My Retro May 1969 Charts

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3rd May 1969

It’s a key week on top of both my retro review charts and my original charts – as Elvis’ In The Ghetto tops the anniversary reviews, and Tommy Roe tops the original. They were the first 2 records I bought with my own money in Singapore later in the year. Tommy had already topped the retro countdown in the first chart of 1969, Elvis is also a bit early, but not 5 months early! Up 24 places to 3 is The Hit Parade’s unknown gem Ah, Ha, Ha, Do Your Thing – I can’t find out anything about the band, or the record – except the writer/producer/arranger Sonny Casella started in 1964 and carried on releasing stuff right through the disco 70’s, 80’s and into the early 90’s under various names. He does a grand job on this new obsession of mine!

Val Doonican goes top 5, and Junior Walker & The All Stars enter at 6 with one of their best records, the glorious What Does It Take – so good it was totally “borrowed” by Stock Aitken Waterman in spirit if not the courts, for their terrific 1990 charity track You’ve Got A Friend. In at 10, The Monkees last great single for ooh 17 years or so, though not Mike Nesmith’s last great song for anything near that length of time – about a year or so in fact. Listen To The Band was on the budget Monkees compilation I bought in 1974, and became an obsession of mine for a while along with the other track new to me, She.

Smokey Robinson’s classic weepie Tracks Of My Tears is in at 41, Christine McVie is in at 51 with the blues classic, later covered by the likes of Ruby Turner, and earlier by the great Etta James. Chrissie of course is currently (back) in Mac, though she wasn’t for this week in 1969, but was not too far into the future with future hubbie John McVie. Dave Dee & co are back at 60 with their final catchy single, Snake In The Grass was another fave of the time, and I was pleased to get hold of a batch of oldies including this one from a Mansfield second-hand shop in 1975. I think they were actually shop closure stock rather than second-hand, so hooray for my good fortune!

In at 63 Andy Kim is back, not long before his own monster song appears to dominate world charts, but content to do a cover of Baby I Love You a song by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich (& Phil Spector) as hit for The Ronettes. The Ronettes & Spector are in my charts, though on the original track the backing vocalists were Darlene Love & Cher! Cher also recorded a version, as did Dave Edmunds, who’d been in my charts with Love Sculpture, in multi-Wall-Of-Sound Phil Spector style in early 1973 when he topped my charts. That version was very much indebted to Andy Kim’s version. Andy Kim was on Jeff Barry’s record label and together they wrote Sugar Sugar and many other Archies tracks, which will have a mini invasion of my charts over the next 2 years, being as I was 11-years-old and I adored the cartoon group and TV show. The Ramones also had a 1980 hit with Baby I Love You – also produced by Phil Spector. I love it when facts are circular. The best version is Dave Edmunds’.

In the lower reaches, The Sir Douglas Quintet are not she’s about a mover, they are on a good flop single instead (shame!), while The Rascals have a style change before ending their career together (shame!), The Moody Blues flop (shame!), Dionne Warwick has a less obviously Bacharach melody, but still classy, and J.J. Jackson is funky groovesome.

1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 27 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 3
4 ( 1 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
5 ( 9 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
6 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 6
7 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
8 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
10 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 10

11 ( 23 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 11
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 11 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
14 ( 20 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
15 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
17 ( 7 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
18 ( 10 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 13 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
22 ( 18 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
23 ( 17 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
24 ( 21 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
25 ( 22 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
26 ( 28 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 26
27 ( 19 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
28 ( 29 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 28
29 ( 38 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 29
30 ( 35 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30

31 ( 24 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
32 ( 25 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
33 ( 31 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
34 ( 30 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
35 ( 46 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 35
36 ( 26 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
37 ( 39 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 37
38 ( 59 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 38
39 ( 52 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 39
40 ( 34 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1

41 ( NEW ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 41
42 ( 37 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
43 ( 32 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
44 ( 40 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
45 ( 41 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
46 ( 70 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 46
47 ( 60 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 47
48 ( 50 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
49 ( 55 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
50 ( 56 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 50

51 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 33 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
53 ( 36 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
54 ( 63 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 54
55 ( 66 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 55
56 ( 42 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
57 ( 71 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( 53 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
59 ( 54 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
60 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 60

61 ( 43 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
62 ( 44 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
63 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 63
64 ( 65 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( 49 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
66 ( 61 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
67 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67
68 ( 51 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
69 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 69
70 ( 72 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 70

71 ( NEW ) SEE The Rascals # 71
72 ( NEW ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 73
74 ( NEW ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 74
75 ( 48 ) BADGE Cream # 48

3rd May Retro-Then
1 ( 3 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
4 ( 9 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
7 ( 5 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
8 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( 7 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
10 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
12 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
13 ( 11 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
15 ( 20 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
16 ( 19 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
17 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
19 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
20 ( 13 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

 

 

10th May 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Elvis at the top of his game, run closely by obscure new-to-me The Hit Parade and a Junior Walker classic. Highest new entry at 5 is yet another Hair musical cover – this from Oliver, melodic tuneful style version of Good Morning Starshine. As I headed abroad in just over 3 months time, this track, and one yet to come, were my obsessions. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to be mad on a song – and then not be able to hear it again! Having to wait years to hear music is an alien concept these days, but way back then if radio didn’t play it and it wasn’t available to buy, then that was that! I eventually bought it in California in 1979, hooray, though I had by then taped it from the 5 Years Ago chart rundowns on Radio 1 in 1974.

The Manfreds & The Hermits both get another top 10, not too far behind their chart positions of that time for me, Creedence get that Bad Moon rising into the 20, & another future reissued chart-topper in the 90’s for me enters at 32 for Jethro Tull – Living In The Past is apt, and also their finest moment by far. Tom Jones is back with another jolly romp, Love Me Tonight entering much lower than it did 50 years ago for me, Herb Alpert covers Nilsson, making it the 3rd version of Without Her to chart, after Jack Jones also had a good ol go. Herb’s version isn;t quite as good but it’s not bad, the song is indestructible – even James Arthur would struggle to kill it dead.

Microbe enters with Groovy Baby, a longtime Juniors Choice fave for kids of my age and younger, and it’s still charming and it’s still groovy, baby. The Dells drop by with a song I associate with Cilla, I Can Sing A Rainbow, and one I associate with melodicas and Paul Mauriat, Love Is Blue. This soulfunk version isn’t bad, but not as good as the aforementioned. Sly & co enter as the previous single drops out, they certainly were prolific in 1969, I Wanna Take You Higher clearly influencing the 90’s Was (Not Was) big hit Walk The Dinosaur. The Bee Gees were about to combust internally as Robin buggered off and it showed in the odd choice of single Tomorrow Tomorrow, very much sub par compared to those that went before and after. That leaves a cover of Let’s Dance, the old Chris Montez track, from a band I’ve never heard of. Ola!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 6 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 3
4 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
5 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 5
6 ( 4 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
7 ( 5 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 10 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 8
9 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
10 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 26 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 12
13 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
14 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
15 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 14 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
18 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
22 ( 17 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
23 ( 21 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
24 ( 22 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
25 ( 28 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
26 ( 24 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
27 ( 23 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
28 ( 29 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 37 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 29
30 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 25 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
32 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 32
33 ( 38 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 33
34 ( 41 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 34
35 ( 47 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 35
36 ( 39 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
37 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
38 ( 46 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 38
39 ( 31 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
40 ( 54 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 40

41 ( 32 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
42 ( 30 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
43 ( 34 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
44 ( 40 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
45 ( 33 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
46 ( 50 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( 43 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
48 ( 42 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
49 ( 45 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 44 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

51 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 48 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
53 ( 55 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 60 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 54
55 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 55
56 ( 49 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
57 ( 57 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( 36 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
60 ( 63 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 60

61 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 69 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 62
63 ( 58 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
65 ( 73 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 65
66 ( 70 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 66
67 ( 71 ) SEE The Rascals # 67
68 ( 64 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
69 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 69
70 ( 67 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67

71 ( 72 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 71
72 ( 74 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 72
73 ( NEW ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 73
74 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 12 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
7 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 6 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
10 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces

11 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
12 ( 15 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
14 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
15 ( 19 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
16 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
17 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 14 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

 

17th May 1969

It’s a first chart-topper for Junior Walker and that fab melody and sax riffs just pipping the new sheer pop joy of The Hit Parade – I could see this obscure catchy track in a spot in a big movie and taking off, all it would need is a Guardians Of The Galaxy placing :) The Monkees fave from my teen years is up to 3, and Creedence finally get a top 10. It won’t be the last. Big climbs for the soul fabness of Black Pearl and Mama Soul, neither tracks I knew a month ago, though the reggae version of Black Pearl lies in the near future.

Highest new entry is Mama Cass, It’s Getting Better at 33, another fave from those Music For Pleasure budget compilations of the early 70’s – this one, like The Monkees, I bought in 1974, by which time I was avidly buying records from my youth that I loved (I was 16 and already huge on pop nostalgia, being as I’d been loving music a decade already). Oddly, the other Monkees track at 36 isn’t one I knew until more recent compilations, as it didn’t feature on any early hits compilations or the TV episodes screened by the BBC – which were not always the same track listings as the US TV shows.

The Sir Douglas Quintet is another obscure gem I’ve taken a liking to, at 40, and new entries from Joni Mitchell with her own more subdued take on her Judy Collins hit song, Jackie Wilson getting a return chart run after his 1967 Retro chart run, and not for the last time – see 1975 and 1987. The Turtles are still making good records, this one I don’t know, at 65, The Isley Brothers funk phase is underway as they enter while charting big with their Motown phase, The Arbors enter, an obscure band with an obscure track that I’ve also taken a shine to, and finally Des O’Connor enters both my retro chart (scraping in) and my Then Charts with a kiddie song I liked at the time, though didn’t love as much as One Two Three O’Leary.

1 ( 3 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
2 ( 2 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 8 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
4 ( 5 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 4
5 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
6 ( 4 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
7 ( 7 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 6 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
9 ( 12 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
10 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 9 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
12 ( 17 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
13 ( 11 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
14 ( 13 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
15 ( 15 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 16 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 38 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 17
18 ( 35 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 18
19 ( 14 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
20 ( 32 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 20

21 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
22 ( 28 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
23 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
24 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
25 ( 21 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
26 ( 29 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 26
27 ( 23 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
28 ( 22 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
29 ( 24 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
30 ( 33 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 26 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
32 ( 34 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 32
33 ( NEW ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 33
34 ( 40 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 34
35 ( 27 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
36 ( 52 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 36
37 ( 25 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
38 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30
39 ( 46 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39
40 ( 62 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 40

41 ( 31 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
42 ( 55 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 42
43 ( 36 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
44 ( 37 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
45 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 45
46 ( 54 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 46
47 ( 39 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
48 ( 65 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 48
49 ( 44 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
50 ( 42 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7

51 ( 60 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 45 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
53 ( 53 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 49 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
55 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 55
56 ( 41 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
57 ( 47 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
58 ( 58 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 59
60 ( 48 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1

61 ( 61 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 50 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
63 ( 69 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 63
64 ( 68 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 65
66 ( 72 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 66
67 ( 73 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( 42 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
69 ( NEW ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 69
70 ( 71 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 70

71 ( NEW ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 71
72 ( 74 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 72
73 ( NEW ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 73
74 ( 75 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 74
75 ( NEW ) DICK-A-DUM-DUM Des O’Connor # 75

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 6 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 4 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 8 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
10 ( 14 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones

11 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 10 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
13 ( 17 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
14 ( 9 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
15 ( 11 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 12 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
19 ( NEW ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
20 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

24th May 1969

It’s a first week on top for the latest song from “Hair” to make my top 10 – this time, Oliver gets his only big hit (for me) with Good Morning Starshine, such a great tune bounding with flower power optimism amongst the dark themes in the musical. Straight in at 2 it’s another fab melody, the glorious Way Of Life was a huge fave in the summer of ’69, showcasing the lost arts of vocal male-female harmonies a la The Mamas & The Papas, and duelling hook-lines simultaneously playing over one another for the climax. Just brilliant. The Family Dogg was a UK/US combo featuring hitmaking songwriters Albert Hammond & Mike Hazelwood, and producer (and former movie star) Steve Rowland, who’d had a hand in some of the best Dave Dee & co, and The Herd, productions. All featured on vocals, along with Christine Holmes on backing vocals, later Kristine Sparkle wife of J.J. Barrie, and she co-wrote the actual Devil Woman classic for Cliff. Want more street-cred? Err, most of Led Zep played on tracks on the album of the same name, probably Bonham & Page on this track, and the star of a current movie – Rocketman – is definitely playing piano on it, though the film sadly avoids mentioning Elton John’s Lulu songwriting, Family Dogg ivory-tinkling, & Top Of The Pops albums covers lead vocals :)

In at 8, it’s the second-best track from Tommy James & The Shondells, the gorgeous Crystal Blue Persuasion, their second top 10, a track I knew of – but didn’t know for many years later. It was one of the songs featured in a couple of expensive books I bought which had some of the biggest hits of latter 1969 in, from an actual musical instruments shop in Changi Village, Singapore, a few months later. It was actual sheet music, one book was blue, one was orange, and it was designed for the Far East booming cover-version market, I’d say, being locally printed and probably publishing-avoiding. I’ll post some scans when I get a chance. Anyway, I so wanted to hear this record (having already got Mony Mony on album by this time), and when I did get to hear it properly in the 80’s I loved it. Still do.

In at 23, Kenny Rogers is back, with his greatest record, the Viet-Nam war referencing Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town – a paralysed Vet’s wife goes off to play about, quite adult in theme, and one ol’ Ken never bettered – yes I’m looking at you “You picked a fine time to leave me loose-heel”. Peter Sarstedt replaces himself in my chart with his follow-up, largely forgotten these days, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the tuneful Frozen Orange Juice, Cliff is back with his endless run of pop fodder in these days, Big Ship not being one of his best, and ditto Diana Ross & The Supremes who had just the one great record left in them before going their own ways.


1 ( 4 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
2 ( NEW ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 2
3 ( 2 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
4 ( 1 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
5 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
6 ( 6 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
7 ( 5 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
8 ( NEW ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 8
9 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
10 ( 7 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

11 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
12 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
13 ( 18 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
14 ( 17 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
15 ( 13 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
16 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
17 ( 15 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
18 ( 20 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 18
19 ( 16 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
20 ( 33 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 20

21 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
22 ( 12 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
23 ( NEW ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 23
24 ( 21 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
25 ( 22 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
26 ( 23 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
27 ( 32 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 27
28 ( 30 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
29 ( 19 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
30 ( 24 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

31 ( 25 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
32 ( 34 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 32
33 ( 27 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
34 ( 36 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 34
35 ( 28 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
36 ( 29 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
37 ( 39 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 37
38 ( 26 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 26
39 ( 40 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
40 ( 42 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 40

41 ( 31 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
42 ( 46 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 42
43 ( 59 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 43
44 ( 35 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
45 ( 45 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 45
46 ( 48 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 46
47 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 47
48 ( 65 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 41 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
50 ( 61 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 50

51 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 55 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 52
53 ( 49 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
54 ( 37 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
55 ( 58 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 55
56 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30
57 ( 63 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 57
58 ( 54 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
59 ( 69 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 59
60 ( 67 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 60

61 ( RE ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 61
62 ( 47 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
63 ( 52 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
64 ( 50 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
65 ( 43 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
66 ( 44 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
67 ( 70 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 67
68 ( 71 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 68
69 ( 72 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 69
70 ( 74 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 70

71 ( 57 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
72 ( 73 ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 72
73 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 73
74 ( NEW ) NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE Diana Ross & The Supremes # 74
75 ( NEW ) MOODY WOMAN Jerry Butler # 75

Then charts

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 6 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 11 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 19 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
12 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
13 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 18 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 9 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
16 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 12 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
19 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
20 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

 

 

31st May 1969

It’s a first week on top for the gorgeous Way Of Life, Family Dogg claiming the latest of one-week chart-toppers. I say that because there are 2 high new entries yet again challenging, The Beatles (or rather Paul & John’s dual effort on the tale of John & Yoko’s recent shenanigans) at 4, and in at 2 In The Year 2525, a pounding futuristic folkrock bleak view on the future of homo sapiens – 50 years on and it seems, if anything, far too optimistic given how many things mentioned are already here 500 years early. Dystopia? Just look around. Zager & Evans imagined we’d be picking our test tube kids millennia in the future; having ruined the planet, taken and put back nothing. Yes, FAR too optimistic. Back in August 1969 when this topped the UK charts I was insanely-mad on this record, the message, the sci-fi feel, the tune, the passing years of the lyrics, and in an alternate universe this would have been the first record I ever bought, in Singapore. Sadly I never found it on release and Dizzy became the first one as a good alternative. 10 years later and I was in the South-West USA and finally bought the single along with others (Aquarius/In The Ghetto from 1969) from the oldies racks in a department store.

Marmalade enter at 24 with another fave, Baby Make It Soon showing their move more and more into ballads, this time with a Tony MacAuley song (just one of myriad huge hits he wrote or co-wrote from 1967 through 1976. Build Me Up Buttercup and Love Grows are probably the best-remembered). Peter Sarstedt’s Orange Juice (Frozen) is just behind with a climb, and it’s mostly slow moves elsewhere as the deluge of new entries keeps on a coming, both classic and lesser unknowns: at 61 Jackie DeShannon’s original hit version of the Annie Lennox & Al Green 80’s hit cover, Put A Little Love In Your Heart; a failed Hannah-Barbera cartoon project that resulted in a gloriously schizophrenic bubblegum/psychedelia track that stiffed – Captain Groovy must be heard it’s in entirety for the last-minute wig-out, the vocal sung by Joey Levine (he of Ohio Express, Kazenatz-Katz, and the future fab Life Is A Rock from Reunion in 1974).

Edwin Starr returns again, ditto Archie Bell, & the soul funk groove continues with the debut of Candi Staton a full 7 years early on her blissfully good Young Hearts Run Free UK debut, and a career that is still going.

1 ( 2 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
2 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager & Evans # 2
3 ( 1 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
4 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 4
5 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 5
6 ( 4 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
7 ( 6 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
8 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
9 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
10 ( 10 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

11 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
12 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
13 ( 18 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 13
14 ( 11 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
15 ( 20 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 15
16 ( 23 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 16
17 ( 12 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
18 ( 15 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
19 ( 16 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
20 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1

21 ( 13 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
22 ( 27 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 22
23 ( 19 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
24 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 24
25 ( 14 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
26 ( 47 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 26
27 ( 21 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
28 ( 28 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
29 ( 24 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
30 ( 22 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12

31 ( 26 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
32 ( 37 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
33 ( 43 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 33
34 ( 31 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
35 ( 30 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
36 ( 40 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 36
37 ( 33 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
38 ( 42 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 38
39 ( 29 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
40 ( 35 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1

41 ( 36 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
42 ( 52 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 42
43 ( 46 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 43
44 ( 45 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 44
45 ( 41 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
46 ( 50 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 46
47 ( 39 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
48 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 25 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
50 ( 34 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 34

51 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 49 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
53 ( 57 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 53
54 ( 55 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 54
55 ( 59 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 55
56 ( 53 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
57 ( 44 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
58 ( 32 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 32
59 ( 60 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 61 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 61
62 ( 58 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
63 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 63
64 ( 68 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 64
65 ( 70 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 65
66 ( 67 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 66
67 ( NEW ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 67
68 ( 69 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 68
69 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 69
70 ( NEW ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 70

71 ( 73 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 71
72 ( 72 ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 72
73 ( 74 ) NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE Diana Ross & The Supremes # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER BE AN OLD MAN’S SWEETHEART (THAN A YOUNG MAN’S FOOL) Candi Staton # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE BOOGALOO PARTY The Flamingos # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 11 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
9 ( 10 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 7 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits

11 ( 19 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
12 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
13 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
16 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
18 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
19 ( 12 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
20 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

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My March 1987 Charts

3rd March 1987

It’s straight in on top for a remix of Children Of The Revolution as 1972 and 60’s nostalgia takes a firm hold on me in the absence of any new mighty classics. I missed Marc Bolan terribly by this time, and the record had under-performed first-time round, so now they get a 6th chart-topper keeping off Jackie Wilson’s 1972 big hit reissue of I Get The Sweetest Feeling as I got nostalgic for the music of my teens and childhood. Throw in The Beatles epic anniversary reissue of a previous chart-topper and that’s 80% of my top 5 oldies. I’ll be honest if Mental as Anything and The Jets were at 2 and 3 I would have been over-rating them, though Christians & a-ha have lost out as 4 and 5 would still have been too low..

Big Audio Dynamite rocket in at 27 as V13 is the highest new song, Cyndi covers Marvin Gaye quite nicely and is in at 35, and The Cult get a 3rd top 40. The Beastie Boys get a big climb into the 40, and the Rainmakers debut at 53 with a great song title (and song). Freddie Mercury goes solo again, as he put his heart on his sleeve with his choice of Platters cover – he really was telling the whole world what he had, but no-one realised. Erasure return quickly, and it’s a hugely welcome return from the fab Labi Siffre, absent since 1972, although Madness had made a big hit of his gorgeous It Must Be Love in 1981, 10 years on. This time it’s a South African political commentary, and powerful with it.

1 ( NEW ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
3 ( 2 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
4 ( 1 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
5 ( NEW ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 3 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
8 ( 8 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
9 ( 4 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
10 ( 27 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha

11 ( 7 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
12 ( 5 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
13 ( 9 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
14 ( 26 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
15 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 11 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
17 ( 23 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
18 ( 18 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
19 ( 10 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
20 ( 13 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis

21 ( 12 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
22 ( 14 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
23 ( 32 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
24 ( 29 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
25 ( 16 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
26 ( 17 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
27 ( NEW ) V13 Big Audio Dynamite
28 ( 20 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
29 ( 19 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
30 ( 22 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

31 ( 21 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
32 ( 59 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
33 ( 36 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
34 ( 46 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
35 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 28 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
37 ( 24 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
38 ( NEW ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
39 ( 54 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
40 ( 53 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet

41 ( 39 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
42 ( 25 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
43 ( 50 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry
44 ( 37 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
45 ( 73 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
46 ( 70 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
47 ( 69 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
48 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
49 ( 57 ) STILL THE SAME Slade
50 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George

51 ( 34 ) THIS WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
52 ( 49 ) HUMAN Human League
53 ( NEW ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
54 ( 31 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 30 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
57 ( 41 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 35 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
60 ( 56 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin

61 ( 48 ) CANDY Cameo
62 ( 64 ) GOOD TO GO LOVER Gwen Guthrie
63 ( 52 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
64 ( 72 ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson
65 ( 63 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
66 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 71 ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 38 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
70 ( 51 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson

71 ( NEW ) I GOT THE FEELING (IT’S OVER) Gregory Abbott
72 ( NEW ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
73 ( NEW ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
74 ( 40 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 CITY LIGHTS David Essex
2 THESE DREAMS Heart
3 OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle

 

 

10th March 1987

It’s yet another oldie on top as they take turns, The Beatles replacing T.Rex with their 1967 classic double A that last topped my charts in 1976. Cyndi lauper joins the oldies vibe rocketing up to 10 with her Marvin Gaye cover, making only 3 of the top 10 actually being released on single in 1987 as new songs. Talking of oldies, Boy George shoots into the 20 with his Ken Boothe cover of his reggae cover of the Bread ballad. The Beastie Boys launch nicely into my top 20. Now I may be wrong, and stand to be corrected (if I spot one one day) but this was their one and only top 20 track I think, for me. Mel & Kim get a respectable leap into the 30, Prince enters at 26 with one of his very greatest tracks, Sign O’ The Times – though the line about the rocketship exploding as if the Challenger disaster was in some way responsible for the world’s ills still bugs me.

Bruce Willis also gets a respect-able top 40 climb, as his TV show theme enters at 38 for Al Jarreau – far and away the best hour-long US TV show of the time (hard to call it drama, except during that turgid 3rd season) – and The Rainmakers Let My People Go Go at 31. Alison Moyet enters at 34 with one she didn’t bother doing when I saw her the other week, a goodie regardless, Iggy Pop shades himself lower down the chart, Nick Kamen jumps on the classic soul cover bandwagon (Four Tops), Berlin get a 3rd hit and a 3rd in the chart simultaneously. That won’t last, mark my words! Frankie taper out watching wildlife, Billy Idol starts a good year for him with a good single 9 years on from Generation X, Tina Turner shoves out another album track single, and Genesis do the same.

1 ( 5 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
2 ( 2 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
3 ( 4 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
4 ( 3 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
5 ( 1 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
6 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 7 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
8 ( 9 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
9 ( 10 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
10 ( 35 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 24 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
12 ( 14 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
13 ( 17 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
14 ( 50 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
15 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 8 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
17 ( 13 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
18 ( 12 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
19 ( 27 ) V THIRTEEN Big Audio Dynamite
20 ( 32 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys

21 ( 11 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
22 ( 23 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
23 ( 16 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
24 ( 34 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
25 ( 45 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
26 ( NEW ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
27 ( 47 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
28 ( 38 ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
29 ( 20 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
30 ( 33 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama

31 ( 53 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
32 ( 21 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
33 ( 18 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
34 ( NEW ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
35 ( 19 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
36 ( 22 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 39 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
38 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
39 ( 46 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
40 ( 28 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil

41 ( 25 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
42 ( 26 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
43 ( 43 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry
44 ( 36 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
45 ( NEW ) SHADES Iggy Pop
46 ( 30 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
47 ( 72 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
48 ( 44 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
49 ( 63 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
50 ( 31 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

51 ( 29 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
52 ( 75 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
53 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 52 ) HUMAN Human League
55 ( 37 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
56 ( 67 ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
57 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 48 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
60 ( 64 ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson

61 ( 40 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
62 ( 51 ) THIS WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
63 ( 60 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
64 ( 49 ) STILL THE SAME Slade
65 ( 71 ) I GOT THE FEELING (IT’S OVER) Gregory Abbott
66 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 65 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
70 ( NEW ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
72 ( 54 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
73 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
74 ( 41 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
75 ( NEW ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis

PLAYLISTED TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD Herman’s Hermits
2 I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5
3 HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono

 

 

17th March 1987

It’s another week, another oldie on top – this time Jackie Wilson makes it third time lucky after I get The Sweetest feeling peaked inside my top 10 in 1972 (4 years after it’s US chart-run), then top 30 in 1975, and finally peaking with a spiffy new video (there were no performances or videos for the track at all for either run). Percy Sledge goes back up to a new peak of 2, but it’s not all oldies, there’s a mass influx of new tracks, including many fab ones, the highest of which is a belated entry for La Isla Bonita (I’d already loved it for months but couldn’t chart it till it was released as a single, due to my daft chart rules), in at 4.

Mel & Kim get a second top 10, Prince an umpteenth with a big climb for his brilliant Sign O’ The Times, and The Beastie Boys also bring some life to a previously stagnant oldies-dominated top 10. Herb Alpert is the first of 2 Jam & Lewis entries, as they make the veteran trumpeter go all 80’s dance – not as unlikely as you might think if you bear in mind that he owned the label Janet Jackson was signed to, who also appears on Herb’s album, and new in at 74 with a Jam & Lewis ballad. That’s Herb’s first chart entry in 7 years and a chart run of 19 years almost (he was high in my first chart in 1968 with This Guy’s In Love).

Aretha’s back with a solo, for 2 in the chart, Ruby Turner covers Chicken Shack aka Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac 18 years on for I’d Rather Go Blind, and there’s a Magician popping up at 34 – from Scottish band Secession, a tune that sounds very familiar, the instrumental riff is SO Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s fab movie theme. Gary Moore’s back, still in rock mode (yawn) his much better Blues period coming in the 90’s. John Farnham gets a debut solo biggie, You’re The Voice on the way to being as big as his top 10 1979 Little River Band vocal for Lonesome Loser, which I bought on holiday in California with student friends after working most of the summer to pay for it.

U2 return with a classic..and I’m bizarrely under-whelmed. Think I was expecting another Pride, not a subdued starter. Club Nouveau enter with a danced-up cover of Bill Wither’s brilliant 1972 chart-topper Lean On Me. To be honest it’s not even as good as Mud’s pretty good cover from 1976. The Pretenders return for an 8th year, Lionel Richie for a 13th year (or 6th year solo), Lone Justice pop in with another forgotten goodie, and Wet Wet Wet take bottom rung with a perfect pop record, all tuneful, bouncy and wistful at the same time. Nothing they did was ever as good, as they decided warbling dreary ballads was the way forward (or godawful covers of 60’s songs), though when they showed restraint and a bit more class they could pull it off.

1 ( 2 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 7 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
3 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
5 ( 3 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
6 ( 10 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
7 ( 25 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
8 ( 26 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
9 ( 4 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
10 ( 20 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys

11 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
12 ( 13 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
13 ( 8 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
14 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
15 ( 27 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
16 ( 9 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
17 ( 34 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
18 ( 5 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
19 ( 37 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
20 ( 11 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

21 ( 12 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
22 ( 31 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
23 ( 17 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
24 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 39 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
26 ( 16 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
27 ( 21 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
29 ( 18 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
30 ( RE ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

31 ( 22 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
32 ( 19 ) V THIRTEEN Big Audio Dynamite
33 ( 23 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
34 ( NEW ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
35 ( 38 ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
36 ( 24 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
37 ( 52 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
38 ( 57 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
39 ( 32 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
40 ( 47 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury

41 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
42 ( NEW ) SEVERINA The Mission
43 ( 71 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
44 ( NEW ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
45 ( 69 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
46 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
47 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
48 ( 40 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
49 ( 70 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
50 ( 73 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner

51 ( 29 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
52 ( 48 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
53 ( 44 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
54 ( 28 ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
55 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 54 ) HUMAN Human League
57 ( 75 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
58 ( 35 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
59 ( 46 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
60 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

61 ( 33 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
62 ( NEW ) WILD FRONTIER Gary Moore
63 ( 30 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
64 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
65 ( NEW ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
66 ( 45 ) SHADES Iggy Pop
67 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
70 ( 67 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

71 ( NEW ) MY BABY The Pretenders
72 ( NEW ) SELA Lionel Richie
73 ( NEW ) I FOUND LOVE Lone Justice
74 ( NEW ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet

Playlist oldies of the week
1 NO FEAR NO HATE NO PAIN Eurythmics
2 HOUND DOG Elvis Presley
3 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

50’s 60’s 80’s this week. I always did like oldies, even ones older than me laugh.gif

 

 

24th March 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Jackie Wilson as he also tops my playlist of the week with his next single and future chart-topper. Oops gave it away! Madonna hits 2, Bruce Willis gets his only top 10 single, Alison Moyet adds to her list of top 10’s about 8 or 9 to date, and obscure band Secession leap up to 9, hoho that’s Magic! Herb Alpert is top 20, Billy Idol shoots his gun straight into the 20 from outside the 40, his 4th or 5th, Club Nouveau do even better, from doing a 69 they make Lean On Me a third-time top 20 song.

