3 March 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 I’m a Believer  – Monkees
2 3 7 Remember When  – Max Bygraves
3 2 13 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
4 4 13 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
5 New 1 Mathew and Son  – Cat Stevens
6 5 14 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
7 19 2 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
8 15 3 Anyway That You Want Me  – Troggs
9 6 8 If I were a Carpenter  – Bobby Darin
10 11 15 Good Vibrations  – Beach Boys
11 7 11 Mellow Yellow  – Donovan
12 8 5 Save Me  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
13 New 1 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
14 New 1 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
15 New 1 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
16 14 3 Wednesday’s Child  – Matt Monro
17 New 1 There’s a Kind of Hush  – Herman’s Hermits
18 RE 2 Gimme Some Lovin’  – Spencer Davis Group
19 9 24 Sweet Pea  – Tommy Roe
20 10 8 (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture  – Gary Lewis and The Playboys

‘I’m A Believer’ moved on to 4 weeks at the top of the charts as it was unmoved there. Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’, the previous number 1, finally dropped down from number 2 where it had spent the 3 weeks after vacating the top spot. It fell to 3 and Max Bygraves’ ‘Remember When’ moved up 1 to take over second spot.

Sandy Posey became the 7th solo female artist to take biggest climber honours as ‘Single Girl’ moved up 12 from 19 to 7. This was the biggest climb in a week by a woman and only 5 songs by a female artist would better this. To date only 2 songs in total had managed bigger climbs (The Monkees 16 place jump with ‘I’m A Believer’ and The Fantastic Baggy’s 13 place jump with ‘Tell ‘em I’m Surfin’) and 1 had equalled this (The Seekers’ ‘Walk With Me’).

The Troggs’ ‘Anyway That You Want Me’ climbed 5 to 8 to be the only other star rater this week.

On The falling front it was Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and Gary Lewis & The Playboys’ ‘(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture’ which had the biggest drops this week, both falling 10 places to land at 19 and 20 respectively. This equalled the record to date biggest drop in a week which Gene Rockwell’s ‘Love’ and The Ad-Libs’ ‘Shotgun Wedding’ had managed.

Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ was now on 24 weeks and was enjoying its 12th week as the oldest in the charts. This equalled the record to date for a song, the previous one to manage 12 weeks as the oldest was Cliff Richards’ ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’.

We saw a record to date 6 songs leave the chart this week. The first of which was Connie Francis’ ‘All the Love in the World’ which had been with us for 8 weeks and peaked at 14. Francis had had 2 in the charts for the last 3 weeks, but her other hit, ‘Games That Lovers Play’ was another of the 6 that left the top 20 this week. It lasted just 3 weeks and peaked at 17. Francis was the first of 5 acts that would see 2 of their songs leave the chart in the same week. ‘Games That Lovers Play’, which had also recently charted for Eddie Fisher, spent a total of 5 weeks in the charts for these 2 versions. To date it was the lowest weeks count for a song charting in more than 1 version. A final point on these 2 leavers is that this brought to an end Connie Francis’ SA Chart career. She had had 3 hits, spent 19 weeks on the charts, 1 of which was at the top spot when ‘Forget Domani’ became the second song to top our charts.

We also said goodbye to a former number 1 hit, The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Winchester Cathedral which spent 3 of its 15 weeks in the charts at the top spot.

Jim Reeves’ ‘Snow Flake’ became the 9th song to have an equal weeks and peak figure as it left the charts after 9 weeks and a peak of 9. This meant that 9 and 8 were the most popular figure for this as it had happened twice with each of these numbers.

The Seekers’ ‘Morningtown Ride’ had also peaked at 9, but it had managed 11 weeks in that run.

Last to go was Tommy Roe’s ‘Hooray For Hazel’ which had entered the charts after ‘Sweet Pea’ but the latter was still in the top 20 (barely). ‘Hooray For Hazel’ lasted 11 weeks in the charts and peaked at 6. To date the 11 weeks that Roe had 2 in the charts was the best consecutive run any artist had had with 2.

The first of the new entries took the record for the highest debut position to date as Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’ came crashing into the charts at number 5. There would only be 1 song that would manage a higher debut position (also no song would jump from positions 21-30 to a higher spot in the top 20). The previous highest debut position had been 9 which Jim Reeves’ ‘Distant Drums’ and Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ had managed. ‘Matthew And Son’ would give Cat Stevens a number 2 hit in the UK, his best peak there which was equalled by his hit ‘Father And Son’ (obviously an offspring thing going on there).

The Rolling Stones saw their 7th hit to date enter our charts as ‘Ruby Tuesday’ arrived at number 13. The Stones were out front on the list of hits to date and Jagger and Richards (who wrote the song) were out front on the list of hits by a songwriter with 8 to their names. The song would top the US charts for 1 week but would not make the UK charts until 1991 when a live version from their Flashpoint tour would make it to 59 there.

We saw the second Canadian act on our charts this week as Lucille Starr’s ‘The French Song’ entered the charts. The previous Canadian was Steve Karliski who made it as part of a duet. Starr was born Lucille Marie Raymonde Savoie in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada and ‘The French Song’ (also known as ‘Quand Le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes’) was her biggest hit in her homeland where it went to number 12. It would also be her only US Hot 100 hit where it went to 54.

The New Vaudeville Band became the 5th act to replace themselves on the charts as ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ joined the top 20 the week ‘Winchester Cathedral’ departed from it. ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ is probably better associated with Herman’s Hermits, but it first saw the light of day in this version. Penned by Geoff Stephens (who had also written ‘Winchester Cathedral’) and Les Reed, The New Vaudeville Band’s version of this song would not feature on the UK or US charts, however, the Herman’s Hermits version which just happened to be another of our new entries this week, would go to 4 in the US and 7 in America. It was the 7th song to chart in more than 1 version on our charts and it would give both Stephens and Les Reed their 3rd and 4th hits as song writers. Herman’s Hermits would move into second place on their own for number of hits as their version of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ would be their 6th hit to date. This put them 1 behind leaders, The Rolling Stones.

The last song to replace the 6 that left was the 4th song to re-enter the charts. The Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ had been out of the charts 5 weeks before it returned to the top 20 this week. This was the longest period to date that a re-entry had been absent from the charts.

With Tommy Roe losing 1 of his 2 from last week and both Connie Francis’ hits departing we had the first chart since 9 December 1966 not to have an artist with at least 2 in the top 20. The Beach Boys reached the 60 weeks in the chart milestone, but still sat second overall behind The Rolling Stones who now moved on to 72. Donovan joined Cliff Richard, Virginia Lee and Jim Reeves on 32 weeks which placed them all 10th on the weeks count list.

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