21 November 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
2 3 7 Don’t Forget to Remember  – Bee Gees
3 4 21 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
4 2 8 La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down  – Archies
5 9 5 Theresa  – Dave Mills
6 7 9 Soul Deep  – Box Tops
7 11 4 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Bobbie Gentry
8 6 11 Put a Little Love in Your Heart  – Jackie DeShannon
9 10 5 Who’s That Girl  – Bats
10 8 4 Love at First Sight  – Sounds Nice
11 5 8 Green River  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
12 13 4 Backstreet  – Outlet
13 18 2 He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother  – Hollies
14 17 3 I’m Gonna Make You Mine  – Lou Christie
15 15 6 Viva Bobby Joe  – Equals
16 19 2 Get Together  – Youngbloods
17 16 3 Faithful and True  – Percy Sledge
18 14 7 Sweet Caroline  – Neil Diamond
19 New 1 Little Woman  – Bobby Sherman
20 New 1 Throw Down A Line  – Cliff & Hank

While Elvis’ ‘Suspicious Minds’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 (and it’s 5th week at the top in total), the previous number 1, The Bee Gees’ ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’, was creeping back up the charts. Last week it had dropped from 1 to 3, but it moved back up to 2 to make The King a little nervous.

The Hollies became the 11th act to reach the 6 biggest climber awards mark as ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ climbed 5 from 18 to 13 to take the honours this week. This was only the 5th of their 11 hits to date to take the award with ‘Sorry Suzanne’ the only song to manage it twice.

Dave Mills’ ‘Theresa’ climbed 4 from 9 to 5 to be the 30th time a song by a local solo male artist had picked up a star rater climb. Bobbie Gentry’s ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ also made a star rater climb, moving up 4 from 11 to 7. This was the 26th time an American female artist had picked up a star rater.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Green River’ picked up a second biggest faller award for the band as it dropped 6 places from 5 to 11 to add to their biggest faller award that ‘Proud Mary’ had picked up 17 weeks previously.

Jackie DeShannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ continued as the oldest in the top 20 based on consecutive weeks. It was in its 11th week. The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ was the oldest if weeks from a previous run in the chart was included as it was in its 21st week in total, but only the 9th of this run. This equalled the total of 21 weeks that Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ managed and was tied second highest for a song to date, 3 behind the 24 that Tommy Roe’s Sweet Pea’ managed.

The Guess Who’s ‘Laughing’ was the 8th song so far to spend just 1 week at 20 as it fell off the chart after arriving there last week. This was the second song by a Canadian artist to spent a single week at the bottom of the charts, the previous being Lucille Starr’s ‘Who’s Gonna Stand By Me’. We were not done yet with The Guess Who.

The other song to go was The Staccatos’ ‘Hold On To What You’ve Got’. This lasted 6 weeks on the charts and peaked at 12, their second lowest peak to date. The song spent its final week at number 12 which equalled the highest position to date for a local song to leave the charts from. Both Ian and Ritchie’s ‘Look Across The River’ and Judy Page Ft Kimbo’s ‘Montreal’ had finished their chart runs at 12.

Bobby Sherman made his SA Chart debut with a song called ‘Little Woman’. It was his first US Hot 100 hit and it would go to number 3 there.  He would have a further 9 hits on those charts but none of them managed to get as high as this. Sherman would chart in the UK (with ‘Julia Do Ya Love Me?’) but ‘Little Woman’ would not make it on those charts. On the Cashbox charts (a rival publication to the official Billboard charts), the song would go to number 1. It would make number 2 in Canada. Sherman himself has had the honour of being mentioned in 2 episodes of The Simpsons, including one where Marge admits to having had a crush on him.

The second new entry was Cliff Richard’s 50th hit to make the UK charts and his 12th to make our top 20. He moved to the top of the hits count list, joining Tom Jones there on 12. For his new one he teamed up with his old backing band mate Hank Marvin. Marvin was the lead guitarist of The Shadows and the new entry this week, ‘Throw Down A Line’ was credited to ‘Cliff & Hank’. The song was written by Hank and it was his 3rd SA chart hit as a song writer. He had co-written ‘In The Country’ which showed Cliff Richard & The Shadows as the artist and Cliff’s solo hit, ‘Don’t Forget To Catch Me’. ‘Throw Down A Line’ made it to 7 in the UK. It was the 14th song by a duet/collaboration of acts to chart in SA.

Not only did he have the number 1 song this week, but Elvis Presley was also busy celebrating his 50th week in the chart. He was the 4th of 6 acts who would reach 50 weeks on the charts with a song sitting at number 1. Tom Jones, Four Jacks & A Jill and Tommy Roe were the 3 previous artists to manage this.

Cliff Richard moved up to 13th on the weeks count list. He had 67 weeks to his name and he now equalled the total that Tommy Roe had managed. The Staccatos were 1 week behind Cliff on 66 and moved into tied 15th place with The Seekers. They were also now 1 week behind Four Jacks & A Jill who were at the top of the local list. The Bats moved 1 ahead of Virginia Lee to make 4th spot on the local list their own. They were on 37 weeks, 2 behind 3rd placed Gene Rockwell.

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