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JANUARY 1969


My 11th birthday, no party for me, which s bad news for my best schoolfriend Geoffrey Geeson who turns up with his parent for the party that never happened in his best clothes and a gift. Iíd forgotten Iíd said something along the lines that I might have a party and heíd be invited. I felt a fool! So he went home and mum did a party the next weekend, and a few select friends were invited along too. Hooray!

The music charts in January were really slow so Iíll just bung comments all together as there were few new entries. Two more weeks at the top for party classic Build Me Up Buttercup, and two for Manfred Mann, 60ís stalwarts though by this time Mike DíAbo was writing and singing lead for them. Who? Heís the bloke what wrote Build Me Up Buttercup! So thatís a whole month at the top! I saw the Manfred Ďs live 2 or 3 times, with both Mike and former lead singer Paul Jones. I may well go to see The Foundations live in April 2014 as the support for Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Motown classics of Heatwave, Nowhere To Run and Dancing In The Street fame. Which was a re-issued big hit in January (and the Ready Steady Go clip is one I probably saw 5 years earlier). How amazing that I should be going to see them 45 years later!

Love Child peaks at 2, itís utterly brilliant, and the Move get to 2 as well. Thatís Roy Wood, Carl Wayne, Bev Bevan, of the first record ever played on Radio 1 fame, and ELO and Wizzard fame. Johnny Nash gets his second reggae top 5 hit, Simon & Garfunkel re-chart (or debut in my charts) with the classic theme tune to movie The Graduate, and finally Donald Peers makes my Top 10 with a very old-fashioned crooning ballad. Who he? Well, by 1969 he was an elderly crooner from the 1920ís and 1930ís, which seemed such a long time ago to me, yet itís about as long ago as this chart is now! Aaaagh! Thatís almost a century ago now!

7th January 1969 CHART


1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 6 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING'S HAPPENING Herman's Hermits
4 ( 3 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
5 ( 4 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
6 ( 5 ) AIN'T GOT NO...I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 10 ) I'M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 7 ) ONE TWO THREE O'LEARY Des O'Connor
12 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( 11 ) (I'M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 16 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
15 ( 14 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( 19 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 20 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( RE ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
20 ( RE ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold




14th January 1969


1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
5 ( 3 ) SOMETHING'S HAPPENING Herman's Hermits
6 ( 7 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) AIN'T GOT NO...I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
8 ( 4 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 5 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
10 ( 10 ) I'M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 17 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
13 ( NEW ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
14 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
15 ( 11 ) ONE TWO THREE O'LEARY Des O'Connor
16 ( 13 ) (I'M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
19 ( 20 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
20 ( 14 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture





21st January 1969







1 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 4 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING'S HAPPENING Herman's Hermits
6 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
7 ( 13 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 7 ) AIN'T GOT NO...I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
9 ( 6 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield




11 ( 12 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) I'M A TIGER Lulu
13 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
14 ( 18 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
15 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O'LEARY Des O'Connor
16 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON'T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 16 ) (I'M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
18 ( 19 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
19 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
20 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas





28th January 1969


1 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING'S HAPPENING Herman's Hermits
6 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON'T GO Donald Peers
7 ( 4 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 6 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
10 ( 9 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 8 ) AIN'T GOT NO...I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
12 ( 10 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( NEW ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
14 ( 11 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 12 ) I'M A TIGER Lulu
16 ( 14 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 19 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O'LEARY Des O'Connor
19 ( 17 ) (I'M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
20 ( 18 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold




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FEBRUARY 1969

Itís February, and Top Of The Pops on TV and Pick Of The Pops on radio were having a big impact on my cultural life, records meant a lot to me. 4th Feb chart and a new Number One - yes, Roy Wood on top for the first time (and not for the last time) in his fab first band The Move, who would eventually morph into the Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard and solo stuff and via Jeff Lynne (yet to join) The Beatles in the 90ís productions - appropriately enough as Blackberry Way is a strings-driven Beatlesy Penny Lane-inspired pastiche that sounded just great to me).

Lots of new entries, 4 of the acts Iíve seen in concert since, and one sort of (excluding Diana Ross, Iíve seen Mary Wilson and the Temptations back when most of them were still alive) and one never (Wilson Pickett). Glen Campbell Iíve seen 3 times, the man is a legend, this is his greatest moment, and it was on the first album I ever had bought for me - This Is Glen Campbell. Yes, Wichita Lineman is still widely regarded as a classic, quite right too. Sheer brilliance.

Iím Gonna Make You Love Me was a superstar duet (sort of) of a great song that I loved lots, and which is in the UK singles chart this very week 45 years later (under the name of Chris Malinchack - I mean, címon Chris, surely itís worth a ďfeaturingĒ credit! With the heavy use of a sample of Di & co!!?). The very ďof itís timeĒ French-sounding accordion folk song from Peter Sarstedt was another big fave of mine, and it still sounds deliciously unique, while Marv Johnson gets a follow-up hit to his You Got What It Takes in the UK, 9 years on and a Motown great in Iíll Pick A Rose. Showaddywaddy mercifully only covered the formerÖ.


4th February 1969 CHART[/b]



1 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) PLEASE DON'T GO Donald Peers
4 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING'S HAPPENING Herman's Hermits
8 ( 9 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
10 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade



11 ( 7 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( NEW ) I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 11 ) AIN'T GOT NO...I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
15 ( 10 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
16 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( NEW ) I'LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
20 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett






The 11th Feb sees The Righteous Brothers emote like no-one had emoted ever before with the reissued hit of Youíve Lost That Loviní Feeliní. My mum loved this record while I was growing up, Phil Spectorís greatest production and an awesome vocal from both the lads, by this time Iíd already known it for 4 years, and really from here it recharted each decade and got bigger each time, because Time has shown it to be one of the greatest pop records ever., one of those magic works that improves as you get older.


11th February 1969



1 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 6 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
3 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON'T GO Donald Peers
5 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 12 ) I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING'S HAPPENING Herman's Hermits
10 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell




11 ( 10 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
13 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( NEW ) YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' The Righteous Brothers
15 ( 19 ) I'LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
16 ( 18 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 17 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
19 ( 20 ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
20 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

Amen Corner get another hit, and a catchy insistent topper, but amazingly their penultimate hit. They had a string of great pop records, and Andy Fairweather-Lowís unusual vocals would pop back in the 70ís more than once. New entries for 18th Feb? Cillaís back with a romping pop ditty, Dean Martin covers Glen Campbell (Jimmy Webb song, just like Wichita Lineman) and has a somnambulant-styled hit. Or drunken. Always hard to tell with Dean, but his TV shows, packed full of stars, were great fun. Jimmy Webb was just a kid, really, but his songs were amazingly sophisticated and heíd targeted minor pop star Glen Campbellís wonderful vocal range as the one he wanted to sing them from his early teens, and made him a household name. Nina Simone, meanwhile covers a great Bee Gees song in her own style, before dropping off the pop radar for nearly 20 years.


