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MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS

1968

After 1967, 1968 was a bit of a disappointment.  There were no new trends in music, and few new stars arrived on the scene with real lasting success.  Two solo performers emerged in 1968: sweet-voiced Mary Hopkin had her first (Number One) hit in this year, and gravel-voiced Joe Cocker started his chart career, also enjoying a chart-topper.  The new bands that arrived on the charts in this year included Marmalade, who had hits into the early 1970s, and Status Quo, who began as a Psychedelic group but turned to Rock, and had enormous success in the 1970s and throughout the 1980s.  Most other new bands did not last any where near as long.  The group Love Affair, with lead singer Steve Ellis, had three Top 10 hits in 1968 including a chart-topper.  Only two hits followed in 1969 and that was that.  Amen Corner, with Andy Fairweather-Low at the helm, followed their smaller hits of 1967 with a couple of Top 10s each in 1968 and 1969, but they also came to an end at the close of the decade.  The Equals had a great start with a Number One in May, and they did manage to get into 1970 for their final hit.  From America, Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett enjoyed three hits in this year, but no more came their way.  Several one-hit wonders lit up the charts briefly in 1968, but it was largely down to the existing groups and artists to carry on making the hits.

Of the established groups it was Manfred Mann who had the most success in the UK charts, with three Top 10 hits, including a Number One.  The Beatles only issued two singles in 1968, but predictably they both went to the top of the charts.  The Rolling Stones only issued one single in the UK, and that too climbed to Number One.  The Hollies managed one Top 10 plus another that reached eleven, whilst Herman's Hermits had four Top 20 hits with two of those reaching the Top 10.

Of the solo artists Tom Jones continued his success from 1967 with two Top 10 hits, and Lulu, who had been brought back to hit-making ways by producer Mickie Most, enjoyed two Top 10s and a number 15 hit.  Cliff Richard, who celebrated ten years in the charts during 1968, hit Number One with the aptly named "Congratulations" which he performed at the Eurovision Song Contest, coming second in that event.  Elvis Presley was finishing off his series of poor films, and made headlines with his televised "Comeback Special" shown on American TV, which re-launched his career.  It was not until the next year, however, that he returned to the British Top 10, no less than three times!  

These are my personal favourite recordings from this particular year, listed in the order in which they entered the UK hit singles chart.  You may not agree with my choices, but these were UK chart hits that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as BBC Radio 1 and Radio Luxembourg.

 


1

Title: Walk Away Renee
Artist: The Four Tops
Writer(s): Michael Brown, Bob Calilli & Tony Sansone
Entered chart 13 Dec 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 10 (reached its peak on 10 Jan 1968).

The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, USA.  The original members were Levi Stubbs (1936-2008), Abdul "Duke" Fakir (born 1935), Renaldo "Obie" Benson (1936-2005) and Lawrence Payton (1938-1997).  They remained together for over four decades, performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel, until the death of Lawrence Payton.  They began as the Four Aims, but changed the name to the Four Tops in 1956 when they signed with Chess records.  No hits were forthcoming until they joined Tamla Motown in 1963, following which they enjoyed a string of hits through the 1960s.  They left Motown in 1972, but the success continued into the 1980s and beyond.  Their first Number One in the USA came in 1965 when "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" topped the charts there.  Motown, as a music genre was not established in the UK at that time, and the recording stalled at number 23 in the UK.  Their first major hit in Britain, and Number One, arrived in 1966 with "Reach Out I'll Be There", followed by more Top 10 entries in 1967 and 1968.  In the end they had more Top 10 hits in the UK than in the USA - eleven to seven - the last British entry coming in 1989.  The members who have passed away have been replaced, and the group continues to perform, with Abdul "Duke" Fakir the only original member.
# Unusually for a Motown act, this song was a cover of a previous hit.  The original recording, made by American Pop band the Left Banke, had been a USA Top 10 hit in 1966.


2

Title: The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde
Artist: Georgie Fame
Writer(s): Mitch Murray & Peter Callander
Entered chart 13 Dec 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 13 (reached Number One on 24 Jan 1968).

Georgie Fame was born on 26 Jun 1943 in Lancashire, England.  He is a keyboard player and vocalist, mainly in the R&B genre of music.  He went to London at just 16 and was able to get a contract with impresario Larry Parnes, who put him on tour with Marty Wilde, Joe Brown and others, playing in the backing band.  He then played piano in Billy Fury's backing band which was called The Blue Flames.  They were sacked by Fury in 1961, so Fame took the lead and the band toured the UK as Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames.  They played mostly American R&B material and became big enough to get a recording contract with EMI.  The first successful recording was "Yeh! Yeh!" (see year 1965, song 2), and this was followed by a series of hits through to 1971.  He continued performing, but also played organ on all Van Morrison albums from 1989 to 1997.  His two sons now play with him on concert tours, and he most recently toured in 2017.
# This recording was his first substantial hit since "Sitting In The Park" at the end of 1966.  It was also his last major hit until 1971 when he duetted with Alan Price on "Rosetta" which peaked at number eleven in that year.
# The song was written after the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde", starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, had been on general release.  The recording features sound effects of gun battles, car chases, and police sirens.
# Bonnie and Clyde were a male and female pair of bank robbers and murderers in early 1930s America.  They were shot dead by police in an ambush in 1934. 


3

Title: Gimme Little Sign
Artist: Brenton Wood
Writer(s): Alfred Smith, Joe Hooven & Jerry Winn (Alfred Smith is Brenton Wood's real name)
Entered chart 
27 Dec 1967; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 14 (reached its peak 7 Feb 1968).

Brenton Wood was born on 26 Jul 1941 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.  He moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was a child.  After high school he began songwriting and learning piano.  Early singles he recorded failed to reach the charts, but he had his first small hit in 1967.  Late 1967 saw him enjoy a substantial hit with "Gimme Little Sign" which reached number nine on the USA charts.  In the 1970s he formed his own record label, and he has continued to record and perform up to the present time.
# The lyrics do not contain the title phrase.  Instead, Wood sings 'Give Me Some Kind Of Sign Girl'.


4

Title: She Wears My Ring
Artist: Solomon King
Writer(s): Narciso Serradell Sevilla with English lyrics by
Boudleaux & Felice Bryant
Entered chart 3 Jan 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 18.

Solomon King (13 Aug 1931 - 21 Jan 2005 was born in Kentucky, USA.  He studied classical music as a teenager, but started singing popular music in 1952.  Recordings he made in the 1950s did not enter the charts, but in 1968 he had a hit in the UK with "She Wears My Ring", which was also a hit in some 40 other countries, but did not reach the charts in the USA!  King had one more (small) hit in the UK, and relocated to England where he lived with his family until 1980.  He then returned to the USA and continued as a supper club singer for the next couple of decades.
# The song was written by Mexican composer
Narciso Serradell Sevilla, with English words by the husband and wife team who wrote numerous hits for the Everly Brothers in the late 1950s.


5

Title: Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
Artist: John Fred & The Playboy Band
Writer(s): John Fred Gourrier & Andrew Bernard

Entered chart 3 Jan 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 12.

John Fred (8 May 1941 - 14 Apr 2005) was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.  Fred formed this band when he was just 15, and they had some success with minor charting singles and TV appearances.  They did not have any impact in the UK until 1968 when this, their only British hit, reached the Top 10.  The recording was a Number One in the USA, but they were branded a novelty act, and follow-up singles failed to reach the charts.  However they remained popular in their hometown area, and Fred even hosted a radio show series there.
# The title of the song is a pun on the Beatles recording "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds".


6

Title: Everlasting Love
Artist: Love Affair
Writer(s):  Buzz Cason & Mac Gayden

Entered chart 3 Jan 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

The group Love Affair was formed in 1966 with lead singer Steve Ellis (born 7 Apr 1950, Greater London, England).  A single released in 1967 failed to chart, but in early 1968 the band reached Number One with "Everlasting Love", which began a two-year chart career.  They enjoyed two more Top 10 hits in 1968 (see song 35), with their final hits coming in 1969.  This recording became somewhat controversial when the press revealed that only Ellis performed on the single, all instrumentation and backing vocals being provided by session musicians.  This did not detract from their popularity, and all band members played on live performances.  Ellis decided to leave at the end of 1969, and although some more recordings were made, there were no more hits.
# The song, by American songwriters, was first recorded by Robert Knight, whose version reached number 13 on the American charts at the end of 1967.  Knight's version was issued in the UK and it peaked at number 40 in January 1968.  However, it was re-released in 1974, when it reached number 19 on the UK charts.


7

Title: Bend Me, Shape Me
Artist: Amen Corner
Writer(s):   Scott English & Larry Weiss

Entered chart 17 Jan 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 12.

Amen Corner was formed in Cardiff, Wales in 1966.  The lead singer and front man was Andy Fairweather Low (born 2 Aug 1948 in south Wales).  They gained a recording contract with Decca's Deram label and had a couple of small hits in 1967.  In 1968 they scored with a cover of the American hit "Bend Me, Shape Me".  This started a run of Top 10 hits until mid 1969 when the band broke up.  Low quickly formed a new band called Fair Weather which had one Top 10 hit in 1970.  Low then embarked upon a solo career, and he enjoyed a couple of Top 10 hits in the mid-1970s.  Low has continued performing into the 2010s.
# The song was first recorded by USA band the American Breed which was a Top 10 hit in the USA charts, early 1968.  It also reached number 24 in the UK during February 1968.


8

Title: Suddenly You Love Me
Artist: The Tremeloes
Writer(s):  
Lorenzo Pilat & Peter Callander
Entered chart 17 Jan 1968; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 11.

The Tremeloes is a beat music group formed in Dagenham, Essex, England in 1958.  Originally the group included vocalist Brian Poole, and they had several hits from 1963 to 1965 as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes.  Poole decided to leave for a (unsuccessful) solo career in 1966.  Although there were personnel changes both before and after, at the time of this hit the members were Len "Chip" Hawkes and Dave Munden, who shared the lead vocals, Rick Westwood and Alan Blakley.  Their first couple of singles failed to chart, but "Here Comes My Baby" in 1967, written by Cat Stevens, set them off on a successful chart career up to 1970.  They have continued to perform on 1960s revival tours with other bands of the era, although Dave Munden is now the only original member.
# This was the group's first hit of the year, with another three to follow during 1968.
# The song was written by Italian composers with English lyrics provided by Peter Callander, who co-wrote song 2 above.


9

Title: Darlin'
Artist: The Beach Boys
Writer(s):  
Brian Wilson & Mike Love
Entered chart 17 Jan 1968; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 14.

The Beach Boys are an American band formed in California, USA, in 1961.  The group's original lineup comprised brothers Brian (born 20 June 1942), Dennis (4 Dec 1944 - 28 Dec 1983), and Carl Wilson (21 Dec 1946 - 6 Feb 1998); their cousin Mike Love (born 15 March 1941); and their friend Al Jardine (born 3 Sep 1942).  They began as a Surfing Rock group on the west coast of America, with vocal harmonies that promoted the Californian lifestyle of surf, cars and romance in the sunshine.  But with the increasingly complex writing and production of Brian Wilson in the mid-1960s, they became one of the the leading innovators of popular music.  Their first recordings from 1961 did not score in the UK, and many were not even released in Britain.  But in 1963, they had their first hit ("Surfin' USA"), although it peaked at a lowly number 34.  Even their now-regarded classic hits of late 1964 to the end of 1965 only achieved Top 30 status.  They were in the Top 10 from 1966, and regular hits continued until 1970, with sporadic entries in the following decades.
# This was the Beach Boys' first hit of 1968, and followed "Wild Honey" of 1967 which had peaked at a disappointing number 29 in the UK, and an even lower number 31 in the USA.  They were at Number One in the UK during the summer of this year (song 63).


10

Title: Mighty Quinn
Artist: Manfred Mann
Writer(s):  
Bob Dylan
Entered chart 24 Jan 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 11.

This group had the same name as the founder and leader of the band.  Manfred Mann was born on 21 October 1940 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He studied music at University in South Africa, and worked as a jazz pianist at a number of clubs in Johannesburg from 1959 to 1960.  In 1961 he moved to the UK and began work as a music journalist, as well as helping form a jazz band, in which he played keyboards.  This evolved into the pop music five-piece which was named after Mann.   In 1964 the group was asked to provide a new theme tune for the TV pop music programme "Ready Steady Go".  This resulted in the song "5-4-3-2-1" which rose to number five in the UK charts.  From 1964 to 1969 they enjoyed 17 hits, 13 of which were Top 10 entries, which included three number ones.  The lead singer from 1964 to mid-1966 was Paul Jones, and from mid-1966 to 1969, the lead vocals were taken over by Mike d'Abo.  Mann decided to disband the group in 1969, so that he could move on to other projects.  He had hits in the 1970s with a group named Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
# This was the group's first of three Top 10 hits in 1968, which was an improvement on 1967 when they had just one.  This recording reached number 10 in the USA.  The next hit came in June (song 51).
# The song was written by Bob Dylan and recorded as a demo by him in 1967.  It was not released until the 1980s when it appeared on a compilation of Dylan's unreleased material.


11

Title: Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Artist: Status Quo
Writer(s):  
Francis Rossi
Entered chart 24 Jan 1968; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 12.

Status Quo found fame as a Psychedelic band, but had lasting success through the 1970s, 1980s and beyond as a Rock band, sometimes referred to as a Boogie band.  The origins of the group go back to 1962.  They performed under different names for five years, but became Status Quo in 1967 with members Francis Rossi (born 29 May 1949, south London), Rick Parfitt (12 Oct 1948 - 24 Dec 2016), Alan Lancaster (born 7 Feb 1949), and John Coghlan.  They had a deal with Pye Records and had their first hit, "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", in early 1968.  They followed that with similar releases and accrued five hits by the end of 1970.  There was then a gap of two hitless years until they emerged as a Rock band in 1973 with the hit recording "Paper Plane" on the Vertigo label, where they remained for a couple of decades.  Their first Number One came in 1974 ("Down Down"), and they have had over sixty hits in the UK singles charts, continuing well into the 2000s.  They became a major Rock act in the UK and opened the "Live Aid" fund-raising event in 1985.  They have continued with recording and live concert work into the 2010s despite forced personnel changes.


12

Title: Words
Artist: The Bee Gees
Writer(s):  
Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Entered chart 31 Jan 1968; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 10.

The Bee Gees were brothers Barry Gibb (born 1 Sep 1946, Isle of Man), and twins Robin Gibb (22 Dec 1949 - 20 May 2012) and Maurice Gibb (22 Dec 1949 - 12 Jan 2003), also born on the Isle of Man.  The three brothers grew up in Manchester, UK, but in the mid-1950s the family moved to Australia.  They began performing at a young age, and by 1960 they were appearing on TV.  After achieving their first chart success in Australia as the Bee Gees with "Spicks and Specks", they returned to the UK in January 1967, when producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience.  In 1967 they had their first UK hit, the somewhat morbid song "New York Mining Disaster 1941", which reached number twelve.  Hits continued through the remainder of the 1960s, when they enjoyed success in the USA as well.  Things went quiet in the early 1970s, but in the mid-1970s they jumped on the Disco bandwagon and became superstars.  They wrote several songs for the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever" which starred John Travolta, and singles as well as the soundtrack album were worldwide hits.  Their success continued through the following decades, and they also wrote and produced many hits for other artists.  Their final new album came in 2001, but with the death of Maurice two years later, the other two embarked on solo projects apart from a couple of charity events where they performed together.  Robin died in 2012, and Barry has since performed and recorded solo.
# This was the trio's first hit of 1968 with another two to come in this year including their second Number One (song 66).  In early March they were on a concert tour of Germany, and toured the UK in April.


13

Title: Fire Brigade
Artist: The Move
Writer(s): 
Roy Wood
Entered chart 7 Feb 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 11.

The Move was a five-piece band formed in Birmingham, England in 1965, comprising the former members of other Midlands bands.  The main members were Roy Wood (born 8 Nov 1947) and Carl Wayne (18 Aug 1943 - 31 Aug 2004).  Wood wrote most of their hits and Wayne was the lead vocalist, although from 1968 Wood often performed the lead vocals instead.  In 1966 they signed a contract with Decca's Deram label, and their first release, "Night Of Fear" climbed to number two in the UK charts early in 1967.  Two further Top 10 hits graced the UK charts during 1967, and they eventually scored ten hits by 1972.  In 1968 their original bassist departed, and the band continued as a quartet, and some other personnel changes took place.  Wayne left in 1970, and Jeff Lynne joined the group that year.  After their final hit in 1972, Wood and Lynne evolved the band into the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).  However, Wood left after the release of ELO's first album, and he went on to form the band Wizzard, which is most famous for the 1973 Christmas hit "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday".  That recording reappears every December on radio and in shopping centres.  Jeff Lynne went on the have enormous success with ELO through the 1970s and 1980s.
# The Move had their first hit of the year with this recording.  After three Top 10 hits in 1967, they had two in 1968, but one of those went to Number One.  Their only charting album reached the Top 20 in this year.


14

Title: Green Tambourine
Artist: The Lemon Pipers
Writer(s): Paul Leka & Shelley Pinz.

Entered chart 7 Feb 1968; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 11.

The Lemon Pipers were a group from Oxford, Ohio, USA which included guitarist Bill Bartlett who had been born in Harrow, England in 1946.  They formed in 1966 and played a mixture of Blues and Rock in local venues.  They made a record and came second in a band competition.  They gained a contract with Buddah records in 1967 who steered them towards 'Bubblegum' Pop music. Their recording of "Green Tambourine" was a major hit, reaching Number One in the USA and selling two million copies worldwide.  However follow-up singles fared badly and the band left Buddah in 1969, breaking up shortly afterwards. 


15

Title: The Legend Of Xanadu
Artist: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Writer(s): Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley.

Entered chart 14 Feb 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

This five-piece group came from Wiltshire, England.  They formed in 1961, and played the same Hamburg club that the Beatles appeared in.  In 1965 they were seen by songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who decided they would like to write for the group.  A recording contract with Fontana records was signed, and during the next three years, a series of Top 10 hits were produced, including the chart-topper "Legend Of Xanadu" in 1968.  Their last (minor) hits came in 1969.  Dave Dee decided to leave in 1969 for a solo career but it was not particularly successful.  He became a record producer, but reunited with the others a few times for concerts.  A later new career mostly took him away from music, and he died from cancer in 2009 at age 67.  The other four members continued after Dee's departure, calling themselves D, B, M & T, and they had a small hit in 1970.  With and without Dee, they continued performing for many years.
# This was the band's only Number One hit and the first of two Top 10 hits in this year.  1968 turned out to be their last year as a major recording act, with two final hits in 1969 only reaching the Top 30.


16

Title: Cinderella Rockefella
Artist: Esther & Abi Ofarim
Writer(s): Mason Williams & Nancy Ames

Entered chart 14 Feb 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 13.

Esther & Abi Ofarim were an Israeli husband and wife singing duo.  Esther (born 13 Jun 1941) was originally a solo performer who began singing as a child.  In 1963 she sang at the Eurovision Song Contest, representing Switzerland, and coming second.  She began singing with Abi (5 Oct 1937 - 4 May 2018) in 1966, and they enjoyed several hits in Germany with most songs sung in the German language.  1968 brought them fame in the UK with the novelty song "Cinderella Rockefella" which topped the charts for three weeks.  They did not have lasting success in Britain, but they embarked upon a world tour in 1969.  They divorced in 1970, and Esther resumed her solo career, with most of her output aimed at Germany.  Abi also performed solo, but began artist management in Germany.
# Co-writer and guitarist Mason Williams had an instrumental Top 10 hit later in 1968 (song 73).


17

Title: Jennifer Juniper
Artist: Donovan
Writer(s): Donovan

Entered chart 21 Feb 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 11.

Donovan was born on 10 May 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland.  His simple Folk music style became popular in the mid-1960s, and some commentators dubbed him as Britain's Bob Dylan.  He and his family moved to southern England when he was 10, and he developed an interest in music, particularly Folk music.  He learned to play guitar and spent some time busking during 1964, as well as writing songs.  He was offered a recording deal by Pye records late in 1964 and his first single, "Catch The Wind" was a Top 10 hit.  As time went on his songs turned more to "flower power" and Psychedelia, which were popular movements of their time.  From 1965 to 1968 he enjoyed nine hits, seven of which reached the Top 10, and he had much success in the USA as well.  Hit albums reached the chart until 1973.  He continued performing and occasionally recording through the following decades, and still makes some appearances in the 21st century.
# This followed his hit of autumn 1967, "There Is A Mountain".  He had another Top 10 hit (song 45), as well as a Top 20 album in this year.
# The song is said to be about Jenny Boyd, the sister of Patti Boyd (who was married to George Harrison).  Jenny Boyd had a long relationship with Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac), and was married to him twice, 1970-1976 and 1977-1978.  Both marriages ended in divorce.


18

Title: (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Artist: Otis Redding
Writer(s): Otis Redding & Steve Cropper

Entered chart 21 Feb 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 15.

Otis Redding (9 Sep 1841 - 10 Dec 1967) was born in Georgia, USA.  He became an iconic singer and songwriter of Soul music.  He quit school at 15 and began performing in talent shows in Macon, Georgia.  In 1962 he signed a contract with Stax records in Memphis, Tennessee.  He began performing in larger venues and released several albums and singles.  He wrote this song on a houseboat in California, and recorded it late in 1967.  He was touring with others in the USA during December 1967, and took a flight in a small aircraft to Wisconsin for a concert.  The plane crashed into a lake four miles short of the destination airport, killing all including Redding, except for one passenger.  The single was released in the USA during January 1968, and it reached Number One in the charts there.


19

Title: Me The Peaceful Heart
Artist: Lulu
Writer(s): Tony Hazzard
Producer: Mickie Most

Entered chart 28 Feb 1968; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 9.

Lulu was born on 3 Nov 1948 near Glasgow, Scotland.  She started singing at a young age and by the time she was 13 she had a manager and was singing with a band around Glasgow.  Her manager took her to London in early 1964 and arranged a recording deal with Decca Records.  Her debut single, "Shout", was an American R&B song written by the Isley Brothers.  It was an instant hit, and Lulu's career took off from there.  However, some of her recordings with Decca did not sell as well as was hoped and she missed the charts completely in 1966.  So, in 1967 she moved to EMI's Columbia label, and producer Mickie Most.  This gave her a new start, with hits for the rest of the 1960s.  Lulu was given her own BBC TV series in 1968, which ran annually until 1975.  In 1969 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest where she came joint first with three other countries.  She continued to record and tour in the following decades, and in 1993 achieved her first chart-topper when she duetted with boy band Take That on "Relight My Fire".  She was in the Top 10 again in 2002 when she duetted with Ronan Keating with the song "We've Got Tonight".  Recording and touring continued, and she embarked on another concert tour of the UK during the autumn of 2017.
# This was Lulu's first hit of the year, with another two to come in 1968.  She was very popular at this time, and had begun her TV series, as mentioned above.


20

Title: Delilah
Artist: Tom Jones
Writer(s):
Les Reed, Barry Mason & Sylvan Whittingham
Entered chart 28 Feb 1968; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 17.

Tom Jones was born on 7 Jun 1940 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales.  For over six decades he has been an international star with TV series in the UK and USA, and seasons in Las Vegas.  In his seventies he continues to perform and act as a judge on a TV talent contest.  He began singing with a group called Tommy Scott & the Senators in the early 1960s.  They performed in local venues and even made a couple of records.  Then in 1964 Jones was spotted by artist manager Gordon Mills.  He took Jones to London and arranged a contract with Decca Records.  Jones' first hit, "It's Not Unusual", started a life-long career in showbiz.  In 1966 he recorded the theme to the James Bond film "Thunderball", and had his second Number One "Green Green Grass Of Home".  1967 saw him jet off for his first of many seasons in Las Vegas.  The big hits continued through the 1960s, but chart entries were thinner after that.  Nevertheless he remained immensely popular on both sides of the Atlantic, and in 1999 he released an album of duets, "Reload", which went to Number One in the UK album chart.  Several singles were released from the album, including "Sex Bomb" which peaked at number three on the singles chart in May 2000 when he was almost 60 years old.  He continues to perform on TV, issue albums, and since 2012 has been a judge/coach on the UK version of the talent show "The Voice".
# Tom Jones continued his chart success of 1967 into 1968.  He had two more hits in this year (see song 61), plus a Number One album, also titled "Delilah".
# In 1975 the song was recorded by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band who saw it reach number seven in the UK charts that year - the only Top 10 hit they had.


21

Title: Kiss Me Goodbye
Artist: Petula Clark
Writer(s):
Les Reed & Barry Mason
Producer: Tony Hatch

Entered chart 6 Mar 1968; Highest Position 50; Weeks on chart 1.

Petula Clark was born on 15 Nov 1932 in Surrey, England.  She became a child star at the age of nine when she broadcast on radio for the first time.  This led to numerous singing opportunities on wartime radio.  In 1944 she was given her first film role, and she had appeared in 14 films by 1950.  In the early 1950s she began making records, and her first hit came in the summer of 1954 when she was 21 years old.  Clark went on to become a major international star with numerous world-wide hits, particularly in the 1960s with songs written and produced by Tony Hatch.  In the 1990s and 2000s she went into stage musicals, both in the UK and America.  She  was still recording and performing in the 2010s, and issued a new album in 2016.
# And it was 'goodbye' as far as hits in the 1960s was concerned.  After her huge success in this decade with hits in the UK and USA, she finished with this minor chart entry, composed by the Reed/Mason team who had written several major hits, including song 20 above.  The recording reached number 15 in the USA.  Clark had just two more original hits in the UK; coming in 1971 and 1972, they peaked at numbers 32 and 47 respectively.  However, her 1964 hit "Downtown" was remixed in 1988, reaching the Top 10 in that year.


