25 August 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 A Whiter Shade of Pale  – Procol Harum
2 5 5 Let’s Live for Today  – Grass Roots
3 1 11 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
4 3 8 Silence is Golden  – Square Set
5 6 4 There Goes My Everything  – Engelbert Humperdinck
6 4 6 I Take it Back  – Sandy Posey
7 7 8 Then I Kissed Her  – Beach Boys
8 8 7 I Think We’re Alone Now  – Tommy James & The Shondells
9 11 3 The Airplane Song  – Royal Guardsmen
10 15 2 Don’t Sleep in the Subway  – Petula Clark
11 19 3 She’d Rather be with Me  – Turtles
12 10 11 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
13 17 3 Casino Royale  – Herb Alpert
14 18 2 Groovin’  – Young Rascals
15 9 9 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Petula Clark
16 16 6 Walking in the Sunshine  – Peter Lotis
17 12 4 The Storm  – Jim Reeves
18 13 15 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
19 14 4 Finchley Central  – New Vaudeville Band
20 New 1 Heroes and Villains  – Beach Boys

The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’s record breaking run at the top of the charts finally ended. After monopolising the number 1 position for 7 week it was dislodged by Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ which climbed up from 2 to 1. So far 56.8% of songs getting to number 1 had done so from the number 2 slot (25.0% had done it from 3, 15.9% from 4 and 2.3% from 5). Over time, the jump from 2 to 1 would eventually amount to 64.8% of the moves to the top spot.

‘Silence Is Golden’ fell to 3 where it sat next to ‘Silence Is Golden’ at 4. The former being The Tremeloes’ song and the latter The Square Set’s. This would be the first of only 2 pairings where we would see songs with the same title, but different songs, sitting next to each other on the charts. We had already seen 2 versions of ‘Elusive Butterfly’ and ‘Lara’s Theme’ sit in adjacent spots, but those were different versions of the same song. We would see 6 more cases of the same song sitting next to itself.

‘She’d Rather be with Me’ by The Turtles was our climber of the week as it moved up 8 places from 19 to 11. This was their 4th time with the biggest climber and 8 places would be the biggest jump the band would ever experience.

Petula Clark’s ‘Don’t Sleep In The Subway’ moved up 5 from 15 to 10 while Herb Alpert’s ‘Casino Royale’ and The Young Rascal’s ‘Groovin’ both climbed 4 to get to 13 and 14 respectively. These were the other star raters of the week.

But while Petula was racing up the charts with one song, her other one, ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ was falling. It dropped 6 places to take the biggest faller in the week award.

Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ moved on to 15 weeks in the top 20 and was enjoying its 4th as the oldest on the charts.

There was just 1 song that left the charts this week and that was the duet by Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh, ‘A Man and a Woman’, which had been with us for 3 weeks and peaked at 17. This would be the only song that either of the artists involved would have chart in SA. The departure of the song by this French act left us with just 3 nations represented in our top 20, The UK, The US and SA. The last time we had seen our top 20 consisting of hits from just those 3 nations was on 2 September 1966, just under a year previously.

The Beach Boys became the 8th act to clock up 6 hits on the charts as ‘Heroes And Villians’ arrived at number 20. Only The Rolling Stones on 7 had managed to go one better. When it was recorded, the song was intended for an album called ‘Smile’ which would be the band’s follow up to ‘Pet Sounds’ which is widely regarded as the band’s best album. However, the pressure of producing something to follow up the ground breaking ‘Pet Sounds’ took its toll on the band and Brian Wilson in particular and ‘Smile’ was never released. ‘Heroes And Villians’ eventually made it on to the somewhat hastily produced ‘Smiley Smile’. In 2011 ‘The Smile Sessions’ was released which aimed to collect together the tracks which would have made the ‘Smile’ album had it been released in 1967. As ‘Then I Kissed Her’ was still in the charts, The Beach Boys became the 5th act to have 2 or more in the charts at the same time with 2 different pairings. They had last had 2 in the charts when ‘Barbara Ann’ and ‘Sloop John B’ co-habited the top 20. ‘Heroes And Villians’ was the 105th song by a US artist to chart and the Yanks were catching up to the Poms as they were now just 4 behind the latter’s 109.

The Beach Boys’ new one moved them on to 70 weeks in total on the chart, but this was not enough to move them up the weeks count list as the one above them, Tom Jones, was on 72. The Beach Boys were therefore still sitting at number 3 with Tom Jones at 2 and The Rolling Stones (on 82 weeks) at 1. Tommy James & The Shondells celebrated 20 weeks in the top 20. Petula Clark was still in 8th place on the list with 45 to her name, but she had moved ahead of Tommy Roe whom she shared the position with last week. On the local front, The Square Set also remained unmoved (at 19), but shook off those it shared the spot with last week. They were on 8 weeks.

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