26 July 1968


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

Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ enjoyed a 4th week at the top of the charts. This was 1 week behind the total that ‘Master Jack’ by Four Jacks & A Jill had spent at 1 and 2 behind ‘Goodbye My Love’ by Murray Campbell, the 6 weeks that that spent at 1 being the record to date for a local song. That said, neither ‘Master Jack’ nor ‘Goodbye My Love’ had managed a run of 4 consecutive weeks at the top, so ‘Sunglasses’ achievement was a new record for a local act.

The Equals’ ‘Baby Come Back’ was the only song to manage a 4 or more place climb so was the biggest climber and only star rater this week. It moved up 4 from 19 to 15.

Louis Armstrong’s world wouldn’t have been quite so wonderful this week as his hit ‘What A Wonderful World’ was the biggest faller, dropping 5 from 19 to 14. This was the 87th time an American act had been the biggest faller and the 35th time for an American male solo artist.

The oldest on the chart was The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ which had now been with us for 15 weeks and was actually moving up the charts, climbing 1 place from 8 to 7. This was the 11th time that an oldest song in the charts had moved up in a week. 4 of the previous 10 times where an oldest on the chart had actually been moving up the top 20 was when Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ did this. All the other songs to manage this so far, only did it once.

The local content in the chart dropped to 4 songs as Johnny Gibson’s ‘Silver And Blue’ left us after enjoying a 6 week stay in the top 20. The song manged to peak at 12 during that time. In terms of points earned, ‘Silver And Blue’ was the 8th lowest for a song by a local male artist to date, getting 33 points in its run. Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Man’ led the way for the local men with 251 points. Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ which managed 312 points was the best performing local song overall to date and it was also the best performing of any song to date.

The only new entry this week was Herb Alpert’s second hit in SA, ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’. Unusually for Alpert, the song was not an instrumental, but it had lyrics which he sang. It was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and was a 4th SA hit for David and a 3rd for Bacharach as song writers. David and Bacharach also wrote Herb’s previous hit, the theme to the unofficial James Bond movie ‘Casino Royale’ which starred David Niven as Bond. ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ made it to number 3 in the UK and would top the US Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Interestingly, it would be knocked off the top spot in the US by another trumpeter in the form of our very own Hugh Masakela and his hit ‘Grazing In The Grass’. It was Alpert first US chart topper and he would later go on to be the first and only artist so far to top the US charts with a vocal and instrumental hit.

The Bats celebrated their 20th week on the charts but this failed to move them up the local weeks count list where they sat 8th, 2 behind Carike Keuzenkamp. The Troggs and The Rolling Stones closed the gap between themselves in second place on the overall weeks count list and leader Tom Jones, but they still had a lot of ground to make up as they sat on 84 while Jones was on 109. Billy Forrest moved up to tied 17th on the local list, joining Dickie Loader there on 13 weeks.

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