15 May 1970

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

Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts as ‘Carol OK’ slipped into second place, hoping to eventually give Chris Andrews his 3rd number 1. Local band Tidal Wave, were in 3rd place with ‘Spider Spider’.

Despite singing ‘Can’t Help Falling’ Andy Williams was climbing. His hit ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ was the climber of the week, moving up 4 places from 15 to 11 and was by definition also the only star rater this week.

There were 2 songs that took the biggest faller award this week and they were Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Years May Come, Years May Go’ and Edison Lighthouse’s ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’ both of which fell 5 places to land at 19 and 12 respectively. Edison Lighthouse could take comfort from the fact that their song, which was in its 12th week with us, was the oldest on the chart.

The Dave Clark Five’s ‘Everybody Get Together’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It lasted just 2 weeks with us and peaked at 18. This brought to a conclusion The Dave Clark Five’s adventure in the SA charts. The hits the band had on our charts could have been referred to as Dave Clark’s Five as that’s the number he had seen on the top 20. These 5 hits clocked up a total of 35 weeks with his very first hit, ‘Catch Us If You Can’ giving the band their best peak which just happened to be 5. Obviously a 5 thing going on here.

We also said farewell to Glen Campbell’s ‘Honey Come Back’ which fell off the charts after 4 weeks and a peak of 16. Going by the title of the song, it would have been a perfect candidate to be a re-entry, but sadly for Campbell this would not be the case. He could take comfort from the fact that his SA chart career was not over.

Mark Hopkin ended our 17 week drought of having no solo female artists in the chart as ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’, her second SA chart hit, arrived in the top 20. The 17 weeks with no solo female on the chart were 5 weeks short of the longest period to date of 22 weeks where the charts lacked a feminine touch. ‘Knock  Knock Who’s There’ was the 3rd Eurovision Song Competition entry to make our charts with Cliff Richard’s ‘Congratulations’ and Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ being the previous 2. Of these 3 Shaw’s hit was the only one that won the competition with the other 2 both ending up being placed 2nd. ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’ lost out to Dana’s ‘All Kinds Of Everything’ in the Eurovision competition and would again lose out on the UK charts, peaking at number 2 there, but this time it would be to Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ that would deny the song top spot. It would scrape a 92 peak in the US. Song writers Geoff Stephens and John Carter picked up their 11th and 7th SA chart hit to date with the song. Stephens sat tied with Robin Gibb in 4th place on the hits count list for song writers behind Barry Gibb on 13, Barry Mason on 15 and Les Reed on 16. Carter joined 9 others in tied 11th place. Mickie Most would produce the single.

The second new entry this week was Pickettywitch’s ‘That Same Old Feeling’. Pickettywitch were a British band fronted by Polly Brown who would go on to be a member of the group Sweet Dreams. ‘That Same Old Feeling’ was first recorded by The Foundations and their version would eventually go to 62 in the US. The song was re-worked by the time Pickettywitch recorded it and their version, which entered the US charts at the same time as The Foundations’ one, would got to 67. All this US chart action followed the UK success of the Pickettywitch version where it went to number 5. Like the song writers on ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’, John Macleod and Tony Macaulay who penned ‘That Same Old Feeling’ were no strangers to our charts with Macleod picking up his 4th hit and Macaulay his 10th.

For the past 8 weeks we had had more American acts on the charts than British, but this week that changed as we lost 1 hit by an American act and picked up 2 by British acts making the count 7 British hits and 6 US hits. The locals accounted for 5 and one from a Dutch act and one form a Jamaican made up the balance.

Herman’s Hermits moved tied 4th on the weeks count list, joining The Hollies there with 94 weeks. On the local list, Al Debbo became the 14th act to reach a total of 20 weeks, but was unmoved at 14. Dave Mills went tied 7th with Des Lindberg on 31 weeks while Ken J. Larkin’s 23 weeks moved him into tied 10th place with Dickie Loader.

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