8 December 1967


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 5 Massachusetts  – Bee Gees
2 1 7 Timothy  – Carike Keuzenkamp
3 3 8 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
4 4 7 There is a Mountain  – Donovan
5 6 6 The Letter  – Box Tops
6 9 4 Come Back When You Grow Up  – Bobby Vee
7 5 10 The Last Waltz  – Engelbert Humperdinck
8 7 9 I Love You  – Lucille Starr
9 8 6 Look Across the River  – Ian and Ritchie
10 10 12 Even the Bad Times are Good  – Tremeloes
11 12 4 I Heard a Heart Break Last Night  – Jim Reeves
12 14 5 When Will the Good Apples Fall  – Seekers
13 16 3 You’ve Not Changed  – Sandie Shaw
14 13 5 Light My Fire  – Doors
15 11 9 Eternally  – Petula Clark
16 15 3 Carol Corina  – Square Set
17 18 2 Shock Wave  – Invaders
18 19 2 Soul Finger  – Bar-Kays
19 New 1 Baby Now That I’ve Found You  – Foundations
20 20 2 Cold Cold Heart  – Gene Rockwell

The 3 week run that ‘Timothy’ had at 1 (2 weeks with Four Jacks & A Jill’s version and 1 week with Carike Keuzenkamp’s) ended this week as The Bee Gees’ ‘Massachusetts’ became the 50th song to top our chart. We had had 23 number 1s by UK acts, 21 by US acts, 5 by local acts and 1 by an Aussie act. 25 of them had been by groups, 18 by solo males, 6 by solo females and 1 by a duet. The 2 ‘Timothy’s sat at 2 (Carike) and 3 (Four Jacks).

Bobby Vee’s ‘Come Back When You Grow Up’ gave him his first biggest climber award as it moved up 3 places from 9 to 6. It was joined in this small biggest climb by Sandie Shaw’s ‘You’ve Not Changed’ which climbed 3 from 16 to 13. This would be her 3rd biggest climber.

With the biggest climb being just 3 places, there were no star raters this week.

The faller award went to Petula Clark’s ‘Eternally’ which dropped 4 from 11 to 15. This was her 5th biggest faller to date and this placed her tied second for number of biggest fallers, equalling Herman’s Hermits and sitting 1 behind The Rolling Stones’ 6.

The Tremeloes’ ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ was still with us this week, so it enjoyed its second week as the oldest on the charts. Combined with the 4 weeks that ‘Silence Is Golden’ had been the oldest, this was the band’s 6th week in total with an oldest in the charts.

There was just 1 song that left the charts this week and that was The Dominos’ ‘Tabatha Twitchit’. It had been with us for 10 weeks and peaked at 3 during that time. This would be the band’s only SA chart offering. In terms of points (20 for a week at 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc), this was the 11th best performing local song to date clocking up 131 points. Des Lindberg’s ‘Ramlin’ Boy’ led the way on that list with 251 points.

The new entry was an SA chart debut for The Foundations as well as being the debut for the song writers Tony Macauley and John MacLeod. ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’ would give the band a UK number 1 where it knocked our current number 1 from the top spot there and went on to spend 2 weeks at the top of the charts there. It would also top the charts in Canada, get to 11 in The US, 6 in Norway and Rhodesia, 8 in Holland, 12 in Belgium and 33 in Germany. In 2002 Lauren Waterworth, a 13 years old signed by Pete Waterman of Stock, Aitken & Waterman fame, took a cover of the song to 24 in the UK.

Donovan reached the 40 weeks in the chart milestone while Sandie Shaw was 10 weeks behind him, celebrating her 30th. Donovan sat 15th on the weeks count list while Shaw was 26th and the 5th highest woman. Engelbert Humperdinck moved into tied 17th place with 34 weeks to his name. He shared that spot with Cliff Richard and Virginia Lee.

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