19 April 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Love is Blue  – Paul Mauriat Orchestra
2 2 7 Mighty Quinn  – Manfred Mann
3 7 3 Delilah  – Tom Jones
4 3 6 Pictures of Matchstick Men  – Status Quo
5 13 4 Bottle of Wine  – Fireballs
6 8 4 Words  – Bee Gees
7 4 9 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)  – John Fred & His Playboy Band
8 5 10 She Wears My Ring  – Solomon King
9 6 16 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
10 15 10 Bend Me, Shape Me  – American Breed
11 9 12 Send Me No Roses  – Lucille Starr
12 11 7 Green Tambourine  – Lemon Pipers
13 18 3 The Legend of Xanadu  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
14 19 2 Congratulations  – Cliff Richard
15 10 4 For a Few Dollars More  – Hugo Montenegro
16 17 4 Love is Blue  – Al Martino
17 14 6 (Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness  – Lucille Starr
18 20 2 I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight  – Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
19 New 1 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay  – Otis Redding
20 New 1 Simon Says  – 1910 Fruitgum Company

This week we celebrated the 150th chart to be published and it was The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ that had the honours of being the number 1 of this chart. It held on to the top spot for a second week having gained the position last week. The previous chart topper, Manfred Mann’s ‘The Mighty Quinn’ still hung around at 2 after its fall from grace.

It was perhaps appropriate that, given the landmark week, we had a ‘Bottle Of Wine’ as the biggest climber to mark the occasion. The Fireballs’ hit moved up 8 places from 13 to 5 to take the honours.

Also moving up quickly were American Breed’s ‘Bend Me Shape Me’, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘The Legend Of Xanadu’ and Cliff Richard’s ‘Congratulations’ which all climbed 5 places to land at 10, 13 and 14 respectively. Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ also picked up another star rater for him, climbing 4 places from 7 to 3. This was his 14th star rater to date, thus increasing his lead over Nancy Sinatra and The Rolling Stones who had the second highest number of star raters, their totals only being 10. ‘Little Lonely One’ had been Jones only hit to date not to manage a star rater climb.

For a few sales more, Hugo Montenegro would not have taken the biggest faller award this week, however that was not to be and ‘For A Few Dollar More’ fell 5 places to have the largest drop this week. This was the 5th of the 14 instrumental hits to chart to date to be the biggest faller.

One of the 2 oldest songs on last week’s charts was now one of the 2 songs that left the chart. The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ had spent 15 weeks on the top 20, 2 of which were at the top spot. This matched exactly the weeks and peaks figures of their only other number 1 to date, ‘With A Girl Like You’, but the latter managed to spend 4 weeks at 1 and clock up 232 points to the 211 ‘Love Is All Around Managed’.

Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ continued as the oldest on the chart. It had 16 weeks to its name now.

We also said goodbye to the first of the 2 versions of ‘Green Tambourine’ to leave our charts. The Sun Dragon’s cover of the song had started out stronger than The Lemon Pipers’ original, having a higher placing for the first 2 weeks that they were in the charts, but then the Pipers took over and their version was still in the charts this week. It now had 1 more week than the 6 that the Sun Dragons’ managed and had been as high as 6 while the Sun Dragons faltered at 11. This solitary hit was all the Sun Dragons managed on our charts.

Our first new entry has gone on to become an all-time classic. Otis Reddings’ ‘(Sittin’ On) Dock Of The Bay’ constantly appears on all-time best lists, coming in at number 26 of Rolling Stone Magazines 2010 listing of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Times and 150 on British publication New Musical Express’ 2014 list of the best 500 songs of all time. Steve Cropper from Booker T & The MG’s co-wrote the song with Redding and it went to number 3 in the UK and topped the US charts for 4 weeks (1 of 11 songs so far to reach number 1 in the States where the title starts with a  bracket). The song was one of the last that Redding recorded before his untimely death on 10 December 1967 aged 26.

Joining Redding in the new entry stakes this week was the 1910 Fruitgum Company with ‘Simon Says’. Based on the children’s game of the same name, the song propelled them to number 4 in the US, and number 2 in both the UK and Australia. It would sell over three and a half million copies. The band are 1 of only 4 acts that have the word ‘Fruit’ in their name to make the UK charts so far. One of the other ones, Grapefruit, also charted in 1968, then we would have to wait 30 years to 1998 before Strangefruit charted and the following year Sea Fruit made up the 4th of these bands.

Manfred Mann shook off the Seekers to occupy 5th spot on their own on the weeks count list. They had 67 weeks to their name now. Also moving up on that list was Lucille Starr whose 2 in the charts propelled her to a total of 52 weeks and position 12, leapfrogging Jim Reeves who dropped to 13. Cliff Richard moved 1 ahead of Nancy Sinatra and the latter dropped to 15, leaving Richard to have position 14 all to himself. He was on 49 weeks.

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