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 Retro January 1969 Charts

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Me & brother Mark around this time in our front-room, taken with dad’s new toy – a Polaroid Instamatic – at RAF Swinderby, 3 Sheepwalk. These charts are what I like now, based on what was available anywhere in the world at the time, as if there was streaming and global releases, and not what I liked then – those are the top 20’s at the end, and can be very different!

 

5th January 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the most important record in my record collection – a Singapore-bought single, the first record I ever bought with my own money in October 1969. OK, it’s a bit early, Dizzy hit in the USA before it topped the UK chart and I went ab fab on it for months – one of my friends had bought the single at RAF Swinderby, which made me envious as my pocket money certainly didn’t stretch far enough for new records. When we left for Singapore, though, my dad’s grandparents on his dad’s side gave me and my brother a ten-shilling note each, which was a huge sum of money, to spend for the trip to Singapore. Some of it I spent on Adventure Comics 373, starring my other obsession, DC Comics’ Legion Of Super-Heroes to read on the plane, some of it got changed into Singapore dollars and I bought 2 singles when we went to Changi Village evening market and I found a record stall. They didn’t have the single I REALLY wanted (In The Year 2525), so I settled for 2 I loved from earlier in the year: Dizzy, and Elvis’ In The Ghetto. So began my ongoing hobby of music collection!

Tommy Roe’s Greatest Hits was also the first CD album I ever bought, appropriately enough, and my affection for the track has remained lifelong, including love for the heavily-sampled rhythms from it on Bassomatic’s fab 1990 Fascinating Rhythm (that’ll be William Orbit, then). Back in the 80’s I also got to see ol’ Tommy in concert, yay! Oh yes, and the much-played B side also charts. This all means The Move’s Blackberry Way, which was a chart-topper for me at the time, is stuck at 2 for teen hero Roy Wood.

Betty Everett has a smart climb into the 30, the song sounds like one that be could be covered quite nicely on The Voice and be given a bit of belated appreciation, while The Zombies’ USA oldies radio staple, and non-UK-hit, Time Of The Season enters at 39. I saw the boys the other year, it was basically a Zombies/Argent/Colin Blunstone hits appreciation, still in good voice. Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson EP has 4 tracks, 2 of them have already charted, so the one that hasn’t charted (pre-dating 1967) enters at 44: The Sound Of Silence, thankfully no Bachelors involved.

Thanks to a reminder from Alex, Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret enter with two tracks from their single, taken from the Cowboy & The Lady album which is in my collection. I love Lee Hazelwood, best with Nancy Sinatra, but Ann-Margret is also fab, she was a fave from US TV variety shows, guesting on The Flintstones as Ann-Margrock, and films like Bye Bye Birdie: a long-forgotten musical with a great cast including Dick Van Dyke – who is on a few tracks elsewhere in the chart! Lee Hazelwood is pure poetry, evocative imagery and a soundscape to match.

Dorsey Burnette, brother of the late Johnny Burnette, enters with a Joe South song (his second on the chart), and an MOR pop ditty from female-vocal-led Peppermint Rainbow enter at 75 – from the same folk who went on to write movie songs like The Morning After for The Poseidon Adventure, and some musicals.

1 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 4 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 5 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 11 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
10 ( 19 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann

11 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
12 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 10 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 14 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
15 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 13 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
18 ( 18 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
19 ( 17 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
20 ( 15 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles

21 ( 20 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
22 ( 22 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 21 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
24 ( 25 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
25 ( 27 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
26 ( 29 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
27 ( 23 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
28 ( 35 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
29 ( 37 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
30 ( 44 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett

31 ( 28 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
32 ( 34 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
33 ( 33 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
34 ( 30 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
35 ( 26 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
36 ( 24 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
37 ( 40 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
38 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
39 ( NEW ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
40 ( 42 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”

41 ( 36 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
42 ( 38 ) ELENORE The Turtles
43 ( 32 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
44 ( NEW ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
45 ( 51 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
46 ( 41 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
47 ( 50 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
48 ( 59 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
49 ( 47 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
50 ( 46 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin

51 ( 48 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
52 ( 49 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
53 ( 45 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
54 ( 60 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
55 ( 55 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
56 ( 39 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
57 ( 66 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
58 ( 65 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
59 ( 63 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
60 ( 54 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles

61 ( 70 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull
62 ( 56 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
63 ( NEW ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
64 ( 57 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
65 ( 69 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
66 ( NEW ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
67 ( 67 ) POOR SIDE OF TOWN Al Wilson
68 ( 68 ) WHEN I STOP DREAMING Ray Charles
69 ( 64 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
70 ( 52 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child

71 ( 72 ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
72 ( NEW ) DOLL ON A MUSIC BOX “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes”
73 ( NEW ) CHICO Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
74 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST LOVE Dorsey Burnette
75 ( NEW ) WILL YOU BE STAYING AFTER SUNDAY Peppermint Rainbow

5th Jan Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 6 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
5 ( 4 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
6 ( 5 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 7 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
12 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 16 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
15 ( 14 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( 19 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 20 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( RE ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
20 ( RE ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

 

12th January 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Tommy Roe as no new classics enter high or climb high, giving the existing ones time to tread water waiting. The nearest to excitement are top 20 climbers for Herman’s Hermits (up to 14 in comparison to being top 5 way back when was I was a lad), Peggy Lipton, & The Turtles’ 4th top 20.

Highest new entry is Martha & The Reeves Motown oldie Dancing In The Street into the 40, but there are more oldies lower down, not to mention 2 Nina Simone covers, a Dionne Warwick original of a cover that was released after the cover, a Ruby Winters debut with a cover 8 years ahead of her UK hit cover of another song, The Tymes cover of a Barbra Streisand Funny Girl song, still lower than her own classic Don’t Rain from the same movie, Glen & Bobbie covering Let It Be Me, and some actual new material from Diana Ross & The Supremes (Love Child part 2 essentially, not a patch on the first one), Cream, and of all people the 1910 Fruitgum Co. with another bubblegum jolly big hit in the States that I didn’t know even though I had it on a bubblegum compilation for decades.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 9 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 10 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 7 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

11 ( 11 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
12 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 26 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
15 ( 15 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
16 ( 14 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
17 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
18 ( 28 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
19 ( 25 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
20 ( 17 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

21 ( 18 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
22 ( 29 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
23 ( 30 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
24 ( 19 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
25 ( 22 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
26 ( 21 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
27 ( 23 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
28 ( 39 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
29 ( 33 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
30 ( 32 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash

31 ( 24 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 20 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
33 ( 37 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
34 ( 31 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
35 ( 44 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
36 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
37 ( 47 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
38 ( 27 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
39 ( 48 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
40 ( 57 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension

41 ( 36 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
42 ( 34 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
43 ( 42 ) ELENORE The Turtles
44 ( 41 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
45 ( 38 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
46 ( 35 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
47 ( 43 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
48 ( 58 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
49 ( 54 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
50 ( 46 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone

51 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
52 ( 51 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
53 ( 52 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
54 ( 50 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
55 ( 63 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
56 ( NEW ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
57 ( 66 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
58 ( NEW ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
59 ( 53 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
60 ( 61 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull

61 ( 40 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
62 ( 55 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
63 ( 45 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
64 ( 64 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
65 ( NEW ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
67 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
68 ( NEW ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
69 ( 60 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
70 ( 73 ) CHICO Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret

71 ( NEW ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
72 ( 62 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
73 ( NEW ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.
74 ( NEW ) WHITE ROOM Cream
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE The Tymes

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
5 ( 3 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 7 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
8 ( 4 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 5 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 17 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
13 ( NEW ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
14 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
15 ( 11 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( 13 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
19 ( 20 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
20 ( 14 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

 

19th January 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Dizzy and a static top 10, bar Herman’s Hermits replacing other kiddie fave Manfred Mann. Big climbs for Martha Reeves, Dionne Warwick & Nina Simone, and yet more old Motown entries from Marv Johnson, who I saw sing his I’ll Pick A Rose (and You Got What It Takes) on a Motown package tour back in the 80’s, & 2 from Marvin & Tammi (not old), plus a Motown cover from Jose Feliciano as the highest new entry outdoing the Supremes latest to boot.

Todd Rundgren is back with his future 1973 West Coast solo smash song Hello It’s Me – it’s not quite as brilliant as the ’73 version, but it has it’s charm cos it’s a great song, in at 50. That leaves Classics IV getting a 3rd chart entry, Traces. Very quiet week again overall, though, few fresh major classics turning up. Back in the day, my chart-topper was Fox On The Run, with Donald Peers highest new entry – how times change with maturity! Dancing In The Street is 20 in both charts though, synchronicity at last!

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 7 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
7 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 14 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 10 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

11 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
12 ( 22 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
13 ( 11 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
14 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 18 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
16 ( 23 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
17 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
18 ( 28 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
19 ( 19 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
20 ( 36 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas

21 ( 17 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
22 ( 15 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
23 ( 16 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
24 ( 29 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
25 ( 20 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
26 ( 21 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
27 ( 33 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
28 ( 24 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
29 ( 25 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
30 ( 27 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers

31 ( 26 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
32 ( 35 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
33 ( 56 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
34 ( 40 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
35 ( 37 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
36 ( 58 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
37 ( 39 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
38 ( 34 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
39 ( 48 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
40 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells

41 ( 55 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
42 ( 32 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
43 ( NEW ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
44 ( 38 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
45 ( 30 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
46 ( 43 ) ELENORE The Turtles
47 ( 49 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
48 ( 44 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
49 ( 57 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
50 ( NEW ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

51 ( 42 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
52 ( 41 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
53 ( 51 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
54 ( 52 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
55 ( 53 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
56 ( 65 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
57 ( 47 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
58 ( 54 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
59 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
60 ( 68 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers

61 ( 66 ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
62 ( 67 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
63 ( 60 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull
64 ( 45 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
65 ( 50 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
66 ( 46 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
67 ( 70 ) CHICO Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
68 ( 64 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
69 ( 71 ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
70 ( 73 ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.

