My Retro October 1968 Charts

6th October 1968

It’s a brand new entry at 1, a second chart-topper for Diana Ross & The Supremes, last time it was the psychedelic drama of Reflections, this time it’s the social drama of Love Child, co-written by R. Dean Taylor, so his 3rd chart-topper as a songwriter. I adored this record over Xmas/New Year of 68/69 but it never topped my charts, peaking at 2. As the song that dethroned Hey Jude from the top of the USA charts I think keeping everything from the top in my chart is only appropriate, cos it’s still sheer brilliance.

The top end of my chart is so chocka-filled with classic faves most records are struggling to get a look-in to the upper echelons, but Billie Davis has given it a go with her Ellie Greenwich cover (it charted in 1967 in my last-year retro charts), it’s a terrific fresh-sounding song-with-a-rap from Billie herself – the video of her performing it is well-worth checking out (the one with DLT introducing), and it’s in at 17 the day after a Chinese Language cover of it featured in the film I saw yesterday: Crazy Rich Asians, largely set in wealthy Singapore. In the less-wealthy rented houses in Singapore where I lived a year later a radio fave was Glen Campbell’s version of Bobby Goldsboro’s The Straight Life, a great jaunty song, and the original enters at 45 while Glen’s album track cover of Mary In The Morning pops in lower.

New at 20, one of the all-time greatest TV themes, The Ventures’ hugely-exciting instrumental Hawaii Five-0, helped no end by the title sequence mix of exotic tropical locales, sharp, short edits, and clips of the cast – it was years ahead of it’s time, and the show ran for 12 years. By 1975 I’d been watching it for years and the single was back out in the UK where it duly made my charts then, not least because some of the title sequences reminded me of Singapore, which was undergoing full-blown nostalgia for me, then at the ripe old age of 17 harking back to the good old days.

Dion’s original version of the lament to the murders of some important political figures enters at 22, later covered by Marvin Gaye to UK success, and giving him a very different career resurgence years after the teen pop of The Wanderer and Runaraound Sue. Garage Rock from The Shadows Of Knight bounds into the 30, it’s new to me and great rocking, while The Royal Guardsmen drop Snoopy and take up covering The Rascals rather well, in at 41. The Easybeats enter at 74, years later a great hit cover for INXS and Jimmy Barnes, and at 75, it’s a 3rd Albert Hammond song in the chart (Leapy Lee, Quo and this one from British Band The Magic Lanterns who had American chart success).

1 ( NEW ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 2 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5 ( 4 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
7 ( 5 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
8 ( 10 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
9 ( 6 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 7 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 9 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 16 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
14 ( 11 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
15 ( 13 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
16 ( 20 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
18 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
19 ( 24 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
20 ( NEW ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

21 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
23 ( 19 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
24 ( 18 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
25 ( 21 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
26 ( 22 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
27 ( 27 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
28 ( 17 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
29 ( 56 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
30 ( 34 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus

31 ( 25 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
32 ( 26 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
33 ( 23 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
34 ( 36 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
35 ( 31 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
36 ( 28 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
37 ( 32 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
38 ( 38 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
39 ( 49 ) LALENA Donovan
40 ( 41 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five

41 ( NEW ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Rpyal Guardsmen
42 ( 29 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
43 ( 37 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
44 ( 33 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
45 ( NEW ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
46 ( 55 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
47 ( 30 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
48 ( 57 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
49 ( 35 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
50 ( 46 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana

51 ( 45 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
52 ( 39 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
53 ( 40 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
54 ( NEW ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
55 ( 58 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
57 ( 53 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( 43 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
59 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
60 ( 70 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

61 ( 51 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
62 ( 63 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
63 ( 42 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
64 ( 61 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
65 ( 66 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
66 ( 52 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
67 ( 60 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
68 ( 47 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
69 ( 71 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
70 ( 72 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers

71 ( 44 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
72 ( 73 ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express
73 ( 64 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
74 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES The Easybeats
75 ( NEW ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns

6th Oct Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 14 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 5 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
5 ( 3 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
6 ( 6 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
7 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
8 ( 4 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
9 ( 12 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 19 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles

11 ( 7 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
12 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
13 ( 10 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 11 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
15 ( 8 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
16 ( 15 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
17 ( 13 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
18 ( 16 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
19 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
20 ( 20 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

 

13th October 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for Love Child, just an epic soul melodrama. If there’s one consistent thing I love about 1968 pop, it’s the high drama, and there’s another on the way next week. Cupid’s Inspiration make it 2 consecutive top 5’s, as the Moody Blues get a 3rd of the year, and Dave Dee & Co make it 3 top 10’s. Graham Bonnet gets his first ever top 10, and The Bee Gees add to their top 10 songs, via The Marbles’ Only One Woman. Oddly enough playing marbles was a huge fave activity at that time, with other RAF kids. My faves were those with 3 colours, smaller than the usual ones. Nothing better than going home with multi-coloured new marbles you’d won. Horrible going home having lost your faves.

Highest new entry is the Nina Simone classic “Hair” cover, Ain’t Got No…I Got Life, which topped my original charts in late ’68, then lay forgotten for decades by the whole world till a 21st century remix of a different recording by Nina with different lyrics took off. That version was upbeat and annoying after a while. Give me the emotive original any day. Dion goes top 20 – he’d be back in 1976 with The Wanderer reissue, though. Ennio Morricone’s original score for The Good The Bad & The Ugly enters at 24, Hugo Montenegro’s catchier pop version already having gone top 10 earlier in the year, as The Four Tops keep up the top 30’s, and Johnny Johnson brings his Bandwagon to a Northern Soul debut at 31.

Talking of Northern Soul, Gene Chandler covers James Brown well, lower down the chart, The Locomotive’s fab reggae gem pops in at 47, Mama Cass’ dramatic California Earthquake shakes in at 52, Dionne Warwick and Elvis both replace themselves in the top 75, one with a Bacharach tune one with a standard gospel cover – no prizes for guessing which is which. That leaves funky Johnny Taylor and spaced-out Monkees and porpoises to round things off.

1 ( 1 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 6 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
5 ( 8 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
6 ( 4 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
7 ( 5 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
8 ( 7 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 16 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 ( 19 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet

11 ( 9 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 ( 10 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
13 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
14 ( 11 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
15 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
16 ( NEW ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
17 ( 22 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
18 ( 13 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
19 ( 15 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
20 ( 20 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

21 ( 14 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
22 ( 29 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
23 ( 18 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
24 ( NEW ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
25 ( 27 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
26 ( 26 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
27 ( 23 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
28 ( 25 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
29 ( 21 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
30 ( 46 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops

31 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
32 ( 39 ) LALENA Donovan
33 ( 24 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
34 ( 45 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
35 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
36 ( 32 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
37 ( 41 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Rpyal Guardsmen
38 ( 33 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
39 ( 54 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
40 ( 35 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

41 ( 28 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
42 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
43 ( 34 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
44 ( 37 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
45 ( 60 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
46 ( 30 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
47 ( NEW ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
48 ( 43 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
49 ( 59 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
50 ( 38 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck

51 ( 36 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
52 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
53 ( 42 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
54 ( 70 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
55 ( 50 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
56 ( 51 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
57 ( 69 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
58 ( 44 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
59 ( 40 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
60 ( 56 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

61 ( 49 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
62 ( 62 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
63 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 75 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
65 ( 65 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
66 ( 47 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
67 ( NEW ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
68 ( 64 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
69 ( 61 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
70 ( 72 ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express

71 ( NEW ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
72 ( 74 ) GOOD TIMES The Easybeats
73 ( NEW ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
74 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Elvis Presley
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor

 

20th October 1968

It’s straight in on top for Barry Ryan and his brother Paul’s epic Eloise. It was a great arrangement in more ways than one: Paul gave up the pop life, Barry got centre stage, and Paul wrote some great songs. Eloise is Epic with a capital E, histrionic, lush, dramatic and full-bodied. Much as I loved The Damned version, this one is the bees-knees and should be regarded as a classic. Talking of classics, Glen Campbell’s timeless Jim Webb song Wichita Lineman enters at 3, an atmospheric evocative laid-back and emotional lush brilliance, a perfect record. Such is the quality of records that another epic, albeit a two-year-old Motown minor hit come back to the dancefloors, has to settle for 5: The Isley Brothers brilliant This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) is still one of the most exciting 60’s tracks to dance to, frantic, urgent, beats-galore with a passionate vocal from Ronald Isley and a Holland-Dozier-Holland song on the top of their game. Covered by many, not least 2 dull efforts from Rod Stewart (one of them drafting in Ronald Isley himself), nothing can touch the genius of the original.

Eloise topped my chart originally in November 1968, Nina Simone did it a few weeks later but has to settle now for 9, as Ennio’s original Spaghetti Western theme version hits the top 10, a la Hugo Montenegro, cos I love both versions. A classic I associate with Singapore 1970 (it was a UK hit that year and got radio play over there) enters early for Judy Collins at 22, and her fab version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Pretty, and touching, still. Glen did a great cover in 1970 too. Stevie drops his pseudonym for For Once In My Life, a jazzed-up version with a bit of life to it (in contrast to Jackie Wilson’s version also in the US charts), at 34.

Others new to the chart: Marmalade back with another tuneful ballad; Tammy Wynette’s monster 1975 country ballad turns up 7 years early in the US charts for her 2nd 1975 hit of the year, and she’s still standing by her anthem. It’s a good’un but I’ll take her standing by the JAMM’s anyday. That Olympic-themed ballad enters, one I loved at the time, but not quite so much these days, Long John Baldry and Mexico. That was the first Olympics I remember watching (I was aware of the theme tune to the Tokyo Olympics, and loved it, but the games themselves didn’t stick in my memory like the Mexico games). A good Clarence Carter track enters, new to me, ditto yet another Gamble & Huff Peaches & Herb collaboration, and for old times sake as I loved Val Doonican back in the day, one of his more lacklustre country ballads taking up the weight of those above in the top 75.

1 ( NEW ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 1 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
6 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
7 ( 4 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
8 ( 5 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
9 ( 16 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
10 ( 24 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone

11 ( 7 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
12 ( 6 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
14 ( 11 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
15 ( 12 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
16 ( 9 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
18 ( 10 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
19 ( 15 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
20 ( 14 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon

21 ( 13 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
22 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
23 ( 19 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
24 ( 21 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
25 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
26 ( 18 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
27 ( 20 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
28 ( 30 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
29 ( 31 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
30 ( 32 ) LALENA Donovan

31 ( 22 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
32 ( 28 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
33 ( 27 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
34 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
35 ( 45 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
36 ( 29 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
37 ( 37 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
38 ( 25 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
39 ( 39 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
40 ( 49 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas

41 ( 35 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
43 ( 36 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
44 ( 47 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
45 ( 34 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
46 ( 40 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
47 ( 52 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
48 ( 33 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
49 ( 38 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
50 ( 26 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye

51 ( 44 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
52 ( 54 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
53 ( 48 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
54 ( NEW ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
55 ( 41 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
56 ( NEW ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
57 ( 57 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
58 ( 55 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
59 ( 56 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
60 ( 67 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler

61 ( 51 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
62 ( 43 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
63 ( 60 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
64 ( 64 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
65 ( NEW ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
66 ( 53 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
67 ( 46 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
68 ( 71 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
69 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
70 ( 50 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck

71 ( 73 ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
72 ( 75 ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor
73 ( NEW ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
74 ( NEW ) LET’S MAKE A PROMISE Peaches And Herb
75 ( NEW ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican

retro 70’s
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 3 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 10 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
5 ( 6 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
7 ( 9 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
8 ( 4 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
9 ( 12 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
10 ( 5 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5

11 ( 8 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
12 ( 14 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 11 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
15 ( 15 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
16 ( 19 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
17 ( 16 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
18 ( 17 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
19 ( NEW ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
20 ( NEW ) ELOISE Barry Ryan

 

27th October 1968

It’s a second week on top for the epic Barry Ryan, holding off a 5-way challenge from 5 other very deserving shoulda-been chart-toppers. Ennio meanwhile does as well as Hugo’s cover did a few months back, with Judy Collins and The Ventures being held out of the top 10 by virtue of sheer brilliance above them. Mama Cass gets a second solo top 40, and Tammy Wynette grabs a first 7 years earlier than she did in my actual 1975 charts.

In a quiet week for new releases worth charting, it became time to scour the album charts, hence a sudden mini-invasion of musicals extracts that deserve attention, notably Barbra Streisand’s showtune stormer Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl. saw it at the pictures in 1969/70 at one or other RAF cinema, and dad bought the 4-track EP containing this track in Singapore in 1970. I wasn’t so fussed about the ballads, like People, but this one was a fabbie, and so in at 49.

Close behind at 53, Edwin Starr is back with his stonking 25 Miles – a future big part of the Cookie Crew’s 1989 smash Got To Keep On. Betty Everett’s oldie charts in the UK for some reason, a good 23 years or so before Cher blasted it into pieces, and 7 years before Linda Lewis did the definitive disco version of It’s In His Kiss (note no Shoop Shoop’s in that fab version). Ronnie Dyson debuts as one of the teenage leads in Hair, off Broadway, 3 years ahead of his own UK chart hit, and 1 year ahead of the US chart-topping superior version of Aquarius by The Fifth Dimension. Booker T & The MG’s fancy up Hang ‘Em High, much as Hugo Montenegro already did earlier in the year, giving Ennio Morricone a second chart song this week. Finally, it’s Malcolm Roberts at 75, fort some reason I was a big fan of May I Have The Next Dream’s 1930’s stylee crooning at the time – as will be shown by the actual 1930’s Donald Peers in 1969 which I also loved. Neither of them are tracks I would choose to play these days, but for old time’s sake….in at 75.

1 ( 1 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 ( 3 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 5 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
5 ( 10 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
6 ( 9 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 4 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
9 ( 6 ) ELENORE The Turtles
10 ( 8 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

11 ( 22 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 27 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
13 ( 11 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
14 ( 13 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
15 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion
16 ( 14 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 ( 15 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
18 ( 21 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
19 ( 12 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
20 ( 19 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark

21 ( 18 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
22 ( 29 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
23 ( 16 ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
24 ( 23 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
25 ( 28 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
26 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
27 ( 24 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
28 ( 20 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
29 ( 26 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
30 ( 34 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder

31 ( 35 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
32 ( 54 ) WAIT FOR ME MARIANNE Marmalade
33 ( 47 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE Mama Cass
34 ( 37 ) BABY LET’S WAIT The Royal Guardsmen
35 ( 40 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING B. J. Thomas
36 ( 32 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
37 ( 33 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
38 ( 44 ) RUDI’S IN LOVE The Locomotive
39 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
40 ( 56 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

41 ( 31 ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
42 ( 30 ) LALENA Donovan
43 ( 36 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
44 ( 41 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
45 ( 39 ) MARY IN THE MORNING Glen Campbell
46 ( 52 ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
47 ( 43 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
48 ( 46 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
49 ( NEW ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
50 ( 38 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker

51 ( 45 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Bobby Goldsboro
52 ( 60 ) THERE WAS A TIME Gene Chandler
53 ( NEW ) TWENTY FIVE MILES Edwin Starr
54 ( 49 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
55 ( 65 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
56 ( 57 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
57 ( 53 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
58 ( 51 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
59 ( 64 ) SHAME SHAME The Magic Lanterns
60 ( 48 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones

61 ( 58 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
62 ( 59 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
63 ( 68 ) THE PORPOISE SONG The Monkees
64 ( 50 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
65 ( 63 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
66 ( 71 ) PROMISES PROMISES Dionne Warwick
67 ( 55 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
68 ( NEW ) IT’S IN HIS KISS (THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG) Betty Everett
69 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS (FROM “HAIR” ORIGINAL BROADWAY ALBUM) Ronnie Dyson
70 ( 72 ) WHO’S MAKING LOVE Johnny Taylor

71 ( NEW ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Booker T & The MG’s
72 ( 73 ) TOO WEAK TO FIGHT Clarence Carter
73 ( 61 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
74 ( 74 ) LET’S MAKE A PROMISE Peaches And Herb
75 ( NEW ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts

what I liked then via a retro chart compiled mid-70’s
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 4 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
4 ( 9 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
5 ( 3 ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
7 ( 5 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
9 ( 20 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 8 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes

11 ( 16 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
12 ( 19 ) MEXICO Long John Baldry
13 ( 12 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
14 ( 10 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
15 ( NEW ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( 14 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
17 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
19 ( 11 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
20 ( 15 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams

My Retro September 1968 Charts

1st September 1968

This is where it all started for me: Hey Jude at Number One and Those Were The Days becoming my first chart obsession, so The Beatles enter at 1 and Mary Hopkin at 2, for an Apple double. Hey Judee was an is an anthem, and their finest and moment popular moment, Mary’s version of an old Russian folk song was stunning, fresh off Opportunity Knocks, and better than the X Factor fodder spun off these days as a debut single. Revolution should have been a double A side really, one of the Beatles great John Lennon moments, and enters at 10 giving the new Apple label 30% of the top 10. That edges out Hendrix’ classic version of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower at 12. That intro is pure genius. Billie Davis goes top 20, as a load of high new entries pushes down lots of tracks.

Jack Jones version of Nilsson’s gorgeous Without Her is better than the original, he’s dropped the annoying doo doo’s and upped the orhcestral drama a bit. I first heard it in Singapore, on radio where MOR ruled, and recorded it on dad’s reel-to-reel. Still love it. In at a lowly 49, it’s my future obsession The Archies. In Singapore there was precious little television pop music, so the kids TV show was a big fave for the songs (the cartoon itself is excruciating to sit through these days) most of them not singles but written by Jeff Barry, Andy Kim (who has his own lower down) and some other professionals like Mark Barkan & Ritchie Adams. Jeff Barry did Bang-Shang-A-Lang, It’s pure bubblegum, and was one of the tracks on The Archies EP I got for Xmas 1970 (I wanted Sugar Sugar badly), good quality expensive vinyl with a picture cover and inner sleeve, hazzah! This track was a US hit and was released this week.

Gary Puckett gets his 4th chart entry, Over You, Marc Bolan his 2nd, still in his elf period, and a catchy ditty I knew but didn’t know I knew, being as I havent heard it in decades and had forgotten all about it, is Girl Watcher for The O’Kaysions at 67

1 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 3 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 1 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
6 ( 6 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
7 ( 4 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
8 ( 5 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
9 ( 8 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
10 ( NEW ) REVOLUTION The Beatles

11 ( 7 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
12 ( NEW ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13 ( 9 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 10 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
15 ( 11 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
16 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
17 ( 13 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
18 ( 22 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
19 ( 12 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
20 ( 15 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

21 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
22 ( 25 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
23 ( 17 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 19 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
25 ( 14 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
26 ( 27 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
27 ( 18 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
28 ( 21 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
29 ( 35 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
30 ( 33 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde

31 ( 20 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
32 ( 26 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
33 ( 29 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
34 ( 24 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
35 ( 37 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
36 ( 23 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
38 ( 44 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( 42 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 34 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

41 ( 28 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
42 ( 31 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
43 ( 38 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
44 ( 39 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
45 ( 36 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
46 ( 49 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick
47 ( 30 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
48 ( 41 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
49 ( NEW ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
50 ( 50 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues

51 ( 32 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
52 ( 47 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
53 ( 56 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
54 ( 43 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
55 ( 51 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
56 ( 58 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
57 ( NEW ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
58 ( 46 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
59 ( 52 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
60 ( 65 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

61 ( 61 ) THE WEIGHT The Band
62 ( 66 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
63 ( 57 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
64 ( 71 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
65 ( 48 ) LADY MADONNA Fats Domino
66 ( NEW ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
67 ( NEW ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
68 ( 53 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
69 ( 69 ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
70 ( 45 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman

71 ( 54 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
72 ( 73 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions
73 ( 62 ) MAGIC BUS The Who
74 ( 74 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
75 ( 64 ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone

1st Sept MY FIRST 1968 RETRO CHART aka Wot I Liked Then

So what’s all this then, a bonus chart? No this is my UK-top-30 based charts starting this week as compiled in the early 70’s with memories of what I liked in 1968 – nostalgia sets in early in your teens, and I wanted to fill in the gaps in between some actual charts of the time. Hey Jude was Ground Zero for me, it was the week I discovered Alan Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops on the radio, and that was that from then on – sat in the dining room at RAF Swinderby, flitting between Land Of The Giants on TV and back again to the radio. The chart countdown became a huge event for me.

Differences? well Hey Jude on top, and most songs peaking higher than in my 2018 retro charts owing to less competition, and a wider awareness of tracks I didnt know at the time. Novelty jolly pop does much better in my kiddie days, most notably Sunshine Girl at 8, instead of scraping into the top 30 in my charts, and Little Arrows at 10, instead of 22. The top 75 is the definitive cos it’s what I like now, the other is what I liked then, 50 years ago.

1 HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
3 KEEP ON Bruce Channel
4 HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
5 THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
7 THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
8 SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee

11 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
12 HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
13 DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
14 DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
15 MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
16 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
17 LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 I PRETEND Des O’Connor
19 JESAMINE The Casuals
20 FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

 

8th September 1968

The Beatles are knocked off after one week by the only track I loved more at the time: Mary Hopkin. Both have added to weeks on top in the years since, though Hey Jude takes preference these days. In at 4, the pop cliche mickey-take that is still brilliant in it’s own right, and topped my charts towards the end of 1968 originally, but early here thanks to US charting. The Love Affair get a 3rd, The 5th Dimension are back with yet again another Laura Nyro song, Red Red Wine version 2 enters for Jimmy James, England Dan & John Ford Coley sneak in, as does Todd Rundgren, and all of those acts will be charting heavily into the 70’s – bar The Love Affair. Bobby Parris meanwhile has his version of Wigan’s Ovation minor 1975 UK cover, Northern Soul natch.

1 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
3 ( 6 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
4 ( NEW ) ELENORE The Turtles
5 ( 3 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 4 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
7 ( 5 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
8 ( 10 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 12 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
10 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

11 ( 9 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
12 ( 8 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
13 ( 11 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
14 ( 21 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
15 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
16 ( 14 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
17 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( 18 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
19 ( 26 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
20 ( 17 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass

21 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
22 ( 22 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
23 ( 20 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
24 ( 19 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
25 ( 29 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
26 ( 30 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
27 ( 35 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
28 ( 28 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
29 ( 57 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
30 ( 23 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
32 ( 25 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
33 ( 38 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
34 ( 27 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
35 ( 49 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
36 ( 39 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
37 ( 33 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
38 ( NEW ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
39 ( 32 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
40 ( 56 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye

41 ( 31 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
42 ( 34 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
43 ( 53 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
44 ( 40 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
45 ( 36 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
46 ( 50 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
47 ( 62 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
48 ( 60 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
49 ( 43 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
50 ( 41 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration

51 ( 44 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
52 ( 37 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
53 ( 42 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
54 ( 52 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
55 ( 48 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
56 ( 45 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
57 ( 64 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
58 ( 61 ) THE WEIGHT The Band
59 ( 55 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
60 ( 46 ) (THERE’S) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE (TO REMIND ME) Dionne Warwick

61 ( 66 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
62 ( NEW ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
63 ( 72 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions
64 ( 54 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
65 ( 69 ) TO WAIT FOR LOVE Herb Alpert
66 ( 67 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
67 ( 63 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
68 ( NEW ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
69 ( 47 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
70 ( NEW ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

71 ( 51 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
72 ( 74 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
73 ( 58 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
74 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
75 ( NEW ) SMELL OF INCENSE Southwest FOB featuring England Dan & John Ford Coley

RETRO FAVES THEN
1 ( 5 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 4 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
3 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
4 ( 10 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
5 ( 2 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
7 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
8 ( 19 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
9 ( 16 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
10 ( 6 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones

11 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 13 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
13 ( 7 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
14 ( 12 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
15 ( NEW ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
16 ( 18 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
17 ( 14 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
18 ( NEW ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
19 ( 15 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
20 ( 20 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

 

15th September 1968

It’s back up to 1 for Hey Jude, as back in the day Mary Hopkin was 2 weeks into a 7 week run on top. Jack Jones enters the top 10 with a Nilsson song, and knocks Nilsson out of it. Seems appropriate. Highest new entry is a jolly Tremeloes number which I was very fond of at the time, while another one I was very fond of at the time (in at 11 in the retro-then chart) is much lower now, as not quite so fond 50 years on – much like Dave Clark who always avoided adding it to hits compilations, The Red Balloon. A good soul track Ive never heard in my life pops in for The Maqueraders, Donovan goes all elfish whimsy with one Ive heard a couple of times before, and Elvis’ original of his monster noughties remix sneaks in – it’s not as good, obviously, but rocks well enough in it’s own right.

