11 September 1970


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

Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wedding’ re-took the top spot from Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ and these 2 songs became the 4th pair to swap places at the top twice as we had seen ‘In The Summer’ Time’ spend 3 weeks at the top, followed by ‘The Wedding’ for 2 weeks, then ‘In The Summertime’ returned to the top for 2 weeks and now ‘The Wedding’ was back at number 1.

This week saw the 7th time the biggest climb did not even make a star rater 4 places as it took just a 3 place jump to take the biggest climb award. We had not yet seen less than 3 places be the biggest climb in the week. 2 songs took the award this week and they were The Kinks’ ‘Lola’ and Percy Sledge’s ‘Push Mr. Pride Aside’ which both climbed 3 to end up at 2 and 13 respectively. 6 of Percy’s 11 hits to date had now taken the biggest climber award giving him a 54.5% success in turning hits into biggest climber. For acts having 10 or more hits so far (of which there were 6), Sledge’s percentage was 4th highest with Tom Jones leading the way, seeing 10 of his 14 hits to date (71.4%) making biggest climber.

Percy Sledge also managed to have the biggest faller this week as ‘Come Softly To Me’ dropped 4 places from 14 to 18. This was the 6th time we had seen an act have a biggest climber and biggest faller in the same week. The role of honour for this read Elvis Presley, The Troggs (twice), Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Andrews and now Percy Sledge. ‘Come Softly To Me’ was still the oldest on the charts with 17 weeks in total to its name. This was its 9th week as the oldest and this was the 5th song so far to spend at least 9 weeks as the oldest.

Joining Percy in the biggest fall was Cliff Richard’s ‘Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha’ which dropped 4 from 8 to 12. This was Cliff’s 3rd time with the biggest faller.

The Poppy Family’s ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy?’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It spent 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at number 2. This would be the only SA chart hit they would have, however, Terry Jacks, one of the members of The Poppy Family would be back in his solo capacity.

The new entry to replace The Poppy Family was Nilsson’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’. The song was written by folk singer Fred Neil in 1966 and became a hit for (Harry) Nilsson when his version was included in the soundtrack to the movie ‘Midnight Cowboy’ which starred Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. Nilsson’s version would top the Canadian charts and go to number 6 in the US. It would reach number 23 in the UK. Nilsson who was born Harry Edward Nilsson III, was a good friend of John Lennon and would die of a heart attack on 15 January 1994 aged 52.

This week saw Chris Andrews hit the 60 milestone for weeks in the charts and he sat 22nd on the weeks count list. Percy Sledge moved 3 ahead of The Rolling Stones on that list, his 3 in the chart increasing his weeks count from 91 to 94, causing the Stones to drop to 8th place while Sledge was unmoved in 7th place, 1 week behind 6th placed Herman’s Hermits. Jody Wayne made 9th place on the local list his own as his 28 weeks to date put him 1 ahead of Billy Forrest who fell to 10th.

We saw a second week with the all-time record 14 solo males in the chart but we did drop back from the record to date 7 nations represented down to 6.

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