12 December 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 9 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
2 3 8 Theresa  – Dave Mills
3 1 10 Don’t Forget to Remember  – Bee Gees
4 6 5 He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother  – Hollies
5 5 11 La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down  – Archies
6 4 7 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Bobbie Gentry
7 11 3 So Good Together  – Andy Kim
8 8 24 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
9 9 8 Who’s That Girl  – Bats
10 16 2 Down on the Corner  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
11 7 6 I’m Gonna Make You Mine  – Lou Christie
12 10 5 Get Together  – Youngbloods
13 17 2 Tracy  – Cuff Links
14 20 2 (Call Me) Number One  – Tremeloes
15 12 6 Faithful and True  – Percy Sledge
16 15 7 Love at First Sight  – Sounds Nice
17 13 4 Little Woman  – Bobby Sherman
18 19 2 Jam Up Jelly Tight  – Tommy Roe
19 18 19 I Need You  – Rick Nelson
20 New 1 Does Anybody Miss Me  – Ken J. Larkin

Elvis recaptured the top spot from The Bee Gees’ ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ after the latter had only been there for 1 week for its second run. This was the 3rd time now that we had seen 2 songs knock each other off the top spot twice as the last 8 weeks of number 1s had been ‘Don’t For Get To Remember’ for 3 weeks, then ‘Suspicious Minds’ for 3 weeks, the ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ for 1 week and now ‘Suspicious Minds’ for 1 week. The previous 2 pairs of songs that swapped places at the top like this were Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ which alternated with John Fred & His Playboy Bands’ ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ and then The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ which swapped places twice with Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’.  This was the 10th time a song had regained the top spot on the charts and of the previous 9, there were 2 occasions where a song regained the top spot twice.

Dave Mills ‘Theresa’ was at 2 and we had to go back to February 1969 to see a local song this high in the charts when we saw The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ was at the top of the charts.

There were 2 songs that made the biggest climb this week and they were Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Down On The Corner’ and The Tremeloes’ ‘(Call Me) Number One’ which both moved up 6 places, landing at 10 and 14 respectively. The Tremeloes were the 12th act to reach 6 biggest climbers. This week we saw the 11th occasion where we had 2 biggest climbers and 2 biggest fallers. We had seen 5 other occasions when we had more than 1 climber and faller, but the number of fallers and climbers was not equal. The fallers this week were Lou Christie’s ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’ and Bobby Sherman’s ‘Little Woman’ which both fell 4 places to land at 11 and 17 respectively.

The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ continued as the oldest on the charts for both overall weeks and consecutive weeks. It was in its 24th week overall and 12th consecutive week for this run.

Only 1 song left the charts this week and that was The Outlet’s ‘Backstreet’. It had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 10 during that time. In terms of points, the song clocked up 40 which meant it just missed out on being in the top 50 for local hits to date, sharing 52nd spot with The Bats’ ‘That’s How I Feel’.

The local level of hits in the charts was maintained as Ken J. Larkin’s ‘Does Anybody Miss Me’ arrived to replace the departing Outlet track. The song was written by Johnny Worth and Les Reed, giving Reed a lead of 2 at the top of the hits count by a song writer list. He now had 15 song writing credits to his name and was 2 ahead of 2 Barrys (Mason and Gibb). ‘Does Anybody Miss Me’ was originally recorded by Shirley Bassey and was the title track and a single from her 1969 album. It was covered by a guy called David MacBeth, but neither version made the charts in the US or UK. It is a live favourite of Bassey’s.

We had a new outright leader on the local weeks count list as The Staccatos pulled 1 ahead of Four Jacks & A Jill with 69 to their name compared to the latter’s 68. The Staccatos were now the 5th act to have an outright lead on the local weeks count list with The Bats being the first leader to emerge from the cluster of acts on the first ever chart. They soon lost their crown to Gene Rockwell who only enjoyed the top spot on his own for 9 weeks before Murray Campbell caught up with him and then overtook him. Campbell had been at the top for 84 weeks when Gene Rockwell and Virginia Lee equalled him again. Rockwell and Lee shared the top spot for 1 week after going ahead of Campbell, then Rockwell regained the outright lead which he held on to for 30 weeks. Four Jacks & A Jill then took the number 1 spot for 98 weeks before sharing the lead with The Staccatos last week. The observant amongst you may have noticed that I mentioned 6 names in this list of leaders, but Virginia Lee never had the outright lead, only sharing it for 1 week with Murray Campbell and Gene Rockwell, then for a week with just Rockwell.

Tommy Roe also increased his week count to 69 and sat alongside The Staccatos at 11 on the overall weeks count list. Percy Sledge moved tied 16th with The Seekers, they were both on 66 and The Tremeloes took 18th place to themselves, their 55 to date pulling them 1 clear of The Monkees and Sandie Shaw who dropped to 19th.

Apart from the new outright number 1 on the local list we also saw The Bats reach the 40 weeks milestone. They took position 3 for themselves as Gene Rockwell on 39 dropped to 4. Further down the list, Ken J. Larkin ticked over to 15 weeks and sat tied 17th with Emil Dean and Groep Twee.

Not only were The Staccatos leading the way for weeks by a local act, their hit ‘Cry To Me’ now led the way overall for points. It had accumulated 316 to date and moved ahead of Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ which was on 312.

Tommy Roe passed the 800 points landmark and he sat 11th overall for points.

The average weeks the song on the chart had been in the top 20 moved over the 7 mark for the first time in 93 weeks. It now sat on 7.05.

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