3 September 1971


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

‘Co-Co’s weeks at 1 moved on to 4 and The Sweet’s consecutive run at the top went into double figures. John Kongos moved into second place with his hit, ‘He’s Gonna Step on You Again’ while Tony Christie who had occupied the position for 2 weeks with ‘I Did What I Did For Marie’, fell to 4.

Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ was the climber of the week as it moved up 4 from 20 to 16. It was the 7th time we had seen an Afrikaans song take the award and with Des Lindberg’s ‘Die Gezoem Van Die Bye’ being the only one to do so twice so far, it meant that Groep Twee were the 6th act to manage a biggest climber with an Afrikaans song. Because the biggest climb was only 4 places, there were no other star raters this week.

Last week we saw 4 biggest fallers. This week that number dropped to 3 and while the biggest fall last week was 3 places, this week it was only 2 places. The 3 songs which fell 2 places were Tony Christie’s ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’ (down to 4), ‘The Banner Man’ by Blue Mink (down to 5) and The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ which fell to 12. It was the 3rd week running that ‘Funny Funny’ had been the biggest faller and it was only the 2nd song to manage this. The previous song to be the biggest faller 3 weeks running was The Cowsills’ ‘Indian Lake’.

The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ enjoyed a second week as the oldest on the charts. It was now on 15 weeks.

Ringo Starr’s ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ did not manage to set a new record for weeks on the charts by a song by an ex-Beatle as it fell off the top 20 after equalling the record to date (set by George Harrison’s ‘What Is Life’) 12 weeks. Its peak position was 4 which was the same as the George Harrison hit, but it slightly edged it on the points front as it made 141 compared to ‘What Is Life’s 135 and was the highest points to date for an ex-Beatle song. Ringo and his 3 ex-band mates would all feature on the charts again.

Johnny Rivers’ SA chart career came to an end with the departure of ‘Sea Cruise’ from the charts. His final hit had spent 10 weeks on the charts and peaked at 8. In total Rivers had had 4 hits make our top 20, spent 33 weeks on the charts with a best peak of 2 which ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)’ had managed. His departure took the count of hits by acts from the US back down to the all-time low of 1 hit, Tami Lynn’s ‘I’m Gonna Run Away From You’. This was the second time we had seen this.

The first of the new entries was Middle Of The Road’s first SA chart hit, ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’. Earlier in the year, the band had missed out on charting as we chose Lally Stott’s version of ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ over Middle Of The Road’s where the latter was a much bigger hit globally than the former. However, there were no hard feelings as ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’ was another Stott composition (he shared song writing credits with Mario & Giosy Capuano). The song would just miss out on following ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ to the top of the UK charts as it peaked at 2 there. It would also go to 5 in The Netherlands, 6 in Norway, 7 in Belgium, 15 in Germany as well as making it to number 3 in what was then Rhodesia.

The second new entry was the 10th song by an Australian band to chart. ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ was by New World who hailed from Brisbane. New World were the 4th Australian band to chart with The Seekers accounting for the first 7 hits by Aussie acts. ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ was a 3rd hit for the song writing team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and the first by the duo that was not song by The Sweet. It would go to number 6 in The UK, 10 in Germany and would top the (then) Rhodesian charts. Its arrival on the charts restored us to an all time record 4 songs where the first 2 words of the title were the same with ‘Co-Co’, ‘Funny Funny’ and ‘Rain, Rain, Rain’ being the other 3. Australia still sat 5th for number of hits by acts from a nation. Their 10 hits to date were 7 behind 4th placed Canada.

The Sweet celebrated reaching the 20 weeks in the chart mark. So far 86 acts had reached this milestone. They were also enjoying their 6th week with 2 in the charts. 19 acts so far had seen 2 or more in the charts for at least 6 weeks.

Billy Forrest moved his weeks count on to 32 and pulled 1 ahead of Des Lindberg. He sat unmoved at 9 on the local weeks count list while Lindberg dropped to 10. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved tied 13th with The Dealians on 26 weeks.

This week was the 3rd time we had seen a record to date 5 songs with the word ‘You’ in the title.

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2 thoughts on “3 September 1971

  1. Yes, you are quite right, The Sweet were the first act to reach 20 weeks having spent half their time at number 1. There would be be 6 acts in total who would reach 20 weeks in the charts having spent at least half the time at number 1. Three acts would have spent exactly 10 weeks while 3 managed more than 10.

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