27 October 1967

engelbert_waltz

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 4 The Last Waltz  – Engelbert Humperdinck
2 3 6 Even the Bad Times are Good  – Tremeloes
3 5 5 Tabatha Twitchit  – Dominos
4 2 7 That’s My Desire  – Hollies
5 11 2 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
6 4 7 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Tom Jones
7 8 4 Just Loving You  – Anita Harris
8 9 3 I Love You  – Lucille Starr
9 10 4 Come on Down to My Boat  – Every Mother’s Son
10 15 3 Eternally  – Petula Clark
11 7 7 Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)  – Frankie Laine
12 6 9 Carrie-Anne  – Hollies
13 19 2 Lightning’s Girl  – Nancy Sinatra
14 14 4 Pleasant Valley Sunday  – Monkees
15 18 2 The House That Jack Built  – Alan Price
16 12 5 Ode to Billy Joe  – Bobbie Gentry
17 New 1 There is a Mountain  – Donovan
18 New 1 Timothy  – Carike Keuzenkamp
19 16 4 Death of a Clown  – Dave Davies
20 New 1 Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)  – Mamas and The Papas

The last shall be first, or so the saying goes and this week Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘The Last Waltz’ was the first song on the top 20, enjoying a second week at number 1. The previous chart topper, The Hollies’ ‘That’s My Desire’ dropped 2 to 4 while The Tremeleos’ ‘Even the Bad Times are Good’, moved up 1 into second place.

We had 2 biggest climbers this week, the first being Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘hit ‘Timothy’ which moved up 6 from 11 to 5. This was the band’s second time with the biggest climber and the 24th time a local song had managed this. Joining them in a 6 place climb was Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Lightning’s Girl’ which moved up from 19 to 13. This was Sinatra’s 6th time with the biggest climber and she joined The Seekers, The Beach Boys and Tom Jones for the most number of biggest climbers to date. She was also 3 ahead of nearest female rival Petula Clark. With Lucille Starr taking this honour last week and Anita Harris the week before, this was the first occasion we had had a female artist take biggest climber for 3 weeks running.

The only other song to make star rater status was Petula Clark’s ‘Eternally’ which climbed 5 places to number 10. She was on 9 star raters, 1 behind Nancy Sinatra who not only was tied at the top of the list for biggest climbers, but also shared top spot for number of star raters with Tomn Jones and The Rolling Stones.

The Hollies experienced their 3rd time with the biggest faller as ‘Carrie-Anne’ took those honours this week. It fell 6 places from 6 to 12.

Last week’s biggest faller, Frank Sinatra’s ‘The World We Knew’ fell again this week, but this time its resting place went beyond the top 20. It had enjoyed 5 weeks in the chart and a peak of 9. As mentioned when the song was a new entry, his previous 2 hits had both topped the UK, US and SA charts, so this was certainly a break with tradition for Frank. He would, however, not redeem himself from this as we would not see him on our top 20 again. His total chart career was 3 hits (including his duet with his daughter Nancy), 26 weeks and , as mentioned above, 2 number 1s, 4 weeks with ‘Strangers In The Night’ and 1 with the duet ‘Somethin’ Stupid’.

The Royal Guardsmen’s ‘The Airplane Song’ was in the departure lounge last week and took off this week. It had spent 11 weeks on the chart and peaked at 36,000 feet, sorry that should read number 6. This would be the only flight that the Royal Guardsmen took in our chart. This opened the way for The Hollies’ ‘Carrie-Anne’ to take over as the oldest on the charts. It was on 9 weeks which would be the all-time lowest weeks count on which a song became the oldest in the chart. This was the first of 15 times a 9 week old song would become the oldest in the chart.

Last to go was ‘Jackson’, the duet between Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood. It had been with us for 8 weeks and peaked at 4 during that time. Apart from when ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ left the top 20, this would be the only other time we would see both Frank and Nancy Sinatra leave the top 20 at the same time. Unlike Frank, Nancy still had 1 in the chart (‘Lightning’s Girl’ at 13) and would have further chart success.

Donovan returned to the charts after a 33 week absence as his hit ‘There Is A Mountain’ was the first of our new entries this week. Donovan had at one point held the record for the biggest gaps between hits, but this one only ranked tied 23rd biggest gap to date. Donovan penned the song which would give him a number a number 8 hit in the UK and 11 in the US. It also went to 3 in Rhodesia. Both The Allman Brothers Band and The Grateful Dead have picked up on the tune of this song during live jams and Dandy Livingstone and Kenny Loggins have both covered it.

Carike Keuzenkamp became the 5th local female to chart on our top 20 as, ‘Timothy’, arrived at number 18 this week. ‘Timothy’ was now the 12th song to chart in more than 1 version (Four Jacks & A Jill’s cover was at number 5) and the 4th where at least 2 of the versions had been by local acts. Carike, who was born Elizabeth Maria Magdalena van Zyl in Den Haag in The Netherlands, performed the song in the film ‘Die Professor en die Prikkelpop’ which could account for its popularity. The film was directed by Jamie Uys and starred Gert van den Berg and Gordon Mullholland amongst others. Apart from her singing, Keuzenkamp would also be well known as a TV presenter of children’s shows, especially ‘Kraaines’.

The Mamas And The Papas were also returning to our charts this week. Their 5th hit to date was ‘Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)’. The song is widely regarded by critics as the band’s ‘last great single’. It failed to make into the UK charts and would be their last top 20 hit in the US where it peaked at 20. 6 more songs by the band made the Hot 100, but their best peak amongst those was 26. At 42 characters, this was the longest song title to chart to date with 10 more characters than previous best ‘The House With The White Washed Gables’ by Four Jacks & A Jill which has 32. This excludes all punctuation and spaces.

2 acts celebrated milestones in the weeks on the chart department. The Mamas And The Papas were enjoying their 40th week while The Hollies clocked up their half century. In fact, The Hollies actually moved on to 51, scoring 2 with 2 hits in the charts this week. However, they remained at  9 on the overall weeks count list as the artist above them, Petula Clark, who had been on 51 last week, now moved on to 52. The Mamas And The Papas were also unmoved on the list at 14 as Jim Reeves, the artist above them, had been 2 ahead last week. Donovan moved tied 16th with Cliff Richard and Virginia Lee with 34 to his name.

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