|1||1||6||Ha Ha Said the Clown||–||Manfred Mann|
|2||3||6||Puppet on a String||–||Sandie Shaw|
|3||6||4||Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings||–||Tom Jones|
|4||2||11||Release Me||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|5||5||13||Give it to Me||–||Troggs|
|6||4||8||Dedicated to the One I Love||–||Mamas and The Papas|
|7||8||3||Cookie||–||Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne|
|8||7||10||I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman||–||Whistling Jack Smith|
|9||14||2||Silence is Golden||–||Tremeloes|
|10||10||9||A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You||–||Monkees|
|11||9||18||Single Girl||–||Sandy Posey|
|12||12||17||The French Song||–||Lucille Starr|
|14||17||3||Save the Last Dance for Me||–||Gene Rockwell|
|15||13||9||When a Man Loves a Woman||–||Percy Sledge|
|16||18||2||Yamao Toko No Uta||–||New Christy Minstrels|
|17||20||2||Spanish Nights and You||–||Virginia Lee|
|18||New||1||A Groovy Kind of Love||–||Mindbenders|
|19||New||1||Kind of a Drag||–||Buckinghams|
|20||New||1||A Groovy Kind of Love||–||Petula Clark|
This week we had a clown at 1 and a puppet at 2 (and a Batman at 8) as Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while Sandi Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ moved up from 3 to 2.
Of the 4 new entries last week, one fell off the charts, one climbed 2, 1 climbed 3 and The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ took the biggest climber award as it moved up 5 from 14 to 19. It was the only song in the top 20 to make a star rater climb.
Songs were not falling at a great rate this week as it was just a 2 place fall that made a song the biggest faller in the week. 5 songs managed this and these were Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’, The Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’, Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’, The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ and Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’. This was the second highest number of biggest fallers we had had in one week, beaten only by the 6 we saw on 17 September 1965 when it was also a 2 place drop that was the biggest.
The alert reader will notice that Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ was still in the charts (being a biggest faller this week) and so was still the oldest. It was on 18 weeks and now held the record for most weeks on the chart for a song by a solo female artist, moving 1 ahead of Nancy Ames’ ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’.
It seemed that what a woman in love won’t do is stay in the charts for more than a week as Judy Page’s ‘What a Woman in Love Won’t Do’ left the top 20 this week after just a single week sitting at number 19. This was, however, not the end of the road for Judy.
It was, however, the end of the SA Charts adventure for The Boet van Wyk Orkes as ‘Oliekolonie’ departed after 7 weeks and a peak of 10. This would be van Wyk’s only chart offering.
The last of the leavers was Groep Twee’s ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ which had been with us for 15 weeks and peaked at 3. In terms of weeks this was the most successful Afrikaans song to date, but its peak position did not match Des Lindberg’s chart topping effort with ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’.
This was the 1st of 8 times that 3 local songs would fall off the charts in the same week. We would never lose more than 3 in a single week. It left us with 3 local hits in the top 20, Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne’s ‘Cookie’, Gene Rockwell’s ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ and Virginia Lee’s ‘Spanish Nights and You’.
5 weeks previously we had seen Sandie Shaw set a new record for the biggest gap between hits when she broke an 87 week drought of hits. This week The Mindbenders stretched that record gap to 106 weeks as we had last seen them for just 1 week on the very first chart published on 4 June 1965. Their new one which arrived this week was ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’. When they had their previous hit, The Mindbenders were more Wayne Fontana’s backing band, but they went their separate ways later in 1965. Eric Stewart, who would go on to be a member of 10cc, took over the lead vocals. ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ would be their first UK hit post Fontana’s departure and it would go to number 2 there, matching the peak of ‘Game Of Love’ which was their previous SA chart hit. Number 2 would be the band’s best UK peak. It also made 2 in the US, 1 place lower than ‘Game Of Love’s chart topping effort there. The song was written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager and was the first by this pairing who would go on to have a number of their compositions chart in SA.
The second new entry came from Chicago based band The Buckinghams. Formed in 1965 they had a shaky start on the US charts with only ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ of their first 4 singles scraping a 112 peak. Then along came ‘Kind Of A Drag’ and contrary to its title, it went to number 1 in the US and stayed there for 2 weeks. They would manage a further 6 Hot 100 Hits.
The final new entry was like the first, ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’, but this version was by Petula Clark. The song became the 9th to chart in more than 1 version and Clark moved on to 5 hits which put her tied first with Virginia Lee for number of hits by a woman, the only thing separating them was that all Clark’s hits were solo ones while 2 of Virginia’s were as part of a duet. Interestingly, Clark’s version of the song would not make the UK or US charts nor any of the other major European charts. It did, however reach number 7 in Rhodesia. In 1977 Les Gray would have a minor hit with it in the UK, going to number 32. By far the most successful recording of it was Phil Collins 1988 recording which featured in the film ‘Buster’ in which Collins himself starred.
The Troggs celebrated a half century of weeks on the charts but this was not enough to move them up the week’s count list as they still sat 7th. Just above them, Manfred Mann drew level 5th with Herman’s Hermits. They were both on 55 weeks. Petula Clark pulled 1 clear of Nancy Sinatra to take the outright lead for a woman. She was on 35 weeks and sat tied 10th with Jim Reeves and The Hollies. On the local front Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell pulled 1 clear of Murray Campbell to be out front on their own. They had both clocked up 34 weeks. Jody Wayne moved tied 8th with Groep Twee and Emil Dean on 15 weeks.