20 January 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
2 4 10 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
3 2 7 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
4 7 8 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
5 3 9 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
6 8 5 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
7 6 6 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
8 5 11 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
9 10 4 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
10 9 6 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
11 11 18 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
12 12 5 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
13 15 9 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
14 18 2 If I were a Carpenter  – Bobby Darin
15 16 2 (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture  – Gary Lewis and The Playboys
16 14 12 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 13 8 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
18 17 3 All the Love in the World  – Connie Francis
19 New 1 Remember When  – Max Bygraves
20 New 1 Streets of Baltimore  – Bobby Bare

The grass was still green for Tom Jones as ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts. This put Jones out in front for weeks at 1 by an artist as he moved 1 clear of The Beach Boys. Jones had now spent a total of 8 weeks at the top of the charts (2 with ‘It’s Not Unusual’, 3 with ‘What’s New Pussycat’ and now 3 with ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’). Previous chart topper, The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’, had dropped to 4 last week, but was now moving back up the charts as it jumped up 2 to 2.

There was only 1 star rater this week and it was therefore obviously our biggest climber and that was Bobby Darin’s ‘If I Were A Carpenter’ which moved up 4 from 18 to 14.

This week’s faller was The Dream Merchant’s ‘Land Of Milk And Honey’ which dropped 4 places from 13 to 17. This was the 20th time a local song had taken the biggest faller award, but it was the first time for The Dream Merchants.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ enjoyed its 6th week as the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 18 weeks. More importantly thought was that it now joined Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ as the second highest number of weeks spent on the charts by a song. Only The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and Cliff Richard’s ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ were ahead of them on 19 weeks.

We lost 2 song off the chart this week, the first was David Garrick’s ‘Mrs Applebee’ which lasted just 3 weeks and only peaked at 19. This would be his only SA Chart hit. In the UK he would manage one other minor hit with ‘Lady Jane’ which went to 28 there.

We also said goodbye to The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ which stayed with us for 14 weeks and peaked at 2. They would go on to have further SA Chart success.

We had recently seen a number of 50’s stars having hits on our charts. Artists such as Bobby Darin, Eddie Fisher and Connie Francis had all had much success in the 50s and were coming to the end of their careers, but still managed to have the odd hit reach our top 20. To this list we added Max Bygraves this week. Bygraves had 12 UK hits in the 50s (well the last of those would have spilled over into the 60s) and only 6 thereafter. ‘Remember When’ was our newcomer this week and it was not one of his UK hits. The song included Bert Kaempfert in the writing credits and he recorded a version in 1965. The most successful recording of this song on the global front appears to be Wayne Newton’s version which went to 69 in the US.

The other new entry came from country singer Bobby Bare. ‘Streets Of Baltimore’ was written by another country singer, Tompall Glaser, but Bare beat him in recording it by about 3 months. Bare’s version would go to number 5 on the US country singles charts. The song has been covered by a good number of artists but none have made the main US charts. Gram Parsons’ cover featured in the TV series ‘The Wire’.

Des Lindberg became the 4th local artist to reach the 20 weeks on the chart milestone. Herman’s Hermits moved ahead of The Beatles for weeks on the chart as they were now on 43, compared to the Fab Four’s 42. The Hermits sat 6th overall for weeks. Tommy Roe joined the top 20 acts for weeks on the chart as he now had 24 to his name and sat tied 17th overall. He was also enjoying his 6th week with 2 in the charts and was the 5th act to reach this number of weeks with more than 1 hit in the chart.

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13 January 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
2 4 6 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
3 2 8 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
4 3 9 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
5 5 10 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
6 6 5 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
7 7 7 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
8 12 4 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
9 10 5 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
10 14 3 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
11 8 17 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
12 15 4 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
13 13 7 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
14 9 11 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
15 16 8 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
16 New 1 (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture  – Gary Lewis and The Playboys
17 18 2 All the Love in the World  – Connie Francis
18 New 1 If I were a Carpenter  – Bobby Darin
19 20 3 Dear Mrs Applebee  – David Garrick
20 11 14 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers

Tom Jones joined The Beach Boys at the top of the list for weeks spent at number 1 as this, his second week at the top with ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’, was the 7th week in total he had enjoyed in pole position. The Beach Boys had managed their 3 weeks with just 2 number 1 while Tom needed 3.

It had been just over 6 months since we last saw a local act in the top 2 and that was Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’. This week Des once again flew the flag for the locals in the top 2 as ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ moved up 2 to take second spot.

Last week saw Jim Reeves’ ‘Snowflake’ and Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’ take the biggest climber award with 5 place jumps. This week the same 2 songs were the biggest climbers again, but this week they only moved up 4 spots, ‘Mellow Yellow’ ending up at 8 and ‘Snowflake’ landing at 10. Reeves joined 6 other acts at the top of the list with 4 biggest climbers to their names. With the biggest climb this week being 4 places, there were obviously no other star raters.

So far we had seen 2 songs fall 10 in a week and 2 fall 9 to be the biggest falls to date. This week The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ joined The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer In The City’ and The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ for having a 9 place fall in a week. Only Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ and The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ had seen the bigger fall of 10 places.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ was within touching distance of the songs that had spent the most time in our charts as it enjoyed its 17th week in the top 20. Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ on 18 weeks was in 3rd place for weeks on the chart while The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and Cliff Richards’ ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ were in the top spot on 19. ‘Sweet Pea’ was the oldest on this week’s chart.

Donovan ended his 3 week run with 2 in the charts as ‘Sunshine Superman’ departed from the top 20 after 10 weeks and a peak of 8. This was slightly down on his 1st hit, ‘Catch The Wind’ which lasted 11 weeks and peaked at 5. ‘Mellow Yellow’ which remained in the chart was looking on course to beat ‘Sunshine Superman’s peak having equalled it this week.

The Harden Trio tippy toed out of the charts this week. Their song ‘Tippy Toeing’ had been with us for 12 weeks and peaked at 3. The bad news for the trio was that this would be the only chart action they would see on our fair shores.

Our first new entry came from American band Gary Lewis & The Playboys. ‘(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture’ was their debut hit on our charts, but they had already had 8 Hot 100 Hits in the US under their belts (including a number 1 with ‘This Diamond Ring’) before ‘(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture’ made it to 15 there. The song would also go to 9 in Canada and 58 in Australia. Lewis was the son of comedian Jerry Lewis (who had 2 Hot 100 hits himself and is not to be confused with Jerry Lee Lewis), but didn’t try to cash in on his father’s fame, simply calling the band Gary & The Playboys and making no mention of his father when they auditioned for a job at Dinseyland. They got the role, but when the record companies picked up on them (through friends of Jerry Lewis), they got the band to add ‘Lewis’ into the name.

The second new entry was also by an act enjoying their SA Chart debut, Bobby Darin, whose version of ‘If I Were A Carpenter’ arrived at 18 this week. Before this hit, Darin had had 34 Hot 100 hits in the US dating back to 1958, but he had not managed to get into the top 40 with his last 7 hits. One had to go back just over 3 years to see his ‘18 Yellow Roses’ manage to get to 10. However, with ‘If I Were A Carpenter’, which was written by Tim Hardin, he was propelled back into the upper echelons of the Hot 100, getting to number 8 there. It would also make it to 12 in the UK. Darin would return the compliment to song writer Hardin when the latter recorded Darin’s composition ‘Simple Song Of Freedom’ which gave Hardin his only Hot 100 hit as it went to number 50.

Apart from enjoying a record equalling 7th week at the top of our charts, Tom Jones also celebrated his 50th week in the charts and became only the 3rd act (after The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys) to reach this milestone. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch enjoyed their 20th week on the chart while Herman’s Hermits caught up with The Beatles for weeks count as they moved on to 42 weeks and were tied 6th overall. On the local front, Des Lindberg pulled 1 clear of Four Jacks & A Jill to occupy 4th spot on his own with 19 weeks under his belt.

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6 January 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
2 3 7 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
3 1 8 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
4 7 5 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
5 2 9 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
6 8 4 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
7 5 6 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
8 9 16 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
9 6 10 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 14 4 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
11 13 13 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
12 17 3 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
13 10 6 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
14 19 2 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
15 15 3 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
16 12 7 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
17 11 12 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
18 New 1 All the Love in the World  – Connie Francis
19 18 10 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
20 20 2 Dear Mrs Applebee  – David Garrick

Like the previous year, we started 1967 with a new number 1 as Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ took over the top spot from The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’. This continued Jones’ run of every second top 20 hit going to number 1. With this, his 3rd number 1, Jones joined The Rolling Stones for the most number of chart toppers to date. ‘Winchester Cathedral’ dropped into 3rd place while The Beach Boy’s ‘Good Vibrations’ moved up to 2.

It had been 59 weeks since Jones last held the top spot and this beat The Beach Boys record for gaps between number 1 hits, the latter being 28 weeks.

Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’ moved up 5 from 17 to 12 to give him his first biggest climber award while Jim Reeves enjoyed his 3rd such award with the 5 place climb from 19 to 14 that ‘Snow Flake’ made.

The Seekers pulled ahead of The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits and Tom Jones for star raters as ‘Morningtown Ride’ became their 7th one to date, moving up 4 from 14 to 10. The Rolling Stones still led the way for star rater count as they had managed 9 to date.

The Harden Trio’s ‘Tippy Toeing’ was plunging down the charts as it dropped 6 places from 11 to 17 which was the biggest fall in the week.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ was on 16 weeks and this was its 4th week as the oldest on the chart.

Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’ was the only song to leave the chart this week. It had enjoyed a run of 10 weeks and a peak position of 7 and it would be his only SA Chart hit.

It had been 75 weeks since we last had Connie Francis grace our charts, however this week she was back with a new hit, ‘All The Love In The World’.  Her new entry this week meant that she took over the biggest gap between hits record, surpassing Donovan’s 62 weeks between hits. However, her career was coming to an end. She had had 53 Hot 100 hits in the US before the start of 1967, but only managed 2 after that, neither of which were ‘All The Love In The World’. In the UK her last hit had been in 1966 and she has not seen chart action there since. ‘All The Love In The World’ included Norman Gimbel in the song writing credits. He would also have a hand in writing the Roberta Flack hit ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’.

Tommy Roe celebrated his 20th week in the charts. Manfred Mann pulled 1 clear of The Beatles on the weeks count list as they moved on to 43. This placed them 5th on the list. Jim Reeves moved tied 14th with Chris Andrews as he enjoyed a 25th week in the top 20 while Donovan, who was 1 week behind him, joined Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel in 16th place. Des Lindberg was still climbing the local list as his 18 weeks put his tied 4th with Four Jacks & A Jill. The Dream Merchants moved tied 12th with Jody Wayne, both being on 12 weeks.

Useless fact of the week: 6 of the artists represented on the chart began with the letter ‘D’.

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1966 The Facts And Figures

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We have now come to the end of our first full year of charts. During 1966 we saw 136 songs spend at least a week on the charts (118 new ones and 18 brought that came across from 1965) and these were brought to us by 98 different artists (duets/collaborations counting as a separate acts to the individuals making them up).

30 of the 136 were by local artists.

TOP HITS

Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 20 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago) Roger Williams 238
2 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe 233
3 With a Girl Like You Troggs 232
4 Yesterday Man Chris Andrews 221
5 The Ballad of the Green Berets Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler 206
6 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go Cliff Richard 197
6 The Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 197
8 Get Off My Cloud Rolling Stones 193
9 These Boots are Made for Walking Nancy Sinatra 187
10 We Can Work it Out Beatles 184
11 Sloop John B Beach Boys 183
12 Pretty Flamingo Manfred Mann 182
12 Distant Drums Jim Reeves 182
14 Monday Monday Mamas and The Papas 181
15 Somewhere My Love Ray Conniff Singers 178
16 Guantanamera Sandpipers 176
17 Die Gezoem van die Bye Des Lindberg 175
18 Pied Piper Crispian St Peters 169
19 Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra 166
20 Wild Thing Troggs 161
21 Barbara Ann Beach Boys 157
22 The More I See You Chris Montez 152
23 Jimmy Come Lately Four Jacks & a Jill 149
23 Bend It Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 149
25 19th Nervous Breakdown Rolling Stones 148
26 Red Rubber Ball Cyrkle 145
27 To Whom it Concerns Chris Andrews 144
28 Hanky Panky Tommy James & The Shondells 142
29 The Carnival is Over Seekers 141
30 Tippy Toeing Harden Trio 140
31 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’ Fantastic Baggys 136
32 I Saw Her Again Mamas and The Papas 128
33 Born Free Matt Monro 125
34 Sixteen Candles Jody Wayne 120
34 No Milk Today Herman’s Hermits 120
36 Winchester Cathedral New Vaudeville Band 119
37 Paint it, Black Rolling Stones 118
38 Hungry for Love A-Cads 117
38 Black is Black Los Bravos 117
40 Darling it’s Wonderful Virginia Lee 109

You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/sahits_1966.html

The cumulative points from the start of the charts in 1965 to the end of 1966 gave the following top 10:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 California Girls Beach Boys 286
2 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago) Roger Williams 238
3 Goodbye My Love Murray Campbell 235
4 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe 233
5 With A Girl Like You Troggs 232
6 Yesterday Man Chris Andrews 221
7 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones 216
8 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go Cliff Richard 214
9 Get Off My Cloud Rolling Stones 213
10 What’s New Pussycat Tom Jones 211

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1966 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Die Gezoem van die Bye Des Lindberg 175
2 Jimmy Come Lately Four Jacks & a Jill 149
3 Sixteen Candles Jody Wayne 120
4 Hungry for Love A-Cads 117
5 Darling it’s Wonderful Virginia Lee 109

And cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Goodbye My Love Murray Campbell 235
2 Hungry for Love A-Cads 183
3 Come Back Silly Girl Staccatos 180
4 Die Gezoem van die Bye Des Lindberg 175
5 Jimmy Come Lately Four Jacks & a Jill 149

NUMBER OF HITS

The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Manfred Mann all had 4 of their songs spend time in the chart this year. They were followed by The Seekers, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra and Jim Reeves who all had 3 (2 of Sinatra’s being as one half of a duet). A further 22 acts managed 2 while all the rest only managed 1.

To date, The Rolling Stones led the way with a total of 6 The Seekers, Manfred Mann, Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard were all on 5.

6 local acts managed to have 2 hits spend time in the chart in the year. These were Four Jacks & A Jill, Group 66, Des Lindberg, Virginia Lee, Jody Wayne and The Dream Merchants. On a cumulative basis to date Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell led the way with 4 each. Murray Campbell was the only one 3 while 7 others had managed 2 to date.

WEEKS ON THE CHART

The Beach Boys spent the most weeks on our chart this week, totalling 39 in all. The Rolling Stones were second highest with 33 and Manfred Mann was in 3rd place with 30.

On the local front it was Four Jacks & A Jill who took top honours enjoying 18 weeks in the top 20. Des Lindberg was close behind on 17 and Virginia Lee came in 3rd on 16.

The Rolling Stones led the way overall and by some margin. Their 71 weeks to date was 20 more than second placed Beach Boys who were on 51. Tom Jones was on 48 and The Seekers on 43.

Murray Campbell still led the way on the local front with 33 to his name, 9 of which he had shared with the second placed local act Virginia Lee who was on 32 (Lee and Campbell charted with a duet version of ‘Goodbye My Love’). Gene Rockwell was in 3rd place with 31 so, as the saying goes, it was tight at the top.

NUMBER 1’s

We saw 18 songs top our chart this year, but no act would manage more than 1 chart topper.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ would spend the most number of weeks at the top spot as it enjoyed a record to date equalling 6 week stint there. The Beach Boy’s ‘California Girls’ was the previous one to manage 6 straight weeks which it did in 1965. Murray Campbell’s solo version of ‘Goodbye My Love’ also managed 6 weeks, but in 2 run of 3 weeks each, with a 1 week break in between.

Local songs ‘Hungry For Love’ by The A-Cads and ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ by Des Lindberg were the only 2 to get to number 1 this year. They spent 2 and 3 weeks at the top respectively.

To date The Rolling Stones had been in pole position 3 times while The Beach Boys, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley had all graced the number 1 spot twice.

Another notable achievement this year was that ‘Lara’s Theme’ from the film ‘Dr Zhivago’ spent a total of 8 weeks at the top of our charts, 4 of which were the vocal version of the song by The Ray Conniff Singers (going under the title ‘Somewhere My Love’) and the other 4 were by Roger Williams’ instrumental version.

Also of note was that the Sinatra’s managed 2 chart toppers as father Frank spent 4 weeks at 1 with ‘Strangers In The Night’ while daughter Nancy also spent 4 weeks at the top woith her hit ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’.

FEMALE ACTS

We saw 10 woman feature in our charts this year with Nancy Sinatra being the most successful, enjoying 3 hits (1 solo and 2 as a part of a duet). Petula Clark and Virginia Lee both managed 2, while the rest managed 1. The observant amongst would be able to deduce from that that Virginia Lee was the most successful local woman. To date though it was Virginia Lee who led the way with 4 hits in total. Petula Clark and Nancy Sinatra were second on 3.

