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

My Retro October 1967 Charts

7th October 1967

It’s 3 weeks on top for the fab Gibbs and their Massachussets, but it was a close call with the classic Jimmy Webb UK-non-hit, one of the greatest travesty’s in chart history, as Glen Campbell enters at 2 (where Gentle On My Mind peaked) with By The Time I Get To Phoenix. Dave Dee & co enter with their best track, despite a deliberate attempt from Howard & Blaikley to write a song with nonsense lyrics, cos it’s just a brilliant tune and production, and one I was mad on at the time. Very under-rated songwriter-producers, they could tackle multiple genres and make mini-pop-gems out of ’em.

Harry Nilsson gets his first top 10, and not his last, with the gorgeous Without Her – Jack Jones did a good cover, unlikely as it sounds, as I may have said already. New at 17, David McWilliams with another UK chart non-hit travesty, though Marc Almond and Trevor Horn took it into the top 5 in 1992 (and topped my chart), The Days Of Pearly Spencer. Nico enters at 31 with another non-UK-hit gem, in any version: 16-year-old precocious Jackson Browne wrote it, Nico did the first version of dozens, and 5 years ahead of Jackson Browne’s own version seeing the light of day. Mature in the extreme for a teenager, for me the definitive version was recorded in 2008 on Glen Campbell’s brilliant Meet Glen Campbell and should have been a single – it topped my charts and was one of my tracks of the decade, suiting a great singer nearing the end of his life and career more than one starting out.

In at 40, one new to me, Giant Sunflower, girl/boys harmony band sort of Mamas & Papas crossed with Middle Of The Road (in vocal style), and a very minor US chart entry, despite impeccable production credentials from Lou Adler and yet another of the many1967 covers of a Smokey Robinson song (The Miracles did it first). 60’s soul star Chuck Jackson pops in with another goodie new to me (he had many US hits, and his best-known song is I Keep Forgettin’ as covered by Michael McDonald) Shame On Me, funk legend George Clinton is back again for a second chart entry at 52, Gladys & her family are in with a song made immortal by Marvin Gaye (Berry Gordy shelved it and funked it up for a huge US hit), I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Shirley Bassey enters with a song that was all over British TV and radio for years, hugely well-known at the time and one of her signature tunes, Big Spender. The Kinks pop in with a future hit for The Jam, Barbara Randolph does a good Motown cover of a Holland-Dozier-Holland Four Tops song, Scott McKenzie gets a second John Phillips gift (not as good a prezzie this one though), Sandy Posey gets a 3rd chart entry of the year, and finally obscure band The Messengers tackle another Motown song: R. Dean Taylor’s Window Shopping (the only white songwriter on the label at the time, I think), which eventually became a UK single for R. Dean himself in 1974 following There’s A Ghost In My House and Gotta See Jane having Northern Soul chart success. It also charted in my charts then.

1 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( NEW ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 4 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
4 ( 8 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 3 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
6 ( 9 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
7 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
8 ( NEW ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
9 ( 5 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
10 ( 16 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson

11 ( 6 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
12 ( 18 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
13 ( 7 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
14 ( 20 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
15 ( 10 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
16 ( 12 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
17 ( NEW ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
18 ( 21 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
19 ( 15 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
20 ( 17 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

21 ( 13 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
22 ( 23 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
23 ( 19 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
24 ( 22 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
25 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
26 ( 14 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
27 ( 37 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
28 ( 29 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
29 ( 25 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
30 ( 27 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods

31 ( NEW ) THESE DAYS Nico
32 ( 26 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
33 ( 24 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
34 ( 38 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
35 ( 32 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
36 ( 30 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
37 ( 39 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
38 ( 40 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
39 ( 35 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
40 ( NEW ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower

41 ( 31 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
42 ( 34 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 33 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
44 ( 28 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
45 ( 46 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
46 ( 54 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
47 ( NEW ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
48 ( 41 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
49 ( 63 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
50 ( 65 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies

51 ( 36 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
52 ( NEW ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
53 ( 56 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
54 ( 43 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
55 ( 51 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
56 ( 52 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
57 ( 42 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
58 ( 49 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
59 ( 48 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
60 ( 72 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw

61 ( 50 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
62 ( 69 ) LOVELY RITA The Beatles
63 ( 57 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
64 ( 58 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
65 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( 73 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
67 ( 62 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
68 ( 61 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
69 ( NEW ) BIG SPENDER Shirley Bassey
70 ( NEW ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks

71 ( NEW ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
72 ( NEW ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
73 ( NEW ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
74 ( 75 ) (LONELINESS MADE ME REALIZE) IT’S YOU THAT I NEED The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers

14th October 1967

A first week at one for Glen Campbell’s brilliant Jimmy Webb Phoenix ballad, the first of a trilogy of Americana Cities-themed classics. Dave Dee and co echo the future Family Dogg hit Way Of Life up to 2, and Gene Pitney makes the top 10, though sadly almost all his great hits predated 1967 so not many more to come. The Bee Gees make it two in the 20, Giant Sunflower blossom into the 20, and Nico’s original of the Jackson Browne classic as done definitively by Glen Campbell (one day) beaks into the 20.

Highest new entry is one of 2 from Dionne Warwick, the movie theme big USA hit Valley Of The Dolls, at 23 ahead of the future Aretha Franklin classic, I Say A Little Prayer, as Aretha peaks at 5 with Carole King’s classic, and Aretha’ sis Erma enters at 37 with future Janis Joplin classic Piece Of My Heart. That leaves second-highest new entry a second song from The Kinks – Autumn Almanac at 26, and a childhood fave – and an anecdote from me: picture it. RAF Valley, Anglesey married quarters, 9 Tro Minfordd, and the song comes on the new BBC radio station. 9-year-old John rushes to the Weekend mag his mum had bought, and digs out the newly-discovered hit-song-lyric-of-the-week published inside: One Autumn Almanac, and sings along. Mum comments impressed about him knowing the lyrics, and young John says he’s reading and singing along. Cue young John cutting them out and saving pop song lyrics from here-on until Disco 45 gets published…

OK, not riveting, but it’s of the time!

Others: Wet Wet Wet are in, oops, I mean the much better original of Love Is All Around, Nancy & Lee are back while Nancy is still in the 40, with a song I assumed was for the First Lady of the USA (Probably not!), Neil D is back again, Val Doonican is in with a lesser song from his repertoire (which I loved as a kid pre-1967) and Bob Seger debuts with a track new to me a full decade before he started with hits proper. Who knew?!

1 ( 2 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
2 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
3 ( 8 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 6 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
6 ( 3 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
7 ( 10 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
8 ( 5 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
9 ( 7 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
10 ( 14 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney

11 ( 11 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
12 ( 17 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
13 ( 9 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
14 ( 22 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 13 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
16 ( 15 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 40 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
18 ( 18 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
19 ( 31 ) THESE DAYS Nico
20 ( 20 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

21 ( 12 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
22 ( 16 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
23 ( NEW ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
24 ( 19 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
25 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( NEW ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
27 ( 24 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
28 ( 26 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
29 ( 23 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
30 ( 21 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move

31 ( 29 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
32 ( 25 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
33 ( 34 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
34 ( 30 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
35 ( 50 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
36 ( 28 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
37 ( NEW ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
38 ( 47 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
39 ( 46 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
40 ( 35 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

41 ( 38 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
42 ( 36 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
43 ( 33 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
44 ( 39 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
45 ( 45 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
46 ( 32 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
47 ( NEW ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
48 ( 42 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
49 ( 52 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
50 ( 53 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors

51 ( 37 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
52 ( 48 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
53 ( 44 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
54 ( 41 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
55 ( 60 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
56 ( 43 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
57 ( NEW ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
58 ( 71 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
59 ( 65 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
60 ( NEW ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

61 ( 56 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 55 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
63 ( 54 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
64 ( 51 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
65 ( 66 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
66 ( 69 ) BIG SPENDER Shirley Bassey
67 ( 49 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
68 ( 70 ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks
69 ( 75 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers
70 ( 73 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey

71 ( NEW ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
72 ( 72 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
73 ( NEW ) HEAVY MUSIC PART 1 Bob Seger and The Last Heard
74 ( NEW ) IF THE WHOLE WORLD STOPPED LOVING Val Doonican
75 ( NEW ) KENTUCKY WOMAN Neil Diamond

 

21st October 1967

It’s a first week on top for Dave Dee and co and the tuneful fun Zabadak! It won’t be the last time they top my charts…. nor for Nancy Sinatra – who is back in at 7 with the nominal B side of Lady Bird (up inside the 40), but which is the trippy hippy cult classic that is Sand, Lee Hazelwood was definitely on something, but those lyrics are pure poetry. I have managed to get the record played twice on the BBC – first on Simon Mayo’s Radio 1 obscure track with a story, and later on Radio 2’s Brian Mathews Sounds Of The 60’s with the same story: dad bought a reel-to-reel tape recorder in RAF Changi, Singapore in 1970, and I was obsessed with pop music to put it mildly. Dad & I both bought some blank tapes (not cheap) and while we were out at work and school, respectively, mum was at home at our house which was overlooked by the armed guard tower for Changi Prison in lush tropical equatorial Singapore. If a song came on the radio she liked she’d start the tape recording – and then forget to turn it off. So we got all sorts of radio tracks I never knew, including this one (mum loved men with gruff voices and Lee Hazelwood fit that bill perfectly). Sand should be better known.

Another Singapore reel-to-reel track enters at 31 for Felice Taylor, her second Barry White track of the year in my charts, and her first hit (and his), I Feel Love Comin’ On. It was groovy. More tape faves from a fave Disney animation enter lower down – and they would eventually become a mashed-up 90’s hit – The Jungle Book’s Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You. So you see, in 1970 I was discovering and rediscovering 1967 music big-time. In my mind it’s a mash-up of sunny RAF Valley on Anglesey and tropical Singapore at RAF Changi.

Future Vegas act Wayne Newton, though, is new to me, and is in with an early version of Love Of The Common People, future much-covered hit, The Left Banke debut ahead of their later hit classic with cult fave Desiree, while minor tracks for The Four Seasons, Mamas & The Papas, and Tommy James keep up the hit tally.

1 ( 3 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
4 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 5 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
6 ( 7 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
7 ( NEW ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
8 ( 6 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
9 ( 10 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
10 ( 12 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams

11 ( 14 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
12 ( 8 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
13 ( 11 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
14 ( 19 ) THESE DAYS Nico
15 ( 23 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
16 ( 17 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
17 ( 9 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
18 ( 27 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
19 ( 13 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
20 ( 26 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks

21 ( 18 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
22 ( 15 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
23 ( 16 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
24 ( 20 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
25 ( 25 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 21 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
27 ( 22 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
28 ( 24 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
29 ( 38 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
30 ( 35 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies

31 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
32 ( 28 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
33 ( 31 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
34 ( 29 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
35 ( 37 ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
36 ( 32 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
37 ( 60 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
38 ( 30 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
39 ( 34 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
40 ( 47 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick

41 ( 33 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
42 ( 40 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
43 ( 57 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
44 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
45 ( 36 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
46 ( 42 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
47 ( 44 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
48 ( 48 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
49 ( 49 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
50 ( 39 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions

51 ( 43 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
52 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
53 ( 58 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
54 ( 65 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
55 ( NEW ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
56 ( 41 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
57 ( 52 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
58 ( 70 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
59 ( 53 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
60 ( 69 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers

61 ( 51 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
62 ( 45 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
63 ( 55 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
64 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Wayne Newton
65 ( 46 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
66 ( 71 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
67 ( 68 ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks
68 ( 72 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
69 ( NEW ) DESIREE The Left Banke
70 ( 73 ) HEAVY MUSIC PART 1 Bob Seger and The Last Heard

71 ( 61 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
72 ( 74 ) IF THE WHOLE WORLD STOPPED LOVING Val Doonican
73 ( NEW ) WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW The Four Seasons
74 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE BLUE Tommy James & The Shondells
75 ( NEW ) GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY The Mamas & The Papas

 

8th October 1967

The day before my brothers’ 8th birthday and it’s a new entry at 1 from The Stone Poneys, with a sublime version of Mike Nesmith’s A Different Drum. Not a song I knew at the time (being as it wasn’t a UK hit) but one I got to know and like in 1978 when it finally charted as the other side to Linda Ronstadt’s current cover of Roy Orbison’s Blue Bayou, which was neither anywhere near as good as Roy’s version nor her lead singer oldie. Very Monkees, and just perfect.

Sand goes up to 4, for some hippie psychedelia as Nancy & Lee also go into the 20 with Lady Bird, both are fab. In at 16 a record I loved at the time, Everybody Knows, The Dave Clark 5 at their most tuneful, and one that is very nostalgic for me when I hear it. Another “5” track enters for The 5th Dimension, there’s a great video performance of them doing Paper Cup on US TV (likely The Ed Sullivan Show, they were always on it) all facing each other in a moving circle.

At 24, Brenda & The Tabulations just can’t stay out of my 1967 charts, just love the sweet, melodic singles they put out, if occasionally a little shrill, but endearing. Debuting at 30, it’s Hugo Montenegro who was making a career out of making Sergio Leone spaghetti western soundtracks into pop hits, instrumental, and a year ahead of THE biggie. Dad bought an EP of 4 of them in Singapore which I played to death, including this one.

The Dells enter with a bit of soul passion, as they would with a medley cover of Love Is Blue/I Can Sing A Rainbow 2 years on, and having had a 12 year career already without success. Smokey Robinson is also unable to stay out the 1967 charts, here with the famous I Second That Emotion, or I Second That Emulsion, as Japan almost sang when they turned it into plodding fodder. The Turtles sneak another minor hit in before year-end, ditto The Beach Boys, and a second version of Love Of The Common People enters – for The Everley Brothers! Who knew they were covering future famous songs and still not having hits as their career tailed off!

1 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
2 ( 2 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 1 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 7 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 3 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
7 ( 10 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
8 ( 6 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
9 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
10 ( 5 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin

11 ( 15 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
12 ( 14 ) THESE DAYS Nico
13 ( 8 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
14 ( 16 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
15 ( 12 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
16 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
17 ( 13 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
18 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
19 ( 20 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
20 ( 37 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

21 ( 29 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
22 ( 31 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
23 ( 17 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
24 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
25 ( 23 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
26 ( 22 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
27 ( 21 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
28 ( 18 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
29 ( 30 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
30 ( NEW ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra

31 ( 24 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
32 ( 19 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
33 ( 26 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
34 ( 44 ) I WANNA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
35 ( 35 ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
36 ( 28 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
37 ( 33 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
38 ( 40 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
39 ( 27 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
40 ( 34 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard

41 ( 43 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
42 ( 25 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 32 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
44 ( 55 ) THE BEAR NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
45 ( 42 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
46 ( 36 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
47 ( 52 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
48 ( 38 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
49 ( NEW ) OOH I LOVE YOU The Dells
50 ( 53 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph

51 ( 46 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
52 ( 54 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
53 ( 47 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
54 ( 58 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
55 ( 39 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
56 ( NEW ) PAPER CUP The 5th Dimension
57 ( 51 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
58 ( 48 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
59 ( 66 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
60 ( 64 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Wayne Newton

61 ( 41 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 45 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
63 ( 57 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
64 ( 69 ) DESIREE The Left Banke
65 ( 68 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
66 ( NEW ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
67 ( 75 ) GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY The Mamas & The Papas
68 ( 50 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
69 ( 49 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
70 ( 73 ) WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW The Four Seasons

71 ( NEW ) SHE’S MY GIRL The Turtles
72 ( 60 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers
73 ( 74 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Tommy James & The Shondells
74 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Everley Brothers
75 ( NEW ) WILD HONEY The Beach Boys