|Number 11: Chicory Tip|
In fact, Marc Bolan was celebrating the double. In addition to the top selling Telegram Sam, his group's Electric Warrior long player had settled at Number 1 on the Album Chart, about to complete a further two weeks at the top.
Further down the Top 20, three classic tunes of the era were making their mark. Two of them (American Pie and Family Affair) had previously risen to Number 1 in the States, while the other (Son of My Father) was about to do the same thing in the UK.
T. Rex at Number 1
- 01 (03) T. Rex - Telegram Sam
- 02 (01) The New Seekers - I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)
- 03 (02) Neil Reid - Mother of Mine
- 04 (04) America - Horse With No Name
- 05 (05) Melanie - Brand New Key
- 06 (07) The Faces - Stay With Me
- 07 (17) The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her?
- 08 (08) Donnie Elbert - Where Did Our Love Go?
- 09 (10) Al Green - Let's Stay Together
- 10 (06) Elvis Presley - I Just Can't Help Believing
- 11 (30) Chicory Tip - Son of My Father
- 12 (15) Greyhound - Moon River
- 13 (09) Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken
- 14 (20) Bread - Baby I'm-a Want You
- 15 (23) Sly and the Family Stone - Family Affair
- 16 (19) Sonny and Cher - All I Ever Need is You
- 17 (27) Don McLean - American Pie
- 18 (11) Middle of the Road - Soley Soley
- 19 (12) The Johnny Pearson Orchestra - Sleepy Shores
- 20 (13) The John Barry Orchestra - Theme From 'The Persuaders'
*Image: Chicory Tip: The Singles Collection at Amazon
03: Chicory Tip: Son of My Father
The somewhat nonsensical English lyrics were given to the band and it was recorded and released quickly in order to negate any sales potential of the Giorgio version.
The tactic worked: The record sailed up the British charts, eventually securing the Number 1 spot for three weeks and selling a million copies within six months of its release. It was no doubt helped by its prominent use of a Moog synthesizer - a first on a UK Number 1 song - and a very memorable chorus.
It flopped in the US, although Giorgio's version picked up enough airplay and sales to send it briefly into the Billboard Hot 100.
15: Sly and the Family Stone: Family Affair
The group had enjoyed four Top 40 hits in the US in the interim (two of them going all the way to Number 1), but it was Family Affair which briefly changed the group's fortunes in the UK.
It wasn't the massive hit on this side of the Atlantic that one might have hoped for (a peak of Number 15), but nevertheless its British sales helped it become the most successful single of the group's career.
17: Don McLean: American Pie
Having already jumped 22 places the previous week, Don McLean's classic continued its rapid upward trajectory by climbing another 10 spots to this week's Number 17.
It eventually failed in its attempt to become a British Number 1, outsold alternately by Chicory Tip and Harry Nilsson in the weeks to come.
The UK Number 1 album this week:
- T. Rex: Electric Warrior
The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)