13 June 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 4 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 1 6 Hair  – Cowsills
3 12 3 My Sentimental Friend  – Herman’s Hermits
4 3 12 Indian Giver  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
5 5 7 First of May  – Bee Gees
6 8 4 Mercy  – Ohio Express
7 6 4 Pinball Wizard  – Who
8 13 6 Hello World  – Tremeloes
9 4 10 Games People Play  – Joe South
10 9 7 Softly Softly  – Equals
11 7 8 Where Do You Go to My Lovely  – Peter Sarstedt
12 11 6 Everyday I Have to Cry  – Johnny Rivers
13 14 3 Love Me Tonight  – Tom Jones
14 17 4 Young Love Can Hurt  – Dickie Loader
15 19 2 Time of the Season  – Zombies
16 20 2 The Boxer  – Simon & Garfunkel
17 18 2 Kumbaya  – Sandpipers
18 New 1 Bicycle Bill  – Matt Hurter
19 New 1 Think it All Over  – Sandie Shaw
20 New 1 Israelites  – Desmond Dekker

Creedence Clearwater Revival gave us our 80th number 1 hit with ‘Proud Mary’ dethroning The Cowsills’ ‘Hair’ after the latter had been at the top of our charts for just 1 week. Creedence became the 14th act of those that would go on to have 5 or more hits to have their first one top the charts.

Herman’s Hermits’ ‘My Sentimental Friend’ picked up the biggest climber award for a second week running as it jumped 9 places from 12 to 3. They now had 9 biggest climbers to their name and moved 1 ahead of The Troggs to be second for number of biggest climbers. ‘My Sentimental Friend’ joined The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ for the biggest climb over 2 weeks as its 9 place climb added to the 8 places it managed last week equalled the 17 that ‘I’m A Believer’ had managed in a 2 week run.

The Tremleoes’ ‘Hello World’ climbed 5 from 13 to 8 to give them their 10th star rater while The Zombies’ ‘Time Of the Season’ and Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ both climbed 4 to land at 15 and 16 respectively. So far 12 acts had reached double figures for number of star raters.

Former number 1, Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’ was the faller of the week, dropping 5 from 4 to 9.

The 5th Dimension’s ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It had spent 8 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3. This would be their only SA chart hit.

Another act which would only have 1 hit chart also reached the end of their time in our top 20. Noel Harrison’s ‘The Windmills Of My Mind’ lasted 6 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5.

The last to go was one of the 2 songs that were the oldest on the charts last week and that was The Hollies’ ‘Sorry Suzanne’ which had enjoyed an 11 week run on the chart, spending 2 of those at the number 1 spot. It was the 8th song to leave the top 20 from position 10, being 1 place short of the 7 we had seen leave the charts from a record highest spot to date of 9. The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’ continued on its own as the oldest in the top 20. It was on 12 weeks.

The first of the new comers doubled the local content on the charts as Matt Hurter joined Dickie Loader in flying the SA flag in the charts. Hurter’s hit was ‘Bicycle Bill’ which he penned himself. A very tall man, Hurter is 6’4”, he is also known as Big Bill Hurter and he formed the South African Country Music Association and started a Music Farm to showcase local Country music talent.

And while we were doubling the local hit count in the charts, we also saw Sandie Shaw restore a feminine touch to the top 20 as her ‘Think It All Over’ entered the charts after we had seen 3 weeks with no solo female artists. It was Sandie’s 5th SA chart hit and also the 5th song to chart for Chris Andrews as a song writer. Andrews had brought us 2 of the previous 4 hits by Sandie. ‘Think It All Over’ would only make it to number 42 and spend 4 weeks on the UK charts. It would be the last the Brits would see of her on their charts until 1984 when she returned with a cover of The Smiths’ song ‘Hand In Glove’.

The final new entry was the first song by a Jamaican to make our charts. Desmond Dekkers’ ‘Israelites’.  The song would spend a week at the top of the UK charts, knocking Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ off the number 1 spot there before being off its perch by the Beatles’ ‘Get Back’. It would also make the top 10 in the US going to number 9 there. In 1975, a stereo remix of the song was released and that went to number 10 in the UK. In the 1980s the song had another boost as it was used in a UK advert for Maxwell tapes, playing on the misheard lyrics of the titles and featured Dekker singing ‘Me ears are alight’. This did not, however, lead to further chart action for the song.

The Tremeloes celebrated their 50th week in the charts. They sat just outside the top 20 of the weeks count list as their 50 weeks put them in position 21. Meanwhile in the top 20 of the list, Herman’s Hermits joined The Hollies and Manfred Mann in tied 5th place with 81 weeks under their belt. The Bee Gees drew level with Engelbert Humperdinck on 76 weeks and the 2 of them sat tied 8th. On the local list Dickie Loader moved tied 13th with Al Debbo and The Dream Merchants with 17 weeks to his name.

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