18 December 1970

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

Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ became the first of only 2 songs by an Italian act that would top our charts as it captured the number 1 spot from Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’. The latter, which had enjoyed a run of 4 weeks at 1, fell into second place.

Although Desmond Dekker had been the only Jamaican act to have had more than 1 hit so far and was enjoying his 3rd to date, it was only Boris Gardiner of the Jamaicans who had charted so far who had manged more than 1 biggest climber. This week Desmond righted that imbalance as ‘You Can Get It If You really Want’ took the honours this week and added to the time ‘Israelites’ took the honour, Dekker joined Gardiner on 2 biggest climbers. ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ moved up 9 places from 17 to 8 which was the biggest climb a song by a Jamaican act had managed to date, but this record would be broken by the time the charts ended. The next biggest climb in the charts was only 3 places so this made Dekker’s hit the only star rater this week. This was the 8th time we had seen a difference of 6 places between the biggest climber in the week and the next highest. We had also seen 7 occasions where the difference had been greater than 6 places with the record to date being 10 which we had seen twice.

Barbara Ray & The 5th Association’s ‘Like I Do’ collected a second biggest faller award as it dropped 4 places from 14 to 18 this week.

The Shuffles’ ‘Cha-La-La, I Need You’ and The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ both continued as the oldest on the chart as they moved on to 12 weeks with us.

We said goodbye to Jody Wayne’s ‘A Time for Us (Love Theme From “Romeo & Juliet”)’ and its time with us was 6 weeks during which time it peaked at 12, his tied second lowest weeks count to date and second lowest peak. The good news for Wayne was that we were far from finished with seeing him on our charts.

Dawn’s ‘Candida’ was the only other song to depart the chart this week. It lasted 10 weeks with us and peaked at 3. To date 265 songs of the 703 (37.7%) that had grace our charts had managed to get into double figures for weeks. Like Jody Waye, Dawn would be back.

Despite Jody Wayne leaving the charts, the local hit count was maintained at 6 and that was thanks to the Eric Smith Movement who brought us the first of the 2 new entries. ‘Sacha’ was the 24th instrumental to reach the top 20 and the 4th by a local act to do so. The song was recorded by a 35 piece orchestra on the countries first ever 8 track recording machine (bet you feel that your life has been enriched by that bit of trivia) and was the 3rd song that David Gresham ever produced. Both of Gresham’s previous production efforts had made our charts with Sean Rennie’s ‘’I’ll Walk With You’ going to 13 and Sam Evans’ ‘Ain’t Love A Funny Thing’ making it to 6. Eric Smith composed the music for a number of local films including ‘Die Lewe Sonder Jou’ and ‘Siener In Die Suburbs’, the latter starred Marius Weyers and Sandra Prinsloo. ‘Sacha’ was written by Jerry Lordan, Roger Cook and Roger Greenway giving Lordan his 3 SA chart hit to date and the 2 Rogers their 8th each. ‘Sacha’ appears to have been first recorded by Hank Marvin of The Shadows in 1969.

The other new entry was Dave Edmunds’ version of a song first recorded in 1955. ‘I Hear You Knockin’ was written by Dave Bartholomew and Earl King and was originally recorded by a guy called Smiley Lewis. That same year Fats Domino took a version to number 67 in the US while Gale Storm took the song to its highest US placing to date as she went to number 2 with it. Edmunds’ version manged to get to number 4 in the US. In the UK it was a different story with Edmunds’ cover being the only one to chart there so far. It made it to number 1, enjoying a 6 week run at the top, while keeping none other than Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ from reaching number 1.

With 6 local songs on the chart and acts from The US and The UK only contributing 5 each, this was the 4th time we had seen the locals outdoing the Americans and the Brits. Canada, Italy, Jamaica and the Netherlands brought us 1 each of the other 4 other hits. For the last 3 weeks we had seen 7 different nations represented on the charts and this equalled the record to date, but this week was the first time we had 7 different nations represented in the top 10 of the chart.

On the weeks count list, we saw Chris Andrews move level with Creedence Clearwater Revival on 74 weeks and they sat tied 15th. On the local list Tidal Wave moved into 19th spot alongside Peter Lotis. Both acts were on 16 weeks. This meant that Groep Twee and Emil Dean both dropped off the top 20 of the local weeks count list.

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