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

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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

Pop Music From A Kiddie POV – 1961 Part 1

WOODEN HEART – Elvis Presley (11 weeks)

 

 

I can’t say I have any specific memories of this Elvis singalong from G.I. Blues – I was too young for the film, though I might have caught it on TV a few years later – but it was one that was pretty well known during the 60’s (unlike some of Elvis’ other chart-toppers) – and a regular of Two-Way Family Favourites the weekly show for forces families living abroad which aired on Radio Two in the UK, I think. Other than that – obviously one to appeal to kids, what with the puppet theme, a German-styled song to fit in with Elvis in Germany, and a catchy-singalong for all the family.

 

HALFWAY TO PARADISE – Billy Fury (9 weeks)

 

 

Billy Fury was my fave male popstar when I was pre-school – mum and dad have always fondly-recalled me pronouncing his name Billy Floory – but I oddly recall few of his songs from the time, though some of them are very good indeed (Wondrous Place, for example). This song is by far his most-famous, and best, a cover of the Tony Orlando US-hit version of the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song which is better than the original, all sweeping strings supporting his unusual vocal-style. Again, no specific place-memories to it, just know it was the song of his that everyone seemed to love most. Dad bought one of his singles in 1966, amongst a batch of oldies, but sadly it wasn’t this one, it was the more-50’s-rocker-styled Collette. When Billy died far too young in 1983, I was saddened that he was having a revival of sorts, obviously aware how ill he was and making the best of things to stay occupied.

 

JOHNNY REMEMBER ME – John Leyton (8 weeks)

 

 

This Joe Meek brainchild chart-topper was an example of a record elevating itself from brilliant production, a death disc that was literally haunting, in lyric, and not so literally in sound. John Leyton was a TV star lucked-into a short pop career. I had no idea who the singer was or what his name was, but I knew and loved the song, not least because it was called Johnny – and my name is John. Kids love songs with their name in, it gives a sense of ownership and importance! Joe Meek records were ground-breaking for the UK pop scene of the time, and still impress nearly 60 years later in this case. One of those songs I still love, cos it’s still fab, but have never overdosed on from over-familiarity – always have heard it semi-regularly but never over and over and over again, which can take decades to get over sometimes when a song you love burns out. (Shhh don’t mention Bo Rap!)

Pop Music From a Kiddie POV 1960 part 2

TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT – Rolf Harris (3 weeks)

 

Banished from the airwaves these days due to a court case a few years ago, Rolf was everyones fave Aussie/Artist/novelty-singer back in the 60’s, and beyond – and sure enough I loved his records, Jake The Peg, this one, and especially two more yet to come. I even once had a page from Reveille (a newspaper way back mum bought that regularly published song lyrics) with Rolf’s lyrics printed out, a handy singalong for a kiddie. This track set forth the Monty Python “Bruce” Aussie stereotype, I expect, but it tickled young kids throughout the 60’s on the variety shows it regularly turned up on, and was an actual chart hit, setting Rolf on the path to belovedness, falling out of favour, comeback at Glastonbury with a Led Zep cover of Stairway To Heaven didgeridoo-style, and then his shock-arrest. And yet people still moan about character perception changes in the fictional Game Of Thrones when it’s a daily event in real world! I’m not overly fond of Tie Me Kangaroo these days, but I’ll still stand by Rolf’s 2 gems, those tracks and Rolf in those days had committed no crimes.

 

 

ONLY THE LONELY (KNOW THE WAY I FEEL) – Roy Orbison (3 weeks)

 

Roy was one of mum and dad’s absolute fave singers growing up, they had his Greatest HIts album, so this song featured in my childhood – though NOT as early as 1960, my first contemporary Roy fave was still 4 years away, and his amazing power vocals and melodramatic ballads were not yet honed; Only The Lonely is fairly modest vocally, and he had yet to move onto the trademark sunglasses, bar the bit 2-minutes in which stretched him up the register a bit. Ask me which song I preferred at age 5 and Rolf would win, at 10 and Roy would win. That’s called growing up and maturing, by age 10 I still liked novelty records, but a great pop song was what I really got passionate about, novelty records got boring quite quickly in comparison.

 

 

IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Elvis Presley (4 weeks)

 

Almost 60 years on it’s hard to recall a time when Elvis wasn’t everywhere – even dying at 42 did nothing to stop the juggernaut of Presley fame and success. In our household, Elvis was mum’s fave singer bar none, and now 80 with advanced alzheimers unable to feed herself or talk coherently, she’ll still get up and bop to Elvis, happy as if she was 22 again as she was when this topped the charts. Elvis is for life. So, Elvis was inescapable in the 60’s, films at the pictures, records topping the charts, on jukeboxes, on the radio, on TV: and this was one of his iconic, most-famous tracks, the big dramatic monster ballad. I can’t recall ever not knowing it, but then all of his big hits were just universally known in the company we kept, the younger generation and quite a few older – though my grandparents generation were more likely to not approve of his records, they were very much aware of them! This, needless to say, isn’t the last Elvis track on the list….

 

 

GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME – Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren (14 weeks)

 

14 weeks on top for this, this was a real aching-love on my part for this movie oddity – Sellers was starring in The Millionairess with huge movie star Sophia, as an Indian doctor having a romance with a rich European woman – in those days nobody blinked twice that a white comic could pull that off, these days of course it would be disastrous. Sadly, that kinda means this track is now also politically-incorrect along with the film. Me, I just loved the boom-buddy-booms, the title talked by the brilliant Peter Sellers, and Sophia’s Italian accent. Charming and catchy, and a huge hit in the UK, unlike most novelty records I’ve never not-loved this whimsical one, and it remained fairly popular on radio for 20 years or so. Possibly because it was impeccably produced by The Beatles’ George Martin – you can’t have better credentials than that! – and also the Sellers association, a man who remained beloved by many as he moved from his Goons-days into huge movie stardom, not least the fab Pink Panther movies. It’s also not the last Peter Sellers/George Martin track to feature in the rundown.

 

 

My Retro May 1969 Charts

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3rd May 1969

It’s a key week on top of both my retro review charts and my original charts – as Elvis’ In The Ghetto tops the anniversary reviews, and Tommy Roe tops the original. They were the first 2 records I bought with my own money in Singapore later in the year. Tommy had already topped the retro countdown in the first chart of 1969, Elvis is also a bit early, but not 5 months early! Up 24 places to 3 is The Hit Parade’s unknown gem Ah, Ha, Ha, Do Your Thing – I can’t find out anything about the band, or the record – except the writer/producer/arranger Sonny Casella started in 1964 and carried on releasing stuff right through the disco 70’s, 80’s and into the early 90’s under various names. He does a grand job on this new obsession of mine!

