|1||6||6||She’d Rather be with Me||–||Turtles|
|2||1||8||Let’s Live for Today||–||Grass Roots|
|4||2||7||There Goes My Everything||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|5||3||14||Silence is Golden||–||Tremeloes|
|6||7||9||I Take it Back||–||Sandy Posey|
|7||9||6||The Airplane Song||–||Royal Guardsmen|
|8||12||3||Jackson||–||Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra|
|9||4||9||A Whiter Shade of Pale||–||Procol Harum|
|10||5||11||Silence is Golden||–||Square Set|
|12||New||1||That’s My Desire||–||Hollies|
|13||11||11||Then I Kissed Her||–||Beach Boys|
|14||14||10||I Think We’re Alone Now||–||Tommy James & The Shondells|
|15||13||5||Don’t Sleep in the Subway||–||Petula Clark|
|16||15||4||Heroes and Villains||–||Beach Boys|
|17||19||3||Walk Through This World with Me||–||George Jones|
|19||New||1||Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)||–||Frankie Laine|
|20||New||1||I’ll Never Fall in Love Again||–||Tom Jones|
The Grass Roots time at number 1 lasted 2 weeks. The new number 1 this week was The Turtles’ ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’ which not only made the biggest jump this week, but it was also the biggest jump to date to claim the top spot. The previous best was when The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ climbed 4 places from 5 to 1. There would be 4 more songs that would make a 5 place jump to number 1 and 13 would manage it from a higher position.
The Turtles were not the only ones racing up the charts as The Hollies’ ‘Carrie-Anne’ climbed 5 from 8 to 3 to join ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’ in the biggest climb this week. Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Jackson’ climbed 4 to be a star rater but not the biggest climber for a second week running (always the bridesmaid, never the bride).
2 songs took the biggest faller award and they were Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ and The Square Set’s ‘Silence Is Golden’ which both fell 5, landing up at 9 and 10 respectively.
The other ‘Silence Is Golden’, the one by The Tremeloes, was still the oldest on the charts. It moved on to 14 weeks with us.
Brook Benton’s ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ deserted us after just 2 weeks, both of which had been spent at number 20. This was the 5th song to have a chart career of 2 weeks both spent at 20. This would be the sum total of Benton’s SA chart career.
The sun went down on Peter Lotis’ ‘Walking In The Sunshine’ as the song left the charts after 8 weeks and a peak of 10. Lotis fans could take heart from the fact that we would see Peter on the charts again.
Last to go was Jim Reeves’ ‘The Storm’ which lasted 6 weeks with us and peaked at 11. This was his second worst performer of his 5 hits to date, both in terms of peaks and weeks. Jim was, however, not finished with his SA chart career.
This week we saw the 9th song to debut at position 12 or higher on the charts. The previous one (which entered at 12) was The Hollies’ ‘Carrie-Anne’. This week The Hollies became the first act to manage 2 debuts at 12 or higher as ‘That’s My Desire’ arrived at 12 this week, a mere 2 weeks after ‘Carrie-Anne’ joined the top 20. ‘That’s My Desire’ was a song from 1931 which has been covered many times. The only chart success it had on the US Hot 100 was in1962 when Yvonne Baker & The Sensations took it to number 69 there. A version by Sammy Kaye did make it to number 2 there in 1946 in the days before the Hot 100. It has not charted in the UK. Apart from in SA, The Hollies version seems only to have charted in Rhodesia where it topped the charts. The Hollies now had 2 in the chart and were the 6th act to manage this with more than 1 pairing of hits.
While Brook Benton’s ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ was leaving the charts, Frankie Laine’s was entering. This was the 11th song to chart in more than 1 version. Frankie Laine had taken his version to number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, 15 places higher than Brook Benton had managed. Frankie Laine’s hit ‘I Believe’ holds the all-time record in the UK for the longest run at the top of the charts as it managed 18 weeks there. He managed this with the run being broken twice for 1 week each time. Those who think it is Bryan Adam’s ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ that holds this record would be right if you were talking for consecutive weeks at 1 as that song managed 16 weeks in a row which is the second highest total so far. For more info on ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ see the entry for 1 September 1967.
The final new entry was from Tom Jones and it was ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’. The song was originally recorded by Lonnie Donegan who wrote it with Jimmy Currie, but it did not chart for Donegan. Jones took his version to number 2 in the UK and 6 in the US. This should not be confused with the Bobbie Gentry or Johnnie Ray tracks of the same name (which are both different songs).
For Tom Jones and The Hollies these new entries were their 7th hits which put them tied at the top of the hits count list alongside The Rolling Stones.
The Beach Boys moved closer to the Rolling Stones at the top of the weeks count list. They were on 76 and chasing 82. The Hollies moved tied 12th with The Mamas And The Papas, they were on 39 weeks. On the local front, The Square Set moved into 16th place with 11 weeks to their name.