22 March 1968

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

‘Master Jack’ by Four Jacks & A Jill became the first of 4 songs that would regain the top spot twice as it started its third run at number 1, knocking John Fred & His Playboy Band’s ‘Judy in the Sky (With Glasses)’ from pole position and into second place. It was now only the second song to be in its 12th week on the chart and be at number 1. Only The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ matched this and no song with a higher week count had ever been at the top of the charts so far.

Our biggest climber this week took a huge 12 place jump from 17 to 5, this feat by The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ would be the biggest ever jump by an instrumental hit. It would eventually be equalled, but that would be in the top 30 era with an instrumental song moving up 12 from outside the top 20. With such a big biggest climber there was room for a whole lot of star raters and this week we saw 4 other songs climb 4 or more places. Status Quo’s ‘Pictures Of Matchtick Men’ was the second best climber this week as it moved up 8 from 15 to 7. The other 3 all made a 4 place leap with Manfred Mann’s ‘The Mighty Quinn’ landing at 3, The Lemon Pipers’ ‘Green Tambourine’ ending up at 10 and Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Last Dance’ making it to 15. For Manfred Mann it was their 9th star rater performance and they were the 8th act to reach this total. Carike was the only other one to have previously had a star rater as this was her 4th time.

Dionne Warwick became the 12th female artist to suffer the biggest faller in the week as ‘(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls’ dropped 7 places from 10 to 17. Of the previous 11 females to suffer this fate, 2 had only done so as solo artists and as part of a duet.

Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ shared the oldest on the chart title with The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ for a second week with both songs moving on to 12 weeks.

While Four Jacks & A Jill were celebrating being at number 1 again and having the oldest on the charts with ‘Master Jack’, Trini Lopez’ version of the song was not doing so well as it dropped off the top 20 this week. It had been with us for just 3 weeks and peaked at 12 during that time. This would be his worst performance in terms of weeks and would equal his worst peak to date. What he could smile about was that this was the highest peak for a song lasting just 3 weeks on the charts if one excludes those songs on the very first chart (Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ which was on the first top 20 spent 3 weeks on the charts and peaked at 3).

The new only entry was the 18th song to chart in more than 1 version as Al Martino’s cover of ‘Love Is Blue’ entered the charts at number 20. Martino had numerous hits on both sides of the Atlantic, but holds the distinction of having the first ever UK number 1 as his ‘Here In My Heart’ was in the top position when the UK charts started on 15 November 1952. ‘Love Is Blue’, however would not be 1 of the 11 of his songs to make the UK charts, but it would give him a number 57 hit in the US. Martino would pass away on 13 October 2009, 6 days after his 82nd birthday.

With ‘Master Jack’ at 1 and ‘Love Is Blue’ at 20, we saw the 2nd occasion to date when the top and bottom positions on the chart were occupied by a version of a song which had charted in at least 2 different versions.

Carike Keuzenkamp celebrated her 20th week in the charts (17 with ‘Timothy’ and now 3 with ‘Last Dance’), but this was not enough to move her up the local weeks count list. She was stuck at position 7 with The Staccatos at 6 being 9 weeks ahead of her. On the top 20 of the overall weeks count list, Lucille Starr was the only one moving up as the 2 weeks she added with both ‘Send Me No Flowers’ and ‘(Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness’  giving her a total of 44 weeks and moving her up 2 spots to be tied 16th with The Monkees. With Trini Lopez’ losing 1 of his songs from the top 20 this week it left us with just Lucille Starr with 2 in the charts.

Engelbert Humperdinck extended his record for sequential weeks on the charts with at least 1 in the top 20 as he had had a representative on the charts for 34 straight weeks now.

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