My 1989 Charts – December

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3rd December 1989

3 weeks at 1 for Lisa Stansfield as the top 10 becomes very female-vocal-dominated, barring just 808 State, Jeff Wayne’s remix, and Living In A Box. Before the 80’s that state of events would have been unlikely! Biggest movers into the 10, Dusty Springfield at 2 and Kate Bush at 8, veterans of 21 years and 11 years since their first top 10’s.

In at 15, highest new entry is Rob n Raz, not to mention Leila K doing a bit of a catchy impression of Neneh Cherry. At 19, a re-entry a couple of places behind his own Something, it’s ol’ George himself, assisted in no small part by Jeff Lynne on production Wilbury duties, with Cheer Down, a great record that should have been big. Apparently it’s from Lethal Weapon 2. As I have yet to see Mel Gibson’s lethal weapon, pistol or shotgun-sized, I can’t comment on the quality. While at 24, Jason Donovan performs the unexpected, and gets Stock Aitken and Waterman-ed up to the point where they actually make a great pop record together. It can’t possibly last, but enjoy it while it lasted!

At 26, it’s the absolutely classic ultimate part-singalong record from the quirky B52’s, 10 years on from Rock Lobster and even more fun, and a track I’d heard on my USA holiday without registering much. Oops! Brilliance missed! Awesome, as they used to say. Erasure surround the top 40, while The Stone Roses are no fools at 29, up almost 40 places, and in at 31 it’s a super group. I mean supergroup. I prefer to think of them as New Smiths Shop Boys, though others may prefer Bernard Sumner, Johnny Marr and Neil Tennant. 3 perfectly good reasons to love this record anyway! Other top 40 climbs? Milli Vanilli (blame it on the rain, I say), Sydney Youngblood (sat waiting) and Big Fun (very rarely).

41 to 75 new entries include Soul II Soul at 50, Got A Life? Just as well, really, as the hit singles career wasn’t for much longer. Belinda Carlisle is singing to the moon, La Luna at 52, Chris Rea’s at 58 – that’s what they always say – while Alice Cooper’s on fire at 67, or at least his house is, 17 years after his school was out. Careless! It’s a miracle for Queen at 69, The Happy Mondays are at 71 – Hallelujah! – the Beautiful South are sailing at 74 and the Stones are caught between a rock and nearly missing out on a chart placing. Phew!

1 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( 14 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
3 ( 2 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 5 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
5 ( 10 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
6 ( 13 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
7 ( 4 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
8 ( 33 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
9 ( 3 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
10 ( 6 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 12 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
13 ( 8 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
14 ( 17 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
15 ( NEW ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
16 ( 9 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
17 ( 7 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
18 ( 21 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
19 ( RE ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
20 ( 28 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins

21 ( 16 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
22 ( 19 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
23 ( 18 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
24 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
25 ( 15 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
26 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 26 ) OH WELL Oh Well
28 ( 43 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
29 ( 68 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
30 ( 23 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli

31 ( NEW ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
32 ( 22 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
33 ( 50 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
34 ( 38 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
35 ( 51 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
36 ( 27 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
37 ( 20 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
38 ( 36 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
39 ( 71 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
40 ( 25 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister

41 ( 35 ) ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
42 ( 44 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
43 ( 34 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
44 ( 30 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
45 ( 47 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
46 ( 39 ) RONI Bobby Brown
47 ( 29 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
48 ( 40 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
50 ( NEW ) GOT A LIFE Soul II Soul

51 ( 41 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
52 ( NEW ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
53 ( 37 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
54 ( RE ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
55 ( 74 ) OUIJA BOARD OUIJA BOARD Morrissey
56 ( 56 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
57 ( 53 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
58 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
59 ( 54 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
60 ( RE ) ON THE GREENER SIDE Michelle Shocked

61 ( 24 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 49 ) CHERISH Madonna
65 ( 57 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
66 ( 64 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
67 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
68 ( 46 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
69 ( NEW ) THE MIRACLE Queen
70 ( NEW ) THE BENNY HILL BOOGIE The Highliners

71 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH The Happy Mondays
72 ( NEW ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South
73 ( NEW ) ROCK AND A HARD PLACE The Rolling Stones
74 ( 48 ) FOLLOW THAT AND SEE Barry White
75 ( 73 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


At work, I was on a playground maintenance course – planning for the future job role – and surveying some big parks plans. I also had a word with boss Sue about friend Cathy’s suitability for a new job post as Technical assistant when her contract expired (I supported her). At home I was still whinging about the kids and watching telly – Doctor Who, Sticky Moments (fab), TOTP, Damed Edna (with guest Jason Donovan). Still doing squash in the evenings, still unfit, and writing some Legion of Super-Heroes pieces for the fanzine. Went to the cinema to see Ghostbusters 2, 5 years after seeing the first one. Not as good, though entertaining, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver were good. Just for a laugh I applied for a job as a BSkyB satellite channel “Powerstation” presenter. Fortunately I didn’t get an interview, as I would have been crap!


10th December 1989

Kate Bush gets her 2nd number one as the heartbreakingly gorgeous and tender This Woman’s Work puts her on top for the first time in 3 years, following Hounds Of Love, her only previous chart-topper in 1986, though Wuthering Heights hit 2 and was only denied by having the misfortune to peak the same weeks as my all-time fave Baker Street. At odds with the mood, Jason Donovan gets his biggest solo hit at 3, When You Come Back To Me, it had a good tune! Rob n Raz help the top 10 get a bit more poppy, too, while George Harrison gets his 7th solo top 10.

