Wednesday, 13 August 2014

UK Music Chart: May 1, 1971

Number 4: The Rolling Stones

All change at the top of the UK Chart this week in 1971 as Double Barrel by Dave and Ansel Collins became the first reggae record to hit Number 1. It also garnered chart success in the States where it entered the Top 30.

Meanwhile, in the UK Top 20, a classic rock track jumped in at Number 4 while two other big sellers made their debuts on the higher echelons of the full listing.



The Chart:
  • 01 (02) Dave And Ansel Collins - Double Barrel 
  • 02 (01) T. Rex - Hot Love 
  • 03 (18) Dawn - Knock Three Times 
  • 04 (21) The Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar 
  • 05 (06) Waldo De Los Rios - Mozart Symphony No. 40 
  • 06 (03) Ray Stevens - Bridget the Midget 
  • 07 (12) Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy 
  • 08 (04) Andy Williams - (Where Do I Begin?) Love Story 
  • 09 (13) Diana Ross - Remember Me 
  • 10 (08) CCS - Walkin' 
  • 11 (07) Olivia Newton-John - If Not For You 
  • 12 (05) Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden 
  • 13 (11) Elvis Presley - There Goes My Everything 
  • 14 (14) The Sweet - Funny Funny 
  • 15 (15) Georgie Fame and Alan Price - Rosetta 
  • 16 (09) The Fantastics - Something Old, Something New 
  • 17 (10) Clodagh Rodgers - Jack in the Box 
  • 18 (22) Marmalade - My Little One 
  • 19 (17) Paul McCartney - Another Day 
  • 20 (30) R. Dean Taylor - Indiana Wants Me
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

4: The Rolling Stones: Brown Sugar

Taken from their Sticky Fingers album, Brown Sugar was The Rolling Stones' first chart single of the 1970s, peaking at Number 2 in the UK and going one better by topping the US Billboard chart. It was also the band's first single release on their own Rolling Stones Records.



18: Marmalade: My Little One

From Junior Campbell on YouTube: [My Little One was the] "last single I did with the band - Just when it entered the UK Chart I left!! Lovely song by Dean - even the back track sounded good at the time, and when we added vocals, strings and cor anglais ... it all blended just fine if I may say so. Bit weird watching BBC TV Top Of The Pops/Golden Shot etc and seeing Hughie Nicholson being "me" as the band performed!! Great one to bow out on though - Alan's playing and sound on this is top class."




20: R. Dean Taylor: Indiana Wants Me

A Canadian, Taylor started his career during the 1960s mainly as a songwriter, but released the occasional single as a singer as well. He joined Tamla Motown in Detroit, becoming one of the label's first white recording artists, but much of his early output was a commercial failure. However, he broke through in the UK in 1968 with Gotta See Jane, but Indiana Wants Me would become his biggest hit on both sides of the Atlantic when it peaked at Number 2 on the British chart and Number 5 in the US. 



The American Top 10 (W/E May 1, 1971)

  • 01 (01) Joy to the World - Three Dog Night 
  • 02 (03) Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean 
  • 03 (04) Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5 
  • 04 (02) What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye 
  • 05 (06) I Am...I Said - Neil Diamond 
  • 06 (08) If - Bread 
  • 07 (10) Stay Awhile - The Bells 
  • 08 (05) Another Day/Oh Woman Oh Why - Paul McCartney 
  • 09 (07) Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations 
  • 10 (17) Chick-A-Boom - Daddy Dewdrop

The Number 1 album this week:
Motown Chartbusters Vol.5 - Various



Friday, 8 August 2014

UK Music Chart: April 24, 1971

Ringo Starr Playing Drums 
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At the top of the UK charts this week in 1971, for the final time, was Hot Love by T.Rex. In its six week run at Number 1, the song racked up enough sales to become the fifth bestselling record of the year, as well as create a brand new genre in glam rock.

Elsewhere in the Top 20, three new songs made their debuts, including the last ex-Beatle to register a hit in the UK over the past few weeks: Ringo Starr.


The Chart:
  • 01 (01) T. Rex - Hot Love 
  • 02 (04) Dave and Ansel Collins - Double Barrel 
  • 03 (02) Ray Stevens - Bridget the Midget 
  • 04 (06) Andy Williams - (Where Do I Begin?) Love Story 
  • 05 (03) Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden 
  • 06 (14) Waldo De Los Rios - Mozart Symphony No. 40 
  • 07 (08) Olivia Newton-John - If Not For You 
  • 08 (09) CCS - Walkin' 
  • 09 (21) The Fantastics - Something Old, Something New 
  • 10 (05) Clodagh Rodgers - Jack in the Box 
  • 11 (07) Elvis Presley - There Goes My Everything 
  • 12 (29) Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy 
  • 13 (18) Diana Ross - Remember Me 
  • 14 (15) The Sweet - Funny Funny 
  • 15 (30) Georgie Fame and Alan Price - Rosetta 
  • 16 (10) John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band - Power to the People 
  • 17 (11) Paul McCartney - Another Day 
  • 18 (20) Dawn - Knock Three Times 
  • 19 (17) Deep Purple - Strange Kind of Woman 
  • 20 (12) Perry Como - It's Impossible
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red; New entries in bold

9: The Fantastics: Something Old, Something New

Once known as The Velours, this American vocal group changed its name to The Fantastics and relocated to England. On the back of the Northern Soul explosion and the increased interest in the sound of Motown, Something Old, Something New found its way into the Top 10. The song was written by the hit team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, but even though they had further involvement with the group, this was its only commercial success.

 

12: Ringo Starr: It Don't Come Easy

Ringo Starr followed the other three ex-Beatles into the UK Top 20 with his first British hit single, It Don't Come Easy. George Harrision appears on the recording playing guitar and also produced both sides of the 45. Peaking at Number 4 in both the UK and the USA, the disc would outsell his former band mates' single releases of the time.



15: Georgie Fame/Alan Price: Rosetta

Fame and Price were close friends who decided to join forces for a while in the early 1970s. Both had enjoyed chart success individually during the latter half of the 1960s, Price having also been a former member of The Animals. This collaboration on Rosetta would take them to Number 11 in the UK Top 20, but it would be the last time that Georgie Fame appeared in the listing. However, Alan Price would be back in the Singles Chart with another hit record in 1974.



The American Top 10 (W/E April 24, 1971)
  • 01 (01) Joy to the World - Three Dog Night 
  • 02 (02) What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye 
  • 03 (06) Put Your Hand in the Hand - Ocean 
  • 04 (13) Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5 
  • 05 (05) Another Day/Oh Woman Oh Why - Paul McCartney 
  • 06 (12) I Am...I Said - Neil Diamond 
  • 07 (03) Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations 
  • 08 (20) If - Bread 
  • 09 (04) She's A Lady - Tom Jones 
  • 10 (21) Stay Awhile - The Bells

The Number 1 album this week:
Motown Chartbusters Vol.5 - Various