23 August 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Baby Come Back  – Equals
2 3 5 This Guy’s in Love with You  – Herb Alpert
3 1 10 Sunglasses  – Hilary
4 6 4 For Your Precious Love  – Oscar Toney, Jr.
5 9 4 Take Time to Know Her  – Percy Sledge
6 4 15 Young Girl  – Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett
7 5 8 MacArthur Park  – Richard Harris
8 10 6 Jumpin’ Jack Flash  – Rolling Stones
9 7 10 Yummy Yummy Yummy  – Ohio Express
10 13 4 Mony Mony  – Tommy James & The Shondells
11 12 4 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly  – Hugo Montenegro
12 8 7 Groen en Goud  – Bats
13 19 2 Help Yourself  – Tom Jones
14 16 3 Butchers and Bakers  – Staccatos
15 14 8 Playboy  – Gene and Debbe
16 17 3 Groen Koringlande  – Ben E Madison
17 New 1 Hurdy Gurdy Man  – Donovan
18 20 2 Sailor  – Petula Clark
19 New 1 Crystal Chandelier  – Stu Phillips
20 New 1 My Name is Jack  – Manfred Mann

Seven was still the record for a stay at number 1 as Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ dropped off the top spot after equalling the best to date feat of The Tremeloes ‘Silence Is Golden’ and The Bee Gee’s ‘Massachusetts’. ‘Sunglasses’ dropped to 3 and the new number 1 was The Equals’ ‘Baby Come Back’ which moved up from 2. So far 44 (nearly 63%) of the songs moving up to the top spot (including those regaining pole position) had done so from number 2.

Tom Jones helped himself to another biggest climber award as ‘Help Yourself’ climbed 6 from 19 to 13. This was his 10th biggest climber and he was the first act to reach this total. The next highest were The Troggs who were on 7.

Percy Sledge’s ‘Take Time To Know Her’ moved up 4 from 9 to 5 to give him his 5th star rater.

The Bats suffered a biggest faller for the first time as ‘Groen En Goud’ fell 4 from 8 to 12. This was not too bad considering that their previous 2 hits, which had spent 8 and 9 weeks in the charts respectively, never had a biggest fall. ‘Shabby Little Hut’ was rather lucky, however, in that it had two 5 place falls which were not the biggest in those weeks.

The Troggs’ ‘Little Red Donkey’ ended its chart run after 12 weeks. It had peaked at 2 during that time. They had had 2 number 1s out of their 7 hits to date, but this was their first number 2. There were still a few more hits left for them.

Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ also left the top 20. It had been with us for 16 weeks, 2 of which were at the top spot. Billy Forrest would be back with further hits under this pseudonym as well as hits under other names. ‘Lazy Life’ had been the oldest on the charts last week and we had to look to Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett’s ‘Young Girl’ for our new oldest on the charts. It was on 15 weeks.

The final song to go this week was Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘A Man Without Love’ which had spent 12 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2. This was the 3rd song (out of 8) so far to enter the charts straight into the top 10, but not go on to top the charts. The previous 2 to do this were Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’ and The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ which also both peaked at 2.

Donovan followed up ‘Jennifer Juniper’ which had charted earlier in the year with ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’. Both songs appeared on his album ‘The Hurdy Gurdy Man’ which was released in the October of 1968. The title track was his 6th hit on our charts. It went to number 5 in the US and 4 in the UK. Some sources list Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page as the guitarist and Jon Bonham as drummer, however, according to another Zeppelin member, John Paul Jones who played bass on the song it was Clem Cattini on drums and Alan Parker (not the film director) on guitar. Donovan has been quoted as saying that the recording session for the song may have inspired the formation of Led Zeppelin. Mickie Most produced the song.

Our second new entry was Stu Phillips’ ‘Crystal Chandelier’. This was Stu’s first SA Chart hit and it was a cover of a Carl Belew song. Belew’s version went to number 12 on the US Country singles charts but Phillips failed to make an impression on the US charts with his version. Phillips was a Canadian country singer and should not be confused with a composer of the same name who composer music for television shows such as ‘Knight Rider’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’.

Manfred Mann joined the pack of artists behind the leading two for number of hits to charts as ‘My Name Is Jack’ became their 8th hit to date. Tom Jones on 10 and Petula Clark on 9 were the only 2 artists to have had more hits. Manfred Mann drew level in tied 3rd place with Cliff Richard, The Hollies, Jim Reeves and The Rolling Stones. ‘My Name Is Jack’ was written by Joe Simon, an American record producer and singer who produced albums by such luminaries as The Band, Big Brother & The Holding Company and Leonard Cohen and has had 31 US Hot 100 hits as an artist, 1 of which went top 10. Joe Recorded the song himself and his version was included in the 1968 film ‘You Are What You Eat’. Manfred Mann’s version gave them their 15th UK chart hit where it went to number 8. The song would top the charts in Austria and go to 7 in Germany and 16 in Holland.

With ‘Little Red Donkey’ leaving the charts and The Stones still being in the top 20, the latter took 2nd place on the weeks count list with 88 weeks to their name while The Troggs were stuck on 87. Donovan pulled level with Jim Reeves on 52 weeks and they sat tied 14th. The Staccatos moved 5th on the local weeks count list with 32 to their name while Hilary’s 10 with ‘Sunglasses’ meant she shared 20th position on the local list with Al Debbo, The Dominoes and John E Sharpe & The Squires.

Obscure fact for this chart was that it was the first time we had seen the top song title (‘Baby Come Back’) rhyme with the song in the bottom spot (‘My Name Is Jack’). We had seen 2 occasions where the top and bottom song ended in the same word, but that’s not really rhyming is it?

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One thought on “23 August 1968

  1. Clem Cattini is one of my all time favourite unsung heroes (aka session musicians). Could have had his pick of most big name bands but he eschewed the limelight in favour of the music! Proof, if needed, can be found in the “Hurdy Gurdy Man” story, where John Paul Jones says Cattini was considered/offered the drum slot in the nascent Led Zeppelin, but he declined. The temperamental relationship between JPJ and JP leads me to believe that JPJ’s version is correct (although the guitar lead sounds more like Jeff Beck or Jimmy Page than Alan Parker and the drum part is Bonham-esq) – but when Donovan says this session was the catalyst for Led Zeppelin I think it was still at the stage where JPJ, with JP and Catttini on drums may have been Plan A before Bonham took the slot declined by Cattini. For Cattini’s finest moment listen to “Joy” by Apollo 100: a simply pop song and drum beat, but with two sublime seconds at 1:58-2:00 where the drummer says “get on with it” and sets up the De Capo point.

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