16 June 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
2 1 10 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
3 3 5 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
4 4 7 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
5 6 12 Give it to Me  – Troggs
6 12 3 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
7 5 9 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
8 15 2 Cookie  – Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne
9 7 17 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
10 8 8 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
11 9 9 Happy Together  – Turtles
12 11 16 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
13 17 8 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
14 New 1 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
15 13 15 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
16 10 7 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
17 19 2 Save the Last Dance for Me  – Gene Rockwell
18 New 1 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
19 New 1 What a Woman in Love Won’t Do  – Judy Page
20 New 1 Spanish Nights and You  – Virginia Lee

After 3 weeks at the top of the charts, Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ gave way to Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’, giving the band their first SA Chart number 1 and South Africa their 40th chart topper. Manfred Mann had already had 2 UK chart toppers (neither being ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’). Humperdinck’s  hit dropped to number 2.

The duet between Jody Wayne and Glenys Lynne, ‘Cookie’, was the climber of the week, moving up 7 places from 15 to 8. This was the 22nd time a local song had taken the biggest climber award and only the second time a local woman had had her name on the record label of one. The previous being Virginia Lee’s solo effort ‘Darling It’s Wonderful’.

Tom Jones’ ‘Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings’ moved up 6 from 19 to 13 to give him his 8th star rater climb. This put him tied 3rd for star raters, equalling Herman’s Hermit and being 1 behind The Seekers on 9 and 2 behind The Rolling Stones on 10. Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ was the final star rater of the week, moving up 4 from 17 to 13. This was the second star rater climber for the Sledge, both being with ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’.

The Boet van Wyk Orkes’ ‘Oliekolonie’ took the biggest faller award as it dropped 6 from 10 to 6.              This was the 24th time a local act had taken the biggest faller award and the 5th time we had seen local songs take climber and faller in the same week.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ enjoyed its 8th week as the oldest on the chart. It was the 3rd song (after Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ and Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’) to spend this number of weeks as the oldest (Note: this excludes all songs on the very first chart).

We had 4 songs leave the chart this week and 2 of them were ‘This Is My Song’. Harry Secombe’s version lasted just 3 weeks and peaked at 3. It would also be his only SA chart hit. The more successful version by Petula Clark had spent 13 weeks on the charts, one of which was at number 1. There had already been 3 previous hits by Petula on our charts and there were plenty more to come. ‘This Is My Song’ had spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart in its various versions and this was the tied 5th highest number of weeks to date for a song charting in more than 1 version. It did manage to fare better than the other song spending 16 weeks on the chart (‘Elusive Butterfly’ by Judy Page and Bob Lind) in that one of its versions topped the charts whereas ‘Elusive Butterfly’s best peak was 4.

The Seekers’ ‘Georgy Girl’ ended its short 2 week second run on the charts, adding to the 7 it had in its previous run, but only peaking at 18 during this second run, 8 places lower than the 10 it managed with its first run.

The last to go was Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ which enjoyed a 10 week run, 1 of which was spent at the top spot. Both Sinatra’s would be seen in the top 20 again.

The first new entry was The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’, their first hit to grace our charts. The song was a cover of a Four Seasons b-side (a-side being ‘Rag Doll’) and gave Bob Crewe, who had recently vacated the chart as an artist, his second hit as song writer. He shared the song writing credits with Bob Gaudio, a member of the Four Seasons. The Tremeloes version would knock Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ off the top spot in the UK and go on to enjoy a 3 week run there. It would also top the charts in Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Rhodesia. It was 1 of 4 of their hits that would make the US charts where it got to number 11.

The New Christy Minstrels made their debut on our charts with a song called ‘Yamao Toko No Uta’. The song was taken from their 1965 album The Wandering Minstrels which appears to be a collection of songs from around the world (it includes ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport’ and ‘The Girl From Ipanema’). According to a commenter on the Youtube video of this song, it is basically the Japanese version of ‘Oh My Darling Clementine’.  It seems that we were the only country to take this song into our charts.

Judy Page returned to the charts almost a year to the day after she was last seen in the top 20. ‘Elusive Butterfly’, her previous hit left the top 20 on 10 June 1966. The 53 week gap between that and ‘What a Woman in Love Won’t Do’, her new entry this week, was just 6 weeks less than the current record gap for a local act which Gene Rockwell set last week. It did however equal the record gap to date between hits by a local woman as June Muscat had recently broken a 53 week drought when ‘Just Like A Man’ entered our charts 4 weeks previously. ‘What a Woman in Love Won’t Do’ was written by John D. Loudermilk (his 3rd hit in SA as a song writer) and was recorded by Sandy Posey, but did not seem to have charted anywhere for her.

Our final new entry was ‘Spanish Nights and You’, the 5th song to chart for Virginia Lee. This put her tied first with Gene Rockwell for number of hits by a local artist. With Glenys Lynne and Judy Page on the charts as well, this was the second occasion where had seen 3 local woman in the chart in the same week albeit that Lynne’s appearance was part of a duet. On the previous occasion both Judy Page and Virginia Lee had been there, but that time they teamed up with June Muscat. ‘Spanish Nights And You’ was originally recorded by Connie Francis and that version scraped a 99 peak on the US Hot 100.

The Turtles celebrated their 20th week in the charts while The Mamas And The Papas were enjoying their 30th. Gene Rockwell and Virginia Lee moved on to 33 weeks and were now tied with Murray Campbell at the top of the local week’s count list. The 3 local acts were tied 15th with Donovan on the overall list. Groep Twee went tied 8th on the local list with Emil Dean and The Dream Merchants on 15 weeks.

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9 June 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
2 7 4 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
3 6 4 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
4 2 6 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
5 3 8 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
6 4 11 Give it to Me  – Troggs
7 5 16 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
8 12 7 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
9 8 8 Happy Together  – Turtles
10 10 6 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
11 9 15 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
12 17 2 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
13 14 14 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
14 13 10 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
15 New 1 Cookie  – Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne
16 11 13 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
17 16 7 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
18 19 9 Georgy Girl  – Seekers
19 New 1 Save the Last Dance for Me  – Gene Rockwell
20 15 3 This is My Song  – Harry Secombe

Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ was halfway to equalling its chart topping run in the UK as it spent a 3rd week at the top of our charts this week. It was, however coming under some pressure as Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ was at number 2 having climbed 5 places to get there.

Tom Jones’ ‘Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings’ was also moving up 5 to land at 12. This and the Manfred Mann hit were our biggest climbers this week.

The only other star rater this week was The Monkees’ ‘A Little Bit Of Me, A Little Bit Of You’. This was a 3rd time with a star rater for them. Manfred Mann and Tom Jones became the 6th and 7th act to reach 7 star raters. Only Herman’s Hermits on 8, The Seekers on 9 and The Rolling Stones on 10 had managed more so far.

‘This Is My Song’ was the biggest faller this week and it was both versions that made the 5 place drop to garner this title. Petula Clark’s version fell to 16 while Harry Secombe’s dropped to 20. For Petula it was the 3rd time with the biggest faller but Secombe was experiencing his first time.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ continued as our oldest on the chart as it moved on to 16 weeks. It was sitting at number 7 this week.

Two songs left the charts and both were local. The good news was that they were replaced by 2 local songs. The first of the leavers was Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘The House with the White Washed Gables’ which became the 4th song to spend just 1 week at 20. Of the others, 2 were by artists where this would be their only hit (Bobby Bare and The Thomas Group) and 1 was by The Kinks who would end up with 1 less hit than Four Jacks & A Jill.

We also said farewell to June Muscat’s ‘Just Like A Man’ which lasted 3 weeks and peaked at 16. This ended Muscat’s time on the SA Charts. She had managed 2 hits, a total of 12 weeks and a best peak of 8 with ‘For You Babe’, her other hit.

The first new entry was a duet between Jody Wayne and Glenys Lynn called ‘Cookie’. It was Wayne’s 3rd appearance on the charts and a first time for Glenys Lynn’s name to appear as artist, but she had, of course, already been on the charts as the Jill in Four Jacks & A Jill. The song is credited to ‘Hill’ which may be Dan Hill (who brought us ‘Tchip Tchip’, ‘Bubblegum’ and the ‘Sounds Electronic’ albums) but I have not been able to verify that.

Joining Jody & Glenys on the charts was Gene Rockwell with his 5th hit to date, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’. This put Rockwell out front for number of hits by a local artist and he was just 2 off the overall leaders, The Rolling Stones. We had last seen Rockwell on the charts 59 weeks previously and this was a new biggest gap between hits for a local artist, beating The Staccatos’ 55 week gap between ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ and ‘Spicks And Speck’ by 4 weeks. Rockwell’s previous hit had been ‘I’ve Got Everything You Need Babe’. ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ was a cover of a 1960 US number 1 hit by The Drifters (Ben E King’s band). It spent 3 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with Brenda Lee’s ‘I Want To be Wanted’ dislodging it after it had spent just 1 week at the top, but it immediately regained the top spot the following week and spent another 2 weeks at 1. Rockwell’s version was the 44th local song to chart and we had 4 local songs in the top 20, so a ‘4’ thing going on there.

The Seekers enjoyed their 60th week on the chart. They sat 4th on the week’s count list and were just 1 behind The Beach Boys in 3rd place. Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark moved into tied 12th place with Cliff Richard as they clocked up their 34th weeks. Gene Rockwell, who had been slowly sliding down the list, moved back up to 17th and was tied with Virginia Lee. They both sat tied second on the local list. Groep Twee moved into the top 10 of the local list as their 14 weeks put them tied 10th with The A-Cads and Group 66.

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2 June 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
2 3 5 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
3 2 7 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
4 4 10 Give it to Me  – Troggs
5 5 15 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
6 12 3 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
7 10 3 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
8 6 7 Happy Together  – Turtles
9 8 14 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
10 11 5 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
11 9 12 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
12 13 6 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
13 7 9 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
14 14 13 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
15 17 2 This is My Song  – Harry Secombe
16 15 6 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
17 New 1 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
18 16 3 Just Like a Man  – June Muscat
19 New 1 Georgy Girl  – Seekers
20 New 1 The House With The White Washed Gables  – Four Jacks & A Jill

Engelbert Humperdinck enjoyed a 2nd week at the top of the charts with ‘Release Me’ while The Mamas And The Papas moved into second place with ‘Dedicated to the One I Love’. Previous number 1, Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ dropped 1 place to 3.

Sandie Shaw clocked up her second biggest climber award and accounted for the 12th by a solo female as ‘Puppet On A String’ moved up 6 from 12 to 6. This was the only song this week to have a climb of 4 or more places.

The father and daughter duet from Frank & Nancy Sinatra, ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 6 from 7 to 13. For both father and daughter it was their second time with a biggest faller, Frank having previously had this with ‘Strangers In The Night’ and Nancy with ‘How Does That Grab You Darlin’. So far we had had 6 songs by duets chart and this was only the second of these to have a biggest fall, the only other one to do so was Steve Karliski & Mimi Roman’s ‘Yes Mr. Peters’ which managed it twice.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ remained our oldest song on the chart as it moved on to 15 weeks. The 2nd and 4th oldest were also by solo females with Lucille Starr’s ‘The French Song’ 2nd on 14 weeks and Petula Clark’s ‘This Is My Song’ 4th on 12 weeks (Groep Twee’s ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ was 3rd on 13 weeks). Of these top 4 oldest, Posey’s hit sat highest in the chart, unmoved at 5 this week.

Cliff Richard & The Shadows’ ‘In The Country’ became the 3rd song to have a chart career of 2 weeks spent at number 20 as it fell off our charts this week. Cliff had had 1 other song spend just 2 weeks on the chart (his previous hit, ‘Blue Turns To Grey’) but that managed to reach 19. He had also had a song spend just a single week on the chart, ‘Just Another Guy’ which spent that week at 18. That was on the very first chart published.

