My Retro October 1969 Charts

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Bruv, school uniform and our new Bedokville house – taken on his new budget camera

4th October 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for John Barry, and the Hollies go top 10 along with the 5th Dimension grabbing a 3rd or 4th top 10. Highest new entry is Stevie Wonder’s fab Yester-Me, shockingly just a minor us hit, but a uk smash and one of his great pre Talking Book Motown tracks. In at 22 Peter Paul and Mary are back with their best record – John Denver’s prophetic Leaving On A Jet Plane. This marked his emergence and their goodbye as music forces.

More Beatles invasions as Abbey Road takes over with Because and Ringo’s jolly Octopus get a look in and Come Together climbs to 46. Marsha Shaw follows where the 5th Dimension charted first with Californian Soul, Esther Ofarim gets a 3rd hit and her first solo effort with a Mason Williams song, the Five Stairsteps family return with another decent single, Mel and Tim debut, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also return with a Mike Nesmith song, Mike slso indide the 40 with one of his other songs, and the Nitty Gritty’s ahead of a starring role in movie Paint Your Wagon, out in a couple of weeks. Barry Ryan sneaks in at the lower end.

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
3 ( 4 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
5 ( 3 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
6 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
7 ( 12 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 7
8 ( 8 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
9 ( 7 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
10 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension #10

11 ( 16 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 11
12 ( 10 ) MAYBE Betty Everett #10
13 ( 20 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 13
14 ( 9 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley #6
15 ( 11 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
16 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
17 ( 15 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
18 (NEW) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
19 ( 17 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
20 ( 19 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4

21 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
22 (NEW) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul and Mary
23 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 43 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 24
25 ( 29 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 25
26 ( 33 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 26
27 ( 28 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
28 ( 18 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
29 ( 37 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 29
30 ( 25 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1

31 ( 22 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
32 ( 26 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
33 ( 27 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
34 ( 24 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
35 ( 47 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 35
36 ( 31 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
37 ( 38 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 37
38 ( 32 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
39 ( 44 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 39
40 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6

41 ( 49 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 41
42 ( 48 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 42
43 ( 39 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
44 ( 30 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
45 ( 42 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
46 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 46
47 ( 36 ) WORLD PARTS 1 & 2 James Brown # 28
48 ( 56 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple # 48
49 ( 52 ) PENNY ARCADE Roy Orbison # 49
50 ( 61 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 50

51 ( 35 ) JIVE Bobby Darin # 25
52 ( 41 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
53 ( 45 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
54 ( 63 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 54
55 ( 40 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR’ BLOE Wind featuring Tony Orlando # 27
56 ( 66 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 56
57 ( 57 ) MOMMY AND DADDY The Monkees # 57
58 ( 53 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
59 ( 69 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 59
60 ( 65 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 60

61 ( 64 ) SO GOOD TOGETHER Andy Kim # 61
62 ( 58 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
63 (NEW) BECAUSE The Beatles
64 ( 68 ) DON’T TOUCH MY GUITAR The Archies # 64
65 (NEW) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marsha Shaw
66 (NEW) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim
67 ( 71 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 67
68 ( NEW ) WE MUST BE IN LOVE The Five Stairsteps and Cubie
69 (NEW) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles
70 ( 74 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 70

71 ( 75 ) SHE BELONGS TO ME Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band # 71
72 (NEW) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel and Tim
73 (NEW) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
74 (NEW) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria
75 (NEW) THE HUNT Barry Ryan

And in the week, more or less, we settled into our new house at Bedokville…

Wot I liked Back Then:

1 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
4 ( 5 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
5 ( 6 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
6 ( 4 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

11th October 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for the gorgeous classy John Barry theme to Midnight Cowboy. You can compare how great it is by listening to the horrendously amateur cover version that hit the US top 10 in the coming weeks. Just awful. The Hollies reach anew post 1966 peak of 2 with He Ain’t Heavy – it did actually top my charts in 1988, but there’s some big new entries from another fave movie soundtrack on the way, so will it make the top first-time round? The Beatles leapfrog themselves a couple of times, as Something goes top 10, and Peter, Paul & Mary grab a top 20 along with a debut 20 for George Benson, and yet more for The Four Tops and The Archies.

Highest new entry is the one that Nilsson wrote for Midnight Cowboy, which was rejected along with Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay in favour of the admittedly brilliant Everybody’s Talking – still in the top 10 in it’s 2nd run – the fab I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City. Mike Nesmith gets a second simultaneous song in the 40 as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band shoot into the 40 ahead of their debut film appearance with a much lesser song about beans. In at 38, Junior Walker outdoes The Guess Who as These Eyes enters, showing what a great vocalist can do with a song – Junior was thought of mainly as a great sax player, so much so that the brilliant What Does It Take was passed over by Motown, but he was just as good a singer.

Creedence enter at 45 with the then-less-well-known side of the usual double-hit in the USA – the other side will join it shortly for about the 8th of the year – but Fortunate Son’s use in movies about Viet-Nam has given it a much higher profile these days, quite rightly. Carlos Santana makes an appearance as the 60’s start to become history, with Jingo – a 50’s song I didn’t know at the time, but became an 80’s hit for Jellybean – 5 years before I really noticed Santana with the fab Samba Pa Ti, and 30 years before they finally topped my chart with Smooth, the first of 2 chart-toppers.

Frank Sinatra is back, so’s Gladys Knight, and also Jose Feliciano, while a couple of ska staples pop in and Holland-Dozier-Holland get cracking on Hot Wax, their new label, with Honey Cone debuting at 75 with Girls It Ain’t Easy. So who have I got to see in concert in my chart this week? Glen Campbell, The Monkees, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys all multiple times, and one each for Macca & Ringo of The Fabs, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Bee Gees, The Chi-Lites, Santana, The Rolling Stones. Missed loads I wanted to catch though…

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
2 ( 7 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 2
3 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
5 ( 5 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
6 ( 4 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
7 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
8 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
9 ( 13 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 9
10 ( 8 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8

11 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 11
12 ( 9 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
13 ( 18 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 13
14 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
15 ( 12 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
16 ( 22 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 16
17 ( 24 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 17
18 ( 15 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
19 ( 25 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
20 ( 26 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 20

