10 November 1967

engelbert_waltz

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 6 The Last Waltz  – Engelbert Humperdinck
2 2 4 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
3 6 5 I Love You  – Lucille Starr
4 3 7 Tabatha Twitchit  – Dominos
5 4 8 Even the Bad Times are Good  – Tremeloes
6 5 9 That’s My Desire  – Hollies
7 12 3 Timothy  – Carike Keuzenkamp
8 9 5 Eternally  – Petula Clark
9 8 6 Just Loving You  – Anita Harris
10 11 4 Lightning’s Girl  – Nancy Sinatra
11 13 3 There is a Mountain  – Donovan
12 7 9 I’ll Never Fall in Love Again  – Tom Jones
13 10 6 Come on Down to My Boat  – Every Mother’s Son
14 20 2 The Letter  – Box Tops
15 17 2 Look Across the River  – Ian and Ritchie
16 19 3 Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)  – Mamas and The Papas
17 New 1 When Will the Good Apples Fall  – Seekers
18 New 1 Light My Fire  – Doors
19 New 1 Massachusetts  – Bee Gees
20 15 6 Pleasant Valley Sunday  – Monkees

‘The Last Waltz’ was still dancing around the number 1 spot and was enjoying its 4th week there. This meant that last week it was in 3/4 time for weeks at 1 (a bad joke about Waltzes usually being written in 3/4 time for those of you wondering what I am on about). Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ sat stubbornly at 2, still threatening to end the dance.

The last 4 weeks had seen a woman have at least one of the biggest climbers each week, but this week that sequence was broken as our biggest climber was The Box Tops’ ‘The Letter’ which moved up 6 from 20 to 14. Carike Keuzenkamp’s version of ‘Timothy’ just missed out on making it 5 weeks in a row for a biggest climber by a female artist as the song climbed 5 places, just 1 sort of being biggest climber. This was the only other star rater on the charts. This was the 10th star rater for a local woman with 2 of the previous 9 going to woman as part of a duet.

Tom Jones and The Monkees supplied us with our biggest fallers. While Jones sang ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ he should have sung ‘I’ll Never Fall In The Charts Again’ as his hit dropped 5 places from 7 to 12. The Monkees’ ‘Pleaseant Valley Sunday’ fell its 5 places from 15 to 20.

Alan Price’s first sojourn into our charts lasted just 3 weeks as ‘The House That Jack Built’ crumbled and fell off the top 20. It managed to peak at 15 during that time. He would return to our charts.

The Hollies run with 2 in the charts ended this week with departure of ‘Carrie-Anne’ from the top 20. It had lasted 10 weeks and peaked at 2, their 2nd highest peak to date (their highest peaking song being the one that was left in the charts, ‘That’s My Desire’ which made it to number 1). Their 8 week run with 2 in the charts was beaten only by the 11 sequential week runs with 2 in the charts that Murray Campbell and Tommy Roe had managed. Tom Jones shared an 8 sequential week run with The Hollies. Tom Jones’ ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ and The Hollies other hit, ‘That’s My Desire’ took over as the oldest on the charts, and with both being on 9 weeks, they became the 2nd and 3rd songs to become the oldest as such a low week count (the previous one to become the oldest on 9 weeks was in fact ‘Carrie-Anne’).

Last of the leavers was Frankie Laine’s ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got)’ which had enjoyed a stay of 8 weeks with us, peaking at number 5 in the process. This far outstripped the 2 weeks at 20 that Brook Benton’s version of the song had managed. In total the song spent 10 weeks on the charts in its 2 different versions which ranked it the 10th most successful song to date charting in more than 1 version (‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ by The Bee Gees and The Staccatos managed 10 weeks as well, but had a better peak of 2). Excluding ‘Timothy’ which was currently enjoying 2 versions on the chart, there was only 1 song that had performed worse than ‘Laura (What’s She Got That I Ain’t Got)’ and that was the 5 weeks that ‘Games That Lovers Play’ which charted for Eddie Fisher and Connie Francis.

It was getting crowded at the top of the list of number of hits to date as The Seekers joined The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, The Hollies and Petula Clark there on 7 as their new one, ‘When Will the Good Apples Fall’, arrived at 17 this week. The Aussies were the 4th best represented nation on the charts with 7 hits so far and this was entirely due to the success of The Seekers as we were yet to see another act from down under chart. There had been 54 local songs, 118 from the US and 120 from the UK. ‘When Will The Good Apples Fall’ was penned by Kenny Young who had charted once before as the co-writer of ‘Under The Boardwalk’ which The Rolling Stones had a hit with. The Seekers’ new one would go to 11 in the UK. This would equal their lowest peak there up till then. They would only have 1 further UK hit which would stumble at number 50. The song would not make the US charts.

Jim Morrison and The Doors made their SA Chart debut with ‘Light My Fire’. This was also their US Billboard Hot 100 debut hit where it knocked The Association’s ‘Windy’ from the top spot and went on to spend 3 weeks there. When they performed the song on the Ed Sullivan show, Morrison was asked to change the lyric ‘girl we couldn’t get much higher’ to ‘girl we couldn’t get much better’. Apparently he agreed to do so, but when the time came he retained the original lyric. The song originally spent 1 week at number 49 on the UK charts, then went to number 7 in in 1991 when Oliver Stones’ film about the band was released. It also topped the Irish charts. In 1968 Jose Feliciano took a cover to number 3 in the States and to the top of the Canadian charts. In 2002, UK Pop Idol winner, Will Young took his version to the top of the UK charts for 2 weeks.

The Bee Gees’ second hit to date, ‘Massachusetts’ was the final new entry this week. This gave Maurice his first song writing credit on the charts as only Barry and Robin were credited on their previous offering ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’ and only Barry got credit on ‘Spicks And Speck’ the cover of their song which The Staccatos charted with. ‘Massachusetts’ was the 3rd Bee Gees song to chart in the UK where it gave them their first of 5 number 1s that they have had there so far. In the US it was also their highest peaking song of their career to that date where it went to 11. It would also top the charts in Australia, Germany, Austria, Japan, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway and Rhodesia. A UK poll in 2011 by television channel ITV voted the song the 3rd best Bee Gees’ song behind ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and ‘You Win Again’.

Apart from having the number 1 hit, Engelbert was also celebrating his 30 week I the charts. Tom Jones pulled into tied 2nd place on the weeks count list, his 81 to date equalling The Beach Boys tally and they sat 1 behind the 82 of The Rolling Stones who led the way. The Seekers shrugged off Manfred Mann to sit in 4th place on their own. They had 61 weeks to their name. Petula Clark and The Hollies both moved on to 54 weeks and, while still sitting tied 7th, they no longer shared the spot with The Troggs.

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