6 September 1968


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

‘Baby Come Back’ spent a 3rd week at 1 which equals (pun intended) the number of weeks it spent at the top of the UK charts. Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ which moved up to 2 last week after falling from 1 to 3 the previous week, held on to second place while Tom Jones’ ‘Help Yourself’ crept closer to the top spot by moving up 1 from 4 to 3.

Ben E Madison’s ‘Groen Koringlande’ became the 3rd Afrikaans song to take the biggest climber award as it moved up 4 places to number 11. The Bats’ ‘Groen En Goud’ and Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ were the previous 2 with the latter managing it twice. As the biggest climb was 4 places, there were no other star raters.

‘MacArthur Park’ by Richard Harris was the faller this week as it dropped 8 from 12 to 20. ‘MacArthur Park’ was the 2nd song by an Irish act to make our top 20, but the previous 1, The Bachelors’ ‘Can I Trust You’, was never our biggest faller so this was the first of 29 biggest fallers that we would have by Irish acts.

Manfred Mann experienced their worst chart performance to date as ‘My Name Is Jack’ left the top 20 after just 2 weeks and a peak of 19. Their first SA Chart hit, ‘Oh No Not My Baby’ also had a peak of 19, but it managed to last 4 weeks. Aside from these 2 ‘19 peakers’, only 1 other of their 8 hits to date had not made top 10 (‘Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James’) which just missed out as it peaked at 11.

The new entyr the week boosted the local content of the chart back up to 5 as it was The Flames version of ‘For Your Precious Love’. This was the 19th song to chart in more than 1 version as we had Oscar Toney Jr’s version sitting at 5 this week. As mentioned in the week that Toney’s version entered the chart, the song was a cover of a US number 11 hit for Jerry Butler & The Impressions. The Flames were a Durban based band and consisted of the Fataar brothers (Steve, Brother & Ricky) and Blondie Chaplin. Ricky and Blondie Chaplin would go on to become members of The Beach Boys in 1972 with 2 compositions by them being included on the band’s ‘Carl & The Passions – So Tough’ album.

The Rolling Stones reached the 90 weeks in the charts milestone but still sat 2nd on the weeks count list, 23 weeks behind Tom Jones who was on 113. Donovan pulled 1 week ahead of Lucille Starr, his 54 to date giving him 13th spot on the weeks count list to himself. The Mamas & The Papas climbed up 1 place to 18, joining Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch on 44 weeks. On the local list, The Staccatos pulled 1 clear of Murray Campbell to have 4th place to themselves. They were now on 34 weeks, 2 places behind 3rd placed Virginia Lee. Hilary moved on to 12 weeks and tied 19th place with June Muscat.

On the points front, Tom Jones passed the 1,400 milestone and sat at the top of the points list. 3 other acts so far had passed the 1,000 points mark and they were The Rolling Stones (1,137), The Troggs (1,073) and The Beach Boys (1,044). To date, artists from the UK had accumulated the most points with 14,520 to their name while the American artists were on 13,660. In percentage terms of the total points available, the UK acts accounted for 40.7% while the 38.3%. Local acts were 3rd with 5,572 (15.6%). 19,127 points (53.6% of the total) had gone to groups, 11,795 (33.0%) to solo male artists, 3,926 (11.0%) to solo female artists and 852 (2.4%) to duets or collaborations.

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