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A quick explanation: My charts of the time, compiled after-the-event using UK music charts I got out of a book in the 70's, is the top 20 at the bottom, and it reflects what I liked while living in Singapore at the time (mostly top 10) and the best of the tracks I got to know when I returned to the UK (11-20, more or less).

50 years later I'm researching what was about week by week, what I now love (which is often very different to what I loved as a 13-year-old), and imposing a 2021 release schedule: if it's debuted anywhere in the world, it's a world-wide release (even though songs sometimes took months and years to turn up in other countries). So this is what a download-era version of 1971 might have looked like. And there is SO much fab stuff about a top 20 based on the UK top 30 is ludicrously inadequate to capture just what is good.



2nd January 1971

It's a new year and a new number one as Don McLean gets a first number one with his gorgeous Castles In The Year taken from his Tapestry album, later this year a US single, and an 80's hit for him in a re-recorded version. Vastly under-rated song. Mardi Gras climb to 2, and Judy Collins to 4, both peaking higher than their 1971 and 1972 runs in my first charts. George Harrison ends his 4-week-run on top, but gets a 2nd top 10 with What Is Life.

Herman's Hermits go top 20 with a record I didn't know 2 months ago, and Ms Ross makes it another solo 20. Remember Me? Of course I do, Diane! In a quiet week for chart new entries in the UK and US charts, I've taken the opportunity to chop the chart down to 75 and also to have a look round at world charts and Billboard magazine. That means Nilsson's fab Me And My Arrow enters at 65, taken from the animated movie The Point, which Harry did the soundtrack for and released an album of. Bobby Bloom gets a 2nd chart entry with a track new to me, Heavy Makes You Happy.

Anne Murray gets a third chart entry as her original version of a song she released on a Canada-only album drops at 71, soon to be a hit for pop group Ocean in the USA, and one I first heard in late 1971 as covered by Nana Mouskouri: Put Your Hand In The Hand. Anne's version is the smoothest. Livingstone Taylor, James' younger brother, debuts with a not-entirely-dissimilar ballad sound to his bruv, Tony Christie debuts with his Las Vegas power-ballad, a song I heard once or twice at the time and thought it was Tom Jones singing. Sammi Smith covers Kris Kristofferson ahead of multiple other better versions, but it's decent enough and Gladys Knight's version is still 18 months away, and John Holt's reggae version 4 years off.

That leads me with mentioning an obscure Swedish duo in this week's Swedish top 10 with Hey Gamle Man, Both chaps had already had 60's pop careers at home in bands, and joined together to forge a new songwriting career, with catchy folkish pop being the starting point. They were so successful they managed to grab two young Swedish solo stars as girlfriends, and later married them and brought them into the act. It'd be another 2 years before they started making waves in Europe, and 4 years before they became a world-wide name, and 6 years before they conquered the pop world and slipped into pop immortality for groups second only to The Beatles, and maybe Queen, in the UK. Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson became the B's in ABBA of course....


1 ( 2 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
2 ( 3 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
3 ( 1 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
4 ( 10 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 4
5 ( 4 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
6 ( 5 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
7 ( 6 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
8 ( 8 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
9 ( 7 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
10 ( 15 ) WHAT IS LIFE George Harrison # 10


11 ( 9 ) EVERYTHINGíS ALRIGHT Yvonne Elliman, Ian Gillan & Murray Head # 9
12 ( 17 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie # 12
13 ( 12 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
14 ( 13 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
15 ( 11 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
16 ( 14 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET (THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES) Ray Stevens # 10
17 ( 16 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds # 7
18 ( 29 ) LADY BARBARA Hermanís Hermits # 18
19 ( 27 ) REMEMBER ME Diana Ross # 19
20 ( 20 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan # 20

21 ( 18 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
22 ( 19 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
23 ( 34 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli # 23
24 ( 22 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
25 ( 24 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
26 ( 23 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams # 4
27 ( 35 ) SOUL REBEL Bob Marley & The Wailers # 27
28 ( 21 ) ME ABOUT YOU The Turtles # 18
29 ( 28 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
30 ( 25 ) I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 9

31 ( 26 ) IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin # 10
32 ( 40 ) WORKING CLASS HERO John Lennon # 32
33 ( 31 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson # 10
34 ( 32 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE Dusty Springfield # 1
35 ( 33 ) A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach # 1
36 ( 47 ) HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars # 36
37 ( 39 ) BLAME IT ON THE PONY EXPRESS Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon # 37
38 ( 48 ) BLACK SKIN BLUE EYED BOYS The Equals # 38
39 ( 53 ) TEMPTATION EYES The Grass Roots # 39
40 ( 43 ) WAY BACK HOME The (Jazz) Crusaders # 40

41 ( 49 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL Tommy James # 41
42 ( 36 ) WEíRE FOR THE DARK Badfinger # 36
43 ( 30 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn # 30
44 ( 37 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters # 29
45 ( 50 ) WAH-WAH George Harrison # 45
46 ( 38 ) NEVER LOVE AGAIN Dusty Springfield # 30
47 ( 45 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters # 4
48 ( 46 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell # 3
49 ( 57 ) TULANE Chuck Berry # 49
50 ( 56 ) SWEET JANE The Velvet Underground featuring Lou Reed # 50

51 ( 55 ) IF NOT FOR YOU George Harrison # 51
52 ( 51 ) AINíT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
53 ( 52 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate # 1
54 ( 54 ) APEMAN The Kinks # 54
55 ( 44 ) ITíS WONDERFUL (TO BE LOVED BY YOU) Jimmy Ruffin # 7
56 ( 42 ) LOVE THE ONE YOUíRE WITH Stephen Stills # 37
57 ( 62 ) CHESTNUT MARE The Byrds # 57
58 ( 63 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Sonny Curtis # 58
59 ( 68 ) THEME FROM U.F.O. Barry Gray Orchestra # 59
60 ( 69 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 60

61 ( 72 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 61
62 ( 77 ) TOGETHER WE TWO The Archies # 62
63 ( 67 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies # 63
64 ( 64 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
65 ( NEW ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 65
66 ( 66 ) STOP THE WAR NOW Edwin Starr # 66
67 ( 65 ) CRACKLINí ROSIE Neil Diamond # 3
68 ( NEW ) HEAVY MAKES YOU HAPPY Bobby Bloom # 68
69 ( 76 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Elvis Presley # 69
70 ( 79 ) SING HIGH - SING LOW Anne Murray # 70

71 ( NEW ) PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND Anne Murray # 71
72 ( NEW ) CAROLINA DAY Livingstone Taylor # 72
73 ( NEW ) LAS VEGAS Tony Christie # 73
74 ( NEW ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT Sammi Smith # 74
75 ( NEW ) HEJ GAMLE MAN Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus # 75


Meanwhile, in hot tropical Singapore, it was my 13th birthday and I probably got some cash to spend on reel-to-reel tapes, or DC Comics, or sci-fi books. All my pocket money went on those 3 things. I was also working my way through various swimming badges of an early evening once a week at RAF Changi swimming pool, when the sun was very low in the sky, kids avoided burning, and the PT instructor volunteers had finished work.

On TV there was Patrick Troughton Doctor Who repeats, and new shows like US sitcoms Julia (the first black star of a sitcom, Diahann Carroll), The Courtship Of Eddie's Father (Bill Bixby's old fantasy TV sitcom My Favorite Martian was also on the air, and he was a few years off being The Incredible Hulk), and I was bizarrely getting to watch 50's sitcoms that have never or rarely aired in the UK, like Love That Bob, Car 54 Where Are You? and The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, so I was well-schooled on American television history by the time I was 16.

