23 October 1970


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

The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 while Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ moved up 3 places to number 2 to be the main threat to Mike Curb’s supremacy. Creedence, whose first 2 hits went to number 1, were looking to capture former glories as they had had 4 hits since their chart toppers with a best peak for them being number 3.

The Shuffles ignored their name and motored up the charts. Their 7 place climb from 15 to 8 was the biggest upward movement this week. This was the second time a Dutch act had taken the biggest climber award, but it fell 1 place short of the 8 places the previous Dutch act had managed when The George Baker Selection moved up 8 in a week with ‘Little Green Bag’.

Barbara Ray & The 5th Association’s ‘Like I Do’ was the only other star rater this week, climbing 5 places from 19 to 14.

There were 2 fallers of the week, both dropping 7 places. The first was The Marmalade’s ‘Rainbow’ which fell from 13 to 20 to give the band their 3rd such award while Cat Stevens picked up his first with ‘Lady D’Arbanville’ which dropped from 11 to 18.

Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wedding’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 15 weeks and spent a total of 3 of them at number 1 in a run of 2 weeks, then returning to the top spot 2 weeks later for a further week. This was Wayne’s best performing song to date.

The departure of ‘The Wedding’ from the charts meant that we now had 2 new oldest in the top 20 and those were James Lloyd’s ‘Keep On Smiling’ and Hotlegs’ ‘Neanderthal Man’ which were both in 11 weeks.

Also leaving the charts was Nicky Thomas’ ‘Love Of The Common People’ which peaked at 7 during a 7 week run. This was the 22nd song to have an equal weeks and peaks figure and, keeping with a ‘7’ theme, it was the 7th time a song had had a weeks and peak figure of 7. Unlike Jody Wayne, Thomas would not re-appear on our charts and this would be his only SA chart hit. Silly fact of the week – both acts leaving the chart had surnames that are also common first names.

Neil Diamond returned to the chart with ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, his third hit to date. As with his previous 2 hits, Diamond composed the song and this was now his 6th hit as a song writer as 2 of his compositions had been hits for The Monkees and 1 had been a hit for Cliff Richard. ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ was Diamond’s 19th Billboard Hot 100 hit, the 5th to go top 10 there and his first number 1 hit in the US, spending just 1 week at the top spot. In the UK it was his first hit to chart and it went to number 3. He has since had 15 UK chart hit, but this still remains his highest peak to date there. The song would also top the charts in Norway and what was then Rhodesia. The title of the song apparently refers to a sparkling wine with Rosie being substituted for Rosé.

The Archies brought some brightness to the charts with their 7th SA chart hit to date, ‘Sunshine’. The song was written by Bobby Bloom and Jeff Barry. This was Barry’s 12th hit to date as a song writer and this put him in 5th place on his own for number of hits by a song writer. Bobby Bloom was enjoying his 5th hit as song writer. As the duo of song writers had also penned ‘Montego Bay’, Bloom’s hit as an artist, they both had 2 compositions in the chart this week. For Bloom it was a first time and he became the 65th song writer to manage this while for Barry it was his 14th week with 2 in the charts. The overall leader for this was Les Reed who had seen 37 weeks with more than 1 composition in the chart. ‘Sunshine’ would go to number 57 in the US and 26 in Germany.

With both new entries being by American acts, the Yanks overtook the Poms for number of hits in the top 20 as they now had 7 compared to the 6 from British acts. So far we had had 131 weeks with more British acts on the charts than Americans, 121 weeks where the Americans led the way and 29 weeks where the hits tally was equal for the 2 nations. There had been 4 occasions when there were more local hits on the charts than British ones and a further 4 weeks when the local talent had outdone the Americans.

Cat Stevens reached the 20 weeks in the chart mark and Creedence Clearwater Revival celebrated their 70th week with us. This put the latter in tied 15th place on the weeks count list, sharing the position with Donovan. Right up at the top of the list, Percy Sledge moved into tied 2nd place with The Troggs. Both acts were now on 101 weeks, but were still a good way behind leader Tom Jones who sat on 163 and still counting. Chris Andrews moved tied 19th with The Seekers as their weeks counts were both 66. The Tremeloes fell off the top 20 of the list.

There was also some action near the top of the local weeks count list with Dave Mills moving into tied 4th place with Gene Rockwell with 39 weeks to his name. Dickie Loader caught up with Billy Forrest and the 2 sat tied 10th with 27 weeks each.

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