27 August 1965


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

Elvis’ rule at the top of the charts came to an end as ‘Crying In The Chapel’ dropped from number 1 to number 5. This 4 place drop would ultimately be the second biggest fall from grace which 3 other songs would manage. There would be 3 that would drop from 1 to 6. In the place of ‘Crying In The Chapel’, we had our first number 1 that had also topped both the UK and US charts, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ by The Byrds. The song had been at the top of the UK charts for 2 weeks and 1 week in the US.

The Beatles scored a second biggest climber in a week as ‘Help!’ moved up 6 places to number 2. They were joined in the 6 place climb with the second local act to have a biggest climber as Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ climbed 6 to 11 and joined Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’ for South Africa acts having biggest climbers.

Three songs took the biggest tumble this week, Sandie Shaw’s ‘Long Live Love’, Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs’ ‘Wooly Bully’ and Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ mentioned above. All 3 songs fell 4

Places, landing up at 10, 6 and 5 respectively. Out of these artist it was only Elvis who had suffered this fate before (once with ‘Do The Clam’). Sandi Shaw accounted for the 4th time a solo female had had a biggest faller.

We dropped down to only 1 artist having 2 songs in the chart as Tom Jones’ ‘Little Lonely One’ left the top 20 after 8 weeks and a peak of 10. This left ‘It’s Not Unusual’ as his only song in the charts. The Rolling Stones were the ones to still have 2 in the top 20.

Also leaving the charts was Donovan’s ‘Catch The Wind’. It had spent 11 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 5. There was plenty more to come from him.

The Ivy League returned to our charts (could one say they were growing on us?) with ‘Tossing And Turning’. This was their second hit on our fair shores and it would prove to be their most successful in the UK charts, making it to number 3 there. It would also be their only US hit, scraping a peak of 83 on the Hot 100 there. Like their previous hit, ‘Funny How Love Can Be’, it was written by John Carter and John Lewis, however, ‘Tossing And Turning’ also had Perry Ford in the song writing credits. Carter and Lewis joined 10 other song writers who had had a hand in writing 2 songs to chart so far. None had managed 3 yet.

Our second new entry was Pat Boone with ‘Pearly Shells’. This was a version of ‘Pupu A ‘O ‘Ewa’ an old Hawaiian song with English lyrics by Webley Edwards and Leon Pober. The most successful version of the song was by Burl Ives who took it to number 60 in the US Hot 100. Boone’s version failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic. By this date, Boone had had 58 hits on the US charts, charting in every year from 1955 to 1964, but failed to continue this run into 1965.

Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Under The Boardwalk’ continued to be the oldest on the chart as they were on 13 weeks and the only survivors from our very first chart. Tom Jones and Herman’s Hermits moved onto the milestone of 20 weeks on the chart while Gene Rockwell and Sandie Shaw hit double figures for weeks, Shaw becoming the first woman to reach this mark.

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