20 November 1970

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

After 5 weeks at the top of our charts, The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ was finally ousted from the number 1 slot and the new chart topper was Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’. Diamond was no stranger to our number 1 slot as he had already seen his composition, ‘I’m A Believer’ by The Monkees spend 6 weeks there, but this was his first time at the top as an artist. ‘Burning Bridges’ dropped to number 2. Of the 118 occasions a song had fallen from the number 1 spot, there were 71 times when it fell to number 2. This represented just over 60%.

Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ took the climber of the week award as it moved up 6 places from 15 to 9. This was the first of only 12 occasions that the biggest climber would be by an Italian act.

There were 2 other songs that made a star rater climb and they were Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ and Matthew’s Southern Comfort’s ‘Woodstock’ with the former moving up 5 from 16 to 11 and the latter also moving up 5, going from 17 to 12. Of the artists on the 3 star raters this week, only Giorgio was not seeing this for the first time as he had clocked up his first star rater last week.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ became the 31st song to be the biggest faller 2 weeks running as it dropped a further 9 places from 11 to 20 this week. Of the other 30 times a song had managed this, only The Cowsills’ ‘Indian Lake’ had gone on to make it 3 weeks running with a biggest faller. To date only 18 songs had seen a fall of 9 or more places in a week, half of these had now been by American acts with the Brits seeing 8 and Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ being the solitary local song so far to do this.

Michael Holm’s ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for 13 weeks now.

This week was the 5th time we saw no movement on or off the charts. Interestingly we had now seen these ‘no movement’ charts occur after a week where we had seen 1, 2, 3, 4 and now 5 (but not in that order) new entries in the week prior to the ‘no movement’ week.

There were 2 acts which reached the 70 weeks in the chart milestone this week and they were Chris Andrews and Petula Clark. They both moved into tied 16th place on the weeks count list, joining Donovan on that total. The Tremeloes moved 1 week ahead of Four Jacks & A Jill, thus securing 19th place on the weeks count list for themselves and relegating the local act into 20th spot. Jody Wayne moved tied 6th on the local list, his 36 weeks to date putting him on level pegging with Virginia Lee.

As there was no movement on or off the charts this week, it has given me a chance to look at some of more obscure stats so here goes. This week saw the 5th lowest number of ‘unique’ words in the titles of the songs in the charts to date. Only 16 of the words that appeared in the song titles this week had not been seen in any other song so far. Those words were, in alphabetical order: ‘bridges’, ‘burning’, ‘Candida’, ‘Cha-la-la’, ‘Cracklin’, ‘door’, ‘gold’, ‘Indiana’, ‘lookin’ (there had been no ‘looking’ either yet), ‘Mademoiselle’, ‘Montego’, ‘Ninette’, ‘Paranoid’, ‘Rosie’, ‘wants’ and ‘Woodstock’. Of these, the 5 underlined ones would not be seen in any other song title that would chart during the entire duration of the charts. The lowest ‘unique’ word count to date was 12 which occurred on 12 January 1968 while 21 July 1967 saw a record to date 34 unique words. Okay, I’ll shut up now.

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