15 March 1968


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

‘Master Jack’s second run at the top of the charts was ended this week as John Fred & His Playboy Band’s ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ replaced it at the number 1 spot. The Four Jacks & A Jill hit had now spent a total of 4 weeks at number 1 in 2 runs of 2 weeks each. The US acts were gaining on the UK acts for number 1 hits now as we had seen 23 Yankees top the charts and 24 Poms. The balance was made up of 6 local songs and a single one by an Aussie act (The Seekers).

Manfred Mann joined The Seekers, The Beach Boys, Nancy Sinatra and The Troggs on 6 biggest climbers awards as ‘The Mighty Quinn’ jumped up 7 from 14 to 7 to take this week’s title. Only Tom Jones on 8 had had more biggest climbers. This also marked a milestone 80th time a UK act had taken the award.

Other star rater climbs this week were by Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’ which moved up 4 from 13 to 9 and Sun Dragon’s version of ‘Green Tambourine’ which also climbed 4, landing up at 14.

Apart from falling from 1 to 2, ‘Master Jack’ was also falling from 12 to 16 to be the biggest faller this week. The former was the Four Jacks & A Jill Version while the latter was Trini Lopez’ one. This gave Lopez his 2nd biggest faller award.

All 3 songs that fell off the chart this week were all new entries together on 15 December 1967. They had all been in the chart for 13 weeks. Only Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Zabadak’ which entered the charts that same week, did not make it to last week.

Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’ managed to get to number 5 during its 13 weeks, Jones’ 3rd lowest peak to date of the 8 he had seen chart. The Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’ became the first song to leave the charts from number 10, the second highest last week position to date. It had managed to spend a week at the top of the charts. Cliff Richard’s ‘All My Love’ joined Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’, The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ and The Turtles’ ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’ in leaving the charts from position number 9. ‘All My Love’ peaked at 3. This would be only the 3rd time we would see 3 songs leave the chart that entered the chart in the same week. The 1st time was the second week of the charts when all 3 leaving songs had only been there for 1 week, so that doesn’t really count. The other time was on the 6th week of charts when the 3 leaving had all been on the very first charts. This put the uniqueness of this week’s achievement into perspective. We would not see this happen again.

The departure of these 3 also meant that we had to look for a new oldest on the chart and that went to 2 songs – The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ and Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’. They were both on 11 weeks.

Status Quo kicked off their SA chart career this week with ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’. This was their debut single and it gave them a number 7 hit in the UK. At the time of writing this, they had gone on to have a further 66 UK chart singles placing them 7th overall for number of hits in the UK. The song would be only 1 of 2 that would chart for the band in the US, going to number 12 there (the other one for those interested was ‘Ice In The Sun’ which managed to get to number 70). As with the Brian & Michael song ‘Matchstalk Men & Match Stalk Cats & Dogs’, the song referred to the works of painter L.S. Lowry.

Lucille Starr clocked up her 5th hit to date with ‘(Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness’. This was the 3rd highest number of hits for a woman, but as Nancy Sinatra and Virginia Lee were tied on 6 each, it placed Lucille 4th. Petula Clark led the way with 8. As ‘Send Me No Roses’ was still on the charts, Lucille became the 27th act to have 2 or more in the chart in the same week. She was also the 4th woman to manage this, the previous 3 being the 3 that sat above her on the hits count list. ‘(Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness’ was written by Jimmy Newman and Roy Baham and it would be the only SA chart hit those 2 would have as song writers.

The final new entry was ‘World’, The Bee Gees’ 3rd hit to date. It would be their 4th hit in the UK where it would peak at number 9, their 2nd best peak of the 4 after the chart topping escapades of ‘Massachusetts’. ‘World’ would also be a big hit in Europe going to number 1 in Germany and Holland as well as going top 10 in Austria (#5), Belgium (#3), Denmark (#4), Italy (#10), Norway (#6), Spain (#10), Sweden (#3) and Switzerland (#2). It would top the charts in Singapore and make number 2 in New Zealand and (apparently) China as well although the Wikipedia source that reflects this also seems to indicate that it did not chart in SA.

Engelbert Humperdinck pulled a week clear of Jim Reeves as he moved on to 52 which meant that he sat at number 11 on his own on the weeks count list while Jim dropped to 12. Lucille Starr joined The Beatles and The Mamas And The Papas on 42 weeks and sat tied 18th with them. Carike Keuzenkamp moved on to a total of 19 weeks and sat 7th on her own on the local list with Jody Wayne and The Square Set whom she had shared the position with last week dropping to number 8

Engelbert Humperdinck had now had at least 1 in the chart for 33 consecutive weeks and now held the record on that front, pulling 1 clear of Tommy Roe who managed 32.

‘The Letter’ moved on to 22 weeks in the chart in total for its 2 versions (18 for The Box Tops version which had left the chart) and 4 from Tini Lopez’ version which was still on the charts). It now equalled the total weeks managed by the 2 versions of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ (by The New Vaudeville Band and Herman’s Hermits), the 5th highest by a song charting in more than 1 version.

The average of the total weeks spent in the charts to date for the artist on the top 20 this week was exactly 21. This the 15th time we had seen this average be a round number but the first time that number had been 21. We had seen higher round numbers for the average with weeks showing an average of 24, 28 and 31 and the highest average we had seen to date for this statistic was 33.

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