My Retro August 1969 Charts

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2nd August 1969

It’s a first week on top, after an 11-week run, for Crystal Blue Persuasion. Tommy James & co had peaked at 2 behind some all-time faves, but is still fresh and grabs the band a second chart-topper, after Mony Mony in 1968. Bowie gets his first top 5, The Love Affair get a 3rd top 10 and Vanity fare a first.

Big climbs into the 40 for The Chi-Lites, and The O’Jays, while the highest new entry keeps the soul/funk sounds hot with The Temptations mighty I Can’t Get Next To You entering at 38. More soul new entries include the The Whispers debuting with a doowop goodie I’ve never heard before, but which was doing well in the Soul charts at the time – they wouldn’t get a UK hit until the disco era in 1980 with And The Beat Goes On. The Moments return with another entry, I Do, and The Delfonics with You Got Yours.

Nick Drake’s Riverman enters at 47 – he had to posthumously wait until 2004 to get an entry in my own charts, being as I’d never actually heard anything by him until the 90’s as his reputation grew. Bill Deal is back with his 3rd goodie, and the only one to become a big-ish US hit, Engelbert keeps pumping out the MOR ballads, and Evie Sands (who?!) does a decent cover of The Troggs Anyway That You Want Me 8 years ahead of the UK hit mash-up cover.

1 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 10 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 4
5 ( 1 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
6 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 6
7 ( 9 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 7
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
9 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 9
10 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 10
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
12 ( 11 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 13
14 ( 8 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 16 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( 19 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
17 ( 12 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
18 ( 24 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
19 ( 22 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 19
20 ( 25 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20

21 ( 14 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
22 ( 18 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
23 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 23
24 ( 44 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 24
25 ( 20 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
26 ( 21 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
27 ( 40 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 27
28 ( 32 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 28
29 ( 27 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
30 ( 28 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3

31 ( 26 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
32 ( 42 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 32
33 ( 45 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 33
34 ( 29 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
35 ( 31 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
36 ( 33 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
37 ( 57 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 37
38 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 38
39 ( 34 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
40 ( 43 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40

41 ( 37 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
42 ( 38 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
43 ( 35 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
44 ( 56 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 44
45 ( 36 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
46 ( 52 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( NEW ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 47
48 ( 51 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
49 ( 46 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 30 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 30

51 ( 58 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 51
52 ( 48 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
53 ( 59 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 53
54 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 55
56 ( 50 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
57 ( 64 ) HAPPY William Bell # 57
58 ( 66 ) CURLY The Move # 58
59 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 59
60 ( 41 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20

61 ( 39 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 39
62 ( 74 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 62
63 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 63
64 ( 67 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 64
65 ( 60 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
66 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 66
67 ( 68 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 67
68 ( 70 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 68
69 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( 71 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 70

71 ( 73 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 71
72 ( NEW ) I DO The Moments # 72
73 ( NEW ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck # 74
75 ( NEW ) ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME Evie Sands # 75

2nd aug Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 4 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 16 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
6 ( 2 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
7 ( 10 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 6 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 17 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affiar
10 ( 5 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
14 ( 11 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
15 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
16 ( 20 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees
17 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
18 ( 14 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
20 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention

 

9th August 1969

It’s a first week on top for David Bowie and his groundbreaking Space Oddity – the sounds of the 7early 0’s were now well in flow, what with the onslaught of Soul tracks lower down the chart, and smatterings of country, reggae, pop, social commentary and bluesrock. Back in the actual world of Me I recently rediscovered a top 10 I did for this week in one of my doodlepads of the time, and so I’ve adjusted the chart I’d compiled to fill in the gap at a later date to reflect my actual top 10, the other tracks shuffling 11-20. So, yes, Joe Dolan topped my chart that week, and not Elvis as I’d mis-remembered. Elvis tops my 7th official chart next week though, my first-ever top 30 (as a one-off until January 1974).

A static top 10 tracks just shuffling about a bit, and the highest new entry is The Bee Gees Don’t Forget To Remember at 16 – essentially Barry and Maurice going country and nestling alongside bruv Robin’s B side at 15. Dylan and Georgie Fame both go top 20 after weeks of slowly edging closer. Nick Drake and two doo-wop tracks go top 40, none of them known at the time, and CCR keep the run of entries going with Green River, as the UK is still one single behind the US. Marvin Gaye enters with Grapevine part 2 (at least in terms of production), Isaac Hayes debuts with his sound of the early 70’s – a Buttered Soul cover of Walk On By, all sexy and slowed funkysoul, Barry White was busy taking notes no doubt. His career classic was only 3 years away…

At 71, a Northern Soul track by a band I’ve never heard of enters at 71 – Pain and The Mystics – as Marva Whitney, then-James-Brown lady-love funks it up good at 73, and finally Smokey is back with another sweet soul song that is also new to me. New entries have slowed down, which is a blessed relief, the chart is over-packed with classics. From here-on there are no more records to enter my chart that I first heard in England in 1969. The Bee Gees’ is the last one to turn up. Tracks will either be new to me, one’s I heard years later, or songs I first heard in Singapore usually a short while after they had first charted in either the UK or USA.

 

1 ( 4 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 1 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
5 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
6 ( 7 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
7 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 8
9 ( 10 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 9
10 ( 8 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1

11 ( 13 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 11
12 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 11 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
14 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 16
17 ( 19 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 17
18 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
19 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
20 ( 28 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20

21 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
22 ( 16 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
23 ( 24 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 23
24 ( 27 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 24
25 ( 22 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
26 ( 18 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
27 ( 32 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 27
28 ( 25 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
29 ( 38 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 29
30 ( 26 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6

31 ( 33 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 31
32 ( 37 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 32
33 ( 20 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20
34 ( 47 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 34
35 ( 29 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
36 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
37 ( 55 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 37
38 ( 46 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 38
39 ( 44 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 39
40 ( 51 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 40

41 ( 34 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
42 ( 35 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
43 ( 62 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 43
44 ( 41 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
45 ( 36 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
46 ( 31 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
47 ( 42 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
48 ( 53 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 48
49 ( 39 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
50 ( 58 ) CURLY The Move # 50

51 ( 57 ) HAPPY William Bell # 51
52 ( 43 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
53 ( 49 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
54 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 40 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40
56 ( 64 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 56
57 ( 52 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
58 ( 66 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 58
59 ( 45 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
60 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 60

61 ( 48 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
62 ( 69 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 56 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
64 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 64
65 ( 68 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 65
66 ( 67 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 66
67 ( 71 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 67
68 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 68
69 ( 72 ) I DO The Moments # 69
70 ( 73 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( NEW ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 65 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
73 ( NEW ) THINGS GOT TO GET BETTER (GET TOGETHER) Marva Whitney # 73
74 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
75 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 75

RETRO THEN 6th official chart

1 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
2 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 17 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 4 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
7 ( 20 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
8 ( 19 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
9 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( 5 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
12 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
14 ( 15 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
15 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
16 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
17 ( 14 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
18 ( 13 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
19 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( RE ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

16th August 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Space Oddity as the next 3 stay top 5 for a whopping 3 months and counting, as the deluge of classics over the summer is now more of a trickle as we head into a period when few songs became known to me at the time. Lou Christie gets his first official top 10, though Lightnin’ Strikes would have topped my chart pre-1967, and The Bee Gees grab a 3rd of the year – matching brother Robin who’s not on the new track.

Nick Drake gets a big climb into the top 20, The Temps get a second of the year, and The Chi-lites get their very first top 20, the first of many. Motherlode sprint into the 30 with a song I didn’t know 3 weeks ago: When I Die sounds totally mid 70’s West Coast soulrock and ahead of it’s time. Isaac Hayes is also looking into the sounds of the 70’s as Walk On By runs on up into the 40, and Ralph McTell debuts at 40 with his classic Streets Of London – this is the original version that flopped, rather than his better-sung re-recorded late-1974 version that hit 2 in the UK charts, but it’s still relevant today, and still wistfully touching.

At 65, the soul hits keep-on a-coming at pace as Archie Bell & The Drells start to refine their sound on My Balloon’s Going Up, just ahead of the next single which perfects it. The Peddlers give Birth at 66, and at 69 it’s a debut for a song everyone over a certain age will associate with their childhood: Mah Na Mah na was cut for an Italian movie by Piero Umiliano, and then got picked up by Sesame Street (which I watched on TV in Singapore) before Benny Hill made it familiar in his comedy shows. It took 8 years to chart in the UK though, and the first episode of The Muppet Show, with Jim Henson revisiting the song for his new ITV series. The song became hugely popular in that version, and was probably the main reason the Halfway Up The Stairs was a big hit (it was on the B side) for The Muppets. People not realising, meanwhile, went for the original, and that also went top 10 belatedly. I bought both singles.

Marvin Gaye gets some B-side action, talking of that, as his 7-year-old Wherever I Lay My Hat charts. If ever a song proved that a mildly pleasant version can be transformed into something wonderful, it’s this song when comparing the original to the hit Paul Young 1983 version. Joe South is back for the 5th time in 1969, and there’s also a scraping-in for Marc Bolan at one end of the chart while Bowie is at the other end: shades of the Glam future! I bought King Of The Rumbling Spire on the budget MFP compilation of early tracks for future T.Rex, but it wasn’t quite in the same minor league as Debora and One Inch Rock, and other early tracks, I thought, when I played it a lot in 1974. Haven’t changed my mind.

Back in the actual day it’s my final actual chart before flying off to a strange new world – where the UK chart wasn’t broadcast, I only got to hear stuff on 2-Way family favourites (the Forces Radio 2 cross-over) or local radio and I only got to read about hit songs in the weekly press listings: I think the Daily Mirror used to print the top 30, but we only got these weeks after the event as a bound weekly batch so they weren’t so much news as recent history. It would be just over 2 years before I heard my next UK chart rundown, as after the next chart we had left our house and were visiting relatives and friends before saying goodbye for 2 years.

1 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 8 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 1
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 1
7 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 8
9 ( 11 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 9
10 ( 16 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 10

11 ( 5 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 1
12 ( 10 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 9
13 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 13
14 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 14
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 6
16 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 16
17 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 1
18 ( 34 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 18
19 ( 23 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 1
20 ( 29 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 20

21 ( 18 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 15
22 ( 24 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 22
23 ( 21 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 24
25 ( 27 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 1
26 ( 19 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 2
27 ( 32 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
28 ( 22 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 3
29 ( 25 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 10
30 ( 31 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 20 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 8
32 ( 37 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 32
33 ( 28 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
34 ( 30 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 1
35 ( 68 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 35
36 ( 38 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 30
38 ( 39 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
39 ( 48 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 39
40 ( NEW ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 40

41 ( 26 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 41
42 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 35
43 ( 50 ) CURLY The Move # 43
44 ( 35 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 1
45 ( 44 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 5
46 ( 42 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
47 ( 56 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 15
48 ( 58 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 48
49 ( 51 ) HAPPY William Bell # 49
50 ( 47 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 26

51 ( 49 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 51
52 ( 60 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 52
53 ( 33 ) I’M FREE The Who # 37
54 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 53 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
56 ( 45 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 56
57 ( 41 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 57
58 ( 65 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 58
59 ( 64 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 59
60 ( 57 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 60

61 ( 75 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 19
62 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 67 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 63
64 ( 66 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 46
65 ( NEW ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
66 ( NEW ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 57
67 ( 52 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 67
68 ( 69 ) I DO The Moments # 68
69 ( NEW ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 69
70 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 46 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 73
74 ( NEW ) DON’T IT MAKE YOU WANT TO GO HOME Joe South # 74
75 ( NEW ) KING OF THE RUMBLING SPIRES Tyrannosaurus Rex # 75

wot I liked that week then 7th official compiled chart
1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 11 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
3 ( 7 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
4 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
6 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
7 ( 8 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
8 ( 1 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
10 ( 13 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
11 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
12 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
13 ( 5 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 16 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( 18 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
17 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
18 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
19 ( 19 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( 20 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

23rd August 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the 4th single I bought, again in Singapore on one of the evening record stalls – this one might have been near Siglap rather than Changi Village – same record stall different locations different nights, basically, the whole shebang moved around. Bobbie Gentry’s sublime Bacharach/David song was all gravel-voiced sophistication and a huge change in style from the “swamp” country music of her previous chart-topper Ode To Billy-Joe. To this day I still expect to hear the record get stuck in one particular place, repeating over and over till I forced it to skip into the next groove: I was obviously just a kid and sold a faulty record (the stall-holder tended to play them, so they weren’t exactly mint). I associate this track totally with Singapore, as by this week we were visiting relatives in Liverpool and Mansfield, which meant no more Chart Shows or Top Of The Pops. My great grandad and grandma gave me and my brother 10 shillings each as a goodbye gift, which was a huge sum of money to me. We had to save it for Singapore – it paid for my first singles. It’s odd to think back now and realise they were born in the 19th Century and here we are 2 decades into the 21st Century.

