18 July 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 My Sentimental Friend  – Herman’s Hermits
2 2 7 Time of the Season  – Zombies
3 4 7 The Boxer  – Simon & Garfunkel
4 7 4 Little Yellow Aeroplane  – Leapy Lee
5 3 9 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 10 4 Time is Tight  – Booker T & The MG’s
7 8 5 Heather Honey  – Tommy Roe
8 14 3 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’  – Crazy Elephant
9 5 6 Think it All Over  – Sandie Shaw
10 6 11 Hair  – Cowsills
11 16 2 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
12 13 6 Israelites  – Desmond Dekker
13 12 9 Young Love Can Hurt  – Dickie Loader
14 9 9 Mercy  – Ohio Express
15 18 3 Montreal  – Judy Page Ft Kimbo
16 17 4 Gitarzan  – Ray Stevens
17 11 7 Kumbaya  – Sandpipers
18 New 1 Man of the World  – Fleetwood Mac
19 New 1 Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”  – Henry Mancini
20 New 1 Turn Around  – Ken J. Larkin

It was now 4 weeks in a row at 1 for Herman’s Hermits’ ‘My Sentimental Friend’ while The Zombies still applied pressure, their ‘Time Of The Season’ sitting at 2 for a second week.

Crazy Elephant followed up last week’s star rater climb with another one, but this time they also took the biggest climber award as ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ moved up 6 places from 14 to 8.

Last week’s biggest climber, Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ managed a 4 place star rater climb. It landed at number 6. The Archies’ ‘Sugar, Sugar’ was the only other star rater this week, moving up 5 from 16 to 11.

The Sandpipers’ ‘pervious hit, ‘Guantanamera’ was the biggest faller twice. This week their second hit, ‘Kumbaya’, took its first such award with a 6 place drop from 11 to 17 to bring the band’s total to 3 biggest fallers.

Clodagh Rodgers ‘Come Back And Shake Me’ dropped off the top 20 after 4 weeks and a peak of 17. This would be her only SA chart offering.

Tom Jones’ please to ‘Love Me Tonight’ fell on deaf ears this week as the song left the charts after 7 weeks and a peak of 15. His previous 4 hits had all reached double figures for weeks, but that run was now broken. Also, the peak of 15 equalled the lowest to date for a song spending 7 in the charts. The Troggs’ ‘Little Girl’ was the only other song so far to manage this.

Last of the leavers was The Bee Gees’ ‘First Of May’ which spent 11 weeks on the charts and peaked at 4. This was the lowest peak of their last 3 hits, but the band could still boast 7 of their 8 singles having gone top 10 and 6 of those 7 went top 5. ‘First Of May’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and the new oldest song was The Cowsills’ ‘Hair’ which sat on 10 weeks.

Back in 1969 Peter Green was still a member of Fleetwood Mac and it was his composition ‘Man Of The World’ that was our first new entry this week. The song had given the band a number 2 hit in the UK and it would go to 12 in Holland and 8 in Rhodesia as it was then. It did not appear on any of their albums until the 1971 ‘Greatest Hits’ package.

Henry Mancini’s ‘Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”’ was the 18th instrumental piece to chart on our top 20. This made this week the 28th one where we had at least 2 instrumentals in the top 20 (the other being Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’), but it was a little way off the record to date 4 we had seen. Taken from Franco Zeffirelli’s film adaptation of the Shakespeare play, ‘Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”’ would spend 2 weeks at the top of the US charts, ousting The Beatle’s’ ‘Get Back’ from number there in the process. It would also top the Billboard Easy Listening Singles chart in the US where it took over the top spot from Andy Williams’ ‘Happy Heart’ which had left our charts a few weeks earlier. The song also had the honours of being the 200th by an American act to chart. The Yanks were now just 3 hits behind the Poms.

The final new entry was Ken J. Larkin’s ‘Turn Around’. This boosted the local content of the charts to 3 hits as Larkin join Judy Page and Dickie Loader in the top 20. Larkin was born in 1950 in Port Elizabeth and around 1984 he moved from pop singing into Gospel music and continues to work in this genre. ‘Turn Around’ was a cover of a song written by Les Reed and Barry Mason and recorded by Tony Christie. It gave Reed his 14th SA chart hits as a song writer and Mason his 13th. They occupied the number 1 and 2 spots on the number of hits by a song writer list. Larkin’s version of ‘Turn Around’ was produced by Billy Forrest and it would top the LM Radio.

All 3 acts on the new entries this week were enjoying their 1st hits with us.

Sandie Shaw climbed to number 17 on the weeks count list, her 53 to date putting her level with Lucille Starr and The Tremeloes. On the local front Dickie Loader moved tied 8th with Carike Keuzenkamp and Hilary, all 3 acts were sitting on 22 weeks.

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