My 1980 Charts – January

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January...1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January…1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

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1st January 1980

New Years Day and very little chart movement, 2 new entries, 1 re-entry and not much else, but happily the first new number of the 80’s is a bonafide classic, as Pink Floyd find Another Brick In The Wall presiding over a chart that included David Bowie peaking at 4 again, second-time around with John I’m Only Dancing (the Again version is no great shakes), and The Skids getting their 3rd top 10 with the characteristically catchy punkpop Yankee Dollar.

Macca continues to hang about outside the 10, as Styx, Sheila and Mike Oldfield creep into the 20, or Blue Peter Babe Spacer. Anne Murray re-enters with a bang at 25, Broken-Hearted Me, pleasant of course, cos Anne’s middle name was “nice”. Happily, I like nice, even if not’s cool to admit it. Let’s skip over that Bangor day trip going up, and instead comment on Stevie Wonder managing to get another top 40 song for over 11 years continuously, give or take. Earth Wind and Fire also grab another for 5 years of hits, they just Can’t Let Go. Highest actual new entry benefits from following up a good pop record, as Dr. Hook make it 8 years of hits at 48. Truth to tell the new bland version was not an improvement on the original quirky Medicine Show version, and Better Love Next Time is most definitely not up to the cover version of The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan a bit lower down for Marianne Faithful. Dennis Locorriere, voice of Hook, has much the same opinion these days and he avoids the singles from 1980 mostly, in concert (resident in England, he’s worth catching for his regular UK tours).

The rest: classic London Calling only up to 50 (I didn’t warm to it right away), Kurtis Blow up to 67 (I just bought it at long last, downloaded and on my current playlist), and new at 71 it’s The Inmates with The Walk. Both this and Dr Hook were on Top Of The Pops, so that may or may not have influenced them entering my chart. The Inmates? A bluesy 50’s styled jaunty romp. I like it. Apart from Floyd, though, the videos this week are MOR, so put your feet up, relax, soak in the lazy vibes and just enjoy…!

1 ( 2 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
2 ( 3 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
3 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
4 ( 5 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
6 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 10 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
9 ( 8 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
10 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids

11 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
13 ( 9 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
14 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 20 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
17 ( 29 ) BABE Styx
18 ( 14 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
20 ( 23 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
22 ( 19 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
23 ( 17 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 37 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
25 ( RE ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
26 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
27 ( 18 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
28 ( 25 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
29 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
30 ( 27 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
32 ( 33 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
33 ( 22 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 46 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
36 ( 35 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 40 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( 30 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
39 ( 55 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

41 ( 38 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 31 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
45 ( 41 ) RISE Herb Alpert
46 ( 48 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 45 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
48 ( NEW ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
49 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 62 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

51 ( 36 ) BOMBER Motorhead
52 ( 44 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
53 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 52 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
55 ( 47 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
56 ( 57 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 54 ) SAD EYES Robert John
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 63 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
62 ( 56 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
63 ( 51 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 68 ) REET PETITE Darts
65 ( 50 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
66 ( 66 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 75 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
68 ( 71 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( NEW ) THE WALK The Inmates
72 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 61 ) STILL The Commodores
74 ( 74 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( 65 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell

XMAS 1979 AND NEW YEAR 1980 TV CHART
1. The Poseidon Adventure: film
2. Help!: film
3. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 2
4. A Hard Day’s Night: film
5. Solid Gold Top 20
6. Soap
7. Play It Again Sam: film
8. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 1
9. Fawlty Towers
10. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: film
11. The Three Musketeers: film
12. Goldfinger: film
13. Not The least Of The 9 O’clock News
14. Yellow Submarine: film
15. The Beatles At Shea Stadium
16. The Best Of Dean Martin
17. Let It Be; Film
18. Happy Days
19. Doctor Who
20. Parkinson at Christmas


TV charts, well TOTP part 2 beats part 1, and there’s a host of blockbuster movies, and it’s Beatles galore week, sprinkled throughout my expanded chart. The only TV shows that can compete with that are Soap (yes it really was that good), and Fawlty Towers (ditto). Meanwhile, still in Gravesend with family friends Joe and Sandra, I went to see Star Trek at the cinema again, concluding the music score needed a bit more oomph to up the pacing but I was dazzled by having my cast of heroes back and the special effects, still, and it wouldn’t wear off for another decade or so, by which time the film seemed slow and ponderous, if charming at times.

More Board games in Gravesend, then back for New Year in Mansfield, with Mark & Sue, popping in on grandparents, and finally buying Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Did some babysitting for lil cousins Rachel and Lisa. Mostly, though, college work to do. Emphasis on “to do” though as New Years Day Radio 1 had a bonanza 1970’s Top 100 all day long which I just could not (obviously) not listen to and write down. By the time it got to the top 10, the presence of Showaddywaddy as one of the big sellers of the 70’s had me doubting it’s accuracy, and then some. Turns out now, it’s a million seller with downloads after all, but even so, top 10 is not accurate. These things matter to chart-list-freaks…!

So, for the end of the 70’s and start of the 80’s? How did I celebrate it? Partying? Pub? Nah. Mum wasn’t well so I stayed in with her while Dad Mark and Sue went round to Aunty Eileen’s party, so that meant I got to see the hilarious “Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show” with Cliff, Bowie, Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music as guests. The last record I heard in the 70’s? A Merry Jingle by The Greedies, with my parting words “Well hope 1980’s as good as 1979’s been (on the whole). Doubt it somehow, but keep fingers crossed nothing too bad will happen.” That’s me always glass half-empty! 1979 was a fabulous year for me. 1980 was a year of two halves, the first half fab, the second half a slippery slope downwards – at least that’s how I remember it, let’s see if the diary bears it out (I’ve not looked at these ever before, so this is a real trip down memory lane for me..)!


8th January 1980

Back up on top for a second week, Abba have a dream, and it’s a kiddie-singing sweet one, enough to keep The Pretenders off the top spot. Paul McCartney, well after christmas festivities have faded, finally gets into the top 10 giving him his first actual solo Top 10 hit since 1971 chart-topper Another Day. Of course he worked in the interim as Wings and when he wasn’t having a number one he was at least Top 10 in each of those years. Not to mention The Beatles…

Talking of The Beatles, Billy Preston hit the Top 5 in 1969 with The Fabs credited “with Billy Preston” on Get Back, and charted again in 1974, and again in 1976, with it. On his own he’d grabbed a top 10 slot in 1969 with That’s The Way God Planned It on The Beatles Apple label before branching out on solo funk hit instrumentals and non-instrumentals in the USA from 1972 onwards, which were chart ineligible in my charts (UK only charts in 1972/3) but Outa Space and Will It Go Round In Circles, among others, would otherwise have charted. So it was great to have him back duetting with Syreeta (also returning after a 5 year-gap) on the lovely With You I’m Born Again, a touching, sentimental song given class by the two vocalists.

Chic at last make the top 20, My Feet Keep Dancin’ knocking out another Chic hit, Spacer, while the fourth title track single from the album Spirits Having Flown enters at 23 for The Bee Gees, underperforming chart-wise in the UK and USA by their standards, but then it had been out a year already. One of my favourite Bee Gees records, I love the melody, the vocals and the arrangement, top notch and under-rated.

The Greedies belatedly get their christmas track in at 38, after a New Years Eve performance on TV – that’s Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and the non-singing half of the Sex Pistols – A Merry Jingle combining christmas standards in a medley, and fun. At 47 Madness get a 3rd hit, the terrific My Girl (who’s mad at them apparently), Joe Jackson gets a 2nd hit It’s Different For Girls, a pretty good ballad, at 64, and one of the songs that grew to annoy me greatly from saturation plays, and it’s simple catchiness, I’m In The Mood For Dancing in at 71, The Nolans having dropped a Sisters and added an “s” and going for the wholesome disco pop market. Amusingly, nestling next to Motorhead and Bomber. Well it amuses me, at any rate, Bomber still sounds good (just downloaded it) and as is far away as you can get from The Nolans.

