8 May 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
2 3 10 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
3 2 6 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
4 5 5 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave
5 6 8 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 4 8 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
7 8 11 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
8 7 10 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
9 10 5 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
10 14 3 Elizabethan Reggae  – Boris Gardiner
11 13 4 My Baby Loves Lovin’  – White Plains
12 9 7 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin
13 11 6 Let’s Work Together  – Canned Heat
14 12 5 Years May Come, Years May Go  – Herman’s Hermits
15 New 1 Can’t Help Falling in Love  – Andy Williams
16 18 4 Honey Come Back  – Glen Campbell
17 19 2 Die Tantes van Nantes  – Al Debbo & Nico Carstens
18 20 2 Everybody Get Together  – Dave Clark Five
19 16 9 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
20 New 1 She’s Gone  – Ken J. Larkin

‘Ma Belle Amie’ by Tee Set enjoyed a second week at number 1 while the previous chart topper, Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ regained some lost ground as moved back up to 2 from 3rd place where it had dropped to last week.

Boris Gardiner’s ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ picked up the biggest climber award for the second week running as it climbed a further 4 places from 14 to 10. Being a 4 place climb and the biggest climber by default made it the only star rater this week.

The fallers this week were also not moving a huge number of places as it only took a 3 place drop to take the award. Lee Marvin’s ‘Wandrin’ Star’ and Mark Lindsay’s ‘Arizona’ were the 2 songs that managed this, falling to 12 and 19 respectively.

Shocking Blues’ ‘Venus’ lasted just 5 weeks on the chart after falling off the top spot. It left the top 20 this week and had had a total run of 10 weeks in the top 20, 4 of which were spent at number 1. This would be their only charting hit in South Africa. In the UK and the US they would have another hit called ‘Mighty Joe’ which get to number 43 in both countries and in the US a third hit, ‘Long And Lonesome Road’ would get to 75.

We also bid farewell to Neil Diamond’s ‘Holly Holy’. It had been with us for 11 weeks and spent a frustrating 2 weeks at its peak of 2 while fellow leaver ‘Venus’ hogged the top spot. Where Diamond could laugh at Shocking Blue was that he had plenty more SA hits to come. ‘Holly Holy’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and that title now fell to Edison Lighthouse’s ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’ which was on 11 weeks.

Our first new entry had could trace its roots way back to 1784 as the melody of the song was based on Jean Paul Martini’s ‘Plaisir d’Amour’ from that year. Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and David Weiss took the tune and turned it into ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, a chart topping hit in the UK and number 2 hit in the US for Elvis Presley in 1961/62. The song has been covered numerous times and this week we welcomed Any Williams’ version into our top 20. It was Williams’ 2nd song to grace our charts and it would go to number 3 in the UK for him. In the US it would not fare as well, but did manage a peak of 88 there. Apart from Elvis and Andy’s versions, there would be a further 4 versions that would chart in the UK with The Stylistics going to 4 in 1976 with it, Irish band Lick The Tins took a version to 42 in 1986 (this was included in the soundtrack to the film ‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’), UB40 spent 2 weeks at 1 with it in 1993 and then in 2006 Russell Watson took a version to 69. In the US, the song has been slightly less popular, with Corey Hart’s 1986 version going to 86, UB40’s version spent 7 weeks at 1 and more recently Christina Grimmie (participant in The Voice TV show) had a cover of it go to 74.

The second new entry was the 100th song by a local act (excluding the duet between Virginia Lee and Slim Whitman) to grace our charts and that honour went to Ken J. Larkin’s ‘She’s Gone’. Larkin was obviously a fan of the song writing skills of Les Reed as all 3 of his hits to date included Reed in the credits. Barry Mason co-wrote the song with Reed as he had with ‘Turn Around’ 1 of Larkin’s previous hits. Reed and Mason led the way for hits by a song writer with Reed at the top of the list with 16 song writing credits to his name and Mason a close second with 15 hits under his belt. The song appears to be a cover of a 1969 recording of it by a guy called Steve Tracey. We now had 5 local songs in the charts, a figure we had not seen since 14 November 1969, nearly 6 months previously.

Dave Mills was enjoying his 30th week in the charts in total while Chris Andrews was busy clocking up his half century. Mills sat 8th on the local weeks count list (unmoved from last week) while Andrews’ 50 weeks placed him 26th overall.

Ken J. Larkin moved up to tied 11th place on the local weeks count list as his 22 weeks to date put him level with Carike Keuzenkamp and Hillary while Al Debbo moved 1 week clear of Jody Wayne and The Square Set to have 14th place to himself.

On the point’s front, Creedence Clearwater Revival moved past the 700 points mark and Simon & Garfunkel saw their tally go past the 500 mark. Creedence sat 18th overall while Simon & Garfunkel were 30th.

‘Tchaikovsky One’ took 17th place for itself on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version. Its 11 weeks to date moving it clear of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Bee Gees & The Staccatos), ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ (Brook Benton & Frankie Laine) and ‘Am I That Easy to Forget?’ (Engelbert Humperdinck & Jim Reeves). The other song that was currently charting in its second version, ‘Get Together’ or ‘Everybody Get Together’ (Youngbloods & Dave Clark Five), was on 7 weeks in total and sat 21st on the list.

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