21 ( 16 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
22 ( 17 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
23 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
24 ( 29 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 24
25 ( 19 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
26 ( 35 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 26
27 ( 27 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
28 ( 20 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
29 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
30 ( NEW ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 30

31 ( 39 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 31
32 ( 37 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 32
33 ( 30 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
34 ( 32 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
35 ( 73 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 35
36 ( 28 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
37 ( 33 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
38 ( NEW ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 38
39 ( 46 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 39
40 ( 56 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 40

41 ( 31 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
42 ( 34 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
43 ( 36 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
44 ( 50 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 44
45 ( NEW ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 45
46 ( 38 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
47 ( 43 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
48 ( 63 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 48
49 ( 40 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie # 6
50 ( 54 ) ROCK & ROLL MUSIC The Archies # 50

51 ( 45 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
52 ( 41 ) BABY I’M FOR REAL The Originals # 41
53 ( 42 ) TRACY The Cuff Links featuring Ron Dante # 42
54 ( 44 ) WALK ON BY Isaac Hayes # 12
55 ( 59 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 55
56 ( 60 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 56
57 ( 67 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 57
58 ( 52 ) STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell # 16
59 ( 70 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 59
60 ( 69 ) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles # 60

61 ( 58 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
62 ( NEW ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 62
63 ( 66 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 63
64 ( 72 ) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel & Tim # 64
65 ( 53 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones # 6
66 ( 68 ) WE MUST BE IN LOVE The Five Stairsteps & Cubie # 66
67 ( 74 ) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria # 67
68 ( NEW ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( 75 ) THE HUNT Barry Ryan # 69
70 ( NEW ) FRIENDSHIP TRAIN Gladys Knight & The Pips # 70

71 ( NEW ) RETURN OF DJANGO The Upsetters # 71
72 ( NEW ) LONG SHOT KICK DE BUCKET The Pioneers # 72
73 ( NEW ) AND THE SUN WILL SHINE Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( NEW ) TAKE A LETTER MARIA R.B. Greaves # 74
75 ( NEW ) GIRLS IT AIN’T EASY Honey Cone # 75

RETRO THEN

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 5 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
5 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 4 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
7 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

18th October 1969

It’s a first week on top for The Hollies classic He Ain’t Heavy… it may not be their absolute best track (that would be Bus Stop or Air That I Breathe) but it’s up there at a time when the Beatles aren’t even top 5! Just to rub Fabs salt into the wound pop rivals The Tremeloes shoot in at 4 with their best record (Call Me) Number One. The Beatles at least get 2 top 10’s from Abbey Road though they are being chased by Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and second-highest new entry They Call The Wind Maria (pronounced Mariah, as in the pop star who was named after the song) from the soundtrack to Paint Your Wagon, out this week. The film was a huge family fave back in 1970, dad bought the album, and recorded himself singing along to it – he easily keeps up with the amazing vocals of Harve Presnell, Broadway star and actor in TV such as Lois & Clark and movies like Saving Private Ryan. Dad coulda been a professional singer quite easily.

Maria is the showstopper of the film, but others enter lower down, the famous Wand’rin’ Star for Lee Marvin in at 32 a few months before it became a UK chart-topper, and a song that I could sing better – and that’s not easy, my singing voice is only marginally better than Marvin! At 55 The Gospel Of No Name City is the catchy singalong track of the movie, amusing and upbeat, while more chorus-oriented tracks pop in lower-down, including another Harve Presnell feature, and the intro to the film. Talking of songs from films – at 21 Bacharach/David give us the huge US B.J.Thomas smash Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid – I’ll be honest I was more familiar with (and loved) the Sacha Distel 1970 cover at the time, but thankfully I’ve seen the light and stick with the film version these days.

Reggae pops in courtesy of the great Jimmy Cliff at 48, and Harry J’s All Stars at 61, another Dusty track in a busy Dusty year – this time on an early Philly Soul track off a Gamble & Huff (& Thom Bell on this track) album out in the new year. Dusty should have credit for being ahead of the game, they dominated the early 70’s non-Northern Soul oldies disco scene until KC, Hues Corporation & Gloria Gaynor gave us Disco. Lastly, the Creedence A side appears after the B side, Marv Johnson returns with Motown, along with the Marv-Johnson-alettes (HHOK!) Motown, and Three Dog Night pop in withe second Laura Nyro cover in the charts, t’other The 5th Dimension.

1 ( 2 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
2 ( 1 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
3 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
4 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
5 ( 4 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 5 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
7 ( 6 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
8 ( 9 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 8
9 ( 11 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 13 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
13 ( 16 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
14 ( NEW ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 14
15 ( 8 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
16 ( 12 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
17 ( 10 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
18 ( 20 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 18
19 ( 24 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
20 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6

21 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 21
22 ( 15 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
23 ( 19 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
24 ( 26 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 24
25 ( 18 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
26 ( 30 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 26
27 ( 21 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1
28 ( 22 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
29 ( 31 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
30 ( 35 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 30

31 ( 25 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
32 ( NEW ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 32
33 ( 23 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
34 ( 38 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 34
35 ( 28 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
36 ( 40 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 36
37 ( 39 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
39 ( 48 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 39
40 ( 29 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14

41 ( 33 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
42 ( 34 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
43 ( 37 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
44 ( 44 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 44
45 ( 45 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 45
46 ( 32 ) THROW DOWN A LINE Cliff Richard & Hank Marvin # 32
47 ( 36 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
48 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 48
49 ( 59 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 49
50 ( 55 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 50

51 ( 47 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
52 ( 43 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
53 ( 46 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
54 ( 41 ) LET ME BE THE MAN MY DADDY WAS The Chi-Lites # 9
55 ( NEW ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 55
56 ( NEW ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 56
57 ( 57 ) GET RHYTHM Johnny Cash # 57
58 ( 51 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
59 ( 60 ) OCTOPUS’S GARDEN The Beatles # 59
60 ( 62 ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 60

61 ( NEW ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 61
62 ( 63 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 62
63 ( NEW ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 63
64 ( 64 ) BACKFIELD IN MOTION Mel & Tim # 64
65 ( 61 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
66 ( 42 ) BICYCLES, ROLLERSKATES AND YOU The Archies # 24
67 ( 67 ) WE GOT LATIN SOUL Mongo Santamaria # 67
68 ( 68 ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( 56 ) EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME Crow # 56
70 ( NEW ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 70

71 ( NEW ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 71
72 ( NEW ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 72
73 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE CORNER Creedence Clearwater Revival # 73
74 ( NEW ) I MISS YOU BABY (HOW I MISS YOU) Marv Johnson # 74
75 ( NEW ) ELI’S COMING Three Dog Night # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
5 ( 6 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( 9 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( RE ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

 

25th October 1969

It’s a first week on top for yet another movie song – this time from Paint Your Wagon, but not the one you might think, this one is the Mariah-Carey-naming fab They Call The Wind Maria. The soundtrack, and this song especially, and the film, loomed large in our Singapore family lives back then. Wandrin’ Star meanwhile takes Lee Marvin into the 20 many months early, as he enters with yet another track also featuring Clint Eastwood, who should have taught Pierce Brosnan a lesson by going nowhere near a microphone to sing ever again, and also the great Ray Walston, childhood fave star of My Favourite Martian sitcom (and also South Pacific the movie).

Nilsson replaces himself in the 20, NItty Gritty Dirt Band replace The Monkees with another Mike Nesmith song, and Laura Nyro replaces Three Dog Night’s cover of Eli’s Coming in the 75 by entering with her own new-album-track Time And Love. Highest new entry is the debut classic hit for The Jackson 5 – starring young Michael, he of the jaw-dropping pre-pubescent vocals delivered with a maturity and style he had to work to achieve once his voice broke. As a kid he could soar effortlessy. I Want You Back, though, does feature Jermaine and the brothers, and obviously launched a major world star. At the time they were groovy black kids from the ghetto, pushed by Motown via Diana Ross’ TV special show, and they were on many a variety show aired in Singapore, not least Ed Sullivan. Diana Ross, meanwhile joins the Supremes for their goodbye single just before she went solo, and before Mary Wilson became the only remaining original member for their last 3 fab years of singles. I’ve seen Mary Wilson in concert, but not Diana Ross. Diana is finally headlining Glasto and coming out of semi-retirement to tour. Of course, she was totally lying, they have never gotten back together: Someday We’ll Be Together, as if!

Jimmy Cliff gets his first top 40, Shocking Blue enter with Venus, a European smash for the Dutch band that was not far from conquering the US, and the UK a little later, in 1970. Cards on the table, I love the Bananarama version more, but the original is still very good, and this week it was riding high in the Swiss top 10. Riding high in the Canadian top 10 was another future UK 1970 hit, getting them in early because my Chart Rule is, if it was available to buy somewhere – anywhere – it’s eligible for my “Streaming” version of 1969 charting: Terry Jacks as the creative force and member of The Poppy Family, and Which Way You Going Billy? In at 67 a full 4 and a bit years before Seasons In The Sun became a massive hit for him.

Clodagh’s back with a song I didn’t know at the time, but heard of in later years, and finally got to hear on CD compilation in the early 90’s, Biljo. The O’Jays are back with a track from the US Soul top 40 that has yet to pop up in the Hot 100 breakers, Branded Bad. Branded Good, I say, I was grooving along to the epic Love Train at my brothers 60th bash last weekend. By 1969 they’d already almost a decade of US singles success, albeit minor success. In at 72, Marty Wilde is back using his US pseudonym Shannon, and singing his own UK hit-song Jesamine (a hit for The Casuals that is), Nina Simone enters with future reggae classic Young, Gifted & Black, and errr in the Austrian top 10 this week, a little bubblegum ditty from a man who changed the course of popular music. Name of Giorgio. A little Papa Ooh Mow Mow-chorus-nicking bit of bubblegum named Looky Looky. It’s very catchy, and some might recognise the mini-background-hook in it. Most won’t, but it’s the same as the one Chicory Tip used on Good Grief Christina in 1973. Produced by a certain G. Moroder esq, following up their chart-topping synth-pioneering Son Of My Father. Yes there are synths on this song, albeit almost incidental background scenery towards the end. Took him another 8 years to get his own UK hit-single….

1 ( 14 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
2 ( 2 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
3 ( 1 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
4 ( 4 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
5 ( 5 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
6 ( 8 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
7 ( 3 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
8 ( 10 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 8
9 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
10 ( 6 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1

11 ( 11 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO The Four Tops # 11
12 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
13 ( 13 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
14 ( 21 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 14
15 ( 26 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 15
16 ( 18 ) YOU LITTLE ANGEL, YOU The Archies # 16
17 ( 32 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 17
18 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson # 3
19 ( 15 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The 5th Dimension # 8
20 ( 30 ) SOME OF SHELLY’S BLUES The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band # 20

21 ( 16 ) SPACE ODDITY David Bowie # 1
22 ( 24 ) MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Mama Cass # 22
23 ( 17 ) GOOD CLEAN FUN The Monkees # 8
24 ( 20 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley # 6
25 ( 34 ) THESE EYES Junior Walker & The All Stars # 25
26 ( 19 ) IS THAT ALL THERE IS Peggy Lee # 19
27 ( 36 ) OH WELL Fleetwood Mac # 27
28 ( 23 ) MY WOMAN’S GOOD TO ME George Benson # 19
29 ( 37 ) COME TOGETHER The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman # 1

31 ( 28 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM AND TERMINUS) Zager & Evans # 1
32 ( 25 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE The Isley Brothers # 7
33 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 33
34 ( 31 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 1
35 ( 39 ) BECAUSE The Beatles # 35
36 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF BLUE The Archies # 29
37 ( 22 ) MAYBE Betty Everett # 10
38 ( 48 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 38
39 ( 45 ) FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39
40 ( 49 ) PROUD MARY Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 40

41 ( 44 ) WE’LL CRY TOGETHER Maxine Brown # 41
42 ( 35 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER ME The Bee Gees # 4
43 ( 55 ) THE GOSPEL OF NO NAME CITY Alan Dexter # 43
44 ( 41 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
45 ( 42 ) SUGAR, SUGAR The Archies # 1
46 ( 43 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb # 1
47 ( 61 ) LIQUIDATOR Harry J All Stars # 47
48 ( 70 ) A BRAND NEW ME Dusty Springfield # 48
49 ( 33 ) GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles # 23
50 ( 63 ) THERE’S A COACH COMIN’ IN Harve Presnell & Chorus # 50

51 ( 40 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 14
52 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 52
53 ( 56 ) HOLLY HOLY Neil Diamond # 53
54 ( 71 ) THAT’S HOW HEARTACHES ARE MADE The Marvelettes # 54
55 ( 38 ) MY BALLOON’S GOING UP Archie Bell & The Drells # 27
56 ( 51 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys # 1
57 ( 47 ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations # 5
58 ( 60 ) JINGO-LO-BA Santana # 58
59 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross & The Supremes # 59
60 ( 62 ) SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE WORLD Esther Ofarim # 60

61 ( 50 ) BALL OF FIRE Tommy James & The Shondells # 50
62 ( 72 ) PAINT YOUR WAGON ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK MAIN TITLE (I’M ON MY WAY) Paint Your Wagon Chorus # 62
63 ( NEW ) BILJO Clodagh Rodgers # 63
64 ( 58 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 1
65 ( 52 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair # 5
66 ( 53 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fare # 5
67 ( NEW ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 67
68 ( 68 ) LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Frank Sinatra # 68
69 ( NEW ) BEST THINGS Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood & Ray Walston # 69
70 ( NEW ) TIME AND LOVE Laura Nyro # 70

71 ( NEW ) BRANDED BAD The O’Jays # 71
72 ( NEW ) JESAMINE Shannon aka Marty Wilde # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOOKY LOOKY Giorgio (Moroder) # 73
74 ( NEW ) TO BE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Nina Simone # 74
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO PAY THE PRICE Gloria Taylor # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 4 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
5 ( 8 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
9 ( NEW ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
10 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes

My September 1970 Charts

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122F Tanah Merah Besar – now under the new Changi Prison I think, tragically. Note no tree at the front of the house. By the time we left it was 2 or 3m tall. 

 

1st September 1970

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

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

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

 

8th September 1970

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

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

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

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

 

15th September 1970

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

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

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

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

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

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RAF Changi Grammar School, the building is still there. The art block is at the front near the road, the school hall just behind it. It had aircon! This was a step up from RAF Seletar Secondary Modern which still had outlying classrooms with no aircon and just room fans, some along the sports pitch, some on some land to the rear of the bus gathering area. My concentration wandered when I was sweating profusely. My form room was to the right of the entrance on the first floor I think, above the library which was adjacent the school hall. 

 

22nd September 1970

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

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

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

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

Kids remember these things!

 

29th September 1970

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

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

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

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

My February 1967 Retro Charts

5th Feb 1967

Cat Stevens songs at 2 and 6, a childhood fave song and band in at 11 (Herman’s Hermits) and a so classic happy pop song from The Turtles, the cool side of 60’s pop.

1 ( 2 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( 3 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
4 ( 7 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
5 ( 8 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
6 ( 19 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
7 ( 5 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
8 ( 6 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
9 ( 13 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
10 ( 10 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones

11 ( NEW ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 27 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
13 ( 4 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
14 ( 9 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
15 ( 22 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
16 ( 11 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
17 ( 28 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
18 ( 21 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
19 ( NEW ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
20 ( 23 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers

21 ( 33 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
22 ( 12 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
23 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
24 ( 14 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
25 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 26 ) SHE The Monkees
27 ( 29 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
28 ( 15 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
29 ( 18 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
30 ( 39 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band

31 ( 17 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
32 ( 16 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
33 ( 24 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
34 ( 30 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
35 ( 20 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
36 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
37 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
38 ( NEW ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
39 ( 42 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
40 ( 45 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics

41 ( 43 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
42 ( 34 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
43 ( 35 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
44 ( 32 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
45 ( 56 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
46 ( 37 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
47 ( 48 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
48 ( 54 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
49 ( 51 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
50 ( 52 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle

51 ( 31 ) 98.6 Keith
52 ( 44 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
53 ( 59 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
54 ( 57 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
55 ( 47 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
56 ( 38 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
57 ( 41 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Experience
58 ( 40 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor
59 ( 46 ) HAPPY JACK The Who
60 ( 65 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers

61 ( 49 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
62 ( 55 ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
63 ( 53 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
64 ( 62 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
65 ( NEW ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
66 ( 58 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
67 ( NEW ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
68 ( 63 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
69 ( NEW ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
70 ( 67 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd

71 ( 50 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
72 ( NEW ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
73 ( 68 ) LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER The Rolling Stones
74 ( 69 ) BABY WHAT I MEAN The Drifters
75 ( NEW ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars

 

12th Feb 1967

The Monkees utterly dominated my music taste, TV watching, and also again in 1974 when I bought albums. It’s only fair they dominate my chart, not to mention the cover-version of She by Del Shannon)

Cat Stevens has 2 in the top 5 with the Trems moving up, and the Mamas & Papas is a genuinely great lost single-that-should-have-been that I loved back in ’74 too. The Turtles were fabulous, and are still, I adored Hermans Hermits as a kid, Buffalo Springfield is one I discovered in the 80’s, and fantastic it is too. Spencer Davis’ version of I’m A Man is better than the version I knew better (Chicago).

Loved The Fifth Dimension in the 60’s and early 70’s, used to watch them on the Ed Sullivan Show in Singapore in 69-71 (my TV viewing was heavily American), and Dusty is pure perfection, greatest singer of all-time for me. That means the Stones have to fall! Johnny Rivers is one I discovered on oldies Florida radio in the 90’s, Tommy Roe’s is brand new to me! Bear in mind, the first single I ever bought was Dizzy, the first CD album I ever bought was Tommy Roe’s Greatest Hits and I’ve seen him in concert so it’s fab to discover an unknown sweet gem.

The Nightcrawlers has a riff to die for, The Mar-Kays brings back memories of Bottom, a fab comedy, and 2 60’s faves from the Hollies and Harpers Bizarre enter lower down, held down by the sheer volume of stuff I’m loving as I rediscover and discover stuff from 50 years ago!

