My Retro July 1970 Charts

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More Singapore popcorn transfers – 60’s Irwin Allen TV sci-fi show Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (by the looks of it not necessarily officially sanctioned as they bear only a passing resemblance to actual actors) and Safari animals which may or may not be due to TV show Daktari’s popularity.

 

4th July 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Anne Murray in a static top 4, with War up to 5 for Edwin Starr, and the highest new entry in at 9 for Marmalade, Rainbow very much in the groove of Reflections Of My Life and the bubblegum pop now a thing of the past as Junior Campbell got more involved in songwriting 2 years ahead of his solo career. Actually at this stage they were still The Marmalade but it just sounds wrong when you’ve known them as Marmalade for 48 years, though not as wrong as The Gaylords, an earlier incarnation with a name that wouldn’t have sounded so good on Top Of The Pops. The good B side also enters lower down, at 71 for Ballad Of Cherry Flavar.

New in at 12, it’s a brand new band name for Tony Orlando getting his second-wind in his career, after early 60’s solo success, and previous chart entries here solo and with Wind (Groovin’ With Mr Bloe), and big Singapore-era fave of mine at the time Dawn’s Candida, a great pop song with an unfortunate title for those with an aversion to fungal skin infections. A bit like having a love called Chlamydia, sounds great till you realise…

Junior Walker keeps his run of top 20’s going, Neil Diamond has a big climb with Solitary Man into the 30, as does Lord Creator with his fab Kingston Town. Warm Earth enter at 42 with a totally kicking funkrock version of The Temptations I Know I’m Losing You, as Motown labelmates it must have had their approval, and it has mine. Clarence Carter enters with his tale of personal tragedy Patches, sung earnestly, and which teeters on the edge of parody it’s so depressing, but just avoids tipping over. At 56, another banging discovery for me, Ten Wheel Drive with a belting vocal from Genya Ravan. Yup, neither of them have ever been heard of before this week.

Chicago’s 25 or 6 To 4 rocks in at 58, a world away from the MOR ballads dominating their long career, and Kiki Dee debuts with a Motown single that didn’t hit – The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday starting her chart career 3 years before Amoureuse broke through with help from Elton John. The Supremes follow-up Up The Ladder with a US single that I never spotted, more  a track off the album than a showcase release, The Chi-Lites return with another of many many to come, Joe Cocker covers The Box Tops to lesser effect, Yvonne Fair debuts a full 6 years earlier than her showstopping It Should Have Been Me cover, and Andy Fairweather-Low scrapes in with a song I’ve never had much time for, despite seeing him sing it in concert, loving Amen Corner, and his later solo tracks like 1974’s Reggae Tune.

1 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 2 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 4 ) LOLA The Kinks # 4
5 ( 8 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
6 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
7 ( 9 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 7
8 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
9 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 9
10 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1

11 ( 10 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
12 ( NEW ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 12
13 ( 12 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
14 ( 11 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
15 ( 18 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 15
16 ( 14 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
17 ( 16 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
18 ( 34 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
19 ( 15 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
20 ( 25 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 20

21 ( 13 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 13
22 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
23 ( 48 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 23
24 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
25 ( 21 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
26 ( 32 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 26
27 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20
28 ( 19 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
29 ( 37 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 29
30 ( 27 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 27

31 ( 23 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 23
32 ( 28 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
33 ( 29 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
34 ( 43 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 34
35 ( 26 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20
36 ( 31 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 31
37 ( 24 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
38 ( 46 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 38
39 ( 63 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 39
40 ( 30 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 30

41 ( 33 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 33
42 ( NEW ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 42
43 ( 49 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 43
44 ( 35 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 35
45 ( 52 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 45
46 ( 41 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
47 ( 36 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
48 ( 55 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 48
49 ( 66 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 49
50 ( 53 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 50

51 ( NEW ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 51
52 ( 40 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 40
53 ( 38 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 38
54 ( 50 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
55 ( 58 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 55
56 ( NEW ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 56
57 ( 65 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 57
58 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 58
59 ( 44 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 44
60 ( 64 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 60

61 ( 69 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 61
62 ( 71 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 62
63 ( 59 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
64 ( 60 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
65 ( 67 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 65
66 ( 70 ) WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO MY LOVE? Brotherhood Of Man # 66
67 ( 39 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
68 ( 68 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 68
69 ( 72 ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 69
70 ( 74 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 70

71 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 71
72 ( 73 ) TELL IT ALL BROTHER Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 72
73 ( 75 ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 74
75 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 75
76 ( NEW ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 76
77 ( 42 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 30
78 ( NEW ) THE LETTER Joe Cocker # 78
79 ( NEW ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 79
80 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather # 80

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

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

 

 

11th July 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for the pretty Snowbird, holding off the controversial Lola at 2, and The Temptations going back up to a new peak of 9 as I played it loud in the car and it still kicks mightily. That’s a second top for them, after I Can’t Get Next To You, or a third including with The Supremes & Diana Ross. Dawn meanwhile get a first top 10 with Candida. Jim Campbell takes his lights of Tucson into the 30, not bad for a track I’d never heard in my life a month ago, Warm Earth and Freddy Robinson both climb into the 40 for the first time, Jose Feliciano for the 3rd time, all cover versions nothing like the originals, B.J. Thomas for the 5th time, and Shirley Bassey for the first time in the retro reviews – though it wouldn’t be her first time if I went back further than 1967 – Goldfinger and As Long As He Needs Me, and maybe Big Spender, would also have done it.