22

Title: Something Here In My Heart
Artist: Paper Dolls
Writer(s): Tony Macaulay & John Macleod

Entered chart 13 Mar 1968; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 13.

The Paper Dolls were a female vocal trio, formed in Northampton, England, and with lead singer Susie Mathis (born 29 Apr 1947 in south London, England).  They had this one hit, and made many appearances on TV, but further releases failed to reach the charts and they split up in 1970.  Susie Mathis eventually became a radio presenter in Manchester, and was involved in charity fund raising for a local children's hospice.


23

Title: Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Artist: Andy Williams
Writer(s): Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio

Entered chart 13 Mar 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 18.

Andy Williams (3 Dec 1927 - 25 Sep 2012) was an easy-listening crooner, who issued several songs during the 1960s and 1970s that entered the UK charts, three of them making the Top 10 during the sixties.  He was born in Iowa, USA, but he and his family moved to Los Angeles while he was at high school in 1943.  He and his three brothers formed a vocal quartet in the 1940s, and they soon found themselves in demand from record producers and film makers.  They had parts in several musical films, and in 1947 they made their debut in Las Vegas.  However, in 1953 the brothers went their separate ways and this gave Williams the opportunity to start a solo career.  He began appearing on TV, and by 1957 he was at the top of the UK charts with his recording of "Butterfly".  He hosted his own TV variety show, The Andy Williams Show, from 1962 to 1971, and recorded over forty albums.  He continued recording and performing until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, and he died from the disease in 2012 at the age of 84.
# The song was written in 1967 for Frankie Valli, lead singer of the American band, the Four Seasons.  That version reached number two in the USA charts in August 1967.  It was not a hit in the UK.
# In the summer of 1982, a version by the American band Boystown Gang reached number four in the UK charts.
# In 2002 Williams recorded the song again, as a duet with British actress and singer Denise van Outen.  Their version reached number 23 in the UK singles charts.


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Title: If I Only Had Time
Artist: John Rowles
Writer(s): Michel Fugain & Pierre Delanoe with English lyrics by Jack Fishman

Entered chart 13 Mar 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 18.

John Rowles is a New Zealander, born 26 Mar 1947. He became a professional singer and achieved considerable success in his native New Zealand, as well as Australia, and then began seasons in Las Vegas, and other locations in the USA.  He is known in the UK for this sole Top 10 hit, although his follow-up did reach the Top 20.  No more hits came his way in the UK.
# The song is an English translation by Jack Fishman of the original French song
"Je n’Aurai Pas le Temps" (I will not have time), recorded by the co-writer Michel Fugain in 1967.


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Title: Step Inside Love
Artist: Cilla Black
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin

Entered chart 13 Mar 1968; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 9.

Cilla Black (27 May 1943 - 1 Aug 2015) was born in Liverpool and joined the Merseybeat scene along with the many groups coming from that city in 1963, although she remained a solo performer.  She got a job in the Cavern Club in the early 1960s, where the Beatles and others were performing and soon was able to get singing jobs in different venues in Liverpool.  John Lennon introduced her to the Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who duly signed her up and arranged a recording contract with EMI and producer George Martin.  Her first release peaked at a rather modest number 35 in the UK charts during autumn 1963.  However, her next two releases both went to Number One, and she enjoyed several Top 10 hits throughout the 1960s.  In 1968 she began a TV variety show called "Cilla", which ran for eight series until 1976.  In the 1980s and 1990s she was a TV game show host, and became one of the most popular personalities of the era.  She died following a fall at her holiday home in Spain, aged 72.  On 16 January 2017 a bronze statue of Cilla Black was unveiled on Mathew Street in Liverpool, outside the entrance of the Cavern Club where Black was discovered.
# This was Black's first Top 10 hit since the summer of 1966, although there had been three small hits during that time.  Her next major hit did not come until early 1969.
# It was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon & McCartney) especially for Cilla to use as the opening theme to her series of TV variety shows.


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Title: If I Were A Carpenter
Artist: The Four Tops
Writer(s): Tim Hardin (American singer-songwriter, 1941-1980)

Entered chart 13 Mar 1968; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 11.

This was the group's follow-up to "Walk Away Renee" (song 1), and was another composition from outside of the Motown corporation, following the departure from Motown of the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and production team.  This was the band's final Top 10 hit in the UK during the 1960s, although they did reach number eleven in September 1969, and had three Top 10 hits in 1970.
# In 1966, American singer Bobby Darin had reached number nine in the UK charts with his version of the song.


27

Title: Simon Says
Artist: 1910 Fruitgum Co.
Writer(s):
Elliot Chiprut
Entered chart 20 Mar 1968; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 16.

This group was formed in New Jersey, USA in 1966, under the name of Jeckell and The Hydes.  They signed with Buddah records in 1967 and changed their name.  Their first release was this Bubblegum Pop song which reached number four in the USA.  They soon began touring, opening for big acts such as the Beach Boys.  The band recorded five albums over the next couple of years and had three Top 5 singles in the American charts.  This was their only entry in the UK charts.  They disbanded in 1970, but in 1999 they reunited for sixties nostalgia shows.
# The lyrics of the song are based on the children's game called Simple Simon Says.


28

Title: Cry Like A Baby
Artist: The Box Tops
Writer(s):
Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham
Entered chart 20 Mar 1968; Highest Position 15; Weeks on chart 12.

The Box Tops was a Rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in 1967.  It was a five-piece band with lead vocalist Alex Chilton (28 Dec 1950 - 17 Mar 2010).  They had started under a different group name, but as the Box Tops they recorded the song "The Letter" which went to Number One in the USA and number five in the UK.  The follow-up, "Neon Rainbow" was not as successful (failed to chart in the UK), but in spring 1968 they were in the American Top 10 and UK Top 20 with "Cry Like A Baby".  They had one further minor UK hit in 1969.  In the USA subsequent releases were only moderately successful, and the band was dissolved in 1970.


29

Title: I Can't Let Maggie Go
Artist: Honeybus
Writer(s): Pete Dello

Entered chart 20 Mar 1968; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 12.

Honeybus was a British pop music quartet which included the writer of this hit, Pete Dello.  They formed in the spring of 1967 and signed with Decca's Deram label.  Two singles were released but they failed to enter the charts.  However, their third release, "I Can't Let Maggie Go", became a Top 10 hit.  Unfortunately, follow-up singles were not successful and Dello left the group in August 1968.  He was replaced but they split up in 1969.  Dello reunited the band in 1971 and new recordings were made, but none reached the UK charts.


30

Title: Captain Of Your Ship
Artist: Reparata & The Delrons
Writer(s): Kenny Young & Ben Yardley

Entered chart 20 Mar 1968; Highest Position 13; Weeks on chart 10.

Reparata & The Delrons was an American female trio led by Mary Aiese who went by the name of Reparata.  They formed in the early 1960s and began recording in 1964.  They had some modest success in the USA initially, but as time went on their recordings were failing to reach the charts.  In 1968, however, they recorded this song which became a Top 20 hit in the UK and was successful in several other European countries also.  Strangely, it failed to reach the charts in the USA!  The group performed in the UK and other countries, but in 1969, Aiese left to raise a family, and her place was taken by Lorraine Mazzola who assumed the name Reparata.  Aiese later began recording solo with some success, and the new band lineup continued as well for another couple of decades.  No more hits reached the UK charts.


31

Title: Lady Madonna
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin

Entered chart 20 Mar 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 8.

The Beatles were a pop group from Liverpool, England who became the most popular and well-known music group in the world during the 1960s.  They also conquered America, becoming the biggest band there.  The members were John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980), Paul McCartney (born 18 Jun 1942), George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001), and Ringo Starr (born 7 Jul 1940).  All four were born and raised in Liverpool, England.  They began with live performances in Liverpool, then Hamburg in Germany.  Brian Epstein saw them, and offered to be their manager.  He arranged a record deal with EMI's Parlophone label, which had producer and arranger George Martin in charge.  During the following seven years, The Beatles and Martin crafted a string of new and innovative singles and albums that kept them at the top of the charts worldwide, and inspired countless other musicians.  They went on to have 21 consecutive Top 4 singles from 1963 to 1970, with 17 reaching Number One - eleven of those consecutive.  However, internal differences between band members led to the band's breakup in April 1970.  All four members went on to have successful solo careers.
# This was their first hit of 1968, and a Number One, of course.  However, it was not received well by the music critics, and it remained at the top for only two weeks, and on the charts for just eight weeks.  Their follow-up in September ("Hey Jude") stayed on the charts for twice as long - 16 weeks (song 75).


32

Title: Congratulations
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Bill Martin & Phil Coulter
Entered chart 20 Mar 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 13.

Cliff Richard was born on 14 Oct 1940 in Lucknow, India, whilst his parents were working in that country.  He returned to England with his family in 1948.  He formed a band in 1957 and a year later he was chosen as a singer for the TV Rock 'n' Roll show "Oh Boy!".  His first hit came in 1958, which started a career that continued into the 21st century, with more than 130 hit singles and over 50 original albums, spanning 50 years plus.  In the early 1960s he also starred in several musical films, notably "The Young Ones" and "Summer Holiday".  He also achieved a number one single in five different decades, and is the most successful British recording artist of all time.  He continues in the 21st century and issued a new album in 2018 ("Rise Up"), which reached number four in the album chart.
# This was written for the UK's entry in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, and was by the same composers who wrote the previous year's winner, "Puppet On A String", sung by Sandie Shaw.  Cliff performed well at the contest but came second to Spain, loosing by just one point.  The recording reached Number One in several European countries, including Spain!


33

Title: Jennifer Eccles
Artist: The Hollies
Writer(s): Graham Nash & Allan Clarke
Entered chart 27 Mar 1968; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 11.

The Hollies was a beat group from Manchester, England.  It was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash in 1962, and by early summer 1963 they had their first hit.  In the autumn of that year they made their debut in the Top 10 with a recording of a former American chart topper, "Stay".  This started a run of fifteen Top 10 hits by the end of the 1960s, and they continued successfully into the 1970s as well.  They finally broke into the USA charts in 1966, and enjoyed six Top 10 hits there.  In 1968, founding member Graham Nash left the group, moving to California where he teamed up with guitarist Stephen Stills (formerly with Buffalo Springfield), and David Crosby (formerly with the Byrds) to form one of the first super groups, Crosby, Stills & Nash.  With some changes of personnel, the group continued to perform through to the 1990s, mostly in the guise of a sixties revival group.  Clarke finally retired in 2000, but the Hollies still perform on the nostalgia circuit.
# The song was written by the two members of the band, and the title is a combination of their wives' names (Allan Clarke's wife Jennifer Bowstead and Graham Nash's wife Rose Eccles).
# This was the group's first Top 10 hit since the summer of 1967.  An intermediate release stalled at a disappointing number 18.  Their next hit came in October (song 81).


34

Title: I Don't Want Our Loving To Die
Artist: The Herd
Writer(s): Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley
Entered chart 10 Apr 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 13.

The Herd was founded in 1965.  They had three releases with Parlophone, but they were all unsuccessful.  With that disappointment, three of the members left, and were replaced by others, including the then sixteen-year-old Peter Frampton.  Parlophone did not wish to continue with them, so they signed with Fontana.  They also enlisted the help of songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who had written the recent hits for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.  Their recording "From The Underworld" became a Top 10 hit, and although the follow-up, "Paradise Lost" peaked at number 15, they were back in the Top 10 for a second time in April 1968 with "I Don't Want Our Loving To Die".  However, further hits eluded them, and Frampton left the group late in 1968 to join Steve Marriott (from the group the Small Faces) to form the band Humble Pie.  Another single failed to garner any interest, and the various members all drifted away to join other bands.  Peter Frampton went on to have a successful solo career in the 1970s.
# This was the final hit of just three that the band had in the UK singles charts.


35

Title: This Wheel's On Fire
Artist: Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity
Writer(s): Bob Dylan & Rick Danko
Entered chart 17 Apr 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 16.

This recording was a collaboration between two individual acts.  Julie Driscoll (born 8 Jun 1947), made her first recording in 1963.  She first met organist Brian Auger when she joined the Blues band Steampacket, along with Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart.  Driscoll with Auger and his band (the Trinity) recorded this Bob Dylan song which was a big hit, but further recordings failed to chart.  She continues to record and perform, but now under her married name of Julie Trippets.
Brian Auger (born 18 Jul 1939) was a founding member of the band Steampacket.  In 1966, however, he formed his own band called Trinity.  Several singles and albums were recorded but their only chart success was this recording with Julie Driscoll.  Auger has continued in the music business and has performed and recorded well into the 2000s.  He released a new album in 2012 and toured the USA, Europe and Japan with others in 2014.
# In 1992 Driscoll recorded the song again with actor Adrian Edmondson to be used as the theme to the BBC TV comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous". 


36

Title: Rainbow Valley
Artist: Love Affair
Writer(s): Buzz Cason & Mac Gayden
Entered chart 17 Apr 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 13.

