9 October 1970


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

Chris Andrews’ ‘Brown Eyes’ spent a second week at number 1, holding off the challenge of last week’s number 2, Hotlegs’ ‘Neanderthal Man’ and the advances this week of Michael Holm’s ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ which climbed 2 places to number 2. All of Andrews’ 4 number 1 hits to date had spent at least 2 weeks at the top of the charts and he sat 3rd overall for total number of weeks at 1 with 13 to his name. The Bee Gees with 14 and Tom Jones on 18 were the 2 acts above him.

The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ was racing up the charts as it made a record to date equalling jump of 16 places from 19 to 3. This equalled the effort of The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ from 3 and a half years earlier. This jump of 16 places would only be beaten by 1 song in the top 20 era and when the charts were extended to a top 30 we would see one more song equal this jump and one other song would take the all-time record jump.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ and Tom Jones’ ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’ were both star raters for a second week running with both songs climbing 6 places and landing up at 10 and 6 respectively. Creedence were the 8th act to reach a total of 12 star raters while Jones stretched his lead for the most number of star raters as he moved on to 21. Dickie Loader picked up his 2nd star rater climb as ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’ moved up 5 from 18 to 13.

Nilsson’s ‘Everbody’s Talkin’ became the 17th song to fall 9 or more places in a week as it plummeted from 11 to 20 to take the biggest faller award this week. This was his first time with the accolade.

Steve Lonsdale’s ‘Both Sides Now’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had enjoyed a run of 5 weeks and peaked at 17. This was the lowest peak to date for a song spending 5 weeks on the charts and it would be Lonsdale’s only solo hit in SA.

The new entry was Dawn’s ‘Candida’. Dawn were a group consisting of Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson. In later releases, they would be billed as Tony Orlando & Dawn. The original version of ‘Candida’ had vocals by a guy called Frankie Paris, but the producers weren’t satisfied with this so they tempted Tony Orlando to record the song. Orlando was contracted to Columbia at the time while the producers were with Bell Records and Orlando was initially worried about affecting his contract with Columbia. However, his gamble paid off as ‘Candida’ went to the top of the charts in Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain and Sweden as well as topping the US Cashbox Charts. On the more widely recognised US charts, the Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at 3. It also went to 9 in the UK and was the start of a successful career for Orlando with Dawn.

Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ enjoyed its 4th week as the oldest on the charts. It had been in the top 20 for 15 weeks.

Percy Sledge edged closer to a century of weeks on the chart as he ticked over to 99. This moved him into tied 3rd place with The Bee Gees on the hits count list. This would be the equal highest position to date that we would see an African American artist on the weeks count list with the only one previously managing to reach this high in the weeks count list being Chubby Checker who was at 3rd place for the first 4 weeks of the charts existence. There would be only 1 further African American artist who would make the top 20 of the weeks count list.

Creedence Clearwater Revival moved into tied 16th place with Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark on the weeks count list. They had 68 weeks to their name.

On the local list we saw Jody Wayne pull 1 week ahead of Des Lindberg to make 8th place his own with 32 weeks under his belt. Dickie Loader moved into tied 11th place with Ken J. Larkin on 25 weeks.

The average number of weeks the songs in the top 20 had been with us crept up above 6 for the first time in 14 weeks. It now sat at 6.1.

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