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MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS

1971

 

Whilst 1970 saw the demise of the Beatles, 1971 witnessed the first solo hits for all four members of the band.  First up, in January, was George Harrison with his classic "My Sweet Lord".  A month later it was the turn of Paul McCartney with "Another Day", followed in March by John Lennon with "Power To The People" (John had enjoyed earlier hits under the Plastic Ono Band moniker).  Not to be outdone, Ringo Starr had his debut solo hit (in April) with "It Don't Come Easy".  All those songs were written by the performers.  Elton John began his long chart career in this year, although his second hit did not come until 1972.  Rod Stewart also began his long and successful solo career in 1971, and vocal group the New Seekers came to prominence in 1971 with a Top 10 and a Number One.  Glam Rock bands Slade and Sweet both began very successful chart runs in this year, joining T Rex who had two Number Ones and a further Top 10 hit in 1971.  UK born, but Australia-raised Olivia Newton-John also enjoyed her first hits in the UK , although she ultimately found her greatest success in the USA.

From America, vocal group Dawn, which featured Tony Orlando, had three big hits in 1971.  Other Americans who had much UK success included the Carpenters, the Supremes, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, and the unstoppable Elvis Presley.

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.

* three songs were not hits in the UK, but were Top 20 entries in the USA.

 


1

Title: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Artist: Elvis Presley
Writer(s): Pino Donaggio & Vito Pallavicini (English lyrics by Vicki Wickham & Simon Napier-Bell)
Entered chart 9 Jan 1971; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 10.

The King of Rock 'n' Roll (8 Jan 1935 - 16 Aug 1977) was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.  He and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when he was 13 years old.  Soon afterwards he acquired his first guitar and began playing and singing.  He started his recording career at Sun Records in Memphis, USA.  It took several attempts to get Sun owner Sam Phillips to let Presley record, but eventually a session was arranged with guitarist Scotty Moore and upright bass player Bill Black providing backing.  The resultant track "That's Alright" was soon on local radio in Memphis, and it became a local hit.  Public performances followed, including numerous appearances on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show which was broadcast to half the USA.  Eventually he became famous enough for RCA records to buy out his Sun contract and take him to Nashville, in 1956.  He rose to be arguably the biggest music star of the 20th century, with world-wide record sales of over one billion.  Also in 1956 Elvis made his movie debut in the film "Love Me Tender".  By the end of 1969 he had completed 31 films.  He made no more movies after that, instead concentrating on live concert performances, including many in Las Vegas.  His home in Memphis, "Graceland", is now a museum and major tourist attraction, and his recordings continue to be heard throughout the world.
# This song had been a Number One hit for Dusty Springfield in 1966 (see year 1966, song 31).  Presley's version did not do as well in either the UK or USA.  He went on to have another four Top 10 hits released in 1971, including a double A-side reissue of two 1950s hits.
# The song has additionally been a hit in the UK charts as follows:  Guys & Dolls (1976, number 5); Denise Welch (1995, number 23) and Elvis Presley (reissue), (2007, number 16).


2

Title: No Matter What
Artist: Badfinger
Writer(s): Peter Ham
Entered chart 9 Jan 1971; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 12.

Badfinger was a Welsh rock band formed in Swansea, Wales during 1961 under a different group name.  The lineup at the time of this hit was Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, and Joey Molland.  They changed the band's name to Badfinger when they signed with the Beatles' Apple record label in 1968.  They had some early success in Europe, but it was not until the release of "Come And Get It" late in 1969 that they took off in the UK as well.  The song was written and produced by Paul McCartney.  The song was included in the soundtrack of the film "The Magic Christian", released in December 1969 and starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr.  The band had two other Top 10 hits in the UK, one each in the years 1971 and 1972.  However in 1970, Pete Ham and Tom Evans wrote the song "Without You" for the band's new album.  The song was recorded by Harry Nilsson in 1972, becoming a Number One hit in the UK and USA.  Then in 1994, the song was recorded by American vocalist Mariah Carey, and her version also reached Number One.  Sadly, by that time, the composers Ham and Evans had both committed suicide.  
# This was their second hit, following "Come And Get It" (year 1970, song 1).  Strangely, the band only had three hits, but they were all Top 10 entries, and all entered the charts during January of the years 1970, 1971 and 1972.
# The Boyzone hit of the same title in 1998 is a different song.


3

Title: We've Only Just Begun
Artist: The Carpenters
Writer(s): Paul Williams & Roger Nichols
Entered chart 9 Jan 1971; Highest Position 28; Weeks on chart: 7.

The Carpenters were a brother and sister duo from Connecticut, USA.  The act comprised Richard Carpenter (born 15 Oct 1946) and Karen Carpenter (2 Mar 1950 - 4 Feb 1983).  Karen provided the vocals and sometimes drums, while Richard provided the arrangements,  instrumentation (mostly piano), and sometimes backing vocals.  During the 1970s they were an extremely popular easy-listening act with numerous hit singles and albums throughout the world.  Their compilation album "The Singles 1969-1973" reached Number One in the UK and remained on the album chart for well over two years, with seven other albums reaching the Top 10.  They toured the world extensively for a decade, but Karen began to suffer from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, although she always denied the suggestion.  However, in early February 1983 she collapsed and died from a heart attack brought on by anorexia nervosa.  Richard Carpenter then began producing a new album of unreleased Carpenters recordings which was issued later in 1983.  Since then he has produced several compilation albums, and in 2018 an album of the duo's hits with orchestration from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was issued, reaching number eight in the UK album chart.
# This was the follow-up hit to their debut hit in the UK - "(They Long To Be) Close To You" (year 1970, song 75), which had reached number six.  In the UK, the Carpenters were a bit slow becoming popular.  Their next Top 10 came in September 1972, with three hits in between getting no higher than number 18.  All of those hits are now regarded as Carpenters classics, and frequently appear on hits compilations.  Virtually all their releases reached the Top 10 in the USA.


4

Title: The Resurrection Shuffle
Artist: Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
Writer(s): Tony Ashton
Entered chart 16 Jan 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 14.

Ashton, Gardner & Dyke was a British Rock band founded by Tony Ashton (1 Mar 1946 - 28 May 2001), Kim Gardner (27 Jan 1948 - 24 Oct 2001) and Roy Dyke (born 13 Feb 1945).  They had been in groups based in the north-west of England, but came together in 1968.  Their first single release failed to chart, but the second, "The Resurrection Shuffle" became a major hit.  Unfortunately, no further hits came their way, although they did record three albums.  The group split in 1972, and Ashton joined Medicine Head which had a few hits, including a Top 10 entry, during the early 1970s.  The other two joined a new Rock band called Badger, although no hits came from that project.


5

Title: The Pushbike Song
Artist: The Mixtures
Writer(s): Idris Jones & Evan Jones
Entered chart 16 Jan 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 21.

The Mixtures was an Australian band that was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1965.  In 1970 the band recorded a version of Mungo Jerry's "In The Summertime", the new rendition reaching Number One in Australia.  The band's next release was "The Pushbike Song" which reached number two in both Australia and the UK.  Although they had two more hits in their homeland, no more came for them in the UK.  The band broke up in 1979.


6

Title: Candida
Artist: Dawn
Writer(s): Toni Wine & Irwin Levine
Entered chart 16 Jan 1971; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 11.

Dawn is a vocal trio, led by Tony Orlando (born on 3 Apr 1944 in New York City), who had been a modest hit maker in the 1960s (see year 1961, song 76), with two female singers, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson.  However, this recording was made before the group was properly formed.  Orlando had recorded the track with session singers, including Toni Wine who co-wrote the song.  Following the success of the single, which also reached the Top 10 in the USA, a touring group was put together with Orlando and the two singers mentioned above.  They went on to enjoy considerable success, achieving two Number Ones in the UK and USA.  Their final British chart entry came in 1974, but they have continued to perform live shows, with some prolonged breaks, up to the present time.  Orlando has often performed solo in the 21st century.
# The group's next hit came in April 1971, the classic "Knock Three Times", which was their first Number One (song 27).


7

Title: Stoned Love
Artist: The Supremes
Writer(s): Kenny Thomas & Frank Wilson
Entered chart 16 Jan 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 13.

Founding member of the Supremes, Diana Ross, had left the group in 1970.  She had been replaced by Jean Terrell, with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong continuing with their roles in the trio.  This new lineup enjoyed great success in the UK with five Top 10 hits by 1972.  They had two Top 10 hits in the USA.   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.  For more info about the group see year 1965, song 10.
# They were in the UK Top 20 again in June (song 47).


8

Title: She's A Lady
Artist: Tom Jones
Writer(s): Paul Anka (1950s vocalist)
Entered chart 16 Jan 1971; Highest Position 13; Weeks on chart: 10.

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.  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".
# The recording reached number two in the USA.  The song was written by the 1950s singer-songwriter, Paul Anka.  Anka's own version appeared on one of his albums in 1970.  The song was re-recorded in 2013 for Paul Anka's "Duets" CD featuring Paul Anka and Tom Jones.  Anka rewrote the first verse of the song for the "Duets" album, because he disliked the chauvinistic sentiments of the original.
# Jones was next in the UK Top 10 in October (song 83).


9

Title: Sunny Honey Girl
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, John Goodison & Tony Hiller
Entered chart 23 Jan 1971; Highest Position 19; Weeks on chart: 8.

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 song was written by the above composers for the Pipkins' 1970 album "Gimme Dat Ding".  Neither the single nor album entered the UK charts.  So the song was picked up by Cliff Richard who reached the Top 20 with it.  His next two releases were only minor hits, but he was in the Top 20 again in November this year (song 88).


10

Title: My Sweet Lord
Artist: George Harrison
Writer(s): George Harrison
Entered chart 23 Jan 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001) was born in Liverpool, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, Harrison and the others pursued a solo career.  Harrison was the first of the four to reach the charts, and it was with a song that has become a classic.  It went to Number One in the UK, USA, and several other countries around the world.  It was featured on his debut triple album "All Things Must Pass", which topped the album charts of the UK and USA, and again numerous countries around the world.  He went on to have considerable success, and in the 1980s collaborated with other musicians, notably in the super group the Traveling Wilburys.  He succumbed to cancer in 2001 at the age of 58.
# The song was the subject of litigation in the 1970s, when the composers of "He's So Fine" sued Harrison for plagiarism.  The case was finally found against Harrison, and a half million dollar settlement was imposed.


11

Title: Your Song
Artist: Elton John
Writer(s): Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Entered chart 23 Jan 1971; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 12.

Elton John was born on 25 Mar 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex (north-west London).  He learned to play piano at an early age, and by 1962 had formed Bluesology, an R&B band with whom he played until 1967.  He met his longtime musical partner Bernie Taupin in 1967, after they both answered an advert for songwriters.  For two years, they wrote songs for artists including Lulu, and John worked as a session musician for artists including the Hollies and the Scaffold.  Elton John was also one of several singers in the late 1960s and early 1970s who recorded covers of hit songs for sale as budget-priced albums in shops like Woolworths.  In 1971, his first hit single, "Your Song", taken from his second album, "Elton John", reached the top ten in the UK and the USA.  From that point he gradually became a star and by the end of the 20th century he had achieved over seventy hit singles in the UK charts and some 36 albums in the album chart.  In the USA he has had more than 50 Top 40 hits and seven consecutive number-one albums.   His tribute single "Candle in the Wind 1997", rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and USA singles charts.  He has also composed music for the musical film and stage presentation "The Lion King", as well as for several other musicals.  Elton John owned Watford Football Club from 1976 to 1987 and from 1997 to 2002, and is an honorary Life President of the club.  In 2019 a biographical film tilted "Rocket Man", about Elton John's life from childhood to the 1980s, was released.


