31 October 1969


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 4 Don’t Forget to Remember  – Bee Gees
2 3 6 Soul Deep  – Box Tops
3 5 18 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
4 4 5 La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down  – Archies
5 8 3 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
6 2 8 Put a Little Love in Your Heart  – Jackie DeShannon
7 10 5 Green River  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 6 8 Conversations  – Cilla Black
9 7 4 Sweet Caroline  – Neil Diamond
10 16 3 Viva Bobby Joe  – Equals
11 9 17 Sugar, Sugar  – Archies
12 20 2 Theresa  – Dave Mills
13 19 2 Who’s That Girl  – Bats
14 17 4 Hold on to What You’ve Got  – Staccatos
15 12 11 Saved by the Bell  – Robin Gibb
16 11 10 Make Me an Island  – Joe Dolan
17 New 1 Love at First Sight  – Sounds Nice
18 New 1 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Bobbie Gentry
19 18 6 Abergavenny  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
20 New 1 Backstreet  – Outlet

‘Don’t Forget to Remember’ by The Bee Gees spent a second week at 1 meaning that Barry and Robin were now just 1 week behind brother Robin for weeks spent at number 1 as a song writer. Robin stood on 14 and his 2 brothers were on 13. The Box Tops’ ‘Soul Deep’ crept 1 place closer to the top spot as it moved from 3 to 2.

Dave Mills’ ‘Theresa’ was the biggest climber, moving up 8 from 20 to 12. This was the 18th time a local male artist had taken the biggest climber award.

There were 2 other songs that made star rater climbs and those were The Equals’ ‘Viva Bobby Joe’ and The Bats’ ‘Who’s That Girl’ both climbing 6 places to land at 10 and 13 respectively .It was a 5th star rater for The Equals and a 3rd for The Bats.

Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Island’ picked up its 2nd biggest faller award (and a 2nd for Dolan) as it fell 5 from 11 to 16.

The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’ moved on to 17 weeks in the charts. We had to go back to 17 January 1969 to see a song reach 17 consecutive weeks in the charts. The Staccatos’ Cry To Me’ had been in the charts for a total of 18 weeks now, but these were not consecutive weeks.

The Dells’ ‘Sing a Rainbow/Love is Blue’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 9. It was joined by Jill Kirkland’s ‘Katrina’s Theme’ which also managed 6 weeks, but only peaked at 11. Last to go was Johnny Cash’s ‘A Boy Named Sue’ which did not fare as well as the other leavers this week as it only peaked at 13 during a 4 week stay. For all 3 act on these departing song, these hits would be all the SA chart action they would see.

The first new entry was the 19th instrumental to grace out charts. Sounds Nice’s ‘Love At First Sight’ was the instrumental version of ‘Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus’ which had been a hit for Jane Birkin and Serge Gainbourg and had spent a week at number 1 in the UK 3 weeks earlier. However, the breathy vocals of Birkin and the explicit nature of the lyrics (albeit in French) led to the song being banned in numerous countries and so the instrumental version gained popularity. Sounds Nice’s version made it to number 18 in the UK. The group apparently got their name from what Paul McCartney said when he heard the track.

Bobbie Gentry had not been in our charts since ‘Ode To Billy Joe’ spent its last week with us on 27 October 1967. She returned to the top 20 this week with her second hit, ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ The gap of 105 weeks between her hits was the 14th biggest any artist had experienced so far and the 3rd biggest for a female artist. The song would be a 6th hit for song writer Hal David and a 5th for co-writer, Burt Bacharach and should not be confused with a song with the same title that was a SA chart hit for Tom Jones in 1967. The song would top the UK charts for 1 week, knocking the aforementioned ‘Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus’ off the top spot in the process. In the US it would be Dionne Warwick’s version that would have the most success, going to number 6 on the Hot 100. Bacharach’s own version would give him a number 93 hit.

The final new entry was by a local band called The Outlet. The song was ‘Backstreet’ which was written and produced by John Norwell. The band included Peter Vee and Neil Herbert who would both go on to have hits in the SA charts (Vee as a solo artist as well as a member of Buffalo) and Clive Clader who would start up the Jive record label which would sign a number of successful international acts such as Britney Spears, N’Sync and is a strange harping back to this first hit for Calder and The Outlet, he would also sign the Backstreet Boys.

The artists on the top 3 hits this week were all celebrating milestones for weeks in the chart with The Bee Gees reaching the 90 week mark, The Box Tops celebrating 30 weeks and The Staccatos ticking over to 60 weeks. The Bee Gees were unmoved at 4 on the weeks count list, just 1 behind 3rd placed The Rolling Stones. They no longer shared 4th place with Herman’s Hermits who dropped to 5 as they did not add anything to their 89 they had seen to date. The Staccatos who clocked up 2 weeks this week as they had 2 in the charts, moved into 16th place on the list while The Box Tops were the 42nd act to reach 30 weeks.

On the local list, The Bats moved 1 clear of Murray Campbell’s 33 weeks as they ticked over to 34. The Bats remained 5th while Murray Campbell dropped to 6th.

The Bee Gees not only celebrated 90 weeks on the charts but they also moved past the 1,100 points mark to land on 1,108. They were 5th on the points to date list, but were just 5 points behind 4th placed Beach Boys.

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