26 June 1970


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Daughter of Darkness  – Tom Jones
2 5 6 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
3 9 4 I Don’t Believe in If Anymore  – Roger Whittaker
4 2 7 Knock Knock Who’s There  – Mary Hopkin
5 11 3 Yellow River  – Christie
6 3 13 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
7 7 6 All Kinds of Everything  – Dana
8 6 6 When Julie Comes Around  – Cuff Links
9 4 12 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave
10 13 5 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
11 8 15 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
12 12 17 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
13 10 12 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
14 19 2 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 16 4 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
16 17 5 Heya  – Jeronimo
17 20 2 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
18 18 3 Tennessee Bird Walk  – Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
19 New 1 I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top  – Hollies
20 New 1 Nobodys Fool  – Jim Reeves

‘Daughter Of Darkness’ spent a 3rd week at the top of our charts, edging Tom Jones closer to a magical 20 weeks at 1 as his total ticked over to 18. Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ followed up its 3 weeks in a row with the biggest climber with a further 3 place climb, snuggling into the number 2 position.

We had 2 songs climbing 6 places to take the climber of the week award and they were Roger Whittaker’s ‘I Don’t Believe In If Anymore’ and Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ which moved up to 3 and 5 respectively. The only other star rater this week was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Up Around The Bend’ which moved up 5 places from 19 to 14. This was their 9th star rater and they were the 19th act to reach this total.

Tidal Wave’s ‘Spider Spider’ was the faller of the week, dropping 5 places form 4 to 9. This was the 58th time the faller had been a local song and for anyone who is remotely interested, the average places that these 58 local biggest fallers had dropped in order to be biggest faller was 5.31 places. This is slightly less than the overall average at this stage of 5.42.

Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ moved into its 17th week on the chart and enjoyed its 6th week as the oldest in the top 20.

The Pipkin’s time in our charts ended this week as their only SA chart hit, ‘Gimme Dat Ding’ left the top 20 after a run of 3 weeks and a highest placing of 15.

Doing a fair bit better was Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ which spent 14 weeks in the charts and peaked at peaked at 4. This ended the chart career for the two as a duo, but both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would return to our top 20 as solo artists. As Simon & Garfunkel they had 4 SA chart hits, spent 49 weeks in the charts and enjoyed a week at the top of the charts with ‘The Sounds Of Silence’, their best peaking song.

The Hollies’ 12th hit, ‘I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top’ arrived in the charts this week. This placed the band tied 2nd for number of hits, joining Cliff Richard 2 hits behind leader Tom Jones. The song would go to 82 in the US and make it to number 7 in the UK. The song was written by Doug Flett and Guy Fletcher and was a first SA chart hit for both of them. Like The Hollies’ previous hit, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, ‘I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top’ featured a pre-famous Elton John on piano.

It had been 104 weeks since Jim Reeves last featured in the charts, but he returned this week with ‘Nobody’s Fool’.  This gap between hits was the 13th largest to date and the 8th largest for a US act. As with our other new entry this week, ‘Nobody’s Fool’ was an SA chart debut for the song writer who, in this case, was Hal Bynum. The song would go to number 10 on the US Country Singles Charts but would not cross over to the main Billboard Hot 100. What it would do is cross over the Atlantic where, in the UK, it went to number 32.

We had now had 2 weeks with 7 different nations being represented in the charts (US, UK, SA, Kenya, Netherlands, Germany and Canada) and this was the 3rd week of the last 4 we had seen this, with the first week of this run being the first time we saw it.

7 weeks previously, Herman’s Hermits moved ahead of The Hollies for weeks count, causing the latter to drop to 5 on the weeks count list. This week, The Hollies made up the lost ground and were back into tied 4th place with Herman’s Hermits with 95 weeks to their name. On the local front, Dave Mills moved ahead of Virginia Lee with the former now on 37. Virginia dropped to 6th on the local weeks count list while Mills made 5th place his own.

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One thought on “26 June 1970

  1. Yeah, the good old days. Brings back memories of lying on the carpet listening to those tunes on Springbok Radio on my parents’ Hi-Fi set – radio on one side, record turntable on other side and glass display cabinet on top giving pride of place to a plastic souvenir Venetian gondola!

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