2 April 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 3 6 A Summer Prayer for Peace  – Archies
2 1 11 Knock Three Times  – Dawn
3 4 4 Have You Ever Seen the Rain?  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 2 9 Rose Garden  – Lynn Anderson
5 6 5 My Sweet Lord  – George Harrison
6 9 7 Home  – Dave Mills
7 10 3 Silver Moon  – Michael Nesmith
8 7 6 Immigrant Song  – Led Zeppelin
9 8 7 Do It  – Neil Diamond
10 5 11 No Matter What  – Badfinger
11 11 5 Understanding  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
12 12 5 Pushbike Song  – Mixtures
13 13 4 You and the Looking Glass  – Joe Dolan
14 16 2 She’s a Lady  – Tom Jones
15 17 3 The Raver  – Troggs
16 20 2 Carnival Candyman  – Beat Unit
17 New 1 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep  – Lally Stott
18 New 1 What is Life  – George Harrison
19 New 1 Vicki  – Lance James
20 18 2 Baby Jump  – Mungo Jerry

The Archies saw their second SA number 1 this week as ‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’ took over the top spot from Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ The latter had enjoyed a total of 6 weeks in pole position although this was a broken run with Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What’ spending a week between ‘Knock Three Times’ 2nd and 3rd week at the top.

And talking of Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What’, the earlier chart topper was heading down the charts at pace, being the biggest faller as it dropped 5 from 5 to 10.

Moving in the opposite direction was Beat Unit’s ‘Carnival Candyman’ which took the biggest climber award as it moved up 4 from 20 to 16. This was the 50th time a local song had managed a biggest climber. In total 42 different local songs had been biggest climber with 8 of them managing it twice. ‘Carnival Candyman’ was also the only star rater this week.

The oldest song on last week‘s chart was one of the songs that left the top 20 this week (more on that in a moment), so the new oldest were Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ and Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What’ which were both on 11 weeks.

The lowest placed song on last week’s chart which didn’t make it into this week’s top 20 was Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘We’re All Playing In the Same Band’ which spent just 2 weeks with us, the first at 20 and the second at 19. This would be the 4th and last song under this non de plume that Billy Forrest would have. He clocked up 29 weeks as Quentin and saw ‘Lazy Life’ spend 4 weeks at 1. This was the first incarnation of Forrest that would make the charts. He would return under a number of other guises.

Also going was fellow South African, Mick Jade. His song, ‘Give Me More’ fared better than Klopjaeger’s last hit, getting to number 11 during a 6 week run. The big difference between Jade and Klopjager was that Jade would only have this 1 hit and would not return as himself or under another name.

The last to go was last’s week’s oldest in the chart and that was Dave Edmunds’ ‘I Hear You Knockin’. The song had lasted 15 in the top 20 and spent 1 of those at number 1. There was still one more hit to come from him.

‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ was a huge global success for Middle Of The Road, going to number 1 in The UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and Belgium. However, that version of the song would not make our charts. Rather we went for the version by the song’s composer, Lally Stott, and this was the first of the 3 new entries this week. Stott (real name: Harold Stott) was born in the town of Prescott near Liverpool in the UK. Apart from charting with it in SA, his version of the song would go to 15 in The Netherlands, 92 in the US and top the charts in Australia and what was then Rhodesia. Sadly, Stott would die in a motorcycle accident in 1977.

George Harrison became the 35th act to have 2 or more in the chart in the same week as ‘What Is Life’, his second solo hit to make our charts, joined ‘My Sweet Lord’ which was at number 5 this week. All 4 of the Beatles would manage 2 or more in the charts once the band split up with only McCartney not managing it in a solo capacity but rather with his band Wings. Eric Clapton and Badfinger’s Peter Ham, play on ‘What Is Life’ which Harrison co-produced with Phil Spector. The song would go to the top of the Australian Go-Set Charts and 3 of the Kent Report charts, 2 different ‘official’ charts for Australia at that time. It would also make it to number 1 in Switzerland. In the US it went to number 10, but strangely would not chart in the UK. In 1972, however, an Olivia Newton-John cover would grace the UK charts, going to number 16.

Lance James followed up his 1970 hit, ‘Dankie’ with his 2nd SA chart hit, ‘Vicki’. This was the 11th Afrikaans song to make the top 20 and James joined The Bats in having had 2 Afrikaans hit. They were 1 behind Al Debbo who had managed 3, although 2 of his 3 were a mix of English and Afrikaans. ‘Vicki’ was taken from the soundtrack of a film of the same name which was directed by Ivan Hall and starred Sandra Britz and Johan Esterhuizen. The soundtrack, including ‘Vicki’ was written by Terry Dempsey and this was his 13th SA chart hit to date as a song writer. He now sat tied 4th for number of hits by a song writer, sharing the position with Geoff Stephens and Barry Gibb. With us losing 2 local songs and only this one from Lance James being a new entry, the local hit count fell to 4. It had been above this level for the previous 11 weeks.

Apart from enjoying sitting at the top of the charts this week, The Archies were also celebrating reaching the 70 weeks in the chart mark. They sat tied 19th with Donovan on the weeks count list while Creedence Clearwater Revival shook off Cliff Richard to take 13th spot for themselves with 78 weeks to their name and Cliff dropping to 14.

Dave Mills became the 21st act overall and the 3rd local act to reach the 700 points level as his total moved on to 709.

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