1 ( 3 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
3 ( 1 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 2 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 5 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
7 ( 8 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 10 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
9 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney

11 ( 12 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
12 ( 9 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
13 ( NEW ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
14 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 16 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
16 ( 17 ) BABE Styx
17 ( 13 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
18 ( 24 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 21 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
20 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 19 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
23 ( NEW ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
24 ( 26 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
25 ( 27 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
26 ( 25 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
27 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
28 ( 39 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
29 ( 32 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
30 ( 28 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

31 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
32 ( 22 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
33 ( 31 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
34 ( 30 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
35 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
36 ( 23 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
37 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( NEW ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
39 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley

41 ( 50 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
42 ( 47 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
43 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
44 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
45 ( 48 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
46 ( 41 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Madness
48 ( 45 ) RISE Herb Alpert
49 ( 38 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
50 ( 67 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

51 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
53 ( 56 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
54 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
55 ( 54 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
56 ( 35 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 44 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
58 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
62 ( 55 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
63 ( 59 ) SAD EYES Robert John
64 ( NEW ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
65 ( 52 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
66 ( 62 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
67 ( 71 ) THE WALK The Inmates
68 ( 61 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 68 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
72 ( 51 ) BOMBER Motorhead
73 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
74 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
75 ( 64 ) REET PETITE Darts

TV Dec 29th 1979 – Jan 4th 1980

1. Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show
2. Logan’s Run: Crypt
3. Paint Your Wagon: film
4. Soap
5. Murder On The Orient Express: film
6. Mork And Mindy
7. The Recorded Jasper Carrott
8. The Odessa File: film
9. Film ’80
10. Top Of The Pops

11. Fawlty Towers
12. Victor Borge
13. Nationwide
14. Doctor Who
15. The Night They Took Miss Beautiful
16. The Odd Couple
17. Parkinson
18. My Wife Next Door
19. Up A Gum Tree
20. Mork And Mindy

On TV, Kenny Everett’s New Years show rules, but note another great comic on the list – no not Jasper Carrott (though he’s good too), it’s Victor Borge. A Danish classical pianist and conductor taught by a former pupil of Liszt. He gave his first concert in 1926, escaped from the Nazi’s in WW2 after years of telling anti-nazi jokes, and eventually became a big TV star thanks to his great comic timing and amiable accent and manner, sat at his piano. I used to regularly (not literally) piss myself laughing at him, he was great, and already 70 (he died in 2000) as with so many of my comedy heroes, being of retirement age is meaningless. If you got it you got it! The other TV note is for Logan’s Run episode Crypt, at 2, written by Harlan Ellison (Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever writer and sci-fi novelist) which was the best episode by far of the short-lived series. Age is a big thing in Logan’s Run, of course, as you get to exit the world at age 30 one way or another. A bit like Radio One.

Tuesday, January 1st: I started 1980 doing College work, and the first record of the decade? My Simple Heart (Three Degrees)…oh, well! Barry Norman listed Alien and Life Of Brian as 2 of his dozen films of the year. Spot on, there! Turned 22 on Thursday, freezing and icy, and no prezzies to mark my new adult status. Well, a coat from mum & dad. Cousins Rachel & Lisa round saturday morning babysitting, with Sue, and off to see (again!) Star Trek at the cinema. This time some 11 & 12 year old’s decided it was boring and just talked and broke things and made noises, my brother threatened them to no avail, so I said “Do you wanna get chucked out?! Be Quiet!” They got worse, and bruv was in danger of getting physical with the little bleeders so I went for the usher and got them thrown out of the cinema. Ruined the film, of course. I’m mild-mannered, but nobody spoils Star Trek without consequences! Not a film for children, obviously, though.

Back to Lincoln College, Mark saw my college room for the first time, before he and ailing mum and dad left for home, and fab catch up chats with Joe, Sue, Julie and Ian. Julie and I discussed topics: Afghanistan situation (Russian troops), Nostradamus (!), WW2… Pete popped round, they both liked the Trek movie “slow but good” (J) and “brilliant, knocked out” (P). My new coat seemed to go down well with everyone. Pity I don’t remember it now. Never was bothered with fashion! caught up with Jane, Bev and Paul the next day, but Jane thoughtfully brought me an electric fire as my room was freezing – heating not working.



15th January 1980

The Pretenders get to the top, as I seem to be holding the same chart-topper opinions as the UK record-buyer (plus Abba), and Brass In Pocket was a worthy number one, New Wave with a 60’s vibe, Chrissie Hynde fronting a great British band, like Suzi Quatro before her, an American with British success, and based in the UK. It also sounded pretty original. KC meanwhile gets his first top 5 hit since 1975, Syreeta her first top 10 since 1975, and Billy Preston his first new top 10 since 1969. The Bee Gees fly up into the upper layers too, with their 8th consecutive top 10, plus several as songwriters, and all inside 3 years. Bung in another, ooh, 10 or so since appearing in the very first chart in 1968, and things were looking very good for them. Appearances can be very deceptive in the music biz though!

Madness take My Girl to 9, and a second top 10 hit, just ahead of The Beat who copy Smokey Robinson by going top 10, albeit ska-stylee. Highest new entry is a UK non-hit instrumental classic from the early 60’s, the groovy, moody Green Onions, giving Booker T his first hit in 11 years. It was to be an incredible 34 years before he got his 3rd! Or if you like, 45 years between new recordings charting. It’s hard to see that record being beaten! Fleetwood Mac at last start to get moving with the truly wondrous Sara, at 26, and The Clash finally get London Calling into the 40. So does Kurtis Blow, and so do The Nolans. I guess I must have liked it for a while!

New entries between 41 and 75: The Boomtown Rats return with another hit, Someone’s Looking At You, which was a little more sprawling than previous singles, but did the job, while at 53 there’s a new duo, Jon and Vangelis. I say new. What I mean is Vangelis gets a follow-up hit to his 1975 reissued chart entry of a 1972 single from Greek band Aphrodite’s Child, the fabulous Break. In the interim, bandmate Demis Roussos had had a number one with Forever And Ever, so can he do what the late Demis did? All shall be revealed. Jon Anderson, meanwhile, is back after a couple of hits with Yes, including the fab top 10 Wondrous Stories from 1977.

New Musik get their second hit, Living By Numbers being another delicious perfect synth pop confection. Terrific. Talking earlier of Suzi Quatro, her Mama’s Boy joins her in the charts for a sweet 7 years of regular chart entries, but sadly never a number one. This one was pretty decent. Sister Sledge were winding down their initial run of chart action with the OK Got To Love Somebody, unique out of their early tracks in not ever making the charts again in following decades, again and again. It wasn’t bad, but not up to the classics standard.

1 ( 2 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
5 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 13 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
7 ( 6 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( 23 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
9 ( 47 ) MY GIRL Madness
10 ( 19 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
12 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
13 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
14 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
15 ( 16 ) BABE Styx
16 ( 8 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 15 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 27 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
20 ( 12 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

21 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 24 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
23 ( 11 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
24 ( 17 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
25 ( NEW ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 51 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
28 ( 40 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
29 ( 41 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 22 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

31 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
32 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
33 ( 71 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
34 ( 28 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
35 ( 50 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
36 ( 25 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
37 ( 34 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 45 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
39 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 33 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
42 ( 29 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
43 ( 64 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
44 ( 31 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
45 ( 32 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
46 ( 36 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
47 ( 44 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
48 ( 43 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 53 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
50 ( NEW ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats

51 ( 42 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( 67 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
54 ( 26 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
55 ( 48 ) RISE Herb Alpert
56 ( 46 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
57 ( NEW ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
58 ( 54 ) CARS Gary Numan
59 ( 55 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
60 ( 58 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 49 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
63 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 38 ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
65 ( NEW ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
66 ( 62 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
67 ( 63 ) SAD EYES Robert John
68 ( NEW ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
69 ( 57 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
70 ( 52 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

71 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
72 ( 65 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
73 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
75 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder

Jan 5-11 TV
1. Soap
1. Clapperboard
1. Fawlty Towers
4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. MASH
6. The Rockford Files
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Hot Rock: film
9. Logan’s Run
10. My Wife Next Door

11. Film 80
12. Barney Miller
13. Blake’s 7
14. West Side Story: film
15. Parkinson (sat)
16. Doctor Who
17. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot: film
18. Hollywood
19. Nationwide
20. Parkinson (wed)

On TV: lots of films, many of them rarely ever on TV, if at all for some decades, but 1972’s forgotten The Hot Rock was a heist movie I was fond of under it’s 1972 title, How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons. Bad title change there! It was a fun Robert Redford movie that I saw first time round. Soap heads the US sitcoms, Fawlty Towers the UK, but there’s not that many actual 1979/80 new sitcoms or series in the list, bar MASH, Rockford, Blake’s 7, and Doctor Who.

