The first number one of 1967 in the U.S. was the Monkees “I’m a Believer” written by Neil Diamond it also went to the top in the U.K. in the middle of January. They had a second number one in the U.S. in December with the song written by John Stewart the former Kingston Trio Member “Daydream Believer”.
Aretha Franklin went to the top in June with the Otis Redding composition “Respect”.
Bobby Gentry (born Roberta Streeter) had a number one in August with her self penned song “Ode to Billy Joe”.
The Supremes had two number ones in the U.S. In 1967 with “Love is Here and Now Your Gone” written by Holland – Dozier - Holland and “The Happening” which was written by Holland – Dozier – Holland – De Vol.
Nancy and Frank Sinatra went to the top in both charts with the Carson C. Parks composition “Somethin’ Stupid”.
In the U.K. in February Petula Clark had a number one with “This is My Song” which was composed by the film star Charlie Chaplin. He wrote the song for the film A Countess in Hong Kong.
In April Sandie Shaw’s “Puppet on a String” reached the top, this was the Eurovision Song Contest winner of 1967 written by Phil Coulter & Bill Martin. She was the first female to have three U.K. number one records.
The song written by keyboard player Gary Booker and lyricist Keith Reid “A Whiter Shade of Pale” went to number one in June 1967 for Procol Harum.
Englebert Humperdinck (born Arnold Dorsey) had two number ones “Release Me” composed by Eddie Miller and the “Last Waltz” written by Les Reed & Barry Mason.
In the summer of ’67 Scott McKenzie reached the top with “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). It was written by John Phillips a member of the Mamas & Papas. This hippie anthem epitomized flower power and the summer of love.
The Beatles in March were at the top in America with “Penny Lane”, they had two further number ones in both charts with “All You Need Is Love” and “Hello,Goodbye” which was the final number of 1967 in both charts.