7 August 1970

mungo_summertime

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
2 4 8 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
3 8 5 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
4 3 9 Yellow River  – Christie
5 2 6 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
6 12 3 Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha  – Cliff Richard
7 9 5 Groovin’ with Mr. Bloe  – Mr. Bloe
8 5 12 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
9 6 11 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
10 7 4 Question  – Moody Blues
11 20 2 A Song of Joy  – Miguel Rios
12 10 5 The Wonder of You  – Elvis Presley
13 14 4 I’ll Walk with You  – Sean Rennie
14 15 6 Round and Around  – John Edmond
15 16 4 Why Can’t it Rain  – McCully Workshop
16 11 10 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
17 18 3 The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)  – Fleetwood Mac
18 13 8 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
19 New 1 Sally  – Gerry Monroe
20 New 1 Let it be Me  – Percy Sledge

Despite it being winter, ‘In The Summertime’ by Mungo Jerry continued to top the chart, enjoying its 3rd week there. The Poppy Family’s ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy?’ threatened to become the first chart topper by a Canadian act as it moved up 2 into second place.

Miguel Rios’ ‘A Song Of Joy’ was the climber of the week, moving up 9 places from 20 to 11. The only other song by a Spanish artist to chart to date (Los Bravos’ ‘Black Is Black’) also managed to take a biggest climber award, so it was a 100% record so far for Spanish songs. The 9 place jump, however would be the biggest leap any song by a Spanish artist would make. This record would be equalled, but it would take a duet with an American to see a Spaniard have such a move up the charts.

Cliff Richard once again missed out on biggest climber despite his song making a substantial move up the charts. ‘Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha’ jumped 6 places from12 to 6 this week, but had to be satisfied with being just a star rater. This was Cliff’s 8th star rater, but only 2 of these had ended up being the biggest climber. Those alert ones among you will be say, but wait, you said last week that Cliff had 3 biggest climbers to his name. And yes he did, but his first biggest climber award was managed with just a 3 place climb.

Jody Wayne’s ‘The Wedding’ picked up a 3rd star rater climb as it moved up 5 from 8 to 3. It was now Jody’s 7th star rater to date and, while he still sat in second place for number of star raters by a local act, he closed the gap with leaders The Staccatos who were on 10.

The George Baker Selection’s ‘Little Green Bag’ and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Up Around The Bend’ were the fallers this week, both dropping 5 places. The former ended up at 16 while the latter landed at 18. This was the 3rd time a song by a Dutch act had been biggest faller with the previous 2 before ‘Little Green Bag’ both being by Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’. For Creedence it was a 6th time they had taken the honours and they were the 9th act to reach this level of fallers.

‘Come Softly To Me’ by Percy Sledge ticked over to 12 weeks on the charts and was enjoying its 4th week as the oldest.

Roger Whittaker’s ‘I Don’t Believe in If Anymore’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 9 weeks and peaked at 2. Not only would this be Whittaker’s only SA chart hit, it would also be the only hit we would see from a Kenyan act.

Joining Roger Whittaker in leaving the top 20 was The Who’s ‘The Seeker’ which spent 5 weeks on the charts and peaked at 15. The Who’s weeks count run for their 3 songs so far read 7-6-5 so this did not bode well for their next hit. What ‘The Seeker’ did do is break the run of peaking at 6 which their first 2 hits managed.

A man called Henry Morris from a town called Windy Nook in England brought us the first of 2 new entries this week. Henry was better known as Gerry Monroe and ‘Sally’ would be the first of 6 UK chart hits he would have. But this week it was his first SA chart hit. In the UK the song would make it to number 4 and remains his best peak to date. Monroe had been spotted by song writer Les Reed (who led the way for number of hits by a song writer on our charts) while performing on the UK TV show ‘Opportunity Knocks’. Reed, however would not pen ‘Sally’, that honour went to Harry Leon, Leo Towers and Will Haines. ‘Sally’ was the 44th song to chart that mentioned a girl’s name in the song title. Interestingly, Les Reed would have a hand in writing the only other song that would chart that had the name ‘Sally’ in the title.

Percy Sledge became the 14th act to have 2 or more in the charts with 2 different pairings as ‘Let It Be Me’ was the second new entry this week. It joined Percy’s other hit ‘Come Softly To Me’ in the top 20. Percy became the 6th act to reach double figures for number of hits, this being his 10th. He sat tied 5th with The Bee Gees on the number of hits list. Like a good number of his SA chart hits, this one also would not see chart action either side of the Atlantic. Like our other new entry this week, the song featured 3 names on the song writing credits (Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoe and Gilbert Becaud). Of the 6 song writers on these 2 hits, only 1 (Becaud) would see any other of their compositions make the charts. A second thing that the 2 new entries have in common was that both the artists are now deceased with Gerry passing away in October 1989 aged 56 and Percy Sledge dying on 14 April 2015 aged 74.

