My 1975 Charts – March

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4th March 1975

6th and final week for Helen Reddy’s Angie Baby on top, but who will topple her – Wigan’s Chosen Few play footsie at 2, Shirley says Shame Shame Shame at only going up to 3, and there are 2 big new entries: Gloria Gaynor follows up her big number one with a cover of a Motown classic in at 4, the Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There, and it’s a thumping frantic disco anthem, for me the best version apart from the original. At 5, it’s a long-missing 50’s guitar instrumental legend, Duane Eddy, who gets some help from a chorus of girl Rebelettes to twang along in the 70’s: Play Me Like Your Guitar is great, though not as great as his old classics like Peter Gunn, Rebel Rouser and Because They’re Young. Close thing, though.

Bowie goes top 20 with his funky Young Americans, ditto Supertramp and Moments and Whatnauts, while in at 26 it’s a 60’s Northern Soul-inspired hit for Gary Lewis And The Playboys, My Heart’s Symphony. They had a whole run of big US hits, and were notable for Gary being the son of comedian Jerry Lewis, and being pretty good pop, especially the fab This Diamond Ring, which was never a UK hit (like almost their entire career). The strings on this one add a bit of 60’s pop interest and I still love it, should have been bigger. Meanwhile Hamilton Bohannon smoothly funks his way to 28, the Average White Band do the same at 29, and Sweet return with their first self-written hit Fox On The Run, and it’s pretty good, in at 30! Giving them 4 years of hits, non-stop.

In at 43, it’s Barry Manilow debuting with the OTT Mandy, a cover of the much-better original sitting at 10 for Scott English – Brandy. It just came over as a bland, if mildly pleasant version of a great song, to me at the time. At 44, the Bay City Rollers ditch their songwriters and go it alone – by covering a Four Seasons non-UK-hit, Bye Bye Baby – they do it effectively, and the song wasn’t that well known in the UK, but it was the start of a loooooong list of acts getting much bigger hits than the brilliant Four Seasons originals in the UK – in the USA it was the other way round, for the most part. Which leaves Helen Reddy getting a follow-up entry as she drops off the top, Free And Easy, and Nosmo King and The Javells getting another chart entry (albeit unlikely) at 46. Finally Jim Stafford has a 3rd entry, with Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne – he certainly never was predictable!

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
3 ( 4 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
4 ( NEW ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( NEW ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 2 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
7 ( 6 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
8 ( 7 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
9 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
10 ( 9 ) BRANDY Scott English

11 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
12 ( 5 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
13 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 24 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
16 ( 10 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
17 ( 12 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
18 ( 26 ) DREAMER Supertramp
19 ( 23 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
20 ( 18 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

21 ( 20 ) REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Linda Lewis
22 ( 36 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
23 ( 17 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
24 ( 16 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
25 ( 15 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( NEW ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
27 ( 27 ) I’M ON MY WAY Dean Parrish
28 ( 44 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
29 ( 43 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
30 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet

31 ( 19 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
32 ( 33 ) GAMES UP Hello
33 ( 21 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
34 ( 22 ) I’M HER FOOL Billy Swan
35 ( 25 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
36 ( 30 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
37 ( 28 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
38 ( 29 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
39 ( 46 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
40 ( 45 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)

41 ( 31 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
42 ( 32 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
43 ( NEW ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
45 ( NEW ) FREE AND EASY Helen Reddy
46 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ YOU IS EASY Nosmo King and The Javells
47 ( 40 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
48 ( 41 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
49 ( 42 ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
50 ( NEW ) YOUR BULLDOG DRINKS CHAMPAGNE Jim Stafford


11th March 1975

Gloria Gaynor gets her 2nd chart-topper in a row, Reach Out I’ll Be There getting there in 2 weeks flat, and a new disco queen arrives. Not me, no. It’s all about Gloria’s vocal, the fab percussion, the backing singers and especially the heavy drumbeat on the chorus. Excited me no end at the time, and still does. Shooting up to 2, Supertramp’s best record Dreamer, it still sounds fresh, urgent and original, well beyond the normal single format. Duane Eddy has a veteran top 3 hit when few from the 50’s were still going, bar the odd Cliff and Elvis. Bowie gets his first top 10 since Sorrow, and his 7th to date, while The Rubettes get a 3rd, cos they can do it. The Rollers rocket up to 12, rather unexpectedly, as my early love for the Rollers in 1971-73 was well on the turn to annoyance what with all the screaming pre-teen girls all over the place, and Gary Lewis gets a 9-years-late top 20 hit.

It’s all about the 19 new entries though, as the music scene hits overdrive and my chart has an almost 40% clearout. 19 is a new record, and is headed by an old-fashioned Eurovision-styled boy-girl singalong, and it’s fab – There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving is schmaltzy, overdoses on the backing singers and strings, and has a killer chorus…yes it’s a real guilty pleasure! The group had TV host Bruce Forsyth’s daughter in it, not to mention Thereza Bazar and David Van Day, future hit duo Dollar. Talking of Eurovision, Radio Luxembourg was busy plugging Geraldine’s English-language version (You) of her French-language entry, Toi, and here it is at 28, making it 4 years in a row that Luxembourg had charted. It’s also one place higher than the UK’s entry, the last one under the system where an established act is chosen to sing 6 songs, then the public vote – and this time Cliff’s backing band, and UK instrumental heroes The Shadows join Duane Eddy on the comeback trail and also get a debut rare vocal hit, Let Me Be The One. It’s not bad at all.

At 30, a dance cover of The Beatles’ George Harrison song Something, from The Miracle Workers, gives it 3 hit versions in 6 years, while a Dutch duo cover of the 60’s childhood fave of mine Swinging On A Star (by Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva, itself a 40’s Bing Crosby cover) enters at 41 for the badly-named Spooky And Sue. An actual 60’s song I liked enters at 47 for The McCoys, Hang On Sloopy, while a 40’s styled gorgeous gentle ballad (and tribute to Fred Astaire) enters at 35 for Don McLean, his first hit in 3 years – Wonderful Baby.

At 32 and 33, two big US hits for two big UK-based stars, and two big UK-flops as they moved to the States and got ignored by UK record-buyers. Idiots. ELO’s Can’t Get It Out Of My Head is a touching emotive ballad, and a singles departure for the band that eventually charted 3 years later on an EP in the UK, while Olivia Newton-John was moving out of country into melodic pop ballads, and one of her best: Have You Never Been Mellow, lovely. At 34 a late glam rock entrant from Shabby Tiger (too late for the UK to chart it, but not in Europe), Slow Down is decent enough, and at 36 The Goodies get a thrid hit with a Funky Gibbon. Yes, well, hmmm, it was catchy for a couple of weeks! David Bowie’s guitarist, the legendary Mick Ronson gets a quirky solo entry at 45, Billy Porter, Alice Cooper gets 3 years of chart entries at 48, Department Of Youth. Also 3 years on, Peter Skellern gets a follow-up entry at 50, the laid-back Hold On To Love, and 2 years on ex-teacher Clifford T. Ward keeps the gentle folk ballads coming, gets a 4th entry with the delightful Jigsaw Girl at 49.

Phew! That leaves just the great new ones, from K.C. And The Sunshine Band, and a third hit (and a 6th song) with Get Down Tonight, as the fabulous funky dance grooves get notched a peg or two, even over chart-topper Queen Of Clubs. The basis of more than one future sampled hit, and still brilliant, and in at 37. Then there’s Elton John, with a Band attached, a new sound of Philadelphia, strings, soul, fabulousness, and a song dedicated to gay tennis player Billie-Jean King, Philadelphia Freedom. In at 42, 4 years of chartdom, and Elton had yet to miss the chart since Rocket Man hit 2, and was followed up by 2 number one’s in Crocodile Rock and Bennie And The Jets in 1972 and 1974. Elton, it should be stressed, was the biggest star in the world at this point and could do no wrong, especially in the USA, and was mightily prolific, 2 albums a year, and singles not necessarily on albums, and album tracks that should have been singles but weren’t. Phew!

1 ( 4 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 18 ) DREAMER Supertramp
3 ( 5 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
5 ( 2 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
6 ( 3 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
7 ( 15 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
8 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
9 ( NEW ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
10 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
12 ( 44 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
13 ( 26 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 19 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
16 ( 8 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
17 ( 9 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 10 ) BRANDY Scott English
19 ( 20 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
20 ( 7 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

21 ( 30 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
22 ( 29 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( 22 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
25 ( 31 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
26 ( 12 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
27 ( NEW ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( NEW ) YOU Geraldine
29 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
30 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers

31 ( 32 ) GAMES UP Hello
32 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
34 ( NEW ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
35 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( NEW ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( NEW ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
38 ( 17 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
39 ( 25 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 23 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( NEW ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( NEW ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
43 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( 41 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
45 ( NEW ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( NEW ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
47 ( NEW ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
48 ( NEW ) DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH Alice Cooper
49 ( NEW ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
50 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern


18th March 1975

After the deluge of last week, only 2 new entries and Gloria Gaynor gets 2 weeks reaching out on top. The rest of the chart is busy though, Elton up 40 places to 2 outdoing all his previous singles bar 3, just lovin’ that Philadelphia Freedom. Bowie also does better here than any other chart, hitting 5 with Young Americans – Bowie fans struggled with the new “plastic soul” sound, but not me, loved it. The Sweet get an 11th Top 10 hit, Neil Sedaka stops yo-yo-ing and hits 8 for his annual top 10 hit, now allied with Elton John on his label, and ELO get a 4th top 10.

The 2 Eurovision songs keep pace with each other at 14 and 15, Geraldine still having the edge, while Livvy goes top 20, and Shabby Tiger slow down at 19. New at 44 it’s Polly Brown getting a second solo hit, dialling L for Love, though it’s now 5 years since she debuted with Pickettywich. Finally, at 48, The Hues Corporation have a 4th chart entry with the Love Corporation, diminishing returns but they still sound good.

1 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 42 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
3 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 2 ) DREAMER Supertramp
5 ( 7 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
6 ( 9 ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
7 ( 21 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
8 ( 25 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
9 ( 32 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 4 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy

11 ( 5 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
12 ( 6 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
13 ( 8 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 28 ) YOU Geraldine
15 ( 29 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
16 ( 13 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
17 ( 15 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
18 ( 33 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
19 ( 34 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
20 ( 10 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

21 ( 11 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
22 ( 19 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
23 ( 37 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
24 ( 36 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
25 ( 12 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
26 ( 22 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
27 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( 30 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
29 ( 20 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
30 ( 31 ) GAMES UP Hello

31 ( 16 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 18 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( 23 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
35 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( 26 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
37 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
38 ( 46 ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
39 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( 45 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
43 ( 50 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
44 ( NEW ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
45 ( 49 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
46 ( 47 ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
47 ( 24 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
48 ( NEW ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
49 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
50 ( 38 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel

In Gloucester days, I was seriously buying every vinyl single I could get afford and find, and every old and new DC comic I could find. I scoured all the record shops (and there were plenty in those days) and newsagents that stocked American comics, and had a weekly Saturday bus ride, or walk of a few miles (to have extra money to spend on them) to do the rounds, especially the second-hand bookstore Toby’s which had stocks of recent DC comics printed with their name on the cover – much cheaper for me and I picked up loads I’d missed. Hooray! We also had a family ride, after some snowfall, to see our Singapore family friends the Wainwrights, after not seeing them for a year or so – I have the trip there fixed in my mind to some of the Radio 1 playlist tracks of the time, so I associate them with crisp snow and sunshine, for instance Fox On The Run and Young Americans, and especially Philadelphia Freedom. Odd the things that stick in the mind sometime. It was great seeing them all again.


25th March 1975 part 1 (Eurovision)

It’s a new number one, but dropping from 6 and completely out of the chart it’s Guys & Dolls with one of the shortest ever chart runs for a record that peaked at 6 – 2 weeks, peak, and out! It’s a guilty pleasure, but one that I got over quickly, until a decent amount of time had passed by (years), and then I loved it again. Anyway, new at 1 it’s Elton, yay! His 3rd number one in 4 years, a brilliant Philly soul record by a white British rock star, joining Bowie in crossing some genre boundaries, and also commenting at the time about his domination on USA radio where his singles just would not leave the chart – he wished they would stop playing them and let them leave the chart, even he was getting fed up of it! This, of course, is now how the whole music business works: overkill, monotony, and dominated by a huge few stars. Elton was also presiding over another chart invasion, though, chock full of good new singles, led by the Eurovision winner, Teach-In, at 10. Ding A Dong! Or Dinge Dong, take your pick. It was an immediate hit with me while I babysat, and my clear favourite, though the chart placing just ahead of the UK and Luxembourg might say otherwise. The Shadows did well, and Geraldine, Toi, so there’s a mini-1975 Eurovision section to enjoy. Or ‘enjoy’! The Netherlands deserved to win though, and they had clearly learnt the Abba lesson and gone uptempo pop. So here the three are…


25th March 1975 (part 2)

Back in March 1975, 25th, and K.C. is up to 3 for his 3rd successive top 3 hit, with one of the great instant instrumental funk intros, do a little dance make a little love, get down tonight! The Sweet hit 4, fox-chasing, and Olivia hits 6 with her biggest ever hit in 4 years, so she must have been feeling pretty mellow about that. The second highest new entry is the record that came 2nd in the Radio 1 All-Time Top 100 singles, as compiled in 1974 – Young Girl won it (and charted all over again) but runner-up was Bobby Goldsboro’s 1968 UK number 2, which was reissued in the UK and hit 2 again, having been 2 on the 100. A case of the 2’s if ever I heard it! The sickly-sweet sentimental tragedy song enters at 14 here. It’s both touching and OTT laughable, depending on mood. It fit in with tragic news of the death of a classmate in a motorbike accident, Martin Milliard, who’d been getting interviews with football clubs. His best mate Davvy was a mate at school, and I was shocked and sad all round for Davvy and Milli’s family. The song came up in group classroom conversation, and Davvy took it’s side, so did I.

