5 August 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
2 7 3 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  - Roger Williams
3 2 8 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
4 3 7 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
5 5 7 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
6 4 9 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
7 6 8 Wild Thing  - Troggs
8 11 4 Sixteen Candles  - Jody Wayne
9 8 5 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
10 9 12 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
11 10 6 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
12 16 2 (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water  - Johnny Rivers
13 12 7 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
14 17 7 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
15 New 1 Shotgun Wedding  - Ad-Libs
16 New 1 Red Rubber Ball  - Cyrkle
17 19 2 Opus 17  - Four Seasons
18 13 11 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
19 New 1 Love Minus Zero  - Dream Merchants
20 14 12 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters

The Ray Conniff Singer’s ‘Somewhere My Love’ enjoyed a second week at number 1, but was under pressure from the instrumental version of the same song, a version by Roger Williams which went under the title ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’. This was the first time we had 2 different versio0ns of the same song occupying the top 2 slots. Only 1 other song would manage this.

As the number 1 song had done, Williams’ version was the biggest climber 2 weeks running as it took top honours this week with its 5 place climb to 2. We had now had 4 straight weeks with a version of this track from the film ‘Dr Zhivago’ as the biggest climber.

Johnny Rivers’ ‘(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water’ was the only other star rater as it moved up 4 from 16 to 12. Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ was the faller of the week. It dropped 6 from 14 to 20.

Despite its big fall, Crispian St Peters’ hit was the oldest on the charts alongside Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ which were enjoying their 12th week in the top 20.

Three songs left the charts this week, the first of which was Pamela Dean’s version of ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ which enjoyed a 5 week run in the charts with a peak of 15. This would be her only SA chart hit.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s ‘Hold Tight’ had been on the charts for 9 weeks and peaked at 7, but was no longer with us this week. Unlike Dean, however, the band with a very long name would be back.

Last of the leavers was Petula Clark and her hit ‘Where Did We Go Wrong’ which spent 8 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 7. She had had 3 hits so far and they had peaked at 5, 6 and now 7 in that order. Would the next peak at 8? Her departure brought about the second time we had a chart with no solo female artists on. The last time we had been without a solo woman artist on the charts it had lasted 15 week from 19 November 1965 to 25 February 1966.

The first new entry was ‘Shotgun Wedding’ by The Ad-Libs. There is scant information about this song other than it was released on Pye Records with the catalogue number 113. It is possibly by an American group that went under the name The Ad-libs. They had had a number 8 hit in the US in 1965 with ‘The Boy From New York City’ and followed this up with a number 100 hit called ‘He Ain’t No Angel’. However, none of the discographies I have found for this band include ‘Shotgun Wedding’. It is possible that this is a local band that shared the name of the American band. Anybody out there know anything? For the moment I have treated the band as American for statistical purposes.

The Cyrkle brought us our second new entry in the shape of a ‘Red Rubber Ball’. The song gave Paul Simon (yes, he of Simon & Garfunkel fame) his 4th hit as a song writer and a first for Bruce Woodley (he of The Seekers). It would go to number 2 in the US and top the Canadian charts where it would dislodge The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ from the top spot. There was a further Beatles connection to the band as they supported the Fab Four during the latter’s 1966 US tour. Neil Diamond would cover ‘Red Rubber Ball’ on his debut album, ‘The Feel Of Neil Diamond’.

Our final new entry was by local band The Dream Merchants which comprised a pair of Billys – Forrest and Andrews. Their first SA chart hit was ‘Love Minus Zero’, a cover of track that appeared on Bob Dylan’s 1965 album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ and went under the full title of ‘Love Minus Zero/No Limit’. Turley Richards took a cover of the song to number 84 which appears to be the only charting it has made on either side of the Atlantic, presumably Dylan’s version was not released as a single. The Dream Merchants split up in 1970, but in 1990 Billy Forrest teamed up with Bobby Louw and released an album called ‘Dream On’ using the name The Dream Merchants.

Group 66 moved into tied 9th place on the local weeks count list as they clocked up their 13th week. They joined Des Lindberg on that total. Also moving up that list was Dickie Loader who climbed into tied 15th place on 7 weeks and sat alongside Tony Wells on that total.

The various versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from Dr Zhivago had now clocked up 15 weeks in total and the song was in 3rd place for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. They stood 1 behind ‘Elusive Butterfly’ which managed 16 between the Judy Page and Bob Lind versions. ‘Goodbye My Love’ which charted for Murray Campbell, Virginia Lee & Murray Campbell and Nini Rosso led the way with 29 weeks in total.

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29 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 4 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
2 1 7 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
3 3 6 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
4 2 8 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
5 6 6 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
6 5 7 Wild Thing  - Troggs
7 13 2 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  - Roger Williams
8 12 4 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
9 7 11 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
10 9 5 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
11 14 3 Sixteen Candles  - Jody Wayne
12 8 6 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
13 10 10 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
14 11 11 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
15 15 8 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
16 New 1 (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water  - Johnny Rivers
17 16 6 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
18 17 9 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
19 New 1 Opus 17  - Four Seasons
20 19 5 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean

No one really likes Mondays (particularly the Boomtown Rats) so it was surprising that The Mamas And The Papas song with that dreaded day in the title (not once, but twice!!) did so well. However, this week we renewed our dislike for the first day of the working week and knocked it from the top of our charts in favour of The Ray Conniff Singers’ Somewhere My Love’. ‘Monday Monday’ only managed 1 week at the top and it dropped into second place.

The last 2 weeks had seen our new number 1 song take the biggest climber award but this week it was another version of the song, Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ that took those honours as it climbed 6 places from 13 to 7. Second City Sound’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ managed a star rater climb for the second week as it moved up 4 places to 8.

Group 66 experienced their first ever biggest drop as their hit ‘Endless Sleep’ fell 4 places to 12. This was the 16th time a local song had been a biggest faller.

We lost both the Paul Simon compositions from the chart this week as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound’ packed its bags and left the top 20. It had managed to get to number 6 during its 9 week run. It had not performed quite as well as their previous and only other hit to date, ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ which had topped the charts.

The other Paul Simon composition to go was John E Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I’m A Rock’. It had lasted 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5, outdoing the performance of the Simon & Garfunkel hit mentioned above. In fact in the 9 weeks it shared the chart with ‘Homeward Bound’ it had always been in a higher position.

The departure of ‘I’m A Rock’ (which had shared the oldest song title last week) left us with 2 oldest songs on the chart, Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ and Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ which were both sitting on 11 weeks.

Johnny Rivers made his SA Chart debut this week with ‘(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water’ a cover of a Stonewall Jackson song from the previous year. Jackson had taken his version to number 8 on the Hot Country Singles Chart in the US while Rivers took the song to 19 on the main Hot 100. Rivers has had 27 Hot 100 hits with one of them ‘Poor Side of Town’ going to the number 1 spot there. He has, however, never charted in the UK.

Our other new entry set a new record to date for the biggest gap between hits by a US act as it had been 22 weeks since The Four Seasons’ ‘Let’s Hang On’ left the charts. The previous biggest gap between songs by a US act was the 19 weeks between The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ and their ‘(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration’. The Four Seasons new one was ‘Opus 17’ and was a second hit for song writers Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell who had both helped write ‘Let’s Hang On’. Bob Crewe, who shared writing credits with them on ‘Let’s Hang On’, took production credits on ‘Opus 17’. The song would give them a quarter of a century of hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 where it would peak at lucky 13. In the UK it would make it to number 20.

The Beach Boys celebrated reaching the 40 weeks on the chart mark, but they remained at number 3 on the weeks count list, still 3 behind Tom Jones who sat at number 2. The only other movement on the top 20 of that list was Petula Clark who pulled one clear of The Fortunes to occupy 16th spot on her own. She was on 21 weeks.

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22 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
2 1 7 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
3 6 5 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
4 12 3 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
5 5 6 Wild Thing  - Troggs
6 8 5 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
7 3 10 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
8 11 5 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
9 9 4 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
10 4 9 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
11 7 10 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
12 14 3 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
13 New 1 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  - Roger Williams
14 18 2 Sixteen Candles  - Jody Wayne
15 10 7 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
16 13 5 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
17 15 8 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
18 16 10 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
19 17 4 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean
20 19 9 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel

The Mamas And The Papas became the 9th act that would have 5 or more hits on our charts that would have their first hit go to number 1 as ‘Monday Monday’ took over the top spot from The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B’. The latter had spent just 1 week at the top of the pile and it dropped in to second place this week.

For a second week running, Ray Conniff’s ‘Somewhere My Love’ took the biggest climber award as it rocketed up 8 from 12 to 4. Only 4 songs had managed bigger climbs than this (3 having a 10 place jump and 1 having a 9 place jump). This was the 11th time we had seen an 8 place jump. Jody Wayne’s ‘Sixteen Candles’ was the only other star rater as it climbed 4 to 14 and on the subject of 14, this was the 14th time a song by a local male had been a star rater.

Just two weeks ago it was at number 1, but this week Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ was our biggest faller as it dropped 6 places from 4 to 10.

Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ left our charts after 13 weeks, 3 of which were spent at the top spot. There was more to come from him in a solo capacity as well as part of the Des & Dawn combo with his wife.

The departure of ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ from the charts meant that 3 songs took over as the oldest on the charts. These were Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’, Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ and John E Sharpe & The Squires’ ‘I’m A Rock’. All were on 10 weeks which was the lowest week count for an oldest song on the chart since those on the very first chart became the oldest at that level.

‘Lara Theme’ from the Dr. Zhivago film was proving popular. We had the vocal version, ‘Somewhere My Love’ by The Ray Conniff Singers at 4 and the instrumental by The MGM Singing Strings version at 6. To this we now added Roger William’s instrumental version which combined the two titles calling itself ‘Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)’ and entered the charts at 13 this week. It was the 5th instrumental song to chart and had the highest debut position for an instrumental to date and the 4th highest position for any song to start its chart run from to date. Williams, a pianist, was born Louis Jacob Weertz and already had 17 US Hot 100 hits (including a number 1 with ‘Autumn Leaves’) under his belt before ‘Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)’ charted there. It peaked at number 65 during a 6 week. He lived to the ripe of age of 87, dying just 7 days after his birthday on 8 October 2011.

The Beatles celebrated their 40th week in the charts while Petula Clark reached half that number, hitting the 20 week milestone. The former were unmoved in 3rd place on the weeks count table while Petula climbed into 16th place alongside The Fortunes. Simon and Garfunkel moved into tied 13th place with The Hollies on 24 weeks. On the local list, John E Sharpe & The Squires celebrated 10 weeks and moved into 11th place.

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15 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
2 3 5 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
3 4 9 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
4 1 8 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
5 6 5 Wild Thing  - Troggs
6 8 4 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
7 5 9 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
8 10 4 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
9 14 3 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
10 7 6 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
11 12 4 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
12 18 2 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
13 13 4 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
14 19 2 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
15 9 7 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 11 9 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
17 15 3 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean
18 New 1 Sixteen Candles  - Jody Wayne
19 16 8 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel
20 17 13 Die Gezoem van die Bye  - Des Lindberg

 

We hoisted up the John B sail this week as The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B.’ knocked Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ from the top spot after the latter had enjoyed a 4 week stint there. The Beach Boys joined Tom Jones and Elvis Presley in having had 2 number 1s (their previous being ‘California Girls’) and they all sat 1 behind The Rolling Stones who had managed 3. They also pulled 1 ahead of Murray Campbell for weeks at 1 to be out in the lead with 7 weeks at the top now under their belt. The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ moved up a place into the number 2 slot.

The Ray Conniff Singers picked up their first biggest climber award as ‘Somewhere My Love’ moved up 6 places to 12. The Beatles moved into second place for number of star raters as ‘Paperback Writer’s 5 place climb to 9 earned them a 6th star rater. They moved 1 ahead of The Seekers and sat 3 behind The Rolling Stones. Also gaining star rater status was Second City Sound’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ which climbed 5 to 14.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch had to ‘Hold On Tight’ as their song plummeted 6 places from 9 to 15 to be our biggest faller this week while Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ remained the oldest on the charts having 13 weeks to its name.

We lost Four Jacks And A Jill’s ‘No Other Baby’ from the charts. The songs had managed 6 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 11. This was quite a way off the performance of ‘Jimmy Come Lately’, their only other hit to date, which peaked at 2 during a 12 week run. The good news for Glenys Lynn and her Jacks was that they would return our charts, but we would have to wait a little while for that.

The local content of the chart was, however maintained at a respectable 6 hits (our second highest level to date, having had 7 in the charts in 6 different weeks previously) as Jody Wayne enjoyed his first top 20 hit with ‘Sixteen Candles’. The song was a cover of a US number 2 hit for The Crests back in 1958. It was kept off the top spot in the US by Lloyd Price’s ‘Stagger Lee’. The Crests’ version of the song appeared in the soundtrack to the film ‘American Graffiti’. Jody Wayne’s version was the 18th song by a local male artist to grace our charts.

Manfred Mann pulled ahead of Chris Andrews and Virginia Lee to occupy 10th spot on the weeks count list by themselves. They had now clocked up 26 weeks. Simon & Garfunkel drew level with Elvis Presley in 14th spot with 23 weeks to their name and Petula Clark racked up her 19th week to move into 17th place.

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8 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
2 3 5 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
3 6 4 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
4 2 8 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
5 4 8 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
6 9 4 Wild Thing  - Troggs
7 8 5 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
8 10 3 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
9 7 6 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 12 3 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
11 5 8 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
12 15 3 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
13 14 3 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
14 18 2 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
15 17 2 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean
16 13 7 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel
17 11 12 Die Gezoem van die Bye  - Des Lindberg
18 New 1 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
19 New 1 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
20 16 6 No Other Baby  - Four Jacks & a Jill

It was now 4 weeks in a row at the top for Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ and this equalled the run that his daughter Nancy had had at number 1 with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. Would dad go one better? The Beach Boys at number 2 with ‘Sloop John B’ were looking to spoilt Frank’s thunder.

The Beatles picked up their 4th biggest climber award as ‘Paperback Writer’ climbed 4 places to 14. It was also their 5th star rater climb with ‘We Can Work It Out’ missing out on biggest climber in one week, but still making a star rater jump.

On the falling front it was local all the way with  John E. Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I’m A Rock’ and Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ that both fell 6 places, the former landing up at 11 and the latter 17. Despite its large drop, ‘I’m A Rock’ was still placed higher than the other Paul Simon composition on the chart, ‘Homeward Bound’. In fact at no point had ‘Homeward Bound’  been higher than ‘I’m A Rock’.

We bid farewell to Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ which had been with us for 12 weeks, 2 of which were spent at the top spot.  Reeves was the 8th act of those who would go on to have at least 5 hits that would have a number 1 with their first hit. The others to manage this so far were Elvis Presley, Herman’s Hermits, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Chris Andrews and Nancy Sinatra. We were now over a quarter of the way through the list of artists that would manage this. ‘Distant Drums’ had been the oldest on the top 20 and Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ took over this title. It was on 12 weeks. It would be 1 of only 3 Afrikaans songs to manage this, although there would be an instrumental with an Afrikaans title that would also get to be the oldest.

Also going from the charts was Virginia Lee’s ‘Darling it’s Wonderful’ which had spent 9 weeks with us and peaked at 3, her best peak to date. There would be more to come from her.

2 weeks ago we welcomed ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The MGM Singing Strings to our charts. That was the instrumental version. This week, the one with lyrics and going under the title ‘Somewhere My Love’ was our first new entry. The artist on this one was The Ray Conniff Singers. The lyrics to Maurice Jarre’s music were added by Paul Francis Webster at the request of Connie Francis who recorded a version, but it was Ray Conniff’s one that the American record buying public took to, propelling that version to number 9 on their main charts and to the top of the Easy Listening charts there. Conniff, who was just on 4 months shy of his 50th birthday when he charted in South Africa, passed away in 2002 after a fall in his bathroom. His gravestone has the first four notes of ‘Somewhere My Love’ etched on it.

The other song to join us dated back to 1875 and was written by a certain Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was a version of his Piano Concerto number 1 and was recorded by Second City Sound entitled simply ‘Tchaikovsky One’. This was the 4th instrumental to grace our charts. The band, a studio outfit, took their name from their city, Birmingham, which is regarded as England’s second city (presumably after London). The song went to number 22 in the UK charts. A few years later, local act Omega Limited, would also release a ‘cover’ version of Tchaikovsky’s composition.

Manfred Mann moved into tied 10th position of the week’s count list as they had now clocked up 25. They joined Chris Andrews and Virginia Lee there. Four Jacks And A Jill moved 1 ahead of The Bats and The Staccatos to occupy 4th place on their own on the local list.

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Sharon Tandy

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Sharon Tandy (1943 – 2015)

It is with great sadness that I have just learnt of the passing of Sharon Tandy this weekend. Sharon had 2 SA Top 20 hits – ‘Hello-A’ with Billy Forrest in 1972 (13 weeks, peak of 5) and ‘I Believe In You’, a duet with Graham Clarke in 1977 (11 weeks, peak of 9). She also charted as part of the band Harvest in 1978 with ‘Welcome Home’ (11 weeks, peak of 10).

Apart from her local success, she would also have some international recognition, working with Booker T & The MG’s and Isaac Hayes and was the opening act on the 1967 Stax/Volt tour. Stax/Volt was a famous soul record label back then.

Many Johannesburg music lovers (like myself) will remember her as the sweet woman behind the counter at Street Records in Braamfontein.

R.I.P. Sharon. Condolences to your family and friends.

Hello-A (with Billy Forrest):

I Believe In You (with Graham Clarke):

Welcome Home -Harvest:

 

 

 

1 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
2 2 7 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
3 4 4 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
4 3 7 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
5 5 7 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
6 10 3 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
7 7 5 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
8 9 4 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
9 11 3 Wild Thing  - Troggs
10 15 2 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
11 6 11 Die Gezoem van die Bye  - Des Lindberg
12 18 2 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
13 8 6 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel
14 17 2 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
15 20 2 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
16 13 5 No Other Baby  - Four Jacks & a Jill
17 New 1 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean
18 New 1 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
19 14 9 Darling it’s Wonderful  - Virginia Lee
20 12 12 Distant Drums  - Jim Reeves

We were becoming well acquainted with those ‘Strangers In The Night’ as the song by Frank Sinatra enjoyed a 3rd week at the number 1 spot. Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ was also unmoved at 2.

The biggest climber this week was ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The MGM Singing Strings which moved up 6 from18 to 12. This meant that all 3 of the instrumental hits so far had been the biggest climber in a week and all 3 had done this in their second week on the charts. The other 2 instrumentals so far were ‘Tea And Trumpets’ by The Norman Ruby Orchestra and ‘A Walk in the Black Forest’ by Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra. Also moving up and gaining star rater status was The Mamas And The Papas ‘Monday Monday’ which moved up 4 from 10 to 6, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ which climbed 5 to 10 and Group 66’s ‘Endless Sleep’ which climbed 5 to 15. The Stones increased their lead for the number of star rater climbs as this was their 9th. They were nearly double their nearest rivals, The Seekers, who had only managed 5 to date.

‘Distant Drums’ picked up a first faller of the week award for Jim Reeves as the song fell 8 places from 12 to 20. This was the 5th song to fall 8 places to date and only 1 had had a bigger fall in a week and that was Gene Rockwell’s 10 place fall with ‘Love’ back in December 1965.

Gentleman Jim as Reeves was sometimes called, could however smile about the fact that his song was now the oldest on the charts being on 12 weeks. This came about as previous oldest, The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’ left the top 20 after 13 weeks and a peak of 2. This ended their 3 week run with 2 hits in the charts.

We also bid farewell to The Who’s ‘Substitute’ which left our charts after a 7 week run during which it peaked at 7. There was more to come from Pete, Roger and the boys.

The first of the 2 new entries was by Pamela Dean, an English woman who settled in South Africa so has been claimed as one of ours for statistical purposes. She entered the charts with a cover of ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, a song that Dusty Springfield made famous. This was the 6th song to chart featuring a local female artist. Dean came to South Africa in 1966 as part of a Max Bygraves tour and decided to stay. She is credited as being probably the first local artist to record a song written by Jimmy Webb (not ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ but ‘The Girls Song’). Webb was a sing/song writer who composed such tunes as ‘Wichita Linesman’ which Glen Campbell had a hit with, ‘Up Up And Away’ (5th Dimension hit) and Richard Harris’ ‘MacArthur Park’. He would only have 2 of his compositions chart in SA (still to come) and neither were by local acts.

The Beatles joined Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones and Gene Rockwell on 4 hits as ‘Paperback Writer’ entered the top 20 this week. They were still 1 hit behind Cliff Richard and 2 off the pace set by leaders, The Rolling Stones. The song would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, knocking our current number 1 (Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’) off the top spot in the UK and being knocked off its perch by that same song in the US. The song’s SA success put Lennon and McCartney back on level pegging with the Jagger/Richards team from The Rolling Stones as they now all had 6 hits to their credit. This was our biggest gap to date between hits either written or recorded by The Beatles or one of their members as it had been 10 weeks since The Overlanders cover of ‘Michelle’ graced out charts. The previous biggest gap was 6 weeks between ‘Help’ by The Beatles leaving the charts and Matt Monro’s cover of ‘Yesterday’ entering. There has been no cover version of ‘Paperback Writer’ make either the UK or US charts and it was the 60th song by a British act to grace our charts.

Virginia Lee moved into tied 10th place on the weeks count list joining Chris Andrews on 25 while Manfred Mann, 1 week behind her, moved into tied 12th with the Hollies. Four Jacks And A Jill entered the top 20 of that list, joining the 4 other acts who were sitting tied 18th on 17 weeks. On the local list they moved tied 4th with The Bats.

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