31 January 1969


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

The Troggs’ ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ entered its 4th week as the nation’s favourite song and The Troggs joined The Bee Gees in tied 2nd place for weeks at 1 as this was their 10 week at the top spot. They sat 5 weeks behind leader Tom Jones. The song that threatened The Troggs supremacy, ‘Only One Woman’ which climbed 2 to 2, was one written by the boys from The Bee Gees but was recorded by The Marbles.

The Staccatos picked up their 4th biggest climber award as ‘Cry To Me’ moved up 6 places from 20 to 14. They were the first local act to reach 4 biggest climbers, moving ahead of 5 other acts who all sat on 3.

2 other songs made star rater climbs and these were Lulu’s ‘I’m A Tiger’ which climbed 5 to 3 and The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ which also moved up 5 and landed at 10.

The Tremeloes’ ‘My Little Lady’ earned the title of the 100th biggest faller by a UK act as the song took the honours for the greatest tumble this week. It fell 6 places from 12 to 18 and, despite having clocked up a total of 44 weeks in the charts to date with 3 hits so far, this was their first time with a biggest faller.

‘Jesamine’ by The Casuals and ‘My Little Lady’ by The Tremeloes were the oldest on the chart for a second week running. They were both on 14 weeks.

Stu Philips’ ‘Vin Rosé was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 9. This was better in terms of peak, but not as good for weeks as his only other hit to date, ‘Crystal Chandelier’ which lasted 9 weeks, but only peaked at 11. There was still more to come from Stu.

The new entry was ‘Cinnamon’ by Derek. Derek was actually Johnny Cymbal who had had 3 hits in the US in 1963, the biggest of which was ‘Mr Bass Man’ which reached number 16 there and number 24 in the UK. He took his brother’s name, Derek, for ‘Cinnamon’ as he felt he had been pigeon-holed as a novelty hit singer and wanted to break out of the mould. It worked as ‘Cinnamon’ gave him his highest charting hit in the US as it went to 11.

There was no change to the top 20 on the weeks count list. This was due in part to 11 of the top 20 songs being first hits for their respective artist so most of the movement on the weeks count list was much further down it. The Staccatos were the only local act increasing their week count. They sat 2nd on the local weeks count list, but were a long way off catching up to leaders Four Jacks & A Jill as The Staccatos were on 41 weeks and chasing the 67 of Four Jacks & A Jill.

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