17 May 1968


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

Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ lasted just 2 weeks at the top of the charts as the 1910 Fruitgum Company clocked up their first SA chart topper with ‘Simon Says’. ‘Delilah’ dropped into second place.

There was already pressure on the new number 1 as Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’ move up 3 to 3 and the biggest climber of the week, Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ moved up 9 places from 13 to 4. Louis joined fellow US male artists Elvis Presley, Tommy Roe, Solomon King and Trini Lopez in having a climb of 9 or more in a week.

And talking of Elvis Presley, he was also moving up, his ‘Just Call Me Lonesome’ was one of 2 other star raters this week as it climbed 4 places to 14. The other star rater was another US act, Reparata & The Delrons’ ‘The Captain Of Your Ship’ which climbed 8 places to 12. In terms of number of places climbed in total in a week by artists from a particular nation, the US managed the 4th best to date with their climbers moving up a total of 25 places this week. The 3 better efforts to date were also the Americans who managed a total of 27 on 7 October 1966, 34 on 1 March 1968 and the record to date was 36 on 2 September 1966. 5th place on this list was also the Americans with the UK artists only managing a 6th best of 23 places. The best the local artists had managed was 21 places on 17 December 1965 which was tied 9th highest to date.

Two former chart toppers were the biggest fallers this week. The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ dropped 4 places from 4 to 8 while Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ fell 4 to 18. This was a 3rd time with the biggest faller for Four Jacks & A Jill. The upside for them was that their song was still the oldest on the charts as it reached a milestone 20 weeks. This was only the 4th song to manage to get to 20 weeks so far and of the 4, Four Jacks & A Jill accounted for 2 as their ‘Timothy’ had also managed this feat. The other 2 were Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’. No other local act would manage to have 2 songs reach the 20 week mark.

We said goodbye to The Monkees’ ‘Valleri’. It had been with us for just 3 weeks, peaking at 15 and was the band’s worst performing hit to date, both on the weeks and peaks fronts. Its peak was 1 place lower that their second worst, ‘Please Valley Sunday’ which got to 14, but that managed 6 weeks.

Also going was Solomon King’s ‘She Wears My Ring’ which had enjoyed a 13 week run on the charts and peaked at number 3 during that time. This would be King’s only SA chart hit.

We welcomed Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett to our charts for the first time as their soon to be UK number 1 hit (it reached the top spot there the following week) ‘Young Girl’ entered the charts at 17. The song would spend 4 weeks at the top of the UK charts and narrowly miss out on getting to the top on both sides of the Atlantic as it stumbled at 2 in the US, initially kept off the top spot there by Otis Redding’s hit which sat at 3 on our charts this week, then by Bobby Goldsboro’s ‘Honey’. The song would sell over a million copies in the States.

The Box Tops clocked up their 2nd SA hit with ‘Cry Like A Baby’. It would take over the number 2 spot in the US from our other new entry this week, ‘Young Girl’, but like the Union Gap hit would also fail to take the top spot as Bobby Goldsboro’s ‘Honey’ saw off its challenge. Another thing ‘Cry Like A Baby’ had in common with ‘Young Girl’ was that it also sold a million in the US. It was, however, less successful in the UK, only making it to 15.

The Americans now took the lead for total number of hits as, with both new entries being by Yanks, they had 144 under their belt compared to the Poms’ 142.

Manfred Mann made the number 4 position in the weeks count list their own as they moved on to 71, causing The Troggs to drop to 5. Cliff Richard moved into 11th place on the list, his 53 putting him level with Engelbert Humperdinck and Lucille Starr.

‘Master Jack’ moved tied 4th for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version as the 20 mentioned above by Four Jacks & A Jill and the 3 Trini Lopez’ version had managed equalled the 23 clocked up by Des Lindberg and We Three’s’ versions of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’.

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