My Retro October 1969 Charts

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Bruv, school uniform and our new Bedokville house – taken on his new budget camera

4th October 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for John Barry, and the Hollies go top 10 along with the 5th Dimension grabbing a 3rd or 4th top 10. Highest new entry is Stevie Wonder’s fab Yester-Me, shockingly just a minor us hit, but a uk smash and one of his great pre Talking Book Motown tracks. In at 22 Peter Paul and Mary are back with their best record – John Denver’s prophetic Leaving On A Jet Plane. This marked his emergence and their goodbye as music forces.

More Beatles invasions as Abbey Road takes over with Because and Ringo’s jolly Octopus get a look in and Come Together climbs to 46. Marsha Shaw follows where the 5th Dimension charted first with Californian Soul, Esther Ofarim gets a 3rd hit and her first solo effort with a Mason Williams song, the Five Stairsteps family return with another decent single, Mel and Tim debut, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also return with a Mike Nesmith song, Mike slso indide the 40 with one of his other songs, and the Nitty Gritty’s ahead of a starring role in movie Paint Your Wagon, out in a couple of weeks. Barry Ryan sneaks in at the lower end.

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 4 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
5 ( 3 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
6 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
7 ( 12 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 7
8 ( 8 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
9 ( 7 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
10 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension #10

11 ( 16 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 11
12 ( 10 ) MAYBE Betty Everett #10
13 ( 20 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 13
14 ( 9 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley #6
15 ( 11 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
16 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
17 ( 15 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
18 (NEW) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
19 ( 17 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
20 ( 19 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4

21 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
22 (NEW) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul and Mary
23 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 24
25 ( 29 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 25
26 ( 33 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 26
27 ( 28 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
28 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
29 ( 37 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 29
30 ( 25 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1

31 ( 22 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
32 ( 26 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
33 ( 27 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
34 ( 24 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
35 ( 47 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 35
36 ( 31 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
37 ( 38 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 37
38 ( 32 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
39 ( 44 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 39
40 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6

41 ( 49 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 41
42 ( 48 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 42
43 ( 39 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
44 ( 30 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
45 ( 42 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
46 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 46
47 ( 36 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
48 ( 56 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 48
49 ( 52 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 49
50 ( 61 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 50

51 ( 35 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
52 ( 41 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
53 ( 45 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
54 ( 63 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 54
55 ( 40 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27
56 ( 66 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 56
57 ( 57 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 57
58 ( 53 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
59 ( 69 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 59
60 ( 65 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 60

61 ( 64 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 61
62 ( 58 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
63 (NEW) BECAUSE The Beatles
64 ( 68 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 64
65 (NEW) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marsha Shaw
66 (NEW) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim
67 ( 71 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 67
68 ( NEW ) WE MUST BE IN LOVE The Five Stairsteps and Cubie
69 (NEW) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles
70 ( 74 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 70

71 ( 75 ) SHE BELONGS TO ME Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band # 71
72 (NEW) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel and Tim
73 (NEW) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
74 (NEW) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria
75 (NEW) THE HUNT Barry Ryan

And in the week, more or less, we settled into our new house at Bedokville…

Wot I liked Back Then:

1 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
4 ( 5 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
5 ( 6 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
6 ( 4 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

11th October 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for the gorgeous classy John Barry theme to Midnight Cowboy. You can compare how great it is by listening to the horrendously amateur cover version that hit the US top 10 in the coming weeks. Just awful. The Hollies reach anew post 1966 peak of 2 with He Ain’t Heavy – it did actually top my charts in 1988, but there’s some big new entries from another fave movie soundtrack on the way, so will it make the top first-time round? The Beatles leapfrog themselves a couple of times, as Something goes top 10, and Peter, Paul & Mary grab a top 20 along with a debut 20 for George Benson, and yet more for The Four Tops and The Archies.

Highest new entry is the one that Nilsson wrote for Midnight Cowboy, which was rejected along with Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay in favour of the admittedly brilliant Everybody’s Talking – still in the top 10 in it’s 2nd run – the fab I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City. Mike Nesmith gets a second simultaneous song in the 40 as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band shoot into the 40 ahead of their debut film appearance with a much lesser song about beans. In at 38, Junior Walker outdoes The Guess Who as These Eyes enters, showing what a great vocalist can do with a song – Junior was thought of mainly as a great sax player, so much so that the brilliant What Does It Take was passed over by Motown, but he was just as good a singer.

Creedence enter at 45 with the then-less-well-known side of the usual double-hit in the USA – the other side will join it shortly for about the 8th of the year – but Fortunate Son’s use in movies about Viet-Nam has given it a much higher profile these days, quite rightly. Carlos Santana makes an appearance as the 60’s start to become history, with Jingo – a 50’s song I didn’t know at the time, but became an 80’s hit for Jellybean – 5 years before I really noticed Santana with the fab Samba Pa Ti, and 30 years before they finally topped my chart with Smooth, the first of 2 chart-toppers.

Frank Sinatra is back, so’s Gladys Knight, and also Jose Feliciano, while a couple of ska staples pop in and Holland-Dozier-Holland get cracking on Hot Wax, their new label, with Honey Cone debuting at 75 with Girls It Ain’t Easy. So who have I got to see in concert in my chart this week? Glen Campbell, The Monkees, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys all multiple times, and one each for Macca & Ringo of The Fabs, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Bee Gees, The Chi-Lites, Santana, The Rolling Stones. Missed loads I wanted to catch though…

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 7 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 2
3 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
5 ( 5 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
6 ( 4 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
7 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
8 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
9 ( 13 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 9
10 ( 8 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8

11 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 11
12 ( 9 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
13 ( 18 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 13
14 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
15 ( 12 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
16 ( 22 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 16
17 ( 24 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 17
18 ( 15 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
19 ( 25 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
20 ( 26 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 20

21 ( 16 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
22 ( 17 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
23 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 29 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 24
25 ( 19 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
26 ( 35 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 26
27 ( 27 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
28 ( 20 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
29 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
30 ( NEW ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 30

31 ( 39 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 31
32 ( 37 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 32
33 ( 30 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
34 ( 32 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
35 ( 73 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 35
36 ( 28 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
37 ( 33 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
38 ( NEW ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 38
39 ( 46 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 39
40 ( 56 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 40

41 ( 31 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
42 ( 34 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
43 ( 36 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
44 ( 50 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 44
45 ( NEW ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 45
46 ( 38 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
47 ( 43 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
48 ( 63 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 48
49 ( 40 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
50 ( 54 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 50

51 ( 45 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
52 ( 41 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 41
53 ( 42 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 42
54 ( 44 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
55 ( 59 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 55
56 ( 60 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 56
57 ( 67 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 57
58 ( 52 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
59 ( 70 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 59
60 ( 69 ) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles # 60

61 ( 58 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
62 ( NEW ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 62
63 ( 66 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 63
64 ( 72 ) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel & Tim # 64
65 ( 53 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
66 ( 68 ) WE MUST BE IN LOVE The Five Stairsteps & Cubie # 66
67 ( 74 ) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria # 67
68 ( NEW ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( 75 ) THE HUNT Barry Ryan # 69
70 ( NEW ) FRIENDSHIP TRAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips # 70

71 ( NEW ) RETURN OF DJANGO The Upsetters # 71
72 ( NEW ) LONG SHOT KICK DE BUCKET The Pioneers # 72
73 ( NEW ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( NEW ) TAKE A LETTER MARIA R.B. Greaves # 74
75 ( NEW ) GIRLS IT AIN’T EASY Honey Cone # 75

RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 5 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
5 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 4 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
7 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

18th October 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Hollies classic He Ain’t Heavy… it may not be their absolute best track (that would be Bus Stop or Air That I Breathe) but it’s up there at a time when the Beatles aren’t even top 5! Just to rub Fabs salt into the wound pop rivals The Tremeloes shoot in at 4 with their best record (Call Me) Number One. The Beatles at least get 2 top 10’s from Abbey Road though they are being chased by Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and second-highest new entry They Call The Wind Maria (pronounced Mariah, as in the pop star who was named after the song) from the soundtrack to Paint Your Wagon, out this week. The film was a huge family fave back in 1970, dad bought the album, and recorded himself singing along to it – he easily keeps up with the amazing vocals of Harve Presnell, Broadway star and actor in TV such as Lois & Clark and movies like Saving Private Ryan. Dad coulda been a professional singer quite easily.

Maria is the showstopper of the film, but others enter lower down, the famous Wand’rin’ Star for Lee Marvin in at 32 a few months before it became a UK chart-topper, and a song that I could sing better – and that’s not easy, my singing voice is only marginally better than Marvin! At 55 The Gospel Of No Name City is the catchy singalong track of the movie, amusing and upbeat, while more chorus-oriented tracks pop in lower-down, including another Harve Presnell feature, and the intro to the film. Talking of songs from films – at 21 Bacharach/David give us the huge US B.J.Thomas smash Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid – I’ll be honest I was more familiar with (and loved) the Sacha Distel 1970 cover at the time, but thankfully I’ve seen the light and stick with the film version these days.

Reggae pops in courtesy of the great Jimmy Cliff at 48, and Harry J’s All Stars at 61, another Dusty track in a busy Dusty year – this time on an early Philly Soul track off a Gamble & Huff (& Thom Bell on this track) album out in the new year. Dusty should have credit for being ahead of the game, they dominated the early 70’s non-Northern Soul oldies disco scene until KC, Hues Corporation & Gloria Gaynor gave us Disco. Lastly, the Creedence A side appears after the B side, Marv Johnson returns with Motown, along with the Marv-Johnson-alettes (HHOK!) Motown, and Three Dog Night pop in withe second Laura Nyro cover in the charts, t’other The 5th Dimension.

