Friday, 4 October 2013

UK Music Chart: July 25, 1970

Number 8 : Neandethal Man : Hotlegs
Mungo Jerry was enjoying their seventh and final week as the UK's Number 1 song this week back in 1970. However, a king of the rock genre would soon be ascending to the top of the chart to reign over all comers for the next six weeks. In the meantime, just two new songs managed to breach the Top 20; one just inside the chart, the other into the Top 10.
  • 01 (01) Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime 
  • 02 (02) Free - All Right Now 
  • 03 (13) Elvis Presley - The Wonder Of You 
  • 04 (04) The Kinks - Lola 
  • 05 (03) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Around The Bend 
  • 06 (05) The Four Tops - It's All In The Game 
  • 07 (10) Shirley Bassey - Something 
  • 08 (21) Hotlegs - Neanderthal Man 
  • 09 (11) Nicky Thomas - Love Of The Common People 
  • 10 (07) The Beach Boys - Cottonfields 
  • 11 (12) Cat Stevens - Lady D'Arbanville 
  • 12 (09) Cliff Richard - Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha 
  • 13 (06) Gerry Monroe - Sally 
  • 14 (08) Mr Bloe - Groovin' With Mr Bloe 
  • 15 (19) Jimmy Ruffin - I'll Say Forever My Love 
  • 16 (14) Status Quo - Down The Dustpipe 
  • 17 (16) Fleetwood Mac - Green Manalishi (With The Two-Prong Crown) 
  • 18 (17) Christie - Yellow River 
  • 19 (15) Glen Campbell - Honey Come Back 
  • 20 (28) Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
*Previous week in brackets; Climbers denoted in red
Image: Neanderthal Man (7" single version) - Hotlegs

In reality, Hotlegs was three-quarters of the future 10cc. Written by Kevin Godley, Lol Creme and Eric Stewart, Neanderthal Man was the only hit by the short-lived band. It would plateau at Number 2 in the UK and enjoy Top 30 status in the United States. Recorded initially as an experimental track, it sold two million copies worldwide, but the group was unable to capitalise on its success. Two years would pass before the birth of 10cc and the rest, as they say, is history.



Much more successful in the UK as an albums artist, Joni Mitchell's first and only appearance in the UK Top 20 was with this classic, environmentally friendly track: Big Yellow Taxi. Included on her long player Ladies of the Canyon, the track was also a big hit in her native Canada. Australia loved it too, although the studio version stalled outside the Top 50 in the USA. It fared a little better there, when in 1975 a live version took it into the Billboard Top 30.


The Number 1 album this week:



The Number 1 Song in the USA:
(They Long To Be) Close To You - The Carpenters



Until next time...