19 September 1969

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

Creedence Clearwater Revival waited patiently at number 2 for 3 weeks before finally taking the top spot last week. Their joy was, however, short-lived as after just 1 week at the top ‘Bad Moon Rising’ was ousted by Robin Gibb’s ‘Saved By The Bell’ which moved into pole position from number 3. Added to the 10 weeks he had spent at number 1 as part of the Bee Gees, and the 1 week The Marbles’ ‘Only One Woman’ which he co-wrote, this would be Robin’s 12th week being involved in a chart topper.

The number 2 song this week, Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Island’, was the biggest climber as it moved up 5 places to get there.

All 3 of last week’s new entries made up the rest of the star raters this week as Jackie Deshannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’, Cilla Black’s ‘Conversations’ and Blood, Sweat And Tears’ ‘Spinning Wheel’ all moved up 4 spots to land at 10, 11 and 14 respectively.

Former number 1 hit, Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ and The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Special Delivery’ were the big fallers this week, both dropping 5 to land at 9 and 16 respectively. This was a first such drop for Booker T & The MG’s and a 4th time for The 1910 Fruitgum Company.

Booker T could take comfort from the fact that their song was the oldest on the charts. It was on 13 weeks with us and had now been the oldest for 5 weeks. We had to go back to January to see the last song to get to 5 weeks as the oldest and that was when Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’ managed this.

The Guess Who’s first outing in our charts ended this week as ‘These Eyes’ fell out of the top 20. It had lasted 6 weeks with us and peaked at 10. There was more to come from the group.

Also lasting just 6 weeks on the charts was The Bee Gees’ ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow’ which peaked at 9 during its run. This continued a remarkable run of hits by the band where every second hit of the 9 they had had so far managed more than 10 weeks with every alternate one coming in under 10. The peak of 9 by ‘Tomorrow Tomorrow’ meant that they still only had 1 hit that hadn’t made top 10.

‘Moonflight’ by Vik Venus became the 21st song to leave the charts from within the top 10. Its last week was spent at number 10 which meant we had seen 11 leave from 10, 9 leave from 9 and 1 from 8 so far. ‘Moonflight’ spent 5 weeks on the charts and peaked at 7. There had been 7 songs so far which had a weeks count of 5 that had peaked at 7 or higher. The 2 highest, which peaked at 4 and 5, were on the very first chart. There had been 2 that peaked at 6 and ‘Moonflight’ was 1 of 3 that  peaked at 7. This would be the last time we would see song spend 5 weeks on the charts and peak at 7 or higher in the top 20 era. There would be 2 further songs that would manage this if one only looked at the top 20 once the charts were extended to a top 30, but both of them were on the last ever chart.

The local acts were on the up again as 2 of the 3 new entries this week were by South African Artists. The first was that man Quentin E. Klopjaeger (or Billy Forrest as we now know him) with his 3rd hit to date, ‘Abergavenny’.  For those wondering who or what an ‘Abergavenny’ is, it is a town in Wales. The song was a cover of one recorded in 1968 by Marty Wilde (80s singer Kim Wilde’s father) although his version did not chart on either side of the Atlantic.

Jill Kirkland’s ‘Katrina’s Theme’ was the second of the local new entries. The song was taken from the film ‘Katrina’ which was directed by Jans Rautenbach and starred Katinka Heyns, Don Leonard, Cobus Rossouw, Joe Stewardson, Carel Trichardt and Jill Kirkland herself in the title role. The song was written by Colin Shamley who has been around the SA music scene for a while and brought us the brilliant ‘Born Guilty’ album.

The final new entry was by American group The Dells. ‘Sing A Rainbow/Love Is Blue’ was a medley of 2 songs, the second of which had already charted in 3 different versions (by The Paul Mauriat Orchestra, Al Martino and Gene Petersen) making it the first song to manage to chart in 4 different versions. The first part of the medley, ‘Sing A Rainbow’, was written in 1955 by Arthur Hamilton and has been recorded by a number of artists including Andy Williams and Cilla Black. The Dells medley would go to number 22 in the US and 15 in the UK. (As an aside, the b-side of Hilary’s 1968 number 1 hit ‘Sunglasses’ was a version of ‘Love Is Blue’).

The Americans were starting to move a little ahead of the British for hits count, now being 2 ahead on 213 compared to 211 for the Brits.

The new one for Quentin E Klopjaeger moved Billy Forrest on to 22 weeks in total on the chart and this placed him tied 9th with Carike Keuzenkamp and Hilary on the local hits count list.

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