1 ( 2 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
2 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
3 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
5 ( 4 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 5 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
7 ( 6 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
8 ( 9 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 8
9 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 13 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
13 ( 16 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
14 ( NEW ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 14
15 ( 8 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
16 ( 12 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
17 ( 10 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
18 ( 20 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 18
19 ( 24 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
20 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6

21 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 21
22 ( 15 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
23 ( 19 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
24 ( 26 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 24
25 ( 18 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
26 ( 30 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 26
27 ( 21 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
28 ( 22 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
29 ( 31 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
30 ( 35 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 30

31 ( 25 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
32 ( NEW ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 32
33 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
34 ( 38 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 34
35 ( 28 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
36 ( 40 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 36
37 ( 39 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
39 ( 48 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 39
40 ( 29 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14

41 ( 33 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
42 ( 34 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
43 ( 37 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
44 ( 44 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 44
45 ( 45 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 45
46 ( 32 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 32
47 ( 36 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
48 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 48
49 ( 59 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 49
50 ( 55 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 50

51 ( 47 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
52 ( 43 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
53 ( 46 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
54 ( 41 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
55 ( NEW ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 55
56 ( NEW ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 56
57 ( 57 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 57
58 ( 51 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
59 ( 60 ) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles # 59
60 ( 62 ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 60

61 ( NEW ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 61
62 ( 63 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 62
63 ( NEW ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 63
64 ( 64 ) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel & Tim # 64
65 ( 61 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
66 ( 42 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
67 ( 67 ) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria # 67
68 ( 68 ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( 56 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 56
70 ( NEW ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 70

71 ( NEW ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 71
72 ( NEW ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 72
73 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE CORNER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 73
74 ( NEW ) I MISS YOU BABY (HOW I MISS YOU) Marv Johnson # 74
75 ( NEW ) ELI’S COMING Three Dog Night # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
5 ( 6 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( 9 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( RE ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

25th October 1969

It’s a first week on top for yet another movie song – this time from Paint Your Wagon, but not the one you might think, this one is the Mariah-Carey-naming fab They Call The Wind Maria. The soundtrack, and this song especially, and the film, loomed large in our Singapore family lives back then. Wandrin’ Star meanwhile takes Lee Marvin into the 20 many months early, as he enters with yet another track also featuring Clint Eastwood, who should have taught Pierce Brosnan a lesson by going nowhere near a microphone to sing ever again, and also the great Ray Walston, childhood fave star of My Favourite Martian sitcom (and also South Pacific the movie).

Nilsson replaces himself in the 20, NItty Gritty Dirt Band replace The Monkees with another Mike Nesmith song, and Laura Nyro replaces Three Dog Night’s cover of Eli’s Coming in the 75 by entering with her own new-album-track Time And Love. Highest new entry is the debut classic hit for The Jackson 5 – starring young Michael, he of the jaw-dropping pre-pubescent vocals delivered with a maturity and style he had to work to achieve once his voice broke. As a kid he could soar effortlessy. I Want You Back, though, does feature Jermaine and the brothers, and obviously launched a major world star. At the time they were groovy black kids from the ghetto, pushed by Motown via Diana Ross’ TV special show, and they were on many a variety show aired in Singapore, not least Ed Sullivan. Diana Ross, meanwhile joins the Supremes for their goodbye single just before she went solo, and before Mary Wilson became the only remaining original member for their last 3 fab years of singles. I’ve seen Mary Wilson in concert, but not Diana Ross. Diana is finally headlining Glasto and coming out of semi-retirement to tour. Of course, she was totally lying, they have never gotten back together: Someday We’ll Be Together, as if!

Jimmy Cliff gets his first top 40, Shocking Blue enter with Venus, a European smash for the Dutch band that was not far from conquering the US, and the UK a little later, in 1970. Cards on the table, I love the Bananarama version more, but the original is still very good, and this week it was riding high in the Swiss top 10. Riding high in the Canadian top 10 was another future UK 1970 hit, getting them in early because my Chart Rule is, if it was available to buy somewhere – anywhere – it’s eligible for my “Streaming” version of 1969 charting: Terry Jacks as the creative force and member of The Poppy Family, and Which Way You Going Billy? In at 67 a full 4 and a bit years before Seasons In The Sun became a massive hit for him.

Clodagh’s back with a song I didn’t know at the time, but heard of in later years, and finally got to hear on CD compilation in the early 90’s, Biljo. The O’Jays are back with a track from the US Soul top 40 that has yet to pop up in the Hot 100 breakers, Branded Bad. Branded Good, I say, I was grooving along to the epic Love Train at my brothers 60th bash last weekend. By 1969 they’d already almost a decade of US singles success, albeit minor success. In at 72, Marty Wilde is back using his US pseudonym Shannon, and singing his own UK hit-song Jesamine (a hit for The Casuals that is), Nina Simone enters with future reggae classic Young, Gifted & Black, and errr in the Austrian top 10 this week, a little bubblegum ditty from a man who changed the course of popular music. Name of Giorgio. A little Papa Ooh Mow Mow-chorus-nicking bit of bubblegum named Looky Looky. It’s very catchy, and some might recognise the mini-background-hook in it. Most won’t, but it’s the same as the one Chicory Tip used on Good Grief Christina in 1973. Produced by a certain G. Moroder esq, following up their chart-topping synth-pioneering Son Of My Father. Yes there are synths on this song, albeit almost incidental background scenery towards the end. Took him another 8 years to get his own UK hit-single….

1 ( 14 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
3 ( 1 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
5 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 8 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
7 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
8 ( 10 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 8
9 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 6 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1

11 ( 11 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
13 ( 13 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
14 ( 21 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 14
15 ( 26 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 15
16 ( 18 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 16
17 ( 32 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 17
18 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
19 ( 15 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
20 ( 30 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 20

21 ( 16 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
22 ( 24 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 22
23 ( 17 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
24 ( 20 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
25 ( 34 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 25
26 ( 19 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
27 ( 36 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 27
28 ( 23 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
29 ( 37 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1

31 ( 28 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
32 ( 25 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
33 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 33
34 ( 31 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
35 ( 39 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 35
36 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
37 ( 22 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
38 ( 48 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 38
39 ( 45 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39
40 ( 49 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 40

41 ( 44 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 41
42 ( 35 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
43 ( 55 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 43
44 ( 41 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
45 ( 42 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
46 ( 43 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
47 ( 61 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 47
48 ( 70 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 48
49 ( 33 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
50 ( 63 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 50

51 ( 40 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
52 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 52
53 ( 56 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 53
54 ( 71 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 54
55 ( 38 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
56 ( 51 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
57 ( 47 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
58 ( 60 ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 58
59 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 59
60 ( 62 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 60

61 ( 50 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 50
62 ( 72 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 62
63 ( NEW ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 63
64 ( 58 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
65 ( 52 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
66 ( 53 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
67 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 67
68 ( 68 ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( NEW ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 69
70 ( NEW ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 70

71 ( NEW ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 71
72 ( NEW ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 73
74 ( NEW ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 74
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Gloria Taylor # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 4 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
5 ( 8 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
9 ( NEW ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
10 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes

My Retro September 1969 Charts

changi village 1970

Changi Village, Singapore, and the side of the road with the music shop on that I brought this from:

 

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6th August 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bobbie Gentry in the week my family left the UK, and my actual top fave track was In The Year 2525 (see shortening chart as I lose touch with new music). Dusty goes top 3 for the 2nd time, and The Temps get a second top 10. Nilsson takes Everybody’s Talking back into the 20 again after a mighty leap to 11, and The O’Jays get a first top 20. Elvis leaps into the 30 with Suspicious Minds and The Monkees unexpectedly extend their massive run of top 40 chart entries over a 3-year period as Good Clean Fun climbs fast and the B side enters at 67 – the highest new one. The A side is Mike Nesmith in country-swing, the B is Micky Dolenz in skat mode a la Randy Scouse Git.

James Brown gets his 2nd top 40, The Isley Brothers a 7th, as the Radha Krishna Temple enter, a Beatles-related off-the-wall UK hit, and one which I did get to hear at the time – a bit of a rarity. From this point on it’s safer to assume I didn’t get to hear them, and caught the big hits 5 years later on the Jimmy S*v*lle 5 Years Ago Sunday charts show rundown, and the minor ones probably just now! Andy Kim has Sugar, Sugar higher up, and some more Archies on the way, as he returns with another chart entry of his own: So Good Together at 71. Dionne Warwick covers the Righteous Brothers classic for some reason – it’s not in the same league, but pleasant enough – Sandie Shaw returns with the inspiration for a future Morrissey Smiths’ song, and rock-band Crow debut with a track that will be big in the USA in 1970. Never heard it before in my life.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 9 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 3
4 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
5 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
6 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
7 ( 11 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 7
8 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
9 ( 5 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
10 ( 10 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 10

11 ( 50 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 11
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
13 ( 12 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
14 ( 14 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
15 ( 13 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
16 ( 20 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
17 ( 16 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
18 ( 15 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
19 ( 19 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
20 ( 26 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20

21 ( 17 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
22 ( 23 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 22
23 ( 18 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
24 ( 46 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 24
25 ( 25 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
26 ( 27 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 26
27 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 27
28 ( 22 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
29 ( 21 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
30 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 30

31 ( 24 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
32 ( 28 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
33 ( 38 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 33
34 ( 35 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
35 ( 31 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
36 ( 43 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 36
37 ( 29 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
38 ( 64 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 38
39 ( 36 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
40 ( 56 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 40

