29 December 1967

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

1967 closed with the Bee Gees still sitting at the number 1 spot as ‘Massachusetts’ clocked up its 4th week there. Bobby Vee moved into second place with ‘Come Back When You Grow Up’ climbing 1 place from 3. For the first time in 6 weeks we only had 1 version of ‘Timothy’ in the top 5 as Carike Keuzenkamp’s one fell to number 6. The Four Jacks & A Jill version was at 3.

The Association’s only other hit to date, ‘Windy’, had never made biggest climber, but they now managed it with current hit, ‘Never My Love’ which moved up 6 places from 14 to 20. To date just under 57% of biggest climbers had, like ‘Never My Love’, achieved this in their 2nd week on the chart.

The next biggest climb after the 6 places The Association managed, was a mere 3 places, so there were no other star raters this week.

Jim Reeves heard a heart break last night and it may have been his own as his song picked up the faller of the week award. It dropped 4 from 16 to 20 and was his 4th time with this award.

The Tremeloes enjoyed their 9th week in total with an oldest song in the charts. ‘Silence Is Golden’ had clocked up 4 of the 9 and ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good’ had now gone 1 better and was enjoying its 5th week as the oldest. It sat on 15 weeks in the top 20. There were 5 other acts that were in double figures for weeks on the chart.

The Square Set who began their SA chart career on 7 July 1967 would not see any chart action outside of this year as their second hit, ‘Carol Corina’, dropped off the charts this week. It had been with us for 5 weeks and peaked at 15. This ended their SA chart run with 2 hits to their name, a total of 18 weeks and a best peak of 3 with their aforementioned 1st hit.

Despite losing 1 song this week, there were no new entries but, before you get confused, there was a re-entry and that was Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s ‘Zabadak’. It became the 8th song to re-appear in the top 20 after departing and had been absent from the chart for just 1 week.

2 acts celebrated their 30th week in the charts and these were The Tremeloes and Four Jacks & A Jill. In total 29 acts had reached this milestone so far, but Four Jacks & A Jill were only the 5th local act to do so. Jim Reeves moved into 10th place on the weeks count list alongside Nancy Sinatra. They were on 48 weeks. Donovan’s 43rd week in the chart moved him into tied 12th place with Tommy Roe. On the local list, Carike Keuzenkamp moved tied 17th with The Dominos and John E Sharp & The Squires on 10 weeks.

Our top 20 this week had more in common with the UK charts than those in the US as 8 of the top 20 songs listed above appeared on the UK top 50 for the same week while only 4 were in the US Hot 100. However local acts had a greater presence in the US as Hugh Masakela’s ‘Up Up And Away’ sat at 74 in the US Hot 100 this last week of 1967.

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