10 January 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
2 1 10 Jesamine  – Casuals
3 4 8 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
4 5 5 Only One Woman  – Marbles
5 3 7 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
6 7 4 Lily the Pink  – Scaffold
7 6 10 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
8 13 4 Elenore  – Turtles
9 10 5 Vin Rosé  – Stu Phillips
10 8 14 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
11 12 3 Soul Coaxing  – Sounds Orchestral
12 14 3 Midnight Confessions  – Grass Roots
13 19 2 I’m a Tiger  – Lulu
14 9 16 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
15 16 3 Not Enough Indians  – Dean Martin
16 RE 1 A Day Without Love  – Love Affair
17 17 3 A Minute of Your Time  – Tom Jones
18 11 12 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  – Elvis Presley
19 15 12 The Red Balloon  – Dave Clark Five
20 18 6 On the Road Again  – Canned Heat

For those of you who have been following this blog since it started, you should realise that we are now back to the date that I first started listing the charts from until I was fortunate enough to get all the chart data going back to 1965. There will be a few changes from what I first published as we go along as the information I now have is far more accurate, so do watch out for those.

The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ gave way to The Troggs’ ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ at the top of the charts after the former had been at number 1 for 3 weeks. The new number 1 was the 70th different song to grace the top spot of our charts. This was The Troggs 3rd chart topper (‘With A Girl Like You’ and ‘Love Is All Around’ being the previous 2) and they joined The Rolling Stones in second place behind Tom Jones for number of number 1s. Jones sat on 5. Reg Presley who penned all 3 of The Troggs chart toppers joined Les Reed at the top of the list of number of number 1s for song writers, both having 3 to their names.

Lulu’s ‘I’m A Tiger’ was bounding up the charts, its 6 place climb from 19 to 13 scooped a first biggest climber for her. And while the biggest climber had an animal in the song title, the only other star rater this week had an animal for a name as The Turtles’ ‘Elenore’ climbed 5 places from 13 to 8.

Elvis Presley picked up the biggest faller award as ‘Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby’ dropped 7 places from 11 to 18. This was also the biggest fall we had seen by an Elvis song to date. It would be equalled, but we would not see a greater fall from The King on our charts.

Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’ ticked over to 16 weeks on the charts and was enjoying its 4th week as the oldest in the top 20.

The Bee Gees’ ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ only lasted 1 week into the new year as it dropped off the charts in this, the second week of 1969. In total it had spent 13 weeks in the charts, 3 of which were at number 1. This was the second longest run one of their songs had had on the charts with the 17 weeks for ‘Massachusetts’ being the most. There were still plenty more hits to come from them.

‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ was replaced by a song which had already had a short run on the charts, Love Affair’s ‘A Day Without Love’. The song spent 2 weeks in the top 20 in the December of 1968 where it attained a number 15 peak. This was the 11th song to re-enter the charts after dropping off.

The Grass Roots reached the 20 weeks in the charts milestone which placed them tied 48th on the weeks count list.

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