9 July 1971

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

The Sweet had now spent as many weeks at number 1 as the number of times the word ‘Funny’ appeared in the song title of their chart topper ‘Funny Funny’ (I really hope you can work that one out yourself). Lincoln’s hit ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ enjoyed as many weeks at number 2 as there were words beginning with ‘L’ in the title of the song (also not too hard).

With Lincoln at 2, The Dealians at 3 and Des & Dawn Lindberg at 4, we saw the 4th time with a record to date 3 local acts in the top 5.

Clive Bruce took the climber of the week award with ‘Sally Sunshine’. The song moved up 6 places from 19 to 13 and was Bruce’s first time with the award. It would also be the only song this week to be a star rater.

‘Rosetta’ by Fame And Price Together was the faller of the week as it dropped 5 places from 12 to 17.

The oldest song on last week’s chart, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain?’ dropped out of the top 20 this week. It spent 17 weeks in the charts, 1 of which was at number 1. This was a best for weeks that any Creedence song had seen and was their 3rd chart topper. Only 1 of their chart toppers had spent more than a week there and that was ‘Proud Mary’ which managed 2 weeks. The oldest on the chart title now fell to Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ which was on 12 weeks.

We also bid farewell to Lance James’ ‘Vicki’ which had enjoyed a run of 14 weeks on the charts and peaked at 4. This was the second longest run in the charts to date for an Afrikaans song. The record to date was 15 weeks which Groep Twee’s ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’ had managed.

And while 2 of the 3 acts leaving the charts this week were seeing their best efforts weeks-wise, Neil Diamond on the other hand was seeing the shortest stay in the charts for one of his hits as ‘Shilo’ left the top 20 after just 5 weeks with us. It managed to get to number 10 during that time. One had to look to hits where he was a song writer for a less than 5 week stay in the charts and that was when Cliff Richard’s recording of Diamond’s composition ‘Just Another Guy’ spent just 1 week in the charts. All 3 of the acts on the leavers this week would return to the charts at a later date.

The first new entry was ‘Rain Rain Rain’ (presumably to keep the precipitation theme going that was started by the departing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s hit) and was by local act Gentle People. The song was written by Jan Bouwens and originally recorded by an obscure band called The Mayfair Set as ‘Rain’. This Mayfair Set (there was a British band that went by the same name) were apparently from Belgium but interestingly the b-side of ‘Rain’ was ‘Mississippi Line’ a song written by South African music producer and member of the Shake Spears, Chris Kritzinger who produced The Gentle People’s version. The Gentle People were Nippy Cripwell, Kevin Kruger, Denise Day, Kevin Mason and Graham Boyle. ‘Rain Rain Rain’ also charted in neighbouring Zimbabwe and reached number 3 there.

The second new entry was the 25th song to chart in more than 1 version as Sakkarin’s cover of The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’ entered the charts at 18. With the 18 weeks that The Archies’ version spent in the charts, the song immediately had the tied 10th highest number of weeks for a song charting in more than 1 version, joining A Groovy Kind Of Love’ (Mindbenders and Petula Clark) and ‘For Your Precious Love (Oscar Toney Jr and The Flames) on 19 weeks. Sakkarin included Jonathan King. King had previously charted way back in 1965 with ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’ and would have held the new gap between hits record if both songs were by him as a solo artists as there were 292 weeks between the aforementioned ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’ leaving the chart and the arrival of ‘Sugar Sugar’.

The final new entry was The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘’ Hold on (to What You Got)’. This was their second SA chart hit. The song was a cover of an obscure track by Bill & Buster (aka Billy Moeller and Buster Meikle). Billy was the brother of Unit 4+2’s Tommy Moeller. The original failed to have any impact on the US charts, but Peanut Butter Conspiracy roped in ace producer Grahame Beggs to have this chart success in SA with the song.

We lost 1 local hit (Lance James’ ‘Vicki’) this week, but gained 2 with Gentle People and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s new entries and now saw a new record 10 local acts in the charts. That’s half of the top 20 being local. However, of these 10, only The Dealians were moving up the top 20 of the local weeks count list as they climbed to 15 with their 22 weeks putting them tied with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp.

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