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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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16th 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
20 ( 14 ) BLACK SKIN BLUE-EYED BOYS The Equals
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23rd January 1971

It's straight in at 1 for Marvin Gaye's second number one, the brilliant and timeless What's Going On, a song as relevant now as it was then, and a sudden about-turn for Marvin, then getting over the death of Tammi Terrell and adjusting to a socially-conscious music industry. The resultant album and single are the greatest in his career - and it was years before I got to hear them, flopping in the UK, and unheard in Singapore. It wasn't until Cyndi Lauper's cover that I realised how great they were.

Diana Ross gets a second top 10, Gilbert O'Sullivan a first, as records start to achieve chart positions more reflecting what they deserve due to another week of modest numbers of new entries: In at 50, Cat Stevens' own version of the fab Wild World, following on from Jimmy Cliff in 1970, and at 52 the follow-up official single Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted from The Partridge Family - I still preferred Somebody Wants To Love You, but liked this one at the time too.

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles are in at 63 with a track I missed until I got the greatest hits many many many years later, R.Dean Taylor with one I really don't know well, but is sounding good and socially-conscious, Edison Lighthouse with one I've never heard before (it's no Love Grows!) and also Dusk, a then-newly-formed band by Dawn's creative team, using another early 60's pop vocalist - this time the lead singer of The Angels, of My Boyfriend's Back fame, on a pseudo-Candida-sounding pop ditty.


1 ( NEW ) WHATíS GOING ON? Marvin Gaye # 1
2 ( 1 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
3 ( 4 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 3
4 ( 3 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
5 ( 2 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
6 ( 6 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
7 ( 5 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
8 ( 9 ) LADY BARBARA Peter Noone & Hermanís Hermits # 8
9 ( 15 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan # 9
10 ( 14 ) REMEMBER ME Diana Ross # 10


11 ( 8 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
12 ( 7 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie # 7
13 ( 11 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
14 ( 12 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
15 ( 16 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli # 15
16 ( 10 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
17 ( 20 ) WORKING CLASS HERO John Lennon # 17
18 ( 30 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 18
19 ( 23 ) HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars # 19
20 ( 13 ) WHAT IS LIFE George Harrison # 10

21 ( 17 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
22 ( 19 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
23 ( 21 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET (THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES) Ray Stevens # 10
24 ( 34 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 24
25 ( 33 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 25
26 ( 22 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
27 ( 18 ) EVERYTHINGíS ALRIGHT Yvonne Elliman, Ian Gillan & Murray Head # 9
28 ( 35 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 28
29 ( 38 ) RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke # 29
30 ( 26 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1

31 ( 24 ) TEMPTATION EYES The Grass Roots # 24
32 ( 29 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
33 ( 25 ) SOUL REBEL Bob Marley & The Wailers # 20
34 ( 45 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 34
35 ( 32 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
36 ( 31 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
37 ( 27 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds # 7
38 ( 41 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Sonny Curtis # 38
39 ( 44 ) TOGETHER WE TWO The Archies # 39
40 ( 42 ) THEME FROM U.F.O. Barry Gray Orchestra # 40

41 ( 36 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
42 ( 37 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams # 4
43 ( 39 ) A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach # 1
44 ( 40 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE Dusty Springfield # 1
45 ( 67 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 45
46 ( 28 ) BLACK SKIN BLUE EYED BOYS The Equals # 28
47 ( 43 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson # 10
48 ( 50 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones # 48
49 ( 54 ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen aka Jonathan King # 49
50 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Cat Stevens # 50

51 ( 60 ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 51
52 ( NEW ) DOESNíT SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 52
53 ( 65 ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 53
54 ( 48 ) IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin # 10
55 ( 62 ) SING HIGH - SING LOW Anne Murray # 55
56 ( 61 ) HEAVY MAKES YOU HAPPY Bobby Bloom # 56
57 ( 49 ) I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 9
58 ( 57 ) AINíT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
59 ( 58 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate # 1
60 ( 56 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell # 3

61 ( 55 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters # 4
62 ( 66 ) CAROLINA DAY Livingstone Taylor # 62
63 ( NEW ) (COME ĎROUND HERE) IíM THE ONE YOU NEED Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 63
64 ( 64 ) PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND Anne Murray # 64
65 ( 46 ) WAY BACK HOME The (Jazz) Crusaders # 34
66 ( 71 ) BELTANE WALK T.Rex # 66
67 ( 69 ) LAS VEGAS Tony Christie # 67
68 ( 72 ) TRIANGLE OF LOVE The Presidents # 68
69 ( 74 ) WEíLL HAVE IT MADE The Detroit Spinners # 69
70 ( 47 ) BLAME IT ON THE PONY EXPRESS Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon # 30

71 ( NEW ) AINíT IT A SAD THING R. Dean Taylor # 71
72 ( 52 ) ME ABOUT YOU The Turtles # 18
73 ( 73 ) PROUD MARY Ike & Tina Turner # 73
74 ( NEW ) ANGEL BABY Dusk # 74
75 ( NEW ) ITíS UP TO YOU PETULA Edison Lighthouse # 75




26th Jan
Wot I liked then

50 years ago my fave record was Badfinger's No Matter What - and just to rub it in, they didn't even bother releasing a little song called Without You off the No Dice album, which left it open for Nilsson to cover. George Harrison was climbing fast with My Sweet Lord, and back in the UK later in the year I liked the 3 new entries as they got played as oldies: Ashton; Gardener & Dyke's rocking Resurrection Shuffle, Jonathan King's Four Tops cover, and a new singer called Elton John with the lovely Your Song. I wonder if he'll have another hit...

In Singapore, by now I was getting heavily into science-fiction books, from the Changi Second-hand book shops mostly (they had another 2 years before the entire village was levelled and rebuilt, following the RAF withdrawal in 1972). My fave writers were Hugo Walters (who was a school-library-only writer, pretty much), those books have never been reprinted and go for a fortune now, titles like Mission To Mars and other school-boy space adventures to the planets - I wish I'd nicked them and paid the fines!; Alan E. Nourse, especially Rocket To Limbo and The Universe Between; Arthur C. Clarke, on his way to becoming a major lifetime influence on me with books like Childhood's End & his science writings; Ray Bradbury, a total poet with his retro-nostalgic future-stories like The Silver Locusts aka The Martian Chronicles' short stories; Frederic Brown, and his Space On My Hands, a 40's & 50's pulp fiction writer of noir detectives and inventive science-fiction shorts - I somehow got hold of a 1952 US paperback edition which is still my most-precious book, being as it was a previous era, meant to be disposable (the pages were already falling out of the binding) and a very 1940's cover. I love his very-40's style of writing and ideas. Under-rated, and I'm reading his collected sci-fi works right now. Basically, I went from Enid Blyton to adult science-fiction in the space of 12 months. Good move!

1 ( 8 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
2 ( 1 ) CANDIDA Dawn
3 ( 2 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5
4 ( 4 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
5 ( 5 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams
6 ( 3 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
7 ( 12 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
8 ( 6 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray
10 ( 9 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex


11 ( 10 ) CRACKLINí ROSIE Neil Diamond
12 ( 16 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
13 ( 13 ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures
14 ( NEW ) THE RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
15 ( 14 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
16 ( NEW ) YOUR SONG Elton John
17 ( 17 ) YOU DONíT HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Elvis Presley
18 ( 19 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones
19 ( 15 ) APEMAN The Kinks
20 ( NEW ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen (Jonathan King)
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I've recently bought the What's Going On album as it felt like something I should listen to, it was an enjoyable affair and the title track was definitely one of the highlights so I very much approve of your #1 happy.gif
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Jan 29 2021, 03:45 PM) *
I've recently bought the What's Going On album as it felt like something I should listen to, it was an enjoyable affair and the title track was definitely one of the highlights so I very much approve of your #1 happy.gif


Thanks dandy*, very much one I grew to love as I got older. I wonder what I would have made of it at 13! I was aware of Inner City Blues in 1972 (it was mentioned as the latest single in my music magazines I was buying - Disco 45, for the lyrics to popular songs - and I'm sure I heard it once or twice on the radio) but I was still unaware of the first single or album ohmy.gif

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30th January 1971

It's 2 weeks on top for What's Going On, and no change at the top end, though Cliff gets his first top 10 since The Day I Met Marie 4 years earlier with a largely forgotten sweet ballad, Sunny Honey Girl, and Creedence get a second top 10 (and last) with Have You Ever seen The Rain? It out-peaks Bad Moon Rising too! Nilsson gets a 6th top 20 with his charming Me And My Arrow, Cat Stevens takes his Wild World moving upwards for a 6th top 40, and Smokey Robinson gets a 7th.

