3 June 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 3 Pied Piper  – Crispian St Peters
2 1 7 Die Gezoem van die Bye  – Des Lindberg
3 3 5 Darling it’s Wonderful  – Virginia Lee
4 2 8 Distant Drums  – Jim Reeves
5 9 2 Strangers in the Night  – Frank Sinatra
6 6 4 Substitute  – Who
7 10 3 Pretty Flamingo  – Manfred Mann
8 5 10 Barbara Ann  – Beach Boys
9 7 6 Elusive Butterfly  – Bob Lind
10 11 4 Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)  – Cher
11 8 7 Elusive Butterfly  – Judy Page
12 17 3 I’m a Rock  – John E Sharpe & The Squires
13 18 2 Homeward Bound  – Simon & Garfunkel
14 14 4 I Can’t Let Go  – Hollies
15 19 2 How Does That Grab You Darlin’  – Nancy Sinatra
16 13 8 Flowers on the Wall  – Statler Brothers
17 12 14 The Ballad of the Green Berets  – Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler
18 New 1 Hold Tight  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
19 New 1 Blue Turns to Grey  – Cliff Richard
20 New 1 No Other Baby  – Four Jacks & a Jill

Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ became the 3rd song to take just 3 weeks to get to the top of the charts as it knocked Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem van die Bye’ into second place. Virginia Lee’s ‘Darling It’s Wonderful’ was unmoved at 3, giving us a 4th week in a row with 2 local songs in the top 5. Our best run with this to date had been 2 weeks, which happened twice before. We were yet to see 3 locals in the top 5.

The biggest climbers this week were both Paul Simon composition’s with John E. Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I Am A Rock’ moving up 5 to 12 while Simon and his partner Art Garfunkel moved up 5 to 13 with ‘Homeward Bound’. This would be the only time we would see a song writer have 2 biggest climbers with 2 different songs. We would see another song writer have 2 biggest climbers in the week but that would be with 2 different versions of the same song. For John E. Sharpe & The Squires this would be a first biggest climber while Simon & Garfunkel were enjoying their second.

The 2 biggest climbers were joined by the 2 Sinatra hits as star raters with Nancy’s ‘How Does That Grab You Darlin’ climbing 4 to 15 while her dad, Frank, moved up 4 to number 5.

Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler’s ‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ took the biggest tumble this week as it dropped 5 to 17. The Staff Sergeant had something to be happy about though as his song was the oldest on the charts, sitting on 14 weeks. This came about as the previous oldest, Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ dropped off the top 20 after a run of 15 weeks, 1 of which was spent at the top of the chart. This ended the 1 week run they had had with 2 songs in the top 20.

Also leaving the top 20 was Cliff Richard’s ‘Lies And Kisses’. It had lasted 6 weeks on the charts and peaked at 11, his lowest peak since his first hit, ‘Just Another Guy’ which spent just a single week at 18 on the very first SA chart.

Last to leave was The Kinks’ ‘A Well Respected Man’. It spent a respectable 9 weeks in the charts and peaked at 7, 2 places higher than their only other hit to date, ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch were David Harman, Trevor Ward-Davies, John Dymond, Michael Wilson and Ian Amey (in that order) and they arrived on our charts for the first time this week, sporting a hit called ‘Hold On’. The song had given them their first UK top 10 hit as it went to number 4 there. It was produced by Steve Rowland of Family Dogg who also produced Rodriguez second album, ‘Coming From Reality’.

Despite ‘Lies And Kisses’ leaving the charts, Cliff Richard still had a hit in the top 20 as he became the only artist who would replace themselves in the chart twice. ‘Lies And Kisses’ entered the charts the week after ‘Wind Me Up Let Me Go’ left and this week, as ‘Lies And Kisses’ fell off the top 20, Cliff returned with a song called ‘Blue Turns To Grey’, a number 15 hit for him in the UK. The song gave Keith Richards and Mick Jagger their 5th hit as song writers as it was a cover of a Rolling Stones track from the previous year. This put them tied at the top of the list for number of hits by a song writer as they drew level with The Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

The final new entry was the second hit by Four Jacks And A Jill, ‘No Other Baby’. The song was a cover of a 1957 one by Dickie Bishop & The Sidekicks. The following year Bobby Helms took a cover version to 30 in the UK charts and in 1999 Paul McCartney managed to get to 42 with his cover of it.

Manfred Mann hit the 20 weeks in the chart mark and moved into tied 14th place for weeks in the chart, drawing level with The Fortunes while The Hollies pulled clear of Elvis to occupy 11th place on their own. Cliff Richard moved tied 6th with Gene Rockwell on 31 weeks but more importantly he now held the record for the longest run with at least 1 hit in the chart as this was the 26th week in a row that a Cliff hit had graced our top 20, pulling 1 clear of The Rolling Stones who had managed a 25 week run.

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