Well this brings to a close the first year of charts although it was not a full year with only 30 weeks’ worth of charts being produced. During the year, we saw 79 songs chart which were brought to us by 56 different artists. 13 of these hits were by local artists and 8 acts accounted for these 13 hits.
Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 20 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):
|1||Goodbye My Love||Murray Campbell||235|
|2||Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No)||The Rolling Stones||216|
|3||What’s New Pussycat?||Tom Jones||208|
|4||I Need You||Rick Nelson||207|
|5||California Girls||The Beach Boys||197|
|6||Under the Boardwalk||The Rolling Stones||194|
|7||World of Our Own||The Seekers||192|
|8||Tossing and Turning||The Ivy League||177|
|9||It’s Not Unusual||Tom Jones||166|
|10||Mr Tambourine Man||The Byrds||163|
|12||Crying in the Chapel||Elvis Presley||160|
|13||Unchained Melody||The Righteous Brothers||154|
|14||I’m Alive||The Hollies||148|
|15||Wooly Bully||Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs||144|
|16||Stand Beside Me||Perry Como||139|
|18||Long Live Love||Sandie Shaw||131|
|19||Do the Clam||Elvis Presley||128|
|20||Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter||Herman’s Hermits||119|
|21||Catch Us If You Can||The Dave Clark Five||118|
|22||Pearly Shells||Pat Boone||115|
|23||Catch the Wind||Donovan||111|
|24||Wonderful World||Herman’s Hermits||109|
|25||You’ve Got Your Troubles||The Fortunes||108|
|26||Come Back Silly Girl||The Staccatos||106|
|27||Baby the Rain Must Fall||Glenn Yarbrough||105|
|29||Forget Domani||Connie Francis||101|
|30||Shabby Little Hut||The Bats||97|
|31||If You Gotta Go, Go Now||Manfred Mann||97|
|32||I Got You Babe||Sonny and Cher||96|
|33||Look Through Any Window||The Hollies||95|
|34||Ticket to Ride||The Beatles||86|
|35||Tea and Trumpets||The Norman Ruby Orchestra||81|
|36||Hang on Sloopy||The McCoys||78|
|37||Goodbye My Love||Virginia Lee and Murray Campbell||78|
|40||Concrete and Clay||Unit Four Plus Two||69|
(Thanks to Peet van Staden for this table)
You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:
The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1976 were as follows:
|1||Goodbye My Love||Murray Campbell||235|
|3||Come Back Silly Girl||The Staccatos||106|
|4||Shabby Little Hut||The Bats||97|
|5||Goodbye My Love||Virginia Lee and Murray Campbell||78|
|7||Hungry For Love||A-Cads||66|
|8||Only You My Love||Murray Campbell||53|
|10||Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)||Theo Cavalieros||41|
NUMBER OF HITS
The Rolling Stones took top honours for the most hits in the year as they managed to score 4. Gene Rockwell, Cliff Richard, The Seekers, Herman’s Hermits and Tom Jones all chipped in with 3. A further 11 acts managed 2 while the rest only managed 1.
Gene Rockwell with his 3 was the top scorer for local acts with Emil Dean, The Bats and Murray Campbell coming in with 2 apiece.
WEEKS IN THE CHARTS
Given that they managed 1 more hit than anybody else, it was no real surprise that The Rolling Stones were the top act for weeks spent on the charts. They managed to spend a total of 38 weeks in the top 20 (2 songs on the chart in a week counts as 2 weeks). They were followed by Tom Jones on 35, Murray Campbell (top local artist) on 30 and Herman’s Hermits on 25. Gene Rockwell in 5th place was the second highest local act on 23 and was tied with Elvis Presley on this tally. In total 26 of the 56 artists who charted managed to get into double figures for weeks.
14 songs topped the charts during the year with Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones accounting for 2 apiece, the 8 others all being by different artists. Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ was the only local chart topper amongst those.
In terms of weeks spent at the top of the chart, The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ performed the best with 6 consecutive weeks at 1. Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ also managed 6 weeks but they were not consecutive. In terms of songs, Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ and Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat’ were the only other songs to manage more than 2 weeks at the top, both spending 3 weeks there.
The Beach Boys and Murray Campbell also took top honours for weeks at 1 by an act, both managing 6 as mentioned above. Tom Jones just pipped Elvis by managing 5 with his 2 chart toppers while Elvis came in with a total of 4.
We saw 7 hits by woman (including where women were part of a duet) with Virginia Lee being the only local one among them and also the only one to manage 2 hits, although both were as part of duets (one with Slim Whitman and one with Murray Campbell).
The top 5 hits by woman in 1965 were:
|1||Long Live Love||Sandie Shaw||131|
|2||Forget Domani||Connie Francis||101|
|3||Goodbye My Love||Virginia Lee (with Murray Campbell)||78|
|4||Tennessee Yodel Polka||Virginia Lee (with Slim Whitman)||57|
|5||I Know A Place||Petula Clark||46|
Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’ was the only song by a woman to top the charts in the year.
REST OF THE WORLD
Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:
|1||World of Our Own||The Seekers||192||Australia|
|2||Tea and Trumpets||The Norman Ruby Orchestra||81||France|
|3||Goodbye My Love (Il Silenzio)||Nini Rosso||25||Italy|
|4||The Carnival Is Over||The Seekers||3||Australia|
|5||A Walk In The Black Forest||Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra||3||Germany|
We had more hits by artists from the UK than any other country as they accounted for 36. We saw 23 American hits chart and 13 local ones. The duet between Slim Whitman and Virginia Lee has been counted as a separate ‘multinational’ hit here, feel free to add one apiece to the US and SA total if you want. The only other nationality to feature more than once were the Aussies as they clocked up 3 hits (all by The Seekers). France, Italy and Germany made up the balance with one each from those countries.
WHAT DIDN’T CHART
The following songs topped either the UK or US charts (or both) in the period from 4 June 1965 (when our charts started) to the end of 1965, but did not make our charts.
|Back In My Arms Again||Supremes|
|Eve Of Destruction||Barry McGuire|
|Help Me Rhonda||Beach Boys|
|I Can’t Help Myself||Four Tops|
|I Hear A Symphony||Supremes|
|Make It Easy On Yourself||Walker Brothers|
|Over And Over||Dave Clark Five|
|Turn! Turn! Turn!||Byrds|
* Matt Monro’s version of this song did chart
I WRITE THE SONGS
Two well-known song writing teams led the way for number of hits by songs writers as the Beatles duo of Lennon & McCartney and The Stones’ Jagger & Richards clocked up 3 hits each. They were joined by Tom Springfield, Guglielmo Brezza and Nini Rosso in this total. 12 further song writers managed to score with 2 hits.
However, on the weeks spent on the chart by their compositions, it was Guglielmo Brezza and Nini Rosso who topped the list with 29 weeks, all of them coming from the 1 song (‘Goodbye My Love’) which charted in 3 different versions. Lennon & McCarty were second with 26 weeks with Jagger & Richards next on 24.
No song writer managed to score more than one chart topper during the year.
Well, that’s it for the first year of charts. Onward to 1966 now.