Clodagh gets a second top 10, Smokey Robinson gets another top 40 with a big climb for Here I Go Again, and the second-highest new entry is Bobby (Bob) Darin, with a change of style, more like Nilsson and Paul Williams in their whimsical moments, but ol Bobby wrote it himself. In at 55 for Jive. The Isley Brothers have yet to vacate the charts their previous Motown oldie, and enter with another goodie in Put Yourself In My Place – a song I first came across in late ’71 in a charting version by The Elgins. At 63, here’s a surprise – Groovin’ With Mr Bloe enters, and it’s not Mr Bloe! No, turns out ol Mr Bloe was a 1970 UK studio band cover of a B side by Wind, which featured Tony Orlando on vocal duties on the A side. Obviously Tone isn’t singing on this unusual bubblegum instrumental, but he was in the band so I’ve named him so my A to Z lists of chart stars will pick it up.

At 69, James Brown has a go at power funk ballad social commentary, parts 1 & 2 work together or apart, while the voice behind The Archies enters under another band name – The Cuff Links take Tracy in at 73. I first heard it in 1974 and recognised Ron Dante’s voice (as an Archies afficiando in my younger days) but never rated it that much. The regular Archies songwriters were better to my ears. Still are. Finally, two big names from 70’s jazz-soul-funk debut: George Benson and Kool & The Gang sneaking into the 60’s listings a good 6 years ahead of their breakthrough into my charts-of-the-time.

1 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
7 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 7
8 ( 10 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 8
9 ( 5 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
10 ( 16 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
11 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
12 ( 8 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
13 ( 12 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
14 ( 13 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
15 ( 18 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 15
16 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 16
17 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
18 ( 20 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
20 ( 22 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 20

21 ( 14 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
22 ( 24 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 22
23 ( 25 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
24 ( 17 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
25 ( 23 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
26 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
27 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 27
28 ( 35 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 28
29 ( 40 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 29
30 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 32 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 31
32 ( 29 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
33 ( 61 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 26 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
35 ( 37 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
36 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 33 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
38 ( 39 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 38
39 ( 28 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
40 ( 48 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 40

41 ( 34 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
42 ( 43 ) CURLY The Move # 42
43 ( 52 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 43
44 ( 47 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 44
45 ( 31 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20
46 ( 49 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
47 ( 38 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
48 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
49 ( 45 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
50 ( 46 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1

51 ( 58 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 51
52 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 52
53 ( 50 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
54 ( 59 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( NEW ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 55
56 ( 55 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
57 ( 51 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
58 ( 65 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 58
59 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 59
60 ( 63 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 61
62 ( 56 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
63 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 63
64 ( 60 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
65 ( 66 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 65
66 ( 68 ) I DO The Moments # 66
67 ( 69 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 67
68 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 68
69 ( NEW ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 69
70 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 70

71 ( 73 ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 71
72 ( NEW ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 72
73 ( 57 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
74 ( NEW ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 74
75 ( NEW ) KOOL AND THE GANG Kool And The Gang # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 7 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
4 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
5 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( RE ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 3 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
10 ( 12 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
11 ( 13 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
12 ( 17 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
18 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
19 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells
20 ( 18 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

 


30th August 1969

It’s a second week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s gorgeous Bacharach & David tune as Dusty gets her 4th Retro top 10 as her cover of Barbara Acklin’s Am I The Same Girl comfortably outdoes the original vocal version, and the instrumental Young-Holt version (who are up to 33 this week with their follow-up). Written by Eugene Record, it’s all about Eugene this week as his own band hit 10 with The Chi-Lites first top 10, Tyrone Davis enters the 40 with another of his songs, and Jackie Wilson enters at 75 with yet another Eugene Record song.

Ralph McTell goes top 20 5 years early, and Elvis enters with hi super-famous career-classic Suspicious Minds at 46 – it would be much higher if I hadn’t heard it to death continuously over the last 45 years. I’d say 50 years, but frankly I didn’t get to hear it till, ooh, 1974-ish. Nilsson’s career-classic is also in low, at 50, cos it topped my charts during the retro 1968 rundown, so this is an “oldie” for me, albeit boosted by Midnight Cowboy – which is when I instantly fell in love with it for life, following a TV showing.

The Monkees are back with a Nesmith song I don’t know. The TV show had gone, and this period never turned up on compilation albums until recent years, so Good Clean Fun is new to me! Who knew! As one future Paul Young massive hit drops out the chart, another one drops in, The Winstons version of the future Nicky Thomas reggae cover of Love Of The Common People, in at 65. Roy Orbison is back, probably for the last time in 18 years or so, with his Penny Arcade, Bobbie Gentry’s B side pops in – Ace Insurance Man wasn’t a huge fave of mine at the time, but it has a quirky charm that is more representative of her Delta-country-style that brought her critical acclaim. I still can’t believe she has resisted returning to music for over 45 years! Mercury Rev recently covered her entire classic debut album.

Talking of Roy Orbison, the old standard Nobody’s Child was a future Traveling Wilbury’s fab single – though Roy had passed by then I think – Bob Dylan is in the chart, George Harrison is technically in the chart, and Jeff Lynne will shortly be in a band that is in the chart. Tom Petty is absent, but Karen Young has the hit. Cliff and one Shadow get back together for Throw Down A Line, Betty Everett returns, The Originals and Funkadelic enter with soul and funk respectively, George Clinton still 9 years away from One Nation Under A Groove.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 5 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 7 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
7 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 7
8 ( 6 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
9 ( NEW ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 9
10 ( 16 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 10

11 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 11
12 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
13 ( 11 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
14 ( 15 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
15 ( 13 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
16 ( 14 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
17 ( 22 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
18 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
19 ( 20 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
20 ( 29 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 20

21 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
22 ( 17 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
23 ( 28 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 23
24 ( 19 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
25 ( 21 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
26 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 26
27 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 27
28 ( 25 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
29 ( 24 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
30 ( 31 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30

31 ( 26 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
32 ( 23 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
33 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 40 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 34
35 ( 38 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 35
36 ( 32 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
37 ( 43 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
38 ( 55 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 38
39 ( 42 ) CURLY The Move # 39
40 ( 44 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 37 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
42 ( 54 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 61 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 43
44 ( 35 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
45 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
46 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 46
47 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
48 ( 51 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
49 ( 39 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
50 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 50

51 ( 41 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
52 ( 58 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
53 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
54 ( 49 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
55 ( 50 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
56 ( 69 ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 56
57 ( 53 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
58 ( 46 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
59 ( 63 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) I DO The Moments # 60

61 ( 56 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
62 ( 67 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 62
63 ( 65 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 63
64 ( NEW ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 64
65 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 65
66 ( 74 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 66
67 ( 72 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 67
68 ( NEW ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 68
69 ( NEW ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 69
70 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 70

71 ( NEW ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 71
72 ( NEW ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 72
73 ( NEW ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’LL BET YOU Funkadelic # 74
75 ( NEW ) HELPLESS Jackie Wilson # 75

Back then this week, we were in the Swindon area waiting for the VC-10 at RAF Brize Norton to whisk us away to tropical adventures – we went to the Railway Museum, and more importantly we came across a corner shop with a rack of American Comics: and it had DC Comics Adventure Comics 373 starring Superboy & The Legion Of Super-Heroes, my new top love and obsession. I didn’t know it at the time, but this 30th century set teen super-group was written by teenager Jim Shooter and he knew exactly what excited pre-teens and how to present it. img044
Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
3 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
7 ( 4 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 11 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
12 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 14 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
14 ( 17 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
15 ( 9 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
16 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( 18 ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
18 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
19 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
20 ( 19 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells

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 August 1968 Charts

 

3rd August 1968

It’s a first chart-topper for Harry Nilsson and his heartbreaking future-Midnight Cowboy soundtrack gem, just gorgeous through and through with or without the movie. Highest new  entry is the definitive version of Bacharach/David’s I Say A Little Prayer, and a track off the oft-mentioned 16 Big Hits which dad bought in Singapore a year later and which was the soundtrack to late 1969 for me. The vastly under-rated Johnny Nash enters at 12 with the blissful Hold Me Tight, soft reggae is formally introduced to the pop charts right here, or Lover’s Rock as it became better-known, and Johnny was also the man who introduced Bob Marley songs to the charts in 1972. He may have been American but he knew a reggae great when he saw one, and could pen a fab tune himself.

Ray Stevens takes his non-comic social-commentary into the 20, still great, and obscure sadly, as The Hump gets his well-known album track into my Quando charts, Fats Domino debuts with a song written in his style by Macca, so that’s only fair, The Moody’s are back with a minor UK hit – wrong choice of single for me though.

 

1 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
2 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 3 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
5 ( NEW ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
6 ( 7 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
7 ( 5 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
8 ( 10 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
9 ( 8 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 ( 6 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues

11 ( 9 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
12 ( NEW ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
13 ( 18 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
14 ( 11 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
15 ( 14 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
16 ( 12 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
17 ( 35 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
18 ( 19 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
19 ( 13 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
20 ( 38 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens

21 ( 15 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
22 ( 17 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
23 ( 25 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
24 ( 28 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
25 ( 22 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
26 ( 16 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
27 ( 20 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
28 ( 23 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
29 ( 21 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
30 ( 24 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops

31 ( 26 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
32 ( 44 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
33 ( 29 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 37 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
36 ( 30 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
37 ( 27 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
38 ( 33 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
39 ( 31 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
40 ( 32 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames

41 ( 36 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
42 ( 49 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
43 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
44 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
45 ( 41 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
46 ( 39 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
47 ( NEW ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
48 ( 42 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
49 ( 54 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
50 ( 72 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis

51 ( 40 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
52 ( 64 ) MAGIC BUS The Who
53 ( 43 ) NEXT Scott Walker
54 ( 48 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
55 ( 51 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
56 ( 52 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
57 ( 53 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
58 ( 58 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 66 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
60 ( 68 ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

61 ( 57 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
62 ( 47 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
63 ( NEW ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
64 ( NEW ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
65 ( 60 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
66 ( 75 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 67 ) HUSH Deep Purple
68 ( 69 ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
69 ( 63 ) VALLERI The Monkees
70 ( 73 ) TIME HAS COME TODAY The Chambers Brothers

71 ( 55 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
72 ( 74 ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon
73 ( NEW ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
74 ( NEW ) THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT Aretha Franklin
75 ( NEW ) THAT OLD TIME FEELIN’ Dean Martin

 

10th August 1968

Aretha franklin, probably the greatest female vocalist in soul and pop music of all-time, died today, so it’s only right and fitting that she should top my 50-years-ago revisit and discovery of music available that week, with her finest recording, a complete reinvention of Dionne Warwick’s version of I Say A Little Prayer. Bacharach & David write heavenly songs, this is one of several to top my charts in 1967/8, and their go-to-girl is no slouch in the vocal department herself – and she duly also enters with 2 more tracks, one I don’t know, and one I adored and easily topped my “wouldabeen” chart in 1964 for Sandie Shaw, Always Something There To Remind Me. Sometimes Dionne cuts the definitive version (Walk On By) and sometimes she don’t. Aretha walks all over her.

Highest new entry at 7 is another absolute fave of mine in 1968, as will become obvious in 3 weeks when I start posting my original retro charts, as it spent weeks at number 2 in them: Jesamine, The Casuals hugely melodic goodie. Which reminds me – why did nobody remind me to chart Abergavenny earlier in the year for Marty Wilde! Belated new entry next week. In at 12, one I didnt get to hear until 1975 on the Sunday 5-years-ago charts rundown, being as it was a belated UK huge hit for Don Fardon: The fabulous Indian Reservation. At 18, another massive late ’68 UK hit fave for Jeannie C. Riley and Harper Valley PTA, which hit my top 5. I scoured record shops in the mid-70’s as a student buying up any of these 1968 faves I could find.

Even later than Jeannie, Judy Clay & William Bell was an early 1969 goodie hit in the UK, but just a minor US hit at this time, and duly in at 31, making space for even more faves in 1969 when I chart them. Billie Davis gets the 3rd rapid-fire version of Angel Of The Morning to amke the top 40, Randy Newman climbs into the 30 as the lovely song just gets better the more I play it. Understated.

The Delfonics are back with another soul smoothie, Anita Harris covers Mama Cass and gets away with it, just about, Gladys Knight covers The Temptations and is just as good, more fiery than sad, while Andy Kim gets a second hit with a dubiously lyric-ed piece of pop fluff. 3 weeks to go till comparisons to what I liked then (strictly UK charts only in my top 20 charts) and now…..

