29 April 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 3 Distant Drums  – Jim Reeves
2 1 9 The Ballad of the Green Berets  – Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler
3 5 5 Barbara Ann  – Beach Boys
4 2 8 19th Nervous Breakdown  – Rolling Stones
5 4 8 To Whom it Concerns  – Chris Andrews
6 6 9 These Boots are Made for Walking  – Nancy Sinatra
7 12 3 Flowers on the Wall  – Statler Brothers
8 10 5 A Well Respected Man  – Kinks
9 7 11 The Sounds of Silence  – Simon & Garfunkel
10 8 7 For You Babe  – June Muscat
11 18 2 Die Gezoem van die Bye  – Des Lindberg
12 16 2 Lies and Kisses  – Cliff Richard
13 9 7 My Love  – Petula Clark
14 11 9 Yes Mr. Peters  – Steve Karliski and Mimi Roman
15 14 5 A Must to Avoid  – Herman’s Hermits
16 13 6 One by One  – Group 66
17 20 2 Elusive Butterfly  – Judy Page
18 New 1 Don’t Push Me  – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
19 New 1 Elusive Butterfly  – Bob Lind
20 New 1 (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration  – Righteous Brothers

As with our previous song to debut on the top 20 straight into the top 10, ‘Distant Drums’ by Jim Reeves took a record equalling 3 weeks to reach the top spot. It knocked Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ into second place after the latter had spent 2 weeks at 1.

One of last week’s new entries, Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem van die Bye’ took biggest climber in the week award moving up 7 from 18 to 11. It was the 14th time a local act had taken this honour. Another of last week’s new entries, Cliff Richard’s ‘Lies And Kisses’ was a star rater moving up 4 to 12 and The Statler Brothers 5 place climb to 7 gave their hit ‘Flowers On The Wall’ a second week in a row with a star rater climb.

Petula Clark picked up a second biggest faller in the week award as her song ‘My Love’ fell 4 places to 13. Her previous time with this had been with ‘I Know A Place’.

Three songs departed from the top 20 this week and the first of these was ‘I’ve Got Everything You Need Babe’ by Gene Rockwell. It had spent 8 weeks on the charts but only peaked at 14, the lowest to date from his 4 hits. Gene would return to the charts at a later date.

The Overlanders’ ‘Michelle’ managed to get to number 4 during its 10 weeks on the chart, 3 weeks better and 7 places higher than the only other Beatles cover to chart to date, Matt Monro’s ‘Yesterday’. ‘Michelle’ would be The Overlanders only SA Char hit.

Last of the leavers was Chris Andrews’ ‘Yesterday Man’ which spent 4 of its 15 weeks in the chart at number 1. It also enjoyed the company of Andrews’ other hit ‘To Whom It Concerns’ for 7 of those 15 weeks. The departure of ‘Yesterday Man’ meant that we had a new oldest song on the chart and that was Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ which stood on 11 weeks.

The first of the new entries was by a band who at the time were UK based, but would settle in South Africa about 3 years later. Hedgehoppers Anonymous had had a number 5 hit in 1965 in the UK with the Jonathan King penned ‘It’s Good News Week’. This week it was good news for them as their song ‘Don’t Push Me’ (also penned by Jonathan King) entered the top 20 at 18. It was the 50th song to chart by a British act. When the band moved to SA, they dropped the ‘Anonymous’ from their name.

The second new entry was the 3rd song to have at least 2 different version chart s as the original ‘Elusive Butterfly’ by Bob Lind entered our charts a week after Judy Page’s version had. As mentioned in last week’s commentary, Lind’s version would give him a number 5 hit in both the UK and the US. It did, however, start life as the b-side to Lind’s ‘Cheryl’s Goin’ Home’, but the DJ’s of the time soon changed that. The string arrangement on this version was by Jack Nitzsche who would do a lot of work with Neil Young and the Rolling Stones.

The last new entry was ‘(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration’ by The Righteous Brothers. It had been 19 weeks since their only other hit to date, ‘Unchained Melody’, had left the charts and this was now the biggest gap between hits for an American act, overtaking the 6 week gap the Beach Boys had had which ended just 4 weeks previously. ‘(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration’ would top the charts in the US for 3 weeks after dislodging the song that was dislodged from number 1 on our charts this week. In the UK it would peak at 15. Bill Medley produced the track, their first release after leaving long-time producer, Phil Spector. The song was a second SA hit for song writer Barry Mann who had brought us The Staccatos ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ and the first of a number of hits Mann would have teamed up with Cynthia Weil.

Herman’s Hermits celebrated 30 weeks in the charts and moved into tied 6th place for total weeks on the charts by an artist. Chris Andrews moved into tied 10th place on that list alongside Elvis Presley with 23 weeks under his belt. June Muscat moved into tied 10th place on the list for local acts as her 7 to date equalled that managed by Tony Wells.

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