At College (or Uni as it’s now renamed), I found my lecturer hated Edgar Allen Poe, so fundamentally disagreed with everything I wrote in my assignment, giving me bad marks. He thought Poe was Poo and could not accept any other viewpoint, however well argued. Dick. Lots of happy socialising with the gang in various combinations, in the breaks and evenings, chez moi. Got invited to 2 birthday parties on the same day which gave me (and invited Julie) a dilemma, never one for wanting to hurt people’s feelings, either of us. Doh! On telly, we laughed at Basil The Hamster in Farty Towels, and tried to hold back the tears at West Side Story’s climax. As we played snooker on Thursday I marvelled at my quick-wit banter, at least Jane and Pete appreciated it anyway, which led me to think I was “quite hilarious at times”. Oooo get ‘er! I do love banter though, and people who love banter.

Sue, as practical as always, sorted out the clashing parties dilemma diplomatically – and they didn’t clash anyway, so Julie and I had angst for nothing! It snowed heavily on Monday, it was cold and I was in a foul mood with a lecturer who kept me waiting for 45 minutes, then droned on needlessly about William Golding stuff I already knew, while simultaneously wafting his aroma all over the place. At least that’s how I choose to describe him these many years later, as the “smelly twat” I put in my diary seems a tad unkind. Still, Pete and Julie cheered me up by ambushing me with snowballs later on. On TV the new Blake’s 7 was much improved, with new cast members, and Avon now the star character. Actor Paul Darrow and I shared an intimate moment 25 years later. I say intimate. He said “Hello mate” while he grabbed a ciggie outside the Starfleet Ball in Bournemouth. I always view a star talking me as special….

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22nd January 1980

2 weeks for Brass In Pocket at 1, Chrissie not moving. Styx get their first (and last) Top 10, as Babe blubs it’s way up to 8, and Dollar finally get their Beatles cover into the top 10 – the 60’s fab gear clothes on their Top Of The Pops performance didn’t hurt! Suddenly I was 6 years old again! Jon And Vangelis meanwhile positively rocket up to 12, I Hear You Now, oh yes, as another sublime record hits 14 for Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks gorgeous Sara.

Rupert Holmes also downs his Pina Colada in one and bursts upwards and into the 20 for the first time since 1975. Lower down, The Rats and New Musik go top 40, and there’s very few new entries: The Buggles follow-up Video with Plastic, and it’s pretty good, albeit forgotten these days, we do indeed live in The Plastic Age. Sad Cafe have a strange little follow-up to a plain ballad, the quirky little girl at 52 is quite odd, but endearing after a few plays. Amii Stewart flies her sweet Paradise Bird to 57, and The Regents unusual 7 Teen is in at 68, very downbeat and 60’s inspired, if not actually sounding. Herb Alpert ain’t Rise-ing, but he is Rotating, at 74, another funky sax instrumental (mostly), and still classy.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
4 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
5 ( 8 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY GIRL Madness
7 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
8 ( 15 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 19 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 6 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
12 ( 53 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
13 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
14 ( 26 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 49 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
16 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 14 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
19 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
20 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s

21 ( 12 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
22 ( 20 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
23 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
24 ( 13 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
25 ( 11 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
26 ( 33 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
27 ( 22 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
28 ( 38 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
29 ( 43 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
30 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

31 ( 32 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 24 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
33 ( 23 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
34 ( 50 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 57 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
36 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
39 ( 52 ) THE WALK The Inmates
40 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 36 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
42 ( 28 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
43 ( 47 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 48 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
46 ( 34 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
47 ( 45 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
48 ( 46 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 44 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
50 ( NEW ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

51 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( NEW ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
53 ( 41 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
54 ( 60 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( NEW ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
56 ( 65 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
57 ( NEW ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
58 ( 55 ) RISE Herb Alpert
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 68 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro

61 ( 58 ) CARS Gary Numan
62 ( 59 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 31 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
65 ( 35 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
66 ( 42 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
67 ( 74 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) 7 TEEN The Regents
69 ( 54 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
70 ( 71 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

71 ( 66 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
72 ( 67 ) SAD EYES Robert John
73 ( 62 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
75 ( NEW ) YOUNG BLOOD U.F.O.

TV JAN 12-18
1. Soap
2. The Goodies
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Logan’s Run
5. The Hallelujah Trail: film
6. Blake’s 7
7. Mork And Mindy
8. Barney Miller
9. Ray Bradbury – The Illustrated Man
10. Top Of The Pops

11. The New Avengers
12. Wildlife On One
13. Doctor Who
14. The Two Ronnies
15. The Odd Couple
16. The High Chapparal
17. My Wife Next Door
18. Film 80
19. Sporting Superstars
20. Most Wanted


On TV, sci-fi writer hero of mine (one of my top 3) Ray Bradbury gets a profile, his writings are poetically nostalgic in a futuristic social-commentary fashion, and I especially adore the short stories, The Martian Chronicles most of all. The Goodies are back with a bang, various sporting superstars compete for entertainment in a variety of events, the fab Western The Hallelujah Trail is on again, and The Two Ronnies must have a good show, as they didn’t generally end up in my list by this time.

At college I breakfasted with Pauline and some more American students on my course, while mates Pete and Ian popped in for a morning cuppa and chat having got the day off teaching practice – their bus didn’t turn up. Result! Snooker with Pete after Art lectures, I won 84 to 39 it says here. It’s not the winning that counts, I honestly care not either way! Though I enjoy winning. It was a great day, Pete chuffed to be off school-work, me chuffed having someone to talk to during the day, yay! I cheered up the glum T.P. returnees later on, then they all beat me at snooker in gratitude. Win some lose some! Talked to Jane for an hour, lately quite rundown, but feeling better now. Hooray!

Went home at the weekend, as my pet budgie (still had a white one in the house) was ill, as were brother Mark & soon-to-be sis-in-law. I bought a fave John Wyndham novel that I read at school in 1972, The Chrysalids. I re-read it not long ago, it’s still pretty good, still relevant in showcasing intolerance of people (genetic-defects some generations following a nuclear holocaust). Mark showed us all his latest toy, movies of all of us on his film recorder, actual old-fashioned film, including one scene of me playing The Police Walking On The Moon in my bedroom – tragically this film is long gone walkabout. Popped in on various relations, and dad, mum and Mark took me back on Sunday to Lincoln via RAF Swinderby (where dad still worked) – I’d bought a cassette tape deck for £15 off someone, which meant I could now tape all of the songs off the radio to tape. Still have them!

29th January 1980

3 weeks on top for The Pretenders as 12 new entries finally kick-start 1980, many of them great. The Bee Gees get yet another runners-up medal with the fab Spirits Having Flown, as Madness get their first Top 3 with the very British charms of My Girl. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Sara also goes top 10, despite not being huge in the UK. It should have been massive! Meanwhile Sheila’s Chic-tastic Spacer’s yo-yoing up and down the charts almost takes her into orbit as it peaks at 13.

The Boomtown rats and New Musik leap into the 20, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Matchbox following up a very minor chart entry with an instant smash – Buzz Buzz A Diddle It! I love it, British rockabilly in the style of classic cowboy novelty song Three Wheels On My Wagon, and it beats out: Michael Jackson’s classic Rock With You at 24, exquisite soulfunk mellow disco, and still great; Prince, debuting at 54 with a dance track largely forgotten, I Wanna Be Your Lover. It’s pretty good, and there is a youtube link someone put on 2 months ago, but I won’t bother listing it as it’ll be removed before long, Prince being obsessive about people not listening to his music for free and all, even if you want to check it out to buy (which I do as I never bought it at the time). Minus one sale, then.

