2 December 1966


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 5 4 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
3 6 3 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
4 1 11 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
5 4 8 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
6 3 7 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
7 17 2 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
8 10 6 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
9 8 14 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
10 7 10 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
11 11 5 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
12 12 8 Walk with Me  – Seekers
13 15 2 Ramblin’ Boy  – We Three
14 9 5 Too Soon To Know  – Roy Orbison
15 16 11 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves
16 New 1 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
17 13 12 Born Free  – Matt Monro
18 18 2 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
19 New 1 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
20 14 13 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ failed to go past the current record for weeks at 1 as it dropped off the top spot after a 6 week stay there. It sat at the top of the list with The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ for consecutive weeks at 1 and Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ equalled those weeks, but hadn’t managed them consecutively. ‘Sweet Pea’ became the 4th song to fall to number 4 after being at 1 (the previous 3 included The Beach Boys’ hit mentioned above). Only Elvis Presley’s ‘Crying In The Chapel’ had had a bigger fall from grace as it dropped to 5.

The nation’s new favourite song was Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ which climbed up from 2, going 1 place higher on our charts than it did on the charts in their native UK. Herman’s Hermits’ ‘No Milk Today’ moved into second place.

The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ became the 8th song to have a climb of 10 or more places in a week as it jumped 10 from 17 to 7 to take the biggest climber in the week award. A 10 place climb was the 4th biggest we had seen to date and The Beach Boys joined The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Seekers and Herman’s Hermits at the top of the list for number of times with the biggest climber, this being their 4th. Interestingly, even though we had such a big biggest climber, we had no other song made a star rater jump, the next highest climb being only 3 places which ‘No Milk Today’ and The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ managed.

Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Hanky Panky’ had the biggest fall as it dropped 6 places from 14 to 20.

The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ continued on as the oldest on the chart as it moved on to 14 weeks. This was its second week as the oldest.

Los Bravos ended their SA chart career as ‘Black Is Black’ left the chart this week. It had enjoyed a 12 week stay with us, climbing to number 2 during that time. The band would go on to have 1 other hit in the UK and 2 more in the US, but for us, this was it.

Peter & Gordon’s ‘Lady Godiva’ became the 6th song to date to only be with us for 1 week. It spent that week at number 19. Unlike Los Bravos, however, they would return to our charts.

Our first new entry this week was ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’ by Nancy Ames (real name Nancy Hamilton Alfaro). The song would scrape the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, getting to 95 there. Song writers Glenn Sutton and Billy Sherrill who teamed up with Buddy Killen for this one, were also the song writers of ‘I Don’t Want To Play House’ which Barbara Ray would have a big hit with. Nancy’s grandfather, Ricardo Joaquin Alfaro, was the president of Panama from 1931 to 1932.

The second new entry was the second hit for Billy Forrest and Billy Andrews, otherwise known as The Dream Merchants. Their new hit was ‘Land Of Milk And Honey’ which entered the charts at 19. The song was a cover of The Vogues’ hit which had climbed to number 29 in the US earlier in 1966. Song writer John Hurley (who shared credits with Ronnie Wilkens on this one) would record his own version of it in 1970, but that would not chart. The Dream Makers’ version boasted Grahame Beggs as producer. Beggs would be the driving force behind Charisma (remember ‘Mammy Blue’?)

Jim Reeves provided the only movement in the top 20 of the week’s count list as he moved on to 23 weeks, drawing tied 17th with Elvis Presley, The Mamas And The Papas and Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs. The only movement on the local week’s list was The Dream Merchants who also climbed to tied 17th as they clocked up their 7th week in our charts. They shared the spot with Tony Wells.

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