26 September 1969

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

Robin Gibb enjoyed a second week at number 1 with ‘Saved By The Bell’ while last week’s number 2, Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Island’ slipped 2 places to 4, allowing the previous number 1 hit, The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’, to move back up the charts from 3 to 2.

Jill Kirkland’s ‘Katrina’s Theme’ gave us the 8th occasion where the biggest climber was by a local woman with 1 of the previous 7 being where the woman was part of a duet (Glenys Lynne’s duet with Jody Wayne). The song climbed 4 places from 19 to 15 and was also the only star rater this week.

Ken J. Larkin’s hit ‘Turn Around’ did exactly what it said in the title as it started to move down the charts for the first time. Its 6 place fall was the biggest drop this week. With the climber also being a local act, we had the 8th occasion where a local act took both climber and faller awards in the same week. It was over a year since we last saw this happen as the previous time was on 28 June 1968.

Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ spent a 14th week on the chart and now 6 of those had been as the oldest. It had to last 2 more weeks in order to equal the record to date run for an instrumental as the oldest. That record was currently held by Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’.

Desmond Dekker’s second hit, ‘It Miek’ spent exactly half the number of weeks in the charts as his previous hit (and only other to date), ‘Israelites’. ‘It Miek’ lasted 4 weeks and peaked at 17. There was still more to come from Dekker.

We also bid farewell to The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Special Delivery’. It had spent 9 weeks in the charts and peaked at 3. This ended the band’s SA chart career. They had seen 4 songs chart, spent 47 weeks in the top 20, 5 of which were at the top (3 weeks with ‘Simon Says’ and 2 with ‘Indian Giver’). They sat 25th on the weeks count list.

Last to go was Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Frozen Orange Juice’ which squeezed in 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 4. His SA chart career was also now finished with 2 hits to his name, 17 weeks and 1 week spent at 1 with ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’.

Tony Joe White brought us the first new entry this week with a song called ‘Polk Salad Annie’. A polk salad is a dish made from cooked pokeweed. A pokeweed for those interested is a herbaceous perennial plant and for those wanting to know what that is Google it yourself! The song would give White a number 8 hit in the US and it would go to 10 in Canada. White wrote the song and it would be covered by none other than Elvis Presley and his version would go to 23 in the UK where White’s version would not chart. Unsurprisingly it was the only song that would make our charts with the word ‘salad’ in the title, but White’s version in the US and Presley’s in the UK are the only ‘salad’ songs to make those charts so far so we were not behind the rest of the world for ‘salad’ hits.

24 weeks back we thought we had seen the last of The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ but in a record to date gap between chart runs for a song re-entering the top 20, it reappeared on the charts this week. It was the 12th song to re-enter the charts after having dropped off. The previous record gap for a song returning to the charts was 5 weeks which The Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and The Seekers’ ‘Georgy Girl’ had managed.

The Box Tops returned to the charts after a gap of 66 weeks as ‘Soul Deep’ was the last of our new entries. The song was written by Wayne Carson Thompson who had also brought us the band’s ‘The Letter’. It would be The Box Tops’ 8th US Hot 100 hit where it would go to number 18 and be their first one to go top 20 since ‘Cry Like A Baby’ went to number 2 in the March of 1968. In the UK it would be the only 1 of their 3 hits there not to make the top 20, peaking as it did at 22. In neighbouring Rhodesia as it was then, the song would top the charts.

3 weeks back we had no solo woman on the charts and just 1 local act. Now we were up to 3 hits by solo women and 4 local songs.

Tommy Roe moved into 13th spot on the weeks count list where he sat tied with Cliff Richard and The Seekers on 66 weeks while on the local list, Billy Forrest moved tied 8th with Dickie Loader on 23 weeks.

‘Love Is Blue’ moved tied 8th with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. It should be mentioned that the latest version of ‘Love Is Blue’ was as part of The Dells medley of 2 songs.

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