My Retro April 1967 Charts

7th april 1967

Holiday fill in top 20 only, rest to follow at the weekend for completeness.

1. ( 3) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank and Nancy Sinatra
2. (1) BERNADETTE Four Tops
3. (2) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
4. (4) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Mamas and Papas
5. (9) HI HO SILVER LINING Jeff Beck Group
6. (7) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
7. (5) PENNY LANE The Beatles
8. (11) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
9. (12) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
10. (13) ALFIE Dionne Warwick

11. (8) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
12. (6) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
13. (17) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
14. (NEW) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
15. (10) JIMMY MACK Martha and The Vandellas
16. (23) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
17. (20) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
18. (34) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
19. (35) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
20. (25) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw

21 ( 15 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
22 ( 14 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
23 ( 24 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
24 ( 16 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
25 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
26 ( 32 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
27 ( 22 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
28 ( 28 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
29 ( 18 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
30 ( 19 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations

31 ( 27 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
32 ( 26 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
33 ( 21 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
34 ( 44 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
35 ( 39 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
36 ( 45 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
37 ( 70 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
38 ( 53 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
39 ( 48 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
40 ( 52 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes

41 ( 51 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
42 ( 41 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
43 ( 37 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
44 ( 38 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
45 ( 29 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
46 ( 55 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
47 ( 30 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
48 ( 33 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
49 ( 42 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
50 ( 58 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra

51 ( 64 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
52 ( 36 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
53 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
54 ( 46 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 47 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
56 ( NEW ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
57 ( NEW ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
58 ( 63 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
59 ( 50 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
60 ( 65 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move

61 ( 49 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
62 ( 56 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
63 ( 67 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
64 ( 69 ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours
65 ( 54 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
66 ( 43 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
67 ( 40 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
68 ( 72 ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
69 ( NEW ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Carla Thomas
70 ( 73 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes

71 ( 61 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
72 ( 62 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
73 ( NEW ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
74 ( 75 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
75 ( NEW ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

 

14th April 1967

The Monkees back on top for a second week with a Neil Diamond song, as Lulu enters the top 10 with a Neil Diamond song, and Neil Diamond keeps one for himself inside the top 20. There’s a couple of Burt Bacharach’s in the chart too, led by Dionne Warwick at 5. Highest new entry the fab (Young) Rascals track Groovin’ at 11, just ahead of the fab Gladys Knight track at 15 – saw her do it concert last year, terrific show.

Tim Hardin’s original of If I Were A Carpenter shoots up to 22, leapfrogging Bobby Darin (who would have a hit with it) and heading towards The Four Tops (who would have a hit with it), but the original is just lovely. A fair amount of Northern Soul and plain ol Soul in the top 40, plus Little Anthony doing a great Four Seasons impression right next to…The Four Seasons.

The Marvelettes are back again with their greatest record, When You’re Young And In Love, later to be attacked by The Flying Pickets without actually destroying it, while a nice bit of movie theme reggae and 60’s garage punk pop in at the lower end.

1 ( 3 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
3 ( 1 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 10 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
6 ( 16 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
7 ( 7 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
9 ( 5 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
10 ( 6 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees

11 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
12 ( 13 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
13 ( 11 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
16 ( 17 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
17 ( 18 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
18 ( 19 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
19 ( 20 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
20 ( 8 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann

21 ( 15 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
22 ( 57 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
23 ( 12 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
24 ( 28 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
25 ( 21 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
26 ( 26 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
27 ( 22 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
28 ( 37 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
29 ( 29 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
30 ( 35 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls

31 ( 31 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
32 ( 38 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
33 ( 23 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
34 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
35 ( 27 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
36 ( 24 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
37 ( 51 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
38 ( 58 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
39 ( 41 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
40 ( 46 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd

41 ( 34 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
42 ( 32 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
43 ( 30 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
44 ( 36 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
45 ( 42 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
46 ( 33 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
47 ( 56 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
48 ( 50 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
49 ( 73 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
50 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane

51 ( 40 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
52 ( 39 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
53 ( 68 ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
54 ( 44 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
55 ( 43 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
56 ( 60 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
57 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
58 ( 49 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
59 ( 45 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
60 ( 64 ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours

61 ( 47 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
62 ( 63 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
63 ( 54 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
64 ( 55 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
65 ( 70 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
66 ( 62 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
67 ( 59 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
68 ( 69 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Carla Thomas
69 ( 74 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
70 ( 48 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan

71 ( 75 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
72 ( NEW ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
73 ( 61 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
74 ( 52 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
75 ( NEW ) GUNS OF NAVARONE The Skatalites

 

21st April 1967

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Monkees, for a total of 7 weeks on top in 1967 (3 singles), the only significant moves at the top end from The Rascals and Gladys Knight, one a big hit in the real world, the other one mysteriously not – it was pretty well known by me in my teens! The Five Stairsteps – talk about obscure – are up to 15 with a goodie sounding very Northern Soul-ish, and Cat Stevens does an about face and hits the 20. I bet he couldn’t get away with singing that track these days under his current name without people madly rushing screaming into the streets in hysterical panic. It’s fine if you’re white Christian, though.

The goddess Laura Nyro makes it 3 in the 40, such a fab songwriter, as The Trems cover The Four Seasons and replace themselves in the chart and leapfrog Frankie Valli and co. The Bee Gees haunting second chart entry enters inside the 30, and The Mamas & The Papas grab a second inside the 40 with that hit single that told the band’s actual autobiographical journey in lyric. Outside the 40 there’s an invasion of familiar pop names of the 60’s, not least a chart debut for David Bowie. The Laughing Gnome charted for me in 1973 – OK it wasn’t Life On Mars, but it was very Junior Choice and I still loved that show in 1973 when Bowie ruled all. Eurovision runner-upper Vicky Leandros enters with Love Is Blue (The Paul Mauriat version was the one for me, I learnt to play it on the melodica at the time), but she had a win 5 years in the future to look forward to. The 1967 contest was the first I was allowed to stay up for, and I loved Sandie.

Lastly, Ellie Greenwich pops in with a future minor hit for Billie Davis (the better copycat version) – Ellie of course was a major hit songwriter of the 60’s alongside male partners like Jeff Barry, and competing alongside Carole King her friend as part of the Brill Building team not to mention Neil “wrote everything in the 1967 chart” Diamond, and Boyce & Hart who along with Diamond & King wrote for the Monkees, and also featured as songwriter….Laura Nyro, frequent songwriter for The Fifth Dimension who enter lower down. Small pop world!

1 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 5 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
5 ( 6 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
6 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 11 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
8 ( 15 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
9 ( 7 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
10 ( 8 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu

11 ( 18 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
12 ( 22 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
13 ( 9 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
14 ( 10 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
15 ( 28 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
16 ( 13 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
17 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
18 ( 12 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
19 ( 14 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
20 ( 26 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro

21 ( 17 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
22 ( 37 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
23 ( 16 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
24 ( NEW ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
25 ( 38 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
26 ( NEW ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
27 ( 30 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
28 ( 25 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
29 ( 21 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
30 ( 19 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw

31 ( 20 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
32 ( 32 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
33 ( 27 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
34 ( NEW ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 39 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
36 ( 31 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
37 ( 40 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
38 ( 23 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
39 ( 49 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
40 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes

41 ( 24 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
42 ( 35 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
43 ( 47 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
44 ( 29 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
45 ( 36 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
46 ( 50 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
47 ( 48 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 45 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
49 ( 42 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
50 ( 56 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move

51 ( 43 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
52 ( 33 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
53 ( 72 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
54 ( NEW ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
55 ( 46 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
56 ( 71 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
57 ( NEW ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
58 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
59 ( 69 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
60 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED The Temptations

61 ( NEW ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
62 ( 44 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
63 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
64 ( NEW ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
65 ( NEW ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
67 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
68 ( 41 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
69 ( NEW ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
70 ( 51 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes

71 ( NEW ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
72 ( 66 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
73 ( NEW ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
74 ( NEW ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
75 ( NEW ) GOT TO HAVE YOU BACK The Isley Brothers

28th April 1967

Moving back up on top in a quiet week for classic new entries, it’s a 4th week on top for The Mamas & The Papas, undisputably my fave record at the time for 1967, give or take a Matthew And Son or Daydream Believer. The Rascals are up to 3, PP Arnold enters at 11, cos if there’s a lack of Cat Stevens songs in the chart – actually there isn’t! Nor is there a lack of Neil Diamond songs – but The Boat That I Row goes up to 8 for Lulu while Neil’s own version pops in lower down.

The Turtles 2nd hit enters with a bang at 13, and a very obscure fab instrumental (new to me, and very early 60’s in mood) makes 20 for Davie Allan (who? No idea!). Eric Burdon and Aretha Franklin get nice climbs into the 40, and a Beach Boys cover of a Phil Spector hit oldie is in at 39. That leaves childhood acts I liked to enter: Gary Lewis, now nearing the end of a long run of good pop hits, and Roger Miller, who still had a few more to come.