In the UK charts Elvis was busy ruining Dusty Springfield, and The Equals gave us a very funky Eddy Grant 9 years before his move into reggae superstardom. Dad's Army was giving Clive Dunn a hit written by the man who did the bassline on Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side, Herbie Flowers, and my fave song was still The Jackson 5's lovely I'll Be There.


5th jan 1971
Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 1 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5
2 ( 4 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
3 ( 2 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams
4 ( 3 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell
5 ( 8 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
6 ( 5 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray
7 ( 6 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
8 ( 7 ) CRACKLINí ROSIE Neil Diamond
9 ( 12 ) APEMAN The Kinks
10 ( 9 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds


11 ( NEW ) YOU DONíT HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Elvis Presley
12 ( 10 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees
13 ( 16 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins
14 ( 11 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli
15 ( 14 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan
16 ( 15 ) BLAME IT ON THE PONY EXPRESS Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon
17 ( NEW ) BLACK SKIN BLUE-EYED BOYS The Equals
18 ( 17 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
19 ( 20 ) HEAVEN HELP US ALL Stevie Wonder
20 ( RE ) WOODSTOCK Matthews Southern Comfort
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9th January 1971

It's 2 weeks on top for Don McLean's heavenly Castles In The Air, now challenged by Judy Collins' definitve version of Amazing Grace, a record I quite liked a bit almost 50 years ago, and then was thoroughly-fed-up with from over-exposure by 1973. It's brilliant, actually. Atmospheric and haunting. Bowie gets a top 10, his 3rd, with The Man Who Sold The World, and 3 years ahead of his Lulu-production version, which was even better. Herman's Hermits get a final top 10 with Lady Barbara, a record I didn't know much until a few weeks ago, but lead singer Peter Noone will be back in a few months - with a Bowie song!

Bob Marley gets his first top 20, and highest new entry is a rocking track from Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, Resurrection Shuffle, in at 42. Tom Jones keeps the run going with another singalong story song, She's A Lady. There's one more great single left from his early run of hits before he goes Las Vegas for a decade and a half, until an 80's revamp made him relevant again. Jonathan King is back - and he's gone all pseudonyms for a few years so he can release more records. This time it's a cover of The Four Tops Motown smash that isn't half bad and quirky to boot.

Talking of The Four Tops, Just 7 Numbers brings them back in the chart, and in at 63 is a record my Aunty Ann bought (she's 2 years older than me) and which I thought was Mungo Jerry. It's In The Summertime, but it's by one-hit wonders The Mixtures, and gets quite annoying on repeat listens, The Pushbike Song. Mungo Jerry had better records to come. Major Lance debuts a few years ahead of a big US hit, with a song gifted by Curtis Mayfield, T.Rex get an album track on the list, and The Detroit Spinners follow-up a biggie with a smallie.



1 ( 1 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
2 ( 4 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
3 ( 5 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
4 ( 2 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
5 ( 3 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
6 ( 6 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
7 ( 7 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
8 ( 12 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie # 8
9 ( 18 ) LADY BARBARA Hermanís Hermits # 9
10 ( 8 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1


11 ( 10 ) WHAT IS LIFE George Harrison # 10
12 ( 9 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 11 ) EVERYTHINGíS ALRIGHT Yvonne Elliman, Ian Gillan & Murray Head # 9
14 ( 13 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
15 ( 20 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan # 15
16 ( 19 ) REMEMBER ME Diana Ross # 16
17 ( 14 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
18 ( 23 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli # 18
19 ( 15 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
20 ( 27 ) SOUL REBEL Bob Marley & The Wailers # 20

21 ( 16 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET (THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES) Ray Stevens # 10
22 ( 17 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds # 7
23 ( 21 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
24 ( 22 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
25 ( 39 ) TEMPTATION EYES The Grass Roots # 25
26 ( 24 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
27 ( 25 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
28 ( 32 ) WORKING CLASS HERO John Lennon # 28
29 ( 36 ) HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars # 29
30 ( 37 ) BLAME IT ON THE PONY EXPRESS Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon # 30

