11 July 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 My Sentimental Friend  – Herman’s Hermits
2 3 6 Time of the Season  – Zombies
3 2 8 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 6 6 The Boxer  – Simon & Garfunkel
5 4 5 Think it All Over  – Sandie Shaw
6 5 10 Hair  – Cowsills
7 12 3 Little Yellow Aeroplane  – Leapy Lee
8 11 4 Heather Honey  – Tommy Roe
9 10 8 Mercy  – Ohio Express
10 16 3 Time is Tight  – Booker T & The MG’s
11 8 6 Kumbaya  – Sandpipers
12 9 8 Young Love Can Hurt  – Dickie Loader
13 13 5 Israelites  – Desmond Dekker
14 19 2 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’  – Crazy Elephant
15 7 11 First of May  – Bee Gees
16 New 1 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
17 18 3 Gitarzan  – Ray Stevens
18 20 2 Montreal  – Judy Page Ft Kimbo
19 14 7 Love Me Tonight  – Tom Jones
20 17 4 Come Back and Shake Me  – Clodagh Rodgers

Herman’s Hermits’ ‘My Sentimental Friend’ moved into its 3rd consecutive week at the top of the charts, seeing off the threat from The Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’ which moved up a place to 2 while former number 1, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’ dropped to 3.

This week saw the 11th time that the biggest climber was an instrumental hit as Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ climbed 6 from 16 to 10. Of the 17 instrumentals to charts, 9 of them had taken biggest climber honours with 2 of those 9 (Roger Williams’ ‘’Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ and Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’) managing biggest climber twice.

As with his previous hit, ‘Little Arrows’, Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ managed a star rater climb 2 weeks running. This week it moved up 5 from 12 to 7 to give Leapy his 4th star rater. Crazy Elephant’s ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ was the other star rater this week, moving up 5 from 19 to 14.

Number of biggest fallers became 1 category of statistic where Tom Jones was not the outright leader as The Bee Gees joined him on 8 as their hit, ‘First Of May’ was the faller this week, dropping 8 from 8 to 15. There would be 2 other acts that would collect their 8th biggest faller with an 8 place drop. So far there had been 18 occasions where an act had seen the number of places fallen equal the number of biggest fallers they had had. The Bee Gees had seen it happen 3 times (on 5, 7 and 8) while The Hollies and The Beach Boys managed it twice.

Despite being the biggest faller, The Bee Gees could take heart from the fact that ‘First Of May’ was the oldest on the chart, ticking over to 11 weeks with us.

We said goodbye to the Tremeloes ‘Hello World’ which had been with us for 9 weeks and peaked at 5. It was the first of their 4 hits to date not to reach double figures for weeks and was their lowest peak so far with 2 of their previous 3 topping the charts and the other one getting to number 2.

The Archies enjoyed a 3rd hit with us as ‘Sugar, Sugar’ entered the charts at 16. The song was by far their most successful, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic (for 4 weeks in the US and 7 weeks in the UK where it would be their only charting hit). It would also go to number 1 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Spain and Rhodesia (as it was then). It would be a 3rd hit as song writer for Andy Kim and a 6th for co-writer Jeff Barry. In 1970 Wilson Pickett would take a cover of the song to number 25 in the US.

The Americans had lagged behind the Brits for hit count over the last few months, but they were beginning to close the gap. They now sat on 198 just 5 behind the total of 203 for acts from the UK. Local acts were sitting on 84.

The Bee Gees reached the 80 weeks mark this week, but this was not enough to move them up the weeks count list. They remained at 8 and were 1 week behind The Hollies and Manfred Mann. There were 3 other acts which reached milestones for their weeks count and they were Simon & Garfunkel who hit 30 weeks and The Sandpipers and Ohio Express who both ticked over to 20 weeks.

Sandi Shaw drew level 19th on the weeks count list with Jim Reeves, they both had 52 weeks to their name. This meant that The Staccatos and The Monkees dropped off the top 20 of that list. Dickie Loader moved on to 21 weeks and now sat tied 10th with Billy Forrest on the local weeks count list.

The Bee Gees became the 5th act to hit the 1000 points mark as they moved on to 1001 while Sandie Shaw became the second woman to move past 600 as her total ticked over to 608. She was 18th overall for points with Petula Clark being the only female artists above her. Petula was on 673 points.

The average number of weeks the song on this week’s top 20 had been in the charts moved above 5 again as it worked out at 5.45. The last 7 weeks had seen this average sitting below 5.

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