My Retro April 1968 Charts

6th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for Tommy James major classic party rockin’ anthem, a great vocal performance showing minimal lyrics aren’t an issue for dancing wildly. In at 2, it’s one of my all-time fave childhood records (well, it was obligatory in 1968 to love it if you were between 5 and 12, and especially for girls who loved ponies). It was the theme tune to children’s TV The White Horses, one of the many European shows of the time (Yugoslavian/German in this case) and in it’s many repeats over subsequent years the theme tune stayed fresh and popular, almost cult (see Trash Can Sinatras version). Still love it, unashamedly, such a toon!

Diana Ross & co grabbing another top 10, Glen also fluttering top-10-ward with his elusive album track, and Dionne Warwick’s great Bacharach/David jaunty coffee-table classic is in at 10 – and indeed I do know the way to San Jose, I’ve been there. Head south from the Golden Gate Bridge is my advice. Guy Marks is bananas into the 30, and Gene Pitney is somewhere in the country just outside, and Peter Frampton herds his band into the 40, their 3rd hit, and just as fab as the first 2. Laura Nyro gets another top 40.

New entries lower down include, The Rascals back again, no longer Young, The Isley Brothers future-brilliant-cover for The Doobie Brothers in 1975, Take Me In Your Arms, and The Easybeats are also back – not quite AC/DC or even Flash & The Pan, though the latter certainly has it’s roots in Hello How Are You – literally. Marvin & Tammi are back yet again with one better known song than the higher-charting of their two, and a blues goodie later covered by Santana to more fame and sales slips in – Black Magic Woman, a Peter Green early great song that sounds like it had been around for 40 years already. Arthur Conley and Classics IV do the clone-follow-up thing, and Spanky And Our Gang get all MOR schmaltzy at 75.

1 ( 11 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
2 ( NEW ) WHITE HORSES Jacky
3 ( 1 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
4 ( 2 ) VALLERI The Monkees
5 ( 3 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 10 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
7 ( 4 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 6 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
10 ( 15 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

11 ( 5 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
12 ( 7 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
13 ( 8 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
14 ( 9 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
15 ( 16 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
16 ( 12 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
17 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
18 ( 13 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
19 ( NEW ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
20 ( 24 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin

21 ( 18 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
22 ( 19 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
23 ( 23 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 20 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
25 ( 21 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 32 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
27 ( 30 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
28 ( 22 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
29 ( 25 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
30 ( 45 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks

31 ( 61 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
32 ( 27 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
33 ( 28 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
34 ( 26 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
35 ( 39 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
36 ( 29 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens
37 ( 38 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
38 ( 33 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
39 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
40 ( 53 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro

41 ( 31 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
42 ( 34 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
43 ( 46 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
44 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
45 ( 50 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
46 ( 41 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
47 ( 43 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
48 ( 42 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
49 ( 44 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
50 ( 36 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith

51 ( 40 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
52 ( 52 ) IF YOU CAN WANT Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
53 ( 47 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
54 ( 59 ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE The Bee Gees
55 ( 51 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
56 ( 60 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
57 ( 37 ) AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS The Formations
58 ( 54 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
59 ( NEW ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
60 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers

61 ( 64 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Glen Campbell
62 ( 48 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
63 ( 58 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
64 ( 66 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW ABOUT ME? Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
65 ( NEW ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
66 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
67 ( 70 ) ELI’S COMING Laura Nyro
68 ( 63 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
69 ( NEW ) BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 72 ) RED RED WINE Neil Diamond

71 ( 55 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
72 ( NEW ) FUNKY STREET Arthur Conley
73 ( 75 ) SHOO-BE-DOO-BE-DOO-DA-DAY Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) SOUL TRAIN Classics IV
75 ( NEW ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU Spanky & Our Gang

 

13th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for the galloping Jackie’s kiddiepop gem, making it 7 weeks in a row of one-weekers on top, The Legend Of Xanadu being the last to stay on top longer than a week (3 weeks). Highest new entry at 3 is the psychedelic pop fabulousness of a Bob Dylan cover from Julie Driscoll & co, the best of many many Dylan covers to date, and better (as usual) than his original – Wheel’s On Fire. Straight in at 10 The Love Affair cover a second Robert Knight top 20 original (in these charts), and also improve on the original considerably – My Rainbow Valley is triff. Robert Knight will be back in a few weeks with another Northern Soul gem that they didn’t bother to cover – oops! Wrong choice! Talking of Northern Soul, Edwin Starr sneaks in at 75 with one I don’t know, but like on first hearing, and it won’t be long before he will be gracing the UK singles charts with other tracks.

