My 1975 Charts – August

5th August 1975

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

12th August 1975

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19th August 1975

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

26th Aug 1975

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1975 Charts – March

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4th March 1975

6th and final week for Helen Reddy’s Angie Baby on top, but who will topple her – Wigan’s Chosen Few play footsie at 2, Shirley says Shame Shame Shame at only going up to 3, and there are 2 big new entries: Gloria Gaynor follows up her big number one with a cover of a Motown classic in at 4, the Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There, and it’s a thumping frantic disco anthem, for me the best version apart from the original. At 5, it’s a long-missing 50’s guitar instrumental legend, Duane Eddy, who gets some help from a chorus of girl Rebelettes to twang along in the 70’s: Play Me Like Your Guitar is great, though not as great as his old classics like Peter Gunn, Rebel Rouser and Because They’re Young. Close thing, though.

Bowie goes top 20 with his funky Young Americans, ditto Supertramp and Moments and Whatnauts, while in at 26 it’s a 60’s Northern Soul-inspired hit for Gary Lewis And The Playboys, My Heart’s Symphony. They had a whole run of big US hits, and were notable for Gary being the son of comedian Jerry Lewis, and being pretty good pop, especially the fab This Diamond Ring, which was never a UK hit (like almost their entire career). The strings on this one add a bit of 60’s pop interest and I still love it, should have been bigger. Meanwhile Hamilton Bohannon smoothly funks his way to 28, the Average White Band do the same at 29, and Sweet return with their first self-written hit Fox On The Run, and it’s pretty good, in at 30! Giving them 4 years of hits, non-stop.

In at 43, it’s Barry Manilow debuting with the OTT Mandy, a cover of the much-better original sitting at 10 for Scott English – Brandy. It just came over as a bland, if mildly pleasant version of a great song, to me at the time. At 44, the Bay City Rollers ditch their songwriters and go it alone – by covering a Four Seasons non-UK-hit, Bye Bye Baby – they do it effectively, and the song wasn’t that well known in the UK, but it was the start of a loooooong list of acts getting much bigger hits than the brilliant Four Seasons originals in the UK – in the USA it was the other way round, for the most part. Which leaves Helen Reddy getting a follow-up entry as she drops off the top, Free And Easy, and Nosmo King and The Javells getting another chart entry (albeit unlikely) at 46. Finally Jim Stafford has a 3rd entry, with Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne – he certainly never was predictable!

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
3 ( 4 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
4 ( NEW ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( NEW ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 2 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
7 ( 6 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
8 ( 7 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
9 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
10 ( 9 ) BRANDY Scott English

11 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
12 ( 5 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
13 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 24 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
16 ( 10 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
17 ( 12 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
18 ( 26 ) DREAMER Supertramp
19 ( 23 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
20 ( 18 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

21 ( 20 ) REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Linda Lewis
22 ( 36 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
23 ( 17 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
24 ( 16 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
25 ( 15 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( NEW ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
27 ( 27 ) I’M ON MY WAY Dean Parrish
28 ( 44 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
29 ( 43 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
30 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet

31 ( 19 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
32 ( 33 ) GAMES UP Hello
33 ( 21 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
34 ( 22 ) I’M HER FOOL Billy Swan
35 ( 25 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
36 ( 30 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
37 ( 28 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
38 ( 29 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
39 ( 46 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
40 ( 45 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)

41 ( 31 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
42 ( 32 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
43 ( NEW ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
45 ( NEW ) FREE AND EASY Helen Reddy
46 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ YOU IS EASY Nosmo King and The Javells
47 ( 40 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
48 ( 41 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
49 ( 42 ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
50 ( NEW ) YOUR BULLDOG DRINKS CHAMPAGNE Jim Stafford


11th March 1975

Gloria Gaynor gets her 2nd chart-topper in a row, Reach Out I’ll Be There getting there in 2 weeks flat, and a new disco queen arrives. Not me, no. It’s all about Gloria’s vocal, the fab percussion, the backing singers and especially the heavy drumbeat on the chorus. Excited me no end at the time, and still does. Shooting up to 2, Supertramp’s best record Dreamer, it still sounds fresh, urgent and original, well beyond the normal single format. Duane Eddy has a veteran top 3 hit when few from the 50’s were still going, bar the odd Cliff and Elvis. Bowie gets his first top 10 since Sorrow, and his 7th to date, while The Rubettes get a 3rd, cos they can do it. The Rollers rocket up to 12, rather unexpectedly, as my early love for the Rollers in 1971-73 was well on the turn to annoyance what with all the screaming pre-teen girls all over the place, and Gary Lewis gets a 9-years-late top 20 hit.

It’s all about the 19 new entries though, as the music scene hits overdrive and my chart has an almost 40% clearout. 19 is a new record, and is headed by an old-fashioned Eurovision-styled boy-girl singalong, and it’s fab – There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving is schmaltzy, overdoses on the backing singers and strings, and has a killer chorus…yes it’s a real guilty pleasure! The group had TV host Bruce Forsyth’s daughter in it, not to mention Thereza Bazar and David Van Day, future hit duo Dollar. Talking of Eurovision, Radio Luxembourg was busy plugging Geraldine’s English-language version (You) of her French-language entry, Toi, and here it is at 28, making it 4 years in a row that Luxembourg had charted. It’s also one place higher than the UK’s entry, the last one under the system where an established act is chosen to sing 6 songs, then the public vote – and this time Cliff’s backing band, and UK instrumental heroes The Shadows join Duane Eddy on the comeback trail and also get a debut rare vocal hit, Let Me Be The One. It’s not bad at all.

At 30, a dance cover of The Beatles’ George Harrison song Something, from The Miracle Workers, gives it 3 hit versions in 6 years, while a Dutch duo cover of the 60’s childhood fave of mine Swinging On A Star (by Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva, itself a 40’s Bing Crosby cover) enters at 41 for the badly-named Spooky And Sue. An actual 60’s song I liked enters at 47 for The McCoys, Hang On Sloopy, while a 40’s styled gorgeous gentle ballad (and tribute to Fred Astaire) enters at 35 for Don McLean, his first hit in 3 years – Wonderful Baby.

At 32 and 33, two big US hits for two big UK-based stars, and two big UK-flops as they moved to the States and got ignored by UK record-buyers. Idiots. ELO’s Can’t Get It Out Of My Head is a touching emotive ballad, and a singles departure for the band that eventually charted 3 years later on an EP in the UK, while Olivia Newton-John was moving out of country into melodic pop ballads, and one of her best: Have You Never Been Mellow, lovely. At 34 a late glam rock entrant from Shabby Tiger (too late for the UK to chart it, but not in Europe), Slow Down is decent enough, and at 36 The Goodies get a thrid hit with a Funky Gibbon. Yes, well, hmmm, it was catchy for a couple of weeks! David Bowie’s guitarist, the legendary Mick Ronson gets a quirky solo entry at 45, Billy Porter, Alice Cooper gets 3 years of chart entries at 48, Department Of Youth. Also 3 years on, Peter Skellern gets a follow-up entry at 50, the laid-back Hold On To Love, and 2 years on ex-teacher Clifford T. Ward keeps the gentle folk ballads coming, gets a 4th entry with the delightful Jigsaw Girl at 49.

Phew! That leaves just the great new ones, from K.C. And The Sunshine Band, and a third hit (and a 6th song) with Get Down Tonight, as the fabulous funky dance grooves get notched a peg or two, even over chart-topper Queen Of Clubs. The basis of more than one future sampled hit, and still brilliant, and in at 37. Then there’s Elton John, with a Band attached, a new sound of Philadelphia, strings, soul, fabulousness, and a song dedicated to gay tennis player Billie-Jean King, Philadelphia Freedom. In at 42, 4 years of chartdom, and Elton had yet to miss the chart since Rocket Man hit 2, and was followed up by 2 number one’s in Crocodile Rock and Bennie And The Jets in 1972 and 1974. Elton, it should be stressed, was the biggest star in the world at this point and could do no wrong, especially in the USA, and was mightily prolific, 2 albums a year, and singles not necessarily on albums, and album tracks that should have been singles but weren’t. Phew!

1 ( 4 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 18 ) DREAMER Supertramp
3 ( 5 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
5 ( 2 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
6 ( 3 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
7 ( 15 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
8 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
9 ( NEW ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
10 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
12 ( 44 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
13 ( 26 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 19 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
16 ( 8 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
17 ( 9 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 10 ) BRANDY Scott English
19 ( 20 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
20 ( 7 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

21 ( 30 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
22 ( 29 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( 22 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
25 ( 31 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
26 ( 12 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
27 ( NEW ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( NEW ) YOU Geraldine
29 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
30 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers

31 ( 32 ) GAMES UP Hello
32 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
34 ( NEW ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
35 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( NEW ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( NEW ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
38 ( 17 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
39 ( 25 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 23 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( NEW ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( NEW ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
43 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( 41 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
45 ( NEW ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( NEW ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
47 ( NEW ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
48 ( NEW ) DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH Alice Cooper
49 ( NEW ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
50 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern


18th March 1975

After the deluge of last week, only 2 new entries and Gloria Gaynor gets 2 weeks reaching out on top. The rest of the chart is busy though, Elton up 40 places to 2 outdoing all his previous singles bar 3, just lovin’ that Philadelphia Freedom. Bowie also does better here than any other chart, hitting 5 with Young Americans – Bowie fans struggled with the new “plastic soul” sound, but not me, loved it. The Sweet get an 11th Top 10 hit, Neil Sedaka stops yo-yo-ing and hits 8 for his annual top 10 hit, now allied with Elton John on his label, and ELO get a 4th top 10.

The 2 Eurovision songs keep pace with each other at 14 and 15, Geraldine still having the edge, while Livvy goes top 20, and Shabby Tiger slow down at 19. New at 44 it’s Polly Brown getting a second solo hit, dialling L for Love, though it’s now 5 years since she debuted with Pickettywich. Finally, at 48, The Hues Corporation have a 4th chart entry with the Love Corporation, diminishing returns but they still sound good.

1 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 42 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
3 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 2 ) DREAMER Supertramp
5 ( 7 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
6 ( 9 ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
7 ( 21 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
8 ( 25 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
9 ( 32 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 4 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy

11 ( 5 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
12 ( 6 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
13 ( 8 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 28 ) YOU Geraldine
15 ( 29 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
16 ( 13 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
17 ( 15 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
18 ( 33 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
19 ( 34 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
20 ( 10 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

21 ( 11 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
22 ( 19 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
23 ( 37 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
24 ( 36 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
25 ( 12 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
26 ( 22 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
27 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( 30 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
29 ( 20 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
30 ( 31 ) GAMES UP Hello

31 ( 16 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 18 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( 23 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
35 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( 26 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
37 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
38 ( 46 ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
39 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( 45 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
43 ( 50 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
44 ( NEW ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
45 ( 49 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
46 ( 47 ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
47 ( 24 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
48 ( NEW ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
49 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
50 ( 38 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel

In Gloucester days, I was seriously buying every vinyl single I could get afford and find, and every old and new DC comic I could find. I scoured all the record shops (and there were plenty in those days) and newsagents that stocked American comics, and had a weekly Saturday bus ride, or walk of a few miles (to have extra money to spend on them) to do the rounds, especially the second-hand bookstore Toby’s which had stocks of recent DC comics printed with their name on the cover – much cheaper for me and I picked up loads I’d missed. Hooray! We also had a family ride, after some snowfall, to see our Singapore family friends the Wainwrights, after not seeing them for a year or so – I have the trip there fixed in my mind to some of the Radio 1 playlist tracks of the time, so I associate them with crisp snow and sunshine, for instance Fox On The Run and Young Americans, and especially Philadelphia Freedom. Odd the things that stick in the mind sometime. It was great seeing them all again.


25th March 1975 part 1 (Eurovision)

It’s a new number one, but dropping from 6 and completely out of the chart it’s Guys & Dolls with one of the shortest ever chart runs for a record that peaked at 6 – 2 weeks, peak, and out! It’s a guilty pleasure, but one that I got over quickly, until a decent amount of time had passed by (years), and then I loved it again. Anyway, new at 1 it’s Elton, yay! His 3rd number one in 4 years, a brilliant Philly soul record by a white British rock star, joining Bowie in crossing some genre boundaries, and also commenting at the time about his domination on USA radio where his singles just would not leave the chart – he wished they would stop playing them and let them leave the chart, even he was getting fed up of it! This, of course, is now how the whole music business works: overkill, monotony, and dominated by a huge few stars. Elton was also presiding over another chart invasion, though, chock full of good new singles, led by the Eurovision winner, Teach-In, at 10. Ding A Dong! Or Dinge Dong, take your pick. It was an immediate hit with me while I babysat, and my clear favourite, though the chart placing just ahead of the UK and Luxembourg might say otherwise. The Shadows did well, and Geraldine, Toi, so there’s a mini-1975 Eurovision section to enjoy. Or ‘enjoy’! The Netherlands deserved to win though, and they had clearly learnt the Abba lesson and gone uptempo pop. So here the three are…


25th March 1975 (part 2)

Back in March 1975, 25th, and K.C. is up to 3 for his 3rd successive top 3 hit, with one of the great instant instrumental funk intros, do a little dance make a little love, get down tonight! The Sweet hit 4, fox-chasing, and Olivia hits 6 with her biggest ever hit in 4 years, so she must have been feeling pretty mellow about that. The second highest new entry is the record that came 2nd in the Radio 1 All-Time Top 100 singles, as compiled in 1974 – Young Girl won it (and charted all over again) but runner-up was Bobby Goldsboro’s 1968 UK number 2, which was reissued in the UK and hit 2 again, having been 2 on the 100. A case of the 2’s if ever I heard it! The sickly-sweet sentimental tragedy song enters at 14 here. It’s both touching and OTT laughable, depending on mood. It fit in with tragic news of the death of a classmate in a motorbike accident, Martin Milliard, who’d been getting interviews with football clubs. His best mate Davvy was a mate at school, and I was shocked and sad all round for Davvy and Milli’s family. The song came up in group classroom conversation, and Davvy took it’s side, so did I.

In at 16, Jim Gilstrap’s lovely gospel soul shuffler Swing Your Daddy, and in at 17 another Wigan band, Wigan’s Ovation with an actual NEW recording and northern soul cover hit, the Invitations’ Skiing In The Snow. Northern Soul was cool in the working class circles. Lulu’s back with another image change at 26, this time soul funk, one style she was to return to most frequently over the years. The record? Take You Mama For A Ride, and 7 years of hits. Missing for 2 years, and it’s a welcome return for Middle Of The Road, with the flop single Hitchin’ A Ride In The Moonlight, which managed to grab a couple of plays on Radio Luxembourg, and nothing in the UK, but it gives them an 8th bubblegum chart entry for me. I haven’t heard it for decades, and it’s not on itunes, boo!

Ralph McTell’s back at 34 with a forgotten, non-itunes, follow-up El Progresso, not that folky, while Hot Chocolate return with new single Blue Night, in the style of Emma at 48. Pretty good, a flop, no airplay, but it had a B Side you may have heard of, a ditty called You Sexy Thing. Come back in 7 months when it gets flipped, and Blue Night is the B Side. 49, Caston And Majors, a Motown act, and a fantastic record in Child Of Love, fab song, should have been a hit. Finally, at 50, it’s another oldie reissue from the late Jim Croce, one which would have charted in 1972 had my charts allowed non-UK-chart records: Bad Bad Leroy Brown. Big US hit.