Tina Turner has a sudden reversal leap to 13, I Don’t Want To Lose You, a bit MOR but pleasant. Highest new entry though is from the terrific Distant Cousins, and their sultry soulful ballad You Used To, a song that shoulda woulda coulda been a hit given a break. At 21, it’s Jive Bunny’s least-bad record Let’s Party, thanks to a) being a christmas party track b) featuring March Of The Mods and c) err…there is no c. The carbon copy versions of Slade and Wizzard are pretty ropey by any standard. Not to be outdone by knocking clips of records together, it’s Alexander O’Neal at 22, and various dance tracks at 49.

The Tams 1971 UK chart-topper former flop from 1964 is remixed for 1989 and pops back, cos I loved it to bits when I got back from 2 years in Singapore, classic Northern Soul. At 33, The Christians get 5 years of hits with the celtic-sounding (and lovely) Words – actually one of the Christian brothers is missing, but he drops by a bit lower on his own, Roger Christian being Worlds Apart at 63. That leaves Band Aid II (it’s for a good cause), Wet Wet Wet, The Gypsy Kings spanish-flavoured cover of Eurovision’s Volare, Van and Cliff, Alvin Stardust, half of Slade covering the Everley Brothers and Andy Stewart’s 60’s novelty Scottish trousers largely adding a mixed bag of fairly forgettable tracks, and all ahead of one genuinely good record that only peaked at 74: Billy Joel’s Leningrad. I underestimated the Billy Joel songbook more often than not, but he really was a great songwriter (I say “was” because he decided to pack up on the music biz in 1993 or so, and has stuck with his decision, preferring classical composition, his first love as a child along with pop).

1 ( 8 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
2 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
3 ( 24 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
4 ( 2 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
5 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 4 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 15 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
8 ( 6 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
9 ( 5 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
10 ( 19 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 7 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
13 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
14 ( 12 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
15 ( 13 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 9 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
18 ( 10 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
19 ( 31 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
20 ( 28 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure

21 ( NEW ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
22 ( NEW ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 16 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
24 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
25 ( 49 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
26 ( 17 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
27 ( 35 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
28 ( 14 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
29 ( 18 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
30 ( 33 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun

31 ( 20 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
32 ( 29 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
33 ( NEW ) WORDS The Christians
34 ( 39 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
35 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
36 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
37 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
38 ( 27 ) OH WELL Oh Well
39 ( 50 ) GOT A LIFE Soul II Soul
40 ( 69 ) THE MIRACLE Queen

41 ( 23 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
42 ( 32 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
43 ( 30 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
44 ( 22 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
45 ( 42 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 36 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 34 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
48 ( 21 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
50 ( 43 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)

51 ( 37 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
52 ( 52 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
53 ( 40 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
54 ( 44 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
55 ( NEW ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
56 ( NEW ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
57 ( 58 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
58 ( 45 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
59 ( NEW ) WHENEVER GOD SHINES HIS LIGHT Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
60 ( 56 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

61 ( 51 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) WORLDS APART Roger Christian
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 59 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
66 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
67 ( 66 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
68 ( 47 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
69 ( NEW ) CRYING IN THE RAIN Blessings In Disguise (Noddy Holder and Dave Hill of Slade)
70 ( 72 ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South

71 ( 57 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
72 ( NEW ) DONALD WHERE’S YOUR TROUSERS Andy Stewart
73 ( 64 ) CHERISH Madonna
74 ( NEW ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

At work it was young Lucy’s goodbye presentation, I was sad to see her leave, but she coped with the presentations and speeches and joined a select few of us in the BIC bar afterwards. Out to the River Stour to draw up maps, great to be out in the countryside (almost). At home, my little nephew was poorly, and I started reviewing 1960’s Adventure Comics Legion of Super-Heroes stories for the fanzine. Sunday was a day out in London with Bob and Jason, parking at Wembley Stadium and getting the tube in. Good laughs all day, including Carnaby Street, HMV and Virgin Superstores, and bought the latest Legion issue, where legionnaire Blok is killed off quite violently. Forbidden Planet, the Tate Gallery (Turner’s works), Oxford Street christmas lights and home for 11….busy day!


17th December 1989

After hanging around the top 3 a few weeks, Madonna’ s sweet and under-rated Dear Jessie becomes her 7th chart-topper. If nothing else, it shows that pop stars can make credible quality stringstastic records that appeal to kids (and grown-ups). I still haven’t bought the Immaculate Collection though, as I have a grudge against a hits collection that so obviously omits great records like True Blue and Dear Jessie and bungs inferior remixes of others on it. Still waiting for that ultimate Madonna hits collection…

Distant Cousins go top 5, Tina makes it 2 in a row in the 10, and Kaoma get a 4th week at 11, just not managing to go that extra place, a shame as it’s better than a couple of tracks higher than it. The Christians get top 20 words, and Queen crawl up a few places seemingly struggling with all their records in 1989, though The Miracle was actually pretty good and the video is sweet. Highest new entry is Duran Duran’s Burning The Ground at 38, a pretty good 8 years-and-counting compilation remix of their best moments, totally not cheap and cheesy, while Living In A Box have another crooning ballad at 39, Different Air still not bad, albeit not as good as Room In Your Heart’s number 1.

Lower down, Bros’ tribute to the Goss twins sister is in at 48, Jimmy Somerville is still redoing gay disco anthems, this time Sylvester at 50 feeling Mighty Real, and the New Kids are Hanging Tough at 54. I’ll take their word for that, but I’m a trifle dubious. Neneh Cherry’s back with her mamma, inner city bound at 60, while Cyndi Lauper is more westward bound at 63. A forgotten xmas record from Coldcut, and Sinitta laying down for rest at 74 (presumably before she returns again to Simon Cowell’s mansion for X Factor) round off the less than thrilling charts, outside the top 10.

