17 February 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 4 I’m a Believer  – Monkees
2 2 11 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
3 4 12 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
4 3 11 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
5 9 5 Remember When  – Max Bygraves
6 5 6 If I were a Carpenter  – Bobby Darin
7 8 6 (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture  – Gary Lewis and The Playboys
8 6 13 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
9 7 9 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
10 12 10 Morningtown Ride  – Seekers
11 10 10 Hooray for Hazel  – Tommy Roe
12 18 9 Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James  – Manfred Mann
13 16 22 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
14 15 7 All the Love in the World  – Connie Francis
15 11 14 Winchester Cathedral  – New Vaudeville Band
16 13 8 Snow Flake  – Jim Reeves
17 20 3 Save Me  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
18 17 2 Games That Lovers Play  – Connie Francis
19 New 1 Anyway That You Want Me  – Troggs
20 19 2 Knight in Rusty Armour  – Peter and Gordon

The Monkees enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts as ‘I’m A Believer’ held on to the number 1 position. Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’, the previous nation’s favourite, clung stubbornly to number 2.

Last week’s biggest faller was, rather oddly, this week’s biggest climber and that was Manfred Mann’s ’ Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James’ which had dropped 6 to 18 last week, but this week it returned back to number 12 with a 6 place climb. This was the first time we had seen a song take biggest climber honours after taking the biggest fall. There would be 33 occasions in total when this would happen.

Max Bygraves’ ‘Remember When’ made a star rater jump for the 3rd week running as it moved up 4 from 9 to 5 (no relation to the Dolly Parton or Sheena Easton songs). This was the only other star rater.

The faller of the week was The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral’ which dropped 4 places from 11 to 15. This was the second time the song had suffered this fate.

Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ was still with us and enjoying its 22nd week in the charts and its 10th as the oldest on the top 20.

We said goodbye to Herman’s Hermits’ ‘No Milk Today’ which had been with us for 14 weeks and peaked at 2. Only ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’ had peaked higher for them so far, but in terms of weeks on the charts this was their best effort to date. The song fell out of the chart from number 14. Only 17 other songs had fallen out of the top 20 from position 14 or higher, the highest last position was still 11, which The Hollies’ ‘Look Through Any Window’ and The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ had suffered.

The Troggs returned to the charts with their 3rd hit to date, ‘’ Anyway That You Want Me’. The song would give them a number 8 hit in the UK and would be their first not to make the top 2 there. Elsewhere it would make it to 9 in Holland and 13 in Germany. In neighbouring Rhodesia it was more successful, enjoying a number 2 peak there. In 1990 indie band Spiritualized would take a cover of the song to number 75 in the UK charts, giving them their first UK chart hit.

Donovan celebrated 30 weeks in the charts while The Seekers became the 4th act to reach the 50 week mark, following The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Tom Jones in reaching this milestone and becoming the first non UK or US act to do so (they were Aussies in case you missed earlier posts). Tommy Roe moved tied 9th on the weeks count list as his 32nd to date equalled that of Cliff Richard and Virginia Lee. The Troggs new one pushed them on to 29 weeks, but this did not move them up the list as they were still 1 behind the next best, Donovan who, as mentioned above, was on 30. On the local list there was no movement on the top 20 there despite Des Lindberg still clocking up the weeks. He stood on 24 but was 7 behind the act above him, Gene Rockwell who was on 31.

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