Val Doonican goes top 5, and Junior Walker & The All Stars enter at 6 with one of their best records, the glorious What Does It Take – so good it was totally “borrowed” by Stock Aitken Waterman in spirit if not the courts, for their terrific 1990 charity track You’ve Got A Friend. In at 10, The Monkees last great single for ooh 17 years or so, though not Mike Nesmith’s last great song for anything near that length of time – about a year or so in fact. Listen To The Band was on the budget Monkees compilation I bought in 1974, and became an obsession of mine for a while along with the other track new to me, She.

Smokey Robinson’s classic weepie Tracks Of My Tears is in at 41, Christine McVie is in at 51 with the blues classic, later covered by the likes of Ruby Turner, and earlier by the great Etta James. Chrissie of course is currently (back) in Mac, though she wasn’t for this week in 1969, but was not too far into the future with future hubbie John McVie. Dave Dee & co are back at 60 with their final catchy single, Snake In The Grass was another fave of the time, and I was pleased to get hold of a batch of oldies including this one from a Mansfield second-hand shop in 1975. I think they were actually shop closure stock rather than second-hand, so hooray for my good fortune!

In at 63 Andy Kim is back, not long before his own monster song appears to dominate world charts, but content to do a cover of Baby I Love You a song by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich (& Phil Spector) as hit for The Ronettes. The Ronettes & Spector are in my charts, though on the original track the backing vocalists were Darlene Love & Cher! Cher also recorded a version, as did Dave Edmunds, who’d been in my charts with Love Sculpture, in multi-Wall-Of-Sound Phil Spector style in early 1973 when he topped my charts. That version was very much indebted to Andy Kim’s version. Andy Kim was on Jeff Barry’s record label and together they wrote Sugar Sugar and many other Archies tracks, which will have a mini invasion of my charts over the next 2 years, being as I was 11-years-old and I adored the cartoon group and TV show. The Ramones also had a 1980 hit with Baby I Love You – also produced by Phil Spector. I love it when facts are circular. The best version is Dave Edmunds’.

In the lower reaches, The Sir Douglas Quintet are not she’s about a mover, they are on a good flop single instead (shame!), while The Rascals have a style change before ending their career together (shame!), The Moody Blues flop (shame!), Dionne Warwick has a less obviously Bacharach melody, but still classy, and J.J. Jackson is funky groovesome.

1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 27 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 3
4 ( 1 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
5 ( 9 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
6 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 6
7 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
8 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
10 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 10

11 ( 23 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 11
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 11 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
14 ( 20 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
15 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
17 ( 7 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
18 ( 10 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 13 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
22 ( 18 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
23 ( 17 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
24 ( 21 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
25 ( 22 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
26 ( 28 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 26
27 ( 19 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
28 ( 29 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 28
29 ( 38 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 29
30 ( 35 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30

31 ( 24 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
32 ( 25 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
33 ( 31 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
34 ( 30 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
35 ( 46 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 35
36 ( 26 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
37 ( 39 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 37
38 ( 59 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 38
39 ( 52 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 39
40 ( 34 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1

41 ( NEW ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 41
42 ( 37 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
43 ( 32 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
44 ( 40 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
45 ( 41 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
46 ( 70 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 46
47 ( 60 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 47
48 ( 50 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
49 ( 55 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
50 ( 56 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 50

51 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 33 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
53 ( 36 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
54 ( 63 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 54
55 ( 66 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 55
56 ( 42 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
57 ( 71 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( 53 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
59 ( 54 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
60 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 60

61 ( 43 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
62 ( 44 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
63 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 63
64 ( 65 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( 49 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
66 ( 61 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
67 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67
68 ( 51 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
69 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 69
70 ( 72 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 70

71 ( NEW ) SEE The Rascals # 71
72 ( NEW ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 73
74 ( NEW ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 74
75 ( 48 ) BADGE Cream # 48

3rd May Retro-Then
1 ( 3 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
4 ( 9 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
7 ( 5 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
8 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( 7 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
10 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
12 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
13 ( 11 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
15 ( 20 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
16 ( 19 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
17 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
19 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
20 ( 13 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

 

 

10th May 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Elvis at the top of his game, run closely by obscure new-to-me The Hit Parade and a Junior Walker classic. Highest new entry at 5 is yet another Hair musical cover – this from Oliver, melodic tuneful style version of Good Morning Starshine. As I headed abroad in just over 3 months time, this track, and one yet to come, were my obsessions. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to be mad on a song – and then not be able to hear it again! Having to wait years to hear music is an alien concept these days, but way back then if radio didn’t play it and it wasn’t available to buy, then that was that! I eventually bought it in California in 1979, hooray, though I had by then taped it from the 5 Years Ago chart rundowns on Radio 1 in 1974.

The Manfreds & The Hermits both get another top 10, not too far behind their chart positions of that time for me, Creedence get that Bad Moon rising into the 20, & another future reissued chart-topper in the 90’s for me enters at 32 for Jethro Tull – Living In The Past is apt, and also their finest moment by far. Tom Jones is back with another jolly romp, Love Me Tonight entering much lower than it did 50 years ago for me, Herb Alpert covers Nilsson, making it the 3rd version of Without Her to chart, after Jack Jones also had a good ol go. Herb’s version isn;t quite as good but it’s not bad, the song is indestructible – even James Arthur would struggle to kill it dead.

Microbe enters with Groovy Baby, a longtime Juniors Choice fave for kids of my age and younger, and it’s still charming and it’s still groovy, baby. The Dells drop by with a song I associate with Cilla, I Can Sing A Rainbow, and one I associate with melodicas and Paul Mauriat, Love Is Blue. This soulfunk version isn’t bad, but not as good as the aforementioned. Sly & co enter as the previous single drops out, they certainly were prolific in 1969, I Wanna Take You Higher clearly influencing the 90’s Was (Not Was) big hit Walk The Dinosaur. The Bee Gees were about to combust internally as Robin buggered off and it showed in the odd choice of single Tomorrow Tomorrow, very much sub par compared to those that went before and after. That leaves a cover of Let’s Dance, the old Chris Montez track, from a band I’ve never heard of. Ola!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 6 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 3
4 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
5 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 5
6 ( 4 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
7 ( 5 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 10 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 8
9 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
10 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 26 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 12
13 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
14 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
15 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 14 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
18 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
22 ( 17 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
23 ( 21 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
24 ( 22 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
25 ( 28 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
26 ( 24 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
27 ( 23 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
28 ( 29 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 37 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 29
30 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 25 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
32 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 32
33 ( 38 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 33
34 ( 41 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 34
35 ( 47 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 35
36 ( 39 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
37 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
38 ( 46 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 38
39 ( 31 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
40 ( 54 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 40

