16 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 16
17 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
18 ( 20 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
20 ( 22 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 20

21 ( 14 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
22 ( 24 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 22
23 ( 25 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
24 ( 17 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
25 ( 23 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
26 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
27 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 27
28 ( 35 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 28
29 ( 40 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 29
30 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 32 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 31
32 ( 29 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
33 ( 61 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 26 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
35 ( 37 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
36 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 33 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
38 ( 39 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 38
39 ( 28 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
40 ( 48 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 40

41 ( 34 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
42 ( 43 ) CURLY The Move # 42
43 ( 52 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 43
44 ( 47 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 44
45 ( 31 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20
46 ( 49 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
47 ( 38 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
48 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
49 ( 45 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
50 ( 46 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1

51 ( 58 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 51
52 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 52
53 ( 50 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
54 ( 59 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( NEW ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 55
56 ( 55 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
57 ( 51 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
58 ( 65 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 58
59 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 59
60 ( 63 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 61
62 ( 56 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
63 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 63
64 ( 60 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
65 ( 66 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 65
66 ( 68 ) I DO The Moments # 66
67 ( 69 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 67
68 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 68
69 ( NEW ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 69
70 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 70

71 ( 73 ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 71
72 ( NEW ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 72
73 ( 57 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
74 ( NEW ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 74
75 ( NEW ) KOOL AND THE GANG Kool And The Gang # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 7 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
4 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
5 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( RE ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 3 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
10 ( 12 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
11 ( 13 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
12 ( 17 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
18 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
19 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells
20 ( 18 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

 


30th August 1969

It’s a second week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s gorgeous Bacharach & David tune as Dusty gets her 4th Retro top 10 as her cover of Barbara Acklin’s Am I The Same Girl comfortably outdoes the original vocal version, and the instrumental Young-Holt version (who are up to 33 this week with their follow-up). Written by Eugene Record, it’s all about Eugene this week as his own band hit 10 with The Chi-Lites first top 10, Tyrone Davis enters the 40 with another of his songs, and Jackie Wilson enters at 75 with yet another Eugene Record song.

Ralph McTell goes top 20 5 years early, and Elvis enters with hi super-famous career-classic Suspicious Minds at 46 – it would be much higher if I hadn’t heard it to death continuously over the last 45 years. I’d say 50 years, but frankly I didn’t get to hear it till, ooh, 1974-ish. Nilsson’s career-classic is also in low, at 50, cos it topped my charts during the retro 1968 rundown, so this is an “oldie” for me, albeit boosted by Midnight Cowboy – which is when I instantly fell in love with it for life, following a TV showing.

The Monkees are back with a Nesmith song I don’t know. The TV show had gone, and this period never turned up on compilation albums until recent years, so Good Clean Fun is new to me! Who knew! As one future Paul Young massive hit drops out the chart, another one drops in, The Winstons version of the future Nicky Thomas reggae cover of Love Of The Common People, in at 65. Roy Orbison is back, probably for the last time in 18 years or so, with his Penny Arcade, Bobbie Gentry’s B side pops in – Ace Insurance Man wasn’t a huge fave of mine at the time, but it has a quirky charm that is more representative of her Delta-country-style that brought her critical acclaim. I still can’t believe she has resisted returning to music for over 45 years! Mercury Rev recently covered her entire classic debut album.

Talking of Roy Orbison, the old standard Nobody’s Child was a future Traveling Wilbury’s fab single – though Roy had passed by then I think – Bob Dylan is in the chart, George Harrison is technically in the chart, and Jeff Lynne will shortly be in a band that is in the chart. Tom Petty is absent, but Karen Young has the hit. Cliff and one Shadow get back together for Throw Down A Line, Betty Everett returns, The Originals and Funkadelic enter with soul and funk respectively, George Clinton still 9 years away from One Nation Under A Groove.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 5 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 7 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
7 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 7
8 ( 6 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
9 ( NEW ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 9
10 ( 16 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 10

11 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 11
12 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
13 ( 11 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
14 ( 15 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
15 ( 13 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
16 ( 14 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
17 ( 22 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
18 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
19 ( 20 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
20 ( 29 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 20

21 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
22 ( 17 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
23 ( 28 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 23
24 ( 19 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
25 ( 21 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
26 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 26
27 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 27
28 ( 25 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
29 ( 24 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
30 ( 31 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30

31 ( 26 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
32 ( 23 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
33 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 40 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 34
35 ( 38 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 35
36 ( 32 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
37 ( 43 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
38 ( 55 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 38
39 ( 42 ) CURLY The Move # 39
40 ( 44 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 37 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
42 ( 54 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 61 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 43
44 ( 35 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
45 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
46 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 46
47 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
48 ( 51 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
49 ( 39 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
50 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 50

51 ( 41 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
52 ( 58 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
53 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
54 ( 49 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
55 ( 50 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
56 ( 69 ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 56
57 ( 53 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
58 ( 46 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
59 ( 63 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) I DO The Moments # 60

61 ( 56 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
62 ( 67 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 62
63 ( 65 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 63
64 ( NEW ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 64
65 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 65
66 ( 74 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 66
67 ( 72 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 67
68 ( NEW ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 68
69 ( NEW ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 69
70 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 70

71 ( NEW ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 71
72 ( NEW ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 72
73 ( NEW ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’LL BET YOU Funkadelic # 74
75 ( NEW ) HELPLESS Jackie Wilson # 75

Back then this week, we were in the Swindon area waiting for the VC-10 at RAF Brize Norton to whisk us away to tropical adventures – we went to the Railway Museum, and more importantly we came across a corner shop with a rack of American Comics: and it had DC Comics Adventure Comics 373 starring Superboy & The Legion Of Super-Heroes, my new top love and obsession. I didn’t know it at the time, but this 30th century set teen super-group was written by teenager Jim Shooter and he knew exactly what excited pre-teens and how to present it. img044
Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
3 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
7 ( 4 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 11 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
12 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 14 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
14 ( 17 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
15 ( 9 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
16 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( 18 ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
18 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
19 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
20 ( 19 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells

My Retro November 1968 Charts

3rd November 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for the epic Eloise, holding off the equally epic Wichita Lineman and highest new entry I Heard It Through The Grapevine, the timeless original version from Marvin Gaye, finally put out by Motown as a single, for a 60% Motown top 5. Eloise makes it a double as Barry Ryan also tops my “wot I liked at the time” chart which was totally based on the UK top 30 on Fluff Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops show. Judy Collins gets a first top 10 with Joni Mitchell’s great song: the song would be back in my top 10 2 years later for Glen Campbell but Judy never had another chart that high.

Bonzo Dog enter at 16 with one I was mad on at the time, it was fun, catchy, and mentioned Spacemen in the lyrics, so that was all I needed from the witty Neil Innes, later of The Rutles and more. Barbra Streisand has a new album out as I type, her first proper album in 15 years, so it’s only fair one of her great moments should shoot up to 20, more recently as showcased nicely on Glee. Edwin Starr and Gene Chandler bring some funk into the 40, and Demis Roussos and Vangelis both debut at 46 with Rain And Tears. My fave track of the band is still 4 years away (Break, not actually a song by either of them, rather their bandmate the forgotten Loukas Sideras, produced by Vangelis) but this will do nicely till then.

Two total faves in my 10-year-old days enter lower down, Lily The Pink and I’m A Tiger appealed very much to my age demographic, The Scaffold were beloved by kids, as was Lulu – who frankly wasn’t that much older than us anyway! These days, they have a certain nostalgic charm, but I wouldn’t put them on repeat listen more often than a couple of times a year. Unlike the dramatic funk of Cloud Nine, signalling the new era of The Temptations, edgier funk moving towards social commentary, which bears repeat plays, in at 57, the touching cover of Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released by The Band, and two new-to-me old soul/blues tracks from Bobby Bland and Barbara Acklin.

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
6 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
9 ( 5 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
10 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration

11 ( 9 ) ELENORE The Turtles
12 ( 10 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
13 ( 15 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
14 ( 13 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
15 ( 14 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
16 ( NEW ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 16 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
18 ( 17 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 12 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
20 ( 49 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand

21 ( 20 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
22 ( 22 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
23 ( 19 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
24 ( 18 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
25 ( 25 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
26 ( 24 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
27 ( 21 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
28 ( 23 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
29 ( 30 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
30 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

31 ( 32 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
32 ( 27 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
33 ( 33 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
34 ( 28 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
35 ( 29 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
36 ( 38 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
37 ( 53 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
38 ( 40 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
39 ( 52 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
40 ( 31 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

41 ( 36 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
42 ( 37 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
43 ( 35 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
44 ( 34 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
45 ( 55 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
46 ( NEW ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
47 ( 44 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
48 ( 41 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
49 ( NEW ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
50 ( 48 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

51 ( 47 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
52 ( 43 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
53 ( 39 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
54 ( 69 ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
55 ( 46 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
56 ( NEW ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
57 ( NEW ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
58 ( 59 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
59 ( 45 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
60 ( 63 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees

61 ( 58 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
62 ( 57 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
63 ( 42 ) LALENA Donovan
64 ( 61 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
65 ( 71 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
66 ( 62 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
67 ( 68 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
68 ( 65 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
69 ( 54 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
70 ( 51 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro

71 ( NEW ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
72 ( 72 ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
73 ( NEW ) JUST AIN’T NO LOVE Barbara Acklin
74 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
75 ( 50 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker


3rd Nov Retro-Then

1 ( 9 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
4 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
5 ( 3 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
6 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
7 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
10 ( 11 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
11 ( 5 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
13 ( NEW ) ELENORE The Turtles
14 ( 10 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
15 ( 8 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
16 ( NEW ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
17 ( 16 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( NEW ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
19 ( 14 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

 

10th November 1968

It’s Glen Campbell getting a second chart-topper with another Jimmy Webb song, the eternal Wichita Lineman holding off a Beatles invasion in the week that The Beatles double album was released, and 50 years later a mega-version of alternate takes comes out for the first time, including tracks that turned up on later albums but were recorded then. Restricting myself to the original sprawling, patchy album, there is nevertheless 7 new entries from it, none of them singles at the time, though covers (Ob-La-Di, Dear Prudence), later singles (Back In The USSR), lush stage alternate orchestral versions (While My Guitar Gently Weeps) and ongoing popularity in the 20th century (Blackbird) have made them feel like hits anyway in retrospect. The remainder, the full-on hippie murderer anthem Helter Skelter had its reputation tarnished but y’know, give or take The Kinks You Really Got Me, this is where Heavy Metal and Thrash started as far as I’m concerned. All of the above are musically varied, nothing in common, which is why of course the Fabs are the greatest pop act of all-time still, inventing new genres and working on what had gone before, regardless of where it had come from. The highest new entry, though, is the obscure Ringo-sung Good Night: This a beautiful, gentle, melodic throwback to the early 20th century ballads, and is just gorgeous.

The Bonzos break into the 10, and Dusty enters into the 20, knocking herself out of it, with her Memphis-recorded soul classic, Son Of A Preacher Man. Aphrodite’s Child and Rain & Tears get big climbs into the 40, which is pretty good going as most shouldabeen-climbers get stalled or drop due to the Beatles invasion. Elvis’ showstopping anthem If I Can Dream enters at 50, while The Mamas & The Papas do a very different version of Bobby Freeman’s 1958 song Do You Wanna Dance, better known in versions by Cliff or The Beach Boys, but I prefer this one, or the entirely different song with that title by Barry Blue. Sly & The family Stone enter with the future Arrested Development hit, Everyday People, with its still-relevant ode to tolerance, and Nancy Sinatra gets her monthly new entry with Good Time Girl. Meanwhile, back in the day, 15 of the songs I liked then are also in my new top 20, or already have been there, but chart peaks for 5 of the rest continue to be way lower.

1 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
4 ( 5 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
10 ( 16 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

11 ( 9 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
12 ( 11 ) ELENORE The Turtles
13 ( 10 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
14 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
15 ( 12 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
16 ( 14 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
17 ( 20 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
18 ( NEW ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 15 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
20 ( 22 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

21 ( 17 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
22 ( 18 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
24 ( NEW ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
25 ( 46 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
26 ( 13 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
27 ( 29 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
28 ( 23 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
29 ( NEW ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
30 ( 26 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin

31 ( 36 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
32 ( 19 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
33 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
34 ( 30 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
35 ( 31 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
36 ( 37 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
37 ( 27 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
38 ( 28 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
39 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
40 ( 57 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations

41 ( 25 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
42 ( 32 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
43 ( 35 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
44 ( 34 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
45 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
46 ( 41 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
47 ( 42 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
48 ( 49 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
49 ( 33 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

51 ( 38 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
52 ( 47 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
53 ( 54 ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
54 ( NEW ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
55 ( 50 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
56 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
57 ( 51 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
58 ( NEW ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
60 ( 40 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

61 ( 71 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
62 ( 65 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
64 ( 43 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
65 ( 61 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
66 ( 62 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
67 ( 67 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
68 ( 64 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
69 ( 74 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( 48 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight

71 ( 44 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
72 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 73 ) JUST AIN’T NO LOVE Barbara Acklin
74 ( 66 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
75 ( NEW ) GOOD TIME GIRL Nancy Sinatra


RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 3 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
3 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 13 ) ELENORE The Turtles
5 ( 4 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
6 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
7 ( NEW ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
8 ( 12 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( 5 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
10 ( NEW ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
13 ( 16 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
14 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
15 ( 11 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 18 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
17 ( 10 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
18 ( 20 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
19 ( 14 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
20 ( NEW ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts

 

17th November 1968

It’s a 4th week (back) at 1 for Eloise, eliminating even the classic Wichita Lineman after just one week on top. It’s also a week of more anecdotes (sorry! Music just relates to my life, always!) as The Beatles 1976 chart-topper Back In The USSR Beach Boys pastiche heads top 10, as all the Fabs tracks climb. My Xmas 1975 prezzie was the very expensive and brilliant Beatles 1967-70 blue double album, so I already had some of the tracks in my chart, and for Xmas 1976? Beatles 1962-66 red double album. Filling in gaps took considerable time and money back in those days.

