19 March 1966

Nancy-Sinatra_Boots-Walking

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

It debuted at 10 two weeks ago and was the highest debuting song to date. Last week it jumped a massive 8 places to sit at number 2, so it was no real surprise that this week Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’ was our number 1 song, knocking Simon & Garfunkel from the top spot after the latter had been there for just 1 week. The 3 week climb to the top of the charts was the quickest to date (if you exclude Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’ which was number 1 on the 3rd chart ever and had been on the first ever chart). ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’ became the 5th song to top our charts that also managed to get to number 1 in the US and UK.

The Rolling Stones became the first act to have 4 biggest climber awards to their name as ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ had the biggest upward movement this week, climbing 7 from 17 to 10. This was also the biggest climb a Stones song had managed to date. This climb placed the song next to ‘Get Off My Cloud’ which sat at 11 and meant The Stones were the first act to have songs sitting at adjacent positions on the charts. They also extended their lead for most star raters as this was their 8th. The Seekers with 5 were in second place. Also making star rater status this week was Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ which climbed 5 to 5 and Chris Andrews’ ‘To Whom It May Concern’ which also moved up 5 and landed at 8.

Len Barry’s ‘1-2-3’ was the biggest faller once again. This week it dropped 6 from 11 to 17.

The Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Keep On Running’ was running in the wrong direction as it dropped off the top 20 this week. It had managed 3 weeks on the chart during which it climbed to a highest position of 14. To date this was the highest peak for a song spending only 3 weeks on the chart if one ignores the high of 3 that Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ managed as this was already at number 3 when the charts began. The Spencer Davis Group would return to our charts.

The carnival was over for The Seekers’ latest hit as it left the chart after a run of 13 weeks and a peak of 2. However, there was still more to come from the band. They remained the only Aussie act to chart so far.

Both the new entries this week were by solo female artists, the higher of the 2 being by local lass June Muscat with her hit ‘For You Babe’. This came hot on the heels of her 1964 hit, a cover of the Dixie Cups’ ‘Chapel Of Love’. As with ‘Chapel Of Love’, ‘For You Babe’ was produced by Dan Hill who would have a few hits of his own. ‘For You Babe’ was a cover of a b-side by a band called The Spokesman. The a-side was called ‘Dawn Of Correction’ and went to number 36 in the US. This was the 10th song by a solo female artist to chart in SA.

The other new entry was ‘My Love’ by Petula Clark. It had been 36 weeks since we last saw Petula on our charts (with ‘I Know A Place’) and this was now the new biggest gap between hits, overtaking the 23 weeks Emil Dean had had between his hits. As with her earlier hit, ‘My Love’ was written by Tony Hatch, giving him a 3rd hit as song writer (the other being ‘Where Are You Now’ which he co-wrote with Jackie Trent who was the artist on that song). It would top the US charts, making Clark the first British woman to have 2 US number 1’s to her name, her previous chart topper there being ‘Downtown’. ‘My Love’ would also top the Canadian and Rhodesian (as they were then) charts. In the UK it would only manage to reach number 4. Apparently Clark did not like the song very much and begged her record company not to release it as a single.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ moved on to 15 weeks and remained the oldest on the chart and Cliff celebrated a total of 20 weeks on the charts overall. The Stones, however, were celebrating a bigger milestone as they passed the 50 weeks mark. The Beatles moved into tied 3rd place for weeks on the charts, joining Murray Campbell on 33 while Gene Rockwell, the second highest placed local artist moved into 6th place on his own on 26 weeks, going 1 better than Herman’s Hermits.

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