23 July 1965


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 It’s Not Unusual  – Tom Jones
2 4 8 I Need You  – Rick Nelson
3 2 8 Under The Boardwalk  – Rolling Stones
4 6 6 World Of Our Own  – Seekers
5 9 5 Long Live Love  – Sandie Shaw
6 5 7 Catch The Wind  – Donovan
7 3 8 Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter  – Herman’s Hermits
8 11 3 Crying In The Chapel  – Elvis Presley
9 10 4 Wonderful World  – Herman’s Hermits
10 7 8 Do The Clam  – Elvis Presley
11 12 4 Little Lonely One  – Tom Jones
12 13 3 Here Comes The Night  – Them
13 8 6 Concrete And Clay  – Unit Four Plus Two
14 18 2 Tea And Trumpets  – Norman Ruby Orchestra
15 New 1 Wooly Bully  – Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
16 15 6 Where Are You Now  – Jackie Trent
17 14 8 Shabby Little Hut  – Bats
18 17 8 Ticket To Ride  – Beatles
19 20 3 Oh No Not My Baby  – Manfred Mann
20 16 8 Forget Domani  – Connie Francis

‘It’s Not Unusual’ became the second song to spend more than a single week at the top of the charts as it clung on to the top spot for a second week. Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ was the only other song to manage this so far. And talking of ‘I Need You’ it was moving back up the charts and sat at number 2.

Sandie Shaw became the second solo woman to have a biggest climber in the week as her ‘Long Live Love’ moved up 4 places from 9 to 5. She shared this accolade with the first Dutch act to claim a biggest climber as The Norman Ruby Orchestra’s ‘Tea And Trumpets’ also managed a 4 place climb, moving up from 18 to14.

Connie Francis picked up a second biggest faller with ‘Forget Domani’. Its 4 place fall from 16 to 20 was the biggest drop this week and meant that Connie equalled Emil Dean for most biggest drops to date as they were both sitting on 2. Connie shared her biggest drop with Herman’s Hermits’ ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’ which fell 4 to 7. Both our biggest fallers had been previous number 1’s.

We lost the only song that would ever chart that featured a local artist dueting with an international star as Virginia Lee and Slim Whitman’s ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’ ended its chart run. The song spent 7 weeks in the chart and peaked at 8. For Slim it would be his only appearance on our charts, but we would see Virginia back in the top 20. The departure of Virginia from the charts meant that we were down to a single local song in the top 20 and that was The Bats’ ‘Shabby Little Hut’

Our new entry featured Domingo Samudio as the main man behind the group. Going under the name Sam The Sham and including his band The Pharaohs, he entered our charts with their first major success in the US, ‘Wooly Bully’, which had just missed out on topping the Billboard Hot 100, sitting at number 2 while The Beach Boys’ ‘Help Me Rhonda’ sat at 1 for a week, then the following week The Supremes took over the top spot with ‘Back In My Arms Again’ while ‘Wooly Bully’ sat at 2 for a second week. This would be their highest placing on the US chart which would be equalled by their 1966 hit ‘Lil’ Red Riding Hood’. Aside from these 2 number 2s, none of their 7 other US Hot 100 hits would make the top 20. The Pharaohs name was apparently inspired by Yul Brunner’s appearance as Pharaoh in the 1956 film ‘The Ten Commandments’. In the UK the song went to number 12.

We were now down to 7 songs from the first top 20. Tom Jones and Elvis both moved into double figures for weeks on the charts and with both of them having 2 songs in the top 20 this week, they both jumped from 9 weeks to 11.

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2 thoughts on “23 July 1965

  1. I hope you don’t mind me pointing out some discrepancies, but it will affect your stats later if not corrected now. The biggest faller this week was not Connie Francis and Herman’s Hernits with 4, but Unit 4+2 with their 5 place fall from 8 to 13.

    Thanks for this wonderful service – I am reliving the days of my youth!

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