2 July 1971

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

The Sweet became the 19th act who would have 5 or more hits chart that would see their first one top the charts as ‘Funny Funny’ took over from Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’ at number 1. The latter had spent 3 weeks in pole position but dropped to 3 this week. Local act Lincoln moved into the number 2 spot with ‘Long Days and Lonely Nights’.

The biggest climb this week was only 4 places so there were no other star raters other than the 2 songs that took the biggest climber award. Those 2 songs were Dave Mills’ ‘Tomorrow Is Over’ and Johnny Rivers’ ‘Sea Cruise’ which climbed to 15 and 16 respectively. This was Mills’ 4th time with the biggest climber and he sat second for numbers of biggest climbers by a local act with only The Staccatos on 5 being ahead of him. For Rivers it was a 3rd time with the biggest climber.

Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ took the faller of the week award as it dropped 5 from 6 to 11. It was Garrity’s first time with this award and the 12th time we had seen a local act take climber and faller in the same week as Dave Mills was the local climber.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’ was the first of 2 songs to leave the chart. It enjoyed a 17 week run with us and spent 3 of those stuck at number 2 while Alan Garrity’s hit mentioned above was at 1. ‘Understanding’ had been the oldest on the charts for 4 weeks and that title now fell to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’ which sat on 17 weeks. This was Creedence’s second song to make oldest on the chart, their previous one to manage this was ‘Proud Mary’.

We also bid farewell to The Francis Lai Orchestra’s ‘Theme from Love Story’ which had spent 10 weeks in the charts and peaked at 9. This would be the only hit Lai would have as an artist, but we would see his name again in the song writing credits for 1 more hit.

Clive Bruce made his SA chart debut as his hit ‘Sally Sunshine’ arrived at 19 this week. The song was written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens giving the former his 18th hit to date and the latter his 14th. Reed sat at the top of the number of hits by a songwriter list, 3 ahead of his nearest rival while Stephens moved into 4th spot. From what I can tell, ‘Sally Sunshine’ was originally recorded in 1971 by a British guy called Miki Anthony and that version just missed out on charting in the UK, being the top ‘bubbling under’ song at one point. The Mills Brothers included a version of the song on their 1972 album ‘What A Wonderful World’. Leeds United Football club used the song’s tune for their 1972 appearance in the FA Cup Final anthem which they imaginatively entitled ‘Leeds United’. Les Reed wrote the adjusted lyrics for that footie tune which made it to number 10 in the UK.

Another SA chart debutant this week was local lass, Lauren Copley. Her new entry was ‘Flower Of Life’ which was written and produced by Terry Dempsey with Carrie Dempsey getting a co-credit in the song writing department. Dempsey had now clocked up 15 hits as a song writer and sat tied second for number of hits joining Barry Mason on that total.

Both this week’s new entries made the LM Radio charts with ‘Sally Sunshine’ spending 2 weeks at number 1 on those charts and ‘Flower Of Life’ peaking at number 6.

With losing 1 local song, but gaining 2, we saw a new record to date 9 local songs in the top 20.

Lance James celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the chart mark. He was the 19th local act so far to reach this total, but sat tied 18th on the local weeks count list as The Outlet also sat on 20 weeks. Last week, The Dealians had shared 17th place on the list with The Outlet, but the former had now moved on to 21 weeks and had 17th place to themselves.

One funny quirk of this week’s chart was that the rain and sunshine sat next to each other as ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’ was at 18 and ‘Sally Sunshine’ was at 19.

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