Highest new entry is freshly-solo Ex-Monkee Michael Nesmith with his lovely Joanne, never a UK hit sadly, in at 34 while another album track from him also pops in at 76 – Calico Girlfriend. I love Mike Nesmith songs, including chart-topper Different Drum for The Stone Poneys, or Monkees-charting songs like Listen To The Band and What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round? Including Monkees tracks, Joanne is his 22nd Top 40 and Calico his 29th in total to chart from 1967 through 1970. Still a fan. New at 35 is that tropical fab Bobby Bloom hit, Montego Bay, later less effectively covered by Amazulu, while at 54 it’s a great version of Julie Do Ya Love Me from late 60’s US teen idol Bobby Sherman that I’ve never heard before, and didn’t realise pre-dated the rather bland bigger UK hit version by White Plains. Sherman had already appeared in the Monkees TV show as surfer Frankie Catalina, so I’m already predisposed to prefer it to a version of the song I’d never rated much.

The O’Jays are back again with another very O’Jays-sounding track (that’s a very good thing) Looky Looky, Mama Cass keeps the solo hits coming with another I don’t know, A Song That Never Comes living up to it’s billing, and Esther Phillips gets a second chart “hit” with her version of Set Me Free, sung in her own unique style as ever, with support from The Dixie Flyers, who get a second chart appearance with their Lulu assist also climbing. If they were still going, no doubt they would be changing their name right now a la the former Dixie Chicks.

1 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 4 ) LOLA The Kinks # 2
3 ( 2 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
4 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
5 ( 5 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
6 ( 7 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 6
7 ( 9 ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 7
8 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
9 ( 21 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 9
10 ( 12 ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 10

11 ( 8 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
12 ( 18 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 12
13 ( 11 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
14 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
15 ( 15 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 15
16 ( 13 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
17 ( 14 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
18 ( 23 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 18
19 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 19
20 ( 16 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1

21 ( 26 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 21
22 ( 19 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
23 ( 17 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
24 ( 24 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
25 ( 25 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
26 ( 34 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 26
27 ( 36 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 27
28 ( 39 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 28
29 ( 29 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 29
30 ( 45 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 30

31 ( 42 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 31
32 ( 38 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 32
33 ( 49 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 33
34 ( NEW ) JOANNE Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 34
35 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom # 35
36 ( 32 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
37 ( 33 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
38 ( 43 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 38
39 ( 50 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 39
40 ( 48 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 40

41 ( 22 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
42 ( 51 ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 42
43 ( 28 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
44 ( 56 ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 44
45 ( 27 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20
46 ( 31 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 23
47 ( 55 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 47
48 ( 58 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 48
49 ( 30 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 27
50 ( 60 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 50

51 ( 46 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
52 ( 35 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20
53 ( 57 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 53
54 ( NEW ) JULIE DO YA LOVE ME Bobby Sherman # 54
55 ( 37 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
56 ( 61 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 56
57 ( 65 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 57
58 ( 62 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 58
59 ( 47 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
60 ( 54 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2

61 ( 40 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 30
62 ( 68 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 62
63 ( 44 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 35
64 ( 71 ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 64
65 ( 66 ) WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO MY LOVE? Brotherhood Of Man # 65
66 ( 69 ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 66
67 ( 74 ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 67
68 ( 63 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
69 ( 64 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
70 ( 70 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 70

71 ( 41 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 33
72 ( 73 ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOOKY LOOKY (LOOK AT ME GIRL) The O’Jays # 73
74 ( 75 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 74
75 ( 76 ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 75
76 ( NEW ) CALICO GIRLFRIEND Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 76
77 ( 78 ) THE LETTER Joe Cocker # 77
78 ( NEW ) A SONG THAT NEVER COMES Mama Cass Elliot # 78
79 ( 79 ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 79
80 ( NEW ) SET ME FREE Esther Phillips with The Dixie Flyers # 80

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

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

 

18th July 1970

It’s a 4th week on top for Snowbird, holding off Lola at 2, as Neil Diamond gets a second top 10 with Solitary Man, and Junior Walker also grabs a 2nd top 10. This week Denmark beat Italy 2-0 in the first World female Soccer championship. No, I don’t remember it either, not have I seen any anniversary mentions of it. This month Kasey Kasem’s long-running American Top 40 show debuted on US radio – not only was he the voice of Shaggy, but I used to tune into the American Forces network around 1973/4/5 to listen to Kasey. It was great.

Back in my retro charts, Cliff drops from a peak of 26 despite topping my charts of the time, I mean I’m still fond of Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha, but it’s not my top track 50 years on! MIke Nesmith gets his 1st solo top 20, 10CC get their first (or at least 7.5CC do), and the highest new entry is from Rodriguez at 37, with Sugar Man. I had no idea who he was a week ago, like most of the world, but thanks to Railiverpool I do now. Quite the Nick Drake word-of-mouth success long after a short career ended, huge in South Africa, and even a film documentary about the unknown American singer-songwriter. Very fab, so good the first single off that album also enters lower down, Inner City Blues.

Chairmen Of The Board assemble for a 3rd time with Everything’s Tuesday, and still 4 years of singles to run, Elton John’s B side (Grey Seal) pops in, ahead of it’s 1973 revamp for the Yellow Brick Road album, Rod Stewart debuts a future Elkie Brooks chart entry with Gasoline Alley, and he’ll be back err for the next 50 years! Ditto Elton! Toots & The Maytals get a second chart entry, Madeline Bell sneaks though a second chart solo entry in the wake of her Blue Mink success, The Gentrys get a second, and Tommy james scrapes in at 80 as his Tighter Tighter gift song does much better than his own.

 

1 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 2 ) LOLA The Kinks # 2
3 ( 4 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
5 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 5
6 ( 6 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 6
7 ( 5 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
8 ( 10 ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 8
9 ( 18 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 9
10 ( 12 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 10

11 ( 8 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
12 ( 15 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 12
13 ( 34 ) JOANNE Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 13
14 ( 11 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
15 ( 9 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 9
16 ( 21 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 16
17 ( 19 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 17
18 ( 13 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
19 ( 30 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 19
20 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1

21 ( 28 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 21
22 ( 16 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
23 ( 17 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
24 ( 26 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 24
25 ( 31 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 25
26 ( 20 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
27 ( 22 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
28 ( 29 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 28
29 ( 24 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
30 ( 35 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom # 30

31 ( 25 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
32 ( 23 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
33 ( 33 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 33
34 ( 39 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 34
35 ( 38 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 35
36 ( 42 ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 36
37 ( NEW ) SUGAR MAN Rodriguez # 37
38 ( 50 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 38
39 ( 48 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 39
40 ( 47 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 40

41 ( 36 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
42 ( 37 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
43 ( 44 ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 43
44 ( 32 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 32
45 ( 57 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 45
46 ( 27 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 27
47 ( 73 ) LOOKY LOOKY (LOOK AT ME GIRL) The O’Jays # 47
48 ( 54 ) JULIE DO YA LOVE ME Bobby Sherman # 48
49 ( 56 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 49
50 ( 58 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 50

51 ( 40 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 40
52 ( 41 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
53 ( 53 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 53
54 ( 76 ) CALICO GIRLFRIEND Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 54
55 ( 51 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
56 ( 67 ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 56
57 ( 64 ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 57
58 ( 62 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 58
59 ( 43 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
60 ( 78 ) A SONG THAT NEVER COMES Mama Cass Elliot # 60

61 ( 70 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 61
62 ( 72 ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 62
63 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING’S TUESDAY Chairmen Of The Board # 63
64 ( 60 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
65 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20
66 ( 75 ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 66
67 ( 74 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 67
68 ( 79 ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 68
69 ( 80 ) SET ME FREE Esther Phillips with The Dixie Flyers # 69
70 ( NEW ) GREY SEAL Elton John # 70

71 ( 77 ) THE LETTER Joe Cocker # 71
72 ( 68 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
73 ( 69 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
74 ( NEW ) SWEET INSPIRATION Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon # 74
75 ( NEW ) GASOLINE ALLEY Rod Stewart # 75
76 ( NEW ) PRESSURE DROP Toots & The Maytals # 76
77 ( NEW ) INNER CITY BLUES Rodriguez # 77
78 ( NEW ) WE’RE SO MUCH IN LOVE Madeline Bell # 78
79 ( NEW ) HE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU The Gentrys # 79
80 ( NEW ) BALL & CHAIN Tommy James # 80

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

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

 

 

25th July 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for Diana Ross’ first solo chart-topper, her sprawling, epic, building cover of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. I adore it, I love an emotional record that builds to a crescendo climax, and Di came close to being this good many times in her solo career, but never exceeded it. Including Supremes records it’s her 3rd number one, and the 4th in a row for what was termed “East Listening” at the time, the kiss of death for an artist’s critical acclaim. Critics, though, including music critics, have a poor record with confusing “popular” as “mass-low-brow” and miss the point as often as not.

Talking of Easy Listening, The New Seekers debut at 8 with What Have They Done To My Song, Ma, Melanie’s quirky album track soon to be bunged on the B side of Ruby Tuesday, though both versions made the UK charts any month now. Expect Melanie’s version next week. Rodriguez leaps into the top 10 as I get severely into this new track (to me), and the classic Smokey Robinson album track finally gets a single release and enters at 15 – in the UK! I would have included it in my 1967 charts if I’d remembered it 3 years ago, but I didn’t twig, just as I forgot to chart a guaranteed number one for R.Dean Taylor’s There’s A Ghost In My House. More from R. Dean Taylor next week, too (not Ghost though, that’ll wait for 1974 now).

There’s a fab Curtis Mayfield song as Major Lance debuts with Stay Away From Me at 62 – 5 years ahead of his bigger hits – while Ron Dante joins himself in the charts (3 this week) in solo capacity rather than with The Archies or The Cufflinks, on a track that was a hit in South Africa. Aretha’s back, adding to her long list of chart entries with Don’t Play That Song, Andy Williams is back with another Easy Listening effortless singalong, It’s So Easy (he makes it look). Creedence quickly shoot off another double A side, but just the one track charting here, while Dave Dee is absent from the D,B,M & T single as it sneaks in. That leaves just Elvis, a track from his Live Vegas album that came out in 1973 in the UK as a hit single, a cover of Tony Joe White’s Polk Salad Annie. It’s OK, at least I don’t hate it anymore like I did it in 1973 when I didn’t realise it was a 3-year-old album track.

1 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
2 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 6 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 4
5 ( 4 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
6 ( 2 ) LOLA The Kinks # 2
7 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 5
8 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers # 8
9 ( 9 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 9
10 ( 37 ) SUGAR MAN Rodriguez # 10

11 ( 8 ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 8
12 ( 13 ) JOANNE Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 12
13 ( 7 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
14 ( 10 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 10
15 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 15
16 ( 11 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
17 ( 19 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 17
18 ( 16 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 16
19 ( 14 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
20 ( 21 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 20

21 ( 12 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 12
22 ( 24 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 22
23 ( 25 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 23
24 ( 15 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 9
25 ( 18 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
26 ( 17 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 17
27 ( 20 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
28 ( 30 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom # 28
29 ( 23 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
30 ( 22 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9

31 ( 26 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
32 ( 27 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
33 ( 29 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
34 ( 36 ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 34
35 ( 31 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
36 ( 28 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 28
37 ( 32 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
38 ( 33 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 33
39 ( 39 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 39
40 ( 47 ) LOOKY LOOKY (LOOK AT ME GIRL) The O’Jays # 40

41 ( 35 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 35
42 ( 50 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 34 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 34
44 ( 45 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 44
45 ( 48 ) JULIE DO YA LOVE ME Bobby Sherman # 45
46 ( 41 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
47 ( 42 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
48 ( 38 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 38
49 ( 40 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 40
50 ( 53 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 50

51 ( 43 ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 43
52 ( 54 ) CALICO GIRLFRIEND Michael Nesmith & The First National Band # 52
53 ( 49 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 49
54 ( 57 ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 54
55 ( 70 ) GREY SEAL Elton John # 55
56 ( 56 ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 56
57 ( 60 ) A SONG THAT NEVER COMES Mama Cass Elliot # 57
58 ( 68 ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 58
59 ( 66 ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 59
60 ( 61 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 60

61 ( 55 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
62 ( NEW ) STAY AWAY FROM ME (I LOVE YOU TOO MUCH) Major Lance # 62
63 ( 63 ) EVERYTHING’S TUESDAY Chairmen Of The Board # 63
64 ( 46 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 27
65 ( 67 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 65
66 ( NEW ) LET ME BRING YOU UP Ron Dante # 66
67 ( NEW ) DON’T PLAY THAT SONG Aretha Franklin # 67
68 ( 69 ) SET ME FREE Esther Phillips with The Dixie Flyers # 68
69 ( 77 ) INNER CITY BLUES Rodriguez # 69
70 ( 75 ) GASOLINE ALLEY Rod Stewart # 70

71 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams # 71
72 ( 74 ) SWEET INSPIRATION Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon # 72
73 ( 64 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
74 ( 76 ) PRESSURE DROP Toots & The Maytals # 74
75 ( 51 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 40
76 ( 78 ) WE’RE SO MUCH IN LOVE Madeline Bell # 76
77 ( 52 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
78 ( NEW ) LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACK DOOR Creedence Clearwater Revival # 78
79 ( NEW ) POLK SALAD ANNIE Elvis Presley # 79
80 ( NEW ) MR. PRESIDENT D, B, M & T # 80

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
6 ( 8 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 6 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

10 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade
13 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( 12 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
17 ( 18 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
18 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

My December 1968 Retro Charts

1st December 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for Marvin Gaye as the highest new entry is a plaintive heart-rending Robin Gibb-sung Bee Gees gem, I Started A Joke, never the hit it should have been, in at 3. Pet Shop Boys did a great version which topped my charts some 40 years later, but back in ’68 the run of big Bee Gees tracks is beaten only by The Beatles really, in terms of British bands. Mind you, everyone comes second to The Beatles even Marmalade who enter quite low with their quickie version of Ob La Di – it sounded fine at the time, a real fave, but now I know the original version there’s no comparison really, Beatles everytime. The newly-released alternative versions they recorded in ’68 are all better too.

Dave Edmunds goes top 5 with his blistering guitar work, and a classic instrumental enters at 24 for Fleetwood Mac – Albatross, a UK 1969 chart-topper, and 1973 number 2, appropriately as another new entry from Archie Bell & The Drells was also a hit that year: Showdown is a great Northern Soul track entering at 55. The fab Joe South follows up his earlier chart entries here with his signature tune, Games People Play, like so many in this chart one I associate with 1969 when it became a UK hit. Not to worry, 1969 will have just as many UK 1970 tracks from the 1969 US charts I’m sure.

At 48 Tommy James is back with a new mature sound, Crimson & Clover – a future hit for Joan Jett in the 80’s – was one I very much didn’t know at the time, though ti was one I knew OF as I became aware of the American chart hits that British radio didn’t play. This became an annoyance to me until Paul Gambaccini started doing the US hits in the mid-70’s, and I also discovered the American Forces Network when I lived in Gloucester – actual Shaggy, Casey Kasem, running them down. Fab! Rooby Doo!

Johnny Nash gets a second chart entry with You Got Soul, ditto Sammy Davis Jr with I’ve Gotta Be Me, a great song, and regular on the Dean Martin Show which was big around this time, certainly in Singapore if not so much the UK, where I saw it in ooh 10 months time. In at 70 a band I’ve never heard of with a very morbid Chi-Lites-sounding soul track, The Unifics, while Donovan has moved to Atlantis, Aquaman will be delighted as he’s dropping a big DC movie next to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Probably. Andy Kim is also back with a rainbow.

In my original retro charts, there are songs that have yet to make my top 75, on the grounds that there are much better tracks than Cliff & Tom’s efforts, however much I liked them way back when. Fair to say my penchant for popular crooner hit ballads & novelty songs hasn’t lasted through the years in most cases. I have affection for them, but yeah, rather hear some other stuff!

1 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
3 ( NEW ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
6 ( 7 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
8 ( 6 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 4 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
10 ( 8 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 10 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 9 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
13 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
14 ( 16 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
15 ( 15 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
17 ( 12 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
18 ( 21 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
19 ( 14 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
20 ( 26 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

21 ( 17 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
22 ( 18 ) ELENORE The Turtles
23 ( 19 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
24 ( NEW ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
25 ( 27 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
26 ( 22 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
27 ( 36 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
28 ( 29 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
29 ( 23 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
30 ( 30 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas

31 ( 25 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
32 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
33 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
34 ( 34 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
35 ( 37 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
36 ( 31 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
37 ( 32 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
38 ( 33 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
39 ( 24 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
40 ( 40 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

41 ( 35 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
42 ( 43 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
43 ( 48 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
44 ( 41 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
45 ( 38 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
46 ( 46 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
47 ( 49 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
48 ( NEW ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
49 ( 50 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
50 ( 54 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience

51 ( 42 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
52 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
53 ( 59 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
54 ( 55 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
55 ( NEW ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
56 ( 60 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 39 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
58 ( 65 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
59 ( 61 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
60 ( 45 ) ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN Dion

61 ( NEW ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
62 ( 64 ) GOING UP THE COUNTRY Canned Heat
63 ( 69 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
64 ( 72 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
65 ( 66 ) STORMY Classics IV
66 ( 68 ) ARE YOU HAPPY Jerry Butler
67 ( 52 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles featuring Graham Bonnet
68 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
69 ( 56 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
70 ( NEW ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

71 ( 57 ) JESAMINE The Casuals
72 ( NEW ) ATLANTIS Donovan
73 ( NEW ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
74 ( NEW ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
75 ( NEW ) TOY The Casuals

1st Dec Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
3 ( 4 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 2 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
5 ( 8 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
6 ( 3 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
8 ( 13 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
9 ( 7 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 18 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

11 ( 11 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
12 ( 10 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
13 ( NEW ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
14 ( 9 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
15 ( 19 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( 14 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
17 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
18 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
19 ( NEW ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
20 ( 16 ) ONLY ONE WOMAN The Marbles

 

8th December 1968

It’s a first week on top for I Started A Joke, the Bee Gees 3rd chart-topper, just holding off the manic guitar of Dave Edmunds’ Love Sculpture at 2. With Race With The Devil going top 5, it’s quite a frantic pace for 60% of the top 5, with a fair bit of shrieking to boot. Fleetwood Mac get a first top 10, the second of 2 instrumentals in the 10, and The Delfonics get a second top 10 with the fab Ready Or Not. Diana Ross & The Supremes replace themselves in the top and simultaneously outpeak the Madeleine Bell version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.

There’s a nice leap into the 20 for Joe South, and the highest of 2 new tracks from The Archies is in at 24: Love Light was nominally the B side to the catchy kiddie pop of Feelin’ So Good (in at 64) and both were on their 1969 album Everything’s Archie which just happened to be the first album I ever bought with my own pocket money 2 years in the future (Singapore was showing the songs from the album during 1970 on the TV show shown there). I always preferred Love Light, it had a bit more depth to it, and 50 years later the gap between the tracks has only grown wider as the B side is still very listenable. Better get used to Archies tracks in my chart, 4 this week, more on the way in late 1969 through 1971. Oops!

In at 34, a fab Edwin Starr track belatedly a UK hit, and Stop Her On Sight was a single gifted to me by my parent’s friends in Singapore, Pete & Jill. I always dived on the record collections of any family and friends of mum & dad, I got such a thrill at playing the ones I knew, or discovering great tracks new to me. Sammy Davis Jr leaps into the 40, ditto Tommy James. The rest of the new entries are stacked at the bottom end waiting for a gap to rise: The 5th Dimension return with an Ashford & Simpson song, The Tems cover The Band’s cover of the Dylan song, Wilson Pickett covers the Beatles before they have even left the chart, and Cliff & top scrape into my chart a week ahead of high placings in my very first ever actual chart from the actual week in 1968 listing the actual songs from the UK top 30 in the actual order I felt they should be in. Actually.

1 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 5 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
3 ( 2 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
4 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 24 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 6 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
9 ( 20 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
10 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

11 ( 8 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
13 ( 15 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
14 ( 14 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
16 ( 18 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
17 ( 9 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
18 ( 12 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
19 ( 27 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
20 ( 32 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

21 ( 13 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
22 ( 17 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
23 ( 19 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
24 ( NEW ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
25 ( 25 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
26 ( 21 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
27 ( 28 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
28 ( 30 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 23 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
30 ( 22 ) ELENORE The Turtles

31 ( 26 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
32 ( 34 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
33 ( 29 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
34 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
35 ( 31 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
36 ( 48 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
37 ( 68 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
38 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
39 ( 53 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
40 ( 43 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies

41 ( 36 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
42 ( 37 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
43 ( 38 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
44 ( 35 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
45 ( 41 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
46 ( 50 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
47 ( 49 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
48 ( 55 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
49 ( 44 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
50 ( 40 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

51 ( 39 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
52 ( 42 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
53 ( 61 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
54 ( 54 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
55 ( 58 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 47 ) EVERYDAY PEOPLE Sly & The Family Stone
58 ( 59 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
59 ( 63 ) NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE The Flirtations
60 ( 70 ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

61 ( 51 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
63 ( 64 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
64 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
65 ( 65 ) STORMY Classics IV
66 ( 45 ) DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles
67 ( 73 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
68 ( 72 ) ATLANTIS Donovan
69 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
70 ( 74 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim

71 ( 75 ) TOY The Casuals
72 ( NEW ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
73 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
74 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
75 ( NEW ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 3 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
4 ( NEW ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
5 ( 13 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
6 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
7 ( 7 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
8 ( 10 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
9 ( 4 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
10 ( 9 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

11 ( 5 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
12 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
13 ( 11 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 8 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
15 ( 17 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
16 ( NEW ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
17 ( 12 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 16 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican
19 ( 14 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
20 ( NEW ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

 

15th December 1968
It’s 2 weeks on top for The Bee Gees, with Fleetwood Mac at 3, a huge leap for The Archies B Side Love Light into the top 10, and The Beatles original of Ob La Di charting higher than any of the pale imitations, into the top 10. Amongst all The Beatles, there’s some Stones – in at 13 with album track Sympathy For The Devil, those woo-woohs borrowed in style by Bananarama some 22 years later to good effect. Edwin Starr has a leap into the 20, SOS!

Second-highest new entry at 39 is an actual chart-topper of the time for me come January 1969, I was mad on Fox On The Run, and saw the Manfreds sing it a few weeks ago. I think my friend Geoffrey Geeson probably got sick of me going on about it! The Turtles get a classy, if slightly out of tune, quick follow-up to Elenore with You Showed Me, future Salt ‘N’ Pepa and Lightning Seeds hit covers, in at 49, while kiddie fave of the time Something’s Happening lets Hermans’ Hermits drop in too.

In at 60, it’s a classy cover of Laura Nyro’s Stoney End from Peggy Lipton. Who? She was a young actress starring in the cool cop show The Mod Squad at the time, and was about to marry Quincy Jones, who co-incidentally produced it. That leaves Betty Everett returning and The Moments debuting some 6 or 7 years earlier than Girls did in my actual charts of the 70’s.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
3 ( 7 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
5 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
6 ( 9 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
7 ( 24 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
8 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 14 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
10 ( 16 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

11 ( 5 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
14 ( 8 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
16 ( 11 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 12 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
18 ( 15 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
19 ( 17 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
20 ( 34 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

21 ( 18 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
22 ( 19 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
23 ( 13 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
24 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
25 ( 23 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
26 ( 27 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
27 ( 22 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
28 ( 28 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 32 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
30 ( 26 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone

31 ( 36 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 25 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
33 ( 37 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
34 ( 30 ) ELENORE The Turtles
35 ( 29 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
36 ( 31 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
37 ( 39 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
38 ( 40 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
39 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
40 ( 33 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues

41 ( 35 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
42 ( 48 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
43 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
44 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
45 ( 42 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
46 ( 43 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
47 ( 47 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
48 ( 45 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
49 ( NEW ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
50 ( 53 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash

51 ( 44 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
52 ( 46 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
53 ( 54 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
54 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
55 ( 49 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 72 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
58 ( 50 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
59 ( 51 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
60 ( NEW ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton

61 ( 52 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
62 ( 55 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack
63 ( 64 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
64 ( 65 ) STORMY Classics IV
65 ( 58 ) PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG Otis Redding
66 ( 67 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
67 ( 70 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
68 ( 68 ) ATLANTIS Donovan
69 ( 69 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
70 ( 60 ) THE BEGINNING OF MY END The Unifics

71 ( 62 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
72 ( 61 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
73 ( NEW ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
74 ( 63 ) THIS IS MY COUNTRY The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
75 ( NEW ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments

17th DEC

…and so it came to pass..that this is the chart that started it all for me. Christmas holidays had started, I had leisure time to indulge my new-found music chart passion, and I did. I put the songs in the right order for the very first time. This was my actual-first-ever list of songs wot I wrote down. 5th week at the top for the Turtles, check out the video, see how not-happy-being-pop-stars they were (so endearing) ** Herman’s Hermits, another playground fave, a teenager with a lot of teeth who the girls loved (Peter Noone), the closest thing to One Direction around at that time.

The chart is great lesson in how time conveniently erases inconvenient old facts: for example, I really liked (apparently) a fairly bland Tom Jones record – there is no way I would have recalled that as being anywhere near the truth, we all like to think we only liked the great stuff, the cool stuff, or particularly important records to us personally. But there it is, staring me right in the face, along with Cliff, Des ‘n’ Val, and worst of all Malcolm Roberts. I stand by all the other tracks for a 10-year-old, and I remain a bit embarrassed by those:)

1 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
2 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
4 ( 5 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
5 ( 8 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( 3 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 6 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
9 ( 7 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

11 ( 16 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
12 ( 15 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
13 ( 9 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 12 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
15 ( 11 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
16 ( 13 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
17 ( 14 ) MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU Malcolm Roberts
18 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( 20 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
20 ( 18 ) IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW Val Doonican

 

22nd December 1968

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Bee Gees, just holding off Albatross (“get your Albatross” cue John Cleese in Ice-cream skirt) and highest new entry from my future teen hero Roy Wood, as Blackberry way enters at 5. There is only 1 track in my top 10 then and top 10 now – Eloise – though 5 are in common for the top 20, There’s no space at all for Tom Jones, Cliff, Des & other MOR acts that I loved at the time – I thought you were supposed to get more MOR as you aged?! Not me!

I still have fondness for some kiddie pop though, witness The Archies tracks and new entries from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a soundtrack from the Sherman Brothers not quite up to Mary Poppins standard, but pretty good anyway from a charming (if overlong) film which was constantly requested on Junior’s Choice and 2-way Family favourites for the Forces families living abroad (which I was by then).

The Turtles get a 5th top 40, Johnny Nash a second, Herman’s Hermits a 5th or 6th, I’ve lost count, and actress Peggy Lipton a debut. I was a fan of The Mod Squad, it was on TV in Singapore/Malaya a year or so later, along with many other US TV dramas. We got stations from both countries. Smokey Robinson enters high with one I’ve never noticed much before (I have it on a hits collection) but which sounds really good in isolation from the more famous ones, while an early 60’s song from Maurice Williams & The Zodiaks (who did Stay) is covered by obscure act Bill Deal semi-ska-stylee and it’s rather good.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 3 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 4 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
4 ( 5 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( NEW ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 2 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
7 ( 6 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 9 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
14 ( 10 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
15 ( 14 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
18 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
19 ( 20 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
20 ( 18 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

21 ( 21 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
22 ( 19 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
23 ( 39 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
24 ( 28 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
25 ( 26 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
26 ( 22 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
27 ( 24 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
28 ( 25 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
29 ( 29 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
30 ( 38 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies

31 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 33 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
33 ( 27 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
34 ( 30 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
35 ( 49 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
36 ( 42 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
37 ( 50 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
38 ( 34 ) ELENORE The Turtles
39 ( 54 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
40 ( 60 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton

41 ( 23 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
42 ( 35 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
43 ( 36 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
44 ( 32 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
45 ( 41 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
46 ( 44 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
47 ( 45 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
48 ( 46 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
49 ( 43 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
50 ( 57 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes

51 ( 37 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
52 ( 40 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
53 ( NEW ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
54 ( 48 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
55 ( NEW ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
56 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
57 ( 47 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
58 ( 64 ) STORMY Classics IV
59 ( NEW ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
60 ( 67 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim

61 ( 55 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
62 ( 63 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
63 ( 73 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
64 ( 66 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
65 ( 51 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
66 ( 53 ) 1-2-3 O’LEARY Des O’Connor
67 ( NEW ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
68 ( 69 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
69 ( 52 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
70 ( 58 ) THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell

71 ( 61 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
72 ( 75 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
73 ( 59 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
75 ( 71 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson

retro 70’s
1 ( 5 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 3 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
3 ( 1 ) ELENORE The Turtles
4 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
5 ( 2 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 11 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
8 ( 4 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
9 ( 14 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
10 ( 8 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 9 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
12 ( 19 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
13 ( 15 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
14 ( 13 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
15 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
17 ( 16 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 12 ) DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME Cliff Richard
19 ( RE ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
20 ( RE ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

29th December 1968

It’s four weeks on top for The Bee Gees as the quiet bit between New Years and Christmas means very few new entries in the chart and gives under-performing chart positions a chance to have a clearer run. Roy Wood & co are at 2, signs of Christmases to come for the next 50 years, with the Beatlesey Blackberry Way, while The Beatles still dominate the chart. Bonzo Dog rebound cos it peaked way too low due to competition, and Manfred’s go top 20 with a chart-topper in my January charts first time round in 1969. The crossover in my top 20 of the time and now is relatively high this week due to the lack of new entries.

Smokey Robinson has a good climb into the 40, as Creedence Clearwater Revival bring Proud Mary straight into the 40 as highest new entry, first of many of those to come over the next 3 years and then nothing until 1976 when they covered the song at number 6. John Fogerty took over after that point as a solo act. Chitty Chitty songs climb, and there may yet be more, Al Wilson is back with a cover of the fab Johnny Rivers hit Poor Side Of Town, Ray Charles also returns and he hasn’t stopped dreaming of chart hits even if they fall short of the US Hot 100 at this point, Jethro Tull have a love story (and not one I know to be honest), and a couple of funk tracks sneak in at the bottom, Junior Walker & Sam & Dave both adding to the list of entries for each in a minor way.

1 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 2 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
5 ( 7 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
6 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 6 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

11 ( 13 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
12 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( 21 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 19 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
15 ( 12 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
18 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
19 ( 23 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
20 ( 14 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations

21 ( 18 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
22 ( 20 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 29 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
24 ( 22 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
25 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 30 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
27 ( 35 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
28 ( 28 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
29 ( 39 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
30 ( 27 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins

31 ( 32 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
32 ( 26 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
33 ( 36 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
34 ( 37 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
35 ( 40 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
36 ( 34 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
37 ( 55 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
38 ( 38 ) ELENORE The Turtles
39 ( 24 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival

41 ( 33 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
42 ( 59 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
43 ( 25 ) BLACKBIRD The Beatles
44 ( 63 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
45 ( 42 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
46 ( 45 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
47 ( 46 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
48 ( 47 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
49 ( 48 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
50 ( 50 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes

51 ( 53 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
52 ( 43 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child
53 ( 44 ) CLOUD NINE The Temptations
54 ( 49 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
55 ( 56 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
56 ( 52 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
57 ( 54 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
58 ( 51 ) YOURS UNTIL TOMORROW Gene Pitney
59 ( 60 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
60 ( 62 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies

61 ( 41 ) HELTER SKELTER The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) STORMY Classics IV
63 ( 64 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
64 ( 61 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
65 ( 67 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
66 ( 68 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
67 ( NEW ) POOR SIDE OF TOWN Al Wilson
68 ( NEW ) WHEN I STOP DREAMING Ray Charles
69 ( 72 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
70 ( NEW ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull

71 ( 57 ) MY SONG Aretha Franklin
72 ( 74 ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
73 ( 65 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
74 ( NEW ) HOME COOKIN’ Jr. Walker & The All Stars
75 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER, BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
3 ( 2 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
4 ( 7 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
6 ( 12 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( 9 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
8 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
9 ( 11 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 14 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
12 ( 16 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( NEW ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
14 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
15 ( 8 ) A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Tom Jones
16 ( 19 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
17 ( 13 ) HARPER VALLEY P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
18 ( RE ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( NEW ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
20 ( NEW ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac

My September 1970 Charts

1st September 1970

1 year to the day since leaving for Singapore and Desmond Dekker tops my chart for a second week – when I left it was It Mek that I was just getting in to before cruelly not being able to hear it for another few years! This one though got some radio airplay. 2 new entries, Canadians The Poppy Family became better known as Terry Jacks – well, one of them did anyway. Bobby Bloom pops in with another Caribbean-flavoured song for 1970, following Mary Hopkin’s Temma Harbour.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 9 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
9 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 11 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board

11 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 17 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
16 ( 14 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
17 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
18 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
19 ( 16 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
20 ( 19 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

8th September 1970

3 weeks on top for Desmond, 3 weeks at 2 for Hot Chocolate, 4 weeks at 3 for Bread… not much happening!

The Poppy Family leap into the top 5, and Bobby Bloom to 7, but the big news is THREE new entries, whooo! At 12, Jimmy Cliff’s lovely Cat Stevens cover is in, It’s A, It’s A, It’s A Wild World as Jonathan King covered it post-Pet Shop Boys not-guilty but not entirely dissimilar It’s A Sin. Holland-Dozier-Holland, ex-Motown Masterminds of brilliance (or Tamla Motown as we called the label in the UK in those days, let’s be accurate about it) set up their new label/production company Invictus – Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne were on it – cue the sheer brilliant Band Of Gold, a heart-rending tale of a newly-wed who’s husband isn’t up to the job on the wedding night, or thereafter. Gotta feel for her, what a rat! That leaves Three Dog Night, back with a Randy Newman cover. Like all their covers it’s not as good as the original. Or any other cover, though it’s a close call in this case with the Tom Jones and Stereophonics 90’s hit cover.

