6 February 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
2 3 16 Theresa  – Dave Mills
3 4 4 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head  – B.J. Thomas
4 5 10 Jam Up Jelly Tight  – Tommy Roe
5 2 10 (Call Me) Number One  – Tremeloes
6 7 6 Without Love  – Tom Jones
7 10 4 Don’t Cry Daddy  – Elvis Presley
8 18 2 All I Have to do is Dream  – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
9 8 13 He ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother  – Hollies
10 14 5 Liquidator  – Harry J. All Stars
11 12 5 Leaving on a Jet Plane  – Peter, Paul & Mary
12 6 10 Down on the Corner  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
13 11 10 Tracy  – Cuff Links
14 15 5 Fairytales  – John Edmond
15 9 6 Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)  – Steam
16 17 32 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
17 20 2 Take a Letter Maria  – R.B. Greaves
18 New 1 Good Old Rock ‘n Roll  – Dave Clark Five
19 New 1 Someday We’ll be Together  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
20 New 1 Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday  – Stevie Wonder

Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ clocked up its 3rd week at the top of the charts and Andrews now had a total of 7 weeks at 1 to his name as his previous chart topper, ‘Yesterday Man’ had spent 4 weeks at the top of the charts. We had not seen a local number 1 since the Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ was top of the charts in the February of 1969, but Dave Mills’ ‘Theresa’ was making a valiant effort to bring us our next local chart topper as it moved back in to 2nd place, having made its way back there after dropping as low as 7 since previously being in second place 8 weeks previously.

The duet between Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’, was the climber of the week, moving up 10 places from 18 to 8. This was the 32nd time a song had climbed 10 or more places in a week and the first time that a song by duet/collaboration had managed it.

Only 1 other song managed a star rater climb and that was Harry J Allstars’ ‘Liquidator;’ which moved up 4 places from 14 to 10. This was only the second time a song by a Jamaican artist had been a star rater, the previous one being Desmond Dekkers’ ‘Israelites’.

On the falling front it was 2 songs that took the biggest tumble. The first was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Down On The Corner’ which dropped 6 from 6 to 12. This was the band’s 5th time with a biggest faller. The second song to fall 6 places this week couldn’t seem to make up its mind as in the previous 3 weeks it was biggest climber, then biggest faller, then biggest climber and now it was the biggest faller again. The song in question was Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ and it was the second song to manage a sequence of climber-faller-climber-faller, the previous being Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’. In total 7 songs would manage this sequence, but Steam’s hit had the distinction of being the only one to manage this in 4 consecutive weeks.

The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ was still on the chart and heading back up again, climbing 1 place from 17 to 16. It had been with us for a total of 20 weeks in this run and 32 weeks overall and was enjoying its 10th week as the oldest on the charts for this run. So far it had changed the direction it was moving in on the charts a record 8 times overtaking Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘’Simon Says’ which changed direction 7 times each during their respective runs.

Jimmy Cliff’s debut on our charts didn’t last long as his hit ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’ was the first of 3 songs to depart the chart. It was only with us for 1 week and spent that week at 19. It was the 10th song so far to have its chart run being 1 week at 19. The good news for Jimmy was that he had more hits to come.

Smith’s ‘Baby It’s You’ left the charts after a run of 6 weeks and peaking at 10. Unlike Jimmy Cliff, they would not grace out charts again and this would be their only hit.

Elvis’ 3 week run with 2 in the charts ended this week as ‘Suspicious Minds’ dropped off the top 20 after a run of 16 weeks, 6 of which were spent at number 1. This was his best performing song to date, both in terms of weeks and weeks at 1 (he had had 2 previous chart toppers). This was also reflected in the fact that the song managed to get 262 points, 102 better than his second best performing song, ‘Crying in The Chapel’ which made 160. Overall ‘Suspicious Minds’ had the 11th highest points count to date. Further good news for fans of The King was that he would be back.

The Dave Clark Five returned to the charts with their 4th hit to date, ‘Good Old Rock ‘N Roll’. The song was a medley of hits from the 50s, including Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ and Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On’.  Oddly though, it was not an original medley as it was a ‘cover’ of the medley of the same name by an American band called Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys. The latter version made it to number 21 on the US charts while the Dave Clark Five version would get to number 7 in the UK, neither act would chart on their respective opposite sides of the Atlantic.

The second of the new entries was ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ which was credited to Diana Ross & The Supremes, but was in essence a Diana Ross solo song as the 2 other members of The Supremes, Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong did not appear on the track. It would be the final track to be released as a ‘Supremes’ song featuring Diana Ross and it would be their 12th hit to reach number 1 in the US where it would spend the last week of 1969 as the nation’s favourite there. The song started life in 1961 when song writers Johnny Bristol and Jackey Beavers (who teamed up with Harvey Fuqua to write the song) recorded a version going under the name Johnny & Jackey. Bristol would end up singing backing vocals on the ‘Supremes’ version which would also make number 13 in the UK charts.

Stevie Wonder also made his SA chart debut this week. His new entry was a song called ‘Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday’. He had already had 18 Hot 100 hits in the US before ‘Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday’ came along. It was his 9th hit to go top 10 there, reaching number 7. In the UK it made it to number 2. The song was originally recorded in 1961 by a guy called Chris Clark. Wonder’s version of it had something in common with fellow new entry, ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ in that both songs featured the group of session musicians known as The Funk Brothers who performed on numerous big hits from the Motown stable.

The Staccatos and Tommy Roe moved their respective weeks count totals on to 77 each and shook off Engelbert Humperdinck whom they shared 9th place with on the weeks count list last week. Humperdinck dropped to 11th. On the local front, Dave Mills climbed to tied 17th with Peter Lotis with 16 weeks to his name.

The Staccatos also celebrated the fact that their song ‘Cry To Me’ had become the first ever to reach the 400 points milestone as it moved on to 402. By the time the charts finished in1989 6 songs would have reached 400 points (this ignores positions 21 to 30 once the charts were expanded).

The act that The Staccatos shared a weeks count with, Tommy Roe, was also celebrating a milestone as he passed the 900 points in total mark. He was the 10th act to reach this many points.

Creedence Clearwater Revival extended their record to date run of sequential weeks featuring in the top 20 as they had now been in the charts for 38 straight weeks.

This week we also saw a record to date 5 instances where the first letter of the acts name in adjacent places was the same. We had Tommy Roe, The Tremeloes and Tom Jones at 4, 5 and 6, the Hollies and Harry J Allstars at 9 and 10, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Cuff Links at 12 and 13, Steam and the Staccatos at 15 and 16 and the Dave Clark Five and Diana Ross & The Supremes at 18 and 19. The 3 ‘T’s at 4,5 and 6 was the 11th occasion when 3 songs sitting next to each other were by acts starting with the same letter, a record to date.

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