11 February 1966


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

Looking at last week’s chart, one would have backed The Beatles to claim the top spot from The Stones if the latter were going to give it up. But while Mick & the boys did relinquish their top spot, it was not the fab four that stepped up, but rather Chris Andrews whose ‘Yesterday Man’ leapfrogged ‘We Can Work It Out’ to claim the number 1 position. ‘Get Off My Cloud’ had lasted 3 weeks at the top and (warning: spoiler ahead) would be the last SA chart topper for The Stones.

The Turtles’ ‘Let Me Be’ took the biggest climber in the week award as it moved up 6 places from 17 to 11. The only other star rater this week was local band, Four Jacks And A Jill with ‘Jimmy Come Lately’ which climbed up 4 to 6.

On the falling front it was Perry Como’s ‘Stand Beside Me’ which had the biggest drop as it fell 5 from 15 to 20.

The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls was still the oldest on the charts but now was the new record holder for the longest run on the charts as it was enjoying its 18th week in the top 20, moving past the 17 that Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ had managed.

We lost 3 songs from the charts this week, the first of which was The Bats’ ‘That’s How I Feel’. It spent 9 weeks on the chart, 1 more than their previous hit, ‘Shabby Little Hut’, but peaked 10 places lower, only reaching number 13 compared to the 3 their former hit had managed.

The McCoy’s ‘Hang On Sloopy’ couldn’t hang on anymore. It enjoyed a run of 13 weeks on the chart during which time it got to number 2. This would be the sum total of their chart activity in SA.

Manfred Mann’s sang ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now’ so they did, but not before they had been with us for 13 weeks (like the McCoys) and peaked at 4. Unlike The McCoys, they would return to our charts.

All 3 of the new entries were the first SA chart hits for their respective artists. The highest of the 3 newcomers was The Animals’ ‘It’s My Life’. It would be their 7th UK hit and would peak at number 7 (a 7 theme going on there) while in the US it would only make number 23 (but would be their 8th Hot 100 hit there). The single was produced by Mickie Most, an Englishman who spent some time in South Africa where he formed the popular band Mickie Most & The Playboys.

The loss of The Bats from the charts would have dropped the local content down to 5 hits, but thanks to Tony Wells’ ‘I’ll Step Aside’ being a new entry at 17, the level was maintained at 6. Wells was a Country and Western singer and the song (written by Johnny Bond) would be a number 4 hit for Ernest Tubb on the Billboard Country & Western Singles chart in 1947, but it was probably the 1966 version that appeared on the b-side of Red Sovine’s (another US Country singer) single the a-side of which was ‘He’ll Have To Go’, that inspired Wells’ cover. Billy Forrest reviewed Wells’ version of the song in the February edition of Pop Gear Magazine and was full of praise for it going on to say ‘Tony Wells should have a great future’ (Source: Marq Vas’s Southern African Music Collectibles’s on Facebook). Unfortunately that was not to be as Tony passed away sometime later that year.

The last of the 3 new entries was ‘1-2-3’ by Len Barry. The song topped the NME charts in the UK, made number 2 in the US and 3 on the Record Retailer charts in the UK, giving it a 1-2-3 peak to match its title. The NME charts are regarded by the Official Chart Company in the UK as the main charts up to 10 March 1960 then Record Retailer took over till 1969. Thereafter the British Market Research Bureau’s charts are regarded as the ‘official charts’. Both NME and Record Retailer were music magazines and despite Record Retailer being regarded as the official charts from 10 March 1960, the NME still produced their own version, hence their slightly different peak for Barry’s hit. Len Barry’s ‘1-2-3’ also made number 8 in Belgium, 16 in Holland and 38 in Germany.

The Beach Boys moved into tied 10th place on the list of weeks on the chart as their 18 with ‘California Girls’ moved them alongside The Fortunes and The Ivy League while The Seekers pulled 1 clear of Herman’s Hermits to sit 5th on 26 weeks.

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