My Retro July 1969 Charts

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5th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Beach Boys, their first retro-chart Number 1 being as most of their classics predate 1967, though I love the melody and harmonies on Breakaway just as much as Good Vibrations, though nothing compares to God Only Knows. Highest new entry is breakaway solo star, Robin Gibb in a drug-induced parting of the ways with his older brother Barry and twin Maurice (then-busy with new wife Lulu) leaving The Bee Gees as a duo for the next couple of years till they all realised they were better together. Saved By The Bell was a beautifully OTT ballad, one of only 2 singles my mum ever bought (in Singapore this one) with a bit of encouragement from me to part with her cash cos I also loved it. The B side is also an obscure period-piece of a minor gem, Mother And Jack in at 38.

Neil Diamond gets his first top 10 as an act, Sweet Caroline still sounding two years too early, while Crosby Stills & Nash get a first top 20 as an act, Joe Dolan gets his first, and Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions get a first together, but not their last albeit without each other in future years. The Stones final monster UK chart-topper enters at 22, Honky Tonk Women higher than B side You Can’t Always Get What You Want at 54. At 24, Give Peace A Chance, and John Lennon starts his solo career, more or less, aided and abetted by a choir of stars, and a future anthem to boot. It fits in well as a sort of companion piece to John’s Ballad Of John & Yoko as a snapshot of 1969 pop culture.

At 28 Vanity Fare enter with second chart entry Early In The Morning, another tuneful pop ditty with a melody that hooked me as a boy, and am still rather fond of – co-written by Mike Leander, the man behind the career and songs of Gary Glitter who scored The Beatles She’s Leaving Home, executive-produced the Jesus Christ Superstar concept-album, and in later years wrote Matador, the musical which gave Tom Jones a big hit with A Boy From Nowhere in 1987. A shame Paul Gadd sullied his reputation by association, which is why these days I prefer to give credit to Leander for the music.

Lou Christie debuts at 39 – actually it’s not really, but Lightnin’ Strikes predates 1967 and that would so be challenging the top of my charts a year earlier both retro-then and retro-now – I’m Gonna Make You Mine being again a track I knew of from my 1969 songbooks but didn’t get to hear until 1974. True Grit, on the other hand, was the theme-tune from the film of the same-name, starring Oscar-winning John Wayne in his best role, the brilliant teen actor Kim Darby – and Glen Campbell! OK his acting skills didn’t rise to the occasion, but I loved Glen in it, and his records dominated my affection in 1970 more than any other act of the time. Frustratingly, I loved this record, heard it once, and maybe one more time on the radio, and that was that till the film got shown on TV in the mid-70’s. The great Don Black did the lyrics, and Elmer Bernstein the music – yes, him, the man who composed the scores to The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and many other films.

Georgie Fame is in at 55 with Peaceful – I saw him last year supporting the farewell original-lineup Manfreds tour and he was in fab voice, still totally doing new albums. At 71, Country Joe & The Fish, fresh from festival appearances and Here I Go Again, a record I’d never heard – though the song was strangely familiar: it should be. Twiggy had a UK hit with it in 1976 when she launched her country-based singles debut and music career. Lower down, new entries and returns for Donovan, nearing the end of the hit road, Jeff Beck Group ditto, Tommy Roe, ditto, David Ruffin, not ditto, and Gladys Knight, very much not ditto. Gladys has a new album at I type in 2019, and just did a single with Boy George & Culture Club, still got that awesome voice.

1 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
2 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 2 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 4
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
7 ( 6 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 8
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
10 ( 11 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 10

11 ( 9 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
12 ( 10 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
13 ( 21 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 13
14 ( 12 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
15 ( 13 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
16 ( 16 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
17 ( 14 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
18 ( 23 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 18
19 ( 17 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
20 ( 22 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20

21 ( 15 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
22 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 22
23 ( 18 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
24 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 24
25 ( 26 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 25
26 ( 27 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26
27 ( 24 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
28 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 28
29 ( 32 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 29
30 ( 25 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

31 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
32 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 32
33 ( 20 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20
34 ( 31 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
35 ( 35 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 35
36 ( 30 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
37 ( 42 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
38 ( NEW ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 38
39 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 39
40 ( 50 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 40

41 ( 29 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
42 ( NEW ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 42
43 ( 46 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 43
44 ( 59 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 44
45 ( 40 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) I’M FREE The Who # 46
47 ( 48 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 47
48 ( 33 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
49 ( 53 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 49
50 ( 52 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 50

