|1||2||3||The Last Waltz||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|2||1||6||That’s My Desire||–||Hollies|
|3||8||5||Even the Bad Times are Good||–||Tremeloes|
|4||4||6||I’ll Never Fall in Love Again||–||Tom Jones|
|7||5||6||Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)||–||Frankie Laine|
|8||12||3||Just Loving You||–||Anita Harris|
|9||16||2||I Love You||–||Lucille Starr|
|10||13||3||Come on Down to My Boat||–||Every Mother’s Son|
|11||New||1||Timothy||–||Four Jacks & a Jill|
|12||11||4||Ode to Billy Joe||–||Bobbie Gentry|
|13||6||8||Jackson||–||Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra|
|14||19||3||Pleasant Valley Sunday||–||Monkees|
|16||14||3||Death of a Clown||–||Dave Davies|
|17||15||11||The Airplane Song||–||Royal Guardsmen|
|18||New||1||The House That Jack Built||–||Alan Price|
|19||New||1||Lightning’s Girl||–||Nancy Sinatra|
|20||10||5||The World We Knew||–||Frank Sinatra|
‘That’s My Desire’ by The Hollies had spent 3 weeks at the top of the charts, but this week that run came to an end as Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘The Last Waltz’ knocked it off its perch. This was Engelbert’s second number 1, with his previous being ‘Release Me’. Only The Rolling Stones and Tome Jones had managed 3 chart toppers so far while Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys along with Engelbert were all on 2. ‘That’s My Desire’ dropped to number 2.
Lucille Starr clocked up her first biggest climber award as ‘I Love You’ moved up 7 places from 16 to 9 this week. This was the 16th time we had seen a woman take the biggest climber award with 3 of the previous times being where the woman was one half of a duet. It was also the 3rd time we had seen a woman take the biggest climber 2 weeks running as Anita Harris had managed it last week. The previous 2 occasions had been where the same song managed it two weeks running.
The Anita Harris hit. ‘Just Loving You’ which had been the biggest climber last week was a star rater this week climbing 4 to 8. Other star raters were The Monkees’ ‘Pleasat Valley Sunday’ which moved up 5 to 14, Petula Clark’s ‘Eternally’ up 5 to 15 and The Tremeloes’ ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ up 5 to 3. Petula was the 8th act to reach a total of 8 star raters and she was only 1 behind Nancy Sinatra who led the way for woman on 9. Nancy was also just 1 behind overall leaders, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones who had 10 apiece.
Frank Sinatra became the 5th act to suffer a fall of 10 places as ‘The World We Knew’ plummeted from 10 to 20. So far no song had had a bigger fall in a single week. This was Frank’s 3rd time with the biggest faller.
We had 3 songs leave the chart this week, the first of which was The Beach Boys’ ‘Heroes And Villains’ which had lasted 8 weeks on the charts and peaked at 11. This was by far the worst performance of their 6 hits to date with the previous 5 all going top 2 and all staying for an excess of 10 weeks. There were still a couple of hits to come from the band though.
The Grass Roots’ ‘Let’s Live For Today’ became a hit of yesterday as it ended its chart run. It had been with us for 12 weeks, 2 of which had been spent at the number 1 spot. The band would return to our top 20 at a later date.
The Turtles’ ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’ became the 3rd song to leave the top 20 from position number 9, the highest last week position to date. The previous 2 to manage this were The Tremloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ and Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’. Interestingly all 3 of the songs to leave from number 9 so far had made it to number 1.
The departure of The Grass Roots’ hit heralded in a new oldest song on the charts and it was The Royal Guardsmen’s ‘The Airplane Song’ which sat on 11 weeks.
The first of our new entries had the highest debut position for a local song to date. Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ crashed into the charts at number 11 this week beating the previous best debut position for a local song by 2 positions. The previous best was Groep Twee’s ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ which entered the charts at 13. This was a 4th hit for Four Jacks And A Jill (one for each Jack you could say) and they sat 1 behind co-leaders on the local front, Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell, who were on 5 each.
And staying on the subject of Jack, the next new entry was ‘The House That Jack Built’ by Alan Price. The song, which was credited to The Alan Price Set and written by Price, would go to number 4 in the UK, 3 in Zimbabwe, 38 in Germany, 45 in Australia and 18 in Holland. Price had been a member of The Animals, but was now forging a successful solo career.
Nancy Sinatra became the 24th act to have 2 in the charts at the same time and the second to do so with a solo hit and as part of a duet. Her new one, ‘Lightning’s Girl’ joined her duet with Lee Hazlewood, ‘Jackson’ this week. The previous act to have a solo and duet hit in the chart at the same time was when Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ charted in his own right and as a duet with Virginia Lee. This was also the 5th week where we had seen Frank and Nancy in the chart together but with separate hits (i.e. excluding when they had had their duet ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ chart previously) and it was the first time they sat in adjacent positions. The song was written by Lee Hazlewood, his 4th to chart where Nancy was artist (or dueting with him) and his 5th hit overall as a song writer, the only other one being ‘Houston’ which was a hit for Dean Martin. ‘Lightning’s Girl’ would go to number 23 in the US but would not chart in the UK. It was Nancy’s 6th hit in SA to date and this placed her just 1 behind the leading 4 acts who all sat on 7. Those 4 included Petula Clark, making Nancy the second placed female for number of hits.
The Tremeloes and Four Jacks And A Jill both celebrated their 20th week on the charts, placing them tied 37th overall. Four Jacks And A Jill were 6th on the local weeks count list, but their new entry this week did not help them move up the local weeks count list as they still sat 9 behind The Staccatos who were in 5th place. Nancy Sinatra moved into tied 10th place on the overall list with 43 to her name, sharing the spot with Tommy Roe.