13 September 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 5 Help Yourself  – Tom Jones
2 4 7 Take Time to Know Her  – Percy Sledge
3 1 9 Baby Come Back  – Equals
4 2 13 Sunglasses  – Hilary
5 6 4 Hurdy Gurdy Man  – Donovan
6 7 7 Mony Mony  – Tommy James & The Shondells
7 8 6 Butchers and Bakers  – Staccatos
8 17 2 For Your Precious Love  – Flames
9 9 5 Sailor  – Petula Clark
10 18 3 Dream a Little Dream of Me  – Mamas and The Papas
11 5 7 For Your Precious Love  – Oscar Toney, Jr.
12 13 4 Crystal Chandelier  – Stu Phillips
13 14 9 Jumpin’ Jack Flash  – Rolling Stones
14 11 6 Groen Koringlande  – Ben E Madison
15 10 18 Young Girl  – Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett
16 12 8 This Guy’s in Love with You  – Herb Alpert
17 New 1 Under My Beach Umbrella  – Hilary
18 New 1 Sunshine Girl  – Herman’s Hermits
19 New 1 To Love Somebody  – Bee Gees
20 New 1 Gotta See Jane  – R. Dean Taylor

Tom Jones moved 2 clear of his nearest rival for number of number 1s as ‘Help Yourself’ became his 5th chart topper. The Rolling Stones were second with 3 to their name. Previous number 1, The Equals ‘Baby Come Back’ spent 3 weeks at 1 before dropping to 3. Percy Sledge’s ‘Take Time To Know Her’ slipped into second place from 4 last week.

The Flames’ ‘For Your Precious Love’ was the biggest climber, jumping up 9 places from 17 to 8. This was the first local song to make a 9 place climb in a week, but this was only the second highest climb by a local song as we had seen 3 jump 10 in a week.

The Mamas & The Papas’ ‘Dream A Little Dream Of Me’ moved up 8 and was surprisingly the only other star rater this week.

While The Flames version of ‘For Your Precious Love’ was the climber of the week, it was Oscar Toney Jr’s version that was the faller as it dropped 6 places from 5 to 11. This was the first time we had seen different versions of the same song be the climber and faller of the week.

‘Young Girl’ by Union Gap ft Gary Puckett was into its 18th week with us and was the oldest on the chart for a 4th week.

Richard Harris’ ‘Macarthur Park’ was the first of 4 songs to leave our charts this week. It had spent 10 weeks on the charts, managing to get to number 5 during that time. As with his UK chart career, this song would be his only contribution to the charts.

Hugo Montenegro’s ‘The Good, The Bad And the Ugly’ did not fare as well as his previous hit, ‘For A Few Dollars More’, peaking at 11 where ‘For A Few Dollars…’ peaked at 10. It also only managed 6 weeks compared to the 10 its predecessor had managed. This brought to an end Montenegro’s SA chart career with just these 2 hits to his name, a total of 16 weeks and the best peak of 10 being that managed by ‘For A Few Dollars More’.

The Bats’ ‘Groen En Goud’ was the only local song to leave the chart this week. It had been with us for 9 weeks and peaked at 7, the second highest peak of their 3 hits so far, falling a little way short of the number 3 peak of ‘Shabby Little Hut’. We still had a few more Bats hits to grace our top 20.

Last to go was Ohio Express’ ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’. It had spent 12 weeks in the top 20 and just missed out on a top spot, sitting at 2 for 1 week while Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ spent its 4th week at 1. Ohio Express would be back for another crack at topping our charts.

The first of the new entries was ‘Under My Beach Umbrella’ by Hilary which, as a local song, replaced the departing Bats hit to keep the local level at 5. Hilary became the 3rd local act after Murray Campbell and Four Jacks & A Jill to have more than 1 song on the charts in the same week as her hit ‘Sunglasses’ sat at 4 this week (she was the 29th act overall to achieve this). ‘Under My Beach Umbrella’ was written by a Canadian called Martin Martin and was first recorded (as far as I can tell) by another Canadian called Rainie Day. That version did not seem to chart anywhere.

Herman’s Hermits joined the chasing pack for number of hits as ‘Sunshine Girl’ became their 8th hit to date, placing them 1 behind Petula Clark and 2 behind leader Tom Jones who was on 10. 5 other acts were also on 8 hits. It gave Geoff Stephens his 6th hit as a song writer and John Carter (who shared song writing credits) his 5th. There were 6 song writers who had had more than 6 hits to date. ‘Sunshine Girl’ was The Hermits’ 14th UK hit and the 7th to go top 10, peaking as it did at 8. In the US it just missed out on a Hot 100 placing, faltering at 101. All 7 of Herman’s Hermit’s SA chart hits so far had been produced by Mickie Most and ‘Sunshine Girl’ added to that count.

The Bee Gees clocked up their 5th hit to date with ‘To Love Somebody’ entering the top 20 this week. South Africa was a bit slow on picking up on this one as it had been to number 17 in the US and 41 in the UK in the July of 1967, more than a year previously. It was written by Robin and Barry Gibb and has made 4 further appearances in the UK charts with Nina Simone going to 5 in 1969, Bronski Beat’s Jimmy Sommerville going to 8 in 1990, Michael Bolton going to 16 in 1992 and most recently Sally Barker (tied second place in 2014’s ‘The Voice’ competition) spending 1 week at 81 with her cover version of it.

4 weeks earlier we had only seen 1 Canadian make our charts (Lucille Starr with 5 hits), now in the space of 4 weeks we saw 2 further Canadians grace our top 20 with Stu Philips arriving 4 weeks back and then this week R. Dean Taylor arrived with his hit ‘Gotta See Jane’. The Canadians now had 7 hits to their credit and equalled the Aussies in 4th place behind the UK (157), the US (154) and South African (74). The song was co-written by Eddie Holland (of Holland-Dozier-Holland) and Ronald Miller, both of whom had numerous hits writing for Motown artists. ‘Gotta See Jane’ was also released on Motown and it would give Taylor a number 67 hit in the US and in the UK it fared a lot better going to number 17 there.

3 acts reached milestones for weeks on the charts and they were Tommy James & The Shondells who reached 30, The Bee Gees who moved onto 40 and Herman’s Hermits who had now clocked up 60. Of these 3, only Herman’s Hermits were in the top 20 of the weeks count list and they sat at 11, but were unmoved as they were still 5 behind Petula Clark and Engelbert Humperdinck who shared 9th spot, with Petula moving tied with Engelbert this week. The Mamas And The Papas shook off Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch to occupy 18th spot on their own. They had 45 weeks to their name now. On the local list Hilary, with 2 in the charts, moved 2 weeks clear of June Muscat and leapfrogged Dickie Loader to end up tied 16th with the A-Cads and Group 66 on 14 weeks.

Donovan joined the 500 club as his total points tally ticked over to 511. 18 artists so far had managed to accumulate 500 or more points and Donovan’s tally placed him 16th overall for points.

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One thought on “13 September 1968

  1. You’re quite right with the info regarding the original version of “Under My Beach Umbrella”… it was written by Martin Martin, a Canadian singer-songwriter-composer from Montreal, and he gave the song to his friend Rainie Day. Martin also was the owner of the Canadian Trax-label. Day recorded the song as the B-side for his single “Koo-Koo-Looney” released by Polydor in 1968. Hilary did also record “Koo-Koo-Looney” for her album “Candy Floss” later in 1968.

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