8 March 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
2 3 3 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)  – John Fred & His Playboy Band
3 2 10 Love is All Around  – Troggs
4 7 4 Bend Me, Shape Me  – American Breed
5 6 4 She Wears My Ring  – Solomon King
6 4 6 Send Me No Roses  – Lucille Starr
7 10 3 The Letter  – Trini Lopez
8 5 8 (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls  – Dionne Warwick
9 9 13 All My Love  – Cliff Richard
10 8 13 Daydream Believer  – Monkees
11 12 5 Am I That Easy to Forget?  – Engelbert Humperdinck
12 16 2 Master Jack  – Trini Lopez
13 20 2 Everlasting Love  – Love Affair
14 New 1 Mighty Quinn  – Manfred Mann
15 18 2 Now You Want to be Loved  – Francoise Hardy
16 New 1 Green Tambourine  – Sun Dragon
17 New 1 Green Tambourine  – Lemon Pipers
18 New 1 Love is Blue  – Paul Mauriat Orchestra
19 11 13 I’m Coming Home  – Tom Jones
20 New 1 Last Dance  – Carike Keuzenkamp

Having regained the top spot, ‘Master Jack’ held on to it to clock up its 4th week overall at number 1. Previous chart topper, The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ dropped to 3, letting John Fred & His Playboy Band’s ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ into second place.

Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’ took the biggest climber honours this week as it moved up 7 places from 20 to 13. Being from the UK, they increased the total of biggest climbers from there to 49, however it was the Yanks who led the way on this front with 58 of the 130 biggest climbers to date coming from them. Local acts accounted for 16, Aussies and Canadians had given us 3 each and we had seen 1 Spanish act manage it.

Trini Lopez’ ‘Master Jack’ was the only other song to manage a climb of 4 or more this week as it moved up 4 places from 16 to 12 to be a star rater.

Tom Jones picked up his 6th biggest faller award as ‘I’m Coming Home’ dropped 8 to 19 this week to take the title. This would be the biggest ever fall a song by Jones would see on our charts.

This week was the 6th time we had seen 5 new entries which meant that we had 5 songs leave the charts. The first of these was Quinsey’s ‘All The Time’. It had been in the top 20 for 8 weeks and peaked at number 14. This would be his only SA chart hit.

Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ finally left the top 20 after a 20 week run, 2 of which were spent at the number 1 spot. The song led the way for points with 312 to its name, 5 clear of second placed ‘Sweet Pea’ by Tommy Roe. It had also been the 3rd song to make it to 20 weeks on the charts and the first SA one to do so.

Jim Reeves’ version of ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ lasted just 3 weeks and peaked at 15 during that time. Engelbert Humperdinck’s version was still in the top 20.

The Box Tops’ ‘The Letter’ clocked up 18 weeks with us before finally leaving the chart. It managed to get to number 4 in that time. As with ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ the other version of the song (by Trini Lopez) was still in the charts.

Last of the leavers was The Bee Gees’ ‘Massachusetts’. It had been with us for 17 weeks, a record to date 7 of which had been at number 1. With the exception of Quinsey, all the other acts leaving the top 20 this week would see further chart action.

With ‘Timothy’ having been the oldest on the chart last week, there were 3 new ‘oldest’ and these were Cliff Richard’s ‘All My Love’, The Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’ and Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’ which were all on 13 weeks.

Our first new entry was the 5th cover of a Bob Dylan track to reach the Top 20 and with their version of ‘Mighty Quinn’ entering the charts this week, we had now seen 3 of the 7 Manfred Mann hits to chart to date be covers of Bob Dylan songs. This one was slightly different in that Dylan had not yet released his own version of it. Dylan recorded it in 1967 under the title ‘Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)’ as part of the Basement Tapes sessions with The Band, but his first official release of the song was on his 1970 album ‘Self Portrait’. In the meantime Manfred Mann took their version (simply called ‘The Mighty Quinn’) to the top of the UK charts where it spent 2 weeks at the top spot. It would be their last UK chart topper. In the US the song went to number 10. In 1978 a re-incarnation of Manfred Mann called Manfred Mann’s Earth Band released a live version of the song and (spoiler alert) this version would chart in SA.