In at 16, Jim Gilstrap’s lovely gospel soul shuffler Swing Your Daddy, and in at 17 another Wigan band, Wigan’s Ovation with an actual NEW recording and northern soul cover hit, the Invitations’ Skiing In The Snow. Northern Soul was cool in the working class circles. Lulu’s back with another image change at 26, this time soul funk, one style she was to return to most frequently over the years. The record? Take You Mama For A Ride, and 7 years of hits. Missing for 2 years, and it’s a welcome return for Middle Of The Road, with the flop single Hitchin’ A Ride In The Moonlight, which managed to grab a couple of plays on Radio Luxembourg, and nothing in the UK, but it gives them an 8th bubblegum chart entry for me. I haven’t heard it for decades, and it’s not on itunes, boo!

Ralph McTell’s back at 34 with a forgotten, non-itunes, follow-up El Progresso, not that folky, while Hot Chocolate return with new single Blue Night, in the style of Emma at 48. Pretty good, a flop, no airplay, but it had a B Side you may have heard of, a ditty called You Sexy Thing. Come back in 7 months when it gets flipped, and Blue Night is the B Side. 49, Caston And Majors, a Motown act, and a fantastic record in Child Of Love, fab song, should have been a hit. Finally, at 50, it’s another oldie reissue from the late Jim Croce, one which would have charted in 1972 had my charts allowed non-UK-chart records: Bad Bad Leroy Brown. Big US hit.

1 ( 2 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
2 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 23 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
4 ( 7 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
5 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
7 ( 9 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 4 ) DREAMER Supertramp
9 ( 5 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
10 ( NEW ) DING A DONG Teach-In

11 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 14 ) YOU Geraldine
13 ( 16 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( NEW ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 19 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
16 ( NEW ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
17 ( NEW ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
18 ( 10 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
19 ( 11 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
20 ( 12 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

21 ( 28 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
22 ( 8 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
23 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
24 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
25 ( 45 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
26 ( NEW ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
27 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
28 ( 21 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
29 ( RE ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
30 ( 22 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

31 ( 31 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 32 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 33 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( NEW ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
35 ( 43 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
36 ( 24 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
38 ( 26 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
39 ( 34 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
40 ( 29 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

41 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
43 ( 44 ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
44 ( 20 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
45 ( 42 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
47 ( 48 ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
48 ( NEW ) BLUE NIGHT Hot Chocolate
49 ( NEW ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
50 ( NEW ) BAD BAD LEROY BROWN Jim Croce

My 1975 Charts – February

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4th February 1975

2 weeks for Helen Reddy’s spooky Angie Baby presiding over an inrush of oldies at the top end, as The Tams 1971 UK number one (and my Top 10) reissued 1964 Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me enters at 2, outdoing it’s original chart slot, along with Brandy also from 1971 at 3. Leaving the 1968 UK hit version, my top 10, and also peaking higher second time round, the 1966 classic Motown Isley Brothers track This Old Heart Of Mine at 4. 3rd and 4th time round would be even bigger…! I think the oldies show that even though they weren’t actually THAT old (mostly less than 10 years), that’s really quite a long time ago when you’re a teenager – now of course, tracks less than 10 years old I consider recent!

Northern Soul fun-time at 7 for Footsie (also an oldie), and a brilliant climb up from 50 for John Lennon’s brilliant Number 9 Dream at 9 – almost as if i planned it! John of course has only ever had one flop – Cold Turkey in 1969, because I never got to hear it (it was banned!), and it’s still a bit harrowing. Love Unlimited meanwhile get a second top 20 hit, the luvverley It May be Winter at 15, as BTO replace themselves in the top 20 rolling on down the highway. Highest proper new entry is soul woman Betty Wright, finally getting her UK debut hit 4 years after scoring big in the States with Clean-Up Woman at age 18. I liked her because she said in interviews at the time that she was a comics fan. Shoorah Shoorah at 39 for Betty!

That leaves a 7th hit for Suzi Quatro at 41, who said quite correctly for the time, Your Mama Won’t Like Me – hard to believe loveable Suzi was remotely threatening, but wearing leather seemed to do the trick. At 47, another track I missed out on in 1970, but caught up with now, Joni Mitchell’s 4th hit Big Yellow Taxi. Bit of a famous one! Great too, great lyrics, I still agree with every word. Which just leaves The Trammps naughty Sixty Minute Man follow-up popping in (am I allowed to say that?) at 48. I mean, they talk about going on for 60 minutes as if it’s something impressive, I consider anything less than 2 hours a quickie. Hah!

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 5 ) BRANDY Scott English
4 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
5 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
6 ( 4 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
7 ( 15 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
8 ( 19 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
9 ( 50 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
10 ( 6 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes

11 ( 3 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin
12 ( 10 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
13 ( 13 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
14 ( 7 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
15 ( 30 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
16 ( 9 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
17 ( 20 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
18 ( 18 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
19 ( 8 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
20 ( 36 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive

21 ( 14 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
22 ( 31 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
23 ( 12 ) SUGAR CANDY KISSES Mac And Katie Kissoon
24 ( 38 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
25 ( 22 ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
26 ( 37 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
27 ( 23 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
28 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
29 ( 16 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
30 ( 17 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir

31 ( 11 ) GOODBYE MY LOVE The Glitter Band
32 ( 32 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
33 ( 33 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
34 ( 27 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
35 ( 24 ) JANUARY Pilot
36 ( 21 ) STARDUST David Essex
37 ( 34 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
38 ( 35 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
39 ( NEW ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
40 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens

41 ( NEW ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
42 ( 49 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink
43 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
44 ( 29 ) PURELY BY COINCIDENCE Sweet Sensation
45 ( 45 ) HOT SOX Sha Na Na
46 ( 42 ) SO LONG Abba
47 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
48 ( NEW ) SIXTY MINUTE MAN The Trammps
49 ( 40 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
50 ( 41 ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes


In the world, it was a sad day as a certain M. Thatcher wins the ballot on 4th feb 1975 to become leader of the UK Conservative party, proving that a woman can be just as disastrous as any man for the long-term good of a nation. I’m biased. Based on events since 2008 which can be traced back to her naive belief in the rich and powerful being able to self-govern with honesty, having a concern for the general well-being of the world, and a distinct lack-of-self-interest, I’m also right. They can’t be trusted to do the right thing and need to be accountable at all times to ensure they don’t wreck the world economy. That concludes the end of the party political broadcast on behalf of the Statin’ The Bleedin’ Obvious Party. I thank you.


