27 August 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 5 Co-Co  – Sweet
2 2 7 I Did What I Did for Maria  – Tony Christie
3 5 5 The Banner Man  – Blue Mink
4 8 6 He’s Gonna Step on You Again  – John Kongos
5 9 4 You  – Peter Maffay
6 3 8 Rain, Rain, Rain  – Gentle People
7 4 8 Hold on (to What You Got)  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
8 6 7 Lady Rose  – Mungo Jerry
9 14 3 Me and Bobby McGee  – Gordon Lightfoot
10 7 14 Funny Funny  – Sweet
11 15 3 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart ?  – Bee Gees
12 11 10 Sea Cruise  – Johnny Rivers
13 New 1 I’m Gonna Run Away from You  – Tami Lynn
14 17 3 Nosy Rosie  – Jérome
15 16 6 Flower of Life  – Lauren Copley
16 13 12 It Don’t Come Easy  – Ringo Starr
17 18 2 Money Baby  – Tidal Wave
18 19 2 Joey the Lipstick Collector  – Dennis
19 20 2 Don’t Let it Die  – Hurricane Smith
20 New 1 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee

The Sweet’s ‘Co-Co’ extended its run at the top of the charts and had now been there for 3 weeks. Added to the 6 weeks ‘Funny Funny’ had managed, The Sweet’s consecutive weeks run at the top was now 9, something no other act had yet managed. Tony Christie was still hoping to bag a number 1 hit as his ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ clung to second spot for a second week.

Gordon Lightfoot’s ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ followed up last week’s star rater with a biggest climber this week as the song moved up 5 places from 14 to 9. This was the 8th time a Canadian act had taken the biggest climber award with 4 of the previous 7 occasions being when Lucille Starr took the honours. The other 3 songs which had been star raters last week managed it again this week with last week’s biggest climber, The Bee Gees’ ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?’ climbing 4 to 11 while John Kongos’ ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’ and Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ moved up 4 to number 4 and 5 respectively. This was The Bee Gees’ 16th time with a star rater climb and they were now tied second for number of star raters, joining Percy Sledge on that total. Tom Jones was still way out in front with 22 to his name. It was a 3rd week in a row as star rater for Peter Maffay’s ‘You’.

The biggest fall this week was just 3 places and 4 songs managed this. They were Ringo Starr’s ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ (down to 16), The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ (down to 10 and second week in a row as biggest faller), The Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s ‘Hold On (To What You Got)’ (down to 7) and The Gentle People’s ‘Rain, Rain, Rain’ (down to 6).

There were 2 songs that left the charts this week, the first of which was Clive Bruce’s ‘Sally Sunshine’ which had spent 8 weeks on the charts and peaked at 11. This would not be the last we would see of Bruce on our charts.

Also going was ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor K.550 1° Movement (Allegro Molto)’ by Waldo De Los Rios which became the 30th song to leave the top 20 from position 10 or higher as it spent its last week at 10. It lasted 14 weeks with us and peaked at 2. This would be De Los Rios’ only SA chart entry, but we had seen him on a previous hit as song writer (Miguel Rios’ ‘A Song Of Joy’) so in total De Los Rios managed 23 weeks in the charts if one combines his time as songwriter with his time as artist. ‘Mozart: Symphony No. 40’ had been the oldest on the chart last week and that honour now fell to The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ which sat on 13 weeks.

The solo female content in the chart had been sitting at 1 hit for the last 4 weeks after the 1 week we had with no solo women in the charts. This week the number doubled as Tami Lynn’s ‘I’m Gonna Run Away From You’ joined Lauran Copley’s ‘Flower Of Life’ in The Top 20. Lynn’s hit had been originally released in 1967, but only became a hit in 1971 when it went to number 4 in the UK. It was written by Bert Berns who had already brought us Them’s ‘Here Comes The Night’. Berns also co-wrote ‘Twist And Shout’ which The Beatles made famous. ‘I’m Gonna Run Away From You’ would make it to 36 in Germany and 7 in what was then Rhodesia. Tami’s arrival also doubled the number of hits by US acts on our charts after last week’s lowest ever count of just 1 American hit in the chart.

Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ became the 12th Afrikaans song to make our charts and it was the 8th pure Afrikaans song to do so with 3 of the previous ones being a mix of English and Afrikaans and 1 of them being an instrumental with an Afrikaans title. Groep Twee had last been seen on our charts back in the June of 1967 with ‘Die Ou Kraal Liedjie’. This gap of 219 weeks was 1 week longer than the previous record which Rick Nelson held. This was the 4th time the biggest gap between hits record was held by a local act with Emil Dean, Virginia Lee and Gene Rockwell being the previous acts to hold this record, although it should be said that the biggest of these previous record holding gaps was only 23 weeks as they all occurred in 1965 when the charts started. The previous biggest gap for a local act (which was not the overall biggest gap) was Jody Wayne who saw a break of 156 weeks between hits. ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ was a cover of the hit by Austrian-Swiss singer Udo Jurgens.

Ringo Starr’s ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ was sitting on 12 weeks in the charts and this equalled the best week count to date for a song by an ex-Beatle which George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’ had managed. The Beatles themselves had only 1 song see a better week count and that was ‘We Can Work It Out’ which managed a total of 14. ‘Help’ by The Beatles managed 12.

Billy Forrest climbed into 9th places on the local weeks count list with 31 to his name. He shared the spot with Des Lindberg. Tidal Wave took 12th place to themselves with 27 weeks, causing The Dealians to drop to 13th while The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved alongside Ken J. Larkin in 14th position with their 25 weeks to date.

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