26 May 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
2 1 6 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
3 4 4 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
4 7 9 Give it to Me  – Troggs
5 6 14 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
6 3 6 Happy Together  – Turtles
7 5 8 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
8 9 13 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
9 8 11 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
10 18 2 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
11 13 4 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
12 17 2 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
13 10 5 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
14 12 12 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
15 14 5 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
16 16 2 Just Like a Man  – June Muscat
17 New 1 This is My Song  – Harry Secombe
18 15 6 Music to Watch Girls By  – Bob Crewe Generation
19 11 13 There’s a Kind of Hush  – New Vaudeville Band
20 20 2 In the Country  – Cliff Richard and The Shadows

Engelbert Humperdinck became the 11th act who would ultimately have 5 or more hits, to have his first go to number 1 as ‘Release Me’ dislodged Whistling Jack Smith’s ‘I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ from the number 1 spot after the latter had been there for 2 weeks.

Manfred Mann took the biggest climber award with an 8 place jump by ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ which moved up from 18 to 10. This would be the biggest climb that the band would ever see and it was the 4th time they took the biggest climber award.

Another of last week’s new entries was the only other to make a star rater climb and that was Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ which moved up 5 from 17 to 12. This was Sandie’s 3rd time with a star rater and the 29th time for a song by a solo female artist.

The New Vaudeville Band managed to do something with ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ which Herman’s Hermits had not and that was have it as the biggest faller in a week. The song dropped 8 places to 19 to give the band its 3rd biggest faller award.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ which had been dropping over the last few weeks, regained 1 place as it moved up to 5. It was the oldest on the chart for a 5th week having accumulated 14 weeks to its name.

The Hollies ‘On a Carousel’ was the only song to depart from the chart. Its 4 weeks matched those of ‘I Can’t Let Go’ for the lowest by a song by the band, but where ‘I Can’t Let Go’ only managed to peak at 14, ‘On A Carousel’ went 2 places better, peaking at 12. Disappointed Hollies fans wouldn’t have to wait too long to see their band on the charts again.

The new entry was another version of the song that sat at number 9 this week. Harry Secombe’s version of ‘This Is My Song’ reached number 2 on the UK charts (its peak there) 5 weeks after Petula’s had topped the charts. This was the 8th song to make our charts in 2 or more versions. Apart from his singing, Harry Secombe was also one of the comedy team The Goons which included Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. Secombe would have 2 other UK hits as a solo artist and 3 as part of The Goons. This new entry accounted for the 100th song by a British artist to reach our charts. The poms were ahead on the hits count list with the Yankees second with 94 and 43 songs by local acts put them in 3rd place. Only 2 other countries had provided 2 or more hits and those were Australia with 6 (all by The Seekers) and Canada with 2. We had seen 1 each from France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

On the weeks front, The Monkees reached the 20 weeks milestone while Cliff Richard moved 1 clear of Donovan and Murray Campbell to occupy the 12th spot on his own on the week’s count list. Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark moved on to 32 to have a three way spit for the most weeks by a woman as they now equalled Virginia Lee. All 3 ladies sat tied 15th overall.

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