41 ( 42 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 41
42 ( 30 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30
43 ( 37 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
44 ( 41 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
45 ( 59 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 45
46 ( 72 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 46
47 ( 52 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 47
48 ( 48 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
49 ( 32 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
50 ( 66 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 50

51 ( 65 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 40
53 ( 39 ) CURLY The Move # 39
54 ( 62 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 54
55 ( 71 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 55
56 ( 53 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
57 ( 67 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 57
58 ( 54 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
59 ( 68 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 59
60 ( 57 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1

61 ( 55 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
62 ( 69 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 62
63 ( 51 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
64 ( 61 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
65 ( 73 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 65
66 ( 70 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 66
67 ( NEW ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 67
68 ( 47 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
69 ( NEW ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 69
70 ( 49 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16

71 ( NEW ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 71
72 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 72
73 ( NEW ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 73
74 ( 74 ) I’LL BET YOU Funkadelic # 74
75 ( NEW ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 75

6th Sep Retro-Then

Snippets from my life that week: bought Adventure Comics 373 (Legion Of Super-Heroes) which was the second-most exciting thing of the week, after seeing the island of Gan in the Indian Ocean from the air, a tropical coral paradise of green in a sunny blue vast ocean, and then landing on the RAF stop-off in the VC-10. Hot, sunny, sherbet-orange drinks, giant fruit bats. Singapore was hot, humid. Very humid. The Cameron Hotel was a regular first stop-off for RAF families till they rented a house, I thought the Chinese ladies zipping about the place were girls cos they were as short as me. There were chit-chats everywhere (wall geckos catching insects). I found I am utterly lifelong irresistible – to mosquitos. Put me in a crowd of 100,000 and they can zero in on me and feast and I balloon and swell within seconds. Air-conditioning is a blessed relief on the equator. I felt shy and embarrassed at not being able to speak the local languages (though everyone spoke at least some English). Shark is tough to eat, and I was very uneasy about it being on the menu and never did it again (I was unaware what it was). I am vegetarian now and sharks are being decimated worldwide.

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 2 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
3 ( 3 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 14 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
5 ( 5 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 4 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 13 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 ( 9 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers

11 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
12 ( 11 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
14 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
15 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry

 

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swimming lessons RAF Changi

13th September 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for Bobbie Gentry as Dusty challenges at 2, Nilsson is back into the top 5 a year on from topping with Everybody’s Talking, and there is an Archies invasion of tracks from the first album I ever bought with my own money. That album was Everything’s Archie, it made the US charts, and my album was an Australian pressing in glorious stereo. It sounds really good on a record deck, was beautifully-produced with no frills – and all of the CD/download/streaming versions since have been pretty rubbish on the whole – guess nobody thinks it’s worthy of remastering. Hey ho it’s only my childhood. I bought it about a year later, actually, after getting obsessed with the Bicycles Rollerskates & You melody which got plugged on the TV show a lot (in at 40). I subsequently also went big on the tunefulness of Circle Of Blue, but the track that still bops and sounds freshest is You Little Angel, You.

The Monkees shoot up into the 20 for their 2nd of the year, Elvis gets his 3rd top 20 of the year, Isaac Hayes his first, and Je T’Aime at last finds a gap to jump up. In a very low week for new entries the highest is The 5th Dimension at 24 with yet another fab cover of a Laura Nyro song, Wedding Bell Blues, as recently covered by Morrissey – obviously as much a fan as me. Not one I knew at the time mind you, but I managed to get hold of a vinyl copy in 1975 in a Mansfield second-hand shop and grew to love it over the years. Peggy Lee pops in at 59 with her unusual and semi-depressing dark understated Is That All There Is. I’ve never been able to work out if it’s darkly whimsical or just very very dark, full-stop, since I first heard it back in the 90’s. Peggy, of course, was beloved of kids for her He’s A Tramp Disney and The Siamese Cat Song songs, including me.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
2 ( 3 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 2
3 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
4 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 4
5 ( 7 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
8 ( 6 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
9 ( 10 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
10 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1

11 ( 24 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 11
12 ( 22 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
13 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
14 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
15 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
16 ( 27 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 16
17 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17
18 ( 38 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 18
19 ( 15 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
20 ( 17 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1

21 ( 18 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
22 ( 36 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 22
23 ( 16 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
24 ( NEW ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 24
25 ( 21 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
26 ( 14 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
27 ( 20 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
28 ( 46 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 28
29 ( 33 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 29
30 ( 25 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1

31 ( 23 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
32 ( 19 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
33 ( 40 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 33
34 ( 34 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
35 ( 32 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
36 ( 45 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 36
37 ( 47 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 37
38 ( 41 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 38
39 ( 35 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
40 ( NEW ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 40

41 ( 28 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
42 ( 29 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
43 ( 39 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
44 ( 31 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
45 ( 50 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 45
46 ( 30 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 30
47 ( 51 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 47
48 ( 37 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
49 ( 44 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
50 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 50

51 ( 55 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 51
52 ( 65 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 52
53 ( 57 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 53
54 ( 59 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 54
55 ( 43 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
56 ( 42 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30
57 ( NEW ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 57
58 ( NEW ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 58
59 ( 66 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 59
60 ( 62 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 60

61 ( 56 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
62 ( 67 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 62
63 ( 58 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
64 ( 60 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
65 ( 69 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 65
66 ( 71 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 66
67 ( 72 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 67
68 ( 48 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
69 ( 73 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 69
70 ( NEW ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 70

71 ( 64 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
72 ( NEW ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 72
73 ( NEW ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 73
74 ( 75 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 74
75 ( NEW ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 75

RETRO THEN

In this actual week, it was week 2 in the Cameron Hotel and a trip to RAF Changi swimming pool. The handy guide provided by the RAF warned about burning in the equatorial sun. Sadly, my very young parents can’t have read it, as after an hour or two frollicking in the pool in the hot sun, me teaching myself to swim using a rubber ring for support (age 11!), we all started to invisibly burn. By the time we got home on the local bus it was becoming more obvious and ultimately became agony to move. The next few days was mostly spent lying on my stomach covered in soothing cream, in the aircon, and trying not to move. Talk about miserable!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
4 ( 15 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
5 ( 4 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
6 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
9 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
10 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan

11 ( 5 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
12 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( NEW ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
14 ( NEW ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
15 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

 

 

 

20th Sept 1969

It’s a first week on top for Dusty Springfield’s version of Barbara Ackland & Eugene Record’s song, her second chart-topper, and it shows Dusty singing in a different register which works beautifully. Highest new entry at 4 is the original Na Na Hey Hey from Steam later covered to lesser effect by actual Nana’s – Bananarama in 1983 did a good attempt though. Elvis gets his 3rd top 10 of 1969 and The Isley Brothers get a second (and again with an older Motown track).

Betty Everett climbs healthily into the 20, Maybe, and it’s another quiet week for new entries with Tommy James adding to his lengthy list at 70 – great Ball Of Fire! Johnny Cash enters with Rhythm after his Sue ended up not even getting as high as 72, and The Archies try to get every track on their second album on the list: Hot Dog! Hot Dog was a big ol’ dog named Hot Dog in the comic book and TV show and got plugged quite a bit.


1 ( 2 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
2 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
4 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 4
5 ( 3 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
6 ( 11 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
7 ( 22 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
8 ( 5 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
10 ( 8 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1

11 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
12 ( 28 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 12
13 ( 10 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
14 ( 16 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
15 ( 24 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 15
16 ( 9 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
17 ( 18 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 17
18 ( 12 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
19 ( 13 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
20 ( 14 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5

21 ( 19 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
22 ( 20 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
23 ( 21 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
24 ( 15 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
25 ( 29 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
26 ( 17 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17
27 ( 36 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27
28 ( 33 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
29 ( 40 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 29
30 ( 23 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16

31 ( 25 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
32 ( 37 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 32
33 ( 38 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 33
34 ( 30 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
35 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
36 ( 26 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
37 ( 35 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
38 ( 31 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
39 ( 45 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 39
40 ( 50 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 40

41 ( 32 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
42 ( 58 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 42
43 ( 34 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 34
44 ( 39 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
45 ( 51 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 45
46 ( 47 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 46
47 ( 43 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
48 ( 41 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
49 ( 57 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 49
50 ( 53 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 50

51 ( 49 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
52 ( 52 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 52
53 ( 54 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 53
54 ( 42 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
55 ( 44 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
56 ( 59 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 56
57 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 57
58 ( 62 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 58
59 ( 65 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 59
60 ( 48 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8

61 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ Dionne Warwick # 61
62 ( 60 ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 60
63 ( 69 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 63
64 ( 70 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 64
65 ( 72 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 65
66 ( 66 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 66
67 ( 74 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 67
68 ( 61 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
69 ( 73 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 69
70 ( NEW ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 70

71 ( 63 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
72 ( NEW ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 72
73 ( NEW ) HOT DOG The Archies # 73
74 ( 75 ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 74
75 ( NEW ) MIND, BODY AND SOUL The Flaming Ember # 75

Back in Singapore for the third week there and we were house-hunting to rent and move out of the Hotel. Our new friends the Marshalls found one in Bedokville and the new-builds there looked like pure middle-class Americana suburbs to me. The house next door to them was vacant and it had 4 bedrooms. It seemed like a mansion. Then there was school to think of. It had already started and I was about to start at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern, which involved a Ghari (white RAF bus) ride to the north side of the island, school uniform khaki shorts and white short-sleeved shirt. Everything was new and an adventure…

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 9 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 8 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
5 ( 2 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 13 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
8 ( 7 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
9 ( 10 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
10 ( 14 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass

11 ( 5 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
12 ( 11 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
13 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( NEW ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
15 ( NEW ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash

 

27th September 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the John Barry brilliant instrumental movie theme, which took 11 years to chart in the UK – better late then never. John Barry had a host of fab stuff earlier in the 60’s, not least his Bond stuff, and would be back before too long. That’s not all, Glen Campbell gets his 3rd top 5 of the year with the fab Try A Little Kindness, not Jimmy Webb, shock horror, while The Monkees get an unexpected last gasp top 10 for quite a while – as in decades. Betty Everett also gets a first top 10. And last!

