24 May 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 4 What a Wonderful World  – Louis Armstrong
2 1 6 Simon Says  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
3 3 6 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay  – Otis Redding
4 2 8 Delilah  – Tom Jones
5 9 4 Lazy Life  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
6 7 7 Congratulations  – Cliff Richard
7 5 9 Bottle of Wine  – Fireballs
8 6 9 Words  – Bee Gees
9 8 12 Love is Blue  – Paul Mauriat Orchestra
10 12 3 Captain of Your Ship  – Reparata & The Delrons
11 11 8 The Legend of Xanadu  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 13 9 For a Few Dollars More  – Hugo Montenegro
13 14 3 Just Call Me Lonesome  – Elvis Presley
14 17 2 Young Girl  – Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett
15 New 1 Honey  – Peter Lotis
16 19 3 Summertime Blues  – Eddie Cochran
17 15 5 Mr Nico  – Four Jacks & a Jill
18 18 21 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
19 RE 3 Little Girl  – Troggs
20 20 2 Cry Like a Baby  – Box Tops

This week, Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ fell off the top spot in the UK, but moved up to number 1 in SA, dislodging The 1910 Fruitgum’s ‘Simon Says’ from pole position in the process. The latter fell to 2.

‘Lazy Life’ by Quentin E. Klopjaeger (aka Billy Forrest) picked up its second biggest climber award as it moved up 4 places from 9 to 5. It had been the biggest climber 2 weeks previously. This was the 31st time that a local act had been the biggest climber and they now accounted 21.6% of all biggest climbers to date. Lazy Life was the 6th song containing the letter ‘Z’ it is title to take biggest climber and Billy Forrest had been involved in one of previous ones, The Dream Merchants’ ‘Love Minus Zero’.  As the 4 place climb by ‘Lazy Life’ was the biggest this week, there were obviously no other star raters.

It only took a 2 place drop to be the biggest faller of the week and there were 4 songs that did this. Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ fell to 4, The Fireballs’ ‘Bottle Of Wine’ to 7, The Bee Gees’ ‘Words’ to 8 and Four Jacks and A Jill’s ‘Mr Nico’ to 17. The observant amongst you would note that Four Jacks & A Jill were the only act of the 4 not to end in the letter ‘s’. The other thing with Four Jacks & A Jill having one of the biggest fallers was that this was the 6th time we had seen local acts take biggest climber and faller in the same week.

And still on the subject of Four Jacks & A Jill, their hit ‘Master Jack’ moved on to 21 weeks in the chart and now had the second highest weeks tally of any song, only beaten by Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ which managed 24. They were also the 2nd act to have songs in adjacent positions on the charts for a second time as ‘Mr Nico’ was at 17 and ‘Master Jack’ at 18. Seven other acts had managed to have songs in adjacent positions to date, but Donovan was the only other one to manage this twice.

We lost 2 songs from the charts this week, the first of which was Fred Splinge’s ‘Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)’ which had spent just 4 weeks with us and managed to get to 16 during that time. This would be the only Fred Splinge song we would see on our charts.

The first 4 times a song left the top 20 from with the top 10, it was from position 9. The next 2 were from number 10 and this week we saw the 7th song to finish its chart run at 10 or higher and that was Manfred Mann’s ‘Mighty Quinn’ which spent its last week at 10, bringing  the count of songs going from 10 to 3. We had enjoyed the song’s company for 11 weeks, 1 of which we had enjoyed it more  than any other song as it spent that week at the top of the charts. These weeks and peak figures matched exactly those of their previous (and only other to date) chart topper, ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’, however the latter had managed 2 weeks at number 1. On the points front, ‘Mighty Quinn’ scored higher getting 174 compared to ‘Ha Ha’s 166. Despite these 2 being Manfred Mann’s only chart toppers to date, it was their number 2 hit, ‘Pretty Flamingo’ that was their highest point scorer to date with 182 to its name.

37 weeks after his previous hit, ‘Walking In The Sunshine’ left the chart, Peter Lotis returned with his second hit to date, ‘Honey’. This was the 6th biggest gap between hits to date for a local act and the second highest for a local male behind the 59 weeks we saw between 2 of Gene Rockwell’s hits (this being the biggest gap to date by any local act). ‘Honey’ was a cover of Bobby Goldsboro’s hit which had just finished a 5 week run at the top of the US charts. That version would also top the Canadian charts and get to number 2 in the UK. Peter Lotis passed away earlier this year on 14 May 2015 at the fine old age of 84.

There were no other new entries, but we did see the 10th song to re-enter the charts as The Troggs’ ‘Little Girl’ returned after a 2 weeks absence. This was the second song to return to the charts after being out of them for 2 weeks. The previous one to do this was Jim Reeves’ ‘Blue Side Of Lonesome’.

Of the 10 song to re-enter the charts, 2 had been absent for 4 weeks, and a 2 weeks absence was the next highest.

The Box Tops reached the 20 weeks on the charts milestone having been with us for 18 weeks with ‘The Letter’ and now 2 so far with ‘Cry Like A Baby’. Last week Manfred Mann moved 1 position clear of The Troggs on the weeks count list, but with Manfred Mann’s song leaving the top 20 and The Troggs one re-entering, the latter band drew level on 71 weeks and regained tied 4th position. Four Jacks & A Jill claimed 6th place on the list to themselves as they moved 2 ahead of The Seekers whom they shared the place with last week. Four Jacks were on 68 weeks now. It had been 81 weeks since we last saw a local act this high on the weeks count list when Murray Campbell occupied 6th spot. Cliff Richard was also not moving up the list, but the 2 acts he shared 11th spot with last week, Engelbert Humperdinck and Lucille Starr, dropped to 12 as Cliff moved on to 54 weeks, one more than Engelbert and Lucille. Peter Lotis moved back into the top 20 of the local weeks count list, his 9 weeks to date meant he shared 20th spot with Theo Cavalieros and Judy Page.

‘Master Jack’ moved 1 clear of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ and ‘The Letter’ for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version and was now the 4th highest overall for this record. Of the top 6 on this list, a local act accounted for some of the weeks of 4 of them.

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