My Retro July 1968 Charts

6th July 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for the epic Last Night In Soho, holding off a challenge from the equally epic Dusty Springfield song I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, my all-time fave Dusty song of many close challengers. Not only are these 2 of my fave songs of 1968, the 60’s, but easily right up there in my all-time list. How much do I love the music of this period? Well, Jackie Wilson enters at only 17 with the brilliant my-actual-chart 1972 top 10, 1975 top 30 and 1987 chart-topper, I Get The Sweetest Feeling. Mama Cass topped my chart in 1997 and is only at 6, Steppenwolf did it in the 90’s and yet can only hold at 18. Just fantastic records all.

In at 34, a song I’ve always loved – but never heard the original before! In comes Jerry Jeff Walker at 34, it’s writer. Robbie Williams did a fab cover, among many like Sammy Davis Jr. Martha Reeves and The O’Jays have good climbs into the 40 as the lower end of the chart is awash with goodies new to me, and familiar both. Tammy Wynette scrapes into the 50 – it did slightly better in 1975 when I only compiled a 50 so that’s a handy yardstick for 1968 retro charts. P.P. Arnold’s good, but not as good as Merrilee Rush’s, version of Angel Of The Morning is in at 58, Bobby Vinton’s good, but not as good as Bully Fury’s, version of Goffin & King’s Halfway To Paradise is in at 68, and The Nice’s ELP-ish (not surprisingly) good, but not as good as the movie soundtrack’s, version of America is at 73, and Otis Redding’s, and just as good as The Black Crowe’s, version of Hard To Handle is at 72.

Some familiar fab soul from The Four Tops enters at 62, and unfamiliar enters at 64 for Curtis Mayfield & chums, and some Stevie “sounding familiar but not” Wonder at 75, leaving just some brand new to me Bubblegum from 1910 Fruitgum Co. at 70. I think I’ve overdosed on Simon Says over the 50 years, cos 1, 2, 3 Red Light sounds much fresher, and makes me feel 10 years old without having ever heard it in 1968. Bizarre!

1 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( NEW ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
5 ( 3 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
6 ( 12 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
7 ( 4 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
8 ( 9 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 13 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
10 ( 5 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 7 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
12 ( 8 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
13 ( 20 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 11 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
15 ( 17 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
16 ( 10 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
17 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
18 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
19 ( 15 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
20 ( 16 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis

21 ( 14 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
22 ( 19 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
23 ( 32 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
24 ( 21 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
25 ( 22 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
26 ( 23 ) NEXT Scott Walker
27 ( 24 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
28 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
29 ( 27 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
30 ( 39 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s

31 ( 25 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
32 ( 26 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
33 ( 31 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
34 ( NEW ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
35 ( 34 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
36 ( 35 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 33 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
38 ( 54 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
39 ( 60 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
40 ( 38 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

41 ( 36 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
42 ( 30 ) BOY Lulu
43 ( 37 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
44 ( 29 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
45 ( 47 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
46 ( 40 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
47 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 44 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
49 ( 45 ) VALLERI The Monkees
50 ( 56 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

51 ( 41 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
52 ( 59 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
53 ( 58 ) THE SNAKE Al Wilson
54 ( 52 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
55 ( 46 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
56 ( 63 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
57 ( 42 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
58 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
59 ( 70 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
60 ( 57 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

61 ( 43 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
62 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
63 ( 66 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
64 ( NEW ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
65 ( 67 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
66 ( 75 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 71 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
68 ( NEW ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
69 ( 69 ) (LOVE IS LIKE A) BASEBALL GAME The Intruders
70 ( NEW ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

71 ( 50 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
72 ( NEW ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding
73 ( NEW ) AMERICA The Nice
74 ( 53 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
75 ( NEW ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

 

13th July 1968

It’s a first week on top for Dusty Springfield’s most fabulous vocal performance and melodramatic song – in my very first retro chart compiled when I got hold of a book of charts in the 70’s – Sept 1968 was my starting point – Dusty was still hanging in the UK charts and so started off at 2 before dropping out as she fell out of the UK charts (strictly based on the UK charts in those days). Most likely she would have had a good 5 chart-toppers by this point had I started earlier. Rival girliepop chanteuse Petula is back again with another of her classic Hatch/Trent tunes in at 4, quite probably my all-time fave of hers give or take Downtown or in recent years the fab cool Cut Copy which topped my chart a few years back. An obsession of mine from Singapore reel-to-reel days, Don’t Give Up is all sweeping strings and stirring melody.

Jackie Wilson enters my top 10 with the ever-recurrent classic, The Moody Blues get a 2nd top 10 with one I didn’t know until recently, and one of The Beach Boys best late-60’s post-Brian tracks is in at 22, Do It Again, nostalgia slipping in for the old surfer days. Tom Jones is also back again with another goodie, at 32, Help Yourself was upbeat and jolly and ol Tom flung ’em out with ease those days. Big climbs into the 40 for The Four Tops, The Toys and P. P. Arnold replacing the original Angel Of the Morning.

