12 February 1971

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

Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ became the 11th song to top our charts that would also top the UK and US charts. However, it had not yet caught on in the UK and would only get to number 1 there in the May of ’71. It deposed Dave Edmunds’ ‘I Hear You Knockin’ from our number 1 spot after the latter had only been there for 1 week. Edmund’s hit dropped to number 2. ‘Knock Three Times’ brought the weeks at 1 by American acts to the 100 mark. The Brits still led the way having occupied the top spot for a total of 125 weeks.

Lynn Anderson took the climber of the week award with her hit ‘Rose Garden’ moving up 8 places from 16 to 8. This was the 13th time an American woman had taken the honours if you include the 2 times Nancy Sinatra managed it with her duet with her dad Frank (11th time excluding the duet).

Joining Lynne with a star rater climb this weeks was The Who’s ‘See Me Feel Me’ which moved up 4 from 13 to 9. This was their 4th time with a star rater and 2 of their previous star raters had also been the biggest climbers in those weeks.

Neil Diamond had clocked up 34 weeks before this one and had so far not seen a biggest faller. This week, ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ gave him his first such award as the song fell 5 places from 9 to 14 to take the honours. The 34 weeks without taking biggest faller was the tied 4th longest period so far that any act had managed. Tommy Roe had achieved a similar feat while Manfred Mann had managed 36 weeks, The Tremeloes had a run of 44 weeks and The Seekers held what would be the all-time record of 57 weeks. Despite breaking his run without the biggest faller, Diamond could take some comfort from the fact that ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ was still the oldest on the chart, enjoying its 17th week with us and 4th as the oldest.

There was just 1 song that left the charts this week and that was R. Dean Taylor’s ‘Indiana Wants Me’ which had been with us for 13 weeks and peaked at 3. This brought to a close Taylor’s time in our charts. He had enjoyed having 2 hits with us, spent a total of 19 weeks in the top 20 and the peak of 3 with ‘Indiana Wants Me’ was the best he managed.

The new entry was ‘Sailing’ by a local band called Fuzz. This was not a cover of the well-known Rod Stewart song (that was still over 4 years away from being a hit on our charts) but was rather a ditty written by John Galanakis and Kevin Kruger, both of whom were members of the band. Kruger would go on to work with Hot R.S and Trevor Rabin. He also (if the internet is to be believed) produced some of Bles Bridges work! Usually the arrival of the Fuzz means bad news, especially if you are involved in criminal activity, but here it was good news for the local scene as we now had a record to date equalling 7 local acts in the top 20. We had last seen this level of locals back in the December of 1967, 162 week previously. Peter Lotis, who had already seen 2 hits as an artist, produced the track. For those of you interested in law enforcement, you will happy to know that the South African Fuzz arrived on the scene 478 weeks before the UK Police did (when ‘Message In A Bottle’ entered the charts in April 1980).

With the US acts only having 6 hits on the top 20 and the UK ones 5, this was the 6th time we had seen more local acts in the top 20 than those from America or Britain.

This week saw Christie become the 77th act to reach the 20 weeks in the chart milestone. So far 29 British acts, 27 Americans, 17 South Africans, 2 Canadians and one act from Jamaica and one from Australia had managed this.

Chris Andrews pulled 1 week clear of Manfred Mann, his 82 to date giving him 10th spot on the weeks count list to himself while Manfred Mann dropped to 11. On the local list Tidal Wave shook off Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp to have 14th place to themselves with 23 weeks under their belt.

For the second week running we saw the acts on the top 3 songs all start with the same letter (Dawn, Dave Edmunds, Dealians – was this known as D-Day?). This was only the 4th time we had seen this and so far we had never seen the top 4 have the same starting letter.

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