25 February 1966


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

‘Yesterday Man’ was number 1 for a third week running and it seemed to have seen off the threat from The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work it Out’ which dropped 2 places from 2 to 4. It was local band Four Jacks & A Jill that moved into 2nd place with their hit ‘Jimmy Come Lately’.

Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ became only the second song to manage a 10 place leap in a week as it took biggest climber honours, moving up from 16 to 6 and equalling the feat of Elvis’ ‘Do The Clam’ which managed it on the second ever chart. Two of the 3 new entries from 2 weeks previously were star raters for a second week and those were Len Barry’s ‘1-2-3’ and Tony Wells’ ‘I’ll Step Aside’, the former climbing 7, while the latter moved up 4. Also moving up 4 to get a first star rater award was last week’s new entry ‘Michelle’ by The Overlanders. The previous Beatles cover to chart, Matt Monro’s ‘Yesterday’, never managed a star rater climb.

Tom Jones and The Fortunes both picked up a second biggest faller award as their ‘Thunderball’ and ‘Here It Comes Again’ fell 5 places each, the former landing up at 12, the latter at 15. ‘Thunderball’ would be 1 of 3 Bond Themes that would pick up a biggest faller award. In total we would see 5 Bond themes chart.

The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ fell off the chart after a record to date run of 19 weeks. During which time it spent a record to date 6 weeks at number 1. This latter record was equalled by Murray Campbell’s solo version of ‘Goodbye My Love’, but the Beach Boys’ achievement was in consecutive weeks whereas Campbell’s was a broken run. We would see the Beach Boys on our charts again, but for the moment, we had a new oldest song on the chart and that was The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ which was enjoying its 17th week in the top 20.

Also heading off the charts was Emil Dean’s ‘How the Mighty Hath Fallen’, making the song title rather apt this week. The song had spent 12 weeks in the chart, peaking at 6. Alongside Dean’s other hit, ‘Key To Your Heart’, this would make up his total SA chart contribution. He had spent a total of 15 weeks in the chart, with a best peak of 3 with his earlier hit, which had been sitting at that position on our first ever chart back in 1965.

The first of the new entries was The Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Keep On Running’, a cover of a reggae tune released in 1965 by Jamaican singer Jackie Edwards. The Spencer Davis Group’s version would top the UK chart for a week before being ousted by the song sitting at number 16 on our charts this week, The Overlanders’ ‘Michelle’. It would also feature in the 1988 film ‘Buster’ which starred Phil Collins. The Spencer Davis Group featured a certain Steve Windwood in its line up and supposedly when he left the band in 1967 one of the people who auditioned to take his place was Elton John (then only known as Reginald Dwight).

The second new entry was the Four Seasons’ ‘Let’s Hang On’. It would be their 22nd Hot 100 hit in the US where it went to number 3, 1 place higher than its UK peak of 4. Despite not emulating the feats of the 4 previous chart toppers in the US, it did manage to equal their best run on the Hot 100 to that date as it managed 16 weeks in the charts. Only their second hit (and second chart topper) ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ had managed that length of run in the Hot 100 before. ‘Let’s Hang On’ would be the last hit by the band to feature Nick Bassi on bass and vocals as he left the band shortly after its release. He was eventually replaced by Joe Long. In 1980 British band The Darts took a cover of ‘Let’s Hang On’ to 11 in the UK charts and the following year Barry Manilow’s cover went to 12 in the UK.

The Fortunes hit the 20 week milestone in the charts, putting them tied 9th with The Hollies for weeks on the chart. The Beatles also celebrated a landmark as they had notched up ten more weeks than The Fortunes. They sat in 4th place on the list with their 30 weeks. The Stones still led the way and they were on 46. However, Lennon & McCartney compositions were outdoing Jagger & Richards’ ones as the former had spent a total of 39 weeks on the charts while the latter only 32. On the local front, The Staccatos moved into tied 3rd place for weeks by a local artist, joining The Bats on 17. Murray Campbell’s 33 was yet to be overtaken.

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