6 December 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
2 3 5 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
3 7 5 Jesamine  – Casuals
4 2 9 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You  – Bee Gees
5 4 9 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
6 6 7 The Red Balloon  – Dave Clark Five
7 8 7 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  – Elvis Presley
8 11 6 Days  – Kinks
9 5 10 Indian Lake  – Cowsills
10 9 10 Those Were the Days  – Mary Hopkin
11 12 4 I Say a Little Prayer  – Aretha Franklin
12 10 12 Picking Up Pebbles  – Cornelia
13 19 2 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
14 20 2 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
15 16 6 Weltevrede Stasie  – Bats
16 18 3 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
17 13 7 Sonbrilletjies  – Al Debbo
18 15 7 Harper Valley PTA  – Jeannie C Riley
19 New 1 On the Road Again  – Canned Heat
20 New 1 Listen to Me  – Hollies

‘My Special Prayer’ held on to the top spot to spend a second week there with The Tremeloes’ ‘My Little Lady’ being the contenders to the throne as it moved up 1 place to number 2.

The Troggs picked up an 8th biggest climber award as ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ moved up 6 places to 13. They were second only to Tom Jones (on 10) for number of biggest climbers. And while The Troggs were hanging around the top of the list for number of biggest climbers, Barry Ryan climbed on to the bottom of the ladder with his first as ‘Eloise’ also managed a 6 place climb, landing up at 14.

The only other star rater this week was The Causals’ ‘Jesamine’ which moved up 4 to 3rd place. This was a 3rd star rater climb for the song. To date 25 songs had managed 3 star rater climbs, with none managing a 4th.

The Cowsills’ ‘Indian Lake’ and Al Debbo’s ‘Sonbrilletjies’ were the fall guys this week, both songs dropping 4 places to land at 9 and 17 respectively. It was ‘Sonbrilletjies’ 2nd biggest faller award and, added to the 1 that ‘Baas Jack’ picked up, was Debbo’s 3rd overall. 3 other local males had had 3 biggest fallers and these were Emil Dean, Murray Campbell and Gene Rockwell.

Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ entered its 3rd week as the oldest on the chart as it moved on to 12 weeks.

Another local lady was not doing as well as Pat Gregory’s ‘Hey Mr Dreamer’ fell off the charts after just 2 weeks with us and a peak if 17. This would be her only SA chart action.

Deep Purple’s ‘Hush’ fared marginally better, spending 4 weeks with us and getting to a highest position of 14 in that time. Unlike Pat Gregory, though, they would return to our top 20.

Canned Heat made their SA chart debut with ‘On The Road Again’. It would also be their debut hit in the US and the UK getting to 16 on the former and 8 on the latter. It would also go top 10 in Australia (#9), Belgium (#5), Canada (#8), France (#7), Holland (#5), Switzerland (#3) and Rhodesia (#7). Both the guys credited with writing the song have passed away, Alan Wilson tragically dying at 27 (drug overdose – possible suicide), 2 weeks after Jimi Hendix and 4 weeks before Janis Joplin while Floyd Jones lived to the ripe old age of 72.

The Hollies became the first of the chasing pack of 7 artists on 8 hits to get a 9th and join Petula Clark in 2nd place on the hits count list. Their new one was ‘Listen To Me’ (which I guess is what we did). It gave song writer Tony Hazzard his 2nd hit having had song writing credit on Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said the Clown’. It would be The Hollies 18th UK chart hit where it managed to peak at 11, meaning that 15 of their 18 hits to date had gone top 20 there. Only 5 of their next 13 hits would manage to get into the top 20 in the UK and that may have had something to do with the fact that ‘Listen To Me’ was the last song to feature Graham Nash in the band’s line-up. It would also pick up a pair of number 13 peaks in Europe, getting to that position on the German and Belgium charts.

With one of the new entries being by an American act and the other by a British act, the Brits maintained their 4 hit lead over the Americans with 169 hits to their credit compared to the Yanks’ 165. The local content in the chart dropped to 3 after a run of 6 weeks with 4.

The Troggs moved back to having 3rd place to themselves on the weeks count list as their 89 to date put them 1 ahead of The Beach Boys. The Hollies shook off The Seekers to occupy 10th position on the list by themselves. They sat on 67 weeks. The Bats overtook Des Lindberg with 32 weeks to their name. They stayed 6 on the local weeks count list while Des dropped to 7. Also on the local list, Al Debbo moved tied 12th with The Dream Merchants with both acts on 17 weeks.

The Bee Gees moved passed the 700 points mark as they ticked over to 709 in total. They sat 9th on the overall points list.

This was also only the 2nd week where the number 1 and number 2 song started with the same word (‘My Special Prayer’ and ‘My Little Lady’ both starting with ‘My’). The previous time was when Four Jacks And A Jills’ and Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Timothy’ were at 1 and 2.

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