41 ( 32 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
42 ( 30 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
43 ( 34 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
44 ( 40 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
45 ( 33 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
46 ( 50 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( 43 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
48 ( 42 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
49 ( 45 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 44 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

51 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 48 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
53 ( 55 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 60 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 54
55 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 55
56 ( 49 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
57 ( 57 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( 36 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
60 ( 63 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 60

61 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 69 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 62
63 ( 58 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
65 ( 73 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 65
66 ( 70 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 66
67 ( 71 ) SEE The Rascals # 67
68 ( 64 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
69 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 69
70 ( 67 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67

71 ( 72 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 71
72 ( 74 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 72
73 ( NEW ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 73
74 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 12 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
7 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 6 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
10 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces

11 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
12 ( 15 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
14 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
15 ( 19 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
16 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
17 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 14 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

 

17th May 1969

It’s a first chart-topper for Junior Walker and that fab melody and sax riffs just pipping the new sheer pop joy of The Hit Parade – I could see this obscure catchy track in a spot in a big movie and taking off, all it would need is a Guardians Of The Galaxy placing :) The Monkees fave from my teen years is up to 3, and Creedence finally get a top 10. It won’t be the last. Big climbs for the soul fabness of Black Pearl and Mama Soul, neither tracks I knew a month ago, though the reggae version of Black Pearl lies in the near future.

Highest new entry is Mama Cass, It’s Getting Better at 33, another fave from those Music For Pleasure budget compilations of the early 70’s – this one, like The Monkees, I bought in 1974, by which time I was avidly buying records from my youth that I loved (I was 16 and already huge on pop nostalgia, being as I’d been loving music a decade already). Oddly, the other Monkees track at 36 isn’t one I knew until more recent compilations, as it didn’t feature on any early hits compilations or the TV episodes screened by the BBC – which were not always the same track listings as the US TV shows.

The Sir Douglas Quintet is another obscure gem I’ve taken a liking to, at 40, and new entries from Joni Mitchell with her own more subdued take on her Judy Collins hit song, Jackie Wilson getting a return chart run after his 1967 Retro chart run, and not for the last time – see 1975 and 1987. The Turtles are still making good records, this one I don’t know, at 65, The Isley Brothers funk phase is underway as they enter while charting big with their Motown phase, The Arbors enter, an obscure band with an obscure track that I’ve also taken a shine to, and finally Des O’Connor enters both my retro chart (scraping in) and my Then Charts with a kiddie song I liked at the time, though didn’t love as much as One Two Three O’Leary.

1 ( 3 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
2 ( 2 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 8 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
4 ( 5 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 4
5 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
6 ( 4 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
7 ( 7 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 6 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
9 ( 12 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
10 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 9 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
12 ( 17 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
13 ( 11 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
14 ( 13 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
15 ( 15 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 16 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 38 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 17
18 ( 35 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 18
19 ( 14 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
20 ( 32 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 20

21 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
22 ( 28 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
23 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
24 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
25 ( 21 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
26 ( 29 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 26
27 ( 23 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
28 ( 22 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
29 ( 24 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
30 ( 33 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 26 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
32 ( 34 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 32
33 ( NEW ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 33
34 ( 40 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 34
35 ( 27 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
36 ( 52 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 36
37 ( 25 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
38 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30
39 ( 46 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39
40 ( 62 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 40

41 ( 31 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
42 ( 55 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 42
43 ( 36 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
44 ( 37 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
45 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 45
46 ( 54 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 46
47 ( 39 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
48 ( 65 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 48
49 ( 44 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
50 ( 42 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7

51 ( 60 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 45 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
53 ( 53 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 49 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
55 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 55
56 ( 41 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
57 ( 47 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
58 ( 58 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 59
60 ( 48 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1

61 ( 61 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 50 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
63 ( 69 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 63
64 ( 68 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 65
66 ( 72 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 66
67 ( 73 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( 42 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
69 ( NEW ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 69
70 ( 71 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 70

71 ( NEW ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 71
72 ( 74 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 72
73 ( NEW ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 73
74 ( 75 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 74
75 ( NEW ) DICK-A-DUM-DUM Des O’Connor # 75

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 6 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 4 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 8 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
10 ( 14 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones

11 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 10 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
13 ( 17 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
14 ( 9 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
15 ( 11 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 12 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
19 ( NEW ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
20 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

24th May 1969

It’s a first week on top for the latest song from “Hair” to make my top 10 – this time, Oliver gets his only big hit (for me) with Good Morning Starshine, such a great tune bounding with flower power optimism amongst the dark themes in the musical. Straight in at 2 it’s another fab melody, the glorious Way Of Life was a huge fave in the summer of ’69, showcasing the lost arts of vocal male-female harmonies a la The Mamas & The Papas, and duelling hook-lines simultaneously playing over one another for the climax. Just brilliant. The Family Dogg was a UK/US combo featuring hitmaking songwriters Albert Hammond & Mike Hazelwood, and producer (and former movie star) Steve Rowland, who’d had a hand in some of the best Dave Dee & co, and The Herd, productions. All featured on vocals, along with Christine Holmes on backing vocals, later Kristine Sparkle wife of J.J. Barrie, and she co-wrote the actual Devil Woman classic for Cliff. Want more street-cred? Err, most of Led Zep played on tracks on the album of the same name, probably Bonham & Page on this track, and the star of a current movie – Rocketman – is definitely playing piano on it, though the film sadly avoids mentioning Elton John’s Lulu songwriting, Family Dogg ivory-tinkling, & Top Of The Pops albums covers lead vocals :)

In at 8, it’s the second-best track from Tommy James & The Shondells, the gorgeous Crystal Blue Persuasion, their second top 10, a track I knew of – but didn’t know for many years later. It was one of the songs featured in a couple of expensive books I bought which had some of the biggest hits of latter 1969 in, from an actual musical instruments shop in Changi Village, Singapore, a few months later. It was actual sheet music, one book was blue, one was orange, and it was designed for the Far East booming cover-version market, I’d say, being locally printed and probably publishing-avoiding. I’ll post some scans when I get a chance. Anyway, I so wanted to hear this record (having already got Mony Mony on album by this time), and when I did get to hear it properly in the 80’s I loved it. Still do.

