1968 THE FACTS AND FIGURES

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Well that’s it for 1968. All that is left to do is sum up the year and give the facts and figures for what transpired. Who were the the artists and the song writers who pushed our buttons in 1968.

We saw 142 song spend at least 1 week in the charts this year 125 of which were new entries and 17 were hang overs from 1967. These 142 songs were brought to us by 97 different acts. The 142 song tally was slightly down on the 146 we saw in 1967 but was our second highest to date. So far we had seen the following number of hits each year:

Year No Of Hits
1965 (30 weeks) 79
1966 136
1967 146
1968 142

We saw 1 less local hit this year than in 1967 with 22 of the 142 being by South African artists. 1966 remained their best showing to date with 30 hits that year. The 22 in 1968 were brought to us by 15 different acts.

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 40 chart performers for the year (Note: this does not reflect sales):

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Master Jack Four Jacks & A Jill 295
2 Sunglasses Hilary 279
3 Young Girl Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett 255
4 Lazy Life Quentin E. Klopjaeger 227
5 Simon Says 1910 Fruitgum Company 224
6 My Special Prayer Percy Sledge 223
7 Love Is All Around Troggs 211
8 Baby Come Back Equals 203
9 Delilah Tom Jones 191
=10 A Man Without Love Engelbert Humperdinck 186
=10 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat Orchestra 186
12 What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 183
13 Help Yourself Tom Jones 182
14 Picking Up Pebbles Cornelia 180
15 I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You Bee Gees 175
16 Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann 174
17 Little Red Donkey Troggs 172
=18 Take Time To Know Her Percy Sledge 170
=18 Little Arrows Leapy Lee 170
20 Judy In Disguise John Fred & His Playboy Band 167
21 Daydream Believer Monkees 161
22 Yummy Yummy Yummy Ohio Express 160
23 She Wears My Ring Solomon King 159
24 Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin 154
25 Massachusetts Bee Gees 151
26 All My Love Cliff Richard 149
27 Send Me No Roses Lucille Starr 144
28 (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding 141
29 Bottle Of Wine Fireballs 138
30 Words Bee Gees 136
31 For Your Precious Love Flames 133
32 Indian Lake Cowsills 127
33 I’m Coming Home Tom Jones 122
34 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby Elvis Presley 120
35 1, 2, 3 Red Light 1910 Fruitgum Company 119
36 (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls Dionne Warwick 118
37 Congratulations Cliff Richard 117
=38 My Little Lady Tremeloes 116
=38 Timothy Four Jacks & A Jill 116
40 Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan 115

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

Top 40 Magazine 1968 List

‘Master Jack’ was the second local song to be the overall biggest points gatherer for the year following the success of Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ which was the top hit pointswise in 1965.

The cumulative points to date gave the following top 10:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Timothy Four Jacks & A Jill 312
2 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe 307
3 Single Girl Sandy Posey 302
4 Master Jack Four Jacks & A Jill 295
5 Green Green Grass Of Home Tom Jones 289
6 California Girls Beach Boys 286
7 Sunglasses Hilary 279
8 Massachusetts Bee Gees 278
9 Silence Is Golden Tremeloes 259
10 Young Girl Union Gap Ft Gary Puckett 255

The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1968 were as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Master Jack Four Jacks & A Jill 295
2 Sunglasses Hilary 279
3 Lazy Life Quentin E. Klopjaeger 227
4 Picking Up Pebbles Cornelia 180
5 For Your Precious Love Flames 133

And cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Timothy Four Jacks & A Jill 312
2 Master Jack Four Jacks & A Jill 295
3 Sunglasses Hilary 279
4 Ramblin’ Boy Des Lindberg 251
5 Timothy Carike Keuzenkamp 236

NUMBER OF HITS

We had 2 acts manage to spend at least 1 week on the chart with 5 different songs and those were The Bee Gees and Engelbert Humperdinck. The Troggs, Four Jacks & A Jill and Tom Jones all managed 4. The previous 3 years (including the 30 weeks in 1965) had seen artist enjoy a maximum of 4 hits in the year, so this was a new high. Tom Jones led the way overall for number of hits having clocked up 11 to date. He was followed by The Hollies and Petula Clark on 9 each.

On the local front, Four Jacks & A Jill (as mentioned above) managed 4 to set a new record for a local act. Carike Keuzenkamp, The Bats, Al Debbo and Hilary all managed 2. Four Jacks & A Jill also led the way overall for number of local hits, having had 7 chart so far. Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell were tied second with 6. None had 5 to their name while The Bats and The Staccatos were on 4.

WEEKS ON THE CHART

The Bee Gees set a new record for weeks on the chart in a calendar year as they clocked up 43 in 1968 (2 in the chart in the same week counts as 2). The previous best was The Beach Boys’ 39 weeks in 1966. The Troggs came second for 1968 with 39 and Four Jacks & A Jill were the highest placed local act and 3rd placed overall with their 38 being the best to date in a year for a local act (Previous best Murray Campbell’s 30 weeks in 1965).

Cumulatively, Tom Jones was the leader having spent 122 weeks on the charts to date. The Troggs were second with 92 and The Rolling Stones 3rd with 91.

Four Jacks & A Jill led the way for local acts with a total of 68 (tied 8th place overall) with The Staccatos and Gene Rockwell sharing second place with 39 each. They were tied 24th overall.

NUMBER 1’s

The Bee Gees and Tom Jones were the only acts to score more than a single number 1 hit this year and they both managed 2, The Bee Gees with ‘Massachusetts’ and ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You’ while Jones’ chart toppers were ‘Delilah’ and ‘Help Yourself’. We were yet to see an act have more than 2 chart toppers in a year. It should also be noted that ‘Massachusetts’ spent time at number 1 in both 1967 and 1968.

So far we had seen 1 local chart topper in 1965 and 2 in both 1966 and 1967, but 1968 was our best year yet with 5 local songs going to number 1. These were Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’, Quentin E Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’, Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’, The Flames’ ‘For Your Precious Love’ and Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’.

Hilary’s 7 weeks at 1 with ‘Sunglasses’ was the longest run by any song in 1968 and Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’ was second best with 5 weeks at 1. ‘Sunglasses’ joined The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ and The Bee Gees’ ‘Massachusetts’ for the longest run at 1 so far. As noted above, ‘Massachusetts’s 7 weeks straddling 1967 and 1968 so only 3 of their weeks at 1 were in 1968, hence Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ being the best for the year. From the above, you should be able to conclude that the best run by a local song at 1 to date was of course Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’.

To date, Tom Jones had had the most number 1’s with 5 to his name. The Rolling Stones with 3 were second. Four Jacks & A Jill were the only local act so far to score 2 number 1’s.

Unsurprisingly Tom Jones also topped the weeks at 1 to date list having spent a total of 15 weeks there. The Bee Gees were second with 10 and The Tremloes 3rd on 8. Four Jacks & A Jill and Hilary led the way for local acts with 7 each to their names.

FEMALE ACTS

After last year’s best effort to date of 23 hits (27 including those as part of a duet), the woman artists would have been disappointed to see these figures fall to 17 hits (18 if duets are included). The 17 hits were brought to us courtesy of 12 acts.

Lucille Starr’s 3 hits that spent time in the charts this year was the most for a woman for 1968, but they fell 1 short of the best to date which was Petula Clark’s 4 in 1967. Petula herself managed 2 this year and was joined in this total by 2 local ladies, Carike Keuzenkamp and Hilary who were the only South African ladies to have more than 1 hit this year. Cornelia and Pat Gregory were the only other local women to chart.

Petula Clark led the way overall with 9 hits to her name. Nancy Sinatra and Virginia Lee were second with 6 hits each and Virginia Lee being the highest placed local woman. Carike Keuzenkamp, Hilary, June Muscat and Judy Page were tied second for local women with all 4 of them being on 2 hits.

Hilary took the 1968 weeks on the chart title for women as her 22 just beat Lucille Starr’s 21. Cornelia was in 3rd place quite a way behind the top 2 with 13 weeks to her name.

Cumulatively it was Petula Clark who led the way with 68 weeks under her belt since the start of the charts. Lucille Starr came in second with 53 and Nancy Sinatra was 3rd with 48. Virginia Lee still led the way for local lasses with 36 followed by Carike Keuzenkamp and Hilary both on 22.

There were only 2 women who topped the charts in 1968 and both were local. The aforementioned ‘Sunglasses’ by Hilary spent 7 weeks at 1 while Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ managed 4. To date it was still only Nancy Sinatra who had seen the top spot more than once and one of her 2 times there was as part of a duet with her dad, Frank. Hilary’s 7 weeks at 1 with ‘Sunglasses’ gave her the most weeks at the top to date for a female artist while Nancy Sinatra and Sandy Posey were tied second with 5 weeks each (1 of Nancy’s 5 being the aforementioned duet with Frank Sinatra).

The top 5 hits by woman in 1968 based on the points system were:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Sunglasses Hilary 279
2 Picking Up Pebbles Cornelia 180
3 Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin 154
4 Send Me No Roses Lucille Starr 144
5 (Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls Dionne Warwick 118

On a cumulative basis, the top 5 read:

Pos Song Artist Points
1 Single Girl Sandy Posey 302
2 Sunglasses Hilary 279
3 Timothy Carike Keuzenkamp 236
4 Cry Softly (Liebestraum) Nancy Ames 232
5 The French Song Lucille Starr 223

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 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat Orchestra 186 France
2 Send Me No Roses Lucille Starr 144 Canada
3 Macarthur Park Richard Harris 101 Ireland
4 Crystal Chandelier Stu Phillips 48 Canada
5 If I Only Had Time John Rowles 44 New Zealand

In total we saw 11 songs on our charts from artists who were not from The UK, The US or South Africa. Of these 8 were by Canadian acts, 2 by French acts and 1 each from Irish and New Zealand acts. The 8 Canadian hits smashed the record to date for hits by non-SA, -UK or -US acts as we had only seen a best of 3 from one of these nations in the previous 3 years.

The Paul Mauriat Orchestra’s ‘Love Is Blue’ was the only chart topper from a ‘rest of the worlder’ this year. This was the first chart topper from such an act since July 1965 when Australia’s The Seekers occupied the top spot with ‘World Of Our Own’. We had not seen any other chart toppers from outside the 3 main nations who charted on our charts.

Acts from the UK balanced up the number of times they had the most in a year with what the Americans had managed. Their 68 for 1968 was the biggest tally this year. The previous 2 years, the Americans had had the most hits with the Brits last beating them back in 1965.