Nancy Sinatra also won the weeks count for the year as she spent a total of 24 weeks in the charts. Again Petula Clark and Virginia Lee were tied second as they both enjoyed 16 weeks in the charts. Mimi Roman (who charted with a duet with Steve Karliski) was in 4th place with 10. Again though, on a cumulative basis, it was Virginia Lee in front with 32 weeks. Nancy Sinatra was second on 24 and Petula Clark 3rd on 21.

As mentioned above, Nancy Sinatra topped the charts with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ which would be the only song by a woman to top the charts. The only other woman to have topped the charts so far was Connie Francis who’s ‘Forget Domani’ did so on the 3rd chart ever published.

The top solo female songs for 1966 based on the points system described above were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 These Boots are Made for Walking Nancy Sinatra 187
2 Darling it’s Wonderful Virginia Lee 109
3 For You Babe June Muscat 82
4 Where Did We Go Wrong Petula Clark 75
5 My Love Petula Clark 75

To date, the top 5 songs by females based on the points system were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 These Boots are Made for Walking Nancy Sinatra 187
2 Long Live Love Sandie Shaw 131
3 Darling it’s Wonderful Virginia Lee 109
4 Forget Domani Connie Francis 101
5 For You Babe June Muscat 82

REST OF THE WORLD

Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 The Carnival is Over Seekers 141 Australia
2 Black is Black Los Bravos 117 Spain
3 Walk with Me Seekers 92 Australia
4 Can I Trust You Bachelors 58 Ireland
5 Morningtown Ride Seekers 19 Australia

These were the only 5 hits to chart that were not by artists from the UK, US or SA. This meant that Australian acts had the most hits of the other nations this year with 3 (all by The Seekers) with Spain and Ireland having one each.

To date the rest of the world top hits were:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 World Of Our Own Seekers 192 Australia
2 The Carnival is Over Seekers 160 Australia
3 Black is Black Los Bravos 117 Spain
4 Walk with Me Seekers 92 Australia
5 Tea And Trumpets Norman Ruby Orchestra 81 France

Apart from the UK, US and SA we had seen acts from Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain chart so far. The Aussies had had 5 hits (all by The Seekers) while all the other nations had only seen 1 apiece.

WHAT DIDN’T CHART

The following songs topped either the UK or US charts (or both) during 1966, but did not make our charts. Those marked with an * would, however, make the SA top 20 in 1967 or later:

96 Tears ? And The Mysterions
Cherish Association
Get Away Georgie Fame
Good Lovin’ Young Rascals
I’m A Believer* Monkees
Lightnin’ Strikes Lou Christie
Poor Side Of Town Johnny Rivers
Reach Out I’ll Be There Four Tops
Somebody Help Me Spencer Davis Group
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore Walker Brothers
When A Man Loves A Woman* Percy Sledge
Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby Beatles
You Can’t Hurry Love Supremes
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
You Keep Me Hanging’ On Supremes

It should also be noted that we had Pamela Dean’s  version of ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ rather than Dusty Springfield’s chart. Also we would see versions of ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ chart, but that would be later on and by different artists.

CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS

28 artists who had spent at least 1 week in the charts in 1965 also spent at least a week in the charts in 1966. It should be remembered that the charts only started halfway through 1965. Of those 28 acts 8 were local and 2 were female.

I WRITE THE SONGS

There were 163 different song writers who had their names appear on the hits that charted in 1966 (including a person called ‘Traditional’).  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were the 2 that appeared the most times on labels of the songs that charted as they had 5 hits as song writers. Paul McCartney & John Lennon managed 4 hits as did Brian Wilson, Lee Hazlewood, P.F. Sloan and Paul Simon.

To date, the Rolling Stones pair of Jagger & Richard had had 7 hits with The Beatles’ Lennon & McCartney in second place with 6 each.

On the weeks front Paul Simon was the winner in 1966 with song penned by him spending a total of 46 weeks on the chart. Maurice Jarre’s song writing credit on all the different versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from ‘Dr Zhivago’ would garner him second place with 40 weeks. Jagger & Richards would only make 3rd place with 38 weeks.

However, on the cumulative to date list, Jagger & Richards were out front with 62 and Lennon & McCartney were second on 59. The guy called Traditional had managed 49 and Paul Simon came next on 46.

Apart from 2 ‘Traditional’ songs topping the charts, the only song writer to get 2 chart toppers this year was Maurice Jarre who did so with the 2 versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The Ray Conniff Singers and Roger Williams which together spent 8 weeks at 1, the highest for a song writer this year.

Overall, Brian Wilson, Gordon Mills, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had also had 2 chart toppers alongside Maurice Jarre and Traditional. Jarre’s 8 weeks placed him top of the list for weeks at 1 to date by a song writer. Brian Wilson was second on 7 while Gugliemo Brezzo, Nini Rossi, Mike Love and Tommy Roe were all on 6.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped with the blog as we have gone through 1966, especially Peet van Staaden and Ian McLean for supplying valuable information.

Well, that wraps up 1966, so onwards now to 1967.

30 December 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
2 4 8 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
3 3 6 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
4 6 4 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
5 5 5 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
6 2 9 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 8 4 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
8 12 3 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
9 7 15 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
10 13 5 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
11 9 11 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
12 10 6 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
13 11 12 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
14 14 3 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
15 17 2 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
16 16 10 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
17 18 2 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
18 19 9 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
19 New 1 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
20 New 1 Dear Mrs Applebee  – David Garrick

The last chart of the year saw The New Vaudeville Band enjoying a third week at the top with ‘Winchester Cathedral’. Herman’s Hermits’ ‘No Milk Today’ was playing a bit of yo-yo with us as it moved back into second place, having been there 4 weeks previously, but then dropping as low as 4 in the interim.

Tommy Roe picked up his 3rd biggest climber in a week award as ‘Hooray For Hazel’ took the honour with just a 4 place climb from 12 to 8. As ‘Sweet Pea’ was sitting at 9, Roe also became the 4th act to have songs sitting in adjacent positions on the chart. Last week Donovan had become the 3rd act to achieve this and this week he became the 1st act to achieve this twice as ‘Mellow Yellow’ sat at 17 and ‘Sunshine Superman’ was at 18. There were no other star raters this week.

Previous chart topper, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 4 from 2 to 6. This was the 25th time an ex-Number 1 was our biggest faller and the 20th ex-Number 1 to do this.

‘Sweet Pea’ by Tommy Roe was still the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 15 weeks.

Eddie Fisher, who had been struggling for success in the 60s following a very successful 50s for him, did not fare all that well with ‘Games That Lovers Play’ which lasted just                2 weeks on our charts, both of which were spent at number 20. This would be his only SA chart hit.

The We Three version of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ seemed to get a new lease on life when Des Lindberg’s version came along as it bounced back up the charts after falling to 20. This all came to an end this week when it rambled off the top 20 after a run of 5 weeks and a peak of 13. Like Eddie Fisher, this would be their only charting hit in SA.

Jim Reeves’ ‘Snowflake’ fell into the chart as our first new entry this week. It was his 3rd hit to date. The song, which was penned by Ned Miller (who had had a hit on the charts in 1965 with ‘Do What You Do Do Well’), was recorded by Reeves in 1959 and he apparently did not think much of it at the time. However, Jim’s wife Mary loved the track and they eventually released it in 1966. It went to number 2 on the US Country Singles charts and 66 in the main ones and also made number 2 in Norway and 9 in Rhodesia.

Our second new entry was by a guy called Philip Darryl Core who was better known as David Garrick. His hit was ‘Dear Mrs Appplebee’ (no jokes about his real name being Core and his hit having the word Apple in it) which was a cover of an obscure American track by a guy called Flip Cartridge. Cartridges’ version did manage to scrape a 91 peak and a 2 week run on the Billboard Hot 100 in the August of 1966. Garrick’s version did not make the US charts, but managed to get to 22 in his native UK. He would enjoy a number 1 hit with it in Germany. In the 70s Garrick spent some time living in South Africa. He died in August 2013 having moved back to England.

Herman’s Hermits celebrated their 40th week on the charts and sat 7th on the weeks count list. Manfred Mann moved in alongside the Beatles in 5th place on that list as they ticked over to 42 weeks and Jim Reeves moved into tied 15th spot alongside Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel. They were all on 24 weeks. Des Lindberg continued moving up the local list, his 17 weeks putting him tied 5th with The Bats and The Staccatos.

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23 December 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
2 2 8 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 4 5 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
4 3 7 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
5 6 4 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
6 11 3 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
7 5 14 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
8 8 3 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
9 9 10 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
10 10 5 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
11 7 11 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
12 13 2 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
13 12 4 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
14 16 2 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
15 14 5 Ramblin’ Boy  – We Three
16 17 9 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
17 New 1 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
18 New 1 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
19 15 8 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
20 20 2 Games That Lovers Play  – Eddie Fisher

The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous number 1, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ was unmoved at 2.

The climber of the week award went to Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ which moved up 5 from 11 to 6. Jones joined The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Seekers, Herman’s Hermits and The Beach Boys on 4 biggest climbers which was the most any act had managed to date. There were no other songs that made a star rater climb this week.

There were 2 biggest fallers this week, both dropping 4 places. The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ fell to 11 while Donovan’s ‘Sunshine Superman’ dropped to 19. For both acts it was the first time with the biggest faller.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ moved onto 14 weeks in the charts and was enjoying its second week as the granddaddy of the top 20.

The Seekers only enjoyed a single week with 2 songs in the charts as ‘Walk With Me’ dropped out of the top 20 this week, leaving last week’s new entry, ‘Morningtown Ride’ as their sole representative on the top 20. ‘Walk With Me’ managed a 10 week run with a peak of 5. This was the lowest peak they had had since ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ which peaked at 16. However it must be said that the latter only spent 1 week on the chart and that was the very first Top 20 that was broadcast, so one does not know how well it would have performed in the weeks leading up to the first chart.

It was a different story for Chris Montez as his hit, The More I See You’ left the chart after 12 weeks and a peak of 3 as this would be his only showing on our charts.

Manfred Mann joined The Seekers, Tom Jones, Herman’s Hermits and Cliff Richard in tied second place on the hits count list as their 5th to date, ‘Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James’ joined the top 20 this week. They were all still 1 behind The Rolling Stones who led the way for hits. ‘Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James’ would give the band a number 2 hit in the UK, but would fail to chart in the US. It did however top the charts in neighbouring Rhodesia, and go to 16 in Germany and 18 in Holland. It was written by Geoff Stephens and John Carter. Carter had brought us both of The Ivy League’s hits to date while Stephens’ only other composition to chart to date was sitting at 1 this week.

Joining Manfred Mann as our only other new entry this week was Donovan with his hit ‘Mellow Yellow’. Its arrival at 18 this week had 2 consequences. Firstly, Donovan became the 19th act to have more than 1 hit in the top 20 in the same week and secondly, with ‘Sunshine Superman’ sitting at 19 we saw only the 3rd occasion where an artist occupied adjacent positions in the chart. The previous 2 to manage adjacent positions were The Rolling Stones and Chris Andrews. ‘Mellow Yellow’ would go to number 2 in the US and 8 in the UK as well as going top 10 in Australia (#7), Austria (#8), Belgium (#7), Canada (#2), Norway (#7) and Rhodesia (#5). There was a rumour that the song was about smoking dried banana skins which was said to have an hallucinogenic effect, however, both the issue about bananas and the song being inspired by this have been dismissed. (Some may remember a short lived soft drink called ‘Mello Yello’ in the 70s or 80s, the name of which must surely have been inspired by the song). We once again saw Mickie Most’s name for production credits.

With Donovan having penned his 2 songs, and Geoff Stephens having a 2nd composition enter the charts, we now saw a record to date 5 song writers with at least 2 songs in the charts. The other 3 were Tom Paxton, Brian Wilson and Tommy Roe with only Paxton charting with 2 version of the same song (‘Ramblin’ Boy’).

The Beach Boys celebrated their 50th week on the chart and became only the second act to reach this milestone, the previous being The Rolling Stones. Donovan was also celebrating a milestone as he reached the 20 weeks mark. The Seekers moved tied 4th on the weeks count list, joining The Beatles there on 42 and Des Lindberg pulled clear of Emil Dean to be 7th on his own on the local list. He was on 16 weeks.

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16 December 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
2 1 7 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 3 6 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
4 5 4 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
5 4 13 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
6 8 3 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
7 6 10 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
8 14 2 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
9 7 9 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
10 13 4 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
11 15 2 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
12 12 3 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
13 New 1 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
14 20 4 Ramblin’ Boy  – We Three
15 10 7 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
16 New 1 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
17 9 8 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
18 11 12 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
19 19 10 Walk with Me  – Seekers
20 New 1 Games That Lovers Play  – Eddie Fisher

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ lasted just 2 weeks at the top of the charts before being displaced by The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ this week. ‘Bend It’ dropped into second place.

The climbers this week were both ‘Ramblin’ Boy’s as Des Lindberg and We Three’s versions moved up 6 places each, the former landing up at 8 and the latter at 14. This would be the second and also the last time that we would see a song writer have 2 biggest climbers in a week. This time it was Tom Paxton who wrote ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ that managed it. The previous time was when John E Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I’m A Rock’ shared this honour with Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound’ giving Paul Simon two biggest climbers in the week. It seems that Des Lindberg’s version of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ gave the We Three version a shot in the arm as last week that version had fallen 7 places to 20 and looked like it was on its way out.

Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ climbed 4 to 11 to be the only other star rater this week. This was his 5th star rater award. Des Lindberg’s star rater climb was the 40th for a local song.

Things were not all that Sunny for Bobby Hebb as his song was our biggest faller this week. It dropped 8 from 9 to 17. This was the 15th song to experience a fall of 8 or more places to date and the 6th time for an American act, moving the US out in front for most times with a fall of 8 or more places. Artists from the UK accounted for 5 of the 15 and local acts made up the other 4.

Peter And Gordon’s second go at the top 20 with ‘Lady Godiva’ fared little better than their first try as the song fell off the chart after just 1 extra week. This meant it had had 2 runs of 1 week each, however this time, it spent its week at 18, 1 place higher than its last run. I’ll let you work out its weeks and peak from that.

The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ ended its time in the top 20. It had been with us for 15 weeks and spent 4 of those at the number 1 spot. The song had been the oldest on the charts for 3 weeks. Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ which was on 13 weeks took over the ‘oldest song’ title.

Last to go this week was Roy Orbison’s ‘Too Soon To Know’ which had been with us for 6 weeks. During that time it managed to equal the number 9 peak of his only other hit to date, ‘Lana’.

Tommy Roe became the 17th act to have 2 songs in the charts at the same time as ‘Hooray For Hazel’ joined ‘Sweet Pea’ in the top 20. This was Roe’s 2nd SA chart hit and the 70th song by a solo male to make our charts. Roe used the same musicians that had worked on ‘Sweet Pea’ on this track and it would give him a number 6 hit in the US, 2 places higher than ‘Sweet Pea’ had managed. As with ‘Sweet Pea’, Roe also penned ‘Hooray For Hazel’ and he joined Brian Wilson and Tom Paxton as having 2 songs they had written in the chart at the same time (Paxton with the 2 versions of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ mentioned above and Wilson with The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ and The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Pa Pa Do Ron Ron’).

Last week Tom Jones joined Cliff Richard and Herman’s Hermits in second place on the number of hits list with 5 to his name. This week, The Seekers climbed in next to those 3 acts as ‘Morningtown Ride’ became their 5th to chart. Along with The Rolling Stones at the top of the list on 6 hits, all the acts with 5 or more hits to date were from the UK with the exception of The Seekers who were an Aussie band. ‘Morningtown Ride’ was written and recorded in 1957 by Malvina Reynolds, but it was only The Seekers who managed to have any chart success with it on either side of the Atlantic, going to 2 in the UK and 44 in the US. It would also give them a number 5 hit in neighbouring Rhodesia. With ‘Walk With Me’ still in the charts, The Seekers became the 18th act to have 2 or more hits in the chart in the same week. This was the 15th week we had seen more than 1 artist have 2 or more hits in the charts

In the 1950’s Eddie Fisher had 9 UK hits (including 2 number 1s) and 18 US hits (best peak of 4), but these dried up with the change of decade as he has not seen chart action in the UK since 1957 and only managed 18 weeks with 3 hits in the US in the 1960s. One of those 3 was our new entry this week, ‘Games That Lovers Play’ which ended an almost 5 year drought of Billboard Hot 100 action for Fisher, entering the charts on 29 October 1966. His previous hit there, ‘Tonight’ had had its final week in the Hot 100 on 18 December 1961. ‘Games That Lovers Play’ would go to 45 during a 9 week run on the US charts. ‘Star Wars’ fans may know that Fisher was the father of Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia in those famous films.

With their new entry this week, The Seekers hit the 40 weeks in the charts milestone and as they had 2 in the charts, they were on 41 and this moved them into 5th place on the week’s count list. Moving 1 ahead of Manfred Mann who were on 40. Des Lindberg moved into tied 7th place on the local list with 15 weeks and The Dream Merchants climbed to tied 14th as they clocked up their 9th week.

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