12 August 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Somewhere My Love  – Ray Conniff Singers
2 2 4 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
3 3 9 Monday Monday  – Mamas and The Papas
4 8 5 Sixteen Candles  – Jody Wayne
5 4 8 Paint it, Black  – Rolling Stones
6 6 10 Sloop John B  – Beach Boys
7 5 8 Lara’s Theme  – MGM Singing Strings
8 7 9 Wild Thing  – Troggs
9 16 2 Red Rubber Ball  – Cyrkle
10 15 2 Shotgun Wedding  – Ad-Libs
11 12 3 (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water  – Johnny Rivers
12 14 8 Sea of Heartbreak  – Dickie Loader
13 19 2 Love Minus Zero  – Dream Merchants
14 17 3 Opus 17  – Four Seasons
15 9 6 Tchaikovsky One  – Second City Sound
16 10 13 Pretty Flamingo  – Manfred Mann
17 New 1 Shy Girl  – Kynd
18 New 1 Bus Stop  – Hollies
19 New 1 Sunny Afternoon  – Kinks
20 13 8 Endless Sleep  – Group 66

The Ray Conniff Singers entered a 3rd week with the top song in the land as ‘Somewhere My Love’ held off the challenge of another version of the song, Roger Williams’ instrumental ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ which sat at 2 for a second week while The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ was also unmoved at 3.

The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ took the biggest climber award this week as it moved up 7 places from 16 to 9.This kept Paul Simon’s 100% record as song writer for having all his compositions that had charted to date be the biggest climber. His 3 previous songs (2 by Simon & Gaarfunkel and 1 by John E Sharpe & The Squires) had all taken the biggest climber award once.

Also moving up with a star rater climb were Jody Wayne’s ‘Sixteen Candles (up 4 to 4), The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ (up 5 to 10) and The Dream Merchants’ ‘Love Minus Zero’ (up 6 to 13). Only Jody Wayne had picked up a star rater before and that was 3 weeks previously with ‘Sixteen Candles’.

Group 66’s ‘Endless Sleep’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 7 places from 13 to 20. It was the second time the song had taken biggest faller honours.

We no longer followed the ‘Pied Piper’ as the Crispian St Peters’ song fell off the charts. It had enjoyed a 12 week stint with 2 of those being at the top of the charts. This would be St Peters’ only venture into our top 20. The departure of ‘Pied Piper’ from the charts left Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ on its own as the oldest on the top 20. It stood on 13 weeks.

Another ex-number 1, Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ also left the charts. It had spent 1 week less than ‘Pied Piper’ on the charts, but double the number of weeks at 1. Old Blue Eyes would return to our charts.

On 8 August 1966, following the ‘Beatles are more popular than Jesus’ (which had actually been published on 4 March 1966) remarks of John Lennon, The SABC banned the Beatles and it was therefore no surprise that ‘Paperback Writer’ fell off the charts this week. It was at number 11 last week so equalled the record to date (held by The Hollies’ ‘Look Through Any Window’) for the highest last week position. The song had peaked at 9 during a 6 week run and was the worst performing Beatles track. This ended their SA chart career as a band but the individual members would find success later on. They had 4 songs chart, spent 42 weeks in the top 20 and topped the charts for 1 week with ‘Help!’.

The first new entry was by local band The Kynd with their hit ‘Shy Girl’. The song was written by the band’s drummer, Kevin Kruger. Kruger would go on to produce a number of SA acts including Trevor Rabin, Hot R.S. and Kariba. Another member of the band, Aidan Mason (lead guitar and keyboards), would move to Canada where he would work with Anne Murray and Gordon Lightfoot. He would return to SA to fill in for Trevor Rabin on Rabbit’s SA tour after Rabin left the group.

The Hollies joined 4 other acts on 4 hits this week as ‘Bus Stop’ entered the charts at 18. Only Cliff Richard on 5 and The Rolling Stones on 6 had had more hits chart so far. ‘Bus Stop’ was the 12th Hollies song to make the UK charts where it went to number 5. In the US it was their 4th to make the Hot 100, but the first to go top 30 where it managed to equal its UK peak of 5. It would top the charts in Canada. The song was penned by Graham Gouldman who co-wrote the band’s earlier hit ‘Look Through Any Window’. Gouldman would go on to be a member of 10cc.

The Kinks were 1 behind the Hollies for hit count as ‘Sunny Afternoon’ became their 3rd to chart. The song would be their 3rd to top the UK charts, giving them a chart topper there for a 3rd year running. It would, however, be their last number 1 in Britain. They would never top the US charts, but did get to a respectable 14 with ‘Sunny Afternoon’. The title of the song is currently being used as the name for a West End Musical showboating The Kinks’ music.

Manfred Mann enjoyed their 30th week on the charts and they now sat tied 9th on the weeks count list alongside The Seekers. Near the top of that list, The Beach Boys moved into tied 3rd place with The Beatles as they clocked up 42 weeks. Only Tom Jones on 44 and The Rolling Stones on 69 were ahead of them. With their new entry this week, The Hollies started to move up the list again, going tied 11th with Chris Andrews and Virginia Lee on 25 weeks.

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