16 August 1968


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

Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ became the 3rd song to spend 7 weeks at the top of the charts. The previous 2 songs to manage this were The Tremeloes ‘Silence Is Golden’ and The Bee Gee’s ‘Massachusetts’. The observant amongst you would note that Hilary was the first local act, the first female and the first solo artist to manage this stay at the top of the charts. In addition, this was now the longest run with a woman at number 1, going ahead of the 6 weeks that required Sandy Posey and Petula Clark to combine to achieve (see previous week’s chart for details).

Two songs climbed 6 places to share the biggest climber of the week award and they were Oscar Toney Jr’s ‘For Your Precious Love’ and Percy Sledge’s ‘Take Time To Know Her’ which moved up to 6 and 9 respectively. It was a first biggest climber for Oscar Toney Jr and a 3rd for Percy Sledge.

Hugo Montenegro’s  ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ and Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Mony Mony’ moved up 5 to 12 and 13 respectively and The Staccatos’ ‘Butchers And Bakers’ moved up 4 to 16 to be the other star raters this week.

The Troggs ended up with a 4th biggest faller as ‘Little Red Donkey’ fell 9 from 9 to 18. This was the 7th song to drop 9 places in a week. There were 6 songs so far which had managed a record to date 10 place fall in a week.

Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ enjoyed a 2nd week as the oldest on the charts. It was now on 16 weeks in the top 20.

Al Debbo’s ‘Baas Jack’ left the charts after a run of 10 weeks. It peaked at 7 during that time. In total ‘Master Jack’/’Baas Jack’ spent 34 weeks on the charts with 10 coming from Al Debbo’s version, 21 from Four Jacks & A Jill’s and 3 from Trini Lopez’ version. This was the 3rd highest weeks count so far for a song charting in more than 1 version. The 40 by the different versions of ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ led the way on this front.

The other song to leave the top 20 was The Small Faces’ ‘Lazy Sunday’. It peaked at 10 during its 7 week run. This brought to an end The Small Faces’ SA chart career. They had had 2 hits (‘Lazy Sunday’ and ‘All Or Nothing’), spent a total of 9 weeks on the charts with the above mentioned peak of 7 for ‘Lazy Sunday’ being their highest placing on the charts.

The 2 new entries this week meant that the artists involved were now number 1 and 2 for number of hits on the charts. Tom Jones had been sitting top of the list with 9 to his name and this week he became the first artist to reach double figures for number of hits as ‘Help Yourself’ became his 10th SA Chart hit. Based on an Italian song called ‘Gli Occhi Miei’ the song would give Jones chart topping success in Australia, Ireland and Germany. On the UK’s official charts it would make it to number 5 and get to 35 in the US. Jack Fishman, who wrote the English lyrics for the song had already featured in song writing credits once before on our charts as he shared these on John Rowles’ ‘If I Only Had Time’.

The second new entry pushed Petula Clark one hit clear of Cliff Richard, The Hollies, Jim Reeves and The Rolling Stones to give her second place on the hits count list on her own. ‘Sailor’ was her 9th hit to date and was an English version of ‘Seemann’, a German language hit for an artist called Lolita. That version would get to number 5 in the US and was the biggest German language hit in America until 1984’s ’99 Luftballons’ by Nena. ‘Sailor’ was Petula Clark’s first of 2 UK number 1 hits. It had managed this way back in the March of 1961, almost 7 and a half years before it made our charts. Clark would also record a French version of the song (‘Marin’) which would go to number 2 in France.

With both artists on the new entries this week being from the UK, the Brits were back in front for number of hits, their 153 to date just overtaking the US artists who were on 152.

Tom Jones moved onto 110 weeks on the charts and maintained his lead on the weeks count list. Petula Clark was now on 61, but that was not enough to move her up from position 10 on the list. On the local list The Staccatos moved tied 5th with Des Lindberg as they clocked up their 31st week while The Bats pulled 1 clear of Carike Keuzenkamp, their 23 weeks giving them 7th place on their own on the local list. Billy Forrest drew level with Peter Lotis at 12 on the local list with the 2 acts having 16 weeks each to their names.

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