20 December 1968


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Jesamine  – Casuals
2 1 7 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
3 4 4 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
4 3 13 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
5 7 4 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
6 5 9 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  – Elvis Presley
7 17 2 Only One Woman  – Marbles
8 11 5 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
9 6 11 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
10 8 9 The Red Balloon  – Dave Clark Five
11 13 3 Listen to Me  – Hollies
12 9 11 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You  – Bee Gees
13 14 3 On the Road Again  – Canned Heat
14 10 8 Days  – Kinks
15 19 2 A Day Without Love  – Love Affair
16 18 2 Vin Rosé  – Stu Phillips
17 20 2 The Wreck of the Antoinette  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
18 New 1 Lily the Pink  – Scaffold
19 15 12 Indian Lake  – Cowsills
20 New 1 Elenore  – Turtles

Unlike with their previous chart topper, ‘Silence Is Golden’ which spent a record to date 7 weeks at the top of the charts, The Tremeloes’ second run at 1 lasted just a single week as ‘My Little Lady’ gave way for The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ at the top of our charts. ‘My Little Lady’ fell to number 2 and Barry Ryan’s ‘Eloise’ climbed up 1 place to 3.

For just the second time since the start of the charts we saw a songs make a 10 or more place climb 2 weeks running. Last week it was Barry Ryan’s ‘Eloise’ which managed it and this week The Marbles’ ‘Only One Woman’ moved up 10 to 7. The only other time we had seen this type of climb in consecutive weeks was where The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘1-2-3 Red Light’ climbed 12 and Mary Hopkins’ ‘Those Were The Days’ also climbed 12 the following week.

The only other star rater this week was Love Affair’s 4 place climb with ‘A Day Without Love’ which moved up 4 from 19 to 15.

The Cowsills’ ‘Indian Lake’ was the biggest faller for a 3rd week running. It had dropped 4 places then 6 in the last 2 weeks and this week’s further 4 place drop took the award again. The Kinks’ ‘Days’ joined ‘Indian Lake’ in falling 4 places to share the award. This was The Kinks second time with the award.

Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ fell off the charts after being with us for 13 weeks, 4 of which were at number 1. In terms of percentage of time on the charts spent at number 1, this was the 3rd highest we had seen by a local act (11th highest overall) as 4 out of 13 weeks represented 30.8%. Murray Campbell’s 6 weeks out of 15 (40%) was the highest we had seen for a local song and Hilary’s 7 weeks out of 19 with ‘Sunglasses’ (36.8%) was second best. The overall best to date was The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ which spent 7 of its 15 week run on the charts at 1 (46.7%).

Also leaving us this week was Mary Hopkin’s ‘Those Were The Days’ which lasted 11 weeks and peaked at 2, spending 1 week there while fellow leaver, ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ was at 1 and then being leapfrogged by The Bee Gees’ ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You’ to spend another week as the bridesmaid but never the bride.

Both woman would return to the chart, but their departure meant that the top 20 was now devoid of solo women for the first time in 26 weeks. This was the second longest run we had had with a solo female artist gracing our charts, but fell well short of the record to date 74.

The first new entry had a Beatles connection as Paul McCartney’s younger brother Mike (born Peter Michael McCartney and going under the name Mike McGear) was a member of the group. The Scaffold’s ‘Lily The Pink’, which entered the charts at 18 this week would go to number 1 in the UK. There was a further Beatles connection as the song was knocked off the UK top spot (twice) by The Marmalades’ cover of The Beatles ‘Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da’. ‘Lily The Pink’ spent a total of 4 weeks at 1 there during this interrupted run. The band drafted in Graham Nash and Elton John (although the latter was still 2 years away from his first solo UK hit) for backing vocals and ‘Lily The Pink’ name checks Jennifer Eccles who was the subject of a recent Hollies song from a time when Nash was a member of The Hollies. The song also seemed to like the number 5 as that was its peak position in Germany, Austria, Sweden and Rhodesia.

The Turtles returned to the charts with their 4th offering to date. Their new one, ‘Elenore’ had been to number 6 in the US and 7 in the UK. It would also go on to top the charts in New Zealand. ‘Elenore’ was written by the band members and was meant as a joke, parodying the style of  their previous hit ‘Happy Together’ as they were trying to do more experimental stuff which other bands such as The Beatles were doing. But their record label wouldn’t let them, so they deliberately wrote weird lyrics for the song. However, the record label (White Whale) didn’t get the joke and loved it. In 2001, the brilliantly named Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies recorded a cover of the song.

The UK acts had built up a bit if a lead over the US ones, being 7 ahead of them now on 173 to the US’s 166.

The Troggs drew level with The Rolling Stones for a second time on the weeks count list. They had managed this earlier in the year when, in July, they equalled The Stones’ total only to have the latter produce a new entry which eventually went on to pull The Stones back into second place on their own. The Troggs now equalled the 91 weeks total that The Stones had and were hoping that there would be no new offerings from Mick Jagger and the boys on the horizon. The Troggs were also celebrating passing the 1,100 points milestone as they moved on to 1,113, but sat 3rd behind The Stones who had 1,145 and Tom Jones who had 1,549.

The Hollies moved tied 6th with Engelbert Humperdinck for weeks with 69 to their name while The Bee Gees shook off Cliff Richard to occupy 13th place on the weeks count list on their own. They had spent a total of 58 weeks with us so far.

This was also the second week where the top and bottom song featured a girl’s name in the title as we had Jesamine at 1 and Elenore at 20. The last time we had this it was 2 versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ so this was the first time it was with different songs.

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