My Retro November 1969 Charts

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DC superhero transfers and Neal Adams artwork (the correctly coloured ones not the popcorn copies wrongly coloured) – free with popcorn I bought from the school tuck shop RAF Seletar Secondary Modern 1969/1970

 

1st November 1969

It’s a brand new entry at 1 for Archie Bell & The Drells, as they exit with their current single they smash in with 1972 UK hit Here I Go Again, the B side of the next single in the USA and album track from their current album There’s Gonna Be A Showdown. Bizarrely it was never a hit in the USA, but the UK Northern Soul scene knew a great track when they heard it, and it topped my charts in ’72. The Four Tops meanwhile finally sneak into the 10 with the fab single Do What You Gotta Do. Levi Stubbs is one of the greatest singers of all-time, but I love the line I mis-hear as “I loved you better than your own kidney”. It should be “kin did”

Another Paint Your Wagon track makes the 40. along with Dusty’s second as her previous chart-topper exits the top 10, and Harry J also pops in. New entries from Led Zep, debuting with the future Top Of The Pops song Whole Lotta Love in at 45 – it’s a great record, but I knew the C.C.S. version first, and that has my full love. I was introduced to this album by my good friend Robert Gough, a year younger than me and returning to Singapore from Boarding School in 1971 after going mad on Led Zep. He was a year younger than me and it was a complete culture shock – I wanted to hear his Monkees singles and he was so disappointed I didn’t like it one bit. Well, I got there in the end…..(but I’d still rather hear The Monkees!).

Little Green Bag pops in 6 years ahead of the rather less-good Paloma Blanca for George Baker, I expect it would still be obscure in the UK if not for Quentin and his ongoing quest to use lesser-known 60’s and 70’s tracks in his movies. 1910 Fruitgum Company’s best record enters at 54, the non-bubblegum When We Get Married, Roger “Whistling” Whittaker debuts with Durham Town, his best record by far but he’ll pop up again in the 70’s always fresh off his many many TV variety show spots. Lulu ends her Mickie Most era with a soul groove, and the direction of her real love that blossomed in the 90’s after a very schizophrenic musical career, Oh Me Oh My and the only track to enter that I actually knew in Singapore – it got radio play, hooray!

In at 70, The Newbeats future B side to the brilliant re-issue of oldie Run Baby Run which hit in the UK in 1971 when I was back in the UK excited over the music scene – Groovin’ wasn’t a hit, but still only 2 years to wait for the comeback. More bubblegum from Tommy Roe at 75, this time he’s jammed up jelly tight, which sounds worryingly sticky. Mark Lindsay has his first solo entry with Arizona, having broken away from Paul Revere & The Raiders for a bit, and The Isley Brothers return with It’s Your Thing (again). It’s labelled Bless Your Heart and is doing well in the US soul charts this week, but trust me it’s the same track, more or less, albeit the notes not necessarily in the right order, and the words changed for artistic purposes.


1 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 1 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 2 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 4 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
7 ( 8 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 7
8 ( 7 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
9 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
10 ( 11 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10

11 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
12 ( 14 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 12
13 ( 15 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 13
14 ( 17 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 14
15 ( 16 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
16 ( 10 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
17 ( 12 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
18 ( 13 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
19 ( 20 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 19
20 ( 22 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 21
22 ( 18 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
23 ( 21 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
24 ( 19 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
25 ( 25 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 25
26 ( 27 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
27 ( 23 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
28 ( 35 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 28
29 ( 24 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
30 ( 38 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 30

31 ( 43 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 31
32 ( 48 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 32
33 ( 39 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
34 ( 30 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
35 ( 31 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
36 ( 26 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
37 ( 47 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 37
38 ( 34 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
39 ( 32 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
40 ( 28 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19

41 ( 29 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 29
42 ( 52 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 42
43 ( 50 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 43
44 ( 36 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
45 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 45
46 ( NEW ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 46
47 ( 42 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
48 ( 44 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
49 ( 45 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
50 ( 46 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1

