18 June 1971

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

Three Dog Night held on to the top spot as ‘Joy To The World’ enjoyed its second week there. The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ was looking the most likely to dethrone it as it moved up 4 into second place with previous number 1, Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’ dropping 1 place to 3.

The Dealians picked up their second biggest climber award as ‘When Love Comes Knocking at Your Door’ moved up 9 places from 17 to 11. Their previous time with the award had been when ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’ claimed it with a 7 place climb.

Apart from The Dealians’ 6 place climb, there were 4 other songs that made a 4 or more place star rater jump. There was the aforementioned 4 place climb to 2 that The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ made, Ringo Starr’s ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ moved up 4 to 10, Neil Diamond’s ‘Shilo’ climbed 5 to 14 and Fame And Price Together’s ‘Rosetta’ managed to leap 4 to 16. Starr’s star rater was the 6th for a Beatle post the break up of the group and the Fab Four had now as many star rater climbs in their combined solo capacities as they managed as a group. George led the way for the 3 ex-Beatles who had charted so far with 3 to his name. Paul had 2 and Ringo now had 1.

And talking of ex-Beatles, this week also saw the second of 3 occasions where we would see 2 of them take biggest faller in the same week. George’s ‘What Is Life’ fell 4 to 19 and Paul’s ‘Another Day’ dropped to 20. George’s fall was his 4th time with the biggest drop and this was the 24th time we had seen the number of places fallen to take biggest faller award equal the number of biggest fallers the artist had managed.

Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ moved onto 16 weeks and enjoyed its 3rd as the oldest on the charts. It was almost a year to the day that we last saw a local song reach 16 weeks in the charts and that was when Dave Mills’ ‘Love Is A Beautiful Song’ hit that level on 19 June 1970.

We saw 2 songs leave the chart and they were Judy Collins’ ‘Amazing Grace’ and Barbara Ray’s ‘Happy Birthday Baby’. Collins’ hit had reached number 4 during its 10 week stay with us. It would be the only song by her that would make our charts.

‘Happy Birthday Baby’ did not fare as well as Ray’s previous hit and only other one to date. It peaked at 10 during a 6 week run compared to a 10 week run and a peak of 4 for ‘Like I Do’. The good news for Barbara was that there was plenty more to come from her.

Neil Diamond became the 36th act to have more than 1 hit in the chart in a week and the 15th male artist to do so. ‘I Am…I Said’ joined ‘Shilo’ in the top 20 this week, bringing Diamond’s total hit count as an artist to 6 and his count as song writer to 10 as he penned his new entry. He was the 11th song writer to date to reach double figures for number of hits and the 69th to see 2 or more of his compositions in the same top 20. ‘I Am…I Said’ would make it to number 4 in both The US and The UK and would give Diamond his first Grammy nomination as it was shortlisted for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. It lost out in the end to James Taylor’s ‘You’ve Got A Friend’. So far of the winners of this particular award, only Frank Sinatra’s ‘Stranger’s In The Night’ and Nilsson’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ had made our chart.

The second new entry was a first for Kent Lavoie. Going under the name Lobo, Lavoie’s first SA chart hit was ‘Me And You And A Dog Named Boo’ which landed at 18 this week. The song fared almost as well as Diamond’s new entry mentioned above as it also made it to number 4 in The UK and went just 1 place lower in The US, peaking at 5 there. It did top the charts for 4 weeks in New Zealand.

With both the songs leaving the chart being by solo female artists, we were left with just Olivia Newton-John flying the flag for woman. This ended a run of 10 weeks with more than 1 solo woman in the chart. A further consequence of the leavers was that the local content dropped to 7 hits, 1 down from the record to date 8 we had seen for the previous 2 weeks. The 2 new entries were both by American acts, so the gap of 9 between hits to date by Americans and British acts, was back above double figures as this went to 11 with the Americans having contributed 288 songs to our charts and the Brits 277.

The Dealians moved on to 19 weeks in the charts and this put them in 18th place on their own on the local weeks count list with The Square Set dropping to 19th where they were joined by Lance James whose 18 weeks put him tied with the latter. This meant that The Dream Merchants fell out of the top 20 of the local weeks count list. They had been in that top 20 of that list for 252 weeks and peaked at number 8.

Neil Diamond passed the 600 points mark and was the 26th act to manage this as he moved on to 601 points.

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