51 ( 28 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
52 ( 41 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
53 ( 47 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
54 ( NEW ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 54
55 ( NEW ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 55
56 ( 64 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 56
57 ( 66 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 57
58 ( 68 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 58
59 ( 49 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
60 ( 63 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 60

61 ( 51 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
62 ( 39 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 39
63 ( 70 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 63
64 ( 72 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 64
65 ( 37 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 30
66 ( 69 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 66
67 ( 71 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 67
68 ( 43 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 43
69 ( 38 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 22
70 ( 73 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 70

71 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 71
72 ( NEW ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 72
73 ( NEW ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 75

5th July Retro-Then

1 ( 2 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( 20 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
5 ( 13 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
6 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
7 ( 4 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 12 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 5 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
10 ( RE ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull

11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( RE ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 6 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
16 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
17 ( RE ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( 19 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

 

 

12th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Archies with the Andy Kim/Jeff Barry song that still sells 50 years later, Sugar, Sugar: it may be Bubblegum and hated by many then and now, but it’s a sweet little confection from both the first EP and first LP I used my own money to buy. Crosby, Stills & Nash break into the 10 tracks that just won’t shift cos they are absolute faves all. The Stones, Plastic Ono Band, and Scott Walker go top 20 hoping to break through, while fave acts Cilla, 5th Dimension & Glen join The Who popping into the 40.

Not too many newies this week, The Love Affair getting the highest at 43 Bringing On Back The Good Times for me, over a year on from Everlasting Love started the short but good run of four hit singles. Tom Jones pops back in with I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, like Get Together another 1967 already-retro-chart-hit top 10, and back again for the same reason – US chart action. Tony Tribe pops in with the 3rd version of Red Red Wine, this time the reggae prototype for UB40. Finally, Johnny Cash sneaks in with A Boy Named Sue, which tickled my amusement buds as a kid. These days, not so much. Never heard of nicknames or changing your name by deed poll?

1 ( 4 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 1 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
5 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
6 ( 8 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 6
7 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( 6 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
9 ( 10 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
10 ( 13 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 10

11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
12 ( 22 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 12
13 ( 12 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
14 ( 20 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
15 ( 18 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
16 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
17 ( 24 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 17
18 ( 11 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
19 ( 15 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
20 ( 25 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20

21 ( 16 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
22 ( 28 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 22
23 ( 17 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
24 ( 19 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
25 ( 29 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 25
26 ( 32 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 26
27 ( 23 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
28 ( 21 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
29 ( 38 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 29
30 ( 35 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30

31 ( 27 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
32 ( 26 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26
33 ( 39 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 33
34 ( 42 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 34
35 ( 43 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
36 ( 40 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 36
37 ( 37 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
38 ( 46 ) I’M FREE The Who # 38
39 ( 44 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 39
40 ( 34 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1

41 ( 30 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
42 ( 36 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
43 ( NEW ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 43
44 ( 49 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 44
45 ( 31 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
46 ( 47 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 46
47 ( 54 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 47
48 ( 50 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 48
49 ( 55 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 49
50 ( 58 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 50

51 ( 45 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
52 ( 56 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 52
53 ( 57 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 53
54 ( 33 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 20
55 ( 41 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 10
56 ( 74 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 56
57 ( 64 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 57
58 ( 73 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 58
59 ( 63 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 59
60 ( 66 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 60

61 ( 52 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
62 ( 53 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
63 ( 71 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 63
64 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 33
65 ( 67 ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Tony Joe White # 65
66 ( 59 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
67 ( 51 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 28
68 ( 72 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 68
69 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 69
70 ( 70 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 70

71 ( 61 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
72 ( 60 ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 60
73 ( 75 ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 73
74 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 74
75 ( NEW ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash # 75

RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
5 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
6 ( 4 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
8 ( 6 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
9 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
10 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

11 ( 19 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
12 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( 20 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( 10 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
15 ( 9 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
16 ( 18 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
17 ( 14 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( 17 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
19 ( NEW ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( NEW ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan

 

19th July 1969

It’s a first week on top for Bee Gee solo Saved By The Bell, Robin doing OTT power-ballad as well as the specialists of the time. Mum bought this single in Singapore, and I played it in the car this week while taking mum and dad to see my niece. Mum has alzheimers and can’t speak hardly at all, but it still got her going on flights of musical fantasy the second it came on. The power of music. This was also the week Man stepped onto the moon, I watched the broadcasts the next morning, Neil Armstrong having annoyingly moonwalked early in the middle of UK night, which meant I had to watch the repeats on specially-allowed morning BBC TV. It was inspiring, though also disappointing to miss it live, and the TV footage not being state-of-the-art. David Bowie had released his appropriate ground-breaking single the week before, and it duly enters at 16 in tribute to Apollo, though by the time it became a UK hit I’d left the UK and didn’t get to hear it until it was a reissued US hit in 1973. It eventually topped my charts in 1975.

John Lennon goes top 10 as he also tops my actual charts of the time – so the Moon-Landing single of the time was a fairly apt message that will always be relevant, even if the events listed in it are historical. So his first, or his umpteenth, top 10, depending on how you look at it. The Stones also get another, their 3rd, and The Love Affair make it a 4th top 20. Country Joe almost goes top 40 with his Twiggy original version, and The Equals return with another fave of the time – Viva Bobby Joe, in at 5 – Eddy Grant still setting the groundwork for his future-career, as Sly & The Family Stone keep the frantic pace of US-charting singles going at 57 and the more-singalong Hot Fun In The Summertime. The Chi-Lites return as the chart starts to look more and more like an early version of the Philly/Soul early 70’s – albeit all of them tracks I didn’t know at the time but sound good to my ears. Just to underline that, Aretha Franklin, Young-Holt Unlimited, The Electric Indian, and The Intrigues all slot in as a bunch of Philly bands are pending to turn up over the next few weeks.

Elsewhere, Creedence also keep the pace of hot singles fast, as Green River replaces Bad Moon Rising, The Move turn up with Curly, while Hello Susie (another Roy Wood song) is still charting – the final single with Carl Wayne, as they shortly become a Jeff Lynne/Roy Wood/ELO/Wizzard embryo, and Curly sounds like it came straight off Roy Wood’s 1973 solo album Boulders. Finally Fairport Convention chart with a French-language translation version of Bob Dylan’s If You Gotta Go, Go Now (giving him 2 songs on the chart) that was a hit for Manfred Mann. 50 years ago I clearly liked Amen Corner, Billy Preston, Creedence’s Proud Mary, Donovan and Jim Reeves hits more than I do now, even allowing for the added competition from records I didn’t know then.

1 ( 6 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 5 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 1 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
6 ( 4 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
7 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
8 ( 17 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 8
9 ( 10 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 9
10 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 10

11 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
12 ( 9 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
13 ( 22 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 13
14 ( 14 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
15 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
16 ( NEW ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 16
17 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
18 ( 43 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 18
19 ( 16 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
20 ( 29 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 20

21 ( 15 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
22 ( 33 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 22
23 ( 25 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 23
24 ( 26 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 24
25 ( 19 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
26 ( 18 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
27 ( 20 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20
28 ( 24 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
29 ( 21 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
30 ( 34 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 23 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
32 ( 36 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 32
33 ( 27 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
34 ( 31 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
35 ( 39 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 35
36 ( 49 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 36
37 ( 30 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30
38 ( 38 ) I’M FREE The Who # 38
39 ( 44 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 39
40 ( 48 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 40

41 ( 63 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 41
42 ( 35 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
43 ( 47 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 43
44 ( 40 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
45 ( 41 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
46 ( 42 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
47 ( 28 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods # 15
48 ( 58 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 48
49 ( 50 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 49
50 ( 32 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 26

51 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 51
52 ( 53 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 52
53 ( 37 ) I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS The Grass Roots # 37
54 ( 56 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 54
55 ( 51 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
56 ( 60 ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves # 56
57 ( NEW ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 57
58 ( 59 ) HEY JOE Wilson Pickett # 58
59 ( 69 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 59
60 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 60

61 ( 45 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 19
62 ( NEW ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 62
63 ( 68 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 63
64 ( 46 ) ALONG CAME JONES Ray Stevens # 46
65 ( 52 ) MELODY HILL The Archies # 52
66 ( 57 ) 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER Toots & The Maytals # 57
67 ( NEW ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 67
68 ( 74 ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 68
69 ( 70 ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Roger Miller # 69
70 ( NEW ) CURLY The Move # 70

71 ( 73 ) THE NITTY GRITTY Gladys Knight & The Pips # 71
72 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 72
73 ( NEW ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 73
74 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 74
75 ( NEW ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 75

wot I liked that week then 5th official compiled chart

1 ( 4 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
2 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 10 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
4 ( 5 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
5 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
6 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
7 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 17 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( 8 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
10 ( 19 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

