My Retro February 1969 Charts

23rd February 1969

It’s the 4th chart-topper for The Bee Gees, and the 4th chart-topper in 4 weeks as the number of classic records keep on coming at a frantic pace. First Of May follows Massachussets, World and I Started A Joke to pole position. Highest new entry is The Fifth Dimension, in at 5 with another song for the musical Hair, or rather a medley of songs, as the band take a break from Laura Nyro and Jimmy Webb songs to even greater effect. Esther Phillips gets a first top 10.

Noel Harrison enters with his virtually-spoken-word rendition of Windmills Of Your Mind, the Oscar-winning Michel Legrand song used in a film I saw at the time (Mum was a huge Steve McQueen fan) The Thomas Crown Affair, and a record that a was a huge fave at the time for me. Legrand was a prolific movies score composer, notably Summer Of ’42, Harrison was the son of Rex Harrison, of My Fair Lady & Doctor Doolittle fame, and the song was later beautifully covered by Dusty Springfield, who enters with the A side of the already charting B side at 72, both from her forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis.

The Beach Boys cover I Can Hear Music enters at 32, a cover of The Ronettes 1963 Phil Spector, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich song. Spector has 2 in the top 4, production-wise, and Barry & Greenwich also wrote River-Deep Mountain High among loads of classic. By this time Jeff was working solo, or with others, and churning out most of The Archies notable singles, including Sugar Sugar – due later in the year. The Beach Boys actually recorded it in 1966 but by 1969 Brian had fallen into mental illness, and the rest of the band weren’t quite in the same league creatively – most of, but not all, of the time.

At 39, the first of two tracks from the Yellow Submarine soundtrack, the Beatles movie that left me feeling a bit weird when I saw it, I wasn’t keen on the animation style and the plot, though I loved the music and some of the accompanying visuals. I’ve yet to buy the album, as most of the tracks I have elsewhere – except the two entering this week. One of Cliff’s Eurovision-style singles calls in for some Good Times at 52, Roger’s Cook & Greenaway well into their hit-making phase – see Engelbert’s track adjacent for another – and not long before Blue Mink became a thing for Cook, but after David & Jonathan (both Roger’s) had ceased to be a thing.

The Isley Brothers get a 3rd track on the chart, but with an actual current track this time, the funky contemporary-sounding It’s Your Thing, which sounded very like a later Banana Splits track featured on their show. Not Tra La La! Jamo Thomas enters with a future minor hit for The Untouchables 16 years on as the US belatedly gets into ska/mod music, Diana, Supremes, Tempts all replace themselves in the 75 as the big hit drops out, and Gladys with her Pips take anchor slot.

1 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 4 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
4 ( 6 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
5 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension
6 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
7 ( 5 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 7 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
9 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 13 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips

11 ( 8 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
12 ( 19 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
13 ( 11 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
14 ( 10 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
16 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
19 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 17 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies

21 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
22 ( 18 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
23 ( 50 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan
24 ( 36 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
25 ( 22 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
26 ( 21 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
27 ( 33 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
28 ( 30 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
29 ( 37 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
30 ( 23 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move

31 ( 25 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
32 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
33 ( 29 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
34 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
35 ( 43 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
36 ( 39 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
37 ( 40 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair
38 ( 24 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
39 ( NEW ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles
40 ( 35 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 26 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
42 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 28 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
44 ( 46 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
45 ( 38 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
46 ( 34 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
47 ( 31 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
48 ( 44 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
49 ( 54 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
50 ( 57 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

51 ( 41 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
52 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
53 ( 45 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
54 ( 69 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
55 ( 59 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
56 ( NEW ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles
57 ( 68 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
58 ( 65 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
59 ( 66 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
60 ( 71 ) HAIR The Cowsills

61 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
63 ( 55 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
64 ( NEW ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers
65 ( 58 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 70 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
67 ( 47 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
68 ( 72 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
69 ( 73 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
70 ( 74 ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx

71 ( 75 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge
72 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas
74 ( NEW ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) DIDN’T YOU KNOW (YOU’D HAVE TO CRY SOMETIME) Gladys Knight & The Pips

Wot I liked then charts

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
3 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
4 ( 7 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
7 ( 5 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
8 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 6 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 9 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

11 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
12 ( 10 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
13 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
14 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
15 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 12 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
17 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( 15 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
19 ( 16 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( 14 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson

16th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the 1965 classic that keeps coming back again and again in the UK charts, because it’s epic Phil Spector and epic vocals from Bill & Bobby. Highest new entry are The Bee Gees replacing themselves in the top 10 with the gorgeous First Of May, possibly their least-covered early great, which bewilders me somewhat, subtle and brilliant as it is. It keeps up the top 2 chart runs of most of their singles to date in my charts, as Glen Campbell keeps up a classic run of top 5 tracks with Jimmy Webb’s brilliant Galveston in at 4 appearing 6 months earlier than I associate it with, as it enters the US charts.

The top 10 has had a big make-over, as Ike & Tina get a first top 10, and Dean Martin gets his first too covering Glen Campbell. Dusty Springfield’s follow-up single in the US hasn’t charted here, off the forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis album, but the B side has: Breakfast In Bed, a future biggie in the 80’s for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde. The Beatles latest album also not yet featured, but next week should fix that! Cilla & The Monkees climb into the 40, and The Love Affair get a 4th chart entry at 40.

Other newies, Barry Ryan follows up with another histrionic track, albeit not quite the complete song that was Eloise, at 50, as more bubblegum joins the newies for Crazy Elephant, reggae Stevie Wonder for David Isaacs, jazzrock Blood, Sweat & Tears, and the Cowsills return with another Hair cover, this one the unlikely choice of Hair itself for the youngsters. Sly & his family also return to keep the family band connections in the chart many and varied, as Inez & Charlie Foxx do the same as the brother-sister duo bring their 1963 track into the UK charts belatedly but 5 years ahead of husband-wife Carly Simon & James Taylor’s hit cover. Lastly one-man band, with no familial links, does it all himself again for the 3rd time as he breakfasts on Pluto. I assume he means the frozen downgraded dwarf planet (it’s round, let’s just call them “worlds” regardless of where they orbit or size) as opposed to the dog, which would be unhygienic and might annoy Disney.

 

1 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
2 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
6 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
7 ( 4 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
8 ( 10 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
9 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 5 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 7 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
12 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
14 ( 9 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 8 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 6 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
18 ( 13 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
19 ( 21 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
20 ( 26 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass

21 ( 15 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
22 ( 18 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
23 ( 19 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
24 ( 20 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
25 ( 22 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
26 ( 28 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
27 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 23 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
29 ( 40 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 38 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson

31 ( 37 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
32 ( 24 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
33 ( 34 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
34 ( 25 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
35 ( 30 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
36 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
37 ( 43 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
38 ( 31 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
39 ( 56 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
40 ( NEW ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair

41 ( 32 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
42 ( 44 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 54 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
44 ( 41 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
45 ( 50 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
46 ( 48 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
47 ( 39 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
48 ( 35 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
49 ( 29 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
50 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan

51 ( 33 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
52 ( 42 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
53 ( 36 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
54 ( 59 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
55 ( 45 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
56 ( 52 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
58 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
59 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
60 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin

61 ( 46 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
62 ( 47 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
63 ( 57 ) ELENORE The Turtles
64 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
65 ( 68 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
66 ( 71 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
67 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
68 ( NEW ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
69 ( NEW ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
70 ( 75 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

71 ( NEW ) HAIR The Cowsills
72 ( NEW ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 74 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
74 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx
75 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 2 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
3 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
6 ( 3 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
7 ( 10 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

11 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 15 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
15 ( 11 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
16 ( 12 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
17 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 18 ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
20 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone

 

 

9th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the classic Where Do You Go To, Peter Sartedt’s only chart-topper, just holding off the highest new entry from The Righteous Brothers, their 1965 classic Phil Spector UK chart-topper, while the 2nd highest is also a Phil Spector epic production for Ike & Tina Turner at 16, which peaked at 2 in 1966 in the UK – and stiffed in the US, shockingly. My mum absolutely loved You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (and still does) at the time, and I liked it too. As the years went by, like turned to love, then adore, then worship. It’s one of the greatest records of all-time no question, no male duo vocal performance can get even close to Bobby Hatfield & Bill Medley’s battling, and the production is perfect. Contrast with Cilla’s pleasant hit version, and just see the difference. Cilla gets the highest new entry by way of compensation with Surround Yourself With Sorrow, a record I liked even more than The Righteous Brothers at the time.

Nazz go top 10 5 years ahead of Todd Rundgren’s version going top 5, Nina Simone goes top 10 31 years ahead of Sonique’s big hit version, River Deep goes top 20 2 years ahead of the Supremes and Four Tops cover, & The Banana Splits go top 30, as the first TV group enter with Teardrop City, The Monkees being down to 3 at this time, as Peter Tork had left the building for the first in a still-continuing rotating membership – The last Monkees album came out at Christmas 2018 with contributions from the surviving 3 members, but they usually feature an old Davy track revamped. Still love ’em. Seen them 2 or 3 times, always brings tears of joyful nostalgia to my eye.

Sandie Shaw was a huge childhood fave, still is, but she never liked Monsieur Dupont and it was generally excluded from hits collections, which annoyed me cos I loved it way back when. 50 years later, I can see why she isn’t over-fond, it’s a bit twee with those backing girlie la-la’s, but still I have affection for it’s dated charm. Jerry Butler gets a 3rd entry with a song covered by Billy Paul 4 or 5 years on, while Curtis Mayfield’s band keeps them coming at a frantic pace, always classy.

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
5 ( 8 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
7 ( 5 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
8 ( 6 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
10 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone

11 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 10 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
14 ( 19 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
15 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
16 ( NEW ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
17 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
19 ( 12 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
20 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits

21 ( 23 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
22 ( 18 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
23 ( 15 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
24 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
25 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
26 ( 31 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
27 ( 22 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 47 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
29 ( 32 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
30 ( 29 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

31 ( 28 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
32 ( 26 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
33 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
34 ( 54 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
35 ( 24 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
36 ( 25 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
37 ( 42 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
38 ( 44 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
39 ( 36 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
40 ( 43 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
42 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
43 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
44 ( NEW ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
45 ( 38 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
46 ( 40 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
47 ( 41 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
48 ( 50 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
49 ( 33 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
50 ( 57 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick

51 ( 34 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
52 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
53 ( 46 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
54 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
55 ( 39 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
56 ( NEW ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
57 ( 53 ) ELENORE The Turtles
58 ( 45 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
59 ( 61 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
60 ( 62 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

