My Retro November 1969 Charts

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DC superhero transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the popcorn copies wrongly coloured) – free with popcorn I bought from the school tuck shop RAF Seletar Secondary Modern 1969/1970

 

1st November 1969

It’s a brand new entry at 1 for Archie Bell & The Drells, as they exit with their current single they smash in with 1972 UK hit Here I Go Again, the B side of the next single in the USA and album track from their current album There’s Gonna Be A Showdown. Bizarrely it was never a hit in the USA, but the UK Northern Soul scene knew a great track when they heard it, and it topped my charts in ’72. The Four Tops meanwhile finally sneak into the 10 with the fab single Do What You Gotta Do. Levi Stubbs is one of the greatest singers of all-time, but I love the line I mis-hear as “I loved you better than your own kidney”. It should be “kin did”

Another Paint Your Wagon track makes the 40. along with Dusty’s second as her previous chart-topper exits the top 10, and Harry J also pops in. New entries from Led Zep, debuting with the future Top Of The Pops song Whole Lotta Love in at 45 – it’s a great record, but I knew the C.C.S. version first, and that has my full love. I was introduced to this album by my good friend Robert Gough, a year younger than me and returning to Singapore from Boarding School in 1971 after going mad on Led Zep. He was a year younger than me and it was a complete culture shock – I wanted to hear his Monkees singles and he was so disappointed I didn’t like it one bit. Well, I got there in the end…..(but I’d still rather hear The Monkees!).

Little Green Bag pops in 6 years ahead of the rather less-good Paloma Blanca for George Baker, I expect it would still be obscure in the UK if not for Quentin and his ongoing quest to use lesser-known 60’s and 70’s tracks in his movies. 1910 Fruitgum Company’s best record enters at 54, the non-bubblegum When We Get Married, Roger “Whistling” Whittaker debuts with Durham Town, his best record by far but he’ll pop up again in the 70’s always fresh off his many many TV variety show spots. Lulu ends her Mickie Most era with a soul groove, and the direction of her real love that blossomed in the 90’s after a very schizophrenic musical career, Oh Me Oh My and the only track to enter that I actually knew in Singapore – it got radio play, hooray!

In at 70, The Newbeats future B side to the brilliant re-issue of oldie Run Baby Run which hit in the UK in 1971 when I was back in the UK excited over the music scene – Groovin’ wasn’t a hit, but still only 2 years to wait for the comeback. More bubblegum from Tommy Roe at 75, this time he’s jammed up jelly tight, which sounds worryingly sticky. Mark Lindsay has his first solo entry with Arizona, having broken away from Paul Revere & The Raiders for a bit, and The Isley Brothers return with It’s Your Thing (again). It’s labelled Bless Your Heart and is doing well in the US soul charts this week, but trust me it’s the same track, more or less, albeit the notes not necessarily in the right order, and the words changed for artistic purposes.


1 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 1 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 2 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 4 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
7 ( 8 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 7
8 ( 7 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
9 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
10 ( 11 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10

11 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
12 ( 14 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 12
13 ( 15 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 13
14 ( 17 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 14
15 ( 16 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
16 ( 10 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
17 ( 12 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
18 ( 13 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
19 ( 20 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 19
20 ( 22 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 21
22 ( 18 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
23 ( 21 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
24 ( 19 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
25 ( 25 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 25
26 ( 27 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
27 ( 23 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
28 ( 35 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 28
29 ( 24 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
30 ( 38 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 30

31 ( 43 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 31
32 ( 48 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 32
33 ( 39 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
34 ( 30 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
35 ( 31 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
36 ( 26 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
37 ( 47 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 37
38 ( 34 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
39 ( 32 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
40 ( 28 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19

41 ( 29 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 29
42 ( 52 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 42
43 ( 50 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 43
44 ( 36 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
45 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 45
46 ( NEW ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 46
47 ( 42 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
48 ( 44 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
49 ( 45 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
50 ( 46 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1

51 ( 53 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 51
52 ( 40 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 40
53 ( 54 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 53
54 ( NEW ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 54
55 ( 37 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
56 ( 59 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 56
57 ( NEW ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 57
58 ( 63 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 58
59 ( 62 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 59
60 ( 41 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 41

61 ( NEW ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 61
62 ( 69 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 62
63 ( 56 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
64 ( 67 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 64
65 ( 70 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 65
66 ( 51 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
67 ( 71 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 67
68 ( 49 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
69 ( 72 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 69
70 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 70

71 ( 73 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 71
72 ( 74 ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 72
73 ( NEW ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 73
74 ( NEW ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 74
75 ( NEW ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 75

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

 

8th November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Archie Bell & The Drells’ Northern Soul fab dance track, with only Lee Marvin entering the top 10, taking the number of Paint Your Wagon tracks in the top 10 to 2. Junior Walker and The Jackson 5 take Motown’s presence up to 4 in the 20, and the biggest climber is Roger Whittaker’s Durham Town to 31 with Lulu not far behind up to 38, and Neil Diamond joining them along with Led Zep’s first and Shocking Blue’s only top 40 tracks.

Highest new entry is the Rolling Stones new album track Gimme Shelter at 61, with Bobbie Gentry Fancy-ing her 3rd of 1969 this time back in Country mode, and she’s not even started on the Glen Campbell duets yet. The Manhattans debut with a classy flop some 7 years ahead of their classy hits in the UK, Engelbert keeps the entries coming – and he’s notched up quite the run so far given how much I’d poo-poo him in my teen 70’s years – and The Archies have a bonafide non-album new follow-up to the still chart-topping Sugar Sugar in Jingle Jangle, a pleasant choice but I’d still have gone with You Little Angel You.

Otis Leavill brings some cool Atlantic soul, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell take their last recorded track The Onion Song in ahead of Tammi’s death (Valerie Simpson claims she helped on the vocals but Tammi went through it line by line while terminally ill and they “tweaked” the vocals where needed – so both of them contributing). Not one of my faves of their duets, though, and her passing had a profound impact on Gaye and his career. Nancy Sinatra pops in with a minor pop ditty as her chart career starts to wind down without Lee Hazelwood (as does his without her) so just as well they get it together again in 2 years time. Finally Gene Pitney pops in with a popular US hair advert song of the time – a rival version by The Tokens was more orchestral and harmony-based.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 7 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
7 ( 6 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
8 ( 8 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
9 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 14 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 10

11 ( 13 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 11
12 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 12
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
14 ( 10 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
15 ( 21 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 15
16 ( 19 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
17 ( 17 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
18 ( 16 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
19 ( 15 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
20 ( 25 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20

21 ( 18 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
22 ( 31 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 22
23 ( 20 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
24 ( 22 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
25 ( 28 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
26 ( 23 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
27 ( 30 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 27
28 ( 24 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
29 ( 32 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 29
30 ( 37 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 30

31 ( 57 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 31
32 ( 42 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 32
33 ( 33 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
34 ( 29 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
35 ( 45 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 35
36 ( 51 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 36
37 ( 43 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 37
38 ( 61 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 38
39 ( 34 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
40 ( 35 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1

41 ( 26 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
42 ( 46 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 42
43 ( 27 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
44 ( 38 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
45 ( 53 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 45
46 ( 59 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 46
47 ( 58 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 47
48 ( 56 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 48
49 ( 54 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 49
50 ( 36 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19

51 ( 48 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
52 ( 49 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
53 ( 47 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
54 ( 50 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
55 ( 39 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
56 ( 64 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 56
57 ( 65 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 57
58 ( 70 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 58
59 ( 62 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 59
60 ( 67 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 60

61 ( NEW ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 61
62 ( 71 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 62
63 ( 69 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 63
64 ( 74 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 64
65 ( NEW ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 65
66 ( 75 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 66
67 ( NEW ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 67
68 ( 72 ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 68
69 ( NEW ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 69
70 ( 73 ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 70

71 ( NEW ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 71
72 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU Otis Leavill # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE ONION SONG Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE HIGHWAY SONG Nancy Sinatra # 74
75 ( NEW ) SHE LETS HER HAIR DOWN (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Gene Pitney # 75

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

 

15th November 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Archie Bell & The Drells with not much change at the top and not much in the way of new entries. B.J.Thomas gets a top 10 with the featured Bacharach/David bicycle ride from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid joining 2 songs from another Western, Paint Your Wagon – with several other climbers lower down. You can’t beat a bunch of cowboys singing! Or Goldminers in this case. Nilsson gets his 4th top 10, meanwhile, with the song was supposed to be in a movie with cowboy in the title.

Highest new entry is Two Little Boys, a record that was always on 2-Way Family Favourites and Juniors Choice, appropriate then, less so now. Can you tell what it is yet? Yes, it’s a sad-but-heartwarming war story song, life-affirming as sung by a then-beloved family entertainer. There’s always the Splodgenessabounds version as an alternative – more karaoke, though, than life-affirming. It’s sad how many childhood fond memories have become tainted, cos I adored this record, very happy-tears weepy, as much as I’d loved Sun Arise when I was a pre-schooler, and Tie Me Kangaroo Down and Jake The Peg as a Primary kid.

Junior Walker holds at 20 with his cover of Guess Who’s These Eyes – so it’s only fair his What Does It Take gets covered, by Motherlode on their second chart hit entering at 70, just ahead of Billy Joe Royal returning, and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s US single replacing their Onion Song in the list.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 7 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
7 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
8 ( 10 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 8
9 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 9
10 ( 11 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 10

11 ( 8 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
12 ( 15 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 12
13 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
14 ( NEW ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 14
15 ( 13 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
16 ( 16 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
17 ( 14 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
18 ( 31 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 18
19 ( 22 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
20 ( 20 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20

21 ( 17 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
22 ( 18 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
23 ( 29 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 23
24 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 24
25 ( 32 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 25
26 ( 21 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
27 ( 19 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
28 ( 30 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 28
29 ( 37 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 29
30 ( 38 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 30

31 ( 35 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 31
32 ( 36 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 32
33 ( 26 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
34 ( 24 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
35 ( 23 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
36 ( 28 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
37 ( 25 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
38 ( 42 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 38
39 ( 46 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 39
40 ( 45 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 40

41 ( 34 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
42 ( 47 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 42
43 ( 48 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 43
44 ( 39 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
45 ( 40 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
46 ( 49 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 46
47 ( 58 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 47
48 ( 44 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
49 ( 57 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 49
50 ( 56 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 50

51 ( 33 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
52 ( 43 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
53 ( 41 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
54 ( 59 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 54
55 ( 51 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
56 ( 63 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 56
57 ( 52 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
58 ( 60 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 58
59 ( 53 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
60 ( 54 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1

61 ( 61 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 61
62 ( 62 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 62
63 ( 64 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 63
64 ( 65 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 64
65 ( 71 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 65
66 ( 66 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 66
67 ( 67 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 67
68 ( 70 ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 68
69 ( 69 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 69
70 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 70

71 ( NEW ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 71
72 ( 72 ) I LOVE YOU Otis Leavill # 72
73 ( 75 ) SHE LETS HER HAIR DOWN (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Gene Pitney # 73
74 ( 74 ) THE HIGHWAY SONG Nancy Sinatra # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU GAVE ME Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 75

wot I liked that week then

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

 

22nd November 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for future UK 1972 top 20 hit from Archie Bell & The Drells, and the top end of the chart just shuffles about a bit the only climbing into the top 10 movements for Rolf Harris and The Jackson 5. Jimmy Cliff, Shocking Blue, and Dusty have all been biding their time waiting for a gap into the 20, and the biggest move into the 40 is The Newbeats at 31. They will have one huge hit in 1971 pending reissue, while this week has been big on Northern Soul (apart from my chart-topper) as Strictly Come Dancing brought lots of download sales for a non-hit classic from Frank Wilson.

Clodagh gets a 3rd top 40, 1910 Fruitgum get a second, Laura Nyro a 3rd or 4th as artist, about her 6th as songwriter, and Ms Ross gets a final 40 with The Supremes. Both will continue apart though. The highest new entry is from 50’s act The Chantells, as Maybe (a US hit in the late 50’s) sneaks back into the bubbling under end of the US Hot 100 – and it’s the best new track this week by far. The Turtles grab another in their string of chart entries, the unknown-to-me Lady-O which is very sweet. Smokey Robinson churns out a double A now they get listed together on Billboard, the better side is Darling Dear. Tommy Cash, Johnny’s bruv, enters with a decent track, as does future Fall cover Victoria for The Kinks, a Ray Davies song I’ve never warmed to much, and another Tommy James & co track to end a massive year, the decade, and their career pretty much, bar one biggie.

Blue Mink debut a little late with Melting Pot. I first heard it in late 1974, by which time Blue Mink’s career was tailing off, I invariably liked or loved their singles, the fab Madeline Bell, the great songwriter Roger Cook, and even Herbie Flowers on bass (he of Grandad chart-topping songwriter, Walk On The Wild Side, and Marc Bolan band success). Roger wrote so many huge hits I still feel he deserved some pop success himself, and Madeline never had the singles success she deserved outside the band and her early UK solo hit – though she backed no end of big stars. So. I love the message in this song. I love the band. I just, errr, never liked this one much. Didn’t like some of the non-pc lyrics, not fond of the hook nor the tempo-changes. Hey ho, great things ahead though.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 8 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 5
6 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 6
7 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 7
8 ( 5 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
9 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
10 ( 7 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1

11 ( 10 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 10
12 ( 9 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 9
13 ( 18 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 13
14 ( 11 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
15 ( 13 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
16 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 16
17 ( 15 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
18 ( 25 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 18
19 ( 19 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
20 ( 23 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 20

21 ( 16 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
22 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
23 ( 28 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
24 ( 21 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
25 ( 30 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 25
26 ( 22 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
27 ( 31 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 27
28 ( 29 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 28
29 ( 26 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
30 ( 32 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 30

31 ( 47 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 31
32 ( 38 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 32
33 ( 39 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 33
34 ( 42 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 34
35 ( 43 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 35
36 ( 20 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20
37 ( 46 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 37
38 ( 40 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 38
39 ( 33 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
40 ( 49 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 40

41 ( 27 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
42 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
43 ( 36 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
44 ( 50 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 44
45 ( 41 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
46 ( 35 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
47 ( 54 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 47
48 ( 44 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
49 ( 45 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
50 ( 56 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 50

51 ( 58 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 51
52 ( 61 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 52
53 ( 48 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
54 ( 62 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 54
55 ( 63 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 55
56 ( 37 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
57 ( 65 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 57
58 ( 55 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
59 ( 64 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 59
60 ( 66 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 60

61 ( 57 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
62 ( 69 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 62
63 ( 67 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 63
64 ( NEW ) MAYBE The Chantels # 64
65 ( 60 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
66 ( 59 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
67 ( 70 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 67
68 ( NEW ) LADY-O The Turtles # 68
69 ( 71 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 69
70 ( NEW ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 70

71 ( NEW ) MELTING POT Blue Mink # 71
72 ( NEW ) VICTORIA The Kinks # 72
73 ( 75 ) WHAT YOU GAVE ME Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 73
74 ( NEW ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 74
75 ( NEW ) SIX WHITE HORSES Tommy Cash # 75

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

 

29th November 1969

It’s a 5th week on top for Archie Bell & The Drells as most of my 1969 classics have spent the year competing for the top spot while the end of the year is a bit open at present, so it’s a 1972 fave (at least from my point of view) that continues to rule the roost. Lee marvin is now the top Paint Your Wagon track, and all of them still sound fab, if cheesy. The film is dull, but the songs are fab. Highest new entry are 2 of my top acts of the year together on a duet – Bobbie & Glen cover the Everly Brothers classic and enter at 17, 6 years ahead of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band cover topping my charts. George Baker goes top 10 with his Little Green Backs (the Bag was a translation error), a lot higher than his Paloma Blanca charted, or will chart if we get to 1975 on the retro rundowns.

Also new, a future 1970 and 1974 UK hit single, popping up in the USA Bubbling list, it’s Jimmy Ruffin’s Farewell Is A Lonely Sound, and also Cilla Black’s early version of the chart-topping 21st Century cover by Agnetha Faltskog (in my charts that is, of course) If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind. JImmy & Cilla both go top 40, and just outside is Lou Christie’s follow-up to a biggie, and The Guess Who’s fab No Time, now higher in the chart than Junior Walker’s cover of These Eyes. Down at t’lower end, Scott Walker & The Four Tops sneak in just because they are both always classy, even if I’ve never heard either track before in my life.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 5 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
3 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
4 ( 6 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 4
5 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 5
6 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
7 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
8 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
9 ( 11 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
10 ( 10 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1

11 ( 13 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 11
12 ( 8 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
13 ( 9 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
14 ( 18 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 14
15 ( 16 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
16 ( 14 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
17 ( NEW ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 17
18 ( 17 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
19 ( 20 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 19
20 ( 32 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20

21 ( 15 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
22 ( 25 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 22
23 ( 23 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
24 ( 27 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 24
25 ( 24 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
26 ( 19 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
27 ( 28 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 27
28 ( 31 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 28
29 ( 21 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
30 ( 33 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 30

31 ( 26 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
32 ( 35 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 32
33 ( 22 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
34 ( 34 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 34
35 ( 37 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 35
36 ( 29 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
37 ( 40 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 37
38 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 38
39 ( NEW ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 39
40 ( 44 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 40

41 ( 30 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 30
42 ( NEW ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 42
43 ( 47 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 43
44 ( 39 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
45 ( 38 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 38
46 ( NEW ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 46
47 ( 52 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 47
48 ( 57 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 48
49 ( 36 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20
50 ( 51 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 50

51 ( 43 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
52 ( 48 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
53 ( 49 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
54 ( 60 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 54
55 ( 55 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 55
56 ( 63 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 56
57 ( 64 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 57
58 ( 62 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 58
59 ( 53 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
60 ( 68 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 60

61 ( 45 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
62 ( 67 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 62
63 ( 58 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
64 ( 42 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
65 ( 59 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 59
66 ( 69 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 66
67 ( 41 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
68 ( 70 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 68
69 ( 74 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 54 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 54

71 ( 71 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink # 71
72 ( 72 ) VICTORIA The Kinks # 72
73 ( 66 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
74 ( NEW ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 74
75 ( NEW ) DON’T LET HIM TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME The Four Tops # 75

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

Pop Music From A Kiddie POV – 1962 Part 2

SPEEDY GONZALES – Pat Boone (1 week)

Another novelty track from the painful balladeer: ol’ Pat used to take rock’n’roll songs and bland them out, but he was a bit of a clean-cut teen idol to boot – he even starred in a good film Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, though it didn’t lead to a new career. I enjoyed the movie in my early teen years, and enjoyed this song in my early years. It had Speedy Gonzales, the superfast Loony Tunes Mexican mouse who has disappeared entirely from history, cos it “reinforced stereotypes”. No more than, say, The Magnificent Seven did, but that wasn’t a kids cartoon with a Thuffering Thuckertash speech-impediment prowling cat – who was clearly the baddie anyway. Anyway, I loved Speedy and if anything it made me root for the Mexicans as much as The Magnificent Seven did. Andale! Arriba! It says little for Pat Boone’s recording career that this catchy little ditty is far and away his best record, though I might be biased.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4s2AMKPHnE

 

 

TELSTAR – The Tornadoes (2 weeks)

Only two weeks for this ground-breaking instrumental record, the Joe Meek futuristic soundscape production years ahead of its time – and what a tune! In 1966 dad was posted to Aden, so mum and brother and me lived in a basic one-bed flat in a rundown area of Liverpool. Dad came back with a new portable record player and some 45’s – including this one, and I played both sides to death (B side Jungle Fever is also good). Prior to that, I knew the tune, but as with most 60’s instrumentals I didn’t know the title or artist – they just got used a lot as backdrops to TV items and the like, so they eased into the subconscious as knowing I liked them but no idea on how to find out who they were or what it was called. Has it dated? Well, in one sense it sounds of its time, but in another sense it inhabits an aural universe all of its own. There was no record like it before, and the nearest I’ve seen to it since is the fab affectionate pastiche by Saint Etienne, “You’re In A Bad Way”. Sheer brilliance, both.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryrEPzsx1gQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4szHXagmryo

 

 

IT MIGHT AS WELL RAIN UNTIL SEPTEMBER – Carole King (3 weeks)

Another tune I adored as long as I can remember, what a melody from the greatest female pop songwriter of the 60’s. Very teen late 50‘s, love the drip-drop effects, and a good vocal, but it’s all about the tune. Normally she gave away the songs to hit groups and acts, and hubby Gerry Goffin did the lyrics against all expectations – but no it was Carole who did the Brill Building melodies, always, always top notch and a huge list of classy classic songs to point to as proof. For this one though, she stepped out on her own and had a huge UK hit out of it – and then nothing for 9 years till she entered her singer-songwriting blockbuster phase after splitting from Gerry. It was a hit all over agin in the UK in 1972, after Tapestry put her at the centre of contemporary music, with an all-time classic album and nothing less. This song? In the US peaked at only 22: outrageous!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbKE0gJETA0

 

 

VENUS IN BLUE JEANS – Mark Wynter (2 weeks)

Talking about late 50’s teen pop, here’s another one of that genre, albeit a UK teen cover of a US top 10 1962 hit for Jimmy Clanton which outdid the original’s popularity in the US in comparison. Smooth and polished, and not at all rock’n’roll, this one was on the British airwaves quite a lot, and was another one dad purchased for his record player. My brother Mark loved it too, he had the same Christian name – these things matter to kids! Mark Wynter was another kiddie fave, though in his case, he was pretty much only remembered (by me) for only this one – even the follow-up Go Away Little Girl meant nothing to me till I heard Donny Osmond do it. So how does it compare with the Jimmy Clanton version which I’m playing now for the first time ever? Basically identical arrangements and vocals, but the UK version is more polished, sung better, but lacks a bit of the charm of the original, but that also lacks a bit of the oomph of the UK cover. Take your choice. Howard Greenfield co-wrote it, he of Neil Sedaka co-writing fame: he wrote Oh Carol with Neil for Carole King (they all worked in the Brill Building songwriting factory in New York). Amongst his loads of hit songs? Amarillo. Love Will Keep us Together. And, err Crying In The Rain with Carole King. I love a circular link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKrT2TTllo

 

 

BOBBY’S GIRL – Susan Maughan (8 weeks)

Talking about UK covers of US hits, here’s the very first record I went gaga over as I was about to turn 5 years old. I was obsessed with it. From the pounding intro, the soaring hook, and the non-feminist teen-lyrics which kind of washed over me, I couldn’t stop singing “I wanna be Bobby’s Girl” without even thinking about gender stereotype roles. I was a kid and it was just a fab record with a fab tune you could sing easily. What more do you want at 4 or 5?! Susan got a bit of a TV career out of it for a while, and was my fave pop star into early 1963, but in the States it was Marcy Blaine who had the equally big hit version. So how does that compare? Teen girlie vocals, instead of the mature foghorn of Susan’s, so the song makes more sense – I really don’t believe Susan wants to be Bobby’s Girl, I think she’d tell him what’s for, whereas Marcy would pine, simper and know her place – at least till she grew up. Production-wise? Again the UK hit version has more oomph, but again it suits the song less. I’ll stick with my first love though….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0OdE14X3fg

 

 

SUN ARISE – Rolf Harris (1 week)

Sneaking in at year’s end, it’s the once-beloved children’s and family Aussie entertainer who was HOOOGE in the UK in the 60’s and beyond, bearded Rolf exported Aboriginal music culture on this sort-of novelty song, with his didgeridoo often on TV and highly featured on this low-key but catchy bit of World Music. Like nothing heard before in the UK, and little since chart-wise, pretty much every kid knew it at the time – and nowadays it’s forgotten, not least because of the court case and prison-time for Rolf which has tended to not make him a fave of radio stations (at least the few that bother to play any 60’s at all, which is precious few these days in the first place). Rolf of course went on to further chart success, topping my actual charts in 1969 with Two Little Boys, another (anti-war) Aussie-themed ballad. And of course there was his 1990’s sheet-music-read version of Led Zep’s Stairway To Heaven which became a hit on the back of a popular Glastonbury set as a generation of kids-now-grown-up let their residual affection for Rolf loose. Not been a lot of that these days….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XOO0I8ZsIk

 

Pop Music From a Kiddie POV 1960 part 2

TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT – Rolf Harris (3 weeks)

 

Banished from the airwaves these days due to a court case a few years ago, Rolf was everyones fave Aussie/Artist/novelty-singer back in the 60’s, and beyond – and sure enough I loved his records, Jake The Peg, this one, and especially two more yet to come. I even once had a page from Reveille (a newspaper way back mum bought that regularly published song lyrics) with Rolf’s lyrics printed out, a handy singalong for a kiddie. This track set forth the Monty Python “Bruce” Aussie stereotype, I expect, but it tickled young kids throughout the 60’s on the variety shows it regularly turned up on, and was an actual chart hit, setting Rolf on the path to belovedness, falling out of favour, comeback at Glastonbury with a Led Zep cover of Stairway To Heaven didgeridoo-style, and then his shock-arrest. And yet people still moan about character perception changes in the fictional Game Of Thrones when it’s a daily event in real world! I’m not overly fond of Tie Me Kangaroo these days, but I’ll still stand by Rolf’s 2 gems, those tracks and Rolf in those days had committed no crimes.

 

 

ONLY THE LONELY (KNOW THE WAY I FEEL) – Roy Orbison (3 weeks)

 

Roy was one of mum and dad’s absolute fave singers growing up, they had his Greatest HIts album, so this song featured in my childhood – though NOT as early as 1960, my first contemporary Roy fave was still 4 years away, and his amazing power vocals and melodramatic ballads were not yet honed; Only The Lonely is fairly modest vocally, and he had yet to move onto the trademark sunglasses, bar the bit 2-minutes in which stretched him up the register a bit. Ask me which song I preferred at age 5 and Rolf would win, at 10 and Roy would win. That’s called growing up and maturing, by age 10 I still liked novelty records, but a great pop song was what I really got passionate about, novelty records got boring quite quickly in comparison.

 

 

IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Elvis Presley (4 weeks)

 

Almost 60 years on it’s hard to recall a time when Elvis wasn’t everywhere – even dying at 42 did nothing to stop the juggernaut of Presley fame and success. In our household, Elvis was mum’s fave singer bar none, and now 80 with advanced alzheimers unable to feed herself or talk coherently, she’ll still get up and bop to Elvis, happy as if she was 22 again as she was when this topped the charts. Elvis is for life. So, Elvis was inescapable in the 60’s, films at the pictures, records topping the charts, on jukeboxes, on the radio, on TV: and this was one of his iconic, most-famous tracks, the big dramatic monster ballad. I can’t recall ever not knowing it, but then all of his big hits were just universally known in the company we kept, the younger generation and quite a few older – though my grandparents generation were more likely to not approve of his records, they were very much aware of them! This, needless to say, isn’t the last Elvis track on the list….

 

 

GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME – Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren (14 weeks)

 

14 weeks on top for this, this was a real aching-love on my part for this movie oddity – Sellers was starring in The Millionairess with huge movie star Sophia, as an Indian doctor having a romance with a rich European woman – in those days nobody blinked twice that a white comic could pull that off, these days of course it would be disastrous. Sadly, that kinda means this track is now also politically-incorrect along with the film. Me, I just loved the boom-buddy-booms, the title talked by the brilliant Peter Sellers, and Sophia’s Italian accent. Charming and catchy, and a huge hit in the UK, unlike most novelty records I’ve never not-loved this whimsical one, and it remained fairly popular on radio for 20 years or so. Possibly because it was impeccably produced by The Beatles’ George Martin – you can’t have better credentials than that! – and also the Sellers association, a man who remained beloved by many as he moved from his Goons-days into huge movie stardom, not least the fab Pink Panther movies. It’s also not the last Peter Sellers/George Martin track to feature in the rundown.