5 March 1971


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 7 Knock Three Times  – Dawn
2 4 5 Rose Garden  – Lynn Anderson
3 1 7 No Matter What  – Badfinger
4 3 12 I Hear You Knockin’  – Dave Edmunds
5 5 13 Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow  – Dealians
6 12 3 Do It  – Neil Diamond
7 8 11 See Me, Feel Me  – Who
8 9 5 Mendocino  – Michael Holm
9 10 4 Sailing  – Fuzz
10 6 9 Gypsy Woman  – Brian Hyland
11 New 1 My Sweet Lord  – George Harrison
12 13 3 Home  – Dave Mills
13 15 3 Apeman  – Kinks
14 16 3 Give Me More  – Mick Jade
15 17 2 Immigrant Song  – Led Zeppelin
16 18 2 A Summer Prayer for Peace  – Archies
17 11 13 I Think I Love You  – Partridge Family
18 New 1 Understanding  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
19 New 1 Just Because I’m a Woman  – Dolly Parton
20 New 1 Pushbike Song  – Mixtures

This week we celebrated hearing our 300th top 20 and Dawn took the opportunity to regain the top spot with ‘Knock Three Times’. This was the 12th song so far to manage to regain the top position after having fallen from it. ‘Knock Three Times’ had only been absent from the top spot for 1 week.

Neil Diamond picked up his 4th biggest climber award as an artist with ‘Do It’ climbing 6 places from 12 to 6. It was the second week running that it had climbed 6 places, but last week it was beaten by the 7 place climb of Dave Mills’ ‘Home’. By way of contrast, ‘Home’ only moved up 1 position this week. There were no other songs making a star rater climb this week.

The Partridge Family’s ‘I Think I Love You’ was the biggest faller, dropping 6 from 11 to 17. It had been the biggest faller 2 weeks previously as well. The good news for them was that their song was the oldest in the top 20. It sat on 13 weeks and shared the ‘oldest’ title with The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’.

The oldest on last week’s chart, Giorgio’s ‘Looky Looky’ was one of 4 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 17 weeks and spent 4 of those at the top spot. Giorgio would return to the chart as an artist as well as song writer and producer.

The Four Tops collaboration with The Supremes, a cover of ‘River Deep Mountain High’ also left the charts. It managed just 4 weeks and a peak of 14. This would be the only Four Tops hit to grace our charts while for The Supremes this was the second, but also the last. For the latter, their 2 hits they had spent a total of 14 weeks with us. ‘Someday We’ll be Together’, their other hit, had their highest peak of 5.

Bernie Brown’s ‘Sing Out Glory’ also headed off the charts. It spent 8 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 11. This solitary hit would be all we would see of Bernie on our charts.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was that Tidal Wave’s ‘Mango Mango’ which had been slowly climbing the charts, suddenly dropped out of the top 20 from position 7. This was now the new highest position that a song had fallen out of the charts from, beating Leapy Lee’s ‘Little Yellow Aeroplane’ which spent its last week at 8. So far 28 songs had left the charts from within the top 10. Tidal Wave joined The Hollies and The 1910 Fruitgum Company in having seen 2 songs manage this, while The Archies led the way with 3 songs going from within the top 10. Over the life of the charts, there would be no other acts that would see more than 1 song leave the chart from within the top 20 (that includes songs falling out of the top 20 but not the top 30 once the charts were extended). Tidal Wave were therefore the only local act to see more than 1 song go from within the top 10. So far Sam Evans was the only other local to leave the chart from 10 or higher and there would only be 1 further local act to manage this.

George Harrison became the first Beatle to score a solo hit on our charts as ‘My Sweet Lord’ crashed into the charts at number 11 this week. The song, which Harrison penned, was co-produced by Phil Spector and Harrison and would feature ex bandmate Ringo Starr as well as Eric Clapton and members of Badfinger. It was an instant success and topped the UK charts for 5 weeks. It was nearly 6 years later that the UK saw an ex-Beatle at the top of the charts again when Paul McCartney’s Wings managed a number 1. ‘My Sweet Lord’ would return to the top of the UK charts for a week in January 2002 following Harrison’s death on 29 November 2001 and at that time it held the record for longest absence from the top spot, beating the 830 week gap that Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ had seen when it returned to the top spot on 1991. ‘My Sweet Lord’s record was broken in 2005 when an Elvis revival saw 3 of his oldies return to the number 1 spot with ‘Jailhouse Rock’ currently holding the record of 2449 weeks between stints at the top. Apart from topping the UK charts, ‘My Sweet Lord’ would also get to number 1 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The US and what was then Rhodesia. That’s at least 16 nations where it got to number!

With 2 local songs leaving the chart, Peanut Butter Conspiracy came to the rescue by giving us at least 1 local act in the 4 new entries with their hit ‘Understanding’. The band featured the vocal talents of Brian Mulder and Una Valli and shared a name with an obscure US band who had a number 93 hit there with a song called ‘It’s A Happening Thing’.  ‘Understanding’ was produced by Grahame Beggs who would later bring us the huge hit ‘Mammy Blue’ as a member of Charisma.

Dolly Parton made her SA chart debut with a song called ‘Just Because I’m, A Woman’. The song, which she penned herself, would give her a number 17 hit on the US Country Singles chart and the song title would be used for the name of a 2003 tribute album where female singers recorded covers of Parton’s hits. Dolly’s own version would also be included on that compilation.

The final new entry was The Mixtures’ ‘The Pushbike Song’. The band hailed from Melbourne, Australia and were the 3rd Aussie act to grace our charts, but with The Seekers having had 7 hits, it would be the 9th song by an Aussie act to chart. It would top the charts in their native Australia and spend 4 weeks at number 2 in The UK while one of our other new entries this week, George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’, hogged the top spot. Only 1 other song would spend more consecutive weeks at number 2 in the UK in the 70s and that was Free’s ‘Alright Now’ which managed 5 in a row. Furthermore, no song has managed 4 consecutive weeks at 2 in the UK since ‘The Pushbike Song’ managed it.

With an Aussie band replacing the Italian on the chart, we maintained having 5 different nations represented in the top 20. The Aussies now pulled ahead of Jamaica for number of hits and they stood 5th on the list of number of hits by a nation. We had now also seen 17 straight weeks with at least 1 solo female in the chart and this equalled the length we had been without a solo woman in the weeks preceding these 17.

Neil Diamond celebrated becoming the 32nd act to reach the 500 points mark as he ticked over to 501.

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3 thoughts on “5 March 1971

  1. That week ‘Mango Mango’ by Tidal Wave was banned by SABC and therefore it was also banned from the Springbok charts. And at the same time (ex-)members of The Beatles were unbanned bij SABC, and that’s why you suddenly see ‘My Sweet Lord’ by George Harrison so high in the charts.

    • All true: I even have an annotated copy of the first printed version of the chart to be broadcast which has had “Mango Mango” (listed at #13) crossed out, and all the remaining songs moved up one place with the Mixtures coming in at #20.

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