Retro top 10

THIS WEEK IN 1969

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1 Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones 2 Give Peace A Chance Plas­tic Ono Band 3 Saved By The Bell Robin Gibb

4 In The Ghetto Elvis Pres­ley

5 Some­thing In The Air Thun­der­clap New­man 6 Good­night Mid­night Clodagh Rogers 7 Make Me An Is­land Joe Dolan

8 It Miek Des­mond Dekker and the Aces

9 Baby Make It Soon Mar­malade

10 Hello Suzie Amen Cor­ner

50 years ago this week, The Rolling Stones were sit­ting on top of the UK charts with ‘Honky Tonk Women’, their 35th sin­gle which also reached num­ber one in other territorie­s, in­clud­ing the US and Ire­land.

The sin­gle-only re­lease was the Stones’ eighth num­ber one in the UK and – some­what in­cred­i­bly – their last to date. They would how­ever go on to en­joy three more US chart­top­pers: ‘Brown Sugar’ (1971), ‘Angie’ (1973) and ‘Miss You’ (1978).

‘Honky Tonk Women’ was recorded and re­leased at a dif­fi­cult time for the Rolling Stones. Found­ing mem­ber Brian Jones, who was asked to leave the band in 1969, drowned in a swim­ming pool at his home less than a month af­ter the dis­missal.

With con­tri­bu­tions from new gui­tarist Mick Tay­lor, ‘Honky Tonk Women’ was re­leased the day af­ter Jones’ death. It spent a to­tal of 17 weeks in the UK charts, five of them at No. 1. The B-side was an­other for­mi­da­ble Stones’ track, ‘You Can’t Al­ways Get What You Want’, named the 100th best song ever in a Rolling Stone mag­a­zine ‘500 Great­est Songs Of All Time’ list in 2004.

The band recorded two dis­tinct ver­sions of ‘Honky Tonk Women’ – the now very fa­mil­iar rock n’ roll hit and a honky-tonk ver­sion called ‘Coun­try Honk’ which ap­peared on their 1969 al­bum ‘Let It Bleed’.

Joe Dolan.

• The late Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Is­land’ (writ­ten by Al­bert Hammond and Mike Ha­zle­wood) was on its way up to the num­ber three spot when this week’s UK chart was pub­lished back in 1969. It was Dolan’s big­gest hit across the Irish Sea.

The Rolling Stones in 1969.

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