9 May 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Sorry Suzanne  – Hollies
2 3 3 Where Do You Go to My Lovely  – Peter Sarstedt
3 2 7 Indian Giver  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
4 4 5 Games People Play  – Joe South
5 6 4 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In  – 5th Dimension
6 7 5 Feelin’ so Good (Skoo By-Doo)  – Archies
7 13 3 Ring of Fire  – Eric Burdon & The Animals
8 16 2 The Windmills of Your Mind  – Noel Harrison
9 5 11 Dizzy  – Tommy Roe
10 12 10 What am I Living For  – Percy Sledge
11 18 2 First of May  – Bee Gees
12 8 8 Monsieur DuPont  – Sandie Shaw
13 20 2 Softly Softly  – Equals
14 15 4 Melody Fayre  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
15 9 12 Crimson & Clover  – Tommy James & The Shondells
16 19 3 Speak Softly, My Love  – Stu Phillips
17 New 1 Hair  – Cowsills
18 New 1 Hello World  – Tremeloes
19 New 1 Everyday I Have to Cry  – Johnny Rivers
20 New 1 Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams  – Paul Anka

The Hollies enjoyed a second week at 1 with ‘Sorry Suzanne’. This was their 5th week in total at 1 as they had enjoyed 3 weeks there previously with ‘That’s My Desire’. Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’ was knocking at the top spot door as it climbed 1 place to number 2.

Noel Harrison’s ‘The Windmills Of Your Mind’ was the climber of the week, moving up 8 from 16 to 8 this week.

A 7 place climb for The Bee Gees’ ‘First of May’ gave them their 11th star rater to date. They were the 8th act to achieve this many. The Equals’ ‘Softly Softly’ also moved up 7 to give the band their 3rd star rater to date while The Animals picked up their second with a 6 place climb to number 7 for ‘Ring Of Fire’.

‘Crimson & Clover’s 6 place drop from 9 to 15 gave Tommy James & The Shodells their 4th biggest faller award. The song remained the oldest on the charts, having held that honour for 4 weeks now.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Good Times (Better Times)’ lasted just 3 weeks on the charts and peaked at 17. Cliff had now had a song peak at 20, 19, 18 and 17. We were still a long way off seeing the end of his SA Chart career.

We also bid farewell to The Monkees’ ‘Teardrop City’ which had been with us for 4 weeks and peaked at 14. This was their 3rd lowest weeks count to date and also tied 3rd lowest peak. We still had one more hit to come from them.

Donovan’s ‘Atlantis’ returned him to double figures for weeks as it lasted 10 weeks in the top 20, his previous 2 hits (of his 7 to date) were the only ones he had seen fall short of 10 weeks. ‘Atlantis’ peaked at 2 which was his second number 2 in a row, previous hit ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ also falling 1 short of being a chart topper.

The final song to go was the 12th to leave the top 20 from within the top 10 as Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ finished its SA chart career at number 10 last week. It spent 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3. We would not see any further solo hits from Marvin, but he would return as one half of a duet.

The second song from the musical ‘Hair’ to chart in SA was The Cowsills’ take on the title track of the movie. The Cowsills’ version was not featured in the film, but it gave them a number 2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (a number 1 hit on rival publication Cashbox’s charts) and would top the Canadian charts. This was The Cowsills’ second SA chart hit, following up their 1968 success with  ‘Indian Lake’.

‘Hello World’ was The Tremloes’ 4th hit to make our charts. It was also a 4th hit for song writer Tony Hazzard who had writing credits on 2 Manfred Mann hits (‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ and ‘Fox On The Run’) and 1 of The Hollies’ (‘Listen To Me’). ‘Hello World’ would be their 17th UK chart hit where it would go to 14, but it would not see much chart action anywhere else.

Johnny Rivers returned to the charts after being absent for just 4 weeks. His new one, ‘Everyday I Have To Cry’ was a cover of a song first recorded in 1962 by Steve Alaimo which made it to number 46 in the US. Song writer, Arthur Alexander, would take a version to number 45 there in 1975. The song was also recorded by Bee Gees in 1965 before they became globally famous. That version was the first time that Robin had taken lead vocals on their songs and the first time Maurice had played keyboards.

Like ‘Every Day I Have To Cry’, the final new entry was also a cover of a song from a few years earlier however, Paul Anka’s ‘Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams’ went back even further as it was written in 1952 by George Matola and John Marascalco and first recorded by Jessie Belvin. That version did not chart in the US, but there have been 5 different versions to have made the Billboard Hot 100 including Anka’s version which went to 27 and is the highest peaking to date. The other versions to chart were the 1956 one by The McGuire Sisters (peak of 32), Ray Peterson’s 1959 version which peaked at 64, The Fleetwoods 1963 version (peak of 32) and Ben E. King’s 1966 version which reached 91. Anka’s new entry pushed the hits count for Canadian artists to 11, the 4th highest for any nation after The UK, The US and SA.

Billy Forrest celebrated his 20 weeks in the charts (all under the guise of Quentin E. Klopjaeger), but he was unmoved on the local weeks count list, still sitting at 10. The Hollies moved into 7th place on their own on the overall list with 78 weeks. They moved 1 clear of Engelbert Humperdinck. The Bee Gees shook off Donovan to take 9th spot for themselves as they ticked over to 71 weeks and Tommy Roe claimed 16th spot all to himself, shaking off Lucille Starr who dropped to 17. Roe was on 54 weeks.

There would be 7 songs in total to chart with the word ‘softly’ in the title, but ‘Softly Softly’ by The Equals (at 13 this week) and ‘Speak Softly, My Love’ by Stu Phillips (at 16 this week) would be the only 2 that would be in the charts at the same time.

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