1 ( 2 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) ELENORE The Turtles
4 ( 3 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
5 ( 5 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
6 ( 6 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
7 ( 9 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
8 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
9 ( 7 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
10 ( 14 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones

11 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
12 ( 11 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 12 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
14 ( 13 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
15 ( 17 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
16 ( 15 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 16 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
18 ( 19 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
19 ( 29 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
20 ( 25 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones

21 ( 18 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
22 ( 27 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
23 ( 20 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
24 ( 26 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
25 ( 23 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
26 ( 38 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
27 ( 24 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
28 ( 22 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
29 ( 40 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
30 ( 35 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies

31 ( 21 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
32 ( 33 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
33 ( NEW ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
34 ( 36 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 68 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
36 ( 28 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
37 ( 47 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
38 ( 43 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
39 ( 62 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
40 ( 34 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

41 ( 57 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
42 ( 37 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
43 ( 39 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
44 ( 30 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 32 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
46 ( 42 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
47 ( 31 ) ABERGAVENNY Marty Wilde
48 ( 44 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
49 ( 41 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
50 ( 45 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck

51 ( NEW ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
52 ( 49 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
53 ( 51 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
54 ( 50 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
55 ( 48 ) SPECIAL OCCASION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
56 ( 61 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex
57 ( 54 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
58 ( 53 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
59 ( 66 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
60 ( 63 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions

61 ( 55 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
62 ( 59 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
63 ( NEW ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
64 ( 72 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills
65 ( 52 ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
66 ( 46 ) VOICES IN THE SKY The Moody Blues
67 ( NEW ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
68 ( 56 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
69 ( NEW ) LALENA Donovan
70 ( 70 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

71 ( 67 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
72 ( 64 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
73 ( 74 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
74 ( NEW ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
75 ( 75 ) SMELL OF INCENSE Southwest FOB featuring England Dan & John Ford Coley

retro 70’s original 1968 version
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 4 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
3 ( 8 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
4 ( 3 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
5 ( 2 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
6 ( 7 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
7 ( 5 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
9 ( 6 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
10 ( 13 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert

11 ( NEW ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 15 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
13 ( 10 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
14 ( 18 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
15 ( 12 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
17 ( 11 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
18 ( NEW ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
19 ( 16 ) I PRETEND Des O’Connor
20 ( NEW ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors

 

22nd September 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for Hey Jude as Revolution hits 5, and The Turtles climb to 2 while absent from my original charts (it was a UK hit later in the year). Hendrix has a best-ever 4 with Watchtower and Gary Puckett features in both my top 10’s – albeit with different hits, Lady Willpower having already been and gone in my new retro charts. New at 23, a 3rd biggie of the year for The Moody Blues, the fab Ride My See-Saw, they were great the other year in concert, while The Bee Gees enter at 29 – sort of. Mates of theirs, their song, and Graham “Rainbow” Bonnet on lead, it was one of my very faves at the time. Still like it a lot, but it’s been forgotten pretty much these days.

The bubblegum of Kasenentz-Katz still sounds pretty good for novelty kiddie pop, in at 37, just ahead of a 4th Engelbert top 40 this year with Les Bicyclettes De Belsize. It was all down hill after this for Gerry. Stevie’s instrumental version of Alfie gets a great climb to 40, The Four Tops bat them out at a fast pace with I’m In A Different World, The Cryan’ Shames enter with an obscure goodie I’ve never heard before, Cliff and Roy enter low with tuneful minor hits, and Steppenwolf get a follow-up Magic Carpet Ride to replace the dropping-out classic rocker. No Hugo Montenegro in the new charts as it charted months ago here, while still remaining totally Autumn 1968 in my nostalgic memories of walking for dinner from Bassingham Primary Juniors old school building to the new infant annexe in Lincolnshire. A small village, that old historic building is now a house….

1 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) ELENORE The Turtles
3 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 7 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5 ( 8 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
6 ( 5 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 6 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
8 ( 4 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
9 ( 10 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
10 ( 19 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 9 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
14 ( 20 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
15 ( 13 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
16 ( 14 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
17 ( 15 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( 26 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
19 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
20 ( 24 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde

21 ( 17 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
22 ( 22 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
23 ( NEW ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
24 ( 29 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
25 ( 21 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
26 ( 33 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
27 ( 23 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
28 ( 25 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
29 ( NEW ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
30 ( 30 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies

31 ( 18 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
32 ( 27 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
33 ( 38 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension
34 ( 34 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
35 ( 28 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
36 ( 36 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
37 ( NEW ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
38 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
39 ( NEW ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
40 ( 63 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow

41 ( 31 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell
42 ( 35 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
43 ( 41 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
44 ( 40 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
45 ( 50 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
46 ( 42 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
47 ( 39 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
48 ( 37 ) I LIVE FOR THE SUN Vanity Fair
49 ( 45 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
50 ( 56 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex

51 ( 47 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
52 ( 51 ) FOR THE LOVE OF IVY The Mamas & The Papas
53 ( 59 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
54 ( 48 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
55 ( 69 ) LALENA Donovan
56 ( 52 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
57 ( 54 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
58 ( 53 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 57 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
60 ( 64 ) POOR BABY The Cowsills

61 ( 44 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
62 ( 43 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
63 ( 67 ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
64 ( 61 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
65 ( 62 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
66 ( 70 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
68 ( 74 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
69 ( 73 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
70 ( 60 ) FOOL FOR YOU The Impressions

71 ( NEW ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
72 ( RE ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
73 ( NEW ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
75 ( NEW ) MAGIC CARPET RIDE Steppenwolf

retro then chart
1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 2 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
4 ( 6 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
5 ( 4 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
6 ( 11 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
7 ( 8 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
8 ( 5 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
9 ( 14 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
10 ( 7 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees

11 ( 9 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
12 ( NEW ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
13 ( 10 ) THIS GUYS IN LOVE Herb Alpert
14 ( 14 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
15 ( NEW ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
17 ( 12 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
18 ( 16 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
19 ( NEW ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
20 ( 15 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

 

29th September 1968

It’s a first week on top for The Turtles and their glorious intentionally cliched p*ss-take pop gem, Elenore, while way back when Mary Hopkin had a 4th week on top. Back then Dave Clark 5 went top 3, now it struggles to go top 40. Highest new entry is Cupid’s Inspiration minor hit My World, last played by the late Dale Winton on his Radio 2 show as a 60’s DJ fave (as he was then), and fab it is. The Moody Blues get a 3rd top 10 of 1968, riding a see-saw, as new at 20 it’s a second top 20 for Dave Dee & co (and 4th of the year) with the dramatic Wreck Of The “Antoinette”, one I loved and sang to myself in my head during lunchtimes at school.

Into the 30 it’s another Beatles cover – this time though, it’s better than the original, the showstopping Joe Cocker version of With A Little Help From My Friends. Lower down it’s a new entry for The Shadows Of Knight and Shake – no I don’t know them either, nor the song, but it’s a fab bit of garage rock – and The Hollies Listen To Me, which I did know at the time, albeit not quite in the same fave league of many previous Hollies hits. Bringing up the rear, another psychedelic goodie new to me from Max Frost (a Mann & Weil song), Ohio Express back with some more catchy bubblegum, Marvin & Tammi replace themselves in the 75, and Tommy James sneaks in with yet another 1968 track.