Gene Pitney is Somewhere In The Country of, well in the region of, the top 20, and The Fireballs re-enter after dropping out the week before now the laid-back charms of Goin’ Away are putting a hook into my car singalongs. Sounds more 70’s than 60’s so I take that to mean it was ahead of it’s time. The Small Faces enter at 45 with what is a sort of cockney novelty record, and one I liked a lot at the time, much more than most of their hits which tended to pass me by on the whole. Lazy Sunday, though, was a last burst before they fizzled out.

At 59, it’s Soul Survivors with another early Gamble & Huff Philly soul sound, and nothing to do with the TV theme, which is a relief as it’s another new-to-me goodie. At 62, another 16 Big Hits track (I should recount them all, seems to be more like 26 tracks the amount of times I mention it!) and bubblegum earworm and a half: once you have heard the immortal lyric Yummy Yummy Yummy I’ve got love in my tummy there is no way of ever blocking it out no matter how you try. It’s for life. Al Green has another obscure early soul goodie in my list, The Beach Boys return with Friends (much-needed as Brian Wilson had more-or-less retired burnt-out and mentally ill, along with the hint of genius, though it wouldnt be long before the rest of boys put in some good efforts). Curtis Mayfield and The Kinks return, and debuting at 74 it’s Andy Kim with a bubblegum flop. Who he? Only the main co-songwriter of The Archies hits and album tracks, and 1974’s fab Rock Me Gently which he grabbed all for himself. Get used to hearing his name frequently before year-end…yes I watched, adored, recorded, bought The Archies while I was cut off from the UK music scene in less than 18 months from this point.

1 ( 2 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
2 ( 1 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
3 ( NEW ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
4 ( 3 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 4 ) VALLERI The Monkees
6 ( 5 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 8 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 10 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
9 ( 6 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
10 ( NEW ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair

11 ( 7 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
12 ( 9 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
13 ( 11 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
14 ( 12 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
15 ( 17 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
16 ( 13 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
17 ( 31 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
18 ( 19 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
19 ( 15 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
20 ( 14 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus

21 ( 16 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
22 ( 18 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
23 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
24 ( 30 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
25 ( 27 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
26 ( 26 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
27 ( 23 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
28 ( 21 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
29 ( 22 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
30 ( 40 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro

31 ( 39 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
32 ( 29 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
33 ( 35 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
34 ( 25 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
35 ( 32 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
36 ( 33 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
37 ( 24 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
38 ( 45 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
39 ( RE ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
40 ( 43 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard

41 ( 38 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
42 ( 28 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
43 ( 61 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
44 ( 34 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black
45 ( 56 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 42 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
47 ( 41 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
48 ( 47 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
49 ( 46 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
50 ( 48 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles

51 ( 49 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
52 ( 37 ) SOMETHING HERE IN MY HEART The Paper Dolls
53 ( NEW ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
54 ( 44 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
55 ( 59 ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
56 ( 60 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
57 ( 53 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
58 ( 55 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
59 ( NEW ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
60 ( 36 ) UNWIND Ray Stevens

61 ( 58 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
62 ( NEW ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
63 ( 66 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
64 ( 65 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
65 ( 67 ) ELI’S COMING Laura Nyro
66 ( NEW ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
67 ( 63 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
69 ( 69 ) BLACK MAGIC WOMAN Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WONDER BOY The Kinks

71 ( 50 ) THE SON OF HICKORY HOLLER’S TRAMP O.C. Smith
72 ( NEW ) WE’RE ROLLIN’ ON The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( 68 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
74 ( NEW ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
75 ( NEW ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr

 

20th April 1968

It’s a first week on top for Julie, Bri & co having a neat Dylan-cover bookending the top and bottom of my chart. The Ab Fab theme tune has eaten into the record’s Ab Fabness over the years, but really it’s a majestic powerful record that I wasn’t really aware of much at the time. Highest new entry is the penultimate 16 Big Hits record to debut, and it’s Engelbert’s best record by a country mile, the smooth A Man Without Love, an English-language cover of a fab dramatic 1962 Italian soaring ballad. Another expert at the dramatic ballad, Gene Pitney, also goes top 10, not for the first time, not for the last time, cos Gene was just epic at his best.

