14 March 1969


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

Tommy James & The Shondells held on to the number 1 spot as ‘Crimson & Clover’ spent a second week there, seeing off the challenge from The Bee Gees’ ‘I Started A Joke’ which spent a second week at number 2.

Donovan followed up last weeks’ mammoth 10 place jump with a further 5 place climb from 8 to 3. This 15 place climb in 2 weeks fell 2 short of the record to date for consecutive week climbs which The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ held. 6 other songs had managed a 16 place jump in consecutive weeks and Donovan’s ‘Atlantis’ joined 9 other songs to climb a total of 15 places in 2 consecutive weeks.

The other star raters this week were The Real McCoy’s ‘Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run), Manfred Mann’s ‘Fox On The Run’ and The Doors’ ‘Touch Me’ which all moved up 4 places to land at 8, 12 and 14 respectively. Donovan and Manfred Mann became the 10th and 11th acts to clock up 10 star rater climbs while The Doors and The Real McCoy were both enjoying their second ones.

Classics IV’s ‘Stormy’ was hitting rough seas as it was the biggest faller this week, dropping 6 places to 17.

Marbles ‘Only One Woman’ ticked over to 14 weeks on the charts and enjoyed a second week as the granddaddy of the top 20.

For only the second time so far we saw no new or re-entries and no songs leave the charts and the previous time was in April 1966 when the charts were unchanged due to the Easter weekend.

One of the knock on effects of no movement on or off the charts was that we had a second week with no solo female artists in the top 20. A further effect was that the average total weeks on the chart by the artists in the top 20 moved to a new high of 35.65, exactly 1 more than the record setting amount we saw in the previous week.

Percy Sledge and The Staccatos moved to tied 19th on the weeks count list each having 47 to their name. This meant that Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch dropped off the top 20 of that list. They had managed to climb to a peak of 18 on the list and have spent a total of 57 weeks in the top 20 of that list in a run of 15 weeks, then a second run of 42 weeks.

Both Donovan and Percy Sledge celebrated milestones in terms of points with the former passing the 600 point mark and the latter going past 500. Donovan now had the 14th highest points total to date of 611 and Percy was knocking on the top 20 of the list as his 505 places him 21st.

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