28 March 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Crimson & Clover  – Tommy James & The Shondells
2 3 5 Atlantis  – Donovan
3 2 5 Dizzy  – Tommy Roe
4 6 4 What am I Living For  – Percy Sledge
5 8 4 Fox on the Run  – Manfred Mann
6 4 6 I Started a Joke  – Bee Gees
7 7 10 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
8 5 8 Something’s Happening  – Herman’s Hermits
9 9 10 I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)  – Johnny Rivers
10 11 5 Touch Me  – Doors
11 12 6 The Way it Used to Be  – Engelbert Humperdinck
12 14 4 I Heard it Through the Grapevine  – Marvin Gaye
13 19 2 Monsieur DuPont  – Sandie Shaw
14 16 4 I’ve Gotta be Me  – Sammy Davis Jnr
15 10 5 Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)  – Real McCoy
16 18 2 You Gave Me a Mountain  – Frankie Laine
17 New 1 Indian Giver  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
18 New 1 Sorry Suzanne  – Hollies
19 New 1 Chapel of Dreams  – Invaders
20 15 7 That’s All I Want from You  – Oscar Toney, Jr.

While Donovan’s ‘Atlantis’ and Tommy Roe’s ‘Dizzy’ jostled for position at 2 and 3 (the former climbing 1 to 2, the latter dropping 1 to 3), Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ continued its merry reign at the top of the charts, taking its run at 1 into a 4th week.

Sandie Shaw’s ‘Monsieur DuPont’ picked up the 11th biggest climber award for a song by a UK female artist. It moved up 6 places from 19 to 13 to give Shaw her 4th biggest climber award to date. She sat tied 2nd for biggest climbers by woman overall, equal with Lucille Starr and 1 behind Nancy Sinatra. ‘Monsieur DuPont’ was the only star rater this week.

The Real McCoy’s ‘Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)’ and Oscar Toney Jr.’s ‘That’s All I Want From You’ were the fallers of the week, both songs dropping 5 places to land at 15 and 20 respectively.

Classics IV’s ‘Stormy’ ended its chart run after 6 weeks in the top 20 and a peak of 11. This was their only SA chart offering.

We also bid farewell to Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream’ which spent 1 week less than ‘Stormy’ in the charts and reached number 7 in its 5 week run. We were not done with The King just yet.

The oldest song on last week’s chart was the last to go this week. The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ had spent the last of its 10 weeks on the charts as the oldest and had reached a peak of number 3 which was a better showing than their only other hit to date, ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’ which only managed 8 weeks and a peak of 10. The Foundations would return to our charts.

The New oldest on the charts was The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ and Johnny Rivers’ ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’. They were both sitting on 10 weeks.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company returned to the charts for a 3rd outing. Their new one was ‘Indian Giver’ which had been a number 5 hit for them in the US. The song was written by 3 of the 4 song writers who had brought us Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Mony Mony’ namely Bo Gentry, Bobby Bloom and Ritchie Cordell. The only song writer on ‘Mony Mony’ who did not have a credit on ‘Indian Giver’ was Tommy James himself. If Wikipedia is accurate on this one, Mike Scully, who writes some of The Simpsons, stole a copy of ‘Indian Giver’ from a local shop when he was 12.

The Hollies became the second act to reach double figures for hits as ‘Sorry Suzanne’ became their 10th hit to date. They now sat just 1 behind leader, Tom Jones. It would give Geoff Stephens his 7th SA hit as a song writer and Tony Macauley his 4th. It would top the charts in Switzerland  and go to 3 in the UK, In the US it would manage to get to 56. The song was The Hollies first with Terry Sylvester on lead vocals. Sylvester replaced the departing Graham Nash. The Hollies were the 7th act now to have spent at least a week in the charts every year since 1965.

The final new entry was the 80th local song to grace the top 20 and a second hit for The Invaders. ‘Chapel Of Dreams’. The song was a cover of a 1959 hit for The Dubs which reached number 74 in the US on 31 August of that year. The arrival of this song in the top 20 doubled the local content as The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ was the only other local song on the chart.

Sandie Shaw celebrated reaching 40 weeks on the charts. She stood 4th overall for weeks in the top 20 by a woman, 8 behind Nancy Sinatra, 13 behind Lucille Starr and 28 behind leader, Petula Clark.

We saw a new high for the average number of weeks the artists on the chart in a week had spent in the top 20 overall as this current crop of acts had spent an average of 37.75 weeks in the top 20.

The Bee Gees moved tied 11th with The Seekers on the weeks count list. They were both on 66 weeks. Percy Sledge and The Staccatos moved into tied 17th place, joining The Mamas & The Papas there on 49 weeks. Tommy Roe returned to the top 20 of the weeks count list, his 48 to date putting him tied 20th with Nancy Sinatra.

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