5 July 1968

sungalsses_hilary

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 6 3 Sunglasses  – Hilary
2 1 10 Lazy Life  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
3 2 6 A Man Without Love  – Engelbert Humperdinck
4 3 6 Little Red Donkey  – Troggs
5 10 3 Yummy Yummy Yummy  – Ohio Express
6 4 8 Young Girl  – Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett
7 5 10 What a Wonderful World  – Louis Armstrong
8 9 6 Jennifer Eccles  – Hollies
9 7 5 Baas Jack  – Al Debbo
10 8 12 Simon Says  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
11 16 3 Jennifer Juniper  – Donovan
12 15 14 Delilah  – Tom Jones
13 14 7 Honey  – Peter Lotis
14 17 4 Silver and Blue  – Johnny Gibson
15 13 5 If I Only Had Time  – John Rowles
16 12 5 Warm and Tender Love  – Percy Sledge
17 18 2 Lazy Sunday  – Small Faces
18 New 1 Playboy  – Gene and Debbe
19 New 1 MacArthur Park  – Richard Harris
20 New 1 Sleepy Joe  – Herman’s Hermits

This week we saw the 7th song make the number 1 spot in a record 3 weeks but this was a first time for a local act. Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ took the tied second biggest jump to get to the top spot, equalling The Turtles’ ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’s 5 place leap from 6 to 1 and falling 1 short of The Hollies’ ‘That’s’ My Desire’ which moved up 6 places from 7 to 1. It would be the first of 4 songs by local artists to get to number 1 in 3 or less weeks and, as it knocked Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ from the top spot, it became the second local song to take over the number 1 spot from another local song after Carike Keuzenkamp’s version of ‘Timothy’ knocked Four Jacks & a Jill’s version off the top spot.

With ‘Sunglasses’ at 1 and ‘Lazy Life’ at 2, we had the second occasion when local acts occupied the top 2 spots, the previous time being when aforementioned Four Jacks & A Jill’s and Carike Keuzenkamp’s versions of ‘Timothy’ were at 1 and 2 respectively back in the November of 1967.

The jump ‘Sunglasses’ made to number 1 was the biggest climb this week and was joined by Ohio Express’ ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’ and Donovan’s ‘Jennifer Juniper’ in moving up 5 places with the other 2 songs landing at 5 and 11 respectively. For the 3 acts it was a 1st (Ohio Express), 2nd (Hilary) and 3rd (Donovan) time with a biggest climber. There were no other star raters this week.

Percy Sledge picked up his second biggest faller award as ‘Warm And Tender Love’ dropped 4 places to 16 to joined Percy’s earlier hit ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ in getting a biggest faller award.

Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ moved on to 14 weeks on the charts and enjoyed its 3rd week as the oldest in the top 20. Jones was catching up to Four Jacks & A Jill who led the way for total number of weeks with an oldest song in the charts. Jones was now on 15 weeks in total split between 5 songs while Four Jacks & A Jill had manged 17 with 2 songs.

Jackie Trent & Tony Hatch’s ‘Thank You For Loving Me’ became the 8th song to spend just a single week at number 20. Of the previous 7 to do this, 2 had managed to re-enter the charts and of those that never managed to get back into the top 20, 2 were by artists who would not have any other hits. The duet of Hatch & Trent would not have any other hits, but Jackie Trent had already had 1 hit while Tony Hatch had had 3 other hits as song writer.

Jim Reeves’ ‘That’s When I See The Blues’ also only spent 1 week on the charts and that was at number 19. This was the worst performing of his 8 SA Chart hits to date.  The good news for Reeves was that there was one more hit to come from him.

Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ left the charts from number 11 last week. It had been with us for 11 weeks and peaked at 3. This would be his only SA chart hit.

Despite the magazine of the same name being banned in South Africa at the time, the song entitled ‘Playboy’ by Gene And Debbe (not a spelling mistake, she was Debbe not Debbie) was not and it found its way on to our charts this week, debuting at 18. The song was the most successful of their 3 US Hot 100 hits, reaching number 17 there (their other 2 hits only peaking at 78 and 81). The duo were Gene Thomas and Debbe Neville who were a husband and wife team. Thomas died on 26 August 2012.

The second new entry was Richard Harris’ ‘MacArthur Park’ which would be a chart topping hit in Australia and Canada for this Irish actor. It would just miss out on topping the US charts, sitting at number 2 for 1 week while Herb Alpert’s ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ sat at 1. In the UK it would reach number 4. Harris (who died on 25 October 2002) was twice nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award (in 1963 for ‘This Sporting Life’ and in 1990 for ‘The Field’) and also starred as Dumbledore in 2 of the Harry Potter movies.  In 1978 Donna Summer would have success with a disco cover of the song, reaching number 1 in the US with her version.

Our final new entry was a 7th hit for Herman’s Hermits who returned to our charts with ‘Sleepy Joe’. The song would prove to be their last US Hot 100 success, peaking at number 61 there (the lowest peak of their 19 US hits). In the UK it fared better, going to number 12. They would have 7 further UK hits after this. Its biggest success was in New Zealand where it reached number 4. ‘Sleepy Joe’ was produced by Mickie Most who had spent a while living in South Africa.

On the weeks count list, The Troggs moved tied 3rd with The Beach Boys as they ticked over to 81 weeks while Donovan joined Nancy Sinatra at 15 with 48 weeks to his name. Peter Lotis clocked up his 15th week with us and moved tied 12th on the local weeks count list, sitting alongside Emil Dean and Groep Twee. Billy Forrest who had only charted so far as Quentin E. Klopjaeger moved tied 19th with The Dominos and John E Sharpe & The Squires with 10 weeks to his name.

‘Master Jack’ moved tied 3rd for weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version as it clocked up its 29th week. It joined ‘Goodbye My Love’ which had charted in 3 different versions (Murray Campbell, Murray Campbell & Virginia Lee and Nini Rosso). ‘Master Jack’ had accumulated 21 weeks with Four Jacks & A Jill’s version, 3 with Trini Lopez’ and now 3 so far with Al Debbo’s parody, ‘Baas Jack’.

With Hilary at number 1 and Herman’s Hermits at number 20, this was the 10th time we had seen the act on the top and bottom spots start with the same letter. In total we would see this 63 times (this stat looking at what was at number 1 and 30 once the charts were extended, it would be a total of 59 times if one ignores the extra 10 when the charts were extended). 5 of the 10 times had seen artists starting with ‘T’ at 1 and 20. We had seen artists starting with ‘S’ do this twice while ‘M’, ‘F’ and now ‘H’ made up the other 3.

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