15 August 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Time is Tight  – Booker T & The MG’s
2 2 6 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
3 3 4 Bad Moon Rising  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 6 5 Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”  – Henry Mancini
5 4 8 Little Yellow Aeroplane  – Leapy Lee
6 8 4 Special Delivery  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
7 12 4 Frozen Orange Juice  – Peter Sarstedt
8 11 5 Turn Around  – Ken J. Larkin
9 7 11 Time of the Season  – Zombies
10 5 7 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’  – Crazy Elephant
11 14 2 These Eyes  – Guess Who
12 17 3 Lights of Cincinatti  – Scott Walker
13 18 2 Tomorrow, Tomorrow  – Bee Gees
14 10 11 The Boxer  – Simon & Garfunkel
15 16 3 Oh Happy Day  – Edwin Hawkins Singers
16 20 2 Cover Me  – Percy Sledge
17 15 13 Proud Mary  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 New 1 Let Me  – Paul Revere & The Raiders
19 New 1 Moonflight  – Vik Venus
20 New 1 Good Morning Starshine  – Oliver

‘Time Is Tight’ by Booker T & The MG’s enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts with The Archies’ ‘Sugar, Sugar’ still knocking at the door as it spent a second week at 2. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’ was also unmoved, giving us the same top 3 as the previous week.

The biggest climb this week was 5 places and 3 songs managed this. Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ moved up from 12 to 7, Scott Walker’s ‘Lights Of Cincinatti’ moved from 17 to 12 and The Bee Gees’ ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow’ landed at 13 from 18. The Bee Gees were now in the top 4 for number of times with a biggest climber, beaten only by The Troggs on 8, Herman’s Hermits on 9 and Tom Jones on 10.

Percy Sledge’s ‘Cover Me’ was the only other star rater this week as it moved up 4 from 20 to 16. He became the 13th act to reach double figures for star raters as this was his 10th to date.

Crazy Elephant’s ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ fell 5 places from 5 to 10 to take the biggest faller award.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’ was still in the top 20, so it enjoyed a 3rd week as the oldest. It was sitting on 13 weeks.

Fleetwood Mac’s first venture into our charts ended after just 4 weeks as ‘Man Of The World’ left the top 20. It managed to get to number 11 in that short time and the group could take heart from the fact that they would return to the charts at a later date.

Tommy Roe saw the 2nd of his 5 hits to date not manage to reach double figures for week as ‘Heather Honey’ left the charts after 8 weeks.  It did manage to peak at 7, 1 place higher than his previous hit to not make 10 weeks, ‘Much More Love’, which also managed 8 weeks, but peaked at 8. We were not done with Tommy just yet.

Last to go was Herman’s Hermits’ ‘My Sentimental Friend’ which had spent 11 weeks with us, 4 of which were at number 1. The band had seen 3 of their 10 songs that had charted so far spend 11 weeks on the charts, the previous one to do this, ‘Wonderful World’, only peaked at 5, but the one before that, ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’ was also a chart topper, although it only lasted 1 week at 1. ‘My Sentimental Friend’ was the 8th to leave the charts from a record highest position to date of 9. There was still a little left in the Herman’s Hermits’ SA Chart hit tank.

The first new entry was the 17th Hot 100 hit for Paul Revere & The Raiders. ‘Let Me’ went to number 20 there and would be their second last hit on those charts. The band had no chart success in the UK. The song was written and produced by band member Mark Lindsay who would have a solo hit in our charts in 1970. Some versions of the single note the artist as ‘Paul Revere & The Raiders Featuring Mark Lindsay’.

Also joining the ranks of the nation’s 20 most popular songs this week was a guy called Jack Spector. Spector was an American DJ who decided to cash in on the recent excitement of the moon landing which had happened about a month previously. Going under the name Vik Venus, he recorded a song called ‘Moonflight’ which took the form of Venus ‘interviewing’ the astronauts and their answers coming as snippets from bubblegum hits of the day which ostensibly answered the question. Of the hits sampled, quite a few had charted on our top 20 and this included ‘Simon Says’,  ‘Quick Joey Small’,  ‘Green Tambourine’, ‘Indian Giver’, ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’,  ‘Chewy Chewy’,  ‘Special Delivery’ and ‘Mercy’.

Our final new entry was the 3rd song from the musical ‘Hair’ to make our charts. We had seen The 5th Dimension’s version of ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ and The Cowsills’ ‘Hair’ and now it was time for Oliver’s ‘Good Morning Starshine’. Oliver was better known to his mum as William Oliver Swofford. He was born on 22 February 1945 and sadly died from cancer on 12 February 2000, 10 days before his 55th birthday. Interestingly, in the musical, the song is sung by a female character (‘Shelia’). Oliver’s version would garner him a chart topper in Canada, a number 3 hit in the US and a number 6 hit in the UK. Oliver would have 3 other Hot 100 hits in the US, one of which, ‘Jean’ (the theme from the film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), would go 1 place better than ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and reach number 2.

With all 3 acts on the new entries this week being American, we saw the Yanks take the lead for hit count for only the 6th time. The last time we were in a position where we had had more songs by Americans chart than by Brits was back on 25 October 1968. The hit count after the 3 new entries this week was 208 American, 206 British. If, however, one looked at the number of weeks spent on the charts by the songs involved, then the British led the way as their songs had accumulated 1,747 weeks so far while the Americans were sitting on 1,700 exactly.

The Bee Gees moved on to 82 weeks in the charts and in so doing made 6th place on the weeks count list their own while The Hollies and Manfred Mann who they had shared the place with last week fell to tied 7th.

This week was the 2nd time we saw 14 songs from one nation on charts as 14 of the top 20 were by acts from the US. The last time we saw 14 songs from 1 nation on the charts was on 30 September 1969 and it was the American acts who dominated back then too.

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