22 April 1966

green_beret

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

Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler was holding his position at number 1 as ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ enjoyed a second week there, still keeping The Rolling Stones’ ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’, which spent a second week at 3, at bay.

Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ came crashing into the charts at 9 last week and this week it was the biggest climber as moved up 6 to 3. Also moving up was The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’ which bagged them a 3rd star rater performance (2 with ‘Barbara Ann’ and 1 with ‘California Girls’) as it moved up 5 from 10 to 5. Also enjoying star rater status was The Statler Brothers’ ‘Flowers On The Wall’ which climbed 4 from 16 to 12.

The duet between Steve Karliski and Mimi Roman, ‘Yes Mr. Peters’, was the faller of the week. It dropped 4 from 7 to 11.

Three songs left the top 20 this week, the first of which was The Turtles ‘Let Me Be’ which enjoyed an 11 week run and a peak of 6. They still had a few more hits to come.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Cliff Richards’ ‘Wind Me Up Let Me Go’ followed the fate of The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and left the charts 1 week short of the 20 week milestone. We were yet to see a song mange to break through this barrier. Cliff’s hit peaked at 4 during its 19 week run. This was the best peak of his 3 hits to date.

Last to go was Four Jacks And A Jill’s ‘Jimmy Come Lately’ which peaked at 2 during its 12 week run on the charts. Like the Turtles and Cliff Richard, they also had more hits in the tank.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Wind Me Up Let Me Go’ handed over the oldest song on the chart baton to Chris Andrews’ ‘Yesterday Man’ which sat on 15 weeks. However, Cliff would not have been too upset as his ‘Lies And Kisses’ was one of the new entries this week. Interestingly the song was released on a 4 track EP called ‘Take Four’ in the UK and I have not been able to find a reference to the song being released as a single anywhere. Perhaps they chose to just list 1 track from the EP for the chart, or there was an actual single release in South Africa (anybody out there know?). The song would give Cliff his 4th chart hit in SA and put him tied second for number of hits, joining Gene Rockwell, Tom Jones and Herman’s Hermits on that total. They were all 1 short of The Rolling Stones’ 5. This new entry meant 2 things for Cliff, firstly he celebrated 20 consecutive weeks with at least 1 song in the top 20 (as mentioned above, the previous 19 were with ‘Wind Me Up Let Me Go’) and secondly, he became the 3rd act to replace themselves on the charts. Murray Campbell and Tom Jones were the previous 2 to have a new entry the same week as one of their songs left the charts.

The second new entry was by one half of a well-known South African couple. Des Lindberg (of Des & Dawn fame) entered at 18 with a take on ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’. He provided us with some Afrikaans lyrics to the song and called it ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’. Although it starts off in English the lyrics change into Afrikaans for the majority of the song, so I have regarded this as the first ever Afrikaans song to chart.

The last of the new entries was also by a local act and was the 4th by a local woman to chart. ‘Elusive Butterfly’ by Judy Page was a cover of a song by Bob Lind which had given Lind a number 5 peak on both sides of the Atlantic earlier in the year. Judy had released a number of duets with Peter Lotis (mostly before the chats started) and her daughter, Kim Kallie, would have a few hits under the name Margino.

Gene Rockwell shook off The Seekers to occupy 5th place on his own on the list of weeks on the chart by an artists. On 31 weeks, he was now just 2 behind the local leader Murray Campbell. Chris Andrews moved into 11th place on his own, leaving The Hollies and The Ivy League behind on 20 weeks as he jumped up to 22 weeks having 2 on the charts this week.

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