30 August 1968


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

The Equals clocked up a second week at 1 with ‘Baby Come Back’ while Hilary must have thought they were singing to her as her hit ‘Sunglasses’ (which had been the previous number 1) made a little comeback, moving up from 3 to 2.

Donovan picked up his 4th biggest climber award as ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ moved up 10 from 17 to 7. This was the 22nd time we had seen a song climb 10 or more places in a week and Donovan helped closed the gap between UK acts achieving this and US acts doing so as the Yanks had clocked up 10 climbs of 10 or more while Donovan’s effort brought the Brits total up to 7 (local acts having managed it on 3 occasions).

Petula Clark’s ‘Sailor’ and Tom Jones’ ‘Help Yourself’ were the other star raters this week climbing 8 and 9 respectively. Tom Jones increased his lead for number of star raters as he moved on to 16 while Petula Clark equalled Nancy Sinatra’s record to date for female artists. ‘Help Yourself’ was the second song to climb 9 places but not be the biggest climber in the week (Herb Alpert’s ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ being the other) and 1 song (Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs’ ‘Lil’ Red Ridin’ Hood’) had climbed 10 and not been the biggest climber in that week.

The Rolling Stones picked up their 7th biggest faller award as ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ fell 9 places to 17. This was the 7th song to fall 9 places with a further 6 falling a record 10 to date.

‘Young Girl’ by Union Gap ft Gary Puckett was still the oldest in the top 20 as it ticked over to 16 weeks.

There was only 1 song that didn’t make it from last week’s chart to this week’s and that was Gene and Debbe’s ‘Playboy’. It spent 8 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at number 10. This would be the only SA chart offering from this duo as either a duo or solo.

The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’ became their 6th SA chart hit to date as it entered at number 20. The song was originally recorded in 1931 firstly by Ozzie Nelson and then by Wayne King & His Orchestra 2 days later. Since then it has been recorded by numerous artists but it was only The Mamas & The Papas version (credited as ‘Mama Cass with The Mamas & The Papas’) that has made the US Hot 100 charts so far. It got to number 12 during an 11 week run there. In the UK Anita Harris took a version to number 33 while The Mamas & The Papas version went 1 place better than they managed in the US, getting to number 11.

Percy Sledge reached the 20 weeks on the chart milestone which placed him tied 43rd on the weeks count list while Donovan moved tied 13th on the list sharing the spot with Lucille Starr on 53 weeks. The new entry for The Mamas & The Papas moved them on to 43 weeks and tied 19th spot with Tommy Roe. The significance of this was The Beatles dropped off the top 20 of the weeks count list for the first time since the charts started. Of the artists on the very first chart only The Rolling Stones, The Seekers and Herman’s Hermits had been in the top 20 of the weeks count list every week since the charts started. They sat at 2, 7 and 11 respectively this week.

On the local weeks count list, The Staccatos moved tied 4th with Murray Campbell with 33 weeks to their name.

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