7 April 1967

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

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ held on to the top spot for a 3rd week running seeing off the attentions of Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’ which had sat at number 2 for the past 3 weeks, but had failed (so far) to make the final step up to the top spot. ‘Single Girl’ was now 1 week behind Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’ for the most weeks at 1 by a song by a solo female artist.

The Staccatos’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ became the second song to be a biggest climber after having been the biggest faller. Last week the song dropped 5 places to be one of two biggest fallers. This week it suddenly jumped up 10 places to take the biggest climber award. This was the 11th time we had seen a climb of 10 or more places and the first time a local song had managed this. It had been 16 weeks since we had last seen a local song take the biggest climber award and this was the second longest time we had gone without taking this honour, the biggest gap being 17 weeks.

Tommy Roe became the 6th act to have had 6 star raters and he did so with a 6 place climb (the 6-6-6 of this record was surely just coincidental) as ‘Much More Love’ moved up from 15 to 9 to be the only other star rater this week.

While The New Vaudeville Band’s version of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ edged up 1 place to 2, Herman’s Hermits’ version was not faring as well. It was our biggest faller this week, dropping 5 from 11 to 16. The Hermits now equalled The Rolling Stones for the most number of times with the biggest faller as this was their 5th time with this award.

Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ and Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest songs on the chart. They were both on 18 weeks. Only 3 songs had spent longer on the charts than these, and 1 other had managed 18 weeks. ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ took over from The Staccatos’ ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ for the longest run on the charts by a local song.

The Move’s ‘Night Of Fear’ was over as the song left the charts after just 3 weeks. During that time it managed to get to 16. While the band would have a fair amount of success in the UK (including a number 1 hit with ‘Blackberry Way’) this 3 week run would be their only SA chart action.

We had seen Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy in our chart at the same time before, but that time they had separate hits. This week we saw them return with a duet, ‘Something Stupid’. The song was written by C Carson Parks (younger brother of Van Dyke Parks who collaborated with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and was an artist in his own right) and originally recorded in 1966 by him and his wife Gaile. Lee Hazlewood who worked with Nancy apparently told Frank that if he (Frank) didn’t record it with Nancy he (Lee) would. Despite some controversy about a father and daughter singing a love duet, the song would spend 4 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and 2 weeks at the top of the UK charts. It would also top the charts in Holland, Norway and Rhodesia. At the end of 2001 and beginning of 2002, the song would spend another 3 weeks at the top of the UK charts but this would be the version recorded by Robbie Williams and actress Nicole Kidman. The Sinatra’s version was a 2nd hit for Frank on our charts and a 4th for Nancy who joined Petula Clark and Virginia Lee at the top of the hits count list for female artists.

Tommy Roe reached the 40 weeks on the chart milestone this week and extended his lead for sequential weeks with at least 1 hit in the charts as this was the 29th week in a row that we had seen a Roe hit on the charts. Des Lindberg finally caught up with Gene Rockwell for weeks count. His 31 to date put him tied 3rd with Rockwell on the local weeks count list.

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