1970

Number Ones:
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head - B.J. Thomas [Scepter 12265] (David, Bacharach) is from the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
(They Long to Be) Close To You - Carpenters [A&M 1183] (David, Bacharach) was originally a B-side for Richard Chamberlain [‘63, MGM 13170]. It was on Dionne Warwick’s LP Make Way For Dionne Warwick [‘64, Scepter 523] and released as the B-side of a single [‘65, 12104]. It would chart again for Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager [‘72, Mercury 73301].
Let It Be [Apple 2764] and The Long and Winding Road [Apple 2832] - Beatles (Lennon, McCartney) were from the film Let It Be.
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles [Tamla 54199] (Cosby, Robinson, Wonder) is from the Miracles’ 1967 LP Make It Happen [Tamla 276]. It became a hit in England for the Beat [‘79, 2 Tone CHS TT 6].
War - Edwin Starr [Gordy 7101] (Whitfield, Strong) was from the Temptations’ Psychedelic Shack [‘70, Gordy 947]. Bruce Springsteen had a hit with a live version [‘86, Columbia 06432].
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross [Motown 1169] (Ashford, Simpson) was a hit for Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell [Tamla 54149].
Mama Told Me Not to Come - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4239] (Randy Newman) appeared on P.J. Proby’s LP Phenomenon [‘67, Liberty 7515] and Eric Burdon & the Animals’ LP Eric Is Here [‘67, MGM 4433], which were released about the same time. Randy Newman’s version appeared on 12 Songs [‘70, RS 6373].
Someday We’ll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes [Motown 1156] (Beavers, Bristol, Fuqua) was a single for Johnny & Jackey [‘60, Tri-Phi 1005].
Number Twos:
We’ve Only Just Begun - Carpenters [A&M 1217] (Nichols, Williams) began as an advertising jingle for the Crocker Bank of California. Its first recordings were as a single for Freddie Allen [‘70, White Whale 345] and on Mark Lindsay’s Silverbird [Columbia 30111].
Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman [ABC 11240] (Carr, Shuman) was ‘Hey There Lonely Boy’ by Ruby & the Romantics [‘63, Kapp 544].
Top Fives:
Fire and Rain - James Taylor [Warner 7423] (Taylor) appeared on Sweet Baby James [3/70, Warner 1843], but charted as a single first by R.B. Greaves [4/70, Atco 6745].
Love on a Two-Way Street - Moments [Stang 5012] (Robinson, Keyes) was a 1968 single by Lezli Valentine [All Platinum 2308].
Candida - Dawn [Bell 903] (Wine, Levine) The Corporation [‘70, Musicor 1418].
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland [Uni 55240] (Mayfield) was a hit for the Impressions [‘61, ABC-Paramount 10241].
Get Ready - Rare Earth [Rare Earth 5012] (Robinson) charted for the Temptations [‘66, Gordy 7049].
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin [Atlantic 2690] (Bonham, Jones, Page, Plant) is the Willie Dixon song ‘You Need Love’ by Muddy Waters [‘62, Chess 1839]. It was also done by the Small Faces as ‘You Need Loving’ on their debut LP [‘66, Decca LK 4790].
Patches - Clarence Carter [Atlantic 2748] (Dunbar, Johnson) was first a single for the Chairmen of the Board [‘70, Invictus 9079].
Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton [Cotillion 44057] (White) is from Tony Joe White’s LP …Continued [‘69, Monument 18133].
Without Love (There Is Nothing) - Tom Jones [Parrot 40045] (Small) charted for Clyde McPhatter and Ray Charles (see 1963).
Top Tens:
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick [Scepter 12273] (David, Bacharach) was sung by Jill O’Hara and Jerry Orbach in the Broadway show Promises, Promises. It was also a single for Ella Fitzgerald [‘69, Reprise 0875] and Burt Bacharach [‘69, A&M 1064].
Come and Get It - Badfinger [Apple 1815] (McCartney) is from the movie The Magic Christian.
The Letter - Joe Cocker [A&M 1174] (Thompson) was the Box Tops’ 1967 hit (see 1969).
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother - Hollies [Epic 10532] (Russell, Scott) was a single for Kelly Gordon [‘69, Capitol 2442], and was also a Top 20 hit for Neil Diamond [‘70, Uni 55264].
House of the Rising Sun - Frijid Pink [Parrot 341] (Price) is a remake of the Animals’ version (see 1964).
(I Know) I’m Losing You - Rare Earth [Rare Earth 5017] (Grant, Whitfield, Holland) was a hit by the Temptations [‘66, Gordy 7057], and charted also for Rod Stewart [‘71, Mercury 73244].
