21 May 1971


Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Put Your Hand in the Hand  – Alan Garrity
2 2 12 Understanding  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
3 3 11 Have You Ever Seen the Rain?  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 6 7 Amazing Grace  – Judy Collins
5 4 8 What is Life  – George Harrison
6 5 13 A Summer Prayer for Peace  – Archies
7 8 6 Another Day  – Paul McCartney
8 7 8 Vicki  – Lance James
9 12 5 Theme from Love Story  – Francis Lai Orchestra
10 11 3 Happy Birthday Baby  – Barbara Ray
11 20 2 Joy to the World  – Three Dog Night
12 14 4 Hot Love  – T. Rex
13 16 2 Help Me Make it Through the Night  – Percy Sledge
14 9 9 She’s a Lady  – Tom Jones
15 New 1 The Seagull’s Name was Nelson  – Des & Dawn Lindberg
16 New 1 If Not for You  – Olivia Newton-John
17 10 14 Home  – Dave Mills
18 15 8 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep  – Lally Stott
19 New 1 Long Days and Lonely Nights  – Lincoln
20 New 1 Mozart: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K.550 1° Movement (Allegro Molto)  – Waldo de Los Rios

‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ by Alan Garrity enjoyed its 3rd week at number 1 and had the honour of clocking up the 50th week where we saw a local act at the top of the charts. Of the 16 local chart toppers to date, only 6 had not managed at least 3 weeks at 1. There had been 5 so far to spend more than 3 weeks at 1, 2 of which were by solo males.

Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ was still at number 2 (the 13th song to manage 3 consecutive weeks at 2) which meant we had a new record 3 consecutive weeks with local hits in the top 2 spots.

Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’ was also a joy to the group as they picked up their first biggest climber award with the song moving up 9 places from 20 to 11 this week. This was the 68th time we had seen a song climb 9 or more places in a week. There were no other star raters this week with the next biggest climb being 3 places. This was the 21st time we saw a difference of 6 or more between the biggest and second biggest climbs in a week, with 8 of those occasions having a difference bigger than 6 places and the record to date being the 2 occasions when we saw a biggest climb of 16 and a next biggest of 6, making it a 10 place gap between to 2.

Dave Mills’ ‘Home’ got top marks for dive of the week (that’s called trying to put a positive spin on things) as it fell 7 places from 10 to 17, a 2 place bigger fall than the second biggest faller of the week. This was the song’s second time with the biggest faller award. ‘Home’ was now the oldest on the charts due to the departure of the oldest on last week’s chart (see below). It was enjoying its 14th week in the top 20.

Sammi Smith’s ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ lasted just 2 weeks in the charts, its sales probably affected by the Percy Sledge release which moved up 3 places to 13. Smith’s version got to a peak of number 19 and would be her only SA chart offering.

George Harrison’s 7 week run with 2 in the charts came to an end as ‘My Sweet Lord’ left the top 20. It had lasted 11 weeks in the charts and peaked at 3. His other hit, ‘What Is Life’ was at number 5, but was also dropping as it fell from 4 to 5.

Michael Nesmith’s ‘Silver Moon’ enjoyed a 9 week run in the charts and peaked at 3. This would be his only solo song to chart in SA, but he had enjoyed 8 other hits as a member of The Monkees. Combining his solo efforts with those as a Monkee, he had 9 hits, spent a total of 63 weeks in the charts with 2 of The Monkees’ hits reaching the top spot.

Last to go was the oldest song on last week’s chart, ‘Knock Three Times’ by Dawn which spent 17 weeks in the chart, of which 6 (non-consecutive) weeks were spent at number 1. There would be further offerings from the group.

Des Lindberg was doing things the opposite way round to Michael Nesmith in that he had his solo hits first (‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ and ‘Ramblin’ Boy’) and then had hits as part of a group, well, that’s if you regard Des & Dawn as a group which is what I have done for statistical purposes. (Note: where a duo such as Des and Dawn have a notable career as a duo, I have treated them as a group rather than looking at the members of the duo individually). Des & Dawn’s new entry was probably their best known hit, ‘The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson’. The song was written and originally recorded by an American chap called Peter E. Bennett. Des & Dawn’s version would spend 5 weeks in the LM Radio charts and peak at 6.

Bob Dylan would never chart on our Top 20 as an artist, but this week he clocked up his 6th hit as a song writer with Olivia Newton-John’s version of his ‘If Not For You’ was the second of our 4 new entries this week. Dylan’s version appeared on his ‘New Morning Album’ and soon after George Harrison, who played on an early take of Dylan’s version, recorded his own cover. However it was Newton-John’s cover that had the chart success, going to 25 in the US and 7 in the UK. It would also top the US Easy Listening chart.

‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ was the first hit for local band Lincoln. The band formed out of the Bulawayo group The Silhouettes, but changed their name and relocated to South Africa where they hooked up with Terry Dempsey, who arranged for them to record the song. It was written by Patric van Blerk (who would go on to work with Rabbitt, Julian Laxton and Joy to name a few) and would be the first song penned by him to chart.

The final new entry would have the longest song title ever to chart. This was ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K.550 1° Movement (Allegro Molto)’ which was 52 characters long (excluding spaces, the brackets, colon and full stops, but including the °). This classical piece was the 26th instrumental song to chart and was performed by Waldo de los Rios who was the first of only 2 Argentinians acts who would ultimately make our charts. He took this piece to number 5 in the UK, 67 in the US and topped the Dutch charts.  Sadly de los Rios committed suicide in March 1977.

With 2 new entries being by local acts and none leaving the chart, we were back up to our record level to date of 7 SA acts in the top 20. This was the most hits by any nation in this week’s chart and was the 7th time the local acts had the greatest representation of any nation on the top 20.

The Archies saw their weeks count move on to 77 and this gave them 15th place on the weeks count list to themselves. Elvis Presley and Engelbert Humperdinck who were still on 76 weeks dropped into tied 16the spot.

Tom Jones, who was way out ahead on the points front, passed another milestone as his total moved past the 2,100 mark. He was just over 800 points clear at the top with The Troggs in second place on 1,305.The 800 points clear that Jones was meant an act song would have to spent 40 weeks at 1 to catch up.

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