28 July 1967


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

Despite the charge to number 2 that The Bee Gees’ ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ made last week, The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ hung on to the top spot for a 4th week running. The Bee Gees had to be satisfied with a second week at 2.

Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ took top honours for moving up the charts this week as the song climbed 6 places from 15 to 9. The other songs on the move in an upward direction were Tommy James & The Shondell’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ and Sandy Posey’s ‘I Take It Back’ which climbed 5 to 8 and 12 respectively and The Square Set’s ‘Silence Is Golden’ which climbed 4 to 6.

The Mindbenders’ version of ‘A Goovy Kind Of Love’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 8 from 11 to 19. We obviously preferred the Petua Clark version of the song as that moved up 1 position to 7, 3 places higher than The Mindbenders’ version had managed to get to so far.

The Mamas And The Papas’ ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ continued as the oldest on the charts. It was on 13 weeks now.

Last week we saw 5 songs depart the chart, so to compensate for such a large exodus, we only had 1 go this week and that was The Dream Merchant’s ‘Rattler’ which had only lasted 2 weeks, both of which had been spent at number 20. This was the 4th song to have a chart history of 2 weeks spent at number 20, the previous being The Righteous Brothers’ ‘(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration’, Eddie Fishers’ ‘Games That Lovers Play’ and Cliff Richard & The Shadows’ ‘In The Country’. This made The Dream Merchant’s ‘Rattler’ the first local song to do this. The departure of ‘Rattler’ brought to an end The Dream Merchants’ SA chart career after 3 hits, 17 weeks and a best peak of 6 with ‘Love Minus Zero’. They sat tied 8th on the local weeks count list. One of the group’s members, Billy Forrest would chart again under a number of different guises.

The Grass Roots had last been seen on our charts in October 1966 when ‘Where Were You When I Needed You’, their first SA Chart hit, was finishing off its 5 week run. This week, their second hit, ‘Let’s Live For Today’ entered the charts at 20. The song started life as the b-side of a single by an Italian based band made up of British ex-pats. It was originally called ‘Pangi Con Mi’ and appeared on the b-side of ‘Che Colpa Abbiamo Noi’ (an Italian cover of Bob Lind’s ‘Cheryl’s Going Home’), a single released by a band called The Rokes. The Rokes later wrote and recorded an English version of the song and when song writers and producers P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri (who had already brought us 5 compositions) heard the song, they got The Grass Roots, who were one of their creations, to record it. This version went to number 8 in the US and would be their second highest charting song there. It was the 51st song by an American group to chart.

Manfred Mann hit the 60 weeks on the chart milestone, the 5th act to manage this many weeks so far. They sat tied 4th on the weeks count list though as that was the same total as The Seekers had.

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