15 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Sloop John B  – Beach Boys
2 3 5 Monday Monday  – Mamas and The Papas
3 4 9 Pretty Flamingo  – Manfred Mann
4 1 8 Strangers in the Night  – Frank Sinatra
5 6 5 Wild Thing  – Troggs
6 8 4 Paint it, Black  – Rolling Stones
7 5 9 Pied Piper  – Crispian St Peters
8 10 4 Lara’s Theme  – MGM Singing Strings
9 14 3 Paperback Writer  – Beatles
10 7 6 Where Did We Go Wrong  – Petula Clark
11 12 4 Endless Sleep  – Group 66
12 18 2 Somewhere My Love  – Ray Conniff Singers
13 13 4 Sea of Heartbreak  – Dickie Loader
14 19 2 Tchaikovsky One  – Second City Sound
15 9 7 Hold Tight  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 11 9 I’m a Rock  – John E Sharpe & The Squires
17 15 3 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  – Pamela Dean
18 New 1 Sixteen Candles  – Jody Wayne
19 16 8 Homeward Bound  – Simon & Garfunkel
20 17 13 Die Gezoem van die Bye  – Des Lindberg

 

We hoisted up the John B sail this week as The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B.’ knocked Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ from the top spot after the latter had enjoyed a 4 week stint there. The Beach Boys joined Tom Jones and Elvis Presley in having had 2 number 1s (their previous being ‘California Girls’) and they all sat 1 behind The Rolling Stones who had managed 3. They also pulled 1 ahead of Murray Campbell for weeks at 1 to be out in the lead with 7 weeks at the top now under their belt. The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ moved up a place into the number 2 slot.

The Ray Conniff Singers picked up their first biggest climber award as ‘Somewhere My Love’ moved up 6 places to 12. The Beatles moved into second place for number of star raters as ‘Paperback Writer’s 5 place climb to 9 earned them a 6th star rater. They moved 1 ahead of The Seekers and sat 3 behind The Rolling Stones. Also gaining star rater status was Second City Sound’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ which climbed 5 to 14.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch had to ‘Hold On Tight’ as their song plummeted 6 places from 9 to 15 to be our biggest faller this week while Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ remained the oldest on the charts having 13 weeks to its name.

We lost Four Jacks And A Jill’s ‘No Other Baby’ from the charts. The songs had managed 6 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 11. This was quite a way off the performance of ‘Jimmy Come Lately’, their only other hit to date, which peaked at 2 during a 12 week run. The good news for Glenys Lynn and her Jacks was that they would return our charts, but we would have to wait a little while for that.

The local content of the chart was, however maintained at a respectable 6 hits (our second highest level to date, having had 7 in the charts in 6 different weeks previously) as Jody Wayne enjoyed his first top 20 hit with ‘Sixteen Candles’. The song was a cover of a US number 2 hit for The Crests back in 1958. It was kept off the top spot in the US by Lloyd Price’s ‘Stagger Lee’. The Crests’ version of the song appeared in the soundtrack to the film ‘American Graffiti’. Jody Wayne’s version was the 18th song by a local male artist to grace our charts.

Manfred Mann pulled ahead of Chris Andrews and Virginia Lee to occupy 10th spot on the weeks count list by themselves. They had now clocked up 26 weeks. Simon & Garfunkel drew level with Elvis Presley in 14th spot with 23 weeks to their name and Petula Clark racked up her 19th week to move into 17th place.

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