28 April 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 10 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
2 1 7 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
3 7 4 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
4 5 9 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
5 3 8 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
6 9 9 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
7 4 9 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
8 12 5 Give it to Me  – Troggs
9 19 2 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
10 6 9 Mathew and Son  – Cat Stevens
11 15 3 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
12 14 2 Happy Together  – Turtles
13 11 7 Spicks and Specks  – Staccatos
14 8 8 Much More Love  – Tommy Roe
15 13 9 There’s a Kind of Hush  – Herman’s Hermits
16 New 1 On a Carousel  – Hollies
17 10 7 Georgy Girl  – Seekers
18 New 1 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
19 17 2 Music to Watch Girls By  – Bob Crewe Generation
20 New 1 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ became the second song (after Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’) to regain the top spot after having been knocked from it. Posey’s hit deposed Petula Clark’s ‘This Is My Song’ after the latter had spent just 1 week there. There were quite a few consequences of this. ‘Single Girl’ became the first hit by a woman to spend 5 weeks in total at the top of the charts, beating the 4 that Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’ had managed. We had now had 6 straight weeks with a song by a woman at number 1, extending the record set last week. This was also the second time we saw a hit by a woman take over the top spot from another hit by a woman (the first time being when ‘This Is My Song’ took over from ‘Single Girl’).

Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ became the 13th song to have a climb of 10 or more places as it took the biggest climber award this week.

Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ was a star rater for a 3rd week running as it climbed 4 from 7 to 3. Joining them in a 4 place climb was The Troggs’ ‘Give It To Me’ (second week running) and Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’. Both The Troggs and Nancy Sinatra were enjoying their 7th star rater. Only The Rolling Stones (10), The Seekers (9) and Herman’s Hermits (8) had had more.

As with the previous week, the biggest fall was 7 places, but unlike last week where 2 songs managed this, only 1 did this week and that was The Seekers’ ‘Georgy Girl’ which fell to 17. Surprisingly, this was the first time The Seekers had had a biggest faller. In comparison, the 2 acts who had had as many (or more) hits on the charts as The Seekers – The Rolling Stone and Herman’s Hermits – had both had 5 biggest fallers so far.

Trini Lopez’ ‘Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now’ fell off the charts this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 12 during that period. We still had a couple more hits to come from him.

The beat didn’t go on for Sonny & Cher as their song ‘The Beat Goes On’ dropped off the charts after just 2 weeks with us. It had a peak of 18 and this ended the SA chart career for this duo with 2 hits, 12 weeks and a best peak of 5 with ‘I Got You Babe’ to their name. Cher, who had already had 1 solo hit, would return to our charts, but Sonny, who did manage a couple of solo hits on the Billboard Hot 100, would not return to our charts as an artist, but we would see his name in the song writing credits of some hits to come.

The last song to go was The Monkee’s ‘I’m A Believer’ which had been with us for 13 weeks, 6 of which had been at the number 1 spot, a far better showing than their first (and only other to date) hit, ‘Last Train To Clarkesville’ which only spent 2 weeks with us and peaked at 16. The departure of ‘I’m A Believer’ meant that Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ became the first song to be the oldest while holding the number 1 position.

The Hollies were back on the charts again with ‘On A Carousel’ becoming their 5th hit to date. Only The Seekers and Herman’s Hermits on 6 and The Rolling Stones on 7 had clocked up more hits to date. 3 other acts were also sitting on 5. ‘On A Carousel’ would be 1 of 3 of their hits that would peak at 4 in the UK. Elsewhere it would make 11 in the US, 6 in Zimbabwe, 8 in Germany, 10 in Norway, 14 in Australia and 16 in Holland. It would be the first Hollies hit in SA to feature band member Graham Nash in the song writing credits. Nash would go also have success as part of Crosby, Still & Nash.

The second new entry has come to be regarded as an all-time classic, Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. It was almost a year after it topped the US charts that it made its debut on ours as it spent 2 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on 28 May 1966 and 4 June 1966. In the UK it made it to number 4 in 1966 and then, following its use in a Levi Jeans ad, it made it to 2 in 1987. Strangely, during this second run, it was kept off the top spot by an even older song which was also experiencing a revival due to the Levi ads series, Ben E King’s 1960 hit, ‘Stand By Me’. Sadly, Sledge and King passed away recently and within a few weeks of each other in April 2015 (Sledge on 14 April 2015 and King on 30 April 2015). In 1991 Michael Bolton took a cover of ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ to the top of the US charts again, but his effort only held on to the number 1 spot for 1 week. Percy Sledge’s version was the 90th song by an American act to chart in SA.

Our final new entry accounted for the 8th time an artist replaced themselves on the charts as The Monkees, who’s ‘I’m A Believer’ fell off the charts this week, were straight back in with ‘A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You’. Like ‘I’m A Believer’, their new hit was also written by Neil Diamond (who had still not charted as an artist yet) and would give them a number 2 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 (it topped the Cashbox charts which were compiled by a different US magazine at the time). Jeff Barry, who had already scored a hit as a song writer (with Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘Hanky Panky) produced the single. In the UK ‘A Little Bit Of Me A Little Bit Of You’ would go to number 3, their 3rd best peaking single there.

The Rolling Stones still led the way for weeks on the charts and this week they reached the 80 week milestone. They were 17 ahead of Tom Jones, their nearest rival. Tommy Roe moved 1 ahead of The Beatles to sit on his own at 7 on the weeks count list. He had 43 to his name now. The Hollies new entry pushed them into tied 13th spot with Cliff Richard and Virginia Lee on 32 weeks while Petula Clark and Nancy Sinatra moved on to 28 weeks, moving them 1 clear of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch. The 2 women sat tied 18th.

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