5 December 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 5 9 Don’t Forget to Remember  – Bee Gees
2 1 8 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
3 4 7 Theresa  – Dave Mills
4 3 6 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Bobbie Gentry
5 2 10 La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down  – Archies
6 8 4 He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother  – Hollies
7 9 5 I’m Gonna Make You Mine  – Lou Christie
8 6 23 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
9 7 7 Who’s That Girl  – Bats
10 12 4 Get Together  – Youngbloods
11 18 2 So Good Together  – Andy Kim
12 15 5 Faithful and True  – Percy Sledge
13 16 3 Little Woman  – Bobby Sherman
14 10 6 Backstreet  – Outlet
15 13 6 Love at First Sight  – Sounds Nice
16 New 1 Down on the Corner  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
17 New 1 Tracy  – Cuff Links
18 RE 18 I Need You  – Rick Nelson
19 New 1 Jam Up Jelly Tight  – Tommy Roe
20 New 1 (Call Me) Number One  – Tremeloes

I don’t think many people were expecting what happened at the top of the charts this week. The Bee Gees’ ‘Don’t For get To Remember’ had spent 3 weeks at 1, then dropped to 3, made a recovery to 2 then dropped to 5 and certainly looked like it was beginning its route down the charts, but suddenly it was back at 1. So far we had seen 3 songs move into the top spot for the first time when on 9 weeks or over and ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ was the 4th to regain the top spot at 9 weeks or more. Of the 7 songs in total that had moved into the top spot (for the first time or regaining it) every other one had done so from position2. ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ moved back to the top of the charts with a star rater climb of 4 places and joined 8 other songs to jump to number 1 from position 5 or higher.

The biggest climber was Andy Kim’s ‘So Good Together’ which moved up 7 places from 18 to 11. This was Kim’s first time with the biggest climber. ‘So Good Together’ and ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ (discussed above) were the only 2 star raters this week.

The Outlet’s ‘Backstreet’ took the biggest faller award as it dropped 4 from 10 to 14. This was the 50th time we had seen a local song take the biggest faller award.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ became the 9th song to spend just 1 week at number 20 as it fell off the chart after being a new entry at 20 last week. So far no act had managed 2 songs spending just 1 week at the bottom of the charts, but we came closest with this as Chicken Shack featuring Christine McVie had spent just a week at 20, however, Christine only joined Fleetwood Mac after ‘Oh Well’ was recorded, so close, but no cigar.

Cliff & Hank’s ‘Throw Down A Line’ didn’t fare much better, it spent a week at 20 and then 1 at 19 and that was it for the song. Cliff would be back on the charts, but this would be Hank’s only hit as a credited artist (he had had hits as part of The Shadows) and it would be his last where he would have a song writing credit.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Green River’ left the chart too. It had been with us for 9 weeks and peaked at 5. Their 2 previous hits (and only other to date excluding the new entry this week noted below) were both chart toppers and both spent 13 weeks on the charts, so ‘Green River’ broke with tradition there.

The oldest on last week’s chart, Jackie DeShannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ also left the charts. It managed 12 weeks in the top 20, 2 of which were at the top spot. This would be the sum total of Jackie’s SA chart success. The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ took over as the oldest for a consecutive run, it was on 11 weeks with this chart run and 23 weeks if its previous run was included.

Last to go was The Box Tops’ ‘Soul Deep’ which spent 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2, its highest peak of their 3 hits to date, but falling 8 weeks short of the 18 that their first hit, ‘The Letter’ had managed. They still had 1 hit left in them.

Creedence Clearwater Revival became the 8th act to have a song leave the chart the same week they had a new entry as ‘Down On The Corner’ arrived to replace the departing ‘Green River’. There had actually been 9 occasions where an act had replaced themselves on the charts and it was Cliff Richard who had managed it twice. ‘Down On The Corner’ would go to number 3 on the US charts where it was released as a double a-sided single with ‘Fortunate Son’ on the flipside. In the UK it would make it to number 31.

The second new entry was The Cuff Links’ ‘Tracy’. It was the second song to chart by the song writing pair of Lee Pockriss and Paul Vance. The duo had also brought us Verdelle Smith’s ‘Tar And Cement’ and Vance had had a hand in The Bachelor’s ‘Can I Trust You’ as well. ‘Tracy’ went to 9 in the US and 4 in the UK and would top the Canadian charts. The Cuff Links were a studio band that featured Ron Dante on vocals. Dante was also the voice behind another studio group who were sitting at 5 this week, The Archies.

Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ had been the number 1 song on our very first chart and was also the last song on that first chart to leave the top 20. But now it was back, re-entering the charts at 18 this week. Not only would the 218 weeks gap between the first and second run the song had be the all time biggest gap for a song re-entering the charts, it was also the new biggest gap between hits to date, beating the 159 weeks that The Animals had seen between their hits.

Tommy Roe also returned to the charts, but he had a new hit and had only been absent from the top 20 for 8 weeks. The new one was ‘Jam Up, Jelly Tight’ and it had the distinction of being the 200th song by a solo male artist to make our charts. It was his 17th hit to chart in the US and it went to number 8, returning him to the top 10 there following 2 hits that made top 50 but failed to make the top 20. It would also bag him a number 10 peak in what was then Rhodesia. This was the 3rd SA chart hit for Roe where he had teamed up with Freddie Weller to write the song.

The final new entry was the 5th SA chart hit for The Tremeloes. ‘(Call Me) Number One’ was their 18th UK hit where, despite the song’s title, it went to number 2. The band were nearing the end of their UK chart career as they would only have 4 further hits, only 1 of which would reach the top 30. ‘(Call Me) Number One’ would fare well in Europe going to 3 in Germany, 4 in Norway, 5 in Switzerland and Austria, 9 in Belgium and 17 in Holland. Closer to home it would reach number 3 in what was then Rhodesia.

Tommy Roe and The Staccatos both moved on to 68 weeks and joined Cliff Richard, Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark on that total, so we had 5 acts tied at 11 on the weeks count list. The Tremeloes new one pushed their total on to 54 and they move into tied 18th spot on the weeks count list, joining Sandie Shaw there. The result of this was that Lucille Starr fell out of the top 20 of the weeks count list after being there for 92 weeks. The big news on the local list was that The Staccatos finally caught up with Four Jacks & A Jill at the top of the list with both acts on 68. The latter had been at number 1 on that list for 98 weeks.

The other good news for The Staccatos was that ‘Cry To Me’ moved past the 300 points milestone. It was the 4th song to manage this and it sat 3rd overall with 303 points, 1 more than Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’, 4 behind Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and 10 behind top song to date, Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’. Also on the points front, The Bee Gees saw their total go past the 1,200 mark and Elvis moved past 600. The Bee Gees sat 3rd overall for points and Elvis was 22nd.

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