5 August 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
2 7 3 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  - Roger Williams
3 2 8 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
4 3 7 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
5 5 7 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
6 4 9 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
7 6 8 Wild Thing  - Troggs
8 11 4 Sixteen Candles  - Jody Wayne
9 8 5 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
10 9 12 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
11 10 6 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
12 16 2 (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water  - Johnny Rivers
13 12 7 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
14 17 7 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
15 New 1 Shotgun Wedding  - Ad-Libs
16 New 1 Red Rubber Ball  - Cyrkle
17 19 2 Opus 17  - Four Seasons
18 13 11 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
19 New 1 Love Minus Zero  - Dream Merchants
20 14 12 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters

The Ray Conniff Singer’s ‘Somewhere My Love’ enjoyed a second week at number 1, but was under pressure from the instrumental version of the same song, a version by Roger Williams which went under the title ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’. This was the first time we had 2 different versio0ns of the same song occupying the top 2 slots. Only 1 other song would manage this.

As the number 1 song had done, Williams’ version was the biggest climber 2 weeks running as it took top honours this week with its 5 place climb to 2. We had now had 4 straight weeks with a version of this track from the film ‘Dr Zhivago’ as the biggest climber.

Johnny Rivers’ ‘(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water’ was the only other star rater as it moved up 4 from 16 to 12. Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ was the faller of the week. It dropped 6 from 14 to 20.

Despite its big fall, Crispian St Peters’ hit was the oldest on the charts alongside Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ which were enjoying their 12th week in the top 20.

Three songs left the charts this week, the first of which was Pamela Dean’s version of ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ which enjoyed a 5 week run in the charts with a peak of 15. This would be her only SA chart hit.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s ‘Hold Tight’ had been on the charts for 9 weeks and peaked at 7, but was no longer with us this week. Unlike Dean, however, the band with a very long name would be back.

Last of the leavers was Petula Clark and her hit ‘Where Did We Go Wrong’ which spent 8 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 7. She had had 3 hits so far and they had peaked at 5, 6 and now 7 in that order. Would the next peak at 8? Her departure brought about the second time we had a chart with no solo female artists on. The last time we had been without a solo woman artist on the charts it had lasted 15 week from 19 November 1965 to 25 February 1966.

The first new entry was ‘Shotgun Wedding’ by The Ad-Libs. There is scant information about this song other than it was released on Pye Records with the catalogue number 113. It is possibly by an American group that went under the name The Ad-libs. They had had a number 8 hit in the US in 1965 with ‘The Boy From New York City’ and followed this up with a number 100 hit called ‘He Ain’t No Angel’. However, none of the discographies I have found for this band include ‘Shotgun Wedding’. It is possible that this is a local band that shared the name of the American band. Anybody out there know anything? For the moment I have treated the band as American for statistical purposes.

The Cyrkle brought us our second new entry in the shape of a ‘Red Rubber Ball’. The song gave Paul Simon (yes, he of Simon & Garfunkel fame) his 4th hit as a song writer and a first for Bruce Woodley (he of The Seekers). It would go to number 2 in the US and top the Canadian charts where it would dislodge The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ from the top spot. There was a further Beatles connection to the band as they supported the Fab Four during the latter’s 1966 US tour. Neil Diamond would cover ‘Red Rubber Ball’ on his debut album, ‘The Feel Of Neil Diamond’.

Our final new entry was by local band The Dream Merchants which comprised a pair of Billys – Forrest and Andrews. Their first SA chart hit was ‘Love Minus Zero’, a cover of track that appeared on Bob Dylan’s 1965 album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ and went under the full title of ‘Love Minus Zero/No Limit’. Turley Richards took a cover of the song to number 84 which appears to be the only charting it has made on either side of the Atlantic, presumably Dylan’s version was not released as a single. The Dream Merchants split up in 1970, but in 1990 Billy Forrest teamed up with Bobby Louw and released an album called ‘Dream On’ using the name The Dream Merchants.

Group 66 moved into tied 9th place on the local weeks count list as they clocked up their 13th week. They joined Des Lindberg on that total. Also moving up that list was Dickie Loader who climbed into tied 15th place on 7 weeks and sat alongside Tony Wells on that total.

The various versions of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from Dr Zhivago had now clocked up 15 weeks in total and the song was in 3rd place for weeks by a song charting in more than 1 version. They stood 1 behind ‘Elusive Butterfly’ which managed 16 between the Judy Page and Bob Lind versions. ‘Goodbye My Love’ which charted for Murray Campbell, Virginia Lee & Murray Campbell and Nini Rosso led the way with 29 weeks in total.

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29 July 1966

laras_theme_ray_conniff

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 4 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
2 1 7 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
3 3 6 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
4 2 8 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
5 6 6 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
6 5 7 Wild Thing  - Troggs
7 13 2 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  - Roger Williams
8 12 4 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
9 7 11 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
10 9 5 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
11 14 3 Sixteen Candles  - Jody Wayne
12 8 6 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
13 10 10 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
14 11 11 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
15 15 8 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
16 New 1 (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water  - Johnny Rivers
17 16 6 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
18 17 9 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
19 New 1 Opus 17  - Four Seasons
20 19 5 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean

No one really likes Mondays (particularly the Boomtown Rats) so it was surprising that The Mamas And The Papas song with that dreaded day in the title (not once, but twice!!) did so well. However, this week we renewed our dislike for the first day of the working week and knocked it from the top of our charts in favour of The Ray Conniff Singers’ Somewhere My Love’. ‘Monday Monday’ only managed 1 week at the top and it dropped into second place.

The last 2 weeks had seen our new number 1 song take the biggest climber award but this week it was another version of the song, Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ that took those honours as it climbed 6 places from 13 to 7. Second City Sound’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ managed a star rater climb for the second week as it moved up 4 places to 8.

Group 66 experienced their first ever biggest drop as their hit ‘Endless Sleep’ fell 4 places to 12. This was the 16th time a local song had been a biggest faller.

We lost both the Paul Simon compositions from the chart this week as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound’ packed its bags and left the top 20. It had managed to get to number 6 during its 9 week run. It had not performed quite as well as their previous and only other hit to date, ‘The Sounds Of Silence’ which had topped the charts.

The other Paul Simon composition to go was John E Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I’m A Rock’. It had lasted 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 5, outdoing the performance of the Simon & Garfunkel hit mentioned above. In fact in the 9 weeks it shared the chart with ‘Homeward Bound’ it had always been in a higher position.

The departure of ‘I’m A Rock’ (which had shared the oldest song title last week) left us with 2 oldest songs on the chart, Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ and Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ which were both sitting on 11 weeks.

Johnny Rivers made his SA Chart debut this week with ‘(I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water’ a cover of a Stonewall Jackson song from the previous year. Jackson had taken his version to number 8 on the Hot Country Singles Chart in the US while Rivers took the song to 19 on the main Hot 100. Rivers has had 27 Hot 100 hits with one of them ‘Poor Side of Town’ going to the number 1 spot there. He has, however, never charted in the UK.

Our other new entry set a new record to date for the biggest gap between hits by a US act as it had been 22 weeks since The Four Seasons’ ‘Let’s Hang On’ left the charts. The previous biggest gap between songs by a US act was the 19 weeks between The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’ and their ‘(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration’. The Four Seasons new one was ‘Opus 17’ and was a second hit for song writers Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell who had both helped write ‘Let’s Hang On’. Bob Crewe, who shared writing credits with them on ‘Let’s Hang On’, took production credits on ‘Opus 17’. The song would give them a quarter of a century of hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 where it would peak at lucky 13. In the UK it would make it to number 20.

The Beach Boys celebrated reaching the 40 weeks on the chart mark, but they remained at number 3 on the weeks count list, still 3 behind Tom Jones who sat at number 2. The only other movement on the top 20 of that list was Petula Clark who pulled one clear of The Fortunes to occupy 16th spot on her own. She was on 21 weeks.

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22 July 1966

mamas_papas_monday

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
2 1 7 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
3 6 5 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
4 12 3 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
5 5 6 Wild Thing  - Troggs
6 8 5 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
7 3 10 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
8 11 5 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
9 9 4 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
10 4 9 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
11 7 10 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
12 14 3 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
13 New 1 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  - Roger Williams
14 18 2 Sixteen Candles  - Jody Wayne
15 10 7 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
16 13 5 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
17 15 8 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
18 16 10 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
19 17 4 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean
20 19 9 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel

The Mamas And The Papas became the 9th act that would have 5 or more hits on our charts that would have their first hit go to number 1 as ‘Monday Monday’ took over the top spot from The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B’. The latter had spent just 1 week at the top of the pile and it dropped in to second place this week.

For a second week running, Ray Conniff’s ‘Somewhere My Love’ took the biggest climber award as it rocketed up 8 from 12 to 4. Only 4 songs had managed bigger climbs than this (3 having a 10 place jump and 1 having a 9 place jump). This was the 11th time we had seen an 8 place jump. Jody Wayne’s ‘Sixteen Candles’ was the only other star rater as it climbed 4 to 14 and on the subject of 14, this was the 14th time a song by a local male had been a star rater.

Just two weeks ago it was at number 1, but this week Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ was our biggest faller as it dropped 6 places from 4 to 10.

Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ left our charts after 13 weeks, 3 of which were spent at the top spot. There was more to come from him in a solo capacity as well as part of the Des & Dawn combo with his wife.

The departure of ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ from the charts meant that 3 songs took over as the oldest on the charts. These were Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’, Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ and John E Sharpe & The Squires’ ‘I’m A Rock’. All were on 10 weeks which was the lowest week count for an oldest song on the chart since those on the very first chart became the oldest at that level.

‘Lara Theme’ from the Dr. Zhivago film was proving popular. We had the vocal version, ‘Somewhere My Love’ by The Ray Conniff Singers at 4 and the instrumental by The MGM Singing Strings version at 6. To this we now added Roger William’s instrumental version which combined the two titles calling itself ‘Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)’ and entered the charts at 13 this week. It was the 5th instrumental song to chart and had the highest debut position for an instrumental to date and the 4th highest position for any song to start its chart run from to date. Williams, a pianist, was born Louis Jacob Weertz and already had 17 US Hot 100 hits (including a number 1 with ‘Autumn Leaves’) under his belt before ‘Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)’ charted there. It peaked at number 65 during a 6 week. He lived to the ripe of age of 87, dying just 7 days after his birthday on 8 October 2011.

The Beatles celebrated their 40th week in the charts while Petula Clark reached half that number, hitting the 20 week milestone. The former were unmoved in 3rd place on the weeks count table while Petula climbed into 16th place alongside The Fortunes. Simon and Garfunkel moved into tied 13th place with The Hollies on 24 weeks. On the local list, John E Sharpe & The Squires celebrated 10 weeks and moved into 11th place.

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15 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
2 3 5 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
3 4 9 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
4 1 8 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
5 6 5 Wild Thing  - Troggs
6 8 4 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
7 5 9 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
8 10 4 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
9 14 3 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
10 7 6 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
11 12 4 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
12 18 2 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
13 13 4 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
14 19 2 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
15 9 7 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
16 11 9 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
17 15 3 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean
18 New 1 Sixteen Candles  - Jody Wayne
19 16 8 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel
20 17 13 Die Gezoem van die Bye  - Des Lindberg

 

We hoisted up the John B sail this week as The Beach Boys’ ‘Sloop John B.’ knocked Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ from the top spot after the latter had enjoyed a 4 week stint there. The Beach Boys joined Tom Jones and Elvis Presley in having had 2 number 1s (their previous being ‘California Girls’) and they all sat 1 behind The Rolling Stones who had managed 3. They also pulled 1 ahead of Murray Campbell for weeks at 1 to be out in the lead with 7 weeks at the top now under their belt. The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ moved up a place into the number 2 slot.

The Ray Conniff Singers picked up their first biggest climber award as ‘Somewhere My Love’ moved up 6 places to 12. The Beatles moved into second place for number of star raters as ‘Paperback Writer’s 5 place climb to 9 earned them a 6th star rater. They moved 1 ahead of The Seekers and sat 3 behind The Rolling Stones. Also gaining star rater status was Second City Sound’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’ which climbed 5 to 14.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch had to ‘Hold On Tight’ as their song plummeted 6 places from 9 to 15 to be our biggest faller this week while Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ remained the oldest on the charts having 13 weeks to its name.

We lost Four Jacks And A Jill’s ‘No Other Baby’ from the charts. The songs had managed 6 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 11. This was quite a way off the performance of ‘Jimmy Come Lately’, their only other hit to date, which peaked at 2 during a 12 week run. The good news for Glenys Lynn and her Jacks was that they would return our charts, but we would have to wait a little while for that.

The local content of the chart was, however maintained at a respectable 6 hits (our second highest level to date, having had 7 in the charts in 6 different weeks previously) as Jody Wayne enjoyed his first top 20 hit with ‘Sixteen Candles’. The song was a cover of a US number 2 hit for The Crests back in 1958. It was kept off the top spot in the US by Lloyd Price’s ‘Stagger Lee’. The Crests’ version of the song appeared in the soundtrack to the film ‘American Graffiti’. Jody Wayne’s version was the 18th song by a local male artist to grace our charts.

Manfred Mann pulled ahead of Chris Andrews and Virginia Lee to occupy 10th spot on the weeks count list by themselves. They had now clocked up 26 weeks. Simon & Garfunkel drew level with Elvis Presley in 14th spot with 23 weeks to their name and Petula Clark racked up her 19th week to move into 17th place.

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8 July 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
2 3 5 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
3 6 4 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
4 2 8 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
5 4 8 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
6 9 4 Wild Thing  - Troggs
7 8 5 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
8 10 3 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
9 7 6 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 12 3 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
11 5 8 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
12 15 3 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
13 14 3 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
14 18 2 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
15 17 2 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean
16 13 7 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel
17 11 12 Die Gezoem van die Bye  - Des Lindberg
18 New 1 Somewhere My Love  - Ray Conniff Singers
19 New 1 Tchaikovsky One  - Second City Sound
20 16 6 No Other Baby  - Four Jacks & a Jill

It was now 4 weeks in a row at the top for Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ and this equalled the run that his daughter Nancy had had at number 1 with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. Would dad go one better? The Beach Boys at number 2 with ‘Sloop John B’ were looking to spoilt Frank’s thunder.

The Beatles picked up their 4th biggest climber award as ‘Paperback Writer’ climbed 4 places to 14. It was also their 5th star rater climb with ‘We Can Work It Out’ missing out on biggest climber in one week, but still making a star rater jump.

On the falling front it was local all the way with  John E. Sharpe & The Squires’ version of ‘I’m A Rock’ and Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ that both fell 6 places, the former landing up at 11 and the latter 17. Despite its large drop, ‘I’m A Rock’ was still placed higher than the other Paul Simon composition on the chart, ‘Homeward Bound’. In fact at no point had ‘Homeward Bound’  been higher than ‘I’m A Rock’.

We bid farewell to Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ which had been with us for 12 weeks, 2 of which were spent at the top spot.  Reeves was the 8th act of those who would go on to have at least 5 hits that would have a number 1 with their first hit. The others to manage this so far were Elvis Presley, Herman’s Hermits, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Chris Andrews and Nancy Sinatra. We were now over a quarter of the way through the list of artists that would manage this. ‘Distant Drums’ had been the oldest on the top 20 and Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ took over this title. It was on 12 weeks. It would be 1 of only 3 Afrikaans songs to manage this, although there would be an instrumental with an Afrikaans title that would also get to be the oldest.

Also going from the charts was Virginia Lee’s ‘Darling it’s Wonderful’ which had spent 9 weeks with us and peaked at 3, her best peak to date. There would be more to come from her.

2 weeks ago we welcomed ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The MGM Singing Strings to our charts. That was the instrumental version. This week, the one with lyrics and going under the title ‘Somewhere My Love’ was our first new entry. The artist on this one was The Ray Conniff Singers. The lyrics to Maurice Jarre’s music were added by Paul Francis Webster at the request of Connie Francis who recorded a version, but it was Ray Conniff’s one that the American record buying public took to, propelling that version to number 9 on their main charts and to the top of the Easy Listening charts there. Conniff, who was just on 4 months shy of his 50th birthday when he charted in South Africa, passed away in 2002 after a fall in his bathroom. His gravestone has the first four notes of ‘Somewhere My Love’ etched on it.

The other song to join us dated back to 1875 and was written by a certain Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was a version of his Piano Concerto number 1 and was recorded by Second City Sound entitled simply ‘Tchaikovsky One’. This was the 4th instrumental to grace our charts. The band, a studio outfit, took their name from their city, Birmingham, which is regarded as England’s second city (presumably after London). The song went to number 22 in the UK charts. A few years later, local act Omega Limited, would also release a ‘cover’ version of Tchaikovsky’s composition.

Manfred Mann moved into tied 10th position of the week’s count list as they had now clocked up 25. They joined Chris Andrews and Virginia Lee there. Four Jacks And A Jill moved 1 ahead of The Bats and The Staccatos to occupy 4th place on their own on the local list.

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1 July 1966

strangers_sinatra

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
2 2 7 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
3 4 4 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
4 3 7 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
5 5 7 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
6 10 3 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
7 7 5 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
8 9 4 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
9 11 3 Wild Thing  - Troggs
10 15 2 Paint it, Black  - Rolling Stones
11 6 11 Die Gezoem van die Bye  - Des Lindberg
12 18 2 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
13 8 6 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel
14 17 2 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
15 20 2 Endless Sleep  - Group 66
16 13 5 No Other Baby  - Four Jacks & a Jill
17 New 1 You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  - Pamela Dean
18 New 1 Paperback Writer  - Beatles
19 14 9 Darling it’s Wonderful  - Virginia Lee
20 12 12 Distant Drums  - Jim Reeves

We were becoming well acquainted with those ‘Strangers In The Night’ as the song by Frank Sinatra enjoyed a 3rd week at the number 1 spot. Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ was also unmoved at 2.

The biggest climber this week was ‘Lara’s Theme’ by The MGM Singing Strings which moved up 6 from18 to 12. This meant that all 3 of the instrumental hits so far had been the biggest climber in a week and all 3 had done this in their second week on the charts. The other 2 instrumentals so far were ‘Tea And Trumpets’ by The Norman Ruby Orchestra and ‘A Walk in the Black Forest’ by Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra. Also moving up and gaining star rater status was The Mamas And The Papas ‘Monday Monday’ which moved up 4 from 10 to 6, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ which climbed 5 to 10 and Group 66’s ‘Endless Sleep’ which climbed 5 to 15. The Stones increased their lead for the number of star rater climbs as this was their 9th. They were nearly double their nearest rivals, The Seekers, who had only managed 5 to date.

‘Distant Drums’ picked up a first faller of the week award for Jim Reeves as the song fell 8 places from 12 to 20. This was the 5th song to fall 8 places to date and only 1 had had a bigger fall in a week and that was Gene Rockwell’s 10 place fall with ‘Love’ back in December 1965.

Gentleman Jim as Reeves was sometimes called, could however smile about the fact that his song was now the oldest on the charts being on 12 weeks. This came about as previous oldest, The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’ left the top 20 after 13 weeks and a peak of 2. This ended their 3 week run with 2 hits in the charts.

We also bid farewell to The Who’s ‘Substitute’ which left our charts after a 7 week run during which it peaked at 7. There was more to come from Pete, Roger and the boys.

The first of the 2 new entries was by Pamela Dean, an English woman who settled in South Africa so has been claimed as one of ours for statistical purposes. She entered the charts with a cover of ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, a song that Dusty Springfield made famous. This was the 6th song to chart featuring a local female artist. Dean came to South Africa in 1966 as part of a Max Bygraves tour and decided to stay. She is credited as being probably the first local artist to record a song written by Jimmy Webb (not ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ but ‘The Girls Song’). Webb was a sing/song writer who composed such tunes as ‘Wichita Linesman’ which Glen Campbell had a hit with, ‘Up Up And Away’ (5th Dimension hit) and Richard Harris’ ‘MacArthur Park’. He would only have 2 of his compositions chart in SA (still to come) and neither were by local acts.

The Beatles joined Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones and Gene Rockwell on 4 hits as ‘Paperback Writer’ entered the top 20 this week. They were still 1 hit behind Cliff Richard and 2 off the pace set by leaders, The Rolling Stones. The song would top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, knocking our current number 1 (Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’) off the top spot in the UK and being knocked off its perch by that same song in the US. The song’s SA success put Lennon and McCartney back on level pegging with the Jagger/Richards team from The Rolling Stones as they now all had 6 hits to their credit. This was our biggest gap to date between hits either written or recorded by The Beatles or one of their members as it had been 10 weeks since The Overlanders cover of ‘Michelle’ graced out charts. The previous biggest gap was 6 weeks between ‘Help’ by The Beatles leaving the charts and Matt Monro’s cover of ‘Yesterday’ entering. There has been no cover version of ‘Paperback Writer’ make either the UK or US charts and it was the 60th song by a British act to grace our charts.

Virginia Lee moved into tied 10th place on the weeks count list joining Chris Andrews on 25 while Manfred Mann, 1 week behind her, moved into tied 12th with the Hollies. Four Jacks And A Jill entered the top 20 of that list, joining the 4 other acts who were sitting tied 18th on 17 weeks. On the local list they moved tied 4th with The Bats.

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24 June 1966

strangers_sinatra

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Strangers in the Night  - Frank Sinatra
2 3 6 Pretty Flamingo  - Manfred Mann
3 2 6 Pied Piper  - Crispian St Peters
4 7 3 Sloop John B  - Beach Boys
5 5 6 I’m a Rock  - John E Sharpe & The Squires
6 4 10 Die Gezoem van die Bye  - Des Lindberg
7 9 4 Hold Tight  - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
8 6 5 Homeward Bound  - Simon & Garfunkel
9 12 3 Where Did We Go Wrong  - Petula Clark
10 16 2 Monday Monday  - Mamas and The Papas
11 17 2 Wild Thing  - Troggs
12 8 11 Distant Drums  - Jim Reeves
13 11 4 No Other Baby  - Four Jacks & a Jill
14 10 8 Darling it’s Wonderful  - Virginia Lee
15 New 1 Paint it Black  - Rolling Stones
16 13 7 Substitute  - Who
17 New 1 Sea of Heartbreak  - Dickie Loader
18 New 1 Lara’s Theme  - MGM Singing Strings
19 14 13 Barbara Ann  - Beach Boys
20 New 1 Endless Sleep  - Group 66

‘Strangers In The Night’ spent a second week at the top of the charts while Manfred Mann’s ‘Pretty Flamingo’ moved up 1 into second place, pushing the previous number 1, Crispian St Peters’ ‘Pied Piper’ into 3rd place.

The 2 new entries of last week were the biggest climbers this week with The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ climbing 6 to 10 while The Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ climb its 6 places to 11. Artists from the UK were producing more biggest climbers than those from the US at this point as The Troggs’ hit was the 35th for a British act while ‘Monday Monday’ was the 24th for an American act. There were no other songs this week that made at least a 4 place climb to get star rater status.

The oldest song on the chart, The Beach Boys’ ‘Barbara Ann’, was also the biggest faller this week as it dropped 5 from 14 to 19. It sat on 13 weeks in the top 20.

We had 4 songs leave the charts this week, the first of which was Nancy Sintra’s ‘How Does That Grab You Darlin’’ which lasted just 4 weeks and peaked at 15, a far cry from her only other hit to date, ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’, which topped the charts for 4 weeks. The good news for Nancy fans is that there was plenty more to come from her.

Last week we lost Judy Page’s version of ‘Elusive Butterfly’ and this week Bob Lind’s version dropped off the top 20. It had spent exactly the same number of weeks as Judy’s version on the charts (i.e. 8) but did peak 1 place higher, managing to get to number 4. Where Judy outdid Bob was that she had more hits to come while for Bob this would be his only chart hit in SA.

Cher’s ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ also departed from the charts. It had peaked at 10 during its 6 weeks stay, not quite as good as she had managed with her only other hit to date, the duet with Sonny Bono, ‘I Got you Babe’, which made 10 weeks and peaked at 5.

Last of the leavers was Danny Rivers & The Savages’ ‘Pretty Eyes’ which had looked to be heading up the charts (climbing 3 last week). It spent 2 weeks on the charts, its highest position being the 15 from which it left the top 20. This was the tied 3rd highest position for a last week for a local song.  Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’ which spent its last week at 13 and The A-Cads’ ‘Hungry For Love’ (last week at 14) were the only local songs to have fallen off the charts from higher positions. Judy Pages’ ‘Elusive Butterfly’ was also at 15 before it left the charts.

We had been 5 weeks now without a Rolling Stones song in the charts, the longest absence they had had from our top 20 to date, but Mick and the boys ended that drought with ‘Paint It, Black’, their 6th hit to date, moving them back out in front for number of hits, 1 clear of Cliff Richard who was now in second place. This also moved Jagger and Richards out on their own at the top of the song writers list as they were on 6 with Lennon and McCartney sitting behind them on 5. ‘Paint It. Black’ topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and was apparently the first song featuring a sitar to top those respective charts. It also managed to get to number 1 in Canada and Holland and went to number 2 in Austria, Finland, Germany and Ireland. In 1990 it made a bit of a comeback, reaching number 61 in the UK and topping the Dutch charts for a second time, beating its previous run of 4 weeks at the top there, by making it 5 weeks. There was apparently some controversy about the single when it came out with a comma between ‘Paint It’ and ‘Black’ which some took as a racial comment. Keith Richards has been quoted as saying that it was the record label that added the punctuation.

At number 17 we saw the arrival of Dickie Loader & The Blue Jeans with their hit, ‘Sea Of Heartbreak’. The song was originally recorded by Don Gibson in 1961 and this gave him a number 2 hit on the Billboard Country Singles charts in the US. Loaders’ version would spend 3 weeks at the top of the Rhodesian charts and gave song writer Hal David a second hit in SA, having already charted with Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat’ which he co-wrote with Burt Bacharach. This time his song writing partner was Paul Hampton.

The 3rd new entry came from the film ‘Dr Zhivago’ which starred Omar Sharif and was ‘Lara’s Theme’. A version of the song with lyrics called ‘Somewhere My Love’ has been recorded by numerous artists, however, it was the instrumental version from the MGM Singing Strings that made the charts this week. It was the 3rd instrumental to chart in SA and was conducted and produced by Teddy Randazzo who had been seen on the label of Danny Rivers & The Savages’ single that left the charts this week. ‘Lara’s Theme’ was written by Maurice Jarre, Jean-Michel Jarre’s father.

Last of the newcomers was the second hit for Group 66. This time it was ‘Endless Sleep’ which would be the 30th song by a local artist to chart. The song was a cover of a number 5 hit in the US which was written and recorded by Jody Reynolds. The single gives song writing credits to Reynolds and Dolares Nance, the latter apparently being a pseudonym for Reynolds.

Simon & Garfunkel celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the charts milestone which moved them into 15th place for week count. The Beach Boys shook off Murray Campbell to hold 4th place on their own, now having 35 weeks to their name while Virginia Lee moved 1 week ahead of Elvis to equal The Hollies on 24 and together they sat at 11. On the local front, Des Lindberg reached 10 weeks and moved into 9th place.

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