30 October 1970

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

It was now 3 weeks in a row at 1 for The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ while Creedence Clearwater Revival’s challenge with ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ faded a little as the song dropped to 3, letting Michael Holm’s ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ climbed 1 place into the number 2 spot.

Neil Diamond picked up his 2nd biggest climber award as ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ moved up 7 places from 16 to 9. The only other song to move up 4 or more places was Dawn’s ‘Candida’ which climbed from 13 to 8 to be the other star rater this week.

The biggest faller award went to Percy Sledge’s ‘Push Mr Pride Aside’ which dropped 7 places from 10 to 17. This was his 8th time with the award. Only Tom Jones and The Bee Gees, who were both on 10, had seen more biggest fallers. So far 7 of Percy’s 11 hits to date had been a biggest faller with ‘What Am I Living For’ being the only one to manage it twice.

The Marmalade’s ‘Rainbow’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 13, their lowest weeks and peak figures to date, however, we were not yet done with seeing the band in our top 20.

Cat Steven’s ‘Lady D’Arbanville’ was also a leaver this week. It had been with us for 10 weeks and peaked at 2. The weeks count equalled that of his only other hit to date, ‘Mathew And Son’, but the peak was 2 places lower than that of its predecessor.

The last to go was Hotlegs’ ‘Neanderthal Man’. During its 11 week run with us it managed to get as high as number 2. This would be Hotlegs’ only SA chart hit, however the band would morph into 10cc who would chart on our charts. ‘Neanderthal Man’ shared the oldest on the chart title last week with James Lloyd’s ‘Keep On Smiling’. The latter continued its chart run so was the solitary oldest in the top 20 now, sitting on 12 weeks.

‘Me And My Life’ was The Tremeloes’ 6th song to chart on our top 20 and they were the 30th act to reach this many hits. The song would get to number 4 in the UK as well as going to number 5 in Austria, 6 in Germany and what was then Rhodesia and number 27 in Holland. This was the 3rd of their 6 hits to date that was written by band members Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes and Alan Blaikley.

The last time Deep Purple was on our charts was exactly 100 week previously when ‘Hush’ was spending its last week with us. Only 1 other act would see a gap of exactly 100 weeks between hits. The new one for Deep purple was ‘Black Night’ and it was their first single that they had penned themselves. They would also produce the track and it would go to number 2 in the UK where it spent 2 weeks while Freda Payne’s ‘Band Of Gold’ held on to the top spot there. In the US it made it to number 66 and is the second lowest peak of their 8 hits to chart there so far.

The last new entry was by local band, The Rising Sons. ‘Stand Up For The Lady’ was written by The Bats’ Paul Ditchfield and produced by Billy Forrest. The band was formed in Pietermaritzburg in 1966 and a couple of years after this hit they would see Dennis East join then as vocalist for a while.

Neil Diamond reached the 20 weeks in the chart mark while local lad Dave Mills was celebrating reaching double that, his 40 weeks to date giving him 4th place on the local weeks count list to himself while Gene Rockwell, whom he shared the spot with last week, fell to 5. On the overall weeks count list, Percy Sledge was now the outright number 2 artist with his 102 weeks putting him 1 ahead of The Troggs who fell to 3rd place. Creedence Clearwater Revival shook off Donovan to have 15th place themselves with 71 weeks and Chris Andrews’ addition to his total this week knocked The Seekers into 20th place. Andrews was on 67 weeks. The Tremeloes, who fell off the top 20 of the weeks count list last week were back again as their 66 to date placed them tied 20th with The Seekers. Aside from Dave Mills mentioned above, Dickie Loader was also clocking up the weeks, but his 28 to date merely served to leave him at number 10, but no longer shared the spot with Billy Forrest.

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