12 April 1968

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

Manfred Mann’s ‘The Mighty Quinn’ lasted just 1 week at the top of the charts, 1 less than their previous chart topper ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’. The new nation’s favourite was The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ which moved up from number 2 and swapped places with the Manfred’s hit and was our 3rd instrumental number 1, following in the footsteps of Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ and Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’.

Tom Jones extended his lead for number of biggest climbers as ‘Delilah’ clocked up his 9th time with such an award as it climbed from 18 to number 7, a massive 11 place jump. Manfred Mann, The Beach Boys, The Troggs and The Seekers had all accumulated the second highest number of biggest climbers and that was 6 apiece. This showed how far ahead of the field Jones was on this front. ‘Delilah’ was also 1 of just 8 songs so far to make an 11 or more place climb in a week and Jones was the only act to manage this with 2 different hits to date as ‘I’m Coming Home’ had had a climb of 11 back in the December of 1967.

Hugo Montenegro’s ‘For A Few Dollars More’ was the only other star rater this week, moving up 4 places from 14 to 10. This continued the good run intrumentals were having on our charts with only 3 of the 14 to chart to date never having made a star rater climb.

The Lemon Pipers’ version of ‘Green Tambourine’ managed to do something that Sun Dragon’s one hadn’t so far and that was to pick up the biggest faller in the week award as it dropped 5 from 6 to 11. This was only the 3rd song with the word ‘Green’ in the title to be a biggest faller, the previous 2 being Staff Sgt Barry Sadler’s ‘The Ballad Of The Green Berets’ and Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’. There would be 4 more hits with the word ‘Green’ in the title to be a biggest faller.

‘Master Jack’ by Four Jacks And A Jill and ‘Love Is All Around’ by The Troggs continued as the oldest on the charts, moving into their 5th week as such as they both clocked up their 15th week in total on the chart.

We bid farewell to 3 songs. The first being Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Last Dance’ which had enjoyed a 5 week run in the top 20 and peaked at 14. Last week I mentioned only 3 songs which fell to number 20 and were the biggest faller in the week had managed to spend at least 1 more week on the charts. Carike’s hit which was a biggest faller to 20 last week obviously did not add to itself to the list of survivors.

Gene Petersen’s cover of ‘Love Is Blue’ only lasted 1 week on the charts which it spent at number 19. This was only the 3rd song by a local artist to spend just 1 week in the charts the previous 2 being Four Jacks & a Jill’s ‘The House with the White Washed Gables’ and Judy Page’s ‘What a Woman in Love Won’t Do’, with Four jacks & A Jill peaking at 20 and Judy Page at 19. The departure of this and Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Last Dance’ we were left with just ‘Master Jack’ representing the local artists. We had to go back to 13 October 1967 to last see a chart with just 1 local act on it.

Last to go was Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’ which lasted 6 weeks on the charts and peaked at 9. Of the acts leaving the charts this week, only Gene Petersen would not be seen in the top 20 again.

We may have lost Gene Petersen’s version of ‘Love Is Blue’ but Al Martino’s version was having a resurgence in popularity and it returned to the top 20 after a week’s absence from the chart. This was the 9th song to date to re-enter the charts after dropping off them.

Cliff Richard scored his 8th hit on our charts as ‘Congratulations’ entered at 19 this week. He joined Petula Clarke on that total and together they sat 1 behind Tom Jones who was on 9 hits. ‘Congratulations’ was the 140th song by a UK act to chart and was also the UK’s entry into the 1968 Eurovision Song Competition where it finished 2nd behind the Spanish entry, ‘La La La’ by Massiel (remember that one?). It would give Cliff his 44th UK hit and his 9th number 1 there. It also topped the charts in Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway. In Spain it knocked ‘La La La’ from the top spot on the charts there and then went on to spend 4 weeks at 1, one more than ‘La La La’ managed. (As a by the way, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Pata Pata’ was the number 1 hit in Spain 3 number 1s before ‘La La La’.)

Our final new entry was by a duo who had already a hit as song writers, but his time they were the artists as well as the song writers. Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart had brought us The Monkees hit, ‘Last Train To Clarkesville’ and now they charted in their own right with a song called ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight’. The duo would clock up 4 US Hot 100 hits, with this one being their most successful, peaking at 8 there. Their next best peak would only be 27 by the cheekily titled ‘Alice Long (You’re Still My Favourite Girlfriend)’. Boyce would also manage a number 80 peak with a solo hit ‘I’ll Remember Carol’. This was the 360th song to enter our charts, but we had not yet come a full circle.

Lucille Starr reached the half century of week mark this week but this failed to move her up from 13th place on the weeks count list as she was still 1 week behind 12th placed Jim Reeves who was on 51. She was however now the leading female for weeks with 2 or more in the charts having had 5 weeks now with ‘Send Me No Roses’ and ‘(Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness’ sharing space in the top 20. Second highest was Connie Francis’ 3 weeks.

The Bee Gees also celebrated a milestone for weeks, clocking up their 30th. Manfred Mann moved into tied 5th place with The Seekers on the weeks count list with both acts being on 66 while Four Jacks & A Jill pulled 1 clear of The Hollies to occupy 8th spot on their own. They were now 18 ahead of nearest rival on the local list Gene Rockwell (who was on 39 for those afraid of maths).

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