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