28 February 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
2 2 6 I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)  – Johnny Rivers
3 7 4 Something’s Happening  – Herman’s Hermits
4 10 3 That’s All I Want from You  – Oscar Toney, Jr.
5 11 2 I Started a Joke  – Bee Gees
6 3 7 Build Me Up Buttercup  – Foundations
7 4 12 Only One Woman  – Marbles
8 14 2 Crimson & Clover  – Tommy James & The Shondells
9 12 3 Don’t Forget to Catch Me  – Cliff Richard
10 17 2 If I Can Dream  – Elvis Presley
11 13 3 Stormy  – Classics IV
12 5 6 Chewy Chewy  – Tonics
13 6 14 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
14 8 9 I’m a Tiger  – Lulu
15 16 2 The Way it Used to Be  – Engelbert Humperdinck
16 New 1 Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)  – Real McCoy
17 New 1 Dizzy  – Tommy Roe
18 New 1 Atlantis  – Donovan
19 New 1 Leise Rieselt Der Schnee  – Heintje
20 New 1 Touch Me  – Doors

The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts, seeing off the challenge of Johnny Rivers’ ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’ which sat at number 2 for a second week.

Elvis dreamed big and managed to pick up the biggest climber award as ‘If I Can Dream’ moved up 7 from 17 to 10. This was his 5th biggest climber award and he now had exactly half of what Tom Jones (the leader for biggest climbers) had to his name.

There were 4 other star rater climbs on the charts this week with Oscar Toney Jr.’s ‘That’s All I Want From You’, The Bee Gees’ ‘I Started A Joke’ and Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ all moving up 6 to land at 4, 5 and 8 respectively and Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Something’s Happening’ moved up 4 to 3. For The Bee Gees it was a milestone 10th star rater while Herman’s Hermits with their 13th to date pulled 1 clear of The Troggs to sit second on their own for star raters, but still sat 3 behind leader Tom Jones.

The Troggs meanwhile were adding to their biggest faller count as ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ fell 7 from 6 to 13. They were joined in the biggest fall by The Tonics’ ‘Chewy Chewy’ which fell to 12 from 5.

One thing The Troggs could take comfort from this week was that ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ was now the oldest on the charts. On 14 weeks with us, it took over from The Archies’ ‘Bang-Shang-A-Lang’ which became the 5th song to fall out of the top 20 from position 9. No song had yet dropped off the charts from a higher position. ‘Bang-Shag-A-Lang’ lasted 14 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3. This was just the first of a number of hits we would see from this cartoon based group.

The Vogues’ ‘My Special Angel’ also left the charts after a run of 6 weeks and a peak of 14. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’s ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’ left after 6 weeks and a peak of 13, while Barry Ryan’s ‘Eloise’ spent 13 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2. The last song to go was ‘Soul Coaxing’ by Sounds Orchestral which managed 9 weeks and a peak of 5. In terms of points, this last mentioned song put in the 5th best performance to date for an instrumental hit, just falling short of 100 points as it clocked up 99. The Archies would be the only departing act to return to our charts.

This was the 7th time we had seen 5 new entries in a week and the first where they occupied the bottom 5 places of the chart.

The first of the new comers was The Real McCoy’s ‘Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)’, a song that had topped the charts in Ireland. Not to be confused with The McCoys who had charted in 1965 with ‘Hang On Sloopy’, The Real McCoys were an Irish group hailing from Dublin and they were the 3rd Irish act to grace our charts, the other 2 being The Bachelors and Richard Harris. ‘Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)’was first recorded by a band called The Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus and written by Mike Resnick and Joey Levine. It was a 3rd hit each for the 2 song writers but only 1 of their previous hits had both their names on it. The other hits for each writer were 2 different songs that they had credit for.

It had been nearly 100 weeks since Tommy Roe last sat in the top 20 (96 weeks to be exact), but he returned this week with ‘Dizzy’, his 4th SA hit to date. The song topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, spending 4 weeks at 1 in the US and a single week at the top of the UK charts, sandwiched between The Beatles ‘Get Back’ and their ‘The Ballad Of John & Yoko’. It would be the only song on the UK chart to knock a Beatles song off the top spot and then be knocked off the number 1 position by a Beatles song. The only other act to both knock off and be knocked off the top spot in the UK by a Beatles song was Gerry & The Pacemakers, but that was with different songs by them. ‘Dizzy’ would also top the charts in Australia and Canada. In 1991 the song became the 13th to top the UK charts in more than 1 version as Vic Reeves and The Wonderstuff took a cover to number 1 there.

Donovan became the 5th act to have spent at least 1 week in the charts every year since the charts started in 1965 as his hit ‘Atlantis’ joined the ranks of the nation’s 20 favourite songs this week. It would top the charts in Switzerland while going to 7 in the US and 23 in the UK. It has been rumoured that Paul McCartney sang backing vocals and played tambourine on the track, however Donovan himself has denied this. The song appeared in the soundtrack to the 1990 gangster film ‘Goodfellas’ and was re-recorded by Donovan with a German band called No Angels for Disney’s 2001 movie ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire’.

Heintje (surname of Simons which he didn’t use back then) gave us our 4th new entry this week and the first to chart by an act from The Netherlands. His offering was ‘Leise Rieselt Der Schnee’, a rather belated Christmas song which was written in 1895 by a German Protestant priest. The title translates as ‘Softly Falls The Snow’. Heintje was only 13 and a half years old when he made it on to our charts.

Our final new entry was a 3rd hit for The Doors in SA, ‘Touch Me’. The song had peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 two weeks prior to it debuting on our charts and made number 1 on rival publication Cashbox’s charts. However, it failed to make the UK charts. Apparently the original lyrics were C’mon, hit me’, rather than ‘touch me’ but Jim Morrison was worried that fans at a concert may take it literally and try and attack him on stage.

With the usual British, American and South African artists on the charts being supplemented by 1 from Germany, 1 from Ireland and 1 from The Netherlands, this week was the 4th occasion we had seen 6 nations represented in the top 20, the most we had seen in a week to date.

Cliff Richard reached the 60 weeks in the chart milestone but that was not enough to move him off 14th place on the weeks count list. Engelbert Humperdinck shook off The Hollies to make 7th place his own with 71 weeks to his name while The Staccatos narrowed the gap between them and Four Jacks & A Jill to 12 weeks in an attempt to gain top spot on the local weeks count list.

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