7 March 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 8 3 Crimson & Clover  – Tommy James & The Shondells
2 5 3 I Started a Joke  – Bee Gees
3 1 7 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
4 2 7 I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)  – Johnny Rivers
5 4 4 That’s All I Want from You  – Oscar Toney, Jr.
6 3 5 Something’s Happening  – Herman’s Hermits
7 10 3 If I Can Dream  – Elvis Presley
8 18 2 Atlantis  – Donovan
9 17 2 Dizzy  – Tommy Roe
10 15 3 The Way it Used to Be  – Engelbert Humperdinck
11 11 4 Stormy  – Classics IV
12 16 2 Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)  – Real McCoy
13 6 8 Build Me Up Buttercup  – Foundations
14 7 13 Only One Woman  – Marbles
15 9 4 Don’t Forget to Catch Me  – Cliff Richard
16 New 1 Fox on the Run  – Manfred Mann
17 New 1 What am I Living For  – Percy Sledge
18 20 2 Touch Me  – Doors
19 New 1 I Heard it Through the Grapevine  – Marvin Gaye
20 New 1 I’ve Gotta be Me  – Sammy Davis Jnr

We had a new number 1 this week and it made the biggest jump to date to get there. Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ was at number 8 last week, its 7 place climb to get to number 1 was a new record to date. It would be bettered before the charts finished in 1989. Excluding the songs on the very first chart, this was the 8th song to make it to the top spot in just 3 weeks. Previous number 1, The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ fell to 3 while The Bee Gees’ ‘I Started A Joke’ (also on just 3 weeks) moved into 2nd spot.

Despite the large climb to take pole position, ‘Crimson & Clover’ was not this week’s biggest climber. That honour went to Donovan’s ‘Atlantis’ which jumped up 10 places from 18 to 8. This was the 27th time a song had managed a 10 or more place climb in a week, but more importantly, Donovan became only the second act (after Tom Jones) to manage this with 2 different songs.

There were four other star raters and none of them climbed the same number of places. After the 10 of ‘Atlantis’ the next highest was the 8 places that Tommy Roe’s ‘Dizzy’ made as it moved up to 9. The new number 1’s 7 place climb as mentioned above was 3rd highest followed by Engelbert Humperdinck’s 5 place leap with ‘The Way It Used To Be’. Lastly, and just making star rater status with a 4 place climb was The Real McCoy’s ‘Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)’. For Engelbert it was an 11th star rater climb and he was only the 5th act to reach this total.

The Foundations picked up a second biggest faller as ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ fell 7 places to take the biggest faller award. It was joined by Marbles’ 1st biggest faller with ‘Only One Woman’.

Heintje’s SA chart career did not get off the to the best start as ‘Leise Rieselt Der Schnee’ left the chart after spending just a single week at 19. The good news for him was that this would not be his only hit on our fair shores.

Lulu’s ‘I’m A Tiger’ also left the top 20 after a run of 9 weeks and a peak of 2. This would be her only SA chart hit and her departure from the chart meant that we were once again without any solo woman represented in the top 20. The run of 9 weeks with a solo woman in the charts was the second shortest we had had so far, beaten only by the 7 week run we saw back in the September and October of 1966.

Last week’s oldest on the chart, The Troggs’ ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ was the 3rd song to go. It had been with us for 14 weeks, 4 of which were at the number 1 spot. The new oldest title fell to The Marbles’ ‘Only One Woman’ which sat on 13 weeks.

Last to go was The Tonics’ ‘Chewy Chewy’. It had been with us for 6 weeks and managed to climb to 5 in that time. This was the second highest peak to date for a song lasting just 6 weeks with only Len Barry’s ‘1-2-3’ peaking higher at 4. One song would peak even higher during a 6 week run, but that song would be on the very last chart in 1989 so doesn’t really count as it would most likely have added to its week count had the charts continued. There would be 2 more songs to peak at 5 during a 6 week run.

Last week Donovan became the 5th act to spend at least 1 week in the charts in every year since 1965 and this week Manfred Mann added themselves to that elite group, becoming the 6th act to do so as ‘Fox On The Run’, their 9th hit to date, entered the charts. The band joined the pack of 4 other acts in 2nd place for hits count chasing Tom Jones who was 2 ahead of them. The song made it to number 5 in the UK and scraped a number 97 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Not to be confused with The Sweet’s song of the same name that would chart a good few years later, ‘Fox On The Run’ was written by Tony Hazzard and this gave him his 3rd SA chart hit.

Percy Sledge also returned to the charts. His new one, ‘What Am I Living For’, was his 5th hit to date. Like Manfred Mann’s new one, the song would just make it into the US Hot 100 where it managed to go 6 places higher than ‘Fox On The Run’, peaking at 91 there. It was co-written by Art Harris and Fred Jay and would be Harris’ only SA chart success while for Jay it was the first of a number of hits that listed him as a song writer.

The new entry at 19 this week would become a classic. It was Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’. The song was written by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield and would be a first of a few hits that they would have in SA. It was originally recorded by The Miracles (the band with Smokey Robinson in) in 1966 although some believe that there may have been an earlier recording of it by The Isley Brothers, but that version has never surfaced with some believing that a session was booked for them to record the song but it was cancelled. Berry Gordy, the head of Motown records at the time, didn’t take to The Miracles’ version so it was not released back then. When Marvin Gaye recorded it the version was released and the decision paid off as it topped the charts both in the US and the UK where it spent 8 and 3 weeks respectively at number 1. In the US it was knocked off the top spot by our new number 1 this week, Crimson & Clover’ by Tommy James & The Shondells.

Last of the new entries was by a guy who started his US chart career back in 1955. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ was Sammy Davis Jr.’s 12th US chart hit and his first in SA. The song would go to number 11 in the US and would be his 3rd last hit there. It was taken from a Broadway musical called ‘Golden Rainbow’ which starred Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé.

Percy Sledge’s new entry moved him on to 46 weeks in the charts and The Staccatos also ticked over to that total. They both entered the top 20 of the overall weeks count list, sharing 20th place with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch. Herman’s Hermits celebrated reaching the 700 points mark, their 703 to date placing them 10th on the overall points list.

This week had a bit of an anomaly as if one averaged the length of time the songs in the top 20 had been in the charts it was a lowest to date 3.8 weeks per song. However, if one averaged the total weeks the artists on the songs in the top 20 had spent in the charts it was a record to date high of 34.65 weeks. This was certainly a result of having had 16 new entries in the past 4 weeks, giving the low average of 3.8 per song, but a lot of these new entries were by acts who had had a good number of hits on the charts already. In fact the average number of hits for the 20 acts represented this week was 4.3 each with 3 of the acts sitting on 9 hits and 1 sitting on 8.

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