The cumulative best hits for ‘rest of the world’ artists was as follows:

Pos Song Artist Points Nationality
1 The French Song Lucille Starr 223 Canada
2 World Of Our Own Seekers 192 Australia
3 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat Orchestra 186 France
4 The Carnival Is Over Seekers 160 Australia
5 I Love You Lucille Starr 148 Canada

WHAT DIDN’T CHART

We missed out on a record equaling 15 UK or US chart toppers that did not make our top 20 this year. 3 of these were Beatles songs which would have been banned by the SABC at the time, thus accounting for their lack of appearance on our charts. 1966 also saw 15 songs make number 1 in the UK or US or both, but not feature on our charts.

The 15 songs were as follows (songs marked with an * would chart in a later year in SA):

Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde Georgie Fame
Cinderella Rockefella Esther And Abi Ofarim
Fire Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Grazing In The Grass Hugh Masekela
Hello Goodbye Beatles
Hey Jude Beatles
Honey Bobby Goldsboro
I Heard It Through The Grapevine* Marvin Gaye
I Pretend Des O’Connor
Lady Madonna Beatles
Love Child Supremes
Mrs Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
People Got To Be Free Rascals
Tighten Up Archie Bell & The Drells
With A Little Help From My Friends Joe Cocker

CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS

There were 15 acts that had seen at least 1 week of chart action in 1965, 1966 and 1967. Four of those acts would not see any hits on the charts in 1968. The 11 acts who had managed to chart in 4 consecutive years were:

Beach Boys, Cliff Richard, Donovan, Herman’s Hermits, Hollies, Kinks, Manfred Mann, Petula Clark, Rolling Stones, Staccatos and Tom Jones.

The 4 that didn’t manage to extend their runs were:

Gene Rockwell, Matt Monro, Seekers and Virginia Lee.

This meant we had 1 local acts who had charted in all 4 year so far (The Staccatos) and Petula Clark was the only woman to have done so.

In addition to those who had charted every year since 1965, there were 9 acts who had charted every year since 1966. That list included local group Four Jacks & A Jill.

I WRITE THE SONGS

In 1967 it took a record to date 206 different song writers to bring us the songs that charted that year. In 1968 we had 10 less do the job as 196 song writers had their names on the labels of the singles that charted. Last year’s top song writer, Les Reed, had to be satisfied with second place this year, his 7 hits falling 1 short of top dog and Reed’s writing partner Barry Mason who scored 8. All 7 of Reed’s hits were co-written with Mason, but Mason had the edge as he was credited with the English lyrics to Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘A Man Without Love’.

Reed, however, led the way overall with a total of 13 hits to date to his name. Mason came in second with 11 while The Rolling Stones’ writing team of Jagger & Richards shared 3rd place with Bee Gee, Barry Gibb with 9.

As is often the case, the one with the biggest number of hits also had the most weeks and 1968 was no exception with Barry Mason’s 63 weeks being the highest for the year. Les Reed was second with 51 while Barry and Robin Gibb were 3rd with 47.

Similarly, the overall picture for weeks (just about) mirrored the number of hits list as Les Reed was out in front with 125, Barry Mason 2nd on 102 and Jagger & Richards 3rd on 82. The only difference with the hits count list and total weeks was that Barry Gibbs’ 9 hits had only accumulated 76 weeks so far. Barry, however, was busy accumulating weeks at the end of the year as he had song writing credits on The Marbles’ ‘Only One Woman’ which was busy heading up the charts.

The Gibbs brothers (Barry, Robin and Maurice) were the only song writers to see 2 of their compositions top the charts and these were the 2 Bee Gees chart toppers, ‘Massachusetts’ and ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’. They were the 8th, 9th and 10th song writers to have 2 number 1s in a year. No one had managed more than that yet.

Barry, Robin and Maurice were now also top of the weeks at 1 for song writers as they had spent 10 weeks there with their compositions. Les Reed and Maurice Jarre were in second place with 8 weeks.

THANKS

Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped by noting corrections etc as we have gone through 1968. Special thanks go to Peet van Staaden and Ian McLean for supplying invaluable information and Anton van Staden for his eagle-eyed spotting of typos and errors.

And so on to 1969.

27 December 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Jesamine  – Casuals
2 3 5 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
3 2 8 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
4 5 5 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
5 8 6 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
6 7 3 Only One Woman  – Marbles
7 4 14 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
8 18 2 Lily the Pink  – Scaffold
9 6 10 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  – Elvis Presley
10 9 12 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
11 10 10 The Red Balloon  – Dave Clark Five
12 16 3 Vin Rosé  – Stu Phillips
13 11 4 Listen to Me  – Hollies
14 13 4 On the Road Again  – Canned Heat
15 20 2 Elenore  – Turtles
16 New 1 Soul Coaxing  – Sounds Orchestral
17 12 12 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You  – Bee Gees
18 New 1 Midnight Confessions  – Grass Roots
19 New 1 A Minute of Your Time  – Tom Jones
20 New 1 Not Enough Indians  – Dean Martin

And so we reach the end of 1968 and The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ held on to the top spot to spend a 2nd week there and be our final number 1 of the year. It held out against pressure from Barry Ryan’s ‘Eloise’ which climbed 1 more place to sit at 2.