1 ( 2 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
2 ( 3 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 1 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
4 ( 4 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
5 ( 17 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
6 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
8 ( 5 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
9 ( 13 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 21 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
13 ( 19 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
14 ( 8 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
15 ( 15 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 12 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
17 ( 20 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
18 ( 9 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
19 ( 33 ) WORDS The Christians
20 ( 22 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal

21 ( 25 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
22 ( 27 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
23 ( 16 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
24 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
25 ( 14 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
26 ( 34 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
27 ( 39 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
28 ( 18 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
29 ( 30 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
30 ( 23 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

31 ( 49 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
32 ( 55 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
33 ( 40 ) THE MIRACLE Queen
34 ( 57 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
35 ( 37 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
36 ( 56 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
37 ( 26 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
39 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
40 ( 36 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

41 ( 38 ) OH WELL Oh Well
42 ( 31 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
43 ( 42 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
44 ( 35 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
45 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 52 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 32 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
48 ( NEW ) SISTER Bros
49 ( 29 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
50 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

51 ( 46 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
52 ( 44 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
53 ( 59 ) WHENEVER GOD SHINES HIS LIGHT Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
54 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
55 ( 28 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
56 ( NEW ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( 50 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
58 ( 66 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
59 ( 43 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
60 ( NEW ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry

61 ( 41 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 54 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
66 ( 53 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
67 ( 47 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
68 ( 67 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( NEW ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut
70 ( 60 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

71 ( 61 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
72 ( NEW ) LITTLE DREAMER Status Quo
73 ( 65 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
74 ( NEW ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

At home, I heard that one of my college friends had split up with her husband which came out of the blue, and I was generally into my regular pre-xmas blues, and watched The Apartment, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon long-time New Year season favourite feel-good movie. On TV Sticky Moments, Red Dwarf, MASH, Monty Python to keep me amused, while Sue broke my fish tank accidentally, which meant the old plastic one was called into use for the goldfish. Then heard about another divorce, my boyhood friend Jane, with two kids. Must be that age for it turning 30….

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24th December 1989

New number one is the Manchester soulful band Distant Cousins and the gorgeous vocals of Doreen Edwards. You Used To is classy, emotive and utterly obscure these days as it never charted – which given the relatively higher-than-normal amount of tripe in the UK charts at the time is criminal! Give it a listen! Not in itunes or spitify though, as according to modern music outlets it never existed. I must dig out my black plastic round thing and remind myself that it did.

Duran Duran’s burning ground hitmix goes up to 15, Soul II Soul get a 3rd top 20, Wet Wet Wet get one of their occasional top 20 hits with Broke Away at 18, and Band Aid II clamber into the 20 – though it ain’t a patch on etc – just ahead of The Tams remix of a classic at 20.

In at 30, Roy Orbison with some of his mates on backing instruments and vocals, singing live, and released posthumously. Oh Pretty Woman absolutely 100% would have been number one in my charts for weeks in 1964 had I been charting then, my whole family loved it and still do 50 years later. Little 6-year-old me was well into Doctor Who, Juke Box Jury, Thank Your Lucky Stars and comics. So that’ll be sci-fi, pop and comics, and no change much there then! This was a huge record at the time. This version isn’t a patch on the original, of course, Roy’s vocals weren’t what they were, but hey there’s that comeback concert, there’s Elvis’ backing band, there’s Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown, kd Lang, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt helping out, so here it is in my charts.

At 31 it’s the 49ers with the good dance track Touch Me. Actually it’s two older dance tracks including Aretha Franklin’s Rock-A-Lott and Alisha Warren’s Touch Me sampled and bunged together onto the Italian House jangly piano sounds of the time, and it very much benefits from the great vocalists. Back up to 2, it’s Dusty still hanging on to her privacy, while Alexander O’Neal’s hitmix hits 8, Jive Bunny’s xmasmix hits 9, and Electronic go up to 10, giving Neil Tennant two top 10’s without an actual Pet Shop Boys hit in view.

Lower down, Tom Petty free falls in again for the 3rd time in a few weeks, Sonia drops by, The Shadows don’t see why they shouldn’t get in on the sampling remix fad at 54, and if you ignore the annoying clappy backing track banged on top, there are some reminders of great tunes of the 60’s. The always-good De La Soul are back at 57 with a magic number – hopefully better than 57. The Late Joe Cocker pops back in with Jennifer Warnes (giving her two appearances) on 1983 oldie Up Where We Belong, while All About Eve are giving us December. Very timely!

1 ( 5 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 4 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
5 ( 3 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
6 ( 7 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
7 ( 10 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
8 ( 20 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
9 ( 12 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
10 ( 13 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic

11 ( 19 ) WORDS The Christians
12 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
13 ( 9 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
14 ( 8 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
15 ( 38 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
16 ( 14 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
17 ( 27 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
18 ( 32 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
19 ( 35 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
20 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams

21 ( 31 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
22 ( 16 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
23 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
24 ( 15 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
25 ( 26 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
26 ( 22 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
27 ( 18 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
28 ( 17 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
29 ( 23 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
30 ( NEW ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends

31 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
32 ( 28 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
33 ( 39 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
34 ( 30 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
35 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
36 ( 36 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
37 ( 54 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
38 ( 48 ) SISTER Bros
39 ( 25 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
40 ( 69 ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut

41 ( 34 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
42 ( 33 ) THE MIRACLE Queen
43 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
44 ( RE ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
45 ( 37 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
46 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
47 ( 50 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
48 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
49 ( 43 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
50 ( 74 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta

51 ( 41 ) OH WELL Oh Well
52 ( 29 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
53 ( 60 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
54 ( NEW ) SHADOWMIX The Shadows
55 ( 58 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
56 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( NEW ) THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul
58 ( 63 ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
59 ( 51 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
60 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
62 ( 42 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
63 ( 57 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 46 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 59 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
67 ( RE ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
68 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 52 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
70 ( 70 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) UP WHERE WE BELONG Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
72 ( 65 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( NEW ) DECEMBER All About Eve
74 ( 66 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


The works christmas do, after I’d been up all night and very grumpy from sleeplessness, plus I wasn’t on the fun table (also known as the upbeat characters I tend to get on better with in life). Not to worry we chatted afterwards, fun with Stuart, Peter, Martyn, and returning Lucy. Martyn and Stuart continue to be great fun these days on the odd occasions we meet or chat on the phone. The public gardens in Bournemouth were flooded in heavy rain. As usual, until they sorted out the drainage issues some years later. Christmas Eve at work, lunchtime prezzie shopping and late wrapping. Talk about it leaving it till the last minute. On the news Romanian atrocities were quickly followed by the overthrow of a dictator, the last of the old guard to go in sweeping waves of democracy. Just to make sure he didn’t have a political comeback they shot him. C’est la vie. The 2nd item on the news was the opening of the Brandenburg Gate, 3rd was the American invasion of Panama. Busy times….


31st December 1989

New Year’s Eve, and christmas songs started exiting the chart, while Dusty Springfield’s terrific Pet Shop Boys song finally tops my chart, her 3rd number one inside 3 years, all courtesy of Chris n Neil. The boys did their own version of In Private with Elton John, which is also pretty good.

The Christians have words with the top 10, 5 years since they first took Forgotten Town into the upper echelons, and Duran Duran extend their run of top 10 hits to 8 years, Planet Earth being the first. Belinda Carlisle has a sudden big reversal with La Luna at 23, a remixed Sexual Healing pulls Marvin Gaye in at 36, just ahead of a cover of Odyssey’s roots. New in, The London Boys, Deborah Harry, a cover of The Sweet’s 1972 number one Wig Wam Bam from Damian, and an all-star Rock Metal Royalty cover of Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water in aid of the Armenian earthquake. Just imagine members of Purple, Queen, Floyd, Yes, Rush and Sabbath in one room…then click onto the video.

1 ( 2 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
3 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 4 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
6 ( 5 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
7 ( 8 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
8 ( 11 ) WORDS The Christians
9 ( 7 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
10 ( 15 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran

11 ( 18 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
12 ( 19 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
13 ( 31 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
14 ( 13 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
15 ( 10 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
16 ( 12 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
17 ( 17 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
18 ( 9 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
19 ( 14 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
20 ( 30 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends

21 ( 16 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
22 ( 25 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
23 ( 65 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 24 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
25 ( 22 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
26 ( 23 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
27 ( 20 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
28 ( 37 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
29 ( 29 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
30 ( 38 ) SISTER Bros

31 ( 33 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
32 ( 32 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
33 ( 27 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
34 ( 47 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
35 ( 46 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
36 ( NEW ) (SEXUAL) HEALING ’89 Marvin Gaye
37 ( 21 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
38 ( 61 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
39 ( 26 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
40 ( 34 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

41 ( 28 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
42 ( 50 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
43 ( 57 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul
44 ( 39 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
45 ( NEW ) MY LOVE The London Boys
46 ( NEW ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
47 ( 43 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
48 ( 48 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
49 ( 53 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
50 ( 49 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

51 ( 45 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) SMOKE ON THE WATER Rock Aid Armenia
53 ( 44 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
54 ( 54 ) SHADOWMIX The Shadows
55 ( 36 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
56 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( 67 ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
58 ( RE ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South
59 ( 35 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 51 ) OH WELL Oh Well
62 ( 40 ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut
63 ( 63 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 59 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 73 ) DECEMBER All About Eve
67 ( NEW ) BRITE SIDE Deborah Harry
68 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 70 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
70 ( 42 ) THE MIRACLE Queen

71 ( 52 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
72 ( 55 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
73 ( NEW ) WIG WAM BAM Damian
74 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
75 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh


On Christmas TV: Blackadder, Cheers, Indian Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Ruthless People, The Man With Two Brains, Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Golden Girls, Red Dwarf, Top Of The Pops, The Flintstones, and yes they were still showing Marx Brothers films and Laurel And Hardy shorts daily on TV. As they get nearer to 100 years old they are more historic curiosities these days, I guess – I mean they looked ancient even then! My brother came for christmas, a pretty stressful event given the various family stuff going on at the time, and they all opened their presents before I came down at 7.30, cheek! I got stroppy.

New Years, I looked back on a year of World Events not seen since at least the 60’s, or even the War. I also looked back on the 80’s and came to the conclusion that for the most part it was “good riddance” from me. Watched the fab movie Peggy Sue Got Married in a house all to myself. Luxury! My list of great 80’s movies included Aliens, Star Trek 2, 3 and 4, War Games, A Fish Called Wanda, Airplane II, Superman II, Blade Runner, Jedi and Empire, Future I & II, Fame, 2010… Fave video: Billie Jean. TV saw in the 90’s with a video pop compilation of 80’s classics, which was FAB!

Saturday before NYE was Gary Glitter at the Bournemouth International Centre, for the 4th time in 5 years, a rousing good night out that had become an annual event. The gig was packed, as always, and a cross-section of all types of music fans, and despite a bad cold, sore throat, and much flabbiness Mr. Glitter gave nearly 3 hours of fun. The smokers in the audience bloody choked me – yes hundreds of the bast*rds were allowed to smoke in those days and choke everyone else to the point where eyes streamed, clothes stunk, and one’s sense of smell and taste were long-dead. Anyways, Top songs of the night: 1. I Love You Love Me Love 2. I’m The Leader Of The Gang 3. I Didn’t Know I Loved You, plus Rock & Roll, Always Yours and Hello Hello. Gary at one point got members of the audience on stage to take photos of him and the crowd on their cameras, including one kid. I don’t record what sex fortunately, given later events.

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My 1974 Charts – December

outside Gloucester cinema

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3rd December 1974

Winter draws on, christmas shopping for gifts starting, and the annual inrush of christmas classic pop songs had started. No it’s not 2014, it’s my charts in 1974 as I start the tradition of classic pop oldies invasions of the charts. I’m going to put modesty aside and declare I did it ahead of the UK charts, as John & Yoko drop to 2 behind new entry at 1 for christmas classic Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, a whole 12 months actual old! That gives it 3 weeks at 1 in total, and the first time a record came back in under a year to top my chart again. Of course it charts every single year in the UK for the last decade, but you can see why I don’t chart it highly anymore – been there done that many times already.

In at 4, and it’s an influential disco classic, pumping up the bpm’s, a disco diva in the making in Gloria Gaynor, and an exciting cover of The Jackson 5’s Top 5 (in my chart) 1971 ballad, given a very different treatment. I loved it immediately, and I loved Gloria. In at 6, it’s one of those “eh?” moments as an odd reggae obscurity announces itself with echo-effects, whooping, and unusual lyrics, to say the least. I also loved this Rupie Edwards track as it sounded like nothing before, except maybe a more laid back sort of Dave And Ansel Collins. Ire Feelings (Skanga). Skanga! Skanga! I’m feeling high…you know I suspect it might have something to do with substances now I think about it…

Disco Tex, Hot Choc and The Supremes pop up a few mid-table places, as George McRae is back at 16 with another very-KC (of Sunshine Band) disco hit, You Can Have It All, his third in 6 months, and KC’s 5th song. Ringo takes his Only You cover to 20, his 5th solo hit, ahead of his old band’s tracks, The Wombles pop up a christmas place, and TV’s family-friendly comedy-troop The Goodies move over to the singles chart with some very christmassy naughtiness, Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me. Actually the nominal A side was The Inbetweenies, Bill Oddie’s song which grabbed the airplay by default, basically a kiddie novelty hit. The other side was for the grown-up’s, Pythonesque rabble-rousing drunken-singing, as the lads sing the chorus each time omitting a word or syllable. I still find it funny, and the final line sort of puts it into moral context: he’s a most immoral Santa, they aren’t promoting that sort of behaviour! Honest! Finally John Christie pops in with 60’s fave Everybody Knows, a cover of the tuneful Dave Clark 5 big hit from 1967. Dave didn’t mind, I know that cos he produced the record.

1 ( NEW ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
3 ( 2 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( NEW ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 3 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
6 ( NEW ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
7 ( 4 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 6 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes

11 ( 5 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
12 ( 14 ) GET DANCING Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
13 ( 18 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
14 ( 19 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
15 ( 10 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
16 ( NEW ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
17 ( 9 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
18 ( 13 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
19 ( 21 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
20 ( 26 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr

21 ( 25 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
22 ( 11 ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
23 ( 24 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
24 ( 16 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
25 ( 17 ) GET BACK The Beatles
26 ( 15 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
27 ( 27 ) CANDY BABY Beano
28 ( NEW ) THE INBETWEENIES/ FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
29 ( 20 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
30 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY KNOWS John Christie

31 ( 12 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
32 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
33 ( 23 ) GAUDETE Steeleye Span
34 ( 28 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
35 ( 29 ) WILDCAT Merlin
36 ( 30 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
37 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING Barry White
38 ( 31 ) TELL HIM Hello
39 ( 33 ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
40 ( 32 ) HOW LONG Ace

In real life, musician Nick Drake had quietly passed away with little publicity, Python was drawing to a close on TV, and the IRA had been outlawed. In my world of hobbies, DC Comics had kept on getting more fun and glossy, the Legion especially with new artist Dave Cockrum just getting better and better – at least until his strop with DC Comics, before pissing off to Marvel with his great costumes, artwork and ideas for X-Men, the classic years. I loved it so much I started buying multiple copies and keeping them in mint condition in bags. Fanboy!! Still got them mint though.

Big film at the cinema was the third disaster movie blockbuster in three months, and the best one, as Irwin Allen followed up Poseidon Adventure with the spectacle of The Towering Inferno. If a film ever inspired a fear of disaster in me it was this one, the thought of being trapped above a burning fire helpless in a skyscraper. Never felt comfortable with the thought of living or working way on high, subsequently. The film had Steve McQueen and Paul Newman together for the first time, a host of golden oldies like Fred Astaire, and it became an instant fave, though it wouldn’t make my lists these days. Scene of the film was poor old veteran Jennifer Jones falling out of a glass lift just after helping a kiddie. There’s gratitude for you, do a good deed etc.!


10th December 1974

After 2 weeks shoved down by xmas oldies, Bachman-Turner Overdrive reassert themselves on top, it was pretty popular at school and still sounded exciting. You Ain’t Seen N-n-n-n-nothing Yet! 2 weeks at 1 instead of 4 thanks to the oldies, it seems strange saying oldies for records that were 1 and 2 years old! These days records stay in the chart for 1 to 2 years! Those days they were golden oldies!

The christmas records keep on coming though, The Goodies get listed separately on the chart, and brand new christmas songs from Mud, at 20, with UK chart-topper Lonely This Christmas, and Les Grey doing a whimsical Elvis impersonation for their 4th hit of the year, but a major change in sound as they see the Glam Rock writing on the wall for all pop stars, this time it’s a charming, sad love song, and one that still hangs about at christmas time. The Wombles shoot up to 7, Wombling Merry Christmas giving them their biggest Wombling hit, and one of many songs written by Mike Batt in my charts this year. Showaddywaddy come back with a follow-up hit to Hey Rock ‘n’ Roll (I wasn’t keen on previous singles) with the sweet Hey Mr. Christmas, a xmas record you never hear anywhere these days. Mr. Big debut at 29 with the charming cockney Christmas with Dicken, a xmas flop, though Mr. Big finally got a UK chart hit with the fab Romeo in 1977.

Phil Spector’s classic early 60’s xmas album gets it’s first chart entry as Darlene Love takes Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) in at 30 as radio plays quite a few of it’s tracks. Darlene was actually the singer of He’s A Rebel, the brilliant cover of Gene Pitney’s song masterminded by Phil Spector, but it was credited to another entirely different act, The Crystals. In my charts she’d already appeared on backing vocals on Be My Baby, Monster Mash and Da Do Ron Ron, but she wouldn’t get another new go till the 90’s, following U2 grabbing her for backing vocals on their cover of the song – and it was another christmas goodie from Home Alone movies.

Away from christmas, Abba come back with their only single to fail to chart in the UK, So Long. It wasn’t playlisted by the BBC, though Radio Luxembourg did and it was fab, should have been a glam-tastic hit, in at 17 for their 4th hit of the year, 5th as songwriters. I had faith in Abba. Also The Faces, and what turned out to be their last record with Rod Stewart – You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (etc) might have been amusingly titled but it was more groovy Rod than rocky Faces, and the writing was on the wall for the split. In at 13, a forgotten gem, the single from Deep Purple’s Roger Glover’s Butterfly Ball album, a thematic work with guest vocalists and an animated video. The great vocalist on Love Is All is Ronnie James Dio, of Rainbow and other metal bands – spot the connections? Ex-Deep Purple members mostly! It was a kids TV fave and bubbled under the charts but never broke into the 50, sadly.

Finally, Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus, a very naughty 1969 UK number one that I’d never heard in my life (it had been banned) started to get plays on Radio Luxembourg after being reissued and a hit all over again. Jane Birkin was the actress partner of French cult star Serge Gainsbourg, and they both provided a lot of breathy noises over the top of a lovely sultry melody. I rather liked it, and as I’d never be able to tape it onto my reel-to-reel tape recorder off the BBC I bought the single – Radio Luxembourg, being so far away, tended to be a medium-wave fading in and fading out and whining and hissing and screeching of broadcasts – but it was worth persevering to get to hear new songs not chosen by the BBC. At 40, one classic I didn’t get until years later, Ralph McTell’s Streets Of London, busker-song-classic, and already 4 years old or so before it charted. It’s a lovely lyric and wistful melody.

1 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
2 ( 2 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
3 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
4 ( 4 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 12 ) GET DANCING Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
6 ( 6 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
7 ( 23 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
8 ( 28 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
9 ( 16 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
10 ( 5 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
13 ( NEW ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
14 ( NEW ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
15 ( 7 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
16 ( NEW ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
17 ( NEW ) SO LONG Abba
18 ( 14 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
19 ( 13 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
20 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

21 ( NEW ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
22 ( 24 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
23 ( 21 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
24 ( NEW ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
25 ( 17 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
26 ( 26 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
27 ( 34 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
28 ( 10 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
29 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS WITH DICKEN Mr. Big
30 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love

31 ( 11 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
32 ( 15 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
33 ( 18 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
34 ( 19 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
35 ( 20 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
36 ( 22 ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
37 ( 25 ) GET BACK The Beatles
38 ( 27 ) CANDY BABY Beano
39 ( 29 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
40 ( NEW ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell


School was about to break up any week now, and I’d made some newer friends that I didn’t really know the previous school year, which was great, and I’d obviously turn the conversation over to pop given the opportunity, though cards was the main social activity still. Given my enthusiasm for Queen, Gloria Gaynor, Abba and the very camp Disco Tex at this time, it was just as well I had Beatles, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and others to point to my less-girlie tastes in music. Not that I considered them girlie at all, who cares about categories anyway!

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17th December 1974

It’s a new number one for Disco Tex and his Sex-o-lettes, one of the great pop band names of all-time, Tex was on Top Of The Pops on film in his hat and flamboyant scarf, camping it up something cruel, it was great fun, funny, and tongue-in-cheek all in one, not to mention falsetto-catchy backing singing. Some people hated it, of course. The ones with no sense of humour. Gloria Gaynor, meantime, is in runners-up spot with a serious disco classic.

The christmas songs keep on a-coming, as I really get into the christmas spirit big-time on newies and oldies alike: Showaddywaddy hit the top 10, Gilbert O’Sullivan enters with Christmas Song, his first chart entry in over a year, and his best record since Alone Again (Naturally). As Gilbert has always been over-protective of his back catalogue you won’t find it on any compilation albums I suspect, or else it might have become better known as a christmas classic. Wizzard, meanwhile, stay top 5 with you-know-what as their last UK hit single enters my chart at 14 – are you ready to rock? Too right!

All four Beatles find themselves in the top 40, both all together, and solo, as George enters at 30 with Ding Dong, one of the few New Year pop singles to pop up over the years. I heard it on Radio 2 New Years Eve (2014) so hooray for keeping it vaguely-known, as it’s decent enough. My other fave band, other than The Beatles, and Roy Wood/Wizzard, who were on the decline after a hot streak, was soon to be Abba, doing well at 7 with So Long, their highest chart position since Waterloo hit 1.

KC goes back up to 11, Ray Stevens gets his 3rd hit of the year, this time with the very serious, slightly twee, Everybody Needs A Rainbow, Status Quo enter at 29 with their future UK chart-topper, the fabulous Down Down, and The Trammps debut at 28 with a romping disco version of the 30’s standard Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart. Judy Garland had the first well-known version, though the 50’s doo-wop flavour to The Trammps version shows where they took it from. Fab!

As school term ended, daytime TV was about to open to me – not that there was much in those days – as well as the evenings so that meant The Virginian, a great Western series, Tom & Jerry, still classic, Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space (cartoon singing all-girl group on a spaceship with a cat. Honest!), the new animated Star Trek series (which I loved), The Generation Game (with Bruce Forsyth, of course, good game, good game), bald cop Kojak (Telly Savalas was huge in the UK), Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, Cannon (US PI), Top Of The Pops (of course), Jackanory had Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man (one of my future all-time fave films), Johnny Morris was still producing Animal Magic for kids, and had been my whole life as far as I could recall by then, Mission:Impossible was still chock full of plot-twisting, and The Magic Roundabout was still wondering about Florence.

1 ( 5 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
2 ( 4 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 1 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( 2 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
5 ( 3 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
6 ( 7 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
7 ( 17 ) SO LONG Abba
8 ( 8 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
9 ( 13 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
10 ( 21 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy

11 ( 32 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 16 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
13 ( 14 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
14 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 24 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
16 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
18 ( 6 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
19 ( 9 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
20 ( 20 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

21 ( 30 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love
22 ( 38 ) CANDY BABY Beano
23 ( 22 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
24 ( 18 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
25 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
26 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
27 ( 25 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
28 ( NEW ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
29 ( NEW ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
30 ( NEW ) DING DONG George Harrison

31 ( 15 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
32 ( 19 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
33 ( 23 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
34 ( 26 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
35 ( 27 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
36 ( 28 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
37 ( 29 ) CHRISTMAS WITH DICKEN Mr. Big
38 ( 33 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
39 ( 35 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
40 ( 40 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell


24th December 1974

It was Christmas Eve and all through the house not a thing was stirring not even a mouse. Well, a hamster was, my brothers pet. I was doing my charts, meanwhile, and Gloria Gaynor gets her first week on top with the awesome Never Can Say Goodbye, a hectic dance with a tune and soaring strings, even better than the original achingly sweet and mournful Jackson 5 version, which had peaked at 2 in my charts. The Wombles go christmassy at 4, and Abba go top 5 for the second time. So Long? No chance!

George Harrison rings in the new, just behind old mucker John at 7, his 4th hit in 4 years, and biggest since My Sweet Lord hit 1. Never was prolific, George. It wouldn’t be christmas without Slade would it? Of course not! So it’s back in at 18 a year after hitting my top 3 – remember it all started here in popchartfeak world. Just saying it like it is, you can blame me it’s still doing the same 40 years later if that helps! Another regular classic bubbling under the UK 75 is The Ronettes fabulous Sleigh Ride. Ronnie Spector undoubtably glad she got away from Phil in the end, but here’s her 2nd hit of the year, after Be My Baby hit 1, with the track off A Christmas Gift For You, and just ahead of the other track at 20 for Darlene Love.

At 21, David Essex gets his 4th hit of 1974 with the title track from his 2nd movie Stardust, almost menacing and serious, in contrast to Gonna Make You A Star. David continues to be under-rated as a writer and performer, what he lacked in vocal dexterity he made up for in spades with conviction. The thinking schoolgirl’s popstar was Mr. Essex. Mud take a shock tumble, peaking at 20 after a run of 6 top 3’s (including 4 chart-toppers), I just preferred them glam and laddy to be honest at the time, though it will be back in christmas future to make amends. Billy Swan’s country-pop classic, covered by Elvis, and a minor anthem, I Can Help enters at 30, and it’s still a great song. Finally The Tymes scrape in at 40 with their UK number one in January 1975, Ms Grace. I like it now, but then it pissed me off for keeping Gloria Gaynor off the UK charts top spot. Bah!

1 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 1 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
3 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( 6 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
5 ( 7 ) SO LONG Abba
6 ( 4 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
7 ( 30 ) DING DONG George Harrison
8 ( 10 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
9 ( 9 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
10 ( 5 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

11 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 8 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
13 ( 13 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
14 ( 14 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 15 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
16 ( 12 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
17 ( 11 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
19 ( NEW ) SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
20 ( 21 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love

21 ( NEW ) STARDUST David Essex
22 ( 17 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
23 ( 26 ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
24 ( 20 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
25 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
26 ( 22 ) CANDY BABY Beano
27 ( 29 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
28 ( 18 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
29 ( 19 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
30 ( NEW ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan

31 ( 23 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
32 ( 24 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
33 ( 27 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
34 ( 28 ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
35 ( 31 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
36 ( 32 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
37 ( 33 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
38 ( 36 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
39 ( 35 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
40 ( NEW ) MS GRACE The Tymes

TV at christmas was always a huge treat for me, so many great films and specials – this week there was The Time Machine, still a fave film version of the H.G. Wells novel, and The Marx Brothers in Go West. I love the Marx Brothers, especially Groucho, a major hero of mine at the time with his one-liners and put-downs. Top Of The Pops, of course, and future christmas regular (for a decade or so at any rate) The Goodies And The Beanstalk, a repeat of brilliant TV western comedy Alias Smith And Jones, and some bonus holiday Star Trek episodes (hooray!) each day. On BBC2, the fantastic MASH, the watchable Call My Bluff, Film Night has interviews with the Python team on location for The Holy Grail (that would be good to see again, probably wiped like everything else from this era, though), and I first watched the disturbing film “If” with Malcolm McDowell, which had an effect on me in more than one way, not the violence, which shocked, but the elite school life scenes.

The Radio Times, from whence this information comes (I don’t have THAT good a memory) had printed a letter from 15-year-old Peter Capaldi earlier in the year praising Doctor Who, though I take issue with the insistence of the BBC calling the TV animated great Top Cat “Boss Cat”. On every day, the title theme is Top cat, the cat is called Top cat and TC in the show, and it was called Top Cat when first shown in the early 60’s (inspired by Sgt Bilko), but no, there was a cat food called Top Cat and they wouldn’t want to be seen advertising. Mad BBC, absolutely insane. No idea what was on ITV, but probably a James Bond film at sometime and an episode of Rising Damp, a great cast, great script, great characters.


31st December 1974

New Years Eve, and I was at home watching TV. I know this because I saw the new year in (for the first time, almost sweet seventeen years old) watching Billy Wilder’s classic bittersweet comedy The Apartment on my black & white TV in my bedroom. It became an instant tearjerking (yet feelgood) fave, and I loved Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon already anyway (and Fred MacMurray playing a non-Disney nastier role than we were used to). I’d also bought myself a brand new proper spiral-bound notepad to make my charts more official-looking, and to be able to incorporate more records in my first official top 50 – just like Record Mirror which published all the charts that mattered at that time, including the UK Top 50 singles chart, and which was my must-buy bible.

So, first top 50 number one? I bought the record, and made it my top record in protest at the BBC not playing it (it was just outside the top 30), and cos I loved it anyway: naughty Je T’Aime..Moi Non Plus, completely absent from my 1969 charts age 11, completely owned 5 years on aged 16. Yay! With the extra 10 places lots of new entries for records that would otherwise not have charted, and quite a few re-entries showing just how many records were missing out on decent chart runs with the restricted slots available. To be honest even 50 wasn’t enough, really, but it was good enough for the BBC….

David Essex gets his 5th consecutive top 10 single, Billy Swan his first, christmas records suffer a decline, and highest new entry is Australian MOR I Am Woman and Delta Dawn big American star, Helen Reddy. Not eligible for my charts pre-1974 (as she’d had no UK hits) but Angie Baby changed all that, a spooky, swirling, disturbing minor classic and US number one. In at 16. At 18, Stevie Wonder gets his 5th chart hit of 1974 with the groovy Boogie On Reggae Woman, while actual reggae men popped in lower down, Ken Boothe’s follow-up to Everything I Own (Crying Over You) and John Holt’s jolly version of Gladys Knight’s weepy 1972 ballad hit Help Me Make It Through The Night.

The Jackson 5 near the end of their Motown career, with Life Of The Party, a flop single, in at 29 and almost 5 years of hits. For the first time (and last?) I chart an extended dance record twice, as the second half was on the B side (as was the fashion in those days, it was cut in half, faded out, and faded in on the B side) – Disco Tex’ Get Dancin’ Part 2. At 40, it’s a genuine huge American hit, his 2nd chart entry of the year for Harry Chapin, and the powerful, touching song Cats In The Cradle, the story of a dad with no time for his kid getting his comeuppance when old. I loved it to bits, and still do, despite the UK hit version being the trashy 1992 Ugly Kid Joe bloated monster. It lacks the subtlety and feeling of the original entirely.

Also in, Kenny with The Bump, a monster dance craze of the time, and this was the buttock-clashing cash-in pop single from the Bay City Rollers writer-producers Martin and Coulter, they of Puppet On A String, and many a hit record fame. They had even had a great 1973 number one for me with Irish singer Kenny, Heart Of Stone. Knowing they were onto a good thing, they nicked the name, gave it to a young band, and new pop stars were born. I wasn’t a huge fan though. The Carpenters I was a huge fan of, but the sudden change to jolly pop instead of classy ballad pop (like jolly Top Of The World and Jambalaya) had disappointed me, so this jolly cover of the Marvelettes 60’s song took a bit of getting used to, but it won me over in the end.

1 ( 15 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
2 ( 1 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 2 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
4 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
5 ( 6 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
6 ( 7 ) DING DONG George Harrison
7 ( 5 ) SO LONG Abba
8 ( 9 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
9 ( 21 ) STARDUST David Essex
10 ( 30 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan

11 ( 4 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
12 ( 10 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
13 ( 8 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
14 ( 14 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 16 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
16 ( NEW ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
17 ( 17 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
19 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
20 ( 12 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies

21 ( 13 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
22 ( 27 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
23 ( 22 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
24 ( 18 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
25 ( 19 ) SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
26 ( 26 ) CANDY BABY Beano
27 ( 23 ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
28 ( 20 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love
29 ( NEW ) LIFE OF THE PARTY The Jackson 5
30 ( 28 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards

31 ( 39 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
32 ( 29 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
33 ( 38 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
34 ( RE ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
35 ( 24 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
36 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
37 ( NEW ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
38 ( NEW ) CRYING OVER YOU Ken Boothe
39 ( NEW ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
40 ( NEW ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

41 ( RE ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
42 ( NEW ) THE BUMP Kenny
43 ( NEW ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
44 ( RE ) MY BOY Elvis Presley
45 ( RE ) WILDCAT Merlin
46 ( 37 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
47 ( RE ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
48 ( RE ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
49 ( 34 ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
50 ( 36 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate


On TV Christmas day Top Of The Pops had Jimmy Saliva hosting so I guess it’ll never be broadcast ever again, though it is in the vaults. Ditto Part 2 as DLT was hosting, convicted of the ban-worthy crime of copping a feel. Santa had brought me gifts, though none of them spring to mind – I think Partridge Family Greatest Hits was probably one, record vouchers another (grandma often used to get me those), and on telly a fave film from Singapore RAF cinema days, True Grit, with John Wayne, the fab Kim Darby, and even fabber when non-acting Glen Campbell. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Race, were other film feast faves and the great Harry O David Janssen TV detective show was on along with some Doctor Who repeats.