My June 1969 Retro Charts

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One of the few remaining song lyric cuttings from Weekend magazine that I used to cut out and keep, and in a moment of madness in my teens dumped cos I was “too old for that sort of thing” as you get told by parents keen to see you get rid of stuff. It’s had the opposite effect on me. I regret dumping stuff in my teens and now can’t dump anything much I quite like, oops!

14th June 1969

OK, this week 50 years ago, I “published” my 2nd official chart of my fave 20 songs within the UK top 30 singles, 11 years old, and seriously starting to get into noting songs down in notepads, including this chart. That’s it at the bottom of this 75, I can only excuse myself for loving Cliff & Des at 2 and 3 by virtue of being not even a teenager! That said, Glen Campbell, Chicken Shack, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel & Sinatra show a bit of sophistication for Primary School young John.

This week in 2019, it’s yet another classic on top as The Ballad Of John & Yoko gives The Beatles a 6th chart-topper in this retro run. In my actual charts of the time it had to wait until 1976 and 1989 to top my charts. That, for the moment, keeps off my 3rd-single-bought-ever at 2, and first album and first EP ever bought at 6. Mama Cass gets a 2nd top 10 solo, and Marmalade a 2nd top 20. The Youngbloods get a leap into the 30, and highest new entry is Neil Diamond’s signature song, the one that regularly recharts in the 21st century in the UK as a steady download/streaming classic that everyone knows. Back in ’69 I had never heard of it: I had to wait until 1971 when it’s UK chart success crossed-over onto radio in Singapore, at which point I taped it and went mad on it. So to me, it’s 2 years early and is indelibly linked with nostalgia for ’71! Sweet Caroline, take an early bow!

The Impressions get a big climb into the 40, and new songs are thankfully low in number to give my packed charts a bit of a breather. The Grass Roots goodie is one I bought on a greatest hits CD of theirs in Florida around 20 years ago after hearing it on oldies radio, I didn’t wait a million years to hear it, it was a mere 30 years or so. Ray Stevens at 66 is another of his novelty songs which is actually amusing still, some 44 years since I bought his Greatest Hits on vinyl: Along Came Jones is a sort of homage to the early movie westerns, gently taking the Michael at the cliches. Key moment: Ray as tied up heroine on the train tracks snapping at her hero to shut up cos she’s trying to sing. It’s funnier in his voice, trust me. Joni Mitchell gets a 2nd Clouds track, Steppenwolf re-chart 6 months on, Procol Harum get a 3rd entry, and Flying Burrito Brothers a second.

1 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
2 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 2
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 4
5 ( 2 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
6 ( 8 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 6
7 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 13 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
9 ( 6 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
10 ( 9 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1

11 ( 22 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 11
12 ( 16 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 12
13 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
14 ( 15 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
15 ( 19 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
16 ( 10 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
17 ( 14 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
18 ( 12 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
19 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
20 ( 24 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 20

21 ( 17 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
22 ( 51 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 22
23 ( 20 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
24 ( 21 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
25 ( NEW ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 25
26 ( 23 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 36 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 27
28 ( 29 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
29 ( 30 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 29
30 ( 34 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 30

31 ( 25 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
32 ( 27 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
33 ( 38 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 33
34 ( 54 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 34
35 ( 26 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
36 ( 37 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 36
37 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 37
38 ( 31 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
39 ( 42 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 39
40 ( 33 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5

41 ( 32 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
42 ( 28 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
43 ( 35 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
44 ( 39 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
45 ( 40 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
46 ( 55 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 46
47 ( 53 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 47
48 ( 64 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 48
49 ( 44 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
50 ( 43 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

51 ( 46 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
52 ( 56 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 52
53 ( 60 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 53
54 ( 47 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
55 ( 59 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 55
56 ( 52 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
57 ( 41 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
58 ( 62 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 58
59 ( NEW ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 59
60 ( 71 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 60

61 ( 65 ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 61
62 ( 58 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
63 ( 49 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
64 ( 57 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
65 ( 67 ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 65
66 ( NEW ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 66
67 ( 63 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 63
68 ( 69 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 68
69 ( 70 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 69
70 ( 72 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 70

71 ( 66 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
72 ( NEW ) CHELSEA MORNING Joni Mitchell # 72
73 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf # 73
74 ( NEW ) A SALTY DOG Procol Harum # 74
75 ( NEW ) SIN CITY The Flying Burrito Brothers # 75

MY 2ND ACTUAL OFFICIAL CHART of that week

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 3 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
3 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
4 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 5 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 9 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
7 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
8 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 13 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
10 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 15 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 18 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
16 ( 14 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
17 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 16 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
19 ( NEW ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
20 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker

 

7th June 1969

It’s yet again another classic key track taking a turn at number one – Zager & Evans woulda been the first record I ever bought had it been available in Singapore. Compare this “charting anything as soon as it was available anywhere in the world” chart (as in the same as current music biz) vs what my chart was that week 50 years ago and there are only 3 tracks in both charts. That isn’t all: most of the key singles for the rest of 1969 that I charted back in the day are already in the chart, all at once, meaning everything is underperforming on what they deserve.

In at 3, it’s the 3rd record I ever bought, again in Singapore Changi evening market record stall one balmy evening a couple of weeks after buying Elvis & Tommy Roe, and with a picture sleeve, far and away the best designed of any they had, and it was Singapore-only by the look of it. This link isn’t to mine but it’s exactly the same:

www.rootsvinylguide.com/ebay_items/rare-thunderclap-newman-7-something-in-the-air-polydor-singapore

Thunderclap Newman’s was a revolutionary record in more ways than one, Something In The Air being produced by Pete Townsend epic-stylee, social commentary still applies, only without the optimism these days, it’s a revolution of forces working to help destroy us all against all sanity. I was a kiddie enthusiast of all-things green, yet here we are 50 years later, pollution, environment, climate all being devastated, and human beings doubled in numbers having learned nothing from In The Year 2525, or even the bloody Archies’ kiddie-pop tracks like Mr. Factory. Talking of which…

The Archies Sugar Sugar enters at a lowly 8 cos it’s months early – The Archies EP (cardboard picture sleeve, 4 tracks) was the first EP I bought for the lead track (Sugar Sugar) and Everything’s Archie was the first album I bought myself after Xmas/birthday cash allowed me to, lead track Sugar, Sugar. I have about 10 or 15 copies on various formats. So I was a fan of the TV show music, and rhe single, co-written by Andy Kim, dropping this week. The B side is on the album when it’s released later in the year and enters lowly.

In at 7, The Beach Boys Breakaway, co-written by The Wilson brothers dad, and not just Brian, one of their most tuneful, harmonising and largely forgotten hits. One of my faves of theirs, and another one I had gifted to me a few years later by friends of mum and dad. Others: The Youngbloods future Dave Clark 5 hit, The Impressions, a track new to me, but very in tune with my opinions then and now about equality, and a fab track, Scott Walker with his last solo hit, Amen Corner doing a Roy Wood song (and one which I loved at the time, being as my pregnant cat was called Suzie), with minor Smokey & Valli singles sneaking in at the bottom. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
2 ( 1 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
3 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 4
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 5
6 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
7 ( NEW ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( NEW ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
10 ( 13 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10

11 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
12 ( 8 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
13 ( 15 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 13
14 ( 12 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
15 ( 9 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
16 ( 16 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 16
17 ( 10 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
18 ( 14 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
19 ( 22 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 19
20 ( 11 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9

21 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
22 ( 24 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 22
23 ( 20 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
24 ( 26 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 24
25 ( 17 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
26 ( 19 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
27 ( 23 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
28 ( 21 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
29 ( 33 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 29
30 ( 36 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 30

31 ( 27 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
32 ( 30 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
33 ( 29 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
34 ( 38 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 34
35 ( 31 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
36 ( 28 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
37 ( 42 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 37
38 ( 43 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 38
39 ( 34 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
40 ( 32 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32

41 ( 25 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
42 ( 53 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 42
43 ( 35 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
44 ( 37 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
45 ( 46 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 45
46 ( 41 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
47 ( 40 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
48 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 39 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
50 ( 44 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 44

51 ( NEW ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 51
52 ( 45 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
53 ( 55 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 53
54 ( NEW ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 54
55 ( 59 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 55
56 ( 60 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 56
57 ( 52 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
58 ( 56 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
59 ( 61 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 59
60 ( 65 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 60

61 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
62 ( 63 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 62
63 ( 64 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 63
64 ( NEW ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 64
65 ( 67 ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 65
66 ( 47 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
67 ( 69 ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 67
68 ( 62 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
69 ( 71 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 69
70 ( 70 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 70

71 ( NEW ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 71
72 ( NEW ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 72
73 ( 57 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
74 ( NEW ) DOGGONE RIGHT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE GIRL I’LL NEVER KNOW (ANGELS NEVER FLY THIS LOW) Frankie Valli # 75

7th June Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 13 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
4 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 5 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 12 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 11 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
10 ( 4 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin

11 ( 7 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
14 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
15 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
17 ( 15 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
19 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
20 ( 18 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers

 

21st June 1969

It’s up to number for my 3rd-ever single bought, the classic, epic Something In The Air, and it’s also the 3rd-ever chart I compiled down below, the week after the second-ever. My “original” charts in between my actual charts of the time were compiled a few years later to fill-in gaps, and they tended not to be volatile – cos how can they be if you don’t do them at the time? You can recall how much you liked a track, but now WHEN you liked it or went mad on it, or got a bit fed up with it. So this is the first indication of how volatile my tastes were: the two highest new entries would go on to become the 2nd and 3rd singles I bought, Family Dogg I went mad on overnight, Dizzy still wouldn’t budge, and Des O’Connor drops from 3 and out of the chart. Plenty of classic singles entering to replace the kiddiepop.

Back in “If 1969 was 2019 streaming and downloading” territory, and what I like now, it’s Crystal Blue Persuasion up to 2, with Kenny Rodgers getting his first top 10, and Marmalade their 1st as well. Neil Diamond gets his biggest track to date, though not his biggest song, as Sweet Caroline goes top 20, and Dave Dee & co get their final top 20 with Snake In The Grass making it their 6th.

Highest new entry is the supergroup debut of David Crosby (ex-Byrds), Stephen Stills (ex-Buffalo Springfield) and Graham Nash (ex-Hollies) with their harmony-specialising Marrakesh Express, hippie melodic delight, at 27, Neil Young not yet having joined them. I didn’t know the record at the time (when it was charting I was in not in the UK), liked it 5 years later when I heard it, and eventually bought it in 1981 by which time I was loving it and it would have topped my charts had I allowed oldies in.

At 37, Irish crooner Joe Dolan enters with the Albert Hammond song, one of many hits for him before and after, Make Me An Island. This was another record I was big on, not least cos my Aunty Eileen was also a big fan of it – my dad’s younger sister had been dating his RAF mate (often at our house on weekends during the chart show), and who became Uncle Tony around about this time when they got married. Aunty Eileen bought the record, and I still associate it with her in happier times – she died in April aged 74 of an aggressive cancer that spread rapidly.

Cilla’s back with another hit single, another I was a fan of, but Conversations is likely to be her last-but-one to chart reasonably well, I think. Desmond Dekker gets his follow-up It Mek, Billy Preston is still on Apple Records but minus the Beatles (at least in terms of a credit) on his gospel solo debut hit, Waylon Jennings takes House Of The Rising Sun and turns it effectively into a Murder Ballad with new lyrics – never heard it before in my life but I will be playing it a lot, it’s a goodie for his chart debut Delia’s Gone. Joe South is back again with yet another song that is better known in other versions – The Raiders had a US hit with it in 1971, and I bought it in January 1972 with birthday cash as it was the only way I was going to ever hear it again after I’d become obsessed with it on one listen on either Dave Cash’ Music Box, or Lift Off With Ayshea, the ITV late afternoon pop shows aimed at kids. Johnny Nash also later covered it reggae stylee. Paul Revere is still with The Raiders at this time, but not for much longer!

Finally, Dusty’s back with Dusty In Memphis out-take, Jim Reeves is still releasing smooth country ballads years after his death, Wilson Pickett covers Hendrix, and Tony Joe White returns with another future Elvis hit, the swamp country-blues-rock Polk Salad Annie, that Elvis massacred in 1973. This original version of his own song is muuuuch better.

1 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
2 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 6 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 1 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
6 ( 5 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
7 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 9 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
9 ( 12 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 9
10 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10

11 ( 8 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
12 ( 10 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
13 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
14 ( 14 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
15 ( 18 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
16 ( 25 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 16
17 ( 17 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
18 ( 22 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 18
19 ( 19 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
20 ( 30 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20

21 ( 21 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
22 ( 29 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
23 ( 20 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 20
24 ( 16 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
25 ( 34 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 25
26 ( 15 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
27 ( NEW ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 27
28 ( 24 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
29 ( 26 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
30 ( 33 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30

31 ( 23 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
32 ( 36 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 32
33 ( 39 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 33
34 ( 48 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 34
35 ( 32 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 37 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 36
37 ( NEW ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 37
38 ( 31 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
39 ( 35 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
40 ( 47 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 40

41 ( 27 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 27
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
43 ( 38 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
44 ( 40 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
45 ( 41 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
46 ( 44 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
47 ( 43 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
48 ( 52 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 48
49 ( 53 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 49
50 ( 59 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 50

51 ( 55 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 51
52 ( 49 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
53 ( 42 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
54 ( 60 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 54
55 ( 58 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 55
56 ( 51 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
57 ( 50 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
58 ( 46 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 46
59 ( 66 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 59
60 ( NEW ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 60

61 ( NEW ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 61
62 ( 45 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
63 ( 54 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
64 ( 56 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
65 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 65
66 ( NEW ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 66
67 ( 68 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 67
68 ( NEW ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 68
69 ( 69 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 69
70 ( 70 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 70

71 ( 57 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
72 ( NEW ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 73
74 ( NEW ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 74
75 ( NEW ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 75

wot I liked that week then, my actual 3rd-ever compiled chart 

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 19 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
3 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
4 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
6 ( 9 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
7 ( 13 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 2 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman

11 ( 14 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
13 ( NEW ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
14 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
15 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
16 ( 6 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
17 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
20 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull

 

28th June 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Thunderclap Newman, the first chart-topper in ages to manage more than one week as the same records continue to dominate. 50 years ago and the top of my chart was quite volatile, with records going up and down and back up again, and plenty of newies except the unshiftable Dizzy which dominated my life that summer as my Primary School days frittered away to the news soon that I had failed my 11-Plus. Not to worry, everyone else in the small village school also failed, bar one child of a teacher funnily enough – too many supply teachers, no consistency. I was genuinely surprised I had failed, to be honest, I was quite bright. No matter, RAF Seletar Secondary Modern in Singapore streamed kids and I passed the following year for Grammar School. My other new love was a teenage superhero group called The Legion Of Super-Heroes, published by DC Comics in Adventure Comics, set 1000 years in the future. Around 30 superheroes, they had been going strong since 1958, and on into the future, and were so exciting and groundbreaking Marvel Comics ripped most of them off. Wolverine? Nah, Timber Wolf had been going a decade by the time he turned up. Among many….

Highest new entries come from Clodagh, her second chart hit Goodnight Midnight was another fave, while Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay seeped it’s way into my awareness in Singapore later in the year without me really noticing – it was my fave Dylan track for many years once I did notice, though. These days Like A Rolling Stone anyday. Lower down and a second Tommy track pops in for The Who – I’m Free was a US hit, but didn’t hit in the UK until 1973, for Roger Daltrey: he completely reinvented it, a masterpiece of orchestral powerhousing, and vastly under-rated. I blame John Inman. At 58, it had been a UK flop in 1968 (despite being a huge radio hit) but Marty Wilde gets a US chart hit with Abergavenny – who’d a thunk it! He had to alter his name to Shannon though. 15 years later he had a change of sex and ethnic grouping and became a massive influential dance diva. Who knew!? :)

The 5th Dimension are back with a song Patti Drew popped into my charts in my retro 1968 rundown, and as usual they improve on a cover, this time the Neil Sedaka song Working On A Groovy Thing. There is one melody line that he re-used in Laughter In The Rain for himself 5 years later, after his career took off all over again. Toots And The Maytals debut, Roger Miller is back with the folk song Me & Bobby McGee which the soon-to-be-late Janis Joplin would cover and posthumously hit with. I prefer Roger’s version of the Kris Kristofferson song. He was great. At 74, another debut for 70’s and 80’s West Coast Rockers The Steve Miller Band. My Dark Hour is pretty much Steve and Paul McCartney rocking it up, after Macca had a fall-out at a Beatles recording session and threw himself into doing the drums and bass on this to get rid of the stress-aggression left-over. Finally, at 75, it’s another Hair song. There can’t be many left to chart….!


1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
2 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
3 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 3
4 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 2 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 6 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
7 ( 5 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
8 ( 9 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 8
9 ( 15 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
10 ( 8 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1

11 ( 16 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 11
12 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
13 ( 12 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
14 ( 11 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
15 ( 18 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
16 ( 10 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
17 ( 14 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
18 ( 17 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
19 ( 23 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
20 ( 20 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20

21 ( 27 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 21
22 ( 25 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 22
23 ( 37 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 23
24 ( 19 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
25 ( 21 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
26 ( 34 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 26
27 ( 32 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 27
28 ( 33 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
29 ( 24 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
30 ( 28 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1

31 ( 29 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
32 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 32
33 ( 36 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
34 ( NEW ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 34
35 ( 54 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 35
36 ( 26 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
37 ( 30 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30
38 ( 22 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
39 ( 40 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 35 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1

41 ( 31 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
42 ( 50 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 42
43 ( 51 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 43
44 ( 38 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
45 ( 39 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
46 ( 60 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 46
47 ( 44 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
48 ( 59 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 48
49 ( 43 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
50 ( 66 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 50

51 ( 46 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
52 ( 65 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 52
53 ( 61 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 53
54 ( 47 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
55 ( 55 ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 55
56 ( NEW ) I’M FREE The Who # 56
57 ( 45 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
58 ( NEW ) ABERGAVENNY Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 58
59 ( NEW ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 59
60 ( 52 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2

61 ( 42 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 28
62 ( 56 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
63 ( 69 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 63
64 ( 70 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 64
65 ( 49 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 49
66 ( 68 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 66
67 ( 57 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
68 ( 72 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 68
69 ( 73 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 69
70 ( 74 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 70

71 ( 75 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 71
72 ( NEW ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 72
73 ( NEW ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 73
74 ( NEW ) MY DARK HOUR The Steve Miller Band featuring Paul McCartney # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHERE DO I GO/ BE-IN (HARE KRISHNA) The Happenings # 75

My 4th Actual Chart this week 1969

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
3 ( 2 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
4 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 3 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
6 ( 8 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
7 ( 6 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
8 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell

11 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
12 ( NEW ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
13 ( 10 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
14 ( NEW ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( RE ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
16 ( 11 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles
18 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
20 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys

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