My December 1968 Retro Charts

1st December 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

8th December 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th DEC

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

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

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

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

 

22nd December 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29th December 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro March 1968 Charts

2nd March 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9th march 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

16th March 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

23rd March 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30th March 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Retro February 1968 Charts

3rd february 1968

It’s a first week on top for the then-recently-late Otis Redding’s classic, talk about going out on top. One that popped “back” into my charts in 1974 and again topping in the 21st Century – actually 1974 was it’s debut as I didn’t start my actual charting till later in 1968 and these are what I like now. I will post a comparison chart when I get to my actual UK-top-30-based-only charts versus what I like now – I’m enjoying discovering stuff new to me and seeing how my tastes have changed with age.

In at 9, highest new entry is the loveable Louis Armstrong and his optimistic sentimental heart-tugger. It actually works best when shown against images of what a horrible world it can be thanks to Man. A big leap for The Delfonics, much more cult these days than in those days, and the chirpy melodic Cowsills is one I would have gone mad on as a kiddie, had I ever heard it. Reparata’s ship leaps into the 30, as befits one I actually WAS mad on (but then I was rather mad on lots of pop songs), and Madeline Bell’s I’m Gonna Make You Love Me enters at 34, I didn’t know the song till the Diana & co version, but I picked it up on a “1968 Chartbusters” LP around 1976 along with some other fab tracks still to chart. I love Madeline and Blue Mink, very under-rated.

The Fire Brigade brings teenage hero Roy Wood back into the charts, and Don Partridge was huge for 12 months on TV at the time, debuting with Rosie. Sandie Shaw is back again, ditto The Monkees with a Nilsson song, Gladys Knight, & Curtis Mayfield aka The Impressions doing an early Move On Up hook. Leonard Cohen sneaks in, he last charted with new material last year, pretty much 50 years give or take with whole decades missed out (70’s) and covers in between. The Pretty Things pop in with an obscurity, after the buzz had gone, but it’s good.

1 ( 7 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
2 ( 1 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
3 ( 3 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
4 ( 2 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
5 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
6 ( 8 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
7 ( 5 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
10 ( 9 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops

11 ( 11 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
12 ( 12 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
13 ( 18 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
14 ( 22 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
15 ( 10 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
16 ( 43 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
17 ( 15 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
18 ( 20 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
19 ( 30 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
20 ( 16 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles

21 ( 14 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
22 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
23 ( 25 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
24 ( 17 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
25 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
26 ( 26 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
27 ( 21 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
28 ( 19 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
29 ( 47 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
30 ( 36 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann

31 ( 24 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
32 ( 34 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
33 ( 29 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
34 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
35 ( 38 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
36 ( 40 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
37 ( 28 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
38 ( 27 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
39 ( 32 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
40 ( 35 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers

41 ( 37 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
42 ( 48 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
43 ( 33 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
44 ( 31 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
45 ( NEW ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
46 ( 41 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
47 ( NEW ) ROSIE Don Partridge
48 ( 53 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
49 ( 39 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
50 ( 52 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations

51 ( 42 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
52 ( 57 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
53 ( 60 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
54 ( 44 ) THERE IS The Dells
55 ( 62 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
56 ( 65 ) TRY IT Ohio Express
57 ( 46 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
58 ( 49 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
59 ( 51 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
60 ( 56 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan

61 ( 63 ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension
62 ( 50 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
63 ( 45 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
64 ( 68 ) DEAR DELILAH Grapefruit
65 ( 55 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
66 ( 58 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
67 ( 71 ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
68 ( NEW ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
69 ( NEW ) TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES The Pretty Things
70 ( 54 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck

71 ( NEW ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees
72 ( 61 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
73 ( NEW ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
74 ( NEW ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
75 ( NEW ) SISTERS OF MERCY Leonard Cohen

 

10th February 1967

It’s straight in at 1 for one of yet 2 more tracks from my dad’s vinyl (Australian)16 Big Hits album, and a major classic to any kids catching Dave Dee on Top Of The Pops with the Spanish sounds of The Legend Of Xanadu and his whip and leather trousers. I was SO happy to catch Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich reunited for one last tour a year or two before Dave’s sad passing, such a great under-rated back-catalogue of singles – and this one isn’t even the jewel in the crown for me, though it’s close. The other track on the album was also a UK chart-topper – but not until October! The Good The Bad & The Ugly is the second Hugo Montenegro cover of a Spaghetti western classic theme, and it will appear again later in the year when I start showcasing my charts as they were then (I started in September) but in the meantime I’m carrying on doing charts as if there was streaming in 1967 – as in, available everywhere in the world at the same time, and everything eligible to chart.

