26 April 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Love is Blue  – Paul Mauriat Orchestra
2 3 4 Delilah  – Tom Jones
3 2 8 Mighty Quinn  – Manfred Mann
4 5 5 Bottle of Wine  – Fireballs
5 6 5 Words  – Bee Gees
6 14 3 Congratulations  – Cliff Richard
7 4 7 Pictures of Matchstick Men  – Status Quo
8 13 4 The Legend of Xanadu  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
9 9 17 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
10 8 11 She Wears My Ring  – Solomon King
11 19 2 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay  – Otis Redding
12 15 5 For a Few Dollars More  – Hugo Montenegro
13 7 10 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)  – John Fred & His Playboy Band
14 20 2 Simon Says  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
15 New 1 Mr Nico  – Four Jacks & a Jill
16 16 5 Love is Blue  – Al Martino
17 17 7 (Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness  – Lucille Starr
18 New 1 Valleri  – Monkees
19 New 1 Little Girl  – Troggs
20 New 1 Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)  – Fred Splinge

Our love was blue for a 3rd week running as The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ held on to the top spot. The previous chart topper, Manfred Mann’s ‘The Mighty Quinn’ relinquished the number 2 spot, dropping to 3 and allowing Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ into second place. Jones had not had a number 1 with his previous 3 hits, their peaks being 3, 3 and 5. Having broken into the top 2 again, things were looking up for another chart topper for him.

Congratulations were in order for Cliff Richard as his hit took the biggest climber award this week, moving up 8 from 14 to 6. This was the 2nd time Cliff had taken the biggest climber award and the second time he had had a song climb 8 places, but his previous 8 place climb was out-climbed by a Tom Jones hit that week. 4 of Cliff’s songs would manage an 8 place climb and that would be the best he would manage. Joining Cliff in climbing 8 was Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’ which moved up from 19 to 11.

Other star raters this week were the 6 place climb of The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ and the 5 place jump by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘The Legend Of Xanadu’.

Former number 1, ‘Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)’ by John Fred & The Playboys was the faller of the week dropping 6 from 7 to 13. So far almost 61% of songs that reached the top spot had been a biggest faller at least once on their way down (34 out of 56).

‘Master Jack’ by Four Jacks & A Jill moved on to 17 weeks and its 7th week as the oldest on the chart. In total Four Jacks & A Jill had had an oldest song on the charts for 13 weeks (the other 6 with ‘Timothy’) and they now held the record to date for weeks with an oldest in the charts, moving 1 ahead of Tom Jones, Sandy Posey, The Beach Boys and Tommy Roe.

It was a busy week in the departures and arrivals lounge of the top 20 this week as we had four songs leave the charts (and consequently 4 new arrivals).

The first to go was ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight’ by the duet of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart. It had lasted just 2 weeks with us and peaked at 18. This would be the only chart action Boyce and Hart would see as artists, but as songwriters their next hit was one of the new entries (see below).

The original version of ‘Green Tambourine’ by The Lemon Pipers also left the top 20. It had been on the charts for 7 weeks and peaked at 6, 5 places higher than the Sun Dragons cover version which left the charts the previous week. In total the song spent 13 weeks on the charts in its 2 versions, the tied 13th highest to date for songs charting in more than 1 version. It shared 13th spot with ‘I’ll Step Aside’ which had been hits for Tony Wells and Ronnie Wilson.

Lucille Starr’s 6 week run with 2 in the charts came to an end this week as ‘Send Me No Roses’ completed its time in the top 20. It had lasted 12 weeks on the chart and peaked at 4. This was her 3rd song to spend 12 or more weeks on the charts and she became the first woman to manage this. Sandie Shaw and Sandy Posey had seen 2 of their hits mange 12 or more weeks.

Last of the leavers was American Breed’s ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ which had enjoyed a 10 week run on the chart and peaked at 3. This would be their only SA Chart entry. ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’ was the 6th song to leave the charts from within the top 10, its final position being number 10. 4 of the 6 to date had left from 9.

Our first new entry was a 7th hit for Four Jacks & A Jill. ‘Mister Nico’s arrival put the band 1 ahead of Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell to top the list of number of hits by a local artist. The next highest after the 6 that Virginia and Gene had was just 3. Like ‘Master Jack’, ‘Mister Nico’ had a title which was a person’s title followed by a name, it was written by David Marks and it made the Billboard Hot 100 in the US (number 96, as opposed to ‘Master Jack’s 18). It would also make it to number 81 in Australia. With ‘Master Jack’ still in the charts, Four Jacks & A Jill once again had 2 in the charts and became the 3rd act to achieve this with 3 different pairings. They joined The Rolling Stones and Engelbert Humperdinck at the top of this list for number of pairings on the charts.

As mentioned above, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart left the charts as artists only to immediately return as song writers and they did so courtesy of The Monkees’ ‘Valleri’. This was The Monkees’ 6th hit to grace our top 20. The song was written in response to a request from Don Kirshner, the musical supervisor on The Monkees’ television show, where he wanted a ‘girl’s name’ song. It would go to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and would top the charts produced by an alternate US magazine, Cash Box. In the UK it would make it to number 12 and go to number 5 in neighbouring Rhodesia. Boyce and Hart would also produce the original recording of the track.

We had been Troggs-less for just 1 week as ‘Love Is All Around’ had left the top 20 two weeks back, but this week they were back with their 6th hit, ‘Little Girl’ which was released on the Fontana record label in South Africa. Of their 10 UK hits, this would be the 3rd lowest peak that The Troggs would see, only managing to get to number 37 there. It was the 4th one of their 6 SA hits so far to be written by band member Reg Presley.

The final new entry was a cover of John Farnham’s ‘Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)’ which he recorded when he still went under the name Johnny Farnham. The version that made our charts was by a person who went under the name Fred Splinge. Who? you may well ask. Well he is such an obscure chap that not even Google could help me out on this one. I have a feeling that it was a local artist but as he sings with a very ‘working class’ English accent I have classified him as being from the UK for statistical purposes. Anybody out there know anything about Mr Splinge?

Four jacks & A Jill celebrated their 60th week in the top 20 and moved tied 7th on the weeks count list with Petula Clark. They were 21 weeks ahead of their nearest local rival, Gene Rockwell. Cliff Richard reached his half century of weeks but this was not enough to move him up the weeks count list. He was stuck at 14, 1 week behind 13th placed Jim Reeves. The Monkees moved into 17th place on the list, sharing that spot with Donovan. They were on 45.

There were 8 songs on the chart this week that had someone’s name as part of their title – ‘Delilah’, ‘Mighty Quinn’, ‘Master Jack’, ‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’, ‘Simon Says’, ‘Mr Nico’, ‘Valleri’ and ‘Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)’.

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