In a quiet week for new entries, the only track I'd been aware of during 1971 enters at 56 for Mungo Jerry, Baby Jump, which sounds better than In The Summertime, probably, these days, but is nowhere near as famous despite topping the UK charts. Bread drop the ballads, and enter with short rockpop track that is growing on me, Let Your Love Grow at 66, and Led Zep are back with a bigtime Blues album track, Since I've Been Lovin' You, Atomic Rooster debut with some Progrock Tomorrow Night, Chairmen Of The Board keep the extending run going with Chairman Of The Board, a funkrock workout, Curtis Mayfield gets a 2nd song on this week's chart, Freda Payne gets a 3rd chart entry, and Alice Cooper get a first with the punkish rockin' Eighteen. As one of only two American bands that were viewed as part of the UK Glam Rock scene, watch this space. Sparks were the other, currently still getting critical acclaim for 50 years of consistency.


1 ( 1 ) WHATíS GOING ON? Marvin Gaye # 1
2 ( 2 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
3 ( 3 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 3
4 ( 4 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
5 ( 5 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
6 ( 6 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
7 ( 7 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
8 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 8
9 ( 24 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 9
10 ( 10 ) REMEMBER ME Diana Ross # 10


11 ( 8 ) LADY BARBARA Peter Noone & Hermanís Hermits # 8
12 ( 9 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan # 9
13 ( 17 ) WORKING CLASS HERO John Lennon # 13
14 ( 11 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
15 ( 14 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 13 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
17 ( 28 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 17
18 ( 19 ) HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
19 ( 12 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie # 7
20 ( 25 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 20

21 ( 16 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
22 ( 29 ) RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke # 22
23 ( 21 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
24 ( 15 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli # 15
25 ( 22 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
26 ( 23 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET (THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES) Ray Stevens # 10
27 ( 20 ) WHAT IS LIFE George Harrison # 10
28 ( 50 ) WILD WORLD Cat Stevens # 28
29 ( 34 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 29
30 ( 26 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4

31 ( 38 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Sonny Curtis # 31
32 ( 27 ) EVERYTHINGíS ALRIGHT Yvonne Elliman, Ian Gillan & Murray Head # 9
33 ( 32 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
34 ( 30 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
35 ( 52 ) DOESNíT SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 35
36 ( 45 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 36
37 ( 39 ) TOGETHER WE TWO The Archies # 37
38 ( 35 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
39 ( 63 ) (COME ĎROUND HERE) IíM THE ONE YOU NEED Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
40 ( 48 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones # 40

41 ( 36 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
42 ( 37 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds # 7
43 ( 51 ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 43
44 ( 31 ) TEMPTATION EYES The Grass Roots # 24
45 ( 33 ) SOUL REBEL Bob Marley & The Wailers # 20
46 ( 41 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
47 ( 49 ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen aka Jonathan King # 47
48 ( 43 ) A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach # 1
49 ( 44 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE Dusty Springfield # 1
50 ( 53 ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 50

51 ( 42 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams # 4
52 ( 47 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson # 10
53 ( 56 ) HEAVY MAKES YOU HAPPY Bobby Bloom # 53
54 ( 55 ) SING HIGH - SING LOW Anne Murray # 54
55 ( 40 ) THEME FROM U.F.O. Barry Gray Orchestra # 40
56 ( NEW ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry # 56
57 ( 62 ) CAROLINA DAY Livingstone Taylor # 57
58 ( 71 ) AINíT IT A SAD THING R. Dean Taylor # 58
59 ( 74 ) ANGEL BABY Dusk # 59
60 ( 66 ) BELTANE WALK T.Rex # 60

61 ( 58 ) AINíT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
62 ( 59 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate # 1
63 ( 60 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell # 3
64 ( 61 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters # 4
65 ( 68 ) TRIANGLE OF LOVE The Presidents # 65
66 ( NEW ) LET YOUR LOVE GO Bread # 66
67 ( 54 ) IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin # 10
68 ( 69 ) WEíLL HAVE IT MADE The Detroit Spinners # 68
69 ( 57 ) I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 9
70 ( NEW ) SINCE IíVE BEEN LOVINí YOU Led Zeppelin # 70

71 ( NEW ) TOMORROW NIGHT Atomic Rooster # 71
72 ( NEW ) CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Chairmen Of The Board # 72
73 ( NEW ) AINíT GOT TIME Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions # 73
74 ( NEW ) CHERISH WHAT IS DEAR TO YOU Freda Payne # 74
75 ( NEW ) EIGHTEEN Alice Cooper # 75




Feb 2nd 1971
Retro Then

It's 2 weeks on top for Badfinger, and George Harrison up to his peak of 2 with My Sweet Lord - though it did eventually top my charts after George's passing in the 2000's. The Supremes wonderful Stoned Love is up to 6, and there's not much else going on, so little in fact that the pretty twee Rupert sneaks in for Jackie. After the brilliant White Horses in 1968, which I still love, this was just not worthy, though little kids obviously loved it. Talking of 1968, The Showstoppers are also back with the same song.

Back in Singapore, I've not mentioned Pottery yet. RAF Changi Grammar had pottery lessons in Artwork, which was great fun, but I was so rubbish at it - I've still got the candlestick, the snowman I made before christmas, all glazed, a jug and a vase. That's using the description VERY loosely! The bizarrest shapes ever. I was much better at sketching, I've also kept the drawings I did of 4 of my classmates (we had volunteers posing as models so they got out of drawing). My best subject was Art by 1972, but I was forced to drop it as there were subject clashes as we moved into the 4th year, so I never did do exams in it, or music, being persuaded that "useful" subjects like Physics, Biology, History had more future potential. Arts were my thing, though, I should have gone that route!


1 ( 1 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
2 ( 7 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
3 ( 2 ) CANDIDA Dawn
4 ( 3 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5
5 ( 4 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
6 ( 12 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
7 ( 6 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
8 ( 8 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell
9 ( 16 ) YOUR SONG Elton John
10 ( 14 ) THE RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke


11 ( 10 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
12 ( 11 ) CRACKLINí ROSIE Neil Diamond
13 ( 20 ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen (Jonathan King)
14 ( 13 ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures
15 ( 18 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones
16 ( 15 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
17 ( NEW ) RUPERT Jackie Lee
18 ( 17 ) YOU DONíT HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Elvis Presley
19 ( NEW ) AINíT NOTHINí BUT A HOUSEPARTY The Showstoppers
20 ( 19 ) APEMAN The Kinks
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6th February 1971

It's 3 weeks on top for Marvin Gaye's timelessly relevant and moving What's Going On, and with big new releases still a couple of weeks away, it's mainly a shuffling exercise, plus a few newies lower down. Biggest climber is Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Come 'Round Here which is pretty much newly-appreciated me, a great Northern Soul track to add to their growing list of top 20's in these retro charts. Mungo Jerry Baby Jump up to 36, and highest new entry comes from Barbra Streisand's fab new album Stoney End, which features a great crop of contemporary songwriters, but most of all Laura Nyro (3 tracks) and this fab Mann & Weil song at 60: Just A Little Lovin' - Babs was never better than in the period 1971/72: sounding current, and doing great film comedies like What's Up Doc?

Aretha is back with another great cover, of Marvin & Tammi's You're All I Need, while the also now late Helen Reddy debuts with her cover of Yvonne Elliman's I Don't Know How To Love Him - no offence, it's perfectly fine (as will be Petula Clark's version in the UK) but the US hit version is not in the same league as the original, or the even better movie version in 1973. Dana gets a follow-up with a record I've known of for 40-odd years, but never really heard - Who Put The Lights Out is OK for a quiet week. Isaac Hayes covers Bacharach slow n sexy on The Look Of Love - Dusty did it better, but it's pretty good.

I never thought I'd be charting a Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn traditional-sounding country duet, but this one is pretty decent, as bottom rung is another Santana track, Oye Como Va, and finally a novelty record covered by Jonathan King for a 1975 UK hit under his millionth pseudonym (see The Weathermen this week for the start of the habit), Daddy Dewdrops Chick-A-Boom is one I picked up in the 90's on a US CD compilation of 1970/71 hits in a Florida Record Store in the International Drive area of Orlando. It's fun, just don't listen to it too much.


1 ( 1 ) WHATíS GOING ON? Marvin Gaye # 1
2 ( 2 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
3 ( 3 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 3
4 ( 8 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 4
5 ( 4 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
6 ( 5 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
7 ( 7 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
8 ( 9 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 8
9 ( 6 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
10 ( 10 ) REMEMBER ME Diana Ross # 10


11 ( 17 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 11
12 ( 11 ) LADY BARBARA Peter Noone & Hermanís Hermits # 8
13 ( 20 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 13
14 ( 14 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
15 ( 15 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 16 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
17 ( 39 ) (COME ĎROUND HERE) IíM THE ONE YOU NEED Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 17
18 ( 28 ) WILD WORLD Cat Stevens # 18
19 ( 31 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Sonny Curtis # 19
20 ( 22 ) RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke # 20

21 ( 13 ) WORKING CLASS HERO John Lennon # 13
22 ( 21 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
23 ( 36 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 23
24 ( 23 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
25 ( 12 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan # 9
26 ( 35 ) DOESNíT SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 26
27 ( 19 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie # 7
28 ( 18 ) HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
29 ( 29 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 29
30 ( 25 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1

31 ( 26 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET (THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES) Ray Stevens # 10
32 ( 24 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli # 15
33 ( 37 ) TOGETHER WE TWO The Archies # 33
34 ( 30 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
35 ( 27 ) WHAT IS LIFE George Harrison # 10
36 ( 56 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry # 36
37 ( 40 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones # 37
38 ( 33 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
39 ( 34 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
40 ( 43 ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 40

41 ( 38 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
42 ( 32 ) EVERYTHINGíS ALRIGHT Yvonne Elliman, Ian Gillan & Murray Head # 9
43 ( 47 ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen aka Jonathan King # 43
44 ( 50 ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 44
45 ( 41 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
46 ( 58 ) AINíT IT A SAD THING R. Dean Taylor # 46
47 ( 42 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds # 7
48 ( 59 ) ANGEL BABY Dusk # 48
49 ( 66 ) LET YOUR LOVE GO Bread # 49
50 ( 46 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1

51 ( 48 ) A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach # 1
52 ( 49 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE Dusty Springfield # 1
53 ( 53 ) HEAVY MAKES YOU HAPPY Bobby Bloom # 53
54 ( 45 ) SOUL REBEL Bob Marley & The Wailers # 20
55 ( 70 ) SINCE IíVE BEEN LOVINí YOU Led Zeppelin # 55
56 ( 52 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson # 10
57 ( 51 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams # 4
58 ( 71 ) TOMORROW NIGHT Atomic Rooster # 58
59 ( 65 ) TRIANGLE OF LOVE The Presidents # 59
60 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE LOVINí (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Barbra Streisand # 60

61 ( 72 ) CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Chairmen Of The Board # 61
62 ( NEW ) YOUíRE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Aretha Franklin # 62
63 ( 61 ) AINíT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
64 ( 62 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate # 1
65 ( 68 ) WEíLL HAVE IT MADE The Detroit Spinners # 65
66 ( 73 ) AINíT GOT TIME Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions # 66
67 ( 74 ) CHERISH WHAT IS DEAR TO YOU Freda Payne # 67
68 ( 63 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell # 3
69 ( 64 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters # 4
70 ( NEW ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Helen Reddy # 70

71 ( NEW ) AFTER THE FIRE HAS GONE Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn # 71
72 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Isaac Hayes # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHO PUT THE LIGHTS OUT Dana # 73
74 ( NEW ) CHICK-A-BOOM (DONíT YA JESí LOVE IT) Daddy Dewdrop # 74
75 ( NEW ) OYE COMO VA Santana # 75



9th Feb
Wot I Liked Then

50 years ago Badfinger weren't shifting, but Elton John gets a first of many many many Top 5's with Your Song, and Cliff gets the highest new entry with the charming Sunny Honey Girl - it sounds dated now, but I loved the tune at the time. Tony Christie debuts with Las Vegas, ditto The Byrds with Chestnut Mare, and Perry Comotose with It's Impossible.



1 ( 1 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
2 ( 2 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
3 ( 3 ) CANDIDA Dawn
4 ( 4 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5
5 ( 9 ) YOUR SONG Elton John
6 ( NEW ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard
7 ( 5 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
8 ( 8 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell
9 ( 13 ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen (Jonathan King)
10 ( 7 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters


11 ( 6 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
12 ( 11 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
13 ( 12 ) CRACKLINí ROSIE Neil Diamond
14 ( NEW ) LAS VEGAS Tony Christie
15 ( 10 ) THE RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
16 ( 14 ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures
17 ( NEW ) CHESTNUT MARE The Byrds
18 ( 16 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
19 ( NEW ) ITíS IMPOSSIBLE Perry Como
20 ( 15 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones
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13th February 1971

It's Marvin Gaye on top for a 4th week, and What's Going On? Only the last couple of days in the UK before pounds shillings and pence were retired forever and kids throughout the land shouted hooray at being able to do sums involving currency at school in the decimal system. For All We Know gives the Carpenters almost a 2nd number one, but not quite, and Smokey Robinson gets a 4th top 10 of the Retro countdown, twice what he did in my original charts. George Jones grabs a country classic top 10 with Good Year For The Roses, and Nilsson gets a 5th top 10, 4 more than he did in my original charts.

Highest new entry is a soul classic, as The Temptations pucker-up for a 4th Top 10 with the gorgeous Just My Imagination, in at 11, and Petula Clark returns for a 9th chart entry with The Song Of My Life at 60, as her singles career starts to run out of steam after 30 years or so. Not to worry, though, she'll be topping my charts in the 80's and the 2010's, one with a remix, one with a brand new cool track. Hot Chocolate stop giving away their hit songs, and grab one for themselves, as You Could've Been A Lady debuts for an abrupt change of style, rock-funk, The 5th Dimension move away from their class harmonies/gospel sound and start the smooth soul ballad phase, with Marilyn McCoo generally on lead vocal. That kept the sound more contemporary, but led to a breakaway from the band along with her hubby Billy Davis Jr. Finally James Brown is back with another rhythm track that has that "sampled in a million rap records" feel to it - Soul Power.



1 ( 1 ) WHATíS GOING ON? Marvin Gaye # 1
2 ( 3 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 2
3 ( 2 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
4 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 4
5 ( 17 ) (COME ĎROUND HERE) IíM THE ONE YOU NEED Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
6 ( 5 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
7 ( 7 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
8 ( 6 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
9 ( 13 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 9
10 ( 11 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 10


11 ( NEW ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) The Temptations # 11
12 ( 9 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
13 ( 23 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 13
14 ( 8 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 8
15 ( 20 ) RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke # 15
16 ( 18 ) WILD WORLD Cat Stevens # 16
17 ( 26 ) DOESNíT SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 17
18 ( 36 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry # 18
19 ( 14 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
20 ( 15 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1

21 ( 16 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
22 ( 10 ) REMEMBER ME Diana Ross # 10
23 ( 12 ) LADY BARBARA Peter Noone & Hermanís Hermits # 8
24 ( 24 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
25 ( 22 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
26 ( 29 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 26
27 ( 40 ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 27
28 ( 44 ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 28
29 ( 37 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones # 29
30 ( 46 ) AINíT IT A SAD THING R. Dean Taylor # 30

31 ( 19 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Sonny Curtis # 19
32 ( 30 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
33 ( 27 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie # 7
34 ( 34 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
35 ( 31 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET (THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES) Ray Stevens # 10
36 ( 48 ) ANGEL BABY Dusk # 36
37 ( 21 ) WORKING CLASS HERO John Lennon # 13
38 ( 49 ) LET YOUR LOVE GO Bread # 38
39 ( 38 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
40 ( 39 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1

41 ( 35 ) WHAT IS LIFE George Harrison # 10
42 ( 33 ) TOGETHER WE TWO The Archies # 33
43 ( 41 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
44 ( 25 ) NOTHING RHYMED Gilbert OíSullivan # 9
45 ( 28 ) HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
46 ( 32 ) YOUíRE READY NOW Frankie Valli # 15
47 ( 45 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
48 ( 62 ) YOUíRE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Aretha Franklin # 48
49 ( 58 ) TOMORROW NIGHT Atomic Rooster # 49
50 ( 42 ) EVERYTHINGíS ALRIGHT Yvonne Elliman, Ian Gillan & Murray Head # 9