11th February 1975

3 weeks for Helen and the rest of the top 5 are oldies, which is a shame as John Lennon’s classic 9 Dream would have peaked at 4 otherwise, or 2 if you discount cover versions – yes it was the second highest rated actual only new song in the top 10, just ahead of Syreeta’s Your Kiss Is Sweet, which ironically keeps her husband’s Boogie On Reggae Woman out of the top 10. In at 9, highest new entry is Nottingham’s finest getting a 4th hit, Paper Lace covering Vanity fare’s 1970 top 5 fave of mine, Hitchin’ A Ride. Frank Ifield’s unavailable and obscure version is better though, a fave of mine when I lived in Singapore. Nottingham, happily, now has 2 actual pop stars charting in 2014 and 2015, notably Indiana who’s been solo dancing recently.

It’s a big top 20 climb for Suzi Quatro at 14, Your Mama Won’t Like Me giving Suzi one of her bigger chart peaks with one of her minor UK hits. Queen peak at 22 shockingly, after 2 number ones, but Brian May songs just didn’t connect with me like Freddie’s did. Ignoring Now I’m Here Queen would have had 3 consecutive number ones with Freddie songs, as the next one was an obscure little ditty called Bohemian Rhapsody which I rather loved. Betty Wright goes top 30, hoorah hoorah, just ahead of the highest actual new song at 27, Shame Shame Shame as Shirley & Co bring a bit of All Platinum fun soul disco into the charts: shame on you if you can’t dance too, indeed.

At 28, it’s a bona fide classic, as Cockney Rebel frontman Steve Harley gets top billing and a third chart entry from me, the track that just made the UK sales Top 40 chart for the third time in January 2015, 40 years on (though only scraping into the combined non-sales Top 75 official chart, where apparently pushing 10,000 actual sales isn’t as important as people playing the same records month after month for free and paying nothing): Make Me Smile, as Mae West said, Come Up And See Me sometime. It was ground-breaking in it’s clever use of intermittent silence, melody, and of course Steve Harley’s unique vocal style, previously brilliantly demonstrated on Judy Teen summer of ’74, a top 3 peak from me. Now I just need an excuse to chart the marvellous Sebastian, one I didn’t know at the time.

At 29, another 1968 track, bubblegum pop from Ohio Express that just pre-dated my charts, but which featured on our 16 Big Hits album that I played and played in Singapore in 1969/70. Yummy Yummy Yummy! At 42, bubblegum 1968 again, The Lemon Pipers fab Green Tambourine also debuting belatedly. Quo did as version of this one, so it’s a bit edgier than Ohio Express. At 41, The Hues Corporation get a third chart entry with more of a ballad this time, and hey, I’ll take a melody, too. Rupie Edwards is also back, with identikit follow-up Lego Skanga at 43, not nearly as good as Ire Feelings, but pleasant enough.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 7 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
5 ( 3 ) BRANDY Scott English
6 ( 5 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
7 ( 6 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
8 ( 9 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
9 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
10 ( 8 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta

11 ( 12 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
12 ( 15 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
13 ( 20 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
14 ( 41 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
15 ( 10 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
16 ( 16 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
17 ( 13 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
18 ( 21 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
19 ( 17 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
20 ( 11 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

21 ( 19 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
22 ( 22 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
23 ( 18 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
24 ( 14 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
25 ( 39 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
26 ( 24 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
27 ( NEW ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
28 ( NEW ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
29 ( NEW ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
30 ( 26 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows

31 ( 23 ) SUGAR CANDY KISSES Mac And Katie Kissoon
32 ( 25 ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
33 ( 27 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
34 ( 40 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
35 ( 29 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
36 ( 30 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
37 ( 28 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
38 ( 47 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
39 ( 42 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink
40 ( 48 ) SIXTY MINUTE MAN The Trammps

41 ( NEW ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
42 ( NEW ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
43 ( NEW ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
44 ( 33 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
45 ( 32 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
46 ( 37 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
47 ( 38 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
48 ( 34 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
49 ( 31 ) GOODBYE MY LOVE The Glitter Band
50 ( 35 ) JANUARY Pilot


Drawing to a close on TV any week now it was Frankie Howard’s Up Pompeii special, ooh, no missus, don’t mock, no, ooh, no titter ye not…and so on. I loved Frankie, but it had actually ended in 1970 and just been repeated so much it seemed to have lasted longer. I’m probably the only one to remember his less-good follow-up series from 19730-ish Whoops Baghdad. Not likely to be repeated that one…! Also in it’s last throws The Golden Shot, Bernie The Bolt, and a show that had outstayed it’s welcome pretty much from the moment it started. At the cinema The Towering Inferno was still topping box office charts week after week, it was a blockbuster and a half relative to the overall market. Saturday was my cinema day, in Gloucester, which also gave me opportunities to continue to scour newsagents and second hand book shops like Toby’s for back DC Comics issues and hot new comics, which were back on form and normal sized after DC’s disastrous flirtation with thicker, more expensive comics, stuffed with reissued old stories as fillers to new stories. I know I felt short-changed cos I wasn’t interested (much) in old stories, they didn’t have the pizzaz of 70’s stories. Legion Of Super-Heroes of course was still in revival, looking sexy, but with a new artist in Mike Grell, who was no Dave Cockrum, though not bad. Dave Cockrum’s artwork could inspire the proposed new Warners movie of the Legion as well as it set up the X-Men (essentially the comic he took over at this point).

18th February 1975

4 weeks for Angie Baby, and 3 weeks at 2 for The Tams, leaving highest new entry being a Valentines Day record from Mud – even the picture sleeve was done as if it were a gift from me to you stylee. Lonely This Christmas was the first Mud record to fall short of the top 10 (though it would eventually go all the way), so The Secrets That You Keep puts them back in the top 5 with a gentle ballad bang, I did after all love the lads dearly. It’s also the very final Chinn-Chapman record with Mud, as like The Sweet they abandoned their writer-producers leaving them free to all go their new chart ways.

Shirley & Co go up to 6, as Fox go back up for the umpteenth time in 5 months, to 10, one of the most chaotic chart runs ever for me! Magpie’s Mick Robertson manages a second chart entry to follow-up his number one The Tango’s Over, at 11 with Then I Changed Hands, a reggae-prog-rock fusion and one I haven’t heard for 40 years, quite literally. Youtube comes to my rescue, and it’s rather damn fine. It’s written and produced by Richard Hewson, he of The Rah Band, and arranger of ooh, Beatles, Mary Hopkin, Cliff Richard and all some of their finest moments too. It’s safe to assume I was more Magpie than Blue Peter still, they just addressed you more as teens where Blue Peter talked as if you were about 10. Steve Harley goes up to 12, shockingly it’s chart peak first time round – I think over-saturation may have had something to do with it, and it seemed a bit novelty-ish – though like Mud’s Xmas it would be back to top the charts at a later date, hooray!

New at 19, it’s a 60’s veteran, Mike Berry, who gets a chart debut with a slowed-down moody version of Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel, a song which had already been top 10 for me in 1972 as covered novelty-style by The Berries (formerly The Rocking Berries 60’s hitmakers). It was also a cover version of Billy Swan’s version from his I Can Help album which would also chart after Mike Berry’s version – I didn’t realise Mike had copied Billy! Mike had to wait another 5 years to make the UK charts again, after serving time on the Are You Being Served sitcom after it was past it’s sell-by date. That was still big on UK TV in 1975, of course, as innuendo still seemed much more racy and daring than it does these in-yer-face days. Who could forget Mrs Slocombe’s poor bedraggled pussy, or Mr Humphrey’s parade of friends, including the busty attractive one who was much happier since the operation?

Big climbs for Hues Corporation and Rupie Edwards, and a new entry for Neil Sedaka at 29, his final ever UK hit single (stunningly considering what was to come after The Queen Of 1964, a clever amusing song about an overage groupie who once had Mick Jagger – she claimed), but in my (and the US) charts it was one of a string of hits going back 3 years chronologically, although 16 years if you count the original release date of 1972 number one Oh Carol, released in 1959 when I was 1 year old. Neil does this one in concert, and it’s great fun. As is the latest Rubettes hit at 30, making it 4 in a row with I Can Do It, a great glam pop romp, which was later murdered brutally by a football team who changed it to We Can Do It…. yes stand up and own up Liverpool FC 1977 – still one of the least-bad ever football records as sung by the squads, there’s so little good competition!

More debuts though: Rupert Holmes, 5 years ahead of his Pina Colada song hit debut in the UK, enters at 34 with the American National Anthem – with a difference! It’s the tune, with amusing classy lyric changes about how American guys try to get a girl to err fall for their charms, Our National Pastime. It’s gentle, witty, clever. At 41, it’s the record that shocked Bowie fans: he enters his plastic soul period backed by Luther Vandross, Young Americans was such an abrupt change from Ziggy and Aladdin many couldn’t cope, and sales dropped, but I thought it was funktastic and way better than any of his 1974 singles – though I now love Rebel Rebel. At 42 it’s another brilliant debut, Supertramp and Dreamer, a seriously unusual single, but SO damn catchy despite not really having a hook you can sing as such, as it belts along at a hectic pace. Fantastic, and still their best single.

At 43, another 60’s goodie, the minor fabulousness that has the same name as a DC superhero that I loved – till she was killed off in Crisis On Infinite Earths 10 or more years later, damn that DC Comics! Supergirl, that’ll be then, who just happened to be one of the Legion Of Super-Heroes as well as Superman’s cousin. I digress, it’s a great 1966 pop charmer and deserved to chart. Meanwhile at 44, The Pearls are back with their 6th chart entry, though they only really had one big UK hit (Guilty), and this non-hit was actually ahead of it’s time. 2 years ahead, give or take, as Tina Charles went on to have a big (slightly shrill) hit with it – Doctor Love.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 9 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
5 ( NEW ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
6 ( 27 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
7 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) BRANDY Scott English
9 ( 6 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
10 ( 16 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

11 ( NEW ) THEN I CHANGED HANDS Mick Robertson
12 ( 28 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
13 ( 13 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
14 ( 8 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
15 ( 12 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
16 ( 7 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
17 ( 29 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
18 ( 14 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
19 ( NEW ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
20 ( 15 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes

21 ( 10 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
22 ( 11 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
23 ( 41 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
24 ( 43 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
25 ( 25 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
26 ( 38 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
27 ( 17 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
28 ( 30 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
29 ( NEW ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
30 ( NEW ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes

31 ( 21 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
32 ( 18 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 23 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
34 ( NEW ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
35 ( 42 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( 26 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
37 ( 19 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
38 ( 24 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
39 ( 22 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
40 ( 20 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

41 ( NEW ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
42 ( NEW ) DREAMER Supertramp
43 ( NEW ) SUPERGIRL Graham Bonney
44 ( NEW ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
45 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
46 ( 35 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
47 ( 36 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
48 ( 37 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
49 ( 46 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
50 ( 47 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash


25th February 1975

5 weeks on top for Helen Reddy, the longest run since Paul McCartney & Wings’ Jet, and the first to do 5 weeks in a row since Mud had Hypnosis on top summer of 73. Paper Lace go 2 places higher than the original Hitchin’ A Ride, at 2, and Shirley and Company take the greta Sylvia Robinson’s song and production into the top 5 2 years after her own sexy Pillow Talk did the same, and 5 years ahead of her Sugar Hill Records bringing rap to the world. Mike Berry just misses out on the 10, as the man who’s version he borrowed Don’t Be Cruel from, enters at 22 with the more novelty track off the album, I’m Her Fool and Billy Swan. The Rubettes and Rupert Holmes get good jumps into the 20, and Neil Sedaka’s Queen of 1964 stays ahead of highest new entry Remember The Days Of The Old School Yard as Linda Lewis gets her 3rd chart entry at 20. It’s a Cat Stevens song, but I prefer Linda’s vocals.

Two soul groups for the price of one at 23, as another Sylvia Robinson sweet soul act enters: Moments and Whatnauts sing about Girls – they like ‘em fat, they like ‘em pretty, they like ‘em any which way, apparently, which is a rather admirably inclusive attitude for the 70’s. Unless they are more Quagmire than is called for. Giggity. At 27, a Northern Soul classic, Dean Parrish’ I’m On My Way, and the last record ever to be played at the then-famous Wigan Casino all-nighters. Dean never really made it in the States, but his minor celebrity in the UK was good enough for Paul Weller and Steve Craddock to want to do more recent stuff with him after decades away from the music biz. Yay! Meanwhile Bowie and Supertramp go top 30, hooray!