18th February 1969



1 ( 2 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 6 ) I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
3 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON'T GO Donald Peers
6 ( 3 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
7 ( 10 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 14 ) YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' The Righteous Brothers




11 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING'S HAPPENING Herman's Hermits
14 ( 15 ) I'LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
15 ( 11 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
16 ( 12 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
17 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 18 ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
20 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone



Talking of Bee Gees, the 25th Feb sees them back in their own right, with one of their most touching, subtle, gentle songs, and one of their least covered. To me, itís a tear-jerking masterpiece in need of rediscovery. Talking of Masterpieces, Marvin Gaye, Grapevine, classic, and future multiple re-charter, such a perfect record, haunting, menacing, and that impassioned vocal. He means it when he sings it! No cover has ever come close to the brilliance of the original. Lastly, Sandieís back with the last of her 60ís hits (and one she wasnít that fond of, all perky and French-sounding as it was) - not up there with her glory days, but I loved it at the time and it has a certain period charm to it these days.


25th February 1969




1 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
3 ( 2 ) I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
4 ( 7 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
7 ( 5 ) PLEASE DON'T GO Donald Peers
8 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 6 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 9 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck




11 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
12 ( 10 ) YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' The Righteous Brothers
13 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
14 ( 13 ) SOMETHING'S HAPPENING Herman's Hermits
15 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 12 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
17 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( 15 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
19 ( 16 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( 14 ) I'LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson




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MARCH 1969

4th March 1969 CHART


Sparky Comics, Doctor Who, cinema saturdays, and kiddie fave's Cliff and Elvis as new entries! Fab, they were both in their prime, Elvis was critically acclaimed, Cliff less so, but kids didn't care, he once drove a double-decker on a Summer Holiday! Amen Corner keep another quirky toon off the top, French at school and in the charts, courtesy of Peter Callendar's English lyrics. Peter died two weeks ago, but he wrote many pop songs in the 60's and 70's, such as Hitchin' A Ride.

Dean boozes his way up the chart, like Cliff and Elvis and Sandie and Cilla and Lulu, not really hurt by having variety TV shows at the time. Top Of The Pops was still the main thing though...and new in for The Beach Boys (minus Brian Wilson) and Joe South (another great songwriter, drenched in blues and country, of stuff like Steamy Windows)


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




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




11th March 1969

UK topper Peter Sarstedt does it for me too, that's a very French-sounding Top 2! The Bee Gees goooooorgeous First Of May goes top 5 two months early. One of the sweetest songs ever. Actor son-of-Rex Harrison, Noel, pops in with a great song from Steve McQueen's The Thomas Crown Affair, I remember going to see it at the flicks, as we said then, and it was Ace, as we opined in those fab gear days. Noel recently died, but the song revived as an ad, and it's unusual in that Noel speaks not sings for much of the song. It's Eurovision, I watched the semis to pick the song for Lulu, which included songs from Elton somebody, and I was happy enough with the winner, it was very catchy! Meanwhile The Hollies, ever-present throughout my 60's in the charts, pop back with a harmony fun pop ditty. It reminds me of making dens under the window tables during the school holidays with my brother and assorted kids at the "Tailors" on the main camp. Lots of housewives, including my mum worked pressing the uniforms, dry-cleaning, repairing whatever, and it had a very distinctive smell of moth balls and stuff, and was run by Mr Bhatti and his brother. I was friends with his son Pasha Bhatti who used to join us RAF kids in the holidays, so we had to make our fun and listen to the songs on the radio. Aaah good times...

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




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




18th March 1969

Aquiet chart week, newies from The Foundations and The Temps, and Lulu going top 5.





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

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




25th March 1969

And Noel does it, topping the charts. Hey he was cool and I loved the mood...! Big chart news was the first huge reggae hit for Desmond Dekker. I can't understate how different this record sounded when it came out, it was from another planet. Well Jamaica, at least. It was instantly catchy, half-indecipherable, and Desmond was fab.

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




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


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John, it's great selection of classic pop songs. Amazing start for 1969.
Lulu - Boom Bang A Bang [my favourite ESC song in this year]
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Sandie Shaw - Monsieur Dupont
Cilla Black - Surround Yourself With Sorrow
Lulu - I'm A Tiger

The most from them could be # 1s in my chart. Maybe even all. smile.gif

There is also some good entries, recorded by male singers : Elvis, Cliff and Engelbert Humperdinck.
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John, it's great selection of classic pop songs. Amazing start for 1969.
Lulu - Boom Bang A Bang [my favourite ESC song in this year]
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Sandie Shaw - Monsieur Dupont
Cilla Black - Surround Yourself With Sorrow
Lulu - I'm A Tiger

The most from them could be # 1s in my chart. Maybe even all. smile.gif

There is also some good entries, recorded by male singers : Elvis, Cliff and Engelbert Humperdinck.


thanks Alex, good to see your retro chart back and surprising everyone with your choices, some great, some forgotten (but great to be reminded of) cool.gif

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APRIL1969

1st April 1969 CHART


2 weeks for the Windmills, keeping off reggae classic The Israelites from the top, while Sam Cookeís Cupid enters reggae-stylee from Johnny Nash, very much in the Sam Cooke vocal tradition, at 15, giving Johnny 3 out of 3. The Who pretty much do the first rock opera, thatíll be Tommy, and from it the epic Pinball Wizard pockets 18. Odd to think it was fresh and new once upon a time, it seems like it has always been. Eddy Grant slippers in with a forgotten pop ditty at 19, with The Equals, and keeping up the reggae theme, obviously, albeit 10 years in the future. In at 20, a really famous record. Honest. You might know it better as House Of Painís Jump Around, and much as I like that one, the original awesome searing intro needs to segue into the proper tune and lyrics...Ēwell you moo-ove it to the leftĒ not ďJump around jump around jump up..Ē etc No comparison, the original is best. Sorry 90ís kiddies....!



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




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




8th April 1969

Just the one new entry, so it may as well be straight in at the top. Itís Mary Hopkinís belated 2nd release, a tuneful Paul McCartney song that I was just mad on, almost as much as Those Were The Days. Itís the melody you see, plus I was into Mary Hopkin the way 11 year-olds might be into One Direction these days. A lot. That put paid to Desmondís shot at the top, really, at least until the next time it charted in 1975...

On an alternative note, apart from regularly watching Top Of The Pops, I found my brand new obsession about this time: DC Comics. dad brought a batch home, including a Giant Superboy which featured a colourful group of 14-year-old super-heroes with exotic super-powers and set in the far 30th Century. I fell instantly in love with them, The Legion Of Super Heroes, and it became my life mission to search out every issue of their achingly exciting and mind-blowing comics. Turns out theyíd been going since 1958, so that was quite the mission. My first discovery remains my fave ever comic, bought from a newsagent comic rack in Lincoln for a shilling around April 1969, No Escape From The Circle Of Death. That comic would make a brilliant blockbuster movie on the scale of Marvelís Avengers, it is epic in theme, invasion of earth by alien armies, and only a bunch of teens stand in their way. More remarkably than that it was written by a teen prodigy called Jim Shooter. Marvel, you may not be bothered to know, ripped off The Legion Of Super Heroes for many of their 60ís creations now pulling in the punters for billions. The main difference being the present-day setting and a bit more teen angst. Justice needs to be served!




1 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
5 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
7 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
8 ( 6 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 8 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
10 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

11 ( 16 ) GET READY The Temptations
12 ( 15 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
13 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 18 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 14 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 19 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
18 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
19 ( 20 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

15th April 1969

2 weeks for Mary, 3 weeks for Desmond at 2, and a new entry for a pop lady, Clodagh Rodgers. Another record I really loved at the time, great melody, very catchy. Clodagh, like Mary, went on to Eurovision UK entrant-fame, followed by the usual End-of-Career subsequently for those not already established as long-term stars. Cupid up to 4, Pinball Wizard to 9, and Chesney Hawkes dad pops in at 18 with one of their less memorable minor hits. Less memorable as in nobody under 55 will have ever heard of it, and hardly anyone over 55 whoís surname isnít Hawkes. Neíer mind I always loved the Trems.



1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 12 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 4 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
6 ( 7 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
7 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
9 ( 15 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
10 ( 6 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South



11 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
12 ( 10 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
15 ( 17 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
16 ( 19 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
17 ( 14 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
19 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
20 ( 11 ) GET READY The Temptations

22nd April 1969

3 weeks for Mary at 1, and guess what? Paul McCartney writes another song and enters at 9 with Get Back. He was in a band called The Beatles, who were quite big, and they had a bit of publicity getting a telling off from the police for performing this song on a London roof-top. It was a bit of a surprise to see Paul all beardy on TOTP, and this was their least pop-melody single, more bluesy than anything. We were all not to know, as The Beatles were SO big, so so so big and part of everyday life, that this would turn out to be the last time weíd ever see them, bar the film of the breakdown Let It Be. Oh if only they hadnít torn apart...

Very much Big Band new entries week, with The Beach Boys melodic I Can Hear Music at 16, albeit mostly not involving Brian these days. Carlís fabulous vocals were more than enough to carry a great song though. Fleetwood Mac, following up a blues instrumental, opt for a gentle blues ballad, quite lovely, and also not far from a mental breakdown for Peter Green, main man, and a morphing of the band. The end of the 60ís was turning into the end of an era..

1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 8 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
4 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
5 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
6 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
7 ( 5 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
8 ( 6 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
9 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles
10 ( 7 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations



11 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
12 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 11 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
14 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
15 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
16 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
17 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
18 ( RE ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
19 ( 20 ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac







29th April 1969

4 for Mary, 2 for Clodagh at 2 for an all-female domination - but not for long, because the first-ever record I bought with my own money enters at 3. 60ís hitmaker Tommy Roe has a comeback with the pure bubblegum pop of Dizzy, at 3, a record I became obsessed by. Those riffs and chorus just gripped me and wouldnít let go. A neighbour friend bought the single, and I realised that if I saved enough money up I could buy one too! Not as easy as it sounded, that - I had to leave the country (dad was posted top RAF Changi in Singapore) and my great grandparents, born in the 19th century, gave me and my brother ten shillings each as a going away present, as they didnít know if they would see us again. That 10 shillings paid for Dizzy, and another single, 2 dollars each, Changi evening market stalls. Played it to death.

Bubblegum pop was derided viciously by the older rock fraternity at the time. Being 11 years old, I didnít care what they thought, I just knew it felt so good it had to be good. Vic Reeves got it to number one in the 90ís, and the brilliant Bassomatic Fascinating Rhythm sampled it heavily. Not bad for disposable pop. I have always preferred to disregard musos and their ďIím so coolĒ sniffiness when it comes to commercial pop, cos they always, always fail to appreciate that todayís 11-year-olds are tomorrowís enthusiastic pop stars and music fans being inspired by it. Iíve had many a conversation over the decades about longevity of great pop singles in the charts (ďbut the charts are crap!Ē) and itís easy to predict which will remain popular down the line, for the most part.

Lecture over, a teen pop act that hasnít dated so well (sadly) is Peter Noone, cos Hermanís Hermits had quite a few good records and were huge in the USA, if you like they were the wholesome One Direction of the day. My Sentimental Friend was sweet enough, jaunty and wistful. The Isley Brothers bring another mid-60ís Motown record into the chart, and oh. my. god. Behind A Painted Smile is truly one of the forgotten 60ís classics, that bassline and frantic drumwork is epic, those guitars, that aching vocal, the manic pace of the ďIím devastatedĒ break-up song is juuuuust awesome. One of the most exciting records ever made, one of the best intros and outros ever, one of the best drum and guitar riffs ever. Brilliance. In at 14.

But thatís not all, quietly in at 18 a gentle harmonic, yet gritty, folk story song from Simon & Garfunkel. The Boxer was the first inkling we had of another act about to break-up at their creative peak, and first release from what could well be a candidate for Greatest Album Ever, Bridge Over Troubled Water. Itís a brilliant song and I know every word to it, long though it might be. Ohhhh yes! In at 20, itís Frank Sinatra. My Way. I liked it once upon a time, till it became a cabaret cliche, though to me not a patch on Strangers In The Night or Something Stupid. I wasnít, and still arenít, what you call a Frank Sinatra fan. Nancy Sinatra, on the other hand, has a back catalogue to die for. Frank? Over-rated much.