51 ( 50 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
52 ( 51 ) A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach # 1
53 ( 55 ) SINCE IíVE BEEN LOVINí YOU Led Zeppelin # 53
54 ( 60 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVINí (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Barbra Streisand # 54
55 ( 47 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds # 7
56 ( 52 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE Dusty Springfield # 1
57 ( 61 ) CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Chairmen Of The Board # 57
58 ( 59 ) TRIANGLE OF LOVE The Presidents # 58
59 ( 43 ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen aka Jonathan King # 43
60 ( NEW ) THE SONG OF MY LIFE Petula Clark # 60

61 ( 56 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson # 10
62 ( 57 ) HOME LOVINí MAN Andy Williams # 4
63 ( 66 ) AINíT GOT TIME Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions # 63
64 ( 67 ) CHERISH WHAT IS DEAR TO YOU Freda Payne # 64
65 ( 70 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Helen Reddy # 65
66 ( NEW ) YOU COULDíVE BEEN A LADY Hot Chocolate # 66
67 ( 64 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate # 1
68 ( 63 ) AINíT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
69 ( 71 ) AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn # 69
70 ( 73 ) WHO PUT THE LIGHTS OUT Dana # 70

71 ( 72 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Isaac Hayes # 71
72 ( 75 ) OYE COMO VA Santana # 72
73 ( 74 ) CHICK-A-BOOM (DONíT YA JESí LOVE IT) Daddy Dewdrop # 73
74 ( NEW ) LOVEíS LINES, ANGLES AND RHYMES The 5th Dimension # 74
75 ( NEW ) SOUL POWER James Brown # 75





16th Feb 1971 RETRO THEN

It's a first week on top for Cliff Richard's second chart-topper since I began my charts in 1968 - though he would have topped my charts (had I been compiling) with Summer Holiday, Bachelor Boy and The Day I Met Marie in the 60's. There's still some more to come though, but not for a while. Neil Diamond gets his 2nd top 10 with modern-anthem Sweet Caroline. It's amazing how this 2-year-old track finally made the UK charts...and then became a karoake staple in the 21st century. During the 70's it really wasn't that big a thing!

Barbra Streisand's greatest single pops in, with her Laura Nyro cover Stoney End, The Archies TV show song (and never released in any format, except as part of the TV show DVD) Comes The Sun also enters, as does Mungo Jerry's rocking follow-up to another famous anthem, Baby Jump. Back in Singapore of the time, we were aware of, but not involved in, the UK decimalisation on the 15th - we already had 10 pence and 5 pence coins in circulation before we left in 1969 as they were identical to the shilling and 2 shilling coins, but it was goodbye to the old brass threepenny bit with it's 12 sides, the small silver sixpence, the half-crown coin, and the ten-shilling note, which was sad. I rather liked the 50-pence piece design though, when I saw one. While it was sad in one sense to lose a historic and ancient system of currency, it was brilliant not to have do maths using it anymore at school, as it was a complete chore. Decimal, as we had in Singapore, was SO much easier! I never did quite get why old people of the time struggled to get used to decimal currency - it was a piece of piss, really. 1 shilling was 5p, 2 shillings was now ten pence, 10 shillings 50 pence. The only hard bit was the smaller coins which didnt fit exactly into old coinage, but as they weren't worth that much it didn't really matter.

1 ( 6 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard
2 ( 1 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
3 ( 2 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
4 ( 3 ) CANDIDA Dawn
5 ( 4 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5
6 ( NEW ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond
7 ( 5 ) YOUR SONG Elton John
8 ( 7 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
9 ( 8 ) ITíS ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell
10 ( 14 ) LAS VEGAS Tony Christie


11 ( 10 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
12 ( 12 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
13 ( 13 ) CRACKLINí ROSIE Neil Diamond
14 ( 17 ) CHESTNUT MARE The Byrds
15 ( 11 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
16 ( NEW ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand
17 ( 9 ) ITíS THE SAME OLD SONG The Weathermen (Jonathan King)
18 ( NEW ) COMES THE SUN The Archies
19 ( NEW ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry
20 ( 16 ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures
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20th February 1971

It's straight in on top for the 3rd Beatle to do it outside the band, and the 3rd Beatle on the chart this week for the first time, as Paul McCartney debuts with the wonderfully tuneful Another Day, still one of my fave records even if it's never listed as one of his greats. It's wistful and sad, and yet also melodic and upbeat-sounding. Paul's gift, above all else, is melody. This is a goodie. So that's bad news for Marc Bolan as T.Rex for now have to settle for a number 2 debut with the blissfully great Hot Love. I didn't actually get to hear this until mid-September. I know the rough date cos mum, my brother & me left Singapore on the 1st, stayed in Liverpool with grandma for 2 weeks, and then went to Clipstone, Mansfield to my other grandparents' school-caretaker home, and my Aunty Ann had the single (and some other classic pop) - so I kept putting them on the radiogram cabinet record player, and Hot Love was my second-fave. Still adore it, Bolan was the biggest pop star in the UK by the summer, no question and no competition!

The Temptations get another top 10, and Andy Williams makes it 2 in a row, Aretha Franklin adds to her long list of top 40's, and in at 31 is a 60's oldie, re-issued by a previous record label to cash in on One Bad Apple's success, The Osmonds' I Can't Stop was pre-Donny when his older brothers were still young, as young as Donny was in 1971. The record was also a top 10 hit in the UK in 1974, and is pretty cute - and forgotten these days! Hot Chocolate are the biggest climber, grabbing a 2nd top 40, while in at 52 is Tin Tin (I don't know who they are either, never heard of it before) and the very 60's Bee Gees-sounding Toast And Marmalade For Tea.

Glen Campbell's cover of Roy Orbison's Dream Baby is not bad, C.C.S.'s follow-up Walkin' to their Led Zep cover is also fine, and just ahead of Deep Purple who also get a follow-up to a metal classic, the less-classic Strange Kinda Woman. One of the great Motown voices enters, David Ruffin popping in with a track I don't know as his old muckers are top 10 with Just My Imagination. New World's cover of Rose Garden was always a bit limp next to Lynn Anderson's version, so is lucky to get in at 70 really, we'll see if I warm to it more with nostalgia.

Chicago band The Mob is another new track to me, essentially it's a rewrite of Edwin Starr's 25 Miles, but is quite funky for all that, Mac Davis' original version of I Believe In Music, a staple of variety shows at the time, debuts ahead of the 1972 hit cover, and Ray Charles backing singers sneak in with Bad Water.


1 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney # 1
2 ( NEW ) HOT LOVE T.Rex # 2
3 ( 1 ) WHATíS GOING ON? Marvin Gaye # 1
4 ( 3 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
5 ( 2 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 2
6 ( 11 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) The Temptations # 6
7 ( 5 ) (COME ĎROUND HERE) IíM THE ONE YOU NEED Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
8 ( 6 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
9 ( 13 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 9
10 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 4


11 ( 7 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
12 ( 8 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
13 ( 12 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
14 ( 14 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 8
15 ( 16 ) WILD WORLD Cat Stevens # 15
16 ( 10 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 10
17 ( 17 ) DOESNíT SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 17
18 ( 18 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry # 18
19 ( 9 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 9
20 ( 27 ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 20

21 ( 19 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
22 ( 20 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
23 ( 21 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
24 ( 28 ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 24
25 ( 26 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 25
26 ( 15 ) RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke # 15
27 ( 24 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
28 ( 25 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
29 ( 48 ) YOUíRE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Aretha Franklin # 29
30 ( 30 ) AINíT IT A SAD THING R. Dean Taylor # 30

31 ( NEW ) I CANíT STOP The Osmonds # 31
32 ( 36 ) ANGEL BABY Dusk # 32
33 ( 38 ) LET YOUR LOVE GO Bread # 33
34 ( 32 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
35 ( 23 ) LADY BARBARA Peter Noone & Hermanís Hermits # 8
36 ( 34 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
37 ( 54 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVINí (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Barbra Streisand # 37
38 ( 22 ) REMEMBER ME Diana Ross # 10
39 ( 66 ) YOU COULDíVE BEEN A LADY Hot Chocolate # 39
40 ( 49 ) TOMORROW NIGHT Atomic Rooster # 40

41 ( 39 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
42 ( 40 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
43 ( 43 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
44 ( 35 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET (THE QUEEN OF THE BLUES) Ray Stevens # 10
45 ( 33 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie # 7
46 ( 60 ) THE SONG OF MY LIFE Petula Clark # 46
47 ( 29 ) SHEíS A LADY Tom Jones # 29
48 ( 57 ) CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Chairmen Of The Board # 48
49 ( 53 ) SINCE IíVE BEEN LOVINí YOU Led Zeppelin # 49
50 ( 31 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Sonny Curtis # 19

51 ( 47 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
52 ( NEW ) TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA Tin Tin # 52
53 ( 51 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
54 ( 52 ) A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Dusty Springfield & Burt Bacharach # 1
55 ( 65 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Helen Reddy # 55
56 ( 64 ) CHERISH WHAT IS DEAR TO YOU Freda Payne # 56
57 ( 69 ) AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn # 57
58 ( 63 ) AINíT GOT TIME Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions # 58
59 ( 70 ) WHO PUT THE LIGHTS OUT Dana # 59
60 ( 71 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Isaac Hayes # 60

61 ( 41 ) WHAT IS LIFE George Harrison # 10
62 ( 37 ) WORKING CLASS HERO John Lennon # 13
63 ( NEW ) DREAM BABY (HOW LONG MUST I DREAM) Glen Campbell # 63
64 ( 72 ) OYE COMO VA Santana # 64
65 ( 75 ) SOUL POWER James Brown # 65
66 ( 74 ) LOVEíS LINES, ANGLES AND RHYMES The 5th Dimension # 66
67 ( NEW ) WALKIN' C.C.S. # 67
68 ( NEW ) STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN Deep Purple # 68
69 ( NEW ) DONíT STOP LOVINí ME David Ruffin # 69
70 ( NEW ) ROSE GARDEN New World # 70

71 ( 67 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate # 1
72 ( 68 ) AINíT NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross # 1
73 ( NEW ) GIVE IT TO ME The Mob # 73
74 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE IN MUSIC Mac Davis # 74
75 ( NEW ) BAD WATER The Raelettes # 75





23rd February 1971

It's The Partridge Family in at 1 with my fave rave of 50 years ago, I Think I Love You was an obsessive tune for me, and the TV show was fun, especially the one with the skunk (the touring bus gets a skunk on it, the family band all get stinky) and the one in the ghetto with Richard Prior & Louis Gossett Jr. My only regret was not getting the EP with this one and 3 other goodies on it with my pocket money - I'd seen it in Singapore City at the record store and wanted it desperately, and they went out there shopping one day and left me and my brother at home. They came back with The Archies Sugar Sugar EP, because they couldn't find it and knew I loved Sugar Sugar. Doh! I mean, I loved The Archies, yes, but I wanted I Think I Love You! I bought the Greatest Hits album 4 years later.

Mungo Jerry, Babs Streisand & The Byrds all get top 10 climbers, and new in comes the big fave Rose Garden, the whole family loved that one, Country music was always big in our house, and Lynn Anderson's hit was a bonafide country classic. Melanie pops in with a song I knew, but more as a New Seekers song than her original version, and both versions are fab. Atomic Rooster also get a mention, not one I got to know till later in the year, when someone had done an "album cover" using pop songs, I think, on the Art Room wall as part of the coursework in the year above. We did the same thing in 1972, and I came top in Art that year - but had to drop it in the 4th year, tragically.

1 ( NEW ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family
2 ( 1 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard
3 ( 2 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
4 ( 6 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond
5 ( 3 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
6 ( 4 ) CANDIDA Dawn
7 ( 19 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry
8 ( 16 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand
9 ( 14 ) CHESTNUT MARE The Byrds
10 ( 8 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn


11 ( 7 ) YOUR SONG Elton John
12 ( 12 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
13 ( 11 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
14 ( NEW ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson
15 ( 18 ) COMES THE SUN The Archies
16 ( 20 ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures
17 ( 15 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
18 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA Melanie
19 ( NEW ) TOMORROW NIGHT Atomic Rooster
20 ( 10 ) LAS VEGAS Tony Christie
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Hot Love wub.gif One of my mum's favourite songs so I have a lot of love for it.
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Feb 27 2021, 12:51 PM) *
Hot Love wub.gif One of my mum's favourite songs so I have a lot of love for it.


Your mum has great taste! Didn't she also get you into Carly Simon, I seem to recall...? Terrific music to grow up to smile.gif
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Well remembered! I largely grew up on a musical diet of David Bowie, T-Rex, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Tears for Fears, The Beatles, Janis Ian, Carole King, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Feb 27 2021, 10:19 PM) *
Well remembered! I largely grew up on a musical diet of David Bowie, T-Rex, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Tears for Fears, The Beatles, Janis Ian, Carole King, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.


Great list, I've got albums by most of them and they've almost all topped my charts. The only ones without one or the other are Van Morrison and Janis Ian - who should have topped with Brown Eyed Girl and At Seventeen, my theme tune when I was actually 17 laugh.gif
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27th February 1971

It's up to the top spot for a second chart-topper in a row for T.Rex as the wondrous Hot Love edges out the wondrous Another Day, and the other big story of the chart is the release of Carole King's timeless classic album, Tapestry, with multiple tracks off the album entering, headed by the lead single It's Too Late at 8, a jazz-flavoured marvel for the 60's greatest female pop songwriter having broken up with partner/hubbie Gerry Goffin and moving into the West Coast singer-songwriter genre with major success. Her Natural Woman is in at 10, having already topped the chart for the brilliant Aretha Franklin, the B side (in the UK) of It's Too Late enters at 42, I Feel The Earth Move, the lovely So far Away is at 52, future James Taylor hit-cover You've Got A Friend is lower down, as is Carole's update of The Shirelles' hit version of her Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

The next hit version of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow will be along in 3 years-time for Melanie, meanwhile Melanie's top 10 Nickel Song is covered by The New Seekers and pops in at 39. Other newies: Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose with the fab Treat Her Like A lady; Stevie Wonder with his Beatles cover We Can Work It Out, and the much better B side Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer signalling his future in music, a gorgeous touching ballad, as everyone goes introspective singer-songwriter.

1 ( 2 ) HOT LOVE T.Rex # 1
2 ( 1 ) ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney # 1
3 ( 3 ) WHATíS GOING ON? Marvin Gaye # 1
4 ( 6 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) The Temptations # 4
5 ( 4 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
6 ( 5 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 2
7 ( 7 ) (COME ĎROUND HERE) IíM THE ONE YOU NEED Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
8 ( NEW ) ITíS TOO LATE Carole King # 8
9 ( 9 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 9
10 ( NEW ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN Carole King # 10


11 ( 8 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
12 ( 11 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
13 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 4
14 ( 12 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
15 ( 13 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
16 ( 18 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry # 16
17 ( 31 ) I CANíT STOP The Osmonds # 17
18 ( 37 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVINí (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Barbra Streisand # 18
19 ( 29 ) YOUíRE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Aretha Franklin # 19
20 ( 24 ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 20

21 ( 16 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 10
22 ( 14 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 8
23 ( 15 ) WILD WORLD Cat Stevens # 15
24 ( 23 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
25 ( 22 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
26 ( 21 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
27 ( 39 ) YOU COULDíVE BEEN A LADY Hot Chocolate # 27
28 ( 33 ) LET YOUR LOVE GO Bread # 28
29 ( 20 ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 20
30 ( 19 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 9

31 ( 17 ) DOESNíT SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 17
32 ( 32 ) ANGEL BABY Dusk # 32
33 ( 30 ) AINíT IT A SAD THING R. Dean Taylor # 30
34 ( 27 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
35 ( 28 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
36 ( 46 ) THE SONG OF MY LIFE Petula Clark # 36
37 ( 52 ) TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA Tin Tin # 37
38 ( 40 ) TOMORROW NIGHT Atomic Rooster # 38
39 ( NEW ) NICKEL SONG The New Seekers featuring Eve Graham # 39
40 ( 34 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1