Highest new entry is The Gun and their still-exciting Race With The Devil, manic and mad in a good way, love the riffs, in at 16. In at 28, shockingly low for a chart-topper in my actual real-as-compiled-at-the-time charts, it’s The Foundations party classic Build Me Up Buttercup. I saw Mike D’Abo do it with Manfreds 2 weeks ago (his song, of course, so he’s entitled) for the 3rd time, and to be honest the track is hugely popular and well-known these days thanks to a key 90’s There’s Something About Mary film moment. I felt gratified as it had become increasingly obscure and forgotten prior to that – I played the 12″ EP to my college room-mate in 1977, I asked him how fab was it, and he replied “sounds a bit dated” coming right after his Oxygene album – which it was. Yet here I was 2 months ago singing along with a karaoke version in Gran Canaria in Shenanigans pub. Timeless…but I’ve overdosed on it the last couple of decades.

Soulful Strut, new at 47, is the tune to Dusty’s forthcoming brilliant version of Am I The Same Girl, and as covered just as well by Swing Out Sister. Written by The Chi-Lites’ Eugene Record, and it can’t be long before they start charting with their own classics in the retro charts. Glen Campbell gets a second entry with album track cover of The Straight Life at 54 – another Singapore radio fave, sung better than Bobby Goldsboro’s version, Glen never misses a prolonged note, unlike Bobby. Two Archies album tracks also enter, both meant a big deal to me in 1970: Archie’s Theme was the jolly theme tune to the TV show and on my first ever EP, while Catching Up On Fun was part of a great bit of product placement for kids with no money to buy singles: Alpha Bits USA cereal boxes had a plastic vinyl record printed onto the back of the cardboard box, and it actually played! Not brilliant quality, but better than not having the song, which I adored. Written by Mark Barkan. Who? The writer/producer behind the Banana Splits song and TV show (surprisingly funky and cool for men in funny costumes, helped by Barry White! among others), many an Archies track, and ooh the odd song like Pretty Flamingo – refer back to The Manfred’s and Paul Jones singing it 2 weeks ago – and Warm This Winter xmas song. He also wrote the songs for Olivia Newton-John’s debut movie. Not Grease. Toomorrow, 1970, sci-fi cheese. It had a pop group in London and aliens, bombed (it was awful) but I saw it in our local RAF cinema chain, where flop movies went to get a small audience they otherwise never would have had, to fill in the nights before the 6-month-old blockbusters arrived.

Talking of kiddie stuff, Des is back with his tuneful old-fashioned pop nursery-rhyme, beloved by me at the time, 1-2-3 O’Leary. Saw him having fun the other week on a repeat panel show. Still good-natured and funny. Starred in the greatest Morecambe & Wise sketch ever back in the day – when they take the proverbial out of his latest album and he walks on stage. Still hilarious. Meanwhile greedily grabbing second entries on my chart: Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. Which reminds me of another anecdote (groan!): Picture this: Boston, Mass. Logan Airport 1989, me and 2 mates stranded after getting bumped by a US airline on our way back to Gatwick. The next flight developed mechanical trouble while we were on the runway, and they had to fly in parts. That meant we had to disembark at 4am, 18 hours in the airport, and get ferried by taxi with our luggage in the early hours of the morning to a posh hotel across Boston to get a couple of hours sleep, breakfast and a shower. The taxi driver was in a hurry to get back to the hordes of passengers and was hyper, driving at high speed on deserted streets like a maniac and blaring out at full volume a track from “dead Jimi” as he affectionately called his hero. Crosstown Traffic was never more appropriate, and never will be anything else for me.

That leaves a handful of 60’s soul legends doing covers, and The Flirtations debuting – the girls were all over the place in the early 70’s on UK TV, often kiddie pop shows like Lift Off, or I would hazard a guess, Dave Cash’s Music Box.

1 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 3 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
10 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

12 ( 18 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( 11 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
14 ( 12 ) ELENORE The Turtles
15 ( 13 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
16 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
17 ( 24 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
18 ( 15 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
19 ( 25 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
20 ( 29 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles

21 ( 16 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
22 ( 17 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
23 ( 19 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
24 ( 27 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
26 ( 22 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
27 ( 23 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
28 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
29 ( 20 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
30 ( 31 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive

31 ( 40 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
32 ( 26 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
33 ( 30 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
34 ( 28 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
35 ( 54 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
36 ( 58 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
37 ( 63 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
38 ( 32 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
39 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
40 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

41 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
42 ( 38 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
43 ( 37 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
44 ( 36 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
45 ( 48 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
46 ( 35 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
47 ( NEW ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
48 ( 59 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
49 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
50 ( 42 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones

51 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
52 ( 46 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
53 ( 47 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
54 ( NEW ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
55 ( 44 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
56 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
57 ( 72 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
58 ( NEW ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
59 ( 43 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
60 ( 52 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

61 ( 55 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
62 ( 62 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( 57 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
64 ( NEW ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
65 ( 51 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
66 ( NEW ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
67 ( 61 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
68 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
69 ( 69 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( NEW ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

71 ( NEW ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
72 ( NEW ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations
73 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
74 ( NEW ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
75 ( NEW ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat


retro 70’s

1 ( 4 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 7 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
5 ( 2 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
6 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 6 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
9 ( 5 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
10 ( 13 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone

11 ( NEW ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
12 ( 9 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
13 ( 16 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 20 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
15 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
18 ( NEW ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
19 ( 17 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
20 ( 18 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

24th November 1968

It’s a first chart-topper for Marvin Gaye, with his career-defining classic I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Hard to believe Berry Gordy failed to realise the genius of it when it was originally recorded before the Gladys Knight cover. Dusty’s Preacher man goes top 10, as does The Gun ahead of the highest equally-frantic-rocking-ness of Love Sculpture’s fab Sabre Dance. Dave Edmunds was one of my teen heroes 4 or 5 years in the future. Saw him a couple of years back still rocking it.

Second-highest new entry is the great cover of the fab Madeline Bell minor UK hit, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, with the 21st-century trend-setting multi-artist billing of Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations, albeit no “featuring” or “with”. Both the acts “feature” elsewhere on the chart though, “with” Love Child and Cloud 9. The Delfonics keep the Philly hits coming, in at 26 with the future 1971 UK hit, while Jerry Butler also enters lower down with a Gamble & Huff effort.

Gene Pitney’s back with a decent ballad, Classics IV return with a bit of Stormy-ness, aka Spooky Part 3, The Impressions keep the Curtis Mayfield vocal hits at a furious pace, this one with that future Move On Up riffness about it. Obscure The Crystal mansion pop in with a record that sounds just like Jamie Cullum. It really does! Meanwhile Dave Clark 5 bounce back with a chanty Live In The Sky, and The Equals bring Eddie Grant some more early chart action.

1 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
4 ( 7 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
6 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( 8 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
8 ( 12 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
9 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
10 ( 16 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun

11 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 9 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
13 ( NEW ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
15 ( 17 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
17 ( 13 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
18 ( 14 ) ELENORE The Turtles
19 ( 15 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
20 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

21 ( 28 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
22 ( 19 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
23 ( 18 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
24 ( 24 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
26 ( NEW ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 31 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
28 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
29 ( 35 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
30 ( 37 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas

31 ( 25 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
32 ( 26 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
33 ( 27 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
34 ( 36 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
35 ( 22 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
36 ( 47 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
37 ( 40 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
38 ( 48 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
39 ( 29 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
40 ( 54 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

41 ( 33 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
42 ( 34 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
43 ( 45 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
44 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
45 ( 32 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
46 ( 49 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
47 ( 30 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
48 ( 58 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
49 ( 57 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
50 ( 66 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin

51 ( 38 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
52 ( 43 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
53 ( 41 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
54 ( 68 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 64 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
57 ( 53 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
58 ( 42 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( NEW ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
60 ( 70 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

61 ( 71 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
62 ( 60 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
63 ( 61 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
64 ( 75 ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat
65 ( 73 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
66 ( NEW ) STORMY Classics IV
67 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
68 ( NEW ) ARE YOU HAPPY Jerry Butler
69 ( 74 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
70 ( 72 ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations

71 ( 44 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( NEW ) THE THOUGHT OF LOVING YOU The Crystal Mansion
74 ( NEW ) LIVE IN THE SKY Dave Clark Five
75 ( NEW ) SOFTLY SOFTLY The Equals

What I actually liked this week in 1968:

1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
3 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
4 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
5 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 10 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
9 ( 4 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
10 ( 5 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro

11 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
12 ( 9 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
13 ( 14 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
14 ( 18 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
15 ( 15 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 12 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
17 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
18 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
20 ( 17 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry

My Retro July 1968 Charts

6th July 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for the epic Last Night In Soho, holding off a challenge from the equally epic Dusty Springfield song I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, my all-time fave Dusty song of many close challengers. Not only are these 2 of my fave songs of 1968, the 60’s, but easily right up there in my all-time list. How much do I love the music of this period? Well, Jackie Wilson enters at only 17 with the brilliant my-actual-chart 1972 top 10, 1975 top 30 and 1987 chart-topper, I Get The Sweetest Feeling. Mama Cass topped my chart in 1997 and is only at 6, Steppenwolf did it in the 90’s and yet can only hold at 18. Just fantastic records all.

