3 February 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
2 18 2 I’m a Believer  – Monkees
3 3 9 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
4 2 10 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
5 10 4 If I were a Carpenter  – Bobby Darin
6 6 11 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
7 8 4 (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture  – Gary Lewis and The Playboys
8 4 7 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
9 7 8 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
10 5 12 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
11 9 8 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
12 11 7 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
13 15 20 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
14 20 3 Remember When  – Max Bygraves
15 13 13 No Milk Today  – Herman’s Hermits
16 12 6 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
17 14 5 All the Love in the World  – Connie Francis
18 New 1 Save Me  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
19 New 1 Wednesday’s Child  – Matt Monro
20 New 1 Dead End Street  – Kinks

Tom Jones hit the 10 weeks at the top of the charts milestone this week. He had spent 2 weeks there with ‘It’s Not Unusual’, 3 with ‘What’s New Pussycat’ and now 5 with ‘The Green Green Grass Of Home’.

However, the song’s bid for a record equalling 6 consecutive weeks at the top was under serious threat as The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ made a massive 16 place jump up the charts from 18 to number 2, smashing the previous record of 13 places that The Fantastic Baggy’s ‘Tell ’em I’m Surfin’’ had managed back in September 1966. In total we would only see 5 occasions where a song climbed 16 or more places, 2 of which would happen when the charts were extended to a top 30 and both of those would be climbs for outside the top 20. Needless to say that The Monkees took the biggest climber of the week award.

The other star raters this week were Max Bygraves’ ‘Remember When’ which climbed 6 from 20 to 14 and Bobby Darin’s ‘If I Were A Carpenter’ which moved up 5 from 10 to 5 and was a star rater for a 3rd week running.

The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ was the faller of the week, dropping 5 from 5 to 10 in a place swap with Bobby Darin’s hit mentioned above.

This week we also saw the first song to reach the 20 weeks in the chart milestone and that was Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ which sat at 13 this week. In total 235 songs would reach this mark of which 128 would spend that long in the top 20, the others making up the rest of their weeks in positions 21 to 30 once the chart was extended. ‘Sweet Pea’ was obviously still the oldest on this week’s chart.

The Spencer Davis Groups’ ‘Gimme Some Lovin’, a new entry last week, exited the chart after just 1 week which it spent at 19.

We also said goodbye to The Dream Merchants’ ‘Land Of Milk And Honey’ which had enjoyed a stay of 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at 10. This meant that we were down to just 1 local song on the charts (Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’) and also we only had 1 song left which had the word ‘milk’ in the title (Herman Hermit’s ‘No Milk Today’). In total only 3 songs with the word ‘milk’ in title would chart and we had already seen 2 of them (This excludes ‘Milky Way’ by Colombus).

The last to go was The Fantastic Baggys’ ‘Pa Pa Do Ron Ron’ which had spent 10 weeks on the chart and peaked at 10. This was the 8th song so far to have an equal weeks and peak figure and the first where that figure was 10. The departure of ‘Pa Pa Do Ron Ron’ heralded the end of The Fantastic Baggys’ SA chart career. Their stats read 2 hits, 20 weeks and a best peak of 2 with ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’.

We had only had 1 week since Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch’s ‘Bend It’ left the charts but they were back again this week with a new hit, Save Me’, their 3rd hit to date. The song would give them a number 3 hit in the UK and was once again written by Alan Blaikley & Ken Howard who had brought us the previous 2 hits for the band.

Matt Monro was also enjoying his 3rd hit on our charts as ‘Wednesday’s Child’ was our second new entry. The song had a lot in common with Monro’s previous hit, ‘Born Free’ as it the song was also taken from a film (‘The Quiller Memorandum’ starring Alec Guinness, George Segal and Max von Sydow), it was also written by John Barry (he of the Bond theme fame) and would also fail to chart on either side of the Atlantic.

The Kinks became 1 of 11 acts that had now clocked up 4 or more hits to date as ‘Dead End Street’ gave them their 4th hit. Written by Ray Davies, the song would go to 5 in the UK. In the US it would manage to get to 73 which would be their lowest charting song there to up to that point and would end up being their 4th lowest so far. Elsewhere it would get to 4 in Holland, 5 in Germany, 6 in Norway and 11 in Belgium.

Matt Monro’s new entry this week meant that his week’s count ticked over to 20. Donovan and Tommy Roe were enjoying their 28th weeks and as such moved into tied 14th place with The Troggs.

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