|1||1||7||With a Girl Like You||–||Troggs|
|2||7||4||Sweet Pea||–||Tommy Roe|
|3||3||6||Hanky Panky||–||Tommy James & The Shondells|
|4||2||6||Black is Black||–||Los Bravos|
|5||8||5||Born Free||–||Matt Monro|
|6||11||3||The More I See You||–||Chris Montez|
|7||4||8||Tell ’em I’m Surfin’||–||Fantastic Baggys|
|8||5||9||I Saw Her Again||–||Mamas and The Papas|
|9||6||6||I’ve Been Hurt||–||Guy Darrell|
|10||12||13||Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)||–||Roger Williams|
|14||13||6||Blue Side of Lonesome||–||Jim Reeves|
|15||10||7||Just Like a Woman||–||Manfred Mann|
|16||New||1||Can I Trust You||–||Bachelors|
|17||20||3||Summer in the City||–||Lovin’ Spoonful|
|18||18||7||Lonely River||–||Virginia Lee|
|19||14||11||Red Rubber Ball||–||Cyrkle|
|20||New||1||Walk with Me||–||Seekers|
The 2 previous chart toppers had both managed runs of 4 weeks each. This week The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ continued this run as it enjoyed a 4th week at the top of the charts. Would it ruin the sequence by staying there for a fifth week? One of this week’s biggest climbers, Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ was looking to ensure that The Troggs’ hit did continue the sequence as it jumped up 5 places to number 2 to put pressure on the current chart topper.
The other biggest climber of the week was Chris Montez’ ‘The More I See You’ which moved up its 5 places to 6. Jody Wayne’s ‘Patches’ was the only other star rater of the week as it moved up 4 places to 13. This was Wayne’s 3rd time with a star rater.
We had 2 songs drop 5 places to take the biggest faller award and those were Manfred Mann’s version of ‘Just Like A Woman’ and Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ which fell to 15 and 19 respectively.
Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ was still in the top 20 enjoying its 13th week there and was therefore still the oldest on the chart.
The Grass Roots’ ‘Where Were You When I Needed You’ fell off the top 20 after 5 weeks and a peak of 13. To date, this was the shortest run by a song that included P.F. Sloan in the song writing credits, but it did manage to beat the peak of ‘A Must To Avoid’ by Herman’s Hermits (Sloan’s lowest peak to date as song writer) by 1 position.
The duet between Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, ‘Sand’ ended its run after 8 weeks and a peak of 6. Cue bad joke about the sands of time running out on the song.
Last to go was Verdelle Smith’s ‘Tar And Cement’ which lasted just 3 weeks on the chart and peaked at 17. Smith would be the only leaver this week who we would not see again on the charts and ‘Tar And Cement’ would be her only SA hit. All 3 of the leavers this week had a reference to some form of ground covering in either the song title or band name.
The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ became the first song to debut at 12 (we had seen songs spend their first week at higher positions). The title of the song translates as ‘woman from Guantanamo’ takes on a very different meaning in a post 9/11 world, but Guantanamo is a city in Cuba and the US naval base and detention camp is an area outside the city. The Sandpipers version of this famous Cuban song went to number 9 in the US, 7 in the UK and 10 in Canada. It also made it to number 2 in Rhodesia. It should be mentioned that these Sandpipers were American and not the South African group from the same era who went under that name (see: http://www.rock.co.za/legends/60s/sandpipers_index.htm).
This week also saw the first song by an Irish act make the top 20 as The Bachelors’ ‘Can I Trust You’ joined our top 20 at 16. Hailing from Dublin, the band have had 17 songs make the UK charts to date, including spending a week at 1 with ‘Diane’. ‘Can I Trust You’ was an English cover of an Italian song called ‘Io Ti Daro’ Di Piu’ and gave the band a number 26 hit in the UK and in the US it would get to 49 and would be their second last hit there. Interesting the record label for the song does not have a question make after the title while the sheet music apparently did.
Our final new entry set a new record for the biggest gap between hits for an Aussie act as The Seekers’ ‘Walk With Me’ entered the charts 31 weeks after their previous hit ‘The Carnival Is Over’ was last seen in the top 20. This record is a bit odd as, so far, The Seekers were the only act from Australia to chart. But this was the biggest gap between any of their 4 hits to date, beating their previous gap which was 10 weeks. As with their previous 3 hits, the song writer was Tom Springfield. It would give them a number 10 hit in the UK.
While enjoying the number 1 spot, The Troggs also celebrated reaching the 20 weeks on the charts mark and this was enough to move them into tied 20th spot on the weeks count list. Virginia Lee moved 1 clear of Gene Rockwell to be in second place on her own on the local list and also moved up into tied 7th place on the overall list. She was on 32 weeks now. The Seekers were on 31 weeks and shared tied 10 place.
This week was also the tied highest to date for the greatest diversity of the artists as we saw 6 nationalities represents (11 songs from the US, 4 from the UK, 2 from SA and 1 each from Spain, Ireland and Australia). The only other time we had seen 6 nationalities represented on the charts was on 10 September 1965 when we saw acts from the UK, the US, SA, Australia, France and Italy.