1 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 15 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 8 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
7 ( 17 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
8 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
10 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies

11 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 14 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
15 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
16 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
17 ( 16 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
18 ( 20 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 18 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night

15th September 1970

There’s some actual chart movement as the Tremeloes enter at 1 with the fab stomping guitar-riffed Me And My Life, their only chart-topper, though I’d known the band for years – ironically this was pretty much their last fling as far as big hits were concerned, though they had further chart hits with me for another 4 years. Jimmy Cliff climbs to 6, his biggest hit here, and Diana Ross not only covers Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell’s song, she turns it into a monster dramatic ballad and gets her second solo hit. It’s an epic version that sets the template for the next 2 years of fab singles, and another 4 years of lesser singles before an abrupt change was called for.

2 metal classics enter at 15 and 20, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, both of them to chart again in 1980. Paranoid is the best of the two, and Deep Purple aren’t technically debuting as in my “retro” charts of 1967 and 1968 (ie ones I’m doing now to comprehensively survey the weekly music scenes of that era) they more or less charted as Episode Six (with Morning Dew) and also with a cover of Joe South’s Hush, a bigger hit for Kula Shaker into the future.

1 ( NEW ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 1 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( 2 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
6 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
7 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
8 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
9 ( 10 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 6 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
13 ( 11 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
14 ( 9 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
15 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
16 ( 7 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( 14 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 16 ) LOLA The Kinks
19 ( 13 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple

Life then…
A week or so into yet again playing the “new boy” at yet another school, this time RAF Changi Grammar, with my new brown leather school bag for all the extra books and work I had to do (much more homework at this school, so I had to up my game to do well, rather than just comfortably coast). I was in the second year, and fellow RAF Seletar transferee Stephen Mears joined at the same time, the two new boys in Mr Chapman’s form. My best friend at Seletar (Stephen Game) was sporty, so that the was the gang I hung in, new friend Stephen was more into chess – so that was the gang I hung in here. Suited me, as apart from running, rounders, volleyball, swimming, team games really didn’t agree with me, rugby and cricket in particular. Another new mate called Stephen (bit of a trend here!) who I knew from 2 terms at Seletar was also here, he was taller and a bit clumsy, not at all sporty, and also into chess and Snagglepuss impressions – so that was it really, I was in with what they called “the swots” in those days, rather than “one of the boys”. To be fair, though, there was very little bullying going on in either RAF school, which completely left me blissfully unaware of the reality of the average British non-forces Secondary Schools. Frankly one of the teachers was more scary…but that’s another tale.

22nd September 1970

2 weeks on top for The Trems, as The Carpenters debut at with the Bacharach/David gem Close To You. Just. Gorgeous. Karen’s angelic voice just fit into Singapore culture and radio beautifully, being as it was regarded as “Easy Listening” as they called it in those days. Class, I call it. Ditto Simon & Garfunkel having the fourth top 10 off possibly the greatest album of all-time, which my neighbours had, and had loaned to dad to record the top tracks, including this definitive version – note not the UK hit version by Julie Felix. Freda Payne goes top 10, as I hadn’t actually rated it as highly as I do now.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
3 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
4 ( 8 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
9 ( 9 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
10 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne

11 ( 15 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
12 ( 7 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
13 ( 5 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
14 ( 11 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
15 ( 13 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 20 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
17 ( 17 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
18 ( 14 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( 16 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
20 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams

Back at RAF Changi, it was getting to know the teachers and schoolmates, like outgoing and assertive Lee Kleinhans, a kid from South Africa, my best friend next-door was also there, in the first year, along with his older sister a couple of years up from me. Short Gary was likeable – the same couldn’t be said for the fearsome Mr Mynett, the Physics teacher, who put the fear of God into kids with his OTT Sgt-Major-styled methods – short and sharp in appearance and nature. Mr. Magnet we called him. Put me off Physics pretty much. I preferred the nice Biology teacher lady, though I am still waiting for an answer to a question I asked (I never asked questions in class) when she said all fruits had seeds and I asked about bananas. “I’ll tell you later” she said, and never did.

Kids remember these things!

29th September 1970

3 weeks on top for The Trems, rather amazingly their only chart-topper in my charts, even in my retrospective charts (I’ve started from January 1967 charting songs new to me and old to me, comprehensively top 50’s – and they don’t come close even though I loved them as a kid). The Carpenters are up to 2, and Simon & Garfunkel at 3 with the track covered by Julie Felix, and highest new entry is at 6 – The Archies are back with a minor US hit, and a track I adored at the time (taping it off their TV show) the joyous bubblegum of Sunshine, which deserves to be better known – or rather known at all. Written by Jeff Barry and Bobby Bloom, that’ll be Sugar Sugar and the chap at number 16 with the also-tropical-sounding Montego Bay.

Black Sabbath are a bit Paranoid at being leap-frogged by a cartoon band, but then they DID have their own cartoon character in Ozzy…. In at 17, the soul-funk powerful social commentary of The Temptations’ Ball Of Confusion, Chicago pop back in at 19, and in at 20 one of my recent raves Our World. Blue Mink were fab, but tend to be under-appreciated, quite unfairly as they had a variety of singles, all great quality – this track was written by Herbie Flowers, later of “Grandad” success and Walk On The Wild Side bassline fame, and Kenny Pickett. Madeline Bell did the original version of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, pre-Diana Ross & Co, which has made my retro 1968 charts – see my wordpress popchartfreak account for those shortly.

1 ( 1 ) ME AND MY LIFE The Tremeloes
2 ( 3 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU The Carpenters
3 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 2 ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
5 ( 4 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies
7 ( 11 ) PARANOID Black Sabbath
8 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne
9 ( 6 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
10 ( 7 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) WILD WORLD Jimmy Cliff
12 ( 13 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family
13 ( 12 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
14 ( 16 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
15 ( 15 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
16 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Bobby Bloom
17 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
19 ( RE ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) OUR WORLD Blue Mink