At 33 Hello get a follow-up to Tell Him, Games Up, which is reasonable glam rock, and at 36 Ringo Starr’s solo career starts to wind down, rather surprisingly, given it was written for him by Elton John: Snookeroo, it must be said, isn’t either of them at their best though! No No Song, as the odd “I given up drugs” double A side, was even less commercial! In at 43, Average White Band debut sounding very American and funky, with the fab US instrumental number one Pick Up The Pieces, so influential were they in their Arif Mardin-produced “coals to Newcastle” story they ended up being the 15th most-sampled act of all-time: and they are Scottish and white! Showing it’s what’s in the grooves that counts, as they used to say. Finally Hamilton Bohannon debuts, with his very funky South African Man.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 4 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
3 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 6 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
5 ( 5 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
6 ( 10 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
7 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
8 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
9 ( 8 ) BRANDY Scott English
10 ( 11 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
12 ( 12 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
13 ( 30 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 34 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 9 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
16 ( 17 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
17 ( 16 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
18 ( 14 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
19 ( 29 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
20 ( NEW ) REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Linda Lewis

21 ( 23 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
22 ( NEW ) I’M HER FOOL Billy Swan
23 ( NEW ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
24 ( 41 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
25 ( 15 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
26 ( 42 ) DREAMER Supertramp
27 ( NEW ) I’M ON MY WAY Dean Parrish
28 ( 21 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
29 ( 20 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
30 ( 22 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder

31 ( 25 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
32 ( 13 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
33 ( NEW ) GAMES UP Hello
34 ( 18 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
35 ( 35 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( NEW ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
37 ( 26 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
38 ( 43 ) SUPERGIRL Graham Bonney
39 ( 27 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
40 ( 24 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards

41 ( 28 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
42 ( 44 ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
43 ( NEW ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
44 ( NEW ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
45 ( 33 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
46 ( 31 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
47 ( 36 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
48 ( 46 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
49 ( 47 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
50 ( 48 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

My 1979 Charts – May

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Me and college friends in Tunisia 1979

 

1st May 1979

My TV chart has an important event. Yes, the first In concert performance that impressed me (ELO). There was also a general election 3rd May, a momentous day for the world. It was a major advance for the cause of equality, because it showed that women could be equally as bad as men. In the case of Thatcher, she took it to the stratosphere and changed things so much in favour of the rich and powerful at the expense of the economy and the rest of us that the damage is still being dealt with (unsuccessfully) now. Rather sadly, if it hadn’t been for the bloody Falklands War (which she started by removing the protective British warship, inviting the belligerent Argentine military junta in) she would have gone down in history as one of the most unpopular one-term Prime Ministers. I don’t usually have a lifelong loathing of democratic politicians but she made it SO easy…

Anyways, I rated the TV event lower than The Sky At Night and Top Of The Pops. About right, I think…

Back in music-land, Supertramp pop back on top as Bright Eyes fades quickly, leaving Wings to get their first top 3 for a year. Oldies meanwhile do well, Chris Montez’ 2nd go in the Top 10 as a reissue, Amii Stewart’s only-just-better-than-Bowie’s-live-version cover of Knock On Wood at 18, The Dickies cover of fab kids show theme The Banana Splits, all-punked-up and in at 28 (I liked Drooper best), Walk On By yet another cover version hit for Average White Band at 65 – not the first, certainly not the last! – and Child covering Only You, which Ringo had already covered. Covers of covers!

More 1979, Eruption leap to 9 with a great euro-disco hit, Boney M leap to 21 with a cheesy euro-disco hit, Siouxsie climbs the staircase to 22, and Gary Moore goes top 40 and all French. New hits for Peaches & Herb’s smooth soul follow-up to their top 10 Groove Thing, Roxy get a swift 2nd comeback hit (and proper pop record, albeit it very smooth and MOR for them) with Dance Away at 49, and a hooker enters at 52, bleached-blonde pin-up boy on vocals and The Police reggae-rocking it big time. The Police became the band of the moment for students within months. Hudson-Ford get a comeback, good news after those 3 gem singles in a row 6 years earlier, bad news it’s with an awful novelty song as The Monks. Ugh! Better news, The Tubes are back with a knowingly kitsch mickey-take of pop using TV cliches for lyrics. It was both hilarious and melodically brilliant, a sort of The Turtles of the punk era. I had the white vinyl, TV picture cover single.

1 ( 2 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
2 ( 3 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
3 ( 6 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
4 ( 4 ) POP MUZIK M
5 ( 5 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
6 ( 1 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
7 ( 13 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW Abba
8 ( 15 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
9 ( 50 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
10 ( 16 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees

11 ( 8 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
12 ( 7 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
13 ( 17 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
14 ( 9 ) WOW Kate Bush
15 ( 10 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
16 ( 12 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
17 ( 21 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
18 ( 28 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
19 ( 14 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
20 ( 11 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge

21 ( 58 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
22 ( 35 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
23 ( 19 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
24 ( 34 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
25 ( 18 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
26 ( 23 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
27 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
28 ( NEW ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
29 ( 40 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
30 ( 36 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members

31 ( 22 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
32 ( 29 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
33 ( 25 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
34 ( 24 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
35 ( 56 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
36 ( 20 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
37 ( 63 ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
38 ( 48 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
39 ( NEW ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
40 ( 64 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot

41 ( 32 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
42 ( 26 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
43 ( 38 ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
44 ( 41 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
45 ( 31 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
46 ( 37 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
47 ( 30 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray
48 ( 54 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
49 ( NEW ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
50 ( 33 ) SOME GIRLS Racey

51 ( 43 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
52 ( NEW ) ROXANNE The Police
53 ( 52 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
54 ( 53 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 39 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
56 ( NEW ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
57 ( 55 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
58 ( 42 ) LET’S FLY AWAY Voyage
59 ( 44 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
60 ( 47 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids

61 ( 45 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
62 ( 60 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
63 ( 59 ) I LOVE THE MUSIC Freefall
64 ( 51 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
65 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Average White Band
66 ( 46 ) DREAM LOVER/ MAC THE KNIFE Bobby Darrin
67 ( 70 ) DOUBLE LOVE Cracking
68 ( NEW ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
69 ( 61 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
70 ( 73 ) I NEED YOUR HELP BARRY MANILOW Ray Stevens

71 ( 49 ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham ’69
72 ( 62 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
73 ( NEW ) I’M AN UPSTART The Angelic Upstarts
74 ( 68 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
75 ( NEW ) ONLY YOU Child

TV
1 Kenny Everett Video Show
2 ELO at Wembley
3 Mork & Mindy
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Rhoda
6 The Sky At Night
7 Election Coverage ’79
8 The World About Us
9 Film ’79
10 The Waltons

 

8th May 1979

Surprise! Abba at number one again for the 11th time – actually it’s more of an unofficial double A side as I preferred Kisses Of Fire at the time, and still do, it’s a corking dancerock track, where Does Your Mother Know is cheesy singalong poprock, fun maybe, but flattered without the B side. Wings yet again at 2, and I was clearly feeling quite positive and jolly judging by the pure pop happy toons in the Top 10. Maybe it’s because 4 of my friends and me had been chatting about working the summer for cash enough to hop the new Laker airlines to California for an exciting student holiday. My dream place……!

