30 December 1966


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
2 4 8 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
3 3 6 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
4 6 4 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
5 5 5 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
6 2 9 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 8 4 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
8 12 3 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
9 7 15 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
10 13 5 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
11 9 11 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
12 10 6 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
13 11 12 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
14 14 3 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
15 17 2 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
16 16 10 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
17 18 2 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
18 19 9 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
19 New 1 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
20 New 1 Dear Mrs Applebee  – David Garrick

The last chart of the year saw The New Vaudeville Band enjoying a third week at the top with ‘Winchester Cathedral’. Herman’s Hermits’ ‘No Milk Today’ was playing a bit of yo-yo with us as it moved back into second place, having been there 4 weeks previously, but then dropping as low as 4 in the interim.

Tommy Roe picked up his 3rd biggest climber in a week award as ‘Hooray For Hazel’ took the honour with just a 4 place climb from 12 to 8. As ‘Sweet Pea’ was sitting at 9, Roe also became the 4th act to have songs sitting in adjacent positions on the chart. Last week Donovan had become the 3rd act to achieve this and this week he became the 1st act to achieve this twice as ‘Mellow Yellow’ sat at 17 and ‘Sunshine Superman’ was at 18. There were no other star raters this week.

Previous chart topper, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 4 from 2 to 6. This was the 25th time an ex-Number 1 was our biggest faller and the 20th ex-Number 1 to do this.

‘Sweet Pea’ by Tommy Roe was still the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 15 weeks.

Eddie Fisher, who had been struggling for success in the 60s following a very successful 50s for him, did not fare all that well with ‘Games That Lovers Play’ which lasted just                2 weeks on our charts, both of which were spent at number 20. This would be his only SA chart hit.

The We Three version of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ seemed to get a new lease on life when Des Lindberg’s version came along as it bounced back up the charts after falling to 20. This all came to an end this week when it rambled off the top 20 after a run of 5 weeks and a peak of 13. Like Eddie Fisher, this would be their only charting hit in SA.

Jim Reeves’ ‘Snowflake’ fell into the chart as our first new entry this week. It was his 3rd hit to date. The song, which was penned by Ned Miller (who had had a hit on the charts in 1965 with ‘Do What You Do Do Well’), was recorded by Reeves in 1959 and he apparently did not think much of it at the time. However, Jim’s wife Mary loved the track and they eventually released it in 1966. It went to number 2 on the US Country Singles charts and 66 in the main ones and also made number 2 in Norway and 9 in Rhodesia.

Our second new entry was by a guy called Philip Darryl Core who was better known as David Garrick. His hit was ‘Dear Mrs Appplebee’ (no jokes about his real name being Core and his hit having the word Apple in it) which was a cover of an obscure American track by a guy called Flip Cartridge. Cartridges’ version did manage to scrape a 91 peak and a 2 week run on the Billboard Hot 100 in the August of 1966. Garrick’s version did not make the US charts, but managed to get to 22 in his native UK. He would enjoy a number 1 hit with it in Germany. In the 70s Garrick spent some time living in South Africa. He died in August 2013 having moved back to England.

Herman’s Hermits celebrated their 40th week on the charts and sat 7th on the weeks count list. Manfred Mann moved in alongside the Beatles in 5th place on that list as they ticked over to 42 weeks and Jim Reeves moved into tied 15th spot alongside Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel. They were all on 24 weeks. Des Lindberg continued moving up the local list, his 17 weeks putting him tied 5th with The Bats and The Staccatos.

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2 thoughts on “30 December 1966

  1. Please review the total number of weeks that Winchester Cathedral was in position number one. I count three weeks in total. From 16-DEC-66 to 30-DEC-66.

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