11 March 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 4 The Sounds of Silence  – Simon & Garfunkel
2 10 2 These Boots are Made for Walking  – Nancy Sinatra
3 1 9 Yesterday Man  – Chris Andrews
4 8 4 Michelle  – Overlanders
5 3 7 Jimmy Come Lately  – Four Jacks & a Jill
6 5 14 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
7 6 10 We Can Work it Out  – Beatles
8 7 13 Get Off My Cloud  – Rolling Stones
9 9 5 I’ll Step Aside  – Tony Wells
10 18 2 The Ballad of the Green Berets  – Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler
11 4 5 1-2-3  – Len Barry
12 12 5 It’s My Life  – Animals
13 New 1 To Whom it Concerns  – Chris Andrews
14 13 6 Let Me Be  – Turtles
15 11 13 The Carnival is Over  – Seekers
16 16 4 I’ll Step Aside  – Ronnie Wilson
17 New 1 19th Nervous Breakdown  – Rolling Stones
18 19 2 Yes Mr. Peters  – Steve Karliski and Mimi Roman
19 20 2 I’ve Got Everything You Need Babe  – Gene Rockwell
20 14 3 Keep On Running  – Spencer Davis Group

After 4 weeks with Chris Andrews at the top of our charts, we saw a change there as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ knocked ‘Yesterday Man’ from the number 1 spot. Chris Andrews fell to number 3.

The new number 2 song was one of our 2 biggest climbers this week, Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’ which moved up 8 places from 10 to 2. This was the 3rd time a solo female artist had taken the biggest climber in a week award. Sinatra was joined in this big climb by another of last week’s new entries, Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ which moved up its 8 positions from 18 to 10. The only other star rater this week was The Overlanders’ Michelle which picked up a 3rd star rater climb as it moved up 4 from 8 to 4.

Len Barry’s ‘1-2-3’ was the song heading in the opposite direction in the biggest hurry as it dropped 7 placed from 4 to 11.

We lost 2 songs from the charts, the first being Roy Head & The Traits’ ‘Treat Her Right’ which had spent 10 weeks with us and peaked at 5 during that time. This would be their only SA Chart hit.

The other song to go also began with the letter ‘T’ and that was Tom Jones’ ‘Thunderball’. It became the 4th song to manage equal weeks and peaks figures as it spent 7 weeks in the charts with a highest position of 7. Of the 3 others to manage this, only Emil Dean (3 weeks with ‘Key To Your Heart’ and a peak of 3 – it was on the first ever chart) was not British, the other 2 being Petula Clark and Unit Four Plus Two. So far Tom Jones’ peak positions for his 4 hits were 1-10-1-7, so it was all eyes on his next hit, would it continue the run of every second hit being a chart topper?

It had been 14 weeks since we last saw an artist with 2 songs in the top 20 when Murray Campbell managed this. This week, both our new entries were by artist who already had a hit in the charts. Chris Andrews’ ‘To Whom it Concerns’ joined his dethroned number 1 hit, ‘Yesterday Man’ in the top 20 to become the 11th different artist to manage this. ‘To Whom It May Concern’, which came in at 13, the second highest debut position to date, would reach number 13 in the UK and would be Andrews’ second highest charting song there, 10 places lower than ‘Yesterday Man’ which got to number 3. However, in the US, the latter would be his only hit, where it scraped to number 94. ‘To Whom It May Concern’ would enjoy a number 3 peak in Holland and Germany, number 4 in Belgium and 9 in Austria.

The artist on the other new entry, The Rolling Stones, were no strangers to having 2 in the chart at the same time. This was their 3rd pairing to manage this as ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ joined  ‘Get Off My Cloud’. The Stones led the way for weeks with 2 on the charts as this was now the 11th time we had seen them manage this. Tom Jones and Herman’s Hermits came tied second on 8 weeks. ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ was kept off the top of the UK charts (Record Retailer charts – see charts for 11 February 1966 for explanation) by the song sitting at number 2 on our charts this week, Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’. It spent 3 weeks as the bridesmaid of the chart. In the US it suffered a similar fate as it sat for 3 weeks at number 2 behind our number 10 song this week, ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler. In Holland it only hung around at 2 for a week before giving up. There it was our number 4 song this week, ‘Michelle’ by The Overlanders which shared the top spot with The Beatles version of the song that prevented The Stones from topping the charts there. The Stones would have to point to the NME charts in the UK (which are not regarded as the official charts for that period) to show a number 1 success for the song.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Wind Me Up Let Me Go’ was the oldest on the charts for a second week as it moved onto 14 weeks. The Seekers celebrated their 30th week in the charts this week and sat in 5th place on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist. Gene Rockwell moved into tied 6th place alongside Herman’s Hermits who were on 25 weeks, but was still only the second highest local act on the list, 8 weeks behind Murray Campbell who sat 3rd overall.

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