28 November 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
2 4 9 La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down  – Archies
3 7 5 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Bobbie Gentry
4 5 6 Theresa  – Dave Mills
5 2 8 Don’t Forget to Remember  – Bee Gees
6 3 22 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
7 9 6 Who’s That Girl  – Bats
8 13 3 He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother  – Hollies
9 14 4 I’m Gonna Make You Mine  – Lou Christie
10 12 5 Backstreet  – Outlet
11 6 10 Soul Deep  – Box Tops
12 16 3 Get Together  – Youngbloods
13 10 5 Love at First Sight  – Sounds Nice
14 8 12 Put a Little Love in Your Heart  – Jackie DeShannon
15 17 4 Faithful and True  – Percy Sledge
16 19 2 Little Woman  – Bobby Sherman
17 11 9 Green River  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 New 1 So Good Together  – Andy Kim
19 20 2 Throw Down A Line  – Cliff & Hank
20 New 1 Oh Well  – Fleetwood Mac

Elvis’ ‘Suspicious Minds’ clocked up a 3rd week at number 1, seeing off the renewed interest in the top spot that The Bee Gees’ ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ had shown last week. The latter had moved back up the charts to 2, after dropping to 3 from 1 the previous week, however, it now fell to 5 and the new number 2 was The Archies’ ‘La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down’ which was looking to get the band a second chart topper.

The Hollies ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ took the biggest climber for a second week running as it moved up 5 from 13 to 8. This was their 7th biggest climber and they were the 5th act to manage this many. They did share the biggest climber award this week with Lou Christie’s ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’ which moved up 5 to 9.

Bobbie Gentry’s ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ and The Youngbloods’ ‘Get Together’ were the other star raters this week. They both climbed 4 places to land at 3 and 12 respectively.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Green River’ was the biggest faller for a second week running. It shared the honours with Jackie DeShannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ last week, but this week its 6 place fall from 11 to 17 made it the sole biggest faller this week.

The aforementioned Jackie DeShannon hit enjoyed its 3rd week as the oldest on the chart. It sat on 12 weeks.

Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ was the 20th song to finish its chart run with its peak position equalling the number of weeks it had been in the top 20. That equal weeks and peak figure was 7 and it was the 5th time we had seen that number come up. This now equalled the number of times we had seen a song have an equal weeks and peak figure of 8 and was the most seen to date. Diamond could take comfort from the fact that he would grace our charts again.

The Equals’ ‘Viva Bobby Joe’ was the only other song to leave the top 20 this week. It had spent 6 weeks with us and peaked at 9 and was their overall worst performing song as this finished their SA chart career. They had managed 3 hits, spent a total of 28 weeks on the charts and enjoyed 3 weeks at number 1 with ‘Baby Come Back’. While we would not see The Equals on our chart again, their lead singer Eddy Grant would be back.

Andy Kim’s ‘So Good Together’ was the first of 2 new entries this week. It was Kim’s second hit on our charts and the 16th by a Canadian artist (if you include Canadian Steve Karliski’s duet with American Mimi Roman). The gap between this and Andy Kim’s last hit was 53 weeks which was a new record gap between hits for a Canadian artist, beating the 13 weeks Stu Phillips had experienced between 2 of his hits. The song would be his 5th US Hot 100 hit where it would go to number 36. It would not make the UK charts but would get to 37 in Germany, 22 in Holland , 15 in Canada and 38 in Australia. As with his only other SA chart hit to date, ‘How’d We Ever Get This Way’, Kim shared song writing credits with Jeff Barry. Kim had 4 to his name so far as song writer (the other 2 being hits for The Archies) and Barry was on 8 and sat 9th overall on the number of hits by a song writer list.

Fleetwood Mac returned for a second outing in our charts. Their new one was ‘Oh Well’ and like their previous hit, ‘Man Of The World’, it was written by Peter Green who was still in the group at the time. The song got to number 55 in the US and spent 2 frustrating weeks at 2 in the UK during The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’s 7 week run at number 1 there.

The American acts had now pulled 11 clear of their British counterparts for hits count. They were on 231 compared to 220 for the Brits.

Cliff Richard moved into tied 11th place on the weeks count list, his 68 weeks to date putting him level with Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark. The Staccatos were just behind those 3 acts, their 67 moving them into 14th place which they shared with Tommy Roe.

The average number of weeks the songs in the top 20 had been in the charts moved back above 6 after being below that mark for 2 weeks. It now sat at 6.2 but was still a way off the record highest level to date of 8.75.

A final point is that this week marked the longest period to date that we had seen where The Rolling Stones did not feature on the charts. They had now been absent for 63 weeks. In comparison, the longest we had been without Tom Jones in the charts so far was 40 weeks.

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