51 ( 53 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 51
52 ( 40 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 40
53 ( 54 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 53
54 ( NEW ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 54
55 ( 37 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
56 ( 59 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 56
57 ( NEW ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 57
58 ( 63 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 58
59 ( 62 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 59
60 ( 41 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 41

61 ( NEW ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 61
62 ( 69 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 62
63 ( 56 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
64 ( 67 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 64
65 ( 70 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 65
66 ( 51 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
67 ( 71 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 67
68 ( 49 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
69 ( 72 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 69
70 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 70

71 ( 73 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 71
72 ( 74 ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 72
73 ( NEW ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 73
74 ( NEW ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 74
75 ( NEW ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 75

1st Nov Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 ( 4 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
5 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 9 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
9 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
10 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

 

8th November 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Archie Bell & The Drells’ Northern Soul fab dance track, with only Lee Marvin entering the top 10, taking the number of Paint Your Wagon tracks in the top 10 to 2. Junior Walker and The Jackson 5 take Motown’s presence up to 4 in the 20, and the biggest climber is Roger Whittaker’s Durham Town to 31 with Lulu not far behind up to 38, and Neil Diamond joining them along with Led Zep’s first and Shocking Blue’s only top 40 tracks.

Highest new entry is the Rolling Stones new album track Gimme Shelter at 61, with Bobbie Gentry Fancy-ing her 3rd of 1969 this time back in Country mode, and she’s not even started on the Glen Campbell duets yet. The Manhattans debut with a classy flop some 7 years ahead of their classy hits in the UK, Engelbert keeps the entries coming – and he’s notched up quite the run so far given how much I’d poo-poo him in my teen 70’s years – and The Archies have a bonafide non-album new follow-up to the still chart-topping Sugar Sugar in Jingle Jangle, a pleasant choice but I’d still have gone with You Little Angel You.

Otis Leavill brings some cool Atlantic soul, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell take their last recorded track The Onion Song in ahead of Tammi’s death (Valerie Simpson claims she helped on the vocals but Tammi went through it line by line while terminally ill and they “tweaked” the vocals where needed – so both of them contributing). Not one of my faves of their duets, though, and her passing had a profound impact on Gaye and his career. Nancy Sinatra pops in with a minor pop ditty as her chart career starts to wind down without Lee Hazelwood (as does his without her) so just as well they get it together again in 2 years time. Finally Gene Pitney pops in with a popular US hair advert song of the time – a rival version by The Tokens was more orchestral and harmony-based.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 7 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
7 ( 6 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
8 ( 8 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
9 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 14 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 10

11 ( 13 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 11
12 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 12
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
14 ( 10 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
15 ( 21 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 15
16 ( 19 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
17 ( 17 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
18 ( 16 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
19 ( 15 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
20 ( 25 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20

21 ( 18 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
22 ( 31 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 22
23 ( 20 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
24 ( 22 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
25 ( 28 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
26 ( 23 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
27 ( 30 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 27
28 ( 24 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
29 ( 32 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 29
30 ( 37 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 30

31 ( 57 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 31
32 ( 42 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 32
33 ( 33 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
34 ( 29 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
35 ( 45 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 35
36 ( 51 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 36
37 ( 43 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 37
38 ( 61 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 38
39 ( 34 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
40 ( 35 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1

41 ( 26 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
42 ( 46 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 42
43 ( 27 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
44 ( 38 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
45 ( 53 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 45
46 ( 59 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 46
47 ( 58 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 47
48 ( 56 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 48
49 ( 54 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 49
50 ( 36 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19

51 ( 48 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
52 ( 49 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
53 ( 47 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
54 ( 50 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
55 ( 39 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
56 ( 64 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 56
57 ( 65 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 57
58 ( 70 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 58
59 ( 62 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 59
60 ( 67 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 60

