14 February 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 6 4 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
2 1 10 Only One Woman  – Marbles
3 7 4 I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)  – Johnny Rivers
4 2 7 I’m a Tiger  – Lulu
5 3 12 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
6 8 5 Build Me Up Buttercup  – Foundations
7 9 4 Chewy Chewy  – Tonics
8 4 13 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
9 5 8 Soul Coaxing  – Sounds Orchestral
10 19 2 Something’s Happening  – Herman’s Hermits
11 10 12 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
12 11 9 Lily the Pink  – Scaffold
13 15 5 I’m the Urban Spaceman  – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
14 New 1 Stormy  – Classics IV
15 13 9 Elenore  – Turtles
16 12 8 Not Enough Indians  – Dean Martin
17 14 5 My Special Angel  – Vogues
18 18 3 Cinnamon  – Derek
19 New 1 That’s All I Want from You  – Oscar Toney, Jr.
20 New 1 Don’t Forget to Catch Me  – Cliff Richard

The biggest climb to reach the number 1 spot so far had been The Hollies’ 6 place jump with ‘That’s My Desire’. 2 other songs had managed to get to the top of the charts with 5 place climbs and these were The Turtles’ ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’ and Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’. The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me joined those latter 2 as it moved up 5 places to dislodge The Marbles’ ‘Only One Woman’ from the number 1 spot. The latter had only been in pole position for 1 week.

Herman’s Hermits picked up their 7th biggest climber award as ‘Something’s Happening’ moved up 9 places from 19 to 10. This would be the biggest climb we would see from a Herman’s Hermits hit which they would manage one more time. They now stood 3rd for number of biggest climbers, 1 behind The Troggs who were on 8 and 3 behind leader, Tom Jones, on 10.

Johnny Rivers’ ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’ climbed 4 places from 7 to 3 to be a star rater alongside the new number 1 and the biggest climber this week.

3 songs fell 4 places to take the biggest faller award. They were The Archies’ ‘Bang-Shang-A-Lang’, Sounds Orchestral’s ‘Soul Coaxing’ and Dean Martin’s ‘Not Enough Indians’ which fell to 8, 9 and 16 respectively.

Tom Jones’ ‘A Minute Of Your Time’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts this week. It was the 4th of his 11 songs to date not to get into double figures for weeks as it only managed to clock up 7 weeks with us. During that time it only managed to get to number 15, making it the tied lowest peak to date for a song spending 7 weeks on the charts. The previous 7 weeks song to have such a low peak was The Troggs’ ‘Little Girl’. It was also Tom’s first hit of his 11 to date not to go top 10.

The Grass Roots’ ‘Midnight Confessions’ also spent 7 weeks on the charts, but managed to get to 9 in that period. Of their 3 hits to date this one sat in the middle for both peaks and weeks, falling 8 places short of the number 1 peak of ‘Let’s Live For Today’ but going 4 places better than the 13 that ‘Where Were You When I Needed You’ had peaked at. This ended The Grass Roots’ SA Chart career with 3 hits to their name, 24 weeks and 2 weeks at 1 with ‘Let’s Live For Today’.  They sat tied 41st on the overall weeks count list.

Last of the leavers was also the oldest on last week’s chart. The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ had been with us for 14 weeks and spent 3 of those at the number 1 spot. This would be their only SA chart hit. The Archies’ ‘Bang-Shang-A-Lang’ on 13 weeks took over as the oldest.

The first of the new entries was Classics IV’s ‘Stormy’. Sometimes noted as Dennis Yost & Classic IV, the band had had 4 US Hot 100 hits (including their number 3 hit ‘Spooky’) before ‘Stormy’ reached number 5 there. Just over 10 years later (in 1979) Santana would take a cover of ‘Stormy’ to number 32 in the US.

Oscar Toney Jr. followed up his previous year’s hit, ‘For Your Precious Love’ with his second SA hit, ‘That’s All I Want From You’. The song was written in 1955 by Fritz Rotter and had some good US chart success in 1957 when Jayne P. Morgan took a version to number 3 and The Silva-tones went to 86 with their version. Oscar’s version would not chart on either side of the Atlantic.

We now had 4 acts in the pack chasing Tom Jones for most number of hits as Cliff Richard joined Petula Clark, The Hollies and Herman’s Hermits in tied 2nd place on 9 hits as his ‘Don’t Forget To Catch Me’ was our final new entry this week. The song was Cliff’s 47th UK hit and was the 3rd in a run of Top 30, but not Top 20 hits, peaking at number 21. This run followed the chart topping success there of ‘Congratulations’.  ‘Don’t Forget To Catch Me’ was the first of 3 songs to chart in SA where the title started with the words ‘Don’t Forget…’. There would also be one other hit that had ‘don’t’ and ‘forget’ in the title but the words were split by other words. Cliff Richard was the 4th act so far to have had a song in the charts every year from 1965.

Those of you paying close attention to last week’s commentary would have been able to work out that this week saw the 70th week in the charts for Herman’s Hermits. They moved into tied 6th place on the weeks count list, alongside The Hollies.

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