23 February 1968

The_Troggs_-_Love_Is_All_Around

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

The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ retained the top spot for a second week despite previous number 1, Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ still sitting at number 2 and the number 1 before that, The Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’ being at 3.

Last week, Engelbert Humperdinck took the biggest climber award with ‘Everybody Knows’. This week his version of ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ climbed 5 places from 15 to 10 to take the award. This was the first of only 2 occasions where an act took biggest climber 2 weeks running with 2 different songs.

American Breed’s ‘Bend Me Shape Me’ was the only other star rater this week as it climbed 4 places from 17 to 13. Engelbert’s climb was his 9th star rater and he joined 3 others on this total with only a further 5 acts having had more.

The biggest faller this week was the same song as last week’s biggest climber but not the same version of the song as it was The Dave Clark Five’s version and not Engelbert Humperdink’s version of ‘Everybody Knows’ that took the honour this week with a 7 place fall from 8 to 15.

Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ was still the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 19 weeks. It was now the longest stay to date that a local song had had in the charts, moving 1 ahead of previous record holder, Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’.

Petula Clark experienced what would ultimately be her worst performance on our charts as ‘The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener’ left us after just 2 weeks and a peak of 19. Her previous worst was a 5 weeks stay with a peak of 5 which ‘I Know A Place’ managed and that had been on the very first chart, so may well have had a better performance if the charts had started earlier. Petula would see one more of her hits last just 2 weeks, but that would have a slightly better peak.

While Four Jacks & Jill’s version of ‘Timothy’ was clocking up the weeks, Carike Keuzenkamp’s version would leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 17 weeks and spent 1 of those at the top spot. The 17 weeks the song spent on the chart was the best by a local solo female artist to date, smashing the previous record of 9 weeks which June Muscat’s ‘For You Babe’ and Virginia Lee’s ‘Darling It’s Wonderful’ had managed.

The first of our new entries arrived at the 3rd highest debut position to date as John Fred & His Playboys’ ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ crashed into the charts at number 7. Only Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘The Last Waltz’ (debuted at 6) and Cat Stevens’ ‘Mathew And Son’ (debuted at 5) had managed a higher place to start their chart careers. ‘The Last Waltz’ went on to top the charts while ‘Mathew And Son’ did not, so a high debut position did not guarantee a chart topping run. ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ played on the title of The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ and would top the US charts for 2 weeks, ironically knocking The Beatles ‘Hello Goodbye’ from number 1 there in the process. It would also top the German and Swiss charts and go to number 3 in the UK.

Our second new entry was a second hit for Trini Lopez and would be the 15th song to chart in more than 1 version as it was a cover of The Box Tops’ ‘The Letter’ which had entered the top 20 in the November of 1967 and was sitting at 11 this week. Unlike The Box Tops’ version, Trini’s would not make either the US or the UK charts. Trini would have a total of 13 Hot 100 hits in the US and 5 song chart in the UK. Had Carike’s version of ‘Timothy’ not left the charts this week, we would have had 4 songs charting in 2 different versions, however we had to be satisfied with still only having 3 (‘The Letter’, ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ and ‘Everybody Knows’).

One of those 3 songs charting in 2 different versions would give the artist his 50th week on the chart and that was Jim Reeves who hit the half century this week. He was however, unmoved at 10 in the weeks count list and still had a bit of ground to make on the number 9 on the list, Herman’s Hermits who were on 55. Just below Reeves, Engelbert Humperdinck and Four Jacks And A Jill were rapidly gaining on him as they both accumulated 2 weeks with their 2 in the top 20 to move tied 11th with 49 to their names. The Troggs moved clear of Manfred Mann and Petula Clark, occupying position 5 on their own now with 61 weeks to their name. Cliff Richard joined Donovan at 14 with 45 weeks and The Monkees drew level with The Beatles and The Mamas And The Papas on 42 weeks to sit tied 17th with them.

Four Jacks & A Jill also celebrated accumulating the highest number of points for a song to date as ‘Timothy’ moved on to 308 points, 3 ahead of Tommy Roe’s Sweet Pea’. Points are awarded as 20 for a week at number 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc.

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