9 June 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 9 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
2 7 4 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
3 6 4 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
4 2 6 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
5 3 8 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
6 4 11 Give it to Me  – Troggs
7 5 16 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
8 12 7 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
9 8 8 Happy Together  – Turtles
10 10 6 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
11 9 15 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
12 17 2 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
13 14 14 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
14 13 10 Something Stupid  – Nancy and Frank Sinatra
15 New 1 Cookie  – Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne
16 11 13 This is My Song  – Petula Clark
17 16 7 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
18 19 9 Georgy Girl  – Seekers
19 New 1 Save the Last Dance for Me  – Gene Rockwell
20 15 3 This is My Song  – Harry Secombe

Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ was halfway to equalling its chart topping run in the UK as it spent a 3rd week at the top of our charts this week. It was, however coming under some pressure as Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ was at number 2 having climbed 5 places to get there.

Tom Jones’ ‘Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings’ was also moving up 5 to land at 12. This and the Manfred Mann hit were our biggest climbers this week.

The only other star rater this week was The Monkees’ ‘A Little Bit Of Me, A Little Bit Of You’. This was a 3rd time with a star rater for them. Manfred Mann and Tom Jones became the 6th and 7th act to reach 7 star raters. Only Herman’s Hermits on 8, The Seekers on 9 and The Rolling Stones on 10 had managed more so far.

‘This Is My Song’ was the biggest faller this week and it was both versions that made the 5 place drop to garner this title. Petula Clark’s version fell to 16 while Harry Secombe’s dropped to 20. For Petula it was the 3rd time with the biggest faller but Secombe was experiencing his first time.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ continued as our oldest on the chart as it moved on to 16 weeks. It was sitting at number 7 this week.

Two songs left the charts and both were local. The good news was that they were replaced by 2 local songs. The first of the leavers was Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘The House with the White Washed Gables’ which became the 4th song to spend just 1 week at 20. Of the others, 2 were by artists where this would be their only hit (Bobby Bare and The Thomas Group) and 1 was by The Kinks who would end up with 1 less hit than Four Jacks & A Jill.

We also said farewell to June Muscat’s ‘Just Like A Man’ which lasted 3 weeks and peaked at 16. This ended Muscat’s time on the SA Charts. She had managed 2 hits, a total of 12 weeks and a best peak of 8 with ‘For You Babe’, her other hit.

The first new entry was a duet between Jody Wayne and Glenys Lynn called ‘Cookie’. It was Wayne’s 3rd appearance on the charts and a first time for Glenys Lynn’s name to appear as artist, but she had, of course, already been on the charts as the Jill in Four Jacks & A Jill. The song is credited to ‘Hill’ which may be Dan Hill (who brought us ‘Tchip Tchip’, ‘Bubblegum’ and the ‘Sounds Electronic’ albums) but I have not been able to verify that.

Joining Jody & Glenys on the charts was Gene Rockwell with his 5th hit to date, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’. This put Rockwell out front for number of hits by a local artist and he was just 2 off the overall leaders, The Rolling Stones. We had last seen Rockwell on the charts 59 weeks previously and this was a new biggest gap between hits for a local artist, beating The Staccatos’ 55 week gap between ‘Come Back Silly Girl’ and ‘Spicks And Speck’ by 4 weeks. Rockwell’s previous hit had been ‘I’ve Got Everything You Need Babe’. ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ was a cover of a 1960 US number 1 hit by The Drifters (Ben E King’s band). It spent 3 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with Brenda Lee’s ‘I Want To be Wanted’ dislodging it after it had spent just 1 week at the top, but it immediately regained the top spot the following week and spent another 2 weeks at 1. Rockwell’s version was the 44th local song to chart and we had 4 local songs in the top 20, so a ‘4’ thing going on there.

The Seekers enjoyed their 60th week on the chart. They sat 4th on the week’s count list and were just 1 behind The Beach Boys in 3rd place. Nancy Sinatra and Petula Clark moved into tied 12th place with Cliff Richard as they clocked up their 34th weeks. Gene Rockwell, who had been slowly sliding down the list, moved back up to 17th and was tied with Virginia Lee. They both sat tied second on the local list. Groep Twee moved into the top 10 of the local list as their 14 weeks put them tied 10th with The A-Cads and Group 66.

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