16 June 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
2 1 10 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
3 3 5 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
4 4 7 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
5 6 12 Give it to Me  – Troggs
6 12 3 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
7 5 9 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
8 15 2 Cookie  – Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne
9 7 17 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
10 8 8 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
11 9 9 Happy Together  – Turtles
12 11 16 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
13 17 8 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
14 New 1 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
15 13 15 Die Ou Kraalliedjie  – Groep Twee
16 10 7 Oliekolonie  – Boet van Wyk Orkes
17 19 2 Save the Last Dance for Me  – Gene Rockwell
18 New 1 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
19 New 1 What a Woman in Love Won’t Do  – Judy Page
20 New 1 Spanish Nights and You  – Virginia Lee

After 3 weeks at the top of the charts, Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’ gave way to Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’, giving the band their first SA Chart number 1 and South Africa their 40th chart topper. Manfred Mann had already had 2 UK chart toppers (neither being ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’). Humperdinck’s  hit dropped to number 2.

The duet between Jody Wayne and Glenys Lynne, ‘Cookie’, was the climber of the week, moving up 7 places from 15 to 8. This was the 22nd time a local song had taken the biggest climber award and only the second time a local woman had had her name on the record label of one. The previous being Virginia Lee’s solo effort ‘Darling It’s Wonderful’.

Tom Jones’ ‘Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings’ moved up 6 from 19 to 13 to give him his 8th star rater climb. This put him tied 3rd for star raters, equalling Herman’s Hermit and being 1 behind The Seekers on 9 and 2 behind The Rolling Stones on 10. Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ was the final star rater of the week, moving up 4 from 17 to 13. This was the second star rater climber for the Sledge, both being with ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’.

The Boet van Wyk Orkes’ ‘Oliekolonie’ took the biggest faller award as it dropped 6 from 10 to 6.              This was the 24th time a local act had taken the biggest faller award and the 5th time we had seen local songs take climber and faller in the same week.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ enjoyed its 8th week as the oldest on the chart. It was the 3rd song (after Roger Williams’ ‘Lara’s Theme (From Dr Zhivago)’ and Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’) to spend this number of weeks as the oldest (Note: this excludes all songs on the very first chart).

We had 4 songs leave the chart this week and 2 of them were ‘This Is My Song’. Harry Secombe’s version lasted just 3 weeks and peaked at 3. It would also be his only SA chart hit. The more successful version by Petula Clark had spent 13 weeks on the charts, one of which was at number 1. There had already been 3 previous hits by Petula on our charts and there were plenty more to come. ‘This Is My Song’ had spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart in its various versions and this was the tied 5th highest number of weeks to date for a song charting in more than 1 version. It did manage to fare better than the other song spending 16 weeks on the chart (‘Elusive Butterfly’ by Judy Page and Bob Lind) in that one of its versions topped the charts whereas ‘Elusive Butterfly’s best peak was 4.

The Seekers’ ‘Georgy Girl’ ended its short 2 week second run on the charts, adding to the 7 it had in its previous run, but only peaking at 18 during this second run, 8 places lower than the 10 it managed with its first run.

The last to go was Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ which enjoyed a 10 week run, 1 of which was spent at the top spot. Both Sinatra’s would be seen in the top 20 again.

The first new entry was The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’, their first hit to grace our charts. The song was a cover of a Four Seasons b-side (a-side being ‘Rag Doll’) and gave Bob Crewe, who had recently vacated the chart as an artist, his second hit as song writer. He shared the song writing credits with Bob Gaudio, a member of the Four Seasons. The Tremeloes version would knock Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ off the top spot in the UK and go on to enjoy a 3 week run there. It would also top the charts in Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Rhodesia. It was 1 of 4 of their hits that would make the US charts where it got to number 11.

The New Christy Minstrels made their debut on our charts with a song called ‘Yamao Toko No Uta’. The song was taken from their 1965 album The Wandering Minstrels which appears to be a collection of songs from around the world (it includes ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport’ and ‘The Girl From Ipanema’). According to a commenter on the Youtube video of this song, it is basically the Japanese version of ‘Oh My Darling Clementine’.  It seems that we were the only country to take this song into our charts.

Judy Page returned to the charts almost a year to the day after she was last seen in the top 20. ‘Elusive Butterfly’, her previous hit left the top 20 on 10 June 1966. The 53 week gap between that and ‘What a Woman in Love Won’t Do’, her new entry this week, was just 6 weeks less than the current record gap for a local act which Gene Rockwell set last week. It did however equal the record gap to date between hits by a local woman as June Muscat had recently broken a 53 week drought when ‘Just Like A Man’ entered our charts 4 weeks previously. ‘What a Woman in Love Won’t Do’ was written by John D. Loudermilk (his 3rd hit in SA as a song writer) and was recorded by Sandy Posey, but did not seem to have charted anywhere for her.

Our final new entry was ‘Spanish Nights and You’, the 5th song to chart for Virginia Lee. This put her tied first with Gene Rockwell for number of hits by a local artist. With Glenys Lynne and Judy Page on the charts as well, this was the second occasion where had seen 3 local woman in the chart in the same week albeit that Lynne’s appearance was part of a duet. On the previous occasion both Judy Page and Virginia Lee had been there, but that time they teamed up with June Muscat. ‘Spanish Nights And You’ was originally recorded by Connie Francis and that version scraped a 99 peak on the US Hot 100.

The Turtles celebrated their 20th week in the charts while The Mamas And The Papas were enjoying their 30th. Gene Rockwell and Virginia Lee moved on to 33 weeks and were now tied with Murray Campbell at the top of the local week’s count list. The 3 local acts were tied 15th with Donovan on the overall list. Groep Twee went tied 8th on the local list with Emil Dean and The Dream Merchants on 15 weeks.

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