41 ( 25 ) AND I LOVE YOU SO Don McLean # 25
42 ( NEW ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King # 42
43 ( 36 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
44 ( 26 ) RESURRECTION SHUFFLE Ashton, Gardner & Dyke # 15
45 ( 42 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
46 ( 43 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
47 ( 41 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
48 ( 48 ) CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Chairmen Of The Board # 48
49 ( 55 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Helen Reddy # 49
50 ( NEW ) NEVER DREAMED YOUíD LEAVE IN SUMMER Stevie Wonder # 50

51 ( NEW ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose # 51
52 ( NEW ) SO FAR AWAY Carole King # 52
53 ( 63 ) DREAM BABY (HOW LONG MUST I DREAM) Glen Campbell # 53
54 ( 64 ) OYE COMO VA Santana # 54
55 ( 57 ) AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn # 55
56 ( 53 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
57 ( 51 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand # 1
58 ( 58 ) AINíT GOT TIME Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions # 58
59 ( 65 ) SOUL POWER James Brown # 59
60 ( 60 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Isaac Hayes # 60

61 ( 67 ) WALKIN' C.C.S. # 61
62 ( NEW ) YOUíVE GOT A FRIEND Carole King # 62
63 ( 66 ) LOVEíS LINES, ANGLES AND RHYMES The 5th Dimension # 63
64 ( 68 ) STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN Deep Purple # 64
65 ( 70 ) ROSE GARDEN New World # 65
66 ( 69 ) DONíT STOP LOVINí ME David Ruffin # 66
67 ( 74 ) I BELIEVE IN MUSIC Mac Davis # 67
68 ( NEW ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Carole King # 68
69 ( NEW ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT Stevie Wonder # 69
70 ( NEW ) LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND Odds And Ends # 70

71 ( NEW ) TOO YOUNG TO BE MARRIED The Hollies # 71
72 ( NEW ) RIGHT ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE Brenda And The Tabulations # 72
73 ( NEW ) JOY TO THE WORLD Three Dog Night # 73
74 ( NEW ) ADRIENNE Tommy James # 74
75 ( NEW ) (WHERE DID IT GO) THE SONG WE USED TO SING Desmond Dekker # 75





Wot I liked then 2nd March 1971

It's a second week on top for a huge Partridge Family fave of 13-year-old me, but in pops Paul McCartney with Another Day, indisputably my fave post-Beatles track to date, what a melody as Macca prepares to invent Indie Pop on Ram, and also in one place behind at 11 it's another 1971 giant, as Marc Bolan proves he's no one-hit wonder with the majestic singalong Hot Love. Neil Diamond almost makes it two chart-toppers in a row, but falls just short at 2. New World cover Rose Garden, to lesser effect, but it was pleasant enough to compete with the definitive Lynn Anderson version. Deep Purple also pop in again, with a strange kinda woman.



1 ( 1 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family
2 ( 4 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond
3 ( 2 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard
4 ( 3 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
5 ( 7 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry
6 ( 8 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand
7 ( 5 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
8 ( 6 ) CANDIDA Dawn
9 ( 14 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson
10 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney


11 ( NEW ) HOT LOVE T.Rex
12 ( 10 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
13 ( 18 ) WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA Melanie
14 ( 13 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
15 ( 11 ) YOUR SONG Elton John
16 ( 15 ) COMES THE SUN The Archies
17 ( 9 ) CHESTNUT MARE The Byrds
18 ( NEW ) ROSE GARDEN New World
19 ( 17 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
20 ( NEW ) STRANGE KINDA WOMAN Deep Purple
21 ( 16 ) THE PUSHBIKE SONG The Mixtures
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I like this approach, I've always thought it could be interesting to revisit the charts of the late 80s and early 90s to compare what I liked then to what I would have liked retrospectively as an adult.
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I like this approach, I've always thought it could be interesting to revisit the charts of the late 80s and early 90s to compare what I liked then to what I would have liked retrospectively as an adult.


I'm hoping I can keep going and revisit the rest of the 70's and move on into the 80's too smile.gif My chart rules back in the day were "had to be in the UK singles chart" so that limited them quite a bit until the end of 1971 when it opened up for a bit - but the joy of this approach is discovering so much good stuff that I didn't know 50 years ago, or realising that tracks I knew but didn't rate that highly are actually brilliant. You should go for it (time permitting) just flicking through the US charts for each week opens up a whole new world, and adopting a "streaming" approach - if it's released anywhere in the world it qualifies for the chart - mixes up expectations as to who was going to top the charts. I would have felt sure Another Day would top for a few weeks, but (so far) not..... ohmy.gif laugh.gif

PS my Sept 1969 through sept 1971 charts are exactly what you are thinking of doing - recreations based on what I remember loving a few years after the event (using the UK charts as a basis) but from Oct 1971 they are actual charts for each week so they will accurately show what I loved in the charts (warts and all!) from then onwards until Jan 1974 when I opened it up to non-chart stuff and it got more obscure and interesting (to me) laugh.gif
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6th March 1971

It's a 2nd week on top for Hot Love as Marc Bolan presides over an otherwise Pop/Folk/Easy Listening/Soul top 10 - or otherwise, what was big at the time. It's tempting to think the rather reflective top 10 is me getting old, but it's not - that's what my parents liked at the time (aged 32 and 34), and that's what I liked after 7 years of being heavily into melodic current pop music. Some tracks haven't aged well at all (New World's version of Rose Garden is out of my retro charts after 2 weeks, but I liked it then) but the majority are still sounding brilliant 50 years on.

Highest new entry at 9 is a 3rd Junior Campbell ballad in a row for The Marmalade, the very sweet My Little One, and it would be their last ballad too, as Junior split for a solo career (as we said at the time) and Marmalade went in a more quirky, folk-ey pop direction. Anecdote-time: One lazy, sunny morning in Singapore I was coming out of a sleep with this song playing in my head. I don't recall hearing it ever before, but that hook woke me up, couldn't get it out of me head, I loved it. I got up, went into the living room and turned on the radio and the song was playing, just coming to end on the radio. Now, either a neighbour had had the radio on very loud, briefly, enough to wake me up, or I was momentarily receiving radio waves directly into my brain. One is slightly more likely than the other, but it's stayed with me for 50 years as "the song that woke me up that morning".

The Osmonds get a 2nd top 10, albeit with a 60's oldie that I still find charming and is still unavailable on hits collections - luckily I have the single on vinyl, I Can't Stop. Fret not, there is no new entry for the new Donny novelty record. It makes Long Haired Lover From Liverpool sound very forgivable for his younger brother in 18 months time. Tin Tin get a Maurice-Gibb-boost into the 20, Hot Choc make it 2 top 20's in a row, and Neil Diamond gets his umpteenth chart entry in the retro charts with a track that topped my charts of the time in a few weeks, the tropical-themed, lush I Am...I Said popping in relatively lowly at 29.

Stevie Wonder's B side sounds fabulous 50 years on, it has the hallmarks of later gems like Lately and Overjoyed, up to 30 amongst a bunch of Carole King climbers, Tapestry is a classic album, critically and commercially, and Carole King is still a legend, following her on Twatter lately. It's a quiet week for new entries, The Sweet debut with Funny Funny, bubblegum pop a year or two late, but no matter they will swiftly morph into Glam next year as their debuting Chinn-Chapman songwriting/production team signal a complete domination of UK pop for 2 years in 1973/1974, starting here and the aforementioned New World, who have a much better record to come.

Babs Streisand gets a 3rd Laura Nyro track off her cool new album into the chart, and still has one more to spare for the next single. Laura Nyro was a brilliant soul/gospel-flavoured songwriter but her voice wasn't quite in the same league as Ms. S, who was the main reason (along with The 5th Dimension) I discovered Laura Nyro in the 80's, as I noticed so many songs I loved being written by this singer I'd not been aware of. Kiki Dee has a song already in the chart by another act, her version being slower, albeit still soul-based, and Dawn turn up with I Play And Sing, which I recall hearing exactly once later in the year and liking - and then having to wait decades to hear it again on their Greatest Hits album as it was a UK flop.


1 ( 1 ) HOT LOVE T.Rex # 1
2 ( 2 ) ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney # 1
3 ( 3 ) WHATíS GOING ON? Marvin Gaye # 1
4 ( 8 ) ITíS TOO LATE Carole King # 4
5 ( 4 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) The Temptations # 4
6 ( 5 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
7 ( 10 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN Carole King # 7
8 ( 6 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 2
9 ( NEW ) MY LITTLE ONE The Marmalade # 9
10 ( 17 ) I CANíT STOP The Osmonds # 10


11 ( 7 ) (COME ĎROUND HERE) IíM THE ONE YOU NEED Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
12 ( 9 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 9
13 ( 18 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVINí (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Barbra Streisand # 13
14 ( 12 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
15 ( 37 ) TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA Tin Tin # 15
16 ( 27 ) YOU COULDíVE BEEN A LADY Hot Chocolate # 16
17 ( 11 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
18 ( 19 ) YOUíRE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Aretha Franklin # 18
19 ( 14 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
20 ( 15 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2

21 ( 13 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 4
22 ( 39 ) NICKEL SONG The New Seekers featuring Eve Graham # 22
23 ( 36 ) THE SONG OF MY LIFE Petula Clark # 23
24 ( 21 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 10
25 ( 16 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry # 16
26 ( 24 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1
27 ( 25 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
28 ( 26 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
29 ( NEW ) I AM...I SAID Neil Diamond # 29
30 ( 50 ) NEVER DREAMED YOUíD LEAVE IN SUMMER Stevie Wonder # 30

31 ( 52 ) SO FAR AWAY Carole King # 31
32 ( 22 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 8
33 ( 28 ) LET YOUR LOVE GO Bread # 28
34 ( 38 ) TOMORROW NIGHT Atomic Rooster # 34
35 ( 23 ) WILD WORLD Cat Stevens # 15
36 ( 20 ) JUST 7 NUMBERS The Four Tops # 20
37 ( 34 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
38 ( 42 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King # 38
39 ( 51 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose # 39
40 ( 35 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2

41 ( 31 ) DOESNíT SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 17
42 ( 29 ) MUST BE LOVE COMING DOWN Major Lance # 20
43 ( 40 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
44 ( 30 ) A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES George Jones # 9
45 ( 53 ) DREAM BABY (HOW LONG MUST I DREAM) Glen Campbell # 45
46 ( 43 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
47 ( 49 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Helen Reddy # 47
48 ( 54 ) OYE COMO VA Santana # 48
49 ( 46 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
50 ( 60 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Isaac Hayes # 50

51 ( 45 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
52 ( 47 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
53 ( 32 ) ANGEL BABY Dusk # 32
54 ( 33 ) AINíT IT A SAD THING R. Dean Taylor # 30
55 ( 55 ) AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn # 55
56 ( 61 ) WALKIN' C.C.S. # 56
57 ( NEW ) FUNNY FUNNY The Sweet # 57
58 ( 62 ) YOUíVE GOT A FRIEND Carole King # 58
59 ( 59 ) SOUL POWER James Brown # 59
60 ( 63 ) LOVEíS LINES, ANGLES AND RHYMES The 5th Dimension # 60

61 ( 56 ) IíLL BE THERE The Jackson 5 # 1
62 ( 67 ) I BELIEVE IN MUSIC Mac Davis # 62
63 ( 64 ) STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN Deep Purple # 63
64 ( 68 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Carole King # 64
65 ( 69 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT Stevie Wonder # 65
66 ( 66 ) DONíT STOP LOVINí ME David Ruffin # 66
67 ( 70 ) LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND Odds And Ends # 67
68 ( 71 ) TOO YOUNG TO BE MARRIED The Hollies # 68
69 ( NEW ) TIME AND LOVE Barbra Streisand # 69
70 ( 72 ) RIGHT ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE Brenda And The Tabulations # 70

71 ( 75 ) (WHERE DID IT GO) THE SONG WE USED TO SING Desmond Dekker # 71
72 ( 74 ) ADRIENNE Tommy James # 72
73 ( 73 ) JOY TO THE WORLD Three Dog Night # 73
74 ( NEW ) I PLAY AND SING Dawn # 74
75 ( NEW ) LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND Kiki Dee # 75





9th March 1971
Wot I Liked Then

So, no new entries, but a lot of much-loved tracks shuffling positions, notably Macca up to 3 and Hot Love to 7, with TV show-fave Comes The Sun giving The Archies some chart action: I used to tape all 3 of the songs played on their TV show each week onto my reel-to-reel tape. As it was never-released on any format, the TV series on DVD (which is excruciating to sit through apart from the music) is the only place to hear it, complete with superfluous "amusing" sound-affects over the top of it. Doh!

The Partridge Family, still on top, though is far more watchable 50-year-later, and fits nicely into the style of the 70's-section of Wandavision the fab Marvel series just finished. If I could have fallen into a time-stream briefly 50-years into the future, given I was obsessed by sci-fi books, pop music and superhero comics Wandavision would have blown my mind, not least the concept of the internet, huge colour TV's, movie special effects making my comics a filmed reality, and computers. Had I seen what is happening to the planet, though, all my darkest fears come to life would have had the opposite effect. Cos, daft as it sounds, even kiddie shows like The Archies were all about ruining the environment, and in terms of social problems things might have improved for many human beings in the world..but a Star Trek utopia it ain't. And I wanted a Star Trek utopia.


1 ( 1 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family
2 ( 2 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond
3 ( 10 ) ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney
4 ( 4 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
5 ( 3 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard
6 ( 9 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson
7 ( 11 ) HOT LOVE T.Rex
8 ( 7 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
9 ( 8 ) CANDIDA Dawn
10 ( 16 ) COMES THE SUN The Archies


11 ( 6 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand
12 ( 13 ) WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA Melanie
13 ( 12 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
14 ( 5 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry
15 ( 14 ) WEíVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Carpenters
16 ( 15 ) YOUR SONG Elton John
17 ( 18 ) ROSE GARDEN New World
18 ( 20 ) STRANGE KINDA WOMAN Deep Purple
19 ( 19 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
20 ( 17 ) CHESTNUT MARE The Byrds
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13th March 1971

It's 3 weeks on top for T.Rex in a static top 10, give or take Babs Streisand replacing The Osmonds' oldie, as her other Laura Nyro song shoots up into the top 40. Highest new entry is Bread's 3rd entry with the future Telly Savalas massacre, the otherwise-lovely If, in at 14. John Lennon pulls in two singles, Mother from the last album, and the single-exclusive Power To The People, in at 29. Keeping up with the Lennon crowd-chant-anthems, The Chi-Lites also return with the slightly longer title (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People. 50 years later US politicians are doing there best again to take away power from the people, not least schemes to take away the Vote from those who aren't white. Plus Ca Change...

Olivia Newton-John debuts, fresh off her sci-fi movie Toomorrow (seen by me and no-one outside the UK forces - they specialised in cheap flop movies on the base cinemas, so there was a new film every day or two to go out and watch), and fresh off guest spots with Cliff Richard, and she covers the George Harrison cover of Bob Dylan's If Not For You. Her version is still the best, Dylan's the worst. Dylan's version of his own songs are always the worst versions, bar a handful. I'm a terrible singer and I could do a better version of a Dylan song than Dylan. Oops!

In at 35, number 2 this week in Spain and about to take over the world and sell 10 million, it's that Scottish band's version of Lally Stott's Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle Of The Road were huge in Europe, and Sally Carr's hotpants were hugely popular. I first heard this track on a new-fangled portable tape-recorder a kid had brought into the boys' changing room at RAF Changi Grammar Second Year, after sports had finished - and I became obsessed at how bizarre it sounded. Like nothing else before. It was also an instant earworm. I bought the single after all our stuff had been packed up over the summer, and took it back to the UK with me on the VC-10 aeroplane. I discovered, fairly quickly after starting school that this new song had been on top and was still hanging around the charts, and everyone had got sick of hearing it. But not me. That took another 10 years or so.

Al Green's new album is out in the US in March, and the top track on it not yet out as a single, and neither would be out in the UK till the autumn, so it's a late-1971 UK track for me, memory-wise, rather than a Singapore-nostalgia-fest, but it's fab even though I wasn't hugely fond of it at the time. By the time Texas covered it in 1991 I was into full-on love for Al Green, and Tired Of Being Alone is a great soul track. Clodagh enters with her Jack In The Box, Eurovision entrant for UK, The Raiders minus Paul Revere cover Don Fardon and grab a US chart-topper out of it. I didn't know any version of Indian Reservation at the time, but I would have been a huge fan of this track, given I fell in love with a Raiders single at the end of the year, one I bought and still love.

