21 March 1969


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

‘Crimson & Clover’ by Tommy James & The Shondells clung on to the top spot for a 3 consecutive week while the song that had been at 2 for the last 2 weeks, The Bee Gees’ ‘I Started A Joke’, fell 2 to number 4. The new challengers for the top spot were Tommy Roe’s ‘Dizzy’ and Donovan’s ‘Atlantis’ which sat at 2 and 3.

Percy Sledge picked up his 4th biggest climber as ‘What Am I Living For’ climbed 9 from 15 to 6. He had managed a 10 place climb before (with ‘My Special Prayer’) but this was his second best effort to date and he would not see a climb of this magnitude again.

Manfred Mann picked up their 11th star rater as ‘Fox On The Run’ jumped 4 to 8. They were the 6th act to reach 11 star raters. Also making star rater status was Tommy  Roe’s ‘Dizzy’. This was his 8th star rater.

Elvis’ dreams were turning to nightmares as ‘If I Can Dream’ was the biggest faller of the week as it dropped 6 places from 11 to 17. He now had 6 biggest fallers to his name.

Cliff Richard’s plea that you ‘Don’t Forget To Catch Me’ fell on deaf ears as we didn’t catch the song as it fell off the charts. It lasted 5 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 9. He had now had 3 top 10 hits in a row bringing his total to 5 of his 9 hits to date being top 10 hits. We were still a long way from being finished with Cliff on our charts.

The Marbles’ ‘Only One Woman’ also left the charts after 14 weeks with us. It has spent 1 of those weeks at number 1 and 2 as the oldest on the charts. This would be the sum total of their SA Chart action. The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ took over as the oldest on the charts with 10 weeks to its name.

‘You Gave Me A Mountain’, one of the new entries this week, was by the holder of the record number of weeks at the top spot in the UK. Frankie Laine’s ‘I Believe’ spent 18 weeks in total at the top in Britain, a record that still stands to date. ‘I Believe’ dropped off the top spot twice and then reclaimed pole position, so the 18 weeks was not consecutive. (Bryan Adam’s ‘Everything I Do’ hold the consecutive weeks at 1 record in the UK with 16). ‘You Gave Me A Mountain’ was written by country singer Marty Robbins and would be Laine’s 13th and also his second last US hot 100 hit where it got to number 24. Laine would have nearly double the number of hits in the UK than he had in the US. He managed 27 in the UK, but ‘You Gave Me A Mountain’ was not one of them.

Sandie Shaw saw her 4th hit to date make the SA Charts this week. ‘Monsieur DuPont’ made her the 5th female act to reach 4 hits, although one should mention that Nancy Sinatra (one of the 5) had only managed 3 as a solo act with another 3 as part of a duet. ‘Monsieur DuPont’ would go to number 6 in the UK. It was first recorded in 1967 by a German singer called Manuela. It was written by Christian Bruhn and Peter Callendar, giving Bruhn his only SA chart hit and Callender his 3rd so far. Callender’s 2 other song writing credits to date that made our charts were The Tremeloes’ ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ and Cliff Richard’s ‘All My Love’.

The arrival of Sandie Shaw brought to an end a 2 week drought of solo female artists on the charts. This was the second time we had had a 2 week run with no solo female artists in the chart. To date these were the shortest runs with no solo women in the top 20.

Percy Sledge and The Staccatos both moved on to 48 weeks in the charts and joined Nancy Sinatra in tied 18th place on the weeks count list. Percy also celebrated moving into the top 20 for cumulative points to date. The 520 points that he had clocked up so far, eased him past The Monkees who were in 20th place last week with 516 points.

The Bee Gees passed the 800 points milestone mark as they moved on to 816. They currently sat 8th overall for points.

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