30 July 1965

world-of-our-own-seekers

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

The Seekers became the first act that was not from the US or UK to top our charts as ‘World Of Our Own’ knocked Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’ off its perch. Jones’ hit fell to number 2.

Elvis Presley had one of the 2 biggest climbers this week as ‘Crying In The Chapel’ moved up 4 places from 8 to 4. This was the second time the song had taken this award, and a third time for Presley who had managed it with ‘Do The Clam’. This placed Presley tied at the top of the list of number of times with a biggest climber, matching the 3 that Herman’s Hermits had managed so far. Sharing the biggest climber in the week award was last week’s new entry, Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs’ ‘Wooly Bully’ which moved up 4 to 11.

Elvis’ fortunes were mixed this week. As mentioned above, he was the biggest climber, but he also had the biggest faller as ‘Do The Clam’ dropped 6 from 10 to 16. This was the first of 13 times we would see the same act take biggest climber and faller titles in the same week.

This week we saw the first song to exit the charts that had a peak of 1 and that was Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’. It had been in the charts since the first top 20, so had lasted 8 weeks in total and spent a single week at the top of the charts. Connie would grace our charts again.

Also going was the only song by a local act on last week’s chart, ‘Shabby Little Hut’ by The Bats. The song had spent 8 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 3. To date it shared the highest peak obtained by a local song with Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’.

Last of the leavers was Jackie Trent’s ‘Where Are You Now’. It spent 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at 12. This left us with just Sandie Shaw flying the flag for solo women in the chart and it was the lowest count of solo woman we had had to date.

Our first new entry was a band that some regarded as the American Beatles. The Byrds entered our charts at number 15 with ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, a Bob Dylan composition that first appeared on Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ album. The Byrds version would top the US and UK charts and both versions would make Rolling Stones magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time list, The Byrds at 70 and Dylan at 106.

As mentioned above, The Bats were the only local act on last week’s chart and their song departed from the top 20, however, Gene Rockwell came to the rescue for the local acts as his song ‘Ciao’ entered at 17. Rockwell became the 7th act to move on to having had 2 hits on the charts (his previous being ‘Torture’) and the first local act to manage this. Of the 7 acts to have had 2 hits so far, it was now only Gene Rockwell and The Seekers who had not managed to have their 2 in the charts at the same time. ‘Ciao’ would make the Rhodesian charts as well, getting to number 8 there. Written by Carl Sigman, the song was recorded in 1975 by Austrian singer Peter Alexander and an adaptation of the song appeared on the b-side of a Charles Aznavour single, but none seemed to trouble the charts.

Our last new entry was ‘Baby The Rain Must Fall´ by Glenn Yarbrough, which was from a movie of the same name starring Lee Remick and Steve McQueen. The song gave him his best ever placing on the US Hot 100, going to number 12 there. It was written by Elmer Bernstein and Ernie Sheldon and was the 10th hit to chart by an American artist.

We were now down to 5 of the original 20 songs and The Rolling Stones still led the way in terms of weeks with 15 under their belt, although Herman’s Hermits were catching up, sitting on 14.

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One thought on “30 July 1965

  1. ….. and, of course, Glen Yarbrough’s song would be the first the SA charts heard of one David Gates (billed as Dave Gates), although they would have had to read the production credits to see that!

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