Number Ones:
I’m a Believer - Monkees [Colgems 1002] (Diamond) Neil Diamond’s version came out later in the year on Just For You [‘67, Bang BLP 217].
To Sir, With Love - Lulu [Epic 10187] (Black, London) is a movie song title, sung by Lulu in the film.
Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry [Capitol 5950] (Gentry) also made Top 30 in an instrumental version by King Curtis’ group, the Kingpins [Atco 6516].
Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy & Frank Sinatra [Reprise 0561] (Parks) is from the Carson & Gaile LP San Antonio Rose [‘67, Kapp 3516 and ‘66 single Kapp 813].
Groovin’ - Young Rascals [Atlantic 2401] (Cavaliere, Brigati) was also a Top 30 hit, as an instrumental, for Booker T. & the MG’s [Stax 224].
Respect - Aretha Franklin [Atlantic 2403] (Redding) is an Otis Redding song [‘65, Volt 128].
The Happening - Supremes [Motown 1107] (Holland, Dozier, Holland, DeVol) is a movie title song.
Number Twos:
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips [Soul 35039] (Strong, Whitfield) This was the first version released, but it had been recorded earlier by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles [8/16/66 rel. ‘68 Special Occasion Tamla 290] and Marvin Gaye [rel ‘68, Tamla 54176]. Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded it on Cosmo’s Factory [‘70, Fantasy 8402].
Never My Love - Association [Warner 7074] (Addrisi, Addrisi) was demoed by the Addrisi brothers. It was later a hit for the 5th Dimension [‘71, Bell 45,134] and Blue Swede [‘74, EMI 3938].
Little Bit o’ Soul - Music Explosion [Laurie 3380] (Hawker, Shakespeare) was recorded in the U.K. by the Little Darlings [‘65, Fontana 539].
Georgy Girl - Seekers [Capitol 5756] (Dale, Springfield) is a movie title song.
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley [Atco 6463] (Redding, Conley, Cooke) is based on Sam Cooke’s ‘Yeah Man’ [‘65, Shake RCA Victor 3367].
Dedicated to the One I Love - Mamas & the Papas [Dunhill 4077] (Bass, Pauling) hit for the Shirelles (see ‘61).
Top Fives:
Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee [Liberty 55964] (Sharp) was recorded earlier in the year by Shadden & the King Lears [Arbel 1016]. (Vee’s was recorded 3/17/67].
I Got Rhythm - Happenings [B.T. Puppy 527] (Gershwin, Gershwin) was sung by Ethel Merman in the 1930 show Girl Crazy. There were popular versions by Red Nichols [‘31, Brunswick 4957], the Arden-Ohman Orchestra [Victor 22558], Ethel Waters [Columbia 2346-D], and Louis Armstrong [‘32, Columbia 2590].
Baby I Need Your Loving - Johnny Rivers [Imperial 66227] (Holland, Dozier, Holland) was a hit for the Four Tops [‘64, 1062].
It Must Be Him - Vikki Carr [Liberty 55986] (Becaud, David) is the French song ‘Seul sur son étoile’ by Gilbert Bécaud [‘66].
This Is My Song - Petula Clark [Warner 7002] (Chaplin) is from the film A Countess of Hong Kong. In the U.K. there was also a hit version by Harry Secombe [Philips BF 1539].
Release Me (and let Me Love Again) - Engelbert Humperdinck [Parrot 40011] (Miller, Stevenson) is an old country song (see 1962).
There’s a Kind of a Hush - Herman’s Hermits [MGM 13681] (Reed, Stevens) is from the New Vaudeville Band LP Winchester Cathedral [‘66, Fontana 27560]. It was later a hit for the Carpenters [‘76, A&M 1800].
Little Ole Man (Uptight - Everything’s Alright) - Bill Cosby [Warner 7072] (Cosby, Moy, Wonder) is based on Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight’ [‘66, Tamla 54124].
(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet - Blues Magoos [Mercury 72622] (Thielhelm, Esposito, Scala, Gilbert) The melody of the verses is taken from the bass riff by Joe Osborn on Rick Nelson’s version of ‘Summertime’ [’62, Imperial 5805]. This riff also formed the basis for Deep Purple’s ‘Black Night’ [‘70, Warner 7405].
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Buckinghams [Columbia 44182] (Levy, Levy, Zawinul) was a live recording which charted earlier in the year for Cannonball Adderley. There was a vocal version, also earlier in the year, by Larry Williams & Johnny Watson [Okeh 7274].
Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane [RCA 9140] (Slick) was first recorded as ‘Someone to Love’ by the Great Society [‘65, Northbeach 1001], both featuring Grace Slick.
Top Tens:
Please Love Me Forever- Bobby Vinton [Epic 10228] (Malone, Blanchard) was the 1958 Tommy Edwards song (see 1961).
Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay & the Techniques [Smash 2086] (Irby) was done by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs as ‘Ready or Not’, on The Best of Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs [‘67, MGM 4422].
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson [Brunswick 55336] (Jackson, Smith, Miner) was recorded by the Dells in Feb. 67, but not released until 1968 on There Is [Cadet 804]. It hit for Rita Coolidge in 1977 [A&M 1922].
Come On Down to My Boat- Every Mother’s Son [MGM 13733] (Farrell, Goldstein) was recorded previously in the year by the Rare Breed (later known as the Ohio Express), as ‘Come and Take a Ride in My Boat’ [Attack 1403].
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Casinos [Fraternity 977] (Loudermilk) was first recorded by Don Cherry [‘62, Verve 10270]. Other people who have recorded it include John D. Loudermilk [rec. 10/21/63, rel. ’65, RCA Victor 47-8579] and Johnny Nash ‘64, Argo 5479].
You Got What It Takes - Dave Clark Five [Epic 10144] (Gordy, Gordy, Carlo) is a remake of Marv Johnson’s hit (see 1960).
My Cup Runneth Over - Ed Ames [RCA Victor 9002] (Jones, Schmidt) is from the off-Broadway musical I Do, I Do.
Close Your Eyes - Peaches & Herb [Date 1549] (Willis) was an R&B hit for the Five Keys [‘55, Capitol 3032].
Let’s Live For Today - Grass Roots [Dunhill 4084] (Mogol, Shapiro, Julien) is the ‘Piangi Con Me’ by the Italy-based British group the Rokes [Italian ARC 4081]. The Rokes recorded an English version in 1967 [RCA Victor 47-9199]. The Rokes recorded first, but the first English-language release was by the U.K. group the Living Daylights, followed by the Grass Roots. There is a resemblance to the Drifters’ 1961 hit ‘I Count the Tears’ [Atlantic 2087].
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane [RCA Victor 9248] (Slick) was recorded by Slick’s group, the Great Society, in 1966, released on the 1968 LP Conspicuous Only in Its Absence [Columbia 9624].
Funky Broadway - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2430] (Christian) was originally by Dyke & the Blazers [‘67, Original Sound 64].
The Tracks of My Tears - Johnny Rivers [Imperial 66244] (Robinson, Tarplin, Moore) was a hit for the Miracles [‘65, Tamla 54118], and would chart again for Linda Ronstadt [‘75, Asylum 45295].
Top Twenties:
Silence Is Golden - Tremeloes [Epic 10184] (Gaudio, Crewe) was the B-side of the Four Seasons hit ‘Rag Doll’ [‘64, Philips 40211].
Green, Green Grass of Home - Tom Jones [Parrot 40009] (Putman) is a country song first recorded by Johnny Darrell [‘65, United Artists 869], charting for Porter Wagoner [‘65, RCA 8622]. (It was also recorded by its writer, Curly Putman - in 1965? - but not released as a single - maybe on his debut LP for ABC-Paramount Lonesome [‘67, ABC-618]).
Words - Monkees [Colgems 1007] (Boyce, Hart) was first recorded by the Leaves on Hey Joe [‘66, Mira 3005]. It was recorded in 1966 by the Boston Tea Party [Challenge 59368].
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead - Fifth Estate [Jubilee 5573] (Harburg, Arlen) is from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz; the Glenn Miller Orchestra had a popular version, Marion Hutton on vocal [‘39, Bluebird 10366].
Stand By Me - Spyder Turner [MGM 13617] (King, Leiber, Stoller) uses Ben E. King’s 1961 hit [Atco 6194] as the basis for impressions of several vocalists (Jackie Wilson, David Ruffin, Billy Stewart, Smokey Robinson and Chuck Jackson).
Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba [Reprise 0606] (Ragovoy, Makeba) is based on the 1941 South African recording ‘Noma Kumnyana’ by the Dundee Wandering Singers. It was recorded in 1956 as ‘Iyo Pata Pata’ by Zimbabwe’s first lady of song, Dorothy Masuka, in the Kwela language [Troubadour]; and in 1959 (or ‘57?) as ‘Phatha Phatha’ by the Sunbeams (aka Skylarks) feat. Miriam Makeba [African Tropik 781].
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) - Harpers Bizarre [Warner 5890] (Simon) is from the Simon & Garfunkel LP Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme [‘66, Columbia 9363].
Here Comes My Baby - Tremeloes [Epic 10139] (Stevens) was recorded by Cat Stevens on his debut Matthew and Son [Deram 18005]; it is not clear which was recorded first.
My Mammy - Happenings [B.T. Puppy 530] (Lewis, Young, Donaldson) was published in 1920, sung in the 1920 show Sinbad and the 1921 show Bombo by Al Jolson, but not recorded by him until 1928 [Brunswick 3912]. Popular versions in 1921 were by Paul Whiteman [Victor 18737], the Peerless Quartet [Victor 18730], Aileen Stanley [Okeh 4275], the Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra [Columbia 3372], and Isham Jones [Brunswick 5046]. Jolson’s 1928 hit was re-recorded for the 1947 film The Al Jolson Story [Decca 23614].
Love Is Strange - Peaches & Herb [Date 1574] (Baker, Smith) was a hit for Mickey & Sylvia [’57, Groove 0175].
Jackson - Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood [Reprise 0595] (Wheeler, Rogers - aka Lieber!) was originally recorded by the Kingston Trio on Sunny Side! [‘63, Capitol 1935]. It appeared on Billy Edd Wheeler’s LP A New Bag of Songs Written and Sung by Billy Edd Wheeler [‘64, Kapp KL-1351]. This version was preceded on charts by Johnny Cash & June Carter [‘67, Columbia 44011].
Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers [Imperial 66267] (Hendricks) was recorded by James Henricks, on the LP Songs of James Hendricks [‘68, Soul City 92003]; it is not clear which was recorded first; Rivers was associated with the Soul City label.
Alfie - Dionne Warwick [Scepter 12187] is the title song for the Michael Caine film Alfie, written for and first recorded by Cilla Black [‘66, Capitol 5674]; Cher’s version [‘66, Imperial 66192] was used in the movie. Stevie Wonder, as Eivets Rednow, charted with an instrumental version [‘68, Godry 7076].
Music to Watch Girls By - Bob Crewe Generation [DynoVoice 229] (Velona, Ramin) was used in a Diet Pepsi commercial.
Darling Be Home Soon - Lovin’ Spoonful [Kama Sutra 220] (Sebastian) was from the Francis Ford Coppola film You’re a Big Girl Now.
Go Where You Wanna Go - 5th Dimension [Soul City 753] (Philips) was from the Mamas & Papas LP If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears [‘66, Dunhill 50006].
Don’t Go Out Into the Rain (You’re Gonna Melt) - Herman’s Hermits [MGM 13761] (Kenny Young) was recorded in 1966 by the Seagulls [Date 1536].
(I Wanna) Testify - Parliaments [Revilot 207] (Clinton, Taylor) is closely modeled on the Temptations’ ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’ [‘66].
For Your Love - Peaches & Herb [Date 1563] (Townsend) was a hit for Ed Townsend in 1958 [Capitol 3926].
Wild Thing - Senator Bobby [Parkway 127] (Taylor) was a parody of the Troggs’ hit (see 1966).
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone - Monkees [Colgems 1002] (Boyce, Hart) was from Paul Revere & the Raiders’ 1966 LP Midnight Ride [Columbia 2508]. It was also recorded by the W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band [‘66, Mercury ot HBR] and the Rebounds [Tower].
There Goes My Everything - Engelbert Humperdinck [Parrot 40015] (Dallas Frazier) was first recorded for the Ferlin Husky LP I Could Sing All Night [‘66, Capitol 2548], and became a big country hit for Jack Greene [‘66, Decca 32023].
Top Thirties:
Let’s Fall in Love - Peaches & Herb [Date 1523] (Koehler, Arlen) was sung in the 1934 film of the same name by Ann Sothern and Art Jarrett. Popular recordings were by Eddy Duchin [Victor 24510], Harold Arlen (vocal, with Ray Sinatra’s Orchestra) [Victor 24467] and Fred Rich [Columbia 2868].
Let the Good Times Roll & Feel So Good - Bunny Sigler [Parkway 153] (Lee) is a medley of two R&B hits for Shirley & Lee [‘56, Aladdin 3325, and ‘55, Aladdin 3289].
The Look of Love - Dusty Springfield [Philips 40465] (Bacharach, David) is from the James Bond parody film Casino Royale [soundtrack Colgems 5005]; the soundtrack recording is different from the single release, recorded a few months earlier. Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 had a hit with it in 1968 [A&M 924].
Stag-O-Lee - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2448] (Logan, Price) is a new version of Lloyd Price’s hit (see 1959 ‘Stagger Lee‘).
Let Love Come Between Us - James & Bobby Purify [Bell 685] (Sobotka, Wyker) was originally by the Rubber Band [‘66, Columbia 43796].
When You’re Young and In Love - Marvelettes [Tamla 54150] (McCoy) charted for Ruby & the Romantics [‘64, Kapp 615].
For Your Precious Love - Oscar Toney, Jr. [Bell 672] (Brooks, Brooks, Butler) was a hit for Jerry Butler & the Impressions (see 1964).
Too Many Fish in the Sea & Three Little Fishes - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels [New Voice 822] (Whitfield, Holland / Dowell) is a medley of the Marvelettes’ hit [‘64, Tamla 54015] and Kay Kyser’s 1939 novelty hit [Brunswick 8358], which was also popular by Hal Kemp [Victor 26204] and Paul Whiteman [Decca 2417].
Shake a Tail Feather - James & Bobby Purify [Bell 669] (Hayes, Williams, Rice) charted for the Five Du-Tones [‘63, One-derful! 4815].
Yellow Balloon - Yellow Balloon [Canterbury 608] (St. John, Zekley, Lee) was recorded by Jan & Dean [Columbia 44036] before this recording by writer Gary Zekley.
Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding [Volt 141] (Campbell, Woods, Connolly) was first recorded by Ray Noble, vocal Val Rosing [‘32, Victor 24263], and Bing Crosby [’33, Brunswick 6480], and popular in 1933 for Ted Lewis [Columbia 2748-D] and Ruth Etting [Melotone 12625]. It was later recorded by Frank Sinatra [’46], Little Miss Cornshucks [’51, Coral 65090], and Aretha Franklin [’62, Columbia 42520]. Redding’s version was inspired by Sam Cooke’s [‘64 At the Copa RCA Victor 2970].
In the Chapel in the Moonlight - Dean Martin [Reprise 0601] (Hill) had several versions in 1936: Shep Fields [Bluebird 6640], Richard Himber featuring Stuart Allen [Victor 25441], Ruth Etting [Decca 1084], and Mal Hallett featuring Jerry Perskins [Decca 1033]. Later versions were by Kitty Kallen [’54, Decca 29130], the Four Knights [’54, Capitol 2840], the Orioles [‘54, Jubilee 5154], and the Bachelors [‘65, London 9793].
Yesterday - Ray Charles [ABC/TRC 11009] (Lennon, McCartney) is the Beatles hit [‘65, Capitol 5498].
By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Glen Campbell [Capitol 2015] (Webb) was introduced on Johnny Rivers’ LP Changes [‘66, Imperial 12334]. It later charted for Isaac Hayes [‘69, Enterprise 9003].
Glad to Be Unhappy - Mamas & Papas [Dunhill 4107] (Rodgers, Hart) is from the musical On Your Toes. It was recorded by Dorris Carson & David Morris [‘36], Lee Wiley [‘40, Gala 2], and Lena Horne [’46 Black & White 817]. Frank Sinatra recorded it on In the Wee Small Hours [‘55, Capitol 581].
Tramp - Otis & Carla [Stax 216] (Fulsom, McCracklin) was an R&B hit for Lowell Fulsom [‘67, Kent 456].
Detroit City - Tom Jones [Parrot 40012] (Dill, Tillis) is a remake of Bobby Bare’s song (see 1963).
Casino Royale - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass [A&M 850] (David, Bacharach) is a movie title song, in this version.
My Girl Josephine - Jerry Jaye [Hi 2120] (Domino, Bartholomew) was a hit for Fats Domino [‘60, Imperial 5704].
Help Me Girl - Eric Burdon & the Animals [MGM 13636] (English, Weiss) followed the Outsiders’ version [‘66, Capitol 5759] onto the charts.
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - Wilson Pickett [Atlantic 2381] (Burns, Burke, Wexler) charted first for Solomon Burke [‘64, Atlantic 2241] and was covered by the Stones on The Rolling Stones, Now! [‘65, London 420].
The World We Knew (Over and Over) - Frank Sinatra [Reprise 0610] (Sigman, Kaempfert, Rehbein) was a Bert Kaempfert instrumental [‘67, The World We Knew and Other Fabulous Instrumentals Decca 4925]; German title: ‘Die Welt War Schön’.
What Now My Love - Mitch Ryder [DynoVoice 901] (Sigman, Becaud, Delanoie) is a French song (see 1966).
My Back Pages - Byrds [Columbia 44054] (Dylan) was from Another Side of Bob Dylan [‘64, Columbia 2193].
Knock On Wood - Otis & Carla [Stax 228] (Cropper, Floyd) was a hit for Eddie Floyd [‘66, Stax 194].