My Retro December 1967 Charts

2nd December 1967

In the revolving turntable of classics, it’s another week another fantastic new number one, Hello Goodbye being probably my fave Beatles record to date at the time, give or take Eleanor Rigby, and the Fabs 4th chart-topper of 1967, as I am The Walrus elbows out fellow classics clawing itself up to 4. Highest new entry is Scott Walker’s greatest, and most epic solo record, the wondrous Jackie. It would be fair to say I didn’t know it at the time, being a child and all, what with it being banned, but I came across it on a 1968 budget compilation LP I bought in 1976 – and became obsessed with it then (but didn’t allow it in my charts as it wasn’t a single reissue). Eventually it topped my charts in the noughties – a decade after Marc Almond took it to number as well.

Bruce Channel gets a big climb, very Northern Soul Gotta-See-Jane-ish, which is all I need. Al Green vaults into the 40 with a track I’d never heard in my life two weeks ago, and Classics IV enter high too with the fab Spooky, later covered beautifully by Dusty Springfield and also Atlanta Rhythm Section in the late 70’s (who included two members of Classics IV, rather co-incidentally). Julie Andrews goes top 40 with the fab Thoroughly Modern Millie, terrific lyrics and great fun, just like the movie.

Boyce & Hart enter at 52, no longer needing the Monkees to get a hit song, and vice versa, while The Small Faces bring a Tin Soldier just below them. The bottom 5 see 1967 returnees, and one debut – Fleetwood Mac cover an old blues song, and start a 50-year recording and hitmaking career. OK, in 2017 it’s been backing Buckingham & McVie who weren’t members then, but hey, it’s Mrs Mac, Mac & Fleetwood involved so that’s good enough for me.

1 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
3 ( 2 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
4 ( 6 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) JACKIE Scott Walker
6 ( 4 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
8 ( 7 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
9 ( 10 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
10 ( 8 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees

11 ( 12 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
12 ( 9 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
13 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
14 ( 17 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
15 ( 11 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
16 ( 22 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
17 ( 19 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
18 ( 21 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
19 ( 13 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
20 ( 28 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan

21 ( 14 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
22 ( 15 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
23 ( 18 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 20 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
25 ( 30 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
26 ( 23 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
27 ( 50 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
28 ( 34 ) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers
29 ( 24 ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
30 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who

31 ( 26 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
32 ( 29 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
33 ( 33 ) FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
34 ( 27 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
35 ( 32 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
36 ( 58 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
37 ( 39 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
38 ( NEW ) SPOOKY Classics IV
39 ( 31 ) THESE DAYS Nico
40 ( 54 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews

41 ( 35 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
42 ( 38 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
43 ( 36 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
44 ( 48 ) SARAH (LA FEMME QUI EST DANS MON LIT) Serge Reggiani
45 ( 65 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
46 ( 37 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
47 ( 41 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
48 ( 53 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
49 ( 74 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
50 ( 46 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes

51 ( 47 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
52 ( NEW ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
53 ( NEW ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
54 ( 51 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
55 ( 59 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
56 ( 42 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
57 ( 73 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
58 ( 43 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
59 ( 66 ) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
60 ( 67 ) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Five Stairsteps

61 ( 52 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
62 ( 75 ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
63 ( 44 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
64 ( 71 ) SAM Keith West
65 ( 40 ) I WAN’NA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
66 ( 49 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
67 ( 68 ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
68 ( 72 ) HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH Traffic
69 ( 56 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
70 ( 45 ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman

71 ( NEW ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ The Outsiders
72 ( NEW ) CHAIN OF FOOLS Aretha Franklin
73 ( NEW ) SUSANNAH’S STILL ALIVE Dave Davies
74 ( NEW ) IF I COULD BUILD MY WHOLE WORLD AROUND YOU Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
75 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE MY TIME AIN’T LONG Fleetwood Mac

 

 

9th December 1967

Scott Walker grabs a first solo number one with the epic Jackie holding off the epic highest new entry Renee, The Four Tops cover that outdoes the original in drama. Not to mention the Magical Mystery Tour EP invasion. With more than enough material for an album, from All You Need Is Love through to this, including b sides, the fabs missed a trick. 4 in the top 10 and 6 in the 75. A Cream classic is edged down to 23 as a new entry. Its worth pointing out that Tom Jones and other tracks were all considered top 3 certs by me before i started doing the charts and found that they actually were overwhelmed by so many even better tracks!

1 (5) JACKIE Scott Walker
2 (1) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 (2) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
4 (4) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
5 (3) WORLD The Bee Gees
6 (NEW) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
7 (NEW) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
8 (6) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
9 (NEW) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
10 (11) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band

11 (7) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
12 (14) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
13 (8) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
14 (16) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
15 (13) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
16 (10) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
17 (9) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 (18) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
19 (15) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
20 (20) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan

21 (12) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
22 (17) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
23 (NEW) I FEEL FREE Cream
24 (NEW) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
25 (25) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
26 (19) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
27 (27) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
28 (24) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
29 (26) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
30 (38) SPOOKY Classics IV

31 (21) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
32 (22) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
33 (36) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
34 (37) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
35 (40) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
36 (23) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 (45) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
38 (30) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
39 (NEW) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
40 (31) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra

41 (32) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
42 (35) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
43 (48) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
44 (49) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
45 (34) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
46 (52) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
47 (28) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers
48 (53) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
49 (29) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
50 (57) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays

51 (42) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
52 (50) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
53 (55) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
54 (41) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
55 (51) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
56 (59) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
57 (43) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
58 (60) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Five Stairsteps
59 (62) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
60 (54) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

61 (33)FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
62 (39) THESE DAYS Nico
63 (46) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
64 (64) SAM Keith West
65 (44) SARAH (LA FEMME QUI EST DANS MON LIT) Serge Reggiani
66 (NEW) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
67 (NEW) BLUE JAY WAY The Beatles
68 (71) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ The Outsiders
69 (72) CHAIN OF FOOLS Aretha Franklin
70 (61) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland

71 (73) SUSANNAH’S STILL ALIVE Dave Davies
72 (74) IF I COULD BUILD MY WHOLE WORLD AROUND YOU Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
73 (NEW) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
74 (NEW) GOOD COMBINATION Sonny & Cher
75 (NEW) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu

 

16th December 1967

Yet another new number one as the pace of classics stays strong – this time The Four Tops definitive cover of Walk Away Renee gives them a second chart-topper of 1967, and holds off The Beatles – ALL the four Beatles absolute fave classics resting in the top 10. Highest new entry is Harry Nilsson’s brilliant cover of One, giving him 2 top 10’s, and ahead of the first actual single off the new album (from which this is taken, a 1968 singles flop everywhere, and yet a track that is quite well known these days). That overshadows another non-UK single – from the Rolling Stones, the best track off their new album, She’s A Rainbow. That’s 7 non-singles in the top 20, and another 2 that were US hits only. The UK charts could have been even better than they actually were.

Paul Mauriat’s 1968 instrumental cover of Love Is Blue was a huge kiddie fave of mine on the Isle Of Anglesey, Caergiliog junior school, where we learned to play it on the melodica. Melodica’s were everywhere, these days obscure or what!? In at 28, almost equalling Vicky Leandros is one week. Another Beach Boys goodie pops in, though the version I knew best was the late David Cassidy’s 1975 hit UK cover – not as good as the original though. Peter Frampton & co are back for a second bite of the Miltonic cherry, Cat Stevens purrs in with another chart entry of the year, and Frankie Valli does Italian torch ballad, somewhat pioneered by fanboy Morrissey. Nancy Sinatra makes it 3 on the chart, as movie theme Tony Rome creeps in – just.

1 ( 6 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
2 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 1 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
4 ( 3 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
5 ( 7 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
9 ( 8 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
10 ( NEW ) ONE Harry Nilsson

11 ( 12 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
12 ( NEW ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
14 ( 20 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
15 ( 13 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
16 ( 10 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
17 ( 14 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
18 ( 18 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
19 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
20 ( 16 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees

21 ( 19 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
22 ( 24 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
23 ( 30 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
24 ( 21 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
25 ( 17 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
26 ( 33 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
27 ( 27 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
28 ( NEW ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
29 ( 35 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
30 ( 37 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black

31 ( 22 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
32 ( NEW ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
33 ( 26 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
34 ( 39 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
35 ( 29 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
36 ( 28 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
37 ( 23 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
38 ( 44 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
39 ( 32 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
40 ( 43 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold

41 ( 31 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
42 ( 38 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
43 ( 25 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
44 ( 46 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
45 ( 36 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
46 ( 40 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
47 ( 42 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
48 ( 48 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
49 ( 34 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
50 ( 50 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays

51 ( 41 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
52 ( 53 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
53 ( 73 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
54 ( 49 ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
55 ( 52 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
56 ( 45 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
57 ( NEW ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
58 ( 66 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
59 ( 59 ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
60 ( RE ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

61 ( 51 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
62 ( 55 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
63 ( 64 ) SAM Keith West
64 ( 75 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
65 ( 60 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
66 ( 54 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
67 ( 57 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
68 ( NEW ) KITTY Cat Stevens
69 ( 47 ) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers
70 ( NEW ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee

71 ( 56 ) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
72 ( NEW ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli
73 ( NEW ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
74 ( NEW ) MY BABY MUST BE A MAGICIAN The Marvelettes
75 ( NEW ) TONY ROME Nancy Sinatra

 

23rd December 2017

It’s back on top for Hello Goodbye for a second week as The Beatles hold down 1, 3, 6, 7 and 17 making sure that every track peaks lower than they otherwise would have. It’s a quiet week for new entries, one classic in at 9 for The Moody Blues, a song which would first chart for me in late 1972, top 3, and top my chart in 1979. Other newies are soul acts making reappearances in 1967, Joe South, Carla Thomas and King Curtis covering Stevie Wonder.

Elsewhere the O’Jays make my top 40 for the first time, 5 years ahead of 2 chart-toppers, and Al Green makes the top 20 4 years ahead his early 70’s classics.

1 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
3 ( 5 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
5 ( 4 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
6 ( 6 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
9 ( NEW ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
10 ( 10 ) ONE Harry Nilsson

11 ( 12 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
12 ( 9 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
13 ( 11 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
14 ( 14 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
15 ( 13 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
16 ( 23 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
17 ( 22 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
18 ( 15 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
19 ( 26 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
20 ( 28 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

21 ( 16 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
22 ( 17 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
23 ( 32 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
24 ( 21 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
25 ( 20 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
26 ( 34 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
27 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
28 ( 30 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
29 ( 18 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
30 ( 24 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry

31 ( 38 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
32 ( 25 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
33 ( 29 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
34 ( 27 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
35 ( 53 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
36 ( 57 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
37 ( 33 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
38 ( 35 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
39 ( 50 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
40 ( 44 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart

41 ( 31 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
42 ( 39 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
43 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
44 ( 40 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
45 ( 42 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
46 ( 41 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
47 ( 52 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
48 ( 58 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
49 ( 37 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
50 ( 60 ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

51 ( 47 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
52 ( 64 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
53 ( 45 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
54 ( 46 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
55 ( 43 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
56 ( 51 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
57 ( 55 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
58 ( 68 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
59 ( 59 ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
60 ( 63 ) SAM Keith West

61 ( 48 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
62 ( 73 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
63 ( 56 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
64 ( 62 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
65 ( 54 ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
66 ( 49 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 70 ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee
68 ( 61 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
69 ( 65 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
70 ( 72 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli

71 ( NEW ) PICK UP THE PIECES Carla Thomas
72 ( 74 ) MY BABY MUST BE A MAGICIAN The Marvelettes
73 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER King Curtis
74 ( 67 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
75 ( NEW ) NO SAD SONGS Joe Simon

 

30th December 1967

The final chart of 1967 sees The Beatles replace themselves on top, as the lovely Fool On The Hill becomes the 5th of the year for the Fabs. Nancy & Lee get yet another top 10, with the highest new entry for the gorgeously weird Some Velvet Evening. About a decade ago, days after Lee Hazelwood had died, I was on an exotic beach on a small cove in Crete and this came blasting out of the speakers on a small luxury yacht anchored nearby. Lee would have approved, I’m sure, with his talent for imagery. Also in at 11, the definitive version of Everlasting Love from The Love Affair, on the way up to beat Robert Knight’s peak.

In at 24, the lush soul country sounds of classic Ray Charles with a 40’s standard done perfectly by ray in 1960, and now a hit again in the States. The song has been covered by umpteen legends, but none better than this version (that I’m aware). Lalo Schifrin is a US TV theme legend, and would eventually hit the British charts with a version of the Jaws movie theme, while his own Mission Impossible theme would be a 90’s hit in 90’s dance style. I’ll stick with the cool original. Solomon King is another track on the 16 Big Hits Aussie LP dad bought in 1969 in Singapore: She Wears My Ring was easily my least-fave track on the album by some distance, but I have enough residual nostalgia for the big ballad to chart it anyway.

