31 May 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Simon Says  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
2 1 5 What a Wonderful World  – Louis Armstrong
3 5 5 Lazy Life  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
4 4 9 Delilah  – Tom Jones
5 3 7 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay  – Otis Redding
6 6 8 Congratulations  – Cliff Richard
7 10 4 Captain of Your Ship  – Reparata & The Delrons
8 7 10 Bottle of Wine  – Fireballs
9 14 3 Young Girl  – Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett
10 New 1 A Man Without Love  – Engelbert Humperdinck
11 11 9 The Legend of Xanadu  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
12 8 10 Words  – Bee Gees
13 New 1 Little Red Donkey  – Troggs
14 12 10 For a Few Dollars More  – Hugo Montenegro
15 15 2 Honey  – Peter Lotis
16 9 13 Love is Blue  – Paul Mauriat Orchestra
17 13 4 Just Call Me Lonesome  – Elvis Presley
18 20 3 Cry Like a Baby  – Box Tops
19 New 1 Jennifer Eccles  – Hollies
20 19 4 Little Girl  – Troggs

The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ became the 5th song to regain the top spot after having fallen from there as it knocked Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ from number 1 to start a second run at the top. Louis had only had a single week at the top. Only 1 of the previous 4 songs regaining the top spot had been off the number position for more than 1 week before regaining it and that was Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ which had 2 weeks off the top spot before regaining it for a first time (it was the only song so far to go back to number 1 twice).

Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett’s ‘Young Girl’ was the climber of the week. It moved up 5 from 14 to 9 and this was also the only star rater of the week.

A former number 1 hit, The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ was the one falling the most this week as it dropped 7 places from 9 to 16. The good news for Mauriat and his orchestra was that the song was the oldest on the charts on 13 weeks. This came about as Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ was 1 of 3 songs to leave the top 20. It had enjoyed a run of 21 weeks in the charts (the second longest run of any song to date). It had spent a total of 5 weeks at number 1 and as mentioned above, this was in broken runs of 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off, 2 weeks on, 1 week off then 1 week on.

Four Jacks & A Jill’s other hit; ‘Mr Nico’ also left the charts this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 12. This was only the second of 5 occasions we would see 2 songs by an act leave the charts in the same week. The first time had been when Connie Francis’ ‘All The Love In The World’ and ‘Games That Lovers Play’ departed from the top 20 at the same time. The departure of the 2 Four Jacks & A Jill hits halved the local count on the charts as we were left with just Quentin E Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ and Peter Lotis’ ‘Honey’ flying the flag for South African artists.

The last of the leavers this week was Eddie Cochran’s ‘Summertime Blues’. It had managed to get to 16 during the 3 weeks it was on the charts. This would be Cochran’s only appearance on our top 20.

Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘A Man Without Love’ became the 8th song to enter the charts at position 10 or higher and this made Humperdinck the first artist to have 2 songs entering the charts at 10 or above. Only 1 other act would manage this. ‘A Man Without Love’ began life with Italian lyrics and went under the title ‘Quando M’innamoro’. Barry Mason provided some English lyrics for the song and it gave Engelbert a number 2 hit in the UK. It also meant that Mason moved 1 hit ahead of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on the hits count by song writers list. Mason now had 9 to his name and was second only to Les Reed whom Mason wrote a number of hits with.

The Troggs had previously seen 2 in the charts in the same week with 2 different pairings (first with ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘With A Girl Like You’, then with ‘Anyway You Want Me’ and ‘Give It To Me’). They now became the 4th act to have 3 different pairings in the charts as ‘Little Red Donkey’ joined ‘Little Girl’ in the top 20. The song was the opening track on their 1967 album ‘Cellophane’ and, as far as I can tell, only released as a single in South Africa and Rhodesia (as it was then). It went to number 9 in Rhodesia.

The Hollies joined Petula Clark and Cliff Richard on 8 hits as ‘Jennifer Eccles’ was our final new entry this week. Only Tom Jones on 9 had had more hits to date. The song would give The Hollies a number 7 hit in the UK and it would go to 40 in the US. Later in 1968 The Scaffold would name-check ‘Jennifer’ in their song ‘Lily The Pink’ (the line goes ‘Jennifer Eccles had terrible freckles’). Graham Nash, who co-wrote ‘Jennifer Eccles’ with Allan Clarke, had left The Hollies by the time ‘Lily The Pink’ was recorded and he sang backing vocals for The Scaffold on the track.

Interestingly, the artists on our 3 new entries had now had a straight of 6, 7 and 8 hits (Engelbert, The Troggs and The Hollies in that order).

The Troggs pulled 1 week clear of Manfred Mann and were back to having position 4 on the weeks count list all to themselves. Cliff moved tied 10th on the list, joining Herman’s Hermits there with 55 weeks under their belts. Engelbert now occupied 12th spot by himself with his 54 weeks pulling him 1 clear of Lucille Starr. Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky Mick & Titch found themselves tied 18th with Tommy Roe on the list as they now had 43 to their name. Peter Lotis moved tied 18th with John E Sharpe & The Squires and The Dominos on the local list with 10 week to his name.

Of the 14 instrumental to chart to date only 5 had managed to get to at least 10 weeks in the top 20. This week, Hugo Montenegro’s ‘For A Few Dollars More’ became the 6th to manage this.

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