12 November 1965


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

Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ clocked up a 3rd week at number 1 and became only the 3rd song so far to manage this. He did creep ahead of Elvis Presley for total weeks at 1 as he was now on 5, 1 more than the King and 1 less than Murray Campbell who led the way. The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ moved up 2 to take over second place from the Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’.

We had two biggest climbers this week, Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ and Manfred Mann’s cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now’, both song climbing up 4 places to end up at 11 and 13 respectively. It was Rockwell’s second time with this achievement, his first also coming with a four letter word, ‘Ciao’ and this was the 4th time a local artist had managed to take biggest climber honours. For Manfred Mann it was a first.

For a second week running, the biggest fall was 7 places and this week it was The Fortunes’ ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ that managed that, dropping from 9 to 16 to pick up their first such award.

We only had one song leave the chart this week and that was one with the shortest title we had seen to date, Glenn Yarbrough’s three lettered ‘She’. It had spent 5 weeks on the charts and peaked at 12. This ended his SA chart career which consisted of 2 hits (the other being ‘Baby The Rain Must Fall’) 16 weeks and a best peak of 3 with ‘Baby The Rain…’

The new entry came from We Five, a band formed in San Francisco in the US and which featured Michael Stewart, the brother of John Stewart from The Kingston Trio. The song they brought to our charts was a cover of a 1964 one by Ian & Sylvia, ‘You Were On My Mind’. The original, written by Sylvia Fricker, would not chart for the duo but the quintet of We Five would take it to number 3 in the US. The following year Crispian St. Peters would go to number 2 in the UK with his cover and a year later his version would make number 36 in the US.

The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest song on the charts as it moved on to 14 weeks. This equalled their best effort to date which ‘Under The Boardwalk’ had managed. It was no surprise therefor that they led the way in terms of total weeks on the chart as they ticked over to 34 weeks. Tom Jones was still in second place on that list, moving up to 29 weeks. The Fortunes reached the 10 weeks milestone.

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