24 June 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Strangers in the Night  – Frank Sinatra
2 3 6 Pretty Flamingo  – Manfred Mann
3 2 6 Pied Piper  – Crispian St Peters
4 7 3 Sloop John B  – Beach Boys
5 5 6 I’m a Rock  – John E Sharpe & The Squires
6 4 10 Die Gezoem van die Bye  – Des Lindberg
7 9 4 Hold Tight  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
8 6 5 Homeward Bound  – Simon & Garfunkel
9 12 3 Where Did We Go Wrong  – Petula Clark
10 16 2 Monday Monday  – Mamas and The Papas
11 17 2 Wild Thing  – Troggs
12 8 11 Distant Drums  – Jim Reeves
13 11 4 No Other Baby  – Four Jacks & a Jill
14 10 8 Darling it’s Wonderful  – Virginia Lee
15 New 1 Paint it Black  – Rolling Stones
16 13 7 Substitute  – Who
17 New 1 Sea of Heartbreak  – Dickie Loader
18 New 1 Lara’s Theme  – MGM Singing Strings
19 14 13 Barbara Ann  – Beach Boys
20 New 1 Endless Sleep  – Group 66

‘Strangers In The Night’ spent a second week at the top of the charts while Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ moved up 1 into second place, pushing the previous number 1, Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ into 3rd place.

The 2 new entries of last week were the biggest climbers this week with The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ climbing 6 to 10 while The Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ climb its 6 places to 11. Artists from the UK were producing more biggest climbers than those from the US at this point as The Troggs’ hit was the 35th for a British act while ‘Monday Monday’ was the 24th for an American act. There were no other songs this week that made at least a 4 place climb to get star rater status.

The oldest song on the chart, The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’, was also the biggest faller this week as it dropped 5 from 14 to 19. It sat on 13 weeks in the top 20.

We had 4 songs leave the charts this week, the first of which was Nancy Sintra’s ‘How Does That Grab You Darlin’’ which lasted just 4 weeks and peaked at 15, a far cry from her only other hit to date, ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, which topped the charts for 4 weeks. The good news for Nancy fans is that there was plenty more to come from her.

Last week we lost Judy Page’s version of ‘Elusive Butterfly’ and this week Bob Lind’s version dropped off the top 20. It had spent exactly the same number of weeks as Judy’s version on the charts (i.e. 8) but did peak 1 place higher, managing to get to number 4. Where Judy outdid Bob was that she had more hits to come while for Bob this would be his only chart hit in SA.

Cher’s ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ also departed from the charts. It had peaked at 10 during its 6 weeks stay, not quite as good as she had managed with her only other hit to date, the duet with Sonny Bono, ‘I Got you Babe’, which made 10 weeks and peaked at 5.

Last of the leavers was Danny Rivers & The Savages’ ‘Pretty Eyes’ which had looked to be heading up the charts (climbing 3 last week). It spent 2 weeks on the charts, its highest position being the 15 from which it left the top 20. This was the tied 3rd highest position for a last week for a local song.  Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’ which spent its last week at 13 and The A-Cads’ ‘Hungry For Love’ (last week at 14) were the only local songs to have fallen off the charts from higher positions. Judy Pages’ ‘Elusive Butterfly’ was also at 15 before it left the charts.

We had been 5 weeks now without a Rolling Stones song in the charts, the longest absence they had had from our top 20 to date, but Mick and the boys ended that drought with ‘Paint It, Black’, their 6th hit to date, moving them back out in front for number of hits, 1 clear of Cliff Richard who was now in second place. This also moved Jagger and Richards out on their own at the top of the song writers list as they were on 6 with Lennon and McCartney sitting behind them on 5. ‘Paint It. Black’ topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and was apparently the first song featuring a sitar to top those respective charts. It also managed to get to number 1 in Canada and Holland and went to number 2 in Austria, Finland, Germany and Ireland. In 1990 it made a bit of a comeback, reaching number 61 in the UK and topping the Dutch charts for a second time, beating its previous run of 4 weeks at the top there, by making it 5 weeks. There was apparently some controversy about the single when it came out with a comma between ‘Paint It’ and ‘Black’ which some took as a racial comment. Keith Richards has been quoted as saying that it was the record label that added the punctuation.

At number 17 we saw the arrival of Dickie Loader & The Blue Jeans with their hit, ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’. The song was originally recorded by Don Gibson in 1961 and this gave him a number 2 hit on the Billboard Country Singles charts in the US. Loaders’ version would spend 3 weeks at the top of the Rhodesian charts and gave song writer Hal David a second hit in SA, having already charted with Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat’ which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach. This time his song writing partner was Paul Hampton.

The 3rd new entry came from the film ‘Dr Zhivago’ which starred Omar Sharif and was ‘Lara’s Theme’. A version of the song with lyrics called ‘Somewhere My Love’ has been recorded by numerous artists, however, it was the instrumental version from the MGM Singing Strings that made the charts this week. It was the 3rd instrumental to chart in SA and was conducted and produced by Teddy Randazzo who had been seen on the label of Danny Rivers & The Savages’ single that left the charts this week. ‘Lara’s Theme’ was written by Maurice Jarre, Jean-Michel Jarre’s father.

Last of the newcomers was the second hit for Group 66. This time it was ‘Endless Sleep’ which would be the 30th song by a local artist to chart. The song was a cover of a number 5 hit in the US which was written and recorded by Jody Reynolds. The single gives song writing credits to Reynolds and Dolares Nance, the latter apparently being a pseudonym for Reynolds.

Simon & Garfunkel celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the charts milestone which moved them into 15th place for week count. The Beach Boys shook off Murray Campbell to hold 4th place on their own, now having 35 weeks to their name while Virginia Lee moved 1 week ahead of Elvis to equal The Hollies on 24 and together they sat at 11. On the local front, Des Lindberg reached 10 weeks and moved into 9th place.

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