|1||7||3||That’s My Desire||–||Hollies|
|2||1||8||She’d Rather be with Me||–||Turtles|
|4||5||5||Jackson||–||Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra|
|5||3||10||Let’s Live for Today||–||Grass Roots|
|6||11||3||I’ll Never Fall in Love Again||–||Tom Jones|
|7||6||8||The Airplane Song||–||Royal Guardsmen|
|8||4||9||There Goes My Everything||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|9||17||2||The World We Knew||–||Frank Sinatra|
|10||8||11||I Take it Back||–||Sandy Posey|
|11||13||6||Heroes and Villains||–||Beach Boys|
|12||18||3||Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)||–||Frankie Laine|
|13||20||2||Even the Bad Times are Good||–||Tremeloes|
|15||New||1||Ode to Billy Joe||–||Bobbie Gentry|
|17||10||13||Silence is Golden||–||Square Set|
|18||12||11||A Whiter Shade of Pale||–||Procol Harum|
|20||New||1||Who’s Gonna Stand by Me||–||Lucille Starr|
The Hollies’ ‘That’s My Desire’ became the 6th song to take just 3 weeks to get to the top of the charts and it probably surprised the nation in doing so as last week it was sitting at number 7. It was just 2 weeks previously that The Turtles had set a new record for the biggest climb to take the top spot when ‘She’d Rather be with Me’ jumped up from 6 to number 1 and it was that song that gave way to the new number 1 and the new holder of the biggest jump to 1 record.
Frank Sinatra picked up his 3rd biggest climber award as his ‘The World We Knew´ moved up 8 places from 17 to 9. Not only was it the biggest climber in the top 20, but it would be the biggest Frank would ever managed (and that includes when he had Nancy to help him out). Not bad for a man who was approaching his 52nd birthday.
The Tremeloes’ ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ moved up 7 from 20 to 13 to be the next biggest mover up. This was followed by The Hollies’ ‘That’s My Desire’ (mentioned above) and Frankie Laine’s ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ both with 6 place jumps. The final star rater this week was Tom Jones’ ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ which climbed 5 to 6. For The Hollies it was an 8th star rater while Jones equalled the 10 The Rolling Stones had managed to date and that was the highest any artists had managed so far.
2 weeks ago, The Square Set’s ‘Silence Is Golden’ took the biggest faller honours. This week the song picked up a second such award at it fell 7 places from 10 to 17.
Meanwhile its namesake, the song by The Tremeloes, would never get to be a biggest faller and this despite falling more positions than The Square Set’s versions this week. Confused? Well, what happened this week was that The Tremeleos’ song fell out of the top 20 from number 9 which means it must have dropped at least 12 positions, but for these sort of stats we don’t look at songs leaving the top 20 as we have no way of knowing what position they would have dropped to. This fall from grace equalled Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’s record to date for the highest last week position. ‘Silence Is Golden’ had managed 15 weeks on the chart and spent a record to date 7 of those at number 1. Their follow up hit was a star rater mentioned above.
Also leaving the top 20 was The Beach Boys’ ‘Then I Kissed Her’ which had lasted 12 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2. This broke their run of every second song going to number 1. Their peak record now ran as follows 1-2-1-2-2. It was also their lowest weeks count for a song so far being 1 less than the 13 both ‘Barbara Ann’ and ‘Sloop John B’ managed. With both The Beach Boys and The Tremeloes losing a song from the chart this week, we were left with just The Hollies having 2 in the top 20 at the same time.
Last to go was Petula Clark’s ‘Don’t Sleep in the Subway’ which had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 10. This was her lowest peak to date of her 6 hits.
With the departure of ‘Silence Is Golden’ (the Tremeleos’ song that is), the mantle of oldest song fell to ‘Silence Is Golden’, the one by The Square Set, which sat on 13 weeks.
Bobbie Gentry made her SA chart debut with ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ a song that she had written. It would be the only song with ‘ode’ in the title to chart on our Top 20. Like a good number of hits, the song started life slated for a b-side and ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ was also originally over 7 minutes long. However, the record execs saw the potential in it and a cut down version made the a-side of a single which would knock The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ from the top spot in the US after the latter had only been there for 1 week. ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ would stay at number 1 there for 4 weeks. In the UK it would make it to number 13 and it would make number 8 in Zimbabwe. In 1976 Warner Brothers released a film based on the song. This sent Bobbie Gentry’s single back into the US charts, but in a weird licensing set up, both the original single released on Capitol records and one released on Warner Records would occupy the charts in the US at the same time. The Capitol version would go to 54 in this second run while the new Warner version would make 65. One wonders where it would have got to had the sales of the 2 different releases of the same song been added together.
The local content of the charts had been waning again with just The Square Set’s ‘Silence Is Golden’ being in the sole local representative on the top 20. This week The Dominos’ ‘Tabatha Twitchit’ arrived to double the local count. The band were a Joburg based group who would feature Una Valli on vocals at some point during its life. ‘Tabatha Twitchit’ was a cover of a Dave Clark Five song which was written by Les Reed and Barry Mason. This gave Reed his 6th hit to date as a song writer and that put him tied with John Lennon and Paul McCartney and the three of them sat behind leaders on the song writers hits count list, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards who were on 8. The Dominos version of the song had as its b-side a cover of The New Vaudeville Band’s big hit which never made our charts, ‘Snoopy vs The Red Baron’, so one could argue that the song did, sort of, make the top 20. For those of you who didn’t know ‘Tabatha Twitchit’ was a cat in the stories by Beatrix Potter.
Our last new entry was ‘Who’s Gonna Stand by Me’, the second hit for Lucille Starr. This would also be the 2nd hit for a solo Canadian artist. I say ‘solo Canadian’ as we had seen Steve Karliski, a Canadian, chart as one half of a duet. This was the 32nd song by a solo female artist to make our charts. This new entry moved Lucille on to 20 weeks on the charts, the 6th highest weeks count for a woman to date. She pulled clear of Connie Francis who was on 19.
The Turtles celebrated 30 weeks in the top 20 this week while The Hollies jumped up 2 places on the weeks count list as their 43 to date put them tied 9th with Tommy Roe. Nancy Sinatra, who was sitting second highest for a woman, moved tied 13th with The Mamas And The Papas as she clocked up her 39th week. On the local front The Square Set moved on to 13 weeks which placed them tied 14th with Dickie Loader.