12

Title: It's Impossible
Artist: Perry Como
Writer(s): Armando Manzanero with English lyrics by Sid Wayne
Entered chart 30 Jan 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 23.

Perry Como (18 May 1912 - 12 May 2001) was born in Pennsylvania, USA to Italian immigrants. In 1933 he took part in a dance band's talent spot, and was immediately offered a job.  By 1943 he had his own radio show, and a recording contract with RCA.  The 1950s and early 1960s saw him with numerous hit records and his popular TV show that was broadcast in the UK as well.  His first run of UK hits went from 1953 to 1962, during which time he scored 20 entries on the singles charts, including two Number Ones.  Unexpectedly, he returned to the charts in 1971, when he was nearly 60 years of age!  He enjoyed a further six hits, including three Top 10 entries until 1974.  He continued as a popular live performer into the 1990s, including a performance in Dublin before an audience of 4,500 in 1994.  Como died in his sleep at his home in Florida, USA, six days before his eighty-ninth birthday.
# This is a Mexican song, written and recorded by the composer in 1968.  American songwriter Sid Wayne wrote the English words in 1970.  The song has been recorded by numerous easy-listening artists for album tracks.


13

Title: Sweet Caroline
Artist: Neil Diamond
Writer(s): Neil Diamond
Entered chart 20 Feb 1971; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 11.

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond was born 24 Jan 1941 in New York City, USA.  He received a guitar for his 16th birthday and began writing songs.  Some of his songs were taken up by other acts, and his first big success came when the Monkees recorded two of his songs during 1967.  "I'm A Believer" and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" were huge hits for the Monkees in the USA, UK and elsewhere.  Diamond also recorded some of his own songs which became American hits during the late 1960s.  His first success in the UK was "Cracklin' Rosie" which reached number three in late 1970.  He enjoyed many hit singles and albums through to the 1990s, and it is estimated that he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.  He has continued to record, and new albums were released in 2010 ("Dreams") and 2014 ("Melody Road").  However in January 2018, Diamond announced that he was retiring from touring as he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, but he would continue writing and recording.
# This was his follow-up to his UK debut hit "Cracklin' Rosie" (year 1970, song 88) in November 1970.  He was next in the UK Top 10 in May this year (song 35).


14

Title: Rose Garden
Artist: Lynn Anderson
Writer(s): Joe South
Entered chart 20 Feb 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 20.

Lynn Anderson (26 Sep 1947 - 30 Jul 2015) was an America Country music star.  She was born in North Dakota, USA but grew up in California.  Her parents were Country music songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson.  So from a young age, Lynn was surrounded by music, and by 1966 she had issued her first recording.  By the end of the 1960s, she had scored several hits on the USA Country music charts.  Her international success came in the early 1970s when she recorded the song "Rose Garden".  Played on BBC Radio 1, it climbed to number three in the UK, whilst also reaching the same position on the USA pop charts.  No further hits came her way in the UK, but she went on to have considerable chart success in the USA until the end of the 1980s.  However, she continued to perform and occasionally record into the 21st century.  She had a serious drinking problem in later life, and had a few run-ins with the law as a result, mostly for drink-driving.  She died at the age of 67 from a heart attack.
# The song was written by Joe South, who had enjoyed a UK hit in 1969 with "Games People Play" (see year 1969, song 20).
# The song was covered by Australian group New World, whose version reached number 15, also in February 1971.


15

Title: Hot Love
Artist: T Rex
Writer(s): Marc Bolan
Entered chart 27 Feb 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

T Rex was a British Glam Rock band formed in 1967 by vocalist and guitarist Marc Bolan (30 Sep 1947 - 16 Sep 1977).  The band was originally called Tyrannosaurus Rex, and they released a few Psychedelic tracks in 1968-9.  They changed their style to a more mainstream sound and shortened the name in 1970 which resulted in their first Top 10 hit, "Ride A White Swan" in the autumn of that year.  They went on to enjoy enormous success in the first half of the 1970s, and became one of the biggest bands in the UK during that time.  From 1970 to 1973 they had a run of eleven Top 10 singles, with four of those reaching Number One.  They also had three consecutive Number One albums in the early seventies.  However, their popularity began to wane after about 1975, and sadly, Marc Bolan will killed in a car crash in 1977, just before his 30th birthday, which brought the band to an end.
# This was the follow-up to the band's hit of October 1970, "Ride A White Swan" (year 1970, song 86).  This recording was also the first of three Top 10 hits, two of which reached Number One, during 1971.


16

Title: Another Day
Artist: Paul McCartney
Writer(s): Paul McCartney
Entered chart 27 Feb 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 12.

Paul McCartney was born on 18 Jun 1942 in Liverpool, England, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, McCartney and the others pursued a solo career.  His first solo hit was "Another Day", which just missed reaching the top spot of the charts.  Despite this success, in 1972 he formed the band Wings, with his wife Linda on keyboards and former member of the Moody Blues, Denny Laine, on guitar.  This group enjoyed considerable success (sometimes billed as Paul McCartney & Wings) until the end of the 1970s.  In 1981 Denny Laine left the group, which McCartney then decided to dissolve, and all following hits and albums were credited to McCartney as a solo artist.  He also had much success on the album chart, with his most successful being "Band On The Run" which peaked at Number One, and remained on the UK album chart for 124 weeks.  He has been very successful too on the USA charts where he has scored seven Number One albums.  He has continued concert performances throughout the 21st century, and performed at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games in 2012.  His most recent album was released in 2018.


17

Title: (Where Do I Begin) Love Story
Artist: Andy Williams
Writer(s): Francis Lai & Carl Sigman
Entered chart 20 Mar 1971; Highest Position 4; 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 melody for this song was written by Francis Lai, and was the theme to the 1970 film "Love Story" which starred Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal.  Later on Carl Sigman was asked to write lyrics to the music, and vocal versions by several artists were recorded.  The Andy Williams version was the most successful in the UK and USA.  In the UK, Shirley Bassey also recorded the song and her rendition reached number 34 in the British charts.
# Andy Williams stayed with film themes and issued the love theme from the movie "The Godfather" in 1972, although it only reached number 42 in the UK.  He was next in the British Top 10 in 1973 with "Solitaire", written by Neil Sedaka.


18

Title: Jack In The Box
Artist: Clodagh Rodgers
Writer(s): John Worsley & David Myers
Entered chart 20 Mar 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 18.

Clodagh Rodgers was born on 5 Mar 1947 at Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland.  She began singing professionally when only 13 years of age, and she had a recording deal with Decca in 1962.  She moved to EMI in 1965, but no hits came from either contract.  Despite that she appeared on TV numerous times and became a very popular performer.  Her breakthrough in the UK charts came in 1969, after she was seen on TV by songwriter Kenny Young who offered to write her a song.  That song was "Come Back And Shake Me" (see year 1969, song 26), which was a Top 5 hit.  She had two further Top 5 hits by 1971, but faded from the charts after that.  Nevertheless she continued with TV and live performance appearances for the rest of the decade.
# This song was the UK's entry in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest.  It came fourth in the contest, with Monaco winning.
# This was Rodgers' final Top 10 hit, with just one more chart entry following, which reached number 28.


19

Title: If Not For You
Artist: Olivia Newton-John
Writer(s): Bob Dylan
Entered chart 20 Mar 1971; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 11.

Olivia Newton-John was born on 26 Sep 1948 in Cambridge, England.  Her family moved to Australia in 1954, where she grew up.  She was a member of a short-lived group when she was 14, but after appearing at a few talents contests, she was soon appearing on Australian TV and radio.  She went to the UK after winning the trip as a prize, and was performing there in the late 1960s.  In 1971 she recorded her first album, and the track "If Not For You" was issued as a single.  It rose to number 7 in the UK and number 25 in the USA.  Further hits followed in the UK, and in 1974 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest.  In the mid-1970s she moved to the USA to live and work.  She had much success there, culminating in her role in the musical film "Grease" in 1978.  Two of her songs from the movie become Number One hits in the UK.  Hits continued on both sides of the Atlantic, and she made more films as well during the 1980s and 1990s.  She has continued to record and perform occasionally up to the present time.  She was honoured with a Damehood at New Year 2020.
# Her next hit came in October this year (song 82).


20

Title: Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Writer(s): John Fogerty
Entered chart 20 Mar 1971; Highest Position 36; Weeks on chart: 6.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American four-piece band comprising John Fogerty, his brother Tom Fogarty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford.  They got together in 1959 under a different name, and became Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967.  Although they originated from California, they performed in a musical style reminiscent of the Mississippi delta region.  Some commentators referred to this as Swamp Rock.  They became very successful, enjoying nine Top 10 hits in the USA from 1969 to 1971.  Oddly, five of those hits peaked at number two, and they never had a Number One in their homeland.  In the UK they scored four Top 10 hits, including a Number One, plus five others.  They toured extensively, and appeared at the Woodstock music festival.  However, disagreements within the band led to Tom Fogerty resigning in late 1970.  John assumed total control of the group which continued as a trio for another year or so, but the frictions remained, and the band formally broke up in 1972.
# This recording reached number eight in the USA.  It was the band's penultimate UK hit, with the next also peaking at number 36.  
# The meaning behind the song has been speculated about by many commentators, but Fogerty says it is about the impending break up of the band.


21

Title: Power To The People
Artist: John Lennon
Writer(s): John Lennon
Producer(s): John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Phil Spector
Entered chart 20 Mar 1971; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 9.

John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980) was born in Liverpool, England, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, Lennon and the others pursued a solo career.  His first hit after the break up was "Power To The People", although he had enjoyed three hits over 1969-1970 as a member of the Plastic Ono Band.  He had also released albums from 1968 with Yoko Ono, although the first to chart was not until 1971.  His first major album was "Imagine" later in 1971, which not only reached Number One in the album chart, but eventually remained on the chart for 101 weeks.  He had success with both singles and albums until 1975.  He had been fighting deportation from the USA for a couple of years, and having finally been given permanent residency of the USA, he took off the next five years from any recording.  However, in 1980, he and Yoko released their "Double Fantasy" album which hit the top of the album charts in the UK and USA.  From the album came the single "(Just Like) Starting Over", which went to Number One on both sides of the Atlantic.  However in December that year he was shot dead outside his New York apartment by Mark Chapman.  He remains in prison in December 2019.  In the aftermath of Lennon's murder, several of his past recordings re-entered the charts, with the song "Imagine" climbing to Number One, following on directly from "(Just Like) Starting Over".  "Imagine" was re-issued in December 1999, when it reached number three in the UK charts.


22

Title: Something Old Something New
Artist: The Fantastics
Writer(s): Tony Macaulay, Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
Entered chart 27 Mar 1971; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 12.

American vocal group, The Fantastics began in the late 1950s as The Velours.  They formed in New York City, and were recording and performing until 1961 when they broke up.  In 1966, three original members decided to reform the Velours, and in 1967 agreed to undertake a tour in England.  When they arrived in Britain, they discovered that they were to be billed as The Fabulous Temptations, and were expected to perform Motown songs.  However, they toured successfully and were invited to return in 1968.  This time they were billed as The Fantastics, and made some recordings as well as performing in the UK.  They then signed with Bell Records in the UK, and recorded "Something Old Something New", written and produced by the British songwriters Macaulay, Cook and Greenaway.  The recording reached the Top 10 in the UK, but peaked just outside the Top 100 in the USA.  Further recordings had no success in the UK although they remained popular performers into the 1980s.


23

Title: Indiana Wants Me
Artist: R Dean Taylor
Writer(s): R Dean Taylor
Entered chart 3 Apr 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 15.

