16 February 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Love is All Around  – Troggs
2 1 7 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
3 3 10 Daydream Believer  – Monkees
4 6 5 (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls  – Dionne Warwick
5 4 15 Massachusetts  – Bee Gees
6 5 10 All My Love  – Cliff Richard
7 13 3 Send Me No Roses  – Lucille Starr
8 7 7 Everybody Knows  – Dave Clark Five
9 8 10 I’m Coming Home  – Tom Jones
10 10 16 The Letter  – Box Tops
11 17 5 Everybody Knows  – Engelbert Humperdinck
12 9 18 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
13 15 9 Never My Love  – Association
14 18 6 All the Time  – Quinsey
15 19 2 Am I That Easy to Forget?  – Engelbert Humperdinck
16 11 17 Timothy  – Carike Keuzenkamp
17 New 1 Bend Me, Shape Me  – American Breed
18 New 1 She Wears My Ring  – Solomon King
19 20 2 The Other Man’s Grass is Always Greener  – Petula Clark
20 New 1 Am I That Easy to Forget?  – Jim Reeves

The Troggs set a new record for gaps between chart toppers as ‘Love Is All Around’ took over the number 1 spot 70 weeks after ‘With A Girl Like You’ had spent the last of its 4 weeks at the top of the charts. ‘Love Is All Around’ dislodged Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ from the number 1 spot after the latter had been there for 2 weeks.

Lucille Starr’s ‘Send Me No Roses’ was the biggest climber for a second week running as it moved up 6 from 13 to 7. Two weeks previously we had seen Dionne Warwick take the biggest climber award with ‘(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls’ making this only the second occasion where a solo female artist had taken the biggest climber 3 weeks in a row. The last time this happened, they went on to take it for a 4th week. Joining Lucille Starr in climbing 6 places was Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Everybody Knows’ which moved up from 17 to 11. It became the 5th song to be a biggest climber after having been a biggest faller as the song took that title the previous week.

Aside from the 2 biggest climbers we saw 2 other star raters with Quinsey’s ‘All The Time’ being the 57th local star rater as it climbed 4 to 14. The other star rater was Engelbert Humperdinck’s other song in the top 20, ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ which moved up 4 to 15. With this feat, Engelbert became the first of 5 acts that would have 2 star raters in the same week (2 of the other 4 would do so in the top 30 era).

The faller of the week was Carike Keuzenkamp’s version of ‘Timothy’ which fell 5 from 11 to 16. This was only the 4th time a local woman had taken the biggest faller award and 2 of the previous occasions was where the woman was part of a duet.

While Carike’s ‘Timothy’ was falling, Four Jacks & A Jill’s version was continuing on as the oldest on the chart. It was on 18 weeks and was only the second local song to amass such a long stretch in the charts. It now equalled the record to date which Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ had set.

We said goodbye to 3 songs this week, the first of which was Long John Baldry’s ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’ which had been with us for just 3 weeks and peaked at 16 during that time. This would be his only SA chart action.

Four Jacks & A Jill’s 3 week run with 3 in the charts ended this week as ‘I Looked Back’ ended its time in the top 20. Only 7 acts would manage to have 3 in the charts at the same time of which only 3 would do so in the top 20 era. ‘I Looked Back’ also only managed 3 weeks, but did peaked at 14, 2 places higher than Long John Baldry’s song. Four Jacks & A Jill still had 2 in the top 20 as did Engelbert Humperdinck.

Last to go was Bobby Vee’s ‘Come Back When You Grow Up’. This had a longer chart run than its fellow leavers as it was with us for 13 week and it just missed out on topping the charts, peaking at number 2. It was kept off the top spot by The Bee Gee’s ‘Massachusetts’. This would be Vee’s only SA chart entry.

American Breed brought us our first new entry in the shape of ‘Bend Me Shape Me’. The song made it to number 5 in the US and 24 in the UK as well as going to 8 in Holland, 9 in Germany, 11 in Austria and 12 in Belgium. It was first recorded in 1960 by The Outsiders and Amen Corners’ version of the song would enter the UK charts 3 weeks before American Breed’s and would peak at 3. Their version would not, however, make our charts.

Our second new entry started life way back in 1862 when a Mexican physician called Narciso Serradell Sevilla penned a song called ‘La Golondrina’ which translates as ‘The Swallow’. Eventually some English lyrics were penned by Felice & Boudleaux Bryant around 1960 and it was recorded as ‘She Wears My Ring’ by a number of notable artists including Elvis Presley and Roy Orbision. However it was Solomon King who managed to have any chart success with the English version of the song, talking it to number 3 in the UK. Dutch singer Heintje topped the German charts with ‘Du Sollst Nicht Weinen’ (‘Thou Shalt Not Cry’) which was a German version of the song. Solomon King was born Allen Levy on 13 August 1930 and died on 21 January 2005 at the age of 74.

Jim Reeves joined 4 other acts who sat 2nd, 1 behind Tom Jones and Petula Clark, for number of hits on the chart as his 7th to date, ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’, entered at 20 this week. The song was already on the charts in the form of Engelbert Humperdinck’s version which sat at 15 this week. This was the 14th song to chart in 2 different versions.  Engelbert was already sitting in the charts with a song which charted in 2 different versions (‘Everybody Knows’) and he became the second act (after Petula Clark) to chart with 2 songs that had charted in more than 1 version. Reeves’ version of ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ would make it to number 12 on the US Country Singles Charts.

Two acts celebrated their 60th week on the charts and those were The Troggs and Petula Clark. They both moved tied 5th with Manfred Mann on the weeks count list. Jim Reeves pulled clear of Nancy Sinatra to be 10th overall on his own. He was on 49 weeks. As mentioned above, Engelbert Humperdink and Four Jacks & A Jill both had 2 in the charts and so they added 2 to their weeks total and now both had 47 to their names. This, however did not help them move up the weeks count list, but they no longer shared 12th place with Donovan who dropped to 14th. Carike Keuzenkamp moved tied 9th with The Bats and The Dream Merchants on local list with 17 to her name.

This week set a new record for the average number of weeks the acts on the charts had spent in the top 20 overall as the cumulative weeks count for the artist on the this week’s chart averaged out at 33.4, beating the previous high of 32.75which was set the previous week.

On the points front (20 for a week at 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc), Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ became the 3rd to reach the 300 points milestone as it ticked over to 304. It moved ahead of Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ which managed 302 and was just 3 behind leader, Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ which had 307.

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