My Retro May 1967 Charts

5th May 1967

2 weeks on top for R. Dean Taylor just holding of a new entry from The Kinks – that classic Waterloo Sunset. PP Arnold keeps the Cat Stevens top 10 hitlist going, The Trems keep the Gaudio/Crewe hitlist going – and look, there’s another of theirs in at 19 as the classic singalongaFrankie Valli – later done bigger in the UK by Andy Williams, Boystown Gang and the greatest version Pet Shop Boys – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You pops in.

Elsewhere, Tommy James B side is doing much better than the A side, James Bond takes Herb Alpert into the top 20 as his cover of the Ramsey Lewis gem potters around lower. The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack Motown original of Ain’t No Mountain is in at 46, almost as good as the OTT cover by Diana Ross on it’s way in 3 years, Spanky & Our Gang’s well-known US hit drops by, a good Motown obscurity from Barbara McNair is new in, a 60’s US oldies radio fave from The Grass Roots is also new, and ditto The Music Explosion’s A Little Bit Of Soul, later picked up in 1972 by Jonathan King for UK Records resissued UK airplay – but no sales.

Hendrix does better than Purple Haze’s feeble peak of 75, in at 72 for his most radio-friendly track, while New Vaudeville Band have a soundalike follow-up (again), and Jackie Wilson does what he does well.

1 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( NEW ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 2 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
4 ( 6 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 12 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
6 ( 3 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
7 ( 4 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
8 ( 8 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
9 ( 15 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
10 ( 14 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles

11 ( 5 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
12 ( 7 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
14 ( 16 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
15 ( 11 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
16 ( 27 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
17 ( 13 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
18 ( 20 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
19 ( NEW ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
20 ( 26 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

21 ( 22 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
22 ( 30 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
23 ( 18 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
24 ( 19 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
25 ( 17 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
26 ( 10 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
27 ( 33 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
28 ( 29 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
29 ( 25 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
30 ( 21 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group

31 ( 34 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
32 ( 41 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
33 ( 23 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
34 ( 40 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
35 ( 36 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
36 ( 45 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
37 ( 25 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
38 ( 32 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
39 ( 55 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
40 ( 52 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension

41 ( 47 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
42 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
43 ( 28 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
44 ( 39 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
45 ( 38 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
46 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
47 ( 37 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
48 ( 50 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
49 ( 60 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
50 ( 53 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

51 ( 59 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
52 ( 35 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
53 ( 49 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
54 ( 48 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
55 ( 57 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
56 ( 66 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
57 ( 64 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
58 ( 54 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
59 ( 74 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
60 ( 65 ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie

61 ( NEW ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
62 ( 42 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
63 ( 67 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
64 ( 44 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
65 ( NEW ) HERE I AM BABY Barbara McNair
66 ( NEW ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
67 ( 43 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
68 ( NEW ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
69 ( 51 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
70 ( 73 ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys

71 ( 72 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
72 ( NEW ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
73 ( 56 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
74 ( NEW ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
75 ( NEW ) I’VE LOST YOU Jackie Wilson

 

12th May 1967

The Kinks grab a new Number One – now had I been doing some charts on here back in 64 then You Really Got Me would have topped, and possibly Sunny Afternoon. The Trems Four Seasons cover is up to 6, as the actual Four Seasons are at 10 (whatever the label says) and The Beach Boys oldie cover shoots up to 11. Highest new entry The Walker Brothers also cover and early 60’s classic, at 34, just ahead of big climbs for Spanky & Our gang and Sonny & Cher. The original songs to later chart-toppers for me (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Say You Don’t Mind) and later hits (24 Sycamore and Here We Go Again) climb or enter, while The Staple Singers have a chart debut, and yet another old Monkees fave pops in too. Just waiting for Sgt Pepper eh? This chart could get VERY crowded….!

1 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
2 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
3 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
4 ( 3 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
5 ( 5 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
6 ( 9 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
7 ( 6 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
8 ( 10 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
9 ( 7 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
10 ( 19 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli

11 ( 32 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
13 ( 11 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
14 ( 16 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
15 ( 21 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
16 ( 12 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
17 ( 13 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
18 ( 20 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
19 ( 31 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
20 ( 17 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles

21 ( 22 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
22 ( 15 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
23 ( 14 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
24 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
25 ( 27 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
26 ( 23 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
27 ( 39 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
28 ( 24 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
29 ( 28 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
30 ( 36 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells

31 ( 18 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
32 ( 29 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
33 ( 34 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
34 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
35 ( 61 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
36 ( 30 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
37 ( 59 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
38 ( 40 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
39 ( 48 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
40 ( 56 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond

41 ( 41 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
42 ( 38 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
43 ( 25 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
44 ( 26 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
45 ( 49 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
46 ( 35 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
47 ( 44 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
48 ( 33 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
49 ( 51 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
50 ( 37 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico

51 ( 66 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
52 ( 45 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
53 ( 43 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
54 ( 74 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
55 ( 55 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
56 ( 47 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
57 ( 57 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
58 ( 54 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
59 ( 68 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
60 ( 63 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who

61 ( 72 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62 ( 58 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
63 ( 42 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
64 ( 71 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
65 ( 65 ) HERE I AM BABY Barbara McNair
66 ( NEW ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
67 ( NEW ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
68 ( 70 ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys
69 ( NEW ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
70 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees

71 ( NEW ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
72 ( NEW ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
73 ( NEW ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
74 ( NEW ) WHY (AM I TREATED SO BAD) The Staple Singers
75 ( NEW ) AM I GROOVING YOU Freddie Scott

 

19th May 1967

New in on top and it’s the start of the Summer Of Love with the hippie anthem from The Mamas & The Papas..err I mean John Phillips very generous gift to Scott McKenzie (imagine if he’d kept it, ah if only). I loved this song at the time, in the sunny days living on the Isle Of Anglesey (rural RAF Valley), as did my mum. I still love it. One I didn’t know at the time is up to 4 (Frankie Valli’s classic original), as Pet Clark is straight in at 11 with another childhood fave from the days when Tony Hatch knocked out the melodic pop gems on a weekly basis – Don’t Sleep In The Subway.

Another biggie in at 14, the original Light My Fire, The Doors classic, another I knew in later years (Jose Feliciano was MY original), and up nearly 50 places another song I knew but a version I didn’t – Wayne Fontana’s earlier version of Gene Pitney’s 24 Sycamore. The Walker Brothers return to the top 20 with another cover – this time Walking In The Rain – and Tommy James hits my top 20 with a track that should have been a big A side single. Much better than the otherwise-decent Mirage.

A band I’d never heard of 6 months ago, The Five Stairsteps, replace themselves in my top 40 with a great cover of Smokey Robinson’s Ooh Baby Baby, and the timeless trippie-classical groove from Procol Harum is in at 34, 5 years ahead of it making my real charts in 1972. A great Grass Roots track goes top 40, one I got to know on Florida 60’s oldies radio in the 90’s – they tended to pick a theme (in this case records from 1963 to 1973) and then play oldies from that era on rotation as if they were new tracks. As I used to holiday in Orlando most years, that was a voyage of 60’s oldies discovery for me, taping onto cassette from the radio.

Up Up And Away, 2 versions, The Johnny Mann version was the UK hit version I knew at the time and liked, but The 5th Dimension I got to know in 1969 to 1971 and became a huge fan of (they were on Ed Sullivan shows broadcast on Singapore TV, and on Singapore radio) – so that gets the higher chart placing. Others: a Dusty goodie, Showstoppers later UK hit, The Association’s Windy (not a UK hit but a well-known song), Engelbert’s monster follow-up, Manfred’s Tommy Roe cover, and a bunch of super-heroes at 75. Ah if only….

