19 July 1968

sungalsses_hilary

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

Hilary continued to enjoy the success of ‘Sunglasses’ as the song spent a 3rd straight week at the number 1 spot, keeping The Union Gap’s ‘Young Girl’ at bay as the latter spent a second week at 2.

And while we enjoyed a local song at the top spot, we were also proud to see another local song take the biggest climber award this week and that was The Bats’ Groen En Goud’ which moved up 7 places from 20 to 13. This was the 8th time so far in 1968 that a local song had been the biggest climber which was 1 more than we saw in 1967, 1 less than we saw in 1966 and we still needed to see 3 more to equal the 11 of 1965, our best year to date for local biggest climbers.

Richard Harris’ ‘MacArthur Park’ was the only other song to manage a climb of 4 or more places as it moved up 5 to 11 to give Harris first star rater.

The Hollies picked up their 5th biggest faller to date as ‘Jennifer Eccles’ fell 5 from 7 to 12 to take the award this week. They were the 5th act so far to reach 5 biggest fallers, but were still 3 behind leader on this front Tom Jones who had 8 under his belt.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ continued as the oldest on the chart as it moved into its 14th week with us.

We said goodbye to Percy Sledge’s ‘Warm And Tender Love’ which had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 12. This was a 1 place higher peak than his only other hit to date, ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’, but spent 3 weeks less in the charts. However, Percy need not have fretted as he would return to the top 20.

Peter Lotis’ ‘Honey’ also left the charts and like Percy Sledge’s one leaving us this week, it peaked 1 place higher than the only other hit to date for the artist as it got to number 9 compared to ‘Walking In The Sunshine’ which made it to 10. Unlike Percy Sledge’s 2 hits though, both of Lotis’ had spent the same number of weeks in the charts, this being 8. Lotis would also return to the charts.

The first of the new songs was The Equals’ ‘Baby Come Back’. The song was written by Eddy Grant who was a member of the band and who would go on to have a successful solo career. ‘Baby Come Back’ would make it to number 1 in the UK and spend 3 weeks at the top of the charts there. It would also top the charts in Belgium and go top 10 in Canada (#9), France (#2), Ireland (#2), Holland (#6) and Norway (#4). In 1994 the song would return to the top of the UK charts as Pato Banton (one time member of UK band The Beat) teamed up with Robin & Ali Campbell of UB40 to record a cover of it. This second time at 1 for the song would last 1 week more than the original song managed, spending 4 weeks there.

After their longest absence from the charts to date (62 weeks), The Rolling Stones returned to the top 20. Their new hit was ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ which was their 8th SA hit to date and placed them tied second on the hits count list joining Jim Reeves, Petula Clark, The Hollies and Cliff Richard on that total, 1 behind leader Tom Jones. The song would give them their first UK number 1 in 2 years, their last chart topper there being ‘Paint It Black’. They had had 3 hits in the interim all of which went top 10. ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ would spent 2 weeks at number 1 in the UK before being knocked off the top spot by our other new entry this week, The Equals’ ‘Baby Come Back’. In the US the song failed to top the charts, stalling at 3, but it was their first top 10 hit there since ‘Ruby Tuesday’ went to number 1, 4 hits previously. The song would also top the charts in German and go to number 2 in Austria, Holland, France and Switzerland. In 1986 the song was used in the film that took its title from the song name. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, the film ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ featured both the Stones version of the song as well as a cover by Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s version did feature Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards on guitars. This version would make it to 58 in the UK and 21 on the US Hot 100.

Donovan celebrated reaching the 50 weeks in the charts milestone but his would not be enough to move him from 15th on the weeks count list. Engelbert Humperdinck moved on to 61 weeks which meant he was still at number 9 on that list, but now occupied the position by himself as he pulled 1 clear of Petula Clark. Herman’s Hermits also suffered a similar fate where their extra week which took them on to a total of 58 meant they were unmoved, sitting at 11, but they shook off Cliff Richard to have the position to themselves. Nearer the top of the list, The Rolling Stones and The Troggs both moved on to 83 weeks and shared second place behind Tom Jones who was quite a bit ahead of them on 109.

On the local weeks count list, The Bats took 8th place on their own with 19 weeks to their name, pulling 1 week clear of Jody Wayne and The Square Set. Billy Forrest who was charting as Quentin E Klopjaeger moved into tied 18th spot alongside June Muscat. He now had 12 weeks to his name.

‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ was the 5th song to chart which had the name ‘Jack’ in the title and was only the second that was not ‘Master Jack’ or the parody thereof ‘Baas Jack’. The other ‘Jack’ song was Alan Price’s ‘The House That Jack Built’. On the names front, this week’s chart featured 2 Jacks, 2 Jennifers, a Joe and a Simon in the titles.

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