21 February 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
2 3 5 I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)  – Johnny Rivers
3 6 6 Build Me Up Buttercup  – Foundations
4 2 11 Only One Woman  – Marbles
5 7 5 Chewy Chewy  – Tonics
6 5 13 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
7 10 3 Something’s Happening  – Herman’s Hermits
8 4 8 I’m a Tiger  – Lulu
9 8 14 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
10 19 2 That’s All I Want from You  – Oscar Toney, Jr.
11 New 1 I Started a Joke  – Bee Gees
12 20 2 Don’t Forget to Catch Me  – Cliff Richard
13 14 2 Stormy  – Classics IV
14 New 1 Crimson & Clover  – Tommy James & The Shondells
15 9 9 Soul Coaxing  – Sounds Orchestral
16 New 1 The Way it Used to Be  – Engelbert Humperdinck
17 New 1 If I Can Dream  – Elvis Presley
18 11 13 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
19 13 6 I’m the Urban Spaceman  – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
20 17 6 My Special Angel  – Vogues

The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts, seeing off the challenge of Johnny Rivers’ ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’ which climbed 1 place to number 2 and The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ which climbed 3 to 3.

‘That’s All I Want From You’ by Oscar Toney Jr. was the climber of the week, moving up 9 places from 19 to 10. This was his 2nd time with the award as his previous hit, ‘For your Precious Love’ had managed it once as well.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Don’t For Get To Catch Me’s climb of 8 places from 20 to 12 was his 6th star rater jump to date. This and the biggest climbing Oscar Toney Jr. song were the only star raters this week.

Barry Ryan’s ‘Eloise’ fell 7 places this week from 11 to 18 to take the biggest faller honours. This was the 102nd time a UK act had had the biggest faller and the 29th time it had been a UK male.

The Archies’ ‘Bang-Shang-A-Lang’ enjoyed a 2nd week as the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 14 weeks with us.

Derek’s ‘Cinnamon’ lasted just 3 weeks on the top 20 with last week being its last week. It managed to get to number 18 during that time, but it would be the only chart entry we would see from Derek or Johnny Cymbal (the real person behind the name).

The weeks on the chart for Dean Martin’s ‘Not Enough Indians’ was not enough to beat those of his previous hit, ‘Houston’, getting 8 compared to the 9 of ‘Houston’. Peaking at 8, ‘Not Enough Indians’ became the 16th song to end up with the same weeks and peak figure and 8 was fast becoming the most popular figure to have this phenomenon with as 5 of the 16 so far had that number. There were 3 on that had 7 as their weeks and peaks, 3 on 9 with the rest all being 2 or lower.

The Turtles’ SA chart career came to an end as ‘Elenore’ fell off the top 20. It was the only song of their 4 hits not to make double figures for weeks, its 9 just falling 1 short. It did, however, manage to match their lowest peak to date, getting to number 6 which their first hit, ‘Let Me Be’. In total their 4 hits had managed 41 weeks with the 2 weeks that ‘She’d Rather be With Me’ spent at number 1 being the pinnacle of their chart performance. They sat 26th on the weeks count list.

The Scaffold’s ‘Lily The Pink’ was the last of the songs to leave the top 20. It had been with us for 9 weeks and had just failed to match its chart topping success in the UK, stalling in SA at 2. This would be all we would see on our charts from them.

Of the 242 acts we had seen chart to date, 156 of them had already finished their SA Chart careers. This is a quite large proportion being 64.4% of those who had graced our charts that we would not see again.

The Bee Gees’ 7th hit arrived on our charts this week. ‘I Started A Joke’ was written by the 3 Gibb brothers (Barry, Robin & Maurice) and produced by the band and Robert Stigwood, a long-time collaborator with them. Barry Gibb was in touching distance of 2nd placed song writer on the hits count list for song writers as he now had 10 credits to his name and was just 1 behind Barry Mason who was on 11. Robin drew level with the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards writing team to share 4th place with 9 hits. Maurice lagged a bit behind his brothers with 6 hits. ‘I Started A Joke’ would top the charts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark and New Zealand and went to number 6 in the US. It was not released as a single in the UK.

Tommy James & The Shondells returned to the charts with their 4th hit, ‘Crimson & Clover’. It would top the charts in the US for 2 weeks as well as going to number 1 in Canada, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. 14 years later Joan Jett would follow up her massive world-wide hit, ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ with a cover of ‘Crimson And Clover’ and this version would go to number 7 in the US. The song would surface again in 1995 when a band called Spanish Fly would take a cover version to 89 in the US.

Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘The Way It Used To Be’ was his 8th hit to date.  The song started out life in Italian under the title ‘Melodia’ and was recorded by Isabella Iannetti. The song writing team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway clocked up their 3rd SA chart by supplying English lyrics to Engelbert and this English version went to number 3 in the UK. This was Engelbert’s 7th straight top 10 hit in the UK and would be the last of that run as his next hit there, ‘I’m A Better Man’ would only peak at 15. In the US it went to number 42.

‘If I Can Dream’ by Elvis Presley was the final of the 4 new entries this week. It was his 5th song to chart in SA and his 105th to make the US Hot 100 where it went to number 12. The song was written by W. Earl Brown at the request of Steve Binder who was the producer of Elvis’ television show at the time. It was a response to Elvis’ distress over the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  a couple of months earlier. The words of the song incorporated some quotations from King’s speeches. According to some sources, the backing singers on the record were in tears during the recording of the song as they had never heard Elvis sing with such emotion.

If you had asked me before I started this blog which act I thought would be the second to reach 100 weeks on the chart, I would never have guessed The Troggs, but this week they managed that. Their 100 weeks to date was still a little way behind Tom Jones’ 128. Engelbert Humperdinck was also celebrating a milestone as he moved on to 70 weeks with us. This moved him tied 7th with The Hollies on the weeks count list, the latter dropping from tied 6th as Herman’s Hermits moved on to 71 weeks to be 6th on their own. Elvis also reach a milestone 40 weeks.

The Bee Gees shook off Donovan to take 12th place on the list to themselves. They were on 61 weeks.

Cliff Richard celebrated passing the 600 points mark. He moved on to 601 points and sat 13 overall for points to date.

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