21 July 1967

silence_tremeloes

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
2 7 4 New York Mining Disaster 1941  – Bee Gees
3 2 10 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
4 8 3 Then I Kissed Her  – Beach Boys
5 6 6 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
6 3 10 Ha Ha Said the Clown  – Manfred Mann
7 4 8 Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings  – Tom Jones
8 12 4 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Petula Clark
9 5 12 Dedicated to the One I Love  – Mamas and The Papas
10 13 3 Silence is Golden  – Square Set
11 10 5 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Mindbenders
12 14 4 Western Union  – Five Americans
13 18 2 I Think We’re Alone Now  – Tommy James & The Shondells
14 17 2 Only You Can Do It  – Francoise Hardy
15 New 1 A Whiter Shade of Pale  – Procol Harum
16 New 1 Maroc 7  – Shadows
17 New 1 I Take it Back  – Sandy Posey
18 New 1 New York Mining Disaster 1941  – Staccatos
19 New 1 Walking in the Sunshine  – Peter Lotis
20 20 2 Rattler  – Dream Merchants

It was now 3 weeks in a row at the top of the pile for The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’, but it was coming under some pressure as The Bee Gees’ ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ was a biggest climber this week, moving up 5 to land in second place. Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’, the previous number 1, dropped into 3rd place.

The Bee Gees had to share the biggest climber award with Tommy James & The Shondells’ as their ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ also climbed 5 which moved the song from 18 to 13. The Beach Boys’ ‘Then I Kissed Her’ and Petula Clark’s version of ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ were the other star raters this week, moving up 4 each to land at 4 and 8 respectively. This climb placed Petula’s version of ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ above the Mindbenders’ one for the first time as the latter dropped 1 place to sit at 11.

There were mixed fortunes for The Mamas And The Papas as they picked up a 3rd biggest faller award as ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ dropped 4 from 5 to 9. It was, however, the oldest song on the chart on 12 weeks as the previous oldest dropped off (more on that later). The other bit of bad news for them was that ‘Creeque Alley’ was one of 5 songs that left the charts this week, bringing to an end their 3 week run with 2 in the charts. This added to the previous 3 week run with 2 in the top 20 gave them a total of 6 weeks. This placed them 6th overall for weeks with 2 or more in the charts. ‘Creeque Alley’ had spent 3 weeks in the charts and peaked at 19. This would be the band’s overall worst performing song. They still had a few more to come.

Gene Rockwell’s ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ also left the top 20. It had lasted 6 weeks and peaked at 12. There was plenty more to come from him.

The duet between Jody Wayne and Glenys Lynne, ‘Cookie’ ended its 6 week run in the charts. It had managed to get to 7 during this time. Both acts would see further chart action.

To date we had seen 2 songs leave the chart with a last week being spent at 11 (The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ and The Hollies’ ‘Look Through Any Window’), the highest position for a last week so far. To these ranks we added The Troggs’ ‘Give It To Me’ which spent its 16th week on the charts at number 11 but failed to report for duty this week. It had peaked at 4 during its time in the charts, the band’s second highest peak to date.

Despite The Troggs best efforts in equalling the highest last week position to date, they were out done by Engelbert Humperdicnk whose ‘Release Me’ finished its chart run at number 9, a new high for final chart positions. A further 11 songs would match this and 3 others would disappear from higher positions. ‘Release Me’ had spent 3 of its 14 weeks on the chart at number 1.

Procol Harum were new comers to the charts as their debut hit, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ was our highest new entry this week, arriving at 15. This, the band’s first single, was a worldwide smash hit, going to number 1 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the UK (6 weeks), that’s 11 countries. It has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide which places it in the top 30 for best sellers around the globe. The song has been covered a number of times and 3 other versions have made the UK charts. In 1978 Munich Machine took a version to 78, then in 1983 O’chi Brown’s one went to 83. The most successful cover so far has been Annie Lennox’s version in 1995 which went to number 16 in the UK.

The Shadows had only charted so far with 1 hit on which they were a co-credit with Cliff Richard (‘In The Country’). This week they were back in their own right with a piece called ‘Maroc 7’. This was the 10th instrumental song to reach our charts and it appears that the song was from a 1967 movie of the same name. The movie was a British production and starred Gene Barry, Elsa Martinelli, Leslie Phillips and Denholm Elliott. The song went to number 24 in the UK.

Sandy Posey, who had recently given us the second song to make 20 weeks on the charts with ‘Single Girl’ was back having been absent from the chart for just 1 week. Her new hit was ‘I Take It Back’ which would give her a number 12 hit in the US, the same peak that ‘Single Girl’ had managed. It would also go to number 3 in Rhodesia.

The Staccatos returned to the charts with their 3rd hit to date, and their second that was a Bee Gees’ cover. ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’, the original of which was sitting at number 2 this week, was the 10th to chart in more than 1 version on our top 20.

The final new entry was Peter Lotis’ ‘Walking in the Sunshine’. It was a cover of a Roger Miller composition which Miller himself had taken to number 37 in the US earlier in 1967. This was the 50th song by a local act to chart. Lotis was a well-known DJ and presented ‘Radio Record Club’ on Springbok radio from 1959 to 1975 as well as a number of other radio shows including ‘The Money or The Box Show’ which he also hosted when a television version was made in the early days of SABC TV.

There was very little change in the weeks count list, the only mover being Gene Rockwell who fell to 12 as Petula Clark and The Mamas And The Papas, who had shared 10th spot with him last week, increased their tally by one and stayed 10 by themselves. On the local list, The Dream Merchants moved tied 8th with The Bats as they moved on to 17 weeks in total.

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