|1||1||5||Daughter of Darkness||–||Tom Jones|
|2||4||6||Knock Knock Who’s There||–||Mary Hopkin|
|3||2||12||Carol Ok||–||Chris Andrews|
|4||3||11||Spider Spider||–||Tidal Wave|
|5||9||5||Come Softly to Me||–||Percy Sledge|
|6||7||5||When Julie Comes Around||–||Cuff Links|
|7||8||5||All Kinds of Everything||–||Dana|
|8||6||14||Ma Belle Amie||–||Tee Set|
|9||11||3||I Don’t Believe in If Anymore||–||Roger Whittaker|
|10||5||11||Tchaikovsky One||–||Omega Limited|
|12||10||16||Love is a Beautiful Song||–||Dave Mills|
|13||16||4||Working on a Good Thing||–||Outlet|
|14||12||14||Bridge Over Troubled Water||–||Simon & Garfunkel|
|15||17||3||Gimme Dat Ding||–||Pipkins|
|16||19||3||Little Green Bag||–||George Baker Selection|
|18||20||2||Tennessee Bird Walk||–||Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan|
|19||New||1||Up Around the Bend||–||Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|20||New||1||Which Way You Goin’ Billy?||–||Poppy Family|
Tom Jones’ weeks at 1 total moved on to 17 as ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ enjoyed a 2nd week at the top of the charts, seeing off the challenge of Mark Hopkin’s ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’ which moved up 2 places to number 2. Geoff Stephens, who had song writing credits on both the number 1 and 2 songs this week, had double cause for celebration as he reached the 100 weeks in the charts mark for songs he had helped compose. Of the 101 weeks (2 in the charts in the same week counts as 2), his compositions had spent 11 at the top spot, the tied 4th highest to date for a song writer.
Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ became the first song to take the biggest climber award 3 times as it once again gained the most ground of any song this week. It climbed 5 places from 10 to 5 to add to the 4 place climb the previous week and 5 place jump the week before that both took biggest climber. Sledge was also the 7th act to reach 7 biggest climbers and only the 2nd solo male (after Tom Jones) to do this with the other 5 all being groups.
‘Come Softly To Me’ was the only star rater this week and Sledge moved into tied 2nd place for number of star raters, his 15 to date moving him level with Herman’s Hermits and together they sat 4 behind leader Tom Jones who was on 19.
The faller of the week was Omega Limited’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ which fell 5 places from 5 to 10. It was the second time the song had been the biggest faller. The previous version of this piece to charts (by Second City Sound) was never the biggest faller. So far 12 of the 22 instrumental hits to chart had been the biggest faller at least once.
We lost 2 songs from the charts this week with Andy William’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ being the first of these. The song fared better than Williams’ only other hit to date, ‘Happy Heart’, as it spent 6 weeks in the top 20 as opposed to its predecessor’s 2, and peaked at 9, 7 places higher than his first hit. There were still bigger and better hits to come from Andy.
We also bid those ‘Tantes Van Nantes’ totsiens, the Al Debbo/Nico Carstens hit having ‘kuiered ‘ with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 11. This would be Carstens’ only SA chart hit as an artist and it would also herald the end of Debbo’s SA chart career. Debbo had seen his first and second hit peak at 7 and then interestingly his 2nd and 3rd hits both spent 7 weeks in the charts which kept the ‘7’ theme going. In total Debbo had enjoyed 24 weeks in the charts and sat 11th on the SA weeks count list.
Creedence Clearwater Revival were becoming a difficult band to pin down as 2 hits previously they were ‘Down On The Corner’, then they became a ‘Travellin’ Band’ and now they were ‘Up Around The Bend’ with their new one. This was their 6th hit to make our charts and they were the second quickest so far to reach 6 hits, taking just 56 weeks from the date their first song charted till now, the week their 6th hit entered the charts. They were beaten only by The Rolling Stones in getting to 6 hits as the latter managed it in 54 weeks. ‘Up Around The Bend’ was their 11th US Hot 100 hit where it went to number 4. In the UK it was their 6th hit there and managed to go 1 place higher than its US peak, getting to number 3.
The Canadians continued to put space between them and the 5th placed nation for hits as the second new entry was ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy?’ by The Poppy Family who hailed from Vancouver. The group was made up of the husband and wife team of Terry and Susan Jacks. Terry would go on to have global success with his hit ‘Seasons In The Sun’. The Wikipedia entry for the song says that it topped the charts in Canada and the US, however it does not feature on Wikipedia’s list of Number 1s in Canada and, from the information I have managed to obtain on the Canadian charts, it only made number 9 there. Wikipedia is closer with the US charts as it peaked at 2 there. The Canadian artists were now 7 hits ahead of 5th placed Australia who had 8 to their name and the Canadians also celebrated having clocked up a total of 100 weeks in the charts. Their return to the charts moved us back up to the record to date 7 different nations represented in the top 20.
Dave Mills, whose ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ was still the oldest on the chart, moved on to 36 weeks in the charts in total and this placed him tied 5th on the local weeks count list, joining Virginia Lee on that total.