14 July 1967

silence_tremeloes

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
2 2 9 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
3 3 9 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
4 5 7 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
5 6 11 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
6 8 5 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
7 11 3 New York Mining Disaster 1941  – Bee Gees
8 17 2 Then I Kissed Her  – Beach Boys
9 4 14 Release Me  – Engelbert Humperdinck
10 10 4 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Mindbenders
11 7 16 Give it to Me  – Troggs
12 18 3 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Petula Clark
13 19 2 Silence is Golden  – Square Set
14 15 3 Western Union  – Five Americans
15 9 6 Cookie  – Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne
16 13 6 Save the Last Dance for Me  – Gene Rockwell
17 New 1 Only You Can Do It  – Francoise Hardy
18 New 1 I Think We’re Alone Now  – Tommy James & The Shondells
19 20 3 Creeque Alley  – Mamas and The Papas
20 New 1 Rattler  – Dream Merchants

‘Silence Is Golden’ but singing about silence is also golden as The Tremeloes found out as their song enjoyed a second week at the top of our charts. Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ which ‘Silence Is Golden’ had knocked off the top spot last week, was unmoved at 2 and Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said The Clown’ was unmoved at 3.

The Beach Boys picked up their 5th biggest climber award as ‘Then I Kissed Her’ jumped 9 places from 17 to 8. Only The Seekers, who had had 6, had had more biggest climbers. Tom Jones, Manfred Mann and Herman’s Hermits had also had 5. This was the 3rd time The Beach Boys had managed a climb of 9 or more places in a single week.

Other star raters this week were The Bee Gees’ ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ (up 4 to 7), Petula Clark’s ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ (up 6 to 12) and The Square Set’s ‘Silence Is Golden’ (up 6 to 13). Petula Clark’s climb put her version of ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ just 2 places behind The Mindbenders’ version.

Jody Wayne & Glenys Lynne’s ‘Cookie’ became the 25th local song to suffer as the biggest faller of the week. The song dropped 6 places from 9 to 15.

Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ finally dropped off the charts after spending 20 weeks with us, 5 of which were at the top spot. The song held the record to date for weeks at 1 and the most weeks on the charts (and second most overall) for a song by a solo female artist. The song that had spent the second highest number of weeks on the chart for a solo female artist, ‘The French Song’ by Lucille Starr was the other song to leave the charts. It had enjoyed a 19 week stay with us during which time it had found its way up to number 4. Had it not left the chart this week, it would have been the oldest in the top 20. That honour instead fell to The Troggs’ ‘Give It To Me’ which was on 16 weeks.

The last song to go was ‘I was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ by Whistling Jack Smith. It had spent 12 weeks on the charts, 2 of which were at the top spot.

Our first new entry was the second hit by a French act to grace our charts (the previous being The Norman Ruby Orchestra’ ‘Tea And Trumpets’). The newcomer was Francoise Hardy with her song ‘Only You Can Do It’, the English version of her song ‘Je Veux Qu’il Revienne’. It would make it to number 22 in Australia. Hardy was born in Paris on 17 January 1944 and apart from her singing had been noted as an influential fashion icon.

The second new entry was also the second hit for the act involved, Tommy James & The Shondells. They returned to the charts with their hit ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’. This song had gone to number 4 in the US, but had little impact elsewhere in the world. The song would re-appear in 1987 when Tiffany turned it into a global smash hit. In 2006 Girls Aloud would take a version to number 4 in the UK.

Our final new entry was a 3rd hit for The Dream Merchants. ‘Rattler’ was a cover of a song recorded by The Seekers which has also been covered by Cliff Richard, Herman’s Hermits and Lulu, none of which made the US or UK charts. This was the 48th local song to chart. ‘Rattler’ was written by Bruce Woodley and was his second to chart as a song writer as he had shared song writing credits with Paul Simon on The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’.

Tom Jones celebrated his 70th week in the charts, but still sat second for weeks count behind The Rolling Stones who led the way on 82. The Mamas And The Papas moved into tied 10th place with 37 weeks, they shared the spot with Gene Rockwell and Petula Clark who both had songs in the chart, but The Mamas And The Papas had 2, hence they were able to catch up with the other 2 acts. Jody Wayne moved ahead of The Bats as his 18 weeks placed him 7th on the local weeks count list.

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