21 April 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
2 1 9 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
3 5 7 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
4 7 8 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
5 3 8 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
6 6 8 Mathew and Son  – Cat Stevens
7 11 3 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
8 8 7 Much More Love  – Tommy Roe
9 4 8 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
10 14 6 Georgy Girl  – Seekers
11 10 6 Spicks and Specks  – Staccatos
12 15 4 Give it to Me  – Troggs
13 12 8 There’s a Kind of Hush  – Herman’s Hermits
14 New 1 Happy Together  – Turtles
15 18 2 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
16 9 13 I’m a Believer  – Monkees
17 New 1 Music to Watch Girls By  – Bob Crewe Generation
18 19 2 The Beat Goes On  – Sonny and Cher
19 New 1 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
20 13 5 Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now  – Trini Lopez

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ was denied the opportunity of being the first song by a solo female to make it to 5 weeks at the top of the chart as it was knocked off the number 1 spot by Petula Clark’s ‘This Is My Song’. This did however allow it to become the first song by a solo female to be knocked off the top spot by another woman. Clark’s hit was the 4th song by a woman to top the charts. We had now had 5 straight weeks with a woman at 1, a new record.

Frank And Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ took the biggest climber award for a second week running as it climbed 4 from 11 to 7. This gave Frank his second such award and Nancy her 4th, the most by a woman to date. Joining the father and daughter pairing in the biggest climber stakes were The Seekers with ‘Georgy Girl’ which moved up 4 to 10. The song had taken this award 3 weeks earlier and The Seekers gained the lead again for most number of biggest climbers as this was their 6th time with the award and they pulled clear of Herman’s Hermits who had drawn level with them on 5 just last week. There were no other star raters this week.

The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ and Trini Lopez’ ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ were the fallers this week, both dropping 7 places to end up at 16 and 20 respectively.

The Monkees could however take some comfort from the fact that their song was the new oldest one on the charts on 13 weeks. This came about by the departure of Tom Jones’ ‘Green Green Grass Of Home’ which fell agonisingly short of the 20 week milestone, enjoying 19 weeks with us, 5 of which were at the top spot. The song was his best performer to date and on a points basis was the second best performing song overall so far with 289 points to its name, 18 short of the 307 that Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ had managed.

The Troggs’ 3 week run with 2 in the charts came to an end this week as ‘Anyway That You Want Me’ left the top 20 after 9 weeks and a peak of 6, their lowest week and peak figures to date.

The other song to leave was Max Bygraves’ ‘Remember When’ which had enjoyed a 13 week run on the charts, just missing out on a number 1 as it stalled at 2. This would be Bygraves’ only SA Chart hit.

The Turtles where the only act of the 3 new entries this week that we had seen on the charts before. ‘Happy Together’ entered the top 20 almost a year to the day that we last saw their previous hit, ‘Let Me Be’, on the charts. Their new hit would be their only US chart topper where it deposed The Beatles ‘Penny Lane’ before spending 3 weeks at 1. It would go to 12 in the UK, 6 in Holland and Rhodesia, 8 in Belgium, 9 in Norway and 11 in Germany and Austria. Strangely the song was offered to a good number of artists before The Turtles decided to record it and it would go on to become their signature tune. Fans of The Garry Shandling Show may remember The Turtles appearing on it to sing the theme tune and in doing so parodied the ‘paa-paa-paa’ part of ‘Happy Together’.

While Bob Crewe had not appeared as on artist on our charts before, we had seen him in the song writing credits of the Four Seasons’ ‘Let’s Hang On’.  He joined the charts now as The Bob Crewe Generation with a song that he did not write, ‘Music To Watch Girls By’. The song writing credits here went to Sid Ramin. Crewe’s version, our 7th instrumental hit to date, went to 15 in the US while a version recorded by Andy Williams went to 34. In the UK, however, Crewe’s version did not chart while Williams’ one went to 9. In 1984 a band called The Higsons (featuring Charlie Higson who starred in the British TV comedy series ‘The Fast Show’) took a cover version to 83 in the UK charts.

Our final new entry was a song called ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ by Whistling Jack Smith. Presumably the ‘batman’ in question was not a Marvel comics hero, but referred to the military use of ‘batman’ which was a kind of personal assistant to officers of rank in the British army. Whistling Jack Smith was Mikes Sammes of The Mike Sammes Singers, but the public face shown on TV and videos was that of Billy Moeller who was the brother of Unit 4+2’s Tommy Moeller. ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ was a second SA hit for song writers Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway (they had brought us The Fortunes’ ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’) and it would give them a number 5 hit in the UK. In the US it would make it to 20 and in neighbouring Rhodesia would get to 7.

Tommy Roe was still moving up the weeks count list. His 42 to date put him level 7th with The Beatles. Also moving up that list was Petula Clark and Nancy Sinatra whose 27 weeks put them tied 18th with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch. Sinatra and Clark were tied second for woman artist with Virginia Lee still leading the way at 13 on 32 weeks. Groep Twee moved up the local list, their 7 to date placed them tied 18th with Tony Wells.

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