4 November 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
2 2 10 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
3 3 6 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
4 4 4 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
5 7 4 Walk with Me  – Seekers
6 8 4 Can I Trust You  – Bachelors
7 11 3 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
8 6 9 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
9 5 8 Born Free  – Matt Monro
10 9 9 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
11 12 6 Summer in the City  – Lovin’ Spoonful
12 17 2 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
13 13 8 Lana  – Roy Orbison
14 10 10 Just Like a Woman  – Manfred Mann
15 14 16 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
16 New 1 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
17 New 1 Too Soon To Know  – Roy Orbison
18 New 1 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
19 15 9 I’ve Been Hurt  – Guy Darrell
20 16 3 Out of Time  – Chris Farlowe

‘Sweet Pea’ by Tommy Roe entered its 3rd week as the nation’s favourite song, despite the previous number 1, The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ still lurking at number 2. In fact the latter was now the 4th song to spend 3 consecutive weeks in second place (a record to date). Chris Montez’ ‘The More I See You’ and The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ were also unmoved at 3 and 4 respectively.

Last week’s new entry, ‘Sunny’ by Bobby Hebb was our biggest climber this week as it jumped up 5 from 17 to 12 and last week’s biggest climber, ‘Tippy Toeing’ by the Harden Trio was the only other star rater as it moved up another 4 places from 11 to 7.

There were 4 songs that took the biggest faller this week as they all dropped 4 places down the chart. These were Matt Monro’s ‘Born Free’, Manfred Mann’s ‘Just Like A Woman’, Guy Darrell’s ‘I’ve Been Hurt’ (last week’s biggest faller as well) and Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out Of Time’ which fell to 9,14,19 and 20 respectively. Manfred Mann, like Guy Darrell were experiencing this for the second time while Matt Monro and Chris Farlowe were first timers.

Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ was the oldest song for the 6th week running. Only Cliff Richard’s ‘’Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ had spent more weeks as the oldest on the charts (excluding those songs that were on the very first chart), having managed 7. Tom Jones’ ‘What’s New Pussycat’ had also spent 6 weeks as the oldest.

Jim Reeves could be forgiven for being on the blue side, but was certainly not lonesome as well as his song ‘Blue Side Of Lonesome’ was one of 3 that dropped off the top 20. The song had spent 8 weeks on the chart (4 less than his only other hit to date, ‘Distant Drums’) and peaked at 6, 5 lower than the chart topping feat of his previous hit.

The Mamas And The Papas may have seen her again, but we didn’t see ‘I Saw Her Again’ on the charts again. It had spent 11 weeks with us and peaked at 3. As with Jim Reeves’ second hit, this, The Mamas And The Papas’ second hit, would not fare as well as its predecessor, spending  just 1 week less than ‘Monday Monday’ and also not matching the chart topping success of their previous hit.

Last to go was The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Tell ’em I’m Surfin’’ which had spent 10 weeks in the chart and peaked at 2. All 3 of the artists on the songs leaving us this week would return to the charts.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch were back with their second hit to date, ‘Bend It’. As with their previous hit, ‘Hold Tight’, the song was written by Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard. It would go to number 2 in the UK, their highest placing on those charts to date (beaten only by ‘The Legend Of Xanadu’ which went to number 1 in 1968). ‘Bend It’ would top the charts in Germany and New Zealand.

Roy Orbison became the 16th act to have 2 songs in the chart in the same week as ‘Too Soon To Know’ joined ‘Lana’ in the top 20. Orbison was both the 7th male and 7th American act to manage this (but not the 7th American male). The song was not a cover of the 1948 song by The Orioles, but rather one written but Don Gibson (who would chart himself later on). Orbison’s song would make it to 68 in the US and 3 in the UK.

The last new entry set a new record for biggest gap between hits for an artist as we had last seen Donovan on our charts 62 weeks previously. This week he returned with ‘Sunshine Superman’. The previous biggest gap record had been 42 weeks which Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs had held. Strangely, it would be just over a month later that this song made the chart in Donovan’s’ native UK, but this was due to a legal wrangle which delayed its release there. It would give Donovan his only US chart topper and would make it to number 2 in the UK. The song was produced by Mickie Most who had spent some time working in the music industry in SA and featured the musicianship of John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, both of whom would go on to become members of Led Zeppelin.

