4 December 1970

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

‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ moved into its 3rd week at number 1 and this was now half the time he had previously spent at number 1 as a song writer on The Monkees ‘I’m A Believer’. Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ moved up 2 into second place to apply some pressure on Diamond.

Chris Andrews took his 7th biggest climber award this week as ‘Yo Yo’ moved up 8 places from 20 to 12. This was the biggest climb that Andrews would ever see and it was the 3rd time he had managed it as ‘Yesterday Man’ and ‘Brown Eyes’ had also previous had an 8 place climb. Only 1 of his 6 hits to date had not been a biggest climber (‘To Whom It Concerns’) and the previous 4 that had been biggest climbers had gone on to reach number 1 so things were boding well for ‘Yo Yo’.

Just missing out on the biggest climber award was Wanda Arletti’s ‘Zanzibar’ which moved up 7 places from 18 to 11. This was the 5th time we had seen a climb of 7 or more places by a local female artist with 3 of those being greater than 7 places. It also marked the 100th local star rater if one includes ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’, Virginia Lee’s duet with Slim Whitman.

R Dean Taylor’s ‘Indiana Want Me’ was the only other song to make a star rater climb this week, moving up 5 from 14 to 9. This was the second time the song had climbed 4 or more places and this meant that we had had 3 Canadian hits in a row to be a star raters twice.

Bobby Bloom’s ‘Montego Bay’ took the biggest tumble this week as it fell 7 places from 9 to 16 while The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ and The Shuffles’ ‘Cha-La-La I Need You’ continued on as the oldest in the charts, both songs being on 10 weeks.

The Rising Sons’ ‘Stand Up For The Lady’ was the first of 2 songs to depart the chart. It lasted 5 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 13. They would see further SA Chart action.

Also going was Petula Clark’s ‘Melody Man’ which lasted just 3 weeks in the charts and peaked at 16. This was the second lowest weeks and peak of her 10 hits to date. So far she had only seen 1 of her hits reach double figures for weeks and of the 25 acts who would eventually have 10 or more hits, no other one would see this low a number of their first 10 hits not reach double figures. The next lowest would be 3 and so far Cliff Richard had achieved this. The leader to date for the highest number of their first 10 hits reaching double figures for weeks was Tom Jones who had seen 7 of the 10 manage this. There would be acts who would see more.

Despite losing Petula Clark from the top 20, the hits by solo females count remained at 3 as Melanie’s cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday’ was the first of our new entries. This gave Mick Jagger & Keith Richards their 10th hit as song writers and they sat tied 7th overall for number of hits as song writers. The Stones version of the song would top the charts in the US, but in the UK they had to wait for a live version in 1991 to make the charts there and even then it only managed to get to number 59. Melanie (full name Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk) would see her cover go to 52 in the US and number 9 in the UK.

Desmond Dekker returned to the charts just over a year after he was last seen in the top 20. Unlike his previous 2 hits hit, his new one, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’, did not feature The Aces as his backing band. This was the 8th song by a Jamaican artist to chart and a 3rd hit for Dekker. He was the only Jamaican so far to have seen more than 1 hit chart. ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ would give Dekker his second highest peaking song in the UK as it went to number 2 there, only beaten by the chart topping exploits of ‘Israelites’. It would also make it to number 2 in what was then Rhodesia.

Chris Andrews moved on to 72 weeks and made 16th place on the weeks count list his own, knocking Petula Clark, whom he shared the spot with last week, down into 17th place. Petula was joined in 17th place by The Tremeloes who had 71 weeks now. On the local list Dave Mills moved into tied 3rd spot with The Bats with 45 weeks to his name.

The ‘Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet’ which had charted as an instrumental hit for Henry Mancini and was now enjoying a run as ‘A Time For Love (Love Theme From Romero & Juliet)’ by Jody Wayne had now clocked up a total of 13 weeks between the 2 versions and this placed it tied 13th for total weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. It shared 13th place with ‘I’ll Step Aside’ (Tony Wells & Ronnie Wilson) and ‘Green Tambourine’ (Lemon Pipers and Sun Dragon).

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