1 March 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 9 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
2 1 9 Love is All Around  – Troggs
3 7 2 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)  – John Fred & His Playboy Band
4 5 5 Send Me No Roses  – Lucille Starr
5 3 7 (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls  – Dionne Warwick
6 16 3 She Wears My Ring  – Solomon King
7 13 3 Bend Me, Shape Me  – American Breed
8 4 12 Daydream Believer  – Monkees
9 6 12 All My Love  – Cliff Richard
10 20 2 The Letter  – Trini Lopez
11 9 12 I’m Coming Home  – Tom Jones
12 10 4 Am I That Easy to Forget?  – Engelbert Humperdinck
13 8 17 Massachusetts  – Bee Gees
14 11 18 The Letter  – Box Tops
15 19 3 Am I That Easy to Forget?  – Jim Reeves
16 New 1 Master Jack  – Trini Lopez
17 17 20 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
18 New 1 Now You Want to be Loved  – Francoise Hardy
19 14 8 All the Time  – Quinsey
20 New 1 Everlasting Love  – Love Affair

After just 2 weeks at the top of the charts, The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ dropped off the top spot and a previous number 1 took its place. Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack became the 3rd song to regain the number 1 spot after having dropped from it. The previous 2 to manage this (Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ and Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’) were both only off the top spot for 1 week before reclaiming the title. ‘Master Jack’ was the first to return to number 1 after a 2 week absence.

Solomon King’s ‘She Wears My Ring’ and Trini Lopez’ ‘The Letter’ were the climbers of the week, both moving up 10 places. They were the 14th and 15th song to climb 10 or more places in 1 week. The biggest climb in a week to date was still The Monkees’ 16 place jump with ‘I’m A Believer’ back in February 1967. Both the acts making the 10 place climb this week were from the US and acts from that country dominated the 10 or more place climbs as 9 of the 15 to date were from there. 4 Brits and 1 each from Australia and South Africa made up the balance.

American Breed’s ‘Bend Me Shape Me’ climbed 6 to 7 to get its 2nd star rater climb while Jim Reeves’ ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ and John Fred & His Playboy Band’s ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ both climbed 4 to be this week’s other star raters.

The Bee Gees’ ‘Massachusetts’ picked up a 3rd biggest faller award for the band as it was joined by Quinsey’s ‘All The Time’ in dropping 5 places to 13 and 19 respectively.

Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ joined Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ in reaching the 20 weeks in the chart mark. Roe’s hit had gone on to last 24 weeks in the charts overall, but from a points point of view, ‘Timothy’ had already overtaken it with 312 to its name while ‘Sweet Pea’ only managed 307.

The Association’s ‘Never My Love’ left the charts after 10 weeks with us. It peaked at 12 and its departure heralded the end of the band’s SA Chart career. They had managed 2 hits (the other being ‘Windy’), spent 14 weeks on the top 20 and ‘Never My Love’s peak of 12 was their best achievement on that front.

We also bid farewell to both versions of ‘Everybody Knows’ with The Dave Clark Five’s version outperforming Engelbert’s. The former reached number 7 in an 8 week run while the latter managed to get to 11 during a 6 week run. The 2 versions of the song had clocked up a total of 14 weeks on the chart which placed it 10th overall for songs charting in more than 1 version. Both acts would see further chart action.

Despite losing the 2 ‘Everybody Knows’, we still had 3 pairs of the same song in the charts as Trini Lopez’ cover of ‘Master Jack’ was a new entry to joined Four Jacks & A Jill’s original version in the top 20. Four Jacks & A Jill and Lopez became the 3rd and 4th artists to feature on 2 different songs that charted in more than 1 version as Lopez was also in the charts with ‘The Letter’ which was a cover of The Box Tops’ song which sat at 14 this week and Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ had also charted by Carike Keuzenkamp. Engelbert Humperdinck and Petula Clark were the other 2 artists to manage 2 hits with songs charting in more than 1 version. Like ‘The Letter’, however, ‘Master Jack’ would not see Lopez chart in any of the other major markets. Lopez was the 26th act to have 2 in the charts in the same week.

Francoise Hardy enjoyed her second sojourn into our charts with ‘Now You Want To Be Loved’ following up the 1967 success of ‘Only You Can Do It’. The original French title of the song was ‘Des Ronds dans L’eau’) and it featured the song writing talents of Pierre Barouh who had charted back in 1967 with ‘A Man And A Woman’. Barouh shared song writing credits with Raymond Le Senechal and Sonny Miller. This was the 4th song by a French act to grace our top 20.

Our final new entry was Love Affair’s version of ‘Everlasting Love’. The song made its first appearance in 1967 when it started out as the planned b-side for Robert Knight’s single ‘The Weeping’. Like a good number of classic hits, the powers that be quickly realised the potential of this supposed b-side and the flipped single reached number 13 in the US for Knight. Carl Carlton’s version of the song would get it to its highest US peak to date, reaching number 6 there in 1974. London based Love Affair failed to get their song to chart in the US but it would top the UK charts for 2 weeks. They picked up on the song after it was offered to The Marmalade and they rejected it. Love Affairs’ version would also top the charts in Malaysia.

Last week Jim Reeves celebrated his 50th week on the charts and this week we saw both Four Jacks & A Jill and Englebert Humperdinck reach that milestone. Four Jacks & A Jill still had 2 on the charts so jumped to 51 and equalled Jim Reeves on that total. They sat tied 10th on the week’s count list with Engelbert on 50 sitting 12th. Cliff Richard shook off Donovan to be 14th on his own with 46 weeks to his name and The Monkees moved tied 16th with Tommy Roe on 43 weeks. Lucille Starr ticked over to 39 weeks and crept into the top 20 for weeks count, sharing position 20 with Gene Rockwell.

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3 thoughts on “1 March 1968

  1. Wow, what a hectic chart! 3 New Entries, 3 Star Raters, 2 songs both moving up 10 places and a former No.1 going back to the top!
    2 songs both moving up 10 places in the same week must be quite rare? Any idea how many other times it occurred?

    • This was the second time we had seen 2 songs move up 10 or more places. The previous time was on 2 September 1966 when The Fantastic Baggy’s ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Surfin’ climbed 13 and Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs’ ‘Lil’ Red Riding Hood’ climbed 10. We would see 2 songs climb 10 or more on 16 occasions. There would be 2 times when 3 songs would make a climb of 10 or more and once during the top 30 era, 4 songs would make such a climb.

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