24 March 1967


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 5 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
2 2 4 Mathew and Son  – Cat Stevens
3 1 9 I’m a Believer  – Monkees
4 7 4 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
5 5 4 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
6 16 2 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
7 9 4 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
8 6 6 Anyway That You Want Me  – Troggs
9 10 4 There’s a Kind of Hush  – Herman’s Hermits
10 12 3 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
11 8 16 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
12 4 10 Remember When  – Max Bygraves
13 13 3 Much More Love  – Tommy Roe
14 11 16 Ramblin’ Boy  – Des Lindberg
15 18 2 Spicks and Specks  – Staccatos
16 17 2 Night of Fear  – Move
17 20 2 Georgy Girl  – Seekers
18 New 1 I Won’t Come In While He’s There  – Jim Reeves
19 New 1 Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now  – Trini Lopez
20 14 17 Cry Softly (Liebestraum)  – Nancy Ames

The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ missed out on becoming the first song to spent 7 weeks at the top of the charts as it was knocked off the top spot this week by Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’. The new number 1 was the 3rd by a solo female artist, the previous 2 being Connie Francis’ ‘Forget Domani’ and Nancy Sinatra’s ‘There Boots Are Made For Walking’. The Monkees dropped to 3 while Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’, which had been leapfrogged by Posey’s hit, remained at 2.

We saw the 9th occasion where a woman took the biggest climber award and this week it was Petula Clark’s ‘This Is My Song’ which took those honours as it moved up 10 from 16 to 6. This was Clark’s 3rd time with the biggest climber. No other woman had managed more than 1 with a solo hit. The 10 place climb ‘This Is My Song’ made was the 11th time we had seen a song climb 10 or more places and this was the second biggest climb by a song by a solo female. Only Sandy Posey’s 12 place jump with ‘Single Girl’ 3 weeks earlier was bigger. Strangely, despite such a large jump by the biggest climber, there were no other star raters this week.

Max Bygraves’ ‘Remember When’ took the biggest faller award as it dropped 8 from 4 to 12. This was the 9th time a solo male artist had fallen 8 or more places in a week.

The oldest in the top 20 was still Nancy Ames’ ‘Cry Softy (Liebestraum)’ which was enjoying its 17th week in the charts. The song was the first by a female to be the oldest on the chart if one excludes those on the very first top 20.

We bid farewell to 2 songs, the first of which was Bobby Darin’s ‘If I were a Carpenter’ which spent 10 weeks with us and peaked at 5. This would be Darin’s only SA chart hit and was the 9th song so far that had a peak at exactly half the weeks count. Of the 9 that had such a chart record, 1 song had peaked at 4 with an 8 week run and another had a peak of 6 and weeks of 12. All the rest were peak 5, weeks 10.

The other song to leave us was Matt Monro’s ‘Wednesday’s Child’. It had managed a total of 5 weeks on the charts in a run of 1 week followed by a 3 week break from the charts then a 4 week run. During this time it peaked at 14 and now held the record for the longest run on the charts after re-entering the top 20. Jim Reeves’ ‘Blue Side of Lonesome’ was second with a 3 week run second time around and Peter and Gordon’s ‘Lady Godiva’ third, only managing a single week during its second run.

And talking of Jim Reeves, he became the 14th act to reach 4 hits on the charts as his ‘I Won’t Come In While He’s There’ was the first of our new entries this week, debuting at 18. The song would be his last posthumous number 1 hit on the US Country Singles chart and would go to 12 on the UK charts. It was produced by well know guitarist Chet Atkins. This was the 80th song to chart by a solo male artist.

The other new entry this week was an SA Chart debut for Trini Lopez as his hit ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ arrived at 19. The song was originally recorded in 1952 by Teresa Brewer and 4 different version have hit the US Hot 100, the first being by Patience And Prudence in 1956 (peak: 12), followed by Tracey Dey in 1964 (peak: 51) and Skeeter Davis a few weeks after that (peak:48) and lastly Trini Lopez’s version made it to 93 in 1967.

Herman’s Hermits made it to a half century of weeks on the chart while Tom Jones celebrated the 60 week milestone. They sat at 5 and 3 respectively on the weeks count list, Jones unmoved on the list while the Hermits pulled 1 clear of Manfred Mann to sit 5th on their own. The Staccatos were 5th on the local list as they enjoyed their 19th week on the charts. They pulled 1 clear of Four Jacks & A Jill. Tommy Roe had had at least 1 hit on the charts for 27 consecutive weeks now and that equalled the record to date which Cliff Richard held.

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