In at 23, Kenny Rogers is back, with his greatest record, the Viet-Nam war referencing Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town – a paralysed Vet’s wife goes off to play about, quite adult in theme, and one ol’ Ken never bettered – yes I’m looking at you “You picked a fine time to leave me loose-heel”. Peter Sarstedt replaces himself in my chart with his follow-up, largely forgotten these days, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the tuneful Frozen Orange Juice, Cliff is back with his endless run of pop fodder in these days, Big Ship not being one of his best, and ditto Diana Ross & The Supremes who had just the one great record left in them before going their own ways.


1 ( 4 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
2 ( NEW ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 2
3 ( 2 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
4 ( 1 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
5 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
6 ( 6 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
7 ( 5 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
8 ( NEW ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 8
9 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
10 ( 7 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

11 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
12 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
13 ( 18 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
14 ( 17 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
15 ( 13 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
16 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
17 ( 15 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
18 ( 20 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 18
19 ( 16 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
20 ( 33 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 20

21 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
22 ( 12 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
23 ( NEW ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 23
24 ( 21 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
25 ( 22 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
26 ( 23 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
27 ( 32 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 27
28 ( 30 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
29 ( 19 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
30 ( 24 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

31 ( 25 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
32 ( 34 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 32
33 ( 27 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
34 ( 36 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 34
35 ( 28 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
36 ( 29 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
37 ( 39 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 37
38 ( 26 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 26
39 ( 40 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
40 ( 42 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 40

41 ( 31 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
42 ( 46 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 42
43 ( 59 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 43
44 ( 35 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
45 ( 45 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 45
46 ( 48 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 46
47 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 47
48 ( 65 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 41 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
50 ( 61 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 50

51 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 55 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 52
53 ( 49 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
54 ( 37 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
55 ( 58 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 55
56 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30
57 ( 63 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 57
58 ( 54 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
59 ( 69 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 59
60 ( 67 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 60

61 ( RE ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 61
62 ( 47 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
63 ( 52 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
64 ( 50 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
65 ( 43 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
66 ( 44 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
67 ( 70 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 67
68 ( 71 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 68
69 ( 72 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 69
70 ( 74 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 70

71 ( 57 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
72 ( 73 ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 72
73 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 73
74 ( NEW ) NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE Diana Ross & The Supremes # 74
75 ( NEW ) MOODY WOMAN Jerry Butler # 75

Then charts

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 6 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 11 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 19 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
12 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
13 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 18 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 9 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
16 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 12 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
19 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
20 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

 

 

31st May 1969

It’s a first week on top for the gorgeous Way Of Life, Family Dogg claiming the latest of one-week chart-toppers. I say that because there are 2 high new entries yet again challenging, The Beatles (or rather Paul & John’s dual effort on the tale of John & Yoko’s recent shenanigans) at 4, and in at 2 In The Year 2525, a pounding futuristic folkrock bleak view on the future of homo sapiens – 50 years on and it seems, if anything, far too optimistic given how many things mentioned are already here 500 years early. Dystopia? Just look around. Zager & Evans imagined we’d be picking our test tube kids millennia in the future; having ruined the planet, taken and put back nothing. Yes, FAR too optimistic. Back in August 1969 when this topped the UK charts I was insanely-mad on this record, the message, the sci-fi feel, the tune, the passing years of the lyrics, and in an alternate universe this would have been the first record I ever bought, in Singapore. Sadly I never found it on release and Dizzy became the first one as a good alternative. 10 years later and I was in the South-West USA and finally bought the single along with others (Aquarius/In The Ghetto from 1969) from the oldies racks in a department store.

Marmalade enter at 24 with another fave, Baby Make It Soon showing their move more and more into ballads, this time with a Tony MacAuley song (just one of myriad huge hits he wrote or co-wrote from 1967 through 1976. Build Me Up Buttercup and Love Grows are probably the best-remembered). Peter Sarstedt’s Orange Juice (Frozen) is just behind with a climb, and it’s mostly slow moves elsewhere as the deluge of new entries keeps on a coming, both classic and lesser unknowns: at 61 Jackie DeShannon’s original hit version of the Annie Lennox & Al Green 80’s hit cover, Put A Little Love In Your Heart; a failed Hannah-Barbera cartoon project that resulted in a gloriously schizophrenic bubblegum/psychedelia track that stiffed – Captain Groovy must be heard it’s in entirety for the last-minute wig-out, the vocal sung by Joey Levine (he of Ohio Express, Kazenatz-Katz, and the future fab Life Is A Rock from Reunion in 1974).

Edwin Starr returns again, ditto Archie Bell, & the soul funk groove continues with the debut of Candi Staton a full 7 years early on her blissfully good Young Hearts Run Free UK debut, and a career that is still going.

1 ( 2 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
2 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager & Evans # 2
3 ( 1 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
4 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 4
5 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 5
6 ( 4 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
7 ( 6 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
8 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
9 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
10 ( 10 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

11 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
12 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
13 ( 18 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 13
14 ( 11 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
15 ( 20 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 15
16 ( 23 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 16
17 ( 12 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
18 ( 15 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
19 ( 16 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
20 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1

21 ( 13 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
22 ( 27 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 22
23 ( 19 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
24 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 24
25 ( 14 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
26 ( 47 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 26
27 ( 21 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
28 ( 28 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
29 ( 24 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
30 ( 22 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12

31 ( 26 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
32 ( 37 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
33 ( 43 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 33
34 ( 31 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
35 ( 30 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
36 ( 40 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 36
37 ( 33 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
38 ( 42 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 38
39 ( 29 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
40 ( 35 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1

41 ( 36 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
42 ( 52 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 42
43 ( 46 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 43
44 ( 45 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 44
45 ( 41 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
46 ( 50 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 46
47 ( 39 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
48 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 25 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
50 ( 34 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 34

51 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 49 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
53 ( 57 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 53
54 ( 55 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 54
55 ( 59 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 55
56 ( 53 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
57 ( 44 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
58 ( 32 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 32
59 ( 60 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 61 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 61
62 ( 58 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
63 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 63
64 ( 68 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 64
65 ( 70 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 65
66 ( 67 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 66
67 ( NEW ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 67
68 ( 69 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 68
69 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 69
70 ( NEW ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 70

71 ( 73 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 71
72 ( 72 ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 72
73 ( 74 ) NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE Diana Ross & The Supremes # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER BE AN OLD MAN’S SWEETHEART (THAN A YOUNG MAN’S FOOL) Candi Staton # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE BOOGALOO PARTY The Flamingos # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 11 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
9 ( 10 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 7 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits

11 ( 19 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
12 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
13 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
16 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
18 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
19 ( 12 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
20 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

My Retro April 1969 Charts

5th April 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Boxer as my then-number-one track is up to 2 for Mary Hopkin in a quiet top 10. Good climbs for The Ronettes’ future Pearls hit to 12, and Ruby & The Romantics’ future Carpenters hit to 14, & Johnny Nash gets a 3rd top 20 with Sam Cooke’s Cupid. Another reggae cover (Tchaikovsky) for The Cats enters at 75, and a future hit in 1972 for Mardi Gras, and a much better uptempo version, is in for Marvin Gaye’s slow soulful Too Busy Thinking About My Baby at 54.

