20 August 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Crying In The Chapel  - Elvis Presley
2 4 5 Wooly Bully  - Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
3 7 4 Mr Tambourine Man  - Byrds
4 3 10 World Of Our Own  - Seekers
5 8 4 Ciao  - Gene Rockwell
6 2 9 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
7 9 4 Baby The Rain Must Fall  - Glenn Yarbrough
8 11 3 Help  - Beatles
9 10 6 Tea And Trumpets  - Norman Ruby Orchestra
10 6 11 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
11 5 8 Wonderful World  - Herman’s Hermits
12 17 2 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction  - Rolling Stones
13 18 2 I’m Alive  - Hollies
14 12 12 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
15 13 12 Under The Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
16 14 7 Here Comes The Night  - Them
17 New 1 Goodbye My Love  - Murray Campbell
18 19 2 This Little Bird  - Marianne Faithfull
19 15 11 Catch The Wind  - Donovan
20 16 8 Little Lonely One  - Tom Jones

We now had our first song go beyond 2 weeks at number 1 as Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ moved onto a 3 week as the nation’s favourite song. And with the 1 week that ‘Do The Clam’ spent at number 1, Elvis had now spent double the amount of time at the top of the charts than his nearest rivals. Granted it was a total of 4 weeks with Rick Nelson and Tom Jones in second place with 2 apiece.

Sham The Sham & The Pharaohs’ ‘Wooly Bully’ moved up 2 into second spot on the top 20 and in so doing sneaked into the top 20 on the list of weeks on the chart by artists as the 5 they had managed so far put them equal 20th with Petula Clark, The Ivy League and Cliff Richard.

The Rolling Stones and The Hollies both collected their first biggest climber in a week awards as ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and ‘I’m Alive’ both moved up 5 places, landing at 12 and 13 respectively. The Byrds ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ managed a second star rater as it moved up 4, but, as with last week, it was not quite good enough to be the biggest climber.

Herman’s Hermits picked up a second biggest faller in the week as ‘Wonderful World’ emulated ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’  in having the biggest drop in a week, but where the latter only had to fall 4 to manage it, ‘Wonderful World’ need a 6 place drop (from 5 to 11) to collect its award. There were 4 other songs that fell 4 this week.

And talking of Herman’s Hermits, they dropped down to having only 1 song in the chart as the aforementioned ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’ did not make it across to this week’s top 20. The song spent 11 weeks in the charts and was the 3rd previous chart topper to exit the top 20. It had spent just 1 week at the top spot.

The new entry this week boosted the local content of the chart to 2 as Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodnight My Love’ joined Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’ in flying the SA flag. Campbell was actually born in Scotland, but moved to South Africa in 1964. ‘Goodnight My Love’ is a cover of trumpeter, Nino Rosso’s ‘Il Silenzio’ which itself was based on a piece by Tchaikovsky. ‘Il Silenzio’ means ‘The Silence’. Rosso’s version would top the charts in Holland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland and go to 8 in the UK and 32 on the US Easy Listening Charts. Campbell’s version would top the Rhodesian charts for 8 weeks. The song is mostly an instrumental, but does include a spoken piece, so has been excluded from the instrumental stats.

Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Under The Boardwalk’ were the oldest on this week charts, both being on 12 weeks and The Stones moved out in front again on the list of weeks on the chart by an artist as they reached the 20 week milestone. Herman’s Hermits dropped into second place on that list which they had to share with Tom Jones, both sitting on 19 weeks.

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13 August 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Crying In The Chapel  - Elvis Presley
2 4 8 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
3 2 9 World Of Our Own  - Seekers
4 8 4 Wooly Bully  - Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
5 5 7 Wonderful World  - Herman’s Hermits
6 3 10 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
7 12 3 Mr Tambourine Man  - Byrds
8 14 3 Ciao  - Gene Rockwell
9 15 3 Baby The Rain Must Fall  - Glenn Yarbrough
10 11 5 Tea And Trumpets  - Norman Ruby Orchestra
11 17 2 Help  - Beatles
12 6 11 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
13 7 11 Under The Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
14 9 6 Here Comes The Night  - Them
15 10 10 Catch The Wind  - Donovan
16 13 7 Little Lonely One  - Tom Jones
17 New 1 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction  - Rolling Stones
18 New 1 I’m Alive  - Hollies
19 New 1 This Little Bird  - Marianne Faithfull
20 16 11 Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits

Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ became the 3rd song to make it to 2 weeks at the top of the charts so far, joining Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ and Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’. Sandie Shaw moved into second place with ‘Long Live Love’ and spearheaded three tracks in a row by artists whose name began with ‘S’ as the Seekers were at 3 and Sam the Sham And The Pharaohs were at 4.

The last of these 3 ‘S’ acts produced a star rater effort to get to 4 as ‘Wooly Bully’ jumped up 4 places from 8. Also gaining star rater status was The Byrds’ ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ with a 5 place climb, but top climber honours was shared by 3 songs, Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’, Glenn Yarbrough’s ‘Baby The Rain Must Fall’ and The Beatles ‘Help!’ which all moved up 6 places. For both The Beatles and Gene Rockwell it was a first biggest climber, but a second for Glenn Yarbrough and also for his song.

Dropping down the chart at pace was Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Under The Boardwalk’ which both fell 6 places to land up at 12 and 13 respectively.

The Beatles time with 2 hits in the charts simultaneously was short lived as ‘Ticket To Ride’ dropped off the top 20 after spending just a single week alongside ‘Help!’ in the top 20. ‘Ticket To Ride’ had lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 2. The Beatles would not have 2 hits in the chart in the same week again, the best they would manage in the future is having 3 different songs by 3 of the band members as solo artists.

Elvis also ended a stint with 2 songs in the charts as ‘Do The Clam’ dropped off the top 20 after 10 weeks, 1 of which was spent at number 1. This was only the second ex-chart topper to fall off the charts so far. Elvis had spent 5 of those 10 weeks with 2 in the top 20. Unlike The Beatles, he would manage to have more than 1 in the chart in the same week again, but we would have to wait till the 70’s to see this.

The last song to go was Unit Four Plus Two’s ‘Concrete And Clay’. Unlike their fellow leavers, the band had not had 2 in the charts in the same week, in fact this would be their only charting hit in SA. The song was, however, the 3rd to have an equal weeks and peak figures as it got to number 8 during an 8 week run.

And talking of having 2 songs in the charts at the same time, Herman’s Hermits must have thought that they would overtake the Stones for weeks on the chart in total as they had 2 on last week’s top 20 while the Stones only had 1. The Hermit’s 2 made it into this week, but the Stones added ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ to our top 20 so they also had 2 and became the first act to have 2 in the charts with 2 different parings. ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ would give the Stones a chart topper on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming their first US number 1 and their 4th in the UK. It would also top the charts in Germany, Austria, Holland and Norway. In 1966, Otis Redding took a cover to 33 in the UK and 31 in the US.

The Hollies kicked off their SA chart career with ‘I’m Alive’ entering the charts at 18 this week. The song was penned by Clint Ballard Jr who had also brought us Wayne Fontana & The Mindbender’s ‘Game Of Love’. ‘I’m Alive’ would give The Hollies their first UK number 1 which had 2 runs at the top there. It knocked our current number 1, Elvis Presley’s ‘Crying In The Chapel’ off the top spot there before the Elvis hit regained pole position a week later. The following week ‘I’m Alive’ was back at the top and stayed there for 2 weeks before our number 7 song this week, The Byrds’ ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ knocked it off its perch.