Glen Campbell gets a 3rd top 5 and The Love Affair get a second top 5, with an uncredited Sue Glover doing some key female melody hooks on it. As I’m treating my retro charts as if they were 2018, streaming, worldwide release, and dozens of featuring credits for minimal effort, I’m giving credit where it’s deserved in the grooves. Sun & Sunny had a duetting stream of support vocals, a minor hit, and an actual hit as The Pearls (Third Finger Left Hand) but weren’t allowed to promote it due to contractual problems, so fellow backing vocalists took over the group. Not that it mattered, they were also Brotherhood Of Man pre-Eurovision, Sunny had a solo hit in 1974, and Sue was one of the gospel rousing singers on With A Little Help for Joe Cocker later in 68, before both backed Lulu at Eurovision in 69. Cue singing for T.Rex, Mott, Dusty, Elton, Zappa & Moroder among many….!

Simon & Garfunkel’s movie soundtrack classic (The Graduate – “are you trying to seduce me Mrs Robinson?”) enters at 25 as lead track on Bookends, along with post-split 1972 hit America. Great record but it belongs in 1968 charts not 1972. Angel Of The Morning, Merrilee Rush’s big US hit (as later covered in the UK by Mary Mason in 1977, and definitively by Juice Newton in the early 80’s, as featured in probably the greatest ever use of an oldie to start a movie – the awesome Deadpool) enters at 44, one I never knew back then, but know by others way better now. The original is pretty good though.

That leaves just another Thom Bell writer/production for The Delfonics follow-up hinting of greater things to come – that would be The Detroit Spinners, The Stylistics early hits, New York City and a banger 21st century number from Elton John’s Thom Bell Philadelphia soul EP – Are You Ready For Love. The record that cheated Cliff out of his win by one point (rumour suggests Spanish leader Franco had a hand in nobbling judges, but nothing has been proved to back it up), La La La, enters. Not only is it not as good, as successful, nor as famous as Cliff’s Congratulations, but it was supposed to have been sung in Catalan by a male singer but Franco over-ruled this bare-faced affront. Much more likely 1969 judges were nobbled, I say – come back next year for more…

1 ( 3 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
2 ( 1 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
3 ( 2 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
4 ( 8 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
5 ( 10 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
6 ( NEW ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
7 ( 4 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
8 ( 5 ) VALLERI The Monkees
9 ( 6 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 17 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney

11 ( 7 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( 9 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
13 ( 15 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
14 ( 11 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
15 ( 13 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
16 ( 12 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
17 ( 18 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
18 ( 16 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
19 ( 14 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
20 ( 24 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks

21 ( 21 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
22 ( 22 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
23 ( 20 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
24 ( 25 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus
25 ( NEW ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
26 ( 31 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
27 ( 30 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
28 ( 19 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
29 ( 27 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
30 ( 34 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

31 ( 28 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
32 ( 29 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
33 ( 26 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
34 ( 23 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
35 ( 32 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
36 ( NEW ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
37 ( 39 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
38 ( 35 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
39 ( 53 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
40 ( 45 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra

41 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
42 ( 43 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
43 ( 33 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
44 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
45 ( 41 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
46 ( 37 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
47 ( 56 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
48 ( 38 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
49 ( 46 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
50 ( 68 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys

51 ( 48 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
52 ( 50 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
53 ( 51 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
54 ( 49 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
55 ( 55 ) A BEAUTIFUL MORNING The Rascals
56 ( 62 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
57 ( 47 ) ROSIE Don Partridge
58 ( 42 ) IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 59 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
60 ( 44 ) STEP INSIDE LOVE Cilla Black

61 ( 63 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
62 ( 57 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
63 ( 58 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
64 ( 64 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
65 ( 61 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
66 ( 66 ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
67 ( 40 ) CONGRATULATIONS Cliff Richard
68 ( 74 ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
69 ( 70 ) WONDER BOY The Kinks
70 ( 75 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr

71 ( 54 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Madeline Bell
72 ( 72 ) WE’RE ROLLIN’ ON The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
73 ( NEW ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics
74 ( NEW ) LA LA LA Massiel
75 ( NEW ) YOU AIN’T GOING NOWHERE The Byrds

