My Retro May 1968 Charts

4th May 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

11th May 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

18th May 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

25th May 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro April 1968 Charts

6th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for Tommy James major classic party rockin’ anthem, a great vocal performance showing minimal lyrics aren’t an issue for dancing wildly. In at 2, it’s one of my all-time fave childhood records (well, it was obligatory in 1968 to love it if you were between 5 and 12, and especially for girls who loved ponies). It was the theme tune to children’s TV The White Horses, one of the many European shows of the time (Yugoslavian/German in this case) and in it’s many repeats over subsequent years the theme tune stayed fresh and popular, almost cult (see Trash Can Sinatras version). Still love it, unashamedly, such a toon!

Diana Ross & co grabbing another top 10, Glen also fluttering top-10-ward with his elusive album track, and Dionne Warwick’s great Bacharach/David jaunty coffee-table classic is in at 10 – and indeed I do know the way to San Jose, I’ve been there. Head south from the Golden Gate Bridge is my advice. Guy Marks is bananas into the 30, and Gene Pitney is somewhere in the country just outside, and Peter Frampton herds his band into the 40, their 3rd hit, and just as fab as the first 2. Laura Nyro gets another top 40.

New entries lower down include, The Rascals back again, no longer Young, The Isley Brothers future-brilliant-cover for The Doobie Brothers in 1975, Take Me In Your Arms, and The Easybeats are also back – not quite AC/DC or even Flash & The Pan, though the latter certainly has it’s roots in Hello How Are You – literally. Marvin & Tammi are back yet again with one better known song than the higher-charting of their two, and a blues goodie later covered by Santana to more fame and sales slips in – Black Magic Woman, a Peter Green early great song that sounds like it had been around for 40 years already. Arthur Conley and Classics IV do the clone-follow-up thing, and Spanky And Our Gang get all MOR schmaltzy at 75.

1 ( 11 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
2 ( NEW ) WHITE HORSES Jacky
3 ( 1 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
4 ( 2 ) VALLERI The Monkees
5 ( 3 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 10 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
7 ( 4 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 6 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
10 ( 15 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

11 ( 5 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
12 ( 7 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
13 ( 8 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
14 ( 9 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
15 ( 16 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
16 ( 12 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
17 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
18 ( 13 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
19 ( NEW ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
20 ( 24 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin

21 ( 18 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
22 ( 19 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
23 ( 23 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 20 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
25 ( 21 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 32 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
27 ( 30 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
28 ( 22 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
29 ( 25 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
30 ( 45 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks

31 ( 61 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
32 ( 27 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
33 ( 28 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
34 ( 26 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
35 ( 39 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
36 ( 29 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
37 ( 38 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
38 ( 33 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
39 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
40 ( 53 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro

41 ( 31 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
42 ( 34 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
43 ( 46 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
44 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
45 ( 50 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
46 ( 41 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
47 ( 43 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
48 ( 42 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
49 ( 44 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
50 ( 36 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith

51 ( 40 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
52 ( 52 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
53 ( 47 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
54 ( 59 ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
55 ( 51 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
56 ( 60 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
57 ( 37 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
58 ( 54 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
59 ( NEW ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
60 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers

61 ( 64 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Glen Campbell
62 ( 48 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
63 ( 58 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
64 ( 66 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW ABOUT ME? Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
65 ( NEW ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
66 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
67 ( 70 ) ELI’S COMING Laura Nyro
68 ( 63 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
69 ( NEW ) BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 72 ) RED RED WINE Neil Diamond

71 ( 55 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
72 ( NEW ) FUNKY STREET Arthur Conley
73 ( 75 ) SHOO-BE-DOO-BE-DOO-DA-DAY Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) SOUL TRAIN Classics IV
75 ( NEW ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU Spanky & Our Gang

 

