9 August 1968


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

Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ was still number 1 and now equalled the record 6 weeks for a local song at the top of the charts that Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ had managed. It also equalled the record to date run where we had a solo woman artist at the top of the charts. Where ‘Sunglasses had the edge on these two previous records was that it had managed its 6 weeks at the top in an unbroken run where ‘Goodbye My Love’ had 2 runs of 3 weeks, and the previous 6 week run with a woman at the top of the charts required 2 songs by 2 different woman to achieve this (‘Single Girl’ by Sandy Posey 5 weeks and ‘This Is My Song’ by Petula Clark 1 week).

The Rolling Stones clocked up their 5th biggest climber as ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ moved up 7 from 18 to 11 to take the award this week. They were the 11th act so far to manage 5 biggest climbers. It was also the 7th time a song that was 4 weeks or older in the charts climbed 7 or more places. The record climb for a song in its 4th week was The Staccato’s ‘Spicks And Specks’ which moved up 10 in that week of its chart life. Herb Alpert’s ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ was the only other star rater with a climb of 4 to 4.

The faller of the week was Al Debbo’s ‘Baas Jack’ which dropped 4 places from 12 to 16. This meant that all 3 of the versions of ‘Master Jack’ (Debbo’s song being a parody of it) had been the biggest faller with Trini Lopez’ version managing it once and Four Jacks & A Jill’s version doing so twice.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Simon Says’ dropped out of the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 16 weeks and spent 3 of those (in 3 separate 1 week runs) at the top of the charts. This was not the end of the road in terms of SA chart hits for the band.

The new oldest on the charts was Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ which was on 15 weeks.

Also going was The Hollies ‘Jennifer Eccles’ which was the 14th song to leave the top 20 from position 11 or higher (its last week being 11). It spent 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 7 during that time. 5 of the 8 Hollies hits to date had made the top 10, but 7 was the lowest peak of these 5. There was still more to come from The Hollies

This week we saw the 5th Afrikaans song to make our charts and it came in the form of Ben E Madison’s ‘Groen Koringlande’. Of these 5 Afrikaans song, this was the 3rd where the artists name began with ‘B’, the previous 2 being the Bats and the Boet van Wyk Orkes. ‘Groen Koringlande’ was also the 2nd song to feature the word ‘Groen’ in the title (the other being the Bats ‘Groen En Goud’ which sat at 7 with week. These would be the only 2 ‘Groen’ songs we would see . We had already had 5 songs with ‘Green’ in the title and we would see a further 6. There is not much information about Ben E. Madison out there, but according to a poster on Youtube, Ben passed away in 1998.

The other new entry was also by a local act, making these the 71st and 72nd local songs to chart. The Staccatos’ ‘Butchers And Bakers’ was their 4th song to chart and they were the 4th local act to clock up 4 or more songs (Gene Rockwell and Virginia Lee on 6 and Four Jacks & A Jill on 7 were ahead of them). The song was the first hit for song writer Terry Dempsey. Dempsey would have song writing credits on nearly 30 hits on our charts by the time they finished. The song would also make it to number 7 on the Rhodesian charts. The Staccatos line-up once included Steve Lonsdale who would have a solo hit on our charts. Their guitarist, Richard Crouse, would marry Wanda Arletti who also had an SA Chart hit. Other connections to SA charting acts were that The Dream Merchant’s Billy Andrews and Peter Vee (solo hits and with Buffalo) were one time members.

Their new entry this week ticked The Staccatos on to 30 weeks on the charts, however this was not enough to move them up the local weeks count list where they sat at 6, 1 week behind Des Lindberg. Also moving up the local weeks count list was Billy Forrest who had clocked up 15 weeks under his Quentin E. Klopjaeger pseudonym. He now sat tied 13th with Emil Dean and Group 66. Al Debbo’s 10 weeks with ‘Baas Jack’ meant he moved into the top 20 of the local list sharing 20th spot with The Dominos and John E Sharpe & The Squires.

The Rolling Stones passed the 1100 cumulative points mark as they ticked over to 1102. They were second only to Tom Jones who was on 1367.

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