1966 The Facts And Figures

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We have now come to the end of our first full year of charts. During 1966 we saw 136 songs spend at least a week on the charts (118 new ones and 18 brought that came across from 1965) and these were brought to us by 98 different artists (duets/collaborations counting as a separate acts to the individuals making them up).

30 of the 136 were by local artists.

TOP HITS

Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 20 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago) Roger Williams 238
2 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe 233
3 With a Girl Like You Troggs 232
4 Yesterday Man Chris Andrews 221
5 The Ballad of the Green Berets Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler 206
6 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go Cliff Richard 197
6 The Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 197
8 Get Off My Cloud Rolling Stones 193
9 These Boots are Made for Walking Nancy Sinatra 187
10 We Can Work it Out Beatles 184
11 Sloop John B Beach Boys 183
12 Pretty Flamingo Manfred Mann 182
12 Distant Drums Jim Reeves 182
14 Monday Monday Mamas and The Papas 181
15 Somewhere My Love Ray Conniff Singers 178
16 Guantanamera Sandpipers 176
17 Die Gezoem van die Bye Des Lindberg 175
18 Pied Piper Crispian St Peters 169
19 Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra 166
20 Wild Thing Troggs 161
21 Barbara Ann Beach Boys 157
22 The More I See You Chris Montez 152
23 Jimmy Come Lately Four Jacks & a Jill 149
23 Bend It Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 149
25 19th Nervous Breakdown Rolling Stones 148
26 Red Rubber Ball Cyrkle 145
27 To Whom it Concerns Chris Andrews 144
28 Hanky Panky Tommy James & The Shondells 142
29 The Carnival is Over Seekers 141
30 Tippy Toeing Harden Trio 140
31 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’ Fantastic Baggys 136
32 I Saw Her Again Mamas and The Papas 128
33 Born Free Matt Monro 125
34 Sixteen Candles Jody Wayne 120
34 No Milk Today Herman’s Hermits 120
36 Winchester Cathedral New Vaudeville Band 119
37 Paint it, Black Rolling Stones 118
38 Hungry for Love A-Cads 117
38 Black is Black Los Bravos 117
40 Darling it’s Wonderful Virginia Lee 109

You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/sahits_1966.html

The cumulative points from the start of the charts in 1965 to the end of 1966 gave the following top 10:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 California Girls Beach Boys 286
2 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago) Roger Williams 238
3 Goodbye My Love Murray Campbell 235
4 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe 233
5 With A Girl Like You Troggs 232
6 Yesterday Man Chris Andrews 221
7 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones 216
8 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go Cliff Richard 214
9 Get Off My Cloud Rolling Stones 213
10 What’s New Pussycat Tom Jones 211

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1966 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Die Gezoem van die Bye Des Lindberg 175
2 Jimmy Come Lately Four Jacks & a Jill 149
3 Sixteen Candles Jody Wayne 120
4 Hungry for Love A-Cads 117
5 Darling it’s Wonderful Virginia Lee 109

And cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Goodbye My Love Murray Campbell 235
2 Hungry for Love A-Cads 183
3 Come Back Silly Girl Staccatos 180
4 Die Gezoem van die Bye Des Lindberg 175
5 Jimmy Come Lately Four Jacks & a Jill 149

NUMBER OF HITS

The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Manfred Mann all had 4 of their songs spend time in the chart this year. They were followed by The Seekers, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra and Jim Reeves who all had 3 (2 of Sinatra’s being as one half of a duet). A further 22 acts managed 2 while all the rest only managed 1.

To date, The Rolling Stones led the way with a total of 6 The Seekers, Manfred Mann, Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard were all on 5.

6 local acts managed to have 2 hits spend time in the chart in the year. These were Four Jacks & A Jill, Group 66, Des Lindberg, Virginia Lee, Jody Wayne and The Dream Merchants. On a cumulative basis to date Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell led the way with 4 each. Murray Campbell was the only one 3 while 7 others had managed 2 to date.

