Tuesday, 2 July 2013

UK Music Chart: April 18, 1970

Number 18 : Blue Mink : Good Morning Freedom
  • 01 (02) Dana - All Kinds Of Everything 
  • 02 (01) Simon And Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water 
  • 03 (03) Andy Williams - Can't Help Falling In Love 
  • 04 (04) Mary Hopkin - Knock, Knock Who's There 
  • 05 (06) Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky 
  • 06 (10) Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding! 
  • 07 (08) Bob And Marcia - Young, Gifted And Black 
  • 08 (05) Lee Marvin - Wand'rin' Star 
  • 09 (13) Jimmy Ruffin - Farewell Is A Lonely Sound 
  • 10 (12) Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself 
  • 11 (07) Pickettywitch - That Same Old Feeling 
  • 12 (16) Cuff Links - When Julie Comes Around 
  • 13 (19) Stevie Wonder - Never Had A Dream Come True 
  • 14 (25) Juicy Lucy - Who Do You Love 
  • 15 (09) Kenny Rogers And The First Edition - Something's Burning 
  • 16 (11) Beatles - Let It Be 
  • 17 (17) Joe Dolan - You're Such A Good Looking Woman 
  • 18 (21) Blue Mink - Good Morning Freedom 
  • 19 (27) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Travellin' Band 
  • 20 (14) Elvis Presley - Don't Cry Daddy
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red
Image: Good Morning Freedom: The Anthology

The winner of the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest climbed into the Number 1 position this week in April, replacing one of pop's most enduring songs in Bridge Over Troubled Water. As it turned out, Dana presided over a reasonably static Top 20 with All Kinds of Everything. Only two new entries (the song by Juicy Lucy was a re-entry) managed to dent the 20 and the first of these came from a much loved band of the time.

Blue Mink had already enjoyed their first Top Five hit the previous Autumn with the controversial Melting Pot which, when covered in America, failed to take off because it was deemed too lyrically extreme. The follow-up saw Madeleine Bell, Roger Cook and Herbie Flowers (among others included in the group) back on the British chart performing Good Morning Freedom. This would be the second of seven hits from this much-loved band:


1969 had been an astoundingly successful year for Creedence Clearwater Revival, particularly in the United States where the band had witnessed four Top 3 singles and three Top 10 albums. That success was not quite replicated in the UK, but even so, three Top 20 singles (one Number 1) and two Top 20 albums was a healthy record in anyone's book. 1970 was to be another excellent year for the band as Travellin' Man became another huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic. The song was not without its problems, though. At one point, John Fogerty was sued for plagiarizing the song Good Golly Miss Molly in this one, but the suit was later dropped:


Until next time...