1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 3 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 6 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
6 ( 9 ) GET BACK The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
8 ( 5 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman's Hermits
10 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl



11 ( 8 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
12 ( 7 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
13 ( 10 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
14 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
15 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
19 ( 15 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
20 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra









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MAY1969

6th May1969 CHART


In which Dizzy tops my chart, love it love it. The B Side The You I Need is also fluffy fun. Hermanís Hermits get a 3rd Top 5 in a row, and The Beatles go up to 5, but not the number one slot you might think was guaranteed. Simon & Garfunkelís classic Boxer fights itís way to 10, just ahead of the new Manfred Mann single, following up number one Fox On The Run. I pretty much liked every Manfred single, and this was no exception, great melody.

In at 19, slipping in quietly the second single from the stage musical Hair, and what a stonkingly epic record. Hair is chock full of great songs dripping with hippie ideology, all of these luv n peace records had a big impact on me in my general life philosophy, and the vivid technicolour world of the acts were something to aspire to. The Fifth Dimension were the family-friendly face of soul, popping up on many a variety TV show singing Laura Nyro songs, among others. I loved their tassles and fab white gear, and most of all those harmonies. Harmony singers are very much out of fashion, but they made it an artform in all itís MOR fabulousness. I eventually bought this single on my first trip to California in 1979, still loving every second of it.





1 ( 3 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
4 ( 9 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman's Hermits
5 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
7 ( 5 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
8 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( 7 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
10 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel



11 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
12 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
13 ( 11 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
15 ( 20 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
16 ( 19 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
17 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
19 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
20 ( 13 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations




13th May 1969

2nd week for Tommy, still Dizzy, and new entries from Sir Tom Jones, Love Me Tonight not one of his remembered hits but itís OK, Fleetwood Mac popping back again with the under-rated (by me) Man Of The World, and the gem that is Galveston. Glen Campbell following up his eternal Jimmy Webb American classic with another one, dare I say it, as close to being just as good as one can get. There I said it. More uptempo, and mournfully joyful rather than wistfully beautiful (as Wichita Lineman was), Galveston was on the same album (This Is Glen Campbell) and is one of those tracks that to me is as fresh as the day I first heard it.


1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman's Hermits
4 ( 3 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 12 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
7 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 6 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
10 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces

11 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
12 ( 15 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
14 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
15 ( 19 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
16 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
17 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 14 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin




20th May 1969

3 weeks for Tommy on top, 3 for Mary at 2 and Manfred get that 2nd consecutive Top 3. The main point to make though, is that I was 11-years old, and still liked novelty records. The two new entries both fall into that category - Microbe was a DJ (I think) who cut a toddler speaking Groovy Baby into the tune - early case of sampling if you like! Groovy Baby was one of the catchphrases of the time (and these days famous more for being Austin Powers catchphrase) and although not a big hit it was a staple of Ed Stewartís Juniors Choice for years afterwards. Yes, in those days, little kiddies had their own radio show! Shocking! They werenít talked down to either. OMG! The kiddies chose the records not the radio station panels! What the Ffffu..! Anyway, cute record.

Des, Des, Des. Ridiculed lo these 50 years by Morecambe & Wise and sundry others, he took it all in good nature...but deserved it for this record! This is an example of a kiddie-type tune that hasnít weathered that well. I forgive him though for the sketch he did with M&W, the single funniest guest appearance of all, where they are taking the piss out of his albums and on he walks behind them. Classic.


1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 6 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman's Hermits
5 ( 4 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 8 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
10 ( 14 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones




11 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 10 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
13 ( 17 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
14 ( 9 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
15 ( 11 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 12 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
19 ( NEW ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O'Connor
20 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

27th May 1969

4 weeks 1 & 2 unchanged, I really WAS a big fan of both records! Simon & Garfunkel go top 5 for the first time, but not the last, with the epic Boxer. Glen makes it 2 out of 2 Top 5, and Dave Dee & co pop back in with their last hit (I didnít get to hear subsequent releases) the quirky Snake In The Grass. One of the great gospel songs pops in at 18, you donít have to be religious to love the sheer joy of Oh Happy Day as sung by the gospel choir. Fab!

Chicken Shack get a blues hit, vocals by Christine Perfect. She eventually married John McVie and joined Fleetwood Mac (up to 16 this week) for decades of fabulousness. Iím still waiting for ticket announcements for the reunited classic Rumours line-up - Iíve seen them all in various combinations but not all on-stage at once. They are truly stunning in concert. Lastly, a debut for Jackie Wilson with the 3-year-old Higher and Higher, so good it popped back again in 1975 and 1987 for further chart runs. One of his best records, of many dating back to the 50ís. These days heís a long-dead soul legend, then he was a current dancefloor soul fave of long-standing.



1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 6 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman's Hermits
8 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 11 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension




11 ( 19 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O'Connor
12 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
13 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 18 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 9 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
16 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 12 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
19 ( NEW ) I'D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
20 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson



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John, your threads are the education for young generations.
I didn't know that Cheryl Baker's "If Paradise..." (my "Song Of The Year") was a cover version. Mary Hopkin is so sweet, she is like a Heidi Range of her generation. There are 3 consecutive British participants on Eurovision in some chart weeks (Lulu, Mary and Clodagh). "Goodbye" and maybe "Come Back And Shake Me" would be my # 1s in 1969.
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QUOTE(AlexRange @ May 12 2014, 07:37 PM) *
John, your threads are the education for young generations.
I didn't know that Cheryl Baker's "If Paradise..." (my "Song Of The Year") was a cover version. Mary Hopkin is so sweet, she is like a Heidi Range of her generation. There are 3 consecutive British participants on Eurovision in some chart weeks (Lulu, Mary and Clodagh). "Goodbye" and maybe "Come Back And Shake Me" would be my # 1s in 1969.


Thanks Alex, not heard that Cheryl Baker version, though watched her on TV a lot this week in the UK popping up all over the place!

I loved Mary to bits, and Lulu and Clodagh laugh.gif

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JUNE 1969

3rd June1969 CHART


5th week on top for my beloved Dizzy, with my equally beloved Glen at 2 - my first ever single and album respectively (later in Singapore when we had cash flow overseas bonus RAF wages, not in the UK when we didnít). New entries thin on the ground, but Cliff (still a childhood fave) floats his Big Ship in at 13, and the Fabs get a quick second hit as The Ballad Of John & Yoko enters at 17. Cliffís was pure kiddie appeal, the Beatles took a bit longer to grow. I say Beatles - itís actually a John Lennon record with an assist from Paul, rushed out to list the media storm John & Yoko were living through. No exaggeration, they only had to lie in bed (for peace) and it was world news. A bit more to say than pop stars having a smoke or splitting up, on the whole.

