My January 1986 Charts

7th January 1986

It’s new in at 1 with another oldie – the 20 year anniversary reissue recharting Beatles double A side classic, keeping up the run of charting oldies, mostly. That means the actual top new track, West End Girls, has still only had 1 week on top in what otherwise would have been a 6 week-run on top if not for oldies.

A-ha rocket into the top 10 for 2 in a row, The Cars do it for the 3rd time, and Go West shoot into the 20 for the 3rd time. Highest new track is Pat Benatar, while Steve Harley, 12 years on from Judy Teen, teams up with ex-1978 chart-topper Sarah Brightman, now a serious musical star, for the Phantom duet. Fine Young Cannibals cover Elvis, Dire Straits dig deeper into Brothers In Arms, ABC enter a bit blue, and Grace Jones is besides herself at being a new entry with an old Edith Piaf French classic ballad. Literally. As is kate Bush, literally beside herself.

1 ( NEW ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 22 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
6 ( 4 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
7 ( 6 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 9 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 12 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

11 ( 13 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
12 ( 5 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
13 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
14 ( 19 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
15 ( 25 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
16 ( 10 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
17 ( 17 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 15 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
19 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
20 ( 42 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West

21 ( 18 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
22 ( 39 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
23 ( 40 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
24 ( 16 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
25 ( 27 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
26 ( 11 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
27 ( 29 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
28 ( 28 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 34 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
30 ( 24 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

31 ( 23 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
32 ( 21 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
33 ( 20 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 38 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
35 ( NEW ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
36 ( 36 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 26 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
38 ( 47 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
39 ( 31 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
40 ( 37 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey

41 ( 33 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
42 ( 45 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
43 ( 43 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
45 ( 32 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
46 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
47 ( 67 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
48 ( 35 ) OH LOUISE Junior
49 ( 55 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
50 ( 41 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

51 ( 49 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
52 ( 48 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 50 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
55 ( 51 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
56 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
57 ( 57 ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( NEW ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
59 ( 59 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

61 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars
62 ( 75 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
63 ( 54 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
64 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
65 ( NEW ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
66 ( 52 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
67 ( 61 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
70 ( 58 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda

71 ( 44 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
72 ( NEW ) LA VIE EN ROSE Grace Jones
73 ( 73 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 71 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
75 ( 74 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

Oldies playlist

1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black
2 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
3 SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

 

 

14th January 1986

It’s back on top after a break of over a month, to give Pet Shop Boys one week on top in both 1985 and 1986 – it’s unusual for records to do that in my chart, but hey it’s a classic! Even holding off a brand new classic at 2 from a-ha. Go West get a second top 10 and Eurythmics an umpteenth, rare that they didn’t hit my top 10. Broken Wings gets a big climb into the 20, and highest “new” entry is Radio Africa starting the theme of flops becoming hits second time round in 1986, and for this week the trend of loads of re-entries which get called “new” because it’s a new year and I like to see chart runs in different years with as not part of the initial run.

King have yet another top 40 track – who recalled they had so many! Steve Harley and Sarah Brightman both get a first top 40 hit in years, thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber (never hurts to have your hubbie write the songs), and Full Force rocket into the 30 with Alice, hip-hopping away, in mood if not literally. Fine Young Cannibals cover Elvis – Pet Shop Boys please take note! Sade overtakes Slade, new at 45 – that only works if you pronounce Slade as Slahday – and a famous Billy Ocean chart-topper debuts quite low-down: Romancing The Stone was the film, and indeed, at a 2017 Uptown Country Park 80’s festival, Billy in fine voice, I decided to get going as it was getting tough anticipating the rush for the exit as his encore arrived.

Stevie Nicks fabulous I Can’t Wait is new in at 58, as good as a Mac track, 5 Star’s best single is at 61, give or take Rain Or Shine, Alexander O’Neal is in with Cherrelle – he will be back quite a lot, she won’t. Talking of films, Eddie Murphy has a decent stab at a pop career, the recently sad loss of Phil Lynnot brings 19 into the chart, and Timmy Thomas is back for his only other chart entry that wasn’t his awesome 1973 classic Why Can’t We Live Together – as covered by Sade, in fact, on her album but never a single. A Remix would top my chart for Timmy in 1990.

1 ( 3 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 5 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
3 ( 1 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
4 ( 2 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
5 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
6 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
7 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
8 ( 20 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
9 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
10 ( 15 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics

11 ( 9 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
12 ( 6 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
13 ( 34 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
14 ( 13 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
15 ( 22 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
16 ( NEW ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
17 ( 23 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
18 ( 10 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
19 ( 19 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
20 ( 12 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

21 ( 17 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
22 ( 11 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 16 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
25 ( 18 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
26 ( 47 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
27 ( 62 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
28 ( 21 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
29 ( 29 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
30 ( 24 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney

31 ( 25 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
32 ( NEW ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
33 ( NEW ) TORTURE King
34 ( 58 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
35 ( 35 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
36 ( 38 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
37 ( 28 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
38 ( 30 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
39 ( 46 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
40 ( 60 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

41 ( 36 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
42 ( 27 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
43 ( 40 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
44 ( 42 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
45 ( NEW ) IS IT A CRIME Sade
46 ( 43 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
47 ( 65 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
48 ( 32 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
49 ( NEW ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
50 ( 26 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

51 ( 41 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
52 ( 52 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 39 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
55 ( 31 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
56 ( 54 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
57 ( 51 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
58 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
59 ( 37 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
60 ( 50 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

61 ( NEW ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
62 ( 61 ) DRIVE The Cars
63 ( 69 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
64 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
65 ( 64 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
66 ( NEW ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
67 ( 55 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
68 ( NEW ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
69 ( 72 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
70 ( 33 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN/ MY HOMETOWN Bruce Springsteen

71 ( NEW ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
72 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
73 ( NEW ) THE OAK TREE Morris Day
74 ( NEW ) 19’ Phil Lynnot
75 ( NEW ) NEW YORK EYES Nicole with Timmy Thomas

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Brilliant
3 BABY BOOMERANG T.Rex

 

21st January 1986

It’s a first week on top for a-ha’s brilliant Sun Always Shines On TV, proper epic pop, and their second chart-topper in a row. Highest new entry is a return for a great flop track from 1985 (theme of the year again and again), Belouis Some’s Imagination at 3, as Mr. Mister make the top 5. Another ’85 flop hits the top 10, for Latin Quarter, Todd Rundgren is back at 23 with his biggest “hit” since the brilliant Hello It’s Me went top 5 12 years earlier, and the equally brilliant I Saw The Light started his chart career in 1972.

Madonna’s back with another minor hit back bigger, 1984’s Borderline, Double’s charming single enters at 31, and Five Star, Grace Jones, and Stevie Nicks all get deserved big leaps into the 40, and it’s a 1979 Rapper’s Return as the one that kick-started a whole genre returns at 44, while fellow early rap pioneer Kurtis Blow finally follows up his Christmas Rapping with If I Ruled The World just over 6 years on.

Drum Theatre were a good support band I saw at the time, and enter at 48, with the great Talk Talk single in at 50, Life’s What You Make It making it 4 years of good singles. James Brown’s last big hit is in with Living In America, a decade on since his last chart entry – though his song is still on my playlist as done by Brilliant. Gloria Estefan does the Conga, though not getting billing yet 2 years on from Dr. Beat, John Cougar is also back 4 years on from Jack And Diane, with extra unnecessary Mellencamp, and Clannad have a fab duet with Bono.

1 ( 2 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
4 ( 9 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
5 ( 13 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
6 ( 3 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
8 ( 10 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
9 ( 16 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
10 ( 5 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo

11 ( 15 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
12 ( 6 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
13 ( 8 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
14 ( 7 ) RUSSIANS Sting
15 ( 26 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 17 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
17 ( 12 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
18 ( 32 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
19 ( 27 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
20 ( 11 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess

21 ( 14 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
22 ( 33 ) TORTURE King
23 ( NEW ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
24 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
25 ( 19 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
26 ( 34 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
27 ( NEW ) BORDERLINE Madonna
28 ( 18 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
29 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
30 ( 24 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

31 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR HEART Double
32 ( 61 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
33 ( 29 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
34 ( 21 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
35 ( 69 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
36 ( 39 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
37 ( 28 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
38 ( 40 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 58 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
40 ( 49 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

41 ( 47 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
43 ( 68 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
44 ( NEW ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
45 ( 45 ) IS IT A CRIME Sade
46 ( 43 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
47 ( 41 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
48 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
49 ( 38 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
50 ( NEW ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk

51 ( 31 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
52 ( 30 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
54 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 22 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
56 ( 63 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
57 ( 46 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
58 ( 52 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
59 ( NEW ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
60 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones

61 ( 35 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
62 ( 71 ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
63 ( 36 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
64 ( 56 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
65 ( 62 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( NEW ) CONGA Miami Sound Machine
67 ( 65 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
68 ( NEW ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
69 ( 37 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( 60 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
72 ( 57 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
73 ( 72 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) ONE NATION Masquerade
75 ( NEW ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1 DREAM WEAVER Gary Wright
2 IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Brilliant
3 HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger

 

28th January 1986

2 weeks on top for the classic a-ha shining on, heading a relatively static top 10, though Eurythmics get another top 5 the same week Aretha follows up her Eurythmics top 10 with a solo effort. Five Star get a big climb into the 20, Madonna finally gets Borderline into the 20, and Grace Jones does Edith Piaf chanson and funk both for a big climb. I prefer La Vie En Rose these days.

Top go Alexander O’Neal for the first time, Talk Talk for the 4th time (ish), James Brown for the second time, and Clannad and Bono (U2 having had several over 5 years). New in are The Damned with a decent cover of Barry Ryan’s classic histrionic ambitious epic chart-topper (for me) from 1968, Eloise at 26. At 37, Russ Ballard debuts with Voices, a great obscure track that gives him a solo chart career of 11 years, or 14 years including Argent. In the interim he wrote loads of classic songs like So You Win Again for Hot Chocolate, and Substitute for Clout.

