13 February 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
2 3 5 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head  – B.J. Thomas
3 6 7 Without Love  – Tom Jones
4 7 5 Don’t Cry Daddy  – Elvis Presley
5 2 17 Theresa  – Dave Mills
6 4 11 Jam Up Jelly Tight  – Tommy Roe
7 8 3 All I Have to do is Dream  – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
8 5 11 (Call Me) Number One  – Tremeloes
9 10 6 Liquidator  – Harry J. All Stars
10 11 6 Leaving on a Jet Plane  – Peter, Paul & Mary
11 15 7 Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)  – Steam
12 16 33 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
13 19 2 Someday We’ll be Together  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
14 12 11 Down on the Corner  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 13 11 Tracy  – Cuff Links
16 18 2 Good Old Rock ‘n Roll  – Dave Clark Five
17 New 1 Whole Lotta Love  – Led Zeppelin
18 20 2 Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday  – Stevie Wonder
19 17 3 Take a Letter Maria  – R.B. Greaves
20 New 1 Jingle Jangle  – Archies

Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ moved onto its 4th week at the top of the charts and this equalled the effort his only other chart topper to date, ‘Yesterday’s Man’, had managed. B.J. Thomas slipped into second place with ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’.

The biggest climber award this week went Diana Ross & The Supremes’ ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ which moved up 6 places from 19 to 13.

2 songs which were yo-yoing up and down the charts were both star raters this week. In the 7 weeks that Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ had been on the chart it had only gone in the same direction it was moving in the previous week once when in its 3rd week it climbed 4 places to follow up a 6 place climb it had managed the previous week. Since then it dropped, climbed, dropped and now in its 7th week it climbed 4 to 11.

During its first run on the charts, The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ had run a straightforward course of climbing to its peak of 1 and then falling, till it left the charts. Having re-entered the charts it started out with 7 weeks of climbing, a week of not moving, then it fell, then it started bouncing up and down the charts like an excited kid on a trampoline.  This week it actually followed up a climb with another climb, moving up 4 to 12.

The biggest fall this week was a mere 3 places and 2 songs managed this. Dave Mills’ ‘Theresa’ became the 54th local song to be the biggest faller as it dropped 3 from 2 to 5. Of the 54 times a local song had been the biggest faller, there had been 10 times when a song was the faller for a second time and of those 10 times, The Staccatos had managed this twice with 2 different songs. No local song had been the faller of the week 3 times.

The other biggest faller this week was The Tremeloes’ ‘(Call Me) Number One’ which dropped 3 to 8. This was their 3rd biggest faller and it was the 19th time an artist’s number of biggest fallers matched the number of places the song fell.

The Staccatos’ ‘Cry to Me’ continued as the oldest on the charts, clocking up its 21st week in this run and its 33rd week overall. The band had now seen 15 weeks in total with an oldest song on the chart, 11 in this run, 3 during the songs previous run and 1 week with ‘Come Back Silly Girl’.

There were 2 songs that left the top 20 this week, the first of which was John Edmond’s ‘Fairy Tales’ which had lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 13. This was just the first of a fair number of hits Edmond would have on our charts. His departure though lefty us with just Dave Mills’ ‘Theresa’ and The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ flying the local flag on the chart.

The Hollies’ ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ also left the charts. It had been with us for 13 weeks, 1 of which was at number 1. This was their best performer for weeks count of their 11 hits to date, but the lowest weeks at 1 of their 3 chart toppers. ‘He Ain’t Heavy…’ was the 23rd song to leave the charts from within the top 10 and the 10th to leave from number 9. Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ which left from 8 still held the record for the highest last week position.

Led Zeppelin were not really known as a singles band, their success coming more from their albums, but they did release a few singles and this week ‘Whole Lotta Love’ marked their debut appearance on our charts. The song was written by the band and, following an out of court settlement, blues musician Willie Dixon was added to the song writing credits as the song’s lyrics ‘borrowed’ heavily from Dixon’s ‘You Need Love’. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was released as a single in the US where it went to number 4, but was released not in the UK in that format (only being available on their ‘Led Zeppelin II’ album), until 1997 when a CD Single version was released and that went to number 21 on the charts there. In 2007, when digital downloads were included to calculate the UK charts, the song made a broken run of 3 weeks (2 weeks, then a single week 3 weeks later) appearance on the charts where it peaked at 64.

The Archies 6th SA Chart hit was the other new entry this week. As with all their previous hits ‘Jingle Jangle’ featured Jeff Barry in the song writing credits and for the 4th time on an Archies hit, he was joined by Andy Kim. Barry now reached double figures for hits as a song writer, this being his 10th hit so far while Andy Kim moved on to 6. Jeff sat tied 5th for hit count by a song writer, equal with Geoff Stephens. The song would be the second of only 2 top 10 hits they would have in the US where it went to number 10. Their other big success in the US was ‘Sugar, Sugar’ which topped the charts there. ‘Jingle Jangle’ would top the charts in Canada and go to 8 in what was then Rhodesia.

There was no movement on the top 20 of the weeks count list with the 6 acts (Tom Jones, The Staccatos, Tommy Roe, Elvis Presley, The Tremeloes and The Archies) who were in this week’s top 20 and were in the top 20 for weeks count all being too far behind the act in front of them to move with the exception of Tom Jones who just extended his lead at the top of the list. He was on 142 now. On the local list, The Staccatos were also extending their lead, they were now on 78, 10 ahead of 2nd placed Four Jacks & A Jill. There was some movement on the top 20 of this list as Dave Mills moved tied 15th with Al Debbo and The Dream Merchants with these acts all being on 17 weeks.

On the points front, Tom Jones was out front and he passed the 1,700 mark as he moved on to 1,702. Creedence Clearwater Revival moved past the 600 mark and Chris Andrews became the 29th act to reach the 500 points mark.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s record for being on the charts for consecutive weeks was extended as their run ticked over to 39.

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