WEEKS ON THE CHART

The Beach Boys spent the most weeks on our chart this week, totalling 39 in all. The Rolling Stones were second highest with 33 and Manfred Mann was in 3rd place with 30.

On the local front it was Four Jacks & A Jill who took top honours enjoying 18 weeks in the top 20. Des Lindberg was close behind on 17 and Virginia Lee came in 3rd on 16.

The Rolling Stones led the way overall and by some margin. Their 71 weeks to date was 20 more than second placed Beach Boys who were on 51. Tom Jones was on 48 and The Seekers on 43.

Murray Campbell still led the way on the local front with 33 to his name, 9 of which he had shared with the second placed local act Virginia Lee who was on 32 (Lee and Campbell charted with a duet version of ‘Goodbye My Love’). Gene Rockwell was in 3rd place with 31 so, as the saying goes, it was tight at the top.

NUMBER 1’s

We saw 18 songs top our chart this year, but no act would manage more than 1 chart topper.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ would spend the most number of weeks at the top spot as it enjoyed a record to date equalling 6 week stint there. The Beach Boy’s ‘California Girls’ was the previous one to manage 6 straight weeks which it did in 1965. Murray Campbell’s solo version of ‘Goodbye My Love’ also managed 6 weeks, but in 2 run of 3 weeks each, with a 1 week break in between.

Local songs ‘Hungry For Love’ by The A-Cads and ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ by Des Lindberg were the only 2 to get to number 1 this year. They spent 2 and 3 weeks at the top respectively.

To date The Rolling Stones had been in pole position 3 times while The Beach Boys, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley had all graced the number 1 spot twice.

Another notable achievement this year was that ‘Lara’s Theme’ from the film ‘Dr Zhivago’ spent a total of 8 weeks at the top of our charts, 4 of which were the vocal version of the song by The Ray Conniff Singers (going under the title ‘Somewhere My Love’) and the other 4 were by Roger Williams’ instrumental version.

Also of note was that the Sinatra’s managed 2 chart toppers as father Frank spent 4 weeks at 1 with ‘Strangers In The Night’ while daughter Nancy also spent 4 weeks at the top woith her hit ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’.

FEMALE ACTS

We saw 10 woman feature in our charts this year with Nancy Sinatra being the most successful, enjoying 3 hits (1 solo and 2 as a part of a duet). Petula Clark and Virginia Lee both managed 2, while the rest managed 1. The observant amongst would be able to deduce from that that Virginia Lee was the most successful local woman. To date though it was Virginia Lee who led the way with 4 hits in total. Petula Clark and Nancy Sinatra were second on 3.

Nancy Sinatra also won the weeks count for the year as she spent a total of 24 weeks in the charts. Again Petula Clark and Virginia Lee were tied second as they both enjoyed 16 weeks in the charts. Mimi Roman (who charted with a duet with Steve Karliski) was in 4th place with 10. Again though, on a cumulative basis, it was Virginia Lee in front with 32 weeks. Nancy Sinatra was second on 24 and Petula Clark 3rd on 21.

As mentioned above, Nancy Sinatra topped the charts with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ which would be the only song by a woman to top the charts. The only other woman to have topped the charts so far was Connie Francis who’s ‘Forget Domani’ did so on the 3rd chart ever published.

The top solo female songs for 1966 based on the points system described above were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 These Boots are Made for Walking Nancy Sinatra 187
2 Darling it’s Wonderful Virginia Lee 109
3 For You Babe June Muscat 82
4 Where Did We Go Wrong Petula Clark 75
5 My Love Petula Clark 75

To date, the top 5 songs by females based on the points system were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 These Boots are Made for Walking Nancy Sinatra 187
2 Long Live Love Sandie Shaw 131
3 Darling it’s Wonderful Virginia Lee 109
4 Forget Domani Connie Francis 101
5 For You Babe June Muscat 82

REST OF THE WORLD

Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 The Carnival is Over Seekers 141 Australia
2 Black is Black Los Bravos 117 Spain
3 Walk with Me Seekers 92 Australia
4 Can I Trust You Bachelors 58 Ireland
5 Morningtown Ride Seekers 19 Australia

These were the only 5 hits to chart that were not by artists from the UK, US or SA. This meant that Australian acts had the most hits of the other nations this year with 3 (all by The Seekers) with Spain and Ireland having one each.