61 ( NEW ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 61
62 ( 71 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 62
63 ( 69 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 63
64 ( 74 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 64
65 ( NEW ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 65
66 ( 75 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 66
67 ( NEW ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 67
68 ( 72 ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 68
69 ( NEW ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 69
70 ( 73 ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 70

71 ( NEW ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 71
72 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU Otis Leavill # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE ONION SONG Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE HIGHWAY SONG Nancy Sinatra # 74
75 ( NEW ) SHE LETS HER HAIR DOWN (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Gene Pitney # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( RE ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (SKOOBY DOO) The Archies
6 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young
8 ( RE ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
9 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
10 ( NEW ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

 

15th November 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Archie Bell & The Drells with not much change at the top and not much in the way of new entries. B.J.Thomas gets a top 10 with the featured Bacharach/David bicycle ride from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid joining 2 songs from another Western, Paint Your Wagon – with several other climbers lower down. You can’t beat a bunch of cowboys singing! Or Goldminers in this case. Nilsson gets his 4th top 10, meanwhile, with the song was supposed to be in a movie with cowboy in the title.

Highest new entry is Two Little Boys, a record that was always on 2-Way Family Favourites and Juniors Choice, appropriate then, less so now. Can you tell what it is yet? Yes, it’s a sad-but-heartwarming war story song, life-affirming as sung by a then-beloved family entertainer. There’s always the Splodgenessabounds version as an alternative – more karaoke, though, than life-affirming. It’s sad how many childhood fond memories have become tainted, cos I adored this record, very happy-tears weepy, as much as I’d loved Sun Arise when I was a pre-schooler, and Tie Me Kangaroo Down and Jake The Peg as a Primary kid.

Junior Walker holds at 20 with his cover of Guess Who’s These Eyes – so it’s only fair his What Does It Take gets covered, by Motherlode on their second chart hit entering at 70, just ahead of Billy Joe Royal returning, and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s US single replacing their Onion Song in the list.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 7 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
7 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
8 ( 10 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 8
9 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 9
10 ( 11 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 10

11 ( 8 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
12 ( 15 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 12
13 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
14 ( NEW ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 14
15 ( 13 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
16 ( 16 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
17 ( 14 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
18 ( 31 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 18
19 ( 22 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
20 ( 20 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20

21 ( 17 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
22 ( 18 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
23 ( 29 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 23
24 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 24
25 ( 32 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 25
26 ( 21 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
27 ( 19 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
28 ( 30 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 28
29 ( 37 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 29
30 ( 38 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 30

31 ( 35 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 31
32 ( 36 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 32
33 ( 26 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
34 ( 24 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
35 ( 23 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
36 ( 28 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
37 ( 25 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
38 ( 42 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 38
39 ( 46 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 39
40 ( 45 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 40

41 ( 34 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
42 ( 47 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 42
43 ( 48 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 43
44 ( 39 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
45 ( 40 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
46 ( 49 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 46
47 ( 58 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 47
48 ( 44 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
49 ( 57 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 49
50 ( 56 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 50

51 ( 33 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 33
52 ( 43 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
53 ( 41 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 26
54 ( 59 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 54
55 ( 51 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
56 ( 63 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 56
57 ( 52 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
58 ( 60 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 58
59 ( 53 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
60 ( 54 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1

61 ( 61 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 61
62 ( 62 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 62
63 ( 64 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 63
64 ( 65 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 64
65 ( 71 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 65
66 ( 66 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 66
67 ( 67 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 67
68 ( 70 ) BLESS YOUR HEART The Isley Brothers # 68
69 ( 69 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 69
70 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 70

71 ( NEW ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 71
72 ( 72 ) I LOVE YOU Otis Leavill # 72
73 ( 75 ) SHE LETS HER HAIR DOWN (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Gene Pitney # 73
74 ( 74 ) THE HIGHWAY SONG Nancy Sinatra # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU GAVE ME Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 75

