8 November 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 5 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You  – Bee Gees
2 2 6 Those Were the Days  – Mary Hopkin
3 1 8 Picking Up Pebbles  – Cornelia
4 6 5 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
5 4 7 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
6 7 6 Indian Lake  – Cowsills
7 8 3 Sonbrilletjies  – Al Debbo
8 5 8 1, 2, 3 Red Light  – 1910 Fruitgum Company
9 13 3 The Red Balloon  – Dave Clark Five
10 9 3 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  – Elvis Presley
11 14 4 Hello, I Love You  – Doors
12 15 3 Harper Valley PTA  – Jeannie C Riley
13 18 2 Les Bicyclettes De Belsize  – Engelbert Humperdinck
14 11 10 For Your Precious Love  – Flames
15 20 2 Days  – Kinks
16 12 9 Sunshine Girl  – Herman’s Hermits
17 19 2 Weltevrede Stasie  – Bats
18 New 1 Hush  – Deep Purple
19 New 1 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
20 New 1 Jesamine  – Casuals

The Bee Gees celebrated their 2nd number 1 in South Africa as ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You’ moved up 2 to oust Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles from the top spot. ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ had managed 4 weeks at number 1 and it dropped to number 3. It was the 7th song so far to make the top of the charts without spending a week at 2 on either the way up or down (excluding the new number 1 by The Bee Gees which we are yet to see if it spends a week at 2 on the way down). Of the 6 other songs to manage this, the first 2 were by Elvis Presley (‘Do The Clam’ and ‘Crying In The Chapel’) and 2 others apart from Cornelia’s were by local acts (The A-Cads’ ‘Hungry For Love’) and The Flames’ ‘For Your Precious Love’).

2 of last week’s new entries were our biggest climber this week and they were Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Les Bicyclettes Des Belsize’ and The Kinks’ ‘Days’ which both climbed 5 places to land at 13 and 15 respectively. This was Engelbert’s 4th time with a biggest climber but only a second for The Kinks. The Dave Clark Five’s ‘The Red Balloon’ was the only other star rater, climbing 4 places to 9.

Herman’s Hermits picked up a 6th biggest faller (the 4th act to manage this many) as ‘Sunshine Girl’ dropped 4 places from 12 to 16.

While The Bee Gees were enjoying being the new number 1, they also suffered a setback in that their other hit which had shared the top 20 with ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’, dropped off the charts. ‘To Love Somebody’ had been with us for 8 weeks and peaked at 10. This was their second lowest peak to date, but was a lot better than the peak of 18 which ‘World’ managed. This ended their 4 week run with 2 in the charts, a far longer run than the previous time they had had 2 in the top 20 as that run only lasted 1 week.

The Beach Boys’ ‘Do It Again’ became the 13th song to have an equal weeks and peak figure as it left the charts after 7 weeks and a peak of 7. This was only their 2nd song (of their 7 hits to date) which would not reach double figures for weeks) but did keep their non-top 10 hits count at 1 where ‘Heroes And Villians’ just missed out on a top 10 spot, peaking at 11.

Last of the leavers was the 8th song to leave the charts from position 10 or higher as Tom Jones’ ‘Help Yourself’ dropped off the top 20 after sitting at number 10 last week. We had now seen 4 songs leave the chart from number 9 and 4 from number 10. ‘Help Yourself’ had enjoyed a 12 week run on the charts, 3 of which were at number 1 and 1 of which was as the oldest on the top 20. It had been Jones’ 5th chart topper.

The new oldest on the charts was The Flames’ ‘For Your Precious Love’ which had just moved into double figures for weeks. It was the 16th local song to be the oldest on the charts, but only the 6th by a local group, 8 of the others being by a local male and 2 by local women.

‘Hush’ was our first new entry this week. It was written by Joe South (who would have a hit as an artist on our charts) and first recorded by Billy Joe Royal (who had had a hit on our charts already). However, the version which charted was the first hit for British heavy rock band, Deep Purple. It would give them a number 4 hit in the US, but would not impact the UK chart until 1988 (20 years later) when a re-recorded version would make number 62 there.

We had not seen The Tremeloes on the charts since the first week of this year, but they returned just before the end of the year with their 3rd SA Chart hit to date, ‘My Little Lady’. The song would give The Tremeloes their 15th UK chart hit and their 9th to go top 10 there as it peaked at 6. It would not trouble the US Hot 100 but would pick up a number 1 peak in Switzerland and Belgium while going to 3 in Germany and Holland and 5 in Austria and Norway.

The final vacant spot in the top 20 was filled by The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’. The Casuals hailed from Lincolnshire in the UK and would net themselves 2 UK chart hits, ‘Toy’ which would peak at 30 and by far their biggest hit, ‘Jesamine’ which peaked at number 2 there, kept of the top spot by Mary Hopkins’ ‘Those Were The Days’. They should not be confused with The Casuals who had a number 42 hit in the US with a song called ‘So Tough’, that was a US group from the 1950s. ‘Jesamine’, which Paul Weller from The Jam has often been cited as saying it is one of his all-time favourites, would also go top 10 in a number of European countries, getting to 5 in Belgium, 6 in Norway, 8 in Holland and 9 in Germany. Closer to home, it would make it to number 3 in what was then Rhodesia.

Elvis Presley reached the 30 weeks in the chart milestone which placed him 35th on the weeks count list. Elsewhere on that list Herman’s Hermits moved tied 6th with Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark as their count moved on to 68. The Bee Gees went tied 15th with Jim Reeves, the 2 acts having 52 weeks each to their respective names. On the local list, Al Debbo moved tied 19th with Dickie Loader on 13 weeks, causing June Muscat to drop out of the top 20 of that list.

‘Sonbrilletjies’/’Sunglasses’ went into tied 7th place with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ for weeks on the charts by a song charting in more than 1 version. Herman’s Hermits and The New Vaudeville Band had brought us the 2 versions of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’.

We also said congratulations to Barry Mason who had clocked up 100 weeks on the charts as a song writer. He became the 2nd song writer to manage this after Les Reed who had 123 weeks to his name and counting.

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