28 October 1966

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

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous number 1, The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ was still sitting at 2 where it had fallen to last week.

The Harden Trio were more than ‘Tippy Toeing’ up our charts, they were going up in leaps and bounds as they were our biggest climber this week, moving up 8 places from 9 to 11. With this, the US artists crept to just 1 behind the UK artists for number of times with the biggest climber as this was the 38th time an American act had taken this honour. The UK acts were sitting on 39 times.

The other songs moving up were The Bachelor’s ‘Can I Trust You’ (up 4 from 12 to 8), Manfred Mann’s ‘Just Like A Woman’ (up 4 from 14 to 10) and The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer In The City’ (up 5 from 17 to 12). The interesting one amongst these was the Manfred Mann hit which had dropped 5 places 2 weeks previously, then climbed back up 1 last week and was a star rater this week.

Guy Darrell wasn’t kidding this week when he sang ‘I’ve Been Hurt’ as we made him the biggest faller. The song dropped 6 places from 9 to 15.

Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ enjoyed a 5th week as the oldest on the chart as it ticked over to 15 weeks with us.

The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 12 weeks and had managed to climb to 2 during that time. This would be the band’s only SA chart hit. This was only the second week in a run of 38 where we had not had a Paul Simon penned song in the charts.

The newcomer to the chart was Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’. Hebb wrote the song on 22 November 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and also the day Hebb’s brother was stabbed to death outside a night club. It would give him a number 2 hit in the US and Holland, 12 in the UK, 6 in Rhodesia and 17 in Belgium. Also in 1966, Cher took a cover version (Sunny & Cher?) to 32 in the UK, equalled Hebb’s performance in Holland by going to 2 and also managed to get to 2 in Norway. 10 years later Boney M’s cover would top the charts in Germany, Austria, Holland and Belgium.

Jim Reeves, was sitting at the very bottom of our top 20, but could still smile as he was celebrating his 20th week on the charts. The Seekers moved into tied 6th place on the weeks count list as they clocked up their 33rd. They shared this position with Murray Campbell.

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