1966 The Facts And Figures

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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.

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 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
16 Guantanamera Sandpipers 176
17 Die Gezoem van die Bye Des Lindberg 175
18 Pied Piper Crispian St Peters 169
19 Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra 166
20 Wild Thing Troggs 161
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:
http://www.rock.co.za/files/sahits_1966.html

The cumulative points from the start of the charts in 1965 to the end of 1966 gave the following top 10:

Pos Song Artist Points
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:

Pos Song Artist Points
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:

Pos Song Artist Points
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.

NUMBER 1’s

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’.

FEMALE ACTS

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:

Pos Song Artist Points
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:

Pos Song Artist Points
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:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
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
5 Morningtown Ride Seekers 19 Australia

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:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
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
Cherish Association
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.

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30 December 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
2 4 8 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
3 3 6 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
4 6 4 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
5 5 5 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
6 2 9 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
7 8 4 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
8 12 3 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
9 7 15 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
10 13 5 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
11 9 11 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
12 10 6 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
13 11 12 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
14 14 3 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
15 17 2 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
16 16 10 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
17 18 2 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
18 19 9 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
19 New 1 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
20 New 1 Dear Mrs Applebee  – David Garrick

The last chart of the year saw The New Vaudeville Band enjoying a third week at the top with ‘Winchester Cathedral’. Herman’s Hermits’ ‘No Milk Today’ was playing a bit of yo-yo with us as it moved back into second place, having been there 4 weeks previously, but then dropping as low as 4 in the interim.

Tommy Roe picked up his 3rd biggest climber in a week award as ‘Hooray For Hazel’ took the honour with just a 4 place climb from 12 to 8. As ‘Sweet Pea’ was sitting at 9, Roe also became the 4th act to have songs sitting in adjacent positions on the chart. Last week Donovan had become the 3rd act to achieve this and this week he became the 1st act to achieve this twice as ‘Mellow Yellow’ sat at 17 and ‘Sunshine Superman’ was at 18. There were no other star raters this week.

Previous chart topper, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 4 from 2 to 6. This was the 25th time an ex-Number 1 was our biggest faller and the 20th ex-Number 1 to do this.

‘Sweet Pea’ by Tommy Roe was still the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 15 weeks.

Eddie Fisher, who had been struggling for success in the 60s following a very successful 50s for him, did not fare all that well with ‘Games That Lovers Play’ which lasted just                2 weeks on our charts, both of which were spent at number 20. This would be his only SA chart hit.

The We Three version of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ seemed to get a new lease on life when Des Lindberg’s version came along as it bounced back up the charts after falling to 20. This all came to an end this week when it rambled off the top 20 after a run of 5 weeks and a peak of 13. Like Eddie Fisher, this would be their only charting hit in SA.

Jim Reeves’ ‘Snowflake’ fell into the chart as our first new entry this week. It was his 3rd hit to date. The song, which was penned by Ned Miller (who had had a hit on the charts in 1965 with ‘Do What You Do Do Well’), was recorded by Reeves in 1959 and he apparently did not think much of it at the time. However, Jim’s wife Mary loved the track and they eventually released it in 1966. It went to number 2 on the US Country Singles charts and 66 in the main ones and also made number 2 in Norway and 9 in Rhodesia.

Our second new entry was by a guy called Philip Darryl Core who was better known as David Garrick. His hit was ‘Dear Mrs Appplebee’ (no jokes about his real name being Core and his hit having the word Apple in it) which was a cover of an obscure American track by a guy called Flip Cartridge. Cartridges’ version did manage to scrape a 91 peak and a 2 week run on the Billboard Hot 100 in the August of 1966. Garrick’s version did not make the US charts, but managed to get to 22 in his native UK. He would enjoy a number 1 hit with it in Germany. In the 70s Garrick spent some time living in South Africa. He died in August 2013 having moved back to England.

Herman’s Hermits celebrated their 40th week on the charts and sat 7th on the weeks count list. Manfred Mann moved in alongside the Beatles in 5th place on that list as they ticked over to 42 weeks and Jim Reeves moved into tied 15th spot alongside Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel. They were all on 24 weeks. Des Lindberg continued moving up the local list, his 17 weeks putting him tied 5th with The Bats and The Staccatos.

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23 December 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
2 2 8 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 4 5 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
4 3 7 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
5 6 4 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
6 11 3 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
7 5 14 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
8 8 3 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
9 9 10 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
10 10 5 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
11 7 11 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
12 13 2 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
13 12 4 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
14 16 2 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
15 14 5 Ramblin’ Boy  – We Three
16 17 9 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
17 New 1 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
18 New 1 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
19 15 8 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
20 20 2 Games That Lovers Play  – Eddie Fisher

The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous number 1, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ was unmoved at 2.

The climber of the week award went to Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ which moved up 5 from 11 to 6. Jones joined The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Seekers, Herman’s Hermits and The Beach Boys on 4 biggest climbers which was the most any act had managed to date. There were no other songs that made a star rater climb this week.

There were 2 biggest fallers this week, both dropping 4 places. The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ fell to 11 while Donovan’s ‘Sunshine Superman’ dropped to 19. For both acts it was the first time with the biggest faller.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ moved onto 14 weeks in the charts and was enjoying its second week as the granddaddy of the top 20.

The Seekers only enjoyed a single week with 2 songs in the charts as ‘Walk With Me’ dropped out of the top 20 this week, leaving last week’s new entry, ‘Morningtown Ride’ as their sole representative on the top 20. ‘Walk With Me’ managed a 10 week run with a peak of 5. This was the lowest peak they had had since ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ which peaked at 16. However it must be said that the latter only spent 1 week on the chart and that was the very first Top 20 that was broadcast, so one does not know how well it would have performed in the weeks leading up to the first chart.

It was a different story for Chris Montez as his hit, The More I See You’ left the chart after 12 weeks and a peak of 3 as this would be his only showing on our charts.

Manfred Mann joined The Seekers, Tom Jones, Herman’s Hermits and Cliff Richard in tied second place on the hits count list as their 5th to date, ‘Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James’ joined the top 20 this week. They were all still 1 behind The Rolling Stones who led the way for hits. ‘Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James’ would give the band a number 2 hit in the UK, but would fail to chart in the US. It did however top the charts in neighbouring Rhodesia, and go to 16 in Germany and 18 in Holland. It was written by Geoff Stephens and John Carter. Carter had brought us both of The Ivy League’s hits to date while Stephens’ only other composition to chart to date was sitting at 1 this week.

Joining Manfred Mann as our only other new entry this week was Donovan with his hit ‘Mellow Yellow’. Its arrival at 18 this week had 2 consequences. Firstly, Donovan became the 19th act to have more than 1 hit in the top 20 in the same week and secondly, with ‘Sunshine Superman’ sitting at 19 we saw only the 3rd occasion where an artist occupied adjacent positions in the chart. The previous 2 to manage adjacent positions were The Rolling Stones and Chris Andrews. ‘Mellow Yellow’ would go to number 2 in the US and 8 in the UK as well as going top 10 in Australia (#7), Austria (#8), Belgium (#7), Canada (#2), Norway (#7) and Rhodesia (#5). There was a rumour that the song was about smoking dried banana skins which was said to have an hallucinogenic effect, however, both the issue about bananas and the song being inspired by this have been dismissed. (Some may remember a short lived soft drink called ‘Mello Yello’ in the 70s or 80s, the name of which must surely have been inspired by the song). We once again saw Mickie Most’s name for production credits.

With Donovan having penned his 2 songs, and Geoff Stephens having a 2nd composition enter the charts, we now saw a record to date 5 song writers with at least 2 songs in the charts. The other 3 were Tom Paxton, Brian Wilson and Tommy Roe with only Paxton charting with 2 version of the same song (‘Ramblin’ Boy’).

The Beach Boys celebrated their 50th week on the chart and became only the second act to reach this milestone, the previous being The Rolling Stones. Donovan was also celebrating a milestone as he reached the 20 weeks mark. The Seekers moved tied 4th on the weeks count list, joining The Beatles there on 42 and Des Lindberg pulled clear of Emil Dean to be 7th on his own on the local list. He was on 16 weeks.

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16 December 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
2 1 7 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 3 6 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
4 5 4 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
5 4 13 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
6 8 3 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
7 6 10 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
8 14 2 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
9 7 9 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
10 13 4 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
11 15 2 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
12 12 3 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
13 New 1 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
14 20 4 Ramblin’ Boy  – We Three
15 10 7 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
16 New 1 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
17 9 8 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
18 11 12 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
19 19 10 Walk with Me  – Seekers
20 New 1 Games That Lovers Play  – Eddie Fisher

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ lasted just 2 weeks at the top of the charts before being displaced by The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ this week. ‘Bend It’ dropped into second place.

The climbers this week were both ‘Ramblin’ Boy’s as Des Lindberg and We Three’s versions moved up 6 places each, the former landing up at 8 and the latter at 14. This would be the second and also the last time that we would see a song writer have 2 biggest climbers in a week. This time it was Tom Paxton who wrote ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ that managed it. The previous time was when John E Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I’m A Rock’ shared this honour with Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound’ giving Paul Simon two biggest climbers in the week. It seems that Des Lindberg’s version of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ gave the We Three version a shot in the arm as last week that version had fallen 7 places to 20 and looked like it was on its way out.

Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ climbed 4 to 11 to be the only other star rater this week. This was his 5th star rater award. Des Lindberg’s star rater climb was the 40th for a local song.

Things were not all that Sunny for Bobby Hebb as his song was our biggest faller this week. It dropped 8 from 9 to 17. This was the 15th song to experience a fall of 8 or more places to date and the 6th time for an American act, moving the US out in front for most times with a fall of 8 or more places. Artists from the UK accounted for 5 of the 15 and local acts made up the other 4.

Peter And Gordon’s second go at the top 20 with ‘Lady Godiva’ fared little better than their first try as the song fell off the chart after just 1 extra week. This meant it had had 2 runs of 1 week each, however this time, it spent its week at 18, 1 place higher than its last run. I’ll let you work out its weeks and peak from that.

The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ ended its time in the top 20. It had been with us for 15 weeks and spent 4 of those at the number 1 spot. The song had been the oldest on the charts for 3 weeks. Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ which was on 13 weeks took over the ‘oldest song’ title.

Last to go this week was Roy Orbison’s ‘Too Soon To Know’ which had been with us for 6 weeks. During that time it managed to equal the number 9 peak of his only other hit to date, ‘Lana’.

Tommy Roe became the 17th act to have 2 songs in the charts at the same time as ‘Hooray For Hazel’ joined ‘Sweet Pea’ in the top 20. This was Roe’s 2nd SA chart hit and the 70th song by a solo male to make our charts. Roe used the same musicians that had worked on ‘Sweet Pea’ on this track and it would give him a number 6 hit in the US, 2 places higher than ‘Sweet Pea’ had managed. As with ‘Sweet Pea’, Roe also penned ‘Hooray For Hazel’ and he joined Brian Wilson and Tom Paxton as having 2 songs they had written in the chart at the same time (Paxton with the 2 versions of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ mentioned above and Wilson with The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ and The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Pa Pa Do Ron Ron’).

Last week Tom Jones joined Cliff Richard and Herman’s Hermits in second place on the number of hits list with 5 to his name. This week, The Seekers climbed in next to those 3 acts as ‘Morningtown Ride’ became their 5th to chart. Along with The Rolling Stones at the top of the list on 6 hits, all the acts with 5 or more hits to date were from the UK with the exception of The Seekers who were an Aussie band. ‘Morningtown Ride’ was written and recorded in 1957 by Malvina Reynolds, but it was only The Seekers who managed to have any chart success with it on either side of the Atlantic, going to 2 in the UK and 44 in the US. It would also give them a number 5 hit in neighbouring Rhodesia. With ‘Walk With Me’ still in the charts, The Seekers became the 18th act to have 2 or more hits in the chart in the same week. This was the 15th week we had seen more than 1 artist have 2 or more hits in the charts

In the 1950’s Eddie Fisher had 9 UK hits (including 2 number 1s) and 18 US hits (best peak of 4), but these dried up with the change of decade as he has not seen chart action in the UK since 1957 and only managed 18 weeks with 3 hits in the US in the 1960s. One of those 3 was our new entry this week, ‘Games That Lovers Play’ which ended an almost 5 year drought of Billboard Hot 100 action for Fisher, entering the charts on 29 October 1966. His previous hit there, ‘Tonight’ had had its final week in the Hot 100 on 18 December 1961. ‘Games That Lovers Play’ would go to 45 during a 9 week run on the US charts. ‘Star Wars’ fans may know that Fisher was the father of Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia in those famous films.

With their new entry this week, The Seekers hit the 40 weeks in the charts milestone and as they had 2 in the charts, they were on 41 and this moved them into 5th place on the week’s count list. Moving 1 ahead of Manfred Mann who were on 40. Des Lindberg moved into tied 7th place on the local list with 15 weeks and The Dream Merchants climbed to tied 14th as they clocked up their 9th week.

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9 December 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 3 4 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
3 2 5 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
4 4 12 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
5 7 3 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
6 5 9 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
7 6 8 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
8 16 2 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
9 8 7 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
10 11 6 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
11 10 11 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
12 19 2 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
13 18 3 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
14 New 1 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
15 New 1 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
16 14 6 Too Soon To Know  – Roy Orbison
17 9 15 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
18 RE 2 Lady Godiva  – Peter and Gordon
19 12 9 Walk with Me  – Seekers
20 13 3 Ramblin’ Boy  – We Three

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ enjoyed a second week at the top of our charts while the threat from Herman’s Hermits’ ‘No Milk Today’, which was number 2 last week, was replaced by The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral which was at 3 last week, but swapped places with the Herman’s Hermits’ hit.

Nancy Ames’ ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’ was the climber of the week, moving up 8 from 16 to 8. This equalled the biggest climb in a week by a solo female artist with Nancy Sinatra, Petula Clark and Virginia Lee all having managed a leap of this magnitude before.

The Dream Merchants’ ‘Land Of Milk And Honey’ just missed out on the biggest climber as its jump of 7 places (from 19 to 12) was 1 short  of the biggest climber. This was the group’s 3rd time with a star rater. Also making a star rater climb was The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Pa Pa Do Ron Ron’ which moved up 5 from 18 to 13, giving them their second climb of 4 or more places.

The Troggs took the biggest fall this week as their song ‘With A Girl Like You’ plunged 8 places from 9 to 17. This was the second time the band had experienced a biggest fall in a week. It was, however, still the oldest on the chart, enjoying its 15th week in the top 20.

Tommy James & The Shondells’ debut hit on our charts, ‘Hanky Panky’, ended its run this week. It had lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 3 during that time. But it was not all over for the band’s SA chart career as we would see more from them.

Matt Monro’s ‘Born Free’ also headed off the top 20. It had spent 12 weeks with us and managed to get to a highest position of 12. This was not as successful as his previous hit, a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’, which had made it to 7. There was still another hit to come from Matt.

Last of the leavers was the first song we saw come back into the top 20 after leaving it and that was Jim Reeves’ ‘Blue Side Of Lonesome’ which added 3 weeks to its original run of 8, so a total of 11 weeks with a peak of 6.

Three weeks back we saw the end of the run for a song that charted in 3 different versions. This week we saw a 5th song that would chart with more than 1 version as Des Lindberg’s cover of the Tom Paxton song, ‘Ramblin’ Boy’, joined the We Three version which had sadly dropped to 20 this week. This was Des’ second song to grace our charts and the 20th song by a local male.

Tom Jones joined Cliff Richard and Herman’s Hermits in second place on the number of hits list as his 5th to date, ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’, joined the top 20. These 3 artists sat 1 behind The Rolling Stones who led the way with 6. The song began its 7 week run at number 1 in the UK the day after last weeks’ SA chart went out. It would also give Jones his 8th US hit and his 3rd highest peak there to date, going to 11. The song was originally recorded in 1965 by Country & Western singer Johnny Darrell and that same year Porter Wagoner (who recorded a number of duets with Dolly Parton) took a version to 4 on the Country Singles charts in the US. Apart from the UK and US success, Jones would take his version to the top of the charts in Ireland, Norway, Australia and Rhodesia. This was the 75th song by a UK artist to chart. The Poms led the way by 4 over the Yanks now for number of hits.

As mentioned above, the first song to make a re-entry into the chart, finally left the top 20, but as it did so, we saw the second song to make a re-entry reappear on our charts as Peter & Gordon’s ‘Lady Godiva’ which had spent just a single week in the charts 2 weeks back, was once again in the top 20, re-joining the chart at number 18 this week.

Tom Jones’ new entry took him on to a total of 45 weeks, but this was not enough to move him up the weeks count list as he was at 3 while the number 2 spot was occupied by The Beach Boys who were also clocking up the weeks as ‘Good Vibrations’ was at 5 this week. The Beach Boys were on 48. The Rolling Stones were still way out front on 71. Des Lindberg went tied 8th on the local list as he was now on 14 weeks, sharing the spot with The A-Cads and Group 66. The Dream Merchants climbed to tied 16th on that list with their 8 weeks pulling them level with Judy Page.

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2 December 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 5 4 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
3 6 3 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
4 1 11 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
5 4 8 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
6 3 7 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
7 17 2 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
8 10 6 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
9 8 14 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
10 7 10 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
11 11 5 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
12 12 8 Walk with Me  – Seekers
13 15 2 Ramblin’ Boy  – We Three
14 9 5 Too Soon To Know  – Roy Orbison
15 16 11 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves
16 New 1 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
17 13 12 Born Free  – Matt Monro
18 18 2 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
19 New 1 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
20 14 13 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ failed to go past the current record for weeks at 1 as it dropped off the top spot after a 6 week stay there. It sat at the top of the list with The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ for consecutive weeks at 1 and Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ equalled those weeks, but hadn’t managed them consecutively. ‘Sweet Pea’ became the 4th song to fall to number 4 after being at 1 (the previous 3 included The Beach Boys’ hit mentioned above). Only Elvis Presley’s ‘Crying In The Chapel’ had had a bigger fall from grace as it dropped to 5.

The nation’s new favourite song was Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ which climbed up from 2, going 1 place higher on our charts than it did on the charts in their native UK. Herman’s Hermits’ ‘No Milk Today’ moved into second place.

The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ became the 8th song to have a climb of 10 or more places in a week as it jumped 10 from 17 to 7 to take the biggest climber in the week award. A 10 place climb was the 4th biggest we had seen to date and The Beach Boys joined The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Seekers and Herman’s Hermits at the top of the list for number of times with the biggest climber, this being their 4th. Interestingly, even though we had such a big biggest climber, we had no other song made a star rater jump, the next highest climb being only 3 places which ‘No Milk Today’ and The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ managed.

Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Hanky Panky’ had the biggest fall as it dropped 6 places from 14 to 20.

The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ continued on as the oldest on the chart as it moved on to 14 weeks. This was its second week as the oldest.

Los Bravos ended their SA chart career as ‘Black Is Black’ left the chart this week. It had enjoyed a 12 week stay with us, climbing to number 2 during that time. The band would go on to have 1 other hit in the UK and 2 more in the US, but for us, this was it.

Peter & Gordon’s ‘Lady Godiva’ became the 6th song to date to only be with us for 1 week. It spent that week at number 19. Unlike Los Bravos, however, they would return to our charts.

Our first new entry this week was ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’ by Nancy Ames (real name Nancy Hamilton Alfaro). The song would scrape the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, getting to 95 there. Song writers Glenn Sutton and Billy Sherrill who teamed up with Buddy Killen for this one, were also the song writers of ‘I Don’t Want To Play House’ which Barbara Ray would have a big hit with. Nancy’s grandfather, Ricardo Joaquin Alfaro, was the president of Panama from 1931 to 1932.

The second new entry was the second hit for Billy Forrest and Billy Andrews, otherwise known as The Dream Merchants. Their new hit was ‘Land Of Milk And Honey’ which entered the charts at 19. The song was a cover of The Vogues’ hit which had climbed to number 29 in the US earlier in 1966. Song writer John Hurley (who shared credits with Ronnie Wilkens on this one) would record his own version of it in 1970, but that would not chart. The Dream Makers’ version boasted Grahame Beggs as producer. Beggs would be the driving force behind Charisma (remember ‘Mammy Blue’?)

Jim Reeves provided the only movement in the top 20 of the week’s count list as he moved on to 23 weeks, drawing tied 17th with Elvis Presley, The Mamas And The Papas and Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs. The only movement on the local week’s list was The Dream Merchants who also climbed to tied 17th as they clocked up their 7th week in our charts. They shared the spot with Tony Wells.

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25 November 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
2 3 4 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 4 6 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
4 2 7 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
5 12 3 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
6 14 2 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
7 5 9 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
8 6 13 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
9 11 4 Too Soon To Know  – Roy Orbison
10 7 5 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
11 8 4 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
12 10 7 Walk with Me  – Seekers
13 9 11 Born Free  – Matt Monro
14 15 12 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
15 New 1 Ramblin’ Boy  – We Three
16 17 10 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves
17 New 1 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
18 New 1 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
19 New 1 Lady Godiva  – Peter and Gordon
20 16 12 Black is Black  – Los Bravos

‘Sweet Pea’ by Tommy Roe still topped our charts this week and in doing so become only the second song to spend 6 consecutive weeks at 1, joining The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ in this feat. Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ had also managed 6 weeks at 1, but this was done in an interrupted run of 2 lots of 3 weeks each. The biggest threat to Roe making into a 7th week at the top came from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ which moved up 1 more place to settle at 2 this week.

The New Vaudeville Band took the biggest climber award as their hit, ‘Winchester Cathedral’ moved up 8 places from 14 to 6 and Herman’s Hermits’ ‘No Milk Today’ was the only other song making a leap greater than 4 places as it moved up 6 to 5.

The fallers this week were both songs starting with the letter ‘B’. ‘Born Free’ by Matt Monro and ‘Black Is Black’ by Los Bravos both fell 4 places, ending up at 13 at 20 respectively.

‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ by Roger Williams ended its record breaking 8 weeks as the oldest on the chart as it finally dropped off the top 20. It had spent 18 weeks in the top 20, 4 of which were at number 1. The 18 weeks it managed was the second highest a song had managed to date with The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and Cliff Richards’ ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ leading the way with 19 weeks each. ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ would be Williams’ only SA chart hit. The departure of Williams’ version of this song also ended the run which the song had had in 3 different versions (Remember The Ray Conniff Singers and The MGM Singing Strings had also charted with vocal and instrumental version respectively). In total the song in its different version spent 40 weeks on the charts of which it occupied the top spot for 8 consecutive weeks, firstly 4 weeks by the Ray Conniff version, then 4 by Williams’ one.

This also meant the oldest song on the chart baton was handed over to The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ which was on 13 weeks.

It was nothing for the Small Faces this week as ‘All Or Nothing’ dropped off the charts after just 2 weeks, both of which were spent at 19. The up side for the band was that there was still another hit to come from them.

The Monkees debut hit fared little better than The Small Faces one as it also only managed 2 weeks. Its peak was a slightly more respectable 16.

The Bacherlors’ ‘Can I Trust You’ became the 7th song to exit the chart from position 13, the second highest last week position to date. 2 songs had seen out their last week at number 11.

Our 6 week drought of local artists in the chart ended this week with the arrival of We Three’s cover of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’. The song was written and recorded by well know Folk singer Tom Paxton in 1964. The song, despite being often covered, has not made the charts in the US or the UK for any of the artists recording it. We Three were a local folk group consisting of Gary Bryden, Brenda Hughes (nee Newfield) and John Rice. Gary Bryden was originally from the UK and has subsequently returned there while Brenda Hughes now lives in San Francisco.  Gary Bryden once invited Mel Green (of Mel, Mel & Julian fame) on stage at the Troubadour Coffehouse in Johannesburg to sing along with them. This was a pivotal moment as it gave Little Mel, as Green was known, the courage to form the group he would go on to have some success with.

The Beach Boys returned to the charts with their 4th hit to date. So far the peak positions for their songs read 1-2-1. Was ‘Good Vibrations’ going to stall at 2 and keep the sequence going? The signs for them to break this sequence looked good as the song had topped the charts on both side of the Atlantic and also went to number 1 in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Rhodesia. The song, which took about 8 months to record, is widely regarded as not only one of The Beach Boy’s best, but crops up in most ‘Best Singles Of All Time’ lists that appear.

The Fantastic Baggys also returned to our charts this week. Their second hit was ‘Pa Pa Do Ron Ron’. The song was a cover of a Jan & Dean one called ‘New Girl In School’ or sometimes ‘New Girl In Town’ and apart from Jan Berry from Jan & Dean, it also included a certain Brain Wilson (he of the Beach Boys fame) in the writing credits. This meant that we had a song writer have 2 songs in the chart for the first time in 7 weeks as Wilson had penned ‘Good Vibrations’ alongside Mike Love.

The last of the newcomers was Peter & Gordon with their hit ‘Lady Godiva’ and despite the subject matter of the song being about an uncovered woman, this version of the song was a cover, it originally being recorded by Paul Jones. Peter & Gordon’s version would go to number 6 in the US and 16 in the UK. The Peter in the duo was Peter Asher, the brother of Paul McCartney’s then girlfriend, Jane Asher. Peter & Gordon would famously knock The Beatles’ ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ off the top spot in the UK with ‘A World Without Love’, a Lennon & McCartney composition.

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