12 January 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Massachusetts  – Bee Gees
2 2 13 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
3 8 12 Timothy  – Carike Keuzenkamp
4 3 9 Come Back When You Grow Up  – Bobby Vee
5 7 5 All My Love  – Cliff Richard
6 9 5 Daydream Believer  – Monkees
7 4 8 You’ve Not Changed  – Sandie Shaw
8 5 11 The Letter  – Box Tops
9 6 5 I’m Coming Home  – Tom Jones
10 11 6 Baby Now That I’ve Found You  – Foundations
11 14 2 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
12 10 15 The Last Waltz  – Engelbert Humperdinck
13 12 4 Never My Love  – Association
14 15 2 Everybody Knows  – Dave Clark Five
15 13 4 Zabadak  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 18 2 Love is All Around  – Troggs
17 16 6 Soul Finger  – Bar-Kays
18 17 14 I Love You  – Lucille Starr
19 New 1 All the Time  – Quinsey
20 19 12 There is a Mountain  – Donovan

Things were hotting up on the number 1 front as ‘Massachusetts’ by The Bee Gees entered its 6th week at the top. It was now just 1 week away from equalling the record to date 7 that The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ had managed.

The Bees Gees supremacy was, however coming under threat by a pair of ‘Timothy’s with Four Jacks & A Jill’s version sitting at 2 for a second week and Carike Keuzenkamp’s becoming the oldest song to date to take the biggest climber award. It was on 9 weeks in the charts and as it moved 5 places, it was the biggest climber this week. Both versions of the song had already topped the charts, but there was obviously a renewed interest in it as they had both fallen down the charts and then regained the lost ground.

Apart from Carike’s 5 place climb with ‘Timothy’, there were no other songs that managed a 4 or more place movement up the charts to gain star rater status.

3 places was the biggest fall this week with Sandie Shaw’s ‘You’ve Changed’, The Box Tops’ ‘The Letter’ and Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’ all managing this. For Jones it was his 5th time with the biggest faller and along with Petula Clark and Herman’s Hermits, they sat 2nd for number of biggest fallers, 1 behind The Rolling Stones who were on 6.

The oldest song on last week’s chart became a song that was not on this week’s chart as The Tremeloes’ ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ fell off the top 20. It lasted 16 weeks in the charts, 1 week longer in the top 20 than its predecessor, ‘Silence Is Golden’, but unlike the band’s previous hit which spent 7 weeks at 1, ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ failed to make it to the top, stalling at number 2. There was more to come from the band. Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘The Last Waltz’ took over as the oldest in the top 20. It was on 15 weeks.

The only new entry this week was Quinsey’s ‘All The Time’. Quinsey was a Rhodesian born chap named Alan Quinn Elderkin. He came to the attention of Grahame Beggs (a well-known SA Producer and the driving force behind the band Charisma who had a big hit with ‘Mammy Blue’) who produced Quinsey’s version of ‘All The Time’. The song itself had been around since 1959. It was written by Mel Tillis and Wayne P. Walker and first recorded as b-side to country singer Kitty Wells’ single ‘Mommy For A Day’. When the single was flipped over, it made it to number 18 on the US Country Singles charts. In 1967 Jack Greene took a cover to the top of the US Country Charts and just missed out on the main Hot 100 charts, making it to number 103 there. This was the 60th song by a local artist to make our charts and the 22nd by a local male.

The Troggs moved into tied 8th place on the weeks count list. They had 55 weeks under their belts which equalled Herman’s Hermits’ total. Cliff Richard and Engelbert Humperdinck drew level with Gene Rockwell on 39 weeks. They shared 16th place on the list while The Monkees joined Virginia Lee in 19th spot with 36 weeks.

Four Jacks & A Jill were adding 2 weeks to their tally each week now with ‘Timothy’ and ‘Master Jack’ in the charts at the same time. They moved into tied 3rd spot on the local weeks count list being level on 33 with Murray Campbell. Carike Keuzenkamp’s version of ‘Timothy’ helped propel her into tied 16th spot with June Muscat as the 2 women were both on 12 weeks.

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