1 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
2 ( 1 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 6 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
4 ( 10 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
5 ( 8 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
6 ( 2 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 3 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
8 ( 11 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
9 ( 5 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
10 ( 4 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees

11 ( NEW ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
12 ( 7 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
13 ( 14 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
14 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
15 ( 19 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
16 ( 66 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
17 ( 9 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
18 ( 21 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
19 ( 34 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
20 ( 24 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 30 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
22 ( 13 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
23 ( 12 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
24 ( 16 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
25 ( 20 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
26 ( 17 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
27 ( 15 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
28 ( 37 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
29 ( NEW ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
30 ( 35 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang

31 ( 18 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
32 ( 22 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
33 ( 28 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
34 ( NEW ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
35 ( 39 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
36 ( 23 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
37 ( 51 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
38 ( 40 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
39 ( 26 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
40 ( 41 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey

41 ( 27 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
42 ( 29 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
43 ( 32 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
44 ( 49 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
45 ( 45 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
46 ( 73 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
47 ( 67 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
48 ( 25 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
49 ( NEW ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
50 ( 31 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows

51 ( 55 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
52 ( 42 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
53 ( 36 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
54 ( 54 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
55 ( 61 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 33 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
57 ( 47 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
58 ( 59 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
59 ( 69 ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
60 ( 71 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine

61 ( NEW ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
62 ( 72 ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
63 ( 52 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
64 ( 64 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
65 ( 38 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
66 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
67 ( 58 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
68 ( NEW ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
69 ( 70 ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
70 ( 74 ) WHY (AM I TREATED SO BAD) The Staple Singers

71 ( NEW ) WINDY The Association
72 ( NEW ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
74 ( NEW ) SWEET PEA Manfred Mann
75 ( NEW ) YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING (AND EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) The Fantastic Four

26th May 1967

2 weeks on top for Scott McKenzie’s hippie anthem, holding off a challenge from The Doors at 3. That’s the position the long version peaked at on re-issue in the 90’s in my charts. Wayne Fontana and The Walker Brothers go top 10, which is about as well as The Partridge Family did with it in 1973 – hey I liked David Cassidy and the TV show!

A big leap for Procol Harum into the 20, which A Whiter Shade Of Pale did in 1972 for me, and a lesser-known Northern Soul Motown gem from The Four Tops turns the top 20 gloomy as well as pale. The Five Stairsteps take Smokey Robinson into the 20, while Johnny Rivers enters with another Smokey song.

Highest new entry at 30 is that American hit and UK flop, incredibly, for Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl. I swear it was on constant rotation on Florida radio each year I holidayed in the 90’s. Far and away his best solo record, too. 2 versions of The Boat That I Row side by side, 2 versions of Up Up And Away, one of them not floating as high as the better version, and a new entry for Traffic, newly-hot with Paper Sun at 36.

Jeff Beck & Dave Dee & co go top 40, Vikki Carr’s MOR classic is in at 58, and childhood fave Carrie Ann pops in a bit lower. One of my parents younger RAF friend couples had this one (Jimmy & Vera had some singles I liked so I enjoyed popping round for biscuits and playing their records, Jimmy was in his early 20’s, mum was very nearly ancient at 28, dad was 30).

1 ( 1 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
2 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
4 ( 5 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
5 ( 11 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
6 ( 4 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
7 ( 8 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
8 ( 16 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
9 ( 6 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
10 ( 19 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers

11 ( 3 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
12 ( 7 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
13 ( 10 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
14 ( 15 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
15 ( 9 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
16 ( 34 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
17 ( 12 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
18 ( 29 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
19 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
20 ( 21 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells

21 ( 46 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
22 ( 13 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
23 ( 37 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
25 ( 25 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
26 ( 22 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
27 ( 23 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
28 ( 35 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
29 ( 24 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
30 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison

31 ( 18 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
32 ( 26 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
33 ( 38 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
34 ( 28 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
35 ( 49 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
36 ( NEW ) PAPER SUN Traffic
37 ( 40 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
38 ( 33 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
39 ( 45 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
40 ( 47 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