1 ( 5 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
2 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
3 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 6 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
7 ( NEW ) JESAMINE The Casuals
8 ( 12 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 7 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
10 ( 8 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

11 ( 9 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
12 ( NEW ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
13 ( 10 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
14 ( 14 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
15 ( 11 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
16 ( 13 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
17 ( 15 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
18 ( NEW ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
19 ( 24 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 16 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration

21 ( 18 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
22 ( 19 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
23 ( 17 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
24 ( 21 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
25 ( 22 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
26 ( 20 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
27 ( 23 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
28 ( 25 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
29 ( 32 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
30 ( 42 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

31 ( NEW ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
32 ( 35 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
33 ( 28 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
34 ( 29 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
35 ( 27 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
36 ( 50 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
37 ( 33 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
38 ( 38 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
39 ( 44 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
40 ( 47 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck

41 ( 26 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
42 ( 37 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
43 ( 41 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
44 ( 30 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
45 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
46 ( 49 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
47 ( 45 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
48 ( 59 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
49 ( 31 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
50 ( 52 ) MAGIC BUS The Who

51 ( 48 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
52 ( 36 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
53 ( 39 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
54 ( 43 ) DAYS The Kinks
55 ( 64 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
56 ( 60 ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
57 ( 40 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
58 ( 46 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
59 ( 63 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
60 ( 55 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

61 ( 57 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
62 ( 56 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
63 ( NEW ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
64 ( 61 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
65 ( 53 ) NEXT Scott Walker
66 ( 66 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( NEW ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick
68 ( NEW ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
69 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Anita Harris
70 ( 72 ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon

71 ( 73 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72 ( 54 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
73 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
74 ( 67 ) HUSH Deep Purple
75 ( NEW ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim

 

17th August 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for the late great Aretha, keeping the Bacharach-David songs totalling 5 as another Herb Alpert new entry joins the previous one, with 2 Dionne’s climbing. Marty Wilde climbs into the top 5 as songwriter of Jesamine, and enters belatedly at 14 with huge 10-year-old-me fave Abergavenny, from earlier in the year but as a flop everywhere it wasn’t flagged in the Spring, so here it is now. His most charming record I think. Another late new entry for Boyce & Hart, Monkees-songwriters and an act in thier own right, with the theme tune to a minor little film fave I saw in the RAF Swinderby camp cinema. Back in those days every RAF base had it’s own cinema, operated by RAF staff in the evenings, and Saturday mornings. Films that had been and gone in the main town cinemas, or never got a major release, did the rounds a year or two or three later, around 4 or 5 films a week. That’s how I got to see Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows, a 1968 follow-up to teen-movie The Trouble With Angels. That’s also how I got to see Olivia Newton-John’s cheesy brit sci-fi musical film Toomorrow years earlier than Grease, which wasn’t her movie debut at all!

Don Fardon enters my top 10 2 years earlier than the UK, and Jeannie C. Riley a few months early, and Leapy Lee debuts inside the 40 with Little Arrows, an early pop success for songwriter, and future pop star, Albert Hammond, and Mike Hazlewood, with many a classic song to come over the next decade or so. I saw Albert the other year in concert, very enjoyable hearing that back catalogue. The Grass Roots go top 40 with a US hit goodie, and a minor US hit enters at 55 for Avant-Garde, a bit of a period weird-ey, but one I liked when I first heard it yesterday, even nicking a bit of the James Bond theme strings.

Well-known pop-rock entries for Status Quo, The Band, and The Rolling Stones, just beating new ones from The Sweet Inspirations (Whitney’s mom back again, this time covering Unchained Melody) and Lou Rawls, who still had 8 years to wait for his brilliant UK hit.

1 ( 1 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
2 ( 2 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
3 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 4 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 7 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
6 ( 6 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
7 ( 12 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 5 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
10 ( 18 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley

11 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
12 ( 10 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
13 ( 11 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
14 ( NEW ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
15 ( 14 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
16 ( 16 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
17 ( 13 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
18 ( 23 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
19 ( 17 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
20 ( 29 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

21 ( 15 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
22 ( 31 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
23 ( 19 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 21 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
25 ( 20 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
26 ( 22 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
27 ( 25 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
28 ( 36 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
29 ( 24 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
30 ( 40 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck

31 ( 27 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
32 ( 28 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
33 ( 26 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
34 ( 33 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
35 ( 30 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
36 ( 63 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
37 ( NEW ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
38 ( 35 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
39 ( 34 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
40 ( 48 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots

41 ( 32 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
42 ( 38 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
43 ( 37 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
44 ( 44 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
45 ( 43 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
46 ( 46 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
47 ( 42 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
48 ( 47 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
49 ( 55 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
50 ( 50 ) MAGIC BUS The Who

51 ( 41 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
52 ( 59 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
53 ( 51 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
54 ( 73 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
55 ( NEW ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
56 ( 56 ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
57 ( NEW ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
58 ( 39 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
59 ( 66 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone
60 ( 67 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick

61 ( NEW ) THE WEIGHT The Band
62 ( NEW ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
63 ( 60 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
64 ( 61 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
65 ( 62 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
66 ( 68 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
67 ( 64 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
68 ( 69 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Anita Harris
69 ( 71 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
70 ( 58 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris

71 ( NEW ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
72 ( NEW ) WHERE ANGELS GO, TROUBLE FOLLOWS Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
73 ( 75 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
74 ( NEW ) UNCHAINED MELODY The Sweet Inspirations
75 ( NEW ) DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND Lou Rawls

 

25th August 1968

It’s the calm before a storm in a quiet week and the late great Aretha on top for a 3rd week, and a bit of jostling about until you get to jumps into the 40 for Avant-Garde’s Bond-flavoured hippie goodie, The Stones rockin’ it and Quo icy cool.

Another fave from The Mamas & The Papas pops in as the highest new entry, one of the tracks featured on their 1973/74 budget album compilations that I played to death, For The Love Of Ivy. I also always had a soft spot for the tuneful harmony bubblegum pop of Vanity Fair, and they aren’t far behind with I Live For The Sun. Marvin’s joining himself in the charts again, solo this time, with a Motown goodie in Chained, The Impressions get a 4th of the year for Curtis Mayfield, The Cowsills get a 4th as well, sounding ever-more like the Partridge Family (unsurprisingly), and The O’Jays also enter with one still inside the top 30.

Next week is where my charting days started in 1968 (sort of) so it will be more volatile as I post what I like now (these retro charts) and compare with what I liked at the time (as judged a few years later when memories were still fresh and my musical tastes hadn’t changed that much and just based on the UK singles chart only)…

1 ( 1 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
2 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 4 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
4 ( 2 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
5 ( 5 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
6 ( 7 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
7 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
8 ( 6 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
9 ( 10 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
10 ( 9 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

11 ( 11 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
12 ( 12 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
13 ( 13 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
14 ( 18 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
15 ( 15 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
16 ( 22 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
17 ( 23 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 20 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
19 ( 14 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
20 ( 16 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams

21 ( 17 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
22 ( 28 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
23 ( 30 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
24 ( 21 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
25 ( 37 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
26 ( 19 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
27 ( 36 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
28 ( 25 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
29 ( 27 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
30 ( 24 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays

31 ( 29 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
32 ( 26 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
33 ( 55 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
34 ( 32 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
35 ( 62 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
36 ( 31 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
37 ( 57 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
38 ( 34 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
39 ( 33 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
40 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots

41 ( 38 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
42 ( NEW ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 39 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
44 ( 54 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
45 ( 35 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
46 ( 42 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
47 ( 45 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
48 ( 49 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
49 ( 60 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick
50 ( 52 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues

51 ( 48 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
52 ( 47 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
53 ( 44 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
54 ( 43 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
55 ( 56 ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
56 ( NEW ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
57 ( 53 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
58 ( NEW ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
59 ( 41 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
60 ( 46 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat

61 ( 61 ) THE WEIGHT The Band
62 ( 50 ) MAGIC BUS The Who
63 ( 51 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
64 ( 59 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone
65 ( 69 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
66 ( 66 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
67 ( 63 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
68 ( 64 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
69 ( 71 ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
70 ( 65 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

71 ( 73 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
72 ( 67 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
73 ( NEW ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions
74 ( NEW ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
75 ( NEW ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays

My Retro January 1968 Charts

6th January 1968

A new year, yet another new number one, and it’s The Moody Blues classic Nights In White Satin topping my chart, with more to follow in the 70’s. Nancy & Lee get a 4th top 5 in 12 months as a duo, Nancy makes it 6. The Love Affair get a first top 10, Darlene Love is in the 30 (without Phil Spector, presumably), as Lalo Schifrin and Frankie Valli’s mini-epic ballad go top 40. The Small Faces and Cat Stevens both return to the top 40 for a 3rd or 4th time.

Etta James classic, soon to be a Chicken Shack UK hit, brings I’d rather Go Blind into my charts, as The Hump chalks up another smooth ballad, chasing Mireille Mathieu’s version of a previous one, Marvin Gaye jumps in with a track new to me, as do The Dells with another Northern Soul-sounding goodie, while a major fave song as I turned 14 was The Raiders version of Joe South’s Birds Of A Feather. Joe’s original is a little rootsier, and in at 62, but even Johnny Nash’s reggae version couldnt make the fab song a UK hit. The Temps and The Cowsills round off the newies.

1 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
2 ( 1 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 8 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 2 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
6 ( 4 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
8 ( 6 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
9 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
10 ( 9 ) WORLD The Bee Gees

11 ( 14 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
12 ( 10 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 12 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
15 ( 17 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
16 ( 24 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
17 ( 15 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
18 ( 19 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
19 ( 16 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
20 ( 25 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd

21 ( 21 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
22 ( 20 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
23 ( 18 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
24 ( 30 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
25 ( 23 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
26 ( 22 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
27 ( 27 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
28 ( 37 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
29 ( 29 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
30 ( 43 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love

31 ( 28 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
32 ( 58 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
33 ( 26 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
34 ( 31 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
35 ( 38 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
36 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
37 ( 49 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
38 ( 34 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
39 ( 52 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
40 ( 60 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli

41 ( 35 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
42 ( 32 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
43 ( 47 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
44 ( 39 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
45 ( 41 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
46 ( 42 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
47 ( 36 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
48 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
49 ( NEW ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
50 ( 56 ) SHE WEARS MY RING Solomon King

51 ( NEW ) YOU Marvin Gaye
52 ( 46 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 50 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
54 ( 48 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
55 ( 45 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
56 ( NEW ) THERE IS The Dells
57 ( 40 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
58 ( 44 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
59 ( NEW ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
60 ( 54 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations

61 ( 66 ) BEST PART OF BREAKING UP The Symbols
62 ( NEW ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
63 ( 64 ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee
64 ( 61 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
65 ( 69 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
66 ( 53 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
67 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
68 ( 70 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
69 ( 62 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
70 ( 74 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream

71 ( 65 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
72 ( 68 ) NEW ORLEANS Neil Diamond
73 ( 51 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
74 ( 57 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
75 ( NEW ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

 

13th January 1968

Yet another classic one-weeker drops replaced by yet another 60’s classic, Nancy Sinatra’s 4th chart-topper, and Lee Hazelwood’s first as an artist (though he 100% would have topped with These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ for Nancy had I charted in 1966 either at the time or retrospectively). This is the gem in the Lee Hazelwood songbook though, just perfect. The Bee Gees get the highest new entry with the much-covered but never-bettered Words at 7, knocking themsleves out of the top 10, as do the Beatles as Your Mother Should Know hits 10.

Glen Campbell is new at 16 with the next single off the Grammy-winning By The Time I Get To Phoenix album, the fab Hey Little One, and is joined by 2 tracks off it, the also fab You’re Young And You’ll Forget at 39, and Tomorrow Never Comes at 50. Glen had 3 unstoppable years ahead of him, singles and albums both. The Trems grab another jolly tuneful pop fave, and Amen Corner debut in my chart with their much-loved (at the time) version of Bend Me Shape Me. Think I prefer the original, though, up to 20. I’m not sure….!

1 ( 4 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 2 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
4 ( 9 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
5 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 5 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
7 ( NEW ) WORDS The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
9 ( 8 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
10 ( 11 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles

11 ( 6 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
12 ( 10 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 16 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
15 ( 12 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
16 ( NEW ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
17 ( 14 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
18 ( 18 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
19 ( 20 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
20 ( 24 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed

21 ( 15 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
22 ( 17 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
23 ( 19 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
24 ( 21 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
25 ( 32 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
26 ( 22 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
27 ( 23 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
28 ( 28 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
29 ( 37 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
30 ( 25 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell

31 ( 27 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
32 ( NEW ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
33 ( 26 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
34 ( 29 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
35 ( 34 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
36 ( 65 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
37 ( 40 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli
38 ( 30 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
39 ( NEW ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
40 ( 49 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck

41 ( NEW ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
42 ( 48 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
43 ( 36 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
44 ( 31 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
45 ( 51 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
46 ( 59 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
47 ( 38 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
48 ( 45 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
49 ( 46 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
50 ( NEW ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell

51 ( 41 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
52 ( 44 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
53 ( 35 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
54 ( 56 ) THERE IS The Dells
55 ( 33 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
56 ( 52 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
57 ( 53 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
58 ( 75 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
59 ( 47 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
60 ( 39 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces

61 ( 42 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
62 ( 62 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
63 ( 67 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
64 ( 60 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
65 ( 54 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
66 ( 43 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
67 ( 64 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
68 ( 68 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
69 ( 70 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream
70 ( 50 ) SHE WEARS MY RING Solomon King

71 ( 58 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
72 ( 61 ) BEST PART OF BREAKING UP The Symbols
73 ( 69 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
74 ( 71 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
75 ( NEW ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company

 

20th January 1968

2 weeks on top for the awesome Some Velvet Morning, just keeping off the fabulous Everlasting Love, and Harry Nilsson’s gorgeous One hits a new peak of 7. Highest new entry is another track off our Singapore Various Artists vinyl album 16 Big Hits, Otis Redding’s posthumous classic Dock Of The Bay. It seems fairly clear his career was about to get very interesting and move into new areas, a big loss. At 22, Pictures Of Matchstick Men, an early Quo debut for the veteran perennials of the next 50 years – who could have predicted this fab Psych-pop track would launch a varied career (yes, varied, whenever it suited them they could handle other styles other than chord rock boogie).

The Foundations both depart my chart and enter, Back On My Feet Again sadly forgotten these days, but it;s good. At 45 The Manfreds are back with a childhood fave, who didn’t love Dylan’s The Mighty Quinn? Ditto, childhood just loving Anita Harris and the old-fashioned Anniversary Waltz – tune! So many goodies about Elvis has to settle for a 60 debut for the return to countryrock Guitar Man, & a classic debut for Sly & The Family Stone, Dance To The Music, a band I saw on a one-off performance in the UK a few years back, utterly memorable for all the wrong reasons, like a car crash. Let’s just say the audience demanded (and got) their money back from the Victorian-styled Opera House in Boscombe, which was utterly tragic. The microphones didn’t work for the family girls, Sly came on stage for a few songs only in a neck brace, and they didn’t get on stage till long after the gig was due to end. They didn’t seem to realise the audience couldnt hear them singing and just kept right on going…

Finally, Hudson-Ford pop in 5 years earlier than Part Of The Union and Picking Up The Pieces (among others). At 73, a song I didnt know existed before today.

1 ( 1 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 4 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
3 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
4 ( 3 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
5 ( 5 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
7 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
8 ( 6 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
9 ( 8 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
10 ( 10 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
12 ( 14 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
13 ( 11 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
14 ( 12 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
15 ( 16 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
16 ( NEW ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
17 ( 18 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
18 ( 15 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
19 ( 19 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
20 ( 20 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed

21 ( 17 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
22 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
23 ( 32 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
24 ( 29 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
25 ( 25 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
26 ( 22 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
27 ( 21 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
28 ( 23 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
29 ( 39 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
30 ( 36 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson

31 ( 24 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
32 ( 41 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
33 ( 31 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
34 ( 30 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
35 ( 27 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
36 ( 42 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
37 ( NEW ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
38 ( 26 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
39 ( 40 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
40 ( 45 ) YOU Marvin Gaye

41 ( 28 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
42 ( 35 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
43 ( 50 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
44 ( 54 ) THERE IS The Dells
45 ( NEW ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
46 ( 46 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
47 ( 58 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
48 ( 34 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
49 ( 33 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
50 ( NEW ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris

51 ( 38 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
52 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
53 ( 44 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
54 ( 48 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
55 ( 49 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
56 ( 37 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli
57 ( 62 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
58 ( 63 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
59 ( 47 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
60 ( NEW ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley

61 ( 51 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
62 ( 56 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
63 ( 57 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
64 ( NEW ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
65 ( 52 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
66 ( 68 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
67 ( 75 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
68 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream
69 ( NEW ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension
70 ( 55 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame

71 ( 67 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
72 ( NEW ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
73 ( NEW ) FLAMES Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
74 ( NEW ) (IF YOU THINK YOU’RE) GROOVY P.P. Arnold
75 ( NEW ) GET OUT NOW Tommy James & The Shondells

 

27th January 1968

3 weeks on top for Nancy & Lee’s cinematic slice of poetry and passion, holding off the pop classic of Everlasting Love at 2, and the Bee Gees climb to 3 with Words, a great song and never bettered despite many covers. Otis gets his classic Dock Of The Bay into the 10, as do Quo’s Matchstick Men and Ray Charles’ lush oldie. Glen’s fab album tracks from his grammy-winning By The Time I Get To Phoenix have mixed fortunes, but 2 of them climb, still sounding good to me 50 years on from discovery (more or less).

Don’t Stop The Carnival was another childhood fave as we moved from the wintry Isle Of Anglesey to the snow-bound RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire, as I discovered another childhood passion: Comics. Starting with Sparky Comics (among many UK comics) well on my way to Superhero US DC Comics. So it’s in at 22, as a track I’d never heard until 3 weeks ago shoots up to 29: We Can Fly might be cheese, but it’s very tasty. A track I associate with 1971 (cos it was UK hit then) enters at 43 forThe Delfonics, with what was transforming into a big 70’s chart theme: Philly Soul. Reparata is 7 years ahead of her Shoes, but another one I rather loved at the time, Captain Of Your Ship is in at 47.

Down the bottom end of the chart some new entries for obscure Psychedelic pop, certainly ones I’d never heard of until, errr, now: The Balloon Farm, Grapefruit and a fab track from Ohio Express which is no Yummy Yummy Yummy – it’s more like early Stranglers, with a tweek here and there: Try It! Not to mention country legend Kenny Rogers debuting with psychedelic country, better known as a cult film track these days.

1 ( 1 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 2 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
3 ( 6 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 5 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
7 ( 16 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
8 ( 22 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
9 ( 8 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
10 ( 12 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles

11 ( 9 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
12 ( 11 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
13 ( 7 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 17 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
15 ( 14 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
16 ( 13 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
17 ( 10 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
18 ( 23 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
19 ( 15 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
20 ( 29 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell

21 ( 18 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
22 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
23 ( 37 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
24 ( 21 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
25 ( 43 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
26 ( 32 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
27 ( 20 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
28 ( 19 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
29 ( 26 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
30 ( 47 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

31 ( 24 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
32 ( 25 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
33 ( 27 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
34 ( 36 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
35 ( 28 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( 45 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
37 ( 33 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
38 ( 50 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
39 ( 40 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
40 ( 46 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits

41 ( 34 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
42 ( 31 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
43 ( NEW ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 44 ) THERE IS The Dells
45 ( 30 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
46 ( 35 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
47 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
48 ( 64 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
49 ( 38 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
50 ( 57 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South

51 ( 42 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
52 ( 58 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
53 ( 60 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
54 ( 39 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
55 ( 48 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
56 ( 49 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
57 ( 72 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
58 ( 54 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( 55 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
60 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm

61 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
62 ( 67 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
63 ( 69 ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension
64 ( 41 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
65 ( NEW ) TRY IT Ohio Express
66 ( 66 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
67 ( 61 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
68 ( NEW ) DEAR DELILAH Grapefruit
69 ( 53 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
70 ( 62 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

71 ( NEW ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
72 ( 74 ) (IF YOU THINK YOU’RE) GROOVY P.P. Arnold
73 ( 73 ) FLAMES Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
74 ( 63 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
75 ( 59 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones

 

 

My Retro November 1967 Charts

5th November 1967

I have no idea what fireworks I was watching on Bonfire Night 50 years ago – probably fireworks in the garden of RAF kids nearby – but what is the only thing that could knock off one of my all-time fave songs written by a Monkee after one week? Err, The Monkees doing a brilliant song even more brilliantly than Linda Ronstadt doing Mike Nesmith. The Kingston Trio’s John Stewart donated it, and from the intro “what number is this Jim?” from Davy. “7A!” say the boys, and off into an all-time classic that has followed me constantly around the world and through my life. I had tears in my eyes when Davy sang it live on one of the several sporadic Monkees tours every decade or so (including the whole original line-up), but the most memorable moment was waiting for U2 to pop out of a giant egg at Wembley in the 90’s: one of the oldies tracks they warmed up the waiting crowd with was this one – and it seemed like the whole stadium was singing along joyfully.

Nico, meanwhile, takes These Days into my top 10 40 years before Glen Campbell topped my chart with it, and John Fred is back with a second gloriously whimsical track, the 1968 UK hit happening in 1967 in the USA: Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) was very much a kiddie fave in early ’68 RAF Swinderby, Lincs. Mum loved Long John Baldry, back in ’67, and this soaring ballad in at 25 was a fave too: Let The Heartaches Begin. That goes for Gary Puckett, too, one of the great 60’s male vocalists who isn’t given the kudos he deserved, probably because he stuck with dramatic story longing love ballads, but were they ever fab! Starting with Woman, Woman.

Meanwhile Dusty, Diana, Lulu and The Trems pop back with tracks not quite up there with their best (perhaps bar Dusty), along with a French movie star-turned singer who I’d never heard of – thanks Railiverpool, I can’t resist a good French emotional ballad.

1 ( NEW ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
3 ( 2 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
4 ( 4 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 5 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
6 ( 3 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 7 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
8 ( 12 ) THESE DAYS Nico
9 ( 11 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
10 ( 6 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who

11 ( 24 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
12 ( 8 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
13 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
14 ( 14 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
15 ( 20 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 10 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
17 ( 19 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
18 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
19 ( 13 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
20 ( 22 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor

21 ( NEW ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
22 ( 30 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
23 ( 17 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
24 ( 15 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
25 ( NEW ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
26 ( 21 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
27 ( NEW ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
28 ( 18 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
29 ( 23 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
30 ( 38 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick

31 ( 25 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
32 ( 26 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
33 ( 27 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
34 ( 34 ) I WAN’NA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
35 ( 31 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
36 ( 29 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
37 ( 28 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
38 ( 41 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
39 ( 33 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
40 ( 47 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips

41 ( 32 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
42 ( 36 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
43 ( 37 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
44 ( 44 ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
45 ( 49 ) OOH I LOVE YOU The Dells
46 ( 40 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
47 ( 35 ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
48 ( 54 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
49 ( 45 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
50 ( 56 ) PAPER CUP The 5th Dimension

51 ( 39 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
52 ( 46 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
53 ( 60 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Wayne Newton
54 ( 59 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
55 ( 48 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
56 ( 43 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
57 ( 51 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
58 ( 53 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
59 ( 66 ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
60 ( 42 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas

61 ( NEW ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
62 ( 52 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
63 ( NEW ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
64 ( 57 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
65 ( 74 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Everley Brothers
66 ( 70 ) WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW The Four Seasons
67 ( 67 ) GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY The Mamas & The Papas
68 ( 63 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
69 ( 50 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
70 ( 65 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie

71 ( 71 ) SHE’S MY GIRL The Turtles
72 ( NEW ) LOVE LOVES TO LOVE LOVE Lulu
73 ( NEW ) SARAH (LA FEMME QUI EST DANS MON LIT) Serge Reggiani
74 ( 58 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
75 ( NEW ) BE MINE The Tremeloes

12th November 1967

2 weeks on top for a Monkees classic holding off Linda Ronstadt’s Mike Nesmith song – who also has the highest new entry (Mike that is) singing lead on his popular TV show cut, and new album track, What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round? In at 9 for The Monkees, while another track is in at 57 – Star Collector also featured in the TV show, but is more notable for finishing on a lot of moog synth sounds, a candidate for the first pop group use of synths, certainly the first fairly-well-known instance 5 years ahead of the first huge hit featuring them (Chicory Tip) and the first arguable EDM track (Hot Butter’s Popcorn), both of which I was very big on myself!

Brenda & The Tabs get a second top 10 of 1967, Dave Clark Five a first in 2 or 3 years (had I done any charts for the early 60’s), while the late Robert Knight enters at 27 with his original version of yet another big hit for The Love Affair – My Rainbow Valley. I can’t find a release date for the uncharted album or the single (it was a B side, it seems), though they are both dated 1967 so his passing seems as good a reason to choose this week to chart it. Another Cliff fave of the time is in at 30, while doo wop is up to 31 for The Dells (soulstylee) – I have been consistently surprised by how many 50’s styled tracked were hits by this time in the USA, and how many of them I like.

Johnny Rivers is unknown in the UK, but he had a good run of singles in the USA, and Summer Rain is the best one of 1967 and in at 49, while the oldest track (by far) to chart in 1967 is in for Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, pure banjo bluegrass delight, the original country & western music, and there are few older records to have ever made my charts – I can think of Bing Crosby, Laurel & Hardy, Judy Garland and that song from Gold-diggers Of 1930-something, The Lullaby Of Broadway – Winifred Shaw I think. Talking of musicals, Throughly Modern Millie was charting (the film soundtrack), and the film is one of my 60’s faves, a great cast, whimsical, set in the 20’s and the title track is worth charting for Julie Andrews. She would, of course, have charted loads from Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins if I were charting as a kiddie. That leaves Martha & The Vandellas popping in with a later UK hit, and The Standells funking it up and ending their 60’s chart career in the States. Pity, cos it’s good.