To date the rest of the world top hits were:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 World Of Our Own Seekers 192 Australia
2 The Carnival is Over Seekers 160 Australia
3 Black is Black Los Bravos 117 Spain
4 Walk with Me Seekers 92 Australia
5 Tea And Trumpets Norman Ruby Orchestra 81 France

Apart from the UK, US and SA we had seen acts from Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain chart so far. The Aussies had had 5 hits (all by The Seekers) while all the other nations had only seen 1 apiece.

WHAT DIDN’T CHART

The following songs topped either the UK or US charts (or both) during 1966, but did not make our charts. Those marked with an * would, however, make the SA top 20 in 1967 or later:

96 Tears ? And The Mysterions
Cherish Association
Get Away Georgie Fame
Good Lovin’ Young Rascals
I’m A Believer* Monkees
Lightnin’ Strikes Lou Christie
Poor Side Of Town Johnny Rivers
Reach Out I’ll Be There Four Tops
Somebody Help Me Spencer Davis Group
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore Walker Brothers
When A Man Loves A Woman* Percy Sledge
Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby Beatles
You Can’t Hurry Love Supremes
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
You Keep Me Hanging’ On Supremes

It should also be noted that we had Pamela Dean’s  version of ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ rather than Dusty Springfield’s chart. Also we would see versions of ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ chart, but that would be later on and by different artists.

CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS

28 artists who had spent at least 1 week in the charts in 1965 also spent at least a week in the charts in 1966. It should be remembered that the charts only started halfway through 1965. Of those 28 acts 8 were local and 2 were female.

I WRITE THE SONGS

There were 163 different song writers who had their names appear on the hits that charted in 1966 (including a person called ‘Traditional’).  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were the 2 that appeared the most times on labels of the songs that charted as they had 5 hits as song writers. Paul McCartney & John Lennon managed 4 hits as did Brian Wilson, Lee Hazlewood, P.F. Sloan and Paul Simon.

To date, the Rolling Stones pair of Jagger & Richard had had 7 hits with The Beatles’ Lennon & McCartney in second place with 6 each.

On the weeks front Paul Simon was the winner in 1966 with song penned by him spending a total of 46 weeks on the chart. Maurice Jarre’s song writing credit on all the different versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from ‘Dr Zhivago’ would garner him second place with 40 weeks. Jagger & Richards would only make 3rd place with 38 weeks.

However, on the cumulative to date list, Jagger & Richards were out front with 62 and Lennon & McCartney were second on 59. The guy called Traditional had managed 49 and Paul Simon came next on 46.

Apart from 2 ‘Traditional’ songs topping the charts, the only song writer to get 2 chart toppers this year was Maurice Jarre who did so with the 2 versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The Ray Conniff Singers and Roger Williams which together spent 8 weeks at 1, the highest for a song writer this year.

Overall, Brian Wilson, Gordon Mills, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had also had 2 chart toppers alongside Maurice Jarre and Traditional. Jarre’s 8 weeks placed him top of the list for weeks at 1 to date by a song writer. Brian Wilson was second on 7 while Gugliemo Brezzo, Nini Rossi, Mike Love and Tommy Roe were all on 6.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped with the blog as we have gone through 1966, especially Peet van Staaden and Ian McLean for supplying valuable information.

Well, that wraps up 1966, so onwards now to 1967.

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2 thoughts on “1966 The Facts And Figures

  1. The info in the very first paragraph is wrong and should be 1966 and not 1996. Might just be a typo. As for the total songs on the hit parade in 1966 I counted 118.and only 197 for both 1965 and 1966 combined and not 274 as stated. Please review and I’ll do the same.

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