We have now come to the end of our first full year of charts. During 1966 we saw 136 songs spend at least a week on the charts (118 new ones and 18 brought that came across from 1965) and these were brought to us by 98 different artists (duets/collaborations counting as a separate acts to the individuals making them up).
30 of the 136 were by local artists.
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):
|1||Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)||Roger Williams||238|
|2||Sweet Pea||Tommy Roe||233|
|3||With a Girl Like You||Troggs||232|
|4||Yesterday Man||Chris Andrews||221|
|5||The Ballad of the Green Berets||Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler||206|
|6||Wind Me Up, Let Me Go||Cliff Richard||197|
|6||The Sounds of Silence||Simon & Garfunkel||197|
|8||Get Off My Cloud||Rolling Stones||193|
|9||These Boots are Made for Walking||Nancy Sinatra||187|
|10||We Can Work it Out||Beatles||184|
|11||Sloop John B||Beach Boys||183|
|12||Pretty Flamingo||Manfred Mann||182|
|12||Distant Drums||Jim Reeves||182|
|14||Monday Monday||Mamas and The Papas||181|
|15||Somewhere My Love||Ray Conniff Singers||178|
|17||Die Gezoem van die Bye||Des Lindberg||175|
|18||Pied Piper||Crispian St Peters||169|
|19||Strangers in the Night||Frank Sinatra||166|
|21||Barbara Ann||Beach Boys||157|
|22||The More I See You||Chris Montez||152|
|23||Jimmy Come Lately||Four Jacks & a Jill||149|
|23||Bend It||Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich||149|
|25||19th Nervous Breakdown||Rolling Stones||148|
|26||Red Rubber Ball||Cyrkle||145|
|27||To Whom it Concerns||Chris Andrews||144|
|28||Hanky Panky||Tommy James & The Shondells||142|
|29||The Carnival is Over||Seekers||141|
|30||Tippy Toeing||Harden Trio||140|
|31||Tell ’em I’m Surfin’||Fantastic Baggys||136|
|32||I Saw Her Again||Mamas and The Papas||128|
|33||Born Free||Matt Monro||125|
|34||Sixteen Candles||Jody Wayne||120|
|34||No Milk Today||Herman’s Hermits||120|
|36||Winchester Cathedral||New Vaudeville Band||119|
|37||Paint it, Black||Rolling Stones||118|
|38||Hungry for Love||A-Cads||117|
|38||Black is Black||Los Bravos||117|
|40||Darling it’s Wonderful||Virginia Lee||109|
You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:
The cumulative points from the start of the charts in 1965 to the end of 1966 gave the following top 10:
|1||California Girls||Beach Boys||286|
|2||Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)||Roger Williams||238|
|3||Goodbye My Love||Murray Campbell||235|
|4||Sweet Pea||Tommy Roe||233|
|5||With A Girl Like You||Troggs||232|
|6||Yesterday Man||Chris Andrews||221|
|7||(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction||Rolling Stones||216|
|8||Wind Me Up, Let Me Go||Cliff Richard||214|
|9||Get Off My Cloud||Rolling Stones||213|
|10||What’s New Pussycat||Tom Jones||211|
The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1966 were as follows:
|1||Die Gezoem van die Bye||Des Lindberg||175|
|2||Jimmy Come Lately||Four Jacks & a Jill||149|
|3||Sixteen Candles||Jody Wayne||120|
|4||Hungry for Love||A-Cads||117|
|5||Darling it’s Wonderful||Virginia Lee||109|
And cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965:
|1||Goodbye My Love||Murray Campbell||235|
|2||Hungry for Love||A-Cads||183|
|3||Come Back Silly Girl||Staccatos||180|
|4||Die Gezoem van die Bye||Des Lindberg||175|
|5||Jimmy Come Lately||Four Jacks & a Jill||149|
NUMBER OF HITS
The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Manfred Mann all had 4 of their songs spend time in the chart this year. They were followed by The Seekers, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra and Jim Reeves who all had 3 (2 of Sinatra’s being as one half of a duet). A further 22 acts managed 2 while all the rest only managed 1.
To date, The Rolling Stones led the way with a total of 6 The Seekers, Manfred Mann, Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard were all on 5.
6 local acts managed to have 2 hits spend time in the chart in the year. These were Four Jacks & A Jill, Group 66, Des Lindberg, Virginia Lee, Jody Wayne and The Dream Merchants. On a cumulative basis to date Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell led the way with 4 each. Murray Campbell was the only one 3 while 7 others had managed 2 to date.
WEEKS ON THE CHART
The Beach Boys spent the most weeks on our chart this week, totalling 39 in all. The Rolling Stones were second highest with 33 and Manfred Mann was in 3rd place with 30.
On the local front it was Four Jacks & A Jill who took top honours enjoying 18 weeks in the top 20. Des Lindberg was close behind on 17 and Virginia Lee came in 3rd on 16.
The Rolling Stones led the way overall and by some margin. Their 71 weeks to date was 20 more than second placed Beach Boys who were on 51. Tom Jones was on 48 and The Seekers on 43.
Murray Campbell still led the way on the local front with 33 to his name, 9 of which he had shared with the second placed local act Virginia Lee who was on 32 (Lee and Campbell charted with a duet version of ‘Goodbye My Love’). Gene Rockwell was in 3rd place with 31 so, as the saying goes, it was tight at the top.
We saw 18 songs top our chart this year, but no act would manage more than 1 chart topper.
Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ would spend the most number of weeks at the top spot as it enjoyed a record to date equalling 6 week stint there. The Beach Boy’s ‘California Girls’ was the previous one to manage 6 straight weeks which it did in 1965. Murray Campbell’s solo version of ‘Goodbye My Love’ also managed 6 weeks, but in 2 run of 3 weeks each, with a 1 week break in between.
Local songs ‘Hungry For Love’ by The A-Cads and ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ by Des Lindberg were the only 2 to get to number 1 this year. They spent 2 and 3 weeks at the top respectively.
To date The Rolling Stones had been in pole position 3 times while The Beach Boys, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley had all graced the number 1 spot twice.
Another notable achievement this year was that ‘Lara’s Theme’ from the film ‘Dr Zhivago’ spent a total of 8 weeks at the top of our charts, 4 of which were the vocal version of the song by The Ray Conniff Singers (going under the title ‘Somewhere My Love’) and the other 4 were by Roger Williams’ instrumental version.
Also of note was that the Sinatra’s managed 2 chart toppers as father Frank spent 4 weeks at 1 with ‘Strangers In The Night’ while daughter Nancy also spent 4 weeks at the top woith her hit ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’.
We saw 10 woman feature in our charts this year with Nancy Sinatra being the most successful, enjoying 3 hits (1 solo and 2 as a part of a duet). Petula Clark and Virginia Lee both managed 2, while the rest managed 1. The observant amongst would be able to deduce from that that Virginia Lee was the most successful local woman. To date though it was Virginia Lee who led the way with 4 hits in total. Petula Clark and Nancy Sinatra were second on 3.
Nancy Sinatra also won the weeks count for the year as she spent a total of 24 weeks in the charts. Again Petula Clark and Virginia Lee were tied second as they both enjoyed 16 weeks in the charts. Mimi Roman (who charted with a duet with Steve Karliski) was in 4th place with 10. Again though, on a cumulative basis, it was Virginia Lee in front with 32 weeks. Nancy Sinatra was second on 24 and Petula Clark 3rd on 21.
As mentioned above, Nancy Sinatra topped the charts with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ which would be the only song by a woman to top the charts. The only other woman to have topped the charts so far was Connie Francis who’s ‘Forget Domani’ did so on the 3rd chart ever published.
The top solo female songs for 1966 based on the points system described above were:
|1||These Boots are Made for Walking||Nancy Sinatra||187|
|2||Darling it’s Wonderful||Virginia Lee||109|
|3||For You Babe||June Muscat||82|
|4||Where Did We Go Wrong||Petula Clark||75|
|5||My Love||Petula Clark||75|
To date, the top 5 songs by females based on the points system were:
|1||These Boots are Made for Walking||Nancy Sinatra||187|
|2||Long Live Love||Sandie Shaw||131|
|3||Darling it’s Wonderful||Virginia Lee||109|
|4||Forget Domani||Connie Francis||101|
|5||For You Babe||June Muscat||82|
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:
|1||The Carnival is Over||Seekers||141||Australia|
|2||Black is Black||Los Bravos||117||Spain|
|3||Walk with Me||Seekers||92||Australia|
|4||Can I Trust You||Bachelors||58||Ireland|
These were the only 5 hits to chart that were not by artists from the UK, US or SA. This meant that Australian acts had the most hits of the other nations this year with 3 (all by The Seekers) with Spain and Ireland having one each.
To date the rest of the world top hits were:
|1||World Of Our Own||Seekers||192||Australia|
|2||The Carnival is Over||Seekers||160||Australia|
|3||Black is Black||Los Bravos||117||Spain|
|4||Walk with Me||Seekers||92||Australia|
|5||Tea And Trumpets||Norman Ruby Orchestra||81||France|
Apart from the UK, US and SA we had seen acts from Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain chart so far. The Aussies had had 5 hits (all by The Seekers) while all the other nations had only seen 1 apiece.
WHAT DIDN’T CHART
The following songs topped either the UK or US charts (or both) during 1966, but did not make our charts. Those marked with an * would, however, make the SA top 20 in 1967 or later:
|96 Tears||? And The Mysterions|
|Get Away||Georgie Fame|
|Good Lovin’||Young Rascals|
|I’m A Believer*||Monkees|
|Lightnin’ Strikes||Lou Christie|
|Poor Side Of Town||Johnny Rivers|
|Reach Out I’ll Be There||Four Tops|
|Somebody Help Me||Spencer Davis Group|
|The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore||Walker Brothers|
|When A Man Loves A Woman*||Percy Sledge|
|Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby||Beatles|
|You Can’t Hurry Love||Supremes|
|You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me||Dusty Springfield|
|You Keep Me Hanging’ On||Supremes|
It should also be noted that we had Pamela Dean’s version of ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ rather than Dusty Springfield’s chart. Also we would see versions of ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’ chart, but that would be later on and by different artists.
CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS
28 artists who had spent at least 1 week in the charts in 1965 also spent at least a week in the charts in 1966. It should be remembered that the charts only started halfway through 1965. Of those 28 acts 8 were local and 2 were female.
I WRITE THE SONGS
There were 163 different song writers who had their names appear on the hits that charted in 1966 (including a person called ‘Traditional’). Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were the 2 that appeared the most times on labels of the songs that charted as they had 5 hits as song writers. Paul McCartney & John Lennon managed 4 hits as did Brian Wilson, Lee Hazlewood, P.F. Sloan and Paul Simon.
To date, the Rolling Stones pair of Jagger & Richard had had 7 hits with The Beatles’ Lennon & McCartney in second place with 6 each.
On the weeks front Paul Simon was the winner in 1966 with song penned by him spending a total of 46 weeks on the chart. Maurice Jarre’s song writing credit on all the different versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from ‘Dr Zhivago’ would garner him second place with 40 weeks. Jagger & Richards would only make 3rd place with 38 weeks.
However, on the cumulative to date list, Jagger & Richards were out front with 62 and Lennon & McCartney were second on 59. The guy called Traditional had managed 49 and Paul Simon came next on 46.
Apart from 2 ‘Traditional’ songs topping the charts, the only song writer to get 2 chart toppers this year was Maurice Jarre who did so with the 2 versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The Ray Conniff Singers and Roger Williams which together spent 8 weeks at 1, the highest for a song writer this year.
Overall, Brian Wilson, Gordon Mills, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had also had 2 chart toppers alongside Maurice Jarre and Traditional. Jarre’s 8 weeks placed him top of the list for weeks at 1 to date by a song writer. Brian Wilson was second on 7 while Gugliemo Brezzo, Nini Rossi, Mike Love and Tommy Roe were all on 6.
Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped with the blog as we have gone through 1966, especially Peet van Staaden and Ian McLean for supplying valuable information.
Well, that wraps up 1966, so onwards now to 1967.