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 4 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
5 ( 8 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
6 ( 10 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
7 ( NEW ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
8 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
9 ( RE ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 5 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (SKOOBY DOO) The Archies

 

22nd November 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for future UK 1972 top 20 hit from Archie Bell & The Drells, and the top end of the chart just shuffles about a bit the only climbing into the top 10 movements for Rolf Harris and The Jackson 5. Jimmy Cliff, Shocking Blue, and Dusty have all been biding their time waiting for a gap into the 20, and the biggest move into the 40 is The Newbeats at 31. They will have one huge hit in 1971 pending reissue, while this week has been big on Northern Soul (apart from my chart-topper) as Strictly Come Dancing brought lots of download sales for a non-hit classic from Frank Wilson.

Clodagh gets a 3rd top 40, 1910 Fruitgum get a second, Laura Nyro a 3rd or 4th as artist, about her 6th as songwriter, and Ms Ross gets a final 40 with The Supremes. Both will continue apart though. The highest new entry is from 50’s act The Chantells, as Maybe (a US hit in the late 50’s) sneaks back into the bubbling under end of the US Hot 100 – and it’s the best new track this week by far. The Turtles grab another in their string of chart entries, the unknown-to-me Lady-O which is very sweet. Smokey Robinson churns out a double A now they get listed together on Billboard, the better side is Darling Dear. Tommy Cash, Johnny’s bruv, enters with a decent track, as does future Fall cover Victoria for The Kinks, a Ray Davies song I’ve never warmed to much, and another Tommy James & co track to end a massive year, the decade, and their career pretty much, bar one biggie.

Blue Mink debut a little late with Melting Pot. I first heard it in late 1974, by which time Blue Mink’s career was tailing off, I invariably liked or loved their singles, the fab Madeline Bell, the great songwriter Roger Cook, and even Herbie Flowers on bass (he of Grandad chart-topping songwriter, Walk On The Wild Side, and Marc Bolan band success). Roger wrote so many huge hits I still feel he deserved some pop success himself, and Madeline never had the singles success she deserved outside the band and her early UK solo hit – though she backed no end of big stars. So. I love the message in this song. I love the band. I just, errr, never liked this one much. Didn’t like some of the non-pc lyrics, not fond of the hook nor the tempo-changes. Hey ho, great things ahead though.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
3 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
5 ( 8 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 5
6 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 6
7 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 7
8 ( 5 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
9 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
10 ( 7 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1

11 ( 10 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 10
12 ( 9 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 9
13 ( 18 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 13
14 ( 11 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
15 ( 13 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
16 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 16
17 ( 15 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
18 ( 25 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 18
19 ( 19 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
20 ( 23 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 20

21 ( 16 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
22 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
23 ( 28 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
24 ( 21 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
25 ( 30 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 25
26 ( 22 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
27 ( 31 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 27
28 ( 29 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 28
29 ( 26 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
30 ( 32 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 30

31 ( 47 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 31
32 ( 38 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 32
33 ( 39 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 33
34 ( 42 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 34
35 ( 43 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 35
36 ( 20 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20
37 ( 46 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 37
38 ( 40 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 38
39 ( 33 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
40 ( 49 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 40

41 ( 27 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
42 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
43 ( 36 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
44 ( 50 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 44
45 ( 41 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
46 ( 35 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 20
47 ( 54 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 47
48 ( 44 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
49 ( 45 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
50 ( 56 ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 50

51 ( 58 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 51
52 ( 61 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 52
53 ( 48 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
54 ( 62 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 54
55 ( 63 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 55
56 ( 37 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 25
57 ( 65 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 57
58 ( 55 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
59 ( 64 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 59
60 ( 66 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 60