Sledge had further cause for celebration as his 2 songs in the charts this week moved his weeks count up from 79 passed the 80 milestone and on to 81. This moved him into tied 9th place on the weeks count list, a position he shared with Manfred Mann. Cliff Richard moved 1 week ahead of Donovan and no longer shared 14th spot with the latter. He was on 71 weeks. Creedence Clearwater Revival moved into tied 19th spot with The Tremeloes, both acts being on 65 weeks.

Jody Wayne continued to move up the local weeks count list, his 23 weeks to date putting him tied 12th with Dickie Loader. The Outlet crept up a spot to tied 17th, equalling The Dream Merchants on 17 weeks.

Elvis Presley became the 11th act to move past the 900 points threshold, he now had 906 to his name and was 11th on the points list.

In terms of number of hits on the charts, the Americans caught up to the Brits this week with both nations supplying 6 hits each. We had seen more British than American hits on our charts for the past 12 weeks.

A final note on the charts this week was that this was the 3rd time we had seen 5 artists starting with the letter “M” on the charts. In total this would occur 23 times and we would never see more than 5 “M” artists in a week.

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31 July 1970

mungo_summertime

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
2 3 5 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
3 2 8 Yellow River  – Christie
4 5 7 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
5 6 11 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
6 4 10 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
7 9 3 Question  – Moody Blues
8 13 4 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
9 10 4 Groovin’ with Mr. Bloe  – Mr. Bloe
10 8 4 The Wonder of You  – Elvis Presley
11 7 9 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
12 19 2 Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha  – Cliff Richard
13 11 7 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
14 17 3 I’ll Walk with You  – Sean Rennie
15 14 5 Round and Around  – John Edmond
16 18 3 Why Can’t it Rain  – McCully Workshop
17 15 5 The Seeker  – Who
18 20 2 The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)  – Fleetwood Mac
19 12 9 I Don’t Believe in If Anymore  – Roger Whittaker
20 New 1 A Song of Joy  – Miguel Rios

Mungo Jerry enjoyed a 2nd week at number 1 with ‘In The Summertime’. The biggest threat to their supremacy came from The Beach Boys’ ‘Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)’ which moved up 1 position to number 2. Previous number 1, Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ dropped a further place into 3rd position.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha’ gave him only his 3rd biggest climber to date. It moved up 7 places from 19 to 12 to take the award. Cliff had been a little unlucky as he had seen a song climb 8 places (his best climb to date) 3 times previously and only 1 of those had been the biggest climber in the week with the other 2 being beaten by bigger climbs. Having only 3 biggest climbers from 13 hits gave Cliff the lowest percentage of biggest climbers per hit for acts having 5 or more hits to date with the 3 being only 23.07% of 13. The next lowest for an act having over 5 hits so far was The Hollies who had seen 7 biggest climbs from 12 hits, giving them a percentage of 58.3%, more than double Cliff’s figure!

Jody Wayne became the second local act to reach 6 star rater climbs as ‘The Wedding’ moved up 5 places from 13 to 8. Only The Staccatos had a better record for a local act and they were on 10. ‘The Wedding’ was the only star rater this week apart from Cliff Richard’s biggest climber.

Roger Whittaker’s ‘I Don’t Believe In If Anymore’ took faller of the week as it dropped 7 places from 12 to 19. So far we had seen 10 songs not fall out the charts the week after being the biggest faller where the song dropped to positions 19 or 20, so there was hope yet for Roger, but the odds were stacked against him as this was only 14.1% of the time that a song survived.

Tom Jones’ ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ had been the biggest faller last week, landing up at 16. Songs doing this had survived for at least another week in the chart nearly 28% of the time, but Tom Jones’ song was one of the 72% that fell out of the top 20 after being a biggest faller dropping to 16. ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ had been with us for 10 weeks and spent 3 of them at number 1. So far only 4 of Jones’ 14 hits had failed to make double figures for weeks.

The song that knocked ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ off the top spot on our charts, Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly’ was now left as the oldest on the chart  on its own, having shared the title with ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ for 2 weeks. ‘Come Softly To Me’ was in its 11th week on the charts.

The new entry this week was Miguel Rios’ take on the final movement of Beethoven’s ninth symphony (sometimes referred to as ‘Ode To Joy’). Rios, a Spaniard, took his song ‘A Song Of Joy’ to the top of the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany and Switzerland and made it to number 14 in the US and 16 in the UK. The song sold in excess of 4 million copies worldwide.

Rios’ arrival on the chart took us back to a record equalling 7 different nationalities represented on the charts as we had acts from The US, The UK, SA, Canada, The Netherlands, Kenya and Spain in the top 20. This was the 4th time we seen 7 different nations on the charts. Spain had now seen 2 hits make our charts, the previous being Los Bravos’ ‘Black Is Black’ which charted about 3 and a half years previously. Spain was now the 11th act that we had seen more than 1 hit from.

Cliff Richard celebrated his 70th week in the charts and moved into tied 14th position on the weeks count list, a position he shared with Donovan. On the local weeks count list, Jody Wayne moved into tied 13th place, his 22 weeks putting him level with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp. The Outlet ticked over to 16 weeks and this moved them up in to tied 18th place with Peter Lotis.

The average number of weeks the songs in the top 20 had been on the charts moved back up over the 5 weeks mark as it climbed to 5.35. It had been below 5 for the previous 3 weeks.

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24 July 1970

mungo_summertime

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 4 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
2 1 7 Yellow River  – Christie
3 5 4 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
4 2 9 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
5 6 6 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
6 3 10 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
7 9 8 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
8 11 3 The Wonder of You  – Elvis Presley
9 13 2 Question  – Moody Blues
10 14 3 Groovin’ with Mr. Bloe  – Mr. Bloe
11 7 6 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
12 8 8 I Don’t Believe in If Anymore  – Roger Whittaker
13 18 3 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
14 15 4 Round and Around  – John Edmond
15 16 4 The Seeker  – Who
16 10 10 Daughter of Darkness  – Tom Jones
17 19 2 I’ll Walk with You  – Sean Rennie
18 20 2 Why Can’t it Rain  – McCully Workshop
19 New 1 Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha  – Cliff Richard
20 New 1 The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)  – Fleetwood Mac

Mungo Jerry became the 15th act who would have at least 5 hits, see their first one go to number 1 as ‘In The Summertime’ took over the top spot from Christie’s ‘Yellow River’. The latter had only been at the top of the charts for 1 week.

‘The Wedding’ gave Jody Wayne his first biggest climber award as a solo artist. It moved up 5 from 18 to 13 to take the honours this week. Wayne had seen a biggest climber before, but that time was as part of a duet with Glenys Lynne with the song ‘Cookie’.

The Moody Blues’ ‘Question’ and Mr Bloe’s ‘Groovin’ With Mr Bloe’ were the other star raters this week, both songs climbing 4 places to land at 9 and 10 respectively.

Tom Jones saw a second week running with the biggest faller as ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ took the award again, this time with a 6 place drop from 10 to 16. This was the 30th time an act had taken the biggest faller award 2 weeks running. Of those 30, only the Cowsill had seen 3 weeks running. Jones now equalled The Bee Gees for most number of biggest fallers as both acts were on 10. He could take some comfort from the fact that his song shared the oldest on the charts title with Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’. The 2 songs were both on 10 weeks in the chart and this was their second week as the oldest.

Jim Reeves’ SA chart career came to an end as ‘Nobody’s Fool’ left the top 2 this week. This song had been with us for 4 weeks and peaked at 16. His chart stats read 9 hits (tied 6th highest to date), 56 weeks (23rd highest to date) and a best peak of 1 with ‘Distant Drums’ which spent 2 weeks at the top of the charts. He was 1 of the 15 acts mentioned above who saw their 1st hit go to number 1 and went on to have 5 or more hits.

We also said goodbye to The Hollies ‘I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top’ which saw neither the bottom or the top of the charts as it lasted 4 weeks in the charts, peaked at 11 and its lowest position during its 4 week run was 19. This was their 4th hit (of 12 to date) to spent 4 weeks in the charts, their lowest weeks count for any hit. It shared the highest peak of those 4 hits with ‘Listen To Me’. Unlike Jim Reeves, we would see The Hollies on the charts again.

Cliff Richard returned to the charts with his 13th hit to date, ‘Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha’. He pulled 1 hit clear of the Hollies and now sat second on his own, just 1 hit behind Tom Jones. He was also the 5th act now to have spent at least 1 week in the charts every year since they started in 1965. ‘Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha’ was his 53rd chart hit in the UK and would go to number 6 there. It would give Richards a number 1 hit in Ireland. The song was written by Geoff Stephens, Mitch Murray and Peter Callander giving them their 13th, 3rd and 5th hits respectively. Stephens was now tied 3rd for hits by a song writer, joining Barry Gibb and sat 2 behind Barry Mason who was in second place and 4 behind leader Les Reed.

Fleetwood Mac’s 3rd hit was the second of our new entries this week. Their new one was ‘The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)’ which had the second longest song title to chart to date. Its 39 characters (excluding spaces, brackets and other punctuation marks) was 3 shorter than the longest to date, The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)’. ‘The Green Manalishi’ (to give it its short name) was Fleetwood Mac’s 6th UK chart hit and their 4th in a row to go top 10 as it peaked at 10 there. As with their previous 2 SA chart hits, the song was penned by Peter Green who was still a band member at that stage. While doing well in the UK, it didn’t make too big a mark on the rest of Europe going to 6 in Holland and 16 in Germany and Belgium, but did not worry many other charts in that part of the world. It would also not make the US charts. Peter Green would leave the band soon after recording this, his use of LSD causing problems and mental health issues. ‘The Green Manalishi’ has been covered by a number of artists with heavy metal band, Judas Priests’ version perhaps being the most well known.

The Beach Boys took 6th place for themselves on the weeks count list as their 92 to date placed them 1 ahead of The Rolling Stones. The latter dropped to 7th place, the lowest we had seen The Stones on this list since the charts started in 1965. Cliff Richard shook off Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark to make 15th place his own as he moved on to 69 weeks. On the local list, The Outlet crept into the top 20 for weeks count, they had 15 which put them tied 19th with Emil Dean and Group Twee.

Last week Percy Sledged moved past the 800 points mark and this week it was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s chance to do so as they ticked over to 807 points. They sat 17th on the points to date list.

This week we saw 3 pairs of acts sitting next to each other on the charts where the first letter of their name was the same. We had the Poppy Family and Percy Sledge at 5 and 6, the Moody Blues and Mr. Bloe at 9 and 10 and Jody Wayne and John Edmond at 13 and 14. This was the 26th time we had seen at least 3 pairs like this, but included in those 26 times were 9 occasions where we had 4 pairs and a record to date 5 pairs which occurred on 6 February 1970.

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17 July 1970

christie_yellow_river

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Yellow River  – Christie
2 3 8 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
3 1 9 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
4 8 3 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
5 9 3 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
6 7 5 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
7 6 5 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 4 7 I Don’t Believe in If Anymore  – Roger Whittaker
9 10 7 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
10 5 9 Daughter of Darkness  – Tom Jones
11 15 2 The Wonder of You  – Elvis Presley
12 11 4 I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top  – Hollies
13 New 1 Question  – Moody Blues
14 19 2 Groovin’ with Mr. Bloe  – Mr. Bloe
15 17 3 Round and Around  – John Edmond
16 18 3 The Seeker  – Who
17 16 4 Nobodys Fool  – Jim Reeves
18 20 2 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne
19 New 1 I’ll Walk with You  – Sean Rennie
20 New 1 Why Can’t it Rain  – McCully Workshop

Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ lasted 2 weeks at the top of the charts before Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ came along this week and ousted it from the number 1 spot. Local act, The Outlet, moved into second place with ‘Working On A Good Thing’.

Mr Bloe’s ‘Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe’ became the 13th instrumental song to take climber of the week as it moved up 5 from 19 to 14.

Last week’s biggest climber, The Beach Boys’ ‘Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)’, was 1 of 3 other songs that made a star rater climb as it moved up 4 from 9 to 5. The other 2 that managed a 4 place jump were Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ and Elvis Presley’s ‘The Wonder Of You’ which moved up to 4 and 11 respectively. For both The Beach Boys and Elvis Presley it was a 10th time with a star rater and they were the 17th and 18th acts to reach this total.

Tom Jones brought us the faller of the week with ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ dropping 5 from 5 to 10. This was his 9th time with the faller of the week award and he was the second act to have this many. He sat 1 behind The Bee Gees for this record with the latter being on 10.

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan’s ‘Tennessee Bird Walk’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. The song had lasted 5 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 14. This would be the only SA chart action Blanchard or Morgan would see.

The other 2 songs to leave were the 2 songs from the Eurovision Song Contest that had been gracing our charts. The winner of that event, Dana’s ‘All Kinds Of Everything’  did not fare as well on our charts as the song that came second, Mary Hopkin’s ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’. The former spent 8 weeks in the charts and peaked 7 while the latter, which spent 9 weeks in the charts ended up with a peak of 2, a peak which matched its top position it managed on the UK charts and with it coming second at Eurovision it was definitely a case of always the bridesmaid, never the bride. For Dana, ‘All Kinds Of Everything’ would be her only SA chart hit while Mary Hopkin, whose SA chart career also came to an end, had managed 2 hits, both of which peaked at 2 (the other being ‘Those Were The Days’). She spent a total of 20 weeks in the charts and this meant she was the 10th highest female on the weeks count list sitting tied 64th overall.

The departure of the 3 songs mentioned above meant that we had no duets/collaborations on the charts and no solo female artists. We had seen a duet in the top 20 for the past 11weeks and at least 1 song by a solo female artist for the past 9 weeks. This was the tied second lowest total consecutive weeks we had had a woman on the charts, having seen a 9 week run once before and two 7 week runs previously.

We also saw 2 songs take over as the oldest on the charts as ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’ had been the granddaddy of last week’s chart. This week Tom Jones’ ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ and Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ shared the title, both songs being on 9 weeks. They were the 12th and 13th songs to become the oldest on a lowest to date weeks count of 9 (excluding the songs on the very first top 20).

We welcomed The Moody Blues to our charts for the first time. Their hit, ‘Question’ was a number 2 hit for them in the UK and it managed to get to number 21 in the US. This song was written by band member Justin Hayward and it was originally entitled ‘A Question Of Balance’. Hayward, who contributed to Jeff Wayne’s musical ‘The War Of The Worlds’, would be the only person with the first name Justin to have song writing credits on a song charting on our charts.

Sean Rennie also made his SA chart debut with a song called ‘I’ll Walk With You’. Rennie was born in Ireland. He had auditioned for the Vienna Boys Choir but unfortunately for him and fortunately for us he was not accepted and as he made his way to South Africa in 1964, so I have claimed him as one of us for statistical purposes. Once he got to SA he formed a group called Purple Haze which got him noticed as a singer. ‘I’ll Walk With You’ lists G Garzouzie as a song writer alongside a certain David Gresham. Gruesome Gresh, who used to present the top 20 on Springbok Radio (as if I have to remind you of this) also produce the song.

The final new entry was also by a local act and was McCully Workshop’s ‘Why Can’t It Rain’. This, alongside the Sean Rennie hit above, boosted the local content of the charts back up to 5 and with Jody Wayne’s new entry from last week sitting at 18, we saw the 7th occasion where the bottom 3 songs on the chart were local (2 of those 7 had had the bottom 4 songs being local). ‘Why Can’t It Rain’ was written by Tully McCully in the middle of the night and features Falling Mirror’s ‘Allan Faull on guitar. A certain Billy Forrest produced the song.

The gap between the total number of hits to date by US and UK acts fell to its lowest level in nearly half a year. The Americans were still out in front with 258 so far, but the Brits were now 18 behind them with their total being 240. The last time the gap was 18 was 24 weeks previously. In the interim, the Americans had at best been 23 hits ahead.

Jody Wayne was enjoying his 20th week on the charts, but was unmoved at 15 on the local weeks count list, still 2 behind tied 13th placed Carike Keuzenkamp and Hilary who were on 22. On the overall list, The Beach Boys drew level 6th with The Rolling Stones as both acts were on 91 weeks while Percy Sledge took 11th place to himself as his 77 to date placed him 1 ahead of Engelbert Humperdinck whom he shared 11th place with last week.

Sledge was also celebrating moving past the 800 points mark as his total ticked over to 809.

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10 July 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
2 4 5 Yellow River  – Christie
3 5 7 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
4 2 6 I Don’t Believe in If Anymore  – Roger Whittaker
5 3 8 Daughter of Darkness  – Tom Jones
6 8 4 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 12 4 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
8 16 2 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
9 18 2 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
10 7 6 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
11 14 3 I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top  – Hollies
12 6 9 Knock Knock Who’s There  – Mary Hopkin
13 9 8 All Kinds of Everything  – Dana
14 15 5 Tennessee Bird Walk  – Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
15 New 1 The Wonder of You  – Elvis Presley
16 17 3 Nobodys Fool  – Jim Reeves
17 19 2 Round and Around  – John Edmond
18 20 2 The Seeker  – Who
19 New 1 Groovin’ with Mr. Bloe  – Mr. Bloe
20 New 1 The Wedding  – Jody Wayne

Last week Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ had the distinction of being the 100th song to top our charts. This week, as it clung to the top spot for a second week, ‘Come Softly To Me’ had the distinction of clocking up the 100th week at number 1 for the US acts. It had taken them 270 weeks from their first number 1 (on the very first chart) to reach this landmark. In contract, the British acts took 226 weeks from the first time a Pom topped the charts till they reached the 100 weeks mark. Roger Whittaker’s ‘I Don’t Believe In If Anymore’, last week’s number 2, dropped to 4 while Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ swapped places with it to move into second place.

The climber of the week award went to The Beach Boys’ ‘Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)’ which moved up 9 places from 18 to 9. This was the 7th time the band had taken this honour and they were the 8th act to reach this many biggest climbers. It had been more than 4 months since we last saw a climb of this magnitude and this was the second biggest gap to date between seeing climbs of 9 or more places. The longest period we had gone so far with all climbs being less than 9 places was 36 weeks which occurred between the 2nd ever chart and the 38th chart. This was The Beach Boys’ 4th time with a climb of 9 or more places and the next best on this front was 2 which 7 other acts had achieved.

Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ was rather hard done by as it climbed 8 from 16 to 8, but had to settle for being just a star rater as it was outdone by The Beach Boys’ hit. The Poppy Family’s ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy?’ was this week’s only other star rater, moving up 5 from 12 to 7.

Mary Hopkin’s ‘Knock Knock Who’s There’ fell 6 from 6 to 12 to have this week’s biggest drop and we had to go right back to the January of 1970 to last see a solo female artist take the biggest faller award. We had seen both Diana Ross and Bobbie Gentry be part of the biggest faller in the interim but these were both with hits where they collaborated with another act (The Supremes in the case of the former and Glen Campbell in the latter’s case). The last purely solo female hit to be the biggest faller was ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ by Bobbie Gentry. The good news for Mary Hopkin was that her hit was the oldest on the chart on 9 weeks following the departure of last week’s oldest (see below). The previous hit by a solo woman to be the oldest was Jackie Deshannon’s ‘Put A Little Love In Your Heart’ back in the November of 1969. Ignoring the hits on the very first chart, this was the 11th time a song on 9 weeks had become the oldest. We were yet to see a song on less weeks take the honour.

The oldest on last week’s chart, ‘Ma Belle Amie’ was the first of 3 songs to depart the chart. It had been with us for 16 weeks, 3 of which were spent at number 1. This would be the band’s only SA chart hit. Of the 4 hits to date by Dutch acts, this one was out front for points scored having clocked up 231 in total. The next highest was Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ on 153. By the time the charts ended in 1989 ‘Ma Belle Amie’ would have dropped to being the 3rd best performance by a song by a Dutch band.

The second song to go was also a former number 1. Chris Andrews’ ‘Carol OK’ had spent 2 weeks at number 1 during its 14 weeks with us. The good news for Chris was that his chart career was not yet over.

Last of the leavers was Cuff Links’ ‘When Julie Comes Around’ which enjoyed a 7 week stay in the top 20 and climbed to a top position of 6 during that time. The departure of this song heralded an end to Cuff Links SA chart adventures. They had had 2 hits, spent a total of 18 weeks in the top 20 and ‘When Julie Comes Around’s  peak of 6 just pipped the number 7 peak of their other hit, ‘Tracy’.

Elvis’s 8th SA chart hit was ‘The Wonder Of You’ which debuted on the top 20 this week. The song was a 3rd hit for song writer Baker Knight who had already seen SA chart action with his compositions ‘I Need You’ by Rick Nelson and Dean Martin’s ‘Not Enough Indians’. ‘The Wonder Of You’ first charted for Ray Peterson in1959 and would give him a number 25 hit in the US and a number 23 hit in the UK. That same year Ronnie Hilton took his version to number 22 in the UK. Elvis’ version would go to 9 in the US while in the UK it would knock Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ from the top spot there and go on to spend 6 weeks at 1.

Mr. Bloe was not an ou, it was a group of musicians drafted in to record a song called ‘Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe’. The song started life as a throwaway b-side to a single called ‘Make Believe’ by a US band called Wind. Wind featured Tony Orlando who would go on to have a number of hits with the group Dawn. ‘Make Believe’ went to number 28 in the US but when it got to the UK the b-side was inadvertently played on the radio. Stephen James of Dick James Music wanted to release the song, but could not obtain the rights, so he did the next best thing and got a group of musicians together to record a cover version. The initial attempt included a certain Elton John on piano, but James didn’t like that version and it was re-recorded with Zack Laurence on piano. This re-recorded version would go to number 2 in the UK and was kept off the top spot by Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’. ‘Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe’ was the 23rd instrumental to make our charts.

Our final new entry was ‘The Wedding’ by Jody Wayne and he set a new record for gaps between hits for a local act. We had last seen Wayne on the charts 156 weeks previously when ‘Cookie’, his duet with Glenys Lynne, was in the top 20. This beat the previous record of 140 weeks being absent from the charts by a local act which Dickie Loader had held. Overall Wayne’s absence was the 4th biggest gap to date that any act had seen. ‘The Wedding’ was originally a Spanish song called ‘La Novia’ which was written in 1964 by Joaquin Prieto. In 1964 Julie Rogers took an English version to number 3 in the UK. This was Jody Wayne’s 4th SA chart hit and he drafted in McCully Workshop to play the instruments.

Mary Hopkin was enjoying her 20th week on the charts while The Beach Boys reached the 90 weeks milestone. The latter was not enough to move them up the weeks count list, but they were now just 1 week behind 6th placed Rolling Stones. Percy Sledge on the other hand was moving up the list, his 76 weeks to date put him level in 11th place with Engelbert Humperdinck. Elvis took 13th place for himself as he moved 1 week ahead of Donovan. On the local list we saw Jody Wayne move 1 week ahead of The Square Set, his 19 weeks to date giving him 15th place to himself while The Square Set dropped to 16.

Tom Jones was still racking up the points and this week he moved past the 1,900 mark. His 1,904 put him 618 ahead of second placed The Troggs who were on 1,286. Jones was currently averaging 136 points per song which was quite a bit higher than the overall average points for all songs which currently stood on 85.9.

The average time this week’s top 20 songs had spent in the charts dipped below 5 weeks for the first time in 44 weeks. The average now stood at 4.35.

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3 July 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
2 3 5 I Don’t Believe in If Anymore  – Roger Whittaker
3 1 7 Daughter of Darkness  – Tom Jones
4 5 4 Yellow River  – Christie
5 10 6 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
6 4 8 Knock Knock Who’s There  – Mary Hopkin
7 15 5 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
8 14 3 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 7 7 All Kinds of Everything  – Dana
10 8 7 When Julie Comes Around  – Cuff Links
11 6 14 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
12 17 3 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
13 11 16 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
14 19 2 I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top  – Hollies
15 18 4 Tennessee Bird Walk  – Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
16 New 1 In the Summertime  – Mungo Jerry
17 20 2 Nobodys Fool  – Jim Reeves
18 New 1 Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)  – Beach Boys
19 New 1 Round and Around  – John Edmond
20 New 1 The Seeker  – Who

Percy Sledge clocked up his second number 1 as ‘Come Softly To Me’ knocked Tom Jones’ ‘Daughter Of Darkness’ from the top spot after the latter had been there for 3 weeks. Sledge’s previous chart topper, ‘My Special Prayer’ had managed to spend 2 weeks at 1. What was significant about the new number 1 was that it was the 100th song to top our charts.

The George Baker Selection’s ‘Little Green Bag’ took top honours for climbing this week as it moved up 8 places from 15 to 7. This equalled the record to date biggest climb for a song in its 5th week on the charts with the only other song managing to do this so far being Steam’s ‘Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)’.

There were 4 other songs that made star rater status this week, 3 of which moved up 5 places and those were The Outlet’s ‘Working On A Good Thing’ which moved up to 5, The Poppy Family’s ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy’ which moved up to 12 and The Hollies’ ‘I Can’t tell The Bottom From The Top’ which climbed to 14. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 6 place climb to 8 with ‘Up Around The Bend’ was the other star rater. Creedence were the 16th act to reach 10 star raters while The Hollies became the 4th act to reach 15. Creedence had managed to get to their 10 star raters in a record to date 58 weeks from the time they first entered the charts. This smashed the old record by 24 weeks which was previously held by Engelbert Humperdick who took 82 weeks.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Carol OK’ gave him his 3rd biggest faller award as the song dropped 5 places from 6 to 11 to take the honours this week.

Jeronimo’s ‘Heya’ was the first of 4 songs to leave the charts this week. It lasted 5 weeks and peaked at 13. This would be their only SA chart entry.

Omega Limited’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ enjoyed a 12 week run in the charts and peaked at 3 during that time. Like Jeronimo, this would be their only SA chart hit. From a points perspective it sat 6th highest of the instrumentals that had charted to date.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ departed from the top 20 after having been with us for 17 weeks. It had spent 4 of those 17 weeks at number 1. It managed to accumulate 256 point which placed it 6th highest for points by a local song and 15th highest overall. Dave would grace our charts again at later date. Tee Set’s ‘Ma Belle Amie’ on 16 weeks, took over as the oldest in the charts.

Last to go was Tidal Waves’ ‘Spider Spider’ which spent 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at number 1 for just 1 week. It spent its last week at number 9, becoming the 11th song to leave from this high a position, with 1 song (Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’) currently holding the record as it spent its last week at 8. ‘Spider Spider’ set a new record for the highest last week position for a local song as the record to date had been 12 as the final place which 4 songs (including Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ this week) had managed. This was the second time we had seen 3 local songs leave the chart in the same week. It would also be the only time we would see more than 1 local chart toppers (this week we saw 2, ‘Spider Spider’ and ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’) leave the charts in the same week.

Mungo Jerry’s ‘In The Summertime’ was the first of the new entries. The song was a global smash hit, topping the charts in over 20 countries, including the UK (for 7 weeks), Germany, Australia and Canada. The US would be the one big market it failed to completely dominate, but did make it to number 3 there (Diana Ross’ ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ was at 2 that week and Edwin Starr’s ‘War’ was at 1). That said, it has still sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. Mungo Jerry was not a person, but a band and they took their name from a T.S. Eliot poem called ‘Mungojerrie  And Rumpelteazer’. In 1995 Shaggy recorded a cover version of ‘In The Summertime’ which also charted globally, but failed to top any major charts, going to 5 in the UK and emulating the original’s US success by going to 3 there.

The Beach Boys returned to the charts after an 87 week absence. This was the 10th largest gap between hits to date for a US act and the 17th largest so far overall. Their new one was ‘Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)’, a cover of a song by Leadbelly from 1940. The Beach Boys originally recorded their version in 1968 but then re-recorded it in 1969. It failed to make the US Hot 100 (peaking at 103 there). It found more success across the Atlantic where it went to number 5 in the UK.

Terry Dempsey’s hit count as a song writer was rising rapidly and his previous 2 composition that charted had both gone all the way to number 1 (Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ and Tidal Waves’ ‘Spider Spider’). As mentioned above, both these songs left the charts this week after their successful runs, so the new one that bore Terry’s name in the song writing slot, John Edmonds’ ‘Round And Around’, had tough acts to follow. ‘Round And Around’ was Dempsey’s 6th hit as a song writer and Edmond’s second as artist. In neighbouring Rhodesia, as it was back then, the b-side of the South African version of ‘Round And Around’, a song called ‘Farewell Britannia’, would be a number 17 hit there. The Rhodesian pressing of ‘Farewell Britannia’ did not, however feature ‘Round And Around’ on its b-side, but was rather paired with a song called ‘The Little World Of Children’

Our final new entry was a 3rd hit for The Who. ‘The Seeker’ came from their excellently titled ‘Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy’ album. It would give the band a number 19 hit in the UK and would be the 6th of their 15 hits they had had up to then that would not make the top 10. In the US it would be their 10th hit, peaking at number 44. To date, The Who have only managed 1 top 10 hit in the US and that was 1967’s ‘I Can See For Miles’ which made it to number 9.

The arrival of The Who’s song on the charts moved the total weeks count for hits by artists from the UK on to 2,000 weeks. The Poms sat 106 weeks behind the Yanks for total weeks.

This week was the 22nd time we had seen 4 new entries and this was the 10th time within those 22 that all 4 acts had been on a different hit count with this week seeing Mungo Jerry getting their 1st hit, John Edmond his second, The Who their 3rd and The Beach Boys spoiling the sequence by getting their 8th. We had seen 2 occasions where we had 4 new entries and the various acts were on their 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th hits respectively.