 

27th April 1968

Its 2 weeks on top for This Wheel’s On Fire, holding off the Hump in his only chance of topping my chart. Simon & Garfunkel get a first retro-chart top 10, and LOve climb back up. Nancy & Lee make it 6 top 10’s in 16 months, 8 for Nancy in total. Merrilee Rush Deadpool’s it into the 30, and Eddy Grant equals chart success times 2 as Baby Come Back enters some 20-odd years before his own solo version enters a bit lower. A big climb for The Delfonics into the 40, as yet another is new lower down.

Scott Walker goes ballad and in at 45, Bill Medley drops Bobby Hatfield for a solo entry, while Neil Diamond, The Temptations and The Foundations all keep the hits coming at frantic paces – the speed of single releases in 1968 USA in particular was amazing considering the current “hang-around-forever” big hits and “useless-invasion-of-album-tracks-masquerading-as-singles-in-week-one” that has made me determined to treat 60’s acts and albums the same way to illustrate that Drake having 3,546 chart entries in a year is meaningless when big 60’s streaming-free acts could have had the same (but didn’t by virtue of people having to buy music at great expense or else just listen to the radio)

1 ( 1 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
2 ( 6 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
3 ( 2 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
5 ( 3 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
6 ( 4 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
7 ( 25 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
8 ( 22 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
9 ( 7 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
10 ( 13 ) ELUSIVE DREAMS Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

11 ( 8 ) VALLERI The Monkees
12 ( 9 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
13 ( 17 ) DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE Dionne Warwick
14 ( 10 ) SOMEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY Gene Pitney
15 ( 12 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER The Four Tops
16 ( 11 ) FOREVER CAME TODAY Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) DELILAH Tom Jones
18 ( 26 ) I DON’T WANT OUR LOVING TO DIE The Herd
19 ( 14 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
20 ( 36 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel

21 ( 16 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
22 ( 18 ) YOUNG GIRL The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
23 ( 19 ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
24 ( 27 ) SWEET BLINDNESS Laura Nyro
25 ( 21 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Andy Williams
26 ( 44 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
27 ( 23 ) THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
28 ( 20 ) LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks
29 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK The Equals featuring Eddy Grant
30 ( 24 ) I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO Honeybus

31 ( 29 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
32 ( 28 ) MASTER JACK Four Jacks And A Jill
33 ( 39 ) LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces
34 ( 31 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
35 ( 30 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
36 ( 37 ) GOIN’ AWAY The Fireballs
37 ( 32 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
38 ( 50 ) FRIENDS The Beach Boys
39 ( 47 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) The Isley Brothers
40 ( 73 ) I’M SORRY The Delfonics

41 ( 35 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
42 ( 38 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
43 ( 41 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
44 ( 33 ) IF YOU DON’T WANT MY LOVE Robert John
45 ( NEW ) JOANNA Scott Walker
46 ( 34 ) AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin
47 ( 68 ) HOW’D WE EVER GET THIS WAY Andy Kim
48 ( 64 ) HELLO HOW ARE YOU The Easybeats
49 ( 45 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
50 ( 40 ) 100 YEARS Nancy Sinatra

51 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Jerry Butler
52 ( 56 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
53 ( 70 ) I AM THE MAN YOU NEED Edwin Starr
54 ( 59 ) IMPOSSIBLE MISSION (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE) Soul Survivors
55 ( 46 ) ME THE PEACEFUL HEART Lulu
56 ( 42 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM (THE QUEST) Glen Campbell
57 ( NEW ) HE DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU The Delfonics
58 ( 61 ) AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
59 ( 51 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
60 ( 52 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles

61 ( 69 ) WONDER BOY The Kinks
62 ( 53 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
63 ( 54 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
64 ( 66 ) DON’T HURT ME NO MORE Al Green
65 ( 49 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
66 ( 43 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND Dorian Gray
67 ( 48 ) JENNIFER ECCLES The Hollies
68 ( NEW ) LOVE MACHINE The Roosters
69 ( NEW ) RICE IS NICE The Lemon Pipers
70 ( 57 ) ROSIE Don Partridge