Highest newie is Fleetwood Mac’s Man Of The World – OK it’s not charting yet, but I watched that episode of Top Of The Pops for this week at the time, and pretty much for the rest of the spring & summer I watched every episode until the end of August – at which point there was a 2-year-gap before I saw another episode. Cream are back with a Badge – they “don’t need no steenkeen badgers”! Thanks Mel Brooks & Richard Prior. Bill Deal is back for his second chart entry of ’69, with a future Northern Soul hit for Guy Darrell in 1973, I’ve Been Hurt, Betty Everett & Aretha keep the big soul ballads coming, & the Philly sound is back with Archie Bell & co, Curtis Mayfield is back again with his Impressions, “just like that”, & Diane & Mary & Cindy scrape in with a bit of a drop in quality, The Composer pushing out the epic Love Child.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 9 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 2
3 ( 2 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
4 ( 5 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
5 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
6 ( 4 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
7 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 10 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 8
9 ( 6 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
10 ( 8 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4

11 ( 12 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
12 ( 24 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 12
13 ( 11 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
14 ( 43 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 14
15 ( 20 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 15
16 ( 15 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
17 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
18 ( 22 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
19 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
20 ( 39 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 20

21 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
22 ( 17 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
23 ( 18 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
24 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
25 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
26 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
27 ( 29 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 27
28 ( 26 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
29 ( 25 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
30 ( 33 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 30

31 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
32 ( 38 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 32
33 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20
34 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
35 ( 50 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 35
36 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 37
38 ( 52 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 38
39 ( 34 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
40 ( 53 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 40

41 ( 36 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
42 ( 46 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 42
43 ( 35 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
44 ( 32 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
45 ( 47 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 45
46 ( 31 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
47 ( 45 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
48 ( 56 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 48
49 ( 54 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 49
50 ( 58 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 50

51 ( 37 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
52 ( 68 ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 52
53 ( 60 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 53
54 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( 67 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 55
56 ( 72 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 56
57 ( 62 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 57
58 ( 59 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 58
59 ( 71 ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 60

61 ( 42 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
62 ( 44 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
63 ( NEW ) BADGE Cream # 63
64 ( 70 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 64
65 ( NEW ) THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE Jefferson # 65
66 ( 75 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 66
67 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 68
69 ( 73 ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 69
70 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 70

71 ( 74 ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 71
72 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE BIT CLOSER Archie Bell & The Drells # 72
73 ( NEW ) SEVEN YEARS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE COMPOSER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 74
75 ( NEW ) SWAN LAKE The Cats # 75

5th April Retro-Then

1 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
5 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
7 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
8 ( 6 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 8 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
10 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

11 ( 16 ) GET READY The Temptations
12 ( 15 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
13 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 18 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 14 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 19 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
18 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
19 ( 20 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

 

12th April 1969

It’s a first week on top for Mary Hopkin’s Goodbye, her second chart-topper, and mirroring my actual chart-topper of the time for a change, while it’s another high new entry for another Paul McCartney song at 20 – yes The Beatles are in at a lowly debut for Get Back, though Billy Preston gets his top 20 debut out of it, and the B side slides in at 60, John Lennon’s as-ever passionate plea of Don’t Let Me Down, both of them on the roof in London for their final public performance, and as shown on TOTP at the time. The highest new entry? The Isley Brothers massive Motown classic Behind A Painted Smile is in at 3, frantic, passionate and brilliant.

Ruby & The Romantics get a first top 10 – though strictly-speaking Our Day Will Come was a childhood fave and would have done th same – and The Ronettes also get a first, though Be My Baby would have topped for weeks in 1966 when dad bought it. Clodagh Rodgers gets a first top 10, and in my memories of that time Mary & Clodagh are like a double female vocal whammy as she enters at 8 in my old charts too. A big climb for the Mac, a second top 20, and a gospel anthem is in at 22 for the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Oh Happy day was another summer fave of mine, especially the rousing climax.

Martha and her Vandellas replace themselves new for old in my chart, and the latest Dusty In Memphis single, both A & B side are in at 66 and 72 respectively, giving Windmills Of Your Mind 2 listings, while the first track on the album enters at 62 – so that’s over half the album having charted! Rolf Harris was still a kiddie fave, painting and singing, and Bluer Than Blue was not a future mission statement, it was a nice tune at 69, oops! Tommy Roe’s follow-up to Dizzy slips in at 71 Heather Honey was just hitting the UK charts as I left the UK for 2 years, annoyingly, as I only got to hear it once or twice before having to wait quite a few years to hear it again in 1974. The great Henry Mancini is in – but not one of his own fab melodies, it’s a cover of the movie theme – and a Trems cover is in at 75.

1 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
2 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
3 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 3
4 ( 4 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
5 ( 8 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
6 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
7 ( 6 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
8 ( 14 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 8
9 ( 12 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
10 ( 15 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 10

11 ( 3 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
12 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
13 ( 10 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
14 ( 13 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
15 ( 11 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
16 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
17 ( 36 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 17
18 ( 20 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
19 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
20 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 20

21 ( 17 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
22 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 22
23 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
24 ( 21 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
25 ( 22 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
26 ( 23 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
27 ( 35 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 27
28 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
29 ( 32 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 29
30 ( 38 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30

31 ( 28 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
32 ( 40 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 32
33 ( 29 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
34 ( 24 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
35 ( 25 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
36 ( 26 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
37 ( 50 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 37
38 ( 42 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 38
39 ( 48 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 39
40 ( 54 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 40

41 ( 27 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 27
42 ( 39 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
43 ( 53 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 43
44 ( 41 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
45 ( 31 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
46 ( 52 ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 46
47 ( 33 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20
48 ( 55 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 48
49 ( 30 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 30
50 ( 56 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 50

51 ( 47 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
52 ( 34 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
53 ( 57 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 53
54 ( 60 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 54
55 ( 63 ) BADGE Cream # 55
56 ( 58 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 56
57 ( 37 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 37
58 ( NEW ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 58
59 ( 68 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 59
60 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 60

