25 July 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Little Yellow Aeroplane  – Leapy Lee
2 6 5 Time is Tight  – Booker T & The MG’s
3 1 9 My Sentimental Friend  – Herman’s Hermits
4 3 8 The Boxer  – Simon & Garfunkel
5 2 8 Time of the Season  – Zombies
6 5 10 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 8 4 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’  – Crazy Elephant
8 7 6 Heather Honey  – Tommy Roe
9 11 3 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
10 15 4 Montreal  – Judy Page Ft Kimbo
11 19 2 Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”  – Henry Mancini
12 18 2 Man of the World  – Fleetwood Mac
13 12 7 Israelites  – Desmond Dekker
14 10 12 Hair  – Cowsills
15 9 7 Think it All Over  – Sandie Shaw
16 20 2 Turn Around  – Ken J. Larkin
17 New 1 Bad Moon Rising  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 New 1 Special Delivery  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
19 New 1 Frozen Orange Juice  – Peter Sarstedt
20 13 10 Young Love Can Hurt  – Dickie Loader

Leapy Lee was flying high in the charts this week as ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ took over the top spot from Herman’s Hermits’ ‘My Sentimental Friend’, the latter dropping to 3. ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ managed to do what Lee’s previous hit, ‘Little Arrows’ couldn’t as that previous hit stalled at 2.

Henry Mancini’s ‘Love Theme From “Romeo & Juliet”’ gave us the 12th time having an instrumental as the biggest climber. It moved up 8 places from 19 to 11. This was the 3rd highest jump we had seen by an instrumental with Whistling Jack Smith’s 10 place climb with ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ and the 12 place climb that The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ having managed better.

The other instrumental on the chart, Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ was 1 of 4 other star raters this week. It climbed 4 from 6 to 2 and it was the 3rd time the song had jumped 4 or more places in a week. Also making star rater status was Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Man Of The World’ which moved up 6 to 12, Judy Page’s ‘Montreal’ which climbed 5 to 10 and Ken J. Larkin’s ‘Turn Around’ which jumped 4 to 16.

Dickie Loader picked up his 2nd biggest faller as ‘Young Love Can Hurt’ dropped 7 from 13 to 20. His previous time with the biggest faller was when ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ took the honours in the September of 1966.

The Cowsills’ ‘Hair’ extended its run as the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 12 weeks and enjoyed its second week as the oldest.

The Sandpipers SA Chart career came to an end with the departure of ‘Kumbaya’ from the top 20. The song had lasted 7 weeks with us and peaked at 8. They had seen 2 hits make our charts, enjoyed a total of 21 weeks with us and seen ‘Guantanamera’ give them their best peak when it went to number 2.

Ray Stevens first outing onto our charts ended with the departure of ‘Gitarzan’ after 4 weeks and a peak of 16. The good news for him was that this would not be his last appearance on our top 20.

Last to go was Ohio Express’ ‘Mercy’ which had lasted 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 6. As with The Sandpipers the departure of their song this week marked the end of Ohio Express’ SA Chart career. They had the same hit count as The Sandpipers with ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ being their only other chart hit, and the same number of weeks i.e. 21 and also had the same best peak with their first hit going to number 2. Despite The Sandpipers’ second hit going 1 place better than Ohio Express’ second hit, the latter managed to accumulate more points, getting 251 during their time on the charts while The Sandpipers managed 242.

It was 38 weeks since we had last seen an act have 2 in the charts at the same time when The Bee Gees had ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ and ‘To Love Somebody’ occupy the same top 20. This week Creedence Clearwater Revival revived that setup as they became the 31st act to see 2 hits in the same chart. ‘Bad Moon Rising’ joined ‘Proud Mary’ in the top 20 to be Creedence’s 2nd SA chart hit. As with ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’ was a John Fogerty composition and was also a number 2 hit in the US. In the UK it would fare better than ‘Proud Mary’s peak of 8 going all the way to the top of the charts there where it would spend 3 weeks. The song was ranked number 364 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Songs Of All Time List published in 2004.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company returned to the charts for a 4th outing. Their new one was ‘Special Delivery’ which had been a number 38 hit for them in the US. The song was written by the same song writing team of Bobby Bloom and Bo Gentry that had brought us their previous hit, ‘Indian Giver’. The pair had also had song writing credits on Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Mony Mony’ so both had 3 hits to their names now. This was the 3rd song to chart with the word ‘Special’ in the title (previous 2 being Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’ and The Vogues ‘My Special Angel’) and would also be the last to do so.

The final new entry was ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ which was a 2nd hit for Peter Sarstedt. As with his previous hit, ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’, Sarstedt penned the song but he would not repeat the success of his earlier hit with ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ not charting in the US (where ‘Where Do You Go To’ went to 70) and made number 10 in the UK, not matching his earlier chart topping feat. Sarstedt was born in India to British parents. His older brother was Eden Kane who had 5 top 10 hits in the UK in the 60s and his younger brother Clive would have a number 3 hit in the UK with ‘My Resistance Is Low’ going under the name Robin Sarstedt.

With 2 of the 3 new entries being by US acts and 1 being by a UK act, the gap between the 2 nations for hit count was now down to just 2 with the Brits on 204 and the Americans on 202.

Leapy Lee became the 10th act in 11 weeks to reach the 20 weeks on the charts milestone while Tommy Roe was busy celebrating his 60th. This, however, was not enough to move him up the weeks count list and he sat at 15, 5 weeks behind 14th placed Cliff Richard. Sandie Shaw was also not moving up the list, but she no longer shared 17th spot with The Tremeloes and Lucille Starr as her 54 to date placed her 1 ahead of the aforementioned. Similarly, Dickie Loader stayed 8th on the local list with 23 weeks to his name, but he no longer shared the spot with Carike Keuzenkamp and Hilary who dropped to tied 9th.

Herman’s Hermits eased past the 900 points mark as they ticked over to 901 points. They were the 9th act to reach this mark.

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