10 October 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Put a Little Love in Your Heart  – Jackie DeShannon
2 1 8 Saved by the Bell  – Robin Gibb
3 12 3 Soul Deep  – Box Tops
4 3 7 Make Me an Island  – Joe Dolan
5 5 8 Baby Make it Soon  – Marmalade
6 4 14 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
7 8 13 Turn Around  – Ken J. Larkin
8 7 5 Conversations  – Cilla Black
9 10 4 Sing a Rainbow/Love is Blue  – Dells
10 6 12 Bad Moon Rising  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
11 14 4 Katrina’s Theme  – Jill Kirkland
12 18 2 La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down  – Archies
13 New 1 Don’t Forget to Remember  – Bee Gees
14 19 2 A Boy Named Sue  – Johnny Cash
15 17 15 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
16 9 16 Time is Tight  – Booker T & The MG’s
17 15 4 Abergavenny  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
18 New 1 Sweet Caroline  – Neil Diamond
19 20 2 Green River  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
20 New 1 Hold on to What You’ve Got  – Staccatos

Jackie DeShannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ became the 9th song by a solo female artists to top our charts (10th if you include ‘Something’ Stupid’, Nancy Sinatra’s ‘chart topper with her father Frank). DeShannon ousted Robin Gibb’s ‘Saved By The Bell’ from the number 1 spot after the latter had been there for 3 weeks. Gibb dropped to number 2.

The Box Tops followed up last week’s biggest climber with another one this week as ‘Soul Deep’ moved up 9 places from 12 to 3. ‘Soul Deep’ was now the 3rd song to make a record to date climb of 17 places in the space of 2 weeks. This had previously been achieved by The Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’ and Herman’s Hermits’ ‘My Sentimental Friend’.

The Archies picked up a 5th star rater with a 6 place climb by ‘La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down’ while Johnny Cash’s ‘A Boy Named Sue’ gave him his first with a 5 place climb. The 2 songs sat at 12 and 14 respectively.

Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’ accounted for the 12th time the biggest faller in the week was an instrumental. It was the 3rd such hit to pick up the award twice with Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ and ‘Love Is Blue’ by The Paul Mauriat Orchestra also managing this. ‘Time Is Tight’ was still the oldest on the chart and had been so for 8 weeks now which equalled the longest period as oldest on the chart by an instrumental that the aforementioned Roger Williams hit had managed.

Jack fell off the charts and Jill came tumbling after as Tommy Roe’s ‘Jack And Jill’ left the top 20 after 5 weeks with us. It peaked at 10 and kept up Roe’s 100% record of his hits going top 10 as all 6 of them had done so. ‘Jack And Jill’s peak of 10 was his lowest peak to date.

Family Dogg’s ‘Way Of Life’ which had entered the charts the same week as Roe’s ‘Jack And Jill’, also left the charts this week. Those alert ones among you will work out that ‘Way Of Life’ spent 5 weeks on the charts, however, it peaked 3 places lower than ‘Jack And Jill’, only getting to number 13.

Last to go was Oliver’s ‘Good Morning Starshine’ which lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 6. This was the last we saw of the songs from the musical ‘Hair’ on the charts. We had seen 3 in total, ‘Good Morning Starshine’, 5th Dimensions ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ and The Cowsills’ ‘Hair’.  All 3 songs had spent 8 weeks in the charts (totalling 24) with ‘Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In’ having the highest peak of 3 while the other 2 songs got to 6.

The last time The Bee Gees’ entered the charts at lucky 13, the song (‘I’ve Gotta get A Message to You’) went on to top the charts. So this week when ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ started its chart career at lucky 13, the band would have been hoping for the same result. This was their 10th hit to chart so far and this placed them 1 behind Cliff Richard and 2 behind leader for number of hits, Tom Jones who was on 12. The Hollies and Herman’s Hermits, also on 10, shared 3rd place with The Bee Gees. The band was still without Robin and Peter Mason was brought in to add harmonies to the song, however, the vocals tracks he laid down were not used in the final version. The song fared well globally, going to the top of the charts in Denmark, Ireland, Holland, New Zealand and what was then Rhodesia. Barry co-wrote the song with Maurice and Barry now equalled 2nd placed song writer for number of hits Barry Mason as both sat on lucky 13 hits with Les Reed on 14 leading the way.

Also moving up the number of hits by a song writer list was Neil Diamond. He had writing credit on Cliff Richard’s ‘Just Another Guy’, and The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ and ‘A Little Bit Of Me, A little Bit Of You’. This week we saw the first time where Diamond had song writing credits as well as being credited as the artist. His new hit was ‘Sweet Caroline’ which although it was his first SA hit as an artist, was his 14th US Hot 100 hit where it went to number 4, his 2nd to reach the top 10 there. But we shouldn’t berate ourselves too much in being slow on picking up on his as the British would not have him in their charts until November 1970 and ‘Sweet Caroline’ would only chart there in 1971 where it would peak at 8.

The Staccatos’ ‘Hold On To What You’ve Got’ was the final new entry this week. The band became the 3rd local act and 33rd overall to have 2 or more in the charts in the same week as ‘Cry To Me’ by them was sitting at 15. ‘Hold On To What You’ve Got’ was a cover of a 1964 hit by Joe Tex. Tex penned the song and saw it go to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was The Staccatos’ 6th hit to date and they sat tied second for hit count for local acts joining Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell just behind leaders Four Jacks & A Jill who were on 7. The local hit count was now up to 5, a total we had not seen since 27 September 1968 (over a year previous) when there were 6.

On the weeks count list, The Staccatos moved into 17th place, their 2 in the chart this week helping them jump to 55. They also closed the gap between themselves in 2nd place on the local list and Four Jacks & A Jill who topped the list, the difference now down to 14 weeks. Billy Forrest moved 1 clear of Dickie Loader, his 24 to date giving him 8th place to himself on the local list while Loader dropped to 9th.

‘Love Is Blue’ pulled 1 week clear of ‘Ramblin Boy’ for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. It now sat 6th on its own while ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ dropped to 7th.

A final thing to note on this chart was that while the US acts overtook the UK acts for number of hits a few weeks back, they had lagged behind for total weeks spent on the chart. This week the US acts overtook the UK acts for weeks in the chart with hits by US acts having a combined total of 1,787 weeks compared to the 1,784 that the UK acts had accumulated.

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