14 November 1969

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

Barry and Maurice Gibb were denied the opportunity to move ahead of brother Robin for weeks at 1 by a song writer as their composition, ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ dropped to 3 this week. The new number 1 was ‘Suspicious Minds’ by Elvis Presley and it set a new record for gaps between chart toppers as we had last seen Elvis at the top of our charts on 20 August 1965 when ‘Crying In The Chapel’ was the nation’s favourite song. It was Elvis’ 3rd number 1 on our charts (the other one being ‘Do The Clam’). He joined The Troggs, The Bee Gees and The Rolling Stones in tied 2nd place for number of number 1s and they all sat behind Tom Jones who led the way with 5.

Sounds Nice’s ‘Love At First Sight’ took the climber of the week award, moving up 5 from 13 to 8. This was the 13th time we had seen an instrumental hit take the biggest climber award.

The Outlet’s ‘Backstreet’ and Percy Sledge’s ‘Faithful And True’ were the other star raters this week, both climbing 4 to land at 13 and 16 respectively. Sledge was the 9th act so far to reach 11 star raters.

The Equals picked up a 2nd biggest faller award as ‘Viva Bobby Joe’ dropped 6 from 9 to 15 to take the honours this week.

Robin Gibb’s ‘Saved By The Bell’ dropped off the top 20. It had spent 12 weeks on the charts, 3 of which were at the top spot. Robin would re-join The Bee Gees in the August of 1970, but would have further SA chart success as a solo artist, however we did have to wait a good while for that.

The Oldest song on last week’s chart, The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’ also left the top 20. It had been with us for 18 weeks, 3 of which were at number 1. They would feature in the charts again at a later date.

The last song to go was Cilla Black’s ‘Conversations’ which spent 9 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 6. This would not be her only SA chart hit.

The new oldest on the charts was Jackie DeShannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ which sat on 10 weeks. This excludes The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ which became the 5th song to reach the 20 weeks in the top 20 milestone, however it had only managed this as a broken run of 12 and now a further 8 in this, its second run on the charts. Of the 5 songs to reach 20 weeks so far, 3 were by local acts and 2 by US acts and 2 of the 3 local ones were by Four Jacks & A Jill.

Our first new entry was a song that took just under 19 years from first entering the UK charts before topping them. The Hollies ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’ had its first UK chart run from 4 October 1969 to 10 January 1970 with a peak of 3, then on 3 September 1988, following its use in a Miller Lite advert, it re-entered the UK charts and moved up to number 1, gaining the top spot on 24 September 1988 and sitting there for 2 weeks. In the US it would make it to number 7. The song, which featured a yet to be famous Elton John on piano, was The Hollies’ 11th to grace our charts and this placed them tied 2nd for hits count, equalling Cliff Richard’s total and sitting 1 behind Tom Jones’ 12.

Our second new entry began life in 1964 when The Kingston Trio recorded a song called ‘Let’s Get Together’ which was written by Chet Powers. The Youngbloods, whose version was our new entry this week, released their cover of the song as ‘Get Together’ in 1967. It would get to 62 on the US Hot 100 that year, but in 1969 if gained renewed interest and went all the way up to number 5.

Our last new entry was the 15th song by a Canadian act to charts and a 2nd hit for The Guess Who. As with ‘These Eyes’, their previous hit, ‘Laughing’ was written by Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings. The song would spend a week at the top of the Canadian charts and make it to number 10 in the US. The Canadians, who sat 4th on the hits count list behind acts from The US, The UK and SA, were now more than double their closest rivals, the Australians as they had 15 compared to the Aussie’s 7.

The Bee Gees were now in 3rd place on their own on the weeks count list as their 92 pulled them 1 clear of The Rolling Stones. They now sat 9 behind second placed The Troggs, but had a long way to go to catch up to leader Tom Jones who was on 135. The Hollies shrugged off Manfred Mann to have 7th position on the list to themselves, their 82 weeks to date moving them 1 clear of Manfred Mann. On the local list, The Bats moved level 4th with Virginia Lee, both acts being on 36 weeks. Ahead of them were Gene Rockwell on 39, The Staccatos on 64 and Four Jacks & A Jill on 67.

On the points front both The Archies and The Staccatos moved passed the 600 points mark with The Staccatos (who had 2 in the charts) moving into 20th place overall for points with 624 to their name and The Archies sat 21st with a total of 610.

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