11 ( 20 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
12 ( 12 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( NEW ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves
14 ( 7 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
15 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
16 ( 14 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
17 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
18 ( 16 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
20 ( 15 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers

 

26th July 1969

It’s a second week on top for Robin Gibb, in a still-static upper-chart, with only David Bowie’s Space Oddity managing to make the Big League at 10, his first top 10 – and very very much not his last. Glen Campbell takes his True Grit top 20, as some more movie songs pop in lower down: 2001: A Space Odyssey was giving Strauss a push in Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking movie, the first big-budget special-effects movie, and stunning it was visually. Writer Arthur C. Clarke would go on to become my favourite writer within 18 months as I leaped from Enid Blyton to sci-fi as my reading material of choice, and I saw this film at the cinema. Hadn’t a clue what was going on plot-wise at the end. The slow-pace was also a problem for a kid, but it remains awesome to look at. That means Also Sprach Zarathustra (as I know it better) enters at 59.

At 45, the highest new entry is Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin and their very naughty song, banned on UK radio and TV – though the melody was familiar to me by the time I finally got to hear Je T’Aime in 1974, when I bought it on re-issue and it topped my charts – though already a big hit in Europe, along with another track which will chart in the next few weeks for me. Biggest climb into the 40 is from Sly & The Family Stone, Hot Fun peaking higher to date than most of their numerous chart tracks inside a prolific 12 months. The Dells return with a cover of their own 50’s track, Oh What A Night at 56 – I’m partial to doowop, whatever decade it is. The O’Jays also return, with One Night Affair at 57, a second chart entry with a decade more ahead of them including 2 number ones in 1972 and 1973.

William Bell is also back, this time with a Northern Soul solo track, Happy – no, not THAT Happy – and Tyrone Davis debuts with a Eugene Record co-write at 67, All The Waiting Is Not In Vain, as Eugene’s own band climbs to 44 for The Chi-Lites, and an act he wrote the previous hit for (Young-Holt Unlimited) is up to 69 with another instrumental. KIng Curtis gets another Saxy instrumental hit, Iggy Pop debuts with his punky Stooges, and he is ahead of his time in wanting to be a dog. That’s quite the cult these days in some circles. Jose Feliciano is back, this time with his own song Rain which Bruce Ruffin will have a UK hit with in 1971, and which I was sort of aware of without noticing – probably due to the numerous covers over the next few years, and in here at 73. Motherlode’s soul-based smoothness is at 74, and Henry Mancini is returns with another instrumental – this time Beethoven. Suddenly my chart is all classical, oooh get me.

1 ( 1 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 5 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
6 ( 8 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 6
7 ( 6 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
8 ( 9 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
9 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 9
10 ( 16 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 10

11 ( 7 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
12 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
13 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 13
14 ( 12 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
15 ( 18 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 16
17 ( 22 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 17
18 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
19 ( 30 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 19
20 ( 19 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1

21 ( 15 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
22 ( 23 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 22
23 ( 24 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 23
24 ( 35 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 24
25 ( 38 ) I’M FREE The Who # 25
26 ( 39 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
27 ( 14 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
28 ( 28 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
29 ( 21 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
30 ( 32 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 30

31 ( 25 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
32 ( 36 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 32
33 ( 26 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
34 ( 31 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
35 ( 29 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
36 ( 41 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
37 ( 33 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
38 ( 34 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
39 ( 43 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 39
40 ( 57 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 40

41 ( 27 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20
42 ( 51 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 42
43 ( 48 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 43
44 ( 60 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 44
45 ( NEW ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 45
46 ( 44 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
47 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones # 47
48 ( 46 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
49 ( 52 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South # 49
50 ( 45 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

51 ( 54 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 51
52 ( 62 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 52
53 ( 37 ) HELLO SUZIE Amen Corner # 30
54 ( 63 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
55 ( 40 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston # 40
56 ( NEW ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 56
57 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 57
58 ( 75 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 58
59 ( NEW ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 59
60 ( 55 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1

61 ( 42 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black # 35
62 ( 49 ) WILLIE AND LAURA MAE JONES Dusty Springfield # 49
63 ( 67 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 63
64 ( NEW ) HAPPY William Bell # 64
65 ( 68 ) RED RED WINE Tony Tribe # 65
66 ( 70 ) CURLY The Move # 66
67 ( NEW ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 67
68 ( NEW ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 68
69 ( 72 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 69
70 ( 73 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 70

