20 June 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 3 4 My Sentimental Friend  – Herman’s Hermits
3 2 7 Hair  – Cowsills
4 5 8 First of May  – Bee Gees
5 8 7 Hello World  – Tremeloes
6 19 2 Think it All Over  – Sandie Shaw
7 6 5 Mercy  – Ohio Express
8 15 3 Time of the Season  – Zombies
9 16 3 The Boxer  – Simon & Garfunkel
10 4 13 Indian Giver  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
11 14 5 Young Love Can Hurt  – Dickie Loader
12 17 3 Kumbaya  – Sandpipers
13 13 4 Love Me Tonight  – Tom Jones
14 7 5 Pinball Wizard  – Who
15 9 11 Games People Play  – Joe South
16 New 1 Heather Honey  – Tommy Roe
17 18 2 Bicycle Bill  – Matt Hurter
18 20 2 Israelites  – Desmond Dekker
19 New 1 Come Back and Shake Me  – Clodagh Rodgers
20 New 1 Happy Heart  – Andy Williams

‘Proud Mary’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 while the previous chart topper, The Cowsills’ ‘Hair’ dropped from 2 to 3, allowing Herman’s Hermits’ ‘My Sentimental Friend’ into second place. Their previous 2 hits had both stalled at 3, so things were looking promising for the band.

The last time we saw a solo female take biggest climber was 12 weeks previously when Sandie Shaw’s ‘Monsieur DuPont’ took the honours. This week it was once again Shaw who had the climber of the week as ‘Think It All Over’ jumped a massive 13 places from 19 to 6. This was the biggest climbed in a week by a song by a solo female artist to date, beating the 12 places that Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ and Mary Hopkin’s ‘Those Were The Days’ had managed.

Joining Sandie in a star rater climb were The Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’ (up 7 to 8), Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ (up 7 to 9) and The Sandpipers’ ‘Kumbaya’ (up 5 to 12). These all contributed to this week have the second biggest total movement upwards (i.e. adding up all the places climbed by all the songs moving up this week) as this totalled 43, falling just 3 short of the 46 places songs moved up on 4 October 1968. This was the 4th time we had seen this figure equal 40 or more.

The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’ fell 7 this week to give the band their first biggest faller while The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’ enjoyed its 5th week as the oldest on the charts. The band had now clocked up a total of 9 weeks with an oldest song in the top 20 as previous hit, ‘Simon Says’ was the oldest for 4 weeks.

The songs leaving the charts this week were bunched up at 12, 11 and 10 last week. The one that was at 12 was Johnny Rivers’ ‘Everyday I Have To Cry’ which, like his very first hit, ‘(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water’ lasted 6 weeks on the charts, but went 1 place higher, peaking at 8.

Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Where Do you Go To My Lovely’ departed from the charts after 8 weeks, 1 of which was spent at number 1. It lasted just 4 weeks in the charts after leaving the top spot and joined 4 other songs that had fallen out the top 20 so quickly after vacating the top spot (The Hollies’ ‘Sorry Suzanne’, Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ and Tommy Roe’s ‘Dizzy’) but was 1 week slower than the quickest fall from grace which was 3 weeks by the Turtles’ ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’. Excluding songs on the first and last charts, this was the first of just 2 songs that would top the charts, but spend less than 10 weeks in the top 20.

The Equals’ ‘Softly Softly’ became the 9th song to leave the charts from number 10 (the highest place to leave the charts from so far was 9 which 7 songs had managed). The song had enjoyed a 7 week run with us which was exactly half the 14 weeks their only other hit to date, ‘Baby Come Back’ had managed. ‘Softly Softly’ peaked at number 8.

Tommy Roe’s 5th hit to grace our charts was ‘Heather Honey’ which arrived at number 16 this week. Like his previous 4 he had written the song himself (‘Dizzy’ being the only one where he had co-writing credits) and it would see him reach number 24 in the UK and 29 in the US. It was his 15th Hot 100 hit in the US.

The number of hits by solo female artists in the charts doubled this week as Clodagh Rodgers joined Sandie Shaw in the top 20. Her hit was ‘Come Back And Shake Me’ which had been a number 3 hit for her in the UK. Clodagh hailed from Country Antrim in Northern Ireland (which means she is classified as being from the UK) and would represent the UK in the 1971 Eurovision Song Competition where she performed ‘Jack In The Box’ and finished 9th.

The final new entry was Andy Williams’ ‘Happy Heart’. The song was written by Jackie Rae and James Last. It was a 3rd chart hit as song writer for Last who had charted twice with 2 different versions of ‘Games That Lovers Play’. ‘Happy Heart’ would be Williams’ 38th Hot 100 hit in the US, going to number 22 there and would be his first top 30 hit in the US since 1964’s ‘Dear Heart; which went to 24. The moral of the story for Andy was have the word ‘Heart’ in the title of your songs as none of the 7 songs that charted for him in between ‘Dear Hear’ and ‘Happy Heart’ would make the top 30. In the UK ‘Happy Heart’ would go to number 19.

Herman’s Hermits moved 1 week clear of The Hollies and Manfred Mann, their 82 weeks to date giving them 5th spot of the weeks count list to themselves. The Bee Gees shook off Engelbert Humperdinck to have 8th spot to themselves with 77 weeks to their name while The Tremeloes’ moved into tied 19th spot with The Monkees and The Staccatos. All 3 acts were on 51 weeks. On the local list Dickie Loader moved into tied 11th place with Jody Wayne and The Square Set as his total ticked over to 18 weeks.

Herman’s Hermits moved past the 800 points mark, there total of 803 placing them 10th overall for points.

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