We also bid farewell to The New Vaudeville Band’s’ There’s a Kind of Hush’ which had enjoyed a run of 13 weeks and a peak of 2, a better performance than the 9 weeks and peak of 9 that Herman’s Hermits version had managed. The song had spent a total of 22 weeks on the charts, the 4th highest count for a song charting in more than 1 version.

Last to go was Bob Crewe Generation’s ‘Music to Watch Girls By’ which had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 14. This would be their only SA Chart hit, although we would see Bob Crewe’s name in the song writing credits of a few songs yet to chart. The departure of ‘Music To Watch Girls By’ left us with just 2 instrumentals in the top 20 (‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ and ‘Oliekolonie’).

Our first new entry was ‘Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings’ and it pushed Tom Jones onto 6 hits where he joined Manfred Mann, The Seekers, Cliff Richard and Herman’s Hermits 1 behind The Rolling Stones who led the way with 7. Jones had had his first hit, ‘It’s Not Unusual’ top the UK charts, but then went through a patch of 6 hits without one going top 10. This was rectified with ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ which sent him to the top of the UK charts again. ‘Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings’ was the third (including ‘Green Green Grass’) to go top 10 where it made it to number 7 and was part of a string of 7 consecutive top 10 hits there. In the US the song went to 49. It was written by Mickey Newbury and would also be recorded by Don Gibson whose version would go to number 8 on the US Country Singles Charts.

The Seekers’ ‘Georgy Girl’ became the 5th song to re-enter the charts after falling out. We had last seen the song in our charts 5 weeks previously and this equalled The Spencer Davis Groups’ ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ for the longest period out of the charts before re-entering.

Our final new entry was the 3rd for local act Four Jacks & A Jill. ‘The House with the White Washed Gables’ was a song written by Neil Levinson and was originally recorded in 1966 by an Irish Band called Paul & The Deep Set. A month after they recorded it, Joe Dolan released a version. Four Jacks & A Jill joined Murray Campbell in tied 3rd place for number of hits for a local act. They sat behind Gene Rockwell and Virginia Lee who were both on 4.

Frank Sinatra celebrated his 20th week in our charts while daughter Nancy and Petula Clark overtook Virginia Lee for weeks in the chart to be the tied top females for weeks count. They had 33 apiece and sat tied 13th on the overall list alongside Murray Campbell and Donovan. Groep Twee moved on to 13 weeks and were tied 12th with Dickie Loader on the local weeks count list. June Muscat was 1 week behind with 12 to her name. She sat tied 14th with Jody Wayne.

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26 May 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
2 1 6 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
3 4 4 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
4 7 9 Give it to Me  – Troggs
5 6 14 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
6 3 6 Happy Together  – Turtles
7 5 8 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
8 9 13 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
9 8 11 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
10 18 2 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
11 13 4 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
12 17 2 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
13 10 5 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
14 12 12 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
15 14 5 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
16 16 2 Just Like a Man  – June Muscat
17 New 1 This is My Song  – Harry Secombe
18 15 6 Music to Watch Girls By  – Bob Crewe Generation
19 11 13 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
20 20 2 In the Country  – Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Engelbert Humperdinck became the 11th act who would ultimately have 5 or more hits, to have his first go to number 1 as ‘Release Me’ dislodged Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ from the number 1 spot after the latter had been there for 2 weeks.

Manfred Mann took the biggest climber award with an 8 place jump by ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ which moved up from 18 to 10. This would be the biggest climb that the band would ever see and it was the 4th time they took the biggest climber award.

Another of last week’s new entries was the only other to make a star rater climb and that was Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ which moved up 5 from 17 to 12. This was Sandie’s 3rd time with a star rater and the 29th time for a song by a solo female artist.

The New Vaudeville Band managed to do something with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ which Herman’s Hermits had not and that was have it as the biggest faller in a week. The song dropped 8 places to 19 to give the band its 3rd biggest faller award.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ which had been dropping over the last few weeks, regained 1 place as it moved up to 5. It was the oldest on the chart for a 5th week having accumulated 14 weeks to its name.

The Hollies ‘On a Carousel’ was the only song to depart from the chart. Its 4 weeks matched those of ‘I Can’t Let Go’ for the lowest by a song by the band, but where ‘I Can’t Let Go’ only managed to peak at 14, ‘On A Carousel’ went 2 places better, peaking at 12. Disappointed Hollies fans wouldn’t have to wait too long to see their band on the charts again.

The new entry was another version of the song that sat at number 9 this week. Harry Secombe’s version of ‘This Is My Song’ reached number 2 on the UK charts (its peak there) 5 weeks after Petula’s had topped the charts. This was the 8th song to make our charts in 2 or more versions. Apart from his singing, Harry Secombe was also one of the comedy team The Goons which included Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. Secombe would have 2 other UK hits as a solo artist and 3 as part of The Goons. This new entry accounted for the 100th song by a British artist to reach our charts. The poms were ahead on the hits count list with the Yankees second with 94 and 43 songs by local acts put them in 3rd place. Only 2 other countries had provided 2 or more hits and those were Australia with 6 (all by The Seekers) and Canada with 2. We had seen 1 each from France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

On the weeks front, The Monkees reached the 20 weeks milestone while Cliff Richard moved 1 clear of Donovan and Murray Campbell to occupy the 12th spot on his own on the week’s count list. Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark moved on to 32 to have a three way spit for the most weeks by a woman as they now equalled Virginia Lee. All 3 ladies sat tied 15th overall.

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19 May 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
2 6 6 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
3 8 5 Happy Together  – Turtles
4 5 3 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
5 3 7 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
6 2 13 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
7 7 8 Give it to Me  – Troggs
8 4 10 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
9 10 12 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
10 13 4 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
11 9 12 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
12 11 11 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
13 14 3 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
14 19 4 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
15 15 5 Music to Watch Girls By  – Bob Crewe Generation
16 New 1 Just Like a Man  – June Muscat
17 New 1 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
18 New 1 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
19 12 4 On a Carousel  – Hollies
20 New 1 In the Country  – Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Whistling Jack Smith enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts with ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’, but it was coming under some pressure from Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ which made a star rater climb of 4 from 6 to 2 and had recently finished a 6 week run at the top of the UK charts.

We had 2 biggest climbers this week and they made a rather romantic coupling as it was ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ and ‘Happy Together’ by Percy Sledge and The Turtles respectively (the romance coming from the song titles, not the acts). Both songs moved up 5 places with ‘Happy Together’ landing up at 3 and ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ ending up at 8. ‘Release Me’, mentioned above’ was the only other star rater climber this week.

When you are on a carousel, you go up and down and The Hollies song was true to its name as for the previous 2 weeks it went up and now this week it went down to the extent that it was the biggest faller this week as it dropped 7 from 12 to 19.

The oldest song on the chart this week was still Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ which sat at number 6 and was enjoying its 13th week on the charts.

Last week The Thomas Group arrived on the charts and said ‘I’ve Got No More To Say’. True to their word, they left the chart after just the one week at 20. This was the 3rd song to spend just 1 week at the bottom of the charts. There would be a total of 35 song that would spend just 1 week at 20 during the top 20 era (8 more spending just one week at 30 in the top 30 era). For 10 of the acts involved in these 35 short stay songs it would be their only hit (3 more in the top 30 era). The Thomas Group were the second after Bobby Bare who’s only SA chart action would be 1 week spent at the bottom of the charts.

The second song to depart didn’t fare too much better as The Ventures’ ‘Theme from “The Wild Angels”’ left us after just 2 weeks and a peak of 18. As with The Thomas Group, this would be The Ventures only SA Chart hit.

