We have now come to the end of the 2nd full year of charts and were two and a half years into them in total. Once again it is time to take stock of the year that we have just gone through and see who the shakers and movers were back in 1967.
There were 146 songs that spent at least 1 week on the charts this year (127 were new to the charts and 19 brought forward from 1966). We were up 10 on the number of hits seen in 1966. The 146 songs were brought to us by 98 different artists (artist charting as part of a duet or collaboration are counted separately). To date the hits count looked like this:
|Year||No Of Hits|
|1965 (30 weeks)||79|
23 of the hits were by local acts and 18 artists accounted for these. This was down on 1966 were we saw 30 local hits spend time in the charts.
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):
|1||Single Girl||Sandy Posey||302|
|2||Silence is Golden||Tremeloes||259|
|3||Green Green Grass of Home||Tom Jones||241|
|=4||The French Song||Lucille Starr||223|
|=4||The Last Waltz||Engelbert Humperdinck||223|
|6||Release Me||Engelbert Humperdinck||209|
|7||Puppet on a String||Sandie Shaw||207|
|8||I’m a Believer||Monkees||205|
|9||Ramblin’ Boy||Des Lindberg||204|
|10||Dedicated to the One I Love||Mamas and The Papas||198|
|11||Timothy||Four Jacks & a Jill||196|
|12||Give it to Me||Troggs||195|
|13||This is My Song||Petula Clark||187|
|14||There’s a Kind of Hush||New Vaudeville Band||177|
|15||I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman||Whistling Jack Smith||173|
|16||Let’s Live for Today||Grass Roots||169|
|17||That’s My Desire||Hollies||168|
|18||Cry Softly (Liebestraum)||Nancy Ames||167|
|=19||Ha Ha Said the Clown||Manfred Mann||166|
|=19||Even the Bad Times are Good||Tremeloes||166|
|21||Silence is Golden||Square Set||163|
|22||Die Ou Kraalliedjie||Groep Twee||161|
|23||Mathew and Son||Cat Stevens||152|
|24||I Take it Back||Sandy Posey||151|
|25||A Whiter Shade of Pale||Procol Harum||150|
|27||Then I Kissed Her||Beach Boys||147|
|=29||There Goes My Everything||Engelbert Humperdinck||141|
|=29||I Love You||Lucille Starr||141|
|31||Good Vibrations||Beach Boys||136|
|32||Ruby Tuesday||Rolling Stones||133|
|33||Yamao Toko No Uta||New Christy Minstrels||132|
|=34||Something Stupid||Nancy and Frank Sinatra||131|
|=36||Remember When||Max Bygraves||130|
|=36||She’d Rather be with Me||Turtles||130|
|=39||I’ll Never Fall in Love Again||Tom Jones||121|
|=39||There is a Mountain||Donovan||121|
You can compare this to the list published in Top 40 magazine in 1989 which can be found here:
The cumulative points to date gave the following top 10:
|1||Sweet Pea||Tommy Roe||307|
|2||Single Girl||Sandy Posey||302|
|3||Green Green Grass Of Home||Tom Jones||289|
|4||California Girls||Beach Boys||286|
|5||Silence Is Golden||Tremeloes||259|
|6||Ramblin’ Boy||Des Lindberg||251|
|7||Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)||Roger Williams||238|
|8||Goodbye My Love||Murray Campbell||235|
|=9||Cry Softly (Liebestraum)||Nancy Ames||232|
|=9||With A Girl Like You||Troggs||232|
The top songs pointswise on the local front for 1967 were as follows:
|1||Ramblin’ Boy||Des Lindberg||204|
|2||Timothy||Four Jacks & a Jill||196|
|3||Silence is Golden||Square Set||163|
|4||Die Ou Kraalliedjie||Groep Twee||161|
And cumulatively from the start of the charts in 1965:
|1||Ramblin’ Boy||Des Lindberg||251|
|2||Goodbye My Love||Murray Campbell||235|
|3||Timothy||Four Jacks & A Jill||196|
|4||Hungry For Love||A-Cads||183|
|5||Come Back Silly Girl||Staccatos||180|
NUMBER OF HITS
Five acts managed to spend at least 1 week on the chart with 4 different hits and they were Tom Jones, Jim Reeves, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark. 11 acts had 3 hits, 19 acts had 2 while the rest all had 1. So far no act had managed more than 4 in a year. The Rolling Stones had managed 4 in 1965 and 1966, but only managed 1 this year.
To date Tom Jones led the way with 8 hits. Cliff Richard, Petula Clark, The Seekers, The Rolling Stones and The Hollies all had 7 to their names.
The Dream Merchants, The Staccatos, Four Jacks & A Jill, Gene Rockwell, Virginia Lee and The Square Set were the local acts who managed 2 hits in 1967, no local act managed more. Gene Rockwell and Virginia Lee led the way on the cumulative list with 6 each. Four Jacks & A Jill were the next best with 4 to their name.
WEEKS ON THE CHART
There was a 3 way tie for most weeks on the chart during 1967 as Tom Jones, Petula Clark and Engelbert Humperdinck all enjoyed 37 weeks in the top 20 (2 in the charts in the same week counts as 2). The Monkees, Sandy Posey and Lucille Starr had the next highest weeks count as they all managed 32.
To date, The Beach Boys 39 in 1966 was the best in a year followed by The Rolling Stones 38 they managed in the 30 weeks of 1965.
The Square Sets’ 18 weeks in 1967 put them top on the local front. They were followed by Groep Twee on 15 and Des Lindberg on 14.
Gene Rockwell had a cumulative total of 39 which was the highest local count to date. Virginia Lee was 2nd on 36 with Murray Campbell on 33 coming in 3rd. Campbell scored 30 of his 33 in 1965 and this was the best a local act had managed in 1 year to date with The Square Set’s 18 above and Four Jacks & A Jill’s 18 in 1966 being second best in a year.
As with 1966 we saw 18 songs top the charts, but unlike the previous year we had 1 act have more than 1 number 1 and that was Engelbert Humperdinck who got to the top with ‘Release Me’ and ‘The Last Waltz’. Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and The Rolling Stones were the only other acts so far to manage 2 chart toppers in a year and they all did this in 1965.
There were only 2 local chart toppers and they were both ‘Timothy’. Four Jacks & A Jill’s version spending 2 weeks at the top and Carike Keuzenkamp’s spending 1 week.
The Tremeloes’ 7 weeks at 1 with ‘Silence Is Golden’ was not only the best for a song in the year, but was also the best to date. Murray Campbell’s 6 non-consecutive weeks at 1 was the best a local song had managed. Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ equalled ‘Goodbye My Love’ for consecutive weeks at 1 by a local song as it managed 3 in a row.
In terms of total count for chart toppers, both The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones had managed 3 to date with The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdinck, Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra managing 2 (1 of those for Frank and Nancy Sinatra was their duet).
Tom Jones headed the list for total weeks spent at 1 as he had clocked up 10 to date. The Beach Boys, Engelbert Humperdinck and The Tremeloes were second on 6.
It was the best year to date for the female artists as we saw 27 hits by women (4 of which were as part of a duet) make the top 20. This almost doubled the 14 we saw in 1966 and was nearly 4 times more than the 7 in 1965.
Petula Clark brought us 4 hits, the highest total for a woman this year. Lucille Starr and Nancy Sinatra managed 3 each although 2 of Nancy’s were as part of a duet. Virginia Lee was the only local woman to manage 2. Carike Kezenkamp, June Muscat, Judy Page and Glenys Lynne were the only other local woman to chart (Lynne as part of a duet with Jody Wayne).
Petula Clark’s 37 weeks in the charts was not only the best a woman managed, but as mentioned above, shared the best for any artist. This smashed the 24 weeks record for a year that Nancy Sinatra had managed in 1966. Lucille Starr and Sandy Posey were second with 32 weeks each.
Cumulatively Petula also led the way as she had 58 to her name. Nancy Sinatra on 48 and Virginia Lee on 36 were second and third. Lee was the highest placed local woman with June Muscat on 12 second and Carike Keuzenkamp on 10 was third.
1965 and 1966 saw only 1 female chart topper each. This year we saw that number jump up dramatically to 4 with Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’, Petula Clark’s ‘This Is My Song’, Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ and Carike Keuzenkamp’s ‘Timothy’ all cracking the top spot. The 5 weeks that Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ spent at the top was the best any hit by a woman had managed. This was done in a run of 4 weeks on, 1 week off then 1 week on. Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ was the only other by a woman to have a 4 weeks consecutive run at the top.
The top 5 hits by woman in 1967 based on the points system were:
|1||Single Girl||Sandy Posey||302|
|2||The French Song||Lucille Starr||223|
|3||Puppet on a String||Sandie Shaw||207|
|4||This is My Song||Petula Clark||187|
|5||Cry Softly (Liebestraum)||Nancy Ames||167|
On a cumulative basis, the top 5 read:
|1||Single Girl||Sandy Posey||302|
|2||Cry Softly (Liebestraum)||Nancy Ames||232|
|3||The French Song||Lucille Starr||223|
|4||Puppet on a String||Sandie Shaw||207|
|=5||This is My Song||Petula Clark||187|
|=5||These Boots Are Made For Walking||Nancy Sinatra||187|
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:
|1||The French Song||Lucille Starr||223||Canada|
|2||I Love You||Lucille Starr||141||Canada|
|5||When Will the Good Apples Fall||Seekers||38||Australia|
In total there were 8 songs by artists who were not from the UK, the US or SA that spent time in the top 20 this year. There were 3 from Canada (all by Lucille Starr) and 3 from Australia (all by The Seekers) while the French chipped in with 2 (1 by Francoise Hardy and 1 by the duet of Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh).
The cumulative best hits for ‘rest of the world’ artists was as follows:
|1||The French Song||Lucille Starr||223||Canada|
|2||World Of Our Own||Seekers||192||Australia|
|3||The Carnival Is Over||Seekers||160||Australia|
|4||I Love You||Lucille Starr||141||Canada|
|5||Black Is Black||Los Bravos||117||Spain|
So far we had seen 7 hits from Australians (all The Seekers), 3 each from Canada (all Lucille Starr) and 3 from France. Germany Ireland, Italy and Spain had all chipped in with 1 each.
WHAT DIDN’T CHART
There were 10 songs that topped either the UK or US charts (or both) that did not make our top 20 this year. One of these, Long John Baldy’s ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’, would eventually chart in SA.
|All You Need Is Love||Beatles|
|Incense And Peppermints||Strawberry Alarm Clock|
|Let The Heartaches Begin||Long John Baldry|
|Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone||Supremes|
|San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)||Scott Mckenzie|
|To Sir With Love||Lulu|
CHARTING IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS
There were 15 acts that had spent at least 1 week in the charts in 1965, 1966 and 1967. Gene Rockwell, The Staccatos and Virginia Lee were the 3 local acts who had managed this and along with Virginia Lee, Petula Clark was the only other woman to achieve this. The list of all acts which had charted every year so far is as follows:
Beach Boys, Cliff Richard, Donovan, Gene Rockwell, Herman’s Hermits, Hollies, Kinks, Manfred Mann, Matt Monro, Petula Clark, Rolling Stones, Seekers, Staccatos, Tom Jones, Virginia Lee
There were 206 different song writers who had their names appear on the labels of the songs that spent time in the charts this year. Les Reed was the most successful of these this year as he had 6 of his compositions chart. Geoff Stephens was second with 5 and Barry Gibb and Barry Mason’s names appeared 4 times each.I WRITE THE SONGS
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards only added 1 to their cumulative total during 1967. They still sat at the top of the cumulative list, but they were joined by Les Reed as all 3 now had 8 to their names. John Lennon and Paul McCartney did not add to their tally, but still had the second highest with 6. Tom Springfield had 2 more to his name this year, so he sat tied with the 2 Beatles’ memebrs.
Unsurprisingly Les Reed took top honours for weeks on the chart as his compositions racked up 51 which was 5 more than last year’s top writer, Paul Simon who managed 46 in 1966. Geoff Stephens was second in1967 with 41 weeks and Barry Mason 3rd with 29.
Les Reed had just edged past the 2 chaps from The Rolling Stones for total weeks to date as he had accumulated 74 to Jagger & Richards’ 73. Brian Wilson was next highest with 66.
The only song writer to see 2 of his compositions top the charts in 1967 was Kobus ‘Dopper’ Erasmus as Carike Keuzenkamp and Four Jacks & A Jill’s version of ‘Timothy’ which he wrote, managed to get to number 1.
To date 7 song writers had seen 2 of their songs top the charts and we had also seen 2 ‘Traditional’ songs get to number 1. No song writer had yet managed 3.
Maurice Jarre still led the way for weeks spent at 1 by their compositions having enjoyed a total of 8 weeks at the top with The Ray Coniff Singers and Roger Williams’ version of ‘Lara Theme’. All the ‘B’s, Brian Wilson, Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe sat second with 7 weeks each.
Finally, I would like to thank all those who have helped by noting corrections etc as we have gone through 1967. Special thanks go to Peet van Staaden and Ian McLean for supplying invaluable information.
And so on to 1968.