17 June 1966

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

The spell was broken and we no longer followed the ‘Pied Piper’ we were more interested in ‘Strangers In The Night’ as Frank Sinatra’s hit took over the top spot from Crispian St Peters’ one to become the 6th song that had topped both the US and UK charts to make it to number 1 in South Africa. Interestingly, the previous song to do this was Frank’s daughter Nancy’s hit, ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. ‘Pied Piper’ dropping into second place.

The Beach Boys became the 9th act to have 3 biggest climbers in a week as ‘Sloop John B’s 9 place leap was our biggest mover. They had managed this with both their previous hits, ‘California Girls’ and ‘Barbara Ann’. The only act so far to manage 4 biggest climbers was The Rolling Stones. The 9 place climb was the second biggest a song had managed so far with 3 songs (Elvis’ ‘Do The Clam’, Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ and The Who’s ‘Substitute’) having managed a 10 place jump. No other song had managed 9 yet.

There was only 1 other star rater this week and it was Petula Clark’s ’Where Did We Go Wrong’, a fellow new entry of the Beach Boys’s hit last week. ‘Where Did We Go Wrong’ moved up 5 from 17 to 12. Petula joined Virginia Lee in the lead for most star raters for a female artist.

Bob Lind’s ‘Elusive Butterfly’ was the song moving down the charts the quickest as its 7 place drop from 12 to 19 earned it the biggest faller in the week award.

Cliff Richards’ record breaking run with at least 1 song in the chart came to an end as ‘Blue Turns to Grey’ fell from the charts after just 2 weeks in the top 20, both of which were spent at number 19. Joining him in leaving the charts was the other version of the song which was our biggest faller this week, Judy Page’s ‘Elusive Butterfly’. It had spent 8 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5.

We welcomed The Mamas And The Papas to our charts for the first time as their hit, ‘Monday Monday’ entered the top 20 at 16. Written by ‘Papa’ John Phillips, the song would give them their only US number 1 hit while in the UK it would make it to number 3. Wikipedia mentions that the song contains a ‘false ending’ which is where a song appears to have finished, but starts up again after a second or so. In the US and also in Canada, it would knock The Young Rascal’s ‘Good Lovin’ off the top spot and in so doing would mean those charts had 2 consecutive number 1s with false endings. That’s your useless bit of information for the day.

Joining The Mamas And The Papas in debuting on our charts were The Troggs who brought us probably their most well-known song, ‘Wild Thing’. The song was a cover of a 1965 recording by an American group called The Wild Ones and was written by Chip Taylor who had already had song writing credits on The Hollies ‘I Can’t Let Go’ which left our charts 2 weeks previously. The Troggs version of ‘Wild Thing’ would top the US charts and due to a strange legal wrangle, would be the only song to do so for 2 record labels as it had been released on both the Atco and Fontana labels. The chart compliers added the sales from both labels together to determine its chart position. In their native UK, the song would just miss out on topping the charts there, peaking at 2 while The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’ claimed the number 1 spot.

The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’ continued as the oldest in the charts, moving on to 12 weeks. With their 2 hits in the charts (see biggest climber above), they jumped on to 33 weeks and in so doing, drew level with Murray Campbell in 4th place for week count. One could fairly legitimately claim this week that Virginia Lee was as big as Elvis in South Africa as she moved on to 23 weeks and drew level with The King sitting at 12 on the week count list. However, she still had a way to go to catch up with Gene Rockwell (on 31) and Murray Campbell (on 33) who were the only 2 on the local list ahead of her.

This week we also had the only time we had a father and daughter at the top and bottom of the charts as we had Frank Sinatra at 1 on Nancy Sinatra who stuck around at 20 (spending a second week there) with ‘How Does That Grab You Darlin’’

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