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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", "Hole In My Shoe", "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.



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 (30 Dec 1942 - 10 Dec 2021), and Peter Tork (13 Feb 1942 - 21 Feb 2019); 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 again in 2016, but as of December 2021, only Micky Dolenz survives.


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 60).


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.


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.


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).


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.


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 (2 Jun 1941 - 24 Aug 2021).  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.


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.


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 (17 Jul 1939 - 19 Oct 2020) with lead vocalist Steve Winwood (born 12 May 1948).  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 were subsequent reunion concert tours into the 2000s, with only Davis from the original lineup.  Davis died in October 2020, aged 81.
# This was the band's final entry in the UK Top 10.  Their two following hits reached numbers 30 and 35 by January 1968.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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, England 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 continued to perform on 1960s revival tours with other bands of the era, with Dave Munden as the only original member.  Munden died in October 2020.
# 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.


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).


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.


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.


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.
# Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the state of Michigan, USA.  During the first half of the 20th century it was the centre of the motor manufacturing industry, and during the 1960s the famous Tamla Motown record company was set up there.  Many of their successful acts came from the Detroit area.  The city was incorporated in 1815 and the whole urban area has a population of about 3,750,000.


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 78), 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.


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.


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.


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 64).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
# The group name is a pun on the American fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.


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.


Title: A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You
Artist: The Monkees
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.


Title: I Can Hear The Grass Grow
Artist: The Move
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 lyrics and 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 74).


Title: Dedicated To The One I Love
Artist: The Mamas & Papas
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 61).
# 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.


Title: The Boat That I Row
Artist: Lulu
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.


Title: Sweet Soul Music
Artist: Arthur Conley
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.


Title: Pictures Of Lily
Artist: The Who
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).


Title: Silence Is Golden
Artist: The Tremeloes
Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio
Entered chart 
27 Apr 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 15.

This was the Tremeloes follow-up to their debut hit in February (song 14).  This was their only chart-topper, but was one of seven Top 10 hits they enjoyed until 1970.  Their next came along in August 1967 (song 64).
# This recording reached number eleven in the USA.
# The song was first recorded by American group the Four Seasons.  It was issued as the B-side to the Four Seasons' hit "Rag Doll" in August 1964, which reached number two in the British charts.


Title: Then I Kissed Her
Artist: The Beach Boys
Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & Phil Spector
Entered chart 
4 May 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

The Beach Boys are an American band formed in California, USA, in 1961.  The group's original lineup comprised brothers Brian (born 20 June 1942), Dennis (4 Dec 1944 - 28 Dec 1983), and Carl Wilson (21 Dec 1946 - 6 Feb 1998); their cousin Mike Love (born 15 March 1941); and their friend Al Jardine (born 3 Sep 1942).  They began as a Surfing Rock group on the west coast of America, with vocal harmonies that promoted the Californian lifestyle of surf, cars and romance in the sunshine.  But with the increasingly complex writing and production of Brian Wilson in the mid-1960s, they became one of the the leading innovators of popular music.  Their first recordings from 1961 did not score in the UK, and many were not even released in Britain.  But in 1963, they had their first hit ("Surfin' USA"), although it peaked at a lowly number 34.  Even their now-regarded classic hits of late 1964 to the end of 1965 only achieved Top 30 status.  They were in the Top 10 from 1966, and regular hits continued until 1970, with sporadic entries in the following decades.
# The song was originally recorded by the American girl group the Crystals with the title "Then He Kissed Me".  Their version reached number two in the UK charts in September 1963 (see year 1963, song 76).  The Beach Boys changed the lyrics to tell the story from the boy's point of view.
# This recording first appeared on the Beach Boys' 1965 album "Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)", which reached number four on the UK album chart.  "Then I Kissed Her" was issued as a single in the UK as a stop-gap release while work continued on the "Heroes and Villains" single, seemingly against the wishes of the band.  Despite the band's displeasure, it was a Top 10 hit in at least three other European countries.


Title: Waterloo Sunset
Artist: The Kinks
Ray Davies
Entered chart 
11 May 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 11.

The Kinks were a four-piece band formed in north London, England by the brothers Ray and Dave Davies.  Ray Davies, born 21 June 1944, and Dave Davies, born 3 Feb 1947 were joined by Mick Avory on drums and Pete Quaife on bass to complete the original lineup.  Ray had been at art school in the early sixties and had played guitar with different R&B bands in London.  He joined the Ravens in 1962 which included his brother Dave on lead guitar and drummer Avory.  They signed a contract with Pye Records, but changed their name to the Kinks with encouragement from their management.  Their first two releases failed to chart, but their third single, "You Really Got Me" (1964, song 67), zoomed all the way to Number One in the UK and was a Top 10 hit in the USA.  They went on to enjoy twelve further Top 10 hits in the UK by 1970, including another Number One in 1965 - all written by Ray Davies.  The band continued recording and performing on and off over the following years, albeit with some personnel changes, but finally broke up in 1996.  The Davies brothers have recorded solo albums, and some past members have regrouped for live performances as the Kast Off Kinks, until the present time.
# This was the Kinks first hit of 1967, and it has become one of their best-loved recordings.  It followed their hit of November 1966, "Dead End Street" (year 1966, song 93).  They were back in the Top 10 in October (song 84).


Title: The Happening
Artist: The Supremes
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 
11 May 1967; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 12.

The Supremes was a vocal trio comprising Diana Ross (lead singer, born 26 Mar 1944), Florence Ballard (replaced by Cindy Birdsong from mid-1967) and Mary Wilson (6 Mar 1944 - 8 Feb 2021).  They all came from the Detroit, USA area, where Motown records was based.  In 1964 they recorded "Where Did Our Love Go" (year 1964, song 75).  The recording went to Number One in the USA and number three in Britain.  They became so successful that their first six releases in the USA went to Number One, and they ended up with eleven chart-toppers there by 1969.  In the UK they only had one Number One, "Baby Love" (1964, song 89), but amassed 18 hits by the end of the 1960s, seven of which reached the Top 10.  In 1970 Diana Ross left to pursue a solo career.  She was replaced by Jean Terrell.  This version of the trio did enjoy success, with five of their recordings hitting the UK Top 10 from 1970 to 1972.  With some more personnel changes, the trio continued recording, after 1972, but with little chart success.  They remained a popular live act, however, continuing to 1977, when they performed their farewell concert (in London), and then disbanded.
# This was their first Top 10 hit of 1967, although there had been a release in March which peaked at number 17.  The recording reached Number One in the USA, becoming The Supremes' tenth chart-topper in that country.
# From their next release in August (song 72), the act was billed as Diana Ross & The Supremes.


Title: Groovin'
Artist: The Young Rascals
Writer(s): Felix Cavaliere & Eddie Brigati (group members)
Entered chart 
25 May 1967; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 13.

The Young Rascals was a four-piece band from New Jersey, USA.  They were formed in 1965 and their first American hit came in 1966.  They were very successful in the USA, where they enjoyed six Top 10 (13 Top 40) hits in the singles charts and six albums in the Top 20 of the American album chart.  They did not have that level of success in the UK, where they had just this hit plus one follow-up that peaked at number 37.  They disbanded in 1972.
# One of their American hits was "How Can I Be Sure" (written by band members and USA number four), which was recorded by Dusty Springfield who reached number 36 with it in the UK charts during 1970 (her last Top 40 hit until 1987).  In 1972 it was recorded by American heart-throb David Cassidy who saw it reach Number One in the UK charts during September 1972.


