11 November 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
2 4 5 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
3 3 7 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
4 2 11 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
5 7 4 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
6 5 5 Walk with Me  – Seekers
7 16 2 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
8 12 3 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
9 9 9 Born Free  – Matt Monro
10 18 2 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
11 17 2 Too Soon To Know  – Roy Orbison
12 8 10 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
13 6 5 Can I Trust You  – Bachelors
14 10 10 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
15 15 17 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
16 New 1 Last Train to Clarksville  – Monkees
17 New 1 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
18 13 9 Lana  – Roy Orbison
19 New 1 All or Nothing  – Small Faces
20 11 7 Summer in the City  – Lovin’ Spoonful

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ spent a 4th week at the top of the charts, equalling the run that the last 3 chart toppers had managed. The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ led the way for weeks at 1 by a song with both managing 6, the former consecutive, the latter in a broken run.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch picked up a second biggest climber as ‘Bend It’ moved up 9 places from 16 to 7. This was only the second song to date to manage a 9 place climb with The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B.’ being the previous one to manage this. However, there were 6 songs that had managed bigger climbs.

Donovan’s ‘Sunshine Superman’ just missed out on joining Dave Dee etc with the biggest climb as it managed 8 places from 18 to 10, 1 less than ‘Bend It’. The other climbers this week which made star rater jumps were Roy Orbison’s ‘Too Soon To Know’ which moved up 6 from 17 to 11 and Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’ which climbed 4 to 8. For all 4 artists making a star rater climb it was their second time doing so.

Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ joined Cliff Richards’ ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ and the 2 led the way for being the oldest song on the charts for the longest time (7 weeks). This record excludes all songs on the very first top 20.

So far the biggest faller in a week had been the 10 place drop experienced by Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ and The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’. The next biggest fall had been a drop of 8 that 8 songs had managed. This week we saw the first 9 place drop as The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer In The City’ fell from 13 to 20 to register the second biggest fall in a week to date.

Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out Of Time’ became the second worst performing song written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards as it fell off the chart this week after just 3 weeks and a peak of 16. This also fell well short of the song’s chart topping performance in the UK. Only Cliff Richard’s cover of ‘Blue Turns To Grey’, which peaked at 19 during a 2 week run, had a poorer chart record for a Jagger/Richards composition.

Guy Darrell’s ‘I’ve Been Hurt’ finished its run this week after 9 weeks with us and a peak of 6. Like Farlowe, this would be his only SA chart hit.

Last to go was Manfred Mann’s cover of Dylan’s ‘Just Like A Woman’. This spent 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5.

The first new entry this week was the first by The Monkees to grace our top 20. ‘Last Train To Clarksville’ would be the first of 19 US Hot 100 hits the band would have and it would get their career off to a flyer, reaching the top spot there on 6 November 1966, 5 days before entering our charts. In the UK things were not quite as rosy as, although the song did chart, it only made it to number 23 there. According to Wikipedia, President Obama has described it as ‘a good song’. Well you could hardly get praise from one higher, but you could get higher praise from one,

While The Monkees enjoyed their first hit, Herman’s Hermits clocked up a 5th with ‘No Milk Today’ to take them within 1 of The Rolling Stones who led the way for hits to date. The Hermits shared second place with Cliff Richard on the hits count list. The song was written by Graham Gouldman who would go on to be a 10CC member. It was his 3rd hit as a song writer, the previous 2 being ‘Look Through Any Window’ and ‘Bus Stop’ both hits for The Hollies. ‘No Milk Today’ would top the charts in Australia, go to 7 in the UK and 35 in the US. Once again we saw the name Mickie Most in the production credits although the Hermits’ lead singer, Peter Noone, has apparently attributed the song’s success to the production work of John Paul Jones (he of Led Zeppelin fame). It’s up to you if you believe a record label or the lead singer on that one.

The last of the new entries was by The Small Faces with their hit, ‘All Or Nothing’. The song would be the 11th to knock a Beatles track from the top spot in the UK where it dislodged ‘Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby’ which had enjoyed 4 weeks at number 1 there. ‘All Or Nothing’s joy was short lived as the following week it was removed from the top spot by a song that had spent 2 weeks at number 1 on our charts way back in April/May of 1966, Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’. The song would also give The Small Faces a number 2 hit in Holland, go to 10 in Norway and 17 in Germany.

With their new entry, Herman’s Hermits moved into tied 7th place on the weeks count list, joining Murray Campbell on 33. The Troggs drew level with Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel on 24 weeks and they all sat tied 14th

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