24 April 1970

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

Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ became the 5th local song to spend 4 weeks at the number 1 position and the 3rd to manage this in consecutive weeks as it held on to the top spot. This marked a milestone 40th week that we had seen with a local chart topper. Vanity Fare, who had spent the last 3 weeks at 2, gave up the chase for the number 1 spot and dropped to 4 with ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’, leaving the number 2 spot open for Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’.

Tidal Wave’s ‘Spider Spider’ was the climber of the week, moving up 6 places from 14 to 8. This would be the only song to make star rater status this week.

Mark Lindsey’s ‘Arizona’ was the one heading down the charts at the greatest pace this week. It dropped 8 places from 5 to 13 and it marked the 150th time we had seen a faller of the week be by an American act.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ ticked over to 19 weeks in the charts and had been enjoying the grandpa of the charts status for 5 weeks now.

It was more a goodbye than a ‘Good Morning’ for Leapy Lee this week as his song, ‘Good Morning’ left the charts. It had been with us for just 4 weeks and peaked at 16. This brought to an end Lee’s SA chart career. He had had 3 hits spend time in our top 20 with his first 2 going to 2 and 1 respectively. ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’, his chart topper, spent 1 week at the top of the charts. Lee enjoyed a total of 28 weeks in the charts and currently sat tied 44th on the overall weeks count list.

Jamaica joined Ireland in tied 7th place for hits as the 5th to date by an artist from that island was the only new entry this week. Boris Gardiner’s ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ was not only the 5th song by a Jamaican to chart, but was also the 22nd instrumental song to make the top 20. ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ was a version a 1951 piece of music written by Ronald Binge and the song had gone through a number of name changes to get to ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ as Binge had named the piece ‘The Man In The Street’, but when The Mantovani Orchestra were the first to play it, they called it ‘Andante Cantibile’. Binge then renamed it ‘Elizabethan Serenade’ to coincide with the ascension to the throne in England of Queen Elizabeth II. Gardiner obviously changed the title to reflect the genre in which he recorded the song. There was another name issue around this as initial pressings of the single showed the artist as Byron Lee instead of Gardiner. Byron Lee had actually produced the track.

Herman’s Hermits moved 1 week clear of The Rolling Stones to make 5th place on the weeks count list their own. They now had 92 to their name. On the local list Dave Mills did a similar thing with Billy Forrest, his 28 weeks pulling him 1 clear of Forrest and giving him 8th place to himself.

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