61 ( 45 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 45
62 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 62
63 ( 66 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 63
64 ( 64 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 64
65 ( 65 ) THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE Jefferson # 65
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 70 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 68
69 ( NEW ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 69
70 ( 44 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10

71 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 72
73 ( 73 ) SEVEN YEARS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 73
74 ( NEW ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 74
75 ( NEW ) I WILL SEE YOU THERE Linda Kendrick # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 12 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 4 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
6 ( 7 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
7 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
9 ( 15 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
10 ( 6 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
12 ( 10 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
15 ( 17 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
16 ( 19 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
17 ( 14 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
19 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
20 ( 11 ) GET READY The Temptations

 

19th April 1969

It’s a first week on top for the second oldie chart-topper to do it for The Isley Brothers, following This Old Heart Of Mine in 1968’s retro charts. The solid gospel of The Edwin hawkins Singers shoot up to 3 some months ahead of their UK chart entry as jy charts continue to look like the summer/autumn UK charts with so many early US debuts taking over. Compare with the stuff I liked this week at the time and only 6 tracks are in both top 20’s. The Beatles go up to 9 with Get Back and Elvis is back with his biggest bang in the retro charts to date – straight in for his social-gospel ballad In The Ghetto. The evening I bought my first ever record with my own money – Dizzy at an evening outdoor market Singapore record stall in Changi Village – I also bought In The Ghetto with a picture sleeve, “for my mum” who is a huge Elvis fan, for 2 dollars (but really it was for me cos I loved it too). The B side was also fabulous, power soul ballad Any Day Now which enters at 33 and pushes out the lesser Percy Sledge version.

In at 17, Val Doonican gets his 2nd-biggest retro hit with Ring Of Bright Water, a gorgeous childhood fave movie theme tune, with Bill Travers & Virginia McKenna and some Otters in Scotland, a film I enjoyed in 1969, as I loved any film with animals in, and anything conservation-related. Saving animals and the Planet was a big theme in my childhood. Pity it’s taken 50 years and major damage to become a theme for young kids today as well. Another fave of the time from Herman’s Hermits, and one that stands up better than their jolly ditties, is in at 22 for My Sentimental Friend.

Dusty goes up 3 times, the biggest up to 29 with her non-single album track later title track on an album of Dusty covers from the wondrous Shelby Lynn, her I Am Shelby Lynn album is one of my all-time faves. CCR are in with both sides of the new single Bad Moon Rising and Lodi, the former reminding me of my first year at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern School where I took out a library book (Just William or some such) to find the lyrics written inside on a piece of paper, which was quite handy as I liked the song. Speed-on to the 90’s and it came on the radio as I was driving along the Florida Keys highway, one hot moonlit night, looking for a motel to stay. The lyrics REALLY made sense in that setting!

The Monkees keep on coming even if the hits were drying up, Someday Man, Joe South is back again with another great song of his that was never a single but charted this week in the USA in an inferior cover version of his album track 2 years ahead of the definitive Lynn Anderson cover. Glen Campbell gets a 3rd track on the list with Susie, The Four Tops drop in with a single that I was gifted by 2 friends of mum and dad’s in 1972, Pete & Gill Butler who’s been great friends of the family in Singapore. Buddy Holly gets another posthumous 50’s track, a cover of Love Is Strange, Sonny Charles gets a soul version of Black Pearl in ahead of the reggae cover by Horace Faith, while an obscure reggae track enters at 75 for Eddie Lovette. The Moments get a second chart entry, to bring it up to date! Phew!

1 ( 3 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 22 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 3
4 ( 2 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
6 ( 10 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 6
7 ( 4 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
8 ( 20 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 8
9 ( 6 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
10 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 10

11 ( 5 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
12 ( 7 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 13
14 ( 9 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
15 ( 12 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
16 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
17 ( NEW ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 17
18 ( 18 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
20 ( 13 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4

21 ( 15 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
22 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 22
23 ( 16 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
24 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 24
25 ( 29 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 25
26 ( 19 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
27 ( 21 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
28 ( 32 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 28
29 ( 62 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 29
30 ( 37 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 30

31 ( 26 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
32 ( 25 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
33 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 33
34 ( 34 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
35 ( 24 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
36 ( 31 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
37 ( 39 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 37
38 ( 23 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
39 ( 28 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
40 ( 40 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 40

41 ( 33 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
42 ( 30 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
43 ( 60 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 43
44 ( 48 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 44
45 ( 58 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 45
46 ( 50 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 46
47 ( 42 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
48 ( 44 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
49 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 49
50 ( 55 ) BADGE Cream # 50

51 ( 43 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 43
52 ( 35 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
53 ( 66 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 51 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
55 ( 38 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 38
56 ( 68 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 56
57 ( 63 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 57
58 ( NEW ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 58
59 ( 59 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 59
60 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 60

61 ( 71 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 61
62 ( NEW ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 62
63 ( 69 ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 63
64 ( NEW ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 64
65 ( NEW ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 65
66 ( 74 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 72 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 68
69 ( NEW ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 69
70 ( NEW ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 70

71 ( 36 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
72 ( 75 ) I WILL SEE YOU THERE Linda Kendrick # 72
73 ( 45 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
74 ( NEW ) SUNDAY The Moments # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOO EXPERIENCED Eddie Lovette # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 8 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
4 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
5 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
6 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
7 ( 5 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
8 ( 6 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
9 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles
10 ( 7 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

11 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
12 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 11 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
14 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
15 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
16 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
17 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
18 ( RE ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
19 ( 20 ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac

 

26th April 1969

It’s another new number one, the pure passionate gospel of Oh Happy Day, a track I had to wait 8 years to buy a copy of. Worth the wait! Elvis, with his social conscience gospel ballad isn’t far behind at 3, and The Beatles were number 6 in my charts of the time and number 6 in these retro creations. Val Doonican goes top 10 with his lovely movie theme, and Fleetwood Mac make it 2 top 10’s in a row.

The highest new entry at 23 is the only song that actually had memories attached – Ragamuffin Man was the Manfred’s final hit (though who knew it!) and a good one to go out on, a fave of mine as they usually were. All the other knew ones are tracks I’d never heard of yesterday, but today I find I like them, especially the obscure The Hit Parade at 27 with a gem of a pop single Ah, Ha, Ha Do Your Thing – if only they’d entered with Manfred Mann when they did Ha Ha Said The Clown, or waited for A-ha to chart. I can’t believe something that good failed to even make the US top 120 when some of the more rubbishy tracks of the time make the top 40! Not to be confused with the UK 80’s band of the same name.

