2 July 1965

boardwalk_stones

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Under the Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
2 6 5 Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
3 1 5 Do the Clam  - Elvis Presley
4 3 5 Shabby Little Hut  - Bats
5 2 5 Forget Domani  - Connie Francis
6 5 5 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
7 10 4 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
8 11 4 Catch the Wind  - Donovan
9 8 5 Tennessee Yodel Polka  - Slim Whitman & Virginia Lee
10 14 3 World of Our Own  - Seekers
11 12 3 Concrete and Clay  - Unit Four Plus Two
12 13 3 Where Are You Now  - Jackie Trent
13 7 5 The Last Time  - Rolling Stones
14 9 5 Ticket to Ride  - Beatles
15 18 2 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
16 New 1 Little Lonely One  - Tom Jones
17 New 1 Wonderful World  - Herman’s Hermits
18 17 5 Funny How Love Can Be  - Ivy League
19 15 5 Torture  - Gene Rockwell
20 16 5 I Know a Place  - Petula Clark

Elvis’ time at the top was short lived as The Rolling Stones’ cover of ‘Under the Boardwalk’ knocked ‘Do The Clam’ from the number 1 position. The King dropped to 3 with Herman’s ‘Hermits moving into second place with ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’.

The latter would also be our biggest climber in the week as it took a 4 place leap to get the song there. This was only equalled by The Seekers’ World Of Our Own’ which climbed its 4 places to 10. For both of our climbers it was the second time they had taken that honour and consequently the songs and acts moved out in front for number of times with biggest climber as no other act had managed it more than once. We were, however only 5 weeks into the charts.

Despite having the number 1 hit this week, it was not all good news for The Stones as their other hit on the charts, ‘The Last Time’ was our biggest faller. It dropped 6 places to land up at 13.

We said goodbye to Chubby Checkers’ ‘Lovely Lovely (Loverly Loverly)’ which had lasted 4 weeks on the chart and peaked at 7. He would return to our top 20, but we would have to wait a very long time to see him again.

Our first chart (back on 4 June 1965) featured 2 songs by Cliff Richard. This was our first Cliff-less week as the second of his 2 songs that were on that chart exited the top 20. ‘The Minute You’re Gone’ reached 8 during its 4 week run.

The artists on both the new entries this week already had songs in the top 20. Tom Jones was sitting at 7 with ‘It’s Not Unusual’ and was joined by ‘Little Lonely One’ which entered the charts at 16. The song would fail to chart for him in the UK but, as in South Africa, would give him his second hit in the US where it made it to number 42. It was a cover of a 1961 song which was first recorded by American doo-wop group The Jarmels. Bobby Vinton released a version at a similar time to the Jarmels, but it was only Jones’ 1965 version that made the US charts.

While Herman’s Hermits ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’ was busy being our biggest climber at 2, their cover of the Sam Cooke classic, ‘Wonderful World’ (sometimes known as ‘What A Wonderful World’, not to be confused with the Louis Armstrong song) climbed into the top 20 at 17. Their version would outperform Cooke’s in the US where the latter only made number 12, while the Hermit’s version would go to 4. In the UK the Hermit’s version would again prevail, going to 7 while Cooke only made 27, however, thanks to its use in a Levi Jeans advert, Cooke’s version would return to the UK charts in 1986 and make number 2. Sam Cooke wrote the song with trumpeter Herb Alpert and Lou Adler.

We still had 12 songs left from our first top 20 and as The Rolling Stones had had 2 songs in the chart since the start, they became the first act to make 10 weeks on the charts (where  2 songs in the chart at the same time count as 2). Herman’s Hermits were second on 6 weeks.

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25 June 1965

do-the-clam-elvis

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 4 Do the Clam  - Elvis Presley
2 1 4 Forget Domani  - Connie Francis
3 5 4 Shabby Little Hut  - Bats
4 4 4 Under the Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
5 2 4 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
6 9 4 Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
7 7 4 The Last Time  - Rolling Stones
8 8 4 Tennessee Yodel Polka  - Slim Whitman & Virginia Lee
9 6 4 Ticket to Ride  - Beatles
10 12 3 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
11 14 3 Catch the Wind  - Donovan
12 15 2 Concrete and Clay  - Unit Four Plus Two
13 19 2 Where Are You Now  - Jackie Trent
14 20 2 World of Our Own  - Seekers
15 11 4 Torture  - Gene Rockwell
16 10 4 I Know a Place  - Petula Clark
17 13 4 Funny How Love Can Be  - Ivy League
18 New 1 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
19 17 4 Lovely Lovely (Loverly Loverly)  - Chubby Checker
20 16 4 The Minute You’re Gone  - Cliff Richard

Elvis’ ‘Do The Clam’ moved up 2 places to take over the top spot from Connie Francis whose ‘Forget Domani’ enjoyed a single week at the top of the charts. Francis’ hit dropped to number 2. The Bats’ ‘Shabby Little Hut’ moved into 3rd place to equal the highest placing for a local song to date which Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ had managed.

Jackie Trent became the first solo woman to have a biggest climber in a week as her hit ‘Where Are You Now’ moved up 6 from 19 to 13. She shared the honours with The Seekers’ ‘World of Our Own’ which also moved up 6, landing up at 14. They were the first Australian act to garner a biggest climber award.

We also had a first for the women on the falling front as Petula Clark’s ‘I Know a Place’ fell 6 from 10 to 16. As Emil Dean had been the biggest faller in the first 2 weeks of the charts, this made Petula our first non-local act to take this title.

And talking of Emil Dean, ‘Key To Your Heart’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had lasted 3 weeks and peaked at 3, thus becoming the first song to have an equal weeks and peak figure. The song’s departure dropped the local content down to 2 and a half as we had The Bats at 3, Gene Rockwell at 15 and Virginia Lee dueting with the American Slim Whitman on our number 8 hit this week.

The newcomer to the chart was Sandie Shaw’s ‘Long Live Love’, a song composed by Chris Andrews who would have a number of solo hits later on. Shaw had turned down the opportunity to record the song ‘It’s Not Unusual’ in favour of this one. Tom Jones went on to have a major success with ‘It’s Not Unusual’ while Sandie would also take ‘Long Live Love’ to the top of the UK charts, enjoying a 3 week run there. The song would also top the charts in Ireland and New Zealand and scrape a 97 peak in the US. It would be the second of only 3 US hits she would have and would be the lowest peak she would have there. Apart from the English version of the song, Sandie also recorded a French version (‘Pourvu Que Ça Dure’ which went to 5 in France), a German version (‘Du weißt nichts von deinem Glück’ which went to 25 in Germany and 5 in Austria), as well as versions in Italian (‘Viva l’amore con te’) and Spanish (‘¡Viva el amor!’).

The entry of Sandie Shaw onto the charts meant we had our highest solo female count to date with 4 songs being by solo women. We also had Virginia Lee as one half of a duet.

Of the first top 20, 4 weeks back, 14 songs were still in the charts.

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18 June 1965

forget-domani-connie-francis

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 3 Forget Domani  - Connie Francis
2 1 3 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
3 5 3 Do the Clam  - Elvis Presley
4 2 3 Under the Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
5 7 3 Shabby Little Hut  - Bats
6 4 3 Ticket to Ride  - Beatles
7 11 3 The Last Time  - Rolling Stones
8 14 3 Tennessee Yodel Polka  - Slim Whitman & Virginia Lee
9 16 3 Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
10 8 3 I Know a Place  - Petula Clark
11 6 3 Torture  - Gene Rockwell
12 18 2 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
13 9 3 Funny How Love Can Be  - Ivy League
14 20 2 Catch the Wind  - Donovan
15 New 1 Concrete and Clay  - Unit Four Plus Two
16 13 3 The Minute You’re Gone  - Cliff Richard
17 12 3 Lovely Lovely (Loverly Loverly)  - Chubby Checker
18 10 3 Key to Your Heart  - Emil Dean
19 New 1 Where are You Now  - Jackie Trent
20 New 1 World of Our Own  - Seekers

This week we saw a change in the number 1 position. Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ dropped to number 2 while Connie Francis moved into pole position with ‘Forget Domani’. This was our second number 1 and already we had seen a solo female top the charts.

Herman’s Hermits took the biggest climber of the week award as ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’ moved up 7 places from 16 to 9. There were 4 other star raters, these being ‘The Last Time’ by The Rolling Stones which climbed 4 to 7, ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’ by ‘Slim Whitman & Virginia Lee’ which climbed 6 to 8, Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’ which climbed 6 to 12 and ‘Catch the Wind’ by Donovan which moved up 6 from 20 to 14.

Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ was once again the biggest faller, following up last week’s 7 place drop with a further 8 place plunge as it dropped to 18.

We had 15 of the first top 20 still left on the charts all sitting on 3 weeks.

Eddie Rambeau’s ‘Concrete And Clay’ lasted just one week on the chart and spent that at number 19. As in the States, this would be his only hit.

The second song to leave the top 20 was Ned Miller’s ‘Do What You Do Do Well’ which had spent 2 weeks on the chart and peaked at 13.

The last song to go was The Kinks’ ‘Tired of Waiting for You’. It had also spent 2 weeks on the chart but managed to get to number 9 in that time.

Fans of the song ‘Concrete And Clay’ may have been disappointed to see Eddie Rambeau’s version disappear from the top 20, however they could take a lot of comfort from the fact that one of the new entries was that very song but this time it was Unit 4+2’s  version. This made it the first song to chart by 2 different acts. In the UK, the Unit 4+2 version of the song knocked the song that sat at number 7 on our charts this week (The Rolling Stones’ ‘The Last Time’) off the top spot and spent a week there before our number 16 song this week (Cliff Richard’s ‘The Minute You’re Gone’) ousted it. In the US it made it to number 28.

Our second new entry was by Jackie Trent. ‘Where Are You Now’ would give her a number 1 hit in the UK, spending 1 week atop of those charts. The Wikipedia entry for the song incorrectly notes that it knocked The Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride’ off the number 1 spot, however, it was actually Roger Miller’s ‘King Of The Road’ that did that. Trent’s hit replaced ‘King Of The Road’ at the top of the UK charts a week later. Trent, whose real name was Yvonne Burgess, was born in Newcastle in England and would have 2 other UK hits.

The final new entry was a second hit for The Seekers and they joined The Rolling Stones and Cliff Richard on having had 2 hits on the charts so far. Their new one was ‘World of Our Own’ which gave them a UK number 3 hit as well as going to 19 in the US and 5 in Norway. In 1968 Sonny James would score his 6th successive number 1 on the US Country Singles charts with a cover of the song which was written by Tom Springfield’ who had also written The Seekers’ previous hit, ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’. Springfield, who was Dusty Springfield’s brother, moved on to 2 hits now and sat on top of the list of hits by song writers alongside Tony Hatch who had penned the Petula Clark hit ‘I Know A Place’ which sat at number 10 this week as well as the Jackie Trent new entry mentioned above.

With Jackie Trent entering the charts, she joined Petula Clark and Connie Francis to give us a total of 3 solo female artists in the top 20 which was our highest count of the 3 charts to date.

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4 June 1965 Correction

Just a quick note that thanks to the eagle eye of one subscriber to this blog, we have uncovered a slight error on the charts that were shown for 4 June 1965. Elvis Presley’s ‘Do The Clam’ was actually at 15 that week while Ned Miller’s ‘Do What You Do Do Well’ was our number 13 hit. I had them the wrong way round. I have now corrected the post for 4 June 1965 along with the commentary. The charts for 11 June 1965 show the correct movement. Apologies for this error and thanks to Willie for pointing it out to me.

John

 

11 June 1965

i_need_you_rick_nelson

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 2 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
2 6 2 Under the Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
3 10 2 Forget Domani  - Connie Francis
4 2 2 Ticket to Ride  - Beatles
5 15 2 Do the Clam  - Elvis Presley
6 4 2 Torture  - Gene Rockwell
7 12 2 Shabby Little Hut  - Bats
8 5 2 I Know a Place  - Petula Clark
9 11 2 Funny How Love Can Be  - Ivy League
10 3 2 Key to Your Heart  - Emil Dean
11 14 2 The Last Time  - Rolling Stones
12 7 2 Lovely Lovely (Loverly Loverly)  - Chubby Checker
13 8 2 The Minute You’re Gone  - Cliff Richard
14 17 2 Tennessee Yodel Polka  - Slim Whitman & Virginia Lee
15 9 2 Tired of Waiting for You  - Kinks
16 20 2 Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
17 12 2 Do What You Do Do Well  - Ned Miller
18 New 1 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
19 New 1 Concrete and Clay  - Eddie Rambeau
20 New 1 Catch the Wind  - Donovan

Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ spent a second week at the top of the charts and it shook off The Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride’ which dropped from number 2 to 4. Now, I’m not sure if they called songs moving up 4 or more places a star rater way back in 1965, but if they did, we would have had 5 songs make this status, the highest of which would be the new number 2, The Rolling Stones ‘ ‘Under The Boardwalk’ which climbed up 4 places to take second place.

Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’ climbed 7 to 3, The Bats ‘Shabby Little Hut’ moved up 5 to 7 while Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’ was another star rater moving up 4 to 16. The biggest climber this week was Elvis Presley’s ‘Do The Clam’ which leapt 10 places from 15 to 5 to become our first ever 10 or more place climber.

Local lad, Emil Dean was the first act to suffer the indignity of having the biggest faller in a week as his hit ‘Key to Your Heart’ dropped 7 from 3 to 10 this week.

Three songs would not make it past the first hurdle all dropping off the chart after the first week. The first of these was Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders’ ‘The Game Of Love’. It had spent its solitary week at number 19. They would be back but without Wayne Fontana.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Just Another Guy’ also lasted just the 1 week and spent that at number 18. There were many more hits to come from him.

The last to go was The Seekers’ ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ which spent last week at 16. They also had a good few hits to come.

Tom Jones made his first appearance on our charts with ‘It’s Not Unusual’. In the UK he replaced The Seekers’ ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ at the top of the charts there, while in SA he replaced that song in the top 20. The song was originally intended for Sandie Shaw to record and Jones only sang a demo version for Shaw to hear. However, Shaw was so taken by Jones version that she persuaded him to record it and this launched the Welshman’s career. An unknown pianist called Reginald Dwight was drafted in for the recording of Jones’s version. Dwight went on to change his name to Elton John. Apart from his UK success the song would also get to number 10 in the US and number 4 in Rhodesia, but would fail to make an impact on the major European charts.

Our second new entry was ‘Concrete And Clay’ a song usually associated with UK band Unit 4+2, however it was the US cover that made our charts this week. This version was by a guy called Eddie Rambeau and it gave him a number 35 hit in the US. It would prove to be his only hit there.

Our last new entry was Donovan’s ‘Catch The Wind’. The song would give him a number 4 hit in the UK and would get to 23 in the US. As with the Tom Jones hit mentioned above, ‘Catch The Wind’ would be the artists’ first UK hit. Included in the production credits on this song was Geoff Stephens who would go on to score a good number of hits in SA as a song writer.

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4 June 1965

i_need_you_rick_nelson

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 New 1 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
2 New 1 Ticket To Ride  - Beatles
3 New 1 Key To Your Heart  - Emil Dean
4 New 1 Torture  - Gene Rockwell
5 New 1 I Know A Place  - Petula Clark
6 New 1 Under The Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
7 New 1 Lovely Lovely  - Chubby Checker
8 New 1 Minute You’re Gone  - Cliff Richard
9 New 1 Tired Of Waiting For You  - Kinks
10 New 1 Forget Domani  - Connie Francis
11 New 1 Funny How Love Can Be  - Ivy League
12 New 1 Shabby Little Hut  - Bats
13 New 1 Do What You Do Do Well  - Ned Miller
14 New 1 Last Time  - Rolling Stones
15 New 1 Do The Clam  - Elvis Presley
16 New 1 I’ll Never Find Another You  - Seekers
17 New 1 Tennessee Yodel Polka  - Slim Whitman
18 New 1 Just Another Guy  - Cliff Richard
19 New 1 Game Of Love  - Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders
20 New 1 Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits

Okay, here we go with what I believe was the very first ‘official’ Top 20 chart in South Africa. We started off Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ at the top of the charts. Some of you who have been following this blog for a while may realise that this song made a 2 week re-appearance on the charts towards the end of 1969. The song first saw the light of day on Nelson’s 1962 album ‘It’s Up To You’ and was the b-side of the single release of the title track which made 22 in the UK and 6 in the UK. In 1963 the b-side, ‘I Need You’ made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 in its own right, getting to number 83.

At number 2 was a band who need no introduction. ‘Ticket To Ride’ was The Beatles 11 song to chart in the UK and their 7th number 1 there. In the US it was their 32nd song to make the Hot 100 (they had singles like the German version of ‘She Lives You’ – ‘Sie Liebt Dich’ get to number 97) and 8th chart topper there. Obviously it made our charts before they were famously banned by the SABC.

Number 3 was the highest placed local act on this chart, Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’. Dean (who also went under the name Emil Dean Zoghby) would go on to become a producer, working with US rocker Pat Travers and UK acts such as Magna Carta and Nirvana (no not the Kurt Cobain one). He would also produce Ballyhoo’s ‘Man On the Moon’, a South African classic from the early 80’s.

We had another local act at 4 in the form of Gene Rockwell with his hit, ‘Torture’. This was a cover of a song written by John D. Loudermilk and first recorded by Kris Jensen whose version went to number 20 in the US in 1963. The Everly Brothers also recorded a version.

Petula Clark was the highest placed female on this first chart with her song ‘I Know A Place’ at 5. It was the follow up to perhaps Clark’s signature tune, ‘Downtown’ and it topped the charts in Canada and made number 12 in the US and 17 in the UK.

Number 6 was The Rolling Stone’s cover of the 1964 Drifter’s hit ‘Under The Boardwalk’. The song was not released as a single in the UK or US, but made number 1 in Australia. The Drifters took their version to 4 in the US and 45 in the UK.

Up next was Chubby Checker’s ‘Lovely Lovely (Loverly Loverly)’. Checker (real name Ernest Evans) would reach number 70 in the US with this song.

‘Minute You’re Gone’ gave Cliff Richard his 8th UK chart topper and it was our number 8 this week. It was knocked off the UK top spot by The Beatles hit mentioned above. ‘Minute You’re Gone’ was a cover of a 1963 song by Sonny James which made 95 in the US. Richard’s version did not make the US charts.

The Kinks ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’ was at 9. It was their 3rd UK hit and their second number 1 there. Like a lot of The Kinks material it was written by lead singer for the band, Ray Davis.

Our number 10 hit was taken from the film ‘The Yellow Rolls Royce’, which starred Rex Harrison and Jeanne Moreau, and was sung by Connie Francis. Her version would make 79 on the US Hot 100. A cover by Frank Sinatra (which entered the Hot 100 on the same date as Francis’ version) would go one place better getting to 78.

The Ivy League were first heard doing backing vocals on The Who’s ‘I Can’t Explain’. They then branched out on their own and brought us our number 11 this first chart week with their song ‘Funny How Love Can Be’, a UK number 8 hit for them.

At 12 was another SA classic, The Bats ‘Shabby Little Hut’. The song was written by Van McCoy who would later score an SA hit with ‘The Hustle’ and was recorded by US band The Reflections. The Bats also recorded a Spanish version of the called ‘Una Chocita Abandonada’ which was released in Argentina.

The artist on our number 13 hit, Ned Miller, had been around for a bit, releasing his first single in 1957. His self-penned ‘Do What You Do Do Well’ would give him a number 52 hit in the US and would be his only other UK charting song apart from his number 2 hit there ‘From A Jack To A King’. ‘Do What You Do…’ made 48 in the UK.

One could say that The Rolling Stones were the first act to have 2 song in the top 20 in a week, but only because their 2 were each placed above a Cliff Richard song (see below). The Stones second one, ‘Last Time’ would be their 3rd straight number 1 in the UK, following ‘It’s All Over Now’ and ‘Little Red Rooster’. Their next 2 singles ((I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’) would also top the charts there.

Elvis Presley was at 15 with ‘Do The Clam’, a song written for the film ‘Girl Happy’ in which he appeared. It would give him a number 19 hit in the UK and 21 in the US.

At 16 was a song by the only act on this week’s chart that was not local or from the UK or US. Aussie band The Seekers had their first UK number 1 with ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ where it knocked our number 9 this week from the top spot.

An unusual pairing of an American country singer and a local lass brought us our number 17 hit. Slim Whitman took a break from his tour of South Africa to record a couple of track with Virginia Lee, one of which ‘Tennesse Yodel Polka’ made our charts this week, and along with the other, ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’ were included on Whitman’s album ‘South African Tour Hits’. Chris du Toit, who worked a lot with local trumpeter, Murray Campbell, produced this the only song by a duet to appear on the first SA chart.

Our second act to have 2 songs on the top 20 this week was Cliff Richard whose ‘Just Another Guy’ was at 18  and it joined ‘The Minute You’re Gone’ at 8. Interestingly, ‘Just Another Guy’ was the b-ide of ‘The Minute You’re Gone’ in most countries, but I have not been able to verify if this was the case in SA. In Holland it was released as ‘Just Another Guy’ with ‘The Minute You’re Gone’ on the b-side. Also of note about our number 18 song was that it was penned by a certain Neil Diamond who was still 2 years away from having his first US solo hit.

‘The Game Of Love’ by Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders was at 19. It had topped the US charts for a week just over a month before this chart. In the UK it made number 2. Wayne Fontana was born Glyn Geoffrey Ellis and took his stage name from Elvis Presley’s drummer, D.J. Fontana.The song would appear in the movie ‘Good Morning Vietnam’. In 1987 Tex Pistol would take a cover of the song to the top of the charts in New Zealand.

The final song on this week’s top 20 would knock our number 19 song from the top spot in the US. ‘Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’ by Herman’s Hermits would spend 3 weeks at number 1 in the US before our number 2 song, The Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride’ would give it its, erm, ticket to ride. Despite being a US chart topper, the song would not be released as a single in the Hermit’s native UK.

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Good News And Bad News

Well folks, sorry if you were expecting the first chart of 1978 today, but I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that a guy called Ian McLean has very kindly sent the ‘missing’ charts from 4 June 1965 to the beginning of 1969, which was when this blog kicked in. So, instead of continuing on to 1978, I will be going back to 1965 from the next post. My reason for doing this is that now that I have all the charts, I can give a complete picture. The stats and facts I have given only went back to 1969 so quite a lot of them will change with this extra information. Ian has also pointed out a few differences between what I have published for the post 1968 charts and the information that he has.

The bad news is that I will need some time to update my databases, find song writer information and such like. On top of this, I need to re-work all the stats and records for the charts that I have already published. I also have a day job to help pay the bills and that gets in the way of doing all this work, so what I am going to do is drop down to producing a new chart every 3 days. Hopefully this will be a temporary measure until I have got the back log sorted out and then I will resume the daily service. And don’t panic if you were hoping to get the charts from 1978 onwards, my aim is still to publish these and the subsequent ones right up to 1989 when they stopped producing singles charts in SA.

I trust that you will agree that this short term pain will be worth it in the long run. I promise to work as quickly as I can on this because I’m as excited about it as I hope you are.

Thanks for your patience.

John