17 March 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 I’m a Believer  – Monkees
2 4 3 Mathew and Son  – Cat Stevens
3 6 4 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
4 3 9 Remember When  – Max Bygraves
5 8 3 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
6 7 5 Anyway That You Want Me  – Troggs
7 11 3 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
8 2 15 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
9 10 3 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
10 12 3 There’s a Kind of Hush  – Herman’s Hermits
11 5 15 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
12 13 2 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
13 18 2 Much More Love  – Tommy Roe
14 9 16 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames
15 14 5 Wednesday’s Child  – Matt Monro
16 New 1 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
17 New 1 Night of Fear  – Move
18 New 1 Spicks and Specks  – Staccatos
19 16 10 If I were a Carpenter  – Bobby Darin
20 New 1 Georgy Girl  – Seekers

The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ now equalled The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ and Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ for the record to date consecutive weeks at the top of the charts as it clocked up its 6th week there. Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ also managed 6 weeks at 1, but that was a broken run. Cat Stevens’ ‘Mathew And Son’ moved into second place.

Tommy Roe became the 8th act to pick up a 4th biggest climber award as ‘Much More Love’ moved up 5 to 13. To date no one had managed a 5th biggest climber. 3 of the 8 acts on 4 biggest climbers were now American acts while the UK led with way with 4 of them. The other one to make up the 8 was Aussie band The Seekers.

The Rolling Stones extended their lead at the top of the star rater count list as they reach a milestone 10th time with a star rater thanks to a 4 place climb to 7 by ‘Ruby Tuesday’. The Seekers and Herman’s Hermits were tied second on the list on 7.

Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ and Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ were the fallers this week both dropping 6 to 8 and 11 respectively.

We saw 4 songs leave the chart this week, the first of which was Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’ which had enjoyed a run of 12 weeks and a peak of 4, his best to date on both the weeks and peaks front.

Gary Lewis & The Playboys’ only SA Chart hit, ‘(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture’, also departed from the top 20. It had lasted 9 weeks and peaked at 7, an 8 place higher peak than it managed in the US where it only got to 15.

The song that was the oldest on last week’s chart, The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ finished its chart run after 16 weeks and a peak of 2. They had had 4 hits to date and their peaks read 1-2-1-2. Did this mean that their next hit would be a chart topper and keep the sequence going?

Last to go was Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s ‘Save Me’ which spent just 6 weeks with us and peaked at 8, the lowest weeks and peak of their 3 hits to date.

The new oldest song on the chart was Nancy Ames’ ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’ which was on 15 weeks and sat at 9.

Petula Clark joined Virginia Lee at the top of the hits count list for a female artist as her 4th to date, ‘This Is My Song’, entered the charts at 16. While 2 of Virginia’s hits had been as part of a duet, Petula’s were all as a solo artist. This was also the 26th song by a solo woman to chart and the 90th by a UK act. ‘This Is My Song’ would give Petula her second UK chart topper (her previous being the 1961 hit, ‘Sailor’) and was written by a certain Charlie Chaplin (yes, he of the black and white comedy films). Chaplin wrote it for inclusion in his 1966 film ‘A Countess From Hong Kong’ and originally wanted Al Jolson to sing it only to discover that Jolson had died in 1950 so an instrumental version was used in the film. He then got Clark to record it and, despite her not thinking much of the song, it went on to top the UK charts for 2 weeks (dislodging our current number 1 from the top spot there in the process).

The second new entry was The Move’s ‘Night Of Fear’. Originally planned as the b-side of their debut single, it was eventually deemed the better of the 2 songs that appeared on the record and went out as an a-side. The song was written by band member Roy Wood (who would eventually go on to form Electric Light Orchestra) and was one of two Move hits that would get to number 2 in the UK. They would ultimately manage a chart topper there in 1969 with ‘Blackberry Way’. ‘Night Of Fear’ uses a derivative from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture for the chorus.

The Staccatos had last graced our charts back in the February of 1966 with ‘Come Back Silly Girl’. This week they did come back and did so with a cover of The Bee Gees ‘Spicks And Specks’ which entered the charts at 18. The gap of 55 weeks between their hits was the new biggest for a local act, comprehensively beating the previous record of 24 weeks that Virginia Lee had had between 2 of her hits. The Bee Gees had not yet charted in SA so this was the first Barry Gibb composition to make the top 20.

Our final new entry moved The Seekers into tied second place on the hits count list as ‘Georgy Girl’, their 6th it to date, equalled the 6 that Herman’s Hermits had managed and these 2 acts were 1 behind The Rolling Stones who were on 7. ‘Georgy Girl’ was written for a film of the same name and it would give The Seekers their 3rd Australian chart topper when it spent a week at 1 there. It would also go to 3 in the UK and 2 in the US (their best peak there) and was nominated for an Oscar for the best original song but was beaten by ‘Born Free’ which charted in SA for Matt Monro in 1966.

And talking of Matt Monro, he moved on to 24 weeks in the charts which meant he entered the top 20 of the week’s count list, sharing 20th place with Nancy Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel. Herman’s Hermits moved tied 5th with Manfred Mann as their weeks count moved on to 49 and The Troggs went tied 9th with Donovan and Murray Campbell as they reached 33 weeks. On the local list, The Staccatos moved onto 18 weeks and went tied 5th with Four Jacks & A Jill.

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