The Buggles and Suzi Quatro make the top 40, while 60‘s hippie band Jefferson Airplane suffer a pop metal morphing into Jefferson Starship, and the rock anthem Jane riffs in at 67. 70‘s Prog Rock band Barclay James Harvest also do a spot of morphing, adding some 80’s-stylee synths to terrific effect at 73, with Love On The Line. At 34, The Specials get a 3rd hit with future UK chart-topper Too Much Too Young, the lead track on an EP, live version, and one to pogo along to. Kool And The Gang return with the pleasant Too Hot at 55, the theme tune to American TV’s classic Soap sitcom jaunts in at 70, mostly cos I loved the show, it was a total departure for American sitcoms, with a stunningly huge talented cast, controversial themes which had all kinds of self-righteous narrow-minded groups up in arms, and basically took the piss out of TV, and soaps in particular, pretty much all episodes written by one writer Susan “Golden Girls” Harris.

Others: a bit of jazz funk (Azymuth), a bit of country (Kenny Rogers soon-to-be-annoying Coward Of The County, as it hits number one and suffers overdose-fatigue), The Captain and Tennille are back with a gentle ballad 5 years after topping my chart, the sweetly naughty Do That To Me One More Time (I wonder what Toni means?), and The Ramones cover Phil Spector’s Ronettes classic Baby I Love You, produced by the actual warped genius himself, and sounding much weedier and less Wall Of Sound than Dave Edmunds self-produced definitive version which topped my chart in 1973.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 5 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 6 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
5 ( 8 ) BABE Styx
6 ( 12 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
7 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 4 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
9 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 14 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
12 ( 7 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
13 ( 23 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
14 ( 15 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
15 ( 34 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 13 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
17 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
18 ( 35 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
19 ( 11 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
20 ( NEW ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

21 ( 68 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
22 ( 18 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
23 ( 28 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
24 ( NEW ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
25 ( 29 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
26 ( 22 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
27 ( 19 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
28 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
29 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
30 ( 50 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

31 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 27 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 32 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
34 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
35 ( 52 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
36 ( 57 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
37 ( 21 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
38 ( 55 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
39 ( 60 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
40 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

41 ( 24 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
42 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 26 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
44 ( 25 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
45 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
46 ( 44 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 33 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
48 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
49 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
50 ( 38 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

51 ( 56 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
52 ( 39 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( 67 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
54 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
55 ( NEW ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
56 ( 47 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 30 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
60 ( 74 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert

61 ( 58 ) RISE Herb Alpert
62 ( 61 ) CARS Gary Numan
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 48 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 62 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
66 ( 49 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
67 ( NEW ) JANE Jefferson Starship
68 ( 70 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
69 ( 41 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( NEW ) THEME FROM ‘SOAP” George Aliceson Tipton

71 ( NEW ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
72 ( NEW ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
73 ( NEW ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
74 ( NEW ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

TV JAN 19-26
1. Live And Let Die: film
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. Disaster On The Coastliner: TV film
6. The New Avengers
7. Play Misty For Me: film
8. Barney Miller
9. MASH
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Blake’s 7
12. The Rockford Files
13. The Two Ronnies
14. The Goodies
15. Wonder Woman


College: another snowstorm, another awkward bus driver, another day off from Teaching Practice for Pete, Alan and Ian who instead popped to my room for some laughs instead. yay! Helped me avoid William Golding work. I later looked at some schoolbooks from me at 6, stories of what I did, liked and drew at that time: sci-fi, pop music, TV, animals. Not much change there then. Still. Tuesday was English Lit: School For Scandal. Wednesday I socialised in the art-room while I finished my screen-prints – I enjoy art students company. Thursday Pete off ill, so we hung about a lot in between lectures, and the evenings had the usual gang coming and going. Friday was Elaine’s birthday bash from 11pm, a drunken gangster’s moll tried to get me to dance (fancy dress, not real!) and laughs and jokes with Ian and Julie till 1.

My 1974 Charts – October

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1st October 1974

In amongst playing bridge at break-time’s in the 6th form block, and feeling quite adult these days, someone brought in tapes of some odd semi-experimental album music, one of which had been featured in the scariest, most disturbing film I was to see (5 years later) in my life: The Exorcist. The music was jaw-dropping, especially the spoken-word sequence where instruments add in announced one by one, before climaxing together in a fabulous folkrock hippie majesty. I heard Hergest Ridge first, the follow-up, but it was Tubular Bells that astounded me. As they are essentially one piece, I just called them very long singles and charted them briefly. So here they are, at 1 and 2, Mike Oldfield’s first (instant) number one, and the first act to hold down the top 2 in my chart, and the only albums ever to chart.

That means, with Ravi Shankar at 3, Thunderthighs grabbing a second Top 10 hit at 6, and others hanging in there, that the first UK singles chart hit is at 7 (and that had peaked in my charts long before it was a hit). I really was more and more interested in non-chart stuff! Paul McCartney’s bruv goes up to 10, his first since Lily The Pink to get that high, while highest actual single new entry is George McCrae’s follow-up to Rock You Baby, at 13, one place lower than the man who wrote and produced it: KC. Barry Blue enters at 14 with his 5th hit, Hot Shot, all chanting glam-rock cossack stylee, while at 15 it’s First Choice getting a 3rd hit (but UK flop) with the The Player, and at 16 it’s John Lennon back with a bang, an American chart-topper, a minor UK hit, and more than a little Elton John in it. Hey, whatever gets you thru the night! Elton bet John it would get to number one, and if it did John had to join Elton on stage (and which he did for his last-ever concert-performance – the one that got him back-together with Yoko).

The fab Barry Reynolds record that I still desperately want is at 17, Polly Brown I’m playing a lot at the moment, it’s much better than I remembered, jolly thumping soulpop, and at 18, and at 21 Fox pop back in again with the odd Only You Can (breathe in “oh oh oh oh o only you”) still 3 months away from charting in the UK. Lastly, but not leastly, taking a leaf out of Bryan Ferry’s book, retro lounge-lizard stylee, Australian Gary Shearston covers Cole Porter’s sophisticated 1934 classic I Get A Kick Out Of You. Whereas Smoke Gets In Your Eyes left me cold, Ferry’s first mis-step, this was something else entirely: it’s the definitive version, from the 40‘s-styled vocal phrasing, and the drug-referenced wonderful lyrics, to the violin accentuating and underpinning and dominating the track, it’s a forgotten piece of minor genius. I never get tired of hearing it, and it was a huge hit, thankfully, in the UK.

In the oldies chart 1971 Japanese-language, kiddie-chanting, drum-heavy oddity Yamasuki finally gets to the top as it gets cut down to 10, with Mouth and MacNeal’s 1972 hit (but not in the UK) reissued and in at 7, giving them 3 Top 10’s inside 6 months. Then nothing ever again….

1 ( NEW ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
2 ( 7 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
3 ( 4 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
4 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 2 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 25 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 6 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
8 ( 3 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
9 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
10 ( 20 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( 11 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
15 ( NEW ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( NEW ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( 22 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
18 ( 10 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 28 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
20 ( 18 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

21 ( 37 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
22 ( 5 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
23 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
24 ( 9 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
25 ( 23 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
26 ( 12 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
27 ( 21 ) MAGIC Pilot
28 ( 27 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( 19 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
30 ( NEW ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

31 ( 13 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
32 ( 16 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 17 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
34 ( 24 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
35 ( 26 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
37 ( 30 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska
38 ( 31 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
39 ( 32 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
40 ( 34 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

OLDIES CHART 1st October 1974

1 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
5 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
6 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
8 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 9 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes

8th October 1974

From Tubular Bells folk to Beatlestastic Indian Spector, as George Harrison’s definitively-produced version of Ravi Shankar’s I Am Missing You hits the top. That’s something Norah Jones has yet to do….! The 2 Mike Oldfield albums drop heavily, not from lack of love, it’s from lack of hearing – I couldnt afford to buy them so had to make do with hearing them once or twice at school, then that was it till I was older and could buy them. Shankar Family I could afford, though. Mike McCartney hits a new peak of 6 with Paul’s very Wings-tastic track (pity he didn’t stick his version on the fab Venus & Mars album), while Barry Reynolds grows to 8, outsider or not, it’s a terrific point of view and should have been a hit. Barry Blue, which WAS a minor hit, hot shots it to 2, his 3rd Top 3 hit, and the late Lynsey De Paul gets a co-writer credit on it.

New at 11, it’s a 4th fab big hit for David Essex, the terrific Gonna Make You A Star (on TOTP Paul & Linda I recall were on, and mimed along to the I Don’t Think So line. That’s probably better than my half-recall of DLT miming-along to it, cos if that’s true, and if it hasn’t been wiped, it’ll never get broadcast again thanks to the nutjobs at the BBC). At 12, it’s a second hit for KC, sounding his funky horn, replacing his own Queen Of Clubs, and keeping his own I Can’t Leave You Alone at 13. In 1974/5, KC WAS disco music, no question.

In at 17, back with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry gets a 5th Top 20 hit, with the fantastic All I Want Is You, exciting, sax-y, and building, I love it to bits still. In at 18, his 3rd hit in 12 months, it’s Robert Knight’s 60’s retro northern soul version of My Rainbow Valley – a song that was a hit for the Love Affair in 1968, yes them what had a huge massive number one with his Everlasting Love. This sounds like an original version to me, unless he was getting some sweet revenge, but either way it’s not quite as good as vocalist Steve Ellis’ Love Affair version. Great song though. Pilot, meanwhile get a 2nd top 20 hit. Ho ho ho, it’s magic!

New at 23, OK Chicago from studio group Resonance, a funky, police-siren, almost jazz avante-garde French producers who seem to be the same ones behind Pepperbox (hit my chart a few weeks back, and a few weeks into the future). Forgotten goodie! In at 24 another instrumental, Santana’s debut hit with the 1970 track, Samba Pa Ti, a gorgeous sultry guitar-based latin-rock classic, with The Commodores making it 3 instrumentals in a row. Dave Edmunds get a new rocking hit at 29, his 4th, while his first hits 1 on my oldies chart 4 years late. I Hear You Knocking, but you can’t come in, 50’s stylee fabulousness. At 30, Garfunkel gets his 3rd of the year, all off the same album, and lastly on the oldies Eddie Holman’s 1970 hit Hey There Lonely Girl soul classic enters at 3, as it enters the UK charts, like Santana 4 years late. Main difference being I didn’t know Samba Pa Ti was old.. Santana did eventually grab a number one, and then another, 25 years into the future.

1 ( 3 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
2 ( 14 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
3 ( 6 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 10 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
7 ( 8 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
8 ( 17 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
9 ( 1 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
10 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

11 ( NEW ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
12 ( NEW ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( 2 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
15 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
18 ( NEW ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
19 ( 21 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
20 ( 27 ) MAGIC Pilot

21 ( 20 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 12 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
23 ( NEW ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
24 ( NEW ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
25 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
26 ( 9 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
27 ( 19 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
28 ( 30 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
29 ( NEW ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
30 ( NEW ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
32 ( 22 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
33 ( 23 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
34 ( 24 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
35 ( 25 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
36 ( 26 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
37 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
38 ( 29 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
39 ( 31 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
40 ( 32 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks

OLDIES CHART 8th October

1 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 1 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
4 ( 7 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( 5 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
7 ( 6 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
8 ( 4 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

15th October 1974

Another new number 1: Dracula’s Daughter! Yes, the previous year Monster Mash had almost become the first Halloween song to top my charts, but Thunderthighs went ahead and did it almost a decade before Thriller did it as well. Their follow-up to the much-better Central Park Arrest, Dracula’s Daughter had little BBC airplay to mention, so it was doomed to failure really, but it was a great cheesy tongue-in-cheek girlgroup novelty that desrves to join the rather limited number of perennial Halloween Faves. In my dreams, of course, but it would make a change from Ghostbusters year after bloody year!

Rocketing up to 3, Roxy Music get their 2nd top 3 hit, cos all i want is them, and David Essex gets his biggest hit at 4 cos he’s gonna make you a star. I don’t think so! Highest new entry at 5, and following-up a number one, sounding NOTHING like it’s rocking predecessor it’s a Killer Queen, a sophisticated 40’s pastiche rock generation stylee, and oh what a fantastic record too. KC, meanwhile, follows-up his 2 number ones (one with George McCrae) with 2 more top 10 hits (one with George McCrae).

Santana smoothly guitar slide it to 11, Gary Shearston kicks it up to 13 smoothly, and a batch of new entries pop in between 24 and 30: Stevie Wonder’s vitriolic (and grammatically incorrect) You Haven’t Done Nothing rips into Tricky Dicky, all funk vitriol, and one of his forgotten classics, possibly due to the specifically politically 1974 nature of the lyrics. Nixon resigned when he heard it. Probably. The Hues Corporation follow up Rock The Boat with the identikit (but fun) Rockin’ Soul, while The Wombles (and Mike Batt’s) best record adds a bit of kiddy Mozart classical to the charts with the wonderful Minuetto Allegretto. We were minuetting mad, back in 1718 when Bulgaria was a lad. Sparks get a 4th hit with their 3rd single, the slow ballad Mother Earth as my 3rd hit (and their 4th single) drops out of the chart (for now). I still say Island Records got them the wrong way round. Bay City Rollers now pop in very briefly and lowly, where once they had big hits, and it’s not hard to see why when All Of Me Loves All Of You is basically (non-UK-hit, US Number-one) Saturday Night part 4. Livvy is back, though, with a huge US chart-topper, the touching I Honestly Love You, signalling a new phase in her now-US-based career.

It’s the last oldies chart, down to 6, with dave Edmunds at 1, Eddie Holman’s fab Lonely Girl at 2, and the UK hit release of Phil Spector’s Da Doo Ron Ron bringing The Crystals in at 6.


So, as TV pundits like to start their sentences these days, what about politics ’74 (albeit mine grammatically having a point rather than a dramatic pause while brain gets in gear). So. As it turns out Harold Wilson’s Labour Party scraped a victory together this week, dumping the Lib Lab pact partners, and causing a minor amount of approval in our working class household. Yes, those were the days when Labour stood for the less-well-off. I was in the process of becoming a little more politically interested, taking on an O Level in British Constitution in the 6th form, which informed me somewhat more than I was before on the history of British politics. Our (very likely) gay teacher was pretty fair in party presentation, which led me to lean in a sort of vague Liberal/Labour way, and a way in which I’ve more or less continued to lean ever since. Of course, it all went horribly wrong after Harold Wilson bailed out, and UK politics has since left much to be desired, albeit amongst the betterment of society generally, it must be said.

The USA of course, had Gerald “watch that step” Ford in charge, as Watergate trials took over the news, and Nixon had a bright future as a disembodied head on Futurama to look forward to. Meanwhile at the movies, Airport ’75 was out in the USA, the sequel to Airport, and a jumbo-sized (literally) disaster movie with a cast of veterans introduced to me, amongst current ones like Helen Reddy, pop star and singing nun. It’s hard to take her seriously now, after the way-better Airplane! parodied it hilariously, the nun’s guitar periodically wacking-out the life-support drip of an ailing smiling little girl. Fab! From TV, Ed Sullivan moved on to the final Variety Show in the sky, his passing largely unknown in the UK, but known to me from my Singapore days where TV showed USTV re-runs. I mostly recall Topo Gigio though, not The Beatles debut (being as it was 1969/70). I hated Topo Gigio. Pop onto Youtube and see why….

