20 September 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Help Yourself  – Tom Jones
2 5 5 Hurdy Gurdy Man  – Donovan
3 2 8 Take Time to Know Her  – Percy Sledge
4 3 10 Baby Come Back  – Equals
5 6 8 Mony Mony  – Tommy James & The Shondells
6 8 3 For Your Precious Love  – Flames
7 7 7 Butchers and Bakers  – Staccatos
8 10 4 Dream a Little Dream of Me  – Mamas and The Papas
9 9 6 Sailor  – Petula Clark
10 4 14 Sunglasses  – Hilary
11 12 5 Crystal Chandelier  – Stu Phillips
12 18 2 Sunshine Girl  – Herman’s Hermits
13 20 2 Gotta See Jane  – R. Dean Taylor
14 New 1 Do it Again  – Beach Boys
15 11 8 For Your Precious Love  – Oscar Toney, Jr.
16 17 2 Under My Beach Umbrella  – Hilary
17 14 7 Groen Koringlande  – Ben E Madison
18 19 2 To Love Somebody  – Bee Gees
19 New 1 Picking Up Pebbles  – Cornelia
20 New 1 1, 2, 3 Red Light  – 1910 Fruitgum Company

Tom Jones’ ‘Help Yourself’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts. He had now spent double the time at 1 than his nearest rival as his 5 chart toppers to date had accumulated 14 weeks at 1 for him. There were 7 acts sitting 2nd on 7 weeks. Donovan’s ‘Hurdy Gury Man’ moved up 3 to the number 2 spot. This was the highest we had seen him in our charts so far.

  1. Dean Taylor’s ‘Gotta See Jane’ was the climber of the week, jumping 7 places from 20 to 13. This equalled the biggest jump to date by a Canadian artist which Lucille Starr’s ‘I Love You’ managed back in October 1967.

Herman’s Hermits became the 10th act to reach 9 star raters as ‘Sunshine Girl’ moved up 6 to 12 to be the only other star rater this week. 5 acts so far had managed to get more than 9.

Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ was the faller of the week, dropping 6 places from 4 to 10. Interestingly we had now seen 6 occasions where the biggest faller included a local woman (2 had been as part of a duet) and only 1 of these (Carike Keuzenkamp’s 5 place fall with ‘Timothy’) had not been a 6 place fall.

The good news for ‘Sunglasses’ was that it took over the oldest on the charts title  (on 14 weeks) as Union Gap ft Gary Puckett’s ‘Young Girl dropped off the top 20. ‘Young Girl’ had lasted 18 weeks and peaked at 2. Despite having had 2 other UK hits and 6 other hits in the US, Union Gap would only have this one hit chart in SA.

Herb Alpert’s ‘This Guy’s in Love with You’ also left the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 8 weeks and peaked 2. We would see more from Alpert on our charts.

Last of the leavers was The Rolling Stones’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ which departed after 9 weeks on the charts and peaking at 8. This was the lowest peak of their 7 hits to date, but did beat the 6 weeks that ‘The Last Time’ (their second lowest peak at 7) managed. In terms of points, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ narrowly beat ‘The Last Time’, the former scoring 60 while the latter made 57.

The Beach Boys clocked up their 7th hit as ‘Do It Again’ entered the charts at 14 this week. This would be the highest debut position for a song by them with the second best being the 16 that ‘Sloop John B’ entered at. ‘Do It Again’ became the band’s 32nd US Hit 100 hit where it peaked at 20. It was their first to spend at least 10 weeks in the charts since 1966’s ‘Good Vibrations’ which lasted 14 weeks. They had had 4 hits in the interim.  In the UK it gave them their second (and only other) chart topper with their previous number 1 there being ‘Good Vibrations’. Despite what Wikipedia says, the song did not make number 1 in Australia, but rather made number 2 on the Kent report charts and number 3 on the Go-Set charts (these 2 charts are both seen as ‘official’ Aussie charts).

Cornelia (Möller) picked up her first SA chart hit with ‘Picking Up Pebbles’. Möller was born in Hamburg, Germany but came to South Africa when she was just 3 years old so is regarded as local for the purposes of this blog. The total local hit count to date was now 75 and we had 6 of them on this week’s chart. This was 1 less than the best to date as we had seen 7 on the charts in a week on 7 previous occasions. Cornelia was the 7th local woman to chart and ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ was the 14th song by a local woman to make the top 20. The song written and recorded by a guy called Johnny Curtis. It has also been recorded by Pat Boone, Max Bygraves, Matt Flinders and Val Ross.          Flinders’ version made number 4 in Australia, while Ross’ (who is a friend of Curtis) version is a recent release, coming out in 2013.

Our final new entry would be the first, second or third song to chart where both the song title and the artist’s name would contain numbers. I say first, second or third as we had seen The Four Seasons’ ‘Opus 17’ and Group 66’s ‘One By One’ so it depends on if you regard the number being written out as a number or not. Also The Four Seasons initially billed themselves as The 4 Seasons and some copies of the ‘Opus 17’ single have then names in this way. That said, the new entry this week was ‘1-2-3 Red Light’ by The 1910 Fruitgum Company and there can be little argument that this one has numbers in both song title and artist name. This was a second chart hit for the 1910 Fruitgum Company and it would give them a number 1 hit in Canada. Oddly, The Talking Heads used to cover the song in their early concerts.

Petula Clark moved into tied 7th place on the weeks count list with her 66 to date equalling that of The Hollies and The Seekers. On the local list The Staccatos moved into tied 3rd place with Virginia Lee. They were now on 36 weeks. Hilary added 2 more to her tally having 2 in the charts this week and her total was now 16 which placed her equal 12th on the local weeks count list, joining Billy Forrest and Peter Lotis there.

‘For Your Precious Love’ jumped ahead of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’, ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ and ‘Am I That Easy to Forget?’ for weeks on the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version as it had now accumulated 11 weeks, 1 more than the 3 aforementioned songs.

This was also the 2nd time we had seen the same number of artists from The US, The UK and SA in the charts as we had 6 from each nation represented. The previous time was on 12 July 1968 where the other 2 songs were by artists from New Zealand and Ireland. This week they were both Canadian.

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