The Symbols do a second cover of the year, Neil Diamond also needlessly joins the covers brigade – the old Gary US Bonds hit, which would hit big in the UK for obscure pop act Harley Quinn. Not the DC character, though, but a fab version smack in the midst of glam rock. Neil’s isn’t quite that good, but it’s OK. Al Wilson would grab some 70’s success with Show & Tell and The Snake, but his soulful voice features on a future Four Tops hit cover Do What You Gotta Do. Not Levi Stubbs, maybe but then who is? It’s a good version. Jackie Wilson pops in with Higher & Higher part 2, essentially, as Cream & Hendrix sneak in with some Prog Rock classics. Like both the tracks, but never loved ’em to bits as some more Rock-oriented fans and critics do.

1 ( 3 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
2 ( 2 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
3 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
5 ( 5 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
6 ( 4 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
7 ( 9 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( NEW ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
9 ( 8 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
10 ( 6 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles

11 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
12 ( 12 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
13 ( 10 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 17 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
15 ( 15 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
16 ( 13 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
17 ( 19 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
18 ( 11 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
19 ( 20 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
20 ( 23 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys

21 ( 16 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
22 ( 14 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
23 ( 18 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
24 ( NEW ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
25 ( 36 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
26 ( 26 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
27 ( 24 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
28 ( 21 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
29 ( 22 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
30 ( 35 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed

31 ( 25 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
32 ( 28 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
33 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
34 ( 29 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
35 ( 30 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
36 ( 31 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
37 ( 48 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
38 ( 52 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
39 ( 32 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
40 ( 33 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews

41 ( 37 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
42 ( 38 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
43 ( 62 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
44 ( 34 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
45 ( 39 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
46 ( 42 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
47 ( 47 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
48 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
49 ( 58 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
50 ( 45 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who

51 ( 40 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
52 ( 61 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
53 ( 41 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
54 ( 51 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
55 ( 50 ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
56 ( NEW ) SHE WEARS MY RING Solomon KIng
57 ( 46 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
58 ( NEW ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
59 ( 59 ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
60 ( 70 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli

61 ( 57 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
62 ( 56 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
63 ( 44 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
64 ( 67 ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee
65 ( 64 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
66 ( NEW ) BEST PART OF BREAKING UP The Symbols
67 ( 54 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
68 ( NEW ) NEW ORLEANS Neil Diamond
69 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
70 ( NEW ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson

71 ( 71 ) PICK UP THE PIECES Carla Thomas
72 ( 69 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
73 ( 68 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
74 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream
75 ( NEW ) FOXY LADY The Jimi Hendrix Experience

My 1974 Charts – September

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3rd September 1974

Time was up: no job, so back to school for me along with a group of other re-takers for a year of GSE’s proper this time, and including mate Ian. Based in a newly-built 6th-form block, the teachers were much less condescending and willing to regard the students as not kids. All in all, a massive leap forward, even if a school uniform of sorts (albeit less strict and non-green-blazered, hooray!) was required. This was to become the first year of school I’d enjoyed since leaving Singapore.

In the charts, Mama Cass gets a 5th non-consecutive week on top while Mama Come Out is the highest entry at 12, Medicine Head’s 4th hit (in my charts – in the world it was a floppy) and rather fab. Kung Fu Fighting hits 7 – haiiii-ya! – while Abba’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Band replaces Abba’s song Honey Honey in the Top 10. I’ll say it again: I said I was an Abba fan from the moment I saw them!

Pans People get a new entry at 13. No, you’re not imagining things, they had an actual stab at being pop stars, and it was written and produced by Mike Batt, a bit moody, a bit rockpop. I loved it, the vocals could have been better of course, but I forgive them! Alvin You You You’s up to 18, meanwhile, while it’s pure Silly Love at 20 for 10CC, his 4th Top 20, their 6th. New entries for soulster songwriter Johnny Bristol and his wonderful Hang On In There Baby at 27, while his terrific song Love Me For A Reason, as covered by the Osmonds, slips in at 40, under-appreciated by me at the time (but loved by me now). Leo Sayer gets his 3rd hit with the jolly-sounding Long Tall Glasses, Syreeta debuts at 29 with the sweet Spinnin’ and Spinnin’, not only Stevie Wonder’s missus of the time and written by both, but a great singer. Finally, Mike McGear’s in at 30 (aka Mike McCartney, Paul’s bruv) with Paul’s very-Wings-tastic song Leave It, just a few places lower than the actual Wings-tastic Mrs Vandebilt.

In the diminishing oldies chart JK’s Hooked On A Feeling is reissued following its cover-version by Blue Swede – and it tops my chart for the 2nd time. Oogachagga oogachagga…!

1 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( 3 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( 6 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
4 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 2 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 5 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
7 ( 11 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
8 ( 16 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
9 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 4 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( NEW ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
13 ( NEW ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
14 ( 13 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
15 ( 9 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
16 ( 12 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
17 ( 10 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
18 ( 25 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
19 ( 20 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
20 ( 28 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.

21 ( 18 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
22 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
23 ( 15 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 23 ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
25 ( 17 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
26 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
27 ( NEW ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
28 ( NEW ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
29 ( NEW ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

31 ( 19 ) Y VIVA ESPANA Sylvia
32 ( 24 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
33 ( 26 ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace
34 ( 27 ) RING RING Abba
35 ( 29 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
36 ( 30 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
37 ( 31 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
38 ( 32 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
39 ( 33 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
40 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON The Osmonds

OLDIES!

1 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
2 ( 3 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
3 ( 1 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
4 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
5 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 5 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
7 ( 6 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
8 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( 8 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
10 ( 9 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
11 ( 10 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 11 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
13 ( 13 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
14 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
15 ( 14 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound
16 ( 15 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
17 ( 18 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
18 ( 16 ) STAY WITH ME The Faces

10th September 1974

A brand new entry at 1 for Magpie presenter Mick Robertson, like Pans People at 3 trying to have a pop career. Both were good tries, though the tango wasn’t exactly in vogue in 1974, the record managed to get on TOTP and I was mad on it for a while. Other TV shows having less of an impact on my charts would have been: Doctor Who (of course!), Rising Damp, Planet Of The Apes, Rhoda and The Goodies, whereas at the movies the disaster movie was taking over, notably The Towering Inferno which was terrific when it came out.

Ray Stevens goes back up to a new peak of 4 with his novelty track giving my entire Top 5 a non-UK-hit-floptastic quality (and 7 of the 10 failed to chart, as my tastes and the singles chart went their own ways). That said, Andy Fairweather-Low’s fab Reggae Tune did chart in both, and in at 14 here, his first chart hit since Hello Susie when Amen Corner charted with Roy Wood’s song 5 years earlier. Elton has another go at a rocking single, for a change, and it wasn’t bad, the title Bitch Is Back hinting at future campness, and in at 17.

I Am Missing You is in at 27, another non-hit, and very Indian-sounding to my delight, from Ravi Shankar and his friends: one in particular being George Harrison, who gave it a Phil Spector production, joined in, and released it on his own Dark Horse label. Sadly, I was one of the few to bother buying it! Ravi wrote a top notch toon, and of course donated Norah Jones to the world 5 years later, and a much longer chart career and sales than her dad. At 28, the one-hit (UK charts) wonder that is Brian Protheroe with the absolutely gorgeous Pinball, sounds as good as it did 40 years ago. Joni Mitchell meanwhile grabs another popchartfreak hit single with the delicious Free Man In Paris, her 3rd of the year and taken again from the wonderful Court And Spark album. Finally, sneaking in at 30 is Noosha Fox and the very odd and unusual breathless pop of Only You Can, which I loved right away. It took the UK record buyer 3 months to decide they liked it too.

1 ( NEW ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 13 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
4 ( 17 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
5 ( 4 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
6 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
7 ( 12 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
8 ( 6 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
9 ( 14 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
10 ( 10 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band

11 ( 7 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
12 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
13 ( 3 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
14 ( NEW ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
15 ( 15 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
16 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
17 ( NEW ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
18 ( 16 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 29 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
20 ( 27 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol

21 ( 28 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
22 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
23 ( 26 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
24 ( 20 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
25 ( 19 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
26 ( 8 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
27 ( NEW ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
28 ( NEW ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
29 ( NEW ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
30 ( NEW ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

31 ( 18 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
32 ( 21 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
33 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
34 ( 24 ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
35 ( 25 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
36 ( 30 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
37 ( 37 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
38 ( 34 ) RING RING Abba
39 ( 36 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
40 ( 38 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

Over in the oldies chart, Jonathan King gets a 2nd week on top, and new in at 7 is The Yamasukis – I say new, but actually it’s a drop from 2 in the actual singles chart having suddenly found out it’s an old record and transferred it over. A minor follow-up hit in the UK, and second-time around, it’s 1968 Motown gem Gotta See Jane from R.Dean Taylor, a literally driving dance number, “mmmm red lights green lights speeding through the dark nights”, ahhh just fab fab fab. In at 9, and on the budget album wot I bought, it was. Lastly, as hilariously parodied by The Goodies the following year, in at 13 it’s Presley: Reg Presley and the terrific Wild Thing. (Goodies: Hold me…tight. (strangling sound) Not. Quite. That. Tight). The Troggs became better known for allowing Wet Wet Wet to ruin one of Reg’s sweetest songs – though he WAS laughing all the way to the crop circles.

1 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
2 ( 4 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
3 ( 3 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
4 ( 2 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 6 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
6 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
7 ( NEW ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
8 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( NEW ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
10 ( 7 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air

11 ( 10 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 9 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
13 ( NEW ) WILD THING The Troggs
14 ( 14 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
15 ( 12 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
16 ( 15 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound

17th September 1974

My singles-buying was helped heavily by my blagging my way to continue doing swimming in Gloucester town centre swimming pool, along with mate Ian, as a means of avoiding rugby and cricket – there weren’t any other sports on the agenda, and they were the two most-hated sports of all as far as I’m still concerned. That meant I could continue to get cheap ex-chart singles as soon as they hit the bargain bins. Yay!

It’s 2 weeks for Mick Robertson and his frizzy hair on top. If only Susan Stranks had joined him in a duet on a record! Up to 4, ex-Amen Corner singer Andy gets his 2nd-biggest hit, after Half As Nice topped the chart in 1969. The Commodores fabby funky instrumental jumps to 6, machine gunning Syreeta at 7, who’s left spinnin’ and spinnin’ in a very melodic Stevie-Wonder-fashion. Rufus almost make the 10, though Chaka and Rufus had bigger hits ahead, as did Elton at 12.

In at 18, Sparks make it 3 out of 3 with the fab insistent Something For The Girl With Everything, a future single in 1975, but here an early album track hit as I am left bemused as to why they went with a different 3rd UK hit single. Same goes for Macca, Mrs Vandebilt at 20, such an obviously great single-that-wasn’t. At 22 is Reunion, a group of studio musicians based around Joey “Yummy Yummy Yummy” Levine, 60’s bubblegum act Ohio Express. The song is regarded as a novelty, but it’s much better than that, it’s a speed-rap history of rock, pop, soul, blues in 3 minutes, the number of acts name-checked is (literally) breath-taking to try keeping up with, and the chorus is singalong delight. It was an actual UK chart hit too, as well as the USA.

Elton’s gal (on his Rocket record label) Kiki Dee gets a second hit with the rocking Music In Me, still sounds terrific. Don Covay funks in with It’s Better To have, and Polly Brown gets her 2nd hit in the chart with Up In A Puff Of Smoke (that’s her in Sweet Dreams), minus the black make-up this time. Over in the oldies chart, JK gets a 3rd week on top, his 4th in total, but R. Dean is nipping at his heels. Splishing splashing – calling out her name I gotta see Jane. Fan-bloody-tastic.

1 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 3 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
4 ( 14 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
5 ( 5 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
6 ( 12 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
7 ( 19 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
8 ( 4 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
9 ( 16 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 7 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head

11 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
12 ( 17 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
13 ( 10 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
14 ( 28 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
15 ( 20 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
16 ( 13 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
17 ( 21 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
18 ( NEW ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
19 ( 15 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
20 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

21 ( 23 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( NEW ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
23 ( RE ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
24 ( 29 ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
25 ( 30 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
26 ( 27 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
27 ( 36 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
28 ( NEW ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( NEW ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
30 ( NEW ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay

31 ( 6 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
32 ( 8 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
33 ( 9 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
34 ( 11 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
35 ( 24 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
36 ( 25 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
37 ( 26 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
38 ( 31 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
39 ( 32 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
40 ( 33 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

1 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
2 ( 9 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
3 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
4 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 3 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
6 ( 7 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
7 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 5 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
9 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 13 ) WILD THING The Troggs
11 ( 10 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
12 ( 11 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
13 ( 15 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
14 ( 14 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

24th September 1974

3 weeks on top Tango-ing, and Pans People dance into 2nd place. Up 22 places to 4 though, it’s Ravi Shankar, as the melody kicks into my mind, leapfrogging Syreeta who gets a Top 5 hit with a Stevie Wonder co-write, as a full-write Wonder song hits 10 for Rufus. Stevie was so prolific during this period he could afford to give away loadsa great songs. Elton bitches his way to 9, love those buzzsaw guitars and the venom-in-cheek. Mike McGear replaces his brother at 20, and there’s a bunch of new entries..

The first of only two examples of an album making my chart pops in at 7 – a schoolmate took it into the 6th form revision area and played it, and it blew my mind it was so unusual. It was a follow-up album, instrumental, and a complete work, no tracks, so I allowed it in. It was called Hergest Ridge and the young whippersnapper was called Mike Oldfield on new label Virgin run by a young hippie called Richard Branson. I wonder if he became a high-flyer…?

Highest new single entry is Pilot’s follow-up hit, the less good (but more commercial, and debut UK/US hit) Magic. Very catchy though. At 22, an utterly obscure unobtainable single on RAK records by Barry Reynolds, Outsiders Point Of View: more of a prog rock act, this was one slow sultry falsetto soul-rock fusion that deserved to be big. I’ve just heard it for the first time in 40 years on youtube, and it’s fab, not dated at all. I believe young Barry went on to guide Marianne Faithful’s Broken English phase and onwards. I want this single badly!

At 23, the recently late folk semi-legend Dory Previn with Coldwater Canyon, a Joni Mitchell-esque appeal to me, while at 25 Thunderthighs return with a second hit, not quite the dramatic cinematic Lynsey De Paul song this time (nor Walk On The Wild Side either), but a halloween novelty song that’s a barrel of laughs. It’s cheesy in a great way, and really should be played each year at the end of October right after Monster Mash. It’s Dracula’s Daughter and sounds like you’d imagine it would, horror effects and girlie vocals and monster-movie lyrics. Suzi Quatro, meanwhile, gets her 6th straight Top 30 hit with The Wild One and at 30 it’s Alaska. Who? No idea, google doesn’t help me, it’s that obscure. I never bought it, and just have an image of a sort of pleasant harmony track. It was a long time ago…!

1 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 3 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
3 ( 4 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
4 ( 26 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 7 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
6 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
7 ( NEW ) HERGEST RIDGE Mike Oldfield
8 ( 5 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
9 ( 12 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
10 ( 11 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus

11 ( 13 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 15 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
13 ( 14 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
14 ( 6 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
15 ( 8 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
17 ( 22 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
18 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
19 ( 10 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
20 ( 27 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

21 ( NEW ) MAGIC Pilot
22 ( NEW ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
23 ( NEW ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
24 ( 19 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
25 ( NEW ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
26 ( NEW ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
27 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
28 ( 29 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
29 ( 30 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
30 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska

31 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
32 ( 16 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
33 ( 17 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
34 ( 20 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
35 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
36 ( 24 ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
37 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
38 ( 31 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
39 ( 32 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
40 ( 33 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel

On the oldies chart, R. Dean Taylor gets his 2nd Number 1 of the year the poundingly brilliant Gotta See Jane, while Dave Edmunds enters at 2 with his classic 4-year-old I Hear You Knocking, a song I missed at the time (being in Singapore) but caught in the year-end chart rundowns of late 1971 and loved. A kiddie-fave of mine from 1968 pops in at 6, the charmingly quirky, and so-so 60’s Judy In Disguise, taking me back to RAF Swinderby days. With Glasses! At 12, it’s a future ELO USA hit (1976ish) but here it’s a Move B Side to California Man from 1972. That’s very fair though, as Jeff Lynne wrote it, it’s the last side of the last Move single, and the next thing he did was ELO’s 10538 Overture, so it’s beautifully connectivizing. Made-up word! Do Ya? Not ‘arf pop-pickers!

1 ( 2 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
6 ( NEW ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred And His Playboy Band
7 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 6 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 8 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
10 ( 9 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
11 ( 10 ) WILD THING The Troggs
12 ( NEW ) DO YA The Move