12 July 1968

sungalsses_hilary

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

Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts but was coming under pressure from Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett’s ‘Young Girl’ and Ohio Express’ ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’, the former moving up 4 places to 2 and that latter moving up 2 place to 3.

The biggest climber this week was, however, The Small Faces’ ‘Lazy Sunday’ which climbed 6 places from 17 to 11. The only other star rater climb was ‘Young Girl’s 4 place jump mentioned above.

While one of the 2 songs with the word ‘Lazy’ in the title that would chart was the climber of the week, the other one was one of the faller as Quentin E Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ fell 3 places to take the award. It was joined by Donovan’s ‘Jennifer Juniper’ which fell to 14 and John Rowles’ ‘If I Only Had Time’ which dropped to 18.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’, was the only one to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for a total of 14 weeks, 2 of which were spent at the top spot. Four of his 9 hits to date had gone to the top of the charts and the 14 weeks ‘Delilah’ spent on the top 20 was the second lowest for his chart toppers with only the 13 weeks of ‘It’s Not Unusual’ being less.

The new oldest song on the charts was The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ which sat on 13 weeks.

The new hit was The Bats’ ‘Groen En Goud’ which was the 4th Afrikaans song to make our top 20. We had last seen The Bats in the charts on 4 February 1966 which was the final week for their hit ‘That’s How I Feel’. This gap of 127 weeks smashed the record to date for biggest gaps between songs for a local act. The previous record was 59 weeks which Gene Rockwell had experienced between 2 of his hits. Overall this was the second biggest gap between hits for acts of any nationality, 8 weeks shorter than Elvis Presley’s 135 week record to date. ‘Groen En Goud’ was written by the band members and was a tribute to the Springbok Rugby team. It was also the 70th song by a local act to make the charts.

Englebert Humperdinck celebrated his 60th week in the charts and he moved into tied 9th spot on the weeks count list alongside Petula Clark. The Troggs meanwhile moved tied 2nd, equalling The Rolling Stones’ 82 weeks. Herman’s Hermits drew level with Cliff Richard at number 11 as they clocked up their 57th week. Donovan pulled clear of Nancy Sinatra with his 49 weeks to date giving him 15 spot on the list to himself. On the local list, The Bats climbed to 8th place, joining Jody Wayne and The Square Set on 18 weeks. Peter Lotis went 12th on his own as he now had 17 weeks to his name.

On the cumulative points front (20 points for a week at 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc) The Troggs passed the 1000 point milestone as they now had 1 012 to their name. This placed them 4th overall with Tom Jones leading the way on 1 367 followed by The Rolling Stones on 1 085 and The Beach Boys on 1 044.

‘Master Jack’ clocked up its 30th week on the chart for the 3 versions of it that had charted to date with the latest being the Al Debbo paraody ‘Baas Jack’. This was 3rd highest number of weeks to date for a song charting in more than 1 version. It was quite a way behind the second placed song which Four Jacks and A Jill had also charted with, ‘Timothy’ which managed 37 weeks in total.

With Hilary at 1 and The Bats at 20 we saw the 5th time local acts had occupied the top and bottom spot on the charts.

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