This was the group's follow-up to the debut and Number One hit "Everlasting Love" in January (song 6).  "Rainbow Valley" was written by the same composers who provided the earlier hit.  The band were back with their third Top 10 hit in September (song 77).


37

Title: Lazy Sunday
Artist: Small Faces
Writer(s): Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane
Entered chart 17 Apr 1968; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 11.

The Small Faces was a group formed in east London, England in 1965, by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, along with two others.  They signed a recording contract with Decca and released a couple of singles with moderate success.  Their third single was "Sha La La La Lee" (year 1966, song 13) which became a Top 10 hit and started a successful career for a couple of years.  They went on to have seven Top 10 hits, including the chart-topper "All Or Nothing" in late summer 1966.  Marriott left the group in late 1968 to join the band Humble Pie.  The other three joined with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart (both formerly with the Jeff Beck Group), and formed the Faces.  They enjoyed their first hit in 1971.  Ronnie Lane eventually went to live in the USA, and died there in 1997 aged 51 from the effects of multiple sclerosis.  Steve Marriott died in 1991 in a house fire, at age 44.
# This was the band's first hit of 1968, which turned out to be the last Top 10 entry that they had.  As mentioned above, Marriott left later in the year, and the band was dissolved.
# In June of 1968, the band's celebrated album "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake" entered the album chart and reached Number One.  The album was originally released on vinyl in a circular metal replica of a giant tobacco tin, inside which was a poster created with five connected paper circles with pictures of the band members. This proved too expensive and not successful as the tins tended to roll off shelves and it was quickly followed by a paper/card replica with a gatefold cover.  Much later, two limited-edition CD versions were released, packaging the disc(s) in a circular tin (as the original vinyl release had). Most CD releases used conventional packaging, superimposing the circular artwork on a square booklet.


38

Title: Young Girl
Artist: The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
Writer(s): Jerry Fuller
Entered chart 17 Apr 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 17.

This band was formed by Gary Puckett (born 17 Oct 1942 in Minnesota, USA), under a different group name, in 1965, but they became the Union Gap in early 1967.  A contract with CBS records was signed, and the first release "Woman Woman" was a hit, reaching number four in the USA charts.  The next single, "Young Girl" was their biggest hit reaching number two in the USA as well as being a Number One in Britain.  The follow-up "Lady Willpower" (song 68) reached the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.  In the UK their first American release crept into the charts at number 48 for just one week in late August 1968, and there were no more hits after that.  In the USA they had six Top 20 hits.  They disbanded in 1971.  Puckett remained in the music business, and is now on the sixties revival circuit, but he has recorded some new material in recent years.
# The song is somewhat controversial as it tackles the subject of possible underage sex.  The singer tells the young girl to go away before he looses control of himself.
# In the UK the recording was reissued in 1974 when it reached number six during the summer of that year.


39

Title: A Man Without Love
Artist: Engelbert Humperdinck
Writer(s): Daniele Pace, Mario Panzeri & Roberto Livraghi with English lyrics by Barry Mason
Entered chart 24 Apr 1968; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 15.

Engelbert Humperdinck was born on 2 May 1936 in Madras, India to British parents while his father was serving in the British army in that country.  They all returned to England in 1946 where he completed his schooling.  He began singing in his late teens using the stage name Gerry Dorsey, and had the opportunity to start recording in 1958, but none of his output reached the charts.  In 1965 he changed management to Gordon Mills who was Tom Jones' manager.  Mills suggested changing his name to that of a 19th century German composer.  So as Engelbert Humperdinck, he started a new career.  His breakthrough came in 1967, when having recorded "Release Me", he was able to perform the song on the popular TV show "Sunday Night At The London Palladium", standing in for the unwell Dickie Valentine.  This instantly changed his life.  The record climbed to Number One in the UK charts, remaining on the charts for an amazing 56 weeks, and keeping the Beatles off the top spot in March 1967.  Two more major hits followed in the same year, and by the end he had the top three best-selling singles of 1967.  Success continued through the following decades, and from the mid-1970s onwards he spent a great deal of time performing in the USA, much of it in Las Vegas.  He has continued to perform and record into the 21st century, giving concerts in most parts of the world.  An album celebrating his 50 years in the charts was released in 2017, which reached number five in the UK album chart.  He splits his time between homes in Leicestershire, England and Los Angeles, California.
# This was his second of three Top 10 hits that he enjoyed in 1968.
# The song is of Italian origin, originally titled "Quando m'innamoro" (when I fall in love).
# This song is not the same as "A Man Without Love", sung by Kenneth McKellar in the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, and written by Cyril Ornadel & Peter Callander.  That one peaked at number 30 in the UK charts, and came ninth out of 18 songs in the contest.


40

Title: Joanna
Artist: Scott Walker
Writer(s): Tony Hatch & Jackie Trent
Entered chart 1 May 1968; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 11.

Scott Walker (9 Jan 1943 - 25 Mar 2019) was born in Ohio, USA.  He first became known to British record buyers when he was part of the successful Walker Brothers, who had several hits in the UK during 1965 and 1966.  The act broke up in mid 1967, and Scott, and the other two, pursued solo careers.  Scott had his first solo hit in December 1967, which was followed by this recording which was his only Top 10 entry.  However, he was very popular and he scored four Top 10 albums in the UK album chart from 1967 to 1969, one of which topped the chart.  He had lived in the UK since 1965 and became a British citizen in 1970.  The 'brothers' reunited in 1975 for three years, but parted again, leaving Scott to continue solo.  He began recording again in the 1980s and his most recent album release was in 2012.  He then took to composing film scores, but died in March 2019 at the age of 76.


41

Title: Helule Helule
Artist: The Tremeloes
Writer(s): Daudi Kabaka with English lyrics by Chip Hawkes & Alan Blakley)
Entered chart 8 May 1968; Highest Position 14; Weeks on chart 9.

This was the group's follow-up to the January hit "Suddenly You Love Me" (song 8).  This one missed out on a Top 10 placing but they were at number six in the autumn of this year (song 79).  English lyrics were provided by two members of the Tremeloes.
#
Daudi Kabaka (1939-2001) was a Kenyan singer-songwriter, and the original song lyrics were in Swahili.


42

Title: Baby Come Back
Artist: The Equals
Writer(s): Eddy Grant
Entered chart 15 May 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 18.

The Equals was a mixed race, five-piece band from north London, England.  The founder and leader was Eddy Grant who was born on 5 Mar 1948 in British Guiana (Guyana since 1966).  They began with live gigs in 1966, and soon had a strong following in north London.  They began issuing records in 1967, and one release, "Hold Me Closer", had "Baby Come Back" on the B-side.  However, DJs in Germany and the Netherlands began playing that B-side, and the recording quickly reached Number One in those countries.  As a result, "Baby Come Back" was released in the UK as an A-side, and it zoomed up to the Number One spot in Britain too.  Further releases had only moderate success until "Viva Bobby Joe" reached the UK Top 10 in 1969.  A third Top 10 in 1970, "Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys", proved to be their final entry in the UK charts.  The band had been involved in a vehicle crash in late 1969, with all members being injured.  Grant was the worst effected and he had to leave the group, returning to Guyana to recover.  He later returned to performing solo, and he enjoyed a number of hits during the 1980s.  The remainder of the group continued to perform and record, although they did not have any further chart success.


43

Title: Do You Know The Way To San Jose
Artist: Dionne Warwick
Writer(s): Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Entered chart 15 May 1968; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 10.

Dionne Warwick was born on 12 Dec 1940 in New Jersey, USA.  After completing high school, she went to a music college in Connecticut, and at the same time, she got some work singing backing vocals for recording sessions in New York City. During one session, Warwick met Burt Bacharach, who hired her to record demos of songs written by him and lyricist Hal David.  This led to a recording contract and a unique partnership with Bacharach and David.  Over the next several years 30 of her American Top 40 hits were written by Bacharach and David, which Bacharach mostly arranged and produced.  In the UK much of her output was covered by British singers such as Cilla Black, Sandie Shaw and Dusty Springfield.  This limited Warwick to only three Top 20 hits during the 1960s, although she did have more hits in the 1980s.  In the early 1970s Bacharach and David went their separate ways, leaving Warwick to continue with new writers and producers over the next decades.  She was still recording well into the 21st century.
# This was her first UK Top 10 hit since 1964 when "Walk On By" reached number nine.  As mentioned above, most of her output was covered by British performers, which mostly kept her away even from the Top 20.  This was her last UK hit of the 1960s, her next Top 10 coming in 1982.
# San Jose is a city in California, USA, in the so-called Silicon Valley.  The city was incorporated in 1850 and has a population of just over 1 million.


44

Title: Lovin' Things
Artist: Marmalade
Writer(s): Artie Schroeck & Jet Loring
Entered chart 22 May 1968; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 13.

Marmalade was a five-piece band formed in 1961 in Glasgow, Scotland originally called the Gaylords.  In the mid 1960s they went to London where they changed their name and signed with the same management as the Tremeloes.  A recording deal with CBS was arranged.  Their first releases failed to reach the charts but they became a popular act in the clubs of central London.  Finally in 1968 they broke through with "Lovin' Things".  This started a run of seven Top 10 hits until 1972, with a one-off number nine hit in 1976.  There was a large turnover of personnel throughout the years, although the original inspiration, Junior Campbell was with them from 1966 to 1971, and he enjoyed a solo Top 10 hit in 1972.  The band still performs, with the lead singer Sandy Newman who has been with the band since 1975.
# The song was first recorded in 1968 by American singer Bobby Rydell but it failed to chart in the USA.  The Marmalade version was not issued in North America.


45

Title: Hurdy Gurdy Man
Artist: Donovan
Writer(s): Donovan
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 29 May 1968; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 10.

This was Donovan's follow-up to his hit of February, "Jennifer Juniper" (song 17).  "Hurdy Gurdy Man" turned out to be his last Top 10 hit in the UK.  His next release, "Atlantis", in December this year stalled at number 23 in Britain, although it reached number seven in the USA during 1969.  Also in 1969 he had a number 12 UK hit in collaboration with the Jeff Beck Group.  No more singles reached the charts after that.  See also song 17 for more info.
#
The hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that produces sound by a hand cranked wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin. Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses small wooden wedges against one or more of the strings to change their pitch. Like most other acoustic stringed instruments, it has a sound board and hollow cavity to make the vibration of the strings audible. (Info from Wikipedia).


46

Title: The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp
Artist: O. C. Smith
Writer(s): Dallas Frazier
Entered chart 29 May 1968; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 15.

O. C. Smith (21 Jun 1932 - 23 Nov 2001) was born in Louisiana, USA, but later moved with his mother to Los Angeles.  In the first half of the 1950s he was in the US Air Force, serving in Europe and Asia.  In 1955 he became a musician, first playing Jazz, but after gaining a record contract, he was singing Rock n Roll.  No hits came from this, and in 1961 he joined Count Basie's big band as a vocalist, remaining there until 1965.  Further solo recordings were made, but none reached the charts until 1968 when "The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp" reached number two in the UK and the Top 10 in Canada and Australia.  It peaked at number 40 in his USA homeland.  Following that he had several hits in the USA until 1974.  He had only one further small hit in the UK, and that was in 1977.  In the mid 1980s he became a pastor and founder of The City Of Angels Church in Los Angeles, California.  He died from a heart attack at the age of 69.
#
The song was recorded at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA.
# Dallas Frazier wrote the novelty song "Alley Oop" by the Hollywood Argyles, a UK hit in 1960 (see year 1960, song 63).


47

Title: Jumpin' Jack Flash
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Writer(s): Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Entered chart 29 May 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 11.

The Rolling Stones debuted on the British charts in 1963, and started a career which challenged the Beatles for the "top band" accolade during the 1960s.  The band comprised lead singer Mick Jagger (born 26 Jul 1943), guitarists Keith Richards (born 18 Dec 1943) and Brian Jones (28 Feb 1942 - 3 Jul 1969), bassist Bill Wyman (born 24 Oct 1936) and drummer Charlie Watts (born 2 Jun 1941).  Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool during 1969, and was replaced by Mick Taylor, formerly of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.  Taylor left in 1974 and was replaced by Ronnie Wood (formerly of the Faces) who remains in the band at the present time.  Bill Wyman left in 1997 and has since toured and recorded with his own band.  The Stones clocked up 15 hits during the 1960s, including eight number ones.  Hits continued in the singles and album charts through the following decades up to the present time.  They still embark on world tours in the 21st century, and toured the UK in 2018.
#
This recording was the only Rolling Stones single released in the UK during 1968.  It reached number three in the USA.  Their next UK hit came in 1969, also reaching Number One.


48

Title: Boy
Artist: Lulu
Writer(s): Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley, and Geoff Stephens
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 5 Jun 1968; Highest Position 15; Weeks on chart 7.

This was Lulu's follow-up to her hit "Me The Peaceful Heart" of March 1968 (song 19).  Although this release peaked at number 15, she was back in the Top 10 in November.  Certainly producer Mickie Most was having a very positive effect on her chart success after her hit-and-miss time with Decca early on.


