14 August 1970


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 6 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
2 1 7 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
3 2 9 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
4 6 4 Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha  – Cliff Richard
5 4 10 Yellow River  – Christie
6 8 13 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
7 5 7 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
8 11 3 A Song of Joy  – Miguel Rios
9 10 5 Question  – Moody Blues
10 9 12 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
11 7 6 Groovin’ with Mr. Bloe  – Mr. Bloe
12 15 5 Why Can’t it Rain  – McCully Workshop
13 14 7 Round and Around  – John Edmond
14 12 6 The Wonder of You  – Elvis Presley
15 New 1 Down the Dustpipe  – Status Quo
16 13 5 I’ll Walk with You  – Sean Rennie
17 19 2 Sally  – Gerry Monroe
18 20 2 Let it be Me  – Percy Sledge
19 New 1 Keep on Smiling  – James Lloyd
20 New 1 Neanderthal Man  – Hotlegs

Jody Wayne managed to do in South Africa what the UK needed the mighty Elvis Presley in to do and that was to knock Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ off the top spot of the charts. In the UK ‘The Wonder Of You’ performed this task while on our charts it was Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wedding’ that did it. ‘In The Summertime’ had spent 3 weeks at 1, half what it managed in the UK. ‘The Wedding’ was the 14th local song to reach number 1 and the 5th by a local male.

It took just a 3 place upward movement to be climber of the week and 2 songs managed this. The first was last week’s biggest climber, Miguel Rios’ ‘A Song Of Joy’ which moved up 3 to 8 while the other was McCully Workshop’s ‘Why Can’t It Rain’. This was the 6th time to date where the biggest climber was less than a star rater 4 place jump. We were yet to see a biggest climber lower than 3, but that would come.

The faller of the week was Mr. Bloe’s ‘Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe’ which dropped 4 places from 7 to 11. This was the 18th time an instrumental hit had taken the biggest faller award.

Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ continued to clock up the weeks on the chart. It had now been with us for 13 weeks and was enjoying its 5th week as the oldest.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Up Around The Bend’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 8 weeks and peaked at 6 and was the lowest weeks and peak figure of their 6 hits to date.

We also said adieu to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)’ which had a 3 week run and a peak of 17 and was second for both weeks and peaks for their 3 hits to date.

Last to leave was the best performing for weeks of the 3 leavers to date. The George Baker Selection’s ‘Little Green Bag’ managed 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 7, 1 place lower than the departing song by Creedence. All 3 of the acts that left the chart this week would see further action in the top 20.

Status Quo returned to the charts after a 119 week gap as their new hit, ‘Down The Dustpipe’ was the first of the new entries. This was the 15th biggest gap between hits so far and the 6th biggest between hits by a UK act. ‘Down The Dustpipe’ was written by an Australian chap called Carl Groszman and produced by John Schroeder. Schroeder had seen SA chart action before as the driving force behind Sounds Orchestral who had charted back in 1968 with ‘Soul Coxing’. ‘Down The Dustpipe’ would go to number 12 in the UK and spend 17 weeks in the charts there which is the most weeks any of their songs have. Despite the long run in the UK charts, the song failed to see chart action in most of Europe.

James Lloyd brought us the second new entry in the form of ‘Keep On Smiling’. Lloyd is one of those difficult chaps to pin down for a nationality as it seems he was born in Jamaica, studied in the UK, spent time living and recording in Germany. Possibly also spent time living and recording in Holland, although it’s a bit unclear if this is the case. He then moved to Trinidad for a while and recently returned to Germany. I have gone with his country of birth making him the 5th Jamaican to chart and ‘Keep On Smiling’ the 6th song by a Jamaican to chart (Desmond Dekker being the only Jamaican so far to have 2 hits). It appears that the song was first recorded by Berry Lipman with German lyrics. Lipman whose real name is Friedel Berlipp is credited with writing the song along with Jon Lordup and James Lloyd. Lloyd’s version would go to 15 in Holland and top the charts in Belgium.

The final new entry was ‘Neanderthal Man’ by Hotlegs, a group that would eventually morph into 10cc. In the UK the song would be kept off the top spot by Elvis’ ‘The Wonder Of You’ and had to be satisfied with sitting at its peak of 2 for 2 weeks. In the US it peaked at 22. The band got their name from a girl who worked in the studio who wore hot pants and had hot legs. This was back in the days before political correctness was born so they got away with it.

The gap between hits to chart so far by acts from the US and those from the UK was down to 16 which was the lowest it had been for 30 weeks with the Yanks having had 260 compared to 244 from the Poms. James Lloyd moved Jamaica into 6th place for number of hits with The US, The UK, SA, Canada and Australia ahead of them.

The Beach Boys moved into tied 5th place on the weeks count list with 95 to their name, putting them level with Herman’s Hermits. Percy Sledge moved on to 83 weeks and was now tied 8th with The Staccatos while Elvis Presley’s 76 weeks put him level 12th with Engelbert Humperdinck. On the local list Jody Wayne joined Al Debbo in 11th spot with both acts having 24 weeks to their names and The Outlet moved on to 18 weeks and sat tied 16 with The Square Set.

On the points front, The Beach Boys became the 4th act to go past the 1,200 mark as they ticked over to 1,211.

We were also experiencing our 5th week in a row where we had no solo female artist featuring in the top 20.

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