4 August 1967

silence_tremeloes

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
2 3 5 Then I Kissed Her  – Beach Boys
3 4 8 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
4 6 5 Silence is Golden  – Square Set
5 7 6 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Petula Clark
6 9 3 A Whiter Shade of Pale  – Procol Harum
7 12 3 I Take it Back  – Sandy Posey
8 2 6 New York Mining Disaster 1941  – Bee Gees
9 5 12 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
10 8 4 I Think We’re Alone Now  – Tommy James & The Shondells
11 20 2 Let’s Live for Today  – Grass Roots
12 16 3 Walking in the Sunshine  – Peter Lotis
13 New 1 There Goes My Everything  – Engelbert Humperdinck
14 10 6 Western Union  – Five Americans
15 New 1 The Storm  – Jim Reeves
16 New 1 Finchley Central  – New Vaudeville Band
17 New 1 I Got Rhythm  – Happenings
18 New 1 A Man and a Woman  – Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh
19 18 3 New York Mining Disaster 1941  – Staccatos
20 15 3 Maroc 7  – Shadows

The Tremeleos’ Silence Is Golden’ moved on to its 5th week at number 1. 4 songs had managed 6 weeks at 1 to date and another 2 had managed 5, so The Tremeloes were just 1 week away from equalling the record to date. One of the acts that had managed 6 were The Beach Boys (with ‘California Girls’)  who sat at 2 this week as ‘Then I Kissed Her’ moved up from 3 to 2.

The previous number 2, The Bee Gees’ ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ which had spent 2 weeks at number 2 for 2 weeks, was the biggest faller as it plummeted 6 places to 8. The song was obviously falling out of favour with the record buying public as The Staccatos’ version also fell, dropping 1 spot to 19.

On the moving up front, it was The Grass Roots’ ‘Let’s Live For Today’ that made the biggest jump up, climbing 9 places from 20 to 11. Joining them in a star rater sized climb was Sandy Posey’s ‘I Take It Back’ which climbed 5 from 12 to 7 and Peter Lotis’ ‘Walking In The Sunshine’ which moved up 4 to 12. This was Lotis’ first star rater and a 3rd for Posey.

It was a busy week for leavers and newcomers as 5 songs left the top 20 which obviously implied 5 new (or re-) entries. We said cheerio to The Mindbenders’ ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ which had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 10. Despite a stronger start, it had already been beaten for peak by Petula Clark’s version of the song which sat at 7 this week, and looked likely to be beaten for weeks as Petula’s version was on 5 weeks and still moving up the charts. This ended The Mindbenders’ SA Chart career. They had had 2 hits, their other one (‘The Game Of Love’ which was more as Wayne Fontana’s backing band) spent 7 weeks in the top 20 in total and their best peak was the 10 that ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ managed.

Francoise Hardy’s ‘Only You Can Do It’ also left the charts. It had been with us for 3 weeks and peaked at 14. She would return to the charts.

Tom Jones’ ‘Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings’ kept up his sequence of every second hit not making it to 10 weeks on the chart and every second hit topping the charts as it left us after just 9 weeks and peaking at 3. So far the peaks for Jones’ 6 hits to date read 1-10-1-7-1-3 and week counts read 13-8-16-7-19-9. The big question was would his next hit reach number 1 and spend more than 10 weeks in the chart to continue the sequence? We wouldn’t have too long to wait to find out.

‘Dedicated to the One I Love’ by The Mamas And The Papas also left the chart. It had been with us for 13 weeks and just missed out on a number 1 peak, stalling as it did at 2. This was the second song so far to enter the charts at number 10 or higher but not go on to take the top spot. Its first week in the top 20 was spent at 10. The previous song to enter at 10 or higher and not make number 1 was Cat Stevens’ ‘Matthew And Son’.

The last to go was Manfred Mann’s ‘Ha Ha Said the Clown’ which had just spent 11 weeks on the charts, 2 of which were at the top spot. They would grace our charts again.

With ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’ leaving the charts, we had a new oldest song in the top 20 and it was Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ which was sitting on 12 weeks. This was the 3rd song by a solo female to become the oldest on the chart, the previous 2 being Nancy Ames’ ‘Cry Softly (Liebestraum)’ and Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’.

Engelbert Humperdinck returned to the charts with a new hit, ‘There Goes My Everything’, his second SA one to date. It was a cover of a song that Jack Greene had spent 7 weeks at the top of the US Country Singles Charts with in 1966. Engelbert’s version would make it to number 20 on the main US charts (a better performance than the 65 that Greene’s version managed) and spent 4 weeks at number 2 in the UK, kept off the top spot by the song that sat at number 6 on our charts this week, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’.

Jim Reeves clocked up his 5th hit to date with ‘The Storm’. The song, written by Reeves and Alex Zanetis, would go to number 16 on the US Country Singles charts. To date 5 was the third highest number of hits any artist had managed on our charts, but Reeves now equalled the best to date by an American act, sharing top spot for the Yanks with The Beach Boys.

The New Vaudeville Band enjoyed their 3rd hit to date as ‘Finchley Central’ entered the top 20 at 16. The song would peak at 11 for them in the UK, the 3rd lowest of their 4 chart hits there. The song writing credits included Geoff Stephens who now had 5 hits to his name, 1 behind Lennon & McCartney and 3 behind Jagger & Richards who were the only ones to have more. 5 other song writers (including a bloke called Traditional) had had 5. ‘Finchley Central’ is the name of a place in London.

The Happenings were happening at number 17 with their version of ‘I Got Rhythm’, the George & Ira Gershwin song which appeared in the 1930 Broadway musical ‘Girl Crazy’ and then again in the 1951 film ‘An American In Paris’ starring Gene Kelly. Despite being covered by numerous artists, The Happenings’ version is the only one to make the Billboard Hot 100 in the US where it went to number 3.

With Francoise Hardy, a French woman, leaving the chart this week, the top 20 would have been devoid of artists other than local ones and those from the UK and US. However, our final new entry was the 3rd by a French act to chart and it replaced the previous one by a French act. (The first by a French act was Norman Ruby Orchestra’s ‘Tea And Trumpets’). The new one was ‘A Man And A Woman’ by Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh and was from the French film ‘Un Homme Et Un Femme’ (French for A Man and A Woman). Barouh starred in the film and the soundtrack album would top the charts in Australia. The film would win the Best Foreign Language film Oscar and take the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Petula Clark became the first female to get to 40 weeks on the chart. This placed her 10th on the overall weeks count list, 1 place and 2 weeks behind The Beatles. Jim Reeves moved into 13th place on the list with 36 weeks to his name.

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