18 November 1966


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

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ became only the second song to manage 5 straight weeks at 1 as it held on to the top spot for another week. The Beach Boy’s ‘California Girls’ was the previous hit to have such a long uninterrupted stint at the top. It went on to spend 6 straight weeks at 1. Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ did manage 6 weeks in total at the top spot, but these were not consecutive, being  done in 2 runs of 3 weeks each. The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ spent a second week at 2.

Herman’s Hermits joined The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Seekers at the top of the list for number of times with the biggest climber as ‘No Milk Today’ jumped up 5 to take this honour this week. All these artists had had a biggest climber 4 times now.

Last week’s biggest climber, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ managed a star rater climb, moving up 4 from 7 to 3. This was the only other star rater climb this week.

On the falling front it was Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ which had the biggest drop, moving down 5 from 15 to 20. Williams could take comfort from the fact that the song now held the record for the most number of weeks as the oldest on the charts as it had been the granddaddy of the top 20 for 8 weeks. This overtook Cliff Richards’ ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’. (Note: this record excludes all the songs on the 1st ever chart).

The Lovin’ Spoonful ended their SA chart carer as their only song to chart in our country, ‘Summer In The City’ fell off the top 20 after a run of 7 weeks and a peak of 11.

Roy Orbison ended his 2 week run with 2 in the charts as ‘Lana’ exited the top 20 after a run of 9 weeks and a peak of 9. This was the 6th song to have an equal weeks and peak number and the first where it was 9 weeks and a peak of 9. Orbison also became the first American artist to manage this, the previous 5 being by 3 UK acts and 2 local ones.

This week we saw our first new entry where the act had the word ‘new’ in their name. The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ entered the charts at 14. This hit introduced us to Geoff Stephens, a song writer who would go on to have numerous of his compositions chart in SA. Stephens put together a group of session musician to record what he thought would be a novelty record with The Ivy League’s John Carter supplying the vocals. Surprisingly to Stephens, the song went to 4 in the UK and topped the charts in the US and Canada. It also managed to get to 2 in Rhodesia, 6 in Belgium, 8 in Austria and 15 in Germany. The song would go on to win the Grammy for Best Contemporary Song.

Jim Reeves brought us the first song to re-enter the charts as ‘Blue Side of Lonesome’ returned to the top 20 after being away for 2 weeks. In total we would see songs re-enter the charts on 86 occasions (this counts 2 for songs that re-enter twice etc).

Herman’s Hermits moved into 7th place on their own on the weeks count list as they ticked over to 34, leaving Murray Campbell to drop to 8th on the list. Campbell was still the highest placed local act. The Troggs moved tied 13th with Chris Andrews, both acts being on 25 weeks.

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