71 ( 74 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 71
72 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 72
73 ( NEW ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( NEW ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 74
75 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT SONATA Henry Mancini and his Orchestra # 75

My Actual Chart this week 1969


1 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 1 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
3 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 11 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
5 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
6 ( 4 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
7 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
8 ( RE ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
9 ( 5 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
10 ( 19 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb

11 ( RE ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
12 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( 3 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
15 ( 10 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
16 ( NEW ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
18 ( 8 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
19 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees

 

My June 1969 Retro Charts

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

14th June 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MY 2ND ACTUAL OFFICIAL CHART of that week

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

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

 

7th June 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

21st June 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

28th June 1969

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 4th Actual Chart this week 1969

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

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

My 1969 Charts – December

school book

school book


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2nd December 1969

4th week on top for The Archies, holding off my Youtube dilemma for a while, as Rolf gets to 2. Bobbie Gentry joins herself in the top 5 with a cover duet of the Everley Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream, with the great Glen Campbell. I’ll be honest, despite a catalogue of great songs, and apart from Cathy’s Clown, I much prefer the cover versions of Everley Brothers hits, including this one. In at 10, it’s Elvis with his 3rd Top 10 of the year, with what is generally regarded as his best record post-50’s. Suspicious Minds is a classic, but I barely got to hear it at all in Singapore, which is why it under-performs first time round. Not to worry, it has a second, third, fourth and fifth run to make up for it… cos it IS a classic after all.

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 4 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry

6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
9 ( 7 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
10 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley

Talking of Singapore, at school in geography we were learning about kelongs which were dotted around the coast in those days – it’s a Malayan word and structure, wooden huts and poles sticking out into the sea and used for fishing. We even built a mini-model structure on a painted coastal scene, which I really enjoyed, it was bringing geography (and history) to life and certainly wouldn’t have featured in any UK syllabus in those days. The schools still followed the UK exam systems for 11plus, CSE’s, O Levels, A levels, but there seemed to be a bit more flexibility for teachers to pick topics they enjoyed and could be enthusiastic about. Mind you, Mrs Canavan, the English teacher, embarrassed me in front of the class when she found out I was still reading Enid Blyton books at 11 years old. There was always this horrible pressure to “grow up” in those days, as opposed to just tactfully suggesting there are other exciting books out there too. As it turned out I pretty much leaped straight into adult science fiction via forgotten children’s science-fiction adventure writer Hugo Walters within a year, but I didn’t need to be shamed into doing it, found those books in the library on my own. In the meantime I moved onto Just William books, and found the words to Bad Moon Rising written out in one of the pages. Hooray!

exotic letter-writing paper corners - ah letters, memories...!

exotic letter-writing paper corners – ah letters, memories…!


9th December 1969

5 weeks on top for Sugar Sugar – how sweet! Better get used to seeing the Archies, and in fact, vocalist Ron Dante in my charts. In at 9 it’s the Cuff Links with Tracy. Aka Ron Dante. Although in the UK the Archies are regarded as the ultimate one-hit wonders, that’s not quite accurate as The Cuff Links sounded like The Archies fairly obviously, both being studio projects with the same hired singer – Ron. They also had 2 hits in the UK and US, while The Archies had a 2 or 3-year run of chart entries in the States. Don’t be fooled by the hip and groovy video, the singer isn’t Ron Dante – he signed up with Don Kirshner Archies’ mastermind – and the group threatened to hold back royalties unless he agreed to tour. Rupert Holmes, of Pina Colada fame, was also hired for the album.

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 3 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 5 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
5 ( 4 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
8 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
9 ( NEW ) TRACY The Cuff Links
10 ( 10 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley


I mentioned the school library for last week’s chart: I remember we had a visit from a small group of RAF Gurkhas in the small hall next to the library which impressed me. Short and stocky and affable, the Gurkhas had a fabulous awed reputation amongst British troops for loyalty and bravery, so it was great to have a lesson devoted to a question and answer session. The history of them: British Empire in Nepal, fighting against the Empire (one can see why they might be pissed off) they so impressed the elite they ended up becoming a historic part of the British forces throughout the centuries since. well, at least until the recent cutbacks decided they were no longer of requirement, nor were they entitled to live in the country they spent their lives serving from a country with links going back 200 years. Joanna Lumley, thanks for being more than Ab fab and Purdey, say I, as she rightfully put the politicians to shame.

