|The New Seekers at Number 12|
Elsewhere, the Eurovision Song Contest was in the air with the appearance of the United Kingdom's participants, The New Seekers, who were making a very impressive entry into the chart with their latest offering.
Further down the chart two great voices returned to the Top 20, as both Colin Blunstone and Donnie Elbert entered the listing with their latest recordings.
For Blunstone, despite some minor successes, it would be another eight years before he would return, while Donnie Elbert's Four Tops' cover would, sadly, be his Top 20 swansong.
Chicory Tip at Number 1
- 01 (01) Chicory Tip - Son of My Father
- 02 (03) Don McLean - American Pie
- 03 (05) Nilsson - Without You
- 04 (04) Slade - Look Wot You Dun
- 05 (08) Michael Jackson - Got to Be There
- 06 (06) The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her?
- 07 (17) Paul Simon - Mother and Child Reunion
- 08 (07) The Fortunes - Storm in a Teacup
- 09 (15) The Chelsea Football Team - Blue is the Colour
- 10 (10) Badfinger - Day After Day
- 11 (14) The Sweet - Poppa Joe
- 12 (**) The New Seekers - Beg, Steal or Borrow
- 13 (09) Neil Reid - Mother of Mine
- 14 (02) T. Rex - Telegram Sam
- 15 (13) The New Seekers - I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)
- 16 (16) The Bee Gees - My World
- 17 (28) Colin Blunstone - Say You Don't Mind
- 18 (11) Sonny and Cher - All I Ever Need is You
- 19 (39) Donnie Elbert - I Can't Help Myself
- 20 (12) Al Green - Let's Stay Together
*Intro Image: The New Seekers: The Singles
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12: The New Seekers: Beg, Steal or Borrow
The group's career had already taken off in spectacular style with their previous single, the million-selling I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony), which was still riding high in the British charts.
Eurovision would provide a further uplift in the group's already thriving career and the song chosen for them by the British public was the infectious Beg, Steal or Borrow - this week's highest new entry at Number 12.
By the time the group performed the song at the Eurovision final on 25 March, the song was already at its peak position of Number 2 - the placing it would replicate in Edinburgh behind the eventual winner, Après toi by Vicky Leandros.
17: Colin Blunstone: Say You Don't Mind
His re-recording of She's Not There under that pseudonym had peaked inside the Top 40, but after a year out of the music business, he returned to recording under his own name.
His first two single releases flopped, but his rendition of Denny Laine's Say You Don't Mind was received much more favourably, finding its way into the Top 20 where it would eventually peak at Number 15.
Although Blunstone would see further minor British chart action, none of his excellent follow-up releases were popular enough to bring him back into the Top 20.
20: Donnie Elbert: I Can't Help Myself
The success of the track - it would peak at Number 11 - owed as much to the immense popularity of the UK's Northern Soul scene as it did to the superiority of Elbert's cover version. In fact, several commentators consider the quality of this recording's production and vocals surpass the original.
As good as he was, however, Elbert could not sustain the hits. His next release, the excellent Little Piece of Leather, managed to scrape into the bottom half of the Top 30 but that would be the last time Donnie Elbert's voice would grace the British charts.
The UK Number 1 album this week:
- Neil Reid: Neil Reid
The American Top 10 (Click to play tracks)
The Number 6 song, The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Robert John, is unavailable. Heart of Gold by Neil Young ranks at Number 7, Let's Stay Together by Al Green is at Number 8, Sweet Seasons by Carole King is at Number 9 and the new entry, Bang A Gong (Get It On) by T. Rex is Number 10 in the above US Top 10.