Talking of which, the Love classic flop (later covered in 1987 by The Damned very well) Alone Again Or was released in January and since it never charted is entering here and now at 3, in case no-one else picks up on it as a Bubbling Under or whatever. It’s a work of genius, understated, moody and flamenco-ish to boot. The Delfonics go top 10 for the first time (I was out the country in 1971 when it charted in the UK, so I didn’t get to hear it till a year or so later, post-chart-run) with the fab future much-sampled and Swing Out Sister hit covered, La La Means I Love You. At 10, The Cowsills get a second top 10 – not bad for a melodic pop ditty I’d never heard until a few weeks ago, but which I’m currently obsessed by on my car CD.

Had I been charting in Feb 1968 the record most-likely to have topped my chart enters at 52, Esther & Abi Ofarim – I was a huge fan of Morticia-like Esther and the song. My love hasn’t stayed over the years, but it’s sweet enough in an oddball fashion. O.C. Smith is another US (minor) hit I associate with being bigger later in the year, but at the time I totally thought it was a Tramp – a stick and rolled-up hanging bag, top-hat-wearing moth-eaten be-suited Hobo. How naive I was! I always wondered what Hickory Holler was doing hanging around with a Tramp! O.C had to wait 9 years for another hit.

Otis gets knocked off the top spot, but posthumously covers the Temptations classic to great effect, new in, Pet Clark has a melodic minor one I actually do know, and ditto Sky Pilot, but the rest of the new entries are all new to me. Billy Vera & Judy Clay get a second entry with a good country-soul blend, Bowie improves on The Laughing Gnome and somehow I have managed to never hear this one in my life! Who Knew! Raymond Levere, is lush and instrumental and very 1968, but nice, and that’s all folks!

1 ( NEW ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
3 ( NEW ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
4 ( 2 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 9 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 3 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
7 ( 5 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( 16 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
9 ( 4 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
10 ( 19 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

11 ( 7 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
13 ( 8 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
14 ( 11 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
15 ( 10 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
17 ( 12 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
18 ( 14 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
19 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
20 ( 23 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell

21 ( 17 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
22 ( 22 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
23 ( 13 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
24 ( 20 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
25 ( 15 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
26 ( 29 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
27 ( 18 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
28 ( 30 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
29 ( 27 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
30 ( 36 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits

31 ( 25 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
32 ( 24 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
33 ( 21 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
34 ( 31 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
35 ( 26 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
36 ( 33 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
37 ( 32 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
38 ( 42 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
39 ( 45 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
40 ( 47 ) ROSIE Don Partridge

41 ( 35 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
42 ( 28 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
43 ( 48 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
44 ( 50 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
45 ( 41 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
46 ( 53 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
47 ( 56 ) TRY IT Ohio Express
48 ( 46 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
49 ( 37 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
50 ( 52 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee

51 ( 40 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
52 ( NEW ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
53 ( 38 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
54 ( 55 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
55 ( NEW ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
56 ( 39 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
57 ( 69 ) TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES The Pretty Things
58 ( 43 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
59 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
60 ( 61 ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension

61 ( 51 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
62 ( 71 ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees
63 ( 68 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
64 ( 64 ) DEAR DELILAH Grapefruit
65 ( NEW ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
66 ( 74 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
67 ( 67 ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
68 ( 44 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
69 ( NEW ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
70 ( NEW ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra

71 ( 49 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
72 ( NEW ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
73 ( 73 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
74 ( 54 ) THERE IS The Dells
75 ( NEW ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals

 

17th February 1968

2 weeks on top for the epic Xanadu, keeping the almost-as-epic Love at 2, and the gorgeously sentimental Louis at 3. Highest new entry is a second top 10 for Gary Puckett, Union Gap and their ever-changing credits, in at 9 for Young Girl, back in 1974 the record voted the UK’s fave oldie, which triggered a reissue hit and a number one in my charts of the time. yet again another “16 Big Hits” Aussie compilation track, so another song that remained a key dramatic pop track throughout the early 70’s. It also offers reasonable advice to wannabe popstars when faced with too-young fans who look older than they are. R. Kelly clearly never listened to it.