31 ( 26 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams # 4
32 ( 38 ) BLACK SKIN BLUE EYED BOYS The Equals # 32
33 ( 29 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
34 ( 40 ) WAY BACK HOME The (Jazz) Crusaders # 34
35 ( 35 ) A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach # 1
36 ( 34 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE Dusty Springfield # 1
37 ( 33 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson # 10
38 ( 41 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL Tommy James # 38
39 ( 31 ) IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin # 10
40 ( 45 ) WAH-WAH George Harrison # 40

41 ( 30 ) I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 9
42 ( NEW ) RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke # 42
43 ( 28 ) ME ABOUT YOU The Turtles # 18
44 ( 49 ) TULANE Chuck Berry # 44
45 ( 50 ) SWEET JANE The Velvet Underground featuring Lou Reed # 45
46 ( 58 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Sonny Curtis # 46
47 ( 59 ) THEME FROM U.F.O. Barry Gray Orchestra # 47
48 ( 62 ) TOGETHER WE TWO The Archies # 48
49 ( 51 ) IF NOT FOR YOU George Harrison # 49
50 ( 57 ) CHESTNUT MARE The Byrds # 50

51 ( 47 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters # 4
52 ( 48 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell # 3
53 ( 61 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 53
54 ( 60 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 54
55 ( 52 ) AINíT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
56 ( 53 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate # 1
57 ( 65 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 57
58 ( NEW ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones # 58
59 ( 63 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies # 59
60 ( NEW ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen aka Jonathan King # 60

61 ( 68 ) HEAVY MAKES YOU HAPPY Bobby Bloom # 61
62 ( 70 ) SING HIGH - SING LOW Anne Murray # 62
63 ( NEW ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures # 63
64 ( 71 ) PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND Anne Murray # 64
65 ( 69 ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Elvis Presley # 65
66 ( 72 ) CAROLINA DAY Livingstone Taylor # 66
67 ( 64 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
68 ( NEW ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 68
69 ( 73 ) LAS VEGAS Tony Christie # 69
70 ( NEW ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 70

71 ( 74 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT Sammi Smith # 71
72 ( 44 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters # 29
73 ( NEW ) BELTANE WALK T.Rex # 73
74 ( 75 ) HEJ GAMLE MAN Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus # 74
75 ( NEW ) WEíLL HAVE IT MADE The Detroit Spinners # 75





12th Jan 1971

Back in actual Singapore, 50 years ago, The Jackson 5 were still my faves, but being challenged by the fabulous Carpenters. Around this time I was starting to get use of a lot of family stuff, dad's reel-to-reel recorder for instance, as I was much more enthusiastic about recording stuff I loved off the radio, he preferred to borrow albums and record them, like Bridge Over Troubled Water, or Bee Gees Greatest Hits.

We had a half-frame camera too, which meant negatives were half the size - the drop in quality was compensated for by getting twice as many photos out of the negatives or slides 72 instead of 36. This was the start of my interest in photography, and life-long constant attempt to record everyone I know, and also to make fabulously-framed scenes or arty-farty shots. Colour slides of Singapore remained vivid and evocative till the format died - now I need to transfer them to digital as the slides are starting to fade and gather dust and mould with age and could do with digital improvement. If I ever get time, which is never!

If you're vaguely interested this link might show a few 50-year-old photos I took. Or it might not...!

https://popchartfreak.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/



1 ( 1 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5
2 ( 5 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
3 ( 2 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
4 ( 3 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams
5 ( 4 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell
6 ( 6 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray
7 ( 7 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
8 ( 8 ) CRACKLINí ROSIE Neil Diamond
9 ( NEW ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures
10 ( 11 ) YOU DONíT HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Elvis Presley


