18 April 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 8 4 Indian Giver  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
2 1 8 Dizzy  – Tommy Roe
3 5 7 I Heard it Through the Grapevine  – Marvin Gaye
4 2 7 What am I Living For  – Percy Sledge
5 3 9 Crimson & Clover  – Tommy James & The Shondells
6 7 5 Monsieur DuPont  – Sandie Shaw
7 9 4 Sorry Suzanne  – Hollies
8 4 7 Fox on the Run  – Manfred Mann
9 11 7 I’ve Gotta be Me  – Sammy Davis Jnr
10 6 8 Atlantis  – Donovan
11 18 2 Feelin’ so Good (Skoo By-Doo)  – Archies
12 12 5 You Gave Me a Mountain  – Frankie Laine
13 17 2 Games People Play  – Joe South
14 15 3 Little Red Boat On The River  – Spectrum
15 New 1 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In  – 5th Dimension
16 20 2 Teardrop City  – Monkees
17 10 9 I Started a Joke  – Bee Gees
18 16 4 Chapel of Dreams  – Invaders
19 New 1 Melody Fayre  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
20 New 1 Good Times (Better Times)  – Cliff Richard

It was just 6 weeks previous that we saw the biggest climb to get to number 1 when Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ moved up 7 places from 8 to 1. This week we saw the second time that this would happen as The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’ made the 7 place leap from 8 to 1. It knocked Tommy Roe’s ‘Dizzy’ off the top spot after the latter had been there for 2 weeks.

A 7 place climb was the biggest this week and ‘Indian Giver’ was joined in that by The Archies’ ‘Feelin’ so Good (Skoo By-Doo)’ which made the climb from 18 to 11.

There were 2 other songs that made star rater climbs and they were Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’ and The Monkees’ ‘Teardrop City’. It was a 7th star rater for The 1910 Fruitgum Company, a 6th for The Monkees, a 2nd for The Archies and a first for Joe South.

The Bee Gees drew level second for number of biggest fallers as ‘I Started A Joke’ dropped 7 to 17 to give them their 7th biggest faller to date. This equalled The Rolling Stones total and together they sat 1 behind Tom Jones who was on 8. The Bee Gees could take some comfort from the fact that ‘I Started A Joke’ was joint oldest on the chart with Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ which both sat on 9 weeks. This was only the 3rd time since the start of the charts (and excluding the songs on the first ever chart) where the weeks on the chart for oldest song was only 9.

The previous oldest, The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ was 1 of 3 to leave the top 20. It had been with us for 12 weeks and 3 of those had been at number 1. With exactly a quarter of its weeks in the charts spent at 1, ‘Cry To Me’ had the 4th highest ratio of weeks at 1 to total weeks in the chart for a local song behind Cornelia’s’ ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ (30.8% of its time), Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ (36.8%) and Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ (40%). The overall leader was The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ which spent 7 out of 15 weeks at 1, giving it a percentage of 46.7%.

Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Something’s Happening’ enjoyed a 10 week run with us, peaking at 3 during that time. 6 of their 9 hits had gone top 10, but only 4 had made double figures for week and ‘Something’s Happening’ was one of those 4.

The Doors’ ‘Touch Me’ was the other song that left the charts this week. It had spent 7 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 7, making it the 17th song to end with an equal weeks and peak figure. We had now seen 4 songs have 7 as their weeks and peak and the 7’s were catching up with the 8’s of which we had seen 5. The departure of ‘Touch Me’ brought to an end The Doors’ SA Chart career. They had seen 3 songs chart, spent a total of 16 weeks in the top 20 with a best peak of 7 by ‘Touch Me’.

5th Dimension brought us the first of the new entries. ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ was taken from the musical ‘Hair’. The song won the Grammy for Record of the Year (as opposed to Song Of the Year which, as mentioned in an earlier post, Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’ won. The difference being for Song of the Year the award goes to the song writer and the performer gets the award for Record of the Year). It would go to the top of the charts in the US and Canada spending 6 and 3 weeks respectively at the top of the 2 charts. In the UK it went to number 11.

Billy Forrest returned to the charts with his 2nd hit to date. Once more using the guise Quentin E. Klopjaeger, ‘Melody Fayre’ was his new hit. Not to be confused with a Bee Gees track called ‘Melody Fair’ (note different spelling), ‘Melody Faye’ was a cover of a song written and performed by John Bromley. Sharon Tandy formed a common link between the Bromley and Klopjaeger’s versions as Bromley had Fleur de Lys (a band that Tandy worked with extensively) on his version and Forrest would record a number of duets with Tandy.

Cliff Richard became the 3rd act to reach double figures for number of hits as ‘Good Times (Better Times)’ became his 10th to make our top 20. He now sat tied second with The Hollies on the hits count list, 1 behind leader, Tom Jones. The song was a 4th hit for the song writing team of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. On this track they were joined in the song writing credits by Jerry Lordan. It was Lordan’s first SA Chart hit. The song was Cliff’s 48th UK chart hit where it went to number 12 and re-established him in the top 20 of those charts as his previous 3 hits there had all faltered between 21 and 30 (inclusive).

Manfred Mann became the 5th act to reach 80 weeks on the charts. They sat at number 5 on the weeks count list, quite a bit behind The Beach Boys who were 4th on 88 weeks. Donovan moved into tied 10th position on the list with his 68 weeks putting him level with Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark. Percy Sledge moved on to 52 weeks and now sat tied 16th with Jim Reeves while The Monkees re-joined the top 20 of the list, their 49 to date putting them level with The Mamas & The Papas in 20th place. Billy Forrest’s return to the top 20 set his weeks counter ticking again and he moved up to 17 weeks. He shared 12th place on the local list with Al Debbo and a group that he was a member of, The Dream Merchants.

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