29 May 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
2 3 8 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave
3 5 8 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
4 2 11 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
5 6 13 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
6 11 2 Daughter of Darkness  – Tom Jones
7 4 11 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
8 12 3 Knock Knock Who’s There  – Mary Hopkin
9 10 4 Can’t Help Falling in Love  – Andy Williams
10 9 11 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
11 13 2 When Julie Comes Around  – Cuff Links
12 14 5 Die Tantes van Nantes  – Al Debbo & Nico Carstens
13 7 6 Elizabethan Reggae  – Boris Gardiner
14 8 7 My Baby Loves Lovin’  – White Plains
15 17 2 All Kinds of Everything  – Dana
16 16 4 She’s Gone  – Ken J. Larkin
17 18 3 That Same Old Feeling  – Pickettywitch
18 20 2 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
19 New 1 Heya  – Jeronimo
20 New 1 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet

‘Carol OK’ clocked up a second week at the top of the charts bringing Chris Andrews’ weeks at 1 count to 11. He now sat 3rd for this statistic, 3 behind the Bee Gees 14 and 4 behind leader, Tom Jones’ 15. Local band, Tidal Wave, slipped into second place with their hit ‘Spider Spider’. To date we had only seen 4 local songs have a peak of 2 so ‘Spider Spider’ had to climb 1 more place, or it would become the 5th local song to just miss out.

Tom Jones’ ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 5 places from 11 to 6. This was his 12th occasion where he had taken the biggest climber honours and he led the way for this, his 12 times being 3 ahead of next highest, Herman’s Hermits, who sat on 9.

‘Daughter Of Darkness’s climb was also Jones’ 18th star rater and he also sat 3 ahead of the second placed artist for this who was unsurprisingly Herman’s Hermits who had 15. The only other star rater this week was Mary Hopkin’s ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’ which moved up 4 from 12 to 8. This was her 3rd star rater.

Boris Gardiner’s ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ and White Plains’ ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ were the fallers of the week, both dropping 6 places to land at 13 and 14 respectively. It was a first with the award for both acts and the second time a song by a Jamaican act had been a biggest faller with the previous being Harry J. Allstars’ ‘Liquidator’.

Canned Heat’s ‘Let’s Work Together’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the chart this week. It had spent a total of 8 weeks with us and peaked at 10. This heralded the end of their SA chart career with ‘Let’s Work Together’ having the best performance of their 2 hits in terms of weeks and peak. In total they spent 14 weeks in the charts.

We also bid farewell to Vanity Fare’s ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ which spent 12 weeks on the charts, spending 3 frustrating weeks at its peak of 2 while Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ held on to the top spot. This would be the only SA chart entry we would see from Vanity Fare. And talking of the Dave Mills hit, it was now the oldest on the charts all on its own, having shared the honour with ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ last week. ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ was on 13 weeks.

The first of the new entries was Jeronimo’s ‘Heya’ and it was the 3rd song by a German act to chart meaning Germany joined The Netherlands in tied 9th position for number of hits from a nation. ‘Heya’ was a cover of a 1969 song by J.J. Light which had managed to peak at 12 in Germany, and would also make it to 8 in Switzerland and 6 in Austria. Jeronimo’s version would peak 1 place lower than the original in Germany, going to number 13. They would follow up the success of ‘Heya’ with a cover of Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ which would reach 38 in Germany.

The second new entry was a second hit for local band Outlet. ‘Working On A Good Thing’ was written by Graham Calder and Peter Vee and would be the only song writing credits these 2 had on a hit on our charts, this despite Vee later charting with a number of solo efforts and again as part of Buffalo. We now had 6 songs by local acts in the charts (songs by Tidal Wave, Omega Limited, Dave Mills, Al Debbo & Nico Carstens, Ken J. Larkin and now Outlet). The previous time we had this many local songs in the top 20 was 7 months previously on 31 December 1969. We were still 1 short of the record to date 7 we had seen way back in the December of 1967.

With the arrival of Jeronimo in the charts we once again saw a record to date 6 different nations represented on the charts. Apart from the usual suspects of acts from the US, UK and SA, we also had acts from Germany, The Netherlands and Jamaica. This was the 10th week we had seen this many nations represented.

This week also saw the second time 3 of the top 5 songs were by local acts as Tidal Wave, Omega Limited and Dave Mills were all in the top quartile of the charts. By the time the charts ended in 1989 we would have seen 31 occasions with 3 of the top 5 being by local acts and we would see one week where we scored 4 out of 5.

Tom Jones, who led the way for weeks on the charts, celebrated reaching the 150 weeks mark. He was now 49 weeks ahead of second placed The Troggs who were on 101. Percy Sledge also reached a landmark as his weeks count ticked over to 70. This moved him into tied 12th place alongside Elvis Presley and Donovan. On the local list we saw Dave Mills climb into tied 6th place with Murray Campbell. They were both on 33 weeks while a bit lower down the list Al Debbo drew level with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp on 22 weeks and shared 12th place with them.

‘Tchaikovsky One’ moved into tied 14th place for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version. It had 14 weeks to its name now and was tied with ‘Everybody Knows’ which had charted for The Dave Clark Five and Engelbert Humperdinck.

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