Of the 102 weeks of charts we had had so far, this was only the 33rd week where we did not have a Rolling Stones hit in the top 20 as ‘Ruby Tuesday’ left after an 11 week stay and a peak of 4. This was the second lowest peak of their 7 hits to date of, ‘The Last Time’s peak of 7 being their lowest so far.

The last song to go was The Staccatos cover of The Bee Gees’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ which spent 9 weeks with us and peaked at 10, quite a distance behind the 17 weeks and a peak of 2 of their only other hit to date, ‘Come Back Silly Girl’, However, it was not the end of the road for the band in terms of SA Chart hits.

Our first new entry saw the biggest gap between hits to date for a local act as June Muscat returned to the charts after an absence of 53 weeks. Her previous hit, ‘For You Babe’ left the charts just over a year before ‘Just Like A Man’ entered the charts this week. This beat the previous biggest gap for a local act of 24 weeks which Virginia Lee had held. ‘Just Like A Man’ was written by Barry Mason and Les Reed giving them their 2nd and 5th hits respectively. Reed sat tied 4th for number of hits by a song writer behind Lennon and McCartney on 6 and Jagger & Richards on 7. ‘Just Like A Man’ was recorded by Margaret Whiting who managed 4 Hot 100 hits in the US, but this was not one of them.

And while June Muscat was setting a new record for the biggest gap between hits for a local song, Sandie Shaw set a new overall record for biggest gap between hits as ‘Puppet On A String’ entered the charts 87 weeks after ‘Long Live Love’ (her previous and only other hit to date) departed. This added 12 weeks to the biggest gap record of 75 weeks which Connie Francis had held. ‘Puppet On A String’ was the first Eurovision Song Competition winner to grace our charts. It was the first British entry to win that competition (the competition had been going since 1956) and it would give Shaw her 3rd UK chart topper (dislodging Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ in the process). It would also top the charts in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Holland, New Zealand, Norway and Rhodesia.

Our other 2 new entrants were both enjoying a 6th hit on the charts and joined The Seekers and Herman’s Hermits in tied second place behind The Rolling Stones who were on 7. The first of these 6 hitters was Manfred Mann with ‘Ha Ha Said the Clown’. The song was written by Tony Hazzard and would top the charts in Austria, Germany, Holland and Norway as well as going to 4 in the UK. Later in 1967 The Yardbirds took a version to 45 in the US charts.

The last new entry was Cliff Richard with ‘In The Country’ which featured The Shadows, his long-time backing band’s name on the record label, giving them their first SA Chart hit. The song went to number 6 in the UK, 7 in Norway, 14 in Holland and 35 in Germany. It would be Cliff’s 39th hit to chart in the UK.

Manfred Mann became the 6th act to reach the 50 weeks in the chart milestone              . Despite this, they did not move up the week’s count list sitting 6th, 5 weeks behind Herman’s Hermits who were in 5th place. The Hollies moved into tied 10th place alongside Jim Reeves with 35 weeks and Cliff Richard’s new entry moved him tied 12th (with Donovan and Murray Campbell) as he moved on to 33 weeks. The New Vaudeville Band entered the top 20 of the week’s count list with their 27 weeks putting them tied 20th with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch. June Muscat’s new entry moved her on to 10 weeks and placed her tied 15th with John E Sharpe & The Squires on the local list.

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12 May 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 4 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
2 2 12 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
3 1 6 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
4 4 9 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
5 10 2 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
6 6 5 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
7 5 7 Give it to Me  – Troggs
8 9 4 Happy Together  – Turtles
9 7 11 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
10 8 11 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
11 12 10 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
12 13 3 On a Carousel  – Hollies
13 18 3 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
14 16 2 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
15 14 4 Music to Watch Girls By  – Bob Crewe Generation
16 11 9 Spicks and Specks  – Staccatos
17 15 11 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
18 19 2 Theme from “The Wild Angels”  – Ventures
19 20 3 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
20 New 1 I’ve Got No More to Say  – Thomas Group

After 7 weeks of have some feminine influence on the top spot of our charts (6 weeks with a solo female artist and 1 with Nancy Sinatra as part of a duet with her father), the men took charge again with Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ taking over from the father and daughter duet. Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ which had accounted for 5 of the 6 weeks with a solo female at number 1 was unmoved at 2 while ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ fell to 3. On 12 weeks, ‘Single Girl’ was still the oldest on the charts.

The Mamas And The Papas and The Monkees both picked up a second biggest climber in the week award as the former’s ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ and the latter’s ‘A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You’ both climbed 5 places to land at 5 and 13 respectively. There were no other songs this week that managed a star rater climb of 4 or more places.

The Staccatos’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ had been the biggest faller 6 weeks previously, then a week later it was the biggest climber. This week it was the biggest faller again as it dropped 5 from 11 to 16. The Staccatos had also had a biggest faller with ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ making this their 3rd time with that honour.

So far we had had 4 songs enter the charts at 10 or higher. 3 of those went on to top the charts. This week we said goodbye to the first of 10 songs that would enter the charts at 10 or higher that would not make it to number 1 and it would be the all-time highest new entry not to make 1. Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’ had crashed into the charts at 5, but ended up with a peak of 2 during the 10 weeks it was with us. Stevens would return to the charts.

The new entry this week was The Thomas Group with their song ‘I’ve Got No More to Say’. The song was the 4th to chart that was written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. Sloan was on 5 hits as he also had The Turtles ‘Let Me Be’ to his name. He sat tied 5th for number of hits by a song writer behind The Beatles’ paring of Lennon & McCartney who were on 6 each and The Rolling Stones paring of Jagger & Richards who were on 8 each. 2 other song writers shared 5th spot with Sloan, Eddie Snyder (hits for Frank Sinatra, The Bachelors, Eddie Fisher, Max Bygraves and Connie Francis) and Tom Springfield (all 5 for The Seekers). The Thomas Group were a young band of whom great things were expected, especially after an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US. However, they failed to make a dent on the charts there and, it seems, we were the only country to take them into our charts. It also appears that in the US, ‘I’ve Got More To Say’ was the b-side of the single with ‘Then It Begins’ as the a-side. The South African release flipped the record over.

Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark both reached the 30 weeks in the chart milestone this week and this put them within 2 weeks of the leading lady on the week’s front, Virginia Lee. Clark and Sinatra sat tied 18th on the week’s count list. The Troggs moved into 7th place on their own as they pulled 1 clear of Tommy Roe. They had 43 to their name.

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5 May 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 5 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
2 1 11 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
3 9 3 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
4 2 8 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
5 8 6 Give it to Me  – Troggs
6 11 4 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
7 4 10 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
8 7 10 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
9 12 3 Happy Together  – Turtles
10 New 1 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
11 13 8 Spicks and Specks  – Staccatos
12 5 9 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
13 16 2 On a Carousel  – Hollies
14 19 3 Music to Watch Girls By  – Bob Crewe Generation
15 6 10 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
16 New 1 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
17 10 10 Mathew and Son  – Cat Stevens
18 20 2 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
19 New 1 Theme from “The Wild Angels”  – Ventures
20 18 2 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge

This week the charts celebrated their 100 edition. During this time we had seen 237 songs chart (including this week’s new entries discussed below) by 142 artists, 37 of which had been number 1 hits. 42 songs by 26 different artists had been local.

The charts reached its century with a new number 1 in the form of Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ which was the 8th song to top our charts that would also top the UK and US charts. Interestingly both the Sinatras had managed this as solo artists as well, Frank with ‘Strangers In The Night’ and Nancy with ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. This brought to an end the record to date 6 week run with a solo woman at the top of our charts. The previous chart topper, Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ dropped to 2 and on 11 weeks it was the oldest on the charts.

Last week’s biggest climber, Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’, managed to repeat the achievement as its 6 place climb from 9 to 3 was the biggest one this week. ‘Release Me’ by Engelbert Humperdinck and ‘Music To Watch Girls By’, by The Bob Crewe Generation both climbed 5 to be star raters. For ‘Release Me’ it was a second time as a star rater.

