8 September 1967

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

The Grass Roots were beginning to take, erm, root at the number 1 spot as their hit, ‘Let’s Live for Today’ enjoyed a second week at the top of the charts. It kept Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘There Goes My Everything’ at bay with the latter spending a second week at 2.

The climber of the week was ‘Jackson’, the duet between Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. For Sinatra this was her 5th time with the biggest climber and this put her level with Herman’s Hermits, Manfred Mann and Tom Jones for number of times with this award. Only The Seekers and The Beach Boys who were both on 6 times, had managed more. The observant amongst you will realise that Sinatra now led the way for woman artists.

The Hollies picked up their 5th star rater as ‘Carrie-Anne’ moved up 4 places from 8 to 12.

It only took a 3 place drop this week to be the biggest faller and surprisingly only 1 song manage this and that was George Jones’ ‘Walk Through This World With Me’ which was one of our new entries last week.

Our recent record breaking number 1, The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’ remained the oldest on the charts as it entered its 13th week with us. Interestingly, the second oldest was the other ‘Silence Is Golden’, the one by local band The Square Set. It was on 10 weeks and shared second oldest honours with The Beach Boys’ ‘Then I Kissed Her’.

Herb Alpert’s ‘Casino Royale’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 4 weeks and peaked at number.  This was not as good a showing as the previous Bond theme to chart, Tom Jones’ ‘Thunderball’, the latter making it to 007.

The Associations blew into the charts with their hit ‘Windy’. This was their first outing in our top 20. The song would spend 4 weeks at the top of the US Hot 100 and, contrary to what is says in the Wikipedia article on the song (unless this has been corrected since I wrote this), it actually knocked The Young Rascals’ ‘Groovin’ off the top spot there and not Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’. It would be replaced at the top of the Hot 100 by The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’ (Wikipedia got that one right). The drums on this record were by Hal Blaine who also happened to have played them on The Beach Boys’ ‘Heroes And Villains’, our number 15 song this week. ‘Windy’ has been used in a number of TV shows including ‘Malcolm In The Middle’, ‘Life On Mars’ and ‘Breaking Bad’. It is also famously the piece of music that The Sex Pistols danced to as the credits of the BBC ‘Today’ show ran after their infamous Bill Grundy interview.

On the weeks count front, Engelbert Humperdinck clocked up his 20th. To put this in perspective of how the weeks had an accumulated so far, this placed him tied 35th overall.

Higher up the list, The Beach Boys pulled clear of Tom Jones to be 2nd on their own. They were now just 8 behind The Rolling Stones who led the way, but The Beach Boys were picking up 2 each week at the moment (having 2 hits in the charts). They also became the 7th act to have 2 or more hits in the charts for 6 weeks. Of the 6 other acts to have managed this, 5 had already accumulated more weeks. It was only The Mamas And The Papas that were still on 6.

The Hollies moved on to 37 weeks which meant that they drew level with Gene Rockwell at number 13 on the overall list. On the local front, The Square Set, as mentioned above, were enjoying their 10th week on the charts and this placed them tied 16th with John E Sharpe & The Squires.

For lovers of weird trivia, this was the 10th time we had seen the title of the top and bottom song on the chart start with the same letter as we had ‘Let’s Live For Today’ at 1 and ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ at 20. As neither song had moved this week, this was therefore the second week running that we had had this phenomena. We had only seen this occur in consecutive weeks once before and that was when ‘I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman’ was at number one. The first of the 2 weeks had The Thomas Groups’ ‘I’ve Got No More To Say’ at 20 and then the following week, while the number 1 song was unchanged, Cliff Richard & The Shadows’ ‘In The Country’ occupied the bottom position. For extreme trivia lovers, ‘L’ was now the most popular letter for this to occur with, having 3 times to its name. ‘S’ and ‘I’ had managed 2 each. And on that note, I’d better stop. Okay, just one more. There was one occasion when the first letter of both the song title and artist name were the same for the top and bottom song and that was when Sandy Posey’s ‘Single Girl’ was at 1 and the Staccatos’ ‘Spicks And Specks’ was at 20. All these stats exclude ‘The’, ‘A’ and ‘(‘ from the start of a song title.

P.S. I won’t comment on the fact that ‘Windy’ sat next to ‘The Storm’ on the charts and these 2 were just above ‘Walking In The Sunshine’. These weather forecasters can never get it right.

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