16 July 1971

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

The Sweet enjoyed a 3rd week at the top of the charts with ‘Funny Funny’ while local acts Lincoln and The Dealians were unmoved at 2 and 3 with ‘Long Days and Lonely Nights’ and ‘When Love Comes Knocking at Your Door’ respectively. The Sweet’s chart topper accounted for the 130th week we had seen a UK act at number 1. ‘Long Days And Lonely Night’s was spending its 4th straight week at 2 and this was a new record of consecutive weeks at 2 for a local act. Previous record holders, Four Jacks & A Jill’s ‘Timothy’ and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Understanding’, had both spent 3 straight weeks at 2.

And while local songs were at 2 and 3, another one was making the biggest climb up the charts this week and that was The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Hold on (to What You Got)’ which moved up 5 from 19 to 14. With Clive Bruce’s ‘Sally Sunshine’ taking the biggest climber the previous week and Dave Mills’ ‘Tomorrow Is Over’ doing so the week before that, we saw a record equalling 3 consecutive weeks with a local song as the biggest climber. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s climb was the only one that would have star rater status this week.

There were 2 songs that shared the biggest faller this week and that was Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’ which dropped 4 from 6 to 10, and Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ which fell 4 from 11 to 15. Garrity’s song was the 70th local one to take the biggest faller award and this was the 13th time we had seen the biggest climber and faller in the week be by a local act. Garrity could take comfort from the fact that his song was the oldest on the chart for a second week running. It had been with us for 13 weeks.

We lost 2 songs from the charts, the first being Lauren Copley’s ‘Flower Of Life’ which had been with us for just 2 weeks, both of which were spent at number 20. This was the 17th song to spend 2 weeks at number 20 and the 15th where this was the total of its chart run. The departure of Lauren Copley from the charts dropped the local content from the record to date 10 down to 9.

Fame And Price Together’s ‘Rosetta’ was the other song to go. It lasted 5 weeks in the charts and peaked at 12. This would be Georgie Fame’s only SA chart hit while Alan Price, the other half of the act (who had already had 1 hit) would see further top 20 action.

Tony Christie’s SA chart career did not start overly well with his first hit, ‘Las Vegas’ lasting just 3 weeks in the top 20. But this week he was back with a new one called ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ which he hoped would fare better. And the signs were good for him as ‘Las Vegas’ had only made number 21 in the UK where ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ went to number 2 and where the former only had an impact in Belgium, the latter would also chart in Belgium (#10), Germany (#4), Ireland (#2), The Netherlands (#21), Switzerland (#3) and what was then Rhodesia (#2). The song was a 5th hit for the song writing pair of Mitch Murray and Peter Callander and a 7th for Callander who had seen 2 other hits without Murray. ‘Las Vegas’ had also been penned by the same writers.

While Tony Christie was enjoying his 2nd hit, Mungo Jerry celebrated their 3rd with ‘Lady Rose’ debuting at 20. The first 2 Mungo Jerry’s SA hits had been UK number 1’s but while ‘In The Summertime’ topped our charts, ‘Baby Jump’ only made number 18. ‘Lady Rose’ did not fare as well in the UK, peaking at number 5 there. As with their previous 2 hits, ‘Lady Rose’ was written by the huge side-burned Ray Dorset, Mungo Jerry’s lead singer.

Acts from the UK were still trying to close the gap between themselves and those from the US. With both new entries being British this week, the total number of hits to date for UK acts moved on to 280 and they were once again 9 behind those from the US who sat on 289. One had to go back to the October of 1969 to see when that gap was less than 9.

John Edmond celebrated his 20th week in the chart and this moved him into tied 18th place on the local weeks count list, joining Lance James and The Outlet on that total. The Dealians meanwhile moved 1 week ahead of Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp, causing the latter 2 to drop to tied 16th while The Dealians took 15th spot for themselves.

‘Sugar, Sugar’ clocked up its 20th week in the chart with 18 of those coming from The Archies’ version of it and the other 2 with Sakkarin’s current charting take on the song. This was the 10th highest number of weeks a song charting in more than 1 version had been on the charts.

Silly stat of the week: this week saw the second highest total number of letters contained in the 20 song titles of the top 20. There were 348 characters in the titles in this week’s top 20 (excluding punctuation and spaces) which was second only to the 371 characters we saw a few weeks earlier on 28 May 1971.

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