13 January 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
2 4 6 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
3 2 8 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
4 3 9 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
5 5 10 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
6 6 5 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
7 7 7 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
8 12 4 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
9 10 5 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
10 14 3 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
11 8 17 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
12 15 4 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
13 13 7 Land of Milk and Honey  – Dream Merchants
14 9 11 Bend It  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
15 16 8 Pa Pa Do Ron Ron  – Fantastic Baggys
16 New 1 (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture  – Gary Lewis and The Playboys
17 18 2 All the Love in the World  – Connie Francis
18 New 1 If I were a Carpenter  – Bobby Darin
19 20 3 Dear Mrs Applebee  – David Garrick
20 11 14 Guantanamera  – Sandpipers

Tom Jones joined The Beach Boys at the top of the list for weeks spent at number 1 as this, his second week at the top with ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’, was the 7th week in total he had enjoyed in pole position. The Beach Boys had managed their 3 weeks with just 2 number 1 while Tom needed 3.

It had been just over 6 months since we last saw a local act in the top 2 and that was Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’. This week Des once again flew the flag for the locals in the top 2 as ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ moved up 2 to take second spot.

Last week saw Jim Reeves’ ‘Snowflake’ and Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’ take the biggest climber award with 5 place jumps. This week the same 2 songs were the biggest climbers again, but this week they only moved up 4 spots, ‘Mellow Yellow’ ending up at 8 and ‘Snowflake’ landing at 10. Reeves joined 6 other acts at the top of the list with 4 biggest climbers to their names. With the biggest climb this week being 4 places, there were obviously no other star raters.

So far we had seen 2 songs fall 10 in a week and 2 fall 9 to be the biggest falls to date. This week The Sandpipers’ ‘Guantanamera’ joined The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Summer In The City’ and The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Monday Monday’ for having a 9 place fall in a week. Only Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ and The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ had seen the bigger fall of 10 places.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ was within touching distance of the songs that had spent the most time in our charts as it enjoyed its 17th week in the top 20. Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ on 18 weeks was in 3rd place for weeks on the chart while The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and Cliff Richards’ ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ were in the top spot on 19. ‘Sweet Pea’ was the oldest on this week’s chart.

Donovan ended his 3 week run with 2 in the charts as ‘Sunshine Superman’ departed from the top 20 after 10 weeks and a peak of 8. This was slightly down on his 1st hit, ‘Catch The Wind’ which lasted 11 weeks and peaked at 5. ‘Mellow Yellow’ which remained in the chart was looking on course to beat ‘Sunshine Superman’s peak having equalled it this week.

The Harden Trio tippy toed out of the charts this week. Their song ‘Tippy Toeing’ had been with us for 12 weeks and peaked at 3. The bad news for the trio was that this would be the only chart action they would see on our fair shores.

Our first new entry came from American band Gary Lewis & The Playboys. ‘(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture’ was their debut hit on our charts, but they had already had 8 Hot 100 Hits in the US under their belts (including a number 1 with ‘This Diamond Ring’) before ‘(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture’ made it to 15 there. The song would also go to 9 in Canada and 58 in Australia. Lewis was the son of comedian Jerry Lewis (who had 2 Hot 100 hits himself and is not to be confused with Jerry Lee Lewis), but didn’t try to cash in on his father’s fame, simply calling the band Gary & The Playboys and making no mention of his father when they auditioned for a job at Dinseyland. They got the role, but when the record companies picked up on them (through friends of Jerry Lewis), they got the band to add ‘Lewis’ into the name.

The second new entry was also by an act enjoying their SA Chart debut, Bobby Darin, whose version of ‘If I Were A Carpenter’ arrived at 18 this week. Before this hit, Darin had had 34 Hot 100 hits in the US dating back to 1958, but he had not managed to get into the top 40 with his last 7 hits. One had to go back just over 3 years to see his ‘18 Yellow Roses’ manage to get to 10. However, with ‘If I Were A Carpenter’, which was written by Tim Hardin, he was propelled back into the upper echelons of the Hot 100, getting to number 8 there. It would also make it to 12 in the UK. Darin would return the compliment to song writer Hardin when the latter recorded Darin’s composition ‘Simple Song Of Freedom’ which gave Hardin his only Hot 100 hit as it went to number 50.

Apart from enjoying a record equalling 7th week at the top of our charts, Tom Jones also celebrated his 50th week in the charts and became only the 3rd act (after The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys) to reach this milestone. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch enjoyed their 20th week on the chart while Herman’s Hermits caught up with The Beatles for weeks count as they moved on to 42 weeks and were tied 6th overall. On the local front, Des Lindberg pulled 1 clear of Four Jacks & A Jill to occupy 4th spot on his own with 19 weeks under his belt.

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