Manfred Mann enjoyed their 40th week in the charts but were unmoved on the weeks count list, still sitting in 5th place, 2 behind The Beatles who where in 4th place. The Seekers’ took 6th place for themselves, shaking off Murray Campbell who shared that spot with them last week. The Seekers were on 34 weeks. We were in our 3rd week of charts bereft of local content.

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28 October 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
2 2 9 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
3 4 5 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
4 6 3 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
5 5 7 Born Free  – Matt Monro
6 3 8 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
7 8 3 Walk with Me  – Seekers
8 12 3 Can I Trust You  – Bachelors
9 7 8 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
10 14 9 Just Like a Woman  – Manfred Mann
11 19 2 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
12 17 5 Summer in the City  – Lovin’ Spoonful
13 11 7 Lana  – Roy Orbison
14 10 15 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
15 9 8 I’ve Been Hurt  – Guy Darrell
16 16 2 Out of Time  – Chris Farlowe
17 New 1 Sunny  – Bobby Hebb
18 13 10 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’  – Fantastic Baggys
19 15 11 I Saw Her Again  – Mamas and The Papas
20 18 8 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while the previous number 1, The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ was still sitting at 2 where it had fallen to last week.

The Harden Trio were more than ‘Tippy Toeing’ up our charts, they were going up in leaps and bounds as they were our biggest climber this week, moving up 8 places from 9 to 11. With this, the US artists crept to just 1 behind the UK artists for number of times with the biggest climber as this was the 38th time an American act had taken this honour. The UK acts were sitting on 39 times.

The other songs moving up were The Bachelor’s ‘Can I Trust You’ (up 4 from 12 to 8), Manfred Mann’s ‘Just Like A Woman’ (up 4 from 14 to 10) and The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer In The City’ (up 5 from 17 to 12). The interesting one amongst these was the Manfred Mann hit which had dropped 5 places 2 weeks previously, then climbed back up 1 last week and was a star rater this week.

Guy Darrell wasn’t kidding this week when he sang ‘I’ve Been Hurt’ as we made him the biggest faller. The song dropped 6 places from 9 to 15.

Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ enjoyed a 5th week as the oldest on the chart as it ticked over to 15 weeks with us.

The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had been with us for 12 weeks and had managed to climb to 2 during that time. This would be the band’s only SA chart hit. This was only the second week in a run of 38 where we had not had a Paul Simon penned song in the charts.

The newcomer to the chart was Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’. Hebb wrote the song on 22 November 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and also the day Hebb’s brother was stabbed to death outside a night club. It would give him a number 2 hit in the US and Holland, 12 in the UK, 6 in Rhodesia and 17 in Belgium. Also in 1966, Cher took a cover version (Sunny & Cher?) to 32 in the UK, equalled Hebb’s performance in Holland by going to 2 and also managed to get to 2 in Norway. 10 years later Boney M’s cover would top the charts in Germany, Austria, Holland and Belgium.

Jim Reeves, was sitting at the very bottom of our top 20, but could still smile as he was celebrating his 20th week on the charts. The Seekers moved into tied 6th place on the weeks count list as they clocked up their 33rd. They shared this position with Murray Campbell.