Labi Siffre gets his first top 20 in 15 years, hooray! Highest new entry starts a theme of cover versions, this time charity record Let It Be, The Beatles former twice-chart-topper, from Ferry Aid, while Siouxsie does another cover, Iggy Pop this time (The Passenger), and Fine Young cannibals radically rework Buzzcocks, not so much punk as funk. Dead Or Aliove get the highest new song, keeping the run of success going at 47 with Hooked On Love (at least here if not the UK charts). Janet Jackson gets a huge leap into the top 40, not content to wait awhile at all, Peter Gabriel does a funked up Big Time clone follow-up to his classic Sledgehammer, David Grant keeps his 7-year run going on diminishing returns, ditto The Thompson Twins 4-year-run, Jaki Graham’s 2-year-run, and Smokey Robinson has a come-back after being away a few years, to extend his run to 18 years. Most significant debut, though, is Terence Trent D’Arby one of the key egos, I mean key acts, sorry, of 1987. If You Let Me Stay was a goodie and set him up to be an albums success to boot.

1 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 4 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 ( 3 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
5 ( 8 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
6 ( 5 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
7 ( 15 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
8 ( 17 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
9 ( 34 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
10 ( 2 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

11 ( 6 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
13 ( 13 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
14 ( 10 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
15 ( 9 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
16 ( 43 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
17 ( 22 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
18 ( 69 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
19 ( 30 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
20 ( 11 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

21 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
22 ( 16 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
23 ( 19 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
24 ( NEW ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
25 ( 18 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
26 ( 37 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
27 ( 12 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
28 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
29 ( 44 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
30 ( 42 ) SEVERINA The Mission

31 ( 21 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
32 ( 74 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
33 ( 23 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
34 ( 40 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
35 ( 38 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
36 ( 20 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
37 ( 45 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
38 ( 46 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
39 ( 26 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
40 ( 49 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

41 ( 36 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
42 ( 65 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
43 ( 64 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
44 ( 39 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
45 ( 35 ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
46 ( 50 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
47 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
48 ( 33 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
49 ( 29 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
50 ( NEW ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 31 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
52 ( 57 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
53 ( 41 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
54 ( 51 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 52 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
57 ( 28 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
58 ( 53 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
59 ( 56 ) HUMAN Human League
60 ( NEW ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

61 ( 25 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
62 ( NEW ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
63 ( 60 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 71 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) TAKE US BACK David Grant
66 ( 72 ) SELA Lionel Richie
67 ( 47 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
70 ( 67 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!

71 ( 48 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
72 ( NEW ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson
73 ( 70 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
75 ( NEW ) GET THAT LOVE The Thompson Twins

Oldies Playlist
1 HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
2 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald
3 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas

 

 

31st March 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for the late Jackie Wilson as Prince threatens to get his first chart-topper at 2 with the awesome Sign ‘O The Times. Billy Idol gets a 5th top 10, and Hot Choc remix their 1978 terrific riff-laden Winner back in at 8, top 10 for the second time. Ferry Aid means one Beatle song in, one out, of the 10 and Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 10, one for each decade.

Rod Stewart brings Sailing back into the 20 for the 3rd time, I have no idea why, Tina Turner goes top 40, and Fleetwood Mac drop the first single to their great comeback album Tango In The Night, Big Love at 28. Boy George’s version of Ken Boothe’s cover of Bread’s Everything I Own plummets, as Ken enters at 29 13 years on. U2 finally go top 40, Peter Gabriel grabs another shot at the Big Time too, and FYC return all Buzzcocky, Siouxsie rides along, and The Pretenders also go top 40 for a very much ’78/’79 theme, along with The Whispers coming back new at 48 with 1980 top 10 And The Beat Goes On.

Future 90’s oldie smash, Crazy, from Patsy Cline enters at 50 20-odd years after she died in a plane crash, following a terrific vintage clip on The Tube I think, and veteran 60’s World Music star charter Hugh Masekela is also back with new material keeping the anti-apartheid theme strong in the chart. That leaves Kool & The Gang sneaking in for a last time (probably) and The Stranglers Shakin’ Life A Leaf, probably for the same reason.

1 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 5 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 7 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
4 ( 2 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
5 ( 4 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
6 ( 8 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
7 ( 16 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
8 ( NEW ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
9 ( 24 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
10 ( 12 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 11 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 3 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
13 ( 6 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
14 ( 18 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
15 ( 19 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
16 ( 17 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
17 ( 9 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
18 ( 13 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
19 ( NEW ) SAILING Rod Stewart
20 ( 30 ) SEVERINA The Mission

21 ( 10 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
22 ( 15 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
23 ( 26 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
24 ( 32 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
25 ( 46 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
26 ( 14 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
27 ( 29 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
28 ( NEW ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
29 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
30 ( 20 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

31 ( 42 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
32 ( 62 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
33 ( 35 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
34 ( 31 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
35 ( 36 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
36 ( 25 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
37 ( 22 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
38 ( 60 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 64 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
40 ( 50 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

41 ( 28 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
42 ( 43 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
43 ( 33 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
44 ( 38 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
45 ( 27 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
46 ( 69 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
47 ( 47 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
48 ( NEW ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
49 ( 44 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
50 ( NEW ) CRAZY Patsy Cline

51 ( 21 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
52 ( 52 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
53 ( 23 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
54 ( 39 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 49 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
57 ( 66 ) SELA Lionel Richie
58 ( 34 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
59 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
60 ( 56 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna

61 ( 59 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( NEW ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
63 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 37 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
65 ( 65 ) TAKE US BACK David Grant
66 ( 48 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
67 ( 54 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
68 ( 40 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 72 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson

71 ( 75 ) GET THAT LOVE The Thompson Twins
72 ( RE ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
73 ( 73 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
75 ( NEW ) SHAKIN’ LIKE A LEAF The Stranglers

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 THING Edwina Biglet & The Miglets
2 LOVING YOU AIN’T EASY Pagliaro
3 WEEKEND Alvin Stardust

My December 1968 Retro Charts

1st December 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for Marvin Gaye as the highest new entry is a plaintive heart-rending Robin Gibb-sung Bee Gees gem, I Started A Joke, never the hit it should have been, in at 3. Pet Shop Boys did a great version which topped my charts some 40 years later, but back in ’68 the run of big Bee Gees tracks is beaten only by The Beatles really, in terms of British bands. Mind you, everyone comes second to The Beatles even Marmalade who enter quite low with their quickie version of Ob La Di – it sounded fine at the time, a real fave, but now I know the original version there’s no comparison really, Beatles everytime. The newly-released alternative versions they recorded in ’68 are all better too.

Dave Edmunds goes top 5 with his blistering guitar work, and a classic instrumental enters at 24 for Fleetwood Mac – Albatross, a UK 1969 chart-topper, and 1973 number 2, appropriately as another new entry from Archie Bell & The Drells was also a hit that year: Showdown is a great Northern Soul track entering at 55. The fab Joe South follows up his earlier chart entries here with his signature tune, Games People Play, like so many in this chart one I associate with 1969 when it became a UK hit. Not to worry, 1969 will have just as many UK 1970 tracks from the 1969 US charts I’m sure.

At 48 Tommy James is back with a new mature sound, Crimson & Clover – a future hit for Joan Jett in the 80’s – was one I very much didn’t know at the time, though ti was one I knew OF as I became aware of the American chart hits that British radio didn’t play. This became an annoyance to me until Paul Gambaccini started doing the US hits in the mid-70’s, and I also discovered the American Forces Network when I lived in Gloucester – actual Shaggy, Casey Kasem, running them down. Fab! Rooby Doo!

Johnny Nash gets a second chart entry with You Got Soul, ditto Sammy Davis Jr with I’ve Gotta Be Me, a great song, and regular on the Dean Martin Show which was big around this time, certainly in Singapore if not so much the UK, where I saw it in ooh 10 months time. In at 70 a band I’ve never heard of with a very morbid Chi-Lites-sounding soul track, The Unifics, while Donovan has moved to Atlantis, Aquaman will be delighted as he’s dropping a big DC movie next to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Probably. Andy Kim is also back with a rainbow.

In my original retro charts, there are songs that have yet to make my top 75, on the grounds that there are much better tracks than Cliff & Tom’s efforts, however much I liked them way back when. Fair to say my penchant for popular crooner hit ballads & novelty songs hasn’t lasted through the years in most cases. I have affection for them, but yeah, rather hear some other stuff!

1 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( NEW ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
6 ( 7 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
8 ( 6 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 4 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
10 ( 8 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 10 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 9 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
13 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
14 ( 16 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
15 ( 15 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
17 ( 12 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
18 ( 21 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
19 ( 14 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
20 ( 26 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

21 ( 17 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
22 ( 18 ) ELENORE The Turtles
23 ( 19 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
24 ( NEW ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
25 ( 27 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
26 ( 22 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
27 ( 36 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
28 ( 29 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
29 ( 23 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
30 ( 30 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas

31 ( 25 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
32 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
33 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
34 ( 34 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
35 ( 37 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
36 ( 31 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
37 ( 32 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
38 ( 33 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
39 ( 24 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
40 ( 40 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

41 ( 35 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
42 ( 43 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
43 ( 48 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
44 ( 41 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
45 ( 38 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
46 ( 46 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
47 ( 49 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
48 ( NEW ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
49 ( 50 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
50 ( 54 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience

51 ( 42 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
52 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
53 ( 59 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
54 ( 55 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
55 ( NEW ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
56 ( 60 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 39 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
58 ( 65 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
59 ( 61 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
60 ( 45 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion

61 ( NEW ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
62 ( 64 ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat
63 ( 69 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
64 ( 72 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
65 ( 66 ) STORMY Classics IV
66 ( 68 ) ARE YOU HAPPY Jerry Butler
67 ( 52 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
68 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
69 ( 56 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
70 ( NEW ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

71 ( 57 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
72 ( NEW ) ATLANTIS Donovan
73 ( NEW ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
74 ( NEW ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
75 ( NEW ) TOY The Casuals

1st Dec Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
3 ( 4 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 2 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
5 ( 8 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
6 ( 3 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
8 ( 13 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
9 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 18 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

11 ( 11 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
12 ( 10 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
13 ( NEW ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
14 ( 9 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
15 ( 19 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( 14 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
17 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
18 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
19 ( NEW ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
20 ( 16 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles

 

8th December 1968

It’s a first week on top for I Started A Joke, the Bee Gees 3rd chart-topper, just holding off the manic guitar of Dave Edmunds’ Love Sculpture at 2. With Race With The Devil going top 5, it’s quite a frantic pace for 60% of the top 5, with a fair bit of shrieking to boot. Fleetwood Mac get a first top 10, the second of 2 instrumentals in the 10, and The Delfonics get a second top 10 with the fab Ready Or Not. Diana Ross & The Supremes replace themselves in the top and simultaneously outpeak the Madeleine Bell version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.

There’s a nice leap into the 20 for Joe South, and the highest of 2 new tracks from The Archies is in at 24: Love Light was nominally the B side to the catchy kiddie pop of Feelin’ So Good (in at 64) and both were on their 1969 album Everything’s Archie which just happened to be the first album I ever bought with my own pocket money 2 years in the future (Singapore was showing the songs from the album during 1970 on the TV show shown there). I always preferred Love Light, it had a bit more depth to it, and 50 years later the gap between the tracks has only grown wider as the B side is still very listenable. Better get used to Archies tracks in my chart, 4 this week, more on the way in late 1969 through 1971. Oops!

In at 34, a fab Edwin Starr track belatedly a UK hit, and Stop Her On Sight was a single gifted to me by my parent’s friends in Singapore, Pete & Jill. I always dived on the record collections of any family and friends of mum & dad, I got such a thrill at playing the ones I knew, or discovering great tracks new to me. Sammy Davis Jr leaps into the 40, ditto Tommy James. The rest of the new entries are stacked at the bottom end waiting for a gap to rise: The 5th Dimension return with an Ashford & Simpson song, The Tems cover The Band’s cover of the Dylan song, Wilson Pickett covers the Beatles before they have even left the chart, and Cliff & top scrape into my chart a week ahead of high placings in my very first ever actual chart from the actual week in 1968 listing the actual songs from the UK top 30 in the actual order I felt they should be in. Actually.

1 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 5 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
3 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
4 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 24 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 6 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
9 ( 20 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
10 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

11 ( 8 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
13 ( 15 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
14 ( 14 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
16 ( 18 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
17 ( 9 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
18 ( 12 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
19 ( 27 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
20 ( 32 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

21 ( 13 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
22 ( 17 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
23 ( 19 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
24 ( NEW ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
25 ( 25 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
26 ( 21 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
27 ( 28 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
28 ( 30 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 23 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
30 ( 22 ) ELENORE The Turtles

31 ( 26 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
32 ( 34 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
33 ( 29 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
34 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
35 ( 31 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
36 ( 48 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
37 ( 68 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
38 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
39 ( 53 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
40 ( 43 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies

41 ( 36 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
42 ( 37 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
43 ( 38 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
44 ( 35 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
45 ( 41 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
46 ( 50 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
47 ( 49 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
48 ( 55 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
49 ( 44 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
50 ( 40 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

51 ( 39 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
52 ( 42 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
53 ( 61 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
54 ( 54 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
55 ( 58 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 47 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
58 ( 59 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
59 ( 63 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
60 ( 70 ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

61 ( 51 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
63 ( 64 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
64 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
65 ( 65 ) STORMY Classics IV
66 ( 45 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
67 ( 73 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
68 ( 72 ) ATLANTIS Donovan
69 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
70 ( 74 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim

71 ( 75 ) TOY The Casuals
72 ( NEW ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
73 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
74 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
75 ( NEW ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
4 ( NEW ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
5 ( 13 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
6 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 7 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
8 ( 10 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
9 ( 4 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
10 ( 9 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

11 ( 5 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
12 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
13 ( 11 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 8 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
15 ( 17 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
16 ( NEW ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
17 ( 12 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 16 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
19 ( 14 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
20 ( NEW ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

 

15th December 1968
It’s 2 weeks on top for The Bee Gees, with Fleetwood Mac at 3, a huge leap for The Archies B Side Love Light into the top 10, and The Beatles original of Ob La Di charting higher than any of the pale imitations, into the top 10. Amongst all The Beatles, there’s some Stones – in at 13 with album track Sympathy For The Devil, those woo-woohs borrowed in style by Bananarama some 22 years later to good effect. Edwin Starr has a leap into the 20, SOS!

Second-highest new entry at 39 is an actual chart-topper of the time for me come January 1969, I was mad on Fox On The Run, and saw the Manfreds sing it a few weeks ago. I think my friend Geoffrey Geeson probably got sick of me going on about it! The Turtles get a classy, if slightly out of tune, quick follow-up to Elenore with You Showed Me, future Salt ‘N’ Pepa and Lightning Seeds hit covers, in at 49, while kiddie fave of the time Something’s Happening lets Hermans’ Hermits drop in too.