61 ( 57 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
62 ( 69 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 62
63 ( 67 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 63
64 ( NEW ) MAYBE The Chantels # 64
65 ( 60 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
66 ( 59 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
67 ( 70 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 67
68 ( NEW ) LADY-O The Turtles # 68
69 ( 71 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 69
70 ( NEW ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 70

71 ( NEW ) MELTING POT Blue Mink # 71
72 ( NEW ) VICTORIA The Kinks # 72
73 ( 75 ) WHAT YOU GAVE ME Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 73
74 ( NEW ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 74
75 ( NEW ) SIX WHITE HORSES Tommy Cash # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
5 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( 7 ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
8 ( 6 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
9 ( 9 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 8 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie

 

29th November 1969

It’s a 5th week on top for Archie Bell & The Drells as most of my 1969 classics have spent the year competing for the top spot while the end of the year is a bit open at present, so it’s a 1972 fave (at least from my point of view) that continues to rule the roost. Lee marvin is now the top Paint Your Wagon track, and all of them still sound fab, if cheesy. The film is dull, but the songs are fab. Highest new entry are 2 of my top acts of the year together on a duet – Bobbie & Glen cover the Everly Brothers classic and enter at 17, 6 years ahead of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band cover topping my charts. George Baker goes top 10 with his Little Green Backs (the Bag was a translation error), a lot higher than his Paloma Blanca charted, or will chart if we get to 1975 on the retro rundowns.

Also new, a future 1970 and 1974 UK hit single, popping up in the USA Bubbling list, it’s Jimmy Ruffin’s Farewell Is A Lonely Sound, and also Cilla Black’s early version of the chart-topping 21st Century cover by Agnetha Faltskog (in my charts that is, of course) If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind. JImmy & Cilla both go top 40, and just outside is Lou Christie’s follow-up to a biggie, and The Guess Who’s fab No Time, now higher in the chart than Junior Walker’s cover of These Eyes. Down at t’lower end, Scott Walker & The Four Tops sneak in just because they are both always classy, even if I’ve never heard either track before in my life.

1 ( 1 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
2 ( 5 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
3 ( 2 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
4 ( 6 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 4
5 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 5
6 ( 3 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
7 ( 4 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
8 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
9 ( 11 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
10 ( 10 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1

11 ( 13 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 11
12 ( 8 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
13 ( 9 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
14 ( 18 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 14
15 ( 16 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
16 ( 14 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
17 ( NEW ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 17
18 ( 17 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
19 ( 20 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 19
20 ( 32 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20

21 ( 15 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
22 ( 25 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 22
23 ( 23 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 23
24 ( 27 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 24
25 ( 24 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
26 ( 19 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 19
27 ( 28 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 27
28 ( 31 ) GROOVIN’ (OUT ON LIFE) The Newbeats # 28
29 ( 21 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 16
30 ( 33 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 30

31 ( 26 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
32 ( 35 ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 32
33 ( 22 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 10
34 ( 34 ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 34
35 ( 37 ) WHEN WE GET MARRIED 1910 Fruitgum Company # 35
36 ( 29 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
37 ( 40 ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 37
38 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 38
39 ( NEW ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 39
40 ( 44 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 40

41 ( 30 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 30
42 ( NEW ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 42
43 ( 47 ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 43
44 ( 39 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
45 ( 38 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 38
46 ( NEW ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 46
47 ( 52 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 47
48 ( 57 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 48
49 ( 36 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 20
50 ( 51 ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 50

51 ( 43 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
52 ( 48 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
53 ( 49 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
54 ( 60 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 54
55 ( 55 ) ARIZONA Mark Lindsay # 55
56 ( 63 ) IT’S GONNA TAKE A LOT TO BRING ME BACK The Manhattans # 56
57 ( 64 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 57
58 ( 62 ) WINTER WORLD OF LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck # 58
59 ( 53 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
60 ( 68 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 60

