|1||1||6||Timothy||–||Four Jacks & a Jill|
|3||2||8||The Last Waltz||–||Engelbert Humperdinck|
|5||6||5||There is a Mountain||–||Donovan|
|6||3||7||I Love You||–||Lucille Starr|
|8||14||4||The Letter||–||Box Tops|
|9||10||4||Look Across the River||–||Ian and Ritchie|
|10||8||10||Even the Bad Times are Good||–||Tremeloes|
|12||18||2||Come Back When You Grow Up||–||Bobby Vee|
|13||11||11||That’s My Desire||–||Hollies|
|14||9||8||Just Loving You||–||Anita Harris|
|15||17||3||Light My Fire||–||Doors|
|16||13||6||Lightning’s Girl||–||Nancy Sinatra|
|17||15||3||When Will the Good Apples Fall||–||Seekers|
|18||20||2||I Heard a Heart Break Last Night||–||Jim Reeves|
|19||New||1||You’ve Not Changed||–||Sandie Shaw|
|20||New||1||Carol Corina||–||Square Set|
Four Jacks & A Jill held on to the top spot for a second week with their song ‘Timothy’ and were joined in the top 2 by ‘Timothy’. No that is not a typo, it was Carike Keuzenkamp’s version of the same song that moved up 2 places to allow the song to dominate the charts this week. This was the second time we had seen the same song at 1 and 2 and it would be the last. The previous occasion was when we had 5 weeks of The Ray Conniff Singers and Roger Williams’ versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ occupying the top 2 spots (Conniff’s version with vocals entitled ‘Somewhere My Love’ at 1 for 3 of the 5 and Williams’ instrumental version called ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ for the other 2).
The Bee Gees followed up last week’s biggest climb with ‘Massachusetts’ with another biggest climber award for ‘Massachusetts’ as the song moved up 8 from 12 to 4. This was the biggest climb to date that the band had managed and was their 4th biggest climber award, having picked up 2 with ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941. This would not be their last such award, but no other song of theirs (and they would have many more on the charts) would pick up more than 1 biggest climber.
‘Come Back When You Grow Up’ by Bobby Vee and ‘The Letter’ by The Box Tops were the other star raters this week both climbing 6 places to land at 12 and 8 respectively.
The phrase falling down like Dominos came to mind this week as The Domino’s ‘Tabatha Twitchit’ was the faller of the week, dropping 6 places from 5 to 11. This was the 29th time a local song had taken the biggest faller award.
Every Mother’s Son’s ‘Come On Down To My Boat’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the chart this week. It had lasted 7 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9. This would be the band’s only SA chart hit.
In contrast the artist on the other leaver this week, Tom Jones, was seeing the end of his 7th hit’s run on the charts and we were not yet halfway through all the songs by him that would make our top 20. His latest one to leave, ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ enjoyed 10 weeks with us and peaked at number 3. This ended his run of having ever second hit go to number 1 as his run of peaks now read 1-10-1-7-1-3-3.
With Bobby Vee’s star rater having the word ‘Up’ in the title, one of the leavers having the word ‘Down’ and the other leaver having the word ‘Fall’ we had a case of the ‘up’ song moving up and the ‘down’ song moving down (and out) and the ‘fall’ song falling out the charts.
Sandie Shaw returned to the charts with her 3rd hit to date, ‘You’ve Not Changed’. Her SA chart hit count now equalled the total she has managed so far in the US, but had a long way to go to equal the 22 she has clocked up in the UK. ‘You’ve Not Changed’ was one of the 22 and peaked at 18. It was not one of the 3 that charted in the US. It had been over a year since we last saw Chris Andrews, who composed the song, on our charts in song writer capacity (his previous being his own hit ‘To Whom It Concerns’ which left the charts in May 1966). This was Andrews’ 4th hit as a song writer and 2nd which was a Sandie Shaw recording as he also penned her hit ‘Long Live Love’.
The Square Set clocked up their 2nd SA hit as ‘Carol Corina’ followed up the success a few months earlier of ‘Silence Is Golden’. As with their previous hit, ‘Carol Corina’ was also written by band member Neville Whitmill. The song was released on the Continental record label and it seems you could have a choice of a red, blue or black label. Unlike their previous hit though, this new one is hard to find as it does not seem to appear on any golden oldies compilation CDs.
With Sandie Shaw’s new one, the Brits pulled ahead of the Americans again in terms of hits count after the Yanks drew level with them last week. The locals were in 3rd place with 55. It had been 23 weeks since we had last seen at least 5 local hits in the charts.
Tom Jones was unable to move ahead of The Rolling Stones on the weeks count list as his hit from last week was no longer with us. The 2 acts sat tied at the top of the list with 82 weeks each to their names. Petula Clark and The Hollies were also unmoved on the list, sitting tied 6th, but they no longer shared the spot with Herman’s Hermits. Engelbert Humperdinck on 32 weeks joined the top 20 of the list, sharing the 20th spot with The New Vaudeville Band, Sandy Posey and The Turtles. The Square Set moved up the local list to tied 12th with The A-Cads and Group 66. They were all on 14 weeks.
The very observant may have noticed that this was now the longest period the charts had gone without a Rolling Stones record in them. We had been Stones-less for 29 weeks, going one better than the 28 weeks of the previous drought which ran from the end of August 1966 to the beginning of March 1967. The last time (which co-incidentally was the name of the Stones 2nd SA hit) we saw Mick & the boys in the top 20 was on 12 May 1967 when ‘Ruby Tuesday’ was enjoying its final week with us.