19 February 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Knock Three Times  – Dawn
2 2 10 I Hear You Knockin’  – Dave Edmunds
3 5 5 No Matter What  – Badfinger
4 3 11 Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow  – Dealians
5 8 3 Rose Garden  – Lynn Anderson
6 4 7 Gypsy Woman  – Brian Hyland
7 9 9 See Me, Feel Me  – Who
8 6 16 Looky Looky  – Giorgio
9 10 8 Mango Mango  – Tidal Wave
10 7 11 I Think I Love You  – Partridge Family
11 17 3 Mendocino  – Michael Holm
12 11 7 Sing Out Glory  – Bernie Brown
13 12 13 Zanzibar  – Wanda Arletti
14 19 3 River Deep, Mountain High  – Four Tops & The Supremes
15 13 9 San Bernadino  – Christie
16 20 2 Sailing  – Fuzz
17 New 1 Apeman  – Kinks
18 New 1 Do It  – Neil Diamond
19 New 1 Give Me More  – Mick Jade
20 New 1 Home  – Dave Mills

‘Knock Three Times’ by Dawn spent its second week at the top of the charts with the previous number 1, Dave Edmunds’ ‘I Hear You Knockin’ was unmoved at 2 since vacating the top spot. This was the 22nd song to manage spending at least 2 weeks at 2 after falling from number 1. Of these 22, 1 had not spent its 2 weeks at 2 immediately after falling from 1, and 3 had gone on to spend 3 weeks at 2 immediately after vacating the top spot.

Michael Holm’s ‘Mendocino’ became the 5th song by a German act to be the biggest climber as it moved up 6 from 17 to 11. Holm had taken the honour once before with ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’ and was now the first German to have 2 biggest climbers to his name.

The Four Tops and The Supremes’ collaborative cover of ‘River Deep Mountain High’ was 1 of 2 other star raters this week as it moved up 5 from 19 to 14 while Fuzz’s ‘Sailing’ was the other star rater moving up 4 from 20 to 16.

The Partridge Family experienced their first biggest faller as ‘I Think I Love You’ dropped 3 from 7 to 10 to take the award. It was their first time taking this particular honour.

We saw 4 songs leave the chart this week, the first of which was The Invaders’ ‘There’s A Light, There’s A Way’ which had only been with us for 3 weeks during which time it peaked at 18. This was the lowest peak of their three hits to date, but did complete a series as the weeks count for their 3 hits that read 5-4-3. We would not see the band on our charts again, although lead singer for part of their SA Chart career, Lionel Petersen, would see solo hits make the top 20. In total they managed 12 weeks with the peak of 10 which ‘Shockwave’ managing, being their best.

Fellow local act, The Rising Sons, also left the charts as ‘Cry Blue Bird Cry’ fell off the top 20 after a run of 5 weeks and a peak of 14. The weeks equalled those of their only other hit to date, ‘Stand Up For The Lady’, but the peak was 1 place lower than that of its predecessor.  Unlike The Invaders, though, we were not done with The Rising Sons just yet.

Chris Andrews saw his SA chart career as an artist come to an end as ‘Yo Yo’ dropped off the charts after 12 weeks and a peak of 7. Of the 6 hits he had manged, this was the only one not to go top 5 and in fact, he had managed a remarkable 4 chart toppers. He had spent a total of 82 weeks in the charts and sat 10th on the weeks count list. His 4 chart toppers spent 13 weeks at the number 1 spot in total and this placed him 3rd to date for weeks at 1. While his SA chart career as an artist was finished, we would still see his name in the song writing credits of future hits.

Last to leave was Neil Diamond’s ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ which had enjoyed a run of 17 weeks with us, 4 of which were at the number 1 position.

The Kinks’ 7th hit to date, ‘Apeman’ was the first of the new entries. The song would be their 14th to make the US Hot 100, but would only manage a peak of 45 there. In the UK, where it was their 18th hit, it was far more successful, getting to number 5 and was their 10th to make the top 5. It was the 8th hit to date on our charts for Ray Davies as a song writer as, apart from the 7 Kinks songs so far, he had also had writing credits on ‘Death of a Clown’ which his brother, Dave Davies had had a hit with.

Neil Diamond became the 11th act to replace himself on the charts as the same week his hit, ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ left the top 20, we saw him have a new entry in the shape of ‘Do It’. This was Diamond’s 4th hit as an artist and 8th as a song writer. The song was not a huge success in the 2 major music markets of the world, failing to chart in the UK and only making it to number 36 in the US. It did see top 20 action in The Netherlands (#16) and Belgium (#15) and was very successful in what was then Rhodesia where it went to number 2. The departure of ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ opened the way for Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ to take over as the oldest in the charts. It was on 16 weeks.

Mick Jade brought us the 3rd of the new entries. Apart from being the only act to share a first name and the first 2 letters of a surname with Mick Jagger, Jade would write the song himself while a certain Billy Forrest would take production credits. Possibly one of Jade’s best known songs was the theme tune to the very popular TV show ‘The Villagers’ which, although credited to him, the vocals were apparently by a black man called Ben Masinga whom Jade had to smuggle into the SABC studio to record the vocals as the powers that be back then would not have accepted the song if they knew it was a black man singing.

Dave Mills’ 4th hit to date, ‘Home’ was the last of the 4 new entries this week. The song was co-written by Terry Dempsey and Robin Netcher. Dempsey had had song writing credits on all 4 of Mills’ hits so far while Netcher was on 3, only missing out on ‘Theresa’ but did have arranger credits on that one. Dempsey crept closer to the top 5 of the number of hits by a song writer list as his 12 to date placed him 6th, 1 behind Geoff Stephens, Jeff Barry and Barry Gibb.

It was interesting to note that while we had 4 songs leave the charts and 4 new entries, the nationality count of the top 20 was unchanged as we exchanged like for like – The UK’s Kinks replacing fellow countryman Chris Andrews (clocking up the 260th hit by a British act) while Neil Diamond replaced himself. Mills and Jade were the 2 local acts to take over from the departing Rising Sons and The Invaders and kept us at a record to date level of 7 local hits.

Dave Mills celebrate a half century of weeks in the charts, but his 50 weeks would not move him up the local weeks count list where he sat 3rd, 18 weeks behind second placed Four Jacks & A Jill. Tidal Wave, on the other hand, did move up the local weeks count list as their 24 weeks to date placed them tied 13th with Al Debbo.

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