17 April 1970

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

Dave Mills held on to the top spot with ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ now in its 3rd week at 1. Vanity Fare’s ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ was also unmoved in the last 3 weeks, still sitting at 2 and wondering if it would ever make the number 1 spot.

Chris Andrews followed up last week’s biggest climb with ‘Carol OK’ with another biggest climb with ‘Carol OK’ as the song moved up a further 7 places from 13 to 6. This was Andrews’ 4th time having the biggest climber.

There were 2 other songs that climbed more than 4 places and they were Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ which moved up 6 places to 3 and local band, Tidal Wave, whose ‘Spider Spider’ also climbed 6 places and landed at 14. Acts from The Netherlands had a combined weeks count of 14 and so far only Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ had managed a star rater climb which it had done so twice.

And while Chris Andrews was enjoying having the biggest climber, he was also experiencing the pain of having the biggest faller and this was the 5th time so far we had seen an act have the climber and faller in the same week. Andrews picked up the award with a 5 place fall from 11 to 16 with ‘Pretty Belinda’. However, he was not alone in having the biggest faller as Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ also dropped 6 places, falling from 5 to 11. And talking of biggest fallers, Simon & Garfunkel were enjoying their 40th straight week without experiencing having the biggest faller. The record longest run without having a biggest faller was 57 weeks which The Seekers held and this would be the all time record.

The oldest on the chart remained Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ which was into its 18th week with us. It was its 4th week as the oldest, but more significantly it was the 150th week that a song by a US act had been the oldest.

We said goodbye to 2 songs this week, the first of which was Diana Ross & The Supremes’ ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ which left after a 10 week run that saw the song go all the way up to number 5. We would be together with both Diana Ross and also with The Supremes someday after this as Ross would see further solo hits and The Supremes would return as part of a collaboration.

The Marmalade’s ‘Reflections Of My Life’ was the other song to go. It lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 5, 1 week less and 2 places lower than their only other hit to date, ‘Baby Make It Soon’. Like Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Marmalade would return to our charts.

The first new entry was White Plains with a song called ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’. It featured Tony Burrows on vocals. He had been in both The Ivy League and Edison Lighthouse who had already charted on our charts. ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ would go to number 9 in the UK and 13 in the US as well as reaching 4 in Canada and 20 in Australia. It was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and was a 7th SA chart hit for the song writing duo.

The other new entry was Glen Campbell’s ‘Honey Come Back’ which followed up his recent successful duet with Bobbie Gentry, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’.  ‘Honey Come Back’ was written by Jimmy Webb (who had also brought us Richard Harris’ ‘MacArthur Park’) and was first recorded in 1969 by Chuck Jackson. That version would go to 43 on the US R&B Charts. Campbell’s version would just miss out on topping the US Country Singles charts, peaking at 2 on that listing, but it would manage to top the Canadian Country Singles chart. On the main US Hot 100 it would get to 19 while across the pond in the UK it would make it to number 4.

We were now into our 14th week with no solo female artist gracing the charts. This was the second longest period to date that we had experienced this and we were now double the length of the 3rd longest time.

Herman’s Hermits moved tied 5th on the weeks count list, their 91 weeks to date putting them level with The Rolling Stones. On the local front, Dave Mills ticked over to 27 weeks which put him tied 8th with Billy Forrest.

Chris Andrews celebrated his 10th week with 2 or more songs in the charts. He had seen 6 weeks with ‘To Whom It May Concern’ and ‘Yesterday Man’ both in the top 20 and now it had been 4 weeks where ‘Pretty Belinda’ and ‘Carol OK’ had been in the charts. Andrews was the 6th act to reach this may weeks with 2 or more in the charts . Four Jacks & A Jill led the way on this front having seen 14 weeks where they had multiple chart entries.

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