10 March 1967

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

The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ enjoyed a 5th week at the top of the charts. This equalled the 5 weeks that the previous chart topper, Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’, had managed. There were only 3 songs ahead of them for weeks at 1 and all 3 had managed 6 weeks at the top.

And talking of the Tom Jones hit, it was back up to 2 after dropping to 3 last week.

While the rest of the world seemed to be concentrating their efforts on buying Herman’s Hermits’ version of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’, we preferred the version by The New Vaudeville Band and pushed it up 7 places this week from 15 to 8 to make it our biggest climber this week. This was the band’s second biggest climber award, having managed one with ‘Winchester Cathedral’.

We did not, however, totally ignore the Herman’s Hermits version of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ as that was a star rater this week, climbing 5 from 17 to 12. The other star rater this week was Lucille Starr’s ‘The French Song’ which moved up 4 from 14 to 10.

Donovan had that sinking feeling this week as ‘Mellow Yellow’ was our biggest faller, dropping 9 from 11 to 20. This was his second time with a biggest faller.

The oldest song on last week’s chart was one of 2 that left the top 20 this week. Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ had spent a record to date 24 weeks on the charts with a tied record to date 6 of them at the top spot. Apart from holding the record for the most weeks on the charts, the song also topped the points list (20 points for a week at 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc) and was the only song so far to reach the 300 points mark as it sat on 307. The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ was second on 286 points. And talking of The Beach Boys, their hit, ‘Good Vibrations’ took over the title of oldest on the charts. It was on 16 weeks and this was the 12th week in total that the band had had an oldest in the charts.

The Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ had re-entered the charts last week after a relatively unsuccessful first run of 1 week at 19. This second run was just as unsuccessful in terms of weeks (just the 1) but marginally more successful in terms of peak as it managed to spend this second week at 18. In total the song managed 2 weeks and a peak of 18. This ended the band’s SA chart career with 2 hits to their name. They spent a total of 5 weeks on the charts and had a best peak of 14 with ‘Keep On Running’.

The local content in the chart doubled this week as Groep Twee’s ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ joined Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ in the top 20. This was the second Afrikaans song to chart, the previous being by the aforementioned Des Lindberg, ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’. However, unlike the previous ‘Afrikaans’ song, the Groep Twee one was sung entirely in Afrikaans while Des Lindberg’s previous hit also featured a good helping of English lyrics. ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ was apparently written by Mannas and Amy de Villiers for the Ou Kraal Jukskei Club in Paarl. This was the 40th song by a local act to chart.

Tommy Roe became the 6th act to replace themselves in the charts as his hit ‘Much More Love’ (Roe’s 3rd hit to date) took the place of the departing ‘Sweet Pea’. So far we had seen 7 occasions where an artist had had a new entry the same week as one of their hits departed. Only Cliff Richard had managed this twice. However, this was a funny one as ‘Much More Love’ was the b-side of ‘Sweet Pea’. It failed to chart in its own right on either side of the Atlantic, but our love affair with this particular 7 inches of vinyl seemed to continue even though we stopped playing the one side and started playing the other. As with his previous 2 hits, Roe had also penned ‘Much More Love’.

Tommy Roe sat in 8th place on the weeks count list with 36 to his name, but was 6 behind The Beatles who were the next up on the list. Donovan moved into tied 9th place with Murray Campbell, both sitting on 33 weeks.

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