Sunday, 27 July 2014

UK Music Chart: March 27, 1971

Number 10: Clodagh Rodgers
Hot Love by Marc Bolan and his glam rock band T.Rex completed the second week of six as the UK's Number 1 song on this date in 1971, while three singles made their debuts in the new Top 20.

Elvis was back, while the current Eurovision Song Contest entry to represent the United Kingdom jumped thirteen places to land in the Top 10.


The Chart:
  • 01 (01) T. Rex - Hot Love 
  • 02 (03) Paul McCartney - Another Day 
  • 03 (04) Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden 
  • 04 (02) Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump 
  • 05 (05) Perry Como - It's Impossible 
  • 06 (13) Judy Collins - Amazing Grace 
  • 07 (06) George Harrison - My Sweet Lord 
  • 08 (09) Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline 
  • 09 (14) Ray Stevens - Bridget the Midget 
  • 10 (23) Clodagh Rodgers - Jack in the Box 
  • 11 (07) The Mixtures - Pushbike Song 
  • 12 (12) John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band - Power to the People 
  • 13 (18) Chairmen of the Board - Everything's Tuesday 
  • 14 (11) Atomic Rooster - Tomorrow Night 
  • 15 (15) New World - Rose Garden 
  • 16 (10) Ashton, Gardner and Dyke - Resurrection Shuffle 
  • 17 (16) Who Put the Lights Out? - Dana 
  • 18 (08) Deep Purple - Strange Kind of Woman 
  • 19 (29) Elvis Presley - There Goes My Everything 
  • 20 (21) CCS - Walkin'
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold
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10: Clodagh Rodgers: Jack In The Box

Clodagh Rodgers had become one of the UK's most popular female singers, thanks to hits like Come Back and Shake Me and her numerous television appearances. It seemed only natural then that she would be picked to represent the UK at the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest. Regional juries selected the bouncy Jack In The Box as the British representative, which ultimately ranked fourth at the Contest. This Sandie Shaw meets Cliff Richard meets Lulu hybrid would also peak at Number 4 in the UK Chart.

   

19: Elvis Presley: There Goes My Everything

Four years earlier Engelbert Humperdinck had taken his version of There Goes My Everything to Number 2 in the UK Chart. Elvis recorded his rendition as part of a collection of country material that ended up as the album Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old). A few weeks after landing at this week's Number 19, the song would eventually peak at Number 6.


20: CCS: Walkin'

Returning to the UK Top 20 on this date was the musical group CCS with their second hit Walkin'. A driving, brassy, bluesy track, this song was written by Sixties hitmaker Donovan and went on to sell enough copies to push it into the Top 10 a few weeks later.


The American Top 10 (W/E March 27, 1971)
  • 01 (01) Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin 
  • 02 (03) Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations 
  • 03 (02) She's A Lady - Tom Jones 
  • 04 (06) Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner 
  • 05 (05) For All We Know - The Carpenters 
  • 06 (07) Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted? - The Partridge Family 
  • 07 (08) What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye 
  • 08 (09) Help Me Make It Through the Night - Sammi Smith 
  • 09 (04) One Bad Apple - The Osmonds 
  • 10 (15) What is Life? - George Harrison

The Number 1 album this week:
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison



Saturday, 26 July 2014

UK Music Chart: March 20, 1971

Number 8: Deep Purple
All change at the top of the UK Chart this week in 1971, as Hot Love by glam rock kings T.Rex leapt six places to Number 1 for the first of its six-week run at the summit.

Lower down the Top 20, four very diverse bedfellows made their latest appearances on the listing, as new tracks from Deep Purple, Frank Sinatra, Ray Stevens and John Lennon all entered the top end of the chart.


The Chart:
  • 01 (07) T. Rex - Hot Love 
  • 02 (01) Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump 
  • 03 (02) Paul McCartney - Another Day 
  • 04 (04) Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden 
  • 05 (05) Perry Como - It's Impossible 
  • 06 (03) George Harrison - My Sweet Lord 
  • 07 (06) The Mixtures - Pushbike Song 
  • 08 (22) Deep Purple - Strange Kind of Woman 
  • 09 (08) Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline 
  • 10 (11) Ashton, Gardner And Dyke - Resurrection Shuffle 
  • 11 (13) Atomic Rooster - Tomorrow Night 
  • 12 (--) John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band - Power to the People 
  • 13 (09) Judy Collins - Amazing Grace 
  • 14 (34) Ray Stevens - Bridget the Midget 
  • 15 (17) New World - Rose Garden 
  • 16 (14) Dana - Who Put the Lights Out? 
  • 17 (10) The Supremes - Stoned Love 
  • 18 (12) Chairmen of the Board - Everything's Tuesday 
  • 19 (25) Frank Sinatra - I Will Drink the Wine 
  • 20 (27) Jackie Lee - Rupert (RE)
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold
Image: Singles & E.P. Anthology '68 - '80: Deep Purple

8: Deep Purple: Strange Kind of Woman

It wasn't often that English heavy metal rock band Deep Purple appeared in the UK Singles listing, but this week in 1971 it made a massive jump into the Top 20 with the follow-up to Black Night, the classic Strange Kind of Woman. This week's Number 8 would be its peak position and, to date, it has been the last Deep Purple 45 to reach the Top 10.


12: John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band: Power to the People

Lennon's anthemic Power to the People became his fourth UK Top 20 hit since his first post-Beatles chart entry in the summer of 1969. His appearance with this song marked one of the very few occasions that three ex-Beatles would register hits in the Top 20 at the same time. Ringo Starr's first UK hit was still a couple of weeks away, a time when all four of The Beatles would appear together, but individually, within the Top 30.



14: Ray Stevens: Bridget the Midget

It's not a secret that the UK loves a novelty song, so it's probably not surprising that Ray Stevens' Bridget the Midget stormed up the British charts in March, 1971. The song was far removed from his gospel influenced hit of 1970, Everything is Beautiful, instead recalling the sound of Fifties rock and blues tracks. Add a sped up Chipmunk-style vocal from "Bridget" and you had a fun, if not somewhat annoying, three minutes or so of nonsense. Stevens' homeland was not so impressed (No. 50), but British record buyers pushed it to Number 2.



19: Frank Sinatra: I Will Drink the Wine

While Frank Sinatra's 1969 release, My Way, was still pottering around the lower reaches of the Top 30, a new song by Ol' Blue Eyes was climbing the UK chart, making its debut at Number 19 this week. The previous November, Sinatra had introduced I Will Drink the Wine at his two-show performance at London's Royal Festival Hall. The song, written by English singer/songwriter Paul Ryan, became very popular in the UK, peaking at Number 16 and included on the album, Sinatra & Company.


The American Top 10 (W/E March 20, 1971)
  • 01 (02) Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin 
  • 02 (05) She's A Lady - Tom Jones 
  • 03 (04) Just My Imagination (Running Away From Me) - The Temptations 
  • 04 (01) One Bad Apple - The Osmonds 
  • 05 (03) For All We Know - The Carpenters 
  • 06 (07) Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner 
  • 07 (09) Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted? - The Partridge Family 
  • 08 (18) What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye 
  • 09 (15) Help Me Make It Through the Night - Sammi Smith 
  • 10 (10) If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot

The Number 1 album this week:
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison