Saturday Single No. 172

Well, it’s time for another game of “Jump!”

No, not Van Halen. We’re going to find today’s single by looking at the Billboard Top 40 for one week – in this case, this approximate week in 1970 – and see which single moved the most from the previous week, up or down. I’ve done this several times before, so the only thing different is that this time, I have a name so I can create an index whenever I do this.

Jump!

First, here’s a look at the Top Ten for the week ending February 7, 1970. (And I should note that, while all of 1970 was a great time on the radio, for some reason, the late winter and early spring of that year is one of three or so seasons at the top of my chart for superlative listening. This was mostly very good stuff.)

“Venus” by the Shocking Blue
“I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5
“Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” by B. J. Thomas
“Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody Is A Star” by Sly & the Family Stone
“Without Love (There Is Nothing)” by Tom Jones
“I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” by Dionne Warwick
“Hey There Lonely Girl” by Eddie Holman
“Whole Lotta Love/Living Loving Maid (She’s Just A Woman)” by Led Zeppelin
“No Time” by the Guess Who
“Jingle Jangle” by the Archies

A couple of these are records that I know now, but I question whether I heard them frequently enough for them to make an impression forty years ago: The B-side of the Led Zeppelin record and the Tom Jones tune. Otherwise, everything is familiar and a couple of these ride pretty high on my all-time list.

And it turned out that the first full week of February 1970 was fairly volatile in the Top 40. Seventeen of the forty records listed had moved more than six spots since the previous week’s survey, with eight of those seventeen moving into the Top 40 for the first time, ascending from the Hot 100 of the previous week. And some of the jumps were, honestly, pretty remarkable.

A jump of six places is the minimum I require to mention a record here. Three records moved six places: Englebert Humperdinck’s “Winter World Of Love” dropped from No. 22 to No. 16. “Someday We’ll Be Together” by Diana Ross and the Supremes fell from No. 9 to No. 15. And Eddie Holman’s sweet “Hey There Lonely Girl” climbed from No. 13 to No. 7.

Moving eight places were five songs: Bobbie Gentry’s “Fancy” went up from No. 39 to No. 31. Brook Benton’s “Rainy Night In Georgia” rose from No. 34 to No. 26. “Early In The Morning” by Vanity Fare – posted here earlier this week – fell from No. 12 to No. 20. Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Cry Daddy/Rubberneckin’” fell from No. 6 to No. 14. And “No Time” by the Guess Who moved up from No. 17 to No. 9.

The Temptations’ “Psychedelic Shack” went from No. 21 to No. 11, a leap of ten places.  “One Tin Soldier” by the Original Caste (not Coven, as I originally wrote) did two places better than that, jumping from No. 48 to No. 36. The Delfonic’s “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” leapt seventeen places, from No. 45 to No. 28. Better than that by one was one of my utter favorites, Lulu’s “Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby),” which jumped eighteen places from No. 52 to No. 34.

Some of those are pretty good leaps. But, to quote Randy Bachman, you ain’t seen n-n-n-nothin’ yet.

Santana’s “Evil Ways” moved into the Top 40, jumping twenty-one places from No. 61 to No. 40. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by the Hollies jumped twenty-two places, climbing from No. 57 to No. 35. The Chairmen of the Board and “Give Me Just A Little More Time” bounced from No. 60 to No. 37, a leap of twenty-three places.

That leaves two records remaining of those that moved six or more places, and boy, did they jump. I thought I’d found this week’s winner when I was scanning the top twenty and saw that Creedence Clearwater Revival’s double-sided “Travelin’ Band/Who’ll Stop The Rain” had climbed from No. 50 to No. 18, an improvement of thirty-two places. But during that particular week forty years ago, that huge leap was only good enough for second place.

 The winner, with a mind-boggling ascent of thirty-eight places, is a record I mentioned not all that long ago in connection with a yearbook signing in the spring of 1970. (That means that it had reached hit status much faster in the $ilver Dollar $urvey from San Diego’s KCBQ – which I examined for that post on January 15 – than it did in the Billboard charts.) And happily, it’s a record I like pretty well.

 So here’s the Dutch group the Tee See with “Ma Belle Amie,” today’s Saturday Single.

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