In at 60, it’s a classy cover of Laura Nyro’s Stoney End from Peggy Lipton. Who? She was a young actress starring in the cool cop show The Mod Squad at the time, and was about to marry Quincy Jones, who co-incidentally produced it. That leaves Betty Everett returning and The Moments debuting some 6 or 7 years earlier than Girls did in my actual charts of the 70’s.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
3 ( 7 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
5 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
6 ( 9 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
7 ( 24 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
8 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 14 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
10 ( 16 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

11 ( 5 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
14 ( 8 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
16 ( 11 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 12 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
18 ( 15 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 17 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
20 ( 34 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

21 ( 18 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
22 ( 19 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
23 ( 13 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
24 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
25 ( 23 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
26 ( 27 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
27 ( 22 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
28 ( 28 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 32 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
30 ( 26 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone

31 ( 36 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 25 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
33 ( 37 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
34 ( 30 ) ELENORE The Turtles
35 ( 29 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
36 ( 31 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
37 ( 39 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
38 ( 40 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
39 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
40 ( 33 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

41 ( 35 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
42 ( 48 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
43 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
44 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
45 ( 42 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
46 ( 43 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
47 ( 47 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
48 ( 45 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
49 ( NEW ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
50 ( 53 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash

51 ( 44 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
52 ( 46 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
53 ( 54 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
54 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
55 ( 49 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 72 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
58 ( 50 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
59 ( 51 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
60 ( NEW ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton

61 ( 52 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
62 ( 55 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
63 ( 64 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
64 ( 65 ) STORMY Classics IV
65 ( 58 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
66 ( 67 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
67 ( 70 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
68 ( 68 ) ATLANTIS Donovan
69 ( 69 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
70 ( 60 ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

71 ( 62 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
72 ( 61 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
73 ( NEW ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
74 ( 63 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
75 ( NEW ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments

17th DEC

…and so it came to pass..that this is the chart that started it all for me. Christmas holidays had started, I had leisure time to indulge my new-found music chart passion, and I did. I put the songs in the right order for the very first time. This was my actual-first-ever list of songs wot I wrote down. 5th week at the top for the Turtles, check out the video, see how not-happy-being-pop-stars they were (so endearing) ** Herman’s Hermits, another playground fave, a teenager with a lot of teeth who the girls loved (Peter Noone), the closest thing to One Direction around at that time.

The chart is great lesson in how time conveniently erases inconvenient old facts: for example, I really liked (apparently) a fairly bland Tom Jones record – there is no way I would have recalled that as being anywhere near the truth, we all like to think we only liked the great stuff, the cool stuff, or particularly important records to us personally. But there it is, staring me right in the face, along with Cliff, Des ‘n’ Val, and worst of all Malcolm Roberts. I stand by all the other tracks for a 10-year-old, and I remain a bit embarrassed by those:)

1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
4 ( 5 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
5 ( 8 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( 3 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
9 ( 7 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

11 ( 16 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
12 ( 15 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
13 ( 9 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 12 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
15 ( 11 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
16 ( 13 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
17 ( 14 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
18 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( 20 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
20 ( 18 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican

 

22nd December 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Bee Gees, just holding off Albatross (“get your Albatross” cue John Cleese in Ice-cream skirt) and highest new entry from my future teen hero Roy Wood, as Blackberry way enters at 5. There is only 1 track in my top 10 then and top 10 now – Eloise – though 5 are in common for the top 20, There’s no space at all for Tom Jones, Cliff, Des & other MOR acts that I loved at the time – I thought you were supposed to get more MOR as you aged?! Not me!

I still have fondness for some kiddie pop though, witness The Archies tracks and new entries from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a soundtrack from the Sherman Brothers not quite up to Mary Poppins standard, but pretty good anyway from a charming (if overlong) film which was constantly requested on Junior’s Choice and 2-way Family favourites for the Forces families living abroad (which I was by then).

The Turtles get a 5th top 40, Johnny Nash a second, Herman’s Hermits a 5th or 6th, I’ve lost count, and actress Peggy Lipton a debut. I was a fan of The Mod Squad, it was on TV in Singapore/Malaya a year or so later, along with many other US TV dramas. We got stations from both countries. Smokey Robinson enters high with one I’ve never noticed much before (I have it on a hits collection) but which sounds really good in isolation from the more famous ones, while an early 60’s song from Maurice Williams & The Zodiaks (who did Stay) is covered by obscure act Bill Deal semi-ska-stylee and it’s rather good.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 3 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 4 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
4 ( 5 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( NEW ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 2 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
7 ( 6 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 9 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
14 ( 10 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
15 ( 14 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
18 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
19 ( 20 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
20 ( 18 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

21 ( 21 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
22 ( 19 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
23 ( 39 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
24 ( 28 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
25 ( 26 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
26 ( 22 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
27 ( 24 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
28 ( 25 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
29 ( 29 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
30 ( 38 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies

31 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 33 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
33 ( 27 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
34 ( 30 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
35 ( 49 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
36 ( 42 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
37 ( 50 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
38 ( 34 ) ELENORE The Turtles
39 ( 54 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
40 ( 60 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton

41 ( 23 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
42 ( 35 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
43 ( 36 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
44 ( 32 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
45 ( 41 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
46 ( 44 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
47 ( 45 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
48 ( 46 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
49 ( 43 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
50 ( 57 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes

51 ( 37 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
52 ( 40 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
53 ( NEW ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
54 ( 48 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
55 ( NEW ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 47 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
58 ( 64 ) STORMY Classics IV
59 ( NEW ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
60 ( 67 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim

61 ( 55 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
62 ( 63 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
63 ( 73 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
64 ( 66 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
65 ( 51 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
66 ( 53 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
67 ( NEW ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
68 ( 69 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
69 ( 52 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
70 ( 58 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

71 ( 61 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
72 ( 75 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
73 ( 59 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
75 ( 71 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

retro 70’s
1 ( 5 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 3 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
3 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
4 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
5 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 11 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
8 ( 4 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
9 ( 14 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
10 ( 8 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 9 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
12 ( 19 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
13 ( 15 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 13 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
15 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
17 ( 16 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 12 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
19 ( RE ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
20 ( RE ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

29th December 1968

It’s four weeks on top for The Bee Gees as the quiet bit between New Years and Christmas means very few new entries in the chart and gives under-performing chart positions a chance to have a clearer run. Roy Wood & co are at 2, signs of Christmases to come for the next 50 years, with the Beatlesey Blackberry Way, while The Beatles still dominate the chart. Bonzo Dog rebound cos it peaked way too low due to competition, and Manfred’s go top 20 with a chart-topper in my January charts first time round in 1969. The crossover in my top 20 of the time and now is relatively high this week due to the lack of new entries.

Smokey Robinson has a good climb into the 40, as Creedence Clearwater Revival bring Proud Mary straight into the 40 as highest new entry, first of many of those to come over the next 3 years and then nothing until 1976 when they covered the song at number 6. John Fogerty took over after that point as a solo act. Chitty Chitty songs climb, and there may yet be more, Al Wilson is back with a cover of the fab Johnny Rivers hit Poor Side Of Town, Ray Charles also returns and he hasn’t stopped dreaming of chart hits even if they fall short of the US Hot 100 at this point, Jethro Tull have a love story (and not one I know to be honest), and a couple of funk tracks sneak in at the bottom, Junior Walker & Sam & Dave both adding to the list of entries for each in a minor way.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 2 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
5 ( 7 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
6 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 6 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

11 ( 13 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
12 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( 21 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 19 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
15 ( 12 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
18 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
19 ( 23 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
20 ( 14 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

21 ( 18 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
22 ( 20 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 29 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
24 ( 22 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
25 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 30 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
27 ( 35 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
28 ( 28 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
29 ( 39 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
30 ( 27 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins

31 ( 32 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
32 ( 26 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
33 ( 36 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
34 ( 37 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
35 ( 40 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
36 ( 34 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
37 ( 55 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
38 ( 38 ) ELENORE The Turtles
39 ( 24 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival

41 ( 33 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
42 ( 59 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
43 ( 25 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
44 ( 63 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
45 ( 42 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
46 ( 45 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
47 ( 46 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
48 ( 47 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
49 ( 48 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
50 ( 50 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes

51 ( 53 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
52 ( 43 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
53 ( 44 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
54 ( 49 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
55 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
56 ( 52 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
57 ( 54 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
58 ( 51 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
59 ( 60 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
60 ( 62 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies

61 ( 41 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) STORMY Classics IV
63 ( 64 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
64 ( 61 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
65 ( 67 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
66 ( 68 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
67 ( NEW ) POOR SIDE OF TOWN Al Wilson
68 ( NEW ) WHEN I STOP DREAMING Ray Charles
69 ( 72 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
70 ( NEW ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull

71 ( 57 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
72 ( 74 ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
73 ( 65 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
74 ( NEW ) HOME COOKIN’ Jr. Walker & The All Stars
75 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER, BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
3 ( 2 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
4 ( 7 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
6 ( 12 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( 9 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
8 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
9 ( 11 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 14 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
12 ( 16 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( NEW ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
14 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
15 ( 8 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
16 ( 19 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
17 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( RE ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( NEW ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
20 ( NEW ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac

My Retro November 1968 Charts

3rd November 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for the epic Eloise, holding off the equally epic Wichita Lineman and highest new entry I Heard It Through The Grapevine, the timeless original version from Marvin Gaye, finally put out by Motown as a single, for a 60% Motown top 5. Eloise makes it a double as Barry Ryan also tops my “wot I liked at the time” chart which was totally based on the UK top 30 on Fluff Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops show. Judy Collins gets a first top 10 with Joni Mitchell’s great song: the song would be back in my top 10 2 years later for Glen Campbell but Judy never had another chart that high.

Bonzo Dog enter at 16 with one I was mad on at the time, it was fun, catchy, and mentioned Spacemen in the lyrics, so that was all I needed from the witty Neil Innes, later of The Rutles and more. Barbra Streisand has a new album out as I type, her first proper album in 15 years, so it’s only fair one of her great moments should shoot up to 20, more recently as showcased nicely on Glee. Edwin Starr and Gene Chandler bring some funk into the 40, and Demis Roussos and Vangelis both debut at 46 with Rain And Tears. My fave track of the band is still 4 years away (Break, not actually a song by either of them, rather their bandmate the forgotten Loukas Sideras, produced by Vangelis) but this will do nicely till then.

Two total faves in my 10-year-old days enter lower down, Lily The Pink and I’m A Tiger appealed very much to my age demographic, The Scaffold were beloved by kids, as was Lulu – who frankly wasn’t that much older than us anyway! These days, they have a certain nostalgic charm, but I wouldn’t put them on repeat listen more often than a couple of times a year. Unlike the dramatic funk of Cloud Nine, signalling the new era of The Temptations, edgier funk moving towards social commentary, which bears repeat plays, in at 57, the touching cover of Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released by The Band, and two new-to-me old soul/blues tracks from Bobby Bland and Barbara Acklin.

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
6 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
9 ( 5 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
10 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration

11 ( 9 ) ELENORE The Turtles
12 ( 10 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
13 ( 15 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
14 ( 13 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
15 ( 14 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
16 ( NEW ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 16 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
18 ( 17 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 12 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
20 ( 49 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand

21 ( 20 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
22 ( 22 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
23 ( 19 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
24 ( 18 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
25 ( 25 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
26 ( 24 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
27 ( 21 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
28 ( 23 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
29 ( 30 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
30 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

31 ( 32 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
32 ( 27 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
33 ( 33 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
34 ( 28 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
35 ( 29 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
36 ( 38 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
37 ( 53 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
38 ( 40 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
39 ( 52 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
40 ( 31 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

41 ( 36 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
42 ( 37 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
43 ( 35 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
44 ( 34 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
45 ( 55 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
46 ( NEW ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
47 ( 44 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
48 ( 41 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
49 ( NEW ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
50 ( 48 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

51 ( 47 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
52 ( 43 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
53 ( 39 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
54 ( 69 ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
55 ( 46 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
56 ( NEW ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
57 ( NEW ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
58 ( 59 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
59 ( 45 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
60 ( 63 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees

61 ( 58 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
62 ( 57 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
63 ( 42 ) LALENA Donovan
64 ( 61 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
65 ( 71 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
66 ( 62 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
67 ( 68 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
68 ( 65 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
69 ( 54 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
70 ( 51 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro

71 ( NEW ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
72 ( 72 ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
73 ( NEW ) JUST AIN’T NO LOVE Barbara Acklin
74 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
75 ( 50 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker


3rd Nov Retro-Then

1 ( 9 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
4 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
5 ( 3 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
6 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
7 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
10 ( 11 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
11 ( 5 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
13 ( NEW ) ELENORE The Turtles
14 ( 10 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
15 ( 8 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
16 ( NEW ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
17 ( 16 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( NEW ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
19 ( 14 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

 

10th November 1968

It’s Glen Campbell getting a second chart-topper with another Jimmy Webb song, the eternal Wichita Lineman holding off a Beatles invasion in the week that The Beatles double album was released, and 50 years later a mega-version of alternate takes comes out for the first time, including tracks that turned up on later albums but were recorded then. Restricting myself to the original sprawling, patchy album, there is nevertheless 7 new entries from it, none of them singles at the time, though covers (Ob-La-Di, Dear Prudence), later singles (Back In The USSR), lush stage alternate orchestral versions (While My Guitar Gently Weeps) and ongoing popularity in the 20th century (Blackbird) have made them feel like hits anyway in retrospect. The remainder, the full-on hippie murderer anthem Helter Skelter had its reputation tarnished but y’know, give or take The Kinks You Really Got Me, this is where Heavy Metal and Thrash started as far as I’m concerned. All of the above are musically varied, nothing in common, which is why of course the Fabs are the greatest pop act of all-time still, inventing new genres and working on what had gone before, regardless of where it had come from. The highest new entry, though, is the obscure Ringo-sung Good Night: This a beautiful, gentle, melodic throwback to the early 20th century ballads, and is just gorgeous.

The Bonzos break into the 10, and Dusty enters into the 20, knocking herself out of it, with her Memphis-recorded soul classic, Son Of A Preacher Man. Aphrodite’s Child and Rain & Tears get big climbs into the 40, which is pretty good going as most shouldabeen-climbers get stalled or drop due to the Beatles invasion. Elvis’ showstopping anthem If I Can Dream enters at 50, while The Mamas & The Papas do a very different version of Bobby Freeman’s 1958 song Do You Wanna Dance, better known in versions by Cliff or The Beach Boys, but I prefer this one, or the entirely different song with that title by Barry Blue. Sly & The family Stone enter with the future Arrested Development hit, Everyday People, with its still-relevant ode to tolerance, and Nancy Sinatra gets her monthly new entry with Good Time Girl. Meanwhile, back in the day, 15 of the songs I liked then are also in my new top 20, or already have been there, but chart peaks for 5 of the rest continue to be way lower.

