8 April 1966


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 These Boots are Made for Walking  – Nancy Sinatra
2 2 6 The Ballad of the Green Berets  – Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler
3 3 8 The Sounds of Silence  – Simon & Garfunkel
4 4 5 To Whom it Concerns  – Chris Andrews
5 5 5 19th Nervous Breakdown  – Rolling Stones
6 6 6 Yes Mr. Peters  – Steve Karliski and Mimi Roman
7 7 13 Yesterday Man  – Chris Andrews
8 8 4 My Love  – Petula Clark
9 9 8 Michelle  – Overlanders
10 10 4 For You Babe  – June Muscat
11 11 11 Jimmy Come Lately  – Four Jacks & a Jill
12 12 18 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
13 13 3 One by One  – Group 66
14 14 6 I’ve Got Everything You Need Babe  – Gene Rockwell
15 15 2 A Must to Avoid  – Herman’s Hermits
16 16 14 We Can Work it Out  – Beatles
17 17 2 Barbara Ann  – Beach Boys
18 18 10 Let Me Be  – Turtles
19 19 2 A Well Respected Man  – Kinks
20 20 9 It’s My Life  – Animals

I am not sure if there was no chart this week or if they just re-ran the previous week’s chart as there was no movement on the top 20 this week. Either way, the lack of a new chart was due to this being the Easter weekend in 1966. There are two ways we can handle the statistics here. Either one ignores the week completely or one treats it as a normal chart, except that there is no movement. I have opted for the latter because it would be unfair on those songs which would have been on the chart for the 8 April had they had one as they (and their artists) would miss out on weeks and points to their name. I believe that this is less prejudicial than ignoring the week. Feel free to treat it how you wish, there is no right and wrong way.

On the basis I have chosen, Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’ clocked up a 4th week at 1 and sat tied third with Chris Andrews’ ‘Yesterday Man’ for weeks at 1, 2 behind The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ which were both on 6.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Wind Me Up Let Me Go’ moved into second place on its own for most weeks on the chart by a song, pulling 1 clear of Rick Nelsons’ ‘I Need You’ and The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ and was just 1 behind ‘California Girls’ by The Beach Boys which led the way with 19. Cliff now sat equal with Elvis on 23 weeks on the chart and they shared 8th place on the weeks on the charts by an artist list.

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