1 ( 1 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( 4 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
4 ( 3 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
5 ( 6 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
6 ( 17 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 19 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
8 ( 11 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
9 ( 9 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
10 ( 21 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group

11 ( 15 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
12 ( 12 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
13 ( 23 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
14 ( 5 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
15 ( 8 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
16 ( 20 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
17 ( 10 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
18 ( 30 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
19 ( 26 ) SHE The Monkees
20 ( 7 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame

21 ( 14 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
22 ( 16 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
23 ( 27 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
24 ( 22 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
25 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 18 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
27 ( 13 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
28 ( 37 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
29 ( 44 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
30 ( 45 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe

31 ( 24 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
32 ( 29 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
33 ( 41 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
34 ( 38 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
35 ( 39 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
36 ( 40 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
37 ( 48 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
38 ( 50 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
39 ( 46 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
40 ( 60 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers

41 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
42 ( 28 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
43 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
44 ( 54 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
45 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
46 ( 47 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
47 ( 49 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
48 ( 34 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
49 ( 43 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
50 ( 42 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats

51 ( 32 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
52 ( NEW ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
53 ( 53 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
54 ( NEW ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
55 ( 31 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
56 ( 63 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
57 ( 35 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
58 ( 52 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
59 ( 51 ) 98.6 Keith
60 ( 65 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes

61 ( 55 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
62 ( 58 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor
63 ( 67 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
64 ( 57 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Experience
65 ( 56 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
66 ( 69 ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
67 ( 64 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
68 ( 70 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd
69 ( NEW ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
70 ( 72 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

71 ( RE ) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Otis Redding
72 ( 61 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
73 ( 74 ) BABY WHAT I MEAN The Drifters
74 ( NEW ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YA NOW Trini Lopez
75 ( NEW ) SHE Del Shannon

 

19th Feb 1967

The only group that could top The Monkees at the time enter at 1, with the song that got all the airplay at the time. Penny Lane was very famous and Strawberry Fields wasn’t – to be honest I didnt get to hear it at all until the early 70’s, and didnt get to love it properly until I bought the Blue Album in 1975. So it’s proper that Penny Lane should grab the top spot first off, as it did in America.

1 ( NEW ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
3 ( 1 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
5 ( 7 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
6 ( 6 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 4 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
9 ( 11 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
10 ( 12 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 5 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
12 ( 13 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
13 ( 9 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
14 ( NEW ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
16 ( 19 ) SHE The Monkees
17 ( 18 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
18 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
19 ( 33 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
20 ( 23 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw

21 ( 17 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
22 ( 15 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
23 ( 30 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
24 ( 39 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
25 ( 32 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
26 ( 21 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
27 ( 22 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
28 ( 20 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
29 ( 14 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
30 ( 16 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers

31 ( 24 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
32 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
33 ( 37 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
34 ( 36 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
35 ( 54 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
36 ( 31 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 27 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
38 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
39 ( 34 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
40 ( 26 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

41 ( 45 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
42 ( 52 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
43 ( 29 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
44 ( 44 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
45 ( 47 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
46 ( 40 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
47 ( 41 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
48 ( 32 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
49 ( 60 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
50 ( 63 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson

51 ( 38 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
52 ( 42 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
53 ( 49 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
54 ( NEW ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
55 ( 56 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
56 ( 50 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
57 ( 48 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
58 ( 46 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
59 ( 55 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
60 ( 70 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

61 ( 51 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
62 ( 53 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
63 ( 58 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
64 ( 66 ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
65 ( 68 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd
66 ( NEW ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
67 ( RE ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
68 ( 61 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
69 ( 69 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
70 ( NEW ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

71 ( 59 ) 98.6 Keith
72 ( 67 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
73 ( NEW ) HOLD ON I’M COMING Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown
74 ( NEW ) AL CAPONE Prince Buster
75 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY SONG Harry Secombe

 

26th Feb 1967

A second week on top for The Beatles’ Penny Lane, which is pretty much what I loved at the time, just ahead of the track I loved most of all in 1967 and the years afterwards, in at 2 for The Mamas & The Papas’ Dedicated…, a cover version appropriately as they get covered at 10, and replace themselves in my top 10 with a single that should have been.

So many new entries, most of the high entries from tracks I loved at the time, bar Brenda & The Tabulations which is new to me and is fab. I came across my mid-70’s rates (I compiled my top 100’s of each year from 1964 onwards based on the NME book of top 20 singles) and some tracks like Petula, Herman’s Hermits, and the dropping-out Edelweiss were way higher in my love in those days. The Vince Hill song is not a patch on The Sound Of Music original though, which I still love.

Elsewhere a pre-Monkees Micky Dolenz pops in, along with a bunch of US minor hits and some flops. One of the songs is very famous now though!

1 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
3 ( 3 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
5 ( 14 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
7 ( 9 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
8 ( 5 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
9 ( 10 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 12 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield

11 ( 8 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
13 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
14 ( 6 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
15 ( 11 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
16 ( 19 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
17 ( NEW ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
18 ( NEW ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
19 ( 16 ) SHE The Monkees
20 ( NEW ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

21 ( 13 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
22 ( NEW ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
23 ( 17 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
24 ( NEW ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
25 ( 23 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
26 ( 21 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
27 ( 15 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
28 ( 22 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
29 ( 35 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
30 ( 26 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey

31 ( 24 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
32 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
33 ( 28 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
34 ( 27 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
35 ( 66 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
36 ( 42 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
37 ( 31 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
38 ( 25 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
39 ( 20 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
40 ( 36 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

41 ( 30 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
42 ( 33 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
43 ( 34 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
44 ( 45 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
45 ( 37 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
46 ( 29 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
47 ( 49 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
48 ( 32 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
49 ( 50 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
50 ( 46 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes

51 ( 40 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
52 ( 54 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
53 ( 38 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 69 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
55 ( 60 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
56 ( 47 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
57 ( 53 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
58 ( 43 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
59 ( 39 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
60 ( 70 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

61 ( 44 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
62 ( 48 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
63 ( NEW ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
64 ( NEW ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
65 ( 67 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
66 ( NEW ) DON’T DO IT Micky Dolenz
67 ( 56 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
68 ( NEW ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
69 ( NEW ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
70 ( 52 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore

71 ( NEW ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
72 ( NEW ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
73 ( 63 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
74 ( NEW ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
75 ( NEW ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin

My 1967 Charts – retro not actual

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1968 photo, but similar-ish period of me in boy-pop-chart-freak days. We lived at RAF Valley in 1967, Isle Of Anglesey.

