Saturday, 29 June 2013

UK Music Chart: April 4, 1970

Number 13 : Dana : All Kinds of Everything
  • 01 (01) Simon And Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water 
  • 02 (07) Mary Hopkin - Knock, Knock Who's There 
  • 03 (03) Andy Williams - Can't Help Falling In Love 
  • 04 (02) Lee Marvin - Wand'rin' Star 
  • 05 (06) Bob And Marcia - Young, Gifted And Black 
  • 06 (05) Pickettywitch - That Same Old Feeling 
  • 07 (04) Beatles - Let It Be 
  • 08 (11) Kenny Rogers And The First Edition - Something's Burning 
  • 09 (08) Dave Clark Five - Everybody Get Together 
  • 10 (09) Elvis Presley - Don't Cry Daddy 
  • 11 (10) Steam - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye 
  • 12 (12) Jackson Five - I Want You Back 
  • 13 (**)  Dana - All Kinds Of Everything 
  • 14 (18) Jimmy Ruffin - Farewell Is A Lonely Sound 
  • 15 (33) Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky 
  • 16 (13) Herman's Hermits - Years May Come, Years May Go 
  • 17 (22) Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself 
  • 18 (20) Joe Dolan - You're Such A Good Looking Woman 
  • 19 (29) Juicy Lucy - Who Do You Love 
  • 20 (14) Canned Heat - Let's Work Together
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red
Image: The Best of Dana

Simon and Garfunkel remained at the top of the UK singles chart this week in 1970, but two Eurovision songs were endeavouring to capture their crown. The Eurovision Song Contest for this year had just been settled and Ireland was celebrating its first win.

The UK entry at the Contest was up five places to Number 2, but the winning entry by Dana was set for better things. This was a time when Eurovision songs regularly charted and All Kinds of Everything was no different. Entering this week at Number 13, Dana would soon be celebrating again when the song cruised to the top of the charts:

   

Next up is one of the UK chart's true One Hit Wonders: Spirit in the Sky. Norman Greenbaum's classic song was new to the ears of the British record buying public at this point, but over the following years it has not only been a Number 1 two other times, but also celebrated as one of the greatest songs of all time. This, the original version, would also go to Number 1 along with covers from Doctor and the Medics in 1986 and Gareth Gates in 2003:



It was 1965 when The Four Tops were celebrating their first Number 1 in the US with the classic I Can't Help Myself. However, it would take another five years before it saw any chart action in the UK, where it eventually peaked at Number 10. One of Holland-Dozier-Holland's finest compositions, it would return to the British chart two years later in a version by Donnie Elbert: 



Hands up if you remember blues band Juicy Lucy. While the band is still around today (albeit with a different line-up), it is probably best remembered for its cover of the Bo Diddley song Who Do You Love. Included on their self-titled first album, the band's rendition would take it to a peak of Number 14. Later in the year, Juicy Lucy's second and final chart appearance was with a track called Pretty Woman which stalled at Number 44.




This week's Number 1 album:

 

Until next time...