18 February 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Yesterday Man  – Chris Andrews
2 2 7 We Can Work it Out  – Beatles
3 3 10 Get Off My Cloud  – Rolling Stones
4 6 4 Jimmy Come Lately  – Four Jacks & a Jill
5 4 11 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
6 11 3 Let Me Be  – Turtles
7 7 5 Thunderball  – Tom Jones
8 8 10 The Carnival is Over  – Seekers
9 5 8 Treat Her Right  – Roy Head and The Traits
10 9 9 Here it Comes Again  – Fortunes
11 10 13 Hungry for Love  – A-Cads
12 16 2 It’s My Life  – Animals
13 17 2 I’ll Step Aside  – Tony Wells
14 18 2 1-2-3  – Len Barry
15 12 19 California Girls  – Beach Boys
16 New 1 The Sounds of Silence  – Simon & Garfunkel
17 13 16 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
18 15 12 How the Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean
19 New 1 I’ll Step Aside  – Ronnie Wilson
20 New 1 Michelle  – Overlanders

NOTE: THE STATS IN THIS COMMENTARY ARE BASED ON THE PERIOD FROM 1969. I AM CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING THEM AS I NOW HAVE THE CHARTS FROM 1965 TO THE END OF 1968.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Yesterday Man’ held on to the top spot for a second week while The Beatles still languished at 2. If The Fab Four were in need of any consolation, they could now boast that they were the first act to spend 3 consecutive weeks at number 2 on the South African charts.

The Turtles took top climber honours for the second week running as their ‘Let Me Be’ moved up 5 from 11 to 6. All three of last weeks’ entries (The Animals’ ‘It’s My Life’, Tony Wells’ ‘I’ll Step Away’ and Len Barry’s ‘1-2-3’) moved up 4 places to be the only other star raters this week.

We had two songs have the biggest fall this week and they were The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ and Roy Head & The Traits’ ‘Treat Her Right’ which both fell 4 places to end up at 17 and 9 respectively. For both these acts it was their first time with the biggest faller.

The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ moved on to 19 weeks on the chart and was still the oldest in the top 20. The song was now 2 weeks ahead of Rick Nelson’s ‘I Need You’ for the longest run on the chart by a song.

We 3 songs leave the chart this week. The lowest placed of these was Perry Como’s ‘Stand Beside Me’ which lasted 16 weeks and was the second oldest on last week’s Top 20. It peaked at 2 during its run. We would welcome Perry back to our charts again.

Aubrey Ellis’ ‘Birds Don’t Sing Here Anymore’ finished its chart run after 3 weeks and peak of 19. This would be Aubrey’s only SA hit.

The Sorrows’ ‘Take A Heart’ was at 14 last week and this week it was gone from the charts. This was the 3rd highest position to date for a song to exit it the chart from (The Hollies’ last week at 11 with ‘Look Through Any Window’ still held the record). ‘Take A Heart’ lasted 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at 14. This would be their only SA hit.

We got our first taste of Simon & Garfunkel on our charts as their hit ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ entered at 16 this week. The song, which was recorded for the duo’s 1964 debut album ‘Wednesday Morning 3am’, was initially a failure and Simon & Garfunkel split up. But then it began to get some airplay and Tom Wilson, the song’s producer, remixed it using the same musicians who had backed Dylan on his ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ started to climb the Hot 100 in the US, eventually getting to the top of the charts there in the December of 1965 where it would spend a total of 2 weeks, its run interrupted by our number 2 song this week, The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work It Out’. It would go on to top the charts in Japan while getting to 3 in Australia and Austria, 5 in Ireland and 9 in the UK and Germany as well as going top 20 in Belgium (#11), Holland (#10) and Spain (#17). Needless to say Paul and Art got back together and went on to have a great career.

Ronnie Wilson stepped up to take the place of vacating local artist Aubrey Ellis, and he did so with a version of a song that was already sitting in the charts by another local artist as Wilson’s version of ‘I’ll Step Aside’ joined Tony Wells’ version which was sitting at 13. This would be the second song to chart in more than 1 version and once again there were locals involved in bringing them to us, the previous being ‘Goodbye My Love’ which charted in 3 different versions.

Our final new entry was the second cover of a Beatles song to make our charts and this was The Overlanders version of ‘Michelle’ which was at 20 this week. Similarly to the previous Beatles cover (Matt Monro’s version of ‘Yesterday’) the song was not a hit for the Beatles in the UK (although their version of ‘Yesterday’ did finally manage to chart about 10 years after it was initially released), but The Overlanders took their version to the top of the UK charts where it spent 3 weeks, outperforming the cover by David And Jonathan (a pseudonym for songwriters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway) which only made it to 11. However in the US the latter version made 28 where the Overlanders one did not chart. The Overlanders version also managed to top the Dutch and Norwegian charts.

The Fortunes and The Beach Boys shook off The Ivy League to be at number 10 on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist as they both moved on to 19 while The Ivy League moved down to 11th as their chart career in SA was over. On the local list, The Staccatos moved level with Virginia Lee on 16 weeks and were tied 4th.

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