|4||2||9||Never Ending Song of Love||–||New Seekers|
|5||6||11||Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde||–||Groep Twee|
|6||7||8||Silver Threads and Golden Needles||–||Barbara Ray|
|8||19||2||Get Me Some Help||–||Neville Whitmill|
|9||8||10||Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum||–||Middle of the Road|
|10||9||10||Tom-Tom Turnaround||–||New World|
|11||20||2||What are You Doing Sunday||–||Dawn|
|12||13||7||Can We Get to That||–||Peter Vee|
|13||14||6||Sweet Maria||–||Gert Potgieter|
|14||18||4||Go Away Little Girl||–||Donny Osmond|
|16||11||9||Sweet Hitch-Hiker||–||Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|18||RE||2||Stagger Lee||–||Tommy Roe|
|19||New||1||Papa’s Gonna Kiss it Better||–||William E.|
|20||New||1||The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down||–||Joan Baez|
‘Mammy Blue’ enjoyed its 3rd week at the top of our charts while Danyel Gerard’s ‘Butterfly’ moved up 2 into second spot, knocking The New Seeker’s ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ down to 4. Peter Maffay was unmoved at 3 with ‘You’.
Neville Whitmill managed to do something as a solo artist that he couldn’t manage as part of The Square Set and that was to pick up a biggest climber award. His hit, ‘Get me Some Help’, moved up a massive 11 places from 19 to 8 this week. Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ was the only local song to have seen a bigger climb so far and that was a 12 place jump. By the time the charts ended in 1989, only 1 other local song would have made a bigger climb than 11 places and that one did so from outside the top 20 when the charts had been extended to a top 30.
Dawn’s ‘What Are You Doing Sunday’ and Donny Osmond’s ‘Go Away Little Girl’ were the 2 other star raters with the former climbing 9 from 20 to 11 and the latter moving up 4 from 18 to 14. ‘What You Doing Sunday’ was the 10th song to climb 9 or more places but not be the biggest climb of the week. Half of those 10 had been by American acts while 4 were by Brits with Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ being the solitary local song to manage this.
There were 3 songs that took biggest faller this week as Hedgehopper’s Anonymous’ ‘Hey’, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Sweet Hitch-Hiker’ and Cymarron’s ‘Rings’ all fell 5 places to land at 15, 16 and 17 respectively. ‘Hey’, which had been the biggest climber the previous week and the biggest faller the week before was the second song to manage 3 weeks in a row with alternating biggest falls and climbs. The previous song to manage this was Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye’ which saw a biggest climb first, followed by a biggest fall, then a biggest climb. The latter was the only song that would ever see a 4th consecutive week alternating as faller and climber as it would be the faller the week after that. In total 7 songs would have at least 3 consecutive weeks alternating as biggest faller/climber. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s award was their 11th and they now equalled leaders The Bee Gees for most number of biggest faller award.
The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ entered its 4th week as the oldest on the charts. It had been with us for a total of 15 weeks so far.
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It lasted 8 weeks in the charts and peaked at 10. This would be their only SA chart hit.
Another song which, like ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’, had charted in more than 1 version, Neil Diamond’s ‘I’m A Believer’, was also a leaver this week. It lasted just 5 weeks and peaked at 15, his lowest peak to date and tied lowest weeks count. He would return to our top 20.
Last of the (be)leavers was Lincoln’s ‘I Believe’ which spent just 3 weeks with us, but managed to equal ‘I’m A Believer’s peak of 15. Like Neil Diamond, Lincoln would return to the charts.
So far just under 65% of the songs to have charted would reach the top 10 (just under 41% making the top 5) while only 38.5% of them had made double figures for weeks.
Tommy Roe’s ‘Stagger Lee’ became the 17th song to re-enter the charts after having fallen out of them. The song’s previous run had been just 1 week at number 20 and as the song re-entered at 18 it had already performed better on its second time around.
Billy Forrest returned to the charts with a new nom de plume. Calling himself William E. this time, ‘Papa’s Gonna Kiss It Better’ was his 6th hit to date and he joined The Staccatos, Virginia Lee, The Bats and Gene Rockwell in tied second place for number of hits by a local act, sitting 1 behind leaders, Four Jacks & A Jill. ‘Papa’s Gonna Kiss It Better’ was written by Hubert Pattison and produced by Billy Forrest. It appears that it was a cover of a 1970 song by an obscure band called The Whale (with a name like that you would have expected them to have a big hit).
The last of the new entries was also a cover version, making all 3 of the new/re-entries this week covers. At number 20 Joan Baez’s version of The Band’s song ‘The Night The Drove Old Dixie Down’ was the first song by her to chart in SA. The Band’s original didn’t chart in the UK or US, but Joan went to number 6 on the former’s charts and number 3 on the latter. Joan joined Barbara Ray to double the number of solo females on the chart.
Despite having equalled the record to date for number of biggest fallers, Creedence Clearwater Revival would not have been too upset as this week saw them become the 5th act so far to reach a century of weeks in the charts. Tom Jones, The Bee Gees, Percy Sledge and The Troggs were the 4 previous acts to reach this impressive milestone.
Tommy Roe moved into tied 11th place on the weeks count list as his 82 weeks to date put him on level pegging with Chris Andrews. Across on the local weeks count list, Billy Forrest moved tied 8th with Murray Campbell with 33 weeks to his name. Groep Twee caught up to The Dealians in 14th place with 26 weeks while Barbara Ray moved on to 24 weeks and was tied 17th with Al Debbo.
The Sweet became the 33rd act to accumulate 500 points as their points total ticked over to 506, 19 behind 32nd placed Tommy James & The Shondells.