1965 The Facts And Figures

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Well this brings to a close the first year of charts although it was not a full year with only 30 weeks’ worth of charts being produced. During the year, we saw 79 songs chart which were brought to us by 56 different artists. 13 of these hits were by local artists and 8 acts accounted for these 13 hits.

TOP HITS

Based on a points system of 20 points for a number 1 position, 19 for number 2 etc down to 1 for position 20, the following are the top 20 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Goodbye My Love Murray Campbell 235
2 Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No) The Rolling Stones 216
3 What’s New Pussycat? Tom Jones 208
4 I Need You Rick Nelson 207
5 California Girls The Beach Boys 197
6 Under the Boardwalk The Rolling Stones 194
7 World of Our Own The Seekers 192
8 Tossing and Turning The Ivy League 177
9 It’s Not Unusual Tom Jones 166
10 Mr Tambourine Man The Byrds 163
11 Help! The Beatles 161
12 Crying in the Chapel Elvis Presley 160
13 Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers 154
14 I’m Alive The Hollies 148
15 Wooly Bully Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs 144
16 Stand Beside Me Perry Como 139
17 Ciao Gene Rockwell 132
18 Long Live Love Sandie Shaw 131
19 Do the Clam Elvis Presley 128
20 Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter Herman’s Hermits 119
21 Catch Us If You Can The Dave Clark Five 118
22 Pearly Shells Pat Boone 115
23 Catch the Wind Donovan 111
24 Wonderful World Herman’s Hermits 109
25 You’ve Got Your Troubles The Fortunes 108
26 Come Back Silly Girl The Staccatos 106
27 Baby the Rain Must Fall Glenn Yarbrough 105
28 Tears Ken Dodd 102
29 Forget Domani Connie Francis 101
30 Shabby Little Hut The Bats 97
31 If You Gotta Go, Go Now Manfred Mann 97
32 I Got You Babe Sonny and Cher 96
33 Look Through Any Window The Hollies 95
34 Ticket to Ride The Beatles 86
35 Tea and Trumpets The Norman Ruby Orchestra 81
36 Hang on Sloopy The McCoys 78
37 Goodbye My Love Virginia Lee and Murray Campbell 78
38 Houston Dean Martin 77
39 Love Gene Rockwell 75
40 Concrete and Clay Unit Four Plus Two 69

(Thanks to Peet van Staden for this table)

You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:

http://www.rock.co.za/files/sahits_1965.html

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1976 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Goodbye My Love Murray Campbell 235
2 Ciao Gene Rockwell 132
3 Come Back Silly Girl The Staccatos 106
4 Shabby Little Hut The Bats 97
5 Goodbye My Love Virginia Lee and Murray Campbell 78
6 Love Gene Rockwell 75
7 Hungry For Love A-Cads 66
8 Only You My Love Murray Campbell 53
9 Torture Gene Rockwell 50
10 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me) Theo Cavalieros 41

NUMBER OF HITS

The Rolling Stones took top honours for the most hits in the year as they managed to score 4. Gene Rockwell, Cliff Richard, The Seekers, Herman’s Hermits and Tom Jones all chipped in with 3. A further 11 acts managed 2 while the rest only managed 1.

Gene Rockwell with his 3 was the top scorer for local acts with Emil Dean, The Bats and Murray Campbell coming in with 2 apiece.

WEEKS IN THE CHARTS

Given that they managed 1 more hit than anybody else, it was no real surprise that The Rolling Stones were the top act for weeks spent on the charts. They managed to spend a total of 38 weeks in the top 20 (2 songs on the chart in a week counts as 2 weeks). They were followed by Tom Jones on 35, Murray Campbell (top local artist) on 30 and Herman’s Hermits on 25. Gene Rockwell in 5th place was the second highest local act on 23 and was tied with Elvis Presley on this tally. In total 26 of the 56 artists who charted managed to get into double figures for weeks.

NUMBER 1’s

14 songs topped the charts during the year with Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones accounting for 2 apiece, the 8 others all being by different artists. Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ was the only local chart topper amongst those.

In terms of weeks spent at the top of the chart, The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ performed the best with 6 consecutive weeks at 1. Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ also managed 6 weeks but they were not consecutive. In terms of songs, Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ and Tom Jones’ ‘What’s  New Pussycat’ were the only other songs to manage more than 2 weeks at the top, both spending 3 weeks there.

The Beach Boys and Murray Campbell also took top honours for weeks at 1 by an act, both managing 6 as mentioned above. Tom Jones just pipped Elvis by managing 5 with his 2 chart toppers while Elvis came in with a total of 4.

FEMALE ACTS

We saw 7 hits by woman (including where women were part of a duet) with Virginia Lee being the only local one among them and also the only one to manage 2 hits, although both were as part of duets (one with Slim Whitman and one with Murray Campbell).

The top 5 hits by woman in 1965 were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Long Live Love Sandie Shaw 131
2 Forget Domani Connie Francis 101
3 Goodbye My Love Virginia Lee (with Murray Campbell) 78
4 Tennessee Yodel Polka Virginia Lee (with Slim Whitman) 57
5 I Know A Place Petula Clark 46

Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’ was the only song by a woman to top the charts in the year.

REST OF THE WORLD

Aside from artists from the UK and US (who tend to dominate most charts worldwide), and local acts the following are the top hits from other nationalities:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 World of Our Own The Seekers 192 Australia
2 Tea and Trumpets The Norman Ruby Orchestra 81 France
3 Goodbye My Love (Il Silenzio) Nini Rosso 25 Italy
4 The Carnival Is Over The Seekers 3 Australia
5 A Walk In The Black Forest Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra 3 Germany

We had more hits by artists from the UK than any other country as they accounted for 36. We saw 23 American hits chart and 13 local ones. The duet between Slim Whitman and Virginia Lee has been counted as a separate ‘multinational’ hit here, feel free to add one apiece to the US and SA total if you want. The only other nationality to feature more than once were the Aussies as they clocked up 3 hits (all by The Seekers). France, Italy and Germany made up the balance with one each from those countries.

WHAT DIDN’T CHART

The following songs topped either the UK or US charts (or both) in the period from 4 June 1965 (when our charts started) to the end of 1965, but did not make our charts.

Back In My Arms Again Supremes
Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire
Help Me Rhonda Beach Boys
I Can’t Help Myself Four Tops
I Hear A Symphony Supremes
Make It Easy On Yourself Walker Brothers
Over And Over Dave Clark Five
Turn! Turn! Turn! Byrds
Yesterday* Beatles

* Matt Monro’s version of this song did chart

I WRITE THE SONGS

Two  well-known song writing teams led the way for number of hits by songs writers as the Beatles duo of Lennon & McCartney  and The Stones’ Jagger & Richards clocked up 3 hits each. They were joined by Tom Springfield, Guglielmo Brezza and Nini Rosso in this total. 12 further song writers managed to score with 2 hits.

However, on the weeks spent on the chart by their compositions, it was Guglielmo Brezza and Nini Rosso who topped the list with 29 weeks, all of them coming from the 1 song (‘Goodbye My Love’) which charted in 3 different versions. Lennon & McCarty were second with 26 weeks with Jagger & Richards next on 24.

No song writer managed to score more than one chart topper during the year.

 

Well, that’s it for the first year of charts. Onward to 1966 now.

27 December 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 12 California Girls  – Beach Boys
2 2 9 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
3 5 6 Hungry for Love  – A-Cads
4 6 8 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
5 3 10 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
6 7 6 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell
7 4 8 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
8 8 5 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
9 15 3 Get Off My Cloud  – Rolling Stones
10 14 3 The Carnival is Over  – Seekers
11 12 4 Yesterday  – Matt Monro
12 13 5 How the Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean
13 9 8 Houston  – Dean Martin
14 16 4 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
15 11 14 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
16 17 4 That’s How I Feel  – Bats
17 10 9 Tears  – Ken Dodd
18 New 1 Treat Her Right  – Roy Head and The Traits
19 20 2 Here it Comes Again  – Fortunes
20 18 7 You Were On My Mind  – We Five

Due to Friday falling on Christmas Eve in 1965, the chart for this week only came out on the following Monday, so the date is 10 days after the previous chart rather than the usual 7. However, this extended period for the chart did not deter The Beach Boys as their ‘California Girls’ pulled level with Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodnight My Love’ for weeks at one, clocking up its 6th week at the top of the pile. ‘California Girls’ had the edge over ‘Goodnight My Love’ as its 6 weeks were consecutive where the latter’s were not.

The Rolling Stones picked up only their second ‘biggest climber in a week’ award as ‘Get Off My Cloud’ took top honours for climbing this week. It jumped up 6 places from 15 to 9 (1 better than the 5 places ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ managed when it took the award). The Seekers’ ‘The Carnival Is Over’ was the only other star rater this week, moving up 4 from 14 to 10.

On the falling front it was Ken Dodd’s ‘Tears’ that were rolling down the charts as it dropped 7 from 10 to 17. On the plus side for Ken, this would be the only time he would suffer this fate.

Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ had been with us for 7 weeks and peaked at 5, but last week would be the last time we would see the song on our charts. So far Rockwell had had 3 hits on the top 20, but only 1 (‘Ciao’) had managed to get to double figures for weeks.  However, all 3 of had gone top 10.

The newcomer to the charts was Roy Head & The Traits with their hit ‘Treat Her Right’. Written by Head and Traits member Gene Kurtz, the song reached number 2 on the US charts, kept off the top spot by The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’. It would be their only top 10 hit there where they would scrape 2 other top 40 hits (with peaks of 32 and 39) and a further 4 hits which didn’t make it higher than number 80. It would be their only hit in the UK, going to number 30 there. The song was covered in the 1991 film ‘The Commitments’.

Murray Campbell reached the 30 weeks in the chart mark. He stood 3rd overall for weeks on the chart, behind Tom Jones on 35 and The Rolling Stones on 38. His nearest local rival was Gene Rockwell who sat on 23. The Seekers reached the 20 week milestone and moved into tied 8th position on the overall list.

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17 December 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 California Girls  – Beach Boys
2 3 8 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
3 2 9 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
4 4 7 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
5 10 5 Hungry for Love  – A-Cads
6 8 7 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
7 12 5 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell
8 14 4 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
9 5 7 Houston  – Dean Martin
10 6 8 Tears  – Ken Dodd
11 7 13 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
12 15 3 Yesterday  – Matt Monro
13 16 4 How the Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean
14 20 2 The Carnival is Over  – Seekers
15 19 2 Get Off My Cloud  – Rolling Stones
16 17 3 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
17 18 3 That’s How I Feel  – Bats
18 11 6 You Were On My Mind  – We Five
19 9 7 Love  – Gene Rockwell
20 New 1 Here it Comes Again  – Fortunes

‘California Girls’ moved on to 5 weeks at number 1 and was now breathing down the neck of Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ which still led the way on 6 weeks. The Beach Boys hit did extend its lead for best consecutive week run at the top as Campbell’s had been an interrupted one. The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ took over at number 2 from Perry Como’s ‘Stand Beside Me’.

Local lad, Theo Cavallieros and Aussie band The Seekers were the movers this week as ‘Amore Scusami’ by the former and ‘The Carnival Is Over’ by the latter both climbed 6 places landing up at 8 and 14 respectively. The A-Cad’s ‘Hungry For Love’, Murray Campbell’s ‘Only You My Love’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Get Off My Cloud’ were star raters, the first 2 climbing 5 while the last mentioned moved up 4.

So far the biggest drop we had seen a song suffer in a week was 8 places which 3 songs had managed (Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’, The Hollies’ ‘I’m Alive’ and Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’). However this week, Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ took this to new heights (or should that be depths?) as it plummeted 10 places from 9 to 19. In terms of the top 20 songs, there would be just 4 songs that would manage a bigger fall in a week and those would all be 11 places. There would be bigger drops if one looked at the whole chart once a top 30 came into being in 1983. In total there would be 68 cases of a fall of 10 or more places on the charts (including top 30), but it was all kicked off by our very own Gene Rockwell.

One of the two songs that were the oldest on last week’s chart was not on this week’s chart. ‘Unchained Melody’ by the Righteous Brothers had spent 12 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 2 during that time. Of all the songs that charted by groups with ‘Brothers’ in their name, this would only be beaten for a peak by a Bellamy Brothers hit, but then again, the Righteous Brothers were not actually siblings. They would grace our charts again.

The departure of ‘Unchained Melody’ meant Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ was the sole oldest on the chart, clocking up its 13th week.

The Fortunes were back on our charts with ‘Here It Comes Again’ being our only new entry this week. It followed up their recent number 6 hit, ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’. This gave songwriter Barry Mason his first taste of SA chart success, while for his co-writer, Les Reed it was a second hit as Reed had also co-penned Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’. In the UK ‘Here It Comes Again’ would go to number 4 and would also climb to 26 on the US charts. Elsewhere it would get to 12 in Belgium and 40 in Germany.

In terms of weeks spent on the charts, Gene Rockwell moved ahead of The Beatles (who were on 22) to join none other than Elvis Presley on 23 and sit tied 5th on the overall list. And finally, something that would not appear on the chart, but relates to a song that was on our charts 5 weeks previously was that during the week that this chart came out, Virginia Lee would become the first woman to receive a gold disc in South Africa. This award was for ‘Goodbye My Love’ which had recently left our charts.

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10 December 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 California Girls  – Beach Boys
2 2 8 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
3 6 7 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
4 7 6 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
5 8 6 Houston  – Dean Martin
6 3 7 Tears  – Ken Dodd
7 4 12 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
8 10 6 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
9 5 6 Love  – Gene Rockwell
10 12 4 Hungry for Love  – A-Cads
11 14 5 You Were On My Mind  – We Five
12 13 4 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell
13 9 12 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers
14 16 3 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
15 18 2 Yesterday  – Matt Monro
16 17 3 How the Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean
17 20 2 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard
18 19 2 That’s How I Feel  – Bats
19 New 1 Get Off My Cloud  – Rolling Stones
20 New 1 The Carnival is Over  – Seekers

The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ moved into second place on its own for weeks at 1, clocking up a 4th straight week at the top of our charts. It was now the best consecutive week run at the top to date. It pulled 1 clear of Elvis’ ‘Crying In The Chapel’ and Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat’ and sat 2 behind Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’. Perry Como still applied pressure as his ‘Stand Beside Me’ was unmoved at 2.

As with last week, it only took a 3 place climb for a song to be the biggest climber and this week we saw 6 songs manage this. They were ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ by The Staccatos, ‘If You Gotta Go, Go Now’ by Manfred Mann, ‘Houston’ by Dean Martin, ‘You Were On My Mind’ by We Five, ‘Yesterday’ by Matt Monro and ‘Wind Me Up’ by Cliff Richard. The We Five hit had been one of the 3 biggest climbers last week. Manfred Mann and The Staccatos were also celebrating the second time with this award.

In contrast there were only 2 songs that had the biggest fall and they were Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ and The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ which both fell 4 places, landing up at 9 and 13 respectively. Rockwell’s biggest drop was his second to date and the 6th time it had been a local act while for the Righteous Brothers it was also a second time and the second week in a row for ‘Unchained Melody’.

We lost 2 songs from the chart this week, the first of which was Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’. It had spent 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5. Unlike in the UK, we would not see UB40’s cover in 1985 make it on our charts (it would get to 12 on Radio 702’s charts and 13 on Capital 604’s). Sonny & Cher would return to our charts at a later date.

The second song to go was The Hollies’ ‘Look Through Any Window’ which spent 8 weeks on the charts, 4 less than their only other hit to date, ‘I’m Alive’, but shared a peak of 3 with their previous hit. In dropping off the chart from position 11, it became the new highest position for a song to exit the top 20 from, beating Gene Rockwell’s departure from number 13 with ‘Ciao’ by 2 places.

After just 2 weeks without a Rolling Stones hit on our charts, Mick and the boys rectified that situation as ‘Get Off My Cloud’ got onto our charts. This was The Stones’ 4th hit and once again put them at the top of the list of number of hits by an artist, pulling 1 clear of 6 other artists who sat on 3. This was the 3rd of their 4 hits that had been written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (’Under The Boardwalk’ being the odd one out) and also the 3rd of the 4 that would top the UK charts (‘Boardwalk’ again being the odd one out). It would also top the charts in the US and Germany while making it to 2 in Australia, Ireland, Holland and Norway, 5 in Austria and 6 in Belgium. The song would be one of only 2 by British acts that would knock The Beatles off the top spot in the US as it would replace the latter’s ‘Yesterday’ there. Petula Clark would be the only other British act to dislodge a US chart topper by The Beatles when her ‘My Love’ dethroned ‘We Can Work It Out’.

The Seekers became the first act that was not from the UK, US or SA to get to 3 hits on the charts as the Aussie group’s ‘The Carnival Is Over’ became their 3rd hit to chart. The song would knock our other new entry this week off the top spot in the UK to give them their second number 1 there, but would fail to chart in the US. Elsewhere it would get to 3 in Norway, 5 in Holland and 14 in Germany. The tune of the song was based on a Russian Folk song while the lyrics were written by Tom Springfield (Dusty Springfield’s brother). It has sold 1.41 million copies in the UK and was the 30th biggest seller of all time there. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds recorded an unlikely cover for their album ‘Kicking Against The Pricks’.

Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ were still the oldest on the charts, both moving onto 12 weeks. Three acts ticked over to 10 weeks on the charts and they were The Bats, The Beach Boys and Manfred Mann. Gene Rockwell moved into tied 6th place on the list of weeks on the charts by an artist, coming level with none other than The Beatles on 22 weeks.

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3 December 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 California Girls  – Beach Boys
2 3 7 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
3 5 6 Tears  – Ken Dodd
4 2 11 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
5 6 5 Love  – Gene Rockwell
6 8 6 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
7 9 5 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
8 10 5 Houston  – Dean Martin
9 4 11 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers
10 11 5 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
11 7 8 Look Through Any Window  – Hollies
12 13 3 Hungry For Love  – A-Cads
13 16 3 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell
14 17 4 You Were On My Mind  – We Five
15 12 10 I Got You Babe  – Sonny And Cher
16 18 2 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
17 20 2 How The Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean
18 New 1 Yesterday  – Matt Monro
19 New 1 That’s How I Feel  – Bats
20 New 1 Wind Me Up, Let Me Go  – Cliff Richard

‘California Girls’ by The Beach Boys became the 4th song to get to 3 weeks at the top of the charts as it clung on to the number 1 spot again this week. Pressure came from Perry Como’s ‘Stand Beside Me’ which moved up 1 to number 1, knocking the previous chart topper, Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ into 4th place.

It took just a 3 place climb to be the biggest climber this week and 3 songs managed this, Murray Campbell’s ‘Only You My Love’, We Five’s ‘You Were On My Mind’ and Emil Dean’s ‘How The Mighty Hath Fallen’. Campbell and Dean accounted for the 8th and 9th time that the biggest climber had been local and while it was a first time with the award for We Five and Emil Dean, it was the 3rd time for Murray Campbell.

While there were 3 biggest climbers, there was only 1 biggest faller and that was The Righteous Brother’s ‘Unchained Melody’ which dropped 5 places from 4 to 9 to give them their first biggest faller award.

The last of the 3 versions of ‘Goodbye My Love’ that we had seen chart, left the top 20 this week and that was Murray Campbell’s solo version of the song. It had spent 15 weeks in the charts and 6 of those had been as the number 1 song. In total ‘Goodbye My Love’ spent 29 weeks in the charts, the other versions being Virginia Lee’s duet version with Murray Campbell and Nini Rosso’s original (which went under the name ‘Il Silenzio’ in other parts of the world).

‘Keep On Dancing’ by The Gentrys had chart career almost as short as the song itself, lasting only 2 weeks in the top 20 and peaking at 15. This would be the sum total of The Gentrys’ SA chart career.

The last song to go was ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’ by Jonathan King. It had spent 6 weeks in the charts and peaked at 8 during that time. It would be King’s only solo hit in SA, but he would be back under the pseudonym Sakkarin.

The first new entry was our first cover of a Beatles track to chart as we welcomed Matt Monro’s version of ‘Yesterday’ onto our charts. Interestingly The Beatles, despite not having been banned by the SABC at this stage, would not chart in SA with their version which appeared on their ‘Help!’ album. Monro would score a number 8 hit with it in the UK (the lowest placed of his 4 top 10 hits there, but still better than the other 9 of his that charted but didn’t make the top 10), a peak that would equal the Fab Four’s peak for the same song.

The Bats second hit to chart, ‘That’s How I Feel’ was the 13th by a local act to make the top 20 and The Bats became the 4th local act to clock up 2 or more hits. ‘That’s How I Feel’ was a cover of an obscure single by a British band called Adam, Mike & Tim who would have no chart success on either side of the Atlantic, despite recording one of the first songs written by future Pink Floyd keyboardists, Richard Wright (called ‘You’re The Reason Why’ which was the b-side of Adam, Mike & Tim’s first single, ‘Little Baby’).

Cliff Richard became the 6th act to score a 3rd hit on the top 20 as ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ entered at number 20. The song would be his 35th UK hit and would go to number 2 there. It would also go to 15 in Holland. Cliff also recorded a German version of the song under the title ‘Nur Bei Dir Bin Ich Zu Haus’ which made it to 21 in Germany.

Tom Jones’ ‘What’s new Pussycat?’ and The Righteous Brother’s ‘Unchained Melody’ were the oldest on the chart this week, both sitting on 11 weeks. They took over from Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’. The Hollies were the 8th act to reach the 20 weeks on the chart mark while Sonny & Cher reached 10.

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26 November 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 California Girls  – Beach Boys
2 2 10 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
3 5 6 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
4 4 10 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers
5 6 5 Tears  – Ken Dodd
6 7 4 Love  – Gene Rockwell
7 3 7 Look Through Any Window  – Hollies
8 12 5 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
9 10 4 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
10 13 4 Houston  – Dean Martin
11 14 4 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
12 8 9 I Got You Babe  – Sonny And Cher
13 17 2 Hungry For Love  – A-Cads
14 9 6 Everyone’s Gone To The Moon  – Jonathan King
15 18 2 Keep On Dancing  – Gentrys
16 19 2 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell
17 20 3 You Were On My Mind  – We Five
18 New 1 Amore Scusami (My Love Forgive Me)  – Theo Cavalieros
19 11 15 Goodbye My Love  – Murray Campbell
20 New 1 How The Mighty Hath Fallen  – Emil Dean

The Beach Boys held on to the top spot with their ‘California Girls’ clocking up a second week there. The previous number 1, Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ was unmoved at 2, threatening to recapture pole position.

The biggest climbers this week were both by local artists and this was the first of 9 times that we would see 2 local acts take biggest climber (we would also see a week with 3 local songs taking that honour). The first of these was The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ which moved up 4 from 12 to 8, while the other was The A-Cads’ ‘Hungry For Love’ which also moved up 4 and landed at 13. For both acts it was the first time with this honour.

Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ clocked up the 5th time that the biggest faller had been by a local act with Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ taking it twice, ‘Tennessee Yodel Polka’ Virginia Lee’s duet with Slim Whitman taking it once and Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’ also managing it once. Campbell’s song dropped 8 places from 11 to 19 and in so doing matched the aforementioned Emil Dean song and The Hollies’ ‘I’m Alive’ for the biggest fall in a week to date.

Last week The Ivy League’s ‘Tossing And Turning’ was falling, this week it was leaving as it dropped off the top 20. It had lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 2. This ended their SA chart career which had consisted of 2 songs (the other being ‘Funny How Love Can Be’) which clocked up a total of 18 weeks and the peak of 2 that their song departing the charts this week was their best effort.  They stood 9th on the list of weeks on the charts to date.

Also leaving us was The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ which managed a run of 15 weeks, 1 of which was spent at the top of the charts. In terms of weeks, this went 1 better than ‘Under The Boardwalk’, their previous longest running on the charts, but in terms of peak, this latter song also spent a week at the top of the chart. The Stones still topped the list of weeks on the chart by an artist with their 35 so far, and there was plenty more to come from them.

Our first new entry was by local lad, Theo Cavalieros with ‘Amore Scusami’, his cover of a song which Robert Goulet had taken to number 16 in the US the previous year. Cavalieros’ version had a subtitle of ‘My Love Fogive Me’, the English translation of the Italian title. Goulet’s version was released the other way round with the English being the main title and the Italian the subtitle in brackets after the English. Cavalieros was born in Egypt of Greek parents and moved to SA in 1964.

The second new entry was ‘How The Mighty Have Fallen’, a second hit for Emil Dean. He became the 4th local act to score a second hit, moving in alongside Virginia Lee, and sitting 1 behind Gene Rockwell and Murray Campbell. The song appears to have been first recorded by an American artist called Mickey Denton, but he didn’t make a dent on (sorry) the US charts with his version. Johnny Kongos also recorded a version of the song in 1965, but he didn’t chart with it.

As with the biggest climbers, both the new entries were by local acts which brought the total local content of the charts to a new record level of 7 hits.

Gene Rockwell reached the landmark of 20 weeks in the charts and was the second highest placed local act for weeks on the charts, 6 behind Murray Campbell. Campbell moved ahead of Herman’s Hermits to be 3rd overall on this list. The Righteous Brothers reached the 10 week milestone.

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19 November 1965

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 California Girls  – Beach Boys
2 1 9 What’s New Pussycat  – Tom Jones
3 4 6 Look Through Any Window  – Hollies
4 3 9 Unchained Melody  – Righteous Brothers
5 7 5 Stand Beside Me  – Perry Como
6 9 4 Tears  – Ken Dodd
7 11 3 Love  – Gene Rockwell
8 5 8 I Got You Babe  – Sonny And Cher
9 8 5 Everyone’s Gone To The Moon  – Jonathan King
10 13 3 If You Gotta Go, Go Now  – Manfred Mann
11 6 14 Goodbye My Love  – Murray Campbell
12 14 4 Come Back Silly Girl  – Staccatos
13 15 3 Houston  – Dean Martin
14 17 3 Hang On Sloopy  – McCoys
15 12 15 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction  – Rolling Stones
16 10 13 Tossing And Turning  – Ivy League
17 New 1 Hungry For Love  – A-Cads
18 New 1 Keep On Dancing  – Gentrys
19 New 1 Only You My Love  – Murray Campbell
20 20 2 You Were On My Mind  – We Five

The Beach Boys took over the number 1 spot from Tom Jones as their ‘California Girls’ jumped up a place and ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ fell to number 2 after it had spent 3 weeks at the top of the charts.

Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ followed up last week’s biggest climber award by taking the award again with a 4 place climb from 11 to 7. This was his 3rd time with this honour. At the other end of the scale it was The Ivy League’s ‘Tossing And Turning’ that was falling as it dropped 6 from 10 to 16. This was their first time with the biggest faller.

The Dave Clark Five’s ‘Catch Us If You Can’ was the first of 3 songs to leave us this week. It had enjoyed an 11 week run in the top 20 and managed to get to number 5 during that time. There would be more to come from the band.

We also said’ Goodbye My Love’ to Virginia Lee and Murray Campbell. It had spent 9 weeks on the chart and peaked at 10. Its departure meant that we were down to just 1 version of the song on the charts, having had 3 different versions of it in the top 20 just 4 weeks previously. This version fared better than Nini Rosso’s which only managed 5 weeks and a peak of 14, but had already been outdone by Campbell’s solo version which was sitting on 13 weeks and had peaked at number 1.

The final song to leave the charts was The Fortunes’ ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ which had lasted 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. We still had 1 more hit from them to enjoy.

The first of the new entries was The A-Cad’s with ‘Hungry For Love’, a cover of a 1963 hit for Johnny Kidd & The Pirates who took the song to number 20 in the UK. The following year, The Searchers released a version of it, but that did not chart. The A-Cads were formed in Johannesburg and one of the band members Dick Laws had been a member of Bill Kimber & The Couriers.

The second new entry, ‘Keep on Dancing’, was first recorded in 1963 (by the Avantis), but it was The Gentrys’ version that made it on to our charts. This version had managed a peak of 4 in the US. The recording of this song was so short that the record company repeated it with a bit of drum fill between the first and second ‘plays’ of the one recording. Even with this doubling in length, the final product only clocked in at 2 minutes and 8 seconds. In 1971, The Bay City Rollers took a cover of it to 9 in the UK.

Murray Campbell became the first local act to have 2 songs in the charts simultaneously as ‘Only You My Love’ entered the charts at 19 this week, joining the aforementioned ‘Goodbye My Love’ which sat at 11 this week. The astute among you would note that he just missed out on having 3 in the top 20, but as mentioned above, his duet version with Virginia Lee failed to last an extra week. ‘Only You My Love’ was written by Campbell with the help of Chris du Toit and Beverly Pierce and 1 other writer whose surnames was Rothman, but I have been unable to find out a first name. Chris du Toit was an orchestra leader and he and his band get a co-credit as artist (as they did on ‘Goodbye My Love’) while Beverly Pierce is responsible for a spoken verse which, as with ‘Goodbye My Love’, precludes the song from qualifying as an instrumental.

The oldest song on the charts was still The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and this was its 4th week as such.  Tome Jones hit the 30 week mark and was second on the list of weeks on the chart to date by an artist.

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