10 May 1968

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

‘Delilah’ enjoyed as second week at the top of the charts and moved Tom Jones on to a total of 12 weeks at 1 between his 4 number 1s to date.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company moved up 6 into second place with ‘Simon Says’. This was the second week in a row that the song had taken the biggest climber award and looked a strong contender to prevent Jones from moving on to 13 weeks at 1. Joining ‘Simon Says’ in a 6 place climb was Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ which moved up from 17 to 11. This was the 30th time a local song had been the biggest climber in week. 14 of these times had been solo males, 12 by local groups and just 4 by solo local women.

Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ was the only other star rater this week, moving up 5 from 18 to 13. This was the 66th time a song by a US male artists had been a star rater and that number coincidently matched Louis’ age.

Solomon King’s marriage was on the rocks as it did not look like ‘she’ would wear his ring much longer as ‘She Wears My Ring’ was the biggest faller this week, dropping 5 from 10 to 15.

Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ clocked up its 9th week as the oldest on the chart and the band now had a total of 15 weeks to their name where they had an oldest song on the chart, and extended their lead for most weeks with an oldest song on the chart to 3 weeks more than their nearest rivals.

There were 3 songs that were with us last week that didn’t make it on to this week’s top 20. The first of which was The Troggs ‘Little Girl’ which had managed just 2 weeks on the charts, their worst performing song to date. It was also their only one so far not to go top 10 as it peaked at 19. The good news for them was that they had a few more hits to come.

Al Martino’s version of ‘Love Is Blue’ left the charts after enjoying 4 weeks with us during its second run on the charts. Its first run had only been 2 weeks. This time it peaked at 16, 3 places higher than the 19 it managed during its first run.

Last to go was Status Quo’s ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’ which managed to get to number 3 during its 8 week run on the charts, 4 places higher than its UK peak of 7.

We had not seen Elvis on our charts for 135 weeks, but that changed this week as ‘Just Call Me Lonesome’ was the first of our new entries. This extended absence from the top 20 set a new record for gaps between hits, beating The Dave Clark Five’s 111 between ‘Catch Us If You Can’ and ‘Everybody Knows’ by 24 weeks, almost half a year. ‘Just Call Me Lonesome’ was written by Rex Griffin and originally recorded in by Eddy Arnold in 1955. That version went to number 2 on the US Country Singles charts. Elvis’ version, which appeared on his ‘Clambake’ album, would not chart on either side of the Atlantic. In fact no version of the song – which has been covered by many notable artists (including Jim Reeves, Wanda Jackson and Slim Whitman) – has made the UK or US charts.

Our second new entry had first been a hit 10 years earlier as Eddie Cochran’s ‘Summertime Blues’ had reached number 8 in the US and 18 in the UK back in 1958. In 1968, just over 8 years after Cochran’s untimely death, a fifties revival in the UK sent the song back into the charts where it peaked at 34. This was probably aided by a cover version by Blue Cheer which had made number 13 in the US earlier in the year. Another notable cover of the song was The Who’s version which went to 38 in the UK and 27 in the US.

Our final new entry was ‘Captain Of Your Ship’ by Reparata & The Delrons. The song was written by Kenny Young and Ben Yardley. Young had already featured as song writer on 2 hits to date, The Rolling Stones’ version of ‘Under The Boardwalk’ and The Seekers’ ‘When Will The Good Apples Fall’. Young would eventually chart as part of the band Fox, but that was a good number of years yet. ‘Captain Of Your Ship’ made little impact in Reparata & The Delron’s native US only getting to number 127 there. However in the UK it went to number 13 and number 17 in The Netherlands.

With all 3 of the new entries being by American acts we had now had 142 songs by Americans on our charts and for the first time, the Yanks had pulled level with the Brits for number of hits.

2 acts reached milestones for weeks on the charts and they were Manfred Mann who moved on to 70 and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch who had clocked up 40. Manfred Mann drew level 4th for weeks with The Troggs whose recent hit, ‘Little Girl’, had left the charts this week. Cliff Richard pulled 1 clear of Jim Reeves to have 13th position on his own on the weeks count list. He was on 51.

Four Jacks & A Jill moved into second place for number of weeks with 2 or more in the charts as they had now clocked up a total of 12, made up of 6 with ‘Master Jack’ & ‘Timothy’ in the top 20 together, 3 where ‘I Looked Back’ joined those two and 4 so far with ‘Mr Nico’ keeping ‘Master Jack’ company. The song ‘Master Jack’ also moved tied 7th for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. The 19 weeks Four Jacks & A Jill had been on the charts with it so far added to the 3 Trini Lopez’ version had managed equalled the 22 weeks that Herman’s Hermits and The New Vaudeville band’s versions of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ had managed.

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