26 February 1971

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

‘Knock Three Times’ by Dawn only managed to notch up two weeks the top of the charts as this week it was dethroned by Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What’ which climbed 2 from 3 to reach the top spot. It was the 24th song so far to move into pole position from number 3 with 22 further songs claiming the top spot from number 4 or further down the charts. ‘Knock Three Times’ fell to number 2. ‘No Matter What’ had the distinction of being the 50th song by a British act to top our charts. The Brits were 8 number 1’s ahead of acts from the US.

Dave Mills picked up his 3rd biggest climber award as ‘Home’ took the honours moving up 7 places from 20 to 13. Only ‘Theresa’, which managed an 8 place climb in a week, had had a bigger jump for Mills than ‘Home’s 7.

Another local act brought us 1 of the 2 other star raters this week and that was Fuzz’s ‘Sailing’ which moved up 6 from 16 to 10. Also moving up 6, and the only other star rater this week, was Neil Diamond’s ‘Do It’. Diamond had now seen 6 star rater climbs as an artist. He had also seen a further 5 star rater climbs where his name appeared in the song writing credits of a song.

Bernie Brown brought us the biggest faller as ‘Sing Out Glory’ fell 7 from 12 to 19. This was the 10th time we had seen a local act take biggest climber and biggest faller in the same week.

Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ entered its 17th week in the chart and enjoyed its second as the oldest in the top 20. To date we had only seen 27 songs reach 17 weeks in the charts with 18 of them going on to see further weeks.

There were 2 songs that didn’t make it from last week’s chart to this week. The first was Christie’s ‘San Bernadino’ which had a run of 9 weeks and peaked at 7. Along with their hit, ‘Yellow River’, this would be the sum total of Christie’s SA chart action. They had clocked up a total of 21 weeks, with ‘Yellow River’ spending a week at the top of the charts to be their best performer.

We also bid farewell to Wanda Arletti’s ‘Zanzibar’ which spent 13 weeks on the charts, narrowly missing out on the number 1 spot as it spent a week at 2, kept at bay by Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’. ‘Zanzibar’ would be Wanda’s only SA chart hit.

Led Zeppelin’s second SA chart hit was the first of the 2 new entries this week. Following the success of ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Immigrant Song’ entered the chart at 17. It was written by band members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page while in Iceland as part of their 1970 tour. Page is also listed as taking production credits. It would get to number 16 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 (number 8 on alternate US chart listing, Cash Box) and go to number 4 in Canada. The song would not chart in the UK where they did not see a chart hit on the singles chart until 1997, probably due to their reluctance to release singles.

The second new entry was a song which mentions South Africa in its lyrics, The Archies ‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’. The lyrics of the song list a number of countries from around the world then gives their population size. I may be open to correction, but this is possibly the only song to chart by a non-local act which mentions ‘South Africa’ in the lyrics. There would be at least 1 local song that did this. ‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’ was The Archies’ 8th SA chart hit and this placed them tied 10th overall for hit count, a tally they shared with 6 other acts. The song was written by Jeff Barry and he moved 1 ahead of Barry Gibb and Geoff Stephens with his 14 hits to date and sat 3rd behind Barry Mason on 15 and Les Reed on 17 on the number of hits by a song writer list. ‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’ would not chart on any of the other major nation’s charts but would see a peak of 4 in what was then Rhodesia.

The local acts reach a milestone this week as the weeks count for them moved past the 1,000 mark. With 6 local songs in the chart at the moment, their total was actually 1,001. If one assumes that the weeks accumulate from the top of the chart downwards, then it would be Mick Jade’s ‘Give Me More’ that would have the honour of clocking up our 1,000th week.

There was no movement on the top 20 of the weeks count list with none of the acts in this week’s top 20 featuring in the top 20 weeks count. We did see some movement on the local weeks count list with Tidal Wave moving tied 12th with Ken J. Larkin with both acts sitting on 25 weeks.

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