Fifty Years Ago

Below are the UK singles’ charts from 50 years today.
I reckon over half the records there are absolute belters. Of course there are some dire things amongst them – yes I’m looking at Des O’Connor there but look at some of the other songs!
Now bear in mind it is January and few singles have been released in 1969 at this stage – you can imagine how good the charts are in June that year.
I’m not going to look at this week’s charts but I would wager that the great British public knows maybe one of the songs in there…
I’ve randomly listened to a few of them and they are quite simply appalling. It’s all production, collaborations and tweaks to cover up the fact there isn’t a decent tune amongst them.
This isn’t to say all music is crap right now – it isn’t and there have already been some brilliant albums/songs released in 2019. You just have to dig deep to find it.
That said I think we can safely say that the stuff known generally as pop music today is utter fucking shite.
Then again you can say that about popular TV, clothes and a whole lot more.
I’d say wise-up young people but it’s too late. The suits have beaten you. Rest assured it was all done on purpose and it has left us with this Brexit nonsense here, Trump over there and a whole lot more problems.
Come on kids rise up from all this…

Meanwhile enjoy

UK CHARTS 20 January 1969
SINGLES

1: OB-LA-DI OB-LA-DA
MARMALADE

2: ALBATROSS
FLEETWOOD MAC

3: BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP
FOUNDATIONS

4: LILY THE PINK
THE SCAFFOLD

5: FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE
STEVIE WONDER

6: SOMETHING’S HAPPENING
HERMAN’S HERMITS

7: I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN
BONZO DOG DOO-DAH BAND

8: SABRE DANCE
LOVE SCULPTURE

9: AIN’T GOT NO-I GOT LIFE/DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO
NINA SIMONE

10: PRIVATE NUMBER
JUDY CLAY AND WILLIAM BELL

11: SON-OF-A PREACHER MAN
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD

12: FOX ON THE RUN
MANFRED MANN

13: BLACKBERRY WAY
THE MOVE

14: 1-2-3 O’LEARY
DES O’CONNOR

15: THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY
HUGO MONTENEGRO

16: STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS)/HEADLINE NEWS
EDWIN STARR

17: LOVE CHILD
DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES

18: I’M A TIGER
LULU

19: RACE WITH THE DEVIL
GUN

20: A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME
TOM JONES

21: MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU
MALCOLM ROBERTS

22: HARPER VALLEY P.T.A.
JEANNIE C RILEY

23: YOU GOT SOUL
JOHNNY NASH

24: GOING UP THE COUNTRY
CANNED HEAT

25: PLEASE DON’T GO
DONALD PEERS

26: OB-LA-DI OB-LA-DA
BEDROCKS

27: THIS OLD HEART OF MINE {1968}
THE ISLEY BROTHERS

28: QUICK JOEY SMALL (RUN JOEY RUN)
KASENETZ-KATZ SINGING ORCHESTRAL CIRCUS

29: MRS. ROBINSON (EP)
SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

30: SOUL LIMBO
BOOKER T & THE MG’S

31: HEY JUDE
WILSON PICKETT

32: LOVE STORY
JETHRO TULL

33
YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY
MARVIN GAYE AND TAMMI TERRELL

34: BLUEBIRDS OVER THE MOUNTAIN
THE BEACH BOYS

35: DANCING IN THE STREET {1969}
MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS

36: ON MOTHER KELLY’S DOORSTEP
DANNY LA RUE

37: TOY
CASUALS

38: TO LOVE SOMEBODY
NINA SIMONE

39: DON’T FORGET TO CATCH ME
CLIFF RICHARD AND THE SHADOWS

40: BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE
BANDWAGON

41: ATLANTIS
DONOVAN

42: IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW
VAL DOONICAN

43: ELENORE
THE TURTLES

44: I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
NINA SIMONE

45: I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU {1969}
THE ISLEY BROTHERS

46: RING OF FIRE
ERIC BURDON AND THE ANIMALS

47: PEOPLE
TYMES

48: WHITE ROOM
CREAM

49: I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD
THE FOUR TOPS

50: THOSE WERE THE DAYS
MARY HOPKIN

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