71 ( NEW ) ANY OLD TIME (YOU’RE LONELY AND SAD) The Foundations
72 ( NEW ) BROOKLYN ROADS Neil Diamond
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T MAKE IT ALONE Bill Medley
74 ( NEW ) I COULD NEVER LOVE ANOTHER The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) HOLD ME CLOSER The Equals featuring Eddy Grant

My Retro January 1968 Charts

6th January 1968

A new year, yet another new number one, and it’s The Moody Blues classic Nights In White Satin topping my chart, with more to follow in the 70’s. Nancy & Lee get a 4th top 5 in 12 months as a duo, Nancy makes it 6. The Love Affair get a first top 10, Darlene Love is in the 30 (without Phil Spector, presumably), as Lalo Schifrin and Frankie Valli’s mini-epic ballad go top 40. The Small Faces and Cat Stevens both return to the top 40 for a 3rd or 4th time.

Etta James classic, soon to be a Chicken Shack UK hit, brings I’d rather Go Blind into my charts, as The Hump chalks up another smooth ballad, chasing Mireille Mathieu’s version of a previous one, Marvin Gaye jumps in with a track new to me, as do The Dells with another Northern Soul-sounding goodie, while a major fave song as I turned 14 was The Raiders version of Joe South’s Birds Of A Feather. Joe’s original is a little rootsier, and in at 62, but even Johnny Nash’s reggae version couldnt make the fab song a UK hit. The Temps and The Cowsills round off the newies.

1 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
2 ( 1 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 8 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 2 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
6 ( 4 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
8 ( 6 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
9 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
10 ( 9 ) WORLD The Bee Gees

11 ( 14 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
12 ( 10 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 12 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
15 ( 17 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
16 ( 24 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
17 ( 15 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
18 ( 19 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
19 ( 16 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
20 ( 25 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd

21 ( 21 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
22 ( 20 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
23 ( 18 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
24 ( 30 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
25 ( 23 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
26 ( 22 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
27 ( 27 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
28 ( 37 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
29 ( 29 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
30 ( 43 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love

31 ( 28 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
32 ( 58 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
33 ( 26 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
34 ( 31 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
35 ( 38 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
36 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
37 ( 49 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
38 ( 34 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
39 ( 52 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
40 ( 60 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli

41 ( 35 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
42 ( 32 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
43 ( 47 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
44 ( 39 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
45 ( 41 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
46 ( 42 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
47 ( 36 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
48 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
49 ( NEW ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
50 ( 56 ) SHE WEARS MY RING Solomon King

51 ( NEW ) YOU Marvin Gaye
52 ( 46 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 50 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
54 ( 48 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
55 ( 45 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
56 ( NEW ) THERE IS The Dells
57 ( 40 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
58 ( 44 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
59 ( NEW ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
60 ( 54 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations

61 ( 66 ) BEST PART OF BREAKING UP The Symbols
62 ( NEW ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
63 ( 64 ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee
64 ( 61 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
65 ( 69 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
66 ( 53 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
67 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
68 ( 70 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
69 ( 62 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
70 ( 74 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream

71 ( 65 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
72 ( 68 ) NEW ORLEANS Neil Diamond
73 ( 51 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
74 ( 57 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
75 ( NEW ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

 

13th January 1968

Yet another classic one-weeker drops replaced by yet another 60’s classic, Nancy Sinatra’s 4th chart-topper, and Lee Hazelwood’s first as an artist (though he 100% would have topped with These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ for Nancy had I charted in 1966 either at the time or retrospectively). This is the gem in the Lee Hazelwood songbook though, just perfect. The Bee Gees get the highest new entry with the much-covered but never-bettered Words at 7, knocking themsleves out of the top 10, as do the Beatles as Your Mother Should Know hits 10.

Glen Campbell is new at 16 with the next single off the Grammy-winning By The Time I Get To Phoenix album, the fab Hey Little One, and is joined by 2 tracks off it, the also fab You’re Young And You’ll Forget at 39, and Tomorrow Never Comes at 50. Glen had 3 unstoppable years ahead of him, singles and albums both. The Trems grab another jolly tuneful pop fave, and Amen Corner debut in my chart with their much-loved (at the time) version of Bend Me Shape Me. Think I prefer the original, though, up to 20. I’m not sure….!

