My Retro March 1970 Charts

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A record bag from Singapore, just the right size for singles, and an actual local Record label specialising in non-English records.

 

7th March 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Beatles letting it be as I have to expand my charts to 80 due to the new stuff I like exceeding the old stuff exiting my charts. Stevie Wonder gets another top 10, he’s had quite the run of them since 1967 chart-topper I Was Made To Love Her, and James Taylor gets his first with Fire And Rain (and possibly his last too!), easily his best track. Highest new entry is a reggae cover of the Nina Simone minor entry, Bob & Marcia’s version is the definitive though, still fab and in at 16. I didn’t know it at the time, but by 1974 it had been reissued and bubbled under the charts and made my top 5 that year.

Blue Mink start getting into their stride, Good Morning Freedom kick-starting a great run of singles – Melting Pot never did it for me, but this one I was aware of by the mid-70’s as I’d become big on them in 1971. In at 33. Van Morrison returns with Moondance, at 55, The Four Tops 60’s Motown classic is UK reissued and charts at 57 – the first version I knew was Donnie Elbert’s fabulous cover in 1972, which hit 2 in my charts, still the definitive version for me, but y’know, The Four Tops, always fab.

The bottom 11 are all new: The Trems back with a decent song I don’t recall hearing, Gene Pitney still charting with another I don’t know well, The Guess Who double A side charting separately, The Cuff Links replacing The Archies new single in my list (Ron Dante both), Charlie Rich debuting with a Billy Sherrill song (previously Stand By Your Man and many others to come), Cornerstone taking my fancy with a Toni Wine song (she was on Sugar Sugar as singer of “I’m gonna make your life so sweet”, wrote Groovy Kind Of Love, Candida and others), while Joe South, Bill Deal & Jerry Butler all add to their run of chart entries with tracks I’ve never heard before in my life. Of the bottom 11 the only one I knew already was American Woman.


1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
2 ( 3 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
3 ( 2 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
4 ( 7 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
6 ( 6 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
7 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
8 ( 8 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
9 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
10 ( 24 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 10

11 ( 9 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
12 ( 10 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
13 ( 13 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
14 ( 20 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 14
15 ( 18 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
16 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 16
17 ( 11 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
18 ( 25 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
19 ( 29 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 19
20 ( 15 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3

21 ( 17 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
22 ( 14 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
23 ( 21 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
24 ( 22 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
25 ( 40 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 25
26 ( 19 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
27 ( 16 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
28 ( 34 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 30 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
30 ( 26 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8

31 ( 27 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
32 ( 37 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 32
33 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 33
34 ( 47 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 34
35 ( 32 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
36 ( 39 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 36
37 ( 31 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
38 ( 45 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 38
39 ( 59 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 39
40 ( 50 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 40

41 ( 36 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
42 ( 23 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
43 ( 52 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 43
44 ( 35 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 35
45 ( 28 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20
46 ( 33 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 33
47 ( 63 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 47
48 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 48
49 ( 60 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 49
50 ( 56 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 50

51 ( 48 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
52 ( 65 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 52
53 ( 43 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
54 ( 49 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
55 ( NEW ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 55
56 ( 64 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 56
57 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 57
58 ( 44 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
59 ( 72 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 59
60 ( 51 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

61 ( 75 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 61
62 ( 69 ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 62
63 ( 73 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 63
64 ( 53 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
65 ( 54 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
66 ( 70 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 66
67 ( 68 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 67
68 ( 74 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 68
69 ( 71 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 69
70 ( NEW ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 70

71 ( NEW ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 71
72 ( NEW ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 73
74 ( NEW ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 74
75 ( NEW ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 75
76 ( NEW ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 76
77 ( NEW ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 77
78 ( NEW ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 78
79 ( NEW ) CHILDREN Joe South # 79
80 ( NEW ) BUT YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU Evie Sands # 80

 

wot I liked then:

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
5 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
6 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
7 ( 9 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
9 ( 4 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 11 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel

11 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
13 ( 17 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
14 ( 10 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
16 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
17 ( 16 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
18 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
19 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

 

14th March 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for novelty-specialist Ray Stevens with the non-novelty gospel-MOR singalong anthem Everything Is Beautiful, which was my all-time fave record for much of the 70’s – it reminded me of Singapore (a neighbour blasted it out one lazy tropical, sunny morning and I fell in love with it), I loved the optimism and multi-cultural sentiment, the kids singing, the choir singing, it was very much of the time and the mood that things could change for the better. These cynical days it’s totally out-of-tune, in style, in mood, and after 50-years of destruction to the planet it would be hard to have this feature in a big movie except as an ironic background to misery and destruction. For me, though, it’s another What A Wonderful World, cos you have to keep trying or give up on humanity entirely.

Bob & Marcia rise to 5, saying it loud I’m black & proud, and doing it fab reggae style, and classic soul track Band Of Gold debuts Freda Payne at 10. I didn’t entirely get the lyrics until I was older (having heard it now and again in the mid-70’s), but oh my word, once they click you certainly feel for her! Blue Mink get a first top 20, multiculturalism in action, with Good Morning Freedom, while The Four Tops oldie goes top 40.

Newies include the jazz-funkrock of Ides Of March, and the fab Vehicle, at 53, Julie Felix (often on TV variety shows of the time) covering Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Nash returning with a reggae-lite ditty that I know, but didn’t know I knew (I have his Greatest Hits on vinyl, prob from that), Diana Ross, The Supremes & The Temps returning with one I don’t know, Marc Bolan returning with one I do know courtesy of an MFP Tyrannosaurus Rex album I bought around 1973/4, CSN (& with added Neil Young) back with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s still-charting Woodstock, and a Bacharach-David song I’ve never heard as BJ Thomas follows-up the big version of a Bacharach-David song. As the lyrics are somewhat pertinent to my webcam views of deserted Playa Del Ingles in the Canaries and coronavirus-hit countries in general, there’s a gloomy not-anticipated appropriateness to them..

1 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
3 ( 2 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 16 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 5
6 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
7 ( 6 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 4 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
9 ( 10 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
10 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 10

11 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
12 ( 14 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 12
13 ( 8 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
14 ( 11 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
16 ( 19 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
17 ( 13 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
18 ( 15 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
19 ( 9 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
20 ( 33 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 20

21 ( 20 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
22 ( 18 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
23 ( 25 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 23
24 ( 21 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
25 ( 28 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 25
26 ( 17 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
27 ( 32 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 27
28 ( 23 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
29 ( 24 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
30 ( 34 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 39 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 31
32 ( 22 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
33 ( 29 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
34 ( 40 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 34
35 ( 38 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 35
36 ( 57 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 36
37 ( 30 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
38 ( 47 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 38
39 ( 43 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 39
40 ( 49 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 40

41 ( 31 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
42 ( 35 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
43 ( 48 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 43
44 ( 50 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 44
45 ( 26 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
46 ( 52 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 46
47 ( 27 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
48 ( 55 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 48
49 ( 36 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 36
50 ( 61 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 50

51 ( 37 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
52 ( 63 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 52
53 ( NEW ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 53
54 ( 70 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 54
55 ( 51 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
56 ( 56 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 56
57 ( 41 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
58 ( 59 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 58
59 ( 71 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 59
60 ( 66 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 60

61 ( 67 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 61
62 ( 68 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 62
63 ( 69 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 63
64 ( 72 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 64
65 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 65
66 ( 73 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 66
67 ( 74 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 67
68 ( 53 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
69 ( 76 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( NEW ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 70

71 ( 54 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
72 ( NEW ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 72
73 ( 75 ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 73
74 ( RE ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 74
75 ( 77 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 75
76 ( 78 ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 76
77 ( NEW ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 77
78 ( 79 ) CHILDREN Joe South # 78
79 ( NEW ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 79
80 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 80

RETRO WHAT I LIKED THEN
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
3 ( 2 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
4 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
5 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 10 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
7 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 14 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
12 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( 18 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 15 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
15 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
16 ( 12 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
17 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( 17 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat

 

 

21st March 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Ray Stevens’ optimistic gospel, just keeping off the fab reggae of Bob & Marcia at 2. The Supermes go top 10, fellow-Motown acts The Jackson 5 go top 20 and top 30, and Marta Reeves also hits the 20 in a quiet top 20 holding the potential onslaught of dozens of climbers lower down. Big jumps for The Ides Of March, The Beach Boys and BJ Thomas, with new top 40 slots for Joni Mitchell, Dave Clark 5, Dave Dee and Van Morrison, none of them strangers.

New entries are headed by Bowie’s The Prettiest Star, a version I don’t recall ever hearing, though I knew and loved the song back in ’72/’73 from The Old Grey Whistle Test I think and bought the Aladdin Sane album a few years later. Mary Hopkin gets a 4th chart entry on the heels of her hat-trick of chart-toppers, but it’s much more modest for her Eurovision song at 54. The Pipkins pop in with the ragtime novelty Gimme Dat Ding. Who dey? Well, Albert Hammond/ Mike Hazlewood wrote it obviously inspired by their Little Arrows success (among others) and they drafted in Tony Burrows (who else at this time!?) and Roger Greenaway, he of David and Jonathan and a million fab songs with Blue Mink’s Roger Cook (who go up to 17 this week). His chart-topping songs for me? You’ve Got Your Troubles, Home Lovin’ Man, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, Lovers Of The World Unite, Softly Whispering I Love You, Way Of Life, The Banner Man. All involved creatively would go on to better things then!

Eddie Holman knocks his own track out the list with both sides of his new single, one a song I don;t know, t’other a 50’s classic doo-wop Since I Don’t Have You, which would go on to chart for Guns ‘n’ Roses, Art Garfunkel, and best of all Don McLean. The Gentrys cover Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl with a complete musical change of direction, it’s pretty rock-cool for a bubblegum-rock band with the previous still charting. The Bee Gees (minus Robin, who is elsewhere on the list) return with I.O.I.O. and a latin-jazz-rock instrumental sneaks in for El Chicano, and Tony Joe White has another Deep South swamp-blues story-song on the list.


1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 5 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
3 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 3 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
6 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 6
7 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
9 ( 12 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 9
10 ( 8 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4

11 ( 11 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
12 ( 9 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
13 ( 13 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
14 ( 14 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
16 ( 16 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
17 ( 20 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 17
18 ( 17 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
19 ( 23 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
20 ( 25 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20

21 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
22 ( 18 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
23 ( 19 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
24 ( 31 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 24
25 ( 36 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 25
26 ( 24 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
27 ( 30 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
28 ( 38 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 28
29 ( 26 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
30 ( 34 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 30

31 ( 53 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 31
32 ( 28 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
33 ( 29 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
34 ( 46 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 34
35 ( 44 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 35
36 ( 22 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
37 ( 48 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
38 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
39 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 39
40 ( 32 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14

41 ( 27 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 27
42 ( 52 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 42
43 ( 50 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
44 ( 37 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
45 ( NEW ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 45
46 ( 59 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 46
47 ( 35 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 35
48 ( 54 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 48
49 ( 63 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 49
50 ( 56 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 50

51 ( 42 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
52 ( 80 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 52
53 ( 40 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 40
54 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 54
55 ( 65 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 55
56 ( 67 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 56
57 ( 64 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 57
58 ( 61 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 58
59 ( 55 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
60 ( 62 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 60

61 ( 41 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
62 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 62
63 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 63
64 ( 58 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 58
65 ( 66 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 65
66 ( 70 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 66
67 ( 69 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 67
68 ( NEW ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 68
69 ( 72 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 69
70 ( 74 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 70

71 ( 73 ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 71
72 ( 75 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 72
73 ( 76 ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 73
74 ( 77 ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 74
75 ( NEW ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 75
76 ( NEW ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees 76
77 ( 78 ) CHILDREN Joe South 77
78 ( 79 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 78
79 ( NEW ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano 79
80 ( NEW ) HIGH SHERIFF OF CALHOUN PARRISH Tony Joe White 80

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 7 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
3 ( 2 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
6 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 6 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
8 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
14 ( 11 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 14 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
17 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
18 ( 16 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 20 ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat
20 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan

 

28th March 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Ray Stevens, holding off a challenge from the fab Band Of Gold, Freda Payne’s finest moment, as gospel-influenced tracks get to be quite the thing in the top 6 with the highest new entry and debut from Elton John, about to be able to give up singing cover versions of the latest hits on the budget Top Of The Pops albums of the time. Border Song remains one of his great tracks, and what a brilliant singer he was in his younger days, till his voice dropped circa 1990. In at 5, and the B side Bad Side Of The Moon enters lower down as the new album drop is weeks away.

Blue Mink go top 10, which gives them two simultaneously, more or less, as Madeleine Bell and Roger Cook join Lesley Duncan and the ever-present Tony Burrows in the back-up choir singing. The Ides Of March have a big climb into the 20, and Eurovision-winner Dana enters at 18, All Kinds Of Everything entering lower than she did in my charts of the time (2) but higher then the UK’s entry from Mary Hopkin – the Irish winner was a huge Two-Way Families Favourites radio playlister in 1970/71, as Forces overseas (us) listened to messages from home from family.

Bowie shoots his Prettiest Star into the 20, aided by Marc Bolan, who is lower down with his own T.Rex track, and what with Slade debuting too with a track I’ve never heard before (but it’s very Slade) we have the future of early 70’s pop music firmly established as the decade has barely begun: that future is Glam Rock. Gene Pitney grabs another top 40 to keep the 60’s flag flying, as do The Tremeloes, though neither will manage much beyond 1974 until the 80’s. The late Julie Felix, who sadly died this week, almost makes the 40, and the highest of the tracks new to me this week comes from The Moments. I was struck immediately with deja vu as the instrumental opener chimes in on Love On A Two-Way Street, and sure enough the soul ballad is the basis for a classic 2010’s opener that topped my charts: Empire State Of Mind, the finest moment for both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. The song is a Sylvia Robinson goodie, she of future fab solo Pillow Talk hitsdom, the owner of the All-Platinum label mid-70’s disco-era chart success (it took The Moments 5 years to chart in the UK), and the woman who got Rapper’s Delight released, a game-changing record.

In at 71, The 5th Dimension are back with yet another entry – Puppet Man this time from the songwriting talent of Neil Sedaka, preparing the ground for his own singer-songwriter reinvention in 1972 – and Bobbie Gentry gets a second solo follow-up, third including duets, to the monster 1969 chart-topper that still nestles in my list. He Made A Woman Out Of Me is firmly back in Delta Country-Blues territory. Clodagh Rodgers gets a 4th, King Curtis brings a good instrumental in with the help of a famous friend, and Dusty assists her bruv Tom to his first chart mention.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 6 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
3 ( 3 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
4 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
5 ( NEW ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 5
6 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
7 ( 9 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
8 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
9 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
10 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10

11 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
12 ( 31 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 12
13 ( 25 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 13
14 ( 11 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
15 ( 10 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
16 ( 14 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
17 ( 12 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
18 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 18
19 ( 19 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
20 ( 45 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 20

21 ( 13 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
22 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
23 ( 24 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 23
24 ( 20 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20
25 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
26 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
27 ( 46 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 27
28 ( 28 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 28
29 ( 16 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
30 ( 34 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 30

31 ( 22 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
32 ( 23 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
33 ( 26 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
34 ( 35 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 34
35 ( 54 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 35
36 ( 48 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 36
37 ( 37 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
38 ( 33 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
39 ( 32 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
40 ( 42 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 29 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
42 ( 55 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 42
43 ( 43 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
44 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 44
45 ( 38 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
46 ( 62 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 46
47 ( 56 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 47
48 ( 27 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
49 ( 57 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 49
50 ( 68 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 50

51 ( 40 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
52 ( 63 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 52
53 ( 30 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 30
54 ( 65 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 54
55 ( 36 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
56 ( 67 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 56
57 ( 44 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
58 ( 49 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 49
59 ( 69 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 59
60 ( NEW ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 60

61 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
62 ( 51 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
63 ( 70 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 63
64 ( 75 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 64
65 ( 58 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 58
66 ( 66 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 66
67 ( 79 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 67
68 ( 78 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 68
69 ( 72 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 69
70 ( 74 ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 70

71 ( NEW ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 71
72 ( 76 ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees # 72
73 ( NEW ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 73
74 ( 50 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 50
75 ( 77 ) CHILDREN Joe South # 75
76 ( NEW ) BAD SIDE OF THE MOON Elton John 76
77 ( NEW ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Slade 77
78 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GO HOME (THE PARTY’S OVER) Clodagh Rodgers 78
79 ( NEW ) TEASIN’ King Curtis with Delaney Bramlett, Eric Clapton & Friends 79
80 ( NEW ) MORNING PLEASE DON’T COME Dusty & Tom Springfield 80

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
3 ( 2 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
6 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( 13 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

11 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
14 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
16 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
17 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
18 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 16 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops

My Retro April 1968 Charts

6th April 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

13th April 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

20th April 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

27th April 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 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