|1||2||5||My Sentimental Friend||–||Herman’s Hermits|
|2||1||6||Proud Mary||–||Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|4||4||9||First of May||–||Bee Gees|
|5||6||3||Think it All Over||–||Sandie Shaw|
|6||8||4||Time of the Season||–||Zombies|
|7||9||4||The Boxer||–||Simon & Garfunkel|
|10||11||6||Young Love Can Hurt||–||Dickie Loader|
|12||13||5||Love Me Tonight||–||Tom Jones|
|13||16||2||Heather Honey||–||Tommy Roe|
|16||20||2||Happy Heart||–||Andy Williams|
|17||19||2||Come Back and Shake Me||–||Clodagh Rodgers|
|18||New||1||Little Yellow Aeroplane||–||Leapy Lee|
|19||New||1||Time is Tight||–||Booker T & The MG’s|
Herman’s Hermits set a new record for the biggest gap between number 1 hits as ‘My Sentimental Friend’ took over the top spot this week 206 weeks after they had last sat there with ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’ back on 9 July 1965. This comprehensively beat the existing gap record of 123 weeks that Tommy Roe had held. Previous number 1, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary’ lasted just 2 weeks at the top of the charts. Geoff Stephens joined the 3 Gibb brothers, Les Reed and Reg Presley at the top of the list for number of number 1’s for a song writer as he had writing credits on 3 number 1 now, ‘Winchester Cathedral’ by The New Vaudeville Band, ‘Sorry Suzanne’ by The Hollies and the new number 1 this week.
As the biggest climb this week was just 4 places, the biggest climbers and the star raters were the same songs. There were 2 songs that managed the 4 place jump and they were Desmond Dekker’s ‘Israelites’ and Andy Williams’ ‘Happy Heart’ which landed at 14 and 16 respectively.
The biggest fall was also 4 places and it was only Ohio Express’ ‘Mercy’ that managed that, dropping to 11 from 7.
Matt Hurter’s ‘Bicycle Bill’ fell off the charts after just 2 weeks in the top 20. It peaked at 17 and Matt would not be getting back on his bike after this setback as this would be all we would see of him on the SA charts.
Joe South’s ‘Games People Play’ also left the charts. It had had a run of 11 weeks, 2 of which were spent at the number 1 spot. This would be his only chart hit as an artist, but we would see him return as a song writer to add to his total of 3 song writing credits to date.
Last to go was The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘Indian Giver’ which managed 13 weeks on the charts and, like ‘Games People Play’, spent 2 of them at number 1. It was the 17th song to leave the charts from within the top 20 as it spent its last week at 10. This was the 7th song in the space of 9 weeks to leave from 10 or higher and the 3rd week running we had seen a song leave from position 10. ‘Indian Giver’ had been the oldest on last week’s chart and The Bee Gees’ ‘First Of May’ was the new oldest.
Leapy Lee became the second act to chart with 2 different songs which both started with the word ‘Little’. The previous act to do this was The Troggs who had hits with ‘Little Girl’ and ‘Little Red Donkey’. Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ followed up his only other hit to date, ‘Little Arrows’ and was the first of 3 new entries this week. There would be 1 more act to have 2 songs chart starting with the word ‘Little’. In total 27 acts would chart with 2 songs starting with the same word (excluding ‘The’ and ‘A’) 10 of which would have 2 starting with ‘I’, 1 would be Murray Campbell charting with a solo version of ‘Goodbye My Love’ and again with same song as part of a duet with Virginia Lee. No act would manage 3 songs starting with the same word. ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ was written by John Rostill who also brought us Cliff Richard & The Shadows’ ‘In The Country’. Unlike his previous ‘Little’ hit, this Yellow Aeroplane would fail to get off the ground in the US, the UK or Europe. According to the information given on the Youtube video of this, the song had some local popularity in Australia, charting in some of the provinces, but it did not make the main Australian charts.
Booker T & The MG’s brought us the 17th instrumental song to chart as ‘Time Is Tight’ was our second new entry this week. The song would go to 4 in the UK and 6 in the US. The song writing credits were shared between members of the group, all of whom were having their first SA hit
except for Steve Cropper who had had song writing credits on Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ No The) Dock Of The Bay’. ‘Time Is Tight’ was from the soundtrack to the 1968 film ‘Uptight’ which starred Raymond St. Jacques and Ruby Dee and was directed by Jules Dassin.
Our final new entry was a comedy record by Ray Stevens called ‘Gitarzan’. It would give Stevens a number 8 hit in the US, but would fail to chart in the UK. Just under 5 years later Stevens would top the UK charts with another novelty record called ‘The Streak’. Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale on 24 January 1939 and has been inducted into the Nashville, Georgia and Christian Music Halls of Fame.
Sandie Shaw became the 3rd female artist to reach the 50 weeks in the charts milestone. She followed Petula Clark and Lucille Starr in achieving this. The Cowsills became the 57th act to reach 20 weeks.
Tommy Roe moved tied 15th with Percy Sledge on the weeks count list. They had 56 to their names. The Tremeloes were also moving up the list, their 52 to date putting them tied 18th with Jim Reeves. On the local list, Dickie Loader moved 1 week clear of Jody Wayne and The Square Set to be at number 11 on his own. He sat on 19 weeks.
Tom Jones was racking up the points and this week he moved past the 1600 mark as he ticked over to 1608. He was way out in front for this with nearest rival, The Troggs being on 1286.
As a final note, this week equalled the record to date for number of 1 word song titles on the top 20 as we had 5 of them.