9 September 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
2 3 6 Red Rubber Ball  – Cyrkle
3 5 3 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’  – Fantastic Baggys
4 4 4 Lil’ Red Riding Hood  – Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
5 2 10 Somewhere My Love  – Ray Conniff Singers
6 7 4 I Saw Her Again  – Mamas and The Papas
7 11 4 Sand  – Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra
8 16 2 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
9 6 9 Sixteen Candles  – Jody Wayne
10 17 2 Just Like a Woman  – Manfred Mann
11 12 5 Bus Stop  – Hollies
12 8 12 Sea of Heartbreak  – Dickie Loader
13 18 2 Lonely River  – Virginia Lee
14 10 6 Love Minus Zero  – Dream Merchants
15 New 1 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves
16 New 1 Where Were You When I Needed You  – Grass Roots
17 9 13 Wild Thing  – Troggs
18 New 1 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
19 New 1 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
20 New 1 I’ve Been Hurt  – Guy Darrell

Roger Williams spent a third week at the top of the charts with ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ while the previous chart topper, Ray Conniff Singers’ ‘Somewhere My Love’ dropped from 2 to 5 to let The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ into second place.

The Troggs brought us the climber of the week with ‘With A Girl Like You’ moving up 8 places to 8. This was their second biggest climber award.

Manfred Mann’s ‘Just Like A Woman’ was also climbing apace, its 7 place leap to 10 earned the band a 3rd star rater. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood’s ‘Sand’ picked up a second star rater as it climbed 4 to 7 while Virginia Lee’s ‘Lonely River’ also climbed 4, moving up to 13. Lee and Sinatra now led the way for number of star raters by women artists as they both had 4 to their names, although both had managed half of those 4 as part of a duet. Petula Clark on 3 was the next highest, although all hers were as a solo artist.

The Troggs were also the act with the biggest faller this week as ‘Wild Thing’ dropped 8 places to 17. This was only the second time we had seen the same act have the biggest climber and faller in the same week. The previous artist to manage this was Elvis Presley when ‘Crying In The Chapel’ was moving up and ‘Do The Clam’ was falling.

This week we saw a record to date 5 songs fall off the charts, the first of which was The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ which had spent 5 weeks on the charts and peaked at 6. This would be their only SA chart hit.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B’ also finished its run after 13 weeks, 1 of which was at number 1. So far they had had 3 hits, 2 of which had topped the charts and the other going to number 2. And there was more to come from them. This left The Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ as the oldest, sitting on 13 weeks

The Mamas And The Papas ended their 3 week run with 2 in the charts as ‘Monday Monday’ fell off the top 20. It had lasted 12 weeks and like ‘Sloop John B’ had spent a week at 1.

The Four Seasons’ ‘Opus 17’ fared better than their previous hit (and only other to date), ‘Let’s Hang On’. ‘Opus 17’ managed to get to 12 during a 6 week run while ‘Let’s Hang On’ only made 19 and only spent a week on the charts.

Last of the leavers was Johnny Rivers’ ‘(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water’ which had enjoyed a 6 week run, peaking at 9 along the way. This was Rivers first hit and there would a few more to flow from this artist.

All the new entries this week were by artists experiencing their first hit with the exception of Jim Reeves whose ‘Blue Side of Lonesome’ was his second to chart. It would top the US Country Singles charts and go to number 59 on the main Hot 100 where it would be his last to chart to date. Gentleman Jim would have 26 songs make the UK charts, but this would not be one of them.

The Grass Roots, the artist on our next new entry, had something in common with the act on our number 3 hit as, like The Fantastic Baggys, they were the brain child of P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. With The Grass Roots, Lou Adler was additionally involved in their set up. ‘Where Were You When I Needed You’ would be a 4th hit for P.F. Sloan as song writer and a 3rd for Barri. It would be the band’s first US Hot 100 hit where it would get to a respectable number 29. The song would also be recorded by Herman’s Hermits, Del Shannon and Jan & Dean around 1965 and 1966, then again in 1984 by The Bangles.

Tommy James & The Shondells’ debut on our charts was with a song called ‘Hanky Panky’. It would also be the chart debut for song writers Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, both of whom would go on to write a good number of hits that made our charts. It would originally appear on the b-side of a 1963 single by The Raindrops, a band that Barry and Greenwich were in. The a-side, ‘That Boy John’, would make it to 64 on the Hot 100. However when Tommy James & The Shondells got hold of ‘Hanky Panky’ it would not only give them their first Hot 100 hit, but also their first Hot 100 number 1 where it sat for 2 weeks before The Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ dislodged it. In the UK it would have a less distinguished chart career, only getting to 38.

Our 4th new entry was by the first Spanish act to chart in SA, and it is claimed, the first Spanish rock group to have an international hit. Hailing from Madrid, Los Bravos brought us ‘Black Is Black’ which shot to number 2 in the UK and 4 in the US. It topped the Canadian charts and went to 3 in Australia. French singer Johnny Hallyday would spend 7 weeks at the top of the charts in France with a French language cover, ‘Noir c’est noir’. Following the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, ‘Black Is Black’ was one of 162 songs deemed unsuitable for playing on radio stations in the US.

Our last new entry was by a guy called Guy. Guy Darrell sat at 20 with ‘I’ve Been Hurt’. The song was a cover of a Bill Deal & The Rondells number which had been released in 1966, but only became a hit for them in 1969 when it went to 35 in the US. Darrell’s version would get to 12 in the UK and would be his only hit there.

Both Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs and Nancy Sinatra celebrated 20 weeks in the charts with Nancy becoming the 3rd woman to reach this milestone. ‘Lara’s Theme’ (aka ‘Somewhere My Love’) moved closer to overtaking the leader for weeks in the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version as it moved on to 28 and sat 1 behind the ‘Goodbye My Love’. It did, however, move ahead of ‘Goodbye My Love’ for weeks at 1 as it clocked up a 7th week at the top (4 with the Ray Conniff Singers’ version and 3 with Roger Williams’ one) where Murray Campbell’s solo version had managed 6 and been the only version of that song to top the charts.

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