1 ( 6 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 7 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
4 ( 8 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
5 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
6 ( 3 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 4 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
8 ( 10 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
9 ( 5 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
10 ( 11 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

11 ( NEW ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
12 ( 9 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
13 ( NEW ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
14 ( 24 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
15 ( 12 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
16 ( 14 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
17 ( 20 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
18 ( 16 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
19 ( 13 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( 22 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows

21 ( 26 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
22 ( 15 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
23 ( 25 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
24 ( 18 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
25 ( 34 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 32 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
27 ( 19 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
28 ( 21 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
29 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
30 ( 39 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro

31 ( 28 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
32 ( 54 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
33 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
34 ( 43 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
35 ( 23 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
36 ( 29 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
37 ( 33 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
38 ( 36 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
39 ( NEW ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
40 ( 71 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin

41 ( 27 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
42 ( 35 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
43 ( 31 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
44 ( 61 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
45 ( 30 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
46 ( 53 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
47 ( 42 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
48 ( 44 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
49 ( 38 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
50 ( 58 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich

51 ( 63 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
52 ( 56 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
53 ( 48 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
54 ( 66 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
55 ( 37 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
56 ( 45 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
57 ( 57 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
58 ( 60 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
59 ( 69 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
60 ( 49 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles

61 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
62 ( 50 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
63 ( 64 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
64 ( NEW ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
65 ( 65 ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie
66 ( 47 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
67 ( 67 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
68 ( 59 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
69 ( 51 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
70 ( 55 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith

71 ( 73 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
72 ( NEW ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys
73 ( 62 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
74 ( 74 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
75 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ IN THE SUNSHINE Roger Miller

My 1970 Charts – April

record plastic bag from Singapore

record plastic bag from Singapore

1970 videos


7th April 1970

It’s a first Eurovision song chart-topper for Dana, All Kinds Of Everything won the first of many victories for Ireland and the pretty teenager with the pretty voice and pretty song. Everybody say aaaahh! I did love it at the time, less so these days though. The UK’s entry has to make do with 4, as Knock Knock Who’s There shockingly fails to go on top after 3 singles in a row to hit my number one. Not so shocking, actually, as it got very little airplay in Singapore, and Dana was always on 2-way Family Favourites. The classic Bridge Over Troubled Water is at 3, and the also classic Spirit In The Sky is up to 8.

New at 17, Blue Mink are back with another good single, Good Morning Freedom, I loved Madeleine Bell and happily caught her on TV the other day talking about her days as Dusty Springfield’s backing vocalist during Dusty’s classic period. The single is SO catchy! At 18, and Stevie is really on a roll, Never Had A Dream Come True is a great single towards the tail-end of his early Motown soul-crooner days, and before he became a serious album’s artist on top of hitmaker of singles. Creedence were also on a roll, Travelling Band being one of their big UK hits, but one I like less than some of their minor UK hits which hit it big in the USA around 1970 and 1971. Always good though.

1 ( 2 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
6 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
7 ( 5 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
9 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 17 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
14 ( 20 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb

16 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
17 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
18 ( NEW ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
19 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
20 ( NEW ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival


In Singapore, I had a new friend from an adjacent bungalow to the rear of the house, Robert Gough, who went to the Grammar School at Changi, had a warrant officer dad (all my dad’s mates were low-ranking so this was virtual hob-nobbing with the elite!) and he got sent home to private school in the UK for a while. When it was his birthday I got a real treat in a Katong upstairs restaurant, my first-ever banana split, and some money to spend in the big Robinson’s store in the city – where I got a brand new copy of Action Comics 386, which featured an ageing immortal Superman in a continuing story set in the far future, and a legion Of Super-Heroes back Zap Goes The Legion! which had a fave minor villainess Uli Algor, who plotted to turn their super-powers against the featured legionnaires – she got beaten by a punch. Always poor planners, villains! It was a great evening out though, and of course I still have that comic, still precious to me and in good condition, with the 55 cents Singapore price-tag stamped on it. These things matter when you’re 12 (or 57)!

action-comics-386

At the Oscars, it was Midnight Cowboy, John Wayne (in True Grit, which I loved), and Maggie Smith – sadly, not for Sister Act, that was still nearly 20 years away! On TV I was watching reruns of The Ice Warriors Doctor Who (well re-runs to me, having watched them 2 years earlier in the UK), while the UK was stuck with Jon Pertwee episodes – he just wasn’t the Doctor! I was also watching The Banana Splits which aired just before it, I loved the cool Drooper, the animated cartoons, the crap gags, and especially the theme tune and funky songs. Oldies on TV? Gilligan’s Island, My Favorite Martian, The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, Car 54 Where Are You? and other US 60’s sitcoms. My pop culture is pretty much American pop culture, British sitcoms were dull in comparison. All of ‘em. The first sitcom that appealed to me was just out in the UK – Up Pompeii – and that was very much in the Carry On tradition. Carry On films still came out regularly and played at the RAF Changi cinema – I remember going to see Carry On Loving in 1971 and not getting the “cooking fat” gag for a cat’s name. Cos he spits, I thought, naively!

our TV and fish tank

our TV and fish tank


14th April 1970

2 weeks for Dana on top, and Spirit In The Sky hits 5, but a quiet week overall, just The Band’s Rag Mama Rag at 20 (not even their best single) and The Archies EP at 9: this was an EP mum and dad bought with my own pocket money. I’d asked them to get me The Partridge Family EP – EP’s were quite pricey, but you got 4 good quality tracks as I was mad on the new TV show and songs, but they knew I was also mad on The Archies songs from TV shows, too – I even took to recording them direct from the TV with a hand-held microphone on our reel-to-reel recorder, tinny quality but they also happened to be generally pretty good, and many of them remain unreleased to this day, to my ongoing annoyance. Anyhoo, Sugar Sugar had already topped, but the other tracks were also good, I already knew the theme tune (which was fun) and Bang Shang A Lang was jolly bubblegum pop that had hit the US charts before Sugar Sugar. Of course, I also bought the comics if I had spare cash after grabbing every DC superhero comic I could find from second-hand bookstalls and shops. The cover of the EP (the first I ever bought) is also the one used by the youtube link

1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

6 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
8 ( 6 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( NEW ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
10 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
12 ( 13 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
14 ( 11 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

16 ( 18 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
17 ( 14 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
18 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
19 ( 20 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
20 ( NEW ) RAG MAMA RAG The Band

In the news world, there were 2 major stories around the world, and very much in Singapore too: The Beatles split up! Paul McCartney announced the unthinkable, the fab four were no more, they were an ex-world-conquering-megastar-act. These days we are used to seeing bands fold, even big ones, and even at the height of their success, but back then there had never been a band as big as The Beatles (and never would be again), and they really were rewriting all of the rule books, including ending at the top of their game. For me personally, it all seemed a bit distant (quite literally), and as I’d already loved Give Peace A Chance the prospect of solo Beatles singles seemed to still be a very good thing, and to be honest I’m not sure I (or the media, or anyone else) thought that it would be forever. I just seemed so unlikely that the biggest pop group in the world as far back as I could remember would not be back. Good thing I didn’t know the reality!

The other event was Apollo 13. It gripped the world media over the next 2 weeks, as it lifted-off on it’s doomed (but ultimately heroic) voyage to the moon. Apollo 11 had been Earth-shattering, Apollo 12 was a bit like watching a repeat, only without a camera – the lack of images was a major PR disaster and was the start of the grumbling backlash from critics and taxpayers. Apollo 13 was different. We honestly had no idea what would happen, and I recall one of mum’s friend’s soberly offering an opinion that she thought they would die, which kind of brought it all home how serious the situation was. I can’t do better than suggest watching the Tom Hanks movie Apollo13, that pretty much tells the whole story of Jim Lovell and co, and perfectly captures what 1970 looked like and sounded like, the fashions, the media. My mum was 30-ish and wore mini-skirts, so did her friends. I was mad on the space missions and was gutted when they cancelled them. I cut out colour splash photos of Apollo 14 on the moon, as it got a temporary boost and subsequent missions had the cool Lunar Rover to motor about as well as proper decent colour video pictures. Awesome then, awesome now, and as part of history now taken for granted. I suggest taking a look at the recent high-def images of the moon’s surface, taken from satellite, they are incredible, you can make out every rover trail, footprints and every bit of equipment left on the surface of the moon. They will stay there, barring return visits which look less likely with every passing decade, for centuries, long after all of the crackpot “Moon-landing hoax” money-making charlatans have been forgotten. For every event there is a conspiracy theorist jumping out of the woodwork to get rich on other people’s paranoia and naivety.

mobile brush and carpet man, mum and ahtchoo

mobile brush and carpet man, mum and ahtchoo


21st April 1970

3 weeks for Dana, summertime, wintertime, spring and autumn too, nothing is shifting her, not even The Archies at 3, or Stevie Wonder up to 8. Highest new entry, though, is a personal obscure fave of mine written by blue-eyed soul/gospel singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. She was a fantastic songwriter but never made it as an artist, but her songs were often covered successfully by acts of the time, and especially by The Fifth Dimension, the ultimate sweet soul harmony band. Like contemporaries The Carpenters, considered a bit too MOR and uncool, I think they are long overdue a critical re-appraisal. Save The Country was a social-conscience gospel song with lyrical sentiments that still apply. I’d like to see it covered, modern-stylee, and not just because it evokes strong feel-good nostalgic memories of 1970 Singapore (which it does, the group were often on US variety shows broadcast) or the general music-scene vibes of 1970 (which it should, not being a million miles away from Hair – and their hit version of Aquarius).

Tom Jones is back, 2 years of popchartfreak-hit-making (pah! 2 years! Currently on about 46 years…) and Daughter Of Darkness was one of his more sombre darker-story-songs, and it packed a punch enough. Arguably his last record to do that for, ooh, 18 years. The Hollies meanwhile can’t tell the bottom from the top, not a problem I generally have, and it’s a decent enough pop song (as always). Finally House Of The Rising Sun is back, very famous, one of those songs that always seemed to have existed in pop culture, but not The Animals! No, it’s a hippie prog rock version from Frijid Pink. Alecia Moore might have something to say about that, I’d hazard a guess!

1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 9 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

6 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
9 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
12 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
14 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
15 ( 14 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

16 ( 19 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
17 ( NEW ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
18 ( 17 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
19 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink

the garden plants, me and baby brother

the garden plants, me and baby brother


Back in home-life anecdote vogue, we had local gardeners come round to cut the lawn – not exactly grass in the European sense, the plants had broader leaves and were quite tough under-foot as they needed to be to avoid getting washed away in monsoon rains. The main gardener was usually a Malay man with a couple of kids tagged on, and they planted a few decorative shrubs with pink and white flowers around, one they called the poo-poo tree. Maybe they were having us on, it was quite nice! The garden was quite exposed to the sun at this time, little natural shade, so I was fascinated to see them stick a twig in the ground by the fence and monsoon drain behind it in the front garden facing our fold-out door – the front room had no windows at all, basically the whole frontage just folded into wooden doors that folded inward and opened up the room to the garden (and insects and chit-chat geckos). More fascinating was the twig actually growing rapidly, sprouting leaves, and within a year or 18 months it was shady tree big enough to climb into (at least for me and my brother). I also became interested in growing exotic fast-growing plant-pot plants and seeds outside. Still am. Still do.


28th April 1970

It’s a new entry, the only act that can stop The Archies from topping my chart – yes it’s The Beatles getting a 3rd Number One, all of them Paul McCartney songs, and the Fabs replace themselves in the chart as Let It Be prematurely vacates the UK singles chart but The Long And Winding Road heads to the top of the US chart, and gets plenty of Singapore exposure. Paul wasn’t that keen on the Phil Spector strings arrangement, but I was a huge 12-year-old fan of it, and the climactic emotional build. Sentimental? Absolutely. Mushy? A bit. Brilliant? Too right! It was the end of the Long And Winding Road for The Beatles, and a good one to go out on as much as Let It Be was. Not a UK single of course, like so many classic Beatles tracks, though it did eventually top the UK charts, err for Gareth Gates and Will Young. Better late than never.

The World Cup was apparently a thing in 1970. I say that as I had no inkling about anything to do with it, other than the song Back Home which was listed in the Daily Mirror Top 30 charts when we got a massive bundle of newspapers all glued and packaged together like a telephone book every month or so. At least I got to hear about some of the hits even if not actually hear them. So, in at 18 an actual decent World Cup song, and it’s from the England squad on their way in the summer to not actually winning for a second time in a row. Ne’er mind, sure there’ll be another victory soon, lads…. No? In at 19, a folk singer often on UK TV, Julie Felix does a quick cover of the Simon And Garfunkel album track. I liked Julie, but let’s be honest, not as good as the S&G version. Which leaves The Move returning after a number one in 1969 with Blackberry Way, but with a difference – Roy Wood had inducted his Brummie mate in the band, name of Jeff Lynne, and The Brontosaurus was a monster combo. A bit heavy, not one of my fave Move tracks, but it was essentially the seeds of The Electric Light Orchestra being sown before our eyes. Nobody remembers the Move anymore (sadly), but ELO and Roy Wood are still a bit famous!

1 ( NEW ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
3 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel

6 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 8 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 17 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 11 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
14 ( 19 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
15 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

16 ( 14 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
17 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( NEW ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
19 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
20 ( NEW ) BRONTOSAURUS The Move