R Dean Taylor was born on 11 May 1939 in Toronto, Canada.  He began a professional career in Toronto during 1961, where he performed and made a few recordings with modest success in the Canadian charts.  After a couple of years he relocated to Detroit, USA - the home of Tamla Motown records.  He was hired by that record company as a songwriter, but had the opportunity to make some recordings as well.  The first releases were not successful in the USA, but the song "There's A Ghost In My House", recorded in 1967, eventually entered the UK charts in 1974.  His first UK hit came in the summer of 1968 when "Gotta See Jane" reached number 17 in the charts.  His big breakthrough came in 1971 when "Indiana Wants Me" peaked at number two in the UK, number five in the USA, and Number One in his Canadian homeland.  He enjoyed further modest success until the end of the 1970s


24

Title: Remember Me
Artist: Diana Ross
Writer(s): Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson (known as Ashford & Simpson)
Entered chart 3 Apr 1971; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart: 12.

Diana Ross was born on 26 Mar 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  She first found fame as the lead singer with the group the Supremes, which was one of the most successful female groups of the second half of the 1960s (see year 1964, song 75).  Ross had decided to leave the group for a solo career early in 1970.  Her first UK solo release "Reach Out And Touch" (year 1970, song 61) performed disappointingly in the UK, and it only reached number 20 in the USA.  Nevertheless it is one of her best-known songs, and she has performed it in concert numerous times.  However, in September 1970 she was in the UK Top 10 with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" which was an American Number One.  She went on to have a highly successful career with numerous hit singles and albums, and was recording into the 2000s.
# This was the follow-up to her autumn 1970 hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by the same songwriters.  The recording reached number 16 in the USA.  Her next hit came in October this year (song 84).


25

Title: Rosetta
Artist: Georgie Fame & Alan Price
Writer(s): Michael Snow (British singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 10 Apr 1971; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart: 10.

Georgie Fame was born on 26 Jun 1943 in Lancashire, UK.  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.  His first successful recording was "Yeh! Yeh!", 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.
Alan Price was born 19 Apr 1942 in County Durham, England.  He had been one of the founders of the group the Animals which had enjoyed a series of hit recordings from 1964 onwards.  Price left the Animals in 1965 for a variety of reasons, but soon formed his own band, called the Alan Price Set, which featured a small brass section.  Although his main musical interest was the Blues, after his first hit he turned more to lighter pop.  He had eleven hits in the UK, four of which reached the Top 10.  In the 1980s he joined other members of the Animals for reunion concerts.  He was still recording into the early 2000s.
# Fame and Price had appeared together on TV for a few years before they collaborated on an album called "Fame & Price Together".  Although the album did not enter the UK album chart, the leading track "Rosetta" was a Top 20 hit on the UK singles chart.

# This was the final chart hit for Georgie Fame, but Alan Price had a few more hits including a Top 10 entry in 1974.


26

Title: Mozart 40
Artist: Waldo De Los Rios
Writer(s): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Entered chart 10 Apr 1971; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 16.

Waldo De Los Rios (7 Sep 1934 - 28 Mar 1977) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  His parents were both musicians, and Waldo quickly took an interest in music himself.  He relocated to Spain in 1962, and during the 1960s he was writing scores for film soundtracks.  In the later 1960s he began to take in interest in transforming European classical music into pop recordings.  He issued several albums of such music during the 1970s, and one track, his arrangement of Mozart's Symphony Number 40 was released as a single.  It was a great success, reaching the charts of several European countries.  De Los Rios recorded similar arrangements of other classical composer's works, but suffering from depression, he took his own life in Madrid, Spain, at the age of 42.


27

Title: Knock Three Times
Artist: Dawn
Writer(s): Irwin Levine & L Russell Brown
Entered chart 10 Apr 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 27.

This was the group's follow-up to their January hit "Candida" (song 6).  "Knock Three Times" became a major international hit, reaching Number One in the USA, Canada and Australia, as well as entering the Top 10 of numerous other countries.  It has become a classic hit recording which is frequently played on oldies radio stations.
# The group's next hit, "What Are You Doing Sunday", came at the end of July (song 56).


28

Title: Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
Artist: The Delfonics
Writer(s): Thom Bell & William Hart
Entered chart 10 Apr 1971; Highest Position 22; Weeks on chart: 9.

The Delphonics are an R&B/Soul vocal trio from Philadelphia, USA, founded by William Hart, with two others in 1966.  Hart and the others had been in other groups, and the Delfonics had begun under different names.  Their first USA hit, "La-La (Means I Love You)", came in 1968, although that recording did not reach the UK charts until the summer of 1971.  This recording was an American Top 10 hit for the group in 1970.  They had several hits in the USA during the first few years of the 1970s, but in the UK they were restricted to just three - all during 1971.  In 1975 the group split into two, and with new members, the two trios toured as the Delfonics well into the 21st century, with members coming and going, and even switching between the two groups.


29

Title: It Don't Come Easy
Artist: Ringo Starr
Writer(s): Ringo Starr
Producer: George Harrison
Entered chart 17 Apr 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 11.

Ringo Starr was born on 7 Jul 1940 in Liverpool, England, and found fame as a member of the Beatles group.  After the breakup of the band, Starr and the others pursued a solo career.  This was Starr's first solo hit, and he was the last of the 'Fab Four' to enter the charts with a solo offering.  He had four Top 10 entries on the UK singles charts, one each in the years from 1971 to 1974.  Two of those reached Number One in the USA.  He also enjoyed two Top 10 albums in the British album chart.  As well as performing and recording music, Starr also narrated the first two series of the children's television programme "Thomas & Friends" and portrayed "Mr. Conductor" during the first season of the PBS children's television series "Shining Time Station".  Since 1989, he has frequently toured with his All-Starr Band.  He has continued recording from time to time, and issued his twentieth album in 2019.
# His next hit came in April 1972.


30

Title: Brown Sugar
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Writer(s): Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Entered chart 24 Apr 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 13.

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).  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.  For more details see year 1968, song 47.
# This was the band's first hit since the summer of 1969.  They had enjoyed their eight British Number Ones during the 1960s, and no more would come for them in the UK.  However, this recording did reach Number One in the USA, followed by two more chart toppers up to 1978.


31

Title: Heaven Must Have Sent You
Artist: The Elgins
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 1 May 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 13.

The Elgins comprised four male vocalists from the Detroit area of the USA.  They began in the late 1950s using a variety of group names.  They made a few recordings for a local company, but were signed to Motown in 1962 who suggested that they added a female voice to the lineup.  Their first hit was "Put Yourself In My Place" which reached number four on the USA R&B chart in 1966.  Their follow-up "Heaven Must Have Sent You" peaked at number nine on the R&B chart in the same year.  However, further singles did not do so well, and the group broke up in 1967.  In the UK, older Soul and Motown records were becoming very popular in the early 1970s. particularly in the north of England clubs, where the recordings were named Northern Soul.  Motown in the UK realised this interest was happening, and re-released several older recordings, including those by the Elgins. Thus in 1971 "Heaven Must Have Sent You" became a big hit in the UK.  "Put Yourself In My Place" (song 80) became a hit in late 1971, although it peaked at a modest number 28.  With this success, the group reformed and toured the UK.  They also made some new recordings into the 1990s.


32

Title: My Brother Jake
Artist: Free
Writer(s): Andy Fraser & Paul Rodgers
Entered chart 1 May 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 11.

Free was an English rock band formed in London in 1968, best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now".  The founding members were lead singer Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke on drums, Paul Kossoff on lead guitar and Andy Fraser on bass.  They found fame when their single "All Right Now" reached number two in the UK and number four in the USA.  The track was taken from their album "Fire And Water" which peaked at number two on the UK album chart.  They toured extensively following this hit, and had two more Top 10 hits and four more Top 10 albums by 1974.  However, problems within the band led to some personnel changes and a break up in 1974.  Rodgers went on to form the band Bad Company which had four Top 10 albums in the 1970s.
# This was the follow-up to the hit "All Right Now" (see year 1970, song 50).  They were in the Top 20 in 1972 and the Top 10 in 1973.


33

Title: Malt And Barley Blues
Artist: McGuinness Flint
Writer(s):
Benny Gallagher & Graham Lyle
Entered chart 1 May 1971; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 12.

This group was formed in early 1970 by Tom McGuinness, former bassist and guitarist with Manfred Mann, and Hughie Flint, former drummer with John Mayall's Blues Breakers, plus Dennis Coulson, and multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle.  Their first hit was "When I'm Dead And Gone", written by Gallagher & Lyle, with Benny Gallagher taking the lead vocal on the recording.  A second Top 10 hit came in May 1971, but the group did not get on well together, and some illnesses led to cancelled concerts in 1971.  Gallagher & Lyle decided to leave near the end of 1971 to work as a duo, and new members were recruited.  The revised band continued with recording and concerts but with little success.  The group finally broke up in 1975.  McGuinness continued in the music business, collaborating with other artists from time to time, and has been a member of The Blues Band, together with Flint, since 1979.  He has also been a part of The Manfreds which is the revival group of the former Manfred Mann band, since 1992.
# This was the band's second and final hit in the singles charts, although they had one album in the album chart during 1971.  Gallagher & Lyle went on to enjoy enormous success in 1976 when their album "Breakaway" reached the Top 10.  The album spawned two Top 10 singles that year as well.
# This song title refers to beer - malt and barley being two of the main ingredients.  


34

Title: Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again
Artist: The Fortunes
Writer(s): Tony Macaulay, Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
Entered chart 1 May 1971; Highest Position 15 (USA chart data - not a UK hit)

The Fortunes were established in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s.  It was a five-piece band led by Rod Allen (1944-2008), and they were signed by Decca records in 1963.  Their early releases were not hits, although one of those, "Caroline", was used as a theme song by the pirate radio ship Radio Caroline.  The first hit, "You've Got Your Troubles", came in summer 1965, which reached the Top 10 in both the UK and USA.  Their next two releases were hits, but no more came in the 1960s.  They spent time in the USA during the late 1960s, and recorded some radio and TV commercial jingles there, including one for Coca-Cola titled "It's The Real Thing".  They returned to the UK in the early 1970s and enjoyed two more hits in 1971-1972, both reaching the Top 10.  With members coming and going they continued to perform on the nostalgia circuits into the 21st century.  Even after the death of Rod Allen in 2008, the others recruited a new lead singer, and they still tour the UK theatres up to the present time.
#
This was the group's first hit of any description since the mid-1960s.  As mentioned above, they had been spending much time in the USA during the late 1960s/early 1970s, so this recording did quite well in that country, but failed to enter the UK charts, despite having been composed by the prolific British songwriters (above).  Nevertheless, the band was finally back in the UK Top 10 in September this year (song 69).


35

Title: I Am... I Said
Artist: Neil Diamond
Writer(s): Neil Diamond
Entered chart 8 May 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 12.

This was the follow-up to his February hit "Sweet Caroline" (song 13).  It was the last in a run of three Top 10 hits that began in November 1970.  Nevertheless, he was in the UK Top 20 in May 1972 with another classic recording, "Song Sung Blue".  Meanwhile he was on a concert tour of the USA, but came to the UK for a one-off concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 29th May 1971.


36

Title: Rags To Riches
Artist: Elvis Presley
Writer(s): Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
Entered chart 15 May 1971; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 11.

This followed Presley's previous Top 10 hit, "There Goes My Everything", which had reached number six in March this year.  That song had been a number two hit for Engelbert Humperdinck back in 1967.  This time, Elvis revived another old song which had been a Number One hit in the USA for American vocalist Tony Bennett in 1953.  Presley was next in the UK Top 10 in July with a re-release of his 1956 hits "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Hound Dog", issued as a double A-side.  He was in the UK Top 10 again in December 1971 with the song "I Just Can't Help Believing" (song 96).  For more Elvis Presley info, see song 1.


