24 July 1970


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 4 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
2 1 7 Yellow River  – Christie
3 5 4 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
4 2 9 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
5 6 6 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
6 3 10 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
7 9 8 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
8 11 3 The Wonder of You  – Elvis Presley
9 13 2 Question  – Moody Blues
10 14 3 Groovin’ with Mr. Bloe  – Mr. Bloe
11 7 6 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
12 8 8 I Don’t Believe in If Anymore  – Roger Whittaker
13 18 3 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
14 15 4 Round and Around  – John Edmond
15 16 4 The Seeker  – Who
16 10 10 Daughter of Darkness  – Tom Jones
17 19 2 I’ll Walk with You  – Sean Rennie
18 20 2 Why Can’t it Rain  – McCully Workshop
19 New 1 Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha  – Cliff Richard
20 New 1 The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)  – Fleetwood Mac

Mungo Jerry became the 15th act who would have at least 5 hits, see their first one go to number 1 as ‘In The Summertime’ took over the top spot from Christie’s ‘Yellow River’. The latter had only been at the top of the charts for 1 week.

‘The Wedding’ gave Jody Wayne his first biggest climber award as a solo artist. It moved up 5 from 18 to 13 to take the honours this week. Wayne had seen a biggest climber before, but that time was as part of a duet with Glenys Lynne with the song ‘Cookie’.

The Moody Blues’ ‘Question’ and Mr Bloe’s ‘Groovin’ With Mr Bloe’ were the other star raters this week, both songs climbing 4 places to land at 9 and 10 respectively.

Tom Jones saw a second week running with the biggest faller as ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ took the award again, this time with a 6 place drop from 10 to 16. This was the 30th time an act had taken the biggest faller award 2 weeks running. Of those 30, only the Cowsill had seen 3 weeks running. Jones now equalled The Bee Gees for most number of biggest fallers as both acts were on 10. He could take some comfort from the fact that his song shared the oldest on the charts title with Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’. The 2 songs were both on 10 weeks in the chart and this was their second week as the oldest.

Jim Reeves’ SA chart career came to an end as ‘Nobody’s Fool’ left the top 2 this week. This song had been with us for 4 weeks and peaked at 16. His chart stats read 9 hits (tied 6th highest to date), 56 weeks (23rd highest to date) and a best peak of 1 with ‘Distant Drums’ which spent 2 weeks at the top of the charts. He was 1 of the 15 acts mentioned above who saw their 1st hit go to number 1 and went on to have 5 or more hits.

We also said goodbye to The Hollies ‘I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top’ which saw neither the bottom or the top of the charts as it lasted 4 weeks in the charts, peaked at 11 and its lowest position during its 4 week run was 19. This was their 4th hit (of 12 to date) to spent 4 weeks in the charts, their lowest weeks count for any hit. It shared the highest peak of those 4 hits with ‘Listen To Me’. Unlike Jim Reeves, we would see The Hollies on the charts again.

Cliff Richard returned to the charts with his 13th hit to date, ‘Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha’. He pulled 1 hit clear of the Hollies and now sat second on his own, just 1 hit behind Tom Jones. He was also the 5th act now to have spent at least 1 week in the charts every year since they started in 1965. ‘Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha’ was his 53rd chart hit in the UK and would go to number 6 there. It would give Richards a number 1 hit in Ireland. The song was written by Geoff Stephens, Mitch Murray and Peter Callander giving them their 13th, 3rd and 5th hits respectively. Stephens was now tied 3rd for hits by a song writer, joining Barry Gibb and sat 2 behind Barry Mason who was in second place and 4 behind leader Les Reed.

Fleetwood Mac’s 3rd hit was the second of our new entries this week. Their new one was ‘The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)’ which had the second longest song title to chart to date. Its 39 characters (excluding spaces, brackets and other punctuation marks) was 3 shorter than the longest to date, The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)’. ‘The Green Manalishi’ (to give it its short name) was Fleetwood Mac’s 6th UK chart hit and their 4th in a row to go top 10 as it peaked at 10 there. As with their previous 2 SA chart hits, the song was penned by Peter Green who was still a band member at that stage. While doing well in the UK, it didn’t make too big a mark on the rest of Europe going to 6 in Holland and 16 in Germany and Belgium, but did not worry many other charts in that part of the world. It would also not make the US charts. Peter Green would leave the band soon after recording this, his use of LSD causing problems and mental health issues. ‘The Green Manalishi’ has been covered by a number of artists with heavy metal band, Judas Priests’ version perhaps being the most well known.

The Beach Boys took 6th place for themselves on the weeks count list as their 92 to date placed them 1 ahead of The Rolling Stones. The latter dropped to 7th place, the lowest we had seen The Stones on this list since the charts started in 1965. Cliff Richard shook off Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark to make 15th place his own as he moved on to 69 weeks. On the local list, The Outlet crept into the top 20 for weeks count, they had 15 which put them tied 19th with Emil Dean and Group Twee.

Last week Percy Sledged moved past the 800 points mark and this week it was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s chance to do so as they ticked over to 807 points. They sat 17th on the points to date list.

This week we saw 3 pairs of acts sitting next to each other on the charts where the first letter of their name was the same. We had the Poppy Family and Percy Sledge at 5 and 6, the Moody Blues and Mr. Bloe at 9 and 10 and Jody Wayne and John Edmond at 13 and 14. This was the 26th time we had seen at least 3 pairs like this, but included in those 26 times were 9 occasions where we had 4 pairs and a record to date 5 pairs which occurred on 6 February 1970.

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