12 May 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 4 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
2 2 12 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
3 1 6 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
4 4 9 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
5 10 2 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
6 6 5 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
7 5 7 Give it to Me  – Troggs
8 9 4 Happy Together  – Turtles
9 7 11 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
10 8 11 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
11 12 10 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
12 13 3 On a Carousel  – Hollies
13 18 3 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
14 16 2 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
15 14 4 Music to Watch Girls By  – Bob Crewe Generation
16 11 9 Spicks and Specks  – Staccatos
17 15 11 Ruby Tuesday  – Rolling Stones
18 19 2 Theme from “The Wild Angels”  – Ventures
19 20 3 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
20 New 1 I’ve Got No More to Say  – Thomas Group

After 7 weeks of have some feminine influence on the top spot of our charts (6 weeks with a solo female artist and 1 with Nancy Sinatra as part of a duet with her father), the men took charge again with Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ taking over from the father and daughter duet. Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ which had accounted for 5 of the 6 weeks with a solo female at number 1 was unmoved at 2 while ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ fell to 3. On 12 weeks, ‘Single Girl’ was still the oldest on the charts.

The Mamas And The Papas and The Monkees both picked up a second biggest climber in the week award as the former’s ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ and the latter’s ‘A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You’ both climbed 5 places to land at 5 and 13 respectively. There were no other songs this week that managed a star rater climb of 4 or more places.

The Staccatos’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ had been the biggest faller 6 weeks previously, then a week later it was the biggest climber. This week it was the biggest faller again as it dropped 5 from 11 to 16. The Staccatos had also had a biggest faller with ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ making this their 3rd time with that honour.

So far we had had 4 songs enter the charts at 10 or higher. 3 of those went on to top the charts. This week we said goodbye to the first of 10 songs that would enter the charts at 10 or higher that would not make it to number 1 and it would be the all-time highest new entry not to make 1. Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’ had crashed into the charts at 5, but ended up with a peak of 2 during the 10 weeks it was with us. Stevens would return to the charts.

The new entry this week was The Thomas Group with their song ‘I’ve Got No More to Say’. The song was the 4th to chart that was written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. Sloan was on 5 hits as he also had The Turtles ‘Let Me Be’ to his name. He sat tied 5th for number of hits by a song writer behind The Beatles’ paring of Lennon & McCartney who were on 6 each and The Rolling Stones paring of Jagger & Richards who were on 8 each. 2 other song writers shared 5th spot with Sloan, Eddie Snyder (hits for Frank Sinatra, The Bachelors, Eddie Fisher, Max Bygraves and Connie Francis) and Tom Springfield (all 5 for The Seekers). The Thomas Group were a young band of whom great things were expected, especially after an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US. However, they failed to make a dent on the charts there and, it seems, we were the only country to take them into our charts. It also appears that in the US, ‘I’ve Got More To Say’ was the b-side of the single with ‘Then It Begins’ as the a-side. The South African release flipped the record over.

Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark both reached the 30 weeks in the chart milestone this week and this put them within 2 weeks of the leading lady on the week’s front, Virginia Lee. Clark and Sinatra sat tied 18th on the week’s count list. The Troggs moved into 7th place on their own as they pulled 1 clear of Tommy Roe. They had 43 to their name.

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