11 June 1965


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 thoughts on “11 June 1965

  1. There seems to be some inconsistency with this week’s chart compared to last week. For instance, Elvis Presley is listed on last week as being number 13 with Do the clam, this week you have it moving up from number 15 to 5 as the biggest climber with ten places. You had Ned Miller’s Do what you do do well at number 15 on last week’s charts, this week you have it moving down to 17 from position number 12 last week – there may be more

  2. There seems to be an error in the first paragraph which states “…it shook off The Beatles’ ‘Help’ which dropped from number 2 to 4.” – it seems to be The Beatles’ ‘Ticket To Ride’ you mean to refer to.

  3. Looking at my research. “Concrete & Clay” was performed by Unit Four Plus Two. Released on Decca FM 7-7143. The version listed is not correct.

    • Thanks for your comment Frans, however I have checked this out. The Eddie Rambeau version of ‘Concrete And Clay’ was on our charts for 1 week before the Unit Four Plus Two version took over. This has been confirmed by someone who has had sight of the original Top 20 listings from the SABC.

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