23 May 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Games People Play  – Joe South
2 1 5 Where Do You Go to My Lovely  – Peter Sarstedt
3 3 6 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In  – 5th Dimension
4 5 9 Indian Giver  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
5 7 4 The Windmills of Your Mind  – Noel Harrison
6 12 3 Hair  – Cowsills
7 8 4 First of May  – Bee Gees
8 14 3 Everyday I Have to Cry  – Johnny Rivers
9 10 4 Softly Softly  – Equals
10 4 9 Sorry Suzanne  – Hollies
11 11 3 Hello World  – Tremeloes
12 New 1 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
13 17 5 Speak Softly, My Love  – Stu Phillips
14 New 1 Pinball Wizard  – Who
15 20 2 Round the Gum Tree  – Real McCoy
16 6 5 Ring of Fire  – Eric Burdon & The Animals
17 18 3 Goodnight My Love, Pleasant Dreams  – Paul Anka
18 New 1 Mercy  – Ohio Express
19 New 1 In the Bad, Bad Old Days  – Foundations
20 New 1 Young Love Can Hurt  – Dickie Loader

Having made a quite rapid ascent to the number 1 spot, Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’ only lasted 1 week there before it gave way to Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’. And in answer to Peter Sarstedt’s question –  you go to number 2.

There were 2 songs that took the climber of the week award and they were The Cowsills’ ‘Hair’ and Johnny Rivers’ ‘Everyday I Have To Cry’ which both climbed 6 places and landed at 6 and 8 respectively. In addition Stu Phillips’ ‘Speak Softtly, My Love’ climbed 4 and The Real McCoy’s ‘Round The Gum Tree’ climbed 5 to be the other star raters.

Eric Burdon & The Animals’ ‘Ring Of Fire’ joined 6 other songs in a record to date fall in a week as it dropped a massive 10 places from 6 to 16. The first song to do this had been by local lad Gene Rockwell. The next 4 were by US acts (assuming The Ad-Libs were a US group) and it was only the previous one (by Sandie Shaw) and now this one by The Animals that were by British acts.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Crimson & Clover’ left after 13 weeks, 4 of which were spent at number 1. This brought to an end their SA chart career with 4 hits and 26 weeks to their name. They went out on a high with ‘Crimson & Clover’ giving them their best peak and tied best weeks figures.

The new oldest on the chart was The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’ and The Hollies’ ‘Sorry Suzanne’ which both sat on 9 weeks. Excluding the songs on the very first chart, this was the 6th and 7th song to become the oldest at just 9 weeks (no song would manage it at less). The Hollies had now seen 3 of their songs become the oldest on the charts at 9 weeks. No other act had managed it more than once.

Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Melody Fayre’ ended its chart run with us after just 5 weeks and a peak of 14, a far cry from the 16 weeks and 2 weeks at 1 that his previous hit, ‘Lazy Life’ managed.

Percy Sledge’s ‘What Am I Living For’ managed 11 weeks and a peak of 2 before falling off the charts this week. This was his second number 2 hit, but he could take some comfort from that fact that sandwiched between these 2 number 2s was a chart topper.

Sandi Shaw’s ‘Monsieur DuPont’ also left the charts this week. It had lasted 9 weeks and peaked at 6, her lowest weeks and peak figure of her 4 hits to date.  ‘Monsieur DuPont’ had been the solitary song flying the flag for solo female artists on the chart for those 9 weeks and its departure meant that we were without a solo female for the 7th time (44 weeks in total).

Last week we saw Tommy Roe’s ‘Dizzy’ become the 6th song to leave the charts from position 9 or higher. This week saw The Archies’ ‘Feelin’ so Good (Skoo By-Doo)’ become the 7th song to manage this. It was the first time we had had 2 weeks running with a song leaving from 9. ‘Feelin’ so Good (Skoo By-Doo)’ spent 6 weeks on the top 20 and peaked at 6, becoming the 18th song to finish with an equal weeks and peak figure. It was only the 2nd song of the 18 to have 6 as its weeks and peak figure, the other being The Bachelors’ ‘Can I Trust You’.

This was the 7th week where we had seen 5 songs leave the chart. There had only been 1 week where we had seen a record 6 songs go.

The first new entry heralded the arrival of Creedence Clearwater Revival on our charts. ‘Proud Mary’ would give the band the first of 5 number 2 hits in the US (to date they have never topped the charts there) and would be their first UK chart hit where it peaked at 8. It was written by band member John Fogerty, and 2 covers of the song would also chart in the US in 1969 (The Checkmates Ltd peaked at 69 and Solomon Burke at 45 with their respective versions) and then 2 years later in 1971 Ike and Tina Turner would take their cover to number 4.

The Who returned to the charts this week, their new one, ‘Pinball Wizard’, arriving 152 weeks after we had last seen them in our top 20 with ‘Substitute’. This was the tied 3rd biggest gap between hits to date, equalling Jackie Trent on that front. It was 3 weeks less than second biggest gap, Dean Martin’s 155 week break and 7 behind The Animals who went 159 weeks between hits. ‘Pinball Wizard’ was taken from The Who’s rock opera ‘Tommy’ and would give them a number 4 hit in the UK and a number 19 hit in the US. Elton John would perform the song in the 1975 film adaptation of ‘Tommy’. The Who, by the way, held the record to date for the shortest band name (excluding any ‘The’ in front of the name) with their 3 letters. The Bats, Lulu, Them and The Kynd were the only 4 letter acts to have charted so far.

Ohio Express had missed out on SA chart action with their hit ‘Chewy Chewy’ as we had gone for the more obscure German band The Tonics’ version of that song. This week, however, they were back in our charts with a new hit, ‘Mercy’. This followed up the success of their debut SA hit, ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’. ‘Mercy’ was written by Joey Levine and Steve Feldman and would go to number 30 in the US. It was a 4th SA hit for Levine as a song writer and it would be Feldman’s only writing credit on a song charting on our fair shores.

The Foundations’ ‘In The Bad, Bad Old Days’ became their 3rd SA chart hit as it arrived in our top 20 this week. A UK number 8 and US number 51 hit, the song would give Tony Macauley his 5th SA chart hit as a song writer and John MacLeod his 3rd. The song writing duo would also produce the song. While still doing fairly well in the UK it would fail to light up the charts in Europe. In neighbouring Zimbabwe (as it is now) it made number 11.

The artist on the final new entry set a new record for gaps between hits by a local artist and the gap was the next highest on the overall list after Jackie Trent & The Who’s gap mentioned above. Dickie Loader had last been seen on our charts 140 weeks previously with ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’. This broke The Bats existing record for a local act which sat at 127 weeks. Loader’s new one this week was ‘Young Love Can Hurt’ which he had penned himself. The arrival on the chart of ‘Young Love Can Hurt’ prevented us from seeing a top 20 with no local content as it replaced the departing ‘Melody Fayre’ by Quentin E Klopjaeger and moved the total local hit count on to 82.

Johnny Rivers reached the 20 weeks in the chart milestone. 54 acts so far had managed to reach this total. The Hollies moved 1 ahead of Herman’s Hermits for weeks count, their 79 to date giving them 6th position on the weeks count list to themselves. Dickie Loader moved tied 18th on the local weeks count sitting on 18 weeks alongside Group 66 and The A-Cads.

The Hollies became the 7th act to clock up 900 points as the 11 they added to their score this week took them to 905. They sat 7th overall for points.

The average number of weeks the songs on the charts had been there for dropped below 4 for the first time since it hit its record low 11 weeks previously. The average this week was 3.85 which was marginally higher than the lowest to date of 3.8.

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