Hugo M goes top 10 8 months earlier than he actually did in my charts of late ’68, the cool Roger Miller brings his Little Green Apples in at 23, a subtle and classy track still, and deserves to be better known. Deep Purple (sort of) enter with a cover of Green Tambourine one spot behind the original, and Donovan simpers about Jennifer Juniper whimsically, while Simon & Garfunkel are back with a 2-year-old folk album track, from Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme, which inspired The Herbs. Sort of.

In at 67, an obscure band with an obscure pop song, quite decent though, although the melody is more than a little bit like I Can Hear Music, the future Beach Boys hit as done originally by The Ronettes and purely by co-incidence one of the musicians on The Ronettes and other Phil Spector productions (along with other musician mates who helped on The Parade tracks such as Hal Blaine), Jerry Riopelle, co-wrote and sang on this along with actor friend Murray MacLeod, and co-written help from Stuart Margolin – later better known as the wonderful Angel in The Rockford Files. I had never heard the song before this week.

Future Walker Brothers 1976 hit debuts for Tom Rush, No Regrets from me cos it’s a great song, though the biggest version was Midge Ure’s 1982 release. I think I’d plump for the Walker Brothers though, on balance. The Sweet Inspirations, Elvis’ backing band, are back giving Whitney Houston’s mum and early chart appearance. That leaves Smokey Robinson and Ray Charles to add to their tally of chart hits, both building up nicely during 1967.

1 ( 1 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 3 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
3 ( 5 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
4 ( 4 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 2 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
6 ( 8 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
7 ( 6 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
8 ( 10 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
9 ( NEW ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
10 ( 16 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus

11 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
12 ( 11 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
13 ( 9 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
14 ( 14 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
15 ( 13 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
16 ( 12 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
17 ( 19 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
18 ( 15 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
19 ( 20 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
20 ( 17 ) JACKIE Scott Walker

21 ( 18 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
22 ( 26 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
23 ( NEW ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
24 ( 28 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
25 ( 21 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
26 ( 24 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
27 ( 22 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
28 ( 40 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
29 ( 27 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
30 ( 30 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits

31 ( 23 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
32 ( 25 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
33 ( 29 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
34 ( 38 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
35 ( 39 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
36 ( 34 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
37 ( 46 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
38 ( 31 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
39 ( 36 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
40 ( 43 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley

41 ( 32 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
42 ( 33 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
43 ( 35 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
44 ( 47 ) TRY IT Ohio Express
45 ( 55 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
46 ( 59 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
47 ( 45 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
48 ( 52 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
49 ( 37 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
50 ( 48 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell

51 ( 41 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
52 ( 42 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
53 ( 63 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
54 ( 62 ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees
55 ( 65 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
56 ( 49 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
57 ( 51 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
58 ( NEW ) GREEN TAMBOURINE Sun Dragon
59 ( NEW ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
60 ( 67 ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

61 ( NEW ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel
62 ( 54 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
63 ( 70 ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra
64 ( 66 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
65 ( 75 ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals
66 ( 69 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
67 ( NEW ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
68 ( 50 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
69 ( 44 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
70 ( 72 ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

71 ( NEW ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
72 ( 73 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
73 ( NEW ) SWEET INSPIRATION The Sweet Inspirations
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU CAN WAIT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
75 ( NEW ) THAT’S A LIE Ray Charles

 

