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MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS

1967

1967 was the year of Flower Power, the peak of the Hippy movement, the year that brought Psychedelia to the music scene, and the hot season was named the Summer of Love.  Flower Power started in San Francisco, USA amongst the Hippies there, who preached "make love, not war", wore flowers in their hair and not necessarily much else.  Flower Power gave us hits from the Beatles ("All You Need Is Love"), and the Rolling Stones ("We Love You"), as well as hits that name-checked San Francisco from Scott McKenzie and the Flowerpot Men.  Psychedelia resulted in a number of hits with strange titles and indecipherable lyrics.  These included "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", "Paper Sun", "Itchycoo Park", "Pictures of Matchstick Men", "I Can Hear The Grass Grow", Kites, and several others.

The off-shore "pirate" radio stations were killed off by the government of the UK in August.  They made it illegal to advertise or work on the stations, which effectively closed them down.  Radio Caroline defiantly continued for a few months, but eventually gave up too.  To compensate the young fans of pop radio, the BBC were forced to start the new Radio 1 in late September.  Many of the pirate DJs joined the station, and continued playing records.  Famously, Tony Blackburn was the first voice on Radio 1, and he is still broadcasting some 50 plus years later.

Several new acts made their debuts in 1967.  One of he biggest was the American band the Monkees, who not only had a string of hit records, but their own TV show as well.  Most of the new major acts in this year were British.  Bands the Move, the Tremeloes (formerly Brian Poole's backing group), Traffic, and the long-lasting Bee Gees all had their first hits in 1967.  Solo performer Cat Stevens started his chart run, but it was the unexpected easy-listening crooner Engelbert Humperdinck who enjoyed the greatest success, even keeping the Beatles off the top spot in March, and ending up with the top three best-selling singles of 1967.

The year also saw the return to the charts of Lulu, after her total absence in 1966, and Tom Jones finally started a consistent run of Top 10 hits through to the end of the 1960s, and into the early 1970s.  The existing big hitters, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, and the Kinks all produced several hits in the year, although Manfred Mann and Herman's Hermits were a bit thinner than previously chart-wise.  Ever-present Cliff Richard had three Top 10 hits in 1967, but Elvis Presley was still in the doldrums, with his biggest hit peaking at number 21.

These are my personal favourite recordings from this particular year, listed in the order in which they entered the UK hit singles chart.  You may not agree with my choices, but these were UK chart hits* that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as Radio Luxembourg (throughout the year), Radio Caroline, Radio London ("Big L"), and many other off-shore radio stations (until August), and BBC Radio 1 from October 1967.

* Some recordings in this list were hits in the USA only, and one was not a hit at all.  Details with applicable songs.

 


1

Title: I'm A Believer
Artist: The Monkees
Writer(s): Neil Diamond (major performer from the 1970s onwards)
Entered chart 5 Jan 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

The Monkees was a band put together by American TV executives for a series featuring a group of young men who were trying to become a successful rock 'n' roll band.  The personnel comprised Americans Micky Dolenz (born 8 Mar 1945), Michael Nesmith (born 30 Dec 1942), and Peter Tork (born 13 Feb 1942); plus British actor and singer Davy Jones (30 Dec 1945 - 29 Feb 2012).  Although they were not primarily musicians, they made several major hit records, as well as filming the TV series, which ran from September 1966 to March 1968 in the USA.  It was shown on British TV and in many countries around the world.  1967 was their main year of success in the UK, with six hit singles, four of which made the Top 10, including their debut hit which reached Number One, and they enjoyed two chart-topping albums in that year.  Chart success was comparatively short-lived, however.  1968 saw them with four hits, two of which only reached the Top 20, and two others that just entered the Top 50.  There were no more after that.  They did not play any instruments on the first hits, but gradually they were able to insist on playing and having a greater say in the recorded output.  Despite the cancellation of the TV show, they continued with concert appearances until 1971.  There have been some reunion concerts in the decades since.  Despite the death of Jones in 2012, a tour took place later that year, and the most recent was in 2016.


2

Title: A Place In The Sun
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Writer(s): Ronald Miller & Bryan Wells (USA writers who penned further hits for Wonder)
Entered chart 5 Jan 1967; Highest Position 20; Weeks on chart 5.

Stevie Wonder was born on 13 May 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, USA, but he grew up in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  He was blind almost from birth, but began singing in a church choir as a child.  He was signed to Tamla Motown records at the age of eleven, and made several records.  In 1963, when he was 12, he had his first hit, "Fingertips", which went to number one on the USA charts.  His next few releases, however, did not reach the charts, and there was a danger that Motown might drop him.  However, he was given one last chance to produce a hit, and with his musical mentors, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby, he wrote "Uptight (Everything's Alright)".  The single reached number 3 in the USA, peaking at number 14 in the UK - his debut hit there.  His career grew from there with a series of hit singles and albums over the following years.  By the end of the 20th century, he had scored 54 hit singles and a dozen hit albums in the UK.  He has continued to record and perform until the present time, although at greater intervals than in the earlier decades.  His most recent original album release was in 2005.
# This recording was his first Top 20 hit since his debut in February 1966.  Despite reaching the Top 10 in the USA, it peaked at a disappointing number 20 in the UK.  Nevertheless Wonder was in the British Top 10 in the summer of 1967 with his next release (song 61).


3

Title: Night Of Fear
Artist: The Move
Writer(s): Roy Wood
Entered chart 
5 Jan 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 10.

The Move was a five-piece band formed in Birmingham, England in 1965, comprising the former members of other Midlands bands.  The main members were Roy Wood (born 8 Nov 1947) and Carl Wayne (18 Aug 1943 - 31 Aug 2004).  Wood wrote most of their hits and Wayne was the lead vocalist, although from 1968 Wood often performed the lead vocals instead.  In 1966 they signed a contract with Decca's Deram label, and their first release, "Night Of Fear" climbed to number two in the UK charts early in 1967.  Two further Top 10 hits graced the UK charts during 1967, and they eventually scored ten hits by 1972.  In 1968 their original bassist departed, and the band continued as a quartet, and some other personnel changes took place.  Wayne left in 1970, and Jeff Lynne joined the group that year.  After their final hit in 1972, Wood and Lynne evolved the band into the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).  However, Wood left after the release of ELO's first album, and he went on to form the band Wizzard, which is most famous for the 1973 Christmas hit "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday".  That recording reappears every December on radio and in shopping centres.  Jeff Lynne went on the have enormous success with ELO through the 1970s and 1980s.
# The main riff and the bass line in the chorus of "Night Of Fear" is derived from Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.


4

Title: Matthew And Son
Artist: Cat Stevens
Writer(s): Cat Stevens
Entered chart 
12 Jan 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 10.

Cat Stevens was born on 21 Jul 1948 in central London, England.  His father was Greek-Cypriot and his mother Swedish.  They ran a restaurant in the West End of London, and the family lived above it.  Cat developed an interest in music at a young age and at 15 had his first guitar.  Once he had left school he began performing in local pubs and coffee houses.  When only 18 he was spotted by a record producer who arranged a recording contract.  His first hit came in the autumn of 1966, "I Love My Dog", which he had written himself, and which reached number 28 in the UK charts.  His next release, "Matthew And Son", taken from his debut album of the same title, climbed to number two in the charts.  He enjoyed considerable success though to the late 1970s, but in 1979 converted to the Muslim faith and went into musical retirement.  At that time he changed his name to Yusuf Islam.  He returned to some recording again in the 2000s under his new name.


5

Title: Standing In The Shadows Of Love
Artist: The Four Tops
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 
12 Jan 1967; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 8.

The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detriot, USA.  The original members were Levi Stubbs (1936-2008), Abdul "Duke" Fakir (born 1935), Renaldo "Obie" Benson (1936-2005) and Lawrence Payton (1938-1997).  They remained together for over four decades, performing from 1953 until 1997 without a change in personnel, until the death of Lawrence Payton.  They began as the Four Aims, but changed the name to the Four Tops in 1956 when they signed with Chess records.  No hits were forthcoming until they joined Tamla Motown in 1963, following which they enjoyed a string of hits through the 1960s.  They left Motown in 1972, but the success continued into the 1980s and beyond.  Their first Number One in the USA came in 1965 when "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" topped the charts there.  Motown, as a music genre was not established in the UK at that time, and the recording stalled at number 23 in the UK.  Their first major hit in Britain, and Number One, arrived in 1966 with "Reach Out I'll Be There", followed by more Top 10 entries in 1967 and 1968.  In the end they had more Top 10 hits in the UK than in the USA - eleven to seven - the last British entry coming in 1989.  The members who have passed away have been replaced, and the group continues to perform, with Abdul "Duke" Fakir the only original member.
# This was the group's follow-up to their Number One hit in autumn 1966, "Reach Out I'll Be There" (year 1966, song 85).  They were in the Top 10 again in the spring of 1967 (song 27).


6

Title: Sugar Town
Artist: Nancy Sinatra
Writer(s): Lee Hazlewood
Producer: Lee Hazlewood 
Entered chart 
19 Jan 1967; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 10.

Nancy Sinatra is the daughter of singing legend Frank Sinatra.  Nancy was born on 8 Jun 1940 in New Jersey, USA, but grew up in Los Angeles.  She began music and singing lessons at a young age in Hollywood.  She started appearing on TV in her early twenties, mostly on her father's shows.  She signed with Sinatra's Reprise records in 1961, but early releases did not fare very well.  However, in 1965 she began a collaboration with songwriter and producer Lee Hazlewood, who had crafted most of Duane Eddy's hit records in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  He wrote "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", and produced Nancy's recording of the song.  It was an immediate hit, climbing to Number One on both sides of the Atlantic.  A year later she reached number two in the UK with "Sugar Town",  and in the same year recorded the James Bond film theme "You Only Live Twice".  She also recorded several duets with Hazlewood, which were hits in both countries, including the 1971 release "Did You Ever" which reached number two in the UK.  She has continued recording and performing on and off up to the present time.
# "Sugar Town was her first Top 10 hit since "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" a year earlier (year 1966, song 8).  1967 turned out to be a successful year for Sinatra, with two solo hits and two duets in the UK charts.
# The B-side of "Sugar Town" was a duet between Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood called "Summer Wine", a soulful ballad also written by Hazlewood.  The track received some airplay at the time, and climbed to number 49 in the USA charts.  It sometimes crops up on oldies radio even now.


7

Title: Let's Spend The Night Together
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Writer(s): Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Entered chart 
19 Jan 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 10.

The Rolling Stones debuted on the British charts in 1963, and started a career which challenged the Beatles for the "top band" accolade during the 1960s.  The band comprised lead singer Mick Jagger (born 26 Jul 1943), guitarists Keith Richards (born 18 Dec 1943) and Brian Jones (28 Feb 1942 - 3 Jul 1969), bassist Bill Wyman (born 24 Oct 1936) and drummer Charlie Watts (born 2 Jun 1941).  Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool during 1969, and was replaced by Mick Taylor, formerly of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.  Taylor left in 1974 and was replaced by Ronnie Wood (formerly of the Faces) who remains in the band at the present time.  Bill Wyman left in 1997 and has since toured and recorded with his own band.  The Stones clocked up 15 hits during the 1960s, including eight number ones.  Hits continued in the singles and album charts through the following decades up to the present time.  They still embark on world tours in the 21st century, and toured the UK in 2018.
# This recording was a double A-side with "Ruby Tuesday" (see song 8 below).  In the USA, "Let's Spend The Night Together" received less airplay because of the sexual connotations in the title and lyric.  "Ruby Tuesday" was played extensively on radio and thus reached Number One in the American charts, whilst the flip side peaked at number 55.
# The recording was made at the RCA studios in Hollywood, where most of their recent output had been recorded.


8

Title: Ruby Tuesday
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Writer(s): Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Entered chart 
19 Jan 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 10.

This was part of the Double A-side hit with song 7 above.  The two tracks were listed together in the UK charts but separately in several overseas countries, including the USA.
# The title of the song inspired the naming of the American restaurant chain, also called Ruby Tuesday.


9

Title: I'm A Man
Artist: The Spencer Davis Group
Writer(s): Steve Winwood & Jimmy Miller
Entered chart 
26 Jan 1967; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 7.

The Spencer Davis Group was formed in Birmingham, England in 1963 by Spencer Davis with lead vocalist Steve Winwood.  They signed a recording contract in 1964, and their first (minor) hit came in November that year.  More recordings were issued, but they all peaked at low positions on the charts until December 1965 when the single "Keep On Running" reached number one in the UK charts.  This was quickly followed by another chart-topper, "Somebody Help Me", in spring 1966.  They had two more Top 10 hits, the first in November 1966 and the second in early 1967.  Steve Winwood left the group in April 1967 to form the band Traffic.  Winwood's brother, Muff, bass player in the group, also left to become a producer and A&R man at their record company.  Replacements were recruited and two more singles reached the Top 40.  They split in 1969.  However, there have been subsequent reunion concert tours into the 2000s, but only Davis now remains from the original lineup.
# This was the band's final entry in the UK Top 10.  Their two following hits reached numbers 30 and 35 by January 1968.


10

Title: Release Me
Artist: Engelbert Humperdinck
Writer(s): Eddie Miller, James Pebworth & Robert Yount
Entered chart 
26 Jan 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 56.

Engelbert Humperdinck was born on 2 May 1936 in Madras, India to British parents while his father was serving in the British army in that country.  They all returned to England in 1946 where he completed his schooling.  He began singing in his late teens using the stage name Gerry Dorsey, and had the opportunity to start recording in 1958, but none of his output reached the charts.  In 1965 he changed management to Gordon Mills who was Tom Jones' manager.  Mills suggested changing his name to that of a 19th century German composer.  So as Engelbert Humperdinck, he started a new career.  His breakthrough came in 1967, when having recorded "Release Me", he was able to perform the song on the popular TV show "Sunday Night At The London Palladium", standing in for the unwell Dickie Valentine.  This instantly changed his life.  The record climbed to Number One in the UK charts, remaining on the charts for an amazing 56 weeks, and keeping the Beatles off the top spot in March 1967.  Two more major hits followed in the same year, and by the end he had the top three best-selling singles of 1967.  Success continued through the following decades, and from the mid-1970s onwards he spent a great deal of time performing in the USA, much of it in Las Vegas.  He has continued to perform and record into the 21st century, giving concerts in most parts of the world.  An album celebrating his 50 years in the charts was released in 2017, which reached number five in the UK album chart.  He splits his time between homes in Leicestershire, England and Los Angeles, California.
# "Release Me" was written in 1949, and several versions were recorded in the early 1950s. Three versions were in the American charts during 1954.


11

Title: It Takes Two
Artist: Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
Writer(s): William "Mickey" Stevenson & Sylvia Moy
Entered chart 
26 Jan 1967; Highest Position 16; Weeks on chart 11.

Marvin Gaye (2 Apr 1939 - 1 Apr 1984) was born in Washington DC, USA.  He joined a Doo-Wop group whilst still at high school, but in 1960 he moved to Detroit, and having been seen singing by Barry Gordy Jr, he was signed to Gordy's record label Tamla Motown.  He had a few smallish hits in the USA from 1962, and his first British hit came in 1964, although it only just entered the Top 50.  His early successes were duets with female performers - first with Mary Wells, then with Kim Weston, and later with Tammi Terrell.  He is probably best remembered for his 1970s and 1980s hits which often contained social commentary and civil rights messages.  Gaye was shot dead by his own father, when Gaye was just 44 and arguably at the peak of his career.  
Kim Weston was born on 20 Dec 1939 in Detroit, USA, and signed with Motown in 1961.  She made several recordings with moderate success in the USA, but her only hit in the UK was this duet with Marvin Gaye.
# In 1990 the song was recorded as a duet by Rod Stewart and Tina Turner.  The single reached number five in the UK charts late in that year.  It was also used in a Pepsi TV commercial, but did not chart in the USA.


12

Title: Last Train To Clarksville
Artist: The Monkees
Writer(s): Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
Entered chart 
26 Jan 1967; Highest Position 23; Weeks on chart 7.

This was actually the group's debut single in the USA which was released there in August 1966, reaching Number One on the American charts in November that year.  The band's TV show was not shown in the UK until later in 1966, and their second recording, "I'm A Believer", became their first hit in the UK in January 1967 (song 1).  As a result, interest in the earlier release caused a lift in sales, and it entered the Top 30 whilst "I'm A Believer" was at Number One.  The Monkees were in the Top 10 again in April 1967 (song 30).


13

Title: This Is My Song
Artist: Petula Clark
Writer(s): Charlie Chaplin (famous silent movie actor in the 1920s)
Entered chart 
2 Feb 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

Petula Clark was born on 15 Nov 1932 in Surrey, England.  She became a child star at the age of nine when she broadcast on radio for the first time.  This led to numerous singing opportunities on wartime radio.  In 1944 she was given her first film role, and she had appeared in 14 films by 1950.  In the early 1950s she began making records, and her first hit came in the summer of 1954 when she was 21 years old.  Clark went on to become a major international star with numerous world-wide hits, particularly in the 1960s with songs written and produced by Tony Hatch.  In the 1990s and 2000s she went into stage musicals, both in the UK and America.  She  was still recording and performing in the 2010s, and issued a new album in 2016.
# The song was written by veteran actor Charlie Chaplin for the 1967 film "A Countess From Hong Kong", which he wrote and directed.  Although he wrote the lyrics as well, only an instrumental version was used on the film soundtrack.  Clark's recording became her second and final Number One in the UK charts (the first being "Sailor" in 1961 - see year 1961, song 8).  Her regular writer/producer, Tony Hatch, did not like the song, and did not participate in the recording.  However, the Clark/Hatch team was back together for her next hit in May this year (song 41).
# Big-voiced tenor and comedian, Harry Secombe also recorded the song, and his version was a hit at the same time, peaking at number two in the UK charts.


14

Title: Here Comes My Baby
Artist: The Tremeloes
Writer(s): Cat Stevens
Entered chart 
2 Feb 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

The Tremeloes is a beat music group formed in Dagenham, Essex, UK in 1958.  Originally the group included vocalist Brian Poole, and they had several hits from 1963 to 1965 as Brian Poole and The Tremeloes.  Poole decided to leave for a (unsuccessful) solo career in 1966.  Although there were personnel changes both before and after, at the time of this hit the members were Len "Chip" Hawkes and Dave Munden, who shared the lead vocals, Rick Westwood and Alan Blakley.  Their first couple of singles failed to chart, but "Here Comes My Baby", written by Cat Stevens set them off on a successful chart career up to 1970.  They have continued to perform on 1960s revival tours with other bands of the era, although Dave Munden is now the only original member.
# The song, written by new-comer Cat Stevens (see song 4), was featured on his album "Matthew And Son", which reached the Top 10 of the album chart during the first half of 1967.


15

Title: Mellow Yellow
Artist: Donovan
Writer(s): Donovan
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 
9 Feb 1967; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 8.

Donovan was born on 10 May 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland.  His simple Folk music style became popular in the mid-1960s, and some commentators dubbed him as Britain's Bob Dylan.  He and his family moved to southern England when he was 10, and he developed an interest in music, particularly Folk music.  He learned to play guitar and spent some time busking during 1964, as well as writing songs.  He was offered a recording deal by Pye records late in 1964 and his first single, "Catch The Wind" was a Top 10 hit.  As time went on his songs turned more to "flower power" and Psychedelia, which were popular movements of their time.  From 1965 to 1968 he enjoyed nine hits, seven of which reached the Top 10, and he had much success in the USA as well.  Hit albums reached the chart until 1973.  He continued performing and occasionally recording through the following decades, and still makes some appearances in the 21st century.
# This was his follow-up to "Sunshine Superman" of December (year 1966, song 97).  His new producer, Mickie Most, was having the right effect on his recordings after the eleven months without a hit in 1966.  However, his next release, called "Epistle To Dippy", was not released in the UK, despite reaching number 19 in the USA.  His next British hit came in October 1967 (song 88).


16

Title: There's A Kind Of Hush
Artist: Herman's Hermits
Writer(s): Geoff Stephens & Les Reed
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 
9 Feb 1967; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 11.

Herman's Hermits were formed in Manchester, England in early 1964, with lead singer Peter Noone (born 5 Nov 1947).  They quickly acquired a manager who arranged a contract with EMI records and producer Mickie Most.  Their debut single, "I'm Into Something Good", a cover of an American song, rose up the charts and was at number one by the end of September 1964.  It was released in the USA and reached number 13.  They soon became a major band on both sides of the Atlantic.  In the UK they amassed ten Top 10 hits by 1970, and eleven in America by 1967.  In the USA they issued several old music hall style songs, such as "I'm Henry The Eighth I Am", which were very successful there.  Such recordings were not issued in the UK.  Noone left the band in 1971 for a solo career.  The remainder recruited a new lead singer and they have toured for many years.  Peter Noone only had one hit as a soloist, that was in 1971.  Noone now tours as Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone.  The rival group, with only one original member, tours as Herman's Hermits.  Peter Noone is now a naturalised US citizen, currently living in Santa Barbara, California.
# The song was first recorded by the British group, the New Vaudeville Band, on their 1966 album "Winchester Cathedral".  The Herman's Hermits version reached number 4 in the USA, but it was their final Top 10 entry in that country.  In contrast they had four more Top 10s in the UK.
# In 1976, American easy-listening duo, The Carpenters recorded the song.  It peaked at number 22 in the UK, but got as high as number 12 in the USA.


17

Title: On A Carousel
Artist: The Hollies
Writer(s): Allan Clarke, Graham Nash & Tony Hicks (members of the Hollies)
Entered chart 
16 Feb 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

The Hollies was a beat group from Manchester, England.  It was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash in 1962, and by early summer 1963 they had their first hit.  In the autumn of that year they made their debut in the Top 10 with a recording of a former American chart topper, "Stay".  This started a run of fifteen Top 10 hits by the end of the 1960s, and they continued successfully into the 1970s as well.  They became one of the most successful bands of the 1960s, although they only reached the top of the UK charts once in that decade.  They finally broke into the USA charts in 1966, and enjoyed six Top 10 hits there.  In 1968, founding member Graham Nash left the group, moving to California where he teamed up with guitarist Stephen Stills (formerly with Buffalo Springfield), and David Crosby (formerly with the Byrds) to form one of the first super groups, Crosby, Stills & Nash.  In 1971, Alan Clarke also left to pursue a solo career, but he returned in 1973 when the band was enjoying success in the USA.  With some changes of personnel, the group continued to perform through to the 1990s, mostly in the guise of a sixties revival group.  Clarke finally retired in 2000, but the Hollies still perform on the nostalgia circuit.
# This recording was the band's first hit of 1967, and followed "Stop Stop Stop" of October 1966.  Another Top 10 came in the summer 1967 (song 44), but their autumn release stalled at number 18.  However, more Top 10s came in 1968 and 1969.


18

Title: Detroit City
Artist: Tom Jones
Writer(s): Danny Dill & Mel Tillis (American Country music singer-songwriters)
Entered chart 
16 Feb 1967; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 10.

Tom Jones was born on 7 Jun 1940 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales.  For over six decades he has been an international star with TV series in the UK and USA, and seasons in Las Vegas.  In his seventies he continues to perform and act as a judge on a TV talent contest.  He began singing with a group called Tommy Scott & the Senators in the early 1960s.  They performed in local venues and even made a couple of records.  Then in 1964 Jones was spotted by artist manager Gordon Mills.  He took Jones to London and arranged a contract with Decca Records.  Jones' first hit, "It's Not Unusual", started a life-long career in showbiz.  In 1966 he recorded the theme to the James Bond film "Thunderball", and had his second number one "Green Green Grass Of Home".  1967 saw him jet off for his first of many seasons in Las Vegas.  The big hits continued through the 1960s, but chart entries were thinner after that.  Nevertheless he remained immensely popular on both sides of the Atlantic, and in 1999 he released an album of duets, "Reload", which went to Number One in the UK album chart.  Several singles were released from the album, including "Sex Bomb" which peaked at number three on the singles chart in May 2000 when he was almost 60 years old.  He continues to perform on TV, issue albums, and since 2012 has been a judge/coach on the UK version of the talent show "The Voice".
# This recording started a run of Top 10 hits for Jones through to the early 1970s.  Since his debut Number One hit in early 1965, he had missed out on a Top 10 placing in the charts, despite recording a couple of film themes, one of which was for a James Bond movie, until he made it to Number One again in late 1966 with "Green Green Grass Of Home".  That was followed by eight Top 10 hits by the end of 1969.


19

Title: Georgy Girl
Artist: The Seekers
Writer(s): Tom Springfield & Jim Dale
Entered chart 
23 Feb 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 11.

The Seekers are an Australian Folk-influenced group, formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1962.  The four-piece band comprised female lead singer Judith Durham (born 3 Jul 1943), Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley.  They performed and recorded in Australia before going to the UK in 1964.  There they were given the chance to perform on a few TV variety shows where they met Tom Springfield.  He offered them the song "I'll Never Find Another You", which they recorded in late 1964 and saw it rise to Number One in the UK and Australia, and number 4 in the USA.  This was followed by seven Top 20 hits, including the UK Number One "The Carnival Is Over" (in October 1965), through to 1967.  They also toured in the UK and Australia.  In the summer of 1968, Judith Durham announced that she was leaving for a solo career, and the group disbanded.  In 1992 the members of the group met up for the first time in 20 years and decided to perform a reunion concert tour during 1993, and they have performed occasionally up to the present time, including fiftieth anniversary tours of Australia and the UK in 2013-2014.
# This song is from the 1967 film of the same title, which starred Lynn Redgrave.
# This recording turned out to the group's last Top 10 hit.  Their next release just missed out by peaking at number eleven (song 79), but their final hit, in December 1967, only reached number 50 for one week on the UK charts.  As mentioned above, the group disbanded in the following year.


20

Title: Penny Lane
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 
23 Feb 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 11.

The Beatles were a pop group from Liverpool, England who became the most popular and well-known music group in the world during the 1960s.  They also conquered America, becoming the biggest band there.  The members were John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980), Paul McCartney (born 18 Jun 1942), George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001), and Ringo Starr (born 7 Jul 1940).  All four were born and raised in Liverpool, England.  They began with live performances in Liverpool, then Hamburg in Germany.  Brian Epstein saw them, and offered to be their manager.  He arranged a record deal with EMI's Parlophone label, which had producer and arranger George Martin in charge.  During the following seven years, The Beatles and Martin crafted a string of new and innovative singles and albums that kept them at the top of the charts worldwide, and inspired countless other musicians.  They went on to have 21 consecutive Top 4 singles from 1963 to 1970, with 17 reaching number one - eleven of those consecutive.  On the album front, they had eleven number one original studio albums, the biggest being the 1967 concept album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" which remained in the UK album chart for a year initially, but has clocked up 149 weeks (nearly three years!) subsequently.  However, internal differences between band members led to the band's breakup in April 1970.  All four members went on to have successful solo careers.
# This release was the first to miss out on a Number One placing since "From Me To You" in spring 1963 - a run of eleven chart toppers.  As mentioned earlier on this page, they were held off by new-comer Engelbert Humperdinck, but 1967 still turned out to be very successful for the Beatles.  Two more Number Ones came along later in the year, they had their innovative album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at the top of the album chart during the summer, and their double EP "Magical Mystery Tour", featuring songs from the Beatles' film of the same title, reached number 2 in the singles chart.
# The song is about a real street in Liverpool, describing the sights and sounds that Paul McCartney remembered from his childhood.  The whole street is now a tourist destination.  The recording was a double A-side with song 21 below.


21

Title: Strawberry Fields Forever
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 
23 Feb 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 11.

# This recording was part of a double A-side with song 20 above.  The song was primarily written by John Lennon, and he drew inspiration from his childhood memories of playing in the garden of Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army children's home near to where he grew up in Liverpool.
# In 1990, the song was recorded by British duo Candy Flip, and their version reached number three in the UK charts in spring that year.


22

Title: Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear
Artist: The Alan Price Set
Writer(s): Randy Newman
Entered chart 
2 Mar 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 12.

This band was formed by keyboardist Alan Price (born 19 Apr 1942 in County Durham, England).  He had been one of the founders of the group the Animals which had enjoyed a series of hit recordings from 1964 onwards.  Price left the Animals in 1965 for a variety of reasons, but soon formed his own band, called the Alan Price Set, which featured a small brass section - unusual for a British pop group of the time.  Although his main musical interest was the Blues, after his first hit he turned more to lighter pop, with songs written by himself as well as American composer Randy Newman.  In the early 1970s he teamed up with Georgie Fame, and they made an album together, and had one hit single.  He had eleven hits in the UK, four of which reached the Top 10.  In the 1980s he joined other members of the Animals for reunion concerts.  He was still recording into the early 2000s.
# This was Price's second Top 10 hit, the first having been in March 1966, the Blues number, "I Put A Spell On You".  He was back in the Top 10 again in August this year (song 65).


23

Title: Puppet On A String
Artist: Sandie Shaw
Writer(s): Bill Martin & Phil Coulter
Entered chart 
16 Mar 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 18.

Sandie Shaw was born on 26 Feb 1947 in Dagenham, Essex, England.  She became one of the top British female stars of the decade, and was famous for appearing on stage and TV in bare feet, as well as being something of a 1960s fashion icon.  She won a talent contest in 1963, and was spotted by Adam Faith who recommended her to his agent, who took her on and arranged a contract with Pye Records.  Although her first record failed to enter the charts, her second release, the Bacharach & David song "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me" (year 1964, song 81), quickly climbed all the way to Number One.  She went on to have 17 hits by the end of the 1960s - many of them written by Chris Andrews.  In 1967 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, and became the first British winner of the annual event with "Puppet On A String".  The recording was a chart topper in the UK and seven other countries.  She took a back seat in the music business during the 1970s but returned to the charts in the 1980s with some smallish hits.  Since then she has been involved in various projects and has appeared on TV chat and discussion shows.
# This was the UK's entry in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest, and it won!  That was the first time the UK had won the annual contest.  It is well documented that Sandie Shaw disliked the song, and she rarely performed it after the event.  Nevertheless, she re-recorded the song in 2007 to mark her 60th birthday.  It was at a slower tempo than originally, and it was available to download from her website for sixty days.
# Despite this success, her following two releases in 1967 fared badly in the charts, the higher reaching number 18.  1968 saw her with just one hit that peaked at number 27 in the UK.  She had her final Top 10 entry in 1969, and her last (minor) hit until 1984, in early summer that year.
# The songwriters went on to pen the UK's entry in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest.  That was "Congratulations", sung by Cliff Richard, which came second.


24

Title: Hi-Ho Silver Lining
Artist: Jeff Beck
Writer(s): Scott English & Larry Weiss (American songwriters)
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 
23 Mar 1967; Highest Position 14; Weeks on chart 14.

Jeff Beck was born on 24 Jun 1944 in south London, England.  He taught himself to play guitar, and by his teens he was playing with various local groups.  In 1963 he formed his own group, but after a year he left to join a succession of other bands, and cut a few records, although none reached the charts.  During 1964 he was working as a session guitarist, and in 1965 he was recruited by the Yardbirds to replace the departing Eric Clapton.  However he was fired in 1966 for his unpredictable behavior.  He recorded a couple of solo singles in 1967, including the Top 20 hit "Hi-Ho Silver Lining".  In 1968 he formed the Jeff Beck Group, which included Rod Stewart on vocals and guitarist Ronnie Wood.  They recorded a couple of albums, but split in 1969.  Stewart and Wood joined the Faces, and Beck went to the USA where he recorded some albums in collaboration with various American performers.  He continued recording and taking part in various concert performances into the 21st century.  He had a world tour in 2014 and issued a new album in 2016.
# This song was recorded first by the British band the
Attack, but only Beck's version was a hit.


25

Title: Happy Together
Artist: The Turtles
Writer(s): Alan Gordon & Garry Bonner
Entered chart 
23 Mar 1967; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart 12.

The Turtles was an American six-piece band, formed in Los Angeles in 1965.  Their first USA hit came in late 1965, but following singles fared badly until they recorded "Happy Together" in early 1967, which became a Number One on the American charts.  The follow up "She'd Rather Be With Me" (song 47) was a Top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic.  It was late 1968, however, before they reached the Top 10 again.  No more hits came for them in the UK after 1968, but they were in the American Top 10 in 1969 for a final fling.  They disbanded in 1970.  Two of the members (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman) continued recording, under the name of Flo & Eddie, and they have put together Turtles reunion tours into the 2010s, most recently in 2015.


26

Title: Somethin' Stupid
Artist: Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra
Writer(s): C. Carson Parks
Entered chart 
23 Mar 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 18.

Frank and Nancy Sinatra were father and daughter, and this is the only time that a father and daughter duo have reached Number One in the USA and UK.  Frank's career had begun in the 1930s as a dance band vocalist, and he reached a peak in the 1950s with a series of top-selling albums and singles.  The sixties were quieter on the singles chart, but he had numerous hit albums during that time.  For more info see year 1966, song 44 in these lists.
Nancy had her first hit in 1966 and she became very popular for a few years.  Many of her hits were written and produced by Lee Hazlewood, and she recorded several duets with him as well.  For more info see song six, above.
# In 2001, British singer Robbie Williams and Australian actress Nicole Kidman recorded the song as a duet, and it reached Number One in the UK charts at Christmas 2001.


27

Title: Bernadette
Artist: The Four Tops
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 
30 Mar 1967; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 10.

This was the Motown group's follow up to their Top 10 hit of January (song 5).  It reached number four in the USA charts, but strangely was their last American Top 10 of the 1960s, although they did score two more in the 1970s.  In the UK they went on to have five further Top 20 hits by 1969, with more following in the next two decades.
# This recording was reissued in 1972, and reached number 23 in the UK charts in spring that year.


28

Title: 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)
Artist: Harpers Bizarre
Writer(s): Paul Simon 
Entered chart 
30 Mar 1967; Highest Position 34; Weeks on chart 7.

Harpers Bizarre was a five-piece harmony group that also went by the name the Tikis.  As the Tikis they had some local success in California.  Their producer wanted them to record this Paul Simon song, which they did, but under a different band name to avoid any displeasure by Tikis fans.  So, as Harpers Bizarre they recorded "59th Street Bridge Song" which reached number 13 on the USA charts, and which was far more successful than anything they had achieved as the Tikis.  Their following releases did not do as well, however, and the band broke up in 1969.
# The song first appeared on the Simon & Garfunkel 1966 album "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme".
# The 59th Street Bridge is the local name for the Queensboro Bridge which spans the East River in New York City, USA.


29

Title: Ha Ha Said The Clown
Artist: Manfred Mann
Writer(s): Tony Hazzard (British songwriter) 
Entered chart 
30 Mar 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

This group had the same name as the founder and leader of the band.  Manfred Mann was born on 21 October 1940 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He studied music at University in South Africa, and worked as a jazz pianist at a number of clubs in Johannesburg from 1959 to 1960.  In 1961 he moved to the UK and began work as a music journalist, as well as helping form a jazz band, in which he played keyboards.  This evolved into the pop music five-piece which was named after Mann.   In 1964 the group was asked to provide a new theme tune for the TV pop music programme "Ready Steady Go".  This resulted in the song "5-4-3-2-1" which, with the help of the weekly television exposure, rose to number five in the UK charts.  From 1964 to 1969 they enjoyed 17 hits, 13 of which were Top 10 entries, which included three number ones.  The lead singer from 1964 to mid-1966 was Paul Jones, and from mid-1966 to 1969, the lead vocals were taken over by Mike d'Abo.  Mann decided to disband the group in 1969, so that he could move on to other projects.  He had hits in the 1970s with a group named Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
# This was the band's only significant hit of 1967.  In May this year they issued an instrumental track, "Sweet Pea", which peaked at number 36 in the UK charts.  Their next release, "So Long, Dad", failed to chart in the UK, but reached number eight in New Zealand.  The following year was much more successful, with three Top 10 hits, including a Number One.


30

Title: A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You
Artist: The Monkees
Writer(s): 
Neil Diamond
Entered chart 
6 Apr 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 12.

The Monkees were back with another Neil Diamond song (see song 1).  Their TV show was showing in the USA and the UK, and the band were reaching their peak of popularity.  Another three major hits followed in 1967.
# Neil Diamond never made a studio recording of this song, although he has sung it in concert.


31

Title: I Can Hear The Grass Grow
Artist: The Move
Writer(s): 
Roy Wood
Entered chart 
6 Apr 1967; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 10.

This was the group's second release and their second Top 10 hit single.  It fitted in with the psychedelic music that was becoming popular during 1967.  Composer and group leader, Roy Wood, denied that it was drug-related, and said the song used sound images based on his book of adult fairy tales.  Either way it was very popular, and it continued their success towards the next hit in September 1967 (song 75).


32

Title: Dedicated To The One I Love
Artist: The Mamas & Papas
Writer(s): 
Lowman Pauling & Ralph Bass
Entered chart 
6 Apr 1967; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 10.

The Mamas & Papas were a four-piece Folk music-based group originally formed in New York, but they relocated to Los Angeles before the hits began.  The lineup was John Phillips (30 Aug 1935 - 19 Mar 2001) and his wife Michelle Phillips (born 4 Jun 1944), Canadian, Denny Doherty (29 Nov 1940 - 19 Jan 2007) and Cass Elliot (19 Sep 1941 - 29 Jul 1974), who became known as Mama Cass.  Although all members had been in other bands, they spent some three months of 1965 in the Virgin Islands rehearsing and perfecting the act.  They signed a deal with Dunhill records in Los Angeles, and began making an album.  The single "California Dreamin'" was issued in the USA, late 1965 and reached number four there early in the following year.  This began a run of six Top 10 hits in America, all of which charted in the UK, although only three reached the British Top 10.  They performed a number of concerts in the USA and Europe, but they were dogged by drug abuse and an extra-marital affair, the latter resulting in Michelle Phillips' suspension from the group for two months in mid-1966.  They recorded a new album in 1967, but it was a drawn-out affair due to drink and drug excesses.  They began to fall out of favour with the public, and both singles and albums sold badly during 1968.  They officially split in 1969.  Cass Eliot went on to have a solo career, but she died from a heart attack in London during the summer of 1974, at the age of 32.
# This was the first of two hits they had in 1967 - both reaching the Top 10 in the UK.  Unusually, the song was not written by John Phillips of the band, but is an older song, first published in 1957.  Their next and final hit single in the UK came along in July (song 62).
# This song was first recorded in 1957 by the Five Royales.  In 1961 it was a Top 10 hit in the USA for girl group the Shirelles.


33

Title: The Boat That I Row
Artist: Lulu
Writer(s): 
Neil Diamond
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 
13 Apr 1967; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 11.

Lulu was born on 3 Nov 1948 near Glasgow, Scotland.  She started singing at a young age and by the time she was 13 she had a manager and was singing with a band around Glasgow.  Her manager took her to London in early 1964 and arranged a recording deal with Decca Records.  Her debut single, "Shout", was an American R&B song written by the Isley Brothers.  It was an instant hit, and Lulu's career took off from there.  However, some of her recordings with Decca did not sell as well as was hoped and she missed the charts completely in 1966.  So, in 1967 she moved to EMI's Columbia label, and producer Mickie Most.  This gave her a new start, with hits for the rest of the 1960s.  Lulu was given her own BBC TV series in 1968, which ran annually until 1975.  In 1969 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest where she came joint first with three other countries.  She continued to record and tour in the following decades, and in 1993 achieved her first chart-topper when she duetted with boy band Take That on "Relight My Fire".  She was in the Top 10 again in 2002 when she duetted with Ronan Keating with the song "We've Got Tonight".  Recording and touring continued, and she embarked on another concert tour of the UK during the autumn of 2017.
# After her absence from the UK charts in 1966, she returned with this Neil Diamond song, produced by Mickie Most.  The recording kick-started a series of Top 20 hits through to 1969.


34

Title: Sweet Soul Music
Artist: Arthur Conley
Writer(s): 
Arthur Conley, Otis Redding & Sam Cooke
Entered chart 
27 Apr 1967; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 14.

Arthur Conley (4 Jan 1946 - 17 Nov 2003) was born in Georgia, USA, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.  He made his first recordings in 1959 as the lead singer of Arthur & the Corvets, and a number of singles were issued by a local record company in Atlanta.  In 1964, he moved to a new label, and released a couple of records under the name of Arthur Conley.  He met Otis Redding in early 1967, and together they wrote "Sweet Soul Music" which was based on the melody of "Yeah Man", written by Sam Cooke.  It proved to be a huge hit, reaching number two in the USA, and the Top 10 of many European countries, where Soul music was becoming very popular.  He enjoyed six more hits in America, but only one further minor hit in the UK.  He relocated to England in 1975, and settled in the Netherlands in spring 1977.  He continued performing under different pseudonyms in Holland, and in 1980 he legally changed his name to Lee Roberts - his middle name and his mother's maiden name.  He went into the promotion and production of new bands in the Netherlands, and died there from intestinal cancer at the age of 57
# "Sweet Soul Music" was recorded at the FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA.


35

Title: Pictures Of Lily
Artist: The Who
Writer(s): 
Pete Townshend
Entered chart 
27 Apr 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 10.

The Who are a four-piece Rock band originally comprising lead singer Roger Daltrey (born 1 Mar 1944), guitarist and singer Pete Townshend (born 19 May 1945), bass guitarist John Entwistle (9 Oct 1944 - 27 Jun 2002), and drummer Keith Moon (23 Aug 1946 - 7 Sep 1978).  The band was formed in the early 1960s in west London, England under a different group name, but settled on the name The Who in 1964.  They began performing in local pubs and other venues in west London   They gained a recording contract in late 1964, and their first hit came in early 1965, "I Can't Explain", which reached the UK Top 10, followed by another Top 10 hit in spring 1965.  "My Generation" reached number two and became their joint highest-placed hit with "I'm A Boy" in 1966.  They never managed to reach number one.  During the 1960s they achieved nine Top 10 hits out of 14.  The hits continued into the 1980s with another four original Top 10 hits.  Although personnel deaths have forced changes to the line up, the band have continued to perform up to and including a tour in 2017.  Daltry and Townshend remain, and in recent years drums have been played by Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son.
# This was the band's seventh Top 10 hit.  Their next release, in July this year, only reached number 44 in the UK charts.  However, they were back in the Top 10 in the autumn with "I Can See For Miles" (song 86).


MORE TO COME


 

Acts with most appearances in this list:

Monkees: 6
Beatles: 4
Nancy Sinatra: 4 (1 with Frank Sinatra and 1 with Lee Hazlewood)
Petula Clark: 3
Tom Jones: 3
Move: 3
Tremeloes: 3

Composers with most appearances in this list: (provisional)

Holland-Dozier-Holland: 5
John Lennon & Paul McCartney: 4
Neil Diamond: 3
Roy Wood: 3
(all for the Move)

New Names in 1967
To qualify, new acts must have gone on to have at least three entries in these lists.  One-hit Wonders do not qualify.

The Monkees
The Move
Cat Stevens
Engelbert Humperdinck
The Tremeloes*
The Turtles
The Foundations

* previously enjoyed hits with Brian Poole

 


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