19 December 1969

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
2 4 6 He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother  – Hollies
3 2 9 Theresa  – Dave Mills
4 3 11 Don’t Forget to Remember  – Bee Gees
5 10 3 Down on the Corner  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 5 12 La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down  – Archies
7 7 4 So Good Together  – Andy Kim
8 14 3 (Call Me) Number One  – Tremeloes
9 8 25 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
10 6 8 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Bobbie Gentry
11 13 3 Tracy  – Cuff Links
12 18 3 Jam Up Jelly Tight  – Tommy Roe
13 9 9 Who’s That Girl  – Bats
14 16 8 Love at First Sight  – Sounds Nice
15 11 7 I’m Gonna Make You Mine  – Lou Christie
16 New 1 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
17 19 20 I Need You  – Rick Nelson
18 20 2 Does Anybody Miss Me  – Ken J. Larkin
19 New 1 Silent Night  – Percy Sledge
20 New 1 Nursery Rhyme  – Archies

Having regained the top spot last week, Elvis’ ‘Suspicious Minds’ held on to it for a second week in this, its second run at number 1. It had now enjoyed a total of 5 weeks at 1 which exceeded the combined total of 4 weeks managed by his other 2 chart toppers to date, ‘Do The Clam’ and ‘Crying In The Chapel’.

The Tremeloes’ ‘(Call Me) Number One’ followed up last week’s biggest climber award with another 6 place climb to take the award again. It was their 7th time with a biggest climber and they were only the 6th act to reach this total. Over the life of the charts (1965 to 1989) a total of 35 acts would achieve this many biggest climbers of which 23 would have their 7th one in the top 30 era. The Tremeloes shared the biggest climber award with Tommy Roe and his ‘Jam Up Jelly Tight’ which moved up its 6 places from 18 to 12.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Down On The Corner’ climbed 5 to 5 to be the only other star rater this week. This was their 7th star rater and they were the 24th act to reach this many star raters. It had taken them just 29 weeks from their first new entry to get this many star raters which meant they averaged one just over every 4 weeks. They equalled The Rolling Stones for the quickest to get to 7 star raters. The next quickest was Engelbert Humperdinck who took 42 weeks from the date his first hit entered the chart till he hit 7 star raters.

It took just a 4 place fall to be the biggest faller this week and there were 3 songs that managed this – Bobbie Gentry’s ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’, The Bats’ ‘Who’s That Girl’ and Lou Christies ‘I’m Gonna Make You Mine’ which fell to 10, 13 and 15 respectively.

The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ clocked up its 25th week with us, having managed 12 in its first run and 13 so far in its second run. This was a new record to date for total weeks in the charts by a song, moving 1 ahead of Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ although it should be said that the latter’s total was in consecutive weeks. ‘Cry To Me’ was the oldest on this week’s chart, even if one excluded the 12 weeks of its previous run. Also clocking up the weeks was Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ which was in its second run on the charts and this week it became the 6th song to reach the 20 weeks in the chart mark.

Bobby Sherman’s ‘Little Woman’ was the 1st of 3 songs to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 4 weeks and peaked at 13 during that time. This would be Sherman’s only SA chart hit. In the US he would manage 10 top 100 hits, 4 of which would go top 10 there.

Percy Sledge’s ‘Faithful And True’ departed after 6 weeks and peaked at 12. This was tied 2nd lowest weeks for any of Percy’s 7 hits to date and the 3rd lowest peak.

Last to go was The Youngblood’s ‘Get Together’. It spent 5 weeks on the charts and peaked at 10. This would be the sum total of their SA chart career. On an alphabetical list of the artists who had charted so far, The Youngbloods sat second last with The Zombies bring up the last spot. By the time the charts had finished, they would sit 5th last (using surnames for individuals).

The artist on the first new entry set a new record for the gap between hits for a UK act. We had last seen Chris Andrews on the charts as an artist (he had charted as song writer on some of Sandie Shaw’s hits in between) on 13 May 1966. The gap of 188 week beat the previous biggest gap for a UK artists (which was at 1 point the overall biggest gap) that The Animals had by 29 weeks. The 188 weeks was the second biggest gap overall that we had seen to date with Rick Nelson’s 218 weeks being the biggest so far. Andrews’ new one was ‘Pretty Belinda’. The song, his 3rd SA chart hit as an artist, would give him a number 1 hit in Austria and Zimbabwe, go to number 3 in Germany and Norway and 8 in Holland.

Percy Sledge’s 8th SA hit was a seasonal one, ‘Silent Night’ which entered the charts at 19 this week. This well-known Christmas Carol dates back to 1818 and was originally written in German as ‘Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht’. Bing Crosby’s version of this is the 3rd biggest single of all time worldwide (Crosby also has the all-time top selling single in ‘White Christmas’) shifting around 30 million copies. Sledge joined 5 other acts on 8 hits and they all sat tied 8th for number of hits. This was the 10th occasion where an artist had a new entry the same week that one of their songs left the charts. Of the previous 9 occasions this had happened, 2 had been by Cliff Richard and he was the only act to manage this twice.

The Archies became the 12th act to have 2 different pairings of songs in the charts. They had previously seen ‘La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down’ and ‘Sugar Sugar’ in the charts at the same time and this week their 5th hit to date, ‘Nursery Rhyme’ joined ‘La-Dee-Doo-Down-Down’ which was still in the top 20. Like the song already in the charts, ‘Nursery Rhyme’ was also written by Andy Kim and Jeff Barry giving the former his 5th hit as a song writer and the later his 9th. Barry now sat tied 5 for hits by a song writer. ‘Nursery Rhyme’ did not make the charts in the US or the UK and also didn’t seem to bother the major charts in Europe.

We had 4 acts reach milestones in terms of weeks with Rick Nelson getting to 20, The Archies reaching 50 and The Staccatos and Tommy Roe both reaching 70.

The Staccatos and Tommy Roe moved into tied 10th spot on the weeks count list where they joined Donovan. Percy Sledge moved 1 ahead of The Seekers and now had position 16 to himself while Elvis re-entered the top 20 of the weeks count list, his 54 to date putting him tied 19th with The Monkees and Sandie Shaw. It had been 149 weeks since Elvis was last in the top 20 of this list.

On the local hits count list, Ken J. Larkin moved into tied 16th place with Peter Lotis with both acts on 16 weeks.

The Hollies became the 6th act to reach the 1,000 points mark, their 1,001 to date placing them 6th overall while The Tremloes enjoyed going past the 700 mark. They sat on 704 points which placed them 13th overall.

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