23 June 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
2 3 6 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
3 6 4 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
4 2 11 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
5 5 13 Give it to Me  – Troggs
6 4 8 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
7 8 3 Cookie  – Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne
8 7 10 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
9 14 2 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
10 10 9 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
11 9 18 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
12 12 17 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
13 11 10 Happy Together  – Turtles
14 17 3 Save the Last Dance for Me  – Gene Rockwell
15 13 9 When a Man Loves a Woman  – Percy Sledge
16 18 2 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
17 20 2 Spanish Nights and You  – Virginia Lee
18 New 1 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Mindbenders
19 New 1 Kind of a Drag  – Buckinghams
20 New 1 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Petula Clark

This week we had a clown at 1 and a puppet at 2 (and a Batman at 8) as Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts while Sandi Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ moved up from 3 to 2.

Of the 4 new entries last week, one fell off the charts, one climbed 2, 1 climbed 3 and The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ took the biggest climber award as it moved up 5 from 14 to 19. It was the only song in the top 20 to make a star rater climb.

Songs were not falling at a great rate this week as it was just a 2 place fall that made a song the biggest faller in the week. 5 songs managed this and these were Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’, The Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’, Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’, The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ and Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’. This was the second highest number of biggest fallers we had had in one week, beaten only by the 6 we saw on 17 September 1965 when it was also a 2 place drop that was the biggest.

The alert reader will notice that Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ was still in the charts (being a biggest faller this week) and so was still the oldest. It was on 18 weeks and now held the record for most weeks on the chart for a song by a solo female artist, moving 1 ahead of Nancy Ames’ ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’.

It seemed that what a woman in love won’t do is stay in the charts for more than a week as Judy Page’s ‘What a Woman in Love Won’t Do’ left the top 20 this week after just a single week sitting at number 19. This was, however, not the end of the road for Judy.

It was, however, the end of the SA Charts adventure for The Boet van Wyk Orkes as ‘Oliekolonie’ departed after 7 weeks and a peak of 10. This would be van Wyk’s only chart offering.

The last of the leavers was Groep Twee’s ‘Die Ou Kraalliedjie’ which had been with us for 15 weeks and peaked at 3. In terms of weeks this was the most successful Afrikaans song to date, but its peak position did not match Des Lindberg’s chart topping effort with ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’.

This was the 1st of 8 times that 3 local songs would fall off the charts in the same week. We would never lose more than 3 in a single week. It left us with 3 local hits in the top 20, Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne’s ‘Cookie’, Gene Rockwell’s ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ and Virginia Lee’s ‘Spanish Nights and You’.

5 weeks previously we had seen Sandie Shaw set a new record for the biggest gap between hits when she broke an 87 week drought of hits. This week The Mindbenders stretched that record gap to 106 weeks as we had last seen them for just 1 week on the very first chart published on 4 June 1965. Their new one which arrived this week was ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’. When they had their previous hit, The Mindbenders were more Wayne Fontana’s backing band, but they went their separate ways later in 1965. Eric Stewart, who would go on to be a member of 10cc, took over the lead vocals. ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ would be their first UK hit post Fontana’s departure and it would go to number 2 there, matching the peak of ‘Game Of Love’ which was their previous SA chart hit. Number 2 would be the band’s best UK peak. It also made 2 in the US, 1 place lower than ‘Game Of Love’s chart topping effort there. The song was written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager and was the first by this pairing who would go on to have a number of their compositions chart in SA.

The second new entry came from Chicago based band The Buckinghams. Formed in 1965 they had a shaky start on the US charts with only ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ of their first 4 singles scraping a 112 peak. Then along came ‘Kind Of A Drag’ and contrary to its title, it went to number 1 in the US and stayed there for 2 weeks. They would manage a further 6 Hot 100 Hits.

The final new entry was like the first, ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’, but this version was by Petula Clark. The song became the 9th to chart in more than 1 version and Clark moved on to 5 hits which put her tied first with Virginia Lee for number of hits by a woman, the only thing separating them was that all Clark’s hits were solo ones while 2 of Virginia’s were as part of a duet. Interestingly, Clark’s version of the song would not make the UK or US charts nor any of the other major European charts. It did, however reach number 7 in Rhodesia. In 1977 Les Gray would have a minor hit with it in the UK, going to number 32. By far the most successful recording of it was Phil Collins 1988 recording which featured in the film ‘Buster’ in which Collins himself starred.

The Troggs celebrated a half century of weeks on the charts but this was not enough to move them up the week’s count list as they still sat 7th. Just above them, Manfred Mann drew level 5th with Herman’s Hermits. They were both on 55 weeks. Petula Clark pulled 1 clear of Nancy Sinatra to take the outright lead for a woman. She was on 35 weeks and sat tied 10th with Jim Reeves and The Hollies. On the local front Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell pulled 1 clear of Murray Campbell to be out front on their own. They had both clocked up 34 weeks. Jody Wayne moved tied 8th with Groep Twee and Emil Dean on               15 weeks.

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3 thoughts on “23 June 1967

  1. Hi there. How many times have 2 versions of the same song been a New Entry in the same week?
    I can think of maybe only one other possibility – from the early 80s, 1983 I think – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life …
    Thanks
    Ken

    • Hi Ken

      Interesting question. There were a total of 7 occasions when we saw 2 versions of the same song enter the charts on the same date. There were:

      Goodbye My Love by Nini Rosso and Virginia Lee & Murray Campbell (17 Sept 1965)
      There’s A Kind Of Hush by The New Vaudeville Band and Herman’s Hermits (3 March 1967)
      A Groovy Kind Of Love by Petula Clark and The Mindbenders (23 June 1967)
      Green Tambourine by The Lemon Pipers and Sun Dragon (8 March 1968)
      Neverending Song Of Love by Delany & Bonnie & Friends and The New Seekers (10 Sep 1971)
      Shambala by BW Stevenson and Three Dog Night (3 August 1973)
      Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks and Bobby Wright (12 April 1974)

      Indeep’s version of Last Night A Deejay Saved My Life arrived in the charts just over a month after Margino’s version with Margino debuting on 22 April 1983 and Indeep arriving on 27 May 1983.

      John

      • Oh wow John, thanks very much! I knew you’d have the right answer.
        I know your brother Andrew very well, he’s the oracle when it comes to cricket and you are certainly the musical equivalent!
        I was fascinated reading the article about you in the Cape Times (?) because it seems we had a similar journey … I also used to lie in bed at night listening to David Gresham and the SA Top 20, then Top 30, and religiously wrote down the charts every week. I also graduated into writing down the U.S. and U.K. Top 20s, Capital Radio, 702 charts etc. In fact I became a collector of music charts.
        It’s an ongoing hobby and I still have all my books of the charts dating back to 1981 … occasionally I bring them out to entertain visitors!
        All the best,
        Ken

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