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21 October 1966

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
2 1 8 With a Girl Like You  – Troggs
3 3 7 Hanky Panky  – Tommy James & The Shondells
4 6 4 The More I See You  – Chris Montez
5 5 6 Born Free  – Matt Monro
6 12 2 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
7 4 7 Black is Black  – Los Bravos
8 20 2 Walk with Me  – Seekers
9 9 7 I’ve Been Hurt  – Guy Darrell
10 10 14 Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)  – Roger Williams
11 11 6 Lana  – Roy Orbison
12 16 2 Can I Trust You  – Bachelors
13 7 9 Tell ’em I’m Surfin’  – Fantastic Baggys
14 15 8 Just Like a Woman  – Manfred Mann
15 8 10 I Saw Her Again  – Mamas and The Papas
16 New 1 Out of Time  – Chris Farlowe
17 17 4 Summer in the City  – Lovin’ Spoonful
18 14 7 Blue Side of Lonesome  – Jim Reeves
19 New 1 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
20 19 12 Red Rubber Ball  – Cyrkle

We had a new number 1 this week and it was the 30th different track to top our charts. Moving up from 2 to 1 was Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’, making Roe the 10th act who would go on to have 5 or more hits, to have his first one go to number 1. Previous week’s chart topper, The Troggs’ ‘With A Girl Like You’ fell to number 2. This meant the last 3 number 1s had all had 4 weeks runs at the top.

One of last weeks’ new entries, The Seekers’ ‘Walk With Me’ was our climber of the week as it moved up 12 places from 20 to 8 overtaking this weeks’ number 1 for a climb in a week (Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ managed an 11 place climb on its way to the top of the charts). The 12 place jump by ‘Walk With Me’ was the second biggest to date with The Fantastic Baggy’s 13 place jump in a week still topping the list. It was the 4th time The Seekers had taken the biggest climber award and they now joined The Rolling Stones and The Beatles at the top of the list for number of times with the biggest climber.

The other 2 new entries from last week were the only other star raters this week with The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ moving up 6 to 6 and The Bachelors’ ‘Can I Trust You’ climbed 4 to 12.

The Mamas And The Mamas led the way for moving in the opposite direction as ‘I Saw Her Again’ had the biggest fall this week, dropping 7 to 15.

Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ moved on to 14 weeks in the charts and enjoyed a 4th week as the oldest in the top 20.

Virginia Lee just missed out on going tied top of the local weeks count list as ‘Lonely River’ left the charts, leaving her just 1 behind Murray Campbell’s 33 weeks in total. ‘Lonely River’ accounted for 9 of Virginia’s 32 weeks to date and shared her lowest peak to date of 10 with ‘Goodbye My Love’, her duet with Campbell.

Also going was Jody Wayne’s ‘Patches’ which was rather a surprise as it had entered the charts 2 weeks previously and last week was a star rater climbing 4 to 13. This equalled the highest position for a local song to exit the charts from, a feat which his previous hit ‘Sixteen Candles’ managed as did Gene Rockwell’s ‘Ciao’. In case you can’t work it out from the above, ‘Patches’ managed 2 weeks and peaked at 13. The departure of these 2 songs left the charts bereft of local content for the first time since they started.

Out first new entry this week was enjoying its final week on the UK charts where, 3 months earlier, it had spent a week at number 1. Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out Of Time’ was a cover of The Rolling Stones song and this version even had Mick Jagger taking production credits. Jagger and Richards pulled 1 clear of The Beatles’ team of Lennon & McCartney for the number of their compositions that had charted in SA and now led the way on their own with 7 to their name (5 Stones hits, 1 cover by Cliff Richard and now Farlowe’s cover). Farlowe had celebrated his 26th birthday 8 days before making his SA Chart debut.

Also joining our top 20 was The Halden Trio’s ‘Tippy Toeing’. The band comprised of Bobby Halden and his sisters Robbie and Arlene. Written by Bobby, the song would give them their only Hot 100 hit in the US where it made it to number 44. It would also get to 2 on the Country Singles charts in the US and 29 on the Canadian charts. Robbie Harden went on to join the Carter Family which was fronted by June Carter and performed with June’s husband Johnny Cash.

The Seekers moved tied 7th for weeks as they clocked up their 32nd week on the charts. They joined Cliff Richard, Herman’s Hermits and Virginia Lee on this level.

This week the top 3 songs were by artists whose first name started with the letter ‘T’. The next 2 songs were by artists whose surnames started with ‘M’. We had 2 starting with ‘R’ at 10 and 11 and 2 starting with ‘M’ at 14 and 15.

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