2 May 1969


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

A few weeks back, Tommy Roe set a new record for biggest gap between number 1 hits when ‘Dizzy’ returned him to the top of the charts after a 123 week absence from the top spot. This week The Hollies’ ‘Sorry Suzanne’ took over the top spot from The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’. It was 81 weeks since The Hollies were last at number 1 (with ‘That’s My Desire’) and this became the 2nd biggest gap between chart toppers to date, going 11 weeks longer than previous second biggest that The Troggs had experienced. ‘Indian Giver’ had spent 2 weeks at number 1 and fell to number 2.

Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Where Do You Go to My Lovely’ made the second biggest jump in a week to date, moving up 14 places from 17 to 3. It was only The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer with a 16 place jump that bettered it so far.

Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’ and 5th Dimensions’ ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ both climbed 7 star rater places, landing at 4 and 6 respectively. The final star rater this week was Eric Burdon & The Animals’ ‘Ring Of Fire’ which moved up 6 from 19 to 13.

This was the 3rd time we had seen the sum of the upward movement in the charts (i.e. add up the positions climbed by all songs moving up the charts) reach 40 or more. This week the total places climbed was exactly 40. We had seen a 42 and a best of 46 so far.

2 songs fell 6 places each to take the biggest faller award this week and they were Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and Percy Sledge’s ‘What Am I Living For’ which dropped to 10 and 12 respectively.

Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ moved into its 3rd week as the oldest on the chart as it ticked on to 11 weeks with us. It was now 50 weeks since we had last seen a song reach 20 weeks on the charts and that was ‘Mater Jack’ by Four Jacks & A Jill which went on to reach 21 weeks.

Frankie Laine’s ‘You Gave Me A Mountain’ exited the charts after a 6 week stay with us. It managed to reach a peak of number 12 during that time. This ended Laine’s SA chart career with 2 hits to his name (the other being ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)), 14 weeks and a best peak of 5 which ‘Laura…’ managed.

Manfred Mann’s ‘Fox On The Run’ escaped from the top 20 after 8 weeks with us. It managed to get to 4 during that time. It was one of 4 of their 9 hits not to get into double figures for weeks and that statistic would not change as this was their last outing on our charts. Their 9 hits garnered them 81 weeks and they currently stood 5th on the weeks count list. They topped the charts for 2 weeks with ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ and for 1 weeks with ‘The Mighty Quinn’. Manfred Mann (the South African born man, not the group, and known to his mum as Manfred Lubowitz) would return to our charts with a new group called Manfred Mann’s Earth Band which would have a completely different line up to Manfred Mann.

Sammy Davis Jnr’s ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ became the 11th song to leave the charts from position 10 or higher. We had now seen 6 songs leave from 10 and 5 from 9. ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ spent 8 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9. This would be Sammy’s only visit to our top 20.

Noel Harrison’s ‘Windmills Of your Mind’, our first new entry this week, was a translation of the French song ‘Les Moulins De Mon Cœur’ which was written by Michel Legrand. Alan and Marilyn Bergman provided the English lyrics. The song was used in the 1968 film ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ and went on to win the Best Original Song at the Oscars. It was be the second of 13 Best Original Song Oscar winners to chart in SA. Noel Harrison was the son of actor Rex Harrison and ‘The Windmills Of My Mind’ would give him a number 8 hit in the UK and has been the only song with the word ‘windmills’ in the title to chart there (Ronnie Hilton did chart with a singular ‘windmill’ with his hit ‘A Windmill In Old Amsterdam’). Harrison sadly passed away on 19 October 2013.

‘First Of May’ became The Bee Gees 8th SA chart hit as it entered at 18 this week. The song was responsible for Robin briefly leaving the group as he had wanted his composition ‘Lamplight’ to be the first single off their album ‘Odessa’ but producer Robert Stigwood and brother Barry thought ‘First Of May’ (which credits all 3 Gibbs brothers as writers) was a better choice. Robert and Barry won and ‘First Of May’ went out with ‘Lamplight’ as the b-side. The single would top the charts in Holland and go to 6 in the UK and 37 in the US as well as going top 20 in at least 13 different countries. Barry now sat tied 2nd for number of hits by a song writer, joining Barry Mason on 11 while being 2 behind leader Les Reed on 13. Robin’s credit on the song gave him his 10th song writers hit on the SA charts and he sat 4th behind the above mentioned 3. Maurice was a little behind them as he only had 7 to his name.

The final new entry was The Equals’ second SA chart hit, ‘Softly Softly’. As with its predecessor, ‘Baby Come Back’ it was written by Eddy Grant. ‘Softly Softly’ did not fare nearly as well in the UK as ‘Baby Come Back’ as the latter topped the charts there while the former only made it to 48. In between these 2 hits they had a number 38 hit with ‘Laurel And Hardy’ which didn’t make our charts.

Donovan and The Bee Gees reached the 70 weeks in the chart milestone but they did not move from tied 9th position on the weeks count list. They were 6 behind Engelbert Humperdink and The Hollies, the latter moving tied 7th with the former this week. Percy Sledge shook off Lucille Starr to take 15th place to himself with 54 weeks to his name. Lucille had to be satisfied with sharing position 16 with Tommy Roe who moved tied with her on 53 weeks. The Monkees clocked up their 51st week with us and that placed them tied 19th with The Staccatos. On the local list Billy Forrest shook off Jody Wayne and The Square Set to make 10th place his own. He was on 19 weeks.

A final note on this week’s charts was this was the 15th time we had seen the top and bottom song on the chart start with the same letter as we had ‘Sorry Suzanne’ at 1 and ‘Softly Softly’ at 20.

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