21 June 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 Lazy Life  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
2 4 4 Little Red Donkey  – Troggs
3 5 4 A Man Without Love  – Engelbert Humperdinck
4 3 8 What a Wonderful World  – Louis Armstrong
5 6 6 Young Girl  – Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett
6 1 10 Simon Says  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
7 7 4 Jennifer Eccles  – Hollies
8 9 3 Baas Jack  – Al Debbo
9 12 5 Honey  – Peter Lotis
10 8 10 (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay  – Otis Redding
11 14 3 If I Only Had Time  – John Rowles
12 16 3 Warm and Tender Love  – Percy Sledge
13 10 7 Captain of Your Ship  – Reparata & The Delrons
14 11 12 Delilah  – Tom Jones
15 New 1 Yummy Yummy Yummy  – Ohio Express
16 New 1 Sunglasses  – Hilary
17 18 2 Silver and Blue  – Johnny Gibson
18 New 1 Jennifer Juniper  – Donovan
19 15 7 Little Girl  – Troggs
20 17 6 Cry Like a Baby  – Box Tops

Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ broke the sequence of ‘Simon Says’ / ‘What A Wonderful World’ alternating at number 1 as it became the 6th local song to top the charts. It was also the 60th different song to grace the number 1 spot. And wait, there’s more…it tied with The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ for taking the longest time to reach number 1 as, like The Stones’ hit, it was in its 8 week on the charts when it finally took the top spot. Not only all this, but Quentin E. was the 13th act and the first local one who would have their first hit go to number and then go on to have more than 5 hits in total. Quentin E, who was Billy Forrest, would however clock up his 5 or more hits using a number of different pseudonyms.

Not wanting to be left out of the interesting stats game, ‘Simon Says’ fell to number 6 to clock up the biggest fall from grace. This would be the biggest drop a song would experience from the top spot which two other songs would match. ‘Simon Says’ also took the biggest faller in the week award and was the 3rd song to be the biggest faller in the week when dropping from the top spot with Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ haven taken the award with a 4 place fall from 1 and Four Jacks & A Jill’s 2 place fall from1 with ‘Master Jack’ also being the biggest in that week.

Percy Sledge clocked up his second biggest climber award as ‘Warm And Tender Love’ moved up 4 places from 16 to 12 to add to the biggest climber he had managed with his previous hit, ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. As the biggest climb this week was 4 places, there were no other star raters.

We had 3 songs leave the charts, 2 of which were the oldest on last week’s top 20. Our new oldest song was Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ which had been with us for 12 weeks.

The Bee Gees’ ‘Words’ left the charts after being in the top 20 for 12 weeks and peaking at 5. This restored them to having their songs go top 5 after previous hit, ‘World’ stalled at 18. Their 2 other hits to date had both gone top 2. There was plenty more to come from the Gibbs brothers.

The other oldest on last week’s chart was The Fireballs’ ‘Bottle Of Wine’ which also lasted 12 weeks but managed to peak 2 places higher than The Bee Gees’ hit as it made it to number 3. Unlike The Bee Gees though, this would be The Fireballs solitary SA hit.

The last of the leavers was Cliff Richard’s ‘Congratulations’ which just managed to get to double figures for weeks, spending 10 weeks with us and peaking at 4. This meant that the 3 leavers this week had peaked at 3, 4 and 5. In terms of points accumulated to date for the leaving artists, Cliff Richard sat highest with 589 points making him 11th on the list of points by artists to date. The Bee Gees had 508 to their name and sat 16th on the list while The Fireballs managed to get 138 with their 1 song and sat 73th overall.

‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ by Ohio Express was the first of our new entries and was the first song to chart that repeated the same word 3 times in the title. (Chubby Checker had charted with Lovely Lovely (Loverly Loverly)’ but the 3rd and 4th ‘Loverly’s were spelt slightly differently so doesn’t count). The song was written by Arthur Resnick (who co-wrote The Rollings Stones’ hit ‘Under The Boardwalk’) and Joey Levine (who sang lead vocals on the song) and would give Ohio Express a number 5 hit in the UK and would go to 4 in the US. It would be their only UK hit and their only 1 to go top 10 in the US. They had a total of 9 US Hot 100 hits. ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ would also top the charts in Canada.

Our second new entry was by a local act which meant that a quarter of the songs on the charts were by South African artists (that’s 5 out of 20 for the mathematically challenged). Hilary’s cover of Sandy Posey’s ‘Sunglasses’ entered the top 20 at 16 this week which immediately meant it had a better chart record than Sandy did as Sandy’s version did not chart on either side of the Atlantic. However in 1984 Tracey Ullman would take a version to 18 in the UK. Hilary was born Hilary Archibald in 1947 in East London. She sadly died of cancer in 1989.

Donovan brought us the last new entry this week and it was his 5th song to chart on our fair shores. His new one was ‘Jennifer Juniper’. This was the 20th song to chart with a girl’s name in the title and it was the first occasion where we had 2 different songs in the charts with the same girl’s name in the title as The Hollies ‘Jennifer Eccles’ sat at 7 (we had seen occasions where we had 2 versions of the same song in the chart where the title featured a girls’ name). Donovan wrote the song for Jenny Boyd, the sister of model Pattie Boyd who would be George Harrison and later Eric Clapton’s wife. The song would go to number 5 in the UK and 26 in the US.

The Hollies reached the 60 weeks in the chart milestone and they moved tied 8th on the weeks count list, sharing the place with Petula Clark. Engelbert Humperdinck moved up to tied 10th with Cliff Richard. They were both on 57 weeks. On the local front Peter Lotis climbed to 16th with a total of 13 weeks to his name. He shared the spot with Dickie Loader.

With ‘Lazy Life’ at 1 and ‘Little Red Donkey’ at 2, this was the 12th occasion where the top 2 songs began with the same letter and the first time since Four Jacks & A Jill and Carike Keuzenkamp’s versions of ‘Timothy’ occupied the number 1 and 2 spots back in November 1967.

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