(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can’t I Touch You? - Ronnie Dyson [Columbia 45110] (Courtney, Link) is from the off-Broadway show Salvation [o.c. LP ‘69, Capitol 337].
The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley [RCA 9835] (Knight) was a moderate hit for Texas teen crooner Ray Peterson [’59, RCA 7513].
Easy Come, Easy Go - Bobby Sherman [Metromedia 177] (Keller, Hilderbrand) is from Mama Cass’ LP Bubble Gun, Lemonade & …Something… [‘69, Dunhill 50055].
I Just Can’t Help Believing - B.J. Thomas [Scepter 12283] (Mann, Weil) was recorded by Barry Mann [‘68, Capitol 2217] and Bobby Vee [on ‘69 LP Gates, Grills and Railings, Liberty LST-7612].
Evil Ways - Santana [Columbia 45069] (Henry) was first recorded by Willie Bobo [‘67, Verve 10550] and the Village Callers [‘68, Rampart 663].
It’s Only Make Believe - Glen Campbell [Capitol 2905] (Twitty, Nance) was a big hit for Conway Twitty (see 1958).
Midnight Cowboy - Ferrante & Teicher [United Artists 50554] (Barry) was a movie title theme, originally by John Barry on the soundtrack LP [‘69, United Artists 5198].
Arizona - Mark Lindsay [Columbia 45037] (Young) was a single for the Family Dogg [‘69, Bell 848].
Top Twenties:
Don’t Play That Song - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2751] (Nelson, Ertegun) was a hit for Ben E. King [‘62, Atco 6222].
Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young [Atlantic 2723] (Mitchell). Joni Mitchell’s version was on Ladies of the Canyon [‘70, Reprise 6376]; it also charted for Matthews’ Southern Comfort [‘71, Decca 32774].
Cry Me a River - Joe Cocker [A&M 1200] (Hamilton) was a hit for Julie London [‘55, Liberty 55006].
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me - Elvis Presley [RCA 9916] (Wickham, Napier-Bell, Donaggio) was a hit by Dusty Springfield (see 1966).
Groovy Situation - Gene Chandler [Mercury 73083] (Davis, Lewis) appeared first on Mel & Tim’s LP Good Guys Only Win in the Movies [‘69, Bamboo 8001].
My Baby Loves Lovin’ - White Plains [Deram 85058] (Cook, Greenaway) was also a single for the Joe Jeffrey Group [Wand 11219].
I (Who Have Nothing) - Tom Jones [Parrot 40051] (Donida, Leiber, Stoller, Mogol) charted for Ben E. King (see 1963).
A Song of Joy [Himno a la Alegria] - Miguel Rios [A&M 1193] (De Los Rios, Parker) is based on a theme from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony [1824].
Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma - New Seekers [Elektra 45699] (Safka) is ‘What Have They Done To My Song, Ma’ from Melanie’s LP Candles in the Rain [’70, Buddah 5060] and charted later for Ray Charles [’72, ABC/TRC 11329].
Hi-De-Ho - Blood, Sweat & Tears [Columbia 45204] (Goffin, King) was first recorded as ‘That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)‘ by Carole King’s band, the City [‘68, Now That Everything’s Been Said Ode 44012] and was a single for Dusty Springfield [‘69, Atlantic 2647].
The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King [BluesWay 61032] (Hawkins) charted R&B for Roy Hawkins [‘51, Modern 826].
Celebrate - Three Dog Night [Dunhill 4229] (Bonner, Gordon) was recorded first by Garry Bonner [‘69, Calla LP 101].
Overture from Tommy (A Rock Opera) - Assembled Multitude [Atlantic 2737] (Townshend) is from the Who’s Tommy [‘69, Decca 7205].
Rubber Duckie - Ernie (Jim Henson) [Columbia 45207] (Moss) was from the children’s TV show Sesame Street.
Come Saturday Morning - Sandpipers [A&M 1134] (Karlin, Previn) is from the film The Sterile Cuckoo.
Be My Baby - Andy Kim [Steed 729] (Barry, Greenwich, Spector) was a hit for the Ronettes [‘63, Philles 116].
El Condor Pasa - Simon & Garfunkel [Columbia 45237] (Simon, Robles, Milchberg) is an 18th century Peruvian folk melody, arranged in 1913 by Daniel Alomia Robles. According to Rypens, it was recorded by Los Incas, a 60s-early 70s group, in 1963 on Philips. Simon had seen them perform around 1963 or ‘64, and invited them to play on this recording. It was also recorded by Los Chacos [Barclay LP Pollerita 920.199, c. ‘75]. Other versions are available but the dates aren’t clear.
Honey Come Back - Glen Campbell [Capitol 2718] (Webb) was originally a single for Chuck Jackson [‘68, Motown 1152].
After Midnight - Eric Clapton [Atco 674] (Cale) was a single for J.J. Cale [‘66, Liberty 55931], re-recorded for 1972’s Naturally [Shelter 8098].
Honey Come Back - Glen Campbell [Capitol 2718] (Webb) was a single for Chuck Jackson [‘68, Motown 1152].
Walkin’ in the Rain - Jay & the Americans [United Artists 50605] (Mann, Weil, Spector) was originally by the Ronettes [‘64, Philles 123].
Long Lonesome Highway - Michael Parks [MG 14104] (Hendricks) was introduced by Parks on his TV series Then Came Bronson.
Top Thirties :
Blowing Away - 5th Dimension [Soul City 780] (Nyro) is from Laura Nyro’s LP More Than a New Discovery [‘66, Verve Folkways 3020].
Solitary Man - Neil Diamond [Bang 578] (Diamond) is a reissue of a song that charted in 1966.
Yellow River - Christie [Epic 10626] (Jeff Christie) was originally recorded by the Tremeloes but not released. Their backing track was used for this recording.
It’s All in the Game - Four Tops [Motown 1164] (Dawes, Sigman) is a remake of the Tommy Edwards hit [MGM 12688].
Stand By Your Man - Candi Staton [Fame 1472] (Wynette, Sherrill) was a country hit for Tammy Wynette [‘69, Epic 10398]. The Blues Brothers performed it in the 1980 movie.
Shilo - Neil Diamond [Bang 575] (Diamond) is a new version of the single issued in ‘68 [Bang 561].
Puppet Man - 5th Dimension [Soul City 880] (Greenfield, Sedaka) is from an Australian release by Neil Sedaka [‘69, Workin’ on a Groovy Thing Festival SFL 933616], and it charted again for Tom Jones [Parrot 40064]..
Sugar Sugar - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2722] (Barry, Kim) was a big hit for the Archies [‘69, Calendar 1008].
Neanderthal Man - Hotlegs [Capitol 2886] (Creme, Godley, Stewart) and God, Love and Rock & Roll - Teegarden & Van Winkle [Westbound 170] (Knape, Teegarden) are both based on the tune of the Impressions' 'Amen' [see 1964].
Can’t Stop Loving You - Tom Jones [Parrot 40067] (Bickerton, Waddington) was a single for the Flirtations [‘70, Deram 85062].
Let’s Work Together - Canned Heat [Liberty 56151] (Harrison) was originally ‘Let’s Stick Together’ by Wilbert Harrison [‘62, Fury 1059 and 1063]. He charted with his new version, with the new title [‘70, Sue 11).
Summertime Blues - Who [Decca 32708] (Cochran, Capeheart) is a live version of Eddie Cochran’s classic (see 1968).
Save the Country - 5th Dimension [Bell 895] (Nyro) was a single for Laura Nyro [‘68, Columbia 44592] and appeared on her LP New York Yendaberry [‘69, Columbia 9737].
All I Have to Do Is Dream - Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell [Capitol 2745] (Bryant) is a remake of the 1958 Everly Brothers classic [see 1963].
(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me - R. B. Greaves [Atco 6726] (David, Bacharach) was first issued by Lou Johnson [‘64, Big Hill 5520]. It was a U.K. #1 for Sandie Shaw [‘64, Reprise 0320]. It was released as a single [‘68, Scepter 12226] from Dionne Warwick’s LP Windows of the World [‘67, Scepter 563].
Viva Tirado - Part I - El Chicano [Kapp 2085] (Wilson) was originally recorded by its writer in the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, in 1963 [Moment of Truth Pacific Jazz 61] and live in 1967 [Live and Swinging Pacific Jazz 10118].
Big Yellow Taxi - Neighborhood [Big Tree 102] (Mitchell) was a single by Joni Mitchell [‘70, Reprise 0906] from Ladies of the Canyon [‘70, Reprise 6376]/
Maybe - Three Degrees [Roulette 7079] (Barrett) was a 1958 hit for the Chantels [‘58, End 1005].
She Came In Through the Bathroom Window - Joe Cocker [A&M 1147] (Lennon, McCartney) is from the Beatles Abbey Road [‘69, Apple 383].