Monday 16 September 2019

Retro Top Ten: This week in 1969

The Rolling Stones in 1969
The Rolling Stones in 1969

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'.

• 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.

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

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