All the other newies are pending in the lower reaches, with 3 stacked up outside (Neil Young, Wilson Pickett, Moody Blues), and include a decent Soul Survivors single, a hippie trippie Youngbloods, a punkish Paul Revere & The Raiders just ahead of Mark Lindsay going solo, another Scott Walker emotive ballad, and a good ol country track from Ronnie Milsap.

1 ( 3 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
2 ( 1 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 10 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 6 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
6 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
7 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 5 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
9 ( 17 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 9
10 ( 13 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10

11 ( 9 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 7 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
14 ( 11 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
15 ( 22 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
17 ( 14 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
18 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
19 ( 24 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
20 ( 29 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 20

21 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
22 ( 20 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
23 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 23
24 ( 18 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
25 ( 21 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
26 ( 28 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
27 ( NEW ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 27
28 ( 49 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 28
29 ( 33 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 29
30 ( 26 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7

31 ( 27 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
32 ( 23 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
33 ( 37 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
34 ( 31 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
35 ( 43 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 35
36 ( 42 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
37 ( 32 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
38 ( 45 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 38
39 ( 40 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 39
40 ( 35 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

41 ( 36 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
42 ( 34 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
43 ( 44 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
44 ( 46 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
45 ( 25 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 25
46 ( 53 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 46
47 ( 30 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 30
48 ( 50 ) BADGE Cream # 48
49 ( 56 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
50 ( 60 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 50

51 ( 41 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
52 ( 62 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 52
53 ( 48 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
54 ( 47 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
55 ( 61 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 55
56 ( 58 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 56
57 ( 59 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 57
58 ( 38 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
59 ( 64 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 59
60 ( 70 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 60

61 ( 54 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
62 ( 63 ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 62
63 ( 65 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 63
64 ( 39 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
65 ( 66 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 65
66 ( 68 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 57 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 57
69 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 69
70 ( NEW ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 70

71 ( NEW ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 71
72 ( NEW ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 72
73 ( 52 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
74 ( NEW ) BIG LOUISE Scott Walker # 74
75 ( NEW ) DENVER Ronnie Milsap # 75

Then charts
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 3 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 6 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
6 ( 9 ) GET BACK The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
8 ( 5 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

11 ( 8 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
12 ( 7 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
13 ( 10 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
14 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
15 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
19 ( 15 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
20 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra

My August 1970 Charts

4th August 1970

3 weeks for Cliff on top, and Elvis is on his heels at 2, how appropriate since Cliff modeled himself on early Elvis! Marmalade go for a 4th top 5, a melancholy Rainbow, and The Archies get a 5th Top 10 with a record that still has never been officially released in either the UK or the USA. Smokey Robinson gets a top ten song about tears, no not The Tracks Of My, this time it’s the equally classic Of A Clown.

Motown labelmates The Jackson 5, the hottest pop group around, enter at 13 with a third hit The Love You Save, a big improvement on ABC for me. They were the darlings of US variety shows of the time, not least the Ed Sullivan Show, which we had on TV in Singapore, albeit a while later. Look at the clip and marvel at Michael’s precociousness as performer. Fab. The other new record is at 20, Fairweather’s Natural Sinner. I’ve added it in retroactively as I didn’t hear it until 1975 while Andy Fairweather-Low was undergoing a solo career revival, having already had the hit pop group success with Amen Corner, including topping my charts in 1969 with Half As Nice. Not his finest hour, in all honesty.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 12 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
6 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
8 ( 14 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
10 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 6 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
14 ( 17 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
16 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
17 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 20 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
20 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather


Talking of Ed Sullivan. As I’ve said before, in many ways my TV world of the 60’s and early 70’s was much more American than British, and that held true especially in Singapore – there were UK shows but they tended to be the sci-fi shows like Doctor Who and UFO, which was the latest, most exciting. mind-blowing show for me to get hooked on. Gerry Anderson had gone into live action TV, keeping the model-making for the space-age vehicles and flying saucers, as we called them in those days. I loved it. I also loved American variety shows like Ed Sullivan, though he was very, very dull. He also regularly had an awful cute mime mouse on far too often (once was more than enough, never mind 50 times in 8 years) Topo Gigio. If I’ve repeated myself here, apologies, just take it as a warning as it’s still on youtube! Avoid!

11th August 1970

A second number one from The Archies, Love Vibrations was featured on Archie’s Funhouse, an hour-long mix of songs and sketches and short stories, with a supposed live audience of kids. See lower down for more info! On an otherwise still-dull chart, Smokey Robinson goes top 5, Jackson 5 top 10, both Motown, and there are 2 new entries, both songs Tom Jones has recorded. Just as well as his version of I (Who Have Nothing) is in at 16, a terrific dramatic ballad, with The Voice on fine form. Shirley Bassey had the UK 1963 hit version (produced by George Martin) but this was a cover of Ben E. King’s US original English-language version of an Italian hit 1961 song by Joe Sentieri.

At 20, is another cover by Three Dog Night, this time Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, typically lyrically quirky and interesting and 2 or 3 decades before he became a big-deal movie composer for Pixar and others. I’d prefer to hear Randy, but this passed the time till Tom Jones covered it for his Reloaded album with Stereophonics.
1 ( 7 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
2 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
5 ( 8 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
8 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
10 ( 13 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5

11 ( 9 ) LOLA The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
13 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 16 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 17 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night


Archie’s Funhouse and Love Vibrations: I’ve bought the series DVD in haze of rose-tinted bliss, and it’s excruciating to sit through – except for the songs. I enjoyed the Archie comics, but I loved the cartoon band pop to bits and recorded this direct off the TV at the time, tinny and all from a hand microphone onto my mid-60’s reel-to-reel (well, technically dad’s recorder but my need was greater and I acquired it pretty much so I could record every song I loved from that moment on. That was a LOT of songs and a lot of blank reel-to-reel tapes for me to save up to buy for the next 20 years. I’m obviously biased but I still love this song, written by one Neil Brian Goldberg, a songwriter who never made it but who impacted me and I hope other young kids of the time.

What happened was that music maestro and Archies producer/songwriter Jeff Barry was moving on (he of hit songwriting married couple Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, many a legendary song like Be My Baby, Da Do Ron Ron, Leader Of The Pack, River Deep Mountain High, and of course Sugar Sugar also for the Archies without Ellie). He took on Neil who ignored instructions to dumb down the hit machine and aim for 7-year-olds – instead his subject matter for songs was the world, the environment, civil rights, fairly serious topics for kiddie-pop. I noticed. I also noticed the promo cartoon videos to accompany and the fab tunes still sung by Ron Dante. Only 4 of the dozens of songs ever made it to limited release and none are available to buy to this day, including this one. So this will be the only chart it has ever appeared in. Boo! Hiss! It’s sweet (or twee), ever-so-slightly hippie psychedelic and melodic bubblegum.