School was starting to wind down with a series of replacement primary teachers, including one young male teacher (whoís name I forget but he had a beard. Cool!) who I really liked, we ended up watching TV educational black & white video shows on Caribbean Islands for a few weeks which sparked my imagination for the tropics. Pity he didnít record some of the Doctor Whoís and Top Of The Popsí instead (and kept them)! I remember the video used for the Beatles record with psychedelic ďChrist!Ē words popping up at just the right moment. I learnt all the words.


1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 11 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O'Connor
7 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
9 ( 10 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 7 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman's Hermits




11 ( 19 ) I'D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
12 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
13 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
16 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
18 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
19 ( 12 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
20 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

10th June 1969

6 weeks for Tommy Roe, Cliff & Beatles go top 5, Chicken Shack and Edwin Hawkins Singers go top 10, and one measly new entry: Peter Sarstedtís forgotten follow-up hit, the melodic Frozen Orange Juice. Fleetwood Mac not rushing up the charts but in for the long run.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 13 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
4 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O'Connor
7 ( 5 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 12 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 11 ) I'D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
10 ( 4 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin




11 ( 7 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
14 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
15 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman's Hermits
17 ( 15 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
19 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
20 ( 18 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers

17th June 1969

This is my 2nd official singles chart. Just to remind, the others so far in 1969 have been retrospective charts I compiled a few years after the event (but which would be largely accurate, my memories of music then were very strong!) My love of pop was now reaching fever proportions as I embarked on a series of actual charts (taken from the Daily Mirror list of the UK Top 30). Guess what? Tommy Roe on top for 7 weeks. Told you I loved it! Note: I was 11 years old, and I liked kiddie records like Cliff (2) and Des OíConnor (3). The proof is all there! I also loved Glen Campbellís sweeping country and Chicken Shackís plaintive blues, Edwin Hawkins gospel choir, and Frank Sinatraís insistence on doing it his way. Bear in mind we hadnít had it in the chart for 2 years and had 45 years of godawful covers to ruin the laid-back charm it had when it was new.

Two new entries, The Family Dogg, the wondrous Way Of Life, another harmony pop track with killer harmonies. One of the singers who passed through the band was Irene Sheers of 1974 Eurovision ďfameĒ (I think). They had access to the hit songwriters of the time though, and were well regarded. I was mad on this song. The other was Scott Walker in mellow ballad mood, he had such a classic voice, but he more or less went ďcultĒ after this track - and still is!

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 3 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
3 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O'Connor
4 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 5 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 9 ) I'D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
7 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
8 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 13 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
10 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel




11 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 15 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 18 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
16 ( 14 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
17 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 16 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman's Hermits
19 ( NEW ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
20 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker





24th June 1969

My second actual chart in a row, 8th week for Tommy Roe on top, and the chart matches the music scene as it becomes electrifyingly exciting for me. Family Dogg shoot to 2, Oh Happy day to 3, The Boxer goes back up hit a new peak of 4 (itís epic and gorgeous), Peter Sarstedt goes top 10, and a host of tracks drop out altogether to make way for an actual chart invasion.

Elvis is back! Big time! The King really was The King in those days, but In The Ghetto was social commentary gospel, and utterly brilliant. In at 5, this was the second single I ever bought (in Changi Village, Singapore, Sept 1969) as it was marginally behind Dizzy in my affections and I bought them both at the same time, but Dizzy was the cert, and Elvis I bought for my mum cos she loved him (but really I bought it for me)! In at 10, another social commentary song, this time the utterly brilliant Thunderclap Newman (Speedy Keen singing his song with a Pete Townsend sweeping production). Another epic, pop really was finding new frontiers at this time, and this was the 3rd single I ever bought (Changi Village a couple of weeks after Dizzy and In The Ghetto). Both Elvis and Thunderclap were actual picture sleeve covers (cos they were Australian and Singapore pressings).

As if that wasnít enough, The Beach Boys were back with their most melodic single in 3 years, the fabulous Breakaway, not written by Brian shocker! Seems they didnít always need him after all... Pete & Jill, Singapore friends of mum & dad gave me the single when we visited them in 1972 near Lincoln. Told you I had a great memory for music! Thatís not all though, throw in: Creedence Clearwater Revivalís chart debut (yay!) the fab Proud mary, DJ Johnnie Walkerís instrumental chart rundown music (the fab Booker T, recently back in my charts after decades absent), bubblegum Crazy Elephant, the timeless soul classic Tracks Of My Tears (Smokey Robinson) and the brilliant Living In The Past (Jethro Tullís folkrocking debut). Varied, sensational, wonderful. Not bad for 11 years old, really....




1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 19 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
3 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
4 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
6 ( 9 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
7 ( 13 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 2 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman




11 ( 14 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
13 ( NEW ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
14 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
15 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
16 ( 6 ) I'D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
17 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG's
18 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
20 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull




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JULY 1969

1st July1969


Tommy Roeís 9th and final week on top, and the 4th actual bona-fide ďwhat I wrote downĒ chart I did. School was in the process of drawing to an end, the end of my primary school years fresh with the news that Iíd failed my 11-plus exams. I say I failed, what I mean to say is that Bassingham Primary School had had a succession of replacement teachers all year, which made lessons great fun, but not that focused on exams. One kid (son of two teachers, funnily enough) passed the exam in our year. In those days that meant no Grammar School for me or the other kids. Not that it mattered, as we were also packing our stuff into crates to be stored for 2 years as we were being shipped off to RAF Changi in September, the tropics adventure loomed.

Packing also meant that other childhood trauma - having to dump stuff every time we moved. Itís no wonder that I turned into a hoarder having to wave goodbye to beloved toys each year (not that we had that many to begin with) - the main casualty this time was my collection of Sparky comics, I still lament the adventures of the metal-globe-shaped ark that saved animals as the world drowned. Happily, I only had a few DC comics, so my beloved Legion Of Super Heroes, Superman, Batman comics were saved, even if it meant 2 years without reading them, a lifetime at 11. On TV it was Top Of The Pops with all my fave pop stars and hits, and Doctor Who entering into a marathon 10-episode goodbye for Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury - yes a real end of an era for me as the hot summer shined on the Lincolnshire countryside.

Of more concern, our cat (one of grandmaís catís offspring from Liverpool) Susie (Watch for the Amen Corner song which I still associate with her) had got herself pregnant, and she climbed inside one of the boxes in our bedroom and had a litter of kittens. All very complicated and worrying to me, knowing we were off to Singapore, and Susie and any kittens we couldnít home before then would be taken to live with grandma (near Stanley Park, a run-down urban area of Liverpool), her partner, Dinah the dog and Smokie the cat, both serial reproducers. My late dog Toby had been one of Dinahís many many pups. Thatís what turned out to happen, and I never saw Susie or the kittens again, so anxieties fulfilled then, a valuable lesson that sometimes the expectations and worse-case scenarios are very much ďlifeís a bitchĒ moments.

