12 September 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Bad Moon Rising  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 1 10 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
3 4 4 Saved by the Bell  – Robin Gibb
4 3 12 Time is Tight  – Booker T & The MG’s
5 6 9 Turn Around  – Ken J. Larkin
6 9 5 Good Morning Starshine  – Oliver
7 12 3 Make Me an Island  – Joe Dolan
8 11 4 Baby Make it Soon  – Marmalade
9 10 5 Let Me  – Paul Revere & The Raiders
10 8 5 Moonflight  – Vik Venus
11 5 8 Special Delivery  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
12 7 8 Frozen Orange Juice  – Peter Sarstedt
13 19 2 Jack and Jill  – Tommy Roe
14 New 1 Put a Little Love in Your Heart  – Jackie DeShannon
15 New 1 Conversations  – Cilla Black
16 20 2 Way of Life  – Family Dogg
17 18 3 It Miek  – Desmond Dekker
18 New 1 Spinning Wheel  – Blood, Sweat and Tears
19 15 6 Tomorrow, Tomorrow  – Bee Gees
20 16 6 These Eyes  – Guess Who

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Bad Moon Rising’ became the second song after Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ to spend 3 weeks at number 2 before going to the top of the charts. Creedence were the 3rd of 9 acts who would have their first 2 SA chart hits go to number 1 as their first and only other hit to date ‘Proud Mary’ had also gone to 1. The previous 2 artists to have their first 2 hits go to the top of the charts were Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra with the latter’s second hit being his duet with his daughter Nancy. Last week’s number 1, The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’, dropped to 2.

Tommy Roe picked up a 5th biggest climber as the 6 places ‘Jack And Jill’ climbed (and this wasn’t a hill) was the best jump this week. Family Dogg’s ‘Way Of Life’ and Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Island’ were the other star raters, the former moving up 4 to 16 while the latter made a 5 place jump to 7.

On the falling front it was The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Special Delivery’ that took the honours as biggest faller, dropping 6 from 5 to 11.

Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ spent a 4th week as the oldest on the chart as it rolled on to 12 weeks. This was the 13th week where we had seen an instrumental hit as the oldest.

We ignored The Monkees’ plea to ‘Listen To The Band’ as the song ended its SA chart run after just 3 weeks and a peak of 17. This would also be the final chart action for The Monkees whose chart stats read 8 hits, 54 weeks and 2 chart toppers which spent a combined total of 7 weeks there (‘I’m A Believer’ for 6 weeks and ‘Daydream Believer’ for 1 week). Band member Michael Nesmith would been ssen again on our charts in his solo capacity.

Henry Mancini’s ‘Love Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”’ also left the top 20 this week. It had lasted 8 weeks with us and peaked at 4. This was Mancini’s only SA chart hit. In terms of points, the song’s 89 points was the 7th best to date for an instrumental.

Last to go was Scott Walker’s ‘Lights Of Cincinnati’ which spent 6 weeks on the charts and peaked at 8. Like Mancini, this would be Walker’s only SA chart hit.

After the tied 3rd longest run with no solo female artist in the chart (6 weeks), we suddenly had 2 appear in 1 week. The first of these was Jackie Deshannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’. It would be her 9th US hit where it went to number 4. She would not chart in the UK. The song was written by Deshannon along with her brother, Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday. In 1988 the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox teamed up with Al Green to record a cover of the song which was included in the soundtrack to the film ‘Scrooged’ which starred Bill Murray. That version would go to 28 in the UK and 9 in the US.

The second woman to chart this week was Cilla Black with her hit ‘Conversations’. Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on 27 May 1943, Cilla started out as a cloakroom attendant at The Cavern Club in Liverpool which was famous for being where The Beatles performed in their early days. ‘Conversations’ would be her 16th UK hit and 10th to go top 10 there where it peaked at 7. It was a 6th hit each for song writers Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and they became the 59th and 60th song writers to have 2 or more hits in the chart in the same week, the other hit they penned being Family Dogg’s ‘Way Of Life’ which sat at 16. Sadly, Cilla Black passed away on 1 August 2015.

Our final new entry was Blood, Sweat & Tears’ first SA chart hit, ‘Spinning Wheel’. The song would spend 3 weeks at number 2 in the US, kept off the top spot by Henry Mancini’s ‘Love Theme From “Romeo & Juliet”’ for the 1st of those 3, then by Zager & Evans’ ‘In The Year 2525’ for the other 2. It would, however take the 1970 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement. This was the 4th consecutive year where we had seen the song that took this award chart in SA. The previous 3 years winners were Richard Harris’ ‘MacArthur Park’, Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ and Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’.

Acts from the US took the lead again for hit count as they had accumulated 212 while the British artists were 1 behind them on 211.

The Archies clocked up their 30th week in the charts this week, There had been 40 acts so far to manage this, 17 of which were British, 14 American, 7 South African and 1 each from Australia and Canada.

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