‘Lily The Pink’ became the 26th song to climb 10 or more places in a week as it moved up from 18 to 8. This meant we saw the first occasion where were had a song climb 10 or more in 3 consecutive weeks. Acts from the UK sneaked ahead of those from the US for number of times with a 10 or more place climb as there had been 11 from the Brits and 10 from the Yanks now.

The Turtles’ ‘Elenore’ moved up 5 to 15 and Stu Phillips’ ‘Vin Rosé’ climbed 4 from 16 to 12 to be the other star raters this week.

The Bee Gees picked up their 6th biggest faller award as ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ fell 6 places from 11 to 17. Of their biggest fallers so far, only ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ had managed it twice.

Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’ continued on as the oldest on the charts as it ticked over to 14 weeks. This was the 130th week where we had seen a US act have the oldest on the charts and this took the Americans 1 week ahead of the UK acts for having the oldest.

The Cowsills’ ‘Indian Lake’ fell off the charts after a 12 week run in the top 20. It peaked at 4 during that time. This would not be the last we saw of the band.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich on the other hand were at the end of the SA Chart career as ‘The Wreck of the Antoinette’ failed to fire our imaginations and left the chart after just 2 weeks and a peak of 17, their worst performance of the 6 hits they managed to have with us. They spent 46 weeks in total on our charts with 2 of those being at number 1 with ‘Bend It’, their only chart topper. They sat 20th on the weeks count list.

We did not have a great Love Affair with ‘A Day Without Love’ as the song left us after just 2 weeks and a peak 15. This was a far worse performance than Love Affair’s other hit to date, ‘Everlasting Love’, which went to 9 during a 6 week run. The break up with Love Affair was just a trial separation as they would move back into our charts at a later date.

Last of the leavers this week was The Kinks’ ‘Days’ which gave us our 3rd equal weeks and peak hit in 7 weeks and 15th to date, as it climbed to number 8 in its 8 weeks with us. This made 8 the most popular for having as an equal week and peak as we had seen 4 songs manage this while there were 3 that had had 7 and another 3 that had had 9 as their weeks and peak figure. The Kinks still had some hits to come.

As the group’s name suggested, Sounds Orchestral brought us another instrumental hit in ‘Soul Coaxing’ which brought the vocal-less hits count up to 15. The piece, written by Frenchman Michael Polnareff, was originally called ‘Ame Câline’, and had lyrics, but a number of artists have recorded instrumental versions including The Raymond Lefévre Orchestra and Norrie Paramor (who produced ‘Lily The Pink’ by Scaffold which sat at number 8 on our charts this week). Sounds Orchestral’s version would not make the charts in either the UK or the US, but they did have a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic with ‘Cast Your Fate To The Wind’.

The Grass Roots 3rd hit, ‘Midnight Confessions’ was our second new entry this week. It would be their 6th US Hot 100 hit and their second to go top 10 there as it peaked at 5. It was produced by Steve Barri who had had song writer credits on a number of other SA chart hits, including songs by The Fantastic Baggys, Herman’s Hermits and The Grass Roots’ first SA chart hit ‘Where Were You When I Needed You’.

Any thoughts of keeping up with the (Tom) Jones(es) were thwarted this week as he moved on to 11 hits and went 2 ahead of second placed Petula Clark and The Hollies. His new one, ‘A Minute Of Your Time’ would also start his weeks count and points tally moving again and he already topped both those lists. He was also top of the number of number 1’s list and unsurprisingly also led the way for weeks spent at 1. ‘A Minute Of Your Time’ was Jones’ 15th UK hit which peaked at 14 there and ended his run of 7 straight top 10 hits. In the US it was his 16th hit, but did not fare too well, peaking at 48 there. Elsewhere it would make 2 in Belgium, 8 in Austria, 9 in Germany and Switzerland and 11 in Rhodesia.

The final new entry broke the record to date for gaps between hits as it had been 155 weeks since we last saw Dean Martin on the charts when ‘Houston’ spent its last week in the top 20 on 5 November 1965. This broke Jackie Trent’s 152 week gap record. Martin’s new one would be his second last US hit and would peak at 43 there. It wouldn’t chart in the UK.

The Hollies reached the 70 weeks in the chart milestone and moved into 6th place on their own on the weeks count list, shaking off Engelbert Humperdicnk who they had shared the spot with last week. The big news on that list was that we now had a new number 2 as The Troggs pulled 1 clear of The Rolling Stones as they ticked on to 92 weeks. This was the first time since the start of the charts that The Stones were not in the top 2 of this list.

There were 5 acts on this, the last chart of the year who also been on the first chart of 1968 and they were The Bee Gees, The Dave Clark Five, Tom Jones, The Tremeloes and The Troggs. The last 2 years had only seen 4 acts feature on the first and last charts of the year. There were 5 on the very first chart about halfway through 1965 that were also on the last chart of that year.

We were also experiencing our 2nd week with no women and no local hits on the top 20.

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20 December 1968

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13 December 1968

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

The Tremeloes’ first SA hit, ‘Silence Is Golden’ spent 7 weeks at the top of the charts. Their second hit, ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’, just missed out on topping the charts, peaking as it did at 2. This week their 3rd hit, ‘My Little Lady’ returned them to the number 1 spot as it ousted Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’, the latter dropping to number 3 after 2 weeks at the top. The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ slid into second place.

Barry Ryan’s ‘Eloise’ became the 24th song to climb 10 or more places in a week as it rocketed up the charts, climbing 10 from 14 to 4. It was the biggest climber the previous week as well with a 6 place climb. This was the 6th song so far to move up a net 16 places in a 2 week period, but it fell 1 short of the record to date 17 places that The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer Managed’ when it climbed 16 in 1 week and a further 1 place the next, giving it a17 place climb over a 2 week period.

On the falling front, The Cowsill’s ‘Indian Lake’ dropped 6 places to 15 to take the faller of the week award for the second week running, having dropped 4 places last week. Their 10 places in 2 weeks was a little way off the record to date fall in 2 weeks, as that honour went to Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ which managed to fall a total of 15 places in the space of 2 weeks.

‘Picking Up Pebbles’ by Cornelia ticked over to 13 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 4th week as the oldest on the top 20.

Jennie C Riley’s ‘Harper Valley PTA’ was the first of 4 songs to vacate the top 20 this week. It spent 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 11. This would be her only SA chart hit.

It seemed that if Al Debbo did a parody of a local hit, he would end up with a peak of 7 as ‘Sonbrilletjies’ (a parody of Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’) ended its chart run with the same peak that ‘Baas Jack’ (his parody of Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Master Jack’) had managed. However, unlike its predecessor which lasted 10 weeks in the charts, ‘Sonbrilletjies’ only managed 7. That said, it was the 14th song to end up with an equal weeks and peak figure and the 3rd local song to manage this, following in the footsteps of Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ and Group 66’s ‘Endless Sleep’ which had weeks and peak of 3 and 8 respectively.

The Bats’ ‘Weltevreede Stasie’ became their worst performing song to date as dropped off the charts after 6 weeks and a peak of 15, 2 weeks less than ‘Shabby Little Hut’s 8, their second lowest, and 2 places lower than ‘That’s How I Feel’s peak of 13.

Last to go was Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ which lasted 4 weeks and peaked at 11. Of the 4 artists leaving the top 20 this week, only Jeannie C Riley would not return.

Our first new entry was by a British group called The Marbles. ‘Only One Woman’ was written by the Gibb brothers (Barry, Maurice and Robin) and produced by Barry and Maurice along with Robert Stigwood who had also produced a number of The Bee Gees’ hits. The song would top the charts in New Zealand and give them a number 5 hit in the UK as well as going top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Holland, Norway, Switzerland and Rhodesia. Interestingly in New Zealand it knocked Marmalade’s version of ‘Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da’ off the top spot there and was in turn dethroned by The Beatles version of the same song.

Stu Phillips returned to the charts with his second hit ‘Vin Rosé’. This brought the total of hits by Canadian artists on our charts to 9 and Phillips was the second artists to have more than 1 of the total (Lucille Starr had 5 with R. Dean Taylor and Andy Kim on 1 apiece). It would give Phillips his 4th hit on the US Country Singles charts as it went to number 21. It would, however, not give him the elusive cross over onto the main Hot 100 chart.

Love Affair had spent 6 weeks on the charts earlier in the year with their hit ‘Everlasting Love’. Things were obviously not going as well in that relationship as the new hit was ‘A Day Without Love’ (so not everlasting then?). This was their second hit on our charts and we had missed out on their number 5 hit in the UK ‘Rainbow Valley’ which which charted there in between ‘Everlasting Love’ and ‘A Day Without Love’. ‘A Day Without Love’ would be their 3rd UK hit and would peak at 6 there. It would not see much chart action in Europe, the only place I can see it charting was Austria where it went to 17.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch clocked up their 6th hit to date as ‘The Wreck of the Antoinette’ joined the top 20 this week. It would give them their 11th chart hit in the UK where it went to number 14, their second lowest peak there to that date and would be their last top 20 hit there. They had 2 more hits, both of which peaked at 23. The Antoinette was a ship which ran aground in 1889, was rescued but was finally wrecked in 1895. There were 14 members of crew on the boat and they were all rescued, but spookily the song’s UK peak matched the number of survivors.

The Troggs reached the 90 weeks in the charts milestone and were now just 1 week behind 2nd placed The Rolling Stones on the weeks count list. Percy Sledge ticked over to 40 weeks with us and sat 23rd on the list. The Hollies moved on to 68 weeks to join 3 other artists on that total. Along with Petula Clark, Four Jacks & A Jill and Herman’s Hermits, they all sat 7th on the list. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s new one moved them on to 45 weeks but that did not move them from position 20 on the list. On the local list, Cornelia was now on 13 weeks and that matched 20th placed Dickie Loader.

The Tremeloes passed the 500 points mark as their total moved on to 505 which placed them 19th overall for points.

The leavers this week consisted of 2 solo female artists and 2 local acts. This brought the total hits by solo woman in the top 20 down to 2 having been at 5 just 2 weeks earlier. We were, however, enjoying the 2nd longest run to date with at least 1 hit by a solo woman in the charts as this was the 26th week in a row that we had had one. The best run to date was 74 weeks. The local hits count was now down to just 1 (Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’), the lowest total in 34 weeks. So far we had only had 5 weeks without a local song on the chart. To date we averaged 3.4 local hits a week.

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6 December 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
2 3 5 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
3 7 5 Jesamine  – Casuals
4 2 9 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You  – Bee Gees
5 4 9 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
6 6 7 The Red Balloon  – Dave Clark Five
7 8 7 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  – Elvis Presley
8 11 6 Days  – Kinks
9 5 10 Indian Lake  – Cowsills
10 9 10 Those Were the Days  – Mary Hopkin
11 12 4 I Say a Little Prayer  – Aretha Franklin
12 10 12 Picking Up Pebbles  – Cornelia
13 19 2 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
14 20 2 Eloise  – Barry Ryan
15 16 6 Weltevrede Stasie  – Bats
16 18 3 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
17 13 7 Sonbrilletjies  – Al Debbo
18 15 7 Harper Valley PTA  – Jeannie C Riley
19 New 1 On the Road Again  – Canned Heat
20 New 1 Listen to Me  – Hollies

‘My Special Prayer’ held on to the top spot to spend a second week there with The Tremeloes’ ‘My Little Lady’ being the contenders to the throne as it moved up 1 place to number 2.

The Troggs picked up an 8th biggest climber award as ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ moved up 6 places to 13. They were second only to Tom Jones (on 10) for number of biggest climbers. And while The Troggs were hanging around the top of the list for number of biggest climbers, Barry Ryan climbed on to the bottom of the ladder with his first as ‘Eloise’ also managed a 6 place climb, landing up at 14.

The only other star rater this week was The Causals’ ‘Jesamine’ which moved up 4 to 3rd place. This was a 3rd star rater climb for the song. To date 25 songs had managed 3 star rater climbs, with none managing a 4th.

The Cowsills’ ‘Indian Lake’ and Al Debbo’s ‘Sonbrilletjies’ were the fall guys this week, both songs dropping 4 places to land at 9 and 17 respectively. It was ‘Sonbrilletjies’ 2nd biggest faller award and, added to the 1 that ‘Baas Jack’ picked up, was Debbo’s 3rd overall. 3 other local males had had 3 biggest fallers and these were Emil Dean, Murray Campbell and Gene Rockwell.

Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ entered its 3rd week as the oldest on the chart as it moved on to 12 weeks.

Another local lady was not doing as well as Pat Gregory’s ‘Hey Mr Dreamer’ fell off the charts after just 2 weeks with us and a peak if 17. This would be her only SA chart action.

Deep Purple’s ‘Hush’ fared marginally better, spending 4 weeks with us and getting to a highest position of 14 in that time. Unlike Pat Gregory, though, they would return to our top 20.

Canned Heat made their SA chart debut with ‘On The Road Again’. It would also be their debut hit in the US and the UK getting to 16 on the former and 8 on the latter. It would also go top 10 in Australia (#9), Belgium (#5), Canada (#8), France (#7), Holland (#5), Switzerland (#3) and Rhodesia (#7). Both the guys credited with writing the song have passed away, Alan Wilson tragically dying at 27 (drug overdose – possible suicide), 2 weeks after Jimi Hendix and 4 weeks before Janis Joplin while Floyd Jones lived to the ripe old age of 72.

The Hollies became the first of the chasing pack of 7 artists on 8 hits to get a 9th and join Petula Clark in 2nd place on the hits count list. Their new one was ‘Listen To Me’ (which I guess is what we did). It gave song writer Tony Hazzard his 2nd hit having had song writing credit on Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said the Clown’. It would be The Hollies 18th UK chart hit where it managed to peak at 11, meaning that 15 of their 18 hits to date had gone top 20 there. Only 5 of their next 13 hits would manage to get into the top 20 in the UK and that may have had something to do with the fact that ‘Listen To Me’ was the last song to feature Graham Nash in the band’s line-up. It would also pick up a pair of number 13 peaks in Europe, getting to that position on the German and Belgium charts.

With one of the new entries being by an American act and the other by a British act, the Brits maintained their 4 hit lead over the Americans with 169 hits to their credit compared to the Yanks’ 165. The local content in the chart dropped to 3 after a run of 6 weeks with 4.

The Troggs moved back to having 3rd place to themselves on the weeks count list as their 89 to date put them 1 ahead of The Beach Boys. The Hollies shook off The Seekers to occupy 10th position on the list by themselves. They sat on 67 weeks. The Bats overtook Des Lindberg with 32 weeks to their name. They stayed 6 on the local weeks count list while Des dropped to 7. Also on the local list, Al Debbo moved tied 12th with The Dream Merchants with both acts on 17 weeks.

The Bee Gees moved passed the 700 points mark as they ticked over to 709 in total. They sat 9th on the overall points list.

This was also only the 2nd week where the number 1 and number 2 song started with the same word (‘My Special Prayer’ and ‘My Little Lady’ both starting with ‘My’). The previous time was when Four Jacks And A Jills’ and Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Timothy’ were at 1 and 2.

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29 November 1968

my_special_percy_sledge

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 10 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
2 1 8 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You  – Bee Gees
3 8 4 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
4 3 8 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
5 4 9 Indian Lake  – Cowsills
6 7 6 The Red Balloon  – Dave Clark Five
7 9 4 Jesamine  – Casuals
8 10 6 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  – Elvis Presley
9 5 9 Those Were the Days  – Mary Hopkin
10 6 11 Picking Up Pebbles  – Cornelia
11 12 5 Days  – Kinks
12 13 3 I Say a Little Prayer  – Aretha Franklin
13 11 6 Sonbrilletjies  – Al Debbo
14 15 4 Hush  – Deep Purple
15 14 6 Harper Valley PTA  – Jeannie C Riley
16 17 5 Weltevrede Stasie  – Bats
17 19 2 Hey Mr Dreamer  – Pat Gregory
18 20 2 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies
19 New 1 You Can Cry If You Want To  – Troggs
20 New 1 Eloise  – Barry Ryan

The Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and Quentin E, Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ jointly held the record for the slowest climb to the top spot as it took them both 8 weeks to get there. However, this week, Percy Sledge’s ‘’My Special Prayer’ took over as the slowest climber to the top spot as it was in its 10th week when it finally managed to gain pole position. Previous number 1, The Bee Gees’ ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ dropped to 2 after spending 3 weeks at the top. Sledge became the second black solo artist (after Louis Armstrong) to top our charts.

‘My Little Lady’ by The Tremeloes made biggest climber for a second week running following up last week’s 6 place climb with a 5 place climb this week. It was now sitting at number 3. It was the only star rater this week and it was the 3rd week running it made star rater status as it had also climbed 5 2 weeks back. The Tremeloes were the 15th act to reach a total of 8 star raters with only half of those also making biggest climber in their respective weeks.

This week saw the first time that we had 2 biggest fallers by solo female artists as Mary Hopkins’ ‘Those Were The Days’ and Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ both fell 4 places to 9 and 10 respectively to take the biggest faller award for the week. Cornelia could take some comfort from the fact that her song was the oldest on the charts, enjoying its 11th week with us.

Andy Kim’s first adventure on our charts was a short one with ‘How’d We Ever Get This Way?’ lasting just 2 weeks in the top 20 and peaking at 18. The good news for him was that there were bigger and better things to come, both as an artist and as a song writer.

Joining Kim in going was Engelbert Humperdinck whose ‘Les Bicyclettes De Belsize’ fared slightly better, lasting 4 weeks and peaking at 12. This was his worst performing song of his 7 hits to date peaking 1 place lower and lasting 2 weeks less than his previous worst, ‘Everybody Knows’.

8 hits to date placed you tied 3rd on the hits count list behind Petula Clark on 9 and Tom Jones on 10. This week The Troggs joined Herman’s Hermits, Cliff Richard, Jim Reeves, The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann and The Hollies in the chasing pack as ‘You Can Cry If You Want To’ became their 8th hit to date. The song was written by lead singer Reg Presley (who had penned 5 of their previous SA hits), but would fail to make either the US or UK charts. It did, however manage a peak of 12 in Canada and 4 in what was then Rhodesia.

The other new entry was possibly the only to song to chart where the song writer was the twin brother of the artist. ‘Eloise’, which was performed by Barry Ryan, was written by his twin brother Paul Ryan. The song would spend 2 weeks at number 2 in the UK, kept off the top spot by Hugo Montenegro’s ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’. This would be his biggest hit there, but he did manage to chart in the UK a total of 14 times, 8 of which were as a duet with his brother Paul. Furthermore ‘Eloise’ would top the charts in Switzerland, Germany, Holland and Belgium and make number 2 in Austria and Norway.  In 1986 punk band The Damned took a cover version to 3 in the UK. Although not a charting hit, local band Rouge (featuring Zane Cronje) recorded a 17 minute epic disco cover of ‘Eloise’ which was entitled ‘Eloise Concerto’.

Despite ‘Days’ being their 5th SA chart hit, The Kinks were only just hitting the 20 weeks mark this week. Of all the acts who had managed 5 or more hits so far, the average weeks/per hit ratio of 4 that The Kinks now had was the lowest to date with Virginia Lee being second lowest averaging 6 weeks per hit. Even once ‘Days’ finished its time on the chart, The Kinks would still have the lowest average weeks per hit for anyone having 5 or more hits. The Beach Boys had the highest weeks per hit ratio, averaging 12.57 per hit.

But even with The Beach Boys great average, The Troggs caught up with them for total weeks on the charts. The 2 acts shared 3rd place on the weeks count list with 88 each to their names. They sat just 3 behind second placed The Rolling Stones. On the local list, Al Debbo moved tied 13th with Billy Forrest and Peter Lotis on 16 weeks (Forrest’s only hit to date having been under the guise of Quentin E. Klopjaeger) while The Bats finally caught up with Des Lindberg, going tied 6th with him on 31 weeks.

As a final bit of trivia, there would be 39 songs with the world ‘little’ in the title that would chart in SA and this was the 3rd week running that we would have 3 in the chart at the same time (The Tremeloes’ ‘My Little Lady’, Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Arrows’ and Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. This present run of this many ‘little’ songs in the charts would never be bettered and would only be matched once where that would be a 2 week run, making this the longest run we would ever see with 3 ‘little’ songs.

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22 November 1968

bee_gees_message

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You  – Bee Gees
2 6 9 My Special Prayer  – Percy Sledge
3 2 7 Little Arrows  – Leapy Lee
4 5 8 Indian Lake  – Cowsills
5 3 8 Those Were the Days  – Mary Hopkin
6 4 10 Picking Up Pebbles  – Cornelia
7 8 5 The Red Balloon  – Dave Clark Five
8 14 3 My Little Lady  – Tremeloes
9 13 3 Jesamine  – Casuals
10 9 5 Your Time Hasn’t Come Yet, Baby  – Elvis Presley
11 7 5 Sonbrilletjies  – Al Debbo
12 16 4 Days  – Kinks
13 18 2 I Say a Little Prayer  – Aretha Franklin
14 11 5 Harper Valley PTA  – Jeannie C Riley
15 17 3 Hush  – Deep Purple
16 12 4 Les Bicyclettes De Belsize  – Engelbert Humperdinck
17 15 4 Weltevrede Stasie  – Bats
18 19 2 How’d We Ever Get This Way?  – Andy Kim
19 New 1 Hey Mr Dreamer  – Pat Gregory
20 New 1 Bang-Shang-a-Lang  – Archies

Last week it was only a star rater, this week it was the biggest climber as The Tremeloes’ ‘My Little Lady’ moved up 6 from 14 to 8 to take the title this week. It was The Tremeloes’ 3rd time with a biggest climber.The Bee Gees’ ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts and the band moved on to 10 weeks in total at number 1. However, they remained in 2nd place for weeks at 1 by an artist as they were still 5 behind Tom Jones. Percy Sledge’s ‘My Special Prayer’ bounced back up the charts, climbing back to 2 from 6. It had been at number 2 four weeks back, but had been dropping since then till this week’s climb.

Apart from our biggest climber and Percy Sledge’s 4 place climb mentioned above, there were 3 other star raters this week. These were The Casuals’ ‘Jesamine’ (last week’s biggest climber), The Kinks’ ‘Days’ and Aretha Franklin’s ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. The first 2 climbed 4 places to get to 9 and 12 respectively while Aretha climbed 5 to get to 13. It was an 8th star rater for Percy Sledge, a 7th for The Tremeloes, a 4th for The Kinks, a 2nd for The Casuals and a 1st for Aretha.

Al Debbo picked up his 2nd biggest faller award as ‘Sonbrilletjies’ dropped 4 places to 11 while Engelbert Humperdinck was suffering his 5th with ‘Les Bicyclettes Des Belsize’ dropping 4 to 16.

Last week’s oldest song on the charts, The Flames’ ‘For Your Precious Love’, fell off the top 20. It had been with us for 11 weeks, 1 of which was spent at number 1. Surprisingly, this would be the band’s only SA Chart action. Cornelia’s ‘Picking Up Pebbles’ on 10 weeks took over as the oldest on the charts giving us the 60th week with a local song as the oldest. This was also only the 2nd time we had seen a local song take over from another local one as the oldest. The last time this happened was when John E Shapre & The Squires’ ‘I Am A Rock’ became the granddaddy of the chart when Des Lindberg’s ‘’Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ left. (This excludes all songs on the first ever chart).

2 weeks ago we saw the 4th song leave the charts from number 10 and this then equalled the number of songs that had departed from number 9 (the highest last position to date). This week the leavers from 10 overtook those from 9 as we saw the 5th song to go from position 10 and that was The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s ‘1-2-3 Red Light’. The song had been with us for 9 weeks and peaked at 2. This was the highest peak to date for a song lasting 9 weeks on the charts with only Donovan’s ‘Hurdgy Gurdy Man’ managing this previously. In total 11 songs would peak at 2 during a 9 week run and we would see a chart topper only last 9 weeks. Unlike The Flames, The 1910 Fruitgum Company still had further hits in them.

Our first new entry this week was ‘Hey Mr Dreamer’ by Pat Gregory. There is very little information about this song out there. It seems that Pat was female, that the song was a John Edmonds composition and that Billy Forrest produced it. Lauren Copley (under the name Leoné Lauren) recorded the song when she was 11 years old and there is also a version by Carike Keuzenkamp floating around out there. And that is about all I could find on it. Any further info would be greatly appreciated.

The Archies kicked off their SA Chart career with ‘Bang-Shang-A-Lang’ entering at 20. It was the debut single for the band that hid its identity behind the cartoon characters from the Archie comics. It gave Jeff Barry his 4th hit as a song writer and 2 of them were on this week’s chart as the other was Andy Kim’s ‘How’d We Ever Get This Way?’ where he shared writing credits with Kim. The song would give The Archies a number 22 hit in the US and would manage to get to number 3 in neighbouring Rhodesia as it was then.

The Bats clocked up their 30th week on the charts but they were still 1 behind Des Lindberg, so they did not move from 7th place on the local weeks count list. Al Debbo did move up, his 15 weeks to date putting him tied 15th with Emil Dean and Groep Twee. On the overall list, Engelbert Humperdinck took 6th place all to himself, moving 1 clear of Four Jacks & A Jill, Herman’s Hermits and Petula Clark who all dropped into 7th place. The Bee Gees shook off Lucille Starr to have 14th place to themselves. They were on 54 weeks.

Engelbert also celebrated passing the 900 point mark as he moved on to 902. He sat 5th overall for points.

‘Sunglasses’/’Sonbrilletjies’ moved on to a total of 24 weeks on the charts for the 2 versions of it that had made the top 20 and pulled 1 clear of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ and ‘The Letter’ for weeks on the charts by songs charting in more than 1 version. ‘Sunglasses’/’Sonbrilletjies’ now sat 5th on its own on that list.

A last thing to note was that in total we would see 5 songs with word ‘prayer’ in the title and 2 of those were in this week’s chart (‘My Special Prayer’ and ‘I Say A Little Prayer’).

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