3 September 1965

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

Last week we saw our first chart topper that was also a number 1 hit in the UK and the US. This week The Beatles’ ‘Help!’ became the second song to top our charts and in so doing emulate its success on both side of the Atlantic. It would start a 3 week run at the top of the US charts, the day after the above chart was broadcast and had enjoyed a 2 week run at number 1 in the UK in August. Our previous number 1, The Byrds’ ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ fell to 2.

The Ivy League were ‘Tossing And Turning’ and also climbing as they had the biggest move up this week, gaining 8 places as it leapt from 19 to 11. They were joined by Murray Campbell whose ‘Goodbye My Love’ added an 8 place climb to 3 this week to his biggest climber of 6 places last week.

Tom Jones suffered his first time with the biggest faller as ‘It’s Not Unusual’ plummeted 7 places from 7 to 14. To date this was the tied second biggest fall in a week, equalling Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’, but being one less than the 8 place fall that the aforementioned Dean track also managed.

Them’s ‘Here Comes The Night’ could have been retitled ‘Here Comes The End Of Our SA Chart Run’ as the song fell off the top 20 this week. It had lasted 8 weeks with a peak of 9. This would be their only SA hit.

The new song on the chart was The Dave Clark Five’s ‘Catch Us If You Can’.  The song would go to number 5 during a 10 week stay on the UK charts and 4 in the US where it had an 11 week run. It was written by Dave Clark and the band’s guitarist, Lenny Davidson and was used as the theme tune for John Boorman’s 1965 film of the same name. The film starred Dave Clark and the band alongside Barbara Ferris (who starred in the 1964 film ‘Children Of The Damned’). ‘Catch Us If You Can’ was the 25th song by a British act to chart.

The Poms led the way by quite some distance in terms of number of hits with nearest rivals being the Yanks with 12, the local acts on 6. The only other nations to be represented on our charts so far were Australia (2 hits) and The Netherlands (1 if that’s where The Norman Ruby Orchestra were in fact from). The 2 local songs on this week’s chart were huddled together at 3 and 4.

The 2 songs on last week’s charts that had been in the very first chart were still there and clocked in at 14 weeks now. They were Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Under The Boardwalk’. The Stones now sat on 24 weeks, 3 ahead of Herman’s Hermits on 21.

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