The chart though, not much happening this week, Police jumping up to 20 for the first of a long run 100% Top 10 run of singles. Sparks stop pottering about and rocket from 74 to 29, back in the 40 after a 4-year break. Bowie’s back with a bang. He always was of course, but the cross-dressing video, catchy guitar riffs and synths were irresistible at 33 and highest new entry. At 37 The Undertones were deservedly back in the 40 too, fun new wave, and Cheap Trick slip in for some new wave US rock at 74.

1 ( 7 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
2 ( 3 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
3 ( 1 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
4 ( 2 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
5 ( 4 ) POP MUZIK M
6 ( 9 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
7 ( 10 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
8 ( 5 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
9 ( 6 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
10 ( 21 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M

11 ( 17 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
12 ( 18 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
13 ( 24 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
14 ( 28 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
15 ( 12 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
16 ( 11 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
17 ( 13 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
18 ( 15 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
19 ( 14 ) WOW Kate Bush
20 ( 52 ) ROXANNE The Police

21 ( 8 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
22 ( 16 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
23 ( 49 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
24 ( 39 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
25 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
26 ( 35 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
27 ( 20 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
28 ( 26 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
29 ( 74 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
30 ( 40 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot

31 ( 22 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
32 ( 19 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
33 ( NEW ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
34 ( 32 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
35 ( 23 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
36 ( 33 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
37 ( NEW ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
38 ( 25 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
39 ( 37 ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
40 ( 29 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

41 ( 31 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
42 ( 48 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
43 ( 44 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
44 ( 41 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
45 ( 36 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
46 ( 30 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
47 ( 46 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
48 ( 65 ) WALK ON BY Avergae White Band
49 ( 38 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
50 ( 56 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks

51 ( 34 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
52 ( 45 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
53 ( 53 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
54 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 51 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
56 ( 42 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
57 ( NEW ) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Generation X
58 ( 50 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
59 ( 57 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
60 ( 47 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray

61 ( 68 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
62 ( 59 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
63 ( 62 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
64 ( 60 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
65 ( 43 ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
66 ( 64 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
67 ( 61 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
68 ( NEW ) UNTIL THE NIGHT Billy Joel
69 ( 58 ) LET’S FLY AWAY Voyage
70 ( 55 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters

71 ( 69 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
72 ( 73 ) I’M AN UPSTART The Angelic Upstarts
73 ( 75 ) ONLY YOU Child
74 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
75 ( 67 ) DOUBLE LOVE Cracking

TV
1 A Fire In The Sky (TV Film)
2 Soap
3 Mork & Mindy
4 Fawlty Towers
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Happy Days
7 The Birds (film)
8 Tomorrow’s World
9 McMillan
10 The Odd Couple

15th May 1979

2 weeks for Abba, holding off Pop Muzik at 2. M did eventually reach number one. 10 Years later! Eruption get 2 top 3’s, but not the start of a promising run of hits, more like the end of. The Dickies slip up to 7, Sparks rise to 11, Bowie to 18 and highest new entry is Lene Lovich, saying when, a great follow-up to Lucky Number, not nearly as annoying after overplays. Cheap Trick meanwhile shoot up to 33, Bachman-Turner Overd…oops I mean Iron Horse finally break the 40, and Linda Clifford discofies a classic. Or should that be crucifies…? I charted it purely for the song, I think. Nice to see the Damned go Top 40 too.

Cher is back after a gap, and guess what, she’s gone disco. Take Me Home enters at 48, I rather liked it, though the UK buying public disagreed – well, at least not for another 20-odd years and Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s cover version. Blondie follow up a monster classic with a French-flavoured melodic pop gem of a single, at 60. Orleans are also back after a couple of years away from my charts, they never did get that UK hit, despite radio airplay exposure for Dance With Me and Still The One. A 2nd Beatle pops into the 75, George at 65, and one I’m going to have to youtube as i’ve not heard it in 35 years. Hope it’s good! Roy Wood’s back at 75 too, not one of his best, and virtually his last barring xmas reissues and rerecordings. Finally, Earth Wind & Fire duet with protogees The Emotions on a funky disco classic. Fab.

1 ( 1 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
2 ( 5 ) POP MUZIK M
3 ( 6 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
4 ( 7 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
5 ( 3 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
6 ( 2 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
7 ( 14 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
8 ( 10 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
9 ( 4 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
10 ( 20 ) ROXANNE The Police

11 ( 29 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
12 ( 13 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
13 ( 9 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
14 ( 8 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
15 ( 23 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
16 ( 11 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
17 ( 12 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
18 ( 33 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
19 ( 24 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
20 ( 15 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

21 ( 30 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
22 ( 16 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
23 ( 26 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
24 ( 18 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
25 ( 19 ) WOW Kate Bush
26 ( 22 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
27 ( 17 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
28 ( 28 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
29 ( 37 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
30 ( NEW ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich

31 ( 25 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
32 ( 21 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
33 ( 74 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
34 ( 27 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
35 ( 42 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
36 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford
37 ( 34 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
38 ( 36 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
39 ( NEW ) LOVE SONG The Damned
40 ( 50 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks

41 ( 31 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
42 ( 32 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
43 ( 43 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
44 ( 38 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
45 ( 35 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
46 ( 41 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
47 ( 44 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
48 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HOME Cher
49 ( 46 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
50 ( 45 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association

51 ( 40 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
52 ( 39 ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
53 ( 47 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
54 ( 53 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
55 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 61 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
57 ( 48 ) WALK ON BY Average White Band
58 ( 52 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
59 ( 55 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
60 ( NEW ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

61 ( 59 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
62 ( NEW ) LOVE TAKES TIME Orleans
63 ( 72 ) I’M AN UPSTART The Angelic Upstarts
64 ( 63 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
65 ( NEW ) LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE George Harrison
66 ( 51 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
67 ( 58 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
68 ( 68 ) UNTIL THE NIGHT Billy Joel
69 ( 49 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
70 ( NEW ) CHAINS The Late Show

71 ( 64 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
72 ( NEW ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
73 ( 57 ) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Generation X
74 ( 71 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
75 ( NEW ) WE’RE BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN Roy Wood
TV
1 3 Hungry Wives (TV film)
2 Soap
3 Top Of The Pops
4 South Bank Show
5 Barney Miller
6 Mork & Mindy (Fri)
7 Rockford Files
8 A Shot In The Dark (film)
9 Mork & Mindy (sat)
10 The Odd Couple

22nd May 1979

3 weeks for Abba, and Sparks get their biggest hit since This Town… up to 2 with the Number One Song, will they won’t they though..? Police take that red light up to 4, and Roxy get a Top 10 hit again, though to be fair they made the top 10 every year (or solo Ferry) every year bar 1978 since debuting in 1972. Mike Oldfield gets his 6th Top 10, and Blondie shoot up from 60 to 13, 6 Top 20’s in a row.

Undertones and Lene Lovich go top 20, and then it’s all about the new entries: ELO highest at 22, with the disco-flavoured Shine A Little Love and never failing to make my charts, with one possible exception in 1974. Donna Summer at 34, going a bit raunchy in a guitar riff sense, and getting huge in the States at long last after being huge in the UK for 2 or 3 years. Elvis Costello is back at 38 with one of his most tuneful poptastic minor hits, Dollar follw-up at 43 with the not-dissimilar Who Were You With In The Moonlight (to Shooting Star), but soooo catchy anyway.

The Shads insist on doing another cover (the dreary film theme), The Clash do a more inventive cover (60’s classic I Fought The Law), and best of all, sneaking in at 73 it’s Elton going all Philly disco 5 years late. To be fair, the record was several years old when it came out, oddly, but it was (to be honest) better than most of his records of the last 2 years. You may have heard of it, being as Are You Ready For Love got to Number One. Eventually. There may have been a record that had to wait longer than 24 years to top the chart (Reet Petite) but I’m not sure if it’s the oldest actual RECORDING to do it for the first time or not. Answers on a postcard.
1 ( 1 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
2 ( 11 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
3 ( 3 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
4 ( 10 ) ROXANNE The Police
5 ( 8 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
6 ( 2 ) POP MUZIK M
7 ( 7 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
8 ( 15 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
9 ( 4 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
10 ( 12 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield

11 ( 5 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
12 ( 6 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
13 ( 60 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
14 ( 29 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
15 ( 30 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
16 ( 19 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
17 ( 9 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
18 ( 18 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
19 ( 14 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
20 ( 21 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot

21 ( 13 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
22 ( NEW ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
23 ( 17 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
24 ( 72 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
25 ( 20 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( 56 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
27 ( 35 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
28 ( 23 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
29 ( 16 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
30 ( 36 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford

31 ( 22 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
32 ( 39 ) LOVE SONG The Damned
33 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
34 ( NEW ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
35 ( 26 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
36 ( 28 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
37 ( 24 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
38 ( NEW ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
39 ( 25 ) WOW Kate Bush
40 ( 37 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

41 ( 31 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
42 ( 48 ) TAKE ME HOME Cher
43 ( NEW ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
44 ( 38 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
45 ( 27 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
46 ( 34 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
47 ( 32 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
48 ( 43 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
49 ( NEW ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
50 ( 41 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 40 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
52 ( 44 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
53 ( 46 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
54 ( 47 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
55 ( 54 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
57 ( 45 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
58 ( 65 ) LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE George Harrison
59 ( 42 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
60 ( 50 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association

61 ( 49 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
62 ( 62 ) LOVE TAKES TIME Orleans
63 ( 63 ) I’M AN UPSTART The Angelic Upstarts
64 ( 53 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
65 ( 51 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
66 ( NEW ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
67 ( 70 ) CHAINS The Late Show
68 ( 61 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
69 ( 64 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
70 ( 58 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols

71 ( 52 ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
72 ( 59 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
73 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John
74 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY Elkie Brooks
75 ( 67 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
TV
1 Soap
2 Mork & Mindy
3 Barney Miller
4 Top Of The Pops
5 The Last Voyage (film)
6 Rockford Files
7 Fantasy Island
8 The New Maverick (TV film)
9 Up The Chastity Belt (film)
10 The Odd Couple
29th May 1979

4th and final week on top for Kisses Of Fire, but who’s going to get the spot, Sparks at 2, Blondie up to 3, Bowie up to 6, ELO up to 22…all faves, all former chart toppers, all still fab!? Lene Lovich at 9, Elvis Costello’s fab Accidents Will happen at 13, Tubes fab Prime Time at 14, and even Dollar shooting stars up to 15 could even make it a newcomer topper. Tune in next month to see if it is Blondie after all:)

All that activity means the highest new track is Quantum Jump at 34. Whoooo?! Just listen to the first 30 seconds, longest town name in the world at the time (New Zealand), and the record is a 3-year-old slyly gay goodie too finally a hit thanks to Kenny Everett’s TV and radio shows. The Skids follow-up is the equal of Into The Valley, in at 37, and probably the last 2 ever Philly hits in the chart with McFadden & Whitehead’s classic (joining Elton) at 39, ain’t no stoppin them. 64, Tubeway Army, striking dark morose electronic music, people said a bit Bowie, well nothing like Boys Keep Swinging actually, and even better! Sister Sledge 2nd time round keep the disco ball rolling with another Chic classic, We Are Family, so that’s one-up on their Jackson 5 period.
1 ( 1 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
2 ( 2 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
3 ( 13 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
4 ( 4 ) ROXANNE The Police
5 ( 8 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
6 ( 18 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
7 ( 22 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
8 ( 3 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
9 ( 15 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
10 ( 7 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies

11 ( 14 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
12 ( 6 ) POP MUZIK M
13 ( 38 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
14 ( 26 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
15 ( 43 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
16 ( 5 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
17 ( 10 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
18 ( 11 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
19 ( 32 ) LOVE SONG The Damned
20 ( 24 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions

21 ( 9 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
22 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
23 ( 16 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
24 ( 17 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
25 ( 19 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
26 ( 30 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford
27 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
28 ( 21 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
29 ( 34 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
30 ( 25 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

31 ( 23 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
32 ( 49 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
33 ( 20 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
34 ( NEW ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
35 ( 35 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
36 ( 36 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
37 ( NEW ) MASQUERADE The Skids
38 ( 31 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
39 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
40 ( 29 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales

41 ( 40 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
42 ( 37 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
43 ( 27 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
44 ( 28 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
45 ( 51 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
46 ( 39 ) WOW Kate Bush
47 ( 44 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
48 ( 52 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
49 ( 41 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
50 ( 48 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers

51 ( 46 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
52 ( 47 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
53 ( 45 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
54 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
55 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 53 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
57 ( 50 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
58 ( 42 ) TAKE ME HOME Cher
59 ( 66 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
60 ( 54 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
61 ( 57 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
62 ( 60 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
63 ( 67 ) CHAINS The Late Show
64 ( NEW ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
65 ( 58 ) LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE George Harrison
66 ( 59 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
67 ( 61 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
68 ( 73 ) ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John
69 ( 69 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
70 ( 68 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People

71 ( 74 ) RUNAWAY Elkie Brooks
72 ( NEW ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
73 ( 64 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
74 ( NEW ) YOU AND ME Liner
75 ( 65 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

 

TV
1 Soap
2 George Burns 100th Birthday
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Horizon
5 Dave Allan At Large
6 Petrocelli
7 Fantasy Island
8 Mary Hartman Mary Hartman
9 Centennial (Tues)
10 Tomorrow’s World