|1||1||4||That’s My Desire||–||Hollies|
|3||6||4||I’ll Never Fall in Love Again||–||Tom Jones|
|4||2||9||She’d Rather be with Me||–||Turtles|
|5||4||6||Jackson||–||Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra|
|6||New||1||The Last Waltz||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|7||12||4||Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)||–||Frankie Laine|
|9||9||3||The World We Knew||–||Frank Sinatra|
|10||5||11||Let’s Live for Today||–||Grass Roots|
|11||7||9||The Airplane Song||–||Royal Guardsmen|
|12||11||7||Heroes and Villains||–||Beach Boys|
|13||15||2||Ode to Billy Joe||–||Bobbie Gentry|
|14||13||3||Even the Bad Times are Good||–||Tremeloes|
|15||10||12||I Take it Back||–||Sandy Posey|
|16||8||10||There Goes My Everything||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|17||New||1||Death of a Clown||–||Dave Davies|
|18||New||1||Come on Down to My Boat||–||Every Mother’s Son|
|19||New||1||Just Loving You||–||Anita Harris|
|20||New||1||Pleasant Valley Sunday||–||Monkees|
The Hollies’ ‘That’s My Desire’ held on to the top spot to clock up its 2nd week there. Their other hit in the chart which dropped from 2 to 3 last week, moved back to 2 to give us the first occasion when an artist would occupy the top 2 spots on the charts. There would only be 3 other artists who would manage this.
The Dominos gave us the biggest climber this week with ‘Tabitha Twitchit’ moving up 8 places from 16 to 8. This was the 23rd time a local song had taken the biggest climber award. An 8 place climb was the second biggest to date for a local song with 4 others managing this. Only The Staccatos’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ which managed a 10 place climb, had bettered this.
The only other song to make star rater status was Frankie Laine’s ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ which moved up 5 from 12 to 7.
On the other end of the spectrum, Englebert Humperdinck’s ‘There Goes My Everything’ was sliding down the charts at the greatest rate this week as it fell 8 places from 8 to 16. This was his second time with a biggest faller award.
There were 5 songs that left the charts this week, the first of which was the 5th to only spend a single week at number 20 and that was Lucille Starr’s ‘Who’s Gonna Stand By Me’. A stark contrast in performance to the 19 weeks and peak of 4 that her only other hit to date, ‘The French Song’, managed. But there was more to come from this Canadian singer.
The Young Rascals’ ‘Groovin’ also left the charts. It had spent 7 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 10. This would be their only venture into our charts.
A former number 1, Procol Harum’s’ ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ was the 3rd to go. It had been with us for 11 weeks, 1 of which was at the top spot. Like The Young Rascals’ they would also only have just the 1 song chart in SA.
The Square Set’s ‘Silence Is Golden’ went after 13 weeks and a peak of 3. This was not too bad in comparison to the recently departed song by The Tremeoles that shared its title with but was not the same song, the latter making 15 weeks, 7 of which were at 1.
The last to go was The Association’s ‘Windy’ which enjoyed a 4 week stay with us during which time it made its way as high as 14. Both The Square Set and The Association would grace our charts again.
The departure of ‘Silence Is Golden’ gave us a new oldest on the charts in the form of Sandy Posey’s ‘I Take It back’ which sat on 12 weeks making Posey the first women to have had 2 different oldest on the charts as she had also had this accolade with ‘Single Girl’.
While Engelbert may have been mourning the fact that ‘There Goes My Everything’ was the biggest faller this week, he was probably more excited about the fact that ‘The Last Waltz’, his 3rd SA hit so far, was entering the charts at the second highest debut position to date as it arrived in the top 20 at number 6. This was just 1 place lower than Cat Steven’s arrival at 5 with ‘Matthew And Me’. A word of caution though for Engelbert – Stevens’ hit did not make it to number 1. Engelbert was the 23rd act to have 2 or more in the charts at the same time. Song writers Les Reed and Barry Mason also had 2 in the charts now as they had also penned The Dominos’ ‘Tabitha Twitchit’. Les Reed was on his 3rd pairing in the charts, but it was a first for Barry Mason who became the 33rd different song writer to manage more than 1 in the chart at the same time. ‘The Last Waltz’ would top the charts in the UK (5 weeks), Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and would give Engelbert a number 25 hit in the US.
11 places lower than ‘The Last Waltz’ we found our second new entry, Dave Davies’ ‘Death Of A Clown’. Davies was no stranger to our charts as he had already had 4 hits as a member of The Kinks, but this was his first solo outing to make our top 20. ‘Death Of A Clown’ was co-written by Dave with his brother and co-Kinks member, Ray Davies. The song would give him a number 3 hit in the UK, but it would not really spark a solo career for Dave as he only managed 1 other UK hit, ‘Susannah’s Still Alive’ which went to 20.
Every Mother’ Son, a band from New York City, gave us our next new entry which was ‘Come on Down to My Boat’. The song would be their only US top 10 hit, going to 6 there. They would have 3 more Hot 100 hits, but their next best effort would be the 46 that ‘Put Your Mind At Ease’ managed. Despite the relative success in the US, they would fail to impress those across the Atlantic as they would not see any chart action in the UK.
At number 19 we saw the 4th new entry and this was ‘Just Loving You’ by Anita Harris. Anita would have the opposite problem to Every Mother’s Son in that she had 4 UK hits but never made the US charts. ‘Just Loving You’ was one of those that made the UK charts where it went to number 6. It was the 6th song written by Tom Springfield to chart in SA and the first by him that was not a recording by The Seekers. Harris starred in a couple of ‘Carry On’ films (‘Follow That Camel’ and ‘Carry On Doctor’.
The Monkees were back on the charts with their 4th hit to date, ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’. The song had finished its US chart run 2 weeks earlier where it had peaked at 3. In the UK it made it to number 11. It gave song writers Carole King and Gerry Goffin their second SA chart hit, their first having been Manfred Mann’s ‘Oh No Not My Baby’.
The gap between the UK and the US when it came to number of hits was down to just 2 as the Yanks were on 114 while the Poms sat on 116.
Nancy Sinatra reached the 40 weeks in the chart milestone, becoming the second woman to get there after Petula Clark. The Beach Boys were meanwhile celebrating double this as they moved on to 80 weeks and now sat just 2 weeks behind leaders on the weeks count list, The Rolling Stones. Sandy Posey sneaked into the top 20 on the weeks count list as her 32 weeks put her level with The New Vaudeville Band.