In at 34, a song I’ve always loved – but never heard the original before! In comes Jerry Jeff Walker at 34, it’s writer. Robbie Williams did a fab cover, among many like Sammy Davis Jr. Martha Reeves and The O’Jays have good climbs into the 40 as the lower end of the chart is awash with goodies new to me, and familiar both. Tammy Wynette scrapes into the 50 – it did slightly better in 1975 when I only compiled a 50 so that’s a handy yardstick for 1968 retro charts. P.P. Arnold’s good, but not as good as Merrilee Rush’s, version of Angel Of The Morning is in at 58, Bobby Vinton’s good, but not as good as Bully Fury’s, version of Goffin & King’s Halfway To Paradise is in at 68, and The Nice’s ELP-ish (not surprisingly) good, but not as good as the movie soundtrack’s, version of America is at 73, and Otis Redding’s, and just as good as The Black Crowe’s, version of Hard To Handle is at 72.

Some familiar fab soul from The Four Tops enters at 62, and unfamiliar enters at 64 for Curtis Mayfield & chums, and some Stevie “sounding familiar but not” Wonder at 75, leaving just some brand new to me Bubblegum from 1910 Fruitgum Co. at 70. I think I’ve overdosed on Simon Says over the 50 years, cos 1, 2, 3 Red Light sounds much fresher, and makes me feel 10 years old without having ever heard it in 1968. Bizarre!

1 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( NEW ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
5 ( 3 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
6 ( 12 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
7 ( 4 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
8 ( 9 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 13 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
10 ( 5 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 7 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
12 ( 8 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
13 ( 20 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 11 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
15 ( 17 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
16 ( 10 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
17 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
18 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
19 ( 15 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
20 ( 16 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis

21 ( 14 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
22 ( 19 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
23 ( 32 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
24 ( 21 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
25 ( 22 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
26 ( 23 ) NEXT Scott Walker
27 ( 24 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
28 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
29 ( 27 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
30 ( 39 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s

31 ( 25 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
32 ( 26 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
33 ( 31 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
34 ( NEW ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
35 ( 34 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
36 ( 35 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 33 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
38 ( 54 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
39 ( 60 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
40 ( 38 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

41 ( 36 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
42 ( 30 ) BOY Lulu
43 ( 37 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
44 ( 29 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
45 ( 47 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
46 ( 40 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
47 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 44 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
49 ( 45 ) VALLERI The Monkees
50 ( 56 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

51 ( 41 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
52 ( 59 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
53 ( 58 ) THE SNAKE Al Wilson
54 ( 52 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
55 ( 46 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
56 ( 63 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
57 ( 42 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
58 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
59 ( 70 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
60 ( 57 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

61 ( 43 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
62 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
63 ( 66 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
64 ( NEW ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
65 ( 67 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
66 ( 75 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 71 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
68 ( NEW ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
69 ( 69 ) (LOVE IS LIKE A) BASEBALL GAME The Intruders
70 ( NEW ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

71 ( 50 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
72 ( NEW ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding
73 ( NEW ) AMERICA The Nice
74 ( 53 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
75 ( NEW ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

 

13th July 1968

It’s a first week on top for Dusty Springfield’s most fabulous vocal performance and melodramatic song – in my very first retro chart compiled when I got hold of a book of charts in the 70’s – Sept 1968 was my starting point – Dusty was still hanging in the UK charts and so started off at 2 before dropping out as she fell out of the UK charts (strictly based on the UK charts in those days). Most likely she would have had a good 5 chart-toppers by this point had I started earlier. Rival girliepop chanteuse Petula is back again with another of her classic Hatch/Trent tunes in at 4, quite probably my all-time fave of hers give or take Downtown or in recent years the fab cool Cut Copy which topped my chart a few years back. An obsession of mine from Singapore reel-to-reel days, Don’t Give Up is all sweeping strings and stirring melody.

Jackie Wilson enters my top 10 with the ever-recurrent classic, The Moody Blues get a 2nd top 10 with one I didn’t know until recently, and one of The Beach Boys best late-60’s post-Brian tracks is in at 22, Do It Again, nostalgia slipping in for the old surfer days. Tom Jones is also back again with another goodie, at 32, Help Yourself was upbeat and jolly and ol Tom flung ’em out with ease those days. Big climbs into the 40 for The Four Tops, The Toys and P. P. Arnold replacing the original Angel Of the Morning.

A Fleetwood Mac blues classic enters at 42, a future Kirsty MacColl hit enters at 46 for The Kinks – remarkably a record I don’t associate with 1968 at all, just don’t recall it being around then. One I very much DO associate with the Summer of ’68 is Sunshine Girl at 48 for Herman’s Hermits. There was an alternate playground version which ran rampant in the Junior School and area I lived in at the time. It went “Sunshine Girl I’m Looking down your bra, I see 2 round things, I wonder what they are, will you invite me, to squeeze them tightly – not bloody likely, my Sunshine Girl!” You had to be 10 years old, I guess…..

Some fab James Brown, some fab Bill Medley, some good Archie Bell, some good Ray Stevens, and some decent enough Bobby Vancouver, Nancy Sinatra & The Rascals bring them all back into my charts. That leaves a debut from Flavor. Who? No idea but they sound like Spencer Davis’ Gimme Some Lovin’ morphed with bubblegum, and that’s a reasonable reason to chart it.

1 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
5 ( 6 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 5 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 4 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
8 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 17 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 23 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues

11 ( 7 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
12 ( 13 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
13 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
14 ( 15 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
15 ( 12 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 11 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
17 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 9 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
19 ( 14 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
20 ( 19 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 16 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
22 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
23 ( 20 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 22 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
25 ( 21 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
26 ( 30 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
27 ( 25 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
28 ( 24 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
29 ( 34 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
30 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie

31 ( 26 ) NEXT Scott Walker
32 ( NEW ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
33 ( 38 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
34 ( 29 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
35 ( 62 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
36 ( 27 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
37 ( 39 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
38 ( 58 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
39 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 35 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

41 ( 36 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 40 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
44 ( 64 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
45 ( 33 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
46 ( NEW ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 32 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
48 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
49 ( 31 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
50 ( 48 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

51 ( 49 ) VALLERI The Monkees
52 ( 68 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
53 ( 59 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
54 ( 37 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
55 ( 56 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
56 ( 66 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
57 ( 67 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( 46 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
59 ( NEW ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
60 ( 54 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love

61 ( 60 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
62 ( 42 ) BOY Lulu
63 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
64 ( 75 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
65 ( 41 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
66 ( 70 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
67 ( 51 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
70 ( 72 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
72 ( 43 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
73 ( NEW ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE GOT TO FREE The Rascals

 

20th July 1968

It’s a second week on top for Dusty in a quiet week for new entries, thankfully, giving great songs a chance to reach at least a chart position that is more deserving than the one’s they are being forced to accept. Most of my top 20 has been, or would have been if reissued, chart-toppers as oldies. It’s not just the sheer volume of great tracks, it’s the variety musically, something that modern streaming-based charts lack. I suspect growing up in an era of innovative new music across a whole spectrum, and coming across music from a wide variety of cultures in Singapore, is the reason i find the one-dimensional nature of the worldwide streaming hits a bit frustrating. Still great records in there, but many more don’t become hits like they used to.

Steppenwolf go top 10, as does Roy Orbison, technically for the first time, though it really isn’t as Pretty Woman would have topped my 6-year-old-me charts for weeks, I was obsessed with it. The Beach Boys go top 20, as is the norm, as they Do It Again, and Andy Williams covers The Impossible Dream, following in the shoes of Glen Campbell, from his then-latest album and a 2017 TV advert backdrop which worked very well. Andy was pure class when he did covers (as he usually did), crooning with style and it’s a great dramatic song and performance.

Fleetwood Mac soar into the 30, and James Brown calms down the funk to my approval, a sort of 50’s retro soul combo which works well as it cries it’s way into the 40. Bill Medley hits the emotional power soul button and leaps up too, as Bobby Vinton’s sweet cover of Halfway To Paradise isn’t far behind. Another week, another Marvin & Tammi new entry, and another great one: one of the big surprises to me of doing these retro charts is just how many hits they had, and how good they were. Pretty much from my 70’s onwards viewpoint it was The bloody Onion Song and that was it, until a few acts started covering them. Outrageous that they should hit big with one of their most annoying records in the UK.

Ray Stevens gets a 2nd chart entry hot on the heels of his serious re-record of Funny Man. Mr. Businessman was a nice spot of social commentary for the time, and still remains ideologically relevant. Canned Heat debut with On The Road Again – one I quite liked at the time, but always had slight problems with the vocal style. I’ve grown to like the late Alan Wilson vocals these days, tragically dead in 1970. Timebox cover the Four Seasons – well, who hasn’t – and Beggin’ went from being quite obscure to being one of their most-famous songs in the 21st century, following Jersey Boys and a Madcon hit cover version. Fab song, this version is decent enough. Patti Drew debuts, groovily, and lastly Nirvana grab a second much-lesser track on the chart. It’s OK but no Rainbow Chaser.

