22 December 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Massachusetts  – Bee Gees
2 2 10 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
3 3 6 Come Back When You Grow Up  – Bobby Vee
4 5 8 The Letter  – Box Tops
5 4 9 Timothy  – Carike Keuzenkamp
6 7 12 The Last Waltz  – Engelbert Humperdinck
7 8 5 You’ve Not Changed  – Sandie Shaw
8 19 2 I’m Coming Home  – Tom Jones
9 17 2 All My Love  – Cliff Richard
10 6 9 There is a Mountain  – Donovan
11 18 2 Daydream Believer  – Monkees
12 10 4 Shock Wave  – Invaders
13 14 3 Baby Now That I’ve Found You  – Foundations
14 11 14 Even the Bad Times are Good  – Tremeloes
15 RE 3 Soul Finger  – Bar-Kays
16 16 6 I Heard a Heart Break Last Night  – Jim Reeves
17 9 11 I Love You  – Lucille Starr
18 15 5 Carol Corina  – Square Set
19 New 1 Wish Me a Rainbow  – Virginia Lee
20 New 1 Never My Love  – Association

‘Massachusetts’ by The Bee Gees enjoyed its 3rd week at the top of our chart, seeing off the challenge of Four Jacks & A Jill’s version of ‘Timothy’ which sat at number 2 for a second week and was looking to regain the number 1 spot.

Tom Jones pulled clear of the 3 other acts who were on 6 biggest climbers as he clocked up his 7th with an 11 place jump from 19 to 8 with ‘I’m Coming Home’. This left The Seekers, The Beach Boys and Nancy Sinatra behind on 6. This was only the 6th time a song had managed an 11 or more place climb and only 1 of the other 5 had been 11 places, with the rest being bigger climbs.

Cliff Richard’s ‘All My Love’ picked up a 3rd star rater climb for him as it moved up 8 from 17 to 9 while a 7 place climb for The Monkees’ ‘Daydream Believer’ gave them their 5th. This week ranked tied 5th for net movement up (i.e. add up the total of the moves up and down for all songs on the top 20) as this totalled 9. The best to date was 21 July 1967 where the net upward movement totalled 15.

The biggest faller went to Lucille Starr’s ‘I Love You’ which dropped 8 places from 9 to 17 (a falling starr you may say). Starr was the 10th woman to have a biggest faller and ‘I Love You’ was the 20th song by a woman (including those that were duets with men, of which there were 5) to take this award.

The Tremeloes ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ continued as the oldest on the charts, it was on14 weeks and had been the oldest for 4 of them.

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s ‘Zabadak’ spent just 1 week in the charts at number 20. This was the 7th song to have a chart run of 1 week at the bottom of the top 20. Of the 6 previous songs to have such a chart run, 1 had managed to re-enter the charts.

The Seekers’ ‘When Will The Good Apples Fall’ equalled their previous highest place for a last week which ‘Morningtown Ride’ managed as it left the charts after sitting at number 13 last week. ‘When Will The Good Apples Fall’ had been with us for 6 weeks and peaked at 12. It was their first song not to go top 10 since ‘I’ll Never Find Another You’ which spent just 1 week at 16, but that was on the very first chart.

While The Seekers were equalling their highest last week position, Ian & Ritchie were setting new heights for the last week position for a local song as their ‘Look Across The River’ left the chart from number 12. Three local songs previously held the record having finished their chart runs at number 13. ‘Look Across The River’ spent 7 weeks on the charts and peaked at 8. It would be the duo’s only SA chart hit.

The Bar-Kays’ ‘Soul Finger’ became the 7th song to re-enter the charts after falling off them and it did so at the second highest position to date for a re-entry, arriving back at 15. Only Matt Monro’s ‘Wednesday’s Child’, which re-entered at 14 had returned at a higher position.

Gene Rockwell’s time alone at the top of the list of number of hits by a local artist lasted just 3 weeks as this week Virginia Lee drew level with him again as her hit ‘Wish Me A Rainbow’ entered the charts. The song was originally recorded by Mary Badham and was included in the soundtrack to the 1966 film ‘This Property Is Condemned’ which starred Natalie Wood, Robert Redford and Charles Bronson. The song has been recorded by a number of different artists including Astrud Gilberto and Patti Page. With this hit Lee also drew level with Nancy Sinatra for number of top 20 hits and together they sat 1 behind Petula Clark who led the way for women. Petula on 7 was tied second on the overall list.

The final new entry was ‘Never My Love’, a 2nd SA hit for The Association. The song written by Dick & Don Adrissi and The Associations version would be the most successful recording of it as it went to number 2 in the US (number 1 on the alternate US chart produced by Cashbox Magazine). It was kept off the top spot by The Box Tops’ ‘The Letter’ (our number 4 hit this week).The song has also been covered by a variety of artists with some making the US charts  – The Sandpebbles #98 in 1968, 5th Dimension #12 inn 1971 and Blue Swede #7 in 1974. The Adrissi Brothers own version which they eventually recorded in 1977, made it to number 80. The song did not really make it across the Atlantic though as the only version to chart there was reggae artist Sugar Minott’s version which made it to number 52 in 1981.

Donovan moved into tied 13th place on the weeks count list. He joined The Beatles and The Mamas & The Papas on 42 weeks. The Monkees moved on to 33 weeks and crept into the top 20 of that list, joining local lad Murray Campbell there. On the local front, Viginia Lee’s new entry was not enough to move her up the weeks count list as she sat 2nd but was still 4 weeks behind leader Gene Rockwell. Four Jacks & A Jill went to 5 (well that is 4 Jacks plus 1 Jill) where they were level with The Staccatos on 29. The Square Set moved tied 7th with Jody Wayne on 18 while Carike Keuzenkamp’s 9 weeks with ‘Timothy’ put her in the local top 20 list, sharing 19th spot with Judy Page and Theo Cavalieros.

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