11 ( 9 ) APEMAN The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
13 ( 12 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees
14 ( 17 ) BLACK SKIN BLUE-EYED BOYS The Equals
15 ( 13 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins
16 ( 15 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan
17 ( 14 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli
18 ( 16 ) BLAME IT ON THE PONY EXPRESS Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon
19 ( 19 ) HEAVEN HELP US ALL Stevie Wonder
20 ( RE ) WHEN IíM DEAD AND GONE McGuiness Flint
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19th January 1971

It's 3 weeks on top for Don McLean as another Easy Listening/Soft Rock great enters at 4 for the Carpenters, US hit For All We Know, a hit later in the year for Shirley Bassey in the UK. That's a 3rd top 5 in a row for Karen & Richard. John Lennon makes it 2 solo Beatles in the top 20, and there's still an opportunity this year for all 4 to register but if it doesn't coincide I think the next potential would be late 1974!

In at 30, it's the final biggie from Creedence Clearwater Revival, the tuneful Have You Ever Seen The Rain?, the first track I'd got to hear since Bad Moon Rising at the time, and one I loved. George Jones get a big leap with Good Year For The Roses, great lyrics, up to 33 just ahead of another Singapore fave, Cliff's Sunny Honey Girl was my fave Cliff single of the year and the biggest fave since Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha - though like all Cliff tracks of this period, they haven't aged well, but retain a charm.

Nilsson gets a 4th year of top 40 entries, as his movie track jumps up, as Andy Williams gets a 2nd ballad on the chart as he plugs his lyric version of the hit instrumental Love Story, from the film of the same name (Boy Meets Girl, Boy & Girl fall in love, Girl dies), also one I knew and liked at the time, plugged as it was on his TV show and Two-Way Family Favourites. Talking of CCR, Ike & Tina cover Proud Mary, and genuinely this is not a track I was aware of until the 80's. Finally, the late Janis Joplin gets a debut with her cover of Me And Bobby McGee.


1 ( 1 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
2 ( 2 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
3 ( 3 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
4 ( NEW ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 4
5 ( 5 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
6 ( 4 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
7 ( 8 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie # 7
8 ( 6 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
9 ( 9 ) LADY BARBARA Hermanís Hermits # 9
10 ( 7 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2


11 ( 10 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
12 ( 12 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 11 ) WHAT IS LIFE George Harrison # 10
14 ( 16 ) REMEMBER ME Diana Ross # 14
15 ( 15 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan # 15
16 ( 18 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli # 16
17 ( 14 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
18 ( 13 ) EVERYTHINGíS ALRIGHT Yvonne Elliman, Ian Gillan & Murray Head # 9
19 ( 17 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
20 ( 28 ) WORKING CLASS HERO John Lennon # 20

21 ( 21 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET (THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES) Ray Stevens # 10
22 ( 19 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
23 ( 29 ) HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars # 23
24 ( 25 ) TEMPTATION EYES The Grass Roots # 24
25 ( 20 ) SOUL REBEL Bob Marley & The Wailers # 20
26 ( 23 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
27 ( 22 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds # 7
28 ( 32 ) BLACK SKIN BLUE EYED BOYS The Equals # 28
29 ( 24 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
30 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 30

31 ( 26 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
32 ( 27 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
33 ( 54 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 33
34 ( NEW ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 34
35 ( 57 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 35
36 ( 33 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
37 ( 31 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams # 4
38 ( 42 ) RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke # 38
39 ( 35 ) A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach # 1
40 ( 36 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE Dusty Springfield # 1

41 ( 46 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Sonny Curtis # 41
42 ( 47 ) THEME FROM U.F.O. Barry Gray Orchestra # 42
43 ( 37 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson # 10
44 ( 48 ) TOGETHER WE TWO The Archies # 44
45 ( 53 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 45
46 ( 34 ) WAY BACK HOME The (Jazz) Crusaders # 34
47 ( 30 ) BLAME IT ON THE PONY EXPRESS Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon # 30
48 ( 39 ) IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin # 10
49 ( 41 ) I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 9
50 ( 58 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones # 50

