Saturday, 12 July 2014

UK Music Chart: February 20, 1971

Number 14: Mungo Jerry

George Harrison's My Sweet Lord had now clocked up four weeks as the UK Number 1 song this week in 1971.

The track that would replace it had just entered the Top 20 as one of three new entries into the listing. However, it would be a couple more weeks before Mungo Jerry grabbed the top spot as its own.



The Chart:
  • 01 (01) George Harrison - My Sweet Lord 
  • 02 (02) The Mixtures - Pushbike Song 
  • 03 (04) Ashton, Gardner And Dyke - Resurrection Shuffle 
  • 04 (03) The Supremes - Stoned Love 
  • 05 (05) Judy Collins - Amazing Grace 
  • 06 (06) Badfinger - No Matter What 
  • 07 (13) Perry Como - It's Impossible 
  • 08 (07) Elton John - Your Song 
  • 09 (09) Clive Dunn - Grandad 
  • 10 (10) Dawn - Candida 
  • 11 (08) The Kinks - Apeman 
  • 12 (14) T. Rex - Ride A White Swan 
  • 13 (15) Tom Jones - She's A Lady 
  • 14 (RE) Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump 
  • 15 (12) Frankie Valli - You're Ready Now 
  • 16 (16) Jackie Lee - Rupert 
  • 17 (24) Smokey Robinson And The Miracles - (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need 
  • 18 (18) Elvis Presley - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 
  • 19 (22) Cliff Richard - Sunny Honey Girl 
  • 20 (25) Glen Campbell - It's Only Make Believe (RE)
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold
Image: Baby Jump: Mungo Jerry, The Definitive Collection
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14: Mungo Jerry: Baby Jump

Mungo Jerry had just had one of the biggest hits of 1970 with In the Summertime and, this week, the band was set to repeat the feat. Two weeks previously Baby Jump had entered the charts at Number 32 but, because of a the shortage of sales data due to a national postal strike, the song had fallen off the listing. Nevertheless, the track leapt back into the chart at Number 14 this week, heading towards Number 1.

   

17: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles: (Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need

The success of Tears of A Clown meant that this Miracles' song, which had not charted well on its original release in the UK in 1966, had now earned a re-release. In the US, (Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need had been a Top Twenty hit, but had struggled to Number 45 on this side of the pond. This time around, it did much better, peaking at Number 13.


19: Cliff Richard: Sunny Honey Girl

Peaking at this week's Number 19 was Cliff Richard's second Top 20 song of the decade, Sunny Honey Girl. Compared to his 1960s output, this was quite a lean period for major hit records for the singer. It wouldn't be until his Eurovision entry in 1973 that he would land inside the Top 10 once again. Given the standard of songs such as this one, it's not surprising he had to wait a while.


The American Top 10 (W/E February 20, 1971)
  • 01 (01) One Bad Apple - The Osmonds 
  • 02 (02) Knock Three Times - Dawn 
  • 03 (03) Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson 
  • 04 (04) I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds 
  • 05 (11) If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot 
  • 06 (10) Mama's Pearl - The Jackson 5 
  • 07 (07) Groove Me - King Floyd 
  • 08 (15) Sweet Mary - Wadsworth Mansion 
  • 09 (14) Mr. Bojangles - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
  • 10 (05) Lonely Days - The Bee Gees

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



Thursday, 10 July 2014

UK Music Chart: February 13, 1971

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My Sweet Lord by George Harrison had now clocked up the third of its five-week run as the UK Number 1 and there did not look to be any record to challenge its strong sales data.

Three new songs made their way into the Top 20, but none of them seemed to be likely contenders, even if two of them climbed over 15 places to get there.


The Chart:
  • 01 (01) George Harrison - My Sweet Lord 
  • 02 (02) The Mixtures - Pushbike Song 
  • 03 (03) The Supremes - Stoned Love 
  • 04 (09) Ashton, Gardner And Dyke - Resurrection Shuffle 
  • 05 (06) Judy Collins - Amazing Grace 
  • 06 (05) Badfinger - No Matter What 
  • 07 (13) Elton John - Your Song 
  • 08 (08) The Kinks - Apeman 
  • 09 (04) Clive Dunn - Grandad 
  • 10 (12) Dawn - Candida 
  • 11 (10) The Jackson Five - I'll Be There 
  • 12 (11) Frankie Valli - You're Ready Now 
  • 13 (31) Perry Como - It's Impossible 
  • 14 (07) T. Rex - Ride A White Swan 
  • 15 (17) Tom Jones - She's A Lady 
  • 16 (30) Jackie Lee - Rupert 
  • 17 (15) The Equals - Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys 
  • 18 (14) Elvis Presley - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 
  • 19 (21) The Weathermen - It's The Same Old Song 
  • 20 (18) Neil Diamond - Cracklin' Rosie 
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

Number 13: Perry Como: It's Impossible

Perry Como was the artist who'd had the first Number 1 on the UK Singles Chart back in late 1952, but he had not made an appearance in the Top 10 since 1960 when Delaware made Number 3. There was suddenly a renewed interest in his output and It's Impossible was proof that, despite a previous decade of youth driven music, an old crooner never really dies. Como was nearly 60 when this song became a hit and his appearances in the Singles Chart were not yet at an end, as he returned five more times over the next couple of years.


Number 16: Jackie Lee: Rupert

Jackie Lee (as Jacky) had appeared in the UK charts three years earlier when White Horses had peaked at Number 10. That was the theme to a children's TV series, as was Rupert which entered the Top 20 this week at Number 16. While these were the only two occasions that her name appeared as a solo artist, Jackie Lee was a much respected session singer as well. She not only sang on Number 1 hits by both Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck but, perhaps more surprisingly, on Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix.


Number 19: The Weathermen: It's the Same Old Song

Back in the early to mid 1970s, Jonathan King was well-known for re-recording European or American hits under a group or solo pseudonym for release in the British market. This was the first of them: a reworking of The Four Tops US hit, It's the Same Old Song from 1965. King was The Weathermen and there was some irony emanating from the title of the song and his arrangement of it. Missing that distinctive Motown sound, King gave it an English country feel and almost succeeded in making it a completely different song. It fared a little better than the original in the UK, peaking at this week's Number 19 position.


The American Top 10: (W/E February 13, 1971)
  • 01 (02) One Bad Apple - The Osmonds 
  • 02 (01) Knock Three Times - Dawn 
  • 03 (05) Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson 
  • 04 (06) I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds 
  • 05 (04) Lonely Days - The Bee Gees 
  • 06 (03) My Sweet Lord - George Harrison 
  • 07 (07) Groove Me - King Floyd 
  • 08 (08) Your Song - Elton John 
  • 09 (10) If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight & the Pips 
  • 10 (25) Mama's Pearl - The Jackson 5

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