6 January 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 4 5 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
2 3 7 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
3 1 8 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
4 7 5 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
5 2 9 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
6 8 4 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
7 5 6 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
8 9 16 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
9 6 10 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
10 14 4 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
11 13 13 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers
12 17 3 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
13 10 6 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
14 19 2 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
15 15 3 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
16 12 7 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
17 11 12 Tippy Toeing  – Harden Trio
18 New 1 All the Love in the World  – Connie Francis
19 18 10 Sunshine Superman  – Donovan
20 20 2 Dear Mrs Applebee  – David Garrick

Like the previous year, we started 1967 with a new number 1 as Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ took over the top spot from The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’. This continued Jones’ run of every second top 20 hit going to number 1. With this, his 3rd number 1, Jones joined The Rolling Stones for the most number of chart toppers to date. ‘Winchester Cathedral’ dropped into 3rd place while The Beach Boy’s ‘Good Vibrations’ moved up to 2.

It had been 59 weeks since Jones last held the top spot and this beat The Beach Boys record for gaps between number 1 hits, the latter being 28 weeks.

Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’ moved up 5 from 17 to 12 to give him his first biggest climber award while Jim Reeves enjoyed his 3rd such award with the 5 place climb from 19 to 14 that ‘Snow Flake’ made.

The Seekers pulled ahead of The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits and Tom Jones for star raters as ‘Morningtown Ride’ became their 7th one to date, moving up 4 from 14 to 10. The Rolling Stones still led the way for star rater count as they had managed 9 to date.

The Harden Trio’s ‘Tippy Toeing’ was plunging down the charts as it dropped 6 places from 11 to 17 which was the biggest fall in the week.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ was on 16 weeks and this was its 4th week as the oldest on the chart.

Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’ was the only song to leave the chart this week. It had enjoyed a run of 10 weeks and a peak position of 7 and it would be his only SA Chart hit.

It had been 75 weeks since we last had Connie Francis grace our charts, however this week she was back with a new hit, ‘All The Love In The World’.  Her new entry this week meant that she took over the biggest gap between hits record, surpassing Donovan’s 62 weeks between hits. However, her career was coming to an end. She had had 53 Hot 100 hits in the US before the start of 1967, but only managed 2 after that, neither of which were ‘All The Love In The World’. In the UK her last hit had been in 1966 and she has not seen chart action there since. ‘All The Love In The World’ included Norman Gimbel in the song writing credits. He would also have a hand in writing the Roberta Flack hit ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’.

Tommy Roe celebrated his 20th week in the charts. Manfred Mann pulled 1 clear of The Beatles on the weeks count list as they moved on to 43. This placed them 5th on the list. Jim Reeves moved tied 14th with Chris Andrews as he enjoyed a 25th week in the top 20 while Donovan, who was 1 week behind him, joined Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel in 16th place. Des Lindberg was still climbing the local list as his 18 weeks put his tied 4th with Four Jacks & A Jill. The Dream Merchants moved tied 12th with Jody Wayne, both being on 12 weeks.

Useless fact of the week: 6 of the artists represented on the chart began with the letter ‘D’.

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