Mama Cass pops in with a movie theme written by John Barry and Carole King's ex, Gerry Goffin, one I don't know but it's very nice - I found it referred to in Disco 45, a great song-lyric magazine that I bought from late 1971 onwards. These earlier issues are on t'internet and great for obscure UK releases no-one has heard of. I usually scour Billboard magazine for World charts and releases that don't chart, but they are usually very US-centric. Publishing date is a week later than the day it goes on sale, more or less, and the charts featured are announced on the Saturday before, new releases out on the friday before the saturday go into the sales for the next week. If anyone was wondering that's why I ignore the publishing date for US charts, they are usually 2 weeks old by then, something that's always annoyed me when in the States and the issue on sale doesn't have the current Top 40 chart. By the time I'm about to return home after 2 weeks hols in Florida, I can buy the issue which has the chart I heard Casey Kasem play after I arrived.

1 ( 1 ) HOT LOVE T.Rex # 1
2 ( 2 ) ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney # 1
3 ( 3 ) WHATíS GOING ON? Marvin Gaye # 1
4 ( 4 ) ITíS TOO LATE Carole King # 4
5 ( 7 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN Carole King # 5
6 ( 6 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR Don McLean # 1
7 ( 9 ) MY LITTLE ONE The Marmalade # 7
8 ( 5 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) The Temptations # 4
9 ( 8 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW Carpenters # 2
10 ( 13 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVINí (EARLY IN THE MORNING) Barbra Streisand # 10


11 ( 15 ) TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA Tin Tin # 11
12 ( 16 ) YOU COULDíVE BEEN A LADY Hot Chocolate # 12
13 ( 10 ) I CANíT STOP The Osmonds # 10
14 ( NEW ) IF Bread # 14
15 ( 22 ) NICKEL SONG The New Seekers featuring Eve Graham # 15
16 ( 29 ) I AM...I SAID Neil Diamond # 16
17 ( 31 ) SO FAR AWAY Carole King # 17
18 ( 30 ) NEVER DREAMED YOUíD LEAVE IN SUMMER Stevie Wonder # 18
19 ( 14 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison # 1
20 ( 23 ) THE SONG OF MY LIFE Petula Clark # 20

21 ( 11 ) (COME ĎROUND HERE) IíM THE ONE YOU NEED Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
22 ( 12 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY Andy Williams # 9
23 ( 18 ) YOUíRE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Aretha Franklin # 18
24 ( 17 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds # 2
25 ( 19 ) AMAZING GRACE Judy Collins # 2
26 ( 38 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King # 26
27 ( 21 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 4
28 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ĎBOUT MY BABY Mardi Gras # 2
29 ( NEW ) POWER TO THE PEOPLE John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band # 29
30 ( 26 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes # 1

31 ( 27 ) LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees # 1
32 ( NEW ) IF NOT FOR YOU Olivia Newton-John # 32
33 ( 24 ) ME AND MY ARROW Nilsson # 10
34 ( 69 ) TIME AND LOVE Barbra Streisand # 34
35 ( NEW ) CHIRPT CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP Middle Of The Road # 35
36 ( 39 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose # 36
37 ( 28 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Gordon Lightfoot # 2
38 ( NEW ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE Al Green # 38
39 ( 45 ) DREAM BABY (HOW LONG MUST I DREAM) Glen Campbell # 39
40 ( 50 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Isaac Hayes # 40

41 ( 25 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry # 16
42 ( 37 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana # 1
43 ( 32 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard # 8
44 ( 57 ) FUNNY FUNNY The Sweet # 44
45 ( NEW ) JACK IN THE BOX Clodagh Rodgers # 45
46 ( 40 ) I DONíT KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman # 2
47 ( 34 ) TOMORROW NIGHT Atomic Rooster # 34
48 ( 43 ) RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex # 1
49 ( 55 ) AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn # 49
50 ( 56 ) WALKIN' C.C.S. # 50

51 ( 58 ) YOUíVE GOT A FRIEND Carole King # 51
52 ( 35 ) WILD WORLD Cat Stevens # 15
53 ( 49 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 1
54 ( 46 ) LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes # 4
55 ( 62 ) I BELIEVE IN MUSIC Mac Davis # 55
56 ( 60 ) LOVEíS LINES, ANGLES AND RHYMES The 5th Dimension # 56
57 ( NEW ) INDIAN RESERVATION (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE RESERVATION INDIAN) The Raiders # 57
58 ( 64 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Carole King featuring James Taylor & Joni Mitchell # 58
59 ( 51 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger # 1
60 ( 63 ) STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN Deep Purple # 60

61 ( 52 ) IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart # 3
62 ( 33 ) LET YOUR LOVE GO Bread # 28
63 ( 65 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT Stevie Wonder # 63
64 ( NEW ) THE GOOD TIMES ARE COMINí Mama Cass # 64
65 ( 75 ) LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND Kiki Dee # 65
66 ( 70 ) RIGHT ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE Brenda And The Tabulations # 66
67 ( 68 ) TOO YOUNG TO BE MARRIED The Hollies # 67
68 ( 73 ) JOY TO THE WORLD Three Dog Night # 68
69 ( 71 ) (WHERE DID IT GO) THE SONG WE USED TO SING Desmond Dekker # 69
70 ( 72 ) ADRIENNE Tommy James # 70

71 ( NEW ) MOTHER John Lennon # 71
72 ( NEW ) WARPATH The Isley Brothers # 72
73 ( NEW ) IíLL MEET YOU HALFWAY The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 73
74 ( NEW ) (FOR GODíS SAKE) GIVE MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE! The Chi-Lites # 74
75 ( NEW ) BE NICE TO ME Runt aka Todd Rundgren # 75





16th March 1971


It's a first Number One for solo Paul McCartney 50 years ago as Another Day became my fave record of the moment, with Melanie grabbing her first top 10 with a song The New Seekers had already covered, and New World a first top 10 with a song Lynn Anderson had covered before them - and at 4 to their 9. New in was the UK's Eurovision song - not that I got to see it, sadly, but I was aware of it's appeal in a very Boom Bang A Bang and Puppet On A String fashion, and I liked Clodagh Rodgers. I loved Ray Stevens, after his chart-topper for me in 1970, and amusing Ray Stevens was also fine by me, so here comes Bridget The Midget, Queen Of The Blues. It's a 3rd Beatle on the chart as John enters with Power To The People - if only Ringo had got his act together sooner we could have had a full set! Finally, Elvis covers Engelbert. Badly.

This week the first George Lucas film was released, THX 1138, a very weird film, not Star Wars. On US TV, CBS decided rural viewers didn't bring enough advertising cash and so cancelled the hugely popular (and fab) Green Acres and The Beverley Hillbillies. I still haven't forgiven them, though to be honest both shows had passed their best, as almost every single sitcom has after a long run. Not that I was aware, I was still loving Green Acres on TV in Singapore. The inspiration for The Simpsons, it's a warped version of reality filled with whacky characters and playing with the format, such as having the credits appear one week on some eggs the chickens had laid, and Eva Gabor talking directly to the audience about it. It also beat The Good Life to the "moving back to the land and away from the Rat Race" theme by a decade.


1 ( 3 ) ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney
2 ( 1 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU The Partridge Family
3 ( 2 ) SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) Neil Diamond
4 ( 6 ) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson
5 ( 4 ) NO MATTER WHAT Badfinger
6 ( 5 ) SUNNY HONEY GIRL Cliff Richard
7 ( 7 ) HOT LOVE T.Rex
8 ( 12 ) WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY SONG, MA Melanie
9 ( 17 ) ROSE GARDEN New World
10 ( 8 ) MY SWEET LORD George Harrison


11 ( NEW ) JACK IN THE BOX Clodagh Rodgers
12 ( 10 ) COMES THE SUN The Archies
13 ( 11 ) STONEY END Barbra Streisand
14 ( NEW ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET Ray Stevens
15 ( 13 ) GRANDAD Clive Dunn
16 ( 14 ) BABY JUMP Mungo Jerry
17 ( 16 ) YOUR SONG Elton John
18 ( NEW ) POWER TO THE PEOPLE John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band
19 ( 19 ) STONED LOVE The Supremes
20 ( NEW ) THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING Elvis Presley
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Thatís one of my fav Paul McCartney solo tracks so glad to see it went to number one on your chart. Also absolutely love T-Rex one of my favourite glam rock bands of the 70s.

Like Neill Diamonds classic but been tainted a bit in recent years as itís a NI fans song 😥
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