13 August 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 2 3 Co-Co  – Sweet
2 3 5 I Did What I Did for Maria  – Tony Christie
3 1 12 Funny Funny  – Sweet
4 6 6 Hold on (to What You Got)  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
5 8 6 Rain, Rain, Rain  – Gentle People
6 10 3 The Banner Man  – Blue Mink
7 11 5 Lady Rose  – Mungo Jerry
8 9 8 Sea Cruise  – Johnny Rivers
9 4 13 Mozart: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K.550 1° Movement (Allegro Molto)  – Waldo de Los Rios
10 7 10 It Don’t Come Easy  – Ringo Starr
11 5 13 Long Days and Lonely Nights  – Lincoln
12 14 4 He’s Gonna Step on You Again  – John Kongos
13 18 2 You  – Peter Maffay
14 15 7 Sally Sunshine  – Clive Bruce
15 17 4 Sugar, Sugar  – Sakkarin
16 13 9 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo  – Lobo
17 20 4 Flower of Life  – Lauren Copley
18 New 1 Me and Bobby McGee  – Gordon Lightfoot
19 New 1 Nosy Rosie  – Jérome
20 New 1 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart ?  – Bee Gees

This week witnessed the only occasion we would see in the entire life of the SA Charts where an artist knocked themselves off the top spot as The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ replaced ‘Funny Funny’ at number 1. The latter song had spent 6 weeks at the top of the charts and it dropped to number 3 with Tony Christie’s ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ sneaking into 2nd place. ‘Co-Co’ was the 13th song to take 3 weeks to get to number with Shocking Blue’s ‘Venus’ being the only song so far to do so in 2 weeks, the all time record.

Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ was the climber of the week, moving up 5 from 13 to 18. This was the 6th time the biggest climber had been by a German act.

Blue Mink’s ‘The Banner Man’ and Mungo Jerry’s ‘Lady Rose’ were the only other star raters this week with both songs climbing 4 places to 6 and 7 respectively. It was a second star rater climb for both songs and a 4th time in total for Mungo Jerry.

Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’ was the faller of the week, dropping 6 from 5 to 11. It was the 73rd time a local act had been the faller of the week if one includes Virginia Lee’s duet with American artist Slim Whitman. The up side for Lincoln was that their song was still one of the oldest on the chart, sharing the title with Waldo De Los Rios’ ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40’ with both songs enjoying their 13thweek in the top 20.

A song which shared the oldest on the chart title with the aforementioned 2 songs last week, Des & Dawn Lindberg’s ‘The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson’, was 1 of 3 songs to leave this week. It had lasted 12 weeks and peaked at 4. This would be their only SA chart hit. Des Lindberg had managed 2 hits as a solo artist and if we add this to his hit with Dawn, he spent a total of 43 weeks in the chart which would have put him 36th on the overall list.

John Edmond’s ‘Boom Sha La La Lo’ managed to get to number 10 during its 10 weeks on the chart and was the 24th song to have an equal weeks and peak figure. He was also the 3rd local act to manage this with Emil Dean and Group 66 being the other 2 to do so. This was Edmond’s best performance so far of the 3 hits he had had on our charts with his previous 2 both peaking at 13 and neither making double figures for weeks. He still had more hits to come.

Last of the leavers was The Dealians’ ‘When Love Comes Knocking at Your Door’ which spent 11 weeks with us and peaked at 3, not quite as good as the peak of 1 and 15 weeks run of their only other hit to date, ‘Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow’. Like John Edmond, The Dealians would be back.

This was the 3rd time we had seen 3 local songs leave the chart in the same week.

Kris Kristofferson, who was yet to chart as a singer, enjoyed his 3rd hit as a songwriter. He had seen 2 versions of ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ chart for Sammi Smith and Percy Sledge and now he shared songwriting credits with Fred Foster on Gordon Lightfoot’s version of ‘Me And Bobby McGee’. Janis Joplin, who had died the previous year, would become the 2nd person to have a posthumous number 1 in the US as her version of ‘Me And Bobby McGee’, reached number 1 there. Lightfoot’s version seems only to have found favour with South Africa as it did not chart in the UK, US, Europe or Australia. It didn’t even make the charts in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Lightfoot’s hit boosted the total of hits by Canadian artists to 17 and they were the 4th highest placed nation for number of hits with only The US (289), The UK (283) and SA (140) ahead of them.

The second new entry was ‘Nosy Rosie’ by Jérome, a German singer. Jérome recorded other songs under the name Chris Juwens, but his real name was apparently Uwe Stelzmann. Despite the use of different aliases, he does not seem to have worried the charts around the world except from this little foray into the SA top 20. His arrival on the charts did move the total number of hits by German acts on to 8 and Germany moved tied 6th with Jamaica for number of hits.

The Bee Gees returned to the top 20 with their 11th hit to date, ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?’. This put them tied 5th for number of hits as they joined Herman’s Hermits and Petula Clark on that total. Written by Barry & Robin, it would top the US and Canadian charts and make number 2 in Chile, 3 in Australia and 6 in New Zealand. It would make the top 30 in Holland, Belgium and Italy, but interestingly, did not chart in the UK. Barry Gibb moved tied 5th for number of hits by a song writer, his 14 to date moving him level with Geoff Stephens while Robin sat 2 hits behind them and was 7th on the number of hits by a song writer list. The Bee Gees had now spent at least 1 week in the charts every year since 1967. The gap between this and their previous hit was 84 weeks which was the biggest gap to date between their hits that we had seen so far. It would ultimately be the 3rd biggest gap between Bee Gee hits on our charts.

The departure of the 3 local songs meant that for the first time in 13 week, the local acts were not the most predominant on the chart. Acts from the UK were now the most represented with 8 of the top 20 being by them. There were 6 local hits, while the Americans experienced their second week with their lowest hit count to date of 2. 2 Germans, 1 Argentinian and a Canadian made up the rest.

The Bee Gees new entry brought their weeks count to 100 and they were the 4th act to achieve this landmark. Percy Sledge and The Troggs on 105 and Tom Jones way out in front on 174 were the other acts to have made the 100 club so far.

The Peanutbutter Conspiracy caught up with John Edmond on the local weeks count list, their 23 weeks putting them tied 16th.

‘Sugar Sugar’ continued its run in the charts and had now clocked up 24 weeks with the 2 different versions that had made the charts so far. It stayed 7th on the list of weeks by songs charting in more than 1 version, but was now clear of ‘Ramblin’ Boy’ and ‘The Letter’.

The 4 songs making up the all time record for number of hits where the first 2 words of the title were the same, were still in the charts for a 3rd week running.

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