Fra Lippo Lippi overcome a silly name to enter, Elvis Costello hides unsuccessfully behind a pseudonym for an Animals cover, Nana Mouskouri enters with her only ever chart song – though had I been charting in the early 60’s her fabulous Greek-themed White Rose Of Athens would have been big, cos it’s still a fab toon. Divas are the order of the day down the tail-end and playlist, though, as Diana Ross gets a Bee Gees gift and a half for a Chain Reaction smash, Whitney has a hum ho follow-up, and Nancy, Shirley and Abba grab my playlist oldies. Vinyl playlist, though call it Streaming had it been invented. 2 70’s fave acts return: Betty Wright clean-up woman is back 11 years on from Shoorah Shoorah and Where Is The Love, and Peter Frampton has a 10-year span of hits since topping with Show Me The Way – or 19 years had I been charting in 1967 when The Herd emerged with a teen vocalist.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 3 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
3 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 5 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
5 ( 8 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
6 ( 9 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
7 ( 4 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
8 ( 7 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
9 ( 6 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
10 ( 11 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

11 ( 31 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR HEART Double
12 ( 32 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
13 ( 27 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
14 ( 15 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
15 ( 23 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
16 ( 12 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
17 ( 10 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
18 ( 35 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
19 ( 19 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
20 ( 14 ) RUSSIANS Sting

21 ( 13 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
22 ( 43 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 26 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
24 ( 50 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
25 ( 17 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
26 ( NEW ) ELOISE The Damned
27 ( 40 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
28 ( 36 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
29 ( 16 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
30 ( 38 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 20 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
32 ( 22 ) TORTURE King
33 ( 39 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
34 ( 21 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
35 ( 18 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
36 ( 59 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
37 ( NEW ) VOICES Russ Ballard
38 ( 41 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
39 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
40 ( 68 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono

41 ( 24 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
42 ( 25 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
43 ( 30 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
44 ( 42 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
45 ( 37 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
46 ( 28 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
47 ( NEW ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
48 ( 48 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
49 ( 33 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
50 ( 46 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey

51 ( 44 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
52 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
53 ( 47 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
54 ( 62 ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
55 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 56 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
57 ( 75 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
58 ( NEW ) CUT ME DOWN Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( 34 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
60 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE Nana Mouskouri

61 ( 49 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
62 ( RE ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
63 ( 74 ) ONE NATION Masquerade
64 ( 58 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
65 ( 70 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
66 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
67 ( RE ) NEW YORK EYES Nicole with Timmy Thomas
68 ( 64 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
69 ( NEW ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
70 ( 57 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

71 ( 67 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
72 ( NEW ) PAIN Betty Wright
73 ( NEW ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
74 ( 55 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
75 ( NEW ) LYING Peter Frampton

Playlist Oldies of the Week
1 YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Nancy Sinatra
2 AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME Shirley Bassey
3 SOS Abba

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My Dec 1985 Charts

3rd December 1985

2 weeks on top for Wham! just holding off another top British duo, and Pet Shop Boys hit 2 with the classic West End Girls. Yoko Ono gets her first top solo hit in 5 years, since Walking On Thin Ice topped my chart, the final record she & John were working on the night of his murder, and John goes up one to 8. Sun City protest song hits 6, Madonna ends the year with a 6th top 10, and Whitney Houston gets a debut top 10.

Grant n Graham just miss out on a 2nd top 10 together, 5 years since David first had his Lynx, and Dionne Warwick is back in the top 20 3 years on from the last time, Dee C. Lee finally scrapes into the 20 with a great ballad that took me time to warm to, and Slade make their run of top 20’s 14 years. Julian Lennon follows his dad into the 40, The Cult make it a hat-trick, and highest new entry is a christmas classic, as done by Broooooce, at 32, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. Brucie’s sax player gets his own debut at 60, Clarence Clemons bringing along Jackson Browne who first made my charts 13 years earlier with Doctor My Eyes.

The Cars return for a 3rd hit of the year, at 40, while at 66 it’s another pop duet, as Bonnie Tyler extends her run of chart entries to 9 years, in hand with the fab Todd Rundgren who first made my charts with the fab I Saw The Light in 1972. The song and production is a Jim Steinman epic, as they all are in his style, but only hit big in Portugal, though Meatloaf finally got around to doing his version with Jim in 2016.

Bronski Beat have a new lead singer, Junior keeps popping in, Evelyn King hasn’t dropped the Champagne, 7 years on from her first Shame, and Mr. Mister debut with a great song Broken Wings.

1 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2 ( 6 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
4 ( 3 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 7 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
6 ( 15 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
7 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
9 ( 18 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
10 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

11 ( 26 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 8 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
13 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
14 ( 5 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
15 ( 11 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
16 ( 30 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
17 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
18 ( 12 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
19 ( 25 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
20 ( 33 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee

21 ( 13 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
22 ( 24 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
23 ( 58 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
25 ( 37 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
26 ( 36 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 29 ) RUSSIANS Sting
28 ( 44 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
29 ( 32 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
30 ( 39 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship

31 ( 16 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
32 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 19 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
34 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
35 ( 43 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
36 ( 22 ) NIKITA Elton John
37 ( 54 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
38 ( 48 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
39 ( 28 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

41 ( 20 ) ONE VISION Queen
42 ( 45 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
43 ( 34 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
44 ( 60 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( 69 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
46 ( 38 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
47 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
48 ( 71 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
49 ( 35 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
50 ( 66 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

51 ( 47 ) DRIVE The Cars
52 ( 31 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
53 ( 27 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 42 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
56 ( 68 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
57 ( 52 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
58 ( 53 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
59 ( 51 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
60 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

61 ( 41 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
62 ( 46 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
63 ( 40 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
64 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
65 ( 59 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
66 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA
DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
68 ( 74 ) THE HIGHEST HIGH China Crisis
69 ( 75 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
70 ( 70 ) LET THE BELLS RING OUT FOREVER The New Seekers

71 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE Junior
72 ( 61 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
73 ( NEW ) YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
74 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GONE WRONG The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 MOON RIVER Greyhound
2 EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
3 IF NOT YOU Dr. Hook

10th December 1985

On top for the first time, and the first of dozens, it’s Chris & Neil – dum dum dum dum-de-dum-dum. Holding off a reissued 1984 Band Aid chart-topper, still fresh and undimmed by 30-odd years of never-ending Christmas overkill. Sting shoots up Russians to 4, a sort of dark christmassy mood and his biggest solo hit to date. Julian Lennon gets a second top 10 and knocks out his dad.

Cameo enter at 19 with strange, but fab, song, ahead of the codpiece – it would eventually chart in the UK. A Mick Jagger album track joins the Yoko album track – veterans were now starting to opt out of singles off new albums, something which became huge business in the States in the 90’s as physical singles died out to push album sales to new heights. Money money money! Mick’s missus, of course, used to go out with Bryan Ferry – and he is also in looking Windswept. Fortunately Rupert Murdoch doesn’t feature in the chart, though I did tweet him this week when he commented unbelievingly on global warming while flying over ice-swept northern hemispheres – IN MID-WINTER. What a dick. At least I can only assume that’s why Jerry married the ageing multibillionaire.

No memory whatsoever of the Spacelings – one to youtube! However another overplayed christmas classic debuts at 60 – it’s Shaky, with one of his occasional chart entries (in my charts, that is, 5 years non-stop in the UK charts). You all know it. Sheena Easton also has 5 years of occasional chart entries continued but her best Prince-days were still ahead. Another Christmas UK number one enters at 71 – well the song at any rate, for the Isley Brothers (sort of) 16 years into a chart career, and one year pre-Housemartins. That leaves comebacks for Mike Oldfield (topped my chart two times in 1974 with two albums – allowed because they were one track, essentially), and Joni Mitchell (1974 was also her best chart year for me) 15 years on from Big Yellow Taxi.

1 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
3 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
4 ( 27 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
6 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
7 ( 9 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 5 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
9 ( 23 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
10 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40

11 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 8 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
14 ( 16 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
15 ( 3 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 12 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
17 ( 19 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
18 ( 20 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
19 ( NEW ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
20 ( 15 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

21 ( 17 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
22 ( 13 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
23 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
24 ( 40 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 30 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
26 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 35 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
28 ( 14 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
29 ( 38 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
30 ( 18 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

31 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
32 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 21 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
34 ( 24 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
35 ( 45 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
36 ( NEW ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
37 ( 47 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 42 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
39 ( 67 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
40 ( 48 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John

41 ( 33 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
43 ( 36 ) NIKITA Elton John
44 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( NEW ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
46 ( 50 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 71 ) OH LOUISE Junior
48 ( 34 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
49 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
50 ( 22 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals

51 ( 60 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
52 ( 56 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
53 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
54 ( 43 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
55 ( 66 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 51 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 31 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
59 ( 41 ) ONE VISION Queen
60 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

61 ( 29 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
62 ( 75 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
63 ( 46 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
64 ( NEW ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
65 ( 69 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
66 ( NEW ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
67 ( 57 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) FOREVER BE Sal Solo

71 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE Isley Jasper isley
72 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield
73 ( 55 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
74 ( 62 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
75 ( NEW ) GOOD FRIENDS Joni Mitchell

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

17th December 1985

It’s only one week on top for West End Girls, as a recent Christmas Classic enters back on top, Wham! very nearly replacing themselves at 1 but for Pet Shop Boys. Cameo go top 10, She’s Strange that one, and Shaky’s xmas now-perennial leaps into the 40 for the first time. Lots of climbers due to a lack of new entries, which back in the day was the norm. Or now, in fact, bar the oldies xmas invasions that I used to do in my own charts and now happens in the actual official charts everywhere.

Amii Stewart has a new duetting partner for her old Johnny Bristol hit mash-up of 2 Smokey Robinson songs, My Guy My Girl and Sophie George is too Girlie Girlie, too. A forgotten xmas song from Bryan Adams, I doubt I’ve heard Christmas Time in 32 years….! On the other hand, Walking In The Air and Aled Jones were regular xmas airplay and TVplay oldies – and here they are – but not quite as you might guess. I never liked Aled’s version of Walking In The Air, so it’s the original TV “Snowman” soundtrack that enters, while Aled gives Mike Oldfield a festive hand. Mike, of course, has had several xmas hits, none of them actually mentioning xmas at all, preferring a more traditional solstice theme.

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
5 ( 3 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
6 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
7 ( 6 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
9 ( 19 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
10 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham

11 ( 5 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
12 ( 10 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
13 ( 12 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
14 ( 17 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
15 ( 25 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
16 ( 18 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
17 ( 27 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
18 ( 29 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
19 ( 8 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
20 ( 13 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

21 ( 16 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
22 ( 15 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
23 ( 20 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
24 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 14 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
27 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
28 ( 39 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
29 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
30 ( 35 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu

31 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
32 ( 22 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
33 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
34 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
35 ( 40 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 28 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
37 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 47 ) OH LOUISE Junior
39 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
40 ( 45 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

41 ( 33 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
42 ( 34 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
43 ( 36 ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
44 ( 42 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
45 ( 51 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
46 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
47 ( 52 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
48 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
49 ( 30 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
50 ( 55 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren

51 ( 62 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
52 ( 43 ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( NEW ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
54 ( 64 ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
55 ( 65 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 66 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
58 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
59 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
60 ( 41 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits

61 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
62 ( NEW ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophie George
63 ( 53 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
64 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
65 ( 59 ) ONE VISION Queen
66 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Peter Auty & The Sinfonia Of London

71 ( 72 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
72 ( 73 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( 58 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
74 ( NEW ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
75 ( 74 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council

Pre-Xmas Oldies playlist:

1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatle

24th December 1985

It’s a new entry at 1 for a Xmas classic that charted in 1974 but never made my top 10. That was something of a shock for me as Mud had made my top 3 (and had 4 number ones) with all their previous singles, yet this Elvis pastiche ballad sorta disappointed me as a 16-year-old. Roll on 11 years and nostalgia and regular annual radio plays, and hey presto I love it. In fact so many Xmas classics come back my chart looks like the Xmas 2017 singles charts! Not saying I was ahead of the game….OK I am. That also explains why I don’t usually rechart them, cos frankly after getting on for 30 to 45 years one gets over-familiar with most of them. Glad to see new generations love them though!

Bizarrely the Shaky Xmas classic is only 20, and it was brand new (well a year-old and held-back to avoid Band Aid and Wham!, rather wisely). Macca’s back with his frogs, Bing’s 40’s standard is back having first charted in 1977, Slade are back again, by this time making it an annual event. Wizzard aren’t but they did it the previous year. Nowadays they beat Slade every xmas in the UK charts. This year both were beaten by fellow ’73 minor hit Step Into Xmas, as Elton gets a higher spot on the Spotify playlists.

Feargal Sharkey’s follow-up single is actually the answer-song to A Good Heart, as the break-up song from the female half of a songwriting romantic duo is followed by the male reply. Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) wrote it, Eurythmics Dave Stewart produced it, and Maria McKee is the subject matter, writer of A Good Heart which had a pop at Tench.

1 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
6 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
7 ( 9 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 5 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
10 ( 8 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

11 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
12 ( 16 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
13 ( 18 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
14 ( 12 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 17 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
16 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
17 ( 10 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
18 ( NEW ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
19 ( 13 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
20 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

21 ( 15 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
22 ( 11 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
23 ( 28 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 25 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 31 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
26 ( 14 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
27 ( 21 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
28 ( 22 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
29 ( 20 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
30 ( 40 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

31 ( 45 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
32 ( 23 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
33 ( 39 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
34 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
35 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 19 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
37 ( 57 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
38 ( 53 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
39 ( 51 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
40 ( 55 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
42 ( 30 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
43 ( 36 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
44 ( 42 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
45 ( 41 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
46 ( 32 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
47 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
48 ( 62 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
49 ( 38 ) OH LOUISE Junior
50 ( 34 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout

51 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
52 ( 44 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
53 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 61 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
55 ( 74 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
56 ( 64 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
58 ( 49 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( NEW ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
60 ( 58 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 46 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
62 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John
63 ( 59 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( 47 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
65 ( 50 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
66 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
70 ( NEW ) WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Zinno

71 ( NEW ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
72 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
74 ( 63 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers

Oldies Playlist
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatles
3 DAY TRIPPER The Beatles

31st December 1985

A second week on top for Mud, and a fourth week at 2 for Pet Shop Boys in total – if not for oldies it would have had 5 weeks on top. Had my chart rules been different though, it’s likely Gene Pitney’s I’m Gonna Be Strong would have topped for some of that as I was seriously mad on it. Wizzard would also have recharted and the Win single on my playlist I thought should be treated as an oldie, but it would chart in 1986.

A-ha are the highest new entry at 22 with a classic epic track that’s even better than Take On Me, followed closely by a forgotten Eurythmics gem, It’s Alright. Jon Anderson pops in, both missing Vangelis and bandmates Yes to get his debut solo entry some 8 years since Wondrous Stories made my top 10 for Yes.

1 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
5 ( 9 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
6 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
7 ( 5 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 13 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 6 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

11 ( 10 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
12 ( 16 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
13 ( 18 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
14 ( 11 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
15 ( 17 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
16 ( 25 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
17 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 14 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
19 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
20 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen

21 ( 12 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
22 ( NEW ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
23 ( 21 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
24 ( 19 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
25 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
26 ( 15 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
27 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
28 ( 59 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 38 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
30 ( 31 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

31 ( 26 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
32 ( 47 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
33 ( 22 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
34 ( 37 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
35 ( 49 ) OH LOUISE Junior
36 ( 27 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 28 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
38 ( 39 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
39 ( 40 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
40 ( 48 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George

41 ( 29 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
42 ( 34 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
43 ( 32 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
45 ( 54 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
46 ( 33 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 55 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
48 ( 44 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
49 ( 43 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
50 ( 45 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 42 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
52 ( 41 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 46 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( 66 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
56 ( 56 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( NEW ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( 52 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
59 ( 75 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 58 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
62 ( 50 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
63 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( NEW ) MR DJ The Concept
65 ( 51 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
66 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
67 ( 73 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
70 ( 61 ) REVOLUTION The Cult

71 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
72 ( 62 ) NIKITA Elton John
73 ( 74 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
3 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

My 1975 Charts – June

Gloucester way back when on a dull day

Gloucester way back when on a dull day


75 vids….click click

3rd June 1975

It’s another in a long run of one-weeker’s on top as Roy Wood gets his final solo number one, Oh What A Shame, and his last ever bar numerous returns of the Wizzard christmas classic. To be fair, it’s OK but nothing special, I just happened to be a major Roy Wood fan, so that gives him a grand total of 3 consecutive solo number ones in 3 years, plus 4 consecutive Wizzard chart-toppers, the first 1972 Electric Light Orchestra single and number one (10538 Overture) and a chart-topper in 1969 with Blackberry Way. A total of 9 number ones means the only act that could compete in terms of numbers of chart-toppers were song-writers Chinn-Chapman who also had 9 (with Mud and Sweet), although if I cheated and included Beatles solo singles it would be 12 for the Fabs (plus loads pre-chart, frankly they would be clear in front anyway).

In at 6, it’s a new entry for 10CC and their 6th Top 10 (including Hotlegs, which was 10CC more or less), and it’s a radical departure as they bring in lush multi-tracked vocals on one of the great ballads of all-time, a gorgeous love song which is all about lost love despite the title I’m Not In Love. The lads always, always clever, and in this case heart-breakingly showing they can be clever-emotional as well as clever-witty or clever-bitter or clever-playful. For me, the most consistently under-rated act of the 70’s, musically varied and with a 60’s pedigree already as teenage hit-makers. I’m Not In Love was recently featured to great effect at the start of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel movie sci-fi blockbuster. Quite right too…

Elsewhere, Neil Sedaka’s poignant The Immigrant goes top 10, his 3rd, Kenny grab an instant top 20 hit with new entry Baby I Love You OK at 18 outdoing both their previous UK singles chart big hits in my charts, where they didn’t quite grab me much. At 22 the fantastic Jackie Blue is up 24 places, just ahead of fab smooth soul track Walkin’ In Rhythm, from The Blackbyrds. At 25 the fun African-rhythm chugging disco sounds of Hamilton Bohannon’s Disco Stomp give him 2 top 40 hits in a row, as Billy Swan re-enters his original version of the cover of Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel into my charts after Mike Berry beat him to it, in at 28.

Speedy Keen gets his first top 40 since mega-number one Something In The Air in 1969, while actual 1969 hit I’m Gonna Make You Mine is back again for Lou Christie at 31. At 40 Tony Orlando is now top-billing Dawn, and getting less bubblegum and increasingly MOR on his 8th chart hit in 4 years, and another UK flop, though it was enormous in the USA. In at 41, it’s Jason Sinclair doing a reggae cover of a song I loved from way back, End Of The World, and which had already charted when reissued for Skeeter Davis earlier in the year. The arrangement is pure Ken Boothe, the vocal is pretty naff, not altogether unsurprisingly as it’s an attempt at a proper hit from the very rude, crude and successful Judge Dread. None of his UK chart hits got radio play, and though I did have Big Six on a compilation album I didn’t chart it, or Big Seven, or Big Eight, or…you get the picture.

Finally, at 50, it’s a Bad Time with Grand Funk Railroad, who had already hit my top 5 with their version of The Locomotion in 1974, following in the wake of Little Eva’s original in 1972. Bad Time is their own song, and was eventually covered in 1995 by The Jayhawks to great effect when it finally became a UK hit 20 years late for Grand Funk to chart with it. As I like music-links, Neil Sedaka went out with Carole King in High School and wrote Oh Carol for her, which became a hit. Carole wrote her own songs (with boyfriend/future hubby Gerry Goffin) when she was also a teenager, and like Neil had a creative singer-songwriter resurgence in the early 70’s. Oh Carol was a hit all over again in the UK in 1972, as was Carole’s It Might As Well Rain Until September. As was Carole’s hit song for her babysitter Little Eva, The Locomotion, which Grand Funk covered successfully in 1974. Another song much covered written by Carole was Halfway To Paradise, as recorded originally by Tony Orlando in the early 60‘s before the hits dried up and he morphed along into the group Dawn bigger and better. The other weekend I went to see the Carole King Musical, Beautiful, which I enjoyed much, albeit in a more domestic style than the similarly life-story-based Jersey Boys. I do enjoy linked themes.

1 ( 6 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
2 ( 4 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
3 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
4 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
5 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
6 ( NEW ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
7 ( 7 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
8 ( 1 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
9 ( 8 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
10 ( 14 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka

11 ( 19 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
12 ( 11 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
13 ( 9 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
14 ( 15 ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds
15 ( 18 ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
16 ( 10 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
17 ( 12 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
18 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU O.K. Kenny
19 ( 16 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
20 ( 13 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips

21 ( 21 ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins
22 ( 46 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
23 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
24 ( 32 ) THE STRIPPER Quill
25 ( NEW ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
26 ( 28 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
27 ( 22 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
28 ( RE ) DON’T BE CRUEL Billy Swan
29 ( 45 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Speedy Keen
30 ( 25 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells

31 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
32 ( 20 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
33 ( 29 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
34 ( 40 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
35 ( 17 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
36 ( 23 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
37 ( 24 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
38 ( 41 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
39 ( 31 ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
40 ( NEW ) HE DON’T LOVE YOU (LIKE I LOVE YOU) Tony Orlando and Dawn

41 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Jason Sinclair
42 ( 30 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
43 ( 27 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
44 ( 34 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
45 ( 35 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
46 ( 36 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
47 ( 37 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
48 ( 38 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
49 ( 39 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
50 ( NEW ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad


The weather in 1975 was hot hot hot. I know this cos I was well into revision mode for GCE O Levels, at home and at school in free periods. Happy days, to be honest, I enjoyed myself thoroughly in the 6th form block, there were no bullies for the first time in my school life, and it was the best school year I’d had since 1970, socially. I probably should have just gone straight into A levels in retrospect as I wouldn’t have been trying to play catch-up on coursework for a change. Hey ho, the past is the past. Music was still my main love, of course, at 17.


10th June 1975

10CC get their 3rd number one inside 3 years, as heartbreaker I’m Not In Love breezes deservedly to the top. Donna in 1972 was a 50’s teen pastiche of sorts, and Wall Street Shuffle in 1974 was a bitter brilliant rock attack on greedy brokers and bankers, so they certainly could never be accused of sticking to a format. Highest new entry is 1972 soul classic Have You Seen Her returning the top 5, as it is a reissued double A side hit with 1972 former-chart-topper of mine Oh Girl, which enters at 19 listed on it’s own. I never understood how the huge US hit was such a minor UK hit. Both tracks would be covered in the 90’s minus the Eugene Record soulfulness.

This all bad news for Status Quo who hit 6 with Roll Over Lay Down for a 5th top 10, but who would otherwise have a new peak of 2 if not for all the oldies hogging the top 5. Hamilton Bohannon and The Blackbyrds also go top 10, as 2 major classics (for me) enter at 11 and 15. The Hustle was a new sophisticated disco instrumental (mostly) sound signaling in a new disco dance and a chorus of Do It and Do The Hustle under the creative production of Van McCoy who was also busy writing and producing other soul acts at the time. Fab! Ray Stevens had continued to pop into my charts since his 1970 chart-topper Everything Is Beautiful, but most of them were novelty tracks. This was his first proper comeback with a seriously brilliant country re-invention cover of Johnny Mathis’ haunting ballad Misty. Uptempo, catchy, great arrangement, and for my money the best country record since Johnny Cash hit my top spot in 1972 with A Thing Called Love.

Funk and soul rules as Earth, Wind & Fire debut at 20 with Shining Star, a UK flop, but a good record. Verdine White is currently back with Flo Rida in the singles charts, and the band had a recent good new single some 39 years on. Nuff said. Another more novelty-ish example of the genre is in at 21 for Tony Camillo, the shouty, funky Dy-no-mite. Lynn Paul is back at 29, with new advert-song It Oughta Sell A Million, and Nazereth return at 38 with a fab rock-it-up cover of cult 60’s Tomorrow single My White Bicycle, their 4th chart entry. At 48, another rock cover, this time The Doobie Brothers get a 2nd hit with the fab Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) a Holland-Dozier-Holland gem that hit for Kim Weston and The Isley Brothers in the 60’s.

1 ( 6 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
3 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
4 ( 4 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
5 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
6 ( 11 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
7 ( 25 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
8 ( 1 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
9 ( 23 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
10 ( 10 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka

11 ( NEW ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
12 ( 22 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
13 ( 18 ) BABY I LOVE YOU O.K. Kenny
14 ( 9 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
15 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
16 ( NEW ) MISTY Ray Stevens
17 ( 8 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
18 ( 13 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
19 ( NEW ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
20 ( NEW ) SHINING STAR Earth, Wind And Fire

21 ( NEW ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
22 ( 12 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
23 ( 7 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
24 ( 26 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
25 ( 38 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
26 ( 16 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
27 ( 17 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
28 ( 15 ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
29 ( NEW ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
30 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie

31 ( 14 ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds
32 ( 24 ) THE STRIPPER Quill
33 ( 19 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
34 ( 28 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Billy Swan
35 ( 27 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
36 ( 40 ) HE DON’T LOVE YOU (LIKE I LOVE YOU) Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
37 ( 34 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
38 ( NEW ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
39 ( 37 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
40 ( 36 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band

41 ( RE ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Joe And Didi
42 ( 29 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Speedy Keen
43 ( 30 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
44 ( 20 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips
45 ( 32 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
46 ( 33 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
47 ( 50 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
48 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
49 ( 39 ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
50 ( 21 ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins


In TV, Captain Pugwash finally ended, to my relief, as I’d hated it as long as it had been running, cheap crap compared to Top Cat, Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, any Hanna Barbera and even The Magic Roundabout. Jaws premiered in the States a few days after this chart, and became a sensation, moving on to be all-time box-champ (not allowing for inflation, of course, as Gone With The Wind was and still is the biggest film of all-time). It made Steven Spielberg the Director of the moment and along with the great TV movie Duel, made me a fan of his. The John Williams score, that head dropping out of the hole in the boat, the camera angles, all top stuff. There was a shark too!


17th June 1975

The chart goes haywire as I get to be home-based, left-alone unsupervised in our RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, house for a week as my parents and brother go to Skeggy for a week’s holiday while I revise and do exams. The weather was scorching, and my record player was faulty so I was playing my 2 new singles in the downstairs radiogram, notably The Hustle which leaps to number 1 and well over 2 months of 1-week-only number ones. The Hustle was, and is, fab. Even better is the one at 2, Misty, with Ray Stevens leaping to get his second-highest chart hit. Fab. An even bigger jump for Tony Camillo’s Bazuka as funky Dynomite hits 3 for a top 5 clear-out, bar The Chi-Lites up to 4.

Highest new entry at 6 is a Mud oldie dating from their 1973 tango-glam days, which I loved, Moonshine Sally, and was a RAK cash-in as they changed labels and went self-written. It’s also their 8th top 10, and sounds not entirely (and unsurprisingly) like early Sweet – some of their hits were rejected singles for The Sweet. The gorgeous Jackie Blue hits the 10, Nazereth cycle into the top 20, the Bee Gees jive in, and in at 16 3 years after it failed to make my charts (non-top-30 hits were excluded, sadly) the brilliant Break from Aphrodite’s Child, a Greek prog-rock outfit that spawned Demis Roussos and Vangelis, neither of whom feature much on this track as the group was disintegrating, but what a record to go out on, just brilliant.

At 21, new in thanks to a free flexi-disc music magazine giveaway I bought, Olivia Newton-John’s rather good Please Mr. Please – it would get a formal release 2 years later, after hitting the US charts. Van McCoy’s B side cover of Disco Tex pops in at 28, just behind the man himself, as my Roxy fandom brings in Eno’s second chart entry, a year after Seven Deadly Fins (which I still can’t buy) he does possibly the most unlikely cover ever (which is also not available on itunes) – The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Had I been charting tracks outside the UK top 30 in 1972 there would have been 2 versions in my charts from Robert John (the big US hit) and Dave Newman (the UK minor hit), but Eno gets my first official chart entry with it a good 7 years ahead of Tight Fit. Wimoweh! In at 31, Steve Harley has a 4th chart entry with another Mr. – Raffles this time, not Soft. Tammy Wynette has another country oldie chart in the UK and in at 36, the rather oddly juxtaposed song about divorce to follow-on her standing by her man. No pleasing some people! At 41, Bobby Goldsboro is back for the 4th time, following up his 1968 oldie chart-topper with a newie not quite in the same league. Finally, the fab Johnny Nash returns after a 3 year absence with Tears On My Pillow, his 7th hit since his 1968 debut, Hold Me Tight.

1 ( 11 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
2 ( 16 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 21 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
4 ( 5 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
5 ( 7 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
6 ( NEW ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
7 ( 9 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
8 ( 10 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
9 ( 1 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
10 ( 12 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils

11 ( 4 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
12 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
13 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
14 ( 8 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
15 ( 6 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
16 ( NEW ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
17 ( 19 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
18 ( 20 ) SHINING STAR Earth, Wind And Fire
19 ( 38 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
20 ( 25 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees

21 ( NEW ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
22 ( 14 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
23 ( 13 ) BABY I LOVE YOU O.K. Kenny
24 ( 18 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
25 ( 29 ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
26 ( 17 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
27 ( 22 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
28 ( NEW ) GET DANCING Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
29 ( NEW ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
30 ( 15 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings

31 ( NEW ) MR. RAFFLES (MAN IT WAS MEAN) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
32 ( 30 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
33 ( 48 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
34 ( 27 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
35 ( 26 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
36 ( NEW ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
37 ( 24 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
38 ( 35 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
39 ( 39 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
40 ( 40 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band

41 ( NEW ) AND THEN THERE WAS GINA Bobby Goldsboro
42 ( 28 ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
43 ( 23 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
44 ( 36 ) HE DON’T LOVE YOU (LIKE I LOVE YOU) Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
45 ( NEW ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Johnny Nash
46 ( 47 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
47 ( 41 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Joe And Didi
48 ( 37 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
49 ( 33 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
50 ( 31 ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds

As I said, I’d been left Home Alone at 17, and enjoyed having the place to myself, making a daily Instant Whip to cool off from the heat, playing tennis with schoolmate Pete when not revising or in school doing exams, watching exciting Ebola-predicting Survivors on TV, and Top Of The Pops in colour for a change instead of on my black and white portable. I fancied a frozen sweet to cool down so tried freezing a banana in the deep freeze. When I thawed it out a bit it turned to brown mush. Worth trying that one for yourself! I was left in charge of brother’s hamster, who lived in the shed in his cage – and the little bugger escaped never to return. I still get the blame for that one, though I don’t see how I would have left the door open! The shed wasn’t locked mind you. All in all I was having the best time in my life since leaving Singapore 4 years earlier, cos exams have never worried me – I find revision tedious, and just have to have background music on (Radio 1) which would explain the frantic chart activity as I got to hear so much of the playlist, a bit overkill for poor 10CC who plummeted with an actual classic, from the top.


24th June 1975

yet another one-weeker on top as fab Van McCoy is ejected by fabber Ray Stevens and Misty, one of the oldest songs to top my chart at that point, a whopping 20 years old. Well, it WAS before I was born! 20 years old is quite recent to me these days! Anyway the terrific country arrangement gives Ray his 3rd chart-topper, following Everything Is Beautiful in 1970 and The Streak in 1974. Nazereth’s My White Bicycle meanwhile changes gear and pedals to 5, a second top 5 for them surpassed only by Bad Bad Boy in 1973 which hit 2. After slowly climbing, The Bee Gees finally jive into the top 10 with the funktabulous Jive Talkin’, and get their biggest track since 1971 and 8th top 10 in total (including Robin’s solo hits) or 10th top 10 song, including The Marbles and Nina Simone covers.

The highest new entry is in at 7 for pop husband and wife team Captain And Tenille, a great US chart-topping cover of Neil Sedaka’s Love Will Keep Us Together, one which not only wasn’t a single for him, it was released as a freebie flexi-disc at the time to boot. Rather co-incidentally his own The Immigrant is booted out of the top 10. In at 19 Syreeta’s back with some help from ex-husband Stevie Wonder, both on the song, the production and backing vocals, for the caribbean-sounding uptempo Harmour Love. They’d been working together for 5 years by then (just take a look at any early 70’s writing credits for Stevie Wonder songs, she’s the other half of the Wonder/Wright credits, including songs they gave away like It’s A Shame (to the Motown – or Detroit – Spinners).

At 23 it’s a chart debut for Sister Sledge with a 2-year-old pop soul funky dance track which sounded like a Jackson 5 record at the time, due to 14-year-old Kathy Sledge’s lead vocal. Sadly the Top Of The Pops performance seems to have been wiped cos I recall they looked as young as they sounded. It would be another 4 years before they claimed their Chic-tastic bit of immortality that just kept on giving through the following decades, but this was a great little pop track. In at 27, veteran Frankie Valli is back again with his 3rd chart entry, and after many a Four Seasons cover version, with the soulful and under-rated Swearin’ To God, which is a more laid-back MOR groove following on from Can’t Take My Eyes Off You 8 years earlier, without the hook, but with that fab guitar solo that pops up, and a female duet vocal assist from Patti Austin. Like all of his greatest hits, bar one (Grease), it was sort of a Four Seasons song, insasmuch as Bob Crewe co-wrote it but without Bob Gaudio’s usual leading melody – but it was great anyway.

In at 40, The Three Degrees get a 5th entry (including MFSB tracks), with Long Lost Lover, as The Rubettes exclaim Foe Dee O Dee for a 5th chart visit, and as the 50‘s glam-rock sound brings diminishing returns ahead of some subsequent actual varied singles releases. At 48, Dean Martin’s 50’s crooner classic Memories Are Made Of This brings back memories of his TV Variety show for me as it gets reissued to give him a second chart entry 6 years on from Gentle On My Mind. At 49, Alvin Stardust’s glam-days are also on the diminishing returns bandwagon, Sweet Cheatin’ Rita being his 6th entry, but an improvement on his two previous dull ballads. Finally, popping in briefly at 50, an American chart hit, or rather an America Chart hit 3 years after their last one, the fab Horse With No Name and that fantastically-riffed Ventura Highway, as substantially borrowed by Janet Jackson 30 years later. Although they got their break in the UK, as sons of American servicemen in the UK, they became rather big in the States and rather not-very-big-at-all in the UK forever after, which is a shame cos their pseudo-Neil Young beginnings became rather sweetly pseudo-Eagles harmony singles which carried on well into the 80’s. Sister Golden Hair was a chart-topper in the States, and hardly a hit anywhere else, but I liked it at least!

1 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 1 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 5 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
4 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
5 ( 19 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
6 ( 20 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
8 ( 6 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
9 ( 3 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
10 ( 10 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils

11 ( 7 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
12 ( 8 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
13 ( 16 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
14 ( 11 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
15 ( 12 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
16 ( 13 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
17 ( 9 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
18 ( NEW ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
19 ( 15 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
20 ( 25 ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul

21 ( 21 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
22 ( 29 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
23 ( NEW ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
24 ( 18 ) SHINING STAR Earth, Wind And Fire
25 ( 33 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
26 ( 17 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
27 ( NEW ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
28 ( 14 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
29 ( 46 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
30 ( 31 ) MR. RAFFLES (MAN IT WAS MEAN) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

31 ( 26 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
32 ( 24 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
33 ( 22 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
34 ( 32 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
35 ( 41 ) AND THEN THERE WAS GINA Bobby Goldsboro
36 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
37 ( 45 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Johnny Nash
38 ( 28 ) GET DANCING Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
39 ( 27 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
40 ( NEW ) LONG LOST LOVER The Three Degrees

41 ( 34 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
42 ( 35 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
43 ( 40 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
44 ( 39 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
45 ( 38 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
46 ( 23 ) BABY I LOVE YOU O.K. Kenny
47 ( NEW ) FOE-DEE-O-DEE The Rubettes
48 ( NEW ) MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS Dean Martin
49 ( NEW ) SWEET CHEATIN’ RITA Alvin Stardust
50 ( NEW ) SISTER GOLDEN HAIR America

My 1975 Charts – February

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4th February 1975

2 weeks for Helen Reddy’s spooky Angie Baby presiding over an inrush of oldies at the top end, as The Tams 1971 UK number one (and my Top 10) reissued 1964 Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me enters at 2, outdoing it’s original chart slot, along with Brandy also from 1971 at 3. Leaving the 1968 UK hit version, my top 10, and also peaking higher second time round, the 1966 classic Motown Isley Brothers track This Old Heart Of Mine at 4. 3rd and 4th time round would be even bigger…! I think the oldies show that even though they weren’t actually THAT old (mostly less than 10 years), that’s really quite a long time ago when you’re a teenager – now of course, tracks less than 10 years old I consider recent!

Northern Soul fun-time at 7 for Footsie (also an oldie), and a brilliant climb up from 50 for John Lennon’s brilliant Number 9 Dream at 9 – almost as if i planned it! John of course has only ever had one flop – Cold Turkey in 1969, because I never got to hear it (it was banned!), and it’s still a bit harrowing. Love Unlimited meanwhile get a second top 20 hit, the luvverley It May be Winter at 15, as BTO replace themselves in the top 20 rolling on down the highway. Highest proper new entry is soul woman Betty Wright, finally getting her UK debut hit 4 years after scoring big in the States with Clean-Up Woman at age 18. I liked her because she said in interviews at the time that she was a comics fan. Shoorah Shoorah at 39 for Betty!

That leaves a 7th hit for Suzi Quatro at 41, who said quite correctly for the time, Your Mama Won’t Like Me – hard to believe loveable Suzi was remotely threatening, but wearing leather seemed to do the trick. At 47, another track I missed out on in 1970, but caught up with now, Joni Mitchell’s 4th hit Big Yellow Taxi. Bit of a famous one! Great too, great lyrics, I still agree with every word. Which just leaves The Trammps naughty Sixty Minute Man follow-up popping in (am I allowed to say that?) at 48. I mean, they talk about going on for 60 minutes as if it’s something impressive, I consider anything less than 2 hours a quickie. Hah!

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 5 ) BRANDY Scott English
4 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
5 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
6 ( 4 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
7 ( 15 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
8 ( 19 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
9 ( 50 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
10 ( 6 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes

11 ( 3 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin
12 ( 10 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
13 ( 13 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
14 ( 7 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
15 ( 30 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
16 ( 9 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
17 ( 20 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
18 ( 18 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
19 ( 8 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
20 ( 36 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive

21 ( 14 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
22 ( 31 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
23 ( 12 ) SUGAR CANDY KISSES Mac And Katie Kissoon
24 ( 38 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
25 ( 22 ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
26 ( 37 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
27 ( 23 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
28 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
29 ( 16 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
30 ( 17 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir

31 ( 11 ) GOODBYE MY LOVE The Glitter Band
32 ( 32 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
33 ( 33 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
34 ( 27 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
35 ( 24 ) JANUARY Pilot
36 ( 21 ) STARDUST David Essex
37 ( 34 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
38 ( 35 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
39 ( NEW ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
40 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens

41 ( NEW ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
42 ( 49 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink
43 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
44 ( 29 ) PURELY BY COINCIDENCE Sweet Sensation
45 ( 45 ) HOT SOX Sha Na Na
46 ( 42 ) SO LONG Abba
47 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
48 ( NEW ) SIXTY MINUTE MAN The Trammps
49 ( 40 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
50 ( 41 ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes


In the world, it was a sad day as a certain M. Thatcher wins the ballot on 4th feb 1975 to become leader of the UK Conservative party, proving that a woman can be just as disastrous as any man for the long-term good of a nation. I’m biased. Based on events since 2008 which can be traced back to her naive belief in the rich and powerful being able to self-govern with honesty, having a concern for the general well-being of the world, and a distinct lack-of-self-interest, I’m also right. They can’t be trusted to do the right thing and need to be accountable at all times to ensure they don’t wreck the world economy. That concludes the end of the party political broadcast on behalf of the Statin’ The Bleedin’ Obvious Party. I thank you.


11th February 1975

3 weeks for Helen and the rest of the top 5 are oldies, which is a shame as John Lennon’s classic 9 Dream would have peaked at 4 otherwise, or 2 if you discount cover versions – yes it was the second highest rated actual only new song in the top 10, just ahead of Syreeta’s Your Kiss Is Sweet, which ironically keeps her husband’s Boogie On Reggae Woman out of the top 10. In at 9, highest new entry is Nottingham’s finest getting a 4th hit, Paper Lace covering Vanity fare’s 1970 top 5 fave of mine, Hitchin’ A Ride. Frank Ifield’s unavailable and obscure version is better though, a fave of mine when I lived in Singapore. Nottingham, happily, now has 2 actual pop stars charting in 2014 and 2015, notably Indiana who’s been solo dancing recently.

It’s a big top 20 climb for Suzi Quatro at 14, Your Mama Won’t Like Me giving Suzi one of her bigger chart peaks with one of her minor UK hits. Queen peak at 22 shockingly, after 2 number ones, but Brian May songs just didn’t connect with me like Freddie’s did. Ignoring Now I’m Here Queen would have had 3 consecutive number ones with Freddie songs, as the next one was an obscure little ditty called Bohemian Rhapsody which I rather loved. Betty Wright goes top 30, hoorah hoorah, just ahead of the highest actual new song at 27, Shame Shame Shame as Shirley & Co bring a bit of All Platinum fun soul disco into the charts: shame on you if you can’t dance too, indeed.

At 28, it’s a bona fide classic, as Cockney Rebel frontman Steve Harley gets top billing and a third chart entry from me, the track that just made the UK sales Top 40 chart for the third time in January 2015, 40 years on (though only scraping into the combined non-sales Top 75 official chart, where apparently pushing 10,000 actual sales isn’t as important as people playing the same records month after month for free and paying nothing): Make Me Smile, as Mae West said, Come Up And See Me sometime. It was ground-breaking in it’s clever use of intermittent silence, melody, and of course Steve Harley’s unique vocal style, previously brilliantly demonstrated on Judy Teen summer of ’74, a top 3 peak from me. Now I just need an excuse to chart the marvellous Sebastian, one I didn’t know at the time.

At 29, another 1968 track, bubblegum pop from Ohio Express that just pre-dated my charts, but which featured on our 16 Big Hits album that I played and played in Singapore in 1969/70. Yummy Yummy Yummy! At 42, bubblegum 1968 again, The Lemon Pipers fab Green Tambourine also debuting belatedly. Quo did as version of this one, so it’s a bit edgier than Ohio Express. At 41, The Hues Corporation get a third chart entry with more of a ballad this time, and hey, I’ll take a melody, too. Rupie Edwards is also back, with identikit follow-up Lego Skanga at 43, not nearly as good as Ire Feelings, but pleasant enough.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 7 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
5 ( 3 ) BRANDY Scott English
6 ( 5 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
7 ( 6 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
8 ( 9 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
9 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
10 ( 8 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta

11 ( 12 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
12 ( 15 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
13 ( 20 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
14 ( 41 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
15 ( 10 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
16 ( 16 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
17 ( 13 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
18 ( 21 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
19 ( 17 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
20 ( 11 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

21 ( 19 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
22 ( 22 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
23 ( 18 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
24 ( 14 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
25 ( 39 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
26 ( 24 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
27 ( NEW ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
28 ( NEW ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
29 ( NEW ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
30 ( 26 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows

31 ( 23 ) SUGAR CANDY KISSES Mac And Katie Kissoon
32 ( 25 ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
33 ( 27 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
34 ( 40 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
35 ( 29 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
36 ( 30 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
37 ( 28 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
38 ( 47 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
39 ( 42 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink
40 ( 48 ) SIXTY MINUTE MAN The Trammps

41 ( NEW ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
42 ( NEW ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
43 ( NEW ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
44 ( 33 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
45 ( 32 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
46 ( 37 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
47 ( 38 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
48 ( 34 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
49 ( 31 ) GOODBYE MY LOVE The Glitter Band
50 ( 35 ) JANUARY Pilot


Drawing to a close on TV any week now it was Frankie Howard’s Up Pompeii special, ooh, no missus, don’t mock, no, ooh, no titter ye not…and so on. I loved Frankie, but it had actually ended in 1970 and just been repeated so much it seemed to have lasted longer. I’m probably the only one to remember his less-good follow-up series from 19730-ish Whoops Baghdad. Not likely to be repeated that one…! Also in it’s last throws The Golden Shot, Bernie The Bolt, and a show that had outstayed it’s welcome pretty much from the moment it started. At the cinema The Towering Inferno was still topping box office charts week after week, it was a blockbuster and a half relative to the overall market. Saturday was my cinema day, in Gloucester, which also gave me opportunities to continue to scour newsagents and second hand book shops like Toby’s for back DC Comics issues and hot new comics, which were back on form and normal sized after DC’s disastrous flirtation with thicker, more expensive comics, stuffed with reissued old stories as fillers to new stories. I know I felt short-changed cos I wasn’t interested (much) in old stories, they didn’t have the pizzaz of 70’s stories. Legion Of Super-Heroes of course was still in revival, looking sexy, but with a new artist in Mike Grell, who was no Dave Cockrum, though not bad. Dave Cockrum’s artwork could inspire the proposed new Warners movie of the Legion as well as it set up the X-Men (essentially the comic he took over at this point).

18th February 1975

4 weeks for Angie Baby, and 3 weeks at 2 for The Tams, leaving highest new entry being a Valentines Day record from Mud – even the picture sleeve was done as if it were a gift from me to you stylee. Lonely This Christmas was the first Mud record to fall short of the top 10 (though it would eventually go all the way), so The Secrets That You Keep puts them back in the top 5 with a gentle ballad bang, I did after all love the lads dearly. It’s also the very final Chinn-Chapman record with Mud, as like The Sweet they abandoned their writer-producers leaving them free to all go their new chart ways.

Shirley & Co go up to 6, as Fox go back up for the umpteenth time in 5 months, to 10, one of the most chaotic chart runs ever for me! Magpie’s Mick Robertson manages a second chart entry to follow-up his number one The Tango’s Over, at 11 with Then I Changed Hands, a reggae-prog-rock fusion and one I haven’t heard for 40 years, quite literally. Youtube comes to my rescue, and it’s rather damn fine. It’s written and produced by Richard Hewson, he of The Rah Band, and arranger of ooh, Beatles, Mary Hopkin, Cliff Richard and all some of their finest moments too. It’s safe to assume I was more Magpie than Blue Peter still, they just addressed you more as teens where Blue Peter talked as if you were about 10. Steve Harley goes up to 12, shockingly it’s chart peak first time round – I think over-saturation may have had something to do with it, and it seemed a bit novelty-ish – though like Mud’s Xmas it would be back to top the charts at a later date, hooray!

New at 19, it’s a 60’s veteran, Mike Berry, who gets a chart debut with a slowed-down moody version of Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel, a song which had already been top 10 for me in 1972 as covered novelty-style by The Berries (formerly The Rocking Berries 60’s hitmakers). It was also a cover version of Billy Swan’s version from his I Can Help album which would also chart after Mike Berry’s version – I didn’t realise Mike had copied Billy! Mike had to wait another 5 years to make the UK charts again, after serving time on the Are You Being Served sitcom after it was past it’s sell-by date. That was still big on UK TV in 1975, of course, as innuendo still seemed much more racy and daring than it does these in-yer-face days. Who could forget Mrs Slocombe’s poor bedraggled pussy, or Mr Humphrey’s parade of friends, including the busty attractive one who was much happier since the operation?

Big climbs for Hues Corporation and Rupie Edwards, and a new entry for Neil Sedaka at 29, his final ever UK hit single (stunningly considering what was to come after The Queen Of 1964, a clever amusing song about an overage groupie who once had Mick Jagger – she claimed), but in my (and the US) charts it was one of a string of hits going back 3 years chronologically, although 16 years if you count the original release date of 1972 number one Oh Carol, released in 1959 when I was 1 year old. Neil does this one in concert, and it’s great fun. As is the latest Rubettes hit at 30, making it 4 in a row with I Can Do It, a great glam pop romp, which was later murdered brutally by a football team who changed it to We Can Do It…. yes stand up and own up Liverpool FC 1977 – still one of the least-bad ever football records as sung by the squads, there’s so little good competition!

More debuts though: Rupert Holmes, 5 years ahead of his Pina Colada song hit debut in the UK, enters at 34 with the American National Anthem – with a difference! It’s the tune, with amusing classy lyric changes about how American guys try to get a girl to err fall for their charms, Our National Pastime. It’s gentle, witty, clever. At 41, it’s the record that shocked Bowie fans: he enters his plastic soul period backed by Luther Vandross, Young Americans was such an abrupt change from Ziggy and Aladdin many couldn’t cope, and sales dropped, but I thought it was funktastic and way better than any of his 1974 singles – though I now love Rebel Rebel. At 42 it’s another brilliant debut, Supertramp and Dreamer, a seriously unusual single, but SO damn catchy despite not really having a hook you can sing as such, as it belts along at a hectic pace. Fantastic, and still their best single.

At 43, another 60’s goodie, the minor fabulousness that has the same name as a DC superhero that I loved – till she was killed off in Crisis On Infinite Earths 10 or more years later, damn that DC Comics! Supergirl, that’ll be then, who just happened to be one of the Legion Of Super-Heroes as well as Superman’s cousin. I digress, it’s a great 1966 pop charmer and deserved to chart. Meanwhile at 44, The Pearls are back with their 6th chart entry, though they only really had one big UK hit (Guilty), and this non-hit was actually ahead of it’s time. 2 years ahead, give or take, as Tina Charles went on to have a big (slightly shrill) hit with it – Doctor Love.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 9 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
5 ( NEW ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
6 ( 27 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
7 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) BRANDY Scott English
9 ( 6 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
10 ( 16 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

11 ( NEW ) THEN I CHANGED HANDS Mick Robertson
12 ( 28 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
13 ( 13 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
14 ( 8 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
15 ( 12 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
16 ( 7 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
17 ( 29 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
18 ( 14 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
19 ( NEW ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
20 ( 15 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes

21 ( 10 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
22 ( 11 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
23 ( 41 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
24 ( 43 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
25 ( 25 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
26 ( 38 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
27 ( 17 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
28 ( 30 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
29 ( NEW ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
30 ( NEW ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes

31 ( 21 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
32 ( 18 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 23 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
34 ( NEW ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
35 ( 42 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( 26 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
37 ( 19 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
38 ( 24 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
39 ( 22 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
40 ( 20 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

41 ( NEW ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
42 ( NEW ) DREAMER Supertramp
43 ( NEW ) SUPERGIRL Graham Bonney
44 ( NEW ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
45 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
46 ( 35 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
47 ( 36 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
48 ( 37 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
49 ( 46 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
50 ( 47 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash


25th February 1975

5 weeks on top for Helen Reddy, the longest run since Paul McCartney & Wings’ Jet, and the first to do 5 weeks in a row since Mud had Hypnosis on top summer of 73. Paper Lace go 2 places higher than the original Hitchin’ A Ride, at 2, and Shirley and Company take the greta Sylvia Robinson’s song and production into the top 5 2 years after her own sexy Pillow Talk did the same, and 5 years ahead of her Sugar Hill Records bringing rap to the world. Mike Berry just misses out on the 10, as the man who’s version he borrowed Don’t Be Cruel from, enters at 22 with the more novelty track off the album, I’m Her Fool and Billy Swan. The Rubettes and Rupert Holmes get good jumps into the 20, and Neil Sedaka’s Queen of 1964 stays ahead of highest new entry Remember The Days Of The Old School Yard as Linda Lewis gets her 3rd chart entry at 20. It’s a Cat Stevens song, but I prefer Linda’s vocals.

Two soul groups for the price of one at 23, as another Sylvia Robinson sweet soul act enters: Moments and Whatnauts sing about Girls – they like ‘em fat, they like ‘em pretty, they like ‘em any which way, apparently, which is a rather admirably inclusive attitude for the 70’s. Unless they are more Quagmire than is called for. Giggity. At 27, a Northern Soul classic, Dean Parrish’ I’m On My Way, and the last record ever to be played at the then-famous Wigan Casino all-nighters. Dean never really made it in the States, but his minor celebrity in the UK was good enough for Paul Weller and Steve Craddock to want to do more recent stuff with him after decades away from the music biz. Yay! Meanwhile Bowie and Supertramp go top 30, hooray!

At 33 Hello get a follow-up to Tell Him, Games Up, which is reasonable glam rock, and at 36 Ringo Starr’s solo career starts to wind down, rather surprisingly, given it was written for him by Elton John: Snookeroo, it must be said, isn’t either of them at their best though! No No Song, as the odd “I given up drugs” double A side, was even less commercial! In at 43, Average White Band debut sounding very American and funky, with the fab US instrumental number one Pick Up The Pieces, so influential were they in their Arif Mardin-produced “coals to Newcastle” story they ended up being the 15th most-sampled act of all-time: and they are Scottish and white! Showing it’s what’s in the grooves that counts, as they used to say. Finally Hamilton Bohannon debuts, with his very funky South African Man.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 4 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
3 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 6 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
5 ( 5 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
6 ( 10 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
7 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
8 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
9 ( 8 ) BRANDY Scott English
10 ( 11 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
12 ( 12 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
13 ( 30 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 34 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 9 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
16 ( 17 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
17 ( 16 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
18 ( 14 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
19 ( 29 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
20 ( NEW ) REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Linda Lewis

21 ( 23 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
22 ( NEW ) I’M HER FOOL Billy Swan
23 ( NEW ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
24 ( 41 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
25 ( 15 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
26 ( 42 ) DREAMER Supertramp
27 ( NEW ) I’M ON MY WAY Dean Parrish
28 ( 21 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
29 ( 20 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
30 ( 22 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder

31 ( 25 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
32 ( 13 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
33 ( NEW ) GAMES UP Hello
34 ( 18 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
35 ( 35 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( NEW ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
37 ( 26 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
38 ( 43 ) SUPERGIRL Graham Bonney
39 ( 27 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
40 ( 24 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards

41 ( 28 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
42 ( 44 ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
43 ( NEW ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
44 ( NEW ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
45 ( 33 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
46 ( 31 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
47 ( 36 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
48 ( 46 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
49 ( 47 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
50 ( 48 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

My 1974 Charts – December

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3rd December 1974

Winter draws on, christmas shopping for gifts starting, and the annual inrush of christmas classic pop songs had started. No it’s not 2014, it’s my charts in 1974 as I start the tradition of classic pop oldies invasions of the charts. I’m going to put modesty aside and declare I did it ahead of the UK charts, as John & Yoko drop to 2 behind new entry at 1 for christmas classic Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, a whole 12 months actual old! That gives it 3 weeks at 1 in total, and the first time a record came back in under a year to top my chart again. Of course it charts every single year in the UK for the last decade, but you can see why I don’t chart it highly anymore – been there done that many times already.

In at 4, and it’s an influential disco classic, pumping up the bpm’s, a disco diva in the making in Gloria Gaynor, and an exciting cover of The Jackson 5’s Top 5 (in my chart) 1971 ballad, given a very different treatment. I loved it immediately, and I loved Gloria. In at 6, it’s one of those “eh?” moments as an odd reggae obscurity announces itself with echo-effects, whooping, and unusual lyrics, to say the least. I also loved this Rupie Edwards track as it sounded like nothing before, except maybe a more laid back sort of Dave And Ansel Collins. Ire Feelings (Skanga). Skanga! Skanga! I’m feeling high…you know I suspect it might have something to do with substances now I think about it…

Disco Tex, Hot Choc and The Supremes pop up a few mid-table places, as George McRae is back at 16 with another very-KC (of Sunshine Band) disco hit, You Can Have It All, his third in 6 months, and KC’s 5th song. Ringo takes his Only You cover to 20, his 5th solo hit, ahead of his old band’s tracks, The Wombles pop up a christmas place, and TV’s family-friendly comedy-troop The Goodies move over to the singles chart with some very christmassy naughtiness, Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me. Actually the nominal A side was The Inbetweenies, Bill Oddie’s song which grabbed the airplay by default, basically a kiddie novelty hit. The other side was for the grown-up’s, Pythonesque rabble-rousing drunken-singing, as the lads sing the chorus each time omitting a word or syllable. I still find it funny, and the final line sort of puts it into moral context: he’s a most immoral Santa, they aren’t promoting that sort of behaviour! Honest! Finally John Christie pops in with 60’s fave Everybody Knows, a cover of the tuneful Dave Clark 5 big hit from 1967. Dave didn’t mind, I know that cos he produced the record.

1 ( NEW ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
3 ( 2 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( NEW ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 3 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
6 ( NEW ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
7 ( 4 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 6 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes

11 ( 5 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
12 ( 14 ) GET DANCING Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
13 ( 18 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
14 ( 19 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
15 ( 10 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
16 ( NEW ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
17 ( 9 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
18 ( 13 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
19 ( 21 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
20 ( 26 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr

21 ( 25 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
22 ( 11 ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
23 ( 24 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
24 ( 16 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
25 ( 17 ) GET BACK The Beatles
26 ( 15 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
27 ( 27 ) CANDY BABY Beano
28 ( NEW ) THE INBETWEENIES/ FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
29 ( 20 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
30 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY KNOWS John Christie

31 ( 12 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
32 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
33 ( 23 ) GAUDETE Steeleye Span
34 ( 28 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
35 ( 29 ) WILDCAT Merlin
36 ( 30 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
37 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING Barry White
38 ( 31 ) TELL HIM Hello
39 ( 33 ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
40 ( 32 ) HOW LONG Ace

In real life, musician Nick Drake had quietly passed away with little publicity, Python was drawing to a close on TV, and the IRA had been outlawed. In my world of hobbies, DC Comics had kept on getting more fun and glossy, the Legion especially with new artist Dave Cockrum just getting better and better – at least until his strop with DC Comics, before pissing off to Marvel with his great costumes, artwork and ideas for X-Men, the classic years. I loved it so much I started buying multiple copies and keeping them in mint condition in bags. Fanboy!! Still got them mint though.

Big film at the cinema was the third disaster movie blockbuster in three months, and the best one, as Irwin Allen followed up Poseidon Adventure with the spectacle of The Towering Inferno. If a film ever inspired a fear of disaster in me it was this one, the thought of being trapped above a burning fire helpless in a skyscraper. Never felt comfortable with the thought of living or working way on high, subsequently. The film had Steve McQueen and Paul Newman together for the first time, a host of golden oldies like Fred Astaire, and it became an instant fave, though it wouldn’t make my lists these days. Scene of the film was poor old veteran Jennifer Jones falling out of a glass lift just after helping a kiddie. There’s gratitude for you, do a good deed etc.!


10th December 1974

After 2 weeks shoved down by xmas oldies, Bachman-Turner Overdrive reassert themselves on top, it was pretty popular at school and still sounded exciting. You Ain’t Seen N-n-n-n-nothing Yet! 2 weeks at 1 instead of 4 thanks to the oldies, it seems strange saying oldies for records that were 1 and 2 years old! These days records stay in the chart for 1 to 2 years! Those days they were golden oldies!

The christmas records keep on coming though, The Goodies get listed separately on the chart, and brand new christmas songs from Mud, at 20, with UK chart-topper Lonely This Christmas, and Les Grey doing a whimsical Elvis impersonation for their 4th hit of the year, but a major change in sound as they see the Glam Rock writing on the wall for all pop stars, this time it’s a charming, sad love song, and one that still hangs about at christmas time. The Wombles shoot up to 7, Wombling Merry Christmas giving them their biggest Wombling hit, and one of many songs written by Mike Batt in my charts this year. Showaddywaddy come back with a follow-up hit to Hey Rock ‘n’ Roll (I wasn’t keen on previous singles) with the sweet Hey Mr. Christmas, a xmas record you never hear anywhere these days. Mr. Big debut at 29 with the charming cockney Christmas with Dicken, a xmas flop, though Mr. Big finally got a UK chart hit with the fab Romeo in 1977.

Phil Spector’s classic early 60’s xmas album gets it’s first chart entry as Darlene Love takes Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) in at 30 as radio plays quite a few of it’s tracks. Darlene was actually the singer of He’s A Rebel, the brilliant cover of Gene Pitney’s song masterminded by Phil Spector, but it was credited to another entirely different act, The Crystals. In my charts she’d already appeared on backing vocals on Be My Baby, Monster Mash and Da Do Ron Ron, but she wouldn’t get another new go till the 90’s, following U2 grabbing her for backing vocals on their cover of the song – and it was another christmas goodie from Home Alone movies.

Away from christmas, Abba come back with their only single to fail to chart in the UK, So Long. It wasn’t playlisted by the BBC, though Radio Luxembourg did and it was fab, should have been a glam-tastic hit, in at 17 for their 4th hit of the year, 5th as songwriters. I had faith in Abba. Also The Faces, and what turned out to be their last record with Rod Stewart – You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (etc) might have been amusingly titled but it was more groovy Rod than rocky Faces, and the writing was on the wall for the split. In at 13, a forgotten gem, the single from Deep Purple’s Roger Glover’s Butterfly Ball album, a thematic work with guest vocalists and an animated video. The great vocalist on Love Is All is Ronnie James Dio, of Rainbow and other metal bands – spot the connections? Ex-Deep Purple members mostly! It was a kids TV fave and bubbled under the charts but never broke into the 50, sadly.

Finally, Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus, a very naughty 1969 UK number one that I’d never heard in my life (it had been banned) started to get plays on Radio Luxembourg after being reissued and a hit all over again. Jane Birkin was the actress partner of French cult star Serge Gainsbourg, and they both provided a lot of breathy noises over the top of a lovely sultry melody. I rather liked it, and as I’d never be able to tape it onto my reel-to-reel tape recorder off the BBC I bought the single – Radio Luxembourg, being so far away, tended to be a medium-wave fading in and fading out and whining and hissing and screeching of broadcasts – but it was worth persevering to get to hear new songs not chosen by the BBC. At 40, one classic I didn’t get until years later, Ralph McTell’s Streets Of London, busker-song-classic, and already 4 years old or so before it charted. It’s a lovely lyric and wistful melody.

1 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
2 ( 2 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
3 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
4 ( 4 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 12 ) GET DANCING Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
6 ( 6 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
7 ( 23 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
8 ( 28 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
9 ( 16 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
10 ( 5 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
13 ( NEW ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
14 ( NEW ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
15 ( 7 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
16 ( NEW ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
17 ( NEW ) SO LONG Abba
18 ( 14 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
19 ( 13 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
20 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

21 ( NEW ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
22 ( 24 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
23 ( 21 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
24 ( NEW ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
25 ( 17 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
26 ( 26 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
27 ( 34 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
28 ( 10 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
29 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS WITH DICKEN Mr. Big
30 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love

31 ( 11 ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
32 ( 15 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
33 ( 18 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
34 ( 19 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
35 ( 20 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
36 ( 22 ) GOODBYE NOTHIN’ TO SAY The Javells featuring Nosmo King
37 ( 25 ) GET BACK The Beatles
38 ( 27 ) CANDY BABY Beano
39 ( 29 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
40 ( NEW ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell


School was about to break up any week now, and I’d made some newer friends that I didn’t really know the previous school year, which was great, and I’d obviously turn the conversation over to pop given the opportunity, though cards was the main social activity still. Given my enthusiasm for Queen, Gloria Gaynor, Abba and the very camp Disco Tex at this time, it was just as well I had Beatles, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and others to point to my less-girlie tastes in music. Not that I considered them girlie at all, who cares about categories anyway!

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17th December 1974

It’s a new number one for Disco Tex and his Sex-o-lettes, one of the great pop band names of all-time, Tex was on Top Of The Pops on film in his hat and flamboyant scarf, camping it up something cruel, it was great fun, funny, and tongue-in-cheek all in one, not to mention falsetto-catchy backing singing. Some people hated it, of course. The ones with no sense of humour. Gloria Gaynor, meantime, is in runners-up spot with a serious disco classic.

The christmas songs keep on a-coming, as I really get into the christmas spirit big-time on newies and oldies alike: Showaddywaddy hit the top 10, Gilbert O’Sullivan enters with Christmas Song, his first chart entry in over a year, and his best record since Alone Again (Naturally). As Gilbert has always been over-protective of his back catalogue you won’t find it on any compilation albums I suspect, or else it might have become better known as a christmas classic. Wizzard, meanwhile, stay top 5 with you-know-what as their last UK hit single enters my chart at 14 – are you ready to rock? Too right!

All four Beatles find themselves in the top 40, both all together, and solo, as George enters at 30 with Ding Dong, one of the few New Year pop singles to pop up over the years. I heard it on Radio 2 New Years Eve (2014) so hooray for keeping it vaguely-known, as it’s decent enough. My other fave band, other than The Beatles, and Roy Wood/Wizzard, who were on the decline after a hot streak, was soon to be Abba, doing well at 7 with So Long, their highest chart position since Waterloo hit 1.

KC goes back up to 11, Ray Stevens gets his 3rd hit of the year, this time with the very serious, slightly twee, Everybody Needs A Rainbow, Status Quo enter at 29 with their future UK chart-topper, the fabulous Down Down, and The Trammps debut at 28 with a romping disco version of the 30’s standard Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart. Judy Garland had the first well-known version, though the 50’s doo-wop flavour to The Trammps version shows where they took it from. Fab!

As school term ended, daytime TV was about to open to me – not that there was much in those days – as well as the evenings so that meant The Virginian, a great Western series, Tom & Jerry, still classic, Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space (cartoon singing all-girl group on a spaceship with a cat. Honest!), the new animated Star Trek series (which I loved), The Generation Game (with Bruce Forsyth, of course, good game, good game), bald cop Kojak (Telly Savalas was huge in the UK), Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, Cannon (US PI), Top Of The Pops (of course), Jackanory had Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man (one of my future all-time fave films), Johnny Morris was still producing Animal Magic for kids, and had been my whole life as far as I could recall by then, Mission:Impossible was still chock full of plot-twisting, and The Magic Roundabout was still wondering about Florence.

1 ( 5 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
2 ( 4 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 1 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( 2 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
5 ( 3 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
6 ( 7 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
7 ( 17 ) SO LONG Abba
8 ( 8 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
9 ( 13 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
10 ( 21 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy

11 ( 32 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 16 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
13 ( 14 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
14 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 24 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
16 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
18 ( 6 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
19 ( 9 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
20 ( 20 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

21 ( 30 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love
22 ( 38 ) CANDY BABY Beano
23 ( 22 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
24 ( 18 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
25 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
26 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
27 ( 25 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
28 ( NEW ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
29 ( NEW ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
30 ( NEW ) DING DONG George Harrison

31 ( 15 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
32 ( 19 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
33 ( 23 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
34 ( 26 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals
35 ( 27 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
36 ( 28 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
37 ( 29 ) CHRISTMAS WITH DICKEN Mr. Big
38 ( 33 ) JUNIOR’S FARM Paul McCartney & Wings
39 ( 35 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
40 ( 40 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell


24th December 1974

It was Christmas Eve and all through the house not a thing was stirring not even a mouse. Well, a hamster was, my brothers pet. I was doing my charts, meanwhile, and Gloria Gaynor gets her first week on top with the awesome Never Can Say Goodbye, a hectic dance with a tune and soaring strings, even better than the original achingly sweet and mournful Jackson 5 version, which had peaked at 2 in my charts. The Wombles go christmassy at 4, and Abba go top 5 for the second time. So Long? No chance!

George Harrison rings in the new, just behind old mucker John at 7, his 4th hit in 4 years, and biggest since My Sweet Lord hit 1. Never was prolific, George. It wouldn’t be christmas without Slade would it? Of course not! So it’s back in at 18 a year after hitting my top 3 – remember it all started here in popchartfeak world. Just saying it like it is, you can blame me it’s still doing the same 40 years later if that helps! Another regular classic bubbling under the UK 75 is The Ronettes fabulous Sleigh Ride. Ronnie Spector undoubtably glad she got away from Phil in the end, but here’s her 2nd hit of the year, after Be My Baby hit 1, with the track off A Christmas Gift For You, and just ahead of the other track at 20 for Darlene Love.

At 21, David Essex gets his 4th hit of 1974 with the title track from his 2nd movie Stardust, almost menacing and serious, in contrast to Gonna Make You A Star. David continues to be under-rated as a writer and performer, what he lacked in vocal dexterity he made up for in spades with conviction. The thinking schoolgirl’s popstar was Mr. Essex. Mud take a shock tumble, peaking at 20 after a run of 6 top 3’s (including 4 chart-toppers), I just preferred them glam and laddy to be honest at the time, though it will be back in christmas future to make amends. Billy Swan’s country-pop classic, covered by Elvis, and a minor anthem, I Can Help enters at 30, and it’s still a great song. Finally The Tymes scrape in at 40 with their UK number one in January 1975, Ms Grace. I like it now, but then it pissed me off for keeping Gloria Gaynor off the UK charts top spot. Bah!

1 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 1 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
3 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 ( 6 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
5 ( 7 ) SO LONG Abba
6 ( 4 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
7 ( 30 ) DING DONG George Harrison
8 ( 10 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
9 ( 9 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
10 ( 5 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

11 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 8 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies
13 ( 13 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
14 ( 14 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 15 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
16 ( 12 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
17 ( 11 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
19 ( NEW ) SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
20 ( 21 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love

21 ( NEW ) STARDUST David Essex
22 ( 17 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
23 ( 26 ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
24 ( 20 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
25 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
26 ( 22 ) CANDY BABY Beano
27 ( 29 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
28 ( 18 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards
29 ( 19 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
30 ( NEW ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan

31 ( 23 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
32 ( 24 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? The Supremes
33 ( 27 ) SHBOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM) Sha Na Na
34 ( 28 ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
35 ( 31 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
36 ( 32 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate
37 ( 33 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
38 ( 36 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
39 ( 35 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
40 ( NEW ) MS GRACE The Tymes

TV at christmas was always a huge treat for me, so many great films and specials – this week there was The Time Machine, still a fave film version of the H.G. Wells novel, and The Marx Brothers in Go West. I love the Marx Brothers, especially Groucho, a major hero of mine at the time with his one-liners and put-downs. Top Of The Pops, of course, and future christmas regular (for a decade or so at any rate) The Goodies And The Beanstalk, a repeat of brilliant TV western comedy Alias Smith And Jones, and some bonus holiday Star Trek episodes (hooray!) each day. On BBC2, the fantastic MASH, the watchable Call My Bluff, Film Night has interviews with the Python team on location for The Holy Grail (that would be good to see again, probably wiped like everything else from this era, though), and I first watched the disturbing film “If” with Malcolm McDowell, which had an effect on me in more than one way, not the violence, which shocked, but the elite school life scenes.

The Radio Times, from whence this information comes (I don’t have THAT good a memory) had printed a letter from 15-year-old Peter Capaldi earlier in the year praising Doctor Who, though I take issue with the insistence of the BBC calling the TV animated great Top Cat “Boss Cat”. On every day, the title theme is Top cat, the cat is called Top cat and TC in the show, and it was called Top Cat when first shown in the early 60’s (inspired by Sgt Bilko), but no, there was a cat food called Top Cat and they wouldn’t want to be seen advertising. Mad BBC, absolutely insane. No idea what was on ITV, but probably a James Bond film at sometime and an episode of Rising Damp, a great cast, great script, great characters.


31st December 1974

New Years Eve, and I was at home watching TV. I know this because I saw the new year in (for the first time, almost sweet seventeen years old) watching Billy Wilder’s classic bittersweet comedy The Apartment on my black & white TV in my bedroom. It became an instant tearjerking (yet feelgood) fave, and I loved Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon already anyway (and Fred MacMurray playing a non-Disney nastier role than we were used to). I’d also bought myself a brand new proper spiral-bound notepad to make my charts more official-looking, and to be able to incorporate more records in my first official top 50 – just like Record Mirror which published all the charts that mattered at that time, including the UK Top 50 singles chart, and which was my must-buy bible.

So, first top 50 number one? I bought the record, and made it my top record in protest at the BBC not playing it (it was just outside the top 30), and cos I loved it anyway: naughty Je T’Aime..Moi Non Plus, completely absent from my 1969 charts age 11, completely owned 5 years on aged 16. Yay! With the extra 10 places lots of new entries for records that would otherwise not have charted, and quite a few re-entries showing just how many records were missing out on decent chart runs with the restricted slots available. To be honest even 50 wasn’t enough, really, but it was good enough for the BBC….

David Essex gets his 5th consecutive top 10 single, Billy Swan his first, christmas records suffer a decline, and highest new entry is Australian MOR I Am Woman and Delta Dawn big American star, Helen Reddy. Not eligible for my charts pre-1974 (as she’d had no UK hits) but Angie Baby changed all that, a spooky, swirling, disturbing minor classic and US number one. In at 16. At 18, Stevie Wonder gets his 5th chart hit of 1974 with the groovy Boogie On Reggae Woman, while actual reggae men popped in lower down, Ken Boothe’s follow-up to Everything I Own (Crying Over You) and John Holt’s jolly version of Gladys Knight’s weepy 1972 ballad hit Help Me Make It Through The Night.

The Jackson 5 near the end of their Motown career, with Life Of The Party, a flop single, in at 29 and almost 5 years of hits. For the first time (and last?) I chart an extended dance record twice, as the second half was on the B side (as was the fashion in those days, it was cut in half, faded out, and faded in on the B side) – Disco Tex’ Get Dancin’ Part 2. At 40, it’s a genuine huge American hit, his 2nd chart entry of the year for Harry Chapin, and the powerful, touching song Cats In The Cradle, the story of a dad with no time for his kid getting his comeuppance when old. I loved it to bits, and still do, despite the UK hit version being the trashy 1992 Ugly Kid Joe bloated monster. It lacks the subtlety and feeling of the original entirely.

Also in, Kenny with The Bump, a monster dance craze of the time, and this was the buttock-clashing cash-in pop single from the Bay City Rollers writer-producers Martin and Coulter, they of Puppet On A String, and many a hit record fame. They had even had a great 1973 number one for me with Irish singer Kenny, Heart Of Stone. Knowing they were onto a good thing, they nicked the name, gave it to a young band, and new pop stars were born. I wasn’t a huge fan though. The Carpenters I was a huge fan of, but the sudden change to jolly pop instead of classy ballad pop (like jolly Top Of The World and Jambalaya) had disappointed me, so this jolly cover of the Marvelettes 60’s song took a bit of getting used to, but it won me over in the end.

1 ( 15 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
2 ( 1 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 2 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
4 ( 3 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
5 ( 6 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
6 ( 7 ) DING DONG George Harrison
7 ( 5 ) SO LONG Abba
8 ( 9 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
9 ( 21 ) STARDUST David Essex
10 ( 30 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan

11 ( 4 ) WOMBLING MERRY CHRISTMAS The Wombles
12 ( 10 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
13 ( 8 ) HEY MR CHRISTMAS Showaddywaddy
14 ( 14 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
15 ( 16 ) YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING (EVEN TAKE THE DOG FOR A WALK MEND A FUSE FOLD AWAY THE IRONING BOARD OR ANY OTHER DOMESTIC SHORTCOMINGS) The Faces featuring Rod Stewart
16 ( NEW ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
17 ( 17 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
19 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
20 ( 12 ) THE INBETWEENIES The Goodies

21 ( 13 ) FATHER CHRISTMAS DO NOT TOUCH ME The Goodies
22 ( 27 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
23 ( 22 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
24 ( 18 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
25 ( 19 ) SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
26 ( 26 ) CANDY BABY Beano
27 ( 23 ) CHRISTMAS SONG Gilbert O’Sullivan
28 ( 20 ) CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) Darlene Love
29 ( NEW ) LIFE OF THE PARTY The Jackson 5
30 ( 28 ) IRE FEELINGS (SKANGA) Rupie Edwards

31 ( 39 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Elton John
32 ( 29 ) YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL George McRae
33 ( 38 ) JUKEBOX JIVE The Rubettes
34 ( RE ) OH YES YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL Gary Glitter
35 ( 24 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
36 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
37 ( NEW ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
38 ( NEW ) CRYING OVER YOU Ken Boothe
39 ( NEW ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
40 ( NEW ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

41 ( RE ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
42 ( NEW ) THE BUMP Kenny
43 ( NEW ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
44 ( RE ) MY BOY Elvis Presley
45 ( RE ) WILDCAT Merlin
46 ( 37 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
47 ( RE ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
48 ( RE ) SHA LA LA LA (MAKES ME HAPPY) Al Green
49 ( 34 ) ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
50 ( 36 ) CHERI BABE Hot Chocolate


On TV Christmas day Top Of The Pops had Jimmy Saliva hosting so I guess it’ll never be broadcast ever again, though it is in the vaults. Ditto Part 2 as DLT was hosting, convicted of the ban-worthy crime of copping a feel. Santa had brought me gifts, though none of them spring to mind – I think Partridge Family Greatest Hits was probably one, record vouchers another (grandma often used to get me those), and on telly a fave film from Singapore RAF cinema days, True Grit, with John Wayne, the fab Kim Darby, and even fabber when non-acting Glen Campbell. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Race, were other film feast faves and the great Harry O David Janssen TV detective show was on along with some Doctor Who repeats.