10 July 1970

percy_softly

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

Last week Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ had the distinction of being the 100th song to top our charts. This week, as it clung to the top spot for a second week, ‘Come Softly To Me’ had the distinction of clocking up the 100th week at number 1 for the US acts. It had taken them 270 weeks from their first number 1 (on the very first chart) to reach this landmark. In contract, the British acts took 226 weeks from the first time a Pom topped the charts till they reached the 100 weeks mark. Roger Whittaker’s ‘I Don’t Believe In If Anymore’, last week’s number 2, dropped to 4 while Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ swapped places with it to move into second place.

The climber of the week award went to The Beach Boys’ ‘Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)’ which moved up 9 places from 18 to 9. This was the 7th time the band had taken this honour and they were the 8th act to reach this many biggest climbers. It had been more than 4 months since we last saw a climb of this magnitude and this was the second biggest gap to date between seeing climbs of 9 or more places. The longest period we had gone so far with all climbs being less than 9 places was 36 weeks which occurred between the 2nd ever chart and the 38th chart. This was The Beach Boys’ 4th time with a climb of 9 or more places and the next best on this front was 2 which 7 other acts had achieved.

Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ was rather hard done by as it climbed 8 from 16 to 8, but had to settle for being just a star rater as it was outdone by The Beach Boys’ hit. The Poppy Family’s ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy?’ was this week’s only other star rater, moving up 5 from 12 to 7.

Mary Hopkin’s ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’ fell 6 from 6 to 12 to have this week’s biggest drop and we had to go right back to the January of 1970 to last see a solo female artist take the biggest faller award. We had seen both Diana Ross and Bobbie Gentry be part of the biggest faller in the interim but these were both with hits where they collaborated with another act (The Supremes in the case of the former and Glen Campbell in the latter’s case). The last purely solo female hit to be the biggest faller was ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ by Bobbie Gentry. The good news for Mary Hopkin was that her hit was the oldest on the chart on 9 weeks following the departure of last week’s oldest (see below). The previous hit by a solo woman to be the oldest was Jackie Deshannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ back in the November of 1969. Ignoring the hits on the very first chart, this was the 11th time a song on 9 weeks had become the oldest. We were yet to see a song on less weeks take the honour.

The oldest on last week’s chart, ‘Ma Belle Amie’ was the first of 3 songs to depart the chart. It had been with us for 16 weeks, 3 of which were spent at number 1. This would be the band’s only SA chart hit. Of the 4 hits to date by Dutch acts, this one was out front for points scored having clocked up 231 in total. The next highest was Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ on 153. By the time the charts ended in 1989 ‘Ma Belle Amie’ would have dropped to being the 3rd best performance by a song by a Dutch band.

The second song to go was also a former number 1. Chris Andrews’ ‘Carol OK’ had spent 2 weeks at number 1 during its 14 weeks with us. The good news for Chris was that his chart career was not yet over.

Last of the leavers was Cuff Links’ ‘When Julie Comes Around’ which enjoyed a 7 week stay in the top 20 and climbed to a top position of 6 during that time. The departure of this song heralded an end to Cuff Links SA chart adventures. They had had 2 hits, spent a total of 18 weeks in the top 20 and ‘When Julie Comes Around’s  peak of 6 just pipped the number 7 peak of their other hit, ‘Tracy’.

Elvis’s 8th SA chart hit was ‘The Wonder Of You’ which debuted on the top 20 this week. The song was a 3rd hit for song writer Baker Knight who had already seen SA chart action with his compositions ‘I Need You’ by Rick Nelson and Dean Martin’s ‘Not Enough Indians’. ‘The Wonder Of You’ first charted for Ray Peterson in1959 and would give him a number 25 hit in the US and a number 23 hit in the UK. That same year Ronnie Hilton took his version to number 22 in the UK. Elvis’ version would go to 9 in the US while in the UK it would knock Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ from the top spot there and go on to spend 6 weeks at 1.

Mr. Bloe was not an ou, it was a group of musicians drafted in to record a song called ‘Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe’. The song started life as a throwaway b-side to a single called ‘Make Believe’ by a US band called Wind. Wind featured Tony Orlando who would go on to have a number of hits with the group Dawn. ‘Make Believe’ went to number 28 in the US but when it got to the UK the b-side was inadvertently played on the radio. Stephen James of Dick James Music wanted to release the song, but could not obtain the rights, so he did the next best thing and got a group of musicians together to record a cover version. The initial attempt included a certain Elton John on piano, but James didn’t like that version and it was re-recorded with Zack Laurence on piano. This re-recorded version would go to number 2 in the UK and was kept off the top spot by Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’. ‘Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe’ was the 23rd instrumental to make our charts.

Our final new entry was ‘The Wedding’ by Jody Wayne and he set a new record for gaps between hits for a local act. We had last seen Wayne on the charts 156 weeks previously when ‘Cookie’, his duet with Glenys Lynne, was in the top 20. This beat the previous record of 140 weeks being absent from the charts by a local act which Dickie Loader had held. Overall Wayne’s absence was the 4th biggest gap to date that any act had seen. ‘The Wedding’ was originally a Spanish song called ‘La Novia’ which was written in 1964 by Joaquin Prieto. In 1964 Julie Rogers took an English version to number 3 in the UK. This was Jody Wayne’s 4th SA chart hit and he drafted in McCully Workshop to play the instruments.

Mary Hopkin was enjoying her 20th week on the charts while The Beach Boys reached the 90 weeks milestone. The latter was not enough to move them up the weeks count list, but they were now just 1 week behind 6th placed Rolling Stones. Percy Sledge on the other hand was moving up the list, his 76 weeks to date put him level in 11th place with Engelbert Humperdinck. Elvis took 13th place for himself as he moved 1 week ahead of Donovan. On the local list we saw Jody Wayne move 1 week ahead of The Square Set, his 19 weeks to date giving him 15th place to himself while The Square Set dropped to 16.

Tom Jones was still racking up the points and this week he moved past the 1,900 mark. His 1,904 put him 618 ahead of second placed The Troggs who were on 1,286. Jones was currently averaging 136 points per song which was quite a bit higher than the overall average points for all songs which currently stood on 85.9.

The average time this week’s top 20 songs had spent in the charts dipped below 5 weeks for the first time in 44 weeks. The average now stood at 4.35.

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