4 September 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
2 2 9 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
3 4 6 A Song of Joy  – Miguel Rios
4 6 5 Sally  – Gerry Monroe
5 9 3 Lola  – Kinks
6 7 4 Down the Dustpipe  – Status Quo
7 10 4 Neanderthal Man  – Hotlegs
8 3 7 Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha  – Cliff Richard
9 11 4 Keep on Smiling  – James Lloyd
10 12 5 Let it be Me  – Percy Sledge
11 17 3 Lady D’Arbanville  – Cat Stevens
12 13 3 Mama Told Me Not to Come  – Three Dog Night
13 5 12 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
14 8 16 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
15 18 3 That’s Why God Made the World  – Johnny Collini
16 19 2 Push Mr. Pride Aside  – Percy Sledge
17 New 1 Love of the Common People  – Nicky Thomas
18 20 2 Mademoiselle Ninette  – Michael Holm
19 New 1 Brown Eyes  – Chris Andrews
20 New 1 Both Sides Now  – Steve Lonsdale

Having regained the top spot last week, Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ held on to it, bringing its total weeks at 1 figure up to 5. It also brought the weeks at 1 by British acts total up to 120. The British were now 20 clear of the Americans for this stat with the latter not having moved on since they hit the 100 mark. ‘The Wedding’ by Jody Wayne which ‘In The Summertime’ had regained the top spot from, was unmoved at 2 and still posed a threat to Mungo Jerry’s supremacy.

Cat Stevens’ ‘Lady D’Arbanville’ was the climber of the week, moving up 6 places from 17 to 11. His previous hit, ‘Matthew And Son’ never managed to be the biggest climber, but that probably had something to do with the fact that it debuted on the top 20 at number 5 (the second highest debut position to date), giving it very little scope for climbing.

The Kinks’ ‘Lola’ was the only other song to climb 4 or more places this week as it moved up 4 from 9 to 5. This was their 6th time with a star rater.

The answer to ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy?’ was ‘down’ as the song was the faller of the week, dropping 8 places from 5 to 13. This was the tied equal biggest drop to date for a song by a Canadian act, equalling the plunge that Lucille Starr’s ‘I Love You’ experienced.

Percy Sledge enjoyed a second week with 3 in the charts and was now 1 behind Four Jacks And A Jill for weeks with 3 in the chart. The local act was the only other one so far to manage 3 in a week. One of Percy’s 3 was the oldest in the top 20. ‘Come Softly To Me’ was on 16 weeks and this was its 8th week as the oldest. So far only 7 songs had been the oldest for 8 or more weeks excluding those that had been on the first chart.

Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts. It had a run of 12 weeks in the top 20 and spent 1 of those weeks at the top of the charts. Christie would return to the top 20 at a later date.

The Outlet’s SA chart career came to an end with the departure of ‘Working On A Good Thing’ from the charts. The song had been with us for 14 weeks and reached a peak of 2 during that time. The band had had 2 hits make the charts clocking up a total of 20 weeks with us and the peak of 2 for ‘Working On A Good Thing’ would be their highest. Pointswise, ‘Working On A Good Thing’ was the 19th best performer for local songs to date.

Also ending their SA chart career were The Beach Boys. ‘Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)’ would be their last song to chart and it spent it last week with us last week after a run of 9 weeks and a peak of 2. In total the band had clocked up 97 weeks in the charts (3 short of a century!) with 8 hits, 2 of which (‘California Girls’ and ‘Sloop John B’) had spent time at the top of the charts giving them a total of 7 weeks at 1. In terms of weeks spent in the charts per hit, The Beach Boys averaged 12.125 which was the 4th highest for acts who had seen 5 or more hits chart so far. The Staccatos led the way with an average of 13.83 weeks per song, followed by The Tremeloes (13) and The Troggs (12.625).

Nicky Thomas was the 6th Jamaican to chart as his ‘Love Of The Common People’ was the first of our 3 new entries this week. Only 1 Jamaican so far had managed more than 1 hit and that was Desmond Dekker who had had 2, so this was the 7th song by a Jamaican to chart. This was also only the second week that we had 2 Jamaicans in the chart, the previous time was when Harry J All Stars shared the charts with Jimmy Cliff for 1 week. This week, Nicky Thomas joined James Lloyd. ‘Love Of The Common People’ was written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins who had brought us The Dream Merchant’s ‘Land Of Milk And Honey’. Nicky Thomas’ version of the song would peak at number 9 in the UK while Paul Young’s cover version in 1982 would go to number 2 in the UK and top the charts in Ireland and Holland.

Chris Andrews’ 5th hit arrived on the charts this week and as with his previous 4 hits, ‘Brown Eyes’ was written by Andrews himself. Like his previous 3 SA hits, ‘Brown Eyes’ did not make the UK charts and also failed to chart in Germany and Austria where he was particularly popular. In fact, of all the hits Andrews would have on the SA charts, this would be the only one not to make the German and Austrian charts, presumably not being released as a single there for some reason or other.

The final new entry was by local lad Steve Lonsdale. Lonsdale was a member of The Staccatos who had already had a very successful SA chart career, so Steve was merely adding to his time in the charts as his cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ entered the top 20 this week. It does not appear that Mitchell ever released the song as a single, but she did win the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance when she re-recorded it in 2000 and that version was used in the film ‘Love Actually’.  Judy Collins had a US number 8 hit with a cover version of the song.

This week’s chart saw a record to date 14 solo male artist in the top 20 with the other 6 places being filled by groups. This would be an all-time record for the top 20 era with that total increasing only when the charts were extended to a top 30.

Percy Sledge went past the 90 weeks in the chart milestone, his 3 in the top 20 this week taking him from 88 to 91. This moved him into tied 7 spot on the week’s count list, sharing the total with The Rolling Stones. Jody Wayne continued to move up the local list, his 27 to date putting him tied 9th with Billy Forrest.

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