1 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Strangers in the Night  – Frank Sinatra
2 2 7 Pretty Flamingo  – Manfred Mann
3 4 4 Sloop John B  – Beach Boys
4 3 7 Pied Piper  – Crispian St Peters
5 5 7 I’m a Rock  – John E Sharpe & The Squires
6 10 3 Monday Monday  – Mamas and The Papas
7 7 5 Hold Tight  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
8 9 4 Where Did We Go Wrong  – Petula Clark
9 11 3 Wild Thing  – Troggs
10 15 2 Paint it, Black  – Rolling Stones
11 6 11 Die Gezoem van die Bye  – Des Lindberg
12 18 2 Lara’s Theme  – MGM Singing Strings
13 8 6 Homeward Bound  – Simon & Garfunkel
14 17 2 Sea of Heartbreak  – Dickie Loader
15 20 2 Endless Sleep  – Group 66
16 13 5 No Other Baby  – Four Jacks & a Jill
17 New 1 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  – Pamela Dean
18 New 1 Paperback Writer  – Beatles
19 14 9 Darling it’s Wonderful  – Virginia Lee
20 12 12 Distant Drums  – Jim Reeves

We were becoming well acquainted with those ‘Strangers In The Night’ as the song by Frank Sinatra enjoyed a 3rd week at the number 1 spot. Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ was also unmoved at 2.

The biggest climber this week was ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The MGM Singing Strings which moved up 6 from18 to 12. This meant that all 3 of the instrumental hits so far had been the biggest climber in a week and all 3 had done this in their second week on the charts. The other 2 instrumentals so far were ‘Tea And Trumpets’ by The Norman Ruby Orchestra and ‘A Walk in the Black Forest’ by Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra. Also moving up and gaining star rater status was The Mamas And The Papas ‘Monday Monday’ which moved up 4 from 10 to 6, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ which climbed 5 to 10 and Group 66’s ‘Endless Sleep’ which climbed 5 to 15. The Stones increased their lead for the number of star rater climbs as this was their 9th. They were nearly double their nearest rivals, The Seekers, who had only managed 5 to date.

‘Distant Drums’ picked up a first faller of the week award for Jim Reeves as the song fell 8 places from 12 to 20. This was the 5th song to fall 8 places to date and only 1 had had a bigger fall in a week and that was Gene Rockwell’s 10 place fall with ‘Love’ back in December 1965.

Gentleman Jim as Reeves was sometimes called, could however smile about the fact that his song was now the oldest on the charts being on 12 weeks. This came about as previous oldest, The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’ left the top 20 after 13 weeks and a peak of 2. This ended their 3 week run with 2 hits in the charts.

We also bid farewell to The Who’s ‘Substitute’ which left our charts after a 7 week run during which it peaked at 7. There was more to come from Pete, Roger and the boys.

The first of the 2 new entries was by Pamela Dean, an English woman who settled in South Africa so has been claimed as one of ours for statistical purposes. She entered the charts with a cover of ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, a song that Dusty Springfield made famous. This was the 6th song to chart featuring a local female artist. Dean came to South Africa in 1966 as part of a Max Bygraves tour and decided to stay. She is credited as being probably the first local artist to record a song written by Jimmy Webb (not ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ but ‘The Girls Song’). Webb was a sing/song writer who composed such tunes as ‘Wichita Linesman’ which Glen Campbell had a hit with, ‘Up Up And Away’ (5th Dimension hit) and Richard Harris’ ‘MacArthur Park’. He would only have 2 of his compositions chart in SA (still to come) and neither were by local acts.

The Beatles joined Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones and Gene Rockwell on 4 hits as ‘Paperback Writer’ entered the top 20 this week. They were still 1 hit behind Cliff Richard and 2 off the pace set by leaders, The Rolling Stones. The song would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, knocking our current number 1 (Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’) off the top spot in the UK and being knocked off its perch by that same song in the US. The song’s SA success put Lennon and McCartney back on level pegging with the Jagger/Richards team from The Rolling Stones as they now all had 6 hits to their credit. This was our biggest gap to date between hits either written or recorded by The Beatles or one of their members as it had been 10 weeks since The Overlanders cover of ‘Michelle’ graced out charts. The previous biggest gap was 6 weeks between ‘Help’ by The Beatles leaving the charts and Matt Monro’s cover of ‘Yesterday’ entering. There has been no cover version of ‘Paperback Writer’ make either the UK or US charts and it was the 60th song by a British act to grace our charts.

Virginia Lee moved into tied 10th place on the weeks count list joining Chris Andrews on 25 while Manfred Mann, 1 week behind her, moved into tied 12th with the Hollies. Four Jacks And A Jill entered the top 20 of that list, joining the 4 other acts who were sitting tied 18th on 17 weeks. On the local list they moved tied 4th with The Bats.

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