31 July 1970


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

Mungo Jerry enjoyed a 2nd week at number 1 with ‘In The Summertime’. The biggest threat to their supremacy came from The Beach Boys’ ‘Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)’ which moved up 1 position to number 2. Previous number 1, Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ dropped a further place into 3rd position.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha’ gave him only his 3rd biggest climber to date. It moved up 7 places from 19 to 12 to take the award. Cliff had been a little unlucky as he had seen a song climb 8 places (his best climb to date) 3 times previously and only 1 of those had been the biggest climber in the week with the other 2 being beaten by bigger climbs. Having only 3 biggest climbers from 13 hits gave Cliff the lowest percentage of biggest climbers per hit for acts having 5 or more hits to date with the 3 being only 23.07% of 13. The next lowest for an act having over 5 hits so far was The Hollies who had seen 7 biggest climbs from 12 hits, giving them a percentage of 58.3%, more than double Cliff’s figure!

Jody Wayne became the second local act to reach 6 star rater climbs as ‘The Wedding’ moved up 5 places from 13 to 8. Only The Staccatos had a better record for a local act and they were on 10. ‘The Wedding’ was the only star rater this week apart from Cliff Richard’s biggest climber.

Roger Whittaker’s ‘I Don’t Believe In If Anymore’ took faller of the week as it dropped 7 places from 12 to 19. So far we had seen 10 songs not fall out the charts the week after being the biggest faller where the song dropped to positions 19 or 20, so there was hope yet for Roger, but the odds were stacked against him as this was only 14.1% of the time that a song survived.

Tom Jones’ ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ had been the biggest faller last week, landing up at 16. Songs doing this had survived for at least another week in the chart nearly 28% of the time, but Tom Jones’ song was one of the 72% that fell out of the top 20 after being a biggest faller dropping to 16. ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ had been with us for 10 weeks and spent 3 of them at number 1. So far only 4 of Jones’ 14 hits had failed to make double figures for weeks.

The song that knocked ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ off the top spot on our charts, Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly’ was now left as the oldest on the chart  on its own, having shared the title with ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ for 2 weeks. ‘Come Softly To Me’ was in its 11th week on the charts.

The new entry this week was Miguel Rios’ take on the final movement of Beethoven’s ninth symphony (sometimes referred to as ‘Ode To Joy’). Rios, a Spaniard, took his song ‘A Song Of Joy’ to the top of the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany and Switzerland and made it to number 14 in the US and 16 in the UK. The song sold in excess of 4 million copies worldwide.

Rios’ arrival on the chart took us back to a record equalling 7 different nationalities represented on the charts as we had acts from The US, The UK, SA, Canada, The Netherlands, Kenya and Spain in the top 20. This was the 4th time we seen 7 different nations on the charts. Spain had now seen 2 hits make our charts, the previous being Los Bravos’ ‘Black Is Black’ which charted about 3 and a half years previously. Spain was now the 11th act that we had seen more than 1 hit from.

Cliff Richard celebrated his 70th week in the charts and moved into tied 14th position on the weeks count list, a position he shared with Donovan. On the local weeks count list, Jody Wayne moved into tied 13th place, his 22 weeks putting him level with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp. The Outlet ticked over to 16 weeks and this moved them up in to tied 18th place with Peter Lotis.

The average number of weeks the songs in the top 20 had been on the charts moved back up over the 5 weeks mark as it climbed to 5.35. It had been below 5 for the previous 3 weeks.

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