My Retro November 1969 Charts

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

 

1st November 1969

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

8th November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

15th November 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wot I liked that week then

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

 

22nd November 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

29th November 1969

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro October 1969 Charts

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Bruv, school uniform and our new Bedokville house – taken on his new budget camera

4th October 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for John Barry, and the Hollies go top 10 along with the 5th Dimension grabbing a 3rd or 4th top 10. Highest new entry is Stevie Wonder’s fab Yester-Me, shockingly just a minor us hit, but a uk smash and one of his great pre Talking Book Motown tracks. In at 22 Peter Paul and Mary are back with their best record – John Denver’s prophetic Leaving On A Jet Plane. This marked his emergence and their goodbye as music forces.

More Beatles invasions as Abbey Road takes over with Because and Ringo’s jolly Octopus get a look in and Come Together climbs to 46. Marsha Shaw follows where the 5th Dimension charted first with Californian Soul, Esther Ofarim gets a 3rd hit and her first solo effort with a Mason Williams song, the Five Stairsteps family return with another decent single, Mel and Tim debut, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also return with a Mike Nesmith song, Mike slso indide the 40 with one of his other songs, and the Nitty Gritty’s ahead of a starring role in movie Paint Your Wagon, out in a couple of weeks. Barry Ryan sneaks in at the lower end.

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 4 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
5 ( 3 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
6 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
7 ( 12 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 7
8 ( 8 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
9 ( 7 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
10 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension #10

11 ( 16 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 11
12 ( 10 ) MAYBE Betty Everett #10
13 ( 20 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 13
14 ( 9 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley #6
15 ( 11 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
16 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
17 ( 15 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
18 (NEW) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
19 ( 17 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
20 ( 19 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4

21 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
22 (NEW) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul and Mary
23 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 24
25 ( 29 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 25
26 ( 33 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 26
27 ( 28 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
28 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
29 ( 37 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 29
30 ( 25 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1

31 ( 22 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
32 ( 26 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
33 ( 27 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
34 ( 24 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
35 ( 47 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 35
36 ( 31 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
37 ( 38 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 37
38 ( 32 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
39 ( 44 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 39
40 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6

41 ( 49 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 41
42 ( 48 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 42
43 ( 39 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
44 ( 30 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
45 ( 42 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
46 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 46
47 ( 36 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
48 ( 56 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 48
49 ( 52 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 49
50 ( 61 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 50

51 ( 35 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
52 ( 41 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
53 ( 45 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
54 ( 63 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 54
55 ( 40 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27
56 ( 66 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 56
57 ( 57 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 57
58 ( 53 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
59 ( 69 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 59
60 ( 65 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 60

61 ( 64 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 61
62 ( 58 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
63 (NEW) BECAUSE The Beatles
64 ( 68 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 64
65 (NEW) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marsha Shaw
66 (NEW) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim
67 ( 71 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 67
68 ( NEW ) WE MUST BE IN LOVE The Five Stairsteps and Cubie
69 (NEW) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles
70 ( 74 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 70

71 ( 75 ) SHE BELONGS TO ME Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band # 71
72 (NEW) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel and Tim
73 (NEW) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
74 (NEW) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria
75 (NEW) THE HUNT Barry Ryan

And in the week, more or less, we settled into our new house at Bedokville…

Wot I liked Back Then:

1 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
4 ( 5 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
5 ( 6 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
6 ( 4 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

11th October 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for the gorgeous classy John Barry theme to Midnight Cowboy. You can compare how great it is by listening to the horrendously amateur cover version that hit the US top 10 in the coming weeks. Just awful. The Hollies reach anew post 1966 peak of 2 with He Ain’t Heavy – it did actually top my charts in 1988, but there’s some big new entries from another fave movie soundtrack on the way, so will it make the top first-time round? The Beatles leapfrog themselves a couple of times, as Something goes top 10, and Peter, Paul & Mary grab a top 20 along with a debut 20 for George Benson, and yet more for The Four Tops and The Archies.

Highest new entry is the one that Nilsson wrote for Midnight Cowboy, which was rejected along with Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay in favour of the admittedly brilliant Everybody’s Talking – still in the top 10 in it’s 2nd run – the fab I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City. Mike Nesmith gets a second simultaneous song in the 40 as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band shoot into the 40 ahead of their debut film appearance with a much lesser song about beans. In at 38, Junior Walker outdoes The Guess Who as These Eyes enters, showing what a great vocalist can do with a song – Junior was thought of mainly as a great sax player, so much so that the brilliant What Does It Take was passed over by Motown, but he was just as good a singer.

Creedence enter at 45 with the then-less-well-known side of the usual double-hit in the USA – the other side will join it shortly for about the 8th of the year – but Fortunate Son’s use in movies about Viet-Nam has given it a much higher profile these days, quite rightly. Carlos Santana makes an appearance as the 60’s start to become history, with Jingo – a 50’s song I didn’t know at the time, but became an 80’s hit for Jellybean – 5 years before I really noticed Santana with the fab Samba Pa Ti, and 30 years before they finally topped my chart with Smooth, the first of 2 chart-toppers.

Frank Sinatra is back, so’s Gladys Knight, and also Jose Feliciano, while a couple of ska staples pop in and Holland-Dozier-Holland get cracking on Hot Wax, their new label, with Honey Cone debuting at 75 with Girls It Ain’t Easy. So who have I got to see in concert in my chart this week? Glen Campbell, The Monkees, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys all multiple times, and one each for Macca & Ringo of The Fabs, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Bee Gees, The Chi-Lites, Santana, The Rolling Stones. Missed loads I wanted to catch though…

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 7 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 2
3 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
5 ( 5 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
6 ( 4 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
7 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
8 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
9 ( 13 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 9
10 ( 8 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8

11 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 11
12 ( 9 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
13 ( 18 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 13
14 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
15 ( 12 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
16 ( 22 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 16
17 ( 24 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 17
18 ( 15 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
19 ( 25 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
20 ( 26 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 20

21 ( 16 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
22 ( 17 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
23 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 29 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 24
25 ( 19 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
26 ( 35 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 26
27 ( 27 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
28 ( 20 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
29 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
30 ( NEW ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 30

31 ( 39 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 31
32 ( 37 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 32
33 ( 30 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
34 ( 32 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
35 ( 73 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 35
36 ( 28 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
37 ( 33 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
38 ( NEW ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 38
39 ( 46 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 39
40 ( 56 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 40

41 ( 31 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
42 ( 34 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
43 ( 36 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
44 ( 50 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 44
45 ( NEW ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 45
46 ( 38 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
47 ( 43 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
48 ( 63 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 48
49 ( 40 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
50 ( 54 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 50

51 ( 45 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
52 ( 41 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 41
53 ( 42 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 42
54 ( 44 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
55 ( 59 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 55
56 ( 60 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 56
57 ( 67 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 57
58 ( 52 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
59 ( 70 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 59
60 ( 69 ) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles # 60

61 ( 58 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
62 ( NEW ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 62
63 ( 66 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 63
64 ( 72 ) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel & Tim # 64
65 ( 53 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
66 ( 68 ) WE MUST BE IN LOVE The Five Stairsteps & Cubie # 66
67 ( 74 ) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria # 67
68 ( NEW ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( 75 ) THE HUNT Barry Ryan # 69
70 ( NEW ) FRIENDSHIP TRAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips # 70

71 ( NEW ) RETURN OF DJANGO The Upsetters # 71
72 ( NEW ) LONG SHOT KICK DE BUCKET The Pioneers # 72
73 ( NEW ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( NEW ) TAKE A LETTER MARIA R.B. Greaves # 74
75 ( NEW ) GIRLS IT AIN’T EASY Honey Cone # 75

RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 5 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
5 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 4 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
7 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

18th October 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Hollies classic He Ain’t Heavy… it may not be their absolute best track (that would be Bus Stop or Air That I Breathe) but it’s up there at a time when the Beatles aren’t even top 5! Just to rub Fabs salt into the wound pop rivals The Tremeloes shoot in at 4 with their best record (Call Me) Number One. The Beatles at least get 2 top 10’s from Abbey Road though they are being chased by Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and second-highest new entry They Call The Wind Maria (pronounced Mariah, as in the pop star who was named after the song) from the soundtrack to Paint Your Wagon, out this week. The film was a huge family fave back in 1970, dad bought the album, and recorded himself singing along to it – he easily keeps up with the amazing vocals of Harve Presnell, Broadway star and actor in TV such as Lois & Clark and movies like Saving Private Ryan. Dad coulda been a professional singer quite easily.

Maria is the showstopper of the film, but others enter lower down, the famous Wand’rin’ Star for Lee Marvin in at 32 a few months before it became a UK chart-topper, and a song that I could sing better – and that’s not easy, my singing voice is only marginally better than Marvin! At 55 The Gospel Of No Name City is the catchy singalong track of the movie, amusing and upbeat, while more chorus-oriented tracks pop in lower-down, including another Harve Presnell feature, and the intro to the film. Talking of songs from films – at 21 Bacharach/David give us the huge US B.J.Thomas smash Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid – I’ll be honest I was more familiar with (and loved) the Sacha Distel 1970 cover at the time, but thankfully I’ve seen the light and stick with the film version these days.

Reggae pops in courtesy of the great Jimmy Cliff at 48, and Harry J’s All Stars at 61, another Dusty track in a busy Dusty year – this time on an early Philly Soul track off a Gamble & Huff (& Thom Bell on this track) album out in the new year. Dusty should have credit for being ahead of the game, they dominated the early 70’s non-Northern Soul oldies disco scene until KC, Hues Corporation & Gloria Gaynor gave us Disco. Lastly, the Creedence A side appears after the B side, Marv Johnson returns with Motown, along with the Marv-Johnson-alettes (HHOK!) Motown, and Three Dog Night pop in withe second Laura Nyro cover in the charts, t’other The 5th Dimension.

1 ( 2 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
2 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
3 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
5 ( 4 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 5 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
7 ( 6 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
8 ( 9 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 8
9 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 13 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
13 ( 16 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
14 ( NEW ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 14
15 ( 8 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
16 ( 12 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
17 ( 10 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
18 ( 20 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 18
19 ( 24 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
20 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6

21 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 21
22 ( 15 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
23 ( 19 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
24 ( 26 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 24
25 ( 18 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
26 ( 30 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 26
27 ( 21 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
28 ( 22 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
29 ( 31 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
30 ( 35 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 30

31 ( 25 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
32 ( NEW ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 32
33 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
34 ( 38 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 34
35 ( 28 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
36 ( 40 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 36
37 ( 39 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
39 ( 48 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 39
40 ( 29 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14

41 ( 33 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
42 ( 34 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
43 ( 37 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
44 ( 44 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 44
45 ( 45 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 45
46 ( 32 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 32
47 ( 36 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
48 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 48
49 ( 59 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 49
50 ( 55 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 50

51 ( 47 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
52 ( 43 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
53 ( 46 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
54 ( 41 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
55 ( NEW ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 55
56 ( NEW ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 56
57 ( 57 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 57
58 ( 51 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
59 ( 60 ) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles # 59
60 ( 62 ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 60

61 ( NEW ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 61
62 ( 63 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 62
63 ( NEW ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 63
64 ( 64 ) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel & Tim # 64
65 ( 61 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
66 ( 42 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
67 ( 67 ) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria # 67
68 ( 68 ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( 56 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 56
70 ( NEW ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 70

71 ( NEW ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 71
72 ( NEW ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 72
73 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE CORNER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 73
74 ( NEW ) I MISS YOU BABY (HOW I MISS YOU) Marv Johnson # 74
75 ( NEW ) ELI’S COMING Three Dog Night # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
5 ( 6 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( 9 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( RE ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

25th October 1969

It’s a first week on top for yet another movie song – this time from Paint Your Wagon, but not the one you might think, this one is the Mariah-Carey-naming fab They Call The Wind Maria. The soundtrack, and this song especially, and the film, loomed large in our Singapore family lives back then. Wandrin’ Star meanwhile takes Lee Marvin into the 20 many months early, as he enters with yet another track also featuring Clint Eastwood, who should have taught Pierce Brosnan a lesson by going nowhere near a microphone to sing ever again, and also the great Ray Walston, childhood fave star of My Favourite Martian sitcom (and also South Pacific the movie).

Nilsson replaces himself in the 20, NItty Gritty Dirt Band replace The Monkees with another Mike Nesmith song, and Laura Nyro replaces Three Dog Night’s cover of Eli’s Coming in the 75 by entering with her own new-album-track Time And Love. Highest new entry is the debut classic hit for The Jackson 5 – starring young Michael, he of the jaw-dropping pre-pubescent vocals delivered with a maturity and style he had to work to achieve once his voice broke. As a kid he could soar effortlessy. I Want You Back, though, does feature Jermaine and the brothers, and obviously launched a major world star. At the time they were groovy black kids from the ghetto, pushed by Motown via Diana Ross’ TV special show, and they were on many a variety show aired in Singapore, not least Ed Sullivan. Diana Ross, meanwhile joins the Supremes for their goodbye single just before she went solo, and before Mary Wilson became the only remaining original member for their last 3 fab years of singles. I’ve seen Mary Wilson in concert, but not Diana Ross. Diana is finally headlining Glasto and coming out of semi-retirement to tour. Of course, she was totally lying, they have never gotten back together: Someday We’ll Be Together, as if!

Jimmy Cliff gets his first top 40, Shocking Blue enter with Venus, a European smash for the Dutch band that was not far from conquering the US, and the UK a little later, in 1970. Cards on the table, I love the Bananarama version more, but the original is still very good, and this week it was riding high in the Swiss top 10. Riding high in the Canadian top 10 was another future UK 1970 hit, getting them in early because my Chart Rule is, if it was available to buy somewhere – anywhere – it’s eligible for my “Streaming” version of 1969 charting: Terry Jacks as the creative force and member of The Poppy Family, and Which Way You Going Billy? In at 67 a full 4 and a bit years before Seasons In The Sun became a massive hit for him.

Clodagh’s back with a song I didn’t know at the time, but heard of in later years, and finally got to hear on CD compilation in the early 90’s, Biljo. The O’Jays are back with a track from the US Soul top 40 that has yet to pop up in the Hot 100 breakers, Branded Bad. Branded Good, I say, I was grooving along to the epic Love Train at my brothers 60th bash last weekend. By 1969 they’d already almost a decade of US singles success, albeit minor success. In at 72, Marty Wilde is back using his US pseudonym Shannon, and singing his own UK hit-song Jesamine (a hit for The Casuals that is), Nina Simone enters with future reggae classic Young, Gifted & Black, and errr in the Austrian top 10 this week, a little bubblegum ditty from a man who changed the course of popular music. Name of Giorgio. A little Papa Ooh Mow Mow-chorus-nicking bit of bubblegum named Looky Looky. It’s very catchy, and some might recognise the mini-background-hook in it. Most won’t, but it’s the same as the one Chicory Tip used on Good Grief Christina in 1973. Produced by a certain G. Moroder esq, following up their chart-topping synth-pioneering Son Of My Father. Yes there are synths on this song, albeit almost incidental background scenery towards the end. Took him another 8 years to get his own UK hit-single….

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

11 ( 11 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
13 ( 13 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
14 ( 21 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 14
15 ( 26 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 15
16 ( 18 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 16
17 ( 32 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 17
18 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
19 ( 15 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
20 ( 30 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 20

21 ( 16 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
22 ( 24 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 22
23 ( 17 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
24 ( 20 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
25 ( 34 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 25
26 ( 19 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
27 ( 36 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 27
28 ( 23 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
29 ( 37 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1

31 ( 28 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
32 ( 25 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
33 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 33
34 ( 31 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
35 ( 39 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 35
36 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
37 ( 22 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
38 ( 48 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 38
39 ( 45 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39
40 ( 49 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 40

41 ( 44 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 41
42 ( 35 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
43 ( 55 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 43
44 ( 41 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
45 ( 42 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
46 ( 43 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
47 ( 61 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 47
48 ( 70 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 48
49 ( 33 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
50 ( 63 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 50

51 ( 40 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
52 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 52
53 ( 56 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 53
54 ( 71 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 54
55 ( 38 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
56 ( 51 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
57 ( 47 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
58 ( 60 ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 58
59 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 59
60 ( 62 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 60

61 ( 50 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 50
62 ( 72 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 62
63 ( NEW ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 63
64 ( 58 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
65 ( 52 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
66 ( 53 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
67 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 67
68 ( 68 ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( NEW ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 69
70 ( NEW ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 70

71 ( NEW ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 71
72 ( NEW ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 73
74 ( NEW ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 74
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Gloria Taylor # 75

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

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 Retro June 1967 Charts

3rd June 1967

It was 50 years ago today…and also today as Sgt Pepper tops the UK charts in 2017. 

That gives me good reason to do what would have happened, had streaming been a thing back in the day, and have a Beatles invasion, led by the genius Macca ballad with roots in traditional melodic folk madrigals (apparently), the heart-rending She’s Leaving Home in at 1 for a 2nd chart-topper of the year. Gorgeous tune, just gorgeous. John’s psychedelic Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is in at 5, and his epic (with Paul) A Day In The Life at 14 Paul’s When I’m Sixty-Four in at 27 – frighteningly I have 4 and half years to go, having been a mere 9 at the time – George’s Indian-flavoured delight Within You Without You at 38, and John’s Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite at 45 and the Paul song Ringo-sung With A Little Help at 61. I make that 9 tracks in the 75, written by 3 group-members, and there are still a couple of other decent album tracks too.

Any other week would see kudos going to The Monkees new album Headquarters invading an already Monkees-busy chart, the only other band to have a Fab year to rival the Fabs in 1967, and by virtue of the TV show, many album tracks and B sides as familiar as the singles, and worthy too. The naughty-titled Mickey Dolenz song Randy Scouse Git (a catch-phrase of the time) had an Alternate Title in the UK, quirky and fun and in at 4, ahead of the Mike Nesmith song (the original TV version not the album version though, the latter has less oomph) at 7 You Just may Be The One. I think it’s telling that they didn’t need professional songwriters after all (by now they had won the battle with Don Kirshner who buggered off to create a REAL manufactured group who wouldn’t answer back – The Archies, who I also loved to bits). In at 42, it’s the closing credits song, Peter Tork’s co-written song, For Pete’s Sake. Just Davy Jones being the Ringo then!

In at 3, Stevie Wonder is still a teen, but no longer “Little” and his first classic Motown song, I Was Made To Love Her, just brilliant, making 4 out of the top 5 new and pushing down still-fresh greats. Traffic have a big climb into the 20, Cilla enters at 36 with a great drama ballad just ahead of her Bacharach Alfie song, as covered by Dionne, which makes a change from the other way around, as per more usual. Frankie Valli drops, but then again he also enters at 50 (featuring the “sound” of Frankie Valli, is the credit) with C’Mon Marianne, a song later covered by Donny Osmond, as per The Trems starting that British national pastime in the 70’s – hit covers of Four Seasons songs that is. That leaves another Smokey Robinson cover at 75, a 3rd entry of 1967 for Brenda & The Tabulations and a song made more famous by The Jackson 5 – Who’s Loving You.

1 ( NEW ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
3 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
4 ( NEW ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
5 ( NEW ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
7 ( NEW ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
9 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
10 ( 5 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark

11 ( 9 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
12 ( 6 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
13 ( 16 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
14 ( NEW ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
15 ( 36 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
16 ( 21 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
17 ( 18 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
18 ( 10 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
19 ( 4 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
20 ( 13 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees

21 ( 30 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
22 ( 12 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
23 ( 7 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
24 ( 15 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
25 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
26 ( 11 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
27 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
28 ( 23 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
29 ( 14 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
30 ( 19 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

31 ( 24 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
32 ( 25 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
33 ( 26 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
34 ( 35 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
35 ( 29 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
36 ( NEW ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
37 ( 27 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
38 ( NEW ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
39 ( 33 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
40 ( 46 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield

41 ( 40 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
42 ( NEW ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
43 ( 32 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
44 ( 38 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
45 ( NEW ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
46 ( 64 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
47 ( 22 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
48 ( 20 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
49 ( 58 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
50 ( 59 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine

51 ( NEW ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
52 ( 41 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
53 ( 31 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
54 ( 51 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
55 ( 43 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
56 ( 42 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
57 ( 48 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
58 ( 60 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
59 ( 47 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
60 ( 28 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich

61 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
62 ( 37 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
63 ( 65 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
64 ( 56 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
65 ( 69 ) WINDY The Association
66 ( 61 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
67 ( 75 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
68 ( 54 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
69 ( 70 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
70 ( 72 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy

71 ( 71 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
72 ( 45 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
73 ( 74 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
74 ( NEW ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations

10th June 1967

Stevie Wonder gets his first chart-topper, knocking off the Beatles from the summit in what for me is one of the great periods of music of all-time, quite frankly the entire top 7 should be topping my chart and the next 6 around 2 or 3. As if George Martin’s tasteful orchestration of She’s Leaving Home isn’t amazing enough, there’s an even better one at 6, new in for Nancy Sinatra’s James Bond theme You Only Live Twice, still the greatest Bond theme and her 3rd top 10 of the year. I have opted for the lushly orchestrated John Barry soundtrack version – the single version adapted by Lee Hazelwood is perfectly fine but the movie version is the definitive classic, as borrowed by Robbie for his equally fab Millennium. I saw Rob last week and he didn’t do it! Pah! Awesome though. Lee Hazelwood, meanwhile, pops in with that Johnny Cash/ June Carter rival version (both covers of a 1963 song) awaiting entry.

The Four Tops grab a 4th top 10 of 1967, which means the class Procol Harum song is just being outdone by tracks I love more, up to 10. The Fabs & Cilla both enter the top 21, keeping it scouse, as I was was at the time (at least in accent), with Vikki Carr and The Hollies (both tracks I loved at the time) making good moves into the 30. New at 33, a song I didn’t know then, but grew to love in the US hit version by Kim Carnes in 1980, it’s More Love by the amazing Smokey Robinson, with his miracles – 4 songs on the chart to boot, that’s rivalling Lennon & McCartney.

I saw Judith Durham perform The Olive Tree on the 50th anniversary tour of The Seekers, and was impressed so by the song and their concert I bought the CD hits collection in the foyer – which doesn’t have it on! Pah! Another track I knew from 90’s Florida hols pops in lower down for Jay & The Americans, a Kinks song I don’t know, ditto, and a Tommy Roe ditty that I would have loved had I heard it then (Dizzy was an actual obsession in 1969, the first record I ever bought).

1 ( 3 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
2 ( 1 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( NEW ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 7 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
8 ( 16 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
9 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
10 ( 13 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum

11 ( 14 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
12 ( 15 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
13 ( 17 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
14 ( 9 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
15 ( 8 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
16 ( 10 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
17 ( 11 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
18 ( 12 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
19 ( 27 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
20 ( 21 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison

21 ( 36 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
22 ( 18 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
23 ( 19 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
24 ( 20 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
25 ( 34 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
26 ( 22 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
27 ( 49 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
28 ( 40 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
29 ( 25 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
30 ( 46 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies

31 ( 23 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
32 ( 24 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
33 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
34 ( 38 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
35 ( 32 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
36 ( 33 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
37 ( 26 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
38 ( 31 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( 42 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
40 ( 45 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles

41 ( 35 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
42 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
43 ( 37 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
44 ( 30 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
45 ( 28 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
46 ( 51 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
47 ( NEW ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
48 ( 44 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
49 ( 43 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
50 ( 39 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond

51 ( 41 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
52 ( 61 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
53 ( 65 ) WINDY The Association
54 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
55 ( 63 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
56 ( 54 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
57 ( 47 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
58 ( NEW ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
59 ( 67 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
60 ( 52 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro

61 ( 74 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
62 ( 48 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
63 ( 69 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
64 ( 55 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
65 ( 50 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
66 ( 70 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
67 ( 64 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
68 ( 66 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
69 ( 71 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
70 ( 56 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros

71 ( 73 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
72 ( NEW ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
73 ( NEW ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
74 ( 75 ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations
75 ( NEW ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe

17th June 1967

The Monkees are on top with a 4th chart-topper of the year, holding off Nancy Sinatra’s 3rd top 5. Highest new entry is the track that featured on the first album bought as a present for me (I requested Honey Come Back and got This Is Glen Campbell, an Australian compilation of the best tracks off his first 2 or albums) – Gentle On My Mind. Alison Krauss has just done a fab cover of it, which reinforces what a work of poetry it is, lyrically and melodically, deserving of all the awards.

In at 23, a track a fellow 60’s enthusiast recommended to me recently, and it’s pure 1967 and pure delight, Sagittarius is the act, well worth checking out. Big climb for Gene Chandler, 12 years before he debuted in my charts with Get Down. That was a very good disco track, this a wonderful soul ballad. Pink Floyd are back again, ditto Jefferson Airplane, snap for Sonny & Cher, and a 3rd Peaches & Herb of 1967. That leaves Boots Randolph’s version of the standard Temptation, very nice – he may be better known for his sax contributions to Elvis records – and Yakkety Sax, AKA the Benny Hill theme!

1 ( 3 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
2 ( 6 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
3 ( 2 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
4 ( 1 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
5 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 4 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
8 ( 8 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
9 ( 10 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
10 ( 12 ) PAPER SUN Traffic

11 ( 11 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
12 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
13 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
14 ( 21 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
15 ( 19 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
17 ( 14 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
18 ( 33 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
19 ( 16 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
20 ( 25 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension

21 ( 13 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
22 ( 27 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
23 ( 17 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
24 ( NEW ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
25 ( 18 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
26 ( 15 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
27 ( 22 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
28 ( 30 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
29 ( 24 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
30 ( 34 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles

31 ( 61 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
32 ( 23 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
33 ( 26 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
34 ( 28 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
35 ( 29 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
36 ( 47 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 39 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
38 ( 40 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
39 ( 58 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
40 ( 46 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli

41 ( 31 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
42 ( 35 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
43 ( 32 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
44 ( 36 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
45 ( 41 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 53 ) WINDY The Association
47 ( 52 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
48 ( 38 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
49 ( 37 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
50 ( 59 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

51 ( 43 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
52 ( 54 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
53 ( 42 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
54 ( 55 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
55 ( 48 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
56 ( 63 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
57 ( 49 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
58 ( 44 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 66 ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
60 ( NEW ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd

61 ( 56 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
62 ( 71 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
63 ( 72 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
64 ( 64 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
65 ( 51 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
66 ( NEW ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
67 ( 60 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
68 ( 73 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
69 ( 67 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
70 ( 74 ) WHO’S LOVING YOU Brenda & The Tabulations

71 ( 68 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
72 ( 75 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
73 ( NEW ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
74 ( NEW ) FOR YOUR LOVE Peaches and Herb
75 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph

 

24th June 1967

Nancy Sinatra gets her first solo chart-topper (hypothetically, as I haven’t done my 1966 charts yet) since Boots, and her 3rd in all, as the Fabs get 3 in the top 10 and Glen Campbell gets his first. Highest new entry is the ever-so MOR, yet lovely, Just Loving You. another kiddie fave of mine, both the song and Anita Harris, regular of kids TV and variety shows – not to mention Carry On Up The Khyber. A very familiar tune I didn’t know I knew is in at 26 for the Bar-Kays, Soulfinger popping up in The Blues Brothers but also used as a soundbed to many a radio link back in the day.

Another Bee Gees (obscure) goodie drops by, every one a winner in the 60’s for the Gibbs, as Lulu is literally beside herself with Let’s Pretend. Vanilla Fudge go heavy Supremes, while Ike & Tina & Gladys Knight scrape in. Gladys is back in Bournemouth tomorrow night, I may try and go again she was fab a year or 2 back.

1 ( 2 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
2 ( 1 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
3 ( 5 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
6 ( 6 ) YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
7 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
8 ( 7 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
9 ( 10 ) PAPER SUN Traffic
10 ( 11 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles

11 ( 15 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
13 ( 8 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
14 ( 18 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 13 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
16 ( 24 ) MY WORLD FELL DOWN Sagittarius
17 ( 9 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
18 ( 16 ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison
19 ( NEW ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
20 ( 28 ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies

21 ( 19 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
22 ( 22 ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
23 ( 17 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
24 ( 21 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
25 ( 31 ) TO BE A LOVER Gene Chandler
26 ( NEW ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
27 ( 30 ) WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU The Beatles
28 ( 26 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
29 ( 27 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
30 ( 20 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension

31 ( 23 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 36 ) JACKSON Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
33 ( 25 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
34 ( 37 ) FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees
35 ( 40 ) C’MON MARIANNE The Four Seasons featuring the Sound of Frankie Valli
36 ( 29 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
37 ( 39 ) THE OLIVE TREE Judith Durham
38 ( 38 ) BEING FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR KITE! The Beatles
39 ( 33 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 56 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian

41 ( 60 ) SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd
42 ( 32 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
43 ( 46 ) WINDY The Association
44 ( 35 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
45 ( 42 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
46 ( 47 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
47 ( 50 ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey
48 ( 63 ) APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE Jay & The Americans
49 ( 41 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
50 ( 44 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops

51 ( 45 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
52 ( 34 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
53 ( 54 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
54 ( 43 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
55 ( 51 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
56 ( 49 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
57 ( 48 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
58 ( 55 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) I CAN’T SEE NOBODY The Bee Gees
60 ( 62 ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers

61 ( 52 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
62 ( 53 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
63 ( 57 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
64 ( NEW ) LET’S PRETEND Lulu
65 ( 68 ) MR PLEASANT The Kinks
66 ( 66 ) WHITE RABBIT Jefferson Airplane
67 ( 64 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
68 ( 72 ) LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Tommy Roe
69 ( 75 ) TEMPTATION Boots Randolph
70 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Vanilla Fudge

71 ( 71 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
72 ( 69 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
73 ( 73 ) IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS Sonny & Cher
74 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER NEED MORE THAN THIS Ike & Tina Turner
75 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips

My Sept 1985 charts

w/e 2nd September 2017

having peaked at 5 and dropped, it’s a sudden climb to top my charts for Bucks Fizz’ chart-flop (but fab) You And Your Heart So Blue, their 4th time on top. I think I bought the record in the cut-price basket and got to play it loud, as it should be. Mick & Dave go top 10 along with Bry just behind, all 3 of ’em dad dancing. The Thompson Twins shoot up into the 20 with Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream, not one of their bigger UK chart hits, but I liked it. Amii Stewart takes her 2 remixed 1979 top hits back into the 20, Red Box’ fabness drives into the 30, and highest new entry is the obscure follow-up to the classic Life In A Northern Town from Dream Academy, at 29.

Bananarama ask not to be disturbed, just about the last of their Jolly Swainey jangletoons, as Mai Tai also drink to making the top 40, and a rock classic, err, limps up to 36 for Bryan Adams, possibly cos I recalled the Summer of ’69 very well and it sounded much better than that! Blancmange are back, What’s Your Problem? they ask – to which the answer is, no more big hits, sadly. Enjoyed them recently in concert though (2016). There’s another well-recalled song from Bonnie Tyler popping in at 60, that was decent enough, but no Total Eclipse Of The Heart. Laura Branigan is also back, with a track I’ve forgotten, Dio rocks in, and best of all a ballad from Dusty Springfield brings her back into my chart, more in line with her 60’s stuff than the fab gentle disco of Baby Blue in 1979.

1 ( 33 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
2 ( 1 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
3 ( 2 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
4 ( 4 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
5 ( 3 ) DRIVE The Cars
6 ( 14 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
7 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
8 ( 19 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
9 ( 8 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
10 ( 7 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

11 ( 5 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
12 ( 12 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
13 ( 13 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
14 ( 18 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
15 ( 17 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
16 ( 45 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
17 ( 10 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
18 ( 9 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
19 ( 34 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
20 ( 23 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness

21 ( 22 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
22 ( 24 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
23 ( 20 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
24 ( 40 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
25 ( 11 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
26 ( 15 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
27 ( 61 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
28 ( 25 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
29 ( NEW ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
30 ( 16 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu

31 ( 73 ) DO NOT DISTURB Bananarama
32 ( 39 ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
33 ( 50 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
34 ( 29 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
35 ( 36 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
36 ( 42 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
37 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
38 ( 38 ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
39 ( 21 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
40 ( 30 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham

41 ( 26 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
42 ( 28 ) CHANGE Sparks
43 ( 47 ) TAKES A LITTLE TIME Total Contrast
44 ( 31 ) SECRET OMD
45 ( 43 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
46 ( NEW ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
47 ( 71 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
48 ( 56 ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes
49 ( 48 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
50 ( 66 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News

51 ( 51 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
52 ( 52 ) CRY Godley And Creme
53 ( 53 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
54 ( 49 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
55 ( 27 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley
56 ( 32 ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
57 ( 44 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
58 ( 57 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
59 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
60 ( NEW ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler

61 ( 41 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
62 ( NEW ) SPANISH EDDIE Laura Branigan
63 ( 63 ) NEVER SURRENDER Corey Hart
64 ( 70 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
65 ( 54 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
66 ( 55 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
67 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHILDREN Dio
68 ( 75 ) (JOY) I KNOW IT Odyssey
69 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES LIKE BUTTERFLIES Dusty Springfield
70 ( 58 ) GOODBYE GIRL Go West

71 ( 69 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
72 ( 46 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
73 ( NEW ) UNKISS THAT KISS Stephen Duffy
74 ( 68 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
75 ( 65 ) DUEL Propaganda

 

w/e 10th September 1985

It’s Dancing In The Live Aid Street as Bowie & Jagger outdo the Martha & The Vandellas original in my charts – though not in terms of quality! Red Box rocket to 2, catchy left-wing-pop, and The Twins get a 3rd or 4th top 10 and Dan Hartman a second, some 7 years after the first (Instant Replay). There’s loads of new entries in a busy chart, and Blancmange jump into the 40 at 22, Bonnie Tyler to 29 for 9 years of hits, and 2 early 80’s reissued Tears For Fears singles make the 40 belatedly – though Pale Shelter did it in 1982 in re-recorded form, a track used as the basis to the fab The Weeknd’s Secrets, which topped my chart months back as I write (2017).

Highest actual new track – If I Was. Midge Ure’s solo mini-masterpiece followed the Ultravox break-up, and gave him a first solo hit since his cover of No Regrets went top 10 in 1982, and 9 years since he was very young and Slik, Forever And Ever. Carly Simon, as ever in those days, back with the occasional minor hit at 38, her best since Will Powers’ Kissing With Confidence hit 2 in my charts in 1983 (she did all the singing). Billy Idol’s early 80’s American hit finally also charts in the UK, and recharts here, as follow up to White Wedding: Rebel Yell!

Others, Marillion dilly-dillying, Bucks Fizz are Magical, though actually less magical than the track dropping from the top of my charts, Strawberry Switchblade cover a 1976 top 10 for Dolly Parton, that’ll be Jolene then, Hipsway do a spot of gospel, the Frankie gals miss a perfect opportunity to retitle a song Dancing On The Jagged Sledge, Heaven 17 and Propaganda lease out their lead vocalists for a duet I’ve forgotten – though like the sound of it so I’m bound to youtube it and buy it as I didn’t get it at the time. Scritti Politti are back with a laid-back Green sounding American hit, Lloyd Cole causes a mild commotion a year on from Perfect Skin, and China Crisis get a paper cut. Phew!

1 ( 6 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
2 ( 27 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
3 ( 2 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
4 ( 4 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
5 ( 8 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
6 ( 3 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
7 ( 1 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 16 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
9 ( 5 ) DRIVE The Cars
10 ( 13 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman

11 ( 12 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
12 ( 15 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
13 ( 7 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
14 ( 9 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
15 ( 19 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
16 ( 29 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
17 ( 24 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
18 ( 11 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
19 ( 22 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
20 ( 20 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness

21 ( 10 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
22 ( 46 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
23 ( 14 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
24 ( 21 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
25 ( 17 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
26 ( 18 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
27 ( NEW ) PALE SHELTER Tears For Fears
28 ( 31 ) DO NOT DISTURB Bananarama
29 ( 60 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
30 ( 33 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai

31 ( 23 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
32 ( 35 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
33 ( NEW ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
34 ( 50 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
35 ( NEW ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
36 ( 36 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
37 ( 25 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
38 ( NEW ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
39 ( 26 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
40 ( NEW ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol

41 ( 34 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
42 ( 28 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
43 ( 43 ) TAKES A LITTLE TIME Total Contrast
44 ( 38 ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
45 ( 47 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
46 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
47 ( 45 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
48 ( 40 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
49 ( 39 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
50 ( 69 ) SOMETIMES LIKE BUTTERFLIES Dusty Springfield

51 ( 49 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
52 ( 51 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
53 ( 62 ) SPANISH EDDIE Laura Branigan
54 ( 44 ) SECRET OMD
55 ( NEW ) LAVENDER Marillion
56 ( 41 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
57 ( NEW ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
58 ( 58 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
59 ( 67 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHILDREN Dio
60 ( NEW ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade

61 ( 52 ) CRY Godley And Creme
62 ( 53 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
63 ( 42 ) CHANGE Sparks
64 ( NEW ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
65 ( NEW ) DANCING ON THE JAGGED EDGE Sister Sledge
66 ( 32 ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
67 ( NEW ) WHEN YOUR HEART RUNS OUT OF TIME Glen Gregory and Claudia Brucken
68 ( 30 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
69 ( 54 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
70 ( NEW ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti

71 ( NEW ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
72 ( NEW ) THE SHOW (THEME FROM CONNIE) Rebecca Storm
73 ( 71 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
74 ( NEW ) YOU DID CUT ME China Crisis
75 ( 48 ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes

18th September 1985

It’s a new number one, thankfully knocking off Bowie & Jagger from the top after one week only – Red Box and the fab Lean On Me. Tears For Fears grab another top 5, their 5th, with oldie Suffer The Children rocketing up. Blancmange also grab another top 10, their 3rd, and Stevie Wonder hits 9, 17 years after his first (For Once In My Life, a cover of a Tony Bennett minor hit from 1967). Stevie’s also back assisting uncredited on Cliff’s new song from Dave Clark’s musical album of the future musical Time, and Cliff is also 17 years in to his career.

Midge Ure shoots up to 12, If I Was, and it’s a magical rise to 26 for Bucks Fizz, back in the UK album chart this very week after an absence of 30-odd years – albeit known as The Fizz, and only three-quarters of the original line-up. Highest new entry is Madonna, she’s a UK singles chart Angel in 1985, totally her year, no question. Changing the face of megapop to female vocalists. In at 36, a future shoddy hit cover for Eric Clapton, but here the brilliant original from Greg Phillinganes, Behind The Mask. Featured on Jonathan King’s Entertainment USA, and still not a hit.

Rene and Renata have split up, and he’s with Angela now – just kidding, it’s a smooth soul act newly in, as The Cure are back swiftly with the fab Wardrobe-on-a-cliff Close To Me. At 60, Diana Ross follows up a great single with one that should have been brilliant, written by 2 Gibb brothers and Michael Jackson, who helps more than a little on production and vocals. Di had to wait a few months for a proper Bee Gees classic song though, without Jacko to bring it down a notch (clearly saving his best efforts for Bad).

Know how we look back fondly on those childhood novelty songs? There’s one at 70, I have no memory of it at all, prob because I was 27 and not 7. Sneaking in at 74, it’s 70’s rock divas Heart, at long last charting with the triff What About Love. Sadly it took another another 3 years to progress further as Heart became AOR late 80’s UK faves a good decade after US success. The Damned are also back. Is It A Dream? It’s not Classix Nouveaux at any rate…

1 ( 2 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
2 ( 1 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
3 ( 3 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
4 ( 8 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
5 ( 35 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
6 ( 5 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
7 ( 4 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
8 ( 22 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
9 ( 17 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) DRIVE The Cars

11 ( 19 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
12 ( 33 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
13 ( 15 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
14 ( 6 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
15 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
16 ( 16 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
17 ( 20 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
18 ( 11 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
19 ( 10 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
20 ( 13 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

21 ( 29 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
22 ( 12 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
23 ( 18 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
24 ( 14 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
25 ( 32 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
26 ( 57 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
27 ( 27 ) PALE SHELTER Tears For Fears
28 ( 21 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
29 ( NEW ) ANGEL Madonna
30 ( 34 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News

31 ( 40 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
32 ( 23 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
33 ( NEW ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
34 ( 26 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
35 ( 38 ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
36 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
37 ( 24 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
38 ( 45 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
39 ( 55 ) LAVENDER Marillion
40 ( 71 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

41 ( 28 ) DO NOT DISTURB Bananarama
42 ( 25 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
43 ( 30 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
44 ( 65 ) DANCING ON THE JAGGED EDGE Sister Sledge
45 ( 31 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
46 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
47 ( 41 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
48 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
49 ( 60 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
50 ( 70 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti

51 ( 47 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
52 ( 51 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
54 ( 37 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
55 ( 39 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
56 ( 64 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
57 ( NEW ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
58 ( 52 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
59 ( 58 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( NEW ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross

61 ( 50 ) SOMETIMES LIKE BUTTERFLIES Dusty Springfield
62 ( 49 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
63 ( 48 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
64 ( 72 ) THE SHOW (THEME FROM CONNIE) Rebecca Storm
65 ( NEW ) I THOUGHT I’D NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN Working Week
66 ( 67 ) WHEN YOUR HEART RUNS OUT OF TIME Glen Gregory and Claudia Brucken
67 ( 61 ) CRY Godley And Creme
68 ( 62 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
69 ( 36 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
70 ( NEW ) WOODPECKERS FROM SPACE Video Kids

71 ( 42 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
72 ( 73 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
73 ( 44 ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
74 ( NEW ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
75 ( NEW ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned

OLDIES CHART
1 SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
2 GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

w/e 24th September 1985

It’s Red Box for a second week on top as Stevie Wonder shoots up to get his last top 3 with new material, after a 17 year-run. Midge Ure is up to 4, beating his 1982 No Regrets cover, Madonna makes it 5 top 10’s in 1985 with Angel, and The Cure get a 5th top 10 up 32 places. Greg Phillinganes and David Cassidy stride into the 20, and the highest new entry is a classic at 37 as A-Ha debut with Take On Me. That spearheads a mass invasion of new tracks, many of them inspired by the new pop TV show Jonathan King’s No Limits – the theme tune itself debuts at 75, as new young presenters win an X-Factor type race to host the show.

In at 38, The Style Council are back with one of their best tracks, The Lodgers, and Dead Or Alive make it 4 hits in a row at 40, My Heart Goes Bang. At 42, Colonel Abrams funky dance Trapped, 44 is a recharting 1982 hit from America, and Kim Carnes is back 5 years since her debut with More Love, in at 50 and she’s crazy in the night. Aren’t we all.

Journey are massive in the 21st Century thanks to Don’t Stop Believin’, but back in 1985 they meant very little in the UK, though they had a few charting hits for me starting with Anyway You Want It in 1980. Steve Perrie steps out here for a solo hit, at 57, Cameo bung in some Single Life funk to follow up the fab She’s Strange, future monster hit in the UK (but not her home USA) Jennifer Rush enters with The Power Of Love, the 3rd song within 12 months to use the title.

The Smiths near the end of their chart journey as The Boy With The Thorn In His Side sneaks in at 64, and Twiggy returns 9 years on from her chart debut, and 20 years since she burst onto the iconic British fashion scene, Jennifer Holliday is back 3 years on from her show-stopping, and unsurpassable, version of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going from Dream Girls – being sung these days by Amber Riley, former Glee star, Glee of course covering Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ to huge success, and causing the original to finally chart big in the UK.

Elaine Page returns, 4 years since Memories started her showtune singles chart career, and fresh off her UK chart-topper with Babs Dickson. That leaves Lou Reed making a chart comeback after quite a gap of time, some 12 years since Walk On The Wild Side, and Hall & Oates also back with a cover – in this case a Temptations medley. Phew! Loads of drop outs!

1 ( 1 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
2 ( 9 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
3 ( 3 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
4 ( 12 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
5 ( 2 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
6 ( 8 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
7 ( 4 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
8 ( 29 ) ANGEL Madonna
9 ( 5 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
10 ( 48 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure

11 ( 7 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
12 ( 6 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
13 ( 10 ) DRIVE The Cars
14 ( 16 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
15 ( 17 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
16 ( 36 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
17 ( 15 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
18 ( 33 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
19 ( 14 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
20 ( 26 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz

21 ( 13 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
22 ( 31 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
23 ( 21 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
24 ( 20 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
25 ( 18 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
26 ( 40 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
27 ( 19 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
28 ( 11 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
29 ( 38 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
30 ( 39 ) LAVENDER Marillion

31 ( 46 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
32 ( 24 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
33 ( 23 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
34 ( 28 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
35 ( 35 ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
36 ( 32 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
37 ( NEW ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
38 ( NEW ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
39 ( 75 ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned
40 ( NEW ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive

41 ( 25 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
42 ( NEW ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
43 ( 34 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
44 ( NEW ) THE BORDER America
45 ( 22 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
46 ( 30 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
47 ( 50 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
48 ( 57 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
49 ( 49 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
50 ( NEW ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes

51 ( 47 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
52 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 51 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 27 ) PALE SHELTER Tears For Fears
55 ( 66 ) WHEN YOUR HEART RUNS OUT OF TIME Glen Gregory and Claudia Brucken
56 ( 37 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
57 ( NEW ) OH SHERRIE Steve Perry
58 ( 60 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
59 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( 53 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive

61 ( NEW ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
62 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
63 ( 58 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
64 ( NEW ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
65 ( 43 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
66 ( NEW ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
67 ( NEW ) YOU DID CUT ME China Crisis
68 ( 54 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
69 ( NEW ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
70 ( NEW ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star

71 ( 45 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
72 ( NEW ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Elaine Page
73 ( NEW ) SEPTEMBER SONG Lou Reed
74 ( NEW ) THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO/MY GIRL Daryl Hall & John Oates
75 ( NEW ) NO LIMITS Jonathan King

 

 

My 2017 Charts – Jan to March

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Leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street..it’s George Formby in Gran Canaria!

26th March 2017

It’s that flop classic from January 1968 on top, the beloved (by oldies) Alone Again Or from the cult band Love. It’s dark and New Wave-y in a hippie psychedelic tuneful way and ahead of it’s time. The top 20 though is full of activity and new entries, starting with 2 album tracks from Spoon and Gorillaz at 5 and 6. Far be it from me to tell artists what they should release as singles – OK strike that, just do as I say and release them as singles! I’ll raise that one for Take That as well, up to 10 with the official single Giants, but the next-best album track is in at 27, and it’s a New Day. Bung in London Grammar with the lovely album track Truth Is A Beautiful Thing doing what the first single off the new album didn’t do – inspire me to buy it.

LP do well in Europe, and about time they caught on here, in at 12, just behind the interestingly Prodigy-with-a-tune of Paper Route. Leonard Cohen’s fab dance remix of his last album title track is still as dark as one might expect, but a groove to boot, and up to 24. Pink and Sia get further top 40’s, Stargate-assisted, to add to their long runs, both won’t be far short of 20 years before long. Steps are back! Actually they popped back into my top 10 a few years back with a flop, but nice, ballad, but are back on pure late 90’s pop-cheese form at 64. Diane Warren take note of the tune…

It’s a 60’s party at the bottom end, as The Beatles chart another Abbey Road album track. What’s the difference between the UK chart and my chart? The album tracks in my chart are by different acts and all deserve to be singles, and the album tracks in the UK charts are by the same two acts, and errr, don’t. The Hollies are also in with their 1972 US hit, and UK mini-hit, but which was excluded from my top 20 of the time (I only included official top 30 singles) but would otherwise have been a biggish hit for me. So the new meh-ish Kong movie gives me an opportunity to set a wrong to right and chart it properly now. It’s essentially The Hollies doing a very good Creedence Clearwater Revival impression, and will be joined next week by the real thing, also in the same movie with an uncharted chart.

1 2 1 2 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 285000
2 1 1 7 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1039250
3 6 3 2 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 140000
4 4 3 6 TOI ET MOI Paradis 407000
5 NEW 5 1 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 60000
6 NEW 6 1 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 55000
7 3 2 7 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 485200
8 5 5 8 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 265600
9 7 4 7 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 250000
10 16 10 6 GIANTS Take That 140550

11 NEW 11 1 CHARIOTS Paper Route 37000
12 NEW 12 1 LOST ON YOU LP 35000
13 8 5 10 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 474250
14 15 11 7 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 168900
15 19 15 4 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 83200
16 18 16 4 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 72700
17 14 12 6 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 148300
18 12 6 8 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 270750
19 9 2 10 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 610000
20 10 10 6 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 136350

21 11 1 9 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 731750
22 22 22 2 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 39000
23 13 5 5 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 176850
24 38 24 2 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 36200
25 25 25 4 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 59800
26 26 26 5 LOVE Lana Del Ray 84100
27 NEW 27 1 NEW DAY Take That 18400
28 30 28 2 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 36300
29 17 17 2 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 41200
30 20 8 10 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 268250

31 21 8 8 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 215250
32 32 32 3 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 52800
33 54 33 2 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 28700
34 NEW 34 1 ON MY MIND Disciples 17600
35 23 17 5 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 96900
36 36 36 4 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 63000
37 65 37 2 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 24300
38 NEW 38 1 LIKE I LOVE YOU Greta Zazza 17200
39 NEW 39 1 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 17100
40 42 40 4 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 54400

41 27 1 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1275400
42 43 42 3 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 38750
43 28 28 6 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 94700
44 31 1 20 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2040900
45 24 14 8 FUN Blondie 144000
46 61 46 2 HOME Schwarz 20250
47 29 8 9 MOVE Saint Motel 233700
48 37 8 12 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 322000
49 39 39 3 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 46200
50 51 50 2 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 23750

51 49 1 22 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 953100
52 45 2 18 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 963900
53 40 5 10 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 298150
54 35 4 12 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 349050
55 34 34 5 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 71000
56 56 56 2 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 21200
57 46 4 23 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 689300
58 33 7 12 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 335200
59 NEW 59 1 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 10100
60 63 60 2 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 17200

61 67 61 2 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 14100
62 64 62 4 PINNACLE Tone Damli 25700
63 50 50 3 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 29800
64 NEW 64 1 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 7100
65 41 23 6 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 86250
66 68 66 2 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 13200
67 69 67 2 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 12800
68 NEW 68 1 REMEMBER ME Jennifer Hudson 6400
69 72 69 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 16800
70 70 70 2 iT Christine And The Queens 12000

71 NEW 71 1 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 5800
72 48 48 6 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 46900
73 NEW 73 1 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 5400
74 44 26 5 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 72850
75 NEW 75 1 BECAUSE The Beatles 5000

DROP OUTS
47 14 9 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 179450
52 17 9 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 168400
53 53 4 NO MATTER Frances 35050
55 4 11 SOUL FREE George Michael 315800
57 7 13 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 340900
58 58 3 PARADISE My First Band 30500
59 19 10 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 168750
60 60 4 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 28600
62 45 4 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 43600
66 24 6 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 91700
71 5 19 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 488400
73 73 2 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 10600
74 9 14 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 252950
75 75 1 THE END The Beatles 5000

 

19th March 2017

It’s Katy Perry for a 5th week on top, just holding off the highest new entry at 2 from obscure 60’s hippie band Love, and their classic non-hit Alone Again Or. The Damned eventually took the song into the charts in the 80’s with a fine cover, but the original is the best! Nancy Sinatra holds at 5, and The Beatles enter at 75 with an Abbey Road classic album track, The End. Back into the UK album top 30, it gives me an excuse to chart it at long last. Frankly, if Ed “yawnsome” Sheeran can hog the entire singles chart with his tedious album tracks, then I see no reason for the whole of Abbey Road to take up my entire top 16 as well – but I’m not that boring, and I’ve never allowed any act to take over my chart wholesale. Not even The Beatles when their entire collection of singles were reissued hits in 1976 – I gave them their own chart.

There’s an oldie a few years old I missed at at 6 from Future Islands, and an oldie top 10 from 1984 in it’s non-charted German-language version at 17, joined by another 1984 hit (actually a 1979 B side classic, originally) that I heard in a nightclub on Friday in tribute to the late Joni Sledge – Thinking Of You in at 30. Joining in the depressing “late” party, one of Leonard Cohen’s last recordings is in remix form in at 38, with another Sister Sledge and Chuck Berry due next week. sad….

1 1 1 6 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 869250
2 NEW 2 1 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 115000
3 2 2 6 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 435200
4 3 3 5 TOI ET MOI Paradis 342000
5 5 5 7 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 217600
6 NEW 6 1 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 55000
7 4 4 6 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 205000
8 7 5 9 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 442250
9 6 2 9 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 589000
10 18 10 5 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 116350

11 9 1 8 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 712000
12 10 6 7 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 248750
13 8 5 4 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 157600
14 12 12 5 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 125300
15 11 11 6 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 139900
16 16 16 5 GIANTS Take That 98550
17 NEW 17 1 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 23000
18 22 18 3 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 47700
19 29 19 3 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 56200
20 15 8 9 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 250250

21 13 8 7 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 197350
22 NEW 22 1 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 19500
23 17 17 4 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 79400
24 14 14 7 FUN Blondie 131000
25 37 25 3 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 41050
26 31 26 4 LOVE Lana Del Ray 65600
27 19 1 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1261400
28 30 28 5 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 81200
29 24 8 8 MOVE Saint Motel 221200
30 NEW 30 1 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 18000

31 21 1 19 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2027650
32 38 32 2 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 35000
33 20 7 11 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 325000
34 34 34 4 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 60200
35 28 4 11 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 338050
36 36 36 3 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 45600
37 33 8 11 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 309700
38 NEW 38 1 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 17200
39 40 39 2 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 34100
40 27 5 9 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 286900

41 23 23 5 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 79250
42 44 42 3 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 37400
43 52 43 2 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 25000
44 26 26 4 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 67650
45 39 2 17 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 952400
46 46 4 22 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 678900
47 32 14 9 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 179450
48 54 48 5 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 41300
49 48 1 21 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 941350
50 56 50 2 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 22600

51 NEW 51 1 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 11750
52 35 17 9 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 168400
53 57 53 4 NO MATTER Frances 35050
54 NEW 54 1 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 11000
55 50 4 11 SOUL FREE George Michael 315800
56 NEW 56 1 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 10600
57 43 7 13 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 340900
58 58 58 3 PARADISE My First Band 30500
59 49 19 10 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 168750
60 63 60 4 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 28600

61 NEW 61 1 HOME Schwarz 7500
62 45 45 4 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 43600
63 NEW 63 1 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 7200
64 71 64 3 PINNACLE Tone Damli 18300
65 NEW 65 1 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 7000
66 47 24 6 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 91700
67 NEW 67 1 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 6200
70 NEW 70 1 iT Christine And The Queens 6000

71 66 5 19 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 488400
72 75 72 2 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 10600
73 74 73 2 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 10600
74 55 9 14 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 252950
75 NEW 75 1 THE END The Beatles 5000

DROP OUTS
25 4 10 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 292600
41 30 2 HURT Johnny Cash 32000
42 42 18 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 134750
51 22 7 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 100050
53 21 8 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 132350
59 18 10 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 154900
60 60 3 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 24400
61 1 26 HURTS Emeli Sande 1315650
62 18 9 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 137900
64 64 5 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 34500
65 65 4 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 25200
67 67 2 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 1300
68 32 7 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 86500
69 60 4 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 36200
70 31 6 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 72350
72 16 8 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 139300
73 37 7 PLAY THAT SONG Train 73550

 

12th March 2017

It’s Katy Perry for a 4th week, still fabulous despite strong competition from Little Big Town at 2. Blondie add to their list of top 20 tracks, and Jack Savoretti rockets up to 22 to give him quite the string of top 40 entries over the last couple of years – sadly only in my charts, not the UK official chart. Texas get a big climb into the 40 and highest new entries are from Little Mix and Louisa Johnson. Finally The Pretenders get a sneak in with a Pet Shop Boy. That’s a whopping total of 70 years of charting added together!

1 1 1 5 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 699250
2 2 2 5 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 350200
3 3 3 4 TOI ET MOI Paradis 277000
4 10 4 5 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 155000
5 9 5 6 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 157600
6 4 2 8 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 544000
7 7 5 8 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 394250
8 5 5 3 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 125600
9 6 1 7 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 675000
10 11 6 6 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 213750

11 14 11 5 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 112900
12 15 12 4 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 96300
13 8 8 6 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 177600
14 24 14 6 FUN Blondie 112000
15 12 8 8 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 230250
16 20 16 4 GIANTS Take That 73550
17 23 17 3 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 60150
18 18 18 4 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 74350
19 13 1 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1243000
20 16 7 10 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 307300

21 17 1 18 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2009750
22 69 22 2 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 25700
23 27 23 4 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 65250
24 19 8 7 MOVE Saint Motel 203000
25 21 4 10 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 292600
26 26 26 3 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 54400
27 22 5 8 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 269900
28 25 4 10 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 320550
29 40 29 2 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 35200
30 33 30 4 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 62900

31 32 31 3 LOVE Lana Del Ray 47100
32 31 14 8 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 166950
33 29 8 10 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 292400
34 42 34 3 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 42600
35 28 17 8 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 156900
36 55 36 2 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 28200
37 75 37 2 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 22300
38 NEW 38 1 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 17200
39 39 2 16 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 939400
40 NEW 40 1 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 17000

41 30 30 2 HURT Johnny Cash 32000
42 47 42 18 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 134750
43 34 7 12 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 330500
44 57 44 2 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 23650
45 45 45 3 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 36200
46 37 4 21 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 666150
47 38 24 5 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 84900
48 48 1 20 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 929250
49 41 19 9 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 158650
50 46 4 10 SOUL FREE George Michael 305000

51 36 22 7 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 100050
52 NEW 52 1 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 11500
53 44 21 8 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 132350
54 66 54 4 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 29000
55 49 9 13 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 246750
56 NEW 56 1 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 10600
57 65 57 3 NO MATTER Frances 23800
58 59 58 2 PARADISE My First Band 20300
59 51 18 10 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 154900
60 62 60 3 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 24400

61 56 1 26 HURTS Emeli Sande 1315650
62 54 18 9 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 137900
63 70 63 3 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 18600
64 64 64 5 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 34500
65 67 65 4 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 25200
66 63 5 18 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 482600
67 68 67 2 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 13000
68 50 32 7 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 86500
69 60 60 4 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 36200
70 53 31 6 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 72350

71 73 71 2 PINNACLE Tone Damli 11200
72 43 16 8 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 139300
73 61 37 7 PLAY THAT SONG Train 73550
74 NEW 74 1 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 5000

DROP OUTS
35 35 10 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 134800
52 33 6 BABY Bakermat 85800
58 29 8 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 113300
71 3 18 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 560350
72 72 1 SLIDE Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos 5600
74 30 7 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 66500

 

5th February 2017

It’s Katy Perry’s faaaaaantastic single still on top for the third week, now I’ve seen the new video as good as that BRITS show she did. The nearest challenger is Little Big Town’s lovely version of a song generously donated by Taylor Swift, one of her best songs. So gorgeous Stevie Nicks could have written it. That leaves a big climb to 5 for Chainsmokers and Coldplay, not the first time for either of them, and extending Coldplay’s run of top 10’s to 17 years.

Imelda May has a first ever top 10, after coming close many times, while Black Tears also gives Jeff Beck his first top 10 since, err, his first top 10 in 1972 with his 1967 classic party hit Hi Hi Silver Lining. Hope it was worth the 45 year wait Jeff! Nancy Sinatra gets yet another oldie in my top 10, with her advert song, while Johnny Cash (another 60’s veteran, albeit late in his case) has an advert-boosted (movie Logan) return to my chart for the 4th time for his awesome Nine Inch Nails cover, Hurt. In at 30.

Above and Beyond grab another top 10, Take That a top 20 24 years on from their first, Lana Del Ray has another top 40 entry, and Alison Krauss is back with 2 new (oldie covers) entries 20 years on from her first entries which was also a bluegrass cover. These are more lush country than bluegrass but her voice is still topnotch on the Glen Campbell cover Gentle On My Mind, and the Brenda Lee cover Losing You. Finally, Texas sneak in for a run of 28 years of chart entries, yay Sharlene!

1 1 1 4 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 529250
2 5 2 4 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 235200
3 3 3 3 TOI ET MOI Paradis 192000
4 2 2 7 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 489000
5 34 5 2 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 77600
6 4 1 6 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 630000
7 7 5 7 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 344250
8 12 8 5 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 145600
9 14 9 5 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 97600
10 16 10 4 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 90400

11 6 6 5 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 171750
12 8 8 7 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 203250
13 9 1 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1222000
14 27 14 4 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 75900
15 18 15 3 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 61300
16 11 7 9 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 287300
17 13 1 17 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1990000
18 21 18 3 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 52350
19 10 8 6 MOVE Saint Motel 184000
20 37 20 3 GIANTS Take That 48550

21 17 4 9 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 273850
22 15 5 7 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 251500
23 31 23 2 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 37150
24 29 24 5 FUN Blondie 83000
25 25 4 9 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 302250
26 36 26 2 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 35900
27 38 27 3 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 46000
28 20 17 7 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 139400
29 23 8 9 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 274700
30 NEW 30 1 HURT Johnny Cash 18000

31 19 14 7 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 149150
32 57 32 2 LOVE Lana Del Ray 28200
33 40 33 3 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 44900
34 28 7 11 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 317000
35 35 35 10 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 134800
36 22 22 6 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 88300
37 30 4 20 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 653400
38 24 24 4 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 72400
39 33 2 15 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 922300
40 NEW 40 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 17000

41 39 19 8 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 146550
42 53 42 2 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 25000
43 26 16 7 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 133700
44 42 21 7 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 121100
45 58 45 2 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 23200
46 44 4 9 SOUL FREE George Michael 293000
47 52 47 17 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 121000
48 48 1 19 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 916950
49 49 9 12 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 235950
50 32 32 6 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 80100

51 51 18 9 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 144800
52 41 33 6 BABY Bakermat 85800
53 43 31 5 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 66350
54 45 18 8 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 130500
55 NEW 55 1 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 10800
56 54 1 25 HURTS Emeli Sande 1308150
57 NEW 57 1 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 10400
58 47 29 8 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 113300
59 NEW 59 1 PARADISE My First Band 10100
60 60 60 3 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 30000

61 46 37 6 PLAY THAT SONG Train 68150
62 65 62 2 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 14400
63 59 5 17 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 476000
64 64 64 4 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 27400
65 68 65 2 NO MATTER Frances 13400
66 70 66 3 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 18000
67 69 67 3 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 18200
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 6200
70 73 70 2 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 11400

71 66 3 18 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 560350
72 NEW 72 1 SLIDE Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos 5600
73 NEW 73 1 PINNACLE Tone Damli 5400
74 62 30 7 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 66500
75 NEW 75 1 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 5000

DROP OUTS
50 26 6 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 93700
55 16 11 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 184900
56 4 11 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 409300
61 27 7 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 94950
63 63 5 GOODBYE 2NE1 34200
67 27 8 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 121800
71 6 21 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 424600
72 68 4 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 23800
74 2 24 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 952150
75 75 1 BALLERINO May 5000

 

26th February 2017

It’s an easy 2nd week on top the legend Katy Perry after that BRITS performance, just fab! That’s bad news for Dua Lipa stuck at 2 again, though she has had a recent chart-topper as compensation. French band Paradis shoot smoothly up to 3, classy. John Mayer replaces himself in the top 10, meanwhile with a groovy, jazzy number. Talking of groovy, jazzy numbers, Thundercat is in at 53 (wasn’t he a cartoon kids show?) with the help of 70’s jazz-rockers Michael “Doobie Brothers” McDonald & Kenny “Loggins & Messina” Loggins. Both popped into my charts in 1979 and through the 80’s.

Thanks to that car ad, Nancy Sinatra drives up rapidly over the speed limit to 14 with that fab 60’s movie theme tune. I’m following the liberal rights activist and cool legend on twitter, find myself agreeing with everything she posts, and adore the best of her music to boot. Big jumps for Nussy, Fenech-Soler, and REOL, while new in at 34 Chainsmokers & Coldplay launch an unexpected duet at the BRITS, and it’s pretty good.

Marc Almond is back on Radio 2 promoting his new single and hits album, and it’s good to see him back again lengthening his chart run to 36 years. Lana Del Ray is also back, Love to Lana, ditto Frances, and James “comedy name” Blunt, who now has a Jeremy to take all the heat off him.

1 1 1 3 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 359250
2 2 2 6 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 424000
3 18 3 2 TOI ET MOI Paradis 107000
4 3 1 5 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 575000
5 6 5 3 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 120200
6 10 6 4 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 134750
7 5 5 6 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 294250
8 12 8 6 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 168250
9 4 1 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1190000
10 8 8 5 MOVE Saint Motel 163000

11 7 7 8 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 262300
12 15 12 4 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 97600
13 11 1 16 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1967000
14 50 14 4 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 52600
15 9 5 6 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 232000
16 30 16 3 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 48400
17 13 4 8 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 254100
18 48 18 2 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 34300
19 14 14 6 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 131250
20 17 17 6 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 121100

21 56 21 2 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 30350
22 27 22 5 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 70900
23 23 8 8 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 256500
24 24 24 3 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 55200
25 19 4 8 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 283500
26 16 16 6 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 120200
27 35 27 3 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 46900
28 20 7 10 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 299400
29 32 29 4 FUN Blondie 64000
30 21 4 19 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 636100

31 NEW 31 1 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 17900
32 40 32 5 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 68100
33 26 2 14 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 905200
34 NEW 34 1 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 17600
35 38 35 9 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 117300
36 NEW 36 1 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 17400
37 53 37 2 GIANTS Take That 28550
38 57 38 2 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 27600
39 25 19 7 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 132550
40 58 40 2 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 27200

41 33 33 5 BABY Bakermat 74300
42 28 21 6 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 107850
43 31 31 4 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 55100
44 22 4 8 SOUL FREE George Michael 280250
45 34 18 7 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 119500
46 37 37 5 PLAY THAT SONG Train 60650
47 29 29 7 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 103100
48 47 1 18 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 904650
49 44 9 11 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 223850
50 36 26 6 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 93700

51 42 18 8 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 133050
52 54 52 16 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 108500
53 NEW 53 1 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 11250
54 51 1 24 HURTS Emeli Sande 1297550
55 39 16 11 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 184900
56 43 4 11 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 409300
57 NEW 57 1 LOVE Lana Del Ray 10400
58 NEW 58 1 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 10200
59 52 5 16 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 468800
60 60 60 2 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 20000

61 46 27 7 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 94950
62 41 30 6 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 61300
63 64 63 5 GOODBYE 2NE1 34200
64 67 64 3 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 20300
65 NEW 65 1 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 7000
66 66 3 17 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 554550
67 45 27 8 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 121800
68 NEW 68 1 NO MATTER Frances 6400
69 73 69 2 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 11600
70 74 70 2 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 11200

71 69 6 21 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 424600
72 68 68 4 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 23800
73 NEW 73 1 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 5400
74 71 2 24 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 952150
75 NEW 75 1 BALLERINO May 5000

DROP OUTS
49 4 13 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 482500
55 45 4 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 46550
59 19 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 82500
61 39 4 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 46700
62 62 5 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 34200
63 55 4 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 35300
65 3 14 REDBONE Childish Gambino 502500
70 7 9 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 246400
72 1 25 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1158050
75 75 1 HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern 5000

 

19th February 2017

It’s Katy Perry on top of my chart in her second week, and for the first time in 5 years, her 3rd chart-topper with the fab Chained To The Rhythm. Skip Marley meanwhile, as rap assister, equals his grand-dad Bob in topping my chart. Gulp! Grandad!

Little Big Town rocket up from 74 to 6 with the lovely country song Better Man, Saint Motel get a 2nd top 10, and Walk Off The Earth a 3rd. Imelda May and Jeff Beck return to the top 20 a few years since their first foray, Lilac Wine, both sultry blues fabness, and highest new entry is the cool grooves of French band (I assume) Paradis, in at 18.

Above And Beyond grab a 3rd top 40, a Kate Bush cover version dance stylee enters the 40 for Just Us, and Train get a 9th top 40 entry in my charts. I rather like them more than the UK public do! Take That are back again, as Giants, Corinne Bailey Rae covers Coldplay very nicely to give her a 9th chart entry in 12 years. The Scientist peaked at 20 in my charts, though it’s become something of a Coldplay standard in the years since. Finally, the late Peter Skellern gets a couple of tribute entries 45 years on from his debut in my chart with You’re A Lady.

1 23 1 2 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 189250
2 3 2 5 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 309000
3 1 1 4 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 510000
4 2 1 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1145000
5 6 5 5 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 244250
6 74 6 2 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 60200
7 7 7 7 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 225300
8 12 8 4 MOVE Saint Motel 121000
9 5 5 5 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 205000
10 24 10 3 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 79750

11 8 1 15 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1935000
12 16 12 5 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 120250
13 4 4 7 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 231100
14 15 14 5 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 110250
15 28 15 3 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 62600
16 18 16 5 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 101700
17 17 17 5 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 101100
18 NEW 18 1 TOI ET MOI Paradis 22000
19 9 4 7 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 264750
20 10 7 9 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 281100

21 14 4 18 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 618100
22 11 4 7 SOUL FREE George Michael 267000
23 13 8 7 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 237250
24 38 24 2 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 36200
25 19 19 6 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 115450
26 20 2 13 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 887500
27 31 27 4 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 51400
28 21 21 5 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 94100
29 32 29 6 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 90600
30 73 30 2 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 23400

31 39 31 3 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 41600
32 40 32 3 FUN Blondie 45800
33 37 33 4 BABY Bakermat 60300
34 22 18 6 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 106500
35 54 35 2 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 28500
36 26 26 5 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 81700
37 42 37 4 PLAY THAT SONG Train 47900
38 41 38 8 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 99800
39 25 16 10 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 174100
40 44 40 4 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 50300

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41 30 30 5 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 53900
42 35 18 7 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 121300
43 29 4 10 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 398700
44 33 9 10 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 211750
45 34 27 7 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 115200
46 27 27 6 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 87450
47 46 1 17 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 892350
48 NEW 48 1 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 12300
49 36 4 13 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 482500
50 70 50 3 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 23600

51 48 1 23 HURTS Emeli Sande 1286550
52 47 5 15 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 458700
53 NEW 53 1 GIANTS Take That 11250
54 55 54 15 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 97000
55 45 45 4 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 46550
56 NEW 56 1 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 10600
57 NEW 57 1 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 10400
58 NEW 58 1 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 10200
59 43 19 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 82500
60 NEW 60 1 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 10000

61 56 39 4 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 46700
62 62 62 5 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 34200
63 58 55 4 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 35300
64 64 64 4 GOODBYE 2NE1 27000
65 49 3 14 REDBONE Childish Gambino 502500
66 51 3 16 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 547750
67 67 67 2 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 13200
68 68 68 3 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 18200
69 57 6 20 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 418800
70 52 7 9 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 246400

71 61 2 23 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 946950
72 66 1 25 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1158050
73 NEW 73 1 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern 5000

DROP OUTS
50 50 6 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 58900
53 13 10 WANTED MORE Betsy 167850
59 59 3 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 24800
60 3 12 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 459050
63 16 11 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 174400
65 65 4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 24200
69 69 4 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 22800
71 65 4 MERCY Shawn Mendes 25400
72 59 4 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 28500
75 75 2 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 10000

 

 

12th February 2016

2 weeks on top for Captain Cuts, as Dua Lipa gets a 3rd top 5, jumping up to 3. Into the top 20 goes Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, Stevie’s first top 20 with new material since 1981 – yes he’s been rubbish for 3 decades, having spent 20 stunningly brilliant years before that. Ariana’s 5th top 20 in the last 3 years, by contrast, including a number one. Dua and Stevie also have number ones on their list.

Highest new entry is Katy Perry back with an instant bang at 23, I’ve missed her self-induced surfer-boarding Orlando holiday break (give or take Rise), and she has also previous chart-topper form. Just to make me feel old, she’s borrowed Bob Marley’s grandson. I can remember when former chart-topper Bob was fresh and young, and I was even fresher and younger. Jamiroquai shoot up to 31, though JK has yet to top my charts he’s come close a few times.

That leaves Imagine Dragons (former chart-toppers) getting a second track on the list, Goldfrapp getting a fiurst top 40 in 4 years (former chart-toppers) and Blondie’s first top 40 in 3 years – having had oodles of chart-toppers since debut Denis did the trick nearly 40 years ago. I’m nothing if not loyal to former chart-toppers!

1 1 1 3 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 425000
2 2 1 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1080000
3 9 3 4 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 194000
4 5 4 6 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 199100
5 8 5 4 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 160000
6 6 6 4 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 184250
7 7 7 6 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 175300
8 3 1 14 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1898000
9 4 4 6 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 243750
10 10 7 8 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 261800

11 11 4 6 SOUL FREE George Michael 247500
12 15 12 3 MOVE Saint Motel 73000
13 12 8 6 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 218000
14 14 4 17 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 598350
15 16 15 4 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 81250
16 17 16 4 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 85250
17 26 17 4 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 78100
18 24 18 4 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 76700
19 20 19 5 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 96700
20 13 2 12 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 869000

21 28 21 4 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 75800
22 18 18 5 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 88900
23 NEW 23 1 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 19250
24 25 24 2 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 37750
25 21 16 9 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 157000
26 29 26 4 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 64300
27 30 27 5 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 74700
28 37 28 2 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 35600
29 19 4 9 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 385200
30 33 30 4 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 39900

31 59 31 3 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 33000
32 34 32 5 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 72400
33 27 9 9 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 198500
34 35 27 6 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 102200
35 32 18 6 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 107550
36 23 4 12 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 470400
37 45 37 3 BABY Bakermat 42600
38 NEW 38 1 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 17200
39 67 39 2 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 23700
40 54 40 2 FUN Blondie 28000

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41 43 41 7 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 82600
42 53 42 3 PLAY THAT SONG Train 30600
43 22 19 4 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 72400
44 66 44 3 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 33300
45 52 45 3 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 35750
46 46 1 16 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 879850
47 47 5 14 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 447200
48 41 1 22 HURTS Emeli Sande 1274800
49 38 3 13 REDBONE Childish Gambino 495500
50 55 50 6 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 58900

51 40 3 15 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 540950
52 36 7 8 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 240400
53 44 13 10 WANTED MORE Betsy 167850
54 NEW 54 1 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 11000
55 57 55 14 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 86000
56 39 39 3 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 39200
57 56 6 19 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 412600
58 64 55 3 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 28100
59 61 59 3 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 24800
60 42 3 12 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 459050

61 50 2 22 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 941150
62 62 62 4 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 26800
63 48 16 11 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 174400
64 69 64 3 GOODBYE 2NE1 19900
65 68 65 4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 24200
66 65 1 24 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1152450
67 NEW 67 1 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 6600
68 73 68 2 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 11800
69 71 69 4 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 22800
70 72 70 2 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 11600

71 70 65 4 MERCY Shawn Mendes 25400
72 63 59 4 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 28500
73 NEW 73 1 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 5200
75 75 75 2 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 10000

DROP OUTS
31 31 6 RAIN Status Quo 100050
49 49 3 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 31200
51 8 10 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 314400
58 3 6 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 255200
60 46 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 34750
74 74 1 NUMBER 1 Dev featuring Nef The Pharaoh 5200

 

5th February 2017

It’s Ryan Rabin on top and at number 10! Who? Oh he’s in both Captain Cuts and Grouplove, and Captain Cuts is an LA based songwriting/production trio, with quite a few artist credits to back them up. Love Like We Used To is a fab pop record, helped by vocalist Nateur. George Michael meanwhile replaces himself in the top 5 with Faith album cut Hand To Mouth popping upwards to 5. Meanwhile Starley and a John Mayer album track enter the top 10.

Saint Motel rocket into the top 20, their 2nd big hit here, as they Move from 54 to 15. Crystal Waters gets her first top 20 entry in 20 years, with Hifi Sean, and highest new entry, with their 4th top 40, is Walk Off The Earth, and new toon, Fire In My Soul in at 25. Lady Antebellum grab another top 40, and back together a couple of years after Lilac Wine did the biz in my charts, it’s Imelda May with a new image, and guitar legend Jeff Beck, on the sultry Black Tears. Jeff first charted 45 years ago in my charts with party classic Hi Ho Silver Lining.

Bakermat’s Baby is a re-imaging of Don’t Leave Me This Way, the Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes much-covered 70’s classic, here at 45, but it’s not the only re-imagining, there’s a very cheeky one at 53 for Train. I thought it was an old Train hit on first hearing, as the tune was so familiar. Not so. In fact it’s new lyrics stuffed over the top of this 1938, 80-year-old, much-covered Hoagy Carmichael standard…

I’ll be honest, it’s one of those songs I knew quite well but didn’t know I knew – you know the sort, hear it on telly, in films, in adverts, but you never really notice. It’s fab. Train’s new song is not bad, either and gives them a run of over 15 years in my charts. Former chart-toppers Goldfrapp are also back, now into a second-decade of hits, as is Elbow, with a longer run, and Depeche Mode, an incredible 36-years of chart entries, and last but not least Blondie, 39 years and counting. Phew! That’s nothing. Nancy Sinatra’s 60’s film theme has been used in a car advert, so I’m charting Last Of The Secret Agents for the first time, because I missed it first-time round, being as even I wasn’t charting 50 years ago. Hard to believe I know….

1 3 1 2 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 255000
2 1 1 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 965000
3 2 1 13 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1850000
4 5 4 5 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 198750
5 14 5 5 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 134100
6 6 6 3 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 129250
7 12 7 5 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 125300
8 13 8 3 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 100000
9 9 9 3 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 109000
10 7 7 7 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 219800

11 4 4 5 SOUL FREE George Michael 210500
12 8 8 5 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 186000
13 10 2 11 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 849000
14 17 4 16 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 569350
15 54 15 2 MOVE Saint Motel 38000
16 36 16 3 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 54150
17 21 17 3 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 60250
18 34 18 4 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 69400
19 11 4 8 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 367000
20 20 20 4 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 75700

21 16 16 8 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 138250
22 19 19 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 58900
23 15 4 11 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 453000
24 30 24 3 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 54700
25 NEW 25 1 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 18750
26 27 26 3 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 55100
27 26 9 8 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 180800
28 24 24 3 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 56050
29 38 29 3 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 45800
30 39 30 4 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 56300

31 32 31 6 RAIN Status Quo 100050
32 23 18 5 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 90050
33 50 33 3 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 39900
34 37 34 4 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 54600
35 47 27 5 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 84600
36 22 7 7 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 228900
37 NEW 37 1 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 17300
38 28 3 12 REDBONE Childish Gambino 483400
39 52 39 2 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 28600
40 25 3 14 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 529200

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41 35 1 21 HURTS Emeli Sande 1262500
42 31 3 11 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 449050
43 43 43 6 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 68600
44 33 13 9 WANTED MORE Betsy 156600
45 48 45 2 BABY Bakermat 25300
46 45 1 15 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 867100
47 40 5 13 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 434700
48 29 16 10 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 167200
49 49 49 3 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 31200
50 41 2 21 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 933650

51 42 8 10 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 314400
52 53 52 2 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 22750
53 72 53 2 PLAY THAT SONG Train 16850
54 NEW 54 1 FUN Blondie 11000
55 56 55 5 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 48900
56 51 6 18 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 402200
57 60 57 13 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 75200
58 18 3 6 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 255200
59 75 59 2 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 15100
60 46 46 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 34750

61 63 61 2 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 14700
62 69 62 3 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 19400
63 59 59 3 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 22900
64 55 55 2 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 17900
65 57 1 23 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1145650
66 44 44 2 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 20050
67 NEW 67 1 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 6600
68 73 68 3 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 17200
69 67 67 2 GOODBYE 2NE1 12800
70 65 65 3 MERCY Shawn Mendes 19600

71 71 71 3 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 16600
72 NEW 72 1 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NUMBER 1 Dev featuring Nef The Pharaoh 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 5000

DROP OUTS
58 40 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 66200
61 29 6 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 80750
62 62 2 RIVER Bishop Briggs 14600
64 64 3 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 18900
66 1 19 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1043950
68 68 2 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 12400
70 61 2 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 13500
74 1 42 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 752600

 

 

29th January 2017

5 weeks at 1 for George Michael’s 1986 4 weeker on top, for a grand total of 9 weeks, total classic. Soul Free is up to 4, Cowboys & Angels at 5, giving 3 top 5 entries for the late great man, and Hand To Mouth just outside. All 3 should be well-known, but aren’t. Highest new entry the fab pop hooks of Captain Cuts, in at 3 with Love Like we Used To, leapfrogging Tamer’s big climb to 6, and a haunting track with a great guitar solo.

Dua Lipa makes it 3 top 10’s in 12 months, Starley has a big climb to 12, Pete Tong and Right Said Fred keep the 90’s alive inside the top 20, while Beyonce finally gets a top 40 track off her acclaimed album. At 48, Bakermat are back with a reimagining cover of Don’t Leave Me This Way, at least the 4th version to chart here. Train and Saint Motel are back, as is Jamiroquai – back after 6 years away, and getting on for 25 years since debuting.

1 1 1 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 850000
2 2 1 12 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1765000
3 NEW 3 1 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 85000
4 5 4 4 SOUL FREE George Michael 173500
5 13 5 4 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 133750
6 23 6 2 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 74250
7 10 7 6 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 177800
8 9 8 4 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 151000
9 24 9 2 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 64000
10 6 2 10 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 817000

11 4 4 7 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 346000
12 35 12 4 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 75300
13 20 13 2 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 52000
14 19 14 4 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 74100
15 7 4 10 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 433750
16 17 16 7 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 118500
17 11 4 15 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 540350
18 3 3 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 24500
19 27 19 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 39400
20 28 20 3 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 55700

21 26 21 2 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 37250
22 8 7 6 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 211500
23 18 18 4 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 72250
24 25 24 2 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 37750
25 12 3 13 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 512200
26 15 9 7 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 162400
27 29 27 2 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 36600
28 22 3 11 REDBONE Childish Gambino 466200
29 16 16 9 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 154900
30 33 30 2 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 35700

31 14 3 10 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 435300
32 34 32 5 RAIN Status Quo 82150
33 21 13 8 WANTED MORE Betsy 143350
34 37 34 3 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 47400
35 30 1 20 HURTS Emeli Sande 1248500
36 51 36 2 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 29150
37 47 37 3 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 37000
38 57 38 2 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 27600
39 54 39 3 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 38300
40 38 5 12 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 422200

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41 36 2 20 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 921650
42 31 8 9 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 302650
43 49 43 5 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 55100
44 NEW 44 1 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 13250
45 43 1 14 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 854350
46 50 46 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 24750
47 32 27 4 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 67100
48 NEW 48 1 BABY Bakermat 12300
49 65 49 2 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 19100
50 58 50 2 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 22200

51 44 6 17 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 391600
52 NEW 52 1 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 11500
53 NEW 53 1 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 11250
54 NEW 54 1 MOVE Saint Motel 11000
55 NEW 55 1 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 10800
56 59 56 4 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 38100
57 55 1 22 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1138650
58 40 40 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 66200
59 72 59 2 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 15700
60 62 60 12 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 64800

61 39 29 6 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 80750
62 63 62 2 RIVER Bishop Briggs 14600
63 NEW 63 1 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 7200
64 66 64 3 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 18900
65 67 65 2 MERCY Shawn Mendes 13600
66 64 1 19 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1043950
67 NEW 67 1 GOODBYE 2NE1 6600
68 70 68 2 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 12400
69 71 69 2 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 12000
70 61 61 2 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 13500

71 75 71 2 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 10800
72 NEW 72 1 PLAY THAT SONG Train 5600
73 73 73 2 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 10800
74 74 1 42 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 752600
75 NEW 75 1 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 5000

DROP OUTS
41 30 8 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 79300
42 10 11 MAGNETISED Garbage 222600
45 18 8 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 131300
46 46 4 FAITH George Michael 45000
48 20 12 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 179200
52 29 8 ALONE Alan Walker 108100
53 53 2 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 16850
56 17 11 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 168300
60 40 8 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 75800
68 33 11 DAMN Red Rosamond 128250
69 8 4 FASTLOVE George Michael 108950

22nd January 2017

It’s a 4th week on top for A Different Corner, equalling it’s first run in 1986 for a total of 8 weeks on top. It’s still heartbreaking, and George has 3 in the top 5, 4 in the 10, 5 in the 20, 6 in the 40. His more upbeat tracks and bigger hits, for the most part, have dropped out of my chart leaving only his very classic ballads and great album tracks that fit in with my mood over his loss – all should have been been hit singles, and ooze pure class.

That leaves Ed Sheeran and Grouplove to sneak into the top 10, and 21 new entries headed by John Mayer, yet to break big but he does well in my charts, the highest being his very Randy Newman-esque You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me, with his jazzy Moving On And Getting Over at 26, both fresh out. There’s a host of very different new tracks shooting straight into the top 40: shuffle alternative of Tamer at 23, Dua Lipa’s 4th top 40 in a row with Be The One at 24, Crystal Fighters poppy Good Girls at 26, Pete Tong’s cover of a former chart-topper for Fatboy Slim (in these charts) Right Here Right Now at 27, and Faith in at 29 – not the famous George Michael hit (which is lower) no this is an actual new Stevie Wonder track that is good! It’s from a movie (Sing) and features Ariana Grande, giving him a first top 40 with new material in 12 years, and most likely his best new track in 30 years. Stevie now has a span of a bit under 49 years in my charts.

The Dead South enter at 33, a Canadian alt-country band and there’s a fab video to go with it, Beyonce enters lower down with yet another Lemonade track, but she must be coming up on 18 years of hits, while Data and Picard bring Star Trek into my charts again (not for the first time) as Pogo does a mash-up of Next Gen samples quite effectively, his second chart entry. The first Star Trek track to make my charts a disco cover of the original TV series theme tune by the Charles Randolph Orchestra in 1976. Finally, at 75, Arcade Fire return after a long gap – but not as long as their guest vocalist Mavis Staples, last doing it with the help of Prince in the early 90’s when I saw her supporting the man at Wembley Arena. Mavis first charted here in 1972 with her sisters and dad, as The Staple Singers went top 3 with I’ll Take You There.

1 1 1 4 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 680000
2 2 1 11 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1650000
3 3 3 4 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 223000
4 7 4 6 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 309000
5 11 5 3 SOUL FREE George Michael 108500
6 5 2 9 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 775000
7 4 4 9 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 406750
8 9 7 5 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 192000
9 12 9 3 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 103000
10 14 10 5 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 127800

11 8 4 14 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 517350
12 6 3 12 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 493450
13 17 13 3 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 73750
14 10 3 9 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 417400
15 16 9 6 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 143900
16 20 16 8 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 136700
17 22 17 6 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 93500
18 23 18 3 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 53000
19 28 19 3 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 45100
20 NEW 20 1 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 20000

21 13 13 7 WANTED MORE Betsy 125650
22 15 3 10 REDBONE Childish Gambino 447900
23 NEW 23 1 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 19250
24 NEW 24 1 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 19000
25 NEW 25 1 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 18750
26 NEW 26 1 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 18500
27 NEW 27 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 18400
28 36 28 2 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 35700
29 NEW 29 1 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 18200
30 24 1 19 HURTS Emeli Sande 1231000

31 19 8 8 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 288900
32 27 27 3 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 54600
33 NEW 33 1 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 17700
34 34 34 4 RAIN Status Quo 64350
35 38 35 3 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 40300
36 26 2 19 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 907650
37 47 37 2 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 29800
38 35 5 11 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 405200
39 29 29 5 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 73250
40 54 40 6 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 56000

41 30 30 8 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 79300
42 25 10 11 MAGNETISED Garbage 222600
43 42 1 13 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 841350
44 44 6 16 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 379850
45 31 18 8 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 131300
46 46 46 4 FAITH George Michael 45000
47 63 47 2 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 19700
48 33 20 12 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 179200
49 49 49 4 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 41600
50 NEW 50 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 12000

51 NEW 51 1 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 11750
52 32 29 8 ALONE Alan Walker 108100
53 72 53 2 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 16850
54 58 54 2 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 21200
55 50 1 21 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1128250
56 51 17 11 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 168300
57 NEW 57 1 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 10400
58 NEW 58 1 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 10200
59 60 59 3 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 27500
60 40 40 8 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 75800

61 NEW 61 1 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 7500
62 64 62 11 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 54800
63 NEW 63 1 RIVER Bishop Briggs 7200
64 53 1 18 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1037150
65 NEW 65 1 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 7000
66 75 66 2 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 11800
67 NEW 67 1 MERCY Shawn Mendes 6600
68 52 33 11 DAMN Red Rosamond 128250
69 21 8 4 FASTLOVE George Michael 108950
70 NEW 70 1 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 5800
72 NEW 72 1 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 5400
74 73 1 41 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 747400
75 NEW 75 1 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
18 18 3 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 60600
37 37 3 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 40000
39 39 10 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 100900
41 14 12 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 213450
43 10 10 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 207300
45 10 10 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 221600
48 9 16 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 309900
55 32 7 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 79400
56 24 5 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 76100
57 57 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 23600
59 20 8 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 128050
61 20 12 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 173900
62 4 17 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 463500
65 53 5 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 38750
66 66 3 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 20400
67 27 10 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 128600
68 68 1 WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt 6400
69 69 8 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 32600
70 70 2 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 11000
71 19 10 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 165950
74 38 7 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 76050

 

15th January 2017

3 weeks on top (7 in total) for A Different Corner, as the late much-missed George Michael also has many other tracks shooting up my charts, notably the sombre and powerful Praying For Time, up to 3 after topping my chart in 1990. George was very much a man with a social conscience, and a way with words and melody, on top of his flawless vocals. That would also apply to Hand To Mouth, a 1987 album track easily good enough to be a single, and up to 28 at long last becoming the top 40 “hit” it always should have been (I disallowed album tracks from 1976 onwards until the 21st century – a foolish decision! – so I have spent opportunities since giving lost great album tracks a second chance, and sadly George’s death at least allows great tracks like the groovy Soul Free and the very minor hit Cowboys And Angels (gorgeous for every laid-back and moody 9 minutes or so) to get proper chart positions.

It’s a new peak for Noah Cyrus and Labrinth at 4, a big climb for Lukas Graham, and an instant top 40 new entry shock comeback from Right Said Fred – in the list of most-unlikely returns to impress me, the lads would have figured quite highly on my list! Putting aside the awful novelty big hits they had (bar I’m Too Sexy which was quite clever), they had some very decent pop dance tracks, a couple of them making my top 10. Happily Sweet Treats is in that vein, and gives them a run of new hits over 25 years. As does Testify at 47 for guest vocalist Crystal Waters, Hifi Sean doing the twiddly bits. At 58, another of those multi-artist tracks featuring X Ambassadors, and Elle King, and Wiz Khalifa, all having made my top 10 previously, but not the lead act – hello to Alex Da Kid. The video is excellent.

That leaves 2 re-entries for the sadly late Peter Sarstedt, both from 1969, both I loved as an 11-year-old and I learnt all the lyrics to Where Do You Go To – I used to cut them out of a magazine mum bought (I think it was called Weekend, and they published one pop song a week – the first one I discovered was Autumn Almanac by The Kinks in 1967!). I saw Peter and his two solo hit-making brothers in concert together (Eden Kane and Robin Sarstedt) back in the 90’s and good they were too.

1 1 1 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 510000
2 2 1 10 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1535000
3 12 3 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 138000
4 10 4 8 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 356750
5 5 2 8 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 720000
6 3 3 11 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 458450
7 4 4 5 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 244000
8 6 4 13 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 480350
9 7 7 4 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 144000
10 11 3 8 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 388400

11 52 11 2 SOUL FREE George Michael 48500
12 17 12 2 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 58000
13 15 13 6 WANTED MORE Betsy 105900
14 18 14 4 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 85800
15 13 3 9 REDBONE Childish Gambino 428400
16 9 9 5 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 116900
17 25 17 2 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 41750
18 19 18 3 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 60600
19 14 8 7 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 271000
20 23 20 7 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 111700

21 8 8 3 FASTLOVE George Michael 102750
22 24 22 5 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 70500
23 51 23 2 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 31000
24 22 1 18 HURTS Emeli Sande 1213000
25 16 10 10 MAGNETISED Garbage 208850
26 21 2 18 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 890250
27 27 27 2 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 36800
28 71 28 2 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 24100
29 29 29 4 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 56150
30 33 30 7 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 65300

31 31 18 7 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 118300
32 34 29 7 ALONE Alan Walker 96600
33 20 20 11 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 166900
34 36 34 3 RAIN Status Quo 46750
35 26 5 10 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 388000
36 NEW 36 1 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 17400
37 49 37 3 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 40000
38 72 38 2 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 22800
39 42 39 10 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 100900
40 61 40 7 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 65800

41 32 14 12 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 213450
42 41 1 12 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 827850
43 28 10 10 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 207300
44 37 6 15 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 366600
45 35 10 10 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 221600
46 50 46 3 FAITH George Michael 32250
47 NEW 47 1 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 12500
48 38 9 16 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 309900
49 55 49 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 29500
50 47 1 20 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1117450

51 39 17 10 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 157700
52 46 33 10 DAMN Red Rosamond 121850
53 48 1 17 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1030050
54 54 54 5 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 39000
55 45 32 7 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 79400
56 30 24 5 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 76100
57 63 57 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 23600
58 NEW 58 1 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 10200
59 44 20 8 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 128050
60 62 60 2 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 17400

61 43 20 12 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 173900
62 59 4 17 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 463500
63 NEW 63 1 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 7200
64 68 64 10 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 47400
65 67 53 5 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 38750
66 66 66 3 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 20400
67 56 27 10 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 128600
68 NEW 68 1 WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt 6400
69 69 69 8 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 32600
70 75 70 2 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 11000

71 53 19 10 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 165950
72 NEW 72 1 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 5600
73 73 1 40 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 742200
74 65 38 7 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 76050
75 NEW 75 1 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 5000

DROP OUTS
40 2 5 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 311250
57 57 2 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 20800
58 58 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 15600
60 60 4 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 23700
64 59 6 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 45700
70 70 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 6000
74 7 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 192600

 

8th January 2017

It’s George Michael for a second week on top, and 6th week in total, with the gorgeous A Different Corner. Meanwhile, although he’s had a few tracks which have already had good chart runs drop out this week, he still has new entries from lesser hits and album tracks, and some climbers, Fast Love going top 10 some 20 years after hitting number one, and Praying For Time up to 12 27 years after topping my chart. Quo also go up with a couple or three tracks.

10 weeks on, Clean Bandit reach a new peak of 3 with Rockabye, easily their best single, and Imagine Dragons grab a second top 10 after topping my chart with Radioactive just over 4 years ago. Barry Gibb gets his first ever solo top 10 after Bee Gee-ing to the top on many occasions over 48 years. Highest new entry is, gasp!, Ed Sheeran. Didn’t see that one coming, though borrowing Sia’s Cheap Thrills rhythm didn’t hurt the appeal of Shape Of You for me, in at 17. His other new single is nowhere, as it was a bit meh on first hearing. Eddie very rarely makes my top 20, and usually it’s the uptempo ones when he does.

Grouplove shoot into the 20, David Guetta & Robin Schulz, and Little Mix and Charlie Puth into the 30, and in at 27 it’s Tom Odell’s biggest hit since Real Love, Silhouette in at 27. Charlie XCX rockets into the 40, while Lukas Graham enter lower down, a second hit fo them, and also for Dami Im scraping in, alongside Yoko Ono, who is making a habit of remix dance hits, covering her old songs. Hell In Paradise made my top 10 in 1985, her second biggest solo hit, and a fab video.

1 1 1 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 340000
2 2 1 9 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1420000
3 11 3 10 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 403450
4 4 4 4 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 194000
5 3 2 7 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 660000
6 7 4 12 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 432350
7 13 7 3 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 99000
8 12 8 2 FASTLOVE George Michael 83000
9 16 9 4 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 91900
10 6 6 7 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 291750

11 5 3 7 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 346400
12 30 12 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 53000
13 8 3 8 REDBONE Childish Gambino 401400
14 9 8 6 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 250000
15 27 15 5 WANTED MORE Betsy 73900
16 10 10 9 MAGNETISED Garbage 190100
17 NEW 17 1 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 23000
18 35 18 3 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 56800
19 34 19 2 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 38600
20 22 20 10 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 149200

21 17 2 17 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 871750
22 21 1 17 HURTS Emeli Sande 1194000
23 25 23 6 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 91700
24 54 24 4 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 51000
25 NEW 25 1 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 18750
26 14 5 9 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 370500
27 NEW 27 1 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 18400
28 15 10 9 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 193800
29 46 29 3 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 37950
30 24 24 4 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 65500

31 18 18 6 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 100400
32 19 14 11 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 199450
33 62 33 6 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 47300
34 29 29 6 ALONE Alan Walker 78800
35 26 10 9 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 208600
36 51 36 2 RAIN Status Quo 29150
37 44 6 14 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 353350
38 36 9 15 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 297600
39 48 17 9 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 145950
40 23 2 5 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 311250

41 41 1 11 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 814100
42 45 42 9 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 83800
43 20 20 11 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 166400
44 28 20 7 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 117950
45 32 32 6 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 68600
46 33 33 9 DAMN Red Rosamond 110350
47 43 1 19 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1105450
48 42 1 16 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1018800
49 56 49 2 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 22700
50 61 50 2 FAITH George Michael 19500

51 NEW 51 1 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 11750
52 NEW 52 1 SOUL FREE George Michael 11500
53 37 19 9 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 160150
54 65 54 4 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 28000
55 67 55 2 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 17400
56 39 27 9 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 122000
57 57 57 2 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 20800
58 73 58 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 15600
59 49 4 16 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 456100
60 RE 60 4 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 23700

61 55 55 6 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 48900
62 NEW 62 1 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 7400
63 70 63 2 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 13200
64 59 59 6 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 45700
65 38 38 6 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 70850
66 66 66 2 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 13600
67 RE 53 4 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 31750
68 69 68 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 40300
69 RE 69 7 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 26400
70 NEW 70 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 5800
72 NEW 72 1 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 5600
73 71 1 39 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 736800
74 50 7 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 192600
75 NEW 75 1 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 5000

DROPPING OUT:
31 11 5 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 104900
40 40 7 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 72150
47 19 8 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 142500
52 52 8 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 49000
53 23 9 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 136600
58 58 1 CLUB TROPICANA Wham! 10200
60 11 11 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 196800
63 63 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham! 7200
64 5 17 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 407100
68 68 1 OUTSIDE George Michael 6400
72 6 21 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 488150
74 1 33 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 870450
75 75 1 DOWN DOWN Status Quo 5000

 

1st January 2017

It’s George Michael entering at 1, following his tragically sudden and too-young death. In a year of shocking deaths of classic fave pop stars, most notably David Bowie and Prince, George’s is up there for me, I’ve been a fan for 20 years, pretty much since day one and A Different Corner was his most perfect, most heart-breaking and most tender and beautiful. It made me cry at the time and still does, as it returns over 30 years on for a 5th week on top. His 90’s great Fastlove also enters at 12, but there are loads of Wham! and George tracks lower down, and waiting outside the 75 to enter, as soon as a space emerges (I don’t want to go back to a Top 100, it’s too much hard work!).

Just to make it harder, the loveable Rick Parfitt also died over Christmas, Quo have long been a rock biz under-appreciated fun rock band – that’s why they lasted for 50 years! Plenty of Quo tracks could have charted, but George takes priority, so it’s the very best tracks only, led by 1986 gem In The Army Now, and forgotten goodie Rain from 1976. My chart is becoming increasingly sad, as there’s also Greg Lake, Bobby Vee and Leonard Cohen in the chart as losses from 2016.

In new music, no new entries at all. Not one. Garbage grab that top 10 for 20 years of ’em, Imagine Dragons have a big climb with the Passengers movie song, and Barry Gibb takes his span of top 20 hits to an unbeatable 48 years and 4 months, being as the Bee Gees featured in my first chart, his new solo track is pretty and tuneful. Highest climber is Little Mix and Charlie Puth, just outside the 40 thanks to the oldies.

1 NEW 1 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 170000
2 1 1 8 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1305000
3 2 2 6 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 600000
4 5 4 3 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 129000
5 3 3 6 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 309400
6 6 6 6 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 249750
7 4 4 11 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 377350
8 7 3 7 REDBONE Childish Gambino 369400
9 8 8 5 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 221000
10 12 10 8 MAGNETISED Garbage 165100

11 15 6 9 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 318450
12 NEW 12 1 FASTLOVE George Michael 35000
13 40 13 2 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 49000
14 14 5 8 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 352000
15 10 10 8 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 175500
16 35 16 3 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 46900
17 17 2 16 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 852000
18 18 18 5 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 82500
19 23 14 10 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 181650
20 24 20 10 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 152900

21 21 1 16 HURTS Emeli Sande 1174500
22 25 22 9 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 129200
23 9 2 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 294259
24 26 24 3 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 47500
25 29 25 5 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 72450
26 13 10 8 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 191100
27 39 27 4 WANTED MORE Betsy 46900
28 20 20 6 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 104700
29 30 29 5 ALONE Alan Walker 61200
30 NEW 30 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 18000

31 11 11 5 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 104900
32 32 32 5 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 55600
33 33 33 8 DAMN Red Rosamond 97600
34 NEW 34 1 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 17600
35 37 35 2 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 34800
36 22 9 14 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 280400
37 19 19 8 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 148900
38 38 38 5 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 63850
39 27 27 8 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 111400
40 45 40 7 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 72150

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41 34 1 10 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 800100
42 28 1 15 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1006500
43 42 1 18 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1092950
44 44 6 13 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 336050
45 49 45 8 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 70050
46 65 46 2 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 19750
47 31 19 8 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 142500
48 50 17 8 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 128850
49 43 4 15 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 446000
50 36 7 7 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 187400

51 NEW 51 1 RAIN Status Quo 11750
52 53 52 8 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 49000
53 41 23 9 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 136600
54 56 54 3 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 32000
55 58 55 5 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 41400
56 NEW 56 1 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 10600
57 NEW 57 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 10400
58 NEW 58 1 CLUB TROPICANA Wham! 10200
59 59 59 5 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 38600
60 55 11 11 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 196800

61 NEW 61 1 FAITH George Michael 7500
62 71 62 5 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 29600
63 NEW 63 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham! 7200
64 62 5 17 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 407100
65 69 65 3 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 17000
66 NEW 66 1 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 6800
67 NEW 67 1 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 6600
68 NEW 68 1 OUTSIDE George Michael 6400
69 72 69 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 33900
70 NEW 70 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 6000

71 70 1 38 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 731400
72 68 6 21 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 488150
73 NEW 73 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 5400
74 74 1 33 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 870450
75 NEW 75 1 DOWN DOWN Status Quo 5000

DROP OUTS
16 12 4 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 91500
46 46 7 ALGA Ignea 63850
47 6 14 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 290900
48 17 8 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 131300
51 8 9 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 274050
52 6 11 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 306250
54 48 7 MAZE Aria 63700
57 18 9 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 150700
60 60 5 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 26600
61 17 13 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 180200
63 63 9 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 44100
64 4 14 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 378550
66 66 6 STEREO Courage My Love 22200
67 67 1 GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark 5 6600
73 8 20 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 341800
75 2 16 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 624700

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