My Retro June 1968 Charts

1st June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

8th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

15th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

22nd June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

29th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro May 1968 Charts

4th May 1968

It’s The Hump on top for the only time and the only week in his career, I can’t help myself with this slice of singalong MOR – though it certainly won’t be his last top 10 (Hi Eurovision!). Highest new entry is another Laura classic song, as later done by The Fifth Dimension as impeccably as always – they regularly gave Laura the hits she never achieved solo – Stoned Soul Picnic, a track which wasn’t a single until September, but she has a brand new non-album forgotten gem out in August in response to world events and this one is already charting so here she is leapfrogging the great Sweet Blindness at 22.

Angel Of The Morning goes top 10 for Merrilee Rush some 47 years ahead of the Juice Newton version topping my charts, courtesy Deadpool, and Dionne Warwick grabs another top 10 – she would have more if most of her greats didn’t pre-date 1967 when I started this retro-review. The Equals go top 20 a year ahead of their first official top 5 hit Viva Bobby Joe which I was mad on when I was actually charting for real in the summer of ’69. Hi Bryan Adams!

Second highest new entry, and the third for Robert Knight as an act, and in the chart this week as songwriter, it’s 1973 Northern Soul classic Love On A Mountain Top, which I loved as I turned 16. Big in Wigan, and then everywhere else in the UK. It was actually released 5 years earlier though, this week in 1968. Another oldie, post-T.Rex blockbuster Glam monsters, that hit the UK top 10 and my top 5 in 1972, is in at 51 for Tyrannosaurus Rex aka Marc Bolan pop idol hero aka T.Rex. Debora sounded old when it was a hit, but had Donovan acoustic charm to it.

My dad did a singalong version of the new entry at 57, a track on our 16 Big Hits album, and recorded on reel-to-reel tape. It’s better (dad could hold a tune) than Des’ pleasant version of I Pretend, but sadly yet to be released. Trust me, it’s way better than Dick A Dum Dum…! In at 58, and new to me in this original album version of yet another Jacques Brel song, but one I knew well from Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s version on The Old Grey Whistle Test. I actually never knew Next was a Scott Walker cover of a Brel song (along with Rock n Roll veteran songwriter Mort Shuman). The Trems are back with another jaunty pop ditty – they would continue to chart in my charts through to 1974, long after they had their final UK chart hit, so I guess you could say I was a fan. The Everly’s enter with a song I don’t know, but sounds like Neil Diamond, but actually is John D Loudermilk, Sergio Mendes & co coffee-table the Dusty classic version of the Bacharach/David gem, and Hermans Hermits enter with one of their lesser songs, and one I don’t actually recall much from the time: the singles before it I loved, the singles after it I loved, but this one just passed me by, by and large. I was probably playing marbles a lot.

1 ( 2 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
2 ( 1 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
3 ( NEW ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
4 ( 3 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
5 ( 5 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
6 ( 4 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
7 ( 7 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
8 ( 6 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
9 ( 26 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
10 ( 13 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick

11 ( 9 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
12 ( 18 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
13 ( 10 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 11 ) VALLERI The Monkees
15 ( 12 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 8 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
17 ( 20 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
18 ( 29 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
19 ( 14 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
20 ( 15 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops

21 ( 16 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
22 ( 24 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
23 ( 17 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
24 ( NEW ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
25 ( 19 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
26 ( 22 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
27 ( 21 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
28 ( 33 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
29 ( 38 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
30 ( 23 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics

31 ( 25 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
32 ( 27 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
33 ( 40 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
34 ( 31 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
35 ( 28 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
36 ( 36 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
37 ( 32 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
38 ( 45 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
39 ( 34 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
40 ( 35 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

41 ( 37 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
42 ( 30 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
43 ( 57 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 41 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
45 ( 42 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
46 ( 43 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
47 ( 52 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
48 ( 44 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
49 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
50 ( 51 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler

51 ( NEW ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
52 ( 39 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
53 ( 53 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
54 ( 49 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
55 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
56 ( 47 ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
57 ( NEW ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
58 ( NEW ) NEXT Scott Walker
59 ( 48 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
60 ( 69 ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers

61 ( 61 ) WONDER BOY The Kinks
62 ( 54 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
63 ( 59 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
64 ( 60 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) HELULE HELULE The Tremeloes
66 ( 62 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
67 ( 68 ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
68 ( 71 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
69 ( 73 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
70 ( NEW ) IT’S MY TIME The Everly Brothers

71 ( 72 ) BROOKLYN ROADS Neil Diamond
72 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66
73 ( 74 ) I COULD NEVER LOVE ANOTHER The Temptations
74 ( 63 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
75 ( NEW ) SLEEPY JOE Herman’s Hermits

 

11th May 1968

It’s a brand new entry in at 1 for Herb Alpert, and it’s not an instrumental – it’s his understated vocal version of the gorgeous Bacharach/David song, This Guy’s In Love. I absolutely adored this song when I was 10, bought it when I was 19 on single import from the US, and have continued to love it ever since. Reduces me to tears every time, it’s just such a tune and version. It doesn’t matter he’s not the greatest singer, what matters is he convinces you of every word of the fabulous melody. That’s a shame for Laura Nyro who ends up at 2, but it’s also not the only classic entering the chart: There’s another hero-songwriter in at 7. Jimmy Webb rather rudely didn’t give his new epic ballad to Glen Campbell this time – it was actor Richard Harris who didn’t so much sing MacArthur Park, more like an Oscar-winning epic performance upping the drama a few notches more than even Glen could probably squeeze out of it.

In at 12 it’s Nirvana – can I be the first to mention Kurt Cobain? Thanks. He was 2 years old. This dollop of fab psychedelia is both fuzzy futuristic and jaunty 60’s pop all in one, and what a great under-appreciated record Rainbow Chaser is. At 25, cult fave Reach Out Of The Darkness is one I charted 2 years ago when I came across it following it’s use in an episode of Mad Men. Here it is in the proper chronology though. Scott walker melodramatic, naughty Next leapfrogs Joanna into the 40, and Marvin & tammi have quite the long list of top 40’s in 18 months.

Aretha’s Blues Brothers showstopper is in a bit lower for now – Think! 11 years ahead of them being Reunited Peaches & Herb are United with a Gamble & Huff goodie, while a couple of obscure minor garage rock (ish) gems pop in lower down, one of them by The Gentrys, who had the original goodie version of the Bay City Rollers’ Keep On Dancing a few years earlier. That leaves Paul mauriat scraping in with a follow-up I don’t recall ever hearing.

1 ( NEW ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
2 ( 3 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
3 ( 2 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
4 ( 1 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
5 ( 4 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
6 ( 6 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
7 ( NEW ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
8 ( 8 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
9 ( 9 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
10 ( 5 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

11 ( 7 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
13 ( 11 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 10 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
15 ( 12 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
16 ( 18 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
17 ( 17 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
18 ( 14 ) VALLERI The Monkees
19 ( 15 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
20 ( 24 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight

21 ( 13 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
22 ( 22 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
23 ( 16 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
24 ( 19 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
25 ( NEW ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
26 ( 21 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
27 ( 20 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
28 ( 23 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
29 ( 29 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
30 ( 26 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett

31 ( 25 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
32 ( 33 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
33 ( 27 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
34 ( 34 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
35 ( 30 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
36 ( 32 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
37 ( 58 ) NEXT Scott Walker
38 ( 38 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
39 ( 55 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
40 ( 31 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams

41 ( 28 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
42 ( 37 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
43 ( 43 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 39 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
45 ( 41 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
46 ( 40 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
47 ( 51 ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
48 ( 44 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
49 ( 45 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
50 ( 50 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler

51 ( 57 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
52 ( 46 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
53 ( 53 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
54 ( 35 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
55 ( 36 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
56 ( 54 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
57 ( 49 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
58 ( 60 ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers
59 ( 47 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
60 ( NEW ) THINK Aretha Franklin

61 ( 48 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
62 ( 65 ) HELULE HELULE The Tremeloes
63 ( 68 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
64 ( NEW ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
65 ( 42 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
66 ( 69 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
67 ( 67 ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
68 ( 70 ) IT’S MY TIME The Everly Brothers
69 ( 62 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
70 ( 71 ) BROOKLYN ROADS Neil Diamond

71 ( 75 ) SLEEPY JOE Herman’s Hermits
72 ( NEW ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
73 ( 52 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
74 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GO BACK TO DENVER The Gentrys
75 ( NEW ) LOVE IN EVERY ROOM (MEME SI TU REVENAIS) Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

 

18th May 1968

It’s a second week on top for the gorgeous low-key tasteful Herb Alpert Bacaharch/David track, holding off the epic histrionics of Richard Harris at 2 – the same position Donna Summer took her disco version to in 1978 in my charts. Close behind is Nirvana and the fab psychedelia of Rainbow Chaser, joined in the 10 ten by the equally psychedelic pop (and not unlike 1968 Robin Gibb vocal Bee Gees) of Friend & Lover. Highest new entry is Stoned Soul Picnic, one slot behind Stoned Soul Picnic, as The 5th Dimension take the fab songs of Laura Nyro and show how great they sound with a powerful harmony male-female soul group who just couldnt keep off The Ed Sullivan Show in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Quite right too, still one of the great harmony groups, an utter lost art in the 21st century. Young people’s loss! They seem to prefer the “drop”….

A huge climb for Peaches & Herb’s lush United into the top 20, Marmalade debut with Lovin’ Things, good ol’ UK popballad at 27, and the start of a great run of pop singles for 8 years on and off. The Gentry’s obscure little garage rock track also leaps up, The Delfonics replace themselves in the 40, still having two inside it, and a good entry for Jo Armstead who tends to the histrionic herself at times with another Stoned soul song – not a picnic though. Johnny Cash’s murder ballad predating his live prison performances also enters, having previously had some first-hand experience himself, The Marvelettes enter with a minor goodie no-one remembers, and The Cowsills make it 3 in my chart, with the odd little Indian Lake. Finally, Here Comes The Judge! No it’s not the Rowan & Martin’s TV novelty spin-off from Pigmeat Markham, it’s a funky little number taking advantage of the catch-phrase that was everywhere that summer, courtesy of Shorty Long.

1 ( 1 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
2 ( 7 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
3 ( 12 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
4 ( 3 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
5 ( 4 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
6 ( 2 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
7 ( NEW ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
8 ( 9 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
9 ( 5 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
10 ( 25 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
12 ( 8 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
13 ( 10 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
14 ( 17 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
15 ( 13 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 11 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
17 ( 20 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
18 ( 18 ) VALLERI The Monkees
19 ( 19 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
20 ( 64 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb

21 ( 14 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
22 ( 15 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
23 ( 16 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
24 ( 37 ) NEXT Scott Walker
25 ( 23 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
26 ( 21 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
27 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
28 ( 39 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
29 ( 29 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
30 ( 24 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney

31 ( 26 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
32 ( 32 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
33 ( 22 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
34 ( 28 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
35 ( 30 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
36 ( 27 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
37 ( 34 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
38 ( 38 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
39 ( 31 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
40 ( 43 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics

41 ( 33 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
42 ( 36 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
43 ( 35 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 47 ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
45 ( 40 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
46 ( 74 ) I CAN’T GO BACK TO DENVER The Gentrys
47 ( 51 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
48 ( 48 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
49 ( 49 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
50 ( 44 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding

51 ( 45 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
52 ( 42 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
53 ( 46 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
54 ( 60 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
55 ( 63 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
56 ( 52 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
57 ( 53 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
58 ( 62 ) HELULE HELULE The Tremeloes
59 ( 41 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
60 ( 66 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley

61 ( 56 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
62 ( 72 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
63 ( 68 ) IT’S MY TIME The Everly Brothers
64 ( 50 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler
65 ( 58 ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers
66 ( 67 ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
67 ( NEW ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead
68 ( 57 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
69 ( 55 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
70 ( 75 ) LOVE IN EVERY ROOM (MEME SI TU REVENAIS) Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

71 ( NEW ) FOLSOM PRISON BLUES Johnny Cash
72 ( NEW ) HERE I AM BABY The Marvelettes
73 ( 54 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
74 ( NEW ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
75 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Shorty Long

 

25th May 1968

It’s a first week on top for Richard Harris – and last, though he would chart again in 1971 for me with a song Elvis eventually covered – with the epic MacArthur Park, that’s Jimmy Webb’s second number one. Stoned Soul Picnic is back in the top 5 having just dropped out for songwriter Laura Nyro, and The 5th Dimension get their biggest hit to date. Highest new entry at 10 is Jumping Jack Flash, one I liked at the time but never loved, in line with almost all Stones singles prior to Honky Tonk Women. When I caught the fabulous promo video on my first bloody £20 expensive videotape pre-Betamax/VHS (Philips) in 1980 I had already realised the error of the ways regarding things Rolling Stones.

Scott Walker has 2 climbers. Next! So do The Delfonics. I’m Sorry! Don Partridge enters with the follow-up to Rosie, and the single I preferred, though both were faves in the summer of ’68, Blue Eyes at 34. T.Rex get a first top 40 with their 1972 top 5 single, The Gentry’s get their first and last top 40, though their Keep On Dancing would go top 10 in 1971 for fledgeling Rollers. Gladys Knight enters with the original soulfunk version of It Should Have Been Me, future soul-stopping definitively done by Yvonne Fair in 1976, a classic top 10 track. Donovan is all hippy trippy still, but not so whimsical – Marc Bolan has stolen that thunder – and The Mamas & The Papas start to wind down in the chart action stakes a bit, Safe In My Garden is one I knew from budget hits albums of theirs I was mad on in 1974, while another forgotten psychedelic track enters at 63 for Fever Tree. Not one I know, but I like it.

It’s another Bacharach-David track in the charts for Dionne, one I’m not familiar with, but still classy, a bit of new soul to me in the shape of Jive Five, another B.J. Thomas track enters, but this one I don’t know, but it has a hint of the hook of future smash Hooked On A Feeling in the melody, which is fair enough, he wrote it, had the US hit with it, long before the Ooga-Chugga’s. Another Smokey song I don’t know, and finally one I do know: The Tams were yet to smash the UK with 1964 future 1971 UK chart-topper Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me, but this single is the only one I heard on radio of theirs from around that time (I recorded it onto reel-to-reel), Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy. S’OK then, s’OK now.

1 ( 2 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
2 ( 1 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
3 ( 3 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
4 ( 7 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
5 ( 4 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
6 ( 5 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
7 ( 8 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
8 ( 6 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
9 ( 10 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
10 ( NEW ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones

11 ( 9 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
12 ( 14 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
13 ( 20 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
15 ( 17 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
16 ( 24 ) NEXT Scott Walker
17 ( 12 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
18 ( 13 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
19 ( 15 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
20 ( 28 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 16 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
22 ( 18 ) VALLERI The Monkees
23 ( 19 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
24 ( 27 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
25 ( 29 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
26 ( 21 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
27 ( 38 ) JOANNA Scott Walker
28 ( 40 ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
29 ( 32 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
30 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd

31 ( 23 ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
32 ( 25 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
33 ( 26 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
34 ( NEW ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
35 ( 44 ) DEBORA Tyrannosaurus Rex
36 ( 46 ) I CAN’T GO BACK TO DENVER The Gentrys
37 ( 55 ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
38 ( 54 ) THINK Aretha Franklin
39 ( 31 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
40 ( 30 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney

41 ( 34 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
42 ( 35 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
43 ( 37 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
44 ( 36 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
45 ( 62 ) BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS December’s Children
46 ( 33 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
47 ( 39 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
48 ( 42 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
49 ( 41 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
50 ( 67 ) A STONE GOOD LOVER Jo Armstead

51 ( 43 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
52 ( 45 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
53 ( 48 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
54 ( 49 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( 60 ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
56 ( NEW ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
57 ( 50 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
58 ( 51 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
59 ( NEW ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
60 ( 63 ) IT’S MY TIME The Everly Brothers

61 ( NEW ) SAFE IN MY GARDEN The Mamas & The Papas
62 ( 56 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
63 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCO GIRLS (RETURN OF THE NATIVE) Fever Tree
64 ( 61 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
65 ( 72 ) HERE I AM BABY The Marvelettes
66 ( 74 ) INDIAN LAKE The Cowsills
67 ( 71 ) FOLSOM PRISON BLUES Johnny Cash
68 ( 47 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
69 ( NEW ) LET ME BE LONELY Dionne Warwick
70 ( 70 ) LOVE IN EVERY ROOM (MEME SI TU REVENAIS) Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

71 ( NEW ) SUGAR (DON’T TAKE AWAY MY CANDY) The Jive Five
72 ( NEW ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
73 ( 52 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
74 ( NEW ) YESTER LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
75 ( NEW ) BE YOUNG, BE FOOLISH, BE HAPPY The Tams