18th August 1970

It’s Elvis on top, with his second number one in just over a year, following on from In The Ghetto. The Wonder Of You was originally a 1959 hit for Ray Peterson, but Elvis notched up the drama, now entering his Las Vegas phase and it was essentially Showbiz City from here on. I was still mad on Elvis and it would be another 2 years before the increasingly naff singles caused me to lose my love – in retrospect it all started here, really, give or take, as Parody Elvis killed off Gospel Elvis. These days, The Wonder Of You is nowhere near the top of my list of classic Presley.

Cat Stevens gets to 2, just ahead of a new entry for a new act, Bread. Bread was essentially David Gates, a great songwriter with an angelic sweet vocal, which I loved, but which provoked the same reaction amongst musos as The Carpenters – sweet equals sickly in their eyes, totally unable to appreciate the song quality. Make It With You is gorgeous, and was covered in the 90’s by Let Loose, to reasonable effect.

In at 5, one of my all-time fave bands of the 70’s debut – Hot Chocolate, fresh off The Beatles Apple label, and now with Micky Most’s RAK Records, loved that yacht logo on the vinyl. Errol Brown led the mixed race combo, in itself a statement at that time, and Errol and bandmate Tony Wilson showed they were nifty songwriters pretty much immediately (writing for other acts like Mary Hopkin). The organ and strings riffs of Love Is Life and that shuffling percussive rhythm were irresistible to me, and that soaring melody just fabulous. Still love it to bits.

Also in, at 19, Andy Williams is back with It’s So Easy, my top-rated crooner of the time. Andy was never bad, and I loved that he covered current hits on his show and albums. Just look at him singing this bouncy joyous pop ditty live – effortless and stylish.

1 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 7 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

6 ( 1 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 6 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 5 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

11 ( 10 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
12 ( 9 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 13 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones

16 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
17 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
18 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

Back in Singapore, time for some end-of-holiday musings and summary: the long summer holiday from school was pretty literal there, hot days, comics, music, TV, swimming pool, beach, catching fish for my tank, and yet more comics. I was getting a pretty good set of new Action Comics by this time, as well as back issues of Adventure Comics, all featuring my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes (and Superboy and Superman). I can’t understate how shaky and sweaty I would get when I came across a new issue – the surge of excitement overcame everything else. I had to have them, no matter what. By this time I was off on longer bus journeys, to Katong and Siglap bookstores and roadside kiosks, to Changi Village second-hand bookstores, and to Singapore City plush department stores newsagent sections (with grown-ups, that one, it was just that bit too daunting to go into the city on my own). Just as well I didn’t always tell where I’d been (I used to say Bedok, near where we first lived, and bring back fish from the tropical fish store for the tank as proof). Ah happy days, and I even got friend Dale to accompany me too, eventually – his parents also didn’t know. Given the red-flag bombs left locally aimed at us kids, as I’ve already said, I had to get my priorities right. I knew the risks, took no chances straying from the main bus route and the shops, and I wouldn’t have trusted strangers, but those comics were meant for me, I had to have them! I still have them….

I noticed by now that the comics I brought over from the UK were getting a bit brown and stained round the edges, so hot and humid was it, constantly. I had moth balls in the draw I kept them in, but that didn’t stop it. The expensive new ones needed to be kept as mint as possible in my obsessive eyes. I came up with a solution. Bread rolls. Or rather the bags the rolls came in, labelled with Bakers logos and so on, but otherwise transparent – I washed them out, dried them off for a day or two, and stored my comics in them one in each bag. Then inside a larger bag. It worked – they are still inside the same bags 46 years later, fairly airtight and stacked in my childhood wooden box. Some might call that anal retentive and they’d be right. But my comics are still near mint and worth a bob or two now.

25th August 1970

School hols nearly over, and it’s a reggae new entry at 1 for Desmond Dekker, finally getting the top spot after peaking at with Israelites the previous year. Written by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, You Can Get It If You Really Want was a fab melodic pop groove released on the super-cool reggae label Trojan. Back in 1970, though, Desmond was the big reggae star. Hot Chocolate go up to 2 with the fantastic Love Is Life, and Marmalade hold at 3 with the lovely Rainbow. New at 11, a future Kylie cover, the soulful funk of Chairmen Of The Board, starting their string of hits with one of their great singles, Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lead singer General Johnson had a terrific voice, and the creative team was ex-Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland on their new Invictus record label. Funkier, but still fab.

1 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 5 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 1 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 2 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
10 ( 9 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 11 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
16 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
17 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
18 ( 16 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
19 ( 18 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free


Back in the tropics, what kind of games were popular in our house? I got a fab game called Battling Tops for christmas which dad and his RAF mates also pissed themselves over – it was like an old amphitheatre but curved. Basically you wrapped up to 4 spinning tops in nylon rope, placed them in the 4 starter blocks at 90 degrees around the arena, and pulled hard. They then went mad, spinning towards each other and colliding, and the winner was the one who didn’t get chucked out the arena and who spun the longest.

The grown-ups were big on Canasta, very much a social thing among young married couples, or a ladies-only bit of fun – I still adore card games but they seem to be a thing of the past generally these days. Anyway, I watched avidly behind each grown-up watching how they played till I picked it up, and eventually I got to play too. Yay!

The other big social do, again for couples, but also men’s beer-drinking gatherings at our house (cos we had a dartboard) was darts. Mum and dad went onto the main RAF camp for nights out (we stayed on our own, brother & I, locked indoors with neighbours opposite keeping an eye on the house), I was quite sensible from an early age, these days you’d be done for child abandonment but at 12 or 13 years old I certainly didn’t feel I needed a baby sitter to control my younger brother and a bit of squabbling now and then. Anyway, they won loads of team darts awards, albeit some as runners-up (still have the little wooden plaques and cups) and I got to play darts as much as I wanted. Never did get great at it, though, preferred DC Comics and pop music and American TV.

Other board games: Monopoly (of course), Careers, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, and minor ones like draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo and so on. My big new board game, though, was Chess. I joined the chess club at Seletar Secondary Modern in my first year, and liked it, and ended up getting my own super-funky magnetic chess board (still have it) which I took to my new upcoming school, where I basically spent breaks with the other nerds playing chess. Yes my days of hanging about with the cool kids running round school playgrounds and playing fields were over, the new RAF Changi Grammar School was a whole different ball game, so to speak, and I pretty quickly got labelled a “swot” which was the social kiss of death for any shy boy. To be continued in September, and day one at school…