In at 12 it’s the Hollies classic which topped my chart (& the UK chart) in 1988 belatedly, Abbey Road is 50 years old, and topping the UK album charts again, giving me an excuse to chart the best tracks off it, headed by Here Comes The Sun – now far and away the most-streamed Beatles track, the most-charted in the 21st century, and the one that most-appeals to the younger generation. George Harrison has the other big new entry with Something, while Paul and John have to make do with lower-down positions.

Mama Cass is in with future Paloma Faith popular advert seller, Make Your Own Kind Of Music, Fleetwood Mac with future Oh Well hit cover in the 90’s, Phil Specter is still pushing Sonny Charles & Co with a good cover of Creedence’s Proud Mary, and Rick Nelson is back with a cover of a Dylan song.


1 ( NEW ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 1 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
4 ( 4 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 4
5 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
7 ( 5 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
8 ( 17 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
9 ( 6 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
10 ( 12 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10

11 ( 7 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
12 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 12
13 ( 15 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 13
14 ( 9 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
15 ( 10 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
16 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 16
17 ( 13 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
18 ( 8 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
19 ( 11 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 20

21 ( 14 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
22 ( 16 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
23 ( NEW ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 29 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
25 ( 22 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
26 ( 23 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
27 ( 21 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
28 ( 32 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 28
29 ( 39 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 29
30 ( 18 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12

31 ( 19 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
32 ( 20 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
33 ( 40 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 33
34 ( 24 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
35 ( 25 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
36 ( 28 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
37 ( 42 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 37
38 ( 45 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 38
39 ( 34 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
40 ( 27 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27

41 ( 30 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
42 ( 37 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
43 ( 57 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 43
44 ( 49 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 44
45 ( 38 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
46 ( 33 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 33
47 ( NEW ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 47
48 ( 50 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 48
49 ( 52 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 49
50 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 17

51 ( 44 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
52 ( 53 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 52
53 ( 47 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
54 ( 46 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 46
55 ( 56 ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 55
56 ( 59 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 56
57 ( 58 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 57
58 ( 51 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
59 ( 35 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
60 ( 41 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19

61 ( 65 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 61
62 ( 63 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISSING HIM NOW Sandie Shaw # 62
63 ( 64 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 63
64 ( 66 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 64
65 ( 67 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 65
66 ( NEW ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 66
67 ( 31 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
68 ( 69 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 68
69 ( 70 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 48 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5

71 ( 72 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 71
72 ( 36 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 73
74 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 74
75 ( NEW ) SHE BELONGS TO ME Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band # 75

Back in Singapore…I was at school, and making new friends, notably bestie Stephen Game who was cool and got me in with the lads, literal hot fun running round the school grounds in equatorial sun playing tag. Sweaty days!

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 4 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
4 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 ( 7 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 10 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
7 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 8 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
9 ( 14 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
10 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

11 ( 11 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
12 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
13 ( 15 ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
14 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y.D.O.O) The Archies
15 ( NEW ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin

My Retro March 1969 Charts

1st March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Bee Gees in a static top 8, more or less, due to the sheer classicness, though The Beach Boys shoot up to 9, and Colin Blunstone gets a second top 10 of the year. Highest new entry, as usual when they have a new single out, is Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and their final release in a 3-year-run (and more) of under-appreciated varied pop dramas, in at 16. Booker T & The MG’s also enter high with their Johnny Walker lunchtime Top 30 rundown instrumental backing, & The Tempts have an old Motown reissue beating out their new stuff.

Mama Cass does a slightly-more uptempo cover of Harmony Grass’ Move In A Little Closer – and I have to say the version I know best is Mama’s as it was on the budget albums I bought in 1974 and played to death. Jazzrock classic You’ve Made Me So Very Happy also goes top 40, while lower down newies from The Hollies keep the run of hits going for another year, Sorry Suzanne was a fave of the time, Gene Pitney still good with Maria Elena, The Chambers Brothers Slytastic flop Are You Ready (much better than their big hit, I think), Gary Puckett being Gary Puckett, Paul Anka covering 3-time Five Satins 1956 hit, and future BoyzIIMen acapella cover hit in the States, In The Still Of The Night, & Monkees songwriters Boyce & Hart release the theme song to the successful campaign to reduce the voting age to 18.

Meanwhile, wot I liked in 1969 at 11 years old is quite a bit different from how I feel about them 50 years later in quite a few cases…..

1 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
2 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers ( peak 1 )
3 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell ( peak 3 )
4 ( 5 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension ( peak 4 )
5 ( 4 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner ( peak 4 )
6 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt ( peak 1 )
7 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner ( peak 1 )
8 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe ( peak 1 )
9 ( 32 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys ( peak 9 )
10 ( 12 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone ( peak 10 )

11 ( 16 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison ( peak 11 )
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin ( peak 9 )
13 ( 11 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone ( peak 8 )
14 ( 10 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips ( peak 10 )
15 ( 13 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
16 ( NEW ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich ( peak 16 )
17 ( 24 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield ( peak 17 )
18 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan ( peak 18 )
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye ( peak 1 )
20 ( 15 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas ( peak 7 )

21 ( 14 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ( peak 5 )
22 ( 19 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac ( peak 2 )
23 ( 20 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies ( peak 4 )
24 ( 22 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan ( peak 1 )
25 ( 21 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren ( peak 9 )
26 ( 29 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black ( peak 26 )
27 ( 18 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass ( peak 18 )
28 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s ( peak 28 )
29 ( 25 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell ( peak 1 )
30 ( 37 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair ( peak 30 )

31 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations ( peak 31 )
32 ( 26 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies ( peak 4 )
33 ( 35 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw ( peak 33 )
34 ( 31 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick ( peak 18 )
35 ( 39 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles ( peak 35 )
36 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees ( peak 36 )
37 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass ( peak 37 )
38 ( 30 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move ( peak 2 )
39 ( 34 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett ( peak 16 )
40 ( 54 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears ( peak 40 )

41 ( 27 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps ( peak 27 )
42 ( 52 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard ( peak 42 )
43 ( 40 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 1 )
44 ( 56 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles ( peak 44 )
45 ( 28 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson ( peak 28 )
46 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies ( peak 46 )
47 ( 55 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant ( peak 47 )
48 ( 38 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits ( peak 6 )
49 ( 60 ) HAIR The Cowsills ( peak 49 )
50 ( 46 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South ( peak 7 )

51 ( 45 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture ( peak 2 )
52 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers ( peak 3 )
53 ( 64 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers ( peak 53 )
54 ( 43 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann ( peak 5 )
55 ( 33 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 29 )
56 ( 57 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs ( peak 56 )
57 ( 41 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits ( peak 26 )
58 ( 68 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone ( peak 58 )
59 ( NEW ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney ( peak 59 )
60 ( 71 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge ( peak 60 )
61 ( 51 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics ( peak 5 )

62 ( 69 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros ( peak 62 )
63 ( NEW ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson ( peak 63 )
64 ( 73 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas ( peak 64 )
65 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers ( peak 65 )
66 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles ( peak 1 )
67 ( 72 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield ( peak 67 )
68 ( 74 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ( peak 68 )
69 ( 44 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites ( peak 44 )
70 ( 50 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder ( peak 50 )

71 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium ( peak 42 )
72 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap ( peak 72 )
73 ( NEW ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka ( peak 73 )
74 ( NEW ) MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY The Spiral Staircase ( peak 74 )
75 ( NEW ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ( peak 75 )

1st Mar Retro-Then

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 2 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
5 ( 6 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 11 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
10 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 10 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
16 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 ( 16 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
18 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

 

8th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for Glen Campbell’s classic Jimmy Webb song, the third in the trilogy of sweeping Americana, and all 3 chart-toppers. In 2 and a half years of retro charting, Glen has had 13 chart entries – with loads still to come virtually till the day he died. The 5th Dimension beat their previous chart peak of 4 (Stoned Soul Picnic), Dave Dee & co get a 5th top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, and Bob & Earl enter at 10 with the classic Harlem Shuffle. Younger folk expect to hear Jump Around from that intro, a good record but not AS good as Bob & Earl – for an example of how good it is you only need refer to the Rolling Stones pedestrian cover version by way of comparison.

Mama Cass equals Harmony Grass in getting Move In A Little Closer top 20, her 5th of 13 “hits” including Mamas & Papas, while Ray Stevens is back – his 4th entry, but his first reversion back to his earlier (pre-charting) comedy record era – Gitarzan is just great good-natured fun, maybe not endlessly playable, but then novelty records pall quickly on repetition. I’ve never got bored with this one, though, since I bought his Greatest Hits in 1975. At 57, the classy Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine bring their early 60’s ballad back into the charts (so many oldies!), while Gary Lewis returns from his time away in Vietnam after being drafted, with a very good cover of Rhythm Of The Rain – probably with a vocal assist, given the rubbish result when he insisted doing lead vocal without overdubbing. Obviously being the son of Jerry Lewis meant nothing to the Draft Board unless you could pay for a doctor to sign you unfit with Bone-spurs….