1 ( 4 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 2 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
4 ( 9 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
5 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 5 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
7 ( NEW ) WORDS The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
9 ( 8 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
10 ( 11 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles

11 ( 6 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
12 ( 10 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 16 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
15 ( 12 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
16 ( NEW ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
17 ( 14 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
18 ( 18 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
19 ( 20 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
20 ( 24 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed

21 ( 15 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
22 ( 17 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
23 ( 19 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
24 ( 21 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
25 ( 32 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
26 ( 22 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
27 ( 23 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
28 ( 28 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
29 ( 37 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
30 ( 25 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell

31 ( 27 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
32 ( NEW ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
33 ( 26 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
34 ( 29 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
35 ( 34 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
36 ( 65 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
37 ( 40 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli
38 ( 30 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
39 ( NEW ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
40 ( 49 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck

41 ( NEW ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
42 ( 48 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
43 ( 36 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
44 ( 31 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
45 ( 51 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
46 ( 59 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
47 ( 38 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
48 ( 45 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
49 ( 46 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
50 ( NEW ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell

51 ( 41 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
52 ( 44 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
53 ( 35 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
54 ( 56 ) THERE IS The Dells
55 ( 33 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
56 ( 52 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
57 ( 53 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
58 ( 75 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
59 ( 47 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
60 ( 39 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces

61 ( 42 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
62 ( 62 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
63 ( 67 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
64 ( 60 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
65 ( 54 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
66 ( 43 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
67 ( 64 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
68 ( 68 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
69 ( 70 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream
70 ( 50 ) SHE WEARS MY RING Solomon King

71 ( 58 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
72 ( 61 ) BEST PART OF BREAKING UP The Symbols
73 ( 69 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
74 ( 71 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
75 ( NEW ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company

 

20th January 1968

2 weeks on top for the awesome Some Velvet Morning, just keeping off the fabulous Everlasting Love, and Harry Nilsson’s gorgeous One hits a new peak of 7. Highest new entry is another track off our Singapore Various Artists vinyl album 16 Big Hits, Otis Redding’s posthumous classic Dock Of The Bay. It seems fairly clear his career was about to get very interesting and move into new areas, a big loss. At 22, Pictures Of Matchstick Men, an early Quo debut for the veteran perennials of the next 50 years – who could have predicted this fab Psych-pop track would launch a varied career (yes, varied, whenever it suited them they could handle other styles other than chord rock boogie).

The Foundations both depart my chart and enter, Back On My Feet Again sadly forgotten these days, but it;s good. At 45 The Manfreds are back with a childhood fave, who didn’t love Dylan’s The Mighty Quinn? Ditto, childhood just loving Anita Harris and the old-fashioned Anniversary Waltz – tune! So many goodies about Elvis has to settle for a 60 debut for the return to countryrock Guitar Man, & a classic debut for Sly & The Family Stone, Dance To The Music, a band I saw on a one-off performance in the UK a few years back, utterly memorable for all the wrong reasons, like a car crash. Let’s just say the audience demanded (and got) their money back from the Victorian-styled Opera House in Boscombe, which was utterly tragic. The microphones didn’t work for the family girls, Sly came on stage for a few songs only in a neck brace, and they didn’t get on stage till long after the gig was due to end. They didn’t seem to realise the audience couldnt hear them singing and just kept right on going…

Finally, Hudson-Ford pop in 5 years earlier than Part Of The Union and Picking Up The Pieces (among others). At 73, a song I didnt know existed before today.

1 ( 1 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 4 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
3 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
4 ( 3 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
5 ( 5 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
7 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
8 ( 6 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
9 ( 8 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
10 ( 10 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
12 ( 14 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
13 ( 11 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
14 ( 12 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
15 ( 16 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
16 ( NEW ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
17 ( 18 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
18 ( 15 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
19 ( 19 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
20 ( 20 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed

21 ( 17 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
22 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
23 ( 32 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
24 ( 29 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
25 ( 25 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
26 ( 22 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
27 ( 21 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
28 ( 23 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
29 ( 39 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
30 ( 36 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson

31 ( 24 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
32 ( 41 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
33 ( 31 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
34 ( 30 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
35 ( 27 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
36 ( 42 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
37 ( NEW ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
38 ( 26 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
39 ( 40 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
40 ( 45 ) YOU Marvin Gaye

