14 April 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
2 3 5 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
3 2 7 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
4 5 7 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
5 7 6 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
6 4 7 Mathew and Son  – Cat Stevens
7 6 7 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
8 9 6 Much More Love  – Tommy Roe
9 8 12 I’m a Believer  – Monkees
10 10 5 Spicks and Specks  – Staccatos
11 15 2 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
12 16 7 There’s a Kind of Hush  – Herman’s Hermits
13 12 4 Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now  – Trini Lopez
14 14 5 Georgy Girl  – Seekers
15 19 3 Give it to Me  – Troggs
16 11 19 Green Green Grass of Home  – Tom Jones
17 18 13 Remember When  – Max Bygraves
18 New 1 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
19 New 1 The Beat Goes On  – Sonny and Cher
20 13 9 Anyway That You Want Me  – Troggs

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ now equalled Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ for the longest run at number 1 by a song by a solo female artist as it entered its 4th week at the top of the pile. Petula Clark’s  ‘This Is My Song’ moved into second place giving us the first occasion we saw the top 2 spots going to solo female artists.

The biggest climb this week was 4 places thus making these climbers also the only songs to make star rater status. The first of these was the father and daughter duet between Frank and Nancy Sinatra, ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ which moved up to 11. Herman’s Hermits’ version of ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ climbed to 12 and The Troggs’ ‘Give It To Me’ climbed to 15. Last week we had seen The Staccato’s ‘Spicks And Specks’ be the second song to be a biggest climber after having been the biggest faller. This week with Herman’s Hermits’ ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ being one of the biggest climbers, it became the 3rd to do this after having been the biggest faller.

The Troggs had mixed fortunes as apart from the biggest climber mentioned above, their ‘Anyway That You Want Me’ was the faller of the week, dropping 7 to 20. This was the 3rd time we had seen an act take climber and faller in the same week.

Jim Reeves’ ‘I Won’t Come In While He’s There’ fell off the top 20 after just 3 weeks with us. During that time it managed to climb to 16. This was the worst performance of his 4 songs to date.

Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ which was the other song to go, managed a longer run than his only other hit to date (‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’) as it lasted 18 weeks on the charts as opposed to the 13 weeks its predecessor had managed. However, ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ only got to number 2 while ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ managed to top the charts.

The departure of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ left Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass’ as the sole oldest on the chart. It was on 19 weeks and sat tied second with Cliff Richard’s ‘Wind Me Up, Let Me Go’ and The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’ for weeks on the chart by a song, but was still 5 weeks behind the leader on that front, Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’.

Arnold George Dorsey enjoyed his first SA chart success under the catchier name of Engelbert Humperdinck. The song that gave him this success was ‘Release Me’ which was also his first UK Chart hit and it would spent 6 weeks at the top of the charts there before the Frank And Nancy Sinatra hit currently at 11 on our charts, knocked it off the top spot there. ‘Release Me’ first saw the light of day in 1946 and was recorded by a number of artists. Little Esther Phillips took a version of it to 8 in the US 1962 before Engelbert’s version made number 4 there in 67. In 1968 Johnny Adams took it to 82. I do recall hearing somewhere that Tom Jones (who was managed by Gordon Mills, Engelbert’s manager) was offered the song and turned it down, but I haven’t been able to verify that.

Our other new entry was a second hit for the successful American duo, Sonny & Cher who entered the charts with the appropriately named ‘The Beat Goes On’. Written by Sonny, the song went to number 6 in the US and 29 in the UK as well as making the top 10 in Belgium, Canada and Holland. It was sung at Sonny funeral when he died in 1998 and the title of the song appears on his gravestone.

The Troggs clocked up their 40th week in the charts having added 2 to their total this week with ‘Give It To Me’ and ‘Anyway That You Want Me’ both in the top 20 (a 3rd week in a row that these 2 had been in the charts together). Despite clocking up 2 more to their total this week, they were unmoved at 9 on the weeks’ count list but were now just 1 behind Tommy Roe who was at 8. Despite The Troggs breathing down his neck, Roe was enjoying a 30th straight week with at least 1 hit in the chart, thus extending his lead for consecutive weeks with a hit in the charts.

Another quirk in this week’s chart was that we had 4 songs in adjacent positions that began with the same letter. The songs in positions 13 to 16 all began with a ‘G’. This was the first time we had seen 4 song grouped together like this. We would see this phenomenon twice more and twice we would see it with 5 songs.

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