20 August 1971

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

The Sweet’s run at the top of the charts now moved on to 8 consecutive weeks, 6 of which had been with ‘Funny Funny’ and now a further 2 with ‘Co-Co’. This broke the record to date run  of consecutive weeks at 1 by an act with The Tremeloes, The Bee Gees and Hilary all managing a run of 7 straight weeks but they all did that with 1 song. Tony Christie’s ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ enjoyed a second week at 2.

‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart ?’ by The Bee Gees was the climber of the week. It moved up 5 places from 20 to 15. This was the 9th time that The Bee Gees had had the biggest climber and they now sat tied second with Herman’s Hermits for number of biggest climbers but were 5 behind Tom Jones who had taken the award 14 times so far.

John Kongos’ ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’, Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ and Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ were the other star raters as they all moved up 4 places to land at 8, 9 and 14 respectively. Of these 3 acts, only Peter Maffay had seen a previous star rater and that was the previous week when ‘You’ had climbed 5 and had been the biggest climber.

Despite the good news above for The Sweet regarding their run at 1, it wasn’t all positives for them as their previous chart topper, ‘Funny Funny’ was the faller of the week as it dropped 4 places to number 7. This was their first biggest faller award.

Waldo De Los Rios’ ‘Mozart: Symphony No 40.’ was the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 14 weeks with us. It shared the oldest title with another song last week, but that other one was one of the leavers this week and is discussed below.

There were 3 songs which left the charts this week, the first of which was Lobo’s ‘Me and You and a Dog Named Boo’. It had spent 9 weeks on the charts and peaked at 6 which was not a bad performance for his first hit. Lobo would enjoy a few more hits with us.

Sakakrin’s version of The Archies’ ‘Sugar Sugar’ lasted 6 weeks in the top 20 and peaked at 14. Along with The Archies version of the song it had spent a total of 24 weeks in the charts with The Archies’ 3 weeks at 1 being its best peak. Sakkarin was essentially Jonathan King who had had 1 other song chart and that was 1965’s ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’. If one combines the performance of that song with what Sakkarin managed, then he had a 2 hits chart career, spent 12 weeks in the chart with his earlier one having the better peak of 8. King also wrote and produced Hedgehoppers Anonymous’ ‘Don’t Push Me’ which spent 4 weeks on the charts (bringing King’s total involvement up to 16 weeks) and peaked at 15. This would be the last we would see of King on our charts as artist, song writer or producer.

Last of the leavers was the song that had shared oldest on the chart honours with Waldo De Los Rios last week and that was Lincoln’s ‘Long Days And Lonely Nights’. It lasted 13 weeks in the charts and peaked at number 2. In terms of points it managed 174 which was the 20th best by a local song to date. We would see Lincoln again on our charts.

Tidal Wave returned to the chart with their 4th hit to date, ‘Money Talks’. Apart from making our top 20 the song would also go to number 9 in what was then Rhodesia. It was written by Terry Dempsey, giving him his 15th hit to date as a song writer and this moved him into tied 2nd place on the list of number of hits by a song writer. He shared that spot with Barry Mason and Jeff Barry and they all sat 3 behind leader Les Reed.

Billy Forrest was also returning to the charts as his 5th hit to date arrived in the form of ‘Joey The Lipstick Collector’. Forrest’s previous 4 hits had all been under the name of Quentin E. Klopjaeger, but for this new one he simply went under the name Dennis. The song, written by Johnny Garfield, appears to have been first recorded by a band called Wall St. Division from Liverpool. The b-side of this Dennis single was another cover version and that was The Bats’ ‘Huff Puff’. ‘Joey The Lipstick Collector’ would be the only song to chart in SA with the word ‘lipstick’ in the title whereas in the UK there where 6 songs containing that word that have charted (3 simply called ‘Lipstick’ by Alesha Dixon, Rocket from The Crypt and Jedward; ‘Lipstick On Your Collar’ by Connie Francis; ‘Lipstick, Powder And Paint’ by Shakin’ Stevens and ‘Red Lipstick’ by Skint & Demoralised).

The final new entry was Hurricane Smith’s ‘Don’t Let It Die’. Smith’s real name was Norman Smith and he had worked as an engineer for The Beatles. He then moved on to produce some of Pink Floyd’s albums, The Pretty Thing’s ‘SF Sorrow’ and early Barclay James Harvest. It was however while working with The Beatles that he wrote ‘Don’t Let It Die’ which he hoped John Lennon would record. He played it to Mickie Most who suggested Smith record the song himself. The advice proved good as it reached number 2 in the UK and 13 in Holland. Hurricane was the 5th (of 8) acts with the surname Smith who would chart (this excludes the band called Smith). The other 4 were Verdelle Smith, Whistling Jack Smith, Eric Smith and Sammi Smith.

Billy Forrest celebrated his 30th week in the chart. He still sat 10th on the local weeks count lit, but had moved 1 ahead of Dickie loader who dropped to 11th. Tidal Wave moved tied 12th with The Dealians as their total ticked over to 26 while The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s 24 weeks to date moved them in to tied 15th place with Al Debbo.

We would never see a chart that had no American acts on them, but this week we saw the first time when only 1 song was by an act from the US and that was Johnny Rivers’ ‘Sea Cruise’ which sat at number 11. There would be 4 more occasions when we only saw 1 US act in the top 20. By comparison, we would also not ever be without a British act in the charts but there would only be 3 times when acts from the UK would only have 1 representative.

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