5 April 1968

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

John Fred & His Playboy Band’s ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ lasted just 1 week at the top with its second run there. This meant it had spent a total of 2 weeks at number 1 split by a week when ‘Master Jack’ had regained the top spot. This week it was ousted from pole position by Manfred Mann’s ‘The Might Quinn’. This was the second Bob Dylan composition to top our charts, the previous being The Byrds version of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ which spent a week at 1 back in August 1965.

‘Words’ gave The Bee Gees their 5th biggest climber award as it moved up 8 places from 17 to 9. This equalled the Gibbs brother’s biggest climb in a week to date which ‘Massachusetts’ had managed. They still had a couple more bigger climbs to come though.

The Fireballs’ ‘Bottle Of Wine’ was the only other star rater this week. It moved up 5 places from 19 to 15.

It looked like Carike Keuzenkamp’s hit was having a ‘Last Dance’ with us as the song fell 6 places to 20 to be the biggest faller of the week. Prior to this week we had seen 31 songs take a biggest fall and land up at number 20. Of those only 3 had not fallen off the chart the following week so the odds were stacked against Carike clocking up another week with ‘Last Dance’.

The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ and Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ enjoyed a 4th week as the 2 oldest songs on the charts, both moving on to 14 weeks in the top 20. The Troggs had spent a total of 9 weeks to date with an oldest song in the charts while Four Jacks & A Jill became the first local act to manage 10 weeks with the oldest in the charts (6 with ‘Timothy’ and 4 so far with ‘Master Jack’). Only 4 local acts in total would manage to get to 10 weeks with an oldest in the charts.

Al Martino’s ‘Love Is Blue’ fell off the charts after just 2 weeks with us. It had peaked at 19 during that time, but Al would be back.

The Bee Gee’s time with 2 in the charts only lasted 1 week as ‘World’ ended a 3 week run on the charts after peaking at 18. This would be the only Bee Gees song not to go top 10 on our charts and while they had clocked up 4 hits to date, there was still plenty more to come from them.

‘Now You Want to be Loved’ by Francoise Hardy was the last of our leavers this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 13. This ended her SA chart career with 2 hits, 8 weeks and a best peak of 13 being her figures.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Titch topped the UK charts just once and this week that UK chart topper of theirs entered our top 20. ‘The Legend Of Xanadu’ spent just 1 week at the top of the UK charts. It would also go top 10 in Germany (#5), Austria (#6), The Netherlands (#5), Belgium (#6) and Norway (#3). Xanadu (also known as Shangdu) is a place in China where Kubla Khan built a summer palace. This was made popular in a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Frankie Goes To Hollywood (mis)quoted from the poem in their song ‘Welcome To The Pleasuredome’, singing ‘In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a pleasuredome erect). The proper words are ‘In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree’. There would be one more song to chart in SA that would mention Xanadu. (There have been 4 in total to chart in the UK so far, the Dave Dee etc one, Olivia Newton-John’s, a cover of Olivia’s one by Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri and one my the Mull Historical Society called ‘Watching Xanadu’).

Tom Jones returned to the charts with a new hit, ‘Delilah’ which was his 9th to grace our charts. This pulled him 1 clear of Petula Clark in terms of hit count to be out in the lead on his own. ‘Delilah’ would be his 3rd song in a row to stumble at number 2 on the UK charts. He would get to 15 with it in the US and it would top the charts in Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. Local band Koos would cover the song, performing it at the Houtstok Rokfees that took place in Pretoria in 1990.

While Al Martino’s version of ‘Love Is Blue’ was leaving the charts, local lad, Gene Petersen was entering with his version.  This was the 3rd song to chart in 3 different version (the previous being ‘Goodbye My Love’ and ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’) and the first of those where all 3 versions went under the same title (One version of ‘Goodbye My Love’ being ‘Il Silenzio’ and ‘Lara’s Theme’ also going under the title ‘Somewhere My love’). Petersen played the trumpet on his version which would have been an instrumental hit had it not been for a certain David Gresham speaking the lyrics over the music. The lyrics were the ones used in the original Eurovsion Song Contest entry which Vicky Leandros had recorded.

The Troggs shook off The Seekers to make 4th place on the weeks count list their own. They were on 67 weeks now. Four Jacks And A Jill moved into tied 8th position with The Hollies as they now had 56 weeks to their name. Lucille Starr drew level with Nancy Sinatra on 48 weeks. Together they were tied 2nd for weeks by women, 12 behind leader Petula Clark. Nancy and Lucille sat tied 13th on the overall list. Lucille also became the 9th act and first female act to have songs in adjacent positions on the charts as ‘Send Me No Roses’ and ‘(Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness’ were at 10 and 11 respectively.

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