23 July 1971

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

It was now 4 weeks in a row at 1 for The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ while Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ became the first song by a local act to spend 4 straight weeks at number 2 and equalled the overall record to date which Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’ had managed in the March of 1971.

While rain is generally known to fall, ‘Rain, Rain, Rain’ was moving up. The Gentle People hit took the climber of the week award as their song climbed 5 from 13 to 8. This now sent a new record to date of 4 consecutive weeks where we saw a local song pick up the climber of the week award.

Johnny Rivers’ ‘Sea Cruise’ was the only other star rater this week. It moved up 4 places from 17 to 13 and was his 7th star rater. 31 acts so far had managed 7 or more star raters.

Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’ was the faller of the week. It dropped 6 from 10 to 16 and was the song’s and Olivia’s second time with the award. This was the 15th time the biggest faller had been by a solo British woman.

Alan Garrity’s ‘Put Your Hand In The Hand’ was the only song to leave the top 20 this week. It had been with us for 13 weeks, 4 of which had been spent at number 1. This would not be the last we would see from Garrity, but his departure did mean that we had a new oldest song on the chart and that honour fell to Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’ which was sitting on 11 weeks.

The departing local solo male was replaced by a local solo male in the form of John Kongos. His hit was ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’ and it would go to number 4 in the UK and 70 in the US. It would also make 2 in Australia, 77 in Canada, 9 in France, 51 in Italy, 26 in Germany, 22 in The Netherlands and 20 what was then Rhodesia. Its popularity in Australia led to a number covers by bands from down under in 1987, the most successful of which was The Party Boys’ version which topped the charts there for 2 weeks. The Chantoozies made 36 with their cover while the brilliantly named Exploding White Mice failed to chart with their version. In the UK The Happy Mondays recorded a cover version of it entitled ‘Step On’ which would go to 5 in the UK. The Happy Mondays would also cover Kongos’ ‘Tokoloshe Man’. ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’ had the honour of being the 140th song by a local act to make the top 20.

Mungo Jerry and The Peanut butter Conspiracy both reached the 20 weeks in the chart mark this week. This put the latter tied 19th on the local weeks count list. It shared the spot with The Outlet and Lance James. John Edmond who had been tied with The Outlet and Lance James last week, added 1 to his total and sat in 18th spot with 21 weeks to his name. The Dealians moved into tied 14th spot with Al Debbo as their weeks tally moved on to 24. Four Jacks & A Jill had sat 2nd on the list for a total of 84 weeks since The Staccatos had knocked them off the top spot. This week, they had to share 2nd spot for the first time as Dave Mills took his weeks count on to 68 to equal Four Jacks & A Jill’s total.

This week marked the 37th consecutive week with a song by a woman in the chart and this was exactly half the record to date of 74 consecutive weeks with a woman in the top 20.

A last comment on the chart this week was that those prone to sea sickness would not have been best pleased to see ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ sitting next to ‘Sea Cruise’.

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