7 June 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 What a Wonderful World  – Louis Armstrong
2 1 8 Simon Says  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
3 3 6 Lazy Life  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
4 13 2 Little Red Donkey  – Troggs
5 5 8 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay  – Otis Redding
6 7 5 Captain of Your Ship  – Reparata & The Delrons
7 9 4 Young Girl  – Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett
8 10 2 A Man Without Love  – Engelbert Humperdinck
9 4 10 Delilah  – Tom Jones
10 19 2 Jennifer Eccles  – Hollies
11 6 9 Congratulations  – Cliff Richard
12 8 11 Bottle of Wine  – Fireballs
13 15 3 Honey  – Peter Lotis
14 12 11 Words  – Bee Gees
15 11 10 The Legend of Xanadu  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 New 1 Warm and Tender Love  – Percy Sledge
17 20 5 Little Girl  – Troggs
18 18 4 Cry Like a Baby  – Box Tops
19 New 1 Baas Jack  – Al Debbo
20 New 1 If I Only Had Time  – John Rowles

Last week the 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ became the 5th song to regain the top spot after having being knocked from it and this week it was displaced by the 6th song to regain the number 1 spot as Louis Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ went back to the top of the charts and ‘Simon Says’ fell to 2.

We had 2 biggest climbers this week with The Hollies clocking up their 3rd one with ‘Jennifer Eccles’ which moved up 9 places from 19 to 10. The Troggs’ ‘Little Red Donkey’ was the other which climbed its 9 to get to 4. These were the 25th and 26th songs to climb 9 or more places in a week and this was only the third time we had seen 2 songs climb 9 or more places in the same week. The previous time (1 March 1968) we had 2 songs climb 10 places and on 2 September 1966 we had one climb 10 and another 13. Quite remarkably, there were no other star raters this week with the next best climb being The Troggs’ other hit, ‘Little Girl’ which moved up 3. It was the 7th time The Troggs had had a biggest climber and they were only the second act so far to manage this many. Tom Jones led the way having had 9 biggest climbers so far.

And talking of Tom Jones, he picked up his 8th biggest faller as ‘Delilah’ dropped 5 places to 9. He led the way for both number of climbers and number of fallers. Cliff Richard’s ‘Congratulations’ joined ‘Delilah’ in a 5 place drop to give Cliff only his 2nd biggest faller to date.

Last week’s oldest on the charts, The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ was 1 of 3 songs to leave the top 20. It had been with us for 13 weeks, 3 of which were spent in the number 1 position. The Bee Gees’ ‘Words’ and The Fireballs’ ‘Bottle Of Wine’ shared the oldest on the charts title now. They were both on 11 weeks.

Elvis’ ‘Just Call Me Lonesome’ did not fare as well as his 2 other charting songs to date as both of the previous ones had been to number 1, but ‘Just Call Me Lonesome’ only managed to get to 13 in the 4 weeks it spent with us. We would have to wait till 1974 to see another Elvis song fare as poorly as this.

The other song to leave the top 20 this week was Hugo Montenegro’s ‘For a Few Dollars More’ which scored an equal weeks and peak of 10. This was the 12th song to date to have the its weeks figure match the peak figure and it was the first instrumental to manage this.

Of the artists on the 3 songs leaving the chart only Paul Maurait would not return.

Percy Sledge enjoyed his second top 20 hit with ‘Warm And Tender Love’ which entered the charts at 16 this week. The song, written by Bobby Robinson, was originally recorded by Joe Haywood and Percy’s version would go to 17 in the US charts and 34 in the UK.

Our second new entry was a parody of ‘Master Jack’ and it was brought to us by Alec Debbo (better known as Al Debbo). It was entitled ‘Baas Jack’ and it was the 3rd song so far to chart in 3 different versions (the previous 2 being ‘Goodbye My Love’ and the variations of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from the film Dr Zhivago). The song entered our charts the same week as Four Jacks & A Jill’s version was reaching its peak of 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. Debbo, who was of Lebanese descent, started out life as a plumber, but made his way into the television, film and music business where he found huge success, starring in about 20 films and numerous TV shows. He died on 13 July 2011 at the ripe old age of 87.

Our final new entry was the first by a New Zealand act to grace our charts. John Rowles was born in Whakatane, New Zealand in 1947 and would have 2 UK hits and a third song would make the US Hot 100. One of the UK hits, ‘If I Only Had Time’ was our last new entry this week. It managed to get to number 3 in the UK. The song was an English cover of the original French hit, ‘Je N’aurai Pas Le Temps’ which had been a hit for Michel Fugain in 1967.

Engelbert Humperdinck moved into 11th place on the weeks count list alongside Herman’s Hermits. They both had 55 weeks to their names. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch pulled 1 week clear of Tommy Roe to take 18th spot on their own. They were on 44 weeks. On the local list Peter Lotis also took 18th spot for himself as his 11 weeks to date put him 1 clear of The Dominos and John E Sharpe & The Squires whom he shared the spot with last week.

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