The faller of the week was The Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday’ which dropped 9 from 6 to 15. This was the biggest fall to date that a Stones song had experienced. They would see another plummet this number of positions, but would never manage a fall in double figures territory. This was their 6th time with the biggest faller, a record to date.

We said goodbye to The Seekers’ ‘Georgy Girl’ which had a week count of 9 and peak of 10 which was their worst performance on both weeks and peak front to date.

The less successful (in South Africa anyway) version of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ also left the charts. Herman’s Hermits’ version managed 9 weeks and peaked at 9. The other version by The New Vaudeville Band was at 7 this week, enjoying its 10th week and had already made it to number 2. The Hermits could take a scrap of consolation from the fact that their version was the 10th song to have an equal weeks and peaks figure.

The last song to go was the 11th song to have an equal weeks and peak as Tommy Roe’s ‘Much More Love’ departed after 8 weeks and a peak of 8. This brought to an end a record to date run of consecutive weeks with at least 1 hit in the charts as Roe had graced the top 20 for the previous 32 weeks. We would see more from him.

The Mamas And The Papas brought us the 5th song to enter the charts at 10 or above as ‘Dedicated to the One I Love’ arrived at 10 this week. 3 songs had managed a higher debut position with 3 of the 4 so far to enter at 10 or above going on to top the charts. Only Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’ which held the record highest debut position of 5 had not managed to convert such a strong start into a chart topper. The Mamas And The Papas version of ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ was the 3rd one to make the US Hot 100 charts where it peaked at 2 (the song’s highest position to date). The Shirelles took their version to 3 in 1959 and the Five Royales managed to get to 81 with it in 1961. In 1972 Temptress went to 93 with their version and the song appeared again in 1981 when Bernadette Peters took it to 65.

The local song count increased to 3 with the arrival of Die Boet van Wyk Orkes and their song ‘Oliekolonie’. This was our 8th instrumental hit to chart. This song also posed a dilemma for chart statisticians like myself as can you classify an instrumental song with an Afrikaans title as an ‘Afrikaans’ song? Well I have decided that yes, you can. Feel free to disagree, but for stats purposes, that is how I will roll. So, this was our 3rd Afrikaans hit to chart and, with ‘Die Ou             Kraalliedjie’ still in the charts, became the first week we saw 2 Afrikaans songs in the top 20 at the same time. Interestingly ‘Oliekolonie’ was actually the b-side of the single that was released, the a-side being ‘Sing En Fluit’, and despite being an Afrikaans song, it was released in neighbouring Rhodesia but did not make the charts there.

The final new entry was the Ventures’ version of the ‘Theme From “The Wild Angels”’ and was the 9th instrumental song to grace our charts. The was the first time we had seen 4 instrumental hits on the chart at the same time (the other 3 being ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’, ‘Music To Watch Girls By’ and ‘Oliekolonie’). We had previously seen 3 instrumentals in the top 20 at the same time when Roger Williams’ and The MGM Singing Strings version of ‘Lara’s Theme’ from ‘Dr Zhivago’ shared the chart with Second City Sound’s ‘Tchaikovsky One’. ‘Theme from “The Wild Angels”’ was written by Mike Curb (of the Mike Curb Congregation) and, as the title suggest, was the theme tune to the film ‘The Wild Angels’ which starred Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Dianne Ladd and a certain Nancy Sinatra who happened to be sitting at the top of our charts this week. However, it was not The Ventures version of the song that appeared in the film but rather Davie Allen & The Arrows’ one. The latter managed to scrape a 99 peak on the US Hot 100 while The Ventures’ version would fail to chart on either side of the Atlantic.

The Troggs overtook The Beatles for weeks on the charts and now sat tied 7th with Tommy Roe on the weeks’ count list. They had 43 to their name. The Hollies moved level with Murray Campbell and Donovan with 33 weeks to their name. They sat tied 11th.

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