61 ( 58 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
62 ( 59 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
63 ( 60 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
64 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 56 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
67 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 71 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
69 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( 49 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
72 ( 51 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
73 ( NEW ) BACK DOOR MAN Derek aka Johnny Cymbal
74 ( NEW ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
75 ( NEW ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 6 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
3 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
5 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
13 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
15 ( 19 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
16 ( 18 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 17 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
19 ( 20 ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
20 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

 

 

2nd February 1969

It’s a first week on top for Amen Corner with their fab UK chart-topper knocking off a future UK chart-topper, with both holding off the highest new entry from another future UK chart-topper: Peter Sarstedt and his Frenchified folk classic Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? I knew every word to the song, being as I loved it, and had the words cut out of Weekend magazine along with most big hits of 1969 to read, singalong to and learn. Just because I can, I’m going to say of this chart I’ve seen the following in concert: Andy Fairweather-Low, Tommy Roe, Peter Sarstedt, The Zombies & Colin Blunstone, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Wood, Peter Noone, The Manfreds & Paul Jones, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones, Dave Edmunds, Mary Wilson, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Marv Johnson, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Chi-Lites, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich…so I’m pretty loyal all in all and no wonder my hearing in one ear is damaged a bit.

The Zombies are up to 4 as Colin Blunstone disguises himself badly in the UK for a cover of his own classic with Rod Argent, She’s Not There, a future Santana hit as well (who I’ve also seen in concert), in at 23. Second highest entry is the 1944 song covered by Esther Phillips, I love her voice, have never heard this track before (a previous hit for Glen Campbell & future Ronnie Milsap US smash) but it’s so classy she enters at 19 a full 6 years ahead of her UK hit update of a similarly fab classic song What A Diffrence A Day Makes. Deano is in too at 20 with his laidback vocal cover of a previous Glen Campbell hit, Gentle On My Mind, as featured no doubt on his entertaining variety show of the time – that’ll be both Dean and Glen.

The Five Stairsteps get yet another entry, not bad for a band I’d never heard of until a year ago – think a black soulful Cowsills, as in 5 kids from the same family – while The Hump keeps the ballads coming too. Stevie Wonder turns 18 and returns with another goodie, and The Tempts also return with a marathon social soulfunk effort just as solo Temptation David Ruffin debuts 7 years ahead of his UK debut with the fab Walk Away With Love. The Grass Roots cover Marmalade, Paul Jones covers Hair classic Aquarius, Carla Thomas returns, The Delfonics return, Johnny Nash gets his You Got Soul B-side sneaking in, Johnny Johnson gets top billing with the Bandwagon, and Badfinger debut. Well, called The Iveys, on Apple, I have the album, but this was the flop single.

In my charts of the time Donald Peers is at 3, and doesn’t chart at all in 2019, The Move top my charts, and a lot of tracks are about the same position, and some aren’t!

1 ( 10 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 13 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
5 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
6 ( 2 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 14 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
8 ( 12 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 8 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
13 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 17 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 5 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
16 ( 11 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 20 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
18 ( 26 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
19 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
20 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

21 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
22 ( 16 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
23 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
24 ( 15 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
25 ( 19 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
26 ( 18 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
28 ( 23 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
32 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
33 ( 22 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
34 ( 39 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
35 ( 29 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
36 ( 28 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
37 ( 34 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
38 ( 31 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
39 ( 44 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
40 ( 33 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

41 ( 35 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
42 ( 53 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
43 ( 48 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
44 ( 50 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
45 ( 25 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
46 ( 32 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
47 ( 64 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
48 ( 42 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 36 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
50 ( 68 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites

51 ( 37 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
52 ( 40 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
53 ( 49 ) ELENORE The Turtles
54 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
55 ( 41 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
56 ( 58 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
57 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
58 ( 55 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( 56 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
60 ( 57 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark

61 ( 66 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
62 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
63 ( 54 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
64 ( NEW ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 47 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
67 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 62 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
69 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( NEW ) I LIKE WHAT YOU’RE DOING (TO ME) Carla Thomas

71 ( NEW ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
72 ( NEW ) YOU Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon
73 ( 51 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS Paul Jones
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Iveys

2nd Feb Retro-Then
1 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
4 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 9 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
10 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade

11 ( 7 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 11 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
15 ( 10 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
16 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
20 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett

My Retro July 1967 Chart

1st July 1967

2 weeks on top for Nancy Sinatra, as Jackson foe Nancy & Lee goes up to 28, as an alternate version (probably more famous) by Johnny Cash & wife June Carter enters at 75, and also as My Elusive Dreams enters for Tammy Wynette & David Houston, another country standard – the Nancy & Lee version from 1968 is the definitive version, though it’s close-run with the Tammy Wynette & George Jones 1973 version (husband & wife, slowed down a la Nancy & Lee, and with real emotion).

The Fabs enter the 10 with When I’m 64 (my theme tune in 5 years), and hit 2 with Lucy In The Sky, bigger then the Elton & Lennon version in 1974, while Glen goes top 5, as Dean Martin did in 1969. Smokey Robinson gets his first top 10, Frankie Valli his 3rd top 20 of the year, The Bee Gees shoot up to 30 with a song of theirs I wasn’t that familiar with, and US chart-topper The Association sneaks into the 40.

New: Morning Dew, a version I knew by Lulu eclipsed by this Deep-Purple-ish Episode Six a year ahead of Hush, while The Intruders debut at 45 7 years ahead of I’ll Always Love My Mama and Win Place Or Show. At 51, The Forum is an oddity but a goodie obscurity, and The Four Tops grab a 4th chart entry of the year with I’ll Turn To Stone – wonder where Jeff Lynne got the idea for ELO’s Turn To Stone? Look no further! Girl group harmonies for The Babies at 65, and at 74, The Easybeats return (had I been charting in 1966 for biggie Friday On My Mind) and 11 years ahead of their part-debut as Flash & The Pan.

1 ( 1 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
2 ( 3 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
4 ( 4 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 11 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
9 ( 8 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
10 ( 14 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 9 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
12 ( 10 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
13 ( 16 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
14 ( 12 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
15 ( 19 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
16 ( 20 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
17 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
18 ( 26 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 13 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
20 ( 35 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli

21 ( 21 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
22 ( 17 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
23 ( 18 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
24 ( 25 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
25 ( 24 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
26 ( 27 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
27 ( 23 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
28 ( 32 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
29 ( 40 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
30 ( 58 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees

31 ( 39 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
32 ( 34 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
33 ( 36 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
34 ( 37 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
35 ( 28 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
36 ( 29 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers37 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
38 ( 32 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
39 ( 43 ) WINDY The Association
40 ( 22 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr

41 ( 34 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
42 ( 46 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
43 ( NEW ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
44 ( 41 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
45 ( NEW ) TOGETHER The Intruders
46 ( 30 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
47 ( 47 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
48 ( 48 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques
49 ( 45 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
50 ( 42 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles

51 ( NEW ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
52 ( 44 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
53 ( 64 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
54 ( 66 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
55 ( 51 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
56 ( 50 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
57 ( NEW ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
58 ( 60 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
59 ( 75 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
60 ( 65 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks

61 ( 69 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
62 ( 58 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
63 ( 49 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
64 ( 55 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
65 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
66 ( 56 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
67 ( 68 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
68 ( 54 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
69 ( 73 ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
70 ( 74 ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner

71 ( 67 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
72 ( NEW ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
73 ( 52 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN AND HELL The Easybeats
75 ( NEW ) JACKSON Johnny Cash & June Carter

9th July 1967

So much great music around in the Summer Of Love everything is underperforming chartwise, and I need to expand to a top 100 really! Too much work though, so suffice to say The Beatles are untouchable as anthem All You Need Is Love gives the Fabs a 3rd chart-topper, 2 to Paul, 1 to John, and a total of 10 tracks in the 75. Ed Sheeran eat your heart out!

Big surprise are the huge climbs for 2 tracks new to me, Episode “Deep Purple” 6’s cover of Morning Dew at 11, and an even bigger one for obscurity The River Is Wide, from The Forum, evolving from a folk band Les Baxter’s Balladeers who counted one David Crosby amongst their number before moving on to The Byrds, and later Crosby Stills & Nash. A terrific OTT track that peaked at a paltry 48 in the USA, but 8 here (so far). The Grass Roots had a bigger hit in 1969 with the song.

The Bee Gees leapfrog themselves to enter at 14 with To Love Somebody, their very first classic song that has proven to be coverable (earlier releases are good records but not standards), starting with Nina Simone’s big cover in 1969. Other newies: The Elgins debut 4 years ahead of UK chart success, Neil Diamond grabs yet another hit song, must be his 6th in 6 months, the fab Desmond Dekker enters with 007, and less than 2 years on he would top charts with the first ska record to get world famous. A couple of gospel soul goodies, a muzak Doctor Zhivago song, an early 60’s girl group return with a more 1967 sound, and Sandie Shaw sneaks in with another minor UK hit.

1 ( NEW ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
3 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
5 ( 2 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 8 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 50 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
9 ( 10 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees

11 ( 42 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
12 ( 4 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
13 ( 9 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
14 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
15 ( 15 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
16 ( 13 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
17 ( 20 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
18 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
20 ( 11 ) PAPER SUN Traffic

21 ( 12 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
22 ( 14 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
23 ( 30 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
24 ( 19 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
25 ( 28 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
26 ( 26 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
27 ( 29 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
28 ( 16 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
29 ( 31 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
30 ( 21 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

31 ( 32 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
32 ( 34 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
33 ( 27 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
34 ( 23 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
35 ( 22 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
36 ( 24 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
37 ( 39 ) WINDY The Association
38 ( 33 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
39 ( 25 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
40 ( 46 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

41 ( 41 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
42 ( 35 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
43 ( 36 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
44 ( 44 ) TOGETHER The Intruders45 ( 37 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
46 ( 48 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques
47 ( 41 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
48 ( 38 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
49 ( 54 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
50 ( 44 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas

51 ( 40 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
52 ( 46 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
53 ( 53 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
54 ( 57 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
55 ( 49 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
56 ( NEW ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
57 ( 61 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
58 ( 59 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
59 ( 50 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
60 ( 73 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

61 ( 52 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
62 ( 55 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
63 ( NEW ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
64 ( 65 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
65 ( 58 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
66 ( 72 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
67 ( 56 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
68 ( NEW ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
69 ( 70 ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
70 ( 62 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) NEARER TO YOU Betty Harris
72 ( NEW ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
73 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE MY LOVE The Mike Sammes Singers
74 ( NEW ) LAST MINUTE MIRACLE The Shirelles
75 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw

15th July 1967

2 weeks on top for The Fabs, as they also rise to 4 with When I’m Sixty Four (accept no inferior covers when the original is available), go top 40 With A Little Help (ditto) and enter with the B side of All You Need Is Love, Baby You’re A Rich Man. The Monkees try to steal the Beatles thunder with yet 2 more new entries, both Brill Building written this time, A side Pleasant Valley Sunday (Goffin & King’s social commentary) at 17 and B side Words (Mann & Weil, and featured in the TV show a few times) at 60. Trying to keep up, The Bee Gees (2 in the top 30), Nancy Sinatra (ditto), while big climbs for the Elgins all doo-wop delight to 28, and The Babies terrific song up to 30. Grace Slick & co got top 40. The Kinks enter at 47, or at least brother Dave singing for a credited change, Dandy Livingstone debuts 12 years ahead of the Specials cover and 5 years ahead of his chart hits Suzanne Beware Of The Devil and Big City, Glen Campbell’s B side joins the Number 2 A side, and 2 of the all-great voices pop in with lesser tracks: Roy Orbison and Marvin Gaye.

1 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 6 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
6 ( 8 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
7 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
8 ( 14 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
9 ( 9 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles

11 ( 11 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
12 ( 15 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
13 ( 13 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
14 ( 10 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
15 ( 12 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
16 ( 17 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
17 ( NEW ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
18 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
19 ( 16 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
20 ( 27 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

21 ( 23 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
22 ( 25 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
23 ( 19 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
24 ( 24 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
25 ( 22 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
26 ( 20 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
27 ( 31 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
28 ( 55 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
29 ( 21 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
30 ( 63 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies

31 ( 32 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
32 ( 48 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
33 ( 30 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
35 ( 35 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
36 ( 33 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
37 ( 29 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
38 ( 44 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
39 ( 41 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
40 ( 45 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques

41 ( 52 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
42 ( 36 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
43 ( 28 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
44 ( 26 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
45 ( 38 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
46 ( 37 ) WINDY The Association
47 ( NEW ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
48 ( 39 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
49 ( 42 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
50 ( 53 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops

51 ( 40 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
52 ( 45 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
53 ( 43 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
54 ( 47 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
55 ( 48 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
56 ( NEW ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
57 ( 50 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
58 ( 63 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
59 ( 66 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
60 ( NEW ) WORDS The Monkees

61 ( 55 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
62 ( 68 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
63 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips
64 ( 57 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
65 ( 71 ) NEARER TO YOU Betty Harris
66 ( 59 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
67 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE A RICH MAN The Beatles
68 ( 75 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
69 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
70 ( 60 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

71 ( 72 ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
72 ( 73 ) SOMEWHERE MY LOVE The Mike Sammes Singers
73 ( 62 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
74 ( NEW ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison
75 ( NEW ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye

DROP OUTS:

IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
BERNADETTE The Four Tops
I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
ALFIE Dionne Warwick
LAST MINUTE MIRACLE The Shirelles

 

22nd July 1967

3 weeks on top for the Beatles keeping The Bee Gees away from having their first Number 1, with Bobbie Gentry’s classic country debut at 3. Haunting strings and a sad story-song still affect 50 years later. The great thing about 60’s country music – it was all about the lyrics, and likewise Gentle On My Mind, the words are working man poetry, beautiful images and phrases.

Tom Jones gets his 4th top 20 entry (had I been charting earlier) at 16 with his great Lonnie Donegan cover – it took another 2 years to break in the States, I know cos it was featured in my books of big songs of sheet music from late 1969, which I saved up to buy in Singapore. It was very American-based, printed locally, and I’m guessing royalties wasn’t a thing…

In at 30, a song I didn’t know I knew, a great soul track from Ruby Andrews that became better-known in the UK in a disco hit cover by Coffee in the late 70’s. I didn’t even know it was a cover! A Canadian hit Donovan cover pops in at 32, another new discovery for me, rather good, as is a late-career Brian Hyland track, Get The Message. Brian went top 5 in 1975 with his resissue of Sealed With A Kiss, but way back in my toddler-hood I was obsessed by Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and it would be 100% certain to have topped my hypothetical charts for weeks. Of course that awful Bombalurina/Timmy Mallet cover has taken the charm off it somewhat since…

A few months before the fab Judy In Disguise, John Fred has the quirky and fab Agnes English at 54, Simon & Garfunkel slip in again with another minor pleasantry, as do 5 other 1967 charting acts, Dionne, Aretha, The Temps, & The Rascals. 

1 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 8 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
3 ( NEW ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
5 ( 2 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
7 ( 5 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
8 ( 9 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
10 ( 11 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six

11 ( 7 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
12 ( 12 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
13 ( 10 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
14 ( 17 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
15 ( 13 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
16 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
17 ( 14 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
18 ( 22 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
19 ( 21 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
20 ( 20 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

21 ( 15 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
22 ( 28 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
23 ( 16 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
24 ( 19 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
25 ( 30 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
26 ( 23 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
27 ( 31 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
28 ( 38 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
29 ( 25 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
30 ( NEW ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews

31 ( 29 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
32 ( NEW ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
33 ( 24 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
34 ( 60 ) WORDS The Monkees
35 ( NEW ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
36 ( 55 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
37 ( 18 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
38 ( 41 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
39 ( 47 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
40 ( 50 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops

41 ( 26 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
42 ( 36 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
43 ( 33 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
44 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
45 ( 32 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
46 ( 35 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
47 ( 39 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
48 ( 48 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
49 ( 27 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
50 ( 40 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Techniques

51 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
52 ( 59 ) MY ELUSIVE DREAMS David Houston & Tammy Wynette
53 ( 57 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond
54 ( NEW ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
55 ( 43 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
56 ( 49 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
57 ( 61 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
58 ( 53 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
59 ( 45 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
60 ( 68 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell

61 ( 52 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
62 ( 57 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
63 ( 61 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
64 ( 67 ) BABY YOU’RE A RICH MAN The Beatles
65 ( 74 ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison
66 ( 55 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
67 ( 68 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
68 ( NEW ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
69 ( 71 ) LET IT BE ME The Sweet Inspirations
70 ( 75 ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye

71 ( 53 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
72 ( NEW ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
73 ( NEW ) YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING The Temptations
74 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU The Young Rascals
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Aretha Franklin

 

29th July 1967

It’s a first week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s classic country song – more of a spine-tingling story than anything, and not the last time she would top my charts. The Monkees keep up the top 10’s with the Goffin & King song and the 20’s with Words, Tom Northcott goes top 10 here with a bang and nowhere else in the world, while Brian Hyland gets his first top 10 since Itsy Bitsy (theoretically, as it would have 100% topped my chart had I been charting in the early 60’s, being as it was one of my first loves pre-school).

Brian Wilson’s ambitious Heroes & Villains is straight in the 20 for The Beach Boys, but it’s no Good Vibrations, The Fabs make the 20 with Mr Kite, and Gary Lewis enters at 27 with the last good record they made – I hadn’t actually realised Gary was mostly double-tracked with some proper singers, as his voice wasn’t that great. The records were though. Brenton Wood still sounds good at 31 and new, as do the Trems well into their pop chart run of hits, and even Frankie joins the party with a minor gem of a ballad that I didn’t know. Or rather one I didn’t know that I knew – it’s sorta familiar so I guess I heard him do it on one of the many variety show imports of the time.
1 ( 3 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
4 ( 5 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
5 ( 4 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
6 ( 12 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
7 ( 8 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
8 ( 14 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
9 ( 32 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
10 ( 35 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland

11 ( 7 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
12 ( 9 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
13 ( 11 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
14 ( 6 ) THE RIVER IS WIDE The Forum
15 ( 18 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 16 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
18 ( 34 ) WORDS The Monkees
19 ( NEW ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
20 ( 27 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

21 ( 13 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
22 ( 22 ) IT’S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME The Elgins
23 ( 10 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
24 ( 17 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
25 ( 25 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE The Babies
26 ( 21 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
27 ( NEW ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
28 ( 23 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
29 ( 29 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
30 ( 30 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews

31 ( NEW ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
32 ( 20 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
33 ( 26 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
34 ( 28 ) TOGETHER The Intruders
35 ( 38 ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
36 ( 36 ) RUDY, A MESSAGE TO YOU Dandy Livingstone
37 ( 31 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
39 ( 39 ) DEATH OF A CLOWN Dave Davies
40 ( NEW ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra

41 ( 37 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
42 ( 24 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
43 ( 54 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
44 ( 19 ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
45 ( 33 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
46 ( 67 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
47 ( 42 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
48 ( 43 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
49 ( 44 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
50 ( 53 ) THANK THE LORD FOR THE NIGHT TIME Neil Diamond

51 ( 41 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
52 ( 48 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
53 ( NEW ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT The Alan Price Set
54 ( 57 ) 007 (SHANTY TOWN) Desmond Dekker
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME HAS COME P.P. Arnold
56 ( 60 ) JUST ANOTHER MAN Glen Campbell
57 ( 46 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
58 ( 71 ) THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
59 ( 66 ) TONIGHT IN TOKYO Sandie Shaw
60 ( 64 ) CRY SOFTLY LONELY ONE Roy Orbison

61 ( 58 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
62 ( 40 ) I’LL TURN TO STONE The Four Tops
63 ( 61 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
64 ( 51 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
65 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
66 ( 56 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
67 ( 61 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
68 ( 73 ) YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING The Temptations
69 ( 70 ) YOUR UNCHANGING LOVE Marvin Gaye
70 ( 47 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS Eric Burdon & The Animals
72 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Symbols
73 ( 74 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU The Young Rascals
74 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
75 ( NEW ) SIXTEEN TONS Tom Jones

My 1970 Charts – July

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7th July 1970

5 weeks and Everything Is still Beautiful for Ray Stevens. Simon & Garfunkel go up to 4 with Cecilia up in my bedroom, Lady D’Arbanville gives Cat Stevens a royal climb to 6, and Lola gives The Kinks a manly leg-up into the top 10. New at 10, and The King is back, fresh from a run of classic 1969 singles, including chart-topper In The Ghetto, but this time it’s not cool soulful gospel Elvis, it’s the start of Las Vegas live cabaret Elvis who covers other people’s records for a living. This one is 1959 Ray Peterson hit The Wonder Of You, and is still his best cabaret period track, well OTT but a bit of fun, and Elvis had yet to become a caricature of himself.

In at 14, and back in the chart groove, Jimmy Ruffin keeps those Motown soul-sounds going with I’ll Say Forever My Love, a terrific record in a run of great singles from Jimmy. In at 19, Joni Mitchell finally charts in her own right, having been covered by others prior to Big Yellow Taxi. It’s a great song, still popular, but not by any means my favourite Joni song, not even close. 5 years on she took a re-recorded version into my charts, and it would be 4 years before she actually got a follow-up chart track enter my charts.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 4 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
8 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
10 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley

http://youtube.com/v/NQH_Wj5lj5g

11 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
12 ( 9 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
13 ( 12 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
14 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 14 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
17 ( 15 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
18 ( 19 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
19 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
20 ( 16 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies

http://youtube.com/v/ZgMEPk6fvpg


So, as they like to start sentences with these days, Singapore lazy hazy days of summer. My school popcorn transfer collection was becoming pretty comprehensive – I’d covered my cardboard hardboard suitcase-style school bag (everyone had them) in them, inside and out, and I’d decided to save them for posterity in a DIY mini-album made from A4 sheets cut in half and folded over, and stapled together. I still have it of course, and I am right now gazing at my gorgeous Neal Adams figures of Superman, Batman, Batgirl and Robin, still the best DC Comics artist of all time. I also had my el cheapo Far east rip-off versions of Batman/ Superman which had the hair the wrong colour, the costumes the wrong colour, and other hilarity I guess was intentionally done to avoid copyright prosecution. Either that or the artist was colour-blind. Then there’s my 2001: A Space Odyssey transfers, still sexy and still futuristic even though it’s 14-years beyond 2001 now. Not to mention my “Monkey” animation transfers (I’m sure I have already mentioned these, but y’know, whatever!) as Far East culture was just as much fair game as American to kids like me. Think of it as an early version of Kung Fu Panda! Then there’s the Cowboy transfers (think Toy Story’s Woody), the Daktari TV show transfers (Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion was a hit long before The Lion King), and loads of Anime superheroes in the style of hit Japanese TV show Marine Boy. Anime was big news in Singapore for kids, and I have vague memories of an obscure series called Phantoma so I googled and I youtubed and he looks nothing like I recall (see link) so I’m thinking it may have been a local TV station rename for Space Ghost who does look like I recall (a Hanna Barbera cartoon) so here’s the Japanese language version. Anyways, all in all, a big yah-boo-sucks to later trends and cults for kids, beat ya all to it, so there hah (raspberry!).

http://youtube.com/v/DEFxejz3g18


14th July 1970

Mungo Jerry finally get on top in the summertime, or in Singapore where it’s perpetually summer, summer sounds seemed doubly appropriate. Once upon a time it was fresh and new and unusual, before a plethora of adverts, TV spots, film slots and a cover by Shaggy rendered it all a bit old hat, but I retain affection for it as long as I don’t hear it too often! Highest new entry at 12 is Hotlegs with the insistent plodding beat of Neanderthal Man. It seemed like a novelty record, which is not quite right as the band went on to become 75% of 10CC, who also started off with what seemed to be a novelty record, before it became quite clear that they specialised in musical pastiches, witty lyrics and versatility of sound. Prior to Hotlegs, Eric Stewart was in and sang lead vocal on the Mindbenders gorgeous Groovy Kind Of Love, another of many childhood faves of mine. After leaving the chart, Graham Gouldman joined Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Eric (joint owner of Strawberry Studios, where they recorded, along with Graham) and that was essentially 10CC formed.

1 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
6 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
9 ( 7 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 9 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

 

http://youtube.com/v/wiWu7Csn2HY

11 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( NEW ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
14 ( 12 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 13 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
17 ( 15 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
19 ( 16 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
20 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe


Around about this time dad started buying colour slide films for the new half-frame camera – this was quite a revelation, as once he’d got a screen and slide projector we had the multicolour 60’s experience recorded for posterity at 72 shots a roll of film, and shown in glorious multicolour afterwards as big as you wanted. This was amazing, as it just captured everything about a largely-disappearing period-piece, our youth, and in the years (and decades) afterwards it kept the whole tropical Singapore world fresh and vivid. I still have boxes and boxes of slides (now sometimes looking worse for wear as time starts to let fungus and the like creep in) and no way of transferring to digital which does them justice – the focus is not quite right, the colours too pastel, the bits of dust and stuff on them stands out too much. What I need is time and expensive kit to have them back to life and saved. Here’s one of mum, dad, brother and life then ins Singapore city: mum’s crocheted handbag (arts and crafts were big with the housewives), the bottle of fanta (you needed lotsa bottles of fizzy drinks on a day out), the umbrella (when it rained it poured), the cool fashions: I’m sorry, for me fashion peaked in 1970 and it has been at it’s best since when it’s returning to similar styles of the late 60’s and very early 70’s. Call me old-fashioned…!


21st July 1970

Cliff gets his first chart-topper after a couple of number 2’s. I say first, actually Cliff’s career was the same age as me (still is, obviously!) and he’d moved over into family pop fairly early into his career and pretty much stayed there, but with an increasingly bubblegum tendency that didn’t go down well with music critics. Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha was melodic pop that appealed well enough to 12 year-old’s, about a boy dumping his mates for girls, not about tomboys blossoming into women, or boys going the Lola route (sadly, as that would have been quite a media sensation). In a hypothetical world where I started my pop charts at age 5, not 10, Cliff would have had Summer Holiday, Bacholer Boy, All My Love, The Day I Met Marie and maybe Congratulations hit the top spot, cos I loved them all. The Day I Met Marie eventually did top my chart, and there’s still time for The Next Time (double A with Bacholer Boy) to do the same, though the others have all passed that point now.

Simon & Garfunkel get yet another single fall just short of the top spot, the fab Cecilia at 2, as Elvis and Cat go top 5, Hotlegs go top 10, and the highest new entry at 13 is one I was mad on, recorded direct off the TV with a hand microphone from The Archies Fun House show. Love Vibrations inexpicably remains unreleased 45 years later, and of course is therefore the record I most want to be available on download, or CD, or vinyl. It’s just a great tune, and much better than a number of their rather odd singles choices following the monster that was Sugar Sugar. Pretty sure it never appeared in any chart, therefore, on the whole Planet Earth, so I’m singing it’s praises a lone voice in the wilderness, albeit through childhood rose-tinted specs. At 18, and much better-known, it’s Stevie Wonder again, Signed, Sealed, Delivered he’s yours. Even covered by Stevie himself in 2003 with Blue (it wasn’t an improvement on the original) it gave him a 21st century UK chart hit that wasn’t Superstition (it usually is). The youtube clip is a gem, cool Stevie and spot missus Syreeta on backing vocals. At 20, Pickettywich sneak in briefly again with a sad old movie, kinda. S’OK.

http://youtube.com/v/Po1ffbk5JA0

1 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
4 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
5 ( 8 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
6 ( 5 ) LOLA The Kinks
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
9 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

http://youtube.com/v/zxexKLsLpw0

11 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 18 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
13 ( NEW ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 13 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
17 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
20 ( NEW ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywich

http://youtube.com/v/cbKVfq49tII

What was reading at this time, apart from comics? Just William books (very British), The Bobbsey Twins books (very American), Enid Blyton books (still) though I’d moved more into the “Secret” and “Adventure” books and away from The Famous Five and The Secret Seven (very Dorset). I’d already dipped into Arthur C. Clarke (Dolphin Island, a long-forgotten pro-dolphin sci-fi yarn aimed at kids) which whetted my appetite for science-fiction, without actually being aware that was what it was, or that more was available in that genre. My fave books of all-time, though were The Secret Island (Blyton) and Dolphin Island (Clarke) and the 1858 R. M. Ballantyne novel The Coral Island. Hmmm, I seem to have a thing for being marooned on/or living on isolated islands, particularly tropical ones, and ones with animals I can love (as opposed to eat). It all seemed so glamorous being able to do exactly what you want, in co-operation, on a marvellous adventure. Or maybe I just liked living in my own world cos the real one is quite cruel. No change there then….

28th July 1970

2 weeks for Cliff and Samantha, Cat hits 3 with his lady, and Jimmy Ruffin gets a 2nd top 10 in a row. In at 12 it’s another country-flavoured melodic ballad from the under-rated Scottish band Marmalade, Rainbow is another sweet-sad pop song in the style of The Hollies or Crosby Stills & Nash, and follows-up my chart-topper Reflections Of My Life. Like The Monkees they generally (against their wishes) were forced to record songs by professional songwriters, (good records all the same) but in 1969 switched to Decca and produced their own songs. Their line-up had Junior Campbell, later of solo gospel-tinged singles success, and they rather sensibly changed the band name from The Gaylords. Pity they didn’t choose The Jam rather than The Marmalade though! Hendrix was an early supporter, little-known fact.

At 14, it’s an oldie, and a classic. Yes, shockingly, Tears Of A Clown was an obscure 1967 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles album track which Motown bizarrely failed to recognise as a smash hit classic. The UK was a big supporter of 60’s Motown tracks well into the 70’s, and this one actually topped the UK singles chart before happening in the USA – it also stopped Smokey leaving the band for another 2 years! The record? It’s perfect. The circus-themed riffs, the clever lyrics, the great vocal, and the tune, all perfect. No cover version, including the hit ska cover by The Beat, comes close to matching the sheer beauty of the original. Smokey is a much-admired songwriter by other professional songwriters, and he even had a song all about him: ABC’s When Smokey Sings. Nuff said. In at 19, Chicago are back with 25 Or 6 To 4 – no I still have no idea what it means either. It’s a great jazz-tinged rock groove though, with some mighty riffs. The future held decades of tedious ballads (mostly) but in 1970 they were still cool.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

6 ( 8 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 6 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/MeMS8SuHPs0

11 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade
13 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops

http://youtube.com/v/HsI-DB-25e8

16 ( 12 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
17 ( 18 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
18 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/WLiuMkGCOC4


The youtube clip of Tears Of A Clown is taken from The Andy Williams Show, Andy was coolest of the crooners and a family fave, his variety show had his extended family on it (actual wife Claudine Longet, and unrelated regulars The Osmond Brothers) and big big Hollywood and TV superstars, and big singers and up and coming upstarts like Elton John and The Jackson 5. The Cookie Bear was a running gag beloved of kids like me, and in this clip you have Ray Stevens doing his novelty hit Along Came Jones with Andy doing the female role, comic Danny Thomas joining in, and 7-year-old Jimmy Osmond as cowboy hero Jones. Cute!

http://youtube.com/v/0d4ahG7kh-Y