13 November 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Burning Bridges  – Mike Curb Congregation
2 2 4 Cracklin’ Rosie  – Neil Diamond
3 4 6 Candida  – Dawn
4 3 7 Cha-La-La, I Need You  – Shuffles
5 13 3 Me and My Life  – Tremeloes
6 8 5 Like I Do  – Barbara Ray & 5th Association
7 9 5 Montego Bay  – Bobby Bloom
8 12 5 All the Tears in the World  – Dave Mills
9 5 12 Mademoiselle Ninette  – Michael Holm
10 6 11 Brown Eyes  – Chris Andrews
11 7 8 Lookin’ Out My Back Door  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
12 14 3 Black Night  – Deep Purple
13 15 3 Stand Up for the Lady  – Rising Sons
14 20 2 A Time for Us (Love Theme From “Romeo & Juliet”)  – Jody Wayne
15 19 2 Looky Looky  – Giorgio
16 New 1 Paranoid  – Black Sabbath
17 New 1 Woodstock  – Matthews Southern Comfort
18 New 1 Band of Gold  – Freda Payne
19 New 1 Melody Man  – Petula Clark
20 New 1 Indiana Wants Me  – R. Dean Taylor

The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ enjoyed a 5th week at number 1 with Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ sitting at 2 for the 2nd week running. So far only 14 out of the 106 chart toppers to date had manged to spend 5 or more weeks there. This works out at 13.2%. By the time the charts ended in 1989 that percentage would have risen to nearly 30%

The Tremeloes’ ‘Me And My Life’ was the climber of the week, moving up 8 places from 13 to 5. This was The Tremeloes’ 8th time with the biggest climber and they accounted for the 18th time we saw the number of times an act had had the biggest climber match the number of places they climbed to reach that total. So far only Herman’s Hermits and now The Tremeloes had appeared twice in the 18 times as the latter had also reached their 6th biggest climber award with a 6 place jump.

Jody Wayne’s ‘A Time For Us (Love Theme From “Romeo & Juliet”)’ was the next biggest climber this week, moving up 6 from 20 to 14. Dave Mills’ ‘All The Tears In The World’ and Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ were the other 2 star raters, both climbing 4 places to land at 8 and 15 respectively.

There were 3 songs that took the biggest faller award this week and they were Michael Holm’s ‘Mademoiselle Ninnette’, Chris Andrews’ ‘Brown Eyes’ and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ which all fell 4 places to land at 9, 10 and 11 respectively.

This week was the 9th time we had seen 5 songs leave the chart with only 1 week seeing more and that was when we had 6 songs leave.

First to go was The Kinks’ ‘Lola’. It had been with us for 12 weeks, 2 of which had been spent at number 1. This was their only chart toper of their 6 hits to date and the only one to last more than 10 weeks in the chart. They had 1 more hit to come.

James Lloyd’s ‘Keep On Smiling’ also left the charts. It had been with us for 13 weeks and managed to get to 6 during that time. This would not be Lloyd’s only SA chart hit.

As ‘Keep On Smiling’ was the oldest on last week’s chart, we now had to look to Michael Holm’s ‘Mademoiselle Ninnette’ for the granddaddy of the top 20. It was on 12 weeks.

Dickie Loader’s ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’ spent 6 weeks with us and managed to peak at 7 during that time. This was the lowest weeks count of his 3 hits to date, his next best being 10, but its peaked was equal highest. Loader was not yet done with featuring in our charts.

Tom Jones’ ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’ finished its chart run with 7 weeks to its name and a peak of 4. It spent its last week in the charts at number 11. Of Jones’ 15 hits to date, only ‘Help Yourself’ had a higher last week position as that left the top 20 from position 10. Jones illustrious SA chart career was still a little way from being over.

Sam Evans’ ‘Ain’t Love A Funny Thing’ was the last of the leavers. It spent 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. This was the 27th song to leave the charts from within the top 10 (its last week was spent at 10) and only the second local song to do so, the previous one being Tidal Wave’s ‘Spider Spider’ which spent its last week at 9.

Black Sabbath’s Paranoid’ was the first of the new entries this week. The song was written quickly and intended as a 3 minute ‘filler’ for the Sabs’ second album (which was originally going to be called ‘War Pigs’ after the song of that name) and like a good number of ‘throwaway’ songs has gone on to become a classic. It made number 4 in the UK and 61 in the US. In Iceland the song has a sort of cult status as apparently at most music concerts, no matter who the band are, or their style of music, someone will always shout out at least once ‘play Paranoid!’

The second new entry was the second song written by Joni Mitchell to chart in SA. Mitchell herself would never see any chart action on our fair shores, but she had seen her composition, ‘Both Sides Now’ chart for Steve Lonsdale and this week it was ‘Woodstock’ that saw her reaping some more royalties. Also sharing in the royalties was Matthew’s Southern Comfort who were performing the song. The Matthew in the group’s name was Iain Matthews who had been in Fairport Convention and this version would top the UK charts for 3 weeks. In the US it would be Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s version that would perform the best in 1970, going to number 11 there. The Assembled Multitude also had a hit with the song but their version would only get to 79 in 1970. Matthew’s Southern Comfort would eventually see their version chart in the US in the March of 1971 when it went to number 23. Mitchell wrote the songs about the well-known music festival although she did not attend it herself, rather performing on The Dick Cavett Show, but later feeling she had missed out. Her version can be found on her ‘Ladies Of The Canyon’ album.

The song that ‘Woodstock’ took over from at number 1 in the UK was our next new entry and that was Freda Payne’s ‘Band Of Gold’ which helped break the 17 week drought of solo female artists in the chart. ‘Band Of Gold’ had spent a total of 6 weeks at the top of the UK charts and would get to number 3 in the US and 5 in The Netherlands. It would be her only top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic although she would have a total of 6 US Hot 100 hits, 3 of which (including ‘Band Of Gold’) would also chart in the UK. Other versions of the song to chart would be Bonnie Tyler’s 1986 cover (81 in the UK), Belinda Carlisle’s 86/87 version (91 in Canada) and Kimberley Locke’s 2007/08 cover (#1 on the US Hit Dance Club Play chart).

From not having any solo female artists in the charts, we suddenly had 2 as Petula Clark became the 22nd act to have a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits as her new one this week, ‘Melody Man’ came 110 weeks after she was last seen in the top 20. This was also the 2nd biggest gap between hits for a woman with Jackie Trent’s 152 weeks leading the way. ‘Melody Man’ was Petula’s 10th hit to chart in SA and she became the 7th act and first woman to reach double figures for number of hits. Of the 7 acts to make this milestone so far, 1 was an American act (Percy Sledge) with the remaining 6 all being British. ‘Melody Man’ was written by an Australian chap called Tony Cole and it was his first SA chart hit. Clark’s version would fail to chart in the US or the UK, but did make it to 25 in Cole’s native Australia.

Our final new entry set a new record for gaps between hits by a Canadian artist as R Dean Taylor returned to the charts 108 weeks after he last featured in the top 20. He was the 23rd act to have a gap of 100 weeks or more and his was the 18th biggest gap to date. It was also the 16th song by a Canadian act to chart and the Canadians sat 4th overall for number of hits behind the US, the UK and SA. His new song was ‘Indiana Wants Me’ which would be a number 2 hit for him in both the UK and his native Canada. In the US it would make number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and would top the alternate US charts listed in Cashbox magazine. Some versions of the song don’t include the police sirens that other versions had as some radio stations were getting complaints that drivers were pulling over when they heard the sirens.

This week saw the 31st occasion where the number of hits in the top 20 by acts from The UK equalled that for acts from The US as both nations had 6 in the charts. The local hit count, however dropped to 4 with Dickie Loader and Sam Evans leaving the chart.

On the weeks count list Petula Clark and Chris Andrews shook off Four Jacks & A Jill and The Tremeloes to take 17th place for themselves. They were both on 69 weeks.

The ‘Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet’ moved into tied 18th place for songs charting in more than 1 version as between Henry Mancini’s instrumental version and Jody Wayne’s vocal one it had clocked up a total of 10 weeks which equalled that of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ (Bee Gees & The Staccatos), ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ (Frankie Laine & Brook Benton) and ‘Am I That Easy to Forget?’ (Jim Reeves & Engelbert Humperdinck).

The average weeks that the songs on the top 20 had been with us dropped below 5 for the first time in 16 weeks as it fell to 4.4.

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