Volume 13 (CHM 700) - September 1970
This latest issue of our “Top of the Pops” is a chart-topper of chart-toppers.
If you wake up one morning after celebrating the night before, and all the hobgoblins in Christendom are dancing a Cha Cha Cha in hobnailed boots inside your fragile head, just put this album on your record player and you will soon be your usual finger-snapping, feet-tapping happy self.
If you’re in a smooth and smoochy mood, this album will also help; for we’ve recorded on this black twelve-inch disc, music and vocals and rhythms to suit your every mood: and every single track is an international hit. Our producers, who have to plan weeks in advance, swear by their Crystal Ball which always forecasts the top hits of the day well in advance - or so we believe! Incidentally, they are also steeped to their eyebrows in the mysteries of what makes a tune a monumental hit. We have faith in our producers and so have you, for you have helped to make all our previous issued of “Top of the Pops” runaway best-sellers in the Record World.
Comments: Legendary songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1968 and set up their own label, Invictus. The first hits to emerge on the new imprint were Freda Payne's "Band Of Gold", and Chairmen of the Board's "Give Me Just A Little More Time", which charted at numbers 1 and 3 respectively in the UK. Both are included on side 1 of this album, a collection dominated by soul. By quirk of fate, Freda Payne's single knocked "Tears Of A Clown" from the UK number 1 spot, a single by Holland-Dozier-Holland's old Pal Smokey Robinson, on the Tamla Motown label! (It is perhaps no surprise that Hallmark were currently preparing Motortown Hits for imminent release, the first spin-off from the series.)