25 April 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Indian Giver  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
2 7 5 Sorry Suzanne  – Hollies
3 2 9 Dizzy  – Tommy Roe
4 3 8 I Heard it Through the Grapevine  – Marvin Gaye
5 5 10 Crimson & Clover  – Tommy James & The Shondells
6 4 8 What am I Living For  – Percy Sledge
7 6 6 Monsieur DuPont  – Sandie Shaw
8 11 3 Feelin’ so Good (Skoo By-Doo)  – Archies
9 10 9 Atlantis  – Donovan
10 9 8 I’ve Gotta be Me  – Sammy Davis Jnr
11 13 3 Games People Play  – Joe South
12 8 8 Fox on the Run  – Manfred Mann
13 15 2 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In  – 5th Dimension
14 12 6 You Gave Me a Mountain  – Frankie Laine
15 16 3 Teardrop City  – Monkees
16 19 2 Melody Fayre  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
17 New 1 Where Do You Go to My Lovely  – Peter Sarstedt
18 20 2 Good Times (Better Times)  – Cliff Richard
19 New 1 Ring of Fire  – Eric Burdon & The Animals
20 New 1 Speak Softly, My Love  – Stu Phillips

‘Indian Giver’ by The 1910 Fruitgum Company spent a second week at number 1, seeing off the challenge of The Hollies’ ‘Sorry Suzanne’ which was the biggest climber this week. It jumped 5 places from 7 to 2. This was their 5th biggest climber to date which meant on average they were picking up 1 biggest climber for every 2 hits they had on the charts (they had managed 10 to date). The artist who had managed 5 or more hits with the lowest ratio of biggest climbers to hits so far was Virginia Lee who only managed 1 biggest climber with 6 hits, a ratio of 16.7%.

The Hollies ‘Sorry Suzanne’ was this week’s only star rater.

‘Fox On The Run’ was running in the wrong direction for Manfred Mann as its 4 place drop from 8 to 12 gave the band their 4th biggest faller to date.

The local content in the charts dropped back down to just 1 as The Invaders’ ‘Chapel Of Dreams’ left the top 20 after a run of 4 weeks and a peak of 16. This was 1 week less and 6 places lower than the 5 weeks and peak of 10 that their only other hit to date, ‘Shock Wave’, had managed. Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Melody Fayre’ was left flying the local flag on the charts.

The Bee Gees’ ‘I Started A Joke’ was the second song to leave the charts. It had lasted 9 weeks and peaked at 2. It was the second of their 7 hits to date to stall in second place. Its departure from the chart meant that Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ was on its own now as the oldest on the chart. It was sitting on 10 weeks.

Last to go was The Spectrum’s ‘Little Red Boat On The River’ which had spent just 3 weeks on the charts and peaked at 14. This would be the band’s only SA Chart action.

Peter Sarstedt made his SA Chart debut with a song that spent 4 weeks at the top of the UK charts in the March of 1969, ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’. The song was less popular in the US where it only made it to 70. It would top the charts in neighbouring Rhodesia (as it was then) and go top 10 in Germany (#9), Holland (#4) and Norway (#4). Sarstedt was discovered by producer Ray Singer when he was working as a busker in Paris. Singer took him on and produced ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’ which went on to sell in excess of one million copies.

The second new entry was The Animals’ version of ‘Ring Of Fire’. Billed as Eric Burdon & The Animals, the song marked the return to the charts for the band 159 weeks after their previous hit ‘It’s My Life’ left. This was a new record to date gap between hits for any artists, beating the previous record of 155 weeks which Dean Martin had set 17 weeks previously. ‘Ring Of Fire’ was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and first recorded by June’s sister Anita Carter. However it is probably the version by June’s husband Johnny Cash that is the most well known. The Animals’ version would go to number 35 in the UK but would not chart in the US while Johnny Cash’s version would reach 17 in the US but not chart in the UK. The only version so far to chart on both side of the Atlantic is Duane Eddy’s version which reached 84 in the US and 17 in the UK.

The final new entry was Stu Phillips 3rd hit to chart, ‘Speak Softly, My Love’. We had last seen Stu on the charts 13 weeks previously and this was a new biggest gap between hits for a Canadian artists, beating Lucille Starr’s record by 1 week. The song was written by Ruby Allmond and produced by country guitar legend Chet Atkins. It was the 10th song by a Canadian act to chart. Canada stood 4th for number of hits behind South Africa, The US and UK.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company celebrated their 30th week in the charts while The Monkees were clocking up their 50th. This moved the latter 1 ahead of The Mamas & Papas and they occupied position 20 on the weeks count list by themselves. Donovan moved tied 9th with The Bee Gees, both acts were on 69 weeks while Percy Sledge’s 53 weeks to date placed him tied 15th with Lucille Starr. Tommy Roe went tied 17th with Jim Reeves on 52 weeks. On the local list, Billy Forrest now had 18 weeks to his name and that put him tied 10th with Jody Wayne & The Square Set.

4 acts celebrated milestones on the points front. These were Donovan, who passed the 700 points mark, Percy Sledge who went past 600 and Sandie Shaw and Tommy James & The Shondells who hit the 500 points mark.

The average weeks the songs on the top 20 had been in the charts for was exactly 5. We had last seen an exact round number for this average on 13 December 1968 when the average was 6. Excluding the first week of the charts (when all songs were on 1 week), we had seen an exact whole number as the average on 8 occasions.

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