I’ll just repeat the story that was bandied about at the time about Gurkhas in the RAF, even though it may or may not be apocryphal: The commander of the Gurkhas troop on a mission plane asked for volunteers to jump out of the plane. All of the soldiers stepped forward instantly. The commander was impressed with the loyalty shown, but was puzzled when the group ranking soldier looked a bit apologetic some minutes later when he came up to ask a question. “What is it?” asked the commander. “Will we be wearing parachutes?” he asked……

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school popcorn transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the pirate copies wrongly coloured)

school popcorn transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the pirate copies wrongly coloured)

16th December 1969

Christmas was coming, and The Archies were having a 6-week run on top. There were, of course, no such thing as christmas pop classics in those days, more a case of TV crooners covering standards or hymns. To be honest, though everyone knew the songs – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, O Little Town Of Bethlehem – there wasn’t that joyous sense of familiarity you get with modern pop songs, just some tunes you liked more than others when you had to sing them at school, or heard them on TV. On the plus side, some great records hit chart peaks: Glen and Bobbie at 3, Stevie at 4, Kenny Rogers at 5. It’s worth pointing out that Stevie Wonder had been having hits for years at Motown and he was still a teenager at this time, and co-writing some of his own songs, such as My Cherie Amour, currently about to hit the UK top 2 charts (January 2015) in a butchered helium-induced form). Good to know teenagers can write songs that last!

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 4 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
6 ( 5 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 9 ) TRACY The Cuff Links
8 ( RE ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y.D.O.O) The Archies
9 ( 10 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
10 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson


I don’t recall putting up the christmas trimmings at home, but I’m sure we did have a good go for the novelty of a sunny, sweltering christmas on the equator (give or take 85 miles), and I know mum tried to explain snow to Tan, our amah, by showing her the frozen stuff in the freezer of the fridge. She also did the same later on with Ah Choo our second, young amah (married with kiddie), who was related to Tan, I think. I googled her today, you never know, might still be out there in her mid-60’s. That would be great to find out.

Ah Choo 1970

Ah Choo 1970


23rd December 1969

7 weeks at 1, for The Archies, as they get another song in at 8, giving Ron dante 3 out of 10. Jingle Jangle was available on the back of a cereal packet imported from America, but I didn’t actually get hold of that one sadly, as it was a bonafide American single and actual hit – which I guess is why it didn’t find it’s way over to Singapore. In terms of imported stuff, Singapore was quite awesome, being a shipping crossroads for the region, you could get stuff from the USA, Australia, India, Malaya, Hong Kong, the UK and more. It was quite a fabulous multi-cultural jumble of bits from each. The UK, in the 60’s, was pretty much not noticeably international except for imported TV and some foodstuffs from Europe and the West Indies, and hi-tech products that were worldwide.

The other new entry is a bit of an afterthought cheat as I was running out of tracks for the chart. Creedence were very much of the period, and Green River sounds like it belongs in my chart, but I didn’t get to hear it for years afterwards – that I recall, at any rate. It may well have gotten some plays as follow-up to a big hit, but it didn’t stick in my mind if that’s the case. Good swamprock though.

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 3 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 5 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
5 ( 4 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder

6 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 9 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
8 ( NEW ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies
9 ( 7 ) TRACY The Cuff Links
10 ( NEW ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival

buying actual stuff at christmas and beyond!

buying actual stuff at christmas and beyond!

30th December 1969

Rolf scrapes in at the end of the year with the huge hit beloved by everyone young at the time, Two Little Boys. It would have been his 3rd or 4th chart-topper had I been charting as a toddler and infant, being as I loved Sun Arise, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, and Jake The Peg. Two Little Boys, despite everything (Thatcher choosing it for Desert Island Discs, Rolf’s conviction for underage stuff) was a sweet, touching story of war and brotherly love, pretty unique for a hit record to this day, and as at that time Rolf was guilty of nothing illegal I’m not going to retroactively rewrite history, though I won’t be showing any photos or videos, just the record. It does leave a regretful bitter taste in the mouth now sadly though so I’m demoting it to the end. In at 4, it’s Marmalade, not bubblegum anymore, it’s the gorgeous ballad Reflections Of My Life, harmonytastic and largely forgotten these days, but once well-thought of. Still is by me. It’s a bloody brilliant tune.