71 ( 59 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
72 ( 74 ) WHITE ROOM Cream
73 ( NEW ) TRACES Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost
74 ( NEW ) GOOD LOVIN’ AIN’T EASY TO COME BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
75 ( NEW ) YOU AIN’T LIVIN’ TILL YOUR LOVIN’ Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

retro what I liked then  
1 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 4 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
7 ( 13 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 7 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
9 ( 6 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 12 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
13 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
14 ( 18 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
15 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 16 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
18 ( 19 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
19 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
20 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

26th January 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for Dizzy as great newcomers remain thin on the ground, so much so that records that didn’t peak as high as they deserved a few weeks back are doing so now, so The Archies go back up to 4, Manfred Mann to 5 – it was after all my fave record at the time – while in at 10 the highest new entry is from Amen Corner, and the great Half As Nice.

Nazz & Todd Rundgren shoot up to 17, cos I love the song so, even in this slower earlier version, and Johnny Nash about-faces as I suddenly properly listen to the backing grooves of the track after a while of not noticing them, and into the top 20. Nina Simone gloriously orchestrated oldie outdoes her less good cover of The Bee Gees great song, and into the 40 goes Jose Feliciano for the second time with another cover. These days he charts every Christmas with a song none of us had ever heard of in the 60’s. Or 70’s. Or 80’s. Or 90’s. Or 00’s. Yes, Felice Navidad, that old Chestnut.

Harmony Grass enter at 38 with a great pop song later in the year covered even better by Mama Cass, and The Banana Splits signature tune enters lower down, a great show for us kids – not only did it have Arabian Nights (“Size of A Water-Buffalo”) and The Three Musketeers (Tooly was a laugh), but it had bad puns and dumb gags cool-stylee from the men-in-animal-suits, the hippie Drooper voiced by Alan Melville – him of Phil Silvers Bilko show Corporal Henshaw if you thought he sounded familiar – and some great groovy funky tracks. Betcha never knew folk like Barry White, Gene Pitney, Joey Levine, and music industry types like Al Kooper & Jimmy Radcliffe were behind them, which is why they sounded so good. The Dickies did that fab punk cover in 1979 to boot.

The Chi-Lites debut, one of the great vocal soul groups of the era, and their fab lead singer and songwriter Eugene Record, who now has 3 songs on the chart, with Give It Away new at 68, Am I The Same Girl debuting a bit higher for his co-writer Barbara Acklin (she co-wrote many of their great records), and of course the first hit instrumental version a bit higher up as Soulful Strut. Barbara wasn’t a great singer, it took Dusty to cover it later in the year to do it real justice, but Eugene was a terrific performer. He’d been doing stuff for Jackie Wilson up to this point, but as their career took off, The Chi-Lites got the best stuff, much of it covered or sampled, most notably by Beyonce when she borrowed one of them for Crazy In Love, still her best record.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 2 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 13 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
5 ( 11 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
6 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
8 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
9 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner

11 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
12 ( 12 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
13 ( 18 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
14 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
15 ( 6 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
16 ( 16 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
17 ( 50 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
18 ( 10 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
19 ( 45 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
20 ( 36 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone

21 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
22 ( 15 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
23 ( 17 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
24 ( 21 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
25 ( 19 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
26 ( 33 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
27 ( 43 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
28 ( 22 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
29 ( 26 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
30 ( 32 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 25 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
32 ( 23 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
33 ( 29 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
34 ( 30 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
35 ( 31 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
36 ( 28 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
37 ( 24 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
38 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
39 ( 39 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
40 ( 41 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret

41 ( 27 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
42 ( 38 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
43 ( 34 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
44 ( 49 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
45 ( 35 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
46 ( 40 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
47 ( 37 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
48 ( 56 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
49 ( 46 ) ELENORE The Turtles
50 ( 59 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson

51 ( 42 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
52 ( 44 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
53 ( 60 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
54 ( 48 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
55 ( 53 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
56 ( 54 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
57 ( 55 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
58 ( 62 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
59 ( 61 ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
60 ( 51 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins

61 ( 52 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
63 ( 57 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
64 ( NEW ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
65 ( 69 ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
66 ( NEW ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
67 ( 70 ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.
68 ( NEW ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
69 ( 72 ) WHITE ROOM Cream
70 ( 73 ) TRACES Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost

71 ( 74 ) GOOD LOVIN’ AIN’T EASY TO COME BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
72 ( 47 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
73 ( 75 ) YOU AIN’T LIVIN’ TILL YOUR LOVIN’ Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN The Rascals
75 ( NEW ) IT’S TOO LATE NOW Long John Baldry

what I liked then
1 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
7 ( 4 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 6 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
10 ( 9 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 8 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
12 ( 10 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( NEW ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
14 ( 11 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 12 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
16 ( 14 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 19 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
19 ( 17 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
20 ( 18 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold