28 August 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 9 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
2 1 8 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
3 2 6 Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha  – Cliff Richard
4 6 5 A Song of Joy  – Miguel Rios
5 4 11 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
6 8 4 Sally  – Gerry Monroe
7 9 3 Down the Dustpipe  – Status Quo
8 5 15 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
9 14 2 Lola  – Kinks
10 12 3 Neanderthal Man  – Hotlegs
11 18 3 Keep on Smiling  – James Lloyd
12 17 4 Let it be Me  – Percy Sledge
13 16 2 Mama Told Me Not to Come  – Three Dog Night
14 10 9 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
15 11 14 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
16 7 12 Yellow River  – Christie
17 20 2 Lady D’Arbanville  – Cat Stevens
18 19 2 That’s Why God Made the World  – Johnny Collini
19 New 1 Push Mr. Pride Aside  – Percy Sledge
20 New 1 Mademoiselle Ninette  – Michael Holm

Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ became the 9th song to regain the top spot after having fallen from it. It joined Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ in having a 2 week absence from number 1 and only The Bee Gees ‘Don’t Forget To Remember’ which regained the number 1 spot after being off it for 3 weeks had had a bigger gap. Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wedding’ fell to number 2 after having enjoyed 2 weeks at 1.

James Lloyd’s ‘Keep On Smiling’ picked up the 4th biggest climber award for songs by Jamaican artists as it climbed 7 places from 18 to 11. The previous Jamaicans to take this award were Boris Gardiner (twice with ‘Elizabethan Reggae’) and Desmond Dekker with ‘Israelites’.

The Kinks’ ‘Lola’ and Percy Sledge’s ‘Let It Be Me’ were the other star raters this week, both songs moving up 5 places and landing at 9 and 12 respectively. Sledge was now on 16 star raters and moved ahead of The Hollies and Herman’s Hermits who were on 15. He was now in outright second place for number of star raters but still sat 3 behind leader, Tom Jones who was on 19.

Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ was the 16th song to fall 9 or more places in a week as it plummeted from 7 to 16 this week to take the biggest faller title. To date only The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ had escaped being the biggest faller with a 9 place or more fall when it dropped 9 places but was outdone by a 10 place fall by The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’.

Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ was enjoying its 15th week on the charts and its 7th as the oldest.

The Moody Blue’s ‘Question’ left the charts after 6 weeks and a peak of 7. They would see further SA chart action. The only other song to go from the top 20 was John Edmond’s ‘Round And Around’ which lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 13. This was 1 of 8 songs to spend its last 2 weeks in the same position where that position was 13 or higher. Overall we had seen 49 songs be unmoved in the charts for their last week. The departure of Edmond’s hit from the chart meant that the local hit count was now down to 3 after having spent the last 6 weeks with more than 3.

Percy Sledge became only the second act after Four Jacks & A Jill to have 3 in the chart in the same week as ‘Push Mr. Pride Aside’ joined ‘Come Softly To Me’ and ‘Let It be Me’ in the top 20. This meant that Sledge had the oldest, a star rater and a new entry this week. Sledge was the 9th act to have spent at least 9 weeks with 2 or more hits in the charts. Four Jacks & A Jill led the way for this having seen 14 weeks with 2 or more in the top 20. ‘Push Mr. Pride Aside’ was Sledge’s 11th SA chart hit to date which put him tied 4th on the number of hits list, equalling Herman’s Hermits and sitting 3 hits behind leader, Tom Jones. This was Sledge’s 5th SA chart hit in a row now that did not make the US charts.

Michael Holm became the 4th German act to chart as his hit ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ was the second new entry this week. So far no German act had managed more than 1 hit, so this was also the 4th hit by a German act to make the charts. Holm’s real name was Lothar Walter and ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ was a big hit in Europe for a group called The Soulful Dynamics. Their version topped the charts in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Belgium while Holm’s version (which sounds almost identical to The Soulful Dynamics version) did not chart. The song would also be covered by 2 acts which would eventually make our charts, The Walkers and The Rattles. The German artists joined those from The Netherlands for number of hits on the chart and their 4 apiece was the tied 9th highest for any nation. They sat 1 hit behind acts from France and Ireland. We were also now back up to a record to date 7 different nations represented in the chart.

The Outlet became the 16th local act to reach a total of 20 weeks on the charts. They were only the 4th local group to manage this with the other 12 made up of 9 solo male artists and 3 solo females. Also clocking up the weeks on the local front was Jody Wayne whose 26 weeks to date placed him 10th on the local weeks count list, the position he occupied last week, but he no longer shared the position with Ken J. Larkin who fell to 11th.

Cliff Richard eased past the 700 points mark and was the 20th act to do so. His 714 points to date placed him 1 point above Donovan, a fellow 700 pointer, and he sat 19th overall.

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