13 October 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 That’s My Desire  – Hollies
2 6 2 The Last Waltz  – Engelbert Humperdinck
3 2 7 Carrie-Anne  – Hollies
4 3 5 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Tom Jones
5 7 5 Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)  – Frankie Laine
6 5 7 Jackson  – Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra
7 8 3 Tabatha Twitchit  – Dominos
8 14 4 Even the Bad Times are Good  – Tremeloes
9 4 10 She’d Rather be with Me  – Turtles
10 9 4 The World We Knew  – Frank Sinatra
11 13 3 Ode to Billy Joe  – Bobbie Gentry
12 19 2 Just Loving You  – Anita Harris
13 18 2 Come on Down to My Boat  – Every Mother’s Son
14 17 2 Death of a Clown  – Dave Davies
15 11 10 The Airplane Song  – Royal Guardsmen
16 New 1 I Love You  – Lucille Starr
17 10 12 Let’s Live for Today  – Grass Roots
18 12 8 Heroes and Villains  – Beach Boys
19 20 2 Pleasant Valley Sunday  – Monkees
20 New 1 Eternally  – Petula Clark

The Hollies’ ‘That’s My Desire’ was coming under huge threat from Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘The Last Waltz’ which moved up 4 from its debut position of 6 last week, but The Hollies held on to enjoy a 3rd week at the top of the charts. Their other hit, ‘Carrie-Anne’ was pushed out of the number 2 spot by Engelbert’s climber.

While ‘The Last Waltz’ was a star rater, the biggest climber was Anita Harris’ ‘Just Loving You’ which moved up 7 from 19 to 12. This was the 15th time a woman had had the biggest climber (12th if you exclude the 3 times the woman was part of a duet). Harris was also the 4th British woman to manage this with Petula Clark (3 times), Sandie Shaw (2 times) and Jackie Trent (once) being the previous 3.

There were 2 star raters other than the 2 mentioned above, the first was The Tremeloes’ ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ which moved up 6 to 8 to give them their 4th star rater, while Every Mother’s Son picked up their first with ‘Come On Down To My Boat’ which climbed 5 to 13.

Previous chart topper, The Grass Roots’ ‘Lets Live For Today’ fell 7 places this week to take the biggest faller award. The band’s previous hit, ‘Where Were You When I Needed You’ also managed to get this award once.

While Engelbert was enjoying success moving up the charts with ‘The Last Waltz’, his other hit, ‘There Goes My Everything’ dropped off the top 20. It had lasted 10 weeks with us and peaked at 2 and this ended the 1 week run Engelbert had had with 2 in the charts.

Also leaving the charts was Sandy Posey’s ‘I Take It Back’ which been with us for 12 weeks and peaked at 4, a good run, but not nearly matching the chart topping 20 week run of her only other hit to date, ‘Single Girl’. This also ended the song’s 1 week run as the oldest on the chart. The new oldest song was the faller this week, The Grass Roots’ ‘Let’s Live For Today’.

Just last week Lucille Starr would have been disappointed by the 1 week at 20 that her hit ‘Who’s Gonna Stand by Me’ spent on the charts, but instead of sitting around moping about it, she immediately provided a replacement hit with ‘I Love You’ being the first of our 2 new entries this week. This was her 3rd hit to date and the third by a solo Canadian artist (we had seen Steve Karliski chart previously as part of a duet). Starr would tour South Africa with her husband Bob Reagan in 1968, but would be upstaged by the support act, a certain Four Jacks & A Jill.

Petula Clarke showed the boys that anything they could do, she could do as well as she joined The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and The Hollies at the top of the list for number of hits on the charts as her 7th to date entered the charts at 20 this week. Her new one, ‘Eternally’ was written by Charlie Chaplin (yes, the guy in the black & white films) who had also penned her hit ‘This Is My Song’. Chaplin wrote the music for this song for inclusion in the soundtrack to his 1952 film ‘Limelight’. In the film it was called ‘Terry’s Theme’.  Geoff Parsons and John Turner added some lyrics and Jimmy Young recorded the song as ‘Eternally’, his version going to number 8 in the UK in 1953. Petula’s version would not chart on either side of the Atlantic, but would sneak a number 15 peak in Belgium. With both new entries being by woman this week, the female count on the top 20 doubled.

Apart from catching up with the hit count leaders Petula Clark was also celebrating her 50th week in the chart and was the first woman to reach this landmark. However, she sat unmoved at 8 on the weeks count list. The second highest woman on the list was Nancy Sinatra and she was moving up, her 41 weeks putting her tied 12th with Jim Reeves. The Turtles entered the top 20 on that list, their 32 weeks to date placing them tied 20th with Sandy Posey and The New Vaudeville Band.

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