Friday, 31 January 2014

UK Music Chart: August 8, 1970

Number 16 : Song of Joy : Miguel Rios
Elvis Presley continued his reign at the top of the British charts this week, with The Wonder of You enjoying a second week at Number 1. Elsewhere, just two new entries to the Top 20. Interestingly, neither artist would grace the charts again under the names shown here.
  • 01 (01) Elvis Presley - The Wonder Of You 
  • 02 (03) The Kinks - Lola 
  • 03 (06) Hotlegs - Neanderthal Man 
  • 04 (02) Free - All Right Now 
  • 05 (05) Shirley Bassey - Something 
  • 06 (04) Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime 
  • 07 (09) Jimmy Ruffin - I'll Say Forever My Love 
  • 08 (10) Cat Stevens - Lady D'Arbanville 
  • 09 (07) The Four Tops - It's All In The Game 
  • 10 (12) Ten Years After - Love Like A Man 
  • 11 (08) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Around The Bend 
  • 12 (17) Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi 
  • 13 (11) Nicky Thomas - Love Of The Common People 
  • 14 (20) Marmalade - Rainbow
  • 15 (18) Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours 
  • 16 (22) Miguel Rios - Song Of Joy 
  • 17 (23) Fair Weather - Natural Sinner 
  • 18 (13) Cliff Richard - Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha 
  • 19 (14) The Beach Boys - Cottonfields 
  • 20 (15) Gerry Monroe - Sally
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold.
Image: Song of Joy: Miguel Rios

Song of Joy (or Himno de la alegría) was the track that pushed Miguel Rios to superstar status in his native Spain, when it became an international hit in 1970. Not only was it popular in the UK (its peak of Number 16 was this week), but also across Europe, Australia and Canada. In the US, it was Number 1 on the country's Adult Contemporary chart in June/July and peaked inside their pop Top 20, too. You may recognise the melody, which is based on the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.



Andy Fairweather-Low had seen chart action previously with Amen Corner. When that band split he reformed it under the name Fair Weather, using most of the members from the former, minus Allan Jones. This song, Natural Sinner, would eventually peak at Number 6, but the band would see no further chart action, splitting in 1971. Fairweather-Low would return as a solo artist, though, with a couple of memorable Top 10 hits in the mid-1970s.


The Number 1 album this week:



The Number 1 Song in the USA:
(They Long To Be) Close To You - The Carpenters



Thursday, 21 November 2013

UK Music Chart: August 1, 1970

Number 12 : Love Like A Man : Ten Years After

After seven weeks at the top of the British charts, Mungo Jerry vacated the Number 1 spot as Elvis Presley eased his way in with The Wonder of You. This track would go on to become the biggest selling single of 1970 in the UK. Four new entries to the Top 20 as well, made this chart a particularly interesting one.
  • 01 (03) Elvis Presley - The Wonder Of You 
  • 02 (02) Free - All Right Now 
  • 03 (04) Kinks - Lola 
  • 04 (01) Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime 
  • 05 (07) Shirley Bassey - Something 
  • 06 (08) Hotlegs - Neanderthal Man 
  • 07 (06) Four Tops - It's All In The Game 
  • 08 (05) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Around The Bend 
  • 09 (15) Jimmy Ruffin - I'll Say Forever My Love 
  • 10 (11) Cat Stevens - Lady D'Arbanville 
  • 11 (09) Nicky Thomas - Love Of The Common People 
  • 12 (21) Ten Years After - Love Like A Man 
  • 13 (12) Cliff Richard - Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha 
  • 14 (10) Beach Boys - Cottonfields 
  • 15 (13) Gerry Monroe - Sally 
  • 16 (23) Pickettywitch - (It's Like A) Sad Old Kinda Movie 
  • 17 (20) Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi 
  • 18 (24) Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Deliverd I'm Yours 
  • 19 (14) Mr Bloe - Groovin' With Mr Bloe 
  • 20 (30) Marmalade - Rainbow
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold
Image: Ten Years After: Essential

Jumping into the Top 20 at Number 12 was the blues band Ten Years After with the track Love Like a Man. Led by the late Alvin Lee, this was the group's only song to feature in the UK Singles Chart, eventually peaking at Number 10. The record itself has its own place in vinyl history, as it was the first with a differing playing speed on each side. The 'A' Side was an edited version of the song lasting three minutes at 45rpm, while the flip featured a live version played at 33rpm and lasting almost eight minutes.

The track can be found on the band's fifth album, Cricklewood Green.

 

Following Ten Years After into the twenty was the second hit of the year for Pickettywitch, led by singer Polly Brown. Whereas the previous hit managed a Top 5 placing, the Tony Macaulay/John Macleod-penned (It's Like A) Sad Old Kinda Movie could only peak at its placing of this week: Number 16.


Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) was the twelfth appearance by Stevie Wonder on the British charts, but not the big hit that we might think we remember it as. In the States it went Top 3, but the UK left it floundering at a peak of Number 15. The track was notable as being the first to give Wonder a Grammy nomination, as well as to feature his backing singers The Third Generation, which included his wife Syreeta Wright.



 The Scottish band Marmalade was enjoying its most commercially successful period, following the million selling Reflections of My Life with this track called Rainbow. While it didn't catch on in the States as its predecessor had done, in the UK this marvellous song equalled Reflections peak of Number 3.



The Number 1 album this week:



The Number 1 Song in the USA:
(They Long To Be) Close To You - The Carpenters