21 October 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
2 1 8 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
3 3 7 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
4 6 4 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
5 5 6 Born Free  – Matt Monro
6 12 2 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
7 4 7 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
8 20 2 Walk with Me  – Seekers
9 9 7 I’ve Been Hurt  – Guy Darrell
10 10 14 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
11 11 6 Lana  – Roy Orbison
12 16 2 Can I Trust You  – Bachelors
13 7 9 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’  – Fantastic Baggys
14 15 8 Just Like a Woman  – Manfred Mann
15 8 10 I Saw Her Again  – Mamas and The Papas
16 New 1 Out of Time  – Chris Farlowe
17 17 4 Summer in the City  – Lovin’ Spoonful
18 14 7 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves
19 New 1 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
20 19 12 Red Rubber Ball  – Cyrkle

We had a new number 1 this week and it was the 30th different track to top our charts. Moving up from 2 to 1 was Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’, making Roe the 10th act who would go on to have 5 or more hits, to have his first one go to number 1. Previous week’s chart topper, The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ fell to number 2. This meant the last 3 number 1s had all had 4 weeks runs at the top.

One of last weeks’ new entries, The Seekers’ ‘Walk With Me’ was our climber of the week as it moved up 12 places from 20 to 8 overtaking this weeks’ number 1 for a climb in a week (Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ managed an 11 place climb on its way to the top of the charts). The 12 place jump by ‘Walk With Me’ was the second biggest to date with The Fantastic Baggy’s 13 place jump in a week still topping the list. It was the 4th time The Seekers had taken the biggest climber award and they now joined The Rolling Stones and The Beatles at the top of the list for number of times with the biggest climber.

The other 2 new entries from last week were the only other star raters this week with The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ moving up 6 to 6 and The Bachelors’ ‘Can I Trust You’ climbed 4 to 12.

The Mamas And The Mamas led the way for moving in the opposite direction as ‘I Saw Her Again’ had the biggest fall this week, dropping 7 to 15.

Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ moved on to 14 weeks in the charts and enjoyed a 4th week as the oldest in the top 20.

Virginia Lee just missed out on going tied top of the local weeks count list as ‘Lonely River’ left the charts, leaving her just 1 behind Murray Campbell’s 33 weeks in total. ‘Lonely River’ accounted for 9 of Virginia’s 32 weeks to date and shared her lowest peak to date of 10 with ‘Goodbye My Love’, her duet with Campbell.

Also going was Jody Wayne’s ‘Patches’ which was rather a surprise as it had entered the charts 2 weeks previously and last week was a star rater climbing 4 to 13. This equalled the highest position for a local song to exit the charts from, a feat which his previous hit ‘Sixteen Candles’ managed as did Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’. In case you can’t work it out from the above, ‘Patches’ managed 2 weeks and peaked at 13. The departure of these 2 songs left the charts bereft of local content for the first time since they started.

Out first new entry this week was enjoying its final week on the UK charts where, 3 months earlier, it had spent a week at number 1. Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out Of Time’ was a cover of The Rolling Stones song and this version even had Mick Jagger taking production credits. Jagger and Richards pulled 1 clear of The Beatles’ team of Lennon & McCartney for the number of their compositions that had charted in SA and now led the way on their own with 7 to their name (5 Stones hits, 1 cover by Cliff Richard and now Farlowe’s cover). Farlowe had celebrated his 26th birthday 8 days before making his SA Chart debut.

Also joining our top 20 was The Halden Trio’s ‘Tippy Toeing’. The band comprised of Bobby Halden and his sisters Robbie and Arlene. Written by Bobby, the song would give them their only Hot 100 hit in the US where it made it to number 44. It would also get to 2 on the Country Singles charts in the US and 29 on the Canadian charts. Robbie Harden went on to join the Carter Family which was fronted by June Carter and performed with June’s husband Johnny Cash.

The Seekers moved tied 7th for weeks as they clocked up their 32nd week on the charts. They joined Cliff Richard, Herman’s Hermits and Virginia Lee on this level.

This week the top 3 songs were by artists whose first name started with the letter ‘T’. The next 2 songs were by artists whose surnames started with ‘M’. We had 2 starting with ‘R’ at 10 and 11 and 2 starting with ‘M’ at 14 and 15.

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