|1||1||5||I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman||–||Whistling Jack Smith|
|2||6||6||Release Me||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|4||5||3||Dedicated to the One I Love||–||Mamas and The Papas|
|5||3||7||Something Stupid||–||Nancy and Frank Sinatra|
|6||2||13||Single Girl||–||Sandy Posey|
|7||7||8||Give it to Me||–||Troggs|
|8||4||10||This is My Song||–||Petula Clark|
|9||10||12||The French Song||–||Lucille Starr|
|10||13||4||A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You||–||Monkees|
|11||9||12||There’s a Kind of Hush||–||New Vaudeville Band|
|12||11||11||Die Ou Kraalliedjie||–||Groep Twee|
|13||14||3||Oliekolonie||–||Boet van Wyk Orkes|
|14||19||4||When a Man Loves a Woman||–||Percy Sledge|
|15||15||5||Music to Watch Girls By||–||Bob Crewe Generation|
|16||New||1||Just Like a Man||–||June Muscat|
|17||New||1||Puppet on a String||–||Sandie Shaw|
|18||New||1||Ha Ha Said the Clown||–||Manfred Mann|
|19||12||4||On a Carousel||–||Hollies|
|20||New||1||In the Country||–||Cliff Richard and The Shadows|
Whistling Jack Smith enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts with ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’, but it was coming under some pressure from Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ which made a star rater climb of 4 from 6 to 2 and had recently finished a 6 week run at the top of the UK charts.
We had 2 biggest climbers this week and they made a rather romantic coupling as it was ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ and ‘Happy Together’ by Percy Sledge and The Turtles respectively (the romance coming from the song titles, not the acts). Both songs moved up 5 places with ‘Happy Together’ landing up at 3 and ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ ending up at 8. ‘Release Me’, mentioned above’ was the only other star rater climber this week.
When you are on a carousel, you go up and down and The Hollies song was true to its name as for the previous 2 weeks it went up and now this week it went down to the extent that it was the biggest faller this week as it dropped 7 from 12 to 19.
The oldest song on the chart this week was still Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ which sat at number 6 and was enjoying its 13th week on the charts.
Last week The Thomas Group arrived on the charts and said ‘I’ve Got No More To Say’. True to their word, they left the chart after just the one week at 20. This was the 3rd song to spend just 1 week at the bottom of the charts. There would be a total of 35 song that would spend just 1 week at 20 during the top 20 era (8 more spending just one week at 30 in the top 30 era). For 10 of the acts involved in these 35 short stay songs it would be their only hit (3 more in the top 30 era). The Thomas Group were the second after Bobby Bare who’s only SA chart action would be 1 week spent at the bottom of the charts.
The second song to depart didn’t fare too much better as The Ventures’ ‘Theme from “The Wild Angels”’ left us after just 2 weeks and a peak of 18. As with The Thomas Group, this would be The Ventures only SA Chart hit.
Of the 102 weeks of charts we had had so far, this was only the 33rd week where we did not have a Rolling Stones hit in the top 20 as ‘Ruby Tuesday’ left after an 11 week stay and a peak of 4. This was the second lowest peak of their 7 hits to date of, ‘The Last Time’s peak of 7 being their lowest so far.
The last song to go was The Staccatos cover of The Bee Gees’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ which spent 9 weeks with us and peaked at 10, quite a distance behind the 17 weeks and a peak of 2 of their only other hit to date, ‘Come Back Silly Girl’, However, it was not the end of the road for the band in terms of SA Chart hits.
Our first new entry saw the biggest gap between hits to date for a local act as June Muscat returned to the charts after an absence of 53 weeks. Her previous hit, ‘For You Babe’ left the charts just over a year before ‘Just Like A Man’ entered the charts this week. This beat the previous biggest gap for a local act of 24 weeks which Virginia Lee had held. ‘Just Like A Man’ was written by Barry Mason and Les Reed giving them their 2nd and 5th hits respectively. Reed sat tied 4th for number of hits by a song writer behind Lennon and McCartney on 6 and Jagger & Richards on 7. ‘Just Like A Man’ was recorded by Margaret Whiting who managed 4 Hot 100 hits in the US, but this was not one of them.
And while June Muscat was setting a new record for the biggest gap between hits for a local song, Sandie Shaw set a new overall record for biggest gap between hits as ‘Puppet On A String’ entered the charts 87 weeks after ‘Long Live Love’ (her previous and only other hit to date) departed. This added 12 weeks to the biggest gap record of 75 weeks which Connie Francis had held. ‘Puppet On A String’ was the first Eurovision Song Competition winner to grace our charts. It was the first British entry to win that competition (the competition had been going since 1956) and it would give Shaw her 3rd UK chart topper (dislodging Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ in the process). It would also top the charts in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Holland, New Zealand, Norway and Rhodesia.
Our other 2 new entrants were both enjoying a 6th hit on the charts and joined The Seekers and Herman’s Hermits in tied second place behind The Rolling Stones who were on 7. The first of these 6 hitters was Manfred Mann with ‘Ha Ha Said the Clown’. The song was written by Tony Hazzard and would top the charts in Austria, Germany, Holland and Norway as well as going to 4 in the UK. Later in 1967 The Yardbirds took a version to 45 in the US charts.
The last new entry was Cliff Richard with ‘In The Country’ which featured The Shadows, his long-time backing band’s name on the record label, giving them their first SA Chart hit. The song went to number 6 in the UK, 7 in Norway, 14 in Holland and 35 in Germany. It would be Cliff’s 39th hit to chart in the UK.
Manfred Mann became the 6th act to reach the 50 weeks in the chart milestone . Despite this, they did not move up the week’s count list sitting 6th, 5 weeks behind Herman’s Hermits who were in 5th place. The Hollies moved into tied 10th place alongside Jim Reeves with 35 weeks and Cliff Richard’s new entry moved him tied 12th (with Donovan and Murray Campbell) as he moved on to 33 weeks. The New Vaudeville Band entered the top 20 of the week’s count list with their 27 weeks putting them tied 20th with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch. June Muscat’s new entry moved her on to 10 weeks and placed her tied 15th with John E Sharpe & The Squires on the local list.