13 August 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Crying In The Chapel  – Elvis Presley
2 4 8 Long Live Love  – Sandie Shaw
3 2 9 World Of Our Own  – Seekers
4 8 4 Wooly Bully  – Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
5 5 7 Wonderful World  – Herman’s Hermits
6 3 10 It’s Not Unusual  – Tom Jones
7 12 3 Mr Tambourine Man  – Byrds
8 14 3 Ciao  – Gene Rockwell
9 15 3 Baby The Rain Must Fall  – Glenn Yarbrough
10 11 5 Tea And Trumpets  – Norman Ruby Orchestra
11 17 2 Help  – Beatles
12 6 11 I Need You  – Rick Nelson
13 7 11 Under The Boardwalk  – Rolling Stones
14 9 6 Here Comes The Night  – Them
15 10 10 Catch The Wind  – Donovan
16 13 7 Little Lonely One  – Tom Jones
17 New 1 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction  – Rolling Stones
18 New 1 I’m Alive  – Hollies
19 New 1 This Little Bird  – Marianne Faithfull
20 16 11 Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter  – Herman’s Hermits

Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ became the 3rd song to make it to 2 weeks at the top of the charts so far, joining Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ and Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’. Sandie Shaw moved into second place with ‘Long Live Love’ and spearheaded three tracks in a row by artists whose name began with ‘S’ as the Seekers were at 3 and Sam the Sham And The Pharaohs were at 4.

The last of these 3 ‘S’ acts produced a star rater effort to get to 4 as ‘Wooly Bully’ jumped up 4 places from 8. Also gaining star rater status was The Byrds’ ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ with a 5 place climb, but top climber honours was shared by 3 songs, Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’, Glenn Yarbrough’s ‘Baby The Rain Must Fall’ and The Beatles ‘Help!’ which all moved up 6 places. For both The Beatles and Gene Rockwell it was a first biggest climber, but a second for Glenn Yarbrough and also for his song.

Dropping down the chart at pace was Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Under The Boardwalk’ which both fell 6 places to land up at 12 and 13 respectively.

The Beatles time with 2 hits in the charts simultaneously was short lived as ‘Ticket To Ride’ dropped off the top 20 after spending just a single week alongside ‘Help!’ in the top 20. ‘Ticket To Ride’ had lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 2. The Beatles would not have 2 hits in the chart in the same week again, the best they would manage in the future is having 3 different songs by 3 of the band members as solo artists.

Elvis also ended a stint with 2 songs in the charts as ‘Do The Clam’ dropped off the top 20 after 10 weeks, 1 of which was spent at number 1. This was only the second ex-chart topper to fall off the charts so far. Elvis had spent 5 of those 10 weeks with 2 in the top 20. Unlike The Beatles, he would manage to have more than 1 in the chart in the same week again, but we would have to wait till the 70’s to see this.

The last song to go was Unit Four Plus Two’s ‘Concrete And Clay’. Unlike their fellow leavers, the band had not had 2 in the charts in the same week, in fact this would be their only charting hit in SA. The song was, however, the 3rd to have an equal weeks and peak figures as it got to number 8 during an 8 week run.

And talking of having 2 songs in the charts at the same time, Herman’s Hermits must have thought that they would overtake the Stones for weeks on the chart in total as they had 2 on last week’s top 20 while the Stones only had 1. The Hermit’s 2 made it into this week, but the Stones added ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ to our top 20 so they also had 2 and became the first act to have 2 in the charts with 2 different parings. ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ would give the Stones a chart topper on both sides of the Atlantic, becoming their first US number 1 and their 4th in the UK. It would also top the charts in Germany, Austria, Holland and Norway. In 1966, Otis Redding took a cover to 33 in the UK and 31 in the US.

The Hollies kicked off their SA chart career with ‘I’m Alive’ entering the charts at 18 this week. The song was penned by Clint Ballard Jr who had also brought us Wayne Fontana & The Mindbender’s ‘Game Of Love’. ‘I’m Alive’ would give The Hollies their first UK number 1 which had 2 runs at the top there. It knocked our current number 1, Elvis Presley’s ‘Crying In The Chapel’ off the top spot there before the Elvis hit regained pole position a week later. The following week ‘I’m Alive’ was back at the top and stayed there for 2 weeks before our number 7 song this week, The Byrds’ ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ knocked it off its perch.

Our final new entry was a song written by John D. Loudermilk. Marianne Faithfull’s version of ‘This Little Bird’ would give her a number 6 hit in the UK (her second best peak to date there) and a number 32 chart placing on the US Billboard Hot 100. The Nashville Teens would also have some success with the song, taking it to 38 in the UK. Apart from her singing, Faithfull was well known for her relationship with The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger.

As mentioned above, The Rolling Stones managed to prevent Herman’s Hermits from overtaking them on the weeks front as they both moved on to 18 this week. Donovan and The Seekers joined the 6 other acts so far to make 10 weeks.

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