26 November 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 California Girls  – Beach Boys
2 2 10 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
3 5 6 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
4 4 10 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers
5 6 5 Tears  – Ken Dodd
6 7 4 Love  – Gene Rockwell
7 3 7 Look Through Any Window  – Hollies
8 12 5 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
9 10 4 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
10 13 4 Houston  – Dean Martin
11 14 4 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
12 8 9 I Got You Babe  – Sonny And Cher
13 17 2 Hungry For Love  – A-Cads
14 9 6 Everyone’s Gone To The Moon  – Jonathan King
15 18 2 Keep On Dancing  – Gentrys
16 19 2 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell
17 20 3 You Were On My Mind  – We Five
18 New 1 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
19 11 15 Goodbye My Love  – Murray Campbell
20 New 1 How The Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean

The Beach Boys held on to the top spot with their ‘California Girls’ clocking up a second week there. The previous number 1, Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ was unmoved at 2, threatening to recapture pole position.

The biggest climbers this week were both by local artists and this was the first of 9 times that we would see 2 local acts take biggest climber (we would also see a week with 3 local songs taking that honour). The first of these was The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ which moved up 4 from 12 to 8, while the other was The A-Cads’ ‘Hungry For Love’ which also moved up 4 and landed at 13. For both acts it was the first time with this honour.

Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ clocked up the 5th time that the biggest faller had been by a local act with Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ taking it twice, ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’ Virginia Lee’s duet with Slim Whitman taking it once and Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’ also managing it once. Campbell’s song dropped 8 places from 11 to 19 and in so doing matched the aforementioned Emil Dean song and The Hollies’ ‘I’m Alive’ for the biggest fall in a week to date.

Last week The Ivy League’s ‘Tossing And Turning’ was falling, this week it was leaving as it dropped off the top 20. It had lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 2. This ended their SA chart career which had consisted of 2 songs (the other being ‘Funny How Love Can Be’) which clocked up a total of 18 weeks and the peak of 2 that their song departing the charts this week was their best effort.  They stood 9th on the list of weeks on the charts to date.

Also leaving us was The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ which managed a run of 15 weeks, 1 of which was spent at the top of the charts. In terms of weeks, this went 1 better than ‘Under The Boardwalk’, their previous longest running on the charts, but in terms of peak, this latter song also spent a week at the top of the chart. The Stones still topped the list of weeks on the chart by an artist with their 35 so far, and there was plenty more to come from them.

Our first new entry was by local lad, Theo Cavalieros with ‘Amore Scusami’, his cover of a song which Robert Goulet had taken to number 16 in the US the previous year. Cavalieros’ version had a subtitle of ‘My Love Fogive Me’, the English translation of the Italian title. Goulet’s version was released the other way round with the English being the main title and the Italian the subtitle in brackets after the English. Cavalieros was born in Egypt of Greek parents and moved to SA in 1964.

The second new entry was ‘How The Mighty Have Fallen’, a second hit for Emil Dean. He became the 4th local act to score a second hit, moving in alongside Virginia Lee, and sitting 1 behind Gene Rockwell and Murray Campbell. The song appears to have been first recorded by an American artist called Mickey Denton, but he didn’t make a dent on (sorry) the US charts with his version. Johnny Kongos also recorded a version of the song in 1965, but he didn’t chart with it.

As with the biggest climbers, both the new entries were by local acts which brought the total local content of the charts to a new record level of 7 hits.

Gene Rockwell reached the landmark of 20 weeks in the charts and was the second highest placed local act for weeks on the charts, 6 behind Murray Campbell. Campbell moved ahead of Herman’s Hermits to be 3rd overall on this list. The Righteous Brothers reached the 10 week milestone.

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