8 August 1969

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1 1 7 Time is Tight  – Booker T & The MG’s
2 4 5 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
3 8 3 Bad Moon Rising  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 2 7 Little Yellow Aeroplane  – Leapy Lee
5 3 6 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’  – Crazy Elephant
6 9 4 Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”  – Henry Mancini
7 6 10 Time of the Season  – Zombies
8 14 3 Special Delivery  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
9 5 11 My Sentimental Friend  – Herman’s Hermits
10 7 10 The Boxer  – Simon & Garfunkel
11 15 4 Turn Around  – Ken J. Larkin
12 16 3 Frozen Orange Juice  – Peter Sarstedt
13 10 8 Heather Honey  – Tommy Roe
14 New 1 These Eyes  – Guess Who
15 13 12 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
16 19 2 Oh Happy Day  – Edwin Hawkins Singers
17 20 2 Lights of Cincinatti  – Scott Walker
18 New 1 Tomorrow, Tomorrow  – Bee Gees
19 11 4 Man of the World  – Fleetwood Mac
20 New 1 Cover Me  – Percy Sledge

‘Time Is Tight’ by Booker T & The MG’s spent a second week at the top of the charts and continued the trend the previous 3 instrumental chart toppers had started of spending at least 2 weeks at 1. The Archies’ ‘Sugar, Sugar’ moved up 2 to take second place and swapped places with previous number 1, Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’, the latter dropping to 4.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company picked up their 6th biggest climber award with ‘Special Delivery’ climbing 6 from 14 to 8. This was the 13th time we had seen the number of biggest climbers by an act equal the number of positions the song climbed.

Last week’s biggest climber, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’ was a star rater this week as it moved up 5 from 8 to 3. Ken J. Larkin’s ‘Turn Around’ and Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ were the other star raters this week, both songs climbing 4 places to land at 11 and 12 respectively.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Man Of The World’ was the song moving down the charts the quickest as it fell 8 places from 11 to 19. We would see one other Fleetwood Mac song fall 8 places in a week and 1 fall 9 in a week to be their 3 biggest falls, but I am getting ahead of myself here.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the charts. It sat on 12 weeks.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Big Ship’ became the 16th song to spend just 1 week on the chart as it fell off the top 20 after being a new entry last week. 3 of the 16 had been on the very first chart and 1 of those 3 had peaked at 16. ‘Big Ship’s peak of 18 was the highest peak for a song spending 1 week in the charts to date if one excluded those on the first chart. Cliff Richard was now the first act to have 2 hits last just 1 week, but his other one to do so, ‘Just Another Guy’, was 1 of the 3 on the first ever chart.

Desmond Dekker’s first venture into our charts lasted 8 weeks and saw him getting as high as number 12. However, last week was the last time we would see his hit ‘Israelites’ on the charts. The good news for him was they we would see him return to our top 20 again.

The local content of the chart was back down to 1 hit (Ken J. Larkin’s ‘Turn Around’) as Judy Page Ft Kimbo’s ‘Montreal’ left this week. We had had a run of 5 weeks with more than 1 local song on the chart. ‘Montreal’ spent 5 weeks on the charts and peaked at 10.

The Guess Who became the 6th Canadian act to grace our charts as ‘These Eyes’ became the 12th song by a Canadian act to chart. The song was written by band members Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, both of whom would have future success on our charts outside the band, Cummings as a solo artist and Bachman with a new group he would form called Bachman Turner Overdrive. ‘These Eyes’ would be their breakthrough single in the US going to number 6 there. It would make number 7 in their native Canada and would scrape a number 100 peak on the Australian charts.

The Bee Gees joined Petula Clark and Manfred Mann on 9 hits as their ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow’ entered the charts this week. Only 4 acts (Herman’s Hermits and The Hollies on 10, Cliff Richard on 11 and Tom Jones on 12) were ahead of them for hits count. Written by Barry and Maurice Gibb, the single was the first to appear since Robin had left the group (he would return to the fold later) and it was originally written for Joe Cocker, but that never happened and Cocker got given ‘Delta Lady’ instead.  ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow’ would go to number 23 in the UK and 54 in the US as well as going top 10 in Austria (#7), Belgium (#9), Brazil (#4), Denmark (#1), Germany (#6), Netherlands (#3), New Zealand (#3), Norway (#3), Switzerland (#6) and Rhodesia (as it was then) (#6).

Percy Sledge saw his 6th hit chart in SA this week. ‘Cover Me’ was written by Marlon Greene and Eddie Hinton and would give Sledge his 9th US Hot 100 hit where it went to number 42. It was the 5th of the 9 to go top 50 and the 8 weeks it spent in the charts was his longest run there since his 3rd hit, the 1966 song ‘It Tears Me Up’ which lasted 11 weeks.

With there being 1 new entry from a UK act and 1 from a US act, the gap between the number of hits each nation had given us remained at 1 with the Brits still leading on 206 and the Americans hot on their tail on 205. The Canadians increased their lead over the rest of the world, sitting 4th (behind the UK, US and SA), their 12 to date placing them 5 ahead of next highest, the Australians.

Herman’s Hermits were now 4th by themselves on the weeks count list as their 89 to date moved them 1 ahead of The Beach Boys, causing the latter to drop to 5. The Bee Gees were just behind the Beach Boys positionwise now as they moved into tied 6th place alongside The Hollies and Manfred Mann, however, their 81 weeks total still left them with 7 weeks to catch up to the 88 of The Beach Boys.

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