29 March 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)  – John Fred & His Playboy Band
2 3 4 Mighty Quinn  – Manfred Mann
3 5 4 Love is Blue  – Paul Mauriat Orchestra
4 1 13 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
5 7 3 Pictures of Matchstick Men  – Status Quo
6 4 7 She Wears My Ring  – Solomon King
7 6 13 Love is All Around  – Troggs
8 10 4 Green Tambourine  – Lemon Pipers
9 9 7 Bend Me, Shape Me  – American Breed
10 8 9 Send Me No Roses  – Lucille Starr
11 12 4 Green Tambourine  – Sun Dragon
12 16 3 (Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness  – Lucille Starr
13 11 5 Everlasting Love  – Love Affair
14 15 4 Last Dance  – Carike Keuzenkamp
15 13 5 Now You Want to be Loved  – Francoise Hardy
16 New 1 For a Few Dollars More  – Hugo Montenegro
17 New 1 Words  – Bee Gees
18 19 3 World  – Bee Gees
19 20 2 Love is Blue  – Al Martino
20 New 1 Bottle of Wine  – Fireballs

Despite Playboy the magazine being banned in SA, John Fred & His Playboy Band were more than acceptable as we propelled their song ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ back to the top of our charts after the song had dropped from there to number 2 last week. This was the 4th song now to regain the number 1 position after having lost it. This time ‘Master Jack’, which had been the first song to regain the top spot twice, fell to number 4, a fairly good indicator that its 5 weeks in total at number 1 would not be added to.

Lucille Starr picked up her 4th biggest climber award as ‘(Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness’ moved up 4 places this week to take that honour. Starr now had the second highest total for biggest climbers for a female artist, 1 less than the 5 that Nancy Sinatra had managed. However, all of Starr’s 4 were as a solo artist while 2 of Sinatra’s were as part of a duet. There were no other star raters this week.

Last week’s oldest songs, ‘Master Jack’ by Four Jacks & A Jill and The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ were still on the top 20 this week and had both been with us for 13 weeks.

Engelbert Humperdinck’s version of ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’ left the top 20 after 7 weeks and a peak of 10. Along with the Jim Reeves version, the song had spent a total of 10 weeks on the charts with Engelbert’s managing the higher peak of 10 compared to Reeves’ peak of 15. It sat tied 13th for total weeks for a song appearing in more than 1 version. This brought to an end Engelbert’s record to date run of having a song in the charts for 34 consecutive weeks.

Also going was Dionne Warwick’s ‘(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls’ which lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 3. There was more to come from her.

The last of the leavers was, like ‘Am I That Easy To Forget?’, one that had managed to chart in 2 different versions. ‘The Letter’ by The Box Tops had left us 4 weeks previous and this week we said goodbye to Trini Lopez’ version which had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 7. The song clocked up a total of 23 weeks with The Box Tops version accounting for 18 of those and also its highest position of 4. In terms of total weeks on the charts it ranked tied 4th with ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (by Des Lindberg and We Three) for songs charting in more than 1 version. This brought Trini Lopez’ SA Chart career to an end. He had seen 3 hits chart, spent a total of 13 weeks in the top 20 and his peak of 7 with ‘The Letter’ was the best he had managed. Interestingly all 3 of his hits would ultimately be songs that would chart in at least 2 versions with ‘Master Jack’ and ‘The Letter’ already having done so. We would have to wait till 1980 to see another version of Trini’s 3rd hit, ‘Gonna Get Along Without You Now’ make the top 20.

The first new entry was a tune that would be familiar to any fan of Clint Eastwood’s movies as it was the theme tune to ‘For A Few Dollars More’. It was performed by Hugo Montenegro and was the 14th instrumental track to grace our charts. Unlike other theme tunes Montenegro recorded, this one would not make a dent on the charts in either the UK or the US.

The Bee Gees became the 28th act to have at least 2 in the chart in the same week as ‘Words’ joined ‘World’ in the top 20. The song would give them a number 1 hit in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands as well as going to number 8 in the UK and 15 in the US. It featured all 3 of The Bee Gees (Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb in case you didn’t know) in the song writing credits and this meant that Barry was on 6 hits as a song writer, sharing 5th place for number of hits by a songwriter with 4 other acts. As ‘World’ and ‘Words’ were sitting next to each other on the charts, we saw the 8th occasion where an act had songs sitting in adjacent positions.

Our last new entry was The Fireballs’ ‘Bottle Of Wine’ which had been a number 9 hit for them in the States. It was written folk singer Tom Paxton. It would be 1 of only 2 songs to feature the word ‘wine’ in the title to make our charts and also 1 of 2 to feature the word ‘bottle’. (The word ‘of’ would appear in the title of 145 songs that charted).

The Troggs moved tied 4th with The Seekers on the weeks count list as both acts now had 66 to their names. Four Jacks & A Jill went tied 9th with Herman’s Hermits on 55 weeks and Lucille Starr who had 2 in the charts, leapfrogged Donovan to land 15th overall with 46 to her name.

A final note for this week is that it was a day after this chart was broadcast that Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ entered the US Hot 100 charts, debuting at number 94 there.

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