61 ( 45 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
62 ( 67 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Motherlode # 62
63 ( 58 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
64 ( 42 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
65 ( 59 ) FANCY Bobbie Gentry # 59
66 ( 69 ) CHERRY HILL PARK Billy Joe Royal # 66
67 ( 41 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 15
68 ( 70 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 68
69 ( 74 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 54 ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 54

71 ( 71 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink # 71
72 ( 72 ) VICTORIA The Kinks # 72
73 ( 66 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
74 ( NEW ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 74
75 ( NEW ) DON’T LET HIM TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME The Four Tops # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 4 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 3 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
9 ( 7 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
10 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley

My August 1970 Charts

4th August 1970

3 weeks for Cliff on top, and Elvis is on his heels at 2, how appropriate since Cliff modeled himself on early Elvis! Marmalade go for a 4th top 5, a melancholy Rainbow, and The Archies get a 5th Top 10 with a record that still has never been officially released in either the UK or the USA. Smokey Robinson gets a top ten song about tears, no not The Tracks Of My, this time it’s the equally classic Of A Clown.

Motown labelmates The Jackson 5, the hottest pop group around, enter at 13 with a third hit The Love You Save, a big improvement on ABC for me. They were the darlings of US variety shows of the time, not least the Ed Sullivan Show, which we had on TV in Singapore, albeit a while later. Look at the clip and marvel at Michael’s precociousness as performer. Fab. The other new record is at 20, Fairweather’s Natural Sinner. I’ve added it in retroactively as I didn’t hear it until 1975 while Andy Fairweather-Low was undergoing a solo career revival, having already had the hit pop group success with Amen Corner, including topping my charts in 1969 with Half As Nice. Not his finest hour, in all honesty.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 12 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
6 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
8 ( 14 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
10 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 6 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
14 ( 17 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
16 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
17 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 20 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
20 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather


Talking of Ed Sullivan. As I’ve said before, in many ways my TV world of the 60’s and early 70’s was much more American than British, and that held true especially in Singapore – there were UK shows but they tended to be the sci-fi shows like Doctor Who and UFO, which was the latest, most exciting. mind-blowing show for me to get hooked on. Gerry Anderson had gone into live action TV, keeping the model-making for the space-age vehicles and flying saucers, as we called them in those days. I loved it. I also loved American variety shows like Ed Sullivan, though he was very, very dull. He also regularly had an awful cute mime mouse on far too often (once was more than enough, never mind 50 times in 8 years) Topo Gigio. If I’ve repeated myself here, apologies, just take it as a warning as it’s still on youtube! Avoid!

11th August 1970

A second number one from The Archies, Love Vibrations was featured on Archie’s Funhouse, an hour-long mix of songs and sketches and short stories, with a supposed live audience of kids. See lower down for more info! On an otherwise still-dull chart, Smokey Robinson goes top 5, Jackson 5 top 10, both Motown, and there are 2 new entries, both songs Tom Jones has recorded. Just as well as his version of I (Who Have Nothing) is in at 16, a terrific dramatic ballad, with The Voice on fine form. Shirley Bassey had the UK 1963 hit version (produced by George Martin) but this was a cover of Ben E. King’s US original English-language version of an Italian hit 1961 song by Joe Sentieri.

At 20, is another cover by Three Dog Night, this time Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, typically lyrically quirky and interesting and 2 or 3 decades before he became a big-deal movie composer for Pixar and others. I’d prefer to hear Randy, but this passed the time till Tom Jones covered it for his Reloaded album with Stereophonics.
1 ( 7 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
2 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
5 ( 8 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
8 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
10 ( 13 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5

11 ( 9 ) LOLA The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
13 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 16 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 17 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night


Archie’s Funhouse and Love Vibrations: I’ve bought the series DVD in haze of rose-tinted bliss, and it’s excruciating to sit through – except for the songs. I enjoyed the Archie comics, but I loved the cartoon band pop to bits and recorded this direct off the TV at the time, tinny and all from a hand microphone onto my mid-60’s reel-to-reel (well, technically dad’s recorder but my need was greater and I acquired it pretty much so I could record every song I loved from that moment on. That was a LOT of songs and a lot of blank reel-to-reel tapes for me to save up to buy for the next 20 years. I’m obviously biased but I still love this song, written by one Neil Brian Goldberg, a songwriter who never made it but who impacted me and I hope other young kids of the time.

What happened was that music maestro and Archies producer/songwriter Jeff Barry was moving on (he of hit songwriting married couple Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, many a legendary song like Be My Baby, Da Do Ron Ron, Leader Of The Pack, River Deep Mountain High, and of course Sugar Sugar also for the Archies without Ellie). He took on Neil who ignored instructions to dumb down the hit machine and aim for 7-year-olds – instead his subject matter for songs was the world, the environment, civil rights, fairly serious topics for kiddie-pop. I noticed. I also noticed the promo cartoon videos to accompany and the fab tunes still sung by Ron Dante. Only 4 of the dozens of songs ever made it to limited release and none are available to buy to this day, including this one. So this will be the only chart it has ever appeared in. Boo! Hiss! It’s sweet (or twee), ever-so-slightly hippie psychedelic and melodic bubblegum.

18th August 1970

It’s Elvis on top, with his second number one in just over a year, following on from In The Ghetto. The Wonder Of You was originally a 1959 hit for Ray Peterson, but Elvis notched up the drama, now entering his Las Vegas phase and it was essentially Showbiz City from here on. I was still mad on Elvis and it would be another 2 years before the increasingly naff singles caused me to lose my love – in retrospect it all started here, really, give or take, as Parody Elvis killed off Gospel Elvis. These days, The Wonder Of You is nowhere near the top of my list of classic Presley.

Cat Stevens gets to 2, just ahead of a new entry for a new act, Bread. Bread was essentially David Gates, a great songwriter with an angelic sweet vocal, which I loved, but which provoked the same reaction amongst musos as The Carpenters – sweet equals sickly in their eyes, totally unable to appreciate the song quality. Make It With You is gorgeous, and was covered in the 90’s by Let Loose, to reasonable effect.

In at 5, one of my all-time fave bands of the 70’s debut – Hot Chocolate, fresh off The Beatles Apple label, and now with Micky Most’s RAK Records, loved that yacht logo on the vinyl. Errol Brown led the mixed race combo, in itself a statement at that time, and Errol and bandmate Tony Wilson showed they were nifty songwriters pretty much immediately (writing for other acts like Mary Hopkin). The organ and strings riffs of Love Is Life and that shuffling percussive rhythm were irresistible to me, and that soaring melody just fabulous. Still love it to bits.

Also in, at 19, Andy Williams is back with It’s So Easy, my top-rated crooner of the time. Andy was never bad, and I loved that he covered current hits on his show and albums. Just look at him singing this bouncy joyous pop ditty live – effortless and stylish.

1 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 7 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

6 ( 1 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 6 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 5 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

11 ( 10 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
12 ( 9 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 13 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones

16 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
17 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
18 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

Back in Singapore, time for some end-of-holiday musings and summary: the long summer holiday from school was pretty literal there, hot days, comics, music, TV, swimming pool, beach, catching fish for my tank, and yet more comics. I was getting a pretty good set of new Action Comics by this time, as well as back issues of Adventure Comics, all featuring my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes (and Superboy and Superman). I can’t understate how shaky and sweaty I would get when I came across a new issue – the surge of excitement overcame everything else. I had to have them, no matter what. By this time I was off on longer bus journeys, to Katong and Siglap bookstores and roadside kiosks, to Changi Village second-hand bookstores, and to Singapore City plush department stores newsagent sections (with grown-ups, that one, it was just that bit too daunting to go into the city on my own). Just as well I didn’t always tell where I’d been (I used to say Bedok, near where we first lived, and bring back fish from the tropical fish store for the tank as proof). Ah happy days, and I even got friend Dale to accompany me too, eventually – his parents also didn’t know. Given the red-flag bombs left locally aimed at us kids, as I’ve already said, I had to get my priorities right. I knew the risks, took no chances straying from the main bus route and the shops, and I wouldn’t have trusted strangers, but those comics were meant for me, I had to have them! I still have them….

