19 January 1968

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 11 Massachusetts  – Bee Gees
2 2 14 Timothy  – Four Jacks & a Jill
3 6 6 Daydream Believer  – Monkees
4 3 13 Timothy  – Carike Keuzenkamp
5 9 6 I’m Coming Home  – Tom Jones
6 5 6 All My Love  – Cliff Richard
7 4 10 Come Back When You Grow Up  – Bobby Vee
8 8 12 The Letter  – Box Tops
9 11 3 Master Jack  – Four Jacks & a Jill
10 7 9 You’ve Not Changed  – Sandie Shaw
11 10 7 Baby Now That I’ve Found You  – Foundations
12 16 3 Love is All Around  – Troggs
13 12 16 The Last Waltz  – Engelbert Humperdinck
14 15 5 Zabadak  – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
15 14 3 Everybody Knows  – Dave Clark Five
16 17 7 Soul Finger  – Bar-Kays
17 13 5 Never My Love  – Association
18 New 1 (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls  – Dionne Warwick
19 19 2 All the Time  – Quinsey
20 New 1 Everybody Knows  – Engelbert Humperdinck

The Bee Gees’ ‘Massachusetts’ became the second song to manage 7 weeks at the top of the charts as it held off all challengers to hold on to the top spot. In second place, former number 1, Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’, became the 7th song to spend 3 straight weeks at 2. Of the other 6, 1 went on to make number 1, 3 never made number 1 and 2 were falling down from number 1. ‘Timothy’ was the first that fell from below number 2 and then came back up to spend its 3 weeks there.

Two songs climbed 4 places to be the star raters and also the biggest climbers this week. The Troggs’ ‘Love Is All Around’ moved up from 16 to 12 to give them their 5th such award while Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’ climbed up from 9 to 5 (no connection to the Dolly Parton song) to become the 4th song to take a biggest climber award after having been a biggest faller.

When The Association sang ‘Never My Love’, they were not singing about being the biggest faller on the chart as this week the song dropped 4 places from 13 to 17 to take that title this week.

Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘The Last Waltz’ kept on dancing and was the oldest on the charts for a second week. It had clocked up 16 weeks so far.

We bid farewell to Donovan’s ‘There Is A Mountain’ which had been with us for 12 weeks and peaked at 4 during that this time. This matched exactly the stats of his best performing song to date, ‘Mellow Yellow’. Working on a points system (20 for a week at 1, 19 for a week at 2 etc), ‘Mellow Yellow’ just pips ‘There Is A Mountain’ with the former managing 125 points while the latter clocked up 124.

We also said farewell to Lucille Starr’s ‘I Love You’ which had enjoyed a 14 weeks stay on the charts and peaked at 3 during that time. This was her best peak to date, but fell 5 weeks short of the 19 that ‘The French Song’ managed.

The first new entry was a first SA Top 20 hit for Dionne Warwick. As the title suggests, ‘(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls’ was the theme to the 1967 film ‘Valley Of The Dolls’ which starred Barbara Parkins and Patty Duke amongst others. The song was written by Andre and Dory Previn. Andre is a composer and conductor while Dory was a singer-songwriter. Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a formidable song writing duo themselves, took the production credits. Dionne was asked to sing the theme song after Judy Garland, who was meant to star in the film and sing the theme song, was fired from the film after missing rehearsals. The song spent 4 weeks at number 2 in the US, kept off the top spot for 3 weeks by Paul Mauriat’s ‘Love Is Blue’ and for a week by Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay’. In the UK it made it to number 28. ‘(Theme From) Valley of The Dolls’ was the 40th by a solo female to make our top 20.

The other new entry was a 4th hit for Engelbert Humperdicnk and as ‘The Last Waltz’ was still on the charts, it meant he had 2 in the top 20 at the same time. He had managed this before when ‘The Last Waltz’ shared the chart with ‘There Goes My Everything’ for 1 week. Engelbert therefore became the 8th act to have at least 2 in the charts in the same week with 2 different pairings. The new song was ‘Everybody Knows’ which also meant that we had 2 version of the song in the chart at the same time as this was the same song as the Dave Clark Five’s one which sat at 15. This was the 13th song we saw to chart in more than 1 version. It was written by Les Reed and Barry Mason, giving Reed his 10th hit to date and moving him 2 clear at the top of the hits count list for song writers with Jagger & Richard of The Rolling Stones sitting in second place on 8. Mason moved into 4th place as he now had 7. With 2 versions of ‘Everybody Knows’ sitting in the charts and the Reed/Mason compositions ‘I’m Coming Home’ by Tom Jones and Engelbert’s other hit, ‘The Last Waltz’, also in top 20, we saw the first time that song writers had 4 in the chart in the same week. No other song writers would manage to have 4 in the top 20, but some would manage it in the top 30 once the charts were extended.

Cliff Richard and Engelbert Humperdinck both celebrated their 40th week in the chart but as Engelbert had 2 in the top 2, he moved on to 41 and sat 16th on the weeks count list. Cliff had to be content with 17thplace. The Troggs moved tied 7th with Herman’s Hermits on 56 weeks. Sandie Shaw and Four Jacks & A Jill both re-entered the top 20 of the list as their 36 weeks each put them tied with Virginia Lee. As they were now level with Virginia Lee, Four Jacks & A Jill were tied 2nd on the local list.

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