25 June 1971

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

Three Dog Night had now spent two (dog) weeks at 1 as ‘Joy To The World’ held on to the top spot after having attained it last week. The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ still applied pressure as it spent a second week at number 2. Olivia Newton John’s ‘If Not For You’ was still at 3, leaving the top 3 unchanged from last week.

Neil Diamond’s ‘I Am…I Said’ was the climber of the week, moving up 6 from 17 to 11. This was Diamond’s 5th time with the biggest climber. He was the 23rd act to clock up this many biggest climbs. Lobo’s ‘Me And You And A Dog Named Boo’ shared the biggest climber award with Diamond as it moved up 6 to 12 to grab Lobo his first biggest climber.

There were 2 other songs that made star rater status and they were Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ which moved up 4 to 4 and Neil Diamond’s ‘Shilo’ which climbed 4 to 10. Diamond was now the second act to see 2 star raters in the same week with Engelbert Humperdinck being the first to manage this back in the February of 1968. In total only 5 acts would manage this, 2 of which would do so in the top 30 era.

Creedence Clearwater Revival became the 3rd act to reach 10 biggest fallers as ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’ took the award this week with a 7 place drop from 9 to 16. The previous 2 acts to reach 10 biggest fallers were The Bee Gees and Tom Jones, neither of which had yet gone on to see 11 biggest fallers.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ continued on as the oldest on the charts. It was in its 17th week with us and 4th as the oldest.

This week saw the first of only 2 times where we would see 2 ex-Beatles leave the chart in the same week as Paul McCartney’s ‘Another Day’ and George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’ both fell off the top 20. McCartney’s hit had been with us for 10 weeks and managed to climb to a peak of 7 while Harrison’s had spent 12 weeks in the chart and peaked at 4. Harrison’s weeks figure was the best to date for an ex-Beatle, although it must be said that so far only 4 songs by ex-Beatles had charted. Both Fab Four members would return to the charts at later date.

Dave Mills became the 7th local act to clock up 5 hits as his ‘Tomorrow Is Over’ was a new entry this week. Robin Netcher and Terry Dempsey shared song writing credits on the track and it was a 4th hit for Netcher and a 14th for Dempsey. Dempsey now sat tied 3rd for hits count by a song writer, sharing the spot with Jeff Barry and sitting 1 behind second placed Barry Mason. Les Reed led the way with 17. Both Dempsey and Neil Diamond had 2 compositions in the chart this week. This was the 40th week that Dempsey had seen 2 or more in the same chart and he led the way for most weeks by a song writer with multiple hits. Les Reed was second with 37 while Diamond was tied 5th with 17.

Johnny Rivers became the 26th act to see a gap of 100 weeks or more between hits and he was the first to see this gap twice. His second hit, ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’ arrived in the charts 125 weeks after his first hit, ‘(I Washed My Hands) In Muddy Water’ left. He then saw a short gap of 5 weeks before ‘Everyday I Have To Cry’ charted. Now, 106 weeks after ‘Everyday I Have To Cry’ left the chart, he was back with his 4th hit and shortest song title to date, ‘Sea Cruise’. The song, written by Huey “Piano” Smith, was originally recorded by Frankie Ford (using a Huey “Piano” Smith back track) and went to number 14 in the US, selling in excess of 1 million copies. Rivers’ version would not fare as well, but did make number 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

The arrival of Dave Mills on the charts with no local act leaving moved us back on to a record to date 8 local songs in the top 20 and this was the 12th time we had seen more locals on the charts than acts from any other nation.

Three acts celebrated reaching milestones with their weeks count this week. The Dealians saw their total tick over to 20, Neil Diamond reached the 50 mark while Creedence Clearwater Revival celebrated hitting 90. To date 28 acts had reached the 50 mark while 9 had made it to 90.

Despite moving into the 90s for weeks, Creedence were unmoved at 9th on the weeks count list and were still2 behind the next act up, The Rolling Stones. On the local weeks count list The Dealians’ 20 put them tied 17th with The Outlet and Lance James, who had ticked over to 19 weeks, took 19th place for himself with The Square Set dropping to 20.

Neil Diamond became the 11th act to see his songs sitting in adjacent position on the charts as ‘Shilo’ was at 10 and ‘I Am…I Said’ was at 11. So far 2 acts had managed this twice and they were Four Jacks And A Jill and Donovan with the former managing it with 2 different pairings of songs while Donovan’s were with the same 2 songs.

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