1 May 1970

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

It took nearly 250 weeks of charts to bring us our first number 1 by a Dutch act and now we had 2 within the space of 2 months as Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ grabbed the top spot from Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ after the latter had been at number 1 for 4 weeks. The latter dropped to 3 while an artist who had already spent a total of 9 weeks at number 1, Chris Andrews, eased into second place with ‘Carol OK’.

Boris Gardiner’s ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ became the second hit by a Jamaican artist to take the biggest climber award as the song moved up 6 places from 20 to 14. The previous Jamaican hit to take this honour was the very first song by an artist from there to make the top 20 and that was Desmond Dekkers’ ‘Israelites’.

There were 2 other songs this week that had star rater climbs and they were Omega Limited’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ which climbed 5 to 10 and White Plains’ ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ which moved up 4 to 13.

Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ picked up a second biggest faller as it dropped 5 places from 12 to 17.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’, was the first of 2 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It just missed out on making the magical 20 weeks on the charts, clocking up 19 in total of which 5 were spent at the top spot. It was the 6th song so far to fall just short of 20 weeks and leave the charts with 19 under its belt. Andrews had now had 3 hits, 2 of which had topped the charts and the other one made it to number 4. ‘Pretty Belinda’ outdid his other number 1, ‘Yesterday Man’, for weeks at 1, as the latter only managed 4.

With ‘Pretty Belinda’ out the chart, we had to turn to Neil Diamond’s ‘Holly Holy’ as the oldest. It was on 11 weeks.

Also going was Lance James’ ‘Dankie’. It had enjoyed a 6 week stay with us and peaked at 13. In terms of points scored, this was the 3rd lowest to date of the 10 Afrikaans songs that had charted to date (including the new entry discussed below). The good news for James was that this was only the start of his SA chart career and he had a number of hits to come.

The Afrikaans new entry this week was Al Debbo’s 3rd SA chart hit and this time he teamed up with Nico Carstens (something he did quite often) to bring us ‘Die Tantes Van Nantes’. As alluded to above, this was the 10th Afrikaans song to chart and the 6th that was a totally Afrikaans number with 3 being a mix of English and Afrikaans and 1 being an instrumental with an Afrikaans title. Carstens had taken song writing credits on Debbo’s 2 previous hits, ‘Sonbrilletjies’ and ‘Baas Jack’ (presumably both times for the Afrikaans lyrics as both were parodies of other songs), but this was the first time he got credit as an artist making this the 16th song to chart by a duet/collaboration of artists.

The other new entry was a 5th hit for The Dave Clark Five. ‘Everybody Get Together’ was the same song as The Youngblood’s ‘Get Together’ which charted in SA in 1969, The Dave Clarke Five’s version having a longer title. The song would be their last top 10 hit in the UK, going to number 8 there. They would see 2 more songs chart in the UK, but neither would even make the top 30. In the US, where they had 2 more hits than they did in the UK, clocking up 23 there, ‘Everybody Get Together’ would not chart. It would also not make any of the major European charts.

Al Debbo moved into tied 14th spot on the local weeks count list, his 18 weeks to date putting him tied with Jody Wayne and The Square Set.

Chris Andrews eased past the 700 points mark and was the 17th act to do so. He now had a total of 710 to his name and sat 3 behind 16th placed Donovan.

We now had 2 songs in the top 20 that had charted in more than 1 version. ‘Tchaikovsky One’, which was sitting at 10, had charted before when Second City Sound was the artist. The song had spent a total of 10 weeks in the chart in its 2 versions and was tied 17th for weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version. At 21 on that list sat ‘Get Together’ (Aka ‘Everybody Get Together’) which as mentioned above was a hit for The Youngbloods before the arrival of The Dave Clark Five’s version. It had a total of 6 weeks to its name.

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