17 December 1965


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

‘California Girls’ moved on to 5 weeks at number 1 and was now breathing down the neck of Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ which still led the way on 6 weeks. The Beach Boys hit did extend its lead for best consecutive week run at the top as Campbell’s had been an interrupted one. The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ took over at number 2 from Perry Como’s ‘Stand Beside Me’.

Local lad, Theo Cavallieros and Aussie band The Seekers were the movers this week as ‘Amore Scusami’ by the former and ‘The Carnival Is Over’ by the latter both climbed 6 places landing up at 8 and 14 respectively. The A-Cad’s ‘Hungry For Love’, Murray Campbell’s ‘Only You My Love’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Get Off My Cloud’ were star raters, the first 2 climbing 5 while the last mentioned moved up 4.

So far the biggest drop we had seen a song suffer in a week was 8 places which 3 songs had managed (Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’, The Hollies’ ‘I’m Alive’ and Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’). However this week, Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ took this to new heights (or should that be depths?) as it plummeted 10 places from 9 to 19. In terms of the top 20 songs, there would be just 4 songs that would manage a bigger fall in a week and those would all be 11 places. There would be bigger drops if one looked at the whole chart once a top 30 came into being in 1983. In total there would be 68 cases of a fall of 10 or more places on the charts (including top 30), but it was all kicked off by our very own Gene Rockwell.

One of the two songs that were the oldest on last week’s chart was not on this week’s chart. ‘Unchained Melody’ by the Righteous Brothers had spent 12 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 2 during that time. Of all the songs that charted by groups with ‘Brothers’ in their name, this would only be beaten for a peak by a Bellamy Brothers hit, but then again, the Righteous Brothers were not actually siblings. They would grace our charts again.

The departure of ‘Unchained Melody’ meant Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ was the sole oldest on the chart, clocking up its 13th week.

The Fortunes were back on our charts with ‘Here It Comes Again’ being our only new entry this week. It followed up their recent number 6 hit, ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’. This gave songwriter Barry Mason his first taste of SA chart success, while for his co-writer, Les Reed it was a second hit as Reed had also co-penned Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’. In the UK ‘Here It Comes Again’ would go to number 4 and would also climb to 26 on the US charts. Elsewhere it would get to 12 in Belgium and 40 in Germany.

In terms of weeks spent on the charts, Gene Rockwell moved ahead of The Beatles (who were on 22) to join none other than Elvis Presley on 23 and sit tied 5th on the overall list. And finally, something that would not appear on the chart, but relates to a song that was on our charts 5 weeks previously was that during the week that this chart came out, Virginia Lee would become the first woman to receive a gold disc in South Africa. This award was for ‘Goodbye My Love’ which had recently left our charts.

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