13th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for the galloping Jackie’s kiddiepop gem, making it 7 weeks in a row of one-weekers on top, The Legend Of Xanadu being the last to stay on top longer than a week (3 weeks). Highest new entry at 3 is the psychedelic pop fabulousness of a Bob Dylan cover from Julie Driscoll & co, the best of many many Dylan covers to date, and better (as usual) than his original – Wheel’s On Fire. Straight in at 10 The Love Affair cover a second Robert Knight top 20 original (in these charts), and also improve on the original considerably – My Rainbow Valley is triff. Robert Knight will be back in a few weeks with another Northern Soul gem that they didn’t bother to cover – oops! Wrong choice! Talking of Northern Soul, Edwin Starr sneaks in at 75 with one I don’t know, but like on first hearing, and it won’t be long before he will be gracing the UK singles charts with other tracks.

Gene Pitney is Somewhere In The Country of, well in the region of, the top 20, and The Fireballs re-enter after dropping out the week before now the laid-back charms of Goin’ Away are putting a hook into my car singalongs. Sounds more 70’s than 60’s so I take that to mean it was ahead of it’s time. The Small Faces enter at 45 with what is a sort of cockney novelty record, and one I liked a lot at the time, much more than most of their hits which tended to pass me by on the whole. Lazy Sunday, though, was a last burst before they fizzled out.

At 59, it’s Soul Survivors with another early Gamble & Huff Philly soul sound, and nothing to do with the TV theme, which is a relief as it’s another new-to-me goodie. At 62, another 16 Big Hits track (I should recount them all, seems to be more like 26 tracks the amount of times I mention it!) and bubblegum earworm and a half: once you have heard the immortal lyric Yummy Yummy Yummy I’ve got love in my tummy there is no way of ever blocking it out no matter how you try. It’s for life. Al Green has another obscure early soul goodie in my list, The Beach Boys return with Friends (much-needed as Brian Wilson had more-or-less retired burnt-out and mentally ill, along with the hint of genius, though it wouldnt be long before the rest of boys put in some good efforts). Curtis Mayfield and The Kinks return, and debuting at 74 it’s Andy Kim with a bubblegum flop. Who he? Only the main co-songwriter of The Archies hits and album tracks, and 1974’s fab Rock Me Gently which he grabbed all for himself. Get used to hearing his name frequently before year-end…yes I watched, adored, recorded, bought The Archies while I was cut off from the UK music scene in less than 18 months from this point.

1 ( 2 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
2 ( 1 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
3 ( NEW ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
4 ( 3 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 4 ) VALLERI The Monkees
6 ( 5 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 8 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 10 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
9 ( 6 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
10 ( NEW ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair

11 ( 7 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
12 ( 9 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
13 ( 11 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
14 ( 12 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
15 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 13 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
17 ( 31 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
18 ( 19 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
19 ( 15 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
20 ( 14 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus

21 ( 16 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
22 ( 18 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
23 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
24 ( 30 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
25 ( 27 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
26 ( 26 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
27 ( 23 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
28 ( 21 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
29 ( 22 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
30 ( 40 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro

31 ( 39 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
32 ( 29 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
33 ( 35 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
34 ( 25 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
35 ( 32 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
36 ( 33 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
37 ( 24 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
38 ( 45 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
39 ( RE ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
40 ( 43 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard

41 ( 38 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
42 ( 28 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
43 ( 61 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
44 ( 34 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
45 ( 56 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 42 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
47 ( 41 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
48 ( 47 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
49 ( 46 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
50 ( 48 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles

51 ( 49 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
52 ( 37 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
53 ( NEW ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
54 ( 44 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
55 ( 59 ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
56 ( 60 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
57 ( 53 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
58 ( 55 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
60 ( 36 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens

61 ( 58 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
62 ( NEW ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
63 ( 66 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
64 ( 65 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
65 ( 67 ) ELI’S COMING Laura Nyro
66 ( NEW ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
67 ( 63 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
69 ( 69 ) BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WONDER BOY The Kinks

