22 November 1968


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

Last week it was only a star rater, this week it was the biggest climber as The Tremeloes’ ‘My Little Lady’ moved up 6 from 14 to 8 to take the title this week. It was The Tremeloes’ 3rd time with a biggest climber.The Bee Gees’ ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts and the band moved on to 10 weeks in total at number 1. However, they remained in 2nd place for weeks at 1 by an artist as they were still 5 behind Tom Jones. Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’ bounced back up the charts, climbing back to 2 from 6. It had been at number 2 four weeks back, but had been dropping since then till this week’s climb.

Apart from our biggest climber and Percy Sledge’s 4 place climb mentioned above, there were 3 other star raters this week. These were The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ (last week’s biggest climber), The Kinks’ ‘Days’ and Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. The first 2 climbed 4 places to get to 9 and 12 respectively while Aretha climbed 5 to get to 13. It was an 8th star rater for Percy Sledge, a 7th for The Tremeloes, a 4th for The Kinks, a 2nd for The Casuals and a 1st for Aretha.

Al Debbo picked up his 2nd biggest faller award as ‘Sonbrilletjies’ dropped 4 places to 11 while Engelbert Humperdinck was suffering his 5th with ‘Les Bicyclettes Des Belsize’ dropping 4 to 16.

Last week’s oldest song on the charts, The Flames’ ‘For Your Precious Love’, fell off the top 20. It had been with us for 11 weeks, 1 of which was spent at number 1. Surprisingly, this would be the band’s only SA Chart action. Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ on 10 weeks took over as the oldest on the charts giving us the 60th week with a local song as the oldest. This was also only the 2nd time we had seen a local song take over from another local one as the oldest. The last time this happened was when John E Shapre & The Squires’ ‘I Am A Rock’ became the granddaddy of the chart when Des Lindberg’s ‘’Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ left. (This excludes all songs on the first ever chart).

2 weeks ago we saw the 4th song leave the charts from number 10 and this then equalled the number of songs that had departed from number 9 (the highest last position to date). This week the leavers from 10 overtook those from 9 as we saw the 5th song to go from position 10 and that was The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘1-2-3 Red Light’. The song had been with us for 9 weeks and peaked at 2. This was the highest peak to date for a song lasting 9 weeks on the charts with only Donovan’s ‘Hurdgy Gurdy Man’ managing this previously. In total 11 songs would peak at 2 during a 9 week run and we would see a chart topper only last 9 weeks. Unlike The Flames, The 1910 Fruitgum Company still had further hits in them.

Our first new entry this week was ‘Hey Mr Dreamer’ by Pat Gregory. There is very little information about this song out there. It seems that Pat was female, that the song was a John Edmonds composition and that Billy Forrest produced it. Lauren Copley (under the name Leoné Lauren) recorded the song when she was 11 years old and there is also a version by Carike Keuzenkamp floating around out there. And that is about all I could find on it. Any further info would be greatly appreciated.

The Archies kicked off their SA Chart career with ‘Bang-Shang-A-Lang’ entering at 20. It was the debut single for the band that hid its identity behind the cartoon characters from the Archie comics. It gave Jeff Barry his 4th hit as a song writer and 2 of them were on this week’s chart as the other was Andy Kim’s ‘How’d We Ever Get This Way?’ where he shared writing credits with Kim. The song would give The Archies a number 22 hit in the US and would manage to get to number 3 in neighbouring Rhodesia as it was then.

The Bats clocked up their 30th week on the charts but they were still 1 behind Des Lindberg, so they did not move from 7th place on the local weeks count list. Al Debbo did move up, his 15 weeks to date putting him tied 15th with Emil Dean and Groep Twee. On the overall list, Engelbert Humperdinck took 6th place all to himself, moving 1 clear of Four Jacks & A Jill, Herman’s Hermits and Petula Clark who all dropped into 7th place. The Bee Gees shook off Lucille Starr to have 14th place to themselves. They were on 54 weeks.

Engelbert also celebrated passing the 900 point mark as he moved on to 902. He sat 5th overall for points.

‘Sunglasses’/’Sonbrilletjies’ moved on to a total of 24 weeks on the charts for the 2 versions of it that had made the top 20 and pulled 1 clear of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ and ‘The Letter’ for weeks on the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version. ‘Sunglasses’/’Sonbrilletjies’ now sat 5th on its own on that list.

A last thing to note was that in total we would see 5 songs with word ‘prayer’ in the title and 2 of those were in this week’s chart (‘My Special Prayer’ and ‘I Say A Little Prayer’).

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5 thoughts on “22 November 1968

  1. Pat Gregory was nogal bekend en hoog aangeslaan in die laat Sestigs en was by die Gallo platemaatskappy. Haar treffer “Hey Mr Dreamer” is in 1968 gekomponeer deur George Esaul en John Edmond, en soos jy tereg noem ook deur Leonè Lauren (Lauren Copley) opgeneem in 1969 op haar album “Seven Years Older Than Four”. Die lied is dieselfde jaar deur Carike Keuzenkamp in Afrikaans opgeneem as “Droomverlore” en saam met “Dink Aan My” op solus-sewe uitgereik.

  2. Just a follow up on PAT GREGORY…
    Pat was a frontline singer in the 1960’s with various bands in and around Johannesburg. She was married to Greg Armitage, but changed her surname to Pat Gregory for stage purposes. In the late 60’s they emigrated to Sydney in Australia, where she still lives today. John Edmond wrote a few songs for her and was also her producer during the recordings of a couple of seven-singles. John Edmond and his Polish friend, George Esaul, wrote Pat’s hitsong “Hey Mr Dreamer”, and it was George that suggested that Pat must record it. Billy Forrest was the producer at the recording of this great song. John, with the help of Anton de Waal, then also wrote Afrikaans lyrics to the song, which was then recorded in 1969 by Carike Keuzenkamp.

  3. Pat  was a  frontline  singer in  the  1960’s with  various  bands in  and  around Johannesburg.  She  was married  to  Greg Armitage,  but  changed her  surname  to  Pat  Gregory for  stage  purposes. In  the  late 60’s  they  emigrated to  Sydney  in Australia,  where  she still  lives  today. John  Edmond  wrote  a  few songs  for  her  and  was also  her  producer during  the  recordings of  a  couple of  seven-singles.  John Edmond  and his  Polish friend,  George  Esaul, wrote  Pat’s  hitsong “Hey  Mr  Dreamer”, and  it  was George  that  suggested that  Pat  must record  it.  Billy Forrest  was  the producer  at  the recording  of  this great  song.  John, with  the  help of  Anton  de Waal,  then  also wrote  Afrikaans  lyrics to  the  song, which  was  then recorded  in  1969 by  Carike  Keuzenkamp.

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