27 November 1970

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

Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ enjoyed a second week at number 1, with The Shuffles’ ‘Cha-La-La I Need You’ creeping into 2nd place to apply some pressure on Diamond. We had already seen 2 Dutch acts top the charts (Shocking Blue and Tee Set), so The Shuffles were in a good position.

Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ followed up last week’s biggest climber with another biggest climber as the song moved up a further 5 places from 9 to 4 to take the award this week. Joining ‘Looky Looky’ in a 5 place climb were Matthew’s Southern Comfort’s ‘Woodstock’ and R Dean Taylor’s ‘Indiana Wants Me’ which moved up to 7 and 14 respectively. It was the 7th time a Canadian act had been the biggest climber and a 2nd time for R Dean Taylor who had scored a biggest climb with his previous hit, ‘Gotta See Jane’. Deep Purple’s ‘Black Night’ made a second star rater climb from 10 to 6 and was the only other song to move up 4 or more places in the week.

The faller of the week was Barbara Ray & The 5th Association’s ‘Like I Do’ which dropped 6 places from 4 to 10. This was the 60th time a local song had taken the biggest fall if one includes the time that Virginia Lee’s duet with American Slim Whiteman was the biggest faller.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 9 weeks and just missed out on topping the charts, peaking as it did at number 2.

Also going was Michael Holm’s ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ which was the oldest on last week’s chart. It spent 13 weeks in the top 20 and, like ‘Lookin’ Out My back Door’ also peaked at 2. The new oldest on the chart were The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ and The Shuffles’ ‘Cha-La-La I Need You’ which were both on 9 weeks. We had now seen 15 songs in total become the oldest on just 9 weeks, the lowest week count to date for an oldest song (this excludes songs on the first ever chart).

Last of the leavers was Chris Andrews’ ‘Brown Eyes’ which spent 12 weeks on the charts and managed to go that 1 place better than the 2 other songs leaving the charts this week as it spent 2 weeks at number 1. This was the 3rd time we had seen 2 number 2’s and a chart topper leave the chart in the same week and this was the lowest average peak (1.67) where 3 or more songs left the chart in the week.

Creedence and Michael Holm would both return to the charts at a later date, but Chris Andrews was already back as his new hit, ‘Yo Yo’ was one of the 3 new entries. Andrews was the 10th act now to have a song leave and another enter the chart in the same week with Cliff Richard being the only act to manage this twice. ‘Yo Yo’ was Andrews’ 6th hit to make the top 20 and, like the previous 5, had been written by himself. In total Andrews had now charted 9 times as a song writer, the other 3 where he wasn’t the artist were all hits for Sandie Shaw. ‘Yo Yo’ would give him a number 4 hit in Austria and would top the charts in what was then Rhodesia.

Wanda Arletti’s ‘Zanzibar’ was her first SA chart hit. It was written by British musician Gordon Haskell and appeared on his album called ‘Sail In My Boat’. Haskell had already seen one of compositions top our charts and that was when Quentin E. Klopjager (aka Billy Forrest) took a cover of Haskell’s ‘Lazy Life’ to number 1 back in 1968. There was a further South African connection with Haskell as he played in a British band called Fleur de Lys which featured out very own Sharon Tandy. Wanda (sometimes spelt Vanda) Arletti was born Wanda Arletowicz in Hackney, England of Polish parents. She sang for the Staccatos and married the group’s guitarist Richard Crouse. ‘Zanzibar’ was the second of 4 songs to start with ‘Z’ that would make our charts, the previous one being Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mich & Titch’s ‘Zabadak’.

The other new entry was a second SA chart hit for Tidal Wave, ‘Green Mamba’. Like their previous hit, ‘Spider Spider’ it was written by Terry Dempsey and he equalled Chris Andrews 9 hits to date as a song writer. Tidal Wave featured Mike Pilot on guitar. Pilot would go on to form the band Stingray with Dennis East.

The local hit count moved up to 6 with 2 of the new entries being by South African acts (Wanda Arletti is considered local as she moved to SA and made her music there). This hit count was just 1 less than the record to date 7 we had seen in the top 20 in a week. It also meant that the local acts equalled those from the UK for the most by a nation in the top 20. Apart from the 6 each from local acts and British acts, we had 5 by Americans and 1 each from a Canadian, an Italian and a Dutch act.

Last week saw Chris Andrews and Petula Clark reach the 70 weeks in the chart mark and this week it was The Tremeloes’ turn to reach that total. Andrews and Clark were unmoved at number 16 on the weeks count list while The Tremeloes joined Donovan in tied 18th place. On the local list, Jody Wayne moved 1 week ahead of Virginia Lee to have 6th place all to himself while Lee dropped into 7th place.

On the points front, we saw Dave Mills go past the 600 points mark and The Tremloes had reached the 900 points milestone. The Tremleoes were sitting 15th overall for points while Dave Mills was 25th overall and 3rd for a local act.

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