24 September 1965


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Goodbye My Love  – Murray Campbell
2 2 7 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction  – Rolling Stones
3 5 7 I’m Alive  – Hollies
4 6 5 Tossing And Turning  – Ivy League
5 4 9 Mr Tambourine Man  – Byrds
6 8 5 Pearly Shells  – Pat Boone
7 3 8 Help  – Beatles
8 10 4 Catch Us If You Can  – Dave Clark Five
9 14 3 You’ve Got Your Troubles  – Fortunes
10 7 9 Ciao  – Gene Rockwell
11 15 2 Goodbye My Love  – Virginia Lee & Murray Campbell
12 11 10 Wooly Bully  – Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
13 9 9 Baby The Rain Must Fall  – Glenn Yarbrough
14 12 12 Crying In The Chapel  – Elvis Presley
15 13 15 World Of Our Own  – Seekers
16 18 2 Goodbye My Love  – Nini Rosso
17 17 3 I’m Henry The Eighth, I Am  – Herman’s Hermits
18 New 1 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
19 19 17 I Need You  – Rick Nelson
20 New 1 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers

Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ became the second song to manage a 3 week run at the top of the charts as it held on to the top spot, keeping The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ at bay, the latter spending a second week at 2.

The Fortunes took the biggest climber in the week award as ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ moved up 5 places from 14 to 9. This was their first time with a biggest climber. The version of ‘Goobye My Love’ by Virginia Lee with Murray Campbell was also moving up the charts quickly, gaining star rater status with a 4 place jump from 15 to 11.

Two songs had the biggest drop this week and they were Glen Yarbrough’s ‘’ Baby The Rain Must Fall’ and The Beatles’ ‘Help!’ which both fell 4 places, the former ending up at 13 while the latter landed at 7. The Beatles were experiencing this indignity for the first time while both Glen and his song  were taking this award for a second week running.

Our only surviving song from the first ever chart, Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ was still hanging in there (just) and moved on to 17 weeks in the top 20 as it spent a second week at 19.

We had 2 songs leave the top 20, the first of which was Marianne Faithfull’s ‘This Little Bird’ which had enjoyed a run of 6 weeks in the chart during which it peaked at 17. This would be the lowest peak by a song spending 6 weeks on the chart and there would be 6 further songs that would also manage a peak of 17 during a 6 week run. Marianne’s departure did mean we saw our first chart without a solo female artist. Virginia Lee who was at 11 did keep the flag flying for the women, but as her effort was part of a duet, this did not help the solo female cause.

We also said goodbye to The Norman Ruby Orchestra’s ‘Tea And Trumpets’ which had spent 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9. This would be all we would see from Norman and his orchestra.

We had been 2 weeks now without a Tom Jones hits in our charts since ‘It’s Not Usual’ spent its last week in the top 20 on 3 September, but this week he was back with a new hit, ‘What’s New Pussycat’. The song gave Hal David & Burt Bacharach their first SA hit as song writers and was taken from a film of the same name. The film script was written by Woody Allen and was his first in that capacity. He also starred in the movie alongside Peter Sellers, Peter O’Toole and Ursula Andress. A further musical connection was that French singer, Francoise Hardy also had a minor role in the film. Jones would score a number 11 hit in the UK and a number 12 hit in the US with the song as well as getting to 10 in Holland. He became the 3rd artist on our charts to reach the 3 hit mark, joining The Rolling Stones and Herman’s Hermits there.

The other new entry was a song that had been around for a good while, being originally recorded in 1955 by Todd Duncan and taking its name from the film ‘Unchained’ in which it appeared. ‘Unchained Melody’ has subsequently made the UK charts 8 times, 3 of which were in 1955 and 4 of which topped the charts there. One of those chart topping efforts was by The Righteous Brothers who were the artist on the version that entered our charts this week. The Righteous Brothers were not brothers, but were Bill Medley (who would later have a hit alongside Jennifer Warnes) and Bobby Hatfield. Their version of the song would only make number 14 in the UK during its first run in 1965, but in 1990, after its use in the film ‘Ghost’ starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, it would top the charts there for 4 weeks. In the US it would make it to number 4 in 1965. It returned to the US charts in 1990 (also on the strength of ‘Ghost’) where it would chart in the 1965 version and a new 1990 version which went to 13 and 19 respectively.

Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs and The Ivy League both moved on to the 10 weeks in the chart milestone.

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