25 December 1970

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

Our final chart of 1970 saw Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ hold on to the number 1 spot, giving it 2 weeks at 1 so far. The previous chart topper, Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, was unmoved at 2 and was the first song to spend 2 weeks at number 2 both before and after reching the top spot.

Dave Edmunds’ ‘I Hear You Knockin’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 7 places from 20 to land at 13. To date 7 was the 3rd most popular number of places to climb to be the biggest climber in the week. We had seen a biggest climber of 6 places 59 times and a 5 place climb be the biggest 50 times while a 7 place climb had taken the biggest climber award 48 times. The average of the biggest climbs to date was 6.7 places.

Also moving up were The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ and The Partridge Family’s ‘I Think I Love You’ which both made star rater climbs of 4 places to land at 11 and 12 respectively. They were the only other star raters this week.

Freda Payne’s ‘Band Of Gold’ took the faller of the week award as it fell 9 places from 11 to 20. This was the 12th song to have a fall of 9 places in a week with a further 7 having a record to date fall of 10 places.

Both of the songs that left the charts this week were by local acts. The first of which was Barbara Ray & the 5th Association’s ‘Like I Do’ which lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 4. This was the first of many Barbara Ray hits to grace our charts.

It appeared that South Africans suffered more from ophidiophobia than they did from arachnophobia as Tidal Wave’s ‘Green Mamba’ fell off the charts after just 4 weeks and a peak of 16. This was 8 weeks less and 15 places lower than the weeks and peak of their only other hit to date, ‘Spider Spider’. For those still wondering, ophidiophobia is a fear of snakes and arachnophobia a fear of spiders. The upside for the South African record buying public was that the next couple of hits by Tidal Wave would be fruity and economic, which are far more friendly topics.

Christie’s second SA chart hit was the first of the new entries this week. Like its predecessor, ‘Yellow River’, ‘San Bernadino’ was written by Jeff Christie. The song managed to get to number 1 in Germany, 7 in the UK and just scraped a Hot 100 placing in the US, spending just 1 week at number 100. According to Wikipedia, it would also make it to number 2 in Vietnam of all places.

The other new entry was The Who’s ‘See Me, Feel Me’, their 4th hit to date. The song was taken from their Rock Opera ‘Tommy’ and would be their 12th US Hot 100 hit which would peak at 12 (a 12 theme going on there). Despite having a UK release it would not chart there. The band performed the song live at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London.

With the 2 songs leaving the chart being local and the 2 new entries being by British acts, we had a complete change in the national make up of the chart. Last week saw locals acts having the most hits on the top 20 with the Americans and Brits being tied 2nd. This week the Brits led the way with the Americans second and the locals relegated to 3rd.

The 2 oldest on last week’s  chart, The Shuffles’ ‘Cha-La-La I Need You’ and The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ continued their respective runs in the top 20 as they both ticked over to 13 weeks with us.

The gap between the total number of hits to date by American acts and those by British acts dropped to 14. This rounded the year off nicely as the last time the gap had been this low was in the first week on 1970 with the gap getting as big as 23 hits during the year. We had now seen a total of 272 hits by Americans and 258 by British acts to date. The locals were in 3rd place with 117.

Chris Andrews sat 15th on the weeks count list, his 75 to date failing to move him up, but as he moved 1 week clear of Creedence Clearwater Revival, he no longer shared the position with them. Andrews still had a fair bit of work to do if he wanted to get back to number 10 on that list which was the highest placing he had had on it so far.

The average weeks the top 20 songs had been in the charts moved back above 6 after having been below this threshold for the past 10 weeks. It sat on 6.1.

There were only 2 acts who featured on the first and last chart of the year and they were Chris Andrews and Dave Mills. Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ and Mills ‘Theresa’ were the hits they opened the year with. This was the lowest number of acts whom we had seen open and close the year with a hit in the top 20. The previous 5 years (including being on the 1st ever chart in June 1965) had seen either 4 or 5 acts feature in the charts at the start and end of the year.

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