Pick of the Pops

With Charles Wilson-Watkins

What’s your special No. 1?

Mr and Mrs R. Harris contacted the Bay Magazine. This April, they will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They wanted to know who was number one at the time of their wedding, 17th April 1971. Love was certainly in the air!

The top 40 chart aired on the 11th April. The top 3 songs remain the same from the previous week’s chart. T-Rex, charts at no.1, with Hot Love, this their second release.

The chart also sees entries from the original fab four (The Beatles), John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as solo artists. Also, entries from Clive Dunn, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, also Frank Sinatra with two songs in the chart.

The list also illustrates (in brackets) the previous week’s entry.

1 (1) Hot Love – T Rex 2 (2) Bridget The Midget (The Queen of The Blues) – Ray Stevens 3 (3) Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson 4 (17) Double Barrel – Dave and Ansel Collins 5 (4) Jack in The Box – Clodagh Rogers 6 (13) (Where Do I Begin) Love Story – Andy Williams 7 (6) There Goes My Everything – Elvis Presley 8 (12) If Not for You – Olivia Newton-John 9 (7) Walking – CCS 10 (8) Power to The People – John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band 11 (5) Another Day – Paul McCartney 12 (9) It’s Impossible – Perry Como 13 (10) Baby Jump – Mungo Jerry 14 (26) Mozart Symphony No 40 – Waldo De Los Rhos 15 (20) Funny Funny – The Sweet 16 (23) I Will Drink the Wine – Frank Sinatra 17 (11) Strange Kind of Woman – Deep Purple 18 (28) Remember Me – Diana Ross 19 (16) Pushbike Song – Mixtures 20 (32) Knock Three Times – Dawn 21 (21) Something Old Something New – Fantastics 22 (15) Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond 23 (18) Amazing Grace – Judy Collins 24 (31) My Little One – Marmalade 25 (14) My Sweet Lord – George Harrison 26 (25) My Way – Frank Sinatra 27 (37) Mozart 40 – Sovereign Collection 28 (24) Grandad – Clive Dunn 29 (New) It Don’t Come Easy – Ringo Starr 30 (49) Fame and Price Together – Rosetta 31 (35) Mam’s Pearl – The Jackson 5 32 (27) Tomorrow Night – Atomic Rooster 33 (36) Silvery Rain – Cliff Richard 34 (34) (Where Do I Begin) Love Story – Shirley Bassey 35 (19) Rose Garden – New World 36 (New) It’s A Sin to Tell A Lie – Gerry Monroe 37(38) Indiana Wants Me – R Dean Taylor 38(22) You Could’ve Been A Lady – Hot Chocolate 39(29) Who Put the Lights Out – Dana 40(30) Everything’s Tuesday – Chairman of The Board

Want to find out what was in the charts on a specific day, contact Charles on: toptunes100@yahoo.com


WELSH No. 1s

Pick of the Pops next month will be a Eurovision Song Contest special, however, this month we are looking closer to home and the Welsh bands/acts that charted at number 1 in the UK charts.

Since the start of the top 40 charts in November 1952, Welsh acts have seen 22 number 1s and 8 International number 1s.

Let’s go back to Christmas Day 1958, to commence the countdown of the Welsh charts. The number in brackets will illustrate the number of weeks at number 1.

December 1958 – As I Love You – Shirley Bassey (4) August 1960 – Tell Laura I Love Her – Ricky Valance (3) August 1961 – Reach for The Stars/Climb Ev’ry Mountain – Shirley Bassey (1) February 1965 – It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones (1) December 1965 – Keep on Running – Spencer Davis Group (1) March 1966 – Somebody Help Me – Spencer Davis Group (2) November 1966 – Green, Green Grass of Home – Tom Jones (7) September 1968 – Those Were the Day’s – Mary Hopkin (6)  February 1969 – (If Paradise Is) Half as Nice – Amen Corner (2) November 1970 – I Hear You Knocking – Dave Edmonds (6) February 1981 – This Ole House – Shakin’ Stevens (3) July 1981 – Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens (4) January 1982 – Oh Julie – Shakin’ Stevens (1) February 1983 – Total Eclipse of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler (2) November 1983 – Only You – The Flying Pickets (5) December 1985 – Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens (2) September 1998 – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next – Manic Street Preachers (1) January 2000 – The Masses Against the Classes – Manic Street Preachers (1) March 2005 – Dakota – Stereophonics (1) February 2008 – Mercy – Duffy (5) March 2009 – (Barry) Islands in The Stream – Ruth Jones, Tom Jones and Rob Brydon (1) July 2011 – Louder – DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans (1)

The 8 International Number Ones have been:

1960 – Jimmy’s Girl – Ricky Valance (Austria & Scandinavia) 1961 – Moving Away – Ricky Valance (Austria & Scandinavia) 1968 – Delilah – Tom Jones (German & Swiss) 1977 – It’s A Heartache – Bonnie Tyler (French, Swedish & Norwegian) 1980 – Fade to Grey – Steve Strange’s Visage (German & Swiss) 1990 – Way Down Now – World Party (US) 1998 – Love Him – Donna Lewis (US) 2001 – Buck Rogers – Feeder (South African) 2003 – Si Demain (Don’t Turn Around) – Bonnie Tyler (French)

I would like to write a future article about local Swansea bands, The Poo Sticks, The Storys, Viva Machine, Acrimony, Man and Liberty 37. If anyone has any connections with any of the named bands, or those that haven’t been listed, do get in touch. Charles at toptunes100@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

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