8 May 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
2 3 10 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
3 2 6 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
4 5 5 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave
5 6 8 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 4 8 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
7 8 11 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
8 7 10 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
9 10 5 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
10 14 3 Elizabethan Reggae  – Boris Gardiner
11 13 4 My Baby Loves Lovin’  – White Plains
12 9 7 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin
13 11 6 Let’s Work Together  – Canned Heat
14 12 5 Years May Come, Years May Go  – Herman’s Hermits
15 New 1 Can’t Help Falling in Love  – Andy Williams
16 18 4 Honey Come Back  – Glen Campbell
17 19 2 Die Tantes van Nantes  – Al Debbo & Nico Carstens
18 20 2 Everybody Get Together  – Dave Clark Five
19 16 9 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
20 New 1 She’s Gone  – Ken J. Larkin

‘Ma Belle Amie’ by Tee Set enjoyed a second week at number 1 while the previous chart topper, Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ regained some lost ground as moved back up to 2 from 3rd place where it had dropped to last week.

Boris Gardiner’s ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ picked up the biggest climber award for the second week running as it climbed a further 4 places from 14 to 10. Being a 4 place climb and the biggest climber by default made it the only star rater this week.

The fallers this week were also not moving a huge number of places as it only took a 3 place drop to take the award. Lee Marvin’s ‘Wandrin’ Star’ and Mark Lindsay’s ‘Arizona’ were the 2 songs that managed this, falling to 12 and 19 respectively.

Shocking Blues’ ‘Venus’ lasted just 5 weeks on the chart after falling off the top spot. It left the top 20 this week and had had a total run of 10 weeks in the top 20, 4 of which were spent at number 1. This would be their only charting hit in South Africa. In the UK and the US they would have another hit called ‘Mighty Joe’ which get to number 43 in both countries and in the US a third hit, ‘Long And Lonesome Road’ would get to 75.

We also bid farewell to Neil Diamond’s ‘Holly Holy’. It had been with us for 11 weeks and spent a frustrating 2 weeks at its peak of 2 while fellow leaver ‘Venus’ hogged the top spot. Where Diamond could laugh at Shocking Blue was that he had plenty more SA hits to come. ‘Holly Holy’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and that title now fell to Edison Lighthouse’s ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)’ which was on 11 weeks.

Our first new entry had could trace its roots way back to 1784 as the melody of the song was based on Jean Paul Martini’s ‘Plaisir d’Amour’ from that year. Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and David Weiss took the tune and turned it into ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, a chart topping hit in the UK and number 2 hit in the US for Elvis Presley in 1961/62. The song has been covered numerous times and this week we welcomed Any Williams’ version into our top 20. It was Williams’ 2nd song to grace our charts and it would go to number 3 in the UK for him. In the US it would not fare as well, but did manage a peak of 88 there. Apart from Elvis and Andy’s versions, there would be a further 4 versions that would chart in the UK with The Stylistics going to 4 in 1976 with it, Irish band Lick The Tins took a version to 42 in 1986 (this was included in the soundtrack to the film ‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’), UB40 spent 2 weeks at 1 with it in 1993 and then in 2006 Russell Watson took a version to 69. In the US, the song has been slightly less popular, with Corey Hart’s 1986 version going to 86, UB40’s version spent 7 weeks at 1 and more recently Christina Grimmie (participant in The Voice TV show) had a cover of it go to 74.

The second new entry was the 100th song by a local act (excluding the duet between Virginia Lee and Slim Whitman) to grace our charts and that honour went to Ken J. Larkin’s ‘She’s Gone’. Larkin was obviously a fan of the song writing skills of Les Reed as all 3 of his hits to date included Reed in the credits. Barry Mason co-wrote the song with Reed as he had with ‘Turn Around’ 1 of Larkin’s previous hits. Reed and Mason led the way for hits by a song writer with Reed at the top of the list with 16 song writing credits to his name and Mason a close second with 15 hits under his belt. The song appears to be a cover of a 1969 recording of it by a guy called Steve Tracey. We now had 5 local songs in the charts, a figure we had not seen since 14 November 1969, nearly 6 months previously.

Dave Mills was enjoying his 30th week in the charts in total while Chris Andrews was busy clocking up his half century. Mills sat 8th on the local weeks count list (unmoved from last week) while Andrews’ 50 weeks placed him 26th overall.

Ken J. Larkin moved up to tied 11th place on the local weeks count list as his 22 weeks to date put him level with Carike Keuzenkamp and Hillary while Al Debbo moved 1 week clear of Jody Wayne and The Square Set to have 14th place to himself.

On the point’s front, Creedence Clearwater Revival moved past the 700 points mark and Simon & Garfunkel saw their tally go past the 500 mark. Creedence sat 18th overall while Simon & Garfunkel were 30th.

‘Tchaikovsky One’ took 17th place for itself on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version. Its 11 weeks to date moving it clear of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Bee Gees & The Staccatos), ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ (Brook Benton & Frankie Laine) and ‘Am I That Easy to Forget?’ (Engelbert Humperdinck & Jim Reeves). The other song that was currently charting in its second version, ‘Get Together’ or ‘Everybody Get Together’ (Youngbloods & Dave Clark Five), was on 7 weeks in total and sat 21st on the list.

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1 May 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
2 3 5 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
3 1 9 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
4 5 7 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
5 8 4 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave
6 7 7 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 4 9 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
8 9 10 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
9 6 6 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin
10 15 4 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
11 10 5 Let’s Work Together  – Canned Heat
12 14 4 Years May Come, Years May Go  – Herman’s Hermits
13 17 3 My Baby Loves Lovin’  – White Plains
14 20 2 Elizabethan Reggae  – Boris Gardiner
15 11 11 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
16 13 8 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
17 12 10 Venus  – Shocking Blue
18 19 3 Honey Come Back  – Glen Campbell
19 New 1 Die Tantes van Nantes  – Al Debbo & Nico Carstens
20 New 1 Everybody Get Together  – Dave Clark Five

It took nearly 250 weeks of charts to bring us our first number 1 by a Dutch act and now we had 2 within the space of 2 months as Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ grabbed the top spot from Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ after the latter had been at number 1 for 4 weeks. The latter dropped to 3 while an artist who had already spent a total of 9 weeks at number 1, Chris Andrews, eased into second place with ‘Carol OK’.

Boris Gardiner’s ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ became the second hit by a Jamaican artist to take the biggest climber award as the song moved up 6 places from 20 to 14. The previous Jamaican hit to take this honour was the very first song by an artist from there to make the top 20 and that was Desmond Dekkers’ ‘Israelites’.

There were 2 other songs this week that had star rater climbs and they were Omega Limited’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ which climbed 5 to 10 and White Plains’ ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ which moved up 4 to 13.

Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ picked up a second biggest faller as it dropped 5 places from 12 to 17.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’, was the first of 2 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It just missed out on making the magical 20 weeks on the charts, clocking up 19 in total of which 5 were spent at the top spot. It was the 6th song so far to fall just short of 20 weeks and leave the charts with 19 under its belt. Andrews had now had 3 hits, 2 of which had topped the charts and the other one made it to number 4. ‘Pretty Belinda’ outdid his other number 1, ‘Yesterday Man’, for weeks at 1, as the latter only managed 4.

With ‘Pretty Belinda’ out the chart, we had to turn to Neil Diamond’s ‘Holly Holy’ as the oldest. It was on 11 weeks.

Also going was Lance James’ ‘Dankie’. It had enjoyed a 6 week stay with us and peaked at 13. In terms of points scored, this was the 3rd lowest to date of the 10 Afrikaans songs that had charted to date (including the new entry discussed below). The good news for James was that this was only the start of his SA chart career and he had a number of hits to come.

The Afrikaans new entry this week was Al Debbo’s 3rd SA chart hit and this time he teamed up with Nico Carstens (something he did quite often) to bring us ‘Die Tantes Van Nantes’. As alluded to above, this was the 10th Afrikaans song to chart and the 6th that was a totally Afrikaans number with 3 being a mix of English and Afrikaans and 1 being an instrumental with an Afrikaans title. Carstens had taken song writing credits on Debbo’s 2 previous hits, ‘Sonbrilletjies’ and ‘Baas Jack’ (presumably both times for the Afrikaans lyrics as both were parodies of other songs), but this was the first time he got credit as an artist making this the 16th song to chart by a duet/collaboration of artists.

The other new entry was a 5th hit for The Dave Clark Five. ‘Everybody Get Together’ was the same song as The Youngblood’s ‘Get Together’ which charted in SA in 1969, The Dave Clarke Five’s version having a longer title. The song would be their last top 10 hit in the UK, going to number 8 there. They would see 2 more songs chart in the UK, but neither would even make the top 30. In the US, where they had 2 more hits than they did in the UK, clocking up 23 there, ‘Everybody Get Together’ would not chart. It would also not make any of the major European charts.

Al Debbo moved into tied 14th spot on the local weeks count list, his 18 weeks to date putting him tied with Jody Wayne and The Square Set.

Chris Andrews eased past the 700 points mark and was the 17th act to do so. He now had a total of 710 to his name and sat 3 behind 16th placed Donovan.

We now had 2 songs in the top 20 that had charted in more than 1 version. ‘Tchaikovsky One’, which was sitting at 10, had charted before when Second City Sound was the artist. The song had spent a total of 10 weeks in the chart in its 2 versions and was tied 17th for weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version. At 21 on that list sat ‘Get Together’ (Aka ‘Everybody Get Together’) which as mentioned above was a hit for The Youngbloods before the arrival of The Dave Clark Five’s version. It had a total of 6 weeks to its name.

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24 April 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
2 3 6 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
3 6 4 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
4 2 8 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
5 4 6 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
6 7 5 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin
7 8 6 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 14 3 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave
9 9 9 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
10 10 4 Let’s Work Together  – Canned Heat
11 12 10 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
12 11 9 Venus  – Shocking Blue
13 5 7 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
14 15 3 Years May Come, Years May Go  – Herman’s Hermits
15 17 3 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
16 13 6 Dankie  – Lance James
17 19 2 My Baby Loves Lovin’  – White Plains
18 16 19 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
19 20 2 Honey Come Back  – Glen Campbell
20 New 1 Elizabethan Reggae  – Boris Gardiner

Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ became the 5th local song to spend 4 weeks at the number 1 position and the 3rd to manage this in consecutive weeks as it held on to the top spot. This marked a milestone 40th week that we had seen with a local chart topper. Vanity Fare, who had spent the last 3 weeks at 2, gave up the chase for the number 1 spot and dropped to 4 with ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’, leaving the number 2 spot open for Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’.

Tidal Wave’s ‘Spider Spider’ was the climber of the week, moving up 6 places from 14 to 8. This would be the only song to make star rater status this week.

Mark Lindsey’s ‘Arizona’ was the one heading down the charts at the greatest pace this week. It dropped 8 places from 5 to 13 and it marked the 150th time we had seen a faller of the week be by an American act.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ ticked over to 19 weeks in the charts and had been enjoying the grandpa of the charts status for 5 weeks now.

It was more a goodbye than a ‘Good Morning’ for Leapy Lee this week as his song, ‘Good Morning’ left the charts. It had been with us for just 4 weeks and peaked at 16. This brought to an end Lee’s SA chart career. He had had 3 hits spend time in our top 20 with his first 2 going to 2 and 1 respectively. ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’, his chart topper, spent 1 week at the top of the charts. Lee enjoyed a total of 28 weeks in the charts and currently sat tied 44th on the overall weeks count list.

