7 May 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 7 3 Put Your Hand in the Hand  – Alan Garrity
2 4 10 Understanding  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
3 2 11 A Summer Prayer for Peace  – Archies
4 1 9 Have You Ever Seen the Rain?  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 6 6 What is Life  – George Harrison
6 3 12 Home  – Dave Mills
7 5 7 She’s a Lady  – Tom Jones
8 12 4 Another Day  – Paul McCartney
9 10 6 Vicki  – Lance James
10 15 5 Amazing Grace  – Judy Collins
11 8 16 Knock Three Times  – Dawn
12 9 6 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep  – Lally Stott
13 13 10 My Sweet Lord  – George Harrison
14 11 8 Silver Moon  – Michael Nesmith
15 17 3 Theme from Love Story  – Francis Lai Orchestra
16 19 2 Hot Love  – T. Rex
17 New 1 Happy Birthday Baby  – Barbara Ray
18 16 10 Pushbike Song  – Mixtures
19 New 1 Help Me Make it Through the Night  – Sammi Smith
20 20 2 Sunny Honey Girl  – Cliff Richard

Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ became the 5th song to have a biggest climb in the week which took the song to the number 1 spot. Sitting at number 7 last week, the 6 place leap to 1 was the second highest we had seen so far with The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s 7 place climb to 1 being the record so far. Tommy James & The Shondell’s ‘Crimson & Clover’ also climbed 7 to get to number 1 but that was not the biggest climber that week. Garrity’s effort would be the all-time record for a local song which would be equalled once. The 3 weeks ‘Put You Hand In The Hand’ took to get to the top of the charts was tied second quickest with 12 other songs while Shocking Blues’ ‘Venus’ was the only song so far to take 2 weeks. Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ was the only other local song so far to take 3 weeks to reach the number 1 spot. A final word on the new number 1 was that Garrity was the 17th act of those who would end up with 5 or more hits to their name, see their first one top the charts, and he was the 3rd local act on that list.

Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ moved into second spot and this was now the 3rd time we had seen the top 2 positions occupied by local acts with the previous time being back in the July of 1968 when Hilary’s ‘Sunglasses’ was at 1 and Quentin E. Klopjaeger’s ‘Lazy Life’ was at 2.

Apart from the new number 1, there were 2 other star raters this week and they were Paul McCartney’s ‘Another Day’ which moved up 4 from 12 to 8 and Judy Collins’ ‘Amazing Grace’ which climb 5 from 15 to 10.

The biggest fall of the week was 3 places which 5 songs saw. Michael Nesmith’s ‘Silver Moon’ plummeted to 14, Lally Stott’s ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ fell to 12, Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ dropped to 11, Dave Mills’ ‘Home’ moved down to 6 and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’ made a record equalling dive from the top spot to number 4 and was the 4th song to have such a big fall from grace. With Garrity taking climber and Mills being one of the fallers, this was the 11th occasion we had seen local acts take both climber and faller in the week. Creedence were now just 1 behind Tom Jones and The Bee Gees for number of biggest fallers, this being their 9th to date. 10 was the most an act had managed so far.

Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ was on 16 weeks and enjoyed its 6th week as the oldest in the chart.

There were 2 songs which left the chart this week, the first of which was Tony Christie’s ‘Las Vegas’ which had spent just 3 weeks in the top 20. The highest position it managed to get to was 18. This was Christie’s first SA chart hit and would be by far the worst performance any of his songs would have.

We also bid farewell to Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’ which had lasted 13 weeks in the charts and spent 4 frustrating weeks at 2, never making that final step up to number 1. This would be her sole SA chart offering.

The first of the new entries was Barbara Ray’s 2nd SA chart hit, ‘Happy Birthday Baby’. The song was a cover version of a 1957 hit for the Tune Weavers which made it to number 5 in the US. Ray became the 6th local woman to see a second hit make the charts with only Judy Page and Viginia Lee so far managing more than 2, their count being 3 and 6 respectively. ‘Happy Birthday Baby’ had the distinction of being the 130th local song to make the charts.

Jewel Faye Smith brought us our second new entry. Better known as Sammi Smith, her cover of Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Help me Make It Through the Night’ entered the charts at 19 this week. Her version of the song, which Kristofferson had released the previous year, would top the Country Singles charts in the US and make it to number 8 on the main Billboard Hot 100. The song would see chart action in the US with 3 further cover versions, but none would peak as high as Sammi’s version. O.C. Smith and Joe Simon would chart in 1971 with their covers going to 91 and 72 respectively while in 1973 Gladys Knight & The Pips would achieve the second highest peak for the song when they reached number 33.

Creedence Clearwater Revival continued to climb up the weeks count list as their 83 weeks to date took them into tied 9th spot on the list alongside local act, The Staccatos.

George Harrison enjoyed his 6th week with 2 in the top 20 as both ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ‘What Is Life’ continued their top 20 runs.

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