RETRO CHART NOW

1 ( 2 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 1 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
5 ( 5 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 ( 7 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
8 ( NEW ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
9 ( 8 ) (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE) INDIAN RESERVATION Don Fardon
10 ( 23 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

11 ( 9 ) WITHOUT HER Jack Jones
12 ( 12 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
13 ( 11 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
14 ( 10 ) OVER YOU Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
15 ( 13 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
16 ( 26 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
17 ( 18 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
18 ( 14 ) STREET FIGHTING MAN The Rolling Stones
19 ( 15 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
20 ( NEW ) WRECK OF THE “ANTOINETTE” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

21 ( 16 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
22 ( 24 ) CHAINED Marvin Gaye
23 ( 17 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A Jeannie C. Riley
24 ( 29 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
25 ( 21 ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
26 ( 19 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
27 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker
28 ( 20 ) NATURALLY STONED The Avant-Garde
29 ( 22 ) ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo
30 ( 33 ) SWEET BLINDNESS The 5th Dimension

31 ( 28 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 27 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
33 ( 34 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Bobby Paris
34 ( 37 ) QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN) The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus
35 ( 25 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
36 ( 40 ) ALFIE Stevie Wonder aka Eivets Rednow
37 ( 32 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
38 ( 39 ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
39 ( 30 ) BANG-SHANG-A-LANG The Archies
40 ( 50 ) ONE INCH ROCK Tyrannosaurus Rex

41 ( 45 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark Five
42 ( 36 ) BREAK YOUR PROMISE The Delfonics
43 ( 35 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
44 ( 31 ) WHO IS GOING TO LOVE ME Dionne Warwick
45 ( 42 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
46 ( 43 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
47 ( 53 ) GIRL WATCHER The O’Kaysions
48 ( 38 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips
49 ( 55 ) LALENA Donovan
50 ( 41 ) PRIVATE NUMBER Judy Clay & William Bell

51 ( 46 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
52 ( 47 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
53 ( 49 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
54 ( 51 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
55 ( 67 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD The Four Tops
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE The Shadows Of Knight
57 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO ME The Hollies
58 ( 66 ) OPEN MY EYES Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
59 ( 63 ) I AIN’T GOT TO LOVE NOBODY ELSE The Masqueraders
60 ( 56 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann

61 ( 59 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
62 ( 58 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
63 ( 72 ) THE CHOICE The O’Jays
64 ( 68 ) A LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION Elvis Presley
65 ( 44 ) SHOOT ‘EM UP BABY Andy Kim
66 ( 71 ) GREENBURG, GLICKSTEIN, CHARLES, DAVID SMITH & JONES The Cryan’ Shames
67 ( 65 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
68 ( 64 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
69 ( 69 ) RED RED WINE Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
70 ( 73 ) MARIANNE Cliff Richard

71 ( 74 ) HEARTACHE Roy Orbison
72 ( NEW ) SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Max Frost & The Troopers
73 ( NEW ) CHEWY CHEWY Ohio Express
74 ( NEW ) KEEP ON LOVIN’ ME HONEY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
75 ( NEW ) DO SOMETHING TO ME Tommy James & The Shondells

RETRO CHART THEN

1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) JEZAMINE The Casuals
3 ( 6 ) THE RED BALLOON The Dave Clark 5
4 ( 3 ) LITTLE ARROWS Leapy Lee
5 ( 11 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 11 ) MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
7 ( 5 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
8 ( 4 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
9 ( 9 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
10 ( 16 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano

11 ( 8 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
12 ( 10 ) GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( 7 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
15 ( NEW ) THE WRECK OF THE ANTOINETTE Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 ( 15 ) A DAY WITHOUT LOVE The Love Affair
17 ( 19 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 14 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
19 ( NEW ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles
20 ( 18 ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner

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

 

 

My Retro December 1967 Charts

2nd December 1967

In the revolving turntable of classics, it’s another week another fantastic new number one, Hello Goodbye being probably my fave Beatles record to date at the time, give or take Eleanor Rigby, and the Fabs 4th chart-topper of 1967, as I am The Walrus elbows out fellow classics clawing itself up to 4. Highest new entry is Scott Walker’s greatest, and most epic solo record, the wondrous Jackie. It would be fair to say I didn’t know it at the time, being a child and all, what with it being banned, but I came across it on a 1968 budget compilation LP I bought in 1976 – and became obsessed with it then (but didn’t allow it in my charts as it wasn’t a single reissue). Eventually it topped my charts in the noughties – a decade after Marc Almond took it to number as well.

Bruce Channel gets a big climb, very Northern Soul Gotta-See-Jane-ish, which is all I need. Al Green vaults into the 40 with a track I’d never heard in my life two weeks ago, and Classics IV enter high too with the fab Spooky, later covered beautifully by Dusty Springfield and also Atlanta Rhythm Section in the late 70’s (who included two members of Classics IV, rather co-incidentally). Julie Andrews goes top 40 with the fab Thoroughly Modern Millie, terrific lyrics and great fun, just like the movie.

Boyce & Hart enter at 52, no longer needing the Monkees to get a hit song, and vice versa, while The Small Faces bring a Tin Soldier just below them. The bottom 5 see 1967 returnees, and one debut – Fleetwood Mac cover an old blues song, and start a 50-year recording and hitmaking career. OK, in 2017 it’s been backing Buckingham & McVie who weren’t members then, but hey, it’s Mrs Mac, Mac & Fleetwood involved so that’s good enough for me.

1 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
3 ( 2 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
4 ( 6 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
5 ( NEW ) JACKIE Scott Walker
6 ( 4 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
8 ( 7 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
9 ( 10 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
10 ( 8 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees

11 ( 12 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
12 ( 9 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
13 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
14 ( 17 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
15 ( 11 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
16 ( 22 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
17 ( 19 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
18 ( 21 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
19 ( 13 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
20 ( 28 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan

21 ( 14 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
22 ( 15 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
23 ( 18 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
24 ( 20 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
25 ( 30 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
26 ( 23 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
27 ( 50 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
28 ( 34 ) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers
29 ( 24 ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
30 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who

31 ( 26 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
32 ( 29 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
33 ( 33 ) FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
34 ( 27 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
35 ( 32 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
36 ( 58 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
37 ( 39 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
38 ( NEW ) SPOOKY Classics IV
39 ( 31 ) THESE DAYS Nico
40 ( 54 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews

41 ( 35 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
42 ( 38 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
43 ( 36 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
44 ( 48 ) SARAH (LA FEMME QUI EST DANS MON LIT) Serge Reggiani
45 ( 65 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
46 ( 37 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
47 ( 41 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
48 ( 53 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
49 ( 74 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
50 ( 46 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes

51 ( 47 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
52 ( NEW ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
53 ( NEW ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
54 ( 51 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
55 ( 59 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
56 ( 42 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
57 ( 73 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
58 ( 43 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
59 ( 66 ) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
60 ( 67 ) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Five Stairsteps

61 ( 52 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
62 ( 75 ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
63 ( 44 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
64 ( 71 ) SAM Keith West
65 ( 40 ) I WAN’NA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
66 ( 49 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
67 ( 68 ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
68 ( 72 ) HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH Traffic
69 ( 56 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
70 ( 45 ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman

71 ( NEW ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ The Outsiders
72 ( NEW ) CHAIN OF FOOLS Aretha Franklin
73 ( NEW ) SUSANNAH’S STILL ALIVE Dave Davies
74 ( NEW ) IF I COULD BUILD MY WHOLE WORLD AROUND YOU Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
75 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE MY TIME AIN’T LONG Fleetwood Mac

 

 

9th December 1967

Scott Walker grabs a first solo number one with the epic Jackie holding off the epic highest new entry Renee, The Four Tops cover that outdoes the original in drama. Not to mention the Magical Mystery Tour EP invasion. With more than enough material for an album, from All You Need Is Love through to this, including b sides, the fabs missed a trick. 4 in the top 10 and 6 in the 75. A Cream classic is edged down to 23 as a new entry. Its worth pointing out that Tom Jones and other tracks were all considered top 3 certs by me before i started doing the charts and found that they actually were overwhelmed by so many even better tracks!

1 (5) JACKIE Scott Walker
2 (1) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 (2) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
4 (4) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
5 (3) WORLD The Bee Gees
6 (NEW) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
7 (NEW) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
8 (6) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
9 (NEW) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
10 (11) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band

11 (7) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
12 (14) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
13 (8) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
14 (16) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
15 (13) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
16 (10) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
17 (9) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 (18) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
19 (15) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
20 (20) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan

21 (12) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
22 (17) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
23 (NEW) I FEEL FREE Cream
24 (NEW) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
25 (25) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
26 (19) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
27 (27) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
28 (24) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
29 (26) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
30 (38) SPOOKY Classics IV

31 (21) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
32 (22) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
33 (36) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
34 (37) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
35 (40) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
36 (23) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 (45) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
38 (30) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
39 (NEW) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
40 (31) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra

41 (32) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
42 (35) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
43 (48) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
44 (49) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
45 (34) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
46 (52) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
47 (28) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers
48 (53) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
49 (29) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
50 (57) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays

51 (42) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
52 (50) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
53 (55) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
54 (41) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
55 (51) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
56 (59) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
57 (43) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
58 (60) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Five Stairsteps
59 (62) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
60 (54) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

61 (33)FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
62 (39) THESE DAYS Nico
63 (46) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
64 (64) SAM Keith West
65 (44) SARAH (LA FEMME QUI EST DANS MON LIT) Serge Reggiani
66 (NEW) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
67 (NEW) BLUE JAY WAY The Beatles
68 (71) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ The Outsiders
69 (72) CHAIN OF FOOLS Aretha Franklin
70 (61) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland

71 (73) SUSANNAH’S STILL ALIVE Dave Davies
72 (74) IF I COULD BUILD MY WHOLE WORLD AROUND YOU Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
73 (NEW) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
74 (NEW) GOOD COMBINATION Sonny & Cher
75 (NEW) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu

 

16th December 1967

Yet another new number one as the pace of classics stays strong – this time The Four Tops definitive cover of Walk Away Renee gives them a second chart-topper of 1967, and holds off The Beatles – ALL the four Beatles absolute fave classics resting in the top 10. Highest new entry is Harry Nilsson’s brilliant cover of One, giving him 2 top 10’s, and ahead of the first actual single off the new album (from which this is taken, a 1968 singles flop everywhere, and yet a track that is quite well known these days). That overshadows another non-UK single – from the Rolling Stones, the best track off their new album, She’s A Rainbow. That’s 7 non-singles in the top 20, and another 2 that were US hits only. The UK charts could have been even better than they actually were.

Paul Mauriat’s 1968 instrumental cover of Love Is Blue was a huge kiddie fave of mine on the Isle Of Anglesey, Caergiliog junior school, where we learned to play it on the melodica. Melodica’s were everywhere, these days obscure or what!? In at 28, almost equalling Vicky Leandros is one week. Another Beach Boys goodie pops in, though the version I knew best was the late David Cassidy’s 1975 hit UK cover – not as good as the original though. Peter Frampton & co are back for a second bite of the Miltonic cherry, Cat Stevens purrs in with another chart entry of the year, and Frankie Valli does Italian torch ballad, somewhat pioneered by fanboy Morrissey. Nancy Sinatra makes it 3 on the chart, as movie theme Tony Rome creeps in – just.

1 ( 6 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
2 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 1 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
4 ( 3 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
5 ( 7 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
9 ( 8 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
10 ( NEW ) ONE Harry Nilsson

11 ( 12 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
12 ( NEW ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
14 ( 20 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
15 ( 13 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
16 ( 10 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
17 ( 14 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
18 ( 18 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
19 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
20 ( 16 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees

21 ( 19 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
22 ( 24 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
23 ( 30 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
24 ( 21 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
25 ( 17 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
26 ( 33 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
27 ( 27 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
28 ( NEW ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
29 ( 35 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
30 ( 37 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black

31 ( 22 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
32 ( NEW ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
33 ( 26 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
34 ( 39 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
35 ( 29 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
36 ( 28 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
37 ( 23 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
38 ( 44 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
39 ( 32 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
40 ( 43 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold

41 ( 31 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
42 ( 38 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
43 ( 25 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
44 ( 46 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
45 ( 36 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
46 ( 40 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
47 ( 42 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
48 ( 48 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
49 ( 34 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
50 ( 50 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays

51 ( 41 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
52 ( 53 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
53 ( 73 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
54 ( 49 ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
55 ( 52 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
56 ( 45 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
57 ( NEW ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
58 ( 66 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
59 ( 59 ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
60 ( RE ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

61 ( 51 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
62 ( 55 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
63 ( 64 ) SAM Keith West
64 ( 75 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
65 ( 60 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
66 ( 54 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
67 ( 57 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
68 ( NEW ) KITTY Cat Stevens
69 ( 47 ) SUMMER RAIN Johnny Rivers
70 ( NEW ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee

71 ( 56 ) CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU The Standells
72 ( NEW ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli
73 ( NEW ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
74 ( NEW ) MY BABY MUST BE A MAGICIAN The Marvelettes
75 ( NEW ) TONY ROME Nancy Sinatra

 

23rd December 2017

It’s back on top for Hello Goodbye for a second week as The Beatles hold down 1, 3, 6, 7 and 17 making sure that every track peaks lower than they otherwise would have. It’s a quiet week for new entries, one classic in at 9 for The Moody Blues, a song which would first chart for me in late 1972, top 3, and top my chart in 1979. Other newies are soul acts making reappearances in 1967, Joe South, Carla Thomas and King Curtis covering Stevie Wonder.

Elsewhere the O’Jays make my top 40 for the first time, 5 years ahead of 2 chart-toppers, and Al Green makes the top 20 4 years ahead his early 70’s classics.

1 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
3 ( 5 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
5 ( 4 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
6 ( 6 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
9 ( NEW ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
10 ( 10 ) ONE Harry Nilsson

11 ( 12 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
12 ( 9 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
13 ( 11 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
14 ( 14 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
15 ( 13 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
16 ( 23 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
17 ( 22 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
18 ( 15 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
19 ( 26 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
20 ( 28 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra

21 ( 16 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
22 ( 17 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
23 ( 32 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
24 ( 21 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
25 ( 20 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
26 ( 34 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
27 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
28 ( 30 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
29 ( 18 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
30 ( 24 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry

31 ( 38 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
32 ( 25 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
33 ( 29 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
34 ( 27 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
35 ( 53 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
36 ( 57 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
37 ( 33 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
38 ( 35 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
39 ( 50 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
40 ( 44 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart

41 ( 31 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
42 ( 39 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
43 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
44 ( 40 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
45 ( 42 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
46 ( 41 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
47 ( 52 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
48 ( 58 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
49 ( 37 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
50 ( 60 ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay

51 ( 47 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
52 ( 64 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
53 ( 45 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
54 ( 46 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
55 ( 43 ) WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Dusty Springfield
56 ( 51 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
57 ( 55 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
58 ( 68 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
59 ( 59 ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
60 ( 63 ) SAM Keith West

61 ( 48 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
62 ( 73 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
63 ( 56 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
64 ( 62 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
65 ( 54 ) ALL MY LOVE Cliff Richard
66 ( 49 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 70 ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee
68 ( 61 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
69 ( 65 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
70 ( 72 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli

71 ( NEW ) PICK UP THE PIECES Carla Thomas
72 ( 74 ) MY BABY MUST BE A MAGICIAN The Marvelettes
73 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER King Curtis
74 ( 67 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
75 ( NEW ) NO SAD SONGS Joe Simon

 

30th December 1967

The final chart of 1967 sees The Beatles replace themselves on top, as the lovely Fool On The Hill becomes the 5th of the year for the Fabs. Nancy & Lee get yet another top 10, with the highest new entry for the gorgeously weird Some Velvet Evening. About a decade ago, days after Lee Hazelwood had died, I was on an exotic beach on a small cove in Crete and this came blasting out of the speakers on a small luxury yacht anchored nearby. Lee would have approved, I’m sure, with his talent for imagery. Also in at 11, the definitive version of Everlasting Love from The Love Affair, on the way up to beat Robert Knight’s peak.

In at 24, the lush soul country sounds of classic Ray Charles with a 40’s standard done perfectly by ray in 1960, and now a hit again in the States. The song has been covered by umpteen legends, but none better than this version (that I’m aware). Lalo Schifrin is a US TV theme legend, and would eventually hit the British charts with a version of the Jaws movie theme, while his own Mission Impossible theme would be a 90’s hit in 90’s dance style. I’ll stick with the cool original. Solomon King is another track on the 16 Big Hits Aussie LP dad bought in 1969 in Singapore: She Wears My Ring was easily my least-fave track on the album by some distance, but I have enough residual nostalgia for the big ballad to chart it anyway.

The Symbols do a second cover of the year, Neil Diamond also needlessly joins the covers brigade – the old Gary US Bonds hit, which would hit big in the UK for obscure pop act Harley Quinn. Not the DC character, though, but a fab version smack in the midst of glam rock. Neil’s isn’t quite that good, but it’s OK. Al Wilson would grab some 70’s success with Show & Tell and The Snake, but his soulful voice features on a future Four Tops hit cover Do What You Gotta Do. Not Levi Stubbs, maybe but then who is? It’s a good version. Jackie Wilson pops in with Higher & Higher part 2, essentially, as Cream & Hendrix sneak in with some Prog Rock classics. Like both the tracks, but never loved ’em to bits as some more Rock-oriented fans and critics do.

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

11 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
12 ( 12 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
13 ( 10 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 17 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
15 ( 15 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
16 ( 13 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
17 ( 19 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
18 ( 11 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
19 ( 20 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
20 ( 23 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys

21 ( 16 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
22 ( 14 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
23 ( 18 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
24 ( NEW ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
25 ( 36 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
26 ( 26 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
27 ( 24 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
28 ( 21 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
29 ( 22 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
30 ( 35 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed

31 ( 25 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
32 ( 28 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
33 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
34 ( 29 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
35 ( 30 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
36 ( 31 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
37 ( 48 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
38 ( 52 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
39 ( 32 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
40 ( 33 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews

41 ( 37 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
42 ( 38 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
43 ( 62 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
44 ( 34 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
45 ( 39 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
46 ( 42 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
47 ( 47 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
48 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
49 ( 58 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
50 ( 45 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who

51 ( 40 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
52 ( 61 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
53 ( 41 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
54 ( 51 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
55 ( 50 ) STORYBOOK CHILDREN Billy Vera & Judy Clay
56 ( NEW ) SHE WEARS MY RING Solomon KIng
57 ( 46 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
58 ( NEW ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
59 ( 59 ) CARE OF CELL 44 The Zombies
60 ( 70 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli

61 ( 57 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
62 ( 56 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
63 ( 44 ) THANK U VERY MUCH The Scaffold
64 ( 67 ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee
65 ( 64 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
66 ( NEW ) BEST PART OF BREAKING UP The Symbols
67 ( 54 ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
68 ( NEW ) NEW ORLEANS Neil Diamond
69 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
70 ( NEW ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson

71 ( 71 ) PICK UP THE PIECES Carla Thomas
72 ( 69 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
73 ( 68 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
74 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream
75 ( NEW ) FOXY LADY The Jimi Hendrix Experience