2 October 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Brown Eyes  – Chris Andrews
2 3 8 Neanderthal Man  – Hotlegs
3 1 7 Lola  – Kinks
4 8 6 Mademoiselle Ninette  – Michael Holm
5 4 7 Lady D’Arbanville  – Cat Stevens
6 5 13 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
7 9 5 Love of the Common People  – Nicky Thomas
8 10 6 Push Mr. Pride Aside  – Percy Sledge
9 6 8 Keep on Smiling  – James Lloyd
10 7 14 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
11 13 4 Everybody’s Talkin’  – Nilsson
12 19 2 I (Who Have Nothing)  – Tom Jones
13 14 7 That’s Why God Made the World  – Johnny Collini
14 18 2 Ain’t Love a Funny Thing  – Sam Evans
15 16 3 Rainbow  – Marmalade
16 20 2 Lookin’ Out My Back Door  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
17 17 5 Both Sides Now  – Steve Lonsdale
18 New 1 Poor Little Rich Girl  – Dickie Loader
19 New 1 Burning Bridges  – Mike Curb Congregation
20 New 1 Cha-La-La, I Need You  – Shuffles

The Kinks’ time at number 1 with ‘Lola’ was short lived as after just 2 weeks at the top of the charts, the song was ousted by Chris Andrews’ ‘Brown Eyes’. This meant that 4 out of Andrews’ 5 charting hits to date had topped the chart. No other act would see this many of their first 5 hits reach the top of the charts. Further good news for Andrews was that, having penned all his hits, he joined Les Reed, Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb and Geoff Stephens at the top of the list for number 1s by a song writer.

Tom Jones picked up his 13th biggest climber award as ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’ moved up 7 places from 19 to 12. He was now 4 ahead of Herman’s Hermits who had the next highest number of biggest climbers. They sat on 9. Jones had seen 2 climbs of 9 places, 1 of 8 and this was his second time with a 7 place leap.

There were 3 other star raters this week, all of which climbed 4 places and these were Michael Holm’s ‘Mademoiselle Ninnette’ which moved up to 4, Sam Evans’ ‘Ain’t Love A Funny Thing’ which ended up at 14 and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ which jumped up to 16. Creedence were the 11th act to reach 11 star raters while Tom Jones was now 4 ahead of second placed Percy Sledge with Jones on 20 and Sledge on 16.

Former number 1, Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ shared the biggest faller award with James Lloyd’s ‘Keep On Smiling’. It only took a 3 place fall by these 2 to take the award and they ended up and 10 and 9 respectively. ‘In The Summertime’ though could still claim the title of oldest on the chart, its 14 weeks to date putting it ahead of the rest of the top 20. It had been the oldest for 3 weeks.

Three Dog Night’s ‘Mama Told me Not To Come’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts. It had been with us for 6 weeks and just made it into the top 10, peaking at number 10. There was more to come from them.

Status Quo’s ‘Down The Dustpipe’ lasted 7 weeks in the top 20, 1 less than their only other hit to date, ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’. It peak of 5 was 2 places lower than that of its predecessor. Like Three Dog Night, the Quo would be back.

Last of the leavers was Miguel Rios’ ‘A Song Of Joy’ which had the best weeks and peaks figure of the 3 songs leaving the charts as it had managed 9 weeks with us and peaked at 3. Where the other 2 leaving acts had the edge on Rios was that this would be his only SA chart hit.

Dickie Loader returned to the charts with a new hit called ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’. It had been 62 weeks since we last saw Loader in the charts and this was the 7th biggest gap between hits for a local act with one of the 6 bigger gaps also going to Loader when he saw 140 weeks between hits. There had only been 1 other act so far to see 2 gaps of 60 weeks or more between hits and that was The Kinks who had had gaps of 87 and 91 weeks. ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’ was written by Loader and produced by Clive Calder.

The second new entry was the Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ which was used as the theme tune to the Clint Eastwood film ‘Kelly’s Heroes’. Curb had charted already as a song writer of The Ventures’ hit ‘Theme From The Wild Angels’ and the 177 weeks between him first charting as a song writer and charting in his own right was the 3rd biggest gap to date between charting as either a song writer or an artist and then charting as the other. Curb did not write his new hit, that honour went to Lalo Schifrin. The song would go to number 34 in the US, but interestingly, it would only entered the Billboard Hot 100 on 7 November, just over a month after it charted in SA.

The last new entry was ‘Cha-La-La, I Need You’ by Dutch band The Shuffles. This was the 5th song by an act from The Netherlands to make our top 20 and we were yet to see any of them have more than 1 hit so far. The song would go to number 3 in their homeland and would go 1 better in neighbouring Belgium. On the charts in our neighbouring country, Rhodesia as it was then, it would also go to number 3. The Netherlands were now tied with France and Ireland in 7th place for number of hits from a nation.

Dickie Loader’s new entry took the SA hit count back up to 5. It had been below that for the past 6 weeks.

The Kinks celebrated reaching the 30 weeks in the charts mark. It had taken them 6 hits to get to this level and they currently had the lowest weeks/hit ratio of all acts who had had 5 or more hits. Their ratio was 5 weeks per hit. Cliff Richard, who was second lowest was on 5.93 weeks per hit. The Staccatos led the way averaging 13.83 weeks per hit.

Also celebrating landmark weeks counts were Tom Jones who hit the 160 mark and The Marmalade who were now on 20. Tones was now 59 weeks ahead of his nearest rival for the top spot on weeks count with The Troggs sitting in second place on 101, and they had finished their SA chart career.

Percy Sledge was moving up the weeks count list, his 98 to date put him tied 4th with The Hollies. Creedence Clearwater Revival moved on to 67 weeks but were unmoved at 18. They did, however, shake off The Seekers who dropped to 19th.

On the local list Jody Wayne moved into tied 8th place with Des Lindberg. Both acts were on 31 weeks. Dickie Loader joined Al Debbo on 24 weeks and the 2 acts sat tied 12th.

Percy Sledge became the 7th act to go past the 1,000 points mark as his total ticked over to 1,001.

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