31 March 1967

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

It might have been a ‘Single Girl’ that Sandy Posey sang about, but it was a double weeks at 1 for the song as it enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’ became the 6th song to spend 3 consecutive weeks at 2. This was rather unexpected as the latter had crashed into the charts at 6 just 5 weeks previously, yet could not (so far) take the top spot.

The Seekers became the first act to achieve 5 biggest climbers as ‘Georgy Girl’ picked up the award for them this week with a 7 place climb (the second biggest climb they would ever have in a week). There were 7 acts sitting second with 4 times.

Also moving up and the only other star rater this week was Trini Lopez’ ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ which climbed 5 from 19 to 14.

Max Bygraves’ ‘Remember When’ and The Staccatos’ cover of the Bee Gees’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ both fell 5 places to take the biggest faller award this week. They ended up at 17 and 20 respectively.

Nancy Ames’ ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’ was the only song to leave the charts this week. It had spent 17 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 2. This was by far the biggest number of weeks that a song by a solo female artist had spent on the charts to date. Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boot Were Made For Walking’ and Sandie Shaw’s ‘Long Live Love’ were second on 12 weeks each.

As ‘Cry Softly (Lieberstraum)’ was the oldest on last week’s chart, we had had to look to Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ and Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ for the oldest this week as these 2 sat on 17 weeks each. So far a total of 9 songs had managed to get to 17 weeks. Lindberg became the first local act to have the oldest on the charts with 2 different songs (he had managed this with ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’) and was also the only local act who spent more than a single week as the oldest as his previous hit had been the granddaddy of the top 20 for 2 weeks.

The Troggs once again celebrated having 2 songs in the chart in the same week as ‘Give It To Me’ joined ‘Anyway That You Want Me’ in the top 20. So far 20 acts had managed to do this, but The Troggs were only the 3rd act to manage it with 2 or more different pairings as they had previously managed this with ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘With A Girl Like You’ co-habiting the top 20. The Rolling Stones led the way with having achieved this with 3 different pairing while Herman’s Hermits were the other act to manage this with 2. ‘Give It To Me’ was The Troggs first single not to go top 10 in the UK, but still made it to a respectable 12th position. It failed to make the charts in the US, but did make 10 in Germany, 16 in Holland and 20 in Austria.

Des Lindberg became the 4th local act (and 17th overall) to make it to 30 weeks on the charts while The Staccatos became the 5th local act to get to 20 weeks. The New Vaudeville Band were also celebrating the 20 week milestone. Tom Jones moved tied second with The Beach Boys on the weeks count list as he moved on to 61. They were still a way off leaders, The Rolling Stones, who sat on 72. Jim Reeves moved on to 34 weeks and was now 10th on his own. Tommy Roe now held the record for the longest run of consecutive weeks with at least 1 hit on the chart as we had enjoyed his company in our top 20 for 28 straight weeks.

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