2 September 1966

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

 

Having grabbed the top spot last week, Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ was not letting go of it despite the former number 1, The Ray Conniff Singers’ ‘Somewhere My Love’, stubbornly sitting at 2 for a second week.

The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ was also unmoved at 3, but it was Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs’ ‘Lil’ Red Ridin’ Hood’ which posed the biggest threat to the top 3 as it equalled the biggest ever climb to date by leaping up 10 places from 14 to 4. Only 3 songs previously had managed such a big jump in a week. However, this was not to be this weeks’ biggest climber as The Fantastic Baggys lived up to their name with a fantastic new record setting leap of 13 places from 18 to 5 with their hit, ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’. I don’t have the details, but I suspect that sales of the single were particularly high in places like Durban and Jeffreys’ Bay.

The Mamas and The Papas’ ‘’I Saw Her Again’ would have felt hard done by as they had an 8 place climb, but were denied the biggest climber award, as would Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood’s ‘Sand’ which moved up 5. The only other song to move up this week was The Hollies’ ‘Bus’ stop which climbed 1 place. If one adds up the total number of places of upward movement this week, we saw a total of 37 places climbed. This was the tied second highest upward movement in a chart to date with only the 2nd chart published (on 11 June 1965) managing a total of 38 places. 17 December 1965 also saw a total of 37 places climbed.

Interestingly, this week had by far the highest total to date for adding up the number of places that songs fell as this totalled 42 compared to the next highest of 36 (15 April 1966). Leading the way on the falling front, and equalling Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ for the biggest fall to date was the Ad-libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ which plummeted 10 places from 10 to 20. The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’s fall of 9 and The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B’s fall of 8 were the other main contributors to this biggest total fall total to date. The latter was, however, the oldest on the chart sitting on 13 weeks.

The first version of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from the Dr Zhivago movie to enter our charts was also the first to depart as the MGM Singing Strings instrumental version dropped off the top 20. It had lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 5, the second highest placing for an instrumental to date, beaten only by this week’s number 1. This would be the MGM Singing Strings’ only SA hit.

Also going was The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ meaning this was only the 7th week without The Stones in the charts since their inception. The song lasted 10 weeks on our charts and peaked at 3, their lowest peak since 4 hits back when ‘The Last Time’ (ironically) only managed to get to 7.

Last to go was The Kinks’ ‘Sunny Afternoon’ which had only been with us for 3 weeks and peaked at 15, the lowest peak of their 3 hits to date.

The Troggs became the 15th act to have 2 or more songs in the charts in the same week as ‘With A Girl Like You’ joined ‘Wild Thing’ in the top 20. ‘With A Girl Like You’ was written by the band’s Reg Presley and was The Troggs’ second song to chart in SA. It would be their only UK chart topper where it spent 2 weeks at number 1 before being ousted by The Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’. In the US it would managed to get to 29. It also featured at the end of a CSI: NY episode.

Manfred Mann clocked up their 4th SA hit and the second one that was a cover of a Dylan song as ‘Just Like A Woman’ entered the charts at 17. This version would go to number 10 in the UK, faring better than Dylan’s original did in his native US where his version only made it to number 33. Manfred Mann’s version would not chart in the US while Dylan’s would not chart in the UK as it was not released as a single there.

Our final new entry saw Virginia Lee back in the charts as her song ‘Lonely River’ entered at 18. The song carries the subtitle ‘Bengawan Solo’ which gives us a clue to the river being sung about as the longest river on the Indonesian island of Java is the Bengawan Solo. The song seems to be a version of a traditional Indonesian song although writing credits are given to a Josephine Bruce. Other than that, there is scant information about it.

Manfred Mann and Virginia Lee joined 5 other artists sitting on 4 hits with Cliff Richard on 5 and The Rolling Stones on 6 being the only ones above them.

The Beach Boys were now in second place on their own on the weeks count list as they moved on to 45, 1 clear of Tom Jones, but 26 behind leaders, The Rolling Stones. Manfred Mann moved into tied 8th place with Gene Rockwell on 31 weeks while Virginia Lee pulled clear of Chris Andrews to be in 12 place on her own on 26 weeks.

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