|1||1||5||The Last Waltz||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|2||5||3||Timothy||–||Four Jacks & a Jill|
|4||2||7||Even the Bad Times are Good||–||Tremeloes|
|5||4||8||That’s My Desire||–||Hollies|
|6||8||4||I Love You||–||Lucille Starr|
|7||6||8||I’ll Never Fall in Love Again||–||Tom Jones|
|8||7||5||Just Loving You||–||Anita Harris|
|10||9||5||Come on Down to My Boat||–||Every Mother’s Son|
|11||13||3||Lightning’s Girl||–||Nancy Sinatra|
|13||17||2||There is a Mountain||–||Donovan|
|14||11||8||Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)||–||Frankie Laine|
|15||14||5||Pleasant Valley Sunday||–||Monkees|
|17||New||1||Look Across the River||–||Ian and Ritchie|
|18||15||3||The House That Jack Built||–||Alan Price|
|19||20||2||Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)||–||Mamas and The Papas|
|20||New||1||The Letter||–||Box Tops|
Engelbert Humperdinck waltzed off with the number 1 spot for a third week running with his song ‘The Last Waltz’. This run at the top was under threat from 2 local songs, Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ which moved up 3 to 2 and The Dominos’ ‘Tabatha Twitchit’ which was unmoved at 3.
And while Four Jacks & A Jill’s version of ‘Timothy’ was challenging for the top spot, Carike Keuzenkamp’s one was racing up the charts, taking the biggest climber award with a 6 place jump from 18 to 12. Carike was the 3rd local woman to have the biggest climber with Virginia Lee managing it once before and Glenys Lynne doing so with ‘Cookie’, her duet with Jody Wayne.
Last week we had the 1st time where we saw a female artist have the biggest climb for 3 weeks running. This record was now extended to 4 weeks.
The only other star rater this week was Donovan’s ‘There Is A Mountain’ which climbed 4 to 13. This was Donovan’s 5th star rater climb.
The Hollies’ ‘Carrie-Anne’ followed up last week’s biggest faller feat with a second biggest faller for the song and a 4th for the group as it fell a further 4 places from 12 to 16. It moved into double figures for its week count and was still the oldest on the charts.
Dave Davies’ ‘Death Of A Clown’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the chart this week. It had enjoyed a run of 4 weeks and climbed to a peak position of 14 during that time. This would be the Kinks’ member’s only solo SA chart hit.
We also bid farewell to Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode to Billy Joe’ which had managed just 1 week more than Dave Davies, having been with us for 5 weeks. It peaked at 11 during that run. Unlike Davies though, Gentry would be back.
Both the new entries this week featured acts who were having their first SA hit. The first was ‘Look Across The River’ by Ian And Ritchie who were a local duo made up of Ian Lawrence and Ritchie Morris. Ian was born in East London (the one in South Africa) and Ritchie was born in Wales (the one in the UK). They performed together till 1970 when they went their separate ways. Ian would star in the TV series ‘The Villagers’ and ‘The Diggers’. He would also star in a number of stage shows. Ritchie would record a couple more singles without Ian. As a duo they would supply music for the Springbok Radio show ‘Deadline Thursday Night’.
The second new entry was by US band The Box Tops. ‘The Letter’ was their first Hot 100 hit. In South Africa it knocked Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode To Billie Joe’ out of the top 20, while in the US it knocked Gentry’s hit off the top spot and would go on to spend 4 weeks at number 1 there. It would also top the Canadian charts, go to 4 in Australia, 5 In the UK and 6 in Rhodesia. The Arbors would take a version of the song to number 20 in the US and Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders would reach 42 in the UK with it, but probably the most successful version after The Box Tops was Joe Cockers’ which went to 7 in the US and 39 in the UK.
Tom Jones had The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys in his sights as he moved his week count on to 80 this week. The Beach Boys were 1 ahead on 81 and The Rolling Stones, who led the way, were on 82. As the saying goes, it was tight at the top. Further down the list, The Monkees celebrated their 30th week in the charts. They sat 24th on the weeks count list. Petula Clark and The Hollies moved tied 7th with The Troggs. They were all on 53 weeks. The Mamas And The Papas climbed into 13th place alongside Jim Reeves as they ticked over to 41 weeks and Donovan pulled 1 clear of Cliff Richard to occupy position 16 by himself with his 35 weeks.