70s Music Chart January 3rd 1970

Here are some brief news events that take you back to January 1970.   It was a time when the official population of the United States of America reached a grand total of  two hundred and three million and three hundred thousand odd. And sticking to the American point in sports Superbowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7.

The war in Biafra which was also known as the Nigerian Civil war had been going since 1967. Nigeria was formed by the British decades before and when they left in 1960 it became a civil war over religious and territorial  claims. With more British involvement the war came to an end after a December 1969 battle. The British at the time seemed to support one side only, and the small state of Biafra was engulfed back into Nigeria. The cost in human life for this war may be as high as three million people. There in the background of the dispute of course was oil.   It was the month that the US set off a nuclear bomb in the Nevada desert, and the US shows the film version of MASH at the cinemas starring Donald Sutherland. The Robert Altman film was set in Korea, but rang a big bell with Americans still suffering the problems in Vietnam. The film  also starred Robert Duvall and Eliot Gould.

 January 1970 Russia responds to the US NEVADA bomb with their own at Semipalitinsk.   Gadaffi becomes Libya’s Prime Minster and  in one form or another continued to rule Libya into 2011. His country would always be linked with terrorism and a dictatorship, he was never afraid to rub the British or the US the wrong way, and he usually won too.   London Heathrow welcomes the first commercial landing of the new Jumbo jet the 747. It was the month that Rhodesia claimed independence from the UK by Ian Smith making it a Rhodesian republic after eighty years of British involvement. Smith said  "Today is not such a tremendous day for us Rhodesians. Our Independence Day is the great day. Rhodesia did not want to seize independence from Britain. It was forced upon us." Rhodesia  stayed a republic throughout the 1970s, right up to 1979, when it became the African state of Zimbabwe. Ian Smith died in 2007. “Ian Smith lived an exemplary family life and in private was a down-to-earth, modest man. Ian Smith was not corrupt nor was he a megalomaniac. However whilst Ian Smith acted in what he thought were the best interests of then Rhodesia he made some disastrous political decisions as Prime Minister which directly contributed to the trauma that Zimbabwe is suffering from today... The policies of his Rhodesia Front party radicalized black nationalists and directly spawned the violent and fascist rule of Zanu PF.” David Coltartmember of the Zimbabwe Parliament (House of Assembly and Senate) since 2000.   We had a few well known deaths too in January 1970. The pioneer of quantum  mechanics Max Born, David McKay the president of the Mormon church.   Born in January 1970 was the actress Mini Driver famous for such films as Goodwill Hunting, another actress to share that month of birth was Heather Graham who appeared in the film Austin Powers:The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Let's take a look at the pop charts from January 3rd 1970, the music charts in the 1970s has the legacy of the 1960s included, so this makes it a very special chart indeed.
Let's look at the stars and the songs that we sang and danced to when the music charts meant something very important. These charts represent the British charts as broadcast by the BBC. The charts were compiled by the British Market Research Bureau. Part One Number Twenty To Number Eleven
No. 20 Nobody's Child by Karen Young Karen  was born 1946, and had a few hits during the 1960s, she would have one more 1970s hits later in 1970. Here are the lyrics for Nobody's Child

No.19 Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival Tom (Died 1990) and John Fogerty, along with  Stu Cook and Doug Clifford formed this American  group of Creedence  Clearwater Revival in the 1960s. This song came from the album of the same name, which also included their 1969 hit "Bad Moon Rising".

No.18 Loneliness by Des O'Connor Born in 1932 this British singer and TV entertainer was no stranger to the British charts during the 1960s, and this record  left over from the 1960s chart would not be his last record for the year 1970.


No.17 But You Love Me Daddy by Jim ReevesJames Travis Reeves had been dead six years, following an air crash accident, when this single finally charted in the 1970s.  

No. 16 The Liquidator by Harry J Allstars Born in 1945 as Harry Zephaniah Johnson, and famous for his record studio Harry J Studio where in the 1970s Bob Marley and Ken Boothe would also record. This hit  includes some people who would later become The Wailers.

N0. 15 Love Is All by Malcolm Roberts Malcolm was born in Manchester in 1944 and died in 2003 of a heart attack, he was successful in the 1960s and in the 1970s appeared on TV in "The  Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and even appeared in Pantomime in London in 1971. Here are the lyrics to Love Is All

No. 14 (Call Me)Number One by Tremeloes Brian Poole and his crew with their last hit of the 1960s, and thus the first of the 1970s. Here are the lyrics to (Call Me) Number One

No. 13 Durham Town (The Leavin') by Roger Whittacker Born 1936, the whistler continued to have more hits throughout the 1970s. Durham Town is in fact a CITY, but it would not have sounded as good I am sure. In 1971 and 1972 he would go on to win the Ivor  Novello Awards. Here are the lyrics to "Durham Town (The Leavin') Here is the video to "Durham Town(The Leavin')

No. 12 Good Old Rock "N "Roll by Dave Clarke Five Dave Clarke, Mike Smith Died 2008, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley and Dennis Payton Died 2006, had already taken America by storm in 1964, there would be one more hit to come later in the 1970s.

No. 11 The Onion Song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell Marvin died by his fathers hand in 1984, and Tammi was ill with a tumor when this was a hit and died only two months later aged 25. See the video here of "The Onion Song" 

The numbers 10 to no.1 are to follow The chart of No.40 to No. 21 for January 3rd 1970
BBC1 TV JAN 1ST 1970


A Safari aided and abetted by Clarence and Judy A Family for Jenny

:Winners at the Wheel

An all-action review by MAXWELL BOYD of the drivers and cars which took the top prizes in motor sport in 1969 including Graham Hill in a Lotus 49B winning the Monaco Grand Prix; Jacky Ickx and the Ford GT 40 triumph at Le Mans, and Jackie Stewart driving a Matra Ford to the top of the World Championship table.

:The Philpott File A Pride of Officers

A documentary film with Trevor Philpott The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst was founded just before Waterloo and for a century trained officers of style for an expanding Empire. The Empire has gone, but Sandhurst is still there. Who are the young men in training at Sandhurst now?

:Watch with Mother

The Woodentops

:The News

Weatherman BERT FOORD

:Laurel and Hardy

Hog Wild Stan and Ollie demonstrate how not to erect a radio aerial

:The Scarlet Spear

starring John Bentley , Martha Hyer An exciting adventure film, with some spectacular wildlife scenes, made on location in Africa. A British district officer tries to prevent the young son of a tribal chieftain from engaging in a deadly combat as part of his initiation as the new leader of the Maru.

:Ski-Jumping from Garmisch

The International 90 Metre Jump Outside broadcast cameras bring you a supreme test of skill and courage - the Big Jump.' The world's greatest jumpers from 14 countries compete in this New Year's Day event in Garmisch, Bavaria. Commentator MAX ROBERTSON

:Play School

A programme for children under 5


RONALD HINES tells The Wombles by ELIZABETH BERESFORD ' Bungo's Great Adventure '

:Blue Peter

with Valerie Singleton John Noakes , Peter Purves

:Journey to the Centre of the Earth

A thrilling cartoon serial Part 13: Perils of Volcano Island

:Hector's House

The varied adventures of Hector the Dog, Zaza the Cat, and Mrs Kiki Frog

:National News

and Weather

:London - Nationwide

The facts, the people, the background of the nation's capital The news, features, opinions of the country at large from BBC studios throughout the United Kingdom co-ordinated by Michael Barratt Reporters ROBERT LANGLEY LYN LEWIS , JACK PIZZEY PHILIP TIBENHAM Editor DERRICK AMOORE

:The Doctors

Written by DICK SHARPLES starring John Barrie Richard Leech , Justine Lord

:Top of the Pops


:Comedy Playhouse The Jugg Brothers



:Softly, Softly - Task Force Any Other Night

by ROBERT BARR And here's a hand, my trusty frien', And gie's a hand o' thine. And we'll tak' a richt guid willie waught

:The Main News

With KENNETH KENDALL and the BBC's correspondents and reporters around the world and Weather


Unknown: Kenneth Kendall


starring the greatest name in show business in a one-man special informal concert of songs with which Frank Sinatra will always be associated including: My Kind of Town You're Sensational The Tender Trap All the Way Tonight Sinatra also sings: For Once in my Life Little Green Apples Going out of my Head and he recalls clips from his movies including: High Society, Johnny Concho The Kissing Bandit The music of the Don Costa Orchestra Directed by TIM KILEY

:24 Hours

A look at what matters in the news and out of it Presented by Kenneth Allsop with the latest news in pictures

:A Night at the Opera

The Marx Brothers with Kitty Carlisle , Allan Jones Margaret Dumont Groucho, Chico, and Harpo in their most famous comedy. Groucho - the one with the stoop and painted moustache - plays the fraudulent Otis B. Driftwood , business manager for Mrs Clay pool (the immortal Margaret Dumont who was so often the butt of Groucho's insolent blandishments). Screenplay by JAMES KEVIN MCGUINNESS Produced bv IRVING THALBERG Directed by SAM wood