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1967

The British charts of 1967 found The Beatles back on top and now Englebert and the Monkees were making it big too.

 

  • Still the biggest act of the year in 1967, things had changed for the Beatles. On the singles scene their first hit of the year, "Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever" failed to hit number one. However, "All You Need is Love" and "Hello Goodbye" (number four record of the year) managed to dispel the doubts by reaching the top spot. Then they finished the year with a number two position for EP "Magical Mystery Tour". Sadly, in August, their manager Brian Epstein died - removing a major influence for unity from the band. On the positive side this was the year that "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" revolutionised popular music and was the biggest selling UK album.
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles, 13 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Number two performer was Engelbert Humperdinck (originally Arnold Dorsey). In a return to the romantic ballad more typical of Elvis and Cliff in the early sixties, Engelbert had million sellers with "Release Me" (top single of 1967) and then "The Last Waltz" (number two single of the year) separated by a number two hit for "There Goes My Everything".
Greatest Hits - Englebert Humperdinck, 14 tracks incl Release Me & Last Waltz Buy the Greatest Hits
  • The Monkees burst onto the scene in 1967 to be third biggest act of the year through their immensely successful TV series. Their first hit "I'm A Believer" (number five hit of the year) was actually their only UK number one but they followed it up with a series of big selling singles that year including "Last Train to Clarksville", "A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You", "Alternate Title", "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Daydream Believer". They also had a couple of big selling albums with "The Monkees" and "More of the Monkees".
Very best of The Monkees, 24 tracks incl I'm A Believer & Last Train To Clarksville Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Number four place fell to Procol Harum mainly through their anthem of the period "Whiter Shade of Pale" - number three hit of the year. They followed this up with top ten hit "Homburg".
The Best of Procol Harum, 22 tracks incl Whiter Shade Of Pale & Homburg Buy the Greatest Hits
  • After having considerable success earlier in the sixties backing Brian Poole, the Tremeloes take fifth place for 1967 after splitting from Poole the year before. They top the charts with "Silence is Golden" and manage top five hits with both "Here Comes My Baby" and "Even the Bad Times are Good".
Silence Is Golden: 49 tracks from the Tremeloes Buy the Greatest Hits
  • 1967 saw the resurrection of the solo artist. Among the winners that year were Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra (with number one hit "Somethin' Stupid") - Nancy went on to reach top ten positions with "Sugar Town" and "You Only Live Twice". Tom Jones had top two hits with "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" and "I'm Coming Home". Petula Clark managed number one with "This is My Song" while Sandie Shaw topped the charts with "Puppet on a String".
20 tracks incl Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum, Reflections - Diana Ross & The Supremes Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Among the other performers of the year were the Move whose "Night of Fear" and "Flowers in the Rain" both reached number two while "I Can Hear the Grass Grow" was a top five hit. The Bee Gees entered the scene with "New York Mining Disaster 1941" then hit top position with "Massachusetts" and followed this with a top ten hit in "World". The Beach Boys had another good year with both albums (especially "Best of The Beach Boys") and singles like "Then I Kissed Her" and "Heroes and Villains". Finally, there were Tamla Motown stalwarts the Four Tops - whose top ten hits included "Standing in the Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", "Seven Rooms of Gloom" and "Walk Away Renee" - and Diana Ross and The Supremes who were in the top ten with "The Happening" and "Reflections".
 

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