28 May 1971

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

Alan Garrity clocked up its 4th week at the top of the charts. It had seen off the challenge of Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ which had been at number 2 for the previous 3 weeks, however, there was a new number 2 this week and this posed a new threat to Alan Garrity’s supremacy.

The new second favourite song of the nation was Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’ which climbed a massive 14 places from 16 last week to land at 2. This was the biggest climb to date that we had seen from a song by a female artist and the tied second best overall, equalling the feat of Peter Sarstedt’s ‘Where Do You Go To My Lovely’. The Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’ and The Mike Curb Congregation’s ‘Burning Bridges’ still held the record for a climb in a single week as both had managed a 16 place leap. Newton-John’s effort would be equalled by one other song be a solo female and only 1 by a solo female would have a biggest climb in a week. Both the equalling and beating this jump would occur in the top 30 era and both would make the climb from outside the top 20.

There was only 1 other star rater this week and it was Des & Dawn Lindberg’s ‘The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson’ which moved up 4 places from 15 to 11. The gap between Olivia Newton-John’s jump this week and that of the Des & Dawn’s hit which was the second biggest climber was 10 places. This was the 3rd time we had seen this record to date difference between the biggest and second biggest climbs in a week.

The Archies picked up their 3rd biggest faller award with ‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’ taking the honours with a 7 place fall from 6 to 13. Of all the acts who had spent 70 or more weeks in the charts so far, only Tommy Roe could boast having a higher average number of weeks per biggest fall. The Archies averaged a biggest fall every 26 weeks while Tommy Roe averaged 1 every 26.67 weeks. Creedence Clearwater Revival were at the other end of the spectrum seeing a biggest faller every 9.6 weeks.

The Archies not only had the biggest faller of the week, but also now had the oldest song on the chart with ‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’ sitting on 14 weeks. The oldest on last week’s chart, Dave Mills’ ‘Home’, was 1 of 2 songs to leave the charts this week. It had spent 14 weeks with us and peaked at number 2, being kept off the top spot by the song which was now the oldest in the top 20. Mills had now seen 4 hits make the charts and all of them had gone top 5 and reached double figures for weeks. ‘Home’s 14 weeks was his second lowest so far while the peak of 2 was tied second highest. The good news for Mills was that his SA chart career was not yet over.

Tom Jones’ ‘She’s A Lady’ was the other song to leave the charts. It lasted 9 weeks and peaked at 5. Only 4 of Jones’ 16 hits to date had failed to make the top 5, but ‘She’s A Lady’ was 1 of 7 so far by him not to reach double figures for weeks.

British band The Sweet made their SA chart debut with their song ‘Funny Funny’. This was also an SA chart debut for the song writing pair of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. This was the 14th song so far where the title of the song was just a word repeated (this ignores stuff in brackets after the initial title). Only 1 of the 14 so far had the word repeated 3 times (Ohio Express’ ‘Yummy Yummy Yummy’). ‘Funny Funny’ would top the charts in Holland and Belgium and make number 2 in Norway and what was then Rhodesia. Apparently Brian Connolly was the only member of the band to actually perform on the single with all the instruments being played by session musicians. It was their 5th single to be released, but their first to make the UK charts where it went to number 13.

The Dealians’ 2nd SA chart hit, ‘When Love Comes Knocking at Your Door’ was the second new entry this week and helped keep the local content of the chart at its record to date level of 7. This was the 11th time we had seen 7 local songs in the charts and the 8th week where the local acts had more hits than any other nationality in the charts. ‘When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door’ was written by Paul Anka and Carole Bayer Sager giving the former his first SA chart hit and the latter her 3rd. The song was originally recorded by The Monkees and appeared on their 2nd album, ‘More Of The Monkees’. Neil Sedaka played piano on The Monkees’ version.

George Harrison reached the 20 weeks in the chart milestone and was the 80th act so far to manage this.

Percy Sledge moved back into tied 2nd spot on the weeks count list, his 105 to date putting him equal with The Troggs and 69 behind leader Tom Jones. On the local list, The Dealians new entry moved them onto 16 weeks and they now shared 20th spot with Peter Lotis.

On the points front, Creedence Clearwater Revival passed the 1,100 mark, their 1,110 putting them 8th overall for points.

‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ caught up the song that was sitting second last for weeks by a song that had charted in more than 1 version as Percy Sledge’s version moved its weeks count on to 5, a total that ‘Games That Lover’s Play’ had managed via Eddie Fisher and Connie Francis’ versions.

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