9 April 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 A Summer Prayer for Peace  – Archies
2 2 12 Knock Three Times  – Dawn
3 7 4 Silver Moon  – Michael Nesmith
4 3 5 Have You Ever Seen the Rain?  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 6 8 Home  – Dave Mills
6 4 10 Rose Garden  – Lynn Anderson
7 9 8 Do It  – Neil Diamond
8 5 6 My Sweet Lord  – George Harrison
9 14 3 She’s a Lady  – Tom Jones
10 12 6 Pushbike Song  – Mixtures
11 8 7 Immigrant Song  – Led Zeppelin
12 13 5 You and the Looking Glass  – Joe Dolan
13 18 2 What is Life  – George Harrison
14 11 6 Understanding  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
15 15 4 The Raver  – Troggs
16 16 3 Carnival Candyman  – Beat Unit
17 19 2 Vicki  – Lance James
18 New 1 Amazing Grace  – Judy Collins
19 20 3 Baby Jump  – Mungo Jerry
20 17 2 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep  – Lally Stott

‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’ by The Archies spent a second week at number 1, bringing the group’s total time at the top of our charts to 5 as they had managed 3 weeks at 1 with ‘Sugar Sugar’. Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ spent a second week at number 2 and was now the 23rd song to spend at least 2 consecutive weeks at number 2 after dropping from number 1.

Tom Jones picked up his 14th biggest climber with ‘She’s A Lady’ moving up 5 places from 14 to 9. He was 5 ahead of the next highest act, Herman’s Hermits, for number of biggest climbers. To date his biggest climbers had seen nearly every number of places climbed from 4 to 11. The only one he had not seen was a 10 place climb. Jones was joined as biggest climber by George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’ which moved up 5 from 18 to 13. This would be Harrinon’s 1st biggest climber.

The only other star rater this week would be Michael Nesmith’s ‘Silver Moon’ which climbed 4 from 7 to 3 and this was the song’s (and the artist’s) second star rater climb.

While George Harrison was enjoying seeing his latest hit be a biggest climber, he also had the disappointment of his other hit in the chart, ‘My Sweet Lord’, see the biggest fall and this was the 7th time we had seen an act take biggest climber and faller in the same week. To be fair to George, it only took a 3 place drop to be the biggest faller this week and this was the smallest fall of the 7 occasions where an act had been climber and faller. There were 3 other songs that fell 3 places this week and they were Lally Stott’s ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ (down to 20), The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ (down to 14) and Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ (down to 11).

Badfinger’s ‘No Matter What’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week and it was the 16th to do so from within the top 10 as it spent its last week with us at number 10. In total it spent 11 weeks in the charts and enjoyed sitting at the top spot for 1 of them. We would have to wait a little while, but we would see them would return to our charts at a later date.

The departure of ‘No Matter What’ meant that Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’, which shared the oldest on the chart title with Badfinger’s  hit last week, was now the oldest on its own. It sat on 12 weeks in the chart.

The new entry was Judy Collins’ version of ‘Amazing Grace’. The song was written as a hymn in 1779 by John Newman, who was at one time the captain of a slave ship. It has been recorded by countless artists over the years, but only Collins and the instrumental version by the Pipes And Drums And The Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard have made the charts in the US and in the UK. Collins’ version got to 15 in the US and 5 in the UK. A number of tunes have been associated with the song, but the one called ‘New Britain’ is the most popular and the one that Collins used. The Blind Boys Of Alabama have recorded a great version the song to the tune of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’.

The Archies moved into tied 17th place on the weeks count list, joining Petula Clark and The Tremeloes there on 71 weeks while on the points front, The Troggs celebrated passing the 1,300 mark as they moved on to 1,305. They sat second overall for points but were 724 behind the leader Tom Jones. To date only 20 acts (including Tom Jones and The Troggs) had managed to get over 724 points in total which gives an indication of just how far ahead of the field Jones was at this point.

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