17 January 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
2 6 5 Lily the Pink  – Scaffold
3 4 6 Only One Woman  – Marbles
4 3 9 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
5 2 11 Jesamine  – Casuals
6 5 8 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
7 8 5 Elenore  – Turtles
8 7 11 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
9 11 4 Soul Coaxing  – Sounds Orchestral
10 12 4 Midnight Confessions  – Grass Roots
11 13 3 I’m a Tiger  – Lulu
12 9 6 Vin Rosé  – Stu Phillips
13 15 4 Not Enough Indians  – Dean Martin
14 10 15 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
15 17 4 A Minute of Your Time  – Tom Jones
16 16 2 A Day Without Love  – Love Affair
17 14 17 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
18 New 1 I’m the Urban Spaceman  – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
19 New 1 Build Me Up Buttercup  – Foundations
20 New 1 My Special Angel  – Vogues

The Troggs enjoyed a second week at number 1 with ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ bringing their total weeks at 1 to 8. They sat 3rd for weeks at 1, 2 behind The Bee Gees and 7 behind top act, Tom Jones.

Scaffold’s ‘Lily The Pink’ made a 4 place climb to number 2 to be this week’s biggest climber. It was also the only star rater. The song never managed to be the biggest climber during its 24 week run on the UK charts. The closest it came was in its second week where it moved up 18 places, only to be beaten by a 20 place climb by Lulu’s ‘I’m  A Tiger’ that week.

Leapy Lee was falling rather than leaping as ‘Little Arrows’ dropped 4 places to take the faller of the week award.

‘My Special Prayer’ by Percy Sledge enjoyed a 5th week as the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 17 weeks in total so far.

We told Canned Heat’s ‘On The Road Again’ to take a hike and the song dropped off the top 20 after a run of 6 weeks and a peak of 13. They would return to the charts at a later date.

The Dave Clark Five had enjoyed their longest run on the charts with ‘The Red Balloon’ reaching 12 weeks, but that ended this week. ‘The Red Balloon’ had managed to get to 6 during that time, the second highest peak of their 3 hits to date.

Last to go was Elvis Presley’s ‘Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby’ which, like ‘The Red Balloon’, also spent 12 weeks on the charts, but was only Elvis’ second most successful song to date for time spent in the charts, falling 1 week short of the 13 that ‘Crying In The Chapel’ had managed. The peak of 5 for ‘Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby’ restored Elvis to a top 10 artist after the blip of ‘Just Call Me Lonesome’ which peaked at 13.

The first of the new entries was by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (sometimes just called The Bonzo Dog band). The label on ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’ says it was produced by a certain Apollo C. Vermouth. It was subsequently revealed to be none other than Paul McCartney and Gus Dudgeon (the latter of whom would go on to produce a lot of Elton John’s hits as well as John Kongos’ ‘Tokoloshe Man’). The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band had been the resident band on a UK TV show called ‘Do Not Adjust You Set’ which included future members of Monty Python in the cast. ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’ would climb to number 5 in the UK charts and despite the decidedly British sense of humour that the band and the song had, it would also make it to 39 in Germany and 19 in Austria.

The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ was the second new entry this week. A UK number 2 and US number 3 hit, the song was their second SA hit, following up the top 10 success of ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’. It was written by Mike D’Abo and Tony Macauley and would be a 3rd SA chart hit as song writer for Macauley as he had co-written The Foundations’ first hit as well as sharing writing credits on Long John Baldry’s ‘Let The Heartaches begin’. It would be the only SA chart hit for D’Abo.

The final new entry, ‘My Special Angel’, began life in 1957 when it was written by Jimmy Duncan and that same year Bobby Helms would take a version of it to number 7 in the US (22 in the UK) and Malcolm Vaughan’s recording of it would reach number 3 in the UK. The Vogues version, which was released in 1968 but had a 1957 feel to it, would match the US number 7 peak that Bobby Helms managed, but would not make it on to the UK charts.

The British acts had now opened up a comfortable gap between themselves and those from the US for number of hits as they clocked up 2 more this week while the Americans only added 1 to their total. The Brits were now on 179, a full 10 clear of the Yanks on 169. We were still without a local song on the chart though, so the South African hit count remained 78.

8 of the songs on this week’s chart also appeared on the Top 50 for this week in the UK while only 4 of them were on this week’s US Hot 100 and the highest place of these was at number 48.

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