1 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
2 ( 1 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
3 ( 17 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
4 ( 11 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
5 ( NEW ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
6 ( 2 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
7 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
8 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
9 ( 12 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People

11 ( 24 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 18 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
13 ( 28 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
14 ( 8 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 7 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
16 ( 6 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
17 ( 9 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
18 ( 10 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 23 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 14 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield

21 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
22 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
23 ( 20 ) MAGIC Pilot
24 ( NEW ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
25 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
26 ( RE ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
27 ( NEW ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
28 ( NEW ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( NEW ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
30 ( NEW ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John

31 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
32 ( 19 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
33 ( 22 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
34 ( 25 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
35 ( 26 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
36 ( 27 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
37 ( 29 ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
38 ( 30 ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel
39 ( 31 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
40 ( 32 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta

OLDIES CHART 15th Oct 1974

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
3 ( 2 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
4 ( 4 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 5 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( NEW ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

22nd October 1974

Queen get their 2nd number one in a row with the fabulous Killer Queen, and I had no idea what Moet Chandon was till I heard the lyric. Champagne wasn’t something you came across much in the RAF world. At runners-up for the 2nd time, The Hues Corporation follow-up Rockin’ Soul rocks the boat. Fab Gary Shearston opines mere alcohol doesn’t thrill him at all. Me neither, but I certainly get a kick out of his record being at 5. As the Oldies chart fades away, a batch of tracks in it turn up as new entries and re-entries in the Top 40, but you can assume they would have been higher in previous weeks than the chart positions this week, headed by Dave Edmunds at 7 kicking out his own new record.

Stevie goes 20, Pepperbox pops back as it starts to make the UK charts, and Fox continue to yo-yo about. New at 30 are the Netherlands band The Cats, Be My Day being a Caribbean-styled singalong Ditch and German Number One, and catchy enough. Peter Shelley had a sweet Uk hit with Gee Baby, though he impressed me more as the writer/producer of Alvin Stardust records, Alvin very sadly passed away this week just ahead of his last album being released.

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

At school, one of the new subjects I’d taken on was O Level geology, which turned out to be quite dry and name-heavy. I actually love the subject these days, but all the bloody essays about Orthoclase Feldspar and Quartz and this mineral and that mineral got a bit tedious, I didn’t do very well, and eventually approached the teacher to give him the bad news that I was giving it up. I actually liked the teacher, or Nick The Prick as his nickname went (he had a habit of unconsciously scratching as if he had crabs), and regret that now. Hey ho. In sports, which seldom interested me outside tennis and the Olympics, Muhammed Ali had a bit of a rumble in the jungle coming up. He was also a family hero dating back to the days of Cassius Clay, dad being a big boxing fan. In those days you could convert to Islam without being thought a potential terrorist, and still be a big media darling hero beloved of millions. Ah those were the days….

1 ( 5 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 1 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 3 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
5 ( 13 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 2 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
7 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
8 ( RE ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 8 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 7 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
13 ( 4 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
14 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 24 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
17 ( 12 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 6 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue

21 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
22 ( 15 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( RE ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 32 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
25 ( 27 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
26 ( 16 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
27 ( 29 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
28 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( 23 ) MAGIC Pilot
30 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats

31 ( 17 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
32 ( 20 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
33 ( 21 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
34 ( 22 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
35 ( 26 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
36 ( 30 ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John
37 ( NEW ) DA DOO RON RON The Crystals
38 ( 31 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
39 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
40 ( NEW ) GEE BABY Peter Shelley

29th October 1974

2 weeks at one, equalling 7 Seas Of Rhye, for Queen, while Pepperbox makes the Top 10 for the second time just ahead of Resonance’s OK Chicago at 11 – they had a double-album package once upon a time, so it’s fair enough they chart together. Highest new entry is Ken Boothe and his delicious reggae working of Bread’s Everything I Own. David Gates was a terrific songwriter, but Bread hardly had any hits, being lumped into a sweet MOR bracket along with the equally derided Carpenters by the rock fraternity. Yah Boo Sucks to them, it’s a great record (the original) and this version is just as good in a totally different way, the mark of a good song. Boy George of course copied Ken’s version and grabbed a second UK chart-topper for the song.

Rod Stewart says Farewell at 23 – not to us, that is, but to The Faces (shortly) and his credibility, for the most part, but this was a great little gem in the style of his previous solo hits. Billy Ocean is back at 24 for a second attempt at a UK hit with his previously John-charted great record On The Run. It didn’t work, but he got there 18 months later anyway with another one, under a new name (as opposed to Scorched Earth). The Glitter Band are at 30 with the fun glam Let’s Get Together Again. Nothing to do with their (soon-to-be-former) boss, but they have been equally banished by association from musical history. Not by me, though. One of Slade’s best records for some bizarre reason didn’t do well in my charts, Far Far Away is a great song from a largely dull, but not bad, movie Slade In Flame, but the singles so far in 1974 had not impressed me much and they’d fallen off my fan radar a bit by this time. Pity, it’s terrific! Finally, veteran 60’s group The Tymes comeback with a catchy sweet soul shuffler, matching The Drifters UK-based revival, but the effect is somewhat reduced when it sounds like they are singing You Little Trussmaker. I mean, someone has to make trusses, but a tribute song is a little OTT.

1 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 2 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
4 ( 6 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 5 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
8 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 10 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
12 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
13 ( 15 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
14 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
15 ( 24 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
16 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
17 ( 17 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 26 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
20 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds

21 ( 25 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
22 ( 22 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( NEW ) FAREWELL Rod Stewart
24 ( RE ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
25 ( 12 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
26 ( RE ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
27 ( 20 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
28 ( 13 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
29 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
30 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band

31 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
32 ( 27 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
33 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
34 ( 29 ) MAGIC Pilot
35 ( 30 ) BE MY DAY The Cats
36 ( 31 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
37 ( 32 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
38 ( NEW ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
39 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH TONIGHT The Drifters
40 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER The Tymes

My 1974 Charts – July

2nd July 1974

School was sort of out, as previously mentioned, but also sort of not, as there wasn’t much in the way of classes left to take, so lots of spare time, great for pop music, playing tennis, watching TV, reading my DC comics purchases (Legion of Super-Heroes and Superman family especially, which all seemed to be on an up with new writers like Cary Bates and the return of child prodigy Jim Shooter imminent) – still babysitting for cash, of course, it was a toss-up between singles, budget albums and comics competing for my money. By a process of elimination, given that I had no idea what I wanted to do (mundane jobs didn’t appeal much), I think I was getting used to the idea of going back to the 6th form to properly take some O Levels and have a full year of study – but hoping I wouldn’t be the only one, which I wasn’t as mate Ian was also planning on doing the same (he came very late in the school year), and we hung around a lot over the summer, he’d drop by at random and put up with my ungrateful moods at being interrupted mid-pop or sci-fi or TV. Yes, I was a bit stroppy at 16. OK a lot stroppy.

Anything that interrupted Top Of The Pops, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Python would send me into a sulk. Sulk sulk sulk. Sulky bleeder! For me, it was a major trauma, cos there was no such thing as video as it was a one-off chance to ever see them, or miss the delight for ever. Well, as regards Top Of The Pops it actually WAS a one-off chance to see them thanks to short-sighted besuited BBC so and so’s, who wiped the tapes, destroying great performances for ever just because it didn’t have Bill Haley or Bing Crosby on the show (yes, they kept those episodes, being old gits and all!) Now that I’m older than they were, I’m allowed to make ageist remarks, honest, they deserve it because it’s true. Kept the music of their youth and wiped mine. Good thing I’m not bitter…

The charts? 2 weeks on top for 10CC, and Paul McCartney up to 2, leapfrogging his own old song at 3, as sung by Anne Murray. The big news is in at 5, new entry, George McCrae and Rock Your Baby. Essentially a KC & The Sunshine Band record with guest vocalist, this was a key record, generally regarded as the start of disco music (although The Sound Of Philadelphia and Barry White might make that claim too), but in topping the UK and US charts it was announcing disco was here in a big way. I think it’s no co-incidence that it topped the UK charts during a period when Top Of The Pops was off the air (BBC strikes of course) so people were judging current pop on the record alone, and this was a great one.

The Jackson 5, meanwhile, almost get a funky top 10 hit, and Abba get their follow-up top 20 hit at 18 with Ring Ring. Just to underline it was the start of a habit of going for the wrong single, Sweet Dreams (aka Polly Brown of Pickettywich and Tony Jackson of The Skatalites) covered Abba’s Honey Honey and enter one-place higher at 17. They also got the UK chart hit and Abba didn’t. New at 14, Charlie James is All Fingers And Thumbs, a sweet girlie pop flop radio hit of the time, while The Sweet abruptly change musical direction and release the ambitious “serious” The Six Teens. It’s a great record, but not poptastic in a glam fashion and more or less ended the first phase of their Chinn-Chapman career – and a run of 5 consecutive number one singles in my chart!

In at 27, Terry Jacks follows-up seasons In The Sun with a well-known 1959 Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen song, If You Go Away, and sounds almost comically breathless, especially compared to great past versions from the likes of Dusty, Glen Campbell, and Scott Walker. This was the hit version, though. Go figure! The Drifters are back, even older than If You Go Away, but revitalised, re-located to the UK and with British songwriters, had a long run of pastiche-60’s hits starting with this one. Not up to the actual 60’s songs, of course, but good enough, and with Johnny Moore still on vocals still had the Drifters sound. They were big in the UK, and has-beens in the USA…

1 ( 1 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
2 ( 6 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
3 ( 5 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( NEW ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 8 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
7 ( 9 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
8 ( 2 ) BEACH BABY First Class
9 ( 3 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
10 ( 7 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood

11 ( 16 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 15 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 11 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
14 ( NEW ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
15 ( 12 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
16 ( NEW ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
17 ( 13 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
18 ( NEW ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
19 ( 26 ) RING RING Abba
20 ( 18 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher

21 ( 14 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
22 ( 28 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
23 ( 30 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
24 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( 20 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
26 ( 23 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
27 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
28 ( 19 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
29 ( 17 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
30 ( NEW ) KISSIN’ IN THE BACK ROW OF THE MOVIES The Drifters

31 ( 10 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
32 ( 21 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
33 ( 22 ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
34 ( 25 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
35 ( 27 ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond
36 ( 29 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
37 ( 31 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
38 ( 32 ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
39 ( 33 ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
40 ( NEW ) HAVEN’T GOT TIME FOR THE PAIN Carly Simon

 

9th July 1974

Macca gets his 2nd Number One of the year, his 3rd with Wings, his 4th since leaving The Beatles, and his 7th in total including 3 from the Fabs. At the time that gave him 7 equal with Roy Wood topping my all-time list. That keeps off George McCrae from the top, and it was so close I kept switching between the two, using a lot of pencil and erasers. I have to give it to Band On The Run, though, cos it’s so classic, a record I love to bits still. Pure summer of ‘74 for me.

Lots of great new entries too, Sparks in at 6 for the follow-up highest entry, Amateur Hour being equally quirky, but not as epic as This Town. In at 10, a reissue from Edwin Starr from 1969, and his first chart hit since War in 1970. Very Motown-ey. Abba get to 15 with Ring Ring, higher than I remembered (happily), momentarily leap-frogging Honey Honey. The Inruders get a 2nd hit with the smooth Philly sound of horse-racing and a lady love. Garfunkel gets his 3rd solo hit, and what a corker it is, Traveling Boy was a chart flop, criminally, but it’s far and away the best record he’s made outside of Simon and Garfunkel, tearfully beautiful and one of the great Paul William’s best songs. Paul Williams? Singer-songwriter, writer of We’ve Only Just Begun, Evergreen, Rainbow Connection, Rainy Days And Mondays and more recently worked with Scissor Sisters and Daft Punk. That’s not enough, though, Paul Williams is also the same diminutive actor who was an Orang-Utan in Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, an alien in Star Trek: Voyager, a guest on the Muppets, writer of Bugsy Malone songs, Penguin on animated Batman Adventures, and most recently featured on Random Access Memories album. Take it from me, it’s a great song!

Jim Capaldi is back, 2 years after non-hit great Eve, and 7 years after Traffic’s heydays, and it’s also a tearjerking Nilsson-esque corker, It’s All Up To You. Only a minor UK hit, it is criminally obscure these days, but again it’s a fabulous song, sung convincingly passionately. Barry Blue gets his 4th solo hit, this time it’s a sweet pop tune. Barry Blue? Aka Barry Green, writer of many hit songs, including stuff for Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Saturdays, Pixie Lott. I’m not making this up, he is still writing pop songs! He’s also responsible for I Eat Cannibals, of which the less said the better! I was always a fan though (of most of his varied pop stuff). I also bought a budget album this week, R. Dean Taylor’s with new entry Don’t Fool Around On it. While it had some of his old hits on it, it didn’t have the version of Ghost In My House I was expecting. Boo! It goes back up anyway to 7 as a result.

1 ( 2 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
3 ( 3 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( 1 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
6 ( NEW ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
7 ( 17 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
8 ( 6 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
9 ( 7 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
10 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

11 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 16 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
14 ( 10 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
15 ( 19 ) RING RING Abba
16 ( 8 ) BEACH BABY First Class
17 ( 9 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
18 ( 18 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
19 ( 23 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
20 ( 13 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow

21 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
22 ( NEW ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
23 ( 14 ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
24 ( 27 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
25 ( 22 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
26 ( 26 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
27 ( NEW ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
28 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
29 ( NEW ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
30 ( NEW ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor

31 ( 15 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
32 ( 20 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
33 ( 21 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
34 ( 25 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
35 ( 28 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
37 ( 30 ) KISSIN’ IN THE BACK ROW OF THE MOVIES The Drifters
38 ( 31 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
39 ( NEW ) JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY The Main Ingredient
40 ( NEW ) THE BANGIN’ MAN Slade

16th July 1974

My chart heavily influenced by a radio show and a comeback 60’s star. Mama Cass (now Cass Elliot, once of the great Mamas & Papas) was releasing a fab tuneful Albert Hammond ballad single, and in the UK recording, so dropped by the weekly Radio 1 new singles review show, Emperor Rosko’s Roundtable. Rosko was cool, American and had pop star guests listening to new singles and giving opinions. Cass was on, and I was excited enough to record it. I fell instantly in love with her new single, a number one new entry. It wasn’t playlisted though, so it had an up and chart career according to when I got to hear it, buy it, and then affected by her sudden young tragic death in London a few weeks later. Dad shouted upstairs to me about the news (she was a family fave) while my visiting mate Ian was a bit bemused, I think, at my feeling so bad about a celebrity death. Cass was the first popstar death that affected me.

On the show, she was enthusiastic about Hues Corporation US smash Rock The Boat, a disco classic, duly in at number 2 behind her, and still sounding great. Mud were back and on the show with an Elvis glamrock imitation, Rocket. Cass and Rosko both wished Elvis would do something anywhere near as exciting, cos it was a great pop song, in at 24. I think Rock Me Gently was also on the show, a forthcoming soul smash for Andy Kim. Who? Writer of many a hit record, including my Singapore obsession Sugar Sugar and other Archies tracks. Of course I liked it! In at 30.

Other newies, Nilsson is back again with a Dracula movie song, amusing and catchy, Daybreak new in at 28, while a song that became better known in cover versions for a while, Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing, is in for Stevie Wonder at 29 for nearly 6 years of chart hits. Bob & Marcia’s 1970 reggae black-pride classic, which I didn’t get to hear at the time (being in Singapore) is re-issued and I love it, in at 21. Leaving The Settlers at 19, last seen with the fab folkpop TV theme tune to Follyfoot, a kids show, The Lightning Tree in 1971, but now sounding like The New Seekers. All this activity meant tough luck for Garfunkel, who’s marvellous Traveling Boy would otherwise be at number 1, The Jackson 5 stuck at 11 for 3 weeks, and some big fallers.

