Monday, 17 June 2013

UK Music Chart: February 7, 1970

Number 10 : Mary Hopkin

  • 01 (01) Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) 
  • 02 (02) Rolf Harris - Two Little Boys 
  • 03 (03) Marmalade - Reflections of My Life 
  • 04 (09) Peter, Paul And Mary - Leavin' On A Jet Plane 
  • 05 (04) Badfinger - Come And Get It 
  • 06 (10) Jethro Tull - The Witch's Promise / Teacher 
  • 07 (07) Kenny Rogers/First Edition - Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town 
  • 08 (12) Chicago - I'm A Man 
  • 09 (08) Arrival - Friends 
  • 10 (22) Mary Hopkin - Temma Harbour 
  • 11 (05) Bobbie Gentry And Glen Campbell - All I Have To Do Is Dream 
  • 12 (06) Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds 
  • 13 (20) Temptations - I Can't Get Next To You 
  • 14 (11) Cuff-Links - Tracy 
  • 15 (29) Canned Heat - Let's Work Together 
  • 16 (23) Vanity Fare - Hitchin' A Ride 
  • 17 (15) Diana Ross And The Supremes - Someday, We'll Be Together 
  • 18 (13) Dave Clark Five - Good Old Rock 'n' Roll 
  • 19 (14) Archies - Sugar Sugar 
  • 20 (17) Harry J All-Stars - The Liquidator
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red.

No change at the very top of the Top 20 in the first week of February 1970, but further down the chart three different musical styles became the week's newcomers.

The highest new entry was the third of five Top 20 hits for Welsh songbird, Mary Hopkin. Having already had immense success with Those Were the Days and Goodbye, Temma Harbour was about to complete a hat trick of songs to reach the UK Top 10. Unlike the previous two, this track was not as successful in the United States. However, here's Mary featured on an edition of Top of the Pops:



At Number 15 was a new entry from the popular blues/rock band Canned Heat. In the UK, Let's Work Together became the group's biggest hit, eventually peaking at Number 2. In the USA it did not fare so well, possibly due to a contemporaneous release by the song's writer, Wilbert Harrison. It would later reappear in the UK chart when Bryan Ferry recorded a version, changing the title to Let's Stick Together



At the other end of the musical spectrum was the British pop band Vanity Fare which was enjoying its second UK Top 20 hit with Hitchin' A Ride. It was the follow-up to the band's bigger hit Early in the Morning which had cracked the Top 10 in August 1969. Hitchin' was more successful in the American charts where it peaked at Number 5 and became Vanity Fare's second million selling song. However, as far as the British charts are concerned, nothing more was heard of the band:



Useless chart coincidence: Vanity Fare competed to represent the United Kingdom at the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest with a song called Dreamer (listen here). They came third in the national final. Mary Hopkin represented the UK later in 1970 when she came second to Dana's All Kinds of Everything.

Until next time...