MELANIE, the New York girl tipped as a female Bob Dylan, woke today to the news that she had her first hit in Britain.
Her version of Ruby Tuesday the Mick Jagger-Keith Richard composition which put the Stones at the top of the U.S. pops, has been placed 15th in the New Musical Express chart.
"That's fantastic" 23-year-old Melanie said today. "England has been the hardest place to become known but is the place I wanted to be known in most of all. It is her sixth record on the British market.
Up to number four in the NME chart goes Woodstock by Matthew Southern Comfort who are shortly to give a concert in London. And holding on to the No. 1 position for the fifth week is Freda Payne with Band of Gold. This week's New Musical Express Top Ten. with last week's placing in brackets, are 1 (l)Band of Gold, Freda Payne; 2 (3) Black Night, Deep Purple: 3 (5) Close To You, Carpenters: 4 (16) Woodstock, Matthews Southern Comfort: 5 (4) Paranoid. Black Sabbath: 6 (8) Me and My Life. Tremeloes: 7 (6) Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Diana Ross: 8(14) Patches, Clarence Carter: 9 (2) You can Get It If You Really Want, Desmond Dekker: 10 (11) Ball Of Confusion, Temptations