37

Title: Just My Imagination
Artist: The Temptations
Writer(s): Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Entered chart 22 May 1971; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 16.

The Temptations were one of Tamla Motown's most popular and successful groups.  It was a five-piece vocal band which originally included David Ruffin (18 Jan 1941 - 1 Jun 1991) and Eddie Kendricks (17 Dec 1939 - 5 Oct 1992).  They were in the American Top 10 from 1965 with the song "My Girl" which reached Number One in the USA and a lowly number 43 in the UK.  Their first appearance in the British Top 10 was the collaboration with Diana Ross & The Supremes on the song "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" in January 1969.  This was followed by a series of UK hits until the end of the 1980s.  There were a number of personnel changes during their hit-making period which saw David Ruffin leave in June 1968, and Kendricks leave the group in November 1970.  With new members they continued making hit singles and albums, with a new album released in 2018, albeit with a different lineup to the mid-1960s.
# This was their first hit of the year in the UK and the USA, where it reached Number One.  The group did not have another UK Top 10 hit until 1992, when the re-released "My Girl" reached number two.  In between they had a handful of smaller hits during the 1970s and 1980s.


38

Title: I'm Gonna Run Away From You
Artist: Tami Lynn
Writer(s): Bert Burns
Entered chart 22 May 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 14.

Tami Lynn was born during 1942 in New Orleans, USA.  She began singing in church choirs, and performed Gospel songs on radio in the early 1960s.  Turning to Soul and R&B music, she recorded the song "I'm Gonna Run Away From You" in 1965, although it was not a hit at the time.  However, in the UK during the early 1970s, early Soul music was becoming  popular, particularly in the north of England clubs, where the recordings were named Northern Soul.  This recording was re-released, and climbed to number four in the UK charts.  It entered the British charts again in 1975, peaking at number 36 on that occasion.  Following that success she toured the UK with other Soul performers.  She mostly worked as a backing singer for the next several years, recording with many major acts.  She moved to Florida in the early 2000s, but has performed in concert from time to time, most recently in 2014.


39

Title: Rainy Days And Mondays
Artist: The Carpenters
Writer(s): Paul Williams & Roger Nichols
Entered chart 22 May 1971; Highest Position 2 (USA chart data - not a UK hit).

This was the duo's follow-up to their hit of January - "We've Only Just Begun" (song 3).  It was written by the same composers as the earlier hit, but did not enter the UK charts despite reaching number two in the USA.  However, the album from which it was taken, "Carpenters", reached number 12 in the UK album chart.  Their next release in September was a Top 20 hit in the UK (song 74), but again it reached number two in America.


40

Title: Banner Man
Artist: Blue Mink
Writer(s): Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway & Herbie Flowers
Entered chart 29 May 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 14.

Blue Mink was a British six-piece group formed in autumn 1969.  The band comprised vocalist and songwriter Roger Cook, American-born Madeline Bell (vocalist), Alan Parker (guitarist), Herbie Flowers (bassist), Barry Morgan (drummer) and Roger Coulam (keyboards).  Most of the songs were written by Cook and Roger Greenaway.  The members were session musicians or songwriters, and they continued in that role despite the success of the band.  They first hit the charts in November 1969 with "Melting Pot" (year 1969, song 88).  They went on to have a total of seven hits by 1973, four of which reached the Top 10.  Singles and an album failed during 1974, and the band broke up in autumn that year, all members returning to their 'day jobs'.
# This was the group's first Top 10 hit since March 1970 (see year 1970, song 27).  They next had a number eleven hit in 1972, and a final hit in 1973 which reached number nine.


41

Title: Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
Artist: Middle Of The Road
Writer(s): Lally Stott (British singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 5 Jun 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 34.

Middle Of The Road was a Scottish four-piece band, formed in Glasgow in 1970, and featuring the lead voice of Sally Carr (born 28 March 1945).  They had been working under different band names during the 1960s, and finding success hard to come by in the UK, they moved to Italy, and met an Italian record producer who gave them their new sound and produced the first hits.  They went on to record similar songs (with nonsense titles) which were also Top 10 hits in the UK.  The group also had considerable success elsewhere in Europe, especially in Germany.  The band continues but with mostly new members, including the lead female vocalist.
# The song was recorded by American duo Mac & Katie Kissoon, and their version peaked at number 41 in the UK charts, also in June 1971.
# Their next hit came in September this year (song 66), "Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum".


42

Title: I Don't Blame You At All
Artist: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Writer(s): Smokey Robinson
Entered chart 5 Jun 1971; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart: 10.

Smokey Robinson was born on 19 Feb 1940 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  As a teenager he formed a Doo-Wop group called the Five Chimes.  This group evolved into the Miracles.  When Tamla Motown records was established, the Miracles was signed up, and Robinson became their songwriter and producer.  He also wrote songs for many other Motown performers.  As the Miracles, they had their first American Top 10 hit in 1961. By the mid 1960s he was a vice president of Motown, and in 1969 he declared that he was ready to retire from recording and performing.  However, further success meant that he stayed with the group until 1972.  After a break of one year he was back in the studio, recording as a solo artist.  However, his output did not do particularly well in the American charts.  Things improved in the latter part of the 1970s, and he had several hits in the early 1980s, notably the British Number One hit "Being With You" in 1981.  He was also in the USA Top 10 twice in 1987.  He has continued to record and perform into the 2010s.
# This was Robinson's last substantial hit in the UK until 1981 when he hit Number One with the recording "Being With You".

43

Title: Don't Let It Die
Artist: Hurricane Smith 
Writer(s): Hurricane Smith
Entered chart 12 Jun 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 12.

Norman "Hurricane" Smith (22 Feb 1923 - 3 Mar 2008) was an English musician and record producer, born in North London.  He served as an RAF glider pilot during World War II, and after an unsuccessful career as a jazz musician, Smith joined EMI as an apprentice sound engineer in 1959. Smith was the engineer on all of the EMI studio recordings by the Beatles until the autumn of 1965, when EMI promoted him from engineer to producer. The last Beatles album he recorded was "Rubber Soul".  As a producer, he produced three albums by Pink Floyd.  He wrote a few songs, and one of them was "Don't Let It Die" which Smith hoped would be recorded by John Lennon.  In the end, Smith recorded it himself, and the single reached number two in the UK charts when Smith was 48 years old.  In the following year he reached the Top 10 again with "Oh Babe What Would You Say", written by his wife Eileen Sylvia Smith.  He largely returned to production work after the hits dried up, but did some performing and recording from time to time.  He died at his home in East Sussex at the age of 85.

44

Title: Co-Co
Artist: The Sweet 
Writer(s): Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn
Entered chart 12 Jun 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 15.

The Sweet was a British Glam Rock band that found fame in the early 1970s.  The original lineup comprised lead vocalist Brian Connolly (5 Oct 1945 - 10 Feb 1997), bass player Steve Priest (23 Feb 1948 - 4 Jun 2020), guitarist Andy Scott (born 30 Jun 1949), and drummer Mick Tucker (17 Jul 1947 - 14 Feb 2002). The band was formed in London in 1968 and achieved their first hit, "Funny Funny", in early 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.  They went on to have considerable chart success, achieving ten Top 10 hits by 1978, including a Number One and no less than five number twos in the UK charts.  They also had success in other parts of Europe, and in the USA where they enjoyed four Top 10 hits.  Sweet had their last international success in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen".  Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1981.  From the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times.  Connolly died in 1997, Tucker in 2002 and Priest in 2020.   Andy Scott, with a new line up, still tours the UK and the rest of Europe.
# Their next substantial hit came in 1972.


45

Title: Me And You And A Dog Named Boo
Artist: Lobo 
Writer(s): Lobo
Entered chart 19 Jun 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 14.

Lobo, real name Kent LaVoie, is an American singer-songwriter, born 31 Jul 1943 in Tallahassee, Florida, USA.  He formed a local group in 1961 which included Gram Parsons (who later joined the Byrds) and Jim Stafford (who had a couple of Top 20 hits in the mid-1970s).  He joined various other bands during the 1960s, but eventually began recording as a solo artist.  His first hit was "You And Me And A Dog Named Boo" which reached the Top 10 in both the UK and USA.  He enjoyed a series of modest hits in America during the 1970s, but successfully moved into Country music in the 1980s.  As his popularity waned in the USA during the late 1980s, he found fame in Asia, and even made records in Taiwan and Singapore for the local markets during the 1990s.  He was touring Asia in the early 2000s.
# He was next in the UK Top 10 during the summer of 1974.


46

Title: Black And White
Artist: Greyhound 
Writer(s): David Arkin & Earl Robinson
Entered chart 26 Jun 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 13.

British Reggae band Greyhound began as the Rudies in the late 1960s, led by Danny Smith and Freddie Notes.  They made several records, one of which, "Montego Bay", reached number 45 in the UK charts during October 1970.  Notes then left the band, and the name was changed to Greyhound in late 1970.  Under the new name they had the Top 10 hit "Black And White" in the summer of 1971, followed by two Top 20 hits in 1972.  Their popularity waned after that and the members went their separate ways.
# "Montego Bay" was a UK hit for the song's co-writer Bobby Bloom in 1970 (see year 1970, song 72).  


47

Title: River Deep Mountain High
Artist: The Supremes & The Four Tops 
Writer(s): Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & Phil Spector
Entered chart 26 Jun 1971; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart: 10.

The Motown record company put these two high-profile groups together to record an album titled "The Magnificent 7", which included the old Ike & Tina Turner song "River Deep Mountain High".  The recording was issued as a single which reached number eleven in the UK and number 14 in the USA.  Both groups were enjoying considerable success at this time, and both had more hit singles.  The next hit for the Supremes came in August (song 61), and the next for the Four Tops came in September (song 75).  For more info about the Supremes, see song 7.  For more info about the Four Tops, see song 75.  
# This song was written for and recorded by Ike & Tina Turner in 1966 (see year 1966, song 52).  That recording had been a failure in the USA, peaking at a lowly number 88.  By contrast, the recording reached number three in the UK, thus performing better than this remake.


48

Title: If You Could Read My Mind
Artist: Gordon Lightfoot 
Writer(s): Gordon Lightfoot
Entered chart 26 Jun 1971; Highest Position 30; Weeks on chart: 9.

Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian singer-songwriter, born on 17 Nov 1938 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.  His songs fall into the Folk, Folk-Pop genre of musical styles.  He began performing locally in the 1950s, but moved to California in 1958 to study jazz.  He supported himself by singing in bars, but moved back to Canada in 1960.  Although he has frequently recorded and performed in the USA, he has remained based in Canada.  His songs tend to reflect his own emotions or otherwise relate stories of real events.  He has achieved much more success in North America than in the UK and other parts of Europe, although he has toured throughout much of Europe over the years.  Despite his age and previous health problems, he continues to perform, touring the USA and Canada during 2017 and 2018, and he announced that a new recording was in progress in 2019.


49

Title: Tom Tom Turnaround
Artist: New World
Writer(s): Mike Chapman & Nicky Chinn
Entered chart 3 Jul 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 15.

New World was an Australian band which had enjoyed success in their homeland before going to the UK.  They came together in Brisbane in 1965, and had a few hits before they were brought to the UK by songwriters Chapman and Chinn.  They were signed to Mickie Most's RAK record label, and their first British hit was a cover of Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" (see song 14), which reached number 15.  Their second release, "Tom Tom Turnaround" was their first of just two Top 10 hits that they achieved.  Their last hit came in 1973, and they then began to fade away, although they released records until 1976.


50

Title: Never Ending Song Of Love
Artist: The New Seekers
Writer(s): Delaney Bramlett
Entered chart 10 Jul 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 19.