1 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
4 ( 5 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 7 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
10 ( 16 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

11 ( 9 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
12 ( 11 ) ELENORE The Turtles
13 ( 10 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
14 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
15 ( 12 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
16 ( 14 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
17 ( 20 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
18 ( NEW ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 15 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
20 ( 22 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

21 ( 17 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
22 ( 18 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
24 ( NEW ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
25 ( 46 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
26 ( 13 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
27 ( 29 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
28 ( 23 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
29 ( NEW ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
30 ( 26 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin

31 ( 36 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
32 ( 19 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
33 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
34 ( 30 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
35 ( 31 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
36 ( 37 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
37 ( 27 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
38 ( 28 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
39 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
40 ( 57 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations

41 ( 25 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
42 ( 32 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
43 ( 35 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
44 ( 34 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
45 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
46 ( 41 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
47 ( 42 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
48 ( 49 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
49 ( 33 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

51 ( 38 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
52 ( 47 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
53 ( 54 ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
54 ( NEW ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
55 ( 50 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
56 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
57 ( 51 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
58 ( NEW ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
60 ( 40 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

61 ( 71 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
62 ( 65 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
64 ( 43 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
65 ( 61 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
66 ( 62 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
67 ( 67 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
68 ( 64 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
69 ( 74 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( 48 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight

71 ( 44 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
72 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 73 ) JUST AIN’T NO LOVE Barbara Acklin
74 ( 66 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
75 ( NEW ) GOOD TIME GIRL Nancy Sinatra


RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 3 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
3 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 13 ) ELENORE The Turtles
5 ( 4 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
6 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
7 ( NEW ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
8 ( 12 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( 5 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
10 ( NEW ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
13 ( 16 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
14 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
15 ( 11 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 18 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
17 ( 10 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
18 ( 20 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
19 ( 14 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
20 ( NEW ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts

 

17th November 1968

It’s a 4th week (back) at 1 for Eloise, eliminating even the classic Wichita Lineman after just one week on top. It’s also a week of more anecdotes (sorry! Music just relates to my life, always!) as The Beatles 1976 chart-topper Back In The USSR Beach Boys pastiche heads top 10, as all the Fabs tracks climb. My Xmas 1975 prezzie was the very expensive and brilliant Beatles 1967-70 blue double album, so I already had some of the tracks in my chart, and for Xmas 1976? Beatles 1962-66 red double album. Filling in gaps took considerable time and money back in those days.

Highest new entry is The Gun and their still-exciting Race With The Devil, manic and mad in a good way, love the riffs, in at 16. In at 28, shockingly low for a chart-topper in my actual real-as-compiled-at-the-time charts, it’s The Foundations party classic Build Me Up Buttercup. I saw Mike D’Abo do it with Manfreds 2 weeks ago (his song, of course, so he’s entitled) for the 3rd time, and to be honest the track is hugely popular and well-known these days thanks to a key 90’s There’s Something About Mary film moment. I felt gratified as it had become increasingly obscure and forgotten prior to that – I played the 12″ EP to my college room-mate in 1977, I asked him how fab was it, and he replied “sounds a bit dated” coming right after his Oxygene album – which it was. Yet here I was 2 months ago singing along with a karaoke version in Gran Canaria in Shenanigans pub. Timeless…but I’ve overdosed on it the last couple of decades.

Soulful Strut, new at 47, is the tune to Dusty’s forthcoming brilliant version of Am I The Same Girl, and as covered just as well by Swing Out Sister. Written by The Chi-Lites’ Eugene Record, and it can’t be long before they start charting with their own classics in the retro charts. Glen Campbell gets a second entry with album track cover of The Straight Life at 54 – another Singapore radio fave, sung better than Bobby Goldsboro’s version, Glen never misses a prolonged note, unlike Bobby. Two Archies album tracks also enter, both meant a big deal to me in 1970: Archie’s Theme was the jolly theme tune to the TV show and on my first ever EP, while Catching Up On Fun was part of a great bit of product placement for kids with no money to buy singles: Alpha Bits USA cereal boxes had a plastic vinyl record printed onto the back of the cardboard box, and it actually played! Not brilliant quality, but better than not having the song, which I adored. Written by Mark Barkan. Who? The writer/producer behind the Banana Splits song and TV show (surprisingly funky and cool for men in funny costumes, helped by Barry White! among others), many an Archies track, and ooh the odd song like Pretty Flamingo – refer back to The Manfred’s and Paul Jones singing it 2 weeks ago – and Warm This Winter xmas song. He also wrote the songs for Olivia Newton-John’s debut movie. Not Grease. Toomorrow, 1970, sci-fi cheese. It had a pop group in London and aliens, bombed (it was awful) but I saw it in our local RAF cinema chain, where flop movies went to get a small audience they otherwise never would have had, to fill in the nights before the 6-month-old blockbusters arrived.

Talking of kiddie stuff, Des is back with his tuneful old-fashioned pop nursery-rhyme, beloved by me at the time, 1-2-3 O’Leary. Saw him having fun the other week on a repeat panel show. Still good-natured and funny. Starred in the greatest Morecambe & Wise sketch ever back in the day – when they take the proverbial out of his latest album and he walks on stage. Still hilarious. Meanwhile greedily grabbing second entries on my chart: Aretha Franklin, and Jimi Hendrix. Which reminds me of another anecdote (groan!): Picture this: Boston, Mass. Logan Airport 1989, me and 2 mates stranded after getting bumped by a US airline on our way back to Gatwick. The next flight developed mechanical trouble while we were on the runway, and they had to fly in parts. That meant we had to disembark at 4am, 18 hours in the airport, and get ferried by taxi with our luggage in the early hours of the morning to a posh hotel across Boston to get a couple of hours sleep, breakfast and a shower. The taxi driver was in a hurry to get back to the hordes of passengers and was hyper, driving at high speed on deserted streets like a maniac and blaring out at full volume a track from “dead Jimi” as he affectionately called his hero. Crosstown Traffic was never more appropriate, and never will be anything else for me.

That leaves a handful of 60’s soul legends doing covers, and The Flirtations debuting – the girls were all over the place in the early 70’s on UK TV, often kiddie pop shows like Lift Off, or I would hazard a guess, Dave Cash’s Music Box.

1 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 3 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
9 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
10 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
11 ( 8 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

12 ( 18 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( 11 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
14 ( 12 ) ELENORE The Turtles
15 ( 13 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
16 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
17 ( 24 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
18 ( 15 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
19 ( 25 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
20 ( 29 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles

21 ( 16 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
22 ( 17 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
23 ( 19 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
24 ( 27 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
26 ( 22 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
27 ( 23 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
28 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
29 ( 20 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
30 ( 31 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive

31 ( 40 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
32 ( 26 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
33 ( 30 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
34 ( 28 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
35 ( 54 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
36 ( 58 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
37 ( 63 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
38 ( 32 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
39 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
40 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

41 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
42 ( 38 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
43 ( 37 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
44 ( 36 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
45 ( 48 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
46 ( 35 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
47 ( NEW ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
48 ( 59 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
49 ( 56 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
50 ( 42 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones

51 ( 39 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
52 ( 46 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
53 ( 47 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
54 ( NEW ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
55 ( 44 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
56 ( 45 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
57 ( 72 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
58 ( NEW ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
59 ( 43 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
60 ( 52 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

61 ( 55 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
62 ( 62 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
63 ( 57 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
64 ( NEW ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
65 ( 51 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
66 ( NEW ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
67 ( 61 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Band
68 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
69 ( 69 ) ROCKIN’ IN THE SAME OLD BOAT Bobby Bland
70 ( NEW ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

71 ( NEW ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
72 ( NEW ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations
73 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
74 ( NEW ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
75 ( NEW ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat


retro 70’s

1 ( 4 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 7 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
5 ( 2 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
6 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 6 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
9 ( 5 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
10 ( 13 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone

11 ( NEW ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
12 ( 9 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
13 ( 16 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 20 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
15 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 12 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
18 ( NEW ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
19 ( 17 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
20 ( 18 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

24th November 1968

It’s a first chart-topper for Marvin Gaye, with his career-defining classic I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Hard to believe Berry Gordy failed to realise the genius of it when it was originally recorded before the Gladys Knight cover. Dusty’s Preacher man goes top 10, as does The Gun ahead of the highest equally-frantic-rocking-ness of Love Sculpture’s fab Sabre Dance. Dave Edmunds was one of my teen heroes 4 or 5 years in the future. Saw him a couple of years back still rocking it.

Second-highest new entry is the great cover of the fab Madeline Bell minor UK hit, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, with the 21st-century trend-setting multi-artist billing of Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations, albeit no “featuring” or “with”. Both the acts “feature” elsewhere on the chart though, “with” Love Child and Cloud 9. The Delfonics keep the Philly hits coming, in at 26 with the future 1971 UK hit, while Jerry Butler also enters lower down with a Gamble & Huff effort.

Gene Pitney’s back with a decent ballad, Classics IV return with a bit of Stormy-ness, aka Spooky Part 3, The Impressions keep the Curtis Mayfield vocal hits at a furious pace, this one with that future Move On Up riffness about it. Obscure The Crystal mansion pop in with a record that sounds just like Jamie Cullum. It really does! Meanwhile Dave Clark 5 bounce back with a chanty Live In The Sky, and The Equals bring Eddie Grant some more early chart action.

1 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( 2 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
4 ( 7 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
5 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
6 ( 5 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( 8 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
8 ( 12 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
9 ( 10 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
10 ( 16 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun

11 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 9 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
13 ( NEW ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 11 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
15 ( 17 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
17 ( 13 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
18 ( 14 ) ELENORE The Turtles
19 ( 15 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
20 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

21 ( 28 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
22 ( 19 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
23 ( 18 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
24 ( 24 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
26 ( NEW ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 31 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
28 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
29 ( 35 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
30 ( 37 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas

31 ( 25 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
32 ( 26 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
33 ( 27 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
34 ( 36 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
35 ( 22 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
36 ( 47 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
37 ( 40 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
38 ( 48 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
39 ( 29 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
40 ( 54 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

41 ( 33 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
42 ( 34 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
43 ( 45 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
44 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
45 ( 32 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
46 ( 49 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
47 ( 30 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
48 ( 58 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
49 ( 57 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
50 ( 66 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin

51 ( 38 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
52 ( 43 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
53 ( 41 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
54 ( 68 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 64 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
57 ( 53 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
58 ( 42 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( NEW ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
60 ( 70 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies

61 ( 71 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
62 ( 60 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
63 ( 61 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
64 ( 75 ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat
65 ( 73 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
66 ( NEW ) STORMY Classics IV
67 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
68 ( NEW ) ARE YOU HAPPY Jerry Butler
69 ( 74 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
70 ( 72 ) WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE The Sweet Sensations

71 ( 44 ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( NEW ) THE THOUGHT OF LOVING YOU The Crystal Mansion
74 ( NEW ) LIVE IN THE SKY Dave Clark Five
75 ( NEW ) SOFTLY SOFTLY The Equals

What I actually liked this week in 1968:

1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
3 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
4 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
5 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 10 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
9 ( 4 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
10 ( 5 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro

11 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
12 ( 9 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
13 ( 14 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
14 ( 18 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
15 ( 15 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
16 ( 12 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
17 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
18 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
20 ( 17 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry

My Retro September 1968 Charts

1st September 1968

This is where it all started for me: Hey Jude at Number One and Those Were The Days becoming my first chart obsession, so The Beatles enter at 1 and Mary Hopkin at 2, for an Apple double. Hey Judee was an is an anthem, and their finest and moment popular moment, Mary’s version of an old Russian folk song was stunning, fresh off Opportunity Knocks, and better than the X Factor fodder spun off these days as a debut single. Revolution should have been a double A side really, one of the Beatles great John Lennon moments, and enters at 10 giving the new Apple label 30% of the top 10. That edges out Hendrix’ classic version of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower at 12. That intro is pure genius. Billie Davis goes top 20, as a load of high new entries pushes down lots of tracks.

Jack Jones version of Nilsson’s gorgeous Without Her is better than the original, he’s dropped the annoying doo doo’s and upped the orhcestral drama a bit. I first heard it in Singapore, on radio where MOR ruled, and recorded it on dad’s reel-to-reel. Still love it. In at a lowly 49, it’s my future obsession The Archies. In Singapore there was precious little television pop music, so the kids TV show was a big fave for the songs (the cartoon itself is excruciating to sit through these days) most of them not singles but written by Jeff Barry, Andy Kim (who has his own lower down) and some other professionals like Mark Barkan & Ritchie Adams. Jeff Barry did Bang-Shang-A-Lang, It’s pure bubblegum, and was one of the tracks on The Archies EP I got for Xmas 1970 (I wanted Sugar Sugar badly), good quality expensive vinyl with a picture cover and inner sleeve, hazzah! This track was a US hit and was released this week.

Gary Puckett gets his 4th chart entry, Over You, Marc Bolan his 2nd, still in his elf period, and a catchy ditty I knew but didn’t know I knew, being as I havent heard it in decades and had forgotten all about it, is Girl Watcher for The O’Kaysions at 67

1 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 3 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 1 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
6 ( 6 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
7 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
8 ( 5 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
9 ( 8 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
10 ( NEW ) REVOLUTION The Beatles

11 ( 7 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
12 ( NEW ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13 ( 9 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 10 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
15 ( 11 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
16 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
17 ( 13 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
18 ( 22 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
19 ( 12 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
20 ( 15 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

21 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
22 ( 25 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
23 ( 17 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 19 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
25 ( 14 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
26 ( 27 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
27 ( 18 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
28 ( 21 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
29 ( 35 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
30 ( 33 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde

31 ( 20 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
32 ( 26 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
33 ( 29 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
34 ( 24 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
35 ( 37 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
36 ( 23 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
38 ( 44 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( 42 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 34 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

41 ( 28 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
42 ( 31 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
43 ( 38 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
44 ( 39 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
45 ( 36 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
46 ( 49 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick
47 ( 30 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
48 ( 41 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
49 ( NEW ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
50 ( 50 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues

51 ( 32 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
52 ( 47 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
53 ( 56 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
54 ( 43 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
55 ( 51 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
56 ( 58 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
57 ( NEW ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
58 ( 46 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
59 ( 52 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
60 ( 65 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

61 ( 61 ) THE WEIGHT The Band
62 ( 66 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
63 ( 57 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
64 ( 71 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
65 ( 48 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
66 ( NEW ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
67 ( NEW ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
68 ( 53 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
69 ( 69 ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
70 ( 45 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

71 ( 54 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
72 ( 73 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions
73 ( 62 ) MAGIC BUS The Who
74 ( 74 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
75 ( 64 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone

1st Sept MY FIRST 1968 RETRO CHART aka Wot I Liked Then

So what’s all this then, a bonus chart? No this is my UK-top-30 based charts starting this week as compiled in the early 70’s with memories of what I liked in 1968 – nostalgia sets in early in your teens, and I wanted to fill in the gaps in between some actual charts of the time. Hey Jude was Ground Zero for me, it was the week I discovered Alan Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops on the radio, and that was that from then on – sat in the dining room at RAF Swinderby, flitting between Land Of The Giants on TV and back again to the radio. The chart countdown became a huge event for me.

Differences? well Hey Jude on top, and most songs peaking higher than in my 2018 retro charts owing to less competition, and a wider awareness of tracks I didnt know at the time. Novelty jolly pop does much better in my kiddie days, most notably Sunshine Girl at 8, instead of scraping into the top 30 in my charts, and Little Arrows at 10, instead of 22. The top 75 is the definitive cos it’s what I like now, the other is what I liked then, 50 years ago.