24th February 1968

It’s Xanadu for 3 weeks still holding off Love, for a very Spanish-flavoured top 2. There will be Portuguese-flavoured later in the year. The Delfonics hit 3 with the lush La-La beating Naughty Boy and Sam Smith’s La La La by decades and Massiels’ La La La La La La by months. It’s a great track, it works without the vocals as an instrumental, but the lyrics and vocals are the icing on the cake. The Cowsills continues to be a new obsession making it another top 5, I shouldnt love it in theory, but I do. Highest new entry is the melodramatic murdersong genius that is Delilah, and another 16 Big Hits key track that got played over and over through to 1971. people often seemed to be murdering in the 60’s, when they weren’t dying in motorbike crashes, lyric-wise. I can’t imagine these days the likes of Ed Sheeran getting all bitter and twisted by love, too busy simpering.

O.C. Smith’s ode to his fictional late mom (another 60’s theme) leaps into the 30, as Lulu leaps back into the 40 with Me The Peaceful Heart, one of my kiddie faves, tuneful pop with half of Led Zeppelin on it. Honest! Written by Tony Hazzard, of Ha ha Said The Clown and future fave Fox On The Run for Manfred Mann. Manfred going top 20 with Mighty Quinn, another Bob Dylan hit cover that is better than Dylan’s version. Pretty much most Dylan covers in fact, bar Like A Rolling Stone, Knocking On Heaven’s Door and Lay Lady Lay. Maybe.

Jeff Beck, another Micky Most act (see Lulu, Donovan etc etc), gets the 3rd hit version of Love Is Blue, and another future 1971 Northern Soul hit (see Delfonics) enters for The Formations, At The Top Of The Stairs being one I never got to hear in the 70’s. Marvin & Tammi get another duo entry, keeping a continuous presence on my charts that I never anticipated – I hadn’t realised just how often they charted in the USA at the time.

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

11 ( 7 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
12 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
13 ( 11 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
14 ( 12 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
15 ( 23 ) LITTLE GREEN APPLES Roger Miller
16 ( 24 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
17 ( 16 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
18 ( 14 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
19 ( 13 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
20 ( 22 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons

21 ( 15 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
22 ( 28 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
23 ( 18 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
24 ( 20 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
25 ( 19 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
26 ( 21 ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
27 ( 45 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
28 ( 30 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
29 ( 25 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
30 ( 26 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles

31 ( NEW ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
32 ( 35 ) FIRE BRIGADE The Move
33 ( 34 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
34 ( 37 ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm
35 ( 29 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
36 ( 46 ) MY GIRL Otis Redding
37 ( 33 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
38 ( 27 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
39 ( 36 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
40 ( 44 ) TRY IT Ohio Express

41 ( 48 ) CINDERELLA ROCKEFELLA Esther & Abi Ofarim
42 ( 32 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
43 ( 39 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
44 ( 38 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
45 ( 31 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
46 ( 40 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
47 ( 55 ) KISS ME GOODBYE Petula Clark
48 ( 41 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
49 ( 53 ) TODAY Sandie Shaw
50 ( 54 ) CUDDLY TOY The Monkees

51 ( 47 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
52 ( 59 ) JENNIFER JUNIPER Donovan
53 ( 42 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
54 ( 50 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
55 ( 43 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
56 ( 58 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE Sun Dragon
57 ( 64 ) WE’RE A WINNER The Impressions
58 ( 61 ) SCARBOROUGH FAIR (CANTICLE) Simon & Garfunkel
59 ( 66 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE MORNING David Bowie
60 ( 63 ) SOUL COAXING (AME CALINE) Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra

61 ( 52 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
62 ( 65 ) SKY PILOT Eric Burden & The Animals
63 ( 70 ) COUNTRY GIRL – CITY MAN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
64 ( 67 ) THE RADIO SONG The Parade
65 ( 51 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
66 ( 71 ) NO REGRETS Tom Rush
67 ( 73 ) SWEET INSPIRATION The Sweet Inspirations
68 ( 72 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Gladys Knight & The Pips
69 ( 57 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
70 ( NEW ) LOVE IS BLUE Jeff Beck

71 ( 74 ) IF YOU CAN WAIT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
72 ( 56 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
73 ( NEW ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
74 ( 75 ) THAT’S A LIE Ray Charles
75 ( NEW ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell