My Retro August 1969 Charts

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2nd August 1969

It’s a first week on top, after an 11-week run, for Crystal Blue Persuasion. Tommy James & co had peaked at 2 behind some all-time faves, but is still fresh and grabs the band a second chart-topper, after Mony Mony in 1968. Bowie gets his first top 5, The Love Affair get a 3rd top 10 and Vanity fare a first.

Big climbs into the 40 for The Chi-Lites, and The O’Jays, while the highest new entry keeps the soul/funk sounds hot with The Temptations mighty I Can’t Get Next To You entering at 38. More soul new entries include the The Whispers debuting with a doowop goodie I’ve never heard before, but which was doing well in the Soul charts at the time – they wouldn’t get a UK hit until the disco era in 1980 with And The Beat Goes On. The Moments return with another entry, I Do, and The Delfonics with You Got Yours.

Nick Drake’s Riverman enters at 47 – he had to posthumously wait until 2004 to get an entry in my own charts, being as I’d never actually heard anything by him until the 90’s as his reputation grew. Bill Deal is back with his 3rd goodie, and the only one to become a big-ish US hit, Engelbert keeps pumping out the MOR ballads, and Evie Sands (who?!) does a decent cover of The Troggs Anyway That You Want Me 8 years ahead of the UK hit mash-up cover.

1 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 10 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 4
5 ( 1 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
6 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 6
7 ( 9 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 7
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
9 ( 13 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 9
10 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 10
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
12 ( 11 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 13
14 ( 8 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 16 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( 19 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
17 ( 12 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
18 ( 24 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
19 ( 22 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 19
20 ( 25 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20

21 ( 14 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
22 ( 18 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
23 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 23
24 ( 44 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 24
25 ( 20 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
26 ( 21 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
27 ( 40 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 27
28 ( 32 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 28
29 ( 27 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
30 ( 28 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3

31 ( 26 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
32 ( 42 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 32
33 ( 45 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 33
34 ( 29 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
35 ( 31 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
36 ( 33 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
37 ( 57 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 37
38 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 38
39 ( 34 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
40 ( 43 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40

41 ( 37 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
42 ( 38 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
43 ( 35 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
44 ( 56 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 44
45 ( 36 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
46 ( 52 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( NEW ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 47
48 ( 51 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
49 ( 46 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 30 ) DELIA’S GONE Waylon Jennings # 30

51 ( 58 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 51
52 ( 48 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
53 ( 59 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 53
54 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
55 ( NEW ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 55
56 ( 50 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
57 ( 64 ) HAPPY William Bell # 57
58 ( 66 ) CURLY The Move # 58
59 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 59
60 ( 41 ) LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker # 20

61 ( 39 ) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT The Rolling Stones # 39
62 ( 74 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 62
63 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 63
64 ( 67 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 64
65 ( 60 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
66 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 66
67 ( 68 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 67
68 ( 70 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 68
69 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( 71 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention # 70

71 ( 73 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 71
72 ( NEW ) I DO The Moments # 72
73 ( NEW ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck # 74
75 ( NEW ) ANYWAY THAT YOU WANT ME Evie Sands # 75

2nd aug Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 4 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 16 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
6 ( 2 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
7 ( 10 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 6 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 17 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affiar
10 ( 5 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
14 ( 11 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
15 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
16 ( 20 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees
17 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
18 ( 14 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
20 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention

 

9th August 1969

It’s a first week on top for David Bowie and his groundbreaking Space Oddity – the sounds of the 7early 0’s were now well in flow, what with the onslaught of Soul tracks lower down the chart, and smatterings of country, reggae, pop, social commentary and bluesrock. Back in the actual world of Me I recently rediscovered a top 10 I did for this week in one of my doodlepads of the time, and so I’ve adjusted the chart I’d compiled to fill in the gap at a later date to reflect my actual top 10, the other tracks shuffling 11-20. So, yes, Joe Dolan topped my chart that week, and not Elvis as I’d mis-remembered. Elvis tops my 7th official chart next week though, my first-ever top 30 (as a one-off until January 1974).

A static top 10 tracks just shuffling about a bit, and the highest new entry is The Bee Gees Don’t Forget To Remember at 16 – essentially Barry and Maurice going country and nestling alongside bruv Robin’s B side at 15. Dylan and Georgie Fame both go top 20 after weeks of slowly edging closer. Nick Drake and two doo-wop tracks go top 40, none of them known at the time, and CCR keep the run of entries going with Green River, as the UK is still one single behind the US. Marvin Gaye enters with Grapevine part 2 (at least in terms of production), Isaac Hayes debuts with his sound of the early 70’s – a Buttered Soul cover of Walk On By, all sexy and slowed funkysoul, Barry White was busy taking notes no doubt. His career classic was only 3 years away…

At 71, a Northern Soul track by a band I’ve never heard of enters at 71 – Pain and The Mystics – as Marva Whitney, then-James-Brown lady-love funks it up good at 73, and finally Smokey is back with another sweet soul song that is also new to me. New entries have slowed down, which is a blessed relief, the chart is over-packed with classics. From here-on there are no more records to enter my chart that I first heard in England in 1969. The Bee Gees’ is the last one to turn up. Tracks will either be new to me, one’s I heard years later, or songs I first heard in Singapore usually a short while after they had first charted in either the UK or USA.

 

1 ( 4 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 1 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
5 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
6 ( 7 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
7 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 8
9 ( 10 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 9
10 ( 8 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1

11 ( 13 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 11
12 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
13 ( 11 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
14 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
16 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 16
17 ( 19 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 17
18 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
19 ( 23 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
20 ( 28 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20

21 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
22 ( 16 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
23 ( 24 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 23
24 ( 27 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 24
25 ( 22 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
26 ( 18 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 18
27 ( 32 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 27
28 ( 25 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
29 ( 38 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 29
30 ( 26 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6

31 ( 33 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 31
32 ( 37 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 32
33 ( 20 ) I’M FREE The Who # 20
34 ( 47 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 34
35 ( 29 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 14
36 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
37 ( 55 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 37
38 ( 46 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 38
39 ( 44 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 39
40 ( 51 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 40

41 ( 34 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
42 ( 35 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
43 ( 62 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 43
44 ( 41 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
45 ( 36 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
46 ( 31 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 26
47 ( 42 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
48 ( 53 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 48
49 ( 39 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
50 ( 58 ) CURLY The Move # 50

51 ( 57 ) HAPPY William Bell # 51
52 ( 43 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 10
53 ( 49 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
54 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 40 ) JACK AND JILL Tommy Roe # 40
56 ( 64 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 56
57 ( 52 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
58 ( 66 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 58
59 ( 45 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Country Joe & The Fish # 36
60 ( 63 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 60

61 ( 48 ) I’VE LOST EVERYTHING I’VE EVER LOVED David Ruffin # 48
62 ( 69 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 56 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
64 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 64
65 ( 68 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 65
66 ( 67 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 66
67 ( 71 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 67
68 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 68
69 ( 72 ) I DO The Moments # 69
70 ( 73 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( NEW ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 65 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
73 ( NEW ) THINGS GOT TO GET BETTER (GET TOGETHER) Marva Whitney # 73
74 ( 54 ) GOO GOO BARABAJAGAL Donovan & The Jeff Beck Group # 54
75 ( NEW ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 75

RETRO THEN 6th official chart

1 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
2 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 17 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 4 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
7 ( 20 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
8 ( 19 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
9 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( 5 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
12 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
14 ( 15 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
15 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
16 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
17 ( 14 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
18 ( 13 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
19 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( RE ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

16th August 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Space Oddity as the next 3 stay top 5 for a whopping 3 months and counting, as the deluge of classics over the summer is now more of a trickle as we head into a period when few songs became known to me at the time. Lou Christie gets his first official top 10, though Lightnin’ Strikes would have topped my chart pre-1967, and The Bee Gees grab a 3rd of the year – matching brother Robin who’s not on the new track.

Nick Drake gets a big climb into the top 20, The Temps get a second of the year, and The Chi-lites get their very first top 20, the first of many. Motherlode sprint into the 30 with a song I didn’t know 3 weeks ago: When I Die sounds totally mid 70’s West Coast soulrock and ahead of it’s time. Isaac Hayes is also looking into the sounds of the 70’s as Walk On By runs on up into the 40, and Ralph McTell debuts at 40 with his classic Streets Of London – this is the original version that flopped, rather than his better-sung re-recorded late-1974 version that hit 2 in the UK charts, but it’s still relevant today, and still wistfully touching.

At 65, the soul hits keep-on a-coming at pace as Archie Bell & The Drells start to refine their sound on My Balloon’s Going Up, just ahead of the next single which perfects it. The Peddlers give Birth at 66, and at 69 it’s a debut for a song everyone over a certain age will associate with their childhood: Mah Na Mah na was cut for an Italian movie by Piero Umiliano, and then got picked up by Sesame Street (which I watched on TV in Singapore) before Benny Hill made it familiar in his comedy shows. It took 8 years to chart in the UK though, and the first episode of The Muppet Show, with Jim Henson revisiting the song for his new ITV series. The song became hugely popular in that version, and was probably the main reason the Halfway Up The Stairs was a big hit (it was on the B side) for The Muppets. People not realising, meanwhile, went for the original, and that also went top 10 belatedly. I bought both singles.

Marvin Gaye gets some B-side action, talking of that, as his 7-year-old Wherever I Lay My Hat charts. If ever a song proved that a mildly pleasant version can be transformed into something wonderful, it’s this song when comparing the original to the hit Paul Young 1983 version. Joe South is back for the 5th time in 1969, and there’s also a scraping-in for Marc Bolan at one end of the chart while Bowie is at the other end: shades of the Glam future! I bought King Of The Rumbling Spire on the budget MFP compilation of early tracks for future T.Rex, but it wasn’t quite in the same minor league as Debora and One Inch Rock, and other early tracks, I thought, when I played it a lot in 1974. Haven’t changed my mind.

Back in the actual day it’s my final actual chart before flying off to a strange new world – where the UK chart wasn’t broadcast, I only got to hear stuff on 2-Way family favourites (the Forces Radio 2 cross-over) or local radio and I only got to read about hit songs in the weekly press listings: I think the Daily Mirror used to print the top 30, but we only got these weeks after the event as a bound weekly batch so they weren’t so much news as recent history. It would be just over 2 years before I heard my next UK chart rundown, as after the next chart we had left our house and were visiting relatives and friends before saying goodbye for 2 years.

1 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
2 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
3 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
4 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 2
5 ( 8 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 1
6 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 1
7 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
8 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 8
9 ( 11 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 9
10 ( 16 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 10

11 ( 5 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 1
12 ( 10 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 9
13 ( 12 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 13
14 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 14
15 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 6
16 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 16
17 ( 14 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 1
18 ( 34 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 18
19 ( 23 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 1
20 ( 29 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 20

21 ( 18 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 15
22 ( 24 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 22
23 ( 21 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 24
25 ( 27 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 1
26 ( 19 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 2
27 ( 32 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 20
28 ( 22 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 3
29 ( 25 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 10
30 ( 31 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 20 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 8
32 ( 37 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 32
33 ( 28 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
34 ( 30 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 1
35 ( 68 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 35
36 ( 38 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 40 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 30
38 ( 39 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
39 ( 48 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 39
40 ( NEW ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 40

41 ( 26 ) WORKING ON A GROOVY THING The 5th Dimension # 41
42 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 35
43 ( 50 ) CURLY The Move # 43
44 ( 35 ) CHOICE OF COLORS The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 1
45 ( 44 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 5
46 ( 42 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
47 ( 56 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 15
48 ( 58 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 48
49 ( 51 ) HAPPY William Bell # 49
50 ( 47 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 26

51 ( 49 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 51
52 ( 60 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 52
53 ( 33 ) I’M FREE The Who # 37
54 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 54
55 ( 53 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
56 ( 45 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 56
57 ( 41 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 57
58 ( 65 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 58
59 ( 64 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 59
60 ( 57 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 60

61 ( 75 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 19
62 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 62
63 ( 67 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 63
64 ( 66 ) LA JEANNE King Curtis And His Kingpins # 46
65 ( NEW ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
66 ( NEW ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 57
67 ( 52 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 67
68 ( 69 ) I DO The Moments # 68
69 ( NEW ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 69
70 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 70

71 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 71
72 ( 46 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 73
74 ( NEW ) DON’T IT MAKE YOU WANT TO GO HOME Joe South # 74
75 ( NEW ) KING OF THE RUMBLING SPIRES Tyrannosaurus Rex # 75

wot I liked that week then 7th official compiled chart
1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 11 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
3 ( 7 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
4 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
5 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
6 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
7 ( 8 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
8 ( 1 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
10 ( 13 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
11 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
12 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
13 ( 5 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 16 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( 18 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
17 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
18 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
19 ( 19 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( 20 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

 

23rd August 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the 4th single I bought, again in Singapore on one of the evening record stalls – this one might have been near Siglap rather than Changi Village – same record stall different locations different nights, basically, the whole shebang moved around. Bobbie Gentry’s sublime Bacharach/David song was all gravel-voiced sophistication and a huge change in style from the “swamp” country music of her previous chart-topper Ode To Billy-Joe. To this day I still expect to hear the record get stuck in one particular place, repeating over and over till I forced it to skip into the next groove: I was obviously just a kid and sold a faulty record (the stall-holder tended to play them, so they weren’t exactly mint). I associate this track totally with Singapore, as by this week we were visiting relatives in Liverpool and Mansfield, which meant no more Chart Shows or Top Of The Pops. My great grandad and grandma gave me and my brother 10 shillings each as a goodbye gift, which was a huge sum of money to me. We had to save it for Singapore – it paid for my first singles. It’s odd to think back now and realise they were born in the 19th Century and here we are 2 decades into the 21st Century.

Clodagh gets a second top 10, Smokey Robinson gets another top 40 with a big climb for Here I Go Again, and the second-highest new entry is Bobby (Bob) Darin, with a change of style, more like Nilsson and Paul Williams in their whimsical moments, but ol Bobby wrote it himself. In at 55 for Jive. The Isley Brothers have yet to vacate the charts their previous Motown oldie, and enter with another goodie in Put Yourself In My Place – a song I first came across in late ’71 in a charting version by The Elgins. At 63, here’s a surprise – Groovin’ With Mr Bloe enters, and it’s not Mr Bloe! No, turns out ol Mr Bloe was a 1970 UK studio band cover of a B side by Wind, which featured Tony Orlando on vocal duties on the A side. Obviously Tone isn’t singing on this unusual bubblegum instrumental, but he was in the band so I’ve named him so my A to Z lists of chart stars will pick it up.

At 69, James Brown has a go at power funk ballad social commentary, parts 1 & 2 work together or apart, while the voice behind The Archies enters under another band name – The Cuff Links take Tracy in at 73. I first heard it in 1974 and recognised Ron Dante’s voice (as an Archies afficiando in my younger days) but never rated it that much. The regular Archies songwriters were better to my ears. Still are. Finally, two big names from 70’s jazz-soul-funk debut: George Benson and Kool & The Gang sneaking into the 60’s listings a good 6 years ahead of their breakthrough into my charts-of-the-time.

1 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 1 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 6 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 4 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
7 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 7
8 ( 10 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 8
9 ( 5 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
10 ( 16 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
11 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
12 ( 8 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
13 ( 12 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
14 ( 13 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
15 ( 18 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 15
16 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 16
17 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
18 ( 20 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
20 ( 22 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 20

21 ( 14 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
22 ( 24 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 22
23 ( 25 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
24 ( 17 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
25 ( 23 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
26 ( 21 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
27 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 27
28 ( 35 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 28
29 ( 40 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 29
30 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 30

31 ( 32 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 31
32 ( 29 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
33 ( 61 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 26 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
35 ( 37 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
36 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
37 ( 33 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
38 ( 39 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 38
39 ( 28 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
40 ( 48 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 40

41 ( 34 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
42 ( 43 ) CURLY The Move # 42
43 ( 52 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 43
44 ( 47 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 44
45 ( 31 ) PEACEFUL Georgie Fame # 20
46 ( 49 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
47 ( 38 ) OH WHAT A NIGHT (1969) The Dells # 38
48 ( 42 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
49 ( 45 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
50 ( 46 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1

51 ( 58 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 51
52 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR DOG The Stooges featuring Iggy Pop # 52
53 ( 50 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
54 ( 59 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 54
55 ( NEW ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 55
56 ( 55 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
57 ( 51 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 8
58 ( 65 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 58
59 ( 62 ) WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 59
60 ( 63 ) RAIN Jose Feliciano # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 61
62 ( 56 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
63 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 63
64 ( 60 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
65 ( 66 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 65
66 ( 68 ) I DO The Moments # 66
67 ( 69 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 67
68 ( 70 ) YOU GOT YOURS (AND I’LL GET MINE) The Delfonics # 68
69 ( NEW ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 69
70 ( 71 ) PAIN The Mystics # 70

71 ( 73 ) WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Marvin Gaye # 71
72 ( NEW ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 72
73 ( 57 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan # 15
74 ( NEW ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 74
75 ( NEW ) KOOL AND THE GANG Kool And The Gang # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 7 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
4 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
5 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( RE ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 3 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
10 ( 12 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
11 ( 13 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
12 ( 17 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
18 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
19 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells
20 ( 18 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

 


30th August 1969

It’s a second week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s gorgeous Bacharach & David tune as Dusty gets her 4th Retro top 10 as her cover of Barbara Acklin’s Am I The Same Girl comfortably outdoes the original vocal version, and the instrumental Young-Holt version (who are up to 33 this week with their follow-up). Written by Eugene Record, it’s all about Eugene this week as his own band hit 10 with The Chi-Lites first top 10, Tyrone Davis enters the 40 with another of his songs, and Jackie Wilson enters at 75 with yet another Eugene Record song.

Ralph McTell goes top 20 5 years early, and Elvis enters with hi super-famous career-classic Suspicious Minds at 46 – it would be much higher if I hadn’t heard it to death continuously over the last 45 years. I’d say 50 years, but frankly I didn’t get to hear it till, ooh, 1974-ish. Nilsson’s career-classic is also in low, at 50, cos it topped my charts during the retro 1968 rundown, so this is an “oldie” for me, albeit boosted by Midnight Cowboy – which is when I instantly fell in love with it for life, following a TV showing.

The Monkees are back with a Nesmith song I don’t know. The TV show had gone, and this period never turned up on compilation albums until recent years, so Good Clean Fun is new to me! Who knew! As one future Paul Young massive hit drops out the chart, another one drops in, The Winstons version of the future Nicky Thomas reggae cover of Love Of The Common People, in at 65. Roy Orbison is back, probably for the last time in 18 years or so, with his Penny Arcade, Bobbie Gentry’s B side pops in – Ace Insurance Man wasn’t a huge fave of mine at the time, but it has a quirky charm that is more representative of her Delta-country-style that brought her critical acclaim. I still can’t believe she has resisted returning to music for over 45 years! Mercury Rev recently covered her entire classic debut album.

Talking of Roy Orbison, the old standard Nobody’s Child was a future Traveling Wilbury’s fab single – though Roy had passed by then I think – Bob Dylan is in the chart, George Harrison is technically in the chart, and Jeff Lynne will shortly be in a band that is in the chart. Tom Petty is absent, but Karen Young has the hit. Cliff and one Shadow get back together for Throw Down A Line, Betty Everett returns, The Originals and Funkadelic enter with soul and funk respectively, George Clinton still 9 years away from One Nation Under A Groove.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobby Gentry # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
4 ( 4 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
5 ( 5 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
6 ( 7 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
7 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 7
8 ( 6 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
9 ( NEW ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 9
10 ( 16 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 10

11 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 11
12 ( 9 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
13 ( 11 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
14 ( 15 ) RIVERMAN Nick Drake # 14
15 ( 13 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
16 ( 14 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
17 ( 22 ) WHEN I DIE Motherlode # 17
18 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
19 ( 20 ) HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME Sly & The Family Stone # 19
20 ( 29 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 20

21 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers # 10
22 ( 17 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE The Plastic Ono Band # 5
23 ( 28 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 23
24 ( 19 ) MOTHER AND JACK Robin Gibb # 15
25 ( 21 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
26 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT AFFAIR The O’Jays # 26
27 ( 30 ) JE T’AIME..MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg # 27
28 ( 25 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
29 ( 24 ) MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash # 8
30 ( 31 ) THE TIME WILL COME The Whispers # 30

31 ( 26 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond # 9
32 ( 23 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals # 23
33 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 33
34 ( 40 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Young-Holt Unlimited # 34
35 ( 38 ) THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor Lorin Maazel # 35
36 ( 32 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
37 ( 43 ) SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME Aretha Franklin # 37
38 ( 55 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 38
39 ( 42 ) CURLY The Move # 39
40 ( 44 ) ALL THE WAITING IS NOT IN VAIN Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 37 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
42 ( 54 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 61 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 43
44 ( 35 ) IN A MOMENT The Intrigues # 35
45 ( 36 ) GREEN RIVER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 36
46 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 46
47 ( 34 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan # 19
48 ( 51 ) KEEM-O-SABE The Electric Indian # 48
49 ( 39 ) TRUE GRIT Glen Campbell # 16
50 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 50

51 ( 41 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 6
52 ( 58 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 52
53 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
54 ( 49 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
55 ( 50 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
56 ( 69 ) WORLD PART 1 James Brown # 56
57 ( 53 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
58 ( 46 ) HAPPY William Bell # 46
59 ( 63 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 59
60 ( 66 ) I DO The Moments # 60

61 ( 56 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
62 ( 67 ) MAH NA MAH NA Piero Umiliano # 62
63 ( 65 ) BIRTH The Peddlers # 63
64 ( NEW ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 64
65 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Winstons # 65
66 ( 74 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 66
67 ( 72 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 67
68 ( NEW ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 68
69 ( NEW ) ACE INSURANCE MAN Bobbie Gentry # 69
70 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young # 70

71 ( NEW ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 71
72 ( NEW ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 72
73 ( NEW ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’LL BET YOU Funkadelic # 74
75 ( NEW ) HELPLESS Jackie Wilson # 75

Back then this week, we were in the Swindon area waiting for the VC-10 at RAF Brize Norton to whisk us away to tropical adventures – we went to the Railway Museum, and more importantly we came across a corner shop with a rack of American Comics: and it had DC Comics Adventure Comics 373 starring Superboy & The Legion Of Super-Heroes, my new top love and obsession. I didn’t know it at the time, but this 30th century set teen super-group was written by teenager Jim Shooter and he knew exactly what excited pre-teens and how to present it. img044
Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare
3 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
7 ( 4 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 11 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
12 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 14 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
14 ( 17 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
15 ( 9 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
16 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( 18 ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
18 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
19 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
20 ( 19 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells

My 1975 Charts – May

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6th May 1975

Born this week: David Beckham
Died This week: Moe from the Three Stooges, the last-surviving member

It’s a new old number one of an even older record than it seems: Tami Lyn, with the fab Northern Soul stormer I’m Gonna Run Away From You hit the UK charts all over again 4 years after going top 5, and 9 years after it’s first release in the USA. That’s bad news for Desmond Dekker, peaking at 2 6 years on from it’s original chart run with The Israelites, and for Tommy James and Mony Mony at 3. The real loser though is Disco Tex – if not for all the oldies it would have been a second chart-topper of the year, but to be fair the other three are all much better!

Highest new entry is Save Me by Silver Convention, a German-based lush-strings-disco girl group very much in the mode of Love Unlimited and Barry White. It might be derivative but it’s still a great pop record and should have been bigger – they eventually had big hits in both the UK and the USA, but this was the first and best. Caston & Majors go top 10, while Jackie Wilson gets a second bout Higher And Higher inside the top 10. In at 13, The Sharonettes, a girl group cover of an early 60’s novelty doo-wop song minor hit by The Rivingtons. Later in the year the same song would put a stop to Gary Glitter’s run of UK top 10 hits (he should have learned from this version flopping sales-wise!) but it’s main claim to fame was being used as the basis for Surfer Bird (along with another Rivingtons song The Bird’s The Word) a big U.S. hit in 1963 for The Trashmen (No. 4), and then made huge by Family Guy’s brilliant TV series and a big UK hit in 2010 (No. 3). Well, I liked this version even if no-one else did!

Betty Wright makes the top 20, and Mud scrape in at 20, their lowest single to date, as another Tammy with an old record enters at 19 – the country music standard Stand By Your Man, from Tammy Wynette, finally becoming a UK number one hit 5 years late, and 3 years since Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman came out (see it at 6) and helped make it a bit of an old-fashioned sentiment – but then it appealed to older music fans who were looking back to older styles of music, as disco, glam, rock, reggae, funk, and new-fangled synthesisers (see Kraftwerk) scared the bejeebers out of them. As I never found a style of music I didn’t like, in it is here, and Tammy was on her way to country superstardom that paid back KLF-stylee 18 years later.

Talking of old music styles: The Wombles’ Mike Batt turns his many talents to the 40’s swing orchestra sounds and Fred Astaire-stylee-but-new-song Wombling White Tie And Tails for an unlikely 5th Wombles hit single. It was becoming clear that Mike had no intention of repeating a formulaic sound for the little furry creatures, and he was using it as an excuse to pastiche music loves of the past. Hooray! Great fun. Talking of old-fashioned Tammy’s: there’s another one in at 29, Welsh TV regular Tammy Jones won several weeks of TV talent show Opportunity Knocks and was rewarded with a hit single, Let Me Try Again. Talking of Gary Glitter: in at 35 with Love Like You And Me, and the quality was definitely dropping by now. Slade were also notably not-Glam-rock-tastic to the same degree, in at 36 with the otherwise good Thanks For The Memry. Yes, thanks, lads!

Talking of old-fashioned music styles (part 6): Abba are back at 41, confounding the music press by insisting on having a third UK hit with the singalong I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do. I’ll be honest, it was my least-fave Abba single to date, a bit too singalong for me, but no matter it improved with age and gave them a 5th chart entry (and 6th song) in a year. At 42 Barry Blue still is around, cos we make him happy when he’s Blue – it was a sweet-ish low-key lush ballad but not really the glam-rock-pop or retro-50’s we were used to, and flopped. Ironically, his biggest track in my charts Do You Wanna Dance pops up at 43 – for Joe And Didi – and I’m assuming it’s a cover of the 60’s track of the same name, as there’s no mention of it on the internet and my memory of it is also zero. So here it is now, a mystery track mentioned on the internet for the first time (probably)! At 44, Imagine Me Imagine You – yes Fox finally release another single, as quirky as the first chart-topper, and almost as good.

1 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
2 ( 7 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
3 ( 8 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
4 ( 2 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
5 ( 1 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
6 ( 6 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
7 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
8 ( 11 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
9 ( 3 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
10 ( 12 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

11 ( 4 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 5 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
13 ( NEW ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
14 ( 14 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 13 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
16 ( 15 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
17 ( 23 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
18 ( 20 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
19 ( NEW ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
20 ( 21 ) OH BOY Mud

21 ( 16 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
22 ( 17 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
23 ( 10 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
24 ( NEW ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
25 ( 22 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
26 ( 18 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
27 ( 39 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
28 ( 32 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
29 ( NEW ) LET ME TRY AGAIN Tammy Jones
30 ( 25 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

31 ( 30 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
32 ( 27 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
33 ( 29 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
34 ( 31 ) ONE GIRL TOO LATE Brenda And The Tabulations
35 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
36 ( NEW ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
37 ( 28 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
38 ( 24 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
39 ( 26 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 34 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra

41 ( NEW ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
42 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WHEN I’M BLUE Barry Blue
43 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Joe And Didi
44 ( NEW ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
45 ( 35 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
46 ( 41 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
47 ( 38 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
48 ( 19 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
49 ( 33 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
50 ( 40 ) FEEL THE NEED Graham Central Station

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13th May 1975

Desmond Dekker finally gets to number one after a week at 2 in 1975 and 3 weeks at 2 in 1969 (with the Aces and the original recording) – The Israelites is such a great ska-reggae breakthrough, semi-novelty in the patois lyrics and vocal style, but Desmond was great. Up to 3, and the top new song, goes Save Me (Silver Convention), as two Tammy/Tami’s nestle inside the top 5, Wynette joining Lyn with an oldie. Talking of oldies, Mungo Jerry return with 1970 number one, the famous In The Summertime, one I loved at 12 years old, and still nostalgically was into at 8, the highest new (old) entry. Yes I was getting very into old music (if you can call 5 years old)!

All these oldies, though, knock back the ground-breaking Autobahn to 10 (it would otherwise be at 3 ignoring covers and reissues), which is a shame for Kraftwerk. The Wombles hit 13 for a bit of White Tie and Tails variety, as Fox shoot up 30 places to 14 with the terrif Imagine Me Imagine You. Abba keep the run of top 40 entries going, they do they do they do they do they do, as Mac And Katie Kissoon keep the brotherly/sisterly love running, Don’t Do It Baby in at 42, and Hot Chocolate make it a non-stop run of chart entries with all their singles since Love Is Life in 1970, as a serious change in sound brings them in at 43 – funky Disco Queen ringing the changes from earlier ballads, soul, and pop. Always did ring in the genre changes did Errol and the boys.

Meanwhile It’s A Miracle at 48 – Barry Manilow charts in my chart with the follow-up to Mandy and flops in the UK singles chart (though not the USA). I’ll be honest, by the time Bazza became a UK chart fixture he was past his best, bar one or two singles. Hey ho. Gladys Knight is in at 49, with her soulful slowed-down cover of Barbra Streisand’s monster film song The Way We Were, which passed me by in 1974 pretty much, along with the UK singles buyer. At 50, Retta Young has a dance hit with Sending Out An SOS – I think it was an All Platinum (Sylvia Robinson label) hit, but not one I’ve heard lo many a year. I liked it enough to remember it though.

1 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
2 ( 1 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
3 ( 7 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
4 ( 19 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
5 ( 4 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
6 ( 5 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
7 ( 13 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
8 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 3 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
10 ( 27 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk

11 ( 11 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 8 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
13 ( 24 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
14 ( 44 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
15 ( 12 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
16 ( 9 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
17 ( 17 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
18 ( 28 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
19 ( 10 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
20 ( 6 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy

21 ( 14 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
22 ( 16 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
23 ( 15 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
24 ( 21 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
25 ( 22 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( 36 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
27 ( 35 ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
28 ( 33 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
29 ( 37 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
30 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern

31 ( 41 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
32 ( 26 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
33 ( 31 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
34 ( 32 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
35 ( 30 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
36 ( 18 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
37 ( 23 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
38 ( 29 ) LET ME TRY AGAIN Tammy Jones
39 ( 20 ) OH BOY Mud
40 ( 38 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur

41 ( 42 ) YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WHEN I’M BLUE Barry Blue
42 ( NEW ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
43 ( NEW ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
44 ( 39 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
45 ( 45 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
46 ( 46 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
47 ( 40 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
48 ( NEW ) IT’S A MIRACLE Barry Manilow
49 ( NEW ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips
50 ( NEW ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young


At the movies, Monty Python And The Holy Grail was a must, though it took some getting used to having an actual ongoing plot/setting as opposed to a short sketch. The big moment of course was the aggressive knight (John Cleese) who just kept shouting abuse despite the ongoing loss of his limbs. At school, big exam time, GCE O’ Level revision was in full swing and the winding down of the 6th form life was looming – sadly, for me. For the first time in 4 or 5 years I’d had a year of school life that I enjoyed, no bullies, treated like adults, people mostly getting along. The raising of the school leaving age to 16 had now happened and those who should have left at 15 had gone taking their disinterest with them. Hooray! Life was good, tennis on hot days, comics and pop music were good, money from babysitting continued, and only exams were the main tedium.

On TV: Survivors was the show of the summer, a post-apocalyptic world where most people had been wiped out by disease (and a plot borrowed by many movies since), this was gripping stuff. Rutland Weekend Television was a Python Eric Idle breakaway project, and it was goodbye to long-running TV Western Gunsmoke after 20 years, although it hadn’t been screened in the UK for some time so it kind of passed us by. A Man Called Ironside, disabled rights actual TV detective also finished, and the more recent cult fave Kung Fu died away as the Kung Fu craze also started to die down, most notably following the Goodies Ecky Thump episode, where a poor viewer actually died laughing so hard at it.


20th May 1975

It’s yet another oldie on top, as Mungo Jerry return five years after In The Summertime hit number one. No youtube video though as it’ll be on my 1970 chart soon. I think the HP Sauce ad in the late 70’s killed the song for me forever, which is a shame! If not for the oldies Fox would have grabbed a second chart-topper in 1975, but have to settle for 4 and Imagine Me Imagine You. The Wombles get a second top 10 out of 6 chart hits, not bad! There’s a sudden spate of new entries, Showaddywaddy highest at 13 with a pretty good cover of Eddie Cochran’s posthumous UK chart-topper, Three Steps To Heaven. This, of course, became a career template for them – old rock ‘n’ roll covers.

Best of all, though, is in at 15, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney follows up the huge Band On The Run album with this lead track off Venus And Mars. The summer of ’75 was hot and sunny, and I was eating a lot of Instant Whip to cool down while revising for exams – I used to trot round to the newsagent at Innsworth (near Gloucester) through a garages access road, and someone often used to be playing the album as I passed by, Wings blaring out the window to my great pleasure. The critics weren’t so kind, comparing it to Band On The Run, but this summery sax-driven sauntering melodic harmony track was just gorgeous – Listen To What The Man Said sounded like a Morecambe And Wise “the play wot I wrote” moment of a title, and they sing “says” anyway, and it’s fab. Macca is never far from my charts, any decade you pick.

Talking of Ex-Beatles, Neil Sedaka was starting to happen in the USA charts after being UK based to restore his career and reputation as a songwriter, and he had a US hit with the fantastic The Immigrant, a song about John Lennon’s battle to stay in the States – the authorities regarded him as an undesirable. Tragically not a UK hit, it’s a heartfelt ballad statement, though of course, in hindsight I wish John HAD been deported, the music world could have been very different. Neil still sings this in concert, and he sounds no different from the recorded vocal, he really has a timeless voice. In at 23. At 18, Judy Collins returns for a 3rd chart hit, 5 years after Both Sides Now, with a cover of much-recorded showtune classic Send In The Clowns, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music more recently had Dame Judi Dench singing this classic, but Judy Collins version is pretty flawless vocally, if not emotionally.

Gladys Knight leaps to 20, hang on while I try to remember the way we were…yes that’s right, that long spoken intro segueing into the main actual song. I hope to watching her sing this in 2 weeks time on the day I get back from holiday, as the Pip-less Gladys will be in town and I’ve never had the pleasure. Till then I’ve Got To Use My Imagination, which was her last chart hit here in 1974. Oh I love a good tenuous link! Life is soooooo pleasingly circular sometimes. There’s A Raincoat at 35, no not a dirty mac, he loves you for your mind (not your body) and sounds uncannily like Sparks on this flop track (en route to being in late 70’s band Tonight, apparently), while there’s a Stripper at 36 – not that famous instrumental, no, this is a sombre ballad about a girl who DOES perform for the dirty mac brigade in Soho. Quill who? No idea but it’s on itunes, very unexpectedly!

At 38, Hello get a third hit, this time covering Amen Corner’s 1968 funtastic Bend Me Shape Me (or covering the US cover hit from The American Breed if you are American). The original 1966 version was recorded by The Outsiders, and co-written by Scott English, who’d just been back in my charts with Brandy, the original of the song made famous by Barry Manilow, Mandy. The song more recently featured as a Bender love-interest tune on Futurama, so that’s cool enough for me. Meanwhile, Dutch band The Cats pop back with Be My Day, which sneaked briefly into my chart in 1974, this time at 39, just ahead of The Stylistics Sing Baby Sing at 40, now 3 years of falsetto soul chart entries and counting.

1 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
3 ( 1 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
4 ( 14 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
5 ( 4 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
6 ( 3 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
7 ( 10 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
8 ( 5 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
9 ( 6 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
10 ( 13 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles

11 ( 7 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
12 ( 18 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
13 ( NEW ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
14 ( 9 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
15 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
16 ( 12 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
17 ( 11 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins
19 ( 26 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
20 ( 49 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips

21 ( 15 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
22 ( 16 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
23 ( NEW ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
24 ( 19 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
25 ( 29 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
26 ( 42 ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
27 ( 21 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
28 ( 23 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
29 ( 20 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
30 ( 31 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba

31 ( 22 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
32 ( 24 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
33 ( 25 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
34 ( 43 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
35 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
36 ( NEW ) THE STRIPPER Quill
37 ( 30 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
38 ( NEW ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Hello
39 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats
40 ( NEW ) SING BABY SING The Stylistics

41 ( 35 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
42 ( 37 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
43 ( 32 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
44 ( 34 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
45 ( 33 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
46 ( 27 ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
47 ( 28 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
48 ( 50 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
49 ( 17 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
50 ( 36 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac


27th May 1975

Silver Convention get a week on top with their debut record, Save Me, and under-rated lush disco track with a great vocal hook and an even better strings section hook. European disco had arrived! Up to 5, Wings are listening carefully for news of Paul McCartney’s 6th top 5 since leaving The Beatles, while straight in at 6 Roy Wood gets his first solo entry for a year, his 4th solo hit, not including 8 with Wizzard, 1 with ELO, and 6 with The Move for a grand total of 19, 2 ahead of Paul McCartney at this time.

New at 15, it’s the start of a long list of cover versions of Four Seasons hits (not including those more or less contemporary during the 60’s): The Proud One is even better than the original version, and one of The Osmonds best singles, it just hits the right balance of harmony and vocal passion, and the song is fantastic. It’s no surprise to me that Jersey Boys became a massive show, The Four Seasons have such a massively great back catalogue of songs and a fascinating rags to riches to rags to riches story. Hey You – it’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive with a 3rd single chart entry, though sadly a flop in the real world it’s in at 18, one ahead of Status Quo, who enter with Roll Over Lay Down, a typically riff-heavy 6th goodie from Quo.

At 41, The Bee Gees return a year on from the soulful Mr. Natural and show they have gone the whole soul-funk hog. Jive Talkin’ gets labelled disco, but it’s more funky than that, and the later falsettos that conquered the world are restrained. It’s a fantastic change in musical direction, very different from their previous 7 years of a dozen chart entries (not to mention several cover hits from The Marbles, Nina Simone and co). White funk vocalists weren’t unknown (see KC/ Average White Band for starters) but it was unheard of for a ballad/pop band to transform a decade into their career into another genre. It was big pop news. It was also a bandwagon that others followed within a few years when it became a huge worldwide hit.

Speedy Keen was the lead vocalist on Thunderclap Newman’s utterly brilliant social themed chart-topper in 1969 (with a hand from Pete Townsend) – that was the 3rd single I ever bought with my own pocket money in Singapore, so I had a bit of nostalgia going for Speedy when he went solo and got a bit of airplay with Someone To Love. It’s a nice ballad, but he never made a success out of his solo career and died young. Jackie Blue, on the other hand, was a huge US hit single, and UK flop inexplicably (it did get some airplay), a sort of bitter-sweet country-harmony pop in the vein of The Eagles, and it’s also a brilliant song that deserves to be better known. Fab. Happily DJ Paul Gambaccini on Radio One was keeping me in touch with the American charts, along with the American Forces Network and DJ Kasey Casem, aka Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

1 ( 6 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
2 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
4 ( 3 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
5 ( 15 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
6 ( NEW ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
7 ( 13 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
8 ( 4 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
9 ( 7 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
10 ( 5 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

11 ( 8 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
12 ( 9 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
13 ( 20 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips
14 ( 23 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
15 ( NEW ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds
16 ( 12 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
17 ( 10 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
18 ( NEW ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
19 ( NEW ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
20 ( 11 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes

21 ( 18 ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins
22 ( 22 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
23 ( 17 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
24 ( 21 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
25 ( 14 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
26 ( 30 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
27 ( 16 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
28 ( 34 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
29 ( 24 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
30 ( 25 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

31 ( 35 ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
32 ( 36 ) THE STRIPPER Quill
33 ( 19 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
34 ( 27 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
35 ( 28 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
36 ( 45 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
37 ( 33 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
38 ( 32 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
39 ( 31 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( 48 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young

41 ( NEW ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
42 ( 37 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
43 ( 38 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Hello
44 ( 44 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
45 ( NEW ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Speedy Keen
46 ( NEW ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
47 ( 29 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
48 ( 26 ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
49 ( 41 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
50 ( 39 ) BE MY DAY The Cats

My 1975 Charts – April

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1st April 1975

Another US number one tops my chart, and it’s KC’s 2nd number one the frantic, urgent, funky brilliance that is Get Down Tonight, his 3rd song to top my charts after Rock Your Baby and Queen Of Clubs in 1974. Fantastic. Keeping the dance theme going, Wigans’ Ovation ski up to 5, and Jim Gilstrap swings slowly to 7, bookending the sweet Jigsaw Girl, Clifford T. Ward’s biggest hit to date. Peter Skellern leaps to 16, crooning Hold On To Love pleasantly, while Jonathan King is back in one of his alter ego’s Nemo, returning his 1972 chart entry cover of a 1932 very British song with a now dodgy line that got a radio presenter in trouble last year. Pity about that line, cos it’s an amusing cheerful bit of British Depression-era crooning.

In at 24, though, it’s a properly new classic, the amazing gorgeous Lovin’ You from the stunning vocal range of Minnie Ripperton. It almost came over as a novelty song with it’s birdsong arrangement and sentimentality, certainly one I tired of quickly at the time, but which gained terrible pathos when poor Minnie died very young of Cancer a few years afterwards. I like to think of her as a precursor to Mariah Carey, only she knew how to use her range effectively for emotion rather than bluster. At 26, Swedish Sylvia’s back with a mistimed Spanish follow-up song. Ah well, hasta la vista, baby. In at 31 it’s another bonafide classic, the immortal Lady Marmalade from the futuristic silver-suited glam and sassy LaBelle belting out the soulfunk with passion, not least headed by Patti Labelle, who had already been around a while, including a joint album with the fabulous Laura Nyro. A number one record, of course, decades later for All Saints and again for a quartet of divas, neither of them a patch on the original. Not even close. It also had that naughty French line famous from sitcoms involving French characters…

There’s a novelty cover of actor Telly Savalas’ spoken-word cover of Bread’s fab If, a UK number one as Kojak TV cop mania swept the UK. Yin And Yan’s version was much better, amusingly taking the Michael out of an imagined version of Telly’s recording session for the song. It’s a comedy song, essentially, that works as long as you don’t hear it a lot, and it was a UK hit. Syreeta’s 1974 hit returns, and finally up to 44, and in tribute to the late great Errol Brown who died this week, Blue Night is mentioned, an attempt to repeat the success of Emma that didn’t catch on but which sold bucketloads as the B Side to You Sexy Thing when they flipped the record over later in the year. Errol was a hero, a sweet-natured man, and a talent. He never released a bad record, which is how Hot Chocolate managed 15 consecutive years of hits, despite never being an albums band, bar Greatest Hits collections which were enormously popular jewels in the crown more than once.

1 ( 3 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
2 ( 1 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
3 ( 2 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
4 ( 10 ) DING DINGE DONG Teach-In
5 ( 17 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
6 ( 25 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
7 ( 16 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
8 ( 7 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
9 ( 4 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
10 ( 6 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John

11 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 14 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
13 ( 8 ) DREAMER Supertramp
14 ( 5 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
15 ( 15 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
16 ( 35 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
17 ( 21 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
18 ( NEW ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
19 ( 12 ) YOU Geraldine
20 ( 13 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys

21 ( 26 ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
22 ( 27 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
23 ( 34 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
24 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
25 ( 29 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
26 ( NEW ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
27 ( 9 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
28 ( 18 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
29 ( 19 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
30 ( 20 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

31 ( NEW ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
32 ( 22 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
33 ( 28 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
34 ( 30 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
35 ( 31 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
36 ( 32 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
37 ( 33 ) BRANDY Scott English
38 ( NEW ) IF Yin and Yan
39 ( NEW ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
40 ( 43 ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown

41 ( 23 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
42 ( 39 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
43 ( 38 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
44 ( 48 ) BLUE NIGHT Hot Chocolate
45 ( 49 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
46 ( NEW ) EXPRESS BT Express
47 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
48 ( 40 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
49 ( 41 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
50 ( 42 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters


8th April 1975

Yet another new number one, and it’s the 3rd Eurovision winner to top my charts (after Dana in 1970 and Abba in 1974) as Teach-In from The Netherlands is my clear fave of the contest, a sort of Abba clone in some ways, which made a change from all the ballad singers that usually won. Not weathered as well as Waterloo, of course, but still sounds fun in a Eurovision pub evening (yes they do exist!). That leaves Bobby Goldsboro getting his first top 10 since Summer The First Time peaked at 2 in 1973, as Honey hits 6 7 years late. Peter Skellern also gets his biggest hit as Hold On To Love goes top 10, where 1972’s You’re A Lady only went top 20.

Obviously in a novelty frame of mind, Yin And Yan rocket to 12, If only for a while. Highest new entry is the catchy reggae of Susan Cadogan, cos don’tcha know that it Hurts So Good being at 15? The fantastic Child Of Love spurts in growth to 16, still gives me goosebumps when I play it – let’s be honest never gonna hear it anywhere else ever, certainly not on streaming sites or radio. That’s a loss to the world. That also applies to Ralph McTell at 19, El Progresso not available anywhere, itunes, youtube or streaming. Pity. Sylvia meanwhile hits the top 20 for a 2nd time, while in at 26, it’s a French singer singing in English With Love And Understanding, Gilbert Becaud having a great accent for a quirky, playful ballad. B.T. Express climbs into the top 30 for a bit of funky Express, while new at 36 Al Green is back with another great soul ballad, L.O.V.E. and at 37, Lyn Paul has a solo entry, The New Seekers now in the past, but she has Love. I haven’t heard it for 40 years, and it’s not on the net, so I can’t offer an opinion on it. Pity.

New at 43, one that I have, and it’s a good follow-up to Midnight At The Oasis for Maria Muldaur and her Gringo In Mexico, and The Isley Brothers have a new funk soul Midnight Sky joining their old Motown dance soul This Old Heart Of Mine, in at 44. Pilot get a 4th entry at 47, Call Me Round – OK, you’re round! – Kiki Dee is also back with a 3rd entry and you don’t know, you don’t know, you don’t know How Glad I Am about that. Finally, faves 10CC return with a track that never did it for me lyrically, food based metaphors similes and puns not hitting my spot, though it sounds great musically, but is the least-successful 10CC single to date and only in at 50.

1 ( 4 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
2 ( 1 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
3 ( 2 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
4 ( 3 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 5 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
6 ( 12 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
7 ( 16 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
8 ( 6 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
9 ( 7 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
10 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John

11 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 38 ) IF Yin and Yan
13 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
14 ( 8 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
15 ( NEW ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
16 ( 45 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
17 ( 17 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
18 ( 14 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
19 ( 23 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
20 ( 26 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia

21 ( 18 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
22 ( 13 ) DREAMER Supertramp
23 ( 15 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
24 ( 24 ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
25 ( 31 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
26 ( NEW ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
27 ( 21 ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
28 ( 22 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
29 ( 46 ) EXPRESS BT Express
30 ( 28 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy

31 ( 29 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
32 ( 30 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
33 ( 20 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
34 ( 19 ) YOU Geraldine
35 ( 25 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
36 ( NEW ) L.O.V.E. (LOVE) Al Green
37 ( NEW ) LOVE Lyn Paul
38 ( 33 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
39 ( 34 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
40 ( 35 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams

41 ( 36 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
42 ( 37 ) BRANDY Scott English
43 ( NEW ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
44 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT SKY The isley Brothers
45 ( 49 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
46 ( 48 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
47 ( NEW ) CALL ME ROUND Pilot
48 ( 50 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
49 ( NEW ) HOW GLAD I AM The Kiki Dee Band
50 ( NEW ) LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10CC


Exams were on the horizon, and revising was the order of the day for the various GCE O Levels I had on the books such as British Constitution, Maths, History, English Lit, Geography, which basically meant sitting in my bedroom listening to Radio 1 while reading coursework books and trying to recall dull facts, tedious dates and even sometimes some interesting stuff. Not that often, of course. Much preferred Radio 1 or my latest issue of DC Comics, the covers were getting pretty sexy again after going off the boil a bit, sexy design-wise that is, being aimed at kids. these days comics are largely aimed at men who enjoy scantily clad women and lots of violence in panel after panel of artwork. Plot and characterization are optional add-ons. Back then, they were everything.


15th April 1975

Bobby Goldsboro gets a number one, 7 years after first being a UK and US hit, and after hitting UK number two twice, in both 1968 and 1975. Unlucky! It’s a mawkish story-song, pretty much out-of-fashion these days, but I was still in a sort of shock following the death of a former classmate in a motor-bike accident, and it just struck a chord for me, and his best mate, too. Susan Cadogan is decidedly more upbeat, even if it Hurts So Good at 5. Highest new entry is another oldie, Helen Reddy’s uncharted female-rights anthem from 1972, I Am Woman, following up her 6 week chart-topper. Another 1968 oldie at 13, it’s 60’s surfer instrumentalists The Ventures with the theme tune to Hawaii Five-0, one of the greatest TV theme tunes of all-time, and the opening fast-paced credit sequence one of the most exciting of all-time, even in this age of rapid-editing.

Two re-issued classics for Jackie Wilson at 14 and 19, though they were actually a double A sided UK hit, having previously charted in 1969 and 1972 top 10‘s separately – but Higher And Higher and I Get The Sweetest Feeling were already 3 years old or so first time round, and this wasn’t the last time, nor the biggest for either to chart. In at 18, a soundalike number one follow-up for Disco Tex and his Sex-o-lettes, who still want to dance – wit choo! Faves Mud also return with their penultimate RAK Records single, having parted ways with Chinn-Chapman, masters of their chart success, with a UK chart-topping singalong version of Buddy Holly’s Oh Boy, and in at 24 for me, though it just didn’t have the same appeal as Chinnychap stuff. Maria Muldaur has a good Gringo jump into the top 30, meanwhile as John Lennon follows-up top 5 classic Number 9 Dream with future UK chart-topper for original singer Ben E. King, a passionate version of Stand By Me, as seen on a terrific rare live performance and interview on Old Grey Whistle Test, for the final time on UK TV I think.

Whiskey Mac never had a hit, but their cover of Jigsaw’s Lost And Found, but Des Dyer co-songwriter from Jigsaw has Eurovision connections in the 80’s after their chart and songwriting career had faded, including being backing singer for Scott Fitzgerald, runner-up by one point to Celine Dion. Doh! This was a sweet female vocal cover though. At 41, the third charting version of Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel, 3 years before Elvis gets a reissued hit version, this time it’s Billy Swan getting a third hit, with his original cover version of the 2nd hit version by Mike Berry 3 months earlier. The first hit version was an Elvis-imitating novelty version by The Berries (formerly Rocking Berries) in 1972. As a key part of the record was an imitation of DJ Jimmy Saville it’s safe to say it will never ever be played again anywhere. It had stopped being funny long before that though – by 1973, I think!

At 47, a major talent debuts: Billy Joel’s signature toon The Piano Man. Billy was never in fashion, and usually dismissed as an MOR act by the street-cred fraternity who completely missed the point. The point being that he was classically-trained, his songs were pretty sophisticated, varied, and showed a real love for pop music past. He may have looked like a short boxer, but he was a real Artist with a capital A. He announced his retirement from the pop biz in the early 90’s and has stuck with it pretty much, save a Classical album or two. Oh, yes The Piano Man should have been a hit in the UK, cos it’s terrific. Which leaves Eric Clapton, still in laid-back reggae cover version mode: Swing Low Sweet Chariot, old-time slave song brought up to date, and heading for Rugby-song tradition. It’s a bit dull, actually but in at 50.

1 ( 6 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
2 ( 1 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
3 ( 2 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
4 ( 5 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
5 ( 15 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
6 ( 7 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
7 ( 3 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
8 ( 4 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
9 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
10 ( 8 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward

11 ( 26 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
12 ( NEW ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
13 ( NEW ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
14 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
15 ( 16 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
16 ( 9 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
17 ( 20 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
18 ( NEW ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
19 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
20 ( 13 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet

21 ( 14 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
22 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
23 ( 25 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
24 ( NEW ) OH BOY Mud
25 ( 43 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
26 ( 17 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
27 ( 19 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
28 ( 21 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
29 ( 12 ) IF Yin and Yan
30 ( NEW ) STAND BY ME John Lennon

31 ( 29 ) EXPRESS BT Express
32 ( 18 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
33 ( 36 ) L.O.V.E. (LOVE) Al Green
34 ( 47 ) CALL ME ROUND Pilot
35 ( 23 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
36 ( 28 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
37 ( NEW ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
38 ( 30 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
39 ( 31 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
40 ( 32 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

41 ( NEW ) DON’T BE CRUEL Billy Swan
42 ( 22 ) DREAMER Supertramp
43 ( 24 ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
44 ( 38 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
45 ( 39 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
46 ( 33 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
47 ( NEW ) THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel
48 ( 50 ) LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10CC
49 ( 27 ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
50 ( NEW ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton


22nd April 1975

Diddy Hamilton played the new number a lot, and it was featured on Top Of The Pops, and from there straight in at 1 in my charts. It’s pleasant harmony pop, loved the tune, but I seemed to be alone apart from David Hamilton, and no doubt Lelly’s husband Daniel Boone of Beautiful Sunday and Blue Is The Colour fame (well he did write it). David Hamilton opened a new store in Gloucester around this time, just down from the swimming pool and I actually went and stood outside for the novelty of seeing a celebrity. Well, he was in those days. As for the song, I think we’ve all gone instantly mad on a record, inexplicably sometimes, and then got less fond of it quickly – it is, however, quite rare for me to chart a record at one on hearing it once or twice, so Lelly did well.

