18 September 1970


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

Of the 34 acts who had manged 5 or more hits to date, 8 of them had not managed to score a number 1. That figure went down to 7 this week as The Kinks, who before this week had 6 hits and no chart toppers to their name, but now they saw their hit ‘Lola’ take the top spot, knocking Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wedding’ off its perch. ‘The Wedding’ had spent a total of 3 weeks at number 1 in an interrupted run. It should be noted that the 10 US acts who had 5 or more hits so far had a 100% record for having at least 1 number 1.

The climber of the week award went to Chris Andrews’ ‘Brown Eyes’ which moved up 8 places from 17 to 9. This equalled Chris Andrews’ biggest ever climb in a week which his very first hit, ‘Yesterday Man’, had managed back in 1966. It was his 5th time with the biggest climber.

The only other song making a star rater climb this week was Cat Stevens’ ‘Lady D’Arbanville’ which climbed 6 from 10 to 4 to give him his second star rater.

Percy Sledge became the second act after Four Jacks & A Jill to have the biggest faller 2 weeks running, but with different songs. Last week his ‘Come Softly To Me’ was faller of the week and this week ‘Let It Be Me’ fell 7 places to take the award. There would be a total of 5 times where an act would manage to have the biggest faller in consecutive weeks with 2 different songs. It was Sledge’s 7th time with the biggest faller and the 21st time we had seen an act have the same number of biggest fallers as the number of places their song fell. Cliff Richard’s ‘Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha’ joined ‘Let It Be Me’ in being the biggest faller. It dropped 7 from 12 to 19.

There was more bad news for Percy as ‘Come Softly To Me’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 17 weeks and spent 2 of them at the top spot and 9 of them as the oldest on the chart. The weeks and peak were exactly the same as his other chart topper, ‘My Special Prayer’, as was the figure for weeks spent at 1. The only thing separating them was a points tally with ‘My Special Prayer’ getting 246 compared to the 215 that ‘Come Softly To Me’ made. Unsurprisingly these were Sledge’s top 2 hits pointswise to date.

The new oldest song on the chart was Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ which sat on 12 weeks.

The Marmalade returned to the charts with their 3rd hit to date, ‘Rainbow’. The song, their 2nd hit written by band members William Campbell and Thomas McAleese, would go to number 3 in the UK and 51 in the US, their tied 2nd highest peak of their 11 UK hits to date the lowest peak of their 3 US hits to date. Elsewhere the song saw a peak of 21 in Germany and 8 in Holland. The Marmalade’s previous hit was ‘Reflections Of My Life’ and this was the 19th time we had seen an act have 2 hits in a row starting with the same letter. Of the previous 18 occasions that this had happened, The Bee Gees had managed it twice as had The Troggs, however, The Troggs went 1 better with their second run managing 3 songs in a row starting with ‘L’. Also included in the 18 previous occasions was Herman’s Hermits who managed 3 in a row starting with ‘S’.

With Percy Sledge leaving the charts and The Marmalade being the new entry, our hits by male solo artist count dropped from the all-time record in the top 20 era of 14 to 13. We would see 14 again for 2 more weeks, but that was a little while off.

Percy Sledge was also moving up the weeks count list, his 96 weeks to date moving up to 6th place. He was also enjoying his 12th week with 2 in the charts, 7 of those coming in the current run and for 3 of them he had 3 in the chart.

Cliff Richard made 12th place on the weeks count list his own as his 77 weeks put him 1 ahead of Elvis Presley and Engelbert Humperdinck who both dropped to 13th.

This was the 10th week running that we had not had a solo female artist in the chart.

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