28 October 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
2 2 9 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
3 4 5 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
4 6 3 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
5 5 7 Born Free  – Matt Monro
6 3 8 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
7 8 3 Walk with Me  – Seekers
8 12 3 Can I Trust You  – Bachelors
9 7 8 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
10 14 9 Just Like a Woman  – Manfred Mann
11 19 2 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
12 17 5 Summer in the City  – Lovin’ Spoonful
13 11 7 Lana  – Roy Orbison
14 10 15 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
15 9 8 I’ve Been Hurt  – Guy Darrell
16 16 2 Out of Time  – Chris Farlowe
17 New 1 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
18 13 10 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’  – Fantastic Baggys
19 15 11 I Saw Her Again  – Mamas and The Papas
20 18 8 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous number 1, The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ was still sitting at 2 where it had fallen to last week.

The Harden Trio were more than ‘Tippy Toeing’ up our charts, they were going up in leaps and bounds as they were our biggest climber this week, moving up 8 places from 9 to 11. With this, the US artists crept to just 1 behind the UK artists for number of times with the biggest climber as this was the 38th time an American act had taken this honour. The UK acts were sitting on 39 times.

The other songs moving up were The Bachelor’s ‘Can I Trust You’ (up 4 from 12 to 8), Manfred Mann’s ‘Just Like A Woman’ (up 4 from 14 to 10) and The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer In The City’ (up 5 from 17 to 12). The interesting one amongst these was the Manfred Mann hit which had dropped 5 places 2 weeks previously, then climbed back up 1 last week and was a star rater this week.

Guy Darrell wasn’t kidding this week when he sang ‘I’ve Been Hurt’ as we made him the biggest faller. The song dropped 6 places from 9 to 15.

Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ enjoyed a 5th week as the oldest on the chart as it ticked over to 15 weeks with us.

The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 12 weeks and had managed to climb to 2 during that time. This would be the band’s only SA chart hit. This was only the second week in a run of 38 where we had not had a Paul Simon penned song in the charts.

The newcomer to the chart was Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’. Hebb wrote the song on 22 November 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and also the day Hebb’s brother was stabbed to death outside a night club. It would give him a number 2 hit in the US and Holland, 12 in the UK, 6 in Rhodesia and 17 in Belgium. Also in 1966, Cher took a cover version (Sunny & Cher?) to 32 in the UK, equalled Hebb’s performance in Holland by going to 2 and also managed to get to 2 in Norway. 10 years later Boney M’s cover would top the charts in Germany, Austria, Holland and Belgium.

Jim Reeves, was sitting at the very bottom of our top 20, but could still smile as he was celebrating his 20th week on the charts. The Seekers moved into tied 6th place on the weeks count list as they clocked up their 33rd. They shared this position with Murray Campbell.

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21 October 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
2 1 8 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
3 3 7 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
4 6 4 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
5 5 6 Born Free  – Matt Monro
6 12 2 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
7 4 7 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
8 20 2 Walk with Me  – Seekers
9 9 7 I’ve Been Hurt  – Guy Darrell
10 10 14 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
11 11 6 Lana  – Roy Orbison
12 16 2 Can I Trust You  – Bachelors
13 7 9 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’  – Fantastic Baggys
14 15 8 Just Like a Woman  – Manfred Mann
15 8 10 I Saw Her Again  – Mamas and The Papas
16 New 1 Out of Time  – Chris Farlowe
17 17 4 Summer in the City  – Lovin’ Spoonful
18 14 7 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves
19 New 1 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
20 19 12 Red Rubber Ball  – Cyrkle

We had a new number 1 this week and it was the 30th different track to top our charts. Moving up from 2 to 1 was Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’, making Roe the 10th act who would go on to have 5 or more hits, to have his first one go to number 1. Previous week’s chart topper, The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ fell to number 2. This meant the last 3 number 1s had all had 4 weeks runs at the top.

One of last weeks’ new entries, The Seekers’ ‘Walk With Me’ was our climber of the week as it moved up 12 places from 20 to 8 overtaking this weeks’ number 1 for a climb in a week (Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ managed an 11 place climb on its way to the top of the charts). The 12 place jump by ‘Walk With Me’ was the second biggest to date with The Fantastic Baggy’s 13 place jump in a week still topping the list. It was the 4th time The Seekers had taken the biggest climber award and they now joined The Rolling Stones and The Beatles at the top of the list for number of times with the biggest climber.

The other 2 new entries from last week were the only other star raters this week with The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ moving up 6 to 6 and The Bachelors’ ‘Can I Trust You’ climbed 4 to 12.

The Mamas And The Mamas led the way for moving in the opposite direction as ‘I Saw Her Again’ had the biggest fall this week, dropping 7 to 15.

Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ moved on to 14 weeks in the charts and enjoyed a 4th week as the oldest in the top 20.

Virginia Lee just missed out on going tied top of the local weeks count list as ‘Lonely River’ left the charts, leaving her just 1 behind Murray Campbell’s 33 weeks in total. ‘Lonely River’ accounted for 9 of Virginia’s 32 weeks to date and shared her lowest peak to date of 10 with ‘Goodbye My Love’, her duet with Campbell.

Also going was Jody Wayne’s ‘Patches’ which was rather a surprise as it had entered the charts 2 weeks previously and last week was a star rater climbing 4 to 13. This equalled the highest position for a local song to exit the charts from, a feat which his previous hit ‘Sixteen Candles’ managed as did Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’. In case you can’t work it out from the above, ‘Patches’ managed 2 weeks and peaked at 13. The departure of these 2 songs left the charts bereft of local content for the first time since they started.

Out first new entry this week was enjoying its final week on the UK charts where, 3 months earlier, it had spent a week at number 1. Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out Of Time’ was a cover of The Rolling Stones song and this version even had Mick Jagger taking production credits. Jagger and Richards pulled 1 clear of The Beatles’ team of Lennon & McCartney for the number of their compositions that had charted in SA and now led the way on their own with 7 to their name (5 Stones hits, 1 cover by Cliff Richard and now Farlowe’s cover). Farlowe had celebrated his 26th birthday 8 days before making his SA Chart debut.

Also joining our top 20 was The Halden Trio’s ‘Tippy Toeing’. The band comprised of Bobby Halden and his sisters Robbie and Arlene. Written by Bobby, the song would give them their only Hot 100 hit in the US where it made it to number 44. It would also get to 2 on the Country Singles charts in the US and 29 on the Canadian charts. Robbie Harden went on to join the Carter Family which was fronted by June Carter and performed with June’s husband Johnny Cash.

The Seekers moved tied 7th for weeks as they clocked up their 32nd week on the charts. They joined Cliff Richard, Herman’s Hermits and Virginia Lee on this level.

This week the top 3 songs were by artists whose first name started with the letter ‘T’. The next 2 songs were by artists whose surnames started with ‘M’. We had 2 starting with ‘R’ at 10 and 11 and 2 starting with ‘M’ at 14 and 15.

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16 September 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
2 3 4 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’  – Fantastic Baggys
3 2 7 Red Rubber Ball  – Cyrkle
4 6 5 I Saw Her Again  – Mamas and The Papas
5 8 3 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
6 7 5 Sand  – Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra
7 4 5 Lil’ Red Riding Hood  – Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
8 10 3 Just Like a Woman  – Manfred Mann
9 15 2 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves
10 5 11 Somewhere My Love  – Ray Conniff Singers
11 13 3 Lonely River  – Virginia Lee
12 11 6 Bus Stop  – Hollies
13 9 10 Sixteen Candles  – Jody Wayne
14 18 2 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
15 16 2 Where Were You When I Needed You  – Grass Roots
16 19 2 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
17 20 2 I’ve Been Hurt  – Guy Darrell
18 New 1 Lana  – Roy Orbison
19 New 1 Born Free  – Matt Monro
20 12 13 Sea of Heartbreak  – Dickie Loader

It was now 4 weeks at 1 for Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ and an 8th week in a row for that tune as the previous 4 weeks had had The Ray Conniff Singers’ vocal version of it, ‘Somewhere My Love’, at the top spot. The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’’ moved into second place.

Jim Reeves picked up his second biggest climber award as ‘Blue Side Of Lonesome’ moved up 6 from 15 to 9. This followed up the biggest climber he managed earlier in the year with ‘Distant Drums’. This was a lucky 13th for US male artists taking this honour.

The only other song moving up at some pace was Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Hanky Panky’ which managed a star rater 4 place climb from 18 to 14.

Dickie Loader had mixed fortunes today as his ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ was the 10th song to fall 8 or more places and in so doing it was the biggest faller of the week. Only Gene Rockwells’ ‘Love’ and The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ had managed bigger falls to date, both dropping 10 in a week. Loader shared the 8 place fall with 2 other local acts, 4 UK acts and 1 US act. On the plus side for Loader, ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ was the oldest on the chart and it was that lucky 13 that cropped up again as that was the number of weeks the song had been in the top 20.

Loader’s oldest song came about from the departure of The Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ from the charts. This ended their 2 week run with 2 in the charts. ‘Wild Thing’ had enjoyed 13 (there it is again) weeks in the chart and peaked at 5.

We were down to just 1 Dylan composition on the chart this week as The Dream Merchants’ cover of ‘Love Minus Zero’ dropped off the top 20. It had enjoyed a 6 week run, peaking at 8. There would be further hits to come from the band (and from Dylan as song writer). We still had 2 Maurice Jarre compositions in the charts (the 2 versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ mentioned above) and P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri also had 2 representatives of their song writing skills with The Fantstic Baggys’ ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’’ and The Grass Roots’ ‘Where Were You When I Needed You’ sitting and 3 and 16 respectively.

Roy Orbison made his debut appearance on the charts with a song he co-wrote with Joe Melson, ‘Lana’.  The song was first recorded by The Velvets, a group that Orbison discovered. Orbison’s version would not chart in his native US, but did get to 15 in the UK. In Europe it topped the charts in Belgium and made 19 in Holland.

The other new entry was another song from a film, this time it was Matt Monro’s ‘Born Free’ which was his second SA Chart hit. The film of the same name was based on the story of George and Joy Adamson who raised an orphaned lion cub, ultimately releasing it into the wilds in Kenya. The song was written by John Barry and Don Black who had also brought us Tom Jones’ ‘Thunderball’. Despite the film’s popularity and the song winning the Academy Award for best song, Monro’s version failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic. Roger Williams did take an instrumental version of it to number 7 in the US and in 1991 Vic Reeves & The Roman Numerals took a cover version to 6 in the UK. Matt Monro set a new record for gap between hits for a male artist as it was 34 weeks since his cover of ‘Yesterday’ was in the charts. The previous biggest gap for a song by a male artist was the 23 weeks between Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ and ‘How The Mighty Have Fallen’,

The Hollies were enjoying their 30 week in the charts and they moved tied 10th on the weeks count list, joining The Seekers there. Manfred Mann climbed into 5th place alongside Murray Campbell as they moved on to 33 weeks. Both Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs and Nancy Sinatra moved on to 21 weeks and shared 16th spot with Petula Clark. Virginia Lee on 28 weeks (and sitting 12th on the list) was the only woman above Nancy and Petula. Dickie Loader’s 13 weeks with ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ took him into the top 10 on the local list, sharing the 10th spot with Des Lindberg.

‘Somewhere My Love’ and ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ pushed the song passed ‘Goodbye My Love’ for weeks on the chart by a song charting in different versions as it had now clocked up a total of 30 weeks, going 1 ahead of ‘Goodbye My Love’.

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