Friday, 16 August 2013

UK Music Chart: June 20, 1970

Number 4 : Free : All Right Now
Mungo Jerry's summertime track continued to reign supreme this week in 1970, but a classic new entry to the Top 20 would challenge the Number 1 spot as Free's All Right Now leapfrogged twenty-three places to Number 4.
  • 01 (01) Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime 
  • 02 (02) Christie - Yellow River 
  • 03 (04) Mr Bloe - Groovin' With Mr Bloe  
  • 04 (27) Free - All Right Now 
  • 05 (07) Beach Boys - Cottonfields 
  • 06 (05) Glen Campbell - Honey Come Back 
  • 07 (11) Gerry Monroe - Sally 
  • 08 (09) Ray Stevens - Everything Is Beautiful 
  • 09 (03) England World Cup Squad - Back Home 
  • 10 (13) Fleetwood Mac - Green Manalishi (With The Two-Prong Crown) 
  • 11 (14) Marvin Gaye - Abraham, Martin And John 
  • 12 (06) Moody Blues - Question 
  • 13 (08) Supremes - Up The Ladder To The Roof 
  • 14 (10) Jackson Five - ABC 
  • 15 (20) Cliff Richard - Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha 
  • 16 (23) Arrival - I Will Survive 
  • 17 (24) Four Tops - It's All In The Game 
  • 18 (21) Status Quo - Down The Dustpipe 
  • 19 (12) Roger Whittaker - I Don't Believe In 'If' Anymore 
  • 20 (16) Tom Jones - Daughter Of Darkness
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red 
Image: All Right Now - The Collection: Free.

There's not much to be said about All Right Now that hasn't already been said. From a personal viewpoint, I still consider the guitar riff included on this track to be one of the most memorable in rock history and Paul Rodgers' bluesy vocals fit immaculately into what has now become the whole classic rock genre. Just a classy rock song that I never get tired of listening to. Here's the band featured on Germany's Beat-Club:


From a classic rock track to a song that many may have forgotten. I know I had. In fact, I really don't remember this at all. It's nothing to do with Gloria Gaynor's later disco hit, but the follow-up to this British band's Top 10 entry, Friends. Very much in the hippie harmony style of the time, this week's Number 16 position was as high as I Will Survive got, becoming the group's chart swansong.



The latest hit from The Four Tops became the fourth Motown disc to feature in the Top 20 in this week in 1970. It is their version of the now classic pop standard It's All in the Game. It's been recorded by a multitude of artists over the years, but Tommy Edwards had the original hit with it back in 1958 (it's my birthday Number 1!) While there are videos of The Tops' version on YouTube, none of them will play here, so if you have Spotify you can listen on the link below:



Two years previously, Status Quo had hit the big time with two Top 10 singles, but it was Down the Dustpipe that began to establish the group's familiar boogie sound. Released in March, it took until June to reach the Top 20. This was achieved more on the back of their live gigs than from radio play; Tony Blackburn having famously dismissed the track on his Radio 1 breakfast show. It would go on to peak at Number 12, but we would have to wait another two years before Status Quo would really start rockin' all over the world.


The Number 1 album this week:



The Number 1 song in the USA: 
The Long and Winding Road



Until next time...