A Fleetwood Mac blues classic enters at 42, a future Kirsty MacColl hit enters at 46 for The Kinks – remarkably a record I don’t associate with 1968 at all, just don’t recall it being around then. One I very much DO associate with the Summer of ’68 is Sunshine Girl at 48 for Herman’s Hermits. There was an alternate playground version which ran rampant in the Junior School and area I lived in at the time. It went “Sunshine Girl I’m Looking down your bra, I see 2 round things, I wonder what they are, will you invite me, to squeeze them tightly – not bloody likely, my Sunshine Girl!” You had to be 10 years old, I guess…..

Some fab James Brown, some fab Bill Medley, some good Archie Bell, some good Ray Stevens, and some decent enough Bobby Vancouver, Nancy Sinatra & The Rascals bring them all back into my charts. That leaves a debut from Flavor. Who? No idea but they sound like Spencer Davis’ Gimme Some Lovin’ morphed with bubblegum, and that’s a reasonable reason to chart it.

1 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
5 ( 6 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 5 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 4 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
8 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 17 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 23 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues

11 ( 7 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
12 ( 13 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
13 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
14 ( 15 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
15 ( 12 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 11 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
17 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 9 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
19 ( 14 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
20 ( 19 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 16 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
22 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
23 ( 20 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 22 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
25 ( 21 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
26 ( 30 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
27 ( 25 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
28 ( 24 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
29 ( 34 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
30 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie

31 ( 26 ) NEXT Scott Walker
32 ( NEW ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
33 ( 38 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
34 ( 29 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
35 ( 62 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
36 ( 27 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
37 ( 39 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
38 ( 58 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
39 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 35 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

41 ( 36 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 40 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
44 ( 64 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
45 ( 33 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
46 ( NEW ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 32 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
48 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
49 ( 31 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
50 ( 48 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

51 ( 49 ) VALLERI The Monkees
52 ( 68 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
53 ( 59 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
54 ( 37 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
55 ( 56 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
56 ( 66 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
57 ( 67 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( 46 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
59 ( NEW ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
60 ( 54 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love

61 ( 60 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
62 ( 42 ) BOY Lulu
63 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
64 ( 75 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
65 ( 41 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
66 ( 70 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
67 ( 51 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
70 ( 72 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
72 ( 43 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
73 ( NEW ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE GOT TO FREE The Rascals

 

20th July 1968

It’s a second week on top for Dusty in a quiet week for new entries, thankfully, giving great songs a chance to reach at least a chart position that is more deserving than the one’s they are being forced to accept. Most of my top 20 has been, or would have been if reissued, chart-toppers as oldies. It’s not just the sheer volume of great tracks, it’s the variety musically, something that modern streaming-based charts lack. I suspect growing up in an era of innovative new music across a whole spectrum, and coming across music from a wide variety of cultures in Singapore, is the reason i find the one-dimensional nature of the worldwide streaming hits a bit frustrating. Still great records in there, but many more don’t become hits like they used to.

Steppenwolf go top 10, as does Roy Orbison, technically for the first time, though it really isn’t as Pretty Woman would have topped my 6-year-old-me charts for weeks, I was obsessed with it. The Beach Boys go top 20, as is the norm, as they Do It Again, and Andy Williams covers The Impossible Dream, following in the shoes of Glen Campbell, from his then-latest album and a 2017 TV advert backdrop which worked very well. Andy was pure class when he did covers (as he usually did), crooning with style and it’s a great dramatic song and performance.

Fleetwood Mac soar into the 30, and James Brown calms down the funk to my approval, a sort of 50’s retro soul combo which works well as it cries it’s way into the 40. Bill Medley hits the emotional power soul button and leaps up too, as Bobby Vinton’s sweet cover of Halfway To Paradise isn’t far behind. Another week, another Marvin & Tammi new entry, and another great one: one of the big surprises to me of doing these retro charts is just how many hits they had, and how good they were. Pretty much from my 70’s onwards viewpoint it was The bloody Onion Song and that was it, until a few acts started covering them. Outrageous that they should hit big with one of their most annoying records in the UK.

Ray Stevens gets a 2nd chart entry hot on the heels of his serious re-record of Funny Man. Mr. Businessman was a nice spot of social commentary for the time, and still remains ideologically relevant. Canned Heat debut with On The Road Again – one I quite liked at the time, but always had slight problems with the vocal style. I’ve grown to like the late Alan Wilson vocals these days, tragically dead in 1970. Timebox cover the Four Seasons – well, who hasn’t – and Beggin’ went from being quite obscure to being one of their most-famous songs in the 21st century, following Jersey Boys and a Madcon hit cover version. Fab song, this version is decent enough. Patti Drew debuts, groovily, and lastly Nirvana grab a second much-lesser track on the chart. It’s OK but no Rainbow Chaser.

1 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 4 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
5 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 10 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( 9 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
8 ( 6 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
9 ( 13 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
10 ( 12 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison

11 ( 7 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
12 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
13 ( 11 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
14 ( 22 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
15 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
17 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 16 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
19 ( 18 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
20 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 19 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
22 ( 21 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
23 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 35 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 32 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 29 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( NEW ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
28 ( 42 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 37 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
30 ( 38 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 24 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
32 ( 27 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
33 ( 59 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
34 ( 63 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 28 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
36 ( 30 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
37 ( 31 ) NEXT Scott Walker
38 ( 52 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
39 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 25 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones

41 ( 44 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
42 ( 34 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
43 ( 26 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
44 ( 36 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
45 ( 48 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 40 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
48 ( 41 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
49 ( 53 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 43 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

51 ( 55 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
52 ( 33 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
53 ( 56 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
54 ( 50 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
55 ( 45 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
56 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
57 ( 57 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( NEW ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 51 ) VALLERI The Monkees
60 ( 64 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

61 ( 69 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
62 ( 66 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
63 ( 61 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
64 ( 73 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
65 ( 60 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
66 ( 71 ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
67 ( 47 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
68 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
70 ( 70 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) BEGGIN’ Timebox
72 ( NEW ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
73 ( 58 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
74 ( 74 ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PENTECOST HOTEL Nirvana

 

27th July 1968

It’s back up to number one for Last Night In Soho, epic melodrama of the first order, and a record I never get bored with, not ever. 3 weeks on top, and so under-rated (or rather, unknown) in the wider world. When I started this re-charting, I assumed in the final weeks leading up to the point that my own charts started (with Hey Jude) that The Bee Gees and The Beach Boys would be straight in at 1, just as they topped the UK charts. Oops! The actual competition is way harder than that, so the Bee Gees enter at 7 with their classic story of a man on death row (a popular 60’s theme), and The Beach Boys are idling at 10, both records topped my charts in later decades.

One that has never been a reissued classic re-entry is in at 4 for Nilsson, the future Midnight Cowboy classic stiffed almost everywhere this week in 1968 in terms of charts, but Everybody’s Talking is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs of all-time, so good the Beautiful South had a good old go at it too in the 90’s. Nilsson’s 2nd top 10, following on from One. Andy Williams cover of The Impossible Dream follows Glen Campbell’s cover into the 20, and The O’Jays get a first top 20, and very much not the last. Big climbs for Marvin & Tammi, as always into the 40, and Ray Stevens’ Mr. Businessman.

New entries lower down for Amen Corner’s High In The Sky, still bold and brassy and uptempo, and one I liked a lot at the time, The Who with Magic Bus, their best track since I Can See For Miles, Deep Purple debut with their hit US cover of Hush, all psychedelic as opposed to blues rock like Billy Joe Royal’s version. Martha Reeves & co drop out the chart – but also enter with I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing, a future UK hit for Betty Boo & Beastmasters, Billie Davis is back and charts a 3rd version of Angel Of The Morning inside the 75, a song that it’s hard to ruin and is open to any interpretation. The Chambers Brothers big (future) Viet-Nam psychedelic anthem pops in, Jackie De Shannon covers The Band and beats them to it, and Sly & co replace Life with M’Lady.

1 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
5 ( 4 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
6 ( 6 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
8 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
9 ( 7 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 14 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

11 ( 8 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
12 ( 11 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
13 ( 10 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 13 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
15 ( 9 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
16 ( 12 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
17 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
18 ( 27 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
19 ( 29 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
20 ( 16 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel

21 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
23 ( 18 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
24 ( 24 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 25 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 26 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( 21 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
28 ( 28 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 19 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
30 ( 30 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 22 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
32 ( 33 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
33 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 56 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
36 ( 32 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 38 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
38 ( 58 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
39 ( 31 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
40 ( 41 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

41 ( 36 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
42 ( 35 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
43 ( 37 ) NEXT Scott Walker
44 ( NEW ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
45 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 51 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
48 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
49 ( 49 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys

51 ( 47 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
52 ( 48 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 50 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 69 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
55 ( 44 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
56 ( 42 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
57 ( 54 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
58 ( 61 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 60 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
60 ( 62 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

61 ( 43 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
62 ( 64 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
63 ( 59 ) VALLERI The Monkees
64 ( NEW ) MAGIC BUS The Who
65 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
66 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
67 ( NEW ) HUSH Deep Purple
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
69 ( 72 ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
70 ( 71 ) BEGGIN’ Timebox

71 ( 55 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
72 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
73 ( NEW ) TIME HAS COME TODAY The Chambers Brothers
74 ( NEW ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon
75 ( NEW ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone

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My Retro June 1968 Charts

1st June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

8th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

15th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

22nd June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

29th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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