16 October 1970


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 3 Burning Bridges  – Mike Curb Congregation
2 2 8 Mademoiselle Ninette  – Michael Holm
3 1 7 Brown Eyes  – Chris Andrews
4 6 4 I (Who Have Nothing)  – Tom Jones
5 10 4 Lookin’ Out My Back Door  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 5 9 Lola  – Kinks
7 4 10 Neanderthal Man  – Hotlegs
8 7 8 Push Mr. Pride Aside  – Percy Sledge
9 12 4 Ain’t Love a Funny Thing  – Sam Evans
10 13 3 Poor Little Rich Girl  – Dickie Loader
11 8 9 Lady D’Arbanville  – Cat Stevens
12 9 7 Love of the Common People  – Nicky Thomas
13 14 5 Rainbow  – Marmalade
14 15 10 Keep on Smiling  – James Lloyd
15 18 3 Cha-La-La, I Need You  – Shuffles
16 19 2 Candida  – Dawn
17 11 15 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
18 New 1 All the Tears in the World  – Dave Mills
19 New 1 Like I Do  – Barbara Ray & 5th Association
20 New 1 Montego Bay  – Bobby Bloom

The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ was the 11th song to take just 3 weeks to get to number 1, with only 1 song (Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus) doing so in 2 weeks. No song had entered the top 20 at number 1. ‘Burning Bridges’ leapfrogged Michael Holm’s ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ which remained unmoved at 2 to knock Chris Andrews’ ‘Brown Eyes’ off the top spot after the latter had been there for 2 weeks. ‘Burning Bridges’ was the 40th song by an American act to top our charts. The Americans were 8 behind the Brits for number of number 1s with local acts in 3rd place with 14.

And talking of 14, this was the 14th consecutive week we had been without a solo female artist in the charts, our 3rd highest run to date for being womanless.

Creedence Clearwater Revival picked up a 4th biggest climber award as ‘Lookin Out My Back Door’ climbed 5 places from 10 to 5. This would be the only star rater climb this week.

The faller of the week award went to Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wedding’ which dropped 6 places from 11 to 17. This was Wayne’s second time with the biggest faller and the previous time that he experienced this was as one half of a duet with Glenys Lynne. The good news for Jody was that this was the first week he had the oldest song on the chart with ‘The Wedding’ being on 15 weeks. This came about by the departure of Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ which lasted 15 weeks in the top 20 and spent a third of those (5 weeks for those too lazy to calculate the number) at number 1. Mungo Jerry would grace our charts again.

Also leaving the top 20 was Nilsson’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ which spent 5 weeks in the chart and peaked at 11. Like Mungo Jerry, we would see Nilsson in the top 20 again.

The 3rd of the trio of songs to depart the chart was Johnny Collini’s ‘That’s Why God Made the World’. It managed 8 weeks and peaked at 13, but unlike the other 2 artists leaving the chart this week, Collini would not return and this would be his only hit on the top 20.

‘All The Tears In The World’ was the first of the new entries this week and it was a 3rd SA chart hit for Dave Mills. As with his previous 2 hits, Terry Dempsey was listed as song writer and he was joined again by Robin Netcher who also co-wrote ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ for Mills. Dempsey now had 8 hits to his name where he was listed as song writer and Netcher was sitting on 2. The interesting thing about ‘All The Tears In The World’ was that it appeared on the b-side of ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ which had been a hit earlier in 1970.

The second new entry was also by a local act and it was an SA chart debut for Barbara Ray. Teaming up with The 5th Association, Barbara’s new entry was ‘Like I Do’, a song written by Richard Manning and was first recorded by Nancy Sinatra in 1962 and according Wikipedia that version went to number 2 in South Africa. This would have been before the official charts started and it seems that Radio South Africa was producing some kind of chart which was listed in Billboard magazine’s ‘Hits Of The World’ section. In 1963 Maureen Evans recorded a version and that went to number 3 in the UK and number 5 in Ireland. Barbra Ray’s version was produced by the man who sat 2 places higher in the charts than ‘Like I Do’, Jody Wayne. The arrival of Dave Mills and Barbara Ray onto and the departure of Johnny Collini from the charts meant that the local hit count was 5.

Bobby Bloom became the 9th act to date to chart first as a song writer then as an artist. Bloom had helped write 2 of The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s hits as well as Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Mony Mony’ and he now charted as artist and co-writer on ‘Montego Bay’. He shared the song writing credits with Jeff Barry and this was Barry’s 11th SA chart hit to date as a composer. He sat tied 5th for number of hits by a song writer, sharing the spot with Robin Gibb. ‘Montego Bay’ would go to number 3 in the UK and 8 in the US. The song has been covered a number of time, charting in the UK for Freddie Notes & The Rudies (#45), Sugar Cane (#54) and Amazulu (#16). The Amazulu version would also go to number 90 in the US. Jon Stevens would take a cover of it to number 1 in New Zealand (knocking his own ‘Jezebel’ off the top spot after the latter had been at number 1 for 9 weeks).

Percy Sledge celebrated becoming only the 3rd act so far to reach the 100 weeks in the chart mark. The Troggs on 101 and Tom Jones on 162 were the 2 acts above him. This would be the first time we would see 2 centurions in the top 20 together as both the weeks that The Troggs had been in the charts with their total at 100 and 101, Tom Jones was not. In total only 33 acts would reach this 100 weeks.

Creedence Clearwater Revival pulled 1 week clear of Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark, giving them position 16 on the weeks count list to themselves while the latter 2 fell to 17th. Chris Andrews re-entered the top 20 of the weeks count list, his 65 to date putting him tied 20th with The Tremeloes. On the local list Jody Wayne’s 33 weeks put him tied 7th with Murray Campbell while Dickie Loader moved 1 week clear of Ken J. Larkin, his 26 weeks giving him 11th position to himself while Larkin fell to 12th.

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