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

My Retro May 1967 Charts

5th May 1967

2 weeks on top for R. Dean Taylor just holding of a new entry from The Kinks – that classic Waterloo Sunset. PP Arnold keeps the Cat Stevens top 10 hitlist going, The Trems keep the Gaudio/Crewe hitlist going – and look, there’s another of theirs in at 19 as the classic singalongaFrankie Valli – later done bigger in the UK by Andy Williams, Boystown Gang and the greatest version Pet Shop Boys – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You pops in.

Elsewhere, Tommy James B side is doing much better than the A side, James Bond takes Herb Alpert into the top 20 as his cover of the Ramsey Lewis gem potters around lower. The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack Motown original of Ain’t No Mountain is in at 46, almost as good as the OTT cover by Diana Ross on it’s way in 3 years, Spanky & Our Gang’s well-known US hit drops by, a good Motown obscurity from Barbara McNair is new in, a 60’s US oldies radio fave from The Grass Roots is also new, and ditto The Music Explosion’s A Little Bit Of Soul, later picked up in 1972 by Jonathan King for UK Records resissued UK airplay – but no sales.

Hendrix does better than Purple Haze’s feeble peak of 75, in at 72 for his most radio-friendly track, while New Vaudeville Band have a soundalike follow-up (again), and Jackie Wilson does what he does well.

1 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( NEW ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 2 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
4 ( 6 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 12 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
6 ( 3 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
7 ( 4 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
8 ( 8 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
9 ( 15 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
10 ( 14 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles

11 ( 5 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
12 ( 7 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
14 ( 16 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
15 ( 11 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
16 ( 27 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
17 ( 13 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
18 ( 20 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
19 ( NEW ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
20 ( 26 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

21 ( 22 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
22 ( 30 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
23 ( 18 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
24 ( 19 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
25 ( 17 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
26 ( 10 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
27 ( 33 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
28 ( 29 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
29 ( 25 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
30 ( 21 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group

31 ( 34 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
32 ( 41 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
33 ( 23 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
34 ( 40 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
35 ( 36 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
36 ( 45 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
37 ( 25 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
38 ( 32 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
39 ( 55 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
40 ( 52 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension

41 ( 47 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
42 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
43 ( 28 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
44 ( 39 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
45 ( 38 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
46 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
47 ( 37 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
48 ( 50 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
49 ( 60 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
50 ( 53 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

51 ( 59 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
52 ( 35 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
53 ( 49 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
54 ( 48 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
55 ( 57 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
56 ( 66 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
57 ( 64 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
58 ( 54 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
59 ( 74 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
60 ( 65 ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie

61 ( NEW ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
62 ( 42 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
63 ( 67 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
64 ( 44 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
65 ( NEW ) HERE I AM BABY Barbara McNair
66 ( NEW ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
67 ( 43 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
68 ( NEW ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
69 ( 51 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
70 ( 73 ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys

71 ( 72 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
72 ( NEW ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
73 ( 56 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
74 ( NEW ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
75 ( NEW ) I’VE LOST YOU Jackie Wilson

 

12th May 1967

The Kinks grab a new Number One – now had I been doing some charts on here back in 64 then You Really Got Me would have topped, and possibly Sunny Afternoon. The Trems Four Seasons cover is up to 6, as the actual Four Seasons are at 10 (whatever the label says) and The Beach Boys oldie cover shoots up to 11. Highest new entry The Walker Brothers also cover and early 60’s classic, at 34, just ahead of big climbs for Spanky & Our gang and Sonny & Cher. The original songs to later chart-toppers for me (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Say You Don’t Mind) and later hits (24 Sycamore and Here We Go Again) climb or enter, while The Staple Singers have a chart debut, and yet another old Monkees fave pops in too. Just waiting for Sgt Pepper eh? This chart could get VERY crowded….!

1 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
2 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
3 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
4 ( 3 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
5 ( 5 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
6 ( 9 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
7 ( 6 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
8 ( 10 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
9 ( 7 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
10 ( 19 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli

11 ( 32 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
13 ( 11 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
14 ( 16 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
15 ( 21 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
16 ( 12 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
17 ( 13 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
18 ( 20 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
19 ( 31 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
20 ( 17 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles

21 ( 22 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
22 ( 15 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
23 ( 14 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
24 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
25 ( 27 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
26 ( 23 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
27 ( 39 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
28 ( 24 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
29 ( 28 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
30 ( 36 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells

31 ( 18 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
32 ( 29 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
33 ( 34 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
34 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
35 ( 61 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
36 ( 30 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
37 ( 59 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
38 ( 40 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
39 ( 48 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
40 ( 56 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond

41 ( 41 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
42 ( 38 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
43 ( 25 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
44 ( 26 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
45 ( 49 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
46 ( 35 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
47 ( 44 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
48 ( 33 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
49 ( 51 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
50 ( 37 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico

51 ( 66 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
52 ( 45 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
53 ( 43 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
54 ( 74 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
55 ( 55 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
56 ( 47 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
57 ( 57 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
58 ( 54 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
59 ( 68 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
60 ( 63 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who

61 ( 72 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62 ( 58 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
63 ( 42 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
64 ( 71 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
65 ( 65 ) HERE I AM BABY Barbara McNair
66 ( NEW ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
67 ( NEW ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
68 ( 70 ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys
69 ( NEW ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
70 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees

71 ( NEW ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
72 ( NEW ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
73 ( NEW ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
74 ( NEW ) WHY (AM I TREATED SO BAD) The Staple Singers
75 ( NEW ) AM I GROOVING YOU Freddie Scott

 

19th May 1967

New in on top and it’s the start of the Summer Of Love with the hippie anthem from The Mamas & The Papas..err I mean John Phillips very generous gift to Scott McKenzie (imagine if he’d kept it, ah if only). I loved this song at the time, in the sunny days living on the Isle Of Anglesey (rural RAF Valley), as did my mum. I still love it. One I didn’t know at the time is up to 4 (Frankie Valli’s classic original), as Pet Clark is straight in at 11 with another childhood fave from the days when Tony Hatch knocked out the melodic pop gems on a weekly basis – Don’t Sleep In The Subway.

Another biggie in at 14, the original Light My Fire, The Doors classic, another I knew in later years (Jose Feliciano was MY original), and up nearly 50 places another song I knew but a version I didn’t – Wayne Fontana’s earlier version of Gene Pitney’s 24 Sycamore. The Walker Brothers return to the top 20 with another cover – this time Walking In The Rain – and Tommy James hits my top 20 with a track that should have been a big A side single. Much better than the otherwise-decent Mirage.

A band I’d never heard of 6 months ago, The Five Stairsteps, replace themselves in my top 40 with a great cover of Smokey Robinson’s Ooh Baby Baby, and the timeless trippie-classical groove from Procol Harum is in at 34, 5 years ahead of it making my real charts in 1972. A great Grass Roots track goes top 40, one I got to know on Florida 60’s oldies radio in the 90’s – they tended to pick a theme (in this case records from 1963 to 1973) and then play oldies from that era on rotation as if they were new tracks. As I used to holiday in Orlando most years, that was a voyage of 60’s oldies discovery for me, taping onto cassette from the radio.

Up Up And Away, 2 versions, The Johnny Mann version was the UK hit version I knew at the time and liked, but The 5th Dimension I got to know in 1969 to 1971 and became a huge fan of (they were on Ed Sullivan shows broadcast on Singapore TV, and on Singapore radio) – so that gets the higher chart placing. Others: a Dusty goodie, Showstoppers later UK hit, The Association’s Windy (not a UK hit but a well-known song), Engelbert’s monster follow-up, Manfred’s Tommy Roe cover, and a bunch of super-heroes at 75. Ah if only….

1 ( NEW ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
2 ( 1 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 6 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
4 ( 10 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
5 ( 8 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
6 ( 2 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 3 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
8 ( 11 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
9 ( 5 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
10 ( 4 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees

11 ( NEW ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
12 ( 7 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
13 ( 14 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
14 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
15 ( 19 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
16 ( 66 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
17 ( 9 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
18 ( 21 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
19 ( 34 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers
20 ( 24 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 30 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
22 ( 13 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
23 ( 12 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
24 ( 16 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
25 ( 20 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
26 ( 17 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
27 ( 15 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
28 ( 37 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
29 ( NEW ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
30 ( 35 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang

31 ( 18 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
32 ( 22 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
33 ( 28 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
34 ( NEW ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
35 ( 39 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
36 ( 23 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
37 ( 51 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
38 ( 40 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
39 ( 26 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
40 ( 41 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey

41 ( 27 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
42 ( 29 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
43 ( 32 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
44 ( 49 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
45 ( 45 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
46 ( 73 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
47 ( 67 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
48 ( 25 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
49 ( NEW ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
50 ( 31 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows

51 ( 55 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
52 ( 42 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
53 ( 36 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
54 ( 54 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
55 ( 61 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 33 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
57 ( 47 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
58 ( 59 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
59 ( 69 ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
60 ( 71 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine

61 ( NEW ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
62 ( 72 ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
63 ( 52 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
64 ( 64 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
65 ( 38 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
66 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
67 ( 58 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
68 ( NEW ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
69 ( 70 ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
70 ( 74 ) WHY (AM I TREATED SO BAD) The Staple Singers

71 ( NEW ) WINDY The Association
72 ( NEW ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
74 ( NEW ) SWEET PEA Manfred Mann
75 ( NEW ) YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING (AND EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) The Fantastic Four

26th May 1967

2 weeks on top for Scott McKenzie’s hippie anthem, holding off a challenge from The Doors at 3. That’s the position the long version peaked at on re-issue in the 90’s in my charts. Wayne Fontana and The Walker Brothers go top 10, which is about as well as The Partridge Family did with it in 1973 – hey I liked David Cassidy and the TV show!

A big leap for Procol Harum into the 20, which A Whiter Shade Of Pale did in 1972 for me, and a lesser-known Northern Soul Motown gem from The Four Tops turns the top 20 gloomy as well as pale. The Five Stairsteps take Smokey Robinson into the 20, while Johnny Rivers enters with another Smokey song.

Highest new entry at 30 is that American hit and UK flop, incredibly, for Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl. I swear it was on constant rotation on Florida radio each year I holidayed in the 90’s. Far and away his best solo record, too. 2 versions of The Boat That I Row side by side, 2 versions of Up Up And Away, one of them not floating as high as the better version, and a new entry for Traffic, newly-hot with Paper Sun at 36.

Jeff Beck & Dave Dee & co go top 40, Vikki Carr’s MOR classic is in at 58, and childhood fave Carrie Ann pops in a bit lower. One of my parents younger RAF friend couples had this one (Jimmy & Vera had some singles I liked so I enjoyed popping round for biscuits and playing their records, Jimmy was in his early 20’s, mum was very nearly ancient at 28, dad was 30).

1 ( 1 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
2 ( 2 ) WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks
3 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
4 ( 5 ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
5 ( 11 ) DON’T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY Petula Clark
6 ( 4 ) CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
7 ( 8 ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
8 ( 16 ) 24 SYCAMORE Wayne Fontana
9 ( 6 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
10 ( 19 ) WALKING IN THE RAIN The Walker Brothers

11 ( 3 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
12 ( 7 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
13 ( 10 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
14 ( 15 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
15 ( 9 ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
16 ( 34 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Procol Harum
17 ( 12 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
18 ( 29 ) OOH BABY BABY The Five Stairsteps
19 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
20 ( 21 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells

21 ( 46 ) 7 ROOMS OF GLOOM The Four Tops
22 ( 13 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
23 ( 37 ) LET’S LIVE FOR TODAY The Grass Roots
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
25 ( 25 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
26 ( 22 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
27 ( 23 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
28 ( 35 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
29 ( 24 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
30 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED GIRL Van Morrison

31 ( 18 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
32 ( 26 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
33 ( 38 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
34 ( 28 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
35 ( 49 ) UP, UP AND AWAY The Fifth Dimension
36 ( NEW ) PAPER SUN Traffic
37 ( 40 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
38 ( 33 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
39 ( 45 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
40 ( 47 ) OKAY! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

41 ( 32 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
42 ( 41 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
43 ( 36 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
44 ( 27 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
45 ( 39 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
46 ( 61 ) GIVE ME TIME Dusty Springfield
47 ( 54 ) FINCHLEY CENTRAL The New Vaudeville Band
48 ( 58 ) LITTLE BIT O’ SOUL The Music Explosion
49 ( 55 ) THE WIND CRIES MARY The Jimi Hendrix Experience
50 ( 51 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 42 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
52 ( 31 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
53 ( 59 ) STAY TOGETHER YOUNG LOVERS Brenda & The Tabulations
54 ( 64 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
55 ( 30 ) SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Spanky And Our Gang
56 ( 52 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
57 ( 43 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
58 ( 60 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND Denny Laine
59 ( NEW ) IT MUST BE HIM Vikki Carr
60 ( 57 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens

61 ( 66 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY The Showstoppers
62 ( 62 ) HERE WE GO AGAIN Ray Charles
63 ( 53 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
64 ( NEW ) CARRIE ANN The Hollies
65 ( 68 ) UP UP AND AWAY The Johnny Mann Singers
66 ( 50 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
67 ( 69 ) I WANNA BE FREE The Monkees
68 ( 44 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
69 ( 71 ) WINDY The Association
70 ( 72 ) SOCIETY’S CHILD (BABY I’VE BEEN THINKING) Janis Ian

71 ( 73 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Engelbert Humperdinck
72 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME Bob Andy
73 ( 75 ) YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING (AND EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) The Fantastic Four
74 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Johnny Rivers
75 ( NEW ) I TAKE IT BACK Sandy Posey