6 August 1971

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

The Hollies were the first act to occupy the top 2 spots in the same week and this week The Sweet became the second act to managed this as ‘Co-Co’ moved into second place while ‘Funny Funny’ enjoyed its 6th week at the top spot. This was the 14th time we had seen an act have songs sitting in adjacent positions with Four Jacks & A Jill and Donovan being the only ones who had managed it twice.

To get to number 2, ‘Co-Co’ moved up a record to date 17 places from 19 to 2. There would not be another climb this big in the top 20 era and only 1 song would manage a bigger climb in a week once the chart was extended to a top 30. On that occasion it would make its climb from outside the top 20.

Apart from The Sweet’s biggest climber, there were 2 other star raters and both of them climbed 10. Blue Mink’s ‘The Banner Man’ moved up to 10 while Tony Christie’s ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ moved up to 3. These were the 3rd and 4th songs to make a 10 or more place climb without being the biggest climber. This was also only the 2nd occasion where we had seen 3 songs make a 9 or more place climb in the same week.

There were 2 songs which shared the biggest faller award and they were both local ones. Des & Dawn’s ‘The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson’ and The Dealians’ ‘When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door’ both dropped 7 places to land at 16 and 12 respectively.

There were 2 songs that left the chart this week, the first of which was Neil Diamond’s ‘I Am…I Said’ which had spent 7 weeks in the charts and peaked at 9, his second lowest peak and tied 2nd lowest weeks of his 6 hits to date. He would return to the top 20.

Also going was the oldest song on last week’s chart, Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’ which had been in the top 20 for 12 weeks and spent 3 of those at number 1. There was still more to come from them. Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’, Waldo De Los Rios’ ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40’ and Des & Dawn’s ‘The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson’, all on 12 weeks, were the new oldest on the chart. Excluding where songs on the first ever chart were involved, this was the 3rd time we had 3 oldest in the same week.

New to the charts was Peter Maffay with his hit ‘You’ which was the English version of his German hit ‘Du’. Maffay was born in Braşov, Romania which is in the Transylvania region famous for being the home of Count Dracula. He re-located to Germany with his parents when he was 14. ‘Du’ topped the German, Dutch and Belgium charts, made number 2 in Switzerland and 8 in Austria. As ‘You’, this was the tied shortest song title to chart to date, being only 3 letters long. The only other 3 letter title we had seen so far was Glenn Yarbrough’s ‘She’. ‘You’ was the 7th song by a German act to chart and this meant Germany sat 7th on its own on the number of hits from a country list, moving 1 ahead of France and Ireland who dropped into tied 8th spot on that list.

Back on the charts was Lauren Copley’s ‘Flower Of Life’ which had been out of the top 20 for 3 weeks. It was the 16th song to re-enter the charts after falling off. This also meant that as a songwriter, Terry Dempsey was back on the charts having been absent for 1 week following his all-time record 92 week run. Not only that, we also had a solo female back in the chart after just 1 week without one. This was the shortest drought we would have in this respect. This record would be equalled once before the charts ended.

Johnny Rivers celebrated reaching a total of 30 weeks in the charts without experiencing a biggest faller. So far 8 acts had managed 30 weeks (not necessarily consecutive and in some cases with 2 in the chart in the same week counting as 2 weeks) without having a biggest faller.

The Dealians moved on to 26 weeks in the charts and took 12th spot on the local weeks count list for themselves with Ken J. Larkin and Tidal Wave, whom they shared that position with last week, dropping to tied 13th. John Edmond moved 1 clear of Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp with 23 weeks to his name. He sat in 16th place. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy meanwhile moved level 17th with Hilary and Carike Keuzenkamp on 22 weeks.

‘Sugar Sugar’ moved into tied 7th spot for weeks on the chart by a song charting in more that 1 version as it moved its total on to 23 weeks, equalling that of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ (Des Lindberg and We Three) and ‘The Letter’ (Trini Lopez and The Box Tops).

The number of American acts on the chart fell to just 2 (Johnny Rivers and Lobo). This was the worst showing from the Americans that we had seen to date.

This week was the 2nd busiest we had seen to date in terms of the total number of places the songs moved (i.e. adding the number of places songs moved up to the number of places songs fell) as there was a total of 83 places moved by the songs in this week’s top 20 (excluding new and re-entries). The highest total movement we had seen to date was 90 places which we saw on 4 October 1968. By the time the charts ended, this week’s movement of 83 would be the 4th highest we would see within the top 20.

This was the 2nd of 5 weeks where we had 4 songs where the first 2 words in the title were the same. It was the same 4 that featured in the previous week’s chart.

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