In at 52, it’s Eurovision time, Lulu gets the chalice, and I recall watching the 6 songs that were voted for. I think I liked Boom Bang-A-Bang best, though it’s all a little hazy – Poor young Elton John/Bernie Taupin failed to win the vote with I Can’t Go On Living Without You (a better song, probably). Still they did better than Lloyd-Webber/Rice’s King Herod’s Song (with different lyrics) which didn’t make the final 6. Back in those days quality songwriters lined-up to write our entries. These days a dustman can throw one together cos hit production-line songwriters haven’t got time to take away from lucrative collabs with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Adele & the rest.

My Way enters for ol’ Blue Eyes. As my preference has always been for Nancy, you don’t have to worry about this rattling around my charts for the next 3 years, like the UK charts. Phew! It might be his signature tune, and I liked it a lot at the time, but it’s nowhere near his best record. It is great for fab singers to show off their pipes in karaoke bars though. Grazing In The Grass, a vocal version this time, outdoes Hugh Masekela’s peak of 70, from The Friends Of Distinction, It’s Only Love (yet another future Elvis hit cover) debuts for B.J. Thomas – his 3rd – and King Curtis impressively involves an Allman Brother for his instrumental cover of the still-charting Joe South song.

It’s a 9th entry for Tommy James & co, Sweet Cherry Wine not one I’m that familiar with actually, Jackie Wilson gets another Eugene Record Chi-Lites gift, and Vikki Carr covers Billy Vera’s With Pen In Hand which peaked at 45 in 1968 here. The Foundations get another entry, good but no Buttercup or Baby Now That…and that concludes the spiel!

1 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
2 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
3 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 3
4 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
5 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
6 ( 16 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 6
7 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 11 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
10 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 10

11 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
12 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
13 ( 18 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 10 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
15 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
16 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
17 ( 13 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
18 ( 31 ) GET READY The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
20 ( 37 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 28 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 21
22 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
23 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 19 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
25 ( 35 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 25
26 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
27 ( 24 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
28 ( 22 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
29 ( 23 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
30 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30

31 ( 21 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
32 ( 26 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
33 ( 25 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
34 ( 29 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
36 ( 42 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 36
37 ( 44 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
39 ( 46 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 39
40 ( 32 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

41 ( 34 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
42 ( 33 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
43 ( NEW ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 43
44 ( 53 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 44
45 ( 38 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
46 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 46
47 ( 49 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 47
48 ( 43 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
49 ( 59 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 49
50 ( 47 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant # 47

51 ( 39 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett # 16
52 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 52
53 ( 65 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 53
54 ( 58 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 60 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 55
56 ( 52 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
57 ( NEW ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 57
58 ( 41 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps # 27
59 ( 64 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
60 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 60

61 ( 63 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 61
62 ( 50 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South # 7
63 ( 51 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture # 2
64 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 64
65 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 65
66 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 66
67 ( 68 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 67
68 ( 72 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 68
69 ( 73 ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka # 69
70 ( 75 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 70

71 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 71
72 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 73
74 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) WITH PEN IN HAND Vikki Carr # 75

(# = peak position)

RETRO THEN

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
5 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
9 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
10 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

11 ( 5 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
13 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 9 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
15 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
16 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
17 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 15 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
20 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

 

16th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for The 5th Dimension, their first chart-topper, with the Hair Medley, as the title song becomes the 3rd song from the musical to go top 30 for The Cowsills. Highest new entry is in at 10 for Desmond Dekker, outdoing 007 in fell swoop as his famous ska classic out-performs new entries from Stevie Wonder (My Cherie Amour, a fave of mine at the time, as was Desmond’s) and The Who’s Tommy single Pinball Wizard, at 25 and 34 respectively. It’s The Who’s 3rd top 40, and Stevie’s 4th. Pinball Wizard would be back in 1973 for the New Seekers, and top my charts in 1976 for Elton John’s single from the film of Tommy, platform shoes galore.

Both Ray Stevens gets a 3rd top 40 with Gitarzan and The Isley Brothers a 4th with It’s Your Thing. The Trems return with Hello World, their 9th chart entry, as The Flying Burrito Brothers debut with a future Elvis Costello cover. Lulu enters with her Elton John song that failed to get voted in to be the UK entry for Eurovision, and Les Troubadours (etc) sneak in with a song that couldnt in a million years ever chart in these 2-dimensional chart days, yet sold enough after appearing in the film If…., the counter-culture X-Rated Palm D’Ors winner at Cannes. Set in a public school, I remember seeing it for the first time late one evening in the mid-70’s when this track came on. I knew the tune, but didn’t know I knew the tune – if you know what I mean. I got hold of it on a budget “Hits of 1968” vinyl album soon after and it clicked. So what is it? It’s a 1958 Katanga province vocal version and African-styled musical version of a Latin mass originating from the Missa Luba, a Democratic Republic Of Congo religious piece written by Father Guido Haazen, a Belgian Franciscan friar. So now you know….!

 

1 ( 3 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
2 ( 1 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
5 ( 4 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
6 ( 8 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
7 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 7
8 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
9 ( 7 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
10 ( NEW ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 10

11 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
12 ( 11 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
13 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 12 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
15 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
17 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
18 ( 14 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
19 ( 25 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
20 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 20

21 ( 19 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
22 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
23 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
25 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 25
26 ( 22 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
27 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
28 ( 47 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 28
29 ( 37 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1

31 ( 43 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
32 ( 39 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 32
33 ( 36 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
34 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 34
35 ( 34 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 29 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
37 ( 57 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 37
38 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
39 ( 44 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 28 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2

41 ( 46 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 41
42 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
43 ( 49 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 52 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 44
45 ( 30 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
46 ( 31 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
47 ( 55 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 47
48 ( 32 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
49 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 49
50 ( 40 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

51 ( 33 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
52 ( 53 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 52
53 ( 48 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
54 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 41 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
56 ( 45 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
57 ( 67 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 57
58 ( 60 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 58
59 ( 61 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 64 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
62 ( 66 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 62
63 ( 65 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 63
64 ( 56 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
65 ( 59 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
66 ( NEW ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 66
67 ( 68 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( 70 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 68
69 ( 73 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 71 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 70

71 ( 72 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 71
72 ( NEW ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( 42 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
74 ( 74 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GO ON LIVING WITHOUT YOU Lulu # 75

wot I liked that week then


1 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
4 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 12 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
7 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 10 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
9 ( 4 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 15 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies

11 ( 8 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( 9 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
16 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

 

22nd March 1969

It’s a brand new entry in at 1 for Simon & Garfunkel getting their first, but not last, chart-topper with the epic, moody story-song brilliance that is The Boxer. I learnt the words by heart, and it sets up one of the greatest albums of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water) quite nicely bearing in mind the B side is also new in at 27, the jolly Baby Driver. Our neighbours in Singapore a year or so later, The Overtons, loaned us the album so I could record my fave tracks onto reel-to-reel, and I eventually bought it in 1976 and played it to death.

The Who get a might Tommy climb into the top 10, Stevie Wonder & The Cowsills add to their top 20 list, and The Trems get a high climb to 30, leaving the highest new entry that isn’t a Paul Simon song to Clodagh Rodgers debut hit Come Back & Shake Me at 40, one of two female vocal pop songs I was mad on in April of that year: t’other one is yet to enter. Kenny Young wrote the song, he of Captain Of Your Ship, Under The Boardwalk, and future hits for Fox and Yellow Dog, among many. The Ronettes enter with a future 1972 chart hit for The Pearls – You Came You Saw You Conquered, was one Fluff Freeman plugged on his chart show quite a bit (I recorded the shows in those days, at least in part), and I never knew it was a Ronettes Phil Spector song. Well, he’s on the credits at any rate, more likely it was written by the others: Toni Wine & Irwin Levine. Toni had co-written Groovy Kind Of Love, was about to join The Archies (that’s her singing on Sugar Sugar). She & Irwin went on to write Black Pearl, Candida & What Are You Doing Sunday for Dawn. Toni sang on Knock Three Times too, before they grabbed some backing singers for the rest of their chart career.

Andy Williams beats out the slower Petula Clark version of Happy Heart. Always a bit of a catchy tune that one. James Last wrote it. I’m not kidding! At 63 Johnny Thunder enters with a song I have never heard before, I’m Alive is fuzzy aggressive funkrock, and rather good, Shirley MacLaine & Sammy Davis Jr both enter with tracks from the Sweet Charity film soundtrack, I regularly have seen the movie clips in a Gran Canaria bar called Centre Stage over the last 15 years. Debbie Taylor debuts with another newie to me, a decent soul ballad, The Marbles get a soundalike follow-up, another Brothers Gibb song, and again Graham Bonnet on vocal. Finally lowest newie is Canadian band The Guess Who. Who? Better known as half of Bachman-Turner Overdrive these days (Randy Bachman).


1 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 1 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
5 ( 7 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
7 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
8 ( 10 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 8
9 ( 34 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 9
10 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6

11 ( 8 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
12 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
13 ( 11 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
14 ( 15 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
16 ( 25 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 16
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
18 ( 20 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
19 ( 28 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

21 ( 14 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
22 ( 16 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
23 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
24 ( 21 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
25 ( 18 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
26 ( 19 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
27 ( NEW ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 27
28 ( 32 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 22 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
30 ( 49 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 30

31 ( 27 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
32 ( 24 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
33 ( 26 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
34 ( 30 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
35 ( 29 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
36 ( 37 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 36
37 ( 39 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
38 ( 44 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 38
39 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
40 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 40

41 ( 35 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
42 ( 31 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
43 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 33 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
45 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 45
46 ( 62 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 46
47 ( 57 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 47
48 ( NEW ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 48
49 ( 36 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
50 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 50

51 ( 52 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
53 ( 38 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
54 ( 42 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
55 ( 63 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 55
56 ( 66 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 56
57 ( 58 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 57
58 ( NEW ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 58
59 ( 59 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 60 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 53 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
62 ( 45 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
63 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 63
64 ( NEW ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 64
65 ( 48 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
66 ( 69 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 66
67 ( 67 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 68
69 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 69
70 ( 50 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

71 ( 46 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
72 ( 72 ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 73
74 ( NEW ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 74
75 ( 56 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2

Then charts wot I liked
1 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
3 ( 10 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
6 ( 8 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
9 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
16 ( 15 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations
19 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
20 ( 17 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys

 

29th March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Boxer as the B side drives up 12 for Simon & Garfunkel, and Harlem Shuffle moves into runners-up. Highest new entry is the track I was mad on for at least the whole of April 1969, more than any other record about, Mary Hopkin’s 2nd hit, and a gift of a song from Paul McCartney – Goodbye is a record I managed to buy 8 years later, on Apple Records – and in at 9. Desmond Dekker is top 5, and Stevie Wonder top 10, Clodagh Rodgers being a sizeable leap up to 20.

Johnny Nash’s reggae cover of Sam Cooke brings Cupid straight into the 40, while The Ronettes, The Foundations, Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations, Don Partridge & Gene Pitney all find a gap at last to enter the 40. Only The Ronettes are debuts as acts (though they would have topped with Be My Baby, had my charts started earlier). In at 43, it’s another great pop soul song better-known in a later cover – by The Carpenters – the fab Hurting Each Other for Ruby & The Romantics, one-time Our Day Will Come hitsters.

The late great Scott Walker is back with his great version of If You Go Away, 5 years ahead of Terry Jack’s very breathless cover hit, while Percy Sledge returns with Ronnie Milsapp’s Any Day Now, a great song which was tucked away on the B Side of the 2nd single I ever bought (In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley) and one I played to death from September 1969 onwards in Singapore. Elvis’ version is way better, though this one is nice.

Sly & The family Stone & Martha & The Vandellas both knock their current hits out my chart in favour of new ones, The Equals return with Eddy Grant’s slipper-tree. I’ve no idea what that is. Junior Walker is also running back, while there are debuts for some 70’s stalwarts – James Taylor, he of the low-key singer-songwriter folkie with the eyes girls went for, enters with Carolina In My Mind; Tony Orlando, one-time Bless You 60’s popster, and future Dawn headliner, is in with I Was A Boy under a fake name (shades of Colin Blunstone!) and lastly John Stewart, songwriter of Daydream Believer, enters with July You’re A Woman, the original of the less-good Pat Boone version charting in April in the USA. A decade later John’d strike chart Gold.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 5 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
3 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
4 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
5 ( 8 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 5
6 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
9 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 9
10 ( 16 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 7 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
12 ( 27 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 12
13 ( 10 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
14 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
16 ( 11 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
17 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
18 ( 15 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
19 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 40 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 20

21 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
22 ( 30 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 22
23 ( 17 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
24 ( 48 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 24
25 ( 21 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
26 ( 24 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 22 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
28 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 38 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 29
30 ( 20 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

31 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
32 ( 25 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
33 ( 36 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 33
34 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
35 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
36 ( 34 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
37 ( 45 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
38 ( 47 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 38
39 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 39
40 ( 46 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 40

41 ( 26 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
42 ( 29 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
43 ( NEW ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 43
44 ( 33 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
45 ( 41 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 46
47 ( 55 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 47
48 ( 39 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
49 ( 37 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
50 ( 58 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 32 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
52 ( 63 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 52
53 ( 74 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 53
54 ( 57 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 54
55 ( 35 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
56 ( 64 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 56
57 ( 49 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
58 ( 68 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 58
59 ( 69 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 59
60 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 60

61 ( 52 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
62 ( 66 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 62
63 ( 44 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
64 ( 61 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
65 ( 51 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
66 ( 73 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 66
67 ( NEW ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 68
69 ( 42 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
70 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 70

71 ( NEW ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 71
72 ( NEW ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 72
73 ( NEW ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 74
75 ( NEW ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 17 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 2 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 15 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 5 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 8 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
10 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 6 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
15 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash
16 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations
17 ( 16 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
18 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
19 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
20 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

My Retro February 1969 Charts

23rd February 1969

It’s the 4th chart-topper for The Bee Gees, and the 4th chart-topper in 4 weeks as the number of classic records keep on coming at a frantic pace. First Of May follows Massachussets, World and I Started A Joke to pole position. Highest new entry is The Fifth Dimension, in at 5 with another song for the musical Hair, or rather a medley of songs, as the band take a break from Laura Nyro and Jimmy Webb songs to even greater effect. Esther Phillips gets a first top 10.

Noel Harrison enters with his virtually-spoken-word rendition of Windmills Of Your Mind, the Oscar-winning Michel Legrand song used in a film I saw at the time (Mum was a huge Steve McQueen fan) The Thomas Crown Affair, and a record that a was a huge fave at the time for me. Legrand was a prolific movies score composer, notably Summer Of ’42, Harrison was the son of Rex Harrison, of My Fair Lady & Doctor Doolittle fame, and the song was later beautifully covered by Dusty Springfield, who enters with the A side of the already charting B side at 72, both from her forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis.

The Beach Boys cover I Can Hear Music enters at 32, a cover of The Ronettes 1963 Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich song. Spector has 2 in the top 4, production-wise, and Barry & Greenwich also wrote River-Deep Mountain High among loads of classic. By this time Jeff was working solo, or with others, and churning out most of The Archies notable singles, including Sugar Sugar – due later in the year. The Beach Boys actually recorded it in 1966 but by 1969 Brian had fallen into mental illness, and the rest of the band weren’t quite in the same league creatively – most of, but not all, of the time.

At 39, the first of two tracks from the Yellow Submarine soundtrack, the Beatles movie that left me feeling a bit weird when I saw it, I wasn’t keen on the animation style and the plot, though I loved the music and some of the accompanying visuals. I’ve yet to buy the album, as most of the tracks I have elsewhere – except the two entering this week. One of Cliff’s Eurovision-style singles calls in for some Good Times at 52, Roger’s Cook & Greenaway well into their hit-making phase – see Engelbert’s track adjacent for another – and not long before Blue Mink became a thing for Cook, but after David & Jonathan (both Roger’s) had ceased to be a thing.

The Isley Brothers get a 3rd track on the chart, but with an actual current track this time, the funky contemporary-sounding It’s Your Thing, which sounded very like a later Banana Splits track featured on their show. Not Tra La La! Jamo Thomas enters with a future minor hit for The Untouchables 16 years on as the US belatedly gets into ska/mod music, Diana, Supremes, Tempts all replace themselves in the 75 as the big hit drops out, and Gladys with her Pips take anchor slot.

1 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 4 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
4 ( 6 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
5 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension
6 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
7 ( 5 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 7 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
9 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 13 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips

11 ( 8 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
12 ( 19 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
13 ( 11 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
14 ( 10 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
16 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
19 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 17 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies

21 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
22 ( 18 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
23 ( 50 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan
24 ( 36 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
25 ( 22 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
26 ( 21 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
27 ( 33 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
28 ( 30 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
29 ( 37 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
30 ( 23 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move

31 ( 25 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
32 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
33 ( 29 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
34 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
35 ( 43 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
36 ( 39 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
37 ( 40 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair
38 ( 24 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
39 ( NEW ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles
40 ( 35 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 26 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
42 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 28 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
44 ( 46 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
45 ( 38 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
46 ( 34 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
47 ( 31 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
48 ( 44 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
49 ( 54 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
50 ( 57 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

51 ( 41 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
52 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
53 ( 45 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
54 ( 69 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
55 ( 59 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
56 ( NEW ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles
57 ( 68 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
58 ( 65 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
59 ( 66 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
60 ( 71 ) HAIR The Cowsills

61 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
63 ( 55 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
64 ( NEW ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers
65 ( 58 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 70 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
67 ( 47 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
68 ( 72 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
69 ( 73 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
70 ( 74 ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx

71 ( 75 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge
72 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas
74 ( NEW ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) DIDN’T YOU KNOW (YOU’D HAVE TO CRY SOMETIME) Gladys Knight & The Pips

Wot I liked then charts

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
3 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
4 ( 7 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
7 ( 5 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
8 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 6 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 9 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

11 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
12 ( 10 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
13 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
14 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
15 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 12 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
17 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( 15 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
19 ( 16 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( 14 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson

16th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the 1965 classic that keeps coming back again and again in the UK charts, because it’s epic Phil Spector and epic vocals from Bill & Bobby. Highest new entry are The Bee Gees replacing themselves in the top 10 with the gorgeous First Of May, possibly their least-covered early great, which bewilders me somewhat, subtle and brilliant as it is. It keeps up the top 2 chart runs of most of their singles to date in my charts, as Glen Campbell keeps up a classic run of top 5 tracks with Jimmy Webb’s brilliant Galveston in at 4 appearing 6 months earlier than I associate it with, as it enters the US charts.

The top 10 has had a big make-over, as Ike & Tina get a first top 10, and Dean Martin gets his first too covering Glen Campbell. Dusty Springfield’s follow-up single in the US hasn’t charted here, off the forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis album, but the B side has: Breakfast In Bed, a future biggie in the 80’s for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde. The Beatles latest album also not yet featured, but next week should fix that! Cilla & The Monkees climb into the 40, and The Love Affair get a 4th chart entry at 40.

Other newies, Barry Ryan follows up with another histrionic track, albeit not quite the complete song that was Eloise, at 50, as more bubblegum joins the newies for Crazy Elephant, reggae Stevie Wonder for David Isaacs, jazzrock Blood, Sweat & Tears, and the Cowsills return with another Hair cover, this one the unlikely choice of Hair itself for the youngsters. Sly & his family also return to keep the family band connections in the chart many and varied, as Inez & Charlie Foxx do the same as the brother-sister duo bring their 1963 track into the UK charts belatedly but 5 years ahead of husband-wife Carly Simon & James Taylor’s hit cover. Lastly one-man band, with no familial links, does it all himself again for the 3rd time as he breakfasts on Pluto. I assume he means the frozen downgraded dwarf planet (it’s round, let’s just call them “worlds” regardless of where they orbit or size) as opposed to the dog, which would be unhygienic and might annoy Disney.

 

1 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
2 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
6 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
7 ( 4 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
8 ( 10 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
9 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 5 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 7 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
12 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
14 ( 9 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 8 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 6 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
18 ( 13 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
19 ( 21 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
20 ( 26 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass

21 ( 15 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
22 ( 18 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
23 ( 19 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
24 ( 20 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
25 ( 22 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
26 ( 28 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
27 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 23 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
29 ( 40 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 38 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson

31 ( 37 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
32 ( 24 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
33 ( 34 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
34 ( 25 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
35 ( 30 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
36 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
37 ( 43 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
38 ( 31 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
39 ( 56 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
40 ( NEW ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair

41 ( 32 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
42 ( 44 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 54 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
44 ( 41 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
45 ( 50 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
46 ( 48 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
47 ( 39 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
48 ( 35 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
49 ( 29 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
50 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan

51 ( 33 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
52 ( 42 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
53 ( 36 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
54 ( 59 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
55 ( 45 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
56 ( 52 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
58 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
59 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
60 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin

61 ( 46 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
62 ( 47 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
63 ( 57 ) ELENORE The Turtles
64 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
65 ( 68 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
66 ( 71 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
67 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
68 ( NEW ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
69 ( NEW ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
70 ( 75 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

71 ( NEW ) HAIR The Cowsills
72 ( NEW ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 74 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
74 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx
75 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 2 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
3 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
6 ( 3 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
7 ( 10 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

11 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 15 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
15 ( 11 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
16 ( 12 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
17 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 18 ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
20 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone

 

 

9th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the classic Where Do You Go To, Peter Sartedt’s only chart-topper, just holding off the highest new entry from The Righteous Brothers, their 1965 classic Phil Spector UK chart-topper, while the 2nd highest is also a Phil Spector epic production for Ike & Tina Turner at 16, which peaked at 2 in 1966 in the UK – and stiffed in the US, shockingly. My mum absolutely loved You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (and still does) at the time, and I liked it too. As the years went by, like turned to love, then adore, then worship. It’s one of the greatest records of all-time no question, no male duo vocal performance can get even close to Bobby Hatfield & Bill Medley’s battling, and the production is perfect. Contrast with Cilla’s pleasant hit version, and just see the difference. Cilla gets the highest new entry by way of compensation with Surround Yourself With Sorrow, a record I liked even more than The Righteous Brothers at the time.

Nazz go top 10 5 years ahead of Todd Rundgren’s version going top 5, Nina Simone goes top 10 31 years ahead of Sonique’s big hit version, River Deep goes top 20 2 years ahead of the Supremes and Four Tops cover, & The Banana Splits go top 30, as the first TV group enter with Teardrop City, The Monkees being down to 3 at this time, as Peter Tork had left the building for the first in a still-continuing rotating membership – The last Monkees album came out at Christmas 2018 with contributions from the surviving 3 members, but they usually feature an old Davy track revamped. Still love ’em. Seen them 2 or 3 times, always brings tears of joyful nostalgia to my eye.

Sandie Shaw was a huge childhood fave, still is, but she never liked Monsieur Dupont and it was generally excluded from hits collections, which annoyed me cos I loved it way back when. 50 years later, I can see why she isn’t over-fond, it’s a bit twee with those backing girlie la-la’s, but still I have affection for it’s dated charm. Jerry Butler gets a 3rd entry with a song covered by Billy Paul 4 or 5 years on, while Curtis Mayfield’s band keeps them coming at a frantic pace, always classy.

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
5 ( 8 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
7 ( 5 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
8 ( 6 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
10 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone

11 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 10 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
14 ( 19 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
15 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
16 ( NEW ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
17 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
19 ( 12 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
20 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits

21 ( 23 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
22 ( 18 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
23 ( 15 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
24 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
25 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
26 ( 31 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
27 ( 22 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 47 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
29 ( 32 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
30 ( 29 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

31 ( 28 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
32 ( 26 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
33 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
34 ( 54 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
35 ( 24 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
36 ( 25 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
37 ( 42 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
38 ( 44 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
39 ( 36 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
40 ( 43 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
42 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
43 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
44 ( NEW ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
45 ( 38 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
46 ( 40 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
47 ( 41 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
48 ( 50 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
49 ( 33 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
50 ( 57 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick

51 ( 34 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
52 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
53 ( 46 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
54 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
55 ( 39 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
56 ( NEW ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
57 ( 53 ) ELENORE The Turtles
58 ( 45 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
59 ( 61 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
60 ( 62 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

61 ( 58 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
62 ( 59 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
63 ( 60 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
64 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 56 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
67 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 71 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
69 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( 49 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
72 ( 51 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
73 ( NEW ) BACK DOOR MAN Derek aka Johnny Cymbal
74 ( NEW ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
75 ( NEW ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 6 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
3 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
5 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
13 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
15 ( 19 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
16 ( 18 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 17 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
19 ( 20 ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
20 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

 

 

2nd February 1969

It’s a first week on top for Amen Corner with their fab UK chart-topper knocking off a future UK chart-topper, with both holding off the highest new entry from another future UK chart-topper: Peter Sarstedt and his Frenchified folk classic Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? I knew every word to the song, being as I loved it, and had the words cut out of Weekend magazine along with most big hits of 1969 to read, singalong to and learn. Just because I can, I’m going to say of this chart I’ve seen the following in concert: Andy Fairweather-Low, Tommy Roe, Peter Sarstedt, The Zombies & Colin Blunstone, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Wood, Peter Noone, The Manfreds & Paul Jones, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones, Dave Edmunds, Mary Wilson, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Marv Johnson, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Chi-Lites, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich…so I’m pretty loyal all in all and no wonder my hearing in one ear is damaged a bit.

The Zombies are up to 4 as Colin Blunstone disguises himself badly in the UK for a cover of his own classic with Rod Argent, She’s Not There, a future Santana hit as well (who I’ve also seen in concert), in at 23. Second highest entry is the 1944 song covered by Esther Phillips, I love her voice, have never heard this track before (a previous hit for Glen Campbell & future Ronnie Milsap US smash) but it’s so classy she enters at 19 a full 6 years ahead of her UK hit update of a similarly fab classic song What A Diffrence A Day Makes. Deano is in too at 20 with his laidback vocal cover of a previous Glen Campbell hit, Gentle On My Mind, as featured no doubt on his entertaining variety show of the time – that’ll be both Dean and Glen.

The Five Stairsteps get yet another entry, not bad for a band I’d never heard of until a year ago – think a black soulful Cowsills, as in 5 kids from the same family – while The Hump keeps the ballads coming too. Stevie Wonder turns 18 and returns with another goodie, and The Tempts also return with a marathon social soulfunk effort just as solo Temptation David Ruffin debuts 7 years ahead of his UK debut with the fab Walk Away With Love. The Grass Roots cover Marmalade, Paul Jones covers Hair classic Aquarius, Carla Thomas returns, The Delfonics return, Johnny Nash gets his You Got Soul B-side sneaking in, Johnny Johnson gets top billing with the Bandwagon, and Badfinger debut. Well, called The Iveys, on Apple, I have the album, but this was the flop single.

In my charts of the time Donald Peers is at 3, and doesn’t chart at all in 2019, The Move top my charts, and a lot of tracks are about the same position, and some aren’t!

1 ( 10 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 13 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
5 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
6 ( 2 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 14 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
8 ( 12 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 8 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
13 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 17 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 5 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
16 ( 11 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 20 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
18 ( 26 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
19 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
20 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

21 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
22 ( 16 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
23 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
24 ( 15 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
25 ( 19 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
26 ( 18 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
28 ( 23 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
32 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
33 ( 22 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
34 ( 39 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
35 ( 29 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
36 ( 28 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
37 ( 34 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
38 ( 31 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
39 ( 44 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
40 ( 33 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

41 ( 35 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
42 ( 53 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
43 ( 48 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
44 ( 50 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
45 ( 25 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
46 ( 32 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
47 ( 64 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
48 ( 42 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 36 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
50 ( 68 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites

51 ( 37 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
52 ( 40 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
53 ( 49 ) ELENORE The Turtles
54 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
55 ( 41 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
56 ( 58 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
57 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
58 ( 55 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( 56 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
60 ( 57 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark

61 ( 66 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
62 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
63 ( 54 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
64 ( NEW ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 47 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
67 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 62 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
69 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( NEW ) I LIKE WHAT YOU’RE DOING (TO ME) Carla Thomas

71 ( NEW ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
72 ( NEW ) YOU Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon
73 ( 51 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS Paul Jones
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Iveys

2nd Feb Retro-Then
1 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
4 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 9 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
10 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade

11 ( 7 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 11 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
15 ( 10 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
16 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
20 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett

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

 

17th November 1968

It’s a 4th week (back) at 1 for Eloise, eliminating even the classic Wichita Lineman after just one week on top. It’s also a week of more anecdotes (sorry! Music just relates to my life, always!) as The Beatles 1976 chart-topper Back In The USSR Beach Boys pastiche heads top 10, as all the Fabs tracks climb. My Xmas 1975 prezzie was the very expensive and brilliant Beatles 1967-70 blue double album, so I already had some of the tracks in my chart, and for Xmas 1976? Beatles 1962-66 red double album. Filling in gaps took considerable time and money back in those days.

Highest new entry is The Gun and their still-exciting Race With The Devil, manic and mad in a good way, love the riffs, in at 16. In at 28, shockingly low for a chart-topper in my actual real-as-compiled-at-the-time charts, it’s The Foundations party classic Build Me Up Buttercup. I saw Mike D’Abo do it with Manfreds 2 weeks ago (his song, of course, so he’s entitled) for the 3rd time, and to be honest the track is hugely popular and well-known these days thanks to a key 90’s There’s Something About Mary film moment. I felt gratified as it had become increasingly obscure and forgotten prior to that – I played the 12″ EP to my college room-mate in 1977, I asked him how fab was it, and he replied “sounds a bit dated” coming right after his Oxygene album – which it was. Yet here I was 2 months ago singing along with a karaoke version in Gran Canaria in Shenanigans pub. Timeless…but I’ve overdosed on it the last couple of decades.

Soulful Strut, new at 47, is the tune to Dusty’s forthcoming brilliant version of Am I The Same Girl, and as covered just as well by Swing Out Sister. Written by The Chi-Lites’ Eugene Record, and it can’t be long before they start charting with their own classics in the retro charts. Glen Campbell gets a second entry with album track cover of The Straight Life at 54 – another Singapore radio fave, sung better than Bobby Goldsboro’s version, Glen never misses a prolonged note, unlike Bobby. Two Archies album tracks also enter, both meant a big deal to me in 1970: Archie’s Theme was the jolly theme tune to the TV show and on my first ever EP, while Catching Up On Fun was part of a great bit of product placement for kids with no money to buy singles: Alpha Bits USA cereal boxes had a plastic vinyl record printed onto the back of the cardboard box, and it actually played! Not brilliant quality, but better than not having the song, which I adored. Written by Mark Barkan. Who? The writer/producer behind the Banana Splits song and TV show (surprisingly funky and cool for men in funny costumes, helped by Barry White! among others), many an Archies track, and ooh the odd song like Pretty Flamingo – refer back to The Manfred’s and Paul Jones singing it 2 weeks ago – and Warm This Winter xmas song. He also wrote the songs for Olivia Newton-John’s debut movie. Not Grease. Toomorrow, 1970, sci-fi cheese. It had a pop group in London and aliens, bombed (it was awful) but I saw it in our local RAF cinema chain, where flop movies went to get a small audience they otherwise never would have had, to fill in the nights before the 6-month-old blockbusters arrived.

Talking of kiddie stuff, Des is back with his tuneful old-fashioned pop nursery-rhyme, beloved by me at the time, 1-2-3 O’Leary. Saw him having fun the other week on a repeat panel show. Still good-natured and funny. Starred in the greatest Morecambe & Wise sketch ever back in the day – when they take the proverbial out of his latest album and he walks on stage. Still hilarious. Meanwhile greedily grabbing second entries on my chart: Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. Which reminds me of another anecdote (groan!): Picture this: Boston, Mass. Logan Airport 1989, me and 2 mates stranded after getting bumped by a US airline on our way back to Gatwick. The next flight developed mechanical trouble while we were on the runway, and they had to fly in parts. That meant we had to disembark at 4am, 18 hours in the airport, and get ferried by taxi with our luggage in the early hours of the morning to a posh hotel across Boston to get a couple of hours sleep, breakfast and a shower. The taxi driver was in a hurry to get back to the hordes of passengers and was hyper, driving at high speed on deserted streets like a maniac and blaring out at full volume a track from “dead Jimi” as he affectionately called his hero. Crosstown Traffic was never more appropriate, and never will be anything else for me.

That leaves a handful of 60’s soul legends doing covers, and The Flirtations debuting – the girls were all over the place in the early 70’s on UK TV, often kiddie pop shows like Lift Off, or I would hazard a guess, Dave Cash’s Music Box.

1 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 3 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
10 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

12 ( 18 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( 11 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
14 ( 12 ) ELENORE The Turtles
15 ( 13 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
16 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
17 ( 24 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
18 ( 15 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
19 ( 25 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
20 ( 29 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles

21 ( 16 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
22 ( 17 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
23 ( 19 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
24 ( 27 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
26 ( 22 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
27 ( 23 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
28 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
29 ( 20 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
30 ( 31 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive

31 ( 40 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
32 ( 26 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
33 ( 30 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
34 ( 28 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
35 ( 54 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
36 ( 58 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
37 ( 63 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
38 ( 32 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
39 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
40 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

41 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
42 ( 38 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
43 ( 37 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
44 ( 36 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
45 ( 48 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
46 ( 35 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
47 ( NEW ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
48 ( 59 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
49 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
50 ( 42 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones

51 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
52 ( 46 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
53 ( 47 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
54 ( NEW ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
55 ( 44 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
56 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
57 ( 72 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
58 ( NEW ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
59 ( 43 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
60 ( 52 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

61 ( 55 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
62 ( 62 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( 57 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
64 ( NEW ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
65 ( 51 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
66 ( NEW ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
67 ( 61 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
68 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
69 ( 69 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( NEW ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

71 ( NEW ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
72 ( NEW ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations
73 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
74 ( NEW ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
75 ( NEW ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat


retro 70’s

1 ( 4 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 7 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
5 ( 2 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
6 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 6 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
9 ( 5 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
10 ( 13 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone

11 ( NEW ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
12 ( 9 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
13 ( 16 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 20 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
15 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
18 ( NEW ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
19 ( 17 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
20 ( 18 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

24th November 1968

It’s a first chart-topper for Marvin Gaye, with his career-defining classic I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Hard to believe Berry Gordy failed to realise the genius of it when it was originally recorded before the Gladys Knight cover. Dusty’s Preacher man goes top 10, as does The Gun ahead of the highest equally-frantic-rocking-ness of Love Sculpture’s fab Sabre Dance. Dave Edmunds was one of my teen heroes 4 or 5 years in the future. Saw him a couple of years back still rocking it.

Second-highest new entry is the great cover of the fab Madeline Bell minor UK hit, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, with the 21st-century trend-setting multi-artist billing of Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations, albeit no “featuring” or “with”. Both the acts “feature” elsewhere on the chart though, “with” Love Child and Cloud 9. The Delfonics keep the Philly hits coming, in at 26 with the future 1971 UK hit, while Jerry Butler also enters lower down with a Gamble & Huff effort.

Gene Pitney’s back with a decent ballad, Classics IV return with a bit of Stormy-ness, aka Spooky Part 3, The Impressions keep the Curtis Mayfield vocal hits at a furious pace, this one with that future Move On Up riffness about it. Obscure The Crystal mansion pop in with a record that sounds just like Jamie Cullum. It really does! Meanwhile Dave Clark 5 bounce back with a chanty Live In The Sky, and The Equals bring Eddie Grant some more early chart action.

1 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
4 ( 7 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
6 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( 8 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
8 ( 12 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
9 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
10 ( 16 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun

11 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 9 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
13 ( NEW ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
15 ( 17 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
17 ( 13 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
18 ( 14 ) ELENORE The Turtles
19 ( 15 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
20 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

21 ( 28 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
22 ( 19 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
23 ( 18 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
24 ( 24 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
26 ( NEW ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 31 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
28 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
29 ( 35 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
30 ( 37 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas

31 ( 25 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
32 ( 26 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
33 ( 27 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
34 ( 36 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
35 ( 22 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
36 ( 47 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
37 ( 40 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
38 ( 48 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
39 ( 29 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
40 ( 54 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

41 ( 33 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
42 ( 34 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
43 ( 45 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
44 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
45 ( 32 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
46 ( 49 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
47 ( 30 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
48 ( 58 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
49 ( 57 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
50 ( 66 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin

51 ( 38 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
52 ( 43 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
53 ( 41 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
54 ( 68 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 64 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
57 ( 53 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
58 ( 42 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( NEW ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
60 ( 70 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

61 ( 71 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
62 ( 60 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
63 ( 61 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
64 ( 75 ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat
65 ( 73 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
66 ( NEW ) STORMY Classics IV
67 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
68 ( NEW ) ARE YOU HAPPY Jerry Butler
69 ( 74 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
70 ( 72 ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations

71 ( 44 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( NEW ) THE THOUGHT OF LOVING YOU The Crystal Mansion
74 ( NEW ) LIVE IN THE SKY Dave Clark Five
75 ( NEW ) SOFTLY SOFTLY The Equals

What I actually liked this week in 1968:

1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
3 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
4 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
5 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 10 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
9 ( 4 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
10 ( 5 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro

11 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
12 ( 9 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
13 ( 14 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
14 ( 18 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
15 ( 15 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 12 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
17 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
18 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
20 ( 17 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry

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