Hey, what about the music? Elvis is up to 2, so thatís the 2 first singles I bought on top, Galveston is back for Glen Campbell, the first album I had bought on request, and Hello Susie (see above) enters for Amen Corner, with a Roy Wood song, then of the Move, and 4 years later my teen pop hero: life is just so co-incidental at times, it looks almost fated! Others: Marmalade were back again with a great ballad, Desmond Dekker followed-up with It Mek, a record that was even harder to work out than Israelites (but catchy).



1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
3 ( 2 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
4 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 3 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
6 ( 8 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
7 ( 6 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
8 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( RE ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell



11 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
12 ( NEW ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
13 ( 10 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
14 ( NEW ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( RE ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
16 ( 11 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles
18 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( RE ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
20 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys




8th July 1969

A new number one! Itís Elvisí first (official) chart-topper - he would have had loads earlier, of course, had I been charting. In The Ghetto remains a powerful gospel track, and the B Side Any Day Now is one I still have ambitions to update 2015-stylee. The Beach Boys shoot up to 3 with one of the their most-melodic hits, while the third single I ever bought goes up to 5 for Thunderclap Newman. Jethro Tull re-enter at 10, and new in at 13 the first (virtually) solo Beatles record, the peace anthem Give Peace A Chance from John Lennon (with the missus Plastic Ono Band) to add to the Ballad Of John And Yoko. Heroes, even if everyone slagged them off at the time. Another Apple Records spin-off from the only act to get a credit with The Beatles, too, as Billy Preston enters with the gospel Thatís The Way God Planned It, and the Rolling Stones classic Honky Tonk Women pops in at 20 to give them their first chart hit. Beatles or the Stones? Beatles every time!




1 ( 2 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( 20 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
5 ( 13 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
6 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
7 ( 4 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 12 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 5 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
10 ( RE ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull



11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( RE ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 6 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
16 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
17 ( RE ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG's
18 ( 19 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) THAT'S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones



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15th July 1969

2 weeks for Elvis on top with Beach Boys as runners-up, these days I would switch them round, but the lads had to make do with a peak of 2. Plastic Ono Band and famous mates in the choir, meanwhile shoot up to 4, Desmond Dekker gets his 2nd top 10, and Donovan gets together with Jeff Beck to come out with a distinctively less-folky, less-whimsical, more prog-rock single. Sadly, every one of his great tracks pre-dated my charts so this was his only chart entry for some decades. In at 20, Irish crooner Joe Dolan with a record I was mad on, Make Me An Island. My Aunty Eileen (who is about 10 years older than me, and visited regularly while courting Tony) bought the record around the time of their wedding, so I always associate it with them. Tony, who was a mate of dad in the RAF, was mad on The Beach Boys and had all their albums. Thatís a LOT of albums even up to 1969 - 2 albums a year wasnít uncommon in those days, as opposed to 2014 flogging 12 tracks to death over a 2-year-period to maximise profits before sticking 8 sub-standard tracks on the album to flog it even more till thereís no spark of life left in it. Happily, the first festival I ever saw was the classic Beach Boys line-up. Sadly Tony passed away 2 years ago.

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
5 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
6 ( 4 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
8 ( 6 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
9 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
10 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles



11 ( 19 ) THAT'S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
12 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( 20 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( 10 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
15 ( 9 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
16 ( 18 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
17 ( 14 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( 17 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG's
19 ( NEW ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( NEW ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan



22nd July 1969

The last of my original 1969 charts has a Beatle on top, the fabs at 3, their ďwithĒ Get Back partner at 5 (Billy Preston). It would have come as a shock to realise that The Beatles were in their final throws as a band after a mere 7 years ruling the musical world. Thatís not hyperbole, by the way, itís an easily substantiated fact. The worldís biggest album of the 21st Century, 30 years after they ceased to exist, and 15 years into the new century? The Beatles 1.
Rivals, the Stones, meanwhile get their first Top 10, and new in the late Jim Reeves (a family favourite, and on Forces Radio a 2-way Family Favourite as they used to call acts they played a lot), Clodaghís great follow-up single (another one I loved), and Robin Gibbís first solo record. The Bee Gees had had a drug-fuelled spat and Robin had left the group, leaving Barry and Maurice as a duo. First off the mark, Saved By The Bell was a plaintive OTT ballad classic, it was terrific. It was also the first single (of two) that mum ever bought, in Singapore 3 months later, so itís one I acquired and loved, and the B Side Mother And Jack is pure 60ís charm. Classic.



1 ( 4 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
2 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 10 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
4 ( 5 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
5 ( 11 ) THAT'S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
6 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
7 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 17 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( 8 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
10 ( 19 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group



11 ( 20 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
12 ( 12 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( NEW ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves
14 ( 7 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
15 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG's
16 ( 14 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
17 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
18 ( 16 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
20 ( 15 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers




29th July 1969

The 3rd single I ever bought gets to number one, the epic Something In The Air, one-hit wonders if ever there was one (Thunderclap Newman) - though lead singer Speedy Keen would eventually pop up again in 1975. I still find this record inspirational, a social commentary and optimistic anthem in the same spirit as the one it knocks off the top, Give Peace A Chance. Pity no-one listened to the sentiments. The people spitting venom and bitterness still seem to dominate and the nice folk get stepped-on. Time we had a Nice Revolution. Hey ho, pop music influences attitude, at least for me it did. New in? Cillaís back with a good ballad, The Love Affair get their final pop hit, and Steviwís back with a crooner classic, My Cherie Amour, just ahead of the Bee Gees Tomorrow Tomorrow - a forgotten Bee Gees hit, to say the least. It appeared as though Robin was the more talented Gibb at this point....!




1 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 1 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
3 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 11 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
5 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
6 ( 4 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
7 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
8 ( RE ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
9 ( 5 ) THAT'S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
10 ( 19 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb



11 ( RE ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
12 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( 3 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
15 ( 10 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
16 ( NEW ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affiar
18 ( 8 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
19 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees




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QUOTE(popchartfreak @ Jul 12 2014, 06:28 PM) *
Tommy Roeís 9th and final week on top, and the 4th actual bona-fide ďwhat I wrote downĒ chart I did.

I didn't heard the original before, only Vic Reeves' cover. smile.gif

John, which songs have nine and more weeks at the top of your personal charts ?
I know only about "Dancing Queen".
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QUOTE(Alex. @ Jul 14 2014, 06:22 PM) *
I didn't heard the original before, only Vic Reeves' cover. smile.gif

John, which songs have nine and more weeks at the top of your personal charts ?
I know only about "Dancing Queen".


Hi Alex, well if I include more than one run at the top of the charts, and count reissued EP's as separate songs (where they deserved to top for the whole run) but count double A sides as one record, it goes: (Mamas & Papas /Mama Cass were all on an EP though for 15 weeks)

Dancing Queen - Abba (19 weeks)

California Dreamin - The Mamas & The Papas (17 weeks)

Monday Monday - The Mamas & The Papas (15 weeks)
Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Mama Cass (15 weeks)

Happy Xmas. War Is Over - John & Yoko (13 weeks)

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle Of The Road (12 weeks)

Dizzy - Tommy Roe (11 weeks)
See My Baby Jive - Wizzard (11 weeks)

Last Night In Soho - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (10 weeks)
Sugar Sugar - The Archies (10 weeks)
Knowing Me Knowing You - Abba (10 weeks)

Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin (9 weeks)
Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum - Middle Of The Road (9 weeks)
I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake (9 weeks)
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty (9 weeks)

There are none since the 70's though, cos although some have done 7 or 8 weeks on top I don't get as obsessively mad on records for as long as I did when I was a boy and teen, except for records from that period. Abba had two records that did 10 weeks each in a single run while they were still fresh, plus some 8-weekers so I think they take the record as an act, unsurprisingly laugh.gif

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QUOTE(popchartfreak @ Jul 14 2014, 09:58 PM) *
Dancing Queen - Abba (19 weeks)
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle Of The Road (12 weeks)
Knowing Me Knowing You - Abba (10 weeks)
Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkin (9 weeks)
Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum - Middle Of The Road (9 weeks)

Impressive 21 weeks at # 1 for Middle Of The Road. The same number of # 1 weeks for "Those Were The Days" with my chart. I prefer Beautiful South and Anita Harris' versions of "Dream A Little Dream".

Based on Retro favourite thread from UK charts (without many my favourite ABBA singles) : "Waterloo" is the most successful ABBA single with 9 weeks at the top. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" have six # 1 weeks, "Dancing Queen" was # 1 for 5 weeks. "The Winner Takes It All" could have more than five, but was released in very short period with 2 my ultimate favourite classics : Sue Wilkinson "You Gotta Be A Hustler If You Wanna Get On" (which still only one song with 10 weeks at 1 after 35 years of my retrospective) and "Woman In Love".

If I wouldn't count retro songs in my current charts, that some songs from last 3-4 years will have very long #1 runs : everything from Heidi Range, "Bubblegum Bitch" and Eurovision favorites from 2012, 2013, 2014 ("Beautiful Song", "Marry Me", "Undo")
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20th July 1969

In my run-through of the songs, I neglected to mention a key moment (my ditties are all off the top of my head, not researched, I'm sure it's no surprise to find out!).

Yes, small matter of the Moon Landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. There had been a long build-up to this, with the deaths of early Apollo astronauts and then the xmas 1968 Round-the-moon trip was a huge event in itself, even though the crew of Apollo 10 tend to be footnotes these days, they should be revered for being the first men in history to see the far side of the moon (24 in total by my reckoning have done it), orbiting another world. Apollo 11 is, as far as I'm concerned, still mankind's greatest achievement. To set foot on another world, and return. I was 11, and unusually TV wasn't closing down as usual that evening, it was staying live on air after a few tense days of updated news bulletins as they made their way to the moon.

What everyone who wasn't around needs to bear in mind is...we had no idea if they were going to live or die, it really was a bold new frontier, a very risky enterprise (as we saw with Apollo 13) and it really genuinely was a positive moment in history for the whole planet to share live, for the first time ever. Not counting sporting events and other trivial events like royal weddings, of course. For me, mum wouldn't let and my brother stay up to watch the coverage (they were due to land in the middle of the night UK time) but I got her to agree to wake me up when it was time.

Next morning I got up and they were already on the bloody moon. Aaaaaargh! Not to take away from the import of seeing men bounding about on the moon on TV, but parents who think it's more important that the kids get a good night's sleep instead of sharing in the greatest moment in history, need a slap! The TV footage itself was disappointingly murky, the later missions in 1972 (with the moon rover) were technically more exciting, and in colour, but hey Neil Armstrong. Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins, poor poor Michael Collins, so close, yet so far, watching but not able to join in. Heroes! I did however get to watch the blast-off from the moon's surface which was live (at tea-time I think) and tense.

I don't wish to be rude to all those non-believer moon-hoaxer theorists who have popped out the woodwork over the last 30 years, thanks to charlatans writing books and TV shows to get rich on other people's gullibility and willingness to accept lies and rumours and scientific nonsense as proof of it all being a fake that fooled a whole planet (and I've spent exasperating time trying to explain to loved ones who weren't around then why it's a historical scientific fact, we weren't all dupes taken in by scientists, they were the dupes taken in by non-scientists, to no avail). I'm going to be rude to the ones who perpetuated the myth though - the world doesn't need any more lying, conniving, snivelling muck-spreaders who see an easy way to get rich. Get a job in an investment bank like the other ones and leave science alone. You clearly don't understand it...

I can say that now, without fear of contradiction, now that the yawnsome argument "so why don't they go back to then moon then and prove it happened" has been conclusively and definitively settled. They have been back, there's a lunar satellite in orbit, and they have crystal-clear beautiful (and awesome) photos of every single footprint, lunar rover track, flag, piece of equipment and vehicle left on the surface of the moon, where they will stay perfectly preserved for centuries, if not thousands of years (assuming Man doesn't pop back to the moon for a walkabout salvage operation in the meantime - Kerching! Genuine historical souvenirs!)

So, enough already with the nut-job theories! Appreciate the achievement for a change!

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AUG 1969


On TV, it was the changing of the guard for me - Patrick Troughtonís final episodes bringing to an end the domination of Doctor Who in my affections, because by now a brand new American Science-fiction TV show had debuted in the UK. It was called Star Trek, and it blew my fecking mind. I became obsessed by the show immediately, but the shocking thing is to realise that the number of episodes I saw were very minimal, but oh they left a strong impact on me! The biggest was the first broadcast, Where No Man Has Gone Before, with Kirk, Spock and 2 characters who died, but I loved them both! MASHís Sally Kellerman and 2001ís Gary Lockwood had telekinetic powers and telepathic powers like my beloved Saturn Girl from my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes. Their eyes glowed and it was SO cool. And tragic that they died! Iím convinced I also saw the Jeffrey Hunter episodes too, but regardless, one of my first major disappointments on getting to Singapore was Star Trek was not broadcast. Iíd have to make do with books for the next 2 years! Doh!

