29 January 1971


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 8 Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow  – Dealians
2 3 7 I Hear You Knockin’  – Dave Edmunds
3 2 13 Looky Looky  – Giorgio
4 4 8 I Think I Love You  – Partridge Family
5 7 4 Gypsy Woman  – Brian Hyland
6 5 15 Cracklin’ Rosie  – Neil Diamond
7 6 10 Zanzibar  – Wanda Arletti
8 18 2 Knock Three Times  – Dawn
9 8 6 San Bernadino  – Christie
10 19 2 No Matter What  – Badfinger
11 12 10 Yo Yo  – Chris Andrews
12 16 5 Mango Mango  – Tidal Wave
13 17 4 Sing Out Glory  – Bernie Brown
14 11 6 See Me, Feel Me  – Who
15 20 3 Cry Blue bird Cry  – Rising Sons
16 14 12 Indiana Wants Me  – R. Dean Taylor
17 9 12 Woodstock  – Matthews Southern Comfort
18 10 9 You Can Get it if You Really Want  – Desmond Dekker
19 13 5 The Witch  – Rattles
20 New 1 There’s a Light, There’s a Way  – Invaders

The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ enjoyed its 3rd week at the top of the charts, seeing off Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ which sat at number 2 for 2 weeks after dropping from the top spot. The new threat to The Dealians’ supremacy came from Dave Edmunds’ ‘I Hear You Knockin’. The latter had recently spent 6 weeks at the top of the UK charts so the pressure on The Dealians was great.

Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ took the biggest climber award moving up 10 places from 18 to 8. This was the 35th time a song had climbed 10 or more places in a week and the 15th time an American act had done this. The Americans were now level with the Brits for 10 or more place climbs with the other 5 of the 35 coming from 3 local hits and 1 each from French and Australian acts.

Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What’ climbed 9 places to be 1 of 4 other star raters this week. It was the 5th song so far to climb 9 and not be the biggest climber in the week with 2 further songs managing a 10 place climb and not being the biggest climber. The other star raters this week were The Rising Sons’ ‘Cry Bluebird Cry’ which moved up 5 to 15, Tidal Wave’s ‘Mango Mango’ (up 4 to 12) and Bernie Brown’s ‘Sing Out Glory’ (up 4 to 13). This was the 3rd time we had seen 3 or more local star raters in a week with one of the previous times also being 3 and one seeing 4 star raters.

On the falling front it was Matthew’s Southern Comfort’s ‘Woodstock’ and Desmond Dekker’s ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ which took the honours, both songs dropping 8 places to land at 17 and 18 respectively. This was Dekker’s 1st time with the award and the 5th time a Jamaican act had had a biggest faller.

Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ continued on as the oldest on the charts, clocking up its 15th week with us.

There was only 1 song that left the charts this week and it was Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid. It had enjoyed a run of 11 weeks and peaked at number 3 during that time, outpeaking (if such a word exists) its achievement in the UK where it got to 4 and the US where it got to 61. This would be the only song by the Sabs that would chart in SA. Of the 295 weeks so far, there had been 56 occasions where we only had 1 song leave the chart which was just over 19% of the time. The most common number of songs to leave the chart was 3 which we had seen 107 times or 36.4% of the time.

The Invaders returned to the chart with their 3rd hit to date, ‘There’s A Light, There’s A Way’. It had been 93 weeks since we last saw the band in the top 20 and this was the 4th biggest gap between hits to date for a local act and the 21st biggest gap to date overall. ‘There’s A Light, There’s A Way’ was written by Joe Moses and John Burke, both member of the band. The Invaders had been the second act to chart with an instrumental and a vocal track as they had seen the instrumental ‘Shock Wave’ chart, followed by the vocal track ‘Chapel Of Dreams’. The first act to manage hits in both forms was Herb Alpert who did it with ‘Casino Royale’ (instrumental) and ‘This Guy’s In Love With You’ (vocal). In total 5 acts would manage to chart with both forms.

This new entry brought the local hit count up to 6, a total we had seen 4 times in the previous 20 weeks and which was just 1 below our record to date of 7.

Chris Andrews celebrated his 80th week in the charts which moved him into tied 11th place on the weeks count list, sharing the place with Tommy Roe. He was now just 1 place below his peak to date of 10 on that list, a peak he had last seen 238 weeks previously.

On the local list Tidal Wave pulled 1 week clear of The Outlet, their 21 weeks to date giving them position 16 on the list to themselves while The Outlet dropped to 17.

The average weeks the songs in this week’s top 20 had been with us moved above the 7 mark again after dropping below it last week. The average now stood at 7.1, the highest it had been in 47 weeks.

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