7 November 1969


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

Barry and Maurice Gibb caught up to their brother Robin for weeks spent at 1 as song writers as ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ spent a 3rd week at 1, giving Barry and Maurice their 14th week in total at the top as song writers equalling Robin’s total. Having The Bee Gees at 1 meant that acts from the UK had now occupied the top spot for a total of 100 weeks.

The Box Top’s ‘Soul Deep’ dropped from the number 2 spot to 5 and Elvis’ ‘Suspicious Minds’ filled the vacuum it left.

The Bats enjoyed their 2 biggest climber award with ‘Who’s That Girl’ taking the honours for its 7 place climb from 13 to 6. This equalled their biggest climb in a week to date which ‘Groen En Goud’ had managed. They had been a tad unlucky along the way, missing out on biggest climbs when ‘Shabby Little Huts’ 5 place climb and the 6 place climb ‘Who’s That Girl’ managed last week were outdone by songs making bigger climbs in those particular weeks.

Bobbie Gentry’s ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ and Sounds Nice’s ‘Love At First Sight’ were the ones missing out on biggest climbs, but they still made star rater jumps both moving up 4 to land at 14 and 13 respectively.

The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’ was the faller of the week and the oldest on the chart. It dropped 6 from 10 to 16 and was in its 18th week with us. The previous song to make 18 consecutive weeks was Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ back in October 1968 and that went on to reach 19 weeks. We had to go back to the May of 1968 to see a song reach 20 weeks and that was Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’. It should also be mentioned that The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ which was at 3 this week was in its 19th week in total, but 12 of those were in a previous run.

And talking of non-consecutive weeks, Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Abergavenny’ fell out of the top 20 after spending just 2 weeks with us in its second run. In total the song lasted 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at 15.

Also going was Joe Dolan’s ‘Make Me An Island’ which spent 10 weeks with us, peaking at 2 for 1 week and kept off the top spot by Robin Gibb’s ‘Saved By The Bell’.

The first of the new entries was by a guy called Luigi Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, but fortunately for the local DJ’s sake he changed it to Lou Christie. His song was ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’. Despite his very Italian sounding name, Christie was born and raised in America. ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’ would be his first top 10 hit in the US since he hit the number 1 spot with ‘Lightnin’ Strikes’ back in the February of 1966. He had had 5 hot 100 hundred hits in between with only 1 going top 30. He fared better in the UK with ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’ which went to number 2 there, kept off the top spot by The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’.

Percy Sledge saw his 7th hit to date join the top 20 this week. The new one was ‘Faithful And True’ which was his first SA chart hit that would not appear on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. That may be because in the US the song was on the b-side of ‘True Love Travels On A Gravel Road’, but even that song did not make the charts in the US. We had seen the name of 2 of the 3 song writers of ‘Faithful And True’ on our charts before with Dan Penn having writing credits on The Box Tops’ ‘Cry Like A Baby’ and Marlon Greene co-writing ‘Cover Me’, one of Percy’s previous hits. It was only Jeanie Greene who was enjoying her first SA chart hit as a song writer.

The chart this week was divided into 10 songs from acts from America and 5 each from local acts and British acts. This would be the only time we would see this combination on the charts and it was 1 of 131 combinations of songs from those 3 nations that we would only see once in the top 20 (positions 21 to 30 excluded after the charts expanded). The most common combination we would see involving those 3 nations was 9 from the UK, 6 from the US and 0 local songs.

The Bee Gees moved tied 3rd on the weeks count list, their 91 to date equalling The Rolling Stones total. Only The Troggs on 101 and Tom Jones on 135 had more weeks to their names.

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