The New Seekers was a British five-piece vocal group, formed by Australian musician Keith Potger, after the break up of his group the Seekers.  The New Seekers comprised female lead singers Eve Graham (born in Auchterarder, Scotland on 19 Apr 1943) and Lyn Paul (born in Manchester, England on 16 Feb 1949), plus three males.  The first version of the group, formed in 1969, did not include Lyn Paul, but after the first album release, several personnel changes were made, including the addition of Paul.  They had a minor hit in late 1970, but made the big time in the summer of 1971 with their first Top 10 entry "Never Ending Song Of Love".  This was followed later in the year by "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing", which was their first Number One chart hit.  They enjoyed considerable success through to the mid-1970s, but broke up in the second half of 1974.  However, they reformed in 1976, but without Lyn Paul.  They had three smallish hits until 1978, when Eve Graham left.  With new personnel, the group has continued to tour and perform.
# This song was written by American singer-songwriter
Delaney Bramlett, who originally recorded it with his wife and band, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.  Their version was a hit in the USA, reaching number 13 in early 1971.


51

Title: Get It On
Artist: T Rex
Writer(s): Marc Bolan
Entered chart 10 Jul 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 13.

This was the band's follow up to their hit of February "Hot Love" (song 15), and was their second of four Number Ones in the UK charts.  The recording was on their album "Electric Warrior" which was in the album chart from autumn 1970, reaching Number One in that listing.  In the USA the recording was titled "Bang a Gong (Get It On)", to avoid confusion with another record on release, also called "Get It On".  The T Rex recording reached number 10 in the USA and was their only Top 10 hit in that country.  They were next in the UK charts in November (song 87).
# In May 1985, Anglo-American super group Power Station recorded the song, and their version reached number 22 in the UK charts, and number nine in the USA.


52

Title: Won't Get Fooled Again
Artist: The Who
Writer(s): Pete Townshend
Entered chart 10 Jul 1971; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 12.

The Who are a four-piece Rock band originally comprising lead singer Roger Daltrey (born 1 Mar 1944), guitarist and singer Pete Townshend (born 19 May 1945), bass guitarist John Entwistle (9 Oct 1944 - 27 Jun 2002), and drummer Keith Moon (23 Aug 1946 - 7 Sep 1978).  The band was formed in the early 1960s in west London, England under a different group name, but settled on the name The Who in 1964.  They began performing in local pubs and other venues in west London   They gained a recording contract in late 1964, and their first hit came in early 1965, "I Can't Explain", which reached the UK Top 10, followed by another Top 10 hit in spring 1965.  "My Generation" reached number two and became their joint highest-placed hit with "I'm A Boy" in 1966.  They never managed to reach Number One.  During the 1960s they achieved nine Top 10 hits out of 14.  The hits continued into the 1980s with another four original Top 10 hits.  Although personnel deaths have forced changes to the line up, the band have continued to perform up to and including a tour in 2017.  Daltry and Townshend remain, and in recent years drums have been played by Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son.
# This was the band's first Top 10 hit since 1969 when "Pinball Wizard" (year 1969, song 25) reached number four.  They had a couple of smaller hits in 1970.  A Top 20 hit followed this in the autumn, and they were in the Top 10 again in the summer of 1972.
# This recording was used as the theme to the American crime drama series "CSI Miami" (2002-2012).


53

Title: We Will
Artist: Gilbert O'Sullivan
Writer(s): Gilbert O'Sullivan
Entered chart 24 Jul 1971; Highest Position 16; Weeks on chart: 11.

Gilbert O'Sullivan was born on 1 Dec 1946 in Waterford, Ireland.  When he was just seven years old his family moved to England where he grew up.  He began playing when at art college in the 1960s.  He signed a recording contract in 1967, but no hit recordings came from that.  It was not until 1970 when he came under the management of Gordon Mills that things took off.  To gain publicity, he went for an unusual appearance comprising a pudding basin haircut, cloth cap and short trousers.  This did attract attention, and by late 1970 he was in the UK charts with his debut hit "Nothing Rhymed".  His style and songs were certainly unique, and he enjoyed enormous success for the first half of the 1970s.  He changed his appearance to a college boy look after a year or so, and the hits continued.  He had eleven Top 20 hits up to the end of 1974, two of which were Number Ones, and he achieved four Top 10 albums during that period as well.  He also enjoyed three Top 10 hits in the USA including a Number One.  Later in the 1970s however, he realised that he had not received a fair proportion of his earnings from his management company.  He sued them, but it was not until 1982 that the courts found in his favour and awarded him seven million pounds.  His career had been on hold for most of the second half of the 1970s, but he had another Top 20 hit in 1980.  He has continued to record and perform, issuing four new albums between 2007 and 2018.  He has also toured the UK and Ireland in recent years.
# This was his third hit, although the previous one had peaked at only number 40 in the UK charts.  However, things were about to change.  His next release in November "No Matter How I Try" (song 92), was the first in a run of five Top 10 hits through to spring 1973.  Meanwhile, his debut album "Himself", entered the album chart in September, reaching number five.


54

Title: Move On Up
Artist: Curtis Mayfield
Writer(s): Curtin Mayfield
Entered chart 31 Jul 1971; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart: 10.

Curtis Mayfield (3 Jun 1942 - 26 Dec 1999) was born in Chicago, USA.  He began his music career in a Gospel choir, but when just 14, he joined a vocal group called the Impressions.  He was concerned with social awareness issues, and brought such themes into the Soul music of the group, in particular the song "People Get Ready", which reached number 14 on the USA charts.  Mayfield left the group in 1970 to go solo.  In 1972, he wrote the soundtrack for the film "Superfly", the songs for which again explored social conscious themes and the inner city poverty, crime etc.  He continued performing until his death at age 57, despite serious injuries sustained in a theatre accident.


55

Title: Let Your Yeah Be Yeah
Artist: The Pioneers
Writer(s): Jimmy Cliff
Entered chart 31 Jul 1971; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 12.

The Pioneers were a Reggae trio from Jamaica.  The three founding members began performing and recording in Jamaica in the early 1960s, but with no success forthcoming, they broke up in 1967.  However, one member, Sydney Crooks, revived the group, with two new members, in the following year, and this time they had some chart success in Jamaica.  Their recordings became popular in the UK as well, and they had their first British hit in 1969.  They toured the UK in 1969-1970 and decided to take up residence there.  In 1971 they enjoyed their biggest hit "Let Your Yeah Be Yeah", written by Jamaican singer-songwriter Jimmy Cliff.  The hits dried up in the mid-1970s, and the band split up.  However, there have been several reunions and splits subsequently, but the group have continued performing into the 21st century.


56

Title: What Are You Doing Sunday
Artist: Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
Writer(s): Toni Wine & Irwin Levine
Entered chart 31 Jul 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 12.

This was the trio's third hit, and third Top 10 entry of the year, and following "Knock Three Times" (song 27).  With this release, the act was billed as Dawn featuring Tony Orlando, to emphasise the importance of the lead singer.  There were no hits in 1972, but they returned in 1973 with the classic Number One hit "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree".  For more info, see song 6.


57

Title: Hey Girl Don't Bother Me
Artist: The Tams
Writer(s): Ray Whitley
Entered chart 31 Jul 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

The Tams are a vocal group formed in Atlanta, Georgia, USA during 1960.  Their name comes from the tam o'shanters (Scottish caps) that they wear on stage.  They began with some modest success in the American charts from 1962.  Their biggest success came in 1964 when "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" reached the USA Top 10.  In the early 1970s in the UK, the so-called Northern Soul sound became very popular, and as a result, the recording made in 1964 "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me" went all the way to Number One on the British charts.  They continued to perform over the next few decades and into the 2000s.  Nowadays two separate lineups of the group continue to perform and record.  One lineup, called 'The Original Tams with R. L. Smith', features original member Robert Lee Smith, and the other lineup is under the leadership of Charles Pope, the brother of co-founder Joe Pope, who died in 2013.


58

Title: I'm Still Waiting
Artist: Diana Ross
Writer(s): Deke Richards
Entered chart 31 Jul 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 14.

This followed her earlier hit "Remember Me" (song 24).  This recording was an album track and was not scheduled to be released as a single.  However, the track was played on British radio, and the record company decided to issue it as a single.  They were rewarded with a Number One hit.  In the USA the recording was only a minor hit, peaking at number 63.  She was next in the UK Top 10 in the summer of 1973.
# In 1990 the recording was remixed with a dance beat and the result reached number 21 in the UK charts.


59

Title: It's Too Late
Artist: Carole King
Writer(s): Carole King & Toni Stern
Entered chart 7 Aug 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 12.

Carole King was born on 9 Feb 1942 in New York City, USA.  Music was her passion and she formed a band in high school.  She then attended college where she met Gerry Goffin who would become her songwriting partner.  They married in 1959, but divorced in 1969.  Together they wrote dozens of chart hits for many singers, especially for Bobby Vee, and many of the hits were covered by British singers such as Billy Fury.  Whilst she was primarily a songwriter, she made a handful of records herself including "It Might As Well Rain Until September" (see year 1962, song 75), which reached number three in the UK charts during 1962.  Follow-up recordings did not do so well, and she concentrated on composing, until she recorded her acclaimed album "Tapestry" in 1971, from which this track is taken.  The "Tapestry" album reached number four in the UK, but Number One in the USA, as did this single.  Since that time she has continued recording and performing, appearing at a London, England outdoor concert in the summer of 2016.


60

Title: Did You Ever
Artist: Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Writer(s): Bobby Braddock (Country music songwriter)
Entered chart 21 Aug 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 19.

Nancy Sinatra is the daughter of singing legend Frank Sinatra.  Nancy was born on 8 Jun 1940 in New Jersey, USA, but mostly grew up in Los Angeles.  She began music and singing lessons at a young age in Hollywood.  She started appearing on TV in her early twenties, mostly on her father's shows.  She signed with Sinatra's Reprise records in 1961, but early releases did not fare very well.  However, in 1965 she began a collaboration with songwriter and producer Lee Hazlewood, who had crafted most of guitarist Duane Eddy's hit records in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  He wrote "These Boots Are Made For Walking", and produced Nancy's recording of the song.  It was an immediate hit, climbing to Number One on both sides of the Atlantic in early 1966.  A year later she reached number two in the UK with "Sugar Town",  and in the same year recorded the James Bond film theme "You Only Live Twice".  She also recorded several duets with Hazlewood, which were hits in both countries, including the 1971 release "Did You Ever" which reached number two in the UK.  She has continued recording and performing on and off up to the present time.
Lee Hazelwood (9 Jul 1929 - 4 Aug 2007) was born in Oklahoma, USA.  Following military service in the early 1950s he got a job as a radio disc jockey in Phoenix, Arizona, whilst writing songs for local performers.  He met guitarist Duane Eddy at the radio studios, and was soon producing Eddy's recordings (several of which he wrote), and he helped Eddy develop his 'twangy guitar' sound.  Hazlewood continued writing songs with much success in the early 1960s, and teamed up with Nancy Sinatra in 1966, producing most of her hits, several of which he wrote.  During the 1970s and 1980s he wrote numerous songs, mostly for underground rock acts.  He continued writing and recording up to his death from cancer at the age of 78.
# This was the last UK hit single from both artists.


61

Title: Nathan Jones
Artist: The Supremes
Writer(s): Leonard Caston & Kathy Wakefield
Entered chart 21 Aug 1971; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 11.

This was the group's follow-up to their remake of the hit "River Deep Mountain High" (song 47), which they performed together with the Four Tops.  This entry put them back in the UK Top 10, with two more of those coming in 1972.  This recording features phasing or phase shifting in the instrumentation, which was mostly used in the late 1960s to create a 'psychedelic' sound.
# This song was recorded by British female group Bananarama in 1988, and their version reached number 15 in the UK charts that year.


62

Title: For All We Know
Artist: Shirley Bassey
Writer(s): Fred Karlin, Robb Royer & Jimmy Griffin (latter two were members of band Bread)
Entered chart 21 Aug 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 24.

Shirley Bassey was born on 8 Jan 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales. She went on to become an international star with countless hit singles and albums throughout the world.  She began singing professionally in 1953, and performed up and down the UK.  She signed a recording contract in 1956, and had her first Top 10 hit in 1957 ("Banana Boat Song").  She enjoyed a string of hits during the 1960s, and recorded three James Bond movie themes.  She had her own TV series during the 1970s, and continued performing into the 21st century.  By 2015 she had scored 33 hit singles and 39 hit albums.  She was honoured with a Damehood in 2000, and was back in the recording studios in 2014.
# This song
was written for the 1970 film "Lovers and Other Strangers", and it went on to win the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Original Film Song in 1971.  
#  In the USA, it was the Carpenters who had the hit version, which reached number three there in March 1971.  In the UK, their recording of the song was a double A-side release with "Superstar" (song 74).
# Bassey's next hit was in 1972, being the theme to the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever".  Surprisingly, the recording peaked at a lowly number 38 in the UK charts.  She had her last-ever British Top 10 singles chart entry in March 1973.


63

Title: Moonshadow
Artist: Cat Stevens
Writer(s): Cat Stevens
Entered chart 28 Aug 1971; Highest Position 22; Weeks on chart: 11.

Cat Stevens was born on 21 Jul 1948 in central London, England.  His father was Greek-Cypriot and his mother Swedish.  They ran a restaurant in the West End of London, and the family lived above it.  Cat developed an interest in music at a young age and at 15 had his first guitar.  Once he had left school he began performing in local pubs and coffee bars.  When only 18 he was spotted by a record producer who arranged a recording contract.  His first hit came in the autumn of 1966, "I Love My Dog", which he had written himself, and which reached number 28 in the UK charts.  His next release, "Matthew And Son", taken from his debut album of the same title, climbed to number two in the charts.  He enjoyed considerable success though to the late 1970s, but in 1979 converted to the Muslim faith and went into musical retirement.  At that time he changed his name to Yusuf Islam.  He returned to some recording again in the 2000s under his new name.
# This song
was a track on Stevens' album "Teaser And The Firecat", which reached number three on the album chart in autumn 1971, and remained on the chart for 93 weeks.
# Stevens was in the UK Top 10 early in 1972 with his recording of the hymn "Morning Has Broken".


64

Title: I Believe (In Love)
Artist: Hot Chocolate
Writer(s): Tony Wilson & Errol Brown (band members)
Entered chart 28 Aug 1971; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart: 11.

Hot Chocolate is a five-piece Soul band from London, England which became one of the most successful acts during the 1970s and 1980s.  It was formed by Errol Brown (12 Nov 1943 - 6 May 2015, born in Jamaica) and Tony Wilson (born in Trinidad on 8 Oct 1947).  They started in 1968 as a Reggae band, but from 1970, under the guidance of producer Mickie Most, they moved to a Soul/Pop style.  Their first hit was "Love Is Life" in 1970, and this began a run of 25 UK Top 40 singles (12 Top 10) until 1984.  Later in the 1980s, reissues returned them to the charts.  There were some personnel changes from time to time, with Wilson leaving in 1976 and Errol Brown departing in 1986.  The band broke up after Brown's departure for a solo career, but it was reformed with a new vocalist in 1992, with another new vocalist in 2010, and it continues to perform in Britain and Europe until the present.
# The band had at least one hit in every year from 1970 to 1984, and their recording "You Sexy Thing" was a Top 10 hit in three different decades.
# This was the band's second Top 10 hit.  Their single releases either did very well, reaching the Top 10, or fared badly, peaking outside the Top 20 for the first few years.  There were no more hits in 1971, just one entry in 1972, which peaked at number 23, but they were back in the Top 10 in 1973.  Chart positions improved from 1975.


65

Title: You've Got A Friend
Artist: James Taylor
Writer(s): Carole King
Entered chart 28 Aug 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 15.

James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter in the Folk/Pop-Folk genre of music.  He was born on 12 Mar 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  His family moved to North Carolina when Taylor was a child, and after some classical music training, took up the guitar in 1960.  In 1966 he moved to New York City to play in a band, and they made a number of performances in the clubs of that city, playing many of the songs that Taylor had written.  He became addicted to heroine at that time. but was 'rescued' by his father who paid for his treatment.  In 1967 he went solo and moved to London where, through contacts he began recording for the Beatles' Apple record label, and had Peter Asher as manager.  An album was recorded, which included the track "Carolina In My Mind", which was not a hit, although Taylor has performed it live many times.  In the early 1970s he relocated to California with Asher still as his manager.  A second album was recorded which included his song "Fire And Rain" which became a Top 50 hit for Taylor in the UK, but reached number three in the USA charts.  His third album in 1971 included Carole King's "You've Got A Friend" which became his only Top 10 hit in the UK, and his only Number One in America.  He has continued to record and perform up to the present time, with modest success in the UK album chart.  He has also performed along with Carole King in recent times.
# This song was a track on the Carole King album "Tapestry" (see song 59).


66

Title: Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum
Artist: Middle Of The Road
Writer(s): Giosy Capuano, Mario Capuano & Lally Stott
Entered chart 4 Sep 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 17.

This was the group's second of three Top 10 hits that they enjoyed in 1971. The melody was written by the Italian composers shown above, with English lyrics by Lally Stott, who wrote their first hit "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (song 41).  Their next hit came in December (song 97).


67

Title: Reason To Believe
Artist: Rod Stewart
Writer(s): Tim Hardin (American singer-songwriter, 23 Dec 1941-29 Dec 1980)
Entered chart 4 Sep 1971; Highest Position 19; Weeks on chart: 2.

Rod Stewart was born 10 Jan 1945 in north London, England.  His father was Scottish, and Stewart has always celebrated his Scottish roots.  He came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the Jeff Beck Group, and then the Faces, but he recorded solo in addition to his group duties.  Stewart's 1971 solo album "Every Picture Tells a Story" made him a household name, reaching Number One in the UK and USA.  The album contained the Tim Harding song "Reason To Believe", which was issued as a single.  The B-side of that record was "Maggie May" which soon became the dominant side, reaching Number One on both sides of the Atlantic (see song 72).  His fame grew to worldwide proportions, and he has sold over 120 million records throughout the world.  He has had nine Number One albums in the UK Album chart, and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the Top 10, six of which were chart toppers.  Stewart has had 16 Top 10 singles in the USA.  From 2002 to 2010 he issued five albums in his "Great American Songbook" series, which were all successful in the charts.  He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.  His most recent original album, "Blood Red Roses", was issued in 2018.


68

Title: Cousin Norman
Artist: Marmalade
Writer(s): Hugh Nicholson
Entered chart 4 Sep 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 11.

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.
# This was the band's first Top 10 hit since the summer of 1970 (see year 1970, song 62).  It was written by Hugh Nicholson who only joined the group in this year (replacing Junior Campbell), and left in 1973.
# They were next in the UK Top 10 in spring 1972.

69

Title: Freedom Come Freedom Go
Artist: The Fortunes
Writer(s): Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Albert Hammond & Mike Hazlewood
Entered chart 11 Sep 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 17.

This was the band's follow-up to their American hit in May, "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" (song 34).  That recording had failed to chart in the UK, but this release restored them to the British Top 10.  Having been on the Decca label in the 1960s, the group's resurgence in the 1970s was on the Capital record label in both the UK and USA.  They were back for their final singles chart entry in January 1972.

70

Title: Another Time Another Place
Artist: Engelbert Humperdinck
Writer(s): Mike Leander & Eddie Seago
Entered chart 11 Sep 1971; Highest Position 13; Weeks on chart: 12.

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 Humperdinck's first Top 20 hit since 1969.  His UK singles chart career was coming to an end.  Only one more Top 20 hit came, and that was in 1972, followed by a minor hit in 1973.  This recording did reach the Top 10 of the American Adult Contemporary chart, on which he continued to score throughout the 1970s.  However, he has maintained a presence on the UK album chart.  In addition to the 2017 release mentioned above, he issued a Christmas album in 2018 which reached number five.

71

Title: Keep On Dancing
Artist: Bay City Rollers
Writer(s): Allen A. Jones, Andrew Love & Richard Shann
Entered chart 18 Sep 1971; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart: 13.

The Bay City Rollers was a Scottish band from Edinburgh, formed originally in the 1960s under different names.  Although the personnel changed a few times, the best-known line up comprised guitarists Eric Faulkner and Stuart Wood, lead singer Les McKeown, bassist Alan Longmuir, and drummer Derek Longmuir.  They signed a contract with Bell records and had their first hit in 1971, "Keep On Dancing", which reached the UK Top 10.  They did not have another hit until 1974 when they began a run of Top 10 hits until 1976.  Fan adulation for the group during that time was dubbed 'Rollermania', echoing the 'Beatlemania' of the 1960s.  They also had some success in the USA in the mid-1970s, with three of their releases reaching the American Top 10.  After their popularity began to wane, there were several personnel changes, but they continued into the 1980s.  Various regroupings and reunions have taken place since then, with tours at home and abroad in the 2010s.
# The song was written in 1963 and recorded by American R&B act, the Avantis.  In 1965 it was recorded by another American group, the Gentrys.  Their version reached number four in the USA charts.

72

Title: Maggie May
Artist: Rod Stewart
Writer(s): Rod Stewart & Martin Quittenton
Entered chart 18 Sep 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 19.

As mentioned with song 67 above, this track was originally the B-side of "Reason To Believe".  However, it was this side that was mostly played by radio stations, such that the original A-side only remained on the UK charts for two weeks.  This side, however, climbed to Number One in the UK, remained there for five weeks and stayed on the charts for 19 weeks.  It was also a Number One in the USA, where it also remained at the top for five weeks.  He was next in the charts in August 1972 with another recording that reached Number One.
# This recording has become a pop music classic, and it frequently crops up on oldies radio stations.

73

Title: Ain't No Sunshine
Artist: Bill Withers
Writer(s): Bill Withers
Entered chart 18 Sep 1971; Highest Position 3 (USA chart data - not a UK hit).

Bill Withers (4 Jul 1938 - 30 Mar 2020) was born in West Virginia, USA.  Withers enlisted with the United States Navy at the age of 18 and served for nine years, during which time he became interested in singing and writing songs.  He left the Navy in 1965 and relocated to Los Angeles in 1967.  He had a variety of manual jobs whilst he developed a career in music.  In early 1970 he gained a recording contract at the age of 32 and recorded an album.  This single from the album was released and became a Top 10 hit in the USA.  A second album came in 1972 with the single "Lean On Me" which became a Number One hit in the USA and a Top 20 hit in Britain.  He had problems with CBS records during the second half of the 1970s and early 1980s, and thus only recorded sporadically during that time.  Disillusioned with the recording industry, he retired in 1985.  However, his name was kept alive with remixes and compilation albums, as well as by songs he wrote for other performers.  In the 21st century he was inducted into three different halls of fame in the USA.
# In 1972, this song appeared as a track on Michael Jackson's first solo album.  The track was issued as a single in the UK, where it climbed to number eight in August of that year.

74

Title: Superstar
Artist: The Carpenters
Writer(s): Bonnie Bramlett & Leon Russell
Entered chart 18 Sep 1971; Highest Position 18; Weeks on chart: 13.

This was another easy-listening song from the American duo.  It was their third hit in the UK, but their fifth Top 10 hit in the USA.  The song was co-written by Bonnie Bramlett, of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, who recorded it first in 1969.  The duo's next hit came at the end of 1971/beginning 1972, being the Christmas song "Merry Christmas Darling", which despite peaking at a lowly number 45 in the UK has become a seasonal favourite.  Their next British Top 10 hit came in September 1972.

75

Title: Simple Game
Artist: The Four Tops
Writer(s): Mike Pinder
Entered chart 25 Sep 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 11.

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. In 1956 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.
#
This was the group's follow-up to their hit with the Supremes, "River Deep Mountain High", which reached number eleven in June this year (song 47).  This was the last UK Top 10 hit that the group enjoyed until 1981, although they did have a few smaller hits during that time.  They also had a couple of USA Top 10s in the mid-1970s.
# The song was written in 1968 by Mike Pinder of the British band the Moody Blues.  It was recorded by the Moody Blues and released as a B-side of a single in 1968.  The Four Tops version was recorded in the UK whilst they were on a concert tour there.  The instrumental backing was provided by the Moody Blues, although uncredited on the record.

76

Title: Sultana
Artist: Titanic
Writer(s): Kenny Aas, Kjell Asperud, John Lorck, Janny Loseth & Roy Robinson
(the members of the band)
Entered chart 25 Sep 1971; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 12.

Titanic was an Anglo-Norwegian Rock band formed in Norway in 1969.  They issued two albums in 1970, and one of them, "Sea Wolf", featured the instrumental track "Sultana".  It is said that the title was chosen as the music imitated the sound of Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.  The band relocated to France in 1974, and two more albums were issued.  The band was dissolved in 1979 but brief reunions and recordings were made in 1991 and 2006.  The band was finally discontinued in 2014.  This recording is their only entry on the UK charts.

77

Title: Witch Queen Of New Orleans
Artist: Redbone
Writer(s): Lolly Vegas & Pat Vegas
Entered chart 25 Sep 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 12.

This band was formed in 1970 by the brothers Lolly (1939-2010) and Pat (born 1941) Vegas who had already been performing together for some ten years.  The brothers were of Native American and Mexican ancestry, and their music tended to reflect that, as well as having Cajun/New Orleans influences.  Their first international success was this recording which reached the Top 20 of many countries, but only number 21 in the USA charts.  They had an American Top 10 in 1973, but this was the band's only chart entry in the UK.  Redbone was inducted into the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
# New Orleans is a city in Louisiana, USA, on the Mississippi River, close to the Gulf of Mexico.  It is noted for its Cajun and Creole foods, and is regarded as the birth place of Jazz.

78

Title: The Night They Drove Old Dixey Down
Artist: Joan Baez
Writer(s): Robbie Robertson
Entered chart 9 Oct 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 12.

Joan Baez is an American singer-songwriter who specialised in songs of protest and social justice.  She was born on 9 Jan 1941 in New York.  She began recording in 1960 and her albums and singles became big sellers, especially in the USA, where anti-establishment sentiment was very popular in the 1960s.  She recorded a number of Bob Dylan songs in the mid-1960s, as well as work by other songwriters, but stuck mostly with her own compositions from the 1970s onwards.  She has continued performing and recording, with a new album released in 2018.  She has always been politically active, and has joined protests on numerous issues over the decades, and recently has been supporting the call for Catalan independence from Spain.
# Baez had enjoyed a handful of hits in the UK before this, which was her final appearance in the UK singles charts.  She had four Top 10 albums in the British album chart during the 1960s.

# The song was written by Robbie Robertson from the American group The Band (see year 1970, song 29), who recorded it first for their second album in 1969.  The song refers to the American Civil War (1861-1865), and the defeat of the Confederate Army by the Union Army.

79

Title: Tired Of Being Alone
Artist: Al Green
Writer(s): Al Green
Entered chart 9 Oct 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 13.

Al Green was born on 13 Apr 1946 in Arkansas, USA.  The family moved to Michigan in the late 1950s, and by his teens he had left home.  He formed a Soul band in the mid-1960s, but eventually he went solo.  He signed a recording contract, and his first album featured the song "Tired Of Being Alone".  Released as a single, it reached number eleven in the USA and number four in Britain.  His second album contained the recording "Let's Stay Together" which reached Number One in the USA (number seven in the UK).  His success in the album and singles charts continued into the late 1970s when Green decided to record and perform Gospel music.  However, he returned to Soul/R&B in the late 1980s, and had a few small hits in the UK after that time.  He has continued performing and occasionally recording into the 2010s.
# In 1992 British band Texas recorded the song, and their version reached number 19 in the UK charts.

80

Title: Put Yourself In My Place
Artist: The Elgins
Writer(s): Holland-Dozier-Holland
Entered chart 9 Oct 1971; Highest Position 28; Weeks on chart: 7.

The Elgins followed their success earlier in the year (song 31) with another older recording which was popular on the 'Northern Soul' circuit.  This release proved to be less popular, reaching only number 28 on the UK charts, possibly because a version recorded by the Isley Brothers in the mid-1960s had reached number 13 in the British charts, following its belated release in 1969 (see year 1969, song 71).  The Elgins had no further hits in the UK.

81

Title: Riders On The Storm
Artist: The Doors
Writer(s): John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek & Jim Morrison
Entered chart 16 Oct 1971; Highest Position 22; Weeks on chart: 11.

The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with vocalist Jim Morrison (8 Dec 1943 - 3 Jul 1971), keyboardist Ray Manzarek (12 Feb 1939 - 20 May 2013), guitarist Robby Krieger (born 8 Jan 1946), and drummer John Densmore (born 1 Dec 1944). They were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison's lyrics and his erratic stage persona, and the group was widely regarded as representative of the era's counterculture.  After signing with Elektra Records in 1966, the Doors released eight albums in five years.  Their first hit single in the UK was "Light My Fire", which peaked at number 49 in the British charts in August 1967, despite reaching Number One in the USA.  By 1972 the Doors had sold over 4 million albums in the USA and nearly 8 million singles.
Morrison died in unexplained circumstances during 1971, in Paris, France, where he is buried.  The band continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.  They released three more albums in the 1970s, two of which featured earlier recordings by Morrison, and over the decades reunited on stage in various configurations.  In 2002,  Manzarek, Krieger and Ian Astbury of band the Cult on vocals started performing as the Doors of the 21st Century.  Densmore and the Morrison estate successfully sued them over the use of the band's name.  After a short time as Riders on the Storm, they settled on the name Manzarek–Krieger and toured until Manzarek's death in 2013.  They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
# Although most of the band's singles reached only modest positions in the UK charts, "Light My Fire" was reissued in 1991, when it reached number seven.

82

Title: Banks Of The Ohio
Artist: Olivia Newton-John
Writer(s): Unknown songwriter, arranged by John Farrar and Bruce Welch
Entered chart 23 Oct 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 17.

This was the follow-up to her debut hit in March, "If Not For You" (song 19), also taken from her first album.  It was a Top 10 hit in the UK, and was a Number One in Australia, but barely grazed the charts of Canada and the USA.  She was next in the UK charts (Top 20) in March 1972.
# The song was written in the 19th century but the author is unknown.  The song has long been regarded as American Country material, and the earliest recordings in that genre date from 1927.  Newton-John's version also has a Country music feel.
# The Ohio River is in north-eastern USA, and is 981 miles (1,579 km) long.  It flows from western Pennsylvania to the city of Cairo, Illinois, where it meets the Mississippi. 

83

Title: Till
Artist: Tom Jones
Writer(s): Charles Danvers & Carl Sigman
Entered chart 23 Oct 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 15.

This was Jones' third hit of 1971, the first being "She's A Lady" (song 8) in January this year.  He was next in the UK Top 10 in April 1972, although that would turn out to be his last Top 10 hit for 15 years.  He was increasingly becoming a cabaret singer, mostly in the USA, and particularly in Las Vegas, and was thus less involved in British pop music.
# The song was written in 1956 by Charles Danvers, with French lyrics.  The English words were provided by Carl Sigman, after which several English-language versions were recorded, the first in 1957.  American singer Tony Bennett recorded the song in 1961, his version reaching number 35 in the UK charts.  In 1970 it was recorded by Welsh singer Dorothy Squires, and her rendition reached number 25 in the British charts.

84

Title: Surrender
Artist: Diana Ross
Writer(s): Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson (known as Ashford & Simpson)
Entered chart 30 Oct 1971; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart: 11.

This represented Diana Ross' third hit of the year, following her Number One in the summer (song 58).  She only had one hit in 1972, but nevertheless, she had a consistent run of hit singles throughout the 1970s, even though some of them only reached lower positions in the charts.  For more info see song 24.

85

Title: Coz I Luv You
Artist: Slade
Writer(s): Noddy Holder & Jim Lea
Entered chart 30 Oct 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 15.

Slade was a Glam Rock band formed in Wolverhampton, England during the late 1960s (under a different name) by Noddy Holder (born 15 Jun 1946), Jim Lea (born 14 Jun 1949), with lead guitarist Dave Hill and drummer Don Powell.  As Slade they obtained a deal with Polydor records, and from 1971 to 1977 they had 19 hit singles, with twelve consecutive Top 10 hits which includes six Number Ones.  They were the most successful group of the 1970s in terms of singles sales.  Their most successful recording is "Merry Xmas Everybody" which reached Number One in 1973, but has become a seasonal perennial, being played on radio and in shopping centres every December since.  They lost some momentum in the late 1970s, but bounced back in 1980, enjoying hits for most of that decade.  However, with falling sales and general disillusionment in the band, it broke up in 1992.  Noddy Holder then moved into acting and radio DJ work.  Lee continued writing songs and making occasional recordings.  Hill and Powell formed Slade II and began touring and recording into the 2010s.

86

Title: Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves
Artist: Cher
Writer(s): Bob Stone
Entered chart 6 Nov 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 13.

Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) was born on 20 May 1946 in California, USA.  She has always gone by the single name of Cher (pronounced 'share').  She first came to prominence as one half of the duo Sonny & Cher.  They first met in 1962 when Sonny was working for record producer Phil Spector, and Cher was looking for work as a singer.  They began performing together as backing singers on many of Spector's recording sessions. Bono was also writing songs at this time, and he produced a Sonny & Cher album in early 1965, called "Look At Us", and a single from the album, "I Got You Babe", was a major international success (see year 1965, song 70).  Over the next decade she recorded and performed both as part of the duo, and solo.  They separated in 1975.  Cher went on to international fame as both a recording artist and film star.  In the UK, by 1999, she had enjoyed 30 hit singles, including eleven Top 10s and three Number Ones, the last chart topper coming in 1998, although she was absent from the British singles charts between 1974 and 1987.  Despite 'farewell' tours in the past, she continues recording, performing and making films at the present time.

87

Title: Jeepster
Artist: T Rex
Writer(s): Marc Bolan
Entered chart 13 Nov 1971; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart: 15.

This was T Rex's third and final hit of the year.  The previous two had reached Number One, but the band had to be content with a number two this time.  However, they enjoyed two further chart toppers during 1972, as well as three additional Top 10 hits in that year.  For more info see song 15.

88

Title: Sing A Song Of Freedom
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Guy Fletcher & Doug Flett
Entered chart 13 Nov 1971; Highest Position 13; Weeks on chart: 12.

This was Cliff's first Top 20 hit since January.  Two releases in between had stalled at 27 and 37 respectively.  He continued to struggle in the charts, not helped by his recordings of Gospel music, which were not attracting sales.  Nevertheless, he did maintain a chart presence until 1974.  1975 drew a blank for the first time in his long career.  However, he returned in 1976 with a Top 10 hit and two additional Top 20 entries.  For more info see song 9.

89

Title: Is This The Way To Amarillo
Artist: Tony Christie
Writer(s): Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
Entered chart 20 Nov 1971; Highest Position 18; Weeks on chart: 13.

Tony Christie was born on 25 Apr 1943 in Conisbrough, Yorkshire, England.  He is a big-voiced singer somewhat in the style of Tom Jones.  He began singing semi-professionally during the 1960s in the working men's clubs of Yorkshire.  He was spotted by an artist manager who arranged a recording contract for him.  His first hit came in 1971, which made the UK Top 30.  His follow-up "I Did What I Did For Maria" climbed to number two in spring 1971.  "Is This The Way To Amarillo" followed that, but only reached the lower part of the Top 20, although it reached Number One in Germany and Spain.  He had a few more hits in the early 1970s, but continued performing on the cabaret circuit, and occasionally on TV as well in the UK.  He remained popular in Germany during the 1980s and 1990s, issuing several albums especially for the German market.  He came to prominence again in the UK in 2005 when "Is This The Way To Amarillo" was selected to raise money for the 'Comic Relief' charity.  A new video was made, featuring comedian Peter Kay and other celebrities.  The record shot up to Number One as a result, remaining there for seven weeks.  Following the song's success, Christie was awarded the freedom of the city of Amarillo in Texas.  He continues to perform up to the present time.
# The song was composed by 1960s hit maker Neil Sedaka, whose version was a modest hit in the USA.  Sedaka would return to the UK charts in 1973.

90

Title: Something Tells Me
Artist: Cilla Black
Writer(s): Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 20 Nov 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 14.

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 Cilla's first hit since late 1969, and her first Top 10 entry since the summer of 1969.  This was also her last ever Top 10 hit.  A Top 40 hit came in 1974, and that was her final chart entry until 1993 when a couple of newly-made singles reached the Top 75.  From 1963 to 1974 she had 19 hit singles, including nine Top 10 entries and two Number Ones.

91

Title: Softly Whispering I Love You
Artist: The Congregation
Writer(s): Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
Entered chart 27 Nov 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 14.

The Congregation was a British mixed-gender pop ensemble formed by songwriters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.  The group's only UK hit was a version of "Softly Whispering I Love You", which was originally recorded by Cook and Greenaway themselves under the alias of David and Jonathan in 1967.  That was not a hit in the UK, but this rendition reached number four in the UK charts, and it got as high as number 29 on the American charts.  However, it was a Number One in South Africa and New Zealand, and number 10 in Germany.  The group's lead singer was the former Plastic Penny vocalist, Brian Keith, who later became a session musician.  They had no further hits.
#
In 1990, British singer Paul Young recorded the song, and the single reached number 21 on the UK charts that year.

92

Title: No Matter How I Try
Artist: Gilbert O'Sullivan
Writer(s): Gilbert O'Sullivan
Entered chart 27 Nov 1971; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 15.

This was the follow-up to his hit of July, "We Will" (song 53).  After a slightly faltering start in the UK charts, this recording began a run of five Top 10 hits, including two Number Ones, until the spring of 1973.  See song 53 for more info.

93

Title: It Must Be Love
Artist: Labi Siffre
Writer(s): Labi Siffre
Entered chart 27 Nov 1971; Highest Position 14; Weeks on chart: 12.

Labi Siffre was born on 25 Jun 1945 at Hammersmith, west London, England.  He studied music in the early 1960s, and began playing Jazz guitar with a small band in a Jazz club in central London in the mid-1960s.  He released several albums during the first half of the 1970s, and a couple of tracks issued as singles reached the Top 20 of the UK charts.  His first hit was "It Must Be Love" in 1971, followed by "Crying Laughing Loving Lying" which reached number eleven in the spring of 1972.  In the late 1970s though he decided to retire from music, but returned in 1985 which saw him with the Top 10 hit "Something Inside So Strong" in 1987.  He issued more albums up to 1998.
# In 1981 British band Madness recorded "It Must Be Love", and their version reached number four in the UK charts over Christmas that year.

94

Title: When You Get Right Down To It
Artist: Ronnie Dyson
Writer(s): Barry Mann
Entered chart 4 Dec 1971; Highest Position 34; Weeks on chart: 6.

Ronnie Dyson (5 Jun 1950 - 10 Nov 1990) was born in Washington DC, but grew up in New York City.  He began singing in church choirs in his early teens, and at only 18 he landed a role in the Broadway production of the Rock musical "Hair".  Following that he performed in several other musicals.  In 1971 he recorded the song "When You Get Right Down To It".  This was his only chart entry in the UK, although he had a few more modest hits in the USA.  He died in New York in 1990 from heart failure at the age of just 40. 
# This song was first recorded by American vocal group the Delfonics in 1970.  See song 28 for Delfonics info.

95

Title: Theme from "Shaft"
Artist: Isaac Hayes
Writer(s): Isaac Hayes
Entered chart 4 Dec 1971; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart: 12.

Isaac Hayes (20 Aug 1942 - 10 Aug 2008) was born in Tennessee, USA.  He was brought up by his grandparents, and taught himself to play various musical instruments.  In his teens he was playing with bands in and around Memphis, Tennessee in the evenings whilst working at a meat packing plant by day.  In the early 1960s he started as a session musician with Stax records in Memphis, and began writing songs as well for the various acts recording at Stax.  He recorded his first album in 1968.  In 1971 he wrote the music for the film "Shaft", and the main theme became a worldwide hit, reaching Number One in the USA.  In the mid-1970s he moved into Disco music, and continued to record and compose.  In the late 1990s he provided the voice for Chef in the animated TV series "South Park".  He had a stroke in 2006 and died in 2008 just before his 66th birthday.
# He was next in the UK charts in 1976 with "Disco Connection" which reached number ten.

96

Title: I Just Can't Help Believing
Artist: Elvis Presley
Writer(s): Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Entered chart 4 Dec 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 16.

This gave Elvis his sixth UK chart entry in 1971 - an annual tally not realised since the late 1950s.  This was followed by four Top 10 entries in 1972.  This particular recording was not issued as a single in the USA, as a version by B J Thomas had been at number nine in the American charts only the year before.  Several artists have recorded the song for albums.
# Presley's next hit, "Until It's Time For You To Go", came in April 1972.

97

Title: Soley Soley
Artist: Middle Of The Road
Writer(s): Fernando Arbex (Spanish songwriter)
Entered chart 11 Dec 1971; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart: 12.

This was the group's third Top 10 hit of the year, but it was also their last Top 10 entry.  Two hits came their way in 1972, peaking at numbers 23 and 26 respectively, and there were no more in the UK.  They remained popular in Germany and the Netherlands, with hits in those countries up to 1973.  For more info see song 41.

98

Title: I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing
Artist: The New Seekers
Writer(s): Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway, Bill Backer & Billy Davis
Entered chart 18 Dec 1971; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 21.

This was the New Seekers' third hit and second Top 10 entry.  It began as a TV commercial jingle (see below) and became an international success.  It was a Number One hit in the UK, Ireland, Japan and New Zealand.  It reached number seven in the USA.  This recording made the group major stars world-wide.  See song 50 for group details.
# This song began life as a jingle for a Coca Cola TV commercial which was shown throughout the world.  It was the New Seekers that recorded the jingle, in London.  The opening line in the commercial was "I'd like to buy the world a Coke".  This was replaced by "I'd like to teach the world to sing" on the issued record.
# The band was next in the UK charts in March 1972 with their Eurovision Song Contest entry.

99

Title: Stay With Me
Artist: The Faces
Writer(s): Rod Stewart & Ronnie Wood
Entered chart 18 Dec 1971; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart: 14.

The Faces band was born out of the remnants of the Small Faces after Steve Marriott left to form a new band.  The remaining three, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane, and Kenney Jones were joined by Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart, both from the Jeff Beck Group, and the new act was ready to go in early 1970.  They toured extensively and had their first hit at the end of 1971.  Two more Top 10s came along in 1973.  During the time that the Faces were active, Rod Stewart was still recording and performing solo.  This frustrated Ronnie Lane who left in 1973.  In 1975 Ronnie Wood began playing with the Rolling Stones (where he remains), and the Faces broke up towards the end of that year.  There have been a few reunion concerts since that time.

100

Title: A Horse With No Name
Artist: America
Writer(s): Dewey Bunnell (band member)
Producer: Ian Samwell (wrote Cliff Richard's early hits)
Entered chart 18 Dec 1971; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart: 13.

America was a Rock trio who were the sons of American air force personnel stationed at RAF South Ruislip in west London, England.  The trio began gigging at various London venues in 1969 and were spotted by songwriter-producer Ian Samwell.  He arranged a recording deal, and an album was recorded in London.  That album did not include this hit song, but it was recorded a little later with some other songs.  The recording of "A Horse With No Name" became a major hit, reaching Number One in the USA.  This prompted the band to move to Los Angeles where further recordings were made.  This hit was the only major one they had in the UK, but in the USA they had six Top 10 hits by the mid-1970s.  However, by 1975 their popularity was waning in the USA, so the band returned to London and enlisted the producing assistance of George Martin (of Beatles fame).  A new album was recorded which resulted in several more Top 20 hits in the USA.  Martin went to California to produce their following album.  Although hits eventually tailed off, the band has continued performing and making occasional recordings until the present.


 

Acts with most appearances in this list:

Carpenters: 3
Dawn: 3
Middle Of The Road: 3

Elvis Presley: 3
Diana Ross: 3
Supremes: 3  (1 with Four Tops)
T Rex: 3

Composers with most appearances in this list:

Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway: 8 (1 with John Goodison & Tony Hiller; 2 with Tony Macaulay; 1 with Herbie Flowers; 1 with Albert Hammond & Mike Hazlewood; 1 with Bill Backer & Billy Davis)
Marc Bolan: 3 (all for T Rex)

Irwin Levine: 3 (2 with Toni Wine; 1 with L Russel Brown) (all for Dawn)

The Composers, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, have got eight of their songs in the listing for 1971.  This is a great achievement.  Cook and Greenaway are also singers.  They first came to public attention when they covered the Bealtes' song "Michelle", using the pseudonyms David & Jonathan, with that version reaching number eleven in the UK charts in early 1966.  They were then in the Top 10 in the summer of 1966 with their own song "Lovers of the World Unite" (see year 1966, song 64).  That, however was their final hit as David & Jonathan.  In 1969 Cook joined with others to form Blue Mink, which enjoyed a series of hits, mostly co-written by Cook.  The pair continued to write hit songs for numerous acts, the best-known, perhaps, being "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" by the New Seekers, in 1971.  Prior to that, in 1970, Greenaway joined with session singer Tony Burrows to record as the Pipkins.  Their novelty recording of "Gimme Dat Ding" reached number six in spring 1970.  In 1975 Cook decided to relocate to Nashville, USA, where he took on the role of record producer, as well as continuing to write songs.  In 1997, Cook became the first British songwriter to be elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Following Cook's departure, Greenaway collaborated with Geoff Stephens, and together they wrote Dana's seasonal hit "It's Gonna Be a Cold Cold Christmas" in 1975.  As time went on, Greenaway took an increasing role in business administration, becoming Chairman of the Performing Right Society in 1983, and in 1995 he took charge of the European ASCAP (American copyright) office. He also wrote advertising jingles for Allied Carpets, Asda and British Gas.  In 1998 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the music industry.  He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, in 2009.

New Names in 1971
To qualify, new acts must have gone on to have at least three entries in these lists.  One-hit Wonders do not qualify.

Bay City Rollers
Dawn
George Harrison *
Elton John
John Lennon
*
Paul McCartney *
Middle Of The Road
New Seekers (had minor hit late 1970)
Olivia Newton-John
Slade

Ringo Starr *
Rod Stewart
Sweet

* Previously had hits with the Beatles. Lennon also had hits with the Plastic Ono Band.


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