1 October 1965


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

It did seem like wishful thinking that a local artist could keep the mighty Rolling Stones at bay for long and, after holding them at number 2 for 2 weeks (and having originally ousted The Beatles from the top spot), Murray Campbell had to give into the pressure and his version of ‘Goodbye My Love’ fell to 2 to allow The Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ into the number 1 position. This was their second chart topper in SA and they became the 2nd artist to have 2 number 1’s on our charts, the other being Elvis. It was also the 3rd song to get to number 1 in SA that had also managed this feat in both the UK and the US.

Despite ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ being Tom Jones’ 3rd hit, it was his first to claim a biggest climber in the week award as it moved up 7 from 18 to 11. This was the 5th song to manage a 7 place climb and only 3 had managed bigger jumps in a week (2 having 8 place jumps and 1 managing a 10 place leap). The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ was the only other star rater this week. It climbed 5 from 20 to 15.

Elvis Presley moved one ahead of Herman’s Hermits to take the outright lead for biggest fallers in a week as ‘Crying In The Chapel’ had this week’s biggest drop, falling 6 places from 14 to 20 and was the 4th time Elvis had suffered this fate.

The final song of the first top 20 departed from the charts this week. Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ had enjoyed a 17 week run in the charts and spent 2 of those at number 1. Those of you who have followed this blog from the start will know that the song would return for a short run in 1969.

The other song to depart was Herman’s Hermit’s ‘I’m Henry The Eighth, I Am’ which had spent just 3 weeks in the charts and peaked at 15. This was a far cry from the 11 weeks both of their previous 2 hits managed and the peak fell well short of the 1 and 5 of their other hits. The departure of ‘I’m Henry The Eighth, I Am’ meant we saw our first ever week without a Hermit’s track in the top 20.

The first of our new entries was by Sonny Bono and Cherilyn Sarkisian, better known as Sonny & Cher. ‘I Got You Babe’ would be their biggest hit, topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, 3 weeks in the US and 2 in the UK. In the UK it knocked The Beatles’ ‘Help!’ from number 1, while in the US it was knocked off the top spot by that particular Beatles song. The song was written by Sonny and produced by Phil Spector and would also manage to get to 3 in Germany, 4 in Holland, 6 in Austria and Norway and 12 in Belgium. In 1985 UB40 teamed up with Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders for a cover version of the song which they also took to the top of the UK charts.

Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs became the 7th act to have 2 songs in the charts simultaneously as ‘Ju Ju Hand’ joined ‘Wooly Bully’ in the top 20. As with the latter hit, ‘Ju Ju Hand’ was written by Domingo Samudio (the Sam in the group), however, unlike ‘Wooly Bully’ it would not make the UK charts. It did chart in the US, getting to number 26 there, falling a fair distance below the number 2 managed by ‘Wooly Bully’.

With the departure of Rick Nelson’s hit from the chart, we had a new oldest song which was ‘The Seekers’ ‘World Of Our Own’ which was enjoying its 16th week in the top 20. We had 4 acts move on to 10 weeks in the charts this week and they were The Byrds, Glenn Yarbrough, Murray Campbell and Virginia Lee. All of Lee’s weeks had been accumulated as one half a duet while Campbell had 3 as part of a duet (with Virginia Lee).

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