1 ( 1 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
3 ( 3 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
4 ( 4 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 5 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
6 ( 11 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
7 ( 7 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
8 ( 6 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
9 ( NEW ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
10 ( 13 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five

11 ( 8 ) THESE DAYS Nico
12 ( 9 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
13 ( 15 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 10 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
15 ( 12 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
16 ( 21 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
17 ( 14 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
18 ( 22 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
19 ( 25 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
20 ( 16 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin

21 ( 17 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
22 ( 27 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
23 ( 23 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
24 ( 19 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
25 ( 34 ) I WAN’NA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
26 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
27 ( NEW ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
28 ( 20 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
29 ( 30 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
30 ( NEW ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard

31 ( 45 ) OOH I LOVE YOU The Dells
32 ( 38 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
33 ( 24 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
34 ( 31 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
35 ( 32 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
36 ( 29 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
37 ( 33 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
38 ( 40 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( 54 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
40 ( 35 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

41 ( 50 ) PAPER CUP The 5th Dimension
42 ( 44 ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
43 ( 26 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
44 ( 37 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
45 ( 28 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
46 ( 39 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
47 ( 43 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
48 ( 42 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
49 ( NEW) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers
50 ( 63 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes

51 ( 46 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
52 ( 49 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
53 ( 41 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
54 ( 61 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 48 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
56 ( 59 ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
57 ( NEW ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
58 ( 36 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
59 ( 73 ) SARAH (LA FEMME QUI EST DANS MON LIT) Serge Reggiani
60 ( 71 ) SHE’S MY GIRL The Turtles

61 ( NEW ) FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
62 ( NEW ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
63 ( 47 ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
64 ( 66 ) WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW The Four Seasons
65 ( 53 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Wayne Newton
66 ( 58 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
67 ( 57 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
68 ( 60 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
69 ( 72 ) LOVE LOVES TO LOVE LOVE Lulu
70 ( 75 ) BE MINE The Tremeloes

71 ( 55 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
72 ( NEW ) GOIN’ DOWN The Monkees
73 ( 68 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
74 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
75 ( NEW ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

 

19th November 1967

OMG the classics are coming in thick and fast, 2 tracks that I adored at the time and for ever more since enter at 1 and 2 with nothing much to separate them: The Bee Gees grab a second chart-topper with the awesome World – what it lacks in lyrical depth it more than makes up for in melody, raw dramatic emotion and that soaring guitar breaking in. At 2 it’s Simon Dupree’s oriental-flavoured brilliant Kites, all hushed atmospheric and breathy spoken vocals. That rather stunningly pushes tracks that should (and since have) topped my charts for many many weeks down to 3, 4 and 5 and keeps The Monkees fab album track out of the top 5 – though the fresh-sounding Star Collector (with quite risque lyrics for a kiddie-appeal band, not to mention moog synths) bounds into the 30.

The late Robert Knight grabs a second Love Affair future-hit top 20, as Tom Jones enters at 29 with one of his best ballads – leaping over a song that is aching to be covered by him in his 60’s style (Chuck Jackson’s Shame On Me). It’s a big climb for the 25-year-old Foggy Mountain Breakdown, and in at 50 Donovan’s US hit Wear Your Love Like Heaven and future inspiration for De La Soul, better than a lot of his UK singles so it’s a mystery why the UK didn’t a shot at it. Early 60’s hitmaker Bruce Channel is back with a good pop setting up of a 1968 comeback in the UK, but not with Mr Bus Driver, just ahead of The Aintree Iron (where I had been a living the previous year, ish) and Thank U Very Much The Scaffold, the record was absolutely everywhere in the 60’s and Junior Choice years beyond. Brother of Macca, Mike McGear was in the group of course as was a future poet and also a future Tiswas foil.

The Five Stairsteps get a 3rd entry of the year, not to bad to say I had never heard of them a year ago, as Billy Vera & Judy Clay (back in a year with Private Number) release Storybook Children, a song that never really hit, but was covered by Nancy & Lee to great effect, and a hit for Sandra & Andres in the Netherlands. Who? Why the 1972 Eurovision couple of course who entered my 3rd fave song that year. Keith West has another Teenage Opera release – maybe one day it will get finished – and The Pyramids bring a reggae goodie in. Judge Dread gets a namecheck. Finally two 70’s veteran acts debut, The O’Jays 4 years ahead of topping my charts with Backstabbers, and 8 years ahead of The Piano Man, Billy Joel sings lead on a Sam & Dave cover. Quite the back-catalogue the man has, frequently showing his love of 50’s & 60’s genres, starting here I guess.

1 ( NEW ) WORLD The Bee Gees
2 ( NEW ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
3 ( 1 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
5 ( 3 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
6 ( 9 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
8 ( 4 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
9 ( 8 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five

11 ( 6 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
12 ( 19 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
13 ( 13 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 16 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
15 ( 7 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
16 ( 27 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
17 ( 22 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 18 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
19 ( 12 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
20 ( 14 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who

21 ( 11 ) THESE DAYS Nico
22 ( 25 ) I WAN’NA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
23 ( 15 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
24 ( 17 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
25 ( 30 ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
26 ( 20 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
27 ( 24 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
28 ( 23 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
29 ( NEW ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
30 ( 57 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees

31 ( 21 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
32 ( 32 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
33 ( 26 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
34 ( 28 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
35 ( 39 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
36 ( 29 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
37 ( 42 ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
38 ( 34 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
39 ( 35 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
40 ( 49 ) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers

41 ( 33 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
42 ( 31 ) OOH I LOVE YOU The Dells
43 ( 61 ) FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
44 ( 37 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
45 ( 40 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
46 ( 36 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
47 ( 54 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
48 ( 50 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
49 ( 60 ) SHE’S MY GIRL The Turtles
50 ( NEW ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan

51 ( 41 ) PAPER CUP The 5th Dimension
52 ( 59 ) SARAH (LA FEMME QUI EST DANS MON LIT) Serge Reggiani
53 ( 47 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
54 ( 48 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
55 ( 62 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
56 ( 56 ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
57 ( 46 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
58 ( 52 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
59 ( 44 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
60 ( 43 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson

61 ( 51 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
62 ( NEW ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
63 ( NEW ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
64 ( 75 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
65 ( 38 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( 74 ) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
67 ( 70 ) BE MINE The Tremeloes
68 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Five Stairsteps
69 ( 69 ) LOVE LOVES TO LOVE LOVE Lulu
70 ( NEW ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

71 ( NEW ) SAM Keith West
72 ( 53 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
73 ( NEW ) TRAIN TOUR TO RAINBOW CITY The Pyramids
74 ( NEW ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT ME HUMMIN’ The Hassles featuring Billy Joel

 

26th November 1967

It’s up one place for Simon Dupree and the haunting Kites, swapping places with the epic Bee Gees World after only one week on top. Such is the competition that a classic Beatles track, one of my faves of theirs in the 60’s and since, and the B side, also their greatest B side and EP track from the forthcoming TV special Magical Mystery Tour, I Am The Walrus, can only enter at 3 and 6. I adore the entire top 17 pretty much. Long John Baldry and Gary Puckett both get a first top 10, while The Lemon Pipers so-called bubblegum classic, Green Tambourine, enters at 17. Bubblegum was supposed to be disposable, manufactured hook-filled music that serious artists could look down on as for kiddies. Being a kiddie, that didn’t bother me at all, and I still maintain it’s all pop music, most tracks in the list have studio musicians (several had careers started that way), or professional songwriters involved (see 2017 when it’s impossible to find a hit record that HASN’T a professional songwriter-for-hire involved) or record producers twiddling the knobs. No difference.

Talking of manufactured (earlier in the year, and now in control of their musical output), The Monkees take a moog into my 20 for the first time, for a hat-trick nestling amongst the Beatles. Pet Clark returns with one of her best Tony Hatch/Jackie Trent tunes, The Other Man’s Grass, at 22, one I loved at the time, and more in Singapore 3 years later when it was one I captured on my reel-to-reel tapes. Dusty goes top 30 again, leapfrogged by Donovan’s hippie-trippie ode to 2 Summer Of Love’s. At 58, the great Al Green debuts some 4 years ahead of his UK chart breakthrough, with his back-up-train, outdoing a Cilla fave of early 68, I seem to recall it being on TV a lot – her show most probably, said “Cilla” variety show marking the climax of the fab Musical “Cilla” based on the award-winning fab “Cilla” TV series, which was pure mid-60’s Liverpool nostalgia for me when I saw the musical the other week. Traffic get a 3rd 1967 entry, and I vaguely recall the movie it came from, Paul Revere & co are back with the “Wild Thing” intro and a totally different tune, while The Zombies pop in with a track from the album on sale of the foyer of the Wimborne Tivoli when I caught Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent doing a greatest hits tour 2 years back, Zombies, Argent & solo Blunstone – three-fer-one!

1 ( 2 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
2 ( 1 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
3 ( NEW ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
5 ( 4 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
6 ( NEW ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
8 ( 6 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
9 ( 12 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
10 ( 17 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 7 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
12 ( 14 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
13 ( 9 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
14 ( 16 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
15 ( 8 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
17 ( NEW ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
18 ( 13 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
19 ( 30 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
20 ( 11 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations

21 ( 29 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
22 ( NEW ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
23 ( 15 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
24 ( 25 ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
25 ( 20 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
26 ( 18 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
27 ( 19 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
28 ( 50 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
29 ( 23 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
30 ( 47 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield

31 ( 21 ) THESE DAYS Nico
32 ( 27 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
33 ( 43 ) FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
34 ( 40 ) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers
35 ( 26 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
36 ( 28 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
37 ( 24 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
38 ( 33 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
39 ( 48 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
40 ( 22 ) I WAN’NA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman

41 ( 32 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
42 ( 31 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
43 ( 34 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
44 ( 35 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
45 ( 37 ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
46 ( 38 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
47 ( 39 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
48 ( 52 ) SARAH (LA FEMME QUI EST DANS MON LIT) Serge Reggiani
49 ( 41 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
50 ( 62 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel

51 ( 45 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
52 ( 44 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
53 ( 63 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
54 ( 55 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
55 ( 36 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
56 ( 46 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
57 ( 42 ) OOH I LOVE YOU The Dells
58 ( NEW ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
59 ( 64 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
60 ( 53 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys

61 ( 49 ) SHE’S MY GIRL The Turtles
62 ( 58 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
63 ( 57 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
64 ( 54 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
65 ( NEW ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
66 ( 66 ) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
67 ( 68 ) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Five Stairsteps
68 ( 70 ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
69 ( 56 ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
70 ( 59 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin

71 ( 71 ) SAM Keith West
72 ( NEW ) HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH Traffic
73 ( 74 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
74 ( NEW ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
75 ( NEW ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies

My Retro October 1967 Charts

7th October 1967

It’s 3 weeks on top for the fab Gibbs and their Massachussets, but it was a close call with the classic Jimmy Webb UK-non-hit, one of the greatest travesty’s in chart history, as Glen Campbell enters at 2 (where Gentle On My Mind peaked) with By The Time I Get To Phoenix. Dave Dee & co enter with their best track, despite a deliberate attempt from Howard & Blaikley to write a song with nonsense lyrics, cos it’s just a brilliant tune and production, and one I was mad on at the time. Very under-rated songwriter-producers, they could tackle multiple genres and make mini-pop-gems out of ’em.

Harry Nilsson gets his first top 10, and not his last, with the gorgeous Without Her – Jack Jones did a good cover, unlikely as it sounds, as I may have said already. New at 17, David McWilliams with another UK chart non-hit travesty, though Marc Almond and Trevor Horn took it into the top 5 in 1992 (and topped my chart), The Days Of Pearly Spencer. Nico enters at 31 with another non-UK-hit gem, in any version: 16-year-old precocious Jackson Browne wrote it, Nico did the first version of dozens, and 5 years ahead of Jackson Browne’s own version seeing the light of day. Mature in the extreme for a teenager, for me the definitive version was recorded in 2008 on Glen Campbell’s brilliant Meet Glen Campbell and should have been a single – it topped my charts and was one of my tracks of the decade, suiting a great singer nearing the end of his life and career more than one starting out.

In at 40, one new to me, Giant Sunflower, girl/boys harmony band sort of Mamas & Papas crossed with Middle Of The Road (in vocal style), and a very minor US chart entry, despite impeccable production credentials from Lou Adler and yet another of the many1967 covers of a Smokey Robinson song (The Miracles did it first). 60’s soul star Chuck Jackson pops in with another goodie new to me (he had many US hits, and his best-known song is I Keep Forgettin’ as covered by Michael McDonald) Shame On Me, funk legend George Clinton is back again for a second chart entry at 52, Gladys & her family are in with a song made immortal by Marvin Gaye (Berry Gordy shelved it and funked it up for a huge US hit), I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Shirley Bassey enters with a song that was all over British TV and radio for years, hugely well-known at the time and one of her signature tunes, Big Spender. The Kinks pop in with a future hit for The Jam, Barbara Randolph does a good Motown cover of a Holland-Dozier-Holland Four Tops song, Scott McKenzie gets a second John Phillips gift (not as good a prezzie this one though), Sandy Posey gets a 3rd chart entry of the year, and finally obscure band The Messengers tackle another Motown song: R. Dean Taylor’s Window Shopping (the only white songwriter on the label at the time, I think), which eventually became a UK single for R. Dean himself in 1974 following There’s A Ghost In My House and Gotta See Jane having Northern Soul chart success. It also charted in my charts then.

1 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( NEW ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 4 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
4 ( 8 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 3 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
6 ( 9 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
7 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
8 ( NEW ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
9 ( 5 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
10 ( 16 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson

11 ( 6 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
12 ( 18 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
13 ( 7 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
14 ( 20 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
15 ( 10 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
16 ( 12 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
17 ( NEW ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
18 ( 21 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
19 ( 15 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
20 ( 17 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

21 ( 13 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
22 ( 23 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
23 ( 19 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
24 ( 22 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
25 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
26 ( 14 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
27 ( 37 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
28 ( 29 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
29 ( 25 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
30 ( 27 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods

31 ( NEW ) THESE DAYS Nico
32 ( 26 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
33 ( 24 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
34 ( 38 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
35 ( 32 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
36 ( 30 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
37 ( 39 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
38 ( 40 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
39 ( 35 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
40 ( NEW ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower

41 ( 31 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
42 ( 34 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 33 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
44 ( 28 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
45 ( 46 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
46 ( 54 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
47 ( NEW ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
48 ( 41 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
49 ( 63 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
50 ( 65 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies

51 ( 36 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
52 ( NEW ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
53 ( 56 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
54 ( 43 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
55 ( 51 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
56 ( 52 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
57 ( 42 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
58 ( 49 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
59 ( 48 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
60 ( 72 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw

61 ( 50 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
62 ( 69 ) LOVELY RITA The Beatles
63 ( 57 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
64 ( 58 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
65 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( 73 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
67 ( 62 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
68 ( 61 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
69 ( NEW ) BIG SPENDER Shirley Bassey
70 ( NEW ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks

71 ( NEW ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
72 ( NEW ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
73 ( NEW ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
74 ( 75 ) (LONELINESS MADE ME REALIZE) IT’S YOU THAT I NEED The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers

14th October 1967

A first week at one for Glen Campbell’s brilliant Jimmy Webb Phoenix ballad, the first of a trilogy of Americana Cities-themed classics. Dave Dee and co echo the future Family Dogg hit Way Of Life up to 2, and Gene Pitney makes the top 10, though sadly almost all his great hits predated 1967 so not many more to come. The Bee Gees make it two in the 20, Giant Sunflower blossom into the 20, and Nico’s original of the Jackson Browne classic as done definitively by Glen Campbell (one day) beaks into the 20.

Highest new entry is one of 2 from Dionne Warwick, the movie theme big USA hit Valley Of The Dolls, at 23 ahead of the future Aretha Franklin classic, I Say A Little Prayer, as Aretha peaks at 5 with Carole King’s classic, and Aretha’ sis Erma enters at 37 with future Janis Joplin classic Piece Of My Heart. That leaves second-highest new entry a second song from The Kinks – Autumn Almanac at 26, and a childhood fave – and an anecdote from me: picture it. RAF Valley, Anglesey married quarters, 9 Tro Minfordd, and the song comes on the new BBC radio station. 9-year-old John rushes to the Weekend mag his mum had bought, and digs out the newly-discovered hit-song-lyric-of-the-week published inside: One Autumn Almanac, and sings along. Mum comments impressed about him knowing the lyrics, and young John says he’s reading and singing along. Cue young John cutting them out and saving pop song lyrics from here-on until Disco 45 gets published…

OK, not riveting, but it’s of the time!

Others: Wet Wet Wet are in, oops, I mean the much better original of Love Is All Around, Nancy & Lee are back while Nancy is still in the 40, with a song I assumed was for the First Lady of the USA (Probably not!), Neil D is back again, Val Doonican is in with a lesser song from his repertoire (which I loved as a kid pre-1967) and Bob Seger debuts with a track new to me a full decade before he started with hits proper. Who knew?!

1 ( 2 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
2 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
3 ( 8 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 6 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
6 ( 3 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
7 ( 10 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
8 ( 5 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
9 ( 7 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
10 ( 14 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney

11 ( 11 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
12 ( 17 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
13 ( 9 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
14 ( 22 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 13 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
16 ( 15 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 40 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
18 ( 18 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
19 ( 31 ) THESE DAYS Nico
20 ( 20 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

21 ( 12 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
22 ( 16 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
23 ( NEW ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
24 ( 19 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
25 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( NEW ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
27 ( 24 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
28 ( 26 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
29 ( 23 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
30 ( 21 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move

31 ( 29 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
32 ( 25 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
33 ( 34 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
34 ( 30 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
35 ( 50 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
36 ( 28 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
37 ( NEW ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
38 ( 47 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
39 ( 46 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
40 ( 35 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

41 ( 38 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
42 ( 36 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
43 ( 33 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
44 ( 39 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
45 ( 45 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
46 ( 32 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
47 ( NEW ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
48 ( 42 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
49 ( 52 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
50 ( 53 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors

51 ( 37 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
52 ( 48 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
53 ( 44 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
54 ( 41 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
55 ( 60 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
56 ( 43 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
57 ( NEW ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
58 ( 71 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
59 ( 65 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
60 ( NEW ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

61 ( 56 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 55 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
63 ( 54 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
64 ( 51 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
65 ( 66 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
66 ( 69 ) BIG SPENDER Shirley Bassey
67 ( 49 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
68 ( 70 ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks
69 ( 75 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers
70 ( 73 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey

71 ( NEW ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
72 ( 72 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
73 ( NEW ) HEAVY MUSIC PART 1 Bob Seger and The Last Heard
74 ( NEW ) IF THE WHOLE WORLD STOPPED LOVING Val Doonican
75 ( NEW ) KENTUCKY WOMAN Neil Diamond

 

21st October 1967

It’s a first week on top for Dave Dee and co and the tuneful fun Zabadak! It won’t be the last time they top my charts…. nor for Nancy Sinatra – who is back in at 7 with the nominal B side of Lady Bird (up inside the 40), but which is the trippy hippy cult classic that is Sand, Lee Hazelwood was definitely on something, but those lyrics are pure poetry. I have managed to get the record played twice on the BBC – first on Simon Mayo’s Radio 1 obscure track with a story, and later on Radio 2’s Brian Mathews Sounds Of The 60’s with the same story: dad bought a reel-to-reel tape recorder in RAF Changi, Singapore in 1970, and I was obsessed with pop music to put it mildly. Dad & I both bought some blank tapes (not cheap) and while we were out at work and school, respectively, mum was at home at our house which was overlooked by the armed guard tower for Changi Prison in lush tropical equatorial Singapore. If a song came on the radio she liked she’d start the tape recording – and then forget to turn it off. So we got all sorts of radio tracks I never knew, including this one (mum loved men with gruff voices and Lee Hazelwood fit that bill perfectly). Sand should be better known.

Another Singapore reel-to-reel track enters at 31 for Felice Taylor, her second Barry White track of the year in my charts, and her first hit (and his), I Feel Love Comin’ On. It was groovy. More tape faves from a fave Disney animation enter lower down – and they would eventually become a mashed-up 90’s hit – The Jungle Book’s Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You. So you see, in 1970 I was discovering and rediscovering 1967 music big-time. In my mind it’s a mash-up of sunny RAF Valley on Anglesey and tropical Singapore at RAF Changi.

Future Vegas act Wayne Newton, though, is new to me, and is in with an early version of Love Of The Common People, future much-covered hit, The Left Banke debut ahead of their later hit classic with cult fave Desiree, while minor tracks for The Four Seasons, Mamas & The Papas, and Tommy James keep up the hit tally.

1 ( 3 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
4 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 5 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
6 ( 7 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
7 ( NEW ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
8 ( 6 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
9 ( 10 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
10 ( 12 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams

11 ( 14 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
12 ( 8 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
13 ( 11 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
14 ( 19 ) THESE DAYS Nico
15 ( 23 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
16 ( 17 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
17 ( 9 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
18 ( 27 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
19 ( 13 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
20 ( 26 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks

21 ( 18 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
22 ( 15 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
23 ( 16 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
24 ( 20 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
25 ( 25 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 21 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
27 ( 22 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
28 ( 24 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
29 ( 38 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
30 ( 35 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies

31 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
32 ( 28 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
33 ( 31 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
34 ( 29 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
35 ( 37 ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
36 ( 32 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
37 ( 60 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
38 ( 30 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
39 ( 34 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
40 ( 47 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick

41 ( 33 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
42 ( 40 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
43 ( 57 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
44 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
45 ( 36 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
46 ( 42 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
47 ( 44 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
48 ( 48 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
49 ( 49 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
50 ( 39 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions

51 ( 43 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
52 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
53 ( 58 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
54 ( 65 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
55 ( NEW ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
56 ( 41 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
57 ( 52 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
58 ( 70 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
59 ( 53 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
60 ( 69 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers

61 ( 51 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
62 ( 45 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
63 ( 55 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
64 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Wayne Newton
65 ( 46 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
66 ( 71 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
67 ( 68 ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks
68 ( 72 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
69 ( NEW ) DESIREE The Left Banke
70 ( 73 ) HEAVY MUSIC PART 1 Bob Seger and The Last Heard

71 ( 61 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
72 ( 74 ) IF THE WHOLE WORLD STOPPED LOVING Val Doonican
73 ( NEW ) WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW The Four Seasons
74 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE BLUE Tommy James & The Shondells
75 ( NEW ) GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY The Mamas & The Papas

 

8th October 1967

The day before my brothers’ 8th birthday and it’s a new entry at 1 from The Stone Poneys, with a sublime version of Mike Nesmith’s A Different Drum. Not a song I knew at the time (being as it wasn’t a UK hit) but one I got to know and like in 1978 when it finally charted as the other side to Linda Ronstadt’s current cover of Roy Orbison’s Blue Bayou, which was neither anywhere near as good as Roy’s version nor her lead singer oldie. Very Monkees, and just perfect.

Sand goes up to 4, for some hippie psychedelia as Nancy & Lee also go into the 20 with Lady Bird, both are fab. In at 16 a record I loved at the time, Everybody Knows, The Dave Clark 5 at their most tuneful, and one that is very nostalgic for me when I hear it. Another “5” track enters for The 5th Dimension, there’s a great video performance of them doing Paper Cup on US TV (likely The Ed Sullivan Show, they were always on it) all facing each other in a moving circle.

At 24, Brenda & The Tabulations just can’t stay out of my 1967 charts, just love the sweet, melodic singles they put out, if occasionally a little shrill, but endearing. Debuting at 30, it’s Hugo Montenegro who was making a career out of making Sergio Leone spaghetti western soundtracks into pop hits, instrumental, and a year ahead of THE biggie. Dad bought an EP of 4 of them in Singapore which I played to death, including this one.

The Dells enter with a bit of soul passion, as they would with a medley cover of Love Is Blue/I Can Sing A Rainbow 2 years on, and having had a 12 year career already without success. Smokey Robinson is also unable to stay out the 1967 charts, here with the famous I Second That Emotion, or I Second That Emulsion, as Japan almost sang when they turned it into plodding fodder. The Turtles sneak another minor hit in before year-end, ditto The Beach Boys, and a second version of Love Of The Common People enters – for The Everley Brothers! Who knew they were covering future famous songs and still not having hits as their career tailed off!

1 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
2 ( 2 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 1 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 7 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 3 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
7 ( 10 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
8 ( 6 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
9 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
10 ( 5 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin

11 ( 15 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
12 ( 14 ) THESE DAYS Nico
13 ( 8 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
14 ( 16 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
15 ( 12 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
16 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
17 ( 13 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
18 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
19 ( 20 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
20 ( 37 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

21 ( 29 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
22 ( 31 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
23 ( 17 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
24 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
25 ( 23 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
26 ( 22 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
27 ( 21 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
28 ( 18 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
29 ( 30 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
30 ( NEW ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra

31 ( 24 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
32 ( 19 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
33 ( 26 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
34 ( 44 ) I WANNA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
35 ( 35 ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
36 ( 28 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
37 ( 33 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
38 ( 40 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
39 ( 27 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
40 ( 34 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard

41 ( 43 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
42 ( 25 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 32 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
44 ( 55 ) THE BEAR NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
45 ( 42 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
46 ( 36 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
47 ( 52 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
48 ( 38 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
49 ( NEW ) OOH I LOVE YOU The Dells
50 ( 53 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph

51 ( 46 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
52 ( 54 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
53 ( 47 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
54 ( 58 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
55 ( 39 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
56 ( NEW ) PAPER CUP The 5th Dimension
57 ( 51 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
58 ( 48 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
59 ( 66 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
60 ( 64 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Wayne Newton

61 ( 41 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 45 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
63 ( 57 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
64 ( 69 ) DESIREE The Left Banke
65 ( 68 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
66 ( NEW ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
67 ( 75 ) GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY The Mamas & The Papas
68 ( 50 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
69 ( 49 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
70 ( 73 ) WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW The Four Seasons

71 ( NEW ) SHE’S MY GIRL The Turtles
72 ( 60 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers
73 ( 74 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Tommy James & The Shondells
74 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Everley Brothers
75 ( NEW ) WILD HONEY The Beach Boys

My 1975 Charts – July


1st July 1975

The hot summer continues with Captain And Tenille’s irresistibly bouncy version of Neil Sedaka’s Love Will Keep Us Together on top, and presiding over a chart packed with cover versions and oldies. To be fair, apart from disco and soul, and the tail-end of glam, there wasn’t a majorly exciting new music scene and I was quite happy to start filling-in with oldies. There are 18 reissues and 6 cover versions, which is half the chart give or take! The highest new entry is one of those classic oldies, as The Shangri-Las get reissued yet again and return at 5 three years after topping my chart on it’s last comeback. This time it wasn’t a UK hit again – until 1976 when a rival reissue also came out and they were combined for chart sales purposes and a third UK hit for the girls. The motorbike death song is still classic.

Syreeta gets a 3rd top 10 in a row, as ex-hubbie’s Stevie Wonder’s Harmour Love gives her a break again. You can clearly hear his vocals on the chorus, enough for a “featuring” credit these days. 1972 obscure classic (I absolutely adore this record these days) Break also breaks – into the 10 for Aphrodite’s Child, as the highest actual new record enters at 11 for T.Rex, Marc Bolan’s biggest hit for 2 years with New York City and a return to my lapsed affections, though his album track Venus Loon should have been a single in 1974 as it was better and more commercial than the previous single or 2. At 12 and 13 it’s a double A side single reissue split for my chart purposes, the Simon & Garfunkel cover at 13 (Feelin’ Groovy) and my preferred Anything Goes at 12 – the 1934 Cole Porter musical had already brought a top 10 cover for Gary Shearston in 1974 (I Get A Kick Out Of You), but this racy-for-the-30’s song actually predated that in my affections since the late 60’s, and it’s flower-power beat-group harmony updating.

Even older than those, Telstar from The Tornadoes was so well-known to me (we had the single from 1966 onwards and I played it to death) to the point that by 1975 it had lost some of it’s shine and only enters at 16, but oh what a classic it is, Joe Meek’s ground-breaking 1962 instrumental was out-of-this-world in sound, so futuristic sounding as all of these odd electronic sounds came out of nowhere and soonly inhabited the world of Doctor Who on TV. It sounds like nothing else, then or now, though Saint Etienne had a fab Telstar-inspired go on You’re In A Bad Way. It would, needless to say, have topped my hypothetical chart for a long run in the 60’s. In at eighteen with a bullet, I obviously was having a larf with Pete Wingfield’s amusing record industry pastiche, which also broke in the States, and in one week actually WAS eighteen with a bullet on the charts to my amusement.

Sister Sledge and Frankie Valli both go top 20, David Essex keeps his top 30 run going with new entry Rolling Stone, though his weakest single to date at 27, while early 60’s classic Sealed With A Kiss is a reissued hit for Bryan Hyland at 28. A great ballad, but not actually one I knew that well during the 60’s, it was revived after doing well in a Radio 1 Top 100 Listeners Fave chart in 1974, but the Hyland song that I was obssessed with in the early 60’s was Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, one of my first ever pop single loves as a nipper. At 33 it’s a fabby disco-soul track the romping High Wire from Linda Carr & The Love Squad, still sounding great to my ears, even if she never had another glorious moment in the pop sun, in her native USA or the UK. Bryan Ferry returns with yet another solo oldies cover, this time a 1938 song known as a Billie Holliday recording, in at 40 but not one of my fave Ferry tracks. Unlike the Linda Lewis scorchingly fast BPM disco track cover of It’s In His Kiss, another 60’s oldie (Betty Everett) I didn’t know at the time. Linda really shows off her range in this definitive cover version of what is better known as The Shoop Shoop Song, still the most exciting version. I was sad to see Linda not getting singer-songwriter success by this time, but this was a great compensation. Cher’s karaoke version, I’m sorry, is plodding in comparison. Love Cher and all that, but….

At 42, another cover version, this time of a Blue Mink flop from 1974 called Get Up, given the Silvia Robinson All-Platinum Records funk treatment and a more catchy title – 7654321 (Blow Your Whistle) – sees the dubiously named Rimshots in my chart where Blue Mink had missed out from lack of radio play (though I did buy the original single in the bargain bins before I even knew it was the same song, because it was Blue Mink). At 46 Olivia’s back before her pop mag freebie flexi track had departed my chart (Follow Me wasn’t as good either as Please Mr Please) and that’s a long bit of chart chat done phew!

http://youtube.com/v/_QNEf9oGw8o

1 ( 7 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
2 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
4 ( 5 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
5 ( NEW ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 3 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
8 ( 18 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
9 ( 13 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
10 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites

http://youtube.com/v/8yQvi9LWntw

11 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
12 ( NEW ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
13 ( NEW ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
14 ( 23 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
15 ( 27 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
16 ( NEW ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
17 ( 14 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
18 ( NEW ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
19 ( 8 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
20 ( 22 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno

http://youtube.com/v/sDyWhgWj7Pc

21 ( 12 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
22 ( 11 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
23 ( 10 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
24 ( 15 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
25 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
26 ( 17 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
27 ( NEW ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
28 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS Bryan Hyland
29 ( 9 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
30 ( RE ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/BxpZ5rOMH4U

31 ( 20 ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
32 ( 21 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
33 ( NEW ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
34 ( 40 ) LONG LOST LOVER The Three Degrees
35 ( 28 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
36 ( 25 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
37 ( 19 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
38 ( 29 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
39 ( 26 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
40 ( NEW ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry

http://youtube.com/v/PVM8Ongdu10

41 ( NEW ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
42 ( NEW ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
43 ( 31 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
44 ( 32 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
45 ( 33 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
46 ( NEW ) FOLLOW ME Olivia Newton-John
47 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
48 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
49 ( 38 ) GET DANCING Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
50 ( 42 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/qjoRu-r8WiM

Talking of bargain bins, my fave place in Gloucester to get hold of flop records a year or two after flopping for 5p or 10p (well within my limited budget based on babysitting for RAF families for 50p or £1 a night at weekends) was an old-fashioned music-shop off the beaten track on Southgate Street (where actual instruments or TV’s and the like were bought). It had a side-line in non-chart albums and singles – these were catered for quite heavily in those days by HMV, Boots, WHSmiths, Woolworths, not to mention an independent small store in the shopping mall, and a market stall to boot, among others – so it was a bit of a treat to get hold of more obscure stuff from 1974/5. Long-gone decades ago now of course, I note the new (to me) pedestrianised area there still looks like the premises are vacant on google map…shame!

8th July 1975

Back on top for a second week at 1, Ray Stevens is still Misty and outdoes The Streak’s one week on top, but not 1970’s Everything Is Beautiful. Harpers Bizarre take Anything Goes into the top 10, and T.Rex also return to the upper reaches (hooray!). Brian Hyland leaps to 11 with an oldie (yet newie for me) as Sealed With A Kiss gives me new 60’s heart-throb nostalgia sounds. Highest new entry at 17 is novelty record Barbados by Typically Tropical, which went all the way to 1 on the UK singles chart. It was amusing for a couple of weeks and then started to grate, and these days it’s a definite no-no as the singer is most certainly not from Barbados.

From nowhere, and 5 years late, Brotherhood Of Man get a follow-up hit (it was big in Europe, and probably got spins on Radio Luxembourg) and this wasn’t the 1970 United We Stand line-up, this was the Save Your Kisses For Me 1976 vintage line-up (which is still amazingly sporadically touring together), with only Tony Hiller writer/producer the ongoing link. Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby is a bit of cheerful fluff and I still like it a lot more than some of their big hits! In at 30, The Sweet follow-up a great self-penned single with another one, the fab Action, as later covered by Def Leppard, and so good it could have been written by Chinn-Chapman. The boys obviously were paying attention while they turned down tracks that Mud ended up grabbing, and with an eye on the bigger picture.

At 38, US hit Wildfire for Michael Murphey, all about a horse, not a Legion Of Super-Heroes member (sadly), gallops slowly in, while Wigans Ovation follow-up the Skiing In The Snow, at 39, and Per-So-Nal-Ly I rather liked it. At 40 David Cassidy returns after a short break and a new record label (RCA), and a rather famous song. I Write The Songs was written by Bruce Johnstone, sometime Beach Boy, and recorded by Captain & Tenille for their Love Will Keep Us Together album. David beat them to the single hit though – at least in the UK where Darlin’ David was still popular: I’ll be honest, this is still the only version I can tolerate, David had such an idiosyncratic vocal style that he convinces lyrically where other versions sound like mush. Yes, I’m especially pointing the finger at USA singles chart-topper Barry Manilow who took all emotion out of the song, created OTT blandness and had a huge hit where David coulda woulda shoulda. Sorry, Manilow fans, Bazza just couldn’t emote like ol’ Dave. Just like Mandy/Brandy, then. Lastly, in at 47, Elton goes all introverted and serious, a very dark choice of single that didn’t really do the usual business, though in retrospect it’s pretty damn fine – Someone Saved My Life Tonight says it all on the tin.

1 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 3 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 1 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
4 ( 5 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
5 ( 4 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 12 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 7 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
9 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
10 ( 11 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex

http://youtube.com/v/XLx5Vz9lMEc

11 ( 28 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
12 ( 13 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 8 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
14 ( 18 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
15 ( 15 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
16 ( 14 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
17 ( NEW ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
18 ( 9 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
19 ( 16 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
20 ( 42 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots

http://youtube.com/v/pxD3Mbp50YY

21 ( NEW ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
22 ( 17 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
23 ( 30 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
24 ( 33 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
25 ( 41 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
26 ( 27 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
27 ( 26 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
28 ( 40 ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry
29 ( 19 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
30 ( NEW ) ACTION The Sweet

http://youtube.com/v/4D3_U_Gx2pc

31 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
32 ( 24 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
33 ( 21 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
34 ( 23 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
35 ( 22 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
36 ( 29 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
37 ( 37 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
38 ( NEW ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
39 ( NEW ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( NEW ) I WRITE THE SONGS David Cassidy

http://youtube.com/v/TplnzCcVavE

41 ( 38 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
42 ( 45 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
43 ( 43 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
44 ( 36 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
45 ( 32 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
46 ( 46 ) FOLLOW ME Olivia Newton-John
47 ( NEW ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
48 ( 39 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
49 ( 44 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
50 ( 50 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

In film, Jaws was wowing the USA, turning Stephen Speilberg into a sensation, and sharks into a big baddy, in the UK – it wasn’t. Yes, in those days the UK really was the poor relation. We had to suffer months of hype before it was finally released just before christmas. I am SO happy that is a thing of the past in these internet days, cos it just REALLY pissed me off having to wait for things (and still does, when UK release dates are held-back for downloading music I purposely don’t download them when they finally get released. When it’s on-air on-sale I buy it immediately if it sounds good). Pastiches were in Mad magazine, DC Comics had Superman shark-inspired tales, and rubber sharks were everywhere – and still I waited. And waited. And waited. It was worth it though, a fantastic film and an early christmas present. I didn’t go and pay to see any of the cash-in sequels though, my tolerance and patience only goes so far….

15th July 1975

3 weeks for Ray Stevens at 1, T.Rex get their first top 5 in 2 years, Typically Tropical shockingly go top 5 too with Barbados – shocking to hear the “Captain” of a passenger plane allowing smoking. Times really have changed, these days you choke on recycled air instead. Fort a 4th week, The Bee Gees big comeback record stalls at 6, will Jive Talking ever go top 5? The Sweet get a second consecutive top 10, as they spring into Action, and Linda Lewis disco’s to 10 with a future Cher UK chart-topper. In at 17, Gloria Gaynor gets a 3rd top 20 chart entry following up 2 number one’s with the decent All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin’, this time not a disco cover version, but still the highest new entry.

Roy Orbison does a Harper’s Bizarre, and gets 2 new entries from a double-A sided reissued hit, at 21 it’s the childhood major fave woulda-been chart-topper Oh Pretty Woman, and at 22, the torch ballad It’s Over which is one my parents loved (by this time we had his Greatest Hits album) and one which I have come to worship with the passing of the years. There is no way Oh Pretty Woman would have failed to top my charts in 1964, aged 6, so may as well say it’s a comeback to my charts rather than a debut. Roy Orbison, of course, has a perfect voice, and was a brilliant songwriter to boot, no male singer could deliver tortured lost love songs quite like Roy, and even if his career had fallen off the radar in the disco and glam era, he was still loved. It’s Over is genius and would eventually top my charts in later decades.

Bimbo Jet, in at 30, were a French eurosynthdisco act who brought the largely instrumental holiday hit El Bimbo chart action in Europe and the UK, as latin-flavoured as it sounds. It’s still very catchy, and fun, in a good way. Used in The Police Academy films apparently – not that I recall it! Finally, Chris Spedding is in at 48 with the great Motor Bikin’ a glam rock ‘n’ roll revival-sound that wouldn’t have sounded too out of place in the punk era, sounds like The Clash were “influenced” by it to my ears anyway. Chris never quite made it, very sadly, as a solo star, apart from this one hit single, but he was highly regarded in the music biz, and appeared on hit singles and albums for numerous other acts: Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading (Me Myself I), Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds, Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson, Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Art Garfunkel, not to mention producer of The Sex Pistols first demo’s. As if all that wasn’t enough he was also a member of The Wombles, on Top Of The Pops, on tour, on record, so in a way this was just a spin-off project!

1 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
4 ( 10 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
5 ( 17 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 30 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( 4 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
10 ( 25 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis

http://youtube.com/v/5ALD-rI8Q08

11 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
12 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 8 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
14 ( 5 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
15 ( 13 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
16 ( 20 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
17 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
18 ( 9 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
19 ( 21 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( 24 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad

http://youtube.com/v/nU-USRdFeL4

21 ( NEW ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
22 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
23 ( 23 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
24 ( 15 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
25 ( 38 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
26 ( 14 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
27 ( 28 ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry
28 ( 22 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
29 ( 27 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
30 ( NEW ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet

http://youtube.com/v/8x2tG4X0cdc

31 ( 26 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
32 ( 16 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
33 ( 18 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
34 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
35 ( 32 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
36 ( 47 ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
37 ( 19 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
38 ( 34 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
39 ( 33 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
40 ( 35 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds

http://youtube.com/v/QVdG09fQ8Ek

41 ( RE ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
42 ( 36 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
43 ( 29 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
44 ( 42 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
45 ( 43 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
46 ( 39 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
47 ( RE ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
48 ( NEW ) MOTOR BIKIN’ Chris Spedding
49 ( RE ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
50 ( 50 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/7Juz4W9yEYA


On TV, there was a mass-offending paedophile sat in an armchair every Saturday evening, smoking cigars, and trying to fix kids dreams and wishes as a sideshow to his preferred activities, and on the same night a future campaigner on child protection on That’s Life (Hi Esther), so I suppose you could argue the BBC were being even-handed if nothing else. On import the final season of the great Alias Smith And Jones, the brilliant Star Trek, the eternal Bilko (Phil Silvers Show), Top Of The Pops, and The Old Grey Whistle Test were all must-watch for me. On the news Apollo unexpectedly blasted-off for a final time, to take Deke Slayton, Tom Stafford and Vance Brand to a Soviet Soyuz meeting-in-space. As first dates go, it was quite pricey, but it set a trend to this day now that the USA has no manned blast-off’s to space any more and it’s reliant on Russia entirely to get to the Space Station. So, from Communism problems ahead getting in the way, to opening up a joint approach, and of late a frosty relationship that neither can afford to leave, as the costs would be a tad high. Obviously it was a political stunt, rather than anything of import, and money wasted that could have been better spent on actual space science, but hey ho.

There was also The Detectives: actually more of a case of the BBC not committing to regular weekly broadcasts of US cop or private eye shows, so running them less frequently under the header instead. This week Harry O, David Janssen was terrific in this series, second only to The Rockford Files in traditional 70’s cop shows (till Hill Street Blues debuted and changed everything, the format, the style, the quality). No idea what was on ITV (as I watched it much less frequently), other than Man About The House and Rising Damp, and later on in September the debut of Space 1999, Gerry Anderson’s follow-up live action series to the fab UFO with Mission:Impossible’s Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (and ma & pa of Buffy’s Drusilla) which promised much but never really got over the silly premise – the moon gets knocked out of orbit and flies off into the universe, with Moonbase Alpha meeting aliens and other worlds on it’s impossible faster-than-light-speed journey across the galaxy, yet somehow slowing down to a crawl to have some adventures on a regular basis. More importantly, it forced me to choose between watching Doctor Who, or the new series – it was a ratings battle in some UK regions only, and one which Doctor Who won rather conclusively.

22nd July 1975

It’s a Beach Boys summer classic in at 1 for me – Summer of ’69 totally, and one I was mad on then, yet which bizarrely was just a minor American hit despite going top 10 in the UK. Co-written by Brian Wilson and his dad Murray, Break Away most likely flopped due to Capitol Records having the hump as the Boys were leaving the label fed up with American lack of label support for their releases. As it’s a gorgeous melody, great harmonies, and the final Brian Wilson production for some years, that it was a big European hit seems to suggest they were right about Capitol Records. Anyways, hit my 2 in 1969, and 6 years on gives the boys their first chart-topper (I’d already been given the single by friends of my parents, Pete & Jill), and quite right too as The Beach Boys should have had chart-toppers in my pre-chart days.

The Bee Gees join the top 5 ranks, their 8th including Robin’s solo hits (or 6th without), Brian Hyland takes the 1962 oldie into the top 10 too, and highest entry at 9 is yet another 60’s song – this time the Four Seasons Sherry is covered by Adrian Baker, future part-time touring Beach Boy and Four Seasons member (yes ACTUAL original bands). In between he produced Liquid Gold and had hits as Gidea Park with medleys of…yes, Beach Boys and Four Seasons songs. Can’t fault his taste in music, and the falsetto abilities helped the lads on tour no end. Sherry’s not bad, and already at least the 5th Four Seasons cover to go UK top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, where the originals under-performed. The ongoing musical and film success of the boys songs and life story goes some way to making amends. Now, if only The Beach Boys would do the same, their life story is even MORE fraught than mere gangsters and debts, and the songbook is even better. Not likely while the life-story squabbles still go on, though, so it’ll be down to the last man standing…

In at 15, it’s veteran Scot rocker Alex Harvey finally getting his chart breakthrough with a live cover version of (yet again) a 60’s classic, this time Tom Jones UK chart-topper from 1968 – also predating my chart, and also woulda given The Voice a number one in my chart, cos the original is fabulous. This rocky version is slowed-down, quirky, playful and quite different – and also fabulous. In at 24 it’s an actual new song, Sparks get a 5th chart hit in a row with Get In The Swing, another playful post-glam track. In at 27, another oldie, the late Jim Croce (2 years dead by then) had a string of American hits, none of them UK hits, but most of them chart hits for me, starting with Bad Bad Leroy Brown in 1972, and the biggest (and future number one following Guardians Of The Galaxy) Time In A Bottle in 1974, but I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song never charted till now. It’s still sweet-sad. Another big US star was Aussie Helen Reddy, and she also under-performed in the UK, but she’s on her 3rd of the year with Bluebird entering at 30, having had Angie Baby at on already.

In at 41, it’s a massive disco funk classic from K.C. and The Sunshine Band, as That’s The Way (I Like It) makes it 4 out of 4, including 2 number ones in my chart. K.C. never had the same level of success in the UK as the USA, except before they broke, and after they’d had the run of 70’s hits, bizarrely. With this exception. The single is rightly recognised as a major dance anthem 40 years on, even though it took quite a while to chart in the UK it did eventually go top 5, and has been covered loads over the years. The original is perfect though, and my love for KC over-rid the crappy music journalists sniffy attitude of the time, I was most put-out when the History Of Rock series in the 80’s failed to even mention KC never mind give him the credit he deserved, being somewhat regarded as disposable and unworthy, because he was white most likely in part, and being guilty of disco love in part. Phew! Finally, at 46, Susan Cadogan brings some nice reggae back, Love Me Baby following-up the much better Hurts So Good.

http://youtube.com/v/nu1TOLObGK8

1 ( NEW ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
2 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
4 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
5 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
6 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
7 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
8 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( NEW ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
10 ( 10 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis

http://youtube.com/v/WqM4nfw6JuI

11 ( 4 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
12 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 5 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
14 ( 17 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
15 ( NEW ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
16 ( 16 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
17 ( 19 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
18 ( 21 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
19 ( 13 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
20 ( 14 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth

http://youtube.com/v/3C5LngDvkLY

21 ( 9 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
22 ( 20 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
23 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
24 ( NEW ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
25 ( 22 ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
26 ( 15 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
27 ( NEW ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
28 ( 24 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
29 ( 46 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
30 ( NEW ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy

http://youtube.com/v/EN1nMpmC0n4

31 ( 31 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
32 ( 28 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
33 ( 29 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
34 ( 25 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
35 ( 32 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
36 ( 23 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
37 ( 30 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet
38 ( 26 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
39 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
40 ( 35 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker

http://youtube.com/v/83I9El6C47A

41 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
42 ( 42 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
43 ( 33 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
44 ( 41 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
45 ( 36 ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
46 ( NEW ) LOVE ME BABY Susan Cadogan
47 ( 37 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
48 ( 38 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
49 ( 39 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
50 ( 40 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds

29th July 1975

It’s yet again another oldie in at 1 as the Summer Of ’69 nostalgia continues with the first record I tried to buy hits number one for the second time, and for the 6th week in total, it’s the awesome In The Year 2525 from Zager And Evans. Such a great futuristic folk track, if a very dim view of the future of Man. Some of the predictions are already here, gulp! Up to 5 it’s Delilah, as covered by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, giving an entire top 6 of oldies or cover versions. Happily up 30 to 11 it’s KC’s latest classic cos that’s the way I like it, and just to prove he had so many songs he could afford to give them away and produce them to boot, in comes George McCrae with his 4th KC hit at 24. It’s Been So Long. Well, actually just a few weeks since he last dropped out of my charts, but this was very much his second best hit after Rock Your Baby hit my top spot.

Linda Carr and David Essex hit the top 20, and in at 37 it’s another oldie, from 1972, and the non-UK-hit debut of Steely Dan, finally getting a chart breakthrough after some near misses with their greatest record, the laid-back smooth west coast jazzrock of Do It Again. Steely Dan and Walter Becker solo very much stuck to this template for their entire career, give or take more or less jazzy versions, but oh my word it’s classy and impeccably produced. Love it. At 38, 53rd and 3rd with a cover of Daddy Dewdrop’s USA hit Chick A Boom. Jonathan King has claimed it’s not a pseudonym for another of his numerous novelty hit records. It sounds like him, and naming a supposed boyband after a gay cruising area in New York City doesn’t convince me otherwise…! In at 45, Rupert Fisher with a cover of Our Day Will Come, a great song, and a version I haven’t heard in 40 years by someone who doesn’t appear much on the net – except to say it was on RSO, home of the Bee Gees, so it was probably a soul MOR version. Maybe! In at 46, Smokey, the latest Chinn-Chapman band, glam was dead, Sweet and Mud had left the fold, and it was straight over to country-rock-flavoured ballads for If You Think You Know How To Love Me, with a tad Rod Stewart vocals from Chris Norman going on.

http://youtube.com/v/WiuaaJVcxSk

1 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 1 ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
4 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
5 ( 15 ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
6 ( 10 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
7 ( 4 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
8 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( 9 ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
10 ( 5 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees

http://youtube.com/v/qYFmdRCIW1U

11 ( 41 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 7 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
13 ( 22 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
14 ( 14 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
15 ( 6 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
16 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
17 ( 11 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
18 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
19 ( 13 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
20 ( 31 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex

21 ( 24 ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
22 ( 17 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
23 ( 19 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( NEW ) IT’S BEEN SO LONG George McCrae
25 ( 20 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
26 ( 26 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
27 ( 27 ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
28 ( 30 ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy
29 ( 16 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
30 ( 37 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet

http://youtube.com/v/P9N8PCWzLYQ

31 ( 21 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
32 ( 23 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
33 ( 33 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
34 ( 32 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
35 ( 39 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
36 ( 35 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
37 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan
38 ( NEW ) CHIC-A-BOOM 53rd And 3rd
39 ( 29 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( 40 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker

http://youtube.com/v/tgYuLsudaJQ

41 ( 28 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
42 ( 25 ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
43 ( 36 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
44 ( 34 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
45 ( NEW ) OUR DAY WILL COME Rupert Fisher
46 ( NEW ) IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME Smokey
47 ( 38 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
48 ( 48 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
49 ( 49 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
50 ( 50 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds


So what was I doing in July? Exams were done, the weather was scorching and sunny, so that meant all change, as my days in the 6th form came to a sad end. Unlike the previous school years from 1972/73 and to an extent 74, I was really sad for it to end, I actually enjoyed being at school. Now it was decision time (again) as dad had heard he was being posted back to RAF Swinderby for the 3rd time, and we were beginning a process to get some house-squatting rent-dodging tenants (grandma lived in Liverpool renting with her man and being soft-hearted let some gitty family live in her house for either low rent or no rent, at which point they decided to try and claim the house for themselves. To get over this she signed it over to mum and dad with a view to moving to Mansfield to live in the house we were born in (that’s me, my brother, and mum) when dad left the RAF in 1980. That meant my schooling was yet again buggered up, and with A levels preferable to finding a job that meant I was to be packed up to go to Mansfield in September rather than start back then move again. Basically, my education was a constant mess, constantly changing schools, and having no ongoing mates to grow up with. It was even worse for my brother, who more or less gave up on education from this point onward. For now, though, lazy hazy days of summer, reading DC comics, playing music, playing tennis with Peter Palmer and Ian Galloway (who was applying for the RAF), watching TV and just hanging out basically. I didn’t want to leave Gloucester, to be honest.