3 July 1970

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

Percy Sledge clocked up his second number 1 as ‘Come Softly To Me’ knocked Tom Jones’ ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ from the top spot after the latter had been there for 3 weeks. Sledge’s previous chart topper, ‘My Special Prayer’ had managed to spend 2 weeks at 1. What was significant about the new number 1 was that it was the 100th song to top our charts.

The George Baker Selection’s ‘Little Green Bag’ took top honours for climbing this week as it moved up 8 places from 15 to 7. This equalled the record to date biggest climb for a song in its 5th week on the charts with the only other song managing to do this so far being Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’.

There were 4 other songs that made star rater status this week, 3 of which moved up 5 places and those were The Outlet’s ‘Working On A Good Thing’ which moved up to 5, The Poppy Family’s ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy’ which moved up to 12 and The Hollies’ ‘I Can’t tell The Bottom From The Top’ which climbed to 14. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 6 place climb to 8 with ‘Up Around The Bend’ was the other star rater. Creedence were the 16th act to reach 10 star raters while The Hollies became the 4th act to reach 15. Creedence had managed to get to their 10 star raters in a record to date 58 weeks from the time they first entered the charts. This smashed the old record by 24 weeks which was previously held by Engelbert Humperdick who took 82 weeks.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Carol OK’ gave him his 3rd biggest faller award as the song dropped 5 places from 6 to 11 to take the honours this week.

Jeronimo’s ‘Heya’ was the first of 4 songs to leave the charts this week. It lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 13. This would be their only SA chart entry.

Omega Limited’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ enjoyed a 12 week run in the charts and peaked at 3 during that time. Like Jeronimo, this would be their only SA chart hit. From a points perspective it sat 6th highest of the instrumentals that had charted to date.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ departed from the top 20 after having been with us for 17 weeks. It had spent 4 of those 17 weeks at number 1. It managed to accumulate 256 point which placed it 6th highest for points by a local song and 15th highest overall. Dave would grace our charts again at later date. Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ on 16 weeks, took over as the oldest in the charts.

Last to go was Tidal Waves’ ‘Spider Spider’ which spent 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at number 1 for just 1 week. It spent its last week at number 9, becoming the 11th song to leave from this high a position, with 1 song (Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’) currently holding the record as it spent its last week at 8. ‘Spider Spider’ set a new record for the highest last week position for a local song as the record to date had been 12 as the final place which 4 songs (including Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ this week) had managed. This was the second time we had seen 3 local songs leave the chart in the same week. It would also be the only time we would see more than 1 local chart toppers (this week we saw 2, ‘Spider Spider’ and ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’) leave the charts in the same week.

Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ was the first of the new entries. The song was a global smash hit, topping the charts in over 20 countries, including the UK (for 7 weeks), Germany, Australia and Canada. The US would be the one big market it failed to completely dominate, but did make it to number 3 there (Diana Ross’ ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ was at 2 that week and Edwin Starr’s ‘War’ was at 1). That said, it has still sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. Mungo Jerry was not a person, but a band and they took their name from a T.S. Eliot poem called ‘Mungojerrie  And Rumpelteazer’. In 1995 Shaggy recorded a cover version of ‘In The Summertime’ which also charted globally, but failed to top any major charts, going to 5 in the UK and emulating the original’s US success by going to 3 there.

The Beach Boys returned to the charts after an 87 week absence. This was the 10th largest gap between hits to date for a US act and the 17th largest so far overall. Their new one was ‘Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)’, a cover of a song by Leadbelly from 1940. The Beach Boys originally recorded their version in 1968 but then re-recorded it in 1969. It failed to make the US Hot 100 (peaking at 103 there). It found more success across the Atlantic where it went to number 5 in the UK.

Terry Dempsey’s hit count as a song writer was rising rapidly and his previous 2 composition that charted had both gone all the way to number 1 (Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ and Tidal Waves’ ‘Spider Spider’). As mentioned above, both these songs left the charts this week after their successful runs, so the new one that bore Terry’s name in the song writing slot, John Edmonds’ ‘Round And Around’, had tough acts to follow. ‘Round And Around’ was Dempsey’s 6th hit as a song writer and Edmond’s second as artist. In neighbouring Rhodesia, as it was back then, the b-side of the South African version of ‘Round And Around’, a song called ‘Farewell Britannia’, would be a number 17 hit there. The Rhodesian pressing of ‘Farewell Britannia’ did not, however feature ‘Round And Around’ on its b-side, but was rather paired with a song called ‘The Little World Of Children’

Our final new entry was a 3rd hit for The Who. ‘The Seeker’ came from their excellently titled ‘Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy’ album. It would give the band a number 19 hit in the UK and would be the 6th of their 15 hits they had had up to then that would not make the top 10. In the US it would be their 10th hit, peaking at number 44. To date, The Who have only managed 1 top 10 hit in the US and that was 1967’s ‘I Can See For Miles’ which made it to number 9.

The arrival of The Who’s song on the charts moved the total weeks count for hits by artists from the UK on to 2,000 weeks. The Poms sat 106 weeks behind the Yanks for total weeks.

This week was the 22nd time we had seen 4 new entries and this was the 10th time within those 22 that all 4 acts had been on a different hit count with this week seeing Mungo Jerry getting their 1st hit, John Edmond his second, The Who their 3rd and The Beach Boys spoiling the sequence by getting their 8th. We had seen 2 occasions where we had 4 new entries and the various acts were on their 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th hits respectively.

We had gone 4 weeks with not seeing any acts reach a weeks count milestone (a milestone in this case being a multiple of 10 greater than or equal to 20), but this week saw Creedence Clearwater Revival reaching their 60th week with us. They were the second quickest to reach this total, taking 58 weeks from when they first charted. The Rolling Stones held the record to date, taking just 48 weeks to reach a total weeks count of 60 (remember 2 songs in the charts in the same week count as 2 weeks).

The Hollies moved back ahead of Herman’s Hermits for weeks on the charts, their 96 to date placing them 1 ahead. They remained at 4 on the weeks count list, but Herman’s Hermits dropped to 5.

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One thought on “3 July 1970

  1. heard the elizabethan reggae by boris gardener a few time now on dstv music 925..the reggae ch on dmx. the classical version is my fav of all classic music

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