Tuesday, 9 July 2013

UK Music Chart: May 2, 1970

Number 19 : The Hollies: I Can't Tell the Bottom From the Top
Norman Greenbaum was the week's new Number 1, having pushed Dana's Eurovision-winning song from the top spot. However, Spirit in the Sky would soon get the boot from the England World Cup Squad which leapt twenty places to Number 3.
  • 01 (02) Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky 
  • 02 (01) Dana - All Kinds Of Everything 
  • 03 (23) England World Cup Squad - Back Home 
  • 04 (03) Simon And Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water 
  • 05 (04) Andy Williams - Can't Help Falling In Love 
  • 06 (08) Stevie Wonder - Never Had A Dream Come True 
  • 07 (06) Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding! 
  • 08 (09) Jimmy Ruffin - Farewell Is A Lonely Sound 
  • 09 (14) Frijid Pink - House Of The Rising Sun 
  • 10 (12) Cuff Links - When Julie Comes Around 
  • 11 (15) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Travellin' Band 
  • 12 (10) Blue Mink - Good Morning Freedom 
  • 13 (07) Bob And Marcia - Young, Gifted And Black 
  • 14 (05) Mary Hopkin - Knock, Knock Who's There 
  • 15 (17) Tom Jones - Daughter Of Darkness 
  • 16 (16) The Band - Rag Mama Rag 
  • 17 (11) Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself 
  • 18 (20) Juicy Lucy - Who Do You Love 
  • 19 (27) Hollies - I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top 
  • 20 (21) Joe Dolan - You're Such A Good Looking Woman
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red
Image: The Hollies - Midas Touch (The Very Best of The Hollies)

The 1970 World Cup began on May 31, but before the kick-off the England team was about to score a Number 1 hit with its football anthem, Back Home. It was the first among the now traditional football songs recorded by the latest England team in support of their endeavours. It also became the first of four (to date) team singles to top the UK chart. Unfortunately, Bobby Moore and co fell at the quarter-final stages, but the song ruled the Top 50 for three weeks:



One of the most consistently successful bands of the 1960s continued its winning ways at the beginning of the 1970s when The Hollies' first single release of the decade was about to land in the Top 10. I Can't Tell the Bottom From the Top would eventually settle at a peak of Number 7 and would mark the penultimate time that the group would enjoy such a high placing. The track features Elton John on piano and, of course, the fantastic vocals of Allan Clarke:



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Until next time...