The next 2 new entries accounted for the 4th time we had 2 different versions of the same song entering the charts in the same week. We had previously seen ‘Goodbye My Love’ by Nini Rosso and Virginia Lee & Murray Campbell (17 Sept 1965); ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ by The New Vaudeville Band and Herman’s Hermits (3 March 1967) and ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ by Petula Clark and The Mindbenders (23 June 1967) arrive in the top 20 on the same day. This week we saw Sun Dragon and The Lemon Pipers both arrive with a version of the song ‘Green Tambourine’.  There would be 3 more occasions where the same song would chart in 2 versions on the same date. ‘Green Tambourine’ was the 17th song so far to chart in more than 1 version.

Sun Dragon comprised of Rob Freeman and Ian McLintock and featured the talents of Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. Deep Purple were just starting out back in 1968. Freeman & McLintock had previously been in a band called Sands which was managed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, but had no success. Sun Dragon looked set to have a big hit with their cover of The Lemon Pipers’ ‘Green Tambourine’ however just as the song gained popularity their record label’s pressing plant went on strike with the result that Sun Dragon’s version managed to just scrape a number 50 peak on the UK charts.

The Lemon Pipers were far more successful with the song taking it to number 7 in the UK. In the US it topped the chart for 1 week knocking our number 2 song this week (‘Judy In Disguise’) off the top spot to become the first chart topper there for the Buddah record label (Rodriguez fans would know that ‘Cold Fact’ was originally released in the US on the Sussex Label which was distributed by Buddah).

‘Green Tambourine’ was knocked off the US number 1 spot by the next new entry on our charts this week, ‘Love Is Blue’ by The Paul Mauriat Orchestra. This was the 13th instrumental to grace our top 20 and the 5th by a French act. It would spend 5 weeks at the top of the US charts, apparently the only French act to have topped the charts there to date and the 9th instrumental to do so. ‘Love Is Blue’ started out life as ‘L’Amour Est Bleu’ and was Luxembourg’s entry in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest. That version, with lyrics, was sung by Greek born Vicky Leandros. It finished 4th in the competition that year (Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ winning it), but went on to be widely covered including by rock guitarist Jeff Beck.

Our final new entry was a second hit for Carike Keuzenkamp and was, unusually for her, sung in English. ‘Last Dance’ was written by Danish singer-songwriter Keld Heick with English lyrics by Elsabe Roets. I have not been able to find what the original Danish song was called. This was the 44th song to chart by a solo female artist and the 11th by a local woman. This meant that the local lasses accounted for exactly a quarter of songs by solo woman to date. The balance was broken down as follows: 14 from the UK, 13 from the US, 4 Canadian and 2 French.

The woman who accounted for all 4 of the Canadian songs mentioned above, Lucille Starr, celebrated her 40th week in the chart, the 3rd highest to date for a woman and 20th overall. Engelbert Humperdicnk drew level with Jim Reeves for weeks on the charts with 51 weeks to his name. They now shared position 11 on the weeks count list. Engelbert also celebrated equalling Tommy Roe’s record to date for having at least 1 song in the chart for 32 consecutive weeks.

Carike Keuzenkamp’s new one moved her tied 7th on the local weeks count list. She shared the spot with Jody Wayne and The Square Set who were all on 18 weeks.

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One thought on “8 March 1968

  1. Carike Keuzenkamp’s “Last Dance” was original “Sidste Dans” and was recorded by Keld & The Donkeys (His Master’s Voice, X 8494, 1967). It was written by Keld Heick himself. Greetings and keep up the good work… the best SA Music site!

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