4 February 1966

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

The Rolling Stones’ run at number 1 kept on, erm, rolling as ‘Get Off My Cloud’ racked up a 3rd week in pole position. They had now spent a total of 5 weeks at 1, which was the second highest to date after the 6 The Beach Boys and Murray Campbell had managed. Tom Jones was also sitting on 5 weeks at 1. The Seekers’ seemed to be losing their bid for a second chart topper as ‘The Carnival Is Over’ dropped from 2 to 5 while The Beatles made a bid for their second, moving up a spot to take over second place.

Four Jacks And A Jill brought us the 12th biggest climber in a week by a local act as ‘Jimmy Come Lately’ moved up 8 from 18 to 10. This equalled the biggest climb to date by a local song, a record which Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ had set up in September 1965. Chris Andrews’ ‘Yesterday Man’ was the only other star rater, climbing 4 to 3.

Last week both songs that fell off the chart were by artists whose first name started with ‘M’. This week, both the song titles of the biggest fallers started with ‘H’ and these were The McCoys’ ‘Hang On Sloopy’ and the aptly titled Emil Dean’s ‘How The Mighty Hath Fallen’. It was the second time with this award for The McCoys and a 3rd time for Dean who joined Murray Campbell and Gene Rockwell at the top of the list of most number of times with a biggest faller by a local act.

The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ was still with us, sitting at number 11 and was therefore still the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 17 weeks. It now equalled the record to date run for a song on the top 20 which was held by Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’.

‘Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)’ by Theo Cavalieros was the only song to leave the chart this week. It had spent 9 weeks on the chart and peaked at 8. This would be the sum total of Theo’s adventures in the SA Top 20.

The new entry was a first hit for the Turtles, ‘Let Me Be’ and in keeping with the theme of first letters, the observant among you would note that the first letter of the artist leaving the chart matched that of the new comer. ‘Let Me Be’ (no relation to The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’) was written by P.F. Sloan and was the first of a number of hits that he penned that would grace our charts. The Turtles took the song to number 29 in the US and was their follow up single to their cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ which had reached number 8 in the US.

Tom Jones hit the 40 weeks on the chart milestone this week while The Seekers moved into tied 5th place on the list, sharing the total of 25 weeks with Herman’s Hermits. On the local list of weeks on the charts, The Bats pulled 1 clear of Virginia Lee to sit in 3rd place on their own with 17 weeks.

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2 thoughts on “4 February 1966

    • The short answer Donald is that I cannot find a copy of this song anywhere on the internet. It is one of those lost South African songs that you need to dig in second hand singles bins for or hope that someone eventually posts on Youtube.

      John

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