16 September 1966

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

It was now 4 weeks at 1 for Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ and an 8th week in a row for that tune as the previous 4 weeks had had The Ray Conniff Singers’ vocal version of it, ‘Somewhere My Love’, at the top spot. The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’’ moved into second place.

Jim Reeves picked up his second biggest climber award as ‘Blue Side Of Lonesome’ moved up 6 from 15 to 9. This followed up the biggest climber he managed earlier in the year with ‘Distant Drums’. This was a lucky 13th for US male artists taking this honour.

The only other song moving up at some pace was Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Hanky Panky’ which managed a star rater 4 place climb from 18 to 14.

Dickie Loader had mixed fortunes today as his ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ was the 10th song to fall 8 or more places and in so doing it was the biggest faller of the week. Only Gene Rockwells’ ‘Love’ and The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ had managed bigger falls to date, both dropping 10 in a week. Loader shared the 8 place fall with 2 other local acts, 4 UK acts and 1 US act. On the plus side for Loader, ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ was the oldest on the chart and it was that lucky 13 that cropped up again as that was the number of weeks the song had been in the top 20.

Loader’s oldest song came about from the departure of The Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ from the charts. This ended their 2 week run with 2 in the charts. ‘Wild Thing’ had enjoyed 13 (there it is again) weeks in the chart and peaked at 5.

We were down to just 1 Dylan composition on the chart this week as The Dream Merchants’ cover of ‘Love Minus Zero’ dropped off the top 20. It had enjoyed a 6 week run, peaking at 8. There would be further hits to come from the band (and from Dylan as song writer). We still had 2 Maurice Jarre compositions in the charts (the 2 versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ mentioned above) and P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri also had 2 representatives of their song writing skills with The Fantstic Baggys’ ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’’ and The Grass Roots’ ‘Where Were You When I Needed You’ sitting and 3 and 16 respectively.

Roy Orbison made his debut appearance on the charts with a song he co-wrote with Joe Melson, ‘Lana’.  The song was first recorded by The Velvets, a group that Orbison discovered. Orbison’s version would not chart in his native US, but did get to 15 in the UK. In Europe it topped the charts in Belgium and made 19 in Holland.

The other new entry was another song from a film, this time it was Matt Monro’s ‘Born Free’ which was his second SA Chart hit. The film of the same name was based on the story of George and Joy Adamson who raised an orphaned lion cub, ultimately releasing it into the wilds in Kenya. The song was written by John Barry and Don Black who had also brought us Tom Jones’ ‘Thunderball’. Despite the film’s popularity and the song winning the Academy Award for best song, Monro’s version failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic. Roger Williams did take an instrumental version of it to number 7 in the US and in 1991 Vic Reeves & The Roman Numerals took a cover version to 6 in the UK. Matt Monro set a new record for gap between hits for a male artist as it was 34 weeks since his cover of ‘Yesterday’ was in the charts. The previous biggest gap for a song by a male artist was the 23 weeks between Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ and ‘How The Mighty Have Fallen’,

The Hollies were enjoying their 30 week in the charts and they moved tied 10th on the weeks count list, joining The Seekers there. Manfred Mann climbed into 5th place alongside Murray Campbell as they moved on to 33 weeks. Both Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs and Nancy Sinatra moved on to 21 weeks and shared 16th spot with Petula Clark. Virginia Lee on 28 weeks (and sitting 12th on the list) was the only woman above Nancy and Petula. Dickie Loader’s 13 weeks with ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ took him into the top 10 on the local list, sharing the 10th spot with Des Lindberg.

‘Somewhere My Love’ and ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ pushed the song passed ‘Goodbye My Love’ for weeks on the chart by a song charting in different versions as it had now clocked up a total of 30 weeks, going 1 ahead of ‘Goodbye My Love’.

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