Title: Don't Sleep In The Subway
Artist: Petula Clark
Writer(s): Tony Hatch & Jackie Trent
Producer: Tony Hatch
Entered chart 
25 May 1967; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart 11.

This was Clark's follow-up to her Number One hit of February, "This Is My Song" (song 13).  This one disappointed in failing to make the Top 10 in the UK, but it was more successful elsewhere.  The recording reached number five in the USA and Number One in Australia.  She returned with another Hatch/Trent song late in 1967 (song 100).


Title: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Artist: Procol Harum
Writer(s): Gary Brooker, Keith Reid & Matthew Fisher (band members)
Entered chart 
25 May 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 15.

Procol Harum is a British band formed in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England by Gary Brooker (29 May 1945 - 19 Feb 2022), and four other musicians.  Their debut release, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", written by Brooker and two other members of the group was a world-wide success, and has sold over ten million copies.  It was part of the Flower Power/Psychedelic music trend of mid 1967, and became an integral part of the so-called Summer of Love.  They quickly began touring, and putting together songs for an album, although their first two albums failed to chart in the UK.  Their follow-up single, "Homburg", reached number six in the UK, but the next two releases only just breached the Top 50.  Further singles and albums were issued with mixed results, and the band broke up in 1977.  However, it was reformed in 1991, and several tours in various parts of the world took place afterwards, most recently in 2017 when a new album was released as well.
# The song remained at Number One in the UK for six weeks, being replaced at the top by the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love".  In the USA, the recording reached number five and sold a million copies initially.


Title: Paper Sun
Artist: Traffic
Writer(s): Jim Capaldi & Steve Winwood
Entered chart 
1 Jun 1967; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 10.

Traffic was formed in April 1967 by Steve Winwood (born 12 May 1948, Birmingham, England), who had been lead singer with the Spencer Davis Group.  Winwood was joined by Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.  Traffic was a Psychedelic Rock group that joined other bands that were exploiting the popularity of that form of music in 1967.  They had three Top 10 hits during 1967, plus one smaller hit in 1968.  They also enjoyed two Top 10 albums in 1967-68.  The band broke up in 1969 when Winwood left to join the short-lived band Blind Faith, but reunited in 1970 to record a new album.  They broke up again in 1974.  Subsequently Winwood has mostly performed and recorded as a solo artist, but has collaborated with other musicians from time to time.  He is still performing in the 2010s.
# Paper Sun is one of several Psychedelic Rock hits that charted in 1967.  It prominently featured the Indian stringed instrument, the sitar, played by Dave Mason.  The sitar was very popular with bands in the late 1960s, and was used by the Beatles and several others.
# Their next release, "Hole In My Shoe", came in September (song 73).


Title: Carrie-Anne
Artist: The Hollies
Writer(s): Allan Clarke, Graham Nash & Tony Hicks
Entered chart 
1 Jun 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 11.

This was their follow-up to "On A Carousel" (song 17) in February this year.  Carrie-Anne was the last in a run of five Top 5 hits that began in February 1966.  Unfortunately their next release stalled at number 18, but they were in the Top 10 again in March 1968.


Title: Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me
Artist: Gladys Knight & The Pips
Writer(s): Barrett Strong, Cornelius Grant & Rodger Penzabene
Entered chart 
8 Jun 1967; Highest Position 13; Weeks on chart 15.

Gladys Knight & The Pips was a Tamla Motown group initially, but their greatest success came with a move to Buddah records in 1973.  The group started as family group, the Pips, in 1952, when Gladys was just seven!  They changed the group name in 1961 to showcase their lead singer, Gladys Knight (born 28 May 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA).  They had a few local hits in Georgia, but it was in 1966 when they signed with Motown that they began USA-wide and international success.  They did not reach the level of popularity as other Motown acts such as the Supremes and Four Tops, however.  Following contractual disagreements, the group left Motown for Buddah in 1973, and they enjoyed several hits including "Midnight Train To Georgia" which was an American Number One (number 10 in the UK).  The group disbanded in 1989 when Gladys went solo.  In 1989 she recorded "License to Kill" for the James Bond movie of the same title, which was a Top 10 hit in the UK and Germany.  In the 2010s she is still making occasional concert appearances, and she performed at an outdoor festival in London during 2018.
# They did not have another UK Top 20 hit until 1972.


Title: Respect
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Writer(s): Otis Redding
Entered chart 
8 Jun 1967; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart 14.

Aretha Franklin (25 Mar 1942 - 16 Aug 2018) was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.  She relocated north with her family when she was two, finally settling in Detroit.  She began singing at a local Baptist church as a child, and by the age of twelve she was recording Gospel songs.  In 1960 she signed with Columbia records to record a wide range of music including standards and ballads, as well as some R&B and Pop.  She had a few hit records with Columbia, but with such a mixed output it was difficult for her to establish herself on the music scene.  In 1966 she left Columbia for Atlantic records and a Soul/R&B career.  Her first recordings for Atlantic took place at the FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Her output was soon producing hits, and she was dubbed The Queen of Soul.  In April 1967 she issued "Respect" which became a Number One hit in the USA.  She remained with Atlantic until 1980 when she signed with Arista records.  More hits followed as well as concert appearances, and she became a Soul superstar throughout the world.  In 1987 she reached Number One in the UK in a duet with George Michael titled "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)".  She continued recording and performing into the 21st century, and famously sang at the inauguration of American President Barack Obama in January 2009.  She died at her home in Detroit on 16th August 2018 at the age of 76.


Title: She'd Rather Be With Me
Artist: The Turtles
Writer(s): Garry Bonner & Alan Gordon
Entered chart 
15 Jun 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 15.

This was the group's follow-up to their hit of March, "Happy Together" (song 25).  This release did better in the charts, becoming their first Top 10 entry.  Their next UK hit did not come until October 1968, although they had four American hits during that period.


Title: Alternate Title
Artist: The Monkees
Writer(s): Micky Dolenz (band member)
Entered chart 
22 Jun 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 12.

The Monkees now had their fourth hit in the UK, with two more to come before 1967 was out.  The strange title was due to the British record company not liking the original.  In the USA it was titled "Randy Scouse Git", a phrase that songwriter Dolenz said he had heard on the British TV sitcom "Till Death Us Do Part".  It was argued that the phrase would be offensive to some UK record buyers, so Dolenz was asked to provide an alternative title.  He did just that.  As it happens the offending phrase was never in the lyrics of the song.  The song was not released as a single in the USA although it was a track on their album "Headquarters" which reached Number One on the American album chart (number two in the UK).
# The Monkees performed at the Wembley Empire Pool, London, for three nights in June 1967.


Title: See Emily Play
Artist: Pink Floyd
Writer(s): Syd Barrett
Entered chart 
22 Jun 1967; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 12.

