10 June 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 4 Pied Piper  – Crispian St Peters
2 5 3 Strangers in the Night  – Frank Sinatra
3 2 8 Die Gezoem van die Bye  – Des Lindberg
4 7 4 Pretty Flamingo  – Manfred Mann
5 3 6 Darling it’s Wonderful  – Virginia Lee
6 4 9 Distant Drums  – Jim Reeves
7 6 5 Substitute  – Who
8 12 4 I’m a Rock  – John E Sharpe & The Squires
9 13 3 Homeward Bound  – Simon & Garfunkel
10 8 11 Barbara Ann  – Beach Boys
11 18 2 Hold Tight  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 9 7 Elusive Butterfly  – Bob Lind
13 10 5 Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)  – Cher
14 20 2 No Other Baby  – Four Jacks & a Jill
15 11 8 Elusive Butterfly  – Judy Page
16 New 1 Sloop John B  – Beach Boys
17 New 1 Where Did We Go Wrong  – Petula Clark
18 New 1 Pretty Eyes  – Danny Rivers & The Savages
19 19 2 Blue Turns to Grey  – Cliff Richard
20 15 3 How Does That Grab You Darlin’  – Nancy Sinatra

We were still following the ‘Pied Piper’ as Crispian St Peters spent a second week at number 1 on our charts. He was under huge pressure from one of the greats, Frank Sinatra, as the latter’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ moved up 3 places to number 2.

The act with the second longest name (excluding duets) to date, Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mick & Titch had the biggest climber with ‘Hold Tight’ which climbed 7 from 18 to 11. The longest name for an act so far was Wayne Fontana And The Mind Benders with 29 characters (the rules here are: exclude spaces and punctuation and ‘&’ is spelt out as ‘and’). Dave Dee etc etc had 27 characters

John E. Squire & The Squires (tied 3rd longest name on 24 characters) became the 30th local act to clock up a star rater as ‘I Am A Rock’ climbed 4 to 8. The only other star rater this week also went to a local song and it was Four Jacks & A Jill’s version ‘No Other Baby’ which moved up 6 places to 14.

The faller of the week was rather unexpected as it was Nancy Sinatra’s ‘How Does That Grab You Darlin’’ which dropped 5 places to 20. This was its 3rd week in the chart and last week it had been a star rater moving up 4.

‘The Ballad of the Green Berets’ by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler (one of the others in 3rd place for longest name) fell off the charts after 14 weeks of which 2 were spent at the number 1 spot and 1 as the oldest song on the chart. As in the UK, this would be the Staff Sergent’s only hit, but in the US, he did manage a number 28 peak with his song ‘The A Team’ (a good while before Hannibal Smith et al appeared on the scene).

The departure of ‘The Ballad Of The Green Berets’ meant that we had a new oldest song on the chart and that honour went to The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’ which sat on 11 weeks. This was the tied lowest number of weeks to date with which to be the oldest on the charts (excluding all songs on the very first chart). 3 other songs so far had been on just 11 weeks when they became the oldest on the charts and they were Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat’, The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ and Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds Of Silence’.

The second song to leave the top 20 was The Statler Brothers’ ‘Flowers on the Wall’ which enjoyed an 8 week run on the charts and a peak of 7. Sadly for the band, this would be their only SA hit. They did have 2 others make the Billboard Hot 100.

The Hollies sang ‘I Can’t Let Go’, but this week we let go of them as their song completed its time in the top 20. It had only managed 4 weeks on the charts and broke the run of number 3 peaks which the band’s first 2 hits (and only others to date) had managed, as it faltered at 14. Only 1 Hollies song would peak lower than this.

The act on our first new entry this week already had a song on the chart, in fact it was the oldest one in the top 20. The Beach Boys’ 3rd hit came from their seminal album ‘Pet Sounds’ and was ‘Sloop John B’. The song itself had been around for a while. Dating back as at least to 1917 it was originally a West Indian folk song called ‘The John B Sails’. In 1958 the Kingston Trio recorded a version and called it ‘The Wreck Of The John B.’ It has also gone under the title ‘I Wanna Go Home’ (for example on Van Morrison’s ‘The Skiffle Session’ album which he recorded with Lonnie Donegan and Chris Barber). The Beach Boys version went to 3 in America and one place higher in the UK. This was the 31st week out of 53 that we had had at least 1 act with 2 songs in the charts and The Beach Boys were the lucky 13th act to manage it.

Also enjoying a 3rd hit was Petula Clark as her ‘Where Did We Go Wrong’ arrived in the charts at number 17. Petula joined Virginia Lee for most number of hits by a female artist, however, 2 of Virginia’s 3 had been as part of a duet while all of Petula’s were as solo hits. ‘Where Did We Go Wrong’ was written by Petula (the only one of her SA hits she would have a hand in writing) and Tony Hatch. Hatch, who had penned (or co-written) Petula’s previous 2 hits had also co-written Jackie Trent’s ‘Where Are You Now’ and sat 1 behind the Jagger/Richards and Lennon/McCartney pairings who were at the top of the list for number of hits by a song writer. Only ‘Traditional’ equalled Tony’s 4. ‘Where Did We Go Wrong’ does not seem to have been released as a single in either the UK or the US, but it did make it to number 9 on the charts in neighbouring Rhodesia (as it was then).

The final new entry was by a local band going under the name of Danny Rivers & The Savages. Their song was called ‘Pretty Eyes’. Rivers had been in a band called the Alligators, but he and Charlie Borg moved on to form the Savages. After a relatively successful career under this name Rivers moved on again this time to form Sounds Incorporated which is regarded as South Africa’s first multi-racial rock band. ‘Pretty Eyes’ was a song written by Bobby Weinstein and Teddy Randazzo. It is not to be confused with a more popular song they wrote called ‘Pretty Blue Eyes’ which Randazzo himself recorded and was covered by The Guess Who, Craig Douglas and The Lettermen among others. ‘Pretty Eyes’ was record by Trini Lopez in 1965 and was the b-side of his hit ‘Lemon Tree’ which made it to number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Beach Boys clocked up their 30th (and 31st) week on the charts which pushed them into tied 7th place for weeks overall, level with Gene Rockwell. Cliff Richard moved 5th as he was now on 32 weeks. He shared that spot with Herman’s Hermits. Manfred Mann moved 1 clear of The Fortunes to be in 14th place on their own with 21 to their name and Simon & Garfunkel moved tied 16th with The Ivy League. Four Jacks And A Jill were moving up the local list as their 14 weeks to date put them tied 7th with The A-Cads. The Rolling Stones on 61 still led the overall list while Murray Campbell on 33 was the top local act.

Cliff Richard extended his lead for consecutive weeks with at least 1 hit in the chart as we had seen a Cliff hit in the chart for 27 weeks in a row now.

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