We had gone 4 weeks with not seeing any acts reach a weeks count milestone (a milestone in this case being a multiple of 10 greater than or equal to 20), but this week saw Creedence Clearwater Revival reaching their 60th week with us. They were the second quickest to reach this total, taking 58 weeks from when they first charted. The Rolling Stones held the record to date, taking just 48 weeks to reach a total weeks count of 60 (remember 2 songs in the charts in the same week count as 2 weeks).

The Hollies moved back ahead of Herman’s Hermits for weeks on the charts, their 96 to date placing them 1 ahead. They remained at 4 on the weeks count list, but Herman’s Hermits dropped to 5.

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26 June 1970

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Daughter of Darkness  – Tom Jones
2 5 6 Come Softly to Me  – Percy Sledge
3 9 4 I Don’t Believe in If Anymore  – Roger Whittaker
4 2 7 Knock Knock Who’s There  – Mary Hopkin
5 11 3 Yellow River  – Christie
6 3 13 Carol Ok  – Chris Andrews
7 7 6 All Kinds of Everything  – Dana
8 6 6 When Julie Comes Around  – Cuff Links
9 4 12 Spider Spider  – Tidal Wave
10 13 5 Working on a Good Thing  – Outlet
11 8 15 Ma Belle Amie  – Tee Set
12 12 17 Love is a Beautiful Song  – Dave Mills
13 10 12 Tchaikovsky One  – Omega Limited
14 19 2 Up Around the Bend  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 16 4 Little Green Bag  – George Baker Selection
16 17 5 Heya  – Jeronimo
17 20 2 Which Way You Goin’ Billy?  – Poppy Family
18 18 3 Tennessee Bird Walk  – Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
19 New 1 I Can’t Tell the Bottom from the Top  – Hollies
20 New 1 Nobodys Fool  – Jim Reeves

‘Daughter Of Darkness’ spent a 3rd week at the top of our charts, edging Tom Jones closer to a magical 20 weeks at 1 as his total ticked over to 18. Percy Sledge’s ‘Come Softly To Me’ followed up its 3 weeks in a row with the biggest climber with a further 3 place climb, snuggling into the number 2 position.

We had 2 songs climbing 6 places to take the climber of the week award and they were Roger Whittaker’s ‘I Don’t Believe In If Anymore’ and Christie’s ‘Yellow River’ which moved up to 3 and 5 respectively. The only other star rater this week was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Up Around The Bend’ which moved up 5 places from 19 to 14. This was their 9th star rater and they were the 19th act to reach this total.

Tidal Wave’s ‘Spider Spider’ was the faller of the week, dropping 5 places form 4 to 9. This was the 58th time the faller had been a local song and for anyone who is remotely interested, the average places that these 58 local biggest fallers had dropped in order to be biggest faller was 5.31 places. This is slightly less than the overall average at this stage of 5.42.

Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ moved into its 17th week on the chart and enjoyed its 6th week as the oldest in the top 20.

The Pipkin’s time in our charts ended this week as their only SA chart hit, ‘Gimme Dat Ding’ left the top 20 after a run of 3 weeks and a highest placing of 15.

Doing a fair bit better was Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ which spent 14 weeks in the charts and peaked at peaked at 4. This ended the chart career for the two as a duo, but both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would return to our top 20 as solo artists. As Simon & Garfunkel they had 4 SA chart hits, spent 49 weeks in the charts and enjoyed a week at the top of the charts with ‘The Sounds Of Silence’, their best peaking song.

The Hollies’ 12th hit, ‘I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top’ arrived in the charts this week. This placed the band tied 2nd for number of hits, joining Cliff Richard 2 hits behind leader Tom Jones. The song would go to 82 in the US and make it to number 7 in the UK. The song was written by Doug Flett and Guy Fletcher and was a first SA chart hit for both of them. Like The Hollies’ previous hit, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, ‘I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top’ featured a pre-famous Elton John on piano.

It had been 104 weeks since Jim Reeves last featured in the charts, but he returned this week with ‘Nobody’s Fool’.  This gap between hits was the 13th largest to date and the 8th largest for a US act. As with our other new entry this week, ‘Nobody’s Fool’ was an SA chart debut for the song writer who, in this case, was Hal Bynum. The song would go to number 10 on the US Country Singles Charts but would not cross over to the main Billboard Hot 100. What it would do is cross over the Atlantic where, in the UK, it went to number 32.

We had now had 2 weeks with 7 different nations being represented in the charts (US, UK, SA, Kenya, Netherlands, Germany and Canada) and this was the 3rd week of the last 4 we had seen this, with the first week of this run being the first time we saw it.

7 weeks previously, Herman’s Hermits moved ahead of The Hollies for weeks count, causing the latter to drop to 5 on the weeks count list. This week, The Hollies made up the lost ground and were back into tied 4th place with Herman’s Hermits with 95 weeks to their name. On the local front, Dave Mills moved ahead of Virginia Lee with the former now on 37. Virginia dropped to 6th on the local weeks count list while Mills made 5th place his own.

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