My Retro March 1969 Charts

1st March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Bee Gees in a static top 8, more or less, due to the sheer classicness, though The Beach Boys shoot up to 9, and Colin Blunstone gets a second top 10 of the year. Highest new entry, as usual when they have a new single out, is Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and their final release in a 3-year-run (and more) of under-appreciated varied pop dramas, in at 16. Booker T & The MG’s also enter high with their Johnny Walker lunchtime Top 30 rundown instrumental backing, & The Tempts have an old Motown reissue beating out their new stuff.

Mama Cass does a slightly-more uptempo cover of Harmony Grass’ Move In A Little Closer – and I have to say the version I know best is Mama’s as it was on the budget albums I bought in 1974 and played to death. Jazzrock classic You’ve Made Me So Very Happy also goes top 40, while lower down newies from The Hollies keep the run of hits going for another year, Sorry Suzanne was a fave of the time, Gene Pitney still good with Maria Elena, The Chambers Brothers Slytastic flop Are You Ready (much better than their big hit, I think), Gary Puckett being Gary Puckett, Paul Anka covering 3-time Five Satins 1956 hit, and future BoyzIIMen acapella cover hit in the States, In The Still Of The Night, & Monkees songwriters Boyce & Hart release the theme song to the successful campaign to reduce the voting age to 18.

Meanwhile, wot I liked in 1969 at 11 years old is quite a bit different from how I feel about them 50 years later in quite a few cases…..

1 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
2 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers ( peak 1 )
3 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell ( peak 3 )
4 ( 5 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension ( peak 4 )
5 ( 4 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner ( peak 4 )
6 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt ( peak 1 )
7 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner ( peak 1 )
8 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe ( peak 1 )
9 ( 32 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys ( peak 9 )
10 ( 12 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone ( peak 10 )

11 ( 16 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison ( peak 11 )
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin ( peak 9 )
13 ( 11 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone ( peak 8 )
14 ( 10 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips ( peak 10 )
15 ( 13 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
16 ( NEW ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich ( peak 16 )
17 ( 24 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield ( peak 17 )
18 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan ( peak 18 )
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye ( peak 1 )
20 ( 15 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas ( peak 7 )

21 ( 14 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ( peak 5 )
22 ( 19 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac ( peak 2 )
23 ( 20 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies ( peak 4 )
24 ( 22 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan ( peak 1 )
25 ( 21 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren ( peak 9 )
26 ( 29 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black ( peak 26 )
27 ( 18 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass ( peak 18 )
28 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s ( peak 28 )
29 ( 25 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell ( peak 1 )
30 ( 37 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair ( peak 30 )

31 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations ( peak 31 )
32 ( 26 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies ( peak 4 )
33 ( 35 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw ( peak 33 )
34 ( 31 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick ( peak 18 )
35 ( 39 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles ( peak 35 )
36 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees ( peak 36 )
37 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass ( peak 37 )
38 ( 30 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move ( peak 2 )
39 ( 34 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett ( peak 16 )
40 ( 54 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears ( peak 40 )

41 ( 27 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps ( peak 27 )
42 ( 52 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard ( peak 42 )
43 ( 40 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 1 )
44 ( 56 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles ( peak 44 )
45 ( 28 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson ( peak 28 )
46 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies ( peak 46 )
47 ( 55 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant ( peak 47 )
48 ( 38 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits ( peak 6 )
49 ( 60 ) HAIR The Cowsills ( peak 49 )
50 ( 46 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South ( peak 7 )

51 ( 45 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture ( peak 2 )
52 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers ( peak 3 )
53 ( 64 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers ( peak 53 )
54 ( 43 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann ( peak 5 )
55 ( 33 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 29 )
56 ( 57 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs ( peak 56 )
57 ( 41 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits ( peak 26 )
58 ( 68 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone ( peak 58 )
59 ( NEW ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney ( peak 59 )
60 ( 71 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge ( peak 60 )
61 ( 51 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics ( peak 5 )

62 ( 69 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros ( peak 62 )
63 ( NEW ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson ( peak 63 )
64 ( 73 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas ( peak 64 )
65 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers ( peak 65 )
66 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles ( peak 1 )
67 ( 72 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield ( peak 67 )
68 ( 74 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ( peak 68 )
69 ( 44 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites ( peak 44 )
70 ( 50 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder ( peak 50 )

71 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium ( peak 42 )
72 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap ( peak 72 )
73 ( NEW ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka ( peak 73 )
74 ( NEW ) MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY The Spiral Staircase ( peak 74 )
75 ( NEW ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ( peak 75 )

1st Mar Retro-Then

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 2 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
5 ( 6 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 11 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
10 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 10 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
16 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 ( 16 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
18 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

 

8th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for Glen Campbell’s classic Jimmy Webb song, the third in the trilogy of sweeping Americana, and all 3 chart-toppers. In 2 and a half years of retro charting, Glen has had 13 chart entries – with loads still to come virtually till the day he died. The 5th Dimension beat their previous chart peak of 4 (Stoned Soul Picnic), Dave Dee & co get a 5th top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, and Bob & Earl enter at 10 with the classic Harlem Shuffle. Younger folk expect to hear Jump Around from that intro, a good record but not AS good as Bob & Earl – for an example of how good it is you only need refer to the Rolling Stones pedestrian cover version by way of comparison.

Mama Cass equals Harmony Grass in getting Move In A Little Closer top 20, her 5th of 13 “hits” including Mamas & Papas, while Ray Stevens is back – his 4th entry, but his first reversion back to his earlier (pre-charting) comedy record era – Gitarzan is just great good-natured fun, maybe not endlessly playable, but then novelty records pall quickly on repetition. I’ve never got bored with this one, though, since I bought his Greatest Hits in 1975. At 57, the classy Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine bring their early 60’s ballad back into the charts (so many oldies!), while Gary Lewis returns from his time away in Vietnam after being drafted, with a very good cover of Rhythm Of The Rain – probably with a vocal assist, given the rubbish result when he insisted doing lead vocal without overdubbing. Obviously being the son of Jerry Lewis meant nothing to the Draft Board unless you could pay for a doctor to sign you unfit with Bone-spurs….

In at 52, it’s Eurovision time, Lulu gets the chalice, and I recall watching the 6 songs that were voted for. I think I liked Boom Bang-A-Bang best, though it’s all a little hazy – Poor young Elton John/Bernie Taupin failed to win the vote with I Can’t Go On Living Without You (a better song, probably). Still they did better than Lloyd-Webber/Rice’s King Herod’s Song (with different lyrics) which didn’t make the final 6. Back in those days quality songwriters lined-up to write our entries. These days a dustman can throw one together cos hit production-line songwriters haven’t got time to take away from lucrative collabs with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Adele & the rest.

My Way enters for ol’ Blue Eyes. As my preference has always been for Nancy, you don’t have to worry about this rattling around my charts for the next 3 years, like the UK charts. Phew! It might be his signature tune, and I liked it a lot at the time, but it’s nowhere near his best record. It is great for fab singers to show off their pipes in karaoke bars though. Grazing In The Grass, a vocal version this time, outdoes Hugh Masekela’s peak of 70, from The Friends Of Distinction, It’s Only Love (yet another future Elvis hit cover) debuts for B.J. Thomas – his 3rd – and King Curtis impressively involves an Allman Brother for his instrumental cover of the still-charting Joe South song.

It’s a 9th entry for Tommy James & co, Sweet Cherry Wine not one I’m that familiar with actually, Jackie Wilson gets another Eugene Record Chi-Lites gift, and Vikki Carr covers Billy Vera’s With Pen In Hand which peaked at 45 in 1968 here. The Foundations get another entry, good but no Buttercup or Baby Now That…and that concludes the spiel!

1 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
2 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
3 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 3
4 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
5 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
6 ( 16 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 6
7 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 11 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
10 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 10

11 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
12 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
13 ( 18 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 10 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
15 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
16 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
17 ( 13 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
18 ( 31 ) GET READY The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
20 ( 37 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 28 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 21
22 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
23 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 19 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
25 ( 35 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 25
26 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
27 ( 24 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
28 ( 22 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
29 ( 23 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
30 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30

31 ( 21 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
32 ( 26 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
33 ( 25 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
34 ( 29 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
36 ( 42 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 36
37 ( 44 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
39 ( 46 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 39
40 ( 32 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

41 ( 34 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
42 ( 33 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
43 ( NEW ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 43
44 ( 53 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 44
45 ( 38 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
46 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 46
47 ( 49 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 47
48 ( 43 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
49 ( 59 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 49
50 ( 47 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant # 47

51 ( 39 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett # 16
52 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 52
53 ( 65 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 53
54 ( 58 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 60 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 55
56 ( 52 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
57 ( NEW ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 57
58 ( 41 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps # 27
59 ( 64 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
60 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 60

61 ( 63 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 61
62 ( 50 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South # 7
63 ( 51 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture # 2
64 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 64
65 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 65
66 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 66
67 ( 68 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 67
68 ( 72 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 68
69 ( 73 ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka # 69
70 ( 75 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 70

71 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 71
72 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 73
74 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) WITH PEN IN HAND Vikki Carr # 75

(# = peak position)

RETRO THEN

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
5 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
9 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
10 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

11 ( 5 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
13 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 9 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
15 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
16 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
17 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 15 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
20 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

 

16th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for The 5th Dimension, their first chart-topper, with the Hair Medley, as the title song becomes the 3rd song from the musical to go top 30 for The Cowsills. Highest new entry is in at 10 for Desmond Dekker, outdoing 007 in fell swoop as his famous ska classic out-performs new entries from Stevie Wonder (My Cherie Amour, a fave of mine at the time, as was Desmond’s) and The Who’s Tommy single Pinball Wizard, at 25 and 34 respectively. It’s The Who’s 3rd top 40, and Stevie’s 4th. Pinball Wizard would be back in 1973 for the New Seekers, and top my charts in 1976 for Elton John’s single from the film of Tommy, platform shoes galore.

Both Ray Stevens gets a 3rd top 40 with Gitarzan and The Isley Brothers a 4th with It’s Your Thing. The Trems return with Hello World, their 9th chart entry, as The Flying Burrito Brothers debut with a future Elvis Costello cover. Lulu enters with her Elton John song that failed to get voted in to be the UK entry for Eurovision, and Les Troubadours (etc) sneak in with a song that couldnt in a million years ever chart in these 2-dimensional chart days, yet sold enough after appearing in the film If…., the counter-culture X-Rated Palm D’Ors winner at Cannes. Set in a public school, I remember seeing it for the first time late one evening in the mid-70’s when this track came on. I knew the tune, but didn’t know I knew the tune – if you know what I mean. I got hold of it on a budget “Hits of 1968” vinyl album soon after and it clicked. So what is it? It’s a 1958 Katanga province vocal version and African-styled musical version of a Latin mass originating from the Missa Luba, a Democratic Republic Of Congo religious piece written by Father Guido Haazen, a Belgian Franciscan friar. So now you know….!

 

1 ( 3 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
2 ( 1 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
5 ( 4 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
6 ( 8 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
7 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 7
8 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
9 ( 7 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
10 ( NEW ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 10

11 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
12 ( 11 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
13 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 12 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
15 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
17 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
18 ( 14 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
19 ( 25 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
20 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 20

21 ( 19 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
22 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
23 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
25 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 25
26 ( 22 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
27 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
28 ( 47 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 28
29 ( 37 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1

31 ( 43 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
32 ( 39 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 32
33 ( 36 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
34 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 34
35 ( 34 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 29 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
37 ( 57 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 37
38 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
39 ( 44 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 28 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2

41 ( 46 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 41
42 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
43 ( 49 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 52 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 44
45 ( 30 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
46 ( 31 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
47 ( 55 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 47
48 ( 32 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
49 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 49
50 ( 40 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

51 ( 33 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
52 ( 53 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 52
53 ( 48 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
54 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 41 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
56 ( 45 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
57 ( 67 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 57
58 ( 60 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 58
59 ( 61 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 64 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
62 ( 66 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 62
63 ( 65 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 63
64 ( 56 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
65 ( 59 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
66 ( NEW ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 66
67 ( 68 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( 70 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 68
69 ( 73 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 71 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 70

71 ( 72 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 71
72 ( NEW ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( 42 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
74 ( 74 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GO ON LIVING WITHOUT YOU Lulu # 75

wot I liked that week then


1 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
4 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 12 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
7 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 10 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
9 ( 4 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 15 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies

11 ( 8 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( 9 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
16 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

 

22nd March 1969

It’s a brand new entry in at 1 for Simon & Garfunkel getting their first, but not last, chart-topper with the epic, moody story-song brilliance that is The Boxer. I learnt the words by heart, and it sets up one of the greatest albums of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water) quite nicely bearing in mind the B side is also new in at 27, the jolly Baby Driver. Our neighbours in Singapore a year or so later, The Overtons, loaned us the album so I could record my fave tracks onto reel-to-reel, and I eventually bought it in 1976 and played it to death.

The Who get a might Tommy climb into the top 10, Stevie Wonder & The Cowsills add to their top 20 list, and The Trems get a high climb to 30, leaving the highest new entry that isn’t a Paul Simon song to Clodagh Rodgers debut hit Come Back & Shake Me at 40, one of two female vocal pop songs I was mad on in April of that year: t’other one is yet to enter. Kenny Young wrote the song, he of Captain Of Your Ship, Under The Boardwalk, and future hits for Fox and Yellow Dog, among many. The Ronettes enter with a future 1972 chart hit for The Pearls – You Came You Saw You Conquered, was one Fluff Freeman plugged on his chart show quite a bit (I recorded the shows in those days, at least in part), and I never knew it was a Ronettes Phil Spector song. Well, he’s on the credits at any rate, more likely it was written by the others: Toni Wine & Irwin Levine. Toni had co-written Groovy Kind Of Love, was about to join The Archies (that’s her singing on Sugar Sugar). She & Irwin went on to write Black Pearl, Candida & What Are You Doing Sunday for Dawn. Toni sang on Knock Three Times too, before they grabbed some backing singers for the rest of their chart career.

Andy Williams beats out the slower Petula Clark version of Happy Heart. Always a bit of a catchy tune that one. James Last wrote it. I’m not kidding! At 63 Johnny Thunder enters with a song I have never heard before, I’m Alive is fuzzy aggressive funkrock, and rather good, Shirley MacLaine & Sammy Davis Jr both enter with tracks from the Sweet Charity film soundtrack, I regularly have seen the movie clips in a Gran Canaria bar called Centre Stage over the last 15 years. Debbie Taylor debuts with another newie to me, a decent soul ballad, The Marbles get a soundalike follow-up, another Brothers Gibb song, and again Graham Bonnet on vocal. Finally lowest newie is Canadian band The Guess Who. Who? Better known as half of Bachman-Turner Overdrive these days (Randy Bachman).


1 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 1 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
5 ( 7 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
7 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
8 ( 10 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 8
9 ( 34 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 9
10 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6

11 ( 8 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
12 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
13 ( 11 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
14 ( 15 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
16 ( 25 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 16
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
18 ( 20 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
19 ( 28 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

21 ( 14 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
22 ( 16 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
23 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
24 ( 21 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
25 ( 18 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
26 ( 19 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
27 ( NEW ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 27
28 ( 32 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 22 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
30 ( 49 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 30

31 ( 27 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
32 ( 24 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
33 ( 26 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
34 ( 30 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
35 ( 29 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
36 ( 37 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 36
37 ( 39 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
38 ( 44 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 38
39 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
40 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 40

41 ( 35 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
42 ( 31 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
43 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 33 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
45 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 45
46 ( 62 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 46
47 ( 57 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 47
48 ( NEW ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 48
49 ( 36 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
50 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 50

51 ( 52 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
53 ( 38 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
54 ( 42 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
55 ( 63 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 55
56 ( 66 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 56
57 ( 58 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 57
58 ( NEW ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 58
59 ( 59 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 60 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 53 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
62 ( 45 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
63 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 63
64 ( NEW ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 64
65 ( 48 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
66 ( 69 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 66
67 ( 67 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 68
69 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 69
70 ( 50 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

71 ( 46 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
72 ( 72 ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 73
74 ( NEW ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 74
75 ( 56 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2

Then charts wot I liked
1 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
3 ( 10 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
6 ( 8 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
9 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
16 ( 15 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations
19 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
20 ( 17 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys

 

29th March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Boxer as the B side drives up 12 for Simon & Garfunkel, and Harlem Shuffle moves into runners-up. Highest new entry is the track I was mad on for at least the whole of April 1969, more than any other record about, Mary Hopkin’s 2nd hit, and a gift of a song from Paul McCartney – Goodbye is a record I managed to buy 8 years later, on Apple Records – and in at 9. Desmond Dekker is top 5, and Stevie Wonder top 10, Clodagh Rodgers being a sizeable leap up to 20.

Johnny Nash’s reggae cover of Sam Cooke brings Cupid straight into the 40, while The Ronettes, The Foundations, Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations, Don Partridge & Gene Pitney all find a gap at last to enter the 40. Only The Ronettes are debuts as acts (though they would have topped with Be My Baby, had my charts started earlier). In at 43, it’s another great pop soul song better-known in a later cover – by The Carpenters – the fab Hurting Each Other for Ruby & The Romantics, one-time Our Day Will Come hitsters.

The late great Scott Walker is back with his great version of If You Go Away, 5 years ahead of Terry Jack’s very breathless cover hit, while Percy Sledge returns with Ronnie Milsapp’s Any Day Now, a great song which was tucked away on the B Side of the 2nd single I ever bought (In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley) and one I played to death from September 1969 onwards in Singapore. Elvis’ version is way better, though this one is nice.

Sly & The family Stone & Martha & The Vandellas both knock their current hits out my chart in favour of new ones, The Equals return with Eddy Grant’s slipper-tree. I’ve no idea what that is. Junior Walker is also running back, while there are debuts for some 70’s stalwarts – James Taylor, he of the low-key singer-songwriter folkie with the eyes girls went for, enters with Carolina In My Mind; Tony Orlando, one-time Bless You 60’s popster, and future Dawn headliner, is in with I Was A Boy under a fake name (shades of Colin Blunstone!) and lastly John Stewart, songwriter of Daydream Believer, enters with July You’re A Woman, the original of the less-good Pat Boone version charting in April in the USA. A decade later John’d strike chart Gold.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 5 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
3 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
4 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
5 ( 8 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 5
6 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
9 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 9
10 ( 16 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 7 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
12 ( 27 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 12
13 ( 10 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
14 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
16 ( 11 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
17 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
18 ( 15 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
19 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 40 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 20

21 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
22 ( 30 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 22
23 ( 17 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
24 ( 48 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 24
25 ( 21 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
26 ( 24 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 22 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
28 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 38 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 29
30 ( 20 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

31 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
32 ( 25 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
33 ( 36 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 33
34 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
35 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
36 ( 34 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
37 ( 45 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
38 ( 47 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 38
39 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 39
40 ( 46 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 40

41 ( 26 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
42 ( 29 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
43 ( NEW ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 43
44 ( 33 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
45 ( 41 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 46
47 ( 55 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 47
48 ( 39 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
49 ( 37 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
50 ( 58 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 32 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
52 ( 63 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 52
53 ( 74 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 53
54 ( 57 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 54
55 ( 35 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
56 ( 64 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 56
57 ( 49 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
58 ( 68 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 58
59 ( 69 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 59
60 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 60

61 ( 52 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
62 ( 66 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 62
63 ( 44 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
64 ( 61 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
65 ( 51 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
66 ( 73 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 66
67 ( NEW ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 68
69 ( 42 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
70 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 70

71 ( NEW ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 71
72 ( NEW ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 72
73 ( NEW ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 74
75 ( NEW ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 17 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 2 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 15 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 5 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 8 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
10 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 6 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
15 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash
16 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations
17 ( 16 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
18 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
19 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
20 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

My Retro September 1967 Charts

2nd September 1967

3 weeks for Keith west on top, Lulu goes top 5 and Mike Nesmith piggybacks back into the top 10. Highest new entry is the Radio One signature tune from The Move, future hero Roy Wood making himself known to me. There’s a host of familiar songs entering – just not by the artists who had the bigger hit covers: Robert Knight’s original Everlasting Love at 26 (a hit in 1974 eventually), Traffic’s Hole In My Shoe, Brenda Holloway’s second entry of the year with You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Tony Bennett’s chart debut (here) with For Once In My Life, My White Bicycle from Tomorrow, and Sam And Dave’s Soul Man. Points for naming the UK hit covers…

1 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
2 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 3 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
4 ( 5 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
5 ( 11 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
6 ( 4 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
7 ( 10 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
8 ( 9 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
9 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
10 ( 15 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith

11 ( 8 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
12 ( 6 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
13 ( 19 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
14 ( 17 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
15 ( 18 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
16 ( 22 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
17 ( 12 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
18 ( 21 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
19 ( 13 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
20 ( NEW ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move

21 ( 24 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
22 ( 16 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
23 ( 28 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
24 ( 23 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
25 ( 14 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
26 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
27 ( 27 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
28 ( NEW ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
29 ( 36 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
30 ( 20 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 26 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
32 ( NEW ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
33 ( 25 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
34 ( 38 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
35 ( 30 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
36 ( 31 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
37 ( 33 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
38 ( 40 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
39 ( 34 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
40 ( 52 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas

41 ( 29 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
42 ( 54 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
43 ( 32 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
44 ( 48 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
45 ( 35 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
46 ( 56 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
47 ( 55 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
48 ( 49 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
49 ( 43 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
50 ( 42 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles

51 ( 41 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
52 ( 45 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
53 ( 47 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
54 ( 37 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
55 ( 64 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
56 ( 39 ) YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
57 ( NEW ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
58 ( 62 ) MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
59 ( NEW ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
60 ( 63 ) YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson

61 ( 46 ) WORDS The Monkees
62 ( 69 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
63 ( 44 ) I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
64 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
65 ( NEW ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
66 ( 70 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONG Martha & The Vandellas
67 ( 67 ) IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Ray Charles
68 ( 53 ) MORNING DEW Episode Six
69 ( 57 ) A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow

71 ( 71 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
72 ( 58 ) WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
73 ( 61 ) SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays
74 ( NEW ) SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
75 ( NEW ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett

 

9th September 1967

4 weeks on top for A Teenage Opera, chased only by Lulu’s movie theme up to 2, inexplicably a UK B side. The Youngbloods grab a top 10 with a cover of The Kingston Trio’s 1964 original folk version, while the highest new entry at 16 is young Peter Frampton, 8 years ahead of his topping my chart solo, and 20 years ahead of me seeing him play with David Bowie at Wembley. From The Underworld is written by Alan Blaikley, co-mastermind behind the very under-rated Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, and is fab.

Big climbs for Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, into the top 30 like previous 1967 tracks, and future hits. The Mamas & The Papas B side overtakes the A side in the 40, and Elvis gets his first top 40 since Crying In The Chapel (had I been compiling charts then). At 66, Hush! It’s Billy Joe Royal, later more-well-known hit versions from Deep Purple and Kula Shaker lay ahead, Georgie Fame enters a bit lower, just ahead of Albert King, a Doors classic (covered by Echo & The Bunnymen one fine day), and Cher covers Hendrix at 74.

1 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
2 ( 5 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 3 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
5 ( 4 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
6 ( 8 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
7 ( 7 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
8 ( 6 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
9 ( 12 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
10 ( 14 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods

11 ( 9 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
12 ( 10 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
13 ( 15 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
14 ( 11 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
15 ( 16 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
16 ( NEW ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
17 ( 28 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
18 ( 18 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
19 ( 20 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
20 ( 26 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight

21 ( 21 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
22 ( 13 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
23 ( 23 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
24 ( 17 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
25 ( 19 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
26 ( 29 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
27 ( 32 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
28 ( 55 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
29 ( 59 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
30 ( 34 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew

31 ( 24 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
32 ( 22 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
33 ( 27 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
34 ( 44 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 48 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
36 ( 42 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
37 ( 46 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
38 ( 40 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
39 ( 31 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
40 ( 47 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke

41 ( 30 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
42 ( 33 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
43 ( 35 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
44 ( 36 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
45 ( 37 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
46 ( 25 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
47 ( 57 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
48 ( 39 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
49 ( 43 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
50 ( 41 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys

51 ( 38 ) (I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
52 ( 64 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
53 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones
54 ( 65 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
55 ( 53 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
56 ( 50 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
57 ( 49 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
58 ( 52 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
59 ( 54 ) CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
60 ( 66 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas

61 ( 62 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
62 ( 51 ) JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
63 ( 71 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
64 ( 58 ) MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
65 ( 60 ) YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson
66 ( NEW ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
67 ( 70 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
68 ( 75 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett
69 ( NEW ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
70 ( 74 ) SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band

71 ( NEW ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
72 ( 61 ) WORDS The Monkees
73 ( NEW ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
74 ( NEW ) HEY JOE Cher
75 ( NEW ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians

DROP OUTS:
YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Al Kent
I DIG ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSIC Peter, Paul & Mary
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Ray Charles
MORNING DEW Episode Six
A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles
WHAT GOOD AM I Cilla Black
SOUL FINGER The Bar-Kays

 

16th September 1967

It’s a first week on top for Lulu’s best ballad, To Sir With Love, still a teenager and 3 years or so since Shout would have topped my chart (probably), what 60’s kid didn’t love that one!? In at 2, and matching previous single To Love Somebody in one go, it’s the track that featured on 12 Big Hits, a 1968 stereo Australian hits compilation, an album I absolutely nagged my dad to buy while he was thinking about whether it was worth the money (albums weren’t cheap) at Changi market, Singapore, Oct 1969: Massachussets. There were too many gems I obsessively loved on it to pass up, and mum loved The Bee Gees.

The Herd stampede into the top 5, The Young Rascals outdo the 1972 David Cassidy cover in my charts (peaked at 12) but not my affections (a live version by now-ailing darlin’ David topped my chart in 1987), and the also fab Dusty version is yet to chart (one I missed in 1970, being as I lived in Singapore then). In at 18, the highest of 3 tracks off Scott, Scott Walker’s first solo album, and one he wrote himself – the other 2 being Jacques Brel covers. Moody and magnificent.

Nancy’s back, before she’s even left my chart, a bit more uptempo, The Seekers return, Booker T covers the Young Rascals, and a big American hit, very much of it’s time, is in at 73 – obscure in the UK though.

1 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
2 ( NEW ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
4 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 16 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
6 ( 4 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
7 ( 17 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
8 ( 5 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
9 ( 6 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
10 ( 8 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

11 ( 7 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
12 ( 13 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
13 ( 10 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
14 ( 9 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
15 ( 11 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
16 ( 20 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
17 ( 19 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
18 ( NEW ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
19 ( 28 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
20 ( 29 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 14 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
22 ( 18 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
23 ( 12 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
24 ( 27 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
25 ( 15 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
26 ( 35 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
27 ( 23 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
28 ( 38 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 21 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
30 ( 36 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli

31 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 30 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
33 ( 26 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
34 ( 37 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
35 ( 25 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
36 ( 22 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
37 ( 24 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
38 ( 40 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
39 ( 52 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
40 ( 47 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway

41 ( 31 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
42 ( 60 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas
43 ( 32 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
44 ( 69 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
45 ( 39 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
46 ( 33 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
47 ( 43 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
48 ( 44 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
49 ( 45 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
50 ( 54 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave

51 ( 41 ) FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
52 ( 42 ) AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
53 ( 66 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
54 ( 71 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
55 ( NEW ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
56 ( 63 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
57 ( 48 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
58 ( 67 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
59 ( 46 ) THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
60 ( 68 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett

61 ( 55 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
62 ( 49 ) THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
63 ( 50 ) HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
64 ( NEW ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
65 ( 56 ) WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
66 ( 57 ) LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
67 ( 58 ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
68 ( NEW ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
69 ( 73 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
70 ( 53 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones

71 ( 75 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians
72 ( 74 ) HEY JOE Cher
73 ( NEW ) INCENSE AND PEPPERMINT The Strawberry Alarm Clock
74 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
75 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ Booker T & The MG’s

DROP OUTS
(I WANNA) TESTIFY The Parliaments featuring George Clinton (aka Funkadelic)
CASANOVA (YOUR PLAYING DAYS ARE OVER) Ruby Andrews
I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU The Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield)
JUST LOVING YOU Anita Harris
MORNING GLORY Tim Buckley
YOU CAN’T DO THAT Nilsson
SPREADIN HONEY The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
WORDS The Monkees

 

23rd September 1967

It’s a first week on top for the fab Bee Gees’ Massachussets, as the almost-as-fab Gibb brothers’ (and friends) Holiday pops in at 24, both showcasing Robin Gibb’s fragile but effective lead vocals. Peter Frampton is up to 3, and the highest new entry is at 7, a future tender top 10 cover (in my charts) by Alison Krauss, Baby Now That I’ve Found You, The Foundations debut with the late Clem Curtis’ triff vocals. A great UK pop song, and just behind it a great US pop song fromThe Cowsills, daft title or not it sparked a TV show inspired by the family group (The Partridge Family). 5 brothers, 1 sister, 1 mother, and another fab track 2 years in the future.

Aretha replaces herself in the top 20, the gorgeous Caroie King song You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman keeping up her run of 1967 chart entries at a frantic pace. This is her pearl in the ’67 shell, though, a version even better than Carole King’s Tapestry brilliance. Scott Walker bounds into the 20 with Mathilde, giving him 2 consecutive dramatic ballads, and few do that better than Scott. Georgie Fame goes top 30 with a sweet track, the best version of Hush goes top 40 (the lyrics actually make sense as sung by Billy, rather than one-level in the covers), and the good South African Pata Pata brings Miriam Makeba to international note.

The Hollies are back again, as ever, Jackie DeShannon pops in with an oldie (her cover to be covered by The Four Tops) – which she frankly didn’t need to do: pause for breath…byt his stage she had dated Elvis, toured with and inspired The Beatles, wrote songs like When You Walk In The Room, Breakaway, Bette Davis Eyes, When You Walk In The Room, and co-wrote with Led Zep Jimmy Page, Randy Newman, and had hits herself with Put A Little Love In Your Heart and What The World Needs Now Is Love. Legend, and still going strong! Oh, yes, mustn’t forget that Hendrix fellow with a good track that was, cough, to be an “inspiration”, cough, for Cozy Powell’s Dance With The Devil (splutter, a better record, sacrilege!).

1 ( 2 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 5 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
4 ( 3 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
5 ( 7 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
6 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
9 ( 6 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
10 ( 12 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops

11 ( 8 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
12 ( 16 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
13 ( 9 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
14 ( 10 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
15 ( 18 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
16 ( 17 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
17 ( NEW ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
18 ( 64 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
19 ( 14 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
20 ( 20 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

21 ( 11 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
22 ( 19 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
23 ( 13 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
24 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
25 ( 15 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
26 ( 26 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
27 ( 24 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
28 ( 28 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 21 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
30 ( 44 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame

31 ( 31 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 23 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
33 ( 39 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
34 ( 22 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
36 ( 25 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
37 ( 30 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
38 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
39 ( 53 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
40 ( 35 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees

41 ( 29 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
42 ( 34 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
43 ( 32 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
44 ( 50 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
45 ( 33 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
46 ( 36 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
47 ( 68 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
48 ( 41 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
49 ( 54 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
50 ( 55 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra

51 ( 45 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
52 ( NEW ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
53 ( 47 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
54 ( 48 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
55 ( 37 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
56 ( 49 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
57 ( 43 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
58 ( 58 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
59 ( 38 ) LANDSLIDE Tony Clarke
60 ( 42 ) LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE Martha & The Vandellas

61 ( NEW ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
62 ( 56 ) IT’S GOT TO BE MELLOW Leon Haywood
63 ( 46 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
64 ( 69 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
65 ( 71 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians
66 ( 72 ) HEY JOE Cher
67 ( 74 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
68 ( NEW ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
69 ( 61 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME Jackie De Shannon

71 ( 73 ) INCENSE AND PEPPERMINT The Strawberry Alarm Clock
72 ( 57 ) MORE LOVE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
73 ( 75 ) GROOVIN’ Booker T & The MG’s
74 ( NEW ) GET ON UP The Esquires
75 ( NEW ) THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Jimi Hendrix Experience

DROP OUTS

FAKIN’ IT Simon & Garfunkel
AGNES ENGLISH John Fred & His Playboy Band
THE WORLD WE KNEW (OVER AND OVER) Frank Sinatra
FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Tony Bennett
THERE IS A MOUNTAIN Donovan
HEROES & VILLAINS The Beach Boys
WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR The Beatles
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS The Beatles
LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones

 

30th September 1967

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Bee Gees as The Who leap in seeing for miles and miles – presumably all the way to Massachussets – and it’s their biggest hit to date. That also goes for Aretha, up to 9, and Harry Nilsson’s instant entry at 16 with the gorgeous Without Her. Gene Pitney’s future UK chart-topper (with Marc Almond) is in at 20 with his original and definitive version of Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart. Procol Harum follow-up a classic with a whimper, and a few other 1967 chart regulars pop in with more lesser tracks.

1 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
3 ( 3 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
4 ( 7 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
5 ( 5 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
6 ( 8 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
7 ( 4 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
8 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
9 ( 17 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
10 ( 6 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes

11 ( 12 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
12 ( 20 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
13 ( 16 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
14 ( 15 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
15 ( 9 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
16 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
17 ( 14 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
18 ( 18 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
19 ( 11 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney

21 ( 19 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
22 ( 22 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
23 ( 24 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
24 ( 13 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
25 ( 21 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
26 ( 30 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
27 ( 23 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
28 ( 10 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
29 ( 39 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
30 ( 25 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre

31 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
32 ( 29 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
33 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
34 ( 28 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 32 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
36 ( 27 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
37 ( 31 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
38 ( 50 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
39 ( 52 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
40 ( 44 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave

41 ( 40 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
42 ( 36 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
43 ( 38 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
44 ( 26 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME The American Breed
45 ( 34 ) ITCHYCOO PARK The Small Faces
46 ( 47 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
47 ( 49 ) BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN Albert King
48 ( 37 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
49 ( 46 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
50 ( 43 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
51 ( 48 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell

52 ( 51 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
53 ( 41 ) WE LOVE YOU The Rolling Stones
54 ( 61 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
55 ( 45 ) THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
56 ( 64 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
57 ( 53 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
58 ( 54 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
59 ( 66 ) HEY JOE Cher
60 ( 65 ) TRAIN TO SKAVILLE The Ethiopians

61 ( 55 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
62 ( 56 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
63 ( 67 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
64 ( 57 ) PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees
65 ( 68 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
66 ( 58 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Tomorrow
67 ( 42 ) THERE’S ALWAYS ME Elvis Presley
68 ( 74 ) GET ON UP The Esquires
69 ( NEW ) LOVELY RITA The Beatles
70 ( 69 ) SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles

71 ( 63 ) EVEN THE BAD TIMES ARE GOOD The Tremeloes
72 ( NEW ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
73 ( NEW ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
74 ( 75 ) THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN The Jimi Hendrix Experience
75 ( NEW ) (LONELINESS MADE ME REALIZE) IT’S YOU THAT I NEED The Temptations