19 November 1965

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

The Beach Boys took over the number 1 spot from Tom Jones as their ‘California Girls’ jumped up a place and ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ fell to number 2 after it had spent 3 weeks at the top of the charts.

Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ followed up last week’s biggest climber award by taking the award again with a 4 place climb from 11 to 7. This was his 3rd time with this honour. At the other end of the scale it was The Ivy League’s ‘Tossing And Turning’ that was falling as it dropped 6 from 10 to 16. This was their first time with the biggest faller.

The Dave Clark Five’s ‘Catch Us If You Can’ was the first of 3 songs to leave us this week. It had enjoyed an 11 week run in the top 20 and managed to get to number 5 during that time. There would be more to come from the band.

We also said’ Goodbye My Love’ to Virginia Lee and Murray Campbell. It had spent 9 weeks on the chart and peaked at 10. Its departure meant that we were down to just 1 version of the song on the charts, having had 3 different versions of it in the top 20 just 4 weeks previously. This version fared better than Nini Rosso’s which only managed 5 weeks and a peak of 14, but had already been outdone by Campbell’s solo version which was sitting on 13 weeks and had peaked at number 1.

The final song to leave the charts was The Fortunes’ ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ which had lasted 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. We still had 1 more hit from them to enjoy.

The first of the new entries was The A-Cad’s with ‘Hungry For Love’, a cover of a 1963 hit for Johnny Kidd & The Pirates who took the song to number 20 in the UK. The following year, The Searchers released a version of it, but that did not chart. The A-Cads were formed in Johannesburg and one of the band members Dick Laws had been a member of Bill Kimber & The Couriers.

The second new entry, ‘Keep on Dancing’, was first recorded in 1963 (by the Avantis), but it was The Gentrys’ version that made it on to our charts. This version had managed a peak of 4 in the US. The recording of this song was so short that the record company repeated it with a bit of drum fill between the first and second ‘plays’ of the one recording. Even with this doubling in length, the final product only clocked in at 2 minutes and 8 seconds. In 1971, The Bay City Rollers took a cover of it to 9 in the UK.

Murray Campbell became the first local act to have 2 songs in the charts simultaneously as ‘Only You My Love’ entered the charts at 19 this week, joining the aforementioned ‘Goodbye My Love’ which sat at 11 this week. The astute among you would note that he just missed out on having 3 in the top 20, but as mentioned above, his duet version with Virginia Lee failed to last an extra week. ‘Only You My Love’ was written by Campbell with the help of Chris du Toit and Beverly Pierce and 1 other writer whose surnames was Rothman, but I have been unable to find out a first name. Chris du Toit was an orchestra leader and he and his band get a co-credit as artist (as they did on ‘Goodbye My Love’) while Beverly Pierce is responsible for a spoken verse which, as with ‘Goodbye My Love’, precludes the song from qualifying as an instrumental.

The oldest song on the charts was still The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and this was its 4th week as such.  Tome Jones hit the 30 week mark and was second on the list of weeks on the chart to date by an artist.

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