4 June 1971

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

We had a new number 1 this week and that was Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’. The song took just 3 weeks to get to the top of the charts and was the 12th song to do this with only Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ managing it quicker by taking 2 weeks. ‘If Not For You’ was the 10th song by a solo female artist to reach the number 1 spot and Newton-John became the 18th act who would have a total of 5 or more hits, see their first one make it to the top of the charts. The previous number 1, Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ dropped to number 2 after 4 weeks at the top.

Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’ took the biggest climber award as it moved up 5 places from 8 to 3. This was the second time the song had taken the award. It was joined in a 5 place climb by Waldo De Los Rios’ ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40’ (to give it its short name) which moved up to 13. These 2 were the only star raters this week.

There were also 2 biggest fallers and they were T. Rex’s ‘Hot Love’ which fell 3 from 14 to 17, and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ which fell 3 to 6. The latter brought the biggest faller by a local group up to 30. In total there had been 68 times so far that a local song had been a biggest faller.

‘Understanding’ was, however, now the oldest on the charts on 14 weeks as the previous oldest, The Archies ‘A Summer Prayer For Peace’ was 1 of 3 songs to leave the top 20. The latter had spent 14 weeks in the top 20, 4 of which were at the number 1 spot. This brought to an end the illustrious SA chart career of the cartoon group. They had managed 8 hits, spent 78 weeks in the charts in total and had 2 chart toppers, the other being ‘Sugar, Sugar’ which managed 3 weeks at 1 making their weeks at 1 total 7. Of all the acts who would have 5 or more hits on our charts, only 2 would do so with every song having an even number of weeks and these were The Archies and Nancy Sinatra. Sinatra did it with 7 hits, 1 less than The Archies.

Percy Sledge’s ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ finished its chart run after of just 3 weeks and a peak of 13. Like The Archies, he had also come to the end of his SA chart career. He manged 12 hits, spent 105 weeks in the top 20 (1 of only 33 acts who would make 100 or more weeks) and, also like The Archies, would have 2 chart toppers, ‘My Special Prayer’ and ‘Come Softly To Me’ both spending 2 weeks at 1 making his total weeks at the top 4. Ultimately Sledge would have the 4th highest weeks count for an African American male artist and all 3 of those who managed better would have the additional help of an expanded chart as they accumulated weeks in the top 30 era. The peak of 13 was the 3rd highest for a song spending 3 weeks in the charts so far with only Trini Lopez’ cover of ‘Master Jack’ which made 12 and Emil Dean’s ‘Key To Your Heart’ which made 3 having managed better, but it should be noted that Dean’s hit was at 3 on the very first chart back in 1965.

Lally Stott’s ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ was the third song to go and it was the 23rd to have an equal weeks and peak figure as it spent 9 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 9. This would be Stott’s only chart hit as an artist. He would feature in the song writing credits of a number of future hits.

Neil Diamond clocked up his 5th hit to date with ‘Shilo’ being the first of our new entries. The song was originally recorded in 1967, but at the time Bang Records, the label Diamond was signed to then, did not feel it would make a good single. After Diamond left Bang and began to have some hits, Bang released the song with a new backing track and it went to number 24 in the US. It had some success in Germany where it went to number 21 and in what was then Rhodesia it made it to 8. As a song writer Diamond, who had penned ‘Shilo’, had seen 9 hits chart in SA, the tied 11th highest by any song writer.

John Edmond saw his 3rd SA chart hit move into the top 20 this week. ‘Boom Sha La La Lo’ was a cover of a song by Hans Poulsen, an Australian of Danish descent. Poulsen would see his version go to number 5 in Australia. He shared song writing credits on the song with Bruce Woodley who had already brought us The Cyrkle’s ‘Red Rubber Ball’ and The Dream Merchants’ ‘Rattler’. Although he was born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), Edmond moved to SA in the 60s where he began making music and has therefore been classed as local. ‘Boom Sha La La Lo’ was the 134th song by a local to chart. With a gap of 41 weeks between this and Edmond’s previous hit, ‘Round And Around’, this would be the second biggest gap between his hits that we would see.

It had been 142 weeks since we last saw The Rolling Stones on our charts when ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ was enjoying chart success. Before this, the biggest gap we had seen between Stones hits was 62 weeks. Their new one was ‘Brown Sugar’ which had been a chart topper in The US, Switzerland and The Netherlands and just missed out in the UK where it went to number 2. The song was rather a strange one to make our charts during the apartheid era as its lyrics hinted at interracial sex. The censors must have missed that inference.

The arrival of John Edmond on the charts brought the local hit count up to a new record level of 8, 4 of which were by groups, 3 by solo males and 1 by a solo female artist.

There was no movement on the top 20 of the overall weeks count list with The Rolling Stones and Creedence Clearwater revival being the only 2 acts in that list who were in our top 20 this week, but neither act was close enough to those above them to change position. On the local list, The Dealians moved tied 19th with The Dream Merchants on 17 weeks. This meant that Peter Lotis fell out of the top 20 of that list.

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