10 April 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
2 2 6 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
3 6 5 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
4 9 4 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
5 4 7 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
6 3 7 Venus  – Shocking Blue
7 7 4 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 5 8 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
9 10 4 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
10 13 3 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin
11 8 17 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
12 16 2 Let’s Work Together  – Canned Heat
13 20 2 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
14 15 4 Dankie  – Lance James
15 11 8 Reflections of My Life  – Marmalade
16 18 3 Good Morning  – Leapy Lee
17 New 1 Years May Come, Years May Go  – Herman’s Hermits
18 New 1 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
19 14 10 Someday We’ll be Together  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
20 New 1 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave

Dave Mills enjoyed a second week at number 1 with ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’, keeping Vanity Fare’s ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ at bay as the latter sat at 2 for a second week.

Chris Andrews picked up his 3rd biggest climber award as ‘Carol OK’ moved up 7 places from 20 to 13. Andrews had seen a bigger climb only once previously and that was when ‘Yesterday Man’ jumped 8 places.

Simon & Garfunkel became the 24th act to reach 8 star raters as ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ moved up 5 places from 9 to 4. This meant that all of their 4 hits to date had been star raters twice. They were joined in a star rater climb by Canned Heat who saw ‘Let’s Work Together’ climbing 4 places from 16 to 12. This was their 2nd star rater climb.

The faller of the week was Diana Ross & The Supremes’ ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ which dropped 5 places from 14 to 19. It was the second time the song had taken the award.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ enjoyed a 3rd week as the oldest on the charts. It ticked over to 17 weeks in the top 20.

B.J. Thomas’ ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 12 weeks and spent 1 week at the top of the charts. While Thomas would have 26 Hot 100 hits in the US, this would be his only one to make the SA charts.

We also said goodbye to Eddie Holman’s ‘Hey There Lonely Girl’ which had been with us for just 2 weeks, getting to number 17 in that time. Like Thomas, this would be Holman’s only SA chart hit, but unlike Thomas, Holman would only manage 4 Hot 100 hits in the US.

Last to go was ‘All I Have to do is Dream’ by Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell. We had enjoyed its company for 10 weeks and it managed a peak of 3. This was just the start of Glen Campbell’s SA chart career, but it marked the end of the road SA Chart hit-wise for Bobbie Gentry. She had managed 3 hits, spent 26 weeks in the charts in total and saw a best peak of 3 which both ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ as well as ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ managed. She was the 7th highest female artist on the weeks count list and sat tied 47th overall. The departure of the duet from the chart meant that we only had solo males and groups represented in the top 20 with 8 hits being by the former and 12 by the latter.

‘Years May Come, Years May Go’ was Herman’s Hermits 11th song to make our charts and this placed them tied 3rd on the hits count list, sharing the place with The Hollies and sitting 1 behind Cliff Richard and 2 behind overall leader Tom Jones who was on 13. The song would give them a number 7 hit in the UK and make them the 4th act to have spent time in the SA charts every year since the top 20 began in 1965. It was written by Andre Popp and Jack Fishman, giving Popp his 5th SA chart hit as song writer and the first of those 5 that was not ‘Love Is Blue’. It was a 4th hit for Jack Fishman. As with their previous 10 hits, Herman’s Hermits  again employed Mickie Most to produce.

The second new entry was a take on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Number 1. Entitled ‘Tchaikovsky One’, the song by local band Omega Limited was the 21st instrumental hit to chart and also the 21st to chart in more than one version as UK act, Second City Sound had charted on our charts in 1966 with their take on this classical piece. Omega Limited were formed in Cape Town in 1966 and would win the Battle Of The Bands competition on 1967 and 1968. Tchaikovsky’s piece would be heard again on our charts but not as a full song, rather as the opening bit of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Hooked On Classics’.

Local band Tidal Wave brought us the 5th song to chart with a 2 word title where the 2 words were the same. Their debut SA chart hit, ‘Spider Spider’ joined The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’, Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Mony Mony’, The Tonics’ ‘Chewy Chewy’ and The Equals’ ‘Softly Softly’ in this and were the first act whose name did not end in ‘s’ to do so. In addition to the 2 words repeated titles, we had also seen Ohio Express’ ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ have 3 repeated words (and the band’s name also ended in ‘s’).  ‘Spider Spider’ was written by Terry Dempsey giving him his 5th SA chart hit to date as song writer. Robin Netcher is credited with arranging which meant that we had a Dempsey/Netcher collaboration at the top and the bottom of the chart as the pair had also co-written Dave Mill’s number 1 hit ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’. It was also the 8th time a local act had occupied the top and bottom spot of the charts.

The arrival of Omega Limited and Tidal Wave on the charts doubled the local content and we were back to 4 hits by SA artists in the top 20.

Herman’s Hermits new one moved them on to 90 weeks in the charts in total, but they were unmoved at 6 on the weeks count list. Also celebrating reaching a milestone was Creedence Clearwater Revival who hit the 50 weeks mark. They sat at number 25 on the weeks count list.

For the last 4 weeks we had seen more American acts on the charts than British ones, but this week The Poms drew level with The Yanks with both nations bringing us 7 hits each. The balance was made up of 4 local hits and 2 by acts from The Netherlands.

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