Our final new entry was a song written by John D. Loudermilk. Marianne Faithfull’s version of ‘This Little Bird’ would give her a number 6 hit in the UK (her second best peak to date there) and a number 32 chart placing on the US Billboard Hot 100. The Nashville Teens would also have some success with the song, taking it to 38 in the UK. Apart from her singing, Faithfull was well known for her relationship with The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger.

As mentioned above, The Rolling Stones managed to prevent Herman’s Hermits from overtaking them on the weeks front as they both moved on to 18 this week. Donovan and The Seekers joined the 6 other acts so far to make 10 weeks.

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6 August 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Crying In The Chapel  - Elvis Presley
2 1 8 World Of Our Own  - Seekers
3 2 9 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
4 5 7 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
5 8 6 Wonderful World  - Herman’s Hermits
6 3 10 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
7 6 10 Under The Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
8 11 3 Wooly Bully  - Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
9 9 5 Here Comes The Night  - Them
10 7 9 Catch The Wind  - Donovan
11 13 4 Tea And Trumpets  - Norman Ruby Orchestra
12 15 2 Mr Tambourine Man  - Byrds
13 10 6 Little Lonely One  - Tom Jones
14 17 2 Ciao  - Gene Rockwell
15 20 2 Baby The Rain Must Fall  - Glenn Yarbrough
16 12 10 Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
17 New 1 Help  - Beatles
18 14 8 Concrete And Clay  - Unit Four Plus Two
19 16 10 Do The Clam  - Elvis Presley
20 18 10 Ticket To Ride  - Beatles

Elvis became our first act to score 2 number 1s as ‘Crying In The Chapel’ ousted The Seekers’ ‘World Of Our Own’ from the top spot this week. The Seekers had been there for just one week and they dropped to number 2. Elvis’ previous chart topper, ‘Do The Clam’ had also only topped the chart for 1 week and that was 6 weeks previous. This gap between chart toppers would be the shortest until it was finally beaten in 1971.

Our biggest climber this week was Glenn Yarbrough’s ‘Baby The Rain Must Fall’ which moved up 5 from 20 to 15. This was the 4th time we had seen a solo American male take the biggest climber in a week award. The previous 3 had all been by Elvis Presley.

On the falling front it was Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’ and Unit Four Plus Two’s ‘Concrete And Clay’ which were the ones plummeting the most as they both fell 4 places, with Herman’s Hermits ending up at 16 and Unit Four Plus Two at 18. It was a first for the Hermits, but a second time for ‘Concrete And Clay’.

Manfred Mann’s ‘Oh No Not My Baby’ left the charts this week. It had spent 4 weeks in the top 20 during which time it only managed a highest position of 19. This would be the all-time highest weeks count for a song peaking at 19. The feat would be equalled, but we would have to wait nearly 20 years to see this happen again. However, in just under 19 years, we would see a song spend 4 weeks at number 20.

The new entry was the second song to chart by the Beatles, making them the 8th act to have reached 2 hits to date. The song was the title track from the Beatles’ album ‘Help!’ and, although credited to Lennon-McCartney was apparently written by just by John Lennon and it would give them a chart topper on both sides of the Atlantic, spending 3 weeks at the number 1 spot in both countries. It was their 9th number 1 in the US and 8th in the UK. In South Africa, it became their second top 20 success and, as ‘Ticket To Ride’ was still in the charts, they became the 6th act to have 2 or more songs in the charts in the same week. Of those 6, only Herman’s Hermits have not graced the UK charts since the start of this millennium. Apart from topping the UK and US charts, it also went to number 1 in Canada, Ireland, Holland, Norway and Rhodesia. With this hit, the UK became the first nation to give us 20 different hits.

‘Help!’ has made 2 further appearances on the UK charts, firstly in 1984 when a cover version by Tina Turner managed to get to number 40, then in 1989 Bananrama teamed up with comediennes Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Kathy Burke (the latter trio going under the name Lananeeneenoonoo) to cover the song for the annual Comic Relief Red Nose day to raise money for charity, their version making it to number 3. In South Africa, PJ Powers with Hotline produced an excellent cover as the title track to their 2nd album.

We still had 5 songs left from our first top 20 and these were now the first songs to get to double figures for weeks as this was our 10th chart. The songs making it this far were Rick Nelson’ ‘I Want You’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Under The Boardwalk’, Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’, Elvis Presley’s ‘Do The Clam’ and The Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride’. Of these, only Rick Nelson had not had another hit so far.

Herman’s Hermits drew level with The Rolling Stones at the top of the list of weeks on the charts as they both ticked over to 16. The Hermits had 2 songs in the chart as opposed to the solitary one The Stones had this week, hence their being able to move into tied first place. Elvis Presley and Tom Jones were right behind them on 15 each.

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30 July 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 7 World Of Our Own  - Seekers
2 1 8 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
3 2 9 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
4 8 4 Crying In The Chapel  - Elvis Presley
5 5 6 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
6 3 9 Under The Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
7 6 8 Catch The Wind  - Donovan
8 9 5 Wonderful World  - Herman’s Hermits
9 12 4 Here Comes The Night  - Them
10 11 5 Little Lonely One  - Tom Jones
11 15 2 Wooly Bully  - Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
12 7 9 Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
13 14 3 Tea And Trumpets  - Norman Ruby Orchestra
14 13 7 Concrete And Clay  - Unit Four Plus Two
15 New 1 Mr Tambourine Man  - Byrds
16 10 9 Do The Clam  - Elvis Presley
17 New 1 Ciao  - Gene Rockwell
18 18 9 Ticket To Ride  - Beatles
19 19 4 Oh No Not My Baby  - Manfred Mann
20 New 1 Baby The Rain Must Fall  - Glenn Yarbrough

The Seekers became the first act that was not from the US or UK to top our charts as ‘World Of Our Own’ knocked Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’ off its perch. Jones’ hit fell to number 2.

Elvis Presley had one of the 2 biggest climbers this week as ‘Crying In The Chapel’ moved up 4 places from 8 to 4. This was the second time the song had taken this award, and a third time for Presley who had managed it with ‘Do The Clam’. This placed Presley tied at the top of the list of number of times with a biggest climber, matching the 3 that Herman’s Hermits had managed so far. Sharing the biggest climber in the week award was last week’s new entry, Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs’ ‘Wooly Bully’ which moved up 4 to 11.

Elvis’ fortunes were mixed this week. As mentioned above, he was the biggest climber, but he also had the biggest faller as ‘Do The Clam’ dropped 6 from 10 to 16. This was the first of 13 times we would see the same act take biggest climber and faller titles in the same week.

This week we saw the first song to exit the charts that had a peak of 1 and that was Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’. It had been in the charts since the first top 20, so had lasted 8 weeks in total and spent a single week at the top of the charts. Connie would grace our charts again.

Also going was the only song by a local act on last week’s chart, ‘Shabby Little Hut’ by The Bats. The song had spent 8 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 3. To date it shared the highest peak obtained by a local song with Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’.

Last of the leavers was Jackie Trent’s ‘Where Are You Now’. It spent 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at 12. This left us with just Sandie Shaw flying the flag for solo women in the chart and it was the lowest count of solo woman we had had to date.

Our first new entry was a band that some regarded as the American Beatles. The Byrds entered our charts at number 15 with ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, a Bob Dylan composition that first appeared on Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ album. The Byrds version would top the US and UK charts and both versions would make Rolling Stones magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time list, The Byrds at 70 and Dylan at 106.

As mentioned above, The Bats were the only local act on last week’s chart and their song departed from the top 20, however, Gene Rockwell came to the rescue for the local acts as his song ‘Ciao’ entered at 17. Rockwell became the 7th act to move on to having had 2 hits on the charts (his previous being ‘Torture’) and the first local act to manage this. Of the 7 acts to have had 2 hits so far, it was now only Gene Rockwell and The Seekers who had not managed to have their 2 in the charts at the same time. ‘Ciao’ would make the Rhodesian charts as well, getting to number 8 there. Written by Carl Sigman, the song was recorded in 1975 by Austrian singer Peter Alexander and an adaptation of the song appeared on the b-side of a Charles Aznavour single, but none seemed to trouble the charts.

Our last new entry was ‘Baby The Rain Must Fall´ by Glenn Yarbrough, which was from a movie of the same name starring Lee Remick and Steve McQueen. The song gave him his best ever placing on the US Hot 100, going to number 12 there. It was written by Elmer Bernstein and Ernie Sheldon and was the 10th hit to chart by an American artist.

We were now down to 5 of the original 20 songs and The Rolling Stones still led the way in terms of weeks with 15 under their belt, although Herman’s Hermits were catching up, sitting on 14.

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23 July 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
2 4 8 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
3 2 8 Under The Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
4 6 6 World Of Our Own  - Seekers
5 9 5 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
6 5 7 Catch The Wind  - Donovan
7 3 8 Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
8 11 3 Crying In The Chapel  - Elvis Presley
9 10 4 Wonderful World  - Herman’s Hermits
10 7 8 Do The Clam  - Elvis Presley
11 12 4 Little Lonely One  - Tom Jones
12 13 3 Here Comes The Night  - Them
13 8 6 Concrete And Clay  - Unit Four Plus Two
14 18 2 Tea And Trumpets  - Norman Ruby Orchestra
15 New 1 Wooly Bully  - Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
16 15 6 Where Are You Now  - Jackie Trent
17 14 8 Shabby Little Hut  - Bats
18 17 8 Ticket To Ride  - Beatles
19 20 3 Oh No Not My Baby  - Manfred Mann
20 16 8 Forget Domani  - Connie Francis

‘It’s Not Unusual’ became the second song to spend more than a single week at the top of the charts as it clung on to the top spot for a second week. Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ was the only other song to manage this so far. And talking of ‘I Need You’ it was moving back up the charts and sat at number 2.

Sandie Shaw became the second solo woman to have a biggest climber in the week as her ‘Long Live Love’ moved up 4 places from 9 to 5. She shared this accolade with the first Dutch act to claim a biggest climber as The Norman Ruby Orchestra’s ‘Tea And Trumpets’ also managed a 4 place climb, moving up from 18 to14.

Connie Francis picked up a second biggest faller with ‘Forget Domani’. Its 4 place fall from 16 to 20 was the biggest drop this week and meant that Connie equalled Emil Dean for most biggest drops to date as they were both sitting on 2. Connie shared her biggest drop with Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’ which fell 4 to 7. Both our biggest fallers had been previous number 1’s.

We lost the only song that would ever chart that featured a local artist dueting with an international star as Virginia Lee and Slim Whitman’s ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’ ended its chart run. The song spent 7 weeks in the chart and peaked at 8. For Slim it would be his only appearance on our charts, but we would see Virginia back in the top 20. The departure of Virginia from the charts meant that we were down to a single local song in the top 20 and that was The Bats’ ‘Shabby Little Hut’

Our new entry featured Domingo Samudio as the main man behind the group. Going under the name Sam The Sham and including his band The Pharaohs, he entered our charts with their first major success in the US, ‘Wooly Bully’, which had just missed out on topping the Billboard Hot 100, sitting at number 2 while The Beach Boys’ ‘Help Me Rhonda’ sat at 1 for a week, then the following week The Supremes took over the top spot with ‘Back In My Arms Again’ while ‘Wooly Bully’ sat at 2 for a second week. This would be their highest placing on the US chart which would be equalled by their 1966 hit ‘Lil’ Red Riding Hood’. Aside from these 2 number 2s, none of their 7 other US Hot 100 hits would make the top 20. The Pharaohs name was apparently inspired by Yul Brunner’s appearance as Pharaoh in the 1956 film ‘The Ten Commandments’. In the UK the song went to number 12.

We were now down to 7 songs from the first top 20. Tom Jones and Elvis both moved into double figures for weeks on the charts and with both of them having 2 songs in the top 20 this week, they both jumped from 9 weeks to 11.

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16 July 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 6 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
2 2 7 Under the Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
3 1 7 Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
4 6 7 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
5 5 6 Catch the Wind  - Donovan
6 7 5 World of Our Own  - Seekers
7 3 7 Do the Clam  - Elvis Presley
8 8 5 Concrete and Clay  - Unit Four Plus Two
9 13 4 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
10 11 3 Wonderful World  - Herman’s Hermits
11 18 2 Crying In The Chapel  - Elvis Presley
12 14 3 Little Lonely One  - Tom Jones
13 19 2 Here Comes the Night  - Them
14 9 7 Shabby Little Hut  - Bats
15 12 5 Where Are You Now  - Jackie Trent
16 10 7 Forget Domani  - Connie Francis
17 16 7 Ticket to Ride  - Beatles
18 New 1 Tea and Trumpets  - Norman Ruby Orchestra
19 15 7 Tennessee Yodel Polka  - Slim Whitman & Virginia Lee
20 20 2 Oh No Not My Baby  - Manfred Mann

Some might say that it was not unusual to see Tom Jones at the top of the charts, especially as ‘It’s Not Unusual’ took over from Herman’s Hermits ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’ at the number 1 spot on our charts this week. However, looking at his UK chart record, he has only managed 3 chart toppers so far out of 42 hits, giving him a success rating of just 7.14%. (Out of interest sake, the least successful in terms of converting hits into chart toppers in the UK is David Bowie if you look at artists who have had 5 or more chart toppers. He only managed to score 5 out of 68 so far, giving him a success rate of 7.4%). ‘It’s Not Unusual’ was the first song that was not on the original Top 20 when it started, to get to number 1.

The Hermits song dropped to 3 while The Stones were unmoved at 2 with ‘Under The Boardwalk’.

Sandie Shaw’s ‘Long Live Love’ and Them’s ‘Here Comes The Night’ were both star raters, climbing 4 to 9 and 6 to 13 respectively. Biggest climber in the week went to Elvis Presley’s ‘Crying In The Chapel’. Elvis had been the first act to take the biggest climber accolades when his ‘Do The Clam’ climbed 10 on the second ever chart. Elvis was still the only solo male artist to have a biggest climber so far.

Faller of the week was the first ex-number 1 to take this accolade as Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’ dropped 6 to 16. Francis joined Petula Clark to become the second solo female to take the biggest faller award.

The count of Rolling Stones record in the charts dropped from 2 to 1 as ‘The Last Time’ was seen in our charts last week for the, erm, last time. The song had peaked at 7 during its 6 week run on the top 20.

The new entry was ‘Tea And Trumpets’ by The Norman Ruby Orchestra. There is scant information about the song or the group, but evidence suggests that The Norman Ruby was a Dutch group/orchestra. The piece was written by American composer, Cy Coben. Both Bert Kaempfert and Duke Ellington have recorded songs with this title, but they appear to be different. Norman Ruby’s version was the first instrumental to chart in SA.

There were 8 songs left from the first top 20 and Herman’s Hermits became the second act, after The Rolling Stones, to get to double figures for weeks as they moved on to 10, 3 behind The Stones.

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9 July 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter  - Herman’s Hermits
2 1 6 Under the Boardwalk  - Rolling Stones
3 3 6 Do the Clam  - Elvis Presley
4 7 5 It’s Not Unusual  - Tom Jones
5 8 5 Catch the Wind  - Donovan
6 6 6 I Need You  - Rick Nelson
7 10 4 World of Our Own  - Seekers
8 11 4 Concrete and Clay  - Unit Four Plus Two
9 4 6 Shabby Little Hut  - Bats
10 5 6 Forget Domani  - Connie Francis
11 17 2 Wonderful World  - Herman’s Hermits
12 12 4 Where Are You Now  - Jackie Trent
13 15 3 Long Live Love  - Sandie Shaw
14 16 2 Little Lonely One  - Tom Jones
15 9 6 Tennessee Yodel Polka  - Slim Whitman & Virginia Lee
16 14 6 Ticket to Ride  - Beatles
17 13 6 The Last Time  - Rolling Stones
18 New 1 Crying In The Chapel  - Elvis Presley
19 New 1 Here Comes the Night  - Them
20 New 1 Oh No Not My Baby  - Manfred Mann

Herman’s Hermits took over the top spot from The Rolling Stones as ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’ knocked ‘Under the Boardwalk’ off its perch. This was something that the Hermits had never managed to do in the UK, their only number 1 there being ‘I’m Into Something Good’ which dislodged The Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’ from the number 1 spot. However, in the US, their song ‘I’m Henry The Eighth I Am’ did knock The Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction from number 1 there.

Herman’s Hermits also picked up another biggest climber in the week as their other song in the chart, Wonderful World’ climbed 6 to 11. They now led the way for biggest climbers, this being their 3rd time with the award.

On the falling front it was local lass Virginia Lee’s duet with the American artist, Slim Whitman, ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’ that had the biggest fall, dropping 6 to 15.

Petula Clark’s ‘I Know A Place’ became the second song to have an equal weeks and peak figure as it fell off the chart after spending 5 weeks in the top 20 and peaking at 5. Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ was the only other one to do this so far where it peaked at 3 after 3 weeks.

We lost one of the 3 songs by local acts that graced our charts last week as Gene Rockwell’s ‘Torture’ ended its chart run. It had spent 5 weeks on the chart and peaked at 4. Although he missed out on joining Petula Clark and Emil Dean on the equal peaks and weeks list by 1 position, I’m sure that given a choice, Gene would have taken the higher peak. His departure left us with just Virginia Lee and The Bats flying the local flag on the charts.

The last song to leave the chart was Ivy League’s ‘Funny How Love Can Be’. It managed to get to number 9 in its 5 weeks on the charts. We would see all 3 of our leavers on the charts again.

Elvis Presley became the 5th act to have more than 1 song on the chart in the same week as ‘Crying In The Chapel’ entered at 18. With Herman’s Hermits, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones all already having 2 songs in the charts, this was the first of only 3 times we would see 4 acts have 2 song in the chart in the same week, but this would be the only time when 4 different artists occupied the top 4 spots and all had a second song in the chart. ‘Crying In The Chapel’ was originally recorded by Darrell Glenn in 1953 who took it to number 6 in the US. Elvis’ version would be his 77th US hit and it would make it to number 3 there. In the UK it would top the charts for 2 weeks in a run broken by The Hollies ‘I’m Alive’ which spent a week at the top sandwiched between the 2 that ‘Crying In The Chapel’ managed.

Van Morrison would only make 1 appearance on our charts and that was as part of the group Them. Their hit, ‘Here Comes The Night’ entered the top 20 at 19 this week. The song, which featured a certain Jimmy Page (of Led Zep fame) on guitar, went all the way to number 2 in the UK. A version which  Lulu had recorded number 50 in the November of 1964. In the US, the Them version would reach number 24.

Our final new entry did have a South African connection as the Manfred in Manfred Mann was Joburg born Manfred Sepse Lubowitz. They sat at number 20 with their cover of ‘Oh No Not My Baby’, a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The song was first recorded by Maxine Brown and went to 24 in the US in 1964. Manfred Mann’s version would make number 11 in the UK. In 1973 Rod Stewart took a cover of the song to 6 in the UK which appears to be its best performance either side of the Atlantic.

There were now only 9 songs left from the first chart.

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