6 March 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 2 Venus  – Shocking Blue
2 2 12 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
3 1 8 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head  – B.J. Thomas
4 3 6 All I Have to do is Dream  – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
5 8 5 Someday We’ll be Together  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 9 4 Whole Lotta Love  – Led Zeppelin
7 10 3 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
8 16 2 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
9 18 3 Reflections of My Life  – Marmalade
10 6 8 Don’t Cry Daddy  – Elvis Presley
11 5 10 Without Love  – Tom Jones
12 11 9 Leaving on a Jet Plane  – Peter, Paul & Mary
13 13 36 Cry to Me  – Staccatos
14 7 9 Liquidator  – Harry J. All Stars
15 New 1 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
16 New 1 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
17 12 20 Theresa  – Dave Mills
18 17 5 Good Old Rock ‘n Roll  – Dave Clark Five
19 20 2 Two Little Boys  – Rolf Harris
20 New 1 Rebecca Stein  – Bats

After arriving in the charts at number 4 last week, it was not too much of a surprise that Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ was the new number 1 this week. It was the first of only 3 songs that would reach number 1 in their second week on the chart (excluding Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ which was number 1 on the 1st 2 charts published). Last week’s chart topper, B.J. Tomas’ ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ dropped to 3 after just 1 week at 1 while the number 1 before that, Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ was unmoved at 2.

Marmalade’s ‘Reflections Of My Life’ was the climber of the week, moving up 9 places from 18 to 9. Edison Lighthouse’ would have been feeling a bit aggrieved as their ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’ managed an 8 place leap from 16 to 8, but was outdone by Marmalade. They could take a little comfort from the fact that they had the only other star rater of the week.

Harry J. Allstars’ ‘Liquidator’ became the first song by a Jamaican act to take the biggest faller award as it fell 7 places from 7 to 14. Neither of the 2 Desmond Dekker hits we had seen so far, nor Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’ (the only other Jamican hits to date) had experienced a biggest fall.

The Staccatos had now had more weeks in the chart with the oldest song than any other act, including Rick Nelson who had the oldest on the charts for the first 17 weeks that the top 20 existed. The Staccatos’ ‘Cry To Me’ was in its 24 weeks in this run and equalled Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ for a record to date consecutive weeks in the chart by a song. In total ‘Cry To Me’ had now clocked up 36 weeks in its 2 runs and 17 weeks (3 in the previous run, 14 in this run) as the oldest on the charts. With The Staccatos having also had a week with the oldest with ‘Come Back Silly Girl’, their overall total for having an oldest in the charts was now a record to date 18 weeks.

The Archies’ ‘Jingle Jangle’ left the charts after a run of just 3 weeks, their poorest performance to date. It managed to get to 15 during that time. The good news for them was that they were not done with their SA chart career yet.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Jam Up Jelly Tight’ also left the top 20. It manged 13 weeks and got to number 4. This restored Roe to having his hits last more than 10 weeks in the charts after his previous 2 had failed to reach that total. He did, however, have a perfect record for top 10 hits as all 7 of his hits to date had made the top 10.

Last to go was Stevie Wonder’s ‘Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday’ which spent 4 weeks on the charts and peaked at 14. It was not a brilliant start to his SA chart career, but the good news for him was that he would have further hits which would fare far better.

Dave Mills was having a good week. His hit ‘Theresa’ became the 7th song overall and the 4th local song to reach the 20 weeks in the charts mark. He also saw his hit ‘Love is a Beautiful Song’ enter the charts this week. With 2 in the charts, he became the 5th local act to achieve this and the 34th act overall. ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ was co-written by Terry Dempsey and Robin Netcher, giving Depmsey his 4th hit as song writer to date and Netcher his first. Not only did the song chart in South Africa and neighbouring Rhodesia (as it was then) where it went to number 2, but it also managed to get into the Australian charts and climb to number 2 there.

Vanity Fare were a British band who named themselves after the William Makepeace Thackeray novel ‘Vanity Fair’. Their first single, ‘I Live For The Sun’ made number 20 in the UK, but the following 2 singles failed to chart. Then came ‘Early In The Morning’ which would get them their best UK peak of 8. They followed that up with ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’, our new entry this week, and it went to number 16 there but would be their last charting single. All 3 of their UK charting singles would make the Hot 100 in the US, but unlike in the UK, ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ would be their best performer, going to number 5. It would give song writers Peter Calendar and Mitch Murray their 4th and 2nd SA chart hits respectively. In 1990 Sinitta took a cover of the song to 24 in the UK.

The final new entry was The Bats 6th hit to date, ‘Rebecca Stein’. This moved the band into tied second place for hits by a local artist as they joined Virginia Lee, The Staccatos and Gene Rockwell all sitting 1 behind leaders Four Jacks & A Jill who were on 7. This was the 4th of their 6 hits which the band had written themselves with ‘Shabby Little Hut’ and ‘That’s How I Fell’ being the 2 that they didn’t pen.

The arrival of ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ and ‘Rebecca Stein’ doubled the local hit count on the charts and we now had 4 songs flying the local flag. We were also still enjoying a record to date 6 nations represented in the top 20.

The Staccatos, finally caught up to Manfred Mann, their 81 weeks to date putting them tied 8th on the weeks count list. Elvis Presley also caught up to those above him, his 68 weeks moving him into a congested 13th place, sharing it with Cliff Richard, Four Jacks & A Jill, Percy Sledge and Petula Clark.

Dave Mills’ 2 in the chart meant he moved on to 21 weeks and that placed him tied 12th on the local list, joining Ken J. Larkin there.

The Staccatos also enjoyed moving past the 800 points mark, becoming the 14th act to do so and the second local act after Four Jacks & Jill to manage it.

With the 3 songs leaving the charts being by American acts and 1 of the new entries being by a UK act, the Poms took over as having the most songs in the charts as there were 7 songs by UK acts and only 6 by US acts in the top 20. The Americans had led the way for the past 35 weeks.

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