15 November 1968


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

The Bee Gees’ ‘I’ve Gotta get A Message To You’ enjoyed a second week at number 1 and they closed the gap slightly on Tom Jones who led the way for total weeks at 1. This was their 9th week there. However, they still had a fair way to go to catch up with Jones as he sat on 15. They had to satisfy themselves with second place at the moment.

‘Jesamine’ by The Casuals moved up 7 places to be this week’s biggest climber. Another of last week’s new entries, The Trememloes’ ‘My Little Lady’ was the only other star rater this week, climbing up 5 to 14. This was their 6th star rater to date and they were the 20th act so far to manage this many.

The Flames’ ‘For Your Precious Love’ accounted for the 45th time that a local song had been the faller of the week as it plunged 6 places to 20 to take the award this week. It was the oldest on the charts being on 11 weeks which would have been some consolation.

We bid adieu to Herman’s Hermit’s ‘Sunshine Girl’. It had enjoyed a 9 week stay with us and peaked at 3 during that time. This meant that 5 of their 8 hits to date had gone top 10, but only 3 had managed 10 weeks or more.

The Doors’ ‘Hello, I Love You’ was the other song to leave the charts which was rather surprising as it had been heading upwards and looking good to enter the top 10, however its position last week at 11 became its peak during the 4 weeks it was with us. Both acts leaving the charts this week had further hits in them.

This week saw the first SA chart hit for Aretha Franklin and it was one which has become one of her classics tunes, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. It had been written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David (their 4th and 5th SA chart hits respectively) and first recorded by Dionne Warwick who took her version to 4 in the US in 1967. Aretha’s version did not fare as well, but did reach number 10. However, across the pond in the UK Dionne Warwick’s version went unnoticed while Aretha’s one went to number 4 there. Aretha’s version was originally slated as the b-side for her single ‘The House That Jack Built’ but as it began to get airplay it was released in its own right.

After having their first 5 hits all being by Lucille Starr, the Canadians were suddenly waking up and we saw our 4th different Canadian act chart this week in the form of Andy Kim with his hit ‘How’d We Ever Get This Way?’. It was the 8th hit overall by a Canadian and they now sat 4th for number of hits, beaten only by the UK, the US and local hits. Kim was born Andrew Youakim in Montreal and ‘How’d We Ever Get This Way?’ would be his first US chart hit where is just missed going into the top 20, peaking at number 21 (his next US hit, ‘Shoot ‘Em Up Baby’, would just miss out on a top 30 placing, peaking at 31). Kim wrote the song with Jeff Barry, giving the latter his 3rd SA chart hit as a song writer (it was a first for Kim) having co-written Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Hanky Panky’ and The Beach Boy’s ‘Then I Kissed Her’.

Engelbert Humperdinck moved on to 68 weeks on the charts to form a 4-way tie for 6th place on the weeks count list as his total equalled that of Herman’s Hermits, Four Jacks & A Jill and Petula Clark. The Bee Gees moved into tied 14th place with Lucille Starr. They had 53 to their name. On the local list, The Bats added 1 to their total to move on to 29 weeks, they sat 7th but were still 2 behind Des Lindberg in 6th place. Al Debbo moved tied 17th with The A-Cads and Group 66. They were all on 14 weeks.

‘Sunglasses’/’Sonbrilletjies’ moved into tied 5th place for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more than 1 version as it had now clocked up 23 weeks between the 2 versions. It shared 5th place with ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Linberg & We Three) and ‘The Letter’ (Box Tops & Trini Lopez). ‘For Your Precious Love’ also moved up the list, its 19 weeks to date equalling ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ (The Mindbenders & Petula Clark) and moving the song into tied 10th place.

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One thought on “15 November 1968

  1. Call me a hardened old cynic but I would not be surprised if the demise of the Doors song “Hello, I love you” happened after a week-end braai at which one of our lofty censors was asked why they had not banned a song in which listeners were asked if they “hoped to pluck this dusky jewel”? LOL.

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