Sam and Dave move into the #1 position on the Pop Chart this week as "Soul Man" overtakes Lulu's hit "To Sir, With Love," dropping it to #2. "Incense And Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock and "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills continue their climb up the chart moving from #7 to #3 and #10 to #4 respectively. Vikki Carr's "It Must Be Him" rounds out The Top Five. The only other Top Ten hits showing upward movement this week are by Bobby Vinton ("Please Love Me Forever", up from #12 to #8) and "A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin, which climbs from #11 to #9.
Three other tracks earned bullets in The Top 20 this week … "Let It Out" by The Hombres, which climbs from #16 to #12, "Love Is Strange" by Peaches And Herb (up from #17 to #13) and "I Can See For Miles" by The Who, which moves up from #24 to #17.
Big Top 40 movers include "Lazy Day" by Spanky and Our Gang (#27 to #22), "I Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick (#32 to #24), "Pata Pata" by Miriam Makeba (#30 to #25), "Glad To Be Unhappy" by The Mamas and the Papas (#42 to #26), "Keep The Ball Rollin'" by Jay and the Techniques (#41 to #27), "Like An Old Time Movie" by Scott McKenzie (#45 to #28), "She Is Still A Mystery" by The Lovin' Spoonful (up twenty places from #49 to #29), "Lady Bird" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood (#38 to #30), "Get Together" by James Brown (#44 to #31), "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C (#50 to #32), "Stag-O-Lee" by Wilson Pickett (#55 to #36), "Watch The Flowers Grow" by The Four Seasons (#52 to #37) and "Homburg" by Procol Harum (#47 to #40).
The Number One Album in the Country still belongs to Diana Ross and the Supremes, thanks to their "Greatest Hits" LP. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles and "The Doors" by The Doors stand right behind it at positions #2 and #3 respectively. But a brand new release crashes into The Top Ten this week as The Doors' follow-up album, "Strange Days", leaps from #100 to #4!
The Monkees' fourth album, "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd." is released. It will become their fourth album to occupy the #1 Spot on the National Album Chart this year … an INCREDIBLE feat for ANY band. In all, The Monkees will spend 37 weeks (out of a possible 60 consecutive weeks) on top of the national album chart. During this same time period, they will also have the #1 Single in America for 16 weeks.
With Elvis' movie contract now expired (and apparently no interest in renewal on the studio's part), Colonel Tom Parker makes a deal with National General Pictures to do one film (which will become "Charro!") for which Elvis will be paid (or, perhaps more accurately, he and Elvis will split) $850,000 plus 50% of the profits. Negotiations also begin for an Elvis Christmas Television Special with NBC that would air in 1968. (That special would go on to turn Elvis' career around overnight.)