41 ( 32 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
42 ( 41 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
43 ( 36 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
44 ( 27 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
45 ( 39 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
46 ( 61 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
47 ( 54 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
48 ( 58 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
49 ( 55 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
50 ( 51 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 42 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
52 ( 31 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
53 ( 59 ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
54 ( 64 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
55 ( 30 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
56 ( 52 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
57 ( 43 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
58 ( 60 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
59 ( NEW ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
60 ( 57 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens

61 ( 66 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
62 ( 62 ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
63 ( 53 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
64 ( NEW ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
65 ( 68 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
66 ( 50 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
67 ( 69 ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
68 ( 44 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
69 ( 71 ) WINDY The Association
70 ( 72 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian

71 ( 73 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
72 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
73 ( 75 ) YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING (AND EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) The Fantastic Four
74 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
75 ( NEW ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey

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My 1970 Charts – July

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7th July 1970

5 weeks and Everything Is still Beautiful for Ray Stevens. Simon & Garfunkel go up to 4 with Cecilia up in my bedroom, Lady D’Arbanville gives Cat Stevens a royal climb to 6, and Lola gives The Kinks a manly leg-up into the top 10. New at 10, and The King is back, fresh from a run of classic 1969 singles, including chart-topper In The Ghetto, but this time it’s not cool soulful gospel Elvis, it’s the start of Las Vegas live cabaret Elvis who covers other people’s records for a living. This one is 1959 Ray Peterson hit The Wonder Of You, and is still his best cabaret period track, well OTT but a bit of fun, and Elvis had yet to become a caricature of himself.

In at 14, and back in the chart groove, Jimmy Ruffin keeps those Motown soul-sounds going with I’ll Say Forever My Love, a terrific record in a run of great singles from Jimmy. In at 19, Joni Mitchell finally charts in her own right, having been covered by others prior to Big Yellow Taxi. It’s a great song, still popular, but not by any means my favourite Joni song, not even close. 5 years on she took a re-recorded version into my charts, and it would be 4 years before she actually got a follow-up chart track enter my charts.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 4 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
8 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
10 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley

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11 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
12 ( 9 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
13 ( 12 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
14 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 14 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
17 ( 15 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
18 ( 19 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
19 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
20 ( 16 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies

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So, as they like to start sentences with these days, Singapore lazy hazy days of summer. My school popcorn transfer collection was becoming pretty comprehensive – I’d covered my cardboard hardboard suitcase-style school bag (everyone had them) in them, inside and out, and I’d decided to save them for posterity in a DIY mini-album made from A4 sheets cut in half and folded over, and stapled together. I still have it of course, and I am right now gazing at my gorgeous Neal Adams figures of Superman, Batman, Batgirl and Robin, still the best DC Comics artist of all time. I also had my el cheapo Far east rip-off versions of Batman/ Superman which had the hair the wrong colour, the costumes the wrong colour, and other hilarity I guess was intentionally done to avoid copyright prosecution. Either that or the artist was colour-blind. Then there’s my 2001: A Space Odyssey transfers, still sexy and still futuristic even though it’s 14-years beyond 2001 now. Not to mention my “Monkey” animation transfers (I’m sure I have already mentioned these, but y’know, whatever!) as Far East culture was just as much fair game as American to kids like me. Think of it as an early version of Kung Fu Panda! Then there’s the Cowboy transfers (think Toy Story’s Woody), the Daktari TV show transfers (Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion was a hit long before The Lion King), and loads of Anime superheroes in the style of hit Japanese TV show Marine Boy. Anime was big news in Singapore for kids, and I have vague memories of an obscure series called Phantoma so I googled and I youtubed and he looks nothing like I recall (see link) so I’m thinking it may have been a local TV station rename for Space Ghost who does look like I recall (a Hanna Barbera cartoon) so here’s the Japanese language version. Anyways, all in all, a big yah-boo-sucks to later trends and cults for kids, beat ya all to it, so there hah (raspberry!).

http://youtube.com/v/DEFxejz3g18


14th July 1970

Mungo Jerry finally get on top in the summertime, or in Singapore where it’s perpetually summer, summer sounds seemed doubly appropriate. Once upon a time it was fresh and new and unusual, before a plethora of adverts, TV spots, film slots and a cover by Shaggy rendered it all a bit old hat, but I retain affection for it as long as I don’t hear it too often! Highest new entry at 12 is Hotlegs with the insistent plodding beat of Neanderthal Man. It seemed like a novelty record, which is not quite right as the band went on to become 75% of 10CC, who also started off with what seemed to be a novelty record, before it became quite clear that they specialised in musical pastiches, witty lyrics and versatility of sound. Prior to Hotlegs, Eric Stewart was in and sang lead vocal on the Mindbenders gorgeous Groovy Kind Of Love, another of many childhood faves of mine. After leaving the chart, Graham Gouldman joined Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Eric (joint owner of Strawberry Studios, where they recorded, along with Graham) and that was essentially 10CC formed.

1 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
6 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
9 ( 7 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 9 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

 

http://youtube.com/v/wiWu7Csn2HY

11 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( NEW ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
14 ( 12 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 13 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
17 ( 15 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
19 ( 16 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
20 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe


Around about this time dad started buying colour slide films for the new half-frame camera – this was quite a revelation, as once he’d got a screen and slide projector we had the multicolour 60’s experience recorded for posterity at 72 shots a roll of film, and shown in glorious multicolour afterwards as big as you wanted. This was amazing, as it just captured everything about a largely-disappearing period-piece, our youth, and in the years (and decades) afterwards it kept the whole tropical Singapore world fresh and vivid. I still have boxes and boxes of slides (now sometimes looking worse for wear as time starts to let fungus and the like creep in) and no way of transferring to digital which does them justice – the focus is not quite right, the colours too pastel, the bits of dust and stuff on them stands out too much. What I need is time and expensive kit to have them back to life and saved. Here’s one of mum, dad, brother and life then ins Singapore city: mum’s crocheted handbag (arts and crafts were big with the housewives), the bottle of fanta (you needed lotsa bottles of fizzy drinks on a day out), the umbrella (when it rained it poured), the cool fashions: I’m sorry, for me fashion peaked in 1970 and it has been at it’s best since when it’s returning to similar styles of the late 60’s and very early 70’s. Call me old-fashioned…!


21st July 1970

Cliff gets his first chart-topper after a couple of number 2’s. I say first, actually Cliff’s career was the same age as me (still is, obviously!) and he’d moved over into family pop fairly early into his career and pretty much stayed there, but with an increasingly bubblegum tendency that didn’t go down well with music critics. Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha was melodic pop that appealed well enough to 12 year-old’s, about a boy dumping his mates for girls, not about tomboys blossoming into women, or boys going the Lola route (sadly, as that would have been quite a media sensation). In a hypothetical world where I started my pop charts at age 5, not 10, Cliff would have had Summer Holiday, Bacholer Boy, All My Love, The Day I Met Marie and maybe Congratulations hit the top spot, cos I loved them all. The Day I Met Marie eventually did top my chart, and there’s still time for The Next Time (double A with Bacholer Boy) to do the same, though the others have all passed that point now.

Simon & Garfunkel get yet another single fall just short of the top spot, the fab Cecilia at 2, as Elvis and Cat go top 5, Hotlegs go top 10, and the highest new entry at 13 is one I was mad on, recorded direct off the TV with a hand microphone from The Archies Fun House show. Love Vibrations inexpicably remains unreleased 45 years later, and of course is therefore the record I most want to be available on download, or CD, or vinyl. It’s just a great tune, and much better than a number of their rather odd singles choices following the monster that was Sugar Sugar. Pretty sure it never appeared in any chart, therefore, on the whole Planet Earth, so I’m singing it’s praises a lone voice in the wilderness, albeit through childhood rose-tinted specs. At 18, and much better-known, it’s Stevie Wonder again, Signed, Sealed, Delivered he’s yours. Even covered by Stevie himself in 2003 with Blue (it wasn’t an improvement on the original) it gave him a 21st century UK chart hit that wasn’t Superstition (it usually is). The youtube clip is a gem, cool Stevie and spot missus Syreeta on backing vocals. At 20, Pickettywich sneak in briefly again with a sad old movie, kinda. S’OK.

http://youtube.com/v/Po1ffbk5JA0

1 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
4 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
5 ( 8 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
6 ( 5 ) LOLA The Kinks
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
9 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

http://youtube.com/v/zxexKLsLpw0

11 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 18 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
13 ( NEW ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 13 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
17 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
20 ( NEW ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywich

http://youtube.com/v/cbKVfq49tII

What was reading at this time, apart from comics? Just William books (very British), The Bobbsey Twins books (very American), Enid Blyton books (still) though I’d moved more into the “Secret” and “Adventure” books and away from The Famous Five and The Secret Seven (very Dorset). I’d already dipped into Arthur C. Clarke (Dolphin Island, a long-forgotten pro-dolphin sci-fi yarn aimed at kids) which whetted my appetite for science-fiction, without actually being aware that was what it was, or that more was available in that genre. My fave books of all-time, though were The Secret Island (Blyton) and Dolphin Island (Clarke) and the 1858 R. M. Ballantyne novel The Coral Island. Hmmm, I seem to have a thing for being marooned on/or living on isolated islands, particularly tropical ones, and ones with animals I can love (as opposed to eat). It all seemed so glamorous being able to do exactly what you want, in co-operation, on a marvellous adventure. Or maybe I just liked living in my own world cos the real one is quite cruel. No change there then….

28th July 1970

2 weeks for Cliff and Samantha, Cat hits 3 with his lady, and Jimmy Ruffin gets a 2nd top 10 in a row. In at 12 it’s another country-flavoured melodic ballad from the under-rated Scottish band Marmalade, Rainbow is another sweet-sad pop song in the style of The Hollies or Crosby Stills & Nash, and follows-up my chart-topper Reflections Of My Life. Like The Monkees they generally (against their wishes) were forced to record songs by professional songwriters, (good records all the same) but in 1969 switched to Decca and produced their own songs. Their line-up had Junior Campbell, later of solo gospel-tinged singles success, and they rather sensibly changed the band name from The Gaylords. Pity they didn’t choose The Jam rather than The Marmalade though! Hendrix was an early supporter, little-known fact.

At 14, it’s an oldie, and a classic. Yes, shockingly, Tears Of A Clown was an obscure 1967 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles album track which Motown bizarrely failed to recognise as a smash hit classic. The UK was a big supporter of 60’s Motown tracks well into the 70’s, and this one actually topped the UK singles chart before happening in the USA – it also stopped Smokey leaving the band for another 2 years! The record? It’s perfect. The circus-themed riffs, the clever lyrics, the great vocal, and the tune, all perfect. No cover version, including the hit ska cover by The Beat, comes close to matching the sheer beauty of the original. Smokey is a much-admired songwriter by other professional songwriters, and he even had a song all about him: ABC’s When Smokey Sings. Nuff said. In at 19, Chicago are back with 25 Or 6 To 4 – no I still have no idea what it means either. It’s a great jazz-tinged rock groove though, with some mighty riffs. The future held decades of tedious ballads (mostly) but in 1970 they were still cool.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

6 ( 8 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 6 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/MeMS8SuHPs0

11 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade
13 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops

http://youtube.com/v/HsI-DB-25e8

16 ( 12 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
17 ( 18 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
18 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/WLiuMkGCOC4


The youtube clip of Tears Of A Clown is taken from The Andy Williams Show, Andy was coolest of the crooners and a family fave, his variety show had his extended family on it (actual wife Claudine Longet, and unrelated regulars The Osmond Brothers) and big big Hollywood and TV superstars, and big singers and up and coming upstarts like Elton John and The Jackson 5. The Cookie Bear was a running gag beloved of kids like me, and in this clip you have Ray Stevens doing his novelty hit Along Came Jones with Andy doing the female role, comic Danny Thomas joining in, and 7-year-old Jimmy Osmond as cowboy hero Jones. Cute!

http://youtube.com/v/0d4ahG7kh-Y