22 August 1969

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

The Archies’ ‘Sugar, Sugar’ was the 10th song to top our charts that would also bag a number 1 in the US and the UK although it had not yet found its way to the number 1 spot on the latter charts, that would only happen just over 2 month hence. Previous number 1, Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ dropped to 3 with Creedence Clearwater Revival looking to make it to number 1 with their first to charting hits as ‘Bad Moon Rising’ moved into second place.

Vik Venus’ ‘Moonflight’ was the climber of the week, the novelty record moving up 7 places from 19 to 12. This was the 110th hit by a US act to take biggest climber and the Americans were a bit behind the Brits as the latter had seen 127 to date. ‘Moonflight’ was the only star rater this week.

Crazy Elephant’s ‘Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ took biggest faller honours for a second week running, following up last week’s 5 place fall with a 6 place drop from 10 to 16 to take the award this week.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’ left the top 20 after a run of 13 weeks. It had topped the charts for 2 weeks. This brought to an end their 4 week run with 2 in the charts.

The new oldest on the top 20 was Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ and Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ which were both on 9 weeks. Excluding the songs on the very first top 20, these were the 9th and 10th songs to become the oldest on a record to date lowest weeks count of 9.

Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Boxer’ also left the top 20. It had been with us for 11 weeks and peaked at 3 which placed it second of their 3 hits for both weeks and peak.

Last to go was the 9th song to leave the charts from position 9 (the highest last position to date) and that was The Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’. Earlier in the year in the May of 1969 we had seen the first occasion where we had a song leave the chart from 9 2 weeks running and, as Herman’s Hermits’ ‘My Sentimental Friend’ had managed this last week, this was the second time we saw consecutive weeks with songs leaving from number 9. ‘Time Of The Season’ lasted 11 weeks on the charts spending 2 weeks at its peak of 2 while the aforementioned Herman’s Hermits hit sat at 1. This would be The Zombies’ only SA chart outing.

While The Bee Gees were enjoying chart success with their first hit following the departure of Robin from the group with ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow’, Robin was wasting no time starting off a solo career and his first hit, ‘Saved By The Bell’ was a new entry this week. Despite being a ‘solo’ record, Robin drafted in his brother Maurice to help out with some of the instrumentation. The song was a worldwide success going to the top of the charts in New Zealand, Demark, Holland, Ireland and what was then Rhodesia. It would just miss out in the UK where it peaked at 2, kept off the top spot by The Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Women’.

‘Listen To The Band’ was the first Monkees’ hit to feature Michael Nesmith on lead vocals and it became their 8th song to reach our top 20. Nesmith not only sang lead vocals, but also wrote and produced the track. He would re-record the song the following year with his post-Monkees band The First National Band. The song would be The Monkees’ 16th US Hot 100 hit where it peaked at 63 but it would fail to impress the Brits enough to make their chart.

Marmalade’s fame was spreading and their 4th UK hit, ‘Baby Make It Soon’ became the 1st of theirs to make our charts. The song was written by Tony Macaulay and it was his 7th song writing credit on an SA chart hit to date. ‘Baby Make It Soon’ would go to number 9 in the UK and be the 3rd of 8 top 10 hits they would have there.

This was the 3rd week running where we did not see any acts reach a milestone for their weeks count however we had experienced biggest gaps than this with the record to date being 6 weeks. This week also saw no movement on the top 20 of the overall weeks count list as well as the local weeks count list.

We did, however, see The 1910 Fruitgum Company reach the 600 points milestone. They sat on exactly 600 points and this placed them 19th overall for points.

The average weeks in the chart for the top 20 songs this week dropped below 5 again after 2 weeks above that mark. It now sat on 4.3.

There was a bit of a breakfast theme going on in the chart this week as we had ‘Sugar, Sugar’ (for your tea or coffee) at 1, orange juice at 4 and Marmalade at 20.

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