1 ( 2 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
2 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 23 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
4 ( 7 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
5 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
7 ( 9 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 4 ) DREAMER Supertramp
9 ( 5 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
10 ( NEW ) DING A DONG Teach-In

11 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 14 ) YOU Geraldine
13 ( 16 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( NEW ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 19 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
16 ( NEW ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
17 ( NEW ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
18 ( 10 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
19 ( 11 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
20 ( 12 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

21 ( 28 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
22 ( 8 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
23 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
24 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
25 ( 45 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
26 ( NEW ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
27 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
28 ( 21 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
29 ( RE ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
30 ( 22 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

31 ( 31 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 32 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 33 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( NEW ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
35 ( 43 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
36 ( 24 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
38 ( 26 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
39 ( 34 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
40 ( 29 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

41 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
43 ( 44 ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
44 ( 20 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
45 ( 42 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
47 ( 48 ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
48 ( NEW ) BLUE NIGHT Hot Chocolate
49 ( NEW ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
50 ( NEW ) BAD BAD LEROY BROWN Jim Croce

My 1975 Charts – January

Gloucester - nice bit

Gloucester – nice bit

click for ’75 video links and a repeat of this info…


7th January 1975

It’s a return to the top for Gloria Gaynor for a 2nd week at 1 presiding over my new expanded top 50 chart, and who really never can say goodbye! Quite right too! Billy Swan can still help, and he rises to 6 in gratitude, as Stevie Wonder gets his 9th Top 10 in 6 years with Boogie On Reggae Woman, but still yet to top the chart. Booooo! Angie Baby also joins the top batch for Helen Reddy, no longer declaring I Am Woman – well not just at the moment anyway. Christmas records still hang around, let’s be honest it was a novelty for me (and unheard of for the UK charts in those years) to swamp my chart with seasonal pop classics new and old. I invented it, so I’m going to sing my own praises and hang onto them well into the new year, so there!

With the lack of new releases there’s a lovely gap in the market for Fox to come back with a bang at 17, Only You Can having yo-yo’d around my charts wildly for months, and now starting to get BBC airplay and sales. Lulu also shoots back up to 16 with her James Bond theme, much under-rated in the real world, but that benefitted me as I got the vinyl single in a bargain bin for 15p or so and it got a big boost out of me actually being able to hear it whenever I wanted to, in all of it’s widescreen wonder. I almost certainly got in from my shopping mall indie fave record store, who kept me supplied with chart hits and non-charts in Gloucester for 2 years.

Harry Chapin’s brilliant Cats In The Cradle also boosts up to 19, as John Holt pops up a few reggae places, ahead of the highest new entry for Pilot, and their oh-so appropriate January, 3rd chart hit for me for them, and the big one that went all the way to top the UK charts. I still loved Just A Smile more, at the time, though, and under-appreciated just how great the single (still) is. I love it. In at 42, also having his 3rd solo hit, it’s Terry Jacks, no longer having seasons in the sun, no now he’s covering Australian vocalist Kevin Johnson’s fantastic flop story song about failed ambition, lost dreams, and love. Not a bad version, as it happens, but not a hit – though it was the spur for Jonathan King to re-release it on his own UK Records, and he got the hit he deserved! yay! Sometimes there is justice. JK was actually good at making great oldies hits after flopping in the UK, one of the reasons I was a fan of his.

At 43 Dana finally gets a 2nd hit, 5 years after All Kinds Of Everything winged it’s way around the world to near the top of my charts in Singapore in 1970. Please tell him that I said Hello. If you insist, though it’s lost a bit of it’s charm for me these days, as has Dana. At 44, following Alan Price’s comeback in 1974, his former singing partner Georgie Fame gets his first chart entry in 3 years, and his first solo hit for 6 years (Peaceful). Georgie was another 60’s fave though and would certainly have topped my chart with The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde, and come close with the absolutely gorgeous Sitting In The Park, not to mention a little bit of action from his cover of Sunny, Yeh Yeh and Get Away. Sadly his easy-pop-jazz style didn’t become popular again until 1984, so his Muhammed Ali shuffle song didn’t chart.

1 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 3 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
3 ( 5 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
4 ( 4 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
5 ( 1 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
6 ( 10 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
7 ( 18 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
8 ( 8 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
9 ( 9 ) STARDUST David Essex
10 ( 16 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy

11 ( 7 ) SO LONG Abba
12 ( 12 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
13 ( 14 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
14 ( 13 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
15 ( 11 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
16 ( 46 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
17 ( RE ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
18 ( 17 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
19 ( 40 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin
20 ( 6 ) DING DONG George Harrison

21 ( 22 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
22 ( 15 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
23 ( 19 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
24 ( 20 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
25 ( 29 ) LIFE OF THE PARTY The Jackson 5
26 ( 26 ) CANDY BABY Beano
27 ( 39 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
28 ( 31 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
29 ( 23 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
30 ( 30 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards

31 ( 35 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
32 ( 24 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
33 ( 37 ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
34 ( NEW ) JANUARY Pilot
35 ( 38 ) CRYING OVER YOU Ken Boothe
36 ( 25 ) SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
37 ( 21 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
38 ( 33 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
39 ( 34 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
40 ( 27 ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan

41 ( 32 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
42 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (I GAVE YOU THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE) Terry Jacks
43 ( NEW ) PLEASE TELL HIM THAT I SAID HELLO Dana
44 ( NEW ) ALI SHUFFLE Georgie Fame
45 ( 42 ) THE BUMP Kenny
46 ( 36 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
47 ( 28 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love
48 ( 44 ) MY BOY Elvis Presley
49 ( 48 ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
50 ( 43 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

Talking of Gloucester it was just named the city (urban area, actually) at the bottom of the job creation league over the last decade (minus 12%) which on the one hand is very sad, cos I really loved Gloucester back in 1975, but on the other hand it also brings nostalgic tears to me eyes because so little has changed in 40 years I can streetview my way round the virtual roads in the area and I’m back in time. I guess that’s the problem for Gloucester – most other towns and cities of that period have changed quite a lot to create new jobs. I think I’ll go back and have a tour soon for old times sake, I know Innsworth (home) and Churchdown (school) still look much the same, and for ol farts like me that’s somehow reassuring. Hooray! Maybe they need to market it as a period-piece untouched by the 21st century and push the Roman ruins and so on.

In the world, Charlie Chaplin and Roger Bannister were knighted, I turned 17 and started to collect facial acne. Well, it’s a hobby. The flares on my “good morning judge” tight trousers (it was the fashion!) got so big they regularly got caught up in the platform shoes as I walked, and my hair got longer as teachers were much less inclined to wag the finger at 6th form students – they needed you to stay as opposed to shove off to technical college or the various local trainee programmes in local industry. Yes, it’s true, young people got training! Vocational!! You could opt for practical-based college courses!!! Media courses, HR courses, PR courses, Consultants, all these things were non-existent outside London. Yay! Actually media studies is very useful, I’m just jealous it didn’t exist for me when I left school….

On TV this week: Doctor Who (Robot), Lulu had her own show (with The Shadows singing one of their A Song For Europe candidates), Mission: Impossible with Peter Lupus fresh from his Playgirl centrefold, a first for a male (minor) celebrity actor pretty much, bar Burt Reynolds modest more-famous pose. For my birthday, still on holiday, the BBC kindly broadcast (just for me!) The Monkees, Star Trek: The Trouble With Tribbles, Crackerjack with Donny & Marie and The Rubettes, Cannon with a young David Soul, and a great old movie (now forgotten) Kiss Me Stupid, with Ray Walston, Dean Martin and Kim Novak starring in the great Billy Wilder comedy/ piss-take of the egotistical megastar. It needs to get another showing!


14th January 1975

The first new number one of 1975, and it’s Fox – Only You Can had taken months to get there, but get there it did. Australian Noosha Fox was quirkily unique, and engaging, I loved her singing style (as did a young clearly-influenced Kate Bush), and the band was largely the creation of producer/songwriter/leader Kenny Young. He wrote Under The Boardwalk, Ai No Corrida, Captain Of Your Ship, Clodagh Rodgers hit stuff, and in the future, was behind Yellow Dog. Lulu meanwhile gets her 4th Top 5 hit, since I’m A Tiger in 1968. Cats In The Cradle makes my top 10, almost 20 years ahead of the UK charts inferior Ugly Kid Joe version.

Highest new entry is Dave Jordan. Street Corner Music was a great pop single, very catchy, pushed by Radio Luxembourg but not pushed enough as it headed for obscurity within weeks. I’ve no idea who Dave Jordan is, but I bought the single and have liked it ever since. My copy may well be the only decent one left in existence judging by the only online presence I’ve found! Quo finally get into the 20 Down Down still going up up, Sparks album-track 1974 top 20 hit in my charts is finally released and returns at 17, Something For The Girl With Everything, and Sweet Sensation follow-up the fab Sad Sweet Dreamer with the soundalike Purely By Coincidence at 21. It’s still very nice regardless.

After Bryan Ferry started re-doing vintage old songs, it became a bit of a minor rage, and here’s another one, 1934 Jerome Kern song I Won’t Dance covered by many a famous name, and at least one osbcure one: John Henry did it Noel Coward stylee in much the same fashion as Gary Shearston did I Get A Kick Out Of You in 1974, and was rewarded with obscurity and a number 22 entry in my chart. I like it still anyway, and as there’s no online version I probably ought to make the effort one day myself (I bought it). There’s another by a duo, Philip and Vanessa cover Two Sleepy People, though as this one had Radio 2 and Top Of The Pops behind it, this cover of the 1938 Hoagy Carmichael song was slightly more successful. Again, covered by hordes of famous singers, recently by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy and others) of all people (with Norah Jones who popped up in his great movie Ted)! This very MOR version was OK, I bought the album bargain bin for the single. Finally Fly Now, is the good follow-up to Pinball from Brian Protheroe at 46. I have yet to get a copy of this – let me check itunes…I’m back, no chance, of course.

1 ( 17 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
2 ( 1 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 2 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
4 ( 16 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
5 ( 4 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
6 ( 3 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
7 ( 19 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin
8 ( 10 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
9 ( 8 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
10 ( 9 ) STARDUST David Essex

11 ( 5 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
12 ( NEW ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
13 ( 6 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
14 ( 7 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
15 ( 11 ) SO LONG Abba
16 ( 21 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
17 ( RE ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
18 ( 35 ) CRYING OVER YOU Ken Boothe
19 ( 27 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
20 ( 12 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

21 ( NEW ) PURELY BY COINCIDENCE Sweet Sensation
22 ( NEW ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
23 ( 14 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
24 ( 13 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
25 ( 34 ) JANUARY Pilot
26 ( 22 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
27 ( 20 ) DING DONG George Harrison
28 ( 31 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
29 ( 33 ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
30 ( 28 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John

31 ( 18 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
32 ( 23 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
33 ( 30 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
34 ( 29 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
35 ( NEW ) TWO SLEEPY PEOPLE Philip and Vanessa
36 ( 38 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
37 ( 39 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
38 ( 42 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (I GAVE YOU THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE) Terry Jacks
39 ( 25 ) LIFE OF THE PARTY The Jackson 5
40 ( 26 ) CANDY BABY Beano

41 ( 24 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
42 ( 15 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
43 ( 43 ) PLEASE TELL HIM THAT I SAID HELLO Dana
44 ( 44 ) ALI SHUFFLE Georgie Fame
45 ( NEW ) FLY NOW Brian Protheroe
46 ( 40 ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
47 ( 46 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
48 ( 37 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
49 ( 41 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
50 ( 32 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

Our House, Innsworth

Our House, Innsworth


21st January 1975

Back up to number one, Gloria Gaynor’s Never Can Say Goodbye becomes the first record to go back up to 1 twice, for the 3rd week in 5, keeping ahead of the chasing pack, Cats In The Cradle and Angie Baby, both American chart-toppers and showing my tastes were getting more and more American-chart-influenced thanks to The American Forces chartshow rundown, and American (UK based) chart and pop and music encyclopedia Paul Gambaccini on Radio 1, who became the Music Industry Font of All Knowledge for decades, and someone I look up to still (I have an actual hand-written letter from him after I noted some errors in the first edition of the Guinness Book Of UK Hit Singles and wrote in with some US chart fact questions).

Quo get their 5th hit, as Down Down hits 6, and Dave Jordan (who?!) gets to 8. Ringo’s back with Only You, shuffling along to a new chart re-entry peak of 17, and highest new entry is the terrific Goodbye My Love from the Glitter Band, one I under-rated a bit, but gives them their 3rd hit in at 20. I just listened to it again, and it’s a great song and record, unfairly forgotten, being as it hit UK chart peak of 2 as well. At 21, Sugar Candy Kisses finally gives brother and sister Mac And Katie Kissoon a big UK hit, 4 years after scoring in the States with their version of Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. It’s sweet as it’s title.

Claire Hamill seems to still be active releasing the occasional album or backing big names, but here she is with an actual chart entry of her own, here and nowhere else, with Geronimo’s Cadillac, very folk-styled in a Maria Muldaur fashion, in at 27, just ahead of a reggae-cover-version that I’ve not heard in 40 years. Jamaican Smokey 007 never made it big either, and as there’s no youtube or itunes link, it looks like I’m not going to get to hear his version of The New Seekers hit cover of Delaney & Bonnie’s Never Ending Song Of Love ever again. The New Seekers hit 1 with their version in my charts 4 years earlier, and I obviously liked this one, so it’s a huge shame I can’t hear it. Doh!

Queen follow-up 2 Freddie Mercury song chart-toppers in a row with a Brian May song, Now I’m Here. It rocks along nicely, but the drop in song standard was very noticeable to me, even though I didn’t know who was writing the songs at the time.
JImmy Ruffin’s 3rd oldie in 4 hits in 6 months is his 1967 and 1969 UK hit, I’ve Passed This Way Before – it didn’t chart in my charts in 1969, as it fell short of the top 30 just before we left for Singapore, and I really don’t recall hearing it, but it’s as fab as Jimmy Ruffin’s greatest records and his 7th chart hit here. A great singer, just like his younger brother, David Ruffin of the Temptations.

Finally, Iron Cross’ glamrock bubblegum gem finally enter my charts 3 years on with a record that I loved from Alan Freeman’s show in 1972 (but wasn’t eligible to chart as it failed to make the UK top 30). This really should have been a hit, though the original US number 2 from 1967 (The Music Explosion) is also pretty good – a Kasenatz-Katt (bubblegum producers) creation, which makes absolute sense, as the riffs were nicked by The Archies, the ultimate bubblegum act. The Ramones and Bruce Springsteen have covered this song, and it’s pop-punktastic.

1 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 1 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
3 ( 3 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
4 ( 7 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin
5 ( 8 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
6 ( 16 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
7 ( 5 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
8 ( 12 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
9 ( 4 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
10 ( 6 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir

11 ( 9 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
12 ( 14 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
13 ( 10 ) STARDUST David Essex
14 ( 17 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
15 ( 11 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
16 ( 19 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
17 ( RE ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
18 ( 21 ) PURELY BY COINCIDENCE Sweet Sensation
19 ( 22 ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
20 ( NEW ) GOODBYE MY LOVE The Glitter Band

21 ( NEW ) SUGAR CANDY KISSES Mac And Katie Kissoon
22 ( 18 ) CRYING OVER YOU Ken Boothe
23 ( 24 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
24 ( 13 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
25 ( 25 ) JANUARY Pilot
26 ( NEW ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
27 ( NEW ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
28 ( 47 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
29 ( 15 ) SO LONG Abba
30 ( 20 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

31 ( 29 ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
32 ( 26 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
33 ( 23 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
34 ( 32 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
35 ( 34 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
36 ( NEW ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
37 ( NEW ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
38 ( 35 ) TWO SLEEPY PEOPLE Philip and Vanessa
39 ( 33 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
40 ( 31 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band

41 ( 36 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
42 ( 27 ) DING DONG George Harrison
43 ( 38 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (I GAVE YOU THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE) Terry Jacks
44 ( 30 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
45 ( 37 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
46 ( 45 ) FLY NOW Brian Protheroe
47 ( 28 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
48 ( NEW ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL Iron Cross
49 ( 43 ) PLEASE TELL HIM THAT I SAID HELLO Dana
50 ( 44 ) ALI SHUFFLE Georgie Fame


28th January 1975

A new number one, and it’s Helen Reddy’s Angie Baby, a record where the lyrics are essential to the appeal, a sort of disturbing spooky story song in a vaguely MOR setting, wholesome with a twist. Fab. Re-entering at 4 it’s The Carpenters adding another dose of wholesomeness with the very catchy cover of Please Mr Postman. The Beatles also covered it, and the Carpenters covered Ticket To Ride for a lovely circular bit of cover-versioning. Syreeta also gets her follow-up hit to Spinnin’ And Spinnin, at 19, the delicious Your Kiss Is Sweet. At 30, Love Unlimited (aka Mrs Barry White and friends) get a second Barry-White written and produced hit 3 years after Walking In The Rain With The One I Love, the smooth strings-harmony-soul delight of It May Be Winter Outside…just weather-obsessed, them!

Talking of oldies, I was finally getting to hear some of the missing UK hit records from my 1970 Singapore days, courtesy of Jimmy Now Then Now Then on his 5 Years Ago chartshow on Radio 1, so at least he was good for something. Don’t know what I’m ever gonna do with that Jim’ll Fix It T shirt though…. One chart entry at 49 links to that, Blue MInk’s debut hit Melting Pot finally charts at the tail end of their career instead of the much better Get Up, which would instead become a minor hit record in the summer for The Rimshots with a different title, 7654321 (Blow Your Whistle). Melting Pot is OK, well-meaning, but has some non-pc lyrics these days so it’s not likely to be covered anytime soon.

Highest new entry though is 1971 top tenner, Brandy, from Scott English, a heartfelt emotional ballad with a touch of class. It was reissued no doubt to catch a few sales from a much bigger hit cover by Barry Manilow – Mandy. Change the name, slow it down, go over the top, bland it up, and hey presto everyone thinks you did the original. Scott English remains the definitive (unknown) version. In at 5. In at 15, the even older Footsie, by Wigan’s Chosen Few. The Northern Soul scene was huge in Wigan, and this 1968 b-side track by The Chosen Few was basically speeded up and overdubbed with crowds and sound effects to get a dancefloor vibe groovin’. I loved it at the time, less so these days, but it’s fun, and it really boosted Northern Soul dancing and fashions in the discos down south as well as northern England.

The rest: Bachman-Turner Overdrive get a their lesser follow-up hit to a classic, Arrows also get a follow-up hit, the pleasant My Last Night With You – should’ve gone with I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, really, they had two series of music shows on ITV, Joan Jett took a shine to it while touring with The Runaways, hey presto worldwide hit. This was Arrows last gasp in the charts, sadly. Back again a year on, it’s Otis’ son Dexter Redding and God Bless – I really did like that one, wish I could get hold of a copy! Sha Na Na get a second hit with a record I have no memory of at all, but as Hot Sox exists nowhere online, I can say nothing about it all. Doh!

Finally, at a modest 50, it’s Number 9 Dream, John Lennon’s single from his Non-Yoko year and then-girlfriend May Pang adds backing-vocals. The single amusingly peaked at number 9 in the USA, but frustratingly only hit 23 in the UK charts, both vastly under-appreciating the genius of this record, quite possibly my favourite John Lennon solo track, give or take the Xmas song charting higher than it. It came to John in a dream, and it has a dreamy, otherworldly feel to it, and that melody is a killer, the nonsense chorus is just gorgeous. It remain’s John’s unknown classic, and high-time that was changed.

1 ( 5 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 1 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 4 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin
4 ( RE ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
5 ( NEW ) BRANDY Scott English
6 ( 3 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
7 ( 8 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
8 ( 6 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
9 ( 2 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
10 ( 12 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder

11 ( 20 ) GOODBYE MY LOVE The Glitter Band
12 ( 21 ) SUGAR CANDY KISSES Mac And Katie Kissoon
13 ( 26 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
14 ( 14 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
15 ( NEW ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
16 ( 7 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
17 ( 10 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
18 ( 11 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
19 ( NEW ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
20 ( 27 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill

21 ( 13 ) STARDUST David Essex
22 ( 19 ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
23 ( 16 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
24 ( 25 ) JANUARY Pilot
25 ( 17 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
26 ( 15 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
27 ( 9 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
28 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
29 ( 18 ) PURELY BY COINCIDENCE Sweet Sensation
30 ( NEW ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited

31 ( 36 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
32 ( 23 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
33 ( 24 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
34 ( 34 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
35 ( 35 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
36 ( NEW ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
37 ( NEW ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
38 ( NEW ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
39 ( 22 ) CRYING OVER YOU Ken Boothe
40 ( 30 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

41 ( 31 ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
42 ( 29 ) SO LONG Abba
43 ( 32 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
44 ( 33 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
45 ( NEW ) HOT SOX Sha Na Na
46 ( 40 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
47 ( 37 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
48 ( 48 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL Iron Cross
49 ( NEW ) MELTING POT Blue Mink
50 ( NEW ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

On TV I have yet to mention TISWAS, which in these days was not a national show, just regional around the Midlands area on ITV, it was a new anarchic, slapstick, hectic, jokey Saturday morning marathon kids TV show hosted by Chris Tarrant, future DJ, TV star, and host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, the original. Little kids loved the naughtiness and custard pies, bigger kids like me loved that Tarrant was taking the pee out of kids (without being nasty). It made a star of Lenny Henry, and Spit The Dog, had pop stars galore joining in the fun, and John Gorman ex-The Scaffold was on hand too. Eventually it spread to other regions and became a massive hit show (and even made the UK singles charts in 1980), but in 1975 I was there and a big fan ahead of the rest of the UK by quite a few years…

My 1974 Charts – December

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3rd December 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10th December 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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17th December 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


24th December 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


31st December 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

My 1979 Charts – October

My new college room

My new college room

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2nd October 1979

3 weeks for ELO on top, but the competition is so fierce that classic records I bought full-price, like Cars, actually drop. Michael Jackson gets his biggest solo hit since 1972 as Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough shoots up to 3, chased by The Police following up their number 1 with a message in a bottle at 5. Kate gets her 4th Top 10, Rainbow get their first (and last) and Quo just miss out at 12.

Supertramp, and The Tourists, go back up to new peaks of 14 and 15 respectively. Tusk, in the meantime, drums it’s way up 30 places to 19 and The Buggles take that video statement up 31 to 20. Squeeze, The Jags, Madness, Herb Alpert, The Headboys and The Little River Band all rise inside the 40, giving a very very busy chart. That’s not enough though! 12 new entries pop in, including The Dickies taking on The Moody Blues Nights In White Satin at 36: it must be heard to be believed! Following up the gorgeous Lady Lynda, The Beach Boys enter with the equally gorgeous Sumahama, a Japanese oriental-flavoured delight, while Judy Tzuke is For You at 53. Sad Cafe debut at 63, as do XTC at 66 with the brilliant, unusual and exciting Making Plans For Nigel, a record that is as relevant today as it was then in subject matter (nepotism of the rich). The O’Jays get 7 years of hits at 70, Gloria Gaynor 5 years at 74 – it’s I Will Survive part 2, sort of. Elton also makes it 8 years of hits as he goes full-blown disco again, after dabbling with older recordings of Philly soul sessions: Victim Of Love at 75 is a forgotten goodie.

Lincoln

Lincoln


Back in the UK a while, I was now back at College (hooray!), in new digs, on campus (hooray!) for the first time as I started my 3rd and final year (Boo!). Most of my friends were in the same block, Pete and Paul on my floor, Sue, Julie and Bev upstairs, which was great. Did some painting, shelves, cleaning bedroom, cleaning budgies, fish tank cleaning. I taught one of mum’s friend’s young sons how to get water moving down the pipe from the tank by sucking – he got a mouthful of fishy water, though! I hope that wasn’t the start of his lifelong substance abuse, he certainly seemed happier then.

Gracie Fields died, noted that Carry On The Khyber is the best Carry On, that MASH (practical joker episode) remained as good as ever 7 years on, and the Doctor Who episode in Paris was one of the best in ages, though I was still unsure about the new Romana. I watched Parkinson guests Terry Wogan and the marvellous Carol Channing have a great Python-esque show while the rest of the family had a huge argument downstairs, which meant Sue (brothers fiancee) had to go back home to her parents house (she’d been living with Mark here) while Ernie, the retired disabled father of the late next-door-neighbour still lived with us too in a 3-bedroom house. We have spent a lifetime often taking in people relations and family and it’s not always easy if things get fraught, as they tend to do when you have a lot of people in an overcrowded house. That, of course, is life in UK 2014 for many – just that’s it’s been life in mum and dad’s house in 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009….but not any more. Ernie, with mum and dad, took me to College, and he was always nice and appreciative of us till the day he died a few years later, but he was never happy with his condition, the loss of his wife and daughter, and really only his young grandson kept him going for a few years. When he got moved into a Council assisted flat development (staff on site, but own flats) the residents used to call it “Death Row” waiting to see who’d be next to go. It wasn’t that bad actually, certainly better than care homes and mental institutions I’ve seen.

1 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
2 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
3 ( 25 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
4 ( 6 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
5 ( 11 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
6 ( 3 ) CARS Gary Numan
7 ( 10 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
8 ( 13 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
9 ( 9 ) DREAMING Blondie
10 ( 15 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow

11 ( 5 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
12 ( 30 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
13 ( 7 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
14 ( 22 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
15 ( 35 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
16 ( 8 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
17 ( 12 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
18 ( 4 ) SAD EYES Robert John
19 ( 49 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles

21 ( 20 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
22 ( 14 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
23 ( 27 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
24 ( 38 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
25 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
26 ( 32 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
27 ( 53 ) THE PRINCE Madness
28 ( 50 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
29 ( 16 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
30 ( 18 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

31 ( 17 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
32 ( 44 ) RISE Herb Alpert
33 ( 24 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
34 ( 31 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
35 ( 19 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
36 ( NEW ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies
37 ( 26 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
38 ( 21 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
39 ( NEW ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
40 ( 47 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys

41 ( 28 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
42 ( 34 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
43 ( 33 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
44 ( 45 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
45 ( 39 ) LINES The Planets
46 ( 29 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
47 ( 41 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
48 ( 70 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
49 ( 43 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
50 ( 42 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

51 ( 23 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
52 ( 36 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
53 ( NEW ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
54 ( 46 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
55 ( 67 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
56 ( 52 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
57 ( 37 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
58 ( 48 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
59 ( NEW ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
60 ( NEW ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack

61 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
64 ( 58 ) DIFFERENT WORLDS Maureen McGovern
65 ( 62 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
66 ( NEW ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
67 ( 63 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
68 ( 64 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
69 ( 69 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
70 ( NEW ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays

71 ( 55 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
72 ( NEW ) THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS The Quads
73 ( 54 ) LEAD ME ON Maxine Nightingale
74 ( NEW ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
75 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John

TV
1 Star Trek: Court Martial
2 MASH
3 Carry On Up The Khyber: film
4 Rhoda
5 The Rockford Files
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Film ’79
8 Doctor Who
9 The Two Ronnies
10 Ned Sherrin: Christopher Reeves interview


9th October 1979

Michael Jackson gets his 2nd solo number one, 7 years after Ain’t No Sunshine, and it’s a brilliant Quincy Jones dance production, mixed with the first evidence that he was more than capable of writing his own great songs. It sounded like a disco step forward at the time – because it was. Still sounds great too. Quo go up to 4, Whatever You Want taking the throbbing riff and perfecting it – this is the best riffing Quo single, though surprisingly to some they had plenty of other non-riffing great singles.

Squeeze grab a 4th Top 20 entry, and Madness their first of a long run as The Prince hits 19. XTC, Judy Tzuke, Donna Summer, Dave Edmunds and Sad Cafe go top 40 along with Secret Service, no-hit wonders. The highest new entry is an advert song, Don’t Be A Dummy, at 49, while at 55 The Devil, apparently, Went Down To Georgia with The Charlie Daniels Band, a record I’d heard on my US holiday but hadn’t rated much. It was a grower, country fiddle-tastic.

Reggae? OK Fred, says Errol Dunkley new at 60, The Dooleys Are The Chosen Few, melodically tweeting at 67, and the funk run of soul singles by Earth Wind & Fire keeps shining a Star on my charts. The Nolan Sisters, before they dropped the sister and went pop, debut with a sweet enough old-fashioned pop song, Spirit Body And Soul at 70, The Eagles days are almost numbered for 30 years, as Heartache Tonight thumps in at 72, and the Atlanta Rhythm Section cover 60’s classic Spooky, jazzfunk style and grab 74 – Dusty Springfield has the definitive version, but it’s still pretty good. Lastly it’s The Skids with a 3rd frantic chanting punkpop single at 75, Charade!

Lincoln

Lincoln

Back at College, in my new digs, new room, I gathered a large crowd in my room watching my portable black and white TV, half-joking “I’ll have to throw them out” I said to a friend when we went for our meal in the dining hall, who bluntly repeated it when I got back, to my mortal embarrassment, bright red, and they sheepishly drifted off, never to return some of them. Aaghhh! The core group of holiday friends and Jane thankfully stayed for some USA holiday slideshow fun. Most of my gang spent weekdays out on Teaching Practice while I had lectures with 4th-year honours students – though no “honours” title to my degree, pah!

Snooker games, news of someone who’d failed exams and left, and the sudden realisation I had a 3-hour exam in 2 days on humour in 19th century novels and I hadn’t even got the books yet, swanning off to America all summer as I did. Agh! Revised like mad, answered only 2 questions and a big flop. The other 7 or 8 exam-takers joined me for consolation in my room afterwards, which meant I missed eating. Socialised lots with my growing gang of core friends, and had great fun, laughs, and noted they were all nice people. Ahhh good times!

Friday was ART day, developing my photos in the darkroom (I always enjoy seeing what develops in darkrooms © 1965), by far my fave subject, loved it. An ex-college friend who’d left in the 2nd year was back visiting the day before she should have been getting married (it was a late cancellation of the permanent kind, sadly), then home to mansfield for the weekend, babysitting for my lil’ cousins and Kenny Everett on Parkinson, yay! Then my brother announced he was getting married to Sue next September. Can’t say it wasn’t a busy week…..!

1 ( 3 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
3 ( 5 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
4 ( 12 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
5 ( 10 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
6 ( 9 ) DREAMING Blondie
7 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
8 ( 8 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
9 ( 7 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
10 ( 4 ) SAIL ON The Commodores

11 ( 6 ) CARS Gary Numan
12 ( 20 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
13 ( 15 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
14 ( 14 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
15 ( 23 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
16 ( 19 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 18 ) SAD EYES Robert John
18 ( 11 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
19 ( 27 ) THE PRINCE Madness
20 ( 24 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags

21 ( 26 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
22 ( 25 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
23 ( 13 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
24 ( 39 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
25 ( 17 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
26 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
27 ( 16 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
28 ( 32 ) RISE Herb Alpert
29 ( 63 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
30 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies

31 ( 66 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
32 ( 21 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
33 ( 28 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
34 ( 22 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 40 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
36 ( 53 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
37 ( 48 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
38 ( 55 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
39 ( 59 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
40 ( 31 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

41 ( 41 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
42 ( 30 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
43 ( 35 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
44 ( 38 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
45 ( 29 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
46 ( 34 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
47 ( 37 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
48 ( 42 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
49 ( NEW ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
50 ( 75 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John

51 ( 33 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
52 ( 43 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
53 ( 50 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
54 ( 47 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
55 ( NEW ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
56 ( 74 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
57 ( 60 ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack
58 ( 49 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
59 ( 45 ) LINES The Planets
60 ( NEW ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley

61 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 56 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
64 ( 54 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
65 ( 58 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
66 ( 70 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
67 ( NEW ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
68 ( NEW ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
69 ( 46 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
70 ( NEW ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters

71 ( 65 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
72 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
73 ( 52 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
74 ( NEW ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
75 ( NEW ) CHARADE The Skids

TV
1 Star Trek: Catspaw
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Doctor Who
4 MASH
5 Parkinson (sat)
6 Parkinson (wed)
7 Sykes
8 Talking Movies
9 Starsky and Hutch
10 To The Manor Born

16th October 1979

Another new number one as The Police get their 2nd chart-topper, the terrific frantic rock-reggae Message In A Bottle, and Sting very much being the pin-up man of the time (pin-up boys not being that much in demand). New in at 2, though, the group most-likely-to (knock ‘em off after 1 week) it’s Abba’s brilliant disco track Gimme Gimme Gimme – not only did it inspire a TV sitcom, that insistent catchy flutey sound was borrowed heavily by Madonna for her just-as-good Hung Up. By this time Abba hadn’t NOT topped my chart in four years (and would have had at least an additional 10 or 15 had I allowed album tracks). Bit of a fan.

Rainbow go top 3, and Fleetwood Mac charge their Tusk up to 5, incredibly only their second top 5 hit (after Dreams peaked at 3). The Buggles get into the top 10, under-appreciated quite frankly! Herb Alpert gets his 2nd Top 20 hit 11 years on, as he rises, while The Chosen Few takes The Dooleys into the top 40 for the 5th time or so. New in at 40, their 6th, it’s Chic with my forbidden lover – I’m lying, I didn’t have one, forbidden or otherwise, but it’s as classy as previous hits, albeit not quite as bass-ily classic!

In at 66, Lene Lovich has a 3rd hit with the utterly fantastic Bird Song, a complete change of pace, and still mad as a hatter in a touching way. Dusty’s back again with Baby Blue, her disco period, but this is a soulful disco minor classic that never became the hit it deserved to be, but giving my all-time fave female vocalist 11 years of hits. Steve Harley, meanwhile, has lost his Cockney Rebel’s, and bounced back with the great Freedom’s Prisoner at 64 5 years on from Judy Teen. Ian Gomm debuts at 67 with the gorgeous US hit Hold On: who he? He be ex-Brinsley Schwarz, and Cruel To be Kind British co-writer, that be who. Pure American-radio-sounding, it’s yet another UK flop, not being that much in vogue with New Wave UK.

Wrapping up the lower-end, The Sex Pistols keep on having that barrel scraped as the 3rd version of Rock Around The Clock charts, more of a shambles than a punk record, but might have been mildly amusing if the tw*t farting about on lead vocal hadn’t murdered his girlfriend before overdosing. Not that funny, after that. Viola Wills also covers an old 50‘s song, disco-fashion, that had been a hit in many different genres, big-band swing, country, wall-of-sound, latino-pop, ska before it added another hit notch here. It’s OK, thanks to the song more than the arrangement. Suzi Quatro is also back again with a romping poprock She’s In Love With You at 74, and at 75 it’s Nostromo with a dance version of the theme tune to the forthcoming sci-fi film Alien. Nostromo is the name of the ship, the tune is haunting and daunting from the brilliant Jerry Goldsmith, composer of movie soundtracks like, (pause for breath) Planet Of The Apes, Logans Run, Star Trek (5 of ‘em!), Gremlins, LA Confidential, Chinatown, The Mummy. Among others. Phew!

Back at college again, it was snooker games, a social group gathering in my room for TV & tea, where my review of Airport 80: Concorde was shared by Barry Norman on Film 79. Lots of friends, chatting, discussing, opinion-ating, and general fun times. Reading Lord Of The Flies for literature course – classic! Hanging about a bit with American exchange student Steve from Waukesha Wisconsin. Evenings, I’d forgotten how much my room was the social centre of the gang, I pretty much had a parade of visitors from tea-time till bed-time watching TV and chatting. Friday a gang of us over-crowded Paul’s car for a pub evening down at the Quay (The William IV’th). In town for records searching Saturday I bumped into my old form-tutor from school, Mrs Gibson. Entertained non-campus friends in the evening, but basically every single evening I socialised, an evening sat on my own watching TV was unheard of (I’m happy to say) as everyone wound down from the stress of Teaching Practice for a laugh.

1 ( 3 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
2 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 5 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
4 ( 1 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
5 ( 16 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 2 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
7 ( 6 ) DREAMING Blondie
8 ( 4 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
9 ( 12 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
10 ( 7 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

11 ( 8 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
12 ( 24 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
13 ( 11 ) CARS Gary Numan
14 ( 10 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
15 ( 9 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
16 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
17 ( 13 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
18 ( 14 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
19 ( 22 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
20 ( 28 ) RISE Herb Alpert

21 ( 20 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
22 ( 15 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
23 ( 31 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
24 ( 18 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
25 ( 17 ) SAD EYES Robert John
26 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
27 ( 19 ) THE PRINCE Madness
28 ( 35 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
29 ( 23 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
30 ( 25 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

31 ( 67 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
32 ( 60 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
33 ( 38 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
34 ( 37 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
35 ( 21 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
36 ( 36 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
37 ( 55 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
38 ( 49 ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
39 ( 68 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( NEW ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic

41 ( 39 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
42 ( 34 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
43 ( 50 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
44 ( 70 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
45 ( 27 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
46 ( 57 ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack
47 ( 33 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
48 ( 72 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
49 ( 56 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
50 ( 40 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

51 ( 32 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
52 ( 48 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
53 ( 66 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
54 ( 30 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies
55 ( 54 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
56 ( NEW ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
57 ( 44 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
58 ( 42 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
59 ( NEW ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
60 ( 41 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique

61 ( 53 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
62 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
64 ( NEW ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
65 ( 58 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
66 ( 43 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
67 ( NEW ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
68 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
69 ( 64 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
70 ( NEW ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols

71 ( NEW ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
72 ( 52 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
73 ( 47 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
75 ( NEW ) ALIEN Nostromo

TV
1 MASH
2 Star Trek: Who Mourns For Adonis
3 Roots: The Next Generation
4 Rhoda
5 Parkinson (sat)
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Doctor Who
8 Ripping Yarns
9 To The Manor Born
10 Mike Yarwood Show

23rd October 1979

Another week another new number one: of course Abba got there, it’s one of their great singles and it wasn’t on Voulez Vous (though there was yet another single to go from it). That makes it 12 in a row, far and away the longest run of number ones, and 13 in total. No other act has ever had a dozen in my chart, not even The Beatles and Pet Shop Boys.

The Buggles and Blondie finally go top 5, both deserved even better, and Dr. Hook finally go top 10, their 5th in 7 years. The Beach Boys get a 2nd Top 10 hit of the year, the lovely Sumahama being their 7th in 11 years. Had I allowed album tracks, Good Timin’ would also have done it from the same album, a harmony delight. XTC make plans for the top 20, OK Fred ragga raggas up to 17, The Dooleys get a 4th top 20, and Lene Lovich makes it 3 in a row as Bird Song flies up 40 places to 16.

The Sex Pistols mystifyingly make the top 40 while more understandably old faves the O’Jays double number one’s are long behind them, but are amiable enough singing a happy song at 39, and Steve Harley is at 40, freedom’s prisoner no more. Debuts for The Selecter and Matumbi, both decent singles, ska and reggae respectively, and The Undertones are back with their second great single, the very under-rated, and brilliant, You’ve Got My Number at 57.

B.A. Robertson has a 2nd pop gem, claiming he knocked it off amongst other football references. Cats UK fly in from Luton Airport: fear not it flew out just as quickly to everyone’s relief. The Stranglers go atomic, Bob Marley has a good social message which sadly will never stop being relevant as long as their are people, Van Morrison is a little more optimistic with one of his least-dreary records, and Queen continue to underperform in my charts with their 1979 singles as Crazy Little Thing Called Love rockabilly’s its way in at 74 – the abrupt change of style didn’t work for me at the time, but it’s a pop gem actually. Lastly, Atlanta Rhythm Section re-enter with a song Dusty recorded, as she rises with her new one: Spooky!


Back in digs, the stream of evening pals dropping by continues. I feel so loved! A dull poetry lecture, some photo lab-bing, some laughs with friends, some relationship developing between 2 of them (I was chaperone). Read “Pincher Martin”, snooker (I won), college cinema for “Jaws” I was gratified to see the American students just as reactive as they were in California a few weeks back “not dumb quiet like English”. A spot of Knights Of Ni Python silliness between ourselves afterwards, and Billy Connolly very funny on Parkinson. I got the boys in stitches of laughter when I announced to the girls we used the girls toilets on our side of the student block cos they were nearer than the men’s (it was down to the comic timing, you had to be there!). At the cinema I went to see spoof Dracula movie Love At First Bite with fave Susan Saint James in it: “good cast good script mildly amusing throughout…” which leaves me bewildered as to why it’s become so obscure these days, it’s never repeated. Doctor Who: “Excellent, best series in long time”. Post-wedding social-evening with non-campus friends, to complete another great week for me. I can see why I look back so fondly on those years compared to the 80’s…

1 ( 2 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
2 ( 1 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
3 ( 5 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 9 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
5 ( 7 ) DREAMING Blondie
6 ( 3 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
7 ( 4 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
8 ( 16 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
9 ( 12 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
10 ( 11 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush

11 ( 8 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
12 ( 6 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
13 ( 10 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 23 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
15 ( 13 ) CARS Gary Numan
16 ( 56 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
17 ( 32 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
18 ( 31 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
19 ( 15 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
20 ( 20 ) RISE Herb Alpert

21 ( 14 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
22 ( 39 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 37 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
24 ( 21 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
25 ( 25 ) SAD EYES Robert John
26 ( 26 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
27 ( 40 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
28 ( 28 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
29 ( 18 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
30 ( 19 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson

31 ( 22 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
32 ( 70 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
33 ( 36 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
34 ( 17 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
35 ( 49 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
36 ( 71 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
37 ( 30 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
38 ( 29 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
39 ( 53 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
40 ( 64 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley

41 ( 24 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
42 ( 27 ) THE PRINCE Madness
43 ( 43 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
44 ( 44 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
45 ( NEW ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
46 ( 35 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
47 ( 74 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
48 ( 75 ) ALIEN Nostromo
49 ( 42 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
50 ( NEW ) POINT OF VIEW Matumbi

51 ( 41 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
52 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
53 ( 48 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
54 ( 59 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 45 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
56 ( 38 ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
57 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
58 ( 55 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
59 ( NEW ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
60 ( RE ) CHARADE The Skids

61 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 63 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 67 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
64 ( 52 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
65 ( NEW ) LUTON AIRPORT Cats UK
66 ( 34 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
67 ( 50 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
68 ( NEW ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
69 ( RE ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
70 ( 65 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

71 ( NEW ) SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley & The Wailers
72 ( 68 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
73 ( NEW ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison
74 ( NEW ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
75 ( 61 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

TV
1 Star Trek: The Apple
2 Roots: The Next Generation
3 Parkinson (wed)
4 Top Of The Pops
5 For Pete’s Sake: film
6 Doctor Who
7 Parkinson (sat)
8 Friday Night Sunday Morning: film
9 The Rockford Files
10 Blankety Blank

30th October 1979

For the 4th week in a row it’s a new number one, even knocking off a new Abba single – Fleetwood Mac’s sprawling, ambitious, drum-thumping, everything-thrown-in-including-the-iamspamspamamisink marching Tusk. It shocked everyone at the time, following up Rumours, but I loved it. It’s fair to say if there hadn’t been so many great singles about Video Killed The Radio Star and When You’re In Love would have topped my charts as well as the UK’s.

Lene Lovich and XTC bring a bit of New Wave quirkiness into my Top 10, and there’s no Hold On Ian Gomm up 43 to 20. Highest new entry is both the first chart version of a song to be big 4 years on for Laura Branigan – Gloria – and also, as a double-pack single, 60’s melodic classic Everyone’s Gone To The Moon which I loved as a kid, helping Jonathan King to be one of my fave pop stars during the 70’s – always fun, despite being a terrible singer. Moon was supposed to be a piss-take of cliched pop drivel with trite lyrics, rhymes designed to use every lyrical cliche about. Trouble was, the tune was so strong it wasn’t at all obvious it wasn’t serious and could be taken straight, giving graduate-student JK a surprise hit and career. It didn’t qualify for my charts (I’d excluded reissues by then unless they charted in the UK) but the reality is it would have at least been as high as the much inferior Gloria, and likely a number one, had I allowed it.

Suzi Quatro’s back in the top 40, The Eagles also do it despite a little bit of heartache tonight, and The Nolan Sisters get their first Top 40 hit. Few new entries this week, but New Musik point the 80’s pop way with Straight Lines, a great debut entry at 47 from a great under-rated pop album From A To B chock-a-block with great singles and potential singles. Sham 69 have an abrupt change of style, Misty you’re a better man than I, and end their chart career in the process. On the one hand, phew! On the other hand the more ballady single should in theory have been a good way forward had some of their fans not been more into rioting and racism than actual music.

On TV, Doctor Who nearly knocks Star Trek off my weekly top spot, and back in student-land, visitors to Chez-John this week included Alan, Julie, Jeanette, Paul, Pete, Sue, Jane, Bev, Joe, Ian, Jane D. individually or in any combination thereof day or evening. Designed a poster for a screen print (for Art), came to the conclusion that one of my English Lit lecturers was a droning bore, and had tons of coursework and assignments assigned, such as Volpone. Boo! More snooker and laughs, after I won by 20 points for spite because I wasn’t allowed some points I felt I deserved, so I played “brilliantly” while pretend-mocking I was annoyed about it. Our American students hosted an American Studies lecture, which was fun, and I noted this weeks TOTP was crap – yes the one that was just broadcast on BBC4 as I type. It’s still crap.

Friday was an Art field trip to Bradford with Chuck my new American friend, Max, my art tutor, and 3 mature students, for a David Hockney exhibition – which didn’t overly impress me. Next stop was Sheffield for a Diane Arbus photographic exhibition, I do like her style to this day and choice of unusual people portraits. Late back, but not too late for a social evening for Paul’s Party in the student uni room, I refused to dance (as always in those days), though when a few punk tracks came on nearly everyone stopped dancing and I started – much more comfortable dancing to rock music (still am) The Cars, The Skids, The Sex Pistols which not many of our gang liked. Hey ho! Saturday in town, bumped into another ex-school teacher Mr Poole who i always liked, and had a quick chat. A pub afternoon in Anersley with Jane Dave and Paul, then the Rag Ball in the evening, with tie (against my principles, ties) and which I tried to get out of, the sound system and music pretty poor. Refused to dance again, but sulking cos I needed to stop having fun and knuckle down to the bloody pile of assignments – so Sunday was work day. Degrees, honestly, get spoilt by having to study and write rather than have fun!

1 ( 3 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 2 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
4 ( 4 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
5 ( 8 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
6 ( 6 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
7 ( 5 ) DREAMING Blondie
8 ( 16 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
9 ( 14 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
10 ( 7 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

11 ( 11 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
12 ( 12 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
13 ( 13 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 17 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
15 ( 27 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
16 ( 18 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
17 ( 20 ) RISE Herb Alpert
18 ( 15 ) CARS Gary Numan
19 ( 23 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
20 ( 63 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm

21 ( 9 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
22 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 10 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
24 ( NEW ) GLORIA/ EVERYON’ES GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
25 ( 19 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
26 ( 21 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
27 ( 47 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
28 ( 33 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
29 ( 45 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
30 ( 25 ) SAD EYES Robert John

31 ( 26 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
32 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
33 ( 36 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
34 ( 35 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
35 ( 44 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
36 ( 29 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
37 ( 40 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
38 ( 30 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
39 ( 53 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
40 ( 37 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

41 ( 24 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
42 ( 38 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
43 ( 57 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
44 ( 34 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
45 ( 31 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
46 ( 28 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
47 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT LINES New Musik
48 ( 48 ) ALIEN Nostromo
49 ( 54 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
50 ( 41 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

51 ( 43 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
52 ( 42 ) THE PRINCE Madness
53 ( 49 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
54 ( 59 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
55 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69
56 ( 52 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
57 ( 58 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
58 ( 68 ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
59 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 39 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
62 ( 55 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
63 ( 69 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
64 ( 74 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
65 ( 64 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
66 ( 46 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
67 ( 50 ) POINT OF VIEW Matumbi
68 ( 51 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
69 ( 71 ) SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley & The Wailers
70 ( 73 ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison

71 ( NEW ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
72 ( 72 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
73 ( NEW ) IF YOU REMEMBER ME Chris Thompson
74 ( 70 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
75 ( 75 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

TV
1 Star Trek: Metamorphosis
2 Doctor Who
3 Fawlty Towers
4 Roots: The Next Generation
5 MASH
6 Film 79
7 The Odd Couple
8 Starsky And Hutch
9 The Two Ronnies
10 Top Of The Pops