1 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 ( 3 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
4 ( NEW ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
5 ( 7 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
6 ( 8 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies
7 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
8 ( 4 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
9 ( 5 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) TRACY The Cuff Links

Christmas week, and for christmas brother and me got a brand new bike each with colourful plastic tassles sticking out of the handlebar ends. I still miss that bike, it was great riding up and down the local housing estate hills, not entirely unlike Elliot and ET and co. Only much much hotter. And no alien. School was out for a few weeks, I had loads more comics I was adoring, having scoured more and more of the second-hand book stalls in Changi Village, and having got hold of some more classic Adventure Comics Legion Of Super Heroes and many other new and old DC Comics. My collection was growing quite fast, pop music for the moment not eating into my pocket money, comics getting all of it! I can’t understate how exciting the Legion was to me, it was almost physically palpable, and the covers of DC superheroes at this time, and especially Batman, were designed and drawn by the fantastic acclaimed artist Neal Adams. His Batman and Superman remain the definitive versions, those were the ones I got in the popcorn transfers for my school bag and my own made-up transfer books, and those are the ones that command the top prices in archive comic shops for this period. His comic covers are works of Art, at least as good as many over-rated bullshit “serious” artists. Suddenly comics were getting more adult, and dealing with serious adult themes amongst the superhero stuff…

My 1969 Charts – November

My 1969 Song Book 1

My 1969 Song Book 1

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NOV 1969

4th November 1969

Bobbie’s 5th and final week on top, as Nilsson’s brilliant Midnight Cowboy song goes top 5, and The Beatles are the sole new entry courtesy of a George Harrison ballad at 6. Something quickly became a standard, but as a Beatles song in the UK it was a shock (relative) failure peaking at 4, the first Beatles record to fail to hit the top 2 bar their first single. It was an odd choice of double A side as Come Together got no airplay at all in Singapore, in fact it took me 5 years to get to hear it, and even then I wasn’t that bothered about it. Something, great as it was, seemed a bit too MOR for the Fabs, so pretty much my least fave Beatles single. Little did we know that it was actually the last Beatles single ever, chronologically-recording-wise, until the 2 Anthology John Lennon songs finished by the other three Beatles.

OK, so back at home in Bedokville, Singapore new suburbia, one evening mum and dad went out to some do on camp, and left me and brother Mark alone (but under the eye of the neighbours Irving & Mary, who popped their head over the fence occasionally). We had chit-chat’s tut-tutting up and about the walls while we watched TV, they just got into any handy crevice in houses and grabbed insects, which for me is a blessing, mozzies being my mortal enemy and all. This night something quite big started walking jerkily and slowly across the living room floor – I recognised it from TV shows as a Preying Mantis, though I’d never seen one in real life, and neither had Mark. We shouted for Irving and Mary, eventually, after chucking cushions at it from a distance, trying to persuade it to go out the door. Didn’t work, and nobody came round, so we really just waited feet up on the bamboo chair/sofa till mum and dad came home. By then, a chit-chat had apparently had a bit of a do with it – and won. I say apparently, as there wasn’t much left in the way of evidence. Not as scary as the huge spiders though, or the supersized hornets buzzing round flowers in the day, or the snakeskins one occasionally found shed in bedrooms, and on the plus side, not as revolting as mosquitos and cockroaches that were a daily nuisance. We lifted up a garden grate, and it was LITERALLY teaming with roaches of all sizes scuttling away like mad. I think the worst thing, though, was finding insects in your food – half a bug, especially, as you never got to be sure if you’d eaten the other half. Cereals imported from the USA were fun (I loved the cardboard Archies records on the back of the packet, with a coating of plastic for the grooves, you could cut out and play on a record player) but the boll weevils inside (or whatever they were) were offputting. So were local biscuits cooked with ants firmly inside them. Exotic fruits though, like oddly-prickly-looking red-coloured rambutan’s, a Malayan peninsula fruit on sale on market-stalls everywhere, were eye-openers – who woulda known there were so many fruits you had never seen, never mind tasted….!


1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 ( 4 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
5 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 9 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
9 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
10 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

music book 2

music book 2

11th November 1969

First week on top for Sugar Sugar, The Archies EP also containing Feelin So Good, which re-enters at 5. I still love Sugar Sugar, simple and perfect sugar confection bubblegum pop, which is why it’s sold a million and still trickle sells. It had a whopping 8 week run at 1 in the UK charts, I think, so let’s see if it can match that in mine! The chart gets some action, as Tremeloes re-enter, and 3 new tracks pop in: Nobody’s Child is a very MOR ballad, and I’ll be honest the Traveling Wilburys did a better version 20 years later. George Harrison of course involved in that one, and also at 4 with Something. Lou Christie had one of those “oh that’s who he is” moments whenever the fantastic Lightning Strikes grabbed an occasional radio play back in the day. The Lou falsetto is immense on Lightning, but not much in evidence on this bubblegum pop delight at 9, I’m Gonna Make You Mine. At 10, it’s Kenny Rogers debuting, the start of a long country career, and by far his best record, the amazing Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town, a song about a veteran back from the Vietnam war, paralysed and unable to please his wife in that way any more, and her forays into town to find someone who can. Oddly touching.