1 HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
3 KEEP ON Bruce Channel
4 HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
5 THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
7 THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
8 SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee

11 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
12 HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
13 DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
14 DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
15 MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
16 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
17 LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 I PRETEND Des O’Connor
19 JESAMINE The Casuals
20 FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

 

8th September 1968

The Beatles are knocked off after one week by the only track I loved more at the time: Mary Hopkin. Both have added to weeks on top in the years since, though Hey Jude takes preference these days. In at 4, the pop cliche mickey-take that is still brilliant in it’s own right, and topped my charts towards the end of 1968 originally, but early here thanks to US charting. The Love Affair get a 3rd, The 5th Dimension are back with yet again another Laura Nyro song, Red Red Wine version 2 enters for Jimmy James, England Dan & John Ford Coley sneak in, as does Todd Rundgren, and all of those acts will be charting heavily into the 70’s – bar The Love Affair. Bobby Parris meanwhile has his version of Wigan’s Ovation minor 1975 UK cover, Northern Soul natch.

1 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
3 ( 6 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
4 ( NEW ) ELENORE The Turtles
5 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 4 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
7 ( 5 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
8 ( 10 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 12 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
10 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

11 ( 9 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
12 ( 8 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
13 ( 11 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 21 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
15 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
16 ( 14 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
17 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( 18 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
19 ( 26 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
20 ( 17 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass

21 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
22 ( 22 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
23 ( 20 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
24 ( 19 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
25 ( 29 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
26 ( 30 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
27 ( 35 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
28 ( 28 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
29 ( 57 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
30 ( 23 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
32 ( 25 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
33 ( 38 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
34 ( 27 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
35 ( 49 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
36 ( 39 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
37 ( 33 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
38 ( NEW ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
39 ( 32 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
40 ( 56 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye

41 ( 31 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
42 ( 34 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
43 ( 53 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
44 ( 40 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
45 ( 36 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
46 ( 50 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
47 ( 62 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
48 ( 60 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
49 ( 43 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
50 ( 41 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration

51 ( 44 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
52 ( 37 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
53 ( 42 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
54 ( 52 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
55 ( 48 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
56 ( 45 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
57 ( 64 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
58 ( 61 ) THE WEIGHT The Band
59 ( 55 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
60 ( 46 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick

61 ( 66 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
62 ( NEW ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
63 ( 72 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions
64 ( 54 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
65 ( 69 ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
66 ( 67 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
67 ( 63 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
68 ( NEW ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
69 ( 47 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
70 ( NEW ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

71 ( 51 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
72 ( 74 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
73 ( 58 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
74 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
75 ( NEW ) SMELL OF INCENSE Southwest FOB featuring England Dan & John Ford Coley

RETRO FAVES THEN
1 ( 5 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 4 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
3 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 10 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
5 ( 2 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
7 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
8 ( 19 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
9 ( 16 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
10 ( 6 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones

11 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 13 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
13 ( 7 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
14 ( 12 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
15 ( NEW ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
16 ( 18 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
17 ( 14 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
18 ( NEW ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
19 ( 15 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
20 ( 20 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

 

15th September 1968

It’s back up to 1 for Hey Jude, as back in the day Mary Hopkin was 2 weeks into a 7 week run on top. Jack Jones enters the top 10 with a Nilsson song, and knocks Nilsson out of it. Seems appropriate. Highest new entry is a jolly Tremeloes number which I was very fond of at the time, while another one I was very fond of at the time (in at 11 in the retro-then chart) is much lower now, as not quite so fond 50 years on – much like Dave Clark who always avoided adding it to hits compilations, The Red Balloon. A good soul track Ive never heard in my life pops in for The Maqueraders, Donovan goes all elfish whimsy with one Ive heard a couple of times before, and Elvis’ original of his monster noughties remix sneaks in – it’s not as good, obviously, but rocks well enough in it’s own right.

1 ( 2 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) ELENORE The Turtles
4 ( 3 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
5 ( 5 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 6 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
7 ( 9 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
8 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 7 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
10 ( 14 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones

11 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
12 ( 11 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 12 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
14 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
15 ( 17 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
16 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 16 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
18 ( 19 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
19 ( 29 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
20 ( 25 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones

21 ( 18 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
22 ( 27 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
23 ( 20 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
24 ( 26 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
25 ( 23 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
26 ( 38 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
27 ( 24 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
28 ( 22 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
29 ( 40 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
30 ( 35 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies

31 ( 21 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
32 ( 33 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
33 ( NEW ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
34 ( 36 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 68 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
36 ( 28 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
37 ( 47 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
38 ( 43 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
39 ( 62 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
40 ( 34 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

41 ( 57 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
42 ( 37 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
43 ( 39 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
44 ( 30 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 32 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
46 ( 42 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
47 ( 31 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
48 ( 44 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
49 ( 41 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
50 ( 45 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck

51 ( NEW ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
52 ( 49 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
53 ( 51 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
54 ( 50 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
55 ( 48 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
56 ( 61 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
57 ( 54 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
58 ( 53 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
59 ( 66 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
60 ( 63 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions

61 ( 55 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
62 ( 59 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
63 ( NEW ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
64 ( 72 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
65 ( 52 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
66 ( 46 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
67 ( NEW ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
68 ( 56 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
69 ( NEW ) LALENA Donovan
70 ( 70 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

71 ( 67 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
72 ( 64 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
73 ( 74 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
74 ( NEW ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
75 ( 75 ) SMELL OF INCENSE Southwest FOB featuring England Dan & John Ford Coley

retro 70’s original 1968 version
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 4 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
3 ( 8 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
4 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
5 ( 2 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
6 ( 7 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
7 ( 5 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
9 ( 6 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 ( 13 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert

11 ( NEW ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 15 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
13 ( 10 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
14 ( 18 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
15 ( 12 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
17 ( 11 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
18 ( NEW ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
19 ( 16 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
20 ( NEW ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors

 

22nd September 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for Hey Jude as Revolution hits 5, and The Turtles climb to 2 while absent from my original charts (it was a UK hit later in the year). Hendrix has a best-ever 4 with Watchtower and Gary Puckett features in both my top 10’s – albeit with different hits, Lady Willpower having already been and gone in my new retro charts. New at 23, a 3rd biggie of the year for The Moody Blues, the fab Ride My See-Saw, they were great the other year in concert, while The Bee Gees enter at 29 – sort of. Mates of theirs, their song, and Graham “Rainbow” Bonnet on lead, it was one of my very faves at the time. Still like it a lot, but it’s been forgotten pretty much these days.

The bubblegum of Kasenentz-Katz still sounds pretty good for novelty kiddie pop, in at 37, just ahead of a 4th Engelbert top 40 this year with Les Bicyclettes De Belsize. It was all down hill after this for Gerry. Stevie’s instrumental version of Alfie gets a great climb to 40, The Four Tops bat them out at a fast pace with I’m In A Different World, The Cryan’ Shames enter with an obscure goodie I’ve never heard before, Cliff and Roy enter low with tuneful minor hits, and Steppenwolf get a follow-up Magic Carpet Ride to replace the dropping-out classic rocker. No Hugo Montenegro in the new charts as it charted months ago here, while still remaining totally Autumn 1968 in my nostalgic memories of walking for dinner from Bassingham Primary Juniors old school building to the new infant annexe in Lincolnshire. A small village, that old historic building is now a house….

1 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 7 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
6 ( 5 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 6 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
8 ( 4 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
9 ( 10 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
10 ( 19 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 9 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
14 ( 20 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
15 ( 13 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
16 ( 14 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
17 ( 15 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( 26 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
19 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
20 ( 24 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde

21 ( 17 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
22 ( 22 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
23 ( NEW ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
24 ( 29 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
25 ( 21 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
26 ( 33 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
27 ( 23 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
28 ( 25 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
29 ( NEW ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
30 ( 30 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies

31 ( 18 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
32 ( 27 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
33 ( 38 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
34 ( 34 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
35 ( 28 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
36 ( 36 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
37 ( NEW ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
38 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( NEW ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
40 ( 63 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow

41 ( 31 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
42 ( 35 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
43 ( 41 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
44 ( 40 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
45 ( 50 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
46 ( 42 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
47 ( 39 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
48 ( 37 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
49 ( 45 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
50 ( 56 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex

51 ( 47 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
52 ( 51 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
53 ( 59 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
54 ( 48 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
55 ( 69 ) LALENA Donovan
56 ( 52 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
57 ( 54 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
58 ( 53 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 57 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
60 ( 64 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills

61 ( 44 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
62 ( 43 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
63 ( 67 ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
64 ( 61 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
65 ( 62 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
66 ( 70 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
68 ( 74 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
69 ( 73 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
70 ( 60 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions

71 ( NEW ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
72 ( RE ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
73 ( NEW ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
75 ( NEW ) MAGIC CARPET RIDE Steppenwolf

retro then chart
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 2 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
4 ( 6 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
5 ( 4 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
6 ( 11 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
7 ( 8 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
8 ( 5 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 14 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
10 ( 7 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

11 ( 9 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
12 ( NEW ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
13 ( 10 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
14 ( 14 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
15 ( NEW ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 12 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
18 ( 16 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
19 ( NEW ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
20 ( 15 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

 

29th September 1968

It’s a first week on top for The Turtles and their glorious intentionally cliched p*ss-take pop gem, Elenore, while way back when Mary Hopkin had a 4th week on top. Back then Dave Clark 5 went top 3, now it struggles to go top 40. Highest new entry is Cupid’s Inspiration minor hit My World, last played by the late Dale Winton on his Radio 2 show as a 60’s DJ fave (as he was then), and fab it is. The Moody Blues get a 3rd top 10 of 1968, riding a see-saw, as new at 20 it’s a second top 20 for Dave Dee & co (and 4th of the year) with the dramatic Wreck Of The “Antoinette”, one I loved and sang to myself in my head during lunchtimes at school.

Into the 30 it’s another Beatles cover – this time though, it’s better than the original, the showstopping Joe Cocker version of With A Little Help From My Friends. Lower down it’s a new entry for The Shadows Of Knight and Shake – no I don’t know them either, nor the song, but it’s a fab bit of garage rock – and The Hollies Listen To Me, which I did know at the time, albeit not quite in the same fave league of many previous Hollies hits. Bringing up the rear, another psychedelic goodie new to me from Max Frost (a Mann & Weil song), Ohio Express back with some more catchy bubblegum, Marvin & Tammi replace themselves in the 75, and Tommy James sneaks in with yet another 1968 track.

RETRO CHART NOW

1 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
5 ( 5 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 7 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
8 ( NEW ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
9 ( 8 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
10 ( 23 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

11 ( 9 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 11 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
14 ( 10 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
15 ( 13 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
16 ( 26 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
17 ( 18 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
18 ( 14 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
19 ( 15 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
20 ( NEW ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

21 ( 16 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
22 ( 24 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
23 ( 17 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
24 ( 29 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
25 ( 21 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
26 ( 19 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
27 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
28 ( 20 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
29 ( 22 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
30 ( 33 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension

31 ( 28 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 27 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
33 ( 34 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
34 ( 37 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
35 ( 25 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
36 ( 40 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
37 ( 32 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
38 ( 39 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
39 ( 30 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
40 ( 50 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex

41 ( 45 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
42 ( 36 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
43 ( 35 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
44 ( 31 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
45 ( 42 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
46 ( 43 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
47 ( 53 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
48 ( 38 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
49 ( 55 ) LALENA Donovan
50 ( 41 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell

51 ( 46 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
52 ( 47 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
53 ( 49 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
54 ( 51 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
55 ( 67 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
57 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
58 ( 66 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
59 ( 63 ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
60 ( 56 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann

61 ( 59 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
62 ( 58 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
63 ( 72 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
64 ( 68 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
65 ( 44 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
66 ( 71 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
67 ( 65 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
68 ( 64 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
69 ( 69 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
70 ( 73 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

71 ( 74 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
72 ( NEW ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
73 ( NEW ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express
74 ( NEW ) KEEP ON LOVIN’ ME HONEY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
75 ( NEW ) DO SOMETHING TO ME Tommy James & The Shondells

RETRO CHART THEN

1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 6 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
4 ( 3 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
5 ( 11 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 11 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
7 ( 5 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 4 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
9 ( 9 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
10 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano

11 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
12 ( 10 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( 7 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
15 ( NEW ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 15 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
17 ( 19 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 14 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
19 ( NEW ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
20 ( 18 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

My September 1986 Charts

2nd September 1986

It’s Human League on top for a second week, presiding over a Jam & Lewis top 2, and a big pop week for me: the week I got on Radio 1 on Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, backstage with The Real Thing, and the week I bought my first Now That’s What I Call Music which boosted tracks in my chart which were on it. Highest new entry is the brilliant 20th anniversary of Eleanor Rigby (the reason for the high chart position, Yellow Submarine is for completion purposes only by that time, though I loved it as a kid), the Fabs keeping up with the reissues.

Big climbs for Tina Turner, The Communards, The Psychedelic Furs, OMD and Cutting Crew into the 40, with big new tracks entering lower down: You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon back with a biggie to signal classic Graceland; Chairmen Of The Board back with their first fab track in 13 years, having topped my chart in 1973; House arrives proper with Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk; Cameo do that much-covered future codpiece classic Word Up; Run DMC innovate a rap/rock combo with Aerosmith, and boost the 70’s rockers back into fashion in the US, and chart success at last in the UK setting up the rest of the decade and the 90’s; INXS’ best early single, the fab Kiss The Dirt; and yet another 1976 disco remix from Tina Charles, which pretty much pushed me into overload saturation for the once-loved disco chart-topper, and I’ve yet to get back to it in the same way.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
3 ( NEW ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( 5 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
7 ( 6 ) PANIC The Smiths
8 ( 14 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
9 ( 12 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
10 ( 8 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie

11 ( 7 ) CRY Godley & Creme
12 ( 9 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
13 ( 18 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
14 ( 25 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
15 ( 10 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
16 ( 20 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
17 ( 11 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
18 ( 13 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
19 ( 23 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
20 ( 22 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme

21 ( 15 ) SHOUT Lulu
22 ( 16 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
23 ( 26 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
24 ( 37 ) HEARTLAND The The
25 ( 32 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
26 ( 34 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
27 ( 29 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
28 ( 19 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
29 ( 39 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
30 ( 54 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner

31 ( 17 ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
32 ( 57 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
33 ( 69 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
34 ( 27 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
35 ( 53 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
36 ( 50 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
37 ( 21 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
38 ( 59 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
39 ( 61 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
40 ( 33 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

41 ( 24 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
42 ( 30 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
43 ( 45 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
44 ( 43 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
45 ( 42 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
46 ( 36 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
47 ( 47 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
48 ( 40 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
49 ( NEW ) I LOVE TO LOVE (REMIX) Tina Charles
50 ( NEW ) WORD UP Cameo

51 ( 38 ) THE LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
52 ( 28 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
53 ( 46 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
54 ( 41 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
55 ( 31 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
56 ( 67 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
57 ( 55 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
58 ( NEW ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
59 ( NEW ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
60 ( 56 ) VENUS Bananarama

61 ( 35 ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
62 ( 44 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
63 ( 68 ) TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY Sam Cooke
64 ( NEW ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
65 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 64 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
67 ( 72 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
68 ( 48 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
69 ( 49 ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
70 ( NEW ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS

71 ( 60 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl
72 ( 71 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) WALK THIS WAY Run DMC featuring Aerosmith
74 ( 75 ) MORE THAN PHYSICAL Bananarama
75 ( 52 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
3 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

 

9th September 1986

3 weeks on top for Human, as my top 10 goes mad, with a massive leap for Killing Joke, far and away their biggest track for me, Adorations at 5, and INXS get a first top 10 with the fab Kiss The Dirt, up a whopping 64 places to 6. The Communards become the 3rd act to get a big hit out of Dont Leave Me This Way at 8, and highest new entry is the title track from Madonna’s fab True Blue album, in at 9.

Big climbs for Frankie, their 5th top 20, Bon Jovi get the first of a few top 20’s, novelty Holiday Rap enters at 16 for some European rapping, Cameo go top 30, and Five Star’s best and most charming record is in at 29, Rain Or Shine. Run DMC rock-et into the 40 helped by that fab video, and Farley takes House into the 40 too. The Ramones are back with some crummy stuff 8 years into their chart career, Amazulu cover Bobby Bloom, Pete Wylie is into diamonds, Elvis Costello makes it 9 years of chart success, Cyndi Lauper pops in with True Colors, not one of my faves of hers if I’m honest, Dead Or Alive make it 2 years and running, Falco makes it a hat trick of hits, and XTC are into grass, presumably having given up on making plans for Nigel after 7 years of trying.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
4 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
5 ( 43 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
6 ( 70 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
7 ( 14 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 32 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
9 ( NEW ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
10 ( 5 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

11 ( 7 ) PANIC The Smiths
12 ( 36 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
13 ( 20 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
14 ( 6 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
15 ( 29 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
16 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
17 ( 10 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
18 ( 9 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
19 ( 24 ) HEARTLAND The The
20 ( 25 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

21 ( 11 ) CRY Godley & Creme
22 ( 8 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
23 ( 12 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
24 ( 13 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
25 ( 39 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
26 ( 33 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
27 ( 15 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
28 ( 50 ) WORD UP Cameo
29 ( NEW ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
30 ( 30 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner

31 ( 17 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
32 ( 16 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
33 ( 22 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
34 ( 73 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
35 ( 35 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
36 ( 38 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
37 ( 26 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
38 ( 23 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
39 ( 58 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
40 ( 21 ) SHOUT Lulu

41 ( 18 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
42 ( 28 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
43 ( 47 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
44 ( 40 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
45 ( 19 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
46 ( 59 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
47 ( 27 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
48 ( 44 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 45 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 42 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T

51 ( 34 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
52 ( NEW ) CRUMMY STUFF The Ramones
53 ( 64 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
54 ( 56 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( RE ) FOURTH RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
56 ( 37 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
57 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
58 ( 41 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
59 ( 48 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
60 ( NEW ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie

61 ( 53 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
62 ( 31 ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
63 ( 49 ) I LOVE TO LOVE (REMIX) Tina Charles
64 ( 67 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
65 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 57 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
67 ( 46 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
68 ( NEW ) TOKYO STORM WARNING Elvis Costello
69 ( 54 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
70 ( NEW ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper

71 ( NEW ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
72 ( NEW ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
73 ( 72 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
75 ( NEW ) GRASS XTC

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS Nana Mouskouri
2 IT’S FOUR IN THE MORNING Faron Young
3 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

 

16th September 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for Human, as Bon Jovi get a first top 5 along with INXS. Run DMC and Aerosmith have a big climb for a first top 10, while Cameo make it a second with Word Up. Big climbs into the 20 for Psychedelic Furs & Five Star, and highest new entry is one-hit wonders Timex Social Club with the great Rumors. Dead Or Alive keep the top 40 run going strong, and Michael MacDonald takes Sweet Freedom into the 40, Chairmen Of The Board do the same for the first time since Finder’s Keepers in 1973, Pete Wylie adds to his occasional top 40 forays, Paul Simon makes his list longer, and Amazulu keep ’em coming.

UB40 keep the 6-year-run strong as they enter with All I Want To Do, and The Bangles come back strongly walking like an Egyptian. Meat Loaf pairs with Parr for a spot of mercenary chart attacking, Big Country, Talking Heads and Ultravox have minor returns, and Queen’s Highlander anthem Who wants To Live Forever sneaks in quietly.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 9 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
4 ( 6 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
5 ( 15 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
6 ( 8 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
7 ( 7 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 34 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
9 ( 3 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
10 ( 28 ) WORD UP Cameo

11 ( 5 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
12 ( 12 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
13 ( 16 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
14 ( 25 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
15 ( 29 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
16 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
17 ( 36 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
18 ( 13 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
19 ( 20 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
20 ( 11 ) PANIC The Smiths

21 ( 10 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
22 ( 26 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
23 ( 14 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
24 ( 39 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
25 ( 19 ) HEARTLAND The The
26 ( NEW ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
27 ( 30 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner
28 ( 71 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
29 ( 17 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
30 ( 18 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham

31 ( 21 ) CRY Godley & Creme
32 ( 43 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
33 ( 23 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
34 ( 53 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
35 ( 33 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
36 ( 60 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
37 ( 57 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
38 ( 27 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
39 ( 22 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
40 ( 46 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon

41 ( 32 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
42 ( 24 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
43 ( 37 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
44 ( 38 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
45 ( 52 ) CRUMMY STUFF The Ramones
46 ( 44 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
47 ( 55 ) FOURTH RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
48 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 40 ) SHOUT Lulu
50 ( 35 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera

51 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
52 ( 49 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
53 ( 42 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
54 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
55 ( 47 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
56 ( 45 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
57 ( 72 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
58 ( 41 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
59 ( 64 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
60 ( 31 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range

61 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
62 ( 68 ) TOKYO STORM WARNING Elvis Costello
63 ( NEW ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
64 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( NEW ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
66 ( 66 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
67 ( 74 ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
68 ( NEW ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
69 ( 56 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
70 ( 61 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz

71 ( 50 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
72 ( 73 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) WILD WILD LIFE Talking Heads
74 ( 59 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
75 ( NEW ) NO MORE TEARS Hollywood Beyond

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 TELSTAR The Tornadoes
2 KEEP ON Bruce Channel
3 HERE IT COMES AGAIN The Fortunes

 

23rd September 1986

It’s 5 weeks on top for Human, on track to be my biggest record of 1986, and Five Star get into the top 5 with the lovely Rain Or Shine. Eurythmics get their almost obligatory top 10 in my charts, they rarely fail to make it, and Timex Social Club leap up to 10 for the first and last time with a top 10 track. Outside the top 10 things are very volatile with big drops, big climbers and loads of new entries:

Dead Or Alive continue the run of top 20’s, Paul Simon leaps Al up to 13, for his highest placing in 13 years, House hits my top 20 with the Jackmaster, OMD sneak another top 20, and highest new entry at 20 is a comeback for The Monkees, or rather 2 of them with vocals from Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, and the first Monkees tracks to chart in 6 years, but actually the first new stuff ever to make my charts – as all their previous chart-toppers were reissues of stuff I adored before I began charting in 1968. They most-recently charted with a Paul Weller/Noel Gallagher song in 2017, their best stuff since their heyday 50 years earlier.

Big climbers into the 40 for Meatloaf, Big Country, Falco, Ultravox and The Bangles, all returning from previous hits, while the 20-year-old That’ll Be The Day brings Buddy Holly back into my charts – a semi-regular event over the decades which is pretty good considering they all date from the year I was born or earlier, being as he died around my first birthday. Others extending the runs of hits: Elton John (15 years), Billy Idol (8 years), Billy Joel (11 years), Ashford & Simpson (18 years as writers). Notable newies from Black, with the gorgeous Wonderful Life, Pet Shop Boys entering relatively low with Suburbia, following on from 2 chart-toppers & a top 10 – the B side was equally as good (Paninaro) and should have been the next single instead, but in those days B sides were ineligible for my charts or else it would certainly have topped my chart.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
4 ( 5 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
5 ( 15 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
6 ( 10 ) WORD UP Cameo
7 ( 8 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
8 ( 19 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
9 ( 14 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
10 ( 26 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club

11 ( 18 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
12 ( 28 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
13 ( 40 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
14 ( 9 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
15 ( 17 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
16 ( 24 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
17 ( 7 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
18 ( 22 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
19 ( 6 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
20 ( NEW ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

21 ( 4 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
22 ( 13 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
23 ( 11 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
24 ( 16 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
25 ( 25 ) HEARTLAND The The
26 ( 12 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 36 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
28 ( 20 ) PANIC The Smiths
29 ( 32 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
30 ( 21 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

31 ( 37 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
32 ( 23 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
33 ( 61 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
34 ( 34 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
35 ( 63 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
36 ( 54 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
37 ( NEW ) THAT’LL BE THE DAY Buddy Holly & The Crickets
38 ( 31 ) CRY Godley & Creme
39 ( 57 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
40 ( 65 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox

41 ( 35 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
42 ( 33 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
43 ( 29 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
44 ( 51 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
45 ( 30 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
46 ( 59 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
47 ( 68 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
48 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
49 ( NEW ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
50 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( 39 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
52 ( 46 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
53 ( RE ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
54 ( 27 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner
55 ( 38 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
56 ( 52 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
57 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
58 ( NEW ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
59 ( 49 ) SHOUT Lulu
60 ( NEW ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 50 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
62 ( 41 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
63 ( 67 ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
64 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( 42 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
66 ( 43 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
67 ( NEW ) COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS Ashford & Simpson
68 ( RE ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
69 ( NEW ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
70 ( NEW ) I WANT EVERYTHING The Godfathers

71 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY Luis Gardenas
72 ( 72 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
74 ( 66 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
75 ( NEW ) GOOD VIBRATIONS Psychic TV

Oldies
1 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 SECRET LOVE Kathy Kirby
3 RACE WITH THE DEVIL Gun

 

30th September 1986

It’s 6 weeks on top for Human, their longest run at 1, as Big Supreme get a well-deserved top 10 placing in the absence of an actual chart placing in the real world, and The Police try a comeback which goes horribly acrimoniously leaving only the new version of their 1980 number one in at 8 – they really did mean it when they said don’t stand so close to me. Dead Or Alive get a full-set of top 10’s since You spin me Round.

Critics who claimed every Quo song sounded the same (they don’t) had no response to their cover of In The Army Now, sounding nothing like Quo and fab, in at 18. Pet Shop Boys make it 4 top 20’s in a row as Suburbia rockets up to 17, and Elton is still leaping into the 20 15 years on. The Pretenders have an Avengers-themed 60’s moment with the great Don’t Get Me Wrong in at 30, while lower end hits continue to enter for Loose Ends, Julian Cope and his best post-Teardrops Explode single, Howard Jones, Marti Webb, 15 years of Rod Stewart, Paul Young, The Housemartins, and New Order.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 8 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
4 ( 5 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
5 ( 10 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
6 ( 6 ) WORD UP Cameo
7 ( 11 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
8 ( NEW ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
9 ( 7 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
10 ( 12 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive

11 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
12 ( 13 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
13 ( 18 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
14 ( 15 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
15 ( 16 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
16 ( 20 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
17 ( 60 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
19 ( 4 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
20 ( 48 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John

21 ( 14 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
22 ( 9 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
23 ( 39 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
24 ( 19 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
25 ( 31 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
26 ( 21 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
27 ( 29 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
28 ( 17 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
29 ( 34 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
30 ( NEW ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders

31 ( 27 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
32 ( 35 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
33 ( 33 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
34 ( 24 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
35 ( 36 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
36 ( 30 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
37 ( 46 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
38 ( 40 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
39 ( 28 ) PANIC The Smiths
40 ( 53 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News

41 ( 25 ) HEARTLAND The The
42 ( 32 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
43 ( 22 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
44 ( 44 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
45 ( 41 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
46 ( 49 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
47 ( 47 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
48 ( 38 ) CRY Godley & Creme
49 ( 26 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
50 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( NEW ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
52 ( NEW ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
53 ( 23 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
54 ( 42 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
55 ( 57 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
56 ( 52 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
57 ( 73 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
58 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
59 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
60 ( 56 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 68 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
62 ( 37 ) THAT’LL BE THE DAY Buddy Holly & The Crickets
63 ( 69 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
64 ( NEW ) ANOTHER HEARTACHE Rod Stewart
65 ( 45 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
66 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
67 ( 67 ) COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS Ashford & Simpson
68 ( 55 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
69 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
70 ( 59 ) SHOUT Lulu

71 ( NEW ) TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
72 ( NEW ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) DREAMER B B & Q
74 ( NEW ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
75 ( NEW ) STATE OF THE NATION New Order

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART The Bee Gees
2 EMMA Hot Chocolate
3 THE WEDDING Julie Rogers
4 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
5 YOU’LL ALWAYS BE A FRIEND Hot Chocolate

My Retro March 1968 Charts

2nd March 1968

It’s a first week on top for Love, the great obscure classic Alone Again Or, better known by The Damned, and a track I didn’t know till 30 years later, beating out classics galore. Dave Dee, Union Gap, Monkees, Tom Jones, Otis Redding, Nancy & Lee, Beatles (most of them), Moody Blues, Four Tops, Scott Walker, for example all topped my charts as oldies in later decades. Highest new entry, of only 3, the lowest since I started doing these retro 1967/8 charts – which gives me a break to let records try to reach a decent chart position as they deserve – is The Monkees yet again, straight in with Valleri, a terrific record, and the final hit that was well worth being a bigger hit than it was. Their previous single peaks at 50, it’s a Nilsson Beatles-ish song (as Harry’s tended to be at this time) and it’s sweet – but it’s not in the same league as Valleri.

Jimmy Ruffin’s 1970 UK hit I’ll Say Forever My Love, joins the club of 70’s soul hits that were actually 1968 US hits, and a goodie it is too, nicely dramatic and stringstastic. Pet Clark leaps into the 30, as does Sandie Shaw more modestly into the 40, neither of them tracks I noticed particularly at the time. Tom Rush jumps nicely, and the final new entry is Bob Dylan, with a song I associate more with UB40 and Robert Palmer. It’s actually quite restrained and tuneful, gasp!

1 ( 2 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
2 ( 1 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 5 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
4 ( NEW ) VALLERI The Monkees
5 ( 3 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
6 ( 9 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
7 ( 10 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
8 ( 4 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
9 ( 6 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
10 ( 7 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding

11 ( 8 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
12 ( 15 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
13 ( 11 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
14 ( 16 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
15 ( 14 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
16 ( 13 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
17 ( 22 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
18 ( 27 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
19 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
20 ( 20 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons

21 ( 17 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
22 ( 18 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
23 ( 19 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
24 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
25 ( 21 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
26 ( 31 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
27 ( 23 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
28 ( 24 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
29 ( 36 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
30 ( 47 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark

31 ( 26 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
32 ( 29 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
33 ( 33 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
34 ( 30 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
35 ( 25 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
36 ( 32 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
37 ( 41 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
38 ( 28 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
39 ( 34 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
40 ( 49 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw

41 ( 39 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
42 ( 37 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
43 ( 52 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
44 ( 35 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
45 ( 38 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
46 ( 43 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
47 ( 42 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
48 ( 44 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
49 ( 66 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
50 ( 56 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE Sun Dragon

51 ( 45 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
52 ( 48 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
53 ( 51 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
54 ( 58 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel
55 ( 57 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
56 ( 59 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
57 ( 46 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
58 ( 60 ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra
59 ( 54 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
60 ( 75 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

61 ( 64 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
62 ( 62 ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals
63 ( 63 ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
64 ( 40 ) TRY IT Ohio Express
65 ( 68 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( 67 ) SWEET INSPIRATION The Sweet Inspirations
67 ( 53 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
68 ( NEW ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan
69 ( 70 ) LOVE IS BLUE Jeff Beck
70 ( 61 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell

71 ( 71 ) IF YOU CAN WAIT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72 ( 55 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
73 ( 73 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
74 ( 50 ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees
75 ( 65 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris

 

9th march 1968

It’s a 3rd slightly-Spanish/acoustic guitar riffed chart-topper as The Monkees final classic single tops my chart, Boyce & Hart’s Valleri making it a 6th. Don Partridge one-man-bands it onto every TV show at the time, and it still sounds charming up to 8, Jimmy Ruffin and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell both have some Motown climbing, along with The Four Tops cover of If I Were A Carpenter and Diana Ross & The Supremes under-rated Forever Came Today both entering.

