6 May 1966

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

Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts and it looked like it had shaken off the challenge from The Rolling Stones’ ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ which dropped from 2 to 5. The new contender for the top spot was either The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’ (they had already topped the charts with their previous hit, ‘California Girls’) or Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem van die Bye’ which was our biggest climber for a second week running, following up last week’s 7 place jump with an 8 place climb this week. This would equal the second biggest climb in a week to date which 8 other songs had managed of which 2 had been by local artists (Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ and Four Jacks & A Jills’ ‘Jimmy Come Lately’).

The 2 versions of ‘Elusive Butterfly’ by Judy Page and Bob Lind, would both be star raters this week with Page’s version moving up 5 to 12 and Lind’s climbing 4 to 15.

‘Yes Mr Peters’ by Steve Karliski and Mimi Roman was the biggest faller as it dropped a further 5 places from 14 to 19 to follow up its 4 place fall two weeks previously.

Group 66’s hit, ‘One By One’ left the top 20 this week. It had enjoyed 6 weeks on our charts and peaked at 11 during that time.  The band would soon be back in the top 20.

Virginia Lee became the first woman to chart with 3 hits as ‘Darling It’s Wonderful’ entered the top 20 at 14, the highest debut position to date for a song by a local woman. Her 2 previous hits had both been as part of a duet. The gap between this new entry and Virginia’s previous chart appearance was 24 weeks, making it the biggest to date for a local act, beating the 23 weeks that Emil Dean had had between his 2 hits, but falling a good few weeks short of the overall record to date of 36 weeks which Petula Clark experienced. This was, however, the second biggest gap to date for a female artist with the 3rd biggest being the comparatively small break from the charts of 9 weeks that Virginia had suffered between her first 2 hits. ‘Darling It’s Wonderful’ was originally recorded by The Lovers, a duo consisting of Allen Bunn, the song’s writer, and his wife Anna Sanford. It would make it to number 48 on the Billboard charts in the US in 1957. Bunn would pass away in August 1977.

Herman’s Hermits joined Gene Rockwell in 5th place on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist as they moved on to 31 weeks. Chris Andrews pulled 1 clear of Elvis to occupy 10th spot on his own with 24 weeks to his name while Virginia Lee moved into tied 15th place on 17 weeks, sharing that spot with The Bats, Manfred Mann, Rick Nelson and The Staccatos. Along with the 2 other local acts on 17 weeks (The Bats and The Staccatos in case you didn’t know) Virginia was tied 3rd highest for SA acts. June Muscat moved into 10th place on her own on the local acts list with her 8 weeks.

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