71 ( 50 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
72 ( NEW ) WE’RE ROLLIN’ ON The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( 68 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
74 ( NEW ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
75 ( NEW ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr

 

20th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for Julie, Bri & co having a neat Dylan-cover bookending the top and bottom of my chart. The Ab Fab theme tune has eaten into the record’s Ab Fabness over the years, but really it’s a majestic powerful record that I wasn’t really aware of much at the time. Highest new entry is the penultimate 16 Big Hits record to debut, and it’s Engelbert’s best record by a country mile, the smooth A Man Without Love, an English-language cover of a fab dramatic 1962 Italian soaring ballad. Another expert at the dramatic ballad, Gene Pitney, also goes top 10, not for the first time, not for the last time, cos Gene was just epic at his best.

Glen Campbell gets a 3rd top 5 and The Love Affair get a second top 5, with an uncredited Sue Glover doing some key female melody hooks on it. As I’m treating my retro charts as if they were 2018, streaming, worldwide release, and dozens of featuring credits for minimal effort, I’m giving credit where it’s deserved in the grooves. Sun & Sunny had a duetting stream of support vocals, a minor hit, and an actual hit as The Pearls (Third Finger Left Hand) but weren’t allowed to promote it due to contractual problems, so fellow backing vocalists took over the group. Not that it mattered, they were also Brotherhood Of Man pre-Eurovision, Sunny had a solo hit in 1974, and Sue was one of the gospel rousing singers on With A Little Help for Joe Cocker later in 68, before both backed Lulu at Eurovision in 69. Cue singing for T.Rex, Mott, Dusty, Elton, Zappa & Moroder among many….!

Simon & Garfunkel’s movie soundtrack classic (The Graduate – “are you trying to seduce me Mrs Robinson?”) enters at 25 as lead track on Bookends, along with post-split 1972 hit America. Great record but it belongs in 1968 charts not 1972. Angel Of The Morning, Merrilee Rush’s big US hit (as later covered in the UK by Mary Mason in 1977, and definitively by Juice Newton in the early 80’s, as featured in probably the greatest ever use of an oldie to start a movie – the awesome Deadpool) enters at 44, one I never knew back then, but know by others way better now. The original is pretty good though.

That leaves just another Thom Bell writer/production for The Delfonics follow-up hinting of greater things to come – that would be The Detroit Spinners, The Stylistics early hits, New York City and a banger 21st century number from Elton John’s Thom Bell Philadelphia soul EP – Are You Ready For Love. The record that cheated Cliff out of his win by one point (rumour suggests Spanish leader Franco had a hand in nobbling judges, but nothing has been proved to back it up), La La La, enters. Not only is it not as good, as successful, nor as famous as Cliff’s Congratulations, but it was supposed to have been sung in Catalan by a male singer but Franco over-ruled this bare-faced affront. Much more likely 1969 judges were nobbled, I say – come back next year for more…

1 ( 3 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
2 ( 1 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
3 ( 2 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
4 ( 8 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
5 ( 10 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
6 ( NEW ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
7 ( 4 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
8 ( 5 ) VALLERI The Monkees
9 ( 6 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 17 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney

11 ( 7 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( 9 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
13 ( 15 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 11 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
15 ( 13 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
16 ( 12 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
17 ( 18 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
18 ( 16 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
19 ( 14 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
20 ( 24 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks

21 ( 21 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
22 ( 22 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
23 ( 20 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
24 ( 25 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
25 ( NEW ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
26 ( 31 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
27 ( 30 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
28 ( 19 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
29 ( 27 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
30 ( 34 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

31 ( 28 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
32 ( 29 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
33 ( 26 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
34 ( 23 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
35 ( 32 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
36 ( NEW ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
37 ( 39 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
38 ( 35 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
39 ( 53 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
40 ( 45 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra

41 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
42 ( 43 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
43 ( 33 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
44 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
45 ( 41 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
46 ( 37 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
47 ( 56 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
48 ( 38 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
49 ( 46 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
50 ( 68 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys

51 ( 48 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
52 ( 50 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
53 ( 51 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
54 ( 49 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
55 ( 55 ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
56 ( 62 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
57 ( 47 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
58 ( 42 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 59 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
60 ( 44 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black

61 ( 63 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
62 ( 57 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
63 ( 58 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
64 ( 64 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
65 ( 61 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
66 ( 66 ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
67 ( 40 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
68 ( 74 ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
69 ( 70 ) WONDER BOY The Kinks
70 ( 75 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr

71 ( 54 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
72 ( 72 ) WE’RE ROLLIN’ ON The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( NEW ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
74 ( NEW ) LA LA LA Massiel
75 ( NEW ) YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE The Byrds

 

27th April 1968

Its 2 weeks on top for This Wheel’s On Fire, holding off the Hump in his only chance of topping my chart. Simon & Garfunkel get a first retro-chart top 10, and LOve climb back up. Nancy & Lee make it 6 top 10’s in 16 months, 8 for Nancy in total. Merrilee Rush Deadpool’s it into the 30, and Eddy Grant equals chart success times 2 as Baby Come Back enters some 20-odd years before his own solo version enters a bit lower. A big climb for The Delfonics into the 40, as yet another is new lower down.

Scott Walker goes ballad and in at 45, Bill Medley drops Bobby Hatfield for a solo entry, while Neil Diamond, The Temptations and The Foundations all keep the hits coming at frantic paces – the speed of single releases in 1968 USA in particular was amazing considering the current “hang-around-forever” big hits and “useless-invasion-of-album-tracks-masquerading-as-singles-in-week-one” that has made me determined to treat 60’s acts and albums the same way to illustrate that Drake having 3,546 chart entries in a year is meaningless when big 60’s streaming-free acts could have had the same (but didn’t by virtue of people having to buy music at great expense or else just listen to the radio)

1 ( 1 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
2 ( 6 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
3 ( 2 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
5 ( 3 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
6 ( 4 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
7 ( 25 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
8 ( 22 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
9 ( 7 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
10 ( 13 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

11 ( 8 ) VALLERI The Monkees
12 ( 9 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
13 ( 17 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
14 ( 10 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
15 ( 12 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
16 ( 11 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
18 ( 26 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
19 ( 14 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
20 ( 36 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel

21 ( 16 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
22 ( 18 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
23 ( 19 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
24 ( 27 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
25 ( 21 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
26 ( 44 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
27 ( 23 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
28 ( 20 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
29 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
30 ( 24 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus

31 ( 29 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
32 ( 28 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
33 ( 39 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
34 ( 31 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
35 ( 30 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
36 ( 37 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
37 ( 32 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
38 ( 50 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
39 ( 47 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
40 ( 73 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics

41 ( 35 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
42 ( 38 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
43 ( 41 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
44 ( 33 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
45 ( NEW ) JOANNA Scott Walker
46 ( 34 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
47 ( 68 ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
48 ( 64 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
49 ( 45 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
50 ( 40 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra

51 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler
52 ( 56 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
53 ( 70 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
54 ( 59 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
55 ( 46 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
56 ( 42 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
57 ( NEW ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
58 ( 61 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 51 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
60 ( 52 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles

61 ( 69 ) WONDER BOY The Kinks
62 ( 53 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
63 ( 54 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
64 ( 66 ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
65 ( 49 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
66 ( 43 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
67 ( 48 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
68 ( NEW ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
69 ( NEW ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers
70 ( 57 ) ROSIE Don Partridge

71 ( NEW ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
72 ( NEW ) BROOKLYN ROADS Neil Diamond
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
74 ( NEW ) I COULD NEVER LOVE ANOTHER The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) HOLD ME CLOSER The Equals featuring Eddy Grant