Hi there.  In the previous post (scroll down) I had  mentioned that although The Beatles had the most #1 songs on the 1967 BillBoard Hot 100 chart, there were other songs that accumulated more time at the #1 position that year than any of the Beatles’ tunes.  In fact there were quite a few individual songs that year that each spent more time at #1 than all the Beatle’s songs combined.  Let me break that down for you.

As we go along here, note that you can click on each song title to hear it, and click on the group or artist’s name to go to their WikiPedia page.  Now back to our story.  The three Beatles tunes, Penny Lane, All You Need is Love and Hello Goodbye  each spent one week at #1 for a total of three weeks.  In 1967 there were two individual songs by other artists that each spent three weeks at #1 – Happy Together by The Turtles and Light My Fire by The Doors.  Obviously, both songs have endured to this day, especially the Doors’ tune which is one of the iconic sixties rock songs of all time.

In 1967 there were five individual songs that spent four weeks each at the #1 spot.  A couple of these you’ll recognize, the others will have to be resurrected from the grooveyard of forgotten favorites.  First, the familiars.   The “Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane” song,  The Letter by The Boxtops, (no Wiki page for The Boxtops, so link goes to Google search) held the top spot for four weeks September 23rd through October 14th, and Daydream Believer by The Monkees which sat at #1 for four weeks from December 2nd through December 23rd.  The other songs that occupied the top spot for four weeks apiece were…brace yourselves… Somethin’ Stupid by Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Windy by The Association and Ode To Billy Joe by Bobbie Gentry.  That last one is a humdinger.

Now we’re getting to the meat and potatoes.  This next song spent five weeks at #1.  It was on the soundtrack of a popular movie that year which starred Sidney Poitier.  The song and the movie shared the same title.  Can you guess?  For this we must again go back to the grooveyard to find…

To Sir With Love by Lulu:

Finally, this next song is by a group that I suspect may be dominating the chart for at least the next couple Music Fridays.  This song sat atop the BillBoard Hot 100 for six weeks in 1967.  Can you believe it?  It’s true…

I’m a Believer by The Monkees

So there you go.  1967 was quite a trip and I didn’t even get into the three songs that spent two weeks apiece at #1.  Click on this link to see the chart for yourself.  Hope you enjoyed our trip.  See you next week and remember:  Don’t be trippin’!