30 June 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
2 9 3 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
3 1 7 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
4 6 9 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
5 4 12 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
6 3 5 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
7 5 14 Give it to Me  – Troggs
8 7 4 Cookie  – Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne
9 8 11 I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman  – Whistling Jack Smith
10 16 3 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
11 18 2 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Mindbenders
12 14 4 Save the Last Dance for Me  – Gene Rockwell
13 11 19 Single Girl  – Sandy Posey
14 12 18 The French Song  – Lucille Starr
15 10 10 A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You  – Monkees
16 New 1 New York Mining Disaster 1941  – Bee Gees
17 New 1 Western Union  – Five Americans
18 13 11 Happy Together  – Turtles
19 New 1 Creeque Alley  – Mamas and The Papas
20 19 2 Kind of a Drag  – Buckinghams

Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ became the 5th song by a solo female artist to top our charts as it replaced Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ at the number 1 position. The latter had spent 2 weeks in pole position.

Sandie Shaw was however under immediate pressure in the form of 1 of our 2 biggest climbers this week as The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ moved up 7 from 9 to 2. This was the second week running the song had been the biggest climber. The other biggest climber was The Mindbenders’ ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ which moved up 7 from 18 to 11.

The only other song to manage a star rater climb was The New Christy Minstrels’ ‘Yamao Toko No Uta’ which moved up 6 from 16 to 10.

On the falling front, The Monkees’ ‘A Little Bit Of Me A Little Bit Of You’ and The Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’ both fell 5 places to take the biggest faller award. They landed up at 15 and 18 respectively.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ had now been the oldest on the charts for 10 weeks. It sat on 19 weeks in total and led the way for weeks on the chart for a song by a solo female artist. Lucille Starr’s ‘The French Song’ moved into second place on this list as it moved on to 18 weeks, 1 clear of Nancy Ames’ ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’.

Petula Clark’s ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ left the charts after just 1 weeks sitting at number 20. This was by far her least successful chart run as all of her previous 4 hits had gone top10. But she would be back.

Virginia Lee also suffered having her first non-top 10 hit as ‘Spanish Nights and You’ dropped off the charts after just 2 weeks and a peak of 17. Like Petula she had also had 4 previous hits and all had made the top 10 and, like Petula, she would be back.

The last to go was Percy Sledge’s ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ which had been with us for 9 weeks, but had only managed to get to 13 during that time. This equalled the lowest peak to date for a song spending 9 weeks on the charts which The Bats’ ‘That’s How It Feels’ had managed in 1965/66.

We had seen a cover of a Bee Gees song on our charts already (The Staccatos’ version of ‘Spicks And Specks’), but the band had not yet made an appearance. This week they rectified that with ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ which entered the charts at 16. Apparently the inspiration for the song, written by Barry and Robin Gibb, was a mining disaster in Wales in 1966 and that there was no mining disaster in New York in 1941. The song would be their first international hit, and it went to 12 in the UK and 14 in the US as well as peaking at 3 in Holland and 10 in Germany. As the Bee Gees were not well known at the time of its release, there was a rumour that it was actually The Beatles recording under a pseudonym, the ‘BG’ of the name standing for ‘Beatles Group’.

The second new entry was by a band called Five Americans who had five Hot 100 hits in the US that didn’t make the top 40, but the one that was our new entry this week would be their biggest success. ‘Western Union’ went to number 5 on the US charts and spent 12 weeks on the Hot 100, 5 of which were in the top 10 (definitely a ‘5’ theme going on here). The Western Union they sing of started out life as a telegraph and message sending company. Today it is best known for transfering money round the world for people.

The final new entry was the 4th hit for The Mamas And The Papas, ‘Creeque Alley’. As they already had ‘Dedicated to the One I Love’ in the top 20 (sitting at number 4), they became 4th act to have more than 1 song in the charts with at least 2 different pairings (previous ones being The Rolling Stones with 3 different pairings and Hermans Hermits and The Troggs with 2). We had previously seen them enjoy 2 hits in the charts when ‘I Saw Her Again’ joined ‘Monday Monday’ in the charts back in August of 1966. The lyrics of ‘Creeque Alley’ actually tell the story of The Mamas And Papas from their formation to when they achieved success with ‘California Dreaming’. It made it to 5 in the US and 9 in the UK.

Interestingly neither ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ nor ‘Creeque Alley’ have the song titles appear in the lyrics of the song.

Manfred Mann pulled 1 clear of Herman’s Hermits on the weeks front as they moved on to 56 and sat 5th on their own on the weeks count list. Gene Rockwell moved into 10th place as he clocked up his 35th week. He shared the spot with The Hollies, Jim Reeves and Petula Clark but Virginia Lee’s song falling off the chart this week, Gene was now out on his own at the top of the local list. The Mamas and The Papas moved into tied 17th spot with Donovan and Murray Campbell as they added 2 to their total this week and sat on 33.

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