24 January 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
2 2 6 Lily the Pink  – Scaffold
3 6 9 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
4 3 7 Only One Woman  – Marbles
5 4 10 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
6 7 6 Elenore  – Turtles
7 9 5 Soul Coaxing  – Sounds Orchestral
8 11 4 I’m a Tiger  – Lulu
9 10 5 Midnight Confessions  – Grass Roots
10 5 12 Jesamine  – Casuals
11 13 5 Not Enough Indians  – Dean Martin
12 8 12 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
13 18 2 I’m the Urban Spaceman  – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
14 12 7 Vin Rosé  – Stu Phillips
15 19 2 Build Me Up Buttercup  – Foundations
16 20 2 My Special Angel  – Vogues
17 15 5 A Minute of Your Time  – Tom Jones
18 New 1 I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)  – Johnny Rivers
19 New 1 Chewy Chewy  – Tonics
20 New 1 Cry to Me  – Staccatos

The Troggs moved into 3rd place for weeks spent at number 1 in total as ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts which added to the 4 weeks that ‘With A Girl Like You’ and the 2 weeks that ‘Love Is All Around’ had spent there. This took their total to 9 weeks, 1 behind The Bee Gees total of 10 and 6 behind Tom Jones who was on 15. The Scaffold’s ‘Lily The Pink’ spent a second week at 2.

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’s ‘I’m the Urban Spaceman’ made the biggest climb this week, moving up 5 places from 18 to 13. The 2 other new entries from last week joined it in a star rater climb as The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ and The Vogues’ ‘My Special Angel’ climbed 4 each to land at 15 and 16 respectively.

Previous chart topper, The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ took biggest faller honours as it fell 5 places from 5 to 10. To date we had only seen 35 (out of 190) weeks where the biggest fall was the same number of places as the biggest climb. This works out at just over 18% of the time that this had occurred.

3 songs left the top 20 this week, the first of which was the oldest on last week’s chart, Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’. Spending 17 weeks in the top 20 and 2 of those at number 1, this was Percy best performing song to date. It beat his previous best ‘Take Time To Know Her’ by 4 weeks and managed to get to the top of the charts where ‘Take Time…’ had stalled at 2. There were plenty more hits to come from Percy. The new oldests were The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ and The Tremloes’ ‘My Little Lady’ which both sat on 13 weeks.

Love Affair’s ‘A Day Without Love’ ended its second run on the chart. It had now had 2 runs of 2 weeks each (a total of 4 weeks for the mathematically challenged) and peaked at 15 the first time round and 16 the second time. This concluded Love Affair’s SA Chart career and apart from ‘A Day Without Love’ they only had one other hit to their name, ‘Everlasting Love’. In total they had spent 10 weeks in the charts and ‘Everlasting Love’ gave them their best peak of 9. They were the first of 3 acts who would chart to have the word ‘love’ in both a song title and their name and they would be the only one of those 3 who managed more than 1 hit and both of them had ‘love’ in the title. Out of interest there have been 6 acts so far in the UK to have ‘love’ in their name and ‘love’ in the title of 2 of their hits and 1 act has managed to have 3 hits with ‘love’ in the title (a band called Jesus Loves You which featured Boy George).

Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Arrows’ was the final song to go. It had lasted 15 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2. Like Percy Sledge, Leapy would return to the top 20 at a later date.

It had been 125 weeks since we last saw Johnny Rivers on our charts, but he finally returned this week with a new hit ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’. His absence from the charts was the 4th biggest gap between hits to date with The Bats (127 weeks), Elvis Presley (135 weeks) and Dean Martin (155 weeks) being ahead of him. ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’ had been a US number 1 hit for The Four Tops in 1965 for 2 weeks and was written by the legendary Motown song writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. It was a first SA hit for this team although one of the Hollands (Eddie) had his name appear on the label of R Dean Taylor’s ‘Gotta See Jane’ which charted late in 1968. Rivers’ version of ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’ was actually the b-side of his single ‘The Snake’ but that failed to chart in the US.

The Tonics brought us the second song by a German act to grace out charts. The previous one was The Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra’s ‘A Walk in the Black Forest’ which charted way back in the October of 1965. The Tonics’ hit was a cover of Ohio Express’ ‘Chewy Chewy’. While Ohio Express’ version went to number 15 in the US and made 7 in German, The Tonics one failed to chart either in the US or in their native Germany. The band had formed in Hamburg in 1959 and disbanded in 1970.

Our final new entry was by local band The Staccatos. ‘Cry To Me’ was their 5th hit to date which placed them 4th for number of hits by local artists, behind Gene Rockwell and Virginia Lee on 6 and Four Jacks & A Jill on 7. Their arrival ended only the second run on the charts so far where we had not had a local representative. Both local song droughts had lasted 5 weeks. The Staccatos joined Tom Jones as the only other act so far to have had a song in the charts every year since 1965. ‘Cry To Me’ was a cover of a song first made famous in 1962 by Solomon Burke. That version would go to number 44 in the US.

The Staccatos moved on to 40 weeks in the charts with their new entry this week and this pushed them 1 ahead of Gene Rockwell and into second place on the local weeks count list. They sat 25th on the overall list. The Troggs were also celebrating as they had moved passed the 1,200 points mark. They now had 1,209 to their name.

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