I started my charts in late 1968, but the mid 60’s were just as great for music, and strong in my memory and affections as a boy, so after a lifetime of wanting to properly research oldies (especially American chart oldies that were never hits in the UK) I intend to visit them all, starting with 1967, and create a combined chart which is part what-I-loved-then and part what-i-love-now. I quickly found that there are OODLES of tracks new to me that fit very nicely into a Top 75, and as I play them along with familiar ones on a weekly basis the chart positions seem about right to me.

So off we go, the top 75 building up after a smaller start.

First chart-topper, Cat Stevens a song I was MAD on at the time, and still love to bits.
1 MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
2 I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
3 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
4 I’M NOT YOUR STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
5 SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
6 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
7 FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
8 GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
9 SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
10 SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra

11 I FEEL FREE Cream
12 WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
13 GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
14 98.6 Keith
15 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
16 SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
17 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
18 HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Expereince
19 WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
20 REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops

21 DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
22 NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
23 STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
24 HAPPY JACK The Who
25 PAMELA PAMELA Wayne Fontana
26 (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
27 MORNINGTOWN RIDE The Seekers
28 WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL New Vaudeville Band
29 JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
30 WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas

31 SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen
32 MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Bob Crewe Generation
33 SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN MR JAMES Manfred Mann
34 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ The Spencer Davis Group
35 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
36 TELL IT TO THE RAIN The Four Seasons
37 THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
38 TELL IT LIKE IT IS Aaron Neville
39 HIGH TIME Paul Jones
40 I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin

41 ANY WAY THAT YOU WANT ME The Troggs
42 COLOR MY WORLD Petula Clark
43 DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
44 SAVE ME Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
45 A PLACE IN THE SUN Stevie Wonder
46 HOLY COW Lee Dorsey
47 I’M READY FOR LOVE Martha & The Vandellas
48 IN THE COUNTRY Cliff Richard
49 NASHVILLE CATS The Lovin’ Spoonful
50 THAT’S LIFE Frank Sinatra

15th January 1967
A new one to me is Felice Taylor’s version of the 1975 Love Unlimited hit – not surprisingly originally done by Felice (Barry White’s protege, while Love Unlimited featured his missus). Barry graduated onto The Banana Splits within months…

The Buckinghams I discovered back in the 90’s on a Florida oldies station, Paul Jones I loved as a kid, and have seen ol’ Paul a few times over the years (in Othello, as part of the Blues Band, and with the Manfreds). The Casinos song was a US hit in a version by Glen Campbell I know better, and the Love track, while not exactly Alone Again Or standard, is very much Beautiful Stranger in style if not actual substance.

The Monkees and Cat Stevens would have been my joint faves at the time, so I see no reason not to reflect that accurately as I still love both to bits, and then some.

1 ( 2 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( 5 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
4 ( 4 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
5 ( 6 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
6 ( 16 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
7 ( 9 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
8 ( 3 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
9 ( 10 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
10 ( 11 ) I FEEL FREE Cream

11 ( 7 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
12 ( 14 ) 98.6 Keith
13 ( 13 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
14 ( 15 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
15 ( 8 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Expereince
17 ( 22 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
18 ( NEW ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
19 ( 25 ) PAMELA PAMELA Wayne Fontana
20 ( 24 ) HAPPY JACK The Who

21 ( 23 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
22 ( 12 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
23 ( 26 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
24 ( 19 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
25 ( 17 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
26 ( 30 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
27 ( 29 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
28 ( 35 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
29 ( 32 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Bob Crewe Generation
30 ( 34 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ The Spencer Davis Group

31 ( 21 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
32 ( 20 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
33 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
34 ( 37 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
35 ( 27 ) MORNINGTOWN RIDE The Seekers
36 ( 40 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
37 ( NEW ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor
38 ( 28 ) WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL New Vaudeville Band
39 ( NEW ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
40 ( 42 ) COLOR MY WORLD Petula Clark

41 ( 31 ) SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON The Royal Guardsmen
42 ( NEW ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
43 ( 43 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
44 ( 36 ) TELL IT TO THE RAIN The Four Seasons
45 ( NEW ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
46 ( 38 ) TELL IT LIKE IT IS Aaron Neville
47 ( 41 ) ANY WAY THAT YOU WANT ME The Troggs
48 ( NEW ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
49 ( 33 ) SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN MR JAMES Manfred Mann
50 ( NEW ) SHE COMES IN COLORS Love

22nd January 1967

The Fifth Dimension were fab, loved them, and a great version of The Mamas & The Papas original terrific track.

1 ( 1 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
4 ( 7 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
5 ( 3 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
6 ( 6 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
7 ( 5 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
8 ( 9 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
9 ( 4 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
10 ( 13 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers

11 ( 18 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
12 ( 10 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
13 ( 14 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
14 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
15 ( 21 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
16 ( 12 ) 98.6 Keith
17 ( 17 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
18 ( NEW ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
19 ( 33 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
20 ( 23 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations

21 ( 11 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
22 ( 36 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
23 ( NEW ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
24 ( 15 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
25 ( 43 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
26 ( 26 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
27 ( 27 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
28 ( 28 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
29 ( 16 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Expereince
30 ( 37 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor

31 ( 20 ) HAPPY JACK The Who
32 ( 19 ) PAMELA PAMELA Wayne Fontana
33 ( 22 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
34 ( 34 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
35 ( 48 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
36 ( 25 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
37 ( 24 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
38 ( NEW ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
39 ( 39 ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
40 ( 45 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos

41 ( 31 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
42 ( 30 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ The Spencer Davis Group
43 ( 32 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
44 ( 29 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Bob Crewe Generation
45 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
46 ( 42 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
47 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
48 ( 40 ) COLOR MY WORLD Petula Clark
49 ( NEW ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
50 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics

51 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
52 ( 35 ) MORNINGTOWN RIDE The Seekers
53 ( NEW ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
54 ( NEW ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
55 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
56 ( NEW ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
57 ( 50 ) SHE COMES IN COLORS Love
58 ( NEW ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
59 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Otis Redding
60 ( NEW ) PRETTY BALLERINA The Left Banke

29th Jan

A Four Tops cover from Johnny Rivers, big on oldies radio in the States on my regular Florida hols in the 90’s, as The Four Tops go top 10 with a classic of their own. Cat Stevens back on top as The Tremeloes version of his song enters at 19. Charlie Chaplin wrote Petula Clark’s standard (honest!), and several More Of The Monkees tracks that were played on their TV show enter the chart. The Mamas & The Papas cover from the 5th Dimension stays ahead of an album track from them, which was on their 1973/4 budget hits albums that I got into big in 1974, along with The Monkees tracks on their budget albums in this chart from 1973/4. Two of the tracks were written by Neil Diamond, along with his own entry. 


1 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
2 ( 3 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
3 ( 1 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
4 ( 6 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
5 ( 4 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
6 ( 10 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
7 ( 18 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
8 ( 15 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
9 ( 5 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
10 ( 11 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones

11 ( 8 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
12 ( 9 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
13 ( 13 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
14 ( 7 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
15 ( 12 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
16 ( 17 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
17 ( 19 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
18 ( 22 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
20 ( 20 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations

21 ( 23 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
22 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
23 ( 25 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
24 ( 14 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
25 ( 28 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( NEW ) SHE The Monkees
27 ( 38 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
28 ( NEW ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
29 ( 35 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
30 ( 40 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos

31 ( 16 ) 98.6 Keith
32 ( NEW ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
33 ( 54 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
34 ( 21 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
35 ( 24 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
36 ( 45 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
37 ( 46 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
38 ( 26 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
39 ( 49 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
40 ( 30 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor

41 ( 29 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Expereince
42 ( 47 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
43 ( NEW ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
44 ( 33 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
45 ( 50 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
46 ( 31 ) HAPPY JACK The Who
47 ( 36 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
48 ( 51 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
49 ( 34 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
50 ( 27 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney

51 ( NEW ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
52 ( 53 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
53 ( 55 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
54 ( NEW ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
55 ( 39 ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
56 ( 56 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
57 ( 58 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
58 ( 37 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
59 ( NEW ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
60 ( 60 ) PRETTY BALLERINA The Left Banke

61 ( 32 ) PAMELA PAMELA Wayne Fontana
62 ( 43 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
63 ( 41 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
64 ( 42 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ The Spencer Davis Group
65 ( NEW ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
66 ( 44 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Bob Crewe Generation
67 ( NEW ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd
68 ( NEW ) LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER The Rolling Stones
69 ( NEW ) BABY WHAT I MEAN The Drifters
70 ( 52 ) MORNINGTOWN RIDE The Seekers

71 ( 59 ) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Otis Redding
72 ( NEW ) SIT DOWN I THINK I LOVE YOU The Mojo Men
73 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE Wilson Pickett
74 ( NEW ) DON’T GO HOME (MY LITTLE DARLIN’) The Shirelles
75 ( 57 ) SHE COMES IN COLORS Love

 

My 1969 Charts – October

mum n dad looking cool

mum n dad looking cool

OCT 1969

7th Oct 1969

It’s a new number one, Bobbie Gentry’s gorgeous version of the Bacharach/David song, and again a version that improves on the Dionne Warwick recording, Bobbie’s husky singing voice just being so emotive. This was the 4th single I ever bought, sadly I bought it off an evening market record stall again (I think this time though, it was one near Siglap in the middle of a housing estate, bizarrely), and it was clearly well-played (an 11-year-old-kid’s a a good opportunity to dump used product) cos it forever got stuck in the same spot on the record. For anyone not used to vinyl, sometimes the needle either refused to follow a groove due to a blockage and just went into an endless loop till you forced it onwards, or it jumped a couple of seconds as it slipped out of a groove. I still expect to hear the same line repeated…

My chart gets reduced to a top 10, as I’d run out of new records. A new entry at 10, though, for a record I was aware of, thanks to a couple of sheet music books I bought for the lyrics of some of my top-notch fave songs, and He Ain’t Heavy was in it. They were pretty good value actually, 15 or 20 sheet music current American hits per book. Fab! Still got them, of course. The Hollies of course would eventually get a proper chart run in 1988 when it hit the UK number one, but first-time round, I liked it. Now I love it, a terrific ballad, and Allan Clarke is an under-rated singer these days (along with the Hollies, who were huge at the time, and were a few hits into my charts already).

Singapore memories? I was at my first Secondary School, a 3-storey white building with air con. Hooray for Seletar Secondary Modern! OK, some of the classrooms were old-fashioned huts with fans on the ceilings and no glass in the windows, sweltering-muchness going on, but at least they were mixed in with some lessons inside the main building so you could cool down. On my first day there were two of us starting new, Stephen Game being the other wavy-black-haired kid, and he became my new best friend for the next year, which was great cos he was cool and likeable, he wore hipster shorts, and I got lots of friends and got to be in with the coolish kids who spent breaks and lunchtimes running extended versions of British Bulldog around the large school-site. We were constantly hot, sweaty, and good at long-distance running in equatorial heat, no sunscream, no hats, lots of sweat. Before that, though, we were introduced to our new class: Form 1H2, short for Hannah. The forms were all named after RAF heroes: Gibson, Cheshire and, I think, Malcolm – need to check on that one in the school yearbook, though! They were allocated colours, Hannah was red, Gibson green, Cheshire blue, the other was yellow. Very handy for sports day competitions. Mrs Gibson was our form tutor, slim and shoulder-length black hair. I’ll be honest, at the end of the school year we all signed each other’s books so I still have names of some of the school-mates, and as is often the way in RAF life I ran into some of them again in years in the future. It’s a small Forces world…

swimming pool (me on the board) RAF Changi

swimming pool (me on the board) RAF Changi

1 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
4 ( 5 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
5 ( 6 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
6 ( 4 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

14th October 1969

2 weeks for Bobbie at 1, 2 weeks for Oliver at 2, and Mama Cass up to 3, but not much movement at all really, save the very famous million-selling, 8-weeks as the UK number one, Sugar Sugar, by cartoon band The Archies. Lots of people hate the record, but they are all SO wrong. It’s simplicity is it’s charm, it’s bubblegum, a hint of soul, nicely-produced, and with great vocalists for pure pop. Largely regarded as bubblegum novelty, that it continues to sell 45 years later should tellingly beg to differ. People buying it have never heard of, never mind seen, the TV show. For the record, and to repeat: Sugar Sugar was the first EP I bought, the first album I bought, and I used to record the songs from the show onto reel-to-reel tape. I recently bought the DVD’s of The Archie Funhouse, which is the series after the ones being made circa 1969/70, and errr…they are godawful. I never DID like the cartoon segments much, but they are just terrible. Nostalgia just can’t change that fact! The music, though, oh just sweeeet. With songwriters like Jeff Barry and Andy “Rock Me Gently” Kim, though, they should have something to contribute musically – largely rip-offs, granted, but catchy enough tunes, with a bit of social commentary thrown in. Not kidding there, either, pollution, racism and other topics happily resting there amongst the love songs, and odes to Hot Dog (the pet dog) and rock n roll music. You’ll never find them in the Critics Hall Of Fame, but as kiddie music goes, a cut above all those that followed in their kiddie music footsteps.

view from RAF Changi pool of Changi Hospital

view from RAF Changi pool of Changi Hospital


Meanwhile, back at school, my first week at school introduced me to breaktime popcorn and cherryade fizzy drinks from the tuck shop, streaming for English and Maths (Band 2 for both I think, based on whatever quick test they threw at me and Stephen on the first day): these were monitored term by term, and kids moved up or down each term based on how well you were doing. I’ll be honest, I liked the competitive element, I moved up in Maths, and it tended to be good for the smarter kids who moved ahead faster. All other subjects were mixed ability, which meant progress was more leisurely as you had to take into account the kids who struggled more. I was also introduced to two things that caused me stress:

Homework. Groaaan! Lost leisure time as far as I was concerned, though I was pretty good at doing it. The other one was sports. More specifically, Stephen & I had to sit in the changing room while the boys changed, then played cricket, or athletics, and then showered. That came as quite a shock to me, and very anxiety-creating, the thought of having to parade around naked in front of other boys stressed me out more than the team games did. My “kit hadn’t arrived” from the UK for a few weeks (Stephen took the plunge earlier than I did) till I couldn’t get away with it anymore, and had to join the throng. I was in and out of that shower faster than you could say “Streaker”.

Got used to it eventually, of course, and was pretty damn good at long-distance running (second to Lee Green, in the Hannah house. Lee turned up again in Gloucester in the 5th year, 5 years on, by which time I was absolutely rubbish at running the freezing UK weather to be avoided at all costs, give me scorching sweaty humidity any day). Cricket was loathsome though, punishingly-hard balls, lumps of wood to hit it with and numb your hands, running up and down a stupid bit of short grass, and the dumbest rules of any game ever invented. I took a dislike to it right away, and as the school-years went by, dislike turned to hatred at the pointlessness of it all. Volleyball or Rounders/Baseball, though, yay! Proper games, fast, points, running, balls don’t kill you or give you major bruises. Cricket is a British Empire anachronism that needs to be dumped in the nearest skip. Just my opinion of course (ptui!).

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 5 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
5 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 4 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
7 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

21st October 1969

3 weeks for Bobbie at 1, 3 weeks for Oliver at 2, yes so little new UK chart music about, though Dylan goes up to 6, a chart position he didn’t beat until the reissue of Like A Rolling Stone 35 years on.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
5 ( 6 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( 9 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( RE ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

28th October 1969

…and 4 weeks for Bobbie at 1, poor old Oliver should have grabbed at least one week on top instead of 4 at 2 (I certainly loved it enough to do so) but I loved Bobbie just a little bit more. Hooray, though, 3 new entries! Nilsson debuts at 7 with the utterly brilliant and gorgeous Everybody’s Talking, from the film Midnight Cowboy. Obviously far to young to see the film till years later, I was a bit miffed to find the version I knew wasn’t quite the same in the film – these things matter to me, I don’t rate “wrong versions”. Regardless Harry Nilsson was a supreme and under-rated vocalist, and this record is spine-tingling.

At 9, Lulu’s back, and my word what a change! Months ago it was all teenpop I’m A Tiger and Boom Bang A Bang, and now it’s slick soul, and a huge American hit to follow-on from the sublime US-only hit To Sir With Love, one of the criminally-ignored British single greats of the decade in the UK. I may not have loved Oh Me Oh My as much as I’m A Tiger at the time, but it’s dated much better! Lastly, The Trems are back with another song I was aware of from the Daily Mirror Top 30 charts, but frustratingly didn’t get to hear for some time: (Call Me) Number One. Catchy and singalong, like most Tremeloes singles, they have been banished into the mists of time, save the occasional Chesney Hawkes reference or Four Seasons footnote for Silence Is Golden, but they had a good ol’ run of pop singles, and this one is fun.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 4 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
5 ( 8 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival

6 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
9 ( NEW ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
10 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes

Changi beach and views of the islands

Changi beach and views of the islands


Back at home in Bedokville, I’d gotten into little plastic boxes of sweets, hexagon, square, circular, with transparent covers, from the shack shop at the back of the house on the other side of the monsoon drains that ran down every street. I liked the boxes. Monsoon drains were essential on the equator, as we found out fairly quickly. When it rained, it POURED. It was like the shower being on full everywhere, and torrents of temporary rivers ran downhill wherever they could. Quite thrilling, not remotely cold, you could (and we did) quite happily dance about getting soaking wet in the garden. I still love a good tropical thunderstorm.

A big discovery was the mobile chinese magazine seller, a motorbike and sidecar-box, which had newspapers, and COMICS! New DC Comics. OMG! Talk about trembling with excitement, I talked dad into buying me the coverless legion Action Comics 378 which was there with a cover, brand new for 55 cents, along with Adventure Comics 381, in which it suddenly became clear why the Legion featured only in the back-up story in Action: some twat had gone against all common commercial sense and moved the Legion of Super-Heroes from the main feature in Adventure so that Supergirl could get her own comic. This was disastrous! To state it clearly, the Legion were the most fan-based popular DC comic of the 60’s (the fans got it brought back by demanding it when it had all but fizzled out) and sales of the Legion comic were stunning my modern standards. A comic in 2014 sells a few tens of thousands if they’re lucky, worldwide. In 1969 Adventure Comics with the Legion was pushing a million. The first Supergirl comic was great (featured Batgirl as guest) but it was no substitute for epicness! She limped on through declining sales for 4 years and then it was all over. The Legion, revived, took over Superboy’s comic in 1973 and became one of the 2 big DC sellers of the 80s’, creatively brilliant. Editors: listen to the kids!