5 February 1971

edmunds_knockin

Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 8 I Hear You Knockin’  – Dave Edmunds
2 1 9 Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow  – Dealians
3 8 3 Knock Three Times  – Dawn
4 5 5 Gypsy Woman  – Brian Hyland
5 4 9 I Think I Love You  – Partridge Family
6 3 14 Looky Looky  – Giorgio
7 10 3 No Matter What  – Badfinger
8 7 11 Zanzibar  – Wanda Arletti
9 6 16 Cracklin’ Rosie  – Neil Diamond
10 9 7 San Bernadino  – Christie
11 12 6 Mango Mango  – Tidal Wave
12 13 5 Sing Out Glory  – Bernie Brown
13 14 7 See Me, Feel Me  – Who
14 15 4 Cry Blue bird Cry  – Rising Sons
15 11 11 Yo Yo  – Chris Andrews
16 New 1 Rose Garden  – Lynn Anderson
17 New 1 Mendocino  – Michael Holm
18 20 2 There’s a Light, There’s a Way  – Invaders
19 16 13 Indiana Wants Me  – R. Dean Taylor
20 New 1 River Deep, Mountain High  – Four Tops & The Supremes

We had a new number 1 this week and it was the 110th song to top the charts. Dave Edmunds’ ‘I Hear You Knockin’ took over the top spot from The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ which had enjoyed a 3 week stint in pole position. The local song dropped to number 2.

Not only was there knocking going on at the top of the charts, but also at number 3 as Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ moved up 5 into that position and in so doing took the biggest climber award for a second week running. It was the only song to manage a star rater climb this week.

Chris Andrews’ ‘Yo Yo’ took the biggest faller award for a second time as it dropped 6 from 9 to 15. It had last been the biggest faller 4 weeks previously, however we had seen songs with gaps of 6, 7 and a record to date 8 weeks between biggest faller awards. Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’ was the only one to have seen the 8 week gap.

Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ clocked up its 16th week in the top 20 and this was its 3rd as the oldest on the chart.

There were 3 songs that left the charts this week, the first of which was ‘The Witch’ by German band The Rattles. The song had enjoyed a spell of 5 weeks with us and a peak of 13. This would be the only SA chart entry we would see from these guys.

Desmond Dekker’s SA Chart career came to an end with the departure of ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ from the top 20. The song had spent 9 weeks with us and peaked at 4, the best figures for any of his 3 hits. In total he spent 21 weeks in the top 20.

Last to go was Matthew’s Southern Comfort’s ‘Woodstock’. It lasted 12 weeks in the charts and peaked at 3. Like The Rattles, this would be Matthew’s Southern Comfort’s only SA chart hit.

The first new entry was Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’. The song went to number 3 on both sides of the Atlantic and topped the charts in Belgium, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and what was then Rhodesia. Apart  from topping the main charts in those countries it would also get to number 1 on the US and Canadian Country singles charts. The song was written by Joe South who had charted as an artist in SA in 1969 with ‘Games People Play’. This was South’s 4 chart hit as song writer as, apart from penning his own hit, had also been behind Billy Joe Royal’s 1965 hit, ‘Down By The Boondocks’ and Deep Purple’s ‘Hush’ from 1968.

Michael Holm became the first German act to see a second hit make the charts as his ‘Mendocino’ was the second of the new entries. Overall this was the 6th song by a German act to chart. The song was written by Doug Sahm who was the leader of The Sir Douglas Quintet and their version of the song would top the charts in Switzerland and go to number 2 in Germany. It would also go to number 27 in the US in 1969. Holm’s version nearly matched the performance of the original in his native Germany, but would peak 1 place lower, getting to number 3 there.

The final new entry was originally a hit for Ike & Tina Turner back in 1966. ‘River Deep Mountain High’ was produced by the legendary Phil Spector for the husband and wife team and would give them a number 3 hit in the UK. The version that made our charts was one that paired 2 Motown greats, The Supremes and The Four Tops although Diana Ross had by that time left The Supremes. The song was written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. Of these 3, Barry sat highest on the hits count list for song writers with 13 hits to his name. This put him tied 3rd with Barry Gibb and Geoff Stephens while Barry Mason on 15 and Les Reed on 17 sat ahead of them at 2 and 1 respectively. For Spector it was a second hit as song writer and a 3rd for Greenwich. The Supremes/Four Tops version would go to number 11 in the UK and 14 in the US. It was produced by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson who would have a hit with ‘Solid’ many years later.

With Michael Holm’s new entry this week, Germany moved 1 hit ahead of France, Ireland and Spain and took 7th place on the hits count by nationality list. The US still led the way with 276 to their credit with the Brits 17 behind on 259. Local acts had clocked up a total of 121 so far.

Chris Andrews moved back into the top 10 of the weeks count list, his 81 to date putting him tied 10th with Manfred Mann. On the local front, Tidal Wave moved on to 22 weeks and were now tied 14th with Carike Keuzenkamp and Hilary.

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