30 January 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
2 2 9 (Call Me) Number One  – Tremeloes
3 4 15 Theresa  – Dave Mills
4 9 3 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head  – B.J. Thomas
5 6 9 Jam Up Jelly Tight  – Tommy Roe
6 5 9 Down on the Corner  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 8 5 Without Love  – Tom Jones
8 3 12 He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother  – Hollies
9 17 5 Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)  – Steam
10 15 3 Don’t Cry Daddy  – Elvis Presley
11 12 9 Tracy  – Cuff Links
12 11 4 Leaving on a Jet Plane  – Peter, Paul & Mary
13 7 16 Suspicious Minds  – Elvis Presley
14 16 4 Liquidator  – Harry J. All Stars
15 13 4 Fairytales  – John Edmond
16 14 6 Baby it’s You  – Smith
17 10 31 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
18 New 1 All I Have to do is Dream  – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
19 New 1 Wonderful World, Beautiful People  – Jimmy Cliff
20 New 1 Take a Letter Maria  – R.B. Greaves

Having captured the top spot last week, Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ held on to it to make it 2 weeks at number 1. The previous chart topper, The Tremeloes’ ‘(Call Me) Number One’, was unmoved at 2 while Dave Mills edged ever closer to the number 1 position with ‘Theresa’ which moved up 1 to 3.

Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ became the 6th song to be a biggest climber after suffering a biggest fall as it followed up last week’s drop of 7 places with climb of 8 taking it from 17 to 9. This was the second biggest climb we had seen following being a biggest faller, with The Staccatos’ 10 place jump with ‘Spicks And Specks’ being the biggest recovery after a biggest fall. Of the 6 songs which had managed a biggest climb after having seen a biggest fall, ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ was the 3rd which had been a biggest climber before being biggest faller as well.

B.J. Thomas picked up a second star rater with ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ which moved up 5 from 9 to 4 while Elvis enjoyed his 9th star rater, ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’ jumping 5 to 10. 18 acts so far had 9 or more star raters to their names.

The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ have been on the charts for 31 weeks in total now (12 weeks in its first run and 19 so far in this, its second run) and yet this was the first time the song experienced being the biggest faller as it dropped 7 places from 10 to 17 to take the honours this week.

The Box Tops’ ‘Turn On A Dream’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the chart this week and it was the 10th song to spend just 1 week at the lowest position on the charts as it spent its only week in the top 20 at number 20. Further bad news for The Box Tops was that this ended their SA chart career. They had spent a total of 35 weeks on the charts with the 4 hits they managed and ‘Soul Deep’s peak of 2 being their finest hour.

Ken J. Larkin’s ‘Does Anybody Miss Me’ fell off the charts after a stay of 7 weeks and a peak of 13. This was half the weeks of and an 8 place lower peak than his only other hit to date, ‘Turn Around’, which managed 14 weeks and peaked at 5. Larkin would return to the charts, but for the moment, his departure brought the local hit count down to 3.

Last to go was The Archies’ ‘Nursery Rhyme’ which had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 12. This was the first of their 5 hits to date not to make the top 10. With their hit leaving the chart this week, they fell agonisingly short of a 30 consecutive week run in the charts with at least 1 hit as last week had been their 29th straight week featuring in the top 20. The good news for them was that we would see them again in the charts.

Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell brought us our 15th hit by a duet or collaboration of artist. ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. The song was a number 1 hit in the US for The Everly Brothers in 1958. It was written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant and was their second SA chart hit as song writers as they had brought us Solomon King’s ‘She Wears My Ring’. The Gentry/Campbell version of the song would be the 3rd version to make the Hot 100 in the US with the actor Richard Chamberlain being second after the Everlys, going to number 14 with it in 1963. Gentry and Campbell’s version made number 27. In 1981 Andy Gibb teamed up with ‘Dallas’ actress Victoria Principal to take a version to number 51. In the UK only Gentry and Campbell’s version has charted so far and it made it to number 3 there.

Jimmy Cliff became the 3rd Jamaican to chart and as Desmond Dekker was the only one from that island to manged 2 hits so far, Cliff’s ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’ was the 4th song by a Jamaican artist to chart in SA. Also, with Harry J Allstars’ ‘Liquidator’ still in the top 20, we also had the first occasion with 2 Jamaican hits in the charts. ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’ would reach number 6 in the UK and 25 in the US. In 1987 Amazulu would take a cover of the song to number 97 in the UK.

Our final new entry was ‘Take A Letter Marie’ by a guy called R.B. Greaves. Greaves full name was Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves III (no wonder he just used his initials) and he was born on a US Army Air Force base in Guyana on 28 November 1943. He was the nephew of soul singer Sam Cook. ‘Take A Letter Marie’ would be the biggest of 5 US hot 100 hits he would have, going to number 2 there and kept off the top spot by 5th Dimensions’ ‘Wedding Bell Blues’. Greaves would sadly die from cancer on 27 September 2012 aged 68.

Tom Jones was surging ahead with his weeks count and now hit the 140 weeks mark. He sat 39 weeks clear at the top of the weeks count list with 2nd placed The Troggs only having 101 to their name. The Staccatos and Tommy Roe moved on to 76 weeks each and now sat tied 9th on the weeks count list alongside Engelbert Humperdinck. Elvis Presley clocked up his 63rd week and made 18th place his own with The Tremloes dropping from tied 18th last week to 19th this week. On the local list, Dave Mills moved up to tied 18th, sitting alongside Emil Dean and GroepTwee on 15 weeks. Judy Page and Group 66 dropped off the top 20 of that list.

The Hollies became the 6th act to move past the 1,100 points mark as their tally moved on to 1,108. So far only Tom Jones, The Troggs, The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys had more than The Hollies.

Creedence Clearwater Revival continued their run with a hit in the chart and we had now had 37 straight weeks where they had featured on the top 20.

The average number of weeks the songs on this week’s chart had been in the top 20 was 7.7. This was the highest it had been for 138 week. The last time it was this high was 9 June 1967, but it was still a little way off the record to date of 8.75 which we saw on 24 February 1967.

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