6 June 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 5 Hair  – Cowsills
2 6 3 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
3 2 11 Indian Giver  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
4 1 9 Games People Play  – Joe South
5 5 6 First of May  – Bee Gees
6 7 3 Pinball Wizard  – Who
7 4 7 Where Do You Go to My Lovely  – Peter Sarstedt
8 15 3 Mercy  – Ohio Express
9 8 6 Softly Softly  – Equals
10 11 11 Sorry Suzanne  – Hollies
11 12 5 Everyday I Have to Cry  – Johnny Rivers
12 20 2 My Sentimental Friend  – Herman’s Hermits
13 13 5 Hello World  – Tremeloes
14 17 2 Love Me Tonight  – Tom Jones
15 10 6 The Windmills of Your Mind  – Noel Harrison
16 9 8 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In  – 5th Dimension
17 19 3 Young Love Can Hurt  – Dickie Loader
18 New 1 Kumbaya  – Sandpipers
19 New 1 Time of the Season  – Zombies
20 New 1 The Boxer  – Simon & Garfunkel

With their previous hit, The Cowsills had only managed to get to number 4. Their latest one, ‘Hair’ beat that peak last week as it sat at 3 and this week it went even further up the charts, all the way to number 1. On the way it ousted Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’ from the top spot. The latter fell to number 4.

Herman’s Hermits became the 3rd act (after Tom Jones and The Troggs) to reach 8 biggest climbers as ‘My Sentimental Friend’ took the honours this week with an 8 place climb from 20 to 12. This was the second biggest leap we had seen so far for a Herman’s Hermits song with the 9 place jump ‘Something’s Happening’ managed being their all time best.

All 3 acts to reach 8 biggest climbers were from the UK. The US acts were lagging a bit behind this as their best to date was The Beach Boys’ 6. They did make up a little for this by having the 2 other star raters this week which were Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’ which moved up 4 from 6 to 2 and Ohio Express’ ‘Mercy’ which climbed 7 from 15 to 8. Overall though, the Yanks were well behind on star rater success as 8 UK acts had had 11 or more while the highest star rating American was Nancy Sinatra on 10 a total she shared with 3 other Brits.

5th Dimension’s ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ took the biggest faller award for a second week running as it dropped a further 7 places this week (after falling 6 places last week).

The Hollies’ ‘Sorry Suzanne’ and The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’ continued on as the oldest on the charts, both ticking on to 11 weeks with us. This was their 3rd week as the oldest.

The Foundations ended their SA chart career with a bit of a whimper as ‘In The Bad, Bad Old Days’ departed after just 2 weeks and a peak of 18. They had managed a total of 3 hits, 20 weeks and a best peak of 3 with ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’.

Stu Phillips finished up with his SA chart career on a slightly better note than The Foundations with ‘Speak Softly, My Love’ leaving the top 20 after 6 weeks and a peak of 13, but this was still the worst performing of his 3 hits. He totalled 22 weeks and had a best peak of 9 with ‘Vin Rosé’

The final song to go also heralded the final SA chart action of the artist and was also their worst performer as The Real McCoy’s ‘Round The Gumtree’ left after 3 weeks and a peak of 14. They had manged 2 hits, 9 weeks and a best peak of 8 with their other hit, ‘Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)’.

The first of the new entries was an old campfire favourite and a second hit for The Sandpipers. ‘Kumbaya’ followed 1967s ‘Guantanamera’ into the charts. The title of the song is a Gullah word meaning ‘Come By Here’. Gullah is a language which spoken some African-American communities in the US states of South Carolina, Georgia and northeast Florida and is a mixture of English and some west and central African languages. ‘Kumbaya’ would give The Sandpipers a number 38 hit in the UK, but it would not chart in the US.

The second new entry was the 200th song by a British act to grace our charts and that honour went to The Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’. Recorded at Abbey Road studios in London, the song would not make the charts in the band’s native UK, but would give them a number 3 hit in the US and would top the charts in Canada where it knocked Tommy Roe’s  ‘Dizzy’ from number 1 there. Rabbitt’s Neil Cloud would record a disco version of the song a few years later. In 2007, American Idol runner up, Blake Lewis’ managed to scrape a 99 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 with a cover version of the song.

Simon & Garfunkel returned to the charts with their 3rd hit to date, ‘The Boxer’. The song was the first single taken from their ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ album and it would go to 7 in the US and 6 in the UK. It would also reach 2 in Austria and Holland and 3 in Canada. The song took over 100 hours to record and included drums by legendary session musician Hal Blaine. Apparently the drums were set up just outside the lifts at the Columbia record label offices and an unsuspecting security got the surprise of his life when he was greeted by a drum volley as he got out of the lift.

Tom Jones, who led the way for weeks count, ticked over to 130 while Herman’s Hermits reach the 80 week milestone and sat 7th on the weeks count list. The Equals were the 3rd act this week reaching a milstone as they reached 20 weeks. The Hollies moved tied 5th with Manfred Mann on the weeks count list with 81 to their name. Dickie Loader moved on to 16 weeks and was tied 15th on the local list.

There were 7 songs on this week’s chart where the song title ended in the letter ‘y’, but this was not a record for song endings as we had seen a week where a record to date 10 songs ended in ‘e’ (25 March 1966) as well as seeing 3 weeks with 9 songs ended in ‘e’ and 3 with 8 songs ending in ‘e’. In total 25 weeks had seen 7 songs ending in the same letter, 22 of these were where ‘e’ was the letter and this week and the previous 2 had seen 7 ending in ‘y’.

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