My Retro March 1970 Charts

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A record bag from Singapore, just the right size for singles, and an actual local Record label specialising in non-English records.

 

7th March 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Beatles letting it be as I have to expand my charts to 80 due to the new stuff I like exceeding the old stuff exiting my charts. Stevie Wonder gets another top 10, he’s had quite the run of them since 1967 chart-topper I Was Made To Love Her, and James Taylor gets his first with Fire And Rain (and possibly his last too!), easily his best track. Highest new entry is a reggae cover of the Nina Simone minor entry, Bob & Marcia’s version is the definitive though, still fab and in at 16. I didn’t know it at the time, but by 1974 it had been reissued and bubbled under the charts and made my top 5 that year.

Blue Mink start getting into their stride, Good Morning Freedom kick-starting a great run of singles – Melting Pot never did it for me, but this one I was aware of by the mid-70’s as I’d become big on them in 1971. In at 33. Van Morrison returns with Moondance, at 55, The Four Tops 60’s Motown classic is UK reissued and charts at 57 – the first version I knew was Donnie Elbert’s fabulous cover in 1972, which hit 2 in my charts, still the definitive version for me, but y’know, The Four Tops, always fab.

The bottom 11 are all new: The Trems back with a decent song I don’t recall hearing, Gene Pitney still charting with another I don’t know well, The Guess Who double A side charting separately, The Cuff Links replacing The Archies new single in my list (Ron Dante both), Charlie Rich debuting with a Billy Sherrill song (previously Stand By Your Man and many others to come), Cornerstone taking my fancy with a Toni Wine song (she was on Sugar Sugar as singer of “I’m gonna make your life so sweet”, wrote Groovy Kind Of Love, Candida and others), while Joe South, Bill Deal & Jerry Butler all add to their run of chart entries with tracks I’ve never heard before in my life. Of the bottom 11 the only one I knew already was American Woman.


1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
2 ( 3 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
3 ( 2 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
4 ( 7 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
6 ( 6 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
7 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
8 ( 8 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
9 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
10 ( 24 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 10

11 ( 9 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
12 ( 10 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
13 ( 13 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
14 ( 20 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 14
15 ( 18 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
16 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 16
17 ( 11 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
18 ( 25 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
19 ( 29 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 19
20 ( 15 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3

21 ( 17 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
22 ( 14 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
23 ( 21 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
24 ( 22 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
25 ( 40 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 25
26 ( 19 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
27 ( 16 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
28 ( 34 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 30 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
30 ( 26 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8

31 ( 27 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
32 ( 37 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 32
33 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 33
34 ( 47 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 34
35 ( 32 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
36 ( 39 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 36
37 ( 31 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
38 ( 45 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 38
39 ( 59 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 39
40 ( 50 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 40

41 ( 36 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
42 ( 23 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
43 ( 52 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 43
44 ( 35 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 35
45 ( 28 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20
46 ( 33 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 33
47 ( 63 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 47
48 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 48
49 ( 60 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 49
50 ( 56 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 50

51 ( 48 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
52 ( 65 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 52
53 ( 43 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
54 ( 49 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
55 ( NEW ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 55
56 ( 64 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 56
57 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 57
58 ( 44 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
59 ( 72 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 59
60 ( 51 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

61 ( 75 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 61
62 ( 69 ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 62
63 ( 73 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 63
64 ( 53 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
65 ( 54 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
66 ( 70 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 66
67 ( 68 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 67
68 ( 74 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 68
69 ( 71 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 69
70 ( NEW ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 70

71 ( NEW ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 71
72 ( NEW ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 73
74 ( NEW ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 74
75 ( NEW ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 75
76 ( NEW ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 76
77 ( NEW ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 77
78 ( NEW ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 78
79 ( NEW ) CHILDREN Joe South # 79
80 ( NEW ) BUT YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU Evie Sands # 80

 

wot I liked then:

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

 

14th March 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for novelty-specialist Ray Stevens with the non-novelty gospel-MOR singalong anthem Everything Is Beautiful, which was my all-time fave record for much of the 70’s – it reminded me of Singapore (a neighbour blasted it out one lazy tropical, sunny morning and I fell in love with it), I loved the optimism and multi-cultural sentiment, the kids singing, the choir singing, it was very much of the time and the mood that things could change for the better. These cynical days it’s totally out-of-tune, in style, in mood, and after 50-years of destruction to the planet it would be hard to have this feature in a big movie except as an ironic background to misery and destruction. For me, though, it’s another What A Wonderful World, cos you have to keep trying or give up on humanity entirely.

Bob & Marcia rise to 5, saying it loud I’m black & proud, and doing it fab reggae style, and classic soul track Band Of Gold debuts Freda Payne at 10. I didn’t entirely get the lyrics until I was older (having heard it now and again in the mid-70’s), but oh my word, once they click you certainly feel for her! Blue Mink get a first top 20, multiculturalism in action, with Good Morning Freedom, while The Four Tops oldie goes top 40.

Newies include the jazz-funkrock of Ides Of March, and the fab Vehicle, at 53, Julie Felix (often on TV variety shows of the time) covering Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Nash returning with a reggae-lite ditty that I know, but didn’t know I knew (I have his Greatest Hits on vinyl, prob from that), Diana Ross, The Supremes & The Temps returning with one I don’t know, Marc Bolan returning with one I do know courtesy of an MFP Tyrannosaurus Rex album I bought around 1973/4, CSN (& with added Neil Young) back with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s still-charting Woodstock, and a Bacharach-David song I’ve never heard as BJ Thomas follows-up the big version of a Bacharach-David song. As the lyrics are somewhat pertinent to my webcam views of deserted Playa Del Ingles in the Canaries and coronavirus-hit countries in general, there’s a gloomy not-anticipated appropriateness to them..

1 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
3 ( 2 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 16 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 5
6 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
7 ( 6 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 4 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
9 ( 10 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
10 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 10

11 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
12 ( 14 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 12
13 ( 8 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
14 ( 11 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
16 ( 19 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
17 ( 13 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
18 ( 15 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
19 ( 9 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
20 ( 33 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 20

21 ( 20 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
22 ( 18 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
23 ( 25 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 23
24 ( 21 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
25 ( 28 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 25
26 ( 17 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
27 ( 32 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 27
28 ( 23 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
29 ( 24 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
30 ( 34 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 39 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 31
32 ( 22 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
33 ( 29 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
34 ( 40 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 34
35 ( 38 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 35
36 ( 57 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 36
37 ( 30 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
38 ( 47 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 38
39 ( 43 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 39
40 ( 49 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 40

41 ( 31 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
42 ( 35 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
43 ( 48 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 43
44 ( 50 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 44
45 ( 26 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
46 ( 52 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 46
47 ( 27 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
48 ( 55 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 48
49 ( 36 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 36
50 ( 61 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 50

51 ( 37 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
52 ( 63 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 52
53 ( NEW ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 53
54 ( 70 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 54
55 ( 51 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
56 ( 56 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 56
57 ( 41 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
58 ( 59 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 58
59 ( 71 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 59
60 ( 66 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 60

61 ( 67 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 61
62 ( 68 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 62
63 ( 69 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 63
64 ( 72 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 64
65 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 65
66 ( 73 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 66
67 ( 74 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 67
68 ( 53 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
69 ( 76 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( NEW ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 70

71 ( 54 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
72 ( NEW ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 72
73 ( 75 ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 73
74 ( RE ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 74
75 ( 77 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 75
76 ( 78 ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 76
77 ( NEW ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 77
78 ( 79 ) CHILDREN Joe South # 78
79 ( NEW ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 79
80 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 80

RETRO WHAT I LIKED THEN
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

 

 

21st March 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Ray Stevens’ optimistic gospel, just keeping off the fab reggae of Bob & Marcia at 2. The Supermes go top 10, fellow-Motown acts The Jackson 5 go top 20 and top 30, and Marta Reeves also hits the 20 in a quiet top 20 holding the potential onslaught of dozens of climbers lower down. Big jumps for The Ides Of March, The Beach Boys and BJ Thomas, with new top 40 slots for Joni Mitchell, Dave Clark 5, Dave Dee and Van Morrison, none of them strangers.

New entries are headed by Bowie’s The Prettiest Star, a version I don’t recall ever hearing, though I knew and loved the song back in ’72/’73 from The Old Grey Whistle Test I think and bought the Aladdin Sane album a few years later. Mary Hopkin gets a 4th chart entry on the heels of her hat-trick of chart-toppers, but it’s much more modest for her Eurovision song at 54. The Pipkins pop in with the ragtime novelty Gimme Dat Ding. Who dey? Well, Albert Hammond/ Mike Hazlewood wrote it obviously inspired by their Little Arrows success (among others) and they drafted in Tony Burrows (who else at this time!?) and Roger Greenaway, he of David and Jonathan and a million fab songs with Blue Mink’s Roger Cook (who go up to 17 this week). His chart-topping songs for me? You’ve Got Your Troubles, Home Lovin’ Man, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, Lovers Of The World Unite, Softly Whispering I Love You, Way Of Life, The Banner Man. All involved creatively would go on to better things then!

Eddie Holman knocks his own track out the list with both sides of his new single, one a song I don;t know, t’other a 50’s classic doo-wop Since I Don’t Have You, which would go on to chart for Guns ‘n’ Roses, Art Garfunkel, and best of all Don McLean. The Gentrys cover Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl with a complete musical change of direction, it’s pretty rock-cool for a bubblegum-rock band with the previous still charting. The Bee Gees (minus Robin, who is elsewhere on the list) return with I.O.I.O. and a latin-jazz-rock instrumental sneaks in for El Chicano, and Tony Joe White has another Deep South swamp-blues story-song on the list.


1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 5 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
3 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 3 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
6 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 6
7 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
9 ( 12 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 9
10 ( 8 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4

11 ( 11 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
12 ( 9 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
13 ( 13 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
14 ( 14 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
16 ( 16 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
17 ( 20 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 17
18 ( 17 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
19 ( 23 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
20 ( 25 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20

21 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
22 ( 18 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
23 ( 19 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
24 ( 31 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 24
25 ( 36 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 25
26 ( 24 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
27 ( 30 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
28 ( 38 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 28
29 ( 26 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
30 ( 34 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 30

31 ( 53 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 31
32 ( 28 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
33 ( 29 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
34 ( 46 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 34
35 ( 44 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 35
36 ( 22 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
37 ( 48 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
38 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
39 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 39
40 ( 32 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14

41 ( 27 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 27
42 ( 52 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 42
43 ( 50 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
44 ( 37 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
45 ( NEW ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 45
46 ( 59 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 46
47 ( 35 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 35
48 ( 54 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 48
49 ( 63 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 49
50 ( 56 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 50

51 ( 42 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
52 ( 80 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 52
53 ( 40 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 40
54 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 54
55 ( 65 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 55
56 ( 67 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 56
57 ( 64 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 57
58 ( 61 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 58
59 ( 55 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
60 ( 62 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 60

61 ( 41 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
62 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 62
63 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 63
64 ( 58 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 58
65 ( 66 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 65
66 ( 70 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 66
67 ( 69 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 67
68 ( NEW ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 68
69 ( 72 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 69
70 ( 74 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 70

71 ( 73 ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 71
72 ( 75 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 72
73 ( 76 ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 73
74 ( 77 ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 74
75 ( NEW ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 75
76 ( NEW ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees 76
77 ( 78 ) CHILDREN Joe South 77
78 ( 79 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 78
79 ( NEW ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano 79
80 ( NEW ) HIGH SHERIFF OF CALHOUN PARRISH Tony Joe White 80

wot I liked that week then
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

 

28th March 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Ray Stevens, holding off a challenge from the fab Band Of Gold, Freda Payne’s finest moment, as gospel-influenced tracks get to be quite the thing in the top 6 with the highest new entry and debut from Elton John, about to be able to give up singing cover versions of the latest hits on the budget Top Of The Pops albums of the time. Border Song remains one of his great tracks, and what a brilliant singer he was in his younger days, till his voice dropped circa 1990. In at 5, and the B side Bad Side Of The Moon enters lower down as the new album drop is weeks away.

Blue Mink go top 10, which gives them two simultaneously, more or less, as Madeleine Bell and Roger Cook join Lesley Duncan and the ever-present Tony Burrows in the back-up choir singing. The Ides Of March have a big climb into the 20, and Eurovision-winner Dana enters at 18, All Kinds Of Everything entering lower than she did in my charts of the time (2) but higher then the UK’s entry from Mary Hopkin – the Irish winner was a huge Two-Way Families Favourites radio playlister in 1970/71, as Forces overseas (us) listened to messages from home from family.

Bowie shoots his Prettiest Star into the 20, aided by Marc Bolan, who is lower down with his own T.Rex track, and what with Slade debuting too with a track I’ve never heard before (but it’s very Slade) we have the future of early 70’s pop music firmly established as the decade has barely begun: that future is Glam Rock. Gene Pitney grabs another top 40 to keep the 60’s flag flying, as do The Tremeloes, though neither will manage much beyond 1974 until the 80’s. The late Julie Felix, who sadly died this week, almost makes the 40, and the highest of the tracks new to me this week comes from The Moments. I was struck immediately with deja vu as the instrumental opener chimes in on Love On A Two-Way Street, and sure enough the soul ballad is the basis for a classic 2010’s opener that topped my charts: Empire State Of Mind, the finest moment for both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. The song is a Sylvia Robinson goodie, she of future fab solo Pillow Talk hitsdom, the owner of the All-Platinum label mid-70’s disco-era chart success (it took The Moments 5 years to chart in the UK), and the woman who got Rapper’s Delight released, a game-changing record.

In at 71, The 5th Dimension are back with yet another entry – Puppet Man this time from the songwriting talent of Neil Sedaka, preparing the ground for his own singer-songwriter reinvention in 1972 – and Bobbie Gentry gets a second solo follow-up, third including duets, to the monster 1969 chart-topper that still nestles in my list. He Made A Woman Out Of Me is firmly back in Delta Country-Blues territory. Clodagh Rodgers gets a 4th, King Curtis brings a good instrumental in with the help of a famous friend, and Dusty assists her bruv Tom to his first chart mention.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 6 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
3 ( 3 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
4 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
5 ( NEW ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 5
6 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
7 ( 9 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
8 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
9 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
10 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10

11 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
12 ( 31 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 12
13 ( 25 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 13
14 ( 11 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
15 ( 10 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
16 ( 14 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
17 ( 12 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
18 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 18
19 ( 19 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
20 ( 45 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 20

21 ( 13 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
22 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
23 ( 24 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 23
24 ( 20 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20
25 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
26 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
27 ( 46 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 27
28 ( 28 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 28
29 ( 16 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
30 ( 34 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 30

31 ( 22 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
32 ( 23 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
33 ( 26 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
34 ( 35 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 34
35 ( 54 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 35
36 ( 48 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 36
37 ( 37 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
38 ( 33 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
39 ( 32 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
40 ( 42 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 29 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
42 ( 55 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 42
43 ( 43 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
44 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 44
45 ( 38 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
46 ( 62 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 46
47 ( 56 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 47
48 ( 27 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
49 ( 57 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 49
50 ( 68 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 50

51 ( 40 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
52 ( 63 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 52
53 ( 30 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 30
54 ( 65 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 54
55 ( 36 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
56 ( 67 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 56
57 ( 44 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
58 ( 49 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 49
59 ( 69 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 59
60 ( NEW ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 60

61 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
62 ( 51 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
63 ( 70 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 63
64 ( 75 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 64
65 ( 58 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 58
66 ( 66 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 66
67 ( 79 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 67
68 ( 78 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 68
69 ( 72 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 69
70 ( 74 ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 70

71 ( NEW ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 71
72 ( 76 ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees # 72
73 ( NEW ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 73
74 ( 50 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 50
75 ( 77 ) CHILDREN Joe South # 75
76 ( NEW ) BAD SIDE OF THE MOON Elton John 76
77 ( NEW ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Slade 77
78 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GO HOME (THE PARTY’S OVER) Clodagh Rodgers 78
79 ( NEW ) TEASIN’ King Curtis with Delaney Bramlett, Eric Clapton & Friends 79
80 ( NEW ) MORNING PLEASE DON’T COME Dusty & Tom Springfield 80

Wot I liked then
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

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 Retro April 1969 Charts

5th April 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Boxer as my then-number-one track is up to 2 for Mary Hopkin in a quiet top 10. Good climbs for The Ronettes’ future Pearls hit to 12, and Ruby & The Romantics’ future Carpenters hit to 14, & Johnny Nash gets a 3rd top 20 with Sam Cooke’s Cupid. Another reggae cover (Tchaikovsky) for The Cats enters at 75, and a future hit in 1972 for Mardi Gras, and a much better uptempo version, is in for Marvin Gaye’s slow soulful Too Busy Thinking About My Baby at 54.

Highest newie is Fleetwood Mac’s Man Of The World – OK it’s not charting yet, but I watched that episode of Top Of The Pops for this week at the time, and pretty much for the rest of the spring & summer I watched every episode until the end of August – at which point there was a 2-year-gap before I saw another episode. Cream are back with a Badge – they “don’t need no steenkeen badgers”! Thanks Mel Brooks & Richard Prior. Bill Deal is back for his second chart entry of ’69, with a future Northern Soul hit for Guy Darrell in 1973, I’ve Been Hurt, Betty Everett & Aretha keep the big soul ballads coming, & the Philly sound is back with Archie Bell & co, Curtis Mayfield is back again with his Impressions, “just like that”, & Diane & Mary & Cindy scrape in with a bit of a drop in quality, The Composer pushing out the epic Love Child.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 9 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 2
3 ( 2 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
4 ( 5 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
5 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
6 ( 4 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
7 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 10 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 8
9 ( 6 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
10 ( 8 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4

11 ( 12 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
12 ( 24 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 12
13 ( 11 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
14 ( 43 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 14
15 ( 20 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 15
16 ( 15 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
17 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
18 ( 22 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
19 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
20 ( 39 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 20

21 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
22 ( 17 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
23 ( 18 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
24 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
25 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
26 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
27 ( 29 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 27
28 ( 26 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
29 ( 25 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
30 ( 33 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 30

31 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
32 ( 38 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 32
33 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20
34 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
35 ( 50 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 35
36 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 37
38 ( 52 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 38
39 ( 34 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
40 ( 53 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 40

41 ( 36 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
42 ( 46 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 42
43 ( 35 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
44 ( 32 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
45 ( 47 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 45
46 ( 31 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
47 ( 45 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
48 ( 56 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 48
49 ( 54 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 49
50 ( 58 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 50

51 ( 37 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
52 ( 68 ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 52
53 ( 60 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 53
54 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( 67 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 55
56 ( 72 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 56
57 ( 62 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 57
58 ( 59 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 58
59 ( 71 ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 60

61 ( 42 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
62 ( 44 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
63 ( NEW ) BADGE Cream # 63
64 ( 70 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 64
65 ( NEW ) THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE Jefferson # 65
66 ( 75 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 66
67 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 68
69 ( 73 ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 69
70 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 70

71 ( 74 ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 71
72 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE BIT CLOSER Archie Bell & The Drells # 72
73 ( NEW ) SEVEN YEARS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE COMPOSER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 74
75 ( NEW ) SWAN LAKE The Cats # 75

5th April Retro-Then

1 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
5 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
7 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
8 ( 6 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 8 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
10 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

11 ( 16 ) GET READY The Temptations
12 ( 15 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
13 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 18 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 14 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 19 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
18 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
19 ( 20 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

 

12th April 1969

It’s a first week on top for Mary Hopkin’s Goodbye, her second chart-topper, and mirroring my actual chart-topper of the time for a change, while it’s another high new entry for another Paul McCartney song at 20 – yes The Beatles are in at a lowly debut for Get Back, though Billy Preston gets his top 20 debut out of it, and the B side slides in at 60, John Lennon’s as-ever passionate plea of Don’t Let Me Down, both of them on the roof in London for their final public performance, and as shown on TOTP at the time. The highest new entry? The Isley Brothers massive Motown classic Behind A Painted Smile is in at 3, frantic, passionate and brilliant.

Ruby & The Romantics get a first top 10 – though strictly-speaking Our Day Will Come was a childhood fave and would have done th same – and The Ronettes also get a first, though Be My Baby would have topped for weeks in 1966 when dad bought it. Clodagh Rodgers gets a first top 10, and in my memories of that time Mary & Clodagh are like a double female vocal whammy as she enters at 8 in my old charts too. A big climb for the Mac, a second top 20, and a gospel anthem is in at 22 for the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Oh Happy day was another summer fave of mine, especially the rousing climax.

Martha and her Vandellas replace themselves new for old in my chart, and the latest Dusty In Memphis single, both A & B side are in at 66 and 72 respectively, giving Windmills Of Your Mind 2 listings, while the first track on the album enters at 62 – so that’s over half the album having charted! Rolf Harris was still a kiddie fave, painting and singing, and Bluer Than Blue was not a future mission statement, it was a nice tune at 69, oops! Tommy Roe’s follow-up to Dizzy slips in at 71 Heather Honey was just hitting the UK charts as I left the UK for 2 years, annoyingly, as I only got to hear it once or twice before having to wait quite a few years to hear it again in 1974. The great Henry Mancini is in – but not one of his own fab melodies, it’s a cover of the movie theme – and a Trems cover is in at 75.

1 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
2 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
3 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 3
4 ( 4 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
5 ( 8 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
6 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
7 ( 6 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
8 ( 14 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 8
9 ( 12 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
10 ( 15 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 10

11 ( 3 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
12 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
13 ( 10 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
14 ( 13 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
15 ( 11 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
16 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
17 ( 36 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 17
18 ( 20 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
19 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
20 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 20

21 ( 17 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
22 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 22
23 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
24 ( 21 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
25 ( 22 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
26 ( 23 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
27 ( 35 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 27
28 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
29 ( 32 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 29
30 ( 38 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30

31 ( 28 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
32 ( 40 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 32
33 ( 29 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
34 ( 24 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
35 ( 25 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
36 ( 26 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
37 ( 50 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 37
38 ( 42 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 38
39 ( 48 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 39
40 ( 54 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 40

41 ( 27 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 27
42 ( 39 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
43 ( 53 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 43
44 ( 41 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
45 ( 31 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
46 ( 52 ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 46
47 ( 33 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20
48 ( 55 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 48
49 ( 30 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 30
50 ( 56 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 50

51 ( 47 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
52 ( 34 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
53 ( 57 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 53
54 ( 60 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 54
55 ( 63 ) BADGE Cream # 55
56 ( 58 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 56
57 ( 37 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 37
58 ( NEW ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 58
59 ( 68 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 59
60 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 60

61 ( 45 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 45
62 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 62
63 ( 66 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 63
64 ( 64 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 64
65 ( 65 ) THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE Jefferson # 65
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 70 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 68
69 ( NEW ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 69
70 ( 44 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10

71 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 72
73 ( 73 ) SEVEN YEARS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 73
74 ( NEW ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 74
75 ( NEW ) I WILL SEE YOU THERE Linda Kendrick # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 12 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 4 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
6 ( 7 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
7 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
9 ( 15 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
10 ( 6 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
12 ( 10 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
15 ( 17 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
16 ( 19 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
17 ( 14 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
19 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
20 ( 11 ) GET READY The Temptations

 

19th April 1969

It’s a first week on top for the second oldie chart-topper to do it for The Isley Brothers, following This Old Heart Of Mine in 1968’s retro charts. The solid gospel of The Edwin hawkins Singers shoot up to 3 some months ahead of their UK chart entry as jy charts continue to look like the summer/autumn UK charts with so many early US debuts taking over. Compare with the stuff I liked this week at the time and only 6 tracks are in both top 20’s. The Beatles go up to 9 with Get Back and Elvis is back with his biggest bang in the retro charts to date – straight in for his social-gospel ballad In The Ghetto. The evening I bought my first ever record with my own money – Dizzy at an evening outdoor market Singapore record stall in Changi Village – I also bought In The Ghetto with a picture sleeve, “for my mum” who is a huge Elvis fan, for 2 dollars (but really it was for me cos I loved it too). The B side was also fabulous, power soul ballad Any Day Now which enters at 33 and pushes out the lesser Percy Sledge version.

In at 17, Val Doonican gets his 2nd-biggest retro hit with Ring Of Bright Water, a gorgeous childhood fave movie theme tune, with Bill Travers & Virginia McKenna and some Otters in Scotland, a film I enjoyed in 1969, as I loved any film with animals in, and anything conservation-related. Saving animals and the Planet was a big theme in my childhood. Pity it’s taken 50 years and major damage to become a theme for young kids today as well. Another fave of the time from Herman’s Hermits, and one that stands up better than their jolly ditties, is in at 22 for My Sentimental Friend.

Dusty goes up 3 times, the biggest up to 29 with her non-single album track later title track on an album of Dusty covers from the wondrous Shelby Lynn, her I Am Shelby Lynn album is one of my all-time faves. CCR are in with both sides of the new single Bad Moon Rising and Lodi, the former reminding me of my first year at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern School where I took out a library book (Just William or some such) to find the lyrics written inside on a piece of paper, which was quite handy as I liked the song. Speed-on to the 90’s and it came on the radio as I was driving along the Florida Keys highway, one hot moonlit night, looking for a motel to stay. The lyrics REALLY made sense in that setting!

The Monkees keep on coming even if the hits were drying up, Someday Man, Joe South is back again with another great song of his that was never a single but charted this week in the USA in an inferior cover version of his album track 2 years ahead of the definitive Lynn Anderson cover. Glen Campbell gets a 3rd track on the list with Susie, The Four Tops drop in with a single that I was gifted by 2 friends of mum and dad’s in 1972, Pete & Gill Butler who’s been great friends of the family in Singapore. Buddy Holly gets another posthumous 50’s track, a cover of Love Is Strange, Sonny Charles gets a soul version of Black Pearl in ahead of the reggae cover by Horace Faith, while an obscure reggae track enters at 75 for Eddie Lovette. The Moments get a second chart entry, to bring it up to date! Phew!

1 ( 3 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 22 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 3
4 ( 2 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
6 ( 10 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 6
7 ( 4 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
8 ( 20 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 8
9 ( 6 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
10 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 10

11 ( 5 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
12 ( 7 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 13
14 ( 9 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
15 ( 12 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
16 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
17 ( NEW ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 17
18 ( 18 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
20 ( 13 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4

21 ( 15 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
22 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 22
23 ( 16 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
24 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 24
25 ( 29 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 25
26 ( 19 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
27 ( 21 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
28 ( 32 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 28
29 ( 62 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 29
30 ( 37 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 30

31 ( 26 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
32 ( 25 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
33 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 33
34 ( 34 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
35 ( 24 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
36 ( 31 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
37 ( 39 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 37
38 ( 23 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
39 ( 28 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
40 ( 40 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 40

41 ( 33 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
42 ( 30 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
43 ( 60 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 43
44 ( 48 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 44
45 ( 58 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 45
46 ( 50 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 46
47 ( 42 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
48 ( 44 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
49 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 49
50 ( 55 ) BADGE Cream # 50

51 ( 43 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 43
52 ( 35 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
53 ( 66 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 51 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
55 ( 38 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 38
56 ( 68 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 56
57 ( 63 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 57
58 ( NEW ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 58
59 ( 59 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 59
60 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 60

61 ( 71 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 61
62 ( NEW ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 62
63 ( 69 ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 63
64 ( NEW ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 64
65 ( NEW ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 65
66 ( 74 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 72 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 68
69 ( NEW ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 69
70 ( NEW ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 70

71 ( 36 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 26
72 ( 75 ) I WILL SEE YOU THERE Linda Kendrick # 72
73 ( 45 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
74 ( NEW ) SUNDAY The Moments # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOO EXPERIENCED Eddie Lovette # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 8 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
4 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
5 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
6 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
7 ( 5 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
8 ( 6 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
9 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles
10 ( 7 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

11 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
12 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 11 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
14 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
15 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
16 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
17 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
18 ( RE ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
19 ( 20 ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac

 

26th April 1969

It’s another new number one, the pure passionate gospel of Oh Happy Day, a track I had to wait 8 years to buy a copy of. Worth the wait! Elvis, with his social conscience gospel ballad isn’t far behind at 3, and The Beatles were number 6 in my charts of the time and number 6 in these retro creations. Val Doonican goes top 10 with his lovely movie theme, and Fleetwood Mac make it 2 top 10’s in a row.

The highest new entry at 23 is the only song that actually had memories attached – Ragamuffin Man was the Manfred’s final hit (though who knew it!) and a good one to go out on, a fave of mine as they usually were. All the other knew ones are tracks I’d never heard of yesterday, but today I find I like them, especially the obscure The Hit Parade at 27 with a gem of a pop single Ah, Ha, Ha Do Your Thing – if only they’d entered with Manfred Mann when they did Ha Ha Said The Clown, or waited for A-ha to chart. I can’t believe something that good failed to even make the US top 120 when some of the more rubbishy tracks of the time make the top 40! Not to be confused with the UK 80’s band of the same name.

All the other newies are pending in the lower reaches, with 3 stacked up outside (Neil Young, Wilson Pickett, Moody Blues), and include a decent Soul Survivors single, a hippie trippie Youngbloods, a punkish Paul Revere & The Raiders just ahead of Mark Lindsay going solo, another Scott Walker emotive ballad, and a good ol country track from Ronnie Milsap.

1 ( 3 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
2 ( 1 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 10 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 6 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
6 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
7 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 5 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
9 ( 17 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 9
10 ( 13 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10

11 ( 9 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 7 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
14 ( 11 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
15 ( 22 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
17 ( 14 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
18 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
19 ( 24 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
20 ( 29 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 20

21 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
22 ( 20 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
23 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 23
24 ( 18 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
25 ( 21 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
26 ( 28 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
27 ( NEW ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 27
28 ( 49 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 28
29 ( 33 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 29
30 ( 26 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7

31 ( 27 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
32 ( 23 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
33 ( 37 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
34 ( 31 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
35 ( 43 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 35
36 ( 42 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
37 ( 32 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
38 ( 45 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 38
39 ( 40 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 39
40 ( 35 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

41 ( 36 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
42 ( 34 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
43 ( 44 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
44 ( 46 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
45 ( 25 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 25
46 ( 53 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 46
47 ( 30 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 30
48 ( 50 ) BADGE Cream # 48
49 ( 56 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
50 ( 60 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 50

51 ( 41 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
52 ( 62 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 52
53 ( 48 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
54 ( 47 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
55 ( 61 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 55
56 ( 58 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 56
57 ( 59 ) I CAN’T SAY NO TO YOU Betty Everett # 57
58 ( 38 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 18
59 ( 64 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 59
60 ( 70 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 60

61 ( 54 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
62 ( 63 ) BLUER THAN BLUE Rolf Harris # 62
63 ( 65 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 63
64 ( 39 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
65 ( 66 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 65
66 ( 68 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 66
67 ( 67 ) I’VE BEEN HURT Bill Deal & The Rhondells # 67
68 ( 57 ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 57
69 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 69
70 ( NEW ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 70

71 ( NEW ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 71
72 ( NEW ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 72
73 ( 52 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
74 ( NEW ) BIG LOUISE Scott Walker # 74
75 ( NEW ) DENVER Ronnie Milsap # 75

Then charts
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 3 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 6 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
6 ( 9 ) GET BACK The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
8 ( 5 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

11 ( 8 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
12 ( 7 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
13 ( 10 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
14 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
15 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
19 ( 15 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
20 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra

My Retro March 1969 Charts

1st March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Bee Gees in a static top 8, more or less, due to the sheer classicness, though The Beach Boys shoot up to 9, and Colin Blunstone gets a second top 10 of the year. Highest new entry, as usual when they have a new single out, is Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and their final release in a 3-year-run (and more) of under-appreciated varied pop dramas, in at 16. Booker T & The MG’s also enter high with their Johnny Walker lunchtime Top 30 rundown instrumental backing, & The Tempts have an old Motown reissue beating out their new stuff.

Mama Cass does a slightly-more uptempo cover of Harmony Grass’ Move In A Little Closer – and I have to say the version I know best is Mama’s as it was on the budget albums I bought in 1974 and played to death. Jazzrock classic You’ve Made Me So Very Happy also goes top 40, while lower down newies from The Hollies keep the run of hits going for another year, Sorry Suzanne was a fave of the time, Gene Pitney still good with Maria Elena, The Chambers Brothers Slytastic flop Are You Ready (much better than their big hit, I think), Gary Puckett being Gary Puckett, Paul Anka covering 3-time Five Satins 1956 hit, and future BoyzIIMen acapella cover hit in the States, In The Still Of The Night, & Monkees songwriters Boyce & Hart release the theme song to the successful campaign to reduce the voting age to 18.

Meanwhile, wot I liked in 1969 at 11 years old is quite a bit different from how I feel about them 50 years later in quite a few cases…..

1 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
2 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers ( peak 1 )
3 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell ( peak 3 )
4 ( 5 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension ( peak 4 )
5 ( 4 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner ( peak 4 )
6 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt ( peak 1 )
7 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner ( peak 1 )
8 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe ( peak 1 )
9 ( 32 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys ( peak 9 )
10 ( 12 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone ( peak 10 )

11 ( 16 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison ( peak 11 )
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin ( peak 9 )
13 ( 11 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone ( peak 8 )
14 ( 10 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips ( peak 10 )
15 ( 13 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
16 ( NEW ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich ( peak 16 )
17 ( 24 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield ( peak 17 )
18 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan ( peak 18 )
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye ( peak 1 )
20 ( 15 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas ( peak 7 )

21 ( 14 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ( peak 5 )
22 ( 19 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac ( peak 2 )
23 ( 20 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies ( peak 4 )
24 ( 22 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan ( peak 1 )
25 ( 21 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren ( peak 9 )
26 ( 29 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black ( peak 26 )
27 ( 18 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass ( peak 18 )
28 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s ( peak 28 )
29 ( 25 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell ( peak 1 )
30 ( 37 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair ( peak 30 )

31 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations ( peak 31 )
32 ( 26 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies ( peak 4 )
33 ( 35 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw ( peak 33 )
34 ( 31 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick ( peak 18 )
35 ( 39 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles ( peak 35 )
36 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees ( peak 36 )
37 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass ( peak 37 )
38 ( 30 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move ( peak 2 )
39 ( 34 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett ( peak 16 )
40 ( 54 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears ( peak 40 )

41 ( 27 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps ( peak 27 )
42 ( 52 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard ( peak 42 )
43 ( 40 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 1 )
44 ( 56 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles ( peak 44 )
45 ( 28 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson ( peak 28 )
46 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies ( peak 46 )
47 ( 55 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant ( peak 47 )
48 ( 38 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits ( peak 6 )
49 ( 60 ) HAIR The Cowsills ( peak 49 )
50 ( 46 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South ( peak 7 )

51 ( 45 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture ( peak 2 )
52 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers ( peak 3 )
53 ( 64 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers ( peak 53 )
54 ( 43 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann ( peak 5 )
55 ( 33 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 29 )
56 ( 57 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs ( peak 56 )
57 ( 41 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits ( peak 26 )
58 ( 68 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone ( peak 58 )
59 ( NEW ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney ( peak 59 )
60 ( 71 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge ( peak 60 )
61 ( 51 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics ( peak 5 )

62 ( 69 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros ( peak 62 )
63 ( NEW ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson ( peak 63 )
64 ( 73 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas ( peak 64 )
65 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers ( peak 65 )
66 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles ( peak 1 )
67 ( 72 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield ( peak 67 )
68 ( 74 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ( peak 68 )
69 ( 44 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites ( peak 44 )
70 ( 50 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder ( peak 50 )

71 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium ( peak 42 )
72 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap ( peak 72 )
73 ( NEW ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka ( peak 73 )
74 ( NEW ) MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY The Spiral Staircase ( peak 74 )
75 ( NEW ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ( peak 75 )

1st Mar Retro-Then

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 2 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
5 ( 6 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 11 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
10 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 10 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
16 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 ( 16 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
18 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

 

8th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for Glen Campbell’s classic Jimmy Webb song, the third in the trilogy of sweeping Americana, and all 3 chart-toppers. In 2 and a half years of retro charting, Glen has had 13 chart entries – with loads still to come virtually till the day he died. The 5th Dimension beat their previous chart peak of 4 (Stoned Soul Picnic), Dave Dee & co get a 5th top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, and Bob & Earl enter at 10 with the classic Harlem Shuffle. Younger folk expect to hear Jump Around from that intro, a good record but not AS good as Bob & Earl – for an example of how good it is you only need refer to the Rolling Stones pedestrian cover version by way of comparison.

Mama Cass equals Harmony Grass in getting Move In A Little Closer top 20, her 5th of 13 “hits” including Mamas & Papas, while Ray Stevens is back – his 4th entry, but his first reversion back to his earlier (pre-charting) comedy record era – Gitarzan is just great good-natured fun, maybe not endlessly playable, but then novelty records pall quickly on repetition. I’ve never got bored with this one, though, since I bought his Greatest Hits in 1975. At 57, the classy Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine bring their early 60’s ballad back into the charts (so many oldies!), while Gary Lewis returns from his time away in Vietnam after being drafted, with a very good cover of Rhythm Of The Rain – probably with a vocal assist, given the rubbish result when he insisted doing lead vocal without overdubbing. Obviously being the son of Jerry Lewis meant nothing to the Draft Board unless you could pay for a doctor to sign you unfit with Bone-spurs….

In at 52, it’s Eurovision time, Lulu gets the chalice, and I recall watching the 6 songs that were voted for. I think I liked Boom Bang-A-Bang best, though it’s all a little hazy – Poor young Elton John/Bernie Taupin failed to win the vote with I Can’t Go On Living Without You (a better song, probably). Still they did better than Lloyd-Webber/Rice’s King Herod’s Song (with different lyrics) which didn’t make the final 6. Back in those days quality songwriters lined-up to write our entries. These days a dustman can throw one together cos hit production-line songwriters haven’t got time to take away from lucrative collabs with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Adele & the rest.

My Way enters for ol’ Blue Eyes. As my preference has always been for Nancy, you don’t have to worry about this rattling around my charts for the next 3 years, like the UK charts. Phew! It might be his signature tune, and I liked it a lot at the time, but it’s nowhere near his best record. It is great for fab singers to show off their pipes in karaoke bars though. Grazing In The Grass, a vocal version this time, outdoes Hugh Masekela’s peak of 70, from The Friends Of Distinction, It’s Only Love (yet another future Elvis hit cover) debuts for B.J. Thomas – his 3rd – and King Curtis impressively involves an Allman Brother for his instrumental cover of the still-charting Joe South song.

It’s a 9th entry for Tommy James & co, Sweet Cherry Wine not one I’m that familiar with actually, Jackie Wilson gets another Eugene Record Chi-Lites gift, and Vikki Carr covers Billy Vera’s With Pen In Hand which peaked at 45 in 1968 here. The Foundations get another entry, good but no Buttercup or Baby Now That…and that concludes the spiel!

1 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
2 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
3 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 3
4 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
5 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
6 ( 16 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 6
7 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 11 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
10 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 10

11 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
12 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
13 ( 18 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 10 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
15 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
16 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
17 ( 13 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
18 ( 31 ) GET READY The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
20 ( 37 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 28 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 21
22 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
23 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 19 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
25 ( 35 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 25
26 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
27 ( 24 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
28 ( 22 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
29 ( 23 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
30 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30

31 ( 21 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
32 ( 26 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
33 ( 25 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
34 ( 29 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
36 ( 42 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 36
37 ( 44 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
39 ( 46 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 39
40 ( 32 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

41 ( 34 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
42 ( 33 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
43 ( NEW ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 43
44 ( 53 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 44
45 ( 38 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
46 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 46
47 ( 49 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 47
48 ( 43 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
49 ( 59 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 49
50 ( 47 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant # 47

51 ( 39 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett # 16
52 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 52
53 ( 65 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 53
54 ( 58 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 60 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 55
56 ( 52 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
57 ( NEW ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 57
58 ( 41 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps # 27
59 ( 64 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
60 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 60

61 ( 63 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 61
62 ( 50 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South # 7
63 ( 51 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture # 2
64 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 64
65 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 65
66 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 66
67 ( 68 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 67
68 ( 72 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 68
69 ( 73 ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka # 69
70 ( 75 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 70

71 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 71
72 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 73
74 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) WITH PEN IN HAND Vikki Carr # 75

(# = peak position)

RETRO THEN

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
5 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
9 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
10 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

11 ( 5 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
13 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 9 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
15 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
16 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
17 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 15 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
20 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

 

16th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for The 5th Dimension, their first chart-topper, with the Hair Medley, as the title song becomes the 3rd song from the musical to go top 30 for The Cowsills. Highest new entry is in at 10 for Desmond Dekker, outdoing 007 in fell swoop as his famous ska classic out-performs new entries from Stevie Wonder (My Cherie Amour, a fave of mine at the time, as was Desmond’s) and The Who’s Tommy single Pinball Wizard, at 25 and 34 respectively. It’s The Who’s 3rd top 40, and Stevie’s 4th. Pinball Wizard would be back in 1973 for the New Seekers, and top my charts in 1976 for Elton John’s single from the film of Tommy, platform shoes galore.

Both Ray Stevens gets a 3rd top 40 with Gitarzan and The Isley Brothers a 4th with It’s Your Thing. The Trems return with Hello World, their 9th chart entry, as The Flying Burrito Brothers debut with a future Elvis Costello cover. Lulu enters with her Elton John song that failed to get voted in to be the UK entry for Eurovision, and Les Troubadours (etc) sneak in with a song that couldnt in a million years ever chart in these 2-dimensional chart days, yet sold enough after appearing in the film If…., the counter-culture X-Rated Palm D’Ors winner at Cannes. Set in a public school, I remember seeing it for the first time late one evening in the mid-70’s when this track came on. I knew the tune, but didn’t know I knew the tune – if you know what I mean. I got hold of it on a budget “Hits of 1968” vinyl album soon after and it clicked. So what is it? It’s a 1958 Katanga province vocal version and African-styled musical version of a Latin mass originating from the Missa Luba, a Democratic Republic Of Congo religious piece written by Father Guido Haazen, a Belgian Franciscan friar. So now you know….!

 

1 ( 3 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
2 ( 1 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
5 ( 4 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
6 ( 8 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
7 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 7
8 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
9 ( 7 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
10 ( NEW ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 10

11 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
12 ( 11 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
13 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 12 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
15 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
17 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
18 ( 14 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
19 ( 25 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
20 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 20

21 ( 19 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
22 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
23 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
25 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 25
26 ( 22 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
27 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
28 ( 47 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 28
29 ( 37 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1

31 ( 43 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
32 ( 39 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 32
33 ( 36 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
34 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 34
35 ( 34 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 29 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
37 ( 57 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 37
38 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
39 ( 44 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 28 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2

41 ( 46 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 41
42 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
43 ( 49 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 52 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 44
45 ( 30 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
46 ( 31 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
47 ( 55 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 47
48 ( 32 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
49 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 49
50 ( 40 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

51 ( 33 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
52 ( 53 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 52
53 ( 48 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
54 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 41 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
56 ( 45 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
57 ( 67 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 57
58 ( 60 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 58
59 ( 61 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 64 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
62 ( 66 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 62
63 ( 65 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 63
64 ( 56 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
65 ( 59 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
66 ( NEW ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 66
67 ( 68 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( 70 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 68
69 ( 73 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 71 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 70

71 ( 72 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 71
72 ( NEW ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( 42 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
74 ( 74 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GO ON LIVING WITHOUT YOU Lulu # 75

wot I liked that week then


1 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
4 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 12 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
7 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 10 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
9 ( 4 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 15 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies

11 ( 8 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( 9 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
16 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

 

22nd March 1969

It’s a brand new entry in at 1 for Simon & Garfunkel getting their first, but not last, chart-topper with the epic, moody story-song brilliance that is The Boxer. I learnt the words by heart, and it sets up one of the greatest albums of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water) quite nicely bearing in mind the B side is also new in at 27, the jolly Baby Driver. Our neighbours in Singapore a year or so later, The Overtons, loaned us the album so I could record my fave tracks onto reel-to-reel, and I eventually bought it in 1976 and played it to death.

The Who get a might Tommy climb into the top 10, Stevie Wonder & The Cowsills add to their top 20 list, and The Trems get a high climb to 30, leaving the highest new entry that isn’t a Paul Simon song to Clodagh Rodgers debut hit Come Back & Shake Me at 40, one of two female vocal pop songs I was mad on in April of that year: t’other one is yet to enter. Kenny Young wrote the song, he of Captain Of Your Ship, Under The Boardwalk, and future hits for Fox and Yellow Dog, among many. The Ronettes enter with a future 1972 chart hit for The Pearls – You Came You Saw You Conquered, was one Fluff Freeman plugged on his chart show quite a bit (I recorded the shows in those days, at least in part), and I never knew it was a Ronettes Phil Spector song. Well, he’s on the credits at any rate, more likely it was written by the others: Toni Wine & Irwin Levine. Toni had co-written Groovy Kind Of Love, was about to join The Archies (that’s her singing on Sugar Sugar). She & Irwin went on to write Black Pearl, Candida & What Are You Doing Sunday for Dawn. Toni sang on Knock Three Times too, before they grabbed some backing singers for the rest of their chart career.

Andy Williams beats out the slower Petula Clark version of Happy Heart. Always a bit of a catchy tune that one. James Last wrote it. I’m not kidding! At 63 Johnny Thunder enters with a song I have never heard before, I’m Alive is fuzzy aggressive funkrock, and rather good, Shirley MacLaine & Sammy Davis Jr both enter with tracks from the Sweet Charity film soundtrack, I regularly have seen the movie clips in a Gran Canaria bar called Centre Stage over the last 15 years. Debbie Taylor debuts with another newie to me, a decent soul ballad, The Marbles get a soundalike follow-up, another Brothers Gibb song, and again Graham Bonnet on vocal. Finally lowest newie is Canadian band The Guess Who. Who? Better known as half of Bachman-Turner Overdrive these days (Randy Bachman).


1 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 1 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
5 ( 7 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
7 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
8 ( 10 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 8
9 ( 34 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 9
10 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6

11 ( 8 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
12 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
13 ( 11 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
14 ( 15 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
16 ( 25 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 16
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
18 ( 20 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
19 ( 28 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

21 ( 14 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
22 ( 16 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
23 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
24 ( 21 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
25 ( 18 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
26 ( 19 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
27 ( NEW ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 27
28 ( 32 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 22 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
30 ( 49 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 30

31 ( 27 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
32 ( 24 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
33 ( 26 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
34 ( 30 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
35 ( 29 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
36 ( 37 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 36
37 ( 39 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
38 ( 44 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 38
39 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
40 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 40

41 ( 35 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
42 ( 31 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
43 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 33 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
45 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 45
46 ( 62 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 46
47 ( 57 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 47
48 ( NEW ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 48
49 ( 36 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
50 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 50

51 ( 52 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
53 ( 38 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
54 ( 42 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
55 ( 63 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 55
56 ( 66 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 56
57 ( 58 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 57
58 ( NEW ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 58
59 ( 59 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 60 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 53 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
62 ( 45 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
63 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 63
64 ( NEW ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 64
65 ( 48 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
66 ( 69 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 66
67 ( 67 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 68
69 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 69
70 ( 50 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

71 ( 46 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
72 ( 72 ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 73
74 ( NEW ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 74
75 ( 56 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2

Then charts wot I liked
1 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
3 ( 10 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
6 ( 8 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
9 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
16 ( 15 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations
19 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
20 ( 17 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys

 

29th March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Boxer as the B side drives up 12 for Simon & Garfunkel, and Harlem Shuffle moves into runners-up. Highest new entry is the track I was mad on for at least the whole of April 1969, more than any other record about, Mary Hopkin’s 2nd hit, and a gift of a song from Paul McCartney – Goodbye is a record I managed to buy 8 years later, on Apple Records – and in at 9. Desmond Dekker is top 5, and Stevie Wonder top 10, Clodagh Rodgers being a sizeable leap up to 20.

Johnny Nash’s reggae cover of Sam Cooke brings Cupid straight into the 40, while The Ronettes, The Foundations, Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations, Don Partridge & Gene Pitney all find a gap at last to enter the 40. Only The Ronettes are debuts as acts (though they would have topped with Be My Baby, had my charts started earlier). In at 43, it’s another great pop soul song better-known in a later cover – by The Carpenters – the fab Hurting Each Other for Ruby & The Romantics, one-time Our Day Will Come hitsters.

The late great Scott Walker is back with his great version of If You Go Away, 5 years ahead of Terry Jack’s very breathless cover hit, while Percy Sledge returns with Ronnie Milsapp’s Any Day Now, a great song which was tucked away on the B Side of the 2nd single I ever bought (In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley) and one I played to death from September 1969 onwards in Singapore. Elvis’ version is way better, though this one is nice.

Sly & The family Stone & Martha & The Vandellas both knock their current hits out my chart in favour of new ones, The Equals return with Eddy Grant’s slipper-tree. I’ve no idea what that is. Junior Walker is also running back, while there are debuts for some 70’s stalwarts – James Taylor, he of the low-key singer-songwriter folkie with the eyes girls went for, enters with Carolina In My Mind; Tony Orlando, one-time Bless You 60’s popster, and future Dawn headliner, is in with I Was A Boy under a fake name (shades of Colin Blunstone!) and lastly John Stewart, songwriter of Daydream Believer, enters with July You’re A Woman, the original of the less-good Pat Boone version charting in April in the USA. A decade later John’d strike chart Gold.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 5 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
3 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
4 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
5 ( 8 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 5
6 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
9 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 9
10 ( 16 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 7 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
12 ( 27 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 12
13 ( 10 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
14 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
16 ( 11 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
17 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
18 ( 15 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
19 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 40 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 20

21 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
22 ( 30 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 22
23 ( 17 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
24 ( 48 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 24
25 ( 21 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
26 ( 24 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 22 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
28 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 38 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 29
30 ( 20 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

31 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
32 ( 25 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
33 ( 36 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 33
34 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
35 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
36 ( 34 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
37 ( 45 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
38 ( 47 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 38
39 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 39
40 ( 46 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 40

41 ( 26 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
42 ( 29 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
43 ( NEW ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 43
44 ( 33 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
45 ( 41 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 46
47 ( 55 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 47
48 ( 39 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
49 ( 37 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
50 ( 58 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 32 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
52 ( 63 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 52
53 ( 74 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 53
54 ( 57 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 54
55 ( 35 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
56 ( 64 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 56
57 ( 49 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
58 ( 68 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 58
59 ( 69 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 59
60 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 60

61 ( 52 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
62 ( 66 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 62
63 ( 44 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
64 ( 61 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
65 ( 51 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
66 ( 73 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 66
67 ( NEW ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 68
69 ( 42 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
70 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 70

71 ( NEW ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 71
72 ( NEW ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 72
73 ( NEW ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 74
75 ( NEW ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 17 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 2 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 15 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 5 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 8 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
10 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 6 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
15 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash
16 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations
17 ( 16 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
18 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
19 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
20 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

My September 1970 Charts

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122F Tanah Merah Besar – now under the new Changi Prison I think, tragically. Note no tree at the front of the house. By the time we left it was 2 or 3m tall. 

 

1st September 1970

1 year to the day since leaving for Singapore and Desmond Dekker tops my chart for a second week – when I left it was It Mek that I was just getting in to before cruelly not being able to hear it for another few years! This one though got some radio airplay. 2 new entries, Canadians The Poppy Family became better known as Terry Jacks – well, one of them did anyway. Bobby Bloom pops in with another Caribbean-flavoured song for 1970, following Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 9 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
9 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 11 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board

11 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 17 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
16 ( 14 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
17 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
18 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
19 ( 16 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
20 ( 19 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

 

8th September 1970

3 weeks on top for Desmond, 3 weeks at 2 for Hot Chocolate, 4 weeks at 3 for Bread… not much happening!

The Poppy Family leap into the top 5, and Bobby Bloom to 7, but the big news is THREE new entries, whooo! At 12, Jimmy Cliff’s lovely Cat Stevens cover is in, It’s A, It’s A, It’s A Wild World as Jonathan King covered it post-Pet Shop Boys not-guilty but not entirely dissimilar It’s A Sin. Holland-Dozier-Holland, ex-Motown Masterminds of brilliance (or Tamla Motown as we called the label in the UK in those days, let’s be accurate about it) set up their new label/production company Invictus – Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne were on it – cue the sheer brilliant Band Of Gold, a heart-rending tale of a newly-wed who’s husband isn’t up to the job on the wedding night, or thereafter. Gotta feel for her, what a rat! That leaves Three Dog Night, back with a Randy Newman cover. Like all their covers it’s not as good as the original. Or any other cover, though it’s a close call in this case with the Tom Jones and Stereophonics 90’s hit cover.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 15 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 8 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
7 ( 17 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
8 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
10 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies

11 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 14 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
15 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
16 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
17 ( 16 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
18 ( 20 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 18 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night

 

15th September 1970

There’s some actual chart movement as the Tremeloes enter at 1 with the fab stomping guitar-riffed Me And My Life, their only chart-topper, though I’d known the band for years – ironically this was pretty much their last fling as far as big hits were concerned, though they had further chart hits with me for another 4 years. Jimmy Cliff climbs to 6, his biggest hit here, and Diana Ross not only covers Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell’s song, she turns it into a monster dramatic ballad and gets her second solo hit. It’s an epic version that sets the template for the next 2 years of fab singles, and another 4 years of lesser singles before an abrupt change was called for.

2 metal classics enter at 15 and 20, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, both of them to chart again in 1980. Paranoid is the best of the two, and Deep Purple aren’t technically debuting as in my “retro” charts of 1967 and 1968 (ie ones I’m doing now to comprehensively survey the weekly music scenes of that era) they more or less charted as Episode Six (with Morning Dew) and also with a cover of Joe South’s Hush, a bigger hit for Kula Shaker into the future.

1 ( NEW ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
7 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
8 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
9 ( 10 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
13 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
14 ( 9 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
15 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
16 ( 7 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( 14 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 16 ) LOLA The Kinks
19 ( 13 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple

Life then…
A week or so into yet again playing the “new boy” at yet another school, this time RAF Changi Grammar, with my new brown leather school bag for all the extra books and work I had to do (much more homework at this school, so I had to up my game to do well, rather than just comfortably coast). I was in the second year, and fellow RAF Seletar transferee Stephen Mears joined at the same time, the two new boys in Mr Chapman’s form. My best friend at Seletar (Stephen Game) was sporty, so that the was the gang I hung in, new friend Stephen was more into chess – so that was the gang I hung in here. Suited me, as apart from running, rounders, volleyball, swimming, team games really didn’t agree with me, rugby and cricket in particular. Another new mate called Stephen (bit of a trend here!) who I knew from 2 terms at Seletar was also here, he was taller and a bit clumsy, not at all sporty, and also into chess and Snagglepuss impressions – so that was it really, I was in with what they called “the swots” in those days, rather than “one of the boys”. To be fair, though, there was very little bullying going on in either RAF school, which completely left me blissfully unaware of the reality of the average British non-forces Secondary Schools. Frankly one of the teachers was more scary…but that’s another tale.

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RAF Changi Grammar School, the building is still there. The art block is at the front near the road, the school hall just behind it. It had aircon! This was a step up from RAF Seletar Secondary Modern which still had outlying classrooms with no aircon and just room fans, some along the sports pitch, some on some land to the rear of the bus gathering area. My concentration wandered when I was sweating profusely. My form room was to the right of the entrance on the first floor I think, above the library which was adjacent the school hall. 

 

22nd September 1970

2 weeks on top for The Trems, as The Carpenters debut at with the Bacharach/David gem Close To You. Just. Gorgeous. Karen’s angelic voice just fit into Singapore culture and radio beautifully, being as it was regarded as “Easy Listening” as they called it in those days. Class, I call it. Ditto Simon & Garfunkel having the fourth top 10 off possibly the greatest album of all-time, which my neighbours had, and had loaned to dad to record the top tracks, including this definitive version – note not the UK hit version by Julie Felix. Freda Payne goes top 10, as I hadn’t actually rated it as highly as I do now.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
4 ( 8 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
9 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne

11 ( 15 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
12 ( 7 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
13 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
15 ( 13 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 20 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
17 ( 17 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 14 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( 16 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
20 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams

Back at RAF Changi, it was getting to know the teachers and schoolmates, like outgoing and assertive Lee Kleinhans, a kid from South Africa, my best friend next-door was also there, in the first year, along with his older sister a couple of years up from me. Short Gary was likeable – the same couldn’t be said for the fearsome Mr Mynett, the Physics teacher, who put the fear of God into kids with his OTT Sgt-Major-styled methods – short and sharp in appearance and nature. Mr. Magnet we called him. Put me off Physics pretty much. I preferred the nice Biology teacher lady, though I am still waiting for an answer to a question I asked (I never asked questions in class) when she said all fruits had seeds and I asked about bananas. “I’ll tell you later” she said, and never did.

Kids remember these things!

 

29th September 1970

3 weeks on top for The Trems, rather amazingly their only chart-topper in my charts, even in my retrospective charts (I’ve started from January 1967 charting songs new to me and old to me, comprehensively top 50’s – and they don’t come close even though I loved them as a kid). The Carpenters are up to 2, and Simon & Garfunkel at 3 with the track covered by Julie Felix, and highest new entry is at 6 – The Archies are back with a minor US hit, and a track I adored at the time (taping it off their TV show) the joyous bubblegum of Sunshine, which deserves to be better known – or rather known at all. Written by Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom, that’ll be Sugar Sugar and the chap at number 16 with the also-tropical-sounding Montego Bay.

Black Sabbath are a bit Paranoid at being leap-frogged by a cartoon band, but then they DID have their own cartoon character in Ozzy…. In at 17, the soul-funk powerful social commentary of The Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion, Chicago pop back in at 19, and in at 20 one of my recent raves Our World. Blue Mink were fab, but tend to be under-appreciated, quite unfairly as they had a variety of singles, all great quality – this track was written by Herbie Flowers, later of “Grandad” success and Walk On The Wild Side bassline fame, and Kenny Pickett. Madeline Bell did the original version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, pre-Diana Ross & Co, which has made my retro 1968 charts – see my wordpress popchartfreak account for those shortly.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
3 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies
7 ( 11 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
8 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
9 ( 6 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
10 ( 7 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
12 ( 13 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
13 ( 12 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
14 ( 16 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
15 ( 15 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( RE ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) OUR WORLD Blue Mink

My Retro June 1968 Charts

1st June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

8th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

15th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

22nd June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

29th June 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro April 1968 Charts

6th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for Tommy James major classic party rockin’ anthem, a great vocal performance showing minimal lyrics aren’t an issue for dancing wildly. In at 2, it’s one of my all-time fave childhood records (well, it was obligatory in 1968 to love it if you were between 5 and 12, and especially for girls who loved ponies). It was the theme tune to children’s TV The White Horses, one of the many European shows of the time (Yugoslavian/German in this case) and in it’s many repeats over subsequent years the theme tune stayed fresh and popular, almost cult (see Trash Can Sinatras version). Still love it, unashamedly, such a toon!

Diana Ross & co grabbing another top 10, Glen also fluttering top-10-ward with his elusive album track, and Dionne Warwick’s great Bacharach/David jaunty coffee-table classic is in at 10 – and indeed I do know the way to San Jose, I’ve been there. Head south from the Golden Gate Bridge is my advice. Guy Marks is bananas into the 30, and Gene Pitney is somewhere in the country just outside, and Peter Frampton herds his band into the 40, their 3rd hit, and just as fab as the first 2. Laura Nyro gets another top 40.

New entries lower down include, The Rascals back again, no longer Young, The Isley Brothers future-brilliant-cover for The Doobie Brothers in 1975, Take Me In Your Arms, and The Easybeats are also back – not quite AC/DC or even Flash & The Pan, though the latter certainly has it’s roots in Hello How Are You – literally. Marvin & Tammi are back yet again with one better known song than the higher-charting of their two, and a blues goodie later covered by Santana to more fame and sales slips in – Black Magic Woman, a Peter Green early great song that sounds like it had been around for 40 years already. Arthur Conley and Classics IV do the clone-follow-up thing, and Spanky And Our Gang get all MOR schmaltzy at 75.

1 ( 11 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
2 ( NEW ) WHITE HORSES Jacky
3 ( 1 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
4 ( 2 ) VALLERI The Monkees
5 ( 3 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 10 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
7 ( 4 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 6 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
10 ( 15 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

11 ( 5 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
12 ( 7 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
13 ( 8 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
14 ( 9 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
15 ( 16 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
16 ( 12 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
17 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
18 ( 13 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
19 ( NEW ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
20 ( 24 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin

21 ( 18 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
22 ( 19 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
23 ( 23 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 20 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
25 ( 21 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 32 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
27 ( 30 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
28 ( 22 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
29 ( 25 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
30 ( 45 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks

31 ( 61 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
32 ( 27 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
33 ( 28 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
34 ( 26 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
35 ( 39 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
36 ( 29 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
37 ( 38 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
38 ( 33 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
39 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
40 ( 53 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro

41 ( 31 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
42 ( 34 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
43 ( 46 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
44 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
45 ( 50 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
46 ( 41 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
47 ( 43 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
48 ( 42 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
49 ( 44 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
50 ( 36 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith

51 ( 40 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
52 ( 52 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
53 ( 47 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
54 ( 59 ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
55 ( 51 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
56 ( 60 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
57 ( 37 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
58 ( 54 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
59 ( NEW ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
60 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers

61 ( 64 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Glen Campbell
62 ( 48 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
63 ( 58 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
64 ( 66 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW ABOUT ME? Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
65 ( NEW ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
66 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
67 ( 70 ) ELI’S COMING Laura Nyro
68 ( 63 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
69 ( NEW ) BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 72 ) RED RED WINE Neil Diamond

71 ( 55 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
72 ( NEW ) FUNKY STREET Arthur Conley
73 ( 75 ) SHOO-BE-DOO-BE-DOO-DA-DAY Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) SOUL TRAIN Classics IV
75 ( NEW ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU Spanky & Our Gang

 

13th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for the galloping Jackie’s kiddiepop gem, making it 7 weeks in a row of one-weekers on top, The Legend Of Xanadu being the last to stay on top longer than a week (3 weeks). Highest new entry at 3 is the psychedelic pop fabulousness of a Bob Dylan cover from Julie Driscoll & co, the best of many many Dylan covers to date, and better (as usual) than his original – Wheel’s On Fire. Straight in at 10 The Love Affair cover a second Robert Knight top 20 original (in these charts), and also improve on the original considerably – My Rainbow Valley is triff. Robert Knight will be back in a few weeks with another Northern Soul gem that they didn’t bother to cover – oops! Wrong choice! Talking of Northern Soul, Edwin Starr sneaks in at 75 with one I don’t know, but like on first hearing, and it won’t be long before he will be gracing the UK singles charts with other tracks.

Gene Pitney is Somewhere In The Country of, well in the region of, the top 20, and The Fireballs re-enter after dropping out the week before now the laid-back charms of Goin’ Away are putting a hook into my car singalongs. Sounds more 70’s than 60’s so I take that to mean it was ahead of it’s time. The Small Faces enter at 45 with what is a sort of cockney novelty record, and one I liked a lot at the time, much more than most of their hits which tended to pass me by on the whole. Lazy Sunday, though, was a last burst before they fizzled out.

At 59, it’s Soul Survivors with another early Gamble & Huff Philly soul sound, and nothing to do with the TV theme, which is a relief as it’s another new-to-me goodie. At 62, another 16 Big Hits track (I should recount them all, seems to be more like 26 tracks the amount of times I mention it!) and bubblegum earworm and a half: once you have heard the immortal lyric Yummy Yummy Yummy I’ve got love in my tummy there is no way of ever blocking it out no matter how you try. It’s for life. Al Green has another obscure early soul goodie in my list, The Beach Boys return with Friends (much-needed as Brian Wilson had more-or-less retired burnt-out and mentally ill, along with the hint of genius, though it wouldnt be long before the rest of boys put in some good efforts). Curtis Mayfield and The Kinks return, and debuting at 74 it’s Andy Kim with a bubblegum flop. Who he? Only the main co-songwriter of The Archies hits and album tracks, and 1974’s fab Rock Me Gently which he grabbed all for himself. Get used to hearing his name frequently before year-end…yes I watched, adored, recorded, bought The Archies while I was cut off from the UK music scene in less than 18 months from this point.

1 ( 2 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
2 ( 1 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
3 ( NEW ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
4 ( 3 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 4 ) VALLERI The Monkees
6 ( 5 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 8 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 10 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
9 ( 6 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
10 ( NEW ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair

11 ( 7 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
12 ( 9 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
13 ( 11 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
14 ( 12 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
15 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 13 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
17 ( 31 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
18 ( 19 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
19 ( 15 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
20 ( 14 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus

21 ( 16 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
22 ( 18 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
23 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
24 ( 30 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
25 ( 27 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
26 ( 26 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
27 ( 23 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
28 ( 21 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
29 ( 22 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
30 ( 40 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro

31 ( 39 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
32 ( 29 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
33 ( 35 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
34 ( 25 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
35 ( 32 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
36 ( 33 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
37 ( 24 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
38 ( 45 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
39 ( RE ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
40 ( 43 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard

41 ( 38 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
42 ( 28 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
43 ( 61 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
44 ( 34 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
45 ( 56 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 42 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
47 ( 41 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
48 ( 47 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
49 ( 46 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
50 ( 48 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles

51 ( 49 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
52 ( 37 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
53 ( NEW ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
54 ( 44 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
55 ( 59 ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
56 ( 60 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
57 ( 53 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
58 ( 55 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
60 ( 36 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens

61 ( 58 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
62 ( NEW ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
63 ( 66 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
64 ( 65 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
65 ( 67 ) ELI’S COMING Laura Nyro
66 ( NEW ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
67 ( 63 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
69 ( 69 ) BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WONDER BOY The Kinks

71 ( 50 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
72 ( NEW ) WE’RE ROLLIN’ ON The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( 68 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
74 ( NEW ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
75 ( NEW ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr

 

20th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for Julie, Bri & co having a neat Dylan-cover bookending the top and bottom of my chart. The Ab Fab theme tune has eaten into the record’s Ab Fabness over the years, but really it’s a majestic powerful record that I wasn’t really aware of much at the time. Highest new entry is the penultimate 16 Big Hits record to debut, and it’s Engelbert’s best record by a country mile, the smooth A Man Without Love, an English-language cover of a fab dramatic 1962 Italian soaring ballad. Another expert at the dramatic ballad, Gene Pitney, also goes top 10, not for the first time, not for the last time, cos Gene was just epic at his best.

Glen Campbell gets a 3rd top 5 and The Love Affair get a second top 5, with an uncredited Sue Glover doing some key female melody hooks on it. As I’m treating my retro charts as if they were 2018, streaming, worldwide release, and dozens of featuring credits for minimal effort, I’m giving credit where it’s deserved in the grooves. Sun & Sunny had a duetting stream of support vocals, a minor hit, and an actual hit as The Pearls (Third Finger Left Hand) but weren’t allowed to promote it due to contractual problems, so fellow backing vocalists took over the group. Not that it mattered, they were also Brotherhood Of Man pre-Eurovision, Sunny had a solo hit in 1974, and Sue was one of the gospel rousing singers on With A Little Help for Joe Cocker later in 68, before both backed Lulu at Eurovision in 69. Cue singing for T.Rex, Mott, Dusty, Elton, Zappa & Moroder among many….!

Simon & Garfunkel’s movie soundtrack classic (The Graduate – “are you trying to seduce me Mrs Robinson?”) enters at 25 as lead track on Bookends, along with post-split 1972 hit America. Great record but it belongs in 1968 charts not 1972. Angel Of The Morning, Merrilee Rush’s big US hit (as later covered in the UK by Mary Mason in 1977, and definitively by Juice Newton in the early 80’s, as featured in probably the greatest ever use of an oldie to start a movie – the awesome Deadpool) enters at 44, one I never knew back then, but know by others way better now. The original is pretty good though.

That leaves just another Thom Bell writer/production for The Delfonics follow-up hinting of greater things to come – that would be The Detroit Spinners, The Stylistics early hits, New York City and a banger 21st century number from Elton John’s Thom Bell Philadelphia soul EP – Are You Ready For Love. The record that cheated Cliff out of his win by one point (rumour suggests Spanish leader Franco had a hand in nobbling judges, but nothing has been proved to back it up), La La La, enters. Not only is it not as good, as successful, nor as famous as Cliff’s Congratulations, but it was supposed to have been sung in Catalan by a male singer but Franco over-ruled this bare-faced affront. Much more likely 1969 judges were nobbled, I say – come back next year for more…

1 ( 3 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
2 ( 1 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
3 ( 2 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
4 ( 8 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
5 ( 10 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
6 ( NEW ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
7 ( 4 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
8 ( 5 ) VALLERI The Monkees
9 ( 6 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 17 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney

11 ( 7 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( 9 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
13 ( 15 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 11 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
15 ( 13 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
16 ( 12 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
17 ( 18 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
18 ( 16 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
19 ( 14 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
20 ( 24 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks

21 ( 21 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
22 ( 22 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
23 ( 20 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
24 ( 25 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
25 ( NEW ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
26 ( 31 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
27 ( 30 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
28 ( 19 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
29 ( 27 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
30 ( 34 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

31 ( 28 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
32 ( 29 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
33 ( 26 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
34 ( 23 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
35 ( 32 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
36 ( NEW ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
37 ( 39 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
38 ( 35 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
39 ( 53 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
40 ( 45 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra

41 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
42 ( 43 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
43 ( 33 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
44 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
45 ( 41 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
46 ( 37 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
47 ( 56 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
48 ( 38 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
49 ( 46 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
50 ( 68 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys

51 ( 48 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
52 ( 50 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
53 ( 51 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
54 ( 49 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
55 ( 55 ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
56 ( 62 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
57 ( 47 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
58 ( 42 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 59 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
60 ( 44 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black

61 ( 63 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
62 ( 57 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
63 ( 58 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
64 ( 64 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
65 ( 61 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
66 ( 66 ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
67 ( 40 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
68 ( 74 ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
69 ( 70 ) WONDER BOY The Kinks
70 ( 75 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr

71 ( 54 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
72 ( 72 ) WE’RE ROLLIN’ ON The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( NEW ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
74 ( NEW ) LA LA LA Massiel
75 ( NEW ) YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE The Byrds

 

27th April 1968

Its 2 weeks on top for This Wheel’s On Fire, holding off the Hump in his only chance of topping my chart. Simon & Garfunkel get a first retro-chart top 10, and LOve climb back up. Nancy & Lee make it 6 top 10’s in 16 months, 8 for Nancy in total. Merrilee Rush Deadpool’s it into the 30, and Eddy Grant equals chart success times 2 as Baby Come Back enters some 20-odd years before his own solo version enters a bit lower. A big climb for The Delfonics into the 40, as yet another is new lower down.

Scott Walker goes ballad and in at 45, Bill Medley drops Bobby Hatfield for a solo entry, while Neil Diamond, The Temptations and The Foundations all keep the hits coming at frantic paces – the speed of single releases in 1968 USA in particular was amazing considering the current “hang-around-forever” big hits and “useless-invasion-of-album-tracks-masquerading-as-singles-in-week-one” that has made me determined to treat 60’s acts and albums the same way to illustrate that Drake having 3,546 chart entries in a year is meaningless when big 60’s streaming-free acts could have had the same (but didn’t by virtue of people having to buy music at great expense or else just listen to the radio)

1 ( 1 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
2 ( 6 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
3 ( 2 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
5 ( 3 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
6 ( 4 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
7 ( 25 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
8 ( 22 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
9 ( 7 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
10 ( 13 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

11 ( 8 ) VALLERI The Monkees
12 ( 9 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
13 ( 17 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
14 ( 10 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
15 ( 12 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
16 ( 11 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
18 ( 26 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
19 ( 14 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
20 ( 36 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel

21 ( 16 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
22 ( 18 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
23 ( 19 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
24 ( 27 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
25 ( 21 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
26 ( 44 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
27 ( 23 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
28 ( 20 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
29 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
30 ( 24 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus

31 ( 29 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
32 ( 28 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
33 ( 39 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
34 ( 31 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
35 ( 30 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
36 ( 37 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
37 ( 32 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
38 ( 50 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
39 ( 47 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
40 ( 73 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics

41 ( 35 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
42 ( 38 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
43 ( 41 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
44 ( 33 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
45 ( NEW ) JOANNA Scott Walker
46 ( 34 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
47 ( 68 ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
48 ( 64 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
49 ( 45 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
50 ( 40 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra

51 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler
52 ( 56 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
53 ( 70 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
54 ( 59 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
55 ( 46 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
56 ( 42 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
57 ( NEW ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
58 ( 61 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 51 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
60 ( 52 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles

61 ( 69 ) WONDER BOY The Kinks
62 ( 53 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
63 ( 54 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
64 ( 66 ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
65 ( 49 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
66 ( 43 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
67 ( 48 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
68 ( NEW ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
69 ( NEW ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers
70 ( 57 ) ROSIE Don Partridge

71 ( NEW ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
72 ( NEW ) BROOKLYN ROADS Neil Diamond
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
74 ( NEW ) I COULD NEVER LOVE ANOTHER The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) HOLD ME CLOSER The Equals featuring Eddy Grant

My September 1970 Charts

1st September 1970

1 year to the day since leaving for Singapore and Desmond Dekker tops my chart for a second week – when I left it was It Mek that I was just getting in to before cruelly not being able to hear it for another few years! This one though got some radio airplay. 2 new entries, Canadians The Poppy Family became better known as Terry Jacks – well, one of them did anyway. Bobby Bloom pops in with another Caribbean-flavoured song for 1970, following Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 9 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
9 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 11 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board

11 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 17 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
16 ( 14 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
17 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
18 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
19 ( 16 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
20 ( 19 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

8th September 1970

3 weeks on top for Desmond, 3 weeks at 2 for Hot Chocolate, 4 weeks at 3 for Bread… not much happening!

The Poppy Family leap into the top 5, and Bobby Bloom to 7, but the big news is THREE new entries, whooo! At 12, Jimmy Cliff’s lovely Cat Stevens cover is in, It’s A, It’s A, It’s A Wild World as Jonathan King covered it post-Pet Shop Boys not-guilty but not entirely dissimilar It’s A Sin. Holland-Dozier-Holland, ex-Motown Masterminds of brilliance (or Tamla Motown as we called the label in the UK in those days, let’s be accurate about it) set up their new label/production company Invictus – Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne were on it – cue the sheer brilliant Band Of Gold, a heart-rending tale of a newly-wed who’s husband isn’t up to the job on the wedding night, or thereafter. Gotta feel for her, what a rat! That leaves Three Dog Night, back with a Randy Newman cover. Like all their covers it’s not as good as the original. Or any other cover, though it’s a close call in this case with the Tom Jones and Stereophonics 90’s hit cover.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 15 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 8 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
7 ( 17 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
8 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
10 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies

11 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 14 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
15 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
16 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
17 ( 16 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
18 ( 20 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 18 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night

15th September 1970

There’s some actual chart movement as the Tremeloes enter at 1 with the fab stomping guitar-riffed Me And My Life, their only chart-topper, though I’d known the band for years – ironically this was pretty much their last fling as far as big hits were concerned, though they had further chart hits with me for another 4 years. Jimmy Cliff climbs to 6, his biggest hit here, and Diana Ross not only covers Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell’s song, she turns it into a monster dramatic ballad and gets her second solo hit. It’s an epic version that sets the template for the next 2 years of fab singles, and another 4 years of lesser singles before an abrupt change was called for.

2 metal classics enter at 15 and 20, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, both of them to chart again in 1980. Paranoid is the best of the two, and Deep Purple aren’t technically debuting as in my “retro” charts of 1967 and 1968 (ie ones I’m doing now to comprehensively survey the weekly music scenes of that era) they more or less charted as Episode Six (with Morning Dew) and also with a cover of Joe South’s Hush, a bigger hit for Kula Shaker into the future.

1 ( NEW ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
7 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
8 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
9 ( 10 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
13 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
14 ( 9 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
15 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
16 ( 7 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( 14 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 16 ) LOLA The Kinks
19 ( 13 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple

Life then…
A week or so into yet again playing the “new boy” at yet another school, this time RAF Changi Grammar, with my new brown leather school bag for all the extra books and work I had to do (much more homework at this school, so I had to up my game to do well, rather than just comfortably coast). I was in the second year, and fellow RAF Seletar transferee Stephen Mears joined at the same time, the two new boys in Mr Chapman’s form. My best friend at Seletar (Stephen Game) was sporty, so that the was the gang I hung in, new friend Stephen was more into chess – so that was the gang I hung in here. Suited me, as apart from running, rounders, volleyball, swimming, team games really didn’t agree with me, rugby and cricket in particular. Another new mate called Stephen (bit of a trend here!) who I knew from 2 terms at Seletar was also here, he was taller and a bit clumsy, not at all sporty, and also into chess and Snagglepuss impressions – so that was it really, I was in with what they called “the swots” in those days, rather than “one of the boys”. To be fair, though, there was very little bullying going on in either RAF school, which completely left me blissfully unaware of the reality of the average British non-forces Secondary Schools. Frankly one of the teachers was more scary…but that’s another tale.

22nd September 1970

2 weeks on top for The Trems, as The Carpenters debut at with the Bacharach/David gem Close To You. Just. Gorgeous. Karen’s angelic voice just fit into Singapore culture and radio beautifully, being as it was regarded as “Easy Listening” as they called it in those days. Class, I call it. Ditto Simon & Garfunkel having the fourth top 10 off possibly the greatest album of all-time, which my neighbours had, and had loaned to dad to record the top tracks, including this definitive version – note not the UK hit version by Julie Felix. Freda Payne goes top 10, as I hadn’t actually rated it as highly as I do now.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
4 ( 8 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
9 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne

11 ( 15 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
12 ( 7 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
13 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
15 ( 13 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 20 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
17 ( 17 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 14 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( 16 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
20 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams

Back at RAF Changi, it was getting to know the teachers and schoolmates, like outgoing and assertive Lee Kleinhans, a kid from South Africa, my best friend next-door was also there, in the first year, along with his older sister a couple of years up from me. Short Gary was likeable – the same couldn’t be said for the fearsome Mr Mynett, the Physics teacher, who put the fear of God into kids with his OTT Sgt-Major-styled methods – short and sharp in appearance and nature. Mr. Magnet we called him. Put me off Physics pretty much. I preferred the nice Biology teacher lady, though I am still waiting for an answer to a question I asked (I never asked questions in class) when she said all fruits had seeds and I asked about bananas. “I’ll tell you later” she said, and never did.

Kids remember these things!

29th September 1970

3 weeks on top for The Trems, rather amazingly their only chart-topper in my charts, even in my retrospective charts (I’ve started from January 1967 charting songs new to me and old to me, comprehensively top 50’s – and they don’t come close even though I loved them as a kid). The Carpenters are up to 2, and Simon & Garfunkel at 3 with the track covered by Julie Felix, and highest new entry is at 6 – The Archies are back with a minor US hit, and a track I adored at the time (taping it off their TV show) the joyous bubblegum of Sunshine, which deserves to be better known – or rather known at all. Written by Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom, that’ll be Sugar Sugar and the chap at number 16 with the also-tropical-sounding Montego Bay.

Black Sabbath are a bit Paranoid at being leap-frogged by a cartoon band, but then they DID have their own cartoon character in Ozzy…. In at 17, the soul-funk powerful social commentary of The Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion, Chicago pop back in at 19, and in at 20 one of my recent raves Our World. Blue Mink were fab, but tend to be under-appreciated, quite unfairly as they had a variety of singles, all great quality – this track was written by Herbie Flowers, later of “Grandad” success and Walk On The Wild Side bassline fame, and Kenny Pickett. Madeline Bell did the original version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, pre-Diana Ross & Co, which has made my retro 1968 charts – see my wordpress popchartfreak account for those shortly.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
3 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies
7 ( 11 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
8 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
9 ( 6 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
10 ( 7 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
12 ( 13 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
13 ( 12 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
14 ( 16 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
15 ( 15 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( RE ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) OUR WORLD Blue Mink