27 May 1966


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

Those bees were still swarming around the number 1 spot as Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem van die Bye’ enjoyed a third week at the top of our charts. Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ became the second song to spend 3 consecutive weeks at number 2, however, unlike the previous song to manage this (The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work It Out’) ‘Distant Drums’ had managed to get to number 1 and was on its way down while The Beatles hit would stall at 2 and not make the top spot.

And talking of The Beatles, the man who thought he was better than them, Crispian St Peters, had the biggest climb this week when ‘Pied Piper’ moved up 7 places from 11 to 4. We would have to wait till 1971 to see a Beatles or ex-Beatle track manage a climb this big and 1972 to see one manage a bigger climb.

The only other star rater this week was Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ which moved up 4 places to 10. This would be Manfred Mann’s second star rater climb, having managed it once with ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now’.

The Kinks’ ‘A Well Respected Man’ took the faller of the week award as it dropped 6 places from 9 to 15. Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ came a close second, dropping 5 to 12.

‘The Sounds Of Silence’ by Simon & Garfunkel moved on to 15 weeks and was still the oldest on the charts.

Three songs fell off the charts, the first of which was Hedgehoppers Anonymous’ ‘Don’t Push Me’ (I guess we did give them the push). It spent just 4 weeks in the charts and peaked at 15. The good news for them was that they had another hit to come.

Of the 51 weeks we had seen so far, 48 of them had at least 1 Rolling Stones hit on them. This week proved to be the 3rd of those that did not feature Mick and the boys as their ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ ended its 11 week run in the Top 20. It fell just short of topping the charts spending 2 weeks at number 2 while Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ occupied the top spot. There was plenty more to come from The Stones.

The last of the leavers was Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots are Made for Walking’ which had spent 4 of its 12 weeks on the charts in the top spot. The good news for Nancy was that she became the 4th artist and first female artist to replace themselves on the charts as one of the 3 new entries this week was her hit, ‘How Does That Grab You Darlin’’. The song would go to 7 in the US and 19 in the UK as well as making it to 4 in Austria, 7 in Belgium and 10 in Germany. Unusually for a song making the Belgian charts, it does not appear to have charted in Holland. As with her previous hit, the new one was penned by Lee Hazelwood, giving him his 3rd hit to date. Only 4 song writers had had more hits with The Stones Jagger & Richards on 4 apiece and The Beatles Lennon & McCartney leading the way with 5 each. 6 others had made 3 plus we had had 3 written by ‘Traditional’.

It was a good week for the Sinatra family as one of the other new entries was Nancy dad, Frank.  His ‘Strangers in the Night’ equalled Jim Reeves record to date for highest new entry position as it came crashing into the charts at number 9. And it was not too surprising as the song was heading to the top of both the UK and US charts. It would get to number 1 in the UK the week following this chart, but would have to wait till 2 July for its US peak. The song started life as an instrumental piece by Bert Kaempfert called ‘Beddy Bye’ which was written for a film called ‘A Man Could Get Killed’. Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder wrote the lyrics and Sinatra was apparently not overly impressed with it at first, but eventually got to like it. That may have had something to do with the fact that it would be his only solo US chart topper (he managed to get to number 1 with his duet with Nancy, ‘Somethin’ Stupid’). In the UK it would be the second of only 2 solo chart toppers. Again his duet with Nancy would make number 1 and he had managed to get to the top of the UK charts in 1954 with ‘Three Coins In The Fountain’. Nancy’s new entry this week was the 40th by an American act to hit our charts while Frank’s was the 50th by a male artist.

The last of the new entries saw the 12th different act to have 2 or more in the charts in the same week as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound’ joined ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ in the top 20. Being 5 weeks since we had last seen an act with 2 in the charts, this was the second biggest gap between times with this phenomenon, however it was quite a way off the biggest gap to date of 14 weeks.  The song was written by a homesick Paul Simon when he was in England. There is a plaque at Widnes Station where he apparently penned the song (Widnes being a town in Cheshire in England, not too far from Liverpool and Manchester). ‘Homeward Bound’ would go to 5 in the US and 9 in the UK while also getting to 2 in Canada. With John E. Sharpe & The Squires version of ‘I Am A Rock’ sitting at number 17, we had 3 Paul Simon compositions in the top 20, the first time we had seen a song writer have 3 different hits in the charts at the same time. The composers of ‘Goodbye My Love’ had also managed 3 in the same week, but with 3 versions of the same song rather than 3 different songs.

Cliff Richard reached the 30 weeks in the charts milestone while Virginia Lee clocked up her 20th. Cliff moved into tied 7the place on the total weeks list, joining The Seekers there, while Virginia Lee joined The Fortunes at 13. Also moving up that list was Manfred Mann who were now at 15 on their own with 19 weeks, leaving The Ivy League behind at 16 with 18 weeks to their name.

Cliff Richard had had a song in our charts for 25 straight weeks now, 19 with ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ and 6 with ‘Lies and Kisses’. This equalled the record to date set by The Rolling Stones for consecutive weeks with at least 1 hit in the charts.

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