26 March 1971


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Knock Three Times  – Dawn
2 2 8 Rose Garden  – Lynn Anderson
3 5 5 A Summer Prayer for Peace  – Archies
4 8 3 Have You Ever Seen the Rain?  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 4 10 No Matter What  – Badfinger
6 3 4 My Sweet Lord  – George Harrison
7 7 5 Immigrant Song  – Led Zeppelin
8 6 6 Do It  – Neil Diamond
9 12 6 Home  – Dave Mills
10 19 2 Silver Moon  – Michael Nesmith
11 10 4 Understanding  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
12 13 4 Pushbike Song  – Mixtures
13 14 3 You and the Looking Glass  – Joe Dolan
14 9 15 I Hear You Knockin’  – Dave Edmunds
15 11 6 Give Me More  – Mick Jade
16 New 1 She’s a Lady  – Tom Jones
17 18 2 The Raver  – Troggs
18 New 1 Baby Jump  – Mungo Jerry
19 20 2 We’re All Playing in the Same Band  – Quentin E. Klopjaeger
20 New 1 Carnival Candyman  – Beat Unit

Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ spent a 6th week at the top of the charts, this being its 4th week in its current run at 1. At number 2 the phrase ‘always the bridesmaid’ must have been going through Lynn Anderson’s mind as her ‘Rose Garden’ became the first song to spend 4 consecutive weeks in second place. It would also have been worrying to her that The Archie’s ‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’ was sneaking ever closer to the top spot as it moved up 2 places to number 3.

Michael Nesmith’s ‘Silver Moon’ took the biggest climber award as it moved up 9 places from 19 to 10. This now accounted for the 150th time an American act had taken seen the biggest climb in a week. Nesmith’s climb of 9 places was the second biggest he had seen, as he had been a member of the The Monkees when their hit, ‘I’m A Believer’ made a 16 place climb.

The only other star rater this week was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’ which moved up 4 from 8 to 4. This was Creedence’s 15th climb of 4 or more places and they now sat tied 3rd for number for star raters, sharing the spot with The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits and The Tremeloes. They were all 1 behind Percy Sledge who was on 16 and a fair bit behind overall leader Tom Jones who sat on 21.

Former chart topper, Dave Edmunds’ ‘I Hear You Knockin’ was the faller of the week, dropping 5 places from 9 to 14. This was the 90th former number 1 hit to have a biggest faller award. So far no song had managed to be a biggest faller before reaching the number 1 spot.

Dave Edmunds’ could take some comfort from the fact that his song was now the oldest on the charts, sitting on 15 weeks. The previous oldest, The Dealians’ ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’, was 1 of 3 songs to leave the top 20 this week. It had enjoyed a run of 15 weeks in the chart and spent 3 of those at the number 1 spot. This was not the end of the road for the band.

Another local act accompanied The Dealians off the chart and that was Fuzz. Their hit, ‘Sailing’ had enjoyed a run of 6 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 9. Sadly for them, this would be their only SA chart offering.

Last to go was Michael Holm’s ‘Mendocino’ which had spent 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 8. This was not quite as good as his previous hit, ‘Mademoiselle Ninette’, which lasted 13 weeks and peaked at 2. Holm would return to our charts although his departure meant we dropped back down to just 5 nations represented in the top 20 (UK, US, SA. Ireland and Australia).

Tom Jones became the first act to spend at least 1 week in the chart in every year since 1965 as ‘She’s A Lady’ arrived in the top 20 this week. This was Jones’ 16th hit to chart and he now sat 3 ahead of second placed Cliff Richard on the hits count list. ‘She’s A Lady’ was written by Paul Anka and would be his first hit on our charts as a song writer. He had already charted (in 1969) as an artist. The song would give Jones his 20th UK chart hit where it would peak at 13. In The US it was his 22nd hit and fared better, going all the way to number 2. His previous 3 US hits had failed to make the top 10. In Canada ‘She’s A Lady’ would top the charts.

Mungo Jerry followed up the 1970 success of ‘In The Summertime’ with ‘Baby Jump’, their second SA chart hit to date. The song spent 2 weeks at the top of the UK charts, 5 weeks less than ‘In The Summertime’ had managed. It displaced George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ from the number 1 spot before being replaced by T Rex’s ‘Hot Love’. Like its predecessor, ‘Baby Jump’ was penned by the band’s main man, Ray Dorset.

The final new entry went someway to replacing the 2 local songs that fell off the chart and came in the form of Beat Unit’s ‘Carnival Candyman’. This would be Jody Wayne’s second SA chart hit as a song writer (his previous being Bernie Brown’s ‘Sing Out Glory’) and he would also produce the track. There is scant information on the band except that Eric Smith, who had recently had a hit with ‘Sacha’, was a one time member of the group but by all accounts had left it before ‘Carnival Candyman’ was recorded. The song would have one of the biggest climbs on the LM Radio charts when it jumped 15 places from 20 to 5 on 7 March 1971, but position 5 would be its peak on those charts as it dropped down to 15 the following week and 2 weeks after that it fell off the charts.

This week saw a shift in the national make up of the charts with the Brits having the most hits in the top 20 (total of 7), this was the first time we had seen the Brits be the overall leaders for hits in the chart for 9 weeks, with the Americans and local acts taking the honours in between, although there were 2 weeks in those 9 where the Brits shared the top hit count with the Americans in one case and the locals in the other.

Not only were Dawn enjoying occupying the top spot on the charts, but they also hit the 20 weeks in the chart mark. They were the 79th act to reach this milestone.

The Troggs pulled 1 week clear of Percy Sledge and were now in second place on their own on the weeks count list with Sledge dropping to 3rd. Creedence Clearwater Revival moved tied 13th with Cliff Richard as their total ticked over to 77 weeks. On the local list, Billy Forrest moved back into the top 10, his 29 weeks putting him tied 10th with Dickie Loader. He had last been in the top 10 of this list 22 weeks previously.

The average number of weeks the songs in the top 20 had been with us fell below the 5 mark for the first time in 17 weeks. It sat at 4.9 this week.

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2 thoughts on “26 March 1971

  1. Hi, Old Eagle eye here again. Creedence hit Have you ever seen the Rain moved up 4 and therefor couldn’t do it from position 18 as stated but could do that from 8 to 4.

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