11 December 1970


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

Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ enjoyed its 4th week at number 1 while Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ sat at number 2 for a second week running.   It was now the 50th different song to spend at least 2 consecutive weeks at number 2. Of the previous 49, 17 had done so after spending time at number 1. Of the remaining 32, 21 had not managed to get number 1 while 11 had. This meant that almost 2 thirds of the songs that spent 2 or more weeks at number 2 which hadn’t yet made the top spot, would not go on to make the number 1 position, so the odds were stacked against Giorgio’s hit.

Melanie’s ‘Ruby Tuesday’ was the climber of the week, moving up 6 places from 19 to 13 while

R Dean Taylor’s ‘Indiana Wants Me’ made it 3 weeks in a row with a star rater climb as it moved up a further 4 places this week, climbing from 9 to 5.

Last week we noted that if one included Virginia Lee’s duet with Slim Whitman, then Wanda Arletti’s ‘Zanzibar’ would have accounted for the 100th time a local song was a star rater. This week ‘Zanzibar’ was a again a star rater and therefore accounted for the 100th time a local song was a star rater excluding Virginia Lee’s duet so either way you look at it, ‘Zanzibar’ was the 100th.

Jody Wayne’s ‘A Time for Us (Love Theme From “Romeo & Juliet”)’ was the faller of the week, dropping 5 from 15 to 20. This was Wayne’s 3rd time with a biggest faller with 1 of the previous occasions being as one half of a duet with Glenys Lynne.

The 2 oldest songs on last week’s chart, The Shuffles’ ‘Cha-La-La, I Need You’ and The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’, were both still with us and had ticked over to 11 weeks in the top 20.

What wasn’t still with us were The Tremeloes’ ‘Me And My Life’ and Bobby Bloom’s ‘Montego Bay’. The former had enjoyed a run of 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at 5 during that time. This was their lowest weeks count and tied lowest peak. To date only 2 other songs spending 6 weeks in the charts had managed to get as high as 5 while 1, Len Barry’s ‘1-2-3’ got to number 4. There would only be 1 further song that would manage a peak of 5 or higher in a 6 week run, but that song was sitting at number 1 on the last ever chart. The Tremeloes’ chart career had now come to an end with us having seen 6 hits from them and every alternate one was a chart topper. Their 3 number 1s clocked up a total of 10 weeks at the top spot which was the tied 4th highest total to date. Their first number 1, ‘Silence Is Golden’ still sat tied at the top of the list for most weeks at 1 as it had been the nation’s favourite song for 7 weeks. Overall The Tremeloes accumulated 71 weeks in the charts and currently sat tied 17th on the weeks count list. When the charts ended in 1989 they would have slipped to position 72.

Bobby Bloom’s ‘Montego Bay’ managed 8 weeks in the chart and peaked at 5. This would be Bloom’s only hit as an artist, but he still had a few more to come as a song writer.

Local act The Dealians came along with their first hit, ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ which had the distinction of being the 700th hit to grace our top 20. The song was a cover of a Monkees’ album track which had been written by Neil Diamond and it was Diamond’s 7th SA chart hit as a song writer. The Dealians were formed by Mike Fuller (who went on to manage Clout, Hotline and Little Sister) and took their name from the Deal’s Hotel in East London where they used to perform.

We had previously seen 2 hits by The Cowsills on our charts, but this week we saw a new entry from a fictitious group from a TV show which was loosely based on the Cowsills. ‘I Think I Love You’ by The Partridge Family topped the charts in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Belgium. It also made number 18 in the UK and 9 in what was then Rhodesia. Of the cast members from the TV show, only Shirley Jones and David Cassidy actually performed on the record. Cassidy would go on to have a number of solo hits in SA.

There was no movement within the top 20 of the overall weeks count list this week, but on the local one we saw Dave Mills move 1 week ahead of The Bats to make 3rd place his own with the latter falling to 4. Mills was on 45 weeks. Jody Wayne drew level 5th with Gene Rockwell, both acts sitting on 39 weeks while Tidal Wave crept into tied 20th position, their 15 weeks putting them level with Emil Dean and Groep Twee.

The ‘Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet’ clocked up a total of 14 weeks from the 2 versions it had charted in (Jody Wayne and Henry Mancini) and was now tied 15th for weeks in the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version. It shared 15th place with ‘Everybody Knows’ which had charted for The Dave Clark Five and Engelbert Humperdinck.

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