23 January 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
2 1 8 (Call Me) Number One  – Tremeloes
3 3 11 He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother  – Hollies
4 7 14 Theresa  – Dave Mills
5 6 8 Down on the Corner  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 4 8 Jam Up Jelly Tight  – Tommy Roe
7 5 15 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
8 8 4 Without Love  – Tom Jones
9 17 2 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head  – B.J. Thomas
10 9 30 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
11 14 3 Leaving on a Jet Plane  – Peter, Paul & Mary
12 11 8 Tracy  – Cuff Links
13 15 3 Fairytales  – John Edmond
14 13 5 Baby it’s You  – Smith
15 19 2 Don’t Cry Daddy  – Elvis Presley
16 18 3 Liquidator  – Harry J. All Stars
17 10 4 Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)  – Steam
18 12 6 Nursery Rhyme  – Archies
19 16 7 Does Anybody Miss Me  – Ken J. Larkin
20 New 1 Turn on a Dream  – Box Tops

Chris Andrews picked up his second number 1 as ‘Pretty Belinda’ emulated the success of his first hit, ‘Yesterday Man’. ‘Pretty Belinda’ knocked The Tremeloes ‘(Call Me) Number One’ from the top spot after the latter had been there for 2 weeks. The Tremloes hit dropped to 2 and another previous chart topper, The Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ was at 3. This was the 19th time we had seen the top 3 songs having been chart toppers. Of these 19 occasions, there were 3 times where the number 4 song was also a number 1 or ex number 1. We would see one occasion where the top 5 had all been to the top spot, but that was a long way off.

One of last week’s new entries, ‘B.J. Thomas’ ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’, was the climber of the week, moving up 8 places from 17 to 9. This was the 120th time a song by a solo male artist had taken the biggest climber award, the 54th time for a US male and the 122nd time for any US artist.

The only other star rater this week was also by a solo US male and that was Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’ which moved up 4 from 19 to 15. This was Elvis’ 8th star rater climb and he became the 5th solo male to reach this many star raters.

The faller of the week had been one of the 2 climbers last week. Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ fell 7 from 10 to 17 to take the honours and give the band their first biggest faller award.

‘Cry To Me’ by The Staccatos continued on as the oldest on the charts, clocking up its 18th week in this run and becoming the first song to reach the magical 30 weeks in the charts when one includes the 12 weeks it managed in its first run.

Flying Machine were more of a disappearing off the charts machine than a flying one as ‘Smile A Little Smile For Me’ dropped off the top 20 after just 3 weeks with us. It managed to get to 18 in those 3 weeks. This would be their only venture into our charts. In terms of points for a song spending 3 weeks in the charts, this ranked tied 5th lowest with the 7 points the song managed equalling that of Derek’s ‘Cinnamon’, and being just 3 points higher than the lowest to date of 4 which David Garrick’s ‘Dear Mrs Applebee’ and Aubrey Ellis’ ‘Birds Don’t Sing Here Anymore’ had managed. This was the only song to leave the charts this week.

The newcomer was The Box Tops’ 4th hit to date, ‘Turn On A Dream’. The song was written by Mark James who had been the 17th person to chart as a song writer before charting as an artist. He had written Elvis’ ‘Suspicious Minds’ and ‘Turn On A Dream’ was his second hit as a song writer. We were yet to see him chart as an artist. ‘Turn On A Dream’ would be The Box Tops’ 9th US Hot 100 hit where it would go to number 58. It would also be their 2nd last song to chart there. It would not chart in the UK or on any of the major European charts.

Elvis Presley celebrated passing the 60 weeks in the charts mark this week. As he had 2 in the top 20, he jumped to 61 weeks and sat tied 18th on the weeks count list, alongside The Tremeloes. Further up the list at number 4, The Hollies moved on to 92 weeks and shook off The Rolling Stones whom they shared the position with last week. On the local list, Dave Mills entered the top 20, his 14 weeks to date placing him tied 20th with The A-Cads, Group 66 and Judy Page.

The Tremeloes hit the 800 points mark and were the 12th act to reach this milestone. They were the 9th British act to reach 800 points with the other 3 to reach this mark being divided between 2 Americans (The Beach Boys and Tommy Roe) and 1 local act (Four Jacks & A Jill).

Creedence Clearwater Revival continued to add to their consecutive weeks with a song in the chart tally as they had seen a song in the top 20 for 36 straight weeks now.

6 of the songs on chart were also on the UK top 50 this week and in addition where we had B.J. Thomas’ version of ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’, the Brits were enjoying Sasha Distel’s version in their charts. The US Hot 100 this week featured 8 songs that also appeared on our top 20 and 6 of those were in the top 20 there with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Down On The Corner’ being at 21 and The Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother’ sitting at 62. Unlike in the UK, the Americans were really enjoying B.J. Thomas’ hit mentioned above as it sat at the top of their charts this week.

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