|1||5||4||With a Girl Like You||–||Troggs|
|2||2||5||Tell ’em I’m Surfin’||–||Fantastic Baggys|
|3||4||6||I Saw Her Again||–||Mamas and The Papas|
|4||1||10||Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)||–||Roger Williams|
|5||3||8||Red Rubber Ball||–||Cyrkle|
|6||9||3||Blue Side of Lonesome||–||Jim Reeves|
|7||8||4||Just Like a Woman||–||Manfred Mann|
|8||6||6||Sand||–||Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra|
|9||7||6||Lil’ Red Riding Hood||–||Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs|
|10||11||4||Lonely River||–||Virginia Lee|
|11||14||3||Hanky Panky||–||Tommy James & The Shondells|
|12||16||3||Black is Black||–||Los Bravos|
|13||17||3||I’ve Been Hurt||–||Guy Darrell|
|14||15||3||Where Were You When I Needed You||–||Grass Roots|
|16||19||2||Born Free||–||Matt Monro|
|17||10||12||Somewhere My Love||–||Ray Conniff Singers|
|19||New||1||Tar and Cement||–||Verdelle Smith|
|20||New||1||Sweet Pea||–||Tommy Roe|
‘Lara’s Theme’ and the vocal version ‘Somewhere My Love’ finally gave up their stranglehold on the number 1 spot after 8 weeks with latter by the Ray Conniff Singers spending 4 weeks there followed by another 4 weeks with former by Roger Williams at number 1 with the former. The new chart topper was The Troggs’ ‘With a Girl Like You’ which imitated its UK performance where it also topped the charts. The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’’ spent a second week at 2 having been leapfrogged by the Troggs.
The new number 1 was also 1 of 3 biggest climbers this week as it jumped 4 places from 5 to get there. So far we had had 6 songs move to the top spot form number 4, but this was now the biggest climb to take the number 1 position. The other biggest climbers of the week were Los Bravos’ ‘Black Is Black’ which moved up 4 from 16 to 12 and Guy Darrell’s ‘I’ve Been Hurt’ which moved up from 17 to 13.
Having ‘Lara’s Theme (FromDr Zhivago)’ fall from the top spot was not a strong enough message that our love affair with the song was on the wane so we also made The Ray Conniff Singers’ ‘Somewhere My Love’ our biggest faller this week as it fell 7 from 10 to 17.
The first song to leave the chart this week was also the oldest on last week’s chart and that was Dickie Loader’s ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ which had spent 13 weeks in the top 20 during which time it managed to find its way up to number 7. There would be more to come from Dickie.
The departure of ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’ opened the way for The Ray Conniff Singers’ ‘Somewhere My Love’ to take over the mantle of oldest song. It sat on 12 weeks.
The only other song to leave the charts this week was Jody Wayne’s ‘Sixteen Candles’. During its 10 week run it managed to get to a peak of 3. Its final position of 13 equalled the highest last week position for a local song which Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’ had also suffered. 3 other songs had exited the charts from 13, but 2 had left us from 11 (The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ and The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’.)
Our 2 new entries were both by artists from America, one male one female and for both it was their SA Chart debut. The higher of the 2 new entries was Verdelle Smith’s ‘Tar And Cement’ and was the 60th song by an American act to chart. The song was an English cover of an Italian hit for Adriano Celentano which went under the title ‘Il Ragazzo Della Via Gluck’. It was the 3rd single Smith released and her most successful, going to 38 in the US and topping the chart in Australia. Her only other chart success in the US was the 62 placing ‘In My Room’ managed.
The second new entry was Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’. The song was his first top 10 hit in the US since 1963’s ‘Everbody’, where it managed to get to number 8. He had had 3 Hot 100 hits in between, but none made it higher than 36. It would top the charts in Canada and go to 7 in Australia. Roe penned the song himself.
The Yanks were slowly catching up on the Poms for hit count as they now had accounted for 61 of the song to make the top 20 to date. The Brits were on 67.
Manfred Mann moved into 5th place on their own on the weeks’ count list as this, their 34th week, took them 1 clear of Murray Campbell. The Hollies moved into tied 9th place, sharing it with Gene Rockwell on 31 weeks.