5 September 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
2 2 7 Bad Moon Rising  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
3 5 11 Time is Tight  – Booker T & The MG’s
4 13 3 Saved by the Bell  – Robin Gibb
5 3 7 Special Delivery  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
6 6 8 Turn Around  – Ken J. Larkin
7 4 7 Frozen Orange Juice  – Peter Sarstedt
8 7 4 Moonflight  – Vik Venus
9 12 4 Good Morning Starshine  – Oliver
10 11 4 Let Me  – Paul Revere & The Raiders
11 16 3 Baby Make it Soon  – Marmalade
12 18 2 Make Me an Island  – Joe Dolan
13 8 6 Lights of Cincinatti  – Scott Walker
14 10 8 Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”  – Henry Mancini
15 9 5 Tomorrow, Tomorrow  – Bee Gees
16 15 5 These Eyes  – Guess Who
17 17 3 Listen to the Band  – Monkees
18 19 2 It Miek  – Desmond Dekker
19 New 1 Jack and Jill  – Tommy Roe
20 New 1 Way of Life  – Family Dogg

Things were still sweet for The Archies as ‘Sugar Sugar’ spent a 3rd consecutive week at the top of the chart. This would have frustrated Creedence Clearwater Revival as their ‘Bad Moon Rising’ had spent those 3 weeks sitting at number 2. This was the 9th song to spend 3 consecutive weeks at 2 with 4 of the previous 8 managing this after they had spent time at number 1, a further 3 not making it to number 1 at all and only 1 song (Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’) moving up to the top spot after spending 3 weeks at 2, so history was not on Creedence’s side for a chart topper.

Robin Gibb’s departure from the Bee Gees and going solo was paying off as his hit ‘Saved By The Bell’ was the biggest climber for a second week running. It followed up last week’s 5 week climb with a further jump of 9 places as it moved up from 13 to 4.

‘Baby Make It Soon’ by The Marmalade climbed 5 to 11 and Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Island’ moved up 6 to 12 to be the other star raters this week.

Robin Gibb was having a double laugh this week as, not only was his solo hit was the biggest climber but his brothers’ hit, was the biggest faller as ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow’ dropped 6 places from 9 to 15. This was the band’s 9th biggest faller award. So far only 1 Bee Gee hit had not ended up as a biggest faller and that was ‘World’ which, as it only peaked at 18, was unlikely to manage that. They were now outright leaders in the biggest faller department as their 9 put them 1 ahead of Tom Jones.

Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ ticked over to 11 weeks on the charts and enjoyed a 3rd as the oldest.

Chicken Shack’s ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ became the 7th song to spend just 1 week at the bottom of the charts as it fell off the top 20 after spending its 1 week at number 20. Chicken Shack became the 4th act for whom a week at the lowest position would be the sum total of their SA chart career following Bobby Bare, The Thomas Group and Tony Hatch in this achievement. Hatch’s one hit had been as part of a duet with Jackie Trent who had seen other successes and Hatch himself would see other chart action, but only as a song writer.

Percy Sledge’s ‘Cover Me’ ended his run of his last 3 songs lasting more than 10 weeks on the charts as it departed after just 4 weeks with us. This was the lowest weeks count for any of his hits so far and also the peak of 14 was his lowest to date. In fact, the 3 hits that had not made 10 or more weeks had peaks of 12, 13 and 14. The good news for Percy was that he would be seen again on the charts.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Jack And Jill’ became his 6th SA Chart hit as it entered the top 20 at 19 this week. Roe teamed up again with Freddie Weller to write the song, hoping to emulate the chart topping success (in the US, UK and SA) of their previous collaboration, ‘Dizzy’. However, the song failed to make the UK charts and only managed to get to 53 in the US.

The other new entry this week was Family Dogg’s ‘Way Of Life’. Family Dogg were a British based band featuring Albert Hammond and his song writing partner Mike Hazelwood as well as American born Steve Rowland. Rowland would become well known to Rodriguez aficionados as the guy who produced Rodriguez’ second album ‘Coming From Reality’ (Aka ‘After The Fact’). ‘Way of Life’ would climb to number 6 in the UK charts as well as reaching 38 in Germany, 11 in what was then Rhodesia and 8 in Holland. Members of the still to be formed Led Zeppelin as well as the yet to become famous Elton John played on the album that ‘Way Of Life’ was the title track of. The song would be a 5th SA hit for the song writing duo of Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.

This was the second week where saw a 50/50 split in the hits with 10 of the top 20 being by solo male artists and the other 10 being by groups. This was the 10th time in total we had seen this exact split.

We also continued on to a second consecutive week with a record to date 6 different nations represented in the top 20 while the US and UK acts were still neck and neck for number of hits as they both had 1 new entry this week to put them tied on 210 hits each to date.

Creedence Clearwater Revival reached the 20 weeks in the chart mark. They were the 62nd act to reach this milestone.

The Monkees ticked over to 54 weeks in the charts and this placed them tied 17th on the weeks count list alongside Sandie Shaw.

The average number of weeks that the song on the charts had been in the top 20 was exactly 5, bouncing back up after dropping below 5 for 2 weeks. This was the 9th time (excluding the very first chart where all songs were on 1 week) where we had seen the average be an exact number and the 4th time is had been exactly 5.

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