15 April 1966


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

After the Easter break, the charts were back and there was a new number one as Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ emulated its US success by knocking Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’ off the top spot. Nancy’s hit dropped to 3 while The Rolling Stones moved into second place with ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ and were looking set to make it 4 number 1’s out of 5 hits.

The 2 biggest climbers this week were The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’ and The Kinks’ ‘A Well Respected Man’ which both moved up 7 to land at 10 and 12 respectively. Interestingly there were no other star raters with the next highest climb being the 3 places The Rolling Stones’ ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ managed.

On the falling front it was also a 7 place move that took top honours and there were also 2 songs that managed this, the first being Cliff Richards’ ‘Wind Me Up Let Me Go’ which fell to 19 and the other was Four Jacks And A Jill’s ‘Jimmy Come Lately’ which fell to 18. Cliff would not have been too disappointed as his song, which was still the oldest on the charts, joined The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ for the best run on the charts to date as it clocked up its 19th week in the top 20. The song had now also been the longest running oldest song on the chart since the last of those on the first ever chart left the top 20 as it had been the oldest for 7 weeks.

Last week’s number 20 song was no longer with us this week and that was The Animals’ ‘It’s My Life’ which had enjoyed a run of 9 weeks and peaked at 11 during that time. The band would return to our charts at a later date.

The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work It Out’ was the other song to leave the top 20 this week. It had lasted 14 weeks with a highest placing of 2. The peaks of their 3 hits to date read 2-1-2, so were they due a number 1 after this?

We had a new highest debut spot for a song as Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ rocketed into the charts at number 9, 1 place higher than previous best for a new entry which Nancy Sinatra had managed when ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’ entered at 10 just 6 weeks previously.  ‘Distant Drums’ had originally been recorded by Roy Orbison in 1963 when he managed to have a number 3 hit with it in Australia. Reeves recorded a version which was meant to be for the song writer, Cindy Walker’s, private use and was not regarded as good enough for general release, but after his death in a plane crash on 31 July 1964 (aged 40), an orchestral backing was added to the original recording and released as a single. It went to the top of the US Country Charts and unusually for the UK where Country & Western music has never really been very popular, it topped the charts for 5 weeks.

Our other new entry this week was almost as successful on the US Country Singles charts as Reeves’ hit as it peaked at 2 there, however, The Statler Brothers’ ‘Flowers On The Wall’ fell way short of Reeves’ chart topping efforts in the UK as the songs only managed to get to number 38. On the main Billboard Hot 100, though, The Statler Brothers’ hit got to 4 while ‘Distant Drums’ only managed to get to 45. ‘Flowers On The Wall’ was also a number 2 hit in New Zealand and would be used in the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film ‘Pulp Fiction’. Only 2 members of The Statler Brothers were brothers (Don and Harold Reid) and the ‘Statler’ in their name came from a brand of tissues they saw in a hotel room when they felt it necessary to change their name from the Kingsmen following the success of ‘Louie Louie’ by a band of that name.

Gene Rockwell celebrated reaching the 30 weeks on the chart mark while Chris Andrews was enjoying his 20th. Rockwell moved into 5 place overall for weeks, joining The Seekers in that position while Andrews joined The Hollies and The Ivy League at 11 on that list.

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One thought on “15 April 1966

  1. Reblogged this on Dunstravaigin and commented:
    This knocked “These boots are made for walking” by Nancy Sinatra off the number one spot in South Africa. Interestingly enough, this was number one in the United States on the 10th March 1966.

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