8 July 1966

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

It was now 4 weeks in a row at the top for Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ and this equalled the run that his daughter Nancy had had at number 1 with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. Would dad go one better? The Beach Boys at number 2 with ‘Sloop John B’ were looking to spoilt Frank’s thunder.

The Beatles picked up their 4th biggest climber award as ‘Paperback Writer’ climbed 4 places to 14. It was also their 5th star rater climb with ‘We Can Work It Out’ missing out on biggest climber in one week, but still making a star rater jump.

On the falling front it was local all the way with  John E. Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I’m A Rock’ and Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ that both fell 6 places, the former landing up at 11 and the latter 17. Despite its large drop, ‘I’m A Rock’ was still placed higher than the other Paul Simon composition on the chart, ‘Homeward Bound’. In fact at no point had ‘Homeward Bound’  been higher than ‘I’m A Rock’.

We bid farewell to Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ which had been with us for 12 weeks, 2 of which were spent at the top spot.  Reeves was the 8th act of those who would go on to have at least 5 hits that would have a number 1 with their first hit. The others to manage this so far were Elvis Presley, Herman’s Hermits, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Chris Andrews and Nancy Sinatra. We were now over a quarter of the way through the list of artists that would manage this. ‘Distant Drums’ had been the oldest on the top 20 and Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ took over this title. It was on 12 weeks. It would be 1 of only 3 Afrikaans songs to manage this, although there would be an instrumental with an Afrikaans title that would also get to be the oldest.

Also going from the charts was Virginia Lee’s ‘Darling it’s Wonderful’ which had spent 9 weeks with us and peaked at 3, her best peak to date. There would be more to come from her.

2 weeks ago we welcomed ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The MGM Singing Strings to our charts. That was the instrumental version. This week, the one with lyrics and going under the title ‘Somewhere My Love’ was our first new entry. The artist on this one was The Ray Conniff Singers. The lyrics to Maurice Jarre’s music were added by Paul Francis Webster at the request of Connie Francis who recorded a version, but it was Ray Conniff’s one that the American record buying public took to, propelling that version to number 9 on their main charts and to the top of the Easy Listening charts there. Conniff, who was just on 4 months shy of his 50th birthday when he charted in South Africa, passed away in 2002 after a fall in his bathroom. His gravestone has the first four notes of ‘Somewhere My Love’ etched on it.

The other song to join us dated back to 1875 and was written by a certain Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was a version of his Piano Concerto number 1 and was recorded by Second City Sound entitled simply ‘Tchaikovsky One’. This was the 4th instrumental to grace our charts. The band, a studio outfit, took their name from their city, Birmingham, which is regarded as England’s second city (presumably after London). The song went to number 22 in the UK charts. A few years later, local act Omega Limited, would also release a ‘cover’ version of Tchaikovsky’s composition.

Manfred Mann moved into tied 10th position of the week’s count list as they had now clocked up 25. They joined Chris Andrews and Virginia Lee there. Four Jacks And A Jill moved 1 ahead of The Bats and The Staccatos to occupy 4th place on their own on the local list.

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