On the plus side, I got to see the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who episodes all over again cos they WERE being broadcast in Singapore. Hooray! It was just frustrating that I never got to see the final episode till the 80ís, cos just as they were getting near it in Singapore, we were leaving! Doh! These things mattered to me! Home: the house was emptied of our stuff, leaving only the RAF furniture and dishes etc all ready for inspection on leaving (everything had to be spick and span or you got charged for the cleaning), cases were being packed, I was saying sad goodbyes to friends, especially Ann Barber my friend from over the road, who looked so sad I was going. I felt sad, for her and for me. The cat and kittens were dropped off with my grandma in Liverpool, mumís mum who wasnít looking forward to us going away at all, and Iím fairly sure around this time Aunty Eileen and Uncle Tony got married in Mansfield, so that was a big family do and get together for the last time in 2 years, and some sad goodbyes to mum and dadís elderly relatives, cos 2 years was a long time.

Thatís a lot of goodbyes for 11 years old! Then, in the last week of August, the start of the adventure began: we saw the Flying Scotsman at Newark. We went to London and stayed with some RAF friends - The Deebanks - who had been posted from Swinderby, me and my brother had to share the bunkbeds with the younger kids. Then we went to Swindon, and dropped by the Railway Museum, which made an impact on my younger brother more than me, because I was already in 7th Heaven: weíd gone by a newsagent, an old corner shop affair, and they had a rack of American Comics. I pestered dad because I absolutely HAD to have a Legion Of Super Heroes comic they had, Adventure Comics 373, The Tornado Twins, and it was goooorgeous looking. I got it! I still have it! As bonus, dad also bought some Giant bumper DC comics, Supergirl (which had the Legion!), Superman, and some black and white 50ís pulp sci-fi comic reprints. I wasnít allowed to read any of them, though, they were for the aeroplane. It was 31st August, we stopped over night at RAF Brize Norton and tomorrow was a very new day....

TBC

5th August 1969

Music: 2 weeks for Thunderclap Newman on top, and Joe Dolan almost gets to the top, chased by 2 of my fave girl singers of the moment, Clodagh and Cilla. The Love Affair go top 10, as the similarly-sounding Vanity Fayre enter at 17 with the melodic and catchy Early In The Morning, a tune I loved. Like all of the new records from here-on, my access to new records was limited, and very much cut short, it was like going into withdrawal as I loved them and couldnít get to hear them in September and beyond, for the most part. That goes in spades for the record at 19, Zager And Evans, the utimate one-hit wonders, with the very futuristic sci-fi social commentary song In The Year 2525. Not to mention folkies Fairport Conventionís version (en Francais) of Dylanís If You Gotta Go Go Now, Si Tu Dois Partir. As Iíd been doing French at school over the last year, it was fun working out some of the words....


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 Affair
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

12th Aug 1969

Elvis is back up on top! Well, it is great! Vanity Fayre and Stevie Wonderís gorgeous My Cherie Amour (keeping up the French-language theme) both go Top 10, Donovan pops back in, and Marvin Gaye enters with Too Busy Thinking Bout My Baby, a song which meant much more to me in a cover version in the early 70ís.

1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
4 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
5 ( 4 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 5 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
7 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
8 ( 17 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
9 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
10 ( 15 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder

11 ( 20 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
12 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
13 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( 19 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
15 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
16 ( 14 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
17 ( 13 ) THAT'S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
18 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( RE ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye


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19th Aug 1969


4 weeks for Elvis at 1, and only one new entry, snuggling up to Robin Gibb at 6...are his brothers, The Bee Gees lovely country song Donít Forget To Remember. I still preferred Robinís Saved By The Bell, but only just! This was my last official chart of the 60ís, as I had no access to new UK music (though I got to follow the Top 30 in Daily Mirror bumper packages delivered as a mega-book to the Forces, they were songs and titles tempting me, but out of reach).


1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
3 ( 11 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
4 ( 8 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
5 ( 4 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
6 ( NEW ) DON'T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
7 ( 14 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
8 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 10 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner




11 ( 7 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
12 ( 6 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
13 ( 5 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 15 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( 12 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( 17 ) THAT'S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
17 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
18 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
19 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( 19 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

26th Aug 1969

And my last chart in the UK for 2 years has my record of the moment on top, the epic In The Year 2525. This was the first record I intended to buy with the 10 shillings my great grandparents had given me (now Singapore dollars) but it wasnít available so I had only the memory of my love for it bar the occasional play on 2-way family favourites Forces radio show. Aaaagh! I still love it though. Robin Gibb, at 2, my mum bought though a few weeks later, and I still love that one.

The Equals, future hit-maker Eddy Grant, have a big new entry with Viva Bobby Joe, which I loved, and a host of other great singles, Bad Moon Rising (which I would get to hear again, and find the lyrics hand-written to, inside a Just William library book at my new school. Donít remember the book, very much recall finding the lyrics. I had my priorities right, even then!) was Creedence Clearwater Revivalís 2nd hit, Engelbert was back again, and The Dells had a heavy version of 2 very MOR songs - Cilla and others had sung I Can Sing A Rainbow, and Eurovisionís Love Is Blue (Vicky Leandros) had become a standard within 2 years thanks to the instrumental hit version by Paul Mauriat. A tune Iíd learnt to play on my melodica. Melodicaís were all the rage, a sort of mouth-organ-piano-synth, and girls in particular had them. If only Iíd hung onto it I might have become the first world-famous melodican pop star. Hey ho!

Tommy Roe, my hero, managed to get a new record out just as I left the country, I donít think I heard it more than once or twice, but I really liked the tune anyway, and enters here at 17, just behind a song I really WAS mad on, that glibby glib gloopy hook was heaven on earth to me, I loved the ticking, the crystal-clear instruments and Oliverís fab vocals. I didnít even know Good Morning Starshine was from Hair, I suspect, following on from previous chart biggies Nina Simone and Fifth Dimension. I played the tune over and over in my head for weeks so I wouldnít forget it, till I could get to hear it again. I canít describe how pleasurable it is getting to hear a song you love again after youíve been deprived of it for years. Fab! And that, as they say, is the end of the UK music scene, as I entered a cut-down family-friendly version of it on the 1st September...

TBC



1 ( 7 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
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 ( NEW ) 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




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