2 August 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Sunglasses  – Hilary
2 3 12 Young Girl  – Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett
3 2 7 Yummy Yummy Yummy  – Ohio Express
4 15 3 Baby Come Back  – Equals
5 4 10 A Man Without Love  – Engelbert Humperdinck
6 8 5 MacArthur Park  – Richard Harris
7 5 10 Little Red Donkey  – Troggs
8 17 2 This Guy’s in Love with You  – Herb Alpert
9 12 4 Groen en Goud  – Bats
10 6 14 Lazy Life  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
11 11 10 Jennifer Eccles  – Hollies
12 9 9 Baas Jack  – Al Debbo
13 13 5 Playboy  – Gene and Debbe
14 7 16 Simon Says  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
15 New 1 For Your Precious Love  – Oscar Toney, Jr.
16 10 6 Lazy Sunday  – Small Faces
17 New 1 Take Time to Know Her  – Percy Sledge
18 18 3 Jumpin’ Jack Flash  – Rolling Stones
19 New 1 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly  – Hugo Montenegro
20 New 1 Mony Mony  – Tommy James & The Shondells

Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ now moved tied 2nd for weeks at 1 by a local song, equalling the 5 that Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ had managed. However, ‘Sunglasses’ had manged its 5 in consecutive weeks while ‘Master Jack’ had a broken run. Leader for the local number 1s, Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ was just 1 week ahead. The Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett posed the biggest threat to ‘Sunglasses’ equalling ‘Goodbye My Love’s run as it moved up 1 to take the number 2 spot.

The Equals’ ‘Baby Come Back’ took the biggest climber award for a second week running as it moved up a massive 11 places from 15 to 4. This was the 21st time a song had climbed 10 or more in a week (9th time for an 11 or more place climb).

The only other star rater this week, and probably feeling a bit hard done by for not being biggest climber, was Herb Alpert’s ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ which moved up 9 from 17 to 8. This was the second biggest climb by a song that was not the biggest climber in the week. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs’ ‘Lil’ Red Riding Hood’ climbed 10 only to be beaten by the 13 place climb of The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Surfing’ that week. Interestingly it was exactly 100 weeks previously that this happened.

6 weeks previously, The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ was the biggest faller and this week it took the honours once again with a 7 place drop from 7 to 14. This gap of 6 weeks between being the biggest faller was the tied 4th highest to date with 2 songs having a 7 week gap and  Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’ holding the record to date with 8 weeks between biggest fallers. ‘Simon Says’ also continued as the oldest on the chart. It was now on 16 weeks with us and had been the oldest for 4 of those.

Donovan’s ‘Jennifer Juniper’ left us after just 6 weeks in the charts. This was the first of his 5 hits to date not to make double figures for weeks and also the first not to make the top 10 as it faltered at 11. The good news for Donovan was that he still had some hits left to come.

Herman’s Hermits also had their worst peaking song to date with ‘Sleepy Joe’ only getting to 18 during its 4 week run on the chart. Of their 7 hits to date, they had only had 1 with a lower week count and that was ‘I’m Henry The Eighth, I Am’ which managed 3.

John Rowles’ ‘If I Only Had Time’ was the 3rd song to go this week. It had been with us for 8 weeks and peaked at 11 during that time. This would be the only SA Chart action Rowles would see.

Last to go was Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ which had been our number 1 hit for 2 non-consecutive weeks. In total it spent 13 weeks on the top 20 and like John Rowles, this would be Armstrong’s solitary offering on our charts.

The first of the new entries was Oscar Toney Jr’s first SA hit, ‘For Your Precious Love’. The song was a cover of a 1958 hit by Jerry Butler & The Impressions. The Impressions version made it to number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and in 1966 Jerry Butler took a solo version to number 99. Oscar Toney Jr’s version peaked at 23 in 1967 in the US.

Percy Sledge clocked up his 3rd SA chart hit in the form of ‘Take Time to Know Her’. This would give him a number 11 hit in the US, his second highest placing ever after the chart topping ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. The song would also go to number 6 on the R&B Singles chart in the US. The song was written by Steve Davis (aka Stephen Allen Davis) and it was his first hit as a songwriter. He subsequently went on to write hits for acts as diverse as Tammy Wynette, Joe Cocker and Meat Loaf.

Hugo Montenegro brought us the 15th instrumental hit to grace our charts with ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ and in so doing became the first act to score 2 instrumental hits on our charts. As with his previous hit (‘For A Few Dollars More’) the track was the theme tune to a spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood. Both Montenegro’s versions of these theme tunes were covers of the original score by Ennio Morricone. ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ was actually released a few years earlier in 1966 and Morricone’s version would not chart, however Montenegro’s cover would go to number 2 in the US and would spent 4 weeks at the top of the UK charts.

Percy Sledge was not the only one enjoying a 3rd SA chart hit this week as Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Mony Mony’ entered the top 20 at 20 to bring their tally to 3. The song title came from James taking the first letter of the Mutual Of New York, a building in New York. James was assisted in writing the song by Bobby Bloom (who would have a hit with ‘Montego Bay’), Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell. It would make it to 3 in both the US and Canada and top the UK charts for a total of 3 weeks. In 1987 Billy Idol would take a cover of the song to number 1 in the US.

With all 4 of the new entries being by US acts, this equalled the most new entries in a week by artists from a single country. The previous time we had seen this was on 3 March 1967 when we had 4 songs by British acts enter the charts. It also meant that the Americans re-took the lead for total number of hits with their 153 to date just beating the UK’s 151.

The Hollies drew level with The Seekers for weeks spent on the charts as their 66 to date meant that the 2 acts were tied 7th on the weeks count list. On the local front Billy Forrest joined The A-Cads and Group 66 on 14 weeks and the 3 acts stood tied 15th on the local weeks count list.

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