Jamaica joined Ireland in tied 7th place for hits as the 5th to date by an artist from that island was the only new entry this week. Boris Gardiner’s ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ was not only the 5th song by a Jamaican to chart, but was also the 22nd instrumental song to make the top 20. ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ was a version a 1951 piece of music written by Ronald Binge and the song had gone through a number of name changes to get to ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ as Binge had named the piece ‘The Man In The Street’, but when The Mantovani Orchestra were the first to play it, they called it ‘Andante Cantibile’. Binge then renamed it ‘Elizabethan Serenade’ to coincide with the ascension to the throne in England of Queen Elizabeth II. Gardiner obviously changed the title to reflect the genre in which he recorded the song. There was another name issue around this as initial pressings of the single showed the artist as Byron Lee instead of Gardiner. Byron Lee had actually produced the track.

Herman’s Hermits moved 1 week clear of The Rolling Stones to make 5th place on the weeks count list their own. They now had 92 to their name. On the local list Dave Mills did a similar thing with Billy Forrest, his 28 weeks pulling him 1 clear of Forrest and giving him 8th place to himself.

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17 April 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
2 2 7 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
3 9 5 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
4 4 5 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
5 3 6 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
6 13 3 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
7 10 4 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin
8 7 5 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 5 8 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
10 12 3 Let’s Work Together  – Canned Heat
11 6 8 Venus  – Shocking Blue
12 8 9 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
13 14 5 Dankie  – Lance James
14 20 2 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave
15 17 2 Years May Come, Years May Go  – Herman’s Hermits
16 11 18 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
17 18 2 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
18 16 4 Good Morning  – Leapy Lee
19 New 1 My Baby Loves Lovin’  – White Plains
20 New 1 Honey Come Back  – Glen Campbell

Dave Mills held on to the top spot with ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ now in its 3rd week at 1. Vanity Fare’s ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ was also unmoved in the last 3 weeks, still sitting at 2 and wondering if it would ever make the number 1 spot.

Chris Andrews followed up last week’s biggest climb with ‘Carol OK’ with another biggest climb with ‘Carol OK’ as the song moved up a further 7 places from 13 to 6. This was Andrews’ 4th time having the biggest climber.

There were 2 other songs that climbed more than 4 places and they were Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ which moved up 6 places to 3 and local band, Tidal Wave, whose ‘Spider Spider’ also climbed 6 places and landed at 14. Acts from The Netherlands had a combined weeks count of 14 and so far only Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ had managed a star rater climb which it had done so twice.

And while Chris Andrews was enjoying having the biggest climber, he was also experiencing the pain of having the biggest faller and this was the 5th time so far we had seen an act have the climber and faller in the same week. Andrews picked up the award with a 5 place fall from 11 to 16 with ‘Pretty Belinda’. However, he was not alone in having the biggest faller as Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ also dropped 6 places, falling from 5 to 11. And talking of biggest fallers, Simon & Garfunkel were enjoying their 40th straight week without experiencing having the biggest faller. The record longest run without having a biggest faller was 57 weeks which The Seekers held and this would be the all time record.

The oldest on the chart remained Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ which was into its 18th week with us. It was its 4th week as the oldest, but more significantly it was the 150th week that a song by a US act had been the oldest.

We said goodbye to 2 songs this week, the first of which was Diana Ross & The Supremes’ ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ which left after a 10 week run that saw the song go all the way up to number 5. We would be together with both Diana Ross and also with The Supremes someday after this as Ross would see further solo hits and The Supremes would return as part of a collaboration.

The Marmalade’s ‘Reflections Of My Life’ was the other song to go. It lasted 8 weeks and peaked at 5, 1 week less and 2 places lower than their only other hit to date, ‘Baby Make It Soon’. Like Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Marmalade would return to our charts.

The first new entry was White Plains with a song called ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’. It featured Tony Burrows on vocals. He had been in both The Ivy League and Edison Lighthouse who had already charted on our charts. ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’ would go to number 9 in the UK and 13 in the US as well as reaching 4 in Canada and 20 in Australia. It was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway and was a 7th SA chart hit for the song writing duo.

