5 November 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
2 4 7 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers
3 2 12 Goodbye My Love  – Murray Campbell
4 7 5 California Girls  – Beach Boys
5 10 4 Look Through Any Window  – Hollies
6 3 11 Tossing And Turning  – Ivy League
7 8 6 I Got You Babe  – Sonny And Cher
8 5 13 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction  – Rolling Stones
9 6 9 You’ve Got Your Troubles  – Fortunes
10 14 3 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
11 13 3 Everyone’s Gone To The Moon  – Jonathan King
12 19 2 Tears  – Ken Dodd
13 11 8 Goodbye My Love  – Virginia Lee & Murray Campbell
14 9 10 Catch Us If You Can  – Dave Clark Five
15 New 1 Love  – Gene Rockwell
16 20 2 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
17 New 1 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
18 New 1 Houston  – Dean Martin
19 12 5 She  – Glenn Yarbrough
20 New 1 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys

Tom Jones pulled level with Elvis Presley for weeks at 1 as ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ spent a second week at the top spot to add to the 2 weeks that ‘It’s Not Unusual’ had managed, bringing his total  to 4. Jones and Presley stood 2 behind Murray Campbell who was on 6. The Righteous Brothers moved up a couple of places to 2 with ‘Unchained Melody’.

Last week the biggest climbers were the 2 new entries from the previous week. This week, the biggest climber was one of the two new entries of the previous week and that was Ken Dodd’s ‘Tears’’ which moved up 7 from 19 to 12. The other new entry, The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ was a star rater, climbing 4 to 16. There were 2 other star raters, The Hollies’ ‘Look Through Any Window’ which moved up 5 to 5 and Perry Como’s ‘Stand Beside Me’ which climbed 4 to 10.

Glenn Yarbrough picked up his 4th biggest faller in a week award as ‘She’ fell 7 from 12 to 19. His previous 3 biggest fallers had all been with ‘Baby The Rain Must Fall’.

So far the most number of songs we had seen leave the chart in a week was 3, however this moved up to 4 as that number of songs did not make it from last week to this week. The first to go was The Hollies ‘I’m Alive’ which managed to get to 3 during its 12 week stay on the charts, 3 of those weeks were while their other hit, ‘Look Through Any Window’ was in the charts. They would have further hits and a further occasion with 2 songs on the same top 20.

Billy Joe Royal’s ‘Down In The Boondocks’ only managed to spend 3 weeks with us and its best placing was number 17. This would be the sum total of his SA chart career.

Pat Boone’s ‘Pearly Shells’ departed after 10 weeks and a peak of 3. Like Billy Joe Royal, this would be his only hit in SA, however, his family (The Pat Boone Family, sometimes just called The Boones) would have further hits, as would his daughter Debby.

The last to go was Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra’s ‘A Walk In The Black Forest’ which, like Billy Joe Royal’s  hit, also only managed 3 weeks, however it peaked 2 places higher at 15. It would also be their only SA hit.

Gene Rockwell became the first local act to achieve 3 hits on the charts as ‘Love’ by him entered this week at number 15. He joined The Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits and Tom Jones at the top of the list for number of hits by an artist. The song was penned by Rockwell and the single credits it to Gene Rockwell & The Falcons. This brought the local count in the chart up to 4.

And talking of local content, South African born Manfred Lubowitz was a member of the UK band Manfred Mann which brought us our second new entry in the shape of ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now’. This gave Bob Dylan his second hit as songwriter. Dylan had recorded the song a year earlier during the sessions for his ‘Bringing It All back Home’ album, but despite numerous takes, none made the final cut for the album, eventually ppearing in 1991 on ‘The Bootleg Series Vol 1 – 3’. The first version of the song to be released was by a group called The Liverpool Five, but it was Manfred Mann’s version that had the first chart success with it, going to number 2 in the UK. In 1969 Fairport Convention took a French translation of the song to 21 in the UK.

Dean Martin made his SA chart debut with a song written by Lee Hazelwood called ‘Houston’. Hazelwood, who was well known for his duets with Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy, would only release his own version of the song in 1966 as an album track. Martin’s version would garner him a number 21 hit in the US. An album of the same name would go to number 11 on the US album charts.

The final new entry was ‘Hang On Sloopy’ by The McCoys. Rick Derringer, a member of The McCoys was just 18 when they topped the US charts for 1 week with the song. It would also give them a number 5 hit in the UK. Ten years later Derringer would take a solo version of the song to number 94 in the US. Three months after The McCoys version charted in the US, The Ramsey Lewis Trio would chart with a version that would eventually make it to number 11. The song appeared on the US charts again in 1970 when The Lettermen scraped a number 93 hit with it. In the UK the only other version to chart was The Sandpipers number 32 hit with it in 1976.

On the weeks on the chart front, we saw The Dave Clark Five reach double figures while Murray Campbell became the first local act to achieve 20 weeks. Gene Rockwell was the second highest local act on 17.

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2 thoughts on “5 November 1965

  1. Good Morning, What happened to the stats for 29 October 1965?

    Thank you for refreshing the memories and for all the details!

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