21 January 1966


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Get Off My Cloud  – Rolling Stones
2 3 6 The Carnival is Over  – Seekers
3 1 9 Hungry for Love  – A-Cads
4 4 15 California Girls  – Beach Boys
5 11 3 We Can Work it Out  – Beatles
6 8 7 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
7 9 4 Treat Her Right  – Roy Head and The Traits
8 6 8 How the Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean
9 7 12 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
10 18 2 Yesterday Man  – Chris Andrews
11 5 11 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
12 15 5 Here it Comes Again  – Fortunes
13 10 13 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
14 12 11 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
15 13 7 That’s How I Feel  – Bats
16 14 8 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
17 17 3 Take a Heart  – Sorrows
18 New 1 Thunderball  – Tom Jones
19 16 7 Yesterday  – Matt Monro
20 19 9 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell

It was bound to happen. After racing up the charts so quickly, it was only a matter of time before The Rolling Stones’ ‘Get Off My Cloud’ took over the top spot which it did this week and in so doing ended The A-Cads’ 2 week run at the top with ‘Hungry For Love’. The Stones now took the lead for the most number 1’s as this was their third chart topper, following the success of ‘Under The Boardwalk’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’. The A-Cads dropped to 3 with The Seekers’ ‘The Carnival Is Over’ sneaking up a spot to 2.

Last week’s new entry, ‘Yesterday Man’ by Chris Andrews, took the biggest climber award as it moved up 8 places from 18 to 10. This equalled the second highest climb in a week to date which Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ and The Ivy League’s ‘Tossing and Turning’ had managed, but fell 2 short of the 10 places Elvis’ ‘Do The Clam’ managed on the second ever chart. The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work It Out’ was the only other star rater, climbing 6 to 5.

The faller of the week award went to The McCoys’ ‘Hang On Sloopy’ which fell 6 places to end up at 11.

The oldest song on the chart last week, Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’, fell off the top 20 this week. It had lasted 16 weeks, 3 of which were at number 1. This meant that the new oldest song on the chart was The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ which was sitting at number 4 and had clocked up 15 weeks.

The good news for Tom Jones was that, despite ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ dropping off the charts, he still had a song in the top 20 as this week’s new entry was his James Bond theme, ‘Thunderball’. This was the second of 32 occasions where an artist would replace themselves on the charts. The previous occasion was when Murray Campbell’s ‘Only You My Love’ was a new entry the week after ‘Goodbye My Love’ left the charts. ‘Thunderball’ was the 4th James Bond film and the title song was the third to chart in the UK with John Barry’s ‘From Russia With Love’ making it to 39 and Shirley Bassey’s ‘Goldfinger’ reaching 21. Jones’ one would perform better than the former, but not as well as the latter as it managed to get to 35. It would also peak at 25 on the US charts. The original theme for ‘Goldfinger’ was going to be a song called ‘Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ (a phrase used by an Italian journalist to describe the character James Bond) and a version was recorded by Shirley Bassey. Following problems with this recording, Dionne Warwick tried her hand at it. At this point, the makers of the film decided that they wanted the film’s title in the song’s lyrics, so ‘Thunderball’ was written. Apparently Tom Jones fainted after singing the final big note of the song.

The Beatles moved into tied 4th place on the list of weeks on the chart as their 25 to date equalled Herman’s Hermits’ tally. The Stones still led the way with 41. Also moving up that list was The Seekers whose 23 weeks put them level 6th with Elvis Presley and Gene Rockwell.

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