The other new entry was Glen Campbell’s ‘Honey Come Back’ which followed up his recent successful duet with Bobbie Gentry, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’.  ‘Honey Come Back’ was written by Jimmy Webb (who had also brought us Richard Harris’ ‘MacArthur Park’) and was first recorded in 1969 by Chuck Jackson. That version would go to 43 on the US R&B Charts. Campbell’s version would just miss out on topping the US Country Singles charts, peaking at 2 on that listing, but it would manage to top the Canadian Country Singles chart. On the main US Hot 100 it would get to 19 while across the pond in the UK it would make it to number 4.

We were now into our 14th week with no solo female artist gracing the charts. This was the second longest period to date that we had experienced this and we were now double the length of the 3rd longest time.

Herman’s Hermits moved tied 5th on the weeks count list, their 91 weeks to date putting them level with The Rolling Stones. On the local front, Dave Mills ticked over to 27 weeks which put him tied 8th with Billy Forrest.

Chris Andrews celebrated his 10th week with 2 or more songs in the charts. He had seen 6 weeks with ‘To Whom It May Concern’ and ‘Yesterday Man’ both in the top 20 and now it had been 4 weeks where ‘Pretty Belinda’ and ‘Carol OK’ had been in the charts. Andrews was the 6th act to reach this may weeks with 2 or more in the charts . Four Jacks & A Jill led the way on this front having seen 14 weeks where they had multiple chart entries.

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10 April 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
2 2 6 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
3 6 5 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
4 9 4 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
5 4 7 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
6 3 7 Venus  – Shocking Blue
7 7 4 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 5 8 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
9 10 4 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
10 13 3 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin
11 8 17 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
12 16 2 Let’s Work Together  – Canned Heat
13 20 2 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
14 15 4 Dankie  – Lance James
15 11 8 Reflections of My Life  – Marmalade
16 18 3 Good Morning  – Leapy Lee
17 New 1 Years May Come, Years May Go  – Herman’s Hermits
18 New 1 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
19 14 10 Someday We’ll be Together  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
20 New 1 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave

Dave Mills enjoyed a second week at number 1 with ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’, keeping Vanity Fare’s ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ at bay as the latter sat at 2 for a second week.

Chris Andrews picked up his 3rd biggest climber award as ‘Carol OK’ moved up 7 places from 20 to 13. Andrews had seen a bigger climb only once previously and that was when ‘Yesterday Man’ jumped 8 places.

Simon & Garfunkel became the 24th act to reach 8 star raters as ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ moved up 5 places from 9 to 4. This meant that all of their 4 hits to date had been star raters twice. They were joined in a star rater climb by Canned Heat who saw ‘Let’s Work Together’ climbing 4 places from 16 to 12. This was their 2nd star rater climb.

The faller of the week was Diana Ross & The Supremes’ ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ which dropped 5 places from 14 to 19. It was the second time the song had taken the award.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ enjoyed a 3rd week as the oldest on the charts. It ticked over to 17 weeks in the top 20.

B.J. Thomas’ ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 12 weeks and spent 1 week at the top of the charts. While Thomas would have 26 Hot 100 hits in the US, this would be his only one to make the SA charts.

We also said goodbye to Eddie Holman’s ‘Hey There Lonely Girl’ which had been with us for just 2 weeks, getting to number 17 in that time. Like Thomas, this would be Holman’s only SA chart hit, but unlike Thomas, Holman would only manage 4 Hot 100 hits in the US.

Last to go was ‘All I Have to do is Dream’ by Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell. We had enjoyed its company for 10 weeks and it managed a peak of 3. This was just the start of Glen Campbell’s SA chart career, but it marked the end of the road SA Chart hit-wise for Bobbie Gentry. She had managed 3 hits, spent 26 weeks in the charts in total and saw a best peak of 3 which both ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’ as well as ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ managed. She was the 7th highest female artist on the weeks count list and sat tied 47th overall. The departure of the duet from the chart meant that we only had solo males and groups represented in the top 20 with 8 hits being by the former and 12 by the latter.

‘Years May Come, Years May Go’ was Herman’s Hermits 11th song to make our charts and this placed them tied 3rd on the hits count list, sharing the place with The Hollies and sitting 1 behind Cliff Richard and 2 behind overall leader Tom Jones who was on 13. The song would give them a number 7 hit in the UK and make them the 4th act to have spent time in the SA charts every year since the top 20 began in 1965. It was written by Andre Popp and Jack Fishman, giving Popp his 5th SA chart hit as song writer and the first of those 5 that was not ‘Love Is Blue’. It was a 4th hit for Jack Fishman. As with their previous 10 hits, Herman’s Hermits  again employed Mickie Most to produce.

The second new entry was a take on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Number 1. Entitled ‘Tchaikovsky One’, the song by local band Omega Limited was the 21st instrumental hit to chart and also the 21st to chart in more than one version as UK act, Second City Sound had charted on our charts in 1966 with their take on this classical piece. Omega Limited were formed in Cape Town in 1966 and would win the Battle Of The Bands competition on 1967 and 1968. Tchaikovsky’s piece would be heard again on our charts but not as a full song, rather as the opening bit of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s ‘Hooked On Classics’.

Local band Tidal Wave brought us the 5th song to chart with a 2 word title where the 2 words were the same. Their debut SA chart hit, ‘Spider Spider’ joined The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’, Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Mony Mony’, The Tonics’ ‘Chewy Chewy’ and The Equals’ ‘Softly Softly’ in this and were the first act whose name did not end in ‘s’ to do so. In addition to the 2 words repeated titles, we had also seen Ohio Express’ ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ have 3 repeated words (and the band’s name also ended in ‘s’).  ‘Spider Spider’ was written by Terry Dempsey giving him his 5th SA chart hit to date as song writer. Robin Netcher is credited with arranging which meant that we had a Dempsey/Netcher collaboration at the top and the bottom of the chart as the pair had also co-written Dave Mill’s number 1 hit ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’. It was also the 8th time a local act had occupied the top and bottom spot of the charts.

The arrival of Omega Limited and Tidal Wave on the charts doubled the local content and we were back to 4 hits by SA artists in the top 20.

Herman’s Hermits new one moved them on to 90 weeks in the charts in total, but they were unmoved at 6 on the weeks count list. Also celebrating reaching a milestone was Creedence Clearwater Revival who hit the 50 weeks mark. They sat at number 25 on the weeks count list.

For the last 4 weeks we had seen more American acts on the charts than British ones, but this week The Poms drew level with The Yanks with both nations bringing us 7 hits each. The balance was made up of 4 local hits and 2 by acts from The Netherlands.

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3 April 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
2 3 5 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
3 1 6 Venus  – Shocking Blue
4 5 6 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
5 2 7 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
6 9 4 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
7 8 3 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 7 16 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
9 10 3 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
10 12 3 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
11 6 7 Reflections of My Life  – Marmalade
12 11 10 All I Have to do is Dream  – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
13 20 2 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin
14 13 9 Someday We’ll be Together  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
15 17 3 Dankie  – Lance James
16 New 1 Let’s Work Together  – Canned Heat
17 18 2 Hey There Lonely Girl  – Eddie Holman
18 19 2 Good Morning  – Leapy Lee
19 14 12 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head  – B.J. Thomas
20 New 1 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews

Dave Mill’s ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ became the 12th song by a local act to top our charts as it knocked Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ from the number 1 spot. It had been over a year since we last saw a local track at the top of the charts and that was when The Staccatos spent the last of its 3 weeks at 1 on 28 February 1969. ‘Venus’ had enjoyed 4 weeks at 1 and that would ultimately be the tied second best for a song by an act from The Netherlands. The latter dropped to number 3 with Vanity Fare’s ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’ moving up 1 place to number 2.

The climber of the week was Lee Marvin’s ‘Wandrin’ Star’ which moved up 7 places from 20 to 13 and this would be the only song to climb 4 or more places this week.

There were 2 songs that fell 5 places to take the biggest faller award and these were Marmalade’s ‘Reflections Of My Life’ and B.J. Thomas’ ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ which fell to 11 and 19 respectively. It was a 3rd biggest faller award for ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ while Marmalade picked up their second award, having experienced this previously with ‘Baby make It Soon’.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the chart. It was on 16 weeks in total and sat at number 8.

And while titles of our 2 fallers this week both started with the letter ‘R’, the 2 songs that left the charts both began with a ‘W’. The first of these was Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ which had spent a total of 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. There would be more to come from the band.

Accompanying Led Zepplin out the charts was Tom Jones’ ‘Without Love’. It enjoyed a 13 week run in the charts, peaking at 3 during that time. This restored Jones to having his hits last 10 or more weeks in the charts, something his 2 previous hits had not managed. To date 8 of his 13 hits had reached double figures with 9 of them (including ‘Without Love’) going top 5. We were not done with Jones just yet.

The first new entry was a cover of Wilbert Harrison’s hit, ‘Let’s Work Together’ by Canned Heat, giving them their 2nd SA chart hit to date. Harrison would have a number 32 hit in the US with his version of the song which was originally recorded in 1962 but only saw this chart action in 1969/70. Canned Heat’s version would make it to number 26 in the US, but would have greater success in the UK where it went to number 2. In 1976 Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry would record a cover version with a slightly changed lyric, entitling his version ‘Let’s Stick Together’. That would make it to number 4 there and is to date his best peaking song in the UK.

Chris Andrews became the 13th act to have 2 in the chart at the same time with 2 different pairings. Previously he had seen ‘Yesterday Man’ share the chart with ‘To Whom It Concerns’ for 7 weeks. This week, ‘Carol OK’ joined ‘Pretty Belinda’ in the top 20 to give Andrews his 8th week in total with 2 in the chart. This was Andrews’ 4th SA chart hit and so far he had written all of them. In keeping with the fallers and the 2 songs falling out the chart, there was also a common starting letter with the 2 new entries and that was the ‘C’ that the act’s names began with.

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27 March 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Venus  – Shocking Blue
2 2 6 Holly Holy  – Neil Diamond
3 6 4 Hitchin’ a Ride  – Vanity Fare
4 7 4 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
5 3 5 Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)  – Edison Lighthouse
6 5 6 Reflections of My Life  – Marmalade
7 4 15 Pretty Belinda  – Chris Andrews
8 14 2 Travellin’ Band  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 10 3 Arizona  – Mark Lindsay
10 15 2 Bridge Over Troubled Water  – Simon & Garfunkel
11 9 9 All I Have to do is Dream  – Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell
12 17 2 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
13 11 8 Someday We’ll be Together  – Diana Ross & The Supremes
14 8 11 Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head  – B.J. Thomas
15 13 13 Without Love  – Tom Jones
16 12 7 Whole Lotta Love  – Led Zeppelin
17 19 2 Dankie  – Lance James
18 New 1 Hey There Lonely Girl  – Eddie Holman
19 New 1 Good Morning  – Leapy Lee
20 New 1 Wanderin’ Star  – Lee Marvin

Shocking Blue clocked up a 4th week at the top of the charts with ‘Venus’, while Neil Diamond sat close by at 2 for a second week hoping to score his first number 1 with ‘Holly Holy’.

Creedence Clearwater Revival picked up their 3rd biggest climber award as ‘Travellin’ Band’ moved up 6 places from 14 to 8. This was the 5th time that a song of theirs had climbed 6 or more places, but 2 of the previous times they had missed out on biggest climber status, once with a 6 place climb and once with a 7 place climb.

Apart from ‘Travellin’ Band’ mentioned above, there were 2 other songs that made star rater status. These were Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ which moved up 5 from 15 to 10 and Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ which climbed 5 to 12. It was a 7th star rater for Simon & Garfunkel (the 26th act to reach this many) and a first for Tee Set. The latter’s hit was also the first song by an act from the Netherlands to be a star rater.

Raindrops were not only falling on B.J. Thomas’ head, but it was also falling on the charts as ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’  fell 6 places from 8 to 14 to take the biggest faller award this week. It was the second time the song had taken the honours.

The Bats’ ‘Rebecca Stein’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts this week. It managed a run of 3 weeks and a peak of 17, their lowest on both fronts for the 6 hits that they managed. This marked the end of the road for them in terms of chart hits, however, they continued to perform and record for many years after this. The Bats spent a total of 45 weeks on the charts with the number 3 peak of their first chart hit, ‘Shabby Little Hut’ being their finest hour. They sat 3rd on the local weeks count list and 31st on the overall weeks count list.

The Staccato’s ‘Cry To Me’ finally finished its run in the charts. It had spent a massive 38 weeks in total and 26 consecutive weeks in the chart in this run. Both figures were records for total and consecutive weeks in the chart to date with the 38 weeks ending up being the all-time record and that includes the weeks songs spent in positions 21 to 30 when the charts were expanded. We would have to wait 2 years to see another song equal the 26 consecutive weeks and 3 years before we saw another song reach 30 weeks in the charts. Sadly for The Staccatos, this would be the last we would see of them in the charts. We had enjoyed 6 hits from them on the top 20 which had clocked up a total of 83 weeks and the 3 weeks at 1 that ‘Cry To Me’ had seen would be their best peak. They sat at the top of the local weeks count list, 15 weeks ahead of second placed Four Jacks & A Jill, and were 8th on the overall weeks count list.

The new oldest song on the chart was Chris Andrews’ ‘Pretty Belinda’ which was sitting on 15 weeks. Andrews had had 1 previous week with the oldest on the charts when ‘Yesterday Man’ took the honours.

Last of the leavers was Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’. The song spent 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 3, meaning Presley had still only seen 2 of his 7 hits to date not make double figures for weeks and kept his non-top 10 hit count to 1. There was more to come from The King.

The first new entry was Eddie Holman’s ‘Hey There Lonely Girl’. The song started out in 1963 as ‘Hey There Lonely Boy’ when Ruby & The Romantics took it to number 27 in the US. After its sex change, the song charted for Holman, going to number 4 in the UK and 2 in the US. In 1980 Robert John scored a number 31 hit in the US with his version and then 10 years later in 1990, Big Fun took a cover version to 62 in the UK.

Leapy Lee was back in the charts this week as his hit ‘Good Morning’ arrived in the top 20. Alongside ‘Little Arrows’, it was his only other UK chart hit, getting to number 29 there. In the US, while it did not make the main Hot 100 chart, it did manage a 55 peak on the Country Singles charts there. Elsewhere it would scrape a number 96 peak in Australia and reach number 18 in what was then Rhodesia.

The last of the newcomers was a man who was better known as an actor than a singer, and listening to this hit, the word ‘singer’ must be taken in its widest sense. ‘Wanderin’ Star’ was taken from the film version of the musical ‘Paint Your Wagon’ and Lee Marvin, whose film credits include ‘The Dirty Dozen’ and the film adaptation of Wilbur Smith’s ‘Shout At The Devil’, was cast as Ben Rumson. He insisted on doing all the singing himself and ended up with an unlikely UK and Ireland number 1 hit despite the film itself not faring very well. In the UK ‘Wanderin’ Star’ would spend 3 weeks at number 1 and in that time it would deny both The Jackson Five’s ‘I Want You Back’ and then The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ a chance to be number 1 hits with both these songs sitting at number 2 while Marvin reigned supreme. Marvin sadly died on 29 August 1987 aged 63.

We were now halfway to equalling the longest period with no solo female artist in the charts as this was our 11th week of this phenomenon and the record to date was 22 weeks.

Chris Andrews celebrated his 40th week on the charts and sat 34th on the overall weeks count list. On the local weeks count list, Dave Mills made 9th position his own, moving 1 week ahead of Dickie Loader who fell to 10th place, and Mills was now 3 weeks behind 8th placed Billy Forrest.

The average number of weeks the songs on this week’s chart had been in the top 20 was dropping rapidly. 2 weeks previously it sat at 7.05, last week it dropped 6.9 and with the departure of The Staccatos’ ‘Cry to Me’ it fell further to 5.35, the lowest in 19 weeks.

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