Singapore times? How about swimming lessons? Saturday mornings were a trip into Changi Village on the bus, and a walk to the swimming pool at the Padang on camp (or a quick SZ taxi-ride – taxis used to cram as many people in as possible, so often it was more like a bus ride with strangers people getting on and off en route). I pretty much did OK at swimming, picking up distance badges early on and moving onwards and upwards to badges of more merit. We had robes the badges were sewn onto – hey we all did it, it was the fashion! Pretty sure I also picked up bloody varrucas at the pool too, by the time I left Singapore I had warts in many bodily places. For those not in the know, they have a comforting way of popping up years later and developing nicely into Hollywood-style witch-warts which you can share with the rest of the world whenever you go the beach. How sweet! Not to mention the hard bits of skin on your feel soles left when you get them burnt off, just to remind you occasionally that they once shared your feet with you. If that sounds a bit ewwww I actually loved swimming (eventually) though it was sometimes a case of “do we have to?!”. Best thing though: the comics in the Changi Village book shops, as I started to fill-in some of my missing back issues of DC comics. I became obsessive in my search for the Legion Of Super-Heroes.

1 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( RE ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (SKOOBY DOO) The Archies
6 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young
8 ( RE ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
9 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
10 ( NEW ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

schoolbook RAF Seletar

schoolbook RAF Seletar

18th November 1969

2 weeks for The Archies on top, The Beatles get up to 3 with their 4th hit, The Hollies re-enter future (1988) number one He Ain’t Heavy at 9, and Stevie Wonder gets his 3rd Top 10 of the year, the less-remembered but fab Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday, an under-rated Motown gem.

How about a naughty John tale? I was actually a goodie-goodie child, rarely did anything wrong, but for some reason I’d managed to get a catapult as a new toy, and was quietly enjoying the sheer speed that little bits of gravel from the road flew off in it, it was pretty powerful. I was under the balcony of the house happily aiming at the road so nothing would get hit, when a taxi went by with a passenger in it. I waited till it was almost out of the way and the let one go. Unfortunately I didn’t wait quite long enough, it smacked right into the rear light of the black and yellow taxi and smashed it as the car drove away. Not for long, though, it reversed and a livid Chinese driver jumped out shouting at me as I dashed indoors and up to my room. He was having none of that, got my dad, ranted a bit, dad gave him 25 dollars for the damage and that was the end of my pocket money for a while. I tried to explain it was an accident (which it was) but I guess with hindsight, claiming something is an accident (even when it is) is no excuse. What was worse though was not being believed! Bad bad John!

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 4 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
5 ( 8 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
6 ( 10 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
7 ( NEW ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
8 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
9 ( RE ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 5 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (SKOOBY DOO) The Archies

popcorn transfers

popcorn transfers

25th November 1969

3 weeks for Sugar Sugar on top, but the only movement of note is the new entry from Rolf Harris at 4. I’m going to ignore all of the recent nastiness and pretend it never happened cos in the 60’s Rolf was loved by kids. He brought Australia into the living room, along with Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, and ethnic aboriginal-flavoured delights like the great Sun Arise alternated with his jokey hit records like Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Jake The Peg (diddle iddle dum). Biggest of all, though, was the touching Two Little Boys, a tale of brothers, both as youngsters, and serving in a war as adults. Like Sugar Sugar, much derided, and like Sugar Sugar missing the point: 11-year-olds like me loved them. I still do. Two Little Boys was a huge record, pretty much on 2-way Family Favourites every other week with messages of “missing you much” from family members back home, and then again on Juniors Choice over the years, till the BBC decided pre-teens no longer needed their own pop-music show. Yes they do!

This (Last) / Peak / wks
1 ( 1 ) 1 7 SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) 1 12 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 3 ) 3 4 SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) 4 1 TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
5 ( 4 ) 3 5 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( 7 ) 6 2 YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) 5 4 (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
8 ( 6 ) 6 3 RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
9 ( 9 ) 9 5 HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 8 ) 8 3 I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie