My Retro February 1970 Charts

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Transfers I used to buy in packets of popcorn from the school tuck shop at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern in Singapore around this time. My school bag was covered in them. The right-hand side was from the TV animated version of Monkey which has been remade endlessly ever since in all sorts of versions.

 

7th February 1970

It’s a second week on top for Bridge Over Troubled Water as all other album tracks climb, notably Cecilia into the top 10, giving Simon & Garfunkel 3 at once. Brotherhood Of man get a first top 10, John Lennon a 2nd solo top 5. In a quiet week for newies, Junior Walker gets the highest, with other Motown acts popping in with B sides lower down. In my charts of what I liked and knew back in the day, there’s an expansion to 20 as I start to hear a lot more stuff in Singapore than I did previously – probably due to the new stereo record player mum and dad bought, which had a radio. Our first ever stereo system. Music never sounded so good!


1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 3
4 ( 3 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
5 ( 9 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 5
6 ( 4 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
8 ( 22 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 8
9 ( 16 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 7 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
12 ( 17 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 12
13 ( 8 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 23 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 15
16 ( 11 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
17 ( 13 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
18 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 15 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
20 ( 25 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 20

21 ( 19 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
22 ( 12 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
23 ( 40 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 23
24 ( 33 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 24
25 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
26 ( 32 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 26
27 ( 38 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 27
28 ( 20 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
29 ( 36 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 29
30 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 30

31 ( 24 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
32 ( 28 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
33 ( 27 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
34 ( 26 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
35 ( 30 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
36 ( 29 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
37 ( 53 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 37
38 ( 39 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
39 ( 50 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 39
40 ( 56 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 40

41 ( 34 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
42 ( 35 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
43 ( 41 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
44 ( 55 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 44
45 ( 37 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
46 ( 54 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 46
47 ( 48 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 47
48 ( 57 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 48
49 ( 42 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
50 ( 43 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9

51 ( 45 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
52 ( 47 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
53 ( 49 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
54 ( 44 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
55 ( 62 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 55
56 ( NEW ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 56
57 ( 52 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
58 ( 67 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 58
59 ( 61 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 59
60 ( 64 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 60

61 ( 70 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 61
62 ( 60 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
63 ( 59 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
64 ( 74 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 64
65 ( 72 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 65
66 ( 69 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 66
67 ( 73 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 67
68 ( 63 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
69 ( 65 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
70 ( 75 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 70

71 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 71
72 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 74
75 ( NEW ) VIETNAM Jimmy Cliff # 75

7th Feb Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 4 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 2 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
4 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
5 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
9 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
10 ( RE ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger

11 ( 8 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
12 ( RE ) FRIENDS Arrival
13 ( NEW ) WANDERIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
14 ( RE ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
15 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
16 ( NEW ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
17 ( RE ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
18 ( NEW ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( RE ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King

 

 

 

 

14th February 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bridge Over Troubled Water as the total of tracks off the album in the top increases to 4, and Robin Gibb gets his 2nd solo top 10. The Gentrys go top 20, sort-of anticipating that sha-la-la chorus off Amarillo a year ahead of Neil Sedaka, Junior Walker gets another top 40, ditto Mama Cass & Edwin Starr, while Peggy Lipton gets a first with the Laura Nyro song.

New entries are thin on the ground, just Cliff & Hank going for a second duet at 69, Tommy Roe continues his post-Dizzy comeback, early 60’s band The Tokens cover The Beach Boys, Dusty pops in with a track I’ve never heard before, and another 60’s veteran Bobby Vee at 75 with a song he wrote himself. I took my mum to see a 60’s package tour featuring Tommy Roe and Bobby Vee back in the day. They were great.

1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
3 ( 2 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
4 ( 5 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
5 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 5
6 ( 4 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
7 ( 23 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 7
8 ( 9 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
9 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
12 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
13 ( 15 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 13
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 11 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
16 ( 13 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
17 ( 17 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
18 ( 40 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 18
19 ( 20 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 19
20 ( 27 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 20

21 ( 24 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 21
22 ( 16 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
23 ( 19 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
24 ( 26 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 24
25 ( 25 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
26 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
27 ( 37 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 27
28 ( 29 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 28
29 ( 30 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
30 ( 22 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9

31 ( 21 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
32 ( 56 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 32
33 ( 28 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
34 ( 44 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 34
35 ( 31 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
36 ( 48 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 36
37 ( 32 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
38 ( 46 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 38
39 ( 36 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
40 ( 33 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17

41 ( 35 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
42 ( 38 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
43 ( 71 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 43
44 ( 43 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
45 ( 41 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
46 ( 34 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
47 ( 58 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 47
48 ( 55 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 48
49 ( 64 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 49
50 ( 61 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
52 ( 47 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 47
53 ( 39 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 39
54 ( 42 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
55 ( 45 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
56 ( 52 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
57 ( 53 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
58 ( 60 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 58
59 ( 65 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 59
60 ( 67 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 60

61 ( 54 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
62 ( 50 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
63 ( 57 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
64 ( 70 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 64
65 ( 74 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 65
66 ( 73 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 66
67 ( 62 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
68 ( 72 ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 68
69 ( NEW ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 69
70 ( 63 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2

71 ( NEW ) STIR IT UP AND SERVE IT Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 72
73 ( NEW ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 73
74 ( 75 ) VIETNAM Jimmy Cliff # 74
75 ( NEW ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
4 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 3 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
6 ( 4 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
7 ( 5 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
8 ( 13 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 16 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 15 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
12 ( 11 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
13 ( 9 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
14 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
15 ( 14 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
16 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
17 ( 20 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
18 ( NEW ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
19 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( NEW ) BE YOUNG BE FOOLISH BE HAPPY The Tams

 

21st February 1970

It’s 4 weeks on top for Bridge, still holding off Spirit In The Sky and as the only other challengers are 3 tracks from the Simon & Garfunkel album at 3, 5 & 8. Cecilia and El Condor Pasa were tracks I loved in Singapore and onward since, I didn’t hear any covers at the time and I’ve yet to hear any that come anywhere near being as good as the originals. The Only Living Boy In New York I didn’t really notice until 1976 but it has grown in stature ever since, not least helped by a great version from Everything But The Girl.

Robin Gibb has 2 top 20 tracks, and the highest new entry is from a revamped Supremes, now minus Diana Ross, and plus new lead vocalist Jean Terrell who did a cracking job from Up The Ladder To The Roof onwards, in at 29 here. Mary Wilson, now the only original member fought Berry Gordy who wanted Syreeta (future Mrs Stevie Wonder) – Syreeta was great but the tones of Jean suited later fab tracks more.

Other newies: The Jackson 5 side, and 21st century-charting in the UK, Who’s Loving You is in at 53, Dave Dee gets a first solo entry minus the gang, The Dave Clark 5 do a fairly pedestrian cover of The Youngbloods’ Everybody Get Together, Joe Dolan has an old-fashioned uptempo return, Polly Brown debuts with Pickettywitch 4 years ahead of Sweet Dreams’ Abba cover and her own solo hit, Elvis pops in with a semi-decent Kentucky Rain as his career starts to descend into Las Vegas schmaltz or pomp or both generally, a Jimmy Cliff track I don’t know replaces Viet-Nam in the list, a Beach Boys single I’ve never heard in my life drops in, The Chi-Lites keep their run of entries going, ditto Gladys Knight & The Pips, and also The Archies who’s latest single was one of their most uninspired tracks and a bizarre choice given the TV theme at 35 was way better even if it didn’t sound like Sugar Sugar.

1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
3 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
4 ( 7 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 3 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
6 ( 4 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
7 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
8 ( 18 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 8
9 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 8 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
12 ( 13 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 12
13 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
14 ( 12 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
15 ( 20 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 15
16 ( 19 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
17 ( 15 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
18 ( 21 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
19 ( 17 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
20 ( 24 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20

21 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
22 ( 16 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
23 ( 32 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 23
24 ( 27 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 24
25 ( 28 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 25
26 ( 23 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
27 ( 22 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
28 ( 34 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 28
29 ( NEW ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 29
30 ( 36 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 30

31 ( 25 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
32 ( 26 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
33 ( 43 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 33
34 ( 47 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 34
35 ( 30 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
36 ( 31 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
37 ( 38 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 37
38 ( 33 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
39 ( 49 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 39
40 ( 50 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 40

41 ( 29 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
42 ( 35 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
43 ( 37 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
44 ( 39 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
45 ( 44 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
46 ( 66 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 46
47 ( 42 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
48 ( 72 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 48
49 ( 40 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
50 ( 60 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 50

51 ( 45 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
52 ( 41 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
53 ( NEW ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 53
54 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
55 ( 73 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 55
56 ( 69 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 56
57 ( 64 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 57
58 ( 56 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
59 ( 57 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
60 ( 65 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 60

61 ( NEW ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 61
62 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 62
63 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 63
64 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 64
65 ( NEW ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 65
66 ( 48 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 48
67 ( 68 ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 67
68 ( NEW ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 68
69 ( NEW ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 69
70 ( 75 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 70

71 ( 71 ) STIR IT UP AND SERVE IT Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 72
73 ( NEW ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 73
74 ( NEW ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S YOUR BABY The Archies # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
4 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 8 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
8 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
10 ( 14 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
12 ( 11 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
13 ( 16 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
14 ( 12 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
15 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
16 ( 17 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
17 ( 18 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
18 ( 19 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
19 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
20 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue

 

28th February 1970

It’s a new entry at 1 for The Beatles – not for the first time, probably not for the last time – as their farewell UK single Let It Be arrives ahead of the album recorded during the difficult break-up before Abbey Road. It’s one of Paul’s best songs, even he was generally unhappy with the Phil Spector strings on some tracks, and gives the fabs a 42nd chart entry in their 4th year of charting, and their 8th number 1. Singer-songwriter with the smooth voice, James Taylor is busy pushing his new album at the moment, but 50 years ago his then-newish album was out with the classic track Fire And Rain about ready for release as a single, good enough reason for me to enter it at 24 – certainly a song I was aware of in 1970.

The Jackson 5 get a second top 40 track as they also enter with their 2nd single and third chart entry ABC at 63 – basically I Want You Back part 2 and my least fave of their first 6 singles, though Sigala did a good revamp a few years back. In retrospect it still sounds fresh-ish and energetic. As a staple of US variety TV shows at the time, I did get to see the boys perform on Singapore showings of The Ed Sullivan Show and others like the cool Flip Wilson Show and the fab Andy Williams Show. “Can I have a cookie?” Cue man in a bear suit. You had to be there….

In at 65, Joni Mitchell gets the first of 2 from her brand new album this week 50 years ago – it’s Big Yellow Taxi, much covered and very very much an early description of Planet Earth in the 21st Century, as her album track Woodstock (and soon to be covered) the ode to the famous hippy festival pops in at 74. Tyrone Davis gets another chart entry, and The Five Stairsteps return with their 6th chart entry O-o-h Child, originally B side to the poor cover of Dear Prudence, the future hit for Dino in the 80’s, and covers by The Detroit Spinners, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Mary Wilson, Hall & Oates, among many others, and a sample by Janet Jackson give a clue to the regard it’s held in. Not bad for a B side.

1 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
2 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
3 ( 4 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 3
4 ( 2 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
5 ( 3 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
6 ( 5 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
7 ( 8 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 7
8 ( 6 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
9 ( 7 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
10 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9

11 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
12 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 12
13 ( 11 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
14 ( 15 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
15 ( 13 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
16 ( 16 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
17 ( 14 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
18 ( 23 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
19 ( 25 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
20 ( 29 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 20

21 ( 17 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
22 ( 19 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
23 ( 18 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
24 ( NEW ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 24
25 ( 28 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 25
26 ( 22 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
27 ( 21 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
28 ( 20 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20
29 ( 39 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 29
30 ( 26 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1

31 ( 33 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
32 ( 27 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
33 ( 34 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 33
34 ( 46 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 34
35 ( 37 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 35
36 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
37 ( 48 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 37
38 ( 24 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 24
39 ( 40 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 39
40 ( 53 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 40

41 ( 30 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 30
42 ( 32 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
43 ( 38 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
44 ( 35 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
45 ( 50 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 45
46 ( 36 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
47 ( 55 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 47
48 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
49 ( 43 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
50 ( 56 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 50

51 ( 47 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
52 ( 60 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 52
53 ( 42 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
54 ( 51 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
55 ( 57 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 55
56 ( 61 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 56
57 ( 44 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
58 ( 62 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 58
59 ( 63 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 59
60 ( 65 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 60

61 ( 41 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
62 ( 54 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
63 ( NEW ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 63
64 ( 64 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 64
65 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 65
66 ( 58 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
67 ( 59 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
68 ( 68 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 68
69 ( 69 ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 69
70 ( 70 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 70

71 ( 72 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 71
72 ( 73 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 72
73 ( NEW ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 73
74 ( NEW ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 74
75 ( NEW ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 3 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
5 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
9 ( 15 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary

11 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 12 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
14 ( 17 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
15 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
16 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
17 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
18 ( 20 ) VENUS Shocking Blue
19 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywich

My January 1970 Retro Charts

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Me taking a dip in the Straits between RAF Changi and the offshore island Pulau Ubin, and near a wrecked kelong (traditional wooden fishing structures). The Queen Elizabeth liner passed by near here in 1971 (I saw it from school windows, around the bay and south a bit) on her way to a fiery, watery grave in Hong Kong the following year.

 

3rd January 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for a track I loved in Singapore days, Edison Lighthouse was pretty much a Tony Macauley song and project fronted by singer Tony Burrows who will be performing a mini-invasion under various group names in early 1970, and the song was originally done by Jefferson. This fab lush pop confection, though, still stands up as a great pop record, albeit instantly sabotaged by Tony Burrows leaving to front his other hitmaking tags, White Plains, Brotherhood Of Man (all 3 famously on the same episode of Top Of The Pops) and later The Pipkins adding to his earlier incarnations as The Ivy League, The Flowerpot Men, and his later fab hit as First Class in 1974. Not that Macauley had much to worry about, he’d already co-written big hits for The Foundations, Marmalade, Long John Baldry, Scott Walker and would go on to co-write endless hits right through to David Soul.

The Delfonics get a 3rd top 10, Tommy James a penultimate top 20, The 5th Dimension add to their total too, and Louis Armstrong gets a 2nd and last. It’s 2 new entries from Glen Campbell’s new album, Honey Come Back was the Jimmy Webb song that I was mad on that summer – friends of my mum and dad, Irvin & Mary, had the album which I was keen to play when we visited their house on RAF Changi camp, and which was the first album I asked for a present – happily mum and dad couldn’t find it and I got the much-better This Is Glen Campbell instead. His version of Both Sides Now was also on the album, and is the first version I knew (my “original” version) so I tend to opt for this one, here in at 21, the 3rd version to chart to date.

The Archies enter at 37 with their fab little rifftastic new TV theme tune, Get On The Line is better than the official single Jingle Jangle, and is the best track on the new album. Jonathan King covers Let It All Hang Out, kickstarting his new career as record label mogul specialising in quirky covers of US or European hits that stiffed in the UK, Chairmen Of The Board debut with the soul classic Give Me Just A Little More Time, which Kylie would one day have a crack at to lesser effect, The Temptations return with another fab funk track that I grew to love following a prominent feature on 80’s fab TV show Moonlighting for Psychedelic Shack – star Bruce Willis clearly a big fan as he had a hit cover with the actual Temptations themselves. Finally, the old Frankie Laine huge hit returns in a souped-up version of Answer Me giving The Happenings a second entry, and Barbara Dickson an idea for a future career-starter.

1 ( NEW ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
3 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
4 ( 8 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 4
5 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
6 ( 7 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
7 ( 12 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 7
8 ( 5 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
9 ( 9 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
10 ( 4 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4

11 ( 6 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
12 ( 47 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 12
13 ( 25 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 13
14 ( 11 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
15 ( 15 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 15
16 ( 14 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
17 ( 13 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
18 ( 27 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 18
19 ( 10 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
20 ( 28 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 20

21 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 21
22 ( 17 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
23 ( 16 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
24 ( 22 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
25 ( 21 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
26 ( 18 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
27 ( 23 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
28 ( 45 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 28
29 ( 24 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
30 ( NEW ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 20 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 20
32 ( 19 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
33 ( 37 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 33
34 ( 41 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 34
35 ( 26 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 26
36 ( 42 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 36
37 ( NEW ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 37
38 ( 40 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
39 ( 48 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
40 ( 34 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3

41 ( 31 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
42 ( 32 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
43 ( 29 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 29
44 ( 30 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 30
45 ( 33 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 33
46 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 46
47 ( 35 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
48 ( 49 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 48
49 ( 46 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
50 ( 50 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 50

51 ( 44 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
52 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 52
53 ( 36 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20
54 ( 43 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
55 ( 62 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 55
56 ( NEW ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 56
57 ( 58 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 57
58 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 58
59 ( 60 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 38 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 38

61 ( 52 ) WHEREVER SHE LEADETH ME The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 52
62 ( 39 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 20
63 ( 57 ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 57
64 ( 75 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 64
65 ( 65 ) SEVENTH SON Georgie Fame # 65
66 ( 66 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 66
67 ( 51 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
68 ( 70 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 68
69 ( 55 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
70 ( 71 ) THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) Sly & The Family Stone # 70

71 ( 73 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 71
72 ( 74 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 73
74 ( 56 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
75 ( NEW ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 75

3rd Jan Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 3 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
5 ( 6 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
8 ( 5 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
9 ( 9 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
10 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross And The Supremes

 

 

10th January 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Edison Lighthouse and 4 weeks at 2 for Murray Head, now challenged by Jimmy Cliff at 3 and Glen Campbell’s version of Both Sides Now becoming the second cover to go top 5, after Judy Collins. The Carpenters get a first top 10, Ticket To Ride at 9 one place lower than the band who did the original, and Tommy James grabs yet another top 10 with a track I hadn’t noticed until recently – though it was tucked away at the end of my Greatest Hits CD, She.

Glen also gets a 3rd simultaneous top 20 with Honey Come Back up to 15, and Lou Christie gets a 3rd top 20 (assuming I would have charted Lightnin’ Strikes, which would certainly have topped my charts). Chairmen Of The Board get a first top 30 with a good climb, and Jonathan King a first solo top 40 since 1965 (had I been charting Everyone’s Gone To The Moon was another cert chart-topper, either at the time, or on any retro chart of any period in my life, I’ve never not loved it since it came out – even if he WAS taking the p*ss with the lyrics).

Highest new entry at 44 is Boris Gardiner some 16 years ahead of his UK lovers-rock chart-topper, with his instrumental version of Mantovani’s Elizabethan Serenade, written around the time of Queen Elizabeth II ascending to the throne by Ronald Binge and originally called Andante Cantabile. Subsequently covered by the Gunther Kallman Choir in a hit German vocal version, and used on BBC radio as a theme show tune, it charted in 1964 and became a tune I loved and recognised but had no idea what it was called or who sung it, even when I recorded it off radio in Singapore. I didn’t get to hear the reggae version from Boris until half a decade later, and twig it was the same melody. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but…I still prefer the Mantovani or Choir versions!

AT 46, Kenny Rogers returns with another dramatic stormer of a pop single, and Something’s Burnin’ (I think it’s love, myself), and Steam get a follow-up hit here even if not in the UK, another track new to me, I’ve Gotta make You Love Me. Robin Gibb also gets a second solo follow-up that stiffed in the UK, but was charting in various European top 10’s this week 50 years ago. Another one I’d never heard before, and it’s sort of an early trial of August October arrangements, but more dramatic, as befits someone willing to wait One Million Years.

At 68, The Exiles debut with a Tommy James song, gifted by him as he was about to embark on a solo career and shortly before he released his own version of Church Street Soul Revival, another of many good songs he wrote in the late 60’s. The band changed their name to Exile after a few years of not breaking through much, hooked up with Mike Chapman after he’d split with Nicky Chinn, and got a worldwide massive hit in 1978 with Kiss You All Over. So, 8 years early here! Pat Shannon debuts at 71. No idea who, either, but the song was written by Kenny Nolan, future 70’s US hit artist, but more vitally co-writer, writer, house producer/arranger at the Chelsea record label. You might have heard of some of his songs, Lady Marmalade, My Eyes Adored You, and heard his falsetto on Disco Tex & The Sex-o-lettes hits.

Thelma Houston becomes the second act to chart with Laura Nyro’s Save The Country, written after Bobby Kennedy was murdered, and Santana and Canned Heat return with lower-chart entries, the second and third respectively. Canned Heat’s is a cover of Wilbert Harrison’s 1969 minor hit, more or less identical to the original. It would take Bryan Ferry to turn it into a masterpiece in 1976….

1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
3 ( 4 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 3
4 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
5 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 7 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
7 ( 5 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
8 ( 6 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
9 ( 13 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
10 ( 12 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10

11 ( 8 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 10 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
13 ( 11 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
14 ( 15 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
15 ( 30 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 15
16 ( 18 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 16
17 ( 9 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
18 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
19 ( 35 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
20 ( 20 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 20

21 ( 28 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 21
22 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
23 ( 16 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
24 ( 37 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 24
25 ( 19 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
26 ( 22 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
27 ( 24 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
28 ( 33 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
29 ( 25 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
30 ( 52 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 30

31 ( 27 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
32 ( 34 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 32
33 ( 36 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 33
34 ( 26 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
35 ( 23 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
36 ( 29 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
37 ( 46 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 37
38 ( 38 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
39 ( 39 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
40 ( 55 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 40

41 ( 56 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 41
42 ( 48 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
43 ( 50 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43
44 ( NEW ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 44
45 ( 40 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
46 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 46
47 ( 32 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
48 ( 31 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 20
49 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 49
50 ( 58 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 50

51 ( 41 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
52 ( 42 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
53 ( 49 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
54 ( NEW ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 54
55 ( 51 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
56 ( 57 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 56
57 ( 47 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
58 ( 64 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 58
59 ( 59 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 45 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 33

61 ( 53 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20
62 ( 54 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
63 ( 66 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 63
64 ( 73 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 64
65 ( 72 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 65
66 ( 68 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 66
67 ( 75 ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 67
68 ( NEW ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 68
69 ( 70 ) THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) Sly & The Family Stone # 69
70 ( 71 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 70

71 ( NEW ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 71
72 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 72
73 ( NEW ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 73
74 ( NEW ) EVIL WAYS Santana # 74
75 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 2 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
5 ( NEW ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
6 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
8 ( NEW ) THE LIQUIDATOR The Harry J All Stars
9 ( 7 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
10 ( 5 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies

 

17th January 1970

It’s a 3rd week on top for Edison Lighthouse as Jimmy Cliff gospels it up to 2, challenged closely by Glen Campbell’s great version of Both Sides Now, and as his Honey Come Back also goes top 10. The Archies hip theme tune Get On The Line leaps to 10, their 3rd top 10, and Chairmen Of The Board, currently featuring in an advert, jump up 18 to 12. The highest new entry, Who’ll Stop The Rain?, is a track I first heard on Married: With Children, when Al Bundy sings along to it – and one I instantly preferred to Creedence’s other track on the double A-side, Travelin’ Band which I got to hear in 1975 for the first time. Basically a rock revival-style tune not entirely unlike The Move’s later California Man.

Some nice top climbers for Boris Gardiner, Kenny Rogers, Robin Gibb, Steam and The Temptations, and more newies lower down from Stevie Wonder – the fab Never Had A Dream Come True – at a time when his singles were big UK hits and minor US hits. Go figure! The Originals are back, this time with The Bells ringing them in at 64, Mama Cass keeps the hits coming too with New World Coming at 70, I have a bit of Time for another Edwin Starr entry at 71, The Contours 1966 track debuts, Frijid Pink have a go at going OTT Progrock on House Of The Rising Sun, and Jethro Tull return with some Witch’s Promise. Cue the flutes…..

1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 3 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
3 ( 5 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
4 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
5 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
6 ( 8 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
7 ( 15 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 7
8 ( 6 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
9 ( 7 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
10 ( 24 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 10

11 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 30 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 12
13 ( 9 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
14 ( 12 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
15 ( 16 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
16 ( 14 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
17 ( 10 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
18 ( 20 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 18
19 ( 21 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 19
20 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

21 ( 18 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
22 ( 17 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
23 ( 33 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
24 ( 22 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
25 ( 19 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
26 ( NEW ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 26
27 ( 37 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 27
28 ( 32 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 28
29 ( 44 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 29
30 ( 46 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 30

31 ( 27 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
32 ( 26 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
33 ( 40 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 33
34 ( 41 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 34
35 ( 29 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
36 ( 23 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
37 ( 31 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
38 ( 54 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 38
39 ( 25 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
40 ( 49 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 40

41 ( 28 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
42 ( 34 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
43 ( 43 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43
44 ( 36 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
45 ( NEW ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 45
46 ( 35 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
47 ( 38 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
48 ( 42 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
49 ( 58 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 49
50 ( 56 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 50

51 ( 39 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
52 ( 45 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
53 ( 68 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 53
54 ( 64 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 54
55 ( 63 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 55
56 ( 47 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
57 ( 53 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
58 ( 65 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 58
59 ( 51 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
60 ( 55 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4

61 ( 50 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 50
62 ( 66 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 62
63 ( 67 ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 63
64 ( NEW ) THE BELLS The Originals # 64
65 ( 52 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
66 ( 70 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 66
67 ( 71 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 67
68 ( 73 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 68
69 ( 72 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 69
70 ( NEW ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 70

71 ( NEW ) TIME Edwin Starr # 71
72 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 72
73 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 73
74 ( NEW ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE WITCH’S PROMISE Jethro Tull # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
2 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 5 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
5 ( NEW ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 4 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
7 ( NEW ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
8 ( 7 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
9 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations
10 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Arrival

 

24th January 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for a song I adored in hot, tropical Singapore and which I still associate with the imagery of the tropical-sounding lyrics, giving Mary Hopkin a 3rd chart-topper in a row, both then and now. I may be wrong, but I think it remains the last big calypso hit in the UK charts. Close behind, and new at 4, Simon & Garfunkel’s epic Bridge Over Troubled Water, just ahead of the release of potentially the greatest album of all-time – certainly one of the top 10 for me. Art Garfunkel’s vocal, Paul Simon’s gospel healing-song and one of the greatest builds of all-time in a ballad, it was a big radio track in Singapore, on 2-way Family Favourites especially, the show broadcast to British troops abroad with messages from family at home. My love for it has grown deeper with time, and just to rub it in, the blistering B side (and album track) Keep The Customer Satisfied is in at 23 too.

Glen Campbell gets 2 consecutive top 5 tracks, Chairmen Of The Board a 1st top 10, Creedence & Kenny Rogers a 2nd top 20, and Brotherhood Of Man debut at 33 with United We Stand, a great rousing ballad featuring, errr, quite a few well-known session singers like Tony Burrows on another appearance inside this chart as he drops from the top spot as Edison Lighthouse, sisters Sue & Sunny who featured on many a hit record prior to this (Joe Cocker’s With A Little Help f’rinstance had Sunny along with Madeleine Bell of Blue Mink) and later hit records in 1972 as themselves under the name The Pearls, and Sunny a 1974 solo hit with Doctor’s Orders. Talking of Blue Mink, the other vocalist and songwriter, Roger Cook’s main songwriting partner Roger Greenaway was also in this line-up. Not that he needed to, their song hits included You’ve Got Your Troubles, several as pop stars themselves David & Jonathan and the fab Lovers Of The World Unite, and monsters like I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, Softly Whispering I Love You, Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress and err Doctor’s Orders for Sunny. How incestuous!

Aretha’s back with her own song, the fab Call Me, The Gentry’s pop back several years after they had a US hit with Keep On Dancing (the Bay City Rollers would cover it with pop style the following year), and an obscure goodie that sounds not unlike Midnight Confessions, a Grass Roots hit. Actress Peggy Lipton puts a 3rd Laura Nyro song onto the list, the cool Lu, her 2nd Nyro cover to chart here, her previous being Save The Country, Thelma Houston also now-charting with the 3rd version to do so. Rare Bird debut with a bit of Sympathy, Neil Diamond keeps the hits rolling with Shilo, and Rufus Thomas treds where his daughter Carla has been many times before, debuting in my chart with a funky chicken. Not gibbon. That’s 5 years away.

1 ( NEW ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
2 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
3 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
4 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 2 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
7 ( 4 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
8 ( 12 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
9 ( 10 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
10 ( 5 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1

11 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 8 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
13 ( 9 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
14 ( 26 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 6 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
16 ( 18 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
17 ( 19 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
18 ( 30 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 13 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
20 ( 14 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4

21 ( 15 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
22 ( 29 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 22
23 ( NEW ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 23
24 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
25 ( 21 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
26 ( 34 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 26
27 ( 23 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
28 ( 17 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
29 ( 33 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
30 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

31 ( 16 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
32 ( 38 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 32
33 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 33
34 ( 40 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 34
35 ( 31 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
36 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
37 ( 45 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 37
38 ( 22 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
39 ( 53 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 39
40 ( 49 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40

41 ( 32 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
42 ( 35 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
43 ( 37 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
44 ( 25 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
45 ( 28 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 28
46 ( 50 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 46
47 ( 36 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
48 ( 42 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
49 ( 44 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
50 ( 43 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43

51 ( 64 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 51
52 ( 39 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
53 ( 54 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 53
54 ( 48 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
55 ( NEW ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 55
56 ( 52 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
57 ( 46 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
58 ( NEW ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 58
59 ( 70 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 59
60 ( 57 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1

61 ( 67 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 61
62 ( 68 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 62
63 ( 41 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
64 ( NEW ) LU Peggy Lipton # 64
65 ( 72 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 65
66 ( 69 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 66
67 ( 71 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 67
68 ( 60 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
69 ( 47 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
70 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 70

71 ( 74 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 71
72 ( 73 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 72
73 ( 51 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
74 ( NEW ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 74
75 ( NEW ) DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN Rufus Thomas # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
2 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
5 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
6 ( 4 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
7 ( NEW ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
8 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
9 ( 10 ) FRIENDS Arrival
10 ( 6 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry

 

 

31st January 1970

It’s a first week on top for Simon & Garfunkel’s epic Bridge Over Troubled Water, the 2nd track to top my charts after The Boxer in 1969, and to boot there is an invasion of more tracks off the classic album, the highest being Cecilia at 22, probably the track I liked best at the time, after The Boxer. Our next-door-neighbours in Singapore the Overtons loaned us the album and I cherry-picked tracks to record on my reel-to-reel, then finally bought the entire album 2nd-hand in 1976 in Mansfield and played it to death. So great. Keep The Customer Satisfied climbs to 10, El Condor Pasa enters at 40, The Only Living Boy In New York at 56, and Song For The Asking at 74. The only foot-wrong for me was the live cover version, so out of place.

Highest new entry at 6 is the eternal Spirit In The Sky, Norman Greenbaum’s UK chart-topper has topped another 2 times in lesser cover versions, the original is the best, still. Not one I knew at the time, but by 1975 I had bought the single from a market stall in Gloucester. Hero John Lennon might have been expected to be the highest new entry, but has to settle for 9 for Instant Karma, as his Beatles track drops, and he appears on Top Of The Pops for the first (and last) time with blindfolded Yoko. Again, a great track I didn’t get to hear until 1975.

Robin Gibb gets a second chart entry this week as August October enters at 17, one I did hear a couple of times and loved, but had to wait until 1975 to hear it some more when I bought the single in a feast of purchases from a Mansfield Second-hand shop that had had a delivery of what seemed to be bankrupt stock dating around 1969-1972, such as Wedding Bell Blues which I did buy, and many others I didn’t buy because I didn’t have the money, and also because I’d never heard of them – if only I’d had a credit card I’d have got myself into serious debt that day!

Andy Williams covers Elvis, that Man pops back again as lead singer of White Plains, and Hermans Hermits scrape in with a curiously music-hall oddity.

1 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
4 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
5 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 6
7 ( 6 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
8 ( 8 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
9 ( NEW ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 9
10 ( 23 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 7 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
12 ( 9 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
13 ( 10 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
16 ( 33 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 16
17 ( NEW ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 17
18 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 22 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
20 ( 12 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6

21 ( 13 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
22 ( NEW ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 22
23 ( 37 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 23
24 ( 15 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
25 ( 26 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 25
26 ( 16 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
27 ( 17 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
28 ( 20 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
29 ( 19 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
30 ( 24 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24

31 ( 34 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 31
32 ( 32 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 32
33 ( 39 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 33
34 ( 25 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
35 ( 21 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
36 ( 55 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 36
37 ( 29 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
38 ( 58 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 38
39 ( 30 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
40 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 40

41 ( 35 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
42 ( 28 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
43 ( 38 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
44 ( 40 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
45 ( 36 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
46 ( 27 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
47 ( 42 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
48 ( 51 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 48
49 ( 41 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
50 ( 53 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 50

51 ( 31 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
52 ( 43 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
53 ( 65 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 53
54 ( 67 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 54
55 ( 59 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 55
56 ( NEW ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 56
57 ( 64 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 57
58 ( 44 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
59 ( 48 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
60 ( 49 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8

61 ( 61 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 61
62 ( 70 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 62
63 ( 56 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
64 ( 66 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 64
65 ( 60 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
66 ( 47 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
67 ( 72 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 67
68 ( 62 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 62
69 ( 71 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 69
70 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 70

71 ( 46 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 46
72 ( 74 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 72
73 ( NEW ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 73
74 ( NEW ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 74
75 ( NEW ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
2 ( 4 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
3 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
4 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 8 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
7 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 5 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
9 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
10 ( NEW ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension

My 1970 Charts – April

record plastic bag from Singapore

record plastic bag from Singapore

1970 videos


7th April 1970

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

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

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

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

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


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

action-comics-386

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

our TV and fish tank

our TV and fish tank


14th April 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mobile brush and carpet man, mum and ahtchoo

mobile brush and carpet man, mum and ahtchoo


21st April 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

the garden plants, me and baby brother

the garden plants, me and baby brother


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


28th April 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1970 Charts – March

mum on the bus to Changi Village, Changi Beach Road

mum on the bus to Changi Village, Changi Beach Road

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3rd March 1970

4 weeks for Mary Hopkin’s Harbour on top, still holding off another folk-stylee singer Judy Collins at 2. Lee Marvin wanders his way to 3, Painting his Wagon along with Clint’s tree-talking at 8, while Simon & Garfunkel keep that folk theme going with a gospel detour for the perfect Bridge Over Troubled Water.

B.J. Thomas is the third movie record in the chart entering just behind the Sacha Distel cover, and it’s WAY better, taken straight from the bicycling sequence in Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, a great film for those sunshine-themed days, cool cowboy outlaws and a great Bacharach/David song, what’s not to like! B.J. is also an under-rated singer in the UK, he had some great US hits, many of them covered by others in the UK and US (see Elvis, JK, Blue Swede). Shame!

At 17, future Bananarama hit Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye enters for Steam, actually a 1969 US hit, regarded as bubblegum (and therefore not worthy) but it’s bloody fantastic, and still the definitive version, great tune, great vocal, great production. Kenny Rogers is back, and Something’s Burning at 19. Smoldering for the first half of the country track, mostly, but it packs a wallop later on, and is a cut above some of his more famous later country story songs. Finally, it’s Polly Brown at 20, 4 years ahead of 2 later versions of her pop toons, but this time it’s Pickettywich, who have a sweet enough ditty getting that same old feeling.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 3 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
5 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

6 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
9 ( 15 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary

11 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 12 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
14 ( 17 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
15 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man

16 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
17 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
18 ( 20 ) VENUS Shocking Blue
19 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywich

This week in the news, it was the funeral of Lee Kuan Yew (March 2015) and it’s impossible to mention 1970 Singapore without reference to the giant of Far east politics. Singapore was well under-way on the route to modernisation and prosperity, largely thanks to his way of doing business, politics and social planning. I have very mixed feelings about this (and him) – on the one hand he created a genuine melting pot of cultures, dominated by a sort of Chinese Britishness with generous dashes of Malay and Indian culture, all really dating back to the British Empire in the Far East and trading links between them. I loved the historic styles that old Singapore still had, but the bulldozers were busy levelling much and rebuilding new high rise megacity Singapore. That said, some of the more poverty-stricken areas had their own odours hitting you as soon as you got in range!

On the other hand, Lee kept Singapore relatively stable despite the chaos politically in the immediate region. I never agreed with the death penalty, the anti-gay laws, and the banning of much western youth culture, even as a kid, but it has to be said even Singapore had terrorism problems. That’s not something you got to hear about back in the UK, and it was mostly imported in from neighbouring countries, and directed against the British – even though they were leaving, winding down in 1970 through 1972. The worst moment was when 2 kids from my brothers infants school were blown up by booby-trapped flag-bombs at Suicide Village, one of them dying. This was deliberate targeting of children, the red flags left in scrubland adjacent the largely British housing estate where we had friends we visited. After that, all kids were told not to go away from Changi Village/RAF Changi on their own. Not that I took notice, but that’s another story…

mum sitting by a monsoon drain and our house over the road

mum sitting by a monsoon drain and our house over the road


10th March 1970

5 weeks for Mary Hopkin on top, now beating Goodbye’s 4 weeks, but still lagging behind Those Were The Days 7 weeks, but the total of 16 weeks is way ahead of any other act in the 18 months of charting so far. Glen Campbell meanwhile gets yet another record peaking at 2, something of a habit by now, his 4th Top 5. Try A Little Kindness is terrific, and like Galveston and Wichita Lineman should have hit number one too. Raindrops is in the top 10, too, twice! The best version at 5, t’other at 10.

New at 11, it’s…The Beatles and a gospel ballad classic you may have heard? Let It Be. 5th top 20 since Hey Jude debuted on top of my first chart, a Paul McCartney gem, and yes, I loved the Phil Spector-produced strings n all version. No apologies, it’s brilliant any way the Fabs want to do it, but this is the version I heard, and loved. Of course, on April 10th Paul announced that the boys had already in fact Let It Be, and he left what had already disbanded, and the greatest popular music act of the 20th century moved into history after a mere 7 years or so. They crammed more into 7 years than any act has managed in a lifetime, creatively, inspirationally, popularly, culturally and critically. True fact. Lots of people don’t like them (mad!) but no-one can offer up a credible alternative argument. When dad told me the news, in far off Singapore, it seemed just so unlikely! I literally (in the true meaning of the word) could not recall a time when there was no Beatles, and it didn’t seem as if it would stay that way, that one day they would realise the error of their ways and get back together. Eep!

At 15, Andy Williams returns with an Elvis cover, all sweeping strings. Andy was huge in our house in 1970/1, his TV show was the bees knees and I loved The Cookie Bear and frequent guests The Osmond Brothers, not to mention his missus Claudine Longet. Have I mentioned I’ve seen Andy, and Paul, and Glen in concert? Fab, Awesome and awesome, respectively. At 18 and 20, 2 records that came back bigger in my charts in 1974, as technically they didn’t get played much in Singapore (Bob and Marcia was a reggae classic, but not one that made even 2-way family favourites that I heard) – Young Gifted And Black, and Farewell Is A Lonely Sound. Love ‘em, love ‘em. Which leaves childhood faves The Dave Clark 5 returning after a year away with their final good record, the sweet Everybody Get Together, a love and peace pop song with a fab toon. Dave & co would have likely have grabbed at least 3 chart-toppers if I’d started earlier: Bits And Pieces, Glad All Over and Everybody Knows.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
5 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas

6 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
7 ( 9 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
9 ( 4 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 11 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel

11 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
13 ( 17 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
14 ( 10 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams

16 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
17 ( 16 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
18 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
19 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

So, life at Tanah Merah Besar, by Changi prison. It meant a longer bus ride to school at RAF Seletar, and at school I’d been moved up a grade into a higher Maths class, while still in English class 2. The other subjects were mixed ability with the rest of my classmates in 1H2 – I was doing pretty well, actually, I enjoyed being at school, I had friends, a best friend in Stephen Game, and was actually not that rubbish at athletics, a first for me being good at any sort of sports. The roasting sun and humidity obviously affected me less than everyone else, hooray! For some reason, oddly, when we all sat down for 12 Plus exams I tried to do well. 12 Plus? Actually 11 Plus exams, where kids were streamed according to passing (Grammar Schools) or failing (Secondary Modern Schools). Obviously I, along with all kids at my previous British Primary School bar 1, was a failure, as was the norm for oiks in those days. trouble was the Secondary School in Seletar was over-subscribed, and the Grammar School in Changi was under-subscribed, so each term a couple kids from each year were upgraded to Grammar, usually the swots that had slipped through the net unexpectedly. A bit like me then. Not sure, in retrospect, that I should have tried, cos I only went and bloody passed (it turned out a few weeks later) which really made my heart sink. I loved it at Seletar and didn’t want to leave. Damn!

mark, mark, front porch

mark, mark, front porch


17th March 1970

6th and final week on top for Mary Hopkin – she would have had longer, but sadly I gave records a chart run that matched the UK singles chart, and once they dropped out of that one they were ejected (and non-chart runs were limited to 10 weeks). Judy Collins also gets the boot this week for the same reason, giving Canned Heat a brief chance of a 3rd hit, Let’s Work Together, an old blues track that was to become definitive for Bryan Ferry in 1976, under it’s new title Let’s Stick Together.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
3 ( 2 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
4 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
5 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 10 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
7 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 14 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
12 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( 18 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 15 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
15 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
16 ( 12 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
17 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( 17 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat


The Beatles Steam into the 10, Lee Marvin peaks at 2, the rest shuffle about a bit. At RAF Changi we were having quite the social whirl, as neighbours the Wainwrights spent a lot of time with us, Dale and Gary being slightly younger than me and my brother, and baby Jamie being adored by mum, so we often did stuff together, such as ten pin bowling on camp. I still love 10-pin bowling, one of the games I’m actually good at, and no-nonsense attitudes to it, fits perfectly for anyone capable of holding a heavy ball and chucking it at some pins. Fab. We attended a lot of stamp auctions, too, as I now specialised in getting mint and first day cover 1960’s UK stamps, and recent and current Singapore stamps. Singapore had some gorgeous designs on theirs – the various traditional dresses of ethnic female Singaporeans featured heavily, and became the template for copper beatings, a big artistic pastime of the mums, framed for wall display and all. This truly was a lifestyle of leisure and creativity completely alien to 1960’s UK. Mum’s works still hang on the wall. We also bought paintings on silk cloth from a deaf Chinese lady, madame Teo, who came round the house one day, Chinese ships in traditional harbours, the sort of views very-much disappearing in the modern Singapore. Fab.

me on bed

me on bed


24th March 1970

Mary Hopkin gets evicted for her protege, the one that signed her to Apple Records, wrote her a follow-up hit, and produced her huge number one – that’ll be Paul McCartney then, as The Beatles get their second number one, and Paul McCartney becomes the first songwriter to write 3 number ones (credited also to John Lennon, but Paul wrote them – John and Paul credited each other on songs after their teenage agreement, even if the other had nothing to do with it). The Beatles become the first band to get 2 number ones. Mary Hopkin, in the meantime, is the UK’s Eurovision singer and here she is at 13 – Knock Knock Who’s There? Mary. Mary who? I just told you, use your ears! It’s not as good as her first three singles, but she was on a roll!

BJ hits 2, Raindrops tended to fall on our heads too – well monsoon raindrops in Singapore, deluges of warm exciting floods of rain, filling the monsoon drains, and running down into our new house patio, giving us temporary paddling pools to play in. Hooray! I digress. Bob and Marcia hit the 10, and Joe Dolan gets a second hit, following his 1969 biggie Make Me An Island which I adored. You’re Such A Good Looking Woman is a nice slice of upbeat Irish pop balladry, so yay!

1 ( 7 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
3 ( 2 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
6 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 6 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
8 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
14 ( 11 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 14 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
17 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
18 ( 16 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 20 ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat
20 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan

Talking of rain, the monsoon drains all ran to bigger drains, which ran downhill from Changi Prison onto the Lloyd Leas Estate huge drain, mostly a stream or river, dependent on volume – where I used to fish for guppies. On the way downhill, there was this overhanging tree on the footpath just by the junction to the main road, and it had giant ants living on it, Clingers we called them, cos they sowed up the elongated leaves of the tree into oval-ish hollow balls where they lived. The downside was you had to not hang around cos they had a tendency to drop on you from above, and had a hurty nip. Just behind the tree was a Kampong, Malay this time I think, with a shop fronting the road selling bits and bobs. The worst visit I had to make to the shop was when mum was poorly in bed and needed some lady products, and I had to ask for some hoping they spoke English well enough. Very embarrassing for a 12-year-old!


31st March 1970

2 weeks for Let It Be on top, as the Eurovision winner for Ireland, teenage sweet-faced sweet-voiced Dana enters at 2 with her sweet ditty All Kinds Of Everything. This is bad news for Mary Hopkin up to 9 with her UK entry! Not that I got to see the contest, the first I’d missed since I first watched Sandie Shaw win in 1967, being as Singapore and Malaya TV didn’t broadcast it. In at 16, it’s a future 3 times UK chart-topping song, the awesome Spirit In The Sky, but the best version by far is the original from Norman Greenbaum, the fab riffy guitars, the singalong gospel-tinged chorus, the tune…fantastic! I finally bought the single in 1974, which is when I fell in love with it, but I was sort of aware of it at the time, which is why it was allowed in these charts. Gimme Dat Ding at 17 – yes, it’s him again, Tony Burrows singing (unrecognisably) assisted by David & Jonathan man Roger Greenaway, and written by Albert Hammond & Mike Hazelwood. It’s falsetto fun, almost 20’s jazz in style. At 20, The Four Tops are back (even though their substantial classic period predated my charts, with the awesome Levi Stubbs vocals, they were still having reissued Holland Dozier Holland hits – this time with early single I Can’t Help Myself.

1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
3 ( 2 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin

6 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( 13 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

11 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
14 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb

16 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
17 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
18 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 16 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops