11 August 1967

silence_tremeloes

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

‘Silence Is Golden’ now equalled the record to date stay at the top spot as it ticked over to its 6th week there. It joined The Beach Boys’ ‘California Girls’, Tommy Roe’s ‘Sweet Pea’ and The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ for an uninterrupted 6 week run at 1. Murray Campbell’s ‘Goodbye My Love’ also managed 6 weeks at the top, but did so in a broken run. Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ had a star rater jump of 4 places to land up at 2, making The Tremeloes’ task of trying to break the 6 week record that little bit harder.

The Grass Roots’ ‘Let’s Live for Today’ was the biggest climber for a second week running as it moved up 5 from 11 to 6. Other star raters this week were Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘There Goes My Everything’ and Jim Reeves’ ‘The Storm’ which both climbed 4 places and landed up at 9 and 11 respectively.

As with our climber, the faller was also experiencing this for a second week running and that was The Bee Gees’ ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ which dropped 5 from 8 to 13.

Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ was still the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 13 weeks. This was its second week as the oldest.

The Shadows’ ‘Maroc 7’ was the first of the leavers this week. It had spent 3 weeks on the charts and peaked at 15, the tied second lowest peak to date for an instrumental, only The Ventures ‘Theme From “The Wild Angels”’ which peaked at 18 being lower. ‘Maroc 7’ shared the second lowest peak  for an instrumental with Horst Jankowski’s Orchestra’s ‘A Walk In The Black Forest’. This ended The Shadows SA chart career. Apart from ‘Maroc 7’ they had had a credit on Cliff Richard’s ‘In The Country’ so their stats read 2 hits, 5 weeks and a best peak of 15.

While The Bee Gees’ version of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ was our biggest faller this week, The Staccatos’ version was one of the songs leaving the chart. It had lasted just 3 weeks and peaked at 18, their worst performing song to date and it fell way short of the 7 weeks and peak of 2 that The Bee Gees version had managed so far.

Last to go was The Five American’s ‘Western Union’ which enjoyed a 6 week run with us and a peak of 10. This would be the band’s only SA chart hit.

Earlier in the year, The Royal Guardsmen had taken their song ‘Snoopy Versus The Red Baron’ to number 2 in the US and number 8 in the UK. This would be their most successful song ever, with ‘Return Of The Red Baron’ being their only other UK chart hit and only other top 20 hit in the US (they had 5 others with a best peak amongst those of 35). However, the song did not fare well on our shores as their hit ‘The Airplane Song’ was the first of theirs to chart in SA. It had made it to 46 in the US but did fare better in Australia where it went to 11 and even better in New Zealand where it went to number 2.

Herb Alpert brought us our second Bond Theme to chart. The previous had been Tom Jones’ ‘Thunderball’. Alpert’s ‘Casino Royale’ was a bit of a funny though as the film it was taken from is not regarded as an official Bond film. It starred David Niven as James Bond and was more of a spoof than a serious spy thriller. The theme song from Alpert would peak at 27 in both the US and the UK. The ‘official’ Bond film released 2 months later in 1967 was ‘You Only Live Twice’. Nancy Sinatra did the theme to that, but it would not chart in SA. It did fare better in the UK than Alpert’s song as it managed to get to 11 there, but in the US it only went to 44, a 17 place lower peak than Alpert’s song. This was the 11th instrumental to grace our top 20.

Our final new entry was the 3rd chart hit for The Turtles. Their new one, ‘She’d Rather Be With Me’ was written by the same team that had brought us ‘Happy Together’, Alan Gordon and Garry Bonner. The song would go to 3 in the US and 4 in the UK as well as 23 in Germany, 15 in Holland and 13 in Belgium. Perhaps its best success was topping the charts in Rhodesia.

The New Vaudeville Band celebrated their 30th week in the chart and sat just outside the top 20 of the weeks count list at 21. Jim Reeves pulled into tied 12th place with Gene Rockwell on 37 weeks. This week was the 5th time we had seen 3 new entries from US acts in the same week. We were yet to see more than 3 in the same week.

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