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They became one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in popular music from 1967, for several decades.  The band was founded by students Syd Barrett (6 Jan 1946 - 7 Jul 2006) on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason (born 27 Jan 1944) on drums, Roger Waters (born 6 Sep 1943) on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright (28 Jul 1943 - 15 Sep 2008) on keyboards and vocals.  They began performing in London's underground music scene during the late 1960s, and, having secured a recording contract, they had two charting singles and a successful debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn", all in 1967.  However, they decided to be an album-only band, and no singles were released between 1967 and 1979.  Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour (born 6 Mar 1946) joined in December 1967.  Barrett left in April 1968 due to health issues.  Waters became the band's primary lyricist and conceptual leader, devising the classic albums "The Dark Side of the Moon" (1973), "Wish You Were Here" (1975), "Animals" (1977), "The Wall" (1979) and "The Final Cut" (1983).  Following creative disagreements, Wright left in 1979; Waters left in 1985.  Gilmour and Mason continued as Pink Floyd.  Wright rejoined them later, and the three produced two more albums in 1987 and 1994 respectively.   After nearly two decades Gilmour, Wright, and Mason reunited with Waters in 2005 to perform as Pink Floyd in London as part of the global awareness event Live 8, although they stated they had no further plans to reunite the band.  Barrett died in 2006, and Wright in 2008.  The final Pink Floyd studio album, "The Endless River" (2014), was recorded without Waters and based almost entirely on previously-recorded but unreleased material.


Title: Sunday Will Never Be The Same
Artist: Spanky & Our Gang
Writer(s): Terry Cashman & Gene Pistilli
Entered chart 
24 Jun 1967; Highest Position 9 (USA info - not a UK hit).

Spanky & Our Gang was one of several American pop groups of the late 1960s, such as the Young Rascals, the Turtles, and the Association, who were very popular in the USA, but had limited appeal in Britain.  This group was headed by lead singer Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane plus four male musicians and vocalists.  This recording was their biggest hit in America, but they had several other entries in the USA charts.  The band broke up in 1969 following the death of the band's guitarist and musical arranger, Malcolm Hale.  McFarlane had some success as a solo artist during the 1970s, but in the 1980s she joined the revived New Mamas & Papas, taking the part of the then deceased Cass Elliot. 


Title: Let's Pretend
Artist: Lulu
Writer(s): Paul Evans & Paul Parnes
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 
29 Jun 1967; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 11.

Lulu had her second hit of the year with this recording which only just missed a Top 10 placing.  The song had been recorded a little earlier in the year by American vocalist and actress Donna Loren.  Lulu's next release in November, the complicated-sounding song "Love Loves To Love Love", stalled at number 32 but she was back in the Top 10 in February 1968.
# The B-side of this release was "To Sir With Love".  It was the theme to the 1967 film of the same title, which starred Sidney Poitier, and featured Lulu as well.  This recording was released as a B-side in the USA also, but radio DJs played it rather than the A-side.  As a result "To Sir With Love" reached Number One in the American charts, where it stayed for five weeks.  That gives Lulu the distinction of being the only British performer to have a Number One in the USA with a recording that did not chart in the UK.


Title: Windy
Artist: The Association
Writer(s): Ruthann Friedman (American singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 
1 Jul 1967; Highest Position 1 (USA info - not a UK hit).

The Association was a six-piece harmony group from California, USA.  They were enormously successful in America, enjoying five Top 10 hits, two of which went to Number One, in that country.  Despite heavy airplay on the pirate radio stations (until summer 1967), none of their hits entered the UK charts until 1968, when one recording briefly entered the British Top 30.  Their first USA hit was "Along Comes Mary", which attracted some controversy as it was thought by some to refer to marijuana.  No such problem attached to "Cherish" in 1966 (year 1966, song 80), which was a chart-topper, nor to "Windy" which reached Number One in America during 1967.  Also in 1967 they scored with "Never My Love", which peaked at number two.  They continued performing, with numerous personnel changes, during the following decades.  In the 2000s they were touring on the sixties nostalgia circuits.
# This was the second of the two American Number One hits that the group had.  It received considerable airplay on the UK pirate radio stations during the summer of 1967, but it never garnered enough sales to get into the UK charts.  Their follow-up, "Never My Love" (song 82), reached number two in the USA charts in October.


Title: You Only Live Twice
Artist: Nancy Sinatra
Writer(s): Leslie Bricusse & John Barry
Producer: John Barry
Entered chart 
5 Jul 1967; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 19.

This was Nancy's follow-up to her hit of January, "Sugar Town" (song 6).  It was the theme song for the James Bond film of the same title, starring Sean Connery.  Much of the film takes place in Japan, and the arrangement of the recording includes some subtle oriental notes.
# This recording was a double A-side with song 54 below.
# Robbie Williams' 1998 Number One recording "Millennium" uses portions of the arrangement of "You Only Live Twice", notably the opening strings.  The music was re-recorded rather than sampled, as this was less expensive than licensing the original recording.


Title: Jackson
Artist: Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Writer(s): Billy Edd Wheeler & Jerry Leiber
Producer: Lee Hazlewood
Entered chart 
5 Jul 1967; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 19.

This was a double A-side with song 53, above.  Nancy Sinatra recorded several duets with Lee Hazlewood who produced most of her hits.  She was next in the British Top 30 in November 1969.  Her final UK hit, which reached number two, came in summer 1971; again another duet with Hazlewood.
# The song was written in 1963 and recorded by co-writer Billy Edd Wheeler.  In 1967 two versions were recorded.  One was by Country Music future husband and wife performers Johnny Cash and June Carter, which reached number two in the USA Country Music chart.  The other was this version by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood which reached number 14 on the American Pop charts, as well as number eleven in the UK.
There are several towns/cities in the USA called Jackson.  One of them is the state capital of Mississippi, but those who have recorded the song have suggested it is about Jackson, Tennessee, which is on Interstate 40 between Nashville and Memphis.


Title: Up, Up And Away
Artist: The Johnny Mann Singers
Writer(s): Jimmy Webb
Entered chart 
12 Jul 1967; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 13.

The Johnny Mann Singers was an American mixed male/female ensemble which recorded numerous easy-listening albums in the 1960s and 1970s.  They also acted as backing singers for various vocal artists.  They were founded by band leader, composer and arranger Johnny Mann (30 Aug 1928 - 18 Jun 2014).  The original version of this song was by the group Fifth Dimension who reached number seven with it in the USA charts.  The Mann version was a cover, and despite both acts being American, it was the Johnny Mann Singers that picked up the sales in the UK.  This was the only entry in the UK singles or album chart that the ensemble had.
# The composer, Jimmy Webb, became a successful songwriter during the late 1960s and into the 1970s.  He is particularly known for the hits he wrote for Glen Campbell.


Title: All You Need Is Love
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Entered chart 
12 Jul 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 11.

After the disappointment of their previous release stalling at number two (songs 20 and 21), the Beatles were back at the top for a run of six further Number Ones (they had 17 chart toppers in total).  This fitted in with the then current Summer of Love trend for songs about love and peace.  The Beatles performed the song, over a pre-recorded backing track, as Britain's contribution to "Our World", the first live global television link via satellite.  The broadcast was seen by over 400 million people in 25 countries on 25 June 1967.  Their next hit single came in late November (song 98).  
The song starts with the introduction to the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise".  During the long fade-out at the end, elements of various other songs are performed, including "Greensleeves", Glenn Miller's "In the Mood", and the Beatles' own songs "She Loves You" and "Yesterday".


Title: San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
Artist: Scott McKenzie
Writer(s): John Phillips (Mamas & Papas group member)
Entered chart 
12 Jul 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 17.

Scott McKenzie (10 Jan 1939 - 18 Aug 2012) was born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, although he grew up in North Carolina.  In his teens he became friends with John Phillips (later of Mamas & Papas fame).  With others, the two formed a group called the Smoothies, and they made a couple of records in New York.  In 1961 they formed a Folk trio called the Journeymen and recorded three albums for Capitol Records.  They broke up in 1964.  Phillips went to California and formed the Mamas & Papas, and invited McKenzie to join, but he declined.  They remained friends, and Phillips wrote this song especially for McKenzie.  It was a world-wide hit, reaching Number One in seven countries, but strangely peaking only at number four in the USA.  Unfortunately follow-up singles and albums did not sell well, and he gave up recording in the early 1970s.  He then spent his time living in California and Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.  In 1986 he joined the revived New Mamas & Papas, along with Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane (see song 50 above) and remained with them until the late 1990s.  He retired to Los Angeles in 1998 and died there aged 73 in 2012.
The song was very much a Hippy anthem and one of the Summer of Love hit recordings of 1967, and was used to promote the Monterey International Pop Music Festival held in June of that year.
# The recording is one of the 'trilogy' of Number One Hits that occupied the top spot of the UK charts throughout the Summer of Love in 1967.  They were "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum (8 June - 18 July); "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles (19 July - 8 August) and "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie (9 August - 7 September).


Title: To Love Somebody
Artist: The Bee Gees
Writer(s): Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb
Entered chart 
12 Jul 1967; Highest Position 41; Weeks on chart 5.

The Bee Gees were brothers Barry Gibb (born 1 Sep 1946, Isle of Man), and twins Robin Gibb (22 Dec 1949 - 20 May 2012) and Maurice Gibb (22 Dec 1949 - 12 Jan 2003), also born on the Isle of Man.  The three brothers grew up in Manchester, UK, but in the mid-1950s the family moved to Australia.  They began performing at a young age, and by 1960 they were appearing on TV.  After achieving their first chart success in Australia as the Bee Gees with "Spicks and Specks", they returned to the UK in January 1967, when producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience.  In 1967 they had their first UK hit, the somewhat morbid song "New York Mining Disaster 1941", which reached number twelve.  Hits continued through the remainder of the 1960s, when they enjoyed success in the USA as well.  Things went quiet in the early 1970s, but in the mid-1970s they jumped on the Disco bandwagon and became superstars.  They wrote several songs for the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever" which starred John Travolta, and singles as well as the soundtrack album were worldwide hits.  Their success continued through the following decades, and they also wrote and produced many hits for other artists.  Their final new album came in 2001, but with the death of Maurice two years later, the other two embarked on solo projects apart from a couple of charity events where they performed together.  Robin died in 2012, and Barry has since performed and recorded solo.
Despite the lowly chart position in the UK, "To Love Somebody" reached the Top 10 in several countries and number 17 in the USA.  In September 1967 they had their first British Number One (song 77).


Title: Death Of A Clown
Artist: Dave Davies
Writer(s): Dave Davies & Ray Davies
Entered chart 
19 Jul 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 10.

Dave Davies was a member of the group the Kinks (see song 38 above).  This solo release was with the blessing of the rest of the band, and indeed Dave's brother Ray helped with the lyrics of the song, and the backing on the recording was by the Kinks!  Although the success of the single started Dave thinking about a solo career, following singles did not do as well, and the idea was shelved.  Dave continued with his 'day job' in the Kinks, and their next hit came in October (song 84).


Title: I Was Made To Love Her
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Writer(s): Stevie Wonder, Lula Mae Hardaway, Henry Cosby & Sylvia Moy
Entered chart 
19 Jul 1967; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 15.

This was Wonder's follow-up to his first hit of 1967 in January (song 2).  It was another release from the Tamla Motown label, which was gaining ground in this year, as more Motown artists were enjoying hits in the UK.  The track was taken from Wonder's album also titled "I Was Made To Love Her", but that album did not chart in the UK.  Unfortunately, his following releases only reached minor positions in the UK singles charts, until December 1968 when "For Once In My Life" peaked at number three.


Title: Creeque Alley
Artist: The Mamas & Papas
Writer(s): John Phillips
Entered chart 
26 Jul 1967; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 11.

This release turned out to be the last hit for the group in the UK charts, and it was the last Top 10 hit they had in the USA.  In spring 1968 the band recorded a new album which included the song "Dream A Little Dream Of Me", performed as a solo by Cass Elliot.  It was issued in the USA credited to Mama Cass with the Mamas & the Papas.  The recording reached number 12 in the USA, whilst in the UK the single was credited to just Mama Cass, and peaked at number eleven.  The band broke up later in 1968.  See song 32 for more info.
# The lyrics of this song are semi-autobiographical - tracing the beginnings and formation of the band.  The lyrics name-check members of the group and other performers known to John Phillips, namely John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, and solo performer Barry McGuire.


Title: I'll Never Fall In Love Again
Artist: Tom Jones
Writer(s): Lonnie Donegan & Jimmy Currie
Entered chart 
26 Jul 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 25.

This was his third of four Top 10 hits that he had in 1967.  It followed his recording of "Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings" in April which had reached number seven.  This one, unexpectedly, was co-written by Lonnie Donegan who had enjoyed numerous hits in the 1950s and early 1960s.  Tom was back at number two again in November this year with "I'm Coming Home" (song 97).
# There is a different song with the same title, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, which was a UK hit for Bobbie Gentry in 1969.  There is also third song with the same title, written and recorded by Johnny Ray in 1959 (year 1959, song 95).


Title: Even The Bad Times Are Good
Artist: The Tremeloes
Writer(s): Peter Callander & Mitch Murray (Murray wrote Gerry & The Pacemakers' early hits)
Entered chart 
2 Aug 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 13.

This was the group's follow-up to their Number One hit "Silence Is Golden" (song 36).  It was their third Top 10 hit of the year, but unfortunately, their autumn release stalled at a lowly number 39.  Nevertheless, they were back with two Top 10s in 1968.  Late October and November 1967 saw the group on a UK concert tour with The Who and three other bands.


Title: The House That Jack Built
Artist: The Alan Price Set
Writer(s): Alan Price
Entered chart 
2 Aug 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 10.

Alan Price followed up his Top 10 hit of March this year (song 22) with another hit that also peaked at number four.  This one he wrote himself, which was his first self-penned hit single.  His next release of 1967 stalled at number 45, but he was in the Top 20 in 1968.  His next Top 10 hit came in 1974.  See song 22 for more info.


Title: Excerpt From A Teenage Opera
Artist: Keith West
Writer(s): Mark Wirtz & Keith West
Entered chart 
9 Aug 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 15.

Keith West was born on 6 Dec 1943 in Dagenham, Essex, England.  West was a member of a Psychedelic Rock band called Tomorrow in 1966, but it was not a commercial success.  He met producer and songwriter Mark Wirtz in 1967, who introduced West to the Teenage Opera project.  Together they created the song about Grocer Jack, which was released under the title "Excerpt From A Teenage Opera".  A follow-up single, "Sam" reached the lower portion of the Top 40.  West released a solo album in 1971, but it did not chart in the UK.  He was in a group called Moonrider in the mid-1970s.  He is still in the music industry but is mostly writing and producing music for advertising campaigns.
# Producer Mark Wirtz (3 Sep 1943 - 7 Aug 2020) had envisaged the opera being an animated feature with music that he wrote.  However, nothing came of it during the late 1960s, and Keith West moved on.  Wirtz continued writing, and various songs were recorded over the next several years, some of which were released.  In 1996 a 23-track album was issued titled "A Teenage Opera", containing all the songs Wirtz had written and recorded over the years.


Title: Itchycoo Park
Artist: The Small Faces
Writer(s): Steve Marriott & Ronnie Lane
Entered chart 
9 Aug 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 14.

The Small Faces was a group formed in east London, England in 1965, by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, along with two others.  They signed a recording contract with Decca and released a couple of singles with moderate success.  Their third single was "Sha La La La Lee" (year 1966, song 13) which became a Top 10 hit and started a successful career for a couple of years.  They went on to have seven Top 10 hits, including the chart-topper "All Or Nothing" in late summer 1966.  Marriott left the group in late 1968 to join the band Humble Pie.  The other three joined with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart (both formerly with the Jeff Beck Group), and formed the Faces.  They enjoyed their first hit in 1971.  Ronnie Lane eventually went to live in the USA, and died there in 1997 aged 51 from the effects of multiple sclerosis.  Steve Marriott died in 1991 in a house fire, at age 44.
# This was the group's first Top 10 hit of the year; two earlier releases having got no higher than number 12.  They were back in the Top 10 again in December this year, and their final Top 10, "Lazy Sunday", came in spring 1968.
# In 1975 the recording was reissued, reaching number nine in the UK charts.
# In 1995, the Dance Music band M People recorded the song, and their version reached number eleven in the UK charts in December that year.


Title: Pleasant Valley Sunday
Artist: The Monkees
Writer(s): Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Entered chart 
16 Aug 1967; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 8.

This was the fifth of six hits that the group had in 1967.  It had been written by the husband and wife team who penned numerous hits in the early 1960s.  The song is a satire on life in suburbia and the need for status symbols.  The recording, with lead vocal by Micky Dolenz, reached number three in the USA, but it just missed the Top 10 in the UK.  Their final hit of the year came in November (song 93), titled "Daydream Believer", it was their last Top 10 hit in the UK.


Title: The Day I Met Marie
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Hank Marvin (lead guitarist with the Shadows)
Entered chart 
16 Aug 1967; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart 14.

Cliff Richard was born on 14 Oct 1940 in Lucknow, India, whilst his parents were working in that country.  He returned to England with his family in 1948.  He formed a band in 1957 and a year later he was chosen as a singer for the TV Rock 'n' Roll show "Oh Boy!".  His first hit came in 1958, which started a career that continued into the 21st century, with more than 130 hit singles and over 50 original albums, spanning 50 years plus.  In the early 1960s he also starred in several musical films, notably "The Young Ones" and "Summer Holiday".  He also achieved a number one single in five different decades, and is the most successful British recording artist of all time.  He continues in the 21st century and issued a new album in 2018 ("Rise Up").
#  This was the second of three Top 10 hits that he had in 1967, the first being "It's All Over" in March, which reached number nine.  He was back in the Top 10 again in November (song 94), with a Number One coming up in 1968.


Title: Heroes And Villains
Artist: The Beach Boys
Writer(s): Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks (American composer, arranger and producer)
Entered chart 
23 Aug 1967; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 9.

The Beach Boys finally had their new single ready for release, after the 'stop-gap' hit of May "Then I Kissed Her" (song 37).  Like "Good Vibrations" (see year 1966, song 92), "Heroes and Villains" was produced using the same unorthodox method of recording multiple interchangeable musical sections at several Hollywood recording studios.  Brian Wilson spent months trying to produce another musical masterpiece, but it is said he gave up in the end, as he was unable to achieve the result he had envisaged.  It did not sell as well in the USA as Brian Wilson had hoped (peaked at number 12).  This depressed Wilson and he took a back seat on the production of their next single release "Wild Honey" in November.  Their next substantial hit came in January 1968.


Title: The Last Waltz
Artist: Engelbert Humperdinck
Writer(s): Barry Mason & Les Reed
Entered chart 
23 Aug 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 27.

This was the singer's second Number One and third major hit of the year.  Following his debut chart-topper, "Release Me" (song 10), he enjoyed a number three hit with "There Goes My Everything" in May.  "The Last Waltz" from the British songwriters gave Humperdinck a five-week residency at Number One on the UK charts, and nine weeks at the top of the Australian charts.  The Americans were less impressed.  It peaked at number 25 in that country.  1968 saw him continue this success with three Top 5 hits.


Title: Let's Go To San Francisco
Artist: The Flowerpot Men
Writer(s): John Carter & Ken Lewis
Entered chart 
23 Aug 1967; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 12.

This song was written by Carter and Lewis who were originally part of the group the Ivy League (see year 1965, song 13).  Having fashioned the song they needed a group to record it.  They recorded some of the harmonies themselves, but recruited Tony Burrows, who was also latterly part of the Ivy League, and several session musicians who could promote the recording on TV, which Carter and Lewis were not interested in doing.  The resultant recording was released with the group name the Flowerpot Men.  This was partly based on the name of the children's TV puppet characters of the 1950s and 1960s, but also harking to the Flower Power trend of the time.  Tony Burrows and others duly appeared on TV to perform the song.  It was a hit in the UK and many parts of Europe.  Follow-up singles failed to make any impact in the UK.  Burrows with some of the other musicians subsequently renamed the group White Plains, and under that name they had two Top 10 hits in 1970.
# Tony Burrows was very much a jobbing singer.  As well as fronting the Flowerpot Men and White Plains, he led the vocals on  Edison Lighthouse's "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" in February 1970; The Pipkins' novelty song "Gimme Dat Ding" (April 1970);  and the Brotherhood of Man's "United We Stand", which reached number 10 on the UK charts as well as number 13 in the USA in February 1970.  1974 saw him leading the group First Class on the song "Beach Baby".


Title: Reflections
Artist: Diana Ross & The Supremes
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 
30 Aug 1967; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 14.

This was the follow-up recording to "The Happening" (song 39) which was a Top 10 hit in May.  From this release the group was named Diana Ross & The Supremes to demonstrate the leading role that Ross had.  This was also the last recording to feature Florence Ballard who was replaced by Cindy Birdsong during the summer.  Mary Wilson remained and the two provided back-up harmonies for Diana Ross, on live performances of this song.  The recording also followed the trend for Psychedelia, with weird, whooshing sounds added using a signal generator.


Title: Hole In My Shoe
Artist: Traffic
Writer(s): Dave Mason (band member)
Entered chart 
6 Sep 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 14.

This Psychedelic recording was the follow-up to the group's debut hit "Paper Sun" in June 1967 (song 43).  It was the second of three Top 10 hits that they had, all coming in 1967.  The song was written by the group's guitarist Dave Mason, who sang lead vocals on the recording.  In the middle of the song there is a brief monologue read by six-year-old Francine Heimann, who was the stepdaughter of Island Records owner, Chris Blackwell.  Traffic's records were issued by Island Records.  The group's next release, "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush", reached number eight in November.
# In 1984 the song was recorded by actor Nigel Planer, who played the part of Neil, a hippie character in the BBC TV sitcom "The Young Ones".  His version also peaked at number two in the UK charts, during July/August that year.


Title: Flowers In The Rain
Artist: The Move
Writer(s): Roy Wood
Entered chart 
6 Sep 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 13.

The Move followed up their hit of April, "I Can Hear The Grass Grow" (song 31), with another hit from the pen of band member Roy Wood.  As with the previous hits, it was Carl Wayne who was the lead vocalist.  Their next hit came in February 1968 - "Fire Brigade", with the lead voice of Roy Wood.
# This recording is famous for being the first to be played on the new music station BBC Radio 1 when it opened on 30th September 1967.  Tony Blackburn was the first DJ to be heard on the station, which was a government directive to the BBC in order to replace the many coastal pirate radio stations which had been closed down in August.


Title: From The Underworld
Artist: The Herd
Writer(s): Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley
Entered chart 
13 Sep 1967; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 13.

The Herd was founded in 1965.  They had three releases with Parlophone, but they were all unsuccessful.  With that disappointment, three of the members left, and were replaced by others, including the then sixteen-year-old Peter Frampton.  Parlophone did not wish to continue with them, so they signed with Fontana.  They also enlisted the help of songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who had written the recent hits for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.  The recording "From The Underworld" became a Top 10 hit, and although the follow-up, "Paradise Lost" peaked at number 15, they were back in the Top 10 for a second time in April 1968 with "I Don't Want Our Loving To Die".  However, further hits eluded them, and Frampton left the group late in 1968 to join Steve Marriott (from the group the Small Faces) to form the band Humble Pie.  Another single failed to garner any interest, and the various members all drifted away to join other bands.  Peter Frampton went on to have a successful solo career in the 1970s.


Title: The Letter
Artist: The Box Tops
Writer(s): Wayne Carson (USA Country music singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 
13 Sep 1967; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 12.

The Box Tops was a Rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in 1967.  It was a five-piece band with lead vocalist Alex Chilton (28 Dec 1950 - 17 Mar 2010).  They had started under a different group name, but as the Box Tops they recorded this song which went to Number One in the USA.  The follow-up, "Neon Rainbow" was not as successful (failed to chart in the UK), but in spring 1968 they were in the American Top 10 and UK Top 20 with "Cry Like A Baby".  Subsequent releases were only moderately successful, and the band was dissolved in 1970.
# The song was covered by British band the Mindbenders, and they peaked at number 42 with it, also in September 1967.  In 1970 it was recorded by Britain's Joe Cocker during rehearsals for an American tour.  It was released by his record company, and it peaked at number seven in the USA charts, whilst stalling at a lowly number 39 in the UK.  Finally, it was recorded by American singer Amii Stewart in 1980, and her version also peaked at number 39 in the British charts.


Title: Massachusetts
Artist: The Bee Gees
Writer(s): Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb & Maurice Gibb
Entered chart 
20 Sep 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 17.

The Bee Gees followed up their previous release, "To Love Somebody" (song 58), which peaked at a disappointing number 41, with a Number One.  This was followed by another Number One and four additional Top 10 hits by the end of the 1960s.
The Bee Gees wrote the song in New York City during a tour of the United States.  When other groups and artists were singing about San Francisco, they sang about the east coast state.  The idea was that the subject of the song had gone to San Francisco to join the hippies but was now homesick.  The lights having gone out in Massachusetts was to suggest that everyone had gone to San Francisco.
# Although it is well-known that the Move's "Flowers In The Rain" (song 74) was the first record to be played on Radio 1, it is not so well-known that the Bee Gees' "Massachusetts" was the second record to be played on the new BBC station.


Title: When Will The Good Apples Fall
Artist: The Seekers
Writer(s): Kenny Young (American songwriter)
Producer: Tom Springfield
Entered chart 
20 Sep 1967; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the last significant hit in the UK from the Seekers.  It followed "Georgy Girl" (song 19) of February 1967.  Only one more minor hit came for them, in December, which peaked at number 50 for one week.  Singles were issued in 1968 but none reached the UK charts.  The group broke up in 1968 when lead singer Judith Durham left for a solo career.  Judith had just one solo hit in the UK which peaked at number 33, in 1967, prior to her departure from the group.  For more info about the Seekers see song 19.
# Kenny Young wrote a number of well-known hits for various acts.  In the 1970s he was a member of two different bands, Fox and Yellow Dog.  Both bands had chart hits in the UK in the mid to late 1970s.


Title: Baby Now That I've Found You
Artist: The Foundations
Writer(s): Tony Macaulay & John MacLeod
Entered chart 
27 Sep 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 16.

The Foundations was a mixed race British group which had members from the West Indies, the UK and Sri Lanka.  All the members were experienced musicians, having been in other groups and Jazz bands.  They began gigging around west London in early 1967, with two lead singers, Clem Curtis and Raymond Morrison.  They signed a contract with Pye Records during the year.  Their debut release, "Baby Now That I've Found You" was picked up by the new BBC Radio 1, and the resultant airplay took it up to Number One in the UK charts.  It reached number eleven in the USA.  Clem Curtis left in 1968 and was replaced by Colin Young.  With Young they went on to have more hits during 1968 and 1969.  In the mid-1970s Clem Curtis reformed a new group called the Foundations, despite Colin Young still touring with the original Foundations.  Young was allowed to continue, using the name New Foundations.  Clem Curtis died on 27 March 2017 at age 76.


Title: Days Of Pearly Spencer
Artist: David McWilliams
Writer(s): David McWilliams
6 Oct 1967 (not a hit in the UK)

David McWilliams (4 Jul 1945 - 8 Jan 2002) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  In his teens he formed a band in Belfast.  He recorded demos of his own songs which were heard by music entrepreneur Phil Solomon, who had previously managed The Bachelors and the band Them.  Solomon also had close business ties with Ronan O'Rahilly who was co-owner of the North Sea pirate radio station Radio Caroline.  McWilliams was taken to London and given a recording contract with Phil Solomon's label Major Minor.  An album was recorded which reached number 38 on the UK album chart.  One of McWilliams songs, "Days Of Pearly Spencer" was issued as a single, and it received much airplay on the pirate station Radio Caroline.  There were even full-page adverts for it in the music press and on London buses.  However, the BBC refused to play it on the new Radio 1 because of label-owner Solomon's association with pirate radio (Radio Caroline was still broadcasting then although the others had closed following the Marine Offenses Act of August 1967).  As a result, it failed to enter the UK singles charts, although McWilliams' second and third albums both entered the album chart, albeit peaking at fairly low positions.  McWilliams toured the UK and Europe for several years, but moved back to Northern Ireland in 1978.  He only performed infrequently after that, and in 2002 he died from a heart attack.
The recording was produced by orchestra leader and arranger, Mike Leander, who formed an exciting, sweeping orchestral arrangement for the song.
# The recording reached Number One in France, number two in Belgium and number eight in the Netherlands.
# In 1992 the song was recorded by British vocalist Marc Almond, and his version reached number four in the UK charts - the first time the song had been a hit in Britain.  The Almond recording had the same 'racing' strings arrangement, but a more prominent baseline.


Title: Zabadak!
Artist: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Writer(s): Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley
Entered chart 
11 Oct 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 14.

This five-piece group came from Wiltshire, England.  They formed in 1961, and played the same Hamburg club that the Beatles appeared in.  In 1965 they were seen by songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who decided they would like to write for the group.  A recording contract with Fontana records was signed, and during the next three years, a series of Top 10 hits were produced, including the chart-topper "Legend Of Xanadu" in 1968.  Their last (minor) hits came in 1969.  Dave Dee decided to leave in 1969 for a solo career but it was not particularly successful.  He became a record producer, but reunited with the others a few times for concerts.  A later new career mostly took him away from music, and he died from cancer in 2009 at age 67.  The other four members continued after Dee's departure, calling themselves D, B, M & T, and they had a small hit in 1970.  With and without Dee, they continued performing for many years.
# Following their amazing run of four Top 10 hits in 1966, things were a little quieter in 1967.  They were in the Top 10 in May with "Okay!", and then with this recording which reached number three.  February 1968 saw them at Number One followed by a further Top 10 entry.


Title: Never My Love
Artist: The Association
Writer(s): Don Addrisi & Dick Addrisi (USA singer-songwriters)
Entered chart 
14 Oct 1967; Highest Position 2; (USA chart data - not a UK hit)

The Association continued their American success with this follow-up to "Windy" (song 52), which was a Number One in the USA during the summer.  They were back for a final American Top 10 hit in 1968.
# This slow, romantic ballad has become an easy-listening classic.  Recorded versions have been made by numerous acts including the songwriters themselves as the Addrisi Brothers, Fifth Dimension, Barry Manilow, the Four Tops, Andy Williams, and Bryan Adams.


Title: Love Is All Around
Artist: The Troggs
Writer(s): Reg Presley
Entered chart 
18 Oct 1967; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 14.

The Troggs were a pop quartet formed in Andover, Hampshire, England in 1964.  They were led by Reg Presley (12 Jun 1941 - 4 Feb 2013), who was also the lead vocalist.  The first hit was "Wild Thing" which reached number two in the UK but went all the way to Number One in America.  They had a total of nine hits, five of which reached the Top 10 of the UK charts from 1966 to early 1968.  They continued performing with some recording for several years, but with diminishing success.  Reg Presley came to prominence again in 1994 when the Troggs' 1967 hit "Love Is All Around" (which Presley wrote) was recorded by the band Wet Wet Wet, and used in the film "Four Weddings And A Funeral".  That version reached the top of the UK charts, where it stayed for fifteen weeks.  The new songwriter royalties set up Presley for the rest of his life.  He died from lung cancer in 2013 at the age of 71.
# 1967 had been fairly quiet in the charts for the band until the release this love song.  It reached number seven in the USA.  However, it turned out to be their last Top 10 hit, with a final chart entry in February 1968 peaking at number 37.  As mentioned above, the song became a major hit for the UK group Wet Wet Wet in 1994.


Title: Autumn Almanac
Artist: The Kinks
Writer(s): Ray Davies
Entered chart 
18 Oct 1967; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 11.

This was the group's follow-up to their hit in May, "Waterloo Sunset (song 38).  This was their last Top 10 hit of the 1960s, although they had two more in 1970.  Their next Top 20 hit, "Days", came in the summer of 1968, and it peaked at number 12.


Title: San Franciscan Nights
Artist: Eric Burdon & The Animals
Writer(s): Eric Burdon and The Animals
Entered chart 
18 Oct 1967; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 10.

Eric Burdon (born 11 May 1941 in Newcastle upon Tyne) had been a founder member of the Animals in 1964, which had enjoyed nine UK hits, including seven Top 10 entries, from 1964 to 1966.  Despite this success, the group broke up in late 1966, and Eric Burdon immediately formed another band named Eric Burden & The Animals.  They relocated to California and began recording, but with emphasis on Psychedelia and Rock, rather than the Blues which the original Animals had performed.  This is the only notable hit that this version of the band had in the UK.  They toured for many years, and the original members have reunited a few times over the decades.
# This song is a protest against the Vietnam War which was happening at the time, involving many young American men.


Title: I Can See For Miles
Artist: The Who
Writer(s): Pete Townsend
Entered chart 
18 Oct 1967; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart 12.

The Who had been in the UK Top 10 in April 1967 with "Pictures Of Lily" (song 35).  This release only just made it to the Top 10, and they did not have another substantial hit until March 1969.  Despite that, they continued to be a successful live act, and enjoyed hits in the 1970s and 1980s.  See song 35 for more info.
# This song was used as the theme music for the American TV crime drama series CSI Cyber.  CSI itself and two other spin-off series all had Who songs as their theme music.


Title: I Feel Love Comin' On
Artist: Felice Taylor
Writer(s): Paul Politi & Barry White (White had major chart success in the 1970s)
Entered chart 
25 Oct 1967; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 13.

Felice Taylor (29 Jan 1944 - 12 Jun 2017) was born in California, USA.  She was a Soul/Pop singer who began performing in 1965 with her two sisters in a trio called the Sweets.  She gained a solo contract with Bronco Records and recorded three singles, two of which had modest success in the USA.  The third single, "I Feel Love Comin' On", was not released in America, but after being issued in the UK, it reached number eleven in the British charts.  It seems she did not record after the early 1970s.


Title: There Is A Mountain
Artist: Donovan
Writer(s): Donovan
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 
25 Oct 1967; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 11.

This was his follow-up to "Mellow Yellow" (song 15) which had been in the Top 10 in February.  This was another production by Mickie Most who guided Donovan to a consistent run of hits through to the end of the 1960s.  Donovan was back in the Top 10 again in February 1968.


Title: Soul Man
Artist: Sam & Dave
Writer(s): Isaac Hayes & David Porter
Entered chart 
1 Nov 1967; Highest Position 24; Weeks on chart 14.

Sam & Dave were Sam Moore, born 12 Oct 1935 in Florida, USA, and Dave Prater, 9 May 1937 - 9 Apr 1988, born in Georgia, USA.  They became the most successful Soul music duo, performing together from 1961 to 1981.  They were both originally Gospel singers, but met when they were performing R&B/Soul songs in the same club at Miami, Florida.  They made some records early on, but it was in 1964 when they recorded for the famous Stax record company in Memphis, Tennessee that their act took off.  They had numerous hits on the American R&B charts, but their biggest hit was "Soul Man" which reached number two on the American Pop charts.  They toured the USA and Europe during the late 1960s, and continued recording until 1981, when artistic differences resulted in them going their separate ways.  Prater died in 1988, but Moore has continued solo, and performed in London during 2017.


Title: Everybody Knows
Artist: Dave Clark Five
Writer(s): Les Reed & Barry Mason (they wrote song 70, above)
Entered chart 
1 Nov 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 14.

The Dave Clark Five was a beat group from Tottenham, north London, England.  The band's origins go back to 1957, and several personnel changes were made before their hits began.  By the time of this recording, the group had stabilised  to have leader Dave Clark on drums, and Mike Smith on keyboards and lead vocals, plus three others on guitars and saxophone.  Smith was also responsible for writing many of their hits, although Clark was always given joint composing credits.  They became known for their "thump-thump" drumming style, and remained popular throughout the 1960s, with seven Top 10 hits to the end of 1969.  The band also enjoyed success in the USA during the "British Invasion" years, where they had eight Top 10 hits.  Dave Clark was a shrewd businessman, keeping the copyright on his recordings, which he re-released sparingly during the following decades.
# This was their first UK Top 10 hit since the summer of 1965, although there had been three hits that reached lower positions during that time.  They had been spending quite a bit of time in the USA, where they were very popular, which reduced their exposure in the UK.  This recording did not spark a great revival, but they did have another Top 10 hit in each of the years 1968 and 1969.
# Strangely, the group had been in the charts during 1965 with a different song, but also with the title "Everybody Knows", which was co-written by Dave Clark.


Title: Let The Heartaches Begin
Artist: Long John Baldry
Writer(s): Tony Macaulay & John MacLeod (they wrote song 79, above)
Entered chart 
8 Nov 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 13.

Long John Baldry (12 January 1941 - 21 July 2005) was born in Northamptonshire, England.  He had the nickname Long John, as at 6ft 7in he was one of the tallest performers of the time.  He got into Blues music as a teenager, and in the early 1960s he sang with Alex Korner's band Blues Incorporated, and recorded with them also.  In 1963, Baldry joined the Cyril Davies' R&B All Stars.  He took over in 1964 after the death of Cyril Davies, and the group became Long John Baldry and his Hoochie Coochie Men featuring Rod Stewart on vocals.  In 1965 the band was renamed Steampacket, but it broke up in 1966.  Baldry then formed Bluesology, which featured an unknown Elton John on piano, but that broke up in early 1967.  Baldrey then recorded as a solo artist, and this recording shot him to fame.  A minor hit followed, but in autumn 1968 he had a number 15 hit in the UK with "Mexico", which was used as the theme song for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.  The hits dried up, however, and in 1978 he emigrated to Canada, and became a Canadian citizen.  He continued performing and recording in Canada, where he also did voiceover work for animated feature films.  He died from a severe chest infection in Vancouver at age 64.


Title: Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
Artist: Gene Pitney
Writer(s): Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
Entered chart 
8 Nov 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 13.

Gene Pitney (17 Feb 1940 - 5 Apr 2006) was born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.  He formed a band whilst at high school and learned to play several instruments.  He had a couple of small hits in 1961 and 1962, and had written hits for other performers, such as Bobby Vee, but it was in 1963 that his career took off in the UK.  Pitney went on to considerable success, especially in the UK where he achieved ten Top 10 hits by the end of the 1960s.  By contrast, he only had four Top 10 hits in his American homeland.  His popularity continued through the following decades and he toured extensively.  He never reached Number One until his recording of "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" was re-recorded as a duet with British singer Marc Almond (see below).  He was on a tour of the UK in 2006, when he was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales.  His death was deemed to be due to a heart attack.
# This was Pitney's only Top 10 hit of 1967, and was the last Top 10 he had until 1989 (see below).  He had a few small hits during the remainder of the 1960s and in the 1970s.  However, he remained a popular live performer until his death.
# In 1988, British vocalist Marc Almond recorded the song for an album.  Pitney heard the recording and offered to re-record the song with Almond as a duet.  This was done, and the result went to Number One in early 1989.  That was Pitney's final appearance in the UK singles charts.


Title: Daydream Believer
Artist: The Monkees
Writer(s): John Stewart (former member of the Kingston Trio)
Entered chart 
8 Nov 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 13.

With this, the Monkees had their sixth hit of the year, and their fourth and final Top 10 hit.  They had been a phenomenon during 1967, but 1968 was difficult.  Their TV show, on which much of their popularity rested, was cancelled in spring 1968.  They only had two UK hits in 1968, the higher reaching number 12, although that release reached number three in the USA, but was their last Top 10 hit in that country.  See song 1 for more info.


Title: All My Love
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Federico Arduini.  English lyrics by Peter Callander (co-wrote song 63, above)
Entered chart 
15 Nov 1967; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 12.

Cliff Richard had his fourth hit (third Top 10 hit) of the year with this Italian song.  Despite all the new acts and new trends in music, he was still able to command a place on the UK singles charts.  1968 saw him at Number One with his ninth chart-topper, and 1969 witnessed him having two Top 10 hits.
# The song was written by Italian Federico Arduini with the title "Solo Tu" (only you), and recorded by Italian singer Orietta Berti.  Peter Callander wrote English lyrics for several foreign language songs, as well as original songs.


Title: Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Artist: Frankie Valli
Writer(s): Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio
Entered chart 
15 Nov 1967; Highest Position 2 (USA chart data - not a UK hit).

Frankie Valli (born 3 May 1934) is best known as the lead singer of the group the Four Seasons.  With that group he enjoyed numerous hits in the USA, and many in the UK as well.  Their last (minor) UK hit of the 1960s had been in early 1967, although they returned strongly in the mid-1970s.  Meanwhile, Valli recorded solo tracks, although most of his solo success also came in the mid-1970s.  This recording was a major hit in the USA but it failed to reach the charts in the UK.
# The song was recorded by American crooner Andy Williams in 1968.  His version was successful in Britain, reaching number five, and providing him with one of his biggest hits.


Title: Kites
Artist: Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
Writer(s): Hal Hackady & Lee Pockriss
Entered chart 
22 Nov 1967; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 13.

Simon Dupree & The Big Sound were a Scottish Psychedelic band formed in 1966 by brothers, Derek Shulman (vocals), Phil Shulman (vocals, saxophone, trumpet), and Ray Shulman (guitar, violin, trumpet, vocals).  They had worked under different group names, but took this one in 1966.  Earlier recordings did not chart, but when they recorded "Kites" things briefly took off for them.  Unfortunately they were unable to release any further substantial hits (they had one additional hit that peaked at number 43), and they broke up in 1969.  The Shulman brothers then formed the Rock band Gentle Giant, and as such they had some success in the USA.
# The song
includes a spoken passage in 'Chinese', performed by the actress Jacqui Chan.  Although Chan is of Chinese decent, she could not speak Chinese, and some Chinese speakers have stated that the 'words' are just meaningless nonsense.


Title: I'm Coming Home
Artist: Tom Jones
Writer(s): Les Reed & Barry Mason
Entered chart 
22 Nov 1967; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 16.

This was Jones' fourth Top 10 hit of 1967, and it only just missed giving him his third chart-topper.  For the whole of November this year Tom Jones was on a concert tour of the UK along with Kathy Kirby and the Ted Heath Orchestra.  1968 brought him two more Top 10 hits, including his iconic "Delilah".  For more info see song 18, above.


Title: Hello, Goodbye
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Entered chart 
29 Nov 1967; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

The Beatles had their third hit and second Number One of the year with this recording.  It was not critically as well received as their previous hits of 1967.  Their songs "Penny Lane", "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "All You Need Is Love", together with the album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" were all regarded as exciting and innovative.  This recording, by contrast, was seen as a routine Pop song with no particular points of merit.  Nevertheless, it remained at the top of the UK charts for seven weeks, and at the top of the American charts for three.
# In December 1967 the Beatles released a double EP with six tracks from their quirky film "Magical Mystery Tour".  The EP reached number two in the singles charts (the EP charts had ceased by then, due to the small numbers of that format being released).  In the USA, the tracks were bulked up with five recent hits, and released as an album.


Title: In And Out Of Love
Artist: Diana Ross & The Supremes
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 
29 Nov 1967; Highest Position 13; Weeks on chart 13.

This was the group's fourth Top 20 hit of the year, and followed "Reflections" which had been up to number five in September.  No more Top 10 hits came their way in Britain whilst Diana Ross was lead singer.  However, they had five Top 10 hits from 1970 to 1972 after Jean Terrell took over lead duties.  See song 39 for more info.


Title: The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener
Artist: Petula Clark
Writer(s): Tony Hatch & Jackie Trent
Producer: Tony Hatch
Entered chart 
13 Dec 1967; Highest Position 20; Weeks on chart 9.

Petula Clark had been enjoying enormous success in the UK and USA with a string of hits written and produced by Tony Hatch since "Downtown" in 1964.  However, this collaboration was coming to an end.  Her previous hit, the ballad "This Is My Song" did not involve Hatch, and her final hit of the 1960s "Kiss Me Goodbye" (1968) was written by the Reed and Mason team, although it was produced by Tony Hatch.  This recording reached number 15 in the USA.  She remained a popular live performer, however, and she had a couple of small hits in the early 1970s.  See song 13 for more info.


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:

Holland-Dozier-Holland: 5
John Lennon & Paul McCartney: 4
Neil Diamond: 3
Les Reed & Barry Mason: 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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