10 December 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 California Girls  – Beach Boys
2 2 8 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
3 6 7 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
4 7 6 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
5 8 6 Houston  – Dean Martin
6 3 7 Tears  – Ken Dodd
7 4 12 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
8 10 6 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
9 5 6 Love  – Gene Rockwell
10 12 4 Hungry for Love  – A-Cads
11 14 5 You Were On My Mind  – We Five
12 13 4 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell
13 9 12 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers
14 16 3 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
15 18 2 Yesterday  – Matt Monro
16 17 3 How the Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean
17 20 2 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
18 19 2 That’s How I Feel  – Bats
19 New 1 Get Off My Cloud  – Rolling Stones
20 New 1 The Carnival is Over  – Seekers

The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ moved into second place on its own for weeks at 1, clocking up a 4th straight week at the top of our charts. It was now the best consecutive week run at the top to date. It pulled 1 clear of Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ and Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat’ and sat 2 behind Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’. Perry Como still applied pressure as his ‘Stand Beside Me’ was unmoved at 2.

As with last week, it only took a 3 place climb for a song to be the biggest climber and this week we saw 6 songs manage this. They were ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ by The Staccatos, ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now’ by Manfred Mann, ‘Houston’ by Dean Martin, ‘You Were On My Mind’ by We Five, ‘Yesterday’ by Matt Monro and ‘Wind Me Up’ by Cliff Richard. The We Five hit had been one of the 3 biggest climbers last week. Manfred Mann and The Staccatos were also celebrating the second time with this award.

In contrast there were only 2 songs that had the biggest fall and they were Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ and The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ which both fell 4 places, landing up at 9 and 13 respectively. Rockwell’s biggest drop was his second to date and the 6th time it had been a local act while for the Righteous Brothers it was also a second time and the second week in a row for ‘Unchained Melody’.

We lost 2 songs from the chart this week, the first of which was Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’. It had spent 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5. Unlike in the UK, we would not see UB40’s cover in 1985 make it on our charts (it would get to 12 on Radio 702’s charts and 13 on Capital 604’s). Sonny & Cher would return to our charts at a later date.

The second song to go was The Hollies’ ‘Look Through Any Window’ which spent 8 weeks on the charts, 4 less than their only other hit to date, ‘I’m Alive’, but shared a peak of 3 with their previous hit. In dropping off the chart from position 11, it became the new highest position for a song to exit the top 20 from, beating Gene Rockwell’s departure from number 13 with ‘Ciao’ by 2 places.

After just 2 weeks without a Rolling Stones hit on our charts, Mick and the boys rectified that situation as ‘Get Off My Cloud’ got onto our charts. This was The Stones’ 4th hit and once again put them at the top of the list of number of hits by an artist, pulling 1 clear of 6 other artists who sat on 3. This was the 3rd of their 4 hits that had been written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (’Under The Boardwalk’ being the odd one out) and also the 3rd of the 4 that would top the UK charts (‘Boardwalk’ again being the odd one out). It would also top the charts in the US and Germany while making it to 2 in Australia, Ireland, Holland and Norway, 5 in Austria and 6 in Belgium. The song would be one of only 2 by British acts that would knock The Beatles off the top spot in the US as it would replace the latter’s ‘Yesterday’ there. Petula Clark would be the only other British act to dislodge a US chart topper by The Beatles when her ‘My Love’ dethroned ‘We Can Work It Out’.

The Seekers became the first act that was not from the UK, US or SA to get to 3 hits on the charts as the Aussie group’s ‘The Carnival Is Over’ became their 3rd hit to chart. The song would knock our other new entry this week off the top spot in the UK to give them their second number 1 there, but would fail to chart in the US. Elsewhere it would get to 3 in Norway, 5 in Holland and 14 in Germany. The tune of the song was based on a Russian Folk song while the lyrics were written by Tom Springfield (Dusty Springfield’s brother). It has sold 1.41 million copies in the UK and was the 30th biggest seller of all time there. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds recorded an unlikely cover for their album ‘Kicking Against The Pricks’.

Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ were still the oldest on the charts, both moving onto 12 weeks. Three acts ticked over to 10 weeks on the charts and they were The Bats, The Beach Boys and Manfred Mann. Gene Rockwell moved into tied 6th place on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist, coming level with none other than The Beatles on 22 weeks.

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