28 January 1966


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Get Off My Cloud  – Rolling Stones
2 2 7 The Carnival is Over  – Seekers
3 5 4 We Can Work it Out  – Beatles
4 3 10 Hungry for Love  – A-Cads
5 6 8 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
6 7 5 Treat Her Right  – Roy Head and The Traits
7 10 3 Yesterday Man  – Chris Andrews
8 4 16 California Girls  – Beach Boys
9 8 9 How the Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean
10 9 13 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
11 12 6 Here it Comes Again  – Fortunes
12 18 2 Thunderball  – Tom Jones
13 13 14 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
14 11 12 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
15 14 12 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
16 17 4 Take a Heart  – Sorrows
17 15 8 That’s How I Feel  – Bats
18 New 1 Jimmy Come Lately  – Four Jacks & a Jill
19 16 9 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
20 New 1 Birds Don’t Sing Here Anymore  – Aubrey Ellis

The Rolling Stones’ ‘Get Off My Cloud’ remained at the top spot and now had 2 weeks there under its belt. It was pursued by The Seekers’ ‘The Carnival Is Over’ which was unmoved at 2. Further pressure was also mounting from The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work It Out’ which moved up 2 to 3.

Last week’s new entry, Tom Jones’ ‘Thunderball’ was the biggest climber this week as it moved up 6 places from 18 to 12. This was the tied second biggest climb in a week by a Tom Jones song, equalling that managed by ‘It’s Not Unusual’ and being 1 less than what ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ managed. It was also Jones’ 3rd time with a biggest climber award although both of his previous ones had been with ‘What’s New Pussycat?’.

The Biggest faller of the week was also the oldest on the chart and that was The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ which fell 4 places to 8 while also ticking over to 16 weeks. This was only the 4th song to reach 16 weeks on the charts so far, of which only 1 (Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’) had gone on to get another week.

We lost 2 songs from the chart, the first of which was Murray Campbell’s ‘Only You My Love’ which enjoyed a 9 week run, peaking at 6 along the way. This would bring to an end Campbell’s chart run in South Africa. He had had 3 hits (2 of which were ‘Goodbye My Love’, one solo and one as a duet with Virginia Lee), spent a total of 33 weeks on the charts with a best performance by his solo version of ‘Goodbye My Love’ which topped the chart for 6 (non-consecutive) weeks. He led the way for weeks on the chart for a local act and was sitting 3rd on the overall list. He also shared top spot for weeks at 1 to date with The Beach Boys.

‘Yesterday’ was history. Well the version by Matt Monro was anyway as it dropped off the charts. It lasted 7 weeks and peaked at 11. This meant that both the songs departing the chart this week were by artists with first names starting with ‘M’. Unlike Murray, Matt would grace our charts again. The song writers of ‘Yesterday’ (John Lennon  & Paul McCartney) led the way for weeks on the charts by a song writer as they were on 33 each with the writers of ‘Goodbye My Love’ (Nini Rosso and Guiglielmo Brazza) second on 29 weeks thanks to the song charting with 3 different versions.

Both of the new entries were by local acts with the highest of the 2 being Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Jimmy Come Lately’. The song was a cover of a 1962 hit for Brian Hyland who recorded it as ‘Ginny Come Lately’. His version would go to 5 in the UK and 21 in the US. In 1973 Dutch singer Albert West took a version to the top of the Austrian charts and also went top 20 in Germany, Holland and Belgium. The Four Jacks & A Jill version was their first SA chart hit.

The second new entry was by Aubrey Ellis and was his hit ‘Birds Don’t Sing Here Anymore’ which he penned. Aubrey has appeared in a number of musicals and operas including ‘Okalhoma’, ‘Oliver’ and ‘Il Trovatore’. ‘Birds Don’t Sing Here Anymore’ was covered by UK band The Banner Family as the b-side of their single ‘That Old Freight Train’.

The local song count on the chart was sitting at 6, plus a special mention of local boy Manfred Lubowitz who was a member of Manfred Mann, but the band weren’t local, so don’t count in the SA tally.

The Bats moved into tied 3rd place for weeks on the charts by a local act, sharing the total of 16 weeks with Virginia Lee. They were still 6 behind Gene Rockwell who was on 23 in second place. Murray Campbell topped this list (as mentioned above).

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