49

Title: Mony Mony
Artist: Tommy James & The Shondells
Writer(s): Tommy James, Bo Gentry, Ritchie Cordell, & Bobby Bloom (Bloom had a hit in 1970 with "Montego Bay")
Entered chart 5 Jun 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 18.

This band was formed in Michigan, USA by Tommy James (born 29 Apr 1947 in Dayton, Ohio, USA).  Band origins go back as far as 1959 when James was only 12 years old.  The first recordings were made in 1962.  In 1964 they recorded "Hanky Panky" which became a hit in the mid-west of America.  In 1966 the recording was picked up by DJs and it then raced up to Number One on the national USA charts.  It only just scraped into the Top 40 in the UK.  They had several more hits in America, but in 1968, their recording of "Mony Mony" broke through in the UK, reaching Number One, although it peaked at number three in the USA.  More American hits followed into 1969.  The group broke up in 1970 when James went solo.  From the mid-1980s he began appearing on 1960s package shows, and is still active.
# In 1987 British singer Billy Idol recorded the song, and his version reached number seven in the UK charts during autumn of that year.


50

Title: Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing
Artist: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Writer(s): Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson (known as Ashford & Simpson)
Entered chart 12 Jun 1968; Highest Position 34; Weeks on chart 7.

Marvin Gaye (2 Apr 1939 - 1 Apr 1984) was born in Washington DC, USA.  He joined a Doo-Wop group whilst still at high school, but in 1960 he moved to Detroit, and having been seen singing by Barry Gordy Jr, he was signed to Gordy's record label Tamla Motown.  He had a few smallish hits in the USA from 1962, and his first British hit came in 1964, although it only just entered the Top 50.  His early successes were duets with female performers - first with Mary Wells, then with Kim Weston, and later with Tammi Terrell.  He is probably best remembered for his 1970s and 1980s hits which often contained social commentary and civil rights messages.  Gaye was shot dead by his own father, when Gaye was just 44 and arguably at the peak of his career.
Tammi Terrell (29 Apr 1945 - 16 Mar 1970) was born in Philadelphia, USA.  She began recording as a teenager, and signed with Tamla Motown 1965.  She was asked to record with Marvin Gaye in 1967, and they enjoyed several hits together and recorded three albums of duets.  She was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1968, and despite several surgical procedures, she died in 1970 at the age of 24.
# Despite the recording's low position in the UK, it reached number eight in the USA.
# In 1994 the song was recorded as a duet by Elton John and Marcella Detroit.  The single reached number 24 on the UK charts in that year.


51

Title: My Name Is Jack
Artist: Manfred Mann
Writer(s): John Simon (American record producer)
Entered chart 12 Jun 1968; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 11.

This was the group's follow-up to their Number One hit of January, "Mighty Quinn" (song 10).  They were back in the Top 10 again during December this year (song 99).
# The song tells the story of a resident of the Greta Garbo Home for Wayward Boys and Girls, which was the nickname of a real hostel, the Kirkland Hotel, in San Francisco.  In the mid-1960s the hostel was used by hippies, dropouts and the homeless, and had a poor reputation.  The building was closed down by the local authority, and was eventually demolished.


52

Title: Yesterday Has Gone
Artist: Cupid's Inspiration
Writer(s): Teddy Randazzo & Victoria Pike (Randazzo was an American singer-songwriter, producer and arranger)
Entered chart 18 Jun 1968; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

This group was formed in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England with lead singer Terry Rice-Milton.  They enjoyed this Top 10 hit, but their next release stalled at number 33 later the same year.  Rice-Milton left in 1970 and there were several personnel changes over the following years.  They continued performing for a couple of decades with new members.  However, some of the original band members have reunited for concerts in recent years.
# This American song was originally recorded by Little Anthony & The Imperials who had a number of hits in the USA during the 1960s, but failed to reach the UK charts in that decade.


53

Title: Fire
Artist: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Writer(s): Arthur Brown & Vincent Crane
Entered chart 26 Jun 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown was a band led by Arthur Brown (born 24 Jun 1942 in North Yorkshire, England).  The band were performing live in 1967, and released their debut recording in 1968.  The eccentric Brown, with a flaming bowl on his head became a sensation, and the single raced up to the Number One spot.  Their accompanying album reached number two in the album chart, and it looked like they were heading for a long career.  Sadly that was not the case.  There were no further hits.  The recording was a hit in the USA as well, but during an American tour in 1969, two members left the band, and it dissolved at that point.  Brown largely remained in the entertainment industry both in the UK and America.  In the 21st century he has performed with other bands, often at outdoor festivals, and was in concert in London as recently as 2017.


54

Title: Keep On
Artist: Bruce Channel
Writer(s): Wayne Carson Thompson
Entered chart 26 Jun 1968; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart 16.

Bruce Channel was born on 28 Nov 1940 in Jacksonville, Texas, USA.  Channel began his career on the Louisiana Hayride radio show, and joined with harmonica player Delbert McClinton to sing Country Music.  Channel wrote his debut hit "Hey! Baby" with Margaret Cobb during 1959, and performed the song for some two years before making a recording of it.  The single rose to Number One in the USA, and just missed out by one place in the UK during 1962.   Further releases in America failed to reach the Top 50, and none made the UK charts until his number 12 hit, "Keep On", in 1968.  Following his initial hit, he toured the USA and Europe, but he disliked touring, and eventually settled as a songwriter in Nashville, USA, where he wrote a number of hits during the 1970s and 1980s.  He was recording again during 2002.


55

Title: This Guy's In Love With You
Artist: Herb Alpert
Writer(s): Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Entered chart 3 Jul 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 19.

Herb Alpert was born on 31 March 1935 in Los Angeles, USA.  His parents were musicians, and Alpert learned to play the trumpet from the age of eight.  By his teens he was playing at school dances.  From 1957 he was writing songs, and in 1962 he set up his own record company, called A&M, with partner Jerry Moss.  Following a trip to Mexico he decided to form the Tijuana Brass which would play in the style of Mexican marching bands.  This led to a series of singles and albums which became very popular on both sides of the Atlantic.  His album "Going Places" became a multi-million seller, and eventually spent a total of 138 weeks on the UK album chart.  He was a vocalist too, and his ballad "This Guy's In Love With You" was a number three hit in the UK during 1968.  He has continued to perform, tour and record, and he released a new album in 2017.
# Alpert recorded this track after he asked Burt Bacharach for a song.  It became a USA Number One in June 1968.  The song had been recorded by Dionne Warwick as a demo sometime earlier.  Her version was released in 1969 and rose to number seven in the USA charts that year.  Alpert was back at Number One in the USA during 1979 with an instrumental called "Rise".  That recording reached number 13 in the UK.


56

Title: I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten
Artist: Dusty Springfield
Writer(s): Clive Westlake
Entered chart 10 Jul 1968; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 12.

Dusty Springfield (16 Apr 1939 - 2 Mar 1999) was born in London, England.  She began singing in the late 1950s, first with an all-girl group and then with her brother in the Folk group The Springfields.  The trio enjoyed a couple of Top 10 hits, but in late summer 1963, Dusty went solo and began a very successful career throughout the 1960s, becoming one of the top vocalists of that decade.  From 1963 to 1969 she enjoyed a total of 16 hits, ten of which made the Top 10 including her 1966 Number One "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me".  During the late 1960s she had her own TV series, and she made albums in the USA, where she had achieved three Top 10 hits as well.  Things went quiet during the 1970s although she continued to record and perform.  In 1987 she came back to prominence when she recorded new material with Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.  The single "What Have I Done To Deserve This" reached number two - her first Top 10 hit since 1968, and the album from which it came reached the Top 20.  She developed breast cancer in the mid-1990s, and died from the disease in 1999, aged 59.
# This was her first Top 10 hit since the autumn of 1966.  Her two hits of 1967 stalled at numbers 13 and 24.  She was back in the UK Top 10 hit later in 1968 with "Son Of A Preacher Man" (song 94).  Also in 1968 she signed with Atlantic records in the USA, and travelled to Memphis where she recorded an album titled "Dusty In Memphis".  Unfortunately the album failed to chart in the UK and only reached number 99 in the USA.


57

Title: Mrs Robinson
Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Writer(s): Paul Simon
Entered chart 10 Jul 1968; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 12.

This Folk-Rock duo comprised Paul Simon (born 13 Oct 1941) and Art Garfunkel (born 5 Nov 1941), both from New York, USA.  They first met in 1953 and began singing harmonies together.  They cut a couple of records as teenagers under the name of Tom & Jerry but with no lasting success.  It was not until 1963 that they began recording as Simon & Garfunkel.  Their first album sold badly, but one song on the album "The Sound of Silence" was later remixed and it climbed to Number One in the USA, early in 1966.  This established them as a major act, and subsequent albums and singles all sold very well, many topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.  Their musical relationship was strained at times, and they went their separate ways in 1970.  Art Garfunkel followed a solo career and he had a couple of Number One hits during the 1970s in the UK.  Paul Simon went on to become a superstar with major successes in the album charts into the 1990s. 
# This was their first hit since the summer of 1966.  They had no hits in the UK during 1967, although they had two in the USA during that time.  This recording went to Number One in the USA.
# The song was written by Paul Simon for the film "The Graduate" (released December 1967) which starred Dustin Hoffman as 'the graduate' and Anne Bancroft as Mrs Robinson.  The soundtrack album, containing songs and incidental music reached Number One in the USA and number three in the UK during 1968.  An EP with four vocal tracks from the film reached the UK singles charts in January 1969, peaking at number nine.


58

Title: Dance To The Music
Artist: Sly & The Family Stone
Writer(s): Sly Stone
Entered chart 10 Jul 1968; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 14.

Sly & The Family Stone was a Soul-Funk band formed in San Francisco in 1966.  It was fronted by Sly Stone (born 15 Mar 1943), and included family members Freddie and Rose Stone, and was one of the first multi-racial groups in the USA.  This release was their first major hit which led to a successful career.  They had five Top 10 hits, including three Number Ones, in the USA between 1968 and 1971.  In the UK the follow-up singles only reached minor positions on the charts.  As the 1970s went on they tended to concentrate on the Funk sound, but by 1975 Sly's drug-taking, and squabbles between group members led to the band splitting up.  Sly was declared bankrupt in 1976, but he continued performing with a changing roster of band members until 1987 when his worsening drug problem forced retirement.


59

Title: Days
Artist: The Kinks
Writer(s): Ray Davies
Entered chart 17 Jul 1968; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart 10.

The Kinks were a four-piece band formed in north London, England by the brothers Ray and Dave Davies.  Ray Davies, born 21 June 1944, and Dave Davies, born 3 Feb 1947 were joined by Mick Avory on drums and Pete Quaife on bass to complete the original lineup.  Ray had been at art school in the early sixties and had played guitar with different R&B bands in London.  He joined the Ravens in 1962 which included his brother Dave on lead guitar and drummer Avory.  They signed a contract with Pye Records, but changed their name to the Kinks with encouragement from their management.  Their first two releases failed to chart, but their third single, "You Really Got Me" (year 1964, song 67), zoomed all the way to Number One in the UK and was a Top 10 hit in the USA.  They went on to enjoy twelve further Top 10 hits in the UK by 1970, including another Number One in 1965 - all written by Ray Davies.  The band continued recording and performing on and off over the following years, albeit with some personnel changes, but finally broke up in 1996.  The Davies brothers have recorded solo albums, and some past members have regrouped for live performances as the Kast Off Kinks, up to the present time.
# This was their only Top 20 hit of 1968.  1969 was even thinner with just one hit that peaked at number 31.  However, they were back in the Top 10 twice during 1970, which turned out to be their last year as major players in the charts.


60

Title: Sunshine Girl
Artist: Herman's Hermits
Writer(s): Geoff Stephens & John Carter
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 17 Jul 1968; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 14.

Herman's Hermits were formed in Manchester, England in early 1964, with lead singer Peter Noone (born 5 Nov 1947).  Their debut single, "I'm Into Something Good", a cover of an American song, rose up the charts and was at Number One by the end of September 1964.  It was released in the USA and reached number 13.  They soon became a major band on both sides of the Atlantic.  In the UK they amassed ten Top 10 hits by 1970, and eleven in America by 1967.  In the USA they issued several old music hall style songs, such as "I'm Henry The Eighth I Am", which were very successful there.  Such recordings were not issued in the UK.  Noone left the band in 1971 for a solo career.  The remainder recruited a new lead singer and they have toured for many years.  Noone now tours as Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone.  The rival group, with only one original member, tours as Herman's Hermits.  Peter Noone is now a naturalised US citizen, currently living in Santa Barbara, California.
# This was the band's first of two Top 10 hits in 1968.  This was an improvement on 1967 when they had just the one.  1969 and 1970 saw them with one Top 10 hit in each of those years.  1970 was their final year as hit makers, although Noone had a solo hit in 1971.  Their next hit came in December 1968 (song 98).


61

Title: Help Yourself
Artist: Tom Jones
Writer(s): Carlo Donida with English lyrics by Jack Fishman (Fishman wrote English lyrics for song 24 above)
Entered chart 17 Jul 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 26.

This was Jones' follow-up to his number two hit of February, "Delilah".  This release did not get so high in the charts, but its stay of 26 weeks is the longest of any Tom Jones hit either before or since.  Although it missed the top spot in the UK, it went to Number One in Australia, Germany, Ireland and South Africa.  It reached number 35 on the USA pop chart, but number three on the American easy-listening chart.  His next Top 10 hit came in May 1969.
# The song is an English-language version of the Italian song "Gli Occhi Miei" (my eyes), which was written by Carlo Donida.  The English lyrics are completely unrelated to the original Italian lyrics.


62

Title: Beggin'
Artist: Timebox
Writer(s): Bob Gaudio & Peggy Farina
Entered chart 24 Jul 1968; Highest Position 38; Weeks on chart 4.

This 5-piece group began in 1965 as Take 5 in Lancashire, England.  They went to London in 1966 and began to make live appearances.  They changed the band's name when they gained a recording contract in 1967.  They began issuing singles but none charted, and there were several changes of personnel.  A move to Decca's Deram label resulted in more singles, but this cover was the only one to reach the charts, and that was at a lowly position.  More failures were followed by more departures, and the band ceased in 1970.
# The recording is a cover of the Four Seasons' hit which had reached number 16 in the USA during 1967.


63

Title: Do It Again
Artist: The Beach Boys
Writer(s): Brian Wilson & Mike Love
Entered chart 24 Jul 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

This was the group's follow-up to the January hit "Darlin'" (song 9), which had peaked at number eleven in the UK.  This release gave them their second and final Number One in Britain.  The song harks back to the band's early days of surfing and spending-time-on-the-beach records.  Released in the summer, it had the good-time feeling that may have boosted sales.  The group's next Top 10 hit came in February 1969.


64

Title: High In The Sky
Artist: Amen Corner
Writer(s): Anthony King
Entered chart 31 Jul 1968; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 13.

This was Amen Corner's follow-up to the January hit "Bend Me Shape Me" (song 7), which had reached number three on the UK charts.  This song by the British composer gave them another Top 10 hit, with another two coming in 1969.  Their debut album, "Round Amen Corner", was a disappointment in only reaching number 26 on the album chart, and remaining for just seven weeks during spring 1968.  However, their single release of January 1969 went to Number One.


65

Title: I Say A Little Prayer
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Writer(s): Burt Bacharach & Hal David (they wrote song 55 above)
Entered chart 7 Aug 1968; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 14.

Aretha Franklin (25 Mar 1942 - 16 Aug 2018) was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.  She relocated north with her family when she was two, finally settling in Detroit.  She began singing at a local Baptist church as a child, and by the age of twelve she was recording Gospel songs.  In 1960 she signed with Columbia records to record a wide range of music including standards and ballads, as well as some R&B and Pop.  She had a few hit records with Columbia, but with such a mixed output it was difficult for her to establish herself on the music scene.  In 1966 she left Columbia for Atlantic records and a Soul/R&B career.  Her first recordings for Atlantic took place at the FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Her output was soon producing hits, and she was dubbed The Queen of Soul.  In April 1967 she issued "Respect" which became a Number One hit in the USA.  She remained with Atlantic until 1980 when she signed with Arista records.  More hits followed as well as concert appearances, and she became a Soul superstar throughout the world.  In 1987 she reached Number One in the UK in a duet with George Michael titled "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)".  She continued recording and performing into the 21st century, and famously sang at the inauguration of American President Barack Obama in January 2009.  She died at her home in Detroit on 16th August 2018 at the age of 76.
# This was her first Top 10 hit since the summer of 1967, although there had been four smaller hits during that time.  This was her last hit of the 1960s.  She had several small to medium sized hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, but was next in the UK Top 10 during 1985 in duet with the Eurythmics with "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves".
# Whilst this song is now regarded as a Soul classic, it was composed by the team that wrote dozens of pop hits that were recorded by many performers.  As was usual for Bacharach & David songs, it was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick, in 1966.  Her version was not released until 1967 when it appeared on her new album.  American DJs started playing the track on radio, resulting in it being released as a single.  It reached number four in December 1967.  Aretha Franklin also recorded the song for an album in 1968, but it was issued on a single as a B-side.  Again, the track received airplay, and eventually reached number ten in the USA.  It was issued as a A-side in the UK.


66

Title: I've Gotta Get A Message To You
Artist: The Bee Gees
Writer(s): Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Entered chart 7 Aug 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 15.

The Bee Gees had their second Number One with this recording, their fifth and final chart-topper coming in 1987.  Their previous Top 10 hit was in January (song 12).  A release in March, the double-sided "Jumbo" and "The Singer Sang His Song" peaked at a lowly number 25.  Their next hit came in February 1969 which was also a Top 10 entry.
# The trio were touring the UK during April this year, and would embark on a concert tour of Europe in November 1968.


67

Title: Hold Me Tight
Artist: Johnny Nash
Writer(s): Johnny Nash
Entered chart 7 Aug 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 16.

Johnny Nash was born on 19 Aug 1940 in Houston, Texas, USA.  He started recording in the latter part of the 1950s, releasing his debut album in 1958.  He issued numerous albums and singles over the next decade, with modest success in the USA.  He travelled to Jamaica in early 1968, and was impressed by the local Reggae music (sometimes known as Rocksteady at that time).  Nash actually recorded a couple of songs whilst there, and the trip inspired him to write his first UK hit "Hold Me Tight" which had a Rocksteady (Reggae) beat.  This led to a series of UK hits through to the mid-1970s, including his Number One "Tears On My Pillow" in 1975.  He was still recording in the 2000s.


68

Title: Lady Willpower
Artist: The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett
Writer(s): Jerry Fuller
Entered chart 7 Aug 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 16.

This was the group's follow-up to their debut hit "Young Girl" in April this year (song 38).  It was written by the same composer, and had a similar sound.  Their initial release in America, "Woman Woman", appeared in the UK charts for one week at number 48 at the end of August.  There were no more hits until the re-release of "Young Girl" in 1974.  See song 38 for more info.


69

Title: Jesamine
Artist: The Casuals
Writer(s): Marty Wilde & Ronnie Scott (British manager and songwriter - not the Jazz musician)
Entered chart 14 Aug 1968; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 18.

The Casuals group was established in Lincoln, England in 1961.  The band spent several years in Italy recording Italian-language covers of British hit songs for the local market.  They also recorded in England and issued several singles but none charted until 1968 when they recorded "Jesamine".  It was a huge hit, but the follow-up single "Toy" stalled at number 30, and there were no more hits.  They continued recording into the 1970s, but without success.  The group disbanded in 1976.
# The song was originally recorded earlier in 1968 by another British band called The Bystanders, but it was not a hit for them.
# The two songwriters used the pseudonyms Frere Manston and Jack Gellar.  Marty Wilde had enjoyed several hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s. 


70

Title: Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Artist: Mama Cass
Writer(s): Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt & Gus Kahn
Entered chart 14 Aug 1968; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 12.

Mama Cass (19 Sep 1941 - 29 Jul 1974) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and became famous as a member of the American group the Mamas & Papas (see year 1966, song 40).  With the group she enjoyed several hit singles and albums, and this recording was made when the group was still active.  Cass sang solo on the recording, and in the USA it was credited to Mama Cass with the Mamas & the Papas.  In the UK, however, credit was given just to Mama Cass.  This recording was a reasonable success, but in 1969 she reached the Top 10 with "It's Getting Better".  Unfortunately there were no further hits in the UK.  She continued to perform in the USA, on two occasions in Las Vegas, and appeared on TV as well.  She was in London for a series of concerts during 1974, where she died in her sleep from heart failure, at the age of just 32.
# The song was written in 1931 and has been recorded by numerous artists, both before and since the Cass version.


71

Title: Ice In The Sun
Artist: Status Quo
Writer(s): Marty Wilde & Ronnie Scott (they wrote song 69 above)
Entered chart 21 Aug 1968; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the group's second hit, following their debut chart entry in January (song 11), "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", which had reached number seven.  A single released in April had failed to chart.  This song, co-written by the British Rock 'n' Roll singer Marty Wilde reached the Top 10, but was the last such hit until January 1973.  Nevertheless, they became very popular performers, and as their style moved from Psychedelia to Rock they became major artists by the mid-1970s.


72

Title: I Live For The Sun
Artist: Vanity Fare
Writer(s): Rick Henn (American songwriter)
Entered chart 28 Aug 1968; Highest Position 20; Weeks on chart 9.

Vanity Fare is a British band formed in Rochester, Kent, England in 1966 under a different name.  They went through a further name before becoming Vanity Fare in early 1968.  The band's first release was "I Live For The Sun", which just scraped into the UK Top 20.  Their next two releases failed to chart, but in the summer of 1969 they reached the UK Top 10 with "Early In The Morning".  The recording peaked at number 12 in the USA.  A further Top 20 hit came in late 1969, which turned out to be their final hit in the UK.  In 1972 they moved to perform in central Europe, where they were having a few hits.  They are still performing at the present time, albeit with different personnel to the original lineup.  However, drummer Mark Ellen only retired in 2015 after playing in the band for 43 years.
# The name of the group is a pun on the title of the British novel and American magazine "Vanity Fair".
# The song was written in 1965 and recorded that year by American group The Sunrays, although it only reached number 51 on the USA charts.


73

Title: Classical Gas
Artist: Mason Williams
Writer(s): Mason Williams
Entered chart 28 Aug 1968; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 13.

Although guitar-based instrumental recordings, such as those by the Shadows, had gone out of favour by 1968, Mason Williams enjoyed this guitar instrumental hit in both the UK and USA (where it reached number two).  Williams was born on 24 August 1938 in Texas, USA.  Following his education he served in the US Navy from 1961 to 1963.  He started as a stand-up comedian in 1964, and wrote a number of comic songs, which he recorded and performed live.  This resulted in him writing songs and jokes for the American TV series "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" which ran from 1967 to 1969.  In 1968 he wrote and recorded the instrumental "Classical Gas" which was very successful on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere.  He continued recording and performing both music and comedy well into the 21st century, but no further hits reached the UK charts.
# Mason Williams co-wrote the 1968 Number One hit "
Cinderella Rockefella" sung by Esther & Abi Ofarim (song 16 in this list).


74

Title: Hey Jude
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 4 Sep 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 16.

This was the group's second of two releases in this year, and it followed their chart-topper, "Lady Madonna" (song 31).  With a running time of seven minutes and ten seconds, it is one of the longest singles to appear in the UK charts.  In the the USA it reached Number One and remained in that position for nine weeks.  In the UK, the recording was at the top for only two weeks, having its stay cut short by the Paul McCartney-produced Mary Hopkin debut single (see song 75 below).  The band's next hit came in April 1969.


75

Title: Those Were The Days
Artist: Mary Hopkin
Writer(s): Boris Fomin with English lyrics by Gene Raskin
Producer: Paul McCartney
Entered chart 4 Sep 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 21.

Mary Hopkin was born on 3 May 1950 in south Wales.  She had singing lessons as a child, and in her early teens became a Folk singer with a local group. She also released an EP of Welsh-language songs for a local record label.  She came to national prominence when she appeared on the TV talent show "Opportunity Knocks", which she won.  This brought her to the attention of Paul McCartney, who signed her to the new Beatles record label, Apple.  Hopkin was the first artist to sign with Apple.  Her first recording was an English language version of a Russian song, titled "Those Were The Days".  With her popularity from TV appearances, this debut recording quickly climbed to Number One in the UK charts, ironically replacing the Beatles recording of "Hey Jude".  Her next release, "Goodbye", was written by Paul McCartney, and it peaked at number two in the spring of 1969.  She had another Top 10 hit early in 1970, then later that year represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with "Knock Knock Who's There", coming second in the contest.  That was her final Top 10 hit.  Three smaller hits followed.  In 1971 she married and went into semi-retirement to raise a family.  She resumed her recording career in 1976, but only one release grazed the charts.  She has continued to record and make public appearances from time to time, and has recorded with her son and daughter in the 2010s.
# The melody is taken from a Russian song called "Dorogoi Dlinnoyu" (by the long road).  The earliest known recording was made in 1925 by a Russian singer.  Paul McCartney had heard the English language version of the song earlier in the 1960s, and decided it would be right for Hopkin's debut single.  It reached number two in the USA.


76

Title: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Artist: Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra
Writer(s): Ennio Morricone
Entered chart 11 Sep 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 24.

Hugo Montenegro (2 Sep 1925 - 6 Feb 1981) was an American orchestra leader, arranger, and composer of film soundtracks.  He was born in New York City and later joined the US Navy where he began arranging music for the military band on his base.  After leaving the navy in the early 1950s he began arranging music for the dance bands and performers of the day.  In the late 1950s he became an arranger for Time Records, but moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, joining RCA records to produce a series of albums and soundtracks for film and TV.  He began scoring for films from 1964, but in 1968 recorded a version of the theme to the 1966 movie western "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" which starred Clint Eastwood.  Montenegro's recording was a great success, reaching number two on the American charts.  By the mid-1970s he had moved on to electronic music, and was one of the first users of the Moog Synthesiser.  In the late 1970s ill health forced his retirement, and he died from lung disease in 1981 at the age of 55.
# The haunting, whistling sound heard throughout the recording is played on an ocarina - possibly the only Number One record to feature that instrument, although it is played in the instrumental break of the Troggs' "Wild Thing" which reached number two in 1966.
# This was the first instrumental Number One since the Shadows held that spot with "Foot Tapper" in April 1963.


77

Title: A Day Without Love
Artist: Love Affair
Writer(s): Phillip Goodhand-Tait
Entered chart 11 Sep 1968; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the band's third Top 10 hit of the year.  It was written by the British singer-songwriter Phillip Goodhand-Tait.  The group's next release in February 1969 stalled at number 16, but they returned to the Top 10 for a final time in July 1969.


78

Title: The Red Balloon
Artist: The Dave Clark Five
Writer(s): Raymond Froggatt (British songwriter)
Entered chart 18 Sep 1968; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 11.

The Dave Clark Five was a beat group from Tottenham, north London, England.  The band's origins go back to 1957, and several personnel changes were made before their hits began.  By the time the hits began, the group comprised leader Dave Clark on drums, and Mike Smith on keyboards and lead vocals, plus three others on guitars and saxophone.  Smith was also responsible for writing many of their hits, although Clark was always given joint composing credits.  They became known for their "thump-thump" drumming style early on, but this mellowed as time went on.  They remained popular throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s with eight Top 10 hits by the end of 1970.  The band also enjoyed success in the USA during the "British Invasion" years, where they had eight Top 10 hits.  Dave Clark was a shrewd businessman, keeping the copyright on his recordings, which he re-released sparingly during the following decades.
# This was the group's first UK Top 10 hit for nearly a year, but considering their first hit was in 1963, and many other bands from that time had disappeared from the charts, they were doing very well in the UK.  Despite the enormous success they had enjoyed in the USA, this release failed to enter the charts there, and no more hit singles came for them in that country.


79

Title: My Little Lady
Artist: The Tremeloes
Writer(s): Lorenzo Pilat, Mario Panzeri & Daniele Pace with English lyrics by Chip Hawkes & Alan Blakley 
Entered chart 18 Sep 1968; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the group's third Top 20 hit of the year.  It was an Italian song with the original title "Non Illuderti Mai" (never delude yourself).  The English lyrics were provided by two members of the Tremeloes.  This was the band's second Italian song of the year (see song 8).  Their next release stalled at number 29, but they were in the Top 10 again in November 1969, with a recording in between reaching number 14.


80

Title: Only One Woman
Artist: The Marbles
Writer(s): Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Entered chart 25 Sep 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 12.

The Marbles was a duo of cousins Graham Bonnet and Trevor Gordon, who were born in Lincolnshire, England.  However, Gordon grew up in Australia where he got to know the Bee Gees.  He made some recordings of their songs in Australia.  In 1967 Gordon returned to the UK to join Bonnet who had put together a group.  However, they formed a duo and the Bee Gees provided them with this song.  It was a big hit, but the follow-up only reached number 28, and there were no more hits.  They split in 1969.  After the split, Bonnet started a solo career, but from 1978 to 1980, he was the lead singer with Ritchie Blackmore's rock group Rainbow.  He also had a solo Top 10 hit in 1981.  Since then he has recorded solo but formed a new band in the 2010s and was touring as recently as 2018.  Gordon released one solo album and later became a music teacher.  He died during 2013 in London.


81

Title: With A Little Help From My Friends
Artist: Joe Cocker
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Entered chart 2 Oct 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 13.

Joe Cocker (20 May 1944 - 22 Dec 2014) was born in Sheffield, England.  He took an interest in music from an early age, and by 1960 he had formed his first group called the Cavaliers.  The group was short-lived, but Cocker continued to perform, and in 1964 he signed his first record contract, but no hits followed and the contract lapsed.  Early in 1968 he had another recording opportunity, and decided to record "Marjorine" which he co-wrote himself, and which was a modest success in the UK and USA.  Later that year he put a unique interpretation on his recording of the Beatles' song "With A Little Help From My Friends".  It went to Number One in the UK, but only reached number 68 in America.  He toured the UK and USA in 1969 and performed at the famous Woodstock music festival.  Another couple of hits followed, but tired of touring and recording he cut back on both and did not have another hit until he teamed up with Jennifer Warnes to record the duet "Up Where We Belong" for the soundtrack of the 1982 film An "Officer and a Gentleman".  It was a Top 10 hit in the UK but went to Number One in America.  This led to a couple of hit albums in the 1990s with some moderately successful singles taken from them.  He continued to perform almost up to his death.  He died from lung cancer in Colorado, USA at the age of 70.
# The song has the distinction of reaching Number One in the UK charts three times by three different acts.  As well as the version by Joe Cocker in 1968, it was a chart topper for Wet Wet Wet in 1988 (recorded for the charity ChildLine), and the song hit the top again in 2004 when recorded by the duo Sam & Mark who had appeared on "Pop Idol" and later became TV presenters.


82

Title: You're All I Need To Get By
Artist: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Writer(s): Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson (known as Ashford & Simpson)
Entered chart 2 Oct 1968; Highest Position 19; Weeks on chart 19.

This was the duo's follow-up to their hit from earlier in the year "Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing" (song 50).  This one did far better in the UK charts, reaching number 19 as opposed to the number 34 peak of the previous hit.  The pair had further hits in 1969, including a Top 10 entry, despite Terrell's deteriorating health.  See song 50 for more info.
# In 1978 the song was revived by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams who saw their recording of it peak at number 45 in the UK charts.


83

Title: Mexico
Artist: Long John Baldry
Writer(s): Tony Macaulay & John MacLeod (they wrote Baldy's hit "Let The Heartaches Begin")
Entered chart 23 Oct 1968; Highest Position 15; Weeks on chart 8.

Long John Baldry (12 January 1941 - 21 July 2005) was born in Northamptonshire, England.  He had the nickname Long John, as at 6ft 7in he was one of the tallest performers of the time.  He got into Blues music as a teenager, and in the early 1960s he sang with Alex Korner's band Blues Incorporated, and recorded with them also.  In 1963, Baldry joined the Cyril Davies' R&B All Stars.  He took over in 1964 after the death of Cyril Davies, and the group became Long John Baldry and his Hoochie Coochie Men featuring Rod Stewart on vocals.  In 1965 the band was renamed Steampacket, but it broke up in 1966.  Baldry then formed Bluesology, which featured an unknown Elton John on piano, but that broke up in early 1967.  Baldrey then recorded as a solo artist, and his recording of "Let The Heartaches Begin" went to Number One in November 1967.  A minor hit followed, but in autumn 1968 he had a number 15 hit in the UK with "Mexico", which tied in with the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.  The hits dried up, however, and in 1978 he emigrated to Canada, and became a Canadian citizen.  He continued performing and recording in Canada, where he also did voiceover work for animated feature films.  He died from a severe chest infection in Vancouver at age 64.
# This recording was chosen as the theme for the British Olympic team in the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games.  The recording was re-released in 1986 to coincide with the football World Cup which was held in Mexico that year.  However, it did not reach the charts again.


84

Title: This Old Heart Of Mine
Artist: Isley Brothers
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 23 Oct 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 16.

The Isley Brothers are a Soul and R&B group from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.  They began by singing Gospel music, but moved to New York City in 1957 and began recording R&B tracks.  In 1959 they had a moderate hit with their song "Shout", which was later a hit for Lulu.  They first appeared in the UK charts in 1963 with "Twist And Shout", although it was only a minor hit for them.  "This Old Heart Of Mine" first charted in 1966, when it peaked at number 47.  However, it became a number three hit two years later.  By the time of this hit the Isley brothers were: Ronald, Rudolph, O'Kelly, plus Chris Jasper.  During the 1970s and early 1980s they enjoyed enormous success in the USA and elsewhere, during which period they were joined by Marvin Isley and Ernie Isley.  In 1984, however,  Chris Jasper and Marvin left the band which was dissolved.  It was reformed in 1991, with Ronald, Ernie, and Marvin.  In 1996 Marvin left due to ill health, leaving Ronald and Ernie as a duo, and the pair have continued performing until the present time.
# In 1975 the song was recorded by Rod Stewart, and the single reached number four in the UK charts.  Stewart recorded the song again in 1989, this time in duet with Ronald Isley.  The recording peaked at number 51 in the UK.


85

Title: Elenore
Artist: The Turtles
Writer(s): Howard Kaylan & other members of the Turtles
Entered chart 30 Oct 1968; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 12.

The Turtles was an American six-piece band, formed in Los Angeles in 1965.  Their first USA hit came in late 1965, but following singles fared badly until they recorded "Happy Together" in early 1967, which became a Number One on the American charts (number 12 in the UK).  The follow up "She'd Rather Be With Me" was a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic.  It was late 1968, however, before they reached the Top 10 again.  No more hits came for them in the UK after 1968, but they were in the American Top 10 in 1969 for a final fling.  They disbanded in 1970.  Two of the members (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman) continued recording, under the name of Flo & Eddie, and they have put together Turtles reunion tours into the 2010s, most recently in 2015.
# This recording may be the only chart hit to include the Latin phrase 'et cetera' (usually written as 'etc'), meaning: and so on.  It is used in the lyric line 'You're my pride and joy, et cetera'. 


86

Title: It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)
Artist: Betty Everett
Writer(s): Rudy Clark
Entered chart 30 Oct 1968; Highest Position 34; Weeks on chart 7.

Betty Everett (23 Nov 1939 - 19 Aug 2001) was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA.  She moved to Chicago in 1957 to chase her dream of becoming a recording artist.  She made a few recordings with local labels before signing with Vee-Jay Records in 1963.  Her third release for the label was this recording which had been issued, unsuccessfully, in 1963 by Merry Clayton.  Everett's version reached number six in the USA charts in 1964, but it was not released in the UK at that time.  Finally issued in Britain in 1968, it became a modest hit there, but has since gained the status of a classic Northern Soul recording.  In the USA she became very successful, with several hit records, although much of her output was covered by British artists, which stifled her success in the UK.  She continued to record and perform spasmodically into the 1990s when ill health resulted in her retirement.  She died in 2001 at the age of 61.
# The dominant, accompanying vocals on Everett's recording were provided, uncredited, by Vee-Jay session regulars the Opals, a trio of teenage girls from East Chicago, Indiana, which made it sound more like a girl group recording.
# The song was recorded by British singer Linda Lewis in 1975, with a Disco sound.  The recording reached number six in the UK charts during the summer of that year.  In 1990 it was recorded by Cher under the title of "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" for for the soundtrack of her film "Mermaids".  That recording reached Number One in the UK charts in spring 1991.  It also topped the charts in several other countries, but peaked at only number 33 in the USA.


87

Title: I'm A Tiger
Artist: Lulu
Writer(s): Marty Wilde & Ronnie Scott (they wrote song 71 above)
Entered chart 6 Nov 1968; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 13.

This was Lulu's follow up to "Boy" which reached the Top 20 in June 1968 (song 48).  This gave her a total of three Top 20 hits (two Top 10) for 1968, which was her best performance in a calendar year since she first charted in 1964.  1969 would see her represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, where she came joint first with three other countries.


88

Title: Lily The Pink
Artist: The Scaffold
Writer(s): John Gorman, Mike McGear & Roger McGough
Entered chart 6 Nov 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 24.

The Scaffold were a poetry and novelty Folk music trio from Liverpool, England.  The group consisted musical performer Mike McGear (real name Peter Michael McCartney, the brother of Paul McCartney), poet Roger McGough and comic entertainer John Gorman.  The band was formed in 1964, and performed a mixture of novelty songs, comic sketches and the poetry of Roger McGough.  They had a recording contract with EMI's Parlophone label and made a few recordings, with their first hit coming in November 1967.  The recording of "Lily The Pink" was their biggest, picking up sales over the Christmas period, as it was a good sing-along song at parties.  They continued recording and performing into the 1970s, but disbanded in 1977.  There have been some reunion concerts over the years, most recently in 2015.
# Lily the Pink is a fictitious character, based on the real person Lydia Pinkham, who marketed a herbal remedy during the late 19th century in the United States. The Scaffold song is an update of the American folk song called "The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham". The lyrics of both songs celebrate the "medicinal compound" invented by Lily the Pink/Lydia Pinkham, and, in each verse, chronicle some extraordinary cure which it has effected.


89

Title: I'm The Urban Spaceman
Artist: The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Writer(s): Neil Innes
Entered chart 6 Nov 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 14.

