27 September 1968

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

‘Help Yourself’ by Tom Jones enjoyed a 3rd week at the top spot with Percy Sledge’s ‘Take Time To Know Her’ moving up 1 to 2 and The Flames’ ‘For Your Precious Love’ moving up 3 to 3 to be the biggest challengers to Jones’ supremacy.

Herman’s Hermits became the 6th act to clock up 6 biggest climbers as ‘Sunshine Girl’ moved up 5 from 12 to 7. Only The Troggs on 7 and Tom Jones on 10 had managed more biggest climbers. ‘Sunshine Girl’ was joined by Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ in the biggest climb stake as the latter moved up 5 from 19 to 14. This was the 38th time a local song (7th for a local woman) had picked up the award and this award meant that 1968 now equalled the record to date 11 local biggest climbers in a year that we had seen back in 1965.

The 1910 Fruitgum Company produced the only other star rater this week as it climbed 4 from 20 to 16. This, added to the 3 times ‘Simon Says’ had been a star rater for them, brought their tally to 4 star raters in total.

Stu Phillips experienced his first time with the biggest faller as ‘Crystal Chandelier’ fell 4 from11 to 15 to take the award this week.

Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ moved on to 15 weeks with us and enjoyed its 2nd week as the oldest on the charts. This was the 53rd week overall that a local song had been the oldest on the charts, however it was the 30th time if one excludes all the songs on the very first chart. ‘Sunglasses’ was also the only song so far by a local woman to be the oldest if one excluded Virginia Lee’s duet with Slim Whiteman, ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’, which had been on the first chart.

One can only assume that the release of The Flames version of ‘For Your Precious Love’ hastened the end of the chart run of the version by Oscar Toney Jr as the latter had been heading only in one direction in the 4 weeks that The Flames version had been around. This week Oscar’s downward movement took his song right off the top 20. It had enjoyed an 8 week run in the charts and peaked at 3 (the week before the arrival of The Flames version). This was the only song to depart the chart and Oscar could be happy in the knowledge that like Arnold Schwarzenegger, he would be back.

The new hit on the chart to replace ‘For Your Precious Love’ was Percy Sledge’s 4th hit to date, ‘My Special Prayer’. As mentioned above, Percy already sat at number 2 with ‘Take Time To Know Her’ making Sledge the 30th different act to have 2 or more in the charts at the same time. Of these 30, the Brits led the way with 13 and with Percy adding to the Yanks total they were closing in with 12 to their credits (3 local acts, 1 Canadian and 1 Aussie made up the balance). The arrival of this hit also brought the American’s level with the Brits for hit count as we had seen songs by 157 from both nations grace our charts so far. We had to look back to 29 March 1968 for when we had more than 1 artist with more than 1 hit in the chart. ‘My Special Prayer’ was written by Joe Simon and had its first taste of chart action in 1965 but as the b-side of Arthur Prysock’s ‘It’s Too Late, Baby Too Late’ which went to number 56 on the US Hot 100 (‘My Special Prayer’ did not get a credit in the charts like some double a-sided singles did). Then Joe Simon himself recorded the song in 1967 and this went to 87 in the US as an a-side. The following year, in 1968, Sledge’s cover reached 93 there during a 4 weeks run in the Hot 100.

Petula Clark moved 1 clear of The Hollies and The Seekers for weeks count, her 67 to date causing the latter 2 artists to drop to 8 on the weeks count list while Petula held the 7th spot all by herself. Donovan moved tied 12th with Cliff Richard, they had 57 to their names while The Mamas And The Papas’ 47 weeks, moved them tied 17th with The Monkees. On the local weeks count list, The Staccatos were now in clear 3rd place with their 37 to date pulling them 1 clear of Virginia Lee. Hilary was bounding up that list with her 2 in the charts and now sat tied 9th with Jody Wayne and The Square Set with 18 weeks to her credit.

Lastly, this week set a new record high for average accumulated weeks for artists on the chart. The total average weeks count for those in this week’s top 20 was 33.95 a little up on the previous record of 33.4 which we saw on 16/2/68.

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