24 October 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 3 Don’t Forget to Remember  – Bee Gees
2 1 7 Put a Little Love in Your Heart  – Jackie DeShannon
3 2 5 Soul Deep  – Box Tops
4 7 4 La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down  – Archies
5 11 17 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
6 8 7 Conversations  – Cilla Black
7 9 3 Sweet Caroline  – Neil Diamond
8 18 2 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
9 6 16 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
10 17 4 Green River  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
11 4 9 Make Me an Island  – Joe Dolan
12 5 10 Saved by the Bell  – Robin Gibb
13 14 4 A Boy Named Sue  – Johnny Cash
14 15 6 Katrina’s Theme  – Jill Kirkland
15 10 6 Sing a Rainbow/Love is Blue  – Dells
16 20 2 Viva Bobby Joe  – Equals
17 19 3 Hold on to What You’ve Got  – Staccatos
18 RE 5 Abergavenny  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
19 New 1 Who’s That Girl  – Bats
20 New 1 Theresa  – Dave Mills

‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ moved into the number 1 spot, ousting Jackie DeShannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ after the latter had been at 1 for 2 weeks. Barry and Maurice, who had penned the new chart topper, now sat 2 weeks behind their brother Robin for weeks at 1 by a song writer. All 3 brothers had been credited on the previous 2 Bee Gees chart toppers and the 1 non-Bee Gee track that they wrote which topped the chart, The Marbles’ ‘Only One Woman’, but Robin had pulled ahead of them for weeks at 1 by a song writer with his recent 3 week stint at the top of the charts with ‘Saved By The Bell’ which he penned on his own.  Robin stood on 14 weeks at 1 and was the overall leader for this. Barry and Maurice were in tied 2nd place on 12 and they were 2 weeks ahead of The Troggs’ Reg Presley who was in 4th place with 10.

Elvis picked up his 6th biggest climber award to date with ‘Suspicious Minds’ climbing 10 from 18 to 8. This was the 31st time we had seen a song climb 10 or more places and Elvis joined Tom Jones and Donovan as the only acts so far to manage this twice. Elvis was the 10th act to reach 6 biggest climbers.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Green River’ was the next biggest climber, jumping up 7 from 17 to 10 to give them their 5th star rater climb. The Staccatos picked up a 9th star rater as ‘Cry To Me’ climbed 6 places to number 5. They were the 17th act to reach 9 star raters and were now 4 clear of the next highest for a local act which was Four Jacks & A Jill. ‘Cry To Me’ had now made a total of 5 star rater climbs, the next best that a song had managed was 3. Overall we would see a few other songs make 5 star rater climbs, but no other one would manage it in the top 20 era. The Equals were also adding to their star rater count as ‘Viva Bobby Joe’ moved up 4 from 20 to 16. It was their 4th star rater.

2 songs fell 7 places each to take the biggest faller award and those were Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Island’ and Robin Gibb’s ‘Saved By The Bell’ which dropped to 11 and 12 respectively. This was a first biggest faller for both artists.

The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’ moved on to 16 weeks and was the oldest on the charts for a second week. Before the previous oldest, Booker T & The MG’s ‘Time Is Tight’, also managed to get to 16 weeks and we had not seen a song reach this total since the January of 1969, now we had had 2 in the space of 3 weeks.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s second run with 2 in the charts came to an end as ‘Bad Moon Rising’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. This run with 2 in the charts lasted 3 weeks compared to their previous one which ran for 4 weeks. ‘Bad Moon Rising’ spent 13 weeks on the charts, 1 of which was at number 1.

Ken J. Larkin’s ‘Turn Around’ also left the charts. It had been with us for 14 weeks and peaked at 5. In terms of points this was the 15th best performance so far by a local song. Ken would return to the charts at a later date.

Last to go was The Marmalade’s ‘Baby Make It Soon’ which managed to get as high as number 3 during its 9 weeks with us. Like Ken J. we would see them on our charts again.

This week we saw a record to date 3 local songs coming into the chart, although 1 of the 3 was a re-entry. We would see 3 local new entries in a week in the future, but for the moment, this was the record.

The highest of the song coming into the charts was the re-entry and that was Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Abergavenny’. This was the 13th song to re-enter the charts and the second local one to do so. The other local one was sitting at 5 on this week’s chart. ‘Abergavenny’ had only been out the chart 1 week.

The Bats became the 5th local act to reach 5 hits as ‘Who’s That Girl’ was one of the new entries this week. Other than their first 2 hits – ‘Shabby Little Hut’ and ‘That’s How I Feel’ – all The Bats’ hits had been written by the band. They had also penned Judy Page’s hit ‘Montreal’ so the 4 members of The Bats had 4 song writing credits to their respective names.

The final new entry was by Dave Mills who was actually born in England, but made his music in South Africa, so I have classified him as local. His first hit ‘Theresa’ was a second SA Chart hit for Terry Dempsey as song writer (his first was The Staccatos’ ‘Butchers & Bakers’). Dempsey, who also produced the single, met Mills when the latter was in South Africa and signed him to his (Dempsey’s) Storm Record label. Mills would go on to win the 1970 Sarie for best male vocalist.

We now had 6 songs by local acts on the charts, something we had not seen since 27 September 1968, which was 57 weeks previously. ‘Theresa’ was also the 90th local song to make the charts.

This week also saw The Archies reach the 40 weeks on the charts mark and Creedence Clearwater Revival make it to 30.

The Bee Gees moved tied 4th on the hits count list. Their 89 to date put them level with Herman’s Hermits. On the local front, Ken J. Larkin’s 14 weeks to date placed him tied 19th with The A-Cads, Group 66 and Judy Page.

Last week we saw The Archies reach the 500 points mark, and this week it was Elvis’ turn to get there as he ticked over to 502 points. We had seen 27 acts now pass this landmark for points.

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