1 September 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 6 Let’s Live for Today  – Grass Roots
2 5 5 There Goes My Everything  – Engelbert Humperdinck
3 1 7 A Whiter Shade of Pale  – Procol Harum
4 3 12 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
5 6 7 I Take it Back  – Sandy Posey
6 4 9 Silence is Golden  – Square Set
7 9 4 The Airplane Song  – Royal Guardsmen
8 11 4 She’d Rather be with Me  – Turtles
9 7 9 Then I Kissed Her  – Beach Boys
10 14 3 Groovin’  – Young Rascals
11 10 3 Don’t Sleep in the Subway  – Petula Clark
12 New 1 Carrie-Anne  – Hollies
13 8 8 I Think We’re Alone Now  – Tommy James & The Shondells
14 13 4 Casino Royale  – Herb Alpert
15 20 2 Heroes and Villains  – Beach Boys
16 New 1 Walk Through This World with Me  – George Jones
17 17 5 The Storm  – Jim Reeves
18 New 1 Jackson  – Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra
19 16 7 Walking in the Sunshine  – Peter Lotis
20 New 1 Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)  – Brook Benton

Procol Harum’s time at the top with ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ was limited to 1 week by The Grass Roots’ ‘Let’s Live For Today’ which dislodged the former from the number 1 spot this week. ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ fell to number 3. Just over a quarter of the songs vacating the top spot so far had fallen to number 3 (26.7% to be more accurate). The biggest majority (62.2%) had fallen to number 2 with 8.9% falling to 4 and 1 song (making up the remaining 2.2%) falling to 5. Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘There Goes My Everything’ moved into 2nd place.

The Beach Boys drew level with The Seekers at the top of the list of number of times with the biggest climber as ‘Heroes And Villans’ moved up 5 this week to give The Beach Boys their 6th such award. The Young Rascals’ ‘Groovin’ moved up 4 to 10 to be a star rater for a second week running. This was the only other climb of 4 or more places this week.

Tommy James & The Shondells picked up their 2nd biggest faller award as the 5 place plunge to 13 this week by ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ was the largest downward movement a song experienced this week.

We lost 4 songs from the top 20 this week, the first of which was The New Vaudeville Band’s ‘Finchley Central’ which had only managed 4 weeks with us and a peak of 14, their worst chart performance to date.  This ended the band’s SA Chart career and their statistics read 3 hits, 32 weeks with a best performance of 3 weeks at 1 by ‘Winchester Cathedral’. Their peak on the weeks count list was number 20 which was where they currently sat.

The oldest song on last week’s charts, Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’, was another of the 4 to go this week. It had spent 15 weeks with us, 1 of which was at number 1. This was the 4th highest weeks count for a song by a solo female artist. The new oldest song on the chart was The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ which sat on 12 weeks.

Petula Clark’s version of ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ also left the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 9 weeks and peaked at 5, beating The Mindbenders’ version of the song which managed 6 weeks and a peak of 10. In total the song spent 15 weeks on the charts between the 2 versions, the 5th highest to date for a song charting in more than 1 version. The departure of Petula from the charts left us with just 2 solo female artists in the top 20, one of which was Petula’s other hit, Don’t Sleep In The Subway’, the other being Sandy Posey’s ‘I Take It Back’.

The final song to go was The New Christy Minstrels’ ‘Yamao Toko No Uta’ which managed a peak of 3 during the 11 weeks it spent with us. This would be their only SA Chart hit. In the US they would have 6 Hot 100 hits.

The Hollies joined the 7 other artists sitting on 6 hits, 1 below leaders, The Rolling Stones who sat on 7 hits. Their new one was ‘Carrie-Anne’ which arrived in the charts at number 12. This would be the band’s best debut position, which was 4 places higher than their previous best to date, and it would be equalled but never beaten. According to Graham Nash, he wrote the song for Marianne Faithfull, but he was too shy to use her real name. Allan Clarke and Tony Hicks were also credited with writing the song. It would get to number 3 in the UK and would be the last of a run of 5 top 5 hits in a row they would have there. They would have 3 further top 5 hits, but the run was broken with their following hit, ‘If I Needed Someone’ only making it to 20.

Country singer George Jones made his SA Chart debut this week with ‘Walk Through This World with Me’. The song would give Jones his 4th US Country Singles chart topper where it stayed for 2 weeks. Jones was widely revered in country music circles and would marry fellow country singer Tammy Wynette (his 3rd of 4 marriages). Despite battling with alcoholism, Jones lived to the ripe old age of 81, dying on 26 April 2013.

The 3rd new entry this week was the 10th by a duet to chart. Lee Hazlewood had teamed up with Nancy Sinatra before to give us ‘Sand’ and with their new hit, ‘Jackson’, they became the first pairing to have 2 hits on our charts. Nancy also topped the list for most hits as part of a duet as she had also had one with her dad, Frank, giving her a total of 3, 1 more than Virginia Lee who had had 1 with Slim Whitman and 1 with Murray Campbell. ‘Jackson’ would give the duo a number 14 hit on the US Hot 100 and would be Sinatra’s 5th SA hit to date, putting her 1 behind Petula Clark who led the way for woman in terms of number of hits. Johnny Cash & June Carter also recorded a version of ‘Jackson’ which would go to number 2 on the US Country Singles charts. The latter version would get renewed interest after its inclusion in the 2011 film ‘The Help’.

Our final new entry was ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ by Brook Benton. The song started life as a US Country Singles chart topper by Leon Ashley who co-wrote it with Margie Singleton. 2 versions of it made the US Hot 100 charts, one of which was Benton’s version which got to number 78 and it has made 3 further appearances on the Country Singles charts with Claude King (#50), Marty Robbins (#60) and Kenny Rogers (#19) all charting with their respective covers. Benton was born Benjamin Franklin Peay on 19 September 1931 and died from pneumonia on 9 April 1988 at the age of 56.

Jim Reeves reached the 40 weeks in the chart milestone which moved him into 11th spot on the weeks count list. The Beach Boys drew level with Tom Jones in second place on that list, both acts having 72 to their name. They were still 10 behind The Rolling Stones who we had not seen on the charts for 16 weeks, their second longest hit drought to date. Nancy Sinatra was in 15th place with 35 weeks to her name. She pulled 1 clear of Virginia Lee to be in second place on her own for a woman. Petula Clark who was on 46 led the way in that respect.

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