14 May 1971


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

Alan Garrity held on to the top spot as ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ enjoyed a second week at 1 while another local act, Peanut Butter Conspiracy was unmoved at 2, giving us the 4th time we saw local acts holding the top 2 spots in a week and the first time we had 2 consecutive weeks with this. There would only be a total of 12 times we would see local acts at 1 and 2.

For the 3rd week running we had a local song as the biggest climber and that came in the form of Barbara Ray’s ‘Happy Birthday Baby’ which moved up 6 from 17 to 11. If one includes being part of a duet, this was the 40th time a woman had seen a biggest climber on our charts. Barbara’s climb followed 2 weeks with Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ being the climber of the week. This was the 3rd time we had seen a local biggest climber 3 weeks in a row. The first time this happened (way back in 1965), the run went on to be an all-time record 6 weeks in a row.

The only other star rater this week was Judy Collins’ ‘Amazing Grace’ which climbed 4 from 10 to 6. It was a second star rater for both Barbara Ray and Judy Collins.

5 weeks prior to this one, George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ took the biggest faller. This week, it picked up its second such award with a 5 place fall from 13 to 18. The gap of 5 weeks between biggest falls, although pretty large, was a little way off the record to date 8 weeks Tom Jones’ ‘I’m Coming Home’ saw.

Dawn’s ‘Knock Three Times’ ticked over to 17 weeks in the charts and enjoyed its 7th as the oldest.

Cliff Richard’s ‘Sunny Honey Girl’ became the 7th song to have a chart run of 2 weeks at number 20 as it fell from the top 20 this week. Cliff was the first act to see this twice as his hit with The Shadows, ‘In The Country’ had the same chart run. The good news for Cliff was that we were far from finished with him on our charts.

Also going was The Mixtures’ ‘Pushbike Song’ which managed 10 weeks and peaked at 9. This would be their only SA chart offering.

Percy Sledge’s 12th SA chart hit arrived in the top 20 this week and it was a cover of the Kris Kristofferson song, ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’. Arriving at 16 it was already outperforming the other version of the song, that by Sammi Smith, which sat at 19. This was the 24th song now to have charted in more than 1 version. Sledge’s 12 hits to date moved him back in to tied 3rd place on the hits count list, joining The Hollies there, 2 hits behind Cliff Richard and 4 behind overall leader Tom Jones. Sledge had now spent at least 1 week in the charts in every year since 1967.

Three Dog Night followed up their 1970 hit, ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’ with ‘Joy To The World’, their 2nd to make our charts. It would spent 6 weeks at the top of the US charts, keeping first Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On’ and then The Oceans’ ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ from reaching the number 1 spot. It would also make it to number 1 in Canada and would feature in the 1983 film ‘The Big Chill’. With its classic opening line, ‘Jeremiah was a bullfrog’, the song would sell in excess of 5 million copies worldwide placing it in the top 150 list for the best selling singles of all-time. So far 22 songs that have sold over 5 million copies worldwide had made our charts.

With the departure of the only Aussie act on the chart (The Mixtures) and both new entries being by American acts, we were down to just 4 nations represented in the top 20 (Americans, Brits, South Africans and 1 French act – Francis Lai Orchestra). The last time the diversity of the chart was this low was in the April of 1970. We also saw the American’s have the outright most in the top 20, having spent the previous 9 weeks with either tied most, or less. They now took 8 of the top 20 positions with the Brits taking 6, the locals 5 and the solitary French act the final spot. This was the 125th week where the Americans were outright leaders for number of hits in the top 20. They were 12 behind the Brits who had been outright leaders on 137 occasions.

Creedence Clearwater Revival took 9th spot on the weeks count list for themselves as their 84 to date put them 1 ahead of The Staccatos and the latter dropped to 10th place. The Archies’ 76 weeks put them tied 15th with Elvis Presley and Engelbert Humperdinck.

On the points front, Dave Mills became the 19th act to reach the 800 mark as his total ticked over to 806. He was the 3rd local act to manage it and those 3 acts sat at 17, 18 and 19 on the points total list with Four Jacks & A Jill having the highest total of 837 and The Staccatos on 814 being the second highest  for a local act.

The average number of weeks the songs in the top 20 had been with us moved back to the 7 mark for the first time in 13 weeks. It sat at exactly 7 this week.

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