11 June 1971


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

Despite its rapid rise to the top spot, Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’ only managed to spend a single week there as it was ousted this week by Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’. The new number 1 had also managed to top the US and Rhodesian (as it was then) charts. Olivia’s hit fell to number 2.

The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ took the biggest climber award as it jumped 9 from 15 to 6.This was the 14th time a UK group had climbed 9 or more in a week with the best climb to date for a UK group being 11 places which The Equals’ ‘Baby Come Back’ had managed.

Waldo De Los Rios’ ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40’ managed a star rater climb for a second week running as it moved up a further 6 places from 13 to 7.

There were 3 songs that took the biggest faller award this week with 2 of them being by ex-Beatles. George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’ dropped 6 to 15 while Paul McCartney’s ‘Another Day’ ended up at 16 after also dropping 6. This was the first of 3 occasions we would see 2 ex-Beatles have a biggest faller in the same week. The 2 ex- Fab Fours were joined by Judy Collins’ ‘Amazing Grace’ which dropped 6 to land at 13.

Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the chart. It had been in the top 20 for 15 weeks now.

Last week I mentioned that it was rather surprising that The Rolling Stones’ ‘Brown Sugar’ was a hit in South Africa due to its lyrics hinting at interracial sex and maybe this week the censors realised what the words were about as the song became the 11th to spend just 1 week on the chart at position 20. This was to date The Stones’ worst performing song, but they still had more hits to come. Of the 11 songs that had only spent a week at 20, 3 and a half were by acts for whom this would be their only hit. Those acts were Bobby Bare, The Thomas Group and Chicken Shack with the half being Tony Hatch who saw this occur with his duet with Jackie Trent. Trent would have other hits, but Hatch wouldn’t.

T Rex’s first outing in our top 20 lasted 6 weeks with ‘Hot Love’ peaking at 12 during that period. There would be more to come from Marc Bolan and the boys.

Ringo Starr became the 3rd of the ex-Beatle’s to have a solo hit on our charts as his ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ entered at 14 this week. We had already had 5 weeks where there were 3 songs by ex-Beatles in the chart, but that was with 2 George Harrison hits and 1 Paul McCartney one. This week was the first time we would see 3 of the Fab Four in the top 20 at the same time. This would only happen on 3 occasions and we would never see all 4 together in the same week. What made this particular week special was that it would be the only time the 3 ex-bandmates would sit side by side as we had Ringo’s new one at 14, George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’ at 15 and Paul McCartney’s ‘Another Day’ at 16. ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ is credited to Starr as writer, but apparently there was a lot of input from George Harrison with Harrison taking production credits. It would top the charts in Canada, go to 4 in both The UK and The US (Billboard Hot 100). The alternate chart listing in the US, Cashbox, had the song going to number 1.

The second new entry teamed up 2 well-known names in British music, Georgie Fame and Alan Price. Calling themselves Fame And Price Together, they recorded a song called ‘Rosetta’ which arrived at number 20 this week. The song gave them a number 11 hit in the UK and topped the Belgium charts. Alan Price had seen SA chart action before with his hit ‘The House That Jack Built’ while for George Fame it would be his first showing on our charts. With such a strong showing from the ex-Beatles this week, one should mention that Georgie Fame is the only act to have knocked The Beatles off the top spot in the UK twice when on 14 January 1965 ‘Yeh Yeh’ dislodged ‘I Feel Fine’ and 3 years later on 24 January 1968 ‘The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde’ replaced ‘Hello Goodbye’ at number 1. Alan Price had last seen SA chart action 188 weeks previously and this was the tied second biggest gap between hits to date, equalling the gap Chris Andrews had seen between hits and second only to the 218 weeks that Rick Nelson had had between the 2 chartings of ‘I Need You’.

We enjoyed a second week with a record to date 8 local songs in the top 20 as none of those in last week’s chart had left and the new entries were all by British acts. The Brits now were just 9 hits in total behind those from the US with acts from the UK having had 277 hits to the American’s 286. This was the lowest this gap had been for 83 weeks.

On the top 20 of the weeks count list, there was no movement on the overall scene, but on the local front, The Dealians moved into 18th place, tied with The Square Set, as they clocked up their 18th week. Lance James entered the top 20, sitting tied 20th with The Dream Merchants on 17 weeks.

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