Disco Tex gets a second straight (so to speak) top 10, as John Lennon does the same at 7, one spot behind. Maria Muldaur grabs a top 20 gringo, and very nice too, though not quite as classic as her oasis, and there’s some new entries outside the 40: The Carpenters tuneful pop follow-up to the Postman, Only Yesterday at 41, Ronnie Lane’s 3rd solo entry with a bizarre 1930‘s Depression-era classic, done in the style of the time. I guess not so bizarre, these days, if you consider the same age-gap would be covering a song from this year!

At 50, following another wiped Top Of The Pops episode appearance, Beano’s very 1975 boyband singalong pop Little Cinderella, and finally at 49, a record that cast giant steps right on down 4 decades later: Kraftwerk bring German techno-pop into the mainstream in a massively influential fashion. Giorgio Moroder had beat them to it (Chicory Tip in 1972) and the first EDM record had already charted in 1972 (Hot Butter’s Popcorn) but this was the one that gave birth to Bowie’s late 70’s synth phase, Gary Numan and a new wave of music in the 80’s, not least for Kraftwerk themselves, beyond pop into hip hop via key 80’s acts like Arthur Baker, and form there you can trace the fragmented roots all over the place except arguably dance (that’s still Giorgio Moroder via Donna Summer). Phew!

1 ( NEW ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
2 ( 3 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
3 ( 2 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
4 ( 5 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
5 ( 1 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
6 ( 18 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
7 ( 30 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
8 ( 4 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
9 ( 7 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
10 ( 8 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor

11 ( 15 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
12 ( 12 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
13 ( 6 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
14 ( 14 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
15 ( 9 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
16 ( 25 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
17 ( 16 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
18 ( 10 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
19 ( 19 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
20 ( 13 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

21 ( 24 ) OH BOY Mud
22 ( 23 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
23 ( 11 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
24 ( 37 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
25 ( 20 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
26 ( 21 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
27 ( 22 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
28 ( 17 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
29 ( 34 ) CALL ME ROUND Pilot
30 ( 33 ) L.O.V.E. (LOVE) Al Green

31 ( 31 ) EXPRESS BT Express
32 ( 26 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
33 ( 29 ) IF Yin and Yan
34 ( 32 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
35 ( 27 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
36 ( 50 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
37 ( 43 ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
38 ( 38 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
39 ( 39 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
40 ( 40 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

41 ( NEW ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
42 ( 28 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
43 ( NEW ) BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? Ronnie Lane
44 ( 47 ) THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel
45 ( 35 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
46 ( 48 ) LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10CC
47 ( 36 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
48 ( 49 ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
49 ( NEW ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
50 ( NEW ) LITTLE CINDERELLA Beano


So what fashions was I sporting at 17? Well, long fair hair, acne (always popular with teens as a fashion statement), a black blazer or my brother’s Pilot-style jumper (the group, not the occupation) colourful bars of colour on blue, a Parka with furred hoody, obscenely-tight-crotched flared trousers (hey all lads wore them! Fashion!) which made keeping hands in trouser pockets a necessity at various times, and lastly-but-not-leastly platform shoes carefully designed to catch in the flares periodically and send you lurching forward, or even catch in the spokes of your bike or more commonly the pedals, interrupting forward thrust. Ah, happy days!

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29th April 1975

John Lennon takes Ben E. King’s Stand By Me to the top of my charts a good 12 years before Ben did the same in the UK charts (and mine), it’s a great version (taken from his album of covers) and is his 3rd number one outside The Beatles (Give Peace A Chance in 1969, Happy Xmas War Is Over 1972). Add another 4 Beatles toppers for a total of 7, and he’s just one behind old mucker Macca’s 8 and one ahead of nearest challenger Roy Wood’s 6 in various incarnations. Disco Tex hits 2, one short of Get Dancin’, fair enough as it’s so similar, and Helen Reddy gets a 2nd top 10 in a row, hear me roar she states firmly. She is Woman. After pottering about a bit, Middle Of The Road belatedly make my top 10 with a decent single Hitchin a Ride In The Moonlight had virtually no airplay anywhere though, so it was never going to sell, but it least got them a 6th top 10 in my charts, their first since the first 5 hits in 1971/72, although Talk Of The USA would have hit number one in 1973 had it been eligible.

The big news is a trio of oldies entering straight into the top 10, 2 of them UK reissued chart hits, and one just missing: Mony Mony was a 1968 UK chart-topper for Tommy James And The Shondells, a big USA chart act with a string of hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and only one big one in the UK, mystifyingly, cos Tommy James was consistently good and consistently changing music styles, from the sheer exuberant hoarse singalong of Mony Mony to the psychedelic Crimson And Clover, the gorgeous Crystal Blue Persuasion, and the catchy future UK chart-topper (for Tiffany) I Think We’re Alone Now. Criminally under-rated in the UK, even REM have covered his fab Draggin’ The Line, and it’s high-time some overdue kudos popped up. I, of course, was mad on Mony Mony 7 years earlier, and my dad bought it on a compilation album 12 Big Hits in Singapore in 1969, which I played and played and played. By 1975 it wasn’t quite as fresh as it had been, having also charted in 1974, but still fave enough to enter at 8.

In at 7, 6 years on from nearing the top of my charts, it’s the great first reggae star Desmond Dekker and a slightly different version of his unusual UK 1969 number one, The Israelites. It’s classic, everyone knows it over a certain age (say, 30) and it hit the UK top 10 all over again. At 9, a 1971 Uk top 5 Northern Soul hit, a 1966 US minor hit, and a chart hit again in 1975 for Tami Lynn, the fab chugging I’m Gonna Run Away From You. It was actually pretty fresh to me, as I’d barely heard it before now (being still in Singapore when it charted, and where Northern Soul wasn’t what you’d call big!). Terrific.
Jackie Wilson’s 2 oldies have differing fortunes, Higher and Higher climbing higher, and Sweetest feeling dropping – the former had 60’s nostalgia going for it, the latter was too recent.

LaBelle finally break into the 20, still well under-rated by me, Betty Wright gets a second chart entry, Where Is The Love, and Brenda And The Tabulations enter at 31. That’ll be another mid-60’s Soul hit, One Girl Too Late, and one I’ve not heard in 40 years – till now. Back in a tick…I’m back, it’s sweet and tuneful better than I barely recalled. It’s also not on itunes, though Polly Brown has a soundalike good version available so I’ll buy that instead as she was very much 1975 too. That leaves a funked-up ex-Sly And The family Stone Larry Graham’s version of the Detroit Emeralds 1972/3 top 10 Feel The Need In Me, in at 40, and not a UK hit. Finally, Cher slips in at 50 with a jaunty cover of Fontella Bass’ 60’s soul stomper Rescue Me, but as it’s not as good as the original (in line with most Cher covers) I’ll move on…

1 ( 7 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
2 ( 6 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
3 ( 1 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
4 ( 2 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
5 ( 3 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
6 ( 12 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
7 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
8 ( NEW ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
9 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
10 ( 47 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road

11 ( 11 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
12 ( 14 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
13 ( 4 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
14 ( 5 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 8 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
16 ( 9 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
17 ( 10 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
18 ( 18 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
19 ( 22 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
20 ( 24 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac

21 ( 21 ) OH BOY Mud
22 ( 13 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
23 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
24 ( 16 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
25 ( 20 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
26 ( 15 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
27 ( 17 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
28 ( 19 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
29 ( 41 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
30 ( 25 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet

31 ( NEW ) ONE GIRL TOO LATE Brenda And The Tabulations
32 ( 36 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
33 ( 23 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
34 ( 26 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
35 ( 27 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
36 ( 46 ) LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10CC
37 ( 29 ) CALL ME ROUND Pilot
38 ( 28 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
39 ( 49 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
40 ( NEW ) FEEL THE NEED Graham Central Station

41 ( 34 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
42 ( 30 ) L.O.V.E. (LOVE) Al Green
43 ( 43 ) BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? Ronnie Lane
44 ( 38 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
45 ( 39 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
46 ( 40 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
47 ( 37 ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
48 ( 32 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
49 ( 35 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
50 ( NEW ) RESCUE ME Cher