1 August 1969


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

‘Time Is Tight’ became the 4th instrumental song to top our charts as it ousted Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ from the number 1 spot. The latter had spent just 1 week as our favourite song. It dropped to number 2 while Crazy Elephant’s ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ made a star rater 4 place climb to 3.

Our biggest climber was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’ which was rising 9 places in the charts from 17 to 8. Their other hit to date, ‘Proud Mary’ had never managed to get biggest climber and was 1 of 18 songs (15 if you exclude those on the very first charts) that topped the charts without ever being the biggest climber. What ‘Proud Mary’ did manage to do was be the biggest faller as it dropped 7 from 6 to 13. This was the 4th time we had seen an act have the biggest climber and biggest faller in the same week.

The Archies’ ‘Sugar, Sugar’ climbed 5 to number 4 to give the group their 4th star rater while Crazy Elephant’s ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ mentioned above and The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Special Delivery’ were the other star raters this week. The latter climbed 4 places to land at 14.

Dickie Loader’s ‘Young Love Can Hurt’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts this week. It had spent 10 weeks with us and peaked at 9. There were still a couple more hits to come from Loader. So far 24 of the 82 local songs to chart had managed 10 or more weeks which works out to just under 30%. We had a better success rate for reaching the top 10 as 34 of the 82 (41.5%) had managed this.

Sandie Shaw’s ‘Think It All Over’ also left the top 20. It had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 4. This brought to an end Shaw’s SA Chart career. We had seen 5 of her hits chart with us, she had spent a total of 54 weeks on the charts, 1 of which was with ‘Puppet On A String’ at number 1, her highest peaking song. She sat 17th on the weeks count list and her departure triggered the start of the 8th run with no woman artists gracing our charts.

The charts were looking a bit bald as ‘Hair’ fell out of them. This would bring to an end The Cowsills’ SA Chart career. They had seen 2 hits chart with us (the other being ‘Indian Lake’) and both had spent 12 weeks in the top 20, giving them a total weeks count of 24. ‘Hair’s 1 week at 1 was the pinnacle of their chart performance with ‘Indian Lake’ getting to number 4.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Big Ship’ was the first of the new songs to sail into the charts. The song would be Cliff’s 49th UK chart hit where it would peak at 8. This was the first time that 3 consecutive UK hits for Cliff would also make our charts as his previous 2 in the UK, ‘Good Times (Better Times)’ and ‘Don’t Forget To Catch Me’ were also his previous 2 hits in SA. ‘Big Ship’ was written by Raymond Froggatt who had also brought us ‘The Red Balloon’ which was a hit for The Dave Clark Five. These would be his only 2 successes as a song writer on our charts.

‘Oh Happy Day’ by The Edwin Hawkins Singers was the second new entry. The song was based on an 18th century hymn (‘Oh Happy Day, that fixed my choice’) which itself was based on Acts 8 verse 35 from the Bible. The original hymn was written by Phillip Doddridge and Edwin Hawkins has song writing credits on his updated version. George Harrison has been quoted as saying that the song was his main inspiration for his hit ‘My Sweet Lord’ which came out the following year. ‘Oh Happy Day’ won the 1970 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance.

Scott Walker along with his 2 “brothers” made up The Walker Brothers (they were in fact 3 unrelated guys) who had a number of hits in the 60s, most notably ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’ which were both chart toppers in the UK. Despite being American, both The Walker Brothers and Scott as a solo artist had more success in the UK as Scott has not made the US charts as a solo artist, but has had 3 UK hits including ‘Lights Of Cincinnati’ which was our 3rd new entry this week. The song made it to number 13 in the UK and 30 in Ireland. It was written by Tony Macaulay and Geoff Stephens. Macaulay now had 6 hits as song writer to his name and Stephens was on 9 which placed him tied 5th alongside Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Les Reed led the way on 14 followed by Barry Mason (13), Barry Gibb (11) and Robin Gibb (10).

The gap between number of hits by Americans and those by British artists was down to 1 with the former on 204 and the latter on 205.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company became the 30th act to reach the 30 weeks in the chart mark while Herman’s Hermits drew level with The Beach Boys on 88 weeks. They sat tied 4th on the weeks count list. Cliff Richard’s new one drew him level 13th with The Seekers. They were on 66 weeks. On the local weeks count list, Judy Page crept into the top 20, sitting tied 19th with The A-Cads and Group 66 on 14 weeks.

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