My Retro April 1968 Charts

6th April 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

13th April 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

20th April 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

27th April 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My March 1967 Retro charts

 

3rd March 1967

The Mamas & The Papas get what would have been their 3rd chart-topper (if I’d done 1965/66 charts) with the fab oldie, done harmony-oldie style, and holding off the Fabs at 2 and 3. Highest new entry is the track that got reissued in the Uk in 1972, at which point I bought the record with my pocket money and it topped my chart: Bernadette is epic. The other high new entry is one my dad bought in a batch of singles he got from somewhere in 1967/8: they all had “Not For Sale” printed on the label, so it must have been from an RAF mate who knew a DJ or something: My Friend Jack by The Smoke. I liked it but didn’t love it at the time, but it’s grown into love with the years. I have to comment at how low records are peaking in these charts compared to how I always envisaged they would peak in my personal charts of the time. Just shows what happens when there are so many great records about. At least most of those I loved at the time have recharted over the years in higher positions! Frinstance 2,3,4,10,15,18 & 19 have all made the UK charts in later years (just out of the top 20) while 7,9,16 have also made my personal charts along with all the aforementioned.

1 ( 2 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
3 ( 5 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
5 ( 4 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
6 ( 11 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 7 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
8 ( 8 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
9 ( 6 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
10 ( 17 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas

11 ( 9 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 12 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
13 ( 18 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
14 ( 10 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
15 ( NEW ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
16 ( 16 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
17 ( 20 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
18 ( 13 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
19 ( 22 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
20 ( 14 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas

21 ( 15 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
22 ( 24 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
23 ( NEW ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
24 ( 19 ) SHE The Monkees
25 ( 21 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
26 ( 29 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
27 ( 25 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
28 ( 32 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
29 ( 27 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
30 ( 26 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones

31 ( 23 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
32 ( 28 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
33 ( 30 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
34 ( 35 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
35 ( 36 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
36 ( 49 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
37 ( 33 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
38 ( 34 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
39 ( 31 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
40 ( 47 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes

41 ( 40 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( 44 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
43 ( 37 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
44 ( 52 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
45 ( 64 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
46 ( 42 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
47 ( 63 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
48 ( 39 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
49 ( 41 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
50 ( 55 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

51 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
52 ( 50 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
53 ( 38 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
54 ( 69 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
55 ( 72 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
56 ( 60 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
57 ( 43 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
58 ( 51 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
59 ( 65 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
60 ( 68 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons

61 ( 57 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
62 ( 56 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
63 ( 74 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
64 ( 46 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
65 ( 54 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
66 ( 66 ) DON’T DO IT Micky Dolenz
67 ( 71 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
68 ( 48 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
69 ( 53 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
70 ( 75 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin

71 ( NEW ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
72 ( NEW ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
73 ( 58 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
74 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME TOUCH ME Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
75 ( NEW ) DARLING BE HOME SOON The Lovin’ Spoonful

 

10th March 1967

The Mamas & The Papas still hold off that Beatles 1-2, and joined by another kiddie fave of mine from Pet Clark at 4. Charlie Chaplin. Still find that hard to believe! The Four Tops get a 3rd Top 10 in a row, and The Walker Brothers go where the classic histrionic original from Lorraine Ellison also would have gone (had I started my Retro charts 2 years earlier). Highest new entry is a 3rd track from Nancy Sinatra at 14 – this time with Dad Frank – joining her duet with Lee Hazelwood and her solo Sugartown. Adore Nancy.

Harpers Bizarre’s Simon & Garfunkel cover is joined by the duo themselves At The Zoo, Sandie Shaw’s famous Eurovision winner is in as her ballad drops. It was great fun, was Puppet On A String, and I was allowed to stay up and watch it on TV. Hooray! Love Sandie, though I tend to agree with her these days about the track, but loved it age 9. A big jump for Peaches & Herb, annoyingly they had to wait for a substitute Peaches to get a UK hit over a decade later.

Paul & Barry Ryan got top 40, just under a year before Barry Ryan topped my chart with a classic. That leaves Jimmy Ruffin returning with another goodie I didn’t know, quite the string of great singles he had for 4 or 5 years! Keith pops in with an Eastern arrangement nicked from Gene Pitney’s fab Mecca, The Artistics get a 2nd entry, Aarron Neville and Lou Reed ditto. I went to see Albert Hammond in concert last year, a good night out with an amazing song catalogue, and I can see the style very evident in the Simon Dupree new entry with his song.

1 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 2 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
5 ( 4 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
6 ( 5 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
7 ( 15 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
8 ( 12 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
9 ( 10 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
10 ( 6 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits

11 ( 13 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
12 ( 9 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
13 ( 8 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
14 ( NEW ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
15 ( 17 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
16 ( 11 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
17 ( 19 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
18 ( 14 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
19 ( 22 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
20 ( 26 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre

21 ( 18 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
22 ( 16 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
23 ( 23 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
24 ( 21 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
25 ( 20 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 55 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
27 ( 34 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
28 ( 28 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
29 ( 24 ) SHE The Monkees
30 ( 35 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies

31 ( 25 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
32 ( 36 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
33 ( 29 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
34 ( 30 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
35 ( 42 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
36 ( 54 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
37 ( 33 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
38 ( 32 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
39 ( 63 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
40 ( 31 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band

41 ( 37 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
42 ( 38 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
43 ( 45 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
44 ( 44 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
45 ( 47 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
46 ( 41 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
47 ( NEW ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
48 ( 43 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
49 ( NEW ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
50 ( 56 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

51 ( 27 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
52 ( 39 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
53 ( 60 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
54 ( 59 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
55 ( 52 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
56 ( 51 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
57 ( 50 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
58 ( 49 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
59 ( 46 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
60 ( NEW ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith

61 ( 71 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
62 ( 40 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
63 ( 70 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
64 ( 61 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
65 ( 67 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
66 ( 72 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
67 ( NEW ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
68 ( 62 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
69 ( 74 ) TOUCH ME TOUCH ME Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
70 ( NEW ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville

71 ( 48 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
72 ( NEW ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
73 ( NEW ) I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN The Velvet Underground
74 ( NEW ) RESERVATIONS Simon Dupree And The Big Sound
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES The Dave Clark 5

 

17th March 1967

A 3rd week on top for my fave record of 1967 at the time – that’s bad news for ones I loved (and topped my chart in the 70’s) from numbers 2 through 6! There are so many classics under-performing, and so many decent tracks that are being excluded from the chart there are just so many great oldies. The highest-placed newie to me is Brenda & The Tabulations, gorgeous record.

As if there weren’t enough Monkees tracks, 2 more enter the TV show fave The Girl I Knew Somewhere, written by Mike Nesmith (as many of their great records were) in at 23, and in at 2 and written by Neil Diamond, the brilliant A Little Bit Me… while Goffin & King, writers of some of their hits and tracks enter at 64 with an obscure goodie from Lenny Welch. A huge 1972 hit for me is in at 28, Hi Ho Silver Lining – Jeff Beck features in my current chart with Imelda May, so 50 years and still good! Lou Reed pops in with his classic Venus In Furs at 30, Andy Williams with his Bob Crewe cover (and a later 90’s hit), Lou Rawls has a social conscience soul track and Little Anthony & The Imperials are in with a track that sounds nothing like their doo wop years, this is pyschedelic soul if it’s anything! Finally two hippie classics are shoved down to 74 and 75, just because of the competition…

1 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 2 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
6 ( 14 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 11 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
8 ( 9 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
9 ( 6 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
10 ( 15 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

11 ( 17 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
12 ( 5 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
13 ( 4 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
14 ( 19 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
15 ( 10 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
16 ( 27 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
17 ( 12 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
18 ( 8 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
19 ( 13 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
20 ( 23 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke

21 ( 26 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
22 ( 16 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
23 ( NEW ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
24 ( 18 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
25 ( 21 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
26 ( 60 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
27 ( 28 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
28 ( NEW ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
29 ( 36 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
30 ( NEW ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico

31 ( 25 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 24 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
33 ( 20 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
34 ( 49 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
35 ( 47 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
36 ( 31 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
37 ( 67 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
38 ( 22 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
39 ( 39 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
40 ( 65 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes

41 ( 33 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
42 ( 37 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
43 ( 29 ) SHE The Monkees
44 ( 53 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
45 ( 34 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
46 ( 41 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
47 ( NEW ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
48 ( 32 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
49 ( 38 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
50 ( 30 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies

51 ( 42 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
52 ( 46 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 48 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
54 ( 63 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
55 ( 43 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
56 ( 40 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
57 ( 44 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
58 ( 45 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
59 ( 61 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
60 ( 66 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick

61 ( 55 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
62 ( 35 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
63 ( 50 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
64 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT TO CRY Lenny Welch
65 ( 70 ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville
66 ( NEW ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
67 ( 52 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
68 ( 64 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
69 ( NEW ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
70 ( NEW ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb

71 ( NEW ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
72 ( 72 ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
73 ( 56 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
74 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
75 ( NEW ) PURPLE HAZE The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

24th March 1967

In which The Monkees do an Ed Sheeran and continue to dominate my charts – as they would have in 1967 in a hypothetical teen-streaming world. Neil Diamond’s Davy Jones-vocal delight is on top, as Mike Nesmith’s song with Micky Dolenz vocals shoots up to 7. Jeff beck hit my top 3 in 1972 with Hi Ho, so no surprise it shoots up into the 20, and ditto the Four Tops which topped my chart in 1972 at 3. A new one to me is up to 20 for The artistics, and also the Paul & Barry Ryan goodie at 19.

A 3rd Neil Diamond song is the highest new entry at 24, for the man himself – the song had to wait till the 90’s to chart in the UK, which was ridiculous. A huge leap for Little Anthony & The Imperials, not entirely unlike a great late-60’s Four Seasons song, while Cat Stevens also gets a 3rd song on the listing with I’m Gonna Get Me A Gun – it’s a great record, if an awkward title these days. An old Manfred fave is in at 42, a Supremes biggie that I never took to quite as much as their other hits (it clearly wasn’t Holland-Dozier-Holland quality, more MOR than soul) Happening at 53, and The Raelettes (Ray Charles backing group) sneak in lower – the number of singers that passed through the band is amazing, and includes Merry “Rolling Stones” Clayton, Minnie “Loving You” Ripperton and Marilyn “Fifth Dimension” McCoo.

Talking of female soul greats, Patti LaBelle is in 8 years ahead of Lady Marmalade, while William Bell drops in 2 years ahead of a Private Number, legendary Pink Floyd chart Arnold Layne and start the road to immortality in a modest psychedelic pop fashion, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band pop in 2 years ahead of their memorable Can O’ Beans in “Paint Your Wagon” and topping my chart in 1975 with All I Have To Do Is Dream. The country legends are still at it, as far as I know, and did a concert 8 years ago with Alison Krauss, who is currently back in my singles 2017 charts. I enjoy a good link/advert.

1 ( 2 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
3 ( 5 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
4 ( 4 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 23 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
9 ( 11 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
10 ( 10 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

11 ( 9 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
12 ( 12 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
13 ( 7 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
14 ( 14 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
15 ( 28 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
16 ( 20 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
17 ( 21 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
18 ( 15 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
19 ( 29 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
20 ( 37 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics

21 ( 17 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
22 ( 19 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
23 ( 16 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
24 ( NEW ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
25 ( 30 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
26 ( 26 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
27 ( 13 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
28 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
29 ( 35 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
30 ( 34 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin

31 ( 22 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
32 ( 25 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
33 ( 69 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
34 ( 47 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
35 ( 24 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
36 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
37 ( 33 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
38 ( 40 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
39 ( 31 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 32 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes

41 ( 27 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
42 ( NEW ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
43 ( 66 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
44 ( 36 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
45 ( 39 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
46 ( 70 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
47 ( 42 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
48 ( 60 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
49 ( 43 ) SHE The Monkees
50 ( 38 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan

51 ( 41 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
52 ( 46 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
53 ( NEW ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
54 ( 59 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
55 ( 45 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
56 ( 52 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
57 ( 49 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
58 ( 54 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
59 ( 51 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
60 ( 53 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees

61 ( 71 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 44 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
63 ( 65 ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville
64 ( 61 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
65 ( NEW ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
66 ( 56 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
67 ( 72 ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
68 ( 74 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
69 ( NEW ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
70 ( NEW ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps

71 ( NEW ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
72 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY LOVES A WINNER William Bell
73 ( NEW ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
74 ( 68 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
75 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles

 

31st March 1967

The Four Tops knock The Monkees off the top after one week, and five years ahead of grabbing the top spot in my actual official chart in 1972, with the stunning Bernadette. Talk about angst! Manfred get a high climber, I did love them so at the time, and Andy is one I discovered properly in the 90’s when it topped my chart, here up to 12 and outdoing the Bob Crewe original. Bob Crewe was producer/co-writer of The Four Seasons, who are up to 6 with the classic Madcon, I mean Beggin’! Oops.

In at 13 it’s Dionne Warwick leapfrogging herself at 40, and also her sister Dee Dee in at 72. It’s a Cilla Bacharach-David classic movie theme that was a turnaround. Dionne got pipped to the post by Cilla on her Bacharach-David cover of her original Anyone Who had A Heart, so it was her turn – and a great version too, almost as good as Cilla’s. In at 23 it’s Laura Nyro’s 3rd single from the utter classic album The First Songs released in January (the previous singles A and B sides would have made my charts in 1966 if I’d been doing them, and early 1967, if I’d spotted them missing!). Flim Flam Man is as good as any on the album, bar Stoney End and Wedding Bell Blues (later both covered) as was And When I Die (in at 32 as the B side), only Blood Sweat And Tears version isn’t as good as Laura’s, where The Fifth Dimension and Barbara Streisand were just as good if not better. Anbother album track next week to chart…

Some fab Northern Soul from Brenda Holloway and Chris Clarke, a huge climb for the folky fab Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a cover of a Tim Hardin song fro Bobby Darin brings him a cool new entry. Another movie theme, James Bond, for Herb Alpert pops in with his brass as ever present, and The Doors grab the bottom spot contuing a trend where I under-appreciate classic rock tracks (Purple haze popped in and out at 75 t’other week) – I mean I like ’em, I just like others more. Oops!

1 ( 3 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
2 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 6 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 2 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 4 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
6 ( 9 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
7 ( 7 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
8 ( 5 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
9 ( 15 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
10 ( 8 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas

11 ( 42 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
12 ( 34 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
13 ( NEW ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
14 ( 11 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
15 ( 12 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
16 ( 10 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
17 ( 25 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
18 ( 20 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
19 ( 13 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
20 ( 24 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond

21 ( 14 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
22 ( 18 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
23 ( NEW ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
24 ( 26 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
25 ( 29 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
26 ( 22 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
27 ( 21 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
28 ( 33 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
29 ( 16 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
30 ( 17 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb

31 ( 36 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
32 ( NEW ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
33 ( 19 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
34 ( NEW ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
35 ( 71 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
36 ( 23 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
37 ( 27 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
38 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
39 ( 43 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
40 ( 48 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick

41 ( 32 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
42 ( 31 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
43 ( 30 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
44 ( NEW ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
45 ( 46 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
46 ( 35 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
47 ( 37 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
48 ( 54 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
49 ( 39 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
50 ( 40 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes

51 ( 53 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
52 ( 65 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
53 ( NEW ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
54 ( 44 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
55 ( 69 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
56 ( 47 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
57 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
58 ( 61 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
59 ( 68 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
60 ( 38 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes

61 ( 52 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
62 ( 56 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
63 ( NEW ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
64 ( NEW ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
65 ( NEW ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
66 ( 60 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
67 ( 75 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
68 ( 51 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
69 ( NEW ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours
70 ( 70 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps

71 ( 50 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
72 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
73 ( 73 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
74 ( 59 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors