27 February 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head  – B.J. Thomas
2 1 11 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
3 4 5 All I Have to do is Dream  – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
4 New 1 Venus  – Shocking Blue
5 5 9 Without Love  – Tom Jones
6 3 7 Don’t Cry Daddy  – Elvis Presley
7 8 8 Liquidator  – Harry J. All Stars
8 11 4 Someday We’ll be Together  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 13 3 Whole Lotta Love  – Led Zeppelin
10 19 2 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
11 6 8 Leaving on a Jet Plane  – Peter, Paul & Mary
12 7 19 Theresa  – Dave Mills
13 10 35 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
14 14 4 Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday  – Stevie Wonder
15 9 13 Jam Up Jelly Tight  – Tommy Roe
16 New 1 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
17 17 4 Good Old Rock ‘n Roll  – Dave Clark Five
18 20 2 Reflections of My Life  – Marmalade
19 15 3 Jingle Jangle  – Archies
20 New 1 Two Little Boys  – Rolf Harris

B.J. Thomas’ ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ took over the number 1 spot from Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ after the latter had been at the top for 5 weeks. ‘Pretty Belinda’ dropped to 2 and the duet between Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell, ‘All I Have To Do is Dream’ crept up 1 position to 3.

Neil Diamonds’ ‘Holly Holy’ took the biggest climber award as it jumped 9 places from 19 to 10. This was his first time with the biggest climber as an artist. The only other song to make a star rater climb was Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ which moved up 4 from 13 to 9.

Tommy Roe picked up his 3rd biggest faller as ‘Jam Up Jelly Tight’ dropped 6 from 9 to 15 to take the honours this week.

The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ moved on to 23 straight weeks in the charts and 35 weeks overall. It was now 1 week away from equalling Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ record to date for consecutive weeks in the charts as the latter had managed 24. Its 35 week total was well in the lead for weeks on the charts in total. ‘Cry To Me’ now also equalled ‘Sweet Pea’ for consecutive weeks as the oldest on the charts as it had been the granddaddy of the top 20 for 13 straight weeks with this run. This record excludes songs which were on the very first chart. In total The Staccatos had had 17 weeks with an oldest song in the charts which equalled the record to date including the songs on the first chart which Rick Nelson held. ‘Cry To Me’ was now heading down the charts as it dropped 3 places to 13 and the song set a new record for number of times it had changed direction in its movement as this was the 8th time it had headed in the opposite direction to it previous movement.

R.B. Greaves’ ‘Take A Letter Maria’ was the first of 3 song to leave the chart this week. It spent 4 weeks on the charts and peaked at 17. This would be his only adventure in our top 20.

Another song which, like ‘Cry To Me’, had been up and down the chart like a yo-yo was ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ which finally left the charts after 8 weeks and a peak of 9. While desperately trying to avoid bad jokes about the charts running out of Steam, I should tell you that ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’ would be the band’s only SA chart hit.

The Tremeloes’ ‘(Call Me) Number One’ was the last song to go this week. It had lasted 12 weeks in the top 20, 2 of which were at number 1. This continued The Tremeloes run of every second hit (of their 5 to date) making the top spot. The good news for the band was that they still had 1 further hit to come, the bad news was that if they were to continue their sequence of every second hit being a chart topper, then their last one would not reach the number 1 position. Stay tuned…

The big news for this week’s chart was we saw the all-time record highest new entry which was Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’. The song crashed into the charts at number 4, beating the previous best debut position of 5 which Cat Stevens’ ‘Mathew And Son’ had managed. These 2 songs would be the only 2 ever to be a new entry at 5 or higher. Written by band member Robbie van Leeuwen, the song would top the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and The US. In the UK it would only get to number 8. In 1986, Bananarama’s version of the song would exactly match the US and UK peaks that Shocking Blue’s version had managed. It would also top the Australian and Swiss charts, but wouldn’t match the original’s success in the other aforementioned countries where Shocking Blue topped the chart. It is claimed that ‘Venus’ is the only song to top the US charts in 3 different version, but this includes it being part of the ‘Stars On 45’ medley that went to number 1 in the US in 1981. ‘Venus’ was the second song by an act from The Netherlands to make our charts.

Our second new entry was Edison Lighthouse’s ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’. The song, a UK chart topper, was written by Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason giving the song writers their 9th and 14th hit respectively. Macaulay moved tied 7th for number of hits by a song writer while Mason pulled 1 clear of Barry Gibb to sit 1 behind overall leader Les Reed. The song would also see chart action in Germany (#8), The Netherlands (#13), Belgium (#17) and Norway (#7).

The last of our new entries would be replaced at the top of the UK charts by the Edison Lighthouse hit mentioned above. Rolf Harris’ ‘Two Little Boys’ spent 6 weeks at number 1 in the UK before ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’. The song had been around since 1902 when it was a musical hall favourite. Other than its number 1 feat in the UK, it did not make the US or major European charts and only made number 8 in his native Australia. It would get to number 5 in what was then Rhodesia. While Rolf Harris was only the second Australian act to make our charts, ‘Two Little Boys’ was the 8th song by an Australian act to feature in the top 20 as the previous 7 by Aussies had all been by The Seekers.

Rolf, an Australian and Shocking Blue, a Dutch band joined Jamaican act Harry J. Allstars, 2 local acts, 9 Americans and 6 Brits to bring us a record equalling 6 different nations represented in the top 20 this week.

The Staccatos and Tommy Roe both reached the 80 weeks in the chart milestone but sat unmoved in tied 9th spot on the weeks count list. Elvis Presley pulled 1 week clear of The Seekers, giving him 17th place on the list to himself while the latter dropped to 18th. Dave Mills ticked over to 19 weeks and now had 13th place on the local list to himself as he moved 1 ahead of Jody Wayne and The Square set who dropped to tied 14th place. The Staccatos were now 12 weeks clear at the top of the local list.

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