2 July 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Under the Boardwalk  – Rolling Stones
2 6 5 Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter  – Herman’s Hermits
3 1 5 Do the Clam  – Elvis Presley
4 3 5 Shabby Little Hut  – Bats
5 2 5 Forget Domani  – Connie Francis
6 5 5 I Need You  – Rick Nelson
7 10 4 It’s Not Unusual  – Tom Jones
8 11 4 Catch the Wind  – Donovan
9 8 5 Tennessee Yodel Polka  – Slim Whitman & Virginia Lee
10 14 3 World of Our Own  – Seekers
11 12 3 Concrete and Clay  – Unit Four Plus Two
12 13 3 Where Are You Now  – Jackie Trent
13 7 5 The Last Time  – Rolling Stones
14 9 5 Ticket to Ride  – Beatles
15 18 2 Long Live Love  – Sandie Shaw
16 New 1 Little Lonely One  – Tom Jones
17 New 1 Wonderful World  – Herman’s Hermits
18 17 5 Funny How Love Can Be  – Ivy League
19 15 5 Torture  – Gene Rockwell
20 16 5 I Know a Place  – Petula Clark

Elvis’ time at the top was short lived as The Rolling Stones’ cover of ‘Under the Boardwalk’ knocked ‘Do The Clam’ from the number 1 position. The King dropped to 3 with Herman’s ‘Hermits moving into second place with ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’.

The latter would also be our biggest climber in the week as it took a 4 place leap to get the song there. This was only equalled by The Seekers’ World Of Our Own’ which climbed its 4 places to 10. For both of our climbers it was the second time they had taken that honour and consequently the songs and acts moved out in front for number of times with biggest climber as no other act had managed it more than once. We were, however only 5 weeks into the charts.

Despite having the number 1 hit this week, it was not all good news for The Stones as their other hit on the charts, ‘The Last Time’ was our biggest faller. It dropped 6 places to land up at 13.

We said goodbye to Chubby Checkers’ ‘Lovely Lovely (Loverly Loverly)’ which had lasted 4 weeks on the chart and peaked at 7. He would return to our top 20, but we would have to wait a very long time to see him again.

Our first chart (back on 4 June 1965) featured 2 songs by Cliff Richard. This was our first Cliff-less week as the second of his 2 songs that were on that chart exited the top 20. ‘The Minute You’re Gone’ reached 8 during its 4 week run.

The artists on both the new entries this week already had songs in the top 20. Tom Jones was sitting at 7 with ‘It’s Not Unusual’ and was joined by ‘Little Lonely One’ which entered the charts at 16. The song would fail to chart for him in the UK but, as in South Africa, would give him his second hit in the US where it made it to number 42. It was a cover of a 1961 song which was first recorded by American doo-wop group The Jarmels. Bobby Vinton released a version at a similar time to the Jarmels, but it was only Jones’ 1965 version that made the US charts.

While Herman’s Hermits ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’ was busy being our biggest climber at 2, their cover of the Sam Cooke classic, ‘Wonderful World’ (sometimes known as ‘What A Wonderful World’, not to be confused with the Louis Armstrong song) climbed into the top 20 at 17. Their version would outperform Cooke’s in the US where the latter only made number 12, while the Hermit’s version would go to 4. In the UK the Hermit’s version would again prevail, going to 7 while Cooke only made 27, however, thanks to its use in a Levi Jeans advert, Cooke’s version would return to the UK charts in 1986 and make number 2. Sam Cooke wrote the song with trumpeter Herb Alpert and Lou Adler.

We still had 12 songs left from our first top 20 and as The Rolling Stones had had 2 songs in the chart since the start, they became the first act to make 10 weeks on the charts (where  2 songs in the chart at the same time count as 2). Herman’s Hermits were second on 6 weeks.

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