Highest new entry is also another cover of a 1967 top 10 original – Andy Williams glorious cover of Frankie Valli’s classic Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Not quite up to the brilliant campness of the U2 mash-up by the Pet Shop Boys, but up there. Cilla is back with a song written by Paul McCartney for her new TV show to kick of a variety show career. I wonder if that will be a success, hmmm.

In at 65, another childhood fave debuts, Ray Stevens was a bit of a hero with his novelty records and his straight country/gospel ballads – possibly the odd mix is why he’s not critically-appreciated, Gitarzan is not necessarily going to get music critics excited – but he had 3 chart-topping singles in my of-the-time 70’s charts. Unwind is a decent song written by Ray for his first serious album, and a minor US hit ahead of a run of bigger hits. The Paper Dolls enter with a MaCaulay/MacLeod song I loved at the time – sadly the girls missed out on the lined-up follow-up – Build Me Up Buttercup – owing to a studio recording mix-up. Oops!

1 ( 4 ) VALLERI The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 3 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
4 ( 1 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
5 ( 7 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
6 ( 6 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
7 ( 5 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
8 ( 17 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
9 ( 9 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
10 ( 10 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding

11 ( 24 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 18 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
13 ( 11 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 8 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
15 ( 13 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
16 ( 20 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
17 ( 15 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
18 ( 16 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
19 ( 12 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
20 ( 26 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu

21 ( 14 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
22 ( NEW ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
23 ( 60 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
24 ( 19 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
25 ( 22 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
26 ( 23 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
27 ( 29 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
28 ( 30 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
29 ( 25 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
30 ( 21 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo

31 ( 27 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
32 ( 28 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
33 ( 37 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
34 ( 49 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
35 ( NEW ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
36 ( 32 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
37 ( 43 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
38 ( 34 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
39 ( 31 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
40 ( 54 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel

41 ( 36 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
42 ( 41 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
43 ( 33 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
44 ( 35 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
45 ( 39 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
46 ( 42 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
47 ( NEW ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
48 ( 38 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
49 ( 40 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
50 ( 46 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt

51 ( 44 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
52 ( 56 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
53 ( 45 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
54 ( 48 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
55 ( 58 ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra
56 ( 53 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
57 ( 62 ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals
58 ( 47 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
59 ( 52 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
60 ( 68 ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan

61 ( 61 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
62 ( NEW ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
63 ( 59 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
64 ( 51 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
65 ( NEW ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
66 ( 73 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
67 ( 71 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
68 ( NEW ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
69 ( 55 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
70 ( 63 ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

71 ( 50 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE Sun Dragon
72 ( 66 ) SWEET INSPIRATION The Sweet Inspirations
73 ( 69 ) LOVE IS BLUE Jeff Beck
74 ( NEW ) SIT WITH THE GURU The Strawberry Alarm Clock
75 ( NEW ) IF I ONLY HAD TIME John Rawles

 

16th March 1968

It’s a first week on top for The Union Gap and the powerful vocals of Gary Puckett with the rather classic Young Girl, heading a classic top 5 and a brilliant obscure song from the first Nancy & Lee album on release this month – Sundown, Sundown is classic Lee Hazelwood, but just to show they can cover others songs, they also have the definitive version of Elusive Dreams enter at 24, the 1967 entry for Tammy Wynette & David Houston. So with 3 in the top 30, that puts Nancy’s solo Lee Hazelwood song, 100 Years, into the shade at 66.

The Beatles are back with new song Lady Madonna, fab of course, but not quite as fab as every single since Eleanor Rigby started the classic run, while the B Side from George sneaks in at 70. Bobby Goldsboro’s Honey is in at 13 – very much a marmite track this one, either touchingly sad, or nauseatingly cheesy, what with lush string arrangements, Bobby’s emotional delivery and especially the lyrics. The song hit 2 in the UK again in 1975 around the time a classmate was killed in a motorbike accident, so I’m emotionally leaning towards the former as it deals with tragic early loss. It topped my chart that Spring.

Honeybus, a tuneful fave of the time, pops in with I Can’t Let Maggie Go, Cliff’s Congratulations (he was officially robbed!) Eurovision perennial enters, and Robert John debuts with a sweet soul number. Who he? He had a hit US cover of The Lion Sleeps Tonight in 1972 which I rather liked, his vocals tending towards the Frankie Valli-style, and best of all a UK hit (as well as a huge summer of 79 radio biggie while I was touring the South West USA) with the fab Sad Eyes. So 11 years of waiting for that UK hit…

Leonard Cohen gets another cheerful entry with his early classic, Suzanne, Solomon Burke avoids getting sued by the estate of the late Sam Cooke by virtue of the court case establishing copying a previous record’s style meant getting done for royalties hadn’t been set (see Blurred Lines/Got To Give It Up), The Bee Gees get an obscure new entry, Elvis has given up Returning To Sender and taken on the job of the US Male himself, while The Intruders get another early chart entry 6 years ahead of UK success.

1 ( 3 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
2 ( 1 ) VALLERI The Monkees
3 ( 2 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 5 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
5 ( 6 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
6 ( NEW ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
7 ( 4 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
8 ( NEW ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
9 ( 7 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
10 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

11 ( 9 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 10 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
13 ( NEW ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
14 ( 13 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
15 ( 22 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
16 ( 20 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
17 ( 8 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
18 ( 12 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
19 ( 15 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 17 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
22 ( 18 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
23 ( 14 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
24 ( NEW ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
25 ( 16 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
26 ( 28 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
27 ( 19 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
28 ( 25 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
29 ( 24 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
30 ( 21 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann

31 ( 26 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
32 ( 35 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
33 ( 29 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
34 ( 31 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
35 ( 32 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
36 ( 27 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
37 ( 30 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
38 ( 62 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
39 ( 36 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
40 ( 47 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 34 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
42 ( 38 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
43 ( 33 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
44 ( 40 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel
45 ( 42 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
46 ( 37 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
47 ( 39 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
48 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
49 ( 46 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
50 ( 65 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens

51 ( NEW ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
52 ( 60 ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan
53 ( 61 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
54 ( 50 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
55 ( 68 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
56 ( NEW ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
57 ( 44 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
58 ( 66 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
59 ( 56 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
60 ( 54 ) ONE Harry Nilsson

61 ( 41 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
62 ( 67 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
63 ( 51 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
64 ( 74 ) SIT WITH THE GURU The Strawberry Alarm Clock
65 ( 52 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
67 ( 63 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
68 ( 75 ) IF I ONLY HAD TIME John Rawles
69 ( 48 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
70 ( NEW ) THE INNER LIGHT The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) SUZANNE Leonard Cohen
72 ( NEW ) PARTY PEOPLE Solomon Burke
73 ( NEW ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
74 ( NEW ) U.S. MALE Elvis Presley
75 ( NEW ) COWBOYS TO GIRLS The Intruders

 

23rd March 1968

It’s a first week on top for The Voice in one of his biggest Foghorn performances, melodrama with a capital M. Tom Jones would certainly have topped my chart in 1965 (had I been charting) and It’s Not Unusual did eventually top my chart on its UK reissue in 1987, as did Delilah in the 90’s. Green Green Grass Of Home and What’s New Pussycat would also have been big as they were both kiddie faves too. Delilah is also on the 16 Big Hits album I keep mentioning, and replaces another track on top from it, as the 13th of the 16 tracks enters as highest newie at 25 for Four Jacks & A Jill, and the worldwide hit (except the UK) Master Jack. I’d never heard of it till dad bought the album, and rather liked it. It’s still sweet.

There’s a Motown invasion of the top 20, not to mention a Nancy & Lee invasion, and Aretha launches straight into the 40 with a great ballad new to me, the way better B Side of the track not in my chart, backed with amazing vocals from Whitney Houston’s mom Cissy, who’s Sweet Inspirations just dropped out of my chart. Another very familiar Hollies hit pops in, and 2 songs better known to me in covers: Cook & Greenaways hit machine song for Dorian Gray, Neil Diamond’s future UB40 monster, and also Archie Bell & The Drells Tighten Up, a band I went huge on 1972 when Here I Go Again was just fabulous. 

1 ( 4 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
2 ( 2 ) VALLERI The Monkees
3 ( 3 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 6 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 1 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
6 ( 8 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
7 ( 13 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
8 ( 5 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
9 ( 7 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
10 ( 15 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams

11 ( 9 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
12 ( 16 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
13 ( 11 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
14 ( 12 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
15 ( 10 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 20 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
17 ( 38 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
18 ( 40 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
19 ( 14 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
20 ( 24 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

21 ( 19 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
22 ( 17 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
23 ( 21 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
24 ( 22 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
25 ( NEW ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
26 ( 18 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
27 ( 32 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
28 ( 30 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
29 ( 28 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
30 ( 23 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

31 ( 29 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
32 ( 27 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
33 ( 25 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
34 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
35 ( 31 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
36 ( 33 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
37 ( 34 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
38 ( 35 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
39 ( 50 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
40 ( 48 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus

41 ( 26 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
42 ( 39 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
43 ( 37 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
44 ( 55 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
45 ( 42 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
46 ( 58 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
47 ( 51 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
48 ( 52 ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan
49 ( 53 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
50 ( 56 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John

51 ( 45 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
52 ( 36 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
53 ( 41 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
54 ( 49 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
55 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
56 ( NEW ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
57 ( 62 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
58 ( 54 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
59 ( 47 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
60 ( 44 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel

61 ( 68 ) IF I ONLY HAD TIME John Rowles
62 ( 73 ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
63 ( 66 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
64 ( 64 ) SIT WITH THE GURU The Strawberry Alarm Clock
65 ( 59 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
66 ( 46 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
67 ( 60 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
68 ( 71 ) SUZANNE Leonard Cohen
69 ( 70 ) THE INNER LIGHT The Beatles
70 ( 72 ) PARTY PEOPLE Solomon Burke

71 ( 74 ) U.S. MALE Elvis Presley
72 ( 67 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
73 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE Neil Diamond
74 ( NEW ) (YOU KEEP ME) HANGIN’ ON Joe Simon
75 ( NEW ) TIGHTEN UP Archie Bell & The Drells

30th March 1968

It’s a first week on top for the second Number One of 1968 for Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, and Nancy’s 5th in total. Sundown Sundown was not a single, which is rather a bad record company decision considering it’s as good as anything Lee Hazelwood ever created. Boo!

The Four Tops get yet another top 10, very much the default position for the Tops in my charts during 1966-68, and Young Girl drops a bit in the week that NME named it one of the 10 most-unplayable tracks in 2018, on a par with Gary Glitter and The Rolling Stones Some Girls album. Nonsense of course, the man clearly says the girl has put on make-up, hidden her age, and looked much older leading him on, and soon as he finds out he says she should p*ss off back to her mother “before things go too far”, so not actually guilty of anything – which is more than Bill Wyman, the still-played Jerry Lee Lewis and the still-played R. Kelly can say with their 14/15-year-old partners/wives.

In at 11, it’s Tommy James classic Mony Mony, the 14th of the 16 Big Hits album tracks I keep mentioning, so good Billy idol covered it in 1987 and it charted in my 1975 charts on reissue to boot. His best record to date, still exciting played loud. In at 15, the first of 2 album tracks from Glen Campbell’s latest album of mostly covers – his fab version of the already fab Bob Lind, & Val Doonican, sublime song Elusive Butterfly. Another Singapore radio track we recorded on reel-to-reel – frankly anything Glen Campbell was recorded right off in our household, including his version of The Impossible Dream, a right theatrical stormer from Man Of La Mancha, better known by Jack Jones or Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine.

In at 45, it’s a belated UK 1978 novelty hit which I found amusing, and unusually one that bears repeat plays before the novelty wears off – it’s quite a clever loving-pastiche of the crooner-era records, and was a minor US and Australian hit in 1968, Loving You Has Made Me Bananas from Guy Marks, who popped up on Top Of The Pops in 1978 a decade late to the party. Laura Nyro’s second album is out, with a future-single stand-out track on hold till September, and her single-only Robert Kennedy-inspired single-only June track anthem yet to come, so that leaves the best two other tracks to enter my charts, Eli’s Coming a future hit for Three Dog Night, serial covers band, a sort of Showaddywaddy without the nostalgia. And the fun.

Fab Gene Pitney back as always with class, an obscure soul goodies, an MOR track, and a Stevie Wonder minor hit make up the other newies.

1 ( 4 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 2 ) VALLERI The Monkees
3 ( 3 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 6 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
5 ( 1 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
6 ( 7 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
7 ( 11 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
8 ( 5 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
9 ( 8 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
10 ( 17 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops

11 ( NEW ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
12 ( 10 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
13 ( 9 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
14 ( 18 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
15 ( NEW ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
16 ( 25 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
17 ( 20 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
18 ( 14 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
19 ( 13 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
20 ( 12 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu

21 ( 15 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
22 ( 16 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
23 ( 19 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 34 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
25 ( 21 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
26 ( 27 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
27 ( 23 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
28 ( 24 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
29 ( 39 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
30 ( 40 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus

31 ( 22 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
32 ( 50 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
33 ( 29 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
34 ( 30 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
35 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
36 ( 26 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
37 ( 46 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
38 ( 44 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
39 ( 55 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
40 ( 33 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons

41 ( 35 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
42 ( 36 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
43 ( 37 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
44 ( 38 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
45 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
46 ( 47 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
47 ( 42 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
48 ( 28 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
49 ( 32 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
50 ( 56 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies

51 ( 45 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
52 ( 57 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
53 ( NEW ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
54 ( 51 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
55 ( 43 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
56 ( 48 ) I’LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Bob Dylan
57 ( 61 ) IF I ONLY HAD TIME John Rowles
58 ( 54 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
59 ( 62 ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
60 ( 63 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra

61 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
62 ( 64 ) SIT WITH THE GURU The Strawberry Alarm Clock
63 ( 58 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
64 ( NEW ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Glen Campbell
65 ( 68 ) SUZANNE Leonard Cohen
66 ( NEW ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW ABOUT ME? Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
67 ( 41 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
68 ( 74 ) (YOU KEEP ME) HANGIN’ ON Joe Simon
69 ( 65 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
70 ( NEW ) ELI’S COMING Laura Nyro

71 ( 49 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
72 ( 73 ) RED RED WINE Neil Diamond
73 ( 59 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
74 ( NEW ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
75 ( NEW ) SHOO-BE-DOO-BE-DOO-DA-DAY Stevie Wonder