3 May 1968

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

Tom Jones became the first artist to have 4 different number 1 as ‘Delilah’ took over the top spot from The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’. The latter had enjoyed a run of 3 weeks at the top. The second highest for number of number 1s was The Rolling Stones who sat on 3. It was 65 weeks since Jones had last been on top of the charts (with ‘Green Green Grass of Home’) and this gap set a new record for male artists, breaking his own record of 59 weeks between ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ and ‘What’s New Pussycat?’. If he had waited 6 weeks before getting to number 1 with ‘Delilah’ he would have broken the overall record which The Troggs held at the time this chart went out as they had a gap of 70 weeks between chart toppers.

Simon must have said ‘climb up the charts’ as The 1910 Fruitgum Company obeyed and their song, ‘Simon Says’ was the biggest climber this week, jumping up 6 places from 20 to 14. This was the 80th time a US act had taken the biggest climber award and the Yanks were now 3 behind the Poms who had managed this 83 times.

‘Simon Says’ was joined by Fred Splinge’s ‘Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)’ in gaining star rater status as the latter climbed 4 to get to 16 this week. So far just under 36% of all star raters had been a 4 place climb with the other 64% being bigger climbs.

Status Quo picked up what would be their only biggest faller award as ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’ plummeted 6 places from 7 to 13. The other song about artist L.S. Lowry would not see a fall anywhere near the 6 places when it charted 10 years later, but then it did not last nearly as long as the Status Quo song on the charts.

‘Master Jack’ by Four Jacks & A Jill moved on to 18 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 8th week as the oldest in the top 20. The band extended their lead for number of weeks with an oldest in the charts as they had now 14 to their name, 2 more than their closest rivals.

Last week we lost 1 of the 2 Lucille Starr tracks that had been in our charts and this week we saw the back of the other one, ‘(Bonjour Tristesse) Hello Sadness’, which had lasted 7 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 11. This brought to an end Starr’s SA Chart career. She had had 5 hits, spent a total of 53 weeks in the charts and had a best peak of 3 with ‘I Love You’. She sat 2nd highest for weeks on the charts by a female artist (behind Petula Clark).

We also lost a former number 1, ‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’ by John Fred & His Playboy Band. It had spent 10 weeks on the charts 2 of which were at the top spot. So far only 1 song making the top spot had spent less than 10 weeks on the charts and that was Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’ which spent 8 weeks in the top 20, but it had been on the first ever chart so may well have managed more had the charts started earlier. 2 other number 1 hits had spent 10 weeks on the charts those being The Turtles’ ‘She’d Rather be With Me’ and Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Something Stupid’.

We welcomed to our charts a chap going under the name Quentin E. Klopjaeger. Those in the know would have known that this was William Boardman whom we have eventually come to know as Billy Forrest. His arrival with ‘Lazy Life’ doubled the local content on the charts. We had seen Billy in the charts before, but as one half of The Dream Merchants. The song was written by Gordon Haskell who was a one time member of prog-rock band King Crimson, although it does not appear that he has recorded a version of it himself. It was recorded by an Aussie band called Heart ‘n Soul and they had a number 37 hit with it down under.

The second song to chart was Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’. This was the 50th song to chart by an American male artist. Louis set a record when the song topped the UK charts in that being 66 years and 10 months old, he became the oldest male to achieve the number 1 spot there. It spent 4 weeks at the top of the UK charts, but did not make the US charts back in 1968. However, its inclusion in the 1988 film ‘Good Morning Vietnam’ which starred Robin Williams, propelled the song to number 32 in the US and sent it back up the UK charts where it peaked at 53 the second time around. Apparently its lack of US success first time around (selling less than 1000) copies, was because the head of ABC Records, Larry Newton, did not like it and so the record company did not promote it.

Tom Jones became the first artist to clock up 100 weeks with his songs on the charts. Of those 100, 8 were where he had 2 in the chart at the same time. This means that we had seen him on 92 of the 152 charts to date, that’s just over 60% of the charts to date which featured a Tom Jones Song. The Troggs also reached a milestone this week, celebrating their 70th week. Jones was now 18 weeks clear at the top of the weeks count list with The Rolling Stones languishing in second place on 82 weeks. The Troggs were still 4th, and were 11 places behind 3rd placed Beach Boys. Four Jacks & A Jill shook off Petula Clark to take 7th place on their own. They were on 62 weeks. Cliff Richard moved into tied 13th spot with Jim Reeves, they were on 51 weeks. Cliff also celebrated his total points (20 for a weeks spent at 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc) going past the 500 mark. The Monkees took 16th spot on their own with 46 weeks, knocking Donovan down into 17th spot.

A final note on this week was that this was the first time all 26 letters of the alphabet were present in song titles that made up the top 20.

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One thought on “3 May 1968

  1. Quentin E Klopjaeger se treffer “Lazy Life” is oorspronklik deur ‘n Britse kunstenaar met die naam William E Kimber (gebore William Edward Kimber) opgeneem ‘n jaar tevore in 1967, ironies ook onder die naam van net William E. Die lied is vir hom geskryf deur die Britse kunstenaar Gordon Haskell en toe in Brittanje uitgegee deur Polydor op ‘n solus-7 (matrys no 56181) in Aug 1967. ‘n Jaar later 1968 het Billy Forrest dit ook opgeneem, maar onder die naam Quentin E Klopjaeger. In 1969 het die Aussie groep Heart ‘n’ Soul die liedjie ook opgeneem. Billy Forrest is sonder twyfel die SA kunstenaar wat die meeste verhoog- en skuilname gebruik het. Benewens die name Billy Forrest, Quentin E Klopjaeger en William E, het hy ook o.a. as Dennis en Patrys opgeneem. Daar is ongelukkig in ou berigte die fout gemaak dat die William E dieselfde persoon as Billy Forrest is, wat beslis foutief is. Billy het ook wel later onder die skuilnaam van William E opgeneem. Billy het juis die oorspronklike solus-7 van Kimber saam gebring SA toe, en eers aan die groep The Gonks gegee om op te neem. Nadat hulle besluit het dit pas nie by hulle nie, het Billy dit self opgeneem.

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