51 ( 38 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL Tommy James # 38
52 ( 43 ) ME ABOUT YOU The Turtles # 18
53 ( 40 ) WAH-WAH George Harrison # 40
54 ( 60 ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen aka Jonathan King # 54
55 ( 51 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters # 4
56 ( 52 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell # 3
57 ( 55 ) AINíT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
58 ( 56 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate # 1
59 ( 59 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies # 59
60 ( 70 ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 60

61 ( 61 ) HEAVY MAKES YOU HAPPY Bobby Bloom # 61
62 ( 62 ) SING HIGH - SING LOW Anne Murray # 62
63 ( 49 ) IF NOT FOR YOU George Harrison # 49
64 ( 64 ) PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND Anne Murray # 64
65 ( 68 ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 65
66 ( 66 ) CAROLINA DAY Livingstone Taylor # 66
67 ( NEW ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 67
68 ( 50 ) CHESTNUT MARE The Byrds # 50
69 ( 69 ) LAS VEGAS Tony Christie # 69
70 ( 44 ) TULANE Chuck Berry # 44

71 ( 73 ) BELTANE WALK T.Rex # 71
72 ( NEW ) TRIANGLE OF LOVE The Presidents # 72
73 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Ike & Tina Turner # 73
74 ( 75 ) WEíLL HAVE IT MADE The Detroit Spinners # 74
75 ( NEW ) ME AND BOBBY MCGEE Janis Joplin # 75





19th Jan 1971 wot I liked that week then

It's a new entry at 1 for a record I loved in Singapore - I even liked the cover version Andy Williams did of Candida, and Dawn were quite the rage for 12 months, giving former 60's popstar Tony Orlando a second bite of fame. Candida is still quite catchy, but not as well remembered as the follow-up chart-topper. Badfinger return with their best record (though not best song, that's still 12 months away), No Matter What being a great poprock romp I adored. In at 8, as George Harrison's My Sweet Lord, enters at 12, giving the ex-Beatle a first solo hit, and an anthemic record in Singapore, heard it a lot, loved it.

New at 16, The Supremes Stoned Love debuts, their best post-Diana-Ross record (but only just better than the next biggie), a brilliant record that I liked (but didn't go huge on at first) when I got to tape it off the Alan Freeman Hits of 1971 show over Christmas/New Year which gave me a great opportunity to catch up with biggest hits that I'd missed out on. By 1976 I was loving Stoned Love and bought it, and rate it as a classic these days. Finally, She's A Lady is another big ol' Tom Jones song, in at 18, and one I liked at the time, as we have a clear-out of tracks that were just filler, really.

At school, a couple more boys moved over from the RAF Seletar Secondary Modern to the RAF Changi Grammar, as they did well in exams - I already knew them a bit, and this was a good way of putting kids doing well in a more prestigious place for a more intense, but more academic, opportunity. They definitely worked us a lot harder! Loads of homework. It also helped even out pupil numbers, as the Grammar wasn't exactly full, being as families were starting to leave as the troops prepared to leave the island, which meant falling numbers of kids with no new ones turning up. In RAF bases and schools, comings and goings is the norm: the concept of spending your entire childhood in 2 schools with the same friends and teachers and family all about you is not one I experienced, except now and then when we returned to places we'd been before.


1 ( NEW ) CANDIDA Dawn
2 ( 1 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5
3 ( 2 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
4 ( 3 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
5 ( 4 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams
6 ( 5 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell
7 ( 6 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray
8 ( NEW ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
9 ( 7 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
10 ( 8 ) CRACKLINí ROSIE Neil Diamond


11 ( 13 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees
12 ( NEW ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
13 ( 9 ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures
14 ( 12 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
15 ( 11 ) APEMAN The Kinks
16 ( NEW ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
17 ( 10 ) YOU DONíT HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Elvis Presley
18 ( 16 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan
19 ( NEW ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones
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