1 ( NEW ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( NEW ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
3 ( 27 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
4 ( 1 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
5 ( 2 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 6 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
7 ( 5 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
8 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
9 ( 3 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
10 ( 8 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees

11 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 13 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
14 ( 19 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
15 ( 22 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
16 ( 14 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
17 ( 9 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
18 ( 16 ) BEACH BABY First Class
19 ( NEW ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
20 ( 28 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi

21 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
22 ( 15 ) RING RING Abba
23 ( 10 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
24 ( NEW ) ROCKET Mud
25 ( 30 ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor
26 ( 20 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
27 ( 17 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
28 ( NEW ) DAYBREAK Nilsson
29 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder
30 ( NEW ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

31 ( 7 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 18 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
33 ( 21 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
34 ( 23 ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
35 ( 24 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
36 ( 25 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
37 ( 26 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
38 ( 29 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
39 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW The Stylistics
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT The Rubettes

23rd July 1974

This was (more or less) the week I convinced my mate Ian to do his own chart, his music tastes were a lot more album-rock-oriented than my more pop-oriented tastes, but there were some overlapping tracks we both liked. He was absolutely insanely mad on T.Rex, had everything he could get his hands on, while I was more of a lapsed fan with the distinctly underwhelming new T.Rex record Light Of Love, a bit too lightweight for me, though his album track entry Venus Loon was more classic T.Rex and would have charted in mine if I was allowing them in at the time. My number one Rocket, was Mud’s 4th, while his chart-topper I Shot The Sheriff was Clapton’s first solo hit, in my chart at 26, his first since Layla in 1972, and the first Bob Marley song to chart since Stir It Up in 1972.

A Horse With No Name, meanwhile is in Ian’s chart (from 1972, also) and is my current Number One as I type, thanks to an advert on TV – now that’s spooky! He probably charted Wizzard, Mud and Cher for my benefit, I’d guess, although Cher was an item with Greg Allman at the time so that might have been an influence too! Ian had an older brother with rock albums so I blame him for Ian’s lack of love for pop

Elsewhere: Nilsson gets his 4th Top 10 hit (which is 3 more than he managed in real life); The Three Degrees get their 4th chart entry, with a change in direction, a smooth Philly ballad, just ahead of MFSB (who they had just guested with) at 28. Stevie goes Top 20, along with Jim Capaldi and Bob & Marcia. The Sweet can’t quite break into the 10, for the first time since Alexander Graham Bell in 1971 and Barry Blue bounces back up to 27.

1 ( 24 ) ROCKET Mud
2 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
4 ( 2 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
5 ( 3 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
6 ( 7 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
7 ( 10 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 4 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
9 ( 6 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
10 ( 28 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

11 ( 14 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
12 ( 13 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
13 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
14 ( 20 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
15 ( 21 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
16 ( 9 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
17 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
18 ( 8 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
19 ( 19 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
20 ( 29 ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder

21 ( 30 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 18 ) BEACH BABY First Class
23 ( 17 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
24 ( 23 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
25 ( 15 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
26 ( NEW ) I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
27 ( 38 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
28 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN The Three Degrees
29 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE MESSAGE MFSB
30 ( NEW ) LIGHT OF LOVE T.Rex

31 ( 16 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
32 ( 22 ) RING RING Abba
33 ( 25 ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor
34 ( 26 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
35 ( 27 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
36 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
37 ( 32 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
38 ( 33 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
39 ( 40 ) TONIGHT The Rubettes
40 ( 37 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan

IAN GALLOWAYS TOP 20
1 I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
2 LIGHT OF LOVE T.Rex
3 BAND ON THE RUN Wings
4 WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10 C.C.
5 IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
6 MIKE OLDFIELD’S SINGLE Mike Oldfield
7 TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Bachman-Turner Overdrive
8 VENUS LOON T.Rex
9 BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
10 HORSE WITH NO NAME America
11 MIDNIGHT Greg Allman
12 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex
13 7 SEAS OF RHYE Queen
14 PSYCHEDELIC WARLORDS (DISAPPEAR IN SMILES) Hawkwind
15 DARK LADY Cher
16 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
17 SIX-TEENS Sweet
18 IT’S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL The Rolling Stones
19 ROCKET Mud
20 THE LEOPARDS FEATURING GARDENIA AND THE MIGHTY SLUG T.Rex

30th July 1974

In which it becomes apparent that if you want to make my top 10, have “Rock” in the title, or if you want to chart, TV theme tunes help, Beatles songs help, or being a future UK number one helps..

Yes, half the top 10 have a “rock” in the title, including highest new entry Rock ‘N’ Roll by a choir of kids chanting catchily to a rockpop backdrop, a great record that’s so obscure I can find little about it on the internet, other than it’s an Albert Hammond song, giving him a 1-2 wham! on my chart as Cass Elliot goes back up to 1 ahead of them for a second week on top. If you don’t know Albert Hammond I suggest googling the list of songs he’s written, and prepare to be surprised! I know a great songwriter when I hear one, even if they aren’t all hits! The other songwriting credit is “Paul” which makes me suspect (but I can’t confirm) a certain Lynsey De Paul, who’s not bovvered if it isn’t as she has a new songwriter entry at 27 (Golden Day, theme tune to the Golden Shot TV show) a co-write with Barry Blue (who’s still in the chart as pop star). Just to keep the incestuous popstar cohabiting going on, Rain, the band has Stephanie De Sykes as lead singer, herself a new entry at 26 with theme tune to New Faces. She herself had a go at hit songs with the UK Eurovision entries in 1978 and 1980. Not a lot of people know that, as Michael Caine might say…

Andy Kim gently rocks up to 6, and two future UK chart-toppers get an early chart entry in my charts in place of another which underperformed at 28 (Three Degrees). Sad Sweet Dreamer was a UK smooth soul record and band, that everyone though was a Michael Jackson soundalike, Radio Luxembourg plugged it for ages till it finally sold enough to chart and get picked up by Radio 1. In at 9 in my chart. John Denver gets his first hit song as artist, and it’s his recent reissued UK hit Annie’s Song, sweet and pure country ballad-ing, still a lovely song. In at 22.

Returning? Bay City Rollers, 3 years on, but no longer charting as high as their early releases, as Rollermania takes a hold as they get increasingly more banal, albeit teenypop successful. Wizzard, heroes, are back, and it’s a T.Rex-style disappointment for me, not epic-sounding at all, mostly just an OK ballad at best new at 23. 60’s Motown classic What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted gets Jimmy Ruffin back charting after a 4-year break, a true great and famous single that one, and a hit all over again in the UK. Another Motown hit for R. Dean Taylor (his 3rd of the year) who’s Window Shopping at 28, just ahead of Mouth and MacNeal’s great Dutchpop follow up to their Eurovision hit. We’re Gonna Have A Party is their best single, but for some inexplicable reason (well, pretty explicable, Radio 1 didn’t play it, Radio Luxembourg did) wasn’t a hit. Lastly, David Cassidy’s back with a Beatles song, a fairly soundalike live cover of Please Please Me. Sadly, due to a tour crush-related fan-death, Cassidy pretty much didn’t tour again for some years.

Neither Rainbow Children nor Mouth And MacNeal are on youtube so I may have to work out how to post them myself someday!

1 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
3 ( 4 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
4 ( 3 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
5 ( 5 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
6 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
7 ( 1 ) ROCKET Mud
8 ( 13 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
9 ( NEW ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 10 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

11 ( 15 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
12 ( 8 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
13 ( 6 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
14 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
15 ( 9 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
16 ( 12 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
17 ( 11 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
18 ( 16 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
19 ( 18 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
20 ( 17 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

21 ( NEW ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers
22 ( NEW ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
23 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
24 ( 37 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
25 ( NEW ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( NEW ) BORN WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE Stephanie De Sykes
27 ( NEW ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
28 ( NEW ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor
29 ( NEW ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
30 ( NEW ) PLEASE PLEASE ME David Cassidy

31 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
32 ( 19 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
33 ( 20 ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder
34 ( 22 ) BEACH BABY First Class
35 ( 23 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
36 ( 24 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
37 ( 25 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
38 ( 26 ) I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
39 ( 27 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
40 ( NEW ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) Diana Ross And Marvin Gaye