19 August 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Somewhere My Love  – Ray Conniff Singers
2 2 5 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
3 4 6 Sixteen Candles  – Jody Wayne
4 3 10 Monday Monday  – Mamas and The Papas
5 9 3 Red Rubber Ball  – Cyrkle
6 10 3 Shotgun Wedding  – Ad-Libs
7 8 10 Wild Thing  – Troggs
8 13 3 Love Minus Zero  – Dream Merchants
9 6 11 Sloop John B  – Beach Boys
10 11 4 (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water  – Johnny Rivers
11 12 9 Sea of Heartbreak  – Dickie Loader
12 14 4 Opus 17  – Four Seasons
13 5 9 Paint it, Black  – Rolling Stones
14 7 9 Lara’s Theme  – MGM Singing Strings
15 19 2 Sunny Afternoon  – Kinks
16 18 2 Bus Stop  – Hollies
17 17 2 Shy Girl  – Kynd
18 New 1 I Saw Her Again  – Mamas and The Papas
19 New 1 Sand  – Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra
20 New 1 Lil’ Red Riding Hood  – Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs

Looking at the last few week’s charts, one would not have been surprised to see Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ knock The Ray Conniff Singers’ Somewhere My Love’ from the top spot as the former had rocket up to number 2 and been there for 2 weeks running. However, it was not to be as The Ray Conniff Singers held on to the number 1 spot for a 4th consecutive week leaving Roger Williams to languish at 2 for a 3rd straight week and become only the second song to spend 3 straight weeks at 2 (the previous being The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work It Out’).

‘Love Minus Zero’ by The Dream Merchants clocked up the 18th time a local song took biggest climber honours as it jumped 5 places from 13 to 8. The other star raters were The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’, The Ad-Lids’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ and The Kinks’ ‘Sunny Afternoon’ which all moved up 4 places. All 4 of those movers were clocking up a second one for their respective artists, but it was only The Kinks who had to look to another song for their other star rater climb (‘A Well Respected Man’ in case you were wondering).

The Rolling Stones joined Elvis Presley and Glenn Yarbrough at the top of the list for most biggest fallers as ‘Paint It, Black’s 8 place fall from 5 to 13 was their 4th time with this feat. An 8 place fall in a week was the second biggest we had seen to date and ‘Paint It, Black’ shared that with 5 other songs, including ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ another Stones track. Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ which fell 10 places in a week, still held the record.

We bid farewell to Group 66’s ‘Endless Sleep’ this week. It had enjoyed an 8 week stay in the top 20 and peaked at 8 making it the 5th song to have an equal weeks and peak figure and the 2nd local song to do so (the other being Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ – 3 weeks, peak of 3). 8 was now the most popular number to have for equal week and peak figures as Unit Four Plus Two’s ‘Concrete And Clay’ had also managed this. The other 2 songs to make this category had weeks and peaks figures of 5 and 7. This ended Group 66’s SA Chart career which consisted of 2 songs, 14 weeks and a best peak of 8.

The next song to go was the oldest on last week’s chart, ‘Pretty Flamingo’ by Manfred Mann. It lasted 13 weeks on the charts, the same number as their previous hit, ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now’, but peaked 2 places higher than its predecessor, managing to get to 2.

The last of the leavers was Second City Sound with their hit, ‘Tchaikovsky One’. It peaked at 6 during its 8 week run and it would be the only hit the band would have chart in SA.

This week was the 33rd week where we had seen at least 1 act have 2 or more hits in the top 20 at the same time as The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘I Saw Her Again’ joined ‘Monday Monday’ in our charts. They became the 14th act to manage this. ‘I Saw Her Again’ would give the group a Canadian chart topper while going to 5 in the US and 11 in the UK. Elsewhere it got to 6 in Holland and 21 in Germany.

The second new entry came from Nancy Sinatra who teamed up with singer/song writer Lee Hazlewood. This paring would manage 4 US Hot 100 hundred hits, but ‘Sand’ was not one of them. In fact they would not start their US chart career as a duo until 1967. In the UK they managed 3 hits, again ‘Sand’ was not one. This would give Hazelwood his 4th hit as a song writer, having brought us Nancy’s 2 solo hits to date and Dean Martin’s ‘Houston’. Our very own Peter Lotis and Judy Page would release a cover of ‘Sand’, but it would fail to chart.

Our final new entry set a new record gap between hits for the artist as it had been 42 weeks since Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs were last seen on the charts with ‘Ju Ju Hand’. They returned this week with a song called ‘Lil’ Red Riding Hood’, their 3rd SA Chart hit. The previous biggest gap between hits had been 41 week between The Kinks’ ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’ and ‘A Well Respected Man’. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs only had 2 of their 9 Hot 100 hits in the US go top 10, ‘Wooly Bully’ and ‘Lil’ Red Riding Hood’. Both songs would stall at number 2. ‘Lil’ Red Riding Hood’ would also manage to get to 2 in Canada. In the UK it would be their second and last hit to chart (after ‘Wooly Bully’) but would only manage to get to 46 there. Thinking they were on to a good thing with rock songs about fairy tales, they followed this up with ‘The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin’ from the story about the wolf trying to blow the house of the three little pigs down. This latter tune gave them a number 22 hit in the US.

The Rolling Stones became the first artist to spend a total of 70 weeks on the charts which was quite a feat as we had only 63 weeks’ worth of charts so far. The Stones had appeared on 57 of the 63 and had had 2 in the charts on 13 occasions. They were 26 weeks ahead of nearest rival, Tom Jones, who sat on 44. The Beach Boys moved 1 clear of The Beatles to sit on their own in 3rd place with 43 weeks while The Hollies climbed into 11th place with 26 weeks. Nancy Sinatra entered the top 20 of the weeks’ count list with her 17, putting her tied 20th. She was the 3rd highest woman on the list with Virginia Lee being the highest placed at tied 12th on 25 weeks and Petula Clark second on 21 weeks, placing her 16th.

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2 thoughts on “19 August 1966

  1. Are you sure that # 19 is by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra? Their duet version of “Sand”, so far as I can tell, was not released anywhere else in the world until 1967. Hazlewood did however release an earlier version as a duet with Suzi Jane Hokum on a US single in March 1966. Could this be what actually charted?

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