29 October 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
2 1 11 Goodbye My Love  – Murray Campbell
3 3 10 Tossing And Turning  – Ivy League
4 5 6 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers
5 4 12 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction  – Rolling Stones
6 7 8 You’ve Got Your Troubles  – Fortunes
7 8 4 California Girls  – Beach Boys
8 12 5 I Got You Babe  – Sonny And Cher
9 6 9 Catch Us If You Can  – Dave Clark Five
10 15 3 Look Through Any Window  – Hollies
11 11 7 Goodbye My Love  – Virginia Lee & Murray Campbell
12 13 4 She  – Glenn Yarbrough
13 19 2 Everyone’s Gone To The Moon  – Jonathan King
14 20 2 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
15 16 3 A Walk In The Black Forest  – Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra
16 9 10 Pearly Shells  – Pat Boone
17 17 3 Down In The Boondocks  – Billy Joe Royal
18 10 12 I’m Alive  – Hollies
19 New 1 Tears  – Ken Dodd
20 New 1 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos

Tom Jones was asking us ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and this week we could answer, ‘you at number 1’ as his song from the film of the same name knocked Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodnight  My Love’ off the top spot. The latter had enjoyed 2 runs at the top, both of 3 weeks in length. This was Jones’ second visit to the pole position on our charts as he had already spent 2 weeks there with ‘It’s Not Unusual’, a run which ended 14 weeks previously. He joined The Rolling Stones in leading the way with 2 chart toppers so far.

We had 2 star raters that did not make biggest climber of the week and these were Sonny And Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ which moved up 4 from 12 to 8 and The Hollies’ ‘Look Through Any Window’ which climbed 5 from 15 to 10. The biggest climbers, however, were the 2 new entries from last week. Jonathan King’s ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’ climbed 6 from 19 to 13 while Perry Como’s ‘Stand Beside Me’ moved up its 6 places from 20 to 14.

While experiencing the joy of having a star rater, The Hollies were also experiencing the despair of having the biggest faller in the week as ‘I’m Alive’ plummeted 8 places from 10 to 18. This equalled the biggest fall in a week that we had seen to date, the previous song to manage this was Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’.

We said goodbye to 2 songs this week, the first of which was the oldest on last week’s chart, Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs’ ‘Wooly Bully’ which spent 14 weeks in the top 20 and, as it did in the US, stalled at number 2. The band had spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart so far, the other 2 coming from the brief run of ‘Ju Ju Hand’. We now had 2 songs take over as the oldest on the charts and they were ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ by The Rolling Stones and The Hollies’ ‘I’m Alive’.

The other song to leave the top 20 was The Beatles’ ‘Help!’ which meant we saw our first top 20 with nothing by the Fab Four on it. ‘Help!’, which would have been the oldest song on the chart if it had managed to stay another week (presuming of course that Sam The Sham didn’t also manage to hang on for 1 more week), spent 12 weeks in the charts of which 1 of those was at the top spot. We would see further hits from both of the acts that left the charts this week.

The first of the new entries was Ken Dodd’s ‘Tears’, a song that was first recorded in 1929 by Rudy Vallee. Dodd, who also had a career as a comedian, would score a number 1 hit with this in the UK where it would spend 5 weeks atop of the UK charts. Selling over a million copies, it would end up being the biggest seller of the year and would be the only song in the top 5 best sellers for the 1960s in the UK that was not a Beatles number, landing up at 3 on the list. By 2002 it was the 19th biggest seller of all time in Britain. Despite his huge success with this in the UK, the song would not trouble any of the major European charts nor the US Hot 100. Dodd would have 20 songs make the UK charts, 8 of which would make the top 20 there.

Joining Dodd as a new entry, was the 7th song by a local act, The Staccatos’ Come Back Silly Girl’. The song was written by Barry Mann and was first recorded in 1960 by Steve Lawrence. In 1962, The Lettermen would give it its first success, taking it to number 17 in the US. One of the band members of The Staccatos was Jimmy Routledge (aka Jimmy Ryan) who was apparently responsible for getting Jeremy Taylor to record ‘Ag Pleez Deddy’.

On the weeks on the chart front, The Rolling Stones were still in front on 32 weeks, 5 ahead of Tom Jones, their nearest rival. Pat Boone celebrated his 10th week in the chart.

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