41 ( 28 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
42 ( 35 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
43 ( 50 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
44 ( 54 ) THERE IS The Dells
45 ( NEW ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
46 ( 46 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
47 ( 58 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
48 ( 34 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
49 ( 33 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
50 ( NEW ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris

51 ( 38 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
52 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
53 ( 44 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
54 ( 48 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
55 ( 49 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
56 ( 37 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli
57 ( 62 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
58 ( 63 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
59 ( 47 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
60 ( NEW ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley

61 ( 51 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
62 ( 56 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
63 ( 57 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
64 ( NEW ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
65 ( 52 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
66 ( 68 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
67 ( 75 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
68 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream
69 ( NEW ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension
70 ( 55 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame

71 ( 67 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
72 ( NEW ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
73 ( NEW ) FLAMES Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
74 ( NEW ) (IF YOU THINK YOU’RE) GROOVY P.P. Arnold
75 ( NEW ) GET OUT NOW Tommy James & The Shondells

 

27th January 1968

3 weeks on top for Nancy & Lee’s cinematic slice of poetry and passion, holding off the pop classic of Everlasting Love at 2, and the Bee Gees climb to 3 with Words, a great song and never bettered despite many covers. Otis gets his classic Dock Of The Bay into the 10, as do Quo’s Matchstick Men and Ray Charles’ lush oldie. Glen’s fab album tracks from his grammy-winning By The Time I Get To Phoenix have mixed fortunes, but 2 of them climb, still sounding good to me 50 years on from discovery (more or less).

Don’t Stop The Carnival was another childhood fave as we moved from the wintry Isle Of Anglesey to the snow-bound RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire, as I discovered another childhood passion: Comics. Starting with Sparky Comics (among many UK comics) well on my way to Superhero US DC Comics. So it’s in at 22, as a track I’d never heard until 3 weeks ago shoots up to 29: We Can Fly might be cheese, but it’s very tasty. A track I associate with 1971 (cos it was UK hit then) enters at 43 forThe Delfonics, with what was transforming into a big 70’s chart theme: Philly Soul. Reparata is 7 years ahead of her Shoes, but another one I rather loved at the time, Captain Of Your Ship is in at 47.

Down the bottom end of the chart some new entries for obscure Psychedelic pop, certainly ones I’d never heard of until, errr, now: The Balloon Farm, Grapefruit and a fab track from Ohio Express which is no Yummy Yummy Yummy – it’s more like early Stranglers, with a tweek here and there: Try It! Not to mention country legend Kenny Rogers debuting with psychedelic country, better known as a cult film track these days.

1 ( 1 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 2 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
3 ( 6 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 5 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
7 ( 16 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
8 ( 22 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
9 ( 8 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
10 ( 12 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles

11 ( 9 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
12 ( 11 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
13 ( 7 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 17 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
15 ( 14 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
16 ( 13 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
17 ( 10 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
18 ( 23 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
19 ( 15 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
20 ( 29 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell

21 ( 18 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
22 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
23 ( 37 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
24 ( 21 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
25 ( 43 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
26 ( 32 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
27 ( 20 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
28 ( 19 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
29 ( 26 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
30 ( 47 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

31 ( 24 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
32 ( 25 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
33 ( 27 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
34 ( 36 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
35 ( 28 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( 45 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
37 ( 33 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
38 ( 50 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
39 ( 40 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
40 ( 46 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits

41 ( 34 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
42 ( 31 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
43 ( NEW ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 44 ) THERE IS The Dells
45 ( 30 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
46 ( 35 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
47 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
48 ( 64 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
49 ( 38 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
50 ( 57 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South

51 ( 42 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
52 ( 58 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
53 ( 60 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
54 ( 39 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
55 ( 48 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
56 ( 49 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
57 ( 72 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
58 ( 54 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( 55 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
60 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm

61 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
62 ( 67 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
63 ( 69 ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension
64 ( 41 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
65 ( NEW ) TRY IT Ohio Express
66 ( 66 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
67 ( 61 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
68 ( NEW ) DEAR DELILAH Grapefruit
69 ( 53 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
70 ( 62 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

71 ( NEW ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
72 ( 74 ) (IF YOU THINK YOU’RE) GROOVY P.P. Arnold
73 ( 73 ) FLAMES Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
74 ( 63 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
75 ( 59 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones