26 August 1966

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

It took its time, but Roger Williams’ version of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from the film ‘Dr Zhivago’ finally ousted the vocal version, ‘Somewhere My Love’ by The Ray Conniff Singers, from the top spot to give us our first ever instrumental number 1. The latter had enjoyed a 4 week run at number 1, while the former had spent 3 of those 4 weeks languishing at 2.

The climber of the week was Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs’ ‘Lil’ Red Riding Hood’ which moved up 6 from 20 to 14. This was the band’s second biggest climber award, having managed it with ‘Wooly Bully’ and it thrashed the previous record gap between biggest climber awards as it was 55 weeks ago that ‘Wooly’ Bully’ managed this feat. The previous biggest gap between biggest climbers was just 25 weeks which The Beatles’ saw between ‘We Can Work It Out’ and ‘Paperback Writer’ and The Beach Boys also saw between ‘California Girls’ and ‘Barbara Ann’.

Dickie Loader’s ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ was the only other star rater this week as it moved up 4 from 11 to 7.

Two songs shared the biggest faller award as The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ and ‘Lara’s Theme’ by MGM Singing Strings both fell 6 places to 19 and 20 respectively.

The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B’ was the oldest on the top 20 with 12 weeks under its belt. The band had now had the oldest on the charts for 10 weeks, 2 with ‘Sloop John B’, 3 with ‘Barbara Ann’ and 5 with ‘California Girls’. They were, however a long way off The Rolling Stones who had had the oldest on the charts on 24 occasions, although 20 those were on the first 14 charts with 2 songs in those charts on 6 of those weeks.

We saw just 1 song leave the chart this week and it was local act The Kynd’s ‘Shy Girl’ which had spent 2 weeks on the charts, both of them at 17. This would be the sum total of their SA Chart career.

The new entry was The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Tell ’em I’m Surfin’’. Despite there being a picture of 4 guys on the album cover, the group was essentially a studio band and was the brainchild of song writers P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri who had already brought us Herman’s Hermits’ ‘A Must To Avoid’ and Sloan had been the writer of The Turtles’ ‘Let Me Be’. Sloan and Barri would go on to have a fair bit of success writing for Jan & Dean and Sloan would also bring us Barry McGuire’s ‘Eve Of Destruction’. ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’’ seems to have limited its chart success to Southern Africa, not charting in Europe or either side of the Atlantic, but it did make it to number 5 in Rhodesia.

Dickie Loader celebrated his 10th week in the charts and moved into tied 11th spot on the local weeks count list. The Beach Boys pulled level with Tom Jones in second place on the overall list as they notched up their 44th week. ‘Lara’s Theme’/’Somewhere My Love’ clocked up its 24th week in the charts in its 3 different guises, but still played second fiddle to the 3 versions of ‘Goodbye My Love’ which managed 29.

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