1 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 4 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
5 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 10 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( 9 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
8 ( 6 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
9 ( 13 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
10 ( 12 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison

11 ( 7 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
12 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
13 ( 11 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
14 ( 22 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
15 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
17 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 16 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
19 ( 18 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
20 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 19 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
22 ( 21 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
23 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 35 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 32 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 29 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( NEW ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
28 ( 42 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 37 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
30 ( 38 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 24 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
32 ( 27 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
33 ( 59 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
34 ( 63 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 28 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
36 ( 30 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
37 ( 31 ) NEXT Scott Walker
38 ( 52 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
39 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 25 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones

41 ( 44 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
42 ( 34 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
43 ( 26 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
44 ( 36 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
45 ( 48 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 40 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
48 ( 41 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
49 ( 53 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 43 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

51 ( 55 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
52 ( 33 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
53 ( 56 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
54 ( 50 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
55 ( 45 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
56 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
57 ( 57 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( NEW ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 51 ) VALLERI The Monkees
60 ( 64 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

61 ( 69 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
62 ( 66 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
63 ( 61 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
64 ( 73 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
65 ( 60 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
66 ( 71 ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
67 ( 47 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
68 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
70 ( 70 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) BEGGIN’ Timebox
72 ( NEW ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
73 ( 58 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
74 ( 74 ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PENTECOST HOTEL Nirvana

 

27th July 1968

It’s back up to number one for Last Night In Soho, epic melodrama of the first order, and a record I never get bored with, not ever. 3 weeks on top, and so under-rated (or rather, unknown) in the wider world. When I started this re-charting, I assumed in the final weeks leading up to the point that my own charts started (with Hey Jude) that The Bee Gees and The Beach Boys would be straight in at 1, just as they topped the UK charts. Oops! The actual competition is way harder than that, so the Bee Gees enter at 7 with their classic story of a man on death row (a popular 60’s theme), and The Beach Boys are idling at 10, both records topped my charts in later decades.

One that has never been a reissued classic re-entry is in at 4 for Nilsson, the future Midnight Cowboy classic stiffed almost everywhere this week in 1968 in terms of charts, but Everybody’s Talking is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs of all-time, so good the Beautiful South had a good old go at it too in the 90’s. Nilsson’s 2nd top 10, following on from One. Andy Williams cover of The Impossible Dream follows Glen Campbell’s cover into the 20, and The O’Jays get a first top 20, and very much not the last. Big climbs for Marvin & Tammi, as always into the 40, and Ray Stevens’ Mr. Businessman.

New entries lower down for Amen Corner’s High In The Sky, still bold and brassy and uptempo, and one I liked a lot at the time, The Who with Magic Bus, their best track since I Can See For Miles, Deep Purple debut with their hit US cover of Hush, all psychedelic as opposed to blues rock like Billy Joe Royal’s version. Martha Reeves & co drop out the chart – but also enter with I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing, a future UK hit for Betty Boo & Beastmasters, Billie Davis is back and charts a 3rd version of Angel Of The Morning inside the 75, a song that it’s hard to ruin and is open to any interpretation. The Chambers Brothers big (future) Viet-Nam psychedelic anthem pops in, Jackie De Shannon covers The Band and beats them to it, and Sly & co replace Life with M’Lady.

1 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
5 ( 4 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
6 ( 6 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
8 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
9 ( 7 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 14 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

11 ( 8 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
12 ( 11 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
13 ( 10 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 13 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
15 ( 9 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
16 ( 12 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
17 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
18 ( 27 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
19 ( 29 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
20 ( 16 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel

21 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
23 ( 18 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
24 ( 24 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 25 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 26 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( 21 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
28 ( 28 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 19 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
30 ( 30 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 22 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
32 ( 33 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
33 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 56 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
36 ( 32 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 38 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
38 ( 58 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
39 ( 31 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
40 ( 41 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

41 ( 36 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
42 ( 35 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
43 ( 37 ) NEXT Scott Walker
44 ( NEW ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
45 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 51 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
48 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
49 ( 49 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys

51 ( 47 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
52 ( 48 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 50 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 69 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
55 ( 44 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
56 ( 42 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
57 ( 54 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
58 ( 61 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 60 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
60 ( 62 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

61 ( 43 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
62 ( 64 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
63 ( 59 ) VALLERI The Monkees
64 ( NEW ) MAGIC BUS The Who
65 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
66 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
67 ( NEW ) HUSH Deep Purple
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
69 ( 72 ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
70 ( 71 ) BEGGIN’ Timebox

71 ( 55 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
72 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
73 ( NEW ) TIME HAS COME TODAY The Chambers Brothers
74 ( NEW ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon
75 ( NEW ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone