10 September 1971

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 7 Co-Co  – Sweet
2 3 6 You  – Peter Maffay
3 2 8 He’s Gonna Step on You Again  – John Kongos
4 4 9 I Did What I Did for Maria  – Tony Christie
5 7 10 Hold on (to What You Got)  – Peanutbutter Conspiracy
6 5 7 The Banner Man  – Blue Mink
7 6 10 Rain, Rain, Rain  – Gentle People
8 8 9 Lady Rose  – Mungo Jerry
9 9 5 Me and Bobby McGee  – Gordon Lightfoot
10 10 5 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart ?  – Bee Gees
11 16 3 Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde  – Groep Twee
12 11 3 I’m Gonna Run Away from You  – Tami Lynn
13 19 2 Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum  – Middle of the Road
14 17 4 Don’t Let it Die  – Hurricane Smith
15 20 2 Tom-Tom Turnaround  – New World
16 12 16 Funny Funny  – Sweet
17 13 5 Nosy Rosie  – Jérome
18 New 1 Sweet Hitch-Hiker  – Creedence Clearwater Revival
19 New 1 Never Ending Song of Love  – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
20 New 1 Never Ending Song of Love  – New Seekers

The Sweet’s run at the top of the charts now extended to 11 weeks with 6 of those coming from ‘Funny Funny’ and now ‘Co-Co’ had clocked up 5. John Kongos’ challenge for the number 1 position faltered as his ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’ dropped to 3 and Peter Maffay’s ‘You’ moved into second place.

Middle Of The Road’s ‘Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum’ took climber of the week as it moved up 6 from 19 to 13 while Groep Twee’s ‘Daar’s Niks Soos Ware Liefde’ and New World’s ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ were the other star raters both climbing 5 places and ending up at 11 and 15 respectively. This was the second week in row that the Groep Twee song had been a star rater.

The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ became the only song to make faller of the week 4 weeks running as it dropped a further 4 places from 12 to 16. This was the 26th time we had seen the number of places dropped equal the number of times the act had taken the biggest faller award. Joining ‘Funny Funny’ in a 4 place fall was Jérome’s ‘Nosy Rosie’ which dropped to 17. It was only the 3rd time we had seen a German act take the biggest faller award. While being one of the 2 biggest fallers this week, The Sweet’s ‘Funny Funny’ was enjoying its 3rd week as the oldest on the charts as it moved on to 16 weeks.

This week was the 4th time we saw 3 local songs leave the charts. This dropped the local hit count right down to 4. The first of the leavers was Dennis’ (aka Billy Forrest) hit ‘Joey The Lipstick Collector’. It managed 3 weeks with us and peaked at 18, 1 place higher and 1 week more than his previous hit ‘We’re All Playing In The Same Band’ which he had recorded under the name Quentin E. Klopjaeger. This would be Forrest’s only hit under the name Dennis, but he would be back with a new guise in the not too distant future.

Tidal Wave’s ‘Money Baby’ made it to number 15 during a 3 week run. This was 1 place higher but 1 week less than their previously lowest charting song, ‘Green Mamba’. Unlike Billy Forrest, Tidal Wave would not be returning to our top 20. They had enjoyed 4 hits with us, spent a total of 28 weeks in the charts, 1 of which was at number 1 with ‘Spider Spider’.

Last to go was Lauren Copley’s ‘Flower Of Life’ which managed 5 weeks in this, its second run on the charts, and peaked at number 14. Its previous run was 2 weeks at number 20 which gave the song a total of 7 weeks in the top 20. Copley would see further SA chart action, but her departure from the charts meant that we were down to just 1 song by a solo female in the top 20.

Creedence Clearwater Revival became the 12th act to clock up 9 or more hits as ‘Sweet Hitch-Hiker’ entered the charts this week. The song would give them a number 6 hit in the US and in the UK it made it to number 36 which was their tied lowest ever chart placing in the UK with ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain?’ being their other hit to peak this low. It would top the charts in Switzerland and go top 10 in Belgium (#8), Germany (#6), The Netherlands (#5), Norway (#4) and what was then Rhodesia (#5). John Fogarty who wrote the song, and had written all Creedence’s SA Chart hits to date, was the 16th song writer to clock up 9 hits.

The other 2 new entries were 2 different versions of the same song. At 19 was Delaney & Bonnie & Friends’ version of ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ while The New Seekers’ were at 20 with their version. This was the 27th song to chart in more than 1 version. It was written by Delaney Bramlett who recorded it with his wife Bonnie (née Bonnie Lynn O’Farrell) and their friends who included at various times George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Rita Coolidge and Duane and Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, although it is not clear which the aforementioned actually appear on our new entry this week. Their version made it to number 13 in the US.

The New Seekers were formed by The Seekers member Keith Potger, but he was the only member of The Seekers in this new band. Unlike The Seekers (who were predominantly Australian), The New Seekers were British based (Potger himself was born in Sri Lanka which was known as Ceylon when he was born). Their version of ‘Never Ending Song Of Love’ was their second UK chart hit where it went to number 2. The song has also had a fair bit of success on the US Country Singles charts with Dickey Lee taking a version to 8 on those charts, The Osmonds went to number 43 and Crystal Gayle number 72.

We saw the first movement on the overall top 20 of the weeks count list in 15 weeks as Creedence Clearwater Revival moved tied 8th with the Rolling Stones as their weeks total moved on to 92. On the local front, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy moved on to 28 weeks and were unmoved at 13, but it did mean that The Dealians dropped to 14.

On the points front The Bee Gees hit the 1,300 mark exactly. They were 3rd overall for points and just 5 behind The Troggs who were in second place. Tom Jones still led the way on 2,106.

This would be the last week where we would see 4 songs in the charts where the first 2 words were the same (‘Co-Co’, ‘Rain, Rain, Rain’, ‘Tom-Tom Turnaround’ and ‘Funny Funny’).

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