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band was formed during 1962 in London, England by a group of art students.  The band performed a mix of Trad Jazz and surreal humour, which had a niche following during the mid to late 1960s.  The main members were Vivian Stanshall (21 Mar 1943 - 5 Mar 1995) and Neil Innes (born 9 Dec 1944), although some six or so others were in the band at different times for recording and performing.  As their popularity increased, they were asked by Paul McCartney to appear in The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" film at the end of 1967, which they did.  At a similar time they also became the resident band on "Do Not Adjust Your Set", a children's television comedy show.  In 1968 they released "I'm The Urban Spaceman" which proved to be their only appearance in the UK singles charts, although they had a couple of Top 40 albums in the album chart during the late 1960s.  However, internal differences and disagreements with their record company led the group to disband in 1970, following a farewell tour of the UK.  There have been a few reunion concerts involving various permutations of former members, into the 21st century.


90

Title: Private Number
Artist: Judy Clay & William Bell
Writer(s): William Bell & Booker T. Jones
Entered chart 20 Nov 1968; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 14.

These Soul singers were brought together by their record company Stax of Memphis, Tennessee.  Judy Clay (12 Sep 1938 - 19 Jul 2001) was born in North Carolina, and by her early teens she was singing in the family Gospel group.  In 1960 she began a solo recording career but there were no hit singles until she teamed up with singer Billy Vera, and they had a couple of hits together.  Stax Records then put her in a duet with William Bell.  The recording was called "Private Number", which was very successful in the UK but only reached a lowly number 75 in the USA.  From 1970 she worked as a backing singer for a number of artists, then returned to Gospel choir singing in the 1980s.  She died from injuries sustained in a car crash at the age of 62.
William Bell was born on 16 Jul 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee.  He started singing in 1957 as a backing singer, and was also employed as a songwriter by Stax Records.  With that record company he also had some hit singles in the 1960s and 1970s.  His only substantial hit in the UK, however, was this duet with Judy Clay.  Bell continued to record and perform into the 21st century, and he appeared on BBC TV in their programme celebrating Stax Records' 50th anniversary in 2017.
# The song has been recorded by other acts including the British boy band 911, whose version reached number three in the UK charts during 1999.


91

Title: Love Child
Artist: Diana Ross & The Supremes
Writer(s): R. Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer & Deke Richards
Entered chart 20 Nov 1968; Highest Position 15; Weeks on chart 14.

The Supremes was a vocal trio, by the time of this recording, comprising Diana Ross (lead singer, born 26 Mar 1944), Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson.  In 1964 they recorded "Where Did Our Love Go" (year 1964, song 75).  The recording went to Number One in the USA and number three in Britain.  They became so successful that their first six releases in the USA went to Number One, and they ended up with eleven chart-toppers there by 1969.  In the UK they only had one Number One, "Baby Love" (1964, song 89), but amassed 18 hits by the end of the 1960s, seven of which reached the Top 10.  In 1970 Diana Ross left to pursue a solo career.  She was replaced by Jean Terrell.  This version of the trio did enjoy success, with five of their recordings hitting the UK Top 10 from 1970 to 1972.  With some more personnel changes, the trio continued recording, after 1972, but with little chart success.  They remained a popular live act, however, continuing to 1977, when they performed their farewell concert (in London), and then disbanded.
# Despite their apparent popularity, in 1968 and 1969 their releases performed disappointingly in the UK charts, although three recordings did reach the Top 20.  Ironically, it was only after the departure of Diana Ross that things improved for the trio, who, as mentioned above, enjoyed five Top 10 hits from 1970 to 1972.
# As was usually the case on singles released under the "Diana Ross & the Supremes" name, Supremes members Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong did not perform on the record.  Motown session singers The Andantes performed the background vocals with lead vocals by Diana Ross.  Wilson and Birdsong did sing on live performances of the recordings.


92

Title: Build Me Up Buttercup
Artist: The Foundations
Writer(s): Tony Macaulay &
Mike d'Abo (lead singer of Manfred Mann)
Entered chart 20 Nov 1968; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 15.

The Foundations was a mixed race British group which had members from the West Indies, the UK and Sri Lanka.  All the members were experienced musicians, having been in other groups and Jazz bands.  They began gigging around west London in early 1967, with two lead singers, Clem Curtis and Raymond Morrison.  They signed a contract with Pye Records during the year.  Their debut release, "Baby Now That I've Found You" (see year 1967, song 79) was picked up by the new BBC Radio 1, and the resultant airplay took it up to Number One in the UK charts.  It reached number eleven in the USA.  Clem Curtis left during 1968 and was replaced by Colin Young.  With Young they went on to have more hits during 1968 and 1969.  In the mid-1970s Clem Curtis reformed a new group called the Foundations, despite Colin Young still touring with the original Foundations.  Young was allowed to continue, using the name New Foundations.  Clem Curtis died on 27 March 2017 at age 76.
# This was the band's first Top 10 entry for over a year.  Two releases during that time were only small hits.  The lead singer on this recording is Colin Young.  They were back in the Top 10 in May 1969.
# Tony Macaulay also co-wrote their debut hit.  Mike d'Abo was still the lead singer with Manfred Mann at this time.


93

Title: Don't Forget To Catch Me
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch & Hank Marvin (members of the Shadows)
Entered chart 27 Nov 1968; Highest Position 21; Weeks on chart 10.

Cliff Richard's big hit of 1968 had been "Congratulations" (song 32) in March.  Two following releases peaked at numbers 27 and 22 respectively.  This was his fourth single of the year, which, like the two forerunners, did not reach the Top 20.  1969 would be a good year for Cliff, however, with a number 12 hit and two Top 10 entries.
# Three members of the Shadows wrote the song, and the band provided the instrumental backing for the recording.


94

Title: Son Of A Preacher Man
Artist: Dusty Springfield
Writer(s): John Hurley & Ronnie Wilkins (American songwriters)
Entered chart 4 Dec 1968; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 9.

This was Dusty's follow-up to "I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten" (song 56), which had reached number four in the UK charts during the summer of this year.  "Son Of A Preacher Man" turned out to be her last UK Top 10 hit until 1987 when she teamed up with Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.  During the 1970s and early 1980s she mostly lived a private life in the USA, although she did record occasionally during that time.  See song 56 for more info.
# The recording is taken from her album "Dusty In Memphis".  The album had critical acclaim but sales were disappointing.  It failed to chart in the UK and only reached number 99 in the USA.


95

Title: Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Artist: Marmalade
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Entered chart 4 Dec 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 20.

Marmalade had debuted on the UK charts in May this year with "Lovin' Things" (song 44), which had reached number six.  A single released in October had stalled at number 30, but this Beatles' song gave them a Number One hit.  The song, written by Paul McCartney (but credited to Lennon & McCartney), was on the album "The Beatles" (known as the White Album).  Although the Beatles' own version was released as a single in some countries, it was not released in the UK or USA.  This gave Marmalade the opportunity to record the song, which became the band's only chart topper.  They were back in the Top 10 during June 1969.
# This was the first Number One hit for a Scottish act in the UK charts.
# The song was disliked by John Lennon and George Harrison who complained during the numerous recording takes which McCartney insisted upon for their 'White Album'.  It was McCartney's take on the Ska music that was coming from Jamaica at the time.


96

Title: Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)
Artist: Edwin Starr
Writer(s): Albert Hamilton, Charles Hatcher (Edwin Starr) & Richard Morris
Entered chart 11 Dec 1968; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 11.

Edwin Starr (21 Jan 1942 - 2 Apr 2003) was born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, but he was raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  He began singing as part of a group in 1957, but he moved to Detroit in the mid-1960s and began recording for a small company.  Tamla Motown purchased that company which made Starr part of the Motown stable.  His biggest hits came in the 1970s, with his output often condemning the Vietnam war which was taking place at the time.  He continued to record and perform into the early 2000s.  He died from a heart attack at the age of 61.
# This recording, co-written by Starr under his real name, was first issued in the UK in 1966 when it peaked at number 35 in the charts.  Re-issued in 1968, it only just missed out on a Top 10 placing.


97

Title: For Once In My Life
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Writer(s): Ron Miller & Orlando Murden
Entered chart 18 Dec 1968; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 13.

Stevie Wonder was born on 13 May 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA, but he grew up in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  He was blind almost from birth, but began singing in a church choir as a child.  He was signed to Tamla Motown records at the age of eleven, and made several records.  In 1963, when he was 12, he had his first hit, "Fingertips", which went to Number One on the USA charts.  His next few releases, however, did not reach the charts, and there was a danger that Motown might drop him.  However, he was given one last chance to produce a hit, and with his musical mentors, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby, he wrote "Uptight (Everything's Alright)".  The single reached number 3 in the USA, peaking at number 14 in the UK - his debut hit there.  His career grew from there with a series of hit singles and albums over the following years.  By the end of the 20th century, he had scored 54 hit singles and a dozen hit albums in the UK.  He has continued to record and perform until the present time, although at greater intervals than in the earlier decades.  His most recent original album release was in 2005.
# This recording of Wonder's was not an original song, but had been written in 1965 as a slow ballad, and recorded by a number of artists, including Motown's the Temptations and the Four Tops, both in 1967.  Also in 1967 it was recorded by Tony Bennett, and it was a modest hit for him in the USA.  Wonder also recorded the song in 1967, as an up-tempo number, but its release as a single was delayed until October 1968.  Once issued, the recording soared up to number two in the USA charts and number three in the UK.  Wonder had two of his classic recordings in the UK Top 10 during 1969.
# In 1969, Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (1915-1998) recorded the song as a ballad, and her version reached number 24 in the UK charts.


98

Title: Something's Happening
Artist: Herman's Hermits
Writer(s): Giancarlo Bigazzi & Riccardo Del Turco with English lyrics by Jack Fishman
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 18 Dec 1968; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 15.

This was the group's follow-up to their summertime hit "Sunshine Girl" (song 60).  It was an Italian song with English lyrics provided by Jack Fishman, who had written English words to two other foreign-language songs in 1968 (songs 24 and 61 above).  Despite their earlier popularity in the USA, and a short tour of America during the summer, the single failed to reach the Top 100 in that country.  They were next in the UK Top 10 during April 1969.


99

Title: Fox On The Run
Artist: Manfred Mann
Writer(s): Tony Hazzard (English songwriter)
Entered chart 18 Dec 1968; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 12.

Manfred Mann followed their hit of June 1968 (song 51), with another Top 10 hit, making three in total for the year.  1969 saw them have just one (number eight) hit, after which the group disbanded.  See song 10 for more info.


100

Title: Blackberry Way
Artist: The Move
Writer(s): Roy Wood
Entered chart 25 Dec 1968; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12 (reached Number One on 5 Feb 1969)

This was the Move's second hit of the year - the earlier one, "Fire Brigade", coming in February (song 13).  However, their recording issued in the summer, "Wild Tiger Woman" failed to enter the charts, mainly because it was banned by BBC Radio 1 for the lyric content.  They bounced back from that disappointment when the next release, "Blackberry Way", took them all the way to Number One.  They only managed just one Top 20 hit in 1969, but were in the Top 10 again in April 1970.



 

Acts with most appearances in this list:

Love Affair: 3
Lulu: 3
Manfred Mann: 3
Tremeloes: 3

Composers with most appearances in this list:

John Lennon & Paul McCartney: 5
Burt Bacharach & Hal David: 3
Jack Fishman: 3 (All English lyrics to foreign-language songs)
Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb: 3
Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley: 3
Barry Mason: 3 (2 with Les Reed; 1 English lyrics)
Marty Wilde & Ronnie Scott: 3

New Names in 1968
To qualify, new acts must have gone on to have at least three entries in these lists.  One-hit Wonders do not qualify.

Amen Corner
Joe Cocker
Mary Hopkin
Love Affair
Marmalade
Johnny Nash
Status Quo
Vanity Fare

One-hit Wonders in 1968

There are a large number of One-hit Wonders included in the listing for this year.
Definition:  For the purposes of this listing, One-hit Wonders are defined as those acts that had one notable hit, then either no more, or only one minor hit to follow.  Details with each act.

Brenton Wood: one Top 10 hit only.
Solomon King: one Top 10 and one number 21 hit.
John Fred & The Playboys: one Top 10 hit only.
Lemon Pipers: one Top 10 and one number 41 hit.
Esther & Abi Ofarim: one Number One hit, one number 13 hit.
Paper Dolls: one number 11 hit only.
John Rowles: one Top 10 hit and one number 12 hit.
1910 Fruitgum Co: one Top 10 hit only.
Honeybus: one Top 10 hit only.
Reparata & The Delrons: one number 13 hit only.
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity: one Top 10 hit only.
O. C. Smith: one Top 10 hit, one number 25 hit in 1977.
Tommy James & The Shondells: one Number One hit, one number 38 hit.
Cupid's Inspiration: one Top 10 hit and one number 33 hit.
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown: one Number One hit only.
Timebox: one Top 40 hit only.
Casuals: one Top 10 hit and one number 30 hit.
Mason Williams: one Top 10 hit only.
Marbles: one Top 10 hit and one number 28 hit.
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: one Top 10 hit only.
 


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