30 July 1971

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

The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ clocked up its 5th week at the top of the chart charts. It was the 16th song so far to spend its 10th week in the charts at number 1. Meanwhile Waldo De Los Rios’ ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40’ moved into second spot, knocking Lincoln’s ‘Long Days & Lonely Nights’ to 3.

There were 2 songs that took the biggest climber award this week and they were The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ (up 6 to 8) and Mungo Jerry’s ‘Lady Rose’ (up 6 to 12). This was The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s second time with the award and Mungo Jerry’s first. Not only was The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s one the 60th time a local act had managed biggest climber, it also set the all-time record of 5 straight weeks that a local act had managed this.

Tony Christie’s ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ was the only other song to make star rater status this week as it moved up 4 places from 17 to 13.

Neil Diamond picked up his 4th biggest faller award as ‘I Am…I Said’ fell 7 from 11 to 18. This was the biggest fall Diamond would ever suffer in our charts. 4 of his songs would see a fall of 6 places of which 1, ‘Do It’, had already done so. The other 3 were yet to come.

Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’ spent a 2nd week as the oldest on the charts as its weeks count ticked over to 12.

Dave Mills’ ‘Tomorrow Is Over’ left the chart after 5 weeks and a peak of 15. The good news for Mills was that his SA chart career was not over. It was, however, bad news for Terry Dempsey as he no longer had a song he had written in the chart. He was probably a little disappointed as he did not make a century of consecutive weeks with one of his compositions in the top 20, his run lasting 92 straight weeks. He could take heart from the fact that this would be an all-time record for consecutive weeks in the chart for a songwriter. To put this in perspective, the next best we would see would be 72 weeks and that would be in the top 30 era. In the top 20 era, the next best would be 46, half of what Dempsey achieved.

We also bid farewell to Olivia Newton-John’s ‘If Not For You’ which lasted 10 weeks in the charts, 1 of which was spent at the top spot. Olivia would go on to have many more SA chart hits.

The Sweet became the 37th act to see 2 or more songs in the top 20 at the same time as ‘Co-Co’ joined ‘Funny Funny’ in the top 20. As with ‘Funny Funny’, ‘Co-Co’ was written by the song writing team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and was s second SA chart hit for both the band and the song writers. The Sweet have had 18 songs make the UK charts to date and 5 of those peaked at number 2 of which ‘Co-Co’ was one of them. They did manage to get to number 1 with ‘Blockbuster’ a couple of years later. ‘Co-Co’ would scrape into the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, peaking at 99 there while in Belgium and Switzerland it would top the charts.

The other new entry was Blue Mink’s ‘The Banner Man’. Blue Mink featured T Rex’s ‘Herbie Flowers in its line up along with Roger Cook who co-wrote the song with Flowers and his usual song writing partner, Roger Greenaway. Cook & Greenaway were the 11th and 12th song writers to reach double figures for hits as this was their 10th. ‘The Banner Man’ would give them a number 3 hit in the UK and it would also reach 9 in The Netherlands, 19 in Belgium and 17 in what was then Rhodesia.

The departure of Olivia Newton-John from the top 20 meant that we were without a solo woman in the chart. This was the 11th time this had happened.

Both new entries were by acts from the UK which brought the gap between them and acts from the US for hits count down to 7. This was the lowest we had seen the gap in 94 weeks (just 2 more than Terry Dempsey’s run in the chart as song writer) with the US acts accounting for 289 songs and the Brits 282.

The Dealians moved into tied 12th place on the local weeks count list, their 25 weeks to date putting them equal with Ken J Larkin and Tidal Wave. John Edmond moved tied 16th with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp on 22 weeks while The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved 1 week ahead of Lance James and The Outlet, but were unmoved at 19 while the latter 2 fell to tied 20th.

‘Sugar Sugar’ joined ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ in 9th place for weeks in the chart by a song charting in more than 1 versions. Sakkarin’s version of ‘Sugar Sugar’ had now added 4 weeks to the 18 that The Archie’s version managed to bring the song’s total to 22. ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’ charted for Herman’s Hermits (9 weeks) and The New Vaudeville Band (13 weeks).

This week’s chart also featured an all time record 4 songs where the first 2 words were the same if you include ‘Co-Co’. The other 3 were ‘Funny Funny’, ‘Rain, Rain, Rain’ and ‘Sugar, Sugar’. We would see a total of 5 weeks where we had 4 such songs in the chart.

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