20 May 1966


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Die Gezoem van die Bye  – Des Lindberg
2 2 6 Distant Drums  – Jim Reeves
3 3 8 Barbara Ann  – Beach Boys
4 8 4 Elusive Butterfly  – Bob Lind
5 5 5 Elusive Butterfly  – Judy Page
6 6 3 Darling it’s Wonderful  – Virginia Lee
7 4 12 The Ballad of the Green Berets  – Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler
8 18 2 Substitute  – Who
9 7 8 A Well Respected Man  – Kinks
10 10 6 Flowers on the Wall  – Statler Brothers
11 New 1 Pied Piper  – Crispian St Peters
12 12 5 Lies and Kisses  – Cliff Richard
13 19 2 Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)  – Cher
14 New 1 Pretty Flamingo  – Manfred Mann
15 11 12 These Boots are Made for Walking  – Nancy Sinatra
16 17 2 I Can’t Let Go  – Hollies
17 9 11 19th Nervous Breakdown  – Rolling Stones
18 14 14 The Sounds of Silence  – Simon & Garfunkel
19 15 4 Don’t Push Me  – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
20 New 1 I’m a Rock  – John E Sharpe & The Squires

This week we celebrated our 50th chart to be produced and what better than to have a local act at the top for this milestone. The local act was Des Lindberg whose ‘Die Gezoem van die Bye’ enjoyed a second week at number 1, while previous chart topper, Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ was unmoved at 2.

The Who celebrated 50 weeks of charts by equalling the biggest climb in a week to date as their hit, ‘Substitute’ climbed 10 places from 18 to 8. Only Elvis’ ‘Do The Clam’ and Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ had managed a 10 place climb before.

Bob Lind’s ‘Elusive Butterfly’ picked up a second star rater climb in a row as it moved up 4 to 4, overtaking the local version by Judy Page which was unmoved at 5. Also making star rater status was Cher’s ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ which moved up 6 to 13.

Biggest faller of the week was The Rolling Stones’ ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ which fell 8 places to 17. This was the second biggest fall to date which 3 other song had managed. It was the 3rd time The Stones took the biggest faller award.

Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ continued as the oldest on the charts moving on to 14 weeks.

Herman’s Hermits’ ‘A Must To Avoid’ was the first of 3 songs to leave the charts this week. It had been in the top 20 for 7 weeks and peaked at 14, their second lowest peak to date. We still had a few more hits from the Hermits to enjoy.

Also departing was June Muscat’s ‘For You Babe’ which spent 9 weeks in the charts and peaked at number 8 during that time. There was another hit to come from June.

Last of the leavers was Chris Andrews’ ‘To Whom It Concerns’ which had enjoyed 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 4, but was outdone by the chart topping feat of his only other hit to date, ‘Yesterday Man’. As ‘To Whom It Concerns’, the second of his 2 hits to date, overlapped with ‘Yesterday Man’, its departure ended an 18 week run with Chris having at least 1 song in the charts. This was a bit behind the record run to date of 25 consecutive weeks with a song in the charts which The Rolling Stones had managed.

The replacements for the 3 leavers started with Crispian St. Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’. Peters real name was Robin Peter Smith and ‘Pied Piper’ would give him a number 5 hit in his native UK. In the US they loved him a little bit more as the song went to number 4. But his success seemed to go to his head as he proclaimed himself a better song writer than John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Ironically, he didn’t even pen ‘Pied Piper’, that was Steve Duboff and Artie Kornfeld who did that. St Peters did manage to get to the top of the Canadian charts with the song and the debut position of 11 on our charts was the 3rd best to date, beating every single Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Wings and Ringo Starr debut position for a song. Only George Harrison would manage to equal a debut at number 11. St Peters died on 8 June 2010 at the age of 71.

The second new entry was the 3rd hit for Manfred Mann, ‘Pretty Flamingo’. The song, which featured future Cream bassist Jack Bruce, would top the UK charts for 3 weeks and the Irish ones for 4 weeks. It would also go to number 2 in Canada, 3 in Norway and 6 in Sweden. In the US it would only make it to number 29.

The last of the new entries was ‘I Am A Rock’ by local act John E. Sharpe & The Squires. The song appeared on the band’s album ‘Maybelline’and was a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel number which they had taken to number 3 in the US. The Simon & Garfunkel version would not chart in SA. Shape would play in a number of different bands in SA including The Hustlers, The Deans, Impulse, The Board Of Directors and Crystal Drive, but his most successful was with The Squires. In 1966 he ran The Downstairs Club, a popular music venue in Hillbrow. Sharpe would pass away in 1990.

Virginia Lee moved into 14th place on her own on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist as her 19 weeks pulled her 1 clear of The Ivy League, while Manfred Mann’s new entry meant that they pulled level in tied 15th place with the aforementioned Ivy League.

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