I noticed by now that the comics I brought over from the UK were getting a bit brown and stained round the edges, so hot and humid was it, constantly. I had moth balls in the draw I kept them in, but that didn’t stop it. The expensive new ones needed to be kept as mint as possible in my obsessive eyes. I came up with a solution. Bread rolls. Or rather the bags the rolls came in, labelled with Bakers logos and so on, but otherwise transparent – I washed them out, dried them off for a day or two, and stored my comics in them one in each bag. Then inside a larger bag. It worked – they are still inside the same bags 46 years later, fairly airtight and stacked in my childhood wooden box. Some might call that anal retentive and they’d be right. But my comics are still near mint and worth a bob or two now.

25th August 1970

School hols nearly over, and it’s a reggae new entry at 1 for Desmond Dekker, finally getting the top spot after peaking at with Israelites the previous year. Written by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, You Can Get It If You Really Want was a fab melodic pop groove released on the super-cool reggae label Trojan. Back in 1970, though, Desmond was the big reggae star. Hot Chocolate go up to 2 with the fantastic Love Is Life, and Marmalade hold at 3 with the lovely Rainbow. New at 11, a future Kylie cover, the soulful funk of Chairmen Of The Board, starting their string of hits with one of their great singles, Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lead singer General Johnson had a terrific voice, and the creative team was ex-Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland on their new Invictus record label. Funkier, but still fab.

1 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 5 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 1 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 2 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
10 ( 9 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 11 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
16 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
17 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
18 ( 16 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
19 ( 18 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free


Back in the tropics, what kind of games were popular in our house? I got a fab game called Battling Tops for christmas which dad and his RAF mates also pissed themselves over – it was like an old amphitheatre but curved. Basically you wrapped up to 4 spinning tops in nylon rope, placed them in the 4 starter blocks at 90 degrees around the arena, and pulled hard. They then went mad, spinning towards each other and colliding, and the winner was the one who didn’t get chucked out the arena and who spun the longest.

The grown-ups were big on Canasta, very much a social thing among young married couples, or a ladies-only bit of fun – I still adore card games but they seem to be a thing of the past generally these days. Anyway, I watched avidly behind each grown-up watching how they played till I picked it up, and eventually I got to play too. Yay!

The other big social do, again for couples, but also men’s beer-drinking gatherings at our house (cos we had a dartboard) was darts. Mum and dad went onto the main RAF camp for nights out (we stayed on our own, brother & I, locked indoors with neighbours opposite keeping an eye on the house), I was quite sensible from an early age, these days you’d be done for child abandonment but at 12 or 13 years old I certainly didn’t feel I needed a baby sitter to control my younger brother and a bit of squabbling now and then. Anyway, they won loads of team darts awards, albeit some as runners-up (still have the little wooden plaques and cups) and I got to play darts as much as I wanted. Never did get great at it, though, preferred DC Comics and pop music and American TV.

Other board games: Monopoly (of course), Careers, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, and minor ones like draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo and so on. My big new board game, though, was Chess. I joined the chess club at Seletar Secondary Modern in my first year, and liked it, and ended up getting my own super-funky magnetic chess board (still have it) which I took to my new upcoming school, where I basically spent breaks with the other nerds playing chess. Yes my days of hanging about with the cool kids running round school playgrounds and playing fields were over, the new RAF Changi Grammar School was a whole different ball game, so to speak, and I pretty quickly got labelled a “swot” which was the social kiss of death for any shy boy. To be continued in September, and day one at school…