My Retro November 1968 Charts

3rd November 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


3rd Nov Retro-Then

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

 

 

10th November 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


RETRO THEN

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

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

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My Retro June 1968 Charts

1st June 1968

It’s a first week on top for Nirvana and Smells Like Teen Spi…oops, getting ahead of myself, I mean Rainbow Chaser, party jaunty pop part psychedelic orchestral wig-out, and way under-rated generally. Peaches & Herb go top 5 some 11 years before Shake Your Groove Thing hits my top 10, and ditto Gene Chandler entering at 75, 11 years before Get Down went top 10. Scott Walker gets his 2nd biggest solo hit with Next. NEXT! Neext. Melodramatic naughtiness, never going to be a single, ever. Pity.

Highest new entry is Gary Puckett grabbing his 3rd Union Gap top 20 at 11, Lady Willpower was another huge fave of mine at the time. In fact with Herb at 3, this one at 11, the songs in my very first ever (retro) chart for September 1968 are all falling into place. My first CHART memory as opposed to song memory was Hey Jude at number one, so that’s been my previous “jumping-on” point when I compiled my first UK Top 30 based charts in the early 70’s when I got hold of a book with the official ones printed in them. My first ACTUAL chart was at the end of the year, as compiled by a 10-year-old boy.

The Delfonics get a 2nd top 20, The Beach Boys an umpteenth, Lulu has another swift chart entry with the sun shining on her verandah song, Boys, another fave of the time, while Brazilian band Os Mutantes bring some latin psychedlia fabness in at 30 hot off their June album, and future The Bees 21st century cover, A Minha Menina. Gladys Knight has big climb with future Yvonne Fair classic, It Shouldve Been Me, as does Donovan’s trippie Hurdy Gurdy Man.

Hugo’s back with his 3rd Spaghetti Western cover, Hang ‘Em High, meaning there is only one track left off the EP collection that dad bought in Singapore yet to chart. That summer I went to the pictures to see Elvis’ latest film Speedway. It turned out to be one of my faves of his. It had Nancy Sinatra, it had his current single Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet Baby which I went mad on, it had My Favourite Martian actor Bill Bixby, fantasy sitcom magic to me in the 60’s, and it was kinda cute set around kiddies and fast cars. Plus some songs, including Nancy’s Lee Hazelwood unknown gem Your Groovy Self (Elvis gets credited off the soundtrack, though he’s not on it), in at 43, Your Time in at 59, and duet at 69 between the 2. Nancy’s not on it much, but then Elvis rarely did duets so I’ll take it where I can get it!

1 ( 3 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
2 ( 1 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
3 ( 2 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
4 ( 4 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
5 ( 13 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
6 ( 8 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
7 ( 16 ) NEXT Scott Walker
8 ( 10 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
9 ( 5 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
10 ( 6 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck

11 ( NEW ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
12 ( 12 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
13 ( 7 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
14 ( 9 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
15 ( 11 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
16 ( 14 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
17 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
18 ( 28 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
19 ( 25 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
20 ( 18 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

21 ( 15 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
22 ( 24 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
23 ( 19 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 21 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
25 ( 29 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
26 ( 22 ) VALLERI The Monkees
27 ( 23 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
28 ( NEW ) BOY Lulu
29 ( 56 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
30 ( NEW ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes

31 ( 20 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
32 ( 38 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
33 ( 26 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
34 ( 34 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
35 ( 27 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
36 ( 32 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
37 ( 31 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
38 ( 59 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
39 ( 45 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
40 ( NEW ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus

41 ( 33 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
43 ( NEW ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
44 ( 35 ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
45 ( 37 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
46 ( 39 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
47 ( 43 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
48 ( 41 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
49 ( 42 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
50 ( 50 ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead

51 ( 48 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
52 ( 61 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
53 ( 36 ) I CAN’T GO BACK TO DENVER The Gentrys
54 ( 40 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
55 ( 72 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
56 ( 47 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
57 ( 54 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
58 ( 53 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
59 ( NEW ) YOUR TIME HASN’T COME YET BABY Elvis Presley
60 ( 66 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills

61 ( 55 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
62 ( 49 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
63 ( 63 ) SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS (RETURN OF THE NATIVE) Fever Tree
64 ( 65 ) HERE I AM BABY The Marvelettes
65 ( 52 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
66 ( NEW ) SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( NEW ) ELEANOR RIGBY Ray Charles
68 ( 69 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
69 ( NEW ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
70 ( 71 ) SUGAR (DON’T TAKE AWAY MY CANDY) The Jive Five

71 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ SEASON Gene & Debbe
72 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Hugh Masekela
73 ( NEW ) D.W. WASHBURN The Monkees
74 ( NEW ) BABY YOU COME ROLLING ‘CROSS MY MIND The Peppermint Trolley Company
75 ( NEW ) NOTHING CAN STOP ME Gene Chandler

 

8th June 1968

It’s straight in at 1 for the first time for Manfred Mann and their charming kiddie song, which I loved then and still sounds great, My Name Is Jack. It fair brought a tear to my eye when I saw the Manfred’s with both Paul Jones and Mike D’Abo. In the week that bought the shocking assassination of Robert Kennedy, mum was upset, and even our supply teacher talked about it, so was Laura Nyro, so much so that she wrote a song which will appear in 3 weeks time, a song that resonates in 2018 to me. Save The Country.

In at 6, Mason Williams brilliant instrumental Classical Gas, Gary Puckett’s 3rd top 10, and Simon & Garfunkel’s 2nd of the year. Lulu makes it 3 for 1968 in the 20, Gladys Knight gets her 2nd top 20, and Os Mutantes their one and only. Youtube it if you don’t know it, worth it! Nancy Sinatra keeps her zillion top 40 entries from 1966 through 1969 coming on strong, and B.J. Thomas grabs a 3rd I think. Barbara Greene’s Young Boy skips over Young Girl, and sounds rather suspiciously like Hello Stranger, the old Barbara Lewis and future Yvonne Elliman fab record, and enters at 48 from nowhere never having heard it before.

Cilla’s back with a minor ballad at 60, Where Is Tomorrow, Pigmeat Markham raps his way into history with a track I found amusing at the time, being a fan of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and Vikki Carr is back with another nice ballad written by Van McCoy, Nancy Wilson sneaks in – dad brought some of her albums back from Aden with our first record player in 1966, but she’d always been a bit too jazzy and laid back for me, though these days I like her. Martha Reeves is back as well with another 70’s UK hit, the UK really was so behind on Motown hits. That leaves Bobby Vera covering Bobby Goldsboro and dropping Judy Clay for a solo entry at 75.

1 ( NEW ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
2 ( 1 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
3 ( 2 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
4 ( 3 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
5 ( 5 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
6 ( NEW ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
7 ( 8 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
8 ( 11 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
9 ( 4 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
10 ( 12 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
12 ( 7 ) NEXT Scott Walker
13 ( 9 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
14 ( 10 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 13 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
16 ( 14 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
17 ( 28 ) BOY Lulu
18 ( 15 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
19 ( 29 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
20 ( 30 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes

21 ( 22 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
22 ( 16 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
23 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
24 ( 20 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
25 ( 23 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
26 ( 18 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
27 ( 32 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
28 ( 34 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
29 ( 40 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
30 ( 26 ) VALLERI The Monkees

31 ( 27 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
32 ( 19 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
33 ( 38 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
34 ( 25 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
35 ( 24 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
36 ( 21 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
37 ( 39 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
38 ( 43 ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
39 ( 55 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
40 ( 36 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love

41 ( 33 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
42 ( 37 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
43 ( 31 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
44 ( 52 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
45 ( 35 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
46 ( 60 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
47 ( 50 ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead
48 ( NEW ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
49 ( 47 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
50 ( 46 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes

51 ( 41 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
52 ( 45 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
53 ( 48 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
54 ( 49 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
55 ( 59 ) YOUR TIME HASN’T COME YET BABY Elvis Presley
56 ( 68 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
57 ( 71 ) LOVIN’ SEASON Gene & Debbe
58 ( 64 ) HERE I AM BABY The Marvelettes
59 ( 63 ) SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS (RETURN OF THE NATIVE) Fever Tree
60 ( NEW ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black

61 ( 57 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
63 ( 67 ) ELEANOR RIGBY Ray Charles
64 ( 42 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
65 ( 51 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
66 ( 66 ) SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 69 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
68 ( 74 ) BABY YOU COME ROLLING ‘CROSS MY MIND The Peppermint Trolley Company
69 ( 73 ) D.W. WASHBURN The Monkees
70 ( 72 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Hugh Masekela

71 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
72 ( NEW ) DON’T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON Vikki Carr
73 ( NEW ) FACE IT GIRL IT’S OVER Nancy Wilson
74 ( NEW ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
75 ( NEW ) WITH PEN IN HAND Bobby Vera

 

15th June 1968

It’s straight in on top for R. Dean Taylor, one of the few white Motown acts of the time, and his British hit Gotta See Jane, a brilliant Northern Soul epic, complete with splishin splashin, skiddin’ motor car dash themed backdrop, and future 1974 and 21st century chart-topper for me. It came back as one of the several follow-ups to the classic 1974 There’s A Ghost In My House reissued UK smash. That came out in April 1967 and it never got spotted last year by anyone so it missed out on 1967 charting, which is outrageous – so I’m going to be revisiting my Retro charts of that period and shuffling them appropriately. Tut!

In at 10 it’s the fab Cupid’s Inspiration track Yesterday Has Gone, nicely OTT, and at 39 Esther & Abi are back with the very weird but whimsical One More Dance – much better than Cinderella Rockefella these days and never played. There is an insipid version on youtube so make sure you get the right one, the best version is all Addams Family-styled. Johnny Mathis does an identikit cover of the Frankie Avalon teen classic Venus, nice it is too, Tammy Wynette is also in with an early entry for her 1975 follow-up UK hit to Stand By Your Man, the very cheerful D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Much funnier than the Billy Connolly p*ss-take.

Gene Pitney’s back with a Northern Soul effort, The Turtles get a helping hand from a Nilsson song, The Vibrations get some Gamble & Huff action, and John Rowles sneaks into my lower end for a second time. Ooooerrr missus titter ye not.

1 ( NEW ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( 1 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
4 ( 2 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
5 ( 9 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
6 ( 4 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
7 ( 3 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
8 ( 8 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
9 ( 7 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
10 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration

11 ( 5 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
12 ( 11 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
13 ( 13 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
14 ( 14 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) NEXT Scott Walker
16 ( 17 ) BOY Lulu
17 ( 10 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
18 ( 19 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
19 ( 20 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
20 ( 21 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade

21 ( 15 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
22 ( 16 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
23 ( 18 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
24 ( 23 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
25 ( 27 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
26 ( 28 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
27 ( 24 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
28 ( 22 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
29 ( 29 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
30 ( 25 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

31 ( 37 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
32 ( 33 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
33 ( 39 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
34 ( 30 ) VALLERI The Monkees
35 ( 31 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
36 ( 48 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
37 ( 38 ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
38 ( 34 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
39 ( NEW ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
40 ( 35 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel

41 ( 36 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
42 ( 44 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 40 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
44 ( NEW ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
45 ( 60 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
46 ( 46 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
47 ( 41 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
48 ( 55 ) YOUR TIME HASN’T COME YET BABY Elvis Presley
49 ( 32 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
50 ( 42 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant

51 ( 26 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
52 ( 49 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 47 ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead
54 ( 56 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
55 ( 63 ) ELEANOR RIGBY Ray Charles
56 ( 53 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
57 ( 57 ) LOVIN’ SEASON Gene & Debbe
58 ( 54 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
59 ( 50 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
60 ( 66 ) SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO Diana Ross & The Supremes

61 ( 51 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
62 ( 67 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
63 ( 72 ) DON’T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON Vikki Carr
64 ( 69 ) D.W. WASHBURN The Monkees
65 ( NEW ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
66 ( 75 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
67 ( 71 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
68 ( 68 ) BABY YOU COME ROLLING ‘CROSS MY MIND The Peppermint Trolley Company
69 ( 74 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
70 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

71 ( NEW ) SHE’S A HEARTBREAKER Gene Pitney
72 ( NEW ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
73 ( NEW ) LOVE IN THEM THERE HILLS The Vibrations
74 ( 45 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
75 ( NEW ) HUSH NOT A WORD TO MARY John Rowles

 

22nd June 1968

It’s a 2nd week on top for R. Dean Taylor, equalling Ghost In My House in 1967, and keeping off the fab Classical Gas. Johnny Mathis has a very unexpected surge from 44 to 10 with his lovely cover of Venus – OK it didn’t fit in with 1968 music scenes, but it’s lush and classy and I could easily see it ironically on a cult dark movie soundtrack, say David Lynch or Tarantino. One of my ab fab faves of the time is in at 12 for Bruce Channel – his best record, if not his most famous (Hey Baby is that), is Keep On. Just behind the madness that is Fire. I know of someone who used it as the final song at his cremation as the coffin chugged along. Having a laugh, I think!

Glen Campbell’s gorgeous Housewife is in at 15 – not one to play on the radio these days though, the sentiment might be well-meaning but it’s a bit out-of-step with 2018. The Mamas & The Papas, and Cilla, both add to the top 40’s, as The O’Jays get a second 1968 entry, Randy Newman gets his first chart hit (he’s in my current chart this very week with Rex Orange County) as an artist, and a second as songwriter, and I Think It’s Going To Rain would eventually make the UK charts in 1980 for UB40. The Doors over-rated Hello I Love You pops in ahead of a later reissue in decades to come, The Dells grab a third entry, quite the dramatic piece this one, and Vince Hill gives Gilbert Becaud a song in my charts 7 years ahead of his own whimsical With Love & Understanding – there are, it must be said, better versions of The Importance Of Your Love than Vince’s.

1 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( 3 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
3 ( 10 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
4 ( 9 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
5 ( 2 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
6 ( 8 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
8 ( 6 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
9 ( 5 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
10 ( 44 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis

11 ( 7 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
12 ( NEW ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
13 ( NEW ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
14 ( 18 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
15 ( NEW ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
16 ( 13 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
17 ( 14 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
18 ( 11 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
19 ( 15 ) NEXT Scott Walker
20 ( 26 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge

21 ( 12 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
22 ( 16 ) BOY Lulu
23 ( 19 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
24 ( 21 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
25 ( 23 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
26 ( 29 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
27 ( 17 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
28 ( 33 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
29 ( 22 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
30 ( 24 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

31 ( 39 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
32 ( 32 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
33 ( 30 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
34 ( 36 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
35 ( 27 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
36 ( 28 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
37 ( 37 ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
38 ( 20 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
39 ( 42 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 45 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black

41 ( 34 ) VALLERI The Monkees
42 ( 35 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
43 ( 25 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
44 ( 46 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
45 ( 38 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
46 ( 48 ) YOUR TIME HASN’T COME YET BABY Elvis Presley
47 ( 40 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
48 ( 43 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
49 ( 31 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
50 ( 54 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick

51 ( 55 ) ELEANOR RIGBY Ray Charles
52 ( 62 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
53 ( 47 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
54 ( 52 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
55 ( 66 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
56 ( 41 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
57 ( 57 ) LOVIN’ SEASON Gene & Debbe
58 ( 63 ) DON’T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON Vikki Carr
59 ( 65 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
60 ( 60 ) SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO Diana Ross & The Supremes

61 ( 69 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
62 ( 64 ) D.W. WASHBURN The Monkees
63 ( 56 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
64 ( 58 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
65 ( NEW ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
66 ( 67 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
67 ( 50 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
68 ( 71 ) SHE’S A HEARTBREAKER Gene Pitney
69 ( 72 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
70 ( NEW ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

71 ( 61 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
72 ( 73 ) LOVE IN THEM THERE HILLS The Vibrations
73 ( NEW ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors
74 ( NEW ) STAY IN MY CORNER The Dells
75 ( NEW ) THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR LOVE Vince Hill

 

29th June 1968

It’s straight in at 1 for the 3rd chart-topper for Dave Dee & Co, presiding over a great influx of entries, many of them future chart-toppers in my charts as oldies, not least Last Night In Soho. I liked the record at the time, but had half-forgotten it by the time I bought a 1968 compilation album in 1976, and immediately I became obsessed by the epic sound of it, played it to death, but didn’t chart it as it wasn’t officially re-issued. By the time Dave Dee reformed for a final tour with the gang the hits album charted giving me an excuse to let it top my charts for ooh 9 weeks or so in the noughties. It’s their greatest record and a vastly unappreciated Howard/Blaikley moment of genius following on another moment.

That means Jose Feliciano covering The Doors brilliantly, and giving Light My Fire a UK chart presence and a template for a future Will Young UK chart-topper. The song is flawless, it can be covered in any number of styles and still sound great – unlike The Doors actual hit Hello I Love You hovering at 73, dreary in comparison to Light My Fire. Glen Campbell keeps up the top 10’s with a track off my first ever album This Is Glen Campbell, and Mama Cass, a huge fave of mine, is in with the sweet 50’s pseudo-ragtime stylee Dream A Little Dream Of Me and the sign was on the wall for a solo career.

In at 17, a song I loved in Singapore 1970 in (of course) a cover version by The 5th Dimension, Laura Nyro’s song written following the assassination of Robert Kennedy which was a huge jolt and a massively-changing experience for the USA: Save The Country is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago, moreso as it applies to the attacks on democracy across the world, and especially the USA. In at 18, the Easy Rider movie song as timelessly recorded by Steppenwolf, the ultimate motorcycle metal song Born To Be Wild. It eventually charted in the UK, and again in the 90’s shortly after I’d seen them perform it. I have the footage on video. Where’s the last place you would expect to see a Motorcycle rock song….? Disney? Yes, that’s right, at Epcot. Each summer in the 90’s they had 60’s acts doing hits-based concerts. The other one I caught was Peter Noone, doing Herman’s Hermits back catalogue.

In at 20, Roy Orbison’s last dramatic ballad till Jeff Lynne resurrected his recording career, Walk On is fab. At 32, The Moody Blues have an American severe edit of Tuesday Afternoon, which actually works in it’s own right for me, and at 39 the cricketing eternal soundtrack Soul Limbo for Booker T. 50 years and still well-known. At 58 it’s Al Wilson and a future 1975 Northern Soul UK chart hit, The Snake is still played by Steve Wright a lot, despite Donald Trump’s despicable attempts to pervert the song into a rallying call against Hillary Clinton & Angela Merkel in his detestable blatant misogyny.

At 59 The Toys are back for a final fling, a couple of years after the fab Lovers Concerto, this time it’s a cover of Sealed With a Kiss, Brian Hyland’s oldie and yet another 1975 UK charting oldie (and Jason Donovan chart-topper) – but with a difference in this instance. It’s the oldest record I’ve come across which is utterly and obviously disco. This is the sound of the mid to late 70’s screaming out to be noticed. It wasn’t. The Toys folded when it flopped, and disco had to wait a few years to break out. The Intruders are back playing baseball, Eddie Floyd has a good ballad, Neil Diamond pops in with one I’d never heard of, and ditto Sly & The Family Stone.

1 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 3 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
3 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
4 ( 2 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
5 ( 6 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
6 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
7 ( 5 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
9 ( 12 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
10 ( 15 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell

11 ( 9 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
12 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
13 ( 13 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
14 ( 4 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
15 ( 8 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
16 ( 10 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
17 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
18 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
19 ( 11 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
20 ( NEW ) WALK ON Roy Orbison

21 ( 16 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
22 ( 17 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
23 ( 19 ) NEXT Scott Walker
24 ( 18 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
25 ( 14 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
26 ( 20 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
27 ( 21 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
28 ( 25 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
29 ( 31 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
30 ( 22 ) BOY Lulu

31 ( 24 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
32 ( NEW ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
33 ( 23 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
34 ( 30 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
35 ( 33 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
36 ( 28 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
37 ( 26 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
38 ( 35 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
39 ( NEW ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
40 ( 36 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover

41 ( 29 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
42 ( 34 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
43 ( 40 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
44 ( 42 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
45 ( 41 ) VALLERI The Monkees
46 ( 38 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
47 ( 55 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
48 ( 44 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
49 ( 52 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
50 ( 27 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel

51 ( 37 ) YOUR GROOVY SELF Nancy Sinatra
52 ( 48 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
53 ( 32 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
54 ( 61 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
55 ( 47 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
56 ( 59 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
57 ( 54 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
58 ( NEW ) THE SNAKE Al Wilson
59 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
60 ( 65 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays

61 ( 43 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
62 ( 39 ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
63 ( NEW ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
64 ( 49 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
65 ( 53 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
66 ( 66 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
67 ( 69 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
68 ( 68 ) SHE’S A HEARTBREAKER Gene Pitney
69 ( NEW ) (LOVE IS LIKE A) BASEBALL GAME The Intruders
70 ( 70 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

71 ( NEW ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
72 ( 58 ) DON’T BREAK MY PRETTY BALLOON Vikki Carr
73 ( 73 ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors
74 ( 50 ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
75 ( NEW ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone

My 1975 Charts – August

5th August 1975

It’s a second week on top second-time round for Zager And Evans 1969 classic, joined lower down at 28 by Peter Sarstedt’s lovely forgotten track Frozen Orange Juice which charted first time round simultaneously with In The Year 2525. Highest new entry is The Single Girl at 6, a sweet song from 1967 from Sandy Posey which I’d gone mad on while I lived in Singapore 5 years earlier, but which wasn’t eligible to chart (I didn’t chart oldies, so made up for it now as it became a UK hit all over again). Linda Carr treads the top 10 High Wire and Gloria Gaynor gets a 3rd top 10 in a row, as The Stylistics get the top entry by a current record, in at 13 with Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love) – a fab Van McCoy arrangement and their best record since Betcha By Golly Wow 3 years earlier.

Glen Campbell returns at 14 with a bang after an absence of over 4 years, the anthemic Rhi
nestone Cowboy, Glen truly back on the fab sort of form that saw him dominate my charts in 1969 and 1970. Into the 20 for Sparks, George McCrae and Helen Reddy for the 4th, 4th and 3rd time respectively. At 26 it’s a cover of the Michel Legrand 1971 film theme Summer Of ’42, lush disco style by Biddu, a British-based Indian-born disco-pop producer of Kung Fu Fighting and I Love To Love fame, and later of Asian music. It’s a terrific melody and a nice version.

Back to the 50’s at 30 for the original Everley Brothers hit version of All I Have To Do Is Dream, a 1969 top 5 for Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry, and by now positively ancient from my then point of view, 17 years old. At 49 the even better Everley’s 1960 oldie Cathy’s Clown pops in, as Buffy Sainte-Marie brings her 1972 chart hit back at 50 – I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again. That leaves actual new stuff from The Moments at 36, following up Girls without any Whatnauts (Dolly My Love), Peter Skellern’s 3rd hit (Hard Times) at 40, and Mike McGear’s second solo entry, a co-write with brother Paul McCartney this time, at 45 – Dance The Do was also produced by Macca, but was sadly the end of Mike’s career when it flopped, and the end of The Scaffold too, Lily The Pink, Thank U Very Much and Liverpool Lou and all.

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 2 ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 5 ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
4 ( 4 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
5 ( 3 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
6 ( NEW ) THE SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
7 ( 9 ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
8 ( 13 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
9 ( 14 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
10 ( 7 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony

11 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 6 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
13 ( NEW ) CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING (BUT MY LOVE) The Stylistics
14 ( NEW ) RHINESTONE COWBOY Glen Campbell
15 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
16 ( 10 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
17 ( 24 ) IT’S BEEN SO LONG George McCrae
18 ( 21 ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
19 ( 28 ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy
20 ( NEW ) A CHILD’S PRAYER Hot Chocolate

21 ( 12 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
22 ( 17 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
23 ( 15 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
24 ( 16 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
25 ( 30 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet
26 ( NEW ) SUMMER OF ’42 Biddu Orchestra
27 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
28 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
29 ( 22 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
30 ( NEW ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM The Everley Brothers

31 ( 23 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
32 ( 25 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
33 ( 26 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
34 ( 33 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
35 ( 34 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
36 ( NEW ) DOLLY MY LOVE The Moments
37 ( 37 ) DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan
38 ( 38 ) CHIC-A-BOOM 53rd And 3rd
39 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
40 ( NEW ) HARD TIMES Peter Skellern

41 ( 29 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
42 ( 27 ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
43 ( 31 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
44 ( 32 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
45 ( NEW ) DANCE THE DO Mike McGear
46 ( 40 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
47 ( 36 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
48 ( 20 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
49 ( NEW ) CATHY’S CLOWN The Everley Brothers
50 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA BE A COUNTRY GIRL AGAIN Buffy Sainte-Marie


This week in 1975: Viking 1 heads for Mars and we will get to see the surface of the Red Planet – I can’t tell you both how exciting and yet sort-of disappointing it was to see rocks and sand. We didn’t expect to see aliens stood there, but it was just flat and dull and earth-like – it would take decades before we got to see dramatic images of Mars, though understandably they wanted to land somewhere predictably flat and safe and boring first time round.

UK television was largely rubbish, bar Top Of The Pops (Jimmy Savevil sadly, so not likely to be repeated even it still exists), as the hot weather continued. Best shows were repeats of the best western series ever Alias Smith And Jones which had veteran guests Buddy Ebsen and Ida Lupine, and then there was actual veteran show Casey Jones, starring Alan Hale Jr and dating from 1957, but which was always being repeated in the 60’s for kids.

As it was the school holidays (hooray!) the BBC started weekday TV early at 10am with kids shows, and didn’t close down until 11.30pm!! Wacky Races was on too, ditto Here Come The Double Deckers starring future Aswad member Brinsley Forde, and current It Ain’t Half Hot Mum cast member Melvyn Hayes. Tom & Jerry was delighting everyone in the days before it got banished for being too violent (it’s not real, no-one dies!), and Star Trek was reaching the mid-point of it’s first repeat run with Assignment:Earth, starring huge fave of mine Terri Garr. Another fave show High Chaparral was still being repeated, as Blue Boy gets left in charge of the ranch. Long overdue a Box set DVD release!

An actual new US detective episode of Harry O, the wonderful David Janssen, Henry Darrow (ex-High Chaparral) and Juliet Mills guest-starred – also no DVD box set! A drama starring the great William Windom as President Truman considered why he decided to drop the second atom bomb days after Hiroshima. Cheerful stuff. We also said goodbye to Top Of The Form the next week, a quiz show for posh Grammar School kids. At least that’s how I remember it, and a quick google confirms Hugh Grant and Hillary Benn were on the show. Think it’s fair to say no school I ever went to would have been welcome…think it’s fair to say I wasn’t remotely sad it got cancelled. The closest the posh BBC ever came to showing life as I knew it was in sitcoms: the decent The Liver Birds or the tedious Til Death Us Do Part, or of course Coronation Street.

 

12th August 1975

1967 single The Single Girl tops my chart 5 years later than it would have done if I had let oldies into my 1970 chart, and Sandy Posey does a sweet helpless girlie countrypop song that wouldn’t go down too well these days, but I still love it anyway. Sensational Delilah is up to 2 for Alex Harvey, Glen Campbell gets his 8th top 10, George McRae gets his 3rd inside 12 months, and highest new entry is from Ray Stevens, hot off Misty topping my chart, at 11 with his album track cover of April Stevens and Nino Tempo’s early 60‘s cover of the 1939 US chart-topper (phew!) Deep Purple. Ray did it country style, and it should have been the follow-up single, guaranteed hit. Sadly it wasn’t released, so Donny & Marie covered it a year later and got the hit. Ray is also in at 20 with Lady Of Spain, a 1931 standard, and an updated cover like most of the other tracks on his Misty album. Both tracks were played on Rosko’s Round Table record review show on Radio 1. I recorded them!

In at 14, Procol Harum return after a 3-year break with the fab Pandora’s Box, and 8 years since A Whiter Shade Of Pale first hit it classic. Annoyingly it was their last hit. Biddu and Bimbo Jet take 2 instrumentals into the 20, Action is new at 25 for The Sweet, their second self-written hit, and a great driving rockpop track miles away from the bubblegum of Funny Funny 4 years earlier. Buffy Sainte-Marie goes top 30 for the second time with her Country Girl, as a real Country girl Billie-Jo Spears lays her Blanket On The Ground, covering number 29 for a bit of slap and tickle. I heard this in a club not long ago and it sounded surprisingly fresh and fab played loud. Talking of Country, there’s another cover at 30, of The Everley Brothers 50‘s track All I Have To Do Is Dream – which was 30 the week before! The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were faves of mine, known to me from the soundtrack and movie Paint Your Wagon – they would have also had a 1970 chart hit had I allowed it, with Hand Me Down That Can O’ Beans. Fun! This single is for me the best version of the song, and never a hit. Pah!

Chris Spedding rides his Motor Bikin’ back, this time into the 40, while The Glitter Band split from Gary a year earlier (wonder why…..) and are back for the 6th time without him for some Love In The Sun, and sounding totally not Glam Rock-ish. At 42 it’s Rod Stewart entering his major label megastar period, and starting as he means to go on – with a cover version. Yes, it’s the very famous Sailing, a song I loved in 1972 in it’s original folk Sutherland Brothers version. That flopped sadly, so Rod knew a good song when he heard one, slowed it down dramatically, sucked the life out of it, and delivered an anthem. Still prefer the original.

At 43, and an American hit, the theme tune to The Rockford Files – not only the best Private Detective series of all-time (still) starring the fantastic James Garner, but also the best theme tune, as delivered by the consistently good theme show writer Mike Post. This was his best one. Hello are back for the 5th time with their best record, the Bo-Diddley-rhythm-ed New York Groove. Play loud and singalong, New. York. Groove. I”M BACK! Back in the New York Groooove! Fab! Eric Clapton’s also back with another laid-back reggae cover, his 3rd, this time tackling Bob Dylan’s haunting Knocking On Heaven’s Door, which charted 2 years earlier. One of those rare instances where Bob has the definitive version of his own song, it still hasn’t been bettered and many have tried.

1 ( 6 ) THE SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
2 ( 3 ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
4 ( 2 ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
5 ( 4 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
6 ( 5 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
7 ( 14 ) RHINESTONE COWBOY Glen Campbell
8 ( 17 ) IT’S BEEN SO LONG George McCrae
9 ( 9 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
10 ( 7 ) SHERRY Adrian Baker

11 ( NEW ) DEEP PURPLE Ray Stevens
12 ( 19 ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy
13 ( 10 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
14 ( NEW ) PANDORA’S BOX Procol Harum
15 ( 26 ) SUMMER OF ’42 Biddu Orchestra
16 ( 25 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet
17 ( 20 ) A CHILD’S PRAYER Hot Chocolate
18 ( 12 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
19 ( 16 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
20 ( NEW ) LADY OF SPAIN Ray Stevens

21 ( 13 ) CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING (BUT MY LOVE) The Stylistics
22 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
23 ( 8 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
24 ( 27 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
25 ( NEW ) ACTION The Sweet
26 ( 22 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
27 ( 28 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
28 ( 50 ) I’M GONNA BE A COUNTRY GIRL AGAIN Buffy Sainte-Marie
29 ( NEW ) BLANKET ON THE GROUND Billie-Jo Spears
30 ( NEW ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

31 ( 23 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
32 ( 24 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
33 ( 21 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
34 ( 36 ) DOLLY MY LOVE The Moments
35 ( 37 ) DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan
36 ( 38 ) CHIC-A-BOOM 53rd And 3rd
37 ( 40 ) HARD LOVE Peter Skellern
38 ( RE ) MOTOR BIKIN’ Chris Spedding
39 ( 18 ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
40 ( 30 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM The Everley Brothers

41 ( NEW ) LOVE IN THE SUN The Glitter Band
42 ( NEW ) SAILING Rod Stewart
43 ( NEW ) THE ROCKFORD FILES Mike Post
44 ( NEW ) NEW YORK GROOVE Hello
45 ( NEW ) KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Eric Clapton
46 ( 31 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
47 ( 32 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
48 ( 34 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
49 ( 35 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
50 ( 39 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn

19th August 1975

It’s Alex Harvey’s sensational live version of Tom Jones’ Delilah at 1, it’s such a shame the Top Of The Pops footage is (probably) long gone, they were great to watch. Tom would probably have topped my chart too had I started my charting a few months earlier, but he got there eventually in the 80’s. Up 14 to 2, it’s Bimbo Jet and the wacky latin euro-instrumental El Bimbo, as another instrumental goes top 10 for Biddu.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band leap into the 20, and Rod is Sailing up to 21, but the highest new entry at 18 is David Bowie’s (essentially) funk combo with John Lennon, Fame, his first US chart-topper, funky and nothing like anything either had done before, Bowie spotting a dance funk trend ahead of the game as usual for his Plastic Soul period. At 24 (and also a superhero Womble in at 49) it’s Mike Batt getting his second solo entry to add to his 7 Wombling hits, the TV summer variety show theme song Summertime City (it was Seaside Special, boasting acts like Abba on it), and a pretty good pop song too.

In at 31, the best track off the Venus And Mars album from Wings, and I was aghast it wasn’t the follow-up single to the fab Listen To What The Man Says – Magneto And Titanium Man was a fab superhero-themed catchy tune with a great McCartney vocal and a host of multi-track harmonies. Instead they went with the not-commercial Letting Go, so by the time it got officially released late in 1975 it missed the top 50, bubbling under instead. At 36, Otis Redding’s great soulful 1965 version of Smokey Robinson’s My Girl becomes his second chart entry, and beats the Temptations definitive version into my charts. At 37, an obscure funk track that had the cool dance-floors grooving, the rather good Crystal World by Crystal Grass – it sounds like a cop TV show theme, and if that brass riff sounds familiar, that’s because it was sampled by S’Express for the brilliant UK chart-topper Theme From S’Express.

At 44, Julie Ann, Kenny’s 4th and least-good single, rather annoyingly ahead of The Eagles returning after 3 years away with the brilliant One Of These Nights. I’m often a fan of single edits, they sometimes snip off the meandering and create a taut perfect 3 or 4 minute single, and the edit is the best version. In with a bang, haunting, moving, great harmonies, and for my money their best record. At 48, the last gasps of glam rock show on Suzi Quatro as I May Be Too Young scrapes in, and at 50, it’s the still touring and performing Brett Marvin And The Thunderbolts. Who they? Essentially, a 1968 pub rock band who struck in 1972 with a terrific novelty hit Seaside Shuffle, under the Jona Lewie-led pseudonym Terry Dactyl And The Dinosaurs. 3 years later, Jona had fled for solo pastures, and the band had a chart go with this nice Rock-A-Hula ditty. Yay!

1 ( 2 ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
2 ( 16 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet
3 ( 1 ) THE SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
5 ( 4 ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
6 ( 5 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
7 ( 7 ) RHINESTONE COWBOY Glen Campbell
8 ( 8 ) IT’S BEEN SO LONG George McCrae
9 ( 15 ) SUMMER OF ’42 Biddu Orchestra
10 ( 6 ) MISTY Ray Stevens

11 ( 11 ) DEEP PURPLE Ray Stevens
12 ( 30 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
13 ( 14 ) PANDORA’S BOX Procol Harum
14 ( 17 ) A CHILD’S PRAYER Hot Chocolate
15 ( 10 ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
16 ( 23 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
17 ( 35 ) DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan
18 ( NEW ) FAME David Bowie featuring John Lennon
19 ( 9 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
20 ( 13 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony

21 ( 42 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
22 ( 22 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
23 ( 29 ) BLANKET ON THE GROUND Billie-Jo Spears
24 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME CITY Mike Batt
25 ( 12 ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy
26 ( 20 ) LADY OF SPAIN Ray Stevens
27 ( 28 ) I’M GONNA BE A COUNTRY GIRL AGAIN Buffy Sainte-Marie
28 ( 19 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
29 ( 18 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
30 ( 26 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex

31 ( NEW ) MAGNETO AND TITANIUM MAN Wings
32 ( 21 ) CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING (BUT MY LOVE) The Stylistics
33 ( 25 ) ACTION The Sweet
34 ( 43 ) THE ROCKFORD FILES Mike Post
35 ( 45 ) KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Eric Clapton
36 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
37 ( NEW ) CRYSTAL WORLD Crystal Grass
38 ( 38 ) MOTOR BIKIN’ Chris Spedding
39 ( 24 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
40 ( 33 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland

41 ( 41 ) LOVE IN THE SUN The Glitter Band
42 ( 31 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
43 ( 32 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
44 ( NEW ) JULIE ANN Kenny
45 ( NEW ) ONE OF THESE NIGHTS The Eagles
46 ( 34 ) DOLLY MY LOVE The Moments
47 ( 37 ) HARD LOVE Peter Skellern
48 ( NEW ) I MAY BE TOO YOUNG Suzi Quatro
49 ( NEW ) SUPERWOMBLE The Wombles
50 ( NEW ) HAWAIIAN HONEYMOON Brett Marvin And The Thunderbolts



At the cinema, a bit of a cult classic snuck out unnoticed by me – I was barely aware of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (based on the 1973 stage musical), and it took the release of the movie Fame in 1980 to bring it home to me that it was becoming a bit of a fun audience interaction cult – so when I eventually got to see it on TV, it was already sort-of familiar. Quirky, macabre, tuneful, funny, it remains enormously loveable. Just look at what it’s got to love: Tim Curry’s show-stopping performance as Dr Frank N. Furter, a sweet transvestite from Transylvaniurrrrr, Richard O’Brien in his own musical as the humorless Riff Raff, award-winning actor Susan Sarandon singing in her underwear, Meatloaf as a leather motorcycle monster ahead of his Bat Out Of Hell, a chorus featuring UK nation’s favourite Christopher Biggins, and songs like The Time Warp and Dammit Janet. It also features my fave quote, Tim Curry’s mid-song whispering about antici……………………….Pation. Fab.

26th Aug 1975

It’s another new chart-topper, and an actual new song in the week when the oldies invasion keeps on growing – there is only one actual new song among the oldies and cover-versions debuting. I say song, actually it’s a fun French eurodisco instrumental (mostly) El Bimbo from Bimbo Jet. Some might say cheesy, but it even charted in the USA as well as much of Europe and cropped up in the Police Academy movies. The version shown is really the B side with added “Bimbo”s (not the ladies!) and assorted vocals, but it’s great fun anyway.

Up to 4, Nitty Gritty Dirt band’s cover, while highest new entry is my 1972 top 3 track Walkin’ In The Rain With The One I Love, Love Unlimited’s second Barry White biggie of the year. Of course he was married to Glodean James, one of the trio of girls, so that never hurt their success. The track is pure schmaltz soul perfection, right down to the Barry White telephone call end-song and the rainfall effects. Love it. Into the 10, Mike Batt, Steely Dan’s 1972 classic, and Procol harum.

Going top 20: Rod the not-so-Mod Sailing, Mike Post opening up The Rockford Files, at new at 22 it’s another old soul classic, this time Freda Payne’s spine-tingling 1970 lament to her new hubby who isn’t the man she’d expected he would be between the sheets. The Eagles fly up to 28, and Eric Clapton has knocked on the door of the Top 30 successfully. At 34 Dan McCafferty is the first of 3 versions of Out Of Time to chart in 1975 – Dan is taking a solo break from Nazareth for a good version of the Rolling Stones’ song, as charted big by Chris Farlowe in 1966 in the UK singles chart. In the wake of Dan doing it, both the Stones and Chris versions get reissued and all 3 make the UK singles chart – and mine! Talking of multiple cover versions, Brazil, the 1939 Brazilian latin-rhythm classic song, as featured in movies and jazz cover versions from the 1940’s onwards, is done disco style in the UK charts by 2 acts, The Ritchie Family is the much better version but was beaten in the chart race by the quicker-off-the-mark Crispy & Company version, which is a bit weedy actually, though the song is great. In at 45.

That leaves Gladys Knight free to start delving into her big US hits of the early 70’s Buddah label that all stiffed in the UK, hot off her The Way We Were success. First one up: Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, nice enough soul ballad. At 50, The Carpenters cover Neil Sedaka’s lovely Solitaire (Record Mirror had a free flexi disc of Neil’s original, still have it), though Andy Williams had already had the big UK hit so it was never going to set the charts alight, but did well enough. Karen’s sad songs were always her forte. That leaves the new song to enter: Bad Company feel Like Makin’ Love, a rock treat, fab guitar, passionate Paul Rodgers vocals, it was almost like Free were back (his previous band), though this was their only track to rate that highly – so good Pauline Henry covered it in the 90’s. I hadn’t liked Can’t get Enough in 1974, so this is their chart debut – and swansong!

1 ( 2 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet
2 ( 3 ) THE SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
3 ( 1 ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
4 ( 12 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
5 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE RAIN WITH THE ONE I LOVE Love Unlimited featuring Barry White
6 ( 24 ) SUMMERTIME CITY Mike Batt
7 ( 9 ) SUMMER OF ’42 Biddu Orchestra
8 ( 8 ) IT’S BEEN SO LONG George McCrae
9 ( 17 ) DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan
10 ( 13 ) PANDORA’S BOX Procol Harum

11 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
12 ( 5 ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
13 ( 21 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
14 ( 14 ) A CHILD’S PRAYER Hot Chocolate
15 ( 18 ) FAME David Bowie featuring John Lennon
16 ( 34 ) THE ROCKFORD FILES Mike Post
17 ( 6 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
18 ( 10 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
19 ( 7 ) RHINESTONE COWBOY Glen Campbell
20 ( 22 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band

21 ( 11 ) DEEP PURPLE Ray Stevens
22 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
23 ( 23 ) BLANKET ON THE GROUND Billie-Jo Spears
24 ( 27 ) I’M GONNA BE A COUNTRY GIRL AGAIN Buffy Sainte-Marie
25 ( 16 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
26 ( 20 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
27 ( 32 ) CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING (BUT MY LOVE) The Stylistics
28 ( 45 ) ONE OF THESE NIGHTS The Eagles
29 ( 19 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
30 ( 35 ) KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Eric Clapton

31 ( 15 ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
32 ( 41 ) LOVE IN THE SUN The Glitter Band
33 ( 48 ) I MAY BE TOO YOUNG Suzi Quatro
34 ( NEW ) OUT OF TIME Dan McCafferty
35 ( 36 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
36 ( 37 ) CRYSTAL WORLD Crystal Grass
37 ( 28 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
38 ( 29 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
39 ( 30 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
40 ( 25 ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy

41 ( 26 ) LADY OF SPAIN Ray Stevens
42 ( 31 ) MAGNETO AND TITANIUM MAN Wings
43 ( 38 ) MOTOR BIKIN’ Chris Spedding
44 ( 44 ) JULIE ANN Kenny
45 ( NEW ) BRAZIL Crispy & Company
46 ( NEW ) BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME Gladys Knight And The Pips
47 ( NEW ) FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE Bad Company
48 ( 40 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
49 ( 33 ) ACTION The Sweet
50 ( NEW ) SOLITAIRE The Carpenters

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

My Retro July 1967 Chart

1st July 1967

2 weeks on top for Nancy Sinatra, as Jackson foe Nancy & Lee goes up to 28, as an alternate version (probably more famous) by Johnny Cash & wife June Carter enters at 75, and also as My Elusive Dreams enters for Tammy Wynette & David Houston, another country standard – the Nancy & Lee version from 1968 is the definitive version, though it’s close-run with the Tammy Wynette & George Jones 1973 version (husband & wife, slowed down a la Nancy & Lee, and with real emotion).

The Fabs enter the 10 with When I’m 64 (my theme tune in 5 years), and hit 2 with Lucy In The Sky, bigger then the Elton & Lennon version in 1974, while Glen goes top 5, as Dean Martin did in 1969. Smokey Robinson gets his first top 10, Frankie Valli his 3rd top 20 of the year, The Bee Gees shoot up to 30 with a song of theirs I wasn’t that familiar with, and US chart-topper The Association sneaks into the 40.

New: Morning Dew, a version I knew by Lulu eclipsed by this Deep-Purple-ish Episode Six a year ahead of Hush, while The Intruders debut at 45 7 years ahead of I’ll Always Love My Mama and Win Place Or Show. At 51, The Forum is an oddity but a goodie obscurity, and The Four Tops grab a 4th chart entry of the year with I’ll Turn To Stone – wonder where Jeff Lynne got the idea for ELO’s Turn To Stone? Look no further! Girl group harmonies for The Babies at 65, and at 74, The Easybeats return (had I been charting in 1966 for biggie Friday On My Mind) and 11 years ahead of their part-debut as Flash & The Pan.

1 ( 1 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
2 ( 3 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
4 ( 4 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 11 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
9 ( 8 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
10 ( 14 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 9 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
12 ( 10 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
13 ( 16 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
14 ( 12 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
15 ( 19 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
16 ( 20 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
17 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
18 ( 26 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 13 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
20 ( 35 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli

21 ( 21 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
22 ( 17 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
23 ( 18 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
24 ( 25 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
25 ( 24 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
26 ( 27 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
27 ( 23 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
28 ( 32 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
29 ( 40 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
30 ( 58 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees

31 ( 39 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
32 ( 34 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
33 ( 36 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
34 ( 37 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
35 ( 28 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
36 ( 29 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers37 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
38 ( 32 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
39 ( 43 ) WINDY The Association
40 ( 22 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr

41 ( 34 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
42 ( 46 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
43 ( NEW ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
44 ( 41 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
45 ( NEW ) TOGETHER The Intruders
46 ( 30 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
47 ( 47 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
48 ( 48 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques
49 ( 45 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
50 ( 42 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles

51 ( NEW ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
52 ( 44 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
53 ( 64 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
54 ( 66 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
55 ( 51 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
56 ( 50 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
57 ( NEW ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
58 ( 60 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
59 ( 75 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
60 ( 65 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks

61 ( 69 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
62 ( 58 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
63 ( 49 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
64 ( 55 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
65 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
66 ( 56 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
67 ( 68 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
68 ( 54 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
69 ( 73 ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
70 ( 74 ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner

71 ( 67 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
72 ( NEW ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
73 ( 52 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN AND HELL The Easybeats
75 ( NEW ) JACKSON Johnny Cash & June Carter

9th July 1967

So much great music around in the Summer Of Love everything is underperforming chartwise, and I need to expand to a top 100 really! Too much work though, so suffice to say The Beatles are untouchable as anthem All You Need Is Love gives the Fabs a 3rd chart-topper, 2 to Paul, 1 to John, and a total of 10 tracks in the 75. Ed Sheeran eat your heart out!

Big surprise are the huge climbs for 2 tracks new to me, Episode “Deep Purple” 6’s cover of Morning Dew at 11, and an even bigger one for obscurity The River Is Wide, from The Forum, evolving from a folk band Les Baxter’s Balladeers who counted one David Crosby amongst their number before moving on to The Byrds, and later Crosby Stills & Nash. A terrific OTT track that peaked at a paltry 48 in the USA, but 8 here (so far). The Grass Roots had a bigger hit in 1969 with the song.

The Bee Gees leapfrog themselves to enter at 14 with To Love Somebody, their very first classic song that has proven to be coverable (earlier releases are good records but not standards), starting with Nina Simone’s big cover in 1969. Other newies: The Elgins debut 4 years ahead of UK chart success, Neil Diamond grabs yet another hit song, must be his 6th in 6 months, the fab Desmond Dekker enters with 007, and less than 2 years on he would top charts with the first ska record to get world famous. A couple of gospel soul goodies, a muzak Doctor Zhivago song, an early 60’s girl group return with a more 1967 sound, and Sandie Shaw sneaks in with another minor UK hit.

1 ( NEW ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
3 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
5 ( 2 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 8 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 50 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
9 ( 10 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees

11 ( 42 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
12 ( 4 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
13 ( 9 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
14 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
15 ( 15 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
16 ( 13 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
17 ( 20 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
18 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
20 ( 11 ) PAPER SUN Traffic

21 ( 12 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
22 ( 14 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
23 ( 30 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
24 ( 19 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
25 ( 28 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
26 ( 26 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
27 ( 29 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
28 ( 16 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
29 ( 31 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
30 ( 21 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

31 ( 32 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
32 ( 34 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
33 ( 27 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
34 ( 23 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
35 ( 22 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
36 ( 24 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
37 ( 39 ) WINDY The Association
38 ( 33 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
39 ( 25 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
40 ( 46 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

41 ( 41 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
42 ( 35 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
43 ( 36 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
44 ( 44 ) TOGETHER The Intruders45 ( 37 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
46 ( 48 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques
47 ( 41 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
48 ( 38 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
49 ( 54 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
50 ( 44 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas

51 ( 40 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
52 ( 46 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
53 ( 53 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
54 ( 57 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
55 ( 49 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
56 ( NEW ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
57 ( 61 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
58 ( 59 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
59 ( 50 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
60 ( 73 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

61 ( 52 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
62 ( 55 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
63 ( NEW ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
64 ( 65 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
65 ( 58 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
66 ( 72 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
67 ( 56 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
68 ( NEW ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
69 ( 70 ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
70 ( 62 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) NEARER TO YOU Betty Harris
72 ( NEW ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
73 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE MY LOVE The Mike Sammes Singers
74 ( NEW ) LAST MINUTE MIRACLE The Shirelles
75 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw

15th July 1967

2 weeks on top for The Fabs, as they also rise to 4 with When I’m Sixty Four (accept no inferior covers when the original is available), go top 40 With A Little Help (ditto) and enter with the B side of All You Need Is Love, Baby You’re A Rich Man. The Monkees try to steal the Beatles thunder with yet 2 more new entries, both Brill Building written this time, A side Pleasant Valley Sunday (Goffin & King’s social commentary) at 17 and B side Words (Mann & Weil, and featured in the TV show a few times) at 60. Trying to keep up, The Bee Gees (2 in the top 30), Nancy Sinatra (ditto), while big climbs for the Elgins all doo-wop delight to 28, and The Babies terrific song up to 30. Grace Slick & co got top 40. The Kinks enter at 47, or at least brother Dave singing for a credited change, Dandy Livingstone debuts 12 years ahead of the Specials cover and 5 years ahead of his chart hits Suzanne Beware Of The Devil and Big City, Glen Campbell’s B side joins the Number 2 A side, and 2 of the all-great voices pop in with lesser tracks: Roy Orbison and Marvin Gaye.

1 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 6 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
6 ( 8 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
7 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 14 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
9 ( 9 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles

11 ( 11 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
12 ( 15 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
13 ( 13 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
14 ( 10 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
15 ( 12 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
16 ( 17 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
17 ( NEW ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
18 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 16 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
20 ( 27 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

21 ( 23 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
22 ( 25 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
23 ( 19 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
24 ( 24 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
25 ( 22 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
26 ( 20 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
27 ( 31 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
28 ( 55 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
29 ( 21 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
30 ( 63 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies

31 ( 32 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
32 ( 48 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
33 ( 30 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
35 ( 35 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
36 ( 33 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
37 ( 29 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
38 ( 44 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
39 ( 41 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
40 ( 45 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques

41 ( 52 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
42 ( 36 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
43 ( 28 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
44 ( 26 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
45 ( 38 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
46 ( 37 ) WINDY The Association
47 ( NEW ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
48 ( 39 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
49 ( 42 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
50 ( 53 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops

51 ( 40 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
52 ( 45 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
53 ( 43 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
54 ( 47 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
55 ( 48 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
56 ( NEW ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
57 ( 50 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
58 ( 63 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
59 ( 66 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
60 ( NEW ) WORDS The Monkees

61 ( 55 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
62 ( 68 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
63 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
64 ( 57 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
65 ( 71 ) NEARER TO YOU Betty Harris
66 ( 59 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
67 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE A RICH MAN The Beatles
68 ( 75 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
69 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
70 ( 60 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

71 ( 72 ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
72 ( 73 ) SOMEWHERE MY LOVE The Mike Sammes Singers
73 ( 62 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
74 ( NEW ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison
75 ( NEW ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye

DROP OUTS:

IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
BERNADETTE The Four Tops
I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
ALFIE Dionne Warwick
LAST MINUTE MIRACLE The Shirelles

 

22nd July 1967

3 weeks on top for the Beatles keeping The Bee Gees away from having their first Number 1, with Bobbie Gentry’s classic country debut at 3. Haunting strings and a sad story-song still affect 50 years later. The great thing about 60’s country music – it was all about the lyrics, and likewise Gentle On My Mind, the words are working man poetry, beautiful images and phrases.

Tom Jones gets his 4th top 20 entry (had I been charting earlier) at 16 with his great Lonnie Donegan cover – it took another 2 years to break in the States, I know cos it was featured in my books of big songs of sheet music from late 1969, which I saved up to buy in Singapore. It was very American-based, printed locally, and I’m guessing royalties wasn’t a thing…

In at 30, a song I didn’t know I knew, a great soul track from Ruby Andrews that became better-known in the UK in a disco hit cover by Coffee in the late 70’s. I didn’t even know it was a cover! A Canadian hit Donovan cover pops in at 32, another new discovery for me, rather good, as is a late-career Brian Hyland track, Get The Message. Brian went top 5 in 1975 with his resissue of Sealed With A Kiss, but way back in my toddler-hood I was obsessed by Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and it would be 100% certain to have topped my hypothetical charts for weeks. Of course that awful Bombalurina/Timmy Mallet cover has taken the charm off it somewhat since…

A few months before the fab Judy In Disguise, John Fred has the quirky and fab Agnes English at 54, Simon & Garfunkel slip in again with another minor pleasantry, as do 5 other 1967 charting acts, Dionne, Aretha, The Temps, & The Rascals. 

1 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 8 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
3 ( NEW ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
5 ( 2 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
7 ( 5 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
8 ( 9 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
10 ( 11 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six

11 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
12 ( 12 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
13 ( 10 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
14 ( 17 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
15 ( 13 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
16 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
17 ( 14 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
18 ( 22 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
19 ( 21 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
20 ( 20 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

21 ( 15 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
22 ( 28 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
23 ( 16 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
24 ( 19 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
25 ( 30 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
26 ( 23 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
27 ( 31 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
28 ( 38 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
29 ( 25 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
30 ( NEW ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews

31 ( 29 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
32 ( NEW ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
33 ( 24 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
34 ( 60 ) WORDS The Monkees
35 ( NEW ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
36 ( 55 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
37 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
38 ( 41 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
39 ( 47 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
40 ( 50 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops

41 ( 26 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
42 ( 36 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
43 ( 33 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
44 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
45 ( 32 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
46 ( 35 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
47 ( 39 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
48 ( 48 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
49 ( 27 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
50 ( 40 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques

51 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
52 ( 59 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
53 ( 57 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
54 ( NEW ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
55 ( 43 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
56 ( 49 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
57 ( 61 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
58 ( 53 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
59 ( 45 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
60 ( 68 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell

61 ( 52 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
62 ( 57 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
63 ( 61 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
64 ( 67 ) BABY YOU’RE A RICH MAN The Beatles
65 ( 74 ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison
66 ( 55 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
67 ( 68 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
68 ( NEW ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
69 ( 71 ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
70 ( 75 ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye

71 ( 53 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
72 ( NEW ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
73 ( NEW ) YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING The Temptations
74 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU The Young Rascals
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Aretha Franklin

 

29th July 1967

It’s a first week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s classic country song – more of a spine-tingling story than anything, and not the last time she would top my charts. The Monkees keep up the top 10’s with the Goffin & King song and the 20’s with Words, Tom Northcott goes top 10 here with a bang and nowhere else in the world, while Brian Hyland gets his first top 10 since Itsy Bitsy (theoretically, as it would have 100% topped my chart had I been charting in the early 60’s, being as it was one of my first loves pre-school).

Brian Wilson’s ambitious Heroes & Villains is straight in the 20 for The Beach Boys, but it’s no Good Vibrations, The Fabs make the 20 with Mr Kite, and Gary Lewis enters at 27 with the last good record they made – I hadn’t actually realised Gary was mostly double-tracked with some proper singers, as his voice wasn’t that great. The records were though. Brenton Wood still sounds good at 31 and new, as do the Trems well into their pop chart run of hits, and even Frankie joins the party with a minor gem of a ballad that I didn’t know. Or rather one I didn’t know that I knew – it’s sorta familiar so I guess I heard him do it on one of the many variety show imports of the time.
1 ( 3 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
4 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
5 ( 4 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
6 ( 12 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
7 ( 8 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
8 ( 14 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
9 ( 32 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
10 ( 35 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland

11 ( 7 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
12 ( 9 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
13 ( 11 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
14 ( 6 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
15 ( 18 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 16 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
18 ( 34 ) WORDS The Monkees
19 ( NEW ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
20 ( 27 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

21 ( 13 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
22 ( 22 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
23 ( 10 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
24 ( 17 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
25 ( 25 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
26 ( 21 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
27 ( NEW ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
28 ( 23 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
29 ( 29 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
30 ( 30 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews

31 ( NEW ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
32 ( 20 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
33 ( 26 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
34 ( 28 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
35 ( 38 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
36 ( 36 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
37 ( 31 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
39 ( 39 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
40 ( NEW ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra

41 ( 37 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
42 ( 24 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
43 ( 54 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
44 ( 19 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
45 ( 33 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
46 ( 67 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
47 ( 42 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
48 ( 43 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
49 ( 44 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
50 ( 53 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond

51 ( 41 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
52 ( 48 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
53 ( NEW ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT The Alan Price Set
54 ( 57 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME HAS COME P.P. Arnold
56 ( 60 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
57 ( 46 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
58 ( 71 ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
59 ( 66 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
60 ( 64 ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison

61 ( 58 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
62 ( 40 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
63 ( 61 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
64 ( 51 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
65 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
66 ( 56 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
67 ( 61 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
68 ( 73 ) YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING The Temptations
69 ( 70 ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye
70 ( 47 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS Eric Burdon & The Animals
72 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Symbols
73 ( 74 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU The Young Rascals
74 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
75 ( NEW ) SIXTEEN TONS Tom Jones

My Retro June 1967 Charts

3rd June 1967

It was 50 years ago today…and also today as Sgt Pepper tops the UK charts in 2017. 

That gives me good reason to do what would have happened, had streaming been a thing back in the day, and have a Beatles invasion, led by the genius Macca ballad with roots in traditional melodic folk madrigals (apparently), the heart-rending She’s Leaving Home in at 1 for a 2nd chart-topper of the year. Gorgeous tune, just gorgeous. John’s psychedelic Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is in at 5, and his epic (with Paul) A Day In The Life at 14 Paul’s When I’m Sixty-Four in at 27 – frighteningly I have 4 and half years to go, having been a mere 9 at the time – George’s Indian-flavoured delight Within You Without You at 38, and John’s Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite at 45 and the Paul song Ringo-sung With A Little Help at 61. I make that 9 tracks in the 75, written by 3 group-members, and there are still a couple of other decent album tracks too.

Any other week would see kudos going to The Monkees new album Headquarters invading an already Monkees-busy chart, the only other band to have a Fab year to rival the Fabs in 1967, and by virtue of the TV show, many album tracks and B sides as familiar as the singles, and worthy too. The naughty-titled Mickey Dolenz song Randy Scouse Git (a catch-phrase of the time) had an Alternate Title in the UK, quirky and fun and in at 4, ahead of the Mike Nesmith song (the original TV version not the album version though, the latter has less oomph) at 7 You Just may Be The One. I think it’s telling that they didn’t need professional songwriters after all (by now they had won the battle with Don Kirshner who buggered off to create a REAL manufactured group who wouldn’t answer back – The Archies, who I also loved to bits). In at 42, it’s the closing credits song, Peter Tork’s co-written song, For Pete’s Sake. Just Davy Jones being the Ringo then!

In at 3, Stevie Wonder is still a teen, but no longer “Little” and his first classic Motown song, I Was Made To Love Her, just brilliant, making 4 out of the top 5 new and pushing down still-fresh greats. Traffic have a big climb into the 20, Cilla enters at 36 with a great drama ballad just ahead of her Bacharach Alfie song, as covered by Dionne, which makes a change from the other way around, as per more usual. Frankie Valli drops, but then again he also enters at 50 (featuring the “sound” of Frankie Valli, is the credit) with C’Mon Marianne, a song later covered by Donny Osmond, as per The Trems starting that British national pastime in the 70’s – hit covers of Four Seasons songs that is. That leaves another Smokey Robinson cover at 75, a 3rd entry of 1967 for Brenda & The Tabulations and a song made more famous by The Jackson 5 – Who’s Loving You.

1 ( NEW ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
3 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
4 ( NEW ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
5 ( NEW ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
7 ( NEW ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
9 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
10 ( 5 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

11 ( 9 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
12 ( 6 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
13 ( 16 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
14 ( NEW ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
15 ( 36 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
16 ( 21 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
17 ( 18 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
18 ( 10 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
19 ( 4 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
20 ( 13 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees

21 ( 30 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
22 ( 12 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
23 ( 7 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
24 ( 15 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
25 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
26 ( 11 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
27 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
28 ( 23 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
29 ( 14 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
30 ( 19 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

31 ( 24 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
32 ( 25 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
33 ( 26 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
34 ( 35 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
35 ( 29 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
36 ( NEW ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
37 ( 27 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
38 ( NEW ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
39 ( 33 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
40 ( 46 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

41 ( 40 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
42 ( NEW ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
43 ( 32 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
44 ( 38 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
45 ( NEW ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
46 ( 64 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
47 ( 22 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
48 ( 20 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
49 ( 58 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
50 ( 59 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine

51 ( NEW ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
52 ( 41 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
53 ( 31 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
54 ( 51 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
55 ( 43 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
56 ( 42 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
57 ( 48 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
58 ( 60 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
59 ( 47 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
60 ( 28 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich

61 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
62 ( 37 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
63 ( 65 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
64 ( 56 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
65 ( 69 ) WINDY The Association
66 ( 61 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
67 ( 75 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
68 ( 54 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
69 ( 70 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
70 ( 72 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy

71 ( 71 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
72 ( 45 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
73 ( 74 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
74 ( NEW ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations

10th June 1967

Stevie Wonder gets his first chart-topper, knocking off the Beatles from the summit in what for me is one of the great periods of music of all-time, quite frankly the entire top 7 should be topping my chart and the next 6 around 2 or 3. As if George Martin’s tasteful orchestration of She’s Leaving Home isn’t amazing enough, there’s an even better one at 6, new in for Nancy Sinatra’s James Bond theme You Only Live Twice, still the greatest Bond theme and her 3rd top 10 of the year. I have opted for the lushly orchestrated John Barry soundtrack version – the single version adapted by Lee Hazelwood is perfectly fine but the movie version is the definitive classic, as borrowed by Robbie for his equally fab Millennium. I saw Rob last week and he didn’t do it! Pah! Awesome though. Lee Hazelwood, meanwhile, pops in with that Johnny Cash/ June Carter rival version (both covers of a 1963 song) awaiting entry.

The Four Tops grab a 4th top 10 of 1967, which means the class Procol Harum song is just being outdone by tracks I love more, up to 10. The Fabs & Cilla both enter the top 21, keeping it scouse, as I was was at the time (at least in accent), with Vikki Carr and The Hollies (both tracks I loved at the time) making good moves into the 30. New at 33, a song I didn’t know then, but grew to love in the US hit version by Kim Carnes in 1980, it’s More Love by the amazing Smokey Robinson, with his miracles – 4 songs on the chart to boot, that’s rivalling Lennon & McCartney.

I saw Judith Durham perform The Olive Tree on the 50th anniversary tour of The Seekers, and was impressed so by the song and their concert I bought the CD hits collection in the foyer – which doesn’t have it on! Pah! Another track I knew from 90’s Florida hols pops in lower down for Jay & The Americans, a Kinks song I don’t know, ditto, and a Tommy Roe ditty that I would have loved had I heard it then (Dizzy was an actual obsession in 1969, the first record I ever bought).

1 ( 3 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
2 ( 1 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( NEW ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 7 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
8 ( 16 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
9 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
10 ( 13 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum

11 ( 14 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
12 ( 15 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
13 ( 17 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
14 ( 9 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
15 ( 8 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
16 ( 10 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
17 ( 11 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
18 ( 12 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
19 ( 27 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
20 ( 21 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison

21 ( 36 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
22 ( 18 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
23 ( 19 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
24 ( 20 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
25 ( 34 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
26 ( 22 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
27 ( 49 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
28 ( 40 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
29 ( 25 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
30 ( 46 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies

31 ( 23 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
32 ( 24 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
33 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
34 ( 38 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
35 ( 32 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
36 ( 33 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
37 ( 26 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
38 ( 31 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( 42 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
40 ( 45 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

41 ( 35 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
42 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
43 ( 37 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
44 ( 30 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
45 ( 28 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
46 ( 51 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
47 ( NEW ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
48 ( 44 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
49 ( 43 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
50 ( 39 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond

51 ( 41 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
52 ( 61 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
53 ( 65 ) WINDY The Association
54 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
55 ( 63 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
56 ( 54 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
57 ( 47 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
58 ( NEW ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
59 ( 67 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
60 ( 52 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro

61 ( 74 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
62 ( 48 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
63 ( 69 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
64 ( 55 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
65 ( 50 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
66 ( 70 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
67 ( 64 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
68 ( 66 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
69 ( 71 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
70 ( 56 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros

71 ( 73 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
72 ( NEW ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
73 ( NEW ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
74 ( 75 ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations
75 ( NEW ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe

17th June 1967

The Monkees are on top with a 4th chart-topper of the year, holding off Nancy Sinatra’s 3rd top 5. Highest new entry is the track that featured on the first album bought as a present for me (I requested Honey Come Back and got This Is Glen Campbell, an Australian compilation of the best tracks off his first 2 or albums) – Gentle On My Mind. Alison Krauss has just done a fab cover of it, which reinforces what a work of poetry it is, lyrically and melodically, deserving of all the awards.

In at 23, a track a fellow 60’s enthusiast recommended to me recently, and it’s pure 1967 and pure delight, Sagittarius is the act, well worth checking out. Big climb for Gene Chandler, 12 years before he debuted in my charts with Get Down. That was a very good disco track, this a wonderful soul ballad. Pink Floyd are back again, ditto Jefferson Airplane, snap for Sonny & Cher, and a 3rd Peaches & Herb of 1967. That leaves Boots Randolph’s version of the standard Temptation, very nice – he may be better known for his sax contributions to Elvis records – and Yakkety Sax, AKA the Benny Hill theme!

1 ( 3 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
2 ( 6 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
3 ( 2 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
4 ( 1 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
5 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 4 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
8 ( 8 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
9 ( 10 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
10 ( 12 ) PAPER SUN Traffic

11 ( 11 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
12 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
13 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
14 ( 21 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
15 ( 19 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
17 ( 14 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
18 ( 33 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
19 ( 16 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
20 ( 25 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension

21 ( 13 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
22 ( 27 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
23 ( 17 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
24 ( NEW ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
25 ( 18 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
26 ( 15 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
27 ( 22 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
28 ( 30 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
29 ( 24 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
30 ( 34 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles

31 ( 61 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
32 ( 23 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
33 ( 26 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
34 ( 28 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
35 ( 29 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
36 ( 47 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 39 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
38 ( 40 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
39 ( 58 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
40 ( 46 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli

41 ( 31 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
42 ( 35 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
43 ( 32 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
44 ( 36 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
45 ( 41 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 53 ) WINDY The Association
47 ( 52 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
48 ( 38 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
49 ( 37 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
50 ( 59 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

51 ( 43 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
52 ( 54 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
53 ( 42 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
54 ( 55 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
55 ( 48 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
56 ( 63 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
57 ( 49 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
58 ( 44 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 66 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
60 ( NEW ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

61 ( 56 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
62 ( 71 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
63 ( 72 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
64 ( 64 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
65 ( 51 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
66 ( NEW ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
67 ( 60 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
68 ( 73 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
69 ( 67 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
70 ( 74 ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations

71 ( 68 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
72 ( 75 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
73 ( NEW ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
74 ( NEW ) FOR YOUR LOVE Peaches and Herb
75 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph

 

24th June 1967

Nancy Sinatra gets her first solo chart-topper (hypothetically, as I haven’t done my 1966 charts yet) since Boots, and her 3rd in all, as the Fabs get 3 in the top 10 and Glen Campbell gets his first. Highest new entry is the ever-so MOR, yet lovely, Just Loving You. another kiddie fave of mine, both the song and Anita Harris, regular of kids TV and variety shows – not to mention Carry On Up The Khyber. A very familiar tune I didn’t know I knew is in at 26 for the Bar-Kays, Soulfinger popping up in The Blues Brothers but also used as a soundbed to many a radio link back in the day.

Another Bee Gees (obscure) goodie drops by, every one a winner in the 60’s for the Gibbs, as Lulu is literally beside herself with Let’s Pretend. Vanilla Fudge go heavy Supremes, while Ike & Tina & Gladys Knight scrape in. Gladys is back in Bournemouth tomorrow night, I may try and go again she was fab a year or 2 back.

1 ( 2 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
2 ( 1 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
3 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
6 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
8 ( 7 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
9 ( 10 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
10 ( 11 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles

11 ( 15 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
13 ( 8 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
14 ( 18 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 13 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
16 ( 24 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
17 ( 9 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
18 ( 16 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
19 ( NEW ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
20 ( 28 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies

21 ( 19 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
22 ( 22 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
23 ( 17 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
24 ( 21 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
25 ( 31 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
26 ( NEW ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
27 ( 30 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
28 ( 26 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
29 ( 27 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
30 ( 20 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension

31 ( 23 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 36 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
33 ( 25 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
34 ( 37 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
35 ( 40 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
36 ( 29 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
37 ( 39 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
38 ( 38 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
39 ( 33 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 56 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian

41 ( 60 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
42 ( 32 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
43 ( 46 ) WINDY The Association
44 ( 35 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
45 ( 42 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
46 ( 47 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
47 ( 50 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
48 ( 63 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
49 ( 41 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
50 ( 44 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops

51 ( 45 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
52 ( 34 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
53 ( 54 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
54 ( 43 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
55 ( 51 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
56 ( 49 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
57 ( 48 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
58 ( 55 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
60 ( 62 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers

61 ( 52 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
62 ( 53 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
63 ( 57 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
64 ( NEW ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
65 ( 68 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